Your Fiji Your Say

Winning pressure

THE Vodafone Fiji 7s team have a big burden on their shoulders to win the Gold Coast Sevens title after the Vodafone Fiji 7s second side was crowned the new champions of the Oceania 7s held at Noosa, Australia.

The second team should be praised for winning the Oceania 7s by defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final and kudos to the Telecom Fijiana side for their third placing.

We all know what Sir Gordon Tietjens is capable of doing and we all expect him to work out a game plan to counter a full set of fresh Vodafone Fiji Sevens players.

The NZ dailies have already commented that if the Fiji second team could easily defeat New Zealand than imagine the strength of the first team.

We all hope that our boys don’t get too complacent on the win at Noosa but to equal the victory of our second team by winning the Gold Coast Sevens.

Go Fiji go.


Extend crushing

TO the honourable Mr Bainimarama, I am also a canefarmer while working in one of the resorts in Yasawa.

Please, extend the crushing of sugar cane at the mills.

Most of the cane will be left behind, not crushed, this year because of no or lack of transportation to the mill.

Also, most of the times when I call home in Rakiraki, they said there is a “mill breakdown”.

Last time when I was in Rakiraki, it was down for two days.

The early closure of the mill will force some of us farmers to switch to crop farming because we have never been helped.

Please, extend crushing.


Brighter future

EVOLUTION is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations, quoted from Wikipedia.

Now as a nation we can perform a litmus test on how far we have evolved as a nation. A simple test is graffiti, on the bus or on public display.

I remember growing up reading the same type of graffiti that we see today and nothing has changed, the same obscene images mock us from the back of the seats of buses or on the public walls and even the spelling and language used is the same.

So what does that say about the general populace, well to me it is that we have not evolved and seem to be stuck in limbo.

I would have thought our graffiti would have changed now and become more modern or none at all or maybe I’m wrong.

Well here is looking forward to a brighter future, God Bless Fiji.


Fiji Airways

MY entire family have always patronised Fiji’s airline.

Apart from the food served on its aircraft, which we’ll not enter into, the cabin crew and the pilots have progressed in excellence.

However, our relationship with Fiji Airways was recently tarnished by the airline.

Firstly, it botched up my daughter’s return flight.

Secondly, a son was forced to change his booking because of a mistake in the original date supplied, was charged an extra $F800-plus.

This is sheer robbery, thievery without the thuggery.

I appreciate that with the new aircraft etc, Fiji Airways needs to make money.

But this is certainly not the way to go about it though.

As a result we’ve decided to use Virgin or Jet star in future.

BUTCH GRANT, Sydney, Australia

Kiribati referendum

THE land sale by the Anglican church to Kiribati was a bit “funny”.

The buyer shouted it from the roof tops, even the price they paid.

The seller had a local and overseas component.

The overseas component denied this sale to the end, while the locals remained mum.

Months ago, “squatters” on this land cried foul (FT 28/4).

I suppose their grievances have been addressed as all is quiet on this front.

It is good to see the Kiribati President Anote Tong bring up this land sale again, this time in Fiji (FT 1/10).

I believe that our new parliament, which sits soon, should seriously consider taking a referendum on the relocation to Fiji of Kiribati citizens.

The assimilation of a people group will affect our future generations.

I believe it is not the right of a government to decide but the people of Fiji should do this.

The people of Fiji have just chosen their leaders in parliament demonstrating ability to make choices. A referendum should not be a huge task.

Adverse weather conditions is affecting every nation in the world.

Fiji has not been spared but our people have not been shouting loud enough for our government to hear.

Go to any settlement near the sea and ask them to show you the old and now new water mark when the tide comes in.

Will our own people be needing relocation soon?


Fiji’s homelessness

I AM deeply moved by various writers’ accounts (FT4/10/14) regarding the lives of people on the streets.

Nowadays it’s not about money and possessions.

There are a lot of good affluent people who leave the warm comforts of their homes for various reasons and sleep in the street and many of them are not mentally ill.

It’s not just the elderly who dominate our streets.

There are a lot of young people, children and women who run away from their homes because they feel the home does not give them the respect and security they deserve and so they feel more comfortable sleeping in the street.

Providing shelter and money is not going to eradicate the problem.

It’s also crucial we address the various issues that drive people away from their homes.

SHAHKUN PRASAD, Melbourne, Australia

Underaged drivers

CHILDREN aged about 12 usually make rounds in their family car within their surrounding.

Eventually, they’re seen driving out and about with their younger siblings.

Later, relatives and friends are transported to their destination by these unqualified and unlicensed drivers to the best of their parents’ knowledge.

All parents should be vigilant to ensure children’s safety through precautionary measures by taking heed of driving laws and regulations.

Also parents should not allow children travelling with illegal drivers.


Spice medicine

IN reference to an article (FT 3/10, page 30), by BBC titled Brain repair.

A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain’s ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy.

