Letters to the Editor – January 9, 2019

Nayagodamu Korovou holds up a copy of the Year 12 Mathematics booklet 1 he has translated into the i-Taukei language to help students understand maths concepts better. Picture: VILIMAINA NAQELEVUKI

Making learning easier

I congratulate and thank Nayagodamu Korovou for making an effort to translate mathematics in the iTaukei language to make the subject interesting and easier to learn. I did poorly in mathematics but I’ll never blame my teachers. They were brilliant but I did not take too much interest learning the subject and I devoted time to reading books, writing diary entries and learning concepts related to commerce and geography. Mr Korovou, through his love and passion for math, has created booklets out of the Year 12 math textbook with the hope that the Year 12 students will be able to learn math and physics in the iTaukei language. Vinaka vakalevu Mr Korovou! Thank you for distributing the booklets free! Finally, as our teachers kickstart the 2019 school term with the student-free days, I wish each one all the best! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Cyclone season

While it is a good thing that Cyclone Mona is leaving our shores, the excitement level should be at its low profile. We are caught up right in the middle of the cyclone season and it pays to be vigilant. Getting relaxed and showing laxity in this matter can cost a lot. Let’s remain focused on the preparation for the not so welcome cyclones. Monster Winston had given us enough shock waves and that should be just enough to keep us on our toes. This is the opportune time to get our houses secured and trim down tall trees and tie the loose pots and other loose stuff which can easily get swayed away. Mother nature can be very unpredictable and dangerous. Let’s not be in the challenging mode for we never know what lies in front. Meanwhile, let’s also keep praying that we don’t get affected that badly should any disaster arrive. Hopefully not. Kirti Patel Lautoka

New weightlifters

It appears that in the current absence of the Ovalau weightlifters, there are many new and aspiring lifters from other parts of the country, who will be participating in the coming trials. This new enthusiasm in this once minor but successful sport, will only augur well for the sport of weightlifting in Fiji and our medal chances in future overseas competitions. There is just one area of concern. I may be wrong, but it appears from a recent TV coverage, that these youngsters don’t seem to be wearing the necessary protective weightlifting belts when practising. I believe that wearing such protective gear is all the more important when the body muscles and skeletal frame are still young and undeveloped and basically not ready to lift and support heavy weights at a constant pace. If this is correct, I hope the authorities concerned will quickly rectify the situation. Unfortunately, the effects of not doing the right thing now, won’t be felt by these enthusiastic youngsters until many years in the future after they have left the sport. Edward Blakelock Admiral Circle, Pacific Harbour

Letter writers

It seems that Naca Nabukavou of Nadi has never read the many letters I’ve written criticising the FijiFirst government. I would normally offer solutions as well. You may want to search and read carefully the following recent letters that I wrote; Assistance to farmers, Lost sea life, Singapore of the Pacific, Apology not gratitude, Hide and seek, Rubbish dump highway and Public utilities and infrastructure, to name a few. If you really want to know what I get from letters that I’ve written in support of the FijiFirst government, nothing Naca! I have the right to express my opinions and so do you. I will no doubt give credit where credit is due, and the FijiFirst government does deserve credit for the many positive initiatives which it has produced and continues to do. FijiFirst is definitely more modern in its governance and understandably it is difficult for many to grasp their great intentions. They are governing in this time and age and what they need is for the nation (you and I) to be supportive with the many changes they’re introducing to bring us up to par with this age. I need nothing from nobody Naca, not from FijiFirst, not from SODELPA, not from NFP, not from The Fiji Times, not from Fiji Sun and not from you. I owe nobody nothing either Mr Naca, no financial institutions, no courts, no MHs, no family, no friends, nobody! I am a free man merely voicing my opinions from the top of our family estate overlooking the Koro Sea here in paradise Savusavu. Wishing you a Happy New Year! Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Municipal election issue

