Fiji Sun » NEWS https://fijisun.com.fj Leading Fiji newspaper for Fiji News, Sport and Pacific news Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:58:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.18 Nikolic Drug Case: Yvette Nikolic Found Not Guilty Of All Charges https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/nikolic-drug-case-yvette-nikolic-found-not-guilty-of-all-charges/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/nikolic-drug-case-yvette-nikolic-found-not-guilty-of-all-charges/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:58:21 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462554 Australian national Yvette Nikolic is free to go after being found not guilty of all charges of importing and possessing illicit drugs and possession of arms and ammunitions without a licence.

Yvette Nikolic was jointly charged with her husband John Nikolic over the discovery of items on June 22, 2018, at Port Denarau Marina.

The couple appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar in the High Court in Suva for a ruling on a ‘no case to answer’ application by Yvette Nikolic’s defence lawyer Ronald Gordon last Friday.

Justice Goundar in his ruling said that the court found there was some direct and circumstantial evidence on all five charges against John Nikolic and there was a case for him to answer.

“The prosecution case against the first accused, Yvette Nikolic, is entirely based on circumstantial evidence.

“The question is whether there is some evidence from which an inference could be drawn that the first accused shared a common intention with the second accused to either import into Fiji or possess an illicit drug.

“There is some evidence that the second accused knew about the concealment as some of the alleged drug was seized upon information given by him under caution to the Customs boarder security officers.

“There is evidence of the conduct of the second accused when the seizure was made and the second accused was confronted with the discovery of the alleged drug.

“But there is no evidence of the conduct of the first accused when the discovery of drugs and arms and ammunition were made on the vessel owned by Yvette Nikolic. She was not present at the scene and she was not confronted with the discovery.

“There is no direct nexus between Yvette Nikolic’s distressed condition and the discovery of drugs and arms found on the vessel owned by her.

“Yvette Nikolic’s conduct after learning of the predicament of her husband is not an incriminating piece of evidence from which an inference could be drawn that she was complicit to the alleged offences.

“Similarly, the other evidence relied upon by the prosecution for an inference of guilt is not incriminating of her. She is the owner of the vessel but there is no evidence that she was in control of the vessel.

“The evidence led by the prosecution points to John Nikolic as the person who was in control of the vessel.

“There is no incriminating and reliable evidence for an inference of common intention based on the route that the vessel took before arriving in Fiji.

“The fact that Yvette Nikolic is married to John Nikolic or had been on board travelling with him for about four months before arriving in Fiji is not incriminating of her for an inference that she is a participant to the crimes that John Nikolic is accused of,” Justice Goundar said.

John Nikolic’s lawyer, Wasu Pillay told the court that he waived the right to closing submissions.

John Nikolic had also chosen to remain silent and will not be giving evidence.

The matter will be adjourned for closing submissions by the Prosecution at 10am Tuesday 19 February, 2019.

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Fiji Police: Command Group Takes Lead In Required Fitness Level Tests https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/fiji-police-command-group-takes-lead-in-required-fitness-level-tests/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/fiji-police-command-group-takes-lead-in-required-fitness-level-tests/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2019 03:21:55 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462540 The Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and members of the Command group kicked off the Required Fitness Level Tests at the Nasese foreshore this morning.

The Commissioner has been concerned with the health and the level of fitness for some members of the Force following the high number of deaths of Police officers succumbing to non-communicable diseases.

Since the 1st of January the Force has laid to rest 5 police officers who also succumbed to NCD complications.

Members of the Command group kicked off the Required Fitness Level Tests at the Nasese foreshore on Monday 18 February, 2019.

Members of the Command group kicked off the Required Fitness Level Tests at the Nasese foreshore on Monday 18 February, 2019.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said the health of officers has always been an area of concern as the people of Fiji expected more from members of the police force.

“One’s health and their ability to produce the desired outputs are linked and that is why we cannot have sickly officers as they won’t be able to serve efficiently in this demanding profession.

“We are grateful to the Ministry of Health for assisting us with our Health Audit so we are able to understand what needs to be addressed with our health”.

