From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your May 25 briefing



There is no doubt about the fact that the hype’s building up to the big game this weekend when the Fijian Drua take on the might of the Chiefs at Churchill Park in Lautoka in a round of the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

On the political front, the big one on the front page of The Fiji Times for Wednesday, May 25 is on a statement by the PM Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Bainimarama says his Government will run the country until the 2022 General Election is completed.

Read the full report in Wednesday’s The Fiji Times.


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


Booster shots

THERE have been no COVID-19 deaths in people who have received booster shots, and unvaccinated Fijians have been dying at a rate of 27.2 times higher than fully vaccinated adults, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

Frontline workers

THE Health Ministry will be targeting the frontlines at all the ports to get their fourth dose of the vaccine.


THERE have been no suspected cases of Ebola reported by the Health Ministry so far.


Home-based business

THOSE wishing to operate a home-based business need to obtain an approval from the Permanent Secretary responsible for town planning, states a gazette notice published on May 6 and authrorised by Minister for Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya.

Vatuyalewa pump

RESIDENTS of Vatuyalewa Settlement, Nasinu, are calling on the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) to install a cut-off system at the Vatuyalewa pump station in Makoi.

USP Council meeting

THE University of the South Pacific’s 93rd Council meeting raised concerns on the financial and operating risks arising out of Fiji withholding its grant and exacerbated by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rice supply

FIJI will be self-sufficient in rice within 20 years, said Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy in Rakiraki on Monday.


Tiro II murder case

THE prosecution has been ordered to file information and disclosures in the case of the murders aboard the fishing vessel Tiro II so the High Court may know the strength of its case.

Retrial opposed

AN Australian national and a Lautoka taxi driver, whose convictions for being in possession of 49.9 kilograms of cocaine in 2015 were quashed by the Supreme Court of Fiji in April, are opposing a retrial of their case.

Domo Vou Talei

AN original song competition titled ‘Domo Vou Talei’ was launched yesterday at The Fiji Times conference room in Suva. The Australian High Commission initiative will see two finalists walk away with cash – $5000 to the first place getter, courtesy of The Fiji Times, and $3000 to the People’s Choice awardee, thanks to Westpac Banking Corporation.






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