Neigh­bour­hood min­i­marts

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Lau­toka Can all min­i­marts op­er­at­ing in and around our neigh­bour­hoods have cash reg­is­ters, just like su­per­mar­kets in the main city? Maybe it should be in­cluded as a pre­req­ui­site re­quire­ment be­fore hav­ing to re­new their an­nual busi­ness li­cence. This for trans­parency cases, where we cus­tomers could also view the prices of the items be­ing punched in by the cashier. At the mo­ment, most ad­di­tions are done by a cal­cu­la­tor only vis­i­ble to the shop­keep­ers them­selves. Most of them take ad­van­tage of our vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren when we send them to buy items in­creas­ing the prices by 10c or 50 cents. I am sure the Prices and In­comes Board in­spec­tors only have cer­tain items that are reg­u­lated for them to check. What about the rest of the items?On one end, par­ents teach our chil­dren sim­ple math­e­mat­ics so they get to know the change they should re­ceive, and on the other end the change doesn’t bal­ance. Who do we blame?

With a cash reg­is­ter, you get your re­ceipt and that’s ev­i­dent enough of the items pur­chased. This re­minds me to ask as to how do these neigh­bour­hood su­per­mar­kets jus­tify their sales in their tax books? Who knows, this could be the very ones evad­ing the thou­sands of dol­lars worth of taxes owed to Govern­ment. It’s a clear in­di­ca­tion of the rich get­ting richer and the poor get­ting poorer.

Michael Cham­bers,

is liv­ing a night­mare too. We may not be able to see the ef­fects with clar­ity, but land is be­ing pol­luted and abused con­stantly and we are un­able to cal­cu­late the dam­ages in­curred.

Such ac­tiv­i­ties are con­ducted cit­ing de­vel­op­ment, and the same af­fects the land dras­ti­cally, we wit­ness land pol­lu­tion; by dras­tic we are re­fer­ring to any ac­tiv­ity that lessens the qual­ity and/or pro­duc­tiv­ity of the land as an ideal place for agri­cul­ture, foresta­tion, con­struc­tion etc. The degra­da­tion of land that could be used con­struc­tively in other words is land pol­lu­tion. The in­creas­ing num­bers of bar­ren land plots and the de­creas­ing num­bers of for­est cover is at an alarm­ing ra­tio. More­over, the ex­ten­sion of ci­ties and towns be­cause of in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion is lead­ing to fur­ther ex­ploita­tion of the land. Land­fills and recla­ma­tions are be­ing planned and ex­e­cuted to meet the in­creased de­mand of lands. This leads to fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of land, and pol­lu­tion caused by the land fill con­tents. We need to make peo­ple aware about the con­cept of Re­duce, Re­cy­cle and Re­use. Re­duce the use of pes­ti­cides and fer­til­iz­ers in agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. Avoid buy­ing pack­ages items as they will lead to garbage and end up in land­fill site. En­sure that you do not litter on the ground and do proper dis­posal of garbage. Do or­ganic gar­den­ing and eat or­ganic food that will be grown with­out the use of pes­ti­cides. Create dump­ing ground away from res­i­den­tial ar­eas. Sev­eral crea­tures sur­vive un­der the land too. Dis­rupt­ing the har­mony of the land is dis­rupt­ing their habi­tat. We walk and sur­vive on land. It is lit­er­ally the base of our ecosys­tem. It is in our good in­ter­est to take care of it and nur­ture it.

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