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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Letters to the Editor: letters@fijitimes.com.fj

Rock star welcome

AS Fiji's first tourists for 2015, Colorado couple Nick and Danielle Hagel were given a rock star welcome as they walked out of the arrival concourse at Nadi International Airport (FT 1/1).

The couple found the welcome really amazing saying it was a wonderful greeting.

I would like to suggest that every tourist arrival be given the same rock star welcome minus the complementary gift vouchers. The effort is minimal but the consequence will do a great deal for Tourism Fiji.

After all it's the effort and contribution of every single tourist to our shores that adds value to our tourism dollar.

And first impressions most certainly offer a great guest experience.

SIMON HAZELMAN

Savusavu

A better outlook

I REMEMBER my old man saying at one time that the Ministry of Agriculture in Tailevu was as thick as manure, but was only half useful.

That was about ten years ago. Today, I guess things have changed for the better, and I must thank my senior old boy and Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, for the hard work your agriculture staff in Tailevu and Koronivia are putting in to deliver timely, efficient responses to our needs such ascrop damage assessments and finally impregnating our gilt, Sophie, on the third attempt (through artificial insemination, of course).

In anticipation of the new additions in February 2015, there are plans to expand Sophie's pen.

The Ministry of Agriculture will be called upon for assistance and technical advice, particularly from those of us who want to venture into commercial pig farming, albeit on a small scale, and contribute to the local magiti market, which again fell short of meeting consumer demands this festive season.

SAMU RAILOA

Nadi

Modern buses

A COUPLE of weeks ago I went to Nadi. I realised that I would have to travel in one of the new, refrigerated buses, and took winter woollies in a carry bag.

I went down the bus, admiring the wide aisle, past the two refrigeration units, put my bag on the floor and sidled into the slot provided for passengers.

I found that I could not reach the bag on the floor at my feet because the slot was too narrow, but did manage to get into my warm clothes.

The trip was still quite an ordeal, but I arrived quite safely.

I long for the days of natural air conditioning.

At least the sound of the video unit was at a decent, comfortable level.

PETER RODDA

Lami

Potholed roads

HAS anyone noticed? Potholes between Suva and Nausori have been increasing without any interest shown to fix them.

The junction of Ratu Dovi Back Rd entering from Nausori towards Suva, unrepaired road dug by someone in front of Rup's Nine Miles junction, a near trench at the Eight Miles Nasinu bus stop opposite Total Service Station, a few immediately after the temporary Vatuwaqa bridge entering into Flecture Rd, are just a few.

These roads are used every day by Fiji Roads Authority contractors, LTA, police, most of the new Government vehicles and I am sure some of the FRA employees themselves.

Who ensures these are fixed? Who calls up FRA office to lodge a complaint? Why doesn't FRA make frequent rounds on these heavily used roads especially the Suva-Nausori corridor as it might be doing so to check on their contractors currently working on the road widening project from Eight Miles Nasinu to Nausori Airport. Do they?

Vehicle owners dodge these potholes to save their vehicles from falling into one.

Who will take responsibility if this becomes a reason for a major accident?

We need these repaired immediately.

LTA also needs to check on these as these potholes are a major road hazards. FRA needs to be proactive.

UMESH NAND

Nasinu

Drug haul

SINCE drugs been found in bike tyres, what about the importation of used vehicles?

Will the tyres be checked before consignment released and how many years has our country been importing used cars?

Just a thought for the new year.

JOE SAILEKA

Nasinu

Double standards

I WONDER why there are two sets of rules in Fiji.

Some prominent and favourite ones in the civil service are given extensions to continue when they turn 55 years.

This should stop immediately to be fair to others who were given marching orders when they turned 55 years.

The Government should be fair and just to everyone. The Government is for everyone.

I know of one person who was given three years extension and this person is highly diabetic. He is often absent from work. Is this justice?

Whether they are permanent sectaries or ordinary civil servants, one rule should apply to everyone.

