Documenting climate change – with a drone

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson headed to Greenland in June, he travelled with a heavy, oversized rolling bag containing a crucial piece of equipment to document climate change. Jackson, one of...

Remote Marshall Islands atoll plans to become the ‘next Hong Kong’

  MAJURO, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – More than 5,000 kilometres away from his home in the Marshall Islands, the Mayor of Rongelap atoll, James Matayoshi, addressed hundreds of entrepreneurs, government officials and politicians in Hong Kong. There, at the Asia World Expo in April, he unveiled his grand design for Rongelap, a remote...

More evidence exercise may be good for your mood

(Reuters Health) – People who exercise may experience symptoms of mental health disorders less often, a U.S. study suggests. That may be true even when the exercise involves doing household chores, researchers found. The study team examined survey data collected from more than 1.2 million American adults. Participants were asked how often in the past...

WAF to ensure minimum interruption to major services

THE Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) says it will ensure that there is minimum interruption to major services in the Western Division during a major water shutdown next Saturday. The authority will be carrying out complex works to install the new Vanessa Valves and Pressure Transducer Pipes at its Nagado Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in...

Vanuatu, China must develop their tourism links: VTO Chairman

PORT VILA, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (VANUATU DAILY POST) – Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) Chairman, Robert Avio, said Chinese tourism market is another potential for Vanuatu tourism industry and that the present Government will continue to support and develop strategies and mechanisms to allow more Chinese tourists on Vanuatu shores. Chairman Avio made the statement when...

Japanese development aid funding splits Pacific unity on key WHO post

AUCKLAND, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (ASIA PACIFIC REPORT) -The Western Pacific post for the World Health Organisation (WHO) is a vitally important role for the region. However,earlier unity over a strong Pacific candidate has slipped. All the headlines at last week’s Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru were political so the upcoming nomination and election next month...

American Airlines joins rivals in hiking U.S. baggage fees by five dollars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it would raise domestic U.S. baggage fees by $5, joining major rivals in the price hike amid higher fuel costs. The largest U.S. airline said it would hike the price of a first checked bag by $5 to $30 and the second bag to $40...

WAF: Nagado Treatment Plant works vital

THE Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has underscored the importance of conducting new installations at its Nagado Treatment Plant, a move that will see a major water shutdown in the greater Nadi area. The water shutdown is scheduled to take place from 1am on Saturday, September 29 until midnight Tuesday, October 2 to allow the...

New Cook Islands patrol boat big boost for police

RAROTONGA, (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – The Cook Islands Police Service hopes to take delivery of its new patrol boat in 2022. By then, 14 new vessels are scheduled to have been completed for handover to the Pacific countries under the Australia Government’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Programme. The Replacement Programme is valued at AUD$335...

Trump releases first two names of U.S. war dead handed over by N.Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump released the names on Thursday of two Army soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War whose remains were handed over by North Korea this year in a goodwill gesture. Trump said the first remains identified by the U.S. military belonged to Army Master Sergeant Charles H. McDaniel, 32,...

FIFA president lauds Lautoka Football’s victory

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has congratulated Lautoka Football for winning the Vodafone Premier League earlier this year and booking a spot in the OFC Champions League. In statement to Fij Football Association, Infantino lauded Lautoka FC for their fourth championship title. “This title is the result of the determination of everyone involved and my congratulations...

Saneem: No voter registrations, amendments after writ is issued

ONCE the writ of elections is issued no one will be able to amend their voter details or register to vote. This was reiterated by Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem yesterday while giving an update on their voter roll at their headquarters. Fiji’s total number of registered voters has now increased to 634,120 as...

Tongans wary after ‘bula’ trademark outrage

NUKU’ALOFA, (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – Tongan professor Tēvita ‘Ō Ka’ili has forewarned Pacific countries of what he has described as a clear pattern of cultural theft after a US businessman trademarked Fiji’s traditional greeting, bula. Ross Kashtan, owner of a Florida kava bar, has trademarked the word, which is the title of his business, Bula...

2018 Courts IDC fixtures

NEWCOMERS Nasinu will start its Courts Inter District Championship against northerners Labasa on October 5 at Suva’s ANZ Stadium. According to the IDC fixtures, Nasinu battles Labasa at 3.30pm in the second match of day while at 1.30pm Rewa takes on Tavua. The official opening takes place at 5.30pm after which Suva plays Nadi at...

White House pledges to step up cyber offence on hackers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House warned foreign hackers on Thursday it will increase offensive measures as part of a new national cyber security strategy. The move comes as U.S. intelligence officials expect a flurry of digital attacks ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The strategy provides federal agencies with new guidance for how...

About 160 vessels inspected during NZ- Fiji patrols

SUVA, (NZDF) – About 160 vessels in Fijian waters were inspected during combined maritime surveillance patrols by New Zealand and Fiji agencies since June. For the second consecutive year, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) deployed Royal New Zealand Navy vessels to help Fiji patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone of more than 1.2 million square...

Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. How user data flows between big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook Inc and their partners has faced scrutiny around the...

UK PM’s Brexit plans opposed by 40 rebels in her party: former Brexit minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s former Brexit minister David Davis has said up to 40 lawmakers from Prime Minister Theresa May’s party will vote against her plans to leave the European Union, meaning she may struggle to get her deal through parliament. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29 but little...

Pangu Pati intact, says PNG minister

PORT MORESBY (THE NATIONAL)  – One of Papua New Guinea’s oldest political parties, Pangu, led by its parliamentary leader Sam Basil, said that it remains intact and will adhere to the decision of the National Court to meet on Oct 1 to elect the party leader. Speaking on behalf of the Parliamentary Wing, Goilala MP...

FSC to continue to pursue Asian markets for raw sugar

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation is keen to continue pursuing Asian markets for raw sugar because of growing demand for high quality sweetener. FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark made the comment as 34,000 tonnes of sugar — 20,000 tonnes from Malau in Labasa and 14,000 tonnes from Lautoka — was loaded on the MV Erradale...

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