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Spot for coffee lovers

Coffee lovers will now get the chance to try an Australian coffee brand Di Bella at the new Coffee Break outlet at MHCC in Suva. Operations manager Shamal Sharma said this was a new venture...

Peru prosecutors seek travel ban for Repsol execs amid oil leak probe

LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian prosecutors requested on Thursday that the president and three other executives of Spanish oil firm Repsol SA’s local refinery be barred from leaving Peru for 18 months while a probe into an oil leak is under way. Repsol’s La Pampilla refinery, Peru’s largest, leaked thousands of barrels’ worth of oil off...

Police investigate alleged sacrilege

Police are investigating the alleged sacrilege of the Nav Durga Mandir Ramayan Mandali in Baulevu, Nausori yesterday. This was confirmed by police spokesman Wame Bautolu. He said a complaint about the alleged incident was lodged with police. “From police, we are just confirming that there was a break-in the said temple and investigation continues,” Mr...

German parliament approves climate spending with unused COVID support funds

BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany’s lower house on Thursday suspended constitutional limits on new borrowing for another year and approved a supplementary budget to fund investments needed to transition the economy toward carbon neutrality. The debt-financed supplementary budget of 60 billion euros ($66.92 billion) was passed in a 382-283 vote in the Bundestag where Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s...

Injunction application denied

An application for an injunction to stop the late Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu’s funeral tomorrow has been thrown out by the High Court in Lautoka. The application was filed by Mohammed Azeem Khan, who used to lease a portion of land owned by Mr Naiqamu’s landowning unit, before Justice Anare Tuilevuka yesterday. Now living...

Scientists amazed by blinking star’s ‘totally unexpected’ behavior

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have detected what appears to be an incredibly dense star behaving unlike anything else ever seen – and suspect it might be a type of exotic astrophysical object whose existence has until now been only hypothesized. The object, spotted using the Murchison Widefield Array telescope in outback Western Australia, unleashed huge...

Brawl death treated as homicide

Police are now treating the death of a man in Nausori Town last weekend as homicide. This has been confirmed by police spokesman Wame Bautolu yesterday. “The case of the man found lying unconscious in Nausori on Saturday night, after the post mortem, we are treating the case as homicide,” he said. In an earlier...

Morocco reopens airspace starting Feb 7 -MAP

CAIRO (Reuters) – Morocco will reopen its airspace for international flights starting Feb. 7, the state news agency (MAP) reported on Thursday. Morocco banned all inbound international passenger flights in November due to concerns over the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Parents urged to seek guidance

Education Minister Premila Kumar says it will not be safe for children with underlying conditions such as asthma and diabetes to return to school. “So we have advised parents to get some guidance or clearance from the medical doctors,” she said. “Please note that the Ministry of Education, we are not health experts and we...

Australia drugs regulator approves COVID-19 boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s drug regulator on Friday approved the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for 16- and 17-year-olds as authorities urge people to get their third doses soon to mitigate the threat from the Omicron coronavirus variant. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said it had approved Pfizer’s vaccine for use as a booster...

U.S., China confer on Ukraine, urge de-escalation and calm

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – China told the United States on Thursday it wants all sides involved in Ukraine to remain calm and avoid increasing tensions, while Washington stressed de-escalation and warned of the security and economic risks from any Russian aggression. “We call on all parties to stay calm and refrain from doing things...

Counsellors provide services to patients

Ten counsellors from Empower Pacific provided face-to-face counselling to 173 Fijians in COVID-19 trauma wards in Fiji’s three major hospitals from July to December last year. Chief executive officer Patrick Morgam said the patients agreed to be counselled and were referred to them by the Ministry of Health. “When our counsellors go in to conduct...

FCCC determines new fuel and gas prices

People can expect decreases in fuel and gas prices come next month. The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has released the new regulated prices of unleaded petrol, premix, kerosene, diesel and LPG products. Here are the new prices that will come into effect from February 1, 2022: Motor spirit from $2.74 to $2.61 a...

Seismic activity: 5.9 magnitude earthquake recorded in Yasawa region

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded this afternoon in the Yasawa region. The Seismology Unit of the Mineral Resources department said the earthquake occurred at 4.16pm. It was recorded 79km North from Lautoka, 18km Northwest from Yaqeta Village in Yasawa, and 188km Northwest from Suva. The unit said the seismic activity occurred at a shallow...

5401 Fijians seek assistance

A total of 5401 Fijians accessed the Empower Pacific counselling services from April to December last year because they needed counselling assistance, guidance and basic support services. Chief executive officer Patrick Morgam said 700 individuals who called the 5626 toll-free line needed counselling support while more than 1500 needed social work assistance. “These were referred...

