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Coronavirus contagion rate makes it hard to control – studies

LONDON (Reuters) – Each person infected with coronavirus is passing the disease on to between two and three other people on average at current transmission rates, according to two separate scientific analyses of the epidemic....

Call to take heed of the realities of climate change

THE Pacific Conference of Churches has called on Australia to  take heed the realities of climate change and the call for respect of the right of the indigenous people of Australia. PCC general secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said it was a big challenge to discuss climate change and its sad realities with the Prime Minister...

Pompeo accuses radio reporter of ‘shameful’ lying after testy interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday accused a National Public Radio reporter of lying to him and violating “the basic rules of journalism and decency” after she said Pompeo repeatedly cursed at her following a testy interview. NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly said on Friday that Pompeo cursed at her...

22-year-old charged with murder to appear in court

A 22-YEAR-OLD has been charged with the murder of Hasneel Sharma – whose body was found dead at the back of an old service station at Natokowaqa, Lautoka a week ago. Police chief intelligence and investigation ACP Biu Matavou confirmed that the suspect will be produced at the tomorrow. “The three others who were also...

Migrants stranded in Mexico cling on to hopes of reaching U.S. border

TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) – Guatemalan migrant Wilfredo Gomez said on Saturday he had been asking God to make him “invisible” as Mexican security forces started rounding up and detaining other U.S.-bound Central Americans who had illegally crossed into the country. Mexican security forces started taking a much tougher approach to Central American migrants earlier this...

Dinner download – Tape surfaces of Trump calling for envoy’s firing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Halfway through a dinner at the Trump Hotel, U.S. President Donald Trump can be heard giving the order to remove the U.S ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, according to a video that surfaced on Saturday. The video, obtained by Reuters from Lev Parnas’ attorney Joseph Bondy, begins with Trump posing for photos...

FBOA questions FCCC on formula used in increase of bus fares

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) has called on Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) chief executive officer Joel Abraham to come out clean and reveal the formula used to increase bus fares by 7 per cent. In a statement FBOA president Nishar Shah said on average, the fare increase for all stages in Viti...

Thousands support Venezuela’s Guaido at Madrid rally

MADRID (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido joined thousands of supporters at a demonstration in Madrid on Saturday after arriving in Spain on the last leg of a European tour. Speaking in a central square packed with supporters holding signs calling for ‘democracy’, Guaido emphasised the importance of international support in unseating Venezuelan president...

Iraqi security forces raid protest camps after Sadr supporters withdraw

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces fired bullets and tear gas on Saturday in raids on protest camps in Baghdad and southern cities, killing four people and wounding dozens more, police and medical sources said. The new push to end the sit-in protests and restore order came hours after populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who has...

NZ 7s: Ikanikoda starts in match against South Africa

FIJI is expected to fight until the end of the New Zealand Sevens despite being dethroned by Argentina 10-26. While Fiji’s relegation could be noticed on empty seats on stands with most Fijian fans heading home, coach Gareth Baber has named a strong side against South Africa in the play-off for north position. Fiji team: 1. Sevuloni...

Israel’s Gantz, Netanyahu rival, says will meet Trump on peace plan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz said on Saturday he had accepted an invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East. Gantz is the main domestic political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also travelling to Washington to...

Philippines lowers volcano danger level

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine volcanologists on Sunday lowered the alert status of a volcano near the Philippine capital to 3 from 4 to indicate a “decreased tendency towards hazardous explosive eruption”. Authorities also narrowed the exclusion zone around the Taal volcano, which sits in the middle of a lake about 70 km (45 miles) from...

NZ 7s: Fiji to face South Africa in 9th place playoff

THE Fiji 7s team, after being relegated by Argentina in their last pool match of the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton, will play South Africa in the ninth place play-off. Fiji lost the Hamilton 7s title after losing 10-26 to Argentina. England and France meet in the first semi-final while New Zealand and Australia face...

Several countries have breached arms embargo agreed at Libya summit – U.N.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Several countries backing rival factions in Libya have violated an arms embargo which they had agreed to uphold a week ago at a summit in Berlin, the United Nations said on Saturday. Last Sunday, foreign powers backing opposing camps fighting over Libya’s capital Tripoli agreed at a summit hosted by Germany and...

NZ 7s: Fijian fans support 2023 plan

PLANS to move the 2023 New Zealand Sevens to Fiji has been received well by Fijian rugby fans in the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. A Fijian seasonal worker in New Zealand, Natasha Waqa, who is supporting Fiji in the Hamilton tournament, was among those who welcomed the move to stage the tournament possibly in...

