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...

SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle SEC charges they hid ‘Blackfish’ impact

NEW YORK (Reuters) – SeaWorld Entertainment Inc and former Chief Executive James Atchison will pay more than $5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that they misled investors about the negative impact of the documentary “Blackfish” on the company. “Blackfish,” released in July 2013, had depicted as cruel the captivity and exhibition...

Christopher jailed to nine years for aggravated robbery

A MAN convicted of one count of aggravated robbery was sentenced to nine years, six months and 10 days imprisonment by the High Court in Suva this morning. The court heard that Joseph Christopher grabbed a man and robbed him of $3400 cash on November 17 back in 2016 at Nabua, Suva. While sentencing Christopher,...

Ahead of Yom Kippur, ultra-Orthodox Jews cast out sins with chickens and water

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Waving chickens above their heads, ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel performed the ritual of “kaparot” ahead of Yom Kippur, the most sacred day of the Jewish calendar, which begins at sundown on Tuesday. In the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem and in other cities around Israel, religious Jews said prayers as they performed...

Chinese president pledges support for Samoa’s economic development

BEIJING,19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (XINHUA) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi on Tuesday, pledging further support for the Pacific island country’s push for economic development. During the meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Xi voiced his appreciation for Tuilaepa’s contribution to the development of China-Samoa ties. The...

Drua to rectify mistakes

SECOND placed Fiji Airways Drua targets another win this weekend in its National Rugby Championship round four match against the seventh placed Sydney Rays at Lennox Heads, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the lessons learnt from last weekend will be the driving force towards their next match in the 2018 National...

Che Guevara poster artist looks back on 50 revolutionary years

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Fifty years after creating the Che Guevara poster that still adorns student bedrooms around the world, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick is delighted at its ubiquity, but concerned at its exploitation for commercial gain. Fitzpatrick created the image in 1968 from a photograph of the Argentine Marxist revolutionary taken in 1960 by Cuban...

Crucial game for under-16

The Fiji football under-16 team needs to win its next game against the Solomon Islands if they are to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup next year. The Fijian boys will meet the hosts in the first semi-final of the under-16 OFC championship today at 11am while New Zealand will take on Tahiti in...

Tovata braces for tough challenge

THE new Ram Sami Nasinu Rugby Union weekly challenge champion Tovata is expected to face a tough battle when they face challengers Nadera this weekend. Tovata defeated former champion Tacirua 15-5 in a tough encounter last weekend at the St Marcellin Primary School ground in Vatuwaqa. It was the opening challenge of the season. Former...

Coach challenges players

FIJI under-16 rugby coach Masi Saqanavere wants his players to switch on as the U16 squad marched into camp in Suva yesterday. “Once you put that jersey on, you have to switch on; it’s a different level altogether,” Saqanavere said. “I understand they are still young but they are now ambassadors representing Fiji.” After a...

Nigeria’s disasters agency says 100 people killed in floods across 10 states

ABUJA (Reuters) – Floods in much of central and southern Nigeria have killed 100 people across 10 states, the country’s emergency and disasters agency said on Monday. Such flooding tends to occur every year in the rainy season, exacerbated by poor infrastructure and lack of planning to protect against inundation, but this year the destruction...

Couple fight on

THEY huddled among their dirty beddings and clothes waiting for a good Samaritan to bring them their next meal and the much-needed clean drinking water. This was the condition of sickly couple Veresa Menuki and his wife Kinisimere Civoinono as they shared the prolonged water problem affecting their island home of Galoa. They said the...

Villagers request government help

VILLAGERS on Galoa Island in Lekutu, Bua are requesting Government if water carted to the island by boat could be transferred to them on land via pipes. Head of the Galoa tribe Napolioni Saraqia said carting water by boats to land was a waste because most of the water spilled while ferrying the containers to...

Bathing in the sea

SOME villagers on Galoa Island in Lekutu, Bua have resorted to bathing in the sea as water scarcity continues to plague the island. For the sake of hygiene and health, Galoa housewife Vaseva Daumaka said this was the practice among the women on Galoa because there was no clean water on the island. The 63-year-old...

Maritime areas served

ISLANDS in the Lomaiviti Group affected by the prolonged dry season have been carted water by the government vessel, MV Sigavou. A statement from the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development through the National Disaster Management Office said they continued to work with the Water Authority of Fiji in the water carting exercise around rural...

Island income sources narrow

VILLAGERS on the island of Tavea within the district of Lekutu in Bua are feeling the pinch of bans set by Government on beche-de-mer and certain fish species which they relied on for income generation. Acting head of yavusa Tavea, Sitiveni Tabua, said the drought made things worse for villagers, adding there was no reliable...

Drugs were not for Fiji, says Qiliho

FIJI was not the intended destination for bars of cocaine found washed ashore recently on a number of outer islands in the Yasawa, Lomaiviti and Lau groups. Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said investigations so far indicated the drugs were not dumped specifically for the Fijian market. “It was dumped out there at sea...

Sisters vie for crown

SISTERS Dipti and Deepal Chand will cheer each other up as they both compete for the Vodafone Ba Riverside Carnival crown this year. Dipti, 20, is representing Ba Town Council while her sister Deepal, 22, is representing Web Media & Signs. Speaking to this newspaper, both sisters said they were excited about joining the pageant...

Disability friendly polling stations

SUPERVISOR of Elections Mohammed Saneem has reassured people living with disabilities that the polling stations around the country for the 2018 General Election will be disability friendly. The reassurance came during a press conference after the mock polling exercise at the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) warehouse at Laucala Beach, Nasinu yesterday. “All Fijian Elections Office...

Dilkusha celebrates anniversary

IT has been 114 years since the establishment of the Dilkusha Home in Nausori. And to celebrate the home’s anniversary, a week-long celebration called the Dilkusha Week has been organised this week with the theme “Jesus is the Best Gift, Give your Family the Best”. Deaconess Salaseini Kacivakawalu said the theme taught the children of...

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