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Cubans approve gay marriage by large margin in referendum

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans approved gay marriage and adoption overwhelmingly in a Sunday referendum backed by the government that also boosted rights for women, the national election commission said on Monday. More...

Ministry boosts NCPD with $588,000 grant

The National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) received a $588,000 grant yesterday from the Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Ministry. Government had announced an increase in allocation in the 2022-2023 National Budget from $488,000 previously to $588,000 for this Financial Year. The increase was to facilitate the establishment of the National Disability Database, aid...

WHO: Fiji tackles ‘smoking’ head-on

Fiji is the first country in the region to tackle cigarette smoking head-on with the establishment of tobacco cessation service hubs in all divisions, says World Health Organization (WHO) Pacific NCDs and health team leader Dr Tomo Kanda. Speaking at the launch of the expanded tobacco cessation services in Suva yesterday, she said Fiji was...

Vision for a liberal nation

Ratu Esava Nabuta believes engaging in politics is one of the greatest acts of public service anyone can do. And that is the reason he put up his hand to be a provisional candidate for the National Federation Party (NFP) to contest the 2022 General Election. Ratu Esava said people should vote for him and...

Vakatora withdraws from party

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) provisional candidate Tomasi Vakatora has withdrawn from the party because of health issues. This, according to party leader Viliame Gavoka. While addressing the media at a news conference last week, Mr Gavoka said they had a replacement in place of Mr Vakatora. “Lasarusa Turaga who is part of Suva...

Aston Martin stunt car, Daniel Craig costumes star at James Bond auction

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) – From an Aston Martin DB5 stunt car to costumes worn by Daniel Craig in “No Time to Die”, an array of James Bond props and memorabilia are being offered at a charity auction soon as the film franchise celebrates 60 years. The two-part sale will be held as a...

Casimira: It’s more prevalent now than before

Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs) in indigenous communities are more prevalent now than in the past, when villagers consumed home-grown locally produced meals. This, according to research on the resilience of indigenous communities in Vanua Levu spearheaded by the Institute for Mission and Research (IMR) of the Pacific Theological College. IMR director Aisake Casimira said the study...

Report: 84 per cent deaths in Fiji

The World Health Organization (WHO) says non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for about 84 per cent of all deaths in Fiji. This, according to WHO’s “Invisible numbers: The true extent of non-communicable diseases and what to do about them” report launched recently. The report also stated the chance of dying from NCDs was higher for those...

Gavoka on free education, TELS

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) party believes removing the burden of student loans and providing free education up to first degree level is key to Fiji’s socioeconomic development. Party leader Viliame Gavoka outlined this while launching SODELPA’s manifesto last Friday in Suva. He said addressing education, health and indigenous issues were priority areas for...

Funding helps in RHD ‘fight’

Through funding and the support of corporates and business houses, Cure Kids Fiji’s Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Prevention and Control Program was able to move forward in its bid to address RHD in Fiji. RHD is the leading disease-related cause of death for young people in Fiji and since 2014, and Cure Kids Fiji, with...

Young Black designer dresses Colombian vice-president in ‘resistance’ fashion

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Esteban Sinisterra, a young Black fashion designer from Colombia’s largely-poor Pacific region, is dressing Vice-President Francia Marquez – the first Afro-Colombian woman to hold the post – in what he calls “resistance” fashion. Sinisterra, whose colorful patterned dresses for Marquez have drawn international attention, grew up in the municipality of Santa Barbara...

Semesa’s new lease of life

Thank you. These were the words uttered by grateful Semesa Nairoqo, six, after undergoing open heart surgery at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital. Young Semesa was diagnosed with congenital heart disease when he was a-year-old, but doctors advised that surgery was not possible until his heart was matured enough. His father, Navitalai...

Reaction at home and abroad to Italian election outcome

ROME (Reuters) – Giorgia Meloni looks set to become Italy’s first woman prime minister at the head of its most right-wing government since World War Two after leading a conservative alliance to triumph at Sunday’s election. Following is some of the initial reaction. International reaction: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Twitter: “Following yesterday’s...

Gone every 2 seconds – WHO reveals global death rate for NCDs

Every two seconds one person under the age of 70 loses his or her life to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), says the World Health Organization (WHO) in a report titled “Invisible numbers: The true extent of noncommunicable diseases and what to do about them” launched recently. The report stated addressing major risk factors such as tobacco...

Woman arrested as search continues for escaped prisoner

A woman was arrested last night for her alleged involvement in harbouring escaped prisoner Lemeki Tupali. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the 32-year-old suspect was arrested in Raiwai and is believed to have met Tupali after he escaped from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital on Sunday night. Ms Naisoro is again is reiterating the Commissioner...