India probes illegal immigration after tragedy near Canada border

MUMBAI/TORONTO, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Indian police have detained six people in a crackdown on illegal immigration after four Indians were found frozen to death near the border between the United States and Canada last week, officials said on Thursday. On the same day, India’s High Commission in the Canadian capital of Ottawa confirmed the...

Fiji prepares to deploy personnel and supplies to devastated Tonga

Eleven containers packed with food and non-food items are ready for deployment to Tonga. Disaster Management Minister Inia Seruiratu said a team comprising 15 personnel will leave for Tonga tomorrow to deliver the items. “It will be a contact-less deployment, everything will be discarded at the wharf because we are strictly adhering to the COVID...

Family in shock over man’s death

A family in Nakasi is trying to come to terms with the death of their father, Steven Sachin Singh, following the discovery of his body under a bridge in Toga, Rewa on Wednesday morning. His wife, Priya Devi Prasad, said the last time she spoke to her husband was on Tuesday at 11am. “We had...

Argentina faces billion-dollar IMF trip wire as protests simmer

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Argentina is facing a billion-dollar trip wire of debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) coming due with uncertainty over whether the South American country will pay amid tense talks to revamp around $40 billion in loans. The grains-producing country, which has been battling currency and debt crises...

Family and friends lay Naiqamu to rest

What hurts the most is dad won’t be here to witness the birth of my first son. These were the emotional words of a devastated Ameniasi Navodre Naiqamu while speaking earlier today at the funeral of his father, late former Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu who was laid to rest at his home in Nawaicoba,...

‘Improve search procedures’

The families of three fishermen who were reported missing in Labasa early this month have pleaded with police to improve search procedures. The three fishermen had gone out fishing near Vorovoro Island on January 6 and were reported missing. One of them, Josefa Bainiua’s died and his body was found floating near Nukutatava. Peni Qalo,...

Porn star Stormy Daniels testifies ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti ‘stole from me’

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Adult film actress Stormy Daniels told jurors at her former lawyer Michael Avenatti’s criminal fraud trial on Thursday that he “stole from me and lied to me.” Testifying as a prosecution witness, Daniels said in Manhattan federal court that she fired Avenatti in early 2019, one year after retaining...

Scientists amazed by blinking star’s ‘totally unexpected’ behavior

WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Scientists have detected what appears to be an incredibly dense star behaving unlike anything else ever seen – and suspect it might be a type of exotic astrophysical object whose existence has until now been only hypothesized. The object, spotted using the Murchison Widefield Array telescope in outback Western Australia,...

Gaps found in COVID cases data, says Kumar

Gaps were found in COVID-19 cases data when school teachers were taken onboard to assist with data verification work, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar during a tour of schools in Nadogo, Macuata yesterday. She said teachers did a better job in data verification through their assistance in analysing COVID-19 cases. She...

‘Need for more awareness’

Healthy eating is a lifestyle out of reach for low-income families and even those who can afford it fail to practise it because of the lack of awareness on these issues, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He was responding to a statement from the Health Ministry on the increasing number of non-communicable diseases...

Honduras inaugurates first female president, Harris vows closer U.S. ties

TEGUCIGALPA, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Xiomara Castro was sworn in as Honduras’ first female president on Thursday, with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in attendance, as her government faces tests over a sharply divided Congress, rising debt and relations with China. Castro, flanked by her husband former President Manuel Zelaya and their children, was sworn...

Ministry: Choose healthier lifestyles

More than 80 per cent of deaths in Fiji are attributed to non-communicable diseases, according to the Health Ministry. Between 30 and 40 per cent were premature deaths. The ministry stated it recorded 5858 non-communicable-disease-related deaths annually. “Both involve building up the good habits of exercise and a healthy diet, and good attendance to medical...

Biden urges Congress to act now on Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to immediately enshrine the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Constitution and formally protect women’s rights nearly a century after lawmakers first raised them. In a statement, Biden urged Congress “to pass a resolution recognizing ratification of the ERA,” saying recent legal...

Feature: Reminiscing the good days at Nasova

Having undergone seven months of training together has forged a solid bond between strangers to make them close friends. Fourteen police personnel who had started their career with the Fiji Police Force in 1982 reunited after 40 years in Makoi to reminisce and to simply catch up after four decades. Happiness purely filled the room as these retired police friends gathered, with joy being...

Datt: Born to serve

Bissun Datt is an exemplary community worker who believes he was born to serve. Mr Datt has given 52 years of his life towards community service. He served in various positions at the district level. His two most notable positions that he held over the years were that of an advisory councillor and Justice of...

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