The Fiji TimesLetters to the Editor – Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Buckets, basins and rain

The image of Manoa Rakai with buckets and basins at Vunijiana Settlement in Tacirua, Suva (FT 12/12) is harking back to photos we see of determined folks in drought stricken components of Sub- Saharan Africa ready to gather water. Why do now we have a water provide downside in rain saturated Suva and different components of the nation? Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

‘Mickey Mouse’ group – Letter of the week ending 12/9-18/9 

I FEEL very sorry for our pal who regularly scorns our rugby 7s and Mickey Mouse. Perhaps he had a disadvantaged childhood. Mickey Mouse has introduced pleasure and amusement to my childhood and that of thousands and thousands of others for almost 100 years. I hope youngsters are nonetheless given entry to Mickey Mouse cartoons, tales and movies. They’re enjoyable for us adults too. To our inspiring 7s group, congratulations and thanks in your victory in Cape City. You may have lifted our spirits identical to the cartoon character can. This can be a time when we have to loosen up, surrender criticising one another and have some laughs collectively. TESSA MACKENZIE Suva

Sunday brawls- Letter of the week ending 19/9-25/9

DURING my constant early morning Sunday walks, it has change into customary for me to watch throngs of inebriated youths scrapping close to the favored thirsty liquor outlet and the close by bakery retailers. Final Sunday was no exception as there have been about 15 younger women and men concerned in a “bloody” scuffle which then spilled on to the highway, making a panicky state of affairs for each morning walkers and motorists driving by. Such petrifying incidents critically represent a considerable menace to different joggers who move by as they often get caught within the crossfire of punches being indiscriminately thrown by brawlers in all instructions. To not point out the profanities being screamed after they miss their supposed goal. Humorous. I normally must patiently watch for the “free for all” rucus to climax and the drunks to disperse so I can briskly stroll throughout to the store to buy freshly baked bread and a replica of The Fiji Occasions. Frustratingly, legislation enforcement authorities are a no present throughout these peak battle occasions most likely due to the unavailability of fleet. An enormous disappointment certainly. As a safety measure, I now arm myself with a bit of spherical mould metal bar (1/4 “deformed), in case any of the gang makes an attempt to pounce and begin one thing humorous with me. I don’t thoughts cracking skulls if calculatedly provoked by these wanabe and nugatory avenue hustlers. They significantly must get a life! Nishant Singh Lautoka

A particular second

A pal had referred to as me yesterday and instructed me that he simply got here throughout my first letter to the editor of The Fiji Occasions, when he was finding out his newspaper cuttings. Thoughts you this was dated August, 2021. My pal learn it to me over the cellphone and all I may do was cringe… lol! For some motive I like to write down letters to the editor however I don’t need to learn it or have it learn again to me. My mind is at all times hardwired to select up the issues in my writing and content material hahaha. I’m wondering if those that usually write to FT expertise this. I assume it’s what it’s – or no matter that phrase meant. Ratu Manoa Rokotavaga Suva

Closing needs

Isn’t it each member of the family’s want of their family members to be laid to relaxation and full all rituals or ceremonies of the useless cherished one such as you captured in your FT 10/12/22 (Pg 6) on the group household photographs of the late Simon Hazelman of Savusavu. I’d like to see the identical captured of moments accorded to the late Dr Brij Lal of Tabia, Labasa within the not too distant future? Each human being deserves closure. The useless too have rights? Respect these rights? RIP Simon and Dr Lal! Jioji M Cakacaka Tadra-Votualevu, Nadi

Good sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is outlined because the behaviour of any athlete and their supporters earlier than, throughout, and after any recreation, whatever the outcome. Good sportsmanship subsequently encompasses traits like justice, reverence, and graciousness. On the World Cup Qatar 2022, nearly all of the groups and their supporters have demonstrated these traits of excellent sportsmanship to this point. The primary to show exemplary sportsmanship have been soccer gamers, officers, and followers from Japan, who have been adopted by Moroccan supporters. After each recreation, the Japanese followers cleaned the stadiums, whether or not they had received in opposition to Germany or misplaced to Costa Rica and Spain. After defeating Spain, the Moroccan supporters did the identical by cleansing the stadium. Nonetheless, a number of well-liked groups’ gamers, officers, and supporters acted indifferently and with poor sportsmanship. They displayed rage, argued with the referee and members of the opposing group. Some even developed aggressiveness and obstinacy. When their groups didn’t advance to the semi-finals, even a few of my kinfolk and mates in Fiji grew to become fairly upset. Some folks posted unfavourable issues on social media, whereas others turned off their telephones and did not even congratulate the victorious groups. I personally method each success and failure with equal enthusiasm. Even when my group loses, I’ll at all times be a very good sportsman and congratulate the profitable groups whereas accepting defeat in a manly method. Tous mes voeux France! DINESH KUMAR Ba

