Opinion

Farewell Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

As tributes and condolences poured in the wake of the announcement of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, we are left to ponder on the very important issue of life itself. Speaker of...

Letters to the Editor: Sunday, April 11, 2021

Joy over Levuka trip I am happy that a government minister visited Ovalau and the Old Capital to see the sinkholes and potholes on the roads. My government cares and visited to see the issues faced by its people after so many letters in The Fiji Times by concerned citizens. I am sure the roads...

10th April

OPINION: Women not left behind

The the tail end of a difficult year, an organisation at the frontline of providing a safe pathway for women who survive violence was at the brink of not being able to deliver critical services. The organisation Voice for Change which is based in Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea, operates in an extremely difficult environment that is remote and...

OPINION: Adopt stronger laws

Whenever national cybersecurity policy is discussed, the same stories come up again and again. Whether the examples are called acts of cyberwar, cyberespionage, hacktivism, or cyberterrorism, they all affect national interest, and there is a corresponding call for some sort of national cyberdefence. Unfortunately, it is very diffi cult to identify attackers and their motivations in cyberspace. As a result, nations...

Editorial comment: Decision time

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama labelled it an injection of hope. The PM and his wife Mary received their AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations at the Republic of Fiji Navy Stanley Brown Naval Base in Walu Bay, Suva this week. “Being vaccinated is our duty to keep our loved ones safe and set Fiji on a path to...

Letters to the Editor: Saturday, April 10, 2021

Making ends meet After Api Kurusiga’s hit piece in the People column (FT 08/04), Viliame Ravai had another classic as Sakiusa Ledua featured with his inspirational story (FT 09/04). Sakiusa Ledua, who is 54 years old, and used to work for PWD, is using the skills that he acquired to provide for his family. Now...

9th April

Editorial comment – A greater force behind

Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu says the Fiji Police Force is looking intently to community leaders to assist them in the fight against crime. While closing the two-day Community Policing Symposium in Lautoka recently, he said police officers no longer fought crime alone. This has to be a statement we should take to heart. In a...

Piecework pay – Horticulture: Should there be a floor?

Where individual effort can be clearly measured, many employers prefer to pay their workers per unit of output rather than per hour. That is, they prefer piecework to hourly rates. One advantage of piecework is that employers can avoid the new Horticulture Award requirement to pay workers an overtime rate of $43.40 per hour for...

Letters to the Editor – April 9, 2021

Passion drives Kurusiga Api Kurusiga, who featured in yesterday’s People column, had a wonderful story to share with the readers of our best-selling newspaper. According to Api, she is living off the fruits of her labour that she and her late husband sowed in 2009. Hence, this shows that success does not come overnight, and...

8th April

Editorial comment – Options after the brawl

THE revelation that some residents of Sukanaivalu Rd and Mead Rd housing in Nabua now live in constant fear – to the extent that some were now arming themselves is a concern. Nabua Methodist Circuit pastor, Reverend Saiasi Qalica said this in the wake of the violent and bloody brawls during the Easter weekend. If...

Is aid neo-colonial

LONG ago, in a country many miles from where I currently sit, I worked on an aid project. It has stuck with me over the years: a suite of lessons about what can go wrong with aid. Some of the problems were huge. Some were more human in scale. The person I reported to, for...

7th April

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Nabua is home A BIG thank you to the police for their support in our Nabua area over Easter. We live just up the road from Mead Rd housing and Sukanaivalu Rd. I’m glad the man who started this round, actually gave himself up to police and another who was wanted in regards to this...

Editorial comment – Engaging the youths

So now that the Public Rental Board has warned of strong action against tenants found to be involved in violent and illegal activities, we will look on with interest. It says those found guilty would be evicted. This was the stern warning from Public Rental Board (PRB) acting general manager Patrick Veu after a meeting...

How far we’ve come

As Australia’s vaccine rollout eases — slowly — into its second phase, experts are pausing to reflect on how far we’ve come with COVID-19 treatments and what the prospects are for saving more lives. US-based Craig Rayner sits on the World Health Organization’s therapeutics committee for COVID-19. “From a global view, we started off really...

Letters to the Editor – TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021

Gang fighting in Nabua THE recent gang fighting in Nabua, Suva spoiled the holy Easter weekend. I believe it spread fear and restlessness in the community. Chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Abdul Khan is making overtures to the factions to bring about calm and peace in the area. The effort is laudable. However,...

Taking thugs off our streets

It was interesting to note yesterday that a man who allegedly instigated a brawl at Mead Rd in Nabua, Suva on Saturday surrendered to police on Sunday. Police spokeswoman Savaira Tabua said the man, who was a person of interest in the case, gave himself up. “He was on bench warrant and also wanted by...

6th April

Curfew may or may not be lifted

Covid-19 one year on and the world has gone through a series of lockdowns and curfews. The unprecedented nature of the pandemic led to adoption of immediate measures to curtail and contain the spread of the virus but implying restrictions. Some of these measures were praised that showed positive results in containment, but later raised...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, April 5, 2021

Easter lessons There are many lessons Easter teaches which is not only significant, but more so a resemblance which we shall cherish forever. To me, it is the suffering of God’s only son, the death and resurrection for mankind. It is certain that when human beings are born, they tend to suffer in their journey...

Editorial comment – No place for thugs

The recent turn of events in a suburb of the Capital City is raising eyebrows. The revelation that police are looking into claims by witnesses that a man drove a car with the intent to run over those allegedly involved in a brawl in Nabua on Saturday is a concern. Police chief operations officer ACP...

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