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Leaders commit to collective action for a strong Pacific

LEADERS of the Pacific Islands Forum have reaffirmed their commitment to working together for a strong Blue Pacific region that is secure, peaceful, and prosperous, enabling its people to live free, healthy and productive lives....

Letters to the Editor – September 24

Flying start AS expected, Veiuto Primary School walked away with top spoils from the Suva Zone 2 athletics competition despite stiff competition from the likes of St Agnes Primary School and Navesi Primary School. The Sunday Times reported that competition in the Suva Zone 2 athletics meet was tough and exciting times are ahead for...

Editorial comment – Why we must value first aid

THE report yesterday about quick action by a man to save the life of a diver at the Coral Coast last week was interesting. Meli Kapaiwai, a road foreman, was travelling with his family along the Queens Rd, Malevu, when he came across a group of villagers standing around the seemingly lifeless body of Ratu...

Suicide isn’t the answer

By CHANTELLE VALENTINE  READING the daily news, I am greatly saddened by the suicide cases. They would have been budding musicians, doctors, engineers, pilots etc. Lives that are young and vibrant snatched away in a mere blink of an eye. There are many causes of suicide and one in which is the lack of support...

Letters to the Editor – September 21

Women empowerment I LOVED reading the article in yesterday’s The Fiji Times titled “Women empowerment” by Ana Madigibuli. The article focused on the importance of women empowerment and different approaches that could be taken to empower women staying in a rural setting. Ana challenged her readers (through her well-coined article) to visit a village whereby...

Editorial comment – Important issues

IT was good to note the report in yesterday’s edition about two beauty contestants and their chosen research and advocacy topics. Akanisi Raisua and Fulori Waibuta have chosen suicide and non-communicable diseases as issues they will advocate at the Ba River Carnival. Ms Raisua believes suicide is an issue that confronts young people. “I know...

Letters to the Editor – September 20

Water woes THE Fiji Times on Wednesday (19/09) thoroughly covered stories on water woes in the village of Galoa in Lekutu, Bua and the tales were indeed inciting. First and foremost, the villagers worked hard to raise $28,000 as their contribution to Government in order for them to have access to drinking water — a...

Editorial comment – Hard drugs

WHILE it is noteworthy that Fiji was not the intended destination for bars of cocaine found washed ashore recently on a number of outer islands in the Yasawa, Lomaiviti and Lau groups, it is still a major concern. Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said investigations so far indicated the drugs were not dumped specifically...

Letters to the Editor – September 19

Big challenge AFTER a not so impressive win against Samoa 3-2 and then going down to Tahiti 3-0, the Yogendra Datt-coached national under-16 team beat New Caledonia 1-0 to book a semi-final spot. The Baby Bula Boys face the immense task of playing the hosts at an always jubilant and patriotic Lawson Tama Stadium. The...

Editorial comment – Addressing plastic pollution

THE Nausori Town Council and Pacific Energy organised a “Beat Plastic Pollution” clean-up campaign on Saturday. The council’s chief executive officer Akhtar Ali said the campaign was a celebration of environmental clean-up. The campaign focused on addressing plastic pollution. He said it was “a very successful program”, attended by “about 200 people”. Since the launch...

Letters to the Editor – September 18, 2018

You are the man CONGRATULATIONS to The Fiji Times editor Fred Wesley for deservedly being selected as the Media Executive of the Year at the annual News Media Awards 2018 at the Hilton in Sydney, Australia on Friday night. Being a true gentleman, his humbleness in thanking all readers, families, friends and supporters for believing...

Editorial comment – Illicit drug trade

THE revelation that three men are in police custody over their alleged involvement in the illicit drug trade is a concern. It may not move some people. However, it is when you consider what people believe these men were allegedly involved in, that it should inch out major concern. It is shocking that people are...

Why fish matter

IN Fiji, fish are far more than just a meal, says former Miss Hibiscus and Miss South Pacific, Mere Nailatikau. “For me, what fish really means is togetherness, being able to sit around a table, however small or large and being able to talk to one another, to spend time together, to share stories,” said...

Letters to the Editor – September 17

All Blacks go down I WATCHED the All Blacks vs South Africa game and hopes were high. I watched the press conference and Steve Hansen is indeed a champion coach. Reporters or whoever asked questions of Hansen, captain didn’t mince his words but answered. It was a disappointing loss but he said it was not...

Editorial comment: Border security – Let’s be involved

The revelation that the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service needs to build its intelligence capability to protect Fiji’s borders from serious threats is noteworthy. Our borders need to be protected from illegal trade. Its chief executive officer Visvanath Das said the trend of informing other countries of serious threats entering their borders such as illicit...

Letters to the Editor – September 16

Billboard message WHILE travelling from Nadi to Navua on Wednesday (12/09), I saw few billboards saying “Reject politicians who divide us”. This really confused me. I believe there are seven registered political parties in Fiji. All these parties have followers. During this election season all party leaders are trying to grab votes to win. My...

Editorial comment – Thank you

Today we have an opportunity to thank you our reader, our families, friends and supporters for believing in The Fiji Times brand. To be selected as the Media Executive of the Year at the annual News Media Awards 2018 at the Hilton in Sydney, Australia on Friday night was a moment of personal joy, satisfaction...

Letters to the Editor – September 15

Wellington cracker AFTER a string of “big” wins against the Wallabies and Pumas, the mighty All Blacks will aim for another resounding cracker against the Springboks at “The Cake Tin” tonight. Last year the All Blacks won the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship. The All Blacks finished the Rugby Championship undefeated with 28 points. In...

Editorial comment – Time to be proactive

THE revelation that there is an urgent need to change and enforce Fiji’s laws to effectively address any alarming increase in the trafficking and production of synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine or “ice” will no doubt attract interest. That’s the suggestion by Fiji Pharmaceutical Society president Reshnika Sen who believes current laws were inadequate. Ms...

Letters to the Editor – September 14

Ready to rumble THE Fiji Airways Drua side left our shores in high spirits as leaders with 10 valuable points in the bag. Our boys beamed with confidence at the Nadi International Airport as they prepare to take on NRC defending champions Queensland Country, who are unbeaten and are placed third on the NRC table...

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