A giant among boys

JENEIRO Paul Wakeham of Suva Grammar School will be a key player for the Fiji rugby under-16 team during their tour to Australia next week. The 2.03-metre (6 feet 6 inches) tall forward and his...

Grisly find made

A NADI community is in shock after the gruesome discovery of body parts in an unused well in rural Malamala. Police have confirmed that a man in his 20s, is in police custody as a result of last weekend’s grisly find. Yesterday residents were still grappling with the news as police had not officially identified...

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...

Champion for youths

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) provisional candidate Ioane Tupou Nawaikula will be focusing on championing youth and children’s agenda during this year’s general election. Raised in Pacific Harbour, Serua, Mr Nawaikula, 49, attended Lomary Secondary School and later earned himself a Diploma in Hotel Management and a BA in Tourism and Industrial Relations. Mr Nawaikula...

Man jailed for sex assault on daughter

A LAUTOKA man was jailed for five years and 11 months for sexually assaulting his daughter in August 2016. Lautoka High Court judge Aruna Aluthge highlighted the seriousness of the case and the fact that the perpetrator was 37 and his daughter was only 12 years old at the time the offence was committed. Justice...

Family-run business thrives

ASHOK Chand started working in his family shop straight after school and has not looked back or regretted his decision to join the family business throughout the years. The 61-year-old still owns and operates their family business from his home in Tokotoko Back Rd in Navua. Mr Chand said the business had been good and...

Farmers discuss maximum income potential

MORE than 50 farmers from the interior of Naitasiri, Navosa and Ba met at Rewasau Village in Naitasiri to discuss ways to maximise income generation through agricultural practices. The two-day meet is part of the Viti Levu Highland Farmers second project area meeting organised by the Ministry Agriculture of through the Fiji Agricultural Partnership Project...

Price of kava fluctuates

FOR more than four decades Savenaca Taganekece has been a yaqona farmer. The 62-year-old Nasau villager from Koro in Lomaiviti began planting the root crop since he left school at the age of 17. Despite not having a stable market, Mr Taganekece takes things as they come and he often sells his yaqona to middlemen...

NZ helps local dairy farmers

THE New Zealand Government through the Dairy Industry Leadership Group (DILG) has designed a package that will address many of the major problems confronting local dairy farmers. Fiji Cooperative Dairy Company Ltd (FCDCL) chairman Simon Cole said the Government was working closely with the dairy industry in the implementation of an agreed package which is...

Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge

(Reuters) – A Texas man running a 3-D printed guns company was booked into a Houston jail on a charge of sexual assault on Sunday after Taiwanese officials sent him back to the United States, where he is accused of having sex with an underage girl. Cody Wilson, 30, flew to Taiwan after learning he...

Private sector commitment to marine environment program

THE continued commitment from the private sector has given a much needed boost to the marine environment protection program that’s being run by the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES). Local beverages company Paradise Beverages Fiji Ltd announced its new long-term partnership with MES with 10 of the company’s executives working with the society’s marine biologists, planting...

Letters to the Editor – September 25

Drua wins thriller IN a bid to redeem our status, Seruvakula made a number of changes to the Fiji Airways Drua side against the winless Sydney Rays outfit. This paid dividends as our boys returned home victorious. Dyer, Manu, Naqali and Vularika earned their first starts for the season. Rabukawaqa and Atunaisa made their campaign...

Editorial comment – Making fire safety our business

The National Fire Authority was praised for its quick response to an early morning fire on Sunday in Lautoka. Residents of Lovu Seaside, on the outskirts of the city spoke highly of the NFA’s response. A vacant property was on fire and flames had begun to reach the roof of a neighbouring house when the...

2019 Courts IDC: Rewa to field strong squad

THE Rewa football side is expected to field a strong squad when the Courts Inter District Championship begins next week. Vanuatu international Tony Kaltack has been cleared and is training with the Delta Tigers. Solomon islander Kelopy Benty has also been cleared and will feature for the reds. Dreketi’s Anish Khem is training with Rewa...

Britain’s Labour to vote on keeping second Brexit referendum on table

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party will vote this week to keep a second Brexit referendum on the table if Prime Minister Theresa May fails to pass her plan to leave the European Union through parliament, media reported. Earlier, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would back a second Brexit referendum if his...

NDMO to conduct tsunami drill in Nasese today

ABOUT 2000 staff working in agencies along the Nasese peninsula in Suva will be undergoing a tsunami drill today starting from 11am to 2pm. The exercise is in a bid to help prepare these staff members evacuate their offices within 20 minutes in the event of a tsunami. According a Government statement, the agencies that...

Support for Australian government edges higher but voter anger remains

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Support for Australia’s centre-right government edged higher over the past fortnight, a widely watched opinion poll showed on Monday, but voter anger over a leadership coup suggests the government still faces a heavy defeat at elections due by May. The Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper showed the Liberal-National coalition government trails...

Lack of data to measure sustainability

LACK of baseline data and robust monitoring systems to measure sustainability are key challenges to sustainable tourism in the Pacific. And while it is relatively a new concept being adopted and practised by most island countries, South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) sustainable tourism development manager Christina Leala Gale says the lack of data presented a...

Cosby sentencing begins, capping fall from ‘America’s Dad’ to convicted felon

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s downfall from “America’s Dad” to convicted felon reached its final chapter in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday, as a judge began deciding whether to sentence the 81-year-old comedian to prison for sexual assault. Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to be convicted since the...

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...

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