From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your September 28 briefing

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Bula vinaka everyone

It was a fine day here in the Capital City, Suva today, the start of another work-week. We hope you are keeping well and staying safe.

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HEADLINES

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Birth name

THE only way Fijians can reverse laws requiring the use of birth name in voter registration is at the polls. Unity Fiji Party leader Savenaca Narube said this as he called for families and communities to embark on an organised national voter registration drive.

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Value rivers

VALUING rivers, which are important transporters of water and nutrients needed to sustain the planet’s ecosystems, including human life, is increasingly being recognised as critical to global efforts to adapt to climate change.

COVID death

FIJI recorded one death of a person living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) who was diagnosed with COVID- 19.

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Diet

NEARLY 55 per cent of Fijian children between six to 23 months are consuming diets with the minimum number of recommended food groups, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) child nutrition report.

Birth name in voter registration

THE amendment to the Electoral (Registration) Act requiring Fijians to use their birth name in voter registration will discourage voters, especially married women, from registering.

Malnutrition

GLOBAL malnutrition in children under two-years-old is leading to irreversible developmental harm and stunted growth with little improvement seen over the last decade.

Alleged Nabua brawl

Police officers breaking up a drinking party at the Nabua housing yesterday. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

POLICE are questioning nine people in relation to a brawl that took place between youths of Nabua Housing Estate on Mead Road and Nabua Village on Sukanaivalu Road last Sunday.

Road fatality

A MAN in his 30s died following a motor vehicle accident along Edinburgh Drive in Suva last Sunday.

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Copra

FIJI Coconut Millers Limited did not have a consistent rate to convert raw copra to dry copra, says the Auditor General’s 2019-2020 Report on Pubic Enterprises and Other Entities.

Fiji Coconut Millers

FIJI Coconut Millers Limited is unable to generate sufficient cash to meet its operating expenditure.

SODELPA presidency

RATU EPENISA Cakobau is still the president of the Social Democratic Liberal Party, says Party Leader Viliame Gavoka.

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COVID-19 transmission

HEALTH Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong says COVID-19 transmission will be slower, and the ability to contain the outbreak better, once Fiji achieves a high vaccination rate and also maintains strict adherence to COVID safe measures.

Maritime COVID cases

KADAVU recorded one new COVID-19 case and Beqa six new infections for the 24 hours to 8am Sunday, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

Remain cautious

PLEASE remain cautious with how you engage in the greater freedoms as restrictions are lifted, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

Natabua body find

A couple who operate a mini market along Natabua, Lautoka, claim that the night before a teenager’s body was found face down in a nearby creek, there was a flurry of activities in the area.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Without a doubt this is a section thousands of people turn to daily for their take on the pulse of the nation. This is where Fijians have their say. They write from the heart, touching on issues that matter to them. They voice their opinions on a wide cross-section of topics. There is emotion, and concern and you can feel this in many of the letters. Check it out – Pages 8 and 9.

PEOPLE

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This is another section that is growing in popularity. It is about people. It is about their hopes and aspirations. They talk about their challenges, how they overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to get to where they are today. It’s special and certainly a must-read everyday from Monday to Saturday.

BUSINESS

In the special InsideSTORY section in Business, we highlight the stories of the week. Read about:

Tourist destinations

DENARAU Island and Nadi remain the most popular tourist destinations for local travellers.

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Savusavu tipped as an emerging region

SAVUSAVU has been tipped as an emerging region for local travellers, according to Fiji’s first ever Domestic Demand Study.

World Tourism Day

THE Minister for Commerce, Tourism, Transport and Trade Faiyaz Koya has reaffirmed their commitment as a nation to build back better, stimulate decent jobs and transform into a greener economy while marking World Tourism Day at the weekend.

SPORTS

The big one on the back page is about: Fijian Drua squad

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KEY members of the national 7s team who are selected in the Fijian Drua squad for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition may have an opportunity to represent the nation in the abbreviated code.

MORE TO READ INSIDE

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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