From The Crowd

Questionable questions

The question that seems to be on many lips is “when is the next election”? Although, with the way things get announced around here, by the time you read this, it may be redundant. According...

Israel helps Samoa

SAMOA is set to benefit from the assistance and support provided by the Israeli Government. Only last week, The Fiji Times reported how the Israeli Government was willing to provide assistance to Fiji and Pacific Island countries at no extra cost. Last month, 12 Pacific Island journalists were invited to Israel and gained firsthand information...

Forest degradation

IN recent years, concerns had been raised in Fiji about the decline in indigenous forests to provide essential products and services in the country. The forest product trade at the local market is gradually expanding but the availability of indigenous forest resources is declining. Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu, during the launch of the indigenous...

Celebrating birthdays

I’ve had just about all the birthdays I can stand this year, much as I love them. They come in a cluster at this time of year, so I try to not make it just about me, I try hard to remember other people’s too. So any way, my day comes and I think it...

My 5 years in Fiji

AS you all know, I represent the United Nations in Fiji and in nine other member states of the United Nations in the Pacific. Twenty-six UN agencies are signatories of our new five-year UN Pacific Strategy. We are supporting 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories in their quest to reach the Sustainable Development Goals of...

Breaching protocols

GOTTA say, there are breaches of protocol all over our place down in darkest Flagstaff. This week, the event – or rather non-event — on Bau provided a good moment to teach the junior generation a thing or two about protocol and politeness. The poor things have to learn it on all sides, having rellies...

Feeding our young

EVERY so often someone comes up with a new diet to keep people more fit and healthy. Among them has been the caveman approach to eating, often called the Paleo diet, which is all about raw foods and nothing that has been refined, canned, chemically processed or heated above 48C. Think raw vegetables, nuts, seeds,...

Know our ocean

This week we are all encouraged to know our ocean as the world marks World Ocean Day on the 8th June. As Pacific Islanders, we have a strong connection to our oceanic continent. Our totems are largely sea or land animals, and our coastal communities practiced ‘taboo’ over their fishing grounds way before the outside...

That Fijian off-load

THEY were the stars of the Barbarians when it ran riot against England rugby team on May 27.

Relief for vendors

RAINY days are often the worst for roadside vendors who endure the irregular weather conditions to sell goods that feed and sustain Fijians daily.

Ethical leaders

IN a contemporary world, ethics are of paramount concern in order to maintain a society’s values and morals.

An ‘artistic’ experience

ONE of the more humiliating experiences in a human lifetime is to be at an exhibition and recognise a familiar object from your childhood that is now a museum item. The first time it happened, I recognised the type of toaster that we would probably still be using if I hadn’t inadvertently stuck something in...

$11million question

FIJI Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), the name as we know it today, came into existence after the Legislative Council passed the Broadcasting Commission Bill in 1952. It began operation in 1954 and quickly became the only source of news for the majority of households in Fiji. Later, it was renamed Island Networks Corporation Ltd in 1998...

‘Gem’ of a home

MORE than 130 years ago our ancestors from various parts of India set out for a foreign land in hope of a better life. They set foot on the “gem” of the South Pacific, our beloved Fiji. The nation’s beauty mesmerises the entire world which has attracted stars from Bollywood and Hollywood, celebrities and business...

‘All in the same canoe’

WHILE appealing to all Fijians to prepare for the 2018 election and to exercise their democratic right to vote, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stated: “….we are all in the same canoe and are on the same journey towards creating a better nation, a stronger nation, and one worthy of our children and the generations to...

Youth in yaqona scheme

OVERLOOKING the coastal shores of Tawake District, about 40,000 yaqona plants, some as old as eight years, are scattered in an area of about 500 acres. The grog plants, which come under a farming scheme headed by the young men of Tawake Village in Cakaudrove started three years ago. The two hours walk to the...

‘Gold’ in cocoa pods

IN the 1880s cocoa was introduced to Fiji by the British and after World War II cocoa planting was concentrated in Tailevu, Naitasiri, Cakaudrove including parts of Ra and Nadroga/Navosa.

‘All coups are bad’

MAY 14 remains ingrained in the minds of many Fijians, including those who have migrated to other countries. This day gives us an opportunity to ponder two major events that happened 108 years apart but intricately linked. As it played out on May 14, 1987 and the period of events after that, the emergence of...

China’s links with Fiji

WHEN Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Fiji in 2014 to strengthen economic and strategic ties with Fiji and Pacific Island nations, there was an affirming perception that a visionary global leader had come. Mr Xi had said: “The friendly exchanges between the people of China and Pacific Island countries date back to a long time...

Students’ workshop: Careers without formal qualification

LEARNING in school is very important as it moulds students and allows them to gain a qualification and ultimately get a career later in life. Learning outside of the school system is also critical as it complements classroom learning, develops the child’s ability in grasping life skills and makes them effective citizens in the future....

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