The Required Fitness Level Tests will be conducted in all four policing divisions.

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Fire Destroys 6 Bedroom House In Lautoka https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/fire-destroys-6-bedroom-house-in-lautoka/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/fire-destroys-6-bedroom-house-in-lautoka/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:41:09 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462502 A six bedroom house was damaged during a house fire in Sukanaivalu Road in Lautoka yesterday.

Police media officer (west) Sergeant Wame Bautolu confirmed the incident.

“The fire happened at 2.20pm which completely destroyed the house,” he said.

“The property was vacant when the incident happened.”

The home was said to be empty at the time the incident happened. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

The home was said to be empty at the time the incident happened. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Sergeant Bautolu said Police investigations were underway to determine the cause of the fire.

He urged members of the public to look after their properties well.

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Nausori Schools Donate Furniture to Vuci Methodist School https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/nausori-schools-donate-furniture-to-vuci-methodist-school/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/nausori-schools-donate-furniture-to-vuci-methodist-school/#comments Sun, 17 Feb 2019 23:02:36 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462464 The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts has thanked Nausori schools for donating school furniture to the Vuci Methodist School.

This follows the fire that destroyed part of the school on Friday night.

The initial damage assessment is $424,000 and this will continue to be evaluated.

Minister Rosy Akbar has expressed relief that there were no students or teachers injured in the incident.

However, to ensuring that students continue with their education in a safe environment is of paramount importance.

The ministry, working with the school management and the head of school, has put the following arrangements in place:

  • Year 701 and 702 will resume classes from Tuesday 19 February 2019 at the school
  • Year 301 and 502 will resume classes from Wednesday 20 February 2019 at the school
Part of the  Vuci Methodist School was destroyed in a fire on February 15, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Part of the Vuci Methodist School was destroyed in a fire on February 15, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

All other classes will operate as normal because the rest of the school has not been affected and these students should report for school as usual.

All teachers should report to school today, Monday February 18th,  2019, to assist with setting up the new classroom arrangements.

Specifically, the staff room and the assembly hall will be converted for these classes.

Meanwhile, the ministry will make arrangements for the following:

  • New text books to be delivered today, Monday, February 18th, 2019
  • Counselling as may be required coordinated by the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council
  • New computers when space is available
  • Working with the school and Ministry of Economy to address a replacement facility for classrooms

 

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1600 Cattle Tested Positive For Bovine Tuberculosis https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/1600-cattle-tested-positive-for-bovine-tuberculosis/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/1600-cattle-tested-positive-for-bovine-tuberculosis/#comments Sun, 17 Feb 2019 22:38:53 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462438 One-thousand-six-hun­dred-and-eighty-one cattle tested positive for Bovine Tuberculosis last year under the Bru­cellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign.

Minister for Agricul­ture, Rural and Maritime Development,Waterways and Environment Mahen­dra Reddy said they tested 33,839 cattle in total for TB and only more than 1000 came out positive. He added that 22,090 cattle were tested for Brucellosis and 31 were positive.

Mr Reddy said they initially had 10 trained staff working under the cam­paign who undertook TB and Brucellosis testing of the cattle on a day-to-day basis.He said the ministry now had four veterinarians and was in the process of re­cruiting one more.

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Accident Claims Another Life on Fiji Roads, Road Death Toll Now 10 https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/accident-claims-another-life-on-fiji-roads-death-toll-now-10/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/accident-claims-another-life-on-fiji-roads-death-toll-now-10/#comments Sun, 17 Feb 2019 22:17:38 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462460 The early morning sounds of a strumming guitar will now be a mere memory for Eparama Draso, 53, whose brother was killed in a car accident during the weekend.

Those are the lingering thoughts of Mr Draso as he remembered his elder brother Joeli Walevu, a farmer, who was involved in the tragic accident at Korovuto, Nadi on Saturday morning.

His death brings to 10 the road death toll compared to 7 for the same period last year.

