Opinion

20th September

Letters to the Editor – September 20, 2019

Stay focused at RWC 2019 To our Flying Fijians. You are busy with preparations for perhaps the most important era of your sporting lives now. A given, but have a sense of spiritual alignment that...

Editorial comment – Game day hope

FLYING Fijians coach John McKee has named a powerpacked run-on side to take on the might of the Australian Wallabies tomorrow afternoon at Sapporo in Japan. It’s our opener at the Rugby World Cup 2019. McKee reckons we are ready. There was no emotion at the announcement yesterday of the run-on side. There is a...

19th September

Letters to the Editor – September 19, 2019

Battle between brothers Rugged centre Levani Botia was quoted in yesterday’s The Fiji Times saying that the match between Fiji and Australia will be a game between two rugby brothers. He added that the Flying Fijians and the Wallabies had trained hard for this game. I take this time to remind Botia and our boys...

Editorial comment – Early detection is important

AS we look ahead to Pinktober, next month, perhaps we should be reminded about the importance of early detection in the fight against cancer. A surgeon has urged Fijian women to seek early medical attention if they believe they have breast cancer. Our report on Page 6 today quotes Colonial War Memorial Hospital consultant surgeon...

18th September

Letters to the Editor – September 18, 2019

Ready for the Wallabies Bookmakers have given the Flying Fijians little or virtually no chance against the star-studded Wallabies outfit, which boasts a fit and experienced squad and plenty of big names Fijian rugby fans have seen playing in the Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship. Names like Kurtley Beale, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Adam...

Editorial comment – Playing the breakdowns

Everything former Fijian international Tabai Matson said yesterday at the Abashiri Sports Training Field ground in Hokkaido, Japan made sense. The Flying Fijians assistant coach was echoing the sentiment of national coach John McKee and many other coaches. In fact it’s just the way things are. We can’t win without the ball. As Matson said,...

17th September

Letters to the Editor: Tuesday September 17,2019

Heartbreak for Drua THE Fiji Airways Fijian Drua suffered a heartbreaker as the NSW Country Eagles scored a try in the 81st minute and then converted the try to lock the match (24-24). The Drua almost had four points in the bag but lapse in concentration saw our boys return home with only two points...

Our biggest security issue

This time last year, we reported that Police chief of operations at the time Rusiate Tudravu suggested that methamphetamine could become our biggest security issue if it was not controlled. The cheap, easy to make, and highly addictive drug, he said at the time, was being produced in the country through a lot of “dirty...

16th September

Letters to the Editor – September 16, 2019

Iconic photos TWO iconic photos in The Fiji Times September 5, 2019, appeared side by side — 50 years apart. The first shows Claude Griffiths putting a wreath on his father’s grave, the late G L Griffiths on September 6, 1969. The second is of Motibhai Group of Companies directors Rajesh Patel and Jinesh Patel...

Editorial comment – Let’s keep the faith

FLYING Fijians rugby coach John McKee is banking on an element of surprise to stand us in good stead against the Australian Wallabies when we meet on September 21 at the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. The Flying Fijians arrived at Abashiri City on Friday and were greeted by a hospitable Japanese community led...

15th September

‘The smell of the ink, the roar of the press’

Dressed in my best black and gold bling, I too rocked up to The Fiji Times 150th anniversary bash. After all, I’ve hung around the hallowed halls of the newspaper in some capacity or other since the 100th anniversary back in 1969. While not always in print, I kept up the connection and have had...

Letters to the Editor – September 15, 2019

Good journalism THE Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley said in his 150th year The Fiji Times anniversary celebration speech that: “We are not anti-government and we are not pro-government” ( FT 14/09 ). That is as it should be. A good newspaper should be neither. But a good independent newspaper has to be anti-bad governance...

Editorial comment – All for a good cause

THERE was certainly a lot of interest yesterday hovering around Opposition Member of Parliament Lenora Qereqeretabua. She had put her iconic buiniga on the line. It was difficult to comprehend Lenora without her buiniga. It has been a source of great pride for Ms Qereqeretabua, and soon became a major talking point when she volunteered...

14th September

Letters to the Editor – September 14, 2019

Importance of libraries It was a delight to read that the editor-in-chief of The Fiji Times Fred Wesley was invited to be the chief guest during the closing ceremony at Gospel High School. While urging the students to think outside the box and place some value on the little old library near them, Wesley informed...

Editorial comment – Early detection important

The revelation that adults are highly likely to contract meningococcal disease (Men-C) than children is cause for concern. This was revealed by Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. The country, he said, recorded six deaths from the disease this year. He reiterated the need to seek early medical treatment. Dr Waqainabete insisted...

13th September

Letters to the Editor: Friday September 13, 2019

Back in time I’m glad that via The Fiji Times (12/09) I was able to read an important part of Fiji’s history –– the signing of the Deed of Cession at Nasova on October 10, 1874. Apart from The Fiji Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Argus were the other print media that...

Support for the cause

Support easily stands out as a key element in the campaign against suicide. It encapsulates the foundation that is vital to combatting suicidal tendencies. Lifeline Fiji’s survey research analyst Ana Kaloucava insists support within the family unit, support groups and the community is important for people experiencing mental illness. Referring to Lifeline Fiji’s survey on...

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