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A-G launches free WiFi hotspot in Nadi

ACTING Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Communication Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum launched a free WiFi hotspot at Koroivolu Park, Nadi earlier this morning. He said people in the park, Nadi Bus Station and, in two weeks’ time,...

Industry focus

LICENSING the operators in the construction industry is one of the first things that is on the to do list of the newly appointed chief executive officer of the Construction Industry Council. Vijay Naidu’s appointment was announced this week by the council president Gordon Jenkins who said this was a critical juncture in their development...

Ministry to initiate ban, fines by 2019

THE Ministry of Fisheries has not prosecuted any persons on the consumption or selling of kawakawa and donu this year, says Minister Semi Koroilavesau. Mr Koroilavesau said this was the first year of the seasonal ban and it was an exercise for awareness. “That’s basically what’s in place now as normal for the first year...

$480.3m in tourism earnings

FIJI’S earnings from tourism stood at $480.3 million for the June quarter of this year, an increase of 4.5 per cent over the same period last year. The Fiji Bureau of Statistics highlighted that the June quarter 2018 earnings stood at 34.1 per cent or $122.1m higher than the amount recorded for the March quarter...

$26.4m for MSBG

GOVERNMENT has provided $26.4 million to about 28,004 Fijians who have started their micro and small businesses. Minister for Industry and Trade Faiyaz Koya told about 1000 recipients at Wairiki, Taveuni yesterday that this had impacted 140,020 lives around the country. “We have seen the emergence of many new and innovative ideas through the Micro...

Schools recognised for innovative FinEd projects

FOUR schools in Fiji were recognised for their practical application of learning related to Financial Education through innovative projects at the Fiji Head Teachers Annual Congress held in Nadi last week. The Reserve Bank of Fiji in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme, awarded the 2018 Financial Education Innovation...

American Airlines joins rivals in hiking U.S. baggage fees by five dollars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it would raise domestic U.S. baggage fees by $5, joining major rivals in the price hike amid higher fuel costs. The largest U.S. airline said it would hike the price of a first checked bag by $5 to $30 and the second bag to $40...

Tongans wary after ‘bula’ trademark outrage

NUKU’ALOFA, (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – Tongan professor Tēvita ‘Ō Ka’ili has forewarned Pacific countries of what he has described as a clear pattern of cultural theft after a US businessman trademarked Fiji’s traditional greeting, bula. Ross Kashtan, owner of a Florida kava bar, has trademarked the word, which is the title of his business, Bula...

Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. How user data flows between big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook Inc and their partners has faced scrutiny around the...

Attracting tourists to Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (IFC) – New research shows visitors from North America and Europe are the biggest holiday spenders in Papua New Guinea, with Europeans spending USD$3600 and North Americans spending USD$4000 per trip on average. The figures were released by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Papua...

Facebook expands fake election news fight, but falsehoods still rampant

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Wednesday said it would team with two U.S. non-profits to slow the global spread of misinformation that could influence elections, acknowledging that fake news sites were still read by millions. The largest social network, under intense pressure to combat propaganda, said it would work abroad with the International...

Striking workers in Wallis and Futuna set up roadblocks

MATA’UTU, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) — Striking public sector employees in Wallis and Futuna have set up roadbloacks, limiting access to the main administration complex. The action has prevented staff who are not on strike from reaching their work places, further hampering the running of the territory. The strike was launched at the beginning...

British and French planes scrambled to shadow Russian jets

LONDON (Reuters) – British and French military jets were scrambled to investigate suspected Russian fighter aircraft flying over the North Sea on Thursday. Colonel Cyrille Duvivier, a spokesman for the French Air Force, told Reuters one or several Russian planes were detected and that the actions were not hostile. “The usual response mechanisms were triggered:...

Vodafone to roll out 1,000 5G sites in UK by 2020

NEWBURY, England (Reuters) – Vodafone said it would have 1,000 5G-enabled network sites in Britain by 2020, delivering blisteringly fast speeds and near-instant response times that it demonstrated by making Britain’s first holographic mobile call on Thursday. The mobile phone company, which will start trials of 5G technology in seven British cities in the coming...

New manual: Technical information store for dalo farmers

A NEW manual is set to provide a one stop shop of technical information for dalo farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture stakeholders to better equip themselves with information and advice needed to advance in the dalo industry at domestic, regional and international levels. The Fiji Dalo Quality Manual was released this week and highlights...

NY court overturns $115 million patent judgment against Samsung

(Reuters) – The New York State Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a $115 million judgment against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over television patents. In 2015, MPEG LA, a group that owns a pool of patents used in television sets, sued Samsung on allegations that the electronics maker had improperly terminated contracts with the group....

Samsung plans to lower memory chip growth as demand slowdown looms: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning to curb growth in memory chip output next year to keep supplies tight amid an expected slowdown in demand, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on the matter. The world’s biggest producer of NAND and DRAM chips expects bit growth of less than 20 percent for...

Emirates, Etihad airlines deny report they may merge

DUBAI (Reuters) – State-owned Emirates and Etihad, two of the Middle East’s top airlines, denied a Bloomberg report on Thursday which quoted unnamed sources as saying Emirates was seeking to take over smaller Etihad to create the world’s largest carrier. “There is no truth to this rumor,” an Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters. Etihad made a...

Growth forecast

A FIJIAN majority owned company established in 2014 to provide Fijians with competitive and accessible financing for both consumers and small to medium size businesses has experienced immense growth over the past few years and is forecasting further growth. Today Kontiki Finance Ltd’s net profit has increased 72 per cent to $5.365 million, making it...

Trade growth

THE Fijian Consulate General and Trade Commission to Australia and New Zealand facilitated the participation of Fijian exporters at the 2018 Fine Food Australia Expo which was held last week in Melbourne, Australia. This was done through the support from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture. Consul-general and trade...

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