Opinion

Wallabies to front Pumas in round 5

It’s hard to believe that the 2021 Rugby Championship is almost coming to an end. Fans have seen four weeks of exciting, enterprising and bruising rugby. This weekend on Saturday night in Queensland, fans will...

Letters to the Editor – Friday, September 24, 2021

Litter prevention campaign The two placards, which were on display in yesterday’s The Fiji Times, had simple messages. The first one read, “You are the only cure for litter”, while the second one read, “Proud Fijians don’t litter”. I agree with the short phrases that captured the gist of the message. No amount of litter...

Editorial comment – Cut out littering, please

It was encouraging to note that the Ministry of Forestry staff members relaunched their Forest Litter Prevention Campaign. This comes in the wake of what it says was the increasing household rubbish dumping at the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve. Forestry Officer Parks and Reserves Unit Forest Resource Assessment and Conservation Division Apisai Moce is quoted saying...

23rd September

Aussie and NZ aid

Last week the Centre for Global Development (CGD) released its 2021 Commitment to Development Index. The CDI has, for the last 20 years, been comparing rich countries in terms of their “policies that affect the development prospects of countries beyond one’s own borders”. It has had a rest for a few years and has come...

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sadrugu’s cane fields dream! Thank you so much Waisale Koroiwasa for sharing Taniela Sadrugu’s rugby journey. I’ve been following Sadrugu since he was roped into the Suva provincial rugby team, and from an unknown player in the Skipper Cup, he made a name for himself as a result of his hard work, vigour, discipline, determination...

Editorial comment – Staying safe for our children

The permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services Ministry Dr James Fong announced 118 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24-hour period ending at 8am on Tuesday. He said there were 113 new recoveries which meant there were 12,948 active cases. When you consider the figures, we have actually had very high numbers. There have...

22nd September

Mind of the historian – COVID-19: Value of historiography

COVID-19 has changed the world entirely and historians have compared this with all the pandemics that occurred in history. Historical evidence indicates many pandemics have changed the discourse of history, be it a plague, smallpox, cholera, influenza, malaria, leprosy, tuberculosis. Scholars look at the historians to present the causes, impact and remedies of pandemics adopted...

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Stats on ethnicity I am surprised that no one has pointed out that we need ethnic stats on poverty, not for immediate relief, but for investigation into the very different types of poverty being experienced and their very different causes and their very different remedies. FERGUS GARRETT, Vatuwaqa, Suva Frustratingly slow I WELCOME the move...

Editorial comment – Backing our Drua

A lot of interest is slowly shifting to the resumption of sporting events around the country. In fact there is quite a bit of interest on how soon active competitions can start again. For now though, attention is focused on the Fijian Drua Super Rugby franchise, which has signed up 20 players out of its...

21st September

Offer finally rejected – What’s next?

This week, PNG’s Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) rejected the acquisition of Westpac PNG by Kina Securities (the owner of Kina Bank) in its final determination. Since the ICCC had already rejected the acquisition in its draft determination, and for good reason, it is no surprise that it did so in its final determination....

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Vaccination program for children! THE vaccination program for schoolchildren between the ages of 15-17 was launched at Gospel High School by honourable PM yesterday with the belief that the vaccine would keep children from getting severely ill from COVID-19. The Fiji Medicinal Products Board authorised the use of Moderna vaccine and it has been recommended...

Editorial comment – Protect our children

HEALTH Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete made some interesting comments yesterday in Parliament. While COVID-19 has largely affected the older population, he said, a review of the ministry’s disease outbreak data has revealed that Fiji has to date recorded 8345 cases of COVID-19 in the age range of 0 to 19 years. Dr Waqainabete revealed this...

20th September

Point of Origin – Islanders forced to relocate after war

Like many other villagers on Taveuni and surrounding islands who lost their land following the war with Ma’afu and his warriors, those of Kocoma on Qamea also faced the same axe. The paramount chief of Cakaudrove at that time, Tuikilakila, sold Naitauba Island, outside Taveuni after the Kocoma villagers supported the Tongans in the war...

Back to back wins for Australia

The double-header battle at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night lived up to expectations. In the opening clash, a much-improved Wallabies outfit stunned world champions, the Springboks, again with a bruising 30-17 win. The consecutive wins over the Springboks meant the Wallabies reclaimed the Mandela Plate. The wins were a boost for the Wallabies following three...

