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Back in history: Environmental issues

The persistent neglect of environmental issues could limit the opportunities for economic development in many Pacific Island countries, former minister for housing and urban development Tomasi Vakatora warned. Speaking at a workshop preparing for the...

PM warns millers using GPS devices

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama issued a stern warning to private sawmillers who were using GPS devices to locate pine trees outside of charted pine lease area and exploiting them for their gain. While opening the 2022 Bua Provincial Council meeting, he said the private millers would pay off a few mataqali members to cut the...

Food truck’s veilomani program is back

The Fiji Food Truck’s Veilomani Program which supported the less fortunate and supplied more than $10,000 worth of medical equipment to health facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic is back. Owner Randall Kamea says under their revamped program, a portion from every meal sold would go towards providing meals, toiletries and sanitary products for the less...

Exclusive-U.S. and Ukraine discuss danger of escalation as new arms extend Kyiv’s reach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the United States and its allies provide Ukraine with increasingly sophisticated arms, Washington has held discussions with Kyiv about the danger of escalation if it strikes deep inside Russia, U.S. and diplomatic officials tell Reuters. The behind-the-scenes discussions, which are highly sensitive and have not been previously reported, do not put...

South Africa’s Zuma suffers new setback in corruption trial

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has suffered another setback in his attempts to remove the lead prosecutor from his arms deal corruption trial, as a top judge dismissed his latest petition in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Zuma, ousted in 2018 after nine years in power, accuses the prosecutor of...

U.S. proposes offshore wind sale off California coast

(Reuters) – The Biden administration on Thursday proposed auctioning five areas off the coast of California for offshore wind development, a critical milestone in expanding the nascent U.S. industry to Pacific waters. It is the latest in a government effort to put wind turbines along every U.S. coastline, with a goal of generating 30 gigawatts...

Couple charged for allegedly soliciting $230k from a woman

A couple who allegedly solicited more than $230,000 from a 60-year-old woman under the pretext of entering into a partnership to invest in properties in Fiji will be produced at the Suva Magistrates court this afternoon. According to Police, the accused persons, 40-year old David Morrison Christopher has been charged with one count of obtaining...

Australia ‘keen to listen to Pacific partners’

The newly elected Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong arrived into the country yesterday for a two-day official visit. As part of her visit, she will pay a courtesy call to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, meet government ministers and women leaders ahead of next month’s Pacific Women Leaders meeting. She will also meet with...

‘Goodfellas’ actor Ray Liotta dies

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) – American actor Ray Liotta, 67, who starred in the 1990 blockbuster crime film “Goodfellas,” died in his sleep on Thursday in the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic General Directorate of Cinema confirmed to Reuters. Liotta died in bed at a hotel where he was staying with his fiancée Jacy Nittolo while...

$525m overseas development assistance from Aussie to Pacific

Australia will increase its overseas development assistance to the Pacific by $525 million over the next four years, says newly appointed Foreign Minister Penny Wong. She said this in her keynote address at the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat last night. “We will remain a critical development partner for the Pacific family in the years ahead,...

Amber Heard details death threats as testimony ends in Johnny Depp defamation case

(Reuters) – “Aquaman” actor Amber Heard delivered the final testimony in the multimillion-dollar defamation battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp on Thursday, telling jurors she has faced daily harassment and death threats since she accused the Hollywood star of abuse. Depp, 58, sued Heard in Virginia for $50 million and argued that she defamed him when...

Villagers oppose project

The traditional landowners of the Vanua o Wainikeli say they are vehemently opposed to the World Wave Project in Qamea. The first round of consultations ended with heated exchanges between landowners and those who wished for the project to go ahead. Hoteliers and marine business operators in the Wainikeli District who supported the qoliqoli customary...

PR pathway for 3000

Newly appointed Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong announced last night a pathway for permanent residency (PR) for 3000 Pacific islanders and that seasonal workers would be allowed to bring their families. “For generations, Pacific islanders have been adding to and shaping Australian culture and we will welcome the contribution people of Pacific heritage bring to...

Global price volatility – A huge risk for government, says A-G

Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says global price volatility is a huge risk for government and Fijians need to dig into more local food instead of imports. “We don’t know how high the fuel will go up, we don’t know when the wheat pricing will stop going up,” he said during a talanoa session...

‘Force does not condone use of undue force’

Deputy Police Commissioner Itendra Nair says illicit behaviour is not institutionalised in the Fiji Police Force (FPF), and the force does not condone the use of undue force. He said the FPF stood for human rights and would continue to ensure Fijians were able to move around freely. Mr Nair made the comment in response...

