Letters to the Editor – May 29

Ryan Crotty of the Crusaders charges forward during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Sunwolves at AMI Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Picture: ZIMBIO

Super Rugby

As we count days to the clash between the Chiefs and Highlanders, the Super Rugby points table looks exciting. The Crusaders lead with 50 points while the ‘Canes are pursuing hot on their heels, trailing by five points. Ironically, the ‘Canes are placed fourth on the points table despite being 10 and 19 points ahead of the Lions and Waratahs, who top the South African and Australian conferences. This week’s games — the Chiefs versus Crusaders and Hurricanes versus Highlanders will decide the fate of the NZ conference, which is the most competitive. My best wishes to the defending champions — Crusaders! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Vet hospital

Vet hospital I believe there is a need to explain the context in which a “vet hospital” (FT 26/05) or more correctly a “teaching veterinary hospital” plays a role in a veterinary education program. This is an animal hospital that is to be built by the Fiji National University as part of a program that they provide. It is a teaching hospital and not a “normal” hospital as the writer of the letter seemed to assume in congratulating FNU for building the “first vet hospital for the Pacific”! The provision of a teaching hospital is a necessity for a veterinary education program from day one of the course or at least, before the clinical years and not towards the end of the program. In fact, it is doubtful whether the hospital would be ready before the current cohort of students graduate next year or the middle of 2020! The students would not have had teaching facilities for clinical, surgical and medical skills. It shows how the program was badly designed and implemented with inadequate resources and little involvement of stakeholders and veterinary professionals. I am aware that Fiji has a shortage of veterinarians. The Government and the Fiji Veterinary Association (FVA) are addressing this shortage. We, the members of the FVA are particularly concerned with the standard and quality of “future veterinary physicians” that will be allowed to be released to carry out “veterinary” service on the unsuspecting public and animals. N. Tabunakawai President, Fiji Veterinary Association Vatuwaqa, Suva

The best four

The best four After some amazing action of football over the weekend, the best four will now battle it out in the knockout stages. Labasa has been in excellent form and will be hoping to make it to the final but with Nadi standing in their way, it will be a test of fitness and determination. Lautoka were fortunate enough to hold Tavua to a draw whereas Rewa got a hammering from Labasa. Both line-ups featured their second strength teams with Labasa dominating most facets of the game. I think Tavua were the most unlucky team in the tournament. They dominated Suva and Lautoka in most aspects yet suffered a defeat to Suva and a last-minute draw with Lautoka. Despite the golden town boys not qualifying for the semis, they should keep their heads high for the tremendous performance. All the best to the best four for Saturday’s semi-finals and may the best come out glorious! Raynav Chand, Nakasi

Top sides

Lautoka, Labasa, Nadi and Rewa fans were jubilant as their teams made it past a tough pool outing while traditional giants Ba and the boys from the Capital City missed the cut. However, Tavua and Dreketi must be commended for playing their hearts out and giving big names a tough time. The Master Saroj Kumar brigade from the goldmining town was impressive and was unlucky to concede a last-minute goal against Suva and a penalty against Lautoka. Despite not making it into the semis, Tavua won fame for the spectacular performance delivered. Hats off to the pool of young talents who stood out in Nausori! I hope they will remain with Tavua when the transfer window opens. On the other hand, Rusi’s fine form reminded me of Watisoni Voli and Alipate Driu, the top marksmen of their era and who were part of Nadi’s victories under the leadership of Navneeda Goundar. Nadi was in fine form against Suva although the Jetsetters lost to Tavua on the opening day. They held the mighty Sugar City boys and then broke Suva hearts with the win that put them into the semis. Dreketi was brave enough to hold Rewa and Ba scoreless and I felt that they were unlucky on the opening day against their brothers from the north going down by two goals. Many thought Lautoka would cruise in the Fiji FACT based on their form
from the O-League playoffs. However, the Blues struggled and managed two goals in the pool. The most impressive team had to be Labasa. While the Lions roared, Rewa fans left the ground early with the 4-0 thrashing. A big vinaka vakalevu to the coach and officials for the commitment! To the sponsor Galaxy Apartments, thank you so much for financially supporting the Lions! I must also acknowledge the efforts of the players,
in particular veterans Dan, Pita and Akuila for binding the team. Fans saw the best from the Lions as they topped group A making the semis exciting — Labasa vs Nadi and Lautoka vs Rewa. I am confident that when the dust settles on Sunday the Lions are going to lift the trophy and paint Ratu Cakobau Park red. To Ray — “The Voice of Soccer” thank you for the lively commentaries and talkback show. RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM
Nadawa, Nasinu

Private enterprise
I REFER to the quote Colin Deoki uses to make his point (FT 28/05): “Government can’t create wealth but it can create the conditions for private enterprise to flourish”. Private enterprise has indeed flourished the world over with the conditions governments create but very little of that has “trickled down” as was envisaged by the conventional development theory Colin subscribes to. Development critics have pointed out with solid evidence that historically poverty and inequality has grown despite private enterprise flourishing. There is clearly a need for a paradigm change to
address the problem of poverty and inequality. The existing development model has failed to deliver a fairer and more egalitarian society. We can’t have more of the same as a solution. I take it Colin is not a student of the sociology of development. RAJEND NAIDU, Sydney, Australia

