Letters To The Editor 15th December 2016

7s contracts Tukai Lagonilakeba , Nadi It is discriminating, irresponsible and disrespectful to not contract the current group of Vodafone Fijian 7s players who took part in the Dubai and
15 Dec 2016 18:35
Letters To The Editor 15th December 2016
Letters To the Editor

7s contracts

Tukai Lagonilakeba , Nadi

It is discriminating, irresponsible and disrespectful to not contract the current group of Vodafone Fijian 7s players who took part in the Dubai and Cape Town 7s tournaments respectively.

It just simply tells a class 2 child that there is no money at FRU House, or show us your bank balance to prove otherwise.

A very bad excuse from Mr O’Connor’s comments that FRU will await the new coach, Baber, to choose his team than contract them.

Why wait for Baber? Time and tide waits for nobody and the result from Dubai and Cape Town cannot be any further from the truth and it speaks for itself.

Let us please maintain and keep the peace with Ratu Peni and the province of Serua. Outside Fiji, he still cares about our boys and Ryan is building up a Super Rugby franchise that our country’s economy, FRU and our Fijian boys will greatly benefit from.

Kerea meda cakacaka taka vata ka veilomanitaka na Fiji Rakavi. E i vei na diplomacy. (Please, I beg that we work this out in unison for Fiji Rugby. Where is the diplomacy?)

Please, FRU pay the boys their contractual dues from the first two legs of the series irrespective of the results, they have set a comfortable platform for our next coach to start from.

Even at Rugby House no one is guaranteed a long term contract.


Fiji Sevens contract

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada

Before taking sides on the issue of our Vodafone Fijian 7s players being contracted, let us not forget that the Fiji Rugby Union is the employer or boss.

We are told that all our players’ contracts expired after the Rio Olympic Games and that our current team have all been paid their allowances to date.

If all contracts expired after the Rio Olympic Games, then our current players must have agreed to represent Fiji on whatever allowance package that was offered.

The whole talk about their not being contracted during this first leg, seems to paint a picture that our boys did not put everything on the line, because they were not happy about their pay.

This is far from the truth, because when tears rolled as they sang the Fijian national anthem during the Dubai final, their love for their beloved nation that they represented was foremost. Not their monetary compensation.

Contracting players before the new coach takes over and chooses his own team is not a wise move.

The FRU is correct in contracting the the players that would be picked by our new coach in January 2017.


Remove Vodafone logo

Kelepi Lesi , Catholic League International, Fiji

We request that Vodafone Fiji remove their logo placed inside the Star of Bethlehem at the My Suva Picnic Park.

Catholics and Christians in general are offended when the Christian symbols, like the Star of Bethlehem is defaced, disfigured. We felt offended and it is an insult to Catholics and Christians when you subvert the true meaning of Christmas by submerging our Christian heritage in public.

Please, remove Vodafone logo.


Witchcraft and sorcery

Avesi Kalokalo, Ba

The latest buzz in our country is of a 16-year-old girl who posted on social media an interesting account of how she was sold to the devil and at will performed supernatural acts.

I’m not too sure on laws governing occult practices in our country, but it sure goes against the confines of mainstream religious doctrines. Instantly there was much condemnation and public uproar on her alleged confessions. Many will attest that this sort is not uncommon here in the South Pacific. Sorcery and witchcraft is a ‘loud secret’ that hovers under the radar.

Herein is irony. But firstly, we know that the elements of witchcraft range from blood sacrifices to séances, conjuring up spirits and demons represented by unnatural beasts, creatures and diseases. Any one of these elements exacted upon alone or entertained remains occult.

If this be so, then we are all guilty of dabbling in witchcraft.

How? We consult horoscopes, we watch seemingly harmless cartoons, movies, TV series about witches, wizards, sorcerers, demons, evil spirits, werewolves, monsters, black magic, chanting and murmuring of spells.

And we sit transfixed onto our flat screens gawking in anticipation of the ensuing scenes before us absorbed into our sub-conscious minds. Immediately after, we transfer our attention to our smart phones and open up new notifications and find a video posted of a traumatised girl who’s married to the Devil himself.

Our instant reaction epitomises good old fashioned hypocrisy when we hit the next two options causing it to spread like wild fire: Comment and share.

I read in a very old book the Teacher saying: “First remove the log in your own eye then remove the speck in your brothers’ eye.”

I forgot who also said: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was that he never existed.”

Unbeknown, witchcraft and sorcery may already exist in our homes, yet we simultaneously condemn it.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj




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