Opinion

Editorial comment – Bring it on!

The stage is set for a feast of top quality rugby action this weekend in Suva. Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter has made no bones about the quality of preparation he expects, and says...

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, June 30, 2022

Lessons from the Oceania 7s Congratulations to the All Blacks for winning the Oceania 7s tournament which was the final hit-out before the Commonwealth Games 7s to be played next month in Birmingham. Fiji lost to Australia A 29-19 and 26-24, and then to the All Blacks 19-5. The side managed to beat Tonga in...

29th June

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, June 29, 2022

In the top 10! The picture of Domo Vou Talei finalist Titilia Lacanivalu at the Thurston Gardens added excitement to the front page of the trusted brand (FT 28/06). Sharing her story, Lacanivalu said that she was ecstatic when she got the call that she had made it into the top 10. Titilia, who was...

Editorial comment – A roof over their head

Sometimes we need a reality check to keep us grounded. We need motivation and inspiration to stay focused on life. When all seems lost, hope can reignite the desire to live life to the brim sometimes. In the face of the troubles of the world, a family of four is now joyful, and embracing life...

28th June

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Songs from the heart! I PAY tribute to the Domo Vou Talei competition as it is a great platform for people who are passionate about music and a great opportunity to showcase their ideas. As days flow by for the big one on July 9 at the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival, stories via The Fiji...

Editorial comment – Fighting the world’s drug problem

On this day in 2020, we discussed the issue of drugs. We touched on drug addicts and the interlinked issues. We discussed the frightening reality that we lacked knowledge about dealing with such people. We learnt that our doctors lacked this knowledge at the time. The revelation by the officer-in-charge at the time at the...

26th June

The Defence Club’s famous dollar bills

Last week, Discovering Fiji took a rare glimpse into one of Defence Club’s most famous antiquated pieces – The Chandos wooden bar counter from London that has been on permanent loan to the Suva establishment since the colonial days. This week we shall consider a few rare items that grace the walls and interior of...

Behind the News: Housing crime and landlords

The development of public housing started in Fiji in the late 1950s when there was a demand for affordable homes for low-income owners. Then crime level was low and society embraced its values. Many successful individuals and families today find their beginnings in urban housing communities, where they and their children were born and raised....

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, June 26, 2022

Hakwa Nadro Today I salute Hakwa Nadroga for an awesome performance. You came. You saw, you conquered. Congratulations to the young Nadro Stallions. The Inkk Farebrother Sullivan Trophy, the Holy Grail of Fiji rugby changed hands proudly. To my homeside Jacks Nadi, I am truly disappointed with our scrums. We were a sad sight. We...

Editorial comment – Initiating change

Yesterday, residents of Kinoya in Nasinu converged on Velau ground. It was a meeting filled with emotions. It had a purpose and there was a concerted effort to drive that message through. When all things are said and done, it is when residents come together for a common purpose, and are focused on a common...

25th June

Opinion: Camouflaging the truth; what is said in the dark will be heard in daylight

Once again, The Fiji Times of Thursday, June 23, 2022, exposes more stupidity and ridicule by a minister in the ruling party, who should know better. As divine providence would have it, this headlined exposé is released a mere day after the general secretary of the ruling party creates a hullabaloo about reporting four opposition...

Opinion: Rules for everything; Is this really how our democracy should be?

From yesterday’s The Fiji Times comes the news that Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who (as well as being the minister responsible for elections), is the secretary of the ruling FijiFirst party (FF), has written a long letter of complaint to the Fiji Elections Office about – well, about everybody else. People in the Fiji Labour Party...

Opinion: ‘Fiji’s failed economy’

An economic recovery needs to address the failures in the Fijian economy which were evident before the pandemic. It would be centred around a restructuring of the economy to make it more resilient to global shocks like COVID and to generate meaningful growth that creates wealth for all. FijiFirst party has failed to do this....

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, June 25, 2022

The ‘Bullet ‘ Despite age catching up, the ‘Bullet’ is back and certainly sent shock waves at the Pacific Mini Games. Congratulations to Banuve Tabakaucoro as he scooped a second gold medal. Meanwhile, one wonders whether the upcoming Secondary Schools Athletics Finals will produce sprinters who could exceed Banuve’s record. There is an air of...

Editorial comment – A wake-up call

The revelation by the Health Ministry permanent secretary, Dr James Fong, that “a number of individuals are under investigation” for demonstrating symptoms similar to monkeypox, will attract attention. Where the index of suspicion was high, he said, the individuals were isolated. Isolation precautions, he said, would remain in place until either the cases were proven...

24th June

Editorial comment – Sirens and all

The comments by the Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong, about ambulances and sirens, is quite interesting. He put ambulance drivers on notice, suggesting they would need to get special approval from authorities before turning on sirens and driving over the speed limit. If they were transferring a patient, they were now urged to...

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