Opinion

Promoting change – The oceania and education amid the pandemic

Relationality and learning in Oceania: contextualising education for development is an important and timely publication. Important in that it offers an alternative approach that challenges conventional approaches to development aid projects; and timely because, amid...

Editorial comment – Working on a united front

This war against the COVID-19 pandemic must be fought with a united front. That’s not something we can afford to shrug aside right now. Not when our numbers continue to rise. Tuesday evening’s staggering 116 new cases would have attracted a lot of attention. In fact it would have inched out great concern as well....

Letters to the Editor – June 17, 2021

Denmark’s heroic captain When Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who suffered cardiac arrest during Denmark’s clash against Finland, collapsed, the sporting world came to a standstill. Emotions ran high as people were stunned with what they had seen. Paramedics and doctors rushed on to the field to treat him but I was touched by the actions...

16th June

International development – Research in the time of COVID -19

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in so many ways. At the same time, it has provided the opportunity to reconsider the nature of international development work. The disruption created by the pandemic brings to the fore many issues that have been on our minds for a while at the Institute for Sustainable Futures,...

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Strategic move  WHAT it boils down to really is to make the right strategic move. The bottom line and the whole focus should be to gain a win for Fiji. Should Radradra be picked to play for Fiji against the All Blacks in the middle of July or to be in our Olympics sevens team to defend the gold at...

Editorial comment – Lockdowns and sticking to the rules

Two issues stand out in the face of the announcement of new COVID-19 cases by permanent secretary for Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong daily. While there is great importance placed on the announcement of the daily figures, other issues have also been raised on different platforms. For instance, the head of...

15th June

Sunsets at Turtle Island

I felt a lump in my throat when I read that on June 5, 2021, Richard Evanson, (86), owner of Nanuya Levu and founder of Turtle Island, had died. I immediately called Fiji and informed my mother, Adisova Navoti (81), with teary eyes. We both reminisced about the early days, and how dearly we missed...

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Holding it together!  SAURARA Kula, who featured in yesterday’s People column and is a popular face who sits near the BSP Bank in Naqara, has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but she does not see this as a hindrance to her business. According to her, it has not been easy but her dedication towards her business keeps her going. Saurara described how...

Editorial comment – Our high numbers 

The announcement by the permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong of 105 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday evening would have come as a shocker for many Fijians. What initially started off with announcements of well below 10 daily when this latest outbreak started, appears to have gone out of hand. The large number of new...

14th June

A more warmer globe – Climate change and oxygen level

The globe is now more than 1˚ Celsius warmer than it was before industrialisation, and it is on course to be about 3 degrees warmer. Human actions, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, have contributed to climate change during the past 50 years, compared with natural processes that impact climates, such as solar...

Editorial comment – Our frontline against COVID-19

The World Health Organization reported that, globally, as of 3.33pm on Saturday, June 12, there had been 174,918,667 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3,782,490 deaths reported. As of June 9, a total of 2,156,550,767 vaccine doses had been administered, it reported on its website. There were 3,243,700 confirmed cases reported in the Western Pacific. In...

Letters to the Editor – June 14, 2021

Community service I COMMEND Susana Tuisawau for her very practical suggestion in her letter (FT 13/06) to use community service and community work as an alternative punishment for those who breach COVID-19 restrictions, for instance curfews. I totally support her view that the outcome can definitely be a win-win situation for the miscreant — to...

13th June

Editorial comment – Addressing child labour

Yesterday was a special day set aside to mark World Day Against Child Labour. In June 2017, we learnt that 193 children had been withdrawn from the child labour environment in Fiji since 2011. It was an encouraging development at the time. It proved that child labour was an issue we had to contend with....

Letters to the Editor – June 13, 2021

The microscope Gareth Baber and our national 7s players are under the microscope as they participate in the PacificAus Sports Oceania 7s tournament, prior to the Olympics? How will they perform in Townsville? To their disadvantage, they have not participated in international games this year unlike Australia and the All Blacks. To their advantage, opponents...

12th June

We now on red alert

BULA readers! It is with great sadness that I write this week’s article as we fall further into the clutches of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was reading with despair as the very much respected John Hopkins University, who are a gold standard institution in research and statistics, have announced that Fiji now leads the globe...

Be a warrior

“In 1983, a song became something of an anthem about how a guy should treat a girl. “Tell Her About it” was written by Billy Joel from his highly acclaimed album, “Innocent Man”! The foot-tapping Motown groove was a tribute to his soul mate, Christie Brinkley. Joel and Brinkley would marry in 1985. But in...

