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Nadi business scales back operations

A lot of business houses on Viti Levu are scaling back their operations and services in anticipation of October 4, a day which would give an opportunity to many businesses to bounce back from the...

China tells energy firms to raise output to keep homes warm in winter

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has told coal and natural gas companies to increase their output to ensure the country has sufficient energy supplies to keep homes warm during winter, the regulator said on Sunday. The NEA said the meetings had taken place during Sept. 23-25 and that it had also held...

Customers make the most of online platform

Courts online shopping platform has seen a favourable reception from customers during the lockdown and restrictions periods. According to Courts chief marketing officer Anil Senewiratne the response had met their expectations given the pandemic. “The number of entries we have received is a good testimonial to see it has been very well accepted and especially...

German conservative candidate makes voting blunder on election day

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s conservative chancellor candidate Armin Laschet https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/conservative-laschet-struggles-momentum-german-leadership-race-2021-09-21 was ridiculed on social media for a misstep on election day on Sunday, capping a campaign marred by embarrassing gaffes that hurt his popularity. Under German voting rules, voters must keep their choice confidential until they have left the polling station. But when casting his...

La Palma’s airport reopens but no flights as volcano still erupting

LA PALMA (Reuters) -The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma reopened on Sunday although all flights were cancelled as the volcano spewed lava and emitted ash clouds over the surrounding area a week after it began erupting. People used umbrellas to protect themselves from falling volcanic cash, while the airport’s departures hall was...

Remittance surge: Data reveals $470m received in seven months

Remittances have increased over the years from 2010 onwards and over the recent months, becoming quite significant. This was according to Dr Janesh Sami from the School of Accounting Finance and Economics of the University of the South Pacific. While speaking during the economics session at the 2021 Pacific Update on Thursday, he said the...

Vaccinating our children

Love for one’s children is altruistic in most individuals. Our genetics and survival as a species dictates that we have built-in protective instincts for our progeny. Biologically speaking, human beings, similar to some other mammals care for their young for almost a quarter to a third of their lifetimes. This longevity of caring is seen...

Mexico to resume voluntary flights for migrants who want to return to Haiti

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s government said on Sunday that it will resume flights to Port-au-Prince starting next week for Haitian migrants who want to return home. The flights from Tapachula in Chiapas and Villahermosa in Tabasco will be offered to “those who voluntarily wish to return to their country,” the Mexican government said in...

Peace of mind: Vitila’s road to recovery

The road to success for Nadi-based Vee’s Organic Farm owner Vitila Vuniwaqa was never easy. The 47-year-old former flight attendant fought hard to overcome stroke which she suffered in 2010. “I started working as a flight attendant straight after my high school and was employed for 17 years in the national airline,” she said. Ms...

Ministry works to finalise National Action Plan

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is working on finalising Fiji’s National Action Plan which will explain the root causes of violence using data and evidence, says Minister Rosy Akbar. “The ministry is working and involving all stakeholders to ensure that they also have a role in the soon to be finalised Fiji’s...

COVID-19 pandemic cut life expectancy by most since World War Two –study

LONDON (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years. Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019 in 22...

Health first: Agreement allows free medical check

Family members of Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) personnel can access free general medical consultations and medications at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre after the signing of a memorandum of agreement with the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji. This is aimed to facilitate the good health and wellbeing of the correction officers and their families....

Market vendors running business at a loss

Vendors at the Lautoka Municipal Market have been running their business at a loss because of the huge chunk of market products they have to dispose as a result of continued low market sales. Lautoka Market Vendors Association president Filomena O’Neill said this had been an ongoing concern ever since the pandemic hit a year...

Sydney set to unveil freedom roadmap as more COVID-19 curbs eased

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) government plans to unveil its roadmap on Monday for reopening the state from COVID-19 shutdowns, detailing the differing levels of freedoms to be afforded to citizens based on their vaccination status. With 60% of people aged 16 and over fully inoculated – above the national average of...

COVID vaccine paves way to the classrooms

Vaccination of school students will bring back classroom-based teaching. This according to Lautoka School for Special Education head (LSSE) Kailash Pillay. Mr Pillay said vaccination would give students the opportunity to move about freely and be protected against COVID-19 at the same time. “I would like to urge all the parents to send their kids...

Long wait concern parents

Some parents waited more than six hours to get their children vaccinated at the Nadi’s Prince Charles Park last Monday. Nadi resident Sanjesh Prasad said a proper method could have been adopted, so students and their parents did not have to wait for long hours for their jabs. “I went with my daughter to the...

