From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your June 22 briefing


I was moved by the picture by Jona Tamai Gloria on the front page of The Fiji Times’ edition for Wednesday, June 22.

It sort of gave me goosebumps seeing our stars running together at the sand dunes in Sigatoka, especially after having arrived from Europe, Australia and New Zealand. I suppose it was the formation perhaps, or the fact that they were sort of grouped together that inched out that thought of uniformity, and confidence as a unit. Imagine that! They came from all over the globe, and they ran together as a team at the dunes! Remember our Olympic gold medal winning 7s teams trained at the dunes! What a start!

The big one though on the front is about very young children assisting their family by selling food parcels at night, and some were out looking for scrap metal at landfills and dump sites.

Read their stories in The Fiji Times.

Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times for Wednesday.


  • FIJI Council of Social Services executive director Vani Catanasiga says the issue of children selling food at night is a sign that social safety nets have broken down.


  • IT is important that Fiji Sugar Corporation listens to you, said Fijian Competition & Consumer Commission Chief Executive Officer, Joel Abraham.
    -STUDENTS of Mataso Primary School in Ra had to cross a flooded river while returning home on Monday afternoon.


  • THE evidence did not fit the case that needs to be proved by the prosecution, says lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo. He said this while making his closing submissions in the trial of Opposition MP Ratu Suliano Matanitobua by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court at Suva on Monday.
  • IT is unfortunate to see the defendant blowing hot and cold in a legal proceeding to raise preliminary objection to the information filed against her, though she obtained the money from Parliament without any complaint. High Court judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumerage said this while dismissing the preliminary objections to the amended information filed by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC), raised by Salote Radrodro’s lawyer Simione Valenitabua.
  • THE 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated yesterday at Suva’s Albert Park with the theme “Yoga for Humanity”.

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  • TEAM Fiji weightlifter Aluwesi Aditaroleva won three bronze medals in the women’s 59kg category during the Pacific Mini Games competition at the MHS Gym in Saipan, Northern Marianas.
  • FIJIAN speedster Banuve Tabakaucoro is expected to win gold in the men’s 100 metres sprint event at the Pacific Mini Games underway in the Northern Mariana Islands.

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  • FORMER All Blacks and Flying Fijians squad member Setareki Tamanivalu is grateful for the opportunity to be part of this year’s Pacific Nations Cup squad under coach Vern Cotter.

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  • THE Suva football side has forgotten about its win at the Fiji FACT and the focus to regain the Digicel Premier League title is back on.

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  • MAI TV will show the much-anticipated Test match between the Fiji Bati and the PNG Kumuls on Saturday at 9.30pm after securing the free to air rights from rights holders Digicel.

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  • WALLABIES coach Dave Rennie urged Rugby Australia (RA) not to pull its teams out of Super Rugby in 2024 and set up a domestic competition of its own in the lead-up to hosting the 2027 World Cup.


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