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Letters To The Editor, 12th, October, 2016

My perfect view Vili Yaranamua, Nadi Your front page photo during the Fiji Day celebration at Albert Park on Saturday (FS 9/10) was the perfect view I had been waiting
12 Oct 2016 11:00
Letters To The Editor, 12th, October, 2016
Letter To The Editor

My perfect view

Vili Yaranamua, Nadi

Your front page photo during the Fiji Day celebration at Albert Park on Saturday (FS 9/10) was the perfect view I had been waiting for.

With the Government Building in the background, the clock, a few palm trees and the green grass, what else can we say. Very impressive indeed!

My only humble plea is this, please no more Hibiscus Festival or any other festivities to be held at that park.

The Vodafone Arena should be the venue for all activities and events. I’m pretty sure the new grass turf will be so happy not to be interfered with, stamped on or scattered with rubbish any more.

A one-day event such as overseas dignitaries who visit Fiji, military parades, rugby, soccer, cricket and other sports are fine to be played at Albert Park, (if weather permits).

Let’s keep Albert Park green. Let’s “go green”.

Noise and its effects on children

Suliasi Bola, Suva

Noise is any unwanted sound and is often dismissed simply as a “nuisance.” However, noise can become harmful when it interferes and disrupt child’s learning in school. Some schools have noise levels (1-3) where children should adhere to, but to no success.

Teachers are concerned about noise level in most of our schools which can pose a serious threat to a child’s physical and psychological health, including learning and behaviour.

Research shows that noise can interfere with speech and language development. Repeated exposure to noise during critical periods of development may affect a child’s acquisition of speech, language, and language-related skills, such as reading and listening.

Secondly it can impair learning because of the inability to concentrate in a noisy environment.

Thirdly it impairs a child’s hearing. A child will feel a buzzing sound in the ear and this is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss because it resulted from prolonged exposure to high levels of noise.

Where is the gap? At home it’s silence and typical speech. At school, teachers expect the same, but between homes and school is a busy city traffic, loud music inside the bus, walk-mans, jack hammer, ambulance, etc.

No wonder children speak loudly or raise their voices in school.

Our teachers will continue to struggle to create a quiet learning environment. Who knows in the near future our children will be wearing child-sized hearing protection aid, such as earplugs or earmuffs as part of their school uniform.

Another way

Peggy Thomas, Pacific Harbour

In order to minimise time and unnecessary traffic jams every time an accident occurs on our roads may I suggest that Police use the aid of Quads to photograph the scene of the accident like they do at murder scenes.

If we do have competent forensics officers in our CIS it would not be too difficult to ascertain who was and was not the perpetrator and takes up too much time.

The presence of too many officers with tape measures just looks archaic. Besides are we not using the use of cameras to book traffic offenders or are they just set up for show?

The carnage then can be moved aside for the traffic to disperse.

My family and I still encounter many vehicles causing dangerous driving whenever we are on the road without fail. Either they know something about those cameras or just do not consider the lives of other motorists.

I have texted the LTA so many times with licence plate numbers, time and make of the vehicles and yet we have seen the same vehicles causing undue life threatening manoeuvers time and time again.

The main culprits are buses and government vehicles. Have they been given the right to be monsters on the roads?

Please, do something about the double standards and have consideration for us as well.

There are some very professional Quad operators in Fiji so perhaps you should seek their expertise. I rest my case.

Blood economy

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

The right to life is the most fundamental of all human rights.

Without this basic right, the right to clean air and water, the right to food and shelter, the right to education, freedom and free speech are all meaningless.

In some countries, this right to life is taken away by the court if the person commits a serious crime like murder, treason and so on. But no court, government or nation has the right to deny life to innocent civilians who have done no harm to anyone.

The Stockholm International Peace Research institute or SIPRI monitors and keeps track of arms sales and transfers worldwide.

In the two years from 2009 and 2010, SIPRI records that the top five Arm producing US companies made a combined sale of over US$280 billion. This is over $580 billion Fijian. Yet this figure does not include the 41 other US Arms producing companies listed in the world’s top 100. The US arms sale represented 31 per cent of the world’s total arms sale then.Three years later in 2013, the US arms sale has surpassed the 53 per cent mark of the world’s total arms sale.

It is not an exaggeration to say that the US economy seriously thrives on war or on the intention for war. If there are no wars or build-up to war, the US economy will lose these hundreds of billions of dollars annually and may eventually collapse.

For this reason, we are not crazy to assume that whoever becomes President of the USA will always remain a puppet to those who truly control the economy, the arms producers and bankers that finance them.

The USA’s lies about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction igniting the Iraq invasion and giving birth to ISIL was therefore vital to sustain its economy.

A small fraction of this arms trade would have been enough to solve all of world’s hunger and implement sustainable and reliable systems of food sources.

It would solve problems faced by the UN in regard to the world’s refugee crisis.

But such an environment would bring stability and peace to various under privilege regions of the world dramatically affecting the profitability of wars.

Here in Fiji, Bainimarama’s Fiji First government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on education and hundreds of millions more on infrastructure. The only notable arms purchase we made was through a $19 million Russian aid and all that was to assist in our contribution towards world peace.

In light of this factor, I suggest that no one preach to us about our human rights record when the real abusers of these rights are sitting there plain and clear, but yet made so untouchable by these same critics who prefer to turn a blind eye to.

Unexpected weather

Kirti Patel, Lautoka

The weather on Monday was not something that was digested well by many.

It was a sudden unexpected burst of rain and wind. It seemed more like a cyclone than the effects of the low pressure.

We hear that another low pressure is being formed and since the cyclone season is just round the corner, and it would be wise to be vigilant and well prepared. The weather yesterday has indicated something.

We have seen the devastating effects of Cyclone Winston and no one would want to go through that horrible ordeal again. I hope in this rainy season parents keep their children under close care and keep a tab of them.

Simple instruction like not to let children go near creeks, drains and sea in the rough weathers are sometimes being ignored thus ends up with some tragedies.

Everybody’s life is precious and it is not wise to let it go because of some silly decisions and stupidity.

While being careful, let us start preparing and securing our houses and other things should the next cyclone rear its ugly head towards us.

Let not overconfidence be a problem for further destruction. Every little thing matters when it comes to securing our houses. 

Let’s pray for the best, but it always pays to be prepared.

Robocon

Joji O Toronibau, Tunuloa

I observed with curiosity the Robocon completion in Bangkok and it was startling indeed.

Malaysia was up against China and Malaysia became victors.

To our fearless boys from USP, despite facing colossal challengers and pressures we only wish those going to Japan come 2017 the best.

Pinktober

Neelz Singh, Lami

Yes, it’s Pinktober: Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In the spirit of awareness-raising, I’d like to make you all a little more aware of what awareness campaigns are actually making you aware of.

Breast cancer was a disease spoken about behind closed doors, not something one would acknowledge in public.

Women had little support, and there was little understanding or acknowledgement of the emotional ramifications of suffering from the disease, or the emotional trauma of losing one or both breasts.

Many women suffered in silence with a deadly disease they considered shameful.

Women today feel more empowered to take control of their health, and not ashamed to seek help. And, to this day, these organisations dedicated to breast cancer awareness give women with breast cancer (and their loved ones) a feeling of community and support.

These are all undeniably excellent developments that have greatly benefited women with breast cancer.

But for now, let’s put the pinkwashing aside, and focus on the goals of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Give generously with a cheerful heart to support a worthy cause.

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