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16th August

Hezbollah will respond if Israel behind Beirut blast, says Nasrallah

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that his group would wait for results of an investigation into the Beirut port explosion, but if it turns out to be an act...

15th August

PM stops religious debate

Broadcast media airing debates between the leader of a “spiritual” movement and representatives of Christian organisations have been ordered to stop airing the shows. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told villagers at a talanoa session in Nayavu, Wainibuka yesterday that he made the decision after hearing and watching the talk shows. Mr Bainimarama said he was...

Envoys shave hair for kids with cancer

Five heads of missions have shaved their heads for cancer awareness. In the process, New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr, along with his counterparts from Australia, United States, United Kingdom and France, helped raise in excess of $30,000 for Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji. Mr Curr said he got involved in...

$7m allocation queried

Government should focus on finding ways to put food on people’s tables, and not on spending $7 million on a new Prime Minister’s Office complex and $40 million on new police stations, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. He also said $13.35 million had been allocated in the last three budgets for the...

Cameras to keep tab on illegal trade

The Fiji Police Force installed closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Nausori after this newspaper highlighted rampant drug dealing in the town earlier this month. The CCTV cameras around the town area were set up to identify drug dealers and stamp out trade in illicit substances. Police chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)...

‘No one will be spared’

No one will be spared in the operation police is presently conducting at Nausori Town. Police chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan did not mince his words when he made the comment at a meeting with stakeholders and members of the Nausori community on Thursday night. A policewoman was among 15...

Ro Filipe calls for inquiry

Opposition member of Parliament Ro Filipe Tuisawau has called for an urgent inquiry into the acquisition of aircraft by Fiji Airways because the future viability of the airline “hangs on a knife-edge situation”. He said the need for the inquiry was urgent because the national carrier was possibly facing liquidation or bankruptcy as it may...

Bune pays tribute to Tora

While serving as a clerk in 1979 for the then Ba district officer, Ratu Kamisese Mara, the late Apisai Tora once challenged a request that he serve yaqona to the late president and paramount chief. Former Cabinet minister Poseci Bune said the two men shared a unique and symbiotic relationship that lasted almost 50 years....

UN Pacific concert: Knox hails music rally

Knox is excited. And he wants the people of Fiji and the region to rally behind today’s global Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together virtual concert and unite with the world in the fight against COVID-19. The guitar-toting singer-songwriter from Naimasimasi, Tailevu is relishing the opportunity to showcase his unique roots-rock songs at the United Nations...

2019 FDB Annual Report: $1.064m salary for senior five

Five key management personnel at the Fiji Development Bank (FDB) were paid salaries and short-term benefits of $1,064,366. The figures were outlined in the FDB 2019 annual report presented in Parliament recently. The report listed as key management personnel CEO Mark Clough, general manager relationship and sales Shaukat Ali, GM finance and administration Saiyad Hussain,...

Payment made easier, more accessible

ANZ Fiji has launched a contactless payment to Fiji and six other Pacific countries with its Visa Debit and Credit cards. According to the ANZ Fiji country head, Saud Minam, the contactless payments increased convenience for customers as well as reduced the risk of cash handling, especially with a pandemic such as COVID-19 looming globally....

FNPF buys land to set up IT hub

THE Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) has bought land from the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) to build a new manufacturing subdivision in Navutu, Lautoka. This was revealed by Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, as part of Government’s plans to take advantage of Fiji’s strengths in the information technology sector. “FNPF, together with the Ministry of...

The sounds of Mia

Mana, History and Rooted are some of the amazing songs that will feature on Mia Kami’s soon-to-be released EP. The 22-year-old has her hands full, juggling law and politics studies at the University of the South Pacific with composing, performing and recording her music. Mia’s songs were written from personal experience and a burning desire...

150th anniversary: Future of Fiji

This story is based on an article written by the Reverend A.R.Tippett, the Superintendent of Davuilevu Methodist Mission Centre. The article was his submission to The Fiji Times series “The Future of Fiji” which was published on August 9, 1957. The rapidly increasing proliferation simple oozes with trouble and a good deal of it has...

150th anniversary: Sugar peace lies with union and company

This article, based on a board of inquiry report on the sugar industry, was published in The Fiji Times of August 4, 1959. It contains recommendations vital to the sugar industrial relations in the 1960s and onwards. PART 2 The solution to the problem of promoting industrial peace in the sugar industry must rest almost...

