From the Editor-in-Chief’s Desk: Your April 9 briefing

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Here are some headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Friday, April 9.

The big one on PAGE 1 is about:

Public Order Act

THE Public Order Act, which is used to charge government critics and rumourmongers, is not subject to human rights protections otherwise guaranteed to Fijians under the 2013 Constitution. This according to the United States Department of State 2020 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Fiji.

Opposition Leader

TUI Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu is the Opposition Leader. This, according to Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

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Finding solution to bullying 

MINISTER for Education Rosy Akbar will meet principals of all boarding schools today to find a solution to the issue of bullying.

Water-sealed toilets

AFTER four people were rushed to hospital because of typhoid and dengue fever, the Health Ministry gave 17 water-sealed toilets to Naisogovau Village, Tailevu, this week.

What’s Happening Today!

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Check out the new look! Plan your day with ‘What’s happening today’, a brand new feature on Page 2. There’s an expanded version on www.fijitimes.com and on our Facebook page.

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Ratu Naiqama’s appointment

THE parliamentary process to appoint Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu as Opposition Leader was duly followed, says Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

Human rights report

THE Public Order Act prohibits normal due process protections for those arrested under the Act, the United States Department of State 2020 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Fiji claimed.

Public Order Act vs critics

FIJIAN authorities used the Public Order Act to charge critics and “rumourmongers”, the United States Department of State 2020 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Fiji stated.

Impunity

IMPUNITY remained a problem in the security forces in some politically connected cases, the United States Department of State 2020 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Fiji states.

PEOPLE

Meet Sakiusa Ledua

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SAKIUSA Ledua is using the skills he acquired while working at the Public Works Department to provide a living for his family. The 54-year-old Raviravi, Matuku, native shelved a construction business he established after leaving the PWD and now focuses his attention on making gardening utensils.

THE SHOPPER

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Check out The Shopper inside for the best deals in town, specials, and much more.

SPORTS

Skipper Cup begins

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FAREBROTHER Trophy holders Nadi are ready to do their talking on the paddock when they take on the challenge of Rewa in their anticipated double-header and first round of Skipper Cup match tomorrow.

There’s much more to read inside but you’ll have to get a copy to understand what we are talking about.

Happy reading!

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