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Coming back to the flow of life outside of prison and finding success is what most prisoners dream about. Cane farmer Antonio Bulivou was 42 when he came to Seaqaqa, and two years later he...

2022 General Election: High travel cost

Some villagers had to spend hundreds of dollars to travel for hours from Suva to be part of pre-polling voting at their respective villages on the island of Kadavu. With pre-poll voting starting yesterday, hundreds of villagers lined up to cast their votes at the 15 polling stations on the island. The polling stations were...

Facebook owner Meta may remove news from platform if U.S. Congress passes media bill

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc on Monday threatened to remove news from its platform if the U.S. Congress passes a proposal aimed at making it easier for news organizations to negotiate collectively with companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook. Sources briefed on the matter said lawmakers are considering...

2022 General Election: NFP reveals list of policies

All civil servants need to be put on tenure instead of being held to contract terms, says National Federation Party (NFP) candidate Agni Deo Singh. He said this was part of the list of policies formulated for the education sector should NFP be voted into power. A retired teacher and unionist, Mr Singh said teachers...

2022 General Election: Military’s role needs change – Chaudhary

The military’s role has to be changed so they become a part of society by being involved in a lot of work that needs to be done. Fiji Labour Party (FLP) leader Mahendra Chaudhary said this while responding to a question at a party campaign in Muanikoso Village recently. A resident raised the point that...

Russia unleashes missiles across Ukraine, drones hit bases deep inside Russian territory

By Pavel Polityuk KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine said Russia destroyed homes in the southeast and knocked out power in many areas with a new volley of missiles on Monday, while Moscow said Ukrainian drones had attacked two air bases deep inside Russia hundreds of miles from front lines. A new missile barrage had been anticipated...

2022 General Election: Villagers want more info

Tukuraki villagers in the interior of Ba are pleading with political parties to provide Fijians in remote parts of the country with information during the campaign period. Villager Vilimaina Ratu said the few messages they heard on the radio gave them very little knowledge of political party leaders’ numbers and very little knowledge of party...

2022 General Election: Party vows to bring back salaries commission – PAP

The People’s Alliance will bring back the Higher Salaries Commission to determine fair and just salaries for civil servants, says party candidate Parmesh Chand. Mr Chand, a former civil servant with 12 years of experience as permanent secretary, said this during an interview with this newspaper. He also added the current salary levels for permanent...

2022 General Election: Party would look at making basic food items VAT free – Browne

Former banker and The People’s Alliance party candidate Cecil Browne says the cost of living, unemployment and deteriorating medical infrastructure are among the most pressing issues affecting Fijians today. Speaking to this newspaper, Mr Browne said the party would look at making basic food items VAT free and look at price controls to ensure affordability...

Congolese government ups toll in massacre to 272 civilians

By Paul Lorgerie KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s government on Monday said 272 civilians were killed in a massacre in the eastern town of Kishishe last week, raising the death toll from a previous estimate of 50. The government blamed the killings on the M23 rebel group, which has denied responsibility. It also...

2022 General Election: People weeping for better leadership – Chand

Parmesh Chand’s decision to join politics, despite being a novice, was influenced by a desire to reach out and serve all people, and be part of a driving force for change. The former permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office and The People’s Alliance party candidate said people were crying out for better leadership. “In...

2022 General Election: GCC politicised – PM

The Great Council of Chiefs has been politicised and our traditional leaders should not be treated in such a manner in the political field. FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama said this to villagers of Buca, Loa and Tukavesi in Cakaudrove during a campaign last week. In light of this, Mr Bainimarama has questioned The People’s...

2022 General Election: Duri casts vote for ‘future generation’

At 85, Jone Duri was the oldest registered voter in Dravuwalu, Naceva, Kadavu during pre-polling voting yesterday. Speaking to this newspaper, he said he started voting in the general elections during the term of the late Tui Nayau, Ratu Kamisese Mara. He woke up early in anticipation of the polling centre to opening at 9am....

2022 General Election: Criticism made against me does not matter – Kiran

Criticism made by government ministers against me does not matter because none of what they say is true, says National Federation Party candidate for the 2022 polls Sashi Kiran. “It didn’t really matter to me,” she said in an interview with The Fiji Times. “I think as long as I’m true to myself, criticisms don’t...

2022 General Election: First time voter excited

First time voter Apolosi Bukou was excited to cast his vote yesterday. The 21-year-old was among the 146 voters of Naraiyawa, Namosi expected to take part in yesterday’s pre poll voting. He said he was shocked with how easy and fast the process was. “I was a bit scared because this was my first time...

