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I READ with horror that we are 4th on the list of 20 countries with regards to partner violence.
With all the religious denominations in Fiji preaching about how to live good lives, we have these stats.
We are also supposed to be an educated lot, but we lack basic skills of being good partners.
Why? Is something missing from the lives of these people?
We have so many NGOs spreading the news about violence against women and children.
We often read about villages, rural areas and settlements that have undergone change for the better.
But no, violence in the home continues.
When in town doing my shopping I have often encountered couples having an open argument in public. And there are times when I have seen parents beating their children in public.
This always shocks me.
But thanks to the people who did the survey, we are now armed with data which we can work with to counter violence in the home.
Sera L May
I am writing to balance some of the rather negative implications to the Ministry of Health initiative in reducing the cervix cancer burden in Fiji.
The FT article titled "Cervix cancer screening can have false positives" is a very unfortunate choice of title.
All medical screening tests have false positives, thus, all screening tests need to be processed to either confirm the true positives or to reduce the negative impact of false positives (i.e to reduce the risk of over-treatment).
These processes exist within our cervix cancer screening protocols.
Fiji has a high incidence of cervix cancer and for many years Fiji has been using the Pap smear service to screen for cervix cancer.
The visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) program has been introduced to complement the Pap smear service.
VIA screenings were first introduced to Fiji in 2011 and found to be a cost-effective, easy to perform and feasible option for outreach efforts, especially to women in rural communities.
It helps to build up networks that will allow us to do screening in a more coordinated manner so as to have a more focused impact on reducing the cervix cancer burden.
More importantly, the VIA screening allows for patients to immediately receive results and thereby accept appropriate counselling and management of treatment.
"We want women to come for screening regularly because the number of cervical cancer cases in Fiji has created a lot of fear with the ministry," said Dr. Isimeli Tukana of the MoH Wellness Unit in the FT article titled "Cancer Fear" by Nanise Loanakadavu, December 6, 2012.
The last thing we want is for incorrect perceptions to turn women away from cervix cancer screening.
Please encourage yourselves, your mothers, sisters, daughters, and female friends to partake in routine cervix cancer screenings, every three years. Screenings can be accessed at all MoH hospitals and most health centres in Fiji.
I am praying that this letter will be sufficient to reassure women that cervix cancer screening in Fiji is part of a well-thought-out process that focuses on improving the health and lives of our women.
Dr James Fong
Fiji Medical Association
Fiji Cancer Society
More rooms please
IT is my humble request if more hostels/accommodations for young women can be built in Lautoka. Most of us got transferred to Lautoka because of employment opportunities, while our family reside in Suva.
This can be a very difficult situation, especially for us who are single and in our mid-twenties.
Presently, I think that the only accommodation available for Girls is the YWCA.
Rent can be very expensive nowadays and it is also very difficult to find places to rent in Lautoka.
If only Lautoka City have more hostels to accommodate especially the young women, not forgetting young men who are transferred from Suva or even as far as Vanua Levu and the outer islands and even those right from the interior who find travelling every day to work a bit of a hassle, then only can life be simple for us.
Many of us live with relatives and this can be a bit challenging since we want some free time and space to ourselves, and of course, less spending, so that more financial assistance can be directed to our own family. For instance in the Capital City, we have hostels and apartments nearly everywhere, likewise in Nadi.
Why can't we have the same in Lautoka? Isn't Lautoka a city already?
I thank the YWCA for having the initiative to provide accommodation for single girls in Lautoka. Therefore, we would really appreciate it if more organisations or businesses can do the same, so that although we may be far from our homes, we are able to find accommodation somewhere safe and affordable.
A lot to offer
THE district town of Rakiraki is certainly a place to visit, work and live. It's rural settings and beautiful mountains and sea surrounding is ever attracting locals and visitors alike.
The tax-free zone offered by government between Ra and Korovou offers many opportunities for development in tourism, agriculture, fisheries etc.
However, a lot is needed to promote the district and utilise the area.
We urge present and future government's to establish an airport and sea entry for visitors and locals to see what Ra can offer more than what it's producing today.
The areas such as Naroko, Saivou, Tokaimalo, Nakorotubu and Wainibuka can contribute significantly to the nation's economy.
IT is interesting to read the comments made by the secretary of Methodist Church regarding the Sunday ban of the so-claimed "traditional drink", yaqona.
If only those church leaders trace back the foundational truths of the ceremonial roots of kava which were mainly used in the pre-Christian era by our forefathers who were worshiping those ancestral gods, Degei, Dakuwaqa etc.
I blame those early Christian missionaries who did not teach our people that Christ is never offered kava sacrifices but is worshiped in "spirit and in truth".
The unfortunate thing now is that the traditional churches have doctrinally manufactured and accepted yaqona as a form of worshiping church talatala, believing they are doing it to God.
