Editorial comment – Making fire safety our business

The National Fire Authority was praised for its quick response to an early morning fire on Sunday in Lautoka. Residents of Lovu Seaside, on the outskirts of the city spoke highly of the NFA’s response....

2019 Courts IDC: Rewa to field strong squad

THE Rewa football side is expected to field a strong squad when the Courts Inter District Championship begins next week. Vanuatu international Tony Kaltack has been cleared and is training with the Delta Tigers. Solomon islander Kelopy Benty has also been cleared and will feature for the reds. Dreketi’s Anish Khem is training with Rewa...

Britain’s Labour to vote on keeping second Brexit referendum on table

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party will vote this week to keep a second Brexit referendum on the table if Prime Minister Theresa May fails to pass her plan to leave the European Union through parliament, media reported. Earlier, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would back a second Brexit referendum if his...

NDMO to conduct tsunami drill in Nasese today

ABOUT 2000 staff working in agencies along the Nasese peninsula in Suva will be undergoing a tsunami drill today starting from 11am to 2pm. The exercise is in a bid to help prepare these staff members evacuate their offices within 20 minutes in the event of a tsunami. According a Government statement, the agencies that...

Support for Australian government edges higher but voter anger remains

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Support for Australia’s centre-right government edged higher over the past fortnight, a widely watched opinion poll showed on Monday, but voter anger over a leadership coup suggests the government still faces a heavy defeat at elections due by May. The Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper showed the Liberal-National coalition government trails...

Lack of data to measure sustainability

LACK of baseline data and robust monitoring systems to measure sustainability are key challenges to sustainable tourism in the Pacific. And while it is relatively a new concept being adopted and practised by most island countries, South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) sustainable tourism development manager Christina Leala Gale says the lack of data presented a...

Cosby sentencing begins, capping fall from ‘America’s Dad’ to convicted felon

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s downfall from “America’s Dad” to convicted felon reached its final chapter in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday, as a judge began deciding whether to sentence the 81-year-old comedian to prison for sexual assault. Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to be convicted since the...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to exact “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen. Saturday’s assault, one of the worst ever against the most powerful force of...

Nagado Water Shutdown: WAF installs water tanks at strategic locations

ABOUT 206 water tanks of 5300 and 10,000 litres capacity have been placed at strategic locations around Nadi and Lautoka in preparation for the major Nagado Water Shutdown this Saturday. The water tanks were placed by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF). The water shutdown is scheduled to take place from 1am on Saturday, September...

U.S. may aid Liberia in search for missing millions

MONROVIA (Reuters) – The U.S. government is considering helping Liberia track down more than $100 million in missing cash, an embassy spokesman said, in a case that has triggered a political crisis in the impoverished country. Several shipments of freshly printed Liberian dollars ordered from abroad by the central bank have been unaccounted for since...

PNG Kina to plunge further

PORT MORESBY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) — The scarcity of foreign currency in the Papua New Guinea economy is likely to persist well into next year. And it is predicted that the kina’s current September placing at US$0.30 cents will slide to as low as $0.26 cents in September 2019. That’s from a latest...

Nagado Water Shutdown: Motorists to be mindful of water carting

MOTORISTS traveling along roads in the greater Nadi and Lautoka area from this Saturday are to be mindful of water carting trucks. The advisory comes from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) as it carried out installation works at the Nagado Water Treatment Plant (WTP) from September 29 to October 2. In a statement issued...

Tripoli clashes leave 115 dead, 383 injured: health ministry

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – At least 115 people have been killed and 383 injured in month-long clashes between rival factions in Tripoli, Libya’s health ministry said on Sunday. The fighting pitted the Seventh Brigade, or Kaniyat, from Tarhouna, a town 65 km (45 miles) southeast of Tripoli, against the Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigades (TRB) and the Nawasi,...

Bougainville President Momis claims referendum sabotage

PORT MORESBY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Autonomous Bougainville Government President John Momis said the referendum was deliberately being sabotaged by lack of and refusal to pay outstanding grants owed to the autonomous government. Momis said because of this there was a high probability that the outcome of the 2019 referendum would be the...

Vunivalu to play third grand final

AT just 22 years of age, Fiji Bati wing Suliasi Vunivalu has already made a decorative name in the sport of rugby league. The Bua flyer will be playing in his third NRL grand final this weekend after making his debut for Melbourne Storrn in 2016. In fact, he has played in two grand finals...

Cosby sentencing is new milestone for #MeToo movement

(Reuters) – When a grainy video of standup comedian Hannibal Buress making a joke about Bill Cosby’s rape allegations on an October night in 2014 went viral, the rallying cry of #MeToo was years away. The men the movement would lay low were still at the height of their powers. That same evening, Bill O’Reilly...

Devotees celebrate biggest celebration in Hindu calender

HINDU devotees around the country marked the end Ganesh Utsav yesterday, following 11 days of prayer honouring the birth of Lord Ganesha. The son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha is widely regarded as the remover of all obstacles. Like many around the world, the Hindu community in the country celebrated the event...

PNG Defence Force wants units broken

PORT MORESBY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2018 (THE NATIONAL) – The Papua New Guinea Defence Force intends to break up its divisions and operate under the army, navy and air force after the Apec Leaders Summit in November. Chief of staff Captain Colonel Philip Polewara revealed this during a guard of honour inspection on Japanese naval destroyer...

Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 218

UKARA, Tanzania (Reuters) – Divers rescued a man from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry on Saturday, two days after it capsized on Lake Victoria killing at least 218 people. Bodies continued to float to the surface around the vessel, which initial estimates suggested had been carrying more than 300 people. State broadcaster TBC...

Tuvalu reminds UN of existential threat of climate change

GENEVA, (RNZ PACIFIC) – Tuvalu has reminded the United Nations that climate change poses an existential threat to the country. Tuvalu’s Ambassador to Belgium, Aunese Makoi Simati, made the comment in Geneva at the annual UN Human Rights Council session. He said climate change and sea-level rise were detrimental to the fundamental human rights of...

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