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Cash-strapped Britons give up pets as living costs soar

LONDON (Reuters) – Stood on her hind legs to greet any prospective owner who might approach her glass-doored kennel, Harriet is a black English cocker spaniel abandoned as a deepening cost-of-living crisis pushes growing numbers...

Biden calls India an ‘indispensable partner’ on 75th anniversary of independence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday congratulated India on 75 years of independence and said the United States and India were “indispensable partners” that would continue to work together to address global challenges in the years ahead. India will mark its 75th year of independence on Monday, celebrating the end of British...

Eight hurt in gun attack on Jewish worshippers’ bus in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -A gunman wounded at least eight people aboard a bus carrying Jewish worshippers in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday, Israeli authorities and witnesses said. The shooter later turned himself into Israeli authorities, according to a statement by the police, which did not identify him. Israeli media reported the assailant was a...

A head held high

You cannot put a strong woman down! That adage rings true for Vika Vuetibau. Although she does not have a tertiary education, she posses great business acumen. This has enabled her to earn a small but steady income in tough financial times. Originally from Bau Island, the 26-year-old grew up in a family where she...

Poland says Oder tests so far not showing poison as cause of fish die-off

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poison cannot be ruled out as the cause of a mass die-off of fish in the Oder river but tests so far have not proven toxic substances were to blame, Polish Environment Minister Anna Moskwa said on Sunday. Tonnes of dead fish have been found since late July in the river Oder,...

Settling 7000 miles away from home

More than 90 years ago Ranchhod Vallabh’s family left their home in Navsari in the State of Gujarat, India, and travelled more than 7000 miles to start a new life in Fiji. They settled at Beach St, Levuka, the then Capital of Fiji and opened a tailoring shop, Vallabh and Sons in 1924. Ranchod’s son,...

Back in history: Report: Tuberculosis infection on Rabi Island

A report received by the Ministry of Health showed the work of health workers on the island of Rabi was not satisfying and it was also noted that many islanders had Tuberculosis (TB). The report was from a study conducted by a group of fifth year medical students and released at the divisional health meeting...

Back in history: TC Joni strikes Fiji

When Tropical Cyclone Joni struck Fiji in 1992, many Fijians were caught off-guard as the cyclone rampaged mostly through the Western part of Viti Levu and other neighbouring islands. A report in The Fiji Times on December 11 that year noted that hotels in the area were the most affected. Tourists were evacuated from their...

Egyptian church fire kills at least 41, most of them children- sources

CAIRO (Reuters) -An electrical fire swept through an Egyptian Coptic Christian church during Mass on Sunday, causing a stampede and killing at least 41 people, most of them children and many suffering from smoke inhalation. The blaze started just before 9 a.m. in the Abu Sifin church in the city of Giza where about up...

Shrinking civic spaces

It has become commonplace to observe that, across the globe, civic spaces are shrinking and democracies are in regression. Year on year, organisations such as Freedom House and Civicus publish regular evidence of a steady and gradual erosion of democratic principles and practices across most regions of the world. This erosion is most evident in...

Long-term approach for regional co-operation

Endorsement of the 2050 Strategy, that sets out the long-term vision, aspirations and approach by the Pacific Islands Forum economic leaders to work together, is critical to our long-term survival, says Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport. Mr Koya said the 2050 Strategy set out a long-term approach to work together and...

Putin says Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral relations – KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the two countries will “expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts,” Pyongyang’s state media reported on Monday. In a letter to Kim for North Korea’s liberation day, Putin said that closer ties would be in both countries’...

Collective strength – Resilient economic recovery and stability

The impact of COVID-19 on economies in the Pacific region was highlighted during a public lecture at the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) in Port Vila, Vanuatu last week. While speaking on the theme “Resetem Blue kontinent ekonomi: Building a resilient Blue Pacific”, Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya said COVID-19 had...

Poland says Oder tests so far not showing poison as cause of fish die-off

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poison cannot be ruled out as the cause of a mass die-off of fish in the Oder river but tests so far have not proven toxic substances were to blame, Polish Environment Minister Anna Moskwa said on Sunday. Tonnes of dead fish have been found since late July in the river Oder,...

High Court orders proceeds of crime be forfeited to the State

A convicted-based forfeiture application filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions in November last year was granted by the High Court in Suva to the sum of $203,011. The application was filed in 2021 following the conviction of the two Cyprus nationals – Liozos Petridis and Cleanthis Petridis – for the offence of being in...

Fiji Police chief issues directive to apprehend all those involved in Sunday brawl

Fijian Police have confirmed that there were nine men from Mead Road in Nabua who had gone to Raiwai with the intention to instigate violence against a group of youths. Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has issued a directive that all those involved be taken to task. He said such actions by people who thought...

