Opinion

Rising to the challenge

THERE seems to be a bit of a quiet gap in the wake of the massive Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Finals at the National Stadium last weekend. There had been great anticipation leading up to...

Let’s value road safety

Police believe a series of car accidents in the Western Division should be a wake-up call for motorists and road users. Fiji Police Force west spokesperson Wame Bautolu said this in the wake of car accidents, one of which resulted in the death of three people. Apart from the fatal accident in Batiri, Sigatoka, last...

Letters to the Editor- April 24

I thought this was a beautiful photo of a glorious moment (FT 23/4). The delight and exuberance shown by the ACS lass at the back captured my attention. This is a mere moment in time that could have gone by and forgotten, however, it has been captured forever by the click of a camera. I...

Letters to the editor- April 23

Joint card IT would have been ideal for the new joint card (FNPF and TIN) to also include date of birth. Similar to a driving licence and voter’s card. Carrying a birth certificate as proof of identification is a thing of the past. The year is 2018, not 1980. Wise Muavono Balawa, Lautoka Roundabout question...

Take a bow

TAKE a bow people. Congratulations are in order for the giants of Fiji high schools athletics. Ratu Kadavulevu School and Adi Cakobau School have effectively shifted the power base of high schools athletics firmly back to the Central Division. RKS, once a dominant force in high schools athletics came back with a bang this year...

Stage set for Fiji Finals

The stage is set for an exciting three days of athletics action at the National Stadium in Suva starting today. It seems that way from the outset. The fans are headed to the Capital City. The old scholars are loading social media, showing their support and allegiance. The athletes are prepared for an event that...

Meningococcal cases

THE revelation that 11 people have died from meningococcal disease will shock many people. The fact that four deaths were recorded this year alone and seven last year should raise alarm bells. Confirming this in a ministerial statement in Parliament yesterday, Health Minister Rosy Akbar said the invasive meningococcal disease used to be very rare...

Traffic jam

On Monday, 16/4, my friends were returning to Nadi from Suva and were astonished to see a humongous traffic jam at the Qeleloa bridge, just outside Nadi. As they travelled into the Nadi Back Road towards Martintar, the traffic jam extended to Kerebula settlement. That would be about three miles or so! A family member...

All those seeds

While we can count the number of seeds in a single fruit, a single seed can produce an endless supply of fruits. At breakfast, I cut open a pawpaw that had hundreds of seeds. I also made fresh lemon juice with two meyer lemon and out came 18 seeds. At lunch, I cut open a...

Kunatani shines

Despite missing the gold medal match against the All Blacks 7s, “The Beast” did shine when it mattered the most. He showed his form that captured the hearts and imaginations of rugby fans worldwide during the HK 7s and Commonwealth Games 7s competition. Kunatani was sharp on attack and produced the much required massive hits...

Lessons from Gold Coast

As we welcome our sporting ambassadors from Gold Coast, I would like to thank each individual for giving out time, energy and effort to represent our tiny island nation in the competitive Gold Coast atmosphere. Our biggest contingent to the Commonwealth Games finished 23rd and returned home with one gold, one silver and two bronze...

Dreadful road

Having just spent more than $1000 on repairs to my car’s steering and suspension systems, I make no apology for once again using your columns to highlight the dreadful state of the Khalsa Rd between Princes Rd and Kanace Rd. I seem to recall that in the last budget we were promised funds to upgrade...

10-minute suspension

While the NFP leader was “sin-binned” for 10 minutes for apparently disobeying the Speaker, I believe the honourable members of Parliament who exhibit undesirable and not so honourable conduct should be dealt with in a similar manner as well, FT 17/04. Moving forward, may I ask what does the Standing Order 75 has to state...

Quick Views

Roundabout reply In Parliament, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa asked the Health Minister if the Government would reduce the cost of consumables for dialysis treatment. The minister’s reply was they did not want to compromise the dialysis treatment by getting cheap and sub-standard consumables. The question was, could the Government bring down the cost of...

Quick Views

Flood safety Further to the query from Sukha Singh in his letter titled, “Flood safety” published in The Fiji Times on Monday, April 16, 2018, we would like to remind everyone that it is never safe to play in floodwaters irrespective of cables being there or not. Hope the above clarifies. Hasmukh Patel Chief Executive...

You made us proud

First of all, a very big vinaka to our heroes and gladiators of the Fiji 7s team, and officials and coach. You guys did Fiji proud and we all have to say no team does it better. We did not get the gold but you are our gold. We give thanks to the Almighty God...

Support them

What else can we ask for from our national 7s team? A silver medal and second best is better than keeping a different set of team for the Commonwealth Games and coming third or fourth for that matter. Go Team Fiji. You deserve our support.

Rise again

WISDOM is better than silver and gold. The race has not finished yet, the cabinet shelves have spaces for the world cup and 7s series title. Regroup and realign to compete and finish the race. Vinaka Baber and the boys and vina du riki Tanivula and the Fijiana girls for the gallant effort. I believe...

Thank you

Kudos to our Fiji sevens gladiators in both the men’s and women’s teams. Even though we may have fallen short in winning the prestigious gold in the Commonwealth Games, but we still proved to the nations that we are still a team to reckon with in the world of sevens, either it be the women’s...

7s gold medal

Congratulations to the NZ 7s team for striking Commonwealth Games gold medal. A gold medal at the Gold Coast in a “goldish” performance by the golden boys. Well done! Meanwhile, congratulations to our very own island girl, Ovalau’s Eileen Cikamatana, for clinching Fiji’s only gold medal at the games. Too good! Wananavu Viti.