Fiji Sun https://fijisun.com.fj Leading Fiji newspaper for Fiji News, Sport and Pacific news Wed, 20 Feb 2019 01:46:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.18 Na Meca Levu Ni Bisinisi Na Dinau https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/na-meca-levu-ni-bisinisi-na-dinau/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/na-meca-levu-ni-bisinisi-na-dinau/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2019 01:38:24 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462826 E vakaraitaka e dua na dau vakamakete e Korovou, Tailevu, o Vilimaina Waqa ni meca levu ni bisinisi na dinau.

Na marama oqo e cavutu mai na yasana Kadavu ia sa vakawati ki Nayawasara ena yasana o Tailevu.

E tekivu na nona vakamakete o Vilimaina e Korovou ena yabaki 2000.

Ena gauna oqo e volitaki kakana dina, draunikau, vuanikau kei na yaqona.

Ni oti na veisiko ni Fiji Sun ki na Ratu Kadavulevu School ena Vakaraubuka sa oti me la’ki tarai mai na itukutuku ni sotasota ni veibure se na Inter-House, e mai kele ena makete e Korovou ka veivosaki kei Vilimaina.

E tukuna o koya ni nona yaqona era kauta mai na nona tauvu mai Ra.

Na nona vuanikau e volia mai vei ira na dauteitei e Dawasamu ia na nona apolo e volia mai Nausori o koya e voli mai Niusiladi.

E tekivutaka na nona volivolitaki ena $30 ka la’ki vakayagataka e dua na nona veikilai ena baqe ni National Bank of Fiji (NBF) me dinau mai kina.

Ni sauma oti na nona dinau, e sa iotioti sara talega ni nona dinau ena dua na vanua.

Ena nona volivolitaki, e a sauma eso mera vukei koya ia ni oti era sa qai vakateveli talega.

Ko ira sara ga oqo e tukuna era sa qai lawakitaki koya tale ka ra vakadredretaka na nona bisinisi.

Esa toso tikoga na nona vakamakete ka sa qaravi iratou na nona matavuvale ena ilavo e rawata mai ena volivolitaki.

Erau sega ni vakaluveni ia erau susuga e dua na goneyalewa ka sa cakacaka tiko ena gauna oqo.

Ena so na siga e dau rawata walega e $20, ia ni sa tawa na teveli ena kakana kei na yaqona e dau rawata sara e $300 ki na $400.

Na nona ivakasala ga, meda dina- ta na ka eda qarava ka vakaliuca na Kalolu ena veisiga.

“Mera rokovi na dau ni volivoli ka kakua ni ra lasutaki,” e kaya.

“Mo lomani ira ka kauwaitaki ira talega na volivolitaki ena makete.

“Na kena itinitini ga mo kua na dinau baleta ni meca levu ni bisinisi.”

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Surveillance Aircraft Assists in Joint Fiji-France EEZ Patrol https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/surveillance-aircraft-assists-in-joint-fiji-france-eez-patrol/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/surveillance-aircraft-assists-in-joint-fiji-france-eez-patrol/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2019 01:02:08 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462707 French naval vessel La Glorieuse, accompanied by a Falcon 200 Gardian surveillance aircraft assisted Fijian naval vessel Kikau comb the western side of Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) the third day yesterday before heading back to New Caledonia.

Republic of Fiji Navy Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Timoci Natuva confirmed that apart from yesterday’s joint surveillance, two Fijian naval officers were part of two separate aerial surveillance on board the Falcon 200 Gardian last week.

The two Fijians were Petty Officer Jikoduadua who had boarded the Falcon 200 Gardian on Wednesday, February 13 and Ordinary Seaman Laliqavoka who flew out on Thursday while La Glorieuse and Kikau were out at sea within the same area.

La Glorieuse then berthed at Lautoka wharf on Friday be­fore departing today for the joint surveillance starting from the Yasawa waters.

Aerial surveillance with a Fiji Navy official.

Aerial surveillance with a Fiji Navy official.

The Falcon 200 Gardian landed at Nausori airport for its three-day rest from Friday before the final lap of the sg Kikau and La Glorieuse surveillance yesterday.

“We concentrated on the western side this time because there has been a concentration of fishing vessels between Fiji and Vanuatu,” LCDR Natuva said.

“Today (yesterday) Kikau covered North West of Fiji, La Glorieuse covered South West while Gardian provided the aerial surveillance,” he said.

