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21st January

Foreign powers back Libya ceasefire as commander’s forces choke oil flows

BERLIN (Reuters) – Foreign powers agreed at a summit in Berlin on Sunday to shore up a shaky truce in Libya, but the meeting was overshadowed by blockades of oilfields by forces loyal to commander...

20th January

49ers and Chiefs to clash in Super Bowl after conference wins

(Reuters) – Raheem Mostert rushed for four touchdowns as the San Francisco 49ers beat Green Bay 37-20 to book a spot in the Super Bowl where they will face Kansas City, who advanced to the NFL championship game for the first time in 50 seasons with a 35-24 win over Tennessee on Sunday. Kansas City...

Namara villagers reminded of the importance of good hygiene practices

HEALTH Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete visited Naisausau Village, Namara, today. He said the tour was to remind the people of Namara about the importance of good hygiene practices. “We are here to advocate on WASH – water, sanitation and hygiene and also on the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise to combat communicable...

Sanders says being a woman, age could be ‘problems’ for 2020 candidates

DES MOINES, IOWA/CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders struggled to move past a weeklong controversy over whether he told U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in a 2018 private meeting that a woman could not beat Republican President Donald Trump as the White House rivals campaigned over the weekend in the early-voting states of Iowa...

With market at record highs, eyes on reports from chipmakers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Reports from Netflix, Intel and Texas Instruments next week may hint at what is to come in the December quarterly earnings season, with some investors wary of possible danger signs that could knock Wall Street after its latest surge to record highs. The S&P 500 has gotten off to a strong...

Pipeline fire kills three in Lagos – Reuters witness

LAGOS (Reuters) – A fire on a pipeline owned by Nigeria’s state oil company in the commercial capital Lagos killed three people on Sunday, a Reuters witness said. The blaze broke out in the Abule-Egba district of the southwestern megacity. Residents said it started shortly before 8 p.m. (1900 GMT). A Reuters television camera operator...

‘Backyard gardening could alleviate poverty and birth a healthy Fiji’

IN a bid to promote healthy living in Fiji, the Ministry of Agriculture distributed 50 backyard gardening materials to farmers in Lami Village today. Officiating at the event was the Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development Jale Sigarara who said backyard gardening could alleviate poverty and birth a healthy Fiji. “Start practicing backyard...

‘Parasite’ scores historic upset at SAG awards, boosting Oscar chances

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – South Korean thriller “Parasite” was the upset winner at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday, while Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger were named best actors, cementing their roles as frontrunners at the Oscars next month. “Parasite,” the Korean language social satire about the wealth gap in South Korea, was...

Moscow protest over Putin’s political shake-up fails to gain traction

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Over 1,000 people marched through Moscow on Sunday in an event a Kremlin critic tried to turn into a protest against a constitutional shake-up by President Vladimir Putin, but many demonstrators chose to voice dissent about other issues instead. Yulia Galyamina, a Moscow city councillor, had urged people to take to the...

Committee questions the operation of FNU vice chancellor

FIJI National University’s vice chancellor Professor Nigel Healey was today questioned by the standing committee on social affairs as to why the VC operated without the guidance of a council for second half of 2018. Prof Healey while presenting FNU’s 2018 Annual Report said on July 13, 2018 the Fiji National University Amendment Act was...

Australia boosts emergency funding for bushfire-affected businesses

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia on Monday boosted emergency grants and loans for small businesses hit by bushfires that have ravaged the country during the peak tourist season, as firefighters used cooler weather to prepare for a return of hazardous fire conditions. The fires have killed 29 people and millions of animals, destroyed more than 2,500...

World’s richest 2,000 people hold more than poorest 4.6 billion combined – Oxfam

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The world’s richest 2,153 people controlled more money than the poorest 4.6 billion combined in 2019, while unpaid or underpaid work by women and girls adds three times more to the global economy each year than the technology industry, Oxfam said on Monday. The Nairobi-headquartered charity said in a report released ahead...

Re-emergence of measles within region

THERE was a re-emergence of measles within the region with declared outbreaks in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and American Samoa. In a joint statement by the World Health Organization and UNICEF they have highlighted that the deadly disease had a significant impact for Samoa which cost lives, with infants and young children being the most affected....

China confirms 139 new cases of pneumonia over weekend, virus spreads to new cities

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China on Monday reported 139 new cases of pneumonia over the weekend, caused by the outbreak of a new coronavirus strain that medical experts are still struggling to understand. Beijing’s Daxing health commission confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, while Guangdong Province’s health commission confirmed one case, marking the first instances of...

