Letters To The Editor, 14th March, 2017

Blame game Wise Muavono, Lautoka Now let the blame game begin! Will it be the fault of the referee, players or coach? Maybe it’ll even be the colour of the
14 Mar 2017 11:00
Letters To The Editor, 14th March, 2017

Blame game

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Now let the blame game begin! Will it be the fault of the referee, players or coach? Maybe it’ll even be the colour of the jersey. Haha! We’re indeed a funny bunch.




Gold sprinter

Ashwini Basant, Nausori

I could not believe that there are still very good sprinters on Suva Streets.

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at around 2pm we were coming down Mark St, Suva, in our car when suddenly a middle aged man started crossing the road limping.

I had to stop my car but at that moment a teenage boy just snatched my wife’s gold chain who was sitting at the front seat and sprinted towards Waimanu Road.

It was very busy and helplessly I had to move my car.

Now I am thinking of that poor thief. For how many days will he survive out of that gold chain?

Instead of him doing these bad things he can train hard and join the Vodafone Fijian 7s team and earn good money.

After all he is a good sprinter and I praise him.

May God bless him.

‘Kalou sa raica,’ (God sees everything.)



Regardless of gender

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

Our Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, is passionate, positive and indiscriminate in his call to upskill all Fijians regardless of gender or age during the celebration of International Women’s Day in Labasa last week.

He must be commended.

The welfare of all our Fijian girls and boys who will ultimately become our future mothers, fathers and members of the workforce of our beloved country must be protected and nurtured from a very early age in order they become and contribute effectively and productively to the welfare of their nation.

Mr Reddy rightfully mentioned that there is absolutely no barrier to education.

Realistically the opportunities our Government is currently engaging in providing free education from kindergarten to Years 13, the Technical Colleges and through and excess to all our tertiary Institutions for our children is something that must be grasped with both hands and not recklessly wasted.

Fijian Parents must be responsible and have control in the progress and future destiny of their loved ones.

Every Fijian parent’s positive input and contribution will have a lasting impression and impact in making the job much easier for our Government in achieving the desired results for this beautiful nation.

Great call Minister Reddy.




Moist heat wave ban

Sushil K Sharma, Lautoka

The weather has been in the news lately for the recent spate of floods due to the onset and passage of “cloudiness and rain” over the equatorial region in the Western Pacific, as the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) wave-pulse progresses eastwards over us.

Many in the northern parts of Australia and especially Fiji are now sick and tired of the persistent rains and the wet and muddy conditions, that laymen and women contend with daily whilst trying to catch the bus from rural areas.

Many cars have been bogged down in dirt roads, unable to move either back or front due to the very soft conditions – needing expensive “pirate taxis” to shuttle them to towns, often at quite outrageous costs.

Whilst we are quibbling about the extra costs due to the inclement weather in our nation—and the “pirate taxis” are making lots of money illegally, as there are no taxis around when you need them in Fiji, especially overnight –  some “crazy” Australians are in fact putting up signs to refuse money due to their local weather conditions.

Yahoo7 News on February 13, 2017, 6:49 pm reported that a service station on the NSW mid north coast had issued a ban on accepting any money stored down shirts, in underwear or in socks on hot days.

The Kempsey outlet put up a sign notifying customers of the new rules as the NSW heat wave continues.

“Due to hot and humid weather, we are no longer accepting ‘boob, jock or sock’ money,” the sign read.

“Questionable moist notes and coins will also be declined.”

The sign was shared on a Sydney social media page with most people supportive of the decision.

It has been suggested that the move comes after stores in Geraldton and Carnarvon in Western Australia sparked public debate when they banned cash carried in their underwear.

Staff in the separate towns had complained about hygiene when accepting the cash stored inside clothing.

We are yet to note if taxis, buses, supermarkets, and/or eating houses in Fiji have begun expelling customers due to the mud on their gum boots – as hygiene seems to be the flavour of this month, apart from love and chocolates!

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