Search for missing truck driver called off

The search for the 42-year-old truck driver who went missing on Tuesday, September 20 has been called off. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said search efforts had covered Nananu, Namena, Levuka, Dawasamu and Naigani areas with negative results. The Driver was reported to be missing at sea after he failed to disembark an inter-island vessel in...

Italy’s parliamentary seats – YouTrend projection

ROME (Reuters) – A coalition of right-wing parties was projected to have won Italy’s parliamentary election. There is not yet a definitive breakdown of parliamentary seats. The following is a projection by YouTrend of the distribution of seats in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate based on instant polls. Definitive results are expected...

First ever roundtable discussion on ‘Environment and Recycling Work in Fiji’

For the first time ever, a roundtable discussion on ‘Environment and Recycling Work in Fiji’ will be held tomorrow afternoon in Suva. The roundtable is an initiative of the French Embassy in Suva in partnership with the Pacific Recycling Foundation (PRF) and supported by the Government of New Caledonia and Bred Bank Fiji. The event...

Media encouraged to effectively report on key provisions of Electoral Act

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) encourages the media to continue to effectively report on key provisions of the Electoral Act as well as the principles within the electoral framework to ensure that the 2022 General Election is a free and fair election. Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said this in statement highlighting that the FEO...

Japan bans chemical weapons-related goods to Russia, concerned by nuke threats

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has decided to ban exports of chemical weapons-related goods to Russia in an additional sanction against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, and is “deeply concerned” about the possible use of nuclear weapons, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Monday. Japan also added 21 Russian organisations such as science labs...

Ministry records low use of funds

The Ministry of Waterways only utilised 42 per cent of the total funds allocated in the financial year 2017-2018 under drainage and flood protection. While submitting its 2017-2018 annual report to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources last week, a Ministry of Waterways representative said the low utilisation of funds was because of the change...

Over population of dogs affect community, says Quimby

Over population of dogs in a community can affect those who live in it, says Animals Fiji co-founder Casey Quimby. Speaking at a dog population management awareness campaign in Lautoka recently, she said the increasing number of dogs within communities must be addressed. “When you live in a home or a community – the over...

Prominent Chinese commentator urges COVID experts to ‘speak out’

BEIJING (Reuters) – Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin said on Sunday that as China ponders its COVID-19 policies, epidemic experts need to speak out and China ought to conduct comprehensive research and make any studies transparent to the public. Hu’s unusual call on Chinese social media for candour and transparency earned him 34,000 likes on...

Cagica turns passion into profession

Derek James Cagica is determined to pursue his career in the construction industry and has enrolled in a short course in tile laying at Fiji National University’s (FNU), National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC). The 18-year-old, who is originally from Vanuabalavu, said he is working hard to become a professional tile layer in the carpentry...

U.S. VP Harris, Japan PM Kishida to discuss Taiwan security issue

ABOARD AIR FORCE TWO (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will discuss a partnership on Taiwan security issues, a senior U.S. administration official said on Monday aboard Air Force Two. The official also told reporters that Washington welcomes Japan’s increased military strength and security role. Harris is set...

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 weak trough of low pressure lies slow moving over the eastern parts of the group. Associated cloud and showers are expected to affect the northern and eastern...

New Zealand marks Queen Elizabeth’s passing on national day of mourning

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led a state memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, saying the Pacific nation has had “a deep connection” with her as New Zealand paid tribute to the late monarch. Hundreds watched the state memorial service outdoors on the screens set on the Parliament grounds in Wellington,...

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your September 27 briefing

Bula The top story on Page 1 of The Fiji Times’  edition for Tuesday, September 27 is on NCDs. We learn that one every 2 seconds is the global death rate of people under the age of 70 who die from NCDs. That’s according to the World Health Organization. And in Fiji, WHO said 84...

McDonald’s hikes prices in Japan on higher input costs, weaker yen

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s McDonald’s fast food restaurants will raise prices on about 60% of offerings to customers, fuelled by rising input costs and exchange-rate fluctuations, the company said on Monday. From Friday, the cost of the signature Big Mac hamburger will increase to 410 yen ($2.85) from 390 yen, McDonald’s Holding Company Japan Ltc...

26th September

S.Korea’s Yoon says ‘untrue’ media reports damage alliance amid hot mic controversy

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Monday “untrue” media reports over his remarks threatened to damage relations with the United States after he was caught cursing on a hot mic during his visit to New York last week. A series of gaffes and controversies overshadowed Yoon’s first major...

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