2022 General Election: Important we choose right ones – Aditubuna

Despite being almost blind, Viana Aditubuna did not let her sight impediment stop her from participating in the 2022 General Election, her fifth trip to the polls. The Nalawa, Ra, villager who participated in pre-polling voting yesterday, said voting was an important right that every eligible Fijian should exercise. “I’ve seen a lot of governments...

2022 General Election: I want fundamental human rights respected – Singh

With over two decades of experience in teaching and union work, Agni Deo Singh is at the forefront of fighting for teacher’s rights in the country. Given his long-term service record, it came as a surprise for many when his name was announced under the list of candidates seeking a seat in Parliament under the...

2022 General Election: Browne urges voters to turn up

Voters have about two hours every four years to cast a ballot, and choose who will govern them, says former banker and The People’s Alliance party candidate Cecil Browne. Mr Browne urged voters to turn up in numbers and cast their ballots on Election Day. “In 2018, the opposition lost by 147 votes only and...

2022 General Election: Numia takes day off for pre-poll

Kelera Numia got up at 5am yesterday and trekked the mountainous terrain in the Vaturu highland of Nadi to cast her vote in the village of Natawa. The village is located at the foot of the Nadi hills, just beside the Vaturu Dam. Ms Numia said she took a day off from farm work yesterday...

2022 General Election: Time to get rid of two-men dictatorship government – Browne

For Cecil Browne, entering the political scene has been an eye-opening experience in terms of seeing how issues affect those at the grassroots level. A banker with over four decades of experience, Mr Brown said he was a “political novice” but was glad to contest the election under The People’s Alliance banner. In an interview...

2022 General Election: Duri casts vote for ‘future generation

At 85, Jone Duri was the oldest registered voter in Dravuwalu, Naceva, Kadavu during pre-polling voting yesterday. Speaking to this newspaper, he said he started voting in the general elections during the term of the late Tui Nayau, Ratu Kamisese Mara. He woke up early in anticipation of the polling centre to opening at 9am....

White House says it is not surprised on Russian reaction to oil price cap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that it was not surprised by Russia’s reaction to the West’s price cap on oil from the country. Spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said the cap can be adjusted over time to prevent Russia from profiting from the war in Ukraine while keeping Russian crude in the market....

2022 General Election: Stroke patient grateful to FEO for assistance

Stroke patient Alisi Sebua says she will never forget December 5, 2022 because she turned 49 on the same day she cast her vote in the 2022 General Election when pre-polling voting was conducted at Nasukamai Village, Ra. The mother of six said she was grateful to have reached a new milestone in her life...

PAP deputy leaders charged

The People’s Alliance Party deputy leaders, Daniel Lobendahn and Lynda Tabuya have been charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) on allegations of vote buying. They are expected to appear at the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. A post on Mr Lobendahn’s official Facebook page said that over three hours of on and...

2022 General Election: Need for education reform – Chand

There is a need to reform the education system and bring power back to the committees running schools, says People’s Alliance candidate Parmesh Chand. Speaking during an interview with The Fiji Times, Mr Chand said the Fijian education system was looked up to by many Pacific Islanders and the international community as well. “It is...

BP doubles down on hydrogen as fuel of the future

By Ron Bousso LONDON (Reuters) – BP chief executive Bernard Looney is betting on hydrogen to power future low-carbon businesses as the governments of major economies stump up cash to develop the fuel to decarbonise. Low-carbon hydrogen already has a big fan-base and is forecast to play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions...

2022 General Election: We will slash ministerial salaries – NFP

How can Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama pay himself more than $300,000 per year when so many people live in poverty? This was the question put to Fijians by National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad at a media conference yesterday where he outlined the party’s vision document. “That is what we are paying for,” he...

Ukrainian officials search for evidence of Russian war crimes

By Anthony Deutsch VYSOKOPILLIA (Reuters) – Tamila Pehyda, a retired school teacher, looked on in tears as gravediggers exhumed her husband’s remains and a forensic pathologist examined them to establish the cause of death. As suspected, Serhiy, who was 70 when he died in June in the southern Ukrainian village of Vysokopillia, was killed by...

2022 General Election: 200-plus Kabariki villagers in Kadavu to cast their votes

More than 200 people are expected to cast their votes at the polling centre at Kabariki Village in the district of Nabukelevu, Kadavu today. Speaking to The Fiji Times team, village headman Waisale Ratudina said the 254 registered voters were from the village of Kabariki and the neighboring village of Levuka. “The turnout this morning...

2022 General Election: Parties plan to eradicate the fear

The People’s Alliance-National Federation Party government will remove the climate of fear and bring back consultation and collaboration, says The People’s Alliance deputy leader Manoa Kamikamica. “From the outset, one of the fundamental failures of this regime (FijiFirst government) has been its refusal or inability to genuinely collaborate and consult with all stakeholders on anything...

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