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TC Tino: Services resume in Labasa

Bus services and business operations have resumed in Labasa and Savusavu towns. Acting Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima also praised members of the public for working with police and his team in vacating the towns when...

TC Tino: North assessments deployed to Udu

ABOUT 10 assessment teams have been sent to villages in Udu Point area to assess possible damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Tino. Acting Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima said the teams left at 11am today following a briefing with senior officials. “We are aiming to complete all assessments within the next 48 hours,” Mr Rainima said....

No word on pay increment for teachers

THERE has been no clear indication from the Education Ministry on whether teachers will receive pay increments. During Education Minister Rosy Akbar’s meeting with heads of schools on Thursday, the question on when teachers would be paid was asked. A head of school from the Nausori area asked Ms Akbar on the outcome of the...

Akbar clarifies acting posts

POSITIONS of acting head of school can be revoked at the end of the acting period or earlier under certain circumstances, says Education Minister Rosy Akbar. She also told heads of schools that they should view their acting position as a privilege. Ms Akbar said the performance of teachers who were acting in leadership positions...

‘No fees incurred for damaged textbooks’

THERE is no policy to recover damaged books under the free textbooks initiative in schools by Government, says Education Minister Rosy Akbar during a forum at Saint Joseph’s Secondary School in Suva. She said there were no fees incurred if students lost or damaged textbooks. Ms Akbar said parents had raised concerns after some schools...

Rabuka urges FICAC to probe tender

OPPOSITION Leader Sitiveni Rabuka yesterday lodged a complaint against Government to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for failure to comply with government financial procurement procedures in appointing consultants to the restructuring of Rewa Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd in 2010. Mr Rabuka said the procedures were laid out in the 2005 Finance Instructions issued...

FTA demands list of appointment

THE Fijian Teachers Association (FTA) is demanding that the Education Ministry releases the names of teachers who have been appointed to act as principals in state and church-owned schools. FTA general-secretary Paula Manumanunitoga said the ministry must publicly release the said data and the performance of teachers who were appointed through the open merit recruitment...

TC Tino: Prompt action praised

EVACUEES at the 17 centres in the North, that opened yesterday, have applauded the prompt action by police and the emergency operations team headed by acting commissioner northern Uraia Rainima. The evacuees described the response by police as swift and timely. Labasa evacuee Iliesa Seru said they contacted police at midday and by 2:30pm, the...

TC Tino: Not much damage caused in Rotuma

STRONG winds hit Itumuta, Rotuma, yesterday but according to Rotuma Council chairman Gagaj Samuela Manav, Tropical Cyclone Tino did not cause as much damage as initially expected. “The weather was bad in the morning (yesterday),” he said, speaking to this newspaper from Rotuma. “We had strong winds from 8am to 11am but after that, it...

TC Tino: Cruise suspends Yasawa operations

SOUTH Sea Cruises suspended their Yasawa operations after a directive from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji yesterday. In its travel advisory, South Sea Cruises confirmed all of its Yasawa operations through Awesome Adventures had been suspended until further notice. “South Sea Cruises and Awesome Adventures will be liaising throughout the day with MSAF to...

TC Tino: Fiji Airways cancels flights

FLIGHTS to Tonga, Vanua Levu and Rotuma were cancelled yesterday with more suspended today by national airline Fiji Airways. A total of 11 flights were grounded yesterday while one international flight was brought forward as Tropical Cyclone Tino approached the Fiji Group yesterday. In its second travel advisory this week, the national airline confirmed flights...

TC Tino: Business as usual for West towns

IT was business as usual in Nadi and Sigatoka yesterday as most parts of the Western Division did not feel the full brunt of Tropical Cyclone Tino. Nadi Town Council and Sigatoka Town Council special administrators’ chairwoman Debra Sadranu said there were little disruptions caused by the Category 1 cyclone yesterday. “We have our teams...

TC Tino: Police to patrol streets

POLICE officers in the Western Division would be patrolling the streets in urban and rural centres to ensure the safety of the public during Tropical Cyclone Tino. West divisional police commander Senior Superintendent of Police Surend Sami said while the region would not feel the full brunt of the Category 1 cyclone, officers would still...

TC Tino: Mum joins search for loved ones

ROSALIA Kaitavu left her home early yesterday along with other villagers of Naimasimasi, Serua, to search for her husband and eldest daughter. Her husband Napolioni Kaitavu, a secondary school teacher and her eldest daughter Aliti Kaitavu were allegedly swept away by strong currents while trying to cross the flooded Wainikavou creek on Thursday. When a...

TC Tino: Villagers drink rainwater

VILLAGERS of Vunaniu in Serua are drinking rainwater after their main water pipe was swept away by floodwaters two days ago. Villager Samisoni Matanitaubua said this happened whenever the Selo bridge — where the pipe lay submerged — was flooded. “This is a norm for us as we live in a flood-prone area,” he said....

