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Four men arrested and charged in inter-island vessel drug raid

A DRUG raid on an inter-island vessel that returned from Kadavu on Friday resulted in the arrest of two farmers following the discovery of stems of dried leaves later tested to be marijuana. Police say the...

Ireland to roll out voluntary phone tracker app to tackle coronavirus

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s government is to roll out a voluntary phone-tracking app to alert users if someone they have been in contact with develops COVID-19, its health service said on Sunday, two weeks before the pandemic is expected to peak in the country. The phone app, which will keep track of people the user...

Opposition Whip granted bail

OPPOSITION member of parliament Lynda Tabuya was granted bail by  the Suva Magistrates Court a while ago. The Opposition Whip who appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili this afternoon was advised not to interfere with prosecution witnesses as per her bail conditions. She was charged by Police last week  Friday with one count of Malicious Act...

Soldiers provide security to the public: Naupoto

REPUBLIC of Fiji Military Forces commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto says people should not fear when seeing soldiers in uniform as they are there to provide security to the public. He said officers who were in Lautoka City this morning were called in to assist police control a situation where more than 200 people had crowded...

COVID-19: PSV operators must fully comply with curfew, says LTA

ALL Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators must fully comply with the provisions of the nationwide curfew starting from 10.00pm tonight till 5.00am as part of the COVID-19 measures by the Government. Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer, Samuel Simpson said PSV operators must cease operations well before 10.00pm tonight to ensure that their staff can...

Industries that operate shift work to continue with conditions

INDUSTRIES and certain service providers that operate in a number of shifts will be allowed to continue operations during the curfew period. This was highlighted in a Government statement issued today. However, all businesses will need to ensure all staff who are required to work during curfew hours carry the following: (i)            Company Photo ID...

Bolsonaro visits market to press need to keep Brazil going during pandemic

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Jair Bolsonaro visited a market area just outside the Brazilian capital on Sunday to press home his case for keeping Latin America’s largest economy ticking instead of locking down activities to combat the spread of the coronavirus. But Bolsonaro office’s social media campaign “Brazil can’t stop” was banned on Saturday by...

NZ govt releases information about Covid-19 in nine Pacific languages

New Zealand’s Ministry for Pacific Peoples has translated key messages and advice about Covid-19 into nine Pacific languages. That information is available below: Cook Islands Fiji Kiribati Niue Rotuma Samoa Tokelau Tonga Tuvalu

Canada army not needed right now to help combat coronavirus spread – Trudeau

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is not planning for the moment to use troops to help combat a spreading coronavirus outbreak, although the option remains on the table, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday. All 10 provinces have declared states of emergency and ordered people to stay home. The number of cases rose to 5,866...

NZ to make decision on Cook Islands quarantine station in Auckland

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Cabinet are to decide tomorrow whether to accede to a Cook Islands supervised quarantine centre in Auckland. Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna announced the plans, and invited Cook Islanders to make their way there – but without New Zealand’s sign-off. The quarantine centre is planned to...

Tabuya pleads not guilty; bail ruling this afternoon

SODELPA member of Parliament Lynda Tabuya was produced at the Suva Magistrates Court this morning. Ms Tabuya pleaded not guilty to the charge of Malicious Act Contrary to Section 15 (a) of the Public Order Act 1965 before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili. Prosecution objected to bail on the grounds the matter was of national interest....

Trump says U.S. will not pay for security protection for Prince Harry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the United States would not pay for security protection for Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, who, according to media reports, have settled in Los Angeles. Trump wrote on Twitter that “now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not...

French Polynesia Covid-19 tally rises to 34

The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in French Polynesia has risen by four to 34. The update from the government said the hospitalisation rate is unchanged with one person in care. Last night a curfew was declared for the first time, forcing residents across all islands to stay indoor from 8pm to 5am....

France moves patients from swamped hospitals as death toll climbs

PARIS (Reuters) – France used two high-speed trains and a German military plane to move more than three dozen critically ill coronavirus patients on Sunday to ease the pressure on overwhelmed hospitals in eastern France. The Grand Est region was the first in France to be hit by a wave of coronavirus infections that has...

Sabeto man charged with murder

A MAN has been charged with one count of murder for his alleged involvement in an aggravated robbery case which resulted in the death of a 70-year-old man in Cuvu Top, Sigatoka. Police confirmed that the 28-year-old suspect originally from Sabeto was earlier arrested after a search conducted at his residence resulting in the discovery...

