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Letters To The Editor, 30th December, 2016

Sailing Fiji Simon Hazelman Savusavu It is strange that our secretary and team manager, Neville Koop, blamed the weather for their poor performance in finishing last in the 2016 Sailing
30 Dec 2016 12:33
Letters To The Editor, 30th December, 2016
Letters To The Editor

Sailing Fiji

Simon Hazelman

Savusavu

It is strange that our secretary and team manager, Neville Koop, blamed the weather for their poor performance in finishing last in the 2016 Sailing Youth World Championship in New Zealand, in the Under-19 Laser Radial class. It’s one of the classes that also sailed in the Olympic Games regattas.

Fiji’s representative who competed in the event is not the best Fijian sailor to represent us so why was he there over better sailors?

It’s a wonder why we can’t be as competitive as other nations, unfavourable weather conditions or not!

Here is a perfect example of why many youths pull out of sporting disciplines because even when they are very competitive and at the top of their disciplines, politics and nepotism take precedence!

 

 

Unsafe car deals,

Neelz Singh,

Lami

I went on request from one of my friends, to look for a new car that he wanted to purchase or upgrade from his old one.

The plan was to look from central side then up to the west.

We visited most of the dealers who are selling second hand cars around the country. Most of the dealers who are in business don’t have much adequate competent staff when it comes to customer service.

Cars are in stock and prices depend on year model and mileage.

We have looked from less mileage but year model as old from 2008, or more mileage but year model from 2012 can fetch for more than $15K + (plus means can exceed as stamp duty registration, legal fee and other accessories).

Then the factor remains when all is done there are minor dents or scratch or lights not working and servicing, as some offer all can be done within same cost but other may charge as well

I still can’t get it as to why second hand cars are so expensive, it was the most erratic and tired experience I have ever had.

Buyers just be careful and get more information about the product before purchase.

Vinaka!

 

 

What a year

Ashneel J Prasad

Auckland, NZ

Wow, 2016!

What a year it has been. Last year, this time around I was keenly waiting for 2016 to arrive, by the end of this year… 2016 had made me more mature and grown up than I had ever wanted to be.

This year was anything but ordinary.

So many things happened. Many things happened in 2016 that I thought to be impossible. Trump won the US elections. John Key resigned.

I coloured my hair, red.

My dad learned (finally) how to use Facebook. Internet mourned the death of an ape. The world cried at the death of Alan Kurdi – a child whose only crime was being a refugee. Leo won his first Oscar.

Pacific got its very own Disney movie. Zika came and then vanished.

Winston happened. More than feelings, people caught Pokémon Go.

A ‘Prince’ died and than a “Princess” Leia passed away.

This Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day, George Michael left this world.

The world is still a very scary place to live in but I’m content.

2016 saw glimpses of hope but also hoardings which was inhumane.

2016 was as same as any other year, but it was more different than any single year.

I don’t know what 2017 may bring – peace or war, love or more hate, more Internet memes or cyber-content monitoring but one thing remains the same – 2016 was perhaps the most difficult it had been.

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