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21st November

School employment exposure

THE Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, the Ministry of Education, International Labour Organization and Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) have joined forces for the School Employment Exposure Program that was launched at...

Taliban say no pact struck with U.S. on deadline to end Afghan war

KABUL (Reuters) – A three-day meeting between the Taliban and the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan to pave the way for peace talks ended with no agreement, the militant group said a day after the diplomat declared a deadline of April 2019 to end a 17-year-long war. Afghanistan’s security situation has worsened since NATO formally...

Sheikh Ahmad steps aside as IOC member pending outcome of Ethics Commission hearing

LAUSANNE, 20 NOVEMBER 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has stepped aside temporarily from his roles and responsibilities as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and chairman of the Olympic Solidarity Commission, pending the outcome of an IOC Ethics Commission hearing over the alleged forging of videos. It comes with the official...

Competency-based business training organised for young Kadavu entrepreneurs

THE Ministry of Youth and Sports, in partnership with the National Centre for Small and Micro Enterprise Development (NCSMED), has trained more than 30 youths in the district of Ravitaki in Kadavu on Competency-based Economies through the formation of Entrepreneurs (CEFE) Business training. Held at Wailevu Village, the training was designed to ensure youths would improve...

20th November

French universities to offer more courses in English to attract foreign students

PARIS (Reuters) – France wants to boost the number of foreign students at its universities by more than half over the next decade and will offer more courses taught in English to attract them. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, announcing the plan on Monday, said increasing the number of foreigners studying in the country would help...

Pacific must reject China bullying – PFF

PAGOPAGO/PORT MORESBY 19 NOVEMBER 2018 (PFF/REUTERS) – Pacific leaders who open Forum meetings to media must reject attempts by China to reverse that practice, says regional media watchdog the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF). “Pacific journalists are a normal feature of Pacific leaders events, and must remain so” says PFF Chair, Monica Miller. “We urge the...

Fiji’s seasonal work cap to New Zealand increases

FIJI’S participation has increased by 1750 in the seasonal work cap under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Scheme. The new increase was recently announced by the New Zealand government earlier this month. Fiji’s Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations permanent secretary Salaseini Daunabuna said the increase would strengthen the country’s labour-sending opportunities...

Small island states have to ‘advocate for our collective interests’, says Singapore PM Lee

PORT MORESBY, 19 NOVEMBER 2018 (THE STRAITS TIMES) – Small island states share many common interests and concerns, and thus have to “make common cause together”, said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Lee made this point during a dialogue between Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders and leaders from Pacific Island states on Saturday. Singapore...

‘Yellow vest’ protests block fuel depots in France, retailers hit

PARIS (Reuters) – Protesters angered by higher fuel taxes blocked access to three oil depots in France and sporadic unrest erupted in the overseas territory of Reunion, in a third day of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms. Up to 20,000 protesters clad in fluorescent high-visibility jackets blocked highways across France with burning barricades...

Tablets issued to boost vulnerability and disaster assessments in agriculture

THE capacities of Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture to conduct vulnerability and disaster assessments in Fiji received a boost with the handover of 50 tablets. The tablets are components of the Pro-Resilient Fiji project that was funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The...

Australia and Vanuatu strengthen security co-operation

AUSTRALIA and Vanuatu have announced a new initiative to build up the Melanesian country’s security capability. Announced yesterday, it will include significant infrastructure upgrades for the Vanuatu Mobile Force and Police Maritime Wing and enhanced training and leadership opportunities for all three arms of the Vanuatu Police Force. A statement from the Australian Prime Minister’s...

Rouhani says Iran to continue oil exports and resist US economic war

(Reuters) – Iran will continue to export oil despite U.S. sanctions, which are part of a psychological war doomed to failure, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday. By reimposing sanctions on OPEC’s third biggest crude producer, Washington wants to force Tehran to drop its ballistic missile programs, further curb its nuclear work and limit...

Gender non-conformity still an excuse for violence against transgenders

GENDER non-conformity is still used as an excuse for harassment, violence and even murder of transgender people. These were the sentiments shared by the executive director of Rainbow Pride Foundation (RPF) and the Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN), Isikeli Vulavou, while speaking at an event to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Nabua, Suva...

China defers Tonga’s loan payments as Pacific nation signs up to Belt and Road

PORT MORESBY,19 NOVEMBER 2018 (REUTERS) – Tonga has signed up to China’s Belt and Road initiative and has received a reprieve from Beijing on the timing of debt payments shortly before an onerous schedule to repay loans was due to start. Lopeti Senituli, political advisor to Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, told Reuters by email...

Finns respond to Trump by raking country great again

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Puzzled Finns have taken to Twitter to post pictures of themselves raking the forest after U.S. President Donald Trump said California should learn a lesson from the Nordic country about how to protect itself against wildfires. While visiting California’s wildfire zones on Saturday, Trump told reporters that Finland spends “a lot of...

