Letters To The Editor, 16th December, 2015

Ro Teimumu Vijay P Madhavan, Suva I am amazed at how “low” some people will stoop to just to make a point. I refer here to the Leader of the
16 Dec 2015 10:07
Letters To The Editor, 16th December, 2015

Ro Teimumu

Vijay P Madhavan,


I am amazed at how “low” some people will stoop to just to make a point.

I refer here to the Leader of the Opposition’s latest statement on Climate change agreement signed in Paris.


And I quote the first two paragraphs from it:

“While I have some reservations, I welcome the agreement this morning of the Conference of Parties.

“I am glad that almost 200 Nations have finally agreed that the age of COAL has ended. It is not clear whether the Prime Minister, who was supposed to be “leading the charge” for small island countries to reach an acceptable agreement, was present when the final deal was agreed.”

How is it not clear to her  “whether the Prime Minister was present” when the whole world was aware that our Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, had to return to Fiji for the funeral of his elder brother, Ratu Meli.

The mind boggles!



7s critics

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Note to self: Forgive the 7s critics for they know not what they are saying.


Sevens lesson

Pranil Ram, Nadi

I strongly believe the biggest rugby lesson learned after the Cape Town Sevens is that any team is capable of winning. These similar views were also expressed by some famous rugby coaches and rugby pundits before the tournament started. We saw Canada beat New Zealand, Scotland beat England and Samoa, Kenya beat South Africa and USA, Australia beat USA, France beat Fiji, Argentina beat New Zealand and some other upsets.

It is a timely reminder especially to the bigger teams that smaller teams are no longer a push over. You give them an inch they will take a mile.

The smaller teams have sounded alarm bells to all other teams participating in the Rio Olympics next year that getting a medal of any colour will not be an easy feat.



Bhupendra Prasad,


Some people want to destabilise the country.

This country cannot sustain any more trouble. For more than two decades, because of political instability, the country has suffered huge economic loss in the form of aid and trade. The Sugar Industry alone had lost $350million in aid from the European Union. Our foreign debt is at all times high. If counted in dollar terms it’s more than the number of hair on one’s head. Any further trouble would make the country bankrupt.

Our country is very small and is surrounded by sea so there is no threat of someone coming in from outside to cause trouble. If there is any threat it’s from inside the country.

With a population of less than a million there must be no reason in the lack of security provided the people in charge of national security do their work as required.


Boxing revival

Osea Sivo Naisau,


While international boxing is at its all-time high, its local counterpart is at its lowest.

Heavyweight champ Petero Qica, who hasn’t fought since 2011, turned up for the weigh-in but failed to appear for the real thing.

It just shows that the sport’s overall machinery isn’t functioning well.

Like Fiji, even Samoa and Tonga aren’t producing classy boxers like they did in the past.

Talking of the past, the sport was the favourite amongst most just like rugby 7s is, at present – Leweni Waqa, Vilimoni Naliva, Sunia Cama, Etuate Rabuka, Jeke Naqelevuki, Waqabaca Cama, Vunivi Nadumu, Jone Mataitini, Marika Naivalu, Iliavi Bose, Tevita Tui, Luke Tui, Joe Ravudi, Joe Dawai, Pauliasi Ratu, Sakaraia Ve, Jo Nitiva, Matereti Valu, etc.

The above names and those not mentioned strutted their stuff in the local scene and made the sport a favourite amongst the locals many years back.

On a lighter note, the Civic Theatre in Ba was packed for one of the Leweni Waqa/Vilimoni Naliva bouts in the 70s. Some of us including older guys climbed on the roof of the toilet where we had a good view of the ring through an open window.

An old guy decided to get a better view by climbing on a pawpaw tree growing nearby. A few minutes passed amidst shouts inside, with Waqa and Naliva trading punches in the middle of the ring, a loud thud beside us drew our attention to the figure lying flat on his back with the broken pawpaw branch on his side. Amidst our shock and silence, an older guy amongst us started counting loudly 1,2,3,4,5…..we all, about a dozen of us, started bursting out laughing because we had a knockdown outside instead of inside the ring where the main bout was taking place.

Lawrence Headman, a middleweight contender back then, substituted for someone who failed to appear for his bout; Vuniivi Nadumu was in his corner.

Headman got hit by a good shot in the opening round and he hit the deck in his corner.

The referee started counting slowly and Nadumu was urging Headman to rise. Seeing that his response was slow, Nadumu got angry and shouted, “stand quickly or I will punch you”. Lawrence Headman slowly replied: “What? I am sitting down here because of a punch.”

Over to you: Sa dri yani!

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