From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your July 5 briefing

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Bula

The big one on the front page of The Fiji Times’ edition for Tuesday, July 5 is on politics… there is also a story about drugs.

Headlines

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Property owners

PEOPLE who own property where marijuana is cultivated will now be taken to task – even if they claim to have no knowledge of who planted it.

Fiji’s debt

NATIONAL Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum needs to explain how Fiji’s debt level ballooned from $2.83 billion before the December 2006 military coup to a projected $9.125 billion this year.

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Phil Dakei

DOMO Vou Talei producer Phil Dakei is an artist, songwriter and performer in his own right.

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Fijian leaders

NEW Zealand High Commissioner Charlotte Darlow says her country strongly supports the development of the next generation of Fijian leaders as she renewed New Zealand’s platinum partnership with Leadership Fiji.

Hafizud Dean Khan

HUNDREDS of Muslims, well-wishers and friends paid their last respects to the late Fiji Muslim League national president Hafizud Dean Khan who was laid to rest in Nadi yesterday.

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Salote Radrodro trial

OPPOSITION MP Salote Radrodro’s trial will go on a break until August 1.

Murder accused withdraws lawyer

ALLEGED murderer Tevita Qaqa Kapawale has withdrawn his instructions from Suva lawyer Nemani Tuifagalele and is no longer represented by Mr Tuifagalele.

Constitutional redress

THE constitutional redress challenge brought by former Fiji National University lecturer Nanise Vucago will be heard on July 14.

LETTERS

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Sports

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Oceania Rugby U20

FIJI under-20 rugby rep Ropate Rinakama will not play in the math against Australia today in the 2022 Oceania Rugby U20 Championship in Australia after receiving a red card in Fiji’s game against New Zealand last Saturday. Fiji lost 74-5. Oceania Rugby reported that Rinakama attended a hearing before a Judicial Officer on Sunday in accordance with the rules of the tournament.

Goal Fiji

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AN exciting round of the Digicel Premier League round 12 will be played this weekend. On Friday, Labasa will host Suva at Subrail Park at 7pm, while a triple-header is set to be staged at Churchill Park in Lautoka. At midday Ba will play Navua followed by Nadi v Nasinu at 2pm, while Lautoka and Nadroga will take the field at 4pm. At Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori at 3pm, Tailevu Naitasiri will host neighbours Rewa.

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