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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Street beggars

BEGGARY has become a regular feature in Fiji.

Even healthy people are seen begging. Beggary has become a profession and even able-bodied persons do not want to earn their bread by doing manual work.

It is a great nuisance to have beggars around you at the bus stations, market compound, street corners up to religious places.

Even when one tries to avoid them, it is difficult to get out of their clutches. Sometimes these beggars embarrass you and you have to part with some coins even against your will.

I feel the Government must ban begging and haul the beggars. The healthy beggars should be forced to work for their livelihood.

If the eminence of begging is not checked immediately, it will turn out to be a big social evil in times to come.

Public co-operation is solicited to curb this evil from our society by stopping to give money.

My friend Narayan Reddy is wondering if it's because of poverty or it's just a trend as we are approaching Christmas.

It is neither, but simply a convenient method of getting money.

PAT VULI, Suva

Change attitude

ITS disappointing to see attitude and commitment issues surfacing both in our national 7s rugby team and soccer sides.

Both have overseas coaches trying to select the best combinations available, but still we see the malua attitude that has plagued Fiji sides for years.

Sevens reps sign on with an overseas country without even having the courtesy to notify the national coach, while eight soccer reps cant even make it to camp for forthcoming national duties.

This is why Fiji will never make it to any real heights in international sport, and overseas coaches cannot make too much impact in raising the level of national teams.

Yes, we have won the first leg the IRB series, and our junior soccer reps have made it to the world stage, but thats where it slows down and our teams disappoint.  Please, do not heap blame on overseas coaches and administrators when our results turn south.

Go look at local coaches and club officials, who it seems have total disdain for national teams, especially when some of them have previously been in that position.

Only when there is a complete change of mind-set and attitude, will we see Fiji win an IRB sevens series and improve our soccer ranking.

WILLIAM GARDINER, LautokaVigilant nation

I DO business with people all over the world.

At times I receive messages asking if Fiji was in Africa, Europe or in Asia.

Then I have a hard time telling them to look for it on the world map because they cant find it.

Someone even asked if Fiji was in Australia.

Why I say all of the above is because of the report that fake Fijian passports were among those of other nations seized in a raid in Lahore, Pakistan, two weeks ago.

But thank you to Immigration Minister Timoci Natuva who says that Fiji is safe as the fake passports could not be used to gain entry into Fiji.

Our passport has been quite technically designed, Mr Natuva said. Good.

We need to be vigilant because our little Fiji is now the target for transnational criminals, all kinds of mafia, gamblers, pimps, counterfeiters, money launderers, cyber crime and I heard on the coconut wireless we have nightclubs that also include strip-tease dancers.

Its amazing.

ALLEN LOCKINGTON, NadiRoad carnage

I AGAIN see there has been another death on our roads. This time in Sigatoka.The West accounts for the most road fatalities in Fiji.Mr Marcus Hill from Vuda, who has been meticulously gathering statistics over the past five years or so, will attest to this.

Its time that more stringent measures be adopted by authorities to curb these alarming statistics.  Also logical practices eg. keeping roads clear of foliage, practical speed limits in different areas, clear signage and road markings, functional streetlights, etc play a big part in helping lower the number of accidents.

I also firmly believe in the name and shame system where, careless and dangerous drivers, are exposed by us, the public, and taken to task.  It is time we, in the West, help reduce the carnage on our roads.

DENISE GIBSON, LautokaSoccer disaster

FIJI soccer has once again achieved the worse ever ranking. 208 is just few steps away.

Its an insult on former greats who once brought the limelight to Fiji soccer.

No wonder some prominent schools such as Rishikul College and Bhawani Dayal have opted out of any soccer activities in school because there is no future for this sport.

Also those parents who dream of seeing their child prosper in the game of soccer, I urge them to change their dream or perhaps send their children overseas because Fiji soccer is going nowhere. Its a dry day for Fiji soccer.  Anyway when is the next World Cup bazaar soccer in Fiji?

MOSES MANI, Auckland, NZGood leadership

THE qualities of a national leader are vital in a multiracial, multireligious and multicultural country like Fiji.

A national leader must be able to negotiate in a spirit of trust and goodwill and arrive at a mutually-beneficial consensus.

Leaders are looked upon as role models and those who are racist, corrupt, arrogant, confrontational, selfish, power-hungry, morally corrupt and those who put self interest before the interests of the people do not deserve to lead the country. It is not the race or other characteristics but the good qualities of a leader that matters the most.

There is much to learn from leadership styles of late Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, Late Mahatma Gandhi, Late Martin Luther King, Late Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

Leaders whose foremost interest is to mass wealth for themselves and for their supporters do not make good leaders. Majority of leaders nowadays seek power with the main purpose of enjoying the privileges and  benefits associated with leadership.

