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UPS launches drone business, seeks to certify multiple pilots

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N), the world’s largest package delivery firm, on Tuesday unveiled its drone delivery subsidiary and said it has applied for the Federal Aviation Administration certifications needed to...

Alleged police brutality

A MOTHER is seeking answers from the Fiji Police Force after her son was allegedly bashed up by police, resulting in a seizure while in custody at the Labasa Police Station over the weekend. Fulori Milika claimed her 29-year-old son, Pelasio Tamanikoula, a yaqona farmer, was taken in by police early Saturday morning and was...

Naisoro: Suspect tried to kill himself

THE man who is alleged to have murdered a woman at Service St in Suva had also attempted to take his own life, says police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro. Ms Naisoro said the suspect was the victim’s husband. She said police were still trying to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman. “We cannot...

Drop in yaqona theft; Drug cultivation

REPORTS of yaqona theft and cultivation of marijuana in the North has quietened down, says divisional police commander North Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa. So far the number of reports he said had dropped. “It’s a quiet period right now and we are thankful to the members of the public who have worked...

Fiji police join IACP

THE Fiji Police Force has joined the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) — the world’s largest professional association for police leaders. Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho met IACP chief Paul Cell in Nadi on Monday where the announcement was made. “The reputation of the Fiji police precedes itself as one of the...

Trump sues to block House panel from getting his state tax returns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued to block a U.S. House of Representatives committee from obtaining his New York state tax returns, with his lawyer accusing the Democratic-controlled panel of “presidential harassment.” In a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Trump’s lawyers argued that a law passed...

SCGC: Mills stoppage a concern

THE Sugar Cane Growers Council (SCGC) says it has been inundated with calls from farmers about the continuing stoppages at the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Rarawai Mill in Ba and issues at the Lautoka mill. SCGC chief executive officer Sundresh Chetty said the concerns raised by growers has been overwhelming. “The council is concerned that the...

Karan questions FSC on breakdowns

Permanent secretary for Ministry of Sugar Yogesh Karan has called on the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) to explain why its two Viti Levu mills continued to have mechanical issues six weeks into the 2019 season. “I received quite a number of calls from growers about the ongoing problems at the Lautoka and Rarawai mills,” he...

Music icon no more

FIJI has lost her most successful singer, songwriter, producer and entertainer with the passing away of music icon Daniel Rae Costello (Danny). The 58-year-old former Lautoka resident passed away in Australia on Monday. He was by far the most outstanding musician that Fiji had ever produced in terms of originality, consistency and he was a...

Inform people contraband are illegal, says Qiliho

THE public needs to be informed that contraband are illegal and they will be charged if they are found delivering them to remand prisoners. This is the message from Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho to people involved in the smuggling of contraband to remand prisoners kept in cell blocks at Government Buildings in...

‘Serve, protect and preserve life’

THE Fiji Police Force’s uniform is a beacon of hope for those in need, Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho told 206 new recruits yesterday. Speaking during the opening of the basic recruit course at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova, Suva yesterday, Brig-Gen Qiliho reminded the new recruits that they were police officers irrespective...

Alert over liquid meth

METHAMPHETAMINE is also being moved in its liquid form. The revelation was made by Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho as police intensified its fight against the illicit drug trade in the country. The police chief said previously police had only dealt with crystallised meth. “We are aware that now, meth is being moved in...

Trump tells Pentagon to find better sources of rare earth magnet

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday told the Pentagon to find better ways to procure a rare earth magnet used in speciality motors, warning that the nation’s defence would suffer without adequate stockpiles. Attention is growing on rare earths, an obscure grouping of 17 minerals used to build weapons, consumer electronics and a...

More racial diversity in U.S. police departments unlikely to reduce shootings – study

(Reuters) – White police officers in the United States are no more likely to shoot dead minorities than black or Hispanic officers, undercutting the idea that increasing racial diversity in police departments would reduce those shootings, a study released on Monday said. The report from researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Maryland...

Multidrug-resistant malaria spreading in Southeast Asia: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Strains of malaria resistant to two key anti-malarial medicines are becoming more dominant in Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand after spreading rapidly from Cambodia, scientists warned on Monday. Using genomic surveillance to track the spread of drug-resistant malaria, the scientists found that the strain, known as KEL1/PLA1, has also evolved and picked...

Qiliho: More partnerships needed between policing organisations

MORE partnerships between policing organisations in the international front are needed to effectively address the illegal trade, which is a global problem. These were the words of Fiji’s Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho during a meeting with International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) president Chief Paul Cell in Nadi yesterday. One of the areas...

Canada airlifting thousands of trapped migrating salmon upstream

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada is airlifting thousands of salmon upstream after a rockslide blocked the path of the migrating fish, triggering concerns of a permanent loss of fish populations, government officials said. The Big Bar rockslide, which officials believe occurred in late October or early November 2018, is located in the Fraser River just north...

Police: Meth is being moved in its liquid form in Fiji

METHAMPHETAMINE is also being moved in its liquid form in Fiji, revealed Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Brig-Gen Qiliho said the two main hard drugs that Fiji police were seizing were methamphetamine and cocaine “and in some cases the cocktail of both”. Read the full report on Page 7 of today’s edition of The Fiji...

Villagers angry as Portugal wildfire still rages

VILA DE REI/MACAO, Portugal (Reuters) – After more than 50 hours, firefighters were still battling a wildfire in central Portugal late on Monday, as villagers and local authorities blamed a lack of resources and government inaction for the damage caused by the flames. So far, 39 people had been injured, including one who was in...

Cameroon conservationists heal endangered African gray parrots

LIMBE, Cameroon (Reuters) – Conservationists in Cameroon are trying to save the endangered African gray parrot, one of the world’s most trafficked animals because of its skill at mimicking human speech. Despite trade of the parrot being outlawed at the U.N.’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in 2016, it remains a popular...

CCF urges authorities to work swiftly with human rights body

THE Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) is urging the Fiji Corrections Service and the Fiji Police Force to work swiftly with the Fiji Human Rights and Anti- Discrimination Commission in combating human rights violations of torture or cruel and degrading treatment. CCF’s made this call after the alleged assault of a 20-year-old remand prisoner at the...

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near West Bank barrier

SUR BAHER, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli forces demolished a cluster of Palestinian homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of protests and international criticism. Israel said the 10 apartment buildings, most of them still under construction, had been built illegally and posed a security risk to...

Police investigate woman’s death at her Suva home

THE man who is alleged to have murdered a woman at Service St in Suva had also attempted to take his own life, says Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro. Ms Naisoro said the suspect was the victim’s husband. She said police were still trying to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman. Read the...

Microsoft to invest $1 billion in OpenAI

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Monday it was investing $1 billion in San Francisco-based OpenAI and that the two had formed a multi-year partnership to develop artificial intelligence supercomputing technologies on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service. OpenAI was founded in 2015 as a nonprofit with $1 billion in funding from Silicon Valley investors Sam...

Police deaths spark concerns

THE deaths of 17 police officers from January this year has sparked concern, says Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Speaking in Nadi on Monday, he said prioritising healthy lifestyle practices in the police force was something he was passionate about. Brig-Gen Qiliho met with International Association of Chiefs of Police president (IACP) Chief Paul Cell...

U.S. records 25 new measles cases as outbreak spreads to Ohio, Alaska

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States recorded 25 new measles cases last week, raising the total number of cases this year to 1,148 in the country’s worst outbreak in a quarter century, federal health officials said on Monday. The 2.2% increase in the number of cases between July 11 and July 18 included new...

High Court allows time to finalise agreed facts in rape case

THE High Court in Suva has given both the defence and the State time to finalise agreed facts and pre-trial conference checklist in a case involving a grandfather accused of rape and sexual related offences. The accused is charged with one count of sexual assault, two counts of rape and one count of attempted rape...

23rd July

France finds wreckage of submarine which disappeared in 1968

PARIS (Reuters) – The French Navy has found the wreckage of its ‘Minerve’ submarine, which disappeared off the coast of Toulon in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968, leading to the loss of 52 lives. “We have just found the Minerve. It was a successful operation, a moment of relief and a demonstration of technical prowess....

LTA: Bus drivers have right of way to re-enter carriageway

BUS drivers must be aware of the traffic regulation relating to when they pull away from bus stops, says the Land Transport Authority(LTA). In a statement released today, the authority stated that Traffic Regulations 13 (1) and 87 of the Land Transport (Traffic) Regulation 2000, stated the driver of a motor vehicle must give way...

India’s moon mission lifts off, hopes to probe lunar south pole

SRIHARIKOTA/BENGALURU, India (Reuters) – India launched a rocket into space on Monday in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon, its most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power. If successful, the $146 million mission will allow Indian scientists to carry out studies on the...

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