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8th December

Weather watch: Possibility of heavy rain with risk of flooding next week

A low pressure system currently lies near Solomon Islands and is not expected to directly affect Fiji. However according to the Fiji Meteorological Service the only concern for Fiji will be the possibility of heavy...

Chand fulfils her long-term dream through FNU

Pursuing tertiary studies and graduating has always been the dream for Preetika Chand. The mother of two chose to study at the Fiji National University (FNU) given its reputation of providing quality programmes and the convenience of studying closer to her home. Chand previously worked as an office assistant at S. Nand Motor repairs in...

Return to tradition: Biden celebrates Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell at Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden celebrated artists including Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell and Lorne Michaels on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors, bringing back presidential participation to an annual event skipped by Republican Donald Trump. Singer Justino Díaz and Motown founder Berry Gordy rounded out the group of artists selected by the...

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 For Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Vanua Levu, Lau and Lomaiviti group, Kadavu , Taveuni and nearby smaller islands: Occasional showers and few thunderstorms. For rest of Fiji group:...

7th December

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your December 8 briefing

Bula all Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times’ edition for Wednesday, December 8. But before that, remember we are celebrating our 152nd year anniversary and you can win cash. Turn to Page 33 for details, or scroll down for more information. HEADLINES PAGE 1 HEALTH Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong says...

Property of the year award for resort

The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is a proud recipient of the Fijian Property of the Year award announced at the 2021 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, held in Sydney on December 3, 2021. In a statement issued by the resort, general manager Silvano Dressino said “I am extremely proud of all my...

West Papua independence movement re-submits for full MSG membership

An application by the United Liberation Movement of West Papua to become a full member of Melanesian Spearhead Group has been re-activated. Last year, the ULMWP announced itself as a provisional government in exile for West Papua, as it pushes for a referendum on independence from Indonesia. Several years ago, the ULMWP applied for full...

Being a village nurse – Vakalala’s calling to care for others

Juggling her role as a mother and a village nurse is something that 38-year-old Alesi Vakalala is used to. Within two years of work, she had some challenging times serving more than 200 villagers of Nakoro Village, within the district of Noikoro, Navosa. Tucked away in the highlands, Ms Vakalala said transportation around the remote...

Call for members to increase contributions

Fijians hoping to invest in a home have been encouraged to additionally increase their contributions with the Fiji National Provident Fund to allow them to do so. Fund general manager member services Alipate Waqairawai uttered the advice to about 50 members during the member forum at the Returned Service League Hall in Lautoka on Wednesday...

Ocean flooding hits Marshall Islands, Micronesia over consecutive days

Ocean flooding for the third straight day hit low-lying islands throughout the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), causing sparse damage but requiring large-scale cleanups in their wake. Roads by Amata Kabua International Airport in Majuro was down to single lane traffic Monday afternoon as heavy equipment operators moved up and down...

$55k investment

Wild Tiger’s restuarant offically opened it’s newest eatery at the My FNFP Centre in Nadi yesterday, an investment worth around $55,000. Restaurant owner Satya Nadan said the My FNFP Nadi Centre which was the latest buzz in the tourist town has presented him a great opportunity to extend his food business further. “We have employed...

Back in History: Strike action rejected

An application by the Public Service Association for permission to stage a demonstration outside Parliament in 1976 was rejected for security reasons. This, according to district officer Suva, Jone Serulagilagi, in an article published in The Fiji Times on November 23, 1976. An association statement strongly criticised the Government’s decision. T he association wanted to...

Niue MP says island’s approach to repatriation unclear, confusing

Long time Niue MP, O’Love Jacobsen, is raising concerns about what she considers Niue’s lackadaisical management of covid testing ahead of flights out of Auckland. She has been stranded in Auckland since early August after leaving Niue for a regular medical treatment. Mrs Jacobsen said she was due to fly back last Tuesday on the...

Honiara riots – The cruel ironies of 2021

IF you’re foraging for irony and surprise in the ashes of Honiara’s riots, there’s plenty to be found. For a start, there are the two main political antagonists: the Prime Minister, Manessah Sogavare, and the Premier of Malaita Province, Daniel Suidani. Both are (or were in Sogavare’s case) demagogues. Both have built political capital with...

Flight cancellations

There have been less than 1000 cancellations from the 75,000 visitors that were booked to come in December and January. Tourism Fiji chief executive officer Brent Hill said these cancellations were not based on the concern for Omicron but around the three day home quarantine such as in New South Wales and Victoria which was...

