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New Zealand manuka honey producers lose trademark bid



The mānuka honey industry has been dealt another blow – it has lost its bid to trademark the term ‘Manuka Honey’ in New Zealand.

Backed by the wider honey industry and government, The Mānuka Honey Appellation Society has been working to protect the term so that only honey from New Zealand can be called mānuka since 2015.

It argues mānuka is a Māori word and a distinctive product of New Zealand.

But the Australian Manuka Honey Association has been appealing the effort in multiple markets – saying honey produced there can also be called mānuka.

In a just released decision, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand found the society’s certification mark bid did not meet necessary requirements.

“This case represents a trans-Tasman tussle of extraordinary proportions over trade mark rights for mānuka honey. It is one of the most complex and long running proceedings to have come before the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand,” the ruling said.

It ordered the society to pay the Australian Manuka Honey Association costs of $6430.

In 2021 the UK rejected a bid by the Mānuka Honey Appellation Society to trademark the term ‘manuka honey’ in the UK.

But the society vowed to continue its fight and earlier this year refiled court proceedings in the UK and EU.

Source: RNZ


Fiji thumps Samoa



The Digicel Bula Boys clinched their second consecutive victory at the OFC Men’s Nations Cup 2024 Group B match, overpowering Samoa 9-1 at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.

A dominant second half performance saw the side score six goals.

Fiji was leading 3-nil at halftime.

Setareki Hughes, Roy Krishna and Etonia Dogalau starred for the national side, each scoring twice.

Filipe Baravilala and youngsters Thomas Dunn and Nabil Begg netted the other goals.

Scott Wara was shown a yellow card in the first half for the national side.

Samoa’s lone goal was scored by Andrew Setefano.

Fiji will face Tahiti at 7pm on Saturday

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12-year-old girl in Pakistan forced to marry 72-year-old man



The marriage of a 12-year-old girl to a 72-year-old man named Habib Khan was called off after successful intervention by the police in Pakistan’s Charsadda town. While the police managed to arrest the groom and the ‘Nikah Khwan’ (a person who solemnizes the marriage), the girl’s father managed to escape.

A case has been registered against the girl’s father, the 72-year-old man, and the ‘Nikkah Khwan’ under the Child Marriage Act, according to ARY News. Despite the existence of laws prohibiting child marriage, such incidents continue to occur in various parts of Pakistan.

The girl’s father, Alam Syed, had reportedly agreed to sell his daughter to the elderly man for PKR 500,000.


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Lautoka brace for Labasa in Fiji Fact semifinal



Lautoka is bracing for whatever their opponent, Labasa FC will bring to the Digicel Fiji FACT semi-final.

President Shalendra Prasad acknowledges that Labasa will have strong fan support but assures that his team is prepared for the challenge.

He adds that the players have been diligently training and are in high spirits leading up to the match and  that the players know what is required of them and they are determined to give their best this Saturday.

The two teams are set to play at 2pm before 4R Electricals Ba and Oceania Fiberglass Navua meet at 4.30pm in the second semi-final.

The final kicks off at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

Apna/ Fbc

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