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Fijian national busted in alleged cocaine importation into Australia

A 29-YEAR-old Fijian national has been arrested and charged after Australian authorities in Sydney foiled an attempt to import 50kilograms of cocaine concealed in a shipment of bottled water. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has...

Fiji woman arrested for alleged involvement in human trafficking

A FIJIAN woman has been arrested, and an arrest warrant to be issued for her sister in Australia, for their alleged involvement in a human trafficking case in New Zealand. The arrest of the 31-year-old woman at Nasole in Nasinu is a result of a joint investigation by the Fiji Police Force, New Zealand Police...

Fijians Helping Fiji Cooperatives’ clarifies financial status

THE Fijians Helping Fiji Co-operative has run out of money, leaving some 5000 iTaukei farmers in limbo. Tomorrows The Sunday Times will feature in-depth stories on the cooperative’s chairperson, Ratu Meli Vesikula, who has described the situation as “a learning process”. More than 5000 iTaukei farmers have paid a $120 membership fee to be FHFC...

Advisory: Prepare for water shortages as dry spell looms

USE water sparingly as the approaching dry weather conditions may affect the supply of water in the coming months. This is the advisory from Water Authority of Fiji wishes to its customers around the country as it prepares for water shortages. “I would like to encourage people during the dry spell to use water conservatively...

FNRL chief executive Naleba steps down

FIJI National Rugby League CEO Timoci Naleba has stepped down from his position. This has been confirmed in a press statement by the FNRL today. The statement revealed that the FNRL had a meeting with Naleba today to discuss the CEO’s default payment to his past employer, the Fiji Sports Council, and had a talk...

Notice to discontinue application against deportation of six South Korean nationals granted

A NOTICE of discontinuance on an application to stop the deportation of six South Korean nationals has been granted by the High Court in Lautoka. This follows the release last night of Jung Young Kim, Beomseop Shin, Sung Jin Lee, Byeongjoon Lee, Chul Na and Jin Sook Yoon. Their lawyer, Ronald Gordon, filed the notice...

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies aged 76 – AP

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, the Associated Press reported. Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died...

Ministry and Post Fiji to discuss welfare assistance for maritime island

THE Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will be contacting Post Fiji in regards to Social Welfare allowances not being received on time by close to 50 recipients on the island on Vanua Balavu in the Lau group. The issue came to light via social media this week of recipients who did not receive...

Suva lawyer in custody for alleged possession of illicit drugs

FIJIAN Police have confirmed that a well-known Suva lawyer is in their custody for allegedly being found in possession of illicit drugs. Police said the man was found in a hotel in Suva. He is being investigated. Police have yet to confirm whether the man would be charged and subsequently produced in court.

Couple relive ordeal

IT was like watching a horror movie. Those were the words of Nabou accident survivor Davend Sharma, who watched a vegetable truck collide with a minivan carrying 13 people in a highway accident that cut short the lives of six people. Mr Sharma was travelling towards Sigatoka with his wife Anjila, 55, when their SUV...

Nabou accident: Two remain in critical condition

TWO people who were involved in the tragic Nabou accident yesterday remain in critical condition at the Lautoka Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said only one person have been discharged so far. “There were 13 people in the minivan, two in the truck and two in the private vehicle,” she said. “So...

Father mourns death of his only son

VILIAME Matai Pareti shed silent tears as news of his only son, 23-year-old Atilai Ruitoka Pareti’s death reached their home in Narewa, Nadi. The former Ratu Navula College student and rugby enthusiast died instantly in a horrific accident that claimed six lives in Nabou, Nadroga, yesterday. Mr Pareti was preparing to go to work when...

Rt Navula U18 rugger grieve for his cousins

RATU Navula College’s Sakeasi Radibi ran onto the ANZ Stadiumin Suva yesterday not knowing that two of his closest cousins, whom he considered as his brothers, were victims of a road accident that claimed six lives at Nabou, Nadroga. In fact, the last time he met his two cousins was after their quarter-final win over...

Patrol police attacked in ambush-style; ComPol warns of consequences

FOUR Police officers were attacked in an ambush-style at Nabua in Suva this morning while they pursued two vehicles whose occupants were acting in a suspicious manner. And as a result, six men have been arrested – five are being questioned in Police custody and one taken to the CWM hospital for medical treatment. The...

Congo declares new Ebola outbreak in eastern province

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Four people have tested positive for Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo just days after another outbreak that killed 33 people in the northwest was declared over, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Twenty people have already died from hemorrhagic fevers in and around Mangina, a densely...

2018 BOG: Probe into match fixing claims

AN investigation committee has been formed by the Fiji Football Association to look into complaints by Lautoka of match fixing at the recent Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf confirmed that the Tavua side will be investigated on possible match fixing allegations. “We have formed a committee...

No proper EIA done at Wainisavulevu: Experts

ENVIRONMENT experts claim Energy Fiji Ltd did not properly assess the environmental impact of raising the Wainisavulevu Weir when it began work to raise it by eight metres in 2012. The result, they say, is severe damage to an area identified by international agencies as nationally significant for the Fiji environment. They say even if...

Environment under threat

DESTRUCTION from increased hydro-power development around the Monasavu Dam threatens the entire environment of Viti Levu, according to a group of Fiji environmental experts. NatureFiji-MareqetiViti (NFMV), a leading Fiji environmental organisation, has warned that people who depend on Viti Levu’s biggest rivers could be affected by changes in the environment caused by hydro-power expansion. NFMV...

Alleged knife-wielding man in custody; Police and victim flee Police Post

A DRUNKEN knife-wielding man ravaged the Delainavesi Community Post this morning as he chased after his partner who fled to the police post for help after a confrontation at their home. And a Police officer who was on duty at the post also had to flee after assisting the distressed woman escape into a nearby...

Fiji Navy four sentenced

THE four navy officers who caused the grounding of Fiji’s Naval Ship (RFNS) Kiro were sentenced this morning by the President of the court martial, Commander Netani Sukanaivalu. Lieutenant Commander Saula Tuilevuka was sentenced with a severe reprimand which is a last warning and has also been fined to an amount which is equal to...

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