PM Bainimarama officiates at Nausori Airport’s $60m upgrade

THE Nausori Airport groundbreaking ceremony for its runway extension was held today, officiated by Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. The value of the upgrades has an estimated value of $60million. Mr Bainimarama said the extension...

UN tuberculosis summit ‘historic opportunity’ to put response ‘back on track’: new WHO report

NEW YORK, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (UN NEWS CENTRE) – Countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis – the world’s deadliest infectious disease – by 2030, warned the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, at the release of the latest Global Tuberculosis Report. The report shows that worldwide, tuberculosis (TB) cases are falling too slowly...

Nasinu foots 11 applications in present transfer window

THE Nasinu football side has so far made 11 applications in the current player transfer window. The applications include four players from Rewa, two each from Lautoka and Lami, and one each from Navua, Taveuni and Suva. Rewa’s Savenaca Baleidrokadroka, Mohammed Naizal, Charlie Benjamin and Anushil Prasad, Lautoka’s Leisari Qalica and Arami Manumanubai, Lami’s Isikeli...

Bright and frilly: designers unveil Brexit wardrobe

LONDON (Reuters) – If you have been wondering what to wear when Britain leaves the European Union next spring, here are some pointers: Hot pink, skirts slashed at the thigh and plenty of lace and ruffles. At least that is what designers at London Fashion Week unveiled in their spring/summer 2019 collections which will start...

Lawsuit targets Massachusetts utility over deadly gas explosions

BOSTON (Reuters) – A resident of a Massachusetts city rocked by last week’s deadly gas blasts that damaged dozens of homes sued utility operator NiSource Inc on Tuesday, accusing it of inadequately maintaining its distribution system. The proposed class action lawsuit targets NiSource and its subsidiary Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, which services Andover, North Andover...

Australian deputy PM McCormack retreats on farm worker visas

CANBERRA, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (THE AUSTRALIAN) – Australian deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is backing away from a commitment to deliver a new class of agriculture visa to source up to 100,000 overseas farm workers a year, angering ­Nationals MPs who believed the measure was written into the top-secret Coalition agreement. The Deputy Prime Minister...

Asco boosts Fiji Paralympic’s preparation for Tokyo 2020 games

THE Fiji Paralympic committee received a major boost from Asco motors on their preparation towards the 2020 Paralympics game, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. With a sum of close to $30,000, the sponsorship will assist the paralympic committee in development programs and their preparation towards the 2020 Paralympics games. Fiji Paralympics committee executive...

2018 General Elections: Freedom Alliance Party shortlists potential candidates

FREEDOM Alliance Party president Jagath Karunaratne has revealed that supporters of other political parties have showed interest in contesting the upcoming general elections under the party banner. He said those supporters were interested in the party’s policies and they aimed to make a difference in their respective communities under the party banner. “Out of the...

Donors halt aid to Zambian social welfare scheme over suspected misuse

LUSAKA (Reuters) – Britain and Finland have frozen funding to Zambia on suspicion that $4 million they channelled into a social welfare scheme may have been misused, the Zambian presidency said on Tuesday. President Edgar Lungu later gave the country’s top civil servant a week to take decisive action to curb all “malpractices” in the...

OFC U16 Championship: Fiji trails Solomon Is at half-time

THE Vodafone Fiji U16 side trails Solomon Islands 2-1 at half-time in the semi-final of the OFC U16 Championship. 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 for Fiji in injury time. The winner of...

War crimes prosecutor begins examining alleged Rohingya deportations

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Tuesday said her office had begun a preliminary examination into whether alleged forced deportations of Rohingya from Myanmar into Bangladesh could constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity. The decision by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda follows a ruling at the court earlier this month that...

2018 General Elections: FijiFirst to announce provisional candidates

THE FijiFirst party will announce its provisional candidates for the 2018 polls this afternoon. In an invite sent to The Fiji Times this morning, the party office said the announcement would be made by party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. The announcement will be made at 3pm at the party’s headquarters at Brown Street in Suva. *Stay...

Kanaks a majority on New Caledonia roll – FLNKS

NOUMEA, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – New Caledonia’s pro-independence FLNKS movement says a majority of voters on the roll for the November referendum on full sovereignty are indigenous Kanaks. The roll, which is restricted to long-term residents, was released at the end of August and includes 174,000 names. According to the analysis of the...

SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle SEC charges they hid ‘Blackfish’ impact

NEW YORK (Reuters) – SeaWorld Entertainment Inc and former Chief Executive James Atchison will pay more than $5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that they misled investors about the negative impact of the documentary “Blackfish” on the company. “Blackfish,” released in July 2013, had depicted as cruel the captivity and exhibition...

Christopher jailed to nine years for aggravated robbery

A MAN convicted of one count of aggravated robbery was sentenced to nine years, six months and 10 days imprisonment by the High Court in Suva this morning. The court heard that Joseph Christopher grabbed a man and robbed him of $3400 cash on November 17 back in 2016 at Nabua, Suva. While sentencing Christopher,...

Ahead of Yom Kippur, ultra-Orthodox Jews cast out sins with chickens and water

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Waving chickens above their heads, ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel performed the ritual of “kaparot” ahead of Yom Kippur, the most sacred day of the Jewish calendar, which begins at sundown on Tuesday. In the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem and in other cities around Israel, religious Jews said prayers as they performed...

Chinese president pledges support for Samoa’s economic development

BEIJING,19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (XINHUA) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi on Tuesday, pledging further support for the Pacific island country’s push for economic development. During the meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Xi voiced his appreciation for Tuilaepa’s contribution to the development of China-Samoa ties. The...

Drua to rectify mistakes

SECOND placed Fiji Airways Drua targets another win this weekend in its National Rugby Championship round four match against the seventh placed Sydney Rays at Lennox Heads, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the lessons learnt from last weekend will be the driving force towards their next match in the 2018 National...

Che Guevara poster artist looks back on 50 revolutionary years

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Fifty years after creating the Che Guevara poster that still adorns student bedrooms around the world, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick is delighted at its ubiquity, but concerned at its exploitation for commercial gain. Fitzpatrick created the image in 1968 from a photograph of the Argentine Marxist revolutionary taken in 1960 by Cuban...

Crucial game for under-16

The Fiji football under-16 team needs to win its next game against the Solomon Islands if they are to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup next year. The Fijian boys will meet the hosts in the first semi-final of the under-16 OFC championship today at 11am while New Zealand will take on Tahiti in...

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