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25th April

Correction officers reminded of role

SIXTY-three officers who were part of the Fiji Corrections Service passing-out parade were reminded of their roles as corrections officers. Permanent secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defence Ioane Naivalurua, while congratulating the...

Boy, 18, missing as car plunges into river

THE early morning disappearance of a vehicle in the Rewa River yesterday remains a mystery for mother Rehana Ali. Ms Ali lost her husband eight months ago and yesterday, disaster struck again when she discovered that her son was missing from their home in Kasavu. Her son Tasleem Ali is believed to have died after...

Jennifer Garner leads People magazine’s beautiful list

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress, businesswoman and children’s advocate Jennifer Garner is featured on the cover of People magazine’s annual beautiful issue, the magazine said on Tuesday. People said it chose the 47-year-old “Alias” actress for balancing her career and charitable work with the raising of her three children with ex-husband Ben Affleck. In addition...

Union call for ministry recruitment to be put on hold

THE Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) is calling on the Education Ministry to put on hold all its staff recruitment. Members of the union in its resolution stated that the ministry must put on hold the recruitment process until the Open Merit Recruitment System (OMRS) was fine tuned to the needs of the ministry and its...

Jussie Smollett lawyers sued by alleged hoax accomplices

(Reuters) – Two brothers involved in Jussie Smollett’s Chicago alleged hate-crime hoax sued the “Empire” actor’s lawyers on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation for insisting they had “criminally attacked” the actor even after police concluded otherwise. Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo were briefly taken into custody as Chicago police investigated the January incident in which Smollett,...

Bainimarama to officially open Lau provincial meeting

THE Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, is expected to officially open the Lau Provincial Council Meeting in the chiefly village of Tubou in Lakeba, Lau. This is the first provincial council meeting on the island in 13 years, and already the island is in a hive of activities. The PM will also have a talanoa session...

Hollywood celebrates the finale of the ‘Avengers’ movies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and other members of the Avengers superhero team on Monday celebrated the final chapter in a 22-movie saga that ranks as the movie industry’s highest-grossing franchise of all time. At a lavish premiere in Los Angeles, hundreds of industry VIPs, cast members, fans and media watched...

Vigil for victims of Sri Lanka bombing

PEOPLE of all nations, irrespective of their religious background or ethnicity deserve to freely practice their faith. These were the words of Maulana Abdul Aleem of the Fiji Muslim League at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Suva during the vigil to remember those whose lives were lost during the Sri Lanka bombing on Easter...

New Zealand PM says no intelligence linking Sri Lanka attacks to Christchurch

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that her government was not aware of any intelligence suggesting that a devastating attack on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for deadly shootings on a mosques in Christchurch. Sri Lanka’s junior minister for defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, told parliament on Tuesday...

Mother hopeful son would return home

THE early morning disappearance of a vehicle believed to be driven by an 18-year-old who recently attained his driver’s license remains a mystery for mother Rehana Ali. Ms Ali lost her husband eight months ago and yesterday disaster struck again when she discovered that her only child was missing from their home in Kasavu. Her...

New Zealand, France plan bid to tackle extremism on social media

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – In the wake of the Christchurch attack, New Zealand said on Wednesday that it would work with France in an effort to stop social media from being used to promote terrorism and violent extremism. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement that she will co-chair a meeting with French President Emmanuel...

146 ‘tabua’ from NZ handed over to iTaukei ministry

ONE hundred and forty-six tabua from New Zealand were handed over to the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs on Tuesday. “A total of 146 tabua were handed over to us and this was because of due diligence and hard work of both sides of the conservation effort of the Ministry of Environment in partnership with New...

NASA probe detects likely ‘marsquake’ – an interplanetary first

(Reuters) – NASA’s robotic probe InSight has detected and measured what scientists believe to be a “marsquake,” marking the first time a likely seismological tremor has been recorded on another planet, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California reported on Tuesday. The breakthrough came nearly five months after InSight, the first spacecraft designed specifically to study...

Fear consumes Sri Lankan blast survivor after scenes from hell

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Ab Nirmala had just recounted how a day earlier she had found her daughter alive amid the body parts and bloody corpses strewn across the nave of St Anthony’s Church, when a car exploded outside her home, plunging the 54-year-old woman deeper into the trauma consuming all of Sri Lanka. Scared and...

In Rohingya camps, a political awakening faces a backlash

KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) – It was after Mohib Ullah scored his first political victories that the death threats began in earnest. On a recent morning, the Rohingya refugee leaned back on a plastic chair in the Bangladesh camp where he lives, and translated the latest warning, sent over the WhatsApp messaging app. “Mohib...

