Letters to the Editor – January 26, 2018

Fiji playmaker Terio Tamani (left), Joe Nayacavou of Scotland, Mesulame Kunavula and Jerry Tuwai with the Fiji fans in Hamilton City as the Fiji Airways Fiji 7's team took a break from training. Picture: RAMA

Front page impact

THE front page picture in The Fiji Times (25/1) of three Fiji sevens players, Joe Nayacavou and Fiji supporters taken by Rama has many deep
rooted messages for us. The supporters are of Indian origin, presumably former Fiji residents and Mesulame Kunavula is holding their son. We
are only to look carefully to understand. MOHAMMED IMRAZ JANIF, Natabua, Lautoka

Fiji in top gear

The moment that fans had been waiting for has arrived. Thousands of Fijians will make their way inside FMG Stadium Waikato to provide the much-needed support to our 7s team while fans at home will be glued to the TV screen. In towns and cities, Fiji’s flag will fly proudly while the 7s jersey will be worn by those who can afford it. Excitement is high and fans are backing Hamilton to turn on a great event after claiming from Wellington the hosting rights. It’s time to experience the heart of rugby in New Zealand as our boys prepare for the ultimate battle against Wales, Argentina and Australia. The scrimmaging session against Canada gave Baber a fair idea about his best 12, the starting 7 and substitutes that he would make in order to win games. I believe Apenisa Cakaubalavu might make way for Paula Dranisinukula but Cakaubalavu’s performance in Cape Town was good and I would have loved to see him don the jumper in Hamilton. As for the starting seven, I’d pick Nasoko, Josua and Derenalagi in the forwards and Nacuqu (playmaker), Sevu (rover), Tuimaba (wing) and Jerry (scrumhalf) in the backs and then bring on experienced duo Paula and Mesu in the forwards and the “crowd dazzlers” and young artists Botitu, Teri and Naduva to spark things up in the second half and maintain the tempo and rhythm of the 7s game. It’s good to note that Baber has been stressing teamwork and the need to maintain discipline. Apart from this our boys need to be taught to take every opportunity, take conversions seriously, be aggressive at the breakdown and make every tackle count. Fiji is in pool A and if we top the pool our boys are likely to meet Spain or Canada in the cup quarters, South Africa in the semis and NZ, USA or England in the final. However, if we finish second we are most likely to play NZ in the cup quarters, USA or England in the cup semis and a repeat of last year’s final against South Africa. Interesting times, aye! Whatever the outcome, Fiji is expected to come out firing with the huge crowd support, which lifted our boys morale when they were trailing South Africa 17-5. Finally, on behalf of my family and Mahi and Jignasha, I wish our team all the best! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Clean environment

DRIVING through Princes Rd the other morning, we had a welcome sight. After the Sawani service station, a group of people were picking up rubbish along the road. One had a whole lot of bags and was handing them out. The others were doing the picking. At Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, another welcome sight. There were more waste collectors. They seemed to have a type of green uniform. There were two government twin cabs, with hazard lights on, accompanying the waste collectors. The roadsides looked spick and span. Then it hit me: the Australian PM is paying Fiji a visit. My question is do we have to wait for some VIP visitors to have our roadsides cleaned? If so, why don’t we have more visits? What other “unprecedented options” is our Ministry of Environment adopting? KINIVILIAME KETECA Nausori

Teacher appointment

Congratulations to the Ministry of Education for doing the “impossible”. I believe Sr Sereana’s appointment has been changed from JN Jokhan Memorial Primary School to Mount St Mary’s Catholic Church in Nadi. I believe this, of course, implicitly recognises her special qualifications as a religious teacher over and above any OMRS and KESA. The ministry has once more done the “impossible”, recognising faith as a real and added qualification. It is only right to recognise that the Education Ministry has in the past done its level best to meet all sorts of needs beyond doctrinaire restrictions. They have 10,000 teachers, many with special needs and qualifications. They try not to post a husband to Yasawa Islands and a wife to Vatoa. They consider housing and a host of other factors such as closeness to hospitals for those who need access or have sick or aged dependents. They cannot meet all needs but in the past the people at the ministry have done what they can and have been notably successful. Is the ministry still run by people with a human touch? Let’s hope this new spirit of consultation and inclusion continues. Fr. Kevin McGuire QE Drive, Suva Loose, jumbled wires There was another picture featured in the “Eye Witness” section of The Fiji Times published on Friday, January 25, 2019. This image was of a decommissioned telecom line that was still attached to one of our power poles in Rokosawa Rd in Cunningham, Suva. These wires do not pose any risk/hazard. Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) requests owners of property to inform EFL and their registered electrical contractors to safely de-energise and remove the service lines when they need to dismantle their dwellings. EFL requests members of the public, that in the event you notice a broken or low sagging powerline, to please urgently contact EFL on our emergency number 913. Digicel, Inkk and Vodafone users can call on 5333. The EFL personnel at the EFL National Control Centre have the ability to switch off the power supply within seconds if they are informed of any hazardous or low-lying power-lines. Your prompt call could result in someone’s life being saved. It is advisable to stay away from EFL powerlines at all times. Hasmukh Patel Chief Executive Officer, EFL Reading, writing Many parents are struggling to keep their children inclined towards two major elements of education, reading and writing. These parents should consider and encourage their children to contribute regularly to letters to the editor section. Once they start to see their letters published, their happiness will take its course. It will be also become something to boast about to their friends in school. The importance of reading can forever be dwelled on. Reading stimulates thinking, builds knowledge, expands vocabulary, improves concentration and upgrades writing skills. They will develop important educational skills and a career. This enriching experience will keep them away from their anti-social virtual friend, the smartphone. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Bold statement

