From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your December 7 briefing



The big one on the front page of the Fiji Times for Wednesday, December 7 is on Lynda Tabuya and Dan Lobendahn appearing in court.

They have been charged with prohibition on vote buying and breach of campaign rules by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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Here are some headlines inside:


  • POOR medical services, lack of access to markets for produce, and lack of access to quality education are issues being highlighted by people in the Tailevu North area, says the People’s Alliance general secretary Sakiasi Ditoka.
  • THE only village in Namosi with no road leading to it is Burotu, says Atanasio Muakalou.


  • THE People’s Alliance new student plan mentioned in the party’s manifesto makes no reference to race, says party leader Sitiveni Rabuka.
  • SIGNIFICANT legislation passed regarding land has not gone through any consultation, says Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) candidate Ana Rokomokoti.
  • THE freedom to hold consultations and engage with the public regarding any policy, program or law should be at the forefront of a healthy democracy, says Ms Rokomokoti.
  • POLITICIANS in power must be able to encourage the media to ask the hard questions.


  • A 35-YEAR-OLD man of Votualevu, Nadi, died following a motor vehicle accident in Nadi on Monday night.
  • FIJIFIRST Party (FFP) candidate Alexander O’Connor has been charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with three counts of prohibition on use of state resources to campaign contrary to section 113 (4) of the Electoral Act 2014.
  • The People’s Alliance candidate Lynda Tabuya claims her 16-year-old daughter was ‘harassed’ by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) officers last week.


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  • FIFA World Cup stories – Brazil and Croatia into quarter-finals; Japan and Korea eliminated.

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  • THE Fiji Pearls got their Netball Nations Cup 2022 campaign back on track after beating hosts Singapore 60-53 at the OCBC Arena on Monday.
  • FORMER Fijiana 15s captain Lailanie Burnes has been appointed the Nadi Rugby Union women’s head coach for the 2023 season.
  • FIJI Bati winger Vuate Karawalevu has been named in the Sydney Roosters development squad for the 2023 National Rugby League (NRL) season.

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IN a first for Fiji and the Oceania Continent, Dr Robin Mitchell was elected President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) about a month ago.


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