New York may tap National Guard to replace unvaccinated healthcare workers

(Reuters) – New York Governor Kathy Hochul is considering employing the National Guard and out-of-state medical workers to fill hospital staffing shortages with tens of thousands of workers possibly losing their jobs for not meeting a Monday deadline for mandated COVID-19 vaccination. The plan, outlined in a statement from Hochul on Saturday, would allow her...

Flood and cyclone affects farmers

Income for sugarcane farmers on Vanua Levu will be severely affected next year because of the impact of natural disasters that ravaged the sugarcane farms this year. National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal said crop production badly declined this year after farmers experienced two cyclones and floods. “We went through TC Yasa and TC Ana...

Tribunal to bring early end to Labasa crushing

The Sugar Industry Tribunal has requested all sugarcane growers in Labasa to ensure that all cane are harvested and delivered to the sugar mill by October 7. National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal said the tribunal’s decision to end the crushing season in Labasa next month was expected. He said stakeholders had no choice but...

COVID-19 Fiji: New border case recorded

Another new border quarantine COVID-19 positive case was recorded over the weekend, according to Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. He said the patient was a 23-year-old man from Tokyo, Japan, who arrived in Fiji on September 12 at the Nadi International Airport. Dr Fong said his entry swab on September 16 was negative,...

San Marino votes to legalise abortion in historic referendum

ROME (Reuters) -The tiny republic of San Marino has voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalising abortion in a referendum, overturning a law dating back to 1865, official results showed on Sunday. Some 77.30% of voters backed the proposal to allow abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and afterward only in the case of the...

Blood bank impacted: FRCS carries out Fiji-wide blood drive to boost supply

Fiji’s blood supply continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Fiji Red Cross Society. This prompted FRCS to carry out a nationwide blood drive campaign that commenced in August. FRCS director-general Ilisapeci Rokotunidau said it was pleasing to see the huge turnout at all their blood drive locations across the country....

President Konrote appoints acting S-G

Fijian President Jioji Konrote has appointed Preetika Priyadarshni Prasad as Acting Solicitor-General making her the first woman to take up this role. Ms Prasad worked in the Office of the Attorney-General since 2005, according to a government statement. “Fiji’s first woman Acting Solicitor-General,” the statement read. “She has held the role of State Solicitor since...

Tension in neighbourhood rise again

Five vehicles packed with police officers yesterday had to break up a large group of young men drinking at the Nabua Housing estate in Mead Rd following an alleged brawl in Nabua Village, Sukanaivalu Rd. According to claims from an eyewitness, the alleged brawl was between youths from the two areas. Rods and sticks were...

Switzerland votes to make same-sex marriage legal by near two-thirds majority

ZURICH (Reuters) -Switzerland agreed to legalise civil marriage and the right to adopt children for same-sex couples by a nearly two-thirds majority in a referendum on Sunday, making it one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalise gay marriage. According to results provided by the Swiss federal chancellery, 64.1% of voters voted in...

‘Bainimarama lost control of his government’ – Rabuka

THE suspension of Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma and the termination of Fiji Bureau of Statistics chief executive officer Kemueli Naiqama just a few days apart shows that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has lost control of his own Government, says People’s Alliance Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Mr Rabuka said the people deserved to see justice done without...

Police identify body of teenager discovered in Lautoka

Police say the body of a man found under the Natabua bridge in Lautoka yesterday has been identified. Police media officer Wame Bautolu said the family identified the body of the teenager earlier today. The area was cordoned off after the discovery. Mr Bautolu says police investigations will continue as they await the post-mortem examination...

Man, 20, dies in road accident

A 20-year-old man has become the latest road fatality. This, according to a statement from the Fiji Police Force. The statement said the alleged incident happened on Saturday afternoon on Vanua Levu. “The victim was one of three passengers in a vehicle driven by a man in his 20s when they were allegedly involved in...

Man arrested on suspicion of murder of British teacher

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Sunday they had arrested a man on suspicion of the murder of a female teacher found dead in a London park last week. Sabina Nessa, 28, left her home in south London on the evening of Sept. 17 to make the short walk through a local park to...

Tawake promoted to commodore

Fiji Navy chief Captain Humphrey Tawake has been promoted to the rank of Commodore after his appointment as deputy commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. This, according to a recent statement from the RFMF. Commodore Tawake recently graduated from the Australian War College and an executive diploma graduate in strategic and defence studies...

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