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Check authenticity of product, council warns

MEMBERS of the public have been advised to check manufacturers’ website to clarify the authenticity of products. Consumer Council of Fiji’s north coordinator Nanise Veikoso said many large companies now had information on their websites...

Fiji resumes sugar export to China

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has resumed the shipment of Fijian sugar to the Chinese market. According to a statement released by Government, FSC recently sent its second consignment for this year on the MV Erradale from Lautoka. This is FSC’S first consignment of sugar for the Chinese market after a lapse of many years, with a...

Plans for a Cook Islands high commission in Fiji

THE Cook Islands government plans to establish a high commission in Fiji in a bid to gain more interaction with key partners and expand on trade and economic opportunities. This was announced by the Cook Islands Finance Minister Mark Brown while delivering his 2018/19 budget address for the island nation recently. According to Mr Brown,...

100,000 using Walesi, says Sayed-Khaiyum

ABOUT 100,000 people have downloaded the Walesi mobile phone application and registered their details to watch television on their cellular devices. This was the word from Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He made the comment while launching the free WiFi hots pots at Koroivolu Park, Nadi, yesterday. “On your smart...

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, the whole of the Nadi Municipal Market would have free access to high-speed internet for one hour every day. He...

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....

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