I salute Reverend Tuikilakila for boldly standing by the Word of God in declaring that our body is not for cigarette and yaqona, which according to the Bible and health teachings, can harm the spirit and the body.
It is saddening to hear that some Methodist leaders are trying to compromise God's commands in "submitting to all authorities" by ignoring the ordained and anointed leader's instructions of yaqona ban.
If other Christians have refrained from it, why can't others simply define the teaching of Jesus and His kingdom and the teachings of traditions of man in this worldly kingdom?
As you travel to the West along the Queens Rd, you can see the evidence of global warming along the coastlines.
We should be travelling on water soon if we don't take heed now.
Villages along the coast should start planting mangroves or build sea walls to prevent further damage on the coastlines.
I have come across many service stations which have the free wi-fi internet service.
But isn't that deemed to be quite dangerous keeping in mind that it is advised to keep electronics such as cellular phones and laptops switched off while at the stations?
Early to bed
I THINK that advertisement on one of the television channels doesn't quite work during the school holidays because the children at my home sleep after making us go to bed, not giving me a chance to watch my movies.
THREE guys were having a basin under the sekoula tree when one of them said he would be home alone for Christmas and new year.
The other two then said they would look after him. Then the first guy said, "Yeah, our family dog can look after all of us." Talk about being in the festive mood.
CAN I kindly request the Lautoka City Council to permanently cover an open manhole at Kuata St, Simla?
This manhole happens to be right in front of our driveway and it poses a great safety risk to passers-by and vehicles driven in and out of our premises, specially when darkness falls.
I have utmost faith in the council and hope my concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
LAST year when I was renewing my driving licence the man serving me asked for my phone number.
I said I had no phone. Mobile? No. The idiot exclaimed incredulously, "How do you live?" And I'm sure he was in his teens before such phones became common.
IN October this year my friends were coming back from Sydney. The service with a smile from one of the cabin crew namely Naomi was perfect.
I do not know who recruited you because I would suggest him or her to employ more people like Naomi who make our airline proud. Keep up the good work.
I WOULD like to share my story about a dispute between my neighbour and my family over a driveway.
Twenty-one years ago I was born into this wonderful middle class family living in the middle class district commonly known as Valelevu in the wonderful province of Naitasiri and part of Nasinu Town.
Living in my neighbourhood was not simply like a normal housing district but it felt like family, where each and every person cared for each other and shared just like in any normal village culture.
This humble way of living was invaded by two outsiders.
Ever since I learnt how to walk, I have been walking up and down our driveway and would only come up the driveway in a taxi or a private car when necessary or when I was riding in one.
I do have to tell you walking up our driveway was a huge task as pointed to us by our family and friends that came over. So far as our knowledge could take us, our driveway was a shared driveway, shared between my family and the family living next to us.
It was sad that they left last year and had their home sold to a businessman from overseas who is a new neighbour now with his wife.
I definitely missed the sweet taste of "sawai" in the past Eid celebration and to make it worse, our new neighbour brought in quite a bitter life for us. Simply because he brought his way of life from overseas and tried to force it on all of us.
Now he claims that the driveway is owned by himself and has stated that it is a private driveway. All I could say was "hello, do you understand the term 'common driveway'".
He put up sign stating private driveway and no entry and had a small half way gate placed in the middle of the driveway and only he could bring up cars.
Looking at the sign I felt like I was living in the estates in Pacific Harbour but too bad we are still in the middle class district.
We have written to all relevant departments but with a little progress so far, the half way gate is still there.
I feel like my home has been invaded.
It seems like we middle class families need to move a bit lower because it seems like businessmen are exploiting our low cost housing or something like that.
All I can say, "is there anyone out there who can help us". This seems like a fight for who has the deepest pockets and for my new neighbour, its my driveway or the highway.
FIJI 7s coach, Ben Ryan stated after the "sikoni" at the South Africa 7s that "11 wins out of 12 is not bad".Really?
Could Mr Moses Mani then help Ben find the correct term to describe the slip on the overall IRB Series standings from 2nd to 3rd? Very bad? Oops?
Finding the term would be easier if my bhaiya Mani had his grog chaser dished out on the Plate won at the South Africa 7s.
Seasons greetings to all the All Blacks fans.
THE laid-back or casual attitude with which the Fiji 7s team took on Samoa is what plagues our rugby teams.
No amount of work by any overseas coach be it Ben Ryan or other, will produce an A Team if mental prep is not addressed fully.
This problem should really be addressed now from the Kaji rugby level.
If it is 7s rugby than players should be "taught" to play their very best for 7-10 minutes.
Is that too much to ask? The team is representing the country Fiji. It is not a dance display of talents for scouts in the rugby world.
The priority is to do your very best for Fiji at all times, on and off the field.
The public deserve better than the usual field report of excuses.