Opinion

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, October 16, 2019

IDC in the bag The picture of an emotional Dennis Ifunaoa being carried by a Labasa fan in yesterday’s The Fiji Times was a hit as emotions were high after the IDC win. Labasa fans...

Editorial comment- Less bumps, less potholes please

IN May this year we raised the issue of potholes around the Capital City. In fact, it was good to see workers out in force filling them up in roads leading up to Suva. Yesterday, workmen were seen filling up the crater-like potholes that were scattered in some of the capital’s major roads. It is...

15th October

Letters to the Editor – October 15, 2019

Brave Blossoms After defeating the Flying Fijians (34-21), the Tongan Ikale Tahi (41-7), the American Eagles (34-20), and winning the 2019 Pacific Nations Cup, one sensed something special was to follow leading towards the Rugby World Cup. The Brave Blossoms looked faster, sharper and more inventive throughout the Pacific Nations Cup and throughout their Pool...

Editorial comment – Exam time again

THE first external examination for high school students started yesterday around the country. Year 13 students sat for their first exam papers yesterday. The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, confirmed a total of 8452 students would be sitting for their exams within the next two weeks. Students, it stated, would be using 163 examination...

14th October

Letters to the Editor – October 14, 2019

Brave decision HATS off to the Nadi Football Association for taking a bold stand against the eight players who went on a drinking spree. Despite the eight being key players, suspension was not lifted and Nadi lost to Labasa (5-0). If all districts take a similar stand I’m sure soccer in this country will progress....

Editorial comment – Fighting domestic violence

It is good to know that the fight against domestic violence in the country has received a major boost from the Australian government. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne confirmed that Australia had committed to assisting Fiji in combating the culture of violence against women and children through the Australian Defence Force and their Sports...

13th October

Fiji-ing Day

Everybody experiences a different Fiji Day and no doubt has different experiences in different years. This year a new arrival to our beloved country asked me what went on during Fiji Day.  She seemed a little worried. She comes from a Pacific country that has had its ups, downs and conflicts as well as the...

The ugly side of rugby

The ugly I grew up around the rugby ovals in England as a toddler watching my dad play rugby so it can be said that I’ve spent most of my life around this sport. The truth of the matter is that I have been involved in rugby as a parent, supporter and team manager for...

Letters to the Editor – October 13, 2019

RWC reflection Well the 2019 Rugby World Cup is all but over for our beloved Flying Fijians, with it were some negatives but I guess a whole lot of positives. Unfortunately in my part of the world we are currently on blackout so as to prevent a repeat of the disastrous fire of 2017 that...

Editorial comment – Water safety for all

EARLIER this year, in January, grieving Nagado villager Merewalesi Sigavere said she felt like a piece of her was gone. She was in a state of shock, and couldn’t bring herself to tell her three children their father was dead. Aseri Doidoi drowned in the Nadi River on Thursday, January 17. Her husband, who was...

12th October

Fly my winged child

THIS is a two part series where Flying Fijian Ben Volavola’s mum Ema Volavola talks about what it is like being the mother of a star rugby player. Ema reveals the good, the bad and the ugly side of professional rugby. She penned this before Fiji’s game against Wales at the Rugby World Cup in...

Letters to the Editor – October 12, 2019

Time for a big mix We need a tsunami mix to help drown our sorrows. Forget about the loss, it’s a new day tomorrow, We will all have to be serious and pull our socks up. To plan and strategise, for the next Rugby World Cup. From the ground level, we need a proper structure....

Editorial comment – Where to from here?

So where to from here? What could have been is no longer the question. That is old news now. We succumbed to the Australian Wallabies in our opener, fell in that shocker to Uruguay, came back to crush Georgia and fell once more in that thriller against Wales. Forget about the ‘ifs’, the ‘whys’, or...

11th October

Letters to the Editor – October 11, 2019

I salute you Great game by our Flying Fijians against the Six Nations champions. I salute you for playing your hearts out. As mentioned in The Guardian online, “the Fiji side at times played rugby from the heavens”. Vinaka vakalevu boys. Wise Muavono Balawa, Lautoka On the rise The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians brought to...

Editorial comment – We need game time

Phew! What a blinder that was! When giant winger Josua Tuisova bulldozed his way through the Welsh defence to score our first try on Wednesday night, he would have raised the roof of many homes in Fiji. He lived up to expectations and pricked the imagination of screaming fans. His massive legs pumping, the tough...

10th October

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, October 10, 2019

IDC lights up Nadi The final soccer tournament is expected to light Nadi Town as fans will make their way into Prince Charles Park to witness local soccer and those who can’t make it to the ground I’m sure will be entertained by the “Voice of Soccer” Ray Stoddart with his commentaries. Although the excitement...

Editorial comment – Happy Fiji Day

LIKE every nation on the planet, we are afflicted with shortcomings. In the face of that though are positive developments and special factors that differentiate nations of the world. Fiji is without a doubt, a lovely nation to live in. Today we have another opportunity to reflect on this special day, and hopefully we will...

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