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Between The Lines

Between The Lines
FIJI SUN: Sheldon Chanel (Deputy Managing Editor Business), Nemani Delaibatiki (Managing Editor Training), British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins, Selita Bolanavanua (Deputy Managing Editor News), Rosi Doviverata (Managing Editor Digital)
August 02
10:06 2018

It was “Meet the Press” day for the impressive British High Commissioner to Fiji and Head of the South Pacific Network, Melanie Hopkins, yesterday.

She hosted morning tea at her residence for Fiji Sun editors and afternoon tea for The Fiji Times editors.

What does it mean? It’s yet another sign that the British are back strongly in the Pacific Islands, engaging and contributing after a recent past of withdrawal and disengagement.

The British, by the way, have already become a significant contributor to our COP23 presidency. More than some other countries who publicise their contribution more.

Now all it really needs for the British to totally capture hearts and minds here is that much talked about royal visit around October by Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex.

Glue sniffing worry

Glue sniffing has reached a worrying level at the Nanuku Settlement, Vatuwaqa, Suva.

BTL has been reliably informed that some students from a secondary school have been expelled and suspended for alleged smoking and glue sniffing. A supplier of the substance is under surveillance.

Campaign not allowed

The Matuku Methodist Church committee was surprised by a visit from a SODELPA supporter after their church service at Nadera on Sunday.

The committee accepted the sevusevu, but the party campaigner was told he could not campaign because it was the district’s church gathering.

He was asked to leave the church hall and told no politics in church.

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