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27th January

One in custody for alleged murder at Natokowaqa

A HEAVY load has finally being lifted off Babu Sharma’s shoulder when police arrested a person in relation to his son’s alleged murder in Lautoka recently. The body of Hasneel Sharma, 22, was found at...

Expect ‘abundance of jellyfish’ around Fiji

WITH the increasing water temperatures as a result of climate change, members of the public have been advised to expect an abundance of jellyfish in waters around the country. Responding to questions from this newspaper, the Ministry of Fisheries said in a statement that the two species of jellyfishes found in Fiji were Portuguese man-of-war...

Ministry clarifies myths about jellyfish

WHILE jellyfish do not directly contribute to fish poisoning, their feeding habits in degraded habitats affect marine species turning them toxic. Responding to questions from this newspaper, a statement from the Ministry of Fisheries said there was no scientific evidence to prove that jellyfish made certain fish species toxic. The statement said since jellyfish were...

Milestone Hindi conference for the region

THE High Commission of India organised the first Regional Hindi Conference on Saturday at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. The Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Padmaja, said the event was a milestone because it was the first to be organised in the region. The event attracted Hindi scholars, authors, poets, and government officials associated...

Fijian authorities quarantine ill Chinese nationals

A group of six Chinese nationals from the Fujian province are in quarantine in Nadi as the Ministry of Health carries out investigations on their health. They were denied entry into Samoa yesterday and were sent back to Nadi, as reported in the Fiji Times print edition today. “The Ministry of Health and Medical Services health...

Pain and Glory wins big at Spain’s Goya awards

MALAGA, Spain (Reuters) – Pedro Almodovar’s Oscar-nominated “Pain and Glory” was the big winner at the 34th Goya Awards, Spain’s top film honors, held in Malaga on Saturday night, going home with seven awards including best actor for Antonio Banderas, best director for Almodovar and best film. Banderas, who first collaborated with Almodovar in 1982’s...

Johnny Depp jams with Aerosmith as band celebrates 50-year career

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Johnny Depp and musician Alice Cooper joined Aerosmith on Friday at a gala dinner and performance in Los Angeles to celebrate the band’s 50-year career as one of the best-selling American hard rock bands of all times. Cooper and Depp – who play with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry in rock...

Kenin brings Gauff’s Melbourne run to an end

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – American Sofia Kenin ended teen sensation Coco Gauff’s run at the Australian Open on Sunday with a 6-7(5) 6-3 6-0 victory to reach her first career Grand Slam quarter-final. The 15-year-old Gauff, who had beaten defending champion Naomi Osaka in her previous match and seven-times Grand Slam winner Venus Williams in her...

Teachers sent abroad for treatment due to depression, claims Unions

OVERCROWDED classrooms resulted in 561 teachers being medically treated for depression and hypertension last year, claims two teacher unions. And of this number, 82 had to be sent for further treatment abroad. This was the claim made by the Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) and the Fijian Teachers Association (FTA) in response to queries from this...

Golf: China’s Wu takes slender lead into final round in Dubai

(Reuters) – China’s Wu Ashun eagled his opening hole and rode the momentum as he took a one-shot lead after the third round at the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday. Wu added four birdies and a single bogey on his way to a five-under-par 67 at the Emirates Golf Club as he chases his first...

Ratepayers owe council $1.6m in town rates

RATEPAYERS of Labasa owe the Labasa Town Council $1.6million in town rates. This was revealed at the Public Accounts Committee consultation with Labasa Town Council executives during the consultation on Friday evening. It has also been suggested that the council closely liaise with commercial banks to deduct outstanding rates if ratepayers apply for loans to...

Marseille lose momentum with Angers draw

PARIS (Reuters) – Olympique de Marseille’s remote chances of challenging Paris St Germain for the Ligue 1 title took a knock on Saturday when they were held to a goalless draw at home by Angers. The result left the Provence side in second place with 42 points from 21 games, seven behind PSG who travel...

Hirst to push for more funding for projects

THE special administrator of Rakiraki Town Council will push for more funding for projects in the town with Government. Mark Hirst made the comments when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee last Wednesday. “We had a lot of promises about streetlights and roads that haven’t eventuated,” he said. “In the last couple of budgets,...

England on top with bat and ball as South Africa struggle

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – England proved devastating with both bat and ball on Saturday as they scored 400 runs in their first innings and then reduced sorry South Africa to 88 for six wickets at the close of play on the second day of the fourth test at The Wanderers. A record 10th-wicket partnership saw England...

26th January

Coronavirus contagion rate makes it hard to control – studies

LONDON (Reuters) – Each person infected with coronavirus is passing the disease on to between two and three other people on average at current transmission rates, according to two separate scientific analyses of the epidemic. Whether the outbreak will continue to spread at this rate depends on the effectiveness of control measures, the scientists who...