Challenges in pharmacy – Why do prescriptions take too much time

Have you ever gone to your local pharmacy to drop off a prescription and were given a 10- 15 minute wait, maybe a token with a number on it while you wait to be called? You’ve probably wondered why they’re even necessary – especially if what you’re there for already comes packaged and doesn’t need...

Editorial comment – Unity in a pandemic

When the permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong, announced the numbers on Thursday night for COVID-19 positive cases, he raised other issues as well. It was encouraging to learn that seven patients had recovered that day. As of Thursday night, we have had 256 recoveries and four deaths due to the...

Letters to the Editor – June 12, 2021

At my doorstep I have never regretted subscribing to The Fiji Times, and I’m impressed with their door-to-door delivery service. The Fiji Times, which is wrapped neatly inside a plastic, greets me every morning. I carefully open the wrapper, and I enjoy the fresh smell of the newspaper which has become Fiji’s most trusted brand....

Paradigm shift – Schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic

Education in Fiji has always been everyone’s priority ever since its introduction. The Government has taken lead role by investing millions of dollars every year to ensure that all school age children are provided quality education. Until early 2000, basic primary and secondary education was through the means of structured program conducted within the four...

Say no to child labour – The future of our children

By MATIN KARIMLI, SHELDON YETT Child labour remains a persistent problem in the world today, including in the Pacific Islands, jeopardising children’s future. Every child has a basic right to protection, as defined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, “The right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from...

Age of digital health – Cybercriminals sharpen focus on healthcare

If you haven’t already heard, the age of digital health is upon us. And for healthcare providers, patients and consumers, it’s about time. Digital health, sometimes referred to as eHealth or Mobile Health (mHealth), comprises many elements, but I’ll focus on defining digital health as how healthcare government departments, companies, hospitals and care services companies,...

Staying connected – COVID-19 Lessons we can learn

The side effects of the coronavirus pandemic will leave many memories, stories and hardship that will be talked about in years to come. Fiji has experienced a pandemic that had a devastating impact on our economy, on families and individuals, and primarily on the education, agriculture and health system. Bulk of our population experienced a...

Citizen Joe and the boom – Attempts to create the illusion of a growing hollow pie

Mahendra Chaudhry, our first Indo-Fijian former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Fiji, I personally thought gave one of the greatest economic lessons and counter-punched the arguments, lately given to us by our good friend, the present Minister of Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, about the “great pie debate” (FT 5/6/21). Mr Sayed-Khaiyum had said in...

Giving thanks, but what follows? – ‘Voters must give strength to voices of reason

With most of Fiji suffering from the COVID-19 crisis in large measure because of the insensitivity of a few holding power, thousands of ordinary citizens are giving thanks to the many social leaders who have publicly stepped up to shoulder the burdens of leadership. There are also many other quiet professionals also doing the same,...

To lockdown or not to lockdown – What must a responsible Government do

The April outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in Fiji was not handled with the urgent crisis management necessary to stop the virus from spreading beyond the breach at the quarantine facility in Nadi. As a result, we now have an alarming number of cases every day and yet Government has not adopted a...

Let’s hear it for the auditors – Who’s allowed to tell the Government it’s not performing well

Earlier this week Parliament ended what history should remember as one of its more bizarre sittings. A growing pandemic enveloped Viti Levu. Tens of thousands of people wondered how they would get their families through “containments” and the suspension of their work and small business. But the Government’s agenda for Parliament seemed to say “coronavirus?...

11th June

Collaboration or competition – Teaching in the 21st century

Jocko Willink is a retired commander of the most highly decorated American special operations unit that served in the Iraq war. In the 2006 Battle of Ramadi, Willink explains in his book ‘Leadership, Strategy and Tactics’ that one of the less glamorous ways his Navy SEALS excelled was their effective collaboration with the US Army...

Letters to the Editor – June 11, 2021

A helping hand Deepmala Sharma (FT 10/06) had this to share: “During this pandemic, people are trying to stay happy, but it’s really difficult for them, as some of them are not working, or have no food in the house to feed their children. COVID-19 has created fear, worry, loneliness and depression which might have...

Editorial comment – National teams lead the way

The national 7s team had its first training run at the Sunshine Coast in Australia this week in preparation for the PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby 7s tournament. That’s going to be held later this month, on June 25 to 27 in Townsville, Australia. Now we learn that the 18-member squad with team management spent three...

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