How are your joints

Osteoarthritis is perhaps the most recognised form of arthritis, which affects the whole joint including the bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. The chance of developing osteoarthritis increases considerably after the age of 45. There are more than one hundred types of arthritis. Each type affects the joints in different ways and the degree of pain...

Digging deeper into Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways Chief Executive Andre Viljoen deserves a rap on the knuckles for his comment that the airline does not respond to political statements. He must not forget that the people of Fiji are the majority shareholders of the airline, which is in a critical situation facing virtual bankruptcy. It has had to turn to...

COVID-19 effect- Help in times of need

Dear readers, where to start, I decided to drive around the Island of Viti Levu with a vehicle full of provisions this week and see for myself, what the situation was like for our brothers and sisters in the Western part of the Island. I was deeply shocked to see that, what I had already...

The life of Apisai Tora – A story of friendship

On the night of August 5, I was restless and could not sleep. I turned the light off, tossed and turned, then put it on again. This happened several times. I was thinking about my friend of more than 50 years, Mohammed Apisai Vuniyayawa Tora. He was acknowledged as one of the most influential and...

Walking a healthy path

Walking is nature’s magical drug. This term was coined by late Jogindar Singh Kanwal, a prominent author and well known personality of Ba who died at the age of 89 yrs . He was the former principal of Khalsa High School Mr Jogindar has written many books (Fiction and Non Fiction) in Hindi and English...

Bitcoin – Digital coin of unknown origin

Just as there are many places in the physical world that are dangerous to visit e.g. Beirut, on the Internet there are places or sites where I would not recommend you venture into without appropriate protection or guidance and even then extreme caution. Both the Deep web and Darknet exists as a part of the...

U.S. Postal Service watchdog to probe service woes as worries rise about mail ballots

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service’s internal watchdog is investigating cost cutting that has slowed delivery and alarmed lawmakers ahead of a presidential election when up to half of U.S. voters could cast ballots by mail, a congressional aide said on Friday. The Postal Service’s inspector general also will examine possible conflicts of interest...

Protests swell in Belarus, Lukashenko blames foreigners

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Friday told people to stay at home to avoid becoming “cannon fodder” for what he said were foreign-backed revolutionaries after huge crowds took to the streets for a sixth consecutive day to demand he step down. Lukashenko, whose claimed landslide re-election victory last Sunday has been branded...

More Covid-19 cases recorded in French Polynesia

French Polynesia has recorded another 11 Covid-19 cases in the past day, bringing the total in the second wave of infections to 88. This figure is in addition to the 51 cases diagnosed among a French mobile police squad that had just returned from Tahiti. Most cases are the result of local transmission, exacerbated by...

‘Canary in the coal mine’: Greenland ice has shrunk beyond return, study finds

(Reuters) – Greenland’s ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests. Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer...

Cook Islands closes border over re-emergence of Covid-19 in NZ

The Cook Islands has temporarily shut its air border for any incoming travellers. The order came into effect on 13 August at midnight. The office of the prime minister says this comes after concern over the re-emergence of Covid-19 in the Auckland community. A review of the order is expected on 17 August, ahead of...

Wearing masks, French pilgrims send a message of hope ahead of religious feast

PARIS (Reuters) – French Catholics defied coronavirus woes and marched in a procession on Friday towards the Notre-Dame Cathedral as part of a weeks-long pilgrimage even as the government declared Paris a high-risk zone. Government data showed more than 2,500 new infections of the novel coronavirus in France for the third day in a row....

Police squad test Covid-19 positive on return to France from Tahiti

The French High Commissioner in French Polynesia says 51 of 72 members of a French mobile police squad tested positive for Covid-19 on return to France. The High Commissioner Dominique Sorain linked their infection to a restaurant event in Tahiti at the end of July, already at the centre of a new cluster. He said...

Valelevu home partially destroyed in fire

A house in Valelevu was was partially destroyed in a fire this morning. According to Police the home belonging to a 70-year-old at Daniva road contained three flats. Police say two of the three flats were destroyed with its contents in the fire. The house was vacant during the time of the incident. Investigations continue.

UAE’s Israel deal met with Arab dismay but quiet welcome in Gulf

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – From cries of “betrayal” to fears about “falling dominoes”, the deal making the United Arab Emirates the third Arab state to forge ties with Israel stirred anger and dismay around the Middle East, but a cautious welcome from the UAE’s Gulf allies. The mixed response highlighted new fault lines in a region...

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