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26th September

Advisory: Kings Road Nausori bound lane closed due to emergency sinkhole works

Motorists are being urged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time today as the Kings Road  Nausori bound lane is closed between Cunningham intersection and Wainivula intersection (WAF office). According to the Fiji Roads...

France wants stability – China’s engagement in the Pacific Islands

The French Armed Forces considers the Republic of Fiji Military Forces an important counterpart in its bid to maintain stability amid the increasing sphere of Chinese influence in the Pacific. Head of the French Armed Forces Brigadier General Valéry Putz made the statement when quizzed about his views on the escalating influence of China in...

Climate change, pandemic top agenda

Climate change impacts, action and financing and COVID-19 pandemic recovery were two of the many key topics discussed at the 12th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL) at the East-West Centre (EWC), Hawaii, recently. In a EWC press statement, President of the Federated States of Micronesia and PICL Chair David Panuelo spoke about the importance...

Committee aims to upgrade dialysis centre

Over the past 15 years, the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North has spent $1.8 million on community development projects, says committee chairman Rajneel Maharaj. He said this year the carnival committee wanted to upgrade the dialysis centre at the Labasa Hospital, a project with an estimated cost of $70,000. Mr Maharaj highlighted the project...

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 lies over the eastern parts of Fiji and is gradually moving east. Associated cloud and showers are expected to affect parts of the...

25th September

The Fiji Museum’s early years, 1904 – 1955

The history of the Fiji Museum began in 1904 when the idea for the museum was first conceptualized by the British. According Fiji Museum online records, the museum was established to ‘preserve examples of Fijian craftsmanship and material culture. It began with a collection of Fijian materials donated by William Allardyce (1861- 1930) to the...

Childhood cancer – Benefits of good nutrition for children during and after treatment

Having a healthy diet is crucial for children battling cancer. However a child’s appetite, level of energy, ability to handle specific foods, and how their body utilises nutrition can all be impacted by cancer and its side effects. According to Cancer.Org, it was especially relevant for children who must be taken to the hospital and...

A dogged pursuit

The royal corgi dogs no doubt led royally laid-back lives with the late Queen Elizabeth II. She was widely respected by many in Fiji. If I had anything rude to think or say about their various highnesses I could curb my tongue by reflecting how kind they were to dogs. The palace pets probably ate...

Forever to go – Paula and Sera

Decade down and forever to go! Those were the unspoken words that lingered on Paula Ravuga Tuvuki’s mind as he married his longtime sweetheart Sera Disulu . The couple tied the knot in front of close family and friends at the Nakurukuru Church, Lami, immortalising a friendship they kindled 10 years ago. Paula, hails from...

Amaysa builds her way to greatness

“I feel content here,” a bubbly Amaysa Hope Naidu remarked. “This is paradise and I wouldn’t ask for anything less.” You wouldn’t believe those remarks could come easily from the Wainadoi resident. After all, she’s lived with abuse and psychosocial disabilities for most part of her life. But since turning her back on her horrid...

Look Back: Fiji diplomat retires to enter politics

One of Fiji’s pioneer diplomats, Semesa Sikivou, cleared his desk in Government Buildings at the end of 41 years of Government service to begin his retirement leave planning a new career in politics. Mr Sikivou, first Fiji Ambassador to the United Nations and the United States, and first High Commissioner to Canada, hoped to collect...

Saluting cancer caregivers

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed and read a few things on childhood cancer and awareness. I must say that WOWS Kids Fiji (WOWS) is doing a great job in this area, imparting knowledge of the organisation and the work it does in raising awareness about the issues that childhood cancer patients, their families...

Suggestion for reports to be submitted electronically

Stakeholders at an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) consultation have suggested that reports and documents should be electronically submitted instead of using papers or hard copies. The consultation held in Labasa this week heard that using papers in reports would result in the cutting down of more trees which do not work hand in hand with...

1300 students flock to university’s open day

The University of the South Pacific hosted more than 1300 students at its Lautoka Campus during the institution’s first face-to-face open day since the global pandemic. USP Lautoka Campus director Dr Premila Devi said students and staff alike were excited to welcome back prospective students and to promote their new programs. “It’s been two years...

$5k boost for kids cancer charity

The fight against cancer by the WOWS Kids Fiji charitable trust received a huge $5000 boost from chemists Ray Pharmaceuticals in Lautoka yesterday. The timely gift goes towards assisting close to 75 young cancer patients across the country. Ray Pharmaceuticals medical representative Sharneet Kumar said they have been supporting WOWS Kids Fiji for the past...

