From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your October 24 briefing

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Bula vinaka everyone

We hope your weekend is turning out the way you planned it. Stay well and stay safe.

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All you have to do is cut out the masthead of The Fiji Times newspaper, write your name, address and a phone contact on it, and place this in a bin provided at a participating store near you. It’s that easy. Turn to Page 19 for details.

HEADLINES

Here are some headlines in The Sunday Times for October 24.

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‘Extortionary and hostile’

NATIONAL Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says Government’s plan to buy out minority shareholders in the Fiji Sugar Corporation at half a cent per share is “extortionary and hostile”. He said the offer of $0.005 meant “the shares hold no value, are worthless”. Prof Prasad said the details of the compulsory acquisition is contained in a letter delivered to the shareholders, signed by acting Economy Ministry permanent secretary Shri Gounder.

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Additional vaccine dose

THE Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has recommended that moderately and severely immunocompromised persons be given an additional dose of all WHO Emergency Use Listing Procedure (EUL) COVID-19 vaccines. Ministry of Health’s permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the Ministry of Health would be offering third doses to eligible persons.

Ordination service

“WHEN God chooses his own, nothing on Earth can ever sever this calling.” These are the words of newly ordained Catholic priest, Father Joseph Tora while describing his life journey leading to his ordination at the Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday. Growing up Fr Tora said he always wanted to be a priest, inspired by an aunt and uncle who were catechists and helped his parents in rearing him.

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‘Divine blessing from God’

PRESIDENT-ELECT Ratu Wiliame Katonivere’s older sister Adi Samanunu Katonivere said her “baby brother’s” appointment was a divine blessing from God. Speaking to The Fiji Times at Naduri Village on Vanua Levu, she said “Tuwili” has made the family proud. She said their late parents, Ratu Soso Katonivere and Samanunu Boteiviwa, “must be smiling down from heaven”.

Right man for the job

VANUA Levu chiefs say Ratu Wiliame Katonivere is the right man for the job. They made the comment soon after Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau announced the Tui Macuata as the new President of the Republic of Fiji. They said he was “promoted by God”.

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Kalouniwai accorded traditional ceremony

COMMANDER of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai was accorded a traditional ceremony at Nabitu Village in Tailevu yesterday. Mr Kalouniwai’s late mother hails from the village. The village hall and ground was a hive of activities as villagers danced and feasted to celebrate his appointment.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR/LEADER – PAGES 6 AND 7

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Check out interesting letters on Pages 6 and 7. Feel the emotions, find out what is trending, and what readers find interesting. The leader is on drowning stats and the impact on our nation. Let’s remind ourselves to place value on water safety.

FEATURE/OPINION

We have a list of top quality articles for your Sunday reading pleasure.

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Check out Behind the News with JOHN KAMEA, From the Crowd with SEONA SMILES, History today, Discovering Fiji, Food with Chef LANCE SEETO and Bollybaat entertainment.

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SPORTS

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

Fijiana 15s

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THE Fijiana 15s extended squad continued its preparations for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next year with a stint at mud pools at the Naval Base in Togalevu, outside Lami on Thursday. The Fiji Rugby Union website said coach Senirusi Seruvakula took the girls to mud pools to test their fitness and teamwork. “The main focus was the bonding for the girls in the team, I was really proud of them on what they have achieved today,” said Seruvakula. The former Flying Fijian said the girls gave it all and completed all the obstacles which the Navy instructors directed them to do. He said the training exercise would be part of the team’s preparation to the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2022.

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