EU sources say no immediate plan for easing Omicron travel curbs on southern Africa

Dec 6 (Reuters) – European Union health ministers will discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of the Omicron variant on Tuesday, but are not expected to make any decision on easing travel restrictions, three sources told Reuters. Late in November, EU states agreed to impose travel curbs on seven southern African countries after they...

Industry back on track, says Hill

Tourism Fiji has indicated the industry has been doing really well in the first week after opening international borders on December 1. During the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association media session held yesterday, Tourism Fiji chief executive officer Brent Hill said apart from a few minor teething issues the sector seemed to be getting on...

95 per cent visitors from travel partner countries

Fiji is quarantine free unless you are coming from a non-travel partner country, according to Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill. He said about 95 per cent to 98 per cent of the arrivals were people coming from travel-partner countries. “I think our first flight from Singapore comes in this week that has some people from...

Yemen Houthis bury their dead as fighting rages in gas-rich Marib

SANAA, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis held military funerals on Monday for 25 fighters killed in battles with a Saudi-led coalition, as fighting showed no signs of abating despite intense international diplomacy to end the seven-year-old conflict. The funerals took place amid fierce fighting in the gas-rich Marib province, with warplanes from the...

Georgia envoy pays courtesy call to President Katonivere

The non-resident ambassador of Georgia to Fiji, George Dolidze paid a courtesy call to the Fijian President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere at the State House yesterday. Ratu Wiliame acknowledged the partnership between Fiji and Georgia over the years during their meeting. He also commended the bilateral ties that have grown from strength to strength over the...

PM in UAE to officiate at the Fiji National Day

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is expected to attend high-level ministerial meetings and visit key sectoral UAE projects recommended by the Fiji Embassy Abu Dhabi (FEAD) during his week-long visit. He was briefed by the Ambassador of Fiji to the UAE, Naipote Katonitabua on his upcoming engagements along the margins of the Fiji National Day at...

Weather watch: Trough of low pressure continues to affect the country

A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and showers continues to affect the group. According to the weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this afternoon isolated heavy falls expected with risk of flash flooding of low lying areas. Motorists can expect poor visibility on roads in areas of heavy...

France can avoid return to lockdown and still save Christmas -PM

PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) – France will close nightclubs ahead of Christmas and tighten social distancing measures in response to the emergent Omicron variant of the coronavirus but there is no need for new lockdowns or curfews, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Monday. Castex said a fifth wave of the pandemic was now surging...

Malaria deaths rise by 69,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19 disruptions, says WHO

DAKAR, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Healthcare disruptions linked to the coronavirus pandemic helped malaria kill 69,000 more people in 2020 than the previous year, but a worst-case scenario was averted, the World Health Organization said on Monday. In total over 627,000 people globally – most of them babies in the poorest parts of Africa –...

Three missionaries released in Haiti following October kidnapping

Dec 6 (Reuters) – Three missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti in October have been released, the U.S. State Department and the Ohio-based missionary group that organized the group’s trip to the Caribbean nation said on Monday. “We are thankful to God that three more hostages were released last night. Those who were released are...

Ukraine shows off U.S. military hardware, vows to fight off Russia

KYIV, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday said his armed forces were capable of fighting off any Russian attack, as the country marked its national army day with a display of U.S. armoured vehicles and patrol boats. U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged his “unwavering support” to Ukraine in its standoff...

Community members undergo training to assist them in their livelihood

Seventy participants who will officially become boat masters at the end of this week are currently undergoing a two-weeks training facilitated by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) in collaboration with the Naboro Kiribati Community. Speaking to the Fiji Times Online, Community Vice President, Nawaia Matia said a few of their community members used...

‘USP application delays court case’

The Employment Relations Court has found the University of the South Pacific’s application seeking “further and better particulars” from a former senior staff member who was terminated had delayed his court case against the institution. Former South Pacific Technical and Further Education CEO Hasmukh Lal is suing the USP for his termination on May 22,...

New Caledonia referendum challenged in Paris court

A group of citizens in New Caledonia has asked France’s highest administrative court to postpone next Sunday’s third and final independence referendum. In an urgent submission, 146 voters and three organisations said given the impact of the pandemic, it is unthinkable to proceed with such an important plebiscite. They said because of the lockdown, campaigning...

Ali: Cover-ups in many rape cases

There are huge cover-ups in many rape cases because the perpetrators are known to the victims and are people they trust in life. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali shared this with 25 male advocates who were part of a dialogue on engaging men to end violence against women and girls at the Tanoa...

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