Taiwan separatists stir up conflicts in Fiji to attract attention of US, Australia
A bird's eye view of Tavarua, a heart shaped island of Fiji Photo: Courtesy of Tourism FijiChinese authorities denounced the allegations by the separatist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the Taiwan island of Chinese Embassy diplomats in Fiji attacking DPP representatives on the ground.The Taiwan island's attempt of stirring up conflicts in the South Pacific aims to attract the public attention, hoping the US and Australia will intervene in the matter amid tense cross-Taiwan Straits relations, an expert said.The staff members of the Taipei trade office in Fiji have caused injuries to one ...
Taiwan says Chinese diplomats assaulted official in Fiji
TAIPEI: Taiwan on Monday accused two Chinese diplomats of gatecrashing a hotel function hosted by its de facto embassy in Fiji and assaulting an employee.Taipei’s foreign ministry said its trade office — the equivalent of an embassy — was hosting a party in the Fijian capital Suva on Oct 8 to celebrate Taiwan’s National Day.Two Chinese embassy workers in Fiji gatecrashed the gathering and began taking pictures of guests, the statement said.When the pair were asked to leave, they assaulted an official, putting him in hospital.“We strongly condemn the actions by the Chinese embassy in Fiji staff...
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NXIVM sex cult funder Clare Bronfman wants to be released after only a week behind bars
NEW YORK — NXIVM cult funder Clare Bronfman has barely been in jail a week and she’s already asking a federal judge to let her out.The Seagram’s heiress, who’s being held the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, requested Thursday that she be released from custody while she appeals her 81-month sentence.Her lawyers took issue with the stiff sentence of more than six years, since federal prosecutors only asked for five years.“Her sentence of eighty one months of imprisonment is disparate with the sentences received by other individuals who pleaded or were found guilty of similar non-viole...
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Vodafone Fiji network upgrade ‘nears completion’
11 Sep 2020Vodafone Fiji says its widescale FJD207 million (USD98.4 million) mobile network expansion and upgrade programme is expected to complete within the next two weeks, FBC News reports citing CEO Ronald Prasad. The official explained that the project was scheduled to have been completed in April this year but was delayed due to COVID-19 and ‘unfavourable’ weather. Nonetheless, the cellco announced the launch of a new range of data plans and packages on 10 September to mark the milestone.‘We have added 147 new base stations, these are new sites that we have added to our existing network ...
Digicel Fiji launches new fixed-wireless ‘All In Home’ plan
1 Sep 2020Digicel Fiji has launched a new ‘All In Home’ tariff plan through its Unwired Fiji unit, offering 500GB of data for FJD99.95 (USD47.6) per month, including access to its Sky Pacific premium package (with 25 TV channels), 40GB of mobile data and unlimited calls/SMS to Digicel numbers. Commenting on the promotion, Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Farid Mohammed claims his company is the ‘leading brand for communications and entertainment in the country’ and aims to deliver its customers more data and choice to keep them onboard. ‘This is a challenging time for our fellow Fijians an...
National Rum Day: Sebastian couple travels the world for the love of rum
ORLANDO, Fla. — How did a pair of hockey fans from Maryland come to own one of the largest private collections of rum in Florida? It started with a single, cheap bottle. “It’s called Sunset Very Strong Rum,” said Joe Horstkamp, “but the locals just call it ‘strong rum.’”Horstkamp and his wife, Myssi Davis, were on their honeymoon to the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent. Fans of rum but only ever having what Horstkamp calls “starter rums” (“Your Bacardis, your Captain Morgans,” he explained), the couple decided to visit the St. Vincent distillery on their vacation. That’s where they first encou...
Fiji's kava culture adapts to virus challenge
Suva (Fiji) (AFP) - Once the preserve of men and consumed in ritualistic ceremonies by villagers and chiefs alike, Fijian traditional drink kava is attracting a new market as coronavirus restrictions prompt more women to sample the mildly narcotic brew. Kava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is an essential part of South Pacific culture, used throughout the region for relaxation and stress relief.The root of the kava plant is ground, mixed with water and then strained to produce a gritty grey liquid. First-time users sometimes liken the taste to muddy water but the drink's effect is undeniable, a mild...
Meet the Illinois athletes on the all-Black adventure racing team that's featured on a new Amazon series
CHICAGO — You can’t miss Illinois native Coree Woltering — or his Speedos — on “World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji.”“The Speedo became a thing back in (2016) when I was in Florida for a 50-kilometer race, and I forgot my racing shorts, but I had Speedos with me,” Woltering told the Tribune by phone. “I ended up winning that race, and the picture just went like viral on social media, and after that everyone was like, you have to race in a Speedo. That just became my thing.”The 30-year-old professional trail and ultra runner packed several Speedos for the Eco-Challenge, an 11-day race ove...
'Enormous tragedy': Fiji records first COVID-19 death
Suva (Fiji) (AFP) - Fiji announced its first coronavirus death Friday, but health officials assured people in the Pacific island nation that it was not the precursor to a major outbreak.Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said the victim was a 66-year-old man who tested positive after returning from India, where he had undergone surgery for a long-standing heart condition."Sadly, despite the best efforts of our health-care professionals, this gentleman passed away yesterday in the isolation ward at Lautoka hospital due to complications from COVID-19," Waqainabete told reporters.He said the ma...
Fiji reports first coronavirus case in 78 days
Suva (Fiji) (AFP) - Fiji's 78-day run without coronavirus is over, with Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama confirming Monday a 66-year-old man tested positive after returning from India.It is the 19th case in the small South Pacific island nation, and more are now expected."We've confirmed a border case of COVID-19 among a returning citizen while he was securely in the confines of government-funded quarantine," Bainimarama said.All arrivals to Fiji have to undergo 14 days of quarantine.The acting permanent secretary for health, James Fong, said Fiji had deliberately refrained from calling itself...