SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN NUMBER SIXTY FOR FIJI ON HEAVY RAIN ISSUED FROM THE NWFC, NADI AT 09:30 AM ON TUESDAY 3RD APRIL 2018.

A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP.
A HEAVY RAIN ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF FIJI.

SITUATION:
EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE JOSIE CENTRE 996HPA WAS LOCATED NEAR 21.7 SOUTH 178.8 EAST OR ABOUT 310 KILOMETRES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF KADAVU AND ABOUT 280 KILOMETRES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF ONI-I-LAU AT 9 AM. EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE JOSIE IS MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 5KM/HR AWAY FROM THE GROUP.
ASSOCIATED TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE AND RAIN BANDS CONTINUE TO AFFECT PARTS OF THE GROUP.

FORECAST FOR VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP:
OCCASIONAL RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS. RAIN BECOMING HEAVY AND FREQUENT FROM TOMORROW.

FOR REST OF FIJI:
OCCASIONAL SHOWERS. ISOLATED HEAVY FALLS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. SHOWERS INCREASING TO RAIN FROM LATER WEDNESDAY.

FLOOD WARNINGS AND ALERTS REMAINS IN FORCE FOR PARTS OF FIJI. FOR MORE INFORMATION REFER TO http://www.met.gov.fj/current_warnings_b.php.

THE NEXT BULLETIN WILL BE ISSUED AT 12.30 PM TODAY OR EARLIER.

Special Weather Bulletin Number Forty Nine for Flood Issued from RSMC Nadi at 7.25am on Monday, 3rd of April 2018

Special Weather Bulletin Number Forty Nine for Flood Issued from RSMC Nadi at 7.25am on Monday, 3rd of April 2018

FLOOD ALERT CANCELLATION

THE FLOOD ALERT THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY INFORCE FOR LOW LYING AREAS, SMALL STREAMS AND AREAS DOWNSTREAM OF THE FOLLOWING
STATIONS IS NOW CANCELLED.
VOTUALEVU STATION, BA FSC STATION, KEIYASI STATION, TOGE STATION, VATUKACEVACEVA STATION AND WAIMANU STATION.

FLOOD ALERT

A FLOOD ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR LOW LYING AREAS, SMALL STREAMS AND AREAS ADJACENT TO THE DOWNSTREAM OF DREKETILAILAI
STATION TO QAWA RIVER; AND FOR LOW LYING AREAS, SMALL STREAMS AND AREAS ADJACENT TO MAJOR RIVERS OF VANUALEVU AND TAVEUNI.

LEVEL AT DREKETILAILAI STATION WAS 1.7M AT 7.00AM WHICH IS 0.2M ABOVE ALERT LEVEL AND DECREASING.

SITUATION:

EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE JOSIE CENTRE 996HPA WAS LOCATED NEAR 21.7 SOUTH 178.7 EAST OR ABOUT 310 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF KADAVU AND ABOUT 290 KILOMETRES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF ONO-I-LAU AT 6 AM. EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE JOSIE IS MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 10KM/HR AWAY FROM THE GROUP.
ASSOCIATED TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE AND RAIN BANDS CONTINUES TO AFFECT PARTS OF THE GROUP.

TIDE      HEIGHT      TIME
HIGH         2.11M        08.03AM
LOW          0.52M        02.19PM

THE NEXT SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN FOR FLOOD WILL BE ISSUED AT 10.25AM TODAY OR EARLIER.

TC Josie Situation Report No 1 as at 1900 Hours – Monday, 02nd April 2018

Water Authority of Fiji

This situation report is to advise of the status of Water Authority of Fiji’s assets around the country following Tropical Cyclone Josie:

  • WAF is working towards restoring water supply to all affected areas in the Western Division.
  • Repairs will be carried out and water supply will be normalized once the flood waters subside to allow WAF crew members to access the affected areas.
  • The restoration operation will depend on the weather conditions.
  • Members of the public are requested to boil all drinking water.
  • Water carting trucks are on standby to service the affected areas as and when the need arises.
  • The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) requests members of the public that require water carting services, to please contact the National Call Centre on 5777.
  • WAF apologies for the inconveniences caused and is working towards getting water supply in the Western Division restored as soon as possible.

Click here to view the full report

For further inquiries, customers can call 3346777 or 5777 (Vodafone, Digicel & Inkk users) or email contact@waf.com.fj.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

Water Disruption Notice – Western Division, 1st April 2018

Water Authority of Fiji

01 April 2018The Water Authority of Fiji wishes to advise its customers living in Rakiraki, Tavua and Ba and Parts of Lautoka areas that they will be experiencing low water pressure to no water from this afternoon Sunday (01/04) until further notice.

