Archive for May, 2017

Former PWD staff on corruption charges appear in court

Former PWD staff on corruption charges appear in court

One of the five former Public works department employees appeared in court this morning for corruption related charges. Asenaca Manuapa is alleged to have conspired together with Laisa Halafi, Vaciseva Lagai, Amelia Vunisea and Ana Laqere to commit a felony with intent to defraud Public Works Department obtained over ten thousand dollars as payments for […]

‘Sorcery’ Items and witchcraft go up in flames

‘Sorcery’ Items and witchcraft go up in flames

About 600 Naduri villagers in Macuata watched as traditional artifacts, allegedly used for witchcraft, were burned to drive away evil spirits. The event was part of the spiritual cleansing crusade in the chiefly village by the Assemblies of God Northern Division Presbyter head, Reverend Akuila Qalomaiwasa. He told the people: “You see that most of […]

NSW Blues have reason to believe in winning Game I

NSW Blues have reason to believe in winning Game I

The blind faith virus is breaking out again in New South Wales and Queensland. The peak season for this annual epidemic is the week before the first State of Origin encounter when no-one can imagine anything but victory for their state. For 10 of the past 11 years Blues fans have had their expectations dashed. […]

Questions raised in Public Accounts Committee meeting

Questions raised in Public Accounts Committee meeting

Questions were raised in the Public Accounts Committee meeting on the $1.24 million variance that was recorded in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport’s 2015 Auditor General’s report. It was highlighted in the 2015 Auditor General’s report that the consolidated Trading and Manufacturing Account Balance Sheet had cash at bank of $5.28m while consolidated cash […]

Night phone use worsens teen mental health

Night phone use worsens teen mental health

Teenagers who use their mobiles late at night sleep worse than those who don’t, leading to poorer mental health, reduced coping and lower self-esteem, Western Australian researchers have found. Students were asked what time of the night they received or sent text messages and phone calls, as well as their perceptions of their sleep quality, […]

Players considering Rugby League World Cup boycott

Players considering Rugby League World Cup boycott

On the eve of State of Origin, the NRL’s pay dispute is set to get nastier with players confirming they will consider boycotting the Rugby League World Cup at season’s end. It’s understood the players want close to $1 million more in next year’s salary cap than the NRL is offering. Penrith Panthers prop Leilani […]

Fiji has potential to attract health tourism

Fiji has potential to attract health tourism

Fiji has the potential to widen the scope of its tourism industry to attract medical tourism to our shores. Economy Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the tourism sector has a lot of opportunities however, with the right focus this can be expanded. “We of course wouldn’t mind carrying out surgeries and other procedure for Australians and […]

Dad collapses after his kids killed in collision

Dad collapses after his kids killed in collision

A TEENAGE boy and his two younger sisters were killed in a fiery crash with a petrol tanker on the Newell Hwy at Boggabilla, in New South Wales’s far north earlier today. Jack Pink, 19, was driving a Pantech truck full of furniture and his two younger sisters Marina — who would have turned 18 […]

The jobs in demand nationwide

The jobs in demand nationwide

TRADESPEOPLE and labourers willing to go where the work is and take on temporary assignments can use their careers to see the country. Tradies hoping to explore the Northern Territory on a working holiday are best placed as refrigeration technicians, plumbers or labourers. If Queensland is more their style, bricklayers, labourers and shopfitters are in […]

Amex Resources Ltd to construct new wharf in Lautoka

Amex Resources Ltd to construct new wharf in Lautoka

Amex Resources Limited will soon commence with the construction of a new wharf and ship-loading facility in Lautoka which will be specifically designed for the export of minerals. This is part of Amex Resources’ $200 million investment. Amex Resources has been exploring the sandbanks of the delta at the mouth of the Ba River between […]

Nabuli free to play for Reds in Samoa

Nabuli free to play for Reds in Samoa

Queensland Reds winger Eto Nabuli is free to play in Friday’s Super rugby clash with the Blues in Samoa after avoiding further sanctions by the SANZAAR foul play review committee. The hearing on Sunday was held to determine whether any more penalties would be imposed on Nabuli for persistent foul play, after he incurred his […]

A chilly start to winter but, could be warmer than usual

A chilly start to winter but, could be warmer than usual

WINTER starts in less than a week and to get us in the mood temperatures are set to plummet, and we’re being warned to watch out for “showers, hail, thunder and snow”. Sydney and Canberra could see their coldest days for six months next week. But if you think a freezing season is setting in, […]

The future is in farming, says dropout

The future is in farming, says dropout

Dropping out of school three years ago was more of a blessing for 21-year-old Ropate Ratakele than a curse. The Tavuki lad from Taveuni who was named the 2017 Young Farmer of the year in the North said he has not looked back ever since. Growing up from a farming background, the eldest of three […]

Homeless Man who helped Manchester victims given a home

Homeless Man who helped Manchester victims given a home

A homeless man who was sleeping near Manchester Arena has been hailed a hero for rushing to help young victims injured by the blast. Stephen Jones said he heard a huge bang, which he initially thought was a firework. The hero described how he pulled nails out of children’s bodies shortly after the bomb went […]

Schapelle Corby returns to Australia

Schapelle Corby returns to Australia

CONVICTED drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has gone through customs at Denpasar International Airport – the place where she was first arrested almost 13 years ago. Corby was photographed with her sister Mercedes as onlookers took photos of the pair, who are preparing to board a flight back to Australia last night. At the airport, Corby’s […]