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Myanmar’s neighbours press junta for Suu Kyi’s release, restoration of democracy

(Reuters) – Some of Myanmar’s neighbours pressed its ruling junta on Tuesday to release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and cease using lethal force against opponents of their Feb. 1 coup to work out...

Two police officers charged for non-sexual violence offences in February

Two police officers were part of the 50 people charged for non-sexual violence offences by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) last month. This was revealed today by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) when releasing the serious crime statistics recorded in February, 2021. According to the ODPP, a 52-year-old  police  officer ...

Sarkozy ready to sue France before European court to prove innocence

PARIS (Reuters) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday he was ready to go all the way to the European Court of Human Rights to prove his innocence, his first public reaction after being found guilty of corruption and sentenced to prison on Monday. The court found that Sarkozy, 66, had tried to...

Worries Bougainvilleans are not complying with Covid-19 measures

There are worries that Covid-19 warnings from the Bougainville Government are not reaching the people. That’s the view of the Executive Director of the Leitana Nehan Women’s Agency, Helen Hakena, who said despite soaring infections, people in the automonous region in Papua New Guinea, were not following the guidelines. Bougainville, after staying almost completely free...

China says door to Xinjiang ‘always open’, but U.N. rights boss should not prejudge

GENEVA (Reuters) – China said on Tuesday that it was discussing a visit to its Xinjiang region by United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, but that she should not set out with the aim of condemning its policies. Bachelet said on Friday that reports about arbitrary detention, ill-treatment, sexual violence and forced labour in...

Back in time: Wednesday, March 03, 1993

On this day in 1993, three stories featured on the front page of  The Fiji Times. The main story was titled ‘Police 4s hard luck’. The story is about the fate of four suspended senior police officers. The second article is about the Ba Chamber of Commerce and Industry resolved to close business in protest over...

Pacific commits to energy transition ahead of COP26

Pacific island governments have reinforced their commitment to energy transition action, 10 months out of the global climate conference in the UK. Despite a year of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pacific continues to focus on critical action for climate mitigation and adaptation. At a recent meeting of policy and intergovernmental representatives, Pacific...

Former FNU student recognised for developing Fiji’s first health app

In a first for Fiji, a former student of the Fiji National University (FNU), Rakin Wahed has used his knowledge and skills to develop the Pasifika Heartbeat app, a digital health platform of valuable information that, aims to connect the public to medical professionals. Wahed was a student at FNU’s College of Medicine, Nursing and...

France, allies to push on with protest at IAEA over Iran’s activities: foreign minister

PARIS (Reuters) – France and its Western allies plan to lodge a protest with the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog to criticise Iran’s decision to curb cooperation with the agency, the French foreign minister said on Tuesday. Iran said last month it was scaling back cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, ending extra inspection and...

Vanuatu Govt pulls plug on 44 students at USP in Fiji

Vanuatu’s government says 44 of its students studying at the University of the South Pacific’s Fiji campus have had their courses terminated and now face repatriation. The government said the students had failed all or most of their courses and would no longer be supported by the state. The students undertook studies under the Members...

Commander Naupoto charity tour in the Northern Division

The RFMF Engineers have been working persistently to complete the reconstruction and repairs of schools that were damaged during the recent cyclones, apart from helping in food distributions to affected families. This week the Commander RFMF, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto began his visit to the northern division to visit troops that are currently assisting the...

U.S. understanding is Myanmar ambassador to UN remains in position: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday said that the United States understanding is that Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York Kyaw Moe Tun remains in position despite an attempt by the junta to install his deputy. Myanmar state television announced on Saturday that Kyaw Moe Tun...

Samoa could extend quarantine if teenager remains positive

Samoan authorities are likely to extend the quarantine period for 160 repatriated passengers who arrived three weeks ago if a 16-year-old male on their flight continues to test positive for Covid-19. Newsline Samoa reports the young carrier, who has been in isolation at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital, remains asymptomatic and continues to test positive....

France’s Macron tells Iran ‘clear gestures’ needed to revive nuclear deal

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that Tehran must make clear and immediate gestures to allow dialogue to resume on the 2015 nuclear deal, the Elysee palace said on Tuesday. “Having reminded (Rouhani) of the efforts made by France with its partners in the last years to reach a...

Weather watch: Trough of low pressure lies to the west

A trough of low pressure lies to the west of Fiji and continues to move south. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this morning says the associated cloud and showers continue to affect the country with the moist northerly windflow. The forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group...

