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14th November

Weather watch: Take your raincoats, umbrella today!

KEEP your raincoats and umbrella in handy while going to cast your votes today! This comes as a strong wind and heavy rain warning for most parts of Fiji in place with a trough of...

Police to engage army in maintaining security during polling

COMMISSIONER of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says they will bring additional manpower from the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), if the need arises, to assist them with maintaining security during the 2018 General Election. Speaking to the media in Suva, he said there wasn’t any need to bring them in now. “I...

Company records $2.2m profit

ONE of the fastest growing companies on the stock market has recorded a net profit of $2.209 million for the quarter ending September 30. Kontiki Finance Ltd yesterday announced through the South Pacific Stock Exchange the group’s unaudited profit result for the three months to September 30. It said the profit recorded was an increase...

Pacific a target in cocaine, firearms trade

THE seizure of 500 kilograms of cocaine in Solomon Islands last month, the seizure of cocaine and smuggling of firearms in Papua New Guinea (PNG) coupled with the recent findings of cocaine being washed ashore in parts of Fiji only goes to show that small Pacific Island countries are being targeted by transnational criminal groups....

13th November

Weather watch: Risk flash flooding in low lying areas

WITH a strong wind and heavy rain warning for most parts of Fiji in place, the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) says the risk of flash flooding and flooding of low lying areas is elevated from tomorrow until Thursday. In its latest update released earlier tonight, all communities living in the flood prone and landslide areas...

Newly renovated fisheries office opens in Rakiraki

THE newly renovated Ministry of Fisheries office in Rakiraki was opened today after it was badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016. The newly renovated office, costing Government about $700,000, was commissioned by the ministry’s acting permanent secretary Naipote Katonitabua. The Rakiraki Fisheries Office was not spared and the impact of severe TC Winston...

MOU aims for low carbon sea transport

FEASIBILITY studies will be soon conducted for the design costs and plan for new generation ships for the Pacific region committed to low carbon sea transport. The feasibility studies is being made possible through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the University of the South Pacific (USP) and The China Navigation Company (CNCo),  parent...

Drug accused granted bail

A 20-YEAR-OLD man charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs has been granted bail by the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. It is alleged that Meli Cama unlawfully had in his possession 322.3 grams of marijuana on November 2, 2018, in Kadavu Village. Chief Magistrate Ratuvili has transferred the matter to the...

Bid to boost border security initiatives

THE Pacific is no longer considered a sleepy hub as this is where transnational criminal groups are using to transit all their goods through. Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) Head of Secretariat Roy Lagolago made this remark during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the OCO Secretariat and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG)...

Weather watch: Heavy rain, strong wind warning for Fiji group

A HEAVY rain and strong wind warning is in force for parts of the Fiji as a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain affects the group. This is because of the Tropical Disturbance, TD02F that lies slow moving to the east of Solomon Islands embedded within the trough, which extends to the...

1113 MOG observers deployed to polling venues

TEAMS from the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) were deployed today to various polling stations ahead of Election Day tomorrow. According to a statement from MOG, teams were being deployed by air, sea and road to different locations across the country. Each team will visit a number of polling venues on Election Day to observe the...

Kadavu man fronts court for alleged marijuana cultivation

A 48-YEAR-OLD man charged with one count of unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs appeared before the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. It is alleged that Kaliova Qaravanua cultivated nine plants of marijuana that weighed 576 grams. The alleged incident occurred on November 6, 2018, in Kadavu Village. Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili has granted Qaravanua bail...

Duo handed long jail sentences in $20.93m drug case

TWO men convicted in the “biggest drug cultivation” case in Fiji were handed long prison sentences earlier this afternoon. The duo, Amani Masikerei and Samuela Natokalau, are convicted on one count of unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs. Masikerei was sentenced to 18 years and two months with a non-parole period of 14 years and two...

Tradesman Rovneel Chand observes the mechanicals at the sugar cane dumping site at Lautoka Mill yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Termination of harvesting, crushing

THE Sugar Cane Growers Council says termination of harvesting and crushing should not extend beyond the December 6 date set for Labasa and December 13 for Lautoka and Rarawai sugar mills. SCGC CEO Sundresh Chetty said despite weather setbacks and other issues, more than 80 per cent of the 1.7million harvestable 2018 season crop has...

Duo to take plea for alleged aggravated burglary, theft

TWO men charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft will take their plea on November 27, 2018 before the High Court in Suva. It is alleged that Maikeli Turagakula and Jone Delana entered into a villa and stole assorted items to the total value of $6380. The alleged incident occurred...

Police ready to counter any ‘instability’ threats

THE Fiji Police Force is well postured to counter any attempts to create instability on Election Day and during the post-election period. Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho today made it clear that they will not allow any person or group to disrupt the 2018 General Election tomorrow. Brig-Gen Qiliho claims that there were “rumours”, which...

