Letters to the Editor – May 16, 2019


When warriors battle

High from their success in the Skipper Cup, the Dr Ilaitia Tuisese Jr coached Highlanders will walk in as hot favourites against Nadroga at Lawaqa Park. Nadroga bounced back after earlier losses to Nadi and Suva to thrash Northland and the battle against Naitasiri at home will determine their fate in the competition. When two warriors meet, excitement is bound to kick and I’m eagerly looking forward to the cracker match in round four. Hoping for an upset! Never count out the Stallions. Hakwa Nadro! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Superman or Super Mario

Areh dada! To be at five places at once. Jumping Jiminy! Superman or Super Mario? That Mr G should be the billion(s) dollar(s) taro. Not the starchy kind. MANOJ LAL PATEL Drasa Ave, Lautoka

Climate Change

A landmark report this past week delivered a devastating blow. Human activity means one million species of plants and animals are set for extinction in the next 10 years. Scientists are describing the mass extinction as unparalleled. Meanwhile, in our own back yard the effects of human activity are frighteningly visible. Several years ago mangroves which grew at Wailekutu by the highway were cut down and the ones that continued to grow were poisoned. Now there is a large crater-like hole which fills up at high tide with sea water. Bulldozers are working on filling it in to reclaim it for an industrial site. This past week a vast area of mangroves was cut down at Veisari while the mountain behind it is being systematically blown apart for the stone which lies beneath it. In times of rain (it rains a lot there) the siltation and soil washed down into Draunibota Bay and the harbour are clearly visible. There is a direct link between the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of the environment with climate change. Soil sequesters carbon as do trees and plants. Through our actions here in Fiji we are hastening climate change rather than slowing it down. Farasiko Tawake Fr Law Home Rd, Wailekutu

Road levy

I am agreeing to Vinesh Maharaj’s letter (FT 14/05) on the above issue. The road conditions in Fiji are continuously on decline and road levies must be reduced by the government for this year. Let’s hope that at least in the next 10 to 15 years, we get improved roads. Raynav Chand Nakasi

Walesi set-up

THE retail price for set-up boxes for digital TV Walesi is $99 while it will cost nothing for those households with income less than $30,000. I wonder how is it possible for the company to survive financially. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Immature seafood

While it is great to see effort put into stopping the sale of undersized crabs, the same needs to be done for other crustaceans and fish as well. We need to be protecting immature crustaceans and fish to allow them to reproduce. We continue to see undersized prawns, lobsters, crabs, inner reef fishes and other seafood sold in our markets and communities. People need to be made aware of the biology of all the seafood species we have in order for us to continue to enjoy seafood in a manageable and sustainable manner. At present we know nothing in terms of biological characteristics and the overall high rate of exploitation. Our seafood stock is being overfished and we’re now starting to take far too many of tomorrow’s spawners. We need clear define limits and robust harvest controls and rules to drive the sustainability of our seafood resources. We need to be doing more than just crabs and kawakawa! Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Top award

Golden boy with a golden boot and a gold medal award, what an achievement from a Siberia, Labasa native in the international arena of soccer, I hope the Fiji National Sports Commission is watching and listening. This proud and simple Fijian deserves a reward from our government and the Ministry of Sports as he is challenging and setting standards for future Fijians in any sport apart from our international golf hero Vijay Singh. I do hope that his excellency the President’s College of Honours will award Roy Krishna a Medal of the Order of Fiji for his achievements. It would be fitting for our soccer hero in acknowledgment of his success. Tukai Lagonilakeba Namaka, Nadi

Tree planting plan

All I said was — trues up when I read Ronnie Chang’s letter (FT 15/05) about the four million trees. When I first read that four million trees were going to be planted in four years, I was happy, I didn’t do any calculations, I was just happy. So now after doing the calculations I see that if the task is to be achieved, the planting will have to be done with real vigour. Anyway, I hope the people in charge have a plan that will achieve the four million trees in four years. But whew — 2470 trees a day is a mighty big task. Thank you Ronnie for putting it in figures. But then again maybe they have superman to help. Anyone in that tree planting plan care to respond? Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Doesn’t make sense

According to Wikipedia, United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organisation that has been tasked to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international co-operation and be a centre for harmonising the actions of nations. Non-profit organisations (NGOs) operate independently of governments and address various social issues which affect the vulnerable and needy. I believe the work of the police force is to prevent crime, apprehend criminals, protect and assist the general public and maintain public order. How will discussions between the UN Secretary-General and Fiji’s NGOs create work for the police force? This just doesn’t make sense to me. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Probe call

Police Commissioner Qiliho was adamant that the police would not harass NGO personnel Shamima Ali (FT 15/05) who claimed that somebody posing as a police officer was trying to intimidate her into disclosing what she intended to discuss with UN Secretary-General Guterres when she meets him this week. Would the commissioner investigate and find this person and charge him for impersonation? I am finding it hard to guess which other local person would be so interested in the subject of discussion between the NGO rep and the UN head and what he would benefit from it. Maybe some sinister motive? Or it could be just me watching too many movies on international espionage. Emosi Balei Suva

Four million trees

THE four million trees in four years program needs as much support as possible in order for it to be successful. It equates to planting approximately 2740 trees per day with the presumption that all of it will grow. Planting it is the easy part. It’s maintaining the growth of the trees where the challenge will be. An enormous task indeed! Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Roy’s sacrifice

Reading stories about Roy makes me feel proud that we have among us a humble and caring son who has done his family and loved ones proud. Roy’s achievement has been commended by the PM, those at rugby house and thousands of soccer fans. Bro Shalwyn (FT 15/05) it’s a proud moment for all Labasa fans and we hope to see more of our players follow Roy’s footsteps. Roy’s dad shared Roy’s experiences when he got a boot and how he sacrificed his salary to buy him that boot. Classic! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

School bullies

the increase in bullies due to banning of corporal punishment in schools? Dan Urai Lautoka

Police issue

So nice to know the Fiji police did not mean to intimidate FWCC (Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre) co-ordinator Shamima Ali but only wanted to know what she intended to speak to the visiting UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres about (FT 15/05). Does the police have that role in a true democracy? Rajend Naidu Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thank you

Thank you Simon for your letter that got me laughing so hard I had to have a mix to calm me down. Yes the cold weather is setting in and it could contribute to a slight population boom. Why I laughed really hard was when a thought struck me in the forehead that Rava Estate could have a slight boon in population. Then at the end of your letter you mention — it’s cold out there stay connected, what about those who have no one to connect to. You made my day. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Climate factor

Climate change is inevitable and unstoppable. Let’s not waste money on a losing battle. Simi Kuruvoli Makoi, Nasinu

Drug problem

Whaaaa? You just found that out? MANOJ LAL PATEL Drasa Avenue, Lautoka

Smart politicians

Politicians are only relevant when voted into Parliament. Smart politicians will never forget this especially when they see it happening before them. Dan Urai Lautoka || may16lekap9 || Roy’s sacrifice! Reading stories about Roy mak



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