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30th January

Minister commends women leaders

“Women hold up half the sky, let’s work our best to give women half the seats at the table.” These were the sentiments shared by Minister for Women Lynda Tabuya on the appointment of Salote...

Australia’s IAG receives over 5,000 claims after New Zealand floods

(Reuters) – Insurance Australia Group’s New Zealand divisions have received over 5,000 claims so far following severe storms and flooding across the country, it said on Monday. “The number of claims is expected to rise further over the coming days, with the event still unfolding and as customers identify damage to their property,” IAG said...

Media law up for ‘review’

The Media Industry Development Act will soon be reviewed over the next few weeks. Speaking to this newspaper in Lautoka yesterday, Minister for Communications Manoa Kamikamica said the review was one of the main objectives of the coalition Government when it came to freedom of the press. “The Media Decree is going to be reviewed,”...

Russia rules out talks with Japan on fishing near disputed islands

(Reuters) – Russia said on Sunday it will not hold annual talks with Japan on renewing a pact that allows Japanese fishermen to operate near disputed islands, saying Japan has taken anti-Russian measures. The islands, off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, are known in Russia as the Kurils and in Japan as the Northern...

‘Voices should be heard’

Members of the region’s media were told that their voices should be heard. Speaking at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) media dialogue on Wednesday, PIF officer in charge Apaitia Veiogo said they wanted to hear more from the regional media. “More from you on what your vision for Pacific...

Peru bus plunges off cliff, killing at least 24

(Reuters) – At least 24 people died in northern Peru after a bus carrying 60 passengers plunged off a cliff in early on Saturday, police told local media. Peru’s transportation supervisory agency (SUTRAN) confirmed the crash in a statement, without providing a number of fatalities or injuries. The tragedy, involving a bus for the company...

SCGC removal ‘a bad idea’

The decision to abolish the Sugar Cane Growers Council and have an appointed council was a bad decision. Minister of Finance Professor Biman Prasad told the Sugar Industry Stakeholders Meeting this past Wednesday that the focus of the sugar industry stakeholders should be to see how they could bring the farmers and the landowners back...

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk : Your January 30 briefing!

Bula The big one on the front page of The Fiji Times‘ edition for Monday, January 30 is on the Media Act, and what Communication Minister Manoa Kamikamica has to say about it. Read about that in The Fiji Times. You can also log onto www.fijitimes.com.fj for the latest updates and videos from around the...

Talks key for growth

Sugar Minister Charan Jeath Singh says it’s important to instil confidence in sugarcane growers in order to move the industry forward. Addressing the Sugar Industry Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday January 25, he said there was a need for consistent discussions and dialogue between all key stakeholders. “We must remember that we are here for the...

Ukraine imposes sanctions on 182 Russian, Belarusian firms, 3 people

(Reuters) – Ukraine imposed sanctions against 182 Russian and Belarusian companies, and three individuals, in the latest of a series of steps by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to block Moscow’s and Minsk’s connections to his country. “Their assets in Ukraine are blocked, their properties will be used for our defence,” Zelenskiy said in a video address....

Eli receives medical assistance just in time

Fipe Tamanisau’s whole world came crashing down when she found out her first born son Eli, 5, was diagnosed with atrial septal defect (ASD). “Last week, we had taken our son to the Lami Health Centre because he was vomiting and he had fever and we were told that he had irregular heartbeat – heart...

Tens of thousands of teachers march in Lisbon to demand better pay and conditions

By Sergio Goncalves and Miguel Pereira LISBON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of public school teachers and other staff marched in Lisbon on Saturday to demand higher wages and better working conditions, putting further pressure on the Portuguese government as it grapples with a cost of living crisis. Shouting slogans like “for the banks there...

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 moist east to northeast wind flow prevails over Fiji group. Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group: Cloudy periods with some showers over the eastern part...

29th January

Allen ‘didn’t think twice about helping others’

A close friend of Allen Lockington yesterday remembered the avid letter writer and philanthropist as someone who didn’t think twice about helping others. Assistant Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation Sashi Kiran said Allen’s work for underprivileged communities was a responsibility he took on valiantly. “People like Allen showed us that there were many people...

‘A man who fought for the people’

Letter writer Rajnesh Lingham remembers one of The Fiji Times‘ greatest contributor Allen Lockington as a man who fought for the people. “His writings were powerful,” he said. “He was a face and name that people easily related to and if you talked about The Fiji Times, Allen Lockington came to people’s mind.” He said...

Thank you dad!

