Opinion

5th December

End violence against women

As we head towards the end of the year, many of us will soon be surrounded by our family and friends sitting around dinner tables as we celebrate the festive season. Looking around the table...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, December 5, 2022

Fiji Airways success THE astounding story of how Fiji Airways made an astonishing recovery post pandemic is a must read for every entrepreneur craving for success. How they reorganised their operations from their loans, their costs and creating teams in readiness to spring into action the moment the gates were opened. Wow! Very impressive. So...

Editorial comment – Make it count!

Today 18,836 registered voters in 152 pre-polling venues across Fiji will be casting their ballots on the first day of pre-poll for the 2022 General Election. It’s part of the process that will culminate with the masses heading to the polls on December 14. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem, at a media conference yesterday, said...

4th December

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, December 4, 2022

Lessons for us in Dubai Suffice to adequately say it is rather sad and most unfortunate for our men’s 7s side to have failed to qualify for the HSBC Dubai Cup quarter finals. There are huge lessons to be learnt for this failure. Pre-tournament talks for top finish worked against us. Guess it made us...

Editorial comment – Counting down the days

As the Fijian Elections Office began packing election day materials at its warehouse in Laucala Beach Estate yesterday, we are reminded about the very important role we must play this month. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the ballot boxes were prepared to be sent to their respective offices. He said packing would continue right...

3rd December

Our winning combination – ‘We need new ideas and new thinking’

With less than two weeks to go until polling day, sadly it seems that the FijiFirst government will continue its tirade of personal and vindictive attacks on the People’s Alliance, Party Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, and National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. As a nation it’s sad to say but maybe we are getting used...

Welcome December with positive vibes

We bid November with heaps of excitement, heading to the last month of another memorable year. December symbolism is a month full of beehive activities. Families, friends do come together to celebrate endof-year events. So, it shows the meaning of togetherness and a whole life experience that brings unity. It has to represent the good...

Two partnerships, your choice

Bread and butter issues In the choice between the Bainimarama/SayedKhaiyum and the Rabuka/Prasad partnerships, I need not dwell too much on the bread and butter issues as I have covered these comprehensively in my recent The Fiji Times articles (FT 30/9/2022 “Fiji Voters and the 2022 Elections”), (FT 12/11/2022 “Workers, voters and the 2022 Elections”)...

Citizenship and belonging

The last article in this series highlighted how after 1995 Sitiveni Rabuka and Jai Ram Reddy dedicated their time and effort single-mindedly to bequeathing Fiji the 1997 constitution. This was in the hope that it would finally help mould an inclusive society where political decision-making was not blighted by ethnic concerns at the expense of...

‘Treachery’ and our vote – What’s going through the heads of FijiFirst?

At the apex of all the idiotic electoral campaigning rhetoric that the poor voters have to endure, being rudely labelled as “treacherous” if they don’t vote for the ruling FFP has to take the proverbial keke (cake) for being the most arrogant and insulting. It is nearing their standards of stupidity of previous elections campaigns...

Understanding GDP

Despite claims by the FijiFirst government of rising GDP, why has poverty increased in Fiji? COVID is usually used as the reason. However, one must remember that poverty was rising before COVID. We have also had a number of equally devastating economic shocks such as the global recession in the 1970s, military coups, the Asian...

Slow strangulation of USP? – Fiji no longer stands tall in the South Pacific

There was a time when Fiji stood tall as a respected leader among the Island states of the South Pacific. We were at the forefront when the South Pacific Forum (SPF) was born in 1971. This was a visionary initiative to give the Islands a united voice in regional and international affairs. They were able...

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, December 3, 2022

World Cup at its best Despite the many criticisms the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is facing due to its off-the-field issues, I believe this masterpiece event has delivered to its full value on the pitch. The quality of matches, the massive upsets, the passionate fans across the stadiums and back home. This has been...

Editorial comment – Shocking stats

In a shocking turn of events this week, we learn that 16 victims of formally indicted sex offences last month were minors, including a five-year-old boy. Among the cases recorded during the month was that of a 13-year-old girl being charged with the rape and sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl! The statistic was part...

1st December

Letters to the editor.

Tobacco death Jioji Masivesi’s letter on “tobacco death”(FT28/11) has urgent messages for all parents, teachers and communities. Banning tobacco will benefit all of us as we are expected to be the best role models for our next generations. This may be a way to alleviate poverty in making ends meet in this world full of...

Editors Comment: Exam time

It is encouraging to note that 8235 Year 13 students sat for their first paper in the Fiji Year 13 certificate examination on Monday. Education Minister Premila Kumar said to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted exam period, dates had been changed in light of Election Day on December 14. The exams for the Year 13...

30th November

Letters to the editor

Stop blaming INTERESTING comment made by the FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum when speaking to voters in Tavua where he said,”We are not here to give a speech on election or racial differences …We want to talk about policies but we are being forced to talk to you about these things.” My question to Mr...

Editor’s Comment: Appreciating lessons learnt.

The fact that as many as 462 staff members and frontliners from the Health Ministry received mental health screening and psychosocial support at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic is something we should take note of. We learn that local counselling and social services NGO Empower Pacific provided this service during the pandemic. Exposure to...

Pacific fisheries observers could return.

Commercial fishing vessels in the Pacific could see regional fisheries observers returning to their decks as early as January. Before the pandemic there were around 800 regional fisheries observers on board vessels in the region. These independent witnesses spent weeks – sometimes months – collecting objective data relating to the volume and type of fish,...

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