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...

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,...

UN tuberculosis summit ‘historic opportunity’ to put response ‘back on track’: new WHO report

NEW YORK, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (UN NEWS CENTRE) – Countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis – the world’s deadliest infectious disease – by 2030, warned the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, at the release of the latest Global Tuberculosis Report. The report shows that worldwide, tuberculosis (TB) cases are falling too slowly...

Nasinu foots 11 applications in present transfer window

THE Nasinu football side has so far made 11 applications in the current player transfer window. The applications include four players from Rewa, two each from Lautoka and Lami, and one each from Navua, Taveuni and Suva. Rewa’s Savenaca Baleidrokadroka, Mohammed Naizal, Charlie Benjamin and Anushil Prasad, Lautoka’s Leisari Qalica and Arami Manumanubai, Lami’s Isikeli...

Bright and frilly: designers unveil Brexit wardrobe

LONDON (Reuters) – If you have been wondering what to wear when Britain leaves the European Union next spring, here are some pointers: Hot pink, skirts slashed at the thigh and plenty of lace and ruffles. At least that is what designers at London Fashion Week unveiled in their spring/summer 2019 collections which will start...

Lawsuit targets Massachusetts utility over deadly gas explosions

BOSTON (Reuters) – A resident of a Massachusetts city rocked by last week’s deadly gas blasts that damaged dozens of homes sued utility operator NiSource Inc on Tuesday, accusing it of inadequately maintaining its distribution system. The proposed class action lawsuit targets NiSource and its subsidiary Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, which services Andover, North Andover...

Australian deputy PM McCormack retreats on farm worker visas

CANBERRA, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (THE AUSTRALIAN) – Australian deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is backing away from a commitment to deliver a new class of agriculture visa to source up to 100,000 overseas farm workers a year, angering ­Nationals MPs who believed the measure was written into the top-secret Coalition agreement. The Deputy Prime Minister...

Asco boosts Fiji Paralympic’s preparation for Tokyo 2020 games

THE Fiji Paralympic committee received a major boost from Asco motors on their preparation towards the 2020 Paralympics game, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. With a sum of close to $30,000, the sponsorship will assist the paralympic committee in development programs and their preparation towards the 2020 Paralympics games. Fiji Paralympics committee executive...

2018 General Elections: Freedom Alliance Party shortlists potential candidates

FREEDOM Alliance Party president Jagath Karunaratne has revealed that supporters of other political parties have showed interest in contesting the upcoming general elections under the party banner. He said those supporters were interested in the party’s policies and they aimed to make a difference in their respective communities under the party banner. “Out of the...

Donors halt aid to Zambian social welfare scheme over suspected misuse

LUSAKA (Reuters) – Britain and Finland have frozen funding to Zambia on suspicion that $4 million they channelled into a social welfare scheme may have been misused, the Zambian presidency said on Tuesday. President Edgar Lungu later gave the country’s top civil servant a week to take decisive action to curb all “malpractices” in the...

OFC U16 Championship: Fiji trails Solomon Is at half-time

THE Vodafone Fiji U16 side trails Solomon Islands 2-1 at half-time in the semi-final of the OFC U16 Championship. 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 for Fiji in injury time. The winner of...

War crimes prosecutor begins examining alleged Rohingya deportations

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Tuesday said her office had begun a preliminary examination into whether alleged forced deportations of Rohingya from Myanmar into Bangladesh could constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity. The decision by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda follows a ruling at the court earlier this month that...

2018 General Elections: FijiFirst to announce provisional candidates

THE FijiFirst party will announce its provisional candidates for the 2018 polls this afternoon. In an invite sent to The Fiji Times this morning, the party office said the announcement would be made by party leader Voreqe Bainimarama. The announcement will be made at 3pm at the party’s headquarters at Brown Street in Suva. *Stay...

Kanaks a majority on New Caledonia roll – FLNKS

NOUMEA, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – New Caledonia’s pro-independence FLNKS movement says a majority of voters on the roll for the November referendum on full sovereignty are indigenous Kanaks. The roll, which is restricted to long-term residents, was released at the end of August and includes 174,000 names. According to the analysis of the...

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