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Fiji has welcomed 377,503 tourists since borders reopened in December last year. Tourism Fiji shared these exciting figures as local tourism stakeholders reflected on their journey so far in yesterday’s celebration of the World Tourism...

Dr Guneratne sworn-in as an Appeals Court judge

Dr Jayantha de Almeida Guneratne, was sworn in as a new Appeals Court judge before the President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere at the State House today. Dr Guneratne who hails from Sri Lanka and obtained his Doctorate in Law at the Pacific Western University in Hawaii has held various posts in Sri Lanka and was a member...

Namosimalua takes the stand

Former secretary general to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua took the witness stand in the trial of former government MP Vijendra Prasad yesterday. The case of the former FijiFirst MP by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) continued in the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court in Suva before High Court judge Justice Thushara Kumarage. Ms...

Financial promises – Lawyer: Impossible for aspiring political parties to explain funding

It would be an impossible exercise for aspiring political parties to explain how they would fund financial promises and projects made during campaigning. Lawyer Sevuloni Valenitabua said this during the hearing of the Fiji Labour and Unity Fiji parties challenge to the amendment of the Electoral Act 2014 through the Financial Management Act (FMA) 2021....

Attacks on database ‘daily occurrence’

Cyber attacks on the University of the South Pacific (USP) database are a daily occurrence. This was shared by USP deputy vice-chancellor Education Professor Jito Vanualailai to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence while presenting the USP’s submission on the Budapest Convention in Suva yesterday. “Let me tell you that we are being...

Call to acknowledge gendered cybercrime

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) has called for the acknowledgement of gendered crimes in relation to cyberspace infringements. During a submission on the proposed ratification of the Budapest Convention in Suva yesterday, FWRM executive director Nalini Singh informed members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence that the Cybercrime Convention was intended...

School ‘in the balance’ – Unresolved issues with ministry affects student roll

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was told that some parents’ decision to move their children to schools in Labasa Town because of unresolved issues with the Education Ministry had affected the student roll in a Cakaudrove school. During a recent talanoa session, the PM was informed that student numbers at Kabu Kei Nailoca Infant School in...

FLP to tackle poverty

A Labour government steered by former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry will address poverty and revive economic activity in the country, says Sigatoka businessman and youth leader Rovil Singh. He is one of 40 provisional candidates announced by the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) to contest the 2022 General Election. Mr Singh said party leader Mahendra Chaudhry...

‘SODELPA will invest $224m in agriculture’

If voted into power, a Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) government will invest $224 million into agriculture, almost four times the $64m invested by the current administration. Speaking at the launch of the SODELPA manifesto last Friday, party leader Viliame Gavoka said the FijiFirst Government budget for agriculture was $64m whereas SODELPA would allocate $224m....

Escaped prisoner recaptured at Wailea settlement

A joint Task Force comprising of Police and Fiji Corrections Services Officers recaptured escaped prisoner Lemeki Tupali from Wailea Settlement in the last hour. Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has directed investigators to ensure all those involved in harbouring Tupali are to be arrested and charged for aiding his escape from lawful custody. Brig-Gen...

Tabuya: Page promotes SOE more than me

The Rock the Vote Fiji page promotes the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem more than me, says The People’s Alliance deputy leader Lynda Tabuya. “The math doesn’t lie,” she said in response to queries from The Fiji Times. She was responding to Mr Saneem’s comment that the Rock the Vote Fiji page exclusively promoted her...

PM to officially meet Biden

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will officially meet United States President Joseph Biden at the White House in Washington DC on Thursday. A statement on the Fijian Government Facebook page read the meeting is the first time that any Fijian Prime Minister will hold an official audience with the President of the United States of America...

‘Landscape changing’ – Government works on converting sugarcane leases to residential

Government is currently working on converting some sugarcane leases to residential leases. Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced this while unveiling the Fiji Development Bank’s sugarcane farmers special loan facility in Drasa, Lautoka, on Monday. He said most growers continued to be engaged in cane farming because of their lease condition — which they...

Awareness on RHD ‘lacking’

The lack of awareness around rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and enabling access to care are challenges that Cure Kids Fiji RHD program are aiming to address. Cure Kids RHD program Fiji lead Dr Jimaima Kailawadoko said there were around 60 RHD-related deaths yearly, and a high percentage were premature deaths that could have been prevented...

A heartful present for Jessica

Little Jessica Brown will celebrate her first birthday this weekend with a healthy heart. After undergoing a four-hour surgery on September 23, Jessica received the gift of life and an emotional mother, Aida Hoyte would have it no other way. Ms Hoyte said her daughter was born with two holes in her heart and had...

