Opinion

What to do and what not to do – Cybersecurity standards and personal data online

A very common question I get asked by C-level executives, and most IT-savvy individuals such as young professionals, is obviously “what are the cybersecurity standards or laws that I or our staff/organisation should adhere to?”...

A tribute to Dr Va

When you take a walk in the garden early in the morning, you will come across some mesmerising flowers that you hope will not wilt. But these flowers cannot last forever, nature takes its cause and the flowers will eventually have to pass on. We can only take photos of it and think of its...

Rugby treat for fans

This weekend, fans will be in for a 7s treat as the Toulouse 7s kicks off. Fiji missed out on the second leg in Spain, but made an impact in the third leg in Singapore and Vancouver as Ben Gollings’ men finished first and second, respectively. The momentum from those two tournaments are expected to...

Animal welfare

Some people know the sign (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)) out front in Walu Bay, others may just notice it now with this article – but here is some of what happens behind that sign and that bamboo wall. SPCA and animal welfare organisations of various sorts, and under various names...

Leaving no one behind

Bula readers! I was interested in reading about the Government announcement informing us that poverty is reducing in Fiji, which is great news if this is correct. Unfortunately, when I go on my daily excursions in and around Suva City and along the Nausori-Suva corridor it does seem to me poverty levels may have increased...

A new era for jobs

All Fiji jobseekers should closely watch the results of the 2022 Australian Elections unfolding on the May 21, 2022, and hope for a clear win by the Australian Labour Party as the polls are predicting. In the last few months, former Fiji citizens living in Australia will have seen an extraordinary turnaround in Australian political...

Do they know the way – A ‘Moana’ moment for manifestos

The well known Moana Disney animation carried that catchy tune, immortalised by Opetaia Foa’i and Lin-Manuel Miranda, called “We know the way”. It was the power anthem for the scene where Moana sings to celebrate the voyaging exceptionalism of South Pacific natives being the world’s first great navigators. Regretfully, however, where this Government is concerned,...

20th May

The Accident – A play not to be missed

If you miss The Accident, which premiers next week (May 24), you will be missing a stunning reminder of “us”; an extraordinary collection of exchanges that is remarkable in its reflection of Fiji and her Fijians today, punctuated by references to the colonial past we share, digging deep into roots of racism. It has been...

Letters to the Editor – Friday, May 20, 2022

Struggling to make ends meet The picture of Suraj Narayan in The Fiji Times (17/5) walking around to sell vegetables to meet his struggling needs is a clear message for all of us on how difficult it is to survive in this uncertain pandemic world, leading towards poverty. The poor continue to be hit hard...

Editorial comment – On the lookout for dengue

So we have 1960 lab confirmed cases of dengue fever so far this year. That’s the word from the Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. The numbers are important for many reasons. The good thing is that Dr Fong said case numbers were below the average numbers seen at present nationally. We are told...

18th May

Hepatitis in children – Cases continue to grow globally

Health authorities around the world are continuing to investigate an outbreak of severe and unexplained hepatitis in children, with about 450 cases now reported worldwide. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, often caused by a viral infection and generally rare in healthy children. The spate of unusual cases first came to global attention in...

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Derenalagi’s message! Meli Derenalagi has gained fame and prominence because of his courageous character, fighting spirit and leadership qualities. He is a tough man, and like his dad Vuniani Derenalagi, who was dubbed ‘The White Shark’ during his prime days, is a shining star. At a tender age, he captained the 7s side. He won...

Editorial comment – Our health care system

The revelation that Fiji’s health care system has challenges in its entire value chain will no doubt attract attention. We are informed this ranges from inadequate infrastructure for early screening and diagnosis of disease, to availability of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals and their disposal. As our report in yesterday’s edition noted, this is stated in...

17th May

Lest we forget – A journey in search for destiny

This month marks the 143rd anniversary of the arrival of the first shipload of indentured labourers from India to Fiji waters. It was May 14, 1879 when the ship Leonidas arrived in Fiji. From then until November 1916, a little more than 60,000 Indians were brought from different parts of India to work here. The...

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Without the brand! Tui’s method I found Tui Rakuita’s article in The Sunday Times very interesting. His analysis of the men who are seeking the top position of power in the coming election was enlightening. We need this sort of information to guide us before we go to the polls. The fact that they are...

Editorial comment – Importance of education

The International Day of Families was celebrated on Sunday, May 15. It seemed to have passed us by with not much notice. On this special day back in 2017, former Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa raised an important point, about parental involvement being one of the most overlooked aspects of...

16th May

Too little, too late – Securing PNG’s 2022 national election

Papua New Guinea’s elections are often dangerous affairs. In the past, elections in the country have been accompanied by spikes in violence between rival groups, resulting in injury and death. In some areas of the country, fraud is rife, and voters face significant intimidation. The upcoming 2022 national elections will again present significant challenges for...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, May 16, 2022

Sweet victory HEARTIEST congratulations Jacks Nadi for that nail-biting 32 – 31 Skipper Cup victory over previously unbeaten Naitasiri on home soil in Prince Charles Park. Gutsy finish by gallant Naitasiri coming from behind 7-24 to almost over-run Nadi. Jacks Nadi proudly takes this sweet victory. Vina du riki vo na leda saravou. RONNIE CHANG...

Editorial comment – Drugs sex abuse and students

Around this date in 2013, the Ministry of Education released worrying statistics about drugs, sexual offences and substance abuse among students in Fiji. The revelation at the time that an average of 63 primary schools in the country reported cases of students’ involvement each year in these illegal activities was a major concern. Between 2009...

15th May

Letting dreams shine on: We pay homage to their sacrifice and determination

YESTERDAY, we remember the 143rd anniversary of the arrival of Fiji’s girmitiyas who were contracted to work on Fiji’s commercial sugarcane farms of the 1800s. They came to work as indentured farm labourers. Indenture was a system of contracted labour in those days where individuals were recruited to serve as migrant workers abroad, usually for a...

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, May 15, 2022

Harsh reality The picture of Sivaniolo Ralogo as per FT of Friday, revealed the harsh reality when he couldn’t control his emotions due to the increase in prices of some basic food items. Low income earners and those unemployed will suffer more from the recent price hike. We as individuals can only imagine the suffering...

Editorial comment – We remember them

Yesterday was an important date for Fiji. There are moments in time that we must remember, to ensure the memories of those involved, and the lessons of history are placed on a very high pedestal. Government minister Parveen Kumar said something on the eve of yesterday, back in 2018, that touched on the history of the...

From the Crowd: On the road again

There is little more likely to rouse general excitement down in our niche in darkest Flagstaff than the rattle of car keys. Or even the jingle of change for a bus fare (or perhaps the clack of etransport cards?). Travel is in our blood, it seems. In a number of cultures there are folk tales that...

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