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3rd October

Italy’s Meloni vows government action to tackle soaring energy prices

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s next government will direct its efforts to trying to tame soaring energy prices, Giorgia Meloni, who is widely expected to be named prime minister, said on Saturday. Meloni’s Brothers of Italy...

FIU warns Fijians of cryptocurrency scam

The Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is warning members of the public of a current cryptocurrency scam in the country. The FIU stated those scammers had circulated advertisements on various Viber and other social media groups using theofficial logo of a government agency and staff photo. “These advertisements are fake,” FIU director Razim Buksh said....

Kabul blast a setback for Afghan women seeking education against the odds

KABUL (Reuters) – Raihana, 19, wanted to be a doctor, studying until midnight in recent weeks for Afghanistan’s university entrance exam, a chance for women to advance their education even as they face growing restrictions from the Taliban government. Her diligent preparation ended on Friday when a suicide attacker detonated his explosives during a practice...

What’s happening today!

Bula readers! Here’s some quick basic information that could come in handy when making some decisions on what to do today. As usual, here is our quick look at the weather forecast for today to until midnight tonight: Weather Situation: A trough of low pressure is anticipated to approach the group from the west and...

Violence, mismanagement plague volatile Indonesian scene

(Reuters) – Volatile crowds and violent fan groups have long been a hallmark of Indonesian soccer, left reeling from Saturday’s rioting in East Java in which 129 people were killed following Arema FC’s defeat by Persebaya Surabaya. The sport is the country’s most popular, with huge crowds turning out for bitter clashes between local rivals...

Hurricane-ravaged Florida, Carolinas face daunting recovery

MIAMI (Reuters) – The largely innocuous but soggy remnants of Hurricane Ian drifted through Virginia early on Sunday, leaving in their wake storm-ravaged residents in Florida and the Carolinas facing a disaster recovery expected to cost tens of billions of dollars. The storm’s toll on human life also was expected to rise as floodwaters receded...

Pope begs Putin to end ‘spiral of violence and death’, cites nuclear threat

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal on Sunday to Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop “this spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine, saying the crisis there was risking a nuclear escalation with uncontrollable global consequences. In an address dedicated to Ukraine and made to thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square,...

EU ambassador leaves Nicaragua in week of diplomatic tensions

(Reuters) – European Union Ambassador Bettina Muscheidt left Nicaragua on Saturday, just three days after being declared “persona non grata” by the government of President Daniel Ortega, in a week of tensions with the international community. Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada verbally notified Muscheidt that she should leave the country after the EU delegation demanded...

Tired of gridlock, Bulgarians vote in 4th election in less than two years

SOFIA (Reuters) -Bulgarians voted in their fourth national election in less than two years on Sunday, with little hope for a stable government emerging because of deep divisions within the political elite over how to tackle entrenched corruption. Prolonged political turmoil threatens to undermine Bulgaria’s ambitions to join the euro zone in 2024 amid double-digit...

2nd October

Indonesia authorities say 125 dead in soccer stadium stampede

MALANG, Indonesia (Reuters) -A stampede at a soccer stadium in Indonesia has killed at least 125 people and injured 180 after police sought to quell violence on the pitch, authorities said on Sunday, in one of the world’s worst stadium disasters. Officers fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse agitated supporters of the losing...

Australian government slams Optus for cybersecurity breach

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian government on Sunday levelled its harshest criticism yet against Optus, the second-biggest telecoms company, for a cybersecurity breach that affected the equivalent of 40% of the country’s population. The government blamed Optus, owned by Singapore Telecommunications, for the breach, which affected 10 million accounts, urging the company to speed up...

Australia expands sanctions against Russians

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia on Sunday imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on 28 Russian-appointed separatists, ministers and senior officials after President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the annexation of four regions of Ukraine. The new sanctions targeted individuals who the Australian government said were flouting international law to legitimise Russia’s actions in Ukraine through “sham...

V5 wows crowd at 2022 FIPRA Music Awards

Young talented V5 comprising four teenage singers and songwriters wowed the crowd at the 2022 FIPRA Music Awards at the GPH in Suva last night. The musical group was the winner of the inaugural 2022 Domo Vou Talei competition. Lia and Jasmine Daunakamakama, and Sevu and Vika Tuisawau performed their winning ‘Mango tree’ – inspired...

Drinking session turns sour in Raiwaqa; police investigate teenager’s death

A drinking session at Raiwaqa in Suva turned sour following the death of a 16-year-old boy who was part of the group. Police say the teenager was among a group of youths. According to initial information gathered by police, the boy was tackled by another youth in the group, and they only sought help when...

Malaysia’s ruling party pushes for national elections this year

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party, which forms the biggest component of the ruling coalition, agreed to hold a general election this year, its top decision-making body said. An election is not due until September 2023, but several UMNO lawmakers have been calling on Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to...

