From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your December 8 briefing

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Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times’ edition for Wednesday, December 8.

But before that, remember we are celebrating our 152nd year anniversary and you can win cash. Turn to Page 33 for details, or scroll down for more information.

HEADLINES

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  • HEALTH Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong says Fiji’s border health measures and surveillance will need to be strengthened and maintained. He said this in a statement issued on Monday where he also announced Fiji’s first two cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Dr Fong said two travellers from an African state were confirmed positive for the variant while in quarantine.

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  • FIJI could save $27 million if the country reduced wheat importation by 25 per cent. Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said this during the launch of Vertically Integrated Cassava Flour Enterprise, owned by Anwar Khan, owner of Tavioka Organic Products (Pte) Ltd in Drasa, Lautoka.
  • NINE aged-care workers bound for Australia were yesterday reminded to be good Fijian ambassadors during their work tenure. Employment Minister Parveen Kumar said the group would work in New South Wales for a period of three years under the Australia Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).

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  • FIJI’S economy is far from stable, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. “It is heavily dependent on external aid, remittances and loans and grants for its survival,” he said in a statement issued this week.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR/LEADER

Readers have their say on issues that matter to them. Read their views on Pages 8 and 9.

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  • The Leader is on COVID-19 and the two cases of the new Omicron variant detected in Fiji this week. Read this on Page 8.

PEOPLE

This popular section is about people, their hopes and aspiration and the challenges they overcame to get to where they are today.

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  • NARAYAN Sami always wanted to be his own boss since he was a child. “I absolutely wasn’t fulfilled although I had found a decent job earlier on in my life,” he said. “I knew I’d thrive as my own boss and have complete control over my take home pay including the workload.”

KAILA!

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This section is for the young at heart. Get a copy for the kids. They will love the riddles, jokes, lyrics and exciting fun activities inside. Remember the Kaila! edition is inside the Wednesday The Fiji Times.

SPORTS

The big one on the back page is about rugby league.

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Read about:

  • THE Fiji Bati team’s preparation to the Rugby League World Cup in England next year has been boosted with a renewed Fiji National Rugby League and FMF Foods Ltd partnership. The company is sponsoring the team to the RLWC and the sport’s community and elite pathway programs.

YOU CAN WIN CASH WITH THE TIMES

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

All you have to do to get into the draw is to cut out the masthead of the Fiji Times, write your name and address, and a phone contact on it, and drop this into a bin at a participating store near you. Turn to Page 33 for details!

 

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