Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
SUVA, Fiji-March 23: 4:54pm(Fiji Times): The introduction of Fiji’s village bylaws is not a good idea, says New Zealand-based political sociologist Professor Steven Ratuva. Prof Ratuva said the bylaws were first introduced by British colonialists to separate the iTaukei from indentured labourers. The result of this “compartmentalization” of the races had “terrible” consequences on the iTaukei, he said.
HONIARE, Solomon Islands-March 23: 4:30pm(Post Courier): Waste industrial oil from an abandoned mine in Papua New Guinea is threatening to pollute neighboring Solomon Islands waters. The Solomon Islands Government says it has been trying to contact Port Moresby for the past few months but to no avail. Its Environment and Conservation Secretary Melchior Mataki said this week that about 200 of the 540 intermediate bulk containers (IBC) filled with waste oil illegally transported from the PNG mine to the Solomon Islands in 2015 have started to spill.
SUVA, Fiji-March 23: 4:19pm(Fiji Times): It is currently not possible for the Fiji 7s team to become a franchise. This was told to Parliament by Sports Minister Laisenia Tuitubou Wednesday after a question from Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa on the State’s plan to franchise the 7s team to make it the most marketable team in the world. Responding to Ro Teimumu, Tuitubou said through the Government, the ministry could support the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU), but the ultimate decision of a franchise was for FRU to make.
SUVA, Fiji-March 23: 2:09pm(RNZI): Flying Fijians coach John McKee is optimistic more young players in Europe are keen to commit their rugby futures to Fiji. McKee has spent the past couple of weeks in France speaking face to face with Fijian players, including senior internationals and an emerging group recruited as teenagers by French academy sides.
NUKU’ALOFA-March 23: 11:09am(Nuku’alofa Times): Enforcement officers from the Department of Environment are now working on enforcing the Waste Regulations, with the special focus on public transport like buses and taxis. A team started visiting bus and taxi drivers here in Nuku’alofa on today, sharing with them copies of the Regulation, especially that which states that buses and taxis need to have rubbish bags or tins on board so that passengers can use that to dispose off rubbish.
LONDON, UK-March 23: 10:06am(RNZI): Four people have died in an attack close to the UK Parliament, which police are treating as a terrorist incident. The dead include the attacker and a police officer who was stabbed by the assailant. At least 20 people are also injured after a car crashed into pedestrians on Wednesday afternoon. Nearby hospital St Thomas said it was treating patients for “catastrophic” injuries.
NUKU’ALOFA-March 23: 10:00am(RNZI): The Pacific Commmunity wants people to realise more than a million Pacific Islanders struggle to provide themselves with water. The SPC’s Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, said the lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation posed serious health risks and was a fundamental development constraint for Pacific nations.
SUVA, Fiji-March 23: 9:52am(Fiji Times): The 56 year -old man charged with the murder of his defacto partner in Nadera on Monday made his first appearance at the Nasinu Magistrates Court this morning. Former security recruitment agency director Timoci Lolohea appeared before Magistrate Charles Ratakele, charged with one count of murder and one count of criminal trespass.