Opinion

The key to building back better mental health

Saturday October 10, was World Mental Health Day, and for many of us it may have held a special significance this year. Our daily lives have changed considerably since the COVID-19 pandemic got underway. We...

20th October

Letters to the Editor – October 20, 2020

Good leader stands out Your editorial ‘Congratulations in order’ (FT 19/10 ) for Jacinda Ardern’s landslide election win for a second term is indeed in order. The reason for Ardern’s popularity among the people of New Zealand is very simple and straight forward — she is a very good leader with the welfare and interest...

Editorial comment – Bursting the travel bubble

It was a travel bubble bungle that shouldn’t have happened. Yet no one would have thought of the consequences of New Zealand and Australian authorities opening up their borders, albeit a small window, for visitors. It happened, and the consequences are there for us to ponder on, and obviously take appropriate action moving forward. However...

19th October

Letters to the Editor – October 19, 2020

In Mushroom’s footsteps STILL going strong at 69 (FT 18/10) brought back memories of the legendary long-distance runner Mushroom. When I was a third form boarder at Natabua High School in 1969, I often saw Mushroom come and do his laps around our soccer ground. One day I decided to skip soccer and follow behind...

Editorial comment – Congratulations are in order

When Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama congratulated his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern, for her historic victory in the NZ general election yesterday, he echoed the sentiments of a large number of Fijians. There can be no doubts about Ms Ardern’s popularity. In fact, arguably not many leaders in our region have such an international profile...

Seasonal workers – Social and economic impacts

This is the first in a series of blogs outlining key findings from the Impact Study of New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme. The study, involving more than 480 research participants, examined some of the RSE scheme’s social and economic impacts in six New Zealand communities and in five participating Pacific countries. It was...

18th October

From the Crowd: Troubles with tradies

The household has had a run of people and objects that aren’t there. It began with the succession of tradesmen that we required. Tradies, as they are known in Australia where I am now a COVID-19 refugee, are highly respected for their undoubted skills, and work in quite mysterious ways. When it comes to evasions...

Letters to the Editor: Sunday, October 18, 2020

Brave local players I salute our nine brave local players who made the squad for the expanded Eight Nations tournament. Bravo to Suva’s Tevita Ikanivere and Serupepeli Vularika, Naitasiri’s Samu Tawake, Chris Minimbi and Tuidraki Samusamuvodre, Nadroga’s Jone Koroiduadua and Manueli Ratuniyarawa, Tailevu’s Simione Kuruvoli and Namosi’s Peni Matawalu for making the squad. This tour...

Editorial comment: Let’s be motivated

National athletics representative Avikash Lal took out top honours at yesterday’s inaugural Namosi Marathon. He was the top gun. He was the champion at the end of the day. What started out as a cool and cloudy morning eventually turned into a wet day. In a way, it sort of cooled the runners down in...

17th October

Letters to the Editor: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Celebration instils pride for Fijians How lovely it was to view the pictures of the RFMF personnel, police officers, military officers and Fiji Navy officers lined up in their official attire for Fiji’s 50th Independence Day celebration at Albert Park in Suva. Those pictures instilled more pride for Fijians. Thank you Sophie Ralulu for those...

Editorial comment: A timely reminder

The revelation that storm surges could displace Fijians over the next 20 years from their homes is interesting. This comes off new data released by Switzerland-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) three days ago. IDMC forecasts cyclones will displace an average of 2076 Fijians annually and 65,000 in the next 50 years from their homes....

OPINION: A flight to remember

Bula readers! Firstly what a wonderful and emotional trip we had on the now historic Fiji Airways Flight FJ50 which glided around Viti Levu and Vanua Levu during Fiji Day and at one point even flying low over Albert Park. I must admit — I was a little apprehensive as to what this flight was...

OPINION: A nutritional anaemia

Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common type of anaemia and it occurs when your body doesn’t get enough iron which is not made in our body and must be absorbed from the food we eat in order to make red blood cells (erythrocytes)/ haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is needed to carry oxygen to your organs and...

OPINION: Mass of contradictions

Australia’s 2020 international development budget is a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, this is the first significant injection of funding to international development in seven years. Given immense pressures on domestic spending and a government which has consistently cut or stalled increases to the aid budget, this is a win, even if the...

OPINION: Heart and soul of Fiji soccer

I directed a question at the officials of Fiji Football Association: “What is the heart and soul of Fiji soccer?” So far no one has replied. In a way, I can empathise with their reluctance because it’s not a question to prompt a ready-made answer. However, my purpose in asking was with the ardent hope...

OPINION: Data security, privacy

Every investment you make for cybersecurity and privacy is ultimately to protect data. The ICT industry defines data security and privacy technology as technologies that directly touch the data itself and that help governments and organisations: n understand where their data is located and identify what data is sensitive i.e. prioritise data; n control data...

OPINION: COVID-19 response

There have been many proposals made to deal with the fallout of COVID-19 on the Pacific Islands, and for how “big brothers” Australia and New Zealand could assist in the recovery. The suggestions include a stimulus package from Australia and New Zealand, an increase in the number of seasonal workers from the Pacific to these...

16th October

Letters to the Editor: Friday, October 16, 2020

Brave decision Fiji needs more people like Lewa Kuriako (FT 14/10). She is brave to stand up and tell us what she saw, in the case of Mesake Sinu. I salute her. You are a brave girl. ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Lautoka   Learn from the past It’s rather strange and ironic that Opposition Leader,...

Editorial comment: Keeping the status quo

As bigger and more developed countries try their best to stem the flow of COVID-19 figures upwards, we are in a healthy position to reflect on how we have fared so far. Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete yesterday revealed we were finally COVID-free after our last border quarantine case was discharged from hospital on...

15th October

Letters to the Editor – October 15, 2020

Listening tour, parliamentary representation THAT much-publicised listening tour of the Opposition parliamentarians may have been almost forgotten but hopefully it will have given those politicians a good insight into the issues and problems facing the people on the ground. The question is: Why? Why did they feel the need to do this? There is a...

Editorial comment – Working with the force

IT seems a post-mortem examination report has ruled out the possibility that a robbery suspect’s death was linked to him jumping out of a two-storey building. On Tuesday, Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu said an internal investigation would be conducted to ascertain the circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone found responsible would be charged and produced...

Hard work is the key

Different farmers live by different principles that allow them to achieve dreams of improving livelihoods and thrive overall as successful agriculture entrepreneurs. Most set practical goals such as providing a better education for their children, build homes, improve existing ones, buy vehicles or fibreglass boats to transport their produce, and of course take care of...

Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19

In rural Xiaruoyao, China, 45-year-old pig farmer Yan Shenglian is part of her village’s COVID-19 management team, giving temperature checks and recording vehicle information at local checkpoints to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In Tanzania’s Iringa region, the outbreak of COVID-19 prompted 28-year-old Stella Nziku to join the Mufindi Women’s Network to...

14th October

Letters to the Editor – October 14, 2020

All about 7s rugby SEVENS rugby is administered by World Rugby, the body responsible for rugby union worldwide. Australia is a regular participant in 7s rugby competitions. It is a host in the world sevens series. Australian women are the reigning Olympic champions. Many Australian players who have played 7s are household names today. To...

Editorial comment – Let’s be proactive

YESTERDAY was a special day for Ranga Nathan. Not many people would know him, or about him. His story is special though for many reasons. He was finally released from the Lautoka Hospital after having spent 84 days in isolation as a COVID-19 patient. He holds the record for being the patient with the longest...

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