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2016: The Year In Review

2016: The Year In Review
December 31
16:20 2016

 

FLASHBACK:January

Halima Bibi’s baby is Fiji’s first for 2016. Having a baby boy on New Year’s Day was the perfect start to 2016 for Ms Bibi who delivered him at Suva’s CWM hospital.

The Fiji Electricity Authority announced that it would charge its customers nine per cent VAT for the December to January bill.

Tropical Cyclone Ula, Category Three system, hit Fiji.

The six-member team, part of the International Labour Organisation tripartite mission, met with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and executive committee of the Suva Chamber of Commerce.

 

FEBRUARY

Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji, which caused havoc and loss of 44 lives, among other destruction.

Government declared a State of Natural Disaster for Fiji Permanent secretary for Natural Disaster, Meleti Bainimarama said the declaration would be in effect for 30 days.

The sugarcane industry recorded an initial estimated total loss of $83million because of the widespread devastation caused by severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

 

March

The Fiji Sugar Corporation announced an early release of the third cane payment.

Government announced to pay $19.9million to 43,624 families living under the Ministry of Social Welfare’s Poverty Benefit Scheme and Care and Protection Allowance.

A Dee Cees bus carrying about 20 passengers got burnt after its engine compartment caught fire in Suva.

 

April

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama pulls out of MSG summit instead, he said he would that he will be going to the Queen’s birthday celebrations in London.

 

MAY

An Australian-based model Pooja Priyanka was crowned Miss World Fiji 2016

Blanket Tax Clearance by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) launched

Ben Ryan puts Fiji among Hollywood Interest

Vodafone 7s team’s back-to-back wins for the World Sevens Series. Vodafone Fiji gave $75,000 in bonus cheques.

Vodafone Flying Fijians Nemani Nadolo withdrawn from World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, due to personal reasons.

Government launched Adopt a Village Programme programme , another new initiative in the rebuilding and rehabilitation after TC Winston.

 

JULY

Vicki Wilson was named the new Fijian netball coach

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says public not here to serve civil servants.

RB Patel Group Limited announced a 24 per cent increase in profits for the financial year ended June 30, 2016.

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena confirmed the Suva Port plan works begin

AG said Fiji’s Economy is in a better position now to what it was 10 years ago.

PM said SODELPA party leader Sitiveni Rabuka poses no threat to them.

 

AUGUST

Fiji wins first Olympic gold medal with win over Great Britain.

Anne Dunn crowned Miss Hibiscus 2016.

Former Methodist Church president Reverend Manasa Lasaro passes away.

PM overwhelmed with $345k donation by corporate organisations for our 7s heroes

Serua Province honoured Champion 7s rugby coach Ben Ryan and rewarded him.

 

SEPTEMBER

Former Fiji Vice President and Na Turaga na Roko Tui Bau Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, passed away.Healing water at Natadradave Village in Tailevu was discovered and drew thousands to the site.

The Cabinet underwent major reshuffle. The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama announced that first reshuffle, midway through his Government’s current Parliament term.

A senior staff member of Parliament’s Secretariat was sent home after complaints of sexual misconduct  allegedly involving her and two married SODELPA members of parliament.

Opposition Whip, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, was suspended from Parliament for two years.The penalty is for a religious attack on the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and a number of prominent Muslims who head Government statutory organisations.

 

OCTOBER

President George Konrote visited our troops at the Middles East.

Fiji celebrated its 47 years of Independence and hosted the first Constitution Day.

DPP objects bail variation for Fiji Times publisher

Judge tells pastor Iowane Vakadranu that he sexually exploited women.

 

November

Fiji Airways, announced its selection of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to replace its existing narrow-body fleet.

Fiji Port Corporation Limited (FPCL) won the Prize Award for the Fiji Business Excellency Award.

Fiji Police Force defended the 2016 Sukana Bowl title.

Major Girmit celebrations were held around the country today to mark the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of indentured labourers in Fiji on Sutlej V. Celebrations were held in Nausori, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Rakiraki, Ba, Tavua and Levuka.

