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The inclusion of non negotiable principles for Fiji's new constitution will ensure that reforms implemented by government will continue through successive governments, says Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. Bainimarama said that the decision to include these principles in the next constitution is based on Fiji's political and socioeconomic history. The head of government highlighted that reforms including the accessibility to education, quality health services and social assistance should be non negotiable in the next constitution. He said Fiji's political landscape has also been stained with the issue of disparity and racial discord. "We don't want a Fiji where only a few will prosper. We are building a Fiji where everyone is considered equal", he said in a government statement. "My government has a social responsibility to its citizens to put in place policies that will achieve prosperity for all Fijians including the marginalized and the most vulnerable citizens". Thats why we made the decision to have these principles and values in the new Constitution. The Prime Minister said that incorporating these principles also promotes a common and equal citizenry where everyone will be treated the same in spite of racial or religious differences. We are all Fijians and all should be treated equally. Under a secular state, there will be no

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though to see that some influential groups continue to promote their own self serving agendas without considering the needs of all Fijians and the needs of the nation". "My question to the NGOs in the country is this; are you working for the betterment of all Fijians or working to satisfy your donor countries?" I believe that the people of Fiji have the potential and the ability to take it to another level. It may be a level we have not thought about or even imagined but this is because we had been sidetracked and hoodwinked in the past by unscrupulous leaders who have never thought of Fiji but only of themselves and their political ambitions. The constitutional process has started and my message to you all is that we must be forward looking, we must work together and not be afraid to make tough decisions. Dont let politicians or NGOs influence what YOU want to say. You need to make independent decisions and you need to do it without the influence of self serving politicians. This constitution is not for them, its for ALL Fijians. We must put aside any prejudices, any self-interest, and political ambitions. These values will not be negotiated because this is my governments vision and its for the betterment of all Fijians and for the prosperity of our nation," concluded Bainimarama.

Fijianese For All


Fijianese was the new name recommended to the Constitution Commission for the people of Fiji. Tailevu North villager, Lepani Ligadua, said in his submission to the Commission that Fiji citizens should be commonly identified as Fijianese. I have been going around asking people what they want to be identified as, Mr Ligadua said. He said that the iTaukei people were more comfortable with being identified as Fijians while other ethnic groups felt otherwise. To have other ethnic groups leaving among us and with all due respect to their identity, I came up with a term that we can be commonly identified as irrespective of our ethnic background and one that is totally different from what weve been known all along, he said. There has been a lot of controversy during the Commissions public consultations over the identity of the people of Fiji. In August 2008, shortly before the proposed Peoples Charter for Change, Peace and Progress was due to be released to the public, it was announced that it recommended a change in the name of Fijis citizens. If the proposal were adopted, all citizens of Fiji, whatever their ethnicity, would be called Fijians. Miss World Fiji KoiniVakaloloma is all geared up to represent Fiji in the Miss World 2012 finals which will be held in China this weekend. Speaking to the media from China, Miss Vakaloloma said the finals would be an emotional time for her, adding that leaving behind the new friends she made while participating in the event would be difficult. She is advocating mental health issues on the Miss World platform and putting a face to beauty with a purpose. I am honoured to represent Fiji on such a huge platform and I feel overwhelmed by the support we have received. This pageant has a very homely feel to it and we have come to create sisterly bonds with girls from other countries. This is just an amazing way to put Fiji before the world, she said. Coming this far and having been chosen as top 40 for the beach beauty award is an achievement that I am happy with. The organizers have been supportive and I intend to make all Fijians very proud, she said. She has made it to the top 40 for Beach Beauty, top 12 for National Costume and will open Dances of the World. The finals of the 62nd Miss World competition that will take place at The Dongsheng Fitness Centre in Ordo will seat over 40,000 guests. The main finals is being hosted by actor Jackie Chan and will for the first time be a two and a half hour live event prior to the normal two hour show. National director for Miss World Fiji 2012, Andhy Blake, said he had faith in Miss Vakalolomas capabilities. I have sent our best ambassador ever for Fiji to any International Pageant without a doubt and I firmly believe Koini has raised the bar and will most definitely leave big shoes to fill for her successors to come. She has done our country proud having promoted our unique culture and bula spirit and showcased to the world what we as Fijians are known for our smile in the most stressful situations, calmness, friendliness and ability to adapt to any environment. We should continue to lobby and support beauty with a purpose, our major platform for Miss World and Miss Fiji and continue to prophesy for the amazing, powerful changes this will impact on our society, country and people as we continue to advocate for mental health and our motto No Stigma, Not Mental .

