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Brawl duo released on bail

The two men charged in relation to the brawl at McFarlane Rd at Raiwai in Suva on Sunday, June 19 were released on bail by the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday. The duo, Ilikimi Kurusiga...

Polish court rules that four “LGBT-free zones” must be abolished

WARSAW (Reuters) – A top Polish appeals court ruled on Tuesday that so-called “LGBT-free zones” must be scrapped in four municipalities, a verdict welcomed by activists as a victory for human rights and democracy. Numerous local authorities in Poland passed resolutions in 2019 declaring themselves free of “LGBT ideology”, part of a conflict in the...

Medical officer fronts court

A senior medical officer from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM), charged with two counts of sexual assault, was granted bail by the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday. Dr Joji Vakadiwaiwai was produced before Resident Magistrate Indula Ratnayake. Dr Vakadiwaiwai, who appeared for a similar matter on June 17, was alleged to have procured the...

Woody Allen, in rare interview, says he may stop directing movies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Filmmaker Woody Allen, who has faced a backlash in Hollywood over a sexual assault allegation by his adopted daughter, said on Tuesday he will shoot a new film in Paris this fall and that it may be his last. Allen, 86, spoke in a rare interview to actor Alec Baldwin about...

German court sentences ex-SS camp guard, aged 101, to five years in jail

NEURUPPIN, Germany (Reuters) – A German court sentenced a former SS guard, now 101 years old, to five years in prison on Tuesday for assisting in the murder of some 3,500 people at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, bringing to an end one of the last Nazi trials in Germany. Prosecutors had said that Josef S.,...

Mumbai building collapse kills at least 19 with more feared trapped

MUMBAI (Reuters) – A four-storey residential building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai overnight, killing at least 19 people, with more feared trapped under the rubble, officials said on Tuesday. Part of the building, located in a crowded suburb in the central part of the city, crumbled around midnight on Monday, the city’s civic...

Minister: State looking at medical tourism

Medical tourism is an area the Government is looking to take advantage of as facilities such as the refurbished Lautoka Hospital and the new Ba Hospital will implement new health and medical services. During the 2022/2023 Pre-Budget consultation in Lautoka, Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the international community could access quality health care in...

4pc wage increment – Tropik Wood Industries employees receive boost

Tropik Wood Industries employees have received a 4 per cent wage increase. While announcing the pay rise, Fiji Pine Group of Companies chief executive Vimlesh Kumar said this followed the Fiji Pine Ltd’s (FPL) own increment which was implemented for staff members earlier this year. “The organisation from the beginning has always looked after the...

Melody of life, Ju Ben says

By day, Peni Roqara is a lab assistant at the Fiji Sugar Corporation. But when he gets home, he sheds his lab coat and reaches for pen and paper. As the sun sets over the Sugar City, Roqara, who goes by the stage name Ju Ben, gets busy writing poems about real life issues and...

Bus fare rise ‘too much’

For some people, paying an extra $6 in return bus fare may not seem like much, but for Kuliniyasi Latikau of Naroko Settlement, Naitasiri, it takes a huge chunk out of the family budget. “From here to Suva now costs $13 one way, before it was $10, the $3 increase one way is too much,”...

New documentary ‘The Princess’ immerses audiences in Diana’s story

LONDON (Reuters) – Oscar-nominated director Ed Perkins trawled through hundreds of hours of footage of Princess Diana in search of moments he hoped would offer new perspective on her life and public image, 25 years after her death. His new film “The Princess” relies entirely on archive video to trace Diana’s life from a timid...

More extreme weather events expected to pummel China in July, August

BEIJING (Reuters) – Extreme flooding that has battered southern and eastern provinces in China, leading to hundreds of thousands being evacuated and the highest rainfall in decades at the Pearl River basin, will likely continue in July and August, according to a government official. “It is predicted that from July to August, there will be...

FEO ‘will conduct another round of registration’

The Fijian Elections Office will be conducting another round of voter registration overseas next month. This, according to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during a news conference in Suva yesterday. “We will be doing another round of voter registration to the following countries- Australia, New Zealand, United States of America and Canada,” he said. “We...

Students ‘struggle’

The academic performance of children living in tents in Dreketi, Macuata, for the past 18 months has dropped. Alarmed parents were in a meeting with teachers last week to discuss the issue. The children are from families who were relocated from Nabavatu Village a year and a half ago after cracks appeared on infrastructure and...

Saneem: One more round

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says nationwide voter registration may be extended because they are not aware of the election date. At a news conference in Suva yesterday, he said they would soon make the announcement. “We may be looking at a nationwide voter registration drive — details to be announced soon — and to...

