Port Denarau Marina is Leadership Fiji’s First Tourism Industry Partner

Port Denarau Marina is Leadership Fiji’s First Tourism Industry Partner

Port Denarau Marina Press Release dated 3rd January 2020.

Leadership Fiji has today signed up Port Denarau Marina, Fiji’s premier marina facility as its first partner from the tourism industry in the Silver category.
This new partnership has come at an opportune time, as Leadership Fiji winds up its 2020 activities, and prepares to take its programs to another level.
Port Denarau Marina’s Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Rasch said “We are delighted to be associated with Leadership Fiji’s program since the past few years. This sponsorship is a commitment of our ongoing support to the valuable education that their program provides. We believe in Leadership Fiji’s mission to building a better nation through the development of progressive leadership and strategic foresight capacity and look forward to growing our partnership further.”

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Press Release – Port Denarau Marina is Leaders hip Fiji’s First Tourism Industry Partner

 

Fiji Roads Authority – Situation Report | 8am, Monday 30th December 2019

Fiji Roads Authority

Media Release from the Fiji Roads Authority as at 8am, Monday 30th December 2019

This situation report is to advise of the status of FRA’s assets due to the effect of TC Sarai

  • Both Queens Road and Kings Road are open
  • 19 roads closed in the Western Division and 9 roads closed in the Central Division
  • Vunisea Jetty is closed due to approach washout
  • Moala Jetty is closed due to approach washout
  • Jetty Road in Kadavu is closed due to a landslide.
  • Several roads are being monitored for closure and we will continue to issue alerts and
    warnings as required.
  • Please do not drive into water of unknown depth and current as this can be life threatening.
  • We are urging the public to please take all the necessary precautions and adhere to the
    advisories from relevant authorities.

Keep up-to-date with the latest situation by following #FRAupdate on Facebook: Fiji Roads Authority and Twitter: @FijiRoads or visit our website: www.fijiroads.org

Members of the public can also contact the FRA on toll free number 5720 or email info@fijiroads.org

The full list of affected roads can be viewed here.

Media Brief from the National Disaster Management Office

7:30pm – 29 December 2019

CASUALITY

  • The body of a man in his late 40’s has been recovered from Naivucini waters in Naitasiri this morning.
  • It is believed the victim was swept away by strong currents whilst crossing the river yesterday.
  • A search was conducted by villagers with the help of the Fiji Police officers from Vunidawa Police Station.
  • A post mortem will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death while investigations continue.
  • This brings the death toll relating to TC Sarai to two.

WEATHER UPDATE

  • After the brief by Director Met Services this morning, Tropical Cyclone Sarai is further moving South East and is slowly exiting Kadavu.
  • For Nabukelevu-i-ra, we have seen that the waves is gradually decreasing from 4.9 meters last night to about 3.5 meters this morning. The normal wave height around the Nabukelevu-i-Ra is around 2.5 metres.
  • Our focus now is to advising the Southern Lau Group to be prepared as we are expecting TC Sarai to go pass through South of Vatoa and north of Ono-i-Lau within the next 30 hours.
  • We want to advice those living in low lying areas to remain cautious as flood warning remains in force for low lying areas and areas downstream of Navolau station in the Rewa River, downstream of Nayavu station in the Wainibuka river; Downstrream of Ba FC station in the Ba river and downstream of Nairukuruku station in the Wainimala river.

EVACUATION CENTER UPDATE

  • A total of fifty four (54) Evacuation Centres (EC) are active around the country with 2,001 evacuees across the four divisions.
  • We are working with the Ministry of Health to do the initial assessment for affected areas before we give the green light for families to go back to their homes.
  • On that note we will start working on coordinating the food rations into Evacuation Centers.

EFL

  • Some areas have their powers restored but the EFL Cyclone Action Plan clearly identifies that areas for power restoration  includes Hospitals & Major Health Centres, Water & Sewerage Treatment Plants, Towns, Cities & Industrial Areas and then Residential Areas.

WAF

  • With EFL power slowly being restored, time will be required for the affected systems to normalise and reach healthy levels.
  • Operation teams will be mobilising to assess and work on Water and Waste water assets.
  • For any queries for Water please call 5777 or 336 4777. 

MSAF

  • With the Weather Office still maintaining a strong wind warning, Restrictions is still in place for the Fiji Waters as of the Advisory on Friday morning.
  • Currently, Ships are anchored at Natovi, Savusavu, Nadi, Lautoka and Suva harbors awaiting  clearance.

