Letters to the Editor – September 17

Sam Cane of the All Blacks on the charge against Jan Serfontein and Jesse Kriel of South Africa during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South African Springboks at QBE Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.Picture: ZIMBIO

All Blacks go down
I WATCHED the All Blacks vs South Africa game and hopes were high. I watched the press conference and Steve Hansen is indeed a champion coach. Reporters or whoever asked questions of Hansen, captain didn’t mince his words but answered. It was a disappointing loss but he said it was not all doom and gloom and he praised the Springboks for winning. He said they would pick themselves off the ground and move on working on new structures. Some questions were put to Kieran Read, “Was there any chat about a drop goal?” Of course there was but the boys wanted to score and that was that. Someone asked if the referee had some instruction about an offside, but Steve said, he wasn’t going to b!@#h about it and move on. And yes, the All Blacks lost, the world has not ended. ALLEN LOCKINGTON, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Milestone achievement

THE front page of The Fiji Times on Saturday was special. The moment I saw our editor Fred Wesley’s picture with the News Media Executive of the Year award, I gave a thumbs up knowing that our number one editor had to endure so much to become the inaugural recipient of the award. As humble as ever and while dedicating his award to The Fiji Times family, our hero should be commended for holding the fort during the most difficult times. Hats off to Fred for maintaining the principles and ideals of journalism! I must also acknowledge the endless support and love from Fred’s wife and children who make our hero do his duty honestly and with pride and integrity! While Fred’s achievement is fantastic and astonishing, it recognised his hard work, commitment, dedication, determination and courage. Fred and The Fiji Times continue to soar and gain the respect and admiration from Fiji’s community and the outer world as a result of impartial reporting in our number one newspaper, which is turning 150 years old next year. Furthermore, this award is bound to motivate The Fiji Times and Fred to aim for higher standards. As I conclude, I feel proud and honoured to be associated with the oldest newspaper in Fiji by contributing to the letters to the editor column and I humbly request The Fiji Times not to compromise media ethics for short-term gain or glory but to continue upholding journalistic values and standards to inspire readers. With this recognition at international level, The Fiji Times no doubt has bagged the trademark of an excellent newspaper. Heartiest congratulations Fred and The Fiji Times! Thank you for giving readers a brand and positive reflection of resilience! RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM Nadawa, Nasinu

Water disruption

BARELY three months after the last one, water supply to Nadi and parts of Lautoka will be again disrupted for four days from September 29 to October 2. This time Water Authority of Fiji will be installing new valves and pipelines to the Nagado Water Treatment Plant. One fails to understand why this was not done during the repairs carried out in June. Given that we are in the middle of the dry season, I believe the timing for undertaking this work is not right. When planning and scheduling such operations, the interest of the consumers should always override other consideration. SELWA NANDAN Lautoka

Hurricane Florence
THE people of the United States are going through tough times as Hurricane Florence is wrecking and rampaging through the country. Luckily, the hurricane has been downgraded to Category 1 but flooding and winds will now follow through, My prayers and condolences are with the affected families and hope for a quick recovery as soon as possible. RAYNAV CHAND Nakasi

Alleged sex assault
I WAS shocked to read an article in The Fiji Times dated (15/09/18) about two Year Eight students who were alleged to have sexually assaulted a Year Two student, What is happening to this generation? Why is it that children are now becoming perpetrators of sexual assaults? Who is to blame for this? Is it the parents? The school system? Who? This technological era is changing the usual innocent childhoods that once was. There were a lot of rules that were broken by our delinquents back in the days but I doubt it was anything mounting up to children raping other little children. They’re growing up too fast, they’re being taught by computers, I believe the media is at fault. There is no limit to what they can do or learn online nowadays, things are getting out of hand and yet it seems as if they couldn’t care less about the consequences of their actions. Why did we abolish corporal punishment again? Was it really that bad? Whether it was or not, something needs to be done about this perturbing matter, our future depends on it. CECELIA NAINIMA, Vatulaulau, Ba

