Letters to the Editor – April 8, 2019


Heart beats of HK 7s

If there’s any team that makes an impact in So Kon Po it is Fiji! The heart beats of HK have the best winning run and after defeating NZ continued a 28-match unbeaten run in the Happy Valley. The Fijians have played such an influential role in raising the profile of the HK 7s. Despite being placed in the “pool of death” our boys came out firing and beat Kenya, Australia and NZ. Our boys won fame for the gesture shown before the match against NZ and then handled the Kiwis well to come out pool winners. Commentator Rob Vickerman described Fiji as ‘having so many threats around the team’ and the try that Fiji scored against Kenya was a beauty. Our forwards played their hearts out and Captain Paula made an impression with his long looping strides, commitment and leadership while rookie Meli and Botitu were clinical. Jerry and Sevu led by example while Livai, Tuimaba, Teri, Tabu, Joshua, Ben and Naduva did not disappoint. Our passes connected. Our boys were sublime, breathtaking, and unpredictable. Our defence was well organised and our boys looked confident heading into day three. Baber said Fiji wanted it more than NZ and I’m hopeful that our boys will maintain the edge and continue with the rhythm. Fan support was huge and the atmosphere was fantastic. We had a good start and our boys fought hard by playing as a unit. Vinaka vakalevu Viti! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Thank you

I thank The Fiji Times for its extensive international news coverage. If it wasn’t for that, I might have missed reading about a Rwandan man lying about his dark political past in the hope of gaining asylum in the US (‘Convicted of lying’ FT 7/4, p8). But Jean Leonard Tenanya’s past evil doing caught up with him when Rwandans who lived through the genocide gave testimony in a four-week trial. He was convicted of lying about belonging to the political party that led the killings of about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in a three-month killing field by a hard-line Hutu regime in 1994. He was convicted of immigration fraud and perjury in connection with his application for US asylum. This case gives me a better insight and appreciation of what the tough US visa screening process is about. That is as should be. You can’t have terrorists, neo-Nazis, and fascists and the like lying to gain entry to live in America’s democracy. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Food for thought

A common household waste item is the egg tray, as I know. Many consumers do not know what to do with these trays so they think discarding them is the best way out. Hence, I think, the majority of these emptied trays that leave the shops find their permanent resting place in our garbage bins and incinerators on a daily basis. But not all do the same. Some use them for starting seeds. I think egg crates are also used to make crafts of all sorts which our children enjoy a lot. But I think the empty trays can be bought back and re-used by the supplier like the empty beer bottles. The ones damaged will have to be gotten rid of anyway. If this suggestion is taken on board and implemented, I am sure the cost of producing new crates will come down significantly. Who knows the price of eggs could also come down. Now, you can determine a reasonable price for the returned crates which shall be standard across the board. Not like the beer bottles. Food for thought. Suresh Chand Nadi

Women empowerment

Where does a woman stand in society? She plays an important role in the lives of others, as a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife and even a friend. Does society play its important role in providing her security and belonging? If you pick up a magazine or read an article on the lines based on women empowerment, you will most definitely come across the sentence that women are articulating issues of glass ceiling, equal pay for equal work, sexual harassment, and social political and cultural empowerment. But the main issue or point that I want to highlight is that the road between women and empowerment is still full of complicated hurdles. An emerging factor recognised in companies throughout the world is that there is a lack of women present in senior levels. What could be the reason for this? Some of the barriers that exist are firstly many businesses are not ready to hire women for top executive positions as it is believed that women are expected to tend to family responsibilities and this doesn’t leave time for running a major corporation and are considered not tough enough for business, they are less likely to ask for promotions and raises and they do not excel equal authority as men do. These are just some of the barriers that hinder them from taking leadership roles, the list of problems faced in workplaces are much higher. Some may even blame the women for holding herself back from progress, but as a society do you think they are given equal rights as men in your community. There is a typical assumption that a women’s feminine traits prevent her from being a perfect leader, they tend to follow others instinct rather than follow her own will. Now suppose a male leader is demanding, tough and authoritative and makes sure that people are doing their tasks appropriately, how do you think everyone would perceive him? Of course as a good leader. Now place a woman as the leader who portrays the same traits. Now do you suppose she would be looked upon as a good leader as a male in the same position? I believe she would be appreciated by being symbolised as being empowered and at the same time majority
will also point out that she is difficult. This has happened in companies where workers, especially males do not consider or prefer to work under the management of a female. We have taken initial steps to empower women but the road to the goal is
yet to be covered which has multiple obstacles. We can only make empowerment happen if we change our mindset on what women’s status should be in our society. SUSHMITA RANU RAM, Toorak Rd, Suva

