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Letters To The Editor, 21 April, 2018

Letters To The Editor, 21 April, 2018
April 21
13:25 2018

A Question

Floyd Robinson, Suva

After all the years we have been organising the Coca-Cola Games, has the opening and closing ceremonies for 2018 improved compared to previous years?

It’s anyone’s guess but for now let us sit back, relax and enjoy the 2018 Coca-Cola Games.

All the best to the athletes and it’s not the medal that counts. It’s the effort and participation which matter. I am looking forward to Jasper Williams High School and Natabua’s performances.

Coke Games

Avesi Kalokalo, Suva

Suva this week has been buzzing with students who have come from every secondary school in Fiji to attend the annual Coca-Cola Games. The atmosphere is brewing with excitement and anticipation as ANZ Stadium transforms into a cauldron of hype and competition.

Amidst the activity, I wonder if anyone has realised the irony at play. Recently the Ministry of Education had issued a health promoting policy disallowing the selling of junk snacks and fizzy drinks in schools. Yet in this national school event, it actually encourages an unhealthy diet to the children, through the children and for the children.

Nevertheless, in collaboration with their sponsors, they have done a grand job for a number of decades to date.

Coca-Cola Games has become a household name. I therefore cautiously and merely suggest a name change to Powerade Games, as Powerade is a product of Coca-Cola but is associated with its energy boosting aspect.

All the best to the athletes!

Discriminatory Laws 

Amenatave Yaconisau, Suva

The discriminatory laws as revealed by Maika Bolatiki in his article titled ‘’Law repeals: hallmark of government is filled with hope and goodwill” (Fiji Sun, April 20).

The greatest discrimination in this country is the land tenure system that favours one community over others. Why can’t we have one to satisfy Section 26 of the Constitution. We need to sort that out.

Knockout Blow

DHARMENDRA KUMAR, Suva

FijiFirst party led by the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum once again flattened the Opposition like baby carrots under the   wheels of a cement mixer.

The art of debate requires skillful execution of many factors … essentially the core spirit of debate can be best summed up in three factors … emotion, ethics and rationality.

Debate matters to voters and no doubt the opposition cannot handle the heat during debates.

The strong performance by the FijiFirst indicates who is best suited to run the government.

Netball slide

Losalini Vatu, Nausori

As an ardent netball follower it was quite disappointing to see the outcome of our national team’s performance at the recent Commonwealth Games.

Prior to that I assume that there has never been a successful outing so far for the team after competing against other overseas teams and it’s quite sad.

Watching their game against Barbados was really frustrating especially when they were leading in the first quarter. The basic and simple errors being committed that gave the game away were the ones that should not be happening in such a high level of competition.

It is evident that we have some areas where our team have to improve on and its back to the drawing board. There should be a lot of focus placed on the weaknesses exposed during the games and strategies to make progress.

In addition if there is a need to get a new pool of administrators, coaches, manager, and even a set of new players, let it be, as all have to work together for the betterment of netball in our country.

Pollution problem 

Satish Nakched, Suva

We are now heavily focusing on pollution caused by the plastic bags and bottles.

Another type of pollutant that is growing rapidly but not getting enough attention are unused tyres.

Currently  there is no methodology available to properly dispose of used vehicle tyres apart from a very little percentage that are used as gardening aid and flower pots.

I believe most of the obsolete tyres are recklessly discarded into the environment and become a source of the biological hazards due to the non-biodegradable composition that makes up the component of the tyres.

These become a permanent negative feature of our surroundings and generates a lot of adverse consequences relating to the health of the people.

Last week, I had the opportunity to talk to the manager of a large tyre distributor and he mentioned that the sales of the new tyres is thriving and at times runs out of stock.

He also said that the company has no mechanism in place to deal with bald tyres and another company who was retreading is not operational any more.

In Fiji there are more than 110,000 vehicles on the road and every year another eight thousand is added on and the increase in the number of people buying vehicles is attributed to a healthy Fijian economy.

Normally on an average a set of tyres have a life span of two years and just imagine the number of obsolete tyres that will be impacting our environment in the near future.

I believe that it is an opportune time for the ministries involved to initiate strategic plans to encounter the threat and encourage entrepreneurs to set up facilities that could use the products.

In other countries the shredded tires are used in cement production and land filling programmes. It can also be used if the tyres are tightly binded together and used as sea or river bank walls but can be subject to leaching.

It would be an idea to set up a factory that could convert the tires into rubber floor mats and tiles as this is far less expensive than natural or synthetic rubber and costs less than half as much to recycle rubber than to produce virgin rubber.

Such an initiative must attract a handsome tax rebate to source out the specialised machinery into the country as the set up progress will be an expensive exercise and probably we do not have the volume of the materials to run the plant on a continuous basis.

There is an urgent need to be proactive and implement controls to ensure that our country remains beautiful as ever and this wastage is productively utilised.

Traffic Jam

Spencer Robinson, Suva

Now that the school break has commenced some of my colleagues hope that the situation could ease the chronic problem of traffic jams along the Suva-Nausori corridor.

In addition, one would ask if the current and future road developments along these areas are taken into consideration the high number of vehicles imported annually?

Perhaps it could be said that the rural-urban drift has gradually contributed to the continuous traffic congestion that we experience on a daily basis.

While some of us have adapted to the traffic situation and found unusual ways to mitigate it on the other hand the significant majority are hoping that this ‘irritating’ problem will become a thing of the past.

Let’s hope for a better future in the mean time please drive safely and patiently with a big bula smile.

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