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Vetuku stays strong – First Fijian woman to graduate at the US Army Airborne School

A NADROGA lass could be the first woman with Fijian roots to have graduated from the United States Army Airborne School. Anaseini Navue Vetuku of Korotogo, Sigatoka, said she pushed herself in order to change...

‘We need evidence’ – Tudravu says some people relating brawl incident to drugs

IF there is any evidence that drugs is the cause of the brawls in Nabua, we will investigate it, says Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu. He assured Fijians the Fiji Police Force would not leave any stone unturned to find the root cause of the rift between Mead Rd housing and Sukanaivalu Rd youths....

Food: Kokoda Twists

For most Fijians, kokoda is a ‘raw’ fish dish served in coconut milk. At its most basic level they would be right, however, to me kokoda is so much more. Just like South American ceviche or Japanese sashimi, many types of seafoods and meats can be incorporated into a modern kokoda dish, not just fish....

Discovering Fiji: The birth of Fiji’s airfields

Second World War, from 1939 to 1945, was a life-changing period for Fiji. In readiness for war, there were a few massive infrastructure developments in the colony. Among them were the establishment of our “landing strips” from which we inherited our airports. By July 1939, it had already been confirmed that Nadi was going to...

Showcase of talents

FINDING comfort on a stroke of a paintbrush after many years of confinement in a correction’s facility is like an essence of novelty for many gifted incarcerated artists. With their past experience, confinement was a school of hard knocks for many inmates and art was an avenue to pastime and simply allow creativity to sprout....

Mohseen: Bringing about positive change

Doctor Mohseen Riaz- Ud Dean (PhD) is the head of communication research and ethnographic solutions mapping at the UNDP accelerator lab-Pacific in Fiji and is an anthropologist. Name: Dr. Mohseen Riaz-Ud-Dean (PhD) Occupation: Head of Community Research and Ethnographic Solutions Mapping at UNDP, Pacific Office in Suva Age: 35 What sort of upbringing did you...

From the Crowd: Getting vaxed

As someone who bared her bicep a couple of weeks ago to get the COVID-19 vaccination, I can say that it didn’t hurt a bit, thank you doctor. The Editor and the Prime Minister are quite right, we all need to be brave people and get the jab. My feelings were a little crushed when...

Look Back: Man recovering at Hospital after being stoned

A driver of a light good’s vehicle who was driving home after attending a wedding at Lautoka was hit on the head with a stone. The incident led to the driver having to park his vehicle abruptly to seek help. The Fiji Times reported on Monday, April 18, 1988, that the driver was recovering in...

Behind the News: Peace in fractured places

The world we live in, even if we disregard the ravages of COVID-19, is a badly fractured place. Every single day we see, read and hear news about escalating crime and the prevalence of injustice and human rights abuse. Numbers keep going up. Victims of violence are getting younger by the day and perpetrators are...

Whippy-Knight: Workshop to strengthen designers

THE Fiji Fashion Week two days fashion masterclass workshop aimed at designers participating in FJFW21 ended yesterday. FJFW managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said the pandemic had forced everyone worldwide to innovate and be creative about how we keep the economy going. She said fashion was one industry that had taken advantage of that development by...

Archbishop: Change the community mindset

SPEAK to the people in the language that can change their heart, says head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. He said the Nabua issue could only be resolved by changing the mindset of the people. “I called the police to try and see how we can work together with them,”...

SODELPA saga – Lynda’s attack labelled as a direct attack on democracy

THE continued attacks from SODELPA MP Lynda Tabuya calling on both the party leader and the president to resign is a direct attack on democracy and an insult to the voters who ahad consistently voted for the party since 2014. SODELPA president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau said Ms Tabuya’s utterances were an example of “someone who...

Canadian police refuse provincial order to make random stops amid COVID-19 surge

Police in cities across Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, on Saturday refused to make random stops greenlighted by the provincial government seeking to impose a stay-at-home order amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. Toronto, the country’s largest city, Ottawa, Hamilton, Windsor and at least 19 other municipal police forces said they would not conduct random...

Envoy confirms Chinese vaccines for Fiji

COVID-19 vaccines from China are expected to arrive in the country soon. Chinese ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo confirmed this while handing over police equipment to the Fiji Police Force earlier this week in Narere, Nasinu. “The government and the people of Fiji have won the fierce fight against COVID-19,” said Mr Qian. “China and...

COVID-19: Iftar programs deferred with immediate effect

All Iftar programs in Mosques/ Marakiz are being deferred for a few days with immediate effect. The Fiji Muslim League highlighted this on its official Facebook page saying this is due to the recent announcement of new COVID case in one of the staff at the quarantine facility by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. According...

