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When Is A Little Not A Fijian?

So one media outlet persists in saying only two Fijians have played in a Rugby World Cup final: Lote Tuqiri and Tevita Kuridrani for Australia. They obviously don’t count Walter
01 Nov 2015 11:49
When Is A Little Not A Fijian?

So one media outlet persists in saying only two Fijians have played in a Rugby World Cup final: Lote Tuqiri and Tevita Kuridrani for Australia. They obviously don’t count Walter Little, who played for the All Blacks in the 1995 final, as a Fijian.

Sporting friend wonders then how they count members of Walter’s clan Nicky, Lawrence and Michael Little. All have played in the white jersey of Fiji as proud Fijians.

Our sporting friend says legendary All Black Walter’s father came from Ba and his mother from Yadua in Nadroga. Walter himself once told the Fiji Sun: “I’m Fijian bro, and I’ll always support Fiji. Even though I played for the All Blacks our family is Fijian and so are our hearts.”

 

Dressing down the job?

Land Transport Authority enforcement officers seen in Nausori on Saturday while on duty dressed in three-quarter tights and tee-shirts with high visibility vests.

They want to be taken seriously dressed as such while on duty? Really?

 

Looking at the Police

Talking about professionalism. The anti-corruption ministry’s review of the transport industry shook that industry up.

Now maybe they should do something similar and hold consultations around the country on the performance of the Police. Some very interesting things will come to light.

Commissioner Ben Groenewald was brought in with a mandate to get the force working right. But while the no-nonsense South African is saying the right things, and trying to bring about change, public perception is still another matter. Many, it seem, still prefer the military.

 

Remembering the French

Good to hear French Ambassador Michel Djokovic was an honoured guest at the USP journalism awards ceremony down on the Laucala campus Friday night.

This was a timely reminder that this journalism programme was launched in the early 1990s through the generous support of the French. They also supplied the first head of the programme, Francois Turmel, former editor of the French service of the BBC.

The calm professionalism along with engagement with the media industry from Mr Turmel’s time is remembered fondly by those who studied under him. A contrast to the turmoil of some of the expat types who subsequently came and went.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 



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