Opinion

Letters to the Editor – Friday, May 27, 2022

Domestic violence survivor graduates I found the story by Elena Vucukula titled “Domestic violence survivor graduates from centre” (FT 26/05) so inspiring and heart-touching. The story focused on a 25-year-old domestic violence survivor Salata Laqere,...

Editorial comment – Cleaning the mess

It is interesting that members of the public are being urged to stop dumping household waste down lavatories, drains and sinks. This habit can actually lead to dangerous and unhygienic overflows of the wastewater system we are told. Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) CEO Dr Amit Chanan revealed that a recent investigation into the wastewater...

26th May

Editorial comment – Safety matters

When news that a man had died in a road accident went out recently, tributes flowed in. The Tau villager from Nadroga was set to celebrate his 30th birthday. However, a few hours before that, he died when the vehicle he was driving crashed near Korovuto, Nadi, on Sunday night. Family members and friends took...

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, May 26, 2022

Best for last! Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrne stated the players were out to make a statement and that the boys were ready to do what they did a fortnight ago against the Moana Pasifika. He said the Drua was an ambitious young squad of players that were wonderfully talented. He was optimistic that...

24th May

Editorial comment – Go Fiji Go

With so much happening around us, it was good to get that win at the France leg of the World Rugby 7s Series in the bag early yesterday morning. On the same weekend, while the men won gold, the Fijiana finished third to win the bronze medal, finishing third on the overall points table. The...

23rd May

We are ready to help

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 510 million confirmed cases and more than 6.25 million deaths have been reported around the world. As nations continue to battle the pandemic, Taiwan’s achievements have been widely recognised. As of May 10, 2022, about 390,000 confirmed cases and 931 deaths had been reported in Taiwan, which...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, May 23, 2022

Bolaca’s try-saving tackle! NAPOLIONI Bolaca’s return to 7s was at its best ever time as our nippy play-maker played his heart out in the national 7s jumper and made the crucial tackle that saved a sure shot USA try in injury time. The try-saving tackle by the Tokyo Olympic gold-medalist helped Fiji clinch a narrow...

Editorial comment – Keeping those numbers steady

The revelation that Fiji welcomed a total of 46,000 visitors in the month of April alone is encouraging. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this was a testament to Fiji’s successful efforts to bring back visitors to Fiji since its borders reopened last year. He made the comment in Nadi at the weekend. He referred to...

22nd May

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, May 22, 2022

New appointments Congratulations to Rodney Duthie, Paula Tuvuki and John Kamea on their new appointments by Fiji Times Pte Ltd (FT 22/5). Very well deserved appointments which will no doubt further enhance the premier Fiji newspaper’s status given their wealth of media knowledge and experience. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia Town councillors Can the ratepayers be...

Editorial comment – Fighting the litterbug

On this day in 2019, we highlighted the issue of littering and the protection of our environment. It was actually encouraging to note that there was a concerted effort leaning towards the protection of our natural resources at the time. There was a call for collective action to safeguard and protect it from the impact...

21st May

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, May 21, 2022

Inspiring leadership stories! I am thankful to the Kaila! newspaper team for the inspirational leadership stories that they share week in week out. Reading the experiences of the school prefects brings memories of days we were in school, proudly wearing our prefect’s badge. Sadly, those days our stories were not captured, and I wish we...

Editorial comment – Drawing battle lines

So now that we have the Fijian Elections Office on its overseas voter registration drive, things are looking interesting with elections looming. Earlier this month we reported that 17 new eligible voters were registered to vote for the 2022 General Elections at the first day of registrations conducted throughout Australia. The Fijian Elections Office recorded...

What to do and what not to do – Cybersecurity standards and personal data online

A very common question I get asked by C-level executives, and most IT-savvy individuals such as young professionals, is obviously “what are the cybersecurity standards or laws that I or our staff/organisation should adhere to?” Here’s the thing, just as on the Internet, Facebook/Messenger/WhatsApp or Instagram legal policy updates creep up on you, standards too...

A tribute to Dr Va

When you take a walk in the garden early in the morning, you will come across some mesmerising flowers that you hope will not wilt. But these flowers cannot last forever, nature takes its cause and the flowers will eventually have to pass on. We can only take photos of it and think of its...

Rugby treat for fans

This weekend, fans will be in for a 7s treat as the Toulouse 7s kicks off. Fiji missed out on the second leg in Spain, but made an impact in the third leg in Singapore and Vancouver as Ben Gollings’ men finished first and second, respectively. The momentum from those two tournaments are expected to...

Animal welfare

Some people know the sign (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)) out front in Walu Bay, others may just notice it now with this article – but here is some of what happens behind that sign and that bamboo wall. SPCA and animal welfare organisations of various sorts, and under various names...

Leaving no one behind

Bula readers! I was interested in reading about the Government announcement informing us that poverty is reducing in Fiji, which is great news if this is correct. Unfortunately, when I go on my daily excursions in and around Suva City and along the Nausori-Suva corridor it does seem to me poverty levels may have increased...

A new era for jobs

All Fiji jobseekers should closely watch the results of the 2022 Australian Elections unfolding on the May 21, 2022, and hope for a clear win by the Australian Labour Party as the polls are predicting. In the last few months, former Fiji citizens living in Australia will have seen an extraordinary turnaround in Australian political...

Do they know the way – A ‘Moana’ moment for manifestos

The well known Moana Disney animation carried that catchy tune, immortalised by Opetaia Foa’i and Lin-Manuel Miranda, called “We know the way”. It was the power anthem for the scene where Moana sings to celebrate the voyaging exceptionalism of South Pacific natives being the world’s first great navigators. Regretfully, however, where this Government is concerned,...

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