The interruption in the water supply is a result of low reservoir level at the Water Treatment Plants and service reservoirs supplying to these areas.

This is caused by flood waters damaging pipelines and pump stations and also unplanned power disruptions caused by FEA maintenance work.

Due to the continuous heavy rain since last night, WAF engineers have not been able to access these areas due to flooding.

Repairs will be carried out and water supply will be normalized once the flood waters subside to allow WAF crew members to access the affected areas. The restoration operation will depend on the weather conditions.

Therefore, the authority is kindly advising its customers residing in the Western Division to store and use water wisely for their immediate needs during this disruption period.

Water carting trucks will be on standby to service the affected areas as and when the need arises.

The Authority also wishes to advise its customers to boil all drinking water.

The Authority highly regrets any inconvenience caused to its customers.

For further inquiries, customers can call 3346777 or 5777 (Vodafone, Digicel & Inkk users) or email contact@waf.com.fj.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

Fiji Immigration Policy Change Regarding Short Term Work Permits

Immigration-Dept

As of 16 January 2018, the Fiji Immigration Department will no longer accept the following applications:

  • Short term work permit application – a permit given to an applicant for a term up to six months where the employer can show that the applicant’s expertise and knowledge is required urgently in Fiji; and
  • Extension of 14-day business visa – an extension of up to three (3) months granted by operation of Section 9 (2) (c) of the Immigration Act 2003.

The change in Fiji Immigration policy is as follows:

Prior to the recent policy change, any non-Fiji National person who intended to work in Fiji could seek and would generally be granted, a 14-day business visa upon arrival into Fiji.

That person then had those 14 days to either apply for an extension to that business visa (also known as an authority to work) or a Short Term Work Permit (STWP). The requirement to apply for an extension was supported by a letter from the employer and evidence of a return ticket either on or before the expiry of the term of the applicable permit.

The STWP was granted for between 3-6 months for those seeking to undertake short-term work in Fiji.

For those who required a Long Term Work Permit (LTWP) the practice was to apply for a work permit prior to entering Fiji and this can be granted for up to a term of up to three years before it must be renewed. This route and process to apply for a work permit of up to three years still applies.

Fiji Immigration’s new policy no longer permits further extensions to the 14 days business visa and at present the only viable option for those who intend to come to Fiji for work is to apply for a work permit before entering Fiji.

For those applicants wishing to work in Fiji for terms up to or less than one year, the same requirements as for the time post permit will apply except there will be no need to advertise the position or pay a bond. However, the applicant must produce a return ticket and the processing time for a permit with a term of up to one year will be ten working days. Upon the expiry of the term, it may be possible for the applicant to apply for an extension and the applicant may not be required to leave Fiji before making this extension application.

For work permit terms longer than a year, the same requirements apply and the processing time-frame of 21 days applies.

The FHTA Secretariat still provides members with the endorsement letters required by Immigration.

Vinaka

Fantasha Lockington
Chief Executive Officer
Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association
42 Gorrie Street | P.O. Box 13560 | Suva
Tel: +679 330 2980 | Cell: +679 992 6980
E: exec@fhta.com.fj

Draft National Employment Policy Public Consultation

Draft National Employment Policy Public Consultation

Bula Suva/Pacific Harbour Members,

We have just received an invitation to the new National Employment Policy Public Consultation. Please note the confirmed venue for the Central Division new National Employment Policy Public Consultation is Albert Park Hall 1 at 4.00pm, Tuesday 16th January 2018.

The purpose of the Consultation is to discuss with Stakeholders and General Public the proposed new National Employment Policy and to seek their opinions and input before the final draft is prepared for approval. The draft policy document is attached.

Your attendance and input would be appreciated.

For further clarifications, please contact either Seruwaia Bavai on 3314 628 / 9906 421 or Setoki Mataitoga on 3314 628 / 9906 444 at the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations.

ILO Policy: Draft Framework for a National Employment Policy Fiji [401kb PDF]

Vinaka

Fantasha Lockington
Chief Executive Officer
Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association
Tel: (+679) 3302980 | MB: (+679) 9926980 | Fax: (+679) 3300331
Add: 42 Gorrie St | P. O. Box 13560 | Suva
E: exec@fhta.com.fj
W: https://FHTA.com.fj

Dengue ‘high risk’

Dengue ‘high risk’

The Fiji Times, 15 January 2018 – THE high risk of dengue cases in Fiji are from November to April because of the influx of rain associated with the cyclone season, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar.

