Letters to the Editor – April 16, 2021

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians singing the Fiji national anthem before facing Georgia at the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool game. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

New rugby era

Until I depart, I will strongly hold on to my belief that one of our future Flying Fijians squads will lift the William Webb Ellis trophy. I hold similar sentiments regarding the Paul Barriere trophy. With the super news of Fiji Drua’s inclusion in the Super Rugby competition, I would lift a sentence from John O’Connor’s statement, “Fiji rugby had entered a new era where livelihoods, the Fijian economy and Fijian infrastructure would improve”. Additionally, many Fijians turn up every week in the National Rugby League competition which is considered to be the elite domestic competition (rugby league) in the world. Presently, the Kaiviti Silktails are part of the Ron Massey Cup competition. In contrast, the local soccer scene is gearing up for “interesting and exciting” soccer at the first soccer tournament of the year. Where a professional rugby player is able to earn a $100,000, you can easily add three more zeros for a professional soccer player. In my view, it adds to the long list of direction resetting examples rugby provides for growth in Fiji soccer. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Need for vaccination

Our national and international agencies leaders are giving so much emphasis and importance on the need for all Fijians to be vaccinated. They say the faster people got vaccinated, the quicker Fiji could open its borders and people could return to work leading to our economic recovery. If the matter is of such serious national importance, then, why not advertise the vaccination centres and time schedules in The Fiji Times as well? Bharat Morris Rifle Range, Vatuwaqa, Suva

Step by step

Take the first step Advance two steps Get ready for the next step Take it one step at a time Once in a while, take a step back and think and reflect and that’s a big step to take But don’t step on broken past Be careful where you step As the path can be slippery So watch your step Proceed step by step Learn step by step Take it step by step asking what’s the next step? But never say I can’t take another step BHAGWANJI BHINDI Nasinu

Held back bubble

The held back bubble with Australia might not go that well for some which can be understood. The good thing is that talks are going on and it is in the process or shall I say “pipeline”. Fiji is COVID-contained and we are fortunate than many other countries cannot enjoy freedom like us. Let’s wait a bit more and hope for Fiji to be included in the bubble soon. Meanwhile, maintaining the current status by playing our part is very important. Stay safe and clean. Kirti Patel Lautoka

Urban ecology

In the current worldwide situation of accelerated loss of natural habitats for wildlife because of development, we might have heard about the principles of reconciliation ecology, whereby development is striving to blend with, and not remove, natural ecosystems for the benefit of all (My Suva Picnic Park being a good example). Not far from where I live, and for some months now, right in the middle of a busy road are a series of constantly growing and deepening potholes, the largest of them almost 2m wide and 20cm deep. They are constantly filled with rainwater, with long green grass growing by the sidewalk, and early in the morning flocks of birds can be seen happily bathing in them (they could be looking for fish, too…). It makes us wonder if this is a largely misplaced attempt at urban ecology by the authorities concerned? Antoine N’Yeurt Nasinu

Reverse warning alarms

An issue I’d like to raise with relevant authorities is in regards to the installation of “reversing warning alarms” in public service vehicles. Public service vehicles such as buses, mini-vans and taxis frequently reverse and reverse warning alarms will play a crucial element informing the public that a particular vehicle is reversing. Previously we had encountered road accidents and fatalities because of reversing vehicles. It’s agreeable that nowadays vehicles are manufactured with reverse cameras and aftermarket reversing kits are also available, but these devices mainly assist the drivers. Drivers to peep horns to inform public if they are blocking their rear ways, but most of the time public don’t really care as horn is located in the front of vehicle. There should be a standard reverse warning used by all vehicles such as “beep beep” as it would ring the bell in public that a vehicle is reversing as looking at the current situation some reverse warning alarms sound like car alarms which may confuse the public. I reckon a standard “beep beep” sound will give a greater directional information to one’s ear which means the sound can be instantly located and can be a huge leap forward in terms of safety. Let’s not forget that even a split-second confusion can result in serious injury or even death. SHAMAL CHAND, Kuku Bau Rd, Nausori