‘Budget consultations nothing short of campaigning’

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad claims Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s budget consultations are nothing short of campaigning for the 2022 General Election. “Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is not consulting, you know. He doesn’t believe in consultation. This is all campaigning that he’s doing,” he said. “Mr Sayed-Khaiyum knows that we are in the campaign period. “Everybody...

Nadi house fire claims life of six-year-old child

A six-year-old child died after she was trapped in a house fire in Martintar, Namaka in Nadi last night. According to Police the victim was home with a relative and an older sibling when the incident happened. Police say bystanders tried to rescue the child but due to the intensity of the fire were not...

The transformation of Hong Kong in five charts

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 after 156 years of British colonial rule. Here are some major transformations the financial hub has witnessed during the past 25 years. OUTSHINED BY MAINLAND CHINA While Hong Kong retains an outsized, indirect contribution to China’s economic growth given its status as the only...

FNU’s Fiji Maritime Academy students join Swire Shipping

Eleven  students from Fiji National University’s (FNU) Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) have found employment with Swire Shipping Pte Ltd. Headquartered in Singapore with local branch offices in Suva and Lautoka, Swire Shipping is a leading provider of specialist customer solutions for a wide range of cargo and aims to provide a full suite of land...

Germany to support EU plans for 2035 ban on new fossil-fuel cars, says environment minister

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany plans to vote in support of a European Union package that would effectively ban the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2035, said the environment minister on Tuesday. “If the package includes what the Commission suggested, banning cars that emit carbon dioxide from 2035, then we will vote in...

Officers told to drive themselves to progress

Write your own story as you take this giant step in your new life of service. Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said this at the graduation dinner of 190 police recruits last week. In a statement, police said the recruits who completed their four-month Basic Recruits Course (BRC) with their passing-out parade at the Fiji...

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your June 29 briefing

Bula The big news on the front page of The Fiji Times’ edition for Wednesday, June 29 is about politics. It’s about budget consultations and claims of campaigning. Read about this in The Fiji Times. HEADLINES Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times for Wednesday. ## Remember it’s also the day we take...

Australia commits to Pacific islands defence training as China plans rival meet

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will set up a defence school to train Pacific island militaries, Canberra’s new Pacific minister said, amid mounting competition for security ties in the region and as China lays plans for a rival meeting to next month’s Pacific Islands Forum. Australia will double its funding for aerial surveillance of the Pacific...

FNU partners with Fiji Airways

The Fiji National University (FNU) signed a Workplace Experience Programme Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the national airline carrier, Fiji Airways. The partnership paves the way for FNU students to undertake on-the-job training with Fiji’s national carrier as per the university’s curriculum requirements. FNU’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr William May, said the agreement is aligned towards...

Survey to revive sugar industry

A survey has been launched into the sugar industry by the Fiji National University (FNU) and Sugar Research Institute of Fiji (SRIF) aimed to rejuvenate the sugar industry in Fiji. More than 600 farmers in Ba and Lautoka have already been interviewed so far with the remaining 300 interviews to be done in the Northern...

‘Not worth the risk’: Palau, Fiji call for deep-sea mining moratorium

LISBON (Reuters) – Concerned about the potential impacts of deep-sea mining on ocean biodiversity, the Pacific islands of Palau and Fiji on Monday launched an “alliance” to call for a moratorium of the nascent industry. The backing of a moratorium comes amid a wave of global interest in deep-sea mining but also growing pressure from...

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 Fine apart from isolated brief showers over the greater Suva, Nausori and Tailevu areas, Interior Ra, Naitasiri, Serua and Namosi,Cakaudrove and southern Bua, Lau and Lomaiviti groups and...

28th June

Back in history: Treat for the elderly

One of the events that took place annually during the Hibiscus Festival was contestants paying a visit to people who were in need of help or company. An article published by The Fiji Times on September 2, 1994 recalled a time when residents of Father Law Home were visited by the winners of the Hibiscus...

Police uproot more than 11,000 marijuana plants in Kadavu

Officers from the Police Special Response Unit uprooted more than 11,000 plants believed to be marijuana from five different farms in Kadavu yesterday. Chief Operations Officer ACP Abdul Khan said the officers were deployed last week to support drug operations in Kadavu. The farms were found along the border of the Lavidi and Namajiu terrain....

Spain turns to Africa, lobbies NATO, allies over Ukraine-driven migration

MADRID/LAS PALMAS (Reuters) – Spain is shifting its foreign policy towards Africa while lobbying the EU and NATO for support to address migration from the continent, aggravated by the Ukraine invasion, two senior government officials and two diplomatic sources told Reuters. Spain will use a NATO summit in Madrid this week to press its case,...

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