Rugby thriller
I WAS left shocked and speechless as the power-packed Springboks destroyed the All Blacks at the Cake Tin. The result shocked the world as the Boks recorded their first win in NZ soil since 2009. The All Blacks faced a resilient Springboks outfit led by Marx, Etzebeth, Kolisi, Whiteley, Klerk, Pollard, Roux and Dyantyi. The battle was terrific and had fans at the edge of their seats. The onslaught by the All Blacks in the dying seconds failed as South Africa held on to their defensive line. While I accept defeat, I salute South Africa for a gallant and ferocious effort. The Rugby Championship could be anybody’s especially after Argentina upset the Wallabies! The final round is going to be a thriller! RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM Nadawa, Nasinu

Visa applications
FROM the perspective of a travel and visa consultant, I must thank the visa officers from the Australian embassy for the fantastic work they are doing, especially because I feel they are a bit relaxed now compared with a couple of years ago. From experience, I would say that it is easy getting a tourist visa to New Zealand, but to the USA and Australia, it was strict and tough. But today, I am writing this letter because I am really impressed as all the Australian tourist visa applications I have done this year have all been granted. A client did his Australian tourist visa application last year and was not approved, but I did the same last week and he has been granted a three-month visit. Wow, I am speaking to myself that either the Australian embassy visa officers are being told to take it easy with Fijian visa applications or I might be getting very good in doing the visa applications! Anyway, a big thumbs up to all the visa officers at the Australian embassy. SAVENACA VAKALIWALIWA Suva

Suicide prevention
IT seems to me that there is too much emphasis on getting people to share their problems. I believe many who contemplate suicide do so because they have been simply unable to share. Their biggest problem I believe is not being able to share their troubles. They are told, “talk to someone, share your problem”, but that is just what they can not do. More fruitful effort could be put into helping the rest of the community to take notice of those who are very private, keeping to themselves, with no close friends. Just being with such a person, taking an interest without trying to question them or make suggestions, letting them know by our listening hearts that we can be trusted, will lead to friendship and trust. When trust builds, sharing comes naturally. Questioning the silent one, or making suggestions, can do more harm than good. What helps is to give the message, not in words, but by our presence: “You are not alone”. FERGUS GARRETT Vatuwaqa


MY brother Narayan Reddy, in an accident the victim never wins. NIGEL FIU Owls Perch, Lautoka

Top award
BRILLIANT, well done Fred. Pity some other media outlets in Fiji cannot match the Times’ standards. ALLAN LOOSLEY Tavua

ON the eve of The Fiji Times turning 150 years old next year, I congratulate The Fiji Times editor Fred Wesley for winning the News Media Executive of the Year award (FT 15/9). Vinaka vakalevu! AMENATAVE YACONISAU Palm Drive, Delainavesi

Keep it up
HEARTY congratulations to editor Fred Wesley for gaining the News Media Executive of the Year award, and to The Fiji Times team for a well deserved recognition of your good work in difficult circumstances. Keep it up. We support you! TESSA MACKENZIE Duncan Rd, Suva

Thank you

I WANT to thank The Fiji Times for giving me the opportunity to buy and read the best newspaper in the country every day proving that they are the best. Editor and team Fiji Times, keep up the good work. NACA NABUKAVOU Waqadra, Nadi

Congrats Fred
CONGRATULATIONS Fred for being the inaugural recipient of the News Media Executive of the Year at the 2018 PANPA awards (FT 15/9). You deserved it. By the way, my first glance at your photo, you look like Allen. WISE MUAVONO Hedstrom Pl, Balawa, Lautoka

Water solution

ALL dry districts should have saltwater reservoirs and each house to have a separate piping for flushing the toilets. Sometimes you can have a saltwater bath too. SUKHA SINGH Labasa

PANPA awards

CONGRATS Fred for grabbing the News Media Executive of the Year. Truly deserving. Just wondering whether anyone from the other newspaper (claiming to be Fiji’s number one) were nominated for this prestigious title. NISHANT SINGH Lautoka

Beer price

NOT difficult to know that hard drugs are cheaper than beer Mr Patel (FT/15/9/18). Just take time to walk the streets. DAN URAI Lautoka

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