From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your April 11 briefing

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I hope your weekend is turning out as expected.

Here are some reports in The Sunday Times’ edition for April 11.

There’s a lot of good reading stuff inside.

We have interesting features, opinions, a look back in history, more local news and international coverage, and news from the International entertainment scene.

Check out the Sports section for the latest results and reports with some great pictures to go with them.

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Prince Philip tribute

IT was a great honour to have served as Equerry for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. These were the sentiments of Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau of his interaction with the late Prince Philip, who passed away on Friday at the age of 99.

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AstraZeneca vaccine

THE benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine’s effective protection against COVID-19 far outweigh the risks. This, according to the permanent secretary for health and medical services Dr James Fong amid investigations by British and European regulators into an association between the vaccine and a rare blood-clotting disorder called “thrombosis with thrombocytopenia”.

Workforce potential 

THE Education Ministry will soon host a national symposium to ascertain Fiji’s workforce potential, says Education Minister Rosy Akbar.

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PM tribute 

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has joined world leaders in paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.

Hunt for hit and run driver 

POLICE are searching for the driver of a rental car believed to be involved in a hit and run accident in Saweni, Lautoka, yesterday morning.

Drug seizure 

A 34-year-old man is currently in custody following the seizure of green plants believed to be marijuana.

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Air pollution protest

Air pollution protestors in Lami. Picture: SUPPLIED

SOME residents of Lami took to the Queen’s Road yesterday to peacefully protest air pollution in the form of clinker dust that was being spilled on to the road while being carted to the cement factories.

Fashion support

THE Fiji Fashion Week (FFW) has noticed support and engagement from Fijian families who have recognised that FFW runways are also about boosting young people’s confidence.

Garbage storage 

RESIDENTS of Lautoka have been warned to store their garbage properly in storage bins or face a fine of close to $1000.

Maritime travellers rights 

MINISTER for Transport and acting Attorney-General Faiyaz Koya says the national consultations on the Maritime Travelers Rights held in the Western Division earlier this week have been encouraging.

Travel bubble 

FIJI’s discussions with Australia and New Zealand to establish a travel bubble is still continuing, says Minister for Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya.

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Autism vs stigma 

Shayaan Shah and Aselino Matai singing the national anthem together during Autism Awareness Day at Suva Special School yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

IT is important to change the stigma surrounding people living with autism in the society, says parent Karishma Prasad. The mother of a student living with autism said people’s understanding of the autism needed to change.

Autistic students 

DESPITE teaching students with special needs for the past nine years, teaching autistic students was something completely new and different for Suva Special School teacher Tara Ligamiri.

Autistic child

LORINA Singh says she didn’t know what autism meant until her child started attending school. The mother of two said she sacrificed her job to look after her daughter who is autistic.

BEHIND THE NEWS with JOHN KAMEA

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Criticism

Criticism has peculiar moral values, some say. Let’s face it – taking a comment made against you is not an easy thing to do.

DISCOVERING FIJI

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Many firsts 

GREAT change, many of them firsts, took place in the world in the early 20th century. The modern application of the “internal combustion engine”, first discovered in the 1700s, led to the mass production of cars. Typewriters were introduced for the first time. In the United States of America, aviation pioneers – the Wright brothers, created the Wright Flyer, which made its first flight on December 17 1903.

FOOD with CHEF LANCE SEETO

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Pizza

One of the many new foods that households have learned to make at home over the past year is pizza. Everybody loves pizza.

SPORTS

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Farebrother Sullivan Trophy 

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

There’s a lot more inside.

Check out the results, and pictures from around the country.

You’ll have to get a copy to know what we are talking about though.

Happy reading!

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