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Legend of Raberabe

SHE is identified by the echoing sounds of her breasts that collides with her thighs as she walks along the beach of Tawake in Udu, Cakaudrove. Her name is Sucu Raberabe and elders of this...

Beauty secrets – Entering the cosmetic world

TUCKED away in a little shop at Renwick Rd in Suva is ‘Diva’s Beauty Secrets’ a hair and beauty salon owned by beautician Devanji Kapadia. Mrs Kapadia has been in the business for more than a decade and has had her share of challenges along the way. When she first ventured out, she braced herself...

Your little getaway

Ever think of the tranquillity of such pristine environment on crystal clear waters garlanded by the most magnificent corals and majestic ocean floor sculptured by the hands of nature? Ever think of escaping and getting lost in paradise, free from the hustle and bustle of city life? Ever think of a place where it gives...

Holy Land Tour – Part 9

WHEN the impossible is possible I was once told the word “impossible” can also mean I’m possible or anything is possible only if the heart is willing In Israel, anything is possible. When Abraham first occupied this barren land the Lord promised the man, considered the patriarch and father of all Israelites if he followed...

Peniasi our master chef

COMING on board the government vessel Bai Ni Takali for my one-week work trip to Southern Lau, I was expecting the unexpected. The trip was organised by the Ministry of Fisheries as they had a scheduled visit to eight villages in Southern Lau. We boarded on Sunday morning, August 26, at the government wharf and...

Purple rose and the less fortunate

ASSISTING the underprivileged and the less fortunate has been a blessing for the Purple Rose Tea Club for the past four years. The name itself is quite unique because it is rare to find a purple rose blooming away so, on a trip to Wellington, New Zealand, a few years ago, club president Celine Worthington...

Adventure begins…For better, for worse

“TO have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until parted by death, that is my solemn vow.” This significant marriage vow was shared with brothers Viliame Ravato and Mosese Visaka on their wedding day at the...

Obstacles and challenges in service

THE LATE Fijian missionaries who served in North Australia in 1929, encountered major obstacles and challenges in the course of their mission work, however, this did not deter them from achieving their mission – that the people of Arnhem Land understood the importance of serving the Lord. This was highlighted in the book titled ‘Fijian...

Ringgold Island dwellers

HEARING the story of the Loga family on Naqelelevu Island is like something out of a Swiss Robinson Family story except they chose to return to their remote island home after residing in the middle of civilisation all their life. A few years ago former journalist and Naqelelevu native, Pita Loga chose to leave the...

Could Ratu Asesela’s descendants be out there?

COULD it be possible that Ratu Asesela Robanakadavu, the Fijian chief who journeyed all the way to the Canadian Arctic in the 1800s, leave behind direct descendants among the Inuit or Eskimo people of the Northwest Territories of Canada? At least that’s what his relatives in Fiji think as they strive to piece together his...

Slow progress to schools in Koro

THE Ba Provincial Holding Company Ltd (BPHCL) is racing against time in trying to complete rehabilitation works in schools on Koro Island that were devastated by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. BPHCL won the $9m contract for work on six schools on the island which were adopted by the Australian Government’s Assessment to Quality Education Program...

Turkey fines TV channel for Pink’s video with dancing of ‘homosexual nature’

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has fined a television channel for showing a music video by Pink that featured “erotic dance figures of a homosexual nature”, a ruling made by its television watchdog showed. Broadcaster AS TV was fined by the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) over the video for “Secrets”, which it said...

Narikoso village – Where the sands and sea honed rugby stars

AS the sun slowly set towards mainland Kadavu, sounds of laughter could be heard from the seaward side with screams pasi taka na polo (pass the ball), tackle taka (tackle him). It was a group of young boys playing rugby out on the beach at Narikoso Village. As I sat and smiled while watching them...

Respect within Fiji’s music industry

RESPECT is a rhythm and blues song originally recorded and released by US singer Otis Redding in 1965, but it was Aretha Franklin’s 1967 version that took the world by storm. Respect is what Aretha got because she gave it. Despite her mega success as a recording artist and performer, she never forgot her gospel...

Style Fiji 2018 gains traction

SUPPORTERS of Style Fiji, a charity glitz and glamour event that has collected more than $700,000 over the past seven years, are already securing tables for this year’s show. Slated for December 1, tickets are selling fast for the “Style Fiji in Bollywood” themed night, says Marlene Vuniwaqa Blake, one of the organisers of the...

Seeing a city grow

FOR 50 years, Dhansukhlal Kapadia has watched Suva grow into a cosmopolitan city from his small shop. He loves to sit at the back of his office and look out observing the many people walking by outside the busy streets of Suva. It’s a pasttime he now enjoys since he retired and handed his business...

Tips for dry season

THE dry season is here. It is this time of the year that people get sick more often because of the windy and dry condition we go through daily. It is, therefore, important that people should be well versed with important tips to keep them healthy in this dry weather. Dehydration is one of the...

Making a difference

“DUA na motoka sa lako tiko mai qori.” (A vehicle is coming) Children ran towards the vehicle shouting and screaming, pushing each other just to get to the vehicle first. It is not very often these children get to see a vehicle, nor is it an everyday sight, so when a vehicle arrives in the...

In service of humanity

SINCE its establishment in 2000, the Fiji Sevashram Sangha has been working throughout the country, assisting the members of the public in various ways. This week, we look at the history of the organisation and how it has shaped and helped countless lives in the country. Sangha president Swami Sanyuktanand said they were an affiliated...

Women tell of their daily struggles

SHE is known as the water carrier on the island and one just has to see her to know why she is given this nickname. For Tokasa Selai, 64, who is originally from Vuo on the mainland and married in Ligaulevu Village on Mali Island, travelling to the well to get clean drinking water is...

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