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Championship a learning journey for Fijian swimmers

FIJIAN swimmers will learn a lot from the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship, says Viliame Takayawa, who is part of the coaching panel. “It is important for them to get the experience and they...

BOG: Ba to face Rewa

THE 2018 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants champion Ba will play Rewa in the feature match of the 2018 Vodafone Premier League at Govind Park in Ba on Saturday. Ba drew with Lautoka 1-all while Rewa was beaten by Nadi 2-0 last weekend. In the other matches, Suva will play Lautoka at Ratu Cakobau...

LTA books 102 illegal taxi operators in nationwide operation

A TOTAL of 102 illegal taxi operators were booked by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) during a weeklong operation nationwide aimed at curbing the practice on the roads. According to LTA, these operators were issued with Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) or provided with warning letters for contravening their license condition. In a statement issued today,...

Secondary schools basketball championship begins

THE 2018 Fiji Secondary School Basketball Championship began today at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva. Schools from the Central and Western divisions including Levuka turned out in numbers to compete in the three day tournament. Basketball Fiji Chief operating officer, Laisiasa Puamau said there had been a positive turn out from all the...

Escott Shield elimination round

AFTER 364 games played by 28 teams, the Suva Rugby Union (SRU) Escott Shield and Koroturaga Trophy competitions will go into the elimination rounds this Saturday, August 25, 2018 at ANZ Stadium, Suva. A tradition that began in 1913 the Escott Shield has been fought over by Suva’s most prominent rugby clubs, the field has...

Human trafficking case referred to high court

A WOMAN who allegedly facilitated the trafficking of 17 Fiji citizens was today instructed to file a proper bail application in the High Court. Seta Sanjana Ram appeared before Magistrate Waleen George today. She is charged with 17 counts of trafficking in person, 16 counts of obtaining property by deception and two counts of money...

Children attend SDA Bible boot camp

A TOTAL of 73 children were part of the Bible Boot Camp organised by the Newtown Seventh Day Adventist Church that began today. In an interview with the Fiji Times, coordinator of the Children’s Ministry Seini Naserua said the whole purpose of organising the camp was to help instil values that would assist them while...

Fiji Airways Drua prep for the Australian NRC

THE Senirusi Seruvakula coached Fiji Airways Drua continued its build up as they prepare for the Australian National Rugby Conference (NRC) next week. With all 33 players in the squad in camp, the side is focused, determined to make its mark in the NRC competition this year. The format also sees that teams will play...

Robbery suspects arrested; hunt for fourth suspect continues

THREE men who allegedly threatened staff and a patient at a medical centre in Nadera this afternoon have been arrested. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said one of the four men had allegedly walked into the medical practice and asked to see a dentist and had walked out after being advised by the doctor. “It is...

Fiji Football: Wara to play for Fiji

THE Fiji football team received a boost to its preparations for the two international friendly games next month. The Fiji Football Association in a statement issued today said that Semi Scott Wara, the 18-year-old defender who has made his English Football debut while on loan from Stoke City will be featuring for the Vodafone Fiji...

Scholarship recipients to depart tomorrow

THE two Fiji government officials who are part of the third batch for the Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) program will depart for Japan tomorrow. In the pre-departure program held at the Japan International Cooperation Agency office in Suva today the Assistant Resident Representative Shin Suto said the recipients would not...

SPREP Clean Pacific Roundtable opens in Suva

INDIVIDUAL and communities must take the initiative to make use of the standardized rubbish bins provided by the government. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while opening the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Clean Pacific Roundtable at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva today. Mr Bainimarama said they could not force...

Emerging civil society leaders welcome Kiribati High Commissioner

A STRONG foundation in relationships with people always starts with respect for elders and having an ear to listen. Kiribati High Commissioner to Fiji, David Ateti Teaabo stressed this while addressing 30 student and civil society members at the Third Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Breakfast program which was hosted by PIANGO at Café 30 in...

Fiji U20 rugby team present their itatau

THE Fiji U20 rugby team today presented their i-tatau to the President, Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva. While addressing the team, Mr Konrote told the team that they have big shoes to fill and he also offered the nation’s well wishes as they prepare to the represent Fiji at the U20 Junior World...

New satellite market for Tavakubu vendors

TWENTY-FOUR market vendors in Tavakubu, Lautoka, can now enjoy new facilities as the Tavakubu Satellite Market opened this morning. Local Government Minister Parveen Kumar said the project was funded by Government and costs $150,000. He said the newly opened stalls would protect vendors from extreme heat and rain.

Weather watch: Brief showers over the eastern parts of Fiji

EXPECT rain over the eastern parts and the interior of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi at 11:22am this morning says there will be cloudy periods with brief showers over the eastern parts and interior of the larger islands. However is will be fine...

REACH program enables Yasawa couple to be legally married

THE REACH team ensures that the Fijian people are enlightened on the government services and the work that had been carried so far in the Yasawa group. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa highlighted this in a government statement issued today after a couple in the Yasawa group were legally married through...

Century old school

MANY of the early Indian settlers in Fiji were quick to grasp the value of education as an empowerment tool, one that would provide the platform and pathway to a better and prosperous future. In many rural sugarcane farming communities, these early settlers were the ones who pushed for the establishment of schools to educate...

Washed memories – It’s time to move

UNDER a coconut tree she sits, with a long look on her face. She glances at children walking around and ponders on what was once her description of her beautiful paradise. About half a century ago, Luisa Radininamalata, made the short sail from her village of Nacomoto in the district of Naceva on Kadavu across...

A Malaita clergyman

OUTSPOKEN and cultured, Father Harry Gereniu is someone you can easily relate to. He is a clergyman from Malaita Province in the Solomon Islands and is a member of the Anglican Church of Melanesia who is studying at the Pacific Theological College in Suva. Theology has sharpened Fr. Harry’s perspective and mind to understanding people’s...

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