There have been a lot of sightings of fishing vessels in the western side of Fiji that is why we are concentrating in that zone.”

LCDR Natuva said while he cannot confirm their next joint surveillance programme Fiji was fortunate to have engaged in similar joint exercises with Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.

Under the command of LCDR Josefa Tunidau, Kikau with a crew of 25 naval officers was expected back at base last night.

Based at New Caledonia, French patrol boat La Glorieuse was initially on a rou­tine check of patrolling the French over­seas territory waters of New Caledonia including Wallis and Futuna and Tonga.

Tonga is a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands, many uninhabited. The New Caledonia based French navy looks after its EEZ.

Apart from the Fiji-France EEZ joint surveillance, La Glorieuse and Falcon 200 Gardian surveillance aircraft had stopped over at the Lautoka wharf and Nausori airport to replenish their sup­plies and to also refuel.

Under the command of LCDR Julien Feutey this is La Glorieuese’s second visit in two months.

The vessel had arrived at the Suva har­bour on December 7 for a three day visit to Suva before returning to her home port of Noumea, New Caledonia.

Commanding Off icer, LT Julien Feurtey and his 29-member crew were welcomed to Suva by the Chargé d’Affaire a.i Jean-Louis Roth at Suva’s Princess Wharf

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Marautaki Na Ose E Soli Yani Mai Gau, Lomaiviti https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/marautaki-na-ose-e-soli-yani-mai-gau-lomaiviti/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/marautaki-na-ose-e-soli-yani-mai-gau-lomaiviti/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2019 01:00:09 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462827 Sa dua na ka na nodra marau na 16 na koro mai Gau ena yatu Lomaiviti, ena 32 na ose e solia yani na Tabana ni Teitei.

Na 32 na ose oqo ka usana yani na waqa ni matanitu na Vatulawa ka ra la’ki dui kauta na nodra mata mai na veikoro ena wavu e Qarani.

E vakaraitaka mai ki na na Siga Vou na mata ni tikina o Sawaieke kina Bose ni Yasana o Lomaiviti, o Kelepi Delai Mataitoga, ni levu na veikoro mai Gau e sega kina na ose.

Mai na nona koro e Nawaikama e tukuna o Mataitoga ni levu vei ira era sa bera vakadua ni raica na bose e matana votu, ia era sa raica ga ena itaba.

Ko rau na digitaki e Nawaikama me rau la’ki kauta mai na ose mai Qarani, e tukuna o Mataitoga erau tuya mai me vaka erau sega ni kila na vodo ose.

E vakatalega kina o ira na mata mai na veikoro, era tuya talega na nodra ose ki na nodra veikoro.

Mai Nawaikama e tukuna o Mataitoga ni sa dua na ka na nodra marautaka na nodra ose.

E tukuna ni a vakayagataka e dua ena kena la’ki usa mai na nona yaqona mai na nona iteitei.

“Kevaka me’u a colata mai ke’u a tale vakarua se vakatolu ia na ose e tale ga vakadua,” e tukuna o Matai- toga.

Ena bose ni koro e Nawaikama e tukuna o Mataitoga, sa tataunaka

kina o Atunaisa Saro na turaga-ni- koro na nodrau qaravi vinaka na ose. Sa kerea talega na turaga-ni-koro me na tukuni yani vua o koya ena via vakayagataka na ose, ka rau sa lesi e lewe rua na cauravou me rau raica vakatabakidua na ose.

Mai na koro o Somosomo e tukuna o Mataitoga era vakasulutaki rau na ose ka rau vakasalusalutaki talega ena nodra marautaki rau.

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Fiji Police: 11-Year-Old Girl Alleged To Have Committed Suicide In Vatuwaqa https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/fiji-police-11-year-old-girl-alleged-to-have-committed-suicide-in-vatuwaqa/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/fiji-police-11-year-old-girl-alleged-to-have-committed-suicide-in-vatuwaqa/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:46:36 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462810 A 11-year-old girl is alleged to have committed suicide for reasons still being investigated by Police.

Police said the victim resides at a settlement in Vatuwaqa and was found by her sister inside their home yesterday afternoon.

Investigations continue into the circumstances surrounding her death and a post mortem will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.

Twelve people have become victims of suicide in 2019 compared to eight for the same period last year.

Police have recorded 16 cases of attempted suicide cases compared to 6 for the same period last year.

