From the Editor-in Chief’s desk: Your May 23 briefing

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Attention was on the national side’s foray at the France leg of the World Rugby 7s Series. How about that try-saving tackle by Napolioni Bolaca against the US?

Then there was the opening round of the Fiji Football Association Cup Tournament (Fiji FACT).

So a weekend of top sporting events all round.

The big one in The Fiji Times’ edition for Monday, May 23 is on politics though.

As parties slowly move into campaign mode, we should be seeing more of this over the weeks and months as we look ahead to the looming election.

It is just the nature of an election year… and we reflect on the events in Australia as well following their election.

On the homefront, three political parties have strongly hit out at the Government for taking national debt to what they feel is unanticipated levels.

The National Federation Party, Fiji Labour Party and Unity Fiji Party’s criticisms came in the wake of comments by Ministry of Economy permanent secretary Shiri Gounder that Government was borrowing $900 million at very low interest rates during the COVID-19 crisis.

Read their story in The Fiji Times.

HEADLINES

Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times for Monday.

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  • THE educational curriculum in Fiji needs serious revision so that young people can learn the values of compassion, integrity, advocacy for the public good and respect and consideration for others while studying subjects like English, maths, sciences and other traditional subjects at school.
  • PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has reiterated that nothing can take away the rights of landowners and the powers vested with the iTaukei Land Trust Board for the management and administration of iTaukei land.
  • Duavata Western Champs group of volunteers, young and old, have successfully completed an ambitious five-day marathon to create awareness on anti-pornography and non-violence around Viti Levu.

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  • TERESIA Ema of Lami Village is calling on relevant authorities to help her family bring justice to her son, Lemeki Duidomo who was allegedly murdered outside a motel in Suva last month.
  • FIJI received cash budget support grants of around $430 million during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the Ministry of Economy permanent secretary Shiri Gounder.

SPORTS

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  • ARGENTINA and Australia were knocked out in the men’s quarter-finals, while Series leaders South Africa and heavyweights New Zealand failed to even make the knockout stages. Australia and New Zealand’s women impressed, while Fiji reached the final four in both events.

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  • SWIRE Shipping Fijian Drua is determined to finish the Super Rugby Pacific season on a high note. The Drua is placed in the second last position above wooden placed Moana Pasifika. Drua coach Mick Byrne said the team was happy to be back in the county.

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  • INDIAN teenager Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa stunned world champion Magnus Carlsen for the second time this year as he claimed victory over the Norwegian at the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament.

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