Fake Notes Locally Made Confirm Fiji Police


Police believe that fake notes circulating in Fiji are made locally and had not been distributed overseas. Fiji Police Force director operations, Senior Superintendent of Police Rusiate Tudravu said they had closed in on a group of individuals who are suspected to be producing the fake notes. We have a 33-year-old man in custody after he was arrested for the circulation of counterfeit notes and for counterfeiting Fiji currency notes, SSP Tudravu said. Another accused, Umlesh Chand of Lautoka appeared at the Lautoka Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with one count of counterfeit notes. In circulation mostly in the Western Division were $5, $20 and $50 notes. We are asking the public not to be alarmed since the circulation was in small amounts and could be contained. These people are experts with computers and we ask the public to come forward with information if they come across counterfeit notes. Meanwhile, SSP Tudravu has warned parents to supervise their children during the school holidays which start on Friday. In light of events like the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival, primary schools netball tournament, Milo Kaji Rugby, Tadra Kahani, scouts jamboree and Deans Trophy finals, Police will stepup our presence during these events. We want to ensure incident-free events so that the public enjoy themselves. He also warned people to call Police when facing personal and domestic problems.

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Cabinet this week agreed that the exhibits at Fiji's booth at the 2012 Yeosu Exposition be disposed as follows: the "drua" and traditional fishing items to be donated to the Yeosu Museum; and the promotional products and lighter handicraft material to be donated to the Fijian Embassy for display in the office. Cabinet based its decision on a submission by the Attorney-General and Minister for Industry and Trade, Mr Aiyaz Sayed - Khaiyum. Fiji participated at the 2012 Yeosu Expo in Korea from May 12 - August 12, 2012. The Expo is an international exposition recognized by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) which was held in Yeosu, South Korea. Over 100 countries from all over the world participated in the Expo. The Fiji booth was housed under the Joint Pacific pavilion together with countries like Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Palau and others. Fiji's National Day was on July 21, 2012. The official delegation to the National Day celebrations was led by the Prime Minister who was accompanied by Permanent Secretary

for Industry and Trade, the Fijian Ambassador to Korea, the Chair of Investment Fiji and a number of senior Government Officials and Private Sector representatives. The Attorney - General said that the Fijian booth displayed Fijian traditional fishing instruments and the "drua", while other traditional items included handicraft, traditional i-Taukei wedding costumes and a number of promotional items. He said that the "drua" and traditional fishing items will be donated to the Yeosu Museum, which has just been opened and will feature each participating countries' exhibit. Fiji had donated the "drua" used in Shanghai Expo to the Shanghai Museum. In addition, the recently opened Mission in Seoul also requested for exhibit items to be transferred to Seoul for display in the Mission office. The Attorney - General said that (conditions apply) promotional products and lighter handicraft material will be transferred to the Fiji Mission in Korea, where the display items will be housed in the office premises and promoted to the visitors to the Embassy and potential investors.