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FPCL Conducts Training To Enhance Safety, Security https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/fpcl-conducts-training-to-enhance-safety-security/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/fpcl-conducts-training-to-enhance-safety-security/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:08:18 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462692 In its continuous bid to beef up safety and security in our Ports of Entry, Fiji Ports Corporation Limited has started hosting a safety and security Port user License (PUL) training at the Mua-i-Walu House.

Chief executive officer of Fiji Ports Vajira Piyasena said the Induction training was essential for port us­ers to familiarise themselves with issues conducted by FPCL Security and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) department.

“OHS induction training is con­ducted to safeguard all staff and port users from the numerous safety haz­ards that they might encounter tak­ing into account the nature of opera­tions whilst within the port area,” Mr Piyasena said.

“The ports security department is different from other security sectors as it deals with Maritime Security Access Control,” he said.

He said Fiji was complying with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code; an additional security enhancement control meas­ure implemented around the world after the events of September 11 (9/11) terrorist attack which in turn has been also audited by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and the United States Coast Guard.

“ISPS code prescribes responsi­bilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventa­tive/control measures against secu­rity incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.

“Therefore, trainings conducted are important to ensure our Port User License (PUL) holders do not breach the ISPS Code and that our ports comply with the requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the US Coast Guards.

“Training is usually conducted in Lautoka (Port of Lautoka license holders) and in Suva (Port of Suva license holders).

“There are also outreach pro­grammes in place for companies who wish to have their trainings during working hours as PUL train­ing is usually held after working hours from 5pm to 6pm.”

The recent training FPCL con­ducted was for William & Goslings, Transam and Golden Oceans staff .

There were a total of 35 PUL hold­ers in attendance.

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Stakeholders Meet To Discuss Issues, Development https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/stakeholders-meet-to-discuss-issues-development/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/stakeholders-meet-to-discuss-issues-development/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:46:19 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462696 Port Mua-i-Walu 2 stakeholders met at Mua-i-Walu House last week to discuss operational matters and issues relating to developments to be carried out at Port Mua-i-Walu 2.

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited chief executive officer Vajira Piya­sena said the stakeholders’ meet­ing was held to discuss operation matters that were of importance to stakeholders and port users.

“Apart from the discussions of the overlay maintenance project at the port, discussions also centered on insurance cover for wreck removal with plans to have it mandatory for ship owners or operators at a later stage,” Mr Piyasena said.

“This insurance cover has already been implemented with locally owned fishing vessels basically to cater for the removal of any vessel wrecked in the harbour,” he said.

“It was also to review the peak sea­son procedures implemented in De­cember 2018 and how well it worked with ship operations.”

He said it was also an opportunity to remind stakeholders on the safe­ty of their operations.

“Ship owners were also reminded other operational matters such as the safety and modes of crew iden­tity when entering the wharf area,”

“They were reminded to always comply with procedures put in place by the Port Landlord in line with the Sea Ports Management Act.

“As port landlord, FPCL ensures that its stakeholders’ are consulted well before any operation is carried out or procedure implemented and that is why we have stakeholders’ meeting to address issues and look at ways to develop further into the future.”

The meeting is held on a quar­terly basis or when an urgent need arises.

“FPCL has noted that some vessel owners do not attend the stakehold­ers meeting hence it can be dif­ficult in trying to implement new improved procedures to enhance operations,”

“We are requesting all shipown­ers and operators to cooperate by attending stakeholder meetings regularly so that they are aware of operations procedures and new de­velopments.

“Overall however, it is good to note that many procedures under the Sea Port Management Act are being adhered to by ship opera­tors.”

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Carnival Spirit A Melting Pot With 30 Nationalities on Board https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/carnival-spirit-a-melting-pot-with-30-nationalities-on-board/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/carnival-spirit-a-melting-pot-with-30-nationalities-on-board/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:24:04 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462705 Cruise liner Carnival Spirit is more than a melting pot with 2445 tourists from 30 coun­tries on an eleven day around the Pacific cruise.

Carnival Spirit called into Port Denarau on Sunday and then Suva on Monday before leaving for New Caledonia on Monday afternoon.

Serving the 2445 tourists on board are 925 crew members.

Out of the 2445 passengers, 2197 were Australian tourists who took advantage of the sunshine and var­ious cultural displays in Port Dena­rau and Suva Port.

“This round of cruise by Carnival Spirit carries a greater number of Australian tourists,” Kenua Fiji Manager Leone Naivalu said.

“There are 2197 Australians cur­rently in the cruise ship with New Zealand visitors sitting at 91,” he said.

