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Live the dream

THOSE who have had the privilege know that donning the yellow and blue stripes of Delainakaikai is a great honour, an experience that will not be forgotten.

We all yearn to fight for our country all right, but for these young men, does it mean shunning the war cry of their beloved alma mater – dui mate ga ena nona ucu ni vatu?

The hopes and aspirations of their Lodonian comrades, their mentors, families and old scholars alike weigh heavily on their young shoulders.

It’s a cruel coincidence lads, so just follow your hearts and live the dream of playing to get the Deans trophy back home where it belongs.

SAMU RAILOA

Nadi

Unfair supermarket

WE here on Ovalau rely on the only major supermarket.

Would senior managers of this chain please start supporting your manager here in Levuka in his efforts to meet his customers’ needs?

Your warehouse continues to not fill orders requested from Levuka and continues to send unsold product from your warehouse and dump it on the shelves of Levuka.

In the meantime, your valued customers are increasingly upset to say the least.

This mureflect in your sales figures. If it is not on your shelves here, how do you expect to sell it?

An example is we have not been able to buy tinned tomato for more than a month yet you send us frozen cassava?

MIKE REID, Ovalau

Cellular level

THE cell is the building block of the body.

It is so tiny that it is invisible to the naked eye. We are made up of trillions of cells. Good health begins at the cellular level.

Each cell has five requirements. There must be a regular supply of oxygen, water and nutrients.

Wastes must be removed and poisons kept out. It is crucial that one has good blood circulation as it is through the blood that the cells are replenished and wastes removed.

A good plant-based diet, lots of water and exercise will ensure good circulation.

Leviticus 17:11 says that the life of the flesh is in the blood.

One also needs to practice self control so that we do not poison ourselves with nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and processed food and drinks which contain toxins. If we follow these principles we can give our doctors and nurses some much needed rest.

GABRIEL SIMPSON, Rakiraki

Deans ruckuss

IT was interesting to read Tagi Vonolagi’s baseless and misinformed opinion (9/8/2014).

Firstly, for your information, FSSR is an independent body and is not an affiliate of FRU which was revealed by the latter itself in the media last year.

Unless there had been a major restructure, the former is not answerable to it.

Secondly, to indirectly blame teachers for the students’ failure to be patriotic is irresponsible since there can be other factors that contribute to the decisions that the students make.

Thirdly, the Deans can be likened to the Rugby World Cup, or the State of Origin, in that, it is the event that many of the high school rugby players aspire to be a part of.

Such students will do whatever it takes to be in the team.

And for RKS, this is its greatest comeback ever after a drought of seven or so years.

The title is within its reach and those boys would rather go down in the school’s history books, as the ones who brought it back to the hills of Delainakaikai, than to have their names inked merely on some paper saying that they represented the country this one time. Besides, RKS is home to these players.

If they cannot be loyal to their own home, and stand by it during its hour of great need, how can we expect them to be loyal to the country? What are we trying to teach them then?

To the eyes of many, country comes first but to these students, who love their school in which they have been groomed, nurtured and call home, giving something back to it, like the Deans trophy is more fulfilling than we can ever imagine.

They will be heroes to the hundreds of past, present and future scholars of Delainakaikai.

Now nothing beats that. Right now, they have a lot on their plate and they don’t need anymore negativity.

Rugby has grown in Fiji because the secondary schools have groomed such talented young blood and we should be proud of that and be supportive.

To suggest, like Ashneel Prasad (9/8/14) did, that the schools be banned from rugby is just plain stupidity.

I suggest for all stakeholders to work together to ensure that the students and players are well informed before they jump into any deal or decision regarding their rugby careers. All the best to the Deans final next weekend and may the best team win.

LATIFA TABUA, Nausori

TV response

THROUGH an SPSE sanctioned press statement, Fiji TV’s CEO is reported saying that the TV team was pleased with SkyPacific subscribers’ concerns after meeting with the Consumer Council and made clear it was never Fiji TV’s intention to disappoint its subscribers. How great thou art, sir.

Subscribers don’t want to know about Fiji TV’s back office issues in acquiring legal, territory clearances or any other excuses justifying sub-standard programs thrust down their throats.

Digicel will have an alternative to customer choice if allowed to enter the market.

Its launch in PNG in November, if I heard right, will include free-to-air sought after channels Fiji TV has discarded.

It may have its long range opportunity radar locked in and why not?

A million dollars a month in prepaid subs is something I wouldn’t walk away from.

RICHARD BROWN, Suva

Rural attachments

SEVERAL times I have noticed Fijian nurses of Indian descent welcoming an iTaukei family with genuine love in the hospital foyers.

The family has been introduced to me as their mum, dad, little brother or sister, who even attended the nurses’ graduation ceremony.

I have seen these nurses give gifts and even money to these iTaukei families.

Some of these nurses contribute to their iTaukei family’s obligations and keep in touch until today.

I questioned these nurses if there had been any pressure to keep in touch or make contributions and the answer was a resounding no. They were happy to assist.

In the third year of nursing training our student nurses have a 10-week rural attachment, and live with families in the villages.

During the allocation of homes, the Fijian nurses of Indian descent have been put up by iTaukei families.

They eat, sleep, live with these iTaukei families, and many leave at the end of the 10 weeks tearful, and very much part of their new family.

