From The Crowd

18th May

Hepatitis in children – Cases continue to grow globally

Health authorities around the world are continuing to investigate an outbreak of severe and unexplained hepatitis in children, with about 450 cases now reported worldwide. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, often caused by...

17th May

Lest we forget – A journey in search for destiny

This month marks the 143rd anniversary of the arrival of the first shipload of indentured labourers from India to Fiji waters. It was May 14, 1879 when the ship Leonidas arrived in Fiji. From then until November 1916, a little more than 60,000 Indians were brought from different parts of India to work here. The...

16th May

Too little, too late – Securing PNG’s 2022 national election

Papua New Guinea’s elections are often dangerous affairs. In the past, elections in the country have been accompanied by spikes in violence between rival groups, resulting in injury and death. In some areas of the country, fraud is rife, and voters face significant intimidation. The upcoming 2022 national elections will again present significant challenges for...

15th May

Letting dreams shine on: We pay homage to their sacrifice and determination

YESTERDAY, we remember the 143rd anniversary of the arrival of Fiji’s girmitiyas who were contracted to work on Fiji’s commercial sugarcane farms of the 1800s. They came to work as indentured farm labourers. Indenture was a system of contracted labour in those days where individuals were recruited to serve as migrant workers abroad, usually for a...

From the Crowd: On the road again

There is little more likely to rouse general excitement down in our niche in darkest Flagstaff than the rattle of car keys. Or even the jingle of change for a bus fare (or perhaps the clack of etransport cards?). Travel is in our blood, it seems. In a number of cultures there are folk tales that...

13th May

Water and sanitation

Ever since evolution of humans about seven million years ago, they searched for water sources and established their homesteads. The homo sapiens or earlier humans quickly spread to other parts of the world as they have adapted to weather patterns. Fresh water quality and quantity are inextricably linked to maintaining hygiene and sanitation. We all...

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