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Letters To The Editor May, 2 2015

Cyclone warriors DR Sushil K Sharma, Lautoka  FBC has been advertising daily its new forthcoming programme called “Cyclone warriors”, on FBC TV, repeating the advertisement many times, often during peak
02 May 2015 09:52
Letters To The Editor May, 2 2015

Cyclone warriors

DR Sushil K Sharma, Lautoka

 FBC has been advertising daily its new forthcoming programme called “Cyclone warriors”, on FBC TV, repeating the advertisement many times, often during peak programming times.

The voice over used for these advertisements, carries a message to the effect that the people in the Yasawa “live in the paths of some of the most dangerous tropical cyclones, which are becoming more and more frequent”.

As a tropical cyclone expert and a professional meteorologist, and also an associate Professor of Meteorology, with extensive experience in the region—I would like to request that FBC kindly make a correction to the above statement.

The statement “which are becoming more and more frequent” is completely incorrect.

There is no scientific evidence whatsoever that the number, frequency or the strength of the tropical cyclones over Fiji or even in the Southwest Pacific region is “becoming more and more frequent” as stated  by the FBC TV advertisement for their forthcoming programme called “Cyclone warriors”.

We have a duty of care to our community not to exaggerate these types of matters. We should not try to make people anxious needlessly, with statements like this, which has other far reaching consequences.

However I do agree that we live in the path of some of the most dangerous tropical cyclones, without doubt, as suggested by the FBC. Without even seeing the program, I appreciate the public awareness that FBC TV will create, without doubt, with this programme.

TV ads

Maria Tavaga Suva

This is a concern about advertisements on television shown by our renowned Fiji TV.

Please do check for important information in which the two ladies conversing in one ad, show us the real time on the wall clock of 10 past eight instead they are saying it is after 10.

This shows the people shown in the ad do not know how to read the time.  Also,  the TV advertisements are not properly edited or screened and those concerned with shooting ads that is the scriptwriters are not highly qualified.

Deadly drink

Lawrence Narayan Suva

According to the management of the Paradise Beverage Fiji, the recent opening of their $18 million brewhouse is a significant milestone marking its commitment to the Pacific region.

What is this commitment may I ask, is it the increase of NCD’s, crime, hooliganism and alcohol- related deaths that the health and Police departments are  currently confronted with?

On one hand, our Government is trying its best to combat health problems and crime from the effects of alcohol and on another hand, beer is becoming big business being publically promoted through sports like Namaka and Marist 7s tournaments.

The signs and billboards throughout the country boldly display beer as the sportsmen drink.

Imagine the type of message being conveyed to the young generation in our villages and schools who regularly participate in sports.

From the Christian perspective, there will be a time when each Christian will leave this world. What will we give to the Lord on that day? Will it be the souls of people or hundreds of cartons of cigarettes or cases of beer?

The fact is that God commands His children to be holy which means to be separate. This means to be separated from the philosophies of the world which propel and set a person’s behavior.

At times God’s Word is short, plain and simple. First Corinthians 10:31 is one of those times when the Word leaves no doubt what our Creator is trying to communicate to us. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Boxing match

Praneet Singh Sacramento, California

There is a lot of excitement about Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Don’t forget Mr. Mayweather was jailed for domestic violence and that is not just an opinion.

His bank balance is going to balloon further after this fight.

 

 



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