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Supekalapoa fish market opens in Vanuatu

PORT VILA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (VANUATU DAUILY) – Vanuatu’s newly opened Supekalapoa Fish market is a first in the Pacific region — a small facility that has the processing capacity of 20 tons of fish...

Nauru celebrates greater participation in the tuna fishery

YAREN, 20 AUGUST 2018 (NAURU GOVT) – Commencement of operations by two purse seine vessels flying the flag of Nauru signifies the country’s first ever participation in the lucrative Pacific purse seine fishery. The two vessels – Naoero Star and Naoero Sun – left Suva, Fiji on their maiden voyages under the Nauru flag. Baron...

World Vision calls on NZ PM to get the kids off Nauru

WELLINGTON, 20 AUGUST 2018 (VOXY) – World Vision New Zealand is calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to offer to immediately resettle all 119 children and their families who are detained on Nauru. The New Zealand Government will attend the Pacific Island Forum on 3 September. The Forum will be held on Nauru, where 119...

U.S. Catholics ‘sickened’ by sex abuse report, stand by their faith

YORK, Pa. (Reuters) – Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for Saturday’s Mass at St....

Championship a learning journey for Fijian swimmers

FIJIAN swimmers will learn a lot from the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship, says Viliame Takayawa, who is part of the coaching panel. “It is important for them to get the experience and they will get perform well in the future competitions,” he said. Fiji will field 38 swimmers in the championship. The championship...

Tongasat case “of national importance” says judge as he declares payments were illegal

NUKU’ALOFA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – Tonga’s Chief Justice Paulsen has described the Tongasat case as a “matter of national importance.” The judge made his comments in the Supreme Court when ruling in favour of Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva and the Public Service Association (PSA) which had fought a five year battle against...

Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister’s wedding

VIENNA (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West’s stance against Moscow. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers...

BOG: Ba to face Rewa

THE 2018 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants champion Ba will play Rewa in the feature match of the 2018 Vodafone Premier League at Govind Park in Ba on Saturday. Ba drew with Lautoka 1-all while Rewa was beaten by Nadi 2-0 last weekend. In the other matches, Suva will play Lautoka at Ratu Cakobau...

Korean families separated by war to reunite briefly after 65 years

SEOUL/SOKCHO, South Korea (Reuters) – Some 180 families torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War will be temporarily reunited in North Korea starting Monday after the two Koreas renewed exchanges this year following a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. The reunions, the first in three years, will take place in the North’s tourist...

China’s nuclear bombers spark Pentagon report backlash

BEIJING, 20 AUGUST 2018 (AFP) – China has rejected what it called an “irresponsible” Pentagon report claiming Beijing’s bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific. The report, issued late last week, said China was leveraging its growing military, economic and diplomatic clout to rapidly establish regional dominance, while...

LTA books 102 illegal taxi operators in nationwide operation

A TOTAL of 102 illegal taxi operators were booked by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) during a weeklong operation nationwide aimed at curbing the practice on the roads. According to LTA, these operators were issued with Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) or provided with warning letters for contravening their license condition. In a statement issued today,...

Secondary schools basketball championship begins

THE 2018 Fiji Secondary School Basketball Championship began today at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva. Schools from the Central and Western divisions including Levuka turned out in numbers to compete in the three day tournament. Basketball Fiji Chief operating officer, Laisiasa Puamau said there had been a positive turn out from all the...

NZ and Pacific countries lobby for WHO regional director as Asian influence puts candidate in doubt

AUCKLAND, 20 AUGUST 2018 (TVNZ) – Battlelines are being drawn as New Zealand and Pacific countries lobby for an important appointment at the World Health Organisation (WHO). The region’s health ministers had all agreed to support a Pasifika candidate, but offers of aid and influence from Asian countries have left that in doubt. Hundreds of...

Focus shifts to rescues as rain abates in India’s flood-hit Kerala

KOCHI, India (Reuters) – Torrential rain finally let up in India’s flood-hit Kerala state on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, but authorities feared an outbreak of disease among around 725,000 people crammed into relief camps. Incessant downpours since Aug. 8 have caused the worst floods in a century in the southwestern...

Escott Shield elimination round

AFTER 364 games played by 28 teams, the Suva Rugby Union (SRU) Escott Shield and Koroturaga Trophy competitions will go into the elimination rounds this Saturday, August 25, 2018 at ANZ Stadium, Suva. A tradition that began in 1913 the Escott Shield has been fought over by Suva’s most prominent rugby clubs, the field has...

Larkham inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame presented by Tudor

DUBLIN, 20 AUGUST 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – Former Australia international Stephen Larkham has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held in Sydney on the eve of Australia’s Bledisloe Cup opener with New Zealand. The ceremony, attended by Chairman of the Hall of Fame panel John Eales and fellow...

Human trafficking case referred to high court

A WOMAN who allegedly facilitated the trafficking of 17 Fiji citizens was today instructed to file a proper bail application in the High Court. Seta Sanjana Ram appeared before Magistrate Waleen George today. She is charged with 17 counts of trafficking in person, 16 counts of obtaining property by deception and two counts of money...

Children attend SDA Bible boot camp

A TOTAL of 73 children were part of the Bible Boot Camp organised by the Newtown Seventh Day Adventist Church that began today. In an interview with the Fiji Times, coordinator of the Children’s Ministry Seini Naserua said the whole purpose of organising the camp was to help instil values that would assist them while...

All Blacks expose Wallabies’ glaring weakness

SYDNEY, 20 AUGUST 2108 (AAP) – The Wallabies will likely be without injured superstar Israel Folau when they attempt to win in Auckland for the first time in 1986 and avoid a 16th straight year of Bledisloe Cup despair. Folau departed ANZ Stadium on crutches after suffering an ankle injury midway through the second half...

Series of quakes rocks Indonesia’s Lombok, causing panic

MATARAM, Indonesia (Reuters) – A series of quakes including a powerful 6.9 magnitude tremor struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing one person and causing others to rush out of buildings in panic. The quakes, which could be felt on the neighboring island of Bali, came two...

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