From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your April 18 briefing


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Here are some headlines in The Sunday Times edition for April 18.

But before that, the latest provisional results of the Fiji Teachers Union elections are out. This was released by the Fijian Elections Office tonight, at 10.20pm.

FTU election provisional result

FEO staff busy during the Fiji Teacher Unioin elections at Rishikul Sanatan College on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Picture: JONA KONATACI

It stated: These are the candidates that have been declared winners as per the provisional results released today. The Final Results will be first conveyed to the Union and then released in due course.

President: Muniappa Gounder.

VP: Nakul Deo Barman, Pranesh Praveen Sharma and Ajeshni Nand.

General Secretary: Agni Deo Singh.

Assistant General Secretary: Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam. General Treasurer: Sashi Mahendra Shandil.

Executive Committee members: Pranesh Kumar, Madhur Prakash and Pratosh Kumar.

Personnel Officer: Rameshwar Lal.

Publicity Officer: Brij Bhan Singh.


Violence against women

HEAD of Catholic Church of Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says two-thirds of women in this country have experienced violence in some form. He said because of this, children would be exposed to violent and disturbing situations.


Vaccine supply

THE current COVID-19 vaccine supply has been exhausted, a statement from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services revealed.

RFMF soldiers register to get the COVID-19 vaccines. Picture: SUPPLIED

New border cases

FIJI has recorded four new border quarantine cases of COVID-19. In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services said the first two cases were a 38-year-old female and a 15-year-old male, who were family members that travelled to Fiji from Manila, Philippines, arriving in Nadi on flight NZ952 from Auckland on April 8.

Vaccine from China

COVID-19 vaccines from China are expected to arrive in the country soon. Chinese ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo confirmed this while handing over police equipment to the Fiji Police Force earlier this week in Narere, Nasinu.


Attack on SODELPA

SODELPA president
Ratu Epenisa Cakobau. Picture: FILE

THE continued attacks from SODELPA MP Lynda Tabuya calling on both the party leader and the president to resign is a direct attack on democracy and Is an insult to the voters who had consistently voted for the party since 2014. SODELPA president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau said Ms Tabuya’s utterances were an example of “someone who cannot be taught nor listen”.

Chong speaks on violence

TWO-thirds of women in this country have experienced violence in some form, says the head of the Catholic Church of Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. And as a result, he said, the expectation was that a lot of children would be exposed to violent and disturbing situations.


Nabua brawl

Members of the Police Special Response Unit talk and interview witnesses along Sukanaivalu Rd in
Nabua during the long Easter weekend. Picture: ATU RASEA/FILE

IF there is any evidence that drugs is the cause of the brawls in Nabua, we will investigate it, says Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu. He assured Fijians the Fiji Police Force would not leave any stone unturned to find the root cause of the rift between Mead Rd housing and Sukanaivalu Rd youths.

Changing mindset

SPEAK to the people in the language that can change their heart, says head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. He said the Nabua issue could only be resolved by changing the mindset of the people.

Fashion masterclass

THE Fiji Fashion Week two days fashion masterclass workshop aimed at designers participating in FJFW21 ended yesterday. FJFW managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said the pandemic had forced everyone worldwide to innovate and be creative about how we keep the economy going.


A first for a Fijian?

A NADROGA lass could be the first woman with Fijian roots to have graduated from the United States Army Airborne School. Anaseini Navue Vetuku of Korotogo, Sigatoka, said she pushed herself in order to change the stereotypical view of women in many societies. The 20-year-old said after passing basic training, she enrolled in the airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia.



Check out the regular features inside, from the column on history, Discovering Fiji, Bollybaat, to food with Lance Seeto. John Kamea also has his special Behind the News column on Page 9.



Vidiri scores try of his life

FORMER Flying Fijians and All Blacks wing Joeli Vidiri yesterday scored the try of his life when he married his sweetheart Lavenia Ratabua in Sacramento, California yesterday. The former Auckland Blues Super Rugby flyer flew into California on Thursday and tied the knot in front of a group of close family and friends.

Check out the Sports pages for more on the latest results, reviews, pictures and reports from around the country.

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

Happy reading!

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