Opinion

Letters to the Editor – January 23, 2019

Baber’s preparation for Hamilton Gareth Baber has high hopes and states the team is under no pressure to perform. Further he states he has prepared the team mentally and physically and given the players the...

Editorial comment – Appreciating road safety

A FAMILY of Nakasi is mourning the loss of a loved one. As we go about our daily chores today, the family will be trying to get over the sad news. Subba Naidu, 69, was allegedly hit by a bus while crossing the road at Davuilevu Housing in Nakasi yesterday. He was loved by his...

22nd January

Letters to the Editor – January 22, 2019

Baber takes best Gareth Baber has opted for speed, experience and aggressiveness as he named his 13-man squad for the second leg. The “never-say-die” attitude of Paula and Josua resulted in their comeback to the 7s squad alongside the likes of Nasoko, Nacuqu, Tuwai, Mesu, Sevu, Ben and Naduva while newcomers Tuimaba, Botitu, Derenalagi and...

Editorial comment – With high hops for Hamilton

It’s interesting how national coach Gareth Baber has laid down our challenge for this weekend’s Hamilton 7s in New Zealand. We are renowned for our unorthodox style. That much already puts opposition sides on edge. Now throw in a bit of the mind game and you’re bound to attract a bit more attention. Fijian fans...

21st January

Letters to the Editor – January 21, 2019

Police completes hat-trick It did not come to me as a surprise that a fit and well-oiled Police outfit secured this year’s McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s and in the process completed a hat-trick just as the Tuva Youths did on Thursday. In my Friday letter I had predicted a Police vs Tabadamu final as...

Editorial comment – Addressing our road woes

MOTORISTS and pedestrians have again been advised to stay alert and responsible when out on our roads. Police director traffic Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mahesh Mishra made the comments in the wake of the death of an 80-year-old man at Vatukoula Rd in Tavua on Saturday evening. The man was crossing the road when...

20th January

Lest we forget

WHAT may appear to be a tussle between church and State on the statements made by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong on Catholic education and the open merit system implemented by the Ministry of Education, is cause for great interest and indeed serious reflection. The archbishop’s statements have even been labelled as racist, subjective and contrary...

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, January 20, 2019

Faith-based school With all due respect to the honourable Education Minister and the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination director — from a Christian perspective, I believe it would be wise to consider the request coming from the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Fiji. Normally I would be on the Government side as I fully...

Editorial comment – Raising the fight against drugs

THE revelation that two 16-year-old students were arrested by Police on Thursday after they were allegedly found with dried leaves believed to be marijuana will attract attention. Police assistant spokesperson Pawan Kumar confirmed the two were students of a high school in Nakasi. They were allegedly found with a black plastic bag containing leaves believed...

19th January

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, January 19, 2019

50 years of writing It was a delight to read that one of our veteran writers Seona Smiles has marked 50 years of writing for the No.1 newspaper in Fiji. While I appreciate Seona for her steadfastness, vision and beautiful pieces, I must thank The Fiji Times editor for making sure that her articles appear in The...

Editorial comment – Sevens challenge

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi is confident the national side will come off with a blinder in Hamilton, New Zealand next weekend. The former national sevens maestro flew into the country yesterday, heading straight to Nadroga for the annual Coral Coast 7s tournament at Lawaqa Park. Serevi flew in from the US yesterday and arrived...

18th January

Letters to the Editor – January 18, 2019

Coral Coast 7s running hot The 9th annual McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s kicks this morning. Sixteen local and overseas teams will compete for the prize money. Furthermore, our local players will try their best to impress our national 7s selectors. Courtesy of Sigatoka River Safari and the brains behind the success of the tournament,...

Editorial comment – Our ties with Australia

AUSTRALIA’S latest announcements on bilateral trade opportunities and assistance are certainly going to be met with a lot of interest. From the outset, it’s bound to raise positive reactions. Who wouldn’t want investment and trade opportunities anyway? Such a massive injection would send off positive ripple effects across the nation. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday...

17th January

Editorial comment – Addressing health woes

MINISTER for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete yesterday made no bones about the importance of service, and consideration for the welfare of people. He expressed sadness that there were reports of doctors and medical professionals who were rude “or perceived to be uncaring in their dealing with patients”. Speaking during the induction of...

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