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2019 Pacific Games: Fiji looking to dominate Badminton

FIJI will be looking at dominating the lawn bowls competition like they did in 2015 in Papua New Guinea. The Fiji team collected four gold, two silver and two bronze medals across men’s and women’s events in 2015. Meanwhile the lawn bowls at the Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games will feature a number of popular stars...

Changing the way we treat women

FAITH-BASED organisations have the power to change the way women are treated because the language of faith was one of the most powerful platforms in Fiji. This was the message from Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa to participants at the Women on the Frontlines Conference in Lautoka yesterday. “Faith or religious...

Soil test to help determine suitable manure

SAMPLES of soil need to be tested first to determine which manure is suitable for it, says Agriculture Ministry principal research officer Amena Banuve during a talanoa session with farmers during the National Agriculture Show held at the Valelevu grounds, Nasinu yesterday. Mr Banuve’s comment comes after Tui Mereka, a farmer from Beqa, asked what...

No rehab centre for drug addicts

FIJI does not have a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts. This was revealed by the officer in charge at the Criminal Investigations Department’s (CID) Drug Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Anare Masitabua, who said St Giles Hospital was the only place where drug addicts were kept. “We actually take them and leave them at the...

Karan: Yoga may hold cure to NCD-related deaths

YOGA may hold the cure to 80 per cent of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which continues to increase annually in Fiji, says permanent secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister Yogesh Karan. Officiating at the International Day of Yoga and Vegetarian Food Festival in Suva yesterday, Mr Karan said Government was trying...

Navesau students learn a lot from budget debate

THIRTEEN students from Navesau Adventist High School in Wainibuka, Tailevu, visited Parliament on Thursday to witness the 2019-2020 National Budget debate. History teacher Christine Homelo said it was an honour to be part of the Parliament sitting. “The students have learned a lot in this one-day visit to Parliament. “It will help them in their...

2019 Bula Festival launched

“GIVE without expecting anything in return.” This was the message from Tui Nawaka Ratu Asaeli Druibalavu Naevo while launching the 2019 Bula Festival at the Nadi Bay Resort on Friday. “This year’s theme, ‘Heart of charity’, is very fitting because this is the time when we need to lend our ears and give our hearts...

2563 complaints registered with Consumer Council

A TOTAL of 2563 complaints valued around $5.3 million were registered with the Consumer Council of Fiji from January to June this year. This, according to Lautoka consumer officer James Vakacabeqoli during a presentation this week at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel. He said landlord/tenant issues topped the list with 571 complaints registered. “This was followed...

FWCC expects more for Women’s Ministry

FIJI Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali says she expects a more inclusive budget for the Ministry of Women Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare in the coming financial year. She said she felt that over the years the budget was not as much as it should be especially in terms of allocation for initiatives dealing...

Editorial comment – Let’s be aware

Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau has warned fishermen, fish vendors, restaurants, exporters and members of the public to stop catching, buying, selling and consuming kawakawa and donu during its spawning period. Mr Koroilavesau said the ban on the two fish species would be in place from June to September. The spawning period, he said, ensured that...

UN chief says tax pollution, not people

SHIFT taxes from salaries to carbon to stop subsidising fossil fuels and to stop building new coal plants by 2020 was UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call when he addressed Pacific leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva. Mr Guterres is on his first official visit to the Pacific, including Fiji. Yesterday, the head of...

Call to implant microchips in sex convicts

A NATEWA family, once challenged by a sexual assault case, has asked Government to implant microchips in convicts. The plea was made by Natewa villager Nemani Draveisau during his submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the Registration of Sex Offenders Bill 2018. The committee held a public consultation...

Pearls likely to move up in rankings

THE Fiji Pearls are likely to move up in ranking after a successfully winning all its matches in the 2019 Singapore vs Fiji Test series in Singapore. Fiji who are currently ranked 14 in the International Netball Federation World Ranking, completed its series victory after defeating Singapore at the OCBC Arena Hall in Singapore yesterday...

Public will not access sexual offences register: Maharaj

MEMBERS of the public will not have access to the register that contains names and details of sexual related offenders. Alvick Maharaj, chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the Registration of the Sex Offenders Bill 2018, made this known at yesterday’s public submission in Lagalaga, Macuata. In reiterating the...

Mali residents request for proper boat landing site

GOVERNMENT will look for a new boat landing site for islanders in the Macuata maritime zone who travel regularly to Labasa Town. This follows requests from the people of Mali for a proper landing after boats from the island and nearby areas have been forced to berth beneath the Labasa Bridge. Speaking during the Mali...

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