FRA

  • Both Queens Road and Kings Road are open
  • Jetty Road in Kadavu is closed due to a landslide.
  • Several roads are being monitored for closure and we will continue to issue alerts and warnings as required.
  • Please do not drive into water of unknown depth and current as this can be life threatening.
  • We are urging the public to please take all the necessary precautions and adhere to the advisories from relevant authorities.

FIJI AIRWAYS

  • Following weather and operational assessments, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link are happy to announce the resumption of most services from today (Sunday December 29, 2019).
  • Both airlines will rebook guests whose flights had been cancelled on the next available service.
  • Some supplementary services will be scheduled to cater for some of the cancellations. Affected guests will receive their new flight details once these are confirmed. Guests are requested to ensure that their email address is included in their booking details.
  • Flights to/from Kadavu remain cancelled.

OPERATIONAL FOCUS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS 

  • Public safety paramount.
  • NEOC to continue tracking and monitoring movement of TC Sarai, and with assistance of first responders ensure public safety.
  • Restoration of essential services.
  • Monitor reports of flooding and issue timely evacuation notifications.
  • Assist and monitor the evacuation of vulnerable communities to evacuation centers and to safe areas.
  • Coordination of humanitarian assistance to affected communities.
  • Public advisories issued on mainstream and social media.
  • Coordination of resources with Divisional DISMACs for optimum response.
  • Forward planning for damage assessments
  • NEOC to continue tracking and monitoring movement of TC Sarai, and with assistance of first responders ensure public safety.
  • Restoration of basic services is currently a priority.
  • NEOC will monitor reports of flooding and issue timely evacuation notifications.

Fiji Roads Authority – Situation Report | 1pm, Saturday 28th December 2019

Fiji Roads Authority

Media Release from the Fiji Roads Authority as at 1pm, Saturday 28th December 2019

This situation report is to advise of the status of FRA’s assets due to the effect of TC Sarai

  • Both Queens Road and Kings Road are open
  • Jetty Road in Kadavu is closed due to a landslide.
  • Several roads are being monitored for closure and we will continue to issue alerts and warnings as required.
  • Please do not drive into water of unknown depth and current as this can be life threatening.
  • We are urging the public to please take all the necessary precautions and adhere to the advisories from relevant authorities.

Keep up-to-date with the latest situation by following #FRAupdate on Facebook: Fiji Roads Authority and Twitter: @FijiRoads or visit our website: www.fijiroads.org

Members of the public can also contact the FRA on toll free number 5720 or email info@fijiroads.org

The full list of affected roads can be viewed here.

Call for more sporting activities to attract tourists

Call for more sporting activities to attract tourists
The Fiji Times –

TO attract more tourists into Lautoka, we must promote sporting groups since we have facilities such as Churchill Park to cater for the demand.

This was the view of Tanoa Hotel Group area general manager Narend Kumar.

Mr Kumar, who has been with the group for the past 11 years, explained the room numbers continued to increase because of the growing public demand.

“Tanoa Waterfront Hotel currently has 92 rooms which is just enough to cater for the current demand … we have also renovated all rooms and extended the gym to attract sports teams.”

The Lautoka man believed there needed to be more investment on inventory if developments continued to extend in Lautoka. He stated that while Lautoka may not have much tourist attractions the Waterfront mostly banked its services on the three growing segments which are corporate, sports and conference.

He stated the visiting friends and families market was also growing but usually sky rocketed when Lautoka played host to a major public event.

Read the full article here.

Low pressure system to the far north of Fiji upgraded to a Tropical Disturbance

Low pressure system to the far north of Fiji upgraded to a Tropical Disturbance

fijivillage.com – 24 December, 2019

The low pressure system that was analysed to the far north of Fiji has been upgraded to a Tropical Disturbance.

The Nadi Weather Office says the tropical disturbance is expected to gradually intensify and upgrade into a depression within the next 12 to 24 hours and has high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 to 72 hours.

The disturbance remains slow moving to the north of Rotuma and is expected to move south towards Fiji in the next two days and bring heavy rain and strong winds.

They say the system is forecast to track just to the west of Yasawa and Mamanuca Group before turning and moving southeastwards tracking south of Kadavu then towards southern part of Lau Group.

Read the full story here.

 

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Denarau Island Spread the Christmas Cheer

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Denarau Island Spread the Christmas Cheer

Media Release – 24 December, 2019

The Responsible Business team concluded its yearly Christmas visits with Santa to give back to the local community, also providing a nice surprise for the children. Bringing Christmas early, Santa was dressed in his full attire with a sack of lollies accompanied by the Management team of the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji for the unveiling of the new water tanks donated for the students of Lomawai Secondary School.

