Turkey’s Erdogan, France’s Macron discuss Eastern Mediterranean tensions
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and France’s Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday they had held their first conversation in months following a standoff between the two NATO allies over mounting tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
"Unacceptable" if Mexicans subjected to medical abuse in U.S. custody, minister says
MEXICO CITY - Mexico is interviewing at least six women who may have been subject to improper hysterectomies at an immigration detention center in the U.S. state of Georgia, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday. If the improper procedures are confirmed, Ebrard said, it would be a "major issue" between the two countries, calling the abuse as described in a whistleblower's
Vanuatu reviews citizenship programmes
The chairman of Vanuatu’s Citizenship Commission says the citizenship by investment programmes are being reviewed.Ronald Warsal released a statement following media reports about concerns over the status of Vanuatu’s honorary citizens.The deputy prime minister Ishmael Kalsakau told RNZ Pacific last week that the government is considering a new category of passport for people who previously purchased “honorary citizenship”.
Suva ratepayers will not be subsidising waste management services for Nasinu
The Ministry of Local Government wishes to re-emphasise the terms of agreement that underpin the new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Waste Collection Services between Suva City Council and Nasinu Town Council as per provisions in Local Government Act Section 88.
Supermarket strike in New Caledonia worsens
A long-running labour dispute in New Caledonia has worsened with striking workers blocking access to the distribution warehouses of a key supermarket chain.This follows unsuccessfull negotiatons between a union umbrella group and the management of the Hayot group of supermarkets in the Noumea area.The unions have a list of grievances about the way the establishments are run.
$620k boost for COVID-19 testing
The Korean Government today donated $620,000 worth of COVID-19 PCR test kits to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.During the handover, Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said the 480 test kits would enhance the ministry’s testing capability especially at the border and also at the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) lab in Tamavua.
Political row erupts over Samoan school WIFI project
A free WIFI project for Samoan schools is being called illegal by the government.The project involves a private communication company working with a new political party chaired by former cabinet minister and speaker, La’auli Leuatea Polata’ivao Schmidt.Launched in Savai’i with a future roll-out planned across the country, the project aims to provide free internet connection for students to aid their education.
Brothers laid to rest
The bodies of teenage brothers Shalveen and Shivnil Singh were laid to rest this morning.Family, friends and well wishers gathered at Tilak High School to farewell the teenagers who drowned at Vuda Point River in Lautoka last Friday.Their bodies were found two days after being reported missing.
PM Bainimarama joins world leaders in calling for solidarity and multilateralism
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarma joined world leaders in calling for solidarity and multilateralism to realise the shared vision on global peace and prosperity at the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Red Cross providing support for Solomons students waiting for repatriation
The Red Cross has stepped into the fold to support and assist Solomon Islands students currently awaiting repatriation flights in the Philippines.More than 400 Solomon nationals are awaiting three flights, the first two of which are scheduled for next week.The group of mostly students and their dependants, are being quarantined and have to undergo three tests before departure.
High turnout at Police recruitment drive
Hundreds of Fijians gathered at the Tailevu North College yesterday for the 2020 Police Recruitment drive.The wet weather conditions did not dampen the spirits of those aspiring police officers who underwent series of tests, including assessment of skills, fitness and psychological suitability.Due to the high turnout yesterday, the recruitment process will continue today with computer literacy and fitness tests.
Polling for Goroka by-election in PNG delayed
The Goroka by-election in Papua New Guinea has been delayed again after a petition by candidates.PNG’s Acting Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai has announced that polling has been postponed until Thursday.Polling for the long-delayed by-election was to have begun yesterday.