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‘Lots of talk, little action’: Hundreds protest outside U.N. Ocean Conference

LISBON (Reuters) – Aboriginal Australian activist Theresa Ardler travelled halfway across the world to tell leaders at the U.N. Ocean Conference in Portugal that they are failing to protect her fishing community back home. Ardler,...

New Zealand PM says China more assertive, more willing to challenge rules

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday China has become “more assertive and more willing to challenge international rules and norms”, and urged the use of diplomacy and economic links to build ties in the Indo-Pacific region. In a speech at the NATO summit in Madrid, Ardern also condemned Russia’s...

Protecting Fiji’s ‘fragile’ economy

Government has to ensure that it protects the fragile and hard fought recovery of the Fijian economy. While speaking at a 2022-2023 pre-budget consultation in Lautoka on Tuesday, Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Government had to anticipate future risks that could affect the economy. “We have a number of risks,” he said. “We know what’s...

‘Establish complaints mechanism’

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum urged the Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) to establish a complaints mechanism similar to that of the Fiji Law Society. He said this while speaking at the FIAs 50th anniversary celebration in Nadi last week. “You know lawyers, for a number of years in this country we called for self-regulation, at the...

A-G: Break the law, pay fines

Economy Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said some drivers copped a lot of fines because they broke the law. He made the comment in response to the members of the Fiji Minibus Association who raised the issue of the high number of fines on drivers. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said people needed to follow regulations that were...

Singing from the heart – Duikete ready to make a name for herself

For Kaylia Duikete, music is her favourite form of escape and it helped her through the COVID-19 pandemic. She began writing original songs when she was 10 years old. “Growing up, music was always my outlet,” the 18-year-old Nadi resident said. “Kind of an escape from day-to-day life. During COVID-19 that was how I was...

Woman made to cook and eat human flesh, Congo group tells U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A Congolese woman was kidnapped twice by militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo, repeatedly raped and forced to cook and eat human flesh, a Congolese rights group told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. Julienne Lusenge, president of women’s rights group Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development (SOFEPADI),...

Probe into discovery of student’s body underway

The body of an 18-year-old student was discovered in Waiqali Settlement, Maro, Sigatoka this morning. According to Police the student was found motionless outside his girlfriend’s home early this morning in what is believed to be an alleged suicide case. Police say a post mortem will be conducted to confirm the cause of death as...

New fuel prices effective from tomorrow; consumers set to fork out more

New fuel and LPG prices come into effect from tomorrow with consumers set to fork out more for motor spirit, kerosene and diesel. The new prices have been determined by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) for Unleaded Petrol, Premix, Kerosene, Diesel, and LPG products for July 2022. New approved Retail Fuel Prices: Motor...

COVID can’t break South Africa’s love affair with shopping malls

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – With two days to go until opening to the public, workers rush to put the finishing touches on the Kwena Square shopping complex, a shiny $13 million sign that South Africans are defying the global “retail apocalypse”. Not even COVID-19 could separate them from their beloved malls. “I love going to the...

Ulacake teaches youths canoe craft

“You do not choose the canoe, the canoe chooses you” – this is the motto Samuela Ulacake lives by. Originally from Nasaqa Village in Macuata with maternal links to Taveuni, the 30-year-old started building traditional canoes since 2018. But he doesn’t build them for himself – he teaches young people in maritime villages to build...

Italy’s drought-hit farmers face sea water threat

SCARDOVARI, Italy (Reuters) – The worst drought in 70 years has meant salt water from the Adriatic sea is flowing back into the sluggish Po, Italy’s longest river, doing further damage to crops hit by an early summer heatwave. The flow of sea water into the Po makes irrigation almost impossible in parts of Italy’s...

Back to the ‘buka’

Gas stoves may be a more modern and faster way to cook, but residents in Savutalele are reverting to matchsticks and firewood to put together a meal. One, it’s simply cheaper, but even better still; it plays a small part in the global fight against climate change. The kerosene-free stove, SITOVU BUKA, entered the life...

Plea for help to relocate

A lot has changed in Sawani Village since Seveci Tavaga was a boy. The landscape and environment of the village he has called home for his whole life has evolved dramatically. Over the past 20 years, he and the community have encountered more and more flooding – none worse than the “big flood” in 2013....

‘Too little, too late’ – Gavoka labels $100 unemployment assistance a ‘political freebie’

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Viliame Gavoka labelled Government’s $100 unemployment assistance to the people of Vanua Levu a “political freebie”. In a statement issued yesterday, he said the “$100 is too little, too late”. Mr Gavoka claimed the FijiFirst party government was “desperate to maintain power at all costs”. “It is only logical to...

