Opinion

Letters to the Editor – August 03, 2020

Repatriation flights and Blue Lane I have gone on record more than once via the Times, praising the Government response, the health service, and other relevant agencies, in the containment of COVID-19 in Fiji. At...

Editorial comment – Keep the distance

On Saturday the 66-year-old man who died because of coronavirus-related complications was accorded final rites by close family members in Lautoka. He died on Thursday evening at the Lautoka Hospital where he was in isolation. The man was from Labasa and had returned from India on July 1 after a heart bypass surgery. As we...

2nd August

Letters to the Editor: Sunday, August 2, 2020

Third place finish Ole Gunnar Solskjaer silenced the critics after securing third place in the English Premier League and eventually securing Champions League football for next season. Having had a poor start to the campaign in what was United’s worst start in 30 years, the squad held themselves together and proved why patience is required...

Editorial Comment: Your views matter

There are many views about what constitutes good news. Scenarios and events will inch out different opinions. We have different emotional responses to different circumstances. It’s just the way things are. Circumstances can influence, shape, or change opinions. We are drawn to events that tug at the heartstrings. They can either frustrate us, or make...

1st August

OPINION: The internet of things

The Internet evolved as a network of networks for human beings on computers communicating and sharing information with each other. In 1982, hardworking researchers at Carnegie Mellon University decided they wanted to know if their vending machine had cold drinks before visiting it so they stuck on a sensor with IP address that could be...

OPINION: Long term budget plan

The recent defence spending announcement has put the spotlight on the Australian government’s long-term defence spending plans. The 2016 Defence White Paper had already foreshadowed explosive growth in defence spending to 2025; now we know that growth will continue until 2030. The government also has a policy regarding future aid spending, with no increases to...

OPINION: Lost opportunities

The debate on the 2020/20 national budget will rage on long after its passage in Parliament. In my experience, I have never seen a budget that has turned a weak financial situation to a critical one. When we needa steady hand to gently guide us out of this devastating crisis, the Minister for the Economy...

Letters to the Editor: Saturday, August 1 2020.

Great news for our rugby The news that Fiji has been given a place in the Six Nations competition couldn’t have come at a better time. As we are facing a gloomy period in our lives with this COVID-19 pandemic, this breakthrough has brought smiles to many avid and diehard rugby fans. As we acknowledge...

OPINION: Bollywood superstars overcome the challenge

Bula readers, I got an overwhelming positive response from last week’s article on inspirational figures and the trials and tribulations they suffered though their lives, so I thought to continue with the same theme this week. Today we look briefly at two artists from the juggernaut entertainment industry of Bollywood. I will delve for the...

Editorial Comment: Let’s stay on course

The announcement yesterday of our first confirmed death from COVID-19 will no doubt create anxiety among some members of the public. As the Minister for Health, Ifereimi Waqainabete, said yesterday, there were nine cases of COVID-19 among a number of Fijians repatriated from India on July 1. All these cases were “border quarantine cases”. He...

31st July

Letters of the Editor – July 31, 2020

Flying Fijians set for top event Good reward for Fiji and our inclusion in the revamped six nations tournament with Japan. This is a first real opportunity for Fiji to be in action in a tournament with Tier 1 nations noting the only time we play in a tournament is during the Rugby World Cup....

Editorial comment – A reminder for us all

As the National Fire Authority investigates the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant house in Nakasi, Nausori on Tuesday, we are reminded about the importance of safety tips. NFA CEO Puamau Sowane said the authority was trying to determine whether the fire had resulted from uncontrolled burning. He revealed vacant homes had caught...

30th July

Letters to the Editor – July 30, 2020

Flying Fijians to join top competition AS an Irish citizen but resident of Fiji, I am very happy to have confirmed (FT editorial, 29/07) that Fiji will join an expanded Six Nations championship this northern autumn. Just one thing — can it also be confirmed that there will actually be flights from Fiji to Ireland...

29th July

Letters to the Editor: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Suva all the way Sikeli Qounadovu and Raymond Singh picked out my letter about the refereeing of the match between Suva and Nadroga last weekend. Frankly I don’t think they have consistently and closely followed high level rugby to fully understand the landscape and dynamics of a high level intense rugby match. I made my...

OPINION: APTC and the pandemic

Recent months have shown us more than ever the need to be flexible and responsive, to pivot when needed. However, to borrow from friend and colleague Chris Roche: “As in Pilates so in development co-operation: if you want flexibility, you need core strength”. As one of Australia’s largest and longest standing regional development programs in...

Editorial comment: Now they’re talking

The revelation that the Flying Fijians and Japan are expected to join Six Nations teams in a revised eight-team tournament in November is like a breath of fresh air. BBC reported yesterday that “this year’s Autumn Tests are set to be replaced by an eight-team tournament in which the Six Nations sides will be joined...

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