Letters to the Editor – Friday, August 09, 2019

Soccer star Roy Krishna. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Roy’s advice on healthy living

During the Suva versus Ba BOG soccer match, Roy Krishna was invited to the commentary booth by Raymond Stodart.

Stodart asked Roy how he managed to perform so well week in, week out.

Roy said “train hard, eat well, sleep well and drink plenty water”.

Maybe when I meet him, I can ask him what to eat, how many hours of sleep and how much water to drink daily.

Sukha Singh, Labasa

10 cents levy

So a mobile company will pay Government a 10 cent levy.

The birth certificate price went up, the plastic levy went up and now 10 cents for every GB of data used by the mobile companies’ customers.

Man, what happened to the B boom?

Or is this what they meant about the boom?

Boom can be a soap powder and it’s also the sound of a destructive explosion.

So, I believe cutting costs is real and the various increases in prices could be just the beginning.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Airline services

Like many of your readers, I too was disappointed to learn that Korean Air has decided to withdraw their services to Fiji for commercial reasons.

I was not surprised, however, as they join a list of carriers who, over the past years, have withdrawn services to Fiji mainly for reasons of commercial viability.

They include BOAC (British Airways), Pan Am, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Canadian Pacific Airlines, Lan Chile, Air India, UTA Air France, Japan Airlines, Continental Micronesia, Qantas and Air New Zealand; the last two on their through services to the US.

I suspect that Korean Air was not able to enjoy a good traffic mix resulting in acceptable yields, carrying mostly discounted tour traffic.

One reason our locals preferred Korean Air because it was the cheapest way to and from Europe.

A carrier can still lose money carrying a planeload of non-cost related fares.

The other reason was that Fiji Airways resuming flights to Tokyo allowed Japanese traffic direct flights, which previously had to be routed via Seoul.

The departure of some carriers, however, has allowed Fiji Airways to expand its routes as we did when Continental Airlines pulled out, giving Fiji Airways a window of opportunity to commence services to Los Angeles.

Similarly when Japan Airlines decided to cease operations, Fiji Airways made plans to inaugurate services to Narita in Tokyo and eventually Kansai in Osaka.

It is unclear if Fiji Airways will seriously consider operating directly to Incheon, Seoul, as traffic can still be routed via Tokyo.

Only when these flights become heavily supported, constraining capacity, would it be feasible to consider operating to Seoul.

As suggested in some quarters, I don’t believe the Fijian Government would achieve anything by approaching both the Korean government and Korean Air to review their decision unless our Government is willing to provide them with a subsidy, just as the Samoan government was asked to do for Air New Zealand, to continue operations to Apia.

Korean Air’s decision is unfortunate but no one can expect a carrier to continue services which prove unprofitable.

We in Fiji should consider ourselves fortunate in having a strong national carrier in Fiji Airways to take up any slack as far as tourism arrivals are concerned.

Ernie Dutta, Senibuadromo St, Suva

Head teachers’ conference

PRIMARY school heads converged in Suva for this year’s head teachers’ conference.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Educational Leaders for Sustainability” and I’m sure sound conclusions were drawn on to enhance quality education in primary schools.

As I wish our school leaders all the best, I thank them for their leadership.

Hearty thanks to the Suva heads for hosting the conference!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Ratepayer’s grievance

I LIVE at Andrews Rd in Nadi. My house is not far from the Nadi Bus Stand.

In fact, it’s only a five-minute walk to town.

It is rather unfortunate that there are no footpaths where I live.

Also, in the rain our road becomes water-logged.

I have already registered my grievance with the Nadi Town Council because of the suffering.

Now I am hoping that they will do something to make our life better.

I sometimes don’t believe I am living in a tourist town.

Suresh Chand, Nadi

Explanation please

TRANSPARENCY is about explaining your decision.

I believe when the authority says no march permit to workers who are members of FTUC without an explanation, what are they showing?

Dan Urai, Lautoka

School holiday

AS we approach the two weeks school holiday, I would like to advise parents to take good care of their children.

We should know where our children are.

Give them some work or give them books to read.

Mereseini G Taukave, Tavua

FTUC march

I BELIEVE the rejection of FTUC’s application yet again, to exercise their rights under the country’s Constitution, by the Fiji police, could give the impression that every effort is being made to stifle the voice of workers of this country.

The absence of any reason for the rejection of the application by the authorities raises suspicion further.

The minister responsible for workers’ rights stood up in Parliament this week and assured the House that workers’ rights were being supported by Government even though it sounds very hollow with the recent rejection of the workers’ permit to express their views freely.

Emosi Balei, Suva

Nothing is free

LAGONILAKEBA hits the nail on the head when he says nothing is free (FT 07/08).

Yes, someone is paying for free education, free bus fares, free milk for Year 1 students, etc, etc.

Guess who pays?

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Roy’s dream

FIJI’S soccer wonder boy Roy Krishna revealed his dream to coach the national soccer team in the near future.

In his exclusive interview during the FFA organised cocktail, Roy mentioned that he had plans to help the young generation with the knowledge that he gained overseas.

I believe that it would be an honour if Roy takes over the coaching reins at FFA and I’m pretty sure that we would see the glorious days of the late Billy Singh, under whose guidance Fiji soccer was at its ever best.

On the other hand, FFA president Rajesh Patel questioned FASANOC’s decision to award Fiji Airways Flying Fijians fullback Alivereti Veitokani the 2018 Sportsman of the Year Award ahead of Krishna.

If Mr Patel had watched the Australian Rugby Championship he would have seen the enormous and valuable contribution that Veitokani had made to guide the Fijian Drua to our first ARC trophy after which he secured a contract overseas and continues to make headlines with his sublime, incredible and nippy performance.

Finally, I’m happy that FFA has recognised Roy’s achievements and I’m sure that Roy will return home someday and make a contribution to the game of soccer.

Cheers Roy!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Hybrid vehicles

I REFER to the article published in The Fiji Times yesterday where the Attorney-General gave the reasons the Government was promoting hybrid vehicles.

I think this is a very good move taking into consideration the effects of fossil fuel on the climate and the saving on our import bills.

We all must support the Government to achieve this goal.

The only downside of this which I feel will affect the pocket of the Government is in terms of duty on fuel.

At present we pay about 46 cents per litre on petrol and 24 cents per litre on diesel.

This is a big revenue earner for the Government and I wonder how will they offset this loss.

I hope not another big tax on us.

Nardeo Mishra, Suva

Car purchase

THE A-G’s comments regarding the encouragement of the purchase of hybrid cars in Fiji seems to be completely misguided.

The sole cause of Fiji’s, and in particular Suva’s ever-worsening traffic jams is the rapid increase in vehicle usage.

Why encourage people to buy cars when the road infrastructure is not designed to cope with them?

Yes, the Government is improving the Suva-Nausouri corridor road but what is the use of getting cars into Suva more quickly when once they get here all they’ll do is sit in the huge traffic jam that is Suva City centre and its immediate suburbs.

Already the parking problem in Suva is horrific.

I don’t see how the congestion in Suva can be improved without restricting the volume of vehicles entering the city.

The layout of the city does not lend itself to building more roads or widening existing ones.

Also, if the Government is so concerned about polluting the environment, has it given any thought to how the toxic batteries from these vehicles will be disposed of once they reach the end of their useful life?

Finally, I don’t believe senior government ministers are in any position to comment on the traffic problems experienced by everyday motorists as anywhere they travel their route is cleared by the lights flashing, siren wailing police escort!

Steve IllingworthTamavua, Suva

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