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1st July

Teen survivors of S.African tavern disaster quit nightlife in horror

EAST LONDON, South Africa (Reuters) – South African teenager Sinenjongo Phuthumani had only discovered the joys of drinking in nightclubs with her friends after graduating from school last year. That new passion ended in horror...

‘Obstructed’ ranking for Fiji; Raj hits out at Civicus

Fiji Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Commission (FHRADC) director Ashwin Raj, hit out at Civicus, a global civil society alliance for comments it made against the commission. He said Civicus did not engage with the FHRADC nor did it bother to “consider our position on the issue”. “Instead they have quoted the views of civil...

New prices in effect: Motorists to pay extra at the pump

Motorists will have to fork out more at the pump as of today. The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) announced a massive increase in motor spirits up by 36 cents per litre from $3.08 to $3.44. Premix is up 34 cents a litre from $2.90 to $3.24, kerosene goes up to $2.50 per litre...

Landslide kills 14 in eastern India, nearly 50 others feared dead

GUWAHATI,India (Reuters) -At least 14 people have died and another four dozen are feared to have been killed after a massive landslide in a remote area of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, officials said on Thursday. Rescue workers battled heavy rains to pull out 19 survivors from the rubble on Thursday morning after the...

Albanese and Ardern set to visit Fiji

Newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern will attend the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Suva between July 11-14. Mr Albanese told reporters in Madrid, Spain, where he’s currently attending the NATO summit that he had a telephone conversation with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare,...

Global nuclear power capacity needs to double by 2050 -IEA

LONDON (Reuters) – Global nuclear power capacity needs to double by mid-century to reach net-zero emissions targets and help ensure energy security as governments try to reduce their reliance on imported fossil fuels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. Several countries aim to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century, a target scientists say could...

Good turnout for national budget consultation held at FNU

Students and staff of the Fiji National University (FNU) participated in an interactive 2022-2023 National Budget Consultations last week which was hosted by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The event held at FNU’s Derrick Campus in Samabula, Suva was also live-streamed to other campuses via Zoom, providing students and staff with the...

Pakistan foreign minister calls for easing sanctions on Afghanistan

BERLIN (Reuters) – Pakistan’s foreign minister called for an easing of Western sanctions against Afghanistan under the Taliban government, saying the basic functioning of the Afghan economy must not be endangered. The Taliban takeover last year prompted foreign governments, led by the United States, to cut development and security aid, and the strict enforcement of...

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your July 1 briefing

Bula The big one on the front page of The Fiji Times for Friday, July 1 is on the rise in fuel prices and how it is impacting Fijians. Read the full report in The Fiji Times. HEADLINES PAGE 1 MOTORISTS will pay an extra 36 cents per litre at the pump as of today,...

MoH clears three, stays vigilant

Three people who were under investigation for suspected monkeypox have tested negative and are no longer in isolation, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. He said of the three individuals, one was a local citizen while two were foreign persons and all had travel-related exposure risks. Dr Fong said Fiji was in the...

China summer railway travel expected to rebound as COVID curbs ease

BEIJING (Reuters) – As China loosens its months-long COVID-19 curbs, railway travel is expected to see an uptick in passengers just in time for the summer transport season, which starts on July 1. By Aug. 31, the number of passenger trips on China’s railway network is expected to reach 520 million, and 10 million on...

FNU promotes climate sustainability initiatives

The Fiji National University’s, Labasa Campus at Naduna undertook its first tree planting initiative in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 on climate action and FNU’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026 which promotes Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Sustainability. Head of Campus, Pardeep Lal, said tree-planting initiatives have multiple benefits; it builds the resilience of ecosystems,...

Media plays vital role

We see the media as a critical stakeholder in raising awareness, shaping attitudes and opinions in our society on matters concerning the LGBTQI community, says Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN) CEO Isikeli Vulavou. Vulavou said this during the opening of the training for Fijian Media on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression and Sex...

‘Lessons learned’, but no details of royal review of Meghan bullying claims

LONDON (Reuters) – Buckingham Palace says lessons have been learned following a review into bullying allegations made by royal staff against Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, although it declined to give any details about the report’s conclusions. The HR review was announced by the palace last March after the Times newspaper reported allegations had been...

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 weak trough of low pressure lies slow moving over Fiji and is gradually moving eastwards away from the country. Meanwhile an east to southeast wind flow prevails...

30th June

Fiji music industry’s future ‘looks bright’

He has played to packed houses and performed his music around the world in his more than four decades in the business. But nothing could stop veteran composer and musician Seru Serevi from smiling when he heard the 10 finalists of the inaugural Domo Vou Talei song contest during a mentoring session at the Fiji...

Back in history: Nature’s wrath

Looking back over the past decades, cyclones and hurricanes have become a way of life for Fiji. From mid-November to mid-April, it has become the norm that a storm could be headed our way, and people expect and prepare for this every year. In an article published in The Fiji Times on January 19, 1985,...

‘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, 50, fears the humpback whales that travel through the deep blue waters surrounding her aboriginal village of Wreck Bay, on...

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...

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