Scientists voice opposition to weakening of U.S. Endangered Species Act

(Reuters) – Thousands of scientists joined on Monday to accuse the Trump administration of trying to erode the Endangered Species Act in favor of commercial interests with a plan to revamp regulations that have formed...

Nicaragua issues arrest warrant for opposition leader

MANAGUA (Reuters) – A Managua judge issued an arrest warrant on Monday for opposition leader Felix Maradiaga, accused by the Nicaraguan government of financing violent protests that have rocked the impoverished Central American nation. The government of President Daniel Ortega has alleged that Maradiaga financed the protests and trained protesters through a think tank he...

Fijian Drua to resume preparation today

THE Fiji Airways Drua side will resume preparations today for the clash against NSW Country Eagles in the National Rugby Championship in Suva on Saturday. The match this weekend could prove very vital in terms of Drua’s qualification to the semi-final stage of the competition. After Saturday, the Drua will have two more matches, both...

Educationist Jai Narayan passes away

FORMER educationist and social worker Jai Narayan has passed away. This was confirmed by his family who stated in a paid advertisement that the 92-year-old passed away peacefully last Sunday, September 23, 2018, at the CWM hospital. Paying tribute, Fiji’s Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said Mr Narayan was a pioneer figure in the implementation...

More protection from climate change for key infrastructure in Cook Islands

RAROTONGA, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – Climate change is a major source of concern for the government and protecting key infrastructure from rising waters and weather events is on its radar. In his speech from the throne, Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters outlined measures set to reduce the Cook Islands vulnerability to climate change,...

Malaria mosquitoes wiped out in lab trials of gene drive technique

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have succeeded in wiping out a population of caged mosquitoes in laboratory experiments using a type of genetic engineering known as a gene drive, which spread a modification blocking female reproduction. The researchers, whose work was published on Monday in the journal Nature Biotechnology, managed to eliminate the population in less...

Countering Yasir is Australia’s ‘number one’ priority – Siddle

DUBAI (Reuters) – Surviving the wiles of Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah is Australia’s “number one plan” in the upcoming test series in the United Arab Emirates, fast bowler Peter Siddle has said. Yasir played a key role in Australia’s unravelling during the last UAE tour in 2014, when the legspinner took 12 wickets at an...

Lekutu district meeting discuss communication challenges

COMMUNICATION hindrance in the district of Lekutu in Bua on Vanua Levu means that boarding students at the primary and secondary schools there cannot contact their parents and or family members while in school. Lekutu Secondary School principal Ravinesh Kumar told the district council meeting yesterday that even school staff could not contact their loved...

NZ taxpayers funding repairs to 300 storm-damaged homes in Tonga

AUCKLAND, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (STUFF NZ) – New Zealand taxpayers are funding repairs to 300 storm-damaged homes in Tonga after the Pacific country was struck by Cyclone Gita in February. It was described as the worst storm to hit Tonga in about six decades. Melino Maka, a leader of Auckland’s Tongan community, says he’s struggled...

Indian sailor rescued from yacht stranded off Australian coast

SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Indian sailor injured in a solo round-the-world race has been rescued, the Indian Navy said on Monday, after Australian authorities said a French ship was nearing his storm-damaged yacht off Australia’s west coast. The sailor, Abhilash Tomy, called for emergency assistance on Saturday after the yacht was badly damaged in a...

Plight of unfortunate people should be prioritised: Singh

FORMER politician and businessman Charan Jeath Singh believes true leadership is about a passionate vision and commitment to improve the lives of all Fijians. The plight of unfortunate people in our communities, he said, should be prioritised and this included the poor and the downtrodden. The former Labasa mayor and National Federation Party stalwart believes...

Samoa PM attends 2nd ACP Ministerial Central Negotiating Group Meeting held in New York

NEW YORK, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SAMOA GOVT) – Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, participated in the 2nd ACP Ministerial Central Negotiating Group (CNG) Meeting held on Sunday 23 September at the Mauritius Permanent Mission to the UN. The meeting allowed Ministers to receive a progress report on ACP preparations for the upcoming negotiations...

Montero recalled as Argentina prepare for All Blacks match

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina have handed winger Manuel Montero a recall and drafted two uncapped players into their squad for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks in Buenos Aires. Montero is a veteran of 27 tests but has played just one match off the bench since 2016 and joins the squad to...

400-year-old shipwreck ‘discovery of decade’ for Portugal

CASCAIS, Portugal (Reuters) – Archaeologists searching Portugal’s coast have found a 400-year-old shipwreck believed to have sunk near Lisbon after returning from India laden with spices, specialists said on Monday. “From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade,” project director Jorge Freire said. “In Portugal, this is the most important find of...

“Support those with mental health issues”

IF you see people who you think are not behaving as they are, isolating themselves more or talking about taking their lives, these are signs that should be taken seriously, says consultant psychiatrist Dr Ordille Chang. Dr Chang spoke on how to rise as a society to support those with mental health issues at the...

Marshall Islands deliver a moral call to arms to high-polluting nations: Greenpeace

SYDNEY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (GREENPEACE) – Greenpeace Australia Pacific congratulates the people of the Marshall Islands and their President, Dr Hilda Heine, on continuing to demonstrate moral leadership on the greatest challenge of our time – climate change. Overnight Heine announced the island nation’s strategy to reach net zero emissions by 2050 – in the...

Secret to Scrabble beatdown – 300 words added to game’s dictionary

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ew. Just when you’ve mastered enough legitimate Scrabble words to beat your bestie on the gameboard and twerk in victory, Merriam-Webster has released a sixth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. The newest dictionary for Scrabble, the popular boardgame in which players use lettered tiles to spell words, includes more...

Anup’s love for sailing

ORIGINALLY from Kerala in India, Anup Haridas’s love for cruise ship tourism has landed him on board the royal -class-vessel, Majestic Princess. The 40-year-old was on board the vessel as its food and beverage supervisor, with more than 3000 tourists when it made its inaugural visit to our shores last week. He started his career...

Primary school students questioned over alleged sexual assault

LABASA Police have questioned the two primary school students who were allegedly involved in sexually assaulting a six-year-old boy. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the two suspects, both aged 13, had been released. “The investigation file will be sent to the Divisional Crime Officer North tomorrow,” Ms Naisoro said. The alleged incident happened two weeks...

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian during Gaza protests

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded dozens of others on Monday taking part in a protest near the border between Israel and Gaza, Gaza health officials said. The Israeli military said thousands had taken part in the demonstration, throwing burning tyres, rocks and explosive devices toward the troops on...

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