CNMI records two confirmed Covid-19 cases

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has recorded its first two cases of Covid-19 according to the Governor. Ralph Torres announced the positive results during a hurriedly organized press conference last night at the Commonwealth Health Care Corporation. In a statement later released, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force said the two cases are a 42-year-old...

COVID-19: Former TV personality charged; to front court today

A FORMER TV personality has been charged with one count of Malicious Act, contrary to Section 15 (a) of Public Order Act 1969 and will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today. Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said the 53-year-old is alleged to have spread false information on social media in relation...

Germany’s coronavirus support will last two months, think tank tells paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s 750 billion euro (669.8 billion pounds) package to soften the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Europe’s largest economy will last for about two months, an independent economics think tank told a German newspaper group. “In the short term, we are in a kind of war economy in which the...

COVID-19: Lautoka residents crowd FNPF office

ABOUT 250 people crowded the Fiji National Provident Fund office in Lautoka from early as 6am today. Many were vocal, frustrated that their employers names were not on a list posted outside the front entrance. Police had to intervene and ask people to return to their own homes.      

Travellers from US quarantined in American Samoa

Forty-two of the 145 passengers who arrived on the Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu Thursday night have been quarantined. This is the biggest group of travellers that have been taken in for quarantine since the Covid-19 outbreak World-wide. Director of Health Motusa Tuileama Nua said none of the travellers displayed signs of illness but all...

Coronavirus deaths fall again in Italy but lockdown extension looms

ROME (Reuters) – The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy fell for the second consecutive day on Sunday but the country still looked almost certain to see an extension of stringent containment measures. The Civil Protection department said 756 people had died in the last day, bringing the total to 10,779 – more than...

Covid-19 diagnosed in outer island of French Polynesia

The Covid-19 outbreak in French Polynesia has spread to Rangiroa in the Tuamotus. This has been confirmed by the health minister only hours after the authorities reported a rise in the number of positive tests by four to 34. The person in Rangiroa has reportedly been in isolation since arriving from Tahiti. Last week, several...

Opposition Whip to front court today

OPPOSITION whip Lynda Tabuya is expected to be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today. She was charged by Police last week with one count of Malicious Act Contrary to Section 15 (a) of the Public Order Act 1965. Ms Tabuya who spent the weekend away from her family after being held in custody by...

Weather watch: Trough of low pressure slow moving to the southwest

A TROUGH of low pressure remains slow moving just to the southwest of Fiji. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this morning says a moist easterly wind flow prevails over the group. The forecast to midnight tonight for the Fiji group expect occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms over Kadavu...

U.S. could face 200,000 coronavirus deaths, millions of cases, Fauci warns

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. deaths from coronavirus could reach 200,000 with millions of cases, the government’s top infectious diseases expert warned on Sunday as New York, New Orleans and other major cities pleaded for more medical supplies. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, estimated in an interview with...

PNG activates mores teams to deal with Covid-19 threat

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister says the same systems that helped keep Polio at bay last year have been activated to deal with the threat of Covid-19. In 2019, a mammoth cross-country vaccination effort, involving over three million children, reined in a Polio outbreak. James Marape said provincial teams that were put together to administer...

Northern Ireland brings in tough measures to fight coronavirus

BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Ireland will introduce “sweeping new powers” to combat the spread of coronavirus from 2300 GMT on Saturday, with many restrictions on businesses tougher than the rest of the United Kingdom. The British region will prohibit anyone from leaving home without reasonable excuse, compel certain premises to shut and use its power...

Covid-19 cases in Guam continue to rise

The number of Covid-19 cases has continued to rise in Guam over the weekend. By Saturday the US terroritory had already reached 55 cases, including one death. Last night, the Governor’s Press Secretary, Krystal Paco-San Agustin, announced another case had now been confirmed. “The Guam Public Health Lab tested 23 samples for Covid-19. Of those...

India to use some train coaches as coronavirus isolation wards

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – India said on Saturday it was planning to turn some railway coaches into isolation wards for patients with coronavirus, as authorities scramble to prepare the country’s health infrastructure for an expected surge in cases. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the country’s 1.3 billion people this week to stay indoors for three...

Tonga now in lockdown

Tonga’s week-long national lockdown began on Sunday as authorities strive to keep the country Covid-19 free. There have been no confirmed cases in Tonga with eight suspected cases returning negative tests last week. Despite this the government introduced a State of Emergency and a lockdown, including a night curfew which began on Sunday. Our correspondent...

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