Opinion

Letters to the Editor – Friday, January 21, 2021

Thank you I write to express my gratitude to Fred Wesley and the staff members of The Fiji Times for selecting one of my letters as the Letter of the Year. A prize totally undeserved,...

20th January

Letters to the Editor: Thursday, January 20, 2022

Brothers in arms Brothers Kini and Waisake Naholo have added thrust and flair in the Crusaders backline which includes big names such as Mitch Drummond, Bryn Hall, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Richie Mo’unga, Jack Goodhue, Sevu Reece, David Havili, Braydon Ennor, George Bridge, Will Jordan and Leicester Fainga’anuku. The most successful rugby franchise in the history...

Relief for RSE workers

A group of Tongan seasonal labourers stranded in New Zealand can continue to work until a flight is available to take them home, their employer said. About 70 labourers from the Pacific Island kingdom were scheduled to return home yesterday but Air New Zealand cancelled the flight because of ash clouds caused by past weekend’s volcanic eruption. Eighteen of them work on an orchard in...

Editorial comment: The key is with us

In its briefing on Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health reported 52 deaths they determined to be related to COVID-19. It noted that as experienced in the second wave, adverse health-seeking behaviour and significant co-morbidities remain the main contributing factor. Out of the 52 deaths, it stated: # 50 died either at home, on the...

19th January

Letters to the Editor: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

A winner with the Times Two-time anniversary draw winner, Vilisoni Pita Muavani, was elated. He said he would use the money on his family and cultivate his farmland in Naitasiri. Vilisoni, who counts himself lucky after winning the promotion twice, is on the verge of building his farmhouse so that he could plant and stay...

Opinion: Politics of free education

It’s back! This year Papua New Guinea (PNG) will implement another fee-free education policy. In June 2021, the government announced that, for the fifth time in PNG’s history, parents will no longer have to pay school fees to send their children to school. This new policy is a significant backflip for Prime Minister James Marape’s government; in 2019 Marape announced the abolition of the...

Editorial comment: Advice after Saturday’s eruption

In the aftermath of the massive volcanic eruption in Tonga on Saturday, we have been inundated with advice and safety tips. Understandably, there may be some of us who will wonder why when we are hundreds of kilometres from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano. The BBC reported at the time of the eruption: The US and...

18th January

Opinion: Policing in a relational state

Police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) generally cop a fair share of criticism. This is particularly true in my area of research, sorcery accusation related violence (SARV), where police are often unwilling or unable to intervene – and sometimes even the instigators of violence. Yet, during my research, I regularly came across cases where – miraculously given the lack of resources – police...

Letters to the Editor: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Tsunami warnings On Saturday afternoon (15/1/22) we were out the back yard fishing in the dogo about 4.30pm. We had earlier heard the supersonic loud booming sounds reverberating above us, but wrongly assumed it was crashing thunder typical of this season. It did remind me of the loud rumblings before earthquakes in NZ too. As...

Editorial comment: Learning through experience

The revelation that sulphur dioxide (SO2) concentration in the atmosphere had increased overnight, which could result in acidic rainfall over the Fiji group, is cause for concern. This was confirmed by the Department of Environment yesterday based on the satellite image data. Members of the public are being urged to cover all household water tanks...

17th January

Letters to the Editor – Monday, January 17, 2022

What lies ahead? OUR hearts and prayers go out to all Tongan families as the volcanic eruptions underwater and the inevitable tsunami warnings brought shivers. Another cruel example of climate change and an early reminder in 2022 on what lies ahead. Let’s continue to remain vigilant focus and Fiji should take heed of these warning...

Editorial comment – Lessons on our roads

Sometimes, in our busy lives, we unintentionally forget some important moments in time. Perhaps we just need to sit back sometimes, and reflect on how far we have come, or moved on. Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, there were other issues that were part of our lives last year. They served as major obstacles that...

16th January

Verevere good: Sons return to save way of life and the planet

As the first cyclone of the season arrived in the South Pacific this month, a village hard hit by the infamous Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016 has strengthened its defence against climate change and welcomed back its youth in a renewal of a pledge to embrace stewardship of the Earth. The youth of Verevere...

15th January

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, January 15, 2022

The smile says it all SAM Brown, 75, was all smiles after his name was picked as one of the 40 lucky winners OF The Fiji Times 152nd anniversary December draw. He was elated as the extra cash will enable him to put a new coat of paint on his house. Brown, who is retired...

Editorial comment – Encouraging news

The revelation that COVID-19 test positivity among tourists remains low is encouraging. Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya confirmed this. He reiterated Government’s position that it does not view hotels as major drivers of transmission. Tourist arrival numbers for January, he said, had not changed. “Most people find Fiji a wonderful destination to come to,” Mr Koya...

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