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Quebec ends mandatory oath to King Charles for elected officials

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Quebec on Friday passed a law ending a requirement for elected officials to take an oath to Britain’s King Charles, agreeing to make such a show of fealty optional. Charles, 73, became...

Colombia, U.S. to hold conference on migration in 2023

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia and the United States will hold a conference in the first quarter of next year to look at measures that would guarantee rights for migrants heading north to the U.S. border, officials from the two countries announced on Friday. Colombia has become a stepping stone for many migrants from Latin America...

2022 General Election: Chief happy polls over

Men of the village enjoyed a fun-filled grog session by the beach to celebrate the end of pre-polling voting at Tawake Village in Cakaudrove. Tawake and five other villages belong to the district of the same. But the incident-free polling was marred by the fact that many registered voters could not vote. District chief, the...

2022 General Election: ‘This is for her future’ – Luca

FATHER and daughter duo Toga Luca and Litia Tuinuve were among more than 80 villagers who cast their vote in Maniava Village, Ra, yesterday. Mr Luca said seeing his daughter cast her vote for the first time was a milestone. “This is for her future,” he said. “As a father, I want to see the...

France strains to avert power cuts as cold snap tests Europe’s energy resolve

PARIS (Reuters) -France expects to avoid electricity cuts on Monday but faces a difficult week as the first cold snap of the winter tests Europe’s resolve to save energy and mitigate the economic impact of the Ukraine war. Leaders across the region have said eveyone needs to get serious about using less fuel after unusually...

2022 General Election: Pastor casts first ballot

SENIOR pastor Usaia Seniu is encouraging the people of Naitasiri to vote and to do so wisely. He was the first person to cast his ballot on Tuesday at Nabukaluka, Naitasiri. The 64-year-old senior pastor of the All Nations Church was all smiles as he exited the pre-polling venue. “I woke up at 4am to...

2022 General Election : District rep is all smiles

NUKU district representative (mata-ni-tikina) Ratu Elia Nasauvinaka said he was happy to see Naimasimasi Village youths come out in numbers to vote during pre-polling voting on Wednesday. “This is the second time pre-polling was held in this village and I am grateful to the Fijian Elections Office officials for making it easy for the voters,”...

2022 General Election: Disability poses no problem for village elder

BEING visually impaired did not stop Waisea Tanatirau, 65, from casting his vote during pre-polling at Wainiyavu Village, Namosi, on Tuesday. His wife Ranadi Rosana said they were grateful to the Fijian Elections Office officials and police officers for coming to their house to help her husband to vote. “My husband is fully blind. It...

2022 General Election: District conducts survey

RA Provincial Council administrators visited polling stations within the district yesterday to survey voter turnout during pre-polling for the 2022 General Election at villages within the province. Roko Tui Savou Kaveni Raseru said a directive was issued from their office in Suva to conduct the study. “We heard in the news that pre-polling turnout was...

EU parliament member, Gulf state probed over suspected graft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Belgium launched an investigation on Friday into possible corruption involving an unidentified Gulf state and at least one member of the European Parliament, the federal prosecutor said. The prosecutor said 16 houses were searched in Brussels on Friday as part of a major investigation into alleged offences of criminal organisation, corruption and money...

2022 General Election Awareness is vital’

A LOT of voters in the Ba highlands missed out on voting during pre-polling this week because they were out fetching wild turmeric to earn money for their families. A resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity said while it was wrong for people not to vote, they were simply trying to provide for...

2022 General Election: Make the right choice – Duariba

A 22-YEAR-OLD mother got up at 6am on Thursday, wrapped her one-year-old child up and walked to the Botenaulu Village hall in Naitasiri to cast her vote during the pre-polling for the 2022 General Election. Salanieta Duariba said she was excited because she was a first-time voter. The Fiji Times news team spotted her carrying...

2022 General Election : Listen to all voices

IN order for Fiji to redeem itself from a fragile political landscape, the voices of all its people must be heard, including the LGBTQI community — an essential part of a thriving democracy. Transgender advocate Sulique Waqa said this in response to recent attacks on National Federation Party candidate, Divina Loloma — who is a...

2022 General Election: Villagers look at issues before voting – Headman

ALTHOUGH Nausori Highland Village is an hour’s drive from Nadi Town, it does not have access to mobile phone connectivity and is often at the bottom of the list when it comes to development in the Nadroga/ Navosa Province. Village headman Epeli Vamoso said people in the village took this into consideration when they cast...

Peru’s new president says she is open to early election talks

LIMA (Reuters) -Peruvian President Dina Boluarte on Friday said she was willing to discuss early elections with the country’s political and civil organizations, but ruled out kick-starting constitutional changes for the time being. Boluarte, who took office on Wednesday hours after her predecessor Pedro Castillo was ousted, said she was calling for calm as protests...

