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5th July

Tens of thousands of Sydney residents told to evacuate as rains flood suburbs

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Fresh evacuation orders were issued for tens of thousands of Sydney residents on Monday after relentless rains triggered floods for the third time this year in some low-lying suburbs. An intense low-pressure system...

‘Project to source enough water for everybdy’ – A-G

The $300 million water project in Viria, Naitasiri will source enough water to service everybody for 24 hours and seven days a week. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this at a 2022-2023 budget consultation in Nausori yesterday. “If you go past Waila towards ACS you will see a lot of laying of pipes and this is...

‘CWMH a no-go zone for visitors’

The Colonial War Memorial Hospital is a no-go zone for visitors, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. He said the hospital had been divided into two zones — those with the virus and those who have tested negative — following an increase in patients testing positive for COVID-19. “We are bringing back some...

Prof Biman lashes out at Fijian Economy Minister

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum needs to explain how Fiji’s debt ballooned from $2.83 billion before the December 2006 military coup to the projected $9.125 billion this year. He said this in response to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments at a budget consultation in Nausori yesterday that Fiji’s economy was...

Fiji’s Police Commissioner sets ultimatum for landowners

Landowners will now be taken to task if marijuana is planted on their property, even if they have no knowledge of who cultivated it, says Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. He said they would now resort to the Drugs Act, which gave them the green light to arrest landowners whose land has been utilised for...

Man suspected of organising killing of Dutch crime reporter arrested

THE HAGUE (Reuters) -A Polish man suspected of organising the killing of Dutch celebrity crime reporter Peter R. De Vries was arrested on Monday, the Dutch public prosecutor’s office said. “A suspect was arrested, a 27-year-old Polish man, for coordinating the men who carried out the killing,” prosecutor spokesperson Brechtje van de Moosdijk told Reuters....

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your July 5 briefing

Bula The big one on the front page of The Fiji Times’ edition for Tuesday, July 5 is on politics… there is also a story about drugs. Headlines PAGE 1 Property owners PEOPLE who own property where marijuana is cultivated will now be taken to task – even if they claim to have no knowledge...

Ukraine withdraws from battered Lysychansk city; Russia claims major victory

KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s forces have withdrawn from the bombed-out city of Lysychansk, prompting Russia to claim full control of the eastern Luhansk region, a key Kremlin war goal, but President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed to regain the lost territory. Ukraine on Sunday said the tactical withdrawal would save the lives of its soldiers who would...

Komai to observe PNG election

Fijian Media Association executive Makereta Komai has been appointed by the Commonwealth to be one of the observers for the election in Papua New Guinea. Komai is the editor of the Suva-based Pacific Islands News Association and is also the treasurer of the Fijian Media Association. A statement from the Commonwealth said the observer group...

Japan coalition headed for election win, LDP seen gaining seats -poll

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s ruling coalition is headed for victory in a July 10 upper house election, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s ruling party likely to extend the number of seats it holds on its own, according to an opinion poll published on Monday. A total of 125 seats are being contested, making 63 a...

Glue sales to under-aged children worry residents

Residents of the Nabua Muslim League settlement want to know why businesses continue to sell glue to under-aged children when they are fully aware of how it will be used. President of the newly founded Brave Hearts youth group committee Jale Katonivere said the glue sniffing issue was a social crisis, with children seen sniffing...

Italy’s Draghi to meet 5-Star chief with govt’s future at risk

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the leader of the 5-Star Movement Giuseppe Conte will meet on Monday to try to resolve tensions which could bring down Draghi’s 16-month old government. Conte, who was Draghi’s predecessor as premier, took the reins of the 5-Star Movement after his own government collapsed in February...

Mocelolokula perseveres in Law studies at FNU

Four years after switching her tertiary institution and study programme, Talatoka Vusoniua Mocelolokula has no regrets and looks forward to graduating from the Fiji National University (FNU) in the coming months. Mocelolokula, is from Cawaro village, Udu Point in Vanua Levu. She is a final-year Bachelor of Laws (LLB) student completing her last unit at...

Eastern China cities tighten COVID curbs as new clusters emerge

BEIJING (Reuters) – Cities in eastern China tightened COVID-19 curbs on Sunday as coronavirus clusters emerge, posing a new threat to China’s economic recovery under the government’s strict zero-COVID policy. Wuxi, a manufacturing hub in the Yangtze Delta on the central coast, halted operations at many public venues located underground, including shops and supermarkets. Dine-in...

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 A fresh to strong southeast wind flow over the country. Meanwhile a weak trough of low pressure lies slow moving just to the north of Fiji. Associated cloud...

