From eu­pho­ria to dilemma

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Nor­man Yee,


Con­grat­u­la­tions and ac­co­lades con­tinue to flow in for Ratu Peni Raiyani, his man­age­ment team and the con­quer­ing Olympians. Oh that some coins could flow down to the others that had trained with the Olympians but had not been se­lected to show our grat­i­tude for the part they played in this win! Mean­while it seems that Fiji is fac­ing a dilemma of sorts. On what ba­sis will the Fiji Rugby Union se­lect the new coach? Pick some­one to carry on the legacy left by Ben? Some­one who knows his modus operandi, his win­ning strat­egy? Or se­lect some­one to­tally dif­fer­ent to take us to new heights? As for Osea we pray he will make the right de­ci­sion for the fu­ture, play a few more games be­fore tak­ing up the schol­ar­ship as coach. We must con­tinue this win­ning streak. We wait with bated breath. Our prayers go with FRU, Ben and Osea to make the right de­ci­sions that will en­hance the fu­ture of Fiji’s Sev­ens Rugby.

There is a very old con­crete lamp­post close to the land mark ivi tree at the Vo­da­phone Tri­an­gle in Suva. The tree root was al­most grown around the base of the lamp post and so is the up­per branch that is about to en­cir­cle the up­per post por­tion and grow­ing into it. I be­lieve the lamp­post would be about the same age as the ivi tree as it stood the test of time with the aided pro­tec­tion pro­vided by the tree. The lamp­post is an an­tique it­self and must have wit­nessed the growth of the city and the un­fold­ing of so many his­toric events.

But due to the age­ing fac­tor, the said lamp­post is now a huge threat to the pedes­tri­ans and the ve­hi­cles that goes past it.

The con­crete por­tion is fall­ing off in chunks and can cause se­ri­ous in­juries. The post has lost a lot of the con­crete and the iron rods are now very vis­i­ble and the struc­ture looks very weak and frag­ile.

A slight piece of the con­crete fall­ing from such height due to the ve­loc­ity is dan­ger­ous.

Just at the base of the ivi tree is a park bench and used a lot dur­ing the sum­mer months not only by the lo­cals, but tourist as well. Sadly this haz­ard must be elim­i­nated im­me­di­ately be­fore an event of a cat­a­strophic na­ture oc­curs.

Maybe, the an­nounce­ment of the Stop Or­der against the Fo­rum on Sugar or­gan­ised by Di­a­logue Fiji was a con­fir­ma­tion that we don’t re­ally have true democ­racy in Fiji.

It is such a sad day that we Fi­jians are still sub­jected to the ex­is­tence of dra­co­nian De­crees in the pres­ence of Par­lia­ment. We ask, where is our Free­dom of Ex­pres­sion? Where is the Free­dom of As­so­ci­a­tion?? The dream that we will be free is just but a sleep­less slum­ber. I do not mean the free­bies. We ask the Gov­ern­ment not of free­bies, but to give us our free­dom and we will pay for our ne­ces­si­ties.

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