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10th August

Record rain leaves at least 7 dead in South Korean capital

SEOUL (Reuters) – At least seven people died in and around the South Korean capital of Seoul overnight, authorities said on Tuesday, after torrential rain knocked out power, caused slips and left roads and subways...

RBF: Sale of numismatic banknotes complements bank income

The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) has generated more than $8million in income through the sale of numismatic banknotes and coins in the past three years alone. The RBF confirmed this while clearing the air on some misinformation and speculation circulated on social media regarding the new non-circulation $0.88 numismatic banknotes that had begun to...

Solomons PM’s absence from memorial service was a ‘missed opportunity’ – U.S. official

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare did not attend a weekend dawn service for a key World War Two battle organised by the United States, with local media reporting it as a “snub”. The Solomon Star News said Sogavare was due to give a speech on Sunday at the memorial service attended by...

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your August 10 briefing

Bula We have politics on the front page of The Fiji Times’ edition for Wednesday, August 10. Get ready to go to the polls this year. That’s the word from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who says the general elections will be held in 2022 and not next year. We also have a report from the...

COVID-19 Fiji: Health Ministry reports 66 new cases

Fiji has recorded 66 new cases of COVID-19 infections. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said of those, 14 new cases were recorded on August 5, and 36 cases recorded the day after, 10 cases recorded on August 7 and six in the last 24 hours ending at 8am yesterday....

A year after Taliban’s return, some women fight for lost freedoms

KABUL (Reuters) – Monesa Mubarez is not going to give up the rights she and other Afghan women won during 20 years of Western-backed rule easily. Before the hardline Islamist Taliban movement swept back to power a year ago, the 31-year-old served as a director of policy monitoring at the finance ministry. She was one...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here are some basic information that may just come in handy when making some decisions on what to do today. But as usual, here is our quick look at the weather forecast for today to until midnight tonight. Weather Cloudy periods with some showers and isolated thunderstorms over Navua, Suva, Nausori and...

Australia business activity booms in July, costs surge

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A measure of Australian business confidence rebounded in July as sales and profits held up surprisingly well in the face of rising interest rates and high inflation, though firms also reported record costs amid supply constraints. Tuesday’s survey from National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB) showed its index of business conditions climbed 6...

Sri Lanka asks China to defer military ship visit after India protests

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka said on Monday it had asked China to defer the planned visit of a Chinese ship to the island country after initially approving its arrival this week, yielding to diplomatic pressure from neighbour India to keep the military vessel out. The Yuan Wang 5 was due to arrive on Thursday...

Biden tours flood damage in eastern Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday surveyed the damaged houses, uprooted trees and mud-filled roads left by severe flooding in eastern Kentucky and linked the devastation to climate change. Extreme hot weather hit the region as families struggled to recover from flooding caused by torrential rains that began in late July....

Israel re-opens Gaza crossings as truce with Palestinians holds

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel reopened border crossings into Gaza on Monday following an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with the militant Islamic Jihad group that ended the bloodiest escalation of fighting around the volatile Palestinian enclave in more than a year. The opening of the border crossings allowed fuel trucks in to supply Gaza’s only power plant and increase...

United States returns to Cambodia 30 antiquities looted from historic sites

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States will return to Cambodia 30 looted antiquities, including bronze and stone statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities carved more than 1,000 years ago, U.S. officials said on Monday. The Southeast Asian country’s archaeological sites -including Koh Ker, a capital of the ancient Khmer empire – suffered widespread looting...

9th August

Devastating fire may force Cuba to resort to floating oil storage

(Reuters) -An inferno at Cuba’s largest oil storage facility has killed at least one firefighter, injured many more, and threatens to further swell the fuel import bill for the impoverished island nation that relies on foreign oil for everything from transportation to its power grid. Cuban officials may need to scramble to set up expensive...

Australia’s central bank launches digital currency project

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s central bank on Tuesday said it was launching a one-year research programme into the case for a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in Australia, focusing on what potential economic benefits it might bring. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is partnering with the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre (DFCRC), a government-backed...

No pressure says Raducanu as U.S. Open title defence looms

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Britain’s Emma Raducanu said she was not feeling under pressure less than a month before she returns to New York with a target on her back in her U.S. Open title defence. Teenager Raducanu completed one of tennis’ most remarkable feats a year ago at Flushing Meadows when the 150th-ranked qualifier...

Sierra Leone passes new laws to boost landowners’ rights

FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s parliament on Monday passed two laws that lawyers say will help boost the rights of rural landowners and women against land grabs by big mining and agribusiness firms. The West African country has a history of sometimes deadly conflict between local communities and foreign companies that have cleared huge tracts...

