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12th December

Most identified victims of human trafficking are women

THE most identified victims of human trafficking are women, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 2018 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa says...

U.S. panel eyes sanctions against Amit Shah over India’s citizenship curb for Muslims

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A federal panel on religion has urged the United States to weigh sanctions against Home Minister Amit Shah if India adopts legislation to exclude Muslims from a path to citizenship for religious minorities from its neighbours. Shah is a close associate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist-led government is...

Trafficking in Fiji extended to other countries

INTERNATIONAL and domestic trafficking in Fiji has now extended to Thailand and other countries, according to International Organization for Migration project support officer Lee Yacoumis. Ms Yacoumis, during her presentation during the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation workshop at the Naviti Resort in Sigatoka yesterday, said trafficking was increasing in Fiji. She said previously sex...

Fires from CP Rail train derailment under control: safety officials

(Reuters) – Fires are still burning at the site where a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed early Monday while hauling oil, but they are under control, public safety officials said on Tuesday. The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) said in a statement the scene was contained, with about 100 responders focusing on suppressing the remaining...

Trafficking, one of the worst forms of violence

TRAFFICKING is one of the worst forms of violence against women and girls who are used for sexual exploitation and forced labour, says Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa. While officiating during the National Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation workshop at the Naviti Resort in Sigatoka yesterday, Mrs Vuniwaqa said trafficking in persons...

Hudson’s Bay investor says will vote against take-private deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hudson’s Bay Co (HBC.TO) investor Ortelius Advisors LP said it will vote against the Saks Fifth Avenue owner’s C$1.9 billion ($1.4 billion) take-private deal because of what the hedge fund views as lapses in the sales process. Ortelius joins a number of investors who say the sale of the company to...

Meltdowns and touchdowns: How the U.S. scored a Canada-Mexico trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Revising the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement took a year of acrimonious talks among Democrats, the chief U.S. negotiator and a labor union president – and may have set a world record for phones being slammed down in anger, according to one negotiator. On Tuesday top officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States...

South African mines grind to halt as floods worsen power crisis

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Mines across South Africa are shutting down after flash flooding caused the largest power blackouts in more than a decade, threatening a key export sector in a further blow to the country’s already slowing economy. Heavy rains across parts of South Africa have submerged whole neighbourhoods, leading to mass evacuations and aggravating...

Nobel peace laureate Abiy says militants, global powers threaten Horn of Africa

OSLO (Reuters) – Militant groups and global military powers both pose a threat to peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Tuesday after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for forging a peace accord with Eritrea. Abiy won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in October for his peacemaking...

11th December

UK’s Johnson now less certain of election victory: YouGov

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s election race has tightened markedly over the past two weeks and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now likely to win only a modest majority in Thursday’s vote, according to a closely watched forecast released on Tuesday. The 28-seat Conservative margin of victory predicted by pollsters YouGov, down from 68 two weeks...

FNU senior instructor wins Research Excellence award

SENIOR instructor in the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST), Dr Ronesh Sharma was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence 2019, in the category of Early Career Researcher. Dr Sharma who attained a PhD degree, received the award in...

HSBC Swiss unit to pay $192 million in latest U.S. tax evasion deal

(Reuters) – The Swiss private banking unit of HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) will pay $192.4 million to resolve a U.S. probe of its role in helping wealthy Americans evade taxes by using undeclared Swiss bank accounts, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday. The DoJ’s deal with HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA is the...

New Zealand recovery teams hoping to access White Island volcano on Wednesday

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that recovery teams were hoping to access the volcanic island on Wednesday where eight people are missing and feared dead, two days after an eruption killed six people. “That’s everyone’s hope,” Ardern told Reuters about the possibility of accessing White Island, which lies some 50...

Rapinoe adds a goal for 2020: helping Democrats win White House

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From award shows to magazine covers, it can often feel as though Megan Rapinoe is everywhere – and soon, that might include rallies for Democratic presidential candidates. The U.S. women’s national soccer team’s fiery co-captain is not running for office. But after helping the Americans clinch a second consecutive World Cup...

Powell’s ‘half-full’ U.S. glass sturdy but still at risk for spills as Fed meets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has taken a glass-half-full view of the U.S. economy but the trouble may be that the glass has gotten smaller and has a few cracks. Over the next week it risks losing a few drops as deadlines approach for the United States to impose new tariffs on...

