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20th January

Serevi vouches for Fiji in NZ

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi believes Fiji can win the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand next week. Serevi who arrived at the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s  tournament yesterday from the US commended Fiji...

UK’s Prince Philip, 97, has hospital check-up after road crash

LONDON (Reuters) – The husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, visited hospital for a precautionary check-up on Friday after being involved in a car crash the previous day, Buckingham Palace said. “On doctor’s advice, The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn (eastern England) this...

U.S. names three killed in Syria blast claimed by Islamic State

(Reuters) – A U.S. Navy servicewoman and a former Navy SEAL are among the four Americans killed in a suicide bombing this week in northern Syria that the United States believes was likely carried out by Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Navy...

Kumar welcomes Australian support for sports in Fiji

FIJI’S Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar has welcomed the support shown by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his recent visit to Fiji. Mr Kumar said the various kind of support across numerous sports would be an added boost to Fijian athletes. “As part of our continuing assistance program, Australia will also assist...

Tuivaga cherishes role as a campus guide for Australian PM

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Scott Morrison visit to Fiji will go down in the history books of Matuku, Lau man Viliame Tuivaga, and one he will cherish for life. The 36-year-old FNU trainer was given the honours to guide the Australian PM during his visit to FNU’s Derrick Campus in Suva yesterday to meet APTC students...

Ex-Chicago policeman sentenced to nearly seven years in black teen’s death

CHICAGO (Reuters) – White former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced on Friday to nearly seven years in prison for shooting black teen Laquan McDonald to death in 2014 in a landmark case that highlighted racial tensions in America’s third-biggest city. After a jury convicted Van Dyke, 40, of second-degree murder last fall,...

White House restricts U.S. lawmakers’ travel amid shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has barred U.S. congressional travel on government-owned or operated aircraft during the partial government shutdown, unless they have White House approval, according to a memo issued on Friday by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The move marks an escalation by the White House, which on Thursday...

Fiji trio makes it through Aussie Rules recruitment

THREE local players have been given the lifetime opportunity after being recruited by the CDHBU Football & Netball Club to play Aussie Rules next month. Vitogo, Lautoka lad Jekesoni Koroi who plays for the Nadi Panthers will be joined by Lautoka Raiders duo William Dyer and Josese Rokodamana. The three boys are still trying to...

Man sets himself ablaze in central Prague square

PRAGUE (Reuters) – A man set himself on fire in a central Prague square on Friday as Czechs marked the 50th anniversary of a student’s self-immolation in protest at the Soviet invasion that crushed the Prague Spring. The unidentified man was taken to hospital after bystanders doused the flames that enveloped him in the same...

Australia recognises climate change challenge for the Pacific

AUSTRALIA has recognised that climate change is a challenge and is a main priority for the Pacific. During his first bilateral visit to the country last week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was a global action needed for this issue. He said they had committed to reduce their emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below...

Enough doctors in Fiji, says Minister

THERE is enough doctors in the country, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. He said having 815 doctors in Fiji was not bad for a country with over 900,000 people. Dr Waqainabete said the number of doctors the country had at the moment was better than what the country had before. More details...

Missing ex-Interpol chief’s wife wants asylum in France

PARIS (Reuters) – Grace Meng, wife of missing former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, applied for asylum in France fearing for her life, her lawyer said on Friday. The boss of Lyon-based Interpol went missing in September after travelling back to his native China. France opened an inquiry and China said he was under investigation for...

Ten-year old Chilean teaches star gazing to classmates

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Ten-year old Ricardo Barriga’s backyard in Pirque, Chile is strewn with a blow-up unicorn, pool toys, a soccer ball and a $3,000 telescope that his parents mail-ordered from Germany. The budding young astronaut can identify constellations in the austral sky, little-known features of the moon, planets and black holes. He recently started...

Relationship on the mend between ATS management and FASA members

DESPITE their issues, the relationship between Federated Airlines Staff Association members and Air Terminal Services management is on the mend as both parties continue to engage in dialogue. FASA national secretary Manasa Ratuvili said despite several setbacks after returning to work in January, 2018, the association has been able to engage in positive discussions with ATS management. “Since...

Newborn lion cubs die in Gaza after winter storm

GAZA CITY (Reuters) – Four baby lion cubs died from the cold in a Gaza zoo after wind ripped protective plastic sheeting from their cage during a winter storm, the zoo’s owner said on Friday. Two cubs were found dead on Thursday, just a day after they were born, said Fathy Joma. The two others...

FRA impressed with work progress by two contractors

THE Fiji Roads Authority is impressed with the ongoing works by their two contractors — Higgins Fiji and Dayals Quarries involved in the S3-4 lane road project between the Rewa Bridge in Nausori and 9 Miles. FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore visited the project site on Friday and said he was impressed by the...

