Opinion

Letters to the Editor – June 01, 2020

Consider farmers’ option I was advised by a few farmers that we visited to ask the Government not to give seeds to people to start backyard gardens. One advice was to vet the people asking...

Staying on course

It’S encouraging to note how some things in life are slowly getting back into place. Take for instance international sports. The resumption of the popular National Rugby League competition at the weekend was a positive development, at least for sports enthusiasts. It was like a breath of fresh air. After months of enforced isolation, fans...

31st May

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, May 31, 2020

Which governor SIMON HAZELMAN is curious to know why we are getting instructions from former Reserve Bank governor Savenaca Narube regarding our economy (FT 30/05). Firstly, if I may correct his assertion. These are not instructions but well-grounded and pragmatic solutions to bail Fiji out of its current economic and social doldrums. Just as you...

Coming from the heart

Sometimes we need feel good stories to realise and appreciate the goodness in people. The move by the Fiji Girmit Council to assist Fijians impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will no doubt attract interest. Our report today touches on the humanitarian side of Fijians. When faced with major obstacles, we are known to reach out...

30th May

What about the people – The suffering is immense and real

The sad news that Fiji Airways had laid of 758 workers has brought home clearly the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis that we and the entire world are facing. These workers join the 50,000 that had already lost their jobs in the tourism industry. I estimate that half of our two workers have now lost...

Time for a hard look – Fiji Airways is seriously troubled

Fiji Airways is in serious trouble, there is no doubt about that. The Government’s loan guarantee of $455m will not get it out of the woods. The question is: are its current circumstances wholly attributable to the COVID-19 crisis? Or had it taken imprudent operational risks which were beginning to take its toll on the...

Letters to the Editor – May 30, 2020

NRL restart Great to get back some live sports with the return of the NRL round-3 match between the Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels last Thursday night. A convincing win by the Eels thrashing the Broncos 34-6 in a six tries to one romp at Brisbane’s home Suncorp Stadium. After 67 days sidelined because of...

Editorial comment – Life’s little surprises

Nisar Bibi is content. She’s happy with what she has been able to achieve to date. Her life hasn’t been a bed of roses, yet she maintains a picture of joy and happiness. It radiates in her face. Her joy emanates from being able to finally own a table at the new Laqere Market in...

29th May

OPINION: The brave hearts

International Day of UN Peacekeepers (May 29) allows us to pay tribute to the men and women who devoted their services with passion, courage and dedication; and commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for the cause of establishing peace while working under UN peacekeeping missions. The 2020 theme is Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to...

Letters to the Editor: Friday, May 29, 2020

Video footgae The video footage of the death of the unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman in Minneapolis should be compulsory viewing at all police training all across the world as a solid reminder on what not to do as a police officer. A policeman had pinned George on...

Editorial Comment: Keeping a tab on fires

The revelation that 14 people are homeless today after a fire destroyed their extended family house in Vugele, Vatukoula, yesterday, is a concern. Reports suggest three families were living in the home which had 18 rooms. When interviewed, Pundit Vishal Maharaj said three generations of their families had been living there. They lost all their...

28th May

Letters to the Editor – May 28, 2020

Crying over spilt milk Amid the 60 days suspension, suspended SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka made a brave statement ­— there was no point in crying over spilt milk and that there was a need to come back united. Suspended SODELPA’s omission from Parliament means that the three members from NFP will have to be at...

Editorial comment – Political differences

Now that we know that Vijay Singh is the only recognised office holder in the suspended Social Democratic Liberal Party, interest shifts to how the political landscape is panning out. The Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem, confirmed this yesterday in the wake of questions on who the registrar recognised as a legitimate member of...

Reviving Pacific Tourism

The Pacific’s tourism sector is in dire trouble now and for the near future, affecting tourism-dependent economies like Fiji, Vanuatu, and Samoa in a big way. For Fiji, tourists generated just over half (52 per cent) of total export revenue in 2018. Samoa’s revenue from tourism accounted for 58 per cent of export revenue in...

27th May

Letters to the Editor – May 27, 2020

Weightlifting loss Weightlifting Fiji (WF) head to the poll this Sunday to elect new office bearers to take the sport forward (FT:26/05). WF stated that after its success in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in Australia, they are planning ahead to prepare well for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, and...

Editorial comment – Interesting developments

It had to happen! Something eventually had to give! When it did yesterday, the suspension of the Social Democratic Liberal Party did not really come as a surprise to many. In fact it simply was just a matter of time before there was such an eventuality. Saturday served as a reminder of the glaring division...

Water and COVID-19: ‘Reprioritising our interests, ambitions and resources’

The water sector has an important role to play in our immediate response to COVID-19 as well as in the recovery and rebuilding phases as the world readjusts to a range of legacy impacts from the pandemic. This role spans and incorporates the breadth and depth of the various domains and disciplines of water resources...

26th May

Letters to the Editor – May 26, 2020

Homes washed away Climate change is a sad reality faced by many Pacific Islanders and this was highlighted aptly in The Fiji Times yesterday which ran a story on the villagers of Levuka in Nabukelevu on Kadavu who are suffering from the impact of climate change. The rise in sea level because of climate change...

Editorial comment – Tough times, solutions

The announcement yesterday that our national airline Fiji Airways had terminated the contracts of 758 staff attracted attention. In a statement yesterday afternoon, the airline said those terminated included 79 expatriate pilots and eight expatriate executives. Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Andre Viljoen announced the workforce adjustments “as a consequence of the current and...

Letters to the Editor – May 25, 2020

Tiko leads the way Nadroga Rugby Union should be heartily commended for being the first union to work on team bonding through charitable work. The giants of rugby are reaching out to the grassroots in terms of the development of rugby with its own club competition and recent NZ tour to play competitive rugby. We...

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