Other nationals include those from Hungary, Brazil, Chile and Thailand.

“Suva was the cruise vessel’s sec­ond port of call in Fiji and the ves­sel is expected to berth into Mare, New Caledonia on this after leaving our waters on Monday.

57-year-old Australian tourist Mark Walter said he was loving his Fijian experience even though it was not his first time in the coun­try.

“I am enjoying our trip so far and I hope Suva will offer the same ex­perience we had in Denarau,” Mr Walter said.

“We were in Port Denarau before we came here and that place is more than just a pretty place, it’s also a shopper’s dream with a new upmarket retail centre selling all sorts of Fijian arts and crafts,” he said.

“Plus, there’s plenty of culture to fill up on with fire walking shows, beachside barbies and bula! shout­ed from every corner.

“I think Port Denarau has got the looks, it’s got the culture and the personality, you could say that Port Denarau is the whole package.”

ABOUT CARNIVAL SPIRIT

Carnival Spirit in the Spirit-class of cruise ships, and the second member of that class to be built and enter service, after Costa Atlantica. Like majority of her sisters, Carni­val Spirit is operated by Carnival Cruise Line.

Built by Kaerner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Hel­sinki, Finland, Carnival Spirit was floated out on May 1, 2001, and christened by American politician Elizabeth Dole in Miami on April 27, 2001.

In January 2012, Carnival Spirit was refitted before being trans­ferred to Carnival’s Australian branch. Her permanent home port is Sydney, Australia, from where she sails to New Caledonia, Fiji, Va­nuatu and New Zealand.

In mid-2018, Carnival Spirit was dry-docked in Singapore for two weeks to enable another renova­tion.

CRUISE LINER ARCADIA

Cruise Liner Arcadia had berthed into the Lautoka Port on Wednes­day February 13.

MV Arcadia at Lautoka Port.

MV Arcadia at Lautoka Port.

Mr Naivalu confirmed that the vessel spent a day at the Lautoka Port before it departed for Port Vila, Vanuatu on the same day.

The vessel was the fourth cruise liner under Kenua Fiji’s watch to arrive into the country this year.

“The vessel had 1845 passengers from across 24 countries travelling around the Pacific,” he said.

“Prior to coming into Fiji’s Lauto­ka port, it was in Apia, Samoa and it will travel to Port Vila, Vanuatu from here.”

 

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Port Mua-i-Walu 2 Start Maintenance Work, Limits Berthing Capacity https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/port-mua-i-walu-to-start-maintenance-work-limits-berthing-capacity/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/port-mua-i-walu-to-start-maintenance-work-limits-berthing-capacity/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:16:09 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462699 Port Mua-i-Walu 2 (formerly Narain Jetty) will undergo a deck overlay maintenance project starting tomorrow and is expected to be completed by May 10 this year.

This was confirmed by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) chief executive officer Vajira Piyasena yesterday.

He said the planned maintenance works were part of the discussions at the Port Mua-i-Walu 2 stakehold­ers’ meeting at Mua-i-Walu House last week.

Mr Piyasena said the project would be carried out at Port Mua-I-Walu 2 and they have made consul­tations with the port stakeholders to ensure that they were aware of the maintenance works before it was implemented.

“As the Port landlord, FPCL en­sures that its stakeholders are con­sulted well before any operation is carried out or procedure is imple­mented,” Mr Piyasena said.

“We have discussed with Port Mua-i-Walu 2 stakeholders about the project and we are sorting out the berthing arrangements to see how well we can utilise the limited berthing capacity during this main­tenance period,” he said.

He said vessel operators and own­ers were reminded on timely sub­missions of berthing applications and weekly schedules so proper prior planning can be carried out for vessel berthing arrangements.

“The project will be in two phases with the maintenance covering 42 meters from the south end of the wharf.

“Phase 1 is scheduled for February 21 (tomorrow) to March 31 and Phase 2 is expected to be from April 8 to May 10.

“Concerns were raised during the meeting on the alternate berthing arrangement during the mainte­nance period.

“However, they were advised on the use of other facilities to ac­commodate berthing as already planned and arranged by FPCL.

“This includes the Government Shipping Services (GSS) facility, the old shipyard and Princess Wharf.”

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between the lines: 20th February, 2019 https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/between-the-lines-20th-february-2019/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/between-the-lines-20th-february-2019/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:00:25 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462725 Spot the difference

This photo amused some in SODELPA yesterday. They were asking why fashion leader Lynda Tabuya did not wear Kiwi fashion because they were in New Zealand.