PARAS NAIDU

Lautoka

Don't blame the army

IN her New Year address (FT 2/1), the leader of the Opposition seems to blame the military for the harm caused to the nation by the various coups that occurred in Fiji.

The military is not to be blamed for the coups that occurred in Fiji and I therefore wish to shed some light on Fiji's coup history.

The military was merely being used by those bad politicians who lost the general elections prior to those coup events. These are the failed politicians, the chiefs, the iTaukei movement and the churches.

These were the instigators of the 1987 coup and they used Sitiveni Rabuka to exploit their greed and personal vendetta to illegally remove the Labour Government chosen by the people.

Some in the same group of people instigated the 2000 coup and used the Counter Revolutionary Warfare to illegally remove the Labour Government and to put back those who lost the 1999 general election into power.

The iTaukei, the churches and the chiefs all converged at the then Veiuto Parliament complex to support the 2000 coup.

In doing so they directly supported the illegal removal of the Chaudhry Government.

I believe that the Bainimarama coup of 2006 was made to end the coup cycle in Fiji and remove those bad politicians who used the military to get back into power and propel the nation to a truly democratic state.

MALAKAI NADUVA

Labasa

LTA accident tracking

I WAS curious about the registration of the bus that hit a taxi and another vehicle on New Year's Day 2015 at Yasiyasi/Ratu Dovi junction in Nadera, Nasinu.

I sent a message through LTA Facebook page seeking this information. I was politely told that I needed to "contact Fiji police as they handle all incidents and accidents that occur on our roads..."

I thought that LTA as the enforcement agency and licensing authority for public service vehciles would have an interest in any bus or taxi that is subject of an accident.

If I was a regular bus user on the affected route I would be particularly interested in which bus it was. There were some unconfirmed rumours of a brake failure that led to the accident.

JOSUA MUDREILAGI

Nasinu

Teacher load

A LOT has recently been said about teachers and their work. Can someone, please, also look into the afternoon on Saturday classes teachers are compelled to take with no extra pay or safety? Teachers have families too.

ASHNEEL KUMAR

Suva

Old movies

SOMEONE asked why FBC television is always airing TV programs and movies from yesteryears. I said maybe they could not afford present day programs and movies. It does bother me at times but I'm thankful I have a collection of "Sponge Bob."

WISE MUAVONO

Lautoka

MPs' pension

IF we compare the pensions of parliamentarian with that of ordinary workers we can see a huge difference. Only one term in Parliament, even if it is cut short by a coup, they still get a pension. The best thing about the parliamentary pension is that the receiver does not contribute a cent towards the pension. I hope in the next four years someone can bring this subject up in Parliament even though it will be like striking your toe with your own axe.

SUKHA SINGH

Labasa

Fuel prices

I WOULD like to thank the Government and Commerce Commission for the Christmas gift they gave to the public of Fiji by reducing the fuel price before the due time. The world crude price is still falling and I understand the current petrol price in Australia is about $A1.10 cpl and in January we expect our prices to go down further. With the reduction in fuel prices, we expect the cost of goods and services to go down too, including bus, taxi and air fares too.

NARDEO MISHRA

Suva

Drug bust

RUMOUR has it that more people than the two who are in custody are involved. FICAC and the police do not need to look far to identify which businessmen have had a sudden surge in property acquired over a short span of time and compare what they make from their business? Work diligently and honestly to rid our society of this corrupt characters. Some big wigs are involved.

DAN URAI

Lautoka

Yaqona prices

IT has been reported that yaqona prices from the farmers have gone down. That should also reflect the price in the market or retail centres. But hold the phone, the prices have remained the same. The middlemen are getting fat. This is bad ethics in business.

ALLEN LOCKINGTON

Lautoka

Bad buses

THERE is just far too many bus-related mechanical problems on our roads. It is a ticking time-bomb threatening many innocent lives. Can I ask the authorities, bus owners, bus drivers and mechanics to please be vigilant in ensuring vehicles are road-safe.

AISAKE MAUSIO

Nasinu

Overworked systems

WITH much celebrations involving the heavy consumption of food and drinks over the holiday season, there is surely going to be overworked sewerage treatment plants and systems.

