From The Crowd

23rd May

The Irish connection – COVID-19 Pandemic Our islands are stronger working together

Islands by their nature are separate on the surface but connected in the deep. Living on an island is a daily reminder of the power of nature, of sea and sky. It requires ingenuity and...

Cancerous burden on Fijian leaders

IN Part 1 of my article last week, following universal glowing tributes to the former prime minister the late Laisenia Qarase, I asked two “elephant in the room” questions: first, why was he illegally removed from office, and secondly, why was he not protected by the institutions of state, such as the military and police,...

Fragile states need support

Governments in fragile and conflict-affected countries, in contrast to many developed country governments, imposed stringent measures, such as locking down cities and preventing travel, at the very early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, for instance, declared a state oaf emergency on 24 March after the country’s...

Business not as usual – Fashion industry hit by COVID-19 pandemic

IT has not been “business as usual” for the fashion industry since the announcement of the coronavirus in Wuhan in early 2020 and fashion designers all over the world including Fiji have been hit hard. Wuhan City is a major manufacturing and technical hub with global reach. News of the spread of COVID-19 initiated restrictions...

A date to remember

MAY 14, 2020, was touted as the day Fiji would be declared “COVID-19 free”. Perhaps a coincidence because this is also the anniversary date of Fiji’s first coup, 33 years ago. This date is forever etched in the memory of a generation of Fijians. It is significant for many reasons; the triumph of indigenous sentiments,...

Pandemic law – A whole drama series

If like me you belong to Generation X, these are challenging days. If the coronavirus doesn’t kill you, the stress of new technology will. Take Netflix, for example. Netflix delivers to your home screen more new movies than you could possibly watch. You settle down to watch a movie. Then you realise — too late...

A united front – Rally Fiji experts together to find a way out of this crisis

This week, I watched documentaries on the iconic Nelson Mandela plus Mahatma Gandhi and was struck by the strength and resolve of these leaders. Their strength came by unifying people and not dividing them, a lesson all politicians can learn from. Strength lies in being able to encourage opinions from stakeholders and listen objectively to...

22nd May

A mirror of the past

Today, I am feeling nostalgic under the COVID-19 pandemic about my helplessness to celebrate International Museum Day (May 18 2020) in comparison to earlier years. Last year, I got a golden opportunity to visit the National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Louvre Museum, Paris and Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, but this year I was restricted...

A mirror of the past

Today I am feeling nostalgic under the COVID-19 pandemic about my helplessness to celebrate International Museum Day (May 18 2020) in comparison to earlier years. Last year, I got a golden opportunity to visit the National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Louvre Museum, Paris and Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, but this year I was restricted...

21st May

Tourism Talanoa: Bubbles and opportunities

LAST week we looked into what the global tourism family, and of course our own tourism sector will have to look forward to, as restrictions on movement and eventually travel begin to ease off. Because this has been on everyone’s mind of late and because everyone is looking forward to something more positive and concrete...

To bubble or not to bubble

It should not come as a surprise to learn that there have been mixed responses from Pacific leaders and communities about the idea of including their countries in an expanded Trans-Tasman travel bubble. These responses reflect a number of things: there are economic concerns, political preoccupations and social anxieties to be taken into account. Not...

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