All the women members of Parliament were attending meetings there. She was dressed like others in the traditional Fijian wear.

She was criticised when she did not dress like that during the ceremonial opening of Parliament last year. Ms Tabuya is definitely setting the trend.
Ray of “sunshine”

Among the concerns about the anti-social behaviour in some of our urban centres, comes this positive story from a visitor to the sugar city.

He was walking on the street when two young women approached him and said his backpack was open and items were about to fall out.

Secondly it could become easy target for pickpockets.

As he took a rest at Shirley Park, he told a friend: “My faith has been strengthened that there are many good people out there. This experience is a ray of sunshine and hope for me.”
Positive sign for economy

When  locals occupy 80 per cent of rooms in a hotel,  it is a reflection of our economic progress.

This hotel in Nadi is not the only one, BTL has been told. Locals are now taking their families for  breaks and holidays in hotels.

As this market grows it adds strength to the tourism industry which usually relies on overseas tourists. What this means is that more locals have more money in their pockets now to stay and relax at hotels here.

It is a positive sign for our economy.

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Fiji 7s Coach: Nasoko Is Still Captain https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/fiji-7s-coach-nasoko-is-still-captain/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/fiji-7s-coach-nasoko-is-still-captain/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:30:45 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462751 Yasawa flyer Kalione Nasoko will remain captain of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team to the USA 7s in Las Vegas followed by the Canada 7s in Vancouver.

This was confirmed by head coach Gareth Baber after the national 7s team’s training session at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

Baber made the announcement a day after Nasoko had pleaded guilty at the Nadi Magistrates Court for driving under the influence of liq­uor early this month.

“Yes, at the moment, Kalione has done well, I know he has his own personal issues but he is dealing with them,” Baber said.

“Obviously, when you look at a captain, somebody who can put his hands up and say he has made a mistake as well.

“At the same time as being a lead­er to others. He knows his respon­sibility and he knows his position within the community in Fiji and he knows that he needs to honour that.”

Baber said Nasoko has gained his confidence once again after they had several conversations at the team camp.

“I had several conversations with him on that. He is very apologetic for what he has done for this group, for his family and the name of Fiji,”

“He (Nasoko) knows that he has a name to live up to. He is a great leader as he talks well to the players and he understands the game.

“He puts his body on the line whenever he is on the rugby field. When he was wrong, he puts his hands up and he needs to move on and to lead his country.”

The side had warm-up matches against Ratu Filise, who fielded for­mer 7s playmaker Amenoni Nasi­lasila, and BLK Nadroga.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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University Of Fiji Students Warn Of Strike As Row Escalates https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/university-of-fiji-students-warn-of-strike-as-row-escalates/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/university-of-fiji-students-warn-of-strike-as-row-escalates/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:30:08 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462721 University of Fiji students have given management an ultimatum that they will strike if their grievances are not resolved in three days.

In an email response, acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Narendra Reddy said: “Please do not write threatening emails to us. We do not operate under duress. We will consider and address the issues raised by you and communicate with you.”

The exchange has plunged the university into a deepening crisis that started with the dispute between management and the academic staff over a controversial directive for them to clock-in and clock-out.

Late yesterday afternoon frantic efforts were being made to continue dialogue between management and the University of Fiji Students Association in a bid to avert a strike. The association has also threatened to go to the Fiji Higher Education Commission and the Government to press its demands.

Its president Ratu Sailosi Naimoqe Dawai, university chair Anil Tikaram and Professor Reddy had not responded to questions sent to them when this edition went to press. It is understood they were busy in meetings.

The students have started what they call a Black Ribbon Movement to symbolise their struggle.

If they do not get what they want by tomorrow, they will carry out their threats. They have warned the university against victimising any student joining the movement.
Some of the issues at the centre of the student row include:

  • Collection of student fee arrears. A total of $5 million is owed by students.The students claim at an earlier meeting it was decided that their arreas would not be lumped together with their current tuition. The arreas would be cleared by December 2019.  But the university said students with arrears must pay up by November 1 this year. The students had asked to pay for their tuition in installements. But the university said students who are able to able to pay their semester one fees will not be allowed to enroll for second semester. The fee arrears have concerned the commission and Government funding had been withheld. As a result, the university had planned austerity measures like a freeze on all staff increments, promotions, new appointments, benefits and allowances. The staff reportedly protested the decision, calling it victimization. Some stated that the financial position of the university was the University Council’s fault but, instead, the staff were being asked to sacrifice what was owed to them by the university.
  • Higher cafeteria prices at Saweni in Lautoka
  • Lecturers not turning up to teach

Meanwhile, the staff association and management will attend a mediation meeting on February 28 in Lautoka.

