News

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...

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...

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...

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...

Australia again deflects UN criticism over off-shore detention policy

GENEVA, (THE GUARDIAN) – Australia has for the second time failed to address criticism by the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights over its off-shore processing of refugees during the current sitting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Last week high commissioner Michelle Bachelet used her maiden speech to the council to...

EU leaders keep up pressure on May to take Brexit deal

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) – EU leaders lined up on Thursday to tell Theresa May she needs to give guarantees on the Irish border before they will grant her the Brexit deal the prime minister wants to avoid Britain crashing out of the bloc. Arriving for a second day of summitry in Austria, May’s European Union...

Heart of a lion

LAUREN Oliver’s heart of a lion has paved her a path to the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March next year. Diagnosed with congenital heart defect and living with Down syndrome, Oliver, 20, has overcome the toughest of challenges and is preparing to give her best at the summer games for Fiji in...

China’s premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle

BEIJING, (AP) – China’s No. 2 leader appealed Wednesday for support for free trade and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing’s technology policy. Premier Li Keqiang’s comments add to Beijing’s effort to portray itself as a defender of global trade and...

In Colombia, victims of sexual abuse speak out after peace deal

SOACHA, Colombia (Reuters) – Yeimy sobbed with her head in her hands as she described how her husband was tied to a pole, gagged and made to watch as she was raped by four fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 12 years ago. Her husband, Elkin, had been abducted by the FARC’s...

E-Edition