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Claim trailing French Polynesian parties will form coalition

PAPE’ETE, 25 APRIL 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The leader of French Polynesia’s Tapura Huiraatira Party says the two other parties left to contest the second round of the territorial election will form a coalition to...

Arrests in Papua as Solomons delegation visits

JAYAPURA, 25 APRIL 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Nine West Papuans were arrested by Indonesian Police in Jayapura for a small protest over a visit by a Solomon Islands delegation. The government-led delegation travelled to Papua’s provincial capital at the invitation of Indonesia’s government, but the way it slipped into Papua province largely under the radar...

Talks centre on Pacific crop production

IMPROVING the production of root and tuber crops in the South Pacific was the focus of discussions at the first ever symposium by the Pacific branch of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops which began in Nadi yesterday. The three-day discussion hosted by the University of the South Pacific’s Samoa campus, drew participants from...

Miss Grand Fiji applications open

THE Miss Grand Fiji team is now accepting applications for this year’s representative to the Miss Grand International (MGI) to take place in the ‘Golden Land’ of Myanmar on October 25 later this year. A statement issued by the organisers of Miss Grand Fiji said the Fijian mission included providing aid and relief to those...

Consumers lack confidence, says Kumar

CONSUMERS in Labasa lack the confidence to speak up about issues affecting them, says Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive officer Premila Kumar. At a workshop for traders and consumers organised by the Consumer Council of Fiji at the USP Labasa campus yesterday, Ms Kumar said most times when customers lodged a complaint about faulty...

17 graduate from Cisco Academy

A TOTAL of 17 students of the University of the South Pacific’s Alafua campus yesterday graduated from the Cisco Networking Academy. The graduates were involved in Information Communication Technology (ICT) studies, engineers, Information Technology (IT) managers, systems and network administrators and technicians from local internet service providers. According to the head of the School of...

Mynah bird cause of weekend power disruption

A POWER disruption experienced in the Central Division last Sunday was caused by a mynah bird that had bridged the high-voltage phase connections of one of the two transformers at the Cunningham Road Substation. In a media statement, Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) said the incident had affected the 132,000/33,000 volts transformer, affecting the 132,000 volts...

Warning against vandalism

THE Ministry of Waterway has warned members of the public to refrain from vandalising floodgates as it costs $6000 to $7000 to rehabilitate a damaged floodgate. Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy said maintaining damaged floodgates was an expensive exercise. Dr Reddy has warned members of the public to refrain from tampering with floodgates. For more...

Procurement of drug ‘taking too long’

THE Health Ministry is taking too long to procure the meningococcal C vaccines, says a former health minister. Dr Neil Sharma claims the delay is caused by a “lack of leadership” within the ministry. “If you don’t do the right thing at the right time, then someone will suffer. The poor kid in the village...

Nude photos go viral

POLICE will not hesitate to investigate and charge people who are found distributing pictures or videos deemed to be pornographic in nature. The warning comes after nude pictures and a pornographic video of two young girls are currently being circulated on social media. Police chief of operations officer Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu...

Focus turns to managing water catchments

IN an effort to address flooding in flatlands in the Western and Northern divisions, the Ministry of of Waterways will focus on managing water catchments and watershed in vulnerable areas. Waterways Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy said they were now working towards demarcating entire catchment areas which was not done before. Dr Reddy said the ministry...

Anaemia concern

STATISTICS highlighting anaemia in young children continue to worry health officials, with 80 per cent of children below two years and 60 per cent of children under five years of age suffering from the illness. Ministry of health national advisor NCDs and National Wellness Centre head Dr Isimeli Tukana said in an effort to address...

Vaccines are safe

MENINGOCOCCAL (Men-C) conjugate vaccines are safe. This was the confirmation from the World Health Organization (WHO) as Government embarks on a mass vaccination program for more than 300,000 Fijians under the age of 19 years for prevention against life-threatening disease. According to the international public health body, the vaccination will conjugate meningococcal vaccine was highly...

Flooding to be history for elderly Labasa resident

FLOODING will now be a problem of the past for 65-year-old Gyan Wati after drains near her home were widened and cleared recently. The spinster who lives alone with a son said her compound was always inundated with rain and sea water during heavy rain. Ms Wati said this affected her vegetable farm from which...

Assessors return with guilty opinion in incestuous rape case

THREE assessors in the trial of a man who allegedly raped his granddaughter returned with a unanimous guilty opinion following their deliberations today. The 47-year-old man is charged with two counts of rape and an alternative count of sexual assault. The assessors had, however, found him not guilty of the alternative sexual assault count. The...

Governments seek aid for Syria

BRUSSELS – Governments will seek more than $US6 billion pounds ($F12b) in aid for Syria at a two-day donor conference from Tuesday, which the European Union hopes will also offer Russia, Turkey and Iran a chance to renew peace efforts. As the conflict enters its eighth devastating year, Brussels has invited some 85 governments and...

Western allies pressure Trump

WASHINGTON/TORONTO – Western allies stepped up pressure on US President Donald Trump on Monday to keep alive an international nuclear deal with Iran, with French President Emmanuel Macron due to urge him in person not to tear up the 2015 agreement. Mr Trump has said that unless European allies fix what he has called its...

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake

By Jason Lee and Ben Blanchard BEICHUAN, China (Reuters) – A decade after a massive earthquake rocked China’s southwestern province of Sichuan, killing almost 70,000 people, the scars have begun to heal. The 7.9 magnitude quake which hit on May 12, 2008 was most devastating around its epicentre in Beichuan. Many of the houses that...

CMF annual conference renamed Global Mission Conference

THE yearly Christian Mission Fellowship (CMF) conference is now known as the Global Mission Conference and is underway at the World Harvest Center in Kinoya, Suva this week. CMF media liaison officer Fauoro Titifanua said the change in name symbolised the church’s commitment to the Great Commission. The Great Commission is referenced from the Holy...

Fiji 7s with a mission

THE Fiji Airways 7s team will want to continue their winning streak in the HSBC World Sevens Series this weekend in Singapore. While Fiji lost the Commonwealth Games final to NZ, it has won the last two tournaments- Vancouver 7s and Hong Kong 7s- of the series. Coach Gareth Baber said his players are now...