Harsh climate: The struggle to track global sea level rise

(Reuters) – A loud rumble jolted climate scientist David Holland just before he went to sleep inside his fiberglass bear-resistant dome, set up next to a frozen fjord in Greenland. He scrambled outside into the...

Samoa police to increase Apia seawall patrols

Samoa’s police commissioner has conceded his officers have not been doing a good job of patrolling the Apia seawall. Fuiavailili Egon Keil told Newsline the police will step up their patrols in response to calls to protect people using the waterfront. The call was made after the death of a Chinese national last month. Fuiavailili said there...

Grassroots development

FIJI National Rugby league (FNRL) and National Rugby League (NRL) is conducting a three-day workshop on training local rugby league development officers at the NRL head office at Des Vouex Rd, Suva. NRL manager Fiji Ema Vereivalu said the workshop was focused on the development of rugby league players from the grassroots level. “This program...

Leading Asian cardinal calls for Vatican foreign minister to resign over China dealings

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong cardinal who has spearheaded opposition to the Vatican’s rapprochement with China called on Thursday for the Pope’s secretary of state to step down, saying any deal with Beijing would amount to a betrayal of the Catholic faith. The Vatican and China have been in advanced talks this year...

Fiji FA receives 24 transfer applications

THE Fiji Football Association has received a total of 24 transfer applications in this transfer window. Newly promoted Nasinu FA wanted 11 players from other districts on its shopping list. The side bids to strengthen its 2019 campaign. Players that have applied for their release to join Nasinu are Savenaca Baledrokadroka (Rewa), Mohammed Naizal (...

McKee eyes Veitokani

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is closely monitoring the performance of nippy playmaker Alivereti Veitokani in his quest to select the strongest team for the Europe Tour in November. McKee said the Fiji Airways Drua playmaker had the calibre and the talent to secure a spot in the Flying Fijians team, but...

University rugby champion loses opening game

THE Fiji inter-tertiary sports competition continues to grow after a massive turnout on the first day of competition at USP Laucala Campus grounds in Suva yesterday. Participants include students from universities in Labasa who also took part in competitions which started yesterday. Competition ends tomorrow. USP sports president Gabriel Qoro said these years competition had...

Counselling course pioneers graduate

SIX students from the University of the South Pacific are pioneer graduates for the Diploma in Counselling. Lecturer Dr Ravindra Prajapati said he was proud of the students for their efforts during the duration of the course. “As you may know, the University of the South Pacific is the only university in the region offering...

Unsatisfactory response draws ire

THE “kau cake” syndrome should not be entertained and villagers be given answers to queries raised in village meetings. This was an issue discussed at the Kubulau district meeting held at Namalata Village in Bua yesterday. Natokalau villager Aborosio Dulunaqio told the meeting that they were not satisfied with the responses received from government officials....

Termites bring roof down

A LAUTOKA man says he is grateful that no one in his family was injured when his roof caved in last Saturday as a result of termite infestation. Dhurup Chand, a resident of Evan St, said although no one was hurt, the experience had traumatised his family. “It was about 4am when we heard the...

‘Party to release manifesto soon’

THE FijiFirst party will be releasing its manifesto soon. Party leader Voreqe Bainimarama said the party’s manifesto would include a wide range of objectives. “We have a vision, a mission and a lot of objectives; a whole list of objectives and our manifesto will be released soon,” he said. The party announced the names of...

Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations

The highly anticipated annual Chinese Moon Festival was ushered in with delicious moon cakes and exhilarating dragon dances at the Prouds Suva Central branch last night. The festival, which is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is celebrated on the eighth month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night. The significance of...

Never say die attitude

FROM a small settlement nestled beside the chiefly village of Vuna on Taveuni, Subhash Appana was raised by his parents at their family farm. Subhash is the University of the South Pacific’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) senior consultant and manager operations. “My father had the largest yaqona farm on the island at...

Inquest into toddlers’ deaths adjourned in Samoa

APIA, (SAMOA OBSERVER) – The inquest into the death of two babies in Savai’i following their vaccination in July this year has been adjourned to October 3. The adjournment will allow District Court Judge, Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma, to consider submissions by the prosecution and defense lawyers, before making a decision on whether he should adjourn...

Growth forecast

A FIJIAN majority owned company established in 2014 to provide Fijians with competitive and accessible financing for both consumers and small to medium size businesses has experienced immense growth over the past few years and is forecasting further growth. Today Kontiki Finance Ltd’s net profit has increased 72 per cent to $5.365 million, making it...

Trade growth

THE Fijian Consulate General and Trade Commission to Australia and New Zealand facilitated the participation of Fijian exporters at the 2018 Fine Food Australia Expo which was held last week in Melbourne, Australia. This was done through the support from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture. Consul-general and trade...

Boost for music festival

STRENGTHENING the importance of promoting local talent, Digicel Fiji signed a sponsorship with Procera Music Fiji to co-sponsor the 2018 Procera Music Carnival. Digicel’s head of consumer, Charlotte Taylor said Digicel was proud to co-sponsor and help grow Fiji’s local talent. “Once again we are delighted to announce our commitment as co-sponsorship for Procera Music...

Tonga PM angry after tabling of petition against ministers

NUKU’ALOFA, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Tonga’s Prime Minister has reacted angrily to the subject of a petition tabled against some of his ministers being brought up in parliament. Matangi Tonga reports ‘Akilisi Pohiva burst out in anger in the House saying during his 31 years in politics there had been numerous attempts to...

Letters to the Editor – September 21

Women empowerment I LOVED reading the article in yesterday’s The Fiji Times titled “Women empowerment” by Ana Madigibuli. The article focused on the importance of women empowerment and different approaches that could be taken to empower women staying in a rural setting. Ana challenged her readers (through her well-coined article) to visit a village whereby...

Hurricane raises questions about rebuilding along North Carolina’s coast

RODANTHE, N.C. (Reuters) – When Florence was raging last Friday on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the hurricane tore a 40-foot (12-meter) chunk from a fishing pier that juts into the ocean at the state’s most popular tourist destination. The privately owned Rodanthe pier has already undergone half a million dollars in renovation in seven years...

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