The Fiji Instances » Letters to the Editor – Friday, June 10, 2022

The onerous yards!

Veteran prop Manasa Saulo has set his sights on donning the Flying Fijians jumper for the final time. The Wainiwaqa, Naitasiri, hard-hitting ahead is a part of Vern Cotter’s 34-member squad for the 2022 Pacific Nations Cup. He was a part of the Swire Delivery Fijian Drua outfit and his enjoying expertise is difficult to match. After making his debut for the Flying Fijians towards England in 2012, there was no trying again for Saulo and he has made essentially the most of his time with the Flying Fijians. Saulo has been taking the onerous yards and this has paid dividends as he has made a reputation for himself within the Fijian jumper. He’ll quickly make method for a youthful prop who will anchor the scrum. I want Manasa Saulo all the very best! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Aid within the West

The beginning of the 2022 cane chopping and crushing season is a large aid within the Westen Division as that is anticipated to inject funds into the native financial system. From wages of canecutters to employees within the sugar mills who’re more likely to work time beyond regulation, one can anticipate more cash to be spent by households. Gross sales in supermarkets and {hardware} outlets will even enhance. Mixed with the growing variety of vacationers getting into our nation, native economies within the Western Division are more likely to be boosted by tourism and the sugar business. Prefer it or not the crushing season additionally coincides with increased alcohol gross sales as some take to the bottles to entertain themselves and buddies. All in all, appears like a lift to the financial system is forth coming. Floyd Robinson Toorak, Suva

Dwindling exports

I imagine our export on commodities equivalent to sugar, timber and fisheries have been persistently declining over the previous few a long time. This phenomenon is undoubtedly mirrored on the GDP, international alternate and stability of commerce. As a small island nation, we rely so much on imported items. In easy phrases, we import extra and export much less. Consequently, this example creates a prodigious imbalance in commerce which weakens the nationwide foreign money and triggers inflation. The query is why we allowed this example to exacerbate and linger on for such a protracted time frame. What was accomplished to arrest this example? Have been there any alternate merchandise launched or cultivated to complement the dwindling commodities? By the best way, did the handouts and freebies obtain its desired outcomes? Poignantly, there are extra questions than solutions. Ravind Chandra Naidu Tuatua Department Rd, Labasa

Leap of life

My honest sympathy and condolence to the speedy relations of late Jone Rusiate. The mysterious occasions that led to his premature demise are actually disturbing. I simply hope that the household will get justice quickly. And the information of the 2 Lal brothers who took a leap for all times in Nasikasika, Korotari with a view to save their lives can be traumatising. Leaping off the cliff could be very harmful and it might have confirmed deadly however at that specific second, which will have been the one method potential to keep away from the automobile that was headed their method. Each these households might be in my prayers! DINESH KUMAR Ba

Sufferer of assault

Studying the remark by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama that he has been a sufferer of assaults and criticism is kind of complicated. I’m a eager follower of politics in Fiji and since Mr Bainimarama got here into energy, more often than not it was him attacking and criticising whoever stands in his method, whether or not Opposition, NGOs, church buildings, social media or people, in different phrases I imagine he’s at all times been the perpetrator. An attention-grabbing twist now came about in the course of the opening of the Lomaiviti Provincial Council assembly the place the PM claimed he’s one politician in Fiji that has been repeatedly attacked and criticised by the Opposition (FT 09/06). I wish to echo what Steve Maraboli stated: “Watch out for perpetrators… some individuals set fires the place ever they go, and have mastered the artwork of enjoying the burn sufferer”. Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane Vuninokonoko Rd, Navua

Election day

I’m wondering if on the morning of election day, there have been to be energy outages or water cuts, would that be sufficient for people to vary their choice for the poll paper? Particularly the 50/50 and even the 90/10 ones. Would such occasions (if it occurs) set off these to show up who had already determined to not? Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka State of Origin As often anticipated, the State of Origin Blues and Maroons match one was a mega spectacle. It needs to be one of many biggest video games I’ve watched. Nevertheless, I felt one regular function was a particular miss. The absence of the magical rugby league voice of Ray Warren. MOHAMMED IMRAZ JANIF Natabua, Lautoka

Blacked out state

THERE’S actually nothing “hasmukh” (nice) about having to frustratingly endure inadvertent energy outages largely right here within the West, and contemplating the present financial local weather, not everybody has the monetary capability to fork out money on pricey diesel powered turbines instead. Maybe a vibrant spark like Hasmukh Patel must implement a extra switched on strategy to counter and circumvent these by no means ending outages. And sadly, regardless of the regular (virtually day by day) energy cuts in Lautoka, my electrical energy invoice is at all times a shocker, typically leaving me in a blacked out state. NISHANT SINGH Lautoka

Energy cuts

HASMUKH Patel of the electrical energy firm, please inform me why there was so many intermittent energy cuts. I imagine there’s a clause within the EFL Act that protects it, in order that we, the individuals, can’t declare for harm accomplished to electrical gadgets. Unhappy nah. ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Lautoka

