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SEVERE TC YASA EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL OVER BUA PROVINCE THIS EVENING

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Warnings
A Hurricane Warning remains in force for Yasawa Group, northern and eastern half of Viti Levu,
Yadua, Galoa, Kia, Mali, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Matuku, Moala,
Totoya and Lomaiviti Group.

A Storm Warning remains force for Mamanuca Group, the rest of Vitilevu, Cikobia and the rest
of Lau Group.

A Gale Warning remains force for Rotuma, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.
A Storm Surge and Damaging Heavy Swell Warning remains in force for coastal waters of
Rotuma, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands,
Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lomaiviti and Lau Group.

A Heavy Rain Warning remains in force for the whole of Fiji.
A Severe Flood Warning is in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to Vatukacevaceva and
Downstream of Rakiraki Town.

A Flash Flood Warning remains in force for the low lying areas and areas adjacent to small
streams for Vitilevu and Vanualevu, areas adjacent to Dreketilailai Station to Qawa River, low
lying areas and areas adjacent to Bagata River.

A Flash Flood Alert remains in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to major rivers for
Vitilevu and Vanualevu.

Situation

Severe tropical cyclone Yasa (category 5) is passing through Yasawa-i-Rara and heading towards
Vanua Levu. The cyclone is expected to make landfall over the province of Bua around 8pm this
evening.

At 2pm today, Severe TC Yasa was located near 16.2 south 178.1 east or about 80 kilometres
north-northwest of Yasawa-i-Rara, 140 kilometres west-northwest of Labasa and 185 kilometres
northwest of Koro at 2pm today. Close to its centre the cyclone is expected to have average winds
up to 240 km/hr with momentary gusts to 345 km/hr. The cyclone is moving east-southeast at about
13 knots or 24km/hr.

On this track, at 8pm today the cyclone centre is expected to be located about 100 kilometres east
of Yasawa-i-Rara or about 90 kilometres west-southwest of Labasa and the centre is expected to
make landfall over the province of Bua around 8pm this evening.

At 8am tomorrow, the centre of Yasa is expected to be about 50 kilometres north-northeast of
Moala or about 75 kilometres east-southeast of Gau or about 165km east of Suva.

Destructive winds are likely to begin a several hours before the cyclone centre passes overhead or
nearby.

Forecast
For Yasawa Group, northern and eastern half of Viti Levu [from Tavua to Rakiraki to
Korovou through to Suva to Navua], Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands including
Yadua, Galoa, Kia and Mali, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Matuku, Moala, Totoya
and Lomaiviti Group.

Expect very destructive hurricane force winds up to 240km/hr with momentary gusts up to
345km/hr.

Expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms. There’s risk of flash Flooding of low lying
and flood prone areas. Landslides likely especially with continuous heavy falls.

Extremely rough seas having a significant wave height of 14m or more and damaging heavy swells.
Storm surge with sea flooding of low lying coastal areas expected during high tides, with storm
surge heights up to 3 meters expected along the coast when the cyclone centre passes nearby.

For Mamanuca Group, the rest of Vitilevu, Cikobia and the rest of Lau Group.
Expect destructive storm force winds up to 110km/hr with momentary gusts up to 155km/hr.
Expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms.

There’s risk of flash Flooding of low lying and flood prone areas. Landslides likely especially with continuous heavy falls.

Extremely rough seas having a significant wave height of 14m or more and damaging heavy swells.
Storm surge with sea flooding of low lying coastal areas expected during high tides, with storm
surge heights up to 3 meters expected along the coast when the cyclone centre passes nearby.
For Rotuma, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.

Expect damaging gale force winds with average speeds up to 85km/hr with momentary gusts up
to 120km/hr.

Expect periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms. There’s risk of flash Flooding of low lying
and flood prone areas. Landslides likely especially with continuous heavy falls.

Extremely rough seas having a significant wave height of 14m or more and damaging heavy swells.
Storm surge with sea flooding of low lying coastal areas expected during high tides, with storm
surge heights up to 3 meters expected along the coast when the cyclone centre passes nearby.

Destructive storm force and very destructive hurricane force winds can be extremely dangerous
with widespread destruction. It can cause widespread damage to properties and infrastructures,
severe disruption to electrical power distribution and communication services. It can uproot big
trees and cause total damage to crops and vegetation.

The current situation is closely monitored and any alert and warning will be issued as and when significant changes are anticipated.

Members of the public are advised to remain updated with the latest weather information.

