Opinion

Letters to the Editor: Friday, July 10, 2020

Another powerful people story Another powerful story on self resilience and sacrifice by Salanieta Volavola to shelve her career dreams and look after her siblings. The smile on her face and picture is truly poetry...

OPINION: On a rugby journey

This is the second part of the three-part series behind the scenes of Fiji Rugby Union interviews  with chief executive John O’Connor and chairman Commander Francis Kean on their rugby journey. We understand you were chairman of Suva Rugby Union prior to moving across to FRU? O’Connor: I joined the National Fire Authority (NFA) in...

Editorial Comment: Cancer and the herbal factor

General surgery and pediatric surgery specialist Dr Josese Turagava has made no bones about the need for people not to rely on herbal medicine as a cure for cancer. Speaking at the launch of the annual Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea event in Suva on Wednesday morning, he insisted herbal treatment chewed up time. The...

9th July

OPINION: Exporters do it tough

For the first time in its eight-year history, the scope of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s Export Survey was expanded to explore the impact of weather patterns on 226 exporters across 16 Pacific Island nations. The survey captures insights on changes in business sentiment within the Pacific private sector. Through our work, I have observed...

Letters to the Editor: Thursday, July 9, 2020

Dr Fong and Dr Sahukhan, you both are the most compassionate doctors I have ever seen. Grateful thanks to you and all the dedicated frontliners keeping us safe. You all deserve a medal come Fiji Day! NORMAN YEE, Martintar, Nadi   Important issue I met some former Fiji Airways workers, who had their work contracts...

Editorial Comment: Being human and staying on course

As our students return to school around the country, we are left to ponder on a number of issues that need attention. The announcement this week that we have three new cases of COVID-19 was to be expected. In fact, we should expect this as repatriation flights arrive in the country. It’s just the way...

7th July

Letters to the Editor – July 7, 2020

An emotional story about love Powerful story in The Sunday Times, original and authentic, full of emotions, love, care and sacrifice. I shed tears silently while reading the story of my hero Tomasi Mara and his exceptional duties as a son, sharing and caring, living and breathing for his mother, virtually sacrificing his bright career....

Editorial comment – Keeping a lid on complacency

The revelation that a 66-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now recorded as Fiji’s 19th case, will receive mixed emotions. On one hand, it was to be expected given the fact that we were still receiving repatriation flights. This meant our border was open for returning citizens. Now the positive bit here...

6th July

Letters to the Editor – July 6, 2020

Reading culture IT is worrying that the book-reading culture is diminishing (FT 30/07). There was a time when people would pick up a book of interest and read at home, while travelling on a bus, while on the farm grazing cattle and in their free time. People also chose to read books written in their...

Editorial comment – Long tentacles of a pandemic

It is interesting that the Marriott International Fiji has acknowledged COVID-19 has had a huge impact on its business. In hindsight though, it was to be expected. As our report today states, as a result, Fiji Marriott Resort on Momi Bay and The Westin and Sheraton Resorts on Denarau Island will be consulting with each...

‘Critical juncture’ – Australian aid in five years time

In his article in early June, Stephen Howes said there was “a lot to like” about Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) new partnerships for recovery strategy. There was also a lot to like about Stephen’s blog. He ended by suggesting that the COVID-19 response strategy was too tentative to be convincing. My concern...

5th July

Letters to the Editor – July 5, 2020

Potholes pose a threat Potholes on our roads today are posing many threats not only to vehicles but to people as well. The Fiji Times 24/06 reported that a man was going through a second surgery at the CWM Hospital after he tripped into a pothole in Nasinu. How bad are our road conditions, that...

Editorial comment – Getting into survival mode

It was interesting to read about former hotel workers Viliame Tagisaya and Semi Waqa now being labourers on a sugarcane farm. As we reported yesterday, three weeks ago they made the switch from greeting tourists daily to battling the scorching heat in the cane fields of Drasa, Lautoka. They have accepted the cards dealt to...

4th July

Letters to the Editor – July 4, 2020

Rugby heading in the right direction Many fans expressed their delight with the prospect of seeing our Flying Fijians play in the expanded Six Nations tournament. If the dream comes true it will be a slap on the face of SANZAAR, for too long Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have been crying for the inclusion of...

Editorial comment – A different 4th of July

Today is an important day for the people of the United States of America. Much like our special day on October 10, today, Independence Day or the Fourth of July is significant for Americans. It means different things for different people. Americans around the world will reflect on many things today, ensuring the day is...

Opinion: Cultures that support reciprocity

COVID-19 has left few countries unscathed. Pacific Island countries make up many of the few countries still with no reported cases, and while this brings a sense of relief the Pacific is not untouched by the impacts of COVID-19 on primary sources of income. Tourism, a major industry in the region, has been particularly hard...

Talanoa: A silent killer

Bula readers, last week was the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and seeing that headline hit a chord within me that took me back to my childhood days. As an adolescent I studied in London before returning to my beloved Fiji and have so many fond memories and strong friendships with an array...

Opinion: So much we can do working together

The coronavirus is the most challenging epidemic the world has faced in 100 years. And for us in Fiji, it has created our worst economic situation in our 50 years of independence. More than any time before, this is a time for us to work together. But, you may say, politicians always say that. What...

Cybersecurity: ‘Securing your information assets including data and devices’

Today the Internet plays a major part in our lives – at home, work, school and at play. Yet this was not the case a mere decade ago. In 2010 you couldn’t do half the things we do online today – well not with any ease. As we become more reliant on e-everything there is...

Opinion: Cervical cancer can be treated; Stop the spread

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women. About 90 per cent of deaths from cervical cancer occur in low — and middle-income countries. Effective primary (HPV vaccination) and secondary prevention approaches (screening for, and treating precancerous lesions) will pre-vent most cervical cancer cases. When diagnosed, cervical cancer is one of the most...

Resolve issues: More questions than answers in USP saga

The USP Council has reinstated the vice-chancellor who was suspended by the executive committee. The Council found that the suspension of the VC was not correct and that proper processes were not followed. The failure to follow proper processes by the sub-committee of the council raises many questions about the extent to which council members...

Opinion: Has FNPF lost its way

A full page ad by FNPF (FT July 1, 2020) proudly announcing a 5 per cent interest payout to members, hides the fact that interest paid this year is substantially lower than the 6.75 per cent paid last year. The lower rate may be the result of a number of poorly performing investments made by...

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