Letters to the Editor – June 29, 2018

Germany's Mats Hummels reacts during the match. (Source: Reuters)

World Cup upsets
Finally, Germany was knocked out of pool play by the South Koreans.
Mexico would have had to pay dearly for the 3-0 loss to Sweden had Germany beaten South Korea but I guess lady luck was with the Mexicans. The World Cup has not been too sweet unfortunately for the defending champion. As per the trend, France, Italy and Spain won the World Cup in 1998, 2006 and 2010 respectively and bowed out from the group stage in 2002, 2010 and 2014 respectively.
Germany won the last World Cup in 2014 and bowed out from the group stage this year. Too bad but that’s the way things had to work out for the high-flying Germans. Brazil has made it to round 16 and will clash against Mexico in a tough battle.
My best wishes to Brazil as they aim to add another cap to their previous five World Cup wins!
Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam,
Nadawa, Nasinu.

Fishy ban
Someone asked me, “Bro, how did the kawakawa and donu and other fish stock go down?”
He continued, “Did we overfish or did foreign fishermen catch them?”
Folks, we are just a nation of 800,000 people or so, not all will buy or eat these fish. But hold the phone — I forgot about the export market. Who is exporting them?
Allen Lockington,
Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka.

Ours for the taking
With a few weeks to go and if they made the selection, the best choice for the team for the world cup would be the squad that represented us to the London 7s.
With Tuisova and Radradra, I believe the cup is ours. As we have missed out on two titles at the very last stroke, this world cup is rightfully Fiji’s.
Don’t let the news from South Africa of the three players missing out mix up our minds. We need only to focus on what is ahead.
As they always say, treat every game as a final and never underestimate anyone or any team.
We got the Rookie of the Year, the silver medal from the Commonwealth Games and second place in the world 7s series and this one should be the greatest achievement of all.
It’s been in our hands twice and wouldn’t it be great having it for the third time?
Go Fiji, go.
Tomasi Boginiso,
Nepani, Nasinu.

Shoplifting issue
I write on the subject because I have seen it happening. Shoplifting is exceptionally problematic for businesses of all sizes as we are told. It is a disease faced all over the world and I don’t think Fiji is an exception. I also think like prostitution, shoplifting is unstoppable too. Businesses install hi-tech CCTV and enrol security guards to keep thieves at bay.
It is a problem which requires the full-time attention of all serving in the shop. Once your guard is down, shoplifters ply their trade and vanish into thin air.
Of course, all don’t escape the watchful eyes of the shop attendants all the time. I think the supermarkets are the ones that face the full brunt of the globally fought disease which never seems to be backing down. As one fades, another pops up. The question then arises; is it possible to completely prevent theft and shoplifting?
Well, so far we have not seen any significant change to this age-old practice and that is worrisome to say the least. But I think a messy, unorganised store makes it easier for shoplifters to steal from, especially when you’re not sure what goes where, what’s selling and what’s not.
To increase your oversight and minimise the likelihood of stolen items, keep merchandise clean and organised. Lowering the height of shelves which are obstructing your view of the customers and their movements is one way to deter would-be offenders.
If thieves know you are watching they would not engage in anything illegal in the shop. Pro-activeness can bring about the change we all want to see in this respect.
Suresh Chand,

U19 soccer
It’s good to see that our Vodafone U19 men’s soccer team will be going to Melbourne on July 20 for build-up matches.
Does Fiji FA know that it is the middle of winter in Australia at that time and the maximum temperature will be about 12 degrees Celsius in the day and 2 degrees in the night.
What will happen to the boys? Remember what happened to Lautoka FC when they went to play in Wellington for the OFC tournament. I feel those matches will not help to build the morale of the team but kill it.
The temperature in Tahiti is somewhat like ours and we should have arranged teams in Brisbane if we really wanted to play in Australia.
It is high time that the officials also look at the welfare of the players when arranging buildup matches rather than just doing it for the sake of it.
I don’t expect any positive results from the four matches but would like to wish the boys all the best.
Nardeo Mishra,

Fast boat
We are really in need of a border security boat fast enough for capturing, searching and investigating lawbreakers in our oceans and the high seas of the EEZ. I thank our Customs officers for the large catch of assorted ammunition at Savusavu.
Alex Waqalevu,

DYI project
The article in your paper (FT 26/06) by Dr Sunia Vosikata should be an inspiration to all village leaders out there.
Dr Sunia should be congratulated for driving such initiative and I am particularly impressed with what he writes,
“The DIY (do it yourself) initiative through sponsorship and financial support by BVDPL was formulated to develop our own brand as we ascertain to minimise reliance on external institutions including government and major corporations and indirectly enhance the human resource development (HRD) of our young people(our future).”
With the culture leaning towards over reliance on government and other institutions for assistance, as a community we should be able to dream (have a vision) and shape our own destiny. Together we most definitely can.
And hats off to Dr Sunia, he not only speaks to his strength (HRD) but walks it as well. Well done sir.
Sailosi Naewe,
Naduru Road, Nausori.

