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6th October

Measuring Hurricane Ian’s toll on Florida’s ‘forgotten’ neighborhoods

By Rod Nickel FORT MYERS, Fla. (Reuters) – Betty and Hubert Toney have lost count of all the hurricanes they’ve lived through since moving into their house in the modest Dunbar neighborhood of Fort Myers,...

5th October

Angelina Jolie accuses ex-husband Brad Pitt of abuse in court filing

By Jack Queen (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie detailed what she described as abusive behavior by ex-husband Brad Pitt in a court filing on Tuesday, escalating a legal battle over a French winery the former couple once shared and revealing new details about the dissolution of their marriage. The filing in a Los Angeles court alleges...

Pavilion Energy, Mitsui O.S.K to launch LNG bunker vessel in Q1 2023

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s Pavilion Energy and Japan-based Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) said on Wednesday they would launch a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel in the first quarter of 2023, a move that would increase Singapore’s supplies of the fuel for ships. The Singapore-flagged vessel named Brassavola is 116.5 meters in length and 22...

Games-Golf, BMX, coastal rowing to debut at 2026 Commonwealth Games

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Golf, BMX and coastal rowing will make their Commonwealth Games debuts when Australia’s southern state of Victoria hosts the 2026 edition, organisers said on Wednesday. Shooting has also returned to the programme after being dropped for the 2022 Birmingham Games. Coastal rowing, which is pushing to be included in the 2028 Los...

Athletics-Kipchoge eyes third straight Olympic marathon gold at Paris

(Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge became only the third man to win back-to-back Olympic marathon crowns at the Tokyo Games last year but the 37-year-old Kenyan said he wants the record all to himself and will go for gold once again at Paris 2024. “I trust that all things will carry me well up to 2024...

The unsung heroes

The transformation of education begins with teachers. I allude to powerful quotes by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Scott Hayden, “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others” and “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two...

Back in history: Successful operation

The owner of the Courtesy Inn in New Zealand and Australia, Tony Holmshaw, said his move to establish operations in Fiji began when discussions with other hotel proprietors from abroad encouraged him to branch out to smaller Pacific island countries. Out of all the island countries, he was told that Fiji would be the best...

Solomon Islands leader to travel to Australia on fence-mending visit

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will visit Australia on Thursday as both countries look to mend ties which soured after the Pacific nation struck a security pact with China in April. The agreement raised concern for the United States and Australia, who have for decades seen the Pacific region as largely...

Musk reverses course, again: he’s ready to buy Twitter, build ‘X’ app

By Anirban Sen and Tom Hals (Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk is proposing to proceed with his original $44 billion bid to take Twitter Inc private, security filings showed on Tuesday, calling for an end to a lawsuit by the social media company that could have forced him to pay up, whether he wanted to...

Soccer-Liverpool saunter past Rangers 2-0 in Champions League

By Andrew Cawthorne LIVERPOOL (Reuters) – Liverpool put their recent stutters behind them to comfortably beat Rangers 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday and move into second spot in Group A. The win, thanks to a sumptuous first-half free kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold and a second-half penalty by Mohamed Salah, put the six-times European...

Over 1,000 USP students graduate today and tomorrow

A total of 1,199 students at the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus will be graduating and receiving their certificates, diplomas, degrees, postgraduate diplomas, Master’s and PhD’s today and tomorrow in the University’s October graduation. USP Vice-Chancellor and President (VCP), Professor Pal Ahluwalia highlighted that of those who graduated, 64 per cent were women....

Provisions ‘ambiguous’

The Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley says he has to live under the ambiguous provisions of the Media Industry Development Act (MIDA) 2010 “from Monday to Sunday”. He said this while speaking at the sixth Pacific Media Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands last week. Wesley pointed out provisions in the law that said no media...

Qiliho: Police is aware

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says the Fiji Police Force is aware of drug dealing and prostitution allegations on a social media post at a Laucala Beach property. He also said a person of interest in the case was a former police officer. Information on the post alluded to a house being used to...

‘Students to be monitored’

Police will be closely monitoring students travelling to Lautoka for the Fiji Secondary School Rugby Union Deans finals this weekend. Chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan said a traffic management plan had been put together by the Fiji Police Force which would include escorting packages for participating teams. “The recent attacks...

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes near Khowy, Iran – USGS

(Reuters) – A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck near Khowy in Iran’s West Azerbaijan on Wednesday, with no initial reports of damage. The quake was about 11.6 km (7.2 miles) from the village of Khowy and at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), the United States Geological Survey said. The GFZ German Research Centre for...