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Kiwi investors set up business in Fiji. The newly-appointed representative in Auckland made this known recently during his first round of meetings with strategic contacts in Auckland, accompanied by the Acting Head of Mission, Ms Mere Tora. The contacts include the New Zealand - Fiji Business Council, Pacific Trade and Invest, Pacific Cooperation Foundation and Tourism Fiji. in his role of promoting trade and investment opportunities for Fiji. There are definitely opportunities for collaboration, Mr Lodhia said after the round of meetings. Niche products in the True Pacific brand could be looked at for a start, he added. Although he is new to the role, Honorary Consul Lodhia is already on the move in Auckland making valuable business connections. Effective January next year, Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers will be paid a minimum of $100 to $180 a week for 20 hours of teaching. This was confirmed by Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal while updating members of the Education Forum on work carried out by the ministry. "The first good news that we have is that Cabinet has approved the increase in salary grant for Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers and the increase will be effective from January 2013," Dr Lal said. "This increase will be corresponding with increases in the salaries of ECE

teachers who are currently paid well below the poverty line." He said that from next year the 879 registered ECE teachers would be paid hourly based on their qualifications. Dr Lal also told the Education Forum that the ministry, along with the University of the South Pacific and a number of donor agencies, had embarked on a program called "one laptop one child. "The program will be trialed out in three schools in Suva and it is expected that with appropriate funding from government, the Ministry of Education and donor agencies will extend to 30 schools per year until the whole program is complete," he said.

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Domestic violence cases are becoming too prevalent in society. Suva Magistrate Sufia Hamza made this comment while sentencing a man charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Nar Deo, 37, pleaded guilty to assaulting Almeta Lata, his de facto partner of 11 years at Jittu Estate on July 9 this year. The court heard the accused returned home that evening and questioned the complainant as to why she sent the children to the internet shop. He punched and kicked the complainant. When the case was first called, Ms Hamza placed a domestic violence restraining order on Deo. In mitigation, Deo told the court he was separated and sought forgiveness. Ms Hamza adjourned the case for two years and told the accused to appear in court on notice. The accused was bound over for $1000 for the next two years and he was told not to commit any offence, to be in sober habits and if the court was satisfied, he would be discharged. Ms Hamza further ordered that the accused not to assault or threaten to assault the complainant. He was also ordered not to damage or threaten any property of the complainant. Ms Hamza told the accused not to intimidate or harass Ms Lata.

Lokia Village Praise RFMF Work On Foot Crossing


Media personnel from newsrooms around the country recently toured government development projects in the Rewa province. Journalists and broadcasters were in Rewa as part of the current Media Tour, organised by the government. While in Rewa, the media team also saw the recently completed Lokia village crossing which was built by engineers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. The Rewa provincial administrator Mr Navindra Narayan said that the new crossing will bring a sigh of relief to villagers. This Lokia foot crossing is one of the crossing that was assisted sometimes early in 1980s through Canadian Aid. But sometimes last year the crossing suffered major damage and the state it was in last year needed a complete overhaul of this bridge. Though we did not have any allocated funds we had been requesting funding. Fortunately, late last year we were able to get some funding from Public Sector Investment program (PSIP), Mr Narayan said. Lokia village headman Mosese Vatunitu said they are so happy to see their foot crossing being built and the bridge raised by the RFMF engineers. Now our children are can safely walk to school without getting wet, during floods water usually flooded the crossing but not anymore, Vatunitu said. While in Rewa, the media team also met with villages who are now working on self-income projects including the production of coconut virgin oil.
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A man has not been found guilty by the High Court in Suva for raping his friends wife in front of her husband who was also acquitted for aiding in the offence. The court heard the victims husband raped her first before telling his friend to rape her. In giving her evidence, the victim informed the court that she tried to free herself but she could not as her husband was holding her hands on the ground. She told the court she was angry, helpless and told her husband not to do it but he still forced her and she did not report the rape because her husband had threatened to kill her and locked her in the house. However, in giving his evidence the victims husband said he was disappointed with his sex life because his wife belittled him and complained

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of not being able to be satisfied by him. In his evidence, he informed the court that his wife had agreed to the arrangement although he did not agree; he had to do this since his wife was always complaining about his sexual performance. The court also heard from the husbands friend that he never forced himself on her but she wanted him, made it clear by her actions and he had seen her after that but she had never complained. The second witness for prosecution who is a doctor from the Lautoka hospital also informed the court that the victim was very unhappy and disturbed. However, when he examined her there was no evidence of abuse or violence. In delivering his judgment, Justice Paul Madigan agreed with the majority verdict of the assessors and acquitted and discharged both the men.

