Letters to the Editor – Thursday, August 4, 2022

Eileen Cikamatana wins gold for Australia. Picture: AUSTRALIAM WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION

Fiji’s loss, Australia’s gain

CONGRATULATIONS to Ovalau’s Commonwealth weightlifting queen, champion Eileen Cikamatana, for scooping gold, hence, creating history by becoming the first woman on the planet to win gold medals for two countries.

Sadly, Fiji’s loss is Australia’s gain.

Kudos to Australia for assisting her in continuing her winning legacy.

Meanwhile, congratulations also to another Ovalaun born and bred, from Malaka, Vanua Balavu, Taniela “Dan” Rainibogi, for clinching a bronze medal for Fiji in his weight category.

Wananavu Eileen and Dan, and we certainly look forward to more medals in future.

Au yali ni kaya vaka ca, au kaya lo lia.

O naova ke.

ANTHONY SAHAI, Levuka, Ovalau

EFL profit

VERY encouraging to note that Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) recorded a profit of $96.6 million in 2021, an increase of $13.5 million when compared with 2020 (FT 03/08).

With such a profit, one can assume that the service delivery should be very good as well.

Nevertheless, what I do not understand was the number of power cuts encountered in many areas around Viti Levu and Vanua Levu since EFL came into being.

One only has to read letters to this column, where almost every week a writer will raise concern about power cuts in their area.

Furthermore, in other social media platforms, frequently people post their complaints about power cuts.

Now, to me these frequent power cuts reflect badly on the delivery service of EFL which does not seem to justify its profit.

My only hope is that the figures revealed as profit is real and not just something that looks good on paper.


Responsible pet owners

RECENT statement by the Pacific Animal Shelter and Hospital (PASH) regarding the over population of stray animals such as cats and dogs is a concern.

Firstly, there are health and hygiene issues concerning their droppings as easily observed in communities around Lautoka.

Secondly, stray dogs are likely to attack pedestrians in the neighbourhood, especially children and the elderly.

Thirdly, one can imagine if they become carriers to new viruses which may only make the COVID-19 scenario more complicated.

All in all, one hopes that pet owners consider de-sexing let alone appreciating the need for responsible pet ownership.


Unanswered questions

IT has flagrantly become a custom for our muddled government including the A-G, the PM and other leading political figures not to respond to probing or pursuing questions posed by the media linking to matters of national curiosity.

All questions sent to their respective offices by reporters continue to remain unanswered, as stressed in The Fiji Times almost on a regular basis.

As a matter of fact, I believe these autocratic politicians have now aptly resorted to effectively employing the rope-a-dope tactic, hence they choose to remain mute in the hopes of tiring out the persistent journalists in their quest for truth and legitimacy.

And as a straight shooter, I would prefer to go for a solid punch in the face leading to a knock out rather than engaging in this boring rope-a-dope approach.

Just like iron Mike in his prime!


Human values

THE Fiji Times printed an article titled “Dialogue solves issues at home”, says FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali.

I absolutely agree as Ms Ali brought out two very important points of listening with compassion and kindness.

It’s a pity that now days during family conversations, we don’t often see that compassion and kindness part.

Maybe we are more influenced by our gadgets but it’s a good time to bring back that compassion and kindness into our human values especially at this difficult time we are going through.

Thank you Ms Ali for reminding us again of those two important human values.

JIOJI M CAKACAKA, Tadra, Votualevu, Nadi

Solutions please

IS Sitiveni Rabuka going to outline his plans on how he will improve the lives of Fijians and provide solutions to Fiji’s problems or is he just going to limit his policies to investigate everything this Government has done.

I suspect he does not have any solutions to Fiji’s problems, but we will see how long he can pretend?

JAN NISSAR, NSW, Australia

Ethanol plants

COULD the Government instruct Fiji Sugar Corporation to construct an ethanol plant at each sugar mill and also ask them to keep generating electricity throughout the year.


Hidden geniuses

I GUESS there are hidden language geniuses among us.

If one were to try the kachcha papad pakka papad flash speed job with the word draconian, one wouldn’t take long to reach “drakhunian” and draculian.

Through some sort of spectacular language poshness, I already hear dra and khun mean blood.

And you must have surely noticed that this has nothing to do with dracula.


Enjoy life

“A MAN who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life” — Charles Darwin.

So enjoy the most while you are still alive.


Under-18 millionaires

I BELIEVE congratulations are in order for all the under-18 millionaires that have been created in Fiji thanks to the FijiFirst Government.

Or am I barking up the wrong tree because I’ve been misled by fake news?


I’m over all the bulldust.

COLIN DEOKI, Australia

Another 16 years?

FOR 16 years they have not been able to fix or improve the water reticulation system.

Do they need another 16-year term?

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Solar power efficiency

IS solar power as efficient as it should be?

The problem is definitely not the sun’s output, it’s probably the specs of the equipment we’re using.

The output is not a true reflection of the input.

The thing is it’s the most available and accessible source of alternative energy.

We really need to enable and improve solar energy’s conversion efficiency, if we are to be capable, of fully utilising solar energy.

One thing is a given, fossil fuel usage is suppose to be history, as per the Paris Climate Change Agreement, of which Fiji is a party.


Instant karma

A Texas man who shot a woman in the neck was killed on Saturday when the bullet also hit him, police said.

Dallas police responding to a report of a shooting at an apartment building found a large amount of blood and a blood trail in front of an apartment.

No one was in the apartment when officers arrived.

Police then got a call from a nearby hospital about a man and a woman found outside with gunshot wounds, police said.

The pair were in a car outside the hospital.

Investigators believe the man shot the woman in the neck, but the “bullet then exited and hit him in the leg.

He died at the hospital.

The condition of the woman, who has not been identified, is unknown.

Imagine dying from an accidental shot in the leg.

Restores my faith in karma.

Reminds me about the time when a UPS driver left a package at the front door of my daughter’s neighbour.

A woman from a car parked nearby ran over to steal the package and was running back to her car with the package.

The driveway was wet and slippery, so she fell.

As she wailed in pain, the neighbour’s dog bit her.

Is that what you call double jeopardy?

Don’t you love stories like that?

My only disappointment is that it does not happen more often.

We need to put it in fast forward though.


Cost to the economy

THE Fiji College of General Practitioners has said that 35 per cent of the population are obese, 65 per cent are overweight (that makes 100 per cent of the population overweight or obese) and 30 to 35 per cent are smokers.

Do they have any statistics on what percentage of the population are grog dopeys?

Because grog dopeys are also a significant cost to the health system and family violence and non-productivity.

If you add all this up, it has a significant cost to the economy.

I mean, if you add grog doping by people who are already overweight and smokers and are unhealthy and practice family violence what do you think the cost to the economy will be?

So why aren’t statistics kept on this. I just hope members of this college are not grog dopes themselves.

And then people wonder why Fiji is where it is?

Is all this the government’s fault?

JAN NISSAR, NSW, Australia

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