One of three pillars for Radisson Group of Hotels Responsible Business is ‘Think Community’, where the hotel strives to assist the local community with basic human needs to empower, grow and succeed.

“Lomowai Secondary School is located in the outskirts of Nadi with limited access to water so a water tank was fitting for the school and will go a long way for the children”, says Charles Homsy, General Manager at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji.

Spreading the Christmas Cheer was no exception to the Sales and Marketing team at the resort who also visited business partners and stakeholders with Santa and his Elves. As a show of appreciation for all the support shown throughout the business year, the lively visits by the team included Gift hampers, soulfully sung Christmas Carols and dancing.

“We look forward to another successful year ahead, working to serve our community and its people, and maintain strong relationships with our business partners”, says Charles Homsy.

 

Biz made easy – Business licence to be issued within 48 hours

Biz made easy – Business licence to be issued within 48 hours
Fiji Sun –

From next Wednesday, January 1, 2020, business registration will be made easier. Business licence applicants will only need to fill in a Business Licensing Application Form and provide their Tax Identification Number (TIN).

What used to take days and sometimes weeks, will now be processed in 48 hours.

The move is a risk-based approach where the responsibility to comply with the laws falls on the business operator.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar made the announcement yesterday

It is a major shift to encourage entrepreneurship with a focus on home-based businesses and micro enterprises.

Read the full story here.

A-G: Properties can do better

The Fiji Times

TOURIST properties are not living up to the benchmark set by Fiji Airways in attracting visitors to the country.

This was the word from Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“I think that it’s not up to just the airline, it’s the hotels and tourist operators as well that have a part to play,” he said.

Read the full story here.

Gas prices go up today

Gas prices go up today

Fijivillage.com, 20 December 2019 – Gas prices will increase from today after a determination by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The price of a 13kg gas cylinder has increased from $34.21 to $37.46, a 12kg cylinder will now cost $34.58 from $31.58, the price of a 4.5kg cylinder has increased from $11.84 to $12.97, Auto Gas per litre will now cost $1.63 from $1.49 while bulk gas will now cost $2.43 per kg.

The FCCC says prices are mainly determined by the unfavourable movement in international prices for LPG products since the last review period.
They say Fiji is directly impacted by the world market prices for both refined oils and LPG and as such, any changes to the world market prices will be reflected in LPG prices in Fiji.…read more

‘Leasing aircraft is norm’

‘Leasing aircraft is norm’

The Fiji Times, 20 December 2019 – FOCUS on the positives and not the negatives.

This was the message from Attorney-General and Civil Aviation Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to people speculating about Fiji Airways’ decision to lease two Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

“If you look at all of the airlines in the world, they all have what we call a leased financial arrangement,” he said.

“What that means is even a very large airline company will not actually go and buy the aircraft.

“They will not spend $15 billion and buy 20 aircraft.”

Fiji Airways A350s were leased from DAE Capital in Dubai.…read more

Aquaponics the way forward for agriculture

Aquaponics the way forward for agriculture

The Fiji Times, 19 December 2019 – AQUAPONICS could be the way forward for agriculture in Fiji in adapting to climate change and doubling revenues of farmers at the same time.

The food production system was widely discussed at the recent Women Defending the Commons symposium in Kadavu drawing the attention of various women’s club and Soqosoqo Vakamarama groups around the country.

Pacific Community’s (SPC) Penina Ravunamoce explained they had been investigating the new food production system known as aquaponic to grow fish and vegetables at their plant nursery in Suva.…read more

$1.135 million to be paid out to Fiji Airports staff in bonus

$1.135 million to be paid out to Fiji Airports staff in bonus

Fijivillage.com, 18 December 2019 – Fiji Airports will be paying out $1,135,000 in bonuses to 540 of its staff tomorrow, at an average of $2,100 per person.

Bonus will be paid out in 3 tiers starting at $1,500; $2,000 and 6% of salary; but excluded senior executives who are not entitled to across the board bonuses.

Fiji Airports CEO, Faiz Khan says these bonuses before Christmas are given across the board to majority of their colleagues based on the success of their company.

