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Letters To The Editor, 18th October 2017

Gender-based violence Ecelini Naivadra, Namadi Violence against women, young women and girls is an issue that begins primarily in the minds of men and not women. Hopefully, through the recently
18 Oct 2017 12:06
Letters To The Editor, 18th October 2017

Gender-based violence

Ecelini Naivadra, Namadi

Violence against women, young women and girls is an issue that begins primarily in the minds of men and not women.

Hopefully, through the recently launched ‘Man Up’ campaign, men in Fiji can begin to take ownership of the problem and come up with innovative solutions. At the same time, the Samoa initiative of a National Commission of Inquiry into domestic violence is worth considering locally.

Motorists speeding

Ronnie Chang,  Nadi

I am deeply troubled!

During my early morning brisk walks from Martintar to Namaka, I am extremely alarmed with the speeding by many motorists.

The Martintar to Namaka stretch of the Queens Road has seen its fair share of silly accidents, by speeding and impatient motorists. No less than three lives have since been claimed in recent weeks.

Common-sense tells all licenced drivers that the speed limit in built-up areas is generally 50 km/hr or unless otherwise indicated. The ever-growing number of new vehicles on a daily basis is mind-boggling.

The marked absence of high visibility presence of law enforcement officers is a cause for much alarm. There must be a proportionate increase in officers concerned to adequate monitor and control all traffic infringements.

The absence of adequate pedestrian crossings from Martintar to Namaka is hard to remotely understand. How many more innocent human lives must we sadly lose before some concerted action is realised?

The Namaka market intersection is one of the busiest.

I cordially invite the heads of all law enforcing units to carry out an immediate survey and bring about safety that’s owed to all road-users alike. Common sense must prevail, forthwith.

Diwali pollution

Wise Muavono,  Lautoka

More than light and colours, Diwali in Fiji is becoming a festival of noise and pollution.

For most people lighting of fireworks is the highlight of Diwali.

The brighter the sparkles, the louder the noise, the greater the thrill! In fact, to many of us, these aesthetic forms of light seem so appropriate and most essential when celebrating the ‘Festival of Lights’.

But little do people realise that in our increasingly populated and polluted towns, the temporary joy of watching the fireworks is soon replaced by the intense air pollution caused by them.

The toxic substances used in the fireworks release toxic gases that are harmful to the health of all living beings. The high level of noise generated by the crackers cause immense suffering to birds and animals. Besides, Diwali crackers are dreaded by the sick and the ailing.

The Ministry of Environment needs to re-look at the type of fireworks being imported.

Overseas visas

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,  Suva

Fijians wishing to travel overseas should consider applying for a visitor’s visa to popular destinations like Australia and New Zealand this month, using the Rugby League World Cup as the reason for the visit.

Also the 2017/18 World Sevens series is coming up and other destinations like Canada and USA could be applied for.

You don’t need a sponsor to apply for a visa, but one needs to show that you have enough funds to cater for your intended visit plus satisfying the other requirements from the embassy of the country you are applying to.

When the door for employment seems to be closed for you here in Fiji, there is no harm in thinking outside the box, and taking that leap of faith through getting an overseas visa and kill two birds with one stone.

Take your trade certificates and work references with you and contact possible employers out there, who may be willing to go that extra mile in sponsoring you for a work permit.

There are also Fijians out there who are willing to set up work opportunities for you, if they can trust you to work hard and not let them down having recommended you.

You will never find out, if you don’t take that step of faith outside the box.

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