Letters to the Editor – October 7, 2019

Leone Nakarawa on attack against Georgia during the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool match. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Miracles do happen

FERVENTLY hoping for another miraculous win by the Los Teros this time over the Green and Gold proved inefficacious with that trouncing by the latter. The Drua’s great comeback win against Melbourne Rising however kept me off a measure of panadol and hearty congratulations to Seruvakula and the team for that splendid performance in a must-win fixture. With our Flying Warriors playing their last before Cheika’s brigade play Georgia I can only hope for a miracle. Miracles do happen mind you. BEN KUSH Canberra, Australia

Visit to Cuba

SO the honourable minister who has been in charge of the sugar industry for some time arrived in Cuba (https://fijivillage.com/news/-Bainimarama-arrives-in-Cuba-for-first-official-state-visit-to-the-country–5s2r9k/). The PM looks so cool and relaxed in the picture released by the press, but hey who wouldn’t at the opportunity to visit colonial Havana, the Cohiba Cigar factory and the National Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation? It’s all fine with us Fijians. If I am wrong, I’ll stand corrected later on. MATHIEU PELLETIER Sigatoka

Safety of vendors

IT’S high time that the authorities step in and move vendors within their jurisdictions for safe and better environment to sell their goods. At times it has been noted that the vendors occupy spaces which is not health and safety compliant. With Suva taking some positive steps, people of Lautoka are waiting for the relocation of juice sellers into their newly-constructed facilities at earliest. There are many good and bad things that will be addressed with the move if proper monitoring is done. Selling along roadside within city area is also becoming a concern too. Accidents are waiting because of traffic issues while some of the perishable goods are sold from roadsides which needs more care and safety. Faster the better for all. ROUHIT KARAN SINGH Lautoka

The rise of Japan rugby

HOW much I wish our Flying Fijians had the guts and passion that the Brave Blossoms are showing at the RWC! After dismantling Ireland, the hosts dumped Samoa out of the RWC. Under the guidance of Jamie Joseph (former Highlanders mentor) the Brave Blossoms are in contention to become the first Asian side to top its pool and make it into the quarters. I have been watching Japan play and I love their commitment, courage, defensive shape, running lines, scrum formation and the technical aspects at breakdown, which has not come out of the blue, but has been put into practice by the coaching panel. I won’t be surprised if they beat Scotland in their final match and add another bit of history to their colourful rugby career. During the 2011 RWC Japan finished with two points in pool A after losing to France (47-21), NZ (83-7), and Tonga (31-18). Japan drew with Canada (23-23). During the last RWC Japan upset the Springboks (34-32), and beat Samoa (26-5) and USA (28-18), but lost to Scotland (45-10). Japan finished third with 12 points, two behind Scotland and four behind South Africa. So far the Brave Blossoms beat Russia (30-10), Ireland (19-12) and Samoa (38-19). While I’m hoping Fiji beats Wales I believe Japan’s progress will be a threat to tier one nations. As far as Fiji is concerned it’s another wait but this time let’s get an excellent coaching panel and players who have the white jumper at heart and not those who are just decorating their CV by taking part in the RWC! Toso Viti! RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM Nadawa, Nasinu

Land next to museum

I READ in The Fiji Times (06/10) that the piece of land next to the Fiji Museum and Thurston Gardens will soon be formally rezoned to “Special Use”. This is to enable this piece of land to be formally transferred to the Indian Government for the construction of their new chancery/high commission building. This I understand, is to formally reciprocate for the transfer to our Government, of a very generous and significant piece of land in New Delhi, on which to relocate our new chancery/high commission. The piece of land we are transferring near the Museum, I guess is considered to be befiting the Indian Government’s generous offer. I am not concerned with the actual reciprocal arrangements referred to here, as I believe it is an accepted aspect of any bilateral or multilateral relationship and for which there are many precedents in other diplomatic jurisdictions. However, the aspect I am concerned with, is the transfer of a piece of land which I am of the opinion, has a historical and obviously indelible significance, to the very history of the city of Suva and moreso, it’s traditional and cultural attachment to the original landowners who were relocated to what is now called Suvavou. What’s even more significant is that the land in question, was I believe, part of the fortified settlement’s burial grounds. Whilst, I am aware of the need to reciprocate, in or close to the same level, I am sure that there are other sites within the Suva Peninsula — if not the Suva CBD — that will be just as befitting — or close to it , without transferring the piece of land in question. The question as to whether the original owners are agreeable to this transfer, bearing in mind its traditonal significance, obviously need to be carefully determined before the formal transfer is made.. I have not even broached the issue here, of the whole process of zoning and rezoning, especially from a “reserve”. That’s another kettle of fish altogether. Anyway, my humble plea is to carefully consider all these, as well as the other available options, of which I am sure there are a few, before we make such a bold and historical move. I am making this suggestion, with all due respect to all those concerned. EDWARD BLAKELOCK Admiral Circle , Pacific Harbour

Find Immense Joy Instantly (Fiji)

MY thoughts about our beloved nation’s initial will be Find Immense Joy Instantly. The feedback from our own people, who have permanently settled elsewhere abroad, echo the sentiments the way the world should be is not fake but humanely, godly and sincerely true. The immense joy of being greeted by “Bula” not limited at only international entry points, but being spread all over Fiji, is not common everywhere in the world. Hats off to the Fijian people, think and rethink our belittle natural gift is eye-catching, if all will vie for 100 per cent input, you will be proud. Let’s all aim for the stars in case we fall we will still land on the moon. Choose your field and let’s begin the journey. A very happy Fiji Day, not isolating it to sports only, let’s be together for a common good. SANJAY KUMAR Suva

Samoa and Japan

SO touching that they sang their national anthem in the mother tongue. DAN URAI Lautoka

What is religion

TO me religion is something such as choosing a brand of car one wishes to ride in. In the end they all are on the same road trying to ride smoothly without any mishap. But then why are we colliding on social media these days? I ponder this on you. Let’s all drive our vehicle happily and let’s toot and wave each other on our way. ASHIS KUMAR Ba

Hard drugs

HAVE the authorities noted a sudden rise on the availability of hard drugs in Fiji lately? In Lautoka that white powder has already replaced that thing in foil. One can buy it from anywhere in Lautoka. Maybe our local police were too busy uprooting marijuana plants and the drug paddlers got busy producing hard drugs. Maybe the community policing in Lautoka should be reintroduced. Ratepayers association is always willing to work with authorities for the betterment of Lautoka. NARAYAN REDDY President Lautoka Ratepayers Association

Education grant

IF parents won’t have to spend any money towards their children’s education, who then will buy the fundraising tickets (to supplement the reduced grants) — aliens? ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Leadership quality

I believe there is a difference between truth and plausibility Dan Urai Lautoka

Great vision

The Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar should be applauded for the vision to merge some town councils together for better service delivery to ratepayers. I can see a big saving on the running of all municipalities which will result in a better service delivery. With the saving after the merger, a lot of money can be saved and probably the city or town rates doesn’t need to increase. The vision of honourable Kumar for better services and the promises of the FijiFirst Government will be delivered soon. Narayan Reddy Lautoka

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