Opinion

Shrinking civic spaces

It has become commonplace to observe that, across the globe, civic spaces are shrinking and democracies are in regression. Year on year, organisations such as Freedom House and Civicus publish regular evidence of a steady...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, August 15, 2022

Get behind our 7s teams FORMER Fiji men’s and women’s 7s team coach Iliesa Tanivula called on fans to get behind the men’s 7s and Fijiana as they prepare for next month’s RWC 7s in Cape Town. The pinnacle of the abbreviated code has evaded the Fijiana and the men’s 7s team since 2005. After...

Editorial comment – When fires destroy lives

Every time we have house fires, there is concern and when it involves a death, people get upset. Campaigns are held every year, and we talk a lot about fire safety. Yet every year, there are house fires, and in some instances, people die. We will always talk about fire safety. We will talk about...

14th August

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, August 14, 2022

Mickey Mouse quote Someone called him “Mr No Body” that often lamented the abbreviated 7s rugby as Mickey Mouse game. But it is recognised in the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and ultimately is an Olympics sport by sports greats. Now, a great sport! Jioji O. Toronibau Labasa Dump sites From the coverage by the media,...

Editorial comment – Developing the reading habit

Just the other day, Education Minister Premila Kumar said parents were rarely taking the time to read with their children. She said this at the launch of 10 books on oceans and inclusive climate action which will be available in English, iTaukei and the Fiji Hindi languages. Parental involvement, she said, was a critical part...

13th August

Democracy and elections – Electoral systems and laws should be democratic

Democracy, the electoral system and laws hold centre stage as we prepare for the 2022 General Election. Democracies conduct free and fair elections open to all citizens of the requisite age. Such elections cannot be facades that conceal dictators or a single party, but fair and transparent competitions for the support of the people. Democracy...

Road to development

Inadequate funding has meant roads are few, far between and in poor condition across Papua New Guinea. Port Moresby is not connected by road to either the industrial hub of Lae or the agricultural and population centre of the Highlands region, even though all three locations are on the same landmass. With 17 per cent...

Appreciating life – The little things mean a lot

Bula readers! This week I wanted to write about “appreciation” and how this may be a very under-used word in today’s busy social media, tech-savvy and information age. When I think about appreciation my mind goes back to a couple of years ago, just before the COVID-19 pandemic, when I was asked to be the...

12th August

Letters to the Editor – Friday, August 12, 2022

We know where to improve I HOPE All Blacks’ under performing skipper Sam Cane was serious when he mentioned that his side had identified the areas where they could apply pressure back on the Springboks in their second Rugby Championship clash at Ellis Park. Looking at the dismal outing by Ian Foster’s brigade, I have...

Editorial comment – Creating awareness for our children

New Zealand High Commission First Secretary Christine Conway made a powerful statement the other day when she said we all have the power to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer. She spoke at the launch of the Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji childhood cancer awareness month at the Tanoa...

11th August

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, August 11, 2022

Curtain falls in Birmingham THE 2022 Commonwealth Games has concluded in Birmingham, England. Hats off to the entire sports team of The Fiji Times for the extensive coverage on this year’s games. Editor-in-chief Fred Wesley penned a superb editorial, summing up the events perfectly. (FT 10/08) Special thanks to your sports reporter –”man on the...

Editorial comment – Fire safety matters

Every time someone dies in a house fire, there is great concern. People want to know what caused the fire. They will want to know who died, and how it happened. It tugs at the heart strings. It raises concern, and causes friction in some affected families. There are many questions asked, and there is...

10th August

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A firm believer of hard work Selina Uluibau shared her inspirational journey with our journalist Viliame Ravai via the People column (FT 09/08). Her advice was touching, “Remember, hard work always gets you through in this day and age – it’s an essential tool to get you through tough times.” The 58-year-old Macuata native shared...

Editorial comment – When the curtains fall

As the curtains closed on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in England, sporting enthusiasts will look back with mixed emotions. We have been competing at the event for decades. We prepare well, and we come off with many fond memories. This time, as the hosts turned up the beat, and lit up the sky,...

9th August

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 at home for the first time, were taught a rugby lesson by the Springboks at the Mbombela Stadium. Just as...

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...

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