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More than 730 detained in anti-mobilisation protests across Russia – rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) – More than 730 people were detained across Russia at protests against a mobilisation order on Saturday, a rights group said, three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s first military draft since...

Storm Fiona ravages Canada’s east coast, causing ‘terrifying’ destruction

By Eric Martyn and John Morris STEPHENVILLE, Newfoundland (Reuters) – Powerful storm Fiona ripped into eastern Canada on Saturday with hurricane-force winds, forcing evacuations, knocking down trees and powerlines, and reducing many homes on the coast to “just a pile of rubble in the ocean.” The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the center of...

Suggestion for reports to be submitted electronically

Stakeholders at an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) consultation have suggested that reports and documents should be electronically submitted instead of using papers or hard copies. The consultation held in Labasa this week heard that using papers in reports would result in the cutting down of more trees which do not work hand in hand with...

1300 students flock to university’s open day

The University of the South Pacific hosted more than 1300 students at its Lautoka Campus during the institution’s first face-to-face open day since the global pandemic. USP Lautoka Campus director Dr Premila Devi said students and staff alike were excited to welcome back prospective students and to promote their new programs. “It’s been two years...

$5k boost for kids cancer charity

The fight against cancer by the WOWS Kids Fiji charitable trust received a huge $5000 boost from chemists Ray Pharmaceuticals in Lautoka yesterday. The timely gift goes towards assisting close to 75 young cancer patients across the country. Ray Pharmaceuticals medical representative Sharneet Kumar said they have been supporting WOWS Kids Fiji for the past...

Right-wing alliance seen as likely winner as Italians vote

By Crispian Balmer and Keith Weir ROME (Reuters) – Millions of Italians will vote on Sunday in an election that is forecast to return the country’s most right-wing government since World War Two and usher in its first woman prime minister. Italy’s first autumn national election in more than a century was triggered by party...

‘Think commercially’ – Resource owners could increase their returns with good leadership – Reddy

Abundant resources would not provide the desired returns if resource owners failed to think commercially, says Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy. While speaking to farmers in Lawai, Nadroga, this week, he said through proper leadership, resources owners would be able to acquire more returns. “That is the challenge throughout Fiji amongst the mataqali, they...

Police constables attend training of dog handlers in NZ

Seven Police officers including a Fiji Revenue and Customs Service officer flew out of the country this morning to the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham in Wellington. The training opportunity was possible through the Fiji Police Partnership Program supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New...

Tovata sacrilege case suspects arrested

Five men and a juvenile who are alleged to have stolen money kept inside the Tovata Methodist Church have been arrested. The six were arrested following raids conducted by the Criminal Investigations Department. Chief Operations Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan said the alleged incident occurred on September 11. ACP Khan said the...

Russia’s Lavrov accuses Washington of ‘playing with fire’ around Taiwan

By Michelle Nichols, Humeyra Pamuk and Daphne Psaledakis UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia accused the United States on Saturday of “playing with fire” around Taiwan while China said it will press on working for “peaceful reunification” with the democratically-governed island and pledged to take forceful steps to oppose any external interference, a thinly-veiled reference to...

Saudi crown prince meets with Turkish officials

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Turkey’s Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati and Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman and chief foreign policy adviser, in Jeddah on Saturday, Saudi state news agency SPA reported. Turkey is hoping for a currency swap deal with Saudi Arabia, after it established one with...

Russia holds votes in occupied parts of Ukraine; Kyiv says residents coerced

By Pavel Polityuk KYIV (Reuters) – Russia launched referendums on Friday aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western nations who dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognise their results. Ukrainian officials said people were banned from leaving some occupied areas until the four-day vote...

Buckingham Palace issues photo of Queen Elizabeth’s final resting place

LONDON (Reuters) – Buckingham Palace published a photograph on Saturday from Queen Elizabeth’s final resting place at the royal chapel in Windsor, featuring a ledger stone bearing her name and those of her parents, and husband Prince Philip. The stone, made of black Belgian marble, sits in the King George VI Memorial Chapel which Queen...

‘Desperate attempt to deflect from bad publicity’

Attacking the “Rock The Vote Fiji” campaign was an attempt to shift people’s attention away from the issue surrounding Prime Minister’s son, Meli Bainimarama in Australia. This, according to The People’s Alliance party provisional candidate, Lynda Tabuya during a media conference in Nadera, Nasinu yesterday. She said it showed a desperate attempt to deflect from...

‘Arrival of cruise liner a huge boost’

Suva City yesterday welcomed its first cruise liner, Carnival Splendor with more than 2000 tourists on board since the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago. Tourism Fiji chief operations officer Leigh Howard said the arrival of the cruise liner was a huge boost to the economy. “The 2008-built ship, which departs from Seattle, is offering a...