I don’t know whose brainchild this rural attachment was, but it came from the Ministry of Health.

I wonder if this program could be extended to the final year medical students too.

I believe that the solution to racial discord in Fiji lies in successful programs such as these rural attachments.

KORINA WAIBUTA, Suva

Fast vote

MY friend from the sekoula tree commented on the upcoming election. One commented that it takes only four seconds to vote and we have to live the result for the next four years.

NARAYAN REDDY, Lautoka

Dirty market

I AGREE with Nelson Narayan regarding the Lautoka market shed. It has been almost two weeks now when the vendors were removed. I always go there and that area is full of litter. I wonder where the cleaners were since Lautoka City Council has not yet started the building, the least it can do is to keep that area clean.

HARRY PRASAD, Lautoka

Secular state

PASTOR Veceli Raduva (FT 10/8) states that secular ideologies give birth to blood and hunger. And I thought I’d heard it all. By that logic the Scandinavian countries must be the most iniquitous as they are the least religious. The happiness index of a country is not measured by its religiosity but by its citizen’s access to basic food, shelter and clothing.

MARCUS RUSTI, Auckland, NZ

PNG aid

WHEN I read (FT 10/8) that Papua New Guinea has pledged K25million for Fiji’s election I wondered if that was Australian aid money being diverted to other things. Political leadership in PNG has a fair bit of history in doing that as ABC Four Corners documentaries have revealed.

RAJEND NAIDU, Sydney, Australia

Selling price

IS there some sort of control concerning the selling price of homes in Suva? It seems like a decent home nowadays is sold at no less than three hundred thousand dollars. The price of homes don’t seem to be going any lower. Who knows what the price will be like in the next 10 years? Perhaps decent homes may be sold at close to half a million dollars. Whatever one’s views, let’s just hope that there is some control put in place. The sooner the better.

FLOYD ROBINSON, Nasinu

Market vendors

A QUESTION for the special administrator and his bunch of merry men at the Lautoka City Council. Would it have been wise to move the market vendors to Namoli green one day before the construction of the market shed start?

WISE MUAVONO, Lautoka

Own offices

WHY can’t the government make its own offices instead of wasting millions renting private office spaces? VAT can go to less than 5 per cent

SUKHA SINGH, Labasa

Equality first

PROMOTING equality and diversity is the only way forward for Fiji or any nation for that matter.

In all that has been said so far the attitude towards equality by all political parties to the September election is now clear.

Equality and diversity is definite and certain and if we don’t get a firm hold of it now we will eventually have to.

The writing’s on the wall and our choice must be equality first.

We should be one people, treated equally and fairly regardless of our colour, our nationality or our ethnicity.

It is righteous and it is biblical.

Anything less is purely inferior and unacceptable.

SIMON HAZELMAN, Savusavu

Late-night revellers

WHAT a sight to behold on Sunday morning to see the number of Christians staggering on Suva City streets trying to find their way home.

Some made it to the bus stand only to pass out at the last hurdle, others managed to catch the bus but again like a Ferris wheel or as they say back in the day went on a merry-go-round in the bus, because they fell asleep.

Now we may all get defensive and say, hey, that’s like stereotyping, but seriously the majority are iTaukei and as like all natives they are all Christians albeit for the marginally few who could belong to other faiths.

So instead of shouting on the rooftops about making Fiji a Christian state, let’s try to clean up our own back yards first.

Also can the authorities look into this issue as these drunkards tend to harass those that come into Suva in the early mornings, or even revise the opening hours of these nightclubs.

LAWRENCE WARA, Suva

Choose life

I SUPPORT the argument of brother Vakaliwaliwa (FT 9/8).

A secular state does not deprive us from worshiping our Christian God. In my opinion, a secular state is biblical.

God, in leading his people to the Promised Land told the Israelites, “I set before you today good and evil, life and death”.

And God said “choose life”. In the New Testament, Jesus said “if any man is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, carry his cross and follow me”.

Being a Christian is a matter of choice. It cannot and should not be forced down upon the people.

That is exactly what the Constitution gives us. Religion is a personal choice. It is a choice of believing or not to believe.

MALAKAI NADUVA, Labasa

Lucky 135

AS we draw near to the election date, the number 135 has become a household topic.

Our election guru stated that 135 on ballot is no magic number nor is it linked to any religious implications.

Quite interesting indeed as we explore the Bible, 135 appears in King David’s book the Psalms which is a call to praise God, the one true God and Lord of all creation, whereas 136 stated, giving thanks to the Lord, for he is good and His Love endures forever.

Therefore, I believe 135 is a winning number and God’s blessings to the lucky candidate whom this number be allocated come August 25.

God bless Fiji.

INIA TUKANA, Nasinu

New dawn

I DO take off my hat to the present government, even thou it was not chosen by the people, but served their interests nevertheless.

Many may disagree with me on their terms but in common reality the ordinary citizens have beneficially reaped on the authoritative directive where assistance were carried out without delay. I admire your leadership management for a change, peace and progress but I’m restless about that accountability you have continuously ignored.

Anyway, responsibility awaits after appropriate scrutiny in due time.

Come what may after the election, I believe with hope that my Fiji is heading to a new dawn.

AREKI DAWAI, Suva

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