Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Olympics : Times for Sevens Rugby

Citius, Altius, Fortius.

Faster, Higher, Stronger.

The Olympics logo, the ideal.

So another Olympics has come and gone.

The Chinese put on a magnificent show, the Birds Nest stadium, a one of a kind and the water cube, just amazing.

It was a victory for China in pulling off a grand event with such great planning and coordination.

And on the medals tally as well, China was on top, ahead of its rival the US of A.

Another victory for the superpower. Commentators who call China a "rising power" need to have their heads examined. China is a Superpower today and will become even more powerful in years to come.

As always, empires have a used by date. The Romans, the Mongols, the Han , the British and now the Americans. Its time for the Chinese.

But back to the Olympics.

Great performances from Usain Bolt, what a sprinter. It is very interesting to note that in our Fiji Finals our athletes produce performances which are comparable to international athletes when they are 17 or 18 years old. But proper coaching takes them to another level whereas our youth turn to rugby or other sports.

It is now time for the Olympics to include Sevens Rugby. 7;s Rugby is played and enjoyed all over the world and there is no reason why it shouldnt be included.

It would be our golden chance to capture that Olympic medal.

Go Fiji Go.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dont Believe Everything You Read :Radovan Karazdic

Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader indicted by a U.N war crimes tribunal on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, was captured in Serbia on July 21 2008.

One of the world's most-wanted men, Karadzic was president of ethnic Serbs in Bosnia, who besieged the city of Sarajevo for more than three years .

Radovan Karadzic grew a long, white beard to conceal his identity and even managed to openly practice alternative medicine while in hiding, officials said Tuesday in revealing details about the war crimes fugitive's capture after a decade on the run.

Karadzic was unrecognizable in a guise that was part guru and part Santa Claus. As Dragan Dabic, the former psychiatrist worked for years in a clinic in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, practicing alternative medicine. He even lectured on videotape at local community centers, in an open and active life that would appear to be an extraordinary risk for one of the world's most wanted men.

He often spent time at a cafe called Biblioteka in downtown Belgrade where he drank wine and listened to Serbian nationalist music. On the walls of the café we framed photgraphs of Serbian warlords including one of him.

So how is it that after 13 years on the run, one morning 3 security officers in plain clothes escorted him off a bus and he was presented to the world.

What went wrong after 13 years successfully hiding in the open?

If you believe that one fine morning, 3 security officers of the Serbian services discovered Karazdic on a bus and arrested him, you will believe anything.

13 years on the run or 13 years under protection?

Next in the series of Dont Believe Everything You Read : David Toganivalu


Sunday, August 17, 2008

You Cant Sack ME, We Resign!!! Enter Rajend Chaudhry

We have all heard the phrase, If I go down, then Ill take you with me!

Well, in the case of the Fiji Labour Party, it fits this bunch like a glove.

Before we look at Chaudhry's decision to withdraw the FLP from the IG to "focus on the Peoples Charter and the next general elections", lets get one thing right. Replace every reference to FLP with Mahendra Chaudhry.

They are one and the same.

Fii Labour Party is Chaudhrys toy.

He uses it as he wishes.

Chaudhry has once again demonstarted this very clearly.

This mans ego wouldnt allow Tom Ricketts and his boy Vayeshnoi to continue to collect their Ministers salary and ride around in their chauffer driven Pajeros.

No, if I go, you go!

So, starts a new era in Fijian politics.

What now?

Chaudhry has challenged the legitimacy of the very Government that he was serving.

Now the IG has been left without the supoport of any major political party.

However, for all those who wish to see early elections, this decision by Chaudhry indicates that elections are near.

But in what form?

The Peoples Charter will now be the way foward folks.

As for Chaudhry, LF remembers very clearly, Chaudhry said these very words when he accepted the position of Finance Minsiter in the IG:




Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Who is the "Mole"?

Is it a coincidence?
The Interim PM is barely out of the country and Charan Jeeth Singh goes to the media saying that he has been told by a "senior government official"  that M.P. Chaudhry has been told to vacate office by August 22.
Firstly, lets take a closer look at Charan Jeeth Singh.
Charan Jeeth Singh is a Labasa based multi-millionaire who has had his hands in all sorts of pies including a saw mill with Ratu Soso Kalounivere which saw Charan Jeeth get rich and the people of the Vanua hardly even saw a cent from the timber that was cut down from their land. He also ran an airline business with former PM Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara which floundered after a while, but again not before Charan Jeeth Singh made some good money.
Charan Singh doesnt deny that he is rich.
Ask anyone in Labasa and they will tell you, he is a very rich man.
But as we know, he is also quite connected and hell bent on becoming a parliamentarian and a Minsiter!
After all, money brings all sorts of people to your doorstep.
Maybe even the so-called senior government official.
But why would this senior government official tell Charan Jeeth Singh something which is so highly confidential that even Major Leweni has refused to comment.
Everyone knows that Charan Singh has just started a new political party (4th or 5th such venture ) and has openly stated his intention to contest the next General Election.
And whats more? He has gone on record as saying that he is ready to become the next Minister for Finance in the IG.
He certainly doesn't lack ambition, does he? No sir.
But back to this mysterious 'senior Government official'?
Why such a move on his part?
Is someone trying to undermine the IG leadership? And we dont mean just MP Chaudhry, but the top job?
Is somebody within the machinery trying to do, what they have failed to achieve twice now! First with the call to the Senior Internal Auditor of FIRCA demanding that he make public the name of the senior Government Minister who was behind the $1.6 m scandal before Fiji Times published the story.
And then by leaking to the press that Cahudhry had been sacked during the Water Bottlers crisis?
Has someone promised Charan Jeeth Singh the Minister of Finance job if he puts his money behind their effort to achieve what they have failed in doing twice?
Charn Jeeth Singh as Minister for Finance ? or  Jim Ah Koy for his vast experience?
The interview by Colonel Aziz to Fijilive stating that the Army was totally behind their Commander was timely too, wasn't it?
Or design?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Please Help This Child


Thats what young Josaia Temo needs.

Josaia is 9 years old and suffering from skin cancer.

Josaia needs HELP.

The cancer can be treated, at least to an extent that Josaia can lead a pain free life and play with his friends.

He needs your HELP!

Please contact the following organisations to do what you can:

Save the Children Fiji
PO Box 2249, Government Buildings, Suva, Fiji
Tel: +679 331 3178
Fax: +679 3302214

Fiji Cancer Society
Princes Rd Tamavua, Suva
Ph: 3324960

Project H.E.A.V.E.N, Princes Rd Tamavua, Suva



Monday, August 4, 2008

Go Serevi Go - The Poet Says So!!!

Watch him go, watch him Step

He is the best ever Fiji Rep

A Goose Step here, A chip kick there

No one comes close, even Eric Rush was Nowhere

We've had many good players, Cama, Rasari, Noa, Honda, Rauluni Boys and Ryder

But nobody came close to Serevi, the lightning quick strider

He led us to Victory after Victory

He was a proud warrior for Fiji

He conquered So Kon Po

We were all saying Go Go Go

He gave us the Melrose Cup and the Melrose Bridge

When he played, the Fiji Bitter was already stocked in the fridge

So sure were we that it would be our day

When we could drink and have a Public Holiday

Serevi is the Greatest Ever

He was so fast and so clever

For a while he was cast aside, politics was the guilty thing

Serevi was denied a chance , denied his chance to be the King

Without him the team looked flat

With Serevi, our opponents will be on the mat

He is now our coach, We are in with a Chance


If Serevi Plays, We will Win after a Long Time

Isnt it Amazing how we can get all this to rhyme!!!!!

"The Free Poet Society"