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Letters To The Editor, 4th December, 2016

Passport forms Satish Nakched, Suva When applying for a passport or renewing an old one a form has to be filled. On the form the requirement is that it has
04 Dec 2016 11:24
Letters To The Editor, 4th December, 2016
Letters To The Editor

Passport forms

Satish Nakched, Suva

When applying for a passport or renewing an old one a form has to be filled. On the form the requirement is that it has to be witnessed by someone who had known the applicant for some years. My perception is that if you have known the applicant for less than a year you are not qualified to be a witness. Because on the form, the length of knowing the applicant is quantified in years only.

Nowhere in the form does it says that a Justice of the Peace has to be a witness. Unfortunately, if another person other than the JP signs as a witness it is rejected at the counter of the Fijian Immigration Office. If the requirement has changed the new forms should be designed and circulated with the list of signatories mentioned on it to reflect the new features.

This will greatly help and eliminate the inconvenience that is currently being created.

 

No to co-generation

Saimoni Lutu, Namosi  

At a price tag of US$100million (F$208.38) might as well a Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft, or even better go high tech with a Small Modular Reactor manufactured by Westinghouse and rated at 225MW and can be built in an area as little as 15acres and refuelled every 24 moths.

The fact of the matter is that the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) has completely missed the wave.

It should have have done that 40 years ago when the price of oil was at its peak at USD 120 per bbl. Many things have happened since the price of oil collapsed in June 2014 by roughly 58 peer cent and COP21 confirmed that the days of fossil fuel are numbered.

Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) pricing of electricity is artificially pegged at a level when the price of oil was at its peak and therefore not sustainable, a situation of reverse subsidy of consumed of Fiji. At the General Elections in 2018 the voters may well rebel at this gross injustice and close ranks to express their feelings of the silent majority.

Remember Trump!

Just across the road from Lololo Fiji Pine is facing difficulty with their co-generation exercise – cost overruns, technical difficulties and absolutely no electron of electricity generated. Zilch!

As a shareholder of FSC since 1965, my advice is to take heed of what Management guru Tom Peters always preaches, “stick to the knitting’s” or the old saying, “Fools rush in where angel fear to tread”. I rest my case.

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