Climate change and sugar cane

AN increase in fertiliser use by farmers to boost dwindling sugarcane crops in Yaladro Sector, Tavua, is having a detrimental impact on the cane and waterways, according to the local farming association. Yaladro Farmers Cooperative president Rajendra Raglu said the region, which used to harvest more than 16,000 tonnes of sugarcane about 20 years ago,...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, September 20, 2021

ANZMAT teams return home I WHOLEHEARTEDLY thank the Australia-New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (ANZMAT) for their valuable assistance and support towards my beloved Fiji at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ANZMAT team, consisting of 30 medical and nursing personnel and six liaison officers, was deployed to Fiji from June 21 to September 3....

Editorial comment – Watch those figures

The revelation that the police issued 196 cases of Public Health Infringement Notices (PHIN) during the 48-hour period that ended yesterday is cause for concern. A police statement said failure to wear a face covering (mask) in a public place accounted for 161 of the overall 196 PHINs issued for the period. We learn that...

19th September

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, September 19, 2021

Stick to COVID-safe protocols We are trying very hard to normalise things in Fiji. Vaccinations are reaching the expected numbers. For this I acknowledge our frontline workers, who may have been away from families for months. Containment zones have been opened. Police and military personnel have spent hours working double shifts in the blazing sun...

Editorial comment – Keep the status quo

It was one of those beautiful early mornings in Lami yesterday. The sun was out. It was turning out to be a lovely day. It was clear that the reopening of our containment borders had actually topped up human traffic as well as vehicle movement around this little urban centre. On the pavement next to...

18th September

Editorial comment – Let’s stay on course

The containment borders around Viti Levu finally opened yesterday. With that came a great sense of joy, it seemed. In the meantime the permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services Ministry Dr James Fong also announced 196 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24-hour period ending at 8am on Thursday. There were 93 cases in...

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, September 18, 2021

Woman of great mettle! I was impressed with these lines by Prem Lata (FT: 16/09), “Sharing and caring for one another is the way of life we have led for generations. It’s part of our culture and a huge part of our lives as Fijians; only in Fiji. I won’t throw in the towel and...

Crowd appeal and raw power – Tommy ‘The Duke’ Morrison

BULA readers! I pray your Saturday is going well. This week I received a message from a dear old friend of mine called Joey, who lives in Texas and was connected very closely to a fascinating, fast living and colorful, super star boxer called Tommy Morrison. Tommy was born in January 1969 in Arkansas and...

Project Raven – Cyber mercenaries and cyberwars

Earlier this week three American former NSA and US military cybersecurity experts were indicted for violations of US laws involving computer fraud and improper exporting of technology. They agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement in which they would pay a fine over three years of a total of $US1.68 million (F$3.50m), support FBI and Justice...

The Serevi moment

The year 2000 marked the beginning of a new millennium. It also left rugby fans with tons of memories from the sevens field. The rivalry between Fiji and New Zealand, which has sparked since Hong Kong, continued on the International Rugby Board Sevens circuit which took a new dimension in 1999 with ten tournaments introduced...

Hindsight is 20/20

In medicine, there is a hypothetical instrument known as the retrospectoscope. Actually, it is a colloquialism for looking at a situation after the fact it has happened when almost anyone can be deemed an expert as it is easy to predict an outcome because the outcome has already happened. This instrument is certainly not unique...

The Fawlty Towers government – Everything they touch seems to turn to disaster

In my household the 1970s BBC comedy Fawlty Towers is on regular repeat for family entertainment. Only two years ago it was authoritatively ranked as the greatest British sitcom ever. Starring the six-foot-five manic comedian John Cleese, it depicts life in a chaotic English seaside hotel. Its owner, Basil Fawlty is a man who thinks...

Speaking truth to power – The A-G does not know everything

By SEVANAIA SAKAI and DR TUI RAKUITA Because of time and space limitations, we are going to advance a few well-grounded assumptions in this article. The first is that our Attorney-General and Minister of Economy does not know everything there is to know under the Sun. The second is that there is more that he...

7s rugby and Baber

As the sparkle from the gold win in Tokyo slowly diminishes, there are more pressing issues on hand as rugby and life moves on in this fast and ever changing world. Do you know that the World Sevens Series is underway in Canada this weekend? Don’t worry, Fijian 7s is not in North America. But...

The poverty question – Is ethnicity relevant?

The Government has summarily dismissed Kemueli Naiqama from his position as Government Statistician and head of the Fiji Bureau of Statistics. We are informed that Mr Naiqama had breached the law on statistical surveys and consequentl, the terms of his contract of service, by allowing the 2019-2020 Household Income and Expenditure Survey to include “unverified...

Lack of ‘integrity – Shooting the expert messenger

In my The Fiji Times article last week, I commended the Fiji Bureau of Statistics for convincing the Government to publish the Household Income and Expenditure Report. I commended the Bainimarama Government for releasing the poverty facts to the public, regardless of their political sensitivity. But I was clearly wrong on both counts. The reputable...

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