From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your August 13 briefing



The big one on the front page of The Fiji Times’ edition for Saturday, August 13 is about politics.

THE Electoral Commission has dismissed a complaint by the Fiji Labour Party about alleged harassment by the Fiji Police Force on attendees at a party campaign meeting in Nadi recently.


Here some headlines inside…


  • THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has recorded eight measles and two rubella cases.
  • THE recent death of a one month-old baby indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over.
  • HEALTH permanent secretary Dr James Fong says 5199 Fijians have been afflicted with rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease for the period 2016 to July 2022.
  • PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should focus on addressing poverty, escalating cost of living, deteriorating health services and water infrastructure instead of spending tax payers money on frivolous trips.


  • YOUNG innovative entrepreneurs were reminded to empower each other and collaborate on effective solutions as youth leaders.
  • LAMI residents have been told that no arms and ammunition will be kept at the proposed Maritime Essential Services Centre on Naimawi Street.
  • MORE than 40 per cent of boys and 25 per cent of girls in the 15-19 age group have used alcohol, says a survey conducted by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics, Health Ministry and UNICEF in March-April last year.


  • IT was an emotional day for two brothers from Nasaqalau in Lakeba who both graduated with a Deckhand fishing certificate from the Fiji School of Maritime(FMA) in Nasese yesterday. The duo had lost their father in May this year.
  • THREE hundred animals were desexed in a recent four-day free desexing clinic in Nadi.
  • FIJI now has an exploding street dog crisis and urgent actions need to be taken to tackle the matter, says Lautoka animal activist Mohammed Khan.
  • SPCA is hosting its second free desexing clinic this year starting next week in partnership with the Suva City Council, the Ministry of Agriculture and Dogs Trust Worldwide.


  • SEXUAL exploitation of children has become a social menace, High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar said this while sentencing a husband and wife to 17 years imprisonment each on charges of rape and defilement of young persons between the ages of 13 to 16 years of age.
  • A man facing criminal charges for the death of a Tomuka, Lautoka, woman late last month has been told to look for legal assistance because the charges against him were quite serious.
  • Kiala Henri Lusaka was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday and must serve 20 years before a pardon may be considered by the President.


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It is loaded with everything from health, a pet advice section, entertainment, history, cyber security, sports, properties, motoring to politics.


Page 102

  • THE players in the wider Fiji 7s squad have been given a chance to impress at the Duavata 7s tournament in Rakiraki this weekend before the national squad for the HSBC Los Angeles 7s is announced next week.

Page 100

  • THE Fiji Swimming Short Course Grand Prix Three today in Nadi will set the platform for young swimmers to showcase their talents.


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