Opinion

Editorial comment – Keeping soccer clean

The revelation by the Fiji Football Association that it has budgeted $25,000 to fight drugs in sports is commendable. Fiji soccer’s governing body wants to create drug free ambassadors with educational programs yearly. The revelation...

9th August

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, August 09, 2020

Day of upsets Fans converged at Churchill Park to witness the soccer battle between eight teams and when the dust settles today, four giants would have stamped their mark. The Sharmas Investment Labasa side is defending the BOG title and faced Suva and Ba and will play Nasinu today. Rewa, Navua, Lautoka and Nadi complete...

Editorial comment – Childhood cancer awareness

Today, there are parents and guardians in Fiji who are struggling to overcome a sense of fear, and they try not to be overwhelmed by what is happening around them. Aside from the state of the world right now, with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting many nations quite hard, these families live with children who are...

8th August

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, August 08, 2020

Stories from Nausori It had to be The Fiji Times once again. The stories that our brave newspaper published this week have kept everyone — from the police to the suspects, the businesses and the residents in Nausori on their toes. The newspaper has exposed some interesting stories. But the one that made yesterday’s front...

Editorial comment – A big sporting weekend

You can’t run away from the fact that sport holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many Fijians. After months of restrictions, soccer fans finally let their hair down, and pulled on their team colours at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. The annual Battle of the Giants tournament got underway with a...

7th August

Letters to the Editor – August 7, 2020

Have teams broken rugby jinx Have other provincial rugby teams finally broken the jinx on Nadroga? The painful defeat delivered by Namosi and narrow loss by Suva is perhaps writing a new chapter in Fiji’s rugby history. For once, Nadroga seemed almost invincible backed by a steady development program and strong support from the vanua....

Editorial comment – The rule of law

The revelation that police will soon set up closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and increase visibility in Nausori Town is interesting. That was the word from Fiji Police Force chief operations officer ACP Abdul Khan. ACP Khan made the commitment during a meeting in Nausori on Wednesday with the Nausori Chamber of Commerce. It followed complaints...

6th August

Letters to the Editor – August 6, 2020

Tadu’s soccer journey Tough Rewa defender Usaia Tadu is a classic example of a dedicated, committed and passionate player. At the age of 41 years, Tadu will be featuring in his 23rd Battle of the Giants tournament. His tough journey reminds me of Hendry Dyer who featured for Labasa and Dreketi. Tadu has just taught...

Editorial comment – Keeping the virus at bay

As the Victorian government in Australia fights to try and contain the growing number of COVID-19 cases daily, people of Melbourne now have to endure strict lockdown conditions. The number of new infections there is growing. Around the world, there are different opinions on reopening borders, and businesses. As many countries start to reel from...

Protecting children – ‘Universal ratification of Convention 182’

ILO NEWS – For the first time in the ILO’s history, an International Labour Convention has been ratified by all member States. Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour achieved universal ratification, following ratification by the Kingdom of Tonga. Ambassador for the Kingdom of Tonga, Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tuivakano, formally deposited the ratification...

5th August

OPINION: Conflict-affected and fragile States

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a tragic and overwhelming impact on fragile and conflict-affected countries. The humanitarian response to COVID-19 in these contexts has escalated many of the challenges long considered by the international community. The United Nations’ emergency aid co-ordination body, the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, released its revised Global Humanitarian...

Letters to the Editor: Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Graduating with top honours I read with great admiration and astonishment that a 96-year-old graduated not with mediocrity but with top honours finishing first in his class. There couldn’t be a greater motivation than that. He felt that it was a little too late to try and get a degree but he took it as...

Editorial Comment: What’s happening

Whatever is happening in Nausori Town is certainly bothering some people. In fact it is a major issue that demands urgent attention as far as they are concerned. They speak of drug pushers, prostitution and glue sniffers turning Nausori into a crime-filled little town. Obviously fed up, they called The Fiji Times the other day,...

4th August

Letters to the Editor – August 4, 2020

Hope for young soccer team Congratulation to the young Ba team for the victory over the previously unbeaten Suva side. After being dumped by Nadi and lowly Nasinu, Ba had to bounce back. Victory over Labasa and Suva has put Ba on 15 points and second on the table behind leaders Rewa. The Ba team...

Editorial comment – A timely reminder

The revelation that we can expect to be hit by four tropical cyclones in the November 2020 to April 2021 season is interesting. A new model developed by a team of climate scientists from the University of Newcastle and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand is behind the forecast....

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