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Militants attack hotel used by officials in Somalia’s capital

MOGADISHU (Reuters) -Islamist militants attacked a hotel used by government officials in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday evening, police and witnesses said. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, which controls large swathes of the country, claimed responsibility...

Besieged by COVID: Downturn in economic activities had a huge impact on MSMEs – Saxsena

Our heavy reliance on the tourism industry and the closure of our international borders led to significant downturn in economic activities during the pandemic. This according to HLB Mann Judd Fiji director corporate services Sanjay Ram Saxsena. He told this during a presentation at last Friday’s Business Assistance Fiji (BAF) organised Awareness and Networking workshop...

2022 General Election: Ballot boxes ‘tracked’

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has begun packing pre-poll ballot boxes as pre-polling begins in the country from December 5. Yesterday, the FEO held a media walkthrough of the area where the operations were taking place. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem explained the ballot boxes were manually tracked from the warehouse to the central processing...

UK to fine tech companies that fail to remove self-harm material

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government intends to make it illegal to encourage others to harm themselves online and will fine social media companies that fail to remove such material, as part of a revamp of legislation governing online behaviour. Promoting suicide is already illegal, but Britain’s digital, culture, media and sport ministry said in a...

Japan PM Kishida’s approval hits new low after ministers resign

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s public support slipped to a new low in a poll published on Sunday, as a series of cabinet resignations has compounded anger over the ruling party’s ties to a controversial religious group. Support for Kishida’s cabinet fell to 33.1% from 37.6% a month ago in the Kyodo...

2022 General Election: Vote for the future of our children – Lata

Ansu Lata entered politics with a simple goal in mind: to bring about change for sound democratic governance and leadership in health, education, human rights and women empowerment. Eight years on from her first election, the 40-year-old Labasa native is contesting her third election under the National Federation Party (NFP) banner. With a string of...

In Washington, Macron to seek relief for Europe Inc amid China competition

PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron will be hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden next week in a rare state visit aimed at highlighting Franco-American friendship rather than the bitter economic competition between the two sides of the pond. More than a year after Washington, London and Canberra torpedoed a big French submarine contract, pushing...

2022 General Election: ‘I stand for the less fortunate’

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) candidate Setefano Osonamoli made a decision to contest the 2022 General Election to be a voice for the underprivileged, vulnerable and marginalised in society. He has a history of public service after being a member of the Great Council of Chiefs, member of the Namosi Provincial Council and Namosi Development...

Man sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for burning down family home

A 34-year-old man who burnt down his family home in a drunken rage in May was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the High Court in Suva. The matter was called before High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar. Sairusi Vuasivo was charged with one count of arson for willfully and unlawfully setting fire to the...

2022 General Election: 606,092 eligible to vote – Saneem

A total of 606,092 voters will be eligible to vote on December 14. This was confirmed by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during a briefing over the weekend. Mr Saneem also confirmed that at the conclusion of the postal vote verification process, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) had received 9916 postal vote applications. Mr Saneem...

2022 General Election: Fiji PM ‘delusional’

National Federation Party (NFP) general secretary Leba Seni Nabou has called Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama “delusional” following his attack on the wife of NFP leader, professor Biman Prasad. At a campaign rally at Vashist Muni Hall in Navua last Friday, Mr Bainimarama claimed that Prof Prasad’s wife, Dr Rajni Chand, did not deserve the position...

Uganda’s president extends Ebola epicentre’s quarantine for 21 days

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has extended a quarantine placed on two districts that are the epicentre of the country’s Ebola outbreak by 21 days, adding that his government’s response to the disease was succeeding. Movement into and out of Mubende and Kassanda districts in central Uganda will be restricted up to Dec....

Former Pakistan PM Khan calls off protest march to avoid creating ‘havoc’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month, said on Saturday he was calling off his protest march to Islamabad because he feared it would cause havoc in the country. Khan has been holding country-wide protests to push the...

Residents claim taps run dry

Water woes continue to plague residents along Princess Rd over the past few days. The Fiji Times spoke to residents of Cokanaisuva settlement, Tacirua six miles, Savutalele settlement and Naisogo settlement, who all claimed that their taps were running dry since Tuesday last week. Alelia Tebetia, a resident of Tacirua six miles, said they had...

Locals raise concern over dust and noise nuisance

Residents living along Vakabalea Rd, Navua, have raised serious health and safety concerns about the dust and noise nuisance caused by trucks carting either soft stone or gravel along the thoroughfare on an almost daily basis. The residents claimed children were getting sick, they could not move freely for exercise outside, sun out beddings and...