The mediation was ordered by the Permanent Secretary for Employment after a court ruled a stay of action by the university and ordered both parties to follow the due processes.

In another development, the next VC is likely to be an expatriate. It is understood that a Professor Sushill Chang from the Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales has been selected. If she accepts the job offer she will become the ninth VC since UniFiji was set up in 2004. She will replace Professor Prem Misir of Guyana who resigned amid drama in senior management.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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Special Treat For Champagnat Institute Students https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/special-treat-for-champagnat-institute-students/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/special-treat-for-champagnat-institute-students/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:21:21 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462757 About 150 students of Marist Cham­pagnat Institute participated in their annual interhouse competi­tion at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, yester­day.

Speaking to SUNsports, Assistant prin­cipal Kathy Foi said they are not having a high expectation from their athletes but are hopeful that they qualify for the zone and Coca-Cola Games.

“This is actually the first time we have had the interhouse meet hosted at the ANZ Stadium which is a new experience for the students,” she said.

“These students are very excited to par­ticipate with a lot energy and enthusiasm.

“And we don’t have much high expecta­tions from our students as you all aware these are special students and all we hope for is that they qualify for the zone and Coca-Cola Games.

“As one of our expectations is their pres­ence and the fact that they get to enjoy the sport is very important and if they get something out of their participation then it will be great for them and the school as a whole.”

Foi said she will announce the winning team during today’s school assembly.

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Laws Governing Operations Of The Republic of Fiji Military Forces To Be Reviewed https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/laws-governing-operations-of-the-republic-of-fiji-military-forces-to-be-reviewed/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/laws-governing-operations-of-the-republic-of-fiji-military-forces-to-be-reviewed/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:10:45 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462771 The laws governing the operations of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are to be reviewed to bring them up to par with modern realities.

The project, on which hangs the future of the RFMF justice system, was launched in Suva on Sunday.

The RFMF legal representatives and their New Zealand counterparts attended the launch in a meet and greet dinner hosted by the RFMF.

Commander (N) Christopher Griggs, head of the NZ team, spoke on the issue.

He said the Manual of Military Law, currently used in Fiji, was outdated and had to be reviewed to suit the present conditions of the RFMF.

“The military justice system in Fiji is like a car. At the moment you’ve got a very old car. Then you’ll try to fix the car and eventually the car is beyond repair,” Commander Griggs said.

He added that the review of the legal system was like bringing a new car that would be a Fijian car that suited Fijian military circumstances and would work very well for the RFMF.

The RFMF Director of Army Legal Services, Lieutenant Colonel Kitione Tuinaosara, stated that their counterparts from the New Zealand Defence Force were here to help them review the military legal system in Fiji.

“Currently we’re using the old British Laws, the Army Act 1955, the Queens Regulations 1972 and other military standing orders that are still hanging around and the objective of the review is to formulate a new military law which is designed for RFMF disciplinary and administration procedures,” he said.

Lt-Col Tuinaosara added that the legal document which will be titled the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Disciplinary Act is expected to bring about more independence, transparency, and a quick and lean mechanism of disciplinary procedures and uphold human rights issues. The occasion was attended by the Chief Justice, Anthony Gates, Judge Advocate Lieutenant Colonel Jiten Singh, Commander Griggs and his legal delegation from the NZ Defence Force, Ms Auelua Meremine a representative from the NZ Ministry of Defence, NZ Defence Attaché Lt. Col. Josh Wineera and NZ High Commission staff, HQ RFMF Chief of Staff, Captain (N) John Fox and the RFMF Legal delegation led by Lt. Col. Tuinaosara.

 

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Fiji’s Environment Minister Issues Fulton Hogan With Stop Notice https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/fijis-environment-minister-issues-fulton-hogan-with-stop-notice/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/fijis-environment-minister-issues-fulton-hogan-with-stop-notice/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:05:20 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462723 Fulton Hogan has been given a stop work notice and ordered by the Department of Environment to carry out work at least 500 metres away from a community along Reservoir Road in Suva.

This was after concerns were raised by residents living along this road regarding a toxic smell which was emitted from the burning of a substance.

