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28th May

Call to stop dumping of household waste

Members of the public are being urged to stop dumping household waste down lavatories, drains and sinks, as it can lead to dangerous and unhygienic overflows of the wastewater system. Water Authority of Fiji (WAF)...

Senegal health minister sacked after babies die in hospital fire

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal President Macky Sall on Thursday sacked his health minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, a government decree showed, after 11 babies were killed by a fire in a hospital neonatal ward. Sarr will be replaced by Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye, the ministry’s director general, according to the decree.

From the Editor-in Chief’s desk: Your May 28 briefing

Bula Today is the day fans of the Fijian Drua have been waiting for. Today is when the Drua take on the challenge of the Chiefs in their final game of the Super Rugby Pacific competition. Fans will be converging on Churchill Park in Lautoka to watch what they hope will be an exciting clash....

Deo shares ‘media’ coverage experience

Feminist and former politician Roshika Deo claimed that in the lead-up to the 2014 General Election where she ran as an independent candidate, she was asked questions by the media that were not put to others gunning for a seat in Parliament. “When they decided to do some media coverage for me on their radio...

Super Trouper: ABBA returns to stage as virtual avatars for London gigs

LONDON (Reuters) – Performing their much-loved hits like “Mamma Mia!” and “Dancing Queen”, Swedish supergroup ABBA returned to the stage on Thursday, albeit as digital avatars, for a new London concert residency. The band – Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – have been brought to virtual life as digital versions of...

Lynda Leadership needs to change

The People’s Alliance party vice president Lynda Tabuya claimed the FijiFirst party was “an arrogant leadership that needs to change”. She made the comment while speaking at a joint campaign meeting with the National Federation Party in Tavua recently. Ms Tabuya said a The People’s Alliance-NFP government would listen to Fijians. “We need a new...

Israeli soldier deliberately shot Al Jazeera reporter, Palestinian official says

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestinian Authority said on Thursday its investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh showed that she was shot by an Israeli soldier in a “deliberate murder”. Israel angrily denied the accusation and said it was continuing its own investigations into the death of Abu Akleh,...

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 with associated cloud and showerslies slow moving over the eastern parts of the group. Another trough is expected to approach the group from...

27th May

Back in history: Environmental issues

The persistent neglect of environmental issues could limit the opportunities for economic development in many Pacific Island countries, former minister for housing and urban development Tomasi Vakatora warned. Speaking at a workshop preparing for the United Nations conference on Earth Summit, he said the implications of this neglect led to an increasing awareness among regional...

PM warns millers using GPS devices

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama issued a stern warning to private sawmillers who were using GPS devices to locate pine trees outside of charted pine lease area and exploiting them for their gain. While opening the 2022 Bua Provincial Council meeting, he said the private millers would pay off a few mataqali members to cut the...

Food truck’s veilomani program is back

The Fiji Food Truck’s Veilomani Program which supported the less fortunate and supplied more than $10,000 worth of medical equipment to health facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic is back. Owner Randall Kamea says under their revamped program, a portion from every meal sold would go towards providing meals, toiletries and sanitary products for the less...

Exclusive-U.S. and Ukraine discuss danger of escalation as new arms extend Kyiv’s reach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the United States and its allies provide Ukraine with increasingly sophisticated arms, Washington has held discussions with Kyiv about the danger of escalation if it strikes deep inside Russia, U.S. and diplomatic officials tell Reuters. The behind-the-scenes discussions, which are highly sensitive and have not been previously reported, do not put...

South Africa’s Zuma suffers new setback in corruption trial

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has suffered another setback in his attempts to remove the lead prosecutor from his arms deal corruption trial, as a top judge dismissed his latest petition in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Zuma, ousted in 2018 after nine years in power, accuses the prosecutor of...

U.S. proposes offshore wind sale off California coast

(Reuters) – The Biden administration on Thursday proposed auctioning five areas off the coast of California for offshore wind development, a critical milestone in expanding the nascent U.S. industry to Pacific waters. It is the latest in a government effort to put wind turbines along every U.S. coastline, with a goal of generating 30 gigawatts...

Couple charged for allegedly soliciting $230k from a woman

A couple who allegedly solicited more than $230,000 from a 60-year-old woman under the pretext of entering into a partnership to invest in properties in Fiji will be produced at the Suva Magistrates court this afternoon. According to Police, the accused persons, 40-year old David Morrison Christopher has been charged with one count of obtaining...

