From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your December 1 briefing

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The festive season is upon us! As we count down the hours to the start of December, we look forward with anticipation and hope you are all well and staying safe.

Tomorrow our international border also opens to tourists!

Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times’ edition for Wednesday, December 1.

But before that, we have cash prizes for you. Scroll down for details!

PAGE 1

  • NATIONAL Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says the biggest test for Fiji’s democracy will happen when there’s a change in Government. In his response to last week’s Parliament opening speech by President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, Prof Prasad said the question of whether Government would bow out gracefully if it lost at the polls was on everyone’s lips.

There’s more from Parliament on Pages 2,3,4 and 5.

PAGES 2 and 3

  • THERE is no shame in asking high global emitters to pay for the climate mitigation and adaptation in small island states such as Fiji, Education Minister Premila Kumar told Parliament.
  • CHIEFS in Fiji have not forgotten comments by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, berating them to drink home brew under a mango tree, says Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua.
  • PEOPLE travelling to Fiji from December 1 will be required to provide a 14-day travel history before boarding a flight. The safety measure follows concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant.

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  • PRESIDENT Ratu Wiliame Katonivere praised Government for the success of its vaccination effort but said nothing about the hundreds who died of COVID-19 because the State failed to manage the spread of the Delta variant. This was the statement made by National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad in his response to Ratu Wiliame’s Parliament opening address last week.

LETTERS TPO THE EDITOR/LEADER

Readers have their say about issues that matter to them. Read their views on Pages 8 and 9.

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  • The Leader is on COVID-19. We discuss the issue of our international border reopening tomorrow and the expected arrival of tourists. We discuss the announcement by the World Health Organization about the new COVID-19 variant.

PEOPLE

In this popular section, read about:

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  • THE old adage that education empowers a person and assists greatly in modifying his or her life to taste success might be true for most children, youths and adults. Definitely not so for Rohit Binit Nand. Nand is a school dropout but has never wilted from carrying out his duties of caring for his parents and siblings from an early life by earning a decent wage from his hard work.

KAILA!

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Remember we have the popular Kaila! section inside The Fiji Times. It’s for the young at heart. It’s brighter and comes packed with exciting stuff for the kids. Check out the riddles, lyrics, jokes, and fun activities. Your kids will love it!

SPORTS

The big one on the back page is about rugby union.

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  • FIJI 7s coach Saiasi Fuli is confident that the men’s and Fijiana 7s sides would be able to withstand their opposition in the second round of the Dubai 7s this weekend. Fuli said this after the teams’ recovery sessions following last weekend’s tournament. The former national halfback said his players had more stamina left in the tank to withstand another weekend of high intensity competition.

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Remember we are celebrating our 152nd anniversary and you can win cash with the Times. There were 10 winners in September and 20 winners in October. In this month of November, 30 lucky readers have the chance to win $152 each, and also get into the draw to win the grand prize of $15,200.

All you have to do to get into the draw is to cut out the masthead of the Fiji Times, write your name and address, and a phone contact on it, and drop this into a bin at a participating store near you. Turn to Page 30!

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