Opinion

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...

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...

16th January

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Give her time IN all fairness to the Minister for Local Government, I think we need to give her some space to settle in and bring herself up to speed with the current state of affairs in the ministries under her portfolio. One should not expect miracles overnight as Rome was not built in one...

Editorial comment – Education, opportunity

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama would have shrugged aside any inhibitions when he spoke about education in his address before the start of the new school term. To students preparing for the start of the term, he said, “I want each of you to know that we, your parents, your grandparents, guardians and friends are all...

15th January

Letters to the Editor – January 15, 2019

Good reporting Thumbs up to our number one newspaper for all the heart-touching stories in the build-up to the academic year! The rush for back-to-school shopping, the unseen struggles of our needy parents, the assistance provided by our kind Samaritan, Sikeli’s article titled Road safety first, our PM’s message that dreams start with education and...

Editorial comment – Back to school

IT was back to school yesterday for thousands of students around the country. For some, school starts today. As we send them off for the first term of school, perhaps we should reflect on the year that was and work towards making this new term a positive one. There were many last minute issues to...

14th January

Letters to the Editor – January 14

Tabadamu 7s champions The Tabadamu sevens team once again proved themselves in their own tournament after beating Police in the final. I believe Tabadamu were the best in 2018 and are again starting to dominate sevens rugby in the country. Congratulations Tabadamu. Tomasi Boginiso Nepani Rd, Nasinu Truth and accountability I would like to thank...

Editorial comment – Drugs awareness

It is encouraging to note that our police force will be elevating its efforts in the fight against green and white drugs this year. As our report on Page 3 today highlights, Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said they have completed analysing crimes statistics from last year and have identified areas they would be...

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