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From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your August 13 briefing

Bula The big one on the front page of The Fiji Times’ edition for Saturday, August 13 is about politics. THE Electoral Commission has dismissed a complaint by the Fiji Labour Party about alleged harassment...

Asenaca’s strong will – A girl with hearing impairment defies odds

Asenaca Takayawa lost her sense of hearing at the age of 8. But that hearing impairment has not deterred her from pushing the boundaries and pursuing her dreams. Born and raised in Somosomo Village, Taveuni, the 30-year-old is now a businesswoman. She is married with three children and operates her tapa design and mat weaving...

Back in history: Coconut products – Money-earning commodity

The production of edible coconut cream in the late 1980s looked as if it was going to become one of those major money-earning commodities for the country. This, according to a vice president of an external trade organisation (ETO), Rupeni Tuiloma. He said it would be a huge step forward for the country’s export and...

HOTEC is back

For those who aren’t familiar, HOTEC is an Expo organised by the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association for suppliers to the Hospitality Industry to showcase their products and services to the tourism industry. Our last HOTEC event was in 2019 and had been shelved during the lockdown. But this year we are back, bigger and...

Fiji doing well against its global competitors, says Hill

Fiji is doing extremely well against its other global tourism competitors, says Tourism Fiji chief executive Brent Hill. “There have been fantastic amount of businesses from Malamala Beach, South Sea Island to right to Sheraton,” Mr Hill said. “That’s really exciting from our perspective, and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing. “We’re seeing tourists...

New route to offer cheaper flights, says Viljoen

Around 80,000 Canadian residents who trace their roots to Fiji can now have direct access to the country through Fiji Airways’ new Vancouver flight. Addressing guests after arriving on a promotional flight to Vancouver on Wednesday night, Fiji Airways CEO and managing director Andre Viljoen said the new route beginning on November 25 will offer...

Bank reaffirms its confidence in the local economy

This year BRED Bank Fiji marks its 10th year anniversary with a commitment of further investments in its Fiji operations. BRED Group chief executive officer Olivier Klein, who is in the country, met the bank’s corporate clients, mainly larger company CEOs who provided their views on the economy and their confidence in the economy. Mr...

Dead fish in River Oder on Polish/German border spur contamination probe

By Marek Strzelecki WARSAW (Reuters) – Tonnes of dead fish have been hauled out of the River Oder, which flows along part of Poland’s border with Germany, and officials warned people not to enter the water while the Polish government pledged to investigate possible contamination. Volunteers and anglers have removed at least 10 tonnes of...

Successful trade

Pacific Trade Invest Australia Trade and Investment commissioner Caleb Jarvis has heaped praises on Fijian kava exporters saying “Fijians have very successfully added value to traditional agricultural commodities”. He said Fiji kava had very good quality and well packaged. “Fiji is leading the charge in the exports particularly to Australia with the biggest volumes,” Mr...

Britain’s dry summer set to trigger drought declarations

LONDON (Reuters) – Parts of England are likely to declare a drought on Friday, local media reported ahead of a meeting between the government, its environment agency and water companies to discuss a long period of dry weather. Parts of England are in the middle of their second heatwave this summer with temperatures forecast to...

UK leadership candidate Sunak says scrapping BoE independence would be a massive mistake

LONDON (Reuters) – Rishi Sunak, the underdog in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, said scrapping the Bank of England’s independence would be a mistake that would scare off international investors. Asked about comments from leadership front-runner Liz Truss’s team suggesting that the central bank’s rate-setting independence should be reviewed, Sunak said: “That...

Colombia peace commissioner in Cuba to meet ELN rebels

By Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s new high peace commissioner has traveled to Cuba to meet representatives of the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels and examine a possible restart to peace talks, President Gustavo Petro said on Thursday. Petro, who took office on Sunday and is a former member of the M-19 guerrilla...

Motive questioned

What did Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum do to protect the courts in the four months between Richard Naidu’s alleged contemptuous Facebook post and the filing of the contempt of court proceedings against him? This was the question posed by Suva lawyer Jon Apted in the High Court in Suva yesterday at a court hearing in the...

We don’t exist in a vaccum, says Radrodro

We don’t exist in a vacuum, we are subject to all the elements around us and we respond to them. Opposition MP Salote Radrodro said this during the continuation of her trial brought by charges filed by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC). FICAC commissioner Rashm Aslam put it to her that she only...

Congo national Lusaka sentenced to life in Fiji for killing Australian wife

Kiala Henri Lusaka, the Congo national who was convicted earlier in the week of killing his Australian wife Jennifer Anne Downes at their rented-Service Street home in July 2019, was sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment by the High Court in Suva today. High Court judge Justice Gihan Kulatunga said Ms Downes was killed on July...