Drone operators warned of ‘no fly zone’

DRONE operators have been warned of a strict “no fly zone” around polling stations, the counting center and the election warehouse tomorrow. Police Chief of Operations ACP Maretino Qiolevu in a statement earlier this morning, issued an advise to drone operators to refrain from flying drones within a vicinity of 500 meters from any polling...

Te Nana: Mind-set change needed

ONE of the greatest names in rugby 7s, Karl Te Nana believes the key to the growth of women’s rugby is a mind-set change. “There needs to be a mind-set change in terms of women’s rugby,” he said. “The numbers have grown in terms of the women’s game whether it is participation or viewership, and...

Teen sentenced for aggravated burglary, theft

DOMESTIC burglary is always regarded as a serious offence. This was said by Suva High Court Judge Justice Chamath Morais when sentencing 18-year-old Yamenatave Yavala earlier this morning for aggravated burglary and theft. Yavala entered into a person’s property and stole assorted items to the total value of $2550 sometime in June, 2018, in Suva. Justice...

Rugby development begins at the grassroots level

THE most renowned name in the 7s game, Sir Gordon Tietjens believes all rugby development for both men and women begin at the grassroots level. “Schools are the best place to begin developing rugby players,” Sir Tietjens said. He believes that at the young stage, children are more akin to naturally learn the sport which...

Aspiring youth leaders get royal treat

FOR aspiring youth leaders, Elisha Bano and Elvis Kumar, the opportunity to highlight their work among communities in Fiji is one of their great passions but when you get to meet royalty through your work, it’s even better. That’s what the duo got to cherish when they met the royal couple the Duke and Duchess...

Report fake Fiji Times Facebook account

THE Fiji Times wishes to inform its readers and followers of a fake Facebook account purporting to be the official account of the newspaper. We need your support to report this FAKE page https://web.facebook.com/Fiji-Times-254313332110085/ to Facebook so it can be removed. The official Facebook account of the newspaper @fijitimesonline can be accessed on this link: https://web.facebook.com/fijitimesonline/  Fred Wesley,...

Election Day a public holiday, ministry reiterates

EMPLOYERS in Fiji have been urged by the Employment Ministry not to prevent employees who are working tomorrow on Election Day from voting. While tomorrow is a public holiday, the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations has reiterated that employers must make the necessary arrangements to ensure that their operations are not affected. Whether...

Partnership to bring better hospitals, cutting edge treatment

CUTTING-EDGE treatments such as radiotherapy for cancer and the 24/7 availability of cardiac surgery will be soon available, for the first time, in Fiji. This is expected to stem from a partnership between the Fijian Government and Aspen Medical Pty Ltd an internationally-certified hospital based in Canberra, Australia. The Fijian Government has signed a Letter...

Weather watch: Strong winds, rain forecasted for tomorrow

A TROPICAL Disturbance christened TD02F has developed near the Solomon Islands and is expected to bring strong and gusty winds over Fiji from Wednesday. This according to a statement issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service yesterday. FMS director Ravind Kumar said Fiji could expect north-easterly windscwith speeds of 40 to 50 km/hr, gusting to 60km/hr...

Bishop of Polynesia named

THE Diocese of Polynesia has elected the Rev Fereimi Cama to be the next Bishop of Polynesia. Mr Cama becomes the seventh bishop and the first Fijian to take the post. He will become a joint leader of The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. The post was previously held by the Rev...

High costs on farms

ONCE upon a time the rolling hills of Volovolo in the Ba hinterland used to produce about 7000 tonnes of sugar cane. However, over the past six years, six of the nine farmers who tilled the land in the area have abandoned their farms. Today, the three remaining farmers combined produce about 700 tonnes of...

Farmers suffers loss of livestock

THE impact of the dry season continues to affect some farmers in Labasa. For 55-year-old Deo Raj, the recent dry season in the area has claimed his livestock. The Naleba farmer said the impact of the dry season on his goat and sugarcane farming was immense. “Before this, I had 70 goats, but after the...

Dry spell wreaks havoc on farms

BEING a poultry and goat farmer, Hem Lata well knows very well about the impacts of the dry season. She had experienced it first-hand as a farmer and knows what it feels like to be affected by the dry spell. A team from this newspaper visited Ms Lata at her place in Naqere, Tabia in...

Truck driver Nand Kumar unloads the sugar cane at the lautoka Mill yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Crushing nears end

AFTER the announcement of tentative dates for the end of crushing season, the Fiji Sugar Corporation and Sugar Cane Growers Council are working with farmers to provide swift solution before the season ends. FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark said the two organisations were working with farmers to identify problems as it arose. “Opportunities to...

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