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24th March

Polish zoo p-p-picks up an albino penguin

WARSAW (Reuters) – An albino pengiun made its debut appearance at a Polish zoo on Friday – the only bird of its kind in captivity, said staff. The three-month-old does not have a name, as...

Rwandan court convicts 15 on terror-related charges

KIGALI (Reuters) – A Rwandan high court on Friday sentenced 13 people to five years and two others to ten years in jail after convicting them of belonging to extremist groups including al Shabaab and Islamic State and providing them support. The court in Rwanda’s southern Nyanza area acquitted 25 others after the prosecution failed...

TLTB recruits Hindi-speaking officers

TWELVE Fijians of Indian descent have been recruited into the iTaukei Land Trust Board. Board chief executive officer Tevita Kuruvakadua said this would help them communicate better with Hindi-speaking tenants. “Sometime when Hindi speaking tenants visit TLTB, some of the staff cannot understand them so there is a need to have staff who speak Hindi...

Fiji and Cuba reaffirm bilateral commitments

FIJI and Cuba have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral engagements to advance the development priorities. This commitment was made stronger after Fiji’s Ambassador to Cuba and the permanent representative to the United Nations in New York Dr Satyendra Prasad, presented his credentials to President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, in Cuba on...

Floods shut nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

MEAD, Neb./NEW YORK (Reuters) – Massive flooding in the U.S. Midwest has knocked out roughly 13 percent of the country’s ethanol production capacity, as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota have been forced to shut down or scale back production following the devastation. Production facilities owned by large companies like Archer Daniels Midland Co...

All accident casualties lacked wills: ACCF

ALL accident casualties in the country that received compensation from the Accident Compensation Commission of Fiji lacked wills. Speaking during the commission’s awareness program in Labasa yesterday, ACCF chief executive officer Parvez Akbar said relatives of the dead have had to run around trying to claim what was theirs. Mr Akbar reminded members of the...

Cancer cases increase steadily in Fiji: Akbar

CANCER cases in Fiji have steadily increased over the past several years, says Minister for Education Rosy Akbar. While opening the MIOT International Cancer Conclave in Nadi yesterday, she said statistics have revealed that there was mostly an increasing incidence of breasts cancer, cervix and other reproductive tract cancers in women. “In men, cancers such...

Namosi landowners committee speaks out

THE Tikina Namosi Landowners Committee have spoken out, saying they have serious reservations and are concerned with the statements by the iTaukei Land Trust Board and Hydro Fiji. TNLC chairman Josefa Tauleka said the statements by both parties disregarded the rights of the landowners on the proposed hydro dam. In a statement released by TLTB,...

Suspicion and strife strain Ethiopian plane crash probe

ADDIS ABABA/PARIS (Reuters) – At the headquarters of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, a paper sign balanced above room 107 and a threadbare square of carpet welcome a stream of foreign visitors to the Accident Investigation Bureau. The office – with three investigators and an annual budget of less than 2.5 million Birr ($89,000) –...

23rd March

Navuku appointed Commissioner Central

JOSEFO Seniwatui Navuku has been officially appointed the new Commissioner for the Central Division. Mr Navuku, a former chief economic planning officer for policy at the Office of the Prime Minister, takes over from former Commissioner Central Setareki Tale who retired late last year. Mr Navuku said he would use his experience especially in carrying...

Shortages of everything, and worries about relatives, for Mozambique flood survivors

GUARA GUARA, Mozambique (Reuters) – At a camp near the city of Beira for people rescued from Mozambique’s catastrophic flooding, residents were dealing on Friday with worries about their future and shortages of pretty much everything – water, food and medicines. Also, painfully, some of them lacked information about how their relatives were faring. Aid...

U.N. experts rebuke U.S. ‘threats’, visa ban on ICC investigators

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights experts called on the United States on Friday to stop its “threats” and visa bans against the International Criminal Court (ICC), which they rejected as “improper interference”. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a week ago that the United States will withdraw or deny visas to any...

American Airlines pilots will test 737 MAX software fix in Boeing simulator

CHICAGO (Reuters) – American Airlines pilots will test Boeing Co’s 737 MAX software fix on simulators this weekend, the pilots’ union told Reuters on Thursday, a key step in restoring confidence in the jet after two fatal crashes. Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its...

Fiji investment mission targets engaging NZ businesses

THE Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar led a Fijian investment mission to New Zealand aimed at engaging the New Zealand business community to better understand their needs. The three-day mission, which marked the first anniversary opening of the Fiji Trade Commission in New Zealand, was also used to...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: BLK Police Blues reign ends 34-year drought

THE BLK Police Blue rugby 7s team ended its 34-year drought this evening to be the new champ of the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament. The law enforcers narrowly defeated Wardens Gold 17-12 to claim the title after two brutal days of eight matches against 63 teams in the men’s division. Police Blue captain Livai Ikanikoda...

