From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your August 1 briefing

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Bula everyone

There was so much to celebrate tonight as Fijians lapped up the scenes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, in the battle for the bronze medal in the women’s rugby 7s competition.

After a nail-biter semi-final against New Zealand, the Fijiana were up against Great Britain to decide bronze medal winners.

We were unfortunate to lose to the Kiwis. It was unfortunate that we could not make it count when it mattered.

In the end though, the fact that we defeated Rio gold medallists Australia on the way to the finals, meant something. It was a very powerful reflection of our standards.

It effectively placed the Fijiana on the highest pedestal.

It catapulted them to dizzying heights.

Fijiana rugby has never enjoyed the limelight. It hasn’t enjoyed the attention reserved for the giants of the sport.

Tonight, that all changed.

When it mattered the most, we dug deep within, and discovered the hunger for victory.

We discovered the hunger to make things happen for us.

Our women played their hearts out. They shrugged aside the semi-final loss, cast aside their demons, and came prepared for a fight in the bronze medal play-off.

It was inspiring stuff. It lifted the spirits, and the fireworks sparkled in the skies of the Capital City.

It is difficult to comprehend just how much our 7s rugby achievements mean to our nation.

Our women went to Tokyo as unknowns.

They will return home with the greatest achievement in the history of Fijian women’s rugby.

An expectant nation appreciated this tonight.

How about that? Gold for our men, and bronze for our women at the highest level of global sports! Magical, simply magical! Certainly one for the times!

Think about it! We are a tiny spot in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. But we are well and truly right up there with the best in the world. Take a bow Fijiana!

Meanwhile, here are some headlines in The Sunday Times’ edition for August 1.

UPDATE

Before that, the permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong announced 1121 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am today. He said 241 cases are from the Western Division and 880 cases are from the Central Division.

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Police respond to threat

THE threat of a protest against the passing of Bill 17 in Parliament on Friday led to dozens of police officers being deployed to certain areas in the Western Division yesterday. Residents in Tavua and Ba woke up to heavy police presence yesterday with checkpoints erected at each entry point.

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Role of the vanua

THE role of the vanua in the battle against the COVID pandemic has always existed within the structures of the vanua which when activated became a safety net for those in the structure, says Roko Tui Tailevu, Mosese Nakoroi.

COVID deaths

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr James Fong. Picture: FIJIAN GOVT

SO far nobody has died in Fiji from COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

Fiji Budget

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has welcomed the 2021/2022 National Budget for the upcoming financial year.

Safer workplace

MAKING workplaces safer needs to be an ongoing process of making changes and actively seeking options based on the many guidelines that are out there, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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There are interesting letters on Pages 6 and 7.

FEATURE/OPINION

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We have a list of quality articles for your Sunday reading pleasure. Check out Behind the News with JOHN KAMEA, Discovering Fiji, History, Bollybaat, Food with Chef LANCE SEETO, and much more.

SPORTS

The big one on the back page is on the bronze medal win by the Fijiana in Tokyo, Japan.

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

Happy reading!

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