India’s top court upholds national identity project but curbs use

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the validity of India’s ambitious biometric identity project, ‘Aadhaar’, saying it benefited the marginalized and poor, but sharply reined in a government push to make...

Zumba exercise turns out into a cancer charity drive

WHAT started off as a friendly zumba routine to stay healthy and fit has now turned in to a charity drive raising awareness about cancer. Sese Cokomata and Varomue Fesaitu both works at the library of a tertiary institution and shared with this newspaper how their Pinktober cancer charity drive begun. Ms Fesaitu, who came...

Vanuatu Paralympic Committee launches website

PORT VILA, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (VANUATU DAILY POST)—It is estimated that Vanuatu, with a population of 272,459, has between 13,623 to 32,826 people living with an impairment. The figure is inexact, because at Census time, many communities hide family members who have an impairment. Why? Some point to Black Magic, or shame. How to change...

China signals will to rebuild relationship with Australia despite concerns about growing influence in the region

NEW YORK/SHANGHAI, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (THE FINANCIAL REVIEW) – Beijing has signalled it is willing to rebuild its relationship with Australia under the Morrison government, and says there is no conflict between the two nations in the South Pacific despite concerns about China’s growing influence in the region. The improved assessment of Australia’s relationship with...

Pope says Church ‘spared no effort’ to fight abuse recently

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis, facing clergy sex abuse scandals in several countries, said on Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Church has “spared no effort” to tackle the problem in recent years. But, speaking to reporters aboard the papal plane while returning from a four-day trip to the Baltics, the pope again...

Samoa PM addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at UNGA

NEW YORK, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SAMOA GOVT) – Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High Level meeting on Global Peace this afternoon. The Peace summit, named after the late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa was in his honour for his life-long contribution and commitment to global...

Major tactical risk if U.S. troops removed from Korean peninsula: U.S. general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s nominee to be the next commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said on Tuesday there was a significant amount of tactical risk if U.S. troops were removed from the Korean peninsula. “Tactically, without any mention of any change in his conventional capability, I’d say that there would be a...

Lekutu district meeting note absence of senior Government officials

LEKUTU district representative Ovini Baleinamau has questioned the reason of the absence of senior Government representatives at the district’s council meeting yesterday. Mr Baleinamau said senior officers were not present at the meeting despite being given an assurance of their representation. He said the officials were being replaced with their junior officials. According to Mr...

Solomon Islands foreign minister Minister Tozaka addresses Mandela’s Peace Summit at UNGA

NEW YORK, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SIG) – Solomon Islands foreign Affairs Minister Milner Tozaka Tuesday joined world leaders in reinforcing the message of peace and ideals of humanity in a Peace Summit held at UN General Assembly. When delivering his statement at the Nelson Mandela’s Peace Summit, Minister Tozaka reminded global leaders of their ultimate...

Abel is vice president of Oceania surfing federation

PORT MORESBY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Surfing Association PNG (SAPNG) president and co-founder, Andrew Abel, was appointed as vice president of Oceania Surfing Federation Inc. Abel recently returned from the inaugural Oceania Surfing Federation Inc (OSF) meeting of 12 surfing member nations of the Pacific Including Australia and New Zealand facilitated by Andrew...

Solomon Islands Electoral Commission issues strong warning on ID card buying, selling

HONIARA, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOLOMON STAR) – The Office of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) on Monday issued a stern warning against the practice of ‘buying and selling’ voters’ identification (ID) cards. In a statement the Office labeled such action as similar to an act of bribery that can lead to heavy penalty which...

PNG name Orchids side

PORT MORESBY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Oil Search PNG Orchids chairman Ruth Waram yesterday named the team to take on the Australian Jillaroos on October 6 at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. Waram said: “The Orchids celebrated their first year in active rugby league on August 15 and it is a...

Saudi Arabia opens high-speed train linking Islam’s holiest cities

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday inaugurated a 6.7 billion euro ($7.87 billion) high-speed rail linking the two holiest cities in Islam, part of efforts to boost tourism revenues as the country seeks to shed dependence on oil exports. The 450-km (280-mile) Haramain Railway connecting Mecca and Medina with the...

Procera Music Festival called off

THE 2018 Procera Music Festival has been called off. Vude Queen and renowned local artist Laisa Vulakoro attributed this decision to the prevailing unfavourable weather conditions. Vulakoro said the OHS team for the festival had informed the organisers that all electrical works were to be taken down and turned off for safety reasons. She said...

Vanuatu joins Global Alliance on Torture-Free Trade

NEW YORK, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (VANUATU DAILY POST) – Vanuatu has officially joined the Global Alliance on Torture-Free Trade. Representing Vanuatu at the 1st Ministerial Meeting of the Alliance in the United Nations Headquarters, Minister of Foreign Affairs International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu, made a statement announcing Vanuatu’s intention to join this Alliance,...

Fiji court dismisses Chinese national’s application for bail variation

THE bail variation application by a Chinese national was dismissed by the High Court in Suva today. Qian Jun Shi is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count of bribery. He allegedly offered to bribe employees of the Land Transport Authority. Mr Qian Jun Shi had sought the court’s permission...

Austrian leader rejects far-right plan to shut out some media

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s chancellor said on Tuesday a proposal by a far-right coalition partner to shut out several newspapers was unacceptable, suggesting further tensions between the ruling parties, though the far right later disowned the plan. Two of Austria’s three main national newspapers on Tuesday published details of an email sent to police spokespeople...

PNG Barras coach excited ahead of series against Hong Kong

PORT MORESBY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Hebou PNG Barramundis head coach, Joe Dawes is excited ahead of the Hebou International Series from October 1-12 in Port Moresby. Cricket PNG officially announced that Hong Kong will be travelling to Port Moresby to compete in the 2018 Hebou International Series which will comprise of a...

CEOs and senior management discuss human resources

CHIEF executive officers and senior management from some of the country’s biggest organisations gathered at The Fiji Orchid today for the Fiji Human Resources Institute’s CEO’s Breakfast. Speakers at the event included BSP Life’s head of sales Ratu Josaia Rayawa and FMF Group managing director Ram Bajekal. About 30 senior management executives and head of...

Weather watch: Expect more heavy rain

THE general public has been advised to exercise caution as a trough of low pressure remains slow moving to the west of Fiji and expected to bring rain with it over the next few days. In an advisory issued from Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Fiji should expect isolated heavy falls as the trough...

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