DEO NARAIN, SuvaFiji football

HEAD coach Carlos Buzzetti says in a press statement released by the Fiji FA that during the national mens football team training camp last week, there werent any problems and the standard of the players improved a lot.

Not until reading Buzzettis comments did it occur to me that Fiji FA is a model sporting entity and only in Fiji our footballers improve their standards overnight.

The 21 players who made it to camp without any doubt pleased the team management.

Heres to hoping these players also please the nation when representing the country, or Fiji FA at the least because thats paramount.  By the way, the national league starts next month. Who else is excited?

KELVIN ANTHONY, Suva

Better word

IF the Prime Minister and his Cabinet is only for the FijiFirst party, then our votes have definitely gone, for want of a better word, to the bin.

SAMU RAILOA, Nadi

It's my money

WITH the Auditor-General's report unveiled after a lapse of seven years, it does send a true picture of the Government's spending and rather careless record keeping. So much anomaly and the matter seems to be swept under the carpet. To top it off, it was public funds, even my money as a taxpayer. I have begun asking questions.

MANPREET KAUR, Ba

Pio's family

PIO Tuwai prioritises his family's needs than being in the Fiji 7s team, and what he did was a great move for the sake of his young family. I have no objections to that and so should everyone else. Sine qua non, it's the welfare of his family that's more important.

ALA NAQIRI, Nadi

Town plan

IT'S good to see the renovation of the Labasa bus stand but it is still the smallest bus stand in Fiji. I'd like to ask the Government to move the bus stand and market to the Jaycees Park if they really want to develop this town into a city. Right now the market, bus stand, the banks and supermarkets are all on one end of the town so the development at the western end of the town has been stagnant.

SUKHA SINGH, Labasa

On the road

AUTHORITIES should also consider including first-year registration of vehicles irrespective of year of manufacture on wheel tax labels. Recondition import vehicles arrive on our shores few years later after being manufactured and first year registration on our roads will help determine their number of years on our roads.

SHAMAL CHAND, Nausori

It's over

THE noise is slowly subsiding, here I refer to firecrackers. We in Waiyavi are sort of getting used to the noise, oh yes some people are still firing them. Well, at least some people are still enjoying themselves, at the expense of others. Whatever happened to the firecracker police?

NELSON NARAYAN, Lautoka

He's back

THE mercurial Jarryd Hayne has launched his NFL quest with a scintillating touchdown and the code-hopping Sonny Bill Williams (SBW) has returned to the fold of the world champion Mighty All Blacks. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy.

ANTHONY SAHAI, Italy

Better word

IF the Prime Minister and his Cabinet is only for the FijiFirst party, then our votes have definitely gone, for want of a better word, to the bin.

SAMU RAILOA, Nadi

It's my money

WITH the Auditor-General's report unveiled after a lapse of seven years, it does send a true picture of the Government's spending and rather careless record keeping. So much anomaly and the matter seems to be swept under the carpet. To top it off, it was public funds, even my money as a taxpayer. I have begun asking questions.

MANPREET KAUR, Ba

Pio's family

PIO Tuwai prioritises his family's needs than being in the Fiji 7s team, and what he did was a great move for the sake of his young family. I have no objections to that and so should everyone else. Sine qua non, it's the welfare of his family that's more important.

ALA NAQIRI, Nadi

Town plan

IT'S good to see the renovation of the Labasa bus stand but it is still the smallest bus stand in Fiji. I'd like to ask the Government to move the bus stand and market to the Jaycees Park if they really want to develop this town into a city. Right now the market, bus stand, the banks and supermarkets are all on one end of the town so the development at the western end of the town has been stagnant.

SUKHA SINGH, Labasa

On the road

AUTHORITIES should also consider including first-year registration of vehicles irrespective of year of manufacture on wheel tax labels. Recondition import vehicles arrive on our shores few years later after being manufactured and first year registration on our roads will help determine their number of years on our roads.

SHAMAL CHAND, Nausori

It's over

THE noise is slowly subsiding, here I refer to firecrackers. We in Waiyavi are sort of getting used to the noise, oh yes some people are still firing them. Well, at least some people are still enjoying themselves, at the expense of others. Whatever happened to the firecracker police?

NELSON NARAYAN, Lautoka

He's back

THE mercurial Jarryd Hayne has launched his NFL quest with a scintillating touchdown and the code-hopping Sonny Bill Williams (SBW) has returned to the fold of the world champion Mighty All Blacks. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy.

ANTHONY SAHAI, Italy





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