New Caledonia ministers again fail to elect president

New Caledonia’s 11 newly elected ministers have again failed to elect a new president. Like two weeks ago, none of the three candidates managed to secure the support of at least six ministers. At this morning’s meeting called by the French High Commissioner Laurent Prévost, the anti-independence Future with Confidence coalition’s Thierry Santa won four votes. The two...

Fiji may ratify revised Forum founding document after 16 years

The outgoing Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum has welcomed Fiji’s decision to review a 2005 revision of the body’s founding agreement. Earlier this month, Fiji’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence was tasked to look at the 2005 document. Dame Meg Taylor and her deputy Dr Filimon Manoni appeared virtually before a...

Preparedness against possible outbreak of African Swine Fever

A one week training currently being attended by staff from the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) aims to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to the participants to better understand the risks associated with the possible outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) and putting in place measures to control...

Kuwait reappoints oil, finance ministers in new Cabinet

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah issued a decree on Tuesday approving a new Cabinet that reappointed the oil and finance ministers, the state news agency KUNA said. The previous government had resigned in January in a standoff with parliament that had posed the first big political challenge to the emir since...

Initiative to enable youths to contribute to the economy – Kumar

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has assisted a total of 834 youths this week through its Youth Farm Initiative Program. Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar while officiating at the handover of the Youth Farm Initiative Program at Sanasana village in Nadroga on Monday said this is to also help enable youths contribute...

Limits on who can own land in CNMI could change

Efforts are being made to change the rules over who can own land in the Northern Marianas. Currently the constitution restricts the ownership of land to people of Northern Marianas descent. But a legislative initiative from Senate President, Jude Hofschneider, aims to amend the constitution to allow others to buy land. Hofschneider said such a...

Schools to remain open; parents in flood prone areas to exercise caution

Schools will remain open for classes today. The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts clarified this in a statement this morning. Teachers, students and parents are advised that all schools will remain open for classes today, however, parents in flood prone areas are urged to use discretion in sending their children to school today. “Parents...

Enhancing Fiji and New Zealand bilateral relationship

Fiji is committed to strengthening its partnership with New Zealand, and commends New Zealand for its continuous support and assistance to Fiji through their development cooperation program. Fiji’s Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yogesh Karan said this while addressing officials during virtual talks between...

Through the mailbox slot: Japanese theatre offers new viewing experience

TOKYO (Reuters) – The lights dim, as at the start of any theatre performance, and the audience leans forward to look through a letter-box slot or peephole in the door in front of them as the performers break out into dance. Japanese dance company Moonlight Mobile Theater has come up with a novel way of...

Diversity, Netflix dominate Golden Globes as ‘Nomadland’ wins best drama movie

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Drama “Nomadland” and satire “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” won movie honors at the Golden Globes on Sunday in a mostly virtual bicoastal ceremony that was marked by impassioned calls for more diversity and the dominance of Netflix. “Nomadland,” a moving drama about van dwellers in recession-hit America from Searchlight Pictures, also took...

Mask, gloves, cake: Hungarians bake to keep ambulance staff going

SZENTENDRE, Hungary (Reuters) – Hungarians are baking for ambulance workers across the country coping with a new surge in COVID-19 infections after the founder of an online cookery group asked a friend in the service how she could help. “Before I could finish she said ‘oh we would love some cakes’,” Eszter Harmath said of...

Generation COVID: student designers kick off Paris Fashion Week

PARIS (Reuters) – With a collection called “Toxique, c’est chic”, which showcases the knitting techniques he perfected under COVID-19 lockdown at home, James Giltner is among aspiring designers stepping into the limelight in an unusual edition of Paris’ fashion week. The 10 days of high-end catwalk shows usually held in the French capital will be...

A-G: No plans to legalise marijuana

GOVERNMENT has no immediate plans to legalise the production of marijuana for medical purposes, says Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said countries such as Canada allowed it, but there were also a lot of countries that had imposed strict conditions on the cultivation and use of the drug. “In other countries in the...

Shameem: Medicinal cannabis could boost economic recovery

THE production of medical marijuana and hemp could be the shot in the arm that Fiji needs to boost economic recovery. This was the suggestion made by the University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Shaista Shameem during a recent discussion forum at the Saweni, Lautoka, campus. She said it was critical the country invested in local...

Post not racist – Padarath

POLICE have not received any complaints against Ben Padarath, the man who is at the centre of a row with Education Minister Rosy Akbar over a social media post. Police spokeswoman Savaira Gonedua said this when questioned yesterday. Ms Akbar attacked Mr Padarath and called him bigoted for questioning why a student in a school...

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