The problem remains

Thank you The Fiji Times for printing Umar Billy Ali’s letter (FT 24/05) and mine “Questions for FRA” (FT 25/05) for these have elicited a reply from Mr Moore (FT 26/05). But he has not replied specifically to our concerns. It is agreed the drivers are speeding and he mentioned the need to control speeding and that there are uncontrolled right turns and need for lights at pedestrian crossings all of which are non-existent at present. Nor did he say where these improvements might be. However, it is noted that the spaces in the median fencing for pedestrians to cross are few and far between (about 300-500m apart) so everyone has to walk further to reach the other side. A good example is at Namaka Medical Centre where there should have been a pedestrian crossing to enable quick access to the pharmacies across the street. People have to walk many metres to where they can cross. Especially if they are sick. It is agreed that lights are needed e.g., at the Shop N Save junction, outside Consumers and the Namaka Market as they are uncontrolled right turns. But both Consumers and Namaka Market are very close together so putting lights there makes no sense. Along the Nadi International Airport to Burger King stretch, the “NO Right Turn” is not a hassle as there are other outlets. However, my concern is that near RB Patel at Martintar, two side streets (Ragg and Zahoor) have no other outlets, and have been denied right turns by the new medians, causing additional unwarranted travel. For me at Ragg St to turn right to the airport, I have either to enter RB complex and exit right or stop where the median ended at the right hand lane, wait for traffic to clear and do a U-turn, which is more dangerous. Similarly if I was to re-enter Ragg St from RB, I would have to travel further down to opposite Lale’s Service Station and do a U-turn or drive into Mountain View road and do a U-turn. So we have shifted the first problem (at Ragg and Zahoor) to two other locations. The problem remains. So why not reinstate the right turn at Ragg St and install lights there? Zahoor St, opposite the Hexagon Hotel, has the same problem. So please install lights there too to make it controlled. Can you see how ridiculous that is? Come on Mr Moore, be sensible. Reinstate the right turns at these two places and don’t shift the problem away from the highway into some other street. I did not have problems turning right at Ragg St as I usually wait for the traffic to clear. If the other drivers are causing near misses, then they are the problem and they could cause accidents anywhere because of to their impatience. The road itself and turning right is not the problem. You have not shown any statistics to show the number of near misses or accidents since the highway was made. It is the speed, drivers’ impatience and getting used to the new situation. Please reduce the speed to 50km as before since this is a buildup area anyway, and have the police put a blitz for a few weeks on this stretch, since the speed cameras are non-existent. Finally my pet peeve. Others have written about it too. Why have gardens in the median? They are costly to maintain, and you close off one lane regularly to do weeding, thus negating the need for four lanes. If you need to plant why not along the foot path verges? A concrete median is long-lasting and does not need regular attention and disruption to traffic. I have received many comments from friends on this. The silent majority does not speak. Norman Yee, Martintar, Nadi.

Teary Mo Salah

REAL Madrid won the Champions League but I feel they got to thank their lucky stars after Liverpool’s scoring sensation Mo Salah was substituted because of injury. Liverpool dominated the passage of play until Salah’s injury, which hit the team. Although I am not a fan of Liverpool, I must admit that the Reds have a treasure in Mohamed Salah, whose spirit, discipline, steadfastness, speed, accuracy and commitment have been admired by millions of fans. It was sad to see the star player fighting hard to continue and then leaving the pitch in tears.I salute Salah for displaying exceptional soccer skills! RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM, Nadawa, Nasinu.

Moderation

MODERATION avoids extremes, exercises restraint, and is related to self-control.  Moderation is a good thing, but living a life of moderation is an uphill battle in today’s world. Allen, do you copy? WISE MUAVONO, Balawa, Lautoka.

Home scare

THE recent HOMES-CARE assistance seems to have taken an interesting turn. I was a bit confused because I read the name fast and it looked like “HOME-SCARE” assistance.Sound the same though. ALLEN LOCKINGTON, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka.

LTA issue

WOULD LTA clarify if some buses in Nadi have been given alternate route licence so they can bypass the Queens Rd and turn into Wailoaloa Rd Junction to go to Nadi Town? With the new Denarau Rd by-pass, a lot of bus companies take this super highway routes and pick and drop new passengers enroute. This new drama by them creates a bottle neck at Wailoaloa junction at peak hours. Hopefully LTA can visit this area of concern and see why the short cuts are being taken now instead of published routes for buses. UMAR BILLY ALI,Namaka, Nadi.

Missing person

READERS who live in the Nasese area of Suva may well have noticed a gentleman who used to sit outside the Nasese baker with his creamy coloured dog. His name is Isireli and he calls his dog Shane. For some weeks now, Isireli has disappeared and no one that I have asked knows where he has gone. I was also concerned about his friend Shane who no doubt misses Isireli. Shane is, pending Isireli turning up, being well looked after. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Isireli, could you kindly contact me on 9221463 or  im_howick_smith@yahoo.com. TIM HOWICK-SMITH, Lami