He says this year they received recognition at the prestigious Prime Minister’s Awards for the Supreme Award; received Silver Awards in Asia Pacific for Green Airports; and received level 2 carbon accreditation certification.…read more

KPMG Flash Report – Issue 26 of 2019 – FRCS TPOS launch and online tax return lodgements

KPMG Flash Report – Issue 26 of 2019 – FRCS TPOS launch and online tax return lodgements

We attach our Flash Report (Issue 26 of 2019) in respect of the FRCS Taxpayer Online Services (“TPOS”) launch and online tax return lodgements.

The Flash Report is issued in summary form exclusively for the information of clients and staff of KPMG and should not be used or relied upon as a substitute for detailed advice or as a basis for formulating business decisions.

Attachment: KPMG Flash Report Issue 262019 – TPOS launch and lodgements

Should you have any queries please contact your client service personnel.

KPMG
Level 10 BSP Suva Central | Renwick Road | Suva | Fiji
GPO Box 32 | Suva | Fiji
T +679 330 1155

MEDIA RELEASE 16: MEASLES UPDATE FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

MEDIA RELEASE 16: MEASLES UPDATE FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Case update

Since the last update on December 13th 2019 there are now 23 confirmed cases of measles. The latest confirmed cases are a 13 month old and a 20 year old from Saumakia Village in Naitasiri.

There have now been 4 confirmed cases from Saumakia Village. This includes the 27 year old and the 9 month old from Davuilevu (who had stayed at Saumakia Village) reported in earlier media releases. The 9 month old had been admitted to CWM Hospital and has since been discharged.

The Naitasiri outbreak response team has carried out the necessary interventions including isolation of cases, quarantine and vaccination of contacts and at risk communities as appropriate, and follow up of cases and contacts.

There are no confirmed cases of measles currently admitted in hospital. All cases have recovered or are recovering well at home.

The 23 cases to date are from the following areas in the Central Division:

  • 12 cases from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision (Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi, and Makosoi Deuba)
  • 4 cases from Suva Subdivision (Samabula, Vatuwaqa, Tacirua, Wailekutu).
  • 3 cases from Rewa Subdivision (Koronivia, Nasilai Village Nakelo, Davuilevu).
  • 4 cases from Naitasiri Subdivision (Saumakia Village)

Measles is a highly contagious disease; therefore, non-essential travel to Saumakia Village in Naitasiri, Serua/Namosi, and Nasilai Village in Nakelo Rewa is strongly discouraged.

Mass Immunisation Campaign Update

7 days to go #VaccinatebyChristmas

The national measles immunisation campaign is now running in all Divisions

Since the outbreak was declared on Thursday 7 November 2019, approximately 235,000 people in Fiji have been immunised against measles.

We are especially urging parents of children aged 6 months to 5 years of age to get their children immunised during this campaign as children under the age of 5 are most at risk of being infected by measles and developing the complications of the disease.

In order to reach these children, and the other target groups, the Ministry is closing some outreach posts in Central Division and sending more teams house to house to provide vaccinations. This information has been updated in the daily measles advisories.

From Wednesday 18 December, the following outreach posts will be closed in Central Division:

  • Dokanai Suva Police Post
  • My Suva Park
  • RB Centrepoint
  • Opposite Rajendra supermarket, Nabua
  • Lami Tikaram Park

In addition to house to house visits, immunisation for all target groups will still be available at all Ministry of Health and Medical Services health centres and nursing stations.

Immunisation outreach posts will also still be open Monday-Friday at the following locations in Central Division:

Nausori Nausori old market
Nausori Health Centre
Nakasi Health Centre
Rups Mega Complex
Wainibokasi Hospital
9am to 6pm
Valelevu Valelevu grounds
Valelevu Health Centre
9am to 6pm
Raiwaqa Raiwaqa Health Centre grounds 9am to 6pm
Lami Lami Health Centre
Lami Town Council Building
9am to 6pm
Suva Sukuna Park 9am to 6pm
Makoi Makoi Health Centre
Makoi Maternity Unit
9am to 6pm
Samabula Samabula Health Centre 9am to 6pm

Immunisation will continue to be available as previously advised in Western, Northern and Eastern Divisions.

The national campaign is targeting people who are most at risk of being infected by measles and spreading the disease:

  • All children aged 6 months to 5 years
  • All people born between 1980 and 2000 (19 to 39 year olds who should have ID available if asked)
  • Any child who has not received 2 doses of a measles vaccine according to the national immunisation schedule
  • Any child aged 12 and 18 months in Fiji who are due their routine measles immunisation according to the national immunisation schedule
  • Any person travelling overseas (with evidence of travel i.e. a travel itinerary or ticket)
  • All health care workers
  • All airport and port-of-entry workers, and hotel staff

The only exceptions to those in the above groups are pregnant women, children under the age of 6 months, those with compromised immune systems (including those on immunosuppressive medication/treatment), and those with a known allergy to the vaccine. These people should not be vaccinated.

