Fijian leader urges Australia to do more on climate change

Fiji and other Pacific island nations are particularly vulnerable to climate change. (File/AFP)
Updated 16 September 2019

Fijian leader urges Australia to do more on climate change

  • Voreqe Bainimarama said in a speech at the Australian Defense College on Monday that he hopes Fiji and Australia can “find more common ground” on climate change

CANBERRA: Fiji’s prime minister has used a state visit to urge Australia to take more ambitious actions to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

Voreqe Bainimarama said in a speech at the Australian Defense College on Monday that he hopes Fiji and Australia can “find more common ground” on climate change.

Fiji and other Pacific island nations are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Bainimarama’s visit comes as Australia’s center-left opposition mulls abandoning its policy of reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition won a surprise third term in May elections with a commitment to reduce emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent in the same time frame.

Bainimarama met Morrison at Parliament House on Monday.


Anger as white woman reports black birdwatcher in Central Park to police

Updated 5 min 12 sec ago

Anger as white woman reports black birdwatcher in Central Park to police

  • Amy Cooper: There is an African-American man, I’m in Central Park. He’s recording me and threatening me and threatening my dog
  • New York City mayor Bill de Blasio condemned her actions as racism, plain and simple

NEW YORK: A video of a white woman calling the police about a black birdwatcher in New York’s Central Park has gone viral, sparking anger about African-Americans being falsely reported to cops.
The clip, posted on Twitter and viewed 30 million times, was filmed by the man, Christian Cooper, who said he had asked the woman to leash her dog.
She was walking the pooch on Monday in a wooded area of the park popular with birdwatchers where dogs are meant to be kept on leads.
As the woman struggles to control the dog, she approaches Cooper and is then seen making a phone call.
“I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life,” she tells Cooper while appearing to dial 911.
“There is an African-American man, I’m in Central Park. He’s recording me and threatening me and threatening my dog,” she then tells the operator.
The exchange prompted outrage on social media, with users calling the woman a “Karen,” a term popular online to describe an entitled white woman.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio condemned her actions as “racism, plain and simple.”
“She called the police BECAUSE he was a Black man. Even though she was the one breaking the rules. She decided he was the criminal and we know why. This kind of hatred has no place in our city,” he tweeted.
The woman was identified as Amy Cooper, no relation to the man she argued with. She worked in insurance at investment management company Franklin Templeton.
She apologized during an interview with NBC but denied that she was racist, saying she had overreacted after feeling threatened.
“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” she said.
In a statement posted on Twitter Tuesday, Franklin Templeton said it had fired an employee with immediate effect following an investigation.
“We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,” the company said.
On Facebook, Christian Cooper said he had offered the dog a treat after the woman refused his request to leash the dog.
“That’s when I started video recording with my iPhone, and when her inner Karen fully emerged and took a dark turn,” he wrote.