Opinion

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...

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...

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Missed calls A six-month-old baby boy perished in the Nadonumai fire earlier this week (FT 20/9) and already many fingers are pointing at the unanswered calls to the fire emergency line, 910. I have reservations that a six-month-old child could light a matchstick, but if this baby did, where were the parents or guardians? How...

Editorial comment – Understanding RHD

The revelation that one child in every classroom in Fiji could have rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is frightening. It is the second leading cause of death for children and youths between the ages of 5-29 years. RHD Control and Prevention Community Organisation manager Erini Tokarua made the statement while speaking to The Fiji Times yesterday....

20th September

Pacific youths make waves in NY rivers

Pacific activists and students, joined by New York climate activists and Indigenous representatives, held a climate justice flotilla on Saturday sailing past the UN HQ and the Statue of Liberty with banners calling on countries to vote yes to the Vanuatu-led bid for an International Court of Justice (ICJ) advisory opinion on climate change at...

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Farewell your majesty! Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest today at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle. After days of mourning, she will finally be laid to rest. Her Majesty visited Fiji six times, as she enjoyed the Fijian hospitality and was touched by the warmth and bula spirit. She...

Editorial comment – Our choices, now!

The recent announcement by the National Fire Authority that it recorded eight fire incidents in the first two weeks of this month is cause for concern. NFA chief executive officer CEO Puamau Sowane was quoted saying the number of residential fires had increased recently and it was of great concern. NFA statistics from January this...

19th September

The Queen’s influence

The long reign of Queen Elizabeth II saw large swaths of the world cast off London’s rule, but after her death a handful of British-installed monarchies still endure in the Middle East. They have survived decades of war and turmoil and are now seen as bastions of a certain kind of authoritarian stability. When popular...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, September 19, 2022

Queen left beautiful memories! Queen Elizabeth II held a special place in the hearts of Fijians. Since her death, tributes poured in with stories of her ties to Fiji shared in The Fiji Times. Via The Sunday Times, Sofia Kanaimawi recalled the day she met the Queen during Her Majesty’s silver jubilee royal tour of...

Editorial comment – Good to know

The revelation that Fiji received 70,110 visitors in August is encouraging. Tourism Fiji chief executive Brent Hill said the numbers coming were a testament to the hard work of the collective industry. “From Fiji Airways and our airline partners adding capacity to hotels doing a super job on service and tourism operators delivering an exceptional...

18th September

Behind the News: Finding courage for the frontline

Soldiers in the frontline use weapons – lots of it, to remain in contention during battle. On the other hand, journalists operate with an amazing arsenal of information sources to be relevant in a society that is always hungry for information. These sources are what they depend on to get raw information on a daily...

Behind the News: Shrinking civic spaces

This week UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, reminded the world, and Fiji, that democracy was backsliding while civic space was shrinking. He said distrust and disinformation were growing and polarisation was undermining democratic institutions tasked with the custodianship of democratic ideals, safeguarding human rights, ensuring checks and balance. “Now is the time to raise the alarm,”...

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