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CBM youths unite online

With everyone working from home over the last two years, a growing community of Fijians gathered online too, some mostly to pass the time. In what has been referred to as the #TeamFiji space, young people from all over the country and in the diasporic communities abroad have found ways to stay connected and entertained....

From village dreams to musical success

Music is the food of love. This rings true for local artist Qali Lomavatu Vakacegu who believes music is a tangible force that has the power to magnify emotions between lovers. Deep in the mountain ranges of Nakauvadra, Ra in the village of Naseyani was where Qali envisioned forming a music band. He loved singing...

It all happened at Korolevu

All that remains of the once bustling entertainment mecca at Korolevu on the Coral Coast are the stubborn charred concrete slabs that were once home to the best of Fijian tourism. For a musician in the ’60s, if you played at the Korolevu Resort, you had literally earned your stripes. Back then, the Korolevu Beach...

Local brands graced London stage

Fijian designer Eferemo Ramokosoi officially introduced his fashion brand – Ramokosoi Fiji – during the London Pacific Fashion Week (LPFW) earlier this month. Launched at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in Whitehall, London, UK, the exhibition also included the works of other local designers such as Hupfeld Hoerder, Niurua Creatives and Vulagi Design. LPFW director Ana...

A COVID-19 special: Delicate matter

Churches should be a place that welcomes everyone. Whether you’re rich or poor, sinful or righteous despite your race or sexual orientation a church that is faithful to Jesus and founded in Jesus should welcome everybody. The Head of the Catholic Church Archbishop Peter Loy Chong made these comments this week as Fiji prepares to open places of worship next month. Archbishop Chong says the church needs...

A COVID-19 special: ‘Our way to recovery’

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said in his press conference recently that from October 4, all workplaces, tertiary institutions, houses of worship, hotels, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, gyms, pools, and tattoo parlours will open at 70 per cent capacity. But he has also made it clear that these places will only be opened to fully vaccinated persons. Mr Bainimarama said as part of Fiji’s Vaccination Authentication Exercise –– they...

A COVID-19 special: Need for mental support

EMPOWER Pacific provided counselling support service to more than 3920 Fijians from April to mid-September this year. With the increasing number of domestic cases recorded during the pandemic, most calls were mainly from Fijians who needed psychological and mental health support. Questions sent were answered by Patrick Morgam, Empower Pacific’s chief executive officer: Times: Apart from counselling support services can you name the other...

A COVID-19 special: ADRA helps 43,000 affected Fijians

By LOSALINI BOLATAGICI Communications officer ADRA Fiji ADRA Fiji provides food security and livelihood support to 8728 affected households nationwide during this COVID-19 crisis. Life has been pretty hard for many Fijians this year. With a population of over 900,000, Fiji was still on the road to recovery from the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020 when cyclones — TC Yasa and TC Ana struck again. An...

A COVID-19 special: ‘Get vaccinated’

Queen Victoria School Year 12 student, Saula Muriwaqa is urging fellow teens to get vaccinated. Muriwaqa who was among students that got vaccinated at the Gospel High School this week said the vaccination meant protection and a step in getting back to normal. For Muriwaqa getting vaccinated means protecting his health first as the country prepares to normalise things. This he said, “means going...

A COVID-19 special: Mobile hairdresser

Around the world, people have traded or bartered during the pandemic either to do their bit for the local community or to simply find means of earning money. For Avy Kumar or Juddy, bartering has become an emerging alternative solution to getting by — and staying busy — amid COVID-19. Because of the pandemic and with the support of FNPF, he started...

A COVID-19 special: Vani’s vending business

When she started her vending business last year she had difficulty adjusting because everything was new to her. Fortunately for Vani Tikomaiseniai she quickly picked up the basics of selling and was able to run her business smoothly without guidance and assistance from relatives or fellow vendors. The mother of two who hails from Galoa Village in Kadavu with maternal links to Makadru, Matuku in Lau...

A COVID-19 special: A safe destination

Our Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) Program is one of the cornerstones of Fiji’s market reentry plans that clearly outlines various safety protocols and procedures to protect Fijians and tourists alike says Tourism Fiji chief executive officer Brent Hill. The program was a collaboration of work between Tourism Fiji and the Ministry of Health & Medical Services, and the Fijian Government through the Ministry...

A COVID-19 special: Ray of hope

While businesses and schools closed down because of COVID-19 and many have lost loved ones the gold and bronze medal achieved from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and athletes participants brought a ray of hope to all Fijians. Wayne O’Connor Team Fiji COVID liaison offi cer (CLO) shares with us the new protocol they had to follow differently from their various experience. When the COVID-19 infection...

A COVID-19 special: Businesses need to be innovative

Many businesses have had to take an innovative approach through social media advertisements and advocacy to keep their businesses afloat and attract customers during COVID-19 says the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation chief executive officer Kameli Batiweti. Mr Batiweti said the pandemic has been a drastic set-back for employers and employees since 2020 with the second wave making things much more difficult for...

A COVID-19 special: Get the Vax, do the right thing

Fiji recorded its first COVID-19 case on March 19, 2020. This was after a former Fiji Airways flight attendant tested positive for COVID-19, in an imported case of the disease. He had recently been to the United States and New Zealand and was admitted at the Lautoka Hospital. He later recovered from the virus. Opening up for the first time in March this year...

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