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Costs of reconstruction
THE public ought to be asking many questions about the fact that RTA is currently pouring massive amounts of money into total reconstruction of the roads and footpaths around Cost U Less and USP and a few other urban areas.
Is this a quick, easy and profitable way of using up last year's allocation of $450million to the RTA?
What will be the impact on economic growth and development of this flashy largely urban road building?
Why are taxpayers being asked to pay up the bad debts of the bankrupt NZ company in the North?
I have asked this next question before and received no answers from the PS of Finance. I ask again.
Who in government has been charged with monitoring and auditing the huge billion-dollar allocation of taxpayers funds to the RTA for 2013 and 2014?
Professor Wadan Narsey
ON my way to Nadi on Thursday, December 5, 2013, I came across a car stopping in the middle of the Vatukarasa Village bridge along the Coral Coast.
I slowed down and stopped on the other side of the bridge thinking that the driver of that vehicle needed some assistance, as stopping in the middle of the bridge is not allowed.
But lo and behold, as I looked in my rear vision mirror, out opened the front passenger door, and out stepped the passenger and out went a bag full of trash into the river.
Just as quickly, the passenger stepped back into the car and the driver took off towards Sigatoka.
This was about 2pm on a very clear and pleasant afternoon, so there was no problem in noting the registration and make of this vehicle.
This car was a black Toyota Crown private vehicle (I have the registration number which starts with FX) with a rooftop and tinted glass.
What a most irresponsible and shameful behaviour by the driver of this vehicle and his/her passenger. To both of you, a big, big shame.
Violence against women
FIJI and all countries should focus on violence against women.
Also we should educate people to take a few minutes to consider the thoughts of those who disagree with us. Living in Fiji, I found that many people could not abide a differing point of view and actually lashed out physically regardless of gender.
In particular, men need to learn to discuss ideas and differences thoughtfully rather than taking a difference as personal challenge, or even insult!
Yet, we keep harping on diversity! Bula!
Price of mana
PROBABLY everyone loves to eat mana, the best Fijian delicacy from Rewa.
This guy normally comes around to our workplace on a regular period and has been selling mana for quite some time at the cost of $5 a pack.
I always buy a pack when he comes around.
Recently, the price of mana went up to $6 a pack and one of the staff asked the question, why did the price go up during this time of the year?
I neatly remarked that the guy catching these creatures is probably doing a lot of running around in the mangroves as they are moving faster nowadays and also hiding when they see him coming.
I think the $1 increase is justified for all his troubles in the mangroves.
We all burst out laughing and said we will continue buying mana because it's hard to catch these creatures these days.
WE are into the cyclone season and again people were caught offguard with the recent weather reporting.
The flash flooding happened a day before the Fiji Meteorological Service issued the warning.
It was surprising the depression warning was issued and cancelled on the same day.
The website did not contain valid information and no proper warning was issued.
It has been happening for a number of years when weather reporting came late and people faced serious consequences and unnecessary loss of life.
* urge authorities to look seriously into the matter and get experienced and qualified people to the meteorological office.
We should be prepared for 2013-2014 cyclone season and the meteorological office should get its act together because the ordinary people will be counting on you.
I AGREE that the burning of tyres can be so bad that it makes one leave their home to go to other places to get some fresh air.
Here in Nasoki St this is very common.
Having the motor garage just near some houses makes it a highly polluted area at times when the burning tyres pose a threat via its smoke pollution including the rest of the contributing factor such as buses leaving fumes behind and the stench of rubbish probably from nearby disposable areas which is very disturbing during the windy season.
I hope something is done about this kind of smoke pollution which affects not only the people in their area but also our beloved environment which if not controlled will become a health hazard zone for many.
Saturday or Sunday
LETTER writers often admonish us to observe Saturday as the Sabbath. Let us check the Bible to see what is really important.
When Jesus was asked which is the most important commandment, he said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
"And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." That is known as the summary of the law.
It is the entire law; everything else is commentary.
Examining the Ten Commandments indicate that generally it is impossible to break one without breaking the summary of the law; thus, they are binding.
Biblical rules which bear no relationship to the summary of the law are not binding.
Observing Sunday instead of Saturday is a minor matter and does not violate the summary of the law.
Those who advocate observing Saturday rarely mention anything else; one would suppose that it is the centre of their religion.