Let's hope that this does not worsen the current problems to our sewer lines in the Suva area.

All in all, after the celebrations individuals do have to relieve themselves.

FLOYD ROBINSON

Nasinu

Exciting times

HAVING stepped into 2015, let's ensure an exciting year ahead of us.

We have arrived to a new and fresh space which should allow us to let bygones be bygones and move ahead with positive thoughts and vibes.

This new year, there will be many making plans for the whole year as to how to take each step in each events. Let's hope this year will be different and unique.

For all those who regretted something in 2014 for something or another, you have another chance to prove yourself. We all make mistakes but we also learn from it.

As being said "success is not forever and failure is not fatal".

We also wish this year to unfold with less mishaps such as road accidents, fire tragedies, drownings etc.

We do realise certain things are not in our hands but always precaution is better than cure.

Also let this year be free of hatred and ill feelings towards each other by being forgiving where possible by showing we are stronger as "the weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong".

So let's join hands to make a difference both for ourselves, the people around us and most of all for our beautiful nation Fiji, the way the world should be.

Happy New Year to all.

KIRTI PATEL

Lautoka

Our resolutions

WE are into 2015, and many people will be making resolutions.

Chief among them would be to get fit, lose weight, stop consuming alcohol, stop smoking.

Others will be to spend less money on useless things, eat healthy, more time with the family, renew church commitments, dedicate more time to working better, study hard to graduate, get out of debt etc.

Whatever your resolutions maybe, remember they are promises to yourself. Try not to break them, achieve them. Anyway, may your resolutions come true.

ALLEN LOCKINGTON

Nadi

Hail the police

THE Fiji Police Force must be applauded for the effort it put in during the New Year's Eve celebrations around the country.

To see a high-ranking officer such as Tudravu actually making the rounds in the Capital City speaks volume of the direction the force is taking.

Congratulations and a happy new year to the commissioner and his troops.

MATAIASI BULIVOU

Nausori

Positive attitudes

AS we embrace the new year and put into place new positive attitudes, we should work hard at maintaining them.

Too often when we make resolutions, we end up breaking them.

Let's make 2015 one that we will not forget, one where we are steadfast in our resolve to make our lives better.

To all the students preparing for the new school year, it'd be wise to start revising on your work from last year so that you don't falter when school begins.

To you and your parents, have a happy and prosperous new year.

SIRELI WAINIQOLO

Suva

Tribute to the fallen

I, AS a descendent of the Faddy family formerly of Wainivesi, Tailevu North, wish to thank the President of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the Prime Minister, Ratu Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, and his government for the solemn but moving commemoration ceremony conducted on New Year's eve at the National War Memorial, Veiuto, Suva, to remember the contributions of Fijian families to the World War I war effort.

The roll of honour read out by the President at the ceremony included the names of 124 of Fiji's early sons who paid the ultimate sacrifice and did not return to their homeland.

My grandfather, Norman Faddy, twice awarded the Military Cross in that war, alongside his two brothers, Herbert and Francis and sister, Gertrude, were among the lucky ones to survive and return to Fiji after the war.

They along with other war veterans of the era such as the Harnesses and Lord, pioneered the establishment of the dairy industry in the Wainivesi and Waimaro Valleys that continues today.

It was a moment to cherish to witness the laying of wreaths by our high ranking officials, resident ambassadors and high commissioners in Fiji, including representatives of the Fiji labour corp that included many of our high chiefs, and also representatives of the Royal British Legion in Fiji and of the Fiji Returned Soldiers and Ex-Servicemen Association. While remembering sacrifices during the war, it is easy to forget that women also contributed.

Their story is perhaps exemplified by my grand aunt, Gertrude Faddy, a qualified nurse, who from Levuka answered the call from the British Secretary to the Colonies and independently made her way to England to work as a nursing sister helping to heal the war wounded.

She was honoured for her services with the award of The Royal Red Cross Medal, the highest award to military nurses.