Australia boosts emergency funding for bushfire-affected businesses

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia on Monday boosted emergency grants and loans for small businesses hit by bushfires that have ravaged the country during the peak tourist season, as firefighters used cooler weather to prepare for a return of hazardous fire conditions. The fires have killed 29 people and millions of animals, destroyed more than 2,500...

States seeks time to respond to rape case agreed facts

THE State has sought time to response to the proposed agreed facts in a case involving a 23-year-old man  accused of raping a 25-year-old woman. The man appeared before judge Justice Aruna Aluthge today. He is charged with two counts of rape. State lawyer Sadaf Saneem informed the court that the State was ready to...

FHEC assures committee on teaching positions

THE Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) today assured the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence that it was working to ensure that all teachers who take up teaching positions in Fiji are well qualified. Today, FHEC appeared before the standing committee to present their submission  on Asia-Pacific’s Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (2011 Tokyo...

Two Hawaii police officers shot dead, gunman at large

(Reuters) – Two police officers in Hawaii were fatally shot by an assailant who remained at large on Sunday in a residential neighbourhood not far from busy Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu, officials and local media said. “Our entire state mourns the loss of two Honolulu Police officers killed in the line of...

Alleged arsonist granted bail

A MAN charged with one count of arson was granted bail by the High Court in Suva today. Accused person, Eseroma Daulako appeared before  judge Justice Daniel Goundar. It is alleged Mr Daulako and another willfully and unlawfully set fire to the dwelling house of Malakai Naduve on December 18, 2019. State lawyer Rajneel Kumar...

SpaceX says ‘picture perfect’ test paves way for human mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, a big step its mission to fly NASA astronauts for the first time as soon as this spring. A Crew Dragon astronaut capsule launched at 10:30...

Cook Islands Rugby League undaunted by ‘group of death’

The Cook Island Rugby League team is undaunted by being drawn in what many are calling the ‘group of death’ at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England. The draw was made on Friday with Fiji grouped with champions Australia, Scotland and Italy and New Zealand have been drawn alongside, Lebanon, Jamaica and Ireland....

Weather watch: Strong wind warning cancelled

A STRONG  wind warning previously in force for land areas of Lomaiviti and Southern Lau group is now cancelled. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this morning says the forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group expect cloudy periods with some showers and possible thunderstorms over the eastern...

Hundreds of troops to help Canadian province recover from huge blizzard

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Between 150 and 200 Canadian troops should be in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador by the end of Sunday to help it dig out from a massive blizzard, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said. The armed forces will also provide two transport planes and at least two helicopters. The storm dumped...

Stormy weather disrupts parts of Samoa

Samoa’s power supply, international flights as well as inter-island ferry sailings were disrupted over the weekend due to bad weather brought by Cyclone Tino. Hundreds of passengers and vehicles were stranded on Mulifanua and Salelologa wharves on Saturday when the Samoa Shipping Corporation temporarily called off its scheduled trips due to high seas and strong...

Lebanese security forces, protesters clash for second night

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese security forces fired water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday to try to break up stone-throwing protesters in Beirut, which has been rocked by some of the worst violence since unrest erupted in October. Sunday’s confrontation broke out near parliament a day after more than 370 people were wounded,...

PNG defends human rights efforts following damning NGO report

Papua New Guinea’s government has defended its efforts to protect human rights. This follows a damning international NGO report into the state of human rights in PNG. Human Rights Watch’s annual summary on PNG says little was done in the past year to tackle corruption, police abuses and domestic violence. Its Deputy Director for Asia, Phil Robertson,...

Foreign powers back Libya ceasefire as commander’s forces choke oil flows

BERLIN (Reuters) – Foreign powers agreed at a summit in Berlin on Sunday to shore up a shaky truce in Libya, but the meeting was overshadowed by blockades of oilfields by forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar that could cripple the country’s crude production. Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) is bearing down on...

Only son’s death shatters parents

BABU Sharma of Velovelo settlement was in church when his only son, Hasneel Sharma, was lying dead metres away at an old service station in Topline, Lautoka. When a church member informed him of his son’s demise, the 51-year-old ran from the Good News Church to find the lifeless body of the 22-year-old with his...

Grisly find

A LAUTOKA family is mourning the loss of their only son whose body was found near an old service station in Topline, Lautoka yesterday. Next to the service station was Good News Church where Hasneel Sharma’s father Babu Sharma was attending an early morning church service. Mr Sharma alerted police after he found his son...

Chinese mark new year

FIJIANS of Chinese origin yesterday gathered at the Suva Civic Centre to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commended the Chinese community’s contribution to the nation’s economy. As part of the event, China’s top acrobats and theatre performers, Yunnan Art Troupe, displayed classical dances. President of the Chinese...

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