Opinion

Letters to the Editor – Friday, August 23, 2019

Nemani’s response I salute the Youth and Sports Ministry permanent secretary Maretino Nemani for airing his views on the need for sporting federations to tread carefully in the management of elite athletes if Fiji was...

Editorial comment – Fire safety advice

THE revelation that two children and four adults escaped with their lives after a fire engulfed their three-bedroom home along Tamani Lane off Milverton Rd, Suva, on Wednesday will attract attention. The National Fire Authority confirmed the occupants were asleep at the time of the incident. At 8.02am, it confirmed, the Suva Fire Station was...

22nd August

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, August 22, 2019

Our golden girl I had to relook at the words in red and read through the article to make sure that I did not require a visit to the eye clinic. The number 46 represents extreme ends. It is sheer jaw-dropping jubilation and sadness. Has 46 gold medals slipped from being placed beside Fiji’s name?...

Editorial comment – Questions linger

THE revelation by the permanent secretary for Sports Maretino Nemani of Government’s assistance in the development of our golden girl of weightlifting, Eileen Cikamatana, will attract interest. Yesterday, Mr Maretino urged sports organisations to look after their athletes well. His views came after Cikamatana broke 46 records during the 2019 Quaycentre Australian Junior & Under-23...

21st August

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fantastic Eileen Cikamatana I was talking to an Australian friend on Facebook about Eileen Cikamatana’s recent fantastic record-breaking lifts. She is a wonderful person and phenomenal in her sport. No doubt about that. Then he quips, “Al, it could also be the water we have over here.” I was wondering if it could make me...

Editorial comment – Calling on the 16th man

AS we count down the days to the opening of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the hype is slowly building up around the Flying Fijians. We are now 30 days away from our opener against the Australian Wallabies. Still reeling from their crushing 0-36 loss to the New Zealand All Blacks at the...

20th August

Letters to the Editor – August 20, 2019

Dragons top ranking Before the RWC Fiji’s pool opponents and Six Nations Rugby champions Wales received a major boost as the Dragons have risen to the top of the world rugby ranking displacing the All Blacks after almost a decade. Wales won this year’s Six Nations Rugby Championship for the first time since 2013 to...

Editorial comment – Top weightlifting prospect

What else can we say but what a display of power and confidence! Fijian youngster Eileen Cikamatana has etched her name in the history books, breaking 46 weightlifting records including three world records during the Australian National and Junior Weightlifting Championships in Sydney at the weekend. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist is now the number...

19th August

Letters to the Editor – August 19, 2019

Importance of the cibi Well our warriors for the RWC (Rugby World Cup) in the land of the rising sun have been chosen and all that is left is to tweak those wrongs to a right and we should be all set to go and do battle. Now I know this topic is a bit...

Editorial comment – Correcting a wrong

THE revelation that three cases of assault on police officers were recorded last weekend is cause for concern. We can only hope the cases and the manner in which the attacks happened are not reflective of an underlying fight against authority. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said in the first incident five men in their 20s...

18th August

Letters the Editor – August 18, 2019

Children selling food I refer to the report (FT 17/8) on children selling food at night to make ends meet. Each time I read about children selling food or bu, I wonder what the parents are doing. Are the parents also out and about selling food and bu? I could be overstepping the mark here...

Editorial comment – Walking on, walking strong

The weather wasn’t on their side yesterday. It didn’t deter organisers of the Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji walk and fun run in Sigatoka yesterday though. They were motivated. It rained throughout the night, and as dawn broke in the Western town, the rain didn’t seem to be going anywhere. It was cold...

17th August

Governance in the Pacific – The forgotten issue

There was a time when Australia lectured the Pacific. John Howard said in 2004 that Australia had a “special responsibility” to help the Pacific but that we sought “reforms and better governance as conditions of that assistance”. Those days must seem a long time ago to the current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has...

Letters to the Editor – August 17, 2019

Strong RWC squad National 15s coach John McKee in his address after the RWC (Rugby World Cup) squad was named said he was pleased to name a strong group of players who were capable of challenging for a playoff spot in the land of the rising sun. He said the squad named was out to...

Editorial comment – Onward to the RWC 2019

FLYING Fijians coach John McKee has made no bones about what he expects from our squad for next month’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. The players must step up and embrace challenges ahead. There is no time to waste with 36 days to go for our opener against Australia on September 21 in Sapporo, Japan....

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