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We Have Overcome, Sevens Get First Olympic Gold
The dream of winning Fiji’s first Olympic gold medal has finally become a reality.
Our Fijian boys sang from the depths of their hearts after an outstanding performance against Great Britain.
“We have overcome, we have overcome” a gospel number often sung in Pentecostal churches around the country.
The capital city came to a standstill as people were stuck to a TV screen for the 20 or so minutes.
At the ANZ Stadium in Suva, the public were invited to watch the finals on the big screen. The invitation was sent out after the semi-final win over Japan. It was packed.
Banks sent out notices that staff will be given a 20 minute break during the Fiji game.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who is also is Rio said: “This is a wonderful moment in the history of our nation. We have won our first Gold Medal at a summer Olympic Games and every Fijian is rejoicing at home and around the world. We all convey our warmest congratulations to our World Champion Rugby Sevens team on this magnificent achievement.
“We have all witnessed how much effort you have put into this campaign. And we salute you both for your victory and for being wonderful ambassadors for Fiji.
“I especially want to thank coach Ben Ryan and team captain OseaKolinisau for their inspiring leadership. It has been a great privilege for me as Prime Minister to be present in Rio De Janeiro on behalf of the Fijian people to provide our collective encouragement and support. I have witnessed at first hand the commitment and discipline that has produced this victory and have been deeply impressed and proud.
“A wonderful reception awaits our boys when they arrive back in Fiji. Never before has the Fijian spirit soared so high as it does today. Never have we stood so tall as a nation. So let us rededicate ourselves to the task of building our beloved Fiji. One nation, one people, playing an even greater role in the region and the world.”
ANASILINI RATUVA in Rio de Janeiro
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Compiled by Roneel Karthik
Triple Treat For Gounders (September 1)
A Nadi couple is over the moon after welcoming their new born triplets into the world.The trio’s mother, Ashna Gounder, 27, said the babies were born healthy with the girls weighing 1.96kg and 1.95kg while the boy was 2.35kg at the Lautoka Hospital.
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Sister’s Cry Pierces Funeral Gathering (March 20)
The piercing cry of four-year-old Briana Joy filled the Arts Village Cemetery at Pacific Harbour.
This is the final resting place of her older sister, Mere AilevuBriana and Mere were close.
Mere, 14, was found dead and half-naked with a Tee-shirt tied around her neck at Loloma Beach.
(Facebook: 279 Likes, 22 Comments, 72 Shares)
Were The Kumars MURDERED? (May 7)
The man who found the missing Kumar couple’s bodies says he suspects they were murdered. Joseva Waqatabu made this extraordinary claim yesterday as Police received fresh information about the mysterious disappearance of the Kumar family and their car 10 years ago.
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Our Women Trailblazers (February 1)
We congratulate Colonel Litea Vulakoro Seruiratu on her promotion as a Colonel and Chief of Staff of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.She is the first woman to be a Colonel and Chief of Staff.
This is a wonderful achievement that we should all be proud of. Her curriculum vitae speak volumes of the type of person she is.
Also mentioned were: Dr Jiko Luveni, the first woman Speaker of Parliament, Selai Saumi, Fiji Airways pilot, is the first woman to be a Jet fleet captain, Hartene Yuen 29, she made history by becoming first female captain of Fiji Link ATR aircraft, in sports, Finau Vulivuli is the first Fijian female referee to officiate in a FIFA senior event in Germany in 2011. She refereed the Nigeria-Canada match day three games in the 2011 World Cup, and she also officiated first stage games in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Under-17 World Cup.
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Ryan’s ‘$52m Plan’ (NOVEMBER 16)
An ambitious venture termed to be a revolutionary plan is being worked on with the impossible task to end the player drain from the Pacific Islands by establishing a Super Rugby franchise in Fiji. Former Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan and a group of interested investors who are behind the venture have claimed to have secured more than $52 million backing.
(Facebook: 600 Likes, 18 Comments, 55 Shares)
Father’s Wedding Plans For Son Crushed (May 25)
A father’s big wedding plan was ruined after his 29-year-old son died at the bauxite mining site of Xinfa Aurum Exploration (Fiji) Limited at Matasawalevu in Dreketi last weekend.
Nabavatu villager Waseroma Lava in Dreketi said his son Floyd William was the eldest of six siblings and was supposed to get married in August.
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Unforgettable Moment With The Queen (MAY 18)
Unforgettable! That was how Joji Marau described his visit to Windsor Castle on the invitation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr Marau is the head of School of Mechanical Engineering at the Fiji National University.
He is also the designer and one of the builders of the authentic traditional iTaukeidrua, Adi Eta which featured during the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
“I will never forget this day for the whole of my life when I and five other members of the Fiji delegation was part of the tea party with the Royal Family in the Castle…what an opportunity.”
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All Blacks Son Surprises Dad At Graduation(December 8)
Aporosa Naholo was overjoyed when he saw his third son, an All Black, sitting in church as he graduated with his Bachelors of Arts from the South Pacific Bible College.
The father of three from Nadroga only expected his two sons, Meli and Keini, and wife to celebrate the accomplishment of his three-year commitment.
“What really made me happy this evening was that my son, Waisake, never told me that he will be here. Only my other two sons had confirmed that they will be spending their holidays in Fiji,” he said.
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Viriviri Champions Fatherly Duties (AUGUST 24)
Samisoni Viriviri was eager to jump into role of daddy as the plane touched down in Nadi on Sunday.
While his teammates flew to Nausori that afternoon, he remained in Nadi to spend the first night with his newborn bundle of joy, his wife and family.
His wife, Elenoa, had given birth while he was in Chile.
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Baby Born After A Decade Of Marriage (December 27)
It was a truly joyful Christmas at the Lautoka Hospital on Sunday morning, for Naomi Korolevu as she delivered her first child after ten years of marriage.
Korolevu said a she delivered her healthy baby girl after eight hours of labour at 4am on Sunday.