Letters to the Editor – June 15

Luke Ravuga, 9, of Laselase, Sigatoka, is watched over by his mum Iliseva Ravoka Qoli after his surgery at the CWM hospital in Suva. Picture: ATASA MOCEITUBA

New lease of life

YOUNG Luke Ravuga, 9, of Laselase Village in Sigatoka with 17 others were given a new lease of life by the Australian-based Open Heart International team (FT June 14). I believe the team should be applauded by every right-thinking citizens of this country. This is their 25th year of visiting Fiji and to give hope to some people who were doomed for a brief life span. I fail to understand why the Ministry of Health has not planned a major celebration. This could give hundreds of parents and relatives the opportunity to at least say thank you to the team. Twenty-five years is a long time and the team certainly deserves better.

Alipate Tui Dakua, Nairai Rd, Raiwai

Respect the elders

I WAS always taught to respect the elders — weren’t you? But how many of you are really respecting the elderly people around you? What reasons do you have for not doing so? I ask you because I’ve often seen many elders in the society not being treated well. I’ve even heard of people not respecting the elderly — especially the young generation nowadays. And that’s not all; even family members sometimes fail to spend family time with them, which saddens my heart. I strongly feel that respect towards the elderly, their fortitude, wisdom, knowledge, and grace should be imbibed by us, though sadly it doesn’t happen. There might be a few exceptions as I also don’t believe that growing old is a sign of becoming wiser, but we shouldn’t show disrespect for seniors in any case — isn’t it? While the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans. Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of elderly persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on June 15 to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations. “We were taught to respect everyone, especially those who were older and wiser than we were from whom we could learn.” — BeNeca Ward. “Karma — What goes around Comes Around”. Vinaka.

Neelz Singh, Lami

Sugarcane harvesting

IT is that time of the year when we see the resumption of sugarcane harvesting in Fiji. Except for Rakiraki mill which is no more, the remaining three mills will get in full gear as soon as they receive the cane supply. This is the time when the whole industry is in full operation. I think it is the farmers who must ensure their crop is harvested and sent to the mill before crushing stops. For there is no return for the cane left standing in your field? The farmers work very hard to grow the crop and it is only beneficial if the product reaches the mill in good order and time. Unlike in the past, now farmers receive better help from the industry leaders. Now you see mechanical harvesters replacing the canecutters which saves a lot of time and hassle. Still, in many areas, trucks are used to cart cane to the mill. Then we have the rail carts which play a major role in the deliverance of cane to the sugar mills. This year the cane fields look very green and healthy. Let us hope the farmers receive a fair return of their toil. Let’s give a big round of applause to the sugarcane farmers of the country. May I take the opportunity to wish the industry every success it deserves.

Suresh Chand, Nadi

Church vandalism

I ALWAYS felt sorry when places of worship are vandalised. Despite whatever religion it may be, it’s a House of God where people come together to worship. There are always some people who have no respect at all for these worship places. A recent incident on the Garden Island of Taveuni where an Assemblies of God church was vandalised and the worshipers only found out when they went to church on Sunday morning. The doors open, louvers missing, some sound system equipment missing and everything turned upside down. I believe these culprits need to be punished harshly when caught. They are either driven by alcohol or drugs for them to do such acts.

Tomasi Boginiso Boa, Nepani, Nasinu

Watch and learn

GURJEET Singh, a renowned soccer coach and Roy Krishna want all soccer players in Fiji to watch the World Cup and learn from it. I hope it was that simple.

Sukha Singh, Labasa

Eid mubarak

THE holy month of Ramadan has gone by and our Muslim brothers and sisters are ready to celebrate Eid. As we join them to celebrate this auspicious occasion with vermicelli, savouries and tasty palau, I wish them all the best! May this year’s Eid promote goodwill and racial harmony and tolerance!

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

School violence

TWENTY thousand violence cases coming from students is just unspeakable. I am worried that if this is the case, then our society in future might turn to be a violent one if we say that our children are the future leaders of tomorrow.

Iliesa Moceituba, Suva

ICT use

CAN the learned staff members at the Ministry of Education explain why Year 12 students can prepare drafts of their English assignment using computers but must submit them to the ministry in written format? Can these wise staff members also explain why our Year 12 computing students are being assessed on 2005 and 2008 versions of programming software when these are no longer supported by Microsoft nor by the new computers that are in use today? One really has to wonder why emphasis on ICT use within the education curriculum has not been refreshed since 2008!

Eugene Singh, Naimawi St, Lami

Paris 7s

IN the quarter-final game against England, I noted with concern that towards the end of the game Paula Dranisinukula was waving his hands to team Fiji officials after making some hard tackles. I thought he was asking to be replaced but I could be wrong or the officials did not notice it.

Emosi Balei, Kini St, Suva

Drasa drains

THE drains along Drasa Avenue needs some cleaning. Every time we see rubbish lying in it. As a result of this, the blockage of drains during flooding is easy. Cleaning the drains on time can avoid blockage of drains. Please if the authorities can help curb this matter. A little bit of attention can minimise its effects later.

Kirti Patel, Lautoka

Team to RWC 7s

WITH about a month to go in the lead-up to the RWC 7s in San Francisco and after the narrow loss to the Blitzbokke, coach Gareth Baber has a mammoth task ahead of him. Foremost, the Welshman has to assemble a 16-member squad to compete against each other for 12 spots. Then Baber has to choose the best 12 to fly our flag in San Francisco and run for our third RWC 7s title. I place my bets on the following to make the 16-member team. I opt for eight forwards and eight backs. My pick for the forwards include: Jasa, Kunavula, Kunatani, Nasoko, Nakarawa, Radradra, Paula and Josua. My pick for the backs include: Jerry, Tuisova, Mocenacagi, Sau, Naduva, Nacuqu, Ravouvou and Nasilasila. I wish Baber and our boys all the best for the trials and the trip to Utah for the last bit of preparation. I thank them for doing Fiji proud. I was happy to see them exchange jerseys with their South African counterpart.

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Curves and circles

HAVING read all the “expert” analysis and comments on our sevens this season, well, and thrown my five cents as well occasionally, and having suffered reading some long letters which basically re-told “old” news, some calling the losses “learning curves” and all, I put all those “curves” together. Having joined all the curves, I realised that we had some full circles. So many full circles formed after all the “curves” should be sufficient to get that World Cup. But then, going around in circles could also mean the not-so-nice! Get that London team plus Kunatani and Nakarawa, and we should not have a problem, especially in a tournament that’s real: no second chance, like in the Denzel fight movies! By the way, good effort boys. I have no qualms about missing out on the series. Seeing that starting line-up against Kenya in Paris, I had let my prediction be known. Around 8:40pm on Sunday, someone relayed to me what had just happened. It didn’t bother me. I see the bigger picture — San Francisco.

Donald Singh, Lautoka

World Cup soccer

YOUR The Fiji Times head page special edition on the FIFA World Cup soccer kick-starts to another intriguing month of football. From the Waka Waka Africana beat of Shakira in 2010 that made Spain champions to the We are one Brazilian bamboo chants of Pitbull that took Germany to the crown in 2014 and now the rapping stunts of Nicky James and Will Smith Live it on echoing the Russian melody will put the “Best on show”. Thank you The Fiji Times for the World Cup schedule that will keep our pen and ink flowing. Lion man Messi to twinkle toe Ronaldo to freakish Neymar and the list goes on. Goals galore to football madness here comes the 2018 fever and I only hope Luzhniki stadium does not produce another 2014 semi-final disaster. Go Netherlands. Joka na qito …

Shalwyn Prasad, Mukta Ben Place, Nabua