NZ 7s: Three in a row

THE Fiji 7s team has lost the New Zealand 7s title. Fiji’s 10-26 loss to Argentina relegated itself from the cup running after beating Australia and Samoa last year. Fiji coach Gareth Baber said Argentina was the better team. His counterpart Santiago Gomez Cora said he told his players to respect Fiji and work hard...

Rescuers dig for survivors after Turkey quake kills at least 29

ELAZIG, Turkey (Reuters) – Rescuers searched on Saturday for survivors trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings after a powerful earthquake hit eastern Turkey late on Friday, killing 29 people and injuring more than 1,400. Turkish broadcasters showed footage of rescuers pulling people out from under the debris, some around 21 hours after the quake....

Defence at Senate trial says ousting Trump would be ‘massive interference’ in election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump told his Senate impeachment trial on Saturday that Democrats’ efforts to remove the president from office would set a “very, very dangerous” precedent in an election year. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, the head of the defence team, told senators they would be denying voters their...

Xi says China faces ‘grave situation’ as virus death toll hits 42

BEIJING (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping said China was facing a “grave situation” as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 42, overshadowing celebrations of the Lunar New Year that began on Saturday. China also announced further transport restrictions. With more than 1,400 people infected worldwide, most of them in China, Hong Kong...

NZ 7s: Argentina leads Fiji

Argentina is leading Fiji in the last pool match this morning at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton. Argentina scored three tries in the first half to Fiji’s lone try to Sevuloni Mocenacagi. Fiji trails 5-21.

NZ 7s: Baber sticks with lineup that beat Australia

FIJI 7s team coach Gareth Baber has stuck to the team that beat Australia at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton, yesterday. This is to ensure of an unbeaten run in our pool when the team plays Argentina in its last pool match this morning. While France and England have been named to meet in the...

NZ 7s: Support for Jerry Tuwai

A GROUP of seasonal workers from Fiji will be among the vocal Fijian crowd at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. They will cheer for Jerry Tuwai. Stay tuned for more updates from Hamilton. Watch video:

Regional Hindi forum

HINDI has been spoken in Fiji for the past 140 years and today it has been recognised as one of the three official languages in Fiji. This was highlighted by the Office of the Prime Minister’s permanent secretary Yogesh Karan while officiating at the Regional Hindi Conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday....

FRA: Overloading still a pressing issue

OVERLOADING is still a pressing issue that impacts Fiji Roads Authority’s (FRA) assets which includes jetties, roads and bridges. In a statement, the authority advised heavy vehicle owners to comply with the vehicle axle load limits to prevent further deterioration of the road network caused by overloading. “We are working closely with the LTA and...

Safety concern for staff

A TOURISM leisure events provider says he is concerned about the safety of his staff members because most of his clients are Chinese nationals. “Our staff have direct contact with a lot of Chinese tourists and they specifically like to go on our excursions,” said Nadi businessman Stephen Mallerich. He made the comment in relation...

Strategies in place to deal with virus

FIJI’S effort to stop the entry of the coronavirus through its borders hinges on hope, says permanent secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office Yogesh Karan. Responding to questions on Fiji’s chances of controlling the virus at its borders considering the fact that it had infiltrated developed countries with advanced technology, Mr Karan said the Office...

PM’s office receives positive feedback on RFMF soldiers

THE Prime Minister’s Office has been receiving good feedback regarding the 54 personnel from the engineering division of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. In an interview, the office’s permanent secretary Yogesh Karan said the personnel had been deployed to affected areas in Australia and they were performing their duties well. “Fiji’s High Commissioner to...

Sudhakar: Social media is a joke

SOCIAL media is a joke, says Lands and Mineral Resources Minister Ashneel Sudhakar. He made the comment during an interview with this newspaper in Rakiraki on Friday. Mr Sudhakar was asked about recent social media posts which alleged he was under investigation by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption. “Facebook, any Tom, Dick and Harry...

Four in custody over death

FOUR people were taken into custody earlier this week in relation to the death of 22-year-old Hasneel Sharma whose body was found at the back of an old service station in Lautoka last Sunday. According to police, the four suspects — believed to be from Natokowaqa — were arrested on Thursday night by officers from...

Feakes thankful for helping hands

DESPITE the heartbreak caused by the Australia bushfires, support from countries such as Fiji has helped the nation pick up after the devastation. Speaking during the Fiji 4 Australia concert at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday, Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes thanked those who turned up for the event and contributed towards...

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