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17th April

PNG does deal with ‘devil’ it knows over gold mine

Papua New Guinea’s government has done a deal with “the devil” to reopen a large gold mine in the country’s Highlands region. With an economy in contraction due to the pandemic, the PNG government has...

In London’s East End, adoration and expletives for the royal family

In London’s East End, there was both adoration for the monarchy and sharp criticism of some members of Britain’s royal family on the eve of the funeral of Prince Philip, who died a week ago after seven decades of service to his wife Queen Elizabeth. The queen, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and other senior royals will...

Leadership Fiji offers condolences

Leadership Fiji has expressed its deepest condolences on the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Leadership Fiji CEO, Sharyne Fong said they remembered the Duke of Edinburgh as the founder of the Commonwealth Study Conferences (CSC) in 1956 which has continued to bring together emerging leaders from all sectors of society across the...

Suspect in custody for EFL robbery

A man who allegedly stole cash worth more than $7000 from the Electricity Fiji Limited (EFL) office in Suva has been arrested. Police say the 51-year-old man is in custody following his alleged involvement in the robbery case. “The man who was armed with timber allegedly smashed the glass of the EFL office, forcefully entered...

Tonga’s Princess takes the lead on Covid-19 vaccination

Tonga’s Princess Pilolevu Tuita was the first person to receive her first dose of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, followed by frontline workers on Tongatapu. The Princess volunteered to take part along with her husband Lord Tuita and Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa. Acting CEO for Health Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa also received his first shot. “This...

COVID-19: More than 50,000 have received first dose

More than 50,000 people in Fiji have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, with 12,354 people vaccinated on Thursday alone. This is according to a statement by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. “It is evident through this massive turnout that Fijians are once again committed to protecting themselves, their families,...

Antibiotics in development not enough to tackle ‘superbugs’: WHO

(Reuters) – None of the 43 antibiotics currently in development as well as recently approved medicines are enough to combat the increasing emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance, the World Health Organization cautioned on Thursday. Almost all new antibiotics brought to market in recent years are variations of drug classes discovered decades ago, according to...

Explosives-laden drone targets U.S. forces at Iraq’s Erbil airport

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) -A drone dropped explosives near U.S. forces stationed at Erbil airport in northern Iraq late on Wednesday, Kurdish officials said, with no immediate reports of casualties. A separate rocket attack killed a Turkish soldier at a military base nearby, the Turkish defence ministry said. It was the first known attack carried out...

Asset management company acquires a Suva landmark

VB Holdings Ltd, a publicly-listed company on the South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPX) has made a $3million acquisition of a Suva landmark. The asset management company acquired the Bidesi & Sons Building on Waimanu Road in Suva. According to its public release issued by SPX, the multi-million dollar investment fulfilled an important stated objective for...

Fit for, and designed by, a prince: Philip’s Land Rover funeral hearse

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) -When Prince Philip’s coffin is conveyed to church for his funeral service, it will be taken in a specially-commissioned Land Rover that the British royal himself helped design. Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, died last week aged 99 and his funeral will be held entirely at Windsor Castle on Saturday, with...

May dedicated to awareness on lupus; youngest case a six-year-old

Of the more than 60 cases of lupus recorded in Fiji in the last two years by the Lupus Foundation of Fiji, the youngest patient is a six-year-old. And according to the Foundation’s record, in 2019 alone, in a period of 10 months, 34 cases of lupus were recorded. Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease...

Kocoma Village School rebuilding works to be completed by next school term

Construction of the Kocoma Village School that was destroyed at the height of STC Winston is expected to be completed by the next school term. Former school manager Ilisoni Vakaloloma said despite waiting for five years for proper classrooms to be built for their children, they were glad that the Government had provided the best...

Brazil’s Supreme Court confirms decision to annul Lula convictions

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A majority of Brazil’s Supreme Court confirmed on Thursday a decision to annul criminal convictions against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, teeing up a presidential run against current President Jair Bolsonaro in 2022. The decision, which was widely expected, came after Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin determined in early March...

What’s happening today!

Bula readers! Here’s a bit of information on some of the happenings around the country today – Saturday, April 17, 2021. But first, to the weather forecast for today until midnight tomorrow: Weather Cloudy periods with few showers over the Lau and Lomaiviti Group and the eastern parts and the interior of the larger islands...

Brazil’s hospitals running out of sedatives as COVID-19 rages

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -Brazil’s hospitals were running out of drugs needed to sedate COVID-19 patients on Thursday, with the government urgently seeking to import supplies amid reports of the seriously ill being tied down and intubated without effective sedatives. Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said Brazil was in talks with Spain and other countries to...

