From The Crowd

24th February

The 2021 Madang roads ruling

THE National Court of Papua New Guinea made a landmark court decision on Saturday, January 30, 2021, by ordering the Madang Provincial Government, the District Development Authority, and the Urban Local-level Government to fix the...

23rd February

OPINION: Chance for a different future

The crises at the University of the Pacifi c (USP) and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) have seriously eroded the fragile bonds that hold the dream of Pacific regionalism and solidarity together. USP is often portrayed as a shining example of Pacific regionalism. Established in 1968, it has enabled many Pacific Islands citizens to obtain affordable tertiary education that would otherwise not be...

22nd February

OPINION: Helping APTC graduates migrate to Australia

Despite the fact that the Australia Pacifi c Training Coalition (APTC) is meant to promote labour mobility, and despite the desire of most of its students to migrate, few of its graduates have actually moved to Australia for work. APTC’s most recent efforts to promote labour mobility have focused on semiskilled jobs in Australia under the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS). What has been overlooked...

21st February

Perils of the highway

Nothing like road tripping to get in some adventure and excitement, spiced with some dread and dismay. Face masks were back by order in Sydney because of random outbreaks of COVID-19, which is not much fun for someone with breathing troubles. It is one of the conditions currently keeping me from returning to the islands...

20th February

Power plants of the Pacific – The original vegan

What is the original diet? Every herb that yields seed and every tree whose fruit yields seed, the trees of the garden, the trees above the ground that yield seeds. The original diet. Interesting that nothing below or under the ground was instructed as food in the original diet. This is really something to seriously...

COVID-19 pandemic – When will it end

Bula readers and happy Saturday to you during this fine month of February. We have now been in a period of curfew and lockdown for almost one year and unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any let up for the year 2021. There were periods last year of hope when some felt by January 2021...

The future of USP – Biman: Deportation was morally wrong

The whistleblowing vice-chancellor at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Pal Ahluwalia, has described the illegal deportation of he and his wife, Sandra Price, as a “surreal” experience. Many would agree that the inhumane and immoral deportation has plunged the tertiary institution into the biggest crisis of its 50-plus-year history. The ensuing standoff...

The art of confusing people

Health and education are two social pillars dear to our hearts. The two issues have dominated the news headlines in the last few months. In watching the show, I saw the FijiFirst government put on a brilliant display of the art of confusing the people. Lives in danger The loss of life of a wife...

How bureaucracy stifles initiative

ON April 20, 2017, a group of 110 drivers got together and registered a co-operative company to operate long distance private car services within Fiji. They were hoping that by registering a company they would be able to run their business legally without harassment from the Lands Transport Authority which has been imposing heavy fines...

Talk about issues – Focusing on an interesting spectacle

FIJI was treated this week to the unedifying spectacle of the Prime Minister on the verbal loose. Not that it hasn’t happened or been seen before in our nation. But this was different. It was a totally wild and unsubstantiated attack against a woman of academic repute by none other than our national leader. Why?...

18th February

Editorial comment – Heartbreaking report

It’s when you read such heartbreaking reports like those on Page 3 today that one can get emotional about house fires. We must be vigilant always when it comes to fire safety, in fact that should be the frame of mind we carry when it comes to safety issues and tips. It does not matter...

Talks to resume Pacific travel

By ANDREW BLACKMAN & HAMISH WYATT Across the world — including here in the Pacific region — countries are now beginning to look at how to ease travel restrictions that were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. As vaccines roll out, international travel begins to resume between Australia and New Zealand and...

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