From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your September 11 briefing


Bula vinaka everyone

It’s the end of another working week, and as we count down the hours to the weekend, we hope you are all staying well and staying safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have a bumper edition for your weekend reading pleasure. We have a top list of writers for you to enjoy, learn from, and hopefully allow you to appreciate different views and the various topics they discuss. These range from politics, cyber security, the media, health, and economics, to sports. There’s entertainment and motoring.



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Here are some reports that made the headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Saturday, September 11.

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The big one is on the USP saga.

Fijian academics implicated

FIJIAN academics at the University of the South Pacific were implicated in a 2019 report into mismanagement and corruption at the regional university released by Nauru’s President Lionel Aingimea in Nauru’s Parliament this week.

Malani’s case

Veronica Malani outside the Suva court. Picture: RAMA

VERONICA Malani’s application for a judicial review of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs) decision in her case against the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was struck out by the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Puzzled Prof Pal

AFTER five investigations where he was cleared of any misconduct, University of the South Pacific (USP)vice-chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia said he was puzzled by recent remarks by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in relation to a commission of inquiry into the university.



It’s the weekend, and we have seven pages of interesting letters to the editor. Check out the pulse of the nation. Check out what readers are talking about. Find out how they feel and what interests them right now. Find out what is relevant to them and how they feel about various issues affecting us as a nation right now. Pages 8,9,20,21,22,23 and 24


Here’s a list of what you can expect in the bumper edition on Saturday.

PAGE 12 – Covering all views – By SHAILENDRA SINGH

Do Fiji news media organisations represent a range of political perspectives? Like media organisations elsewhere, they would cover wider ground collectively, rather than as individual media organisations, because individual media organisations have obvious leanings and priorities. But do the media, even as whole, provide a wide enough perspective?

PAGE 29 – Lonely death – By SIMON HAZELMAN

IF there is one thing that saddened me the most throughout my 30-day COVID-19 hospitalisation ordeal at CWM, it was the way in which patients succumbed to covid-19 and passed away with no family, no loved one, no friend and no medical personnel to comfort them. It was indeed the saddest, loneliest and most unfair affair I had ever witnessed in my entire life. If you have ever heard the description, “Me, myself and I”, well the journey with covid-19 is all about you and only you. You suffer alone and you die alone.

PAGE 30 – Third time lucky – By SENI NABOU

The third draft of the Climate Change Bill (Bill) is now before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights. The National Federation Party made its submission to the Committee on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and we look forward to the outcomes of the Committee’s deliberations on the Bill.


WITH only a month away to the much-awaited Independence Day celebration in the colony on September 1970 – Fijians around the world also planned their own celebration.


Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affect your liver’s ability to function.

PAGE 35 – Household Income and Expenditure Survey – By WADAN NARSEY

LAST week, without any grand announcements, the Fiji Bureau of Statistics put on its website its Report on the 2019-20 Household Income and Expenditure Survey. Prepared with the assistance of personnel from World Bank and Bristol University, this Report is a “must read” for academics and policy makers. It is absolutely full of fascinating statistics and stories, even if some findings can be debated until the cows come home. Importantly, for the first time in 10 years, the survey presents important poverty and population statistics by ethnicity.

PAGE 36 – You’re irreplaceable – By COLIN DEOKI

DO you know you’re irreplaceable? There’ll never be another person just like you in the entire universe. “But why am I here?” Discovering one’s purpose and calling, I’ve found, can be a daunting task. I love writing articles and songs. When I turned the big “SIX 0” many moons ago, my children surprised me with an exact copy of the Fender Strat Guitar I used to play in the early ’70s.

PAGE 37 – The home of 7s – By RAJNESH LINGAM

THE Hong Kong 7s is special to Fijians. Many consider So Kon Po Stadium the home of 7s and why not! Our 7s warriors shed blood and tears on their way to winning the first three in a row HK 7s titles in the Happy Valley, and then it was at So Kon Po Stadium that we won our first Melrose Cup. The Stadium has a lot of sweet memories.

PAGE 38 – Bluetooth hacks and 5G- By ILAITIA B. TUISAWAU

IT is scary knowing that others, that you don’t know, are able to track you via Bluetooth. It never crossed my mind”, an individual the Bose has identified through their headphones says. Right now somewhere in the world, someone is wearing a pair of the popular headphones from Bose called QuietComfort 35 or similar.

PAGE 39 – Gambling, drugs and prostitution – By AJAY BHAI AMRIT

BULA readers! This week I thought I would write about a controversial topic involving money, ethics and to some degree greed. As we all go through life we are evolving and there are times when we make mistakes and believe me there is not one person alive today who hasn’t made mistakes as we are all human beings. This particular life lesson I learnt revolves around a deal I was involved with about 15 years ago in London.



We even have pages of entertainment news for you… check it out inside.



This section is much more than just about motoring. Check it out.


The big one on the back page is about: THE resumption of sports and recreation activities will require the implementation of a process to ensure the safety of athletes and its stakeholders, says Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Bala.



There’s more to read inside but you’ll have to get a copy to know what we are talking about. Happy reading!

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