From stubs to soft toys, an Indian factory reprocesses cigarette ends

By Sunil Kataria NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sitting on the floor of a house on the outskirts of New Delhi, women smile and chat as they fill brightly coloured toy bears with white stuffing made from a product more commonly found in a trash can. The material is composed of cigarette stubs, separated into fibres...

Brawl erupts at house

A brawl broke out around 6.30pm at a house on Rewa St, Suva, where youths allegedly attacked the occupants of a property under scrutiny by police. More than 50 police officers were deployed to the scene. They managed to contain the incident and dispersed the youths. According to eyewitnesses, a group of youths returning from...

Youths attack home

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho asked the occupants of a home of interest on Rewa St, Suva, to relocate after they were attacked by youths last night. More than 50 police officers were deployed to the scene and managed to contain the situation. Mr Qiliho said an Incident Management Task Force has been set...

Widespread fires affect power supply

Properties and government infrastructure continue to fall victim to widespread fires across the Western Division with five incidents occurring within the span of 30 days. In a statement, Energy Fiji Ltd CEO Hasmukh Patel said the latest uncontrollable fire came at the cost of yet another power outage between Ba and Rakiraki. He said two...

‘One-off payment does not reduce costs’

The cost of living does not come down with a one-off welfare payment, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He made the comment at a party meeting in Nadi recently while outlining the party’s vision statement for the 2022 General Election. The former prime minister was referring to Government’s $180 inflation mitigation payment. “Just...

Worry over exodus

While many Fijian families are celebrating their loved ones being picked to work in Australia and New Zealand, canegrowers are worried the continuing exodus of labourers could soon leave no one to harvest their crop. Farmers in Ba said they found it difficult to obtain cane cutters this harvesting season because they claimed that many...

Patel stands for NFP

After contributing her opinions on matters of national interest in The Fiji Times‘ Letters to the Editor section for many years, Kirti Patel is taking her views to the national platform as a provisional candidate for the National Federation Party to contest the 2022 polls. She said she was standing for public office because she...

Koya would ‘love’ to contest polls under FijiFirst banner

Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Minister Faiyaz Koya says he will contest this year’s general election under the FijiFirst party banner. “I’d love to contest for a position in government,” he said, speaking to this newspaper yesterday. “We are still going through all our processes at the moment, but of course, I’d love to.” He...

‘Amendment gives unfettered powers to SOE’

The People’s Alliance party deputy leader Lynda Tabuya says the latest amendment to the Electoral Act (Act No.49 of 2022) “gives unfettered powers to the Supervisor of Elections that not even Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption or police have”. She said this in response to comments by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem that she has...

Lynda on notice to respond

The People’s Alliance party deputy leader Lynda Tabuya has until today to respond to the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) in relation to the Rock the Vote Fiji organisation. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said this at a news conference at the FEO headquarters in Suva yesterday. He said Facebook posts had been deleted from a...

Saneem clarifies complaint letter

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says the complaint received from The People’s Alliance party on Monday afternoon is only two pages and not a 50-page letter. At a news conference yesterday, the SOE said the Fijian Elections Office was yet to determine who the complaint was against. “We do not believe that statements made in...

Lynda’s ultimatum – Saneem says she has until today to respond to FEO

The People’s Alliance deputy leader Lynda Tabuya has blasted the recent changes to the Electoral Act, saying she could be forced to answer questions from the Fijian Elections Office in breach of her legal rights. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says she has until today to respond to the Fijian Elections Office in relation to...

Seruiratu follows up on key projects in the Central Division

Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu toured parts of the Central Division yesterday. As part of yesterday’s program, Mr Seruiratu visited the districts of Muaira, Noemalu and Nadaravakawalu in the interior of Naitasiri to follow-up on a few key projects funded and implemented by Government within the province. These included...

Lawyers overwhelmed by requests to help Russians avoid fighting in Ukraine

(Reuters) – Swamped by panic-stricken requests for help to avoid being drafted, Russian lawyers say they are working flat out to offer advice to those at risk of being sent to fight in Ukraine. Lawyers and civil society groups say they have been overwhelmed by demands for support since President Vladimir Putin announced on Sept....

Nestle revamps coffee sustainability plan as climate challenges mount

By Maytaal Angel LONDON (Reuters) – Food giant Nestle pledged on Tuesday to spend over 1 billion Swiss francs ($1.01 billion) by 2030 on efforts to source coffee sustainably, more than double its previous pledge, as challenges linked to climate change pose particular risks for the bean. Study after study has shown that by 2050...

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