Letters To The Editor, 19th June, 2018

China’s MBHS grant Joseph R Kamali, Namaka, Nadi Fiji Sun’s edition on Saturday June 2nd, 2018, references a grant of $8 million from the Chinese government towards the redevelopment of the
19 Jun 2018 15:34
Letters To The Editor, 19th June, 2018

China’s MBHS grant

Joseph R Kamali, Namaka, Nadi

Fiji Sun’s edition on Saturday June 2nd, 2018, references a grant of $8 million from the Chinese government towards the redevelopment of the Marist Brother’s High School (MBHS) ground.

We give our sincere gratitude to the Government and the People’s Republic of China through our ambassador, together with the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama for the generous donation. The Chinese ambassador linked the grant to China’s One Belt One Road programme and the Marist gift is a China Belt Road Initiative.

Funded by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), China’s development outlay from Asia to Africa will be US$1 trillion (FJ$2.08tr) by 2020.

A new chapter of economic development and prosperity greets developing nations on a scale not fully understood by many today.

Neighbours, Australia and New Zealand, are among the first to join the AIIB.

As students of MBHS in the early 1950s, the school, through that ground, developed great teams in athletics, rugby, soccer and cricket.

Athletic high performers like Sakiasi Nagani Vavulagi, Joe Tokuna, Karen Mafatolu, Dan Veitata, Jone Makasiale, John Vavala and many scores of athletes pounded the turf of the ground with training sessions and practices.

Holistic education was the theme. Academic performance, with time, was matched by sporting activities and record results. A multiracial school with highest order at the time.

The Chinese Government at the Beijing Olympics spent US$62 billion (FJ$128.74bn) on their Olympic complexes. Their performance at the World Olympics speaks for itself. Fiji looks forward to a long and happy relationship with the Chinese Government.

As for the Prime Minister, words of gratitude are not enough.

EFL shares

Satish Patel, Suva

Seeing all the people receiving the EFL shares, no other Government had the ability to think up of  something like this. No one before this Government had such modern and forward way of thinking and neither the old faces in the running to form Government now have this line of thinking.

This is better than lamb chops and butter.

Civic pride = Common sense

Spencer Robinson, Suva

It was interesting to read an online article on the Chronicle Journal titled ‘Why civic pride is important?

The authors defined civic pride as ‘having pride in your city, bringing a community together and makes us feel good about where we live.’

It goes on to talk about the examples of civic pride and how a Young Professional Group has put leverage on civic pride to be a top priority in their community.

Over the years, writers to this column have stressed the importance of embracing civic pride through the reduction of littering in Fiji with a view to eliminate such a chronic problem.

I have, on multiple occasions, observed in one our largest municipal markets, the garbage left behind at the conclusion of Saturday marketing. The majority of the garbage is composed of vegetable and crop residues.

Is the problem related to having inadequate rubbish bins provided by the concerned authority or is it simply related to irresponsible vendors? Imagine if civic pride was really embraced, there would be less cleaning up at the end of Saturday marketing.

All in all, civic pride is ‘common sense’ after all. Let us be proud of our communities, towns and cities and put a stop to littering. Have a blessed and safe week.

Carrier service

Bharat Prasad, Suva

I have observed the service being provided by various carrier proprietors when picking up and dropping off school children.

I have found that these carrier drivers do not have any provisions for getting on and off the truck.

The children have great difficulty in getting on and off the trucks.

I therefore request the Land Transport Authority to have a look at this problem because this could lead to serious injuries.

The solution would be to provide for proper steps behind the truck to make it easier for the children to get on and off.

Should this not be available, the driver should personally supervise and if necessary assist the children.

I make this suggestion as a concerned Fijian and for the betterment and safety of the children.

Furthermore, it should be encouraged that the various carrier proprietors be permitted to and allowed to use mini-buses instead of trucks for the cartage of school children.

Confined work space

Satish Nakched, Suva

I was at the CWM Hospital not long ago when four workers from a large and a reputable company were brought in for treatment. Two of them were in a semi-unconscious state and the other two were shaken and confused.

I was informed by one of them that they were working inside an enclosed storage room without any source of ventilation and the place had a large door only.

While they were inside a fuel operated fork hoist was also driven there and because of the fumes emitted from the exhaust system, the four workers inside collapsed as they experienced breathing problems.

Under the laws of Fiji these type of places are classified as confined spaces which are covered in great details in the General Work Place Condition 2003 and a mandatory requirement for the employers to adhere to.

The confined space can be an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is at atmospheric pressure during occupancy and not intended or designed primarily as a place of work. It may have restricted means of entry, may have potentially harmful atmospheric contaminants or an unsafe oxygen level and may cause engulfment.

The employer shall display in a prominent place at or near the means of access, details of all such hazards including details of all types of material or matter stored in or contained in the confined space area. The employer shall ensure, before any work which involves entry into a confined space is commenced for the first time, that a risk assessment is under taken by a competent person either to eliminate or control the risk involved.

The employer must also ensure that the confined space contains a safe oxygen level within the range of 19 to 23 per cent under normal atmospheric pressure.

The employer shall not allow a person to enter the confined space except with express permission to do so ways of an entry permit issued by the competent person. If there is a need for a person to enter a confined space during the performance of work the employer shall ensure that adequate and suitable rescue equipment is provided and maintained.

Appropriate arrangements are in place for the immediate rescue of the person in an emergency situation and persons involved in the work should receive appropriate training and instruction. The employer shall provide information and relevant training for each worker who are required to carry out work in or on a confined space or who are in a support service role.

The employer must also ensure to provide adequate equipment that confirms to the approved standards recognised by the legislation. Generally in Fiji, awareness is very low about working in these specialised area and the employers need to widen their understanding that may eliminate any liabilities should an adverse situation arise.

Car park

Vijay Madhavan, Suva

My wife and I went for dinner at a restaurant on Sunday night.

After entering the car park it took us about 20 minutes to get a car park space, because of the traffic jam in the car park.

The meal would have lasted about 45 minutes. To get out of the car park another 15 minutes.

We were charged $2 parking fees for exceeding the one-hour parking time.

This, I feel, is just to make more money from the patrons.

The authorities should fix this car park problem.

It is unfair.

BLV appointment

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

I fully agree with Tukai Lagonilakeba of Nadi on the above topic (FS17/6)

The President used to be a force in the appointment of Bose Levu Vakaturaga (BLV), but now anyone can be appointed as Head of State, thanks to the 2013 Constitution.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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