Australia ‘keen to listen to Pacific partners’

The newly elected Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong arrived into the country yesterday for a two-day official visit. As part of her visit, she will pay a courtesy call to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, meet government ministers and women leaders ahead of next month’s Pacific Women Leaders meeting. She will also meet with...

‘Goodfellas’ actor Ray Liotta dies

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) – American actor Ray Liotta, 67, who starred in the 1990 blockbuster crime film “Goodfellas,” died in his sleep on Thursday in the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic General Directorate of Cinema confirmed to Reuters. Liotta died in bed at a hotel where he was staying with his fiancée Jacy Nittolo while...

$525m overseas development assistance from Aussie to Pacific

Australia will increase its overseas development assistance to the Pacific by $525 million over the next four years, says newly appointed Foreign Minister Penny Wong. She said this in her keynote address at the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat last night. “We will remain a critical development partner for the Pacific family in the years ahead,...

Amber Heard details death threats as testimony ends in Johnny Depp defamation case

(Reuters) – “Aquaman” actor Amber Heard delivered the final testimony in the multimillion-dollar defamation battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp on Thursday, telling jurors she has faced daily harassment and death threats since she accused the Hollywood star of abuse. Depp, 58, sued Heard in Virginia for $50 million and argued that she defamed him when...

Villagers oppose project

The traditional landowners of the Vanua o Wainikeli say they are vehemently opposed to the World Wave Project in Qamea. The first round of consultations ended with heated exchanges between landowners and those who wished for the project to go ahead. Hoteliers and marine business operators in the Wainikeli District who supported the qoliqoli customary...

PR pathway for 3000

Newly appointed Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong announced last night a pathway for permanent residency (PR) for 3000 Pacific islanders and that seasonal workers would be allowed to bring their families. “For generations, Pacific islanders have been adding to and shaping Australian culture and we will welcome the contribution people of Pacific heritage bring to...

Global price volatility – A huge risk for government, says A-G

Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says global price volatility is a huge risk for government and Fijians need to dig into more local food instead of imports. “We don’t know how high the fuel will go up, we don’t know when the wheat pricing will stop going up,” he said during a talanoa session...

‘Force does not condone use of undue force’

Deputy Police Commissioner Itendra Nair says illicit behaviour is not institutionalised in the Fiji Police Force (FPF), and the force does not condone the use of undue force. He said the FPF stood for human rights and would continue to ensure Fijians were able to move around freely. Mr Nair made the comment in response...

‘Some political parties have breached Act’

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says “certain political parties or their leaders have breached the Financial Management Act”. At a news onference on Wednesday night where he said the breach would be reported to authorities, he also said businesses were not supposed to contribute to political parties. “It’s been brought to our attention that certain political parties...

Pio: A-G cannot enforce the laws

The Attorney-General has no right to talk about compliance with election fundraising laws by political parties and candidates because he is the FijiFirst party general secretary and registered officer. This was the word from National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua. He said the A-G should be the last person to lecture political parties and candidates...

Asia’s war on inflation targets supply, not consumers

(Reuters) – From export bans to price controls, governments in Asia are taking a much more targeted approach than their Western counterparts in curbing global inflationary pressure, a strategy that appears to be working at least for now. While inflation remains a serious economic challenge in Asia, the measures have in many countries helped shield...

Concerns on bias at workplace

Discrimination against workers is one of the issues highlighted by industry stakeholders in Labasa, says Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations assistant Minister Alvick Maharaj. He said this while recently opening a World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebration and workshop in Suva. Mr Maharaj said discrimination had always existed in the workplace. “It’s...

Philippines’ Marcos names new finance chief and central bank governor

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday announced the current central bank governor Benjamin Diokno would be his finance minister when he takes office next month. Diokno will be replaced by Felipe Medalla as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor, Marcos said in an interview conducted by his press new secretary, which was...

20 complete digital literacy course

Twenty women completed the Digital Literacy Essentials (MC00013) micro-credential course, aimed at providing them with better employment prospects. The training was done through the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) in collaboration with International Needs Fiji. Most of the participants were unemployed single mothers and aspired to start small businesses to support their livelihoods. APTC Skills...

Australia’s new PM shifts focus to domestic woes after Quad trip

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New prime minister Anthony Albanese said on Thursday Australia faces significant economic headwinds, turning his attention to domestic affairs after a first few days in office dominated by international security. “I want an economy that works for people, not the other way around,” Albanese told ABC television. Treasurer Jim Chalmers on Wednesday...

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