Opinion

Honiara riots – The cruel ironies of 2021

IF you’re foraging for irony and surprise in the ashes of Honiara’s riots, there’s plenty to be found. For a start, there are the two main political antagonists: the Prime Minister, Manessah Sogavare, and the...

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Silver for Fijiana! Time has changed. There was a time when most fans only watched the men’s 7s team in action as the Fijiana was not doing so well on the HSBC WRSS circuit. The women’s team barely qualified from their pool into the Cup quarters so fans had lost interest in the women’s 7s...

Editorial comment – Road safety reminder

It is tough having to accept that people have died in a road accident. It tugs at the heart-strings, and leaves an indelible impression on the minds of all those directly impacted, like loved ones, and those indirectly impacted, like those responding to the accident. So when police confirmed two more people became our latest...

6th December

Heading in the wrong direction – Riots in the Pacific

The riots in Solomon Islands last week have thrust the small Pacific country into the international spotlight. What is their cause? A useful source is the public opinion survey conducted by the survey firm Tebbutt Research in April and May of this year on behalf of an international NGO, the National Democratic Institute, with funding...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, December 6, 2021

Fijiana on song THE Fijiana 7s side was on song as they remained unbeaten in pool play, and came close to upsetting the Aussie women’s 7s side in the grand finale. The Fijiana and Australia met in consecutive finals in Dubai, and unlike the 22-7 win the previous weekend, the battle on Sunday morning was...

Editorial comment – Another step

The Olympic Games in Tokyo appears to be a very powerful base for the resurgence of our Fijiana. After dismal campaigns over the years, our bunch of eager and enthusiastic women kept the faith, believed in themselves, and stayed true to their dreams. They yearned for a moment in history where respect would come in...

5th December

Behind the News: Democracy under siege

Last week, an international report classified Fiji as a “weak democracy”. Titled The Global State of Democracy, the report by International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) provides a snapshot of the global democracy landscape. The report looks at categories like “democratic weakness” or “weak democracy” to denote how low, countries including Fiji scored between 2015...

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, December 5, 2021

Congratulations Jerry Tuwai Congratulations Jerry Tuwai and Mereani Folau Tupou for tying the knot on Friday. Now that Jerry has scored the try of his life, I plead with him to put on his rugby boots and prepare for the 2022 season. We have a huge season ahead of us and with the vacuum created by the...

Editorial comment – Lessons to learn from

After the first event without fans, it was good to see them back when the Dubai 7s kicked off on Friday. Upsets were the order of the day for the national side in the men’s competition. In fact it was good to see fans back at The Sevens Stadium. As the stands steadily filled up throughout...

November — a month to reflect on

As we head into the festive season, it’s important to reflect on the month of November which gave fans so much to cheer for. After the disruption caused to sports by the pandemic, fans were looking forward to sports, especially rugby. The Autumn Test tour did not let people down as upsets and thrills, caused during the tour, have been so much to look forward to...

4th December

It is the same old boring story; Government can barely write a speech for the President

We have just finished a week’s debate following the annual opening of Parliament. The opening of Parliament follows the tradition in Britain when the Queen speaks to her Parliament. The “speech from the throne” is written by the Government. The purpose of the speech is to tell Parliament – and of course the people –...

Double delight in Dubai

It was a thrill for rugby fans to see international sevens back on the TV screen after a long spell — well, if you’re talking about the World Sevens Series. The last time we watched sevens was from Vancouver in March 2020 and, more recently, from Tokyo during the Olympic Games. World Rugby took the...

US stands with the Pacific: The fight against climate change

As a Pacific nation ourselves, the US has deep and long-standing ties to the Pacific Islands, who are not only our neighbors but also our friends. Our countries share an enduring commitment to freedom, democracy, rule of law, human rights, and regional peace and stability. We fought side by side during World War II to...

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, December 4, 2021

A simple farmer “The Lord is my biggest strength.” This was shared by Babu Kumar, who featured in yesterday’s People’s column written by Navnesh Kumar. The Votualevu, Nadi resident lived a simple life and followed the thumb rule that there is no substitute for hard work. Babu, who has been farming for two decades, gave...

Editorial comment – Leading the way

Double Olympic Games gold medal winner Jerry Tuwai has challenged the national side to lift its performance at the Dubai 7s. He urged members of the team to give their best effort in the second round of the event. “To the boys, there is nothing new. Where we go we still love to play rugby,...

3rd December

Letters to the Editor – Friday, December 3, 2021

Joy for Tarusila TARUSILA Joy Bulivou, who is a Year 7 student at Rakiraki Methodist Primary School and is the youngest winner of The Fiji Times’ 152nd anniversary promotion October draw, knows the importance of reading. She loves reading and reads The Fiji Times whenever she can because it gives her knowledge. She agreed that...

Editorial comment – Keep your guard up

The fact that the Ministry of Health has announced that a number of travellers arriving from the African continent tested positive for COVID-19 is interesting. It will not say how many though. For many Fijians, this is a scary thought indeed. Attention will now shift to how well we manage this moving forward. Ministry of...

2nd December

Nukubalavu trio fulfill rugby dreams — from the farm to the world stage

The village of Nukubalavu is located close to Savusavu Airport. A peaceful village, it is home to some of our famous rugby and football players. For many, farming and fishing is the way forward. The youths in Nukubalavu love sports, and apart from farming they dream big. The selection of Flying Fijians halfback, Frank Lomani into the Fiji team paved the way for the youths to...

Opinion: Gender-based violence

The COVID-19 pandemic affected lives, plagued economies, left millions without jobs and income and deprived us of social relations as we used to know. In this context, one issue found fertile soil to dramatically grow — violence against women and girls. In Fiji alone, there was a recorded 606 per cent increase in calls to the national Domestic Violence helpline between February and April,...

Letters to the Editor: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Boost for women’s rugby The success of the Fijiana team continues to motivate girls and women to take up sports and use sports as a means of earning an income. The days when girls and women were shy of taking part in sports are gone and these days it is pleasing to see young ones...

Editorial comment: Tourists arrive

Emotions were high yesterday in Nadi as the first group of tourists arrived from Australia. You could sense the optimism and wave of emotions at the Nadi International Airport as the Fiji Airways flight came to a stop. Understandably there was overwhelming joy. You could feel it. The tourists were obviously happy to be here....

1st December

Villagers left behind – People up in arms over no internet access

A lack of phone and internet connectivity in rural Cakaudrove is hurting families, damaging small farming businesses and resulting in parents relocating to ensure their children get an education, villagers say. Villager and community worker Lote Saro said 1000 people in and around Tunuloa and Natewa were affected. Despite promises from mobile phone companies and...

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, December 2, 2021

Toso Viti, toso – The next leg OUR best wishes to our young 7s warriors,who did battle last weekend in Dubai. The games were a bit of a worrier, as they tried to come out with a high. As new players in the international series, some of whom never been overseas either as a tourist,...

Editorial comment – Staying focused

Today is a special day after months of been suppressed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We take this opportunity to revisit something Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said last week. Fiji, he said, had gone from having one of the highest caseloads of COVID-19 to being one of the highest vaccinated populations in the region. That...

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