From The Crowd

21st May

What to do and what not to do – Cybersecurity standards and personal data online

A very common question I get asked by C-level executives, and most IT-savvy individuals such as young professionals, is obviously “what are the cybersecurity standards or laws that I or our staff/organisation should adhere to?”...

A tribute to Dr Va

When you take a walk in the garden early in the morning, you will come across some mesmerising flowers that you hope will not wilt. But these flowers cannot last forever, nature takes its cause and the flowers will eventually have to pass on. We can only take photos of it and think of its...

Rugby treat for fans

This weekend, fans will be in for a 7s treat as the Toulouse 7s kicks off. Fiji missed out on the second leg in Spain, but made an impact in the third leg in Singapore and Vancouver as Ben Gollings’ men finished first and second, respectively. The momentum from those two tournaments are expected to...

Animal welfare

Some people know the sign (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)) out front in Walu Bay, others may just notice it now with this article – but here is some of what happens behind that sign and that bamboo wall. SPCA and animal welfare organisations of various sorts, and under various names...

Leaving no one behind

Bula readers! I was interested in reading about the Government announcement informing us that poverty is reducing in Fiji, which is great news if this is correct. Unfortunately, when I go on my daily excursions in and around Suva City and along the Nausori-Suva corridor it does seem to me poverty levels may have increased...

A new era for jobs

All Fiji jobseekers should closely watch the results of the 2022 Australian Elections unfolding on the May 21, 2022, and hope for a clear win by the Australian Labour Party as the polls are predicting. In the last few months, former Fiji citizens living in Australia will have seen an extraordinary turnaround in Australian political...

Do they know the way – A ‘Moana’ moment for manifestos

The well known Moana Disney animation carried that catchy tune, immortalised by Opetaia Foa’i and Lin-Manuel Miranda, called “We know the way”. It was the power anthem for the scene where Moana sings to celebrate the voyaging exceptionalism of South Pacific natives being the world’s first great navigators. Regretfully, however, where this Government is concerned,...

20th May

The Accident – A play not to be missed

If you miss The Accident, which premiers next week (May 24), you will be missing a stunning reminder of “us”; an extraordinary collection of exchanges that is remarkable in its reflection of Fiji and her Fijians today, punctuated by references to the colonial past we share, digging deep into roots of racism. It has been...

18th May

Hepatitis in children – Cases continue to grow globally

Health authorities around the world are continuing to investigate an outbreak of severe and unexplained hepatitis in children, with about 450 cases now reported worldwide. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, often caused by a viral infection and generally rare in healthy children. The spate of unusual cases first came to global attention in...

17th May

Lest we forget – A journey in search for destiny

This month marks the 143rd anniversary of the arrival of the first shipload of indentured labourers from India to Fiji waters. It was May 14, 1879 when the ship Leonidas arrived in Fiji. From then until November 1916, a little more than 60,000 Indians were brought from different parts of India to work here. The...

16th May

Too little, too late – Securing PNG’s 2022 national election

Papua New Guinea’s elections are often dangerous affairs. In the past, elections in the country have been accompanied by spikes in violence between rival groups, resulting in injury and death. In some areas of the country, fraud is rife, and voters face significant intimidation. The upcoming 2022 national elections will again present significant challenges for...

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