Ms Akbar highlighted this during the launch of the Courts’ Health and Fitness Awareness Month in Suva last Friday.

She said members of the public needed to work together in eliminating all mosquito breeding places. Read more…

Unions being dramatic, says ATS

Unions being dramatic, says ATS

The Fiji Times, 15 January 2018 – AIR Terminal Services Fiji Ltd board chairperson Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has hit out at trade unionists who participated in the Nadi march and rally, calling them “B-grade and dramatic”.

“It’s very alarming that the barrage of sanctimonious speeches by old school, table-thumping, dramatic, B-grade acting, screaming unionists at the march yesterday (on Saturday) called for virtues such as honesty and upholding of the law,” he said.

“This is simply and exactly what ATS has been saying from the start. Read more…

Stakeholders unite against dengue fever

Stakeholders unite against dengue fever

The Fiji Times, 07 January 2018 – STAKEHOLDERS in the North have joined the Health Ministry to effectively address the surge in dengue fever cases reported in Macuata, especially in the Labasa Town area.

The support from stakeholders such as the Labasa Town Council and the Commissioner Northern’s office is a result of the Minister for Health, Rosy Akbar’s, visit to the division on Thursday.

A statement from the ministry yesterday stated that during her visit, Ms Akbar also visited the villagers of Natua in Wailevu, Cakaudrove. Read more…

Mosquito control

Mosquito control

The Fiji Times, 04 January 2018 – THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services will hold a massive mosquito spraying campaign in the Northern Division soon.

Health and Medical Services Minister Rosy Akbar said this was in line with the outbreak of dengue fever in the Macuata subdivision.

Ms Akbar said her ministry had already dispatched campaign materials to Labasa and her team would work closely with medical staff members from Labasa on their campaign plans. Read more…

No pay for workers

Air Terminal Services (Fiji) LtdAir Terminal Services (Fiji) Ltd

The Fiji Times, 04 January 2018 – AIR Terminal Services (Fiji) Ltd workers who have been out of work for the past 19 days did not receive their fortnightly pay yesterday.

This was confirmed by ATS management in a statement on Tuesday night.

“With the ATS pay day being tomorrow (yesterday) workers on strike will find nothing going into their bank accounts,” it said. Read more…

More Express Interest To Return: Mani

More Express Interest To Return: Mani

Fiji Sun, 04 January 2018 – More Air Terminal Services (ATS) workers who went on strike almost three weeks ago have expressed their intention to return to work at the Nadi International Airport.

ATS chief executive officer Hare Mani said that as of Tuesday afternoon, a total of 26 people had returned after signing the letter stating that they had done wrong in walking off their jobs on December 16.

Those who returned to work have joined management and staff not on strike in maintaining groundhandling services for international airlines using Nadi International Airport. Read more…

Dengue outbreak

Dengue outbreak

The Fiji Times, 04 January 2018 – THERE is an outbreak of dengue fever in the Labasa Town area.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services confirmed the outbreak of dengue which is in the Macuata subdivision, mainly localised to the Labasa Town area in the past four weeks.

In helping control the spread of dengue, the ministry has started working with stakeholders. Acting national adviser communicable diseases Dr Aalisha Sahukhan said they had started spraying mosquito breeding areas. Read more…

Province in qoliqoli talks

Province in qoliqoli talks

The Fiji Times, 03 January 2018 – TALKS have started in villages in Macuata Province on plans to preserve their qoliqoli.

Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere said villagers had already established Marine Protected Areas in their respective qoliqoli boundaries.

“But we are encouraging them to have more MPA areas to preserve their qoliqoli and to ensure that there is consistent supply for their people,” he said. Read more…

Dengue fever surge

Dengue fever surge

The Fiji Times, 03 January 2018 – THE Labasa Hospital has received between 39 and 78 confirmed cases of dengue every week since November 20 last year.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services confirmed a continuous increase in dengue cases.

A statement from the ministry, said the positive cases included all age groups, but mostly between the ages of 20 and 39. Read more…

GOVT: GO TO WORK

GOVT: GO TO WORK

Fiji Sun, 02 January 2018 – The Government has made it clear that Air Terminal Service (ATS) workers on strike in Nadi must make a wise decision to think of their children and return to work.

“The workers will suffer and not their advisers,” said a statement from Government as it reiterated the stance take by ATS management. This is for workers  to sign the letter acknowledging that they did wrong in walking off their jobs.

“Striking workers should be mindful that the 2018 school year is starting soon and they should think of their children. Read more…