I do not agree with the sentiments shared by the Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji president Sarju Prasad that they want people of their own faith heading their schools and majority of teachers in their schools to be Sanatan followers. It is very sad to note that in this day and age, people such as Mr Prasad, who is heading such a large faith-based organisation in Fiji, can be so narrow-minded. I wonder who did Mr Prasad consult before making such bold statements in the media on behalf of all Sanatan followers in Fiji. Religious leaders such as Mr Prasad should always keep in mind that whenever they are making such statements, it should be supported by a majority of the Sanatan followers. I’m sure most of the Sanatan followers would want teachers teaching their children in primary and secondary schools to be the most experienced and qualified for the job rather than choosing a teacher or head of school based on his/her religion, faith or ethnicity. As a religious leader, Mr Prasad should use his platform to focus on other important issues being faced in Fiji such as increasing suicide cases, rape cases, drugs and high level of yaqona consumption by Sanatan followers during religious gatherings, which will in turn help build a better Fiji. Avineel Kumar Nadi

The claws are out

The bold headline Not by faith (FT 19/01) caught my attention, especially after spending the whole day trying to recharge the faith-battery. Then, as a late buyer of the Saturday issue, I tried to absorb the current “issue” between the Ministry of Education and faith-based organisations, led by the Catholic Church, with regards to the choosing of school heads. Apparently, the PS for education’s stand is reflected in “impossible”. My worry is if she and her minister also take the same stand when humbly asked to do a tiny bit of homework, which I beg they do as soon as possible, or someone close to their ears can do for their benefit. Most letters on the current topic, like Brother Fergus Garrett (FT 19/01) and Ronnie Chang (ST 20/01) have humbly asked the question why the change of a system that has worked so well so far. The letters I wish to draw the attention of the two education madams to are:  John Pickering’s Lest We Forget (FT 20/01, p11); note paragraphs 8 and 9: Para 8: “When the church speaks on issues of education, or any other issue for that matter, she speaks with authority and with claim to 2000 years of experience.” Para 9: “No empire, dynasty or government can make the same declaration.”  Fr Kevin McGuire’s letter on Tuesday (FT 22/01) is more than a gentle reminder; note the last sentence: The claws are out. Fr McGuire had already asked “Impossible?” in the Sunday issue of the same daily, but on a pretty light note. The plea is very simple learned ladies: go check on world history on who has been “in power” from around 2000 years ago, as per Mr Pickering’s claim. I give you only one clue: begin from the year 168 BC. Then find out if para 9 of Mr Pickering’s letter is true, also in the sense of opposition to this power’s authority and claim. I believe one power will eventually withstand this identified power, but it won’t be the Ministry of Education of Fiji. One hopes the ladies from the Education Ministry choose to learn from history, or I believe history will calmly continue without them in the ministry. Isimeli Nalomaca Tuirara, Nasinu

Fair reporting

Hats off to the wonderful and courageous team for reporting “the good” and “the bad”! As an ardent reader and someone who wants to be up-to-date with what’s happening in my country, I believe I have the right to free, fair and neutral reporting and not a “flowery” or one-sided coverage. The Fiji Times has reported some genuine issues this week and I’m glad I’m part of this newspaper as I prefer reading the truth and not “colourful stories” painting a picture that “all is well” when “all is not well”. Thank you Fred and our number one team for the fair coverage and for reporting “the good” and “the bad”! Long live! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Let’s take responsibility

Everyday pieces of paper, wrappers and bottles lie on streets. Who is responsible for cleaning the mess we make? Workers of town councils? Despite the fact no one likes to clean someone else’s mess, we still do it. It is high time one takes responsibility of keeping one’s town and city clean and not just rely on someone else to do it. Shintika Shika Kumar Davota, Tavua

Good, bad, ugly

I wonder who were the good, the bad and the ugly of 2018? Any idea, Sukha? A SHARIFF SHAH Savusavu

Those structures

The construction industry council wants regulations to be in place for operational guidance within the industry. Regulations should also cover half built structures left idle for mosquitoes and drunkards. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Not the same

Without Eroni Sau, our national sevens team will not be the same in Hamilton. The bone-crunching tackles and daring ability to take on the defence when on attack was a trademark which the gentle giant established. Well, like they say, life moves on and we will support our players as they seek to defend their title in the land of the long white clouds. Floyd Robinson Toorak, Suva

Potholes in town

Once known as one of the best in the country, I think it’s now quite disgusting to visit Nausori. The potholes, the old shops, poor restaurant condition. It is just bad to even describe. Town council, any answers? Raynav Chand Nakasi


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