Opinion

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, August 9, 2022

All Blacks Boks-ed in Rugby Championship AS an All Blacks 15s fan, I’m shocked with the string of losses that the giants of rugby have suffered. The All Blacks, who lost back-to-back matches against Ireland...

Editorial comment – When giants fall

After winger Kurt-Lee Arendse scored his first international try, he was red carded as South Africa thumped the New Zealand All Blacks with a comfortable 26-10 victory in their Rugby Championship opener at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. It was the story of the night, at least the part about tries that is. The Springboks...

8th August

China’s healthcare reforms – A tool for domestic political elites

In 2009, the Chinese government unveiled its ambitious, complex healthcare reforms, pledging to provide affordable, equitable and effective health services for all by 2020. Integral to the reforms was strengthening the primary care system — that is, healthcare provided outside of a hospital — through stronger central directives on infrastructure standards and resource allocation. China’s...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, August 8, 2022

Time to strategise for 2026! This year’s Commonwealth Games competition ended for Fiji without any gold medal. We had placed our bets on the men’s 7s team to end the losing jinx in the 7s competition, but the side was blown apart by Neil Powell’s green machine. We ended the All Blacks winning run in...

Editorial comment – The alternative

Award-winning political sociologist and global interdisciplinary scholar Professor Steven Ratuva made sense when he spoke about criminal activities and options for vulnerable youth. Unless there is an alternative, criminal activities may not be the option which vulnerable youth would grab, he said. Prof Ratuva spoke at the inaugural Pacific Regional Law Enforcement Conference in Nadi....

7th August

Behind the News: A call for needed change – Call made to ‘scrap’ or ‘reform’ media laws in Fiji

There was a call made this week to “scrap” or “reform” media laws in Fiji. This call was one of the recommendations of the “National Media Reporting Of The 2018 Fijian General Elections” report launched by Dialogue Fiji in Suva yesterday. During its launch, co-author and University of the South Pacific Journalism coordinator Dr Shailendra...

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, August 7, 2022

Supply chain IS there a plan in case there is a war in the South China Sea which will severely disrupt our critical supply chain infrastructures. From medicine, fuel, wheat to soy bean oil, supply will be disrupted if the Dragon decides to stamp out that pesky fly at that southern neighbouring island. Maybe we...

Editorial comment – Safety matters

Recent COVID-19 deaths are supposed to ensure we are proactive. At least that’s the line the Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong seems to be leaning towards. The recent three deaths, he said, demonstrated the recurring theme that vulnerable persons need close oversight and early hospital intervention. Dr Fong said the first COVID-19 death...

6th August

UNs declaration a huge boost for Fiji

The United Nations General Assembly’s declaration that access to clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a universal human right is historic and comes at a critical juncture in terms of climate change and its impact on our country and on the planet. The declaration calls upon States, international organisations, and business enterprises to scale up...

Pet corner: Some dogs require more attention

Some dogs require more care and attention to skin and hair than others. Take the Maltese for example. If you have one of this breed or are planning to get one, keep in mind the requirement for consistent and regular grooming. https://www.petmaltese.com/maltese-grooming is one of the dozens of sites dedicated to helping people keep their...

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, August 6, 2022

Election date CAN the learned Elections Minister please lock in the election date so that fervent voters can opportunely usher in the new government. Why the unbearable delay and secrecy in the announcement? What are you afraid of? The fact of the matter is, I am tired of your “fact of the matter” nonsensical responses...

China’s provocative military action; Taiwan steadfast

With the official arrival of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China announced that the People’s Liberation Army will conduct three days of live fire exercises in six areas adjacent to Taiwan’s main island from Thursday to Sunday. Judging from the scope of military exercises announced by China, it will conduct exercises in...

Bri-Eileen-ant – Fiji’s strongest woman

This has to be the moment in sport to date! How brilliant was Ovalau lass, Eileen Cikamatana on the National Exhibition Centre platform in Marston Green in Birmingham earlier this week? The only thing sour about the biggest moment in sport where a Fijian has been involved was that she wore the Aussie green and...

Editorial comment – The issue of transnational crime

The revelation that the Pacific region remains susceptible to transnational organised crimes must be placed on a very high plane. Pacific Islands Forum secretary-general Henry Puna, while closing the inaugural Pacific Regional Law Enforcement Conference in Nadi this week, said geopolitical competition, COVID-19 and the ongoing unrest in Ukraine continued to exacerbate the region’s economic...

5th August

Water to the people – Villagers have access to new clean sources

Having access to clean water is vital to our health, communities, and economy but many others are enjoying this privilege, villagers of Beqa and Yanuca have had to look for proper water source for the past several years. However, thanks to Pacific Blue Foundation’s Beqa Lagoon Initiative on water security this issue will soon be...

Letters to the Editor – Friday, August 5, 2022

Commonwealth Games coverage THANK you The Fiji Times for your extensive coverage on the Commonwealth Games. Inspiring stories indeed and good to see Rohit Deo reporting directly from the games village. This type of initiative and innovative reporting actually keeps us directly connected to the games and behind the scenes events. We can’t imagine this...

Editorial comment – Gold it is for Eileen

When former Fiji weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana won that gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, she attracted attention across the world. It was because of the fact that she became the first woman in the world to win gold medals at the Games for two different countries. She etched her name on the annals of the...

4th August

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, August 4, 2022

Fiji’s loss, Australia’s gain CONGRATULATIONS to Ovalau’s Commonwealth weightlifting queen, champion Eileen Cikamatana, for scooping gold, hence, creating history by becoming the first woman on the planet to win gold medals for two countries. Sadly, Fiji’s loss is Australia’s gain. Kudos to Australia for assisting her in continuing her winning legacy. Meanwhile, congratulations also to...

Editorial comment – Transnational crime

It is a concern that the Pacific remains exposed to a range of transnational crime activity and the footprint of organised crime activity is expanding. Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) acting chair Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti raised this issue. She said this was highlighted in key findings in 2012. The Samoa Police Force deputy commissioner...

3rd August

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Victory through hard work Congrats to our boys and girls for the silvers. It’s not always about going big. Our players have made us proud on many occasions including now. Our players have put us on the map. Big or small — victory is there and that’s only possible through hard work. Vinaka. May God...

Editorial comment – Silver it is!

When Waisea Nacuqu ran down the touchline for that win against the New Zealand side in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games 7s rugby competition, he carried the hopes and aspirations of Fijian fans. That try in the golden point spell was special. And what a beauty it was! From 0-14 to 19-14! With so...

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