‘A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself’
From PNG Marks Okki, Port Moresby, PNG
I was on a business tour to Suva last month and now I am back in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. I lost a contact number plus our partnership business address of my business partner who is currently operating at Nausori Market. I am asking if somebody from the Nausori Market to pass my information to Miss Vini, owner of Craft Stool, to write to me on this address: Marks Okki Manager Operations Derihe Security Service PO Box 1953 Bokoko, NCD Port Moresby, PNG Contact number: 79083870
Total Fiji Dr Gyan Prasad, Namosi
Total Fiji has a very savvy commercial on TV whereby aliens land at one of their service stations and are very impressed with their services. However, I am not impressed. A majority of their service stations do not accept debit or credit cards and some tyre pressure gauge and inflators are not functional. Maybe the service stations are only meant to serve space ships because they don’t run on tyres.
Jason Verma, Wailoku Sad to hear a man lost his life after being rammed by a 10-wheeler truck at Namadi Heights. Has anyone recently noticed the behaviour of drivers in these monster trucks zooming past cars and people, and having no regards for anyone? How many of these trucks have veered off roads and bridges? Are they legally carrying the weight that they are required to carry, or because of the overweight they are unable to stop within the required distance? It’s high time something must be done to educate these drivers that there are other road users as well.
Loss of skilled workers Dorsami Naidu, Nadi
We in Fiji are facing a huge shortage of skilled labour in the building industry, agriculture, IT industry, electrical trade and medical field, just to name a few.
We are unable to train our citizens to fill the gaps due to migration of our trained personnel to Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada. It has become an expensive exercise but one cannot blame people who want to leave for greener pastures. The question is how do we replace them or acquire personnel with ready-made skills without spending resources we do not possess. I for one feel that we should take advantage of the refugees/migrants from the Middle East, Asia or Africa who possess these skills and have been displaced and are seeking a new and viable home. Fiji could easily take a thousand or more of these people and this would be mutually beneficial. Unlike Australia or Trump we should not be paranoid. We, would by opening our doors, show our humanitarian side and give credence to those often repeated words ‘Fiji the way the world should be’.
Queen’s message Raymond Chandra, Canada
On her 90th birthday last week Her Majesty the Queen of Britain said: “If you want to live long, don’t die.” She and I were both born in the 1920s; she in Britain and I in the former British colony of Fiji. I am bound by my loyalty to Her Majesty to continue obeying her orders and not die.
Disciplined children Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu
A week before the school break I caught a bus from Nadi to Lautoka and it was just in time for school children getting home. The bus I was in stopped at Namaka Public school. I was caught by surprise in the orderly manner in which the students entered the bus and seated at the front end of the bus and were hardly noisy of shouting or forcing their way through. Seeing all these without any supervision was even more surprising. That was the only school we picked up on the way. When they disembarked it was in the similar manner they came in. Vinaka, to the teachers of Namaka Public school! Compared to Suva, it was the total opposite. They will run in shouting and yelling, change seats every now and then, smack each other, pass food around and even shout at people outside or in other buses. The manners make the journey annoying. I hope the teachers in the Suva schools learn something from the teachers at Namaka Public School.
“If you want to live long, don’t die”...The Queen waves to well-wishers during her Birthday celebration.