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WAF pipeline leak forces Nadi traffic to single lane use

A MAJOR leak from a Water Authority of Fiji pipeline along the Queens Road between McDonalds and Kennedy Avenue in Nadi has forced traffic to a single lane. According to the Fiji Roads Authority, motorists...

Trump travels to Delaware base to honor four Americans killed in Syria

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced...

Landslide forces Dilkusha Road closure; Two vehicles pushed to the river

THE Dilkusha Road in Nausori is closed to all traffic following two major slips and a minor one earlier this evening. The Fiji Roads Authority says the road will be remain closed until further notice. It has also been confirmed that two vehicles were pushed down to the river bank as a result of the...

Weather watch: Downpour causes landslide at Dilkusha

TORRENTIAL rain swept across the Eastern Division causing a landslide just past Dilkusha Home, partially blocking the Princes Road highway. Travellers on the motorway were left stranded as soil and fallen trees on the blocked highway brought traffic to a halt. Reports have also been received that flooding has begun in Waila ad the greater Nakasi...

Mexico fuel pipeline blast kills 73, witnesses describe horror

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (Reuters) – At least 73 people were killed after a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico, authorities said on Saturday, as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended the army despite its failure to clear the site before the blast. Forensic experts filled body bags with charred human remains in...

Australia to create dedicated Office of the Pacific

AUSTRALIA would soon create a dedicated Office of the Pacific within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This was revealed by its Prime Minister Scott Morrison while officiating at the University of the South Pacific this week. He said following commitments to step up their Pacific engagement, the office would drive the implementation, not...

Austrian data privacy activist files complaint against Apple, Amazon, others

VIENNA (Reuters) – Apple and Amazon are among eight tech firms named in a complaint filed in Austria by non-profit organisation noyb, which cited their failure to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The action by noyb, chaired by data privacy activist Max Schrems, also named Netflix, Spotify and YouTube, after...

Weather watch: Heavy rain warning for Vanua Levu cancelled

THE heavy rain warning previously in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and the Lomaiviti Groups has been cancelled. However, a week trough of low pressure remains slow moving over the country. According to the Fiji Meteorological Services, the system was expected to affect the group until Tuesday. The Eastern and...

Indian opposition stages giant joint rally to oust Modi

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) – India’s main opposition parties joined forces against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday at a rally which attracted hundreds of thousands of people months ahead of elections. The 23 regional groups said they forged a common front to stop Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which beat the main opposition Congress...

Rival groups demonstrate in Thailand as election tensions grow

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Rival groups held demonstrations in Thailand’s capital on Saturday, with hundreds of people demanding quick elections to end military rule and a much smaller group of pro-junta supporters saying it was too soon for a vote. The competing protests were tiny compared to those that paralysed Bangkok in 2014 before the army...

Torrential rain postpones first round of premier league

TORRENTIAL rain forced the Fiji Football Association and match officials to call off the first round Vodafone Premier League match between Ba Football Club and Nasinu Football Club that was to be held at Ratu Cakobau Park. Fiji FA Competitions manager Amitesh Pal said the game could not be played in such conditions. He said...

Spanish rescuers to drill for boy trapped in well

TOTALAN, Spain (Reuters) – Trucks brought drilling equipment and giant pipes on Friday evening for rescue workers to dig a tunnel towards a two-year-old boy trapped in a deep well in southern Spain since Sunday. The whole nation is holding its breath for the outcome, not least because Julen’s parents lived another family tragedy in...

Vuci residents receive muddy water; WAF works to resolve issue

WATER Authority of Fiji (WAF) says the issue of muddy water received by residents living in the greater Nausori area, mainly along Vuci Road and surrounding areas, will be addressed by this afternoon. WAF Corporate Communications Officer Peni Shute said the WAF team was working round the clock to resolve the issue. “We are working to flush...

Former British PM John Major urges May to drop Brexit red lines

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British prime minister John Major urged Theresa May on Saturday to drop her “red lines” on Brexit or allow parliament to find a way forward to avoid a damaging no-deal departure from the European Union in March. Major said he compromised on key decisions on the Northern Irish peace process and...

Mexican pipeline blast during fuel raid kills at least 21

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – At least 21 people were killed and 71 were injured on Friday when a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico as dozens of people tried to fill up containers, state and federal authorities said. Mexican television footage showed flames leaping into the night sky in the municipality...

