BAF spends $419k in eradication of termites

ABOUT $419,708 has been spent by the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji to contain and eradicate Asian Subterranean Termites (AST) in parts of Fiji. The Asian Subterranean Termites (AST) – also known as Coptotermes gestroi –...

Fijian Police officer secures scholarship to study in China

INSPECTOR Mavis Fatiaki is the second member of the Fiji Police Force to have secured a three year scholarship to study at the People’s Public Security University of China. Fiji Police’s director international relations Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ulaiasi Ravula in a statement said they were grateful to have been given another opportunity for...

Pirates kidnap 12 crew members from Swiss vessel in Nigerian waters – ship operator

ZURICH (Reuters) – Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters, the ship’s operator said in a statement. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria. A number of foreigners have been kidnapped in the last few years in the southern Niger Delta region, source...

Chinese community mark Moon Festival, China National Day

THE Chinese community in Fiji gathered at the Yat Sen School hall today to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and mark the 69th Anniversary of the National Day of China. According to Chinese Association of Fiji preisdent Jenny Seeto, Mid-Autumn Festival also known as Moon Festival is when families and friends gather together for a meal...

Use lesson of oppression to promote tolerance, Pope urges Lithuania

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Pope Francis said at the start of a four-day trip to the Baltics on Saturday that Lithuania should see its painful past under Soviet and Nazi domination as an impetus to promote tolerance in Europe. Francis, on the first trip by a pope to the region since 1993, is using his visit...

Fiji resumes sugar export to China

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has resumed the shipment of Fijian sugar to the Chinese market. According to a statement released by Government, FSC recently sent its second consignment for this year on the MV Erradale from Lautoka. This is FSC’S first consignment of sugar for the Chinese market after a lapse of many years, with a...

Plans for a Cook Islands high commission in Fiji

THE Cook Islands government plans to establish a high commission in Fiji in a bid to gain more interaction with key partners and expand on trade and economic opportunities. This was announced by the Cook Islands Finance Minister Mark Brown while delivering his 2018/19 budget address for the island nation recently. According to Mr Brown,...

India’s Modi faces calls for resignation over French jet deal

NEW DELHI/PARIS (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced calls for his resignation over allegations of corruption in a military jet deal with France after former French president Francois Hollande was quoted as saying New Delhi had influenced the choice of a local partner. Indian political parties have been gunning for Modi over the...

Islamic State claims Iran military parade attack, no evidence provided

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack by gunmen on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, according to the group’s Amaq news agency. Amaq said Islamic State fighters had carried out the attack in Ahvaz city. The group provided no evidence for the claim.

A killer in our midst

THE latest statistics on suicide reported extensively in the media this week show the problem, which has been on the increase for a while, is slowly spiralling out of control. It also calls for meaningful dialogue, engagement and collaboration at all governance levels in order to find means of addressing the issue. According to Fiji...

Pakistani PM Khan decries ‘arrogant’ India for cancelling talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan labeled India arrogant on Saturday for cancelling what would have been the countries’ first high-level talks in years, decrying “small men occupying big offices” who opposed change. India on Friday called off the meeting between the nuclear-armed neighbors’ foreign ministers, planned for the sidelines of the U.N....

100,000 using Walesi, says Sayed-Khaiyum

ABOUT 100,000 people have downloaded the Walesi mobile phone application and registered their details to watch television on their cellular devices. This was the word from Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He made the comment while launching the free WiFi hots pots at Koroivolu Park, Nadi, yesterday. “On your smart...

Quick action saves diver

QUICK action by a Fulton Hogan Hiways worker saved the life of a diver at the Coral Coast last week. Meli Kapaiwai, a road foreman, was travelling with his family along the Queens Rd, Malevu, when he came across a group of villagers standing around the seemingly lifeless body of Ratu Ritova Baleilevuka. Mr Kapaiwai...

Family loses all

A COUPLE of Naduna outside Labasa Town are seeking help from members of the public after their home of three years was razed last Friday night leaving them homeless. Distraught husband Vereimi Tukana said the incident left them with the only clothes they were wearing. The Yasawa native said they had nothing to their name....

Family laments death

“OUR only wish was that she would wake up from the life support machines she was on.” These were the words of Dinesh Kumar, brother-in-law of Arti Chand, the second victim of the horrific accident at Kanace Rd in Valelevu, Nasinu, last Sunday. The accident also claimed the life of her sister, Archana. Ms Chand,...

Vessel makes inaugural visit, visitors enjoy short stay

THE Majestic Princess royal vessel made its inaugural visit to our shores on Friday with 3600 tourists on board while it berthed at the Kings Wharf in Suva. Tourists from around the world had the chance to explore the Capital City before they departed for Lautoka and then leave sail for New Zealand from there....

Waibuta crowned Ba queen

MISS Civil Service Fulori Waibuta was crowned Miss Vodafone Ba Carnival 2018 queen last night. The University of Fiji  final year medical student paid tribute to her peers and her mother, Mere Waibuta, for support during the weeklong festival. “Dream big,” the 24-year-old said to more than 5000 people who turned up to witness the...

Joshua retains heavyweight crowns with Povetkin TKO

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Anthony Joshua delivered a devastating technical knockout in the seventh round to defeat Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and retain his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight championship belts. In front of about 80,000 fans, Joshua moved on to 22 fights unbeaten in his professional career by...

Japan PM Abe to visit Darwin in first since World War II: media

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Darwin in November in a first for a Japanese leader since the Japanese imperial army bombed the Australian city during World War II, Australian media reported on Saturday. Abe will tour a $40 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project run by Japanese company Inpex Corp,...

Father pleads for son to return

“HEY Son, this is not a place your dreams will come true. Just come back soon to Korea as soon as possible.” This is the plea of a father and former Grace Road Church member Yunzae Lee to his son, Jeongwon Lee who is based at the Grace Road Group’s farm at Navua working in...

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