Minister for Environment Mahendra Reddy said they had informed the company to stop operations in the area because it was very close to the said community.

“There are a number of cases we gave the stop work notice and there was also a case recently in Lami,” Mr Reddy said.

He added that the works which were still being carried out at the Fulton Hogan yard was testing the emissions and this was being done by the World Health Organisation, the company and University of the South Pacific.  Mr Reddy said that the environment assessment was very important.

“We need to have more staff members and strengthen the enforcement part. Monitoring our environment is very important as well,” he said.

“There will be more and more scrutiny in the environment because more development is taking place. People want to invest in Fiji and especially in tourism sector.”

He said that the ministry was more vigilant and there were lessons being learnt from all this.

“People breaking the rules will not get away because some damages are irreversible. We want our environment to be looked after, for our future generation.”

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Fiji Businessman Found Guilty Of Drugs Possession https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/assessors-find-drug-accused-guilty/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/assessors-find-drug-accused-guilty/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:05:14 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462722 Judge Justice Paul Madigan will reveal today whether he agrees with the guilty verdict of three assessors who found a businessman guilty of being in possession of methamphetamine and equipment which is used to produce the drug.

Peniasi Sukanakoniferedi was found guilty by the assessors yesterday.

He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs namely methamphetamine weighing 3.617 kilograms, one count of unlawful possession of controlled chemicals namely pseudoephedrine weighing 1.989 kilograms and one count of unlawful possession of control equipment namely a single punch press machine.

Accused Peniasi Sukanakoniferedi Photo: Rohit Kumar

Accused Peniasi Sukanakoniferedi
Photo: Rohit Kumar

This came to light when the Police raided the warehouse in Nadi where he was arrested on March 22 of 2014.

The case is adjourned and will be called at 10am today at Lautoka High Court

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Nadi Nightclub in Spotlight for Suspected Drug Lab https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/nadi-nightclub-in-spotlight-for-suspected-drug-lab/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/nadi-nightclub-in-spotlight-for-suspected-drug-lab/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:00:59 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462779  

A man in his 40s was arrested after Police discovered illicit drugs in his vehicle when he was stopped at the Navo Bridge in Nadi on Monday night.

This was after Police received information about the alleged transportation of illicit drugs from Suva to Nadi.

It resulted in the seizing of substances believed to be cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from the suspect’s vehicle.

Substances believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine seized by Police last night. Photo: Fiji Police Media Cell

Substances believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine seized by Police last night. Photo: Fiji Police Media Cell

When the team of Police officers searched the suspect’s vehicle the following were said to have been found:

  • clear plastic containing crystals believed to be methamphetamine,
  • a white plastic containing powder believed to be cocaine and
  • two bullets of dried leaves believed to be marijuana

The same team made their way to the Planet Haze Nightclub in Nadi where they were working on information gathered during the arrest regarding a suspected laboratory used for making or processing illicit substances.

This resulted in the discovery of materials and equipment that were alleged to be used to manufacture or process the illicit drugs that had been seized.

The area surrounding the nightclub in Nadi has been cordoned off as the Police forensic team conduct their investigations.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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Dr Waqainabete Boosts CWM Staff Morale With Daily Visit https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/dr-waqainabete-boosts-cwm-staff-morale-with-daily-visit/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/dr-waqainabete-boosts-cwm-staff-morale-with-daily-visit/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:00:54 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462711 Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifere­imi Waqainabete says he hopes that his daily visits to the CWM Hospital will boost medical and staff members’ morale.

Dr Waqainabete revealed this dur­ing a recent interview saying it was important to show his appreciation and care for the staff members.

He said he goes to the hospital at 7am.

“You can imagine someone who has been working the whole night and that person feels very tired in the morning and the Minister comes with greetings,” said Dr Waqainabete.

“I am hopeful that it will help them grow and make them happy. I hope that makes them look forward to another day.

“I also go there to see what is going on. I must say that our people are working as hard as they can.”

He said the ministry had a signifi­cant number of doctors and nurses in the hospitals whose productivity and efficiencies were better than before.

“Sometimes staff look exhausted. Going through the corridor is im­portant and I also get ideas on the changes which need to be done.”

Dr Waqainabete, a top surgeon, said that he had also assisted in surgeries.

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We’re Ready, Says Ba Manager https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/were-ready-says-ba-manager/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/were-ready-says-ba-manager/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:00:47 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462750 With Lautoka FC ruled out of the OFC Champions League, the Ba football side are confident of a better plac­ing.

