Drought takes toll in the North

THE prolonged dry spell in the North is taking its toll on islands which already had limited access to water. Villagers on Galoa Island in Lekutu, Bua are spending $39 a week on fuel to...

Leaders of two Koreas meet in Pyongyang for talks on ending war

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean’s Kim Jong Un greeted Moon Jae-in with hugs and smiles on Tuesday as the South Korean president arrived in Pyongyang to discuss faltering talks on denuclearization and the prospect of officially ending the Korean War. Underscoring the challenges ahead, North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun said on Tuesday “the responsibility falls...

Cook Islands ranked as one of the most obese nation in the world

RAROTONGA, 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RADIO COOK ISLANDS) – The Cook Islands is ranked as one of the most obese nation in the world, this is according to the latest World Health Organisation Report. Seeing the Cook Islands ranked in the top ten is of great concern to the Ministry of Health says Health Secretary Dr...

No tolerance on careless driving, LTA warns

CARELESS driving will not be tolerated and anyone found violating traffic laws will be seriously dealt with. This was the stern warning issued by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) with the recent road tragedies over the weekend. In a statement, LTA chairman Vijay Maharaj conveyed his heart felt condolence to the families of the recent...

Potential investors reluctant to hand passports at Vanuatu airport

PORT VILA, 14 SEPTEMBER 2018 (VANUATU DAILY POST) – Shortly after Vanuatu Immigration Officers stopped collecting the required Vt20,000 fees from potential investors at the airport, three potential investors who arrived in Port Vila the previous week and two last Wednesday, voluntarily left the country again. They did not want to comply with the new...

Belgian court rules against extradition of Spanish rapper

GHENT, Belgium (Reuters) – A Belgian court ruled on Monday against an extradition request from Spain for a rapper sentenced to prison for charges including insulting the monarchy, a spokesman for the public prosecutor in the city of Ghent said. The 24-year-old rapper, known as Valtonyc, and whose real name is Josep Miquel Arenas, fled...

Update: Maritime water carting exercise

MORE than 73,000 litres of water have been delivered to islands in the Lomaiviti Group as part of the Eastern Division Immediate Response Plan. The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services through the National Disaster Management Office continues to work with the Water Authority of Fiji in the water...

Tongan Deputy Police Commissioner visits NZ as a Prime Minister’s Fellow

NUKU’ALOFA, 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 (TONGA GOVERNMENT) – Tonga Deputy Police Commissioner Operations Support Services, Pelenatita Fe’ao Vaisuai, was in New Zealand last week on a Prime Minister’s Fellowship to gain insights into policing in New Zealand. A highlight of the visit was Vaisuai’s meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The Prime Minister congratulated Vaisuai on...

Pompeo seeks rapprochement with alienated U.S. diplomats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has nearly doubled promotions of top American diplomats as he seeks to restore diplomatic ties with a workforce alienated by his predecessor, Rex Tillerson. Since taking over in April, Pompeo has lavished attention on diplomats demoralized by the former oil executive’s distant management style, reluctance to...

Home celebrates 114th anniversary

DILKUSHA Week gives the children a new sense of hope and teaches them the importance of family says Superintendent of the Home Deaconess Salaseini Kacivakawalu. The home is hosting a weeklong celebration to commemorate 114 years since its establishment with the theme “Jesus is the Best Gift! Give your family the Best”. Deaconess Salaseini said...

Pakistan’s austerity car auction falls short, new PM Khan commutes by helicopter

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Lower-than-expected sales in an auction of Pakistani government vehicles have dealt another early setback to new Prime Minister Imran Khan’s populist vow to raise quick revenues through cost-cutting, a campaign that has drawn both praise and ridicule. The auction on Monday raised about 200 million rupees ($1.6 million), government official Mohammad Asif...

Two women convicted for stealing from their employer

HIGH Court judge Justice Salesi Temo said individuals who steal from their employers must be ready to serve long prison sentences. He issued the stern warning yesterday to employees after he convicted two women who laundered half a million dollars from the Pacific Theological College (PTC) in Suva. Rosheen Raj and Rine Sorby who were...

Company linked to alleged foreign bribery conspiracy in Nauru received $2.5m Australian government contract

SYDNEY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 (ABC) – A company linked to an alleged conspiracy to bribe foreign officials on Nauru received a $2.5 million (US$1.7 million) Australian government contract to build housing for refugees held on the island. Last week the Australian Federal Police (AFP) charged Mozammil Gulamabbas Bhojani with one count of conspiracy to bribe...

At U.N., U.S. accuses Russia of ‘cheating’ on North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia on Monday of “cheating” on U.N. sanctions on North Korea and said Washington has “evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations.” The showdown between the United States and Russia over North Korea publicly showed cracks in the unity of the 15-member...

Report: Only 19 per cent of Fiji businesses registered to women

THE Fiji country gender assessment report by Asian Development Bank in 2015 states that only 19 per cent of businesses are registered to women and most of these are micro and small businesses. This was highlighted by Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s (FWRM) program director Kaushal Sharma while speaking on the issue of why women’s inclusion...

Dishonest voters in Solomon Islands warned

HONIARA,18 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOLOMON STAR) – Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) says it would take tough action against registered voters who are providing false information when applying for a transfer. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mose Saitala issued the warning during last week’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal Solomon Islands Force (RSIPF)....

US Air Force seeks sharp growth to stay ahead of China, Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is predicting it will need to grow sharply over the next decade or so, boosting the number of operational squadrons by nearly a quarter to stay ahead of increasingly muscular militaries in China and Russia, officials said. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters that the preliminary analysis...

Be more responsible with rubbish disposal

MEMBERS of the public need to be more responsible while disposing rubbish. This was the sentiment shared by volunteers and stakeholders who were part of a clean-up campaign organised in Lautoka last weekend. More than 75 Lautoka residents came together for the event which coincided with World Clean-Up Day 2018. During the course of the...

Australia will stick with Paris Agreement, PM Morrison assures Solomons PM

CANBERRA, 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 (ABC) – Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister Rick Hou says his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison has personally assured him that Australia will not pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Rick Hou sat down with the Australian prime minister in Canberra last week. Some Pacific Island nations are demanding Australia...

Russia and Turkey agree to create buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw by the middle of next month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart. Russia, the biggest outside backer of Syrian...

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