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High tackle directive demands cultural change

OITA, Japan (Reuters) – A brief exchange in Samoa’s game against Ireland on Friday perfectly encapsulated the internal struggle rugby is undergoing as officials seek to make the game safer in the face of some...

Usamate: Disaster is everybody’s business

DISASTER is everybody’s business. Minister for National Disaster Management Jone Usamate made the comment during the launch of the 2019 National Disaster awareness in Taveuni today. He said this week’s celebrations also aimed to advance the universal goal of sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and climate change and safeguard the environment. “I would like to...

Weather watch: Heavy rain alert for some parts of the group

HEAVY rain alert remains in force for Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Western half of Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this afternoon says a trough of low pressure lies slow moving over Fiji. Meanwhile, another trough of low pressure just to the...

New Zealand’s Hansen glad Japan is on the other side of the draw

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s progress to the World Cup quarter-finals has not only enthralled the host nation but it has also made the heavyweights of the rugby world, including defending champions New Zealand, sit up and take notice. Impressed by Sunday’s 28-21 victory over Scotland at a raucous Yokohama Stadium, which propelled Japan to their...

Rose Were is New Caledonia’s special envoy to Fiji

FRENCH Ambassador to Fiji Jean-Francois Fitou has announced the arrival of Rose Were,  New Caledonia’s special envoy to Fiji. He made the introduction during a press conference held in Ratu Sukuna Rd, Suva today. “Rose and I will work together to make New Caledonia a force for good in Fiji,” he said. “This is a...

Scotland in the slow lane as World Cup hopes dashed by Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Gregor Townsend had hoped Scotland’s up-tempo brand of rugby would carry them into the knockout stage of the World Cup but their campaign was undone by one side who slowed them to walking pace and another who actually played even faster. Scotland’s 28-21 loss to Japan at a heaving Yokohama Stadium on...

USP observes a minute of silence for Typhoon Hagibis victims in Japan

PARTICIPANTS at the University of the South Pacific Pre-Cop training in Statham campus in Vatuwaqa, Suva today observed a minute of silence to commemorate lives lost in the recent Typhoon Hagibis that hammered Japan two days ago. USP’s Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development communications officer Moira Raduva said the region has also witnessed...

More rural women to train as solar engineers

WITH the construction of the Barefoot College, more rural women will be given opportunities to train as solar engineers. Minister of Women Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa highlighted this at Rural Women’s Day celebrations in Tavua today. “Apart from looking at climate change and disaster risk resilient projects, my ministry has women empowerment programs...

‘A lot has been done’ in the North

THE President Jioji Konrote believes stakeholders including government officials have contributed to the development of Vanua Levu under the Look North Policy initiative. In addressing heads of government departments in Labasa this morning, President Konrote said the North had great potentials and it was encouraging to see developments happen over past years. “For those of...

USP students to be part of COP25 in Chile

FIVE students from the University of the South Pacific will be part of the COP25 in Santiago, Chile in December. They are currently part of a Pre-Cop training at the university’s Statham campus, funded by the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES). European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, Surijo Seam said Fiji’s...

Japan typhoon death toll rises to 58 as hopes for missing fade

TOKYO (Reuters) – The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 58 on Tuesday as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing and as thousands of homes remained without power or water. The storm hit a wide swathe of central and eastern...

Trio wins economics Nobel for science-based poverty fight

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work fighting poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory. French-American Duflo becomes only the second woman to win the economics prize in its 50-year history, as well as...

Police seek information to find remand prisoner

THE Fiji Police Force is on the hunt for escapee Timoci Belo. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said remand prisoner Timoci Belo escaped from the Suva Court house this morning and police are currently searching for his whereabouts. “Belo escaped from the custody of a police officer while being escorted to court,” Ms Naisoro said. “Please call...

Rule-breaking Booker judges honour Atwood, Evaristo with rare double prize

LONDON (Reuters) – Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” and Bernardine Evaristo’s “Girl, Woman, Other” jointly won the Booker Prize on Monday in a surprise double award in which the literary prize recognised its oldest and first black woman winners. The authors will split the 50,000 pounds ($62,800) annual prize, the judging panel said. The award honours...

Scrambling to limit damage, Trump tells Turkey to stop its Syria invasion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday demanded Turkey stop its military incursion in Syria and imposed new sanctions on the NATO ally as Trump scrambled to limit the damage from his much-criticized decision to clear U.S. troops from Turkey’s path. Vice President Mike Pence said Trump had told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan...

