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26th October

Climate change protesters restart campaign with City of London blockades

LONDON (Reuters) – Climate change activists restarted their campaign of blockading major roads in and around London after a 10-day hiatus on Monday by causing disruption to traffic in the city’s financial district. The protests...

COVID pandemic will end when world chooses to end it – WHO

The COVID-19 pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it. This is the remark of World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom in his address at the World Health Summit in Berlin last Sunday. “It’s in our hands,” Dr Adhanom said in response to a question he said he had been asked...

Nadi Chamber of Commerce congratulates Fiji’s President-elect

The Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has congratulated Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere as Fiji’s new President-elect. In a statement, NCCI president Dr Ram Raju said as the chief of the province of Macuata, Ratu Wiliame had been quite active in conservation initiatives of Fiji’s Great Sea Reef and a prominent advocate of...

274 bookings for failure to wear a mask – Police

Police continue to record daily bookings of breaches of COVID-19 safety measures. Police said it issued more than 200 public health infringement notices over the last seven days. It reported that from October 18 to October 24, PHINs were issued for breach of COVID-safe measures, with failure to wear a mask in public accounting for...

Fiji’s Head of State thanks Government in last investiture ceremony

Fijian President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote officiated in his last investiture ceremony at State House yesterday and thanked Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and Government for its continued support throughout his term in office. “We came in here to serve the nation and I’d like to thank you and your government and the nation...

Alec Baldwin was aiming at camera when gun discharged – affadavit

SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) -Alec Baldwin was drawing a revolver across his body and pointing it at a camera during rehearsal on the set of “Rust” when the weapon fired and struck the cinematographer in the chest, according to an affidavit released on Sunday. The affidavit provided additional details about Thursday’s accidental shooting in New...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather Cloudy periods with afternoon or evening showers and possible thunderstorms over easter and interior parts of the larger islands (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu), Kadavu and Lomaiviti group...

Australia plans to force parental consent for minors on social media

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia plans to make social media companies obtain parental consent for users under the age of 16 and threaten fines of up to A$10 million ($7.5 million) for internet platforms which fail to comply, under draft legislation published on Monday. Social media companies, which include anonymous forums like Reddit and smartphone dating...

Australian regulator ‘concerned’ about Facebook’s approach to media law

SYDNEY (Reuters) -The Australian regulator behind a law forcing large internet platforms to negotiate licencing deals with media outlets said on Monday he was “concerned” about Facebook Inc’s cooperation, seven months after the rule took effect. Under the News Media Bargaining Code, the social media giant and Alphabet Inc’s Google must negotiate with news outlets...

Internet services interrupted in Sudanese capital Khartoum – Reuters witness

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Internet services were interrupted in the Sudanese capital Khartoum early on Monday, a Reuters witness said. Several local media reports said internet services were down. Military forces arrested several members of Sudan’s civilian leadership early on Monday, Al Hadath TV reported, as a prominent pro-democracy group called on Sudanese people to take...

Chinese President Xi calls for global cooperation on terrorism, climate change

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping on Monday called for more global cooperation on problems including terrorism, climate change and cyber security, in a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of China’s return to the United Nations. He said China opposes unilateralism, protectionism and zero-sum games.

Hurricane Rick unleashes rain on slow path towards Mexican coast near Acapulco

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Hurricane Rick unleashed rain and wind on parts of Mexico’s Pacific coast late on Sunday as its center crept closer to the shore north of the beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm was 60 miles (100 km) south of the beach city of Zihuatanejo in...

25th October

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your October 26 briefing

Bula vinaka everyone It’s the start of another work-week and we wish you well wherever you are. Stay well and stay safe. HEADLINES Here are some stories that made the headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Tuesday, October 26. But before that, just a reminder for you: Remember we are celebrating our 152nd anniversary...

Nail bomb kills one at restaurant in Ugandan capital

(Reuters) -A bomb that killed at least one person in a pork restaurant on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital Kampala was packed with nails and shrapnel, police said on Sunday. The explosion, which occurred on Saturday night in a suburb in the northern outskirts of Kampala, killed a 20-year-old waitress and injured three people,...

COVID-19 Fiji: 51 new cases reported

Fiji has recorded 51 new cases of COVID-19 since the last update on Friday, October 22. Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong said 22 of those new cases were recorded on October 23, and 15 new cases recorded on October 24, and 14 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours ending at...

U.S. has administered nearly 414 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

(Reuters) -The United States has administered 413,645,478 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Sunday morning and distributed 503,493,015 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The number of doses administered is up from 412,856,169 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Saturday. However, the number of...

Point of Origin: From Nakauvadra to Navatusila

Many iTaukei tribes and villages claim they can trace their roots to the Nakauvadra mountain range in the western side of Viti Levu. One such clan is Navatusila. Clan member Ponipate Katolala, who is originally from Nabutautau Village, Ra, claims his forefathers came all the way from Nakauvadra following their ancestors’ path in a journey...

Alec Baldwin seen consoling family of slain cinematographer as set problems mount

SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) -Alec Baldwin has been seen consoling the family of the cinematographer he accidentally killed on the set of his movie, as more reports emerged on Sunday of troubling practices during the filming of the Western “Rust”. A distraught Baldwin was photographed outside a hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday...

Nasele achieves 100pc vaccination

Despite initial hesitancy from some residents, Nasele Village in Naitasiri managed to get 100 per cent of its eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19. This, according to village headman Batita Nawaqabuli. He said a team from the Health Ministry visited the village and was instrumental in educating and advising the villagers on the need to get...

Singapore plans electricity imports of up to 4 GW by 2035

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore plans to import up to four gigawatts (GW) of electricity by 2035, or about 30% of its total supply, Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Monday, in an effort to diversify supply and boost energy security. The Asian city-state will start trials to resolve technical and regulatory issues...

Costly travels – villagers’ plea falls on deaf ears

Villagers of Naraiyawa, Naqarawai, and Wainimakutu in Namosi spend up to $400 to hire a carrier to travel to town. And villagers claim they have been asking Government since January last year to fix roads leading to the villages because it was affecting access to markets for their only source of income — farming, and...

Australia’s cabinet set to meet on deal for net zero emissions target – sources

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s cabinet is expected to formally adopt a target for net zero emissions by 2050 when it meets later on Monday to review an deal reached between parties in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition government, official sources told Reuters. A junior partner in Australia’s coalition government on Sunday said it would support...

IS claims responsibility for bomb attack in Uganda

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic state claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least one person in Uganda’s capital Kampala on Saturday night, the militant group said in a statement posted in an affiliated Telegram channel late on Sunday. The group said that some of its members detonated an explosive device in a bar...

Namosi farmers plead for road

Farmers in the Namosi province use horses to transport farm produce to their villages. And growers claimed some travelled at least five kilometres to reach their farms. The farmers in Naraiyawa, Naqarawai and Wainimakutu said they would make requests to Government to construct a farm road to ease access. The growers said buying horses was...

Council issues warning to second-hand car dealers

The consumer watchdog has issued a stern warning to secondhand car dealers about enticing consumers after it discovered cases of a car dealer who was allegedly involved in such cases. Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive officer Seema Shandil said a prominent vehicle dealer in Suva was taking deposits for vehicles by assuring consumers that...

Mudslides, power outages as storm drenches burn-scarred California

(Reuters) -A powerful storm drenched wildfire-scarred Northern California on Sunday, triggering mudslides and flooding, while heavy winds toppled utility poles and downed trees in what meteorologists called a “bomb cyclone.” Up to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain were expected to wash over the West Coast, said meteorologist Marc Chenard of the Weather Prediction Center...

Changing the stigma – Jone the yaqona and dalo farmer from Kadavu

Jone Ratusivo has a plan. The Nasegai villager in Ravitaki wants to change the perception that Kadavu is a place where the illicit drug marijuana is grown. And he wants to do that by producing yaqona and dalo on a commercial scale. However, he has to wait until inter-island travel from Viti Levu to the...

Australia looks to roll out COVID-19 booster shots soon as curbs ease

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian officials plan to roll out COVID-19 booster shots soon to prevent a resurgence of cases, as residents in the two largest cities of Sydney and Melbourne begin to enjoy more freedoms after months-long curbs. Australia has ditched its COVID-zero strategy in favour of suppressing the coronavirus, after largely stamping out infections...

Increase in bookings – Qantas and Jetstar schedule several flights

Qantas and Jetstar announced several new international flights on Friday, to start from November in light of increased bookings from Australians, and one of their most popular destinations was Fiji. The airline said it had experienced an increase of 200 per cent in bookings for its Jetstar flights following the Government’s announcement of the reopening...

80pc of children aged 1-14 violently disciplined

A survey conducted to monitor the situation of women and children in Fiji has found that 80.5 per cent of children between the age of 1 and 14 years had been violently disciplined in the month prior to March-April this year. The Fiji Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2021 was designed by the United Nations Children’s...

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