Strong because of mum

“I AM a strong woman today because a strong woman raised me.”

Melania Trump returns to White House after kidney procedure

WASHINGTON  – President Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, returned to the White House on Saturday after undergoing a surgical procedure this week to treat a benign kidney condition, her office said.

Egypt detains socialist activist, lawyers say

CAIRO  – Egypt’s state security prosecutor on Saturday ordered a prominent activist detained for 15 days for investigation on charges of involvement with a banned group and inciting and taking part in illegal protests, rights lawyers said.

Hawaii lava flow engulfs more homes as ash plume ascends

PAHOA  – New, fast-moving lava poured from the flank of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Saturday, destroying four more homes on the Big Island after a second explosive eruption shot a nearly two-mile-high (10,000 foot) ash plume from the crater.

Fijian flower features at royal wedding

HER Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor had a piece of Fiji in the attire she wore to marry Prince Henry of Wales.

Catholics celebrate synod year

CATHOLICS around Fiji gathered in numbers to celebrate the Eucharistic Celebration of the Synod Year Launch at the ANZ National Stadium in Suva today.

Hollywood’s China dreams get tangled in trade talks

BEIJING  – Hollywood’s push for greater access to China’s booming film market – delayed since last year – has become tangled in broader trade talks between Washington and Beijing, a potentially thorny position amid whipsawing trade relations.

Cuba confirms 110 killed in country’s deadliest plane crash since 1989

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban authorities said the fiery crash of an aging Boeing passenger jet on Friday shortly after takeoff from Havana had killed 110 of the 113 on board, making it the Caribbean island’s deadliest air disaster in nearly 30 years.

Wellington edges Lautoka 4-3 taking OFC title

TEAM Wellington is the new OFC champions after beating the Vodafone Lautoka Blues side 4-3 in their second final play-offs at Churchill Park this afternoon.

MenC training for north nurses

WHILST the rollout of the mass vaccination for Meningococcal disease (Men-C) is carried out in the Central division and Ra subdivision, the Family Health team would also be conducting training for the nurses in the northern division.

Ilich pushes Wellington to 2-0 lead

LANKY defender Mario Ilich scored a brace of goals to help Team Wellington take a slender 2-0 half time lead against the Vodafone Lautoka Blues.

A union of tradition and modernity

WINDSOR – Prince Harry and his actress bride Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a dazzling ceremony that blended ancient English ritual with African American culture, infusing the 1,000-year-old British monarchy with a blast of modernity.

Visitors off to strong start in OFC final

TEAM Wellington made a strong start scoring the first goal early in the first against Vodafone Lautoka in the OFC  final at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this hour.

Iowane takes young acccountant’s award

THE Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) yesterday awarded Waisale Iowane as its Young Accountant of the Year (2017).

Free medical camps begin

THE Sathya Sai Organisation Fiji will once again embark on a series of free medical camps, which began yesterday.

China agrees to import more from US

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has agreed to significantly increase its purchases of U.S. goods and services, the two countries said on Saturday, but made no mention of a $200 billion target the White House had touted earlier.

Trump Jr. met Gulf princes’ emissary in 2016

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. president’s eldest son, met in August 2016 with an envoy representing the crown princes of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Small islands face geo linked development challenges

SMALL island developing states are faced with compelling development challenges says Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou.

Disaster laws under review

FIJI’s National Disaster Management Act (1998) and National Disaster Management Plan (1995) are undergoing a review process.

NZ elections support to be technical

NEW ZEALANDS High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr says the NZ government has been providing support to the Fijian Elections Office(FEO) since the 2014 general elections.