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HC Tikotikoca with Mahesh Patel, Chairman CPLGroup (Center) and Mr.Bhagi Patel, Group PNG OperationsManager (left) after meeting at Fiji House) In an effort to boost trade relations between Fiji and Papua New Guinea (PNG), Fijis High Commissioner to PNG Mr.Romanu Tikotikoca is moving quickly to revive the PNGFiji Business Council. Mr. Tikotikoca has started consolidating support in PNG for the proposed new Business Council. A planned meeting with interested stakeholders is set for the end of August. Immediately upon taking up his new appointment in Port Moresby, Mr. Tikotikoca started reaching out to prominent business people in PNG that will be key to re-establishing the Business Council. These include Mahesh Patel of the CPL group and Restaurateur, Michael Ah Koy and Mr. Graham Osborne. The PNG-Fiji Business Council has an important role to play in promoting business and investment relations between Fiji and PNG. In doing so, the Council seeks to promote networking among business that have similar interest for possible joint ventures and identify possible markets for these business both in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. There are already investments and businesses from PNG already operating in Fiji and vice versa. PNG businesses currently operating in Fiji include, Credit Corporation, Niugini Insurance Company, Andy Finance, Wesram Finance and BSP. Fijian companies operating in PNG include DATEC, Vinod Patel Wholesale and retail hardware registered as Hardware Haus and the City Pharmacy Group of Companies who are currently operating in Port Moresby and other major towns of Papua New Guinea. Mr.Tikotikocas efforts will complement the activities in Fiji of the Fiji-PNG Business Council. The Fiji-PNG Business Council had been inactive for the last eight years since it was formed in 2005. With support from Organizations such as BSP, ANZ, Broadway Mufflers, Credit Corporation, Foods Pacific, FMF, Modern Furniture, Fiji Export Council, Freight Services Fiji, Golden Manufacturers, Goodman Fielder, Carpenters Fiji, Investment Fiji is leading the effort to revive this organization. A Bilateral Trade Agreement between Fiji and PNG and a Double Taxation Treaty signed in 1998 between the two countries is already facilitating trade. With the revival of the PNG- Fiji Business Council and its counterpart in Fiji the Fiji-PNG Business Council, trade and investment between the two countries is set to grow.

Prominent Fiji businesswoman and Soqosoqo Duavata Lewenivanua (SDL) party member Mere Samisoni has been given an approval by the Magistrates Court in Suva to travel overseas for a dental treatment. In granting her bail variation Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili said the court is satisfied that Samisoni will return to the country after her treatment as most of her family members are here and she has businesses around the country. The court heard that before leaving

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Fiji, First To Mark India Celebrations


Descendants of indentured labourers from India were remembered during Indias Independence Day celebrations. The celebrations were held at India House in Tamavua hosted by the High Commission of India in Fiji. Many gathered to observe the pride of their homeland, India, and commemorate the 66th year of their independence. Indian High Commissioner, Vinod Kumar, said India shared a bond with Fiji because of their presence in the country for decades. We, the representatives of India in Fiji have seen a lot of combined work by the two countries in terms of facilitation, economic growth and education at most. We shall not forget our brothers and sisters in Fiji who arrived long time ago under the indentured labour system whose generations have lived through the ages in Fiji till date. The celebration in Fiji is the first around the world where the Indian flag was raised to honour the day. India gained independence on August 15, 1947, becoming the Republic of India since then. The government of India has been accommodating education scholarships to Fiji nationals as well as many cultural lessons. Fiji is at large populated by the Indians who are in the traditions and fellowship of their forefathers and homeland in India which further strengthens our bond, Mr Kumar said.

