Letters to the Editor – December 4, 2018

Boxing - Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury - WBC World Heavyweight Title - Staples Centre, Los Angeles, United States - December 1, 2018 Deontay Wilder in action against Tyson Fury Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Inspiring stories 
The much anticipated fight between Wilder and Fury ended in a surprising draw. However, I thought that Wilder would have pulled out an easy win but the Gipsy King still has loads of his old school tricks up his sleeves. Had Wilder applied pressure to Fury from the early rounds, it could have been a different story. But I believe it was respect and calculation that held them back. On the other hand, sheer guts and self belief kept Fury at bay and though he was knocked down twice, he stood his ground, recovered and finished the battle. Congratulations to both the teams and I look forward to a rematch come 2019. Waisale Moce, Nadarivatu

A boxing stunner
In a stunner, the WBC heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury was ruled a draw. No one will be complaining if we get a rematch after this stunning fight. Wilder and the entire crowd thought it was over in Round 12 when Tyson Fury hit the deck. Wilder’s fiancee even yelled out congratulations. But it wasn’t over, and surely Fury did more than enough, despite the knockdowns, to come out on top. Wilder did not raise his arms as the bell rang. Looks like he knows what is coming.
Tomasi Boginiso Nasinu

Inspiring stories
Every day The Fiji Times brings to us the story of our people, who are inspirations. One is Takape Kamunaga. The story (FT 03/12) tells us about this lad. Growing up he was jokingly called the “Criminal” by his schoolmates. Anyway, what struck me was when he was told to bring something for their “Bring and Buy” sale at the school. He turned up to school with a shoe polish and a brush and offered to shine his schoolmates’ shoes for money. “When the teachers saw me polishing away, they immediately reported me to the vice-principal,” laughed the 31-year-old. That’s all in the past now. Good on you Takape, you are indeed an inspiration.
Allen Lockington
Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Lelean old scholars
Congratulations to the three Lelean old school mates who have managed to make it to Parliament after our 2018 General Election, minister Jone Usamate of the FijiFirst party in his second successive term and new SODELPA Opposition MPs Inosi Kurudrani and Simione Rasova. I do hope they can all help bring clinical constructive debate during their term, Vinaka Davuilevu. Tukai Lagonilakeba
Namaka, Nadi

Savusavu water supply
The clarification by Sekove Uluinayau, general manager customer services of Water Authority of Fiji, about the water situation in Savusavu is much appreciated (FT 24/11). The revelation by Mr Uluinayau that Savusavu will be getting a new water treatment plant come May 2019 is indeed great news. The installation of a proper water treatment plant has been long overdue. Savusavu ought to have got a new treatment plant installed 20 years ago! I apologise for taking this public but when one doesn’t get any response from the local authority one has no choice but to go public. While I have your attention Mr Uluinayau, can you also give us an explanation on why the approved Savusavu Sewerage Treatment Plant is yet to break ground? It’s been several years now since it was given the go ahead but to this day nothing has come of it? Raw sewerage waste is one of our biggest concerns. It is very unhealthy practice that people continue to defecate in our creeks and along our coastlines. The population in Savusavu is growing rapidly but little to nothing is being done as far as upgrading basic infrastructure to cater for the increase?
Simon Hazelman
Rava Estate, Savusavu

Plans for the year
It is nearly that time of the year when people will be making all sorts of plans for the coming year. Most people would resolve to change something about their personal life. It may range from accomplishing a personal goal to improving life standard. Unfortunately, for many people their resolutions fade away as they become sober or when the merrymaking is over. Planning is just part of the equation. The acid test comes in the daily routine to achieving a goal. We should set specific and realistic goals. If it seems too difficult, instead of giving up, work in stages. Self motivation and strong commitment are powerful virtues. Apart from planning for the coming year, it is equally beneficial to look back at the passing year. It has given us so much. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Daily stress
It is very disappointing to encounter these events on a daily basis. Contributing to high levels of stress. Loud music in our buses, inconvenient size of steps in buses (not suitable for the elderly, those with foot injuries and the disabled) and non-functioning of cash registers after almost every second item scanned, in some popular supermarkets. We’ve gone so far to take a lead role in combating some global issues, however, serious issues remain at home. Now stress affects everybody young and old alike. Especially delays and inconveniences! Please authorities kindly look into these pressing issues!
Steven Chandra

Ba takes crown
The Men in Black inflicted pain and misery in the Blues camp by defeating the hosts twice to scoop the CVC crown in style. A proud moment for all Ba players and fans as the side won its 20th CVC title. Congratulations to president Rishi, his hardworking executives and the players for a gallant victory!
Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam
Nadawa, Nasinu