Call to take heed of the realities of climate change

THE Pacific Conference of Churches has called on Australia to  take heed the realities of climate change and the call for respect of the right of the indigenous people of Australia. PCC general secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said it was a big challenge to discuss climate change and its sad realities with the Prime Minister...

Pompeo accuses radio reporter of ‘shameful’ lying after testy interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday accused a National Public Radio reporter of lying to him and violating “the basic rules of journalism and decency” after she said Pompeo repeatedly cursed at her following a testy interview. NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly said on Friday that Pompeo cursed at her...

22-year-old charged with murder to appear in court

A 22-YEAR-OLD has been charged with the murder of Hasneel Sharma – whose body was found dead at the back of an old service station at Natokowaqa, Lautoka a week ago. Police chief intelligence and investigation ACP Biu Matavou confirmed that the suspect will be produced at the tomorrow. “The three others who were also...

Migrants stranded in Mexico cling on to hopes of reaching U.S. border

TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) – Guatemalan migrant Wilfredo Gomez said on Saturday he had been asking God to make him “invisible” as Mexican security forces started rounding up and detaining other U.S.-bound Central Americans who had illegally crossed into the country. Mexican security forces started taking a much tougher approach to Central American migrants earlier this...

Dinner download – Tape surfaces of Trump calling for envoy’s firing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Halfway through a dinner at the Trump Hotel, U.S. President Donald Trump can be heard giving the order to remove the U.S ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, according to a video that surfaced on Saturday. The video, obtained by Reuters from Lev Parnas’ attorney Joseph Bondy, begins with Trump posing for photos...

FBOA questions FCCC on formula used in increase of bus fares

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) has called on Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) chief executive officer Joel Abraham to come out clean and reveal the formula used to increase bus fares by 7 per cent. In a statement FBOA president Nishar Shah said on average, the fare increase for all stages in Viti...

Thousands support Venezuela’s Guaido at Madrid rally

MADRID (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido joined thousands of supporters at a demonstration in Madrid on Saturday after arriving in Spain on the last leg of a European tour. Speaking in a central square packed with supporters holding signs calling for ‘democracy’, Guaido emphasised the importance of international support in unseating Venezuelan president...

Iraqi security forces raid protest camps after Sadr supporters withdraw

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces fired bullets and tear gas on Saturday in raids on protest camps in Baghdad and southern cities, killing four people and wounding dozens more, police and medical sources said. The new push to end the sit-in protests and restore order came hours after populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who has...

NZ 7s: Ikanikoda starts in match against South Africa

FIJI is expected to fight until the end of the New Zealand Sevens despite being dethroned by Argentina 10-26. While Fiji’s relegation could be noticed on empty seats on stands with most Fijian fans heading home, coach Gareth Baber has named a strong side against South Africa in the play-off for north position. Fiji team: 1. Sevuloni...

Israel’s Gantz, Netanyahu rival, says will meet Trump on peace plan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz said on Saturday he had accepted an invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East. Gantz is the main domestic political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also travelling to Washington to...

Philippines lowers volcano danger level

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine volcanologists on Sunday lowered the alert status of a volcano near the Philippine capital to 3 from 4 to indicate a “decreased tendency towards hazardous explosive eruption”. Authorities also narrowed the exclusion zone around the Taal volcano, which sits in the middle of a lake about 70 km (45 miles) from...

NZ 7s: Fiji to face South Africa in 9th place playoff

THE Fiji 7s team, after being relegated by Argentina in their last pool match of the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton, will play South Africa in the ninth place play-off. Fiji lost the Hamilton 7s title after losing 10-26 to Argentina. England and France meet in the first semi-final while New Zealand and Australia face...

Several countries have breached arms embargo agreed at Libya summit – U.N.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Several countries backing rival factions in Libya have violated an arms embargo which they had agreed to uphold a week ago at a summit in Berlin, the United Nations said on Saturday. Last Sunday, foreign powers backing opposing camps fighting over Libya’s capital Tripoli agreed at a summit hosted by Germany and...

NZ 7s: Fijian fans support 2023 plan

PLANS to move the 2023 New Zealand Sevens to Fiji has been received well by Fijian rugby fans in the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. A Fijian seasonal worker in New Zealand, Natasha Waqa, who is supporting Fiji in the Hamilton tournament, was among those who welcomed the move to stage the tournament possibly in...

NZ 7s: Three in a row

THE Fiji 7s team has lost the New Zealand 7s title. Fiji’s 10-26 loss to Argentina relegated itself from the cup running after beating Australia and Samoa last year. Fiji coach Gareth Baber said Argentina was the better team. His counterpart Santiago Gomez Cora said he told his players to respect Fiji and work hard...

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