She and her brothers today lie in simple graves at the Old Suva Cemetery

When reflecting on events in Fiji's past, we must ensure that these events help to shape our future.

We, therefore, have to thank our President and Prime Minister for leading Fiji away from its narrow ethnic focus to a more broader outlook that recognises the service and sacrifice of all "Fijians".

REG SANDAY

Suva

LTA service

AN issue I'd like to raise is in regards to the long hours one has to wait before being served at LTA Nausori.

On Monday I was at LTA Nausori branch at 8.45am and by the time my transaction was completed it was almost 1.30pm, now that's really a long wait just to have a vehicle inspected and pay wheel tax isn't it?

What I experienced during this five hours of wait was, there were only two customer service representatives with over an average of plus and minus 50 customers on board.

14 chairs and two benches which could only cater around 20 seats together with congested space of moving around.

TV programs such as Bold And Beautiful which is an adult rated program was aired with no consideration in regards to general public as children were also around.

The security guard himself was acting like the CEO.

It would be much appreciated if the CEO and his team can make a visit to the Nausori branch and experience the above mentioned.

I have seen quite a few cameras in place, try rewinding the activities of last Monday in regards to customer service area and see what's really happening.

SHAMAL CHAND

Nausori

Inspirational Nand

I REFER to the article titled Nand stays positive (FT29/12/14).

Firstly I commend The Fiji Times for highlighting such a positive and inspiring story. Secondly, I commend and thank Mr Daya Nand for being an inspiration to me.

For those that missed the piece, Mr Daya Nand, of Wasavulu, Labasa, had his left leg amputated some 13 years ago.

In his words: "It has been difficult and a real challenge moving around." He depends on his "social welfare assistance for financial support".

To my mind, Mr Daya Nand's inspiring deeds, amongst many I'm sure, are these: Firstly, with the difficulty in his mobility, that has not prevented him from tending to his own vegetable garden. He does this every morning.

In his words: " ... planting vegetables has helped his family in a big way."

His picture depicting this does paint a thousand words!

Secondly, as reported, he said: "Saving little by little over the years had helped put his two children to school."

I found these words of his also inspiring - "It's not about our disability but about being determined and positive about life and know that we can do anything".

From the above, I submit that we in Fiji can learn a lot from Mr Daya Nand. He has chosen (because it's a choice) not to let his disability prevent him from planting his own vegetables. With the little he receives from the State, he has not only supported himself and his family, he has also managed to put some aside for a rainy day.

In contrast, in Fiji today, (both in the urban and rural areas) there are many able bodied men and women who wander the streets and complain every day that the State is not providing enough for them.

Many a passer-by are accosted daily with the constant kerekere for some "spare money". There is this insidious culture of "dependency" (bula vakararavi) that is quite prevalent.

Yet, there is so much unused land in Fiji. Much bigger than Mr Nand's cabbage garden.

In this regard, I ask why is there so much unused land? Why is it that some people with land are still struggling for their daily sustenance? Why is it that to be a farmer is only considered when one cannot get another vocation?

I submit here with total conviction that there is nothing wrong with getting a tertiary qualification and than tilling the land for one's livelihood.

I'm reminded of this story. It goes something like this. Two Asian agricultural officers came to Fiji to conduct some training. They were met at Nadi airport by two of their counterparts from here. They drove to Suva. In most Asian countries, if not all, when one leaves a city centre and drives through rural areas, there would be farms galore wherever you look.

The two Asian officers, on their way to Suva, were looking around for a similar scenery.

One of them, in seeing so much unused land, could not contain his curiosity and with apparent sincerity asked "Excuse me, where do you Fijians export your grass?"

As we reflect on the inspiration of Mr Daya Nand, as we enter yet another new year; as we make promises to ourselves and others of some more resolutions, I submit, especially to those that have so much unused land, that in 2015, we pay serious attention to the better use of such lands, unless of course someone has found a good market for all the grass and shrubs.

Alternatively, please give this writer some of that land to use. I've used up all mine. Even my few heads of cattle have to be grazed on other people's land.

