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Motion to strike out grant to PIDF defeated in Parliament

A MOTION to strike out an operating grant of $1.2million allocated to the Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat ( PIDF) was defeated in Parliament today. This issue was highlighted during the committee of supply’s deliberation...

Fiji Airways awarded coveted Skytrax 4-Star rating

FIJI Airways has been awarded the coveted Skytrax 4-Star rating at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris, joining a select group of elite airlines in this prestigious category. At the same awards, Fiji Airways also leapfrogged from 4th to 1st place to claim the “Best Airline Staff in Australia Pacific”, acknowledging the airline’s...

Southeast Asia should ban imports of foreign trash: environmentalists

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a plastic pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok. Southeast Asia has seen a staggering spike in imports of plastic and electronic waste from developed countries after the...

18th June

21 months imprisonment for redistributing video of mosque killings

A CHRISTCHURCH man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. According to Radio New Zealand,Philip Arps, who runs Beneficial Insulation – a firm that uses neo-Nazi imagery – pleaded guilty in April to two charges of distributing objectionable material. The 44-year-old sent a copy...

14th June

Peters kicked out of Parliament during debate

THE deputy prime minister was kicked out of the House yesterday afternoon, after complaining that politicians were “not playing tiddlywinks”. Radio New Zealand reports Winston Peters tried to ask a supplementary question on the subject of teachers’ pay parity in an attempt to draw attention to a breakthrough in negotiations with teachers. Speaker Trevor Mallard...

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