From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your January 16 briefing



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Prayers for Tonga

REMEMBER us in your prayers. That’s the plea from former Fiji journalist Iliesa Tora who fled for safety with his family and others after the underwater Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano eruption yesterday afternoon. Tora said they were terrified by what had transpired as it was the first time for them to experience such events.

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Stay out

STAY out of the waters and away from shores. The Mineral Resources Department (MRD) sounded the warning after a volcanic eruption in Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai, Tonga.

Fijians in Tonga

A screenshot from satellite footage shows the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai undersea volcano in Tonga today. Image: WINDY

FIJIANS around the country and neighbouring islands experienced the effects of the volcano that erupted in Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’pai in Tonga.

Tidal waves

VILLAGERS of Narikoso on Kadavu fled for safety to elevated areas in the island after huge tidal waves crashed into the village ground yesterday afternoon.


Waves associated with the continuous volcanic eruption at Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai in Tonga crashed into Tonga’s largest island Tongatapu and forced residents to evacuate their homes.


‘Epidemic of violence’

FIJI is facing an epidemic of violence against women and girls in both public and private spaces, says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar.

Import ban lifted

THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has uplifted the prohibition on the import of fresh tomatoes, tomato seeds and nursery stock of New Zealand origin.

Public health

HEALTH Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong is reminding the public of the need to maintain public health and social measures.

TC Cody

DRONES are being used to assess the extent of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Cody and associated flooding in the agriculture sector. Agriculture Ministry permanent secretary Vinesh Kumar said farms growing export commodities were the hardest hit by TC Cody.


Water supply issues

NAVULA residents in Lautoka have been without a proper water supply for almost two months.

Water supply restoration

RESIDENTS in the Western Division whose water supply was disrupted by Tropical Cyclone Cody earlier this week should expect it to be fully restored this weekend.

Special outpatient services

SPECIAL outpatient services at the Lautoka Hospital have been pushed back to February by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.


Coach Ben Gollings


NEW national coach Ben Gollings has begun his slow transition into the Fiji 7s system. His first assignment was to communicate and share information with the people around him — players and the management team.

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