From The Crowd

29th November

New words for a new year

It’s getting to that time of the year again when people who work with words start looking for the best of the newest ones that have come into existence during the past twelve months or...

28th November

Facing a tough year – Fiji businesses and the NZ market

Fijian businesses are reflecting on a tough year in the market after facing devastating impacts brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and April’s Cyclone Harold. Ironically, the disruption of global supply chains presented new opportunities for Fijian businesses, particularly in the New Zealand market where importers were increasingly looking to expand their suppliers’ network beyond...

Key challenges – Cyberspace and the Internet of Things

In October 2017 your digital video recorder — or at least a DVR like yours if you have one online — took Twitter off the internet. Someone used your DVR, along with millions of insecure webcams, routers, and other connected devices — Internet of Things devices (IOT), to launch an attack that started a chain...

Impact of gambling

Greetings readers, this week, I read with sadness that apparently government might once again be considering plans for gambling casinos in our beloved nation of Fiji. This concerns me on a personal basis as I have lost loved ones to gambling addiction and also as an advisory board member of the Salvation Army, I have...

A ‘Not Yet’ grade – Engaging students in the classrooms

There is a high school in Chicago where students have to pass a certain number of courses to graduate, and if they didn’t pass a course, they get the grade “Not Yet”. And I think that is fantastic, because if you get a failing grade, you think, I’m nothing, I’m nowhere. But if you get...

Ratu Inoke accepts PM’s call – How far Fiji’s PIFS secretary general nominee has come

Seasoned diplomat and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola was taken by surprise in August this year when he was advised that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama wished to nominate him as Fiji’s candidate for the position of secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. A son of the village of Somosomo, Tavenui,...

Climate change Bill – The clock is (still) ticking

Last December, I wrote a brief analysis on the first version of the Climate Change Bill. Almost a year later we the people are being invited to present further thoughts on this second iteration. Albeit online and in the English language only, which grossly limits active participation on a law that has wide reaching consequences...

Stomach acid – Management of gastro-esophageal reflux disease

GERD –— Gastro-esophageal reflux disease is associated with gastric fluid (stomach acid) into the esophagus, simply when the stomach contents flow back into and irritate the food pipe (esophagus). GERD often leads to a burning feeling in the chest that can spread to the throat. This is called heartburn. Reflux may also leave a bitter...

Land as a vital resource – Struggling to make it into the mainstream

IT is worth pondering why despite 50 years of independence, and concerted State-sponsored affirmative action policies to assist the iTaukei community, they are still struggling to make it into the mainstream of the Fijian economy. As owners of the nation’s major resources — land, forests, fisheries and minerals — it is unconscionable, indeed tragic, that...

27th November

PACER Plus – The case for

PACER Plus, a trade and development agreement including Australia and New Zealand and a majority of Pacific Forum Island Countries (FICs), presents important opportunities for business and government to drive economic recovery and regional integration. PACER (Pacific Closer Economic Relations) Plus (‘Plus’ meaning special added features to include development as well as trade aspects) is...

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