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Letters To The Editor 04/04/2018

Letters To The Editor 04/04/2018
April 04
13:54 2018

Of horses/helicopters

Taitusi  Sokiveta, Phoenix,  Arizona, USA

There are more than over a hundred horses in Viti Levu. But they are wild horses and roam freely inland. From Vatukarasa, Kavanagasau, inland from Cuvu, Naevuevu and Volivoli. Also above Nawamagi Village. Above the Sigatoka River. I learned how to ride horses in Cuvu, Nadroga.

The late Ratu Sakiusa Koroicivi, who later became Na Ka Levu. We all lived together as kids. One Christmas holiday, in Tore, home of the late Ratu Epi Volavola, Ratu  Sakiusa was the son at that time of Ratu Tevita Na Ka Levu then of Nadroga/Navosa.

That’s when I realised the people of Nadroga/Navosa knew how to ride horses but also how to train wild horses so they can become tame so humans can ride them.

I am so grateful to the late Ro Lele Logavatu for taking me there when we were kids or I would not of had these experiences with horses.

The district above the Wainimala River with a need for horses for transportation. Villagers above the Wainimala River can go to Na Ka Levu, in Cuvu, Nadroga, and in iTaukei traditional manner with yaqona roots present it the paramount chief and ask permission to round up a hundred horses or more for the upper villages of the Wainimala River.

The Wainimala people will need the help of the Nadroga people to catch these wild horses but also train them to become calm so humans can ride them and also to carry heavy luggages up and down the Wainimala River.

Another way to solve these transpotation issues is to ask the American Embassy to ask the US Millitary Joint Chiefs of Staff if they can donate 40 Vietnam War used helicopters for transportation under the humanitarian aid so Fiji doesn’t have to pay for them and send some US Airforce helicopter pilots to train our own Fijian people to fly back and forth and up the Wainimala River and land in the village rugby rara grounds.

These helicopters are pretty big. Half the size of the Tui Tebara bus and can carry a whole platoon up the front line and evacuate wounded soldiers.

It was the fastest way of troop transportation during the Vietnam War. With these helicopters all the villagers in the upper Wainimala can grocery shop in Morris Hedstrom and R B Patel Supermarket, buy tools and building materials for their houses from Vinod Patel and Manubhai and back in their villages in half a day, meaning they can eat lunches in their villages at 12 noon same day.

We are so fortunate in Fiji we have these powerful countries at our doorsteps in the form of embassies. The only thing we need to do is knock on the embassy door, like you knock on your neighbour’s door: Bhaiya/bhaini … sa tiko na curry powder? Thank you

 

 

Reflection

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu

Why is it hard to believe SODELPA Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka’s words in his Easter commemoration?

Particularly as he addresses such topics as kindness, love and compassion and points out the fact that he is a humble Christian!

To forgive someone is easy, but to trust them again is a totally different story!

In his plea for forgiveness, people may forget what he said, they may forget what he did, but people will never forget how he made them feel!

We reflect on the past so that our view looking forward into the future is a much clearer one!

The upcoming elections certainly casts some darkness!

 

 

 

On the watch

Floyd Robinson,  Nasinu

With the recent flooding occurring in parts of the Western Division, can this directly or indirectly lead to an increase in cases of the meningococcal disease?

Whatever one’s views, lets ensure that utensils are thoroughly washed and as some medical experts have pointed out, it’s best not to share cups for drinking or eating from the same plate.

At this time when families are in the middle of cleaning up their homes and properties, its likely that at times basic hygiene practices are overlooked.

Better to be safe and also encourage our loved ones to seek medical attention should they display symptoms of the sickness.

 

 

 

Sudden Water Rise

Pramesh Naidu,  Suva

The recent flooding activity in the Western Division had a lot of impact on the people and the surrounding environment.

The thing that really makes my mind jump out of the box is the sudden increase in water levels.

The flood water levels at 12am on Sunday was rising and was close to just nothing noticeable but within 1 and 1/2 hours it rose to more than 4 feet with no rain whatsoever.

And when I checked the tide chart for the day at 12:36am we were supposed to have a low tide.

With all this considerations it makes me wonder how the water rose and why it happened so fast.

Another thing I heard and was quiet amazed with while having a watch on the rising water levels with friends and family was that the water levels rose due to the opening of the dam.

If that’s the case then I believe the public must be made aware of how the dam works and when and how it is opened for a reason so that people are prepared.

There needs to be clarity on issues of such importance in the livelihoods of all Fijians because this is not the first time for water to rise so suddenly.

If there is a justifiable natural cause there is little that we can do to solve the problem.

But if a major cause is man-made the relevant authorities need to provide a definitive clarification on the issue.

 

 

 

Staff welfare

Angelin Reena,  Suva

While driving past Nakasi, I noticed the sheltered walkway leading to the Saint Joseph The Worker Primary School. It is about 300 metres long, built to keep students, parents and teachers from getting wet when it rains.

One question came to mind; why don’t businesses do the same for their workers’ welfare?

This little gesture will certainly go a long way for any business.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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