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Fauci says vaccines for kids between 5-11 likely available in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vaccines for kids between the ages of 5 and 11 will likely be available in the first half of November, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday, predicting a...

Telestra announces FJD3.3 billion acquisition of Digicel Pacific

Australian telecommunications company Telstra Corporation Limited has today announced the proposed acquisition of Digicel Pacific Limited for USD1.6 billion (FJD 3.3 billion). The deal, which is backed by the Australian government, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. Telestra Corporation Ltd will own 100% of the Digicel Pacific operations in six...

Container ship fire off British Columbia smoldering, no longer spreading

Victoria, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Reuters) – A container fire that broke out on Saturday on a cargo ship carrying mining chemicals off British Columbia is smoldering and appears to be under control, Canadian Coast Guard officials said on Sunday. Sixteen crew members were evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston on Saturday, while five remained onboard to...

No one charged for alleged issue of fake vax cards

No one has been charged for allegedly issuing fake vaccination cards in Labasa, says police spokesperson Ana Naisoro. However, she said a few had been questioned in relation to the issue and police were continuing with their investigations into the allegation. Police said about 10 vaccination cards were allegedly issued by the accused — a...

Court orders man to return $50k

The High Court has ordered a man to return $50,000 to the owner of 786 Civil Contractors, Shabana Nazmeen Nisha. Ms Nisha had given $50,000 to Annal Sen in 2018 as a loan but he denied receiving the sum of money as a loan, claiming he was a partner in 786 Civil Contractors from September...

Girl, 11, believed to be latest drowning victim

An 11-year-old girl is believed to be the country’s latest drowning victim. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the victim had gone swimming in the Sigatoka River, near Qereqere despite being warned not to. “Her parents were alerted of the incident by other children after she had disappeared,” she said. “A search was conducted where her...

Nakorotari bridge in Labasa closed; fire incident investigated

Members of the travelling public are advised that Waidamudamu Bridge on Nakorotari Road in Labasa is closed to all traffic at present. According to the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), the  bridge was on fire this morning. It stated that the National Fire Authority (NFA) was on site and it would arrange repair works once police...

UNICEF warns Haiti fuel shortages put hospitalised women and children at risk

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Fuel shortages in Haiti are putting the lives of hundreds of women and children at risk as hospitals run low on supplies for electricity, United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Sunday. Fuel supplies to the capital Port-au-Prince have been severely disrupted in recent weeks by a wave of kidnappings, including the...

‘Vibrant’ cinematographer remembered as police probe Baldwin shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) -The crew was setting up a difficult shot during filming on the New Mexico set of “Rust”, and the movie’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, wasn’t quite satisfied. She turned to Lane Luper, a member of the camera crew, who suggested some adjustments that she found worked perfectly. That kind of collaborative spirit, Luper...

Fire blazes on cargo ship containers off British Columbia

(Reuters) – A fire broke out on Saturday on containers on a cargo ship carrying mining chemicals off British Columbia, and the Canadian Coast Guard said it is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to assess the situation, including environmental hazards. Sixteen crew members have been evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston, while five remained...

Access to climate finance space discussed between Fiji and Cook Islands

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Economy and Minister responsible for Climate Change, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum virtually held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Mark Brown to discuss additional support that is to be provided in the Access to Climate Finance space ahead of the COP26 Summit. Under the United Nations Framework...

Tesco says online services disrupted by interference ‘attempt’

LONDON (Reuters) – British supermarket chain Tesco said on Sunday that its website and app had been disrupted by an attempt to interfere with its systems. “Since yesterday, we’ve been experiencing disruption to our online grocery website and app. An attempt was made to interfere with our systems which has caused problems with the search...

Pork sales up in Fiji as domestic demand increases

Fiji’s pig industry recorded a 233 per cent increase in domestic sales despite losing 60 per cent of its market when COVID-19 shut down the country’s tourism industry earlier this year. In a statement, Vuda Pig owner and president of the Fiji Pig Association Simon Cole attributed the increase in domestic sales to the local demand for pork. He...

Libyan elections commission to start registering candidates in Nov – commission head

TRIPOLI (Reuters) -Registration for candidates in Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections should open in November, the head of the electoral commission said on Sunday. Elections are a key step in a U.N.-backed process to end a decade of violence by creating a new political leadership whose legitimacy is widely accepted. But wrangling over the constitutional...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather Mainly fine over most places Moderate to fresh southeast winds Moderate to rough seas Outlook for Tuesday: Partly cloudy with brief showers over the eastern parts of the...

