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Chunk of Waterways ministry budgetary allocation earmarked for capital projects

OUT of the $23.8milllion allocated to the Ministry of Waterways, 75 per cent of the allocation would be utilised on numerous capital projects across nine programs. Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and...

Britain to bid to host 2020 U.N. climate talks

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday it would bid to host United Nations’ climate talks in 2020, with Italy holding the preliminary talks preceding it. Next year is the year the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement comes into force and when countries need to present new plans for more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions cuts. The...

Controlling stray dogs requires coordination and planning: Ministry

CONTROLLING stray dogs requires coordination, cooperation and planning, says the Ministry of Agriculture. A ministerial statement regarding the eight-week campaign conducted by the ministry beginning this week stated the community approach was the best way to provide a long-term solution to the stray dog problems. “Responsible pet ownership is the key” the statement said. “The...

Uganda clears three experimental Ebola treatments, watches for spread

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Health workers have got the all-clear to use three experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Tuesday. Two people who had travelled from Congo died in Uganda last week, the World Health Organization said. A three-year-old...

Education Minister confirms completion of MY APA for teachers

FIJI’S Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar today confirmed that the MY APA annual assessment or appraisal of teacher’s performance have been completed. Ms Akbar said in an interview with The Fiji Times today this assessment would determine the pay increment that teachers are expected to receive. The Education Minister said it was...

Exclusive: Banks face new challenges in Italian diamond scandal

MILAN (Reuters) – A long-running criminal probe into diamond sales by Italian banks has uncovered what prosecutors say is further evidence of corruption by officials at UniCredit, Italy’s largest lender, and smaller rival Banco BPM. The allegations, some previously unreported, are laid out in documents used by prosecutors when they sought a magistrate’s order seizing...

PCN director fronts court

THE Director of People’s Community Network (PCN), Semiti Qalowasa appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court today. The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) had taken Mr Qalowasa to court and charged him with failure to furnish information. In court today, defence lawyer Lisiate Qetaki filed a motion to vacate plea and sought time for a...

From poo to food: Kenyan toilet waste key for new animal feed

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan farmer Victor Kyalo’s chickens have doubled the number of eggs they are laying. The reason: Human excrement. He is feeding them food from a Nairobi-based organics recycling company. Sanergy harvests waste from toilets it operates in a franchise network in Nairobi’s sprawling slums and feeds it to fly larvae, which become...

Motion to increase wages for Corrections officers defeated in Parliament

FIJI Correction Service officers should get pay increments for the work they do, says Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu. He highlighted this issue during a debate to increase the salaries of Fiji Correction Services officers by $2million in Parliament today. “The RFMF and Fiji Police  Force had their pay increments as promised but the Correction officers...

Radradra 7s: More spectators expected; First day results

THE first day of the Radradra rugby sevens tournament ignited a flare of interest for the people of Taveuni and more spectators are expected to be part of the tournament tomorrow. Tournament director Sakiasi Veitogavi said the excitement had just begun as they expect more people over the next two days. “Today’s games were just...

Trump says U.S. agency will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. authorities would begin next week removing millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally. “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump tweeted, referring to...

State yet to finalise victim impact statement in multiple rape case

THE State has yet to finalise the victim impact statement and previous convictions list in a case involving a serving prisoner facing multiple rape and sexual-related charges. Luke Ravuga appeared before judge Justice Vinsent Perera at the High Court in Suva today charged with three counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault. It...

German interior minister warns of far-right threat after politician’s murder

BERLIN (Reuters) – The murder of a prominent politician by a suspected right-wing radical is an assault on Germany’s democratic system and should serve as a wake-up call, the interior minister said on Tuesday, pledging to combat all forms of extremism. The arrest of a right-winger over the shooting two weeks ago of Walter Luebcke,...

Motion to strike out grant to PIDF defeated in Parliament

A MOTION to strike out an operating grant of $1.2million allocated to the Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat ( PIDF) was defeated in Parliament today. This issue was highlighted during the committee of supply’s deliberation on the 2019-2020 National Budget in Parliament. Opposition MP Anare Jale said there was no need to allocate such funds to...

State cyber-attack poses big danger for UK banks: Bank of England

LONDON (Reuters) – A state-backed cyber-attack could secretly corrupt the records of British financial institutions over a period of months, posing a risk that banks would probably struggle to guard against on their own, a senior Bank of England policymaker said. Banks have focused mainly on stopping service outages, but the falsification of transaction records...

Motibhai Group hosts Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea

THE Motibhai Group of Companies hosted its 13th Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea today as they continue to further their efforts in the fight against cancer. During the event, the message on the importance of early presentation to the doctor was emphasised given that cancer is the third leading cause of death in Fiji. The Fiji Cancer Society stated it was imperative for...

