Letters to the Editor – June 14

Action from Fiji's game against South Africa at the London 7s. Picture: SUPPLIED

Sevens world series

Fiji and South Africa dominated the rugby sevens analysis in the world series. South Africa started the series well, but started stumbling half way from Hong Kong where the Fijian dominance started. Fiji had lost seven games coming into Hong Kong, while South Africa were reaching the semis and/or finals of each tournament. After Hong Kong, Fiji went on a winning spree of 25 games before losing to Kenya in Paris. Interestingly, Fiji was ranked very high on poor kick-offs and errors while South Africa were the opposite. Fiji had the most tries scored and also ranked No. 1 on the quickest rate to score tries, around 4.6 per game. All in all, the series was dominated by Fiji and South Africa, and Fiji with five tournaments in the bag took 50 per cent of the series wins. Vinaka and toso Viti.

Shalwyn Prasad, Mukta Ben Place, Nabua, Suva

Series title

Master letter writer Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam had already warned us last week (FT 8/6) to learn from our sevens rugby history and not to count our chickens before they hatch. We were all excited when “The Bus” Tuisova and Semi “The Trailer” Radradra joined the team in London and what a glorious victory we had. I am with Shalwyn Prasad (FT 12/6) in questioning why both Tuisova and Radradra were not included in the Paris line-up. With only seven points the difference between our Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team and South Africa, a good coach would maintain the current winning combination from the London 7s for the final leg in Paris or even add on other impact players. Well, it is all spilt milk now and we should all forget the loss to England in the quarter-final and the 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series slipping off our grasp and prepare well for the World Cup Sevens next month. History, like the Bible, is written so we can learn from and not to commit the mistakes done in the past. Go Fiji, go.

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

Highway situation

Here is a solution to “FRA monitors highway situation, ponders solution” (FT 11/6 p.4). A major fault cuts the Savusavu-Labasa highway at Lomaloma and forms the western downthrown boundary of the graben (downthrown block). The fault is active as seen in the subsidence of the highway. An alternative route for this road exits the highway road at Bagata, 15 kilometres west of Savusavu and already goes north to Nukubolu. The link to the southern end of the Nakouratari Rd at Navakuru, 15 kilometres south from the Y junction at Labasa is only 8.5 kilometres long and passes along accessible tracks beside the creek. Instead of spending millions monitoring the fault and constantly repairing the road, establish the new Bagata-Nakouratari link to Labasa. This would likely take 40 minutes off the trip. A bridge at Lomaloma would be very costly. Use the remaining funds to finally tarseal the Nukubalavu road in Savusavu, the most densely populated rural road on Vanua Levu. Better than repairing pothole after pothole after pothole!

Geoff Taylor, Savusavu

Learning curve

The loss to England in Paris 7s quarter-final could be our best learning curve in our World Cup campaign. They exposed our weakness, indicating loopholes we need to thoroughly address. There were two chances we gave away by kicking up ahead, our defence did not work out to our favour, we lacked the usual continuity and our officials did not send in impact players on time. However, we continue to acknowledge the commendable effort by everyone bringing us this far. The sacrifice, commitment and passion from the boys is second to none. We are proud of you and may we be reminded that we need that World Cup crown here at home come July.

Waisale Moce, Nadarivatu

Early retirement

The other newspaper did a poll on the retirement age to be 55. I believe whoever did that poll needs to take a chill pill and come to reality. I was forced to retire at 55 and I had housing loans and motor vehicle loans to pay. My FNPF savings were used to pay for those loans because of me being forced to retire. Today I don’t have any money in my FNPF pension because of that. Only when you go through a situation, you would understand what you have gone through. At 55 I was still fit and I am almost 60 years old and I am still carrying the scars of early retirement.

John Brown, Drasa, Vitogo, Lautoka

Why spy

THE spying game is an essential tool for a prosperous economy. There has been a lot of talk on Facebook and the media on the arrival of the Chinese research vessel Yuan Wang 7. My suggestion, if China is spying on Fiji, let’s also tokalulu on China. Who gains a lot, them spying on what they already have or us spying on what we don’t have? Whatever decided — please don’t get caught.

