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Friday 15 November 2019

Last elected head of Fiji imprisoned

Fiji's last democratically elected leader has been jailed on corruption charges.

Laisenia Qarase was sentenced to a year in prison after being found guilty of abusing his office and failing to perform his duties. He served as prime minister for six years before being ousted by Fiji's current leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, in a 2006 coup.

US bank invests in jail programme

Goldman Sachs bank will invest almost $10m (€8.07m) in a New York City jail programme that will produce profits for the investment firm if reoffending rates drop.

It is the first US effort of its kind to enlist private investors in financing public social programmes. Inmates aged 16-18 will receive education, training and counselling intended to reduce the likelihood of them reoffending after their release.

$1.6bn to be made from space flights

Commercial suborbital space flights should bring in between $600m (€484m) and $1.6bn (€1.29bn) in revenue in their first decade of operations, according to a study commissioned by the US and Florida governments.

Tourism drives about 80pc of the demand for suborbital flights, which reach about 63 miles above the planet's surface.

Prostate cancer gene identified

scientists have identified a gene that could be instrumental in the growth of prostate tumours.

The discovery could lead to improved cancer diagnosis and treatment, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

Irish Independent

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