Letters to the Editor – Friday, March 08, 2019


We can do it

Much has been said in the dailies and social media about the dismal performance of our boys in Sydney and Las Vegas and some are predicting that if our Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team do not lift their game and successfully defend its Canada title, we can kiss winning this current 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series goodbye!

Five tournaments have been played and five remain and when we compare the points gained in 2018 to our current 2019 one, I say our boys can still do it, if they win all the remaining tournaments!

This time last year the points table were as follows:

1. South Africa 92,

2. New Zealand 82,

3. Fiji 79,

4. Australia 72,

5. USA 58 and

6. England 57.

Fiji won the next four tournaments but goofed up in Paris and thereby allowing South Africa to win the series by 182 points to Fiji’s 180.

That two points heartache set the game plan for this current series, to start on a high and remain consistent throughout.

Sadly it seems the USA 7s team is doing just that, followed by New Zealand; while our boys started well but lack consistency.

This is reflected in the current points standing:

1. USA 98,

2. New Zealand 93,

3. Fiji 84,

4. England 68,

5. South Africa 67 and

6. Australia 57.

This time last year our boys were sitting on third with 79 points and they made a comeback by winning four titles in a row but slipped in Paris.

Our Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team have an important decision to make and that is to seriously remind themselves of their shortfall in the last series, their game plan for this series and decide if they are still hungry enough to pursue the victory they wanted last year?

You can do it, go Fiji, go!

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

Drug option

I refer to Nasik Swami’s article (F/T 01/03) on Professor Biman’s request for a standing parliamentarian committee to carry out a national enquiry on why drugs is becoming an endemic in Fiji.

Such a bold move coming from an economist.

Like many South American countries where poverty is paramount and poverty is criminalised, the only way to survive is to join the cartel.

I believe as wages remain the same for our country men with no chances of survival or hope on the horizon as promised by well-intentioned political parties, other quick avenues of gaining cash will become attractive and the drug trafficking industry has proven to be quite lucrative besides detrimental to society.

Even Trump wants to use the recently incarcerated drug trafficking king’s funds to fund his wall.

A quick way to make a buck.

Joan McGoon, Jetpoint, Martintar, Nadi

Tsunami drill

I read that a tsunami drill was to be held yesterday 7/3.

But there was a catch, only FNU Maritime, FNU NTPC, USP Main campus, USP Statham, USP Lower and USP Marine were to take part.

Sobo, a drill is supposed to enact the real thing, why only selected institutions?

Why not involve everyone, you know why, because you can gauge how to control the flow of people and traffic.

So what does this mean, the next drill be the others?

You will never be able to know the real thing if only a few take part.

Are you worried about traffic jams, people leaving work etc.

Just do it, the tsunami drill could be a life or death thingy.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Character and manners

In Japanese schools young students don’t take exams until they get to Year 4.

The purpose and goal for this in the Japanese education system is not to judge the child’s knowledge or learning in the first four years but to establish good manners and develop character.

They teach manners before knowledge.

Here is something our education system needs to seriously look into as we seriously lack manners and good character.

It’s no wonder why the Japanese are such respectful people!

Simon Hazelman, Rava Estate, Savusavu

Balance for better

The world will applaud the efforts of women today as we celebrate International Women’s Day with the theme “Balance for Better”.

But will this gratitude stop as we conclude with International Women’s Day or will we continue to applaud the efforts of women in making our lives better?

While we acknowledge and appreciate the contributions made by women all over the world, I believe that a concerted effort is needed to reduce disparity, gender stereotyping, discrimination and inequality against women at work and at home as our women and mothers continue to get trapped into a culture of domestic violence and sexual harassment.

Let’s join hands to make our communities and streets safe for women and girls and eliminate any form of discrimination or marginalisation against them.

Furthermore, I’d love to see a domestic violence-free Fiji so that we stay in peace and harmony.

As I wish every woman and mother happy and blessed International Women’s Day, I say thank you for your endless love and support!

I pay tribute to those women who make sacrifices to look after their families and for their caring attitude for without these women we would not have been where we are.

