FRA completes major road upgrades in Suva

THE reconstruction of seven roads under the Suva Arterial Road Upgrading Project (SARUP 1) has been completed. Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) confirmed this in a statement issued earlier today stating that the contract was set...

Cuba’s new president makes first trip to old Cold War foe United States

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, arrived in New York on Sunday for his first trip to the United States, where he will denounce the decades-old U.S. trade embargo on his country at the U.N. General Assembly, state-run media reported. “We bring the voice of Cuba that above all comes to denounce the...

Cricket – Chandimal to lead all Sri Lanka sides after Asia Cup flop

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Dinesh Chandimal has been installed as Sri Lanka captain across all three formats after Angelo Mathews lost his role as skipper of the country’s limited-overs teams following their exit from the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The 31-year-old Mathews was renamed as Sri Lanka’s limited-overs skipper in January, six months...

More funding committed for maritime safety programme

New Zealand’s maritime safety agency has committed US$6.3 million over three years to improve safety at sea in the Pacific. The Maritime New Zealand programme was set up in 2012 following a number of disasters, including the sinking of passenger ferries in Tonga and Kiribati. The head of the Pacific Safety Programme, David Billington, said...

Panama revokes registration of last migrant rescue ship in central Mediterranean

MILAN (Reuters) – The Panama Maritime Authority has revoked the registration of search and rescue ship Aquarius 2 in a move that means there will be no charity rescue ships off the Libyan coast in the near future unless the vessel can find a new flag to sail under. Aquarius 2, the one remaining charity...

Kings Rd to be reduced to single lane at Nailaga

MEMBERS of the public are being advised that a section of the Kings Road at Nailaga, Ba, will be reduced to a single lane for restoration works from this Wednesday, September 26. A statement issued today by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) stated the single lane would be made effective from 8am to 5pm on...

Reduced penalty for US company over American Samoa death

A US fishing company has had its penalties for negligence reduced after it contested the findings of the occupation safety regulator. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration had initially fined Cape Ferrat Fishing more than $US19,000 for three serious violations. It followed the death of a ship’s captain in American Samoa last year. But the...

Tanzania ferry death toll rises to 224, ship’s managers detained

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzanian authorities said on Sunday the number of people who died in a ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria had risen to 224 and the vessel’s managers had been detained for questioning. The ferry, MV Nyerere, sank on Thursday evening just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe, the...

Weather watch: Keep umbrellas, raincoats handy

KEEP those umbrellas and raincoats handy for the next few days as a trough of low pressure is gradually moving towards the group from the north. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi at 3:30pm today says associated cloud and showers are expected to affect the group for the next...

Woods ends five-year drought with Tour Championship triumph

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods was moved to the brink of tears after capturing his first title since 2013 with a two-stroke triumph at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday that proved he was far from washed up at the age of 42. Tossing aside five years of career-threatening injury woes, Woods reasserted his status...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to exact “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen. Saturday’s assault, one of the worst ever against the most powerful force of...

Marshall Islands auditor’s office swamped with fraud reports

The Auditor General in the Marshall Islands says his office is being swamped with reports of government fraud. Junior Patrick told parliamentarians last week there has been a significant increase at local and national levels as well as at the country’s overseas missions. Mr Patrick said his office did not have enough staff to investigate...

Hindu devotees celebrate Ganesh Utsav festival

THE Fiji Sevashram Sangha in Suva was a hive of activity today as hundreds of Hindu followers made their way to the centre to celebrate the Ganesh Utsav festival. The Shree Ganesh Yatra began from the centre and moved down Knolly Street and then Suva City before idols of Lord Ganesha made from clay was...

All Blacks must up their game against Pumas, says Perenara

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – New Zealand are on the verge of a third successive Rugby Championship but they will have to up their game to beat Argentina if they want to secure the title with a game to spare, the All Blacks’ TJ Perenara said on Sunday. The world champions are six points clear of...

Paradise Beverage forges long term partnership with MES

LEADING local beverages company Paradise Beverages has forged a new long-term partnership with the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) in its bid to protect Fiji’s marine environment. The announcement, which was made by the company today, extends a decade-long relationship between MES and Paradise Beverages’ Vonu beer brand, which carries the Vonu Dina (green turtle) as...

Australian filmmaker freed from Cambodia prison arrives in Sydney

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian filmmaker arrived in Sydney on Sunday after a pardon by Cambodia’s king released him from a six-year jail sentence for espionage that he received after flying a drone over an opposition rally. James Ricketson, 69, was last month found guilty of spying and collecting information harmful to the nation following...

Northern Marianas passes law legalising cannabis

The Northern Marianas has become the first US territory to legalise the use of cannabis. It is also the first US jurisdiction to legalise the drug through a legislature, rather than a public-initiated ballot. The law, signed by Governor Ralph Torres yesterday, legalises marijuana possession for all adults older than 21. Home grown cannabis will...

Chelsea drop first points with 0-0 draw at West Ham

(Reuters) – Chelsea lost their 100 percent Premier League record when London rivals West Ham United held them to a 0-0 draw on Sunday. Needing a two-goal win to depose Liverpool at the top of the table, Chelsea struggled to make clear chances despite having the majority of possession and stayed third behind the Merseysiders...

30,000-plus small businesses assisted in Fiji to date

DURING the 2018 invitation for Micro and Small Business Grant (MSBG) proposals, the Ministry for Industry and Trade received 47,045 applications from all over Fiji. Officiating at the cheque handover at Savusavu today, Minister Faiyaz Koya said overall, they had assisted 30,055 micro and small entrepreneurs around the country to date. Mr Koya said this...

Retirement age raised in French Polynesia

French Polynesia’s assembly has voted to raise the retirement age from 60 ot 62. The decision was backed by the 39 members of the 57-strong assembly and came against a backdrop of a general strike by five of the territory’s unions. The reform project had been tabled in April but was abandoned during a general...

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