Burkina Faso soldiers announce overthrow of military government

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) -Armed soldiers in fatigues and masks appeared on television in Burkina Faso on Friday night to confirm the ouster of President Paul-Henri Damiba, the second coup in the troubled West African country this year. The announcement capped a day that began with gunfire near a military camp in the capital Ouagadougou, an explosion...

Sexism against women vendors

Some women market vendors are victims of domestic violence at home and even inside the market from jealous husbands. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali shared this with Namaka market vendors during Market Vendors Day celebrations in Nadi this week. She said over the years, the FWCC had received complaints of sexual harassment and sexism against...

Climate change fight: Asia-Pacific DRR ministers reminded of their responsibility

Climate projections for the region paint a grim picture with all climate change scenarios showing that Asia and the Pacific would be most impacted, says Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu. Speaking during the Pacific reception at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) in Brisbane, Australia last month, he reminded...

World Bank to give Ukraine $530 million in additional aid

(Reuters) – The World Bank has said it will provide an additional $530 million in support to Ukraine, bringing the total aid by the bank to $13 billion, as Russia’s invasion of the country continues. The aid is supported by the United Kingdom ($500 million) and the Kingdom of Denmark ($30 million), the World Bank...

LTA: 80,000-plus TINs issued in 2020

Over 80,000 traffic infringement notices (TINs) were issued by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in 2020, says LTA CEO Flagon Bekker. Speaking before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs regarding LTA’s 2014-2017 annual reports, Mr Bekker said 64,126 offenders held full licences while 16,230 were provisional licence holders. This number dropped in 2021, with 57,280 fully licensed...

Australia’s Optus says ‘deeply sorry’ for cyberattack

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s second-largest telcoms firm Optus, owned by Singapore Telecommunications, on Saturday ran a full-page apology in major newspapers for a “devastating” cyberattack 10 days ago and pointed affected customers to a new help site. “We’re deeply sorry that a cyberattack has happened on our watch,” the company said in the notice. “We...

Exercise your right to vote, says Ali

Women vendors at the Namaka market were encouraged to exercise their right to vote at this year’s general election. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator and human rights activist Shamima Ali urged the women to register and vote when she officiated at the Market Vendors Day celebrations in Nadi this week. “Do not let this golden opportunity...

Deep underground, Mexican coal miners remember those who never came back

SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) – Each time Juan Briones descends deep into the ground of northern Mexico to dig for coal he knows he must balance earning a living and avoiding death. In August, his brother-in-law was one of 10 miners trapped in the nearby coal mine of El Pinabete as water broke through a shaft...

Missing Cikobia islanders found safe; survived on vegetables and a bottle of water

The three men and a four-year-old child from the island of Cikobia in Macuata who were reported missing on Thursday earlier this week survived on vegetables and a bottle of water during their three-day ordeal. The four reached Labasa safely this morning. They were found by an aerial team drifting 300km away from Kia Island,...

New SODELPA executives elected; Ratu Manoa beats Kepa for presidency

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) appointed its new executive members during their special general meeting in Suva yesterday. The new party president is Ratu Manoa Roragaca from the Naitasiri constituency. He will be assisted by Filimone Soqeta (Burebasaga), Ro Avenito Kolikata (Kubuna) and MP Anare Jale. The new office holders will serve for a term of...

More penguins dying from avian flu at Cape Town’s Boulders beach colony

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – More penguins have died from avian flu at the colony at Cape Town’s Boulders beach, a popular tourist attraction and an important breeding site in South Africa, raising concerns for the species and for other seabirds. David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian at the South African Foundation For The Conservation Of Coastal...

Taito: TTFB initiatives going ahead

A number of initiatives undertaken by the iTaukei Trust Fund Board (TTFB) are going ahead despite hiccups encountered during the COVID-19 phase. Speaking on the fund’s 2020 annual report before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, CEO Aisake Taito said in terms of culture and heritage, they continued to progress with the vanua fieldwork program. “This is...

Florida, Carolinas count the cost of Hurricane Ian

FORT MYERS, Fla./CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) -Florida, North and South Carolina were on Saturday trying to recover from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ian, after one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. mainland caused tens of billions of dollars in damage and killed more than 20 people. Ian, now a post-tropical cyclone,...

Radrodro: Party must appoint acting SG; ‘this weakness’ need to be addressed

The need to have an acting general secretary for the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) was raised during the party’s annual general meeting in Suva yesterday. SODELPA Member of Parliament Aseri Radrodro raised this to the new executives of the party to amend the constitution and have an acting general secretary. Mr Radrodro said if the general secretary...

Superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian on sale for 29.5 million euros

(Reuters) – A U.S.-based luxury yacht broker is advertising for sale a 168-foot (51-metre) superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian billionaire Igor Kesaev for 29.5 million euros (roughly $29 million), according to an email seen by Reuters. The proposed sale of the MySky yacht, which was disclosed in an advertisement emailed from the brokerage firm to...

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