FRA boss impressed with ongoing roadworks

THE Fiji Roads Authority is impressed with the ongoing works by their two contractors — Higgins Fiji and Dayals Quarries involved in the S3-4 lane road project between the Rewa Bridge in Nausori and 9 Miles. FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore visited the project site on Friday and said he was impressed by the...

Man charged with murder of Israeli exchange student in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A 20-year-old man was charged on Saturday with the murder of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne amidst an outrage over violence against women in Australia’s second-largest city. Maasarwe, 21, an international exchange student, was killed when walking home after a night out with friends in Melbourne earlier this week, with the...

Faith and trust: ‘We were saved by the power of God’

WHEN news broke that seven men from Nawaikama, Gau had failed to return from a boating trip, one man stood out at sea and was reminded of an incident that could have ended tragically if it was not for faith and trust in one another. The seven whose bodies have never been recovered were returning from...

Aussie PM praises partnership, praises uni

THE Fiji National University has partnered with the Australia Pacific Training Coalition in an effort to provide training and education to upskill people in the Pacific The partnership won praise from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who commended the two institutions for the move. Mr Morrison visited the FNU’S Derrick Campus in Samabula, Suva on...

Gunmen kill two Buddhist monks in Thailand’s troubled south

NARATHIWAT, Thailand (Reuters) – Unknown gunmen shot dead two Buddhist monks and injured two others in an attack at a temple in Thailand’s mainly Muslim south, the first such killing of a Buddhist monk in the restive region in more than three years. An abbot and vice abbot were killed when at least six assailants...

Fiji has enough doctors: Dr Waqainabete

THERE are enough doctors in the country, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. He said having 815 doctors in Fiji was not bad for a country with over 900,000 people. Dr Waqainabete said the number of doctors the country has at the moment was better than what the country had before....

Elderly man dies in fatal road accident

AN 80-year-old man died in a fatal accident in Tavua yesterday. According to Police, the man from Toko Settlement was trying to cross the Kings Highway when he was allegedly hit by a 43-year-old heavy goods vehicle driver. The driver is currently in Police custody as investigations continue.

Strong currents claim life of Korobebe villager

A 50-YEAR-old Korobebe villager is the latest drowning victim after he was swept away by strong currents on Thursday. According to Police, the villager was crossing a river in the Nausori Highlands with six other people when he was swept away. The deceased’s body was later recovered at Navadrakula along the Nadi River.

Hundreds detained after Zimbabwe protests as U.N. denounces crackdown

HARARE (Reuters) – Hundreds of Zimbabweans arrested during anti-government protests were detained on Friday on public order charges, as the United Nations urged an end to a brutal security crackdown and an internet blackout. The government has said three people died during the unrest that broke out on Monday after President Emmerson Mnangagwa raised fuel...

Serevi vouches for Fiji in NZ

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi believes Fiji can win the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand next week. Serevi who arrived at the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s  tournament yesterday from the US commended Fiji Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber for selecting a strong team. “We have a good team and Baber has done...

UK’s Prince Philip, 97, has hospital check-up after road crash

LONDON (Reuters) – The husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, visited hospital for a precautionary check-up on Friday after being involved in a car crash the previous day, Buckingham Palace said. “On doctor’s advice, The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn (eastern England) this...

U.S. names three killed in Syria blast claimed by Islamic State

(Reuters) – A U.S. Navy servicewoman and a former Navy SEAL are among the four Americans killed in a suicide bombing this week in northern Syria that the United States believes was likely carried out by Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Navy...

Kumar welcomes Australian support for sports in Fiji

FIJI’S Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar has welcomed the support shown by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his recent visit to Fiji. Mr Kumar said the various kind of support across numerous sports would be an added boost to Fijian athletes. “As part of our continuing assistance program, Australia will also assist...

Tuivaga cherishes role as a campus guide for Australian PM

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Scott Morrison visit to Fiji will go down in the history books of Matuku, Lau man Viliame Tuivaga, and one he will cherish for life. The 36-year-old FNU trainer was given the honours to guide the Australian PM during his visit to FNU’s Derrick Campus in Suva yesterday to meet APTC students...

Ex-Chicago policeman sentenced to nearly seven years in black teen’s death

CHICAGO (Reuters) – White former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced on Friday to nearly seven years in prison for shooting black teen Laquan McDonald to death in 2014 in a landmark case that highlighted racial tensions in America’s third-biggest city. After a jury convicted Van Dyke, 40, of second-degree murder last fall,...

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