Opinion

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, February 9, 2023

One newspaper A CERTAIN airline and several hotels are known to distribute only a certain newspaper for its daily clientele, aligning with the former dictatorial government. Who remembers the “kava monkeys” on the front page,...

Editorial comment : Surfing the web

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Siromi Turaga believes parents and guardians play an enormous role in ensuring their children are shielded from exposure to indecent or inappropriate content online. Mr Turaga made the comment while closing the Safer Internet Day deliberations organised by the Online Safety Commission (OSC) in Suva on Tuesday. Issues in the...

8th February

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Living off his hobby Daniel Nilesh Raj takes motivation from renowned Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci and his quote: “Painting is like poetry that is seen rather than felt.” Painting has been Raj’s life since he was a little boy, and this hobby of his has blossomed. Raj started sketching and painting as a hobby,...

Editorial comment – Protecting our children

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali has a message for all parents: “Never leave a child to take care of young children or infants!” She believes children should be left in the care of someone you really trust. Her reaction came in the wake of recent reports of sexual attacks on children by children....

7th February

For the love of lilies

In the past, Colin Birch would venture down a country lane every week to collect a bunch of lilies for his wife Mary. Then the couple began looking for a new business venture. Mary, who worked in governance, and Colin, who owns a separate refrigeration business, were seeking something new in their lives. Then a...

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Silivere to the rescue KUDOS to Virisila Silivere who — on Friday, February 3 — swam to a submerging vehicle and saved the lives of six people — three adults and three children. The brave woman from Qelemumumu, Labasa deserves a bravery award for saving those lives. As for the adults, please stop being reckless...

Editorial comment – Taking it to another level

It isn’t every day that the Health Ministry calls on members of the public to join them in a clean-up campaign of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital. In fact you’d expect it to be up to date about developmental work around our hospitals. You’d expect it to be consistent with maintenance work and upgrading of...

6th February

Chris Hipkins to look into Pacific overstayer petition

New Zealand’s new Prime Minister has agreed to look at an overstayer petition that was launched by Pacific community leaders almost three years ago. The petition calls for pathways to residency to be established for Pasifika overstayers under compassion grounds. The petition has 11,119 signatures. The Petitions Committee recommended that Parliament take note of it....

Letters to the Editor – Monday, February 6, 2023

Use of vernacular in Parliament I APPLAUD the decision of the Coalition Government to allow members of Parliament to speak in their own language – Hindi and iTaukei – while delivering their speeches in Parliament. According to the Speaker of Parliament gone turaga bale na Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, the use of iTaukei and...

Editorial comment – Back to school

Today thousands of students around the country will pack their bags, don their uniforms and head to school for the beginning of another new year of learning. We’ve had two years of developments on the education front. We had education put on hold at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, and...

5th February

Behind the News: State media and independence

This week, one of the stories that caused a media storm had to do with the salary and bonuses paid out to Fijian Broadcasting Corporation CEO, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. A shocked FBC chairman, Ajay Bhai Amrit, announced the sacking FBC chief executive officer, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, the younger brother of former attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and revealed that...

OPINION: Living a meaningful life

I had a chat with my son-in-law last month about our jobs (mine were years ago). I wasn’t surprised when we shared the same sentiment about life and work: the things we do daily that don’t give us joy. I felt relieved when I learned that he did not find his job meaningful. The longer...

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, February 5, 2023

The journey towards success “Never let your talents go to waste,” was the apt message that Marica Qio Yasa, who shared her story with Pauliasi Mateboto (FT 03/03), had for readers. She stated that life often threw challenges not to break one’s spirit, but to bring out one’s untapped potential. As Marica shared the challenges...

Editorial comment – A major challenge

The resignation of Flying Fijians coach Vern Cotter as head coach has attracted a lot of attention. In fact it’s going to raise a lot of questions as well, especially when we consider we are a little over seven months away from the Rugby World Cup in France, in September. Fiji Rugby Union chairman Humphrey...

4th February

Editorial comment – Unity, resilience and togetherness

As a nation we have overcome many challenges. The 2022 General Elections confirmed a change in the mood of the people. It reflected what Fijians wanted. History will confirm a large percentage of voters wanted change. As we enter the second month of the year, we reflect on this. We are reminded about numbers, the...

OPINION: Fiji’s leadership, the coalition Government

The coalition Government has been in place for over a month and we have witnessed some encouraging feats as well as lessons that we must heed. Emerging from sixteen years of a restrictive and authoritarian government, the coalition Government is the long-awaited salve to a self-censoring and hurting nation. There have been some very significant...

OPINION: It’s your freedom – so speak up and step up

Five weeks on from Christmas Eve, I think most of us are still a bit stunned at what has happened. A new government came to power in dramatic circumstances. It took not one but two SODELPA management board meetings to change it, with razor-thin margins. The same drama extended into Parliament. There was definitely a...

3rd February

Kiribati rejoins forum

A defence and security expert says there is still a lot of work to do to fully mend Pacific regional unity even with Kiribati stating its intention to rejoin the Forum. The Micronesian country’s shock withdrawal in July last year rocked the foundations of Pacific regionalism and raised questions about the power dynamics and politics...

Letters to the Editor – Friday, February 3, 2023

Up through the ranks! Reading Napolioni Likuveiqali’s story as the acting principal Customs officer border Lautoka brought alight memories of Allen Lockington, who was also a Customs officer, and had a distinguished career. Napolioni, who has spent 27 years as a Customs officer, treats each day in the Customs field as a learning experience. I...

Editorial comment – Raising standards

The revelation that our public health system is not as it should be, should inch out concern. In fact we should be concerned as a nation. Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said Fiji’s public health system was “plagued” with crumbling infrastructure and overworked staff. He said this during an event at the Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital...

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