The German study suggests that a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of brain’s repair kit.

I agree.

Since ancient time, Burmese traditional medicines, said, believed and used:

* Turmeric – as medicine and as antibiotic.

* Tamarind fruits and leaves – as medicine, even the shade of the tamarind tree would cool down the fever.


For peace

DEMOCRACY is alive in Fiji today, and the military can still conduct Gestapo-style operations to suppress those who try to disturb the peace.


Laughing matter

HOW often to you laugh a good strong belly laugh? How about a chuckle. Everyone “knows funny”. It is what makes them laugh. My beloved was telling me of her work trip to Savusavu and saw a man riding on horseback and a bag of dalo on his shoulder.

I couldn’t stop laughing on that. Ain’t that something to imagine?


Ideal PM

I HAVE seen prime ministers in fancy vehicles, giving speeches in luxurious hotels and boasting about clean-up policies but I have never seen a prime minister sweeping the street himself, that too with an Indian version of the sasa broom.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has truly set an example for India and the rest of the world to see by cleaning the street himself with the sasa broom. Hats off to you, Sir.


Dictator dies

FORMER Haitian dictator Baby Doc Duvalier has died of a heart attack at age 63. His tyrannical rule came to an end when the people rose against him forcing him to flee to the US.

I wonder if the man would have lived longer if he had led a more peaceful and less politically troublesome life?

RAJEND NAIDU, Sydney, Australia

Salute the man

MR Pita Nacuva must be saluted for his act of good faith in accepting the political outcome and his words of encouragement that we must move on (FT 4/10.

Perhaps it did not matter anyway, people have spoken; the act itself speaks a lot about the gentleman’s sincerity and integrity all these years. He must have his admirers.

As they say in the Navy, the captain leaves last with his battle colours flying high. He deserves a bugler with flag lowering ceremony for his tremendous courage. So long Mr Nacuva and thank you for being a Speaker.


New method

MR Hasmukh Patel of the Fiji Electricity Authority has a new method of consuming power and fuel.

The streetlights at Cunningham Stage One, starting at the roundabout, have been burning for more than two weeks, 24 hours a day and night. Someone has fallen asleep or have they done this on purpose?


Productivity commission

THE private sector and the civil society should be thankful to the government for the long-awaited and overdue Public Sector reform (ST 5/10).

Such reforms should, in all due respect, commence with the front desk up to the highest level as well as right down to the bottom rank of the ladder. For a start, the front desk provides the image of any stakeholder.

There are some rather sluggish front desk operators, who at times also lose their coolness and somewhat impolite and less helpfulness.

Everything that commences from the front desk, which incidentally includes the telephone system should be looked at.

How many times have readers who might have called a department or ministry have to make several or more calls but still cannot be connected to the rightful person who you wish to talk to.

There are times when you are directed from post to post with hopeless results.

Worst of all are department/ministry and this includes statutory bodies that have answering devices hooked up in their telecommunication system to respond to inward calls.

These devices are ridiculously out of date and probably have served their useful purposes ages ago.

It is doubtful if every management ever monitors these devices to see how they work or the competency of such devices.

This is a serious matter as callers can spend unnecessary waiting time as well making many calls before being able to connect to the rightful person if at all.

All these involve unnecessary charges made. Reform in this one area is certainly warranted and should be treated with some high priority.

The PM has, on many occasions in the past, made remarks such as adopt a smarter and a more proficient way of doing things.

In this respect, Fiji falls far behind in productivity, and it is about time that government consider the establishment of a Productivity Commission to raise the profile of all entities and workforce alike.


Wake-up call

JOE Saileka’s concern expressed in this column (FT 4/10) should be a wake-up call to the new Minister for Local Government that ratepayers expect change in council affairs after September 17.

His letter must have sent a wave of disappointment to Nasinu residents that the council health inspectors and enforcement officers are not doing their job.

I think all that the Nasinu residents want to hear was reference to the necessary steps for a return to democractic practice, that is, election of councillors and ratepayers association.

Ever heard of the old army game of “passing the buck”?

That will be no more once the rules for municipal elections ares gazzetted. By the way where is the document that deals with council vision and mission, action plans and their interpretation of it


Cost sharing

SOMETHING the minister may like to consider.

FEA meter readers do the rounds every month to all consumers so why can’t a WAF man accompany him provided that WAF immediately switches to monthly billing.

WAF will realise a boost in cash flow and FEA a corresponding reduction in wastage as the WAF man can cast his eyes on streetlights that remain on all day (in prior years laughed off as insignificant) and tick off a simple checklist while the FEA man concentrates on zigzagging his runabout on the road.

Cost sharing for transportation and other allied expenses will no doubt benefit both entities but more importantly ensure continuous and uninterrupted delivery of the two most essential elements in all Fijian lives.

But I don’t agree that any public utility should be free as someone has to pay and ultimately it’s the taxpayer.


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