From the Editor-in Chief’s desk: Your January 26 briefing

Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times’ edition for Wednesday, January 26.

But before that, let’s be reminded that people are still dying, and still getting sick with COVID-19. So let’s stay well and stay safe. Let’s be vigilant and protect ourselves and our loved ones. The numbers are rising in this third wave!

We have the Kaila! edition out today as well inside The Fiji Times. It’s for the young at heart!

FORMER police officer Jone Nuku Marau is living proof of a silent killer in our midst after he lost his parents and three brothers to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Mr Marau, 57, and his brother Rupeni Temo,
66, have lost their legs to diabetes and are the
only surviving members of their family.

PG 2
1. THE death of a 4-month-old infant and a 15-year-old child is a stark reminder that COVID patients with underlying health conditions are most vulnerable to the severity of the disease.
2. AS of last Saturday to 8am yesterday, Fiji recorded a total of 987 COVID cases, says Ministry of Health’s permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

PG 3
1. A FORMER police officer who lost both parents and three siblings to non-communicable diseases, Jone
Nuku Marau, 57, only regrets not looking after his health.
2. ONLY full-time farmers who have been affected by the recent flooding should apply for the $250 assistance offered by Government.

PG 4
1. PARENTS of a farming settlement in Nadroumai, Nadroga, took the initiative to fill ‘lovo sized’ potholes along Uluisila Road for the safety of their children who returned to school yesterday.
2. THE family of former Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu say they are at peace knowing he served Fijians well during his term in Parliament.

PG 5
1. THE Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) will begin monitoring the financial and operational performance of Fiji Sugar Corporation on a monthly basis after the company was given approval to increase the price of sugar sold locally.
2. FIJIANS know that non-communicable diseases are caused by their lifestyle but they “make little effort” to lessen the risks, says Unity Fiji Party leader Savenaca Narube.
3. OVER the past two months, Tourism Fiji has welcomed tourists who have chosen to travel to Fiji, primarily from Australia and the United States.
4. THE Tongan Community in Fiji’s Volcano Appeal Bucket Drive at the ‘Api Tongan Community Hall in Laucala Bay Road, Suva, has received huge support from members of the public.

PG 7
1. E-money service providers in Fiji will need to register annually with the Reserve Bank of Fiji and pay a fee, states the proposed National Payment System Regulations 2022.
2. E-money service providers in Fiji will need to hand-over all unclaimed monies to the Reserve Bank of Fiji, states the proposed National Payment System Regulations 2022.
3. THE Labasa High Court has ordered a man be paid $36,528.14 for injuries and loss of income after a workplace accident injured his left thumb.
4. POLICE are investigating the alleged death of a 42-year-old man in Nausori Town last Saturday.

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