Letters to the Editor – June 16, 2019

Extradition protesters in Hong Kong face tear gas and rubber bullets. Picture: nytimes

Affection or what

IN my time it was “nice bola” or “car shine”. Today, it’s “uro”. Mmmmm … no wonder NCDs (non-communicable diseases) have multiplied! ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Congratulations in order

Heartiest congratulations to the Capital City side for maintaining superiority and ascendancy for an emphatic win over my young Jack’s Nadi team. Thank you Nadi for an excellent and gutsy second 40 effort. We made costly silly mistakes. We will learn. We will improve. We take the loss, fairly and squarely. May the better team go on to claim ultimate victory in the Skipper Cup final. Who will prevail? Time will tell. Nadroga or Suva? Tovole va kaikai mutou na haravou Nahigatoka. RONNIE CHANG Nadi

Lawn bowls

IN the background of other major sports which regularly make the headlines, local lawn bowlers have created storms in the international scene. In this discipline, Fiji has produced world-class performers in singles, pairs, triples and fours. They have managed to achieve high world rankings. Players such as Caucau Turagabeci, Abdul Kalim, Litia Tikoisuva, Radhika Prasad, Babu Khan, Curtis Mar, Keshwa Goundar and Maraia Lum On. In the local lawn bowling calendar, the Pineapple Cup is regarded as the most prestigious tournament. It was first played in 1928. Despite the sport’s achievements have rather gone unnoticed over the years, lawn bowls can boast of high class regular success regionally and internationally. MOHAMMED IMRAZ JANIF Natabua, Lautoka

Pathetic road

Pathetic road conditions at the busy Nabua, along the Kings Rd is a serious concern for daily commuters. It is a sorry state to witness drivers struggling to negotiate uneven road surface and traffic lights. It remains an eyesore for the Kings Rd as one wonders about FRA’s inconsiderate outlook. NARAYAN M. NAIDU Uluvatu Road, Samabula, Suva

K9 Eto farewelled

THANK you for featuring (FT 14/6) the excellent article, and touching photos, entitled “K9 Eto farewelled”. I am so grateful for the manner in which the Fiji Detector Dog Unit, Fiji Police Force, Fiji Customs and Revenue Service, and New Zealand and Australian Police gathered to remember and honour dedicated Eto’s years’ of service and gave him the respect, recognition, farewell and burial he deserved as he “took the lead”! He was duly remembered for having “assisted with the detection of narcotics valued at dollars and large sums of undeclared currencies” and for being known “not to quit no matter how tired and fatigued he was”. To quote the words of the New Zealand Chief Customs Officer Pacific Detector Dog Program, David Huff, “The sadness and tears for Eto in Fiji and New Zealand is testament to what a dog means to us all, to us we have lost one of our team”. Eto, rest in the peace that you so well deserve. Tim Howick-Smith Lami

Jumping the gun

ONE explanation for the saying is “to do something before it should be done”. We “may” have a deadly pathogen in our mix and we are not supposed to “jump”? Let the populace and the world at large know exactly what caused the couple’s demise, and then tell us not to “jump”. Gun, bridge or airplane (parachute included). Ummmm, prevention better than cure, no? MANOJ LAL PATEL Drasa Avenue, Lautoka

National anthem

WE love our sports and every time we watch on TV. Every time you will hear the national anthem of the teams playing and most of the time the countries sing the national anthem in their own language. Just like New Zealand who first sing in the Maori language and than in English. May be it is time that we also do the same and we sing our national anthem in the native language and then the English verses. I know it may look odd but it is high time that we have our own identity  and the respect for our native people. What say? NARDEO MISHRA, Suva

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