Trainees engaged in building a house in Nabalebale village Cakaudrove. Picture: SUPPLIED

Attitude an issue with trainees

Seventy per cent of workers under an apprenticeship scheme in Fiji have disciplinary issues that are attitude and behavioural related, states the Industry and Community Discussion Forum (ICDF) 2022 report released by the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC). According to the report, 408 companies participated in the survey and the majority...

Lack of motivation, disengagement ‘poor traits’

Employees being unmotivated and showing lack of engagement are the top two poor attitudinal traits in the workplace. This, according, to the Industry and Community Discussion Forum (ICDF) 2022 report released by the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC). The survey, which involved 408 industry stakeholders, called for feedback on some of...

‘Not prioritising human resources leads to insecurity’

Many companies do not prioritise investing in their own human resources and this results in job insecurity and dissatisfaction in the workforce. This, according to the Industry and Community Discussion Forum (ICDF) 2022 report released by the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC). During the survey, 408 organisations were asked which option...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather A weak trough of low pressure lies slow moving over the eastern parts of the group. Associated cloud and showers are expected to affect the northern and eastern...

27th September

‘All for my son’ – An act of healing

Being selfless is not just doing a job, it is an act of healing and radiating love. That is the reason why everyday, Iliaseri Saqasaqa, gets down to shine shoes in the heart of the Capital City. There are a lot of unpleasant things the 48-year-old did in his life, things that once put him...

Granny’s little fighter

Analewatu Rokotakala is a humble and quiet natured woman – but within that peaceful demeanour lives a strong grandmother fighting for her 11-year-old grandson, Ilaisa Naro. The Saweni, Lautoka, resident says she took on the role of parent when she took Ilaisa under her care at just three months old . The hard truth about...

Mana’s golden jubilee

Mana Island Resort and Spa is buzzing as it commenced activities to mark its 50th anniversary this year with a number of activities — and the resort has already been a hive of activity. Earlier this month, the Mamanuca-based resort hosted its first ever swimming competition since the global pandemic shut down the entire tourism...

Back in history: Lady with a lot of mana

Leaving the comforts of her home and everyday life in a quest to document myths and legends all over South Pacific Island was something Kristin Zambucka did not regret doing. The artist and author from New Zealand said hearing stories of different myths and legends from places other than her homeland was what sparked her...

Talks to bring in more tourists

The Suva Retailers Association is in talks with the Suva City Council on new initiatives to encourage the return of tourists to the Capital City. With international travel restrictions being rescinded over the past year, tourists have quickly returned to our shores. The association said business activity in Suva was recovering well since the COVID-19...

Feline fix by five

What that means is to get your cat spayed or neutered — also called desexed, castration, ovariohysterectomy, ‘fixed’, sterilised — by the time they are five months old. Given that cats reach sexual maturity at about 5 months of age, more and more people are advocating lowering the spay/neuter age to four to five months...

Walesi partners with FBC for digital billboard advertising

After a rigorous open tender process, Walesi Pte Ltd has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation for digital billboard advertising. FBC has been assigned the opportunity to generate new revenues for Walesi by managing and selling advertising packages on leading-edge outdoor digital screens. Walesi has so far deployed five digital outdoor...

‘Agriculture GDP rise 7.9 per cent yearly’

The agriculture sector’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an average growth rate of 7.9 per cent every year between 2010 and 2019, says Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy. While officiating at the Mini Agriculture Show and Agriculture Farm Machineries Exhibition held recently at the Nacocolevu Research Station in Sigatoka, he said non-sugar agriculture...

Women entrepreneurs share their testimonies about facility

The Fiji Development Bank’s Loan for Women Entrepreneurs facility was launched about two months ago and so far the bank has processed about 35 per cent of the 1600 applications received so far and 30 per cent of the loans disbursed. FDB chief executive officer Saud Minam said their aim was to make the loan...

Loan helps business

Melaia Adi of Yasawa-i-Rara started her working career as a school teacher and taught in various schools around the country for 21 years until she finally decided to resign from the profession and ventured out to dedicate her full time to her business. Ms Adi started teaching in 1997 and was a devoted teacher but...

Parents, guardians encouraged to apply for $180 assistance which closes on Friday

Applications for the $180 – Inflation Mitigation Assistance will close this Friday, September 30, 2022. A Government statement says  parents and guardians who have not submitted any application are encouraged to apply. “Government has paid over $57 million to 318,234 Fijians with household income of less than $50,000 – as part of the $180 Inflation...

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