Such excessive legalism should be avoided and instead, the emphasis should be on the summary of the law.
FRANK R EGGERS
A lot to eat
WE are blessed with the abundance of vegetables, root crops and fruits at the Lautoka market. I told a Fijian (of Indian descent) friend of mine regarding my observation and he replied, "Lailai ga na lavo Wise."
On the roll
BEWARE, the booze bus is now on the roll.
Footpath for all
COULD the government build a footpath for villagers of Nacula koro in Labasa? The koro is about 750 metres from Sangam avenue. In the rainy season the workers, students and everyone has to walk through the mud.
CAN someone answer my question? When will the Rakiraki bridge beside Rakiraki Village be rebuilt?
THE Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, Father Peter Loy Chong, says churches shouldn't influence their members on which political party to choose. You be the judge.
THE person who coined the words, "Violence begets violence," probably didn't know about Nelson Mandela.
OUR hearty thanks to the Fiji sevens team for displaying a much better performance in the last two tournaments. Please people, stop this saga. The team wins, the coach is good and if the team loses then the coach is bad. What we all should do is keep supporting our boys and the coach. We are on track. Go Fiji, go.
Proud of Roy
IT was a very proud moment for us when the wonderboy stamped his mark at the FIFA Club World Cup. Only a handful of Fijians have ever played in the tournament but Roy Krishna took it a step further and did everyone at home proud when he scored a goal. Though he could not stop his team from losing, he did his best in the game and came off the pitch a legend in the making. Thank you Roy, and we wish you all the very best in your footballing career. I only hope that we keep on making stars like Roy that can make our nation gain recognition in the game of football at the global scale and keep on making us proud.
YOUR SAY: Money, rank and life
TEAM manager Ropate Kauvesi said the bonus payments were not a concern.
He said the boys played for the pride of the country.
"We have faith in what we are doing. At the end of the day it is not about what goes into the pocket but what we have for our country.
"The team is all about the people right down from the Lau Group and up to Yasawa and Rotuma," Kauvesi said.
"If we get something we are happy. If we don't then we are still happy. We are doing it for the nation.
"I would like to thank all the families and the general public for coming out in numbers to greet the team. It was fantastic."
Fiji skipper Osea Kolisinau echoed similar sentiments.
Only time will tell.
Money does the talking these days. Gone are the days mentioned above.
WE maybe ranked number 3 at the latest IRB world sevens standings,but for the record there are about four or five rookies making their debut for Fiji in those latest IRB sevens tournaments, especially the fact that no other team in the whole world has ever thrashed the NZ sevens team.
This tiny Pacific Island of Fiji has done that twice, first in 1984 when Ian Duncan's Fiji sevens team thrashed the Kiwis by 28-nil and Ben Ryan's team has bettered that record by 44-nil.
That is a rare feat by any stretch of the imagination.
Lest you forget,the team that was being thrashed was the commonwealth champion and leading IRB series coached by one of the greatest sevens coach in the world. I can tell you this, the Kiwis still do not like that thrashing and that hiding is still haunting them.
The Kiwis maybe leading the IRB sevens series albeit they are on shaky grounds right now.
I wish Ben Ryan and his team and their families a happy and joyous Christmas and a victorious 2014 on all of Fiji's upcoming matches in the IRB sevens series.
THREE lives were lost in the Western Division last weekend and lives will continue to be lost if we do not seriously take heed of weather warnings
Another warning is out today of inclement weather and flooding of waterways.
We are not super heroes and cannot fly over flooded areas so I urge everyone who lives near rivers or creeks or those who have to cross Irish crossings to not tempt fate.
Before you cross a swollen and raging waterway, take the time to think of your loved ones back home.
Stay away and cross when it is safer to cross.
Let us all be extra careful and bear in mind that it is better to arrive late then to be dead on time.
Have a safe Christmas Fiji
I AGREE that a laid-back or vakamalua attitude plagues all sports in Fiji, not only Fiji 7s rugby.
I think it's ingrained in our DNA, particularly given our upbringing on an island. I guess if we teach kids at elementary school level to be more assertive and ruthless, we may end up not liking who they become.
A well-known sports quotation says "winning isn't everything, it's the only thing".
Maybe we are too nice a people to have a killer instinct and start feeling guilty instead. Sorry we won.