Fiji

Fiji shooting involved Taiwanese boat

Wed 20 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Fijian police are investigating claims YouTube footage of fishermen being shot actually shows a shootout with Somali pirates.

Multinational Observer Group arrives in Fiji,Candidates election manual launched

Wed 20 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- The Multinational Observer Group (MOG) commenced in-country election observation on Monday with the arrival in Suva of Andrew Goledzinowski, Observer Coordinator, and other members of the core team from Australia.

Nominations close for election candidates in Fiji

Mon 18 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Nomination for all candidates for Fiji’s 17 September general election closed at midday with all seven registered parties and two independents submitting their nominations.

Australia to co-lead international observation of Fijian election

Thu 14 Aug 2014 -

Australia will co-lead the Multinational Observation Group for the Fiji elections on 17 September, at the invitation of Fiji. This development is a further sign of the Australian Government’s commitment to normalise relations with Fiji, as well as our support to Fiji’s electoral process and return to democracy.

Fiji ranked highest in cardiac mortality

Wed 13 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji has been ranked highest in cardiac disease mortality rate in the world says Dr Vijay Kapadia.

Best selected for Fiji 7s

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- Expect more former national sevens reps to be named in the national training squad for the 2014/2015 HSBC Sevens World Series (SWS).

Reds look to Fiji to turn SuperRugby slump around

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Former Super Rugby champions the Reds have launched a recruitment drive in Fiji as they look to rebound from a disappointing Super Rugby season this year.

I will accept poll results: FijiFirst leader Bainimarama

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

AUCKLAND, NZ --- Fiji's Prime Minister and FijiFirst leader Rear Admiral (retired) Voreqe Bainimarama says he will accept the results of the 17 September general election.

Adapting to climate change in the Pacific: Knowledge is power

Fri 08 Aug 2014 -

NADI, Fiji --- The wealth of knowledge gathered over the past five years under the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project is now being shared through a range of newly launched resources. .

Pacific region on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than half a million tons

Fri 08 Aug 2014 -

NADI, Fiji --- SPREP's groundbreaking draft report on current and projected greenhouse gas emission reductions in the Pacific region has been commended by a gathering of renewable energy experts in Nadi.

Is it time for certification and branding of sustainably-grown products from Pacific coastal fisheries?

Fri 08 Aug 2014 -

NADI, Fiji --- Certifying and branding sustainably-grown commercial products, such as bêche-de-mer, is one of the many ideas put forward to help the coastal fisheries of the Pacific Islands be sustainably managed into the future.

Fiji Political parties condemn racial , religious intolerence

Fri 08 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji's National Federation Party (NFP) and the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) have disassociated themselves from comments said to have been made by deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, emphasising on Christian values, recognizing Christianity as the predominant religion of our nation, dismissing Fiji as a secular state, and ...

Fiji's Electoral Decree amendment fury

Fri 08 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Political parties in Fiji have come out strongly against the recent amendment made to the Electoral Decree 2014.

Statistics on women's and men’s realities are crucial for development

Thu 07 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, FIJI --- Reliable information on the reality of men's and women’s everyday life is critical in order to develop better policies and programmes that address the specific needs of both men and women.

Pacific Islanders will need alternative sources of protein within two decades if current overfishing continues

Thu 07 Aug 2014 -

NADI, Fiji --- Overfishing, population growth, rapid urbanization, habitat degradation and climate change are all leading to a ‘perfect storm’ for coastal fisheries in the Pacific Islands region, which means that many Pacific Island countries and territories will need to find alternative sources of protein for their population within the ...

Numbering selected at random, Fiji Election Commission calls for early nomination submission

Thu 07 Aug 2014 -

Suva, Fiji ----Fiji's Electoral Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young said the ballot paper numbering was selected at random and denies it has any other implication aside from starting with a three-digit number to avoid any confusion for voters.

Fiji Labour Party leader to know fate today

Thu 07 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---Fiji's Labour Party leader Mahendra Pal Chaudhry will today know whether or not he could contest the September 17 elections.

Consider beche-de-mer farming

Samisoni Pareti in Nadi, Fiji
Thu 07 Aug 2014 -

Farming of beche-de-mer or aquaculture is an option islands of the Pacific could consider as a way to better manage their beche-de-mer resource.

Diplomatic spat between PNG and Fiji

Thu 07 Aug 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---The Papua New Guinea Government Wednesday was forced to defend the selection process that resulted in the election of Dame Meg Taylor as the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Ousted PM Qarase "inciting hate", says FijiFirst

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- FijiFirst Party says former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is inciting hate when he made comments linking the numbering convention on the ballot paper to the Muslim holy book Quran.

EU congratulates new Forum Secretary-General Dame Meg Talor

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs, has congratulated Dame Meg Taylor on being selected as the next Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Two companies support Digital TV plans in Fiji

Tue 05 Aug 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- At least two local television companies are rallying behind government in support of the change from analog to digital television through the National Digital Television Platform.

August 2014

Mobile companies reinforce presence in Fiji

Samisoni Pareti

Leading mobile phone companies announced major developments recently with Vodafone Fiji now fully Fijian owned while its rival Digicel rolled out a massive AU$40.4 million expansion of its Fiji operations. Digicel Fiji’s CEO Darren McLean said the upgrade would add more speed and reliability to its already high-speed data network. ...

Fiji prepares for first poll under new constitution

Dennis Rounds

The countdown to Fiji’s first General Election under its new Constitution is well underway with the country’s long-established political parties vying to out-maneuver 2006 coup leader, and incumbent Prime Minister, Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama’s new Fiji First Party. Currently registered and in the political race are Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party ...

Proposed One Fiji replies to objection

Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ------The ballot papers filled with numbers and without names or logos will not cause any confusion to voters during election, says the registered officer of the proposed One Fiji Party Sitiveni Kalou.