The Fiji Times »From the Editor’s Office: Your December 11 Briefing

It’s that time of the week again when we are counting the hours until another weekend. I guess a lot of attention this weekend would be on Wairiki 7 on Taveuni. You can log on to www.fijitimes.com for the latest updates.

Bula vinaka everyone

Here are a few headlines that made the Fiji Times’ edition of Saturday, December 11.

Before that, don’t forget that we are celebrating our 152nd anniversary and you can earn some money this month. Scroll down for more details and go to page 87 for more information.

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The Economy Ministry made payments worth $ 2 million for the new prime minister’s office, but waived the bidding process, the auditor general said in the audit report remainder of 2019 on the sectors of general administration, social services, economic services and infrastructure services tabled in Parliament last week. .

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Minister of Education, Heritage and the Arts Premila Kumar during a media interview after her visit to Nasinu Muslim College in Nakasi, Nasinu on Tuesday November 16, 2021. Photo: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

# FIND OUT why the students are not in school and help them get back into the classroom. This was the urgent call from the Minister of Education, Premila Kumar, to school principals, parents, guardians, teachers and principals across Fiji.

Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong. Image: RAMA

# THE Department of Health and Medical Services hopes to have access to pediatric doses of Pfizer vaccine early next year. The permanent secretary of the Department of Health, Dr James Fong, said improving immunization for older children and all adults in school settings provided additional protection for children under 12.

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The Mineral Resources Department (MRD) indicates that an application for a prospecting license for the Nakauvadra region in Ra does not include the Nakauvadra range.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR / DIRECTOR

Readers have a say in the issues that matter to them. It ranges from politics, environment, COP26, EFL audit exemption, to rugby 7. We have a 7 page bumper section. Read their opinions on pages 8,9,20,21,22,23 and 24.

PEOPLE

Find out about the challenges ordinary people face and how they survive and make a living.

Read about the mango man on page 10.

FEATURE / NOTICE

This is the weekend edition and as usual we have a list of top quality items for your reading pleasure. So grab your favorite beer, sit back and dig.

# PAGE 12 – COP26: Net gains or net losses?

BY SENI NABOU

The 30-something negotiating team has returned from Glasgow. What did this donor-funded delegation really achieve at COP26, after supposedly negotiating on behalf of Fiji?

# PAGE 28 – People of the Year

By AJAY BHAI AMRIT

BULA readers! It’s that time of year to watch and assess who our heroes are for 2021. This year there are so many different individuals and groups that stand out who have made a difference to our community over the past 12 months. , but after consultation with a host of people across a wide range of society, here is the final list.

# PAGE 29 – Quieter

By ARVIND MANI

I CONGRATULATE Shamima Ali for the “16 Days of Activism” program and her tireless and tireless efforts to crack down on domestic violence and sexual abuse against women and girls. I admire his stance against the powers that be who can follow the policy of “if you can’t brilliantly dazzle them then confuse them with BS.” And Ali is astute enough to see through the tangled web.

# PAGE 30 – Life and Death in the Pacific

By SELAI VEIQARAVI

LOSS and damage is life or death in the Pacific. Who can we turn to for salvation! Are we going to continue to suffer for something we didn’t start? Our homelands are sinking, our fish are dying!

# PAGES 32-33 – FT Anniversary – Part 2 Postal Service

By ANA MADIGIBULI

The government had handed over major overseas telecommunications to Cable and Wireless Ltd and its predecessors to mark the centenary of Fijian Post, the company’s president, Col. D. McMillan said in a congratulatory message.

# PAGE 34 – Dubai II disappointment

By SATISH NARAIN

IF the top four in Dubai provided transformed hope for Fiji Airways Fijian 7, then I have to say that I was close to betting on a South Africa vs Fiji Cup final for Dubai II. Kaboom! I lost the dollars. A nice morning walk along Kings Rd to Ba for work two Fridays (Dubai 7s opening day) and the talanoa was around the 7s squad. Will they bounce back? Our perfect lunch break with Hafiz at South Seas, Lautoka provided the necessary spices for a great evening of kava and wonderful 7s on the menu.

# PAGES 36-37 – Healthy Literacy – The Way Forward in Heaven

By Dr NEIL SHARMA

HEALTH literacy – remains an important tool to address social determinants for improved health. Advancing health literacy remains a global challenge for the 21st century. The Fijian experience in promoting health and wellness is of great interest after the 1986 Ottawa Declaration.

# PAGE 38 – Replacement of Baber

By Rajnesh Lingam

EXCITEMENT is at its peak as fans await the appointment of the 7-man coach. When Ben Ryan indicated he was going to retire after success at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Naca Cawanibuka took the team to the first stop of the HSBC WRSS in Dubai and South Africa, after which Gareth Baber was named. .

ENTERTAINMENT

We have pages on the latest in the entertainment scene. Check it out.

MOTORIZATION

This section is more than just vehicle parts. Fancy a new ride?

PROPERTY GUIDE

Are you looking for a property? A house maybe?

SPORTS

Netball Fiji Coach Unaisi Rokoura. Photo: FASANOC

The big topic of the last page concerns netball and our new national coach Unaisi Rokoura.

# The Fiji netball team will not compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. National head coach Unaisi Rokoura said it was unfortunate that the team did not participate due to their ranking.

YOU CAN MAKE MONEY OVER TIME

Remember we are celebrating our 152nd anniversary and you can make money with The Times. There were 10 winners in September and 20 winners in October. In November, 30 lucky readers had a chance to win $ 152 each, and also entered the draw to win the grand prize of $ 15,200. In this month of December, 40 lucky readers will win cash prizes!

All you need to do to enter the raffle is cut out the Fiji Times header, write your name and address, along with a phone contact on it, and drop it off in a trash can in a participating store near you. Go to page 87 for more details!

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