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Strive to earn a living

There’s no age limit for hard work. That is what Loraini Marama believes in. At 68, the grandmother still goes out to sea to fetch seafood to be eaten at home and sold at the...

More coronavirus cases in Libya as fighting rages

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Artillery blasts shook Libya’s capital Tripoli on Sunday as fighting raged even as the nation confirmed five more cases of the coronavirus for a total of eight. The National Centre for Disease Control said the new cases were in the northwestern city of Misrata, held by the Government of National Accord...

FNPF member’s funds secure: Koroi

MEMBER’S funds in the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) are secure and it has the ability to deliver  assistance to members, says its chief executive Jaoji Koroi. “We plead with members to refrain from making false statements about the Fund’s financial status because it will only create panic and irrational decisions,” he said. “Let me...

France reports 2,606 coronavirus deaths

PARIS (Reuters) – French health authorities reported 292 new deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, up 13% on the previous day and taking the total to 2,606 since March 1, as the government raced to relieve pressure on overwhelmed hospitals in the east. The daily government tally only accounts for those dying in hospital but...

COVID-19: Only identified companies will be assisted, says Koroi

ONLY employees of companies identified in a list at the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) will be assisted for now, says chief executive Jaoji Koroi. He said the Fund was aware that the relief assistance that was announced in the Budget provided other assistance for members. “We hope that they will consider those options before...

Spain toughens restrictions as coronavirus death toll surges

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain prepared to enter its third week under near-total lockdown on Sunday, as the government approved a strengthening of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus and the death toll rose by 838 cases overnight to 6,528. Second only to Italy in fatalities, Spain also saw infections rise to 78,797 from...

COVID-19: NZ national with travel history to Fiji tests positive

A NEW Zealand national who has a travel history to Fiji has tested positive to COVID-19. Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said they received the confirmation from NZ health authorities around 10pm yesterday about the case. At this stage, he said, the Ministry does not know whether the man had contracted the virus while in...

COVID-19: 1813 employers identified as priority areas

THIS morning, the Fiji National Provident Fund emailed a total of 1813 employers identified as priority areas. FNPF chief executive Jaoji Koroi  highlighted this today and said the COVID-19 assistance would be focused on those who were employed in the tourism sector and also those in Lautoka, the lock down zone area. He said 43,000...

FNPF unemployment assistance reduced by $1k

AS of today, the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) unemployment assistance has been reduced from $2,000 to $1,000. FNPF chief executive Jaoji Koroi made the announcement this afternoon during a press conference and said this was a temporary measure that has been implemented to minimise the impact on the Fund and member’s savings, especially due...

In China, walled up Wuhan awaits life beyond the barricades

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – The bright yellow barricades snake through the streets of Wuhan,dividing up the epicentre of China’s coronavirus outbreak into segments that can be easily monitored for people disobeying orders to stay home. Separating neighbours and blocking shuttered shops, the roughly two-metre tall plastic barriers are a common sight in the car-manufacturing city...

Four men arrested and charged in inter-island vessel drug raid

A DRUG raid on an inter-island vessel that returned from Kadavu on Friday resulted in the arrest of two farmers following the discovery of stems of dried leaves later tested to be marijuana. Police say the two men have been charged with one count each of unlawful possession of illicit drugs were produced at the Suva...

Ireland to roll out voluntary phone tracker app to tackle coronavirus

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s government is to roll out a voluntary phone-tracking app to alert users if someone they have been in contact with develops COVID-19, its health service said on Sunday, two weeks before the pandemic is expected to peak in the country. The phone app, which will keep track of people the user...

Opposition Whip granted bail

OPPOSITION member of parliament Lynda Tabuya was granted bail by  the Suva Magistrates Court a while ago. The Opposition Whip who appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili this afternoon was advised not to interfere with prosecution witnesses as per her bail conditions. She was charged by Police last week  Friday with one count of Malicious Act...

Soldiers provide security to the public: Naupoto

REPUBLIC of Fiji Military Forces commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto says people should not fear when seeing soldiers in uniform as they are there to provide security to the public. He said officers who were in Lautoka City this morning were called in to assist police control a situation where more than 200 people had crowded...

COVID-19: PSV operators must fully comply with curfew, says LTA

ALL Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators must fully comply with the provisions of the nationwide curfew starting from 10.00pm tonight till 5.00am as part of the COVID-19 measures by the Government. Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer, Samuel Simpson said PSV operators must cease operations well before 10.00pm tonight to ensure that their staff can...

