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Letters to the Editor:

Teachers day

World Teachers Day will be celebrated by thousands of teachers on Sunday, October 5, with an apt and thought provoking theme “Invest in the future, invest in teachers”.

Teachers day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in many parts of the world.

This day is dedicated to teachers, who play a prominent role in the lives of their students.

The teachers act as the guide for life, show the path towards success and enrich the personality of their disciples by imparting ethical and academic knowledge.

They bring out the untamed talents of their students and sharpen it in order to bring out the best results.

Teachers have been considered by many scholars to be the well from which students can draw knowledge and develop skills related to life-long learning.

A good teacher plays the role of an educator, guide, inspirational guru, and a friend.

I salute the hard working and dedicated teachers who provide unwavering support to the children under their care in and out of the classroom.

Let us all join hands to support teachers and the cause that they have undertaken in providing quality education to develop future leaders and versatile citizens.

I also pay tribute to all my teachers who taught me at Khemendra Bhartiya School, Natabua High School, Nadogo Secondary School and Labasa College for walking the extra mile to see that I reach my career path successfully.

I also acknowledge the efforts of my lecturers at FCAE and USP for moulding me.

Without them, I would not have reached the pinnacle of my industrious career.

Thus, I take this time to wish all the teachers a happy and meaningful celebration and I challenge the teachers to please deliver to the best of their ability.

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam

Women in parliament

We, the women of Fiji hold our heads high as we see a number of our gender in parliament as a result of the election.

They have proved that their struggles were relentless and their spirit stifled.

They have spoken like men, walked the campaign trail and convinced the voters and look at them today!

Fiji’s first woman to be an Opposition leader, the first woman to be the Speaker of Parliament and the rest as ministers.

This is a great inspiration and example to young Fijian women aspiring to enter politics in future.

May God bless these dynamic women.

Ala Naqiri
Nadi Airport

Ban on firecrackers

The National Fire Authority is considering having a ban on firecrackers during Diwali.

No doubt those who celebrate this festival will not agree.

The NFA has a valid point and so do those who celebrate Diwali.

So where do we stand, should the NFA just go on standby during the allowed time when firecrackers will be used and wait to put out the fires?

We have to understand that almost every person from different religions will be using firecrackers, some will be responsible and some not.

There is a huge threat of fires because of the prolonged dry spell, do we take a risk and allow firecrackers to be used or shall we be proactive and ban it?

But one thing we can do, let’s all pray for rain so the vegetation gets soaked and then we allow firecrackers to be used.

Allen Lockington

Eating disorder

Do you know anyone with an eating disorder?

A large number of people, specially women, turn to bulimia and other certain types of eating disorders to lose weight and feel better about their body image.

It is a serious unhealthy decision and can lead to many major health issues.

If you feel insecure about yourself or your body type, don’t turn to any eating disorders.

Think about your diet, what you are putting in your body on a daily basis.

Are you getting enough nutrition and vitamins? Enough protein and calcium?

Instead of ice cream or chips go for fruits instead.

What do you think people would see in you if you chose to go down that path?

They might think you are sick and just trying to fit in.

If you feel like you have to be skinny to be accepted, I think you are wrong.

The only thing you need to be accepted is confidence, happiness and a good attitude.

Personally I don’t care about fitting in or being in the “in-crowd”.

I don’t think anyone should have to feel not cool.

A solution I have in mind is for people all over to know in their hearts that they are beautiful.

God made them the way they are because He thinks they are sincerely beautiful and they might realise that being stick skinny isn’t what makes you beautiful.

Pat Vuli

Religious promotion

We have recently read about the Methodist Church wishing to work with the government of the day and while a good idea it would be even better if they were to consider working with the general public.

Have those representing the Methodist group ever considered the adverse affect their antisocial practices of three-minute duration lali beatings from 4am onwards along with their preachers using unnecessarily loud sound systems to advertise themselves at these early hours has on those who do not wish to hear them.

Is there a logical reason behind their deliberate intent to deprive people of their sleep and rest adversely affecting the productivity of the country along with the ability of schoolchildren to gain the most from their education?

Perhaps now that we have a new government in place some action can be taken against the offenders to ensure they respect the rights of others, as clearly covered within the constitution, to be free from the nuisance aspect of their worship practices.

Grahame Stageman

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