Letters To The Editor, 26th September, 2016

Thank you, Rosy Premila Singh, Suva I want to thank the Health and Medical Services Minister Rosy Akbar for a wonderful job she is doing. She was given a huge
26 Sep 2017 12:29
Letters To The Editor, 26th September, 2016
The late Epeli Lagiloa.

Thank you, Rosy

Premila Singh, Suva

I want to thank the Health and Medical Services Minister Rosy Akbar for a wonderful job she is doing.

She was given a huge Ministry which has been riddled with issues and has managed to get some order in place.

It is wrong to blame her for medicines finishing or nurses not doing their jobs properly but I have seen first hand the manner in which she responds to frustrated patients. Good job Minister.

So long Master Lagiloa

Ranbeer Manak, Suva

Fiji is mourning the loss of one of its great sports strategists and mentor Epeli Lagiloa.

‘Master Lagiloa’ as he was affectionately known, was a wonderful gentleman with a big heart, who always wore a smile even in times of adversity.

A sportsman himself in his younger days, Master Lagiloa continued his passion as he matured undertaking many roles including coach, fitness and conditioning trainer, sports administrator, manager and the list goes on.

In the sporting circles Master Lagiloa was best known for his no nonsense approach towards discipline, fitness and emphasis on team work.

All these were underpinned by a wide range of strategies that Master Lagiloa developed over his career which led him to attain many successes both locally and internationally.

A man respected equally by his players and opponents.

A great mentor and friend to many players who I’m sure used his teachings as a guide to propel them to attain many great accomplishments and become global sporting ambassadors for Fiji.

The late Lagiloa was a man who was dedicated to his family, church, community as well as our beloved nation Fiji.

Master Lagiloa served with distinction in every task he undertook.

A true leader who always led from the front, he set high standards and was always ready to challenge the status quo.

He walked the talk and was never afraid to speak his mind.

He believed in knowledge sharing and was always at hand to encourage others.

His love for sports was never ending, while he was known for his involvement in rugby, Master Lagiloa also assisted sporting teams and personalities in rugby league, netball, soccer, cricket, athletics and in other sports as well.

A humble soul with a down to earth personality who was always ready to crack a few jokes or share a few stories to lighten the mood.

It’s never easy to farewell good and close friends or family members – to you Master thank you for all the wonderful memories.

I will always be thankful to you, Bulou and the rest of the family for the times we spent together being neighbours.

Of the many wonderful times we shared.

I clearly remember the times you called out to me as I tried to quietly make my way home every evening in Nadi to join you for a mix of kava and watch whatever sporting event was being shown on television or just to catch up on what was happening in the news.

From the small 2 bag baby-mix you always promised, before I knew it, the count was somewhere between 10 to 12 bags and with the time approaching midnight it was time for me to depart with wobbling legs home.

And as I trotted down the driveway you would call out “Hey mate another mix tonight aye!”

Thank you indeed for the fond memories and your contribution towards education, sports and national development.

You will be missed by us all. Rest easy… until we meet again – Moce Master!

Talking about Biman Prasad

Parmesh Prasad, Suva

We had an interesting weekend with animated discussions around the grog bowl. Let’s just say people are not buying Biman Chand Prasad’s rants in Parliament especially when he is unable to stand and speak out against racist remarks from Opposition side. People are watching.

We are not stupid.

Bhawani Dayal Arya College

Dewan Chand, Suva

Bhawani Dayal Arya College, located at Nakasi, is a premier institution run by Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji.

The former students of the college organised a reunion last year in Auckland on a grand scale and as the former principal I was privileged to be the guest of honour.

This year the re-union is being organised by Simom Prasad and his team in Australia at Gold Coast, Queensland.

This year’s guest of honour is a former distinguished principal of the college, Mrs S.J. Singh.

I understand that other teachers of the nineties will be there as well.

This is perhaps the singular most worthy respect the former students could pay to their teachers.

I served Bhawani Dayal Arya College as its principal from 1990 to 1999.

At that time Mrs Singh was my deputy and subsequently she served as the principal.

With other departmental heads we formed a formidable team which was never satisfied with anything less than the best in the field of sports, extra-curricular activities and academia.

External Examination results continued to improve at all levels and subsequently the college opened its doors to form seven students.

Today it runs four streams of form sevens and external examinations results are well beyond expectations.

  Some of the achievements of the nineties are as follows.

1. The institution changed its name from Bhawani Dayal High School to Bhawani Dayal Arya College.

2. Prefects leadership training programme under the auspices of the Apex Club of Nasinu…thanks to Amar Dayal the president.

3. Introduction of computer literacy.

4. Introduction of the Book Bank Scheme to assist the students.

5. Building of separate Havan (prayer) room to cater for social cultural activities.

6. Introduction of Form Seven Education at the college.

7. There are other achievements in the National Quiz, oratory contests, Mathematics competition, Physics competition, and inter-secondary schools soccer and netball competitions.

8. Introduction of the very popular college song composed by Pundit Guru Datt

I take this opportunity to warmly congratulate my former students for their foresight in remembering their Alma Mater and their teachers in such a big way.

May God grant them health, happiness and success in all their endeavours.

Defending incompetence

Geeta Pillay, Suva

Why is it that Fijian civil servants are so scared about being put on contracts? Is it because the incompetent ones are worried they will not be able to hide their incompetency or take tea breaks sharp at 10am and leave for lunch at 1pm or shoot out the door at sharp 4.30?

Tobacco unit

Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

What happened to the Tobacco control unit?

Is it still operational or has it gone up in smoke.

If it is in operation then please do check near the Lautoka bus station where one can see school children selling rolls and the other $5 stuff.

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