From The Crowd

28th January

Parasite infection – Cats, raw meat and pregnant women

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a single-celled microscopic parasite called toxoplasma gondii. Clinical signs in cats Most cats infected with toxoplasma gondii show no signs of disease. Occasionally, however, a clinical disease called toxoplasmosis...

Cybersecurity shocking data breaches

Cyberspace continues to dominate our privacy issues and as reported by Techrepublic.com and others, data leaks affecting both personal and professional data grew in 2022 and will continue into 2023. Huge data leaks impacting millions of users occurred in 2022, such as the WhatsApp leak and more recent Twitter leak exposing more than 200 million...

Improve accountability in the ‘mataqali’

If we want the iTaukei to improve in the running of business and contribute more to the national economy, we have to ensure that the mataqali becomes accountable to its members in its operation. In the traditional social structure of the iTaukei, there are units such as confederacies, vanua, yavusa, mataqali, koro, tokatoka, family and...

A true patriot of Fiji

Allen Lockington lived a life that touched so many people and it’s hard to know where to begin. He is the man with a generous nature who has left us to live among angels in heaven. A man who did the nation proud. Someone who always thought about his fellow citizens and a champion of...

Petty-minded agitators – Treating democracy with disdain and contempt

Late Thursday evening, through an extraordinary Gazette notice, Speaker of Parliament Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu notified the people of Fiji that the FijiFirst parliamentary Opposition member Dr Mahendra Reddy’s seat was now vacant. Dr Reddy resigned only four days after standing shoulder-toshoulder with former Attorney- General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while he dished out one of his usual...

Allen Lockington – man with the golden heart

Allen Lockington, who had a heart that touched thousands of people, left a legacy that will be hard to fill. He will be accorded a King’s funeral in his beloved city today. Expect a massive crowd at the Girmit Centre today as Fijians will converge to pay their last respect to a legendary writer and...

A true inspiration – Allen our local hero

Bula readers! This week we received the sad news that our local hero Allen Lockington passed away. I wrote an article in May of last year about this individual who was compassionate, caring and a true son of Fiji. Here are some excerpts from my assessment of this hardworking social worker who had received so...

Rule of law – Maybe a time for Aiyaz to reflect

Breakfast they say, is the most important meal of the day. But last Wednesday it was possibly also the most dangerous. Because that’s when many people were likely to be reading The Fiji Times and choking over their corn flakes. They could have been reading more pontification from the former Attorney General about “constitutionalism” and...

27th January

30 years in a story – ni-Vanuatu women relate their struggles

ON August 30, 1992, three ni-Vanuatu women were on a plane back home to Port Vila after attending a workshop in Suva with grassroots women from across the Pacific region. Three days later, the Vanuatu Women’s Centre (VWC) was born. These three remarkable women were Merilyn Tahi, the co-ordinator of VWC until February 2021, Elizabeth...

26th January

Who is Chris Hipkins? – Meet the man who replaced Ardern

New Zealand Education Minister Chris Hipkins has become New Zealand’s next prime minister after he was the sole nominee for the Labour leadership vacated by Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern shocked the nation of 5 million when she resigned from the prime ministership on last week calling an election for October 14. Mr Hipkins, who is...

25th January

Pacific predictions

As the new year gets underway, there is much to anticipate in the Pacific Islands region. Whether it is politics, economics, Pacific regionalism or the impacts of geostrategic competition, there is no shortage of fodder for discussion and analysis. Politics The political landscape of the region will be influenced to a large extent by the...

24th January

A man ‘for humanity’

Colin Barlow was a quietly spoken person of great achievement. He was a renowned agricultural scholar, arguably the world’s leading authority on the smallholder cash crop economy of Southeast Asia. He had a deep concern for the rural poor. With great energy, vision and determination he established one of the most effective NGOs in Eastern...

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