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20th September

Prasad says an independent Parliamentary counsel should have been requested

BECAUSE of the Government majority membership, an independent Parliamentary counsel should have been requested to guide the Privileges Committee on the report that was tabled in Parliament on a matter of privilege against Prime Minister...

Parts shortage leads GM to lay off 1,200 temporarily in Canada

(Reuters) – The strike against General Motors Co’s (GM.N) U.S. operations has led to a parts shortage, the automaker said on Wednesday, and as a result it announced the temporary lay-offs of 1,200 workers at its Oshawa assembly plant in Canada. The plant, which makes the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, ran out...

Trump and California go to war over clean cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and the state of California went to war on Wednesday over who should set the standards in the United States for vehicle emissions and electric cars, foreshadowing a legal battle over environmental policy issues that will affect the auto industry and consumers. Trump confirmed he would revoke California’s...

Committee was at liberty to question any witness: Bhatnagar

THE Privileges Committee was at liberty to question any witnesses giving evidence on matters of privilege against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua. This was the response from committee chairperson and deputy speaker Veena Bhatnagar to Mr Tikoduadua, who was summoned to give evidence before the Committee on September 3. He had...

Toyota to expand plant in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, joining Volkswagen, GM

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) on Thursday announced a 1 billion reais ($243.29 million) expansion at a plant in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, joining Volkswagen and General Motors in new investments in the region. Toyota said the funding would allow the Sorocaba plant, which builds the Etios and Yaris sedan...

Report: Olesen stays suspended by European Tour amid court case

Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen will remain suspended from the European Tour after a brief appearance in court Wednesday on charges of sexual assault, assault by beating and being drunk on an aircraft. No pleas were entered in court in London, according to the Associated Press, which received a statement from the European Tour about Olesen’s...

Government MPs considered PM didn’t break glasses

GOVERNMENT MPs Inia Seruiratu and Mahendra Reddy considered that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama didn’t break Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua’s glasses because they were in Mr Tikoduadua’s hand and not his pocket. This came up while they were scrutinising a video of Mr Bainimarama allegedly manhandling Mr Tikoduadua outside Parliament on August 9. Mr Tikoduadua had...

Tesla’s Model 3 earns insurance industry’s top safety rating

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) Model 3 electric sedan has earned the top safety rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), becoming the first Tesla to do so. The IIHS has given the Model 3 its highest rating, top safety pick+. It said the Model 3 earned good ratings across the board for...

WTA roundup: Top seed Svitolina retires in Guangzhou

Top seed Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine was forced to retire from her match against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic at the Guangzhou International Women’s Open on Wednesday in Guangzhou, China. Bouzkova was leading 6-4, 4-3 when Svitolina’s ailing right knee forced her to end the match. Bouzkova will meet Anna Blinkova in the...

SG’s office requested to assist the Privileges Committee

THE Office of the Solicitor-General’s (SG’s) was requested to assist the Parliamentary Privileges Committee draft its report on a matter of privilege against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua. This was highlighted in the Committee’s verbatim report The report records that Agriculture Minister and Committee member Dr Mahendra Reddy said that the...

Pennsylvania joins states opposed to merger of T-Mobile, Sprint

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pennsylvania is joining more than a dozen states that have filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping T-Mobile US’s $26 billion purchase of Sprint, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement on Wednesday. All told, attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to stop...

Trump caps California swing with visit to border wall

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – President Donald Trump showed off a section of wall along the U.S. border with Mexico on Wednesday in a bid to illustrate his commitment to crack down on illegal border crossings as he raises money in California for his re-election campaign. The Republican president, who is on a three-day swing through...

‘Alexa, send $20 to my favorite presidential candidate’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon (AMZN.O) said on Wednesday it will make donating to a U.S. presidential candidate as easy as turning on the lights or replenishing a household’s toilet-paper stocks, via its Alexa digital assistant. Alexa Political Contributions, powered by Amazon Pay, the company’s payment system, will allow customers to contribute up to $200 to...

MLB notebook: Pirates’ Vazquez faces additional charges

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez told police he made sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, and he now faces additional charges in Pennsylvania, authorities said. On Tuesday, Vazquez was arrested in relation to charges in Florida, where the girl and her family now live. But a criminal complaint released Wednesday in Pennsylvania shows charges have...

19th September

Italy and France agree migrants must be distributed around the EU

ROME (Reuters) – The European Union must introduce a new, automatic system of taking in migrants saved from the Mediterranean, the leaders of Italy and France said on Wednesday, as they sought to patch up bruised bilateral relations. Italy has long complained that it has been left alone to deal with the hundreds of thousands...