Leweni Waqa

An article on Leweni Waqa by Meli Laddpeter had appeared the opposite day (8/6) below your Again in Historical past part. I do know many loved this text. If I could, let me add a bit extra to what was stated. The Jimmy Ellis and Leweni Waqa combat was in 1966 as a part of the preliminaries to the world championship bout between Muhammad Ali and Henry Cooper. Of their first assembly in 1963, Muhammad Ali was nonetheless generally known as Cassius Clay, fairly brash and on his technique to difficult Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight title. Henry Cooper had floored Clay with a left hook and whereas Clay survived the spherical, the break took greater than the 1 minute as Clay’s gloves had to get replaced as a tear had appeared, some say mysteriously. It was stated that the time it took to exchange the gloves enabled Clay to correctly get better. He went on to win by means of a technical knockout with Cooper having sustained cuts. This return bout had big expectations with the British hoping for an additional left hook from Henry Cooper to safe the world title. It was to not be because the combat was once more stopped as a consequence of cuts to Henry Cooper. Jimmy Ellis was really a lightweight heavyweight at the moment and a high sparring accomplice for Ali. Famend for his unimaginable pace, Ali sparred with the likes of Jimmy Ellis to remain sharp. Leweni Waqa was a really gifted fighter, however for a lad from Vatukoula, London had its trappings and staying in form was a problem, particularly as there was no combat being deliberate for him. Jimmy Ellis was in this system, however 4 days earlier than the occasion, his opponent had backed out and Leweni Waqa was requested to exchange him. Leweni Waqa additionally had pace and rocked Jimmy Ellis with a tough shot within the first spherical. Jimmy Ellis replied warily, and his thumb virtually took off one in every of Leweni’s eyeballs. Leweni feared that his eyeball had popped out and sank to the canvas involved with saving his eye and oblivious to the blows from Jimmy Ellis. That eye was by no means the identical after that and when he returned to Fiji, individuals noticed that his opponents had been scoring with pictures that he had simply evaded prior to now. Leweni Waqa was an enormous title within the gentle heavyweight division within the UK. His supervisor, Jack Brynes had needed Leweni to combat Stylish Calderwood, the British Commonwealth champion at the moment, whom he (Brynes) believed Leweni would have defeated. Leweni Waqa was married to a member of my household and I knew him very effectively. Viliame Gavoka Nadroga

Home violence

With a lot consideration given recently to home violence a TV advert involves thoughts. Within the TV advert, we see a woman verbally abusing her husband relating to some automobile points to the plain delight of her buddies across the desk. The poor man seemed so ashamed and didn’t reply. To me he should be considering: ‘Wait til we get residence, girl!’ Is that this a mirrored image of married life in Fiji? Is that why there may be a lot home violence in Fiji? Or is life copying artwork as within the advert? As a largely Christian nation, the Bible teaches that the spouse ought to respect her husband and conversely the husband ought to love his spouse as himself. This advert appears to encourage ladies to disparage the boys of their lives. I sincerely hope not. Within the early years of our marriage we attended a wedding seminar in church. There we learnt that if the spouse is venting the hubby ought to maintain quiet. If he’s venting she ought to likewise be silent. Later when issues calmed down they might focus on the difficulty rationally. An ideal recipe to avoiding home violence. So when the couple within the advert will get residence I hope he would politely ask her to not criticise him in public and to point out him extra respect. Norman Yee Martintar, Nadi

Dealing with criticism

‘PM not deterred — Assaults from critics won’t deter me, says Bainimarama’ (FT 9/6). By the identical token critics shouldn’t be deterred by Bainimarama’s assaults and assaults by his proper hand man Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. That’s the way it’s meant to function in a democracy on the subject of holding energy to account. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Girls seats

There was so much stated and written about ladies empowerment not too long ago. In my trustworthy opinion, if we genuinely imagine in advancing ladies’s rights then we should reserve not less than 25 per cent of the parliamentary seats for ladies electoral candidates. Pranil Ram Votualevu, Nadi

Household planning

Educating future fathers on household planning points as addressed by the Well being Minister Dr Wagainabete (FT 9/6 ) ought to be essentially the most precious concern for newly-married {couples} to plan their household for a lifetime. They each have equal rights to determine what number of youngsters they need to have. Tahir Ali Hamilton, New Zealand

Streetlights, roundabouts

There’s a want for streetlights all alongside Princes Rd. It roughly acts as a freeway and with such a bending street, having correct lighting is only a fundamental requirement. In the meantime, what’s with the three roundabouts created on Daniva Rd in Valelevu? If somebody actually needed to go across the roundabout portray, they might really be getting into the adjoining street earlier than coming again to the principle street. Kiran Khatri Samabula, Suva

Excessive price of dwelling

With the excessive price of dwelling and all of the struggles, I typically want I used to be a cow. Simply consuming grass in a area, no job, no lease, no stress. Simply moo! Clever Muavono Balawa, Lautoka

Scoring objectives

Labasa soccer star Gordon Leewai used to attain objectives from nook kicks and Kasimiro Dinno used to attain objectives from acute angles. I’m simply questioning why the Labasa soccer workforce was attempting to attain objectives with their lengthy throws within the current Fiji FACT, couldn’t the coach see the goalmouth was over crowded and the potential for a purpose being scored was nil? The out ball clearance kicks landed within the opposing workforce’s centre shedding possession more often than not. The Fiji soccer workforce coach was sitting with the commentator however didn’t say something about retaining possession. Sukha Singh Labasa

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