 

December

Tropical Depression (TD04F) struck Fiji, brings heavy rainfall and flooding in some parts of the country.

Former iTaukei Land Trust Board general manager Alipate Qetaki revealed that he and his family voted for Ro Temumu Kepa in the 2014 general elections

Police graduations: DPC Eastern, Maretino Qiolevu, graduated from the Fiji National University with his Executive Masters in Business Degree Certificate andPolice Chief of Operation,ACP Rusiate Tudravu, graduated from the FNU with an Executive Masters in Business Administration.

Goundar Shipping Limited’s brings in fourth vessel Lomaiviti Princess IV.

The second phase of the Help for Homes initiative, the government’s Cyclone Winston Housing assistance scheme was launched in Nayavu village in Wainibuka. The government  spent $88 million so far to assist people living in cyclone affected areas and another $20 million was allocated in the 2016/2017 National Budget.

 

2016: A Year In Sports Review

 

INTERNATIONAL

Vodafone Fijian 7s wins back-to-back series (May)

The Ben Ryan-coached side defended their World Sevens Series title, which is their third ever series title that they have won.

Upon losing their opening game against hosts England 31-10, Fiji went on to thrash Wales 42-5 and then outclassed Australia 26-0.

Fiji won the first leg of the series in Dubai by beating England 28-17, then went on to win the Las Vegas 7s, despite the country being hit by Tropical Cyclone Winston, they edged Australia 21-15 and then thrashed New Zealand 21-7 in the finals of the Hong Kong 7s to finish with 181 points.

 

Fiji host first Super Rugby match (July)

In July this year, Fijians got to witness the first ever Super Rugby match between Chiefs and Crusader which was hosted at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The sold-out match saw people from all walks of life in numbers to support their favourite team.

We being Chiefs home ground, they beat Crusaders 23-13 in what was a thrilling match.

Following the successful hosting of the match, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had confirmed Fiji to host the second Super Rugby match next year in March between Chiefs and Crusaders again.

 

Fiji Under-21 Netball team wins (September)

The Fiji Under-21 netball team qualified for the Netball Youth World Cup championship in Botswana next year after winning the Oceania Netball Youth World qualifiers in New Zealand earlier this year.

 

Cikamatana wins first gold at a World event (October)

Weightlifting which is considered a minor sport in the country but it has had one of its most successful year with upcoming star Eileen Cikamatana winning gold at the IWF World Youth Championship in Penang, Malaysia in the Clean and Jerk lift.

 

LOCAL

Marist and Jasper win Coca Cola Games (April)

Marist Brothers High School took out the boy’s title in the 2016 Coca Cola Games with a total of 17 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze, while Jasper Williams defended their girl’s title with a total of 15 gold medals and 19 silver medals.

 

QVS wins Deans Trophy (August)

Despite being struck by Tropical Cyclone Winston, Queen Victoria School made sure that the Coke Zero Deans Trophy returned to the Eastern Division. They beat Marist Brothers High School 21-1

Nadroga defended Skipper and

 

Farebrother title (October)

BLK Nadroga has continued their dominance in local rugby after retaining their 2016 Skipper Cup title. They overcame Suva 17-12 in the finals. They also went on to defend their HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge title for the sixth time after defeating Nadi 32-13 in the final round.

 

Rewa has qualified for the Oceania Football  (November)

Rwewa has qualified for the Confederation (OFC) Champions League for the first time. They achieved the one main aim they have set out to accomplish this year. Rewa finished in second place wining nine out of 14 games to finish behind Ba on 29 points. In other major tournaments, Lautoka won the INKK Mobile Battle of the Giants after a lapse of 30 years after beating Labasa 2-0. Nadi won the Vodafone Fiji FACT after beating Suva 3-0. The winner had to be decided in the penalty shootout after both teams failed to score in regular and extra time. While Labasa won the Courts Inter District Championship. –

 

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