Vodafone Fiji focus on cloud services

SMARTPHONES have become the key device used these days to carry out business deals and other similar transactions. Vodafone Fiji’s chief operating officer Ronald Prasad said they were focusing on cloud services which meant that data stored in the cloud by businesses – either small businesses or by huge enterprises – was much more secure....

Repo chaos tests Wall Street confidence in NY Fed’s Williams

(Reuters) – Wild swings this week in U.S. money markets have raised fresh concerns about whether the New York Federal Reserve under John Williams has lost its deft touch with markets. The New York Fed had to intervene in cash markets this week when the repo rate, a key measure of liquidity in the global...

CPA Congress, latest major regional and international gathering in Fiji

THE annual CPA Congress is only the latest in the string of major regional and international gatherings Fiji has had the privilege to host on the Fijian shores. Speaking at the CPA Congress this morning, Minister for Defense Inia Seruiratu said he believed that the congress, with its range of accomplished speakers, to be among...

Fed cuts interest rates, signals holding pattern for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates again on Wednesday to help sustain a record-long economic expansion but signaled a higher bar to further reductions in borrowing costs, eliciting a fast and sharp rebuke from President Donald Trump. Describing the U.S. economic outlook as “favorable,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the rate...

Govt officials, disciplined forces to use official e-passport

SENIOR officials of Government and members of the disciplined forces will now be using an official e-Passport. Director of Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa said the official e-Passport was new and was designed for Government officials who travel on official visits abroad. The cost of an official e-Passport is $250 while the urgent process cost is $300....

Fijian Government recognise kava as a crucial crop: Sovalawa

THE Fijian Government recognised kava as a crucial crop. Deputy Secretary for Agriculture Development, Jone Sovalawa said this during the regional Codex Committee meeting currently being held in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The proposed regional standard for the use of Kava products as a beverage was discussed at the meeting. “The Ministry of Agriculture recognizes kava...

Huawei promises smartest 5G phone, but who will be brave enough to buy?

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Huawei [HWT.UL] launches what could be the world’s most powerful and feature-packed 5G smartphone on Thursday, but the fate of the device in Europe will hang on whether it can overcome a U.S. ban to give customers the Google software they expect. The Chinese telecoms giant will showcase its Mate 30 range...

Serua community health workers complete basic health services training

TWENTY-THREE community health workers in Serua who have successfully completed the intensive training in basic health services. The Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete congratulated the health workers while closing the training yesterday reminding the CHW’s about the importance of their roles as health workers. “I am certain that this training will...

AT&T, Dish not in talks over DirecTV deal: source

(Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N) and Dish Network Corp (DISH.O) are not in discussions over a deal due to regulatory issues, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, after the Wall Street Journal reported on.wsj.com/2kS2Hbs the wireless carrier was considering parting ways with its satellite TV division DirecTV. AT&T has also considered a...

Advisory: Traffic restricted to single lane on Queens Road, Navua from next week

MOTORISTS are being advised that the road will be reduced to a single lane on Queens Road in Navua from Monday next week. This because the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) will be carrying out road reseals programme on Queens Road in Navua from Monday, September 23 to Friday, October 4, weather permitting. The FRA says...

Asian shares edge higher after Fed, investors await BOJ

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares edged higher on Thursday, tracking some modest Wall Street gains after the U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates as expected but offered mixed signals on the next easing, keeping investors cautious. The Treasury yield curve flattened as Fed Chairman Jerome Powell dashed hopes he would signal further easing while division...

Suva to host Miss Fiji pageant in November

SUVA will be hosting this year’s Miss Fiji pageant. Premila Kumar, Minister for Local Government in a statement issued today said the Miss Fiji Pageant contest 2019 will be held this year in Suva from November 18-23 at the Suva Civic Auditorium. Mrs Kumar said 17  Queens have been confirmed for the pageant and the...

Husband acquitted for attempted murder; convicted for assault

A HUSBAND  who was acquitted of  attempted murder but convicted for assault causing actual bodily harm has been further remanded by the High Court in Suva. Rakesh Chand appeared before Justice Chamath Morais today. He was initially charged with one count of attempted murder of his wife but later was acquitted after three assessors had...

In must-win South Carolina, Biden must seal the deal with black voters

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (Reuters) – A marching band played and several hundred people roared for former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at a South Carolina country general store this week, a stark contrast to the respectful but less enthusiastic applause given to several of his Democratic presidential rivals. Many voters at the folksy candidate event...

Fed cuts interest rates, signals holding pattern for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates again on Wednesday to help sustain a record-long economic expansion but signaled a higher bar to further reductions in borrowing costs, eliciting a fast and sharp rebuke from President Donald Trump. Describing the U.S. economic outlook as “favorable,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the rate...

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