Letters to the Editor – March 4, 2019

Vilimoni Botitu on attack against Australia during the last pool match at the HSBC USA 7s in Las Vegas. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Hamilton effort

We can only hope Hamilton was not the peak for this season. Dan Urai Lautoka

New blood

Baber seems to inject new blood in very quickly, this was felt when Nacuqu got injured. And against New Zealand no one seemed to make a clear break as they were being either tackled or was completely shut down. New Zealand won the game through their defence. Our speedster had no room to move. We had a fair amount of balls but we didn’t seem to utilise it. We miss out on Nasilasila and Ravouvou who are effective on those pressure moments. I believe Botitu and Derenalagi played an outstanding game but need more maturity. We had the ball but someone had to create magic in order for our speedster to finish it off. There were less off loads which always create tries in the past and our tackles were OK but there is always a next time. We can do it, win in Canada is our next goal as we have been winning a tourney in each leg so Bring on Canada. Our other main hope is being in the top four to the end to qualify for the Olympics. So Baber and the boys you can do it. Go Fiji go. Tomasi Boginiso Nasinu

Fiji’s losses

In the Las Vegas 7s, Fiji’s loss to Australia in pool play and in the Cup quarter-final, are not easy to take. We badly lacked the bare minimum teamwork required in this level of competition. Too much individual play. Lack of constructive cohesion. Our flair of running 7s rugby failed to show. We were a shadow of past brilliance. I am truly saddened with these losses. We just did not function. Furthermore, national head coach Gareth Baber definitely lacks calmness and positivity needed to instil and lift team spirits when things go wrong. “Barking” out instructions can come across as offensive, belittling and insulting by Pacific standards. Former head coach Ben Ryan understood our boys better and excelled in bringing calm when chips are down. Head coach Baber must accept some responsibility for a poor outing in Las Vegas. Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team must make amends in Vancouver next week. Please rise to the occasion. You can deliver. Ronnie Chang Nadi

Man in the middle

The referee is sometimes referred to as the man in the middle. They hold a unique position in the game. For losing fans, the performance of the referee is at the forefront of discussions. I suppose, the referee’s miss of the right swinging Australian arm which landed on Waisea Nacuqu’s jaw may have reminded Fijian fans of a similar incident some years ago. It happened in a match against the French in the 15s world cup. That particular incident made a New Zealander very famous. Against the Aussies, had the referee spotted the dangerous swinging arm, the offender would have seen yellow or red. Subsequently, the match result may have been something else. From our informal discussions, sometimes the man in the middle is seen as not to have been in the middle, but to one side. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Ferry service

As suggested by FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore especially at peak hours this service could be used. FRA said ferry service between Suva, Nausori and Lami areas could ease traffic congestion. Moore stated that its three kilometres from Lami to Sukuna Park, there could be a car park in Lami and bring people across using the ferry or for Nausori it’s a longer distance of 25 kilometres but mainly inside reefs and river cruise. The types of ferries that would be used I believe they would be fast ferries. And for fares it would be reasonable. These modes of transport are common in cities in Australia and parts of New Zealand. Another way of getting across apart from the roads and the proposed train system. Tomasi Boginiso Nasinu

Beautiful capture

Once again our top newspaper stood tall during the 2018 Fiji Sports Awards night as The Fiji Times deputy chief photographer and Naloto, Verata, Tailevu lad Jonacani Lalakobau walked away with the Best Photograph of the Year Award after capturing rugby league turned rugby union hero and hard hitting national 15s centre Semi Radradra grab his debut try against Georgia last year. Hats off to Jo for the beautiful capture! Veteran photographer Rama did it many times and now Jo has set a benchmark as far as capturing glorious moments in sports is concerned. Congratulations Jo and The Fiji Times! I hope that this achievement will be applauded by those who undermine the efforts of The Fiji Times! Finally, congratulations to Veitokani, Seruvakula, FRU and the Fijian Drua for taking the crown! Cheers! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Achieving dreams

Our grand parents and parents always wanted the best for them and their families, thus resorted to urbanisation as the remedy for better opportunities and greener pastures. Even though most were classified as average workers because of their qualiications, they never lose focus on achieving their dreams. But over the past three to five years, the equation has reversed and many have resigned with hire purchase and bank debts unpaid. Upon probing, am told they are now returning to their villages for a better and healthier life. They don’t need to pay rent and buy food. There is abundance of land and resources for farming to grow their food. But why now? Most now realise that life is getting harder to live in the cities and towns. Whatever now earned is insufficient to fend for them and their family. They need to pay rent, weekly shopping, pay bills, transportation, hire purchase, etc, but the cost of living is just too expensive. The current power of the dollar is just not helping at all. It’s now expensive to cook a well nourished meal thus most are resorting to cheap shopping (tea, bread and junk) not realising its contribution to the ever increasing NCD crisis. Former RBF governor Savenaca Narube during his election campaign in 2018 had highlighted tough and hard times ahead. I believe he had foreseen the direction our nation’s economy was heading to. It’s just into the first quarter of the year 2019, and I believe reality is now surfacing. As a concerned citizen, we need qualified personnel to analyse and restrategise the direction of our national economy. We need a Finance Minister who is concerned at heart, humble and will hear the cry of the nation at this time of need. May I request the minister, his PS and his finance committee to have a talanoa with their opposition counterparts who consist of qualified economists and brain storm issues on best way forward for our national economy. The least we want is for our economy to be heading for the cleaners where the only way to bail it out is through the devaluation of the dollar. If that’s the case, then majority including you and I will be taking the urban rural drift. Like my tau, Irimaia Drua’s favourite phrase “i nakoro ga sa rawata”. MICHAEL CHAMBERS, Kermode Rd, Lautoka

