Letters To The Editor, Decmber 14, 2014

7s coverage Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori Thank you Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for getting FBC TV to give live broadcast of the 7s and next year’s Rugby World Cup. Many of us were
14 Dec 2014 13:44

7s coverage

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

Thank you Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for getting FBC TV to give live broadcast of the 7s and next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Many of us were never even aware that many parts of Fiji like the Yasawa Group, Taveuni, parts of Rakiraki and etc. do not get Fiji TV coverage but only FBC.

Many, including SODELPA members of parliament turned this into a political football and suggested that we give up and just allow Fiji TV alone to show the Sevens, meaning that we deny the tens of thousands of our people who could not access them in its former arrangement.

If SODELPA was in government, these tens of thousands of people will still not be able to watch 7s live today and the SODELPA leader would be claiming that there was “nothing” they could do about it.

Thank you Mr Sayed-Khaiyum for proving your critics wrong and showing Fiji that there is always a way.


Thank you

Ronnie Chang, Nadi


Allow me, with your concurrence, to salute and congratulate the Honourable Attorney-General for having successfully negotiated with World Rugby, formerly IRB, all rugby 7s lovers, will again be able to watch live coverage of this extravaganza this weekend. Yippeee! Fiji celebrates. Thank you kindly, Sir.

Port Elizabeth

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Nasinu

The South Africa Sevens team will be the favourite to win the Port Elizabeth Sevens leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series for 2014/15.

They won the Dubai title last week and they are playing on their home ground with the support of all its local fans.

Ben Ryan is worried that the Vodafone Fiji Sevens team is in a tough pool but I believe that our boys normally do well on day two when they struggle to win in pool play on day one.

Our boys were at their best last week in pool play in Dubai, did well in the quarter final against Wales but through lack of concentration and poor ball handling at crucial times, cost them the victory against Australia.

They came back and defeated New Zealand in the third place playoff, showing the beauty of the abbreviated code that the team with the right mindset, takes the right options, follows the basics of the game and more hungrier to win, will have the upper hand in 14 minutes.

I just have a good feeling about the Port Elizabeth Sevens leg, that our boys will want to make amends for last week and do their magic to win this title.

Go Fiji go.


Go Fiji!

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

I have accepted our loss in Dubai with calm and tranquility, even though it took me a few days. This weekend I will again be cheering for our 7s warriors sitting with my magic basin. Win or lose, they will always have my support like a true patriot. Go Fiji go.

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Lawrence Narayan, Suva

I sympathise with Alfred Antonio for the unnecessary loud music and un-translated language so called gift of speaking in tongues by worshippers from a certain church group at the Nadera grounds in Nasinu (FS 9/12).

Obviously, these groups of worshippers have overlooked the basic principle of love “thy neighbour”.

Furthermore, the Bible teaches us that certain gifts were temporarily given and the evidence of God’s Word is to be the final source of authority.

If this group and others who believe like them, would take seriously within context, all of the teaching about tongues in 1 Corinthians, they would see that tongues-speaking was to cease.

Apostle Paul writes, “Charity (love) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away”.

Tongues were proof for the non-believers at that time in history that God was working with His apostles.

When the canon of Scripture was made “perfect” or complete, there was no need for further revelation from God, neither in predictive prophecy nor in divinely revealed knowledge other than prophecy.

Apostle Paul acknowledged the incomplete nature of the Scriptures in his day when he said, “For we know in part, and we prophecy in part” – 1Cor. 13:9. Then he adds, “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away”- 1Cor. 13:10.

The word perfect is in the neuter gender, and therefore refers to the perfect (finished or completed) Word of God–the Bible.

If the word perfect referred to Christ it would be in the masculine gender.

The sign gifts such as “Speaking in Tongues” were done away (rendered inoperative) with the completion of the New Testament.

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