From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your November 26 briefing

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Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times’ edition for Friday, November 26.

We have a wraparound over the front page… the wrap is on the Dubai 7s.

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  • THE people of Namara, Tailevu, have until the end of this month to get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19. If they do not get the jab, bus services to the area will be ceased. District representative Sekaia Mua made the announcement at the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women campaign yesterday. Tailevu provincial administrator Josefa Rokonai said a lot of people in Namara had refused to get the jab and the “no jab, no bus” policy should change that.
  • THE festive season has kicked off in the Western Division with a tree lighting ceremony by newly elected President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka. Ratu Wiliame said the occasion marked the beginning of an important season for many Fijians.

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  • HEALTH Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong says 40 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the country in the past seven days. In a virus update issued yesterday, he said 26 of the cases were in the Central Division, 14 in the Western Division and three in the Eastern Division. He said there were no new COVID-19 deaths to report for the same period.

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  • ALL Fijians living in Honiara are safe, says Fiji’s consul to the Solomon Islands Atueta Balekana. He said family members of the 400 Fijians living in Honiara should be rest assured their loved ones were OK, as rioting and looting continued across the Melanesian country’s capital. Mr Balekana said the only unfortunate incident so far was the torching of a Fijian business couple’s shop in the city and a former Fijian soldier working as a caretaker at one of the country’s biggest hotels being confronted by rioters.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR/LEADER

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  • The leader is on COVID-19 and the revelation that we have 40 new cases. We discuss the reopening of our international border next month, and why we should be adhering to every COVID-19 safety rule. Read this on Page 8.

PEOPLE

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  • They went through tough times together as a family when their dad, Waisake Turagakula, ended up at the Lautoka Hospital, fighting for his life. Last year he fell ill and was admitted amid the already imminent COVID-19 crisis filling up the hospital beds. The 33-year-old father of one said he was fortunate his wife and family members kept him sane until his recovery. “Lying there beside so many people who took their final breath got me thinking about life and ever since I came out I promised myself to be better for my family.”

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SPORTS

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

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  • FIJI is set to unveil a new rugby star at the Dubai 7s. With the World Rugby Sevens Series returning to the United Arab Emirates after months of inactivity, Fiji’s presence at the tournament is a star attraction for global rugby fans. One of the unknowns to be unveiled by Fijian coach Saiasi Fuli is Ioane Teba. He is a farmer from Taveuni, who dropped out of secondary school to help his family.

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