‘Think commercially’ – Resource owners could increase their returns with good leadership – Reddy

Abundant resources would not provide the desired returns if resource owners failed to think commercially, says Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy. While speaking to farmers in Lawai, Nadroga, this week, he said through proper leadership, resources owners would be able to acquire more returns. “That is the challenge throughout Fiji amongst the mataqali, they...

Police constables attend training of dog handlers in NZ

Seven Police officers including a Fiji Revenue and Customs Service officer flew out of the country this morning to the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham in Wellington. The training opportunity was possible through the Fiji Police Partnership Program supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New...

Tovata sacrilege case suspects arrested

Five men and a juvenile who are alleged to have stolen money kept inside the Tovata Methodist Church have been arrested. The six were arrested following raids conducted by the Criminal Investigations Department. Chief Operations Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan said the alleged incident occurred on September 11. ACP Khan said the...

‘Desperate attempt to deflect from bad publicity’

Attacking the “Rock The Vote Fiji” campaign was an attempt to shift people’s attention away from the issue surrounding Prime Minister’s son, Meli Bainimarama in Australia. This, according to The People’s Alliance party provisional candidate, Lynda Tabuya during a media conference in Nadera, Nasinu yesterday. She said it showed a desperate attempt to deflect from...

‘Arrival of cruise liner a huge boost’

Suva City yesterday welcomed its first cruise liner, Carnival Splendor with more than 2000 tourists on board since the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago. Tourism Fiji chief operations officer Leigh Howard said the arrival of the cruise liner was a huge boost to the economy. “The 2008-built ship, which departs from Seattle, is offering a...

Man dies after fall from ladder

An electrician died on Friday afternoon in Rakiraki after he fell off a ladder. Ashneel Mani, 32, was working at a house at Wailevu, Nanuku at the time of the incident. He was rushed to the Rakiraki Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the tragic death. “A 32-year-old electrician of...

‘Fiji needs business people who think outside the box’

Fiji needs business people who think outside of the box, says Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. While speaking in Lautoka recently, he explained that global markets have changed significantly after the COVID-19 pandemic which demanded businesses to change their business models. “With the pandemic the globe has changed significantly,” he said. “We know that freight...

‘It’s a vision, it is hope’ – Bainimarama launches 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific as part of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday. In a statement, Mr Bainimarama said the strategy was more than a framework. “It is a vision, it is hope, it is the wind in...

Internal displacement by ‘disasters’

Fiji is one of 23 countries in the Asia-Pacific region that recognises internal displacement caused by disasters, says a new report released by the Asian Development Bank and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” report gave Fiji an index of 0.6 out of 1.0 when it came to...

Fiji ranks highly among climate-affected countries

Fiji ranks highly amongst Pacific Island Countries affected by rising sea-levels which has resulted in internal displacements of citizens, says a new report released by the Asian Development Bank and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The report “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” ranked the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu as the three most...

Fiji ranks highly among climate-affected countries

A new report by the Asian Development Bank and Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says 189,000 Fijians were estimated to have been displaced because of natural disasters between 2010 and 2021. The “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” report concluded the Asia and the Pacific regions were the most affected by disaster displacement worldwide. Fiji...

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 lies over Viti Levu and is gradually moving east. Associated cloud and showers affects parts of the country till later Monday. Forecast to...

24th September

Ritesh’s success – Hardwork pays off

Ritesh Sharma is a familiar face at the Sigatoka Municipal Market and popular in the Coral Coast town’s agriculture sector. That’s because he has been a devoted farmer for more than 24 years. The father of three was first introduced to farming as a young boy and at 40 years of age, he shows no...

Cyberspace in geopolitics – International cybersecurity agreements

We continuously bemoan the fact that Big Tech has become larger than most countries and wield global power that would be incomprehensible in the past decades. China has recognised this as a threat to their authoritarian regime and has reined back their wild cowboys of entrepreneurship and capitalism like Jack Ma of Alibaba and other...

New ATM to benefit more than 10,000 people

BRED Bank’s new ATM at the True Mart complex in Veisari Lami has been described as part of the bank’s strategic objectives to provide banking without distance. Bank’s chief executive officer Thierry Charras-Gillot said the ATM would be available 24/7 and would benefit more than 10,000 within the vicinity together with the commuters along the...

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