Route lock down an hour before, after for APEC traffic

PORT MORESBY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Restrictions will be enforced on the routes expected to be used during the APEC Leaders meeting in Port Moresby in November. This has been confirmed by Minister...

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak to face 21 money laundering charges: police

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A total of 21 money laundering charges have been prepared against former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak in connection with a $681 million dollar transfer into his personal bank account, police said on Thursday. The charges include nine counts of receiving illegal proceeds, five counts of using illegal proceeds and seven...

Keeping women, children safe is everyone’s responsibility: Sgt Cavu

THE increase of rape cases in Bua on Vanua Levu is a serious concern that needs to be addressed. Speaking during the Nasawana district meeting today, Station Sergeant at Nabouwalu Police Station Joseva Cavu said the safety of every women and children in a community was everybody’s responsibility. “We need to work together to ensure...

Australian Special Forces deployed to PNG for APEC meet

PORT MORESBY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Australian Special forces have been quietly deployed to Papua New Guinea as part of a massive Australian military and policing effort to help secure Port Moresby ahead of the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November. They arrived this week to train the security forces on measures to protect...

Colombia’s coca cultivation hits record in 2017: U.N.

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s acreage of coca, the raw material for cocaine, expanded 17 percent to hit a new record last year, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as the government mulls whether to restart aerial fumigation with the herbicide glyphosate. The total area of the Andean nation under coca cultivation increased to 171,000 hectares...

Government invests $7.1m into Nabouwalu town development project

THE Fijian Government has invested around $7.1million into the development of the Nabouwalu New Town Project in Bua on Vanua Levu. This was highlighted by Minister for Local Goverment Parveen Kumar while officiating at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Suva today with Hussain’s Hire Plant for the Nabouwalu Town Centre. Mr...

Deputy Prime Minister under threat amid bitter battle within federal National Party

CANBERRA, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (ABC) – A bitter battle between National Party politicians and staff is undermining the authority and threatening the leadership of Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister. The tension has reached the point where senior figures in the party are openly calling on Michael McCormack to “muscle up” amid frustrations he has been unable...

Eight former Manus Island refugees leave PNG to be resettled in US

PORT MORESBY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Eight refugees previously held on Manus Island, have left Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby to be resettled in the United States. The eight men include one Iranian, two Tamils, two Pakistanis, two Rohingyan and one Afghan. The Refugee Action Coalition says 130 refugees from Manus...

Israel to present findings in Moscow over downing of Russian plane

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s air force chief will on Thursday present findings in Moscow related to an incident in which a Russian military plane was downed off Syria’s coast, Israel’s military said. Israel on Tuesday blamed Syria, saying its anti-aircraft batteries “fired indiscriminately” and failed to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air....

Pacifica visits Dilkusha Homes with essentials

THIRTY eight children of Dilkusha Home in Nausori have something to smile about after Pacifica Environmental Solutions provided essential supplies to the home today. Regional manager and Fiji branch director Ashika Sharma presented the home with sponge mats, mattresses, pillows, pillows cases, blankets and bed sheets valued at around $5000. All 38 children at the...

EU must end migration ‘blame game’: Tusk

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) – The European Union must end the “blame game” on migration and instead focus on working more with foreign countries and further strengthening its border to bring down arrivals, the chairman of the bloc’s leaders said. The 28 EU leaders are meeting in the Austrian city of Salzburg to tackle migration, an...

Vanuatu’s political scene changes rapidly: PM

PORT VILA, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (VANUATU DAILY POST) – While administration and political reforms have been conducted worldwide, Oceania has its own narratives. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai made the above statement in his official opening remarks at the Regional Conference on Legal and Regulatory Framework for Political Parties Wednesday. The Pacific island states, usually referred...

Kiribati president pays courtesy visit to Fijian head of State

THE President of the Republic of Kiribati, Te Beretitenti Taneti Maamau, paid a courtesy visit to Fijian President Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva this week. Mr Konrote acknowledged the support of the Government and the people of Kiribati on the issue of climate change that is affecting the Pacific. He also reiterated Fiji’s...

Mexico remembers 2017 quakes, issues stamp for rescue dogs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans held a minute of silence on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of devastating earthquakes that struck the country in September 2017, and the postal service honored three search-and-rescue dogs in a stamp. More than 450 people were killed and tens of thousands of homes were damaged when the quakes hit...

Bank appoints new Vanuatu chief risk officer

ANZ today announced the appointment of Jonathan Stevens as Chief Risk Officer, Vanuatu and Kiribati, with responsibility for overseeing risk strategies and policies, as well as protecting the bank’s balance sheet in both markets. Mr Stevens will be part of the local leadership team in Vanuatu and report to Brent Turner, Chief Risk Officer, Pacific...

5km road upgrading works completed in Tailevu

FIJIANS living in nine villages within the districts of Kiuva, Buretu and Nakelo can now travel with confidence and comfort following the completion of upgrading works on the five kilometre section of Kiuva Road in Nakelo, Tailevu. The nine villages depend on this road for access. A statement issued today by Pacific Reach Limited stated...

Japan provides $300 million to Kiribati

SUVA, 19 SEPTEMBER (RADIO KIRIBATI) – The government of Japan has provided assistance worth 300 million Japanese Yen (approximately AU$3.6 million) to the government of the Republic of Kiribati through its Economic Social Development Programme (ESDP). The funding assistance will enable the procurement of a water truck and other equipment needed to increase Kiritimati Island’s...

US seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its regional behavior, the U.S. special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday ahead of U.N. meetings in New York next week. Iran has rejected U.S. attempts to hold high-level talks since President Donald Trump...

Women fellowship stage craft show to develop knowledge and talents

THE All Nation’s Christian Fellowship women’s craft show is centered around the development of women’s knowledge and talents. While officiating at the opening of the craft dhow, director Women Selai Korovusere said she was thankful to the church for not limiting the pariticipation to only the women who were part of the church. “We were...

PM Bainimarama officiates at groundbreaking ceremony of FHL tower

WITH the completion of the Fijian Holdings Ltd’s tower, the capital city will cement its presence as a dynamic hub of the Pacific, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He was chief guest at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 17-storey FHL tower at Gordon St in Suva today. Mr Bainimarama said the building would house 13,000...

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