Watch batteries
Could the consumer council look into the prices of watch batteries?
Sukha Singh

Nadi rugby
Nadi’s steady downward spiral in the Skipper Cup is alarming and, worrying indeed. This must be a huge wake-up call.
I would really hate to see relegation.
The vanua must unite to lift us out of this embarrassing sporting quagmire.
Ronnie Chang

Sports day
The Government has allocated sports day today in a bid to reduce NCDs and keep people fit and healthy.
I hear the aim is wellness, which seems interesting as the focus shifts towards a healthy and vibrant society.
While some organisations and corporate bodies will have sports and team bonding activities others have organised competitive sports.
The Sanatan Dharm Sabha organised sports will take place in the Capital City this weekend.
My best wishes to Dhiren, Amit, Rovil and Arti, who are dedicated members of the organising committee.
On the other hand, the southern districts will battle each other at Rishikul School for soccer competition in the U10, 12 and 14 grades.
Hats off to the southern co-ordinator Rameshwar Lal, the district officials, coaches and team management, parents, players and sponsors for the initiative and get together. May we all have a blessed day!
Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam
Nadawa, Nasinu

Shoeshine boys
Shoeshine boys (FT 27/6) should know that their activities are part of government objectives in the national budget prioritised as social security net for the poor and they shouldn’t downplay their role.
Amenatave Yaconisau
Palm Drive, Delainavesi

Soccer WC
I am just wondering why Fiji can’t go and play in the soccer World Cup.
I have seen a lot of players score goals from far out just like they do in the World Cup.
I always remember a shot I took while practising at the Suva Grammar School grounds which went through one goal mouth into the second ground and hit a guy jogging in the opposite ground, knocking him out cold for more than half an hour.
Sukha Singh

Election issue
I believe some of the speeches doing the rounds during official openings of meetings or projects could be generally construed as political in nature and here I am thinking that the official campaign period for the 2018 general election has not started.
Emosi Balei

Roadside stalls
Roadside stalls are a symbolic representation of Fijian culture and a key attraction to foreign tourists.
They contribute to our economy and provide cheap and fresh vegetables.
Many of us buy at a roadside stall. It is a core component at the heart of our culture and should be viewed as a strength and not a weakness.
The majority of roadside entrepreneurs are from the lower-income group and with their limited resources, running roadside stalls is one of the few available options to increase household income.
This is because of it being simple, flexible and convenient to quickly set up and run a stall with minimal cost.
You just need a table to display the food, an umbrella to ward off the sun and rain, and maybe a chair.
Recently the Government built a model stall structure for farmers to sell their produce and failed to provide any convenience and water facility.
Purchasers are now suggesting that the stalls are unhygienic as the stall holders are not washing their hands after visiting the corner to relieve themselves!
Such oversight by designers cannot continue.
Let’s learn from our mistakes for a better future.
Param Singh

Thoughts on the budget
There have been many thoughts expressed by the people prior to the budget.
It’s always about basic necessities.
Food items to be duty-free, wages to go up!
Someone asked for city and town rates to go down.
When a past government took away VAT for 11 or so goods, the price didn’t go down, because they introduced Import Excise Duty on about 200 or so goods. Trust me I know.
No government will lose revenue.
It takes away from somewhere and adds it to something else.
For us who work in the import business we know what’s happening.
The ordinary citizens may hear or see that basic food items had been zero VAT’d.
They don’t know about the Import Excise Duty.
When I was growing up I didn’t know about the budget and thus we lived our lives come what may.
I loved Kositatino’s letter where he talked about using kerosene, and drinking water from a nearby stream.
Yes, Kositatino, development brought all these to our door-steps and where there was none the people complained.
But if the government keeps up giving out freebies, the people will forget how to plant, fish, cook, save money and some people will become lazy.
Let me just say – “Sa kua mada na free.”
Allen Lockington
Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

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