Hungary sentences Syrian migrant to five years’ jail for border riot

SZEGED, Hungary (Reuters) – A Hungarian court sentenced a Syrian-Cypriot man to five years in prison on Thursday for crossing the border as part of a riot during the migrant crisis, in a case that...

Bank South Pacific earns 10pc of income from customer fees

PORT MORESBY, (THE NATIONAL) – About 10 per cent of Bank South Pacific’s income comes from the fees it charges customers but these have dropped over the years, chief executive Robin Fleming says. He said the revenue went back to the upkeep of the bank’s retail branches and electronic network like automated teller machines (ATMs)...

Millions of Shi’ites express suffering in Ashura ritual in Iraq

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – Millions of Shi’ites Muslims gathered at shrines and mosques in Kerbala and other parts of Iraq on Thursday to mark the climax of the annual ritual of Ashura with expressions of suffering. Huge crowds came from all over the world to commemorate the slaying of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet...

Seabed exploration will remain an option for Wallis – scientists

MATA’UTU, (RNZ PACIFIC) – French scientists visiting Wallis and Futuna say despite local rejection of more seabed exploration the question of underwater mining will remain. Concluding an information mission to the French territory, the delegates told local television that it is up to the French state and not the scientists if exploration resumes. They said...

ADVISORY: Water disruption in Ba

RESIDENTS living in parts of Ba will face disrupted water supply from 8am today (Friday September 21) until 6am tomorrow (Saturday, September 22). This was the advisory issued from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) late last night. According to the advisory, the interruption in supply is due to the process of de-silting at Balevuto...

Society works with oncology unit

THE Fiji Cancer Society (FCS) is working closely with the oncology unit, in an attempt to work with communities and families in taking on the care of their loved ones. This was highlighted by FCS president Philip Low while speaking at the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea (BFBMT) organised by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Suva on...

Landslide kills 12 in the Philippines, dozens feared trapped

MANILA (Reuters) – A landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 12 people on Thursday in the central Philippines, as security forces and rescue workers raced to uncover dozens more feared trapped, in the latest of a series of deadly incidents in the past week. Twelve people were pulled out alive after boulders and...

Tahiti court orders nuke test compensation

PAPE’ETE, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The administrative court in French Polynesia has ordered the French state to pay more than US$110,000 in compensation to a former military officer. The man had developed several cancers after serving on Hao atoll between 1966 and 1971. During his stays a total of 19 nuclear weapons tests...

Japan PM Abe wins extended term, faces Trump trade challenge

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the post-war pacifist constitution. If Abe, who quit abruptly after a troubled 2006-2007 term, stays in office through November 2019, he will...

Matuku island population decreases

THE population on Matuku Island in the Lau Group has decreased significantly from 7000 to more than 500, says assistant roko tui Lau Wiliame Gucake. Mr Gucake highlighted this during a recent visit by a government delegation when concerns were raised by villagers at Yaroi, Matuku, on the thousands of people who had gone to...

Palau financial future secured, Trust Fund changed to perpetual fund

KOROR,20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (ISLAND TIMES) – “I believe we can now be confident about Palau’s future, especially having addressed those concerns economists have had about the possibility of Palau depleting its trust funds and not be able to sustain itself in the future,” expressed Palau President Remengesau Jr following the report that United States have...

Police meet Museveni critic on his return to Uganda, deny arresting him

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Police took away Ugandan opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi as he got off a plane at the country’s main airport on Thursday on his return from abroad, but an official denied that he was under arrest. Kyagulanyi, a prominent challenger to long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni, had been in the United States to receive...

Fly Niu airline presents government proposal to operate Auckland-Tonga flights

NUKU’ALOFA,20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – The owner of a former Tongan airline which was forced out of the kingdom about 15 years ago arrived in Tonga in a bid to return the services. But this time, the domestic services company plans to operate an international flight between Auckland and Tonga. Fly Niu owner...

Strong emphasis on environment conservation

THERE will be a strong emphasis on environment protection and conservation during this year’s Vodafone Ba Riverside Carnival. The theme for the carnival this year is Our Rubbish, Our Responsibility. For Neha Natasha, 19, and the pageant’s youngest contestant Miliakere Naliva, 18, their themes will centre on environment protection. Ms Natasha is being sponsored by...

Solomon Islands Undersea cable survey set

HONIARA,20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOLOMON STAR) -The first initial route survey for the proposed Coral Sea Cable System in the country will be conducted between 08 October to 04 December 2018. The survey will be carried out within the inshore waters of Honiara, Tulagi, Noro and Taro Township by a contractor, the Earth Sciences and Surveying,...

Ousted Pakistan PM Sharif freed from jail on court orders

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities released former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from jail on Wednesday after a court suspended prison sentences they got in July over the purchase of upscale apartments in London. Supporters showered Sharif’s car with rose petals after he was freed from the jail in the garrison city of...

Taiwan provides financial assistance to equip Kiribati Police

TARAWA, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RADIO KIRIBATI) – The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has donated a cheque worth AUD$750,000 (US$544,000) to the Government of Kiribati for the project of ‘Equipping the Kiribati Police Service’. The fund will be used for the procurement of police vehicles, motorbikes, handcuffs, flash lights, batons and other policing...

National kidney research and treatment centre to be established

A NATIONAL Kidney Research and Treatment Centre will soon be established with its first satellite unit to be opened at the Nadi Hospital complex. Head of Nephrology Department Dr Amrish Krishnan said the unit that would be established in Nadi would also provide dialysis services. He said the facility in Nadera would have four clinic...

U2’s Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Bono, frontman for Irish rock band U2, met Pope Francis on Wednesday and said afterwards he is an extraordinary man who is sincere in his pain over a sexual abuse crisis in Ireland. Bono and the pope spoke for more than 30 minutes at a meeting to team up the rock...

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 for APEC Justin Tkatchenko who said that the routes and the feeder roads onto the main routes will be locked...

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