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23rd May

Tiko: Fiji is like a ‘time bomb’

Fiji is like a “time bomb” now with complaints and frustration from members of the public, says New Generation Party acting leader Varinava Tiko. Mr Tiko said the onus was on the next political party that comes into power to manage these issues. “If a new party comes into power and doesn’t manage the stress...

46,000 visitors in a month

Fiji welcomed a total of 46,000 visitors in the month of April alone. In Nadi over the weekend, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this was a testament to Fiji’s successful efforts to bring back visitors to Fiji since its borders reopened last year. “The key that unlocked solutions to all those challenges, of course, was...

PM commends local company

The new Sun Insurance Centre was opened in Legalega, Nadi, over the weekend to the tune of $15 million. The commercial property owned by Sun Insurance was opened by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who commended the locally grown company for its innovation and commitment to growing Fiji’s economy. “I know that the significance of this...

Head girls ready to lead

The two newly inducted head girls of Adi Cakobau School – Kelera Fong and Vani Rasiga – know they have big shoes to fill. They were appointed yesterday during the combined thanksgiving church service and prefects induction ceremony held at the ACS lower hall in Sawani. Year 13 student Kelera Fong said she was expecting...

Pacific leaders congratulate Labor’s Albanese on election result

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Solomon Islands has congratulated Australia’s Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, on his election victory, saying much “remains to be done” in the bilateral relationship, as Pacific islands neighbour Fiji welcomed the party’s climate policies. Albanese said he would be sworn in as the 31st prime minister on Monday along with four senior...

FCCC monitors bus fare changes

The Fijian Competition & Consumer Commission (FCCC) has advised commuters to contact FCCC directly should they experience any problem in the change of bus fare. Members of the public took to social media platforms to voice their frustrations, many claiming they were charged above the normal new bus fare price. FCCC coordinator operations Nikhil Lal...

Extraction not to affect ‘country’

Government will “as much as possible over the long-term” ensure extraction and export of groundwater is not “over extracted” and affect “our people and country”. Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate said this while responding to Opposition MP Simione Rasova’s question in Parliament on how Government could better assist companies that were involved...

Dr Fong: Flu affecting schoolchildren

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong said one thing he took to heart was all the death and suffering people went through due to COVID-19. During an interview at the national workshop on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on Thursday, Dr Fong said the bigger tragedy was if people did not learn anything from those...

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 with associated cloud and showers lies slow moving just to the southeast of Fiji and is expected to affect the eastern parts...

22nd May

Unforgettable Island encounters – A Governor’s Introduction to the Fiji Islands

Part 3 On June 28, 1938, Sir Harry Charles Luke was appointed the Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner for the Western Pacific. He replaced Sir Arthur Richards who had been appointed the Governor of Jamaica. This week, Part 3 of Discovering Fiji looks at Sir Harry’s trips to Beqa, Vatulele and Kadavu, according to...

Dr Kushneel’s golden thesis

Many success stories are spurred by humble beginnings. For Labasa academic, Dr Kushneel Prakash, his accomplishment is pinned on the inspiration he got at an early age from his loving mother. The former Shri Guru Nanak and Labasa College student recently graduated from Monash University in Australia with a PhD degree in Economics and joins...

Healing herbs at home

As more Fijians turn to growing fresh produce at home to help reduce food bills, Chef Seeto suggest it is also an opportune time to restart the battle against non-communicable diseases, by learning to eat more nutritionally from your own garden. Two hundred years ago sugarcane made sense. Sugar was once worth more than gold...

Get down the suitcase, dear

When some people prepare for travel it’s not just a matter of emptying last week’s lunch out of the back pack and tossing in some clean underwear. These days it also involves computer gear that will stand close scrutiny by the authorities; and quite possibly a portable bicycle. The gear that appears to advertise parts...

Today in history: Interest in goat production rises

In the year 1988, one of the highlights of animal production in the Northern Division was the drastic rise in interest in goat production due to the increasing and attractive market available to goat farmers, the Principal Agriculture Officer, Northern, Phil Hotchin said. The Fiji Times of May 22, 1988 highlighted that a demonstration unit...

Rugged terrain hinders plans for water accessibility

The rugged terrain of Kia Island in Vanua Levu has hindered plans for water accessibility in the three villages. Acting director for Mineral Resources Department Raymond Mohammed said the geology of the area, its ruggedness and the steepness of the slopes have added to the challenges of groundwater potential and accessibility for drill works. “Like...

