Letters to the Editor: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Our writer says he is happy and honoured to be an advocate on breast cancer since his wife is a breast cancer survivor. Picture: SUPPLIED

Pinktober pledges

We heard a lot of testimonies and stories from families and friends who have claimed to be healed through traditional medicine and care which I believe is a myth, but my advice to all women in Fiji, especially young women, “please go for an early check up to the nearest hospital because cancer kills and does not discriminate anyone either young or old.

I’m happy and honoured to be an advocate now on breast cancer together with my family, especially my son and daughter since my wife and mother of our children is a breast cancer survivor.

Thank you The Fiji Times for printing my wife’s story on FT 21/10/21 (Pg 16) Since I cannot walk at length, climb mountains nor run because of my limited mobility having suffered a mild stroke in late 2017, to raise funds, I can raise awareness through the use of my pen in writing via my letters to the editor.

Like that saying “The pen is mightier than the sword,” — Edward Bulwer Lytton, 1839.

For those who follow my letters to the Editor either on social or mainstream media, local and abroad, please donate to this worthy cause of any amount to the following Fiji Cancer Society M-PAiSA Number 9986983 or Fiji Cancer Society Pinktober Awareness WBC Suva Bank Account #1271099900.

Just write your narration as JMC F/T LTE- Pinktober 2021. Jioji Masivesi Cakacaka Tadra- Votualevu, Nadi


Team bonding

Photos of the Fijiana 15s team having a session at the mud pool in the Republic of Fiji Navy naval base in Togalevu attracted attention. Coach Senirusi Seruvakula, who tasted success with the Fijian Drua side in the NRC, took his extended squad to train in the mud pool to add flavour to the team’s preparation.

He said that the main focus was the bonding for the girls in the team, and it was pleasing to note that the members gave it their all and completed the obstacles which the navy instructors directed them to do.

The Fijiana is in a tough pool alongside England, South Africa and France, and every step made towards preparing a robust team will reap benefits when the tournament kicks off. We do not have the resource and financial advantage that the Tier One teams have, but such bonding exercises will prepare our girls physically, mentally and spiritually.

I wish Seruvakula and members of the Fijiana 15s team all the best! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu


Climate change

We all know climate change is a fact of life and every thing must be done to control it.

We do not want to see our children suffer because of our deeds. However, I understand two of the biggest polluters namely China and Russia are not going to attend this meeting. This two Communist countries are having their own way and who will tell them to cut their own pollution of the atmosphere.

Money is not everything but we must control our temperature. Therefore it is very important that every country is part of this climate summit otherwise it is no use when only the less polluting countries take part and the biggest pollutants are left out. Nardeo Mishra Suva


FSC shares

To better understand the half a cent per share government buyout, I suggest a fresh read of mainstream media reports on the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s application to the South Pacific Stock Exchange for voluntary delisting.

I understand that at the AGM in October (2010), the CEO at that time gave a detailed explanation of the corporation’s financial position which wasn’t bright at all. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka


Early morning dream

Finally, sports restrictions have been lifted after months of holding back for a crazy golfer like me. Suddenly, I had a dream that I caddied for the richest golfer on Earth, Tiger Woods in the United States whereby he won his 16th major title and I received $US100,000 ($F207,000) as caddie fees.

Straight away I sent that amount to WOWS Kids Fiji. In reality, Tiger Woods has won 15 major titles.

A few days later, my early morning dream saw me become a top-notch lawyer. Big bold letters of A-G and SG kept flashing in my mind.

Suddenly, I could see a friend of mine flick my right ear and whispered — fake lawyer. For you A-G stands for Adore God and SG — Serve God.

There I realised that dreams are free and prayed for a miracle to happen to fund raise for WOWS Kids Fiji. I can see the fundraiser already in my pipeline which will happen in real time.

Was, is and will always be for WOWS Kids Fiji. Raymond Singh Golf Links, Lautoka


Safety first

Safety as a priority should be the concern for all of us when we are free to move in social gatherings, sports and religious functions, in this pandemic atmosphere.

All care with responsibilities should be taken by all of us with protocols for COVID. At times we become too emotional while celebrating or grieving and the protocols are overlooked.

Our 152 years old daily newspaper, The Fiji Times also plays a major role in informing, educating and alerting people to take precautions.

Safety first is safety, always to save lives. Tahir Ali, Hamilton New Zealand


Tiresome reporting

I am wondering why so much oxygen, space and time is given to leaders of unelected minor parties by this paper with front page headlines and more pages allotted further on.

When you read these articles, there is no substance in the stories in most cases and there are no solutions or alternatives presented. Almost every day becomes a little tiresome.

If this paper wants to be a champion of balanced reporting, I believe there is room for improvement. I think the line “at the time of printing there was no response from the government” is losing some of its lustre.

I suggest your reporters do a better job in a timelier manner. Jan Nissar NSW, Australia


Swimming pool

So, the Lautoka Swimming Pool is in the news again. (FT 25/10) I believe someone erred and the result is the much talked about unfinished pool.

Has someone been taken to task? Too much talk from goment, no updates. It seems to me that something is afoot. Maybe Bigfoot is involved hence the many silences.

The headline of the article (FT 25/10) says “peer review”. Mr Editor, it should read “pool review” or better — “pipeline review”.

Oh and what happened to the $1 billion Waila City project? Oh I see, it’s in the pipeline, nah. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Lautoka


Valuable lessons

$12.6 million dollars spent, and still incomplete. Sadly, there are huge lessons to be learnt from this noble plan for a decent swimming pool for Fiji’s second city. How and why did it go so very wrong? $12.6 million is no small change in these extremely challenging deadly COVID days.

There are valuable lessons for other municipalities having similar interests. Breaching contractors must be held accountable.

Who provided oversight for a project?

Were all professionally qualified people engaged? We may never know. Ronnie Chang Martintar, Nadi


Common sense

Drive around Nadi any given day in the afternoon and you will see hundreds of Fijians of all ethnicities enjoying some form of team sport be it rugby, soccer, basketball or volleyball.

I am sure this is the same everywhere in Fiji since the easing of COVID restrictions.

By all means this is good to see but under normal circumstances. What baffles me and I hope someone from MOH can shed some light on this is that all of these contact sports are played without masks, without social distancing, and with no vaccine check or any other checks for that matter.

Forgive me for being ignorant but I would think that despite the fact that these sports are played in open air the level of contact and the rampant disregard for any checks and restrictions puts all the participants at great risk. One COVID positive case sneezing, or coughing while being in contact with his fellow players and we have a super spreader event. On the flip side people are still being booked for not wearing a mask while out and about in town in open air and in most cases a reasonable distance from each other.

How does this make any sense to anyone. And now we are told that bars, and taverns can open with strict protocols but no one can dance.

Meanwhile, last week there were about 500 people of all ages at the CAAF compound in Nadi tackling, scrumming, bumping into each other, and basically going through all the contact needed while playing their respective sports with no masks and no protocols.

Am I missing something? Please someone enlighten me. Reaaz Ali Nadi

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