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Editorial comment – Long tentacles of a pandemic

It is interesting that the Marriott International Fiji has acknowledged COVID-19 has had a huge impact on its business. In hindsight though, it was to be expected. As our report today states, as a result,...

‘Critical juncture’ – Australian aid in five years time

In his article in early June, Stephen Howes said there was “a lot to like” about Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) new partnerships for recovery strategy. There was also a lot to like about Stephen’s blog. He ended by suggesting that the COVID-19 response strategy was too tentative to be convincing. My concern...

4th July

Opinion: Cultures that support reciprocity

COVID-19 has left few countries unscathed. Pacific Island countries make up many of the few countries still with no reported cases, and while this brings a sense of relief the Pacific is not untouched by the impacts of COVID-19 on primary sources of income. Tourism, a major industry in the region, has been particularly hard...

Talanoa: A silent killer

Bula readers, last week was the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and seeing that headline hit a chord within me that took me back to my childhood days. As an adolescent I studied in London before returning to my beloved Fiji and have so many fond memories and strong friendships with an array...

Opinion: So much we can do working together

The coronavirus is the most challenging epidemic the world has faced in 100 years. And for us in Fiji, it has created our worst economic situation in our 50 years of independence. More than any time before, this is a time for us to work together. But, you may say, politicians always say that. What...

Cybersecurity: ‘Securing your information assets including data and devices’

Today the Internet plays a major part in our lives – at home, work, school and at play. Yet this was not the case a mere decade ago. In 2010 you couldn’t do half the things we do online today – well not with any ease. As we become more reliant on e-everything there is...

Opinion: Cervical cancer can be treated; Stop the spread

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women. About 90 per cent of deaths from cervical cancer occur in low — and middle-income countries. Effective primary (HPV vaccination) and secondary prevention approaches (screening for, and treating precancerous lesions) will pre-vent most cervical cancer cases. When diagnosed, cervical cancer is one of the most...

Resolve issues: More questions than answers in USP saga

The USP Council has reinstated the vice-chancellor who was suspended by the executive committee. The Council found that the suspension of the VC was not correct and that proper processes were not followed. The failure to follow proper processes by the sub-committee of the council raises many questions about the extent to which council members...

Opinion: Has FNPF lost its way

A full page ad by FNPF (FT July 1, 2020) proudly announcing a 5 per cent interest payout to members, hides the fact that interest paid this year is substantially lower than the 6.75 per cent paid last year. The lower rate may be the result of a number of poorly performing investments made by...

1st July

OPINION: Plant a better future

As the impacts of the COVID19 pandemic continues to reverberate, for Pacific Island countries such as Fiji, access to productive lands has meant that agriculture has again gained prominence as a potential powerhouse for livelihoods, food security and to stimulate economic growth. Reset Fiji focused on agriculture The panel provided a sobering analysis of the...

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