From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your April 17 briefing

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Here are some headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Saturday, April 17.

These are the lead stories on the front page:

PAGE 1

Make peace

MAKE peace not war. That was the crux of an urgent plea from former Nabua resident and internationally acclaimed sevens rugby icon Waisale Serevi. He said he was disappointed with the disunity between Mead Road Housing and Sukanaivalu Rd youths which led to violent and bloody brawls recently. Serevi said he was ready to speak to the youths and to bring unity back to the place he once called home. * Check out the in-depth pieces and more from Serevi inside on Pages 26 and 27.

SODELPA developments

Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu arriving at the SODELPA meeting at the Southern Cross Hotel conference room in Suva on Friday, March 19, 2021. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE beleaguered Social Democratic Liberal Party suffered another blow yesterday with the resignation of Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu as party vice president. In a letter to SODELPA president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, Ratu Naiqama said he was “deeply disappointed and saddened” with the internal bickering which threatened unity within the vanua. He said more than 70 grievances and complaints from members remained unresolved. The letter said he would continue as Parliamentary and Opposition Leader.

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Touch screen voting

TOUCH screen voting machines was used at certain venues for the two-day Fiji Teachers Union national elections that began yesterday – but it will not be used in the 2022 general election, says the Fijian Elections Office.

Related article: FTU voting

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Lynda Tabuya leaving?

SODELPA member of Parliament Lynda Tabuya at Gladstone Rd in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau says public comments made by Lynda Tabuya indicates she intends to leave the party.

Tui Cakau resigns

Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqaimama Lalabalvu has resigned from his position as Social Democratic and Liberal Party vice president.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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We have seven pages of letters to the editor. It’s like the pulse of the nation… different views, different topics… check it out.

PEOPLE

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Read about a couple who have a very bond with The Fiji Times which started way back around 1972.

FEATURES/OPINION

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This continues to be a very strong part of the Saturday edition. It’s a much anticipated part of the bumper Saturday paper. We have a very strong line-up of writers touching on various topics of national interest for your weekend reading pleasure. Check it out!

PROPERTY GUIDE/MOTORING

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This is about motoring and properties… check it out if you are planning to buy a house, a land, or a vehicle.

ENTERTAINMENT

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We have the latest news from the entertainment circuit. Check out the pictures and stories.

SPORTS

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We have the latest results, news, previews and pictures from around the country and internationally.

But you’ll have to get a copy to know what we are talking about.

Happy reading!

Mother’s Day competition

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REMEMBER we have a competition running for Mother’s Day. You can win your mother a holiday at the Marriott Resort Fiji Momi Bay.  Check inside for details.

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