A firm believer of hard work

They say first impressions last and Selina Uluibau certainly makes everyone seek material at Long Fan Textile, with an effortless ease. She does it with her friendly smile and the warmth way she greets customers. The 58-year-old woman developed her customer service skills at a few different places before she found her way to the...

Health agency issues heat alert in England

LONDON (Reuters) – English health officials on Monday issued a heat-health alert for England in anticipation of temperatures rising above 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) this week following a month of record-breaking heat. The alert, designed to help healthcare staff manage through periods of extreme temperature that can affect the public, will be in place from...

Back in history: Dr Sagan takes a break

World-famous American astronomer Doctor Carl Sagan was onboard the cruise ship Royal Viking Star when it called in at Suva in 1986. The Fiji Times reported that on April 4 that year, Dr Sagan, a professor at a university in New York, was in Fiji to “get away’ from all the lectures and studies and...

Chile sinkhole grows large enough to swallow France’s Arc de Triomphe

(Reuters) -A sinkhole in Chile has doubled in size, growing large enough to engulf France’s Arc de Triomphe and prompting officials to order work to stop at a nearby copper mine. The sinkhole, which emerged on July 30, now stretches 50 meters (160 feet) across and goes down 200 meters (656 feet). Seattle’s Space Needle...

Louder than words

Richard Ryland absorbed every word on project planning and management while attending a recent leadership and management training. The nuggets of gold he has earned now thrills him while witnessing his new journey. “I’ve always had things I’ve wanted to start and do but didn’t know how to carry them through,” Richard said. “So I...

FINTEL records an operating profit of $3.89m

FINTEL recorded an operating profit of $3.89 million and a profit after tax of $3.31 million in its 2022 financial year, states the annual report of the Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd (ATH Group) for the end of the financial year March 31, 2022. FINTEL is a subsidiary of ATH which owns 100 per cent of...

Report: Growth remains a challenge

Telecom Fiji Pte Ltd recorded a revenue of $85 million and a net profit after tax of $20 million in its 2022 financial year, states the annual report of the Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd (ATH Group) for the end of financial year March 31, 2022. Telecom Fiji Pte Ltd is a subsidiary of ATH, which...

Musk says Twitter deal should go ahead if it provides proof of real accounts

(Reuters) -Elon Musk said that if Twitter Inc. could provide its method of sampling 100 accounts and how it confirmed that the accounts are real, his $44 billion deal to buy the company should proceed on its original terms. “However, if it turns out that their SEC filings are materially false, then it should not,”...

Service provider rakes in $378m

Vodafone Fiji Pte Ltd Group consolidated revenue increased by 15 per cent to approximately $378 million in the 2022 financial year, states the annual report of the Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd (ATH Group) for the end of the financial year March 31, 2022. Vodafone Fiji is a subsidiary of ATH and has reported a net...

Smart retirement plan – New initiative targets working population

Investment on farms not only provides an additional source of income, but also provides income post-retirement as well. This comment was made by Assistant Sugar Minister George Vegnathan during the launch of the Cane Farm Purchase – Smart Retirement Plan promotion at the Sugar Cane Growers Fund (SCGF) head office in Lautoka last week. “The...

Cheaper alternative – Villagers still opt for boat travel over road because of rising fuel costs

While the villagers of Wainilotulevu have welcomed the new access road, the rising fuel costs deter them from fully making use of it. Villager Vereto Tubailagi says rather than using road transport, the villagers use boat to travel because it is cheaper. He said Wainilotulevu was the last village in the Namosi Province and villagers...

Board supports tree planting initiative

Staff members of the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) planted 1100 trees in Sigatoka recently as part of their corporate social responsibility. More than 100 staff members and family members from Suva, Nausori, Sigatoka, Rakiraki, Korovou, Nadi, Lautoka and Ba gathered in Cuvu, Nadroga to plant the teak, vesi, maqo, moli and vutu trees on...

Sherman, Australia’s Wong reaffirm commitment to maintaining peace across Taiwan Strait

(Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong discussed China’s recent actions and reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait in a meeting on Monday, the U.S. State Department said. Sherman was visiting Australia as part of a trip to Pacific nations.

Italy kicks off vaccination campaign against monkeypox

ROME (Reuters) – Italy opened its vaccination campaign against monkeypox on Monday, as case numbers have increased at a time when health authorities are reporting vaccine shortages worldwide. Italy has reported 545 cases of monkeypox, according to the health ministry. Its vaccination campaign has started more than a month after other countries that have seen...

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