Opinion

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, August 25, 2019

All not lost for Eileen In real life for Eileen Cikamatana, as Fiji’s door closed in on her, all was not lost. This amazingly young 19-year old super weightlifter now has an awesome huge Australian...

Editorial comment – Fighting against hard drugs

IT WAS interesting to note the impact the hard drug situation in our country has had on various sections of society. Yesterday, a group of mothers, calling themselves the “Ministry of Mums” made a commitment to steer children away from the illicit drug trade. They met for the first time at the Fiji Museum in...

24th August

Letters to the Editor – Saturday, August 24, 2019

Eileen’s superwoman success After Eileen Cikamatana’s superwoman success in Australia, we Fijians became proud. The permanent secretary for the Youth and Sports Ministry shared that taxpayers’ funds had been used to assist her rise. The proud feeling skyrocketed. The people of Fiji have contributed towards her success. Fiji is a proud sporting nation. Mohammed Imraz...

Editorial comment – Going back to school

SOMETIMES we just have to pre-empt some things in life. As we count down to the start of our final school term for the year, we take this time to raise a few reminders. Term Three is the business end of the school year, and is important for exam classes and forms. This is when...

23rd August

Letters to the Editor – Friday, August 23, 2019

Nemani’s response I salute the Youth and Sports Ministry permanent secretary Maretino Nemani for airing his views on the need for sporting federations to tread carefully in the management of elite athletes if Fiji was to retain talented and high-performing athletes such as Eileen Cikamatana. Coming from a sporting background, Maretino Nemani was a household...

Editorial comment – Fire safety advice

THE revelation that two children and four adults escaped with their lives after a fire engulfed their three-bedroom home along Tamani Lane off Milverton Rd, Suva, on Wednesday will attract attention. The National Fire Authority confirmed the occupants were asleep at the time of the incident. At 8.02am, it confirmed, the Suva Fire Station was...

22nd August

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, August 22, 2019

Our golden girl I had to relook at the words in red and read through the article to make sure that I did not require a visit to the eye clinic. The number 46 represents extreme ends. It is sheer jaw-dropping jubilation and sadness. Has 46 gold medals slipped from being placed beside Fiji’s name?...

Editorial comment – Questions linger

THE revelation by the permanent secretary for Sports Maretino Nemani of Government’s assistance in the development of our golden girl of weightlifting, Eileen Cikamatana, will attract interest. Yesterday, Mr Maretino urged sports organisations to look after their athletes well. His views came after Cikamatana broke 46 records during the 2019 Quaycentre Australian Junior & Under-23...

21st August

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fantastic Eileen Cikamatana I was talking to an Australian friend on Facebook about Eileen Cikamatana’s recent fantastic record-breaking lifts. She is a wonderful person and phenomenal in her sport. No doubt about that. Then he quips, “Al, it could also be the water we have over here.” I was wondering if it could make me...

Editorial comment – Calling on the 16th man

AS we count down the days to the opening of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the hype is slowly building up around the Flying Fijians. We are now 30 days away from our opener against the Australian Wallabies. Still reeling from their crushing 0-36 loss to the New Zealand All Blacks at the...

20th August

Letters to the Editor – August 20, 2019

Dragons top ranking Before the RWC Fiji’s pool opponents and Six Nations Rugby champions Wales received a major boost as the Dragons have risen to the top of the world rugby ranking displacing the All Blacks after almost a decade. Wales won this year’s Six Nations Rugby Championship for the first time since 2013 to...

Editorial comment – Top weightlifting prospect

What else can we say but what a display of power and confidence! Fijian youngster Eileen Cikamatana has etched her name in the history books, breaking 46 weightlifting records including three world records during the Australian National and Junior Weightlifting Championships in Sydney at the weekend. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist is now the number...

19th August

Letters to the Editor – August 19, 2019

Importance of the cibi Well our warriors for the RWC (Rugby World Cup) in the land of the rising sun have been chosen and all that is left is to tweak those wrongs to a right and we should be all set to go and do battle. Now I know this topic is a bit...

Editorial comment – Correcting a wrong

THE revelation that three cases of assault on police officers were recorded last weekend is cause for concern. We can only hope the cases and the manner in which the attacks happened are not reflective of an underlying fight against authority. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said in the first incident five men in their 20s...

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