U.S. adversaries could exploit former Afghan commandos – U.S. Republican report

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Afghan security personnel with sensitive knowledge of U.S. operations left behind by the American evacuation operation are vulnerable to recruitment or coercion by Russia, China and Iran, Republican lawmakers said on Sunday, noting that President Joe Biden’s administration failed to prioritize evacuating them. “This is especially true given...

White House to circulate Afghanistan memo defending U.S. withdrawal -Axios report

(Reuters) – The White House is planning to circulate a memo in the U.S. Congress defending President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan a year ago, Axios reported on Sunday. The memo said Biden’s move strengthened national security by freeing critical military and intelligence agents, the report said, citing a copy of the...

‘Bullet Train’ repeats No. 1, ‘Top Gun’ returns to second place as box office nearly grinds to halt

By Rebecca Rubin LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Is everyone on vacation? That would be one plausible explanation behind the great box office slowdown. Although three new movies opened nationwide, none were able to crack the top five on domestic charts and only two — A24’s satirical slasher “Bodies Bodies Bodies” and Lionsgate’s vertigo-inducing thriller “Fall”...

28 finish month-long deckhand fishing program

Twenty-eight students graduated from the FNU Fiji Maritime Academy in Nasese, Suva after the completion of the month-long deckhand fishing program last week. They were part of the WWF-Pacific and Fiji Maritime Authority coordinated program with the support of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) – Bycatch and Integrated Ecosystem Management (BIEM)...

Market brings relief to vendors

The opening of a new $75,000 market in Lautoka has brought relief to Waiyavi resident Miliana Adivuna. The Nature Market Complex was officially opened by Employment Minister Parveen Kumar at The Hub last Saturday. Ms Adivuna said selling farm produce was her family’s main source of income. “Instead of staying home, the new market has...

Nigerian police urged to be ‘humane’ as they tighten security

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerian police are to tighten security at schools and hospitals and conduct stop and search operations in a bid to stamp out increasing gang attacks, they said on Sunday, at the same time as being urged to be “professional and humane”. Attacks by Islamist militants and armed gangs are some of the...

President briefed on MFO operations

President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere visited Fijian soldiers serving in Sinai under the Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO) last week. In a government statement, he was briefed by MFO Force Commander Major General Evan Williams of the Royal New Zealand Army about the operations of Fijian soldiers. He was then briefed by US Army personnel about...

Company wants to recruit 200 Fijians

Seasonal  Solution Cooperatives Ltd in New Zealand are looking at recruiting more than 200 Fijians in horticulture and viticulture under the recognised seasonal employer work scheme. This, according to the company’s chief executive officer Shaun Fogarty during a recent meeting with the Employment Ministry in Suva. He said they have already recruited 78 Fijians between...

Fire destroys two houses

Police are investigating two separate house fires that happened within three hours in Nadi over the weekend. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the first house fire happened at around 7.30pm in Sabeto where two flats were destroyed. “A report of a house on fire was received at Sabeto Police Station, whereby two houses were completely...

Fiji hosts global sugar meeting

Fiji will be hosting the virtual 60th International Sugar Organisation (ISO) council meeting at the Tanoa Watefront Hotel in Lautoka today. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is expected to deliver the welcoming address this morning. The theme of the four days meeting is “Resilience – a way for a sustainable Sugar Industry”. As part of the...

Ship carrying first Ukraine grain cargo nears Syria -shipping sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The first ship to depart Ukraine under a deal to resume grain exports from the country two weeks ago was approaching the Syrian port of Tartous on Sunday, two shipping sources said, after the vessel had been sailing with its transponder off. The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni set sail from Ukraine’s Odesa port...

Legal Aid to represent Kapawale

The Legal Aid Commission will represent alleged high seas murderer Tevita Qaqa Kapawale. The matter was called for mention in the High Court in Suva before Justice Daniel Goundar last week. When it was called last month, Justice Goundar adjourned the matter to check on legal representation for the accused and his bail application. Justice...

$388k grant for VOU to help artists

Enormous efforts undertaken by the VOU Dance Group to provided sustainability for Fijian artists in the creativity industry has been bolstered with a grant of 179,000 euros ($F388,938). The grant was awarded to the local contemporary dance group by the Pacific Community through the Pacific Community’s Human Rights and Social Development (HRSD) ACP-EU Project. HRSD...

13 complaints against surveyors

Consumer Council of Fiji has received 13 complaints against surveyors with a monetary value of $36,000 within the past six months. Chief executive officer Seema Shandil said complaints revealed that certain land surveyors took thousands of dollars with the promise of service of land survey and preparation of documents for title registrations. “A common excuse...

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