From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your May 15 briefing

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Bula

After the gremlins struck on Friday, we are finally back! And it’s good to be back!

I must take this opportunity to acknowledge all the readers and followers of The Fiji Times who messaged me or called up for information.

You can expect the Saturday edition back on May 21.

Anyway, the big one on the bumper The Sunday Times’ edition for May 15 is on a nightclub owner who is being investigated after the Fiji Intelligence Unit discovered that $3.9 million was deposited into the nightclub’s bank account at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. That was when nightclubs were closed.

The second story on the front page is about how hard work and sacrifice paid off for Bhavisha Harkishan when she scooped four gold medals at the University of the South Pacific graduation ceremony in Suva on Friday.

Read these stories in The Sunday Times.

HEADLINES

Here are some headlines that made The Sunday Times.

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WOWS Kids Fiji

AFTER two years, Walk on Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji returned to launch their shave or save fundraiser at their family fun day yesterday.

Foreign investment certificates

INVESTMENT Fiji issued 163 foreign investment certificates which had a proposed combined value of $745m in the 2019-2020 financial year, states its annual report that was tabled in Parliament this week.

Bus fare program

BUS FARE program initiated by the Government has benefitted 41,457 Fijians.

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Hike in fares

VILLAGERS and produce sellers who travel from Naitasiri to Suva claim the hike in bus fare and fuel price is “just too much”.

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Earthquake

The map showing the epicentre of the 3.94km earthquake that was reported in the Naitasiri region at 7.43am today (May 14, 2022). Image: SUPPLIED

A 3.94 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the Naitasiri region on Viti Levu yesterday.

Girmit era

IT was the plot of the white men to keep the Indo-Fijians and the iTaukei community separated during the Girmit era, says Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar.

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Farmer dies

A 33-YEAR-OLD Votualevu farmer allegedly died when an accident occurred while he was carving up a log on Thursday afternoon.

Matanitobua trial

HIGH Court judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumarage will make a ruling on whether he will hear the trial of Opposition MP Sulianao Matanitobua tomorrow.

FCS recruits

A-G and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum inspects new Fiji Corrections Service recruits today. Picture: LUKE NACEI

ATTORNEY General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum reminded the 68 new recruits for the Fiji Corrections Services their roles as corrections officers.

Niko Nawaikula

COUNSEL for former parliamentarian Niko Nawaikula informed the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court at Suva he had a cheque for $20,201.35, the amount the MP was convicted of fraudulently obtaining in travel reimbursements from August 2019 to April 2020.

LETTERS

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FEATURES/OPINIONS

We have a strong lineup of articles for your reading pleasure this Sunday. So sit back, relax with your favourite brew and enjoy The Sunday Times.

PAGE 26 –  Pet Corner – I found a pup – By JO OLVER

START with skin and haircoat. First give the puppy (or kitten) a good bath. Walk right in your house off the street straight to the bath – don’t wait.

PAGE 28 – Dan calls it a day – By AJAY BHAI AMRIT

BULA readers. This week I thought to look back at one of rugby’s most prolific try scoring machines and someone who we may never see the likes of again.

PAGE 30 – Remembering the Girmitiyas – By DINESH KUMAR

THE girmitiyas or indentured labourers and their descendants have significantly contributed to the socio-economic, cultural and infrastructure development of Fiji as much as the indigenous and immigrants have done.

PAGES 32-33 – Knowing our leaders – By TUI RAKUITA

THE English historian, Lord Acton, famously said that ‘power tends to corrupt people and absolute power corrupts absolutely’.

PAGE 34 – Memorable moments – By Rajnesh Lingam

TIME is fast catching up and we are almost half-way into the fifth month of yet another year. The month of May is significant for a lot of reasons.

PAGE 36 – Poverty rate – Is it really going down? – By WADAN NARSEY

THE FijiFirst party has on its Facebook page a graph which claims: “World Bank confirms Fiji Poverty Rate down to 24.1 per cent.”

SPORT

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