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1 hr ago | The New Zealand Herald
Mereia Rokobulou Molidegei, 29, queues to cast her vote: "It is an important day for us, and I am so excited." "I know it is an important day for us, and I am so excited," said the mother of four sons from Muanivatu Vatuwaqa.
4 hrs ago | Scoop
Voting kicked off in Fiji today as the nation holds its general election - the first in 8 years since the 2006 military coup. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said in an interview yesterday that voting is everyone's right.
7 hrs ago | The Miami Herald
Susana Pereda, left, support specialist, and product specialists Christopher Jorge, and Marcella Salem, right, demonstrate the birth simulator "Victoria" that is used for healthcare education. "> Susana Pereda, left, support specialist, and product specialists Christopher Jorge, and Marcella Salem, right, demonstrate the birth simulator "Victoria" that is used for healthcare education.
12 hrs ago | Sydney Morning Herald
Voters in remote areas, together with police, prisoners and military personnel, are casting their ballots under pre-polling provisions, while the rest of the country - 590,000 registered voters in all - will make their choice on September 17. The election is Fiji's first since Frank Bainimarama, then head of the Fiji Military Forces, seized power from the democratically elected government of Laisenia Qarase in 2006. He has been self-appointed prime minister for the last eight years and was head of the military until a few months ago.
13 hrs ago | Malaysian National News Agency
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 -- A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 on the Richter scale occurred at 9 pm today, south of Fiji Islands, said the Malaysian Meteorological Department. The location of the earthquake was 501km southeast of Laucala, Fiji, and 7,355km southeast of Semporna, Sabah.
16 hrs ago | Fiji Times
CLIMATE change and the dry spell are the major causes of diminishing reservoir levels in the North, says the Water Authority of Fiji. Responding to concerns raised by some consumers on Vanua Levu about the continuous intermittent water supply, WAF said in a statement that upgrading works were among other priorities they were working on.
There was a mood of optimism tinged with apprehension at Suva's eerily quiet central market Tuesday ahead of the first election for eight years in Fiji - a South Pacific island nation with a history of coups. An election poster of Fiji's military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama is seen in Suva, the capital of Fiji.
The much delayed election is being closely watched by New Zealand and other international observers who are in the country. Former deputy prime minister Wyatt Creech, leader of the NZ contingent told the Herald the observers were "happy so far" with the lead up to the election.
CHRIS UHLMANN: New Zealand isn't the only country in the region having an election, the long wait has nearly ended for Fijians who want to a say in how they're country is run. Tomorrow they'll head to the polls for the first time since the 2006 military coup led by the then military commander, now prime minister, Frank Bainimarama.
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NADI will need a win against Labasa during the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League this evening to be in the run to secure a spot at next year's Oceania Football Confederation Champions League. Nadi will miss the services of Amani Makoe who has signed up with Vanuatu club Amicale.
Mobile network operator Digicel Fiji has announced that its 3G+ network has been switched on in a number of new locations across the country, as part of the FJD70 million investment announced last month. From today, the cellco's 3.5G network is live in Sigatoka, Rakiraki, Levuka and Kadavu, joining Lautoka which was the first to receive services in August this year.
People of Nakorotubu take the torch to Bureloa, whose people were removed from the bush, in the Ra pilgrimage last month. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA 148 years after Christianity arrived in Bureloa the stronghold of the Tokaimalo people in Ra the torch pilgrimage last month that signified the return of light to a dark part of the province's history sheds light on an ancient conspiracy that led to an attempt to annihilate the rulers of the once impenetrable domain.
Almost eight years after seizing power in a bloodless coup, Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, has declared himself a convert to democracy and appears headed for an election victory and the legitimacy he has long craved. The 60-year-old has enthusiastically taken to the hustings ahead of Wednesday's vote, touring the South Pacific nation in a blue bus emblazoned with the name of his FijiFirst party.
Josefa Toganivalu, roko tui Ba and Ilaitia Raisua provincial administrator Ba during a clean-up campaign at the Abaca Rd, Lautoka. Picture: JAI PRASAD GOVERNMENT departments and several Lautoka-based youth groups rallied on the weekend to clear foliage and rubbish dumped at an access road to the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, near Abaca.
Nadi taxi driver Vinod Kumar says he "cannot wait" to have his say on who will form the next Fijian government. The 55-year-old grandfather, whose son Shanil lives and works in Auckland, is "90 per cent sure" he will be voting for Frank Bainimarama and his Fiji First party when the polls open on Wednesday.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 06:52 pm
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