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First Ever PM in Yasawa Village

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MEDIA RELEASE: MILITARY TO CONSTRUCT NEW SCHOOL FOR CYCLONE STRICKEN VILLAGE
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called for the immediate restoration of educational facilities at Bukama School in the Yasawa Group after he witnessed firsthand the damage it sustained from Tropical Cyclone Evan.
The head of government has expressed concern that students who depend on the school will be affected and has instructed engineers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to begin construction work.
Bemama village was severely affected when Tropical Cyclone Evan struck the village with several houses destroyed and vegetation seriously affected. Bukama Primary School was also not spared.
“Education is always our priority and I want this school to be rebuilt as soon as possible.  I’ve asked the FMF Engineers to priorities the building of new classrooms and facilities for the two hundred students of Bukama Primary School,” the Prime Minister said.
The village headman of Bukama village Mr Tomasi Ratu…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

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Why Do They Escape?
Around 27 years ago when I was living in Nadera, I met a young man who had been released from prison. While having a yarn he said that he liked to escape  from prison because it gave him a high. He had been to jail so many times that he had lost count.
Then he said that escaping from prison was like an adventure, he had to scale the prison walls and then when in town he had to disguise himself, and each time he would go pass a police officer he would look away and pretend to do something. He said that the best part was when the search party was closing on him, he would treat it as a thrilling adventure until he was caught and given a smack on the wrist.
Recently there have been a number of prison breaks and one would ask why do the prisoners choose to escape? Are they like the young man that I describe above? Does it give them a thrill to escape and be hunted like an animal? I would really like to know why they escape because it only increases their prison time an…

Latest DISMAC Report on Cyclone Situation

DISMAC SITUATION REPORT No:08 – December 18TH, 2012
Situation Report issued by the National Disaster Management Office. This report covers the period from 0800hrs 18 Dec to 1600hrs 18 Dec 2012. The next report will be issued on or around 2400hrs 18 Dec 2012.
Highlights -Declaration of State of Natural Disaster effective from Tuesday 18/12/12 for Northern and Western Division. -Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is now visiting the Western Division. - Activation of All EOC’s to 24/7 operations. -147 Evacuation Centers operational with 8416 evacuees.
·45 Evacuation Centers are operating in the Northern Division with a total of 3715 evacuees. ·15 Evacuation Centers are operating in the Eastern Division with a total of 493 evacuees. ·34 Evacuation Centers have been opened in the Central Division with a total of 2144 evacuees. ·53 Evacuation Centers are operating in the Western Division with 2064 evacuees.
-Nadi International Airport is in operation. -Wailoa power station is on and power supply has be…

The Political Blowhards

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STOP PRESS. Fiji Today first to acknowledge good work by government in cyclone preparation. Its posting today Thursday 18th, read at 7:30pm NZ time, reads:.Credit where it is due. "Thank You" to our Government and the PM.Peter Firkin.  This is the only "moderate" anti-Bainimarama government blog. Readers will have noted that the only postings on this blog for the past few days have concerned Cyclone Evan.  Readers of the anti-Bainimarama government blogs will also have noticed that the worst  cyclone in 20 years has not even been mentioned.

As the local Fiji media report winds of over 200kph, unbelievably high seas, roads and bridged closed, no public transport in the North and West, all internal flights and some international flights closed, the loss of electric power and water, roofs whipped off houses, rising flood waters, breached sea walls and landslips,  two ships grounded in Suva harbour, two warehouses of sugar and fertilisers lost, uprooted  cassava, vudi …

Hit bad where it matters most

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Fiji Times on line. Tevita Vuibau And Felix Chaudhary. Tuesday, December 18, 2012 + Enlarge this image Lautoka City workers try and clear debris as Evan hits the west. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

TROPICAL cyclone Evan tore through the Western Division yesterday leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The tourism industry, the hardest hit by the Category Five storm, has said the damage bill to the country is expected to be exorbitant.
Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association president Dixon Seeto said with Samoa's damage bill tentatively pegged at $300million, Fiji's would be significantly more.
"When you look at the areas that were affected from Rakiraki right through to Nadi, there are a lot of factories and industries situated in these areas. And you also have to factor in the fact that Fiji has more built-up areas," he said.
Ba and Tavua special administrator Arun Prasad said early warnings had led to people taking precautionary measures and moving stock to…

Special Weather Bulletin Monday 3:42 pm

Special Weather Bulletin Number TWENTY-FIVE FOR FIJI ON SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE EVAN ISSUED FROM RSMC NADI at 3:42pm on Monday the 17th of December 2012 TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING
A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR YASAWA AND MAMANUCA GROUP, WEST OF THE LINE FROM BA TO SIGATOKA AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS. A STORM WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE INTERIOR OF VITI LEVU AND VATULELE. A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR BUA PROVINCE, LOMAIVITI GROUP, REST OF VITI LEVU AND NEAR BY SMALLER ISLANDS, KADAVU, BEQA AND NEAR BY SMALLER ISLANDS. A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF FIJI. A DAMAGING HEAVY SWELL WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR FIJI.
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE EVAN CENTRE [945HPA] CATEGORY 4 WAS LOCATED NEAR 17 DECIMAL 6 SOUTH 177 DECIMAL 2 EAST OR ABOUT 60 KM SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF VIWA OR ABOUT 30 KM WEST-NORTHWEST OF NADI AT AND ABOUT 145 KM WEST-NORTHWEST OF SUVA AT 4PM TODAY. THE CYCLONE IS MOVING SOUTHWEST AT ABOUT 18 KM/HR.  CLOSE TO ITS CENTRE THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO HA…

Cyclone Update Sunday 6:30 pm

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Fiji News Evan continues to move our way 19:15 Today (Sunday)
The latest track for Cyclone Evan
Taken from/By: Nadi Met Office
Report by: Indra Singh This is a special weather bulletin number 13 issued by the Nadi Weather office on Tropical Cyclone Evan at 6.30pm.
A storm warning remains in force for Yasawa and the Mananuca Group.
A gale warning remains in force for Cikobia, Taveuni, Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands, northern Lau and Lomaiviti Group and Viti Levu and nearby smaller islands.
A tropical cyclone alert remains in force for Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.
A strong wind warning remains in force for the rest of Fiji along with a warning for heavy swells for the entire country.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Evan, which is a category four cyclone, was located about 115km North of Cikobia and 210km North-North East of Labasa at 6pm today.
The cyclone continues to move West-South West at 25km/hr.
Close to the centre, the cyclone is expected to have average winds of up to 16…