24th April

Northerners submission on Registration of the Sex Offenders Bill

POSITIVE response and submissions were made at the public consultation over the Registration of the Sex Offenders Bill 2018 in Macuata this afternoon. Alvick Maharaj, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the Registration of the Sex Offenders Bill 2018 thanked the community for making good use of the opportunity...

Putin-Kim summit sends message to U.S. but sanctions relief elusive for North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time this week at a symbolic summit hoping to project himself as a serious world player but likely to come away without a relief from crushing sanctions he seeks. After his second summit with U.S....

Skipper Cup: Tailevu confident of a good outing this weekend

DESPITE losing to Suva in the first round of the Skipper Cup competition, Tailevu is confident they can change the game plan when they take on Namosi next weekend. Team manager Lepani Matea said it is crucial for the team to keep the momentum after a lapse of two years away from the competition. “This...

China to recalibrate Belt and Road, defend scheme against criticism

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is expected to promote a recalibrated version of its Belt and Road initiative at a summit of heads of state this week in Beijing, seeking to allay criticism that its flagship infrastructure policy fuels indebtedness and lacks transparency. The policy championed by Chinese President Xi Jinping has become mired in controversy,...

Mexico sends home more migrants as Trump ramps up pressure

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has returned 15,000 migrants in the past 30 days, a senior government official said on Tuesday, pointing to an uptick in deportations in the face of pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to stem the flow of people north. Speaking at a news conference, Tonatiuh Guillen, head of the National...

Land bank has certain laws to be followed: Ratumudu

LAND cannot be surveyed if a designate is not given to the Fiji Land Bank by the owners of the land owning unit. This was stressed to landowners from the central, eastern and western division by the Director of the Land Use division Taraivini Ratumudu during  the Fiji Land Bank trustees workshop held today. She...

52 roads remain closed to traffic

WITH the trough of low pressure remains slow moving over the Fiji group, 52 roads around the country remained closed. In the Central Division six roads remain closed, 13 roads remain closed in the Western Division, 13 roads remain closed in the Northern Division and a total of 20 roads remain closed in the Eastern Division....

Libyan forces push back Haftar’s troops south of Tripoli: witnesses

HIRA, Libya/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Forces supporting Libya’s internationally recognized government pushed back troops loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar to more than 60 km (37 miles) southwest of the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday, Reuters reporters said. The town of Aziziya was fully under the control of the Tripoli forces, with shops reopening after days of...

Parents shed tears of joy as son receives baton of honor

PARENTS of Ravinesh Ram were in tears of joy as they watched their son from the sideline collect his baton of honor award. His dad Dip Singh said his son was always hardworking and deserved to be given the award. “We are so happy for him and what he has achieved today. He has really...

Hong Kong pro-democracy ‘Occupy’ activists jailed for role in mass protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong court on Wednesday jailed key leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy “Occupy” movement in a move that highlights political divisions nearly five years after protests rocked the China-ruled city. The sentences came after nine leaders of the Occupy movement were found guilty of public nuisance during the protest in...

Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: police

COLOMBO (Reuters) – The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said on Wednesday without providing any further details. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera released the toll but did not give a breakdown of casualties from the three churches and four hotels hit...

Navua evacuation centre closed; evacuees return home

THE evacuation centre at Jokhan Primary School in Navua has been closed. This was confirmed in a Government statement this afternoon clarifying that evacuees at the school have returned home. Meanwhile two families escaped injuries following a landslide at Wainiika village in Cakaudrove yesterday. The families are safe and are now staying with the village...

Sanjeevani medical centre to provide free heart screening

THE safety of our people, particularly our young people is paramount. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while officiating at the inauguration of the children’s heart screening centre within the Sanjeevani Medical centre in Suva today. “Every parent deserves that same level of assurance when their child falls ill. Because of this new Heart Screening...

UK’s May assures Ukraine’s new president of continued support

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May told Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a congratulatory call on Tuesday that Britain would continue to support his country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, her office said. “The Prime Minister stressed the importance of our two countries working together alongside the international community to deter Russian aggression,” a spokeswoman...

Youths flock to the first ‘National Job Fair’

MINISTER for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports, Parveen Kumar is hopeful that events such as the National Job Fair can make a positive impact on the number of people trying to secure jobs. Mr Kumar launched the first National Job Fair at the National Gymnasium this morning and said the National...

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