I wish Mr Daya Nand of Labasa and our readers a blessed and "land well used" 2015.

KINIVILIAME KETECA

Nausori

Backyard planting

RECENTLY we've been having a bout of rainy weather that's been washing over the country these past few weeks.

As such with continuous rain comes certain things, such as damaged roads, flooded roads, rivers and creeks and ultimately landslides.

Landslides are described as "the sliding down of a mass of earth or rock from a mountain or cliff".

And is normally associated with flooding, but what most don't realise that landslides are mostly caused by you and I.

We normally like to plant root crops on the hillside and mostly behind our homes, but every time you uproot a root crop you tend to loosen the soil and thus cause it slide slowly, so as soon as the rain comes it washes over everything and carries it on its perilous journey towards the sea.

Although we feel for those that have suffered due to these catastrophe we should all learn that prevention is always better.

Happy New Year all.

LAWRENCE WARA

Suva

Obesity and NCDs

A NEW study supervised by Professor Joseph Schroeder of Connecticut College (Time.com Oct.16, 2013) shows that Oreos (America's favourite cookie) are just as addictive as cocaine.

It found that the cookies activated more neurons in the rat brain's pleasure centre than drugs such as cocaine.

This could explain why it is so difficult to tackle obesity and NCDs.

Parents need to take responsibility so that the kids don't get hooked in the first place.

The high fat/sugar addictive foods are more dangerous than cocaine because they are more readily available.

Have a happy and healthy new year everyone.

GABRIEL SIMPSON

Rakiraki

The idiot generation

AS we enter 2015, I'm thinking of the future.

I believe future generations, if they survive, will be swearing at us. We are the idiot generation. We are using the world's resources like spend-thrift fools and polluting the world in the process.

A recent study has shown that, thanks to humans, there are now over five trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, floating in the world's oceans - and the figures published are conservative.

The ecological consequences are severe and if we consume fish that have consumed plastic, then we may ultimately end up eating plastic (or its chemical remnants) too. You reap what you sow.

So? If you want to adopt a cause in 2015, then let's get serious about reducing, reusing, recycling and reusing our plastic (and other) rubbish.

To parents and teachers, I beg you to teach children to be responsible for our environment and teach the importance of not trashing the world. Show them ways of recycling and re-using. Let's get this in the life-skills curriculum.

To the city and town councils of Fiji, dumping of refuse is 80 per cent needless. Educate yourselves about rubbish separation and recycling. Invest in our future and reduce pollution.

Use electric garbage collection trucks, set up plastic and glass bottle buy back centres, encourage small enterprise recycling, etc. etc.

To the Government of Fiji, let's put Fiji on the map by taking some real positive action against pollution of all sorts. Get rid of the gas guzzling, polluting, Ratu-mobiles that you think it is your tax-dollar right to drive - set some real examples.

Read up on Uruguay's President Jose Mujica. Enforce a real deposit on glass and plastic bottles to encourage their return, and standardise the consumer refund throughout the country.

Ban the issuance of free plastic bags in shops and supermarkets. Provide tax incentives to recyclers and those who use renewable techniques and energy saving in business.

Ban imports of poor quality, short lifespan items, eg. plastic toys that are broken in seconds (yes, we all experienced it at Christmas).

To the Minister of Environment, show you really care about the future of Fiji by devising empiric Fijian solutions to our problems. By the way, we don't need endless workshops, just do it.

You are rightly a popular government, now make us proud of our choice to elect you.

DAVID KIRTON

Levuka

Contract the players

FOLLOWING on from Apolosi Baroi's letter (FT 31/12/2014), if Sri Lankan Rugby is paying top dollar to lure our reps, this only means that they are very serious about developing their rugby.

And if we don't keep up (with the professionalism of the sport), in a decade or so we will find ourselves at the receiving end of the hidings we used to give Sri Lanka in the sevens series.

Time to come up with some strategies FRU.

Contracting the players (in which they are satisfied) will be a start.

