Letters To The Editor 27th December 2016

Christmas To New Year Celebrations Floyd Robinson, Suva As attention shifts from Christmas to New Year celebrations, it’s an opportune time to look back at some moments of 2016. Without
27 Dec 2016 11:00
Letters To The Editor 27th December 2016

Christmas To New Year Celebrations

Floyd Robinson, Suva

As attention shifts from Christmas to New Year celebrations, it’s an opportune time to look back at some moments of 2016.

Without a doubt severe Tropical Cyclone Winston abruptly inflicted devastation and fear at a scale perhaps not previously experienced in Fiji.

Despite this, the whole nation stood by each other in prayers and thoughts as media reports, including pictures, began pouring in.

The international community responded with our big brothers, Australia and New Zealand, wasting no time in attending to some of the worst affected communities.

One also pays respect to Osea Sivo, a regular Letters to the Editor contributor, who lost his life at the height of severe TC Winston.

I miss reading his contributions. If there was one moment that national went a little crazy, it is without a doubt the gold medal victory at the Rio Olympics.

Even to this day, larger developed sporting nations cannot comprehend how Fiji achieved this with a small budget.

The humility and perseverance of Ben Ryan and team is admirable.

On the soccer pitch, Roy Krishna scored Fiji’s goal against Mexico. Perhaps a magical moment soccer fans and the man from Labasa will find hard to forget.

The miracle water in Tailevu drew interest as by the day, thousands flocked to the site, eagerly awaiting their turn. Some of stories and pictures of healing cannot be explained by science.

In the rugby community, two great sevens coaches (Eddie Waqa and  Lote Rasiqa) were suddenly called to rest.

In the 15s community, Reverend Rinakama, is retiring from coaching. This gentleman took Nadroga rugby to greater heights, producing some of the best 15s and 7s players.

Many are unaware of the crucial role he played in terms of our national 15s team to the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

The stories and highlight of 2016 will continue. All in all, what a year it was, but before it ends do not forget to reflect on the moments and highlights of 2016.



Stop! Damaging And Destroying Utilities

Chandra Prakash Singh, Suva

As citizens of this country, we all should protect and look after every property of Government, municipal councils and other institutions in the same manner as we take care of our possessions.

A lot of money, time, machinery and manpower is spent in providing improved services by various organisations and people must feel as belonging to them instead of showing the ‘Don’t Care Attitude’.

Hospitals, health centres, schools, airports, roads, bridges, jetties, markets, bus stands, Police Stations, and other facilities are built  for the  benefit of people.

Similarly, there are road signs, signboards, traffic lights, street lights, water metres, water pipes, footpaths, bus shelters, roads, electricity posts, water pipes/ metres, telephone booths and telephone/electricity power lines that also serve citizens on daily basis.

Without these facilities you can experience difficulty and this will only happen when you simply do not show courtesy and damage such resources.

Few irresponsible  people have the habit of damaging street lights, spray painting sign boards, removing road signs, damaging bus shelters, twisting  railings alongside bridges/roads, cutting water pipes, spray painting footpaths/ bus shelters, stealing/damaging plants, hanging shoes on power lines, writing inside buses, scratching private/ public transport and other mischievous acts.

These habits do not in anyway improve a livelihood of people instead it hurts everyone including those who commit such acts.

Think about the Tropical Cyclone Winston on February that caused extensive damage to private homes, livestock, crops, buildings and utilities of Government including other organisations in several parts of Fiji.

Life virtually came to a standstill and became unpleasant, disturbing, uneasy, unhealthy and traumatic because without many resources, our daily needs came to a halt.

Those who think of damaging any facilities should never forget that fearful night and within a few hours it destroyed many parts of  our country’s resources that took so long to build by the people and for the people with local and overseas funding.

Similarly if you destroy/damage any facilities; as humans, it will drastically affect performance of various tasks on a daily basis.

A sound understanding and information about an issue can enable you to know correctly why it takes certain amount of time to provide the best results without further problems.

Government and other organisations have to spend an enormous amount of money and utilise a lot of manpower to bring everything back to normal when any sort of destruction is caused. This takes some time because repair work cannot be completed in a week.

Let not a destructive feeling cross your mind and before making any wrong move, think twice whether by disturbing or damaging any facilities it would give you any happiness or make you rich?

Do not indulge in bad deeds but be a part of being a damage controller instead of a trouble maker.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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