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Letters To The Editor, February 8th 2018

Letters To The Editor, February 8th 2018
Fiji Airways 10's rugby team at the Nadi International Airport . Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
February 08
18:44 2018

Sevens Heaven

Ecelini Naivadra, Namadi

All Hail to the 7s captain and his team for stepping up to the mark at the right moments in time.

A fantastic effort. Great memories!

Disposable card balance

Consumer Council of Fiji,  Suva

We refer to Wise Muavono’s letter titled “e-Transport extras” published in the Fiji Sun on February 7, 2018.

He enquired about the left over balance after the expiry of the disposable card.

The unclaimed money on any expired disposable card is collected by the solution providers and transmitted to the ICT development fund created by the State. This is done according to section 5A (3) of the Electronic Fare Ticketing (Omnibus) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 which clearly states “e-money that is not refunded to a passenger upon the expiry date of a disposable bus card must be transferred by the solution provider to a fund prescribed by regulations for the development of information and communication technologies in Fiji”.

Reasonable personality

Dhirendra Prasad,  Lautoka

Our attitude and perceptions towards influential factors define our character.

Under current circumstances in terms of modernisation we seem to get extreme with our thinking and behaviour. Just recently the media highlighted people diving into flooded rivers. Is this reasonable? Are the Police responsible or are the parents and caregivers?

When things go wrong then the blame game begins. The weather office becomes recipients of all the blames for any misfortune caused by natural disasters. Do we have to wait for the weather reports or should we be prepared? Isn’t it our responsibility to inculcate in us and our children that we are living on the path of cyclones and on the belt of earthquakes? They should be advised about this since birth. Welcome to the path of cyclones and earthquakes. But who cares?

Reports and news these days can be accessed through many mediums but it is just a matter of being reasonable. Another extreme view is that “I am always right”. What others think and do is not reasonable at all even if they have spent their entire life in a particular field. Imagine if everyone thought the same. What would happen to creativity and originality? The very thought that “That is a better idea” can raise a person to higher level of personality which may not be matched by another.

Being reasonable in our thoughts can solve many challenges such as pollution, littering, useless enmity, wrath of natural disasters, failure in exams, road accidents, health problems and many more if we are reasonable in applying our thoughts.

Reading speeches of world leaders in the past centuries makes a reasonable person ponder about what kind of people we have become after making the world “better”.

Stop becoming super humans and become reasonable with your dealings. Let us be reasonable in our thoughts, attitude and dealings and see the difference of living within the limits of our capabilities.

Fiji Airways Fijian 10s Giants

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,  Suva

We are told that the Hamilton 7s win by our Fiji Airways 7s team has fired up the Fiji Airways Fijian 10s Giants as the team departed on Tuesday to take part in the Brisbane Global Tens in Australia, which starts on tomorrow.

This means, like the excitement and Fijian flair we saw in the Fiji Airways Drua last year, we should brace ourselves for another entertaining and exciting 10s rugby this weekend.

The Brisbane Global Rugby Tens website reveals that the star-studded French club Pau – the home of All Blacks Conrad Smith, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor – and Olympic 7s gold medallists Fiji, will contest the 2018 tournament alongside the ten Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby clubs. The field will be rounded out by two of the standout teams from 2017, Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights and Samoa.

Our national rugby team, the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians have been having a hard time trying to defeat Australia and New Zealand in 15s rugby, let alone the ten Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby clubs.

I believe that the Brisbane Global Tens tournament in Australia is one way of exposing our Fijian style of rugby and learning the inner secrets of the strength and weakness in teams from New Zealand and Australia.

If our Fiji 10s team get to win this tournament and remain consistent in future meets, then our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team should be on track to win the Rugby World Cup.

Wishful planning and thinking aside, let us support our Fiji Airways Fijian 10s Giants as they strive to repeat the magic of Hamilton in Brisbane.

Go Fiji, go!

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