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26th May

Tarantino is top dog at Cannes – at least in the pooch department

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Twenty-five years after taking the festival by storm with “Pulp Fiction”, Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie has already clinched an award at Cannes – thanks to a dog in a show-stealing fight...

ANZ volunteers join tree planting initiative

AS part of Government’s “Plant 4million trees in Four Years”, volunteers joined staff from the Ministry of Forestry yesterday to plant trees in the Sugar City. Among the group was about 20 volunteers from ANZ offices in the Western Division. Lautoka branch manager Linda Hanfakaga said they had volunteered to help out with preparatory works...

Harvey Weinstein and accusers reach tentative compensation deal: WSJ

(Reuters) – Harvey Weinstein, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office have reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people it said were familiar...

Police plea on alleged kidnapping

THE Fiji Police Force is pleading with anyone whose child is missing or is aware or had witnessed an alleged kidnapping or abduction incident in Valelevu, Nasinu last week to come forward. Their plea comes after an 11-year-old student claimed she saw four children tied up in a white van during an alleged kidnapping attempt...

Cannes critics let rip at Kechiche’s three-hour twerk-fest

CANNES, France (Reuters) – A three-and-a-half hour, largely plotless movie set in a nightclub, featuring girls twerking from every angle and a 13-minute explicit sex scene in the toilet, claimed the dubious honour as the most universally panned film at Cannes on Friday. Filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche is no stranger to controversy, with his previous outings...

Members of the rescue teams prepare to load part of the Cessna 172 wreckage on to a truck. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

Late flight instructor had done all he could

PACIFIC Flying School flight instructor Iliesa Tawalo had done all he could to avoid the ill-fated Cessna 172 flight from crashing in the mountain ranges of Delaikoro, Macuata last year. This was revealed by Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during a press conference on the findings of New Zealand air accident engineer Andrew McGregor,...

Sigourney Weaver marks ‘Alien’ anniversary: ‘I thought it was a small movie’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sigourney Weaver was an unknown 28-year-old stage actress when she landed the role of Ripley in director Ridley Scott’s now classic sci-fi horror movie “Alien.” Ripley, the sole survivor of an attack by an alien who infiltrates a space ship, turned out to be one of the most powerful and well-loved...

Jasa Veremalua breaks the line of defence during the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team training at the Leichhardt Oval ground in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Olympian Veremalua highlights importance of teamwork

OLYMPIC gold medalist Jasa Veremalua highlights the importance of teamwork as a benefiting factor for the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team to the London ,7s tournament that kicks-off this today. The former Fiji 7s rep currently plays for the San Diego Legion in the USA in the rugby 15s code as a lock forward and...

Rihanna launches new fashion brand in Paris with LVMH

PARIS (Reuters) – Barbadian singer Rihanna has unveiled her new fashion brand with Louis Vuitton owner LVMH, a rare move by the French group to set up a label from scratch as it taps into soaring demand for celebrity collaborations in the luxury world. Fenty – after the “Umbrella” hitmaker’s full name, Robyn Rihanna Fenty...

The 1975, Mariah Carey and Dido honored at Ivor Novellos

LONDON (Reuters) – Pop rock band The 1975 were the big winners at the Ivor Novellos in London on Thursday, scooping two major prizes at Britain’s annual awards honoring songwriting and composing. Chart-topper Mariah Carey and ballad singer Dido were also honored at the 64th edition of the awards named after the early 20th century...

HSBC London 7s: Fiji qualifies for 2020 Olympics

FIJI beat France 31-10 to qualify for the HSBC London 7s quarterfinals but it was also enough to get them a ticket to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Our national men’s sevens rugby team was the second team to qualify after series leader USA secured their ticket earlier after beating Wales. Congratulations to @fijirugby who...

UK’s Rudd opts out of Conservative Party leadership race: Telegraph

(Reuters) – Britain’s work and pensions minister Amber Rudd has ruled herself out of the Conservative Party leadership race, the Telegraph newspaper reported. “There are all sorts of plans I would like to have when we do leave the European Union but I don’t think it is my time at the moment,” Rudd told the...

25th May

Yemen president slams U.N. envoy’s handling of war in letter to secretary-general

ADEN (Reuters) – Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi criticized the U.N.’s special envoy to the country in a sharply-worded letter to the U.N. chief, describing him as legitimizing Houthi rebels his Saudi-backed coalition is locked in a four-year war with. The Iran-aligned Houthis, who ousted Hadi from power in the capital Sanaa in 2014, have...

