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



We have two interesting reports on the front page of The Fiji Times’ edition for Thursday, September 22.

The big one is on the Bula Boys and how they came to the rescue of a young boy who was the victim of an alleged hit-and-run accident in Vanuatu.

Then there’s the report of a Fijian man who has been charged for the murder of Australian gangland figure Bilal Hamze who was gunned down execution-style and killed in the Sydney Central Business District last year.

Read these stories and more in The Fiji Times.


Here are some headlines inside:


  • NATIONAL Federation Party (NFP) leader Professor Biman Prasad claims the FijiFirst party was using the taxpayer-funded Fijian Government Facebook page as an election platform.
  • THE National Federation Party’s (NFP) complaint against the FijiFirst party contained factual inaccuracies and was misconceived in law, says Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem.
  • THE FijiFirst party has lodged a “19-page letter” of complaint to the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) against some candidates of The People’s Alliance who they alleged breached certain provisions of the Electoral Act.


  • THE Lautoka City Council (LCC) says it does not want to conduct a culling exercise similar to the one it did 15 years ago where more than 850 dogs were killed during a three-day poisoning campaign.
  • FAMILIES, friends and co-workers from the medical fraternity gathered yesterday in Beverly Hills, Votualevu, Nadi to pay their last respects to the late Dr Neville Narayan.
  • SPEAK to your children and keep them engaged in wholesome activities, that will keep them away from engaging in games such as “Charlie Charlie”.
  • PARENTS of some Suva-based schools are concerned about a game called “Charlie Charlie” which allegedly summons demonic spirits.


  • A fifth case of bushfire within 20 days resulted in damage to Energy Fiji Ltd’s power poles in the Western Division on Tuesday.
  • POLICE are calling on anyone with information about a student who was allegedly sold a spiked bottle of juice to contact them.
  • OPPOSITION MP Salote Radrodro will be sentenced today by the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court (ACDHC) in Suva.
  • LAWYER Siddharth Nandan says a Fijian Elections Office (FEO) voter registration official registered two addresses for former Government MP Vijendra Prakash.


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  • ON April 16, 1995, 7s legend Waisale Serevi welcomed the birth of his second child, Asinate. Twenty-two days earlier he had just returned from the Hong Kong 7s tournament. He was the captain, and his side lost 17-35 to New Zealand which had Jona Lomu (late). Twenty-seven years on, his daughter Nate, as she is commonly known, is carving a rugby resume of her own.

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  • FIJI’S Rugby League World Cup match against Australia is turning out to be a much-anticipated clash with organisers confirming that fewer than 150 seats remain for sale. The October 15 RLWC opening day clash will be held at Headingley Stadium which has a seating capacity for 19,500 spectators.

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  • TANZEELA Raza comes from a family of boxers. So it is no wonder that the 16-year-old took a liking to the sport from a young age. This Saturday, the Nadi Sangam College student will take to the ring against Laite Nanovu in an amateur during the Lewis Hill Boxing Promotion ‘Homecoming’ event at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.


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