Opinion

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Roger Federer retires THESE lines by Rafael Nadal, “When Roger leaves the tour, an important part of my life is leaving too, because all the moments that he has been next to or in front...

Editorial comment – Making it happen in Suva

It is encouraging that the Suva Retailers Association is in talks with the Suva City Council on new initiatives to encourage the return of tourists to the Capital City. We say this in the wake of the cruise liner visit to Suva at the weekend. With international travel restrictions lifted, tourists are slowly returning to...

27th September

Feline fix by five

What that means is to get your cat spayed or neutered — also called desexed, castration, ovariohysterectomy, ‘fixed’, sterilised — by the time they are five months old. Given that cats reach sexual maturity at about 5 months of age, more and more people are advocating lowering the spay/neuter age to four to five months...

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Junior Bula Boys finish second THE Junior All Whites side won the OFC Under-19 Championship after a convincing 3-0 win over the Junior Bula Boys at the Stade Pater in Papeete, Tahiti. The victory gave the Junior All Whites their eighth title. After missing numerous opportunities, Oliver Colloty scored the goal his performance deserved as...

Editorial comment – Why we must be engaged

It’s not something many Fijians may want to talk about, however, methamphetamine is a topic of discussion. It must be a topic of conversation and be ingrained in the greater scheme of things. National Federation Party (NFP) president Pio Tikoduadua raised an issue last week that obviously upset some people. He referred to the hard...

26th September

A greener future for Fiji tourism

Recently I arrived back in Fiji after nearly two years away. One of the first changes I noticed, on the drive from Nadi to Suva, was the proliferation of the African tulip tree. It’s a beautiful tree, with huge scarlet flowers – hence its introduction a few decades ago as a garden ornamental. Presumably no...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, September 26, 2022

Traditional giants bow out THERE was high level drama at the HFC Bank Stadium when the Deans quarters concluded. Eastern giants RKS, QVS and Lelean bade the competition goodbye. The pulsating finishes surprised many especially when Marist ended the Lodonians’ dominance in the Deans competition. There was a sea of colours as fans filled Suva’s...

Editorial comment – Standing up together

The revelation that the Fiji Police Force made 39 arrests in relation to methamphetamine between the months of January and August this year will attract attention. It actually takes the meth issue and places it firmly in the faces of the masses! Statistics showed that of these 39 arrests, 10 were made in April alone,...

25th September

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, September 25, 2022

Gift of life! I EXTEND my sincere appreciation to the management and staff members of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevni Children’s Heart Hospital for carrying out life-saving heart surgeries and free echocardiograms. The hospital will be remembered by many in years to come for its generosity and kind gesture. I read the piece compiled by Shanelle...

Editorial comment – The meth story

The other day Fijian Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho spoke out against a National Federation Party statement regarding hard drugs use and sale in Fiji. He said the statement “is rubbishing all the organisations that we work together with” to fight the issue. The statement was in response to questions over comments made by...

24th September

Cyberspace in geopolitics – International cybersecurity agreements

We continuously bemoan the fact that Big Tech has become larger than most countries and wield global power that would be incomprehensible in the past decades. China has recognised this as a threat to their authoritarian regime and has reined back their wild cowboys of entrepreneurship and capitalism like Jack Ma of Alibaba and other...

Citizenship and belonging

In this article in this series, I focus on the struggle for political legitimacy in order to tackle the issue of citizenship, belonging and acceptance for Fijians of Indian descent in Fiji. The approach taken here uses lessons of history and is ultimately aimed at attempting to illuminate the difficulties in finding common ground among...

Who will reign – Deans and IDC trophies up for grabs

With bated breath, fans will witness rugby action from today’s Deans quarters and Rugby Championship. In the Deans quarters, the rivalry between schools will be brought out as favourites RKS and QVS will aim to make a statement at the HFC Bank Stadium, which hosted the match between the Fijiana and Canada last evening. This...

And now we wait- When will the election date be called?

On Friday, September 2, 2022, the Speaker adjourned Parliament “sine die”, or indefinitely. A “sine die” adjournment does not mean that Parliament has been dissolved. It means that no more parliamentary sittings have been scheduled, unless of course a situation crops up before elections. In August 2018, after being adjourned “sine die” in July, Parliament...

Sovereignty and money – The Marshall Islands mini-state plot

Last week’s news of a Chinese couple’s audacious plot to set up a ministate in the Republic of the Marshall Islands by allegedly bribing members of Parliament and officials was deeply disturbing. The pair, Cary Yand, Gina Zhou, are now facing corruption charges in the United States. If successful, their scheme could have seen the...

Childhood obesity: A growing epidemic

OBESITY is a major public health crisis, and the prevalence and incidence of obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally. Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, and it has increased eight-fold since 1975. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low and middle-income countries, particularly...

Making the difference – How many voters do you need?

Thinking people must be wondering why on earth the Supervisor of Elections (Mohammed Saneem) and the Elections Office are spending millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in multiple rounds of voter registration in Fiji and abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. I had to drive across Melbourne to get myself and...

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, September 24, 2022

Junior Bula Boys make Fijians proud I WARMLY congratulate the Fiji U-19 football team for making it to next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. Rising star and Ba’s golden boy, Nabil Begg, sent Fijians in frenzy as he scored a sizzling goal in the second half. Begg tapped in a cross, which was sent by...

Editorial comment – A new life

The report on Page 6 today about Adi Emma Tuitoga is special. She underwent screening last year for congenital heart disease at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital. That’s when the 13-year-old was told she had a heart condition that had existed from birth and doctors informed her father it was life-threatening. Overwhelmed...

23rd September

Editorial comment – Congratulations in order

Hooray! The Junior Bula Boys have beaten New Caledonia 1-0 to qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia next year. Central midfielder Nabil Begg scored the winner. Remember we made it to the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand so this is the second time we will be heading into the...

22nd September

The state of play – Social protection in the Pacific and Timor-Leste

Social protection measures have played a core part of the Pacific’s response to the impacts of COVID-19. More than 80 schemes have been implemented, using cash and in-kind benefits, subsidies, and adjustments to contributory schemes. There is a common perception that formal social protection is limited across the Pacific and that, once COVID-19 temporary measures...

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, September 22, 2022

A fitting farewell! Indeed it was only fitting that the late Queen Elizabeth II was farewelled at Westminster Abbey, the place where she was married in 1947 and crowned in 1953. It was fitting that she was buried alongside her late husband Prince Philip in a private ceremony attended by close family members. Now as...

Editorial comment – Keeping a tab on figures

It is encouraging to know that tourism bookings from the Canadian market are well above the 2019 level, and that of the Northern American market looks solid. We have a report today about Tourism Fiji chief executive Brent Hill suggesting the Nadi-Vancouver promotional flight allowed the team to seal the deal and carried out a...

21st September

The unspoken truth – Restrictions on abortion care in the Asia-Pacific

The overturning of Roe versus Wade is a huge setback for reproductive rights in the United States, and worldwide. But closer to home, there are many countries in Australia’s Asia-Pacific neighbourhood where access to legal, safe abortion care has never been available. The US now joins El Salvador, Nicaragua and Poland in becoming the fourth...

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