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Tablets

Sukha Singh, Labasa

If ev­ery child gets a tablet and if the child can be taught with the help of the tablet only a few teach­ers can teach all the stu­dents in Fiji. They can also stay at home.

Pulse In­sight

Ame­natave Ya­con­isau, Suva

The re­sult of Pulse In­sight’s re­search group (FS 10/9) about the read­er­ship of news­pa­pers is in­ter­est­ing.

It tends to be dif­fer­ent from the out­come of the Teb­butt Re­search. I don’t know why there is a dif­fer­ence in the in­ter­pre­ta­tion, but def­i­nitely there is con­sid­er­able ac­cu­racy in the work of these re­searchers. I don’t know the mar­gin of er­ror of these re­searchers and how the polls are taken; but it seems the sam­pling are sim­i­lar (600) ran­domly cho­sen and I as­sume they are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the pop­u­la­tion

We are glad that the read­er­ship reach is clar­i­fied and pro­vides peo­ple in the ru­ral ar­eas who have no av­enues to crit­i­cally ex­am­ine is­sues and air their voices

It cer­tainly is not for mould­ing opin­ion and ag­i­ta­tion, but for pub­lic opin­ion and gov­er­nance.

Dead dogs

Arien Vikash Ku­mar, Nadi

We call dogs men’s best friend. We trust them more than we trust some hu­mans and of­ten give ex­am­ples of them when it comes to loy­alty. We go on va­ca­tions and leave them be­hind to guard our homes. We are only able to sleep peace­fully when they stay awake the whole night.

How­ever, this is only while they are alive. They look young and clean while they’re able to shake their tail in ex­cite­ment. Daily we see many dead on our roads and the first thing we do is to cover our noses, hold our breath, pull/wind up the glass win­dows of our ve­hi­cles. We dodge them if they are ly­ing in the mid­dle of the road, if not then we fur­ther crush them into pieces till they be­come in­vis­i­ble and the road looks clean again. Some even lie dead on the sides for days and we keep pass­ing with­out any mercy. The mil­lion dol­lar ques­tion is who or which au­thor­ity is re­spon­si­ble for the dead dogs on our roads.

Don’t they de­serve a bet­ter farewell?

Naike­limusu bridge

To­masi Bogin­iso, Suva

De­spite re­peated pleas in this col­umn and to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties, there seems to be no re­ac­tion at all, and I will con­tinue to lobby for our griev­ances un­til some­one re­sponds ac­cord­ingly.

The ac­tual plea is that the river is los­ing its banks day by day and the Naike­limusu bridge it­self should have no ground to stand on if the ero­sion con­tin­ues.

All we are ask­ing is for a seawall to be erected from the bridge base to where the banks were be­fore on both sides of the bridge.

The seawall will not only stop fur­ther ero­sion, but for the vil­lagers to re­plant their plan­ta­tion which they have lost through the ero­sion. The ero­sion has also washed away the path that the vil­lagers used to get to the stores. On the other side, the vil­lage rugby team trains on this ground, but are find­ing it get­ting smaller ev­ery time they train.

Please, if the rel­e­vant au­thor­ity could look into these is­sue very se­ri­ously.

Ba Prov­ince prayers

Save­naca Vakali­waliwa, Delta, BC, Canada

It is in­spir­ing to read that the peo­ple of Ba prov­ince have been en­gaged in a prayer vigil to seek di­vine bless­ings and in­ter­ven­tion for the peo­ple and the vanua.

The chiefs from its 24 dis­tricts have been lead­ing the prayer vigil since June, where a district takes one hour to pray each day, mak­ing Ba prov­ince a 24 hour prayer war­rior. All churches in the prov­ince are in­volved and no won­der, it is one of the most blessed and well or­gan­ised prov­inces in the coun­try.

All its re­sources and with its qual­i­fied ded­i­cated lead­ers man­ag­ing it, are all for adding value and lift­ing the lives of the praying peo­ple of the prov­ince.

Lately, I was con­tacted by Ba Provin­cial Hold­ings seek­ing my as­sis­tance in lin­ing up sea­sonal work for its peo­ple, which I hap­pily agreed to. I do not know what hap­pened to the Pa­pua New Guinea work ar­range­ments they had, but we know for sure that when His peo­ple unite in fer­vent prayer, God moves.

Imag­ine if all the prov­inces in Fiji unite with Ba prov­ince in hourly prayer ses­sions? The God who moves in mys­te­ri­ous ways will not only trans­form Fiji and its peo­ple, but will bless the na­tion in ev­ery way, mak­ing it the way the world should be!

Naike­limusu bridge.

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