19th January

FNU advises enrolment and orientation info

THE Fiji National University (FNU) director Marketing and Communications Jenies Mudiliar say all new students need to take note of the dates for the 2019 orientation week and attend this important event. Ms Mudiliar said to avoid the last minute rush, or missing out on the orientation, all students who had received their offer letters from FNU were requested...

Myanmar army kills 13 rebels in Rakhine clashes – military spokesman

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar’s army has killed 13 rebel fighters in the western Rakhine State, a military spokesman said on Friday, as government troops battle to contain a new insurgency in the troubled region. Fighting between security forces and the Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group seeking greater autonomy for Rakhine, has forced some 5,000...

Oslo stabbing investigated as terrorist attack – police

OSLO (Reuters) – A knife attack in a supermarket in Oslo is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism, the head of the Norwegian police’s security service (PST) said on Friday. A woman was knifed on Thursday as she was paying at the till and the suspect, a 20-year-old Russian man, was arrested soon...

Seven drug-related arrests in two days: Police

FIJIAN Police made a total of seven drug-related arrests in separate incidents in the last two days. Among those arrested are two high school students. Police arrested and detained a 28-year-old woman of MacFarland Road, Raiwai after she was found to be in possession of a small clear plastic containing white crystals believed to be...

Prospective models attend casting for Bottega fashion festival

THE Bottega Fijian Fashion Festival held its first model casting for the 2019 fashion year at the University of the South Pacific’s(USP) Oceania Centre in Suva today. More than 100 interested models turned up to showcase their modelling skills to make the final cut for the main event scheduled for June later in the year....

Chinese drone maker DJI uncovers corruption, sees $150 million loss

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, has discovered several cases of serious corruption at the company and expects 2018 losses of more than 1 billion yuan ($150 million) as a result, it said on Friday. The company said it was investigating the cases, which came...

Father Arturo Aguilar,Archbishop Peter Loy Chong and Father Hoare following the book launch at the Archbishop Petero Mataca Hall yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Lest the opportunity be lost to posterity

WHAT may appear to be a tussle between church and State on the statements made by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong on Catholic education and the open merit system implemented by the Ministry of Education, is cause for great interest and indeed serious reflection. The archbishop’s statements have even been labelled as racist, subjective and contrary...

Fire destroys ice plant building

A BUILDING housing an ice plant at Solovi in Nadi was destroyed in a fire yesterday. Police said the structure housing the plant was completely destroyed. The cause of the blaze and the total cost of damage incurred was yet to be determined, Police said as their investigations continued. The property belonged to a 57-year-old...

Murdoch seeks permission to merge UK’s Times and Sunday Times

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s London-based newspapers The Times and Sunday Times have asked the British government for permission to share resources across both titles, a move that is barred under rules imposed when the media mogul bought both newspapers in 1981. John Witherow, editor of The Times, said the cost pressures facing the newspaper...

Bridges submerged as heavy rain belts Nadroga highlands; Villagers stranded

VILLAGERS in Lomawai and Emuri in Nadroga were left stranded today after bridges near communities disappeared under flood waters. Emuri villager Sakiusa Qautoka said their village was inaccessible since yesterday. “There wasn’t a lot of rain here but there’s a lot of rain further uphill which is why bridges downstream are getting flooded,” Mr Qautoka...

Legal Aid support staff encouraged to educate themselves on national issues

LEGAL Aid Commission support staff were encouraged to educate themselves about national issues especially those that concern the law. While speaking at the closing of the Annual National Corporate Staff Workshop at the Intercontinental Resort and Spa today, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said it was important for the legal assistants to upskill themselves. “Even though...

Cakaudrove commends Government development projects

THE Cakaudrove Provincial Council has commended the various State-funded projects targeted at enhancing the livelihoods of rural dwellers. In particular, the council commended the Government’s development projects saying it had improved the livelihoods of people in their villages and communities within the province. Council chairperson Ratu Jekesoni Yavalanavanua said villagers had been blessed with development projects...

Drought, animal disease threaten South African farmers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African grain and red meat farmers are bracing for hard times after dry weather conditions and an outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease suspended meat exports, officials said on Friday. Maize prices have climbed amid concerns that dry conditions in the main part of South Africa’s maize belt...

Missing person: Information sought for Raravisa’s whereabouts

POLICE in Labasa are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Apenisa Rosa Raravisa of Basoga. According to Police, the 30-year-old man was reported missing by his father after he failed to return home from town last Wednesday. Members of the public who may have any information that could assist in establishing Mr Raravisa’s whereabouts are...

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