The picture in yesterday’s The Fiji Times (page 3) was a beauty and a timely reminder that we need to keep women happy for they are the backbone of our society.

The theme “Balance for Better” should echo as we celebrate women’s day!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Cruise ships

Fiji is becoming a preferred destination of international cruise ships, specially for vessels making their inaugural voyages here.

With the MSC Magnifica sailing into the Fiji waters for the first time with the first stop in Suva and then Lautoka on the second day and with passengers more than 2000 and crew members of 950, Fiji should be prepared to host them in the best possible way we can.

A vital contribution to our economic growth as the increasing number of cruise ships visiting our shores.

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

The ‘gardens’

Some time way back in 2014, Thurston Gardens was earmarked for its restoration and redevelopment it had launched by the then-president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, at the Fiji Museum.

The plan was to recreate that special place where the people could reconnect with nature.

“With a mission to conserve, discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life, the gardens will fulfil an important role in our society,” Ratu Epeli said.

Could we be told of that plan please, has it happened or not?

Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Loan sharks

I believe they exist because banks don’t assist.

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Vomo St

The big guy at Fiji Roads Authority needs to come down to Vomo St in Lautoka and see how good the footpaths are.

Might be he will see what the guys who build the footpaths could not see.

What I am trying to say is while you build the footpaths, you also damaged the road which is in a very bad state.

The Government spends money to fix the footpaths but while doing that, you damaged the road which will take millions to fix.

John Brown, Drasa Vitogo, Lautoka

4 million trees

These trees are being planted all over Fiji by everybody who is interested in this very good project.

How do we know how many trees have been planted from the time the planting commenced?

Sukha Singh, Labasa

Guava story

Thank you Donald Singh for your guava story.

I like the well dressed like a taxman bit.

Made me mix saraga!

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Ash Wednesday

Catholics marked Ash Wednesday — the beginning of the Lent season, which marked a time for praying, fasting, thanksgiving and reaching out to those who need help.

My best wishes to our Catholics!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

White stampede

The Tabadamu coach suggests fast-paced attack from the Fiji team.

I think he is correct but this should be accompanied by a high rate of accurate decisions.

In the quarter-final against New Zealand, a rushed decision proved costly.

Running at pace from depth, receiving and delivering a pass is a difficult skill in rugby.

This difficulty becomes part of the arsenal once mastered.

If this message is heeded, I’d expect a white stampede this weekend.

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

Stunning comeback

United produced stunning comeback to beat Paris Saint Germain 3-1, as Rashford nets injury time winner from the spot after VAR call.

PSG were eliminated by Manchester United in a last gasp controversial circumstance.

A penalty was awarded by VAR for handball in the dying moments as Marcus Rashford stepped up to score.

With an aggregated score line of 3-3 from the two fixtures, United progress to the quarter-finals on away goals.

A lot of fans and former players will be surprised and disappointed if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not awarded the top job for Manchester United by the end of March.

He is still the interim boss after yesterday’s victory.

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

Developments in Tunuloa

While this letter may perhaps be the first one for this year after so many, previously on the said topic, I find there are very few or no development activities happening in and around Tunuloa areas and its peripheries.

While slowly retiring to my traditional abode last week for some well-deserved rest and recuperation, I found a projected nursing station (Surveyed by Lands Dept, September, 2019) in Navetau, Tunuloa overgrown with weeds, creepers and trees to so many metres high.

Let alone the hydro project at Muana/Wailevu/Naqaravatu isn’t progressing at all.

And yet again my earthling’s quest is for a proper government road for our schoolchildren who are quite vulnerable to elements when they are ferried across the seas, the sick senior citizens and the transportation of root/cash crops to and from the point of pick-ups, etc.

There is only a stretch left to link Wailevu Primary School and Napuka Secondary School.

In case of strong winds and to some extent the unfavourable weather, land transportation is always the best option.

We do not have TV receptions, mobile phones have intermittent receptions just to name a few.

Sir, we wish to also enjoy the same opportunities as enjoyed by most Fijians locally and abroad.

Joji O Toronibau, Navetau, Tunuloa, Cakaudrove

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