Sotheby’s snapped up by French tycoon Drahi for $3.7 billion

PARIS/BOSTON (Reuters) – Franco-Israeli cable magnate Patrick Drahi made a surprise move into the art world by snapping up Sotheby’s in a deal worth $3.7 billion, marking the art auction house’s return to private ownership after 31 years. The acquisition allows Drahi to join French billionaire Francois Pinault – who owns Sotheby’s main rival Christie’s...

Coach Baber to scout at Radradra 7s tournament

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s team coach Gareth Baber will be at the Radradra rugby 7s tournament that kicked off in Taveuni on Vanua Levu today. Tournament media and marketing officer James Vunituraga confirmed with The Fiji Times that Baber will be at the tournament on Friday and Saturday. Not only the Welshman will meet some...

Road accident injures sisters

TWO primary school students sustained injuries after an accident at Valelevu, Nasinu on Monday afternoon. Merebuli and Rosa Lumelume were crossing Ratu Mara Rd in Valelevu around 3pm when the incident happened. The two sisters are aged eight and 12, respectively. Their father, Sivaniolo Lumelume, said even though there were no major or internal injuries...

Policy: Report allegations against teachers

HEADS of schools have been warned they could lose their jobs if they fail to report allegations levelled against teachers. According to the newly-introduced Child Protection Policy, failure to report with the intent of protecting a teacher can result in “termination of services”. The policy requires three types of investigations when there is a complaint...

Captain in fatal Budapest boat crash was sober at the time – police

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian police said on Tuesday they had found no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse by the captain of a cruise ship that struck and sank a small tourist vessel last month, killing 28 mostly Korean people on board. The Mermaid boat sank in seconds on May 29 after the Viking Sigyn...

Food festival to promote healthy living

A FOOD festival is being held at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva with an aim to promote healthy living. Organised by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, activities at the three-day Food Festival is also aimed at correcting the misinformation about food amid the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) crisis in Fiji and around the world. Church health director...

Government borrowings “extremely unhealthy”: Radrodro

OPPOSITION member of Parliament Aseri Radrodro last night labelled the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy as someone who was not a qualified finance or development person. Speaking in response to the 2019/2020 National Budget, he said the Government’s borrowings were extremely unhealthy and at high risk. “He has always laughed off our submissions, but I...

Teenager who called UK’s Prince Harry ‘race traitor’ is jailed

LONDON (Reuters) – A teenage neo-Nazi who called for Britain’s Prince Harry a race traitor months after his marriage to U.S. actress Meghan Markle and suggested he should be shot was jailed for more than four years on Tuesday, the BBC reported. Michal Szewczuk, 19, posted far-right online propaganda which included an image of Harry,...

Fiji Airways awarded coveted Skytrax 4-Star rating

FIJI Airways has been awarded the coveted Skytrax 4-Star rating at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris, joining a select group of elite airlines in this prestigious category. At the same awards, Fiji Airways also leapfrogged from 4th to 1st place to claim the “Best Airline Staff in Australia Pacific”, acknowledging the airline’s...

Southeast Asia should ban imports of foreign trash: environmentalists

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a plastic pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok. Southeast Asia has seen a staggering spike in imports of plastic and electronic waste from developed countries after the...

‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’ an unlikely anthem of Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Christian hymn “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” has emerged as the unlikely anthem of Hong Kong’s protests against an extradition bill that have drawn millions of people onto the streets. Protests around the world often develop their own soundtrack, usually songs with lyrics of defiance and solidarity, aiming to keep...

Bainimarama can explain GDP better, says Reddy

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is the only person who can explain the gross domestic product (GDP) better than anyone else in Parliament, Agriculture and Environment Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy told Parliament yesterday. Responding to the 2019-2020 National Budget, he claimed certain Opposition MPs had criticised Mr Bainimarama’s explanation on GDP during a radio interview. “Mr...

Seruiratu: A safe Fiji to attract investors

THE Fiji Police Force plays an important role in creating an investor-friendly environment in Fiji, said Defence and National Security Minister Inia Seruiratu in Parliament yesterday. Speaking on the 2019-2020 National Budget, he said the Force had been allocated $800,000 to enhance the necessary capabilities for enforcers. “We can’t bring in foreign investors if we...

Poverty in Italy stops growing for first time since 2015

ROME (Reuters) – The number of Italians living in absolute poverty held steady in 2018 after three straight years of growth, though the problem remains at a record high, data showed on Tuesday. About 5 million people or 8.4% of the population live in absolute poverty, defined as those unable to buy goods and services...

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