Tamavua unplanned outage due to damaged underground cable

A 415Volts underground power cable supplying the customers in the Tamavua area had been damaged during excavation works undertaken by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF). This was clarified by Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) Acting Chief Executive Officer Bobby Naimawi in a statement today. The statement was issued as there was an unplanned power outage...

U.S. third-quarter labor cost growth cut; productivity soft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Growth of U.S. labor costs was not as robust as initially thought in the third quarter, suggesting inflation could remain tame in the near term. The sharp downward revision to labor costs, reported by the Labor Department on Tuesday, also pointed to some easing of the squeeze on profit margins. Corporate profits...

Road signs to assist Police improve road safety

THE Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is deeply concerned with the number of deaths on the roads and so they have assisted the Fiji Police Force with 58 new traffic police signs to improve road safety. FRA Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Moore said the traffic signs will help the police control accidents on the road. “We...

Trump assails FBI Director Wray after report finds no evidence of political bias

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump berated FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday after a U.S. government investigation found no evidence of political bias when the FBI began investigating contacts between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia in 2016. Trump’s allies and his detractors both were encouraged by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog report, which on...

U.S. slaps sanctions on Myanmar military chief over Rohingya atrocities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military leaders, including the commander-in-chief, in the toughest action taken yet by Washington for alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other minorities. The sanctions targeted military chief Min Aung Hlaing on the same day that Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San...

Five scholarship offers for Fijian athletes at Beijing Sports University

LUNHAO Xia, Vice President of Beijing Sports University has announced that Fijian athletes and officials are welcome to study at Beijing Sports University, one of the finest Sports University in China through its International Sports scholarship. Mr Xia made the announcement during a meeting with Fijian Minister for Industrial Relations, Employment and Youth & Sports,...

Iran ready for full prisoner swap, ‘ball is in the U.S.’ court’: Zarif

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday the Islamic republic is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the United States, tweeting: “The ball is in the US’ court”. “After getting our hostage back this week, fully ready for comprehensive prisoner exchange,” Zarif said. The United States and Iran on...

U.S. Justice Department to review Google’s deal for Fitbit: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department will review plans by Alphabet Inc-owned (GOOGL.O) Google to buy fitness tracker maker Fitbit Inc (FIT.N) for possible antitrust issues, a source told Reuters on Tuesday. The $2.1 billion deal will give search and advertising giant Google the capability to take on Apple and Samsung in the crowded...

200,000 measles vaccines to boost measles response in Fiji

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services today received 200,000 measles vaccines, funded by the Australian Government to boost the Fijian Government’s measles response. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete thanked the Australian Government for their assistance saying “these vaccines will enable us to continue our mass immunisation campaign, targeting those most...

Peloton tumbles over 6% after short seller warns of competition

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shares of Peloton Interactive (PTON.O) tumbled over 6% on Tuesday after noted short seller Andrew Left valued the seller of stationary exercise bicycles at about one seventh of its recent stock price. Left’s Citron Research warned that the Peloton’s bikes, priced at over $2,200, and its streaming exercise video service face...

U.S. Attorney General Barr says FBI may have acted in ‘bad faith’ on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday he is still not fully convinced that the FBI acted without bias when it opened its 2016 investigation into possible links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. In his first interview since a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz faulting the...

iTaukei documents and official records safe: Bainimarama

ALL iTaukei documents and official records are safe despite the iTaukei Affairs building being completely destroyed in a fire this morning. This is the reassurance by the Permanent Secretary iTaukei Affairs and Chief Executive Officer iTaukei Affairs Board, Meleti Bainimarama in a statement released this afternoon. Mr Bainimarama also assured the public that the Ministry...

22-year-old man believed to be latest drowning victim

A 22-year-old man from Lautoka is believed to be the country’s latest drowning victim. This was confirmed in a statement sent by police released today. Police have revealed that the man was swimming with some friends in the Naviago Waters in Lautoka on Monday when the incident had occurred. “His body was later found in...

Father’s energy legacy haunts Canada’s Trudeau as he seeks to heal rift with angry Alberta

(Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has an unusual challenge as he seeks to charm angry westerners who fear he will destroy the region’s oil and gas industry – the legacy of his father, who was reviled in much of the west for his energy policies. Pierre Trudeau, also a Liberal prime minister, pushed...

RFMF holds final parade of the year

MORE than 900 members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces were part of the Commanders Parade held at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua today. RFMF Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto while officiating at the final parade of the year reminded each military personnel on the importance of job retention. “There is a reason...

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