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Villagers struggle to access water

Rabi Island’s intermittent water supply issues was one of the key subjects of discussion during the week-long Sustainable Forest and Land Management workshop conducted by the ministries of Forestry and Agriculture at Tabwewa Village. Participants shared their daily struggles in accessing clean water supply. Principal agricultural officer Rohit Lal encouraged the participants to use tools...

Media has to adjust to demands of public

THE media industry has had to adjust according to the demands of the public. These were the words of Fiji Times Editor in Chief Fred Wesley during the company’s 150th year anniversary at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last Friday. Mr Wesley said The Fiji Times have embraced the fact that the audience has...

Drag race on today

The Fiji Motorsports Association will hold the Pacific Energy Quarter Mile Drag race in Pacific Harbour today. Association President Raizal Haniff said it will be good news for spectators as entry fee will be free. “It will be free for people who want to come and watch. It should be an exciting day as fans...

Divers graduate

OF the 70 personnel that were selected to attend the eight weeks Basic Divers Course held at the Naval Base in Togalevu, eight graduated as qualified divers yesterday. Officiating at the passing out parade, Fiji Navy Commander Humphrey Tawake urged the new divers to put what they had learnt into action.

FCEF CEO resigns

THE chief executive officer of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, Nesbitt Hazelman has resigned. The FCEF Board made the announcement in a statement yesterday. According to the Board, Mr Hazelman has decided to leave to pursue new challenges and opportunities. Mr Hazelman has served as FCEF CEO for a decade.

All transport systems run on fossil fuel, states minister

THE biggest challenge  in terms of transport in Fiji is that all our transport system runs on fossil fuels. This was highlighted by Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Jone Usamate while speaking the Fiji Medical Association 61st Annual Scientific Conference in Pacific Harbour today. Mr Usamate said there was a need to reduce...

Climate change likely to have direct impact, report suggests

MINISTER for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa says according to reports, climate change is likely to directly impact children and pregnant women. Ms Vuniwaqa made these comments while speaking at the Fiji Medical Association 61st Annual Scientific Conference in Pacific Harbour today. She said these was because they were  particularly susceptible to vector...

FRA to close crossing from Monday

THE Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) says motorists and pedestrians using the BS Charan Road crossing will not be able to use it from Monday September 9 to November 30. The FRA issued an advisory this morning saying that it will be constructing a new crossing in place of the old deteriorated crossing during this period....

Danish PM says Trump’s idea of selling Greenland to U.S. is absurd

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Greenland is not for sale and the idea of selling it to the United States is absurd, Denmark’s prime minister said on Sunday after an economic adviser to President Donald Trump confirmed the U.S. interest in buying the world’s largest island. “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs...

2019 Vodafone Super Deans: RKS defeats MBHS in under 14 playoffs

RATU Kadavulevu School will meet Suva Grammar  School in the Vodafone Super Deans final next week. RKS currently defeated Marist Brothers High School 23-10 in the second semi final of the under 14 grade at Lawaqa Park. Southern Zone winner, SGS thrashed Lelean Memorial School 45-8 in their semi final.

Police classify woman’s death as alleged murder

POLICE have classified the death of Australian national Jennifer Ann Downes as an alleged murder. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro while confirming this said the postmortem examination for Ms Downes had also been completed. However, Ms Naisoro said results of the postmortem examination would not be released. She said the suspect was the victim’s husband who...

Exclusive: Deutsche Bank’s problem derivatives cloud recovery – sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank AG’s (DBKGn.DE) turnaround strategy rests in large part on shedding 288 billion euros of unwanted assets. Three bank insiders said it will take years, tying up capital that could have generated income of 500 million euros ($557 million) a year. The opportunity cost of holding the assets, which has...

‘Always be prepared’

WE must never forget what happened during Tropical Cyclone Winston and should always be prepared for natural disasters. This was the message by Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Rosy Akbar, during the commissioning of the Wainibuka District Primary and Wainibuka Secondary School new school building which were destroyed by TC Winston in 2016. “We...

Natabua High School claim U17 title

NATABUA High School is the western zone under 17 champion after defeating Tavua College 20-10 at Churchill Park in Lautoka today. The side will play Suva Grammar School in the Vodafone Deans Quarterfinals next Saturday at the ANZ National Stadium. Tavua College is also through to the Deans Quarterfinals and will face Queen Victoria School.

As U.S. ‘superstar’ cities thrive, weaker ones get left behind

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) – In the depths of the financial crisis, when the world was shunning debt and battening down for the worst, city officials here zagged in what seemed a preposterous direction and spent $600 million on a new convention center. A decade later thousands of new hotel rooms soar over the site, including...

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