Industries that operate shift work to continue with conditions

INDUSTRIES and certain service providers that operate in a number of shifts will be allowed to continue operations during the curfew period. This was highlighted in a Government statement issued today. However, all businesses will need to ensure all staff who are required to work during curfew hours carry the following: (i)            Company Photo ID...

Bolsonaro visits market to press need to keep Brazil going during pandemic

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Jair Bolsonaro visited a market area just outside the Brazilian capital on Sunday to press home his case for keeping Latin America’s largest economy ticking instead of locking down activities to combat the spread of the coronavirus. But Bolsonaro office’s social media campaign “Brazil can’t stop” was banned on Saturday by...

NZ govt releases information about Covid-19 in nine Pacific languages

New Zealand’s Ministry for Pacific Peoples has translated key messages and advice about Covid-19 into nine Pacific languages. That information is available below: Cook Islands Fiji Kiribati Niue Rotuma Samoa Tokelau Tonga Tuvalu

Canada army not needed right now to help combat coronavirus spread – Trudeau

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is not planning for the moment to use troops to help combat a spreading coronavirus outbreak, although the option remains on the table, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday. All 10 provinces have declared states of emergency and ordered people to stay home. The number of cases rose to 5,866...

NZ to make decision on Cook Islands quarantine station in Auckland

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Cabinet are to decide tomorrow whether to accede to a Cook Islands supervised quarantine centre in Auckland. Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna announced the plans, and invited Cook Islanders to make their way there – but without New Zealand’s sign-off. The quarantine centre is planned to...

Tabuya pleads not guilty; bail ruling this afternoon

SODELPA member of Parliament Lynda Tabuya was produced at the Suva Magistrates Court this morning. Ms Tabuya pleaded not guilty to the charge of Malicious Act Contrary to Section 15 (a) of the Public Order Act 1965 before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili. Prosecution objected to bail on the grounds the matter was of national interest....

Trump says U.S. will not pay for security protection for Prince Harry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the United States would not pay for security protection for Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, who, according to media reports, have settled in Los Angeles. Trump wrote on Twitter that “now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not...

French Polynesia Covid-19 tally rises to 34

The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in French Polynesia has risen by four to 34. The update from the government said the hospitalisation rate is unchanged with one person in care. Last night a curfew was declared for the first time, forcing residents across all islands to stay indoor from 8pm to 5am....

France moves patients from swamped hospitals as death toll climbs

PARIS (Reuters) – France used two high-speed trains and a German military plane to move more than three dozen critically ill coronavirus patients on Sunday to ease the pressure on overwhelmed hospitals in eastern France. The Grand Est region was the first in France to be hit by a wave of coronavirus infections that has...

Sabeto man charged with murder

A MAN has been charged with one count of murder for his alleged involvement in an aggravated robbery case which resulted in the death of a 70-year-old man in Cuvu Top, Sigatoka. Police confirmed that the 28-year-old suspect originally from Sabeto was earlier arrested after a search conducted at his residence resulting in the discovery...

CNMI records two confirmed Covid-19 cases

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has recorded its first two cases of Covid-19 according to the Governor. Ralph Torres announced the positive results during a hurriedly organized press conference last night at the Commonwealth Health Care Corporation. In a statement later released, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force said the two cases are a 42-year-old...

COVID-19: Former TV personality charged; to front court today

A FORMER TV personality has been charged with one count of Malicious Act, contrary to Section 15 (a) of Public Order Act 1969 and will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today. Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said the 53-year-old is alleged to have spread false information on social media in relation...

Germany’s coronavirus support will last two months, think tank tells paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s 750 billion euro (669.8 billion pounds) package to soften the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Europe’s largest economy will last for about two months, an independent economics think tank told a German newspaper group. “In the short term, we are in a kind of war economy in which the...

COVID-19: Lautoka residents crowd FNPF office

ABOUT 250 people crowded the Fiji National Provident Fund office in Lautoka from early as 6am today. Many were vocal, frustrated that their employers names were not on a list posted outside the front entrance. Police had to intervene and ask people to return to their own homes.      

Travellers from US quarantined in American Samoa

Forty-two of the 145 passengers who arrived on the Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu Thursday night have been quarantined. This is the biggest group of travellers that have been taken in for quarantine since the Covid-19 outbreak World-wide. Director of Health Motusa Tuileama Nua said none of the travellers displayed signs of illness but all...

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