NITENDRA SINGH

Sydney, Australia

What a dream

THE other night I dreamt that the Sri Lanka sevens team beat the Fiji 7s team in the finals of an Asia-Pacific International Sevens tournament.

The Sri Lankan team prominently featured four players I could identify.

They were Rupeni Caucau, Pio Tuwai, Apisai Naqaliva and Joeli Lutumailagi.

Interestingly in my dream two current national sevens reps were in a huddle during half time play with the Sri Lanka players.

They were Semi Kunantani and Jerry Tuwai.

The Fijian players were given an egg each as their prizemoney. The Sri Lankan players were given a cheque leaf each with lots of figures on it.

When I saw the eggs, I wrote up to realise I was only dreaming.

Ummm ... yaloka. What a dream.

APOLOSI BAROI

Labasa

Carson for US President

BREAKING Christian News reports now retired renown world neurosurgeon Dr Ben Carson's (of Gifted Hands) fact-finding mission to Jerusalem.

He described the relationship between US and Israel as "like your brother is going to school in a real tough neighbourhood and you want to make sure he gets there safely and gets home safely, so you walk with him.

And then suddenly you say, you're on your own. Call me if you have problems".

Some say Carson lacks foreign policy experience. Carson says leadership requires wisdom.

At the Wailing Wall Carson prayed for "a continuation of God's blessing and Solomonic wisdom to know what to do with the opportunities he has been granted".

KORINA WAIBUTA

Suva

Man of the year

I WAS reading with interest the December 27 edition of the other newspaper which highlighted some individuals who had shown remarkable difference in their service to the public of Fiji.

To be very truthful, I had been thinking of my own man of the year for 2014 for which I am very proud to share with you and the man is the CEO of Water Authority, Opetaia Ravai.

The WAF was in a very unstable position and its service to the public was at its very low when Mr Ravai was brought in to be in charge.

He did take charge when the public of Fiji began to witness a thorough turnover from WAF operations, concepts and most importantly its service to the public.

His vast experience in strategic planning and management, blended in with his gentleness and humility, was the very main reason why we are enjoying WAF services today.

This is why I believe, he should be one of those public figure who should be acknowledged for their services to the public.

We all witnessed how he calmingly handled the situation regarding the broken sewer line at Nabua.

Sir, congratulations for the job well done and thank you so many for your enduring service and meeting the very basic needs of the public and grassroots people of this nation.

TIMOCI MATAINADROGA

Suva

New era

I REFER to K Kiliraki's letter (FT 1/1) who appears to be confused about the Book of Job in the Bible.

He referred to a scripture and compared it with the death of a prominent businessman implying, that no matter how rich a person is in this world, no one can take anything away from earth after his/her death.

He quoted from Job 1:21, "I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!"

When we compare Job's statement in the Old Testament with the New Testament in Jesus day, we find it is altogether different in context, meaning and application.

Job's statement reads:

* I came (born physically) naked from mother's womb;

* I will leave earth naked when I die; and

* The Lord gave and He took away everything;

However, for Christians, this is what the Bible states:

* I am re-born (spiritual birth) through God not by physical means;

* God put His robe of righteousness on me (spiritually clothed);

* I will leave earth with souls of men and women (Heavenly treasure) who accepted Christ with whom I shared Christ; and

* Lord gave me (gifts) eternal life, His Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, His Kingdom and everything will remain with me eternally.

God's revelation in the scripture is progressive, what was not fully revealed to Job thousands of years before Christ advent is fully revealed in the New Testament with better promises than what was available in Job's lifetime.

Therefore, it is totally wrong and against God's salvation plan to teach Job's circumstances and apply to Christians in this generation.

LAWRENCE H NARAYAN

Suva

We have what it takes

REQUEST here, assistance there, brain storming somewhere, solutions not everywhere!

Without a doubt I believe the North and its neighbouring islands would be complete with its own University and TAFE.

The 2007 stats revealed about 14,000 students registered for USP and TAFE.

This figure included registrations from all over Fiji.