Jonas Bradburgh, Makoi

FIFA World Cup

THE FIFA World Cup starts soon and I hear Sky Pacific won’t be airing the matches. Isn’t this a pity considering Sky Pacific is a subscriber-pay service and the World Cup is by far the world’s biggest and most prestigious sporting event? I guess, we need to rely on our friends at Fiji TV and FBC to deliver the goods, as usual.

Lalesh Kundan, Ba

Changing times

I HOPE the iTaukei tradition and culture survive the times we are going through. It is sad to think that this is being dismantled slowly by folks who should be protecting it. I believe this is only the worsening signs of greed, no love, and no respect.

Rick Eyre, Lautoka

Evasive driving

NAUA Rd of Westfield subdivision in Nadi is riddled with potholes. Fiji Roads Authority might as well grade it and pour crushed metal if they cannot maintain it. Any company wishing to teach their drivers evasive manoeuvring can use the mentioned road.

Wise Muavono, Balawa, Lautoka

Nepani entry

THIS wide entry has no marking and drivers sometimes get confused especially at night. New drivers slow down to get a better view of where to enter. There are no footpaths or streetlights or road marking for drivers to take precautions. Hopefully, the relevant authorities look into the issue seriously.

Tomasi Boginiso, Nepani, Nasinu

Taxi permits

HOW necessary was it? I can think of more important things where time and money could be utilised. More genuine things indeed!

Kirti Patel, Lautoka

To be heard

I AM writing to your letters column because I now believe it may be the only avenue left in the country for ordinary Fijians to be heard. I hope, I am right. I wrote to the Fijian Elections Office on April 28 complaining against discriminatory and rude treatment by the Lautoka Voter Services Centre when I visited it on April 26 to have my residential address change noted. The specific complaints were against age profiling, unprofessional behaviour and incomplete registration record. I have received no response from the Fijian Elections Office, even after sending a reminder email last week. On my visit, I was given a new voter card with my new address. But when I checked my polling station details the other day, it had not been changed from the Suva venue. I do not wish to return to the Lautoka elections office as I do not wish to be meted the same treatment as before. So I am at a loss. I still have some faith remaining in our democratic system, so I hope that something will materialise soon.

Anirudh Singh, Saweni, Lautoka

Tigers escape Lions’ fury

HATS off to the Delta Tigers for winning the first tournament of 2018! However, I commend the efforts of the Babasiga Lions for holding the defending champions nil-all until the dreaded penalty shootout. The Lions applied a lot of pressure but were denied by the heroic efforts of Rewa goalie Benito Waqavou, who played his heart out for the Tigers. Despite scoring two goals compared with the Lions’ nine, Rewa stormed Ratu Cakobau Park and president Nazeel, coach Rodu and veteran Dau deserve a round of applause. On the other hand, FFA officials smiled their way to the bank because of the huge crowd support. I felt that home ground advantage and slippery conditions went in favour of Rewa. To the Rewa fans, enjoy and savour this moment. I salute you for being absolutely wonderful fans and yes, you deserve this victory. To the ever red Labasa fans, it was just not our day but a big vinaka vakalevu for your continuous support. Like a true Lion, I am proud that our boys did their level best. Hard luck, I guess! To Dan and our Lions, thank you for playing gallantly, especially when you had to endure the travelling to and from the friendly north. A proud Labasia, I am and will always be! –

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Highway concern

I AM a regular traveller from Rakiraki to Lautoka and make daily trips for work. There seems to be carelessness from some villagers along the highway especially near a certain village where horses are left to roam on the road. This poses a major traffic hazard and often leads to near misses and accidents when the horses stand in the middle of the road or cross the road suddenly. The villagers, who own the horses are negligent of the risks posed to the drivers and vehicles. They seem not to understand the direct and indirect costs borne in case of accidents. The same situation happens in the Yaqara area as well even when there are cowboys now present to look after the herd of cattle. The cattle still roam on the road despite constant patrol by the cowboys. Driving at night is more hazardous even when driving slowly as there are no street lights in the area. I thought there were laws in place whereby individuals and companies can be charged and their livestock impounded when they are on the road. The enforcement seems to be lacking from the authorities. The mind-set of the villagers and companies need to change to safety for all especially on the roads. There are streetlights being planned and installed in some villages but the priority needs to be given to Yaqara area highway.

Vineet Chand, Rakiraki

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