MSAF To Help Fight Illegal Activities


Government is now working around the clock to stop illegal transactions within our borders. In a bid to overcome this, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Marine Safety Authority of Fiji and the Financial Intelligence Unit. MSAF CEO Neal Slack says with more than 300 islands, Fiji is exposed to illegal activities such as unlawful transactions. He says to reduce the risk; Government has put up strategies, to track down illegal activities. He maintains their main responsibility is the safety and protection of the maritime industry.

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The Motibhai Group of Companies hosted business houses from Nadi and Lautoka at its Bushells Fiji's Biggest Morning Tea, a charity event aimed at raising much needed funds for the Fiji Cancer Society. The group also donated $15,000.05 as part of its assistance to the Western Cancer Society, an addition to its annual assistance to the society. Group chief executive officer Kirit Patel said the company was proud to host the biggest morning tea in Fiji in aid of cancer sufferers in the country. "This is our seventh year of hosting this event and we are proud to be hosting this event for our local business houses," Mr Patel said. He said the company had already committed itself to this worthy cause for the next few years. Western Cancer Society president Milika Marshall said the organisation was grateful for the help. Some renowned corporate bodies turned out to share a cup of tea and donate money and these included representatives from Tourism Fiji, Vodafone Fiji, Airports Fiji Limited, Bank of Baroda and ShangriLa's Fijian Resort.

I am raising money for cancer research by shaving my head for the BC Cancer Foundation. Although I was aware of cancer and tried to help as much as I could, I was never personally affected until my Mum Saleha was diagnosed with breast cancer. That was 5 years ago now, thank God the chemo helped, and she is now in remission. When something like this touches you personally, it really brings it home. On August 29th 2012, I will be shaving my hair off COMPLETELY BALD! This will be not only for your amusement, but also of course to raise funds for cancer research. The reason this is such a risky proposition, is because I have never shaved my head, and the possibility of it never growing back is REAL. But as all middle-aged scalp donating, soon-to-be-bald men know, it is all for the cause. Help Me Reach My Target! The BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising arm of the BC Cancer Agency where all cancer patients in BC go to receive treatment and cancer care. Many of the most cutting edge research discoveries in the last 5 years have come out of research initiatives begun right here in our province. As you are no doubt aware this research is hugely reliant on the generosity of donors and courageous follicly challenged people, like me. Recent studies show that we are rapidly gaining momentum, and the upper hand, in a worldwide fight against cancer. Survival rates are much higher now than just 30 years ago. It is not good enough to know cancer exists, with more than 186,400 Canadians diagnosed with cancer each year, we have to take a stand. My target is to raise $5,000 - an ambitious amount, BUT I know I will be able to raise it through the help of my friends and family. Please dig deep and lets show cancer the door for our future generations. Fundraising Goal: $5,000.00 Total Number of Gifts: 6

Total Value of Gifts: $500.00 MAKE A DONATION I recently created a personal fundraising page through the BC Cancer Foundation. Please visit my web page and join me in supporting a wonderful cause. The BC Cancer Foundation raises and stewards funds to support research and compassionate care through the BC Cancer Agency. The BC Cancer Agency provides screening, prevention and early detection programs, diagnosis and treatment services, supportive care, rehabilitation, palliative care, research and education throughout British Columbia. Your gifts also support the best cancer patient outcomes in Canada. Whatever you can give will be appreciated, and everything helps. Thank you for your support. To make a donation online, please visit my page http://donate. bccancerfoundation.com/goto/ mumtaz. Kind regards Mumtaz Khan, Immigration Counsel ICCRC Full Member R413223, & Registre Qubcois des Consultants, en Immigration (11433)

