South African sea snails under threat from surge in poaching – report

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Poverty and crime in South Africa are driving a surge in the illegal harvesting off its shores of the abalone, a large sea snail coveted as a delicacy in some parts of...

FNRL seeks sponsorship for zone competitions

THE Fiji National Rugby League is in the process of seeking sponsorship for its zone competitions from 2019-2021. FNRL executive chairperson Peni Musunamasi said they were holding talks with potential sponsors and hopefully something would materialise soon. Meanwhile, the FNRL will not have any zone competition this year. “As much as we want to, but...

Motorists advised of weekend works on Kings Road

MEMBERS of the public are advised that the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) will be carrying out Water Authority of Fiji and Telecommunication Fiji Ltd’s underground crossing construction on Kings Road from Nakasi to Nausori. As a consequence of the construction, the FRA stated that the main highway from Nakasi to Nausori would be affected this...

ANZ Stadium to host major local football tourney

SUVA’S ANZ Stadium will host its first major local football tournament next month after a lapse of four years. The last time a football tournament was held in the capital was in 2014 (IDC). Eight Premier and eight Senior district teams will take part at next month’s Courts Inter District Championship. In 2014, Suva played...

Palestinians say Israeli troops fire on Gaza protesters killing two

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli forces opened fire during a demonstration in the northern Gaza Strip near a border crossing on Tuesday, killing two Palestinian protesters and injuring 46 others, the Palestinian health ministry said. The Israeli military had no initial knowledge of any casualties or that live fire had been used, a spokeswoman said. Israel...

Man fronts court over Nasinu fatal accident; Case transferred to high court

A 30-YEAR-OLD man charged with one count of manslaughter, two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and one count of breach of zero alcohol limit has been remanded in custody. It is alleged that Viliame Raibulu Ratoto drove a motor vehicle in a reckless manner causing the death of a 26-year-old woman on...

FijiFirst announces 51 party provisional candidates

THE FijiFirst party has announced the names of its 51 provisional candidates for the 2018 general elections. The announcement was made by FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama this afternoon. The provisional candidates are: 1. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama 2. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum 3. Jone Usamate 4. Semi Tuleca Koroilavesau 5. Alexander David O’Connor 6. Alipate Tuicolo 7. Alvick...

Inter strike two late goals to sink Tottenham

MILAN (Reuters) – Inter Milan staged a late smash-and-grab raid as goals by Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino secured a 2-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday. Spurs appeared to have delivered the perfect response to their stuttering domestic form as they led through Christian Eriksen’s deflected...

Fiji U16 ruggers

Twenty-six players have been selected to play for Fiji in the 2018 Junior Rugby Championship in Australia later this month. It was a proud moment for Tubou, Lakeba lad Ravunivadra Uluilakeba when he made it to Fiji Under-16 rugby team. The Year 11 student of Marist Brothers High School had to move from the rural...

EU’s Barnier says will “improve” Irish Brexit border proposal to UK

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is ready to improve its proposal to Britain for an “insurance policy” backstop arrangement on how to manage its Irish border after Brexit, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday. “We are ready to improve this proposal,” Barnier told reporters after briefing EU ministers on his talks...

Exhibitors participate in retirement expo

ABOUT 20 exhibitors will be in Lautoka this week for a retirement expo. The event is organised by the National Financial Inclusion Taskforce’s Financial Literacy Working Group, the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF), Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) and the UN Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme. The expo is part of a national campaign to raise...

Princess Jazmin of Monaco graces people of Naidi Village

A MOVING ceremony enfolded at Naidi Village outside Savusavu Town today as Her Serene Highness Princess Jazmin Grace Grimaldi of Monaco could not hide her emotions while entering the brand new Naidi Village hall. While addressing villagers, the daughter of Prince Albert II said she was deeply touched by the hospitality of the people adding...

PNG Opposition concerned about changes to Aussie shift to agriculture visa

PORT MORESBY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea Opposition has expressed concern over proposed changes relating to Australia’s shift towards a new agriculture visa for Asian farm workers. Shadow Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey said this could potentially destroy the seasonal workers programme and undermine its people-to-people linkages with Pacific nations. Ling-Stuckey’s comments follow...

Umpire who gave pep talk to Kyrgios at U.S. Open suspended by ATP

(Reuters) – The Swedish chair umpire who gave a pep talk to Australian Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match this year has been suspended without pay for two weeks, the ATP Tour said on Tuesday. Mohamed Lahyani got down from his chair to offer some words of encouragement to Kyrgios, who was a set...

Temo dishes heavy sentence to former PTC duo

TWO women who laundered $582,244.82 from Pacific Theological College in Suva were sentenced by the High Court in Suva today. Rosheen Raj who was described as the principal offender in this case has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 10 years; while Rine Sorby has been sentenced to 10 years...

Kaunikuila boys in action

TThe Marist Brothers High School Lambert hall was in a sea of colours last Thursday night during the schools Cultural Night. With the theme Our Culture, Our destiny students showcased some of the traditional attires, performed Fijian meke from the three confederacies with traditional items from other races. Marist Brother’s High School deputy principal Varasika...

World Children’s Day

LABASA Sangam Sadhu Kupuswamy Memorial College was a sea of bright bula colours as students and teachers commemorated World Teachers and Children’s Day last week. Officiating at the celebrations, the school’s former principal Luisa Ratuvuku called on students to remember their elders and ensure their wellbeing. Ms Ratuvuku told children they owed a lot of...

Library week celebration

PRINCESSES, kings and warriors turned up at Labasa Primary School and Saint Mary Primary School recently as both schools commemorated the Library Week with organised character parades. Dances and dramas were performed in both schools to mark the day. Officiating at the celebrations in Saint Mary Primary, USP Labasa Campus’s Pacific Technical and Further Education’s...

High Court remands trio charged with aggravated robbery

THREE men charged with a count each of aggravated robbery have been further remanded by the High Court in Suva. It is alleged that Lasaro Tuberi, Penioni Nakavulevu and Eparama Nagalu robbed Singh’s Supermarket of cash and assorted items to the total value of $102,443.93. The alleged incident occurred on June 11, 2018, at Naselai...

Fiji bows out of OFC U16 championship

THE Vodafone Fiji U16 side has bowed out of the OFC Under-16 Championship in the Solomon Islands going down 3-1 to the hosts in the semi-finals today. The hosts scored the opening goal in the first minute through Charles Mani. Mani scored his team’s second goal in the 29th minute. Nikhi Pillay pulled one back...

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