Farmers advised to refrain from damaging drainage systems

CROPS must be planted at least three meters away from the drains and you should also maintain the farm access roads when upgrading and maintenance works have been completed. Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy said this during an informal talanoa session with farmers of Doguru community yesterday....

723 cases reported to police since 2014

AN alarming 37 children remain missing in Fiji from the 723 cases reported to police over the past five years. The statistics for those unaccounted for since 2014 include 23 females and 14 males. The revelation was made by Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Inia Seruiratu in a written response to questions...

Machine to help lower import bill

IN a bid to reduce Fiji’s $20 million vegetable oil import bill, the Government has introduced coconut husking, deshelling and hot air dryers at the Copra Millers Fiji Ltd mill in Savusavu. While commissioning the new equipment, Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said it would cushion the workload on the 120,000 people who depend...

Obstructive conduct

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) says Patterson Brothers Shipping Ltd has committed an offence by obstructing the berthing of a Goundar Shipping Services ship at the Ellington Wharf in Rakiraki. The Lomaiviti Princess VI could not start its Ellington-Nabouwalu service yesterday because Patterson Brothers Shipping’s boat, the MV Spirit of Altruism, refused to leave port....

150th anniversary: Influenza grips Fiji

On November 18, 1918, one of The Fiji Times articles said: “As a result of the outbreak of influenza in Suva, six Fijians who contracted it have died at the Colonial Hospital.” Word was also received that seven of the dozen or so Fijians on the ship SS Atua in Sydney had died. This was...

Bus tragedy duo in custody

A BUS driver and a driver of a private car who were involved in an accident which claimed the lives of two students at Lakena, Nausori, have been further remanded in custody. The bus driver, Shalen Jattan, is charged with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, two counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily...

Man claims $14k pension withdrawn without knowledge

A MAN who claimed his retirement pension was withdrawn without his knowledge is disappointed that the Fiji National Provident Fund has not provided him with an explanation. Guruwaiya Achari claims $14,000 was withdrawn from his FNPF account in the year 2000 and he only found out when he visited the FNPF branch in the West...

Labour challenge

FIJI and other Pacific Island Countries are facing significant challenges in the labour market which mainly involves the youths. On one side of the coin, the region has very high youth unemployment rate while on the flipside there is a huge shortage of skilled people. This was revealed by Prof Satish Chand from the University...

$30.30 million revenue for local enterprise

THE Rice Company of Fiji Ltd is forecasting lower sales volume in the backdrop of overall slowdown and increased competition on the rice production front. Company chairman Gary Callaghan however said they were constantly looking for opportunities to ride the growth cycle despite increased competition locally. The company released its 2019 annual report which showed...

Bank aims to make home loans accessible for clients

THE only local bank in the country has reduced its home loan rate from 7.5 per cent to 6.99 per cent. HFC Bank’s retail banking manager Tony Ram there has been a steady growth for the past few years. He said the fixed rate for 12 months was 4.5 per cent which was very competitive...

Authorities should prioritise search, says Radrodro

GOVERNMENT authorities responsible for the welfare of children should prioritise the search for the missing 37 children, says Opposition spokeswoman on Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Salote Radrodro. She said the figure was alarming, especially for children to go missing in a country where people practically knew each other. “It must be underscored that any...

Minister explains trend

CHILDREN go missing in Fiji around the school holidays, says Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu. He said this had been a trend for a number of years. He made the comment after conducting an analysis of missing children data from 2014-2019. During the reporting period, a total of 723 people were reported missing in the country...

Cost of investigating cases is ‘astronomical’

THE cost of investigating cases of missing children is “astronomical”, says Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu. He said a lot of time was devoted in administration and operational works related to missing children investigations. “It is no doubt astronomical in terms of man hours, cost and mobilisation of resources,” Mr Seruiratu said. He said the...

Recent history has no bearing on Ireland clash: New Zealand’s Hansen

TOKYO (Reuters) – New Zealand have lost twice to Ireland in their last three meetings but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says all form goes out the window ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo. Ireland have fashioned an impressive record under New Zealander Joe Schmidt in the last six years, with the...

Scary to think how much Japan can grow, says captain Leitch

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan captain Michael Leitch said on Monday the potential for his side to grow is “scary” and that while the Rugby World Cup knockout stage will be a step into the unknown for the players they have the mental strength to deal with the pressure. Japan reached the World Cup quarter-finals...

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