From the Editor-in-Chief’s Desk: Your April 10 briefing

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Here’s a look at some of the headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Saturday, April 10.

The lead story on PAGE 1 is about:

FICAC prosecutions

THE United States Department of State claims some high profile Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) prosecutions could be viewed as politically motivated. In its 2020 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Fiji, the US State Department said Fijian law provided criminal penalties for corruption by officials but Government did not implement the law effectively.

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Autism awareness

ENCOURAGE their strengths, celebrate their achievements and improve their weaknesses. This was the message from Suva Retailers Association president Jitesh Patel during the Autism Awareness Day celebration at Suva Special School yesterday.

CWM issues

HEALTH Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says his team is working round-the-clock to sort things at Suva’s Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

What’s happening today!

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CHECK OUT the new look pointers. Planned your day yet? No? Turn to Page 2!

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US Report on human rights

SOME high-profile Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption prosecutions were viewed as politically motivated, according to the United States Department of State 2020 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Fiji.

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New SODELPA GS

NEWLY-APPOINTED Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) general secretary Lenaitasi Duru said the main focus of the party now was to win the next general election.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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There are seven pages of letters to the Editor. Read the views of writers from around the country on different issues they feel strongly about. It’s a bit like the pulse of the nation.

PEOPLE

Meet Fiona Namosimalua-Boris

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MOVING from the small town of Tavua to Suva and to set up business during the COVID- 19 crisis is no easy feat.

BUSINESS

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We have more business pages as well inside, both local and international.

FEATURES/OPINIONS

This is a much anticipated section of the Saturday edition. We have a very strong line-up of top writers for your reading pleasure this weekend.

APENISA VATUNIVEIVUKE:

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Lately, applying for a permit to march by the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) has become a bit of a joke. Everyone expects the applications to be refused. For whatever reason, the Police will consistently deny FTUC and by extension the public the right to exercise the right to peacefully march and protest.

DR RICHARD CURTAIN:

Several factors are threatening the viability of the seasonal worker program (SWP).

MARK PETER NOTARAS:

IT was a great surprise and honour that Gordon Peake approached us to be the guinea pigs/first interviewees for Devpol’s inaugural “Memorandum of Understanding” podcast.

ILAITIA B. TUISAWAU:

FILE PHOTO: A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

Whenever national cybersecurity policy is discussed, the same stories come up again and again.

TRIBUTE TO PROF DAVID HARRISON:

Professor David Harrison passed away on the morning of April 6, 2021 in a London hospice with Senimili Kamikamica, his loving wife at his side.

CHEERIEANN WILSON:

AT the tail end of a difficult year, an organisation at the frontline of providing a safe pathway for women who survive violence was at the brink of not being able to deliver critical services.

DR NEIL SHARMA:

Primary healthcare (PHC) became a core policy for WHO in 1978 with the Alma Ata Declaration.

AJAY BHAI AMRIT:

BULA readers! Today marks the 100th day of the year and if you have any personal goals to achieve whether it be health, academic, career, or even sporting, today is a great day to start living those dreams towards success.

DR BALE KURABUI:

A healthy diet helps to protect against malnutrition in all its forms, as well as a range of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other conditions.

MOTORING/PROPERTY GUIDE

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Check out these two sections inside for the latest in motoring and news about properties. Are you planning to buy a new vehicle? Perhaps rent a house, or buy a piece of land or new house?

SPORTS

Farebrother Sullivan Trophy

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The big one is on the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy challenge at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

There’s more to read inside but you’ll have to get a copy to know what we are talking about.

Happy reading this weekend!

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