Sevens series

The excuse given by World Rugby chief executive officer Brett Gosper that he believes there is still a possibility of Fiji hosting a tournament in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series even though its bid to host a tournament was unsuccessful, is nothing more than a poor ostensible reasoning! Gosper stated that Fiji put in a good bid, but in order for them to win they would have to put out either Sydney or Hamilton. The sevens series needs at least two more tournaments and the most suitable are Fiji here in the South Pacific, and Argentina in South America. Of all sevens playing nations Fiji deserves a series most of all and it would only be fair to pair up with Argentina. The whole sevens series would not be as worthy as it currently is if Fiji played no part in it! I’m sure Brett Gosper is well aware and understands that fact. Fiji deserves to host a leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series from 20 years ago! Here again we see World Rugby completely denying our island nation. It’s time for the Fiji Rugby Union to do something productive and boycott the sevens series. Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Bus stand safety

On May 6, 2014, two lives were lost in a tragic incident at the Suva bus stand. The incident which claimed the lives of a 46-year-old mother and her three-year-old daughter sparked a public outrage. The incident shook the nation and prompted the city council to improve the safety provisions at the bus stand as quickly as possible. The city council without wasting any time moved in and did what was needed to make the bus stand safe for all concerned. Five years down the line and I think the improved facility is serving the commuters well. I think the Nadi Bus Stand also requires your attention because it has no marked crossing and/or sidewalks to keep the commuters including the schoolchildren safe. Before tragedy strikes again, let’s do something immediately. Suresh Chand Nadi

Fiji and Spain

Fiji and Spain have had a formal diplomatic relationship since 1976. In a bilateral relationship between countries, common interests are explored. From Fiji’s perspective, an area should be sports. More precisely, soccer. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Sweet victory

Fiji’s win against New Zealand was a sweet one on Saturday night. Although the win came late it was what the fans had waited for. The match started with a symbolic gesture of goodwill from Fijian captain to remember the Christchurch victims. In recent times, New Zealand had beaten us quite smartly. The good thing was that we completely shut them out. It was a stellar performance from our side. New Zealand tried every trick but it seems nothing was working for them. It is always an amazing feeling when we beat our nemesis New Zealand. A sweet revenge. I am sure this win is going to be remembered for a long time. Well played Fiji. Pranil Ram Votualevu, Nadi

QVS reigns

Tailevu continued its supremacy in rugby league. Last year it was RKS and this year QVS walked away with spoils from the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League under-19 final after beating favourites Ratu Navula 20-19. RKS and Nasinu were also crowned under-15 and under-17 champions respectively. As the curtains were drawn, I thank Vodafone, the officials, players, parents, team management and spectators for making the competition sweet and hoping to see more of our boys playing overseas! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Adam and Eve

I was sitting here at Kava Place with my beer (yes) beer, and I said to myself, “What if Adam and Eve were developers?” Shudder! Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Love for reading

A timely reminder in the The Sunday Times by the Rotary Club of Fiji’s Lautoka branch! I salute the executives for the initiative taken to inculcate the love for reading in kids and I urge parents to motivate their children to read. As an adult I take a lot of interest in reading, especially sports articles, before compiling my letters. I believe a nationwide effort is needed to revive the love for reading in kids. We hardly see children with storybooks these days. Sadly mobile phones have replaced books. Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Kava farmers

How will the establishment of a Fiji Kava Corporation help the yaqona (kava) farmers, could the concerned minister tell us? Sukha Singh Labasa



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