From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your July 2 briefing



The countdown has started already for the important clash this afternoon when our Flying Fijians take on the might of the Tongan Ikale Tahi in Suva.

That’s the big one on the special wraparound we have for The Fiji Times’ edition for Saturday, July 2.


In other news, we also have news on drugs on the front page.

Shocking statistics from the Fiji Police Force reveal that in the past five years there had been 109 drug-related cases involving children under the age of 18 years.

Read this in Saturday’s The Fiji Times!


Here are some headlines you can also find in Saturday’s edition.


Stray dogs

A distraught farmer who lost 45 goats and sheep to stray dogs pleaded with Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to look into the stray dog issue in Fiji.


CONTEMPT of court proceedings have been issued against Suva lawyer Richard Naidu by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, claiming that one of his social media posts “ridiculed” a High Court judge.

Pay rise dispute

THE Fiji Teachers Union has filed a dispute in the Arbitration Court after the refusal by Government to give a 10 per cent pay-rise for teachers.


Life-saving oxygen

CLOSE to 23,000 patients have directly benefited from lifesaving oxygen being readily available in rural and remote facilities across the country.


MORE than 2000 Fijian children are admitted to health centres with severe pneumonia and other severe illnesses every year, says Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

Rehab centre

HEALTH Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete has unveiled plans to build a $20 million Fiji National Rehabilitation Centre at the Tamavua Hospital.

COVID vaccine

THE Health Ministry received the first batch of 7000 Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses from the New Zealand government on Tuesday.




It’s the weekend edition and we have strong list of quality articles for your reading pleasure. So sit back, organise your favourite brew and enjoy the articles.

PAGE 12 – Up the cane price – By MAHENDRA CHAUDHRY

UNTIL the post COVID-economic recovery is substantially realised, the sugar industry will need to be supported to provide economic and social stability to a significant part of our population who reside in the cane belt.

PAGE 28 – Shattered promises – By SENI NABOU

IF ever there was a time for words by the ruling party in Fiji to be highly synthetic, budget season is that moment. Don’t believe me?

PAGE 30 – Real life scenarios – By COLIN DEOKI

AT first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a chicken coop because it sure looked like one!

PAGE 31 – Celebrating Matariki Day – By AJAY BHAI AMRIT

BULA readers! On Monday I attended a function at the New Zealand High Commission residence in Suva to celebrate the first ever official public holiday celebrating Matariki also known as the Maori New Year, which falls on June 24.

PAGES 32-33 – FT Anniversary – By JOHN KAMEA

IMAGINE the chaos that would be created if municipal markets had no food to sell. There’d be no root crops, vegetables and fruit to buy and cook at home.

PAGE 36 – Colonial migration – By SUBHASH APPANNA

MIGRATION, citizenship and territorial disputes have been intricately interlinked in any historical account of colonial conquests.

PAGE 38 – By Rajnesh Lingam

THE July International Tests will set the platform for the 2023 Rugby World Cup tournament which will be played in France.

PAGE 40 – Ransomware threats – By ILAITIA TUISAWAU

RANSOMWARE is the biggest cybersecurity threat facing the world today, with the potential to significantly affect whole societies and economies – and the attacks are unrelenting, the head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned in an article on

PAGE 42 – Pet Corner – Cat Tails – By JO OLVER

CATS are sometimes considered mysterious, inscrutable creatures. But, if you carefully observe body language, cats are quite open with their behaviour, especially through the tail.



PAGE 100

MANU Samoa captain Michael Ala’alatoa said his team mates had been jelling well for the past few days and were ready to take on the Australia A team today at 1pm in the opening round of the Pacific Nations Cup tournament.


HE may be one of the world’s best rugby players, but to Samisoni Waqavatu, Bristol Bears centre Semi Radradra will always be his humble son.


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