Opinion

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, March 21, 2019

Bula Boys win battle Our Bula Boys battled it out against New Caledonia and came out on top with a 3-0 win. Since the Fiji vs Solomons clash last year, which ended in a draw,...

Editorial comment – Our 7s, our game

ON FORM, and on paper, it seems Police and Tabadamu are bolters for top honours at this week’s Marist 7s rugby tournament at the National Stadium in Suva. They’ve had a sort of love-hate relationship in recent tournaments leading up to the annual Marist event. In their latest clash, the lawmen came off with a...

20th March

Letters to the Editor – March 20, 2019

Hate has no place I salute The Fiji Times for a brilliant reminder on yesterday’s front page — “Hate has no place”. The editorial was apt as well. Only if people could understand this message, surely our world would be a better place to live in. The massacre in Christchurch was least expected and has...

Editorial comment – The meaning of Holi

Colourful powders will be the order of the day for Hindus around the world as they celebrate Holi, the annual festival of colours this week. The festival is often referred to as New Year celebration for Hindus. It’s when Hindus come together to share a common theme. It is about colour, religious songs and the...

19th March

Letters to the Editor – March 19, 2019

Sevens support It’s pleasing to note that Russia 7s coach and our own Waisale Serevi is confident that Fiji can win the 2018-19 World Rugby Sevens Series (WRSS) title. Serevi, who was the first coach/player to guide Fiji to the 2005-06 WRSS and 1997 RWC 7s titles, has Fiji at heart and the saying “you...

Editorial comment – No place for terrorism

THE Pesh Imam of the Maunatul Islam Association of Fiji, Alim Muhiyideen Shah Faizi had no qualms about his message in the wake of the terror killings in Christchurch on Friday last week. There is no place for violence, terrorism or killing in the name of religion! The Islamic cleric made the comment yesterday while...

18th March

Letters to the Editor – March 18, 2019

Christchurch massacre As the Pacific stood in unity, my mind and thoughts went to the families of those who lost their lives in the Lynnwood mosque massacre. Sadly, defenceless women, men and children lost their lives. Reading stories via The Sunday Times melted hearts as I felt for those who lost their lives. My family’s...

Editorial comment – Our challenge

The death count has risen in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. As messages of support for families of the victims, and strong condemnation of the killing spree that continues to grip the world, pour into New Zealand, we are drawn into a web of overwhelming sadness, anger, frustration and uncertainty. In the face of...

17th March

Letters to the Editor – March 17, 2019

Regular white man THE Australian Breton Tarrant, the perpetrator of the Muslim massacre in Christchurch, claims he is just a “regular white man”. That’s so scary. How many more of the Breton Tarrant variety are out there in our midst? RAJEND NAIDU, Sydney, Australia Working hours I HAD wished the CEO of this foods company...

Editorial comment – When reality sets in

THERE can be no doubts about the impact the horrific killings in mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday have had on the world. It made the headlines around the world, including on BBC and CNN. It emphasised the fact that the global community is very tightly linked, and the world is quite small with...

16th March

Let’s heed the IMF’s advice

The assessment of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of the Fiji economy is the worst that I have ever read. I have been part of these reports when I had worked in the IMF and led many Article IV discussions. I know that the IMF speaks with tact and euphemism. But as I read the...

Letters to the Editor – March 16, 2019

Fiji rugby direction With having most of the under 20 making headlines in the past shows good sign that Fiji rugby is moving in the right direction. Even without some provincial stars, the Warriors team seems to be on course. After thrashing Tonga and Japan, who have won a game each, the Warriors against Samoa...

Editorial comment – Shocking, despicable terror

Why did it happen? How could it happen? We are not supposed to be hearing of such shocking news! Not in our region! Aren’t we supposed to be part of a region that values life? We are rich in history, culture and tradition. We value family among many other things. What happened yesterday in Christchurch,...

15th March

Letters to the Editor – Friday, 15th March, 2019.

Diver in whale It was interesting to read and watch the video of a South African diver who was recently swallowed and spat out by a huge whale on the east coast of South Africa. He said that he did not have a whale of a time. It was scary for both man and mammal....

Letters to the Editor – Friday, March 15th, 2019.

Women’s rights There is a possibility that sometimes woman’s right can become man’s weakness. Narayan Reddy Lautoka

Letters to the Editor – Friday, 15th March, 2019.

Tax rules I understand Fiji was given a year to change tax rules. I believe European Union governments have declared that there has been no response so far. Fiji has been added to a blacklist of tax havens. I presume a different colourful picture will be painted by local sources. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Letters to the Editor – Friday, 15th March, 2019.

Referees’ decisions In the recently concluded HSBC 7s rugby tournaments in Hamilton, Sydney, Las Vegas and Vancouver, I noted with some personal concern and sadness, some referees’ decisions, rightly or wrongly, seemed to go very expeditiously against our own Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team. I will, however, allow to be stood corrected, with grace, dignity...

Letters to the Editor – Friday, 15th March, 2019.

Facebook issue Yesterday morning I logged on to Facebook and it was down. My world nearly ended! Well I just went and did something else. I wonder if some people were devastated that they couldn’t log on to FB. I am always on FB but I also read books and have a backyard garden where...

Letters to the Editor – Friday March 15th, 2019

Road upgrade After about two years of campaigning via your columns for a proper upgrade to the Khalsa Rd I am happy to report that the grading and laying of new tarseal is now almost complete between Princes Rd and Kanace Rd. It is now a pleasure to drive on this stretch without bits falling...

Letters to the Editor – Friday March 15th, 2019

Fijian citizenship The revelation that 196 foreign nationals were granted Fijian citizenship over a period of six months, between January and July 2016, is interesting (FT:14/03). That would be an average of approximately 380 people per year. In monetary terms that would be approximately $2 million in Immigration Department revenue. Let’s hope money is not...

Students in Savusavu with their new road safety equipment. Picture SUPPLIED

Editorial comment – Making a change on our roads

ROAD safety campaigns are nothing new for us. In fact they aren’t a brand new concept. For as long as we have had roads, we’ve probably had equal attention on road safety. There has to be a balance anyway. The challenge though is getting that balance, when road users appreciate the need for vigilance and...

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