Man dies after fall from ladder

An electrician died on Friday afternoon in Rakiraki after he fell off a ladder. Ashneel Mani, 32, was working at a house at Wailevu, Nanuku at the time of the incident. He was rushed to the Rakiraki Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the tragic death. “A 32-year-old electrician of...

‘Fiji needs business people who think outside the box’

Fiji needs business people who think outside of the box, says Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. While speaking in Lautoka recently, he explained that global markets have changed significantly after the COVID-19 pandemic which demanded businesses to change their business models. “With the pandemic the globe has changed significantly,” he said. “We know that freight...

‘It’s a vision, it is hope’ – Bainimarama launches 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific as part of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday. In a statement, Mr Bainimarama said the strategy was more than a framework. “It is a vision, it is hope, it is the wind in...

‘Attack is a diversion’ – Tabuya: Desperate attempt to deflect from bad publicity

Attacking the “Rock The Vote Fiji” campaign was an attempt to shift people’s attention away from the issue surrounding the Prime Minister’s son, Meli Bainimarama in Australia. This, according to The People’s Alliance party provisional candidate, Lynda Tabuya during a media conference in Nadera, Nasinu yesterday. She said it showed a desperate attempt to deflect...

UK says Russia struck dam this week on Siverskyi Donets river

(Reuters) – Russia struck the Pechenihy dam on the Siverskyi Donets River in northeast Ukraine this week using short-range ballistic missiles or similar weapons, the British military said on Saturday. The attack on Sept. 21 and 22 followed an earlier one on the Karachunivske dam near Krivyi Rih in central Ukraine on Sept. 15, the...

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your September 25 briefing

Bula The big one on the front page of The Sunday Times for September 25 is on politics. The People’s Alliance Party provisional candidate, Lynda Tabuya, during a media conference in Nadera, Nasinu yesterday, insisted that attacking the ‘Rock the vote’ campaign was an attempt to shift attention away from another event. Read about that...

Internal displacement by ‘disasters’

Fiji is one of 23 countries in the Asia-Pacific region that recognises internal displacement caused by disasters, says a new report released by the Asian Development Bank and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” report gave Fiji an index of 0.6 out of 1.0 when it came to...

China Construction Bank to set up $4 billion rental housing fund

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China Construction Bank (CCB) said it plans to set up a 30-billion-yuan ($4-billion) fund to finance rental housing, China’s latest state-backed effort to aid the struggling property sector. The state-owned lender, which will provide money for the fund, plans to invest in real estate projects and turn them into affordable rental houses,...

Fiji ranks highly among climate-affected countries

Fiji ranks highly amongst Pacific Island Countries affected by rising sea-levels which has resulted in internal displacements of citizens, says a new report released by the Asian Development Bank and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The report “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” ranked the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu as the three most...

Cambodia still searching for at least 10 Chinese missing from sunken boat

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian rescuers were still searching on Saturday for at least 10 missing Chinese nationals after a boat with more than 40 people on board sank near islands off the coastal town of Sihanoukville, the provincial government said. At least one body has been found, and there were reports that Vietnamese authorities...

Fiji ranks highly among climate-affected countries

A new report by the Asian Development Bank and Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says 189,000 Fijians were estimated to have been displaced because of natural disasters between 2010 and 2021. The “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” report concluded the Asia and the Pacific regions were the most affected by disaster displacement worldwide. Fiji...

Canada braces for possibly historic storm in Hurricane Fiona

By Eric Martyn and Ismail Shakil HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) – Eastern Canada on Saturday braced for what could become one of the most severe storms in the country’s history as Hurricane Fiona barreled toward Nova Scotia nearly a week after devastating parts of the Caribbean. Experts predicted high winds, storm surges and heavy rainfall...

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 over Viti Levu and is gradually moving east. Associated cloud and showers affects parts of the country till later Monday. Forecast to...

24th September

Ritesh’s success – Hardwork pays off

Ritesh Sharma is a familiar face at the Sigatoka Municipal Market and popular in the Coral Coast town’s agriculture sector. That’s because he has been a devoted farmer for more than 24 years. The father of three was first introduced to farming as a young boy and at 40 years of age, he shows no...

Cyberspace in geopolitics – International cybersecurity agreements

We continuously bemoan the fact that Big Tech has become larger than most countries and wield global power that would be incomprehensible in the past decades. China has recognised this as a threat to their authoritarian regime and has reined back their wild cowboys of entrepreneurship and capitalism like Jack Ma of Alibaba and other...

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