-FIJI MET

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Court denies Sayed-Khaiyum’s application to travel

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Suva Magistrate Yogesh Prasad has denied the bail variation application filed by former Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

This is in relation to his travel to Singapore for medical treatment.

Magistrate Prasad stated that Sayed-Khaiyum’s surgery is not essential and not necessary.

Sayed-Khaiyum is facing a charge of abuse of office.

It is alleged that Sayed-Khaiyum authorized the government to pay taxes for former Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem without requisite approval from the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President.

In court this afternoon, Magistrate Prasad said that according to Chief Surgeon Doctor Josese Turagava, Fiji does have doctors who are qualified and can attend to the applicant’s medical needs.

He further says that, therefore, it is important to note that Sayed-Khaiyum is not deprived of any medical procedure.

He adds that Sayed-Khaiyum is already on bail and is free to move around for his medical treatment without any restrictions.

Magistrate Prasad also states there is no evidence to prompt any evacuation for Sayed-Khaiyum to be treated abroad.

He says that when stating medical emergencies, he meant immediate hospitalization in a Fiji Government hospital with the latest test results to show any grave situation of pain that the applicant is stating.

He further says that the applicant also failed to provide any information that Fiji does not have any medical facilities, equipment, know-how, specialists, or environment to monitor and evaluate Sayed-Khaiyum’s condition locally.

The court also gave no weight to the report by Dr. Singh that states that Sayed-Khaiyum requires medical evaluation and treatment.

Magistrate Prasad says he considers Dr. Turagava’s testimony that Dr. Singh is not a specialist in this area.

He says the court will elaborate on the substantive matter so that the accused gets a timely trial and conclude without unreasonable delay.

The state while objecting to the application had stated that Sayed-Khaiyum is at flight risk and the charges against him are serious.

The case against the former Attorney General will be called again on the 16th of next month.

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OFC Men’s Nations Cup: Fiji thrashes PNG 5-1 in their opening match

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The Digicel Fiji Bula Boys started their OFC Men’s Nations Cup 2024 campaign on a high after thrashing Papua New Guinea 5-1 in their opening match at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva this afternoon.

Thomas Dunn was the toast of the Fiji side as he scored two goals in each half.

Nabil Begg, captain Roy Krishna and Setareki Hughes were the other goal scorers for Fiji.

Fiji led 2-nil at halftime.

They will now turn their focus to Samoa in round 2 of the competition.

Fiji will take on Samoa at 4pm next Wednesday.

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Parliamentarians’ pay needs to be revisited with proper public consultation and independent evaluation – Fiscal Review Committee

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The Fiscal Review Committee chaired by prominent lawyer, Richard Naidu says that the question of Parliamentarians’ pay needs to be revisited with a proper public consultation and independent evaluation process.

While giving their view on the 2024/2025 National Budget in a letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Professor Biman Prasad, the Fiscal Review Committee says public confidence in the quality of Government administration is critical to achieving its economic objectives.

It says citizens will not support Government initiatives or align their energies with them – whether as investors, volunteers, public servants or even taxpayers if they do not believe that the Government is working effectively and productively in the nation’s interest.

The Richard Naidu led Committee says in their view, the broad public sense is that the Government is not working to full capacity – or particularly productively.

They say the recent saga over Parliamentary pay rises, which the Prime Minister himself acknowledges was poorly managed, was another dent in public confidence.

It says issues such as frequent foreign travel by Government Ministers, while not fiscally insignificant, have an outsize impact on public perceptions of the productivity and accountability of the Government.

The Committee says conversely, if the Government could show improvements in discipline in these politically sensitive areas it could have a significant positive economic impact.

The Committee encourages the Government to make serious and demonstrable commitments to reduce expenditure on Government Ministers’ travel and perquisites.

Overall, the Committee believes that the Government’s decisions in the 2023-24 National Budget to significantly increase taxes, in particular corporate tax and VAT, were bold and necessary.

They say the tax measures did not conform exactly with the Committee’s specific recommended measures but they were in the Committee’s view appropriate in principle.

The Committee says they responded to the urgent need to properly fund Government operating and capital expenditure, particularly infrastructure, where there is serious “catching up” to do on water and sewerage, roads and bridges, hospitals and health centres and other critical facilities such as school buildings, avoid large deficits and create a “fiscal buffer” to enable Government to respond to future shocks such as major weather events, stabilize and begin to reduce the critical Government debt to GDP ratio.

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