“We’re not going to take our op­ponents lightly, the boys have been training seriously and they know the standard they have to play in,” Ba FC manager Arvind Singh said.

“Our boys have played in Cham­pions League before so they know what the expectations are.”

Singh told SUNsports that being in the same group with defending champions Team Wellington have really pushed his players to work hard.

“The boys are showing so much interest as they are required to play on the same platform with Welling­ton.

“I know that we’ve some tough op­position in our group but the boys are all positive about it and this competition will be a good expo­sure for them.

“I’m taking this opportunity to give the boys more exposure so they could go and play another level of football which is internationally.

“The boys have been performing well, they have been having two training sessions in a day- morning and afternoon and are committed to it.”

Singh said he was proud of his young players who will get some ex­posure of playing away from home.

“Of course it will be a challenge for the boys to play away from home, but I’m glad that I have some senior players who have had expe­rience in playing away from home.

“We will be not only representing Ba, but all of Fiji, so it will be good to get the people’s support and we ask them to pray for the boys.”

Singh said he is pleased to have some new players in the team as it augurs well for the future.

“We want to win and bring the ti­tle home. So we will take it game by game. The morale is very high in camp, he added.

Ba FC will be playing in Vanuatu against Team Wellington, on Satur­day February 23 at 3pm.

On Tuesday, February 26, at 6pm they take on Erakor Golden Star. Friday, March 1, at 2pm Ba take on Kiwis.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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Free Screening at Medical Camp Picks up Four Cases of Heart Disease in Children https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/free-screening-at-medical-camp-picks-up-four-cases-of-heart-disease-in-children/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/free-screening-at-medical-camp-picks-up-four-cases-of-heart-disease-in-children/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:00:37 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462716 The Sai Prema Foundation conducted its “Health on Wheels” Medical Camp at the Namara District School last Saturday.

As part of the Foundation’s Pro­ject HEARTBEAT, a total of 75 chil­dren were screened for Heart Dis­ease at the village by Dr Maryanne Kora’ai – a Pediatric Doctor from the Colonial War Memorial Hospi­tal (CWM Hospital).

Medical co-ordinator of the Sai Prema Foundation Dr Krupali Tappoo confirmed that the three children identified with rheumatic heart disease would require four weekly benzathine penicillin injec­tions at their nearest nursing sta­tion and they would be followed up at the CWM Hospital.

Dr Krupali confirmed that the child with the congenital heart defect would be screened and, if needed, operated on by the visiting international team of surgeons, doctors and med­ical professionals representing the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospi­tals, India, in April.

The Sai Prema Foundation’s ‘Gift of Life’ programme offers heart surgeries for children here, free.

The Sai Prema Foundation’s ‘Health On Wheels’ is a medical outreach programme, in associa­tion with the Ministry of Health, to the rural villages of Fiji.

A group of 60 to 100 doctors, health profes­sionals and volunteers make their way to a nominated rural location once a month and all villagers are given medical consultations and medications completely free.

‘Health on Wheels’ coordinator Namrata Tappoo said the camp last weekend was their most successful where medical specialties were of­fered to the people of Namara and surrounding areas.

These services included general medical consultations, dental consultations and procedures, di­etetics, eye and ophthalmology con­sultations, physiotherapy, men’s health consultations, prostate can­cer screening, women’s health con­sultations and pap smears, disabili­ties screening, cancer counselling and awareness, and a blood collec­tion drive.

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Labasa U16 On Track https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/labasa-u16-on-track/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/02/20/labasa-u16-on-track/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:00:37 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=462754 The Fiji Football Association’s Un­der-16 Youth League competition kicked off at the Seaqaqa ground last Saturday.

Defending champions Labasa U16 side started strongly as they thrashed Savusavu 8-0.

Labasa U16 coach, Alvin Chand said there is nothing secret about the win.

“It’s just dedication and hard work during training that pays off.” he said.

“The boys played well last Saturday because they have a good relationship amongst each other.

“They play as a unit and as a family. That is how we are able to tackle every aspect of the game.

“The physical training gave us an edge to reocrd our big win”, the U16 coach said.

“We are confident that we will retain the championship title.”

Chand said they would like to thank par­ents and guardians for their unwavering support to the team and encouraged fans to show their support by turning up to their next game.

The Labasa U16 will play against Dreketi as a curtain raiser to the Labasa League tournament.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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