From the Editor-in Chief’s desk: Your January 27 briefing

Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times’ edition for Thursday, January 27.

1 THE Government has described critics of a recent Facebook post featuring Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as “misguided individuals”.
2 THERE has been an increase in cases of attempted suicide since the COVID-19 outbreak, revealed a Suva-based non-governmental organisation.

1 THE school attendance of students around the country has improved particularly with the Year 12 and Year 13 students.
2 GOVERNMENT has spent $23.6million in upgrading and building municipal markets around the country.

1 FULL REPORT: The Government has described critics of a recent Facebook post featuring Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as “misguided individuals”.
2 LIFELINE Fiji received 300 calls for attempted suicide alone during the pandemic outbreak last year doubling the number of calls they receive on a monthly basis.
3 FIFTEEN Communities in the Central Division have been identified as “red zone areas” by Lifeline Fiji with increasing numbers of attempted suicide cases, crimes and other related crises.

1 THE Indian High Commission in Suva has celebrated the 73rd Republic Day of India.
2 TOURISM Fiji is excited to see that celebrities and general public tourists alike are choosing Fiji, making it ‘the buzz destination of 2022’.

1 MINISTER for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau has reiterated that usage of gas for diving purposes is only allowed for recreational activities.
2 FACILITIES at the Namaka Hot Springs will be upgraded to attract tourists and rake in more income for the Savusavu Town Council.
3 FIJI’s sugar industry is not immune to the drastic effects of climate change.The deputy British high commissioner to Fiji Paul Welsh made these remarks in his brief visit to the Sugar Cane Growers Fund head office in Lautoka.

1 POLICE have wrapped up investigations into the death of secondary school student Jia Janvi who was allegedly stabbed to death outside her house in Labasa in 2020.
2 THE discovery of a body near a culvert at the Toga Bridge in Rewa has left nearby villagers in shock.
3 SIXTEEN per cent of women who participated in a Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) survey in 2010-2011 said they were sexually abused as a child.
4 THE bilateral relations between Australia and Fiji continue to benefit our economy and people at the grass roots level, says SODELA Leader Viliame Gavoka in commemoration of Australia Day.

MEREWALESI Tuibeqa has done the unthinkable. She has asked her daughter if she could be placed in an aged-care facility.

1 A FAMILY who had their house partly damaged by TC Cody have been assisted by members of the Labasa Rainbow Pariwaar. Group secretary Umesh Chand said they decided to assist as the family was in need.
2 FARMERS have hiked up the price for vegetables, says roadside fresh produce seller Nemani Savai. Mr Savai said prices for vegetables such as okra and eggplants had doubled or tripled after Tropical Cyclone Cody.
3 MARKET vendors are earning as low as $20 a day in Labasa as a result of the recent TC Cody floods, which damaged farms earlier this year.
4 RAVIRAVI, Ba farmer Raj Mani was among many who received vegetable seeds under the Ministry of Agriculture initiated home gardening seed packages scheme outside the Lautoka market on Monday.

IF ambrosia is the food of the gods, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues (R&B) is their music. Tomorrow, Friday, January 28, 2022, Kanalevu Kitchen will be pumping out their best for all to eat and a group of Fiji’s finest will be pumping up the jams.

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