Coca-Cola Games

In a conversation with a Suva-based secondary school student he mentioned how some students and adults alike were buying tickets to the upcoming Coca-Cola Games to sell them at a higher price. Isn’t it illegal to sell sports tickets for more than face value? How can this be stopped? No one, not students, parents or guardians ought to be paying for tickets at a much higher price. I believe bulk buying should not be allowed unless authorisation and confirmation is given from the Ministry of Education to the Fiji Sports Council for athletes and supporters of schools. The Coca-Cola Games is generally jam-packed so why not just sell tickets individually at the turnstile at the stadium to avoid paying a much higher price? I am not sure what the legality of such practice is but something needs to be done about it, as it’s unethical and unfair. Here’s something the Education Ministry and Fiji Sports Council needs to sort out! It involves our children! Simon Hazelman Rava Estate, Savusavu

Ram Navami

The Hindu festival of Ram Navami commenced on Tuesday, April 13, and will continue until April 21, 2021 to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama. He is considered to be the seventh reincarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. Ram was born as the eldest son of King Dasrath and Queen Kausalya in Ikshwaku dynasty in the city of Ajodhya (north India). Ram Navami is celebrated on the 9th night of “sukul pakcha” (bright night) in the month of Chaitra (March-April) which is the Spring time in India. Hindus observe nine days of reading the sacred text Ramayana (by Tulsi Das), fasting, singing bhajans, kirtans, arti and pooja. King Dasrath had no male progeny to take over from him. So he asked Guru Vasistha for a solution. He advised him to carry out “putrayasthi yaj” (prayer). Thereafter the three queens became pregnant and gave birth to four sons. Ram was the eldest. People of Ajodhya celebrated the births with pomp and show. Ram was born to eradicate the evil force Ravana from the face of this earth. Ravana had terrorised the world for long. Therefore,Lord Vishnu reincarnated in the form of Ram and destroyed him. Ram was considered to be an ideal son, ideal brother, ideal husband, ideal friend and an ideal ruler. He was forthright and honest in his dealings. When he became the King he treated everyone with fairness, equality and justice. Ram showed no rancour when he was exiled for 14 years by his father as he had to keep royal promise to his wife Kekai. Upon return he treated Kekai with respect and magnanimity. This was his great quality (forgiveness) which mankind could emulate. Ram established what is fondly remembered as “Ram Rajya”…an ideal kingdom. May I wish all Hindu brothers and sisters a very happy, prosperous and peaceful Ram Navami. Dewan Chand Donu Place, Namadi Heights, Suva


I understand there are policies in place to protect students. The Fiji Teachers Union says there is a need for a teacher protection policy and it will be making a submission to the Education Ministry. I think, foremost, there should be an education protection policy. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Envoy’s plea

The UN envoy Sanaka Samarasinha made a timely plea as Fijian families go without food – register, roll up your sleeves and get the shot. The vaccination will help Fiji open its borders and return to normalcy as thousands of Fijians are waiting to return to work, and earn money to feed their families and loved ones. The days of pre-COVID are eagerly being looked upon. Finally, thumbs up to Baljeet Singh for capturing the shot of single mother Tarusila Vunisa (as she prepared a meal at Neimasi settlement in Lautoka). Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Poverty report

No Rajend Naidu (FT 14/4) I have not read the Fiji Poverty Report 1997. I see no point in reading a report that is now more than 23 years old. A lot of things have changed in the past 23 years. And by the way the FijiFirst Government has only been in office for just more than seven years! Vijay P. Madhavan Borron Rd, Suva


AT Nabua yesterday morning two traffic officers pushing another officer’s motorcycle to start it’s engine. Perhaps the climate change champion can exchange his luxury ride for a new battery for the police motorcycle. Push start tiko vei kemudou! AREKI DAWAI Suva


I believe the SODELPA management has been called incompetent by one of their own members. I could not agree with her more. May I add that she should look in the mirror herself. Jan Nissar NSW, Australia


Watching Seven News Australia on Mai TV on February 7. Then I realised that it was a replay from early October, last year. Come on Mai TV? M. Hill Lautoka Football training It’s just a start to move up for the Nadroga football team. Just a suggestion if Johnny Williams the old coach can be brought back to train the teams again. Then it would surely make a difference. Best of luck for the next game. Jaheed Buksh Korolevu, Sigatoka


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