According to Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, the tragic incident was caused after the vehicle they were travelling in and driven by Mr Draso’s 23-year-old son in law allegedly lost control.

“It is alleged the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to veer off the road and collided with a streetlight post,” she said.

The incident happened at 10am.

the late Joeli Walevu during his hey days

the late Joeli Walevu

 

At the family residence in Koroqaqa Village in Ba yesterday Mr Draso described his brother as a talented musician.

“Every morning during prayer session he will make sure to compliment the worship with his music notes. The whole community of Koroqaqa will miss the strumming of his guitar,” Mr Draso said.

“He worked for the resort in Sonaisali few years ago. His sudden passing has come to us as a shock.”

The late Mr Walevu was not married, but he will be missed by family members and his peers.

Ms Naisoro said the late Mr Walevu was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old heading towards Nadi from Suva.

“It is alleged the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to veer off the road and collided with a street light post.”

“Also traveling in the vehicle were three adults, a nine-year-old child and a two-month-old baby. All were rushed to the Nadi Hospital where the victim was pronounced dead on arrival.”

Two of the adults and the nine-year-old child were treated and sent home, while the driver’s brother was admitted at the Lautoka Hospital after sustaining injuries to his left arm.

The two-month old baby is also admitted at Nadi Hospital and is under observation because he sustained minor injuries.

The driver was in Police custody and yet to be questioned awaiting the post mortem examination results.

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Fiji Police: Canadian Arrested, $31 Million Worth Of Cocaine Found https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/fiji-police-canadian-arrested-31-million-worth-of-cocaine-found/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/fiji-police-canadian-arrested-31-million-worth-of-cocaine-found/#comments Sun, 17 Feb 2019 21:47:45 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462457 A 24year old Canadian citizen will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today after he was allegedly found with more than 30 bars of cocaine.

The raid was conducted at the accused person’s home in Caubati last week where the discovery of 39bars of white powder was discovered and later tested positive to be cocaine worth more than $31million.

He has been charged with one count of found in possession of illicit drugs.

Investigations continue with regards to the source of the illicit drugs.

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26 Ice Plants Service Fiji Coastal, Maritime Communities https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/26-ice-plants-service-fiji-coastal-maritime-communities/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/18/26-ice-plants-service-fiji-coastal-maritime-communities/#comments Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:23:11 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462436 Minister for Fisher­ies Semi Koroilave­sau has confirmed that there are 26 govern­ment ice plants in operation that service Fiji’s coastal and maritime communi­ties.

He said last week they com­missioned another two fish­eries station including two ice plants on the islands of Moala and Cicia in the Lau Group.

“Ice plants are installed in our maritime islands where there is sufficient water to provide an ease of access to fishermen,” Mr Koroilave­sau said.

“This development is de­signed to maximise the revenue by fishermen and minimise the cost of travel to access ice.

He stated that a solar pow­ered freezer costs $70,000 per unit and $20,000 each for installation.

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Police: Man In Custody For Allegedly Raping a 10-Year-Old Girl https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/police-man-in-custody-for-allegedly-raping-a-10-year-old-girl/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/police-man-in-custody-for-allegedly-raping-a-10-year-old-girl/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23:00:26 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462354 A 60-year-old man is in police custody for allegedly raping a 10-year-old student on the 10th of this month at his home.

The suspect is in custody at the Valelevu Police Station.

He allegedly committed the offence when the victim was at his home to get a frying pan.

The two are neighbours and the mother of the victim had allegedly asked her daughter to get the said item from him.

The alleged matter came to light when the victim informed her teacher during a gender counselling session on the 14th of this month.

Investigations continue.

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Prime Minister Bainimarama Gives Environment Warning To All Prospective Developers https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/prime-minister-bainimarama-gives-environment-warning-to-all-prospective-developers/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/prime-minister-bainimarama-gives-environment-warning-to-all-prospective-developers/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:05:06 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462327 Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night issued a stern warning to prospective developers that any breach of environmental protections would be met with the full force of the law.

