Letters to the editor – May 11

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou, assistant Minister Iliesa Delana and members of the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team after the cheque handover at the Ministry for Youth and Sports office in Suva. Picture: ATU RASEA

Reward for 7s team — just awesome

I AM just overjoyed to read our national 7s team getting rewarded for their silver medal win at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

And to get praises and a whooping $7500 per player from the Minister for Sports — is just awesome!

To think of the effort and selfless sacrifice each player had put in to prepare for the games, one would think that the reward was just right.

However, I wishfully hope that our other medal winners are not totally forgotten.

For the two bronze medallists to receive $5k and our only golden girl to receive $10k is certainly not a big ask.

I am thanking the honourable minister for not leaving anyone behind in awarding rewards.


Waila, Nausori

Good one guys

I MUST congratulate the youths of Cakaudrove for taking the initiative in rebuilding three bridges in their area (FT 10/5).

And of course you will need the Fiji Roads Authority experts to make sure it’s safe.

The youths did not wait for government assistance but rebuilt the bridges themselves because of the high economic activities in the area.

Good one guys.

Now I’m going to gather a few people and do something about our area.


Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Reinstate RKS head

CALLS have been made by two prominent letter writers in this column, RKS students, parents and RKS Old Boys to bring back Peni Senikarawa, the school principal of RKS.

It just does not make sense with all the glory RKS has achieved in the past three years that the school principal is being stood down for using corporal punishment to discipline a couple of students.

From all the reports that we have read, we can say that one of the main contributing factors to all RKS achievements is its discipline.

Come on Ministry of Education, do the right thing and at least allow the school heads to discipline students using the cane or belt depending on the seriousness of the offence committed, with expulsion the final option.


Is he for real

SO I heard on the radio the other day a person of interest saying that we, the people of Fiji should all be so grateful that they are bringing in more and more cars into the country.

Is he for real! What planet is he living on?

Is it possible that he is so out of touch with life on the ground?

Clearly he has no idea what it is like to wake up at 4am, rush the toilet routine, skip the breakfast and jump on the first bus, only to be stuck in traffic for hours. Grateful he says!

I say go jump!


Retirement expo

NOW that the Retirement Expo for FNPF has been completed at the FNPF Downtown Boulevard for those who live in Suva, as reported about 3000 members attended out of the more than 450,000 plus registered members.

May we ask and urge the CEO Jaoji Koroi to please implement plans immediately to consider Navua, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki, Korovou, Nausori and Nasinu for the same.

Our friends from the Northern towns of Labasa, Savusavu, Taveuni, Koro, Gau, Ovalau from the Lomaiviti Group and please kindly include the Northern, Central and Southern Lau maritime islands as well.

Those from Beqa, Kadavu and Vatulele should never be forgotten and left behind in this exercise including members from the Mamanuca Islands of Malolo and the lovely group of islands from Yasawa.

Can we ask that you provide full page paid adverts in our dailies including our two TV stations and radio stations so the members can be made aware of your intended planned visits to their towns and islands irrespective?

It is the right of every FNPF member and irrespective of where they live, it is crucial they are informed and are well versed with their retirement options because not all members can afford the travel expenses to Suva.

The majority of the members who live and work on the many island resorts are still facing hardships in their recovery after the cyclones and floods and your few days expo in only one centre just does not justify your coverage to all the hundred thousand members.

Vinaka vakalevu to the FNPF board and its management, although it is not too late but we are happy you have started the education process.


More money

FOR the Fiji 7s team to win the series, players should be offered more money to prevent being lured to overseas clubs.

We have the London and Paris tournaments coming up and the World Cup 7s around the corner, we should have money injected to the players because they will be out there doing their best.

As Jerry Tuwai has mentioned, we do not have the money and the facilities but it’s their guts that is giving them victories.

Maybe a pension after their career will certainly boost their morale and dedication.

A lot have suffered after their 7s career. There was nothing at all unless you had a job in place.

Let’s get behind the boys and cheer them on.


Streetlights issue

JOGGING in the dark along Drasa Ave road on Wednesday morning, it finally dawned on me that the Fiji Roads Authority cannot, I repeat cannot fix the streetlights along this road. Sad eh!

If I’m correct, this ongoing problem was adopted when they took over maintenance of streetlights from the Lautoka City Council.

If I may offer a solution to Mr Moore, the FRA chief executive officer. Mate, solar powered streetlights are the answer.

I have decided that in case I injure myself because of the faulty streetlights and cracked footpaths, I will sue FRA and that fellow in Kava Place will represent me. I hear he is a very successful bush lawyer.

WISE MUAVONO, Balawa, Lautoka.

Goneva’s moment

FORMER Fiji 7s captain, current Flying Fijians backline star and Newcastle Falcons speed merchant Vereniki Goneva is making a name for himself in Europe.

What started as a humble beginning in Dubai in 2008 has materialised into a household name. Goneva broke into the national 7s team and was part of the team that lost to NZ in the Dubai 7s cup final.

How can fans forget the 2009 HK 7s final against South Africa when Goneva was yellow carded for obstructing in the dying moments with 30 seconds to go and Fiji held on to a slender lead 26-19!

With a man advantage, South Africa scored a try but Stick failed to convert and Paul Treu watched in disappointment as the Iliesa Tanivula-coached Fijian outfit recorded a famous triumph in HK since the 2005 RWC 7s win against the All Blacks.

Since then Goneva secured a lucrative contract and has written an impressive chapter for his club and country in the longer version of rugby. He is hard on the field but soft spoken when it comes to off the field.

Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that Goneva has been awarded the Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and Try of the Season awards at the Newcastle Falcons’ Big Bash awards night.

Goneva’s hard work and patience have been rewarded and our star flyer should now be warming up to join the Flying Fijians’ June Test and end of the year Tests and the 2019 RWC in Japan. As I congratulate Vereniki Goneva, I wish him all the best for the rest of the rugby season!


Population boom

TOO many cars, not enough roads. I believe soon there will be too many people, not enough food.

DAN URAI, Lautoka.


‘Healing water’

I WONDER what has happened to the above water at Tailevu. Did it lose its magic touch?



Fiji 7s team

WITH some of Fiji’s big boys being eyed to join the 7s team for the World Cup 7s in July, 2018, we surely will be a force to reckon with.

It’s most likely that the other top teams will be out scouting as well so we have to be sure to bring in the big guns to do the job.

And with some of those guys coming into the team, it surely will scare the daylight out of some teams.

We trust in our lads to do the job but to bring in some of the guys from overseas would be a bonus and give us an edge. Toso Viti, toso.

RICHARD M ABEL, Tubou St, Samabula.


$3k help

WHILE I must thank the Government for trying to help people who suffered from floods, I’m saddened to see people abusing the system.

I met a guy who used his $3k government card to buy a top of the range mobile phone from a leading hardware company.

JOHN BROWN, Drasa Vitogo, Lautoka.


Nice poem

I JUST loved the letter written by A Sharif Shah in The Fiji Times dated 03/03/2018.

One stanza of poem, broken down into two paragraphs and well humoured.

It just caught my eye when my wife opened our lunch parcel in one of the restaurants yesterday.

See if you can find a copy of it to read … well written kai.



Velovelo bridge

FINALLY, work on the Velovelo bridge has started. Allen, your prayers have been answered.

Oh wait, you don’t pray do you?

Must be your nude moon dance the other night then!

WISE MUAVONO, Balawa, Lautoka.




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