Thank you dad. These were the emotional words of Priscilla Qaranivalu, the eldest daughter of renowned Letters to the Editor contributor Allen Lockington who was laid to rest in Tavakubu, Lautoka, yesterday. While speaking during the funeral service at the Girmit Centre, Mrs Qaranivalu said her father was an easy man to love. “You know...

Italy’s Eni signs $8 billion Libya gas deal as PM Meloni visits Tripoli

By Gavin Jones ROME/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Italian energy company Eni and Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) signed an $8 billion gas production deal on Saturday aimed at boosting energy supplies to Europe despite the insecurity and political chaos in the North African country. The deal, signed during a visit to Tripoli by Italy’s Prime Minister...

‘Allen a national hero’

Allen Lockington belonged in the pantheon of national heroes. While paying tribute to one of Fiji’s renowned philanthropist, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said Mr Lockington’s passing made it clear that he was a national hero. “There was a huge public outpouring of sorrow over his death and thanksgiving and tributes for his tireless service to...

Afghan female students not allowed to sit university entrance exam – Taliban ministry

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban-run Ministry of Higher Education ordered private universities in Afghanistan not to allow female students to sit university entrance exams next month, underscoring its policy to restrict women from tertiary education. A letter from the ministry was addressed to institutions in Afghanistan’s northern provinces, including Kabul, where exams are due to...

Clean-up campaign part of a new climate action commitment

More than 100 church leaders of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church conducted a clean-up campaign today throughout Sigatoka Town as part of a new climate action commitment under the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji’s Disaster Ready Churches Project. In a statement, ADRA stated the clean-up campaign marked an end to a three-day...

Butterflies

There was a specific tree in our garden where caterpillars were in abundance, chewing off leaves and leaving behind tiny black drops. They were of a beautiful shade of black and blue. On days where I could escape down the stairs and into the garden without the knowledge of my mother, I would go to...

Sir James Graham Goodenough

Goodenough Street located within central Suva is named after naval officer James Graham Goodenough. According to Geo View, the short and quiet street has a length of 0.17 kilometres or 170 metres. So who was this Goodenough who gained the right to be named after one of Suva’s streets? His book, ‘Memoir of Commodore J.G...

Alanieta’s fashion buzz

Businesses continue to survive despite an eyesore at the Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva, a $1.5 million project that was forecasted to be ready by 2021 but is still incomplete. Hidden from public eye within De Vos on the Park, are vendors who have been given spaces to operate their businesses for sometime now. The...

A lifetime together

Not all romances and marriages are the same. For Neha and Muzammil Ali, it took them 11 days of interaction to decide on a lifetime together. Their love story began when Neha’s paternal aunt and uncle brought the proposal to her family and for Muzammil it started his parents kept nagging him to get married....

U.S. four-star general warns of war with China in 2025

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A four-star U.S. Air Force general said in a memo that his gut told him the United States would fight China in the next two years, comments that Pentagon officials said were not consistent with American military assessments. “I hope I am wrong,” General Mike Minihan, who heads the Air Mobility Command,...

Toys for boys

Who amongst us remember competitive kite-flying in the skies above our towns or the intricate art of ‘lastic played mainly in the school ground? What about the rules for games of marbles, seen now from this distance to be more intricately ordered than Game of Thrones. Although I have to say are not quite as...

Look Back: Harriers have their annual fun run

The Suva Hash House Harriers, an organisation that promotes healthy living and lifestyle conducts a fun run every year to commemorate the club’s anniversary. In an article reported in The Fiji Times on January 29, 1976, almost 150 members of the prestigious club had gathered together for the club’s 150th run. The Suva Hash House...

Good news for media freedom

After two FijiFirst government terms, the controversial Media Industry Development Authority Act is finally undergoing a review. That’s good news to the local media fraternity, journalists and the people of Fiji. Last week, the President of the Pacific Islands News Association, Kora Nou warmly welcomed the new Fijin Government’s immediate push to revisit and review...

Body of farmer missing in waters between Laucala Island and Taveuni found

The body of a 35-year-old farmer who went missing in waters between Laucala Island and Taveuni was found by a diver from Matangi Island Resort today. Police have confirmed the body was uplifted and taken to the Taveuni Hospital. A post mortem will be conducted soon. The deceased, a farmer from Dreketi Village in Qamea,...

Eritrea troops still on Ethiopian soil – U.S

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A senior U.S. official said on Saturday that Eritrean troops are still in Ethiopia although they have moved back the border, contradicting Ethiopian authorities who say the Eritreans have already left. Eritrean troops fought alongside the Ethiopian military and allied militias in the two-year conflict that pitted the Ethiopian government against rebellious...

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