Letters To The Editor 4th May 2018

Fiji 7s Samuela Rareba, Suva I was at the Lautoka hospital on Sunday afternoon to visit a friend during the visit­ing hours from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Fiji was to play
04 May 2018 13:34
Letters To The Editor 4th May 2018

Fiji 7s

Samuela Rareba, Suva

I was at the Lautoka hospital on Sunday afternoon to visit a friend during the visit­ing hours from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Fiji was to play New Zealand in the Sin­gapore 7s cup quarterfinal at 4:30pm.

After the visiting hour finished, it seems like no one was eager to rush home to watch Fijis game, but all stayed and gathered at the hospital waiting room and waited for the much-expected game as we looked forward to the revenge of the loss at the Commonwealth Games

The quiet place turned to the noisiest place as the visitors joined by the patients, nurses, doctors and cleaners, jumped for joy at the favourable result displayed by the boys.

But what captured my attention was that people from all walks of life with a differ­ent background, a different ethnic group, different religion and in that one moment in time, we all became one family as we cheered together, even though we didn’t know the person next to us, it seems like we have known him/her for a long time, high-five was everywhere and everyone hugging each other.

This is what our sevens team does every time they go in the field to represent our beloved nation.


Fiji time

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

Interesting comment by our sevens speeds merchant Alasio Naduva, describ­ing his last-minute try during the Singa­pore 7s final against Australia as “scoring on Fiji time”.

I believe “scoring on Fiji time” is because of the hard work and many hours they had put in training and the effort behind the scenes by the coaching staff.

Nothing great was ever accomplished without making sacrifices.

Love to see more ‘scores on Fiji time’

Sevens spectators

Maria Tavaga, Ba

Wonderful to watch our very own people in their traditional wear and their blue and white, cheering Fiji with their songs and chants reminding our rugby heroes to do their best while on the field.

What a difference it makes having a lovely, cheerful and lively cheering squad we witnessed in Hamilton, Vancouver and once again in Singapore.

To all the proud Fijians out there in Lon­don and Paris, get together to cheer our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team on to bring home the HSBC Series this year.

Toso Viti toso.

London 7s

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

The die-hard Fijian sevens magic per­formed by our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team during the final of the Singapore Sevens tournament has made us look forward to the London Sevens from June 2-3.

Will our boys win the Cup and win the 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series making it impossible for South Africa to catch up in the final leg at Paris?

We all know Sevens Rugby is an unpre­dictable game and that anything can hap­pen in 14 minutes.

Coach Baber and the boys know they lead the series points with 145 points, four points in front of South Africa.

We know that Fiji will not give away this hard-earned lead.

From the Pool draws, Fiji in Pool A with New Zealand, Scotland and Argentina will play Pool D comprising South Africa, Samoa, Canada and Russia in the quarter­finals if all goes well.

If Fiji tops Pool A, our boys will meet South Africa in the cup final if both teams make it through undefeated.

But if New Zealand tops Pool D with Fiji at the second spot then South Africa will meet Fiji in the cup quarterfinal and we will know then if the current series is ours.

If coach Baber and the Fiji Airways Fijian Sevens team are confident, then the game plan should be to qualify for the second place in Pool A and have an early showdown with South Africa in the quarter-final.

Bring on the London Sevens.

Go Fiji go.

Judiciary protection

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

The Judiciary should protect us from a media outlet that is manipulating the public’s opinion badly.

All outlets should be mindful of their roles and responsibilities and criticise responsibly.

World Press Freedom Day

Neelz Singh, Lami

World Press Freedom Day was pro­claimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommen­dation of UNESCO’s General Conference.

Since then, May 3, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

It is an opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the fundamental prin­ciples of press freedom;
  • Assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  • Defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • And pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty

The Theme for 2018 is: Keeping power in check: media, justice and the rule of Law.

The theme also aims to explore legisla­tive gaps regarding freedom of expression and information online, and the risks of regulating online speech.

Lucio Tan once said: “A journalist who doesn’t bring a camera is like a warrior who doesn’t carry a sword”.

Wishing all the best to the journalists for their perseverance and hardwork.

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