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Who’s top priest listening to? Heavens above. What possessed Catholic Archbishop Peter Loy Chong to proclaim long outdated figures about the economy and poverty to his flock last Sunday. Surely
10 Oct 2018 13:08

Who’s top priest listening to?

Heavens above. What possessed Catholic Archbishop Peter Loy Chong to proclaim long outdated figures about the economy and poverty to his flock last Sunday.

Surely the archbishop couldn’t have been listening too much to two of his faithful, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa and NFP president Pio Tikoduadua?

Surely not.

English not American 

Dylan Kava is not in a position to point fingers at others because he gets it wrong.

The NFP warrior, who professed to be an English expert, took a swipe at a BTL headline, “PRACTISE WHAT YOU PREACH” and said practise should have been spelt practice. For his information, the word is used as a verb.

The noun is practice. If he still doubts BTL, check the Oxford English dictionary – unless he speaks American.

Well done by our Shratika, Selita 

Congratulations to two of our younger editors on their selection in international leadership programmes.

North Editor Shratika Naidu leaves this weekend with nine other Fijians for a short but intensive Young Leaders programme in China. Shratika is the only journalist selected.

And Deputy Managing Editor News Selita Bolavanua was named yesterday among six Fijian journalists selected for an American International Visitor Leadership Programme. This is in December.

Both Shratika and Selita are two of our graduates from leading Indian universities.

Battle of Chiefs 

It’s come down to what some SODELPA members are calling, the Battle of the Chiefs. The Tui Cakau (Paramount chief of Cakaudrove Province) and SODELPA president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu versus the Roko Tui Dreketi (Paramount chief of Rewa and Burebasaga confederacy), the Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Both changed their mind after earlier announcing they would not contest the General Election.

Ro Teimumu said she was heeding the call of the Vanua to contest the election.

While Ratu Naiqama has not publicly stated why he changed his mind, BTL understands that he also heeded a call not from the Vanua, but from some senior members of the hierarchy who feel that he has the best credentials to lead the party if party leader Sitiveni Rabuka loses his court case and his leadership.

So the battle lines are drawn in the sand.

It’s the Vanua Levu lobby backing Ratu Naiqama versus the Rewa-Burebasaga group supporting Ro Teimumu.

Waiting on the wings to pick up the spoils is another Rewa chief Ro Filipe Tuisawau.

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