Opinion

3rd December

Crime in the city

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea’s capital, has a reputation for crime and violence. The Economist Intelligence Unit regularly rates the city as one of the least liveable in the world. Yet, my experiences of Port...

1st December

Letters to the Editor – December 1, 2020

Fiji FACT To me the Fiji FACT highlight was when the council workers brought sponges to make Subrail Park dry. They were soaking the sponge in the water and when they lifted the sponge almost all the water dropped back on to the ground. The ground has to be flat but you can make the...

Editorial comment – A reminder about road safety

A man died on Sunday afternoon after the mini-van he was driving collided with a Republic of Fiji Military Forces bus at Olosara in Sigatoka. Police said the victim allegedly lost control of the van, causing it to veer on to the opposite lane, resulting in the accident. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro was quoted saying...

30th November

Letters to the Editor – Monday, November 30, 2020

Poor decision by Fiji FA AS a football fan I was disgusted watching the Fiji FACT live on television. Fiji FA needs to take all the criticism for such a catastrophic decision to play football on a rice field. Under FIFA laws Fiji FA can be charged and fined by OFC. Fiji FA risked players...

Editorial – When safety matters

It was interesting to note that Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu said statistics disseminated by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was proof of how seriously the Fiji Police Force addressed unruly officers. A career police officer, Mr Tudravu made the comment in response to a statement issued by the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum...

29th November

Letters to the Editor – November 29, 2020

Police escort WHEN I saw the picture (FT 28/11) of eight burly police officers escorting Kishore Kumar I said to myself, it’s either he is very dangerous or to protect him from the number of people who would like to kick him in the ‘men’s department.’ ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Lautoka Kerekere syndrome COMPLETELY eradicating...

Editorial comment – Attacking gender-based violence

Fiji National University Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr William May made a bold statement when he said Fijians needed to wake up to the fact that the majority of our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are not safe in their own homes. The statistics don’t lie. They tell us a story that should concern us all. When...

New words for a new year

It’s getting to that time of the year again when people who work with words start looking for the best of the newest ones that have come into existence during the past twelve months or so. Writers of all sorts, from journalists to those tireless compilers and editors of dictionaries start sorting their lists of...

28th November

Letters to the Editor – November 28, 2020

Soccer field or rice field I could not believe my eyes upon the sight of the field condition of Subrail Park in Labasa during the Fiji FACT. It gets worse knowing that the pitch hosts the top tier teams of Fiji with excellent players across the country. Not just the quality of matches, but player...

Editorial comment – Sporting challenge

Around this time last year we were marvelling at the amazing strength of a youngster from Levuka. We marvelled at her confidence. We were left wondering about the future, and what it would unveil for a youngster who had slipped through our hands. There was amazement at the stack of weights on the bar, and...

Facing a tough year – Fiji businesses and the NZ market

Fijian businesses are reflecting on a tough year in the market after facing devastating impacts brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and April’s Cyclone Harold. Ironically, the disruption of global supply chains presented new opportunities for Fijian businesses, particularly in the New Zealand market where importers were increasingly looking to expand their suppliers’ network beyond...

Key challenges – Cyberspace and the Internet of Things

In October 2017 your digital video recorder — or at least a DVR like yours if you have one online — took Twitter off the internet. Someone used your DVR, along with millions of insecure webcams, routers, and other connected devices — Internet of Things devices (IOT), to launch an attack that started a chain...

Impact of gambling

Greetings readers, this week, I read with sadness that apparently government might once again be considering plans for gambling casinos in our beloved nation of Fiji. This concerns me on a personal basis as I have lost loved ones to gambling addiction and also as an advisory board member of the Salvation Army, I have...

A ‘Not Yet’ grade – Engaging students in the classrooms

There is a high school in Chicago where students have to pass a certain number of courses to graduate, and if they didn’t pass a course, they get the grade “Not Yet”. And I think that is fantastic, because if you get a failing grade, you think, I’m nothing, I’m nowhere. But if you get...

Ratu Inoke accepts PM’s call – How far Fiji’s PIFS secretary general nominee has come

Seasoned diplomat and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola was taken by surprise in August this year when he was advised that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama wished to nominate him as Fiji’s candidate for the position of secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. A son of the village of Somosomo, Tavenui,...

Climate change Bill – The clock is (still) ticking

Last December, I wrote a brief analysis on the first version of the Climate Change Bill. Almost a year later we the people are being invited to present further thoughts on this second iteration. Albeit online and in the English language only, which grossly limits active participation on a law that has wide reaching consequences...

Stomach acid – Management of gastro-esophageal reflux disease

GERD –— Gastro-esophageal reflux disease is associated with gastric fluid (stomach acid) into the esophagus, simply when the stomach contents flow back into and irritate the food pipe (esophagus). GERD often leads to a burning feeling in the chest that can spread to the throat. This is called heartburn. Reflux may also leave a bitter...

Land as a vital resource – Struggling to make it into the mainstream

IT is worth pondering why despite 50 years of independence, and concerted State-sponsored affirmative action policies to assist the iTaukei community, they are still struggling to make it into the mainstream of the Fijian economy. As owners of the nation’s major resources — land, forests, fisheries and minerals — it is unconscionable, indeed tragic, that...

27th November

Letters to the Editor – November 27, 2020

Seasonal work program I wonder if those 172 Fijians who recently left to work in Australia under the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP), are covered under Australia’s Medicare and/or health insurance? Medical bills can be a major expense, especially for non-Australians, not duly covered. If not, then some sort of medical/health related cover should have been...

Editorial comment – Standing up to violence against women

The revelation that 77 domestic violence cases were reported to the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Nadi branch during the COVID-19 Lautoka lockdown will raise interest. They were from women who had lost their jobs, we are told. This was according to acting Nadi branch project officer and counsellor Lavenia Tuidama. Most women, she pointed out,...

PACER Plus – The case for

PACER Plus, a trade and development agreement including Australia and New Zealand and a majority of Pacific Forum Island Countries (FICs), presents important opportunities for business and government to drive economic recovery and regional integration. PACER (Pacific Closer Economic Relations) Plus (‘Plus’ meaning special added features to include development as well as trade aspects) is...

26th November

Letters to the Editor – November 26, 2020

Medal for every Fijian A humble Jerry Tuwai had this to say as he was bestowed with the Order of Fiji Medal: “It was an honour to represent Fiji and I am grateful for the support that all Fijians have shown me. This medal is for every Fijian and I thank you all for having...

Editorial comment – A reminder for us all

The announcement yesterday of three new border quarantine cases of COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services will attract attention. In fact, it should ensure we stay vigilant. According to the ministry, the first two cases are Fijian citizens both in their 40s who worked in a mining company in Mali, travelling home...

Letters to the Editor – November 25, 2020

Vakatawa’s impact Virimi Vakatawa put up a rock solid performance for the Les Bleus as they beat a spirited Bravehearts outfit 22-15. It’s a pity that our boys could not flex their muscles against Virimi Vakatawa and his French brigade, and the Flying Fijians lost the opportunity to play Italy and Scotland, and our opponents...

Arguments against aid

AID — wealthier countries giving money to less fortunate ones for the sake of improving people’s wellbeing. What’s not to like? Quite a lot, it turns out. Aid is the subject of academic jeremiads, stern critique from the very wealthy, and a surprising degree of public hostility. Typically, the main objections to aid take one...

16 days of activism

On its website, the UN Women has highlighted the global theme ‘Orange the world: Fund, respond, prevent, collect!’ to mark 16 days of activism against gender-based violence which starts today. It is amplifying the call for global action to bridge gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention,...

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