Attention turns to presidential poll after Taiwan ruling party thrashing

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Attention is turning to Taiwan’s next presidential election in 2024 after the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was thrashed at local elections on Saturday, with President Tsai Ing-wen’s move to focus on China backfiring with voters. The main opposition party the Kuomintang, or KMT, romped to victory in the mayoral and county...

Sign language students complete six-month program

Sixty-four students were awarded certificates by the Fiji Association of the Deaf last week after successfully completing a six-month program in sign language. According to the association, 41 students graduated with basic certificates, 16 with intermediate qualifications and 10 in the advanced category. Among the graduating class was Joseph Vulitani, 12, Litiana Matebau, 11, and...

2022 General Election: Political party told to remove video

The Fijian Elections Office has asked The People’s Alliance (PA) party to remove a video addressing the Denarau land deal from its Facebook page. In a statement, the FEO said it received a complaint on the video published by The People’s Alliance in which Y3 Kofera Trust chairman Ratu Vuniani Navuniuci was purporting to be...

Landslide kills at least seven on Italy’s Ischia island

CASAMICCIOLA TERME, Italy (Reuters) -At least seven people, including a newborn baby and two children, were killed on the southern Italian holiday island of Ischia after a landslide caused by torrential rain devastated a small town, an official said on Sunday. Five people were still missing, Naples prefect Claudio Palomba told a news conference. Dozens...

2022 General Election: Chaudhry reveals why he is running for polls again

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says he is standing again in the 2022 General Election because he can’t bear the “wrongs” of the FijiFirst government. “A leader has a responsibility to the people, a duty to the people and to fight injustice,” he said. “We can’t just take all of these wrong things being...

2022 General Election: ‘We will remove fear’ – Rabuka

The rights and freedom of Fijians are under threat and abused under the FijiFirst government, says The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Speaking in Lautoka, he said fear among Fijians has been part of the current government’s machinery since 2006. He said the leaders of FijiFirst were “experts in its use”. “Basically people fear...

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

LONDON (Reuters) -The BBC said on Sunday that Chinese police assaulted and detained one of its journalists covering a protest in Shanghai, before later releasing him after several hours. “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai,” a spokesperson...

2022 General Election: SODELPA will not go into coalition with FijiFirst – Koroisavou

We will not sleep on the same bed with the same people who took us out, says Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) campaign director Jope Koroisavou. He said this while answering questions from this newspaper regarding any potential FijiFirst party (FFP) and SODELPA coalition after the 2022 General Election. “I think that the (SODELPA) leader...

2022 General Election: Vote for a good government – Chaudhry

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says if people do not vote out the FijiFirst government in the 2022 General Election, Fijians will continue to remain in their control. While speaking to supporters in Lautoka over the weekend, he said Fijians should exercise their right to vote if they want change. “If we fail to...

2022 General Election: Fiji PM descends to lowest of personal attacks – Prof Biman

FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama has descended to the lowest of personal attacks, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. His comments come in the wake of claims made by Mr Bainimarama during a campaign rally in Nakurukuru, Lami. Mr Bainimarama said Prof Prasad would agree to bring back the Great Council of Chiefs...

FWCC: Rise in child rape cases in Fiji

Reports of child rape this year have increased to 70 cases compared with 24 cases reported last year. Out of the 70 cases of child rape, the Central and Northern divisions recorded the most with 38 reported at the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Suva branch and 20 at the Labasa branch. FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali...

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

Bula The big ones on the front page are on politics. As the parties raise the intensity of their campaigns, we see the battles are getting hot. Remember to log onto www.fijitimes.com.fj  for the latest updates and videos from around the country.  You can also follow The Lens@177 on the Fiji Times Facebook page and on...

China’s industrial profits drop further as COVID woes take toll on economy

BEIJING (Reuters) -China’s industrial firms saw overall profits decline further in the January-October period as COVID-19 outbreaks flared up and cities imposed new virus curbs, including targeted lockdowns, dampening economic activity. Industrial profits fell 3.0% in the first 10 months of 2022 from a year earlier. That compares with a 2.3% drop for January-September, National...

Seven rescued in Malolo waters after boat capsized

Seven people were rescued off the coast of Musket Cove Resort in Malolo after their passenger boat capsized last Friday night. According to police, a report was received at the Nadi Police Station that a fiberglass boat with seven passengers had capsized between Musket Cove Resort and Denarau Marina. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the...

Twitter CEO Musk says user signups at all-time high, touts features of “everything app”

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk has said that new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”, as he struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms over concerns about verification and hate speech. Signups were averaging over two million per day in...

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