Bulanaires list launched on International Day of Happiness

AN event to signify the importance of the International Day of Happiness was held at Fiji’s Mission in United Kingdom earlier in the week. Fiji’s High Commission in London, in collaboration with Tourism Fiji, had coordinated the event that coincided with the launch of Tourism Fiji’s new initiative ‘Bulanaires List’, which tied in with the...

Resolve issues through dialogue, road haulage body urges members

PRESIDENT of the Roads Haulage Association Hector Smith has called on its members to resolve issues through dialogue. He made this comment at the association’s annual general meeting at Novotel Hotel in Lami earlier today. This came after some of its outspoken members called for strike in order to resolve issues faced by the association....

Medical professionals charts way to combat cancer

MORE than 100 delegates are in Nadi for a Cancer Conference at the Tanoa International Hotel. Organised by MIOT International, the Cancer Conclave was designed to address various issues related to cancer in Fiji and chart out the best possible way forward to combat the disease. While opening the conference, Minister for Education Rosy Akbar...

Toddler drowns in fish pond

A ONE-year-old boy died earlier this week in Votualevu, Nadi, after he drowned in a fish pond. According to the family members, the child was under the care of two men when he wandered into the fish pond. His father Tomasi Fabiano Chute said his son went missing around 5pm on Wednesday. He said they...

Engineering elections? U.S. top court examines electoral map manipulation

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Reuters) – Before the Republican-led state legislature divided their city and even their college campus into two different districts in a bid to boost the party’s election chances, students like recent graduate Vashti Smith could vote for the Democratic U.S. congressional candidate and know that person could win. Thanks to partisan gerrymandering –...

Northerners hold interfaith memorial service for victims of Christchurch massacre

MEMBERS of the public turned up in numbers at the Labasa Civic Centre today for the interfaith memorial service held for victims and the 50 that died at the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand last week. People of different race and background attended the service, including the families of those that were wounded in the...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua and Jasper defends title

GIANTS and neighbouring schools Natabua High School and Jasper Williams High School have succeeded in defending their crowns during the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. Boys champions Natabua secured a total of 33 gold medals in the boys’ division while Jasper won 40 gold medals. Saint Thomas High School...

Students observe samples of Wolbachia mosquito

STUDENTS today observed samples of the Wolbachia mosquito that will soon be released into hotspots in Lautoka. The project implemented by the World Mosquitoe Program was first launched in the Central Division. The initiative was launched in the Western Division by Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete who praised the efforts of...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Three records set

THREE records have been set at the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet. Natabua’s Tiko Batibasaga broke a 22-year-old senior boys shot put record with a throw of 13.92m The old record of 13.59m was set in 1997. Jasper Williams High School jumper Adi Matevakatini set a new record of 11.12m in the senior girls’ triple...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Easy win for Mudreilagi

NATABUA High School sprint king Nemani Mudreilagi easily won the senior boys 200m final to be crowned the fastest schoolboy at the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet. The Raiwaqa native of Nadroga who also won the blue ribbon event recorded 22 .41sec at the 200m final today. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Sunday...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Coastline Ratu Filise secures spot in cup semis

COASTLINE Ratu Filise has secured a spot in the cup semifinals against Police Blue after they defeated Russia Red 31-10 in the last quarterfinal. In the first semifinal, Uluinakau Babas will take on Wardens Gold.  

Water is now gold for desperate Venezuelans

CARACAS (Reuters) – Living with a scarcity of water is becoming the norm for many Venezuelans. Families interviewed by Reuters say they have spent months without receiving any water from the tap after power blackouts cut off supply and pipes failed due to a lack of maintenance. Faced with uncertainty of when it might return,...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua and Jasper extends lead

NATABUA and Jasper Williams High School have extended their lead in the second day of the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. Jasper has won 31 gold medals followed by Natabua with four goals with Saint Thomas High School in third place with two gold medals Natabua has so far...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: New champ to be crowned today

A NEW champion will be crowned at the 43rd edition of the Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament when Police Blue defeated Tabadamu Blue 15-0 in the third cup quarterfinals. The two teams met in last year’s cup final where the Tabadamu defended the title. Police Blue, Uluinakau, Wardens and the winner between Ratu Filise and...

“We are one” says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silence

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – The Muslim call to prayer sounded out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al...

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