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...

Essay competition awards for students

The New Zealand High Commission awarded ten students for their outstanding entries in the New Zealand-Fiji 2018 Secondary Schools Essay Competition last Saturday. Nakasi High School student Ipaelen Rota and Uzma Aalima Azmi of Nadi Muslim School were the two supreme winners. They won an iPad each, $500 cash prize, a trophy and a certificate...

Arav excels in school

HIS grin says it all. Arav Prasad, 7, made his parents smile even more when he came home excitedly with his school report. The Year One student of Bhawani Dayal Primary School scored 100 per cent in all his subjects in his end of term assessment. It was a feat considering he missed six weeks...

U.S. judge dismisses concussions lawsuits against World Wrestling

(Reuters) – A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits by dozens of former professional wrestlers who accused World Wrestling Entertainment Inc of failing to protect them from concussions and other head trauma, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Many claims filed on behalf of 53 wrestlers like Joseph “Road Warrior Animal” Laurinaitis and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka were...

FRA handover to Hilton

THE smiles on the students’ faces at Hilton Special School showed their excitement in receiving a cheque of $3000 from the Fiji Roads Authority. The cheque was given to the Frank Hilton Organisation as part of the authority’s corporate social responsibility. The organisation’s mission is to offer effective and quality education at all levels to...

Australia’s rank on global development index hurt by climate change inaction

CANBERRA, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (THE GUARDIAN) – Australia’s commitment to global development has improved over the past year, driven by strong trade, education and finance outreach to the developing world, but it has been criticised for its poor action on the environment and climate change. The Centre for Global Development annually ranks 27 wealthy countries...

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 was expected to be completed by 2021. He said the runway length would be extended from 1670 metres to 2140m,...

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