Letters To The Editor, 02 December 2016
Tribute to the Classics
Mosese Naicegulevu, Suva
I dearly want to thank Nemani and Talei for the unique and wonderful show they created and hosted titled ‘TRIBUTE TO THE CLASSICS’, which was featured on Fiji TV on Saturday and Sunday last week. Thank you Fiji TV for airing this high quality show, and those who have been the kind sponsors at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
What a most fitting tribute to Fiji’s great composers most of whom have passed on like Ratu Tevita Naulivou (I Ragone Ni Bula Ni Yadra, Vakaraubuka Au Biuti Suva), Percy Bucknell (Biu Ko Suva Nikua, Na Bu Ko Drau A Solia, Vorovoro Malau Kei Vuo), MASTER EREMASI TAMANISAU SNR (Ena Dela Ni Wai Siliva, Liwavi Au Na Tokalau, Noqu Senibua Qoroi, Sa I Levuka Ga), Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara (Ciri Koto), Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba (Isa Lei), Ilisapeci Tamani (Yalo E Vei Ciriyaki), Gilaman Lasaisuva (Ko Lakeba), and Saimone Vuatalevu (Tucake Mai).
The talanoa on the background to these songs and the reasons why they were created have indeed given more meaning and breathed life to these great musical classics. These songs have withstood the test of time and will live on timelessly to entertain us, our children, grandchildren and the generations yet to come.
My friends and I continue to discuss this great show, at times, with tears in our eyes as we reminisce these great classics.
May I request our national TV station, Fiji TV, to replay the TRIBUTE TO THE CLASSICS again because of national interest and because of its positive contribution to the learning curve of our young aspiring composers.
Floyd Robinson, Nasinu
All eyes would be glued to the television and internet as fans eagerly follow updates of the 7s rugby.
Question to be asked is, can and how will we accept defeat given that a national coach has taken over from Ben Ryan.
Team of the year
Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada
The Vodafone Fijian 7s team has been presented the Team of the Year award by the famous Esquire ME, where 7s maestro, Waisale Serevi, presented the trophy to the team.
Not only are they 2016 Olympic Games 7s champion, and the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series champ, they now enter the 2016/17 Series starting with Dubai, holding the 2016 Team of the Year award.
So I believe, every team out there in the HSBC Sevens World Series will want to topple our 7s champions, and our boys should really be at the top of their game to remain on top.
Meanwhile, Cawanibuka has included the two debutants, Setareki Bituniyata and Kalione Nasoko, in the Dubai competition, with halfback Emosi Mulevoro on stand-by as the 13th player.
While we all want our boys to kick start the series by winning the Dubai leg, let us not forget that anything can happen in 14 minutes.
The boys have been playing together and bonded for some weeks now and I believe they will not disappoint their Fijian fans and supporters.
Go Fiji, go!
Ivi tree hazard
Satish Nakched, Suva
It is with regret to state that the majestic land mark ‘Ivi tree’ at the Vodafone Triangle in Central Business District in Suva is suspected to have gone beyond its useful life.
This was exposed after Cyclone Winston. The inner portion of the tree is now badly rotten and the tree trunk cannot support the top-heavy branches. The main trunk looks damaged with a huge split visible in the middle. Being located in the junction of the busy intersection the vehicle noise and movement adds on another dimension to the risk of this hazard.
The tree is an antique and a priceless feature in the area and must have witnessed the growth of the city and the unfolding of so many historic events. But due to the ageing factor the said tree is now a huge threat to the pedestrians and the vehicles that goes past it.
Just at the base of the Ivi tree is a park bench, which is used a lot during the summer months, not only by the locals, but tourist as well. I believe a dendrologist should be involved in the risk assessment and issue a safety report.