Number 147
147 is the highest break one can do in snooker. I would like to know from the Fiji Billiards and Snooker Association if anyone in Fiji has been able to do this? If not just think of the 147 difference in votes between the mighty FijiFirst and rest of the opposition and keep enjoying the easy life in Fiji. Sukha Singh Labasa

Two-man rule
With his opinion “So what if we have a two-man rule? For a country as small as our’s we’d be better off with just two people having absolute control…” (FT 02/12 ), Simon Hazelman gives proof that he is no knowledgeable student of history and politics. If he was he’d know the risk inherent in concentrating power in the hands of a few. It’s for a good reason that it’s said little knowledge is dangerous. That’s what Simon peddles in his perverse opinion piece.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney, Australia

Natabua road
There are a million and two patches along the Natabua Rd. Yes, one more than the patches between Tavua and Rakiraki. With the uneven surface, would be more logical to just grade the whole road and pour crushed metal. “Gravel it” as my mate Cameron often says when spraying the road after a heavy grog session.
Wise Muavono
Balawa, Lautoka

Fiji’s future
It’s good to note our honourable leaders have committed themselves with blessings to serve all Fijians with care and share. This is the time to stand united under the noble banner blue, burying our differences we had gone through. Let’s learn from yesterday, that’s history. Let’s work to the best of our ability for the future of our next generation. Let’s move forward for Fiji’s fruiting future. God bless Fiji.
Tahir Ali
New Zealand

Focus shifts to Cape Town
The words of Scottish rugby 7s star turned commentator Scott Robertson “I love this team playing. It’s so natural for them”, shows that despite the loss in Dubai, our boys are rated highly. Hence, it’s important to bury the disappointment in Dubai and focus on Cape Town where our boys will face England, Kenya and France. I also salute the fighting spirit of our players who went on to defeat the Blitzbokke to finish fifth in Dubai — a result that gave hope moving to Cape Town. Fiji was impressive and tactical in pool play but our boys were tested by a gallant and spirited Eagles outfit led by World 7s Player of the Year Baker, Isles, Barrett, Niua, Hughes, Pinkelman, Leuta and Tomasin. USA took short restarts and used their forwards to take us head on. USA coach Mike Friday at the break reminded team USA to make the most of possession and work for everything and this message did not fall on deaf ears. Against Mike Friday’s men, we failed to get our hands on the ball. We missed tackles. We failed to capitalise on opportunities. We were not competitive at the breakdown and we lacked the hunger and killer instinct required to beat USA. We failed during restarts and tried to play catch-up rugby. We lost to a team that was eager to bury last year’s disappointment of losing five games. We lost to a team that slapped us with their footwork and deceptive pace. However, after the loss Fiji came back strongly and beat Argentina to set up an absolute cracker against the Blitzbokke but we made some feeble tackles allowing Muller du Plessis to grab his hat-trick. The conversion by Botitu was an eye-sore and showed that more communication is needed during crucial times. Another area that stood out was our discipline as Sevu and Nasilasila were shown cards but debutants on the big stage Vota, Botitu, Derenalagi, and Tuimaba had a great start and when Tuimaba dotted against the Blitzbokke, commentator Robertson alluded that a star was born in Dubai. I look forward to Cape Town and I commend Gareth and the side for finishing strongly in Dubai. I’m sure that we will bounce back in style in Cape Town which is sure to thrill and excite fans. Thus, it’s important to keep in touch with NZ, USA, England and Australia.
Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam
Nadawa, Nasinu

Treasured moments
It is that time of the year again where Christmas parties and farewells are high on the agenda. While some events are still in the planning phase (with much anticipation), other events have eventuated with its memories much treasured for a lifetime. It is in these types of occasions that we look back on our successes and failures with a view of doing better in future. Farewells on the other hand is something that I always look forward to being a part of because acknowledgments and great learning experiences are often shared which provides the basis of motivation to the audience. One of the key messages that I appreciate and value from a recent farewell party was the fact that in any organisation be it small or big, human resources play a significant contribution to its operation and the successful achievements of its goals and objectives. John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of US, once shared “my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. Let us all continue to be innovative and ambitious to make a difference to save the world, be it on social responsibility, ecological balance, political participation and economic capability approach as embraced by a renowned international organisation. Overall, someone once said “we are not here to belittle one another but to help and support each other,” as this is one of the great essence of life.


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