Letters To The Editor, 30th March 2017

Colo-i-Suva welcome board Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori Tourism is our largest foreign exchange earner and it is therefore important that we provide correct and accurate information to these visitors, even if
30 Mar 2017 09:51
Letters To The Editor, 30th March 2017

Colo-i-Suva welcome board

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

Tourism is our largest foreign exchange earner and it is therefore important that we provide correct and accurate information to these visitors, even if this information may appear insignificant to many of us.

While the Department of Forestry deserves to be congratulated on the upgraded facilities now provided at the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, I find the newly erected sign-board at the park’s main gate to be potentially misleading.

The board shows pictures of the waterfalls in the park and the photos of four birds.

Any visitor would assume that all these can be found at the park.

While many of these things shown on these photos are actually found at the park, the photo of the pretty orange bird on the bottom right corner of the board is that of a “Bune” or “Orange Fruit Dove” (Ptilinopus victor).

It is only found on Vanua Levu and Taveuni and a few nearby islands and no where else on earth.

The only place on Viti Levu where you can find this bird is in the caged confinement of Kula Eco Park at Sigatoka.

I just feel sorry for all keen “bird-watching tourists” who may spend hours at the park trying to see or photograph something that does not exist there.

A few Department of Forestry employees in the field of park rangers and etc, have worked with Dr Dick Watling, Mareqeti Viti or Birdlife International on various conservation projects and are fully aware of this.

But it appears that none of them may have been consulted in choosing which photos to use.

If photos on this welcome board were chosen solely for their colourfulness and looks, then we might as well throw in a Bengal Tiger and an African Cheetah as well.


No barrier to education 

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

Absolutely correct and rightly applicable in a developing nation as ours, education and schooling has no barrier. But inspiring and great to read of the graduates from the Sustainable Livelihood Project Training Programme with certificates in basic cookery and pastry, tailoring, screen printing, carpentry, etc, from the Labasa FNU Campus last Friday.

The majority of these graduates were in their late 40s with the eldest being a 65-year- old, the 326 Certificate graduates have benefitted from one of these many Government initiatives, but where are our youths or the younger generations who are unemployed and unproductive.

Very happy and proud faces indeed from our women and men folk from Vanua Levu in their graduation photos in the Fiji Sun, Monday, March 27 on page 17, it is something worth the celebration after being equipped with the necessary tools of the trade.

I would like to ask all our Fijian parents to please encourage your children to make it work for them and attend one of our vocational training institutions throughout the country to qualify them for a Trade Certificate to start with their individual lives productively and progress from thereon.


QVS allegation

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy must have done his homework, in order to reveal in parliament last Friday that the Queen Victoria School (QVS) Old Boys network got connected with one of the staff at QVS, photocopied admission forms, bypassed the Principal and enrolled 200 students (Fiji Village 28/3).

With all due respect to the Education Minister, his serious allegation does not make sense as QVS has been under the spotlight lately, where the Government wants accepted students from outer islands to enrol in the boarding school.

The Ministry of Education has vowed to ensure that the old system where the “whom you know” and “children or family members of old scholars” are given preference, do not exist anymore!

So to reveal in Parliament that the QVS Old Boys network bypassed the principal and enrolled 200 students, if true, means the Ministry of Education had been sleeping on the job.

As an old boy, I do not believe that the QVS Old Boys network would go behind the Ministry of Education and enroll 200 students and we all want to know the truth of this matter.


The marijuana trade

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

If smoking and cultivating marijuana is something that people are going to continue to do and it is not having a significant adverse effect on their lives or endangering the public, then maybe it’s time to start seriously considering taking steps towards decriminalisation of its use. Don’t you think?


Repair costs

Sukha Singh, Labasa

I would like to know from the Fiji Sugar Corporation board, which company or companies did the estimation of the Rakiraki Sugar Mill repairs.

Wouldn’t it be possible to just extract the juice and transport the juice to the mill? After all we are all trying to save money for the country. I have some other brilliant suggestions but the FSC board may not like them.


Pirate rentals

Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

We still have problems with illegal private cars operating as taxis in Lautoka. Now we also have legal rental cars joining the trade. I found out that some people can get a rental car for $50/$60 a day then they run it as illegal taxis. Looks like desperate times calls for desperate measures.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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