Israeli official says reopening of U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem may not happen

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s deputy foreign minister said on Sunday that the Biden administration may shelve its plan to reopen a U.S diplomatic mission for Palestinians in Jerusalem after Israel voiced opposition to such a move. The Jerusalem consulate was subsumed into the U.S. Embassy that was moved to the contested city from Tel Aviv...

China says it must consider food and energy security when curbing emissions

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s cabinet on Sunday outlined measures to achieve its goals of reaching peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060 but said food and energy security must be considered amid those efforts. The statement came as severe energy shortages in China threaten to overshadow Beijing’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas...

Sheep replace cars as they cross Madrid en route to winter pastures

MADRID (Reuters) – The streets of Madrid were filled with sheep and the clanking of bells on Sunday as shepherds guided their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient seasonal herding routes. Locals lined the route to welcome back the spectacle, which was cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

Uzbek leader expected to secure second term in office

TASHKENT (Reuters) -Uzbekistan votes in a presidential election on Sunday in which incumbent President Shavkat Mirziyoyev faces no genuine opposition and is almost certain to win a second term. Mirziyoyev’s predicted victory will allow him to deepen his largely successful reform campaign and likely lead to Uzbekistan opening up further to foreign trade and investment...

German police stop far-right vigilantes patrolling Polish border

BERLIN (Reuters) – German police said on Sunday they had stopped more than 50 far-right vigilantes armed with pepper spray, a bayonet, a machete and batons who were trying to patrol the Polish border to stop migrants from entering the country. The vigilantes were following a call by the Third Way, a far right-party with...

Don’t send migrants back to unsafe countries, pope says, citing Libya

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday urged countries not to send migrants back to insecure countries such as Libya, where he said many suffer violent and inhumane conditions similar to those in concentration camps. The pope’s appeal at his Sunday blessing came as European Union leaders are struggling to overcome their differences on...

24th October

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your October 25 briefing

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Behind the News: A history of invasion

“When I left Fiji three years ago there were no land motor.” That reflection was part of a paper presented at the Imperial Motor Transport Conference in London in 1914 by Fiji historian, Adolf B. Brewster. “We had two transitory visits of cars, one that was kept for a while by a resident and the...

Melbourne to ease more COVID curbs as 80% vaccination rate nears

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Melbourne, the world’s most locked-down city that emerged from its latest spate of COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, will see more curbs eased next week when Victoria state reaches an 80% full vaccination rate, officials said on Sunday. Home to about five million people, Melbourne endured 262 days, or nearly nine months, of...

France disappointed with fishing talks with UK, more talks scheduled

PARIS (Reuters) – France is disappointed by the pace of negotiations with Britain on settling a row about post-Brexit fishing rights but talks are set to continue on Monday, the head of a French fishing association said on Saturday. His remarks appeared to suggest French fishermen were stepping back from threats to hold protests from...

Group helps out women

This year the Soroptimist International Lautoka Branch is focused on bringing much needed medical services to women who cannot access health. Last week members of the charity group gathered at Ami Chandra Memorial School near Tomuka settlement where a team of health care workers from Medical Services Pacific were offering free medical advice to women. SI Lautoka member...

$5000 boost for Fiji cancer society

Tanoa Hotel Group showed their annual support for the fight against breast cancer with a $5000 donation to the Fiji Cancer Society in Lautoka yesterday. Made possible through the Reddy Foundation Program, the fund was handed over during a Pinktober celebration event at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel. The foundation is a charitable initiative of founder...

UK says substantial differences remain with EU over Northern Ireland trade

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom said on Saturday that talks with the European Union over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland had been constructive, but substantial differences remained. Goods moving between Britain and Northern Ireland currently face customs checks, as part of a deal reached before Brexit to avoid more contentious border checks between...

Bucalevu school marks 100th anniversary

Bucalevu Secondary School on Taveuni Island celebrated its 100th anniversary last week. Chief guest Divisional Education Officer North Iliseva Volai said the institution had served its purpose well and produced national leaders over the last century. She said the school was not only the pride of the Garden Island but the entire Northern Division as...

Focus turns to safety fears before New Mexico movie shooting tragedy

SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) -The movie director who was wounded on set when Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun said on Saturday he was “gutted” by the death of the film’s cinematographer, as more details emerged suggesting the production was troubled even before the accidental shooting. Joel Souza, who was hit in the shoulder on...

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