Opinion

Washed memories – It’s time to move

UNDER a coconut tree she sits, with a long look on her face. She glances at children walking around and ponders on what was once her description of her beautiful paradise. About half a century...

A sad reality

RESPONDING to any emergency situation is a vital piece of information everyone should be aware of. Every road user should be aware that they could come across minor/major road accidents while travelling on the road, therefore, it is important that he/ she is well equipped with information in responding to such incidents. We witnessed a...

Letters to the Editor – August 20

Fong takes crown The crowning of Jessica Fong marked a memorable and exciting 2018 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival despite some unforeseen circumstances. Representing the Fiji Society for the Blind and sponsored by Autocare, Jessica stood tall amid tough competition from Miss Sinopac Nikhat Khan and Miss Suva City Council Simran Nand. Miss Fong, who advocated...

Editorial comment – Congratulations in order

It’s finally over! The annual Hibiscus Festival ended with a bang on Saturday night at its new venue at the Valelevu grounds in Nasinu. And it wasn’t just full at the venue, it was literally packed to the brim. It seemed every man, woman and child in the heavily populated Nasinu converged on the Valelevu...

Good time to enjoy

SCHOOL holidays and no election yet. I thought we might get them both over at once, but now people are betting on October 10. Come to think of it, might have been a bit hard to deal with the politicking at the same time as the Methodist conferencing and out of town Hibiscus festivities. So...

Letters to the Editor – August 19

Taxi permits I have received visitation from new taxi permit winners in Lautoka seeking advice on how to buy a car when struggling to feed themselves. Dan Urai, Lautoka Software issue I believe Mr Saneem (SOE) said NADRA will provide the software so that they can know how many ballot papers to print and how...

Editorial comment – After the Hibiscus

THE annual Hibiscus festival came to an end last night at the Valelevu Grounds in Nasinu. Long the pride of the Capital City, this year’s event was held for the first time outside Suva. It was a break from tradition. Was it worth it though? Sceptics may insist it was about time that this happened....

Letters to the Editor – August 18

Rugby and the Hibiscus Festival Your sports headline story on rugby course and players turning heads for the Fiji Drua team is supported. Eroni Sau, Kalivati Tawake and the flamboyant Frank Lomani have all transformed from Drua warriors to Flying Fijians playing at national test level and there are many more in line. Special mention...

Editorial comment – A moment in time

Who is it going to be? Who gets to walk away this evening with the Miss Hibiscus Queen crown for 2018? Who will become the face of an event that started in 1956? From its very early beginnings run over just one day, the event was extended to three days the very next year and...

Letters to the Editor – August 17

The Hibiscus festival Your editorial comment on the Hibiscus Festival being a centre stage for charity is supported. Whether it is the contestants getting stage fright for the first time or the vendors selling their food and products, or the people pitching in to make the event lively, the essence of the week-long event is...

Editorial comment – Our children, our concern

IT was five years ago that the Suva City Council engaged itself in a campaign to monitor the use of internet cafes by children at night in the Capital City. It did this with the support of the police force. At the time there was a disturbing perception that children flocked to these cafes late...

Letters to the Editor – August 16

Soccer coverage This year’s secondary schools’ soccer in the tourism town will go down in the history books. Apart from an increased number of teams, the finals were shown live on our number one TV station Fiji One. Hats off to Fiji One for this initiative and for becoming the medium of communication for the...

Editorial comment – Centre stage for charity

IT is good to see the Hibiscus Festival queen contestants showing confidence on stage as the annual event reached Day 5 yesterday in Nasinu. Surely there can be no doubts about the impact of the event, and its place on the minds of thousands of Fijians around the world. You’ve got to admit the Hibiscus...

Letters to the Editor – August 15

No smartphones at school Starting next month, French children will no longer be able to use their smartphones or tablets at school. The new legislation, which was passed by lawmakers prohibits the use of smartphones and other internet-connected devices for schoolchildren aged between 3 and 15. French high schools with children aged 15 and older...

Editorial comment – Keeping it right on the road

THE revelation that 22 out of the 46 road deaths so far this year were results of speeding is a concern. The Fiji Police Force also confirmed that out of the 46 victims, 21 were passengers and 24 were drivers and pedestrians. Speeding, it said, continues to be the leading cause of road fatalities in...

Letters to the Editor – August 14

Lions roar Once again Churchill Park proved friendly to the Babasiga Lions who ended Lautoka’s unbeaten run. Earlier the Lions stole the CVC title from the Sugar City and beat the hosts during the BOG. The loss to the Lions ended the Blues hopes of making the semis. Hats off to the Lions, in particular...

Editorial comment – Nurturing young ruggers

THE victory and the manner in which it was achieved by Ratu Kadavulevu School in the final of the under-18 grade of the Deans Trophy competition is turning heads. Sceptics are wondering whether there is something available for RKS mentor Nacanieli Saumi to do at Rugby House. If it hasn’t already sunk in, they are...

Letters to the Editor – August 13

Kaila! stars rock Hearty congratulations to the 2018 Kaila! Star Search competition champion Marika Bosekoviti. Our star not only walked away $1000 richer but also won hearts and fame for his beautiful performance. Bosekoviti attributed his win to sheer hard work and the fact that he believed in himself. His efforts, passion and commitment should...

Editorial comment – Embracing life

JOSEPH Underwood was 17 when he died on Saturday morning. Before that his dad Wilfred Underwood had tried communicating with him, asking him whether he wanted to go home. He claims he got a response. Young Joseph reacted. His father reckons he tried to tell him that he wanted to go home. Before that, his...

Powerade Super Deans: RKS defends U14 title

Ratu Kadavulevu School has successfully defended its Under-14 grade title at the 2018 Fiji Secondary Schools Powerade Super Deans Rugby Championship. The Lodoni-based side didn’t do it easily though as the final against Queen Victoria School ended in a 5-all draw after the end of extra time. Flanker, Ratu Vilikesa Rokovonolagi scored for RKS first...

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