Explainer-Causes and consequences of Amazon fires and deforestation

By Jake Spring and Gloria Dickie (Reuters) – Brazil vowed last year to halt deforestation by 2030, yet the number of fires burning in the country’s Amazon rainforest hit a 15-year high in June. Burning season began last month and the rate of forest clearing remains high. Things could worsen this month, as Brazil’s fires...

Police seek assistance in identifying man’s body

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the body of an iTaukei man found in a creek near the junction of Caubati Rd, Nasinu. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the man was seen walking from the Kinoya traffic lights partially clothed at around 9pm on Wednesday. Ms Naisoro said an eye witness saw the...

$45m for 47,000 landowners ‘a victory for equality’

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the fact that 47,000 iTaukei landowners under the age of 18 years have $45 million in lease money was something to be celebrated and not ridiculed by naysayers. While opening the Macuata Provincial Council meeting at Vunivutu Village, Labasa, yesterday, he said the issue had been raised in Parliament “by...

Block to boost students

Students of Navakasiga District School no longer have to worry about sitting in old classrooms as Government yesterday handed them a new $50,000 block. The school in Bua has a roll of 100 students from the villages of Nasau, Naviqiri and Yaqaga maritime area. Parents said the building was a blessing from above. Samisoni Laukoto...

‘Need to build resilient economy’

We need to build a resilient and sustainable economy as fast as possible and a future for communities to withstand the deteriorating impacts of climate change, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. While opening the Macuata Provincial Council meeting in Vunivutu Village, Labasa on Wednesday, he reminded villagers and chiefs that whenever he presented the nation’s...

Landfills around the world release a lot of methane – study

By Gloria Dickie LONDON (Reuters) – Decomposing food waste is releasing thousands of tonnes of planet-warming methane gas at landfills in Buenos Aires, Delhi, Mumbai, and Lahore, new research finds. With about 570 million tonnes of the greenhouse gas emitted every year from both industrial and natural processes, the concentration of methane in the atmosphere...

FEO: Booklet for visually impaired persons

To ensure the general election is accessible for everyone, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will prepare and place an A4-sized voter instruction booklet (VIB) for visually impaired persons at every polling station. This was one of the outcomes of a meeting held between the Supervisor of Elections and the Elections Disability Access Working Group (EDAWG)...

State invests $170m on Macuata

Government has invested about $170 million in the province of Macuata since 2014 for development purposes, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. While opening the Macuata Provincial Council meeting in Vunivutu Village, Labasa on Wednesday, he said out of the $170m, the Government used $42m towards developing a resilient and reliable infrastructure that has connected people...

PM slams the Opposition

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the Opposition thinks it is their job to “oppose the Government relentlessly”. While addressing the Macuata Provincial Council meeting at Vunivutu Village, Labasa on Wednesday, he said the Opposition set themselves against the 2022-2023 budget instead of offering any credible alternative policies. The PM said after the announcement of the...

Association receives $15,000

The Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) has received $15,000 in sponsorship for this year’s FPRA music awards, which will be held on October 1 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Yesterday Communications Fiji Ltd, Capital Insurance and Software Factory Ltd gave $5000 towards the event. The companies are sponsors of the most popular song,...

Open heart surgery to begin

Open heart surgery services at the Lautoka Hospital are expected to begin this month. A spokesperson from Aspen Medical has confirmed equipment for the lifesaving surgery has been installed at the hospital. “The recent surge in COVID-19 and influenza in Australia and New Zealand has impacted our ability to install and commission the new equipment...

Pivotal evolutionary change helped pave the way for human speech

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have identified evolutionary modifications in the voice box distinguishing people from other primates that may underpin a capability indispensable to humankind – speaking. Researchers said on Thursday an examination of the voice box, known as the larynx, in 43 species of primates showed that humans differ from apes...

Young designers to showcase talent

Four young designers will showcase a mini capsule collection as a highlight of the United Nations International Youth Day celebrations today at Suva Civic Center. The showcase is a Fiji Fashion Week partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In an interesting joint venture, the young designers – Amelia Waqairamasi, Manasa Veiqaravi, Maureen Angelee...

Young people, and an element of responsibility

Celebrating International Youth Day should be more than just about festivities, it should also be about the responsibility and the powerful platform young people have to bring about positive change in society. This was the view expressed by Waste Recyclers Fiji Limited director/CEO and Pacific Recycling Foundation founder Amitesh Deo. He said across the world,...

Eye socket changes amped up bite force in T. rex and friends

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tyrannosaurus rex possessed awe-inspiring bite force, with the huge meat-eating dinosaur’s bone-crunching chomp estimated to pack about 8,000 pounds (3,630 kg) of might – about equal to the weight of three small cars. This bite strength was aided in T. rex and other large predatory dinosaurs by an intriguing...

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