Showing posts from March 2, 2014

Poll Shows Bainimarama Well Ahead

The most intriguing event of the week was the announcement of poll results conducted in the week until February 21 by CJP Pacific/Razor market research that showed the PM to be so well ahead of all others for preferred PM that, had it been a horse race, all the others would have been labelled "also ran" and in an election they'd have risked losing their deposits.

The poll, which will be conducted weekly until the elections, comprised a sample of 600 eligible voters, 300 from the Central Division, 200 from the West and 100 from the North. Those interviewed  were "ordinary people passing through bus stations to get a range of opinion from both urban commuters and from people travelling into town from rural areas."

There's little doubt the methodology and results of the poll will be questioned by Bainimarama's opponents but the results are remarkably close to those to those of the 2011 Tebbutt Research poll conducted for the Australian think-tank, the Lo…

Political Round Up: First Week in March

By Crosbie Walsh

The main news event of the week was the resignation of PM Bainimarama as Commander-in-Chief of the RFMF and the appointment and promotion to Brigadier General of Mosese Tikoitoga as his successor.  The name of the new Commission of Police has not yet been announced but contrary to Fiji Today speculation, Francis Kean is almost certainly not a front runner.  Former Brigadier General Iowane Naivalurua seems the most likely appointment. These two positions, the military and the police, are seen by observers as critical to the maintenance of order in the run up to the September elections, and in the years following.

The role of the RFMF in the new Fiji

From the speeches at the military handover ceremony on Wednesday and in Tikoitoga's interview with ABC's Bruce Hill, it is clear that the military is proud of its role over the past eight years under Bainimarama's leadership and is confident the new constitution, in ensuring the basic equality of all citizens, ha…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

 Power Generators

Its about time the Water Authority of Fiji invested in generators to serve as power backup when electricity is down.  Especially in Suva.  They shouldn't keep relying on FEA because there have been just been too many power cuts. Sorry FEA, but  this is the bitter truth.

 Housing Differences
There is a big difference in homes in the West and the East. Most homes in the West have water tanks - because of water cuts. Most have mosquito screens - protection against insects. Most have hot water systems - for hot baths.

Almost every new home that is built have these things. It could cost a bit more, but in the long run it helps. Especially the mosquito screen - protection against mosquito that carry disease.

Market Fiji

I have a suggestion to all sporting bodies, business delegations, religious delegations, and other groups going overseas. How about taking a few cartons of Fiji water to quench your thirst with. No doubt there will be photo sessions that will go on to the…

Voters Must Ask All Political Parties What Their Policy Would Be on Education

  By Wadan Narsey
Professor Narsey raises important questions that need to be seriously discussed by educationalists, employers, aid donors and government. But he only touches on some questions that commentators in several countries are asking about tertiary education: 1. Is university education suitable for all students? 2. With access easier than before, are university standards dropping?  3. Why are so many graduates unemployed? 4.  Does more attention need to be given to training in blue-collar and technical skills at the tertiary level?  - Ed.

1:    Free Pre-schools

One of the Bainimarama Government’s good measures is that all students at primary and secondary school are able to obtain a certain minimum funding from tax-payers.  However, the funding should begin from pre-school.

I have shown in these two articles here, that the major beneficiaries of pre-school education are the poorest students whose homes do not have a good learning environment.  Moreover, the benefit that poor c…