People

Being a village nurse – Vakalala’s calling to care for others

Juggling her role as a mother and a village nurse is something that 38-year-old Alesi Vakalala is used to. Within two years of work, she had some challenging times serving more than 200 villagers of...

6th December

Kamlash confident

Kamlash is a glaring example of a resilient person who has overcome overcome many challenges to become a successful Fijian businessman. The Korotari in Labasa native had moved to the country’s second largest city with his wife after the expiry of their land lease. “I moved to Lautoka 15 years ago in search of a...

4th December

The ice-cream man

The jingling sound of the icecream man’s bell that echoed around the Lautoka wharf after the easing of travel restrictions for maritime islands was met with a lot of happy customers. Ravindra Salen said he was excited his ice-cream business was back. “I’m so happy. My business is picking up day by day now. The...

3rd December

A simple farmer – Babu: Only hard work can get you there

Votualevu, Nadi resident Babu Kumar has lived a simple life and followed the thumb rule that is “there is no substitute for hard work”. The soft-spoken bachelor said farming had been a part of his life for the past 20 years. “I have been farming since I was a very young boy,” said the 39-year-old....

2nd December

PEOPLE: The young deputy

At 24 years of age, Avikesh Kumar could be the youngest person appointed as deputy chair of the Serua- Namosi District Advisory Council. He said the appointed indicated that Government recognised the importance of youth leadership and participation in decision making within communities. Avikesh was appointed deputy chair on November 18. He said he felt honoured to be given the position at such a...

1st December

Content with life – Nand finds his place in society

Today is a special day after months of been suppressed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We take this opportunity to revisit something Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said last week. Fiji, he said, had gone from having one of the highest caseloads of COVID-19 to being one of the highest vaccinated populations in the region. That...

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