Child of a child

I am assuming that Simon Hazelman’s letter titled Children having children (F/T 28/2/19) is pointed at both males and females alike as it takes two to tango! If we as parents, being the first teachers of our children, were acting in the true interest of our children, then the chances of children having children should either be obliterated or almost unheard of. If we were strict, then we would be: S — Soberly; T — Teaching; R — Reactive; I — Information; C — Curbing our children; T — Thoughts. To be able to do this, is to begin from when our children are able to understand right from wrong and not from when it is too late to mould their characters and thoughts. In most cases, as in many articles and researches that are written on the topic, sadly it is the girls who shoulder the burden alone. It is the child in the girl that cannot handle the psychological effects of being shunned and alienated and the child faces the brunt of the double-decision alone, a decision that is quickly referred to as a “mistake”. A decision that is made by two people, however, is not a mistake if the couple knew exactly what they were going to do and the likely outcome of their actions before they did it. The mistake was firstly in not heeding knowledge and advice and secondly in not taking precautions if they chose to experiment for they are experimenting if they haven’t carefully considered the outcome. Children are a blessing when the timing is right. However, it has been found that in general, more issues arise out of children having children. It is the female body at such a young age which is not ready to have children and it is forced to mature both physically and hormonally in the nine months of pregnancy. Research has also found that the children of children often have psychological problems and are sometimes affected in their growth. Further problems arise with the inability of a child to raise a child and so the responsibility shifts to grandparents or guardians who then suffer from health issues as a result of an increase of stress caused by trying to raise a child to be a parent who in turn is incapable of raising a child. As for the father of the child, it is unusual in this time and age to find a boy child who will stand by his decision. Most run from their responsibilities, some never to return. The female parent then is left to commit to the child simply because of her being the parent that naturally produces the food to replenish the child. Looking at it from a biblical perspective, men are the heads of their families. Men look after their wives and men feed their families. If we taught our sons that they were the key to a relationship, that they controlled the population of the world, that they needed to be responsible and be in control of themselves, would we decrease the likelihood of children having children? If we taught our sons the seriousness of their decision to choose to have girlfriends, partners or wives, they would run as Joseph did from Potiphar’s wife rather than look long and hard as did King David who later suffered the consequences of his weakness. So child girls, please redress before you undress and child boys, don’t even think about undressing! Such mistakes are made in the blink of an eye but the consequences last a lifetime so think as a lifetime, not as a blink! Noleen Billings Hazelman Savusavu

Drug experts

Do we really need an expanded parliamentary committee to curb drug trafficking in Fiji. Are there any anti-drug trafficking experts in our Parliament? Sukha Singh Labasa

Changing history

Events that can change history sometimes hang on chances. Dan Urai Lautoka

Charity pageants

I just want to say that pageant organisers have been left to run on their own. Who do the committees answer to? Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Drug crimes

BELIEVE it or not, one in every five persons in Fiji is now taking drugs in one form or the other. Like it or not, they are hooked to it. Accept it or not, we have brought it upon us. Agree or disagree, there is nothing much that can be done now to reverse the trend. Good or bad, the drug industry is flourishing thanks to growing customer demand. Directly or indirectly, it is the cause of most crimes in Fiji. Soon our jails and mental asylums will be overcrowded with drug addicts, convicts, peddlers and suppliers. True or false? SELWA NANDAN Lautoka

Host team

Real strange that the host team had the privilege of USA national anthem played immediately prior to their third pool match against Le Bleu France. Maybe, sign of change of times for host nation’s privileges. Special dispensation? Ronnie Chang Nadi

Rotuma Airport

It is ironic that a government delegation is now planting trees at Malha’a, Rotuma. This after the complete desecration of acres of forest trees, hundreds of coconut trees and fruit trees to complete the airport for Rotuma. This reactionary exercise will take a minimum of three years for the fruit and coconut trees to be food sources again for the villagers (if any were planted). As for the beach mahogany trees, there is facebook for the generations a 100 years from 2018, to compare what once was, before “development”. Pasirio Kitione Nadera, Nasinu

Present location

What is wrong with the present location of the Indian High Commission? Sukha Singh Labasa

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