Youth ambassadors share experiences

A Urban Pathways Fiji Youth Arts Culture project showcase was held on Friday night at the Fiji Museum in Suva. The project involved twelve cohort youth ambassadors who shared their experiences through the youth work placement program. Speaking at the event Director of Heritage and Arts, Collin Yabaki said the urban pathways project showcased an...

Villagers raise more than $22k for village projects

After a lapse of three years, 13 mataqali finally gathered at Nasautoka Village in Rewa on Saturday for their soli ni yasana 2022-2023 in celebration of Lomanikoro Totoka Day. Organising chairman Napolioni Silatolu said despite the rain and flooding on Friday night, he was thankful for the great turnout. “There was a lapse of two...

Police probe report against political party senior executive

An investigation is underway into a report that was lodged at the Totogo Police Station against a senior executive of a political party. According to Police, the complainant, a former member of the same party alleged that the suspect swore at him during a party meeting last Wednesday at their head office in Suva. Police...

Close shave for wedding shoppers

Eight people were rescued after their boat capsized at sea while returning from Lautoka to Vuaki Village in Yasawa from a wedding shopping trip. In a statement, Turtle Island Resort said the resort night man Apete Leko had responded to a call from Vuaki Village reporting a capsized fibreglass boat. “We learned that the boat...

FLP leader calls for investigation

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has called for an investigation against Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who he claims is using the prefect induction ceremonies at schools to campaign. “He did it again at the Natabua High School in Lautoka on Friday,” Mr Chaudhry said. “After the induction ceremony was over, he held a question-and-answer...

Biman: Ministers using State resources

FijiFirst Government ministers are using State resources to force people to hear their campaign promises because no one is willingly going to their meetings, claims National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. “You see all of them driving in the West now, they are inducting prefects from primary school to secondary school, the ministers are...

Tuiteci terminated from SODELPA

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has terminated its provincial candidate Seremaia Tuiteci. During a press conference held at the SODELPA headquarters, yesterday, general secretary Lenaitasi Duru said Mr Tuiteci had breached the code of conduct for politicians and political parties. “Because of that, I as general secretary had advised the management board recommending termination...

Economic summit – PA, NFP coalition set plans for 100 days

An economic summit will be held in the first 100 days of The People’s Alliance and National Federation Party-led government. In Lautoka this week, NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said Fiji’s economic challenges needed to be the first issue addressed by the new government. “It’s going to be a tough job because they have run...

‘FijiFirst here for all Fijians’

FijiFirst is here for all Fijians, says party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. While opening the party’s new Nadi branch yesterday, he said the party had proven itself to be the party for all despite what opposing politicians had said. “For the FijiFirst also means treating every Fijian every citizen equally and looking after them all which...

Wycliffe: Ministry will take strong actions

We do not want the economy to come to a grinding standstill because of some careless incidents. This according to Ministry of Environment permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe. During an interview session, he said for non-compliances from any organisation, the ministry would not only take punitive measures but also take a supportive action in terms of...

Seruiratu to weigh options

Rural Development Minister Inia Seruiratu will wait for his FijiFirst party before he makes a decision to contest the general election. In an interview with The Fiji Times recently, he said he wouldn’t decide. “That’s for the party to decide,” he said. “If given the opportunity I will still weigh my options.” Mr Seruiratu was...

Biman ‘steadfast’

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says he expects his party to be in government after the election with a clear vision to develop the nation. He did not mince his words when he made this known to a crowd in Nadi who’d gathered for a book launch. “We have a vision to make...

Town ‘neglected’ by government

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad believes Nadi has been neglected by the Bainimarama Government. He told party supporters in the Jet Set town this week that Nadi’s deteriorating infrastructure was a major issue of concern. “We met with key stakeholders from Nadi, including the Chamber of Commerce, and a member talked about the...

FNU convenes international webinar on climate change issues

The Fiji National University (FNU) co-chaired the International Webinar on Climate Change, Security and Sustainability of Ocean States this week that featured presentations and discussions regarding the environmental crisis. The virtual meeting was a collaboration between FNU’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies and Sustainable Development, the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of...

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 trough of low pressure with associated cloud and showers lies slow moving just to the northwest of the group and is expected to affect the group till...

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