TC Tino: Vukicibau recalls past experiences

AVELINA Vukicibau of Tubarua Village in Serua is hoping that what happened to their village in the past 20 years will not be repeated this year. She said their village was always severely affected by tropical cyclones. Ms Vukicibau said floodwaters had wiped out several houses in one cyclone that she vividly recalls. The 52-year-old...

TC Tino: Galoa family monitors weather

A FAMILY in Galoa, Serua, is preparing to leave their home if heavy rain continues. Jone Mocenacagi said they had been keeping themselves up-to-date with the current weather situation. He said things could get worse for them if it rained during high tide. Mr Mocenacagi said this could be dangerous for families living in that...

TC Tino: Vunaniu villagers want bridge fixed

A BRIDGE that connects the villagers of Vunaniu in Serua to the main road has been damaged by floodwaters. Villager Kristiana Moce said the damaged bridge had restricted their movement – a norm whenever it flooded. “We need this so that our movement is easy,” Ms Moce said. “We want this to ensure that our...

TC Tino: Storm surges prompt move inland

STORM surges experienced last night forced villagers of Wainiika Village to move inland. Village elder Saula Tuiqalau said they had relocated all villagers living by the shores. “We have moved them to the village hall because the high waves always affect their houses,” he said. “And we don’t want anything to happen to them which...

Rabuka lodges complaint against Govt to FICAC

OPPOSITION leader Sitiveni Rabuka yesterday lodged a complaint against Government to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for failure to comply with Government financial procurement procedures in appointing consultants to the restructuring of Rewa Co-operative Dairy Company in 2010. Mr Rabuka said the procedures were laid out in the 2005 Finance Instructions issued under...

TC Tino: Strong winds hits Rotuma

STRONG winds hit Itumuta, Rotuma, yesterday but according to Rotuma Council chairman Gagaj Samuela Manav, Tropical Cyclone Tino did not cause as much damage as initially expected. “The weather was bad in the morning (yesterday),” he said, speaking to The Fiji Times from Rotuma. “We had strong winds from 8am to 11am but after that...

TC Tino: Evacuees applaud prompt action by authorities

EVACUEES at the 17 centres in the North that opened yesterday have applauded the prompt action by police and the operations emergency team headed by acting Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima. The evacuees described the response by police as swift and timely. Labasa evacuee Iliesa Seru said they contacted police at midday and by 2,30pm, the residents...

TC Tino: Evacuation centres identified by village elders

EVACUATION centres in villages within the Udu Point peninsula have been identified by village elders. Villages in the area conducted meetings yesterday to alert villagers about safety procedures in case the Tropical Depression affected the North. Wainiika Village elder Saula Tuiqalau said they have contacted other villagers within the area and have advised each other...

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TC Toni: Udu villagers experience strong wind

STRONG winds continue to affect villagers in Udu Point area. Wainiika villager Saula Tuiqalau said they had been experiencing strong wind since midday. “It died down at about 6pm but now it has picked up again and is quite strong,” he said. “We have moved to the village hall and closely monitoring the situation. “Food...

TC Tino: State directive on usage of student bus cards poses problem

A DIRECTIVE by Government to place a restriction on the usage of e-transport cards by students within specified hours is prohibiting bus operators from taking students home during these adverse weather conditions. The Government had announced students could only use the e-transport cards between 6:30am to 9am, and 2:30pm and 5pm. With Rakiraki experiencing heavy...

Akbar says her role is not to police school heads

MINISTER for Education Rosy Akbar says her role is not to police school heads. She made the comment while addressing 142 school heads from the Nausori area yesterday. “Believe me, I am not here to police the heads of schools as I have been accused of by some people during my student free days outreach,”...

200-plus officers complete basic recruit course

A total of 239 members of the Fiji Police completed their 03/19 basic recruit course today. While officiating at the passing out parade, Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum congratulated them for their achievements. He also reminded members of the public that they must thank members of the force who were always at the front line...

TC Tino: Police control movements

LABASA and Savusavu towns have closed as police teams guard the entrance to both towns asking people reasons of travelling into town. Both towns are not empty and shops have closed down. Bus stands and markets have also been cleared.

TC Tino: Council workers clear overgrown trees

LAUTOKA City Council workers cleared overgrown tree branches around the main city centre today. This was part of preparations effort as Fijians mostly in the Western Division rounded up preparations in light of Tropical Cyclone Tino. Council workers worked tirelessly from this morning cutting and clearing overgrown branches near the main highway. Meanwhile, businesses continued...

TC Tino: 17 evac centres opens up north

SEVENTEEN evacuation centres have been opened in the North. The evacuation centres include six in Cakaudrove, six in Bua and five in Macuata. Acting Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima has led a team to visit areas in Macuata. He has urged members of the public to remain indoors. The towns, he said would remain closed until...

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