Vaccine stocks exhausted

THE current COVID-19 vaccine supply has been exhausted, a statement from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services revealed. The ministry stated no sites would be open for vaccination today (yesterday) and that the very little remaining stock left would be used for targeted vaccination activities. It stated that more than 50,000 people in Fiji...

Russia beefs up warship presence in Black Sea as Ukraine tensions simmer

Two Russian warships transited the Bosphorus en route to the Black Sea on Saturday and 15 smaller vessels completed a transfer to the sea as Moscow beefs up its naval presence at a time of tense relations with the West and Ukraine. The reinforcement coincides with a huge build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine, something...

Worrying trend – ‘Two thirds of women have experienced violence’

TWO-thirds of women in this country have experienced violence in some form, says the head of the Catholic Church of Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. And as a result, he said, the expectation was that a lot of children would be exposed to violent and disturbing situations. The church will roll out counselling training in...

Myanmar junta chief to attend ASEAN summit in first foreign trip since coup

Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Indonesia on April 24, Thailand said on Saturday, for his first known foreign trip since he seized power on Feb. 1. Myanmar has been in upheaval since Min Aung Hlaing ousted an elected government led by democracy champion...

Chad’s Deby takes early election lead, partial results show

Chad President Idriss Deby has taken a strong early lead and appeared poised to extend his three-decade rule, partial provisional results of the April 11 presidential election released by the election commission showed. Deby has won a majority in all but one of the 51 departments announced so far, and secured a plurality in the...

Russia and Ukraine to expel a diplomat each as tensions simmer

Russia accused a Ukrainian diplomat on Saturday of trying to obtain classified information and ordered him to leave the country by April 22, prompting a like-for-like response from Ukraine as border tensions simmer. Russia’s FSB security service said Oleksandr Sosoniuk had been detained when he tried to access information from Russian law enforcement databases during...

RFMF senior officers receive their Masters in Military Science degrees

Two senior officers of Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) recently received their Masters in Military Science degrees from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Defence Attaché to Fiji, Senior Colonel Yu Ke. Acting Land Force Commander (A/CLF), Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Jofiliti Talemaibau and the Senior Military Liaison Officer (SMLO) at Ministry of Defence,...

Iran, China say signs of progress at nuclear talks

A new understanding is emerging at talks aimed at salvaging Iran’s nuclear deal with global powers, Tehran’s chief negotiator said on Saturday according to Iranian state media, as China’s delegate also reported progress. Abbas Araqchi said after a meeting of remaining parties to the 2015 deal that the Iranian delegation had submitted proposed texts on...

Investigators reminded to perform duty to the best of their ability

Participants at the Criminal Investigations Department Symposium were reminded to perform their duties to the best of their abilities with integrity, dignity, and professionalism. Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar while delivering his closing remarks at the symposium at Pearl Resort in Deuba yesterday afternoon said investigators played an important role in the Criminal Justice System....

Iran identifies suspect behind blast at Natanz nuclear site

Iran on Saturday named a man it wants arrested in connection with a recent explosion and power outage at its main Natanz nuclear plant, as talks got underway in Vienna to try to save Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. “Reza Karimi, the perpetrator of this sabotage… has been identified” by Iran’s intelligence ministry,...

Italy’s Salvini sent to trial on migrant kidnapping charge

Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s right-wing League party, must stand trial on charges of kidnapping over his decision to prevent more than 100 migrants from landing in the country in 2019, a judge ordered on Saturday. Salvini, who was interior minister at that time, left the migrants stranded at sea until prosecutors ordered the seizure...

COVID-19: ‘Relaxation of the curfew hours will have to wait’

The relaxation of the curfew hours will have to wait until the latest new border quarantine case that carries a high level of risk does not pose a risk to the public. While announcing the new border quarantine case in a statement this morning Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said they have been exploring the relaxation...

India’s capital Delhi faces hospital beds shortage as coronavirus cases surge

India’s capital New Delhi recorded 24,000 coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period and is facing an acute shortage of hospital beds, its chief minister said on Saturday, as the country overall recorded more than 200,000 cases for a third day. “The situation is very critical, worrying. Oxygen is in short supply,” said chief minister Arvind...

COVID-19: High-risk case detected on a member of our security forces

A high-risk case of COVID-19 within a border quarantine facility was detected on a member of our security forces. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed this in statement this morning saying yesterday they became aware of a new border quarantine case that could pose a risk of transmission beyond the border which requires immediate steps, from...

Biden keeps U.S. refugee cap at Trump-era 15,000 – for now

President Joe Biden signed an order on Friday limiting U.S. refugee admissions this year to the historically low 15,000 cap set under his predecessor Donald Trump, shelving a plan to raise it to 62,500 and drawing the ire of refugee advocates and some Democratic lawmakers. But as criticism mounted, the White House issued a statement...

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