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8th December

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...

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

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...

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...

$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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Ex-flight attendant’s claim denied

The Employment Relations Court ruled that a former Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways) flight attendant could not claim for workmen’s compensation after suffering a stroke because her application was time barred. She had suffered a stroke at home while on annual leave on February 17, 2020. In her October 22, 2021 ruling, Justice Anjala Wati...

A wish for a bridge – Elderly woman shares struggles

Manaini Lewasariri says she can still recall fighting the icy currents of the Wainimala River as she carried and piggybacked her eight children to school about fifty years ago. The Naitasiri matriarch said nothing had changed, today she does the same with her great grandchildren. Ms Lewasariri said while the rest of Fiji was forging...

‘We don’t want false promises to pleas’

We do not want any politician coming here and making false promises. This was the view expressed by Waibasaga, Naitasiri, villagers during a visit by a team from this newspaper. Villagers said they did not want political campaigns in their villages because their plea to have a bridge constructed across the Wainimala River had fallen...

Villagers wait in vain for official

In an urgent bid to ensure no further loss of life after two children died while crossing the Wainimala River, a village headman claims he met with a senior government official to ask for a bridge to be constructed. Waibasaga Village headman Vetaia Nawaibure claimed that earlier this year, he and a group of villagers...

An hour’s travel for internet

Students and teachers of Muaira District School, Naitasiri, have to walk for an hour up a steep hill to access internet to obtain learning material. The hill overlooks Lutu and Waibasaga villages along the Wainimala River. The issue was raised by concerned villagers during a recent talanoa session with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the...

Give more face-to-face class time, says Singh

More face-to-face classes with teachers is needed if the Education Ministry wants to progress Year 12 students to the next level based on examination results, says Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) general secretary Agni Deo Singh. “If the ministry wishes to strictly progress Year 12 students to Year 13 if they pass the external exam, they...

Jokhan: Pupils should not be unduly penalised

The Ministry of Education will not completely rely on one examination to assess students, says Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Anjeela Jokhan. “There are a number of ways in which you can assess students and several countries have been using several methods, it will not be fair at all, given the situation that students have...

Teachers urged to develop skills

We are not saying we will get rid of all our unqualified teachers, we are just urging them to continue to develop their professional skills, says Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Anjeela Jokhan. “We have teachers in the system and those teachers are fine in the system, there’s nothing wrong with that,” she said. “We...

‘Students who fail will repeat’

Year 12 students who fail their exams will have to repeat, says Ministry of Education permanent secretary Dr Anjeela Jokhan. “The reason why we have external exams in Years 12 and 13 is so that students, based on examination results, would progress,” she said, referring to the practice in the past. Dr Jokhan said this...

Lack of adherence to COVID safe measures a concern: Dr Fong

The lack of adherence to COVID safe measures in gatherings throughout the country, especially the adherence to masking in indoor public spaces is a very serious concern for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. MoHMS Permanent Secretary, Dr Fong said after the Delta outbreak this year it is understandable that many will feel the urge...

Kousing pursues culinary arts studies at FNU

Wainise Takayawa Kousing’s interest in cooking creative dishes for her family and friends strengthened her desire to deepen her knowledge and perfect her culinary skills. So, after completing high school, Kousing began researching for opportunities available that aligned with her interests. After learning about the Fiji National University’s (FNU) Certificate III in Cookery programme, the...

Australia’s Chief Vet aims to strengthen biosecurity and animal health collaboration in Fiji

Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Mark Schipp is looking forward to reinforcing existing relationships and forging new partnerships in Fiji. Dr Schipp who will be traveling to Fiji soon to strengthen ties with key Fijian agricultural, veterinary and animal health representatives says he expects to deliver capacity development activities both in Fiji and in neighbouring...

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, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands: Occasional showers and few thunderstorms. For rest of Fiji group: Occasional showers...

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