Bid to beat China to PNG domestic internet cable

CANBERRA, (THE AUSTRALIAN) – Australia is in talks with Papua New Guinea to finance its domestic internet cable network, in a bid to shut out Chinese company Huawei from building the infrastructure amid warnings its...

Fiji’s registered voters increase to 634,120

FIJI’S total number of registered voters has now increased to 634,120 as of September 17. These registered voters, according to Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem, would be voting in the upcoming general elections. Mr Saneem revealed the latest figures at a press conference earlier today on the publication of the Fijian Elections Office latest...

British and French planes scrambled to shadow Russian jets

LONDON (Reuters) – British and French military jets were scrambled to investigate suspected Russian fighter aircraft flying over the North Sea on Thursday. Colonel Cyrille Duvivier, a spokesman for the French Air Force, told Reuters one or several Russian planes were detected and that the actions were not hostile. “The usual response mechanisms were triggered:...

From Congo to Greece’s basketball league – a migrant boy’s journey

THESSALONIKI, Greece (Reuters) – He fled hardship and unrest in Congo Republic with nothing but his ball and a change of clothes. Now, not yet 18, Christ Wamba is training with a professional basketball club in Europe. Taking a well-trodden route north out of sub-Saharan Africa, Wamba clung on to his treasured ball until he...

Vodafone to roll out 1,000 5G sites in UK by 2020

NEWBURY, England (Reuters) – Vodafone said it would have 1,000 5G-enabled network sites in Britain by 2020, delivering blisteringly fast speeds and near-instant response times that it demonstrated by making Britain’s first holographic mobile call on Thursday. The mobile phone company, which will start trials of 5G technology in seven British cities in the coming...

Scott Morrison rejects AMA plea to bring children from Nauru to Australia

CANBERRA, (THE GUARDIAN) – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rebuffed a plea from the Australian Medical Association to change policy on Nauru, and bring families and children to Australia, saying he will not “put at risk any element of Australia’s border protection policy”. The prime minister told reporters on Thursday the government was already in...

Southampton short on strikers for Liverpool match

(Reuters) – Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool because of a hamstring injury, leaving manager Mark Hughes short of options up front. Danny Ings, the Saints’ leading scorer with three goals so far this season, is not eligible to play against parent club Liverpool, who loaned him...

Soldier on attempted murder charge further remanded

A SOLDIER who allegedly tried to murder his girlfriend has been further remanded in custody and will take his plea on October 24. It is alleged that on September 15 this year, Rajiv Krishan Padyachi attempted to murder his girlfriend at Nasinu in the Central Division. He appeared before High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe...

Uganda to deploy Ebola vaccine if virus spreads from Congo

DAKAR (Reuters) – Uganda will vaccinate against Ebola should it spread from Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been hit twice this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Uganda borders Congo’s Ituri and North Kivu provinces, where Ebola is believed to have killed 97 people since the latest outbreak started in July,...

Court remands Tawake

THE 25-year-old man who is alleged to have been involved in the aggravated robbery case at a medical centre in Nadera last month has been remanded in custody by the Nasinu Magistrates Court. Sekove Tawake who is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery had his matter transferred to the High Court in Suva today....

NZ Greens co-leader encourages Pacific women to challenge authority

WELLINGTON, (RNZ PACIFIC) – The New Zealand Green Party co-leader says Pacific and Māori women need to keep disrupting the patriarchy to increase their say in society. Marama Davidson, the party spokesperson for Pacific people, was at a ceremony marking 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. The event at parliament, Mausina, was led...

Burnley back to being underdogs after forgetting DNA – Dyche

(Reuters) – Burnley are back to being plucky underdogs after a poor start to the season that resulted from the team forgetting all the things that made them so successful in previous campaigns, manager Sean Dyche said on Thursday. Dyche’s team finished seventh last season, but failed to qualify for the Europa League group stages...

New manual: Technical information store for dalo farmers

A NEW manual is set to provide a one stop shop of technical information for dalo farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture stakeholders to better equip themselves with information and advice needed to advance in the dalo industry at domestic, regional and international levels. The Fiji Dalo Quality Manual was released this week and highlights...

Kautoga likely to make a return to Rewa FC

NEW Zealand-based Samuela Kautoga is likely to make a return for the Rewa side at next month’s Courts Inter District Championship. Fiji Football competitions manager Amitesh Pal said Rewa had made an application to get the former defender from New Zealand. Kautoga, 31, hails from Togalevu in Ba and scored the winning goal for the...

PNG Customs beef up security ahead of APEC

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) – Australia has once again proven to be a friend with gifts to enhance PNG’s border and maritime security ahead of the APEC leaders week. PNG Customs Service are the proud recipients of three port class Stabicraft vessels and an air cargo pallet x-ray scanner from the Australian Border Force (ABF)...

Gupta brother denies threatening to kill South African former minister

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Ajay Gupta, one of the business friends of ex-president Jacob Zuma, denied on Thursday making any financial offer to South Africa’s former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas or threatening to have him killed if he ever spoke of the matter. A public inquiry is reviewing allegations that the Gupta brothers – who...

Tailevu man jailed to 16 months for aggravated robbery and theft

WITH the increase number of burglaries targeting business premises in the country, harsh sentences are warranted to punish the criminals and protect the business people. This was highlighted by Tailevu Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne while sentencing Elia Roko who pleaded guilty to a count each of aggravated burglary and theft. Roko has been sentenced to 16...

Syrian Kurds say they cannot hold foreign jihadists indefinitely

QAMISHLI, northeast Syria (Reuters) – Kurdish-led authorities controlling northeastern Syria will not be able to hold foreign Islamic State fighters indefinitely, and their home countries should take them back, a senior official there said on Thursday. Abdulkarim Omar, joint head of foreign relations in the Kurdish-led area, told journalists its administration was holding around 500...

Judge bars parade of Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday denied a request by prosecutors to allow additional women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct to tell their stories at his sentencing hearing on a sexual assault conviction. Cosby, 81, is due in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas on Monday to be...

Fiji U16 rugby team to play as a unit

MEMBERS of the Fiji Under-16 team to the Australian Junior Rugby Championship have set their target to play as a unit when they meet top teams from Australia and New Zealand. Coach Masi Saqanavere was happy with the players that he had selected and thanked the parents for their support towards their child’s welfare for...

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