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Kontiki sponsors QVSOB annual rugby challenge

THIS year marks the fourth year of this annual event of the Kontiki Finance Battle of the Victorians Rugby Challenge. Kontiki Finance gave a total of $3000 to boost up the QVSOB annual rugby challenge...

Fijian Police duo suspended over man’s death

TWO police officers have been suspended as investigations continue into the death of a 26-year-old man while in their custody. A statement issued by the Fiji Police Force moments ago said Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho had directed the immediate suspension of the two police officers. “A Police constable and a special constable have been...

FNRL Vodafone Nines tourney today

TWENTY men’s and five women’s team will compete in the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) Vodafone Nines Tournament at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi today. FNRL chairman Peni Musunamasi revealed the tournament is part of the sporting organisation’s bid to have a Nines Series next year. The bid if successful will be used as...

Man imprisoned for misusing state funds

A MAN was sentenced to 31 months imprisonment in the Labasa Magistrates Court yesterday for using Government assistance to build a church instead of a community hall. Alick Thaggard was charged with “false information to public servant” and “conversion” by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in 2016. He was found guilty of both...

Kontiki Finance nets $5.4m profit

KONTIKI Finance Limited has announced a group net profit of $5.4million for the financial year ending June 30, 2018. The 72 per cent increase enabled the company to pay its maiden dividend of one cent per share in July 2018 and a final dividend per share next month. The total dividend yield of the company...

Pacific’s labour market issues need handling by regional body says Cooks academic

HONIARA, 12 OCTOBER 2018 (COOK ISLANDS NEWS/PACNEWS) – The Pacific Community, Forum Secretariat, and Australia’s vocational training project in the region have been raised as potential hosts for a new pacific Labour Mobility office. And it’s an idea that has met its moment, says Cook Islands academic Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem. Sem, the lead researcher for...

Election 2018 – Party budget

THE Fiji Times asked all registered political parties what their campaign spending in the run-up to the 2018 General Election would look like and this is what they said: Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka “We had anticipated a budget of $2 million, but we have had to operate well below this budget...

2018 General Election to set a new benchmark, says Chandra

THE 2018 General Election will be a platform for Fijians to express their will with confidence, security and freedom, says Electoral Commission chairman Suresh Chandra. Fiji will be going to polls on Novermber 14 and Mr Chandra said the commission was optimistic this year’s election would set a new benchmark. “This can only be possible...

Residents share borehole

AN alternative arrangement of water supply has been organised for residents living around the popular picnic area of Korovatu in Labasa. Apart from the weekly supply provided by the Water Authority of Fiji, the 80 families have used water from a nearby borehole. However, the salinity of the water from the borehole has forced families...

APEC is promoting our nation, says PM O’Neill

PORT MORESBY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea in two months will be promoting the nation and its diverse cultures through hosting of the biggest meeting in history – the 2018 APEC Summit. In his Independence address at the Independence Hill during the flag raising ceremony, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told the...

Dry spell takes toll on crops

YAQETA villager Etonia Vunisa’s farm was destroyed earlier this year by heavy rain that caused major flooding in his village. More than four months later, Mr Vunisa is again dealing with extreme weather, this time from the prolonged dry spell. “Everything I replanted is not growing well,” he said. “We have cassava plants that only...

Cancer awareness at carnival

A CANCER awareness session will be organised for members of the public on Thursday at the Vodafone Sugar Festival. Organising committee member Pusp Raj said interested parties were encouraged to attend the event. “We will be supporting the Bushell’s Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea for cancer awareness and we want people to come out in numbers...

Djokovic and Del Potro set for big clash of styles in U.S. Open final

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic heads into his U.S. Open final clash with Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday knowing he faces a challenge – a very big challenge indeed. “He’s a big-time player. He’s a big-match player. He’s a Grand Slam winner. He’s playing tennis of his life, without a doubt, in the...

One dead, 25 injured in Basra protests as main Iraqi port closed

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq’s main seaport closed down on Thursday following violent clashes between protestors and security forces in the southern city of Basra in which one demonstrator died and 25 more were injured the previous night. Southern Iraq, heartland of the Shi’ite majority, has erupted in unrest in recent weeks as protesters express...

Youths use yaqona earnings to meet financial obligations

A YOUTH group in Cakaudrove gives $45,000 annually from yaqona planting to meet financial obligations to the vanua, church and education. Nayarabale Youth Group president Iliesa Vakaruru said the money was shared equally to the three areas. “For the students, we give $300 for tertiary students, $200 per student for secondary education, and $100 for...

Lee leads charge at Denarau Pro-Am event

SAM Lee is the frontrunner for the $4000 prizemoney at stake at this weekend’s Temo Consulting sponsored Denarau Classic Pro-Am. Lee has just returned from Australia after participating in the MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship, which is part of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. The 27-year-old will be playing alongside other top local...

Samoans here to learn

THE Samoa cricket team believes it’s a learning process for them competing in the 2020 ICC World T20 Qualifier The side lost its third game yesterday. The Samoans lost to PNG at Albert Park in Suva yesterday. Samoa head coach Timothy Carter said they had talented and capable players in their team and would continue...

Meth- making apparatus found

THE Fiji Police Force have found an apparatus to make methamphetamine (ice) within the Nakasi-Nausori corridor. This was revealed by divisional police commander eastern Superintendent of Police Kasiano Vusonilawe who said they also found raw materials that were being used to produce ice. “At this moment, the only thing we have found is the apparatus...

U.N. calls for Myanmar generals to be tried for genocide, blames Facebook for incitement

GENEVA (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent”, and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law, United Nations investigators said. A report by investigators was the first time the United Nations has explicitly called for Myanmar officials...

Fiji can win World Cup

THREE-TIME Flying Fijian Rugby World Cup player Sisa Koyamaibole believes Fiji can win the Rugby World Cup next year in Tokyo, Japan. The former national backrower was regarded as one of the best in the world after he was selected by former coach and former All Blacks prop Brad Johnstone during his tenure in Fiji....

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