Faculty holidays

Immediately the varsity holidays begin… (a day earlier than the nationwide elections). Hundreds of major and secondary college students shall be in vacation mode. What a reduction for academics and a nightmare staring on the faces of some mother and father who must handle them over the vacation interval. Many households pre-arrange vacation journey for his or her youngsters to go to mates and kinfolk regionally or abroad. Nani’s (grandmother) residence appears to be the most secure sanctuary for a lot of. Others shall be travelling again to their island houses or villages having fun with the pure surroundings. Some will get part-time jobs and a few will assist their mother and father of their retailers or farms. Faculty holidays are important to result in sanity amongst academics and the youngsters. Pressures of college managed timetables can result in stress. Due to this fact, it’s important {that a} relaxed environment be created for all stakeholders. Some academics will take sabbatical go away whereas some college students will indulge of their favorite hobbies: portray, dancing, music or just climbing mountains. Many will study new sports activities or just sharpen their sporting abilities. The alternatives are many that are put to good use. Might I want all academics, college students and oldsters a really satisfying summer time faculty vacation. Dewan Chand Donu Place, Namadi Heights, Suva

Worldwide Mountain Day

The yr 2002 was the Worldwide Yr of Mountains. As this yr drew to an in depth, the United Nations (UN) Basic Meeting proclaimed December 11 to be Worldwide Mountain Day. This occasion which is widely known yearly, goals to attract consideration to the vital roles that mountainous areas play in water and meals provide. Younger persons are lively brokers of change and the long run leaders of tomorrow. They’re custodians of mountains and of their pure assets, that are being threatened by local weather change. The day may also be an event to coach youngsters concerning the function that mountains play in supporting billions up and downstream — by offering freshwater, clear power, meals and recreation. Worldwide Mountain Day is an opportunity to spotlight that for rural youth, dwelling within the mountains might be onerous. Many younger folks go away in the hunt for a greater life and employment. Migration from mountains results in deserted agriculture, land degradation and a lack of cultural values and historic traditions. Training and coaching, market entry, various employment alternatives and good public providers can guarantee a brighter future for younger folks within the mountains. These goal to extend consciousness of and information across the function of mountains and mountainous areas among the many common inhabitants and professionals. With the goal of elevating consciousness and triggering motion on points regarding sustainable mountain growth. The main company was the Meals and Agriculture Group. Earlier themes have centered on freshwater, peace, biodiversity or local weather change. Let’s hike and discover the great thing about mountains and valleys. Neelz Singh Nelson, New Zealand

Pedestrian crossing

I agree with Ronnie Chang (FT 11/12) on his remark relating to the presence of the Fiji Police on our roads. I too thank them. Nonetheless, may they control the pedestrian crossing in Tukani St in Lautoka, in entrance of the Catholic Church. Many a occasions now we have to step again although we’re already midway via the crossing as a result of taxis and personal automobiles simply zoom proper via. Apparently, the mini buses respect the foundations and decelerate when approaching and cease when somebody is crossing! Stella Driu Waiyavi, Lautoka

Walesi — no sign

That’s the common chorus from Walesi – ‘No Sign’ as we tried to observe TV particularly the opposite night time because the Cape City 7s was on. This occurs routinely however that night time was the worst. Someday in the past I wrote that we have been placing all our eggs in a single basket. Alas that’s coming true.I hope that the ‘powers that be’ would see motive and restore these particular person TV stations as is their proper. Norman Yee Martintar, Nadi

Go Samoa

Heartiest congratulations go to Samoa for a really gutsy efficiency in profitable the 2022 HSBC Cape City 7s, defeating the would possibly of a much-fancied power-packed All Blacks 7s group. Take a bow! Have a good time to your coronary heart’s content material. Sadly, it was a really sorry sight seeing our Fiji 7s males’s group go all the way down to a really courageous and impressed USA facet. Successful comes with huge guts, braveness, bravery and tonnes of inspiration. We have been missing in lots of departments. We appeared torpid. Again to the drawing boards for a greater outing within the Hamilton 7s. Dubai and Cape City 7s have been unhealthy information for many Fiji 7s die-hards. Two spoilt weekends in a row. Ronnie Chang Martintar, Nadi

Fiji 7s rugby

The quantity of unfavourable feedback in opposition to our two groups on social media is sickening and unFijian within the wake of their loss within the South African leg! Okay, how about you set in your rugby boots and run onto the sphere and present that you’re worthy or higher than them? Ambulances and vans needs to be on standby! Depart our groups alone, they may regroup, re-strategise and are available again stronger for the New Zealand leg! #Go Fiji go. Jioji Masivesi Cakacaka Tadra-Votualevu, Nadi

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