2022 General Election : ‘True democracy, we do hope leaders will always think of us’ – grandma

A 60-YEAR-OLD grandmother in the interior of Ba who voted in the 2022 General Election during pre-polling this week, said she wanted a government that would ensure “true democracy prevails in Fiji.” Aunisi Lauwai said she kept herself well-versed with the country’s political goings-on and has never missed voting in a general election. The Navala,...

2022 General Election: Importance of voting

Village elders said they spoke to the youths in their community about the importance of voting in the 2022 General Election. Nameka villager and turaga ni mataqali Paulo Tuvou claimed most of the young people in the village cast their votes without knowing its importance. “Before we came to vote, I spoke to some of...

2022 General Election: Mixed views from first-time voters

Two first-time voters in Waivaka Village, Namosi, cast their ballots during pre-polling for the 2022 General Election this week for two very distinct reasons. Atonio Drau said he did not know what voting and elections meant and only did it because he was scared. “I felt scared the first time I got my voter card...

2022 General Election: Vote on lawn; officials come to the aid of a 90-year-old

Fijian Elections Office technical adviser Craig Rickards assisted 90-year-old Mere Valesau by ensuring FEO officials enabled her to cast her vote on the Navakuru Village lawn. Walking to the village hall appeared to be an issue for her and Mr Rickards came to her aid and offered to help, resulting in Ms Valesau casting her...

Canada adds sanctions on Russia, Iran, Myanmar over human rights

(Reuters) – Canada on Friday imposed fresh sanctions on Russia, Iran and Myanmar, citing alleged human rights violations by their governments. The measures included sanctions against 33 current or former senior Russian officials and six entities involved in alleged “systematic human rights violations” against Russian citizens who protested against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Canadian...

2022 General Election: Elderly braves rain to vote

Voters braved the rain to cast their votes at Vudibasoga Catholic School, a pre polling venue in Macuata. Among them was 90-year-old Iginasio Qionibaravi. The nonagenarian, who developed eye problem in the past year, said nothing could stop him from voting. “Even though I am 90 years old, I got myself to the voting venue...

2022 General Election: Commission encourages voters to exercise their right

As Fiji prepares to go to the polls on December 14, the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (FHRADC) is encouraging all eligible voters to exercise their right to vote. In a statement FHRADC chairman Pravesh Sharma said the right to vote was a fundamental human right which was critical to a meaningful electoral process...

2022 General Election: Sayed-Khaiyum hits out at broadcaster

FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum took a swipe at Fiji-based Australian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent Lice Movono for “grossly misinforming the Fijian public”. His comments were in response to a claim by the National Federation Party that he visited Star Printery in Raiwaqa where the ballot papers were being printed on December 1. At a news...

2022 General Election: ABC stands by story

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) says it stands by its story titled “Fiji’s Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, caught in extraordinary dispute just a week out from national election”. “This story reveals important allegations regarding the Fiji election and the independence of electoral processes which Fijians and all audiences have a right to know about,” an ABC...

Australian court dismisses suit against Google over personal data use

(Reuters) -Australia’s competition regulator said on Friday its lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google that alleged consumers were misled about expanded use of personal data for targeted advertising had been dismissed by a court. The proceedings, initiated by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in July 2020, alleged Google did not explicitly take consent from users...

2022 General Election: 84-year-old pleads for proper landing facility

Lagi Village in Dogotuki, Macuata, needs a proper landing facility to help during the evacuation of sick people to the village health centre. That was the plea made by 84-year-old Loata Tokea after she cast her vote during pre-polling voting at her village on Thursday. Lagi’s health centre, which is staffed by a doctor and...

2022 General Election: ‘We want leaders who respect what we value’

The people in the district of Namuka in Macuata are ready to embrace change, change they say that has eluded them for a while. They showed up in numbers to cast their votes during the fourth day of pre-polling at Namuka District School. “We thank the Government for what it has done over the years...

2022 General Election: Power is in our hands – Borosio

Rusiate Borosio believes Fiji needs a government that practises the principles of democracy including respect for citizens’ human rights. He made the comment at his home village of Lagi, in Macuata as villagers cast their votes during the fourth day of pre-polling voting in the Northern Division. The 69-year-old bachelor said the politics of past...

2022 General Election: Commission for peace and reconciliation

A Unity Fiji government will establish a Commission for Peace and Reconciliation to help the country move forward by healing the wounds of the past. Party leader Savenaca Narube said this in a statement issued yesterday. “Unity Fiji believes that to empower the entire nation to move forward towards hope and freedom, we must look...

Griner seems in good health and spirits, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Basketball star Brittney Griner appeared in good health and in good spirits after landing at a Texas airport on Friday, White House spokesman John Kirby told MSNBC in an interview. Griner, who was released on Thursday after 10 months in Russian detention as part of a prisoner swap with Moscow, is headed...

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