Ryan’s successor

FIJI’S most successful 7s coach Ben Ryan, a.k.a. Ratu Peni Raini, a.k.a. Tu Rai’s feat in attaining back-to-back World Rugby-HSBC Series and Olympic Gold is not an impossibility.

Although highly improbable, it is almost impossibly possible.

His successor needs to work his first three months without pay; meet team’s travelling expenses to/from training ground using personal expenses, when required, achieve three back to back series championships plus that elusive Olympic gold medal.

This is the truly huge call.

Rugby-crazy island nation, Fiji, will forever be indebted to red-headed English baraca (brother) Tu Rai.



I believe that all parents and guardians will stand with the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji in welcoming the Ministry of Education’s new zoning policy, giving parents the freedom of choice on the school they wish to put their children in (FT 25/10).

However, as clarified, this freedom of choice applies to parents, students and schools in rural areas only as the School Zoning Policy Procedure 6(a) states that “zoning will be implemented only in the urban areas”.

The Ministry of Education has now allowed freedom of choice for parents to send their children to their faith-based school or one that teaches students Hindi, the iTaukei language or their mother tongue.

School zoning was never an issue before our current Government took over but since the Government has a lot of stake in providing free education for Fijians, it should be allowed to set rules and conditions to achieve its objectives, and school zoning is one.

Workers living in the Suva-Nausori corridor will notice that the traffic to Suva and Nausori flows during peak hours when the school holidays are on, but changes when school reopens.

I believe that school zoning, if carefully thought out and implemented will help ease the flow of traffic during peak hours.

Parents in urban areas are to abide by the rules laid out by the Ministry of Education with regards to its zoning policy, but if parents want to use their freedom of choice, then they should be paying from their pockets the school fees which Government is willing to fork out for all Fijian students.


Surrey, BC, Canada



DIWALI is just around the corner with Christmas and New Year a few months away. It is obvious that apart from our normal spiritual obligations, we are going to indulge in an eating spree.

Be careful of what we take in our mouth to avoid health risk factors in future.

Hypokinetic diseases like high blood pressure; cardiac arrests; diabetes to name a few, are common causes that shortens our beautiful lives in this universe.

So let us join hands in combating the health risk factors that impact our living by eating a lot of available fresh tropical fruits and vegetables; water to hydrate the kidney to avoid common migraine and headaches.

Eat cherries as they are scientifically proven to avoid muscular and joint pains and other healthy fruits which have health benefits.

And finally, be involved in physical activity that suits your body type and enjoy the most, releasing what you have eaten as a form of energy.

Make wise decisions this upcoming festive season on what to eat and what not to eat.

A very happy Diwali.


Field 40, Lautoka


of saving

FIVE cents tips on essence of saving penny by dollar.

Give your savings a boost; or budget your salary plan.

Put a grocery plan in place; or stop impulse shopping.

Re-evaluate your insurance or embark on short-term spending fast.

Saving is much like exercising: We know we should do it, but make a lot of excuses when we don’t.

Retirement plan works if the contribution is done on time or insufficient fund; it will say when time to withdraw come near.

Either self-employment or career job, saving each penny can be a boost if needed in hard times or financial emergency strike? Past is gone, live your present and secure your future, money matters.





THE average Fijian is not health conscious.

Stronger, regular check-ups and preventative medication can help you combat diseases and health problems.

Cancer, heart problems and diabetes wreak havoc in people’s bodies and sometimes, the damage is so severe that it is difficult to undo.

Treating such diseases is not easy, they impose tremendous stress on the family, and if there is a fatality, the emotional void is hard to fill.

While life-threatening aliments are known to show no symptoms until it is too late, statistics indicate that ignorance and delay in treatment causes more deaths, more than medical failure ever will.

People today are busier than ever and health often takes a backseat for most.

There is constant pressure to meet demands, both at home and at work.

While trying to juggle one’s responsibilities, diet and sleep patterns go for a toss. Unreasonable work hours and deadlines cause immense stress that most people, especially in urban areas, beat by smoking or consuming alcohol.

As a result, their health takes a severe hit. Much of this can be avoided by undergoing regular screening and preventative check-ups. Adopting the critical pre-emptive measures the doctor recommends can help one prevent diseases from taking root or delay them at least.

Preventative care involves getting one’s self checked regularly to detect health problems at an early stage. Treatment can then be initiated to counter the crisis before it sets in.

During a preventative screening, the patient’s blood and urine are tested for cholesterol, different forms of cancer, blood pressure, depression, immunity and pain points in the body to determine his or her overall health condition.

As per the findings, the frequency of further check-ups is decided. In cases where there are pre-existing conditions for some diseases, it is absolutely essential to go for regular screenings to fight the symptoms as and when they appear or progress to a more alarming level.

Early screening helps maintain good health.

Initially, no health issue is big. Because they are not diagnosed in time, they sometimes become life-threatening.

Health check-ups can nip many disorders in the bud, if people start taking them seriously. For many, time constraint is an issue. While it may be genuine for some, it is a poor excuse for others.

Ignorance is another reason for not getting a check-up done. People are not careful about their illnesses and skip seeing the doctor until it reaches an advanced stage.

As cancer results in many facilities, it is important to get one’s self screened after the age of 40. Pap smear and breast examination, in particular, must be undertaken after mid-30s.

Heart related diseases are on the rise and many people in their early 40s are getting affected.

Hence, it becomes imperative to undergo a preventative screening. Advancements in screening procedures have made it possible to identify condition that could reduce a person’s risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Apart from the good that these check-ups do to one’s health, the financial cost involved in dealing with a disease in a progressed stage is huge.

Battling the symptoms even before they appear with timely check-ups reduces the financial burden.

Sincere efforts should be made to keep ourselves healthy. As the popular saying goes ‘a stitch in time saves nine’, it is imperative that we take steps in the right direction.

By simply undergoing a health check-up on time, we can prevent or delay the onset of various health aliments.





MOST women go through life looking for love, and looking for someone to treat them like a queen. For some women, finding real love seems to be something that will never happen.

I believe that finding love is not as hard as people make it seem.

The reason that some women can’t find real love is because they look for more than just real love.

A lot of women know what they need in a relationship, and that’s for a man to love that woman with all of his heart, and to treat her real good.

Most women have guys in their life or guys that try to get with them that could really love them and treat them real good.

Those are usually the guys that get forced into that friend zone or rejected upfront. See those guys could give them what they need, but not what they want.

“Wants” can be anything from a woman wanting a man to have certain materialistic things, or she could want him to look a certain way, those are a few examples of the things that some of them want, but they vary depending on the female.

What some females don’t understand is that none of the things that they want has anything to do with love or how that person will treat you.

You could find a man that looks perfect, has a house and car, he can be a college graduate with a good job, and you could still end up being with a person that doesn’t truly love you, and will treat you bad.

What I am trying to say is that the person who could treat you good and really love you could already be in your life, but you could have been blinded by the things you want in a man so you overlooked the person that you were really looking for.

And by the way there are men that do the same thing; I just wanted to be clear on that.


Balawa, Lautoka

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