The Fiji Times »From the Editor’s Office: Your August 7 Briefing

Bula vinaka everyone

This is the time of the week when we look forward to the weekend.

Whatever you are planning to do, we hope you enjoy the moment and stay safe with your loved ones.


Permanent Secretary of Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong just announced 752 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24-hour period that ended at 8 a.m. today. He said 88 cases were from the Western Division and 664 cases were from the Central Division.

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Remember that there is a special Olympic Games elevator inside. It’s 40 pages of Olympic Games news, reviews, photos and more.

Here are some headlines that made the Fiji Times’ edition of Saturday, August 7.


Million Dollar Reward Pack

PREMIER Voreqe Bainimarama announced a package of $ 1 million awards for the Fiji 7s Men’s and Fijian teams. Mr Bainimarama, on his official Facebook social media account, said the package would also include helping male captain Jerry Tuwai with a house.


Equal capacities

THOSE who are not vaccinated and those who have been fully vaccinated have equal abilities to spread the COVID-19 virus. This, according to Dr Jone Hawea, a former surgeon in the Department of Health and Medical Services.

Mosese Bulitavu

Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu. Image: FILE

THE secretariat of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is examining the party’s constitutional arrangements to demand the expulsion of SODELPA deputy Mosese Bulitavu from the party, said SODELPA general secretary Laitasi Duru.

Minister Vuniwaqa resigns

MINISTER of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa has resigned from FijiFirst. A social media post on the Fijian government page said Ms Vuniwaqa’s resignation was due to personal reasons and new opportunities.



We have seven pages of letters to the editor. Get a feel for the nation’s pulse. Read what people are talking about. Find out what they think and get an insight into some of the interesting talking points. Pages 8,9,18,19,20,21 and 22.


In this popular section of the journal, find out: Apisai Bose


It wasn’t until he had no money or a place to spend the night that Apisai Bose really started to think about his future and make the choice to be the man he was. he wanted to be. He decided never to sleep on the streets again and promised himself that.


We’ve got a host of great features and opinions for you to read this weekend.

Printing Money – By EDWARD NARAIN

Fijian currency.

The notion of printing money came back and, again, this created some confusion. It is important to clarify, given recent discussions in parliament on how Fiji is approaching the economic challenges of COVID-19.

Muldoon, Tora and the Dawn Raids – By MATT WILSON

Apisai Tora, a prominent politician and traditional leader, passed away a year ago. To mark the anniversary, Matt Wilson, his friend of 50 years, wrote the untold story of what happened when Apisai met the late New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. Their meeting was on Matt’s mind in light of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s recent apologies to Pacific communities for the infamous Dawn Raids over 40 years ago.

Fidjiana 7s – you beauty! – By SATISH NARAIN

It’s been a roller coaster ride for the Fijian Women’s Rugby Sevens (Fidjiana) team from the early days in 2012, when World Rugby introduced the World Series Grand Prix-style tournament for female rugby players, but now, the Fidjiana are talking about the world and what more can they bring to spice up the female series.

The Story of The Fiji Times – By JOHN KAMEA

A ROYAL commission should be set up after the general election to seek the most appropriate method of election and representation for Fiji, the London Constitutional Conference agreed. This was reported in The Fiji Times on May 2, 1970.

Inspiring Fidjiane – By RICHARD NAIDU

The Fijian team celebrates after receiving their Olympic bronze medal at Tokyo Stadium in Japan on Saturday. Image: TWITTER / WORLD RUGBY

And how they should make us think. I’m going to risk my life here and say I’m not a rugby fanatic. I can enjoy a game of 15 or seven with a sort of disconnected respect for the skill and fitness of the players. But I don’t jump to my feet every time they land or spend three days in the dark because Fiji missed a trophy. But I have to admit that the performance at the Olympics by the Fijian seven-a-side made me shine – as did, I think, most of us. It even inspired me to venture here into something I don’t know: the sport and the opportunities it can create for Fiji.

Hi Fidjiana – By PRANIL RAM

Just as our men’s team of seven did in winning gold in Tokyo, so too, the women’s team, greatly inspired by men’s achievements, imitated almost the same feat by winning the bronze medal match at the Games. Olympic. What victory was it? The Fijianas broke the glass ceiling as the first Pacific team to win a medal.

The New Zealand Scheme – By CHARLOTTE BEDFORD

In early July 2021, more than 350 stakeholders from New Zealand’s Recognized Seasonal Employer (CSR) program gathered in Nelson for the 14th annual industry-led CSR conference under the banner: “CSR: The Future post-COVID ”.

The ransomware epidemic – By ILAITIA B TUISAWAU

The cybersecurity industry is strained. Ransomware attacks are now so prolific that some companies simply cannot help every newly hacked victim get back online. And a shortage of workers means no immediate help in sight.

Pay back the time – By AJAY BHAI AMRIT

Happy Saturday, readers, as we continue our fourth month of the pandemic, and the situation seems to have gone from bad to worse as most of us have given up on looking at the daily records of positive cases. The reality is that with limited testing available and only very serious hospitalized cases, no one really knows the real numbers of virus cases and also deaths. I have now lost 11 people I know to COVID-19 and that figure tells us how hard we are fighting this deadly virus, it is now truly a national tragedy.



Check out the entertainment section for some interesting reveals.



This section is more than just driving a car.


Discover the journey of the former national skipper of the 7s Kalioni Nasoko to the Olympic Games and this gold medal.


There’s more to read inside, but you’ll need to get a copy to find out what we’re talking about.

Good reading!

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