Focus areas for budget – Basic needs, jobs, investment

Government’s aim with the upcoming 2022-2023 National Budget is to ensure Fijians’ basic needs are met, jobs are created and investment continued in key areas. While speaking at a 2022-2023 pre-budget consultation in Lautoka on Tuesday, Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Government’s aim with the budget was to ensure that Fijians continued to have access...

‘Lau seascape will be a marine protected area’

Fiji is pursuing the biggest ocean governance transformation in its history, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Addressing the Oceans Conference in Portugal, he said this was perhaps one of the biggest in the world. “Not because it’s simple or comfortable, but because these protections can’t wait,” Mr Bainimarama said. “These investments can’t wait, nor can...

Rabuka hits out at A-G – Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments labelled ‘preposterous’

The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said it was “preposterous” for Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to make “insinuations and imputing improper motives” on candidates who wished to contest the upcoming election. He was responding to comments the A-G made at the Nadi Women’s Forum recently that “a lot of people want to come into government...

At Australia mine, Glencore balances reforestation drive, coal profit

HUNTER VALLEY, Australia (Reuters) – At Glencore’s aging Mt Owen open-cut coal mines north of Sydney, a team of scientists and engineers is restoring woodlands to mined-out fields, aiming to burnish the company’s environmental credentials with climate activists and shareholders who want it to back away from coal. But just hundreds of metres away, active...

FNU launches Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness Week

The Fiji National University (FNU) launched the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness Week last Friday to highlight the dangers and destruction related to alcohol and drug use. Held at the FNU Sports and Wellness Centre at Nasinu Campus, the event organised by the Office of the Registrar was attended in-person and via Zoom by students, staff...

Usamate willing to contest election under FijiFirst party banner

Infrastructure Minister Jone Usamate is planning to contest the upcoming elections under the FijiFirst party banner. When asked by this newspaper if he would run again, he said, “I will apply”. “I will offer myself to my party as a candidate and it’ll be up to them to decide,” he said. Mr Usamate was first...

Turkey lifts veto on Finland, Sweden joining NATO, clearing path for expansion

MADRID/HELSINKI (Reuters) – NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the Western alliance on Tuesday after the three nations agreed to protect each other’s security, ending a weeks-long drama that tested allied unity against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The breakthrough came after four hours of talks just before a...

A-G: Think of future, stability

You need people who can give you stability, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said this to participants at the Nadi Women’s Forum last weekend. The A-G said it was important for Fijians to keep that in mind when choosing people to vote for. “Don’t think about now, don’t just think about this election, think about...

Abortions can resume in Texas after judge blocks pre-Roe v. Wade ban

(Reuters) – Abortions can resume in Texas after a judge on Tuesday blocked officials from enforcing a nearly century-old ban the state’s Republican attorney general said was back in effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedure nationwide. The temporary restraining order by Judge Christine Weems in Harris County came...

FNU holds a weeklong campaign to mark World Blood Donor Day

The Fiji National University’s (FNU) Department of Student Support Services under the Office of The Registrar organised a weeklong Blood Donation drive at campuses across the country to celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The blood drive was coordinated as part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility and community engagement initiative. This is also aligned to...

China reports 129 new COVID cases for June 28 vs 100 day earlier

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Mainland China reported 129 new coronavirus cases for June 28, of which 24 were symptomatic and 105 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday. That compared with 100 new cases a day earlier, 16 symptomatic and 84 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately. There were no new deaths, keeping the...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather A trough of low pressure to the west of Fiji continues to move east towards the group. Associated cloud and showers expected to affect the country from later...

29th June

Back in history: Rodan leads Fiji team

For veteran athlete, Joe Rodan, leading the national team to the South Pacific Mini Games in Tonga was just another challenge. In an article in The Fiji Times on August 19, 1989, this was not the first time leading the men’s athletic team to an international meet. The 38-year-old Olympian had seen many athletic meets...

Brawl duo released on bail

The two men charged in relation to the brawl at McFarlane Rd at Raiwai in Suva on Sunday, June 19 were released on bail by the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday. The duo, Ilikimi Kurusiga and Tamani Dogolau, charged with incitement to violence and disobedience of the law under Order 16 of the Public Order...

Polish court rules that four “LGBT-free zones” must be abolished

WARSAW (Reuters) – A top Polish appeals court ruled on Tuesday that so-called “LGBT-free zones” must be scrapped in four municipalities, a verdict welcomed by activists as a victory for human rights and democracy. Numerous local authorities in Poland passed resolutions in 2019 declaring themselves free of “LGBT ideology”, part of a conflict in the...

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