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Last of Fijian group arrested on sedition charges bailed

FBC New reports these were the last of the accused who had been remanded in custody after being arrested three months ago.

Twenty of the 42 accused were granted bail two weeks ago.

They are on bail bonds of US$464 and directed to report to the nearest police stations each Saturday and Monday.

Seven people escape after helicopter crash in Fiji

A Eurocopter crashed as it attempted to land on Treasure Island, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reported.

It was apparently caught by a strong gust of wind.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) said there were seven people on board at the time, including the pilot, but there were no fatalities.

More water for drought stricken Fiji's Western division

The provision of tanks was made possible with support from the €19.36 million (US$21.12 million) European Union Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) project which is implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).

These tanks will be installed in temporary roadside locations filled by the National Disaster Management Office throughout the Christmas season to ensure the most severely affected areas can access clean and safe drinking water, which is critical to human health.

Beddoes quits Fiji opposition administration

Beddoes has left his position as the principal administration officer at the Office of the Leader of Opposition for what he describes as personal reasons.

He says his decision to step down does not mean his support for Ro Teimumu Kepa will end.

Beddoes says the Sodelpa headquarters needs a big shake-up to replace most of the deadwood there.

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Former PINA boss, journalist confirmed as FijiFirst MP

Akauola confirmed that he will not be resigning his role as a media specialist for the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)

He has also confirmed that he has received confirmation from the Fijian Electoral Commission. 

“I now await confirmation from the Speaker of the House and I am ready to offer my experience and be sure to assist government in moving our country forward.”

Akauola replaced the then Minister for Employment, Productivity and Employment relations and now President of Fiji, Major General (retired) Jioji Konousi Konrote

     

USP student makes impressive find

Froseann Stevens, a USP biology student who found this endemic species, is working on her project in collaboration with LäjeRotuma Initiative (LRI), a community-based environmental education and awareness development programme.

USP’s Associate Professor Gilianne Brodie, who is also the project leader, said this is a finding of great scientific interest at the international-level because of the tragic extinction history of related tree snail species in other Pacific Island countries, primarily as a result of invasive species.

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Fiji to negotiate Air Service Agreement with India

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum revealed over the weekend that a team from India will be in Fiji in January 2016 to carry out talks over the ASA.

“Hopefully they’ll be down here in the middle of January. We need to finalize that because India is now the second largest outbound market in the world and in the next five to ten years will be the largest outbound market. So, Fiji having a direct flight to Singapore means we need to level of connectivity with India vis-à-vis Singapore.”

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ATM scam exposed in Fiji

Six Chinese nationals are in custody over the alleged scam.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigation, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Henry Brown, confirmed to Fiji Sun.

He said the Chinese were arrested in Lautoka on December 6 after a tip-off.

The Chinese had allegedly withdrawn more than $10,000 (US$5,000) when apprehended and a number of ATM cards were found on them, he said.

He said investigators were now trying to ascertain the origins of the ATM cards and they were liaising with financial institutions.

Fiji prisons boss sacked amid corruption charges

Frank Bainimarama has recommended to the president that Colonel Vasu be dismissed and Kameli Ratuvakalevulevu be made the acting commissioner.

Colonel Vasu was in court for allegedly approving the purchase of goods worth more than US $60,000 from the Naboro Mini-Mart in which he is a company director.

Supreme Fiji lift Dubai title

Fiji came from 7-0 behind to win the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, beating England 28-17 in a pulsating final at 7he Sevens Stadium.