Canada’s main opposition party switches climate change policy, backs carbon pricing

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Canada’s opposition Conservative Party on Thursday dropped its resistance to carbon pricing and adopted the fee on emissions and fuels as part of its own climate plan, a move that could put it at odds with some of its staunchest supporters. Climate change has proved a thorny issue for the Conservative...

Scottish nationalists pledge independence referendum by end of 2023

LONDON (Reuters) – The ruling Scottish National Party pledged on Thursday to hold an independence referendum by the end of 2023, a step that could fracture the United Kingdom by ripping apart the 314-year union between England and Scotland. If there was another referendum and the Scots voted out, it would mark the biggest shock...

Australia finds Google misled customers over data collection: regulator

(Reuters) – Australia’s federal court found Alphabet Inc’s Google misled consumers about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, the country’s competition regulator said on Friday. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said the court found Google wrongly claimed it only collected information from the location history setting on users’ devices between January 2017...

Feakes at ease with vaccine jab

AUSTRALIAN High Commissioner John Feakes received his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at the Vodafone Arena yesterday and said it was safe. “I feel entirely relaxed, this is a safe vaccine and so I’m treating it like any other vaccine I’ve had in my life,” he said. “The risk of taking this vaccine is...

Engineer returns to Australia to assist

TWELVE months after being deployed with engineers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to help Australians in the aftermath of bushfires, Sapper Luke Sorovakarua is back in the Land Down Under again. Last year, the heavy machinery plant operator was deployed to regional New South Wales on Operation Bushfire Assist and helped clear vital...

Mexico charges 30 marines over forced disappearances in border city

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican authorities have charged 30 marines for allegedly participating in a string of forced disappearances in the violent northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in 2018, the Attorney General’s Office said on Thursday. The charges mark the first high-profile move against military personnel by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took...

Farmers give their ultimatum

A GROUP of farmers in Tavua say they will not harvest their cane if they don’t receive a $20 per tonne fourth cane payment in May. The growers met National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad at Dramasi, Tavua, on Thursday last week and collectively agreed not to harvest as a last resort. Speaking on...

Increased cases of bullying reported

FIJI is reporting increased cases of bullying because parents are not spending quality time with their children. This, according to Fiji Teachers Union general secretary Agni Deo Singh. He said bullying was an ongoing issue and a huge challenge for all stakeholders including parents, teachers, heads of schools and the Education Ministry. Mr Singh made...

16th April

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your April 17 briefing

Bula vinaka Here are some headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Saturday, April 17. These are the lead stories on the front page: PAGE 1 Make peace MAKE peace not war. That was the crux of an urgent plea from former Nabua resident and internationally acclaimed sevens rugby icon Waisale Serevi. He said he...

Sexual violence being used as weapon of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray, U.N. says

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray, the U.N. aid chief told the Security Council on Thursday, prompting the U.S. envoy to challenge the body’s silence, asking: “Do African lives not matter as much as those experiencing conflict in other countries?” The U.N. official, Mark Lowcock,...

Airline’s management of environmental, social impacts ‘deemed adequate’

THE Asian Development Bank found Fiji Airways’ management of social and environmental impacts were “deemed adequate”. ADB president Masatsugu Asakawa stated this in his report to the board of directors in December 2020 while recommending the $65 million loan that was to be given to Fiji Airlines. “Fiji Airways monitors fuel consumption and carbon dioxide...

Program to upskill tobacco growers

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at a program launch designed to encourage more than 600 farmers to improve the yield and quality of their tobacco crops this week. The Star Farmer Incentive program, established by British American Tobacco Fiji was set up to help growers adopt the best agronomy practices and boost their production. “The...

Australia considers staggered reopening of borders

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will consider a staggered reopening of its international borders to allow residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel abroad first, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday. Australian citizens and permanent residents cannot leave the country due to coronavirus restrictions unless they have an exemption, while returning international travelers...

Arsenal thrash Slavia Prague to reach Europa League semis

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Arsenal cruised past Slavia Prague 4-0 to book a Europa League semi-final spot on Thursday after they struck three quick-fire goals in seven first-half minutes to advance 5-1 on aggregate. Alexandre Lacazette scored twice, including a penalty, while Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka also found the net in the quarter-final second leg...

Farmer vouches for dairy industry

SHAILENDRA Singh has been a dairy farmer for 16 years and has experienced firsthand the changes the industry has gone through over the past decade. The 42-year-old has a dairy farm in Verata, Ucunivanua and supplies 120 litres of milk per day to the Fiji Cooperative Dairy Company Ltd (FCDCL). Some of the changes he...

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