While reading The Sunday Times (06/01), I was really shocked to read the comments of Local Government Minister, Premila Kumar when she says “no plans yet for municipal election”. In the same article, she also questioned whether there was a need for “elected people” if municipalities only did waste collection, building permits and cleaning of drains. I take this as an insult to all former town and city mayors and councillors. As a former Nadi Town councillor I have a bit of knowledge and experience of the nature of work involved to see the proper functioning of any town or city. These councillors are there to serve the interest of the ratepayers and I also remember how at times we were called by ratepayers in any particular ward to attend to their problems in that area. I also wish to add that compared with what parliamentarians are paid today, the elected town councillors were paid nothing in those days. I believe the new minister responsible for town and city elections made this comment in a hurry. I also believe that most of the time we get ideas from developed neighbours like Australia and New Zealand. I humbly request our minister to take a trip to Australia and see how they conduct their State and Federal elections. Even in Fiji before the 2006 coup we always had elected people to run the affairs of any town or city. Finally, I also believe that some of our ministers are overloaded with responsibilities and I also doubt proper service delivery from some of these ministers. After the minister’s comments on municipal elections in The Sunday Times, just look at the number of people who responded on Monday (FT 07/01). VIJAY MAHARAJ Navua

Better approach

I believe the Minister for Local Government can be a little tactful with her approach. I understand the need for change in our municipalities to bring about efficiency but the approach can be better. You cannot bulldoze your way and start revamping the old ways of doing things. Yes, change is inevitable but having the top down approach where you change all CEOs to “young” and “progressive” leaders (whatever that means) and expect to improve doing business ranking and other indicators takes time and effort. Remember there are hundreds of workers involved who get the work done and wholesale changes will need their commitment as well. There’s a lot of aspects to look at and probably having a bottom up approach, listening to the workers and having their input can bring about lasting changes in the way municipalities operate. Sailosi Naewe Naduru Rd, Nausori

Without representation

“No taxation without representation” is a slogan originated in 1761 that reflected the resentment of the American colonists in the then Thirteen Colonies, at being taxed by a British Parliament to which they were not able to elect any representatives. It is considered to be one of the major causes of the American Revolution. There have recently been numerous articles and letters in the media from members of the public expressing their frustration at the protracted delays in the reintroduction of town mayors and councillors who, unlike the current special administrators, would be elected by and answerable to ratepayers for the use of their rates. Surely genuine local government should encourage and enable members of the public to participate directly in the transparent and accountable manner in which the towns they live in are managed and run. I am not advocating the withholding of rates. However, if the principle of “No taxation without representation” was applicable to the American colonists in 1761 should not the concept of “No rates without representation,” (in the form of elected mayors and councillors) be considered in Fiji in 2019? TIM HOWICK-SMITH, Lami

New Year’s resolution

I’ve decided to change my New Year’s resolution. I’m currently boycotting any company that sells items I can’t afford. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Copyright law

A Lautoka businessman was recently charged with illegally downloading DVDs. The relevant authorities need to track down some outlets that are operating on our streets nowadays. A few years back it became very effective raiding these outlets but it then was no longer an issue. Hopefully the law will take its course again and these illegal outlets are brought to justice. Tomasi Boginiso Nepani Rd, Nasinu

Laisa’s stand

Thank you Laisa for speaking out truthfully. It takes courage to do what you did. Dan Urai Lautoka

Rugby rankings

The latest ranking of top 10 rugby teams by World Rugby is ironic. At number eight sits Fiji, above France and Argentina. Ranked above Fiji is Scotland, Australia, South Africa, England, Wales, Ireland and New Zealand. When comparing the annual budgets of all these top 10 nations, Fiji appears to receive peanuts compared with all the other nine nations. How on Earth can a small Pacific nation achieve such a ranking among the rugby giants? Whatever the ranking and reasoning, back home in Fiji they call it passion and pride. Meanwhile, congratulations to Saiasi Fuli on his appointment as national coach for our women’s sevens side. In addition, the Fijiana’s preparation is boosted by the presence of the Ice Man. As our sevens gladiators prepare to defend their title in Hamilton, let’s support our national side but do not rule out Samoa as they are determined to create history. Floyd Robinson Toorak, Suva

Right man

Under the new interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be the right man for the job and just beating Reading 2-0 draws them closer to the top of the table contender. Fans of Old Trafford seem to be in a happier mood again after a disappointing season beginning with Jose Mourinho. Interim manager Solskjaer is on a trial basis but with five in a row victories. Maybe what he needs to prove himself for the position. Tomasi Boginiso Nepani Rd, Nasinu

 

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