Letters to the Editor – September 27, 2020

Pio Tuwai of the Barbarian Brothers faces Yamacia’s Isoa Tabu during day 2 of the 44th Marist 7s at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A cut above the rest

THE Marist 7s tournament is a cut above the rest! I strongly believe that it’s a prelude and the shadow to the much-awaited and anticipated annual Hong Kong 7s event. Wow, as a spectator I’m just so blown away with the depth of potential and talent that’s at our disposal,unleashed during the past two days of the tournament and it will be all at our national 7s coach’s discretion to select, amalgamate and consolidate these talents to the national scene. Some unknown players that stood out for me are both the Barbarians rovers. Taveuni and Samurai Barracudas wingers. I believe these players have been seasonal campaigners for their teams. They have grown in their respective positions and they’ve stood out for me during the past two days. On the other hand, the Tuwais; Jerry and Pio continue to mesmerise as they normally do for their Barbarians team. Above all, I’m really impressed with young Ben Sadrugu. Normally it’s quite a transition from the 15s to the 7s code but he seemed to never have any issues at all with the transition and he did extremely well. The agility to tackle and get back on his feet to contest the ruck and eventually turning over the ball was a masterclass! I liken his play to NZ All Blacks great Richie McCaw and Wallabies’ backrower David Pocock. Vinaka Ben! You and Jiuta Wainiqolo have both made Nabua Rugby Club proud having produced stars in the past and now again following a long lay off. May the best team be crowned champion of the 48th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s. ALIPATE TUBERI Suva

A valid point

Kiran Khatri makes the very penetrating point that whereas “the Government is focused on the allegations in USP” it should “clean its own back yard first “with regards to” the various breaches highlighted by the auditor-general” (FT 26/09). That letter deserves an award for succinctness. RAJEND NAIDU Sydney, Australia

Step taxi

ALTHOUGH I am not advocating for something which is wrong in any circumstance, I suggest a must watch Will Smith movie The Pursuit of Happyness. MOHAMMED IMRAZ JANIF Natabua, Lautoka

COVID reasons

IT’S totally acceptable to scrap this year’s iconic Sugar Festival for COVID reasons (FT 26/09) but hey, let the sporting activities, religious gatherings and government’s ribbon cutting events around the country proceed as usual. This virus certainly does discriminate. NISHANT SINGH Lautoka

Sigidrigi program

I watched in awe the Sigidrigi program on Friday night. How glad I was to be watching Sigavou kei Vaturova where three boys whom I guess must be in primary school were seen strumming the ukelele and guitars. So inspiring indeed. Vinaka boys. JIOJI O TORONIBAU Navetau, Tunuloa

News item

I HOPE that our dear friend Sukha Singh (FT 26/09) is aware that since that news item was aired, there is no sign left that a sugar mill actually existed in Penang! RAMNEEL KUMAR Ba

Who will be next

IN apropos to the article “Will he be the next” (FT 26/09) report highlighted the speculation of Fiji’s next leader. But I believe the masses, under COVID, want stability and no political drama. I believe everyone wants to see the economy come back on track. We want economic prosperity rather then making unnecessary hue and cry about the next leader. The best leader may prevail. DR SAKUL KUNDRA Lautoka

Suki price

IF you didn’t already know, the price of suki has skyrocketed. ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Lautoka

USP saga

THE USP saga seems far from over yet. May I remind Government that the university is regionally owned and is not just Fiji’s alone! Chiuu! ALIPATE TUBERI Suva

World Tourism Day

EVERY time we travel, for whatever reason, we are part of a global movement; a movement that has the power to drive inclusive development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future; a movement that builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage. This year on the 27th of September, we want you to talk tourism. Help us raise awareness of the important impact tourism has on countries and communities around the world and its potential as a force for good, creating a better world for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the whole perspective of tourism into local platforms. In this time people have no jobs as some countries imposed border security lockdown, living the industry vulnerable within little means of earnings. The purpose of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The tourism industry in Fiji was booming over the past decade and I believe had grown at an annual rate of 10-12 per cent. The expansion of tourism, which generated more expenditure in the economy, is likely to have implications for other industries. Travellers were seeking adventure and explored the local island style life. Our country has a lot to offer. Wishing the best on Tourism day to all tourists and people behind the scene who work towards one common goal to make Fiji the world’s best destination. NEELZ SINGH Lami

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