People aged 40 and over are not a target group. They are likely to have had measles as a child (before the vaccine was introduced) and therefore have life-long immunity.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services wishes to acknowledge the assistance provided by UNICEF and the Australian and New Zealand Governments in securing vaccines for Fiji. And we also thank the World Health Organisation for their continuous technical support.

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Pacific Island nations focusing on fleet renewal and infrastructure development

Pacific Island nations focusing on fleet renewal and infrastructure development

The Blue Swan Daily, 18 December 2019CAPA – Centre for Aviation, in a report entitled: ‘South Pacific Outlook 2020: New long haul opportunities beckon for South Pacific airlines’, stated (06-Dec-2019) major themes for the airlines of the Pacific Island nations are fleet renewal and infrastructure development. South Pacific based airlines have placed orders for new generation aircraft types that may open new market opportunities. Details include:

  • Air Vanuatu ordered four A220s, scheduled to arrive in Jun-2020;
  • Air Kiribati scheduled to receive two Embraer E190s in Dec-2019 and Apr-2020;
  • Aircalin commenced replacement of its Airbus fleet;
  • Air Niugini has four Boeing 737 MAX scheduled for delivery in 2H2020;
  • Air Tahiti Nui completed its fleet renewal;
  • Fiji Airways received an A350 in Nov-2019 and Dec-2019, with five Boeing 737 MAXs to replace Boeing 737NG.

Annual Climate Summary for 2018

Annual Climate Summary for 2018

Members are advised that the Climate Report Summary for 2018 is attached from the Dept of Meteorological Services .The link and Highlights are provided below.

Per the last Early Action Rainfall Watch (EAR Watch) update – we recommend that members in the Western Division consider commencing water saving initiatives, especially with the water levels at the Vaturu Dam nearing its first critical level (of 3).

Attachment: Climate Report summary 2018

Highlights:

  • In general, El Niño Southern Oscillation conditions remained neutral for most of 2018;
  • Three tropical cyclones (TC) had direct impacts on Fiji during 2018;
  • The national average rainfall during 2018 was 2538mm, which was 109% of the long term average (2324mm). This ranks 2018 as the 45th wettest year in 62 years of record;
  • A period of suppressed rainfall was experienced from the 2nd half of June to early part of September;
  • The national average mean air temperature during 2018 was 25.9˚C, which ranks as the 4th warmest year in Fiji (since 1959) after 2007, 2013 and 2017;
  • A total of 68 new daily or monthly climate records were established during 2018 (17 rainfall and 51 air temperatures);
  • The annual total bright sunshine hours were near-normal at all three stations (Nadi Airport, Laucala Bay and Nacocolevu) during the year.

Barry Omundson appointed as new Chief Executive Officer of Water Authority of Fiji

Barry Omundson appointed as new Chief Executive Officer of Water Authority of Fiji

Fijivillage.com, 18 December 2019 – Australian, Barry Omundson is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Water Authority of Fiji.

Omundson started work last Friday.

Omundson says his focus will be developing a culture of world class service delivery.

Omundson says he has worked his way up the ranks, starting as a fitter, to leading large organizations with thousands of workers which has given him a thorough understanding of operations from ground to executive management.…read more

FRA begins rehab works on MacGregor Rd

Fiji Roads Authority

The Fiji Times, 17 December 2019 – THE Fiji Roads Authority will be commencing rehabilitation works on MacGregor Road in Suva from 8.30pm tonight (Tuesday 17 December), weather permitting.

Works will begin daily from 8.30pm to 5am and 9.30am to 4pm for a week.

The works will target the reconstruction of the worst pavement section of MacGregor Road from Bau Street roundabout to Denison Street junction.…read more

Australia allows Fijians to carry 4kg of kava

Australia allows Fijians to carry 4kg of kava

The Fiji Times, 18 December 2019 – TRAVELLERS entering Australia from Fiji as December 17, 2019, can now carry across a maximum of 4kg of kava into Australia.

This, though with the exception of those travelling to Western Australia and the Northern Territory where restrictions are still in place.

The Office of the Drug Control under the Australian government’s Department of Health has announced the amount of kava that can be imported by a traveller for personal use has increased from 2kg to 4kg.…read more