Editors Comment

Editorial comment: Our 7s hope

The ingredients are all there for a heart-stopper this morning when we take on the might of New Zealand in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco. While our semi-final opponents...

Editorial comment: Hard drug concern

The discovery of more white substance washed ashore in Lau and Taveuni this week is worrying. What is a major concern is that the authorities believe it is cocaine in its concentrated form. Acting Commissioner of Police Itendra Nair pleaded with Fijians to contact the toll-free number 3318529 if they stumbled across any suspicious brown...

Cancer focus

THE fact that there are 1100 new cases of cancer every year, and that an average of 700 people die annually from it is frightening. The figures are according to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. In fact the mere thought of cancer, as it is, is quite daunting really for many people. The...

Editorial comment: Let’s join the fight

THE revelation that more than 300 villagers of Tamavua Village in Suva were content after the release of the first batch of mosquitoes with Wolbachia this week is quite interesting. They were released at their village on Monday as the fight continues against mosquito-borne diseases. Tui Tamavua Ratu Apenisa Loki said it was a proactive...

Editorial comment: Language diversity

YESTERDAY was an important day for students of Suva Sangam College who launched their Language Week with the theme, ‘Language diversity, our future’. Students were asked whether they could imagine a world without languages? How would you communicate? How would you express yourselves? How would you say that you are feeling sick? That you are...

Editorial comment: Our countdown starts

The national sevens side has now officially started the final countdown for the assault on the Rugby World Cup Sevens title. Yesterday national coach Gareth Baber named a power-packed side. He has included six of our gold medal winning side to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio in 2016. He’s included strong France-based centre...

Editorial comment – Eat and learn

A REPORT we carry today on pages two and three of Soul Living, complete with several pictures, tells of an initiative at Ratu Kadavulevu School — tilapia farming. Going through information available online, the students of RKS are in for some nutritional meals when the tilapia is harvested, as it was recently on Friday July...

Editorial comment – Our Sugar industry

THE future of Fiji’s sugar industry is such a hot topic for some of our registered political parties. Once the backbone of our economy, sugar has rumbled, and rolled along a path that inches out varying degrees of emotions. You could either fall on to one extreme or take the opposing view. In early 2012...

When there is hope

As celebrations rang out across the world over the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their soccer coach in a cave in the mountains of Thailand on Tuesday, tales of heroism are slowly emerging. Stuck deep inside a cave, hours away from civilisation, the rescue effort took on massive proportions. Various options were discussed...

Then there was light

Nailaga Village sits a few minutes outside the little township of Ba in Western Viti Levu. The national highway cuts right through it. Humps are placed along the way, obviously to slow down traffic. This is where the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has installed 25 solar streetlights. They are lined up along the highway, a...

A lid on road carnage

The death of a 35-year-old man is the latest addition to our road accident statistics. Ronish Kumar died after a road accident in Lautoka on Sunday night. He was returning home after visiting relatives when a car collided with his vehicle at the Field 40 junction. Yesterday, relatives of Mr Kumar were still struggling to...

Making a difference

THE revelation that police confiscated $4 million worth of marijuana in the North last month is a concern. Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu said this when he closed the week long Digicel Duavata Crime Prevention Carnival in Labasa on Saturday night. ACP Qiolevu said this followed drug raids conducted on Vanua Levu for the...

Editorial comment – Place of learning

YESTERDAY, some of our schoolboys were engaged in combat on rugby fields playing their hearts out for their schools for a place in the zone finals to be held next Saturday. A place in that final guarantees their place in the national quarter-finals later this term. Many a schoolboy nurtures the dream to represent his...

Editorial comment – Fighting crime

AT least three political parties are of the view that the crime rate in Fiji is worsening. That view obviously may not be shared by the powers that be. There will definitely be reasons pertaining to changes in this aspect of our lives. The National Federation Party (NFP), Fiji Labour Party (FLP) and Unity Fiji...

Editorial comment – Shocking reminder

It may not come out as a shock that 30 cocaine bars with an estimated street value of $F31 million were found on an island in the Lau Group this week. Especially after a joint operation by Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), Fiji Police Force and Biosecurity Authority of Fiji led to the seizure...

Editorial comment – More than reversal

It is good to know that diabetes can be reversed. Well that’s according to the Health Ministry’s national adviser for non-communicable diseases Dr Isimeli Tukana. Dr Tukana said there were four levels of intervention in place to achieve this. Screenings, he said, were aimed at picking up people who were at risk of diabetes. This,...

Editorial comment – Diabetes reality

IT is shocking that we have an eleven-year-old child as Fiji’s youngest diabetes patient. The revelation by the Health Ministry’s national adviser for non-communicable diseases, Dr Isimeli Tukana at the second National Foot Care Symposium at Suva’s Holiday Inn is a concern. The 11-year-old, Dr Tukana confirmed, contracted adult diabetes commonly known as type 2...

Editorial comment – Count down begins

The only thing left for national sevens coach Gareth Baber to do yesterday was say “bring it on!” One couldn’t help it but be awed by the squad he has selected to head across to the United States to prepare for this month’s 7s rugby World Cup in San Francisco. It is a “who is...

Editorial comment – From vigilance to wellness

The revelation that at least two female students in a classroom in Fiji will develop breast cancer in their lifetime is certainly not a pleasant one. Fiji Medical Association president Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said this while speaking at the Fiji College of General Practitioners conference on Saturday. The breast cancer ratio in Fiji, he said,...

High time for action

ALARMING! That’s what it is in one word. The situation we have where more and more of our younger people are turning to medical facilities and are diagnosed with high blood pressure and other ills associated with it. One cause of alarm is in itself the fact that the number keeps climbing. We have to...

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