Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Marsha Cutlip Paul is flanked by her son David and his wife Michelle who died of a mysterious illness in Fiji. Picture: Supplied

Urgent cremation

As if things weren’t bad enough for the families of David and Michelle, authorities decide to do the unthinkable and cremate David’s body.

This revelation is not only shocking but it begs more questions.

David and Michelle died over six weeks ago and we are still pussyfooting around?

The faster the bodies get repatriated the better for everyone and everything.

Here’s the thing!

The fact of the matter is that David and Michelle died while on holiday here on Denarau where they ate or drank something that got them so sick that it killed them.

The post-mortem examination should have revealed what they ate and drank and most importantly what killed them.

I believe this is a case of total coverup to protect individuals, an organisation, and Fiji tourism.

I believe the mere fact that this case has dragged on for this long with nothing to show will do more damage than good for Fiji tourism, especially from the United States market.

The excuse to cremate because the body was deteriorating fast is a sad and sorry excuse.

While the truth in this case may be bad, we need to learn never to get trapped by false appearances and tell it the way it is.

No authority should be higher than reality!

Simon Hazelman, Rava Estate, Savusavu

Diabetes issue

Has anyone compared the rate of urban drift with the increase in diabetes incidence?

Probably urban “drifters” have no access to land thus are totally reliant on food purchase.

Given the high cost of living in urban areas, most would have to rank food as a low priority cost item.

Given the high cost of market fruit and vegetables, fresh fish etc., people are forced into purchasing low-cost items, so what do they eat?

You guessed it, just about everything that has a high GI or GL.

GI stands for glycemic index and GL stands for glycaemic load.

For those who write on diabetes without fully understanding it, look up these terms on the internet.

Most types of breads, root crops, flour, rice, etc., when consumed in large quantities are a breeding ground for diabetes.

Allan Loosley, Tavua

Urban clearways

The FRA’s new initiative to introduce clearways along our roads in Suva is a great one and I hope they will ensure this new initiative will be an ongoing one as well as properly policed.

Another great new initiative is that they remove old cars and containers, etc., left on roadsides as these are a major hindrance to the free flow of traffic.

All of these initiatives are great, however, how about they fix the long existing and ongoing problems such as the upper Mead Rd outside MH Superfresh Supermarket; motorists stop on the traffic lane to buy vegetables from the roadside markets.

When a motorist is exiting the supermarket he/she has to drive on to the road to get a clear view of oncoming vehicles before driving off.

By the way this happens on all roadside markets.

This is a major accident waiting to happen.

Yet there is a yellow line marked along that new stretch of upper Mead Rd.

Then there are the vehicles parked on footpaths outside places of worship.

These drivers have no consideration for pedestrians especially children as they’re forced to walk on the road.

And mind you some fancy cars can be seen parked on footpaths too.

In the meantime, LTA has supported these new initiatives but I don’t see them enforcing the old and older ones.

LTA and FRA boss how about both you gentlemen take a drive along the USP end of Grantham Rd and you’ll get my drift.

George Kutty, Namadi Heights, Suva

Pacific Games

Could somebody from FBC TV or Government explain why the Pacific Games in Samoa is not covered live by the company?

I believe Government pays a lot of money to FBC annually to cover community broadcasts and I believe that FBC bears the responsibility to ensure that important events such as the Pacific Games are given coverage.

Instead, their competitor who does not receive any funding is covering this important event live.

Emosi Balei, Suva

Confusing road

I refer to Jonathan Moore’s (FRA chief executive) reply to my letter on “Confusing new road”.

Thank you for the reply sir, a lot of people had their queries answered and I thank you for that.

Maybe there will be a public announcement on the issue.

It’s your call.

My other half of the letter was on hiring a taxi from Nausori Town to get to the Baker Hall in Davuilevu or AOG church in Davuilevu, are taxis supposed to do a roundabout turn from Lokia Rd, or from Nausori to Sasawira St in 10 miles, Nasinu?

Your answer sir will be very much appreciated.

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

No effect

The huge coverage and awareness about littering after the Farmers Carnival has had no effect.

After the big rugby match in Nadi last Saturday, the park was strewn with litter.

Those responsible have walked away without any consequences while others had to carry out a cleanup.

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

Bananas galore

It’s in abundance all over the country but government has not thought of converting bananas into positive foreign gain.

Food for thought for the next one.

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Health check

Allen Lockington’s letter where he said eating healthy is expensive and so is dialysis cannot go unchallenged.

The government is actually promoting people to plant your own food.

If everyone has a backyard garden then you don’t need to buy your root crop and vegetables.

I live in the city but I plant my own vegetables, root crop and fruits.

My front yard is full of cassava and banana plantation.

Imagine if we all plant and eat fresh fruits and vegetables, we cannot complain.

My advice to Allen is to stop planting flowers, instead he should plant vegetables and root crops.

Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

Brazil lifts cup

Some consolation at last for Brazil fans as the traditional giants of soccer lifted the Copa America trophy at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro after beating Peru (3-1).

Brazil is the most successful national team in the FIFA World Cup being crowned winner five times: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002 but since the glorious days of Taffarel, Marcos, Bebeto, Dunga, Romario, Leonardo, Emerson, Dida, Denison, Lucio, Ronaldinho, Edmilson, Cafu, Gilberto Silva, Paulista, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Silva, Carlos, and Kaka the giants have taken a nosedive at the World Cup soccer, failing to make any final since the 2002 win and even failing to win bronze at home.

Furthermore, the pain and anguish at the hands of Germany (7-1) during the 2014 WC semis will not be forgotten easily so the Copa America win is special.

Despite the controversial win against Argentina (2-0), the Brazilians put up a spectacular show in front of seventy thousand fans to dispatch Peru.

Well done Brazil and congratulations!

I also congratulate USA for winning the Women’s World Cup back-to-back and also for a record four times!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Volleyball lovers

What has happened to this great sport which is played in every corner of Fiji?

I believe volleyball is the second most liked game in Fiji apart from rugby.

It might be for the first time that we are not represented at the Pacific Games.

Who is running the show here in Fiji?

I believe it’s time for a change and everyone must go.

We have won gold in this event in the past, we have won the Oceania recently and we have players of international standard and I believe whoever made the call to not represent Fiji in Samoa has made the biggest mistake.

Nothing could be done now but we the volleyball lovers of this country will see that we are always represented in the future.

Shame on you!

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

Rugby countdown

The countdown to the RWC in Japan begins this Saturday at the hallowed Laucala oval when our very own Flying Fijians take on the might of the NZ Maori.

As we can see in the media how the lads are putting in the hard yards to get them ready for the battle, so too, we the fans must do our bit.

Come on Fiji let’s all come out in numbers wearing white or blue and show our warriors what it means to have that coconut emblem on their chest.

Let’s cheer them on and wave the old banner blue and to the boys, show them that the Laucala oval is our turf.

Good luck boys and good hunting.

Go Fiji go!

Lawrence Wara, Suva

Maori Test

I wish the Flying Fijians counter the Maori All Blacks haka with a fiery cibi and produce a zealous performance this Saturday.

I wish there are no empty seats at the venue and the noise from Suva reverberates around the country.

I wish the Test is passed with flying colours.

On the dot, a whitewash.

I wish this Test kicks off an unforgettable Fijian rugby journey to the land of the rising sun.

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

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