Mr Bainimarama sent the message out during the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Gala Awards Dinner at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, Nadi.

“I have been alarmed by recent cases of apparent breaches of environmental protections here in Fiji, and I want to repeat that such breaches should be met with the full force of the law. No exceptions,” the PM said.

“If you break our laws, you will be punished.”

He then announced that Government would roll out an environmental hotline soon – a hotline where Fijians could report abuses of the environment, wherever they saw it happening.

“So, to any developer, from anywhere in the world, let me say this. If you intend to destroy or forever degrade our environment, you are not welcome in Fiji,” the PM said.

“I assure you our hospitality has hard and fast limits and we don’t take kindly to anyone who violates our laws. No matter the size of your development, no matter how grand the promises you carry with you may be.

“Last year, I spoke about how the number of tourists nearly matched the number of people living in Fiji – and this year, we came even closer to passing that threshold.

“But as our resorts continue to develop, as we attract more visitors, and a higher paying selection of travellers, and as this industry continues to grow, we need to think more seriously about how to make that growth, and this industry, more inclusive.

“I’ve had more than a few Fijians come to me personally saying that they’ve not felt welcome when going on a weekend “staycation”, taking a day trip, or grabbing dinner at some of our fancier resorts.

Radike Qereqeretabua receives the award on behalf of late Patrick 'Paddy' Doyle, FHTA Chairman Dixon Seeto, and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the 2018 ANZ FETA at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Radike Qereqeretabua receives the award on behalf of late Patrick ‘Paddy’ Doyle, FHTA Chairman Dixon Seeto, and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the 2018 ANZ FETA at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

“Given that it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, I suspect we have plenty of Fijian couples looking to do exactly that this weekend.

“When they do arrive at your doors, they ought to be treated exactly the same way as anyone else who you welcome on your premises. Because, as businesses in our country, you must be open to all of our people, all the time.

“They deserve the same level of service, they deserve the same level of attention and they deserve to feel welcome at resorts in their own country. Full stop.

“Only by sharing this hospitality with each other and by spreading the economic impact of the sector far and wide, we will truly cultivate a tourism industry that benefits all Fijians.

“With that, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for offering me your hospitality tonight.

“I extend my warm congratulations to tonight’s award winners and nominees. I thank ANZ and other sponsors for their continued commitment to this vital industry.

“Let’s celebrate our successes, and continue our remarkable progress in the year ahead.”

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Draubuta Villages To Be Relocated After Sand And Soil Avalanche Hits https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/draubuta-villages-to-be-relocated-after-sand-and-soil-avalanche-hits/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/draubuta-villages-to-be-relocated-after-sand-and-soil-avalanche-hits/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:00:29 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462448 Apiece of land has been identified and talks are underway to relocate the 16 families of Draubuta Village, in Navosa, who were displaced after continuous rainfall in the past three weeks.

The rainfall had caused a massive sand and gravel avalanche into the village at Navosa in the upper-reaches of the Sigatoka River.

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development through the District Officer Navosa is co-ordinating the assistance and the assessment that has been made by various government stakeholders in the village.

Navosa District Officer, Jovesa Naqarikau said that officials from the National Disaster Management Office, Fiji Roads Authority, Agriculture and the Water Authority of Fiji had visited the village and conducted their assessment.

“The agricultural officers will be making their recommendations for the next course of action to be pursued,” Mr Naqarikau said.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services officials had sprayed the village and also assessed the possibility of an outbreak of dreadful diseases and awareness has been done.

The FRA had cleared the debris and soil sediments in the houses also assessed the road condition, the village compound and machines are now being deployed to clear debris and soil sediments.

Mr Naqarikau confirms that the Fiji Red Cross Society had provided assistance with households items, dignitary kits and clothes.

Meanwhile, the Water Authority of Fiji officials have been deployed to assess damage sustained to the water system while the Commissioner Western Division has organised for more clothes to be delivered to the village early next week.

