Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Kerosene Quotes
I was looking for the world price of kerosene on the Internet and happened to come across the Times of India. It has quotations from all over the world where excerpts from newspapers are quoted.  Here are some.

 Since the beginning of June 2011 the international prices for both crude oil and refined petroleum products have been unstable with both upward and downward swings. Any decreases in the procurement costs realised during the month of August will be passed on to the consumer in the next price review. SOURCE: AllAfrica.com 2011-08-16

Even if oil prices stop rising at the world market, we still have a problem of foreign exchange because of the weak shilling. SOURCE: International Business Times 2011-08

If world prices fall, import taxes will be brought back at a reasonable level (on gasoline and mazut oil) and retail prices will be cut. SOURCE: Thanh Nien News 2011-08-15

Considering that exams will be held soon, it's important for the school to get fuel so that students are able to do their revision under proper lights. As such, I urge all the old scholars of the school and the people of Gau who are living in Suva to help in purchasing fuel for the school's generator. SOURCE: Fiji Times 2011-08-12 23:37:00

About 200 students attend the school and it's very hard for those boarding because they are using kerosene lamps to study at night. The school is now collecting money from the people of Gau to buy fuel for the generator and they are going house to house..SOURCE: Fiji Times 2011-08-12 23:37:00

Since the fuel price has further increased now, it has become more difficult for the school to buy its ration of fuel for the generator..SOURCE: Fiji Times 2011-08-12 23:37:

Interesting that quote from Allafrica.com: If prices go up we will simply pass it on to the consumer. While on the cost of goods, the Bio Security Unit formerly the Quarantine Department have introduced fees and charges. I am told they are revenue generating fees. They are pretty steep. I wonder if the people who enacted the law simply said, “Oh don’t worry, the new fees will be passed onto the consumer.”

Imagine that.

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