‘Some political parties have breached Act’

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says “certain political parties or their leaders have breached the Financial Management Act”. At a news onference on Wednesday night where he said the breach would be reported to authorities, he also said businesses were not supposed to contribute to political parties. “It’s been brought to our attention that certain political parties...

Pio: A-G cannot enforce the laws

The Attorney-General has no right to talk about compliance with election fundraising laws by political parties and candidates because he is the FijiFirst party general secretary and registered officer. This was the word from National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua. He said the A-G should be the last person to lecture political parties and candidates...

Asia’s war on inflation targets supply, not consumers

(Reuters) – From export bans to price controls, governments in Asia are taking a much more targeted approach than their Western counterparts in curbing global inflationary pressure, a strategy that appears to be working at least for now. While inflation remains a serious economic challenge in Asia, the measures have in many countries helped shield...

Concerns on bias at workplace

Discrimination against workers is one of the issues highlighted by industry stakeholders in Labasa, says Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations assistant Minister Alvick Maharaj. He said this while recently opening a World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebration and workshop in Suva. Mr Maharaj said discrimination had always existed in the workplace. “It’s...

Philippines’ Marcos names new finance chief and central bank governor

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday announced the current central bank governor Benjamin Diokno would be his finance minister when he takes office next month. Diokno will be replaced by Felipe Medalla as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor, Marcos said in an interview conducted by his press new secretary, which was...

20 complete digital literacy course

Twenty women completed the Digital Literacy Essentials (MC00013) micro-credential course, aimed at providing them with better employment prospects. The training was done through the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) in collaboration with International Needs Fiji. Most of the participants were unemployed single mothers and aspired to start small businesses to support their livelihoods. APTC Skills...

Australia’s new PM shifts focus to domestic woes after Quad trip

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New prime minister Anthony Albanese said on Thursday Australia faces significant economic headwinds, turning his attention to domestic affairs after a first few days in office dominated by international security. “I want an economy that works for people, not the other way around,” Albanese told ABC television. Treasurer Jim Chalmers on Wednesday...

From the Editor-in Chief’s desk: Your May 27 briefing

Bula On the eve of the big game, when the Fijian Drua take on the might of the Chiefs at Churchill Park in Lautoka, the hype is building up. In fact you can sense it in the air. Come to think of it, we have another feast of sports action this weekend. Image: THE FIJI...

‘Parties need to identify where they fit in society’

Political parties need to identify where they fit in Fijian society and identify which spectrum of democracy they stand for, says former Human Rights Commission director and University of Fiji vice-chancellor Professor Shaista Shameem. She made the comment during a political parties’ panel discussion on human rights last week. “The first thing to do for...

Elvis fever grips Cannes ahead of Luhrmann biopic premiere

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll died 45 years ago, but Elvis fever was alive in Cannes on Wednesday as fans delighted at seeing an impersonator stroll down the resort city’s famed promenade, La Croisette. The Elvis lookalike, real name Eryl Prayer, was in town to celebrate the premiere of Baz...

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 lies slow moving over the group. Another trough is expected to move over the group from later tomorrow. Associated cloud and showers affects...

26th May

Lala Harman – Eyes masi business

Lala Harman understands hardship like the back of her hand. But she is not letting her painful past define her and her future. She was distraught when her husband died in 2007 and she was faced with the reality that she had to look after her seven children on her own. “I didn’t know what...

Singh’s inspirational musical journey

The hypnotising tones, tunes and rhythms of Hindi religious music known as bhajan have always fascinated Ajesh Singh. Even as a kid growing up, while others were easily swayed by the popular songs out of ’70s and ’80s Bollywood, nothing quite resonated with him as bhajan. He said listening to and memorising lyrics of the...

Back in history: Life at 116 years

Not many people in this world are blessed with long life, but a tiny fraction of this world’s population is blessed with just that. According to a The Fiji Times article on March 9, 1993, there appeared to be a man from Cakaudrove who celebrated his 116th birthday a month before the original article ran...

Ghana startup strives for greater African representation in cancer research

ACCRA (Reuters) – In the open-air kitchen of a small research clinic in Ghana’s capital, Accra, pathologist Kafui Akakpo carefully carved a piece of cancerous breast tissue into a sample smaller than a matchbox. Hundreds of other samples bobbed around him in plastic jars of formaldehyde, but this one would soon travel across town to...

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