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Dennis, Whitting Blessed With Life Achievement Awards https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/dennis-whitting-blessed-with-life-achievement-awards-2/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/dennis-whitting-blessed-with-life-achievement-awards-2/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:00:10 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462320 The ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards (FETA) has given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award to two individuals – Michael Dennis and Bill Whiting – while the late Patrick ‘Paddy’ Doyle was named to the Visionary Award.

FETA Trustee Dixon Seeto said Mr Dennis and Mr Whiting had contributed immensely towards the growth of our tourism industry.

He said the board of trustees also wanted to remember the late Paddy Doyle as a pioneer of Fiji’s tourism industry.

Mr Seeto said: “Tonight we are giving the highest FETA accolade, the Lifetime Achievement award to two individuals who deserve to be recognised for their gigantic contribution towards tourism.

“Both Dennis and Whiting are mentors for our tourism leaders for the work they have done and for the work that they continue to do.

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“The Visionary Award is deservingly given to the late Patrick ‘Paddy’ Doyle who was the first General Manager of the Fijian Resort.

“This award is given in his memory for his trailblazing work in tourism starting from the 1960s.”

Other individual awards were presented to Britney Turaganikeli, who was recognised as the Fiji Pride Champion; Akuila Batiweti is the Emerging Tourism Leader while Eroni Puamau of Rosie Holidays received the Tourism Leader Award. Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Rosie Holidays scooped the Hall of Fame awards.

There were two winners in the Culinary Services and Destination Marketing categories. The Culinary Services award was presented to Castaway Island Fiji and Maqai Eco Surf Resort; Malamala Beach Club took the Destination Marketing award. Another big winner last night at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, Nadi, was Vatuvara Private Islands scooping the Accommodation Luxury and Tourism Sustainability Awards.

Aquarius on the Beach received the Accommodation Budget award; Accommodation Quality award went to Malolo Island Resort while the Accommodation Deluxe award went to Wyndham Denarau Island.

Specialised Tourism Services and Support to the Industry went to Port Denarau Marina, South Sea Cruises won the Transport and Tour Operators award and Ecotrax won the Visitor Attractions and Activity award.

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Police: Man Dies After Driver Loses Control Of Vehicle https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/police-man-dies-after-driver-loses-control-of-vehicle/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/police-man-dies-after-driver-loses-control-of-vehicle/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:45:37 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462347 A 60-year-old farmer of Sarava, Ba is believed to be the latest road fatality victim following an accident on the Queen’s Road along Korovuto in Nadi yesterday morning.

The victim was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old heading towards Nadi from Suva.

It is alleged the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to veer off the road and collided with a street light post.

Also traveling in the vehicle were three adults, a 9-year-old child and a 2 month-old baby.

All were rushed to the Nadi Hospital where the victim was pronounced dead on arrival.

Two of the adults and the 9-year-old child were treated and sent home, while a man in his 50s remains admitted in stable condition.

The 2month old baby is also admitted under observation as he sustained minor injuries.

The road death toll currently stands at 10 compared to 7 for the same period last year.

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Confucius Institute Celebrates Spring Festival https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/confucius-institute-celebrates-spring-festival/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/confucius-institute-celebrates-spring-festival/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:30:56 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462371 This is the seventh year the Confucius Institute (CI) at the University of the South Pacific (USP) is celebrating Spring Festival.

The institute organised the Chinese New Year celebration with all the staff, students and friends from all walks of life.

Lecturer Yagn Guishuang said Chinese New Year was the most special festival for all Chinese.

“Chinese New Year is a special holiday to reunite with family and friends.

“During New Year, all family members will get together like Christmas, Eid and Diwali.

“We are so delighted to celebrate this important event with Fijians. “Although we miss our family back in China, Fiji is our second hometown.

“We like life in Fiji and we have learnt a lot from the local culture.” Institute director, Hui Yang thanked the Social Course students for their support.

“CI will continue to teach Mandarin and Chinese culture and we look forward to having new faces every year.”

USP Dean of Faculty of Arts Law and Education, Akanisi Kedrayate said: “It was an honour to celebrate Chinese New Year.

“We appreciate the Chinese culture.”