Cervical Cancer A Big Killer


Cervical cancer continues to be a threatening fatal disease among women in the country. This was revealed by the president of the Fiji Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, Dr Swaran Naidu. A gynecologist at the Lautoka Hospital, said women in their thirties was falling victim to the disease each year. "It is very sad that women are still dying from cervical cancer and every week, there are a couple of women that we treat at the Lautoka and CWM Hospitals," Dr Naidu said. She said many were not aware that cancer could be prevented with early detection. "When people hear cancer, there is always a sense of helplessness but they don't know that it can be treated and if we go to our nearest clinic and get a routine check up like a pap smear, we can prevent it from happening," she said. Dr Naidu said another option was for people to change their lifestyle. "A substantial part of the course or road to cancer is our lifestyle. We continue to poison our bodies by drinking alcohol, smoke and eat unhealthy food."

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Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has been charged with abuse of office. Rights group Amnesty International says the Fiji regime should show commitment to democracy by engaging with people with different political views. Amnesty has called for the immediate release of former Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, after expressing concerns his imprisonment was politically motivated. Mr Qarase was deposed as prime minister in a coup in December 2006, led by military commander Frank Bainimarama. Amnesty International's Kate Schuetze said that there are concerns about the motivation behind the charges of abuse of office. "If it is the case that he has been solely imprisoned for those reasons, we're calling for his immediate and unconditional release." Ms Schuetze says Mr Qarase's case is not the only one the rights group is monitoring. "There are a number of people currently facing criminal charges which we feel may be politically motivated," she said. "We've also raised concerns about the case of Daniel Urai, who is president of the Fiji Trades Union Congress. He was charged with sedition and we're also concerned about Mere Samisoni, who is a 74-year-old Fiji businesswoman and former parliamentarian who's been charged with similar crimes." Ms Schuetze says the government should reconsider Mr Qarase's case, as well as others were there are political concerns. "The government has repeatedly said that it is moving towards democracy and elections and a crucial first step in that would be showing that it's willing to get engaged with people who have different political views," she said. "I think that'd be an enormous step of good faith on behalf of the government to show that they really are committed to making the reforms they say they are going to make." The government of Commodore Bainimarama has promised elections in 2014, and is conducting public consultations on a new constitution.

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The Department of Energy has successfully completed installing 2,400 solar home systems in the Northern Division at a cost of $5.2million. Solar home systems have been installed in villages such as Cawaro, Vunikodi, Druadrua, Qaranivai and the Dreketi irrigation community. The installation of solar home systems in the maritime region particularly in the Lau group will also begin soon. Director of Energy, Peceli Nakavulevu said the installation of solar home systems in the maritime region will be provided through the assistance of the Japanese government. The Pacific Environment Community Fund is a commitment by the Government of Japan to support project with the focus on the provision of solar power generation systems, Mr Nakavulevu said. Through Japanese aid, $4 million will be provided for the installation of solar home systems in rural schools and homes. Mr Nakavulevu also added that the department had this year introduced a new payment system for households, in which they were required to pay $14 per month. The new payment system requires villages and rural communities that are not situated near a post office to choose a representative who will be able to collect payment of 6 months on behalf of the villages, Mr Nakavulevu said. The department then provides a safe receipt book to the village representative, in most instances it is the Turaga ni Koro (village headman). Solar home systems are the only economical answer to remote rural electrification. The director added that the system is environmentally clean and the technology simple and applicable.

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In order to reduce rice imports, government is now reviving rice farming in Navua. Agricultural officer Navua Virend Chand said the government had provided incentives to about 69 farmers in Navua to start-off with dry land rice farming. "Incentives such as rice seeds, fertilizers and chemicals have been provided to farmers in Navua to start rice farming," Mr Chand said. He said the government also provided machinery for land preparation and as of now, three acres of land had been planted with rice. "The rice planted is called Star variety which is a new and improved variety of rice," Mr Chand said. He revealed that to revitalize rice farming in Navua was a bit difficult but because of some good farmers who had taken up the initiative, others were slowly coming on board. "As a result, a rice mill in Navua has started its operation so that farmers can get their rice processed," Mr Chand said. He said