In the same year, in the provinces of Bua, Cakaudrove, Lomaiviti and Macuata there was a population of 25,000 recorded in the University/ TAFE age group ranging between 16-24 years old.

There is a great expanse of land at the Savusavu/ Labasa/ Nabouwalu junction, prime land with the ideal landscape, just begging to be used.

It is right at the centre of the three main townships and the two airstrips and rather than flood our already congested small townships with more people, take them out into our beautiful country sides and along our picturesque drives to get there.

Build up such areas through these mediums. Form a township of its own.

Many may disagree with me, but I'd like to see our children remain here.

We need to sustain our islands and our homes and develop them by keeping our talents here.

I believe that we can build ourselves into something quite attractive and enjoy its benefits by remaining here and a key factor to this happening is to have our own graduate schools, open our own businesses and invest in ourselves!

After all, how many more workers from the outer islands can the mainland accommodate?

How many jobs will continue to be available for our children overseas?

How many places in the world can offer survival in tranquility?

I would normally say, "Only in Savusavu!" Now I say, "Only in the North!"

We have the land, we have the figures, we have the brains and we have the brawn.

We have the perfect environment for study. We have the recipe for success!

Why should we have to leave home?

NOLEEN BILLINGS

Savusavu

Fight for life

I'D like to encourage the Fiji Sports Council or Fiji Sports Commission to promote Fight for Life Boxing.

This is done with politicians, sports people, radio personnel and others.

Money raised goes to charity organisations such as the St Christopher's, Dilkusha Home and others.

This brings people together to give back something to the people of Fiji.

Happy New Year to you all.

God bless Fiji.

RAJESH SINGH

Auckland, NZ

Happy people

WHEN I read that Fiji is the happiest place in the world, I wondered if they could define "happy" according to those who made the survey.

Is it because of the smiles and friendly greetings?

Or people living well below the poverty line really happy?

Just go to the Vunato settlement and Drasa seaside settlement and other settlements in Lautoka and you see homes built almost "two inches apart".

No doubt you will see many smiling faces, but are they really content or happy with their lives?

ALLEN LOCKINGTON

Lautoka

Not really

IT is amusing that Fijians are rated the happiest people in the world.

I'm sure if the poll takers were regular readers of the Letters to the Editor column of The Fiji Times, they would change their minds in a hurry.

GABRIEL SIMPSON

Rakiraki

Best for last

SOME say the best is saved for the last.

Movies are no exception.

The Water Diviner was perhaps one of the last movies to be released in 2014 but is one worth watching. Definitely one of the classic movies from 2014.

FLOYD ROBINSON

Nasinu

Faulty lights

THE lights at the top half of Knollys St in central Suva has been off since before Christmas, 2014.

Four telephone calls and several promises from Prime Fiji, who is contracted out by Fiji Roads Authority to look after streetlights, is to no avail.

Given their $600million budget, I pray this is not a preview of things to come.

Maybe, the Fiji Roads Authority bosses are still away on holiday overseas.

KORINA WAIBUTA

Suva

Keep it up

RECENT survey showed Fijians as the happiest people in the world.

At 12.01am on 1/1/15, the amount of firepower that roared over Suva threw me out of my bed with the deafening bangs.

"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: to rise above the little things." John Burroughs.

Let's maintain our happy - happy lead for many years to come.

PARAM SINGH

Navua








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Top Stories this Week

  1. Fijian dies in crash after fleeing crime scene Tuesday (15 Aug)
  2. Couple ties knot on REACH mobile bus Sunday (13 Aug)
  3. Families unite in grief Friday (11 Aug)
  4. Man 'run over' by car Tuesday (15 Aug)
  5. A-G stop false infor Friday (11 Aug)
  6. Fiji-born runs for State seat Thursday (10 Aug)
  7. The leaping point Monday (14 Aug)
  8. Life in captivity Friday (11 Aug)
  9. Nawai stops Tabuarua in the first round Monday (14 Aug)
  10. Man stabs duo Wednesday (16 Aug)