Letters to the Editor – November 15

Gusuisavu village headman Navitalai Matanawa explains the damaged Savu road in Naitasiri on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Mark of ‘a good man’

I must commend the turaganikoro of Gusuisavu Village — Navitalai Matanawa. It has been reported (FT 14/11) that more than 30 students from Gusuisavu Village in Naitasiri who go to Naqali District School did not attend school yesterday 13/11 because their village headman was concerned for their safety. This is a mark of a good leader, he makes a stand and instructs parent not to send their children to school because they would be crossing flooded places and of course the bad roads. All this was brought about by the heavy rains occurring in some places in Fiji. Vinaka vakalevu Mr Matanawa, you are a good man and a wise leader, God bless you. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Black smoke

I am writing this letter with regards to the amount of black smoke emitted from some buses along the Suva-Nausori corridor. The interesting thing is we always talk about climate change and if we are highly recognised in the climate change adaptation program then what actions are the relevant authorities taking to make our transport industry, especially the bus industry a smoke emission free sector. I am requesting if the LTA can take some time out to check these issues rather than checking tickets of passengers. Deepak K. Kumar Naselai, Nausori

Crude oil price

I believe the world crude oil price has plunged from $US65 per barrel to $US55. Now America has become the biggest producer of crude oil. So our retail price should come down to about $2.05 per litre of petrol. I believe other prices should also come down accordingly. Let’s see what the Commerce Commission does. Nardeo Mishra Suva

Empowering women

The name Elenoa Kunatuba is not new to Fijian rugby. Having begun her career with QVSOB Women’s Rugby Club and playing rugby at a time when women’s rugby was not regarded highly by fans, I have fond memories of Kunatuba as I loved reading her articles which she wrote for Teivovo magazine which was produced by Jeremy Duxbury then. I have copies of the dynamic Teivovo magazine which contains wonderful memories of our glorious 7s days. On the other hand, it’s a proud moment that Kunatuba is the coach for the Tuvalu men’s 7s side as she is a certified Level 3 coach and the only woman in Fiji to be qualified at that level. Kunatuba recalled the obstacles she faced when women’s rugby started in Fiji. However, I’m glad that with time fans have embraced women’s rugby. There were those days when our sisters were insulted and abusive words were hurled at them because our society could not accept women donning the rugby boot. While, renowned commentator Karl Te Nana remarked that the key to the growth of women’s rugby was a mind-set change, Elenoa mentioned that proper coaches were needed to improve women’s rugby and with the status of our Fijiana, I can count on Kunatuba to take our Fijiana to greater heights. My best wishes are with Kunatuba as she bids to make a name for herself! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Prize-giving time

It’s that time of the year again when schools will be having prize-giving. Not all will get an award, but make an effort to attend even if your child doesn’t get one. Your commitment to attending will show your child that you care about his or her education. We can’t say enough about education, it’s the key to being successful. It’s the key to giving you a chance to get a job. And if you get a degree or more than you can bet you will have a better chance of getting a better paying job. In the meantime ask your school child what he or she would like to do when they finish school. Not all will be doctors or pilots, but get them started young and be the support that will guide them. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Tough NCC

The top eight clubs from Fiji have been drawn into two pools. As it is Ba is represented by the Taito Bula coached Nailaga FC and Shalen Lal coached Yalalevu FC, Lautoka is represented by FC City while Nadi is represented by Blues FC. From the Southern Division Nasinu club Friends United, Suva’s Bureta FC and Combine Brothers, and Rewa’s Kasavu are through. Sadly, no club from the North have been able to make it to the National Club Championship (NCC). Nonetheless, the battle is going to be tough as Group A has Nailaga, Bureta, Blues and Friends United while Group B is made up of Yalalevu FC, Combine Brothers, FC City and Kasavu. The rain in Suva will be a deterrent to constructive soccer and the team that adapts well to the slippery condition will have the edge. Finally, I’m banking on Bureta, Blues, Yalalevu and FC City to make it past the pool stages and Bureta and FC City to battle for the top prize- money. My best wishes to the players, officials and fans of the clubs! Cheers! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Suva foreshore

Almost every week we witnessed through the media, organisations, national or international NGOs, government ministries, etc that take time to clean the Suva foreshore. While we are grateful for this initiative, is someone or relevant government ministry monitoring these clean-ups because everyone seems to be cleaning the same spot over and over again. Kudos to members of Nadi communities for joining hands in cleaning Wailoaloa Beach last month which was co-ordinated by Ravesi Konrote of Marau Enterprises and support by Eat Less Plastic. Let’s clean and live in a clean environment. Jioji M Cakacaka Nadi

Award stripped

Immediately after news reports came out that Aung San Sui Kyi had remained silent on the atrocities being committed by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya, I wrote a letter published in The Australian calling for her Nobel Peace Prize award to be stripped. It’s good to learn that Amnesty International has taken a step in that direction by stripping her ambassador of conscience award. It’s wrong and hypocritical to continue to honour someone who has failed appallingly to uphold the values and ideals the exalted award stands for. Rajend Naidu Nokonoko Rd, Laucala Beach

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