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Ensure women’s voices and issues are well represented, FWRM urges women MP-elects

THE 10 female candidates who would be sworn-in as Members of Parliament soon have been encouraged to ensure the voices and issues of women are well represented in the House. The call was made by Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s executive director Nalini Singh who acknowledged women’s participation in Fiji’s 2018 General Election. “We are pleased...

Xi meets leaders of Pacific island nations to further BRI cooperation

PORT MORESBY, 19 NOVEMBER 2018 (XINHUA) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met on Friday with leaders of Pacific island countries that have diplomatic relations with China to exchange views on bilateral ties and pragmatic cooperation. During the meeting with President of the Federated States of Micronesia Peter Christian, Xi said China appreciates the Pacific island...

Higgins group opens refurbished depot in Tavua

ROADING infrastructure company Higgins Group Holdings Limited has opened its newly-refurbished depot in Tavua. And the opening of this facility has now seen the number of staff at the facility increased from three to 19. The group has just begun the new roading corridor maintenance contract covering the northern part of Viti Levu, that includes the towns Ba,...

FEO app to include data on Government distribution boundaries

THE Fijian Election Office (FEO) app will soon include another tab that will list the data based on the Government distribution boundaries. During a press conference this afternoon, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the FEO app presently gave people the breakdown of statistics based on the FEO administrative areas. “We will be updating the...

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Nearly 4000 people were evacuated on Monday from areas around Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting overnight, the country’s disaster agency Conred said. The volcano spewed out dangerous flows of fast-moving clouds of hot ash, lava and gas early Monday and more than 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters...

Fulton Hogan’s Taunovo depot oversees provincial networks

FULTON Hogan Hiways Taunovo depot will now oversee road repairs and maintenance in the Serua, Namosi and parts of the Rewa provinces. In a statement released this afternoon, the company said the facility, which was formerly the property of the Public Works Department (PWD), had access to four quarries, with two located in Waiyanitu, one...

Security forces storm PNG parliament over unpaid wages after APEC summit

PORT MORESBY (Reuters) – A group of up to 100 Papua New Guinea (PNG) security personnel forced their way into parliament on Tuesday to demand unpaid wages, lawmakers said, just days after world leaders attended a regional summit in the impoverished island nation. “It was the armed forces, police and correctional workers. They have entered...

Saipan airport re-energised, 300 generators bound for Tinian

THE Northern Marianas’ main airport on Saipan has had power restored temporarily in anticipation of the resumption of regular night-time flights on Tuesday evening. It has been more than three weeks since Super Typhoon Yutu leveled Saipan and neighbouring Tinian, damaging most of its electricity infrastructure. At the weekend, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation was able...

Brexit turmoil delays deal on Britain’s EU defense ties

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British plans for a swift inclusion in the European Union’s new flagship defense pact are being undermined by political turmoil in London and uncertainly over the terms of Britain’s exit from the bloc, EU diplomats say. Prime Minister Theresa May called in February for a new security treaty with the EU from...

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RFMF will continue security provision for FijiFirst government

REPUBLIC of the Fiji Military Forces Chief of Staff Colonel Jone Kalouniwai says they will continue to provide security for the FijiFirst government they are about to enter their second term of another four years. His comments came after party leader Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as Prime Minister at the State House in Suva...

Airbnb to remove listings in Israel’s West Bank settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Home-renting company Airbnb Inc <AirBnB Inc> said on Monday it would remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move Israel called a “wretched capitulation” to boycotters and Palestinians hailed as a step towards peace. The decision, affecting some 200 listings, would take effect in the coming days, Airbnb...

PNG govt works to end Manam Island resettlement crisis

IN an effort to resolve the Manam resettlement crisis, Papua New Guinea’s government is determined to win back the trust of the islanders. It’s been 15 years since Manam islanders had to resettle on PNG’s mainland due to volcanic activity on their island. There’s been a range of problems around the resettlement, including disputes over...

2018 Sukuna Bowl: RFMF footballers win title

THE RFMF football team has won the 2018 Sukuna Bowl competition defeating Police 2-nil in Suva today. Goals from Epeli Saukuru and Christopher Wasasala were enough to hand the trophy to the army brigade after a lapse of three years. Team defender and national rep Kolinio Sivoki said it was a tough match. “It was...

Oceania women’s 15s: Samoa thumps Tonga on Fijian soil

SAMOA thumped Tonga 68-7 in their Oceania Women’s 15s encounter at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. The Samoans played structured rugby and outclassed their opponents throughout the game. The side also defeated Papua New Guinea in its opening match and to face the Fijians in the decider match this weekend.

Fiji Meteorology director dies

THE Fiji Meteorological Service is mourning the loss of its director Ravind Kumar. Mr Kumar passed away suddenly in Nadi on Sunday, November 18. Mr Kumar’s funeral cortege will leave his residence at Cooperative Road, Waqadra, for the Wailoaloa Crematorium at 1pm tomorrow.

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