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Khan Eager To Carry Out Role https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/khan-eager-to-carry-out-role/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/khan-eager-to-carry-out-role/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:30:51 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462378 Constable Sheik Muzamil Khan succeeded in his first step to make his dream come true.

On Friday, he was one of the new recruits who were part of the Basic Recruits passing out parade at the Fiji Police Academy at Nasova, Suva.

The 20-year-old from Labasa knew he had to support his family financially when his father, who is a labourer at Waiqele Sawmill outside Labasa, injured his right eye.

The former Labasa Sangam student hopes to make a name for himself in the Fiji Police Force.

“I was doing my Degree in Agriculture and when my father got injured. I knew I had to find a job.

“I knew my father would not be able to support me financially so I decided to join the Fiji Police  Force,” Constable Khan said.

“Becoming a Police officer was never my dream, but the four months training has taught me a lot about a Police officer.

“It is not about wearing the uniform but the responsibility that comes with it.

“My family is my priority and they will always be. Now all Fijians are my priority.

“I am ready to serve the Police force and will give it my best shot.”

His first posting will be in Nadi.

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French Vessel Docks In Lautoka https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/462370/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/462370/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:30:51 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462370 French naval patrol boat, La Glorieuse for the first time berthed at the Port of Lautoka on a four day port call.

The vessel arrived on Friday after patrolling our Exclusive Economic Zone as part of collaboration efforts with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division.

“Our mission is to fight against illegal trafficking, human trafficking, and drug trafficking and illegal fishing,” said Lieutenant Julien Feurtey, Commanding Officer.

“We patrol day and night far from the coast to report illegal activities at sea.” He also clarified, that they don’t have any legal means inside Fiji’s EEZ, if

they see any fishing vessel they report them to the Fiji Navy who then deals with it.

“When we depart Lautoka on Monday, we will patrol the Fiji EEZ again and ship to New Caledonia”, he said.

The vessel has four officers, 17 petty officers and eight enlisted.

The vessel first visited Port of Suva in December for the same focus.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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Top Recruit Tells Story Of Struggle And Triumph https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/top-recruit-tells-story-of-struggle-and-triumph/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/top-recruit-tells-story-of-struggle-and-triumph/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:30:40 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462377 Constable Ronit Rajnesh Kumar was not surprised when he was named the Commissioner’s Book Prize Awardee during the Basic Recruits Passing- Out Parade held at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova on Friday.

The Commissioner’s Book Prize is awarded to the recruit constable who had attained the highest aggregate marks in all theoretical and practical assessments of the course and is also known as the Dux of the course.

The 20-year-old from Masimasi Settlement, Tavua, had a dream to do his best in whatever he did.

“I knew I had to be focus from the start and that was exactly what I did. It feels good to be recognised for the hard work I have put in during the four months training,” Constable Kumar said.

“I was doing my Degree in Electrical Engineering. I did it for three semesters and left because I was facing financial problems.

“My parents were supportive of my decision when I told them wanted to become a Police officer. “I have never been closer to God like the four months I was training.

“I dedicate my achievement to my parents for always motivating me and believing in me. I am ready for my new posting and that will be in Nasinu.”

His father, Rohit Rajnesh Rao said: “I was just crying when my son’s name was called.

“I am so proud of what my son has done.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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Board Members Talk Next Step: Vuci Methodist School Fire https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/board-members-talk-next-step-vuci-methodist-school-fire/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/board-members-talk-next-step-vuci-methodist-school-fire/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:30:21 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462345 The Vuci Methodist School board members will meet tomorrow to discuss the approach they will take after four classrooms, library and computer laboratory were razed by fire on Friday afternoon.

The fire destroyed four classrooms of a wooden structure, a computer lab and the Nausori school’s library.

School manager, Sarojani Prasad said she never thought that the school would one day be destroyed by a fire.

“I received a call at 6:25pm about the fire and went there as soon as possible. The fire started from a classroom in the middle before it spread. The fire spread fast because the building was wooden.” Mrs Prasad said.

“Good thing the National Fire Authority was able to contain the fire before it spread to the other building.

“On Monday we will get to know what step we will take because during the board members meeting we will sort details of what we will do. The cost of repairing the building is about $90,000 and that is the cost of the material and labour.

“Three of the buildings were opened in 2015 and the other three in 2017. We had about 12 computers in our computer lab and our library was up- to-date.

“We hope to get as much help as we can because we don’t want students to be affected. It will probably take six months for us to rebuild the four classrooms that were destroyed.”

Assistant head teacher, Rajend Singh Somas is pleading with parents and guardians to let their children come to school.

“The school year has already started and the children will be accommodated. I cannot guarantee which classrooms they will be in, but surely they will be having normal classes,” Mr Somas said.

“Parents and guardians please do not keep your children at home. Send them to school because we are going to accommodate our children. They are our first priority. The parents are not to worry about the classrooms that burned down.”

The school was built in 1939. The school roll is 900 students. The four classrooms that burned down catered for about 200 students.

Edited by Percy Kean

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Police: More Seizures Of Marijuana And Hard Drugs https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/police-more-seizures-of-marijuana-and-hard-drugs/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/police-more-seizures-of-marijuana-and-hard-drugs/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:30:03 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462358 Drug raids continue throughout the four policing divisions with more seizures of marijuana and hard drugs made this week.

In the Eastern Division, a man in his 30s was arrested on Thursday at his home in Narocivo Village, Rewa when he was found in possession of a plastic bag containing dried leaves believed to be marijuana.

In another case, a man in his 30s was arrested along Koronivia road on Friday following the alleged discovery of a small box containing 3 clear plastic bags of white crystals believed to be methamphetamine.

The suspect was pursued by officers from Nausori as he was seen to be acting in a suspicious manner.

He remains in custody as the substances have been sent for analysis.

Meanwhile in the Western Division a woman is in police custody after the WD Task force team found a clear white container with loose dried leaves believed to be marijuana at

Yarolevu Village, Malolo Island, Nadi.

She remains in custody as investigations continue.

Another report also on Malolo Island, resulted in the seizure of 25 sachets

of dried leaves wrapped in aluminum foil suspected to be marijuana.

A man in his 20s is in custody at the Nadi Police Station as investigations continue.

And in the third incident reported on Malolo Island a man in his 30s is in custody following the discovery of a jar containing up to 100 sachets of dried leaves wrapped in aluminum foil believed to be marijuana.

Earlier in the week 5 men from Qerelevu in Ba were charged and produced in court following five separate raids.

Seizures of plants and dried leaves were made during the raids which were all tested positive as marijuana.

The Fiji Police Force is thankful to members of the public who continue to provide information about those involved in the drug trade as it has resulted in the successful raids conducted to date.

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68 Students Inducted As School Leaders https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/68-students-inducted-as-school-leaders/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/17/68-students-inducted-as-school-leaders/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:00:50 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462300 A total of 68 students from Year One to Year 13 were inducted as school leaders during the A.D. Patel Memorial Primary School prefects Induction ceremony in Nadi yesterday.

Chief guest, Director Primary Education, Hem Chand advised the students that their new leader­ship roles, was one way of being an example to students in the lower grades.

Mr Chand also told students that it was time to balance academic work and duty as school prefects.

“School heads should lead by ex­ample and you can be good role models so that the other students can follow you,” he said.

“You need to balance your leader­ship roles with your studies and you should remain focused as far as your studies are concerned.

“This is the extra responsibility given to you.”

He also encouraged parents to mo­tivate their children as they took on the role as school leaders.

“We don’t need highly qualified parents, but we need highly moti­vated parents and your role is to monitor and guide your children,” he said.

Mr Chand added that the Minis­try of Education would continue to provide support to all schools in Fiji regardless of the location.

“We are trying to reach all the schools in the outer islands to show teachers that we are behind them to fully support them with whatever help that they need from the Ministry of Education,” he added.

Edited by Percy Kean

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