Shanahan to meet Chinese counterpart in Singapore: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will meet China’s defense minister at an Asia defense forum in Singapore, a senior U.S. defense official said on Friday, at a time of strained relations between Beijing and Washington over trade and security. Tensions between China and the United States have intensified in the past...

CPC party secretary pays courtesy call to Fijian President

PRESIDENT Jioji Konrote yesterday received a courtesy call from the Party Secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC) Guangzhou Committee, Zhang Shuofu. Mr Shuofu who was born in August, 1965 in Changsha City, Hunan Province of China served in various posts in public service, including Department of Water Resources and Hydropower of Hunan Province, CPC...

North Korea warns U.S. nuclear talks will never resume without ‘new calculation’

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea on Friday blamed an “arbitrary and dishonest” U.S. position for the failure of a recent summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump and warned that stalled nuclear talks would never restart unless Washington took a new approach. A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry accused...

President Konrote hosts Scots Guards

THE Scots Guards were officially welcomed by the President Jioji Konrote at a reception at the State House today. Mr Konrote welcomed the regiment to Fiji and wished them well for the duration of their stay. The Scots Guards were part of the “Change of Guard” ceremony that included the Republic of the Fiji Military...

Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr’s review of the events that prompted an investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia. The directive comes as the White House spars with congressional Democrats over the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller,...

Ex-U.S. Marine held by Russia on spying charge complains of threats

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A former U.S. Marine held in Moscow on suspicion of spying said on Friday he had been threatened by a Russian investigator and harassed in custody, accusations that added to strains in U.S.-Russian relations. Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on...

Bainimarama congratulates Modi on re-election

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has conveyed his heartiest congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his re-election this week. Mr Modi’s party secured 350 seats out of the total 542 seats, making him the third Indian Prime Minister to have retained power for a second term in the Indian political history. In a congratulatory letter...

Scots Guards join RFMF in change of guard

A TWENTY-eight member 1st Battalion Scots Guards joined comrades from the Republic of the Fiji Military Force (RFMF) today for a march through Suva city for the change of guard at the State House. This was witnessed by approximately more than 100 people who were gathered along the streets of Suva to witness the event....

U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East, blames Iran for tanker attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country’s Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month’s tanker attacks. President Donald Trump’s administration also invoked the threat from Iran to declare...

Sara wins student designer of the year

INTERNATIONAL school student, Sara Du, was today awarded the student designer of the year at the Fiji Fashion Week student designer show 2019. The 16-year-old said she did not expect to win the show today. She said her interest in arts was what had motivated to venture into the show. “I never expected to win,...

Iraqi protesters urge Baghdad to stay out of U.S.-Iran showdown

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of a populist Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim cleric urged political and factional leaders on Friday to stay out of any conflict between Baghdad’s two biggest allies, Iran and the United States. Protesters from the movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, who once led Shi’ite militiamen against U.S. forces and is also vocally...

Weather watch: Strong wind warning for Southern Lau

A STRONG wind warning remains in force for land areas of Southern Lau group. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this afternoon says a shallow low pressure system embedded along a trough of low pressure remains slow moving over the southern parts of the country. Associated cloud and showers...

Police investigate student claims of alleged kidnapping

POLICE are currently investigating provided by an 11-year-old student who claimed she saw four children tied up in a white van during an alleged kidnapping attempt on Thursday morning in Valelevu, Nasinu. In a statement today, police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the victim claimed she recognised the uniforms worn by the four children. “Investigators have...

Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. The Trump administration informed congressional committees that it will go ahead with...

$750k for coconut development program

THE Ministry of Agriculture through ITS Crop Extension Services and Research division promotes overall development of coconut as part of a farming system whilst focussing on the rehabilitation of existing field and plantations. Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said this year the ministry was allocated a budget of $750,000 under the coconut development program...

French police hunt suitcase bomber after blast in Lyon

LYON (Reuters) – French police were hunting a suspected suitcase bomber on Friday after an explosion in the central city of Lyon that injured 13 people, officials said. The suspect was captured on security video leaving a bag in front of a bakery shortly before an explosion occurred at around 5:30 pm, police sources and...

Aspiring dancers urged to join diploma program

YOUNG dancers aspiring to pursue a career in dance have been urged to consider joining the Conservatorium of Dance established by local dance company, VOU. VOU director Sachiko Soro said the conservatorium was a diploma program established for aspiring dancers. “We’ve registered with the Fiji Higher Education Commission so students can come and do a...

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