4th July

Box Office – ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ going bananas with projected $129.2 million Independence Day opening

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – It’s official — the Minions are back. Universal and Illumination’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is setting off fireworks at the Fourth of July box office, projecting a $129.2 million opening over the four-day holiday weekend from 4,400 locations. On a three-day scale, the “Despicable Me” prequel looks to gross $109.4...

‘Well being of Fijians is Government’s main priority’

The well being of Fijians is Government’s main priority, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the Kadavu Provincial Council meeting at Ratu Nacagilevu House in the chiefly village of Tavuki, Kadavu. He said they would continue to fund development in rural areas despite critics. “I want to come here to this meeting you hear...

School renamed after administrator

What was once known as the Tamavua Primary School will now be called the Jagindra Singh Primary School. This, after the Tamavua Education Society recognised the school’s administrator Jagindra Singh for his loyal and dedicated service with the community and the school and named the school after him. Tamavua Education Society president Professor Biman Prasad...

Canada’s emergency rooms bear the brunt of a ‘perfect storm’

TORONTO (Reuters) – Health authorities across Canada have cut the hours of hospital emergency departments and urgent care clinics in recent weeks, a move that in some cases may extend through the summer, due to a surge in patients and staff shortages. The situation, clinicians say, is tied to a resurgence of viral infections such...

Sharma: State pays off loans of 600 farmers

Government has paid off the loans of about 600 sugarcane farmers in the North who would have received “marginal to zero cane payment after deductions,” said Sugar Cane Growers Fund CEO Raj Sharma. The loans amounted to $550,000 and were taken by the farmers after Tropical Cyclone Yasa. “Considering that these farmers will receive marginal...

‘Matter of a decade’ – It’s going to take a long time for Fiji to fully recover, says Prof Howes

Fiji has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine-Russia war because of its reliance on tourism, says Australian National University economics Professor Stephen Howes. He told this newspaper that the country’s recovery from the two crises was a “matter of a decade”. “So we do expect the recovery to...

Germany and Ireland tell UK: No justification for breaking Brexit deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Germany and Ireland on Sunday told Britain there was no legal or political justification for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to override parts of the Brexit deal governing trade with Northern Ireland. The British parliament is considering a new law which would unilaterally change customs arrangements between Britain and Northern Ireland that...

Local talents amaze Sunia

Inaugural Domo Vou Talei judge Sunia Soko Loga says he is fortunate to mentor the talented contestants in the first original song competition of this year. “Giving them what I have learnt over the years in Korea and now I’m back at home to give back to the community,” Loga said. “When the finalists submitted...

Visionary British theatre director Peter Brook dies aged 97

LONDON (Reuters) – Peter Brook, one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors who perfected the art of staging powerful drama in bizarre venues, has died aged 97, his publisher said on Sunday. The British director used the world as his stage mounting productions ranging from challenging versions of Shakespeare through international opera to Hindu...

Scottish voters remain split over independence after fresh referendum bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Voters in Scotland remain evenly split over whether or not they support independence from the rest of Britain, a poll published by the Sunday Times showed, days after the Scottish government set out plans for a referendum on the subject next year. Last week, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for...

Remove 15pc import VAT, says Chaudhry

Government must remove the 15 per cent import value added tax (VAT) on fuel to give urgent relief to the people from escalating prices, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He said the current monthly increases on fuel prices would have a drastic impact on the entire economy, not just motorists, thus creating instability...

A-G blames war for rise in prices

The Ukraine-Russia war is the reason for the increase in prices of goods and services, says Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said this was out of Government’s control. During the 2022-2023 National Budget consultation at the Civic Centre in Labasa on Saturday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum attributed the increase in food costs and other materials...

Australia’s PM visits Ukraine’s Kyiv region – governor

KYIV (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited three war-ravaged towns in Ukraine’s Kyiv region, the local governor said on Sunday. Governor Oleksiy Kuleba wrote on Telegram that Albanese visited the towns of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, where Ukraine says Russia committed atrocities against civilians. Russia denies the allegations. “Australia supports Ukraine and wants...

Gavoka: Subsidise the heavy increase in prices

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is calling on the Government to subsidise the heavy increase in fuel prices to cushion the blow from reaching out to people, majority of whom are already living below the poverty line. In a statement, SODELPA leader Viliame Gavoka said the Government’s announcement over the recent fuel prices was...

Cut 20 cents fuel duty – Biman

Government can immediately bring down the fuel price by reducing duty by 20 cents per litre, claims National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. He said charging duty onfreight on board (FOB) instead of the current policy of charging duty on cost insurance freight (CIF) would also reduce fuel and food cost. “The current policy...

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