Letters To The Editor 11th September 2018

Proposed Rezoning Willard Miller, Suva It should be obvious why residents and home owners along the cliff side of Princes Road, who have no financial interest in vacant lots at
11 Sep 2018 15:07
Letters To The Editor 11th September 2018

Proposed Rezoning

Willard Miller, Suva

It should be obvious why residents and home owners along the cliff side of Princes Road, who have no financial interest in vacant lots at the top of Ellis Place, oppose rezoning from ‘Residential A’ to ‘Commercial C’.

None of my neighbours are in favour of this proposal and certainly owners of homes nearest 147 Princes Road do not want a parking lot and supermarket with second storey apartments overlooking their private yards and swimming pools.

Less obvious is why the Suva City Council and the Director of Town and Country Planning see fit to entertain this ill-conceived plan.

Apparently, no attempt was made by SCC last month to individually notify neighbourhood ratepayers. Some are still unaware of what is afoot.

During the past year and a half there have been at least three objectionable building proposals for sites within shouting distance from my residence.

All of which involve high-end apartment units: 20 units at 131 Princes Road, 32 units at 121 Princes Road and now seven units atop a supermarket at 147 Princes Road.

Banning the sale of residential land to foreigners several years ago has had the perhaps unintended consequence of a boom in multi-million-dollar freehold strata apartment proposals that will irreparably alter Suva’s Residential A zoned Tamavua ridge if allowed.

Why allow gross overdevelopment of residential lots along Princes Road where traffic already slows to a halt during rush hours?

Aren’t there already enough luxury freehold strata apartment units under construction in Suva without despoiling Tamavua ridge?


Cinema Prices

Amrit Singh, Bau Road

It is quite amazing to know the prices of snacks and other food items at our two most popular cinemas.

The price of Thumbs Up chips is nearly $5 inside a cinema in Fiji and in the supermarket, it costs $2.

Guess what! You are not allowed to take food items into any cinema around Fiji if it is not purchased from them.

Why are consumers forced to pay hefty prices inside a cinema and yet consumer rights are violated because the right to choose is not there.

If I buy a bottled coca cola range product from a supermarket, I am not allowed to take it inside the cinema even though I bought the ticket from that particular cinema.

Why is this tax or so-called vat passed onto the consumers?

Can the Consumer Council answer this? Why are these people robbing poor people?

Insane prices at cinemas and yet we are deterred from taking our food items bought from elsewhere.

Where is the right to choose?

Does human and consumer rights exists ?

Or is it just a myth like Santa Clause!

I hope the Consumer Council can rectify these. Prices at Damodar cinemas and Life Cinemas are a joke. All costs are passed onto our heads and we are not allowed to take outside snacks there.


Memories Live On 

Floyd Robinson, Suva

There are several radio personalities who come and go, but there are few who leave a mark and touch the souls of audiences of all cultural backgrounds from across the nation.

Irshad ‘Tukuna o Boy’ Hussein of MixFM radio was a class of his own and will be sorely missed by audiences across the nation.

He may have departed, but he will leave a legacy. He just had that personality, which made listening to MixFM a joy to tune into.

He was well known for greetings in local dialects and Pacific Islands languages.

A big vinaka levu to MIX FM for having Irshad on board and the team members for supporting, as well, as working with him.

Appreciation to his family also for raising Irshad and allowing him to do best what he was best at.

So long Irshad and farewell. He may have passed on, but his memories will live on.


Best write up 

Farmaan Ali, Nadi

Early Monday morning and I read this article (Why Bringing Back the Great Council of Chiefs is a Lost Cause) by Nemani Delaibatiki. Makes my day.

Please keep writing logical like this so that my iTaukei brothers and sisters do not get carried away by people like Niko.

You are a legend.


World Suicide Prevention Day 

Neelz Singh, Lami

Is observed on September 10 each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides.

Various events and activities are held during this occasion to raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death.

Fiji is not behind when suicide cases are accumulated.

Many individuals commit suicide. For every person who commits a suicide more may attempt to end their lives.

Suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death which is influenced by psycho-social, cultural and environmental risk factors that can be prevented through worldwide responses that address these main risk factors:

 Decrease stigmatisation regarding suicide.

 Reduction of stress or other family or finical burden

 Less attention in society or knowledge about suicide.

Possible preventative measures are listed below:

 Launches of publications about suicide awareness and prevention.

 Media programmes promoting suicide awareness and prevention.

 Training courses about suicide and depression awareness.

 Counseling.

Suicide prevention is an umbrella term for the collective efforts of local citizens organisations, mental health practitioners and related professionals to reduce the incidence of suicides.

Such efforts include preventive and proactive measures within the realms of medicine and mental health, as well as public health and other fields.

Suicide prevention interventions fall into two broad categories: Prevention targeted at the level of the individual and prevention targeted at the level of the population.

The hope is to prevent such an act.

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