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Sea turtle harvest is still illegal

SEA turtle harvest is still illegal and those catching the endangered marine species would be fined. According to the Ministry of Fisheries, the maximum fine is up to $10,000 and the ministry has warned the...

Labour shortage result in slow cane supply

LABOUR shortage issues resulted in slow cane supply to the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Lautoka and Rarawai mills over the weekend. “The mills stopped production on Sunday morning due to low cane supply but are all now back in operation as of Monday as cane supply begins to normalise,” said FSC. “Our field teams are working...

NFP to celebrate 55 years of existence

THE National Federation Party will be celebrating its 55 years of existence at its annual convention in Ba this Saturday. Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said the party’s roots remained unshakeable as it beefed up preparations for Fiji’s much anticipated general elections. “The NFP is the oldest political party in Fiji and 55 years of...

Deans semis to be played in Suva this week

THE Powerade Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union Deans Championship quarter-finals will be played at Suva’s ANZ Stadium this Saturday. In the Under-18 grade, Cuvu College plays Lelean Memorial School at 10.50am, Marist Brother’s High School plays Queen Victoria School at 12.25pm, John Wesley College plays Ratu Navula College at 3pm while Ratu Kadavulevu School takes...

Sewing machines to empower women

MALOLO women were given sewing machines by Government in a bid to empower them to earn an income for their families. While handing over the equipment to women from Solevu, Yanuya, Tiliva and Yaro Villages, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the machines would provide a gateway to provide employment opportunities...

Fijians to receive free medical services from ‘Ark Peace’

THE Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Hospital ship, Ark Peace will arrive at the Suva Port on August 2 and will be in the country till August 9. Returning to Fiji for the second time after four years, the ship with its 120 medical professionals will be offering free medical services to thousands around...

Fiji to rectify Port State Measures

FIJI now joins Australia, New Zealand, Palau, Tonga and Vanuatu in rectifying the Port State Measures targeted to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. In a statement the Ministry of Fisheries said that fishing vessels visited Fiji to offload their catch, restock supplies, provisioning and vessel maintenance. “While this brings benefit...

Kula Film Awards preps underway

PREPARATIONS of what is expected to be the biggest Kula Film Awards is well advanced. This was stressed by Film Fiji chief executive officer, Dallas Foon in an interview. Mr Foon said a total of 43 schools were taking part in this year’s 13th Annual Kula Film Awards and the preparations from these schools, including...

Child neglect records highest in reported cases

CHILD neglect recorded the highest number of reported cases under the Child Welfare Decree statistics with a total of 73 cases from January to March of this year. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said this was reported through their toll free child help line. “Our role in the upbringing of the...

Bail extended for Waqainabete

FORMER Ministry of Transport spokesperson, Sainiana Waqainabete’s bail has been extended by the Suva Magistrates Court. Ms Waqainabete appeared today before Magistrate Waleen George whereby lawyers from both sides were to inform the court that of their closing submissions. Defence lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo informed the court that he would like to elaborate on his closing...

Syrian ‘White Helmets’ flee to Jordan with Israeli, Western help

JERUSALEM/AMMAN – Hundreds of Syrian “White Helmet” rescue workers and their families fled advancing government forces and slipped over the border into Jordan overnight with the help of Israeli soldiers and Western powers, officials said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a brief video statement on Sunday he had helped the evacuation at the...

Advisory: Nadi residents urged to store water

RESIDENTS in parts of Nadi are being urged to store water. The Water Authority of Fiji issued a statement this afternoon saying supply will be disrupted from 10am tomorrow until 6am Wednesday. Areas affected include Kajal Carwash Rd, Yavusayalewa Rd, Nadovi Rd, Waireba, Sonaisali Rd, Rakiraki Settlement, Double Tree Resort, Relax Fiji and Bay view...

2018 RWC 7s: New Zealand defends title

NEW Zealand has successfully defended the Rugby World Cup Sevens defeating England 33-12 at the AT & T Park in San Francisco. Laced with four Fijian boys the side also created history being the first team to win the world cup back to back and for a record of three years. Fijian flyer Jo Ravouvou...

British reject May’s Brexit plan, some turn to Boris and far right: poll

LONDON – Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union are overwhelmingly opposed by the British public and more than a third of voters would support a new right-wing political party committed to quitting the bloc, according to a new poll. May’s political vulnerability was exposed by the survey which found voters would...

Police officer is Burger King’s Nakasi branch first customer

FOR Davuilevu resident Annie Marie, the opening of Burger King early this morning meant having a world class food chain at her doorstep. The 30-year-old police officer was the first customer at Burger King’s Nakasi branch that opened at 6am this morning. “Now we do not have to travel all the way to Suva to...

Boxing fraternity mourns the death of Taumoepeau

THE boxing fraternity here in Fiji is mourning the loss of coach Napoleon Taumoepeau over the weekend. Amatuer boxing coach Pauliasi Ratu said the passing away of Taumouepeau was a big loss for Fiji. Ratu and Taumoepeau had been part of the coaching panel for the national amateur boxing team. Ratu had coached the boxers...

Iran’s Rouhani warns Trump about ‘mother of all wars’

DUBAI – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “war with Iran is the mother of all wars”, but did not rule out peace between the two countries. Iran faces increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States...

2018 RWC 7s: Fiji finishes fourth

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team lost to South Africa 24-19 in the Rugby World Cup Sevens bronze play-offs at the AT & T Park in San Francisco this afternoon. The Jerry Tuwai-captained side failed to recover from their semi-final loss to outright winner New Zealand allowing South Africa to dictate. Forward Semi Kunatani was...

Israel’s LGBT community protests for fathers’ surrogacy rights

TEL AVIV – Tens of thousands of demonstrators from Israel’s LGBT community and their supporters gathered at a main Tel Aviv plaza on Sunday for the culmination of a day-long strike in protest at the exclusion of gay men from new surrogacy legislation. Earlier, demonstrators blocked the Ayalon freeway, a main route through Tel Aviv,...

Egyptian women challenge social norms by practicing Parkour

CAIRO – A group of Egyptian women gather at an abandoned park in a Cairo suburb once a week, climbing walls and jumping around in the strenuous physical discipline known as Parkour, while also challenging the country’s conservative social norms. Founded in France in the 1980s as the Art du Deplacement and later taking its...

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