The Fiji Times » From the Editor’s Desk: Your January 25 briefing
Here are some headlines that made the Tuesday, January 25 edition of The Fiji Times.
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number one killer
Non-communicable diseases remain the leading cause of death in Fiji with 5,700 related deaths recorded in 2020. According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, outpatient data recorded over 176,000 patients treated for diabetes between 2013 and 2018.
Liberal Social Democratic Party leader Viliame Gavoka said disloyal members leave the party on their own and will be “punished” by the people in the next election. He said party members who allegedly worked for another party had been investigated and some had quit.
Priority to education
PRIORITIZING education is crucial, especially after the substantial loss of face-to-face learning hours, says Education Minister Premila Kumar.
THE Ministry of Education will soon launch a survey of e-learning technologies available in schools.
Enrollment for Early Childhood Education, Year 1 and Year 9 for the 2022 school year will be made in accordance with school zoning policy in Fiji.
Death by NCD
FIJI recorded 5,700 deaths in 2020 due to complications related to non-communicable diseases.
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service paid a company $849,738 to provide Vat Monitoring System (VMS) software, only to find that “the software being developed lacked certain functionality”.
Only one of the three-wave buoys deployed in 2019 to measure surrounding water level height, pressure and temperature is still operational, Meteorological Services Minister Jone Usamate said.
Back to school
Students report to schools in the north on the first day,
Tonga death toll
The death toll in Tonga as a direct result of the Hunga Ha’apai Hunga Tonga volcanic eruptions stands at three, reveals the New Zealand government which is coordinating relief work in the Kingdom.
The iTaukei trust fund board will hire a project manager to oversee the reconstruction of the burnt-out Grand Council of Chiefs building in Draiba, Suva, said council CEO Aisake Taito.
MORE than 7,000 single parents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have been referred to the Fiji National Philanthropic Trust (FiNCap) cash assistance program under Save the Children Fiji.
Members of SODELPA
Members of the Liberal Social Democratic Party who are not loyal to the party leave the party on their own, said party leader Viliame Gavoka.
According to the Ministry of Waterways, 8,000 square meters of mangroves will be “cleared” during the de-silting works of the Nasivi River in Tavua to protect the town and its adjacent communities from flooding.
A 17-year-old who participated in an aggravated robbery in broad daylight has been sentenced to 2 years in prison, suspended for three years.
Chief Justice Kamal Kumar has ruled that Lautoka-based Haroon Ali Shah cannot become a lawyer.
A man who obtained a group six driving license without passing the required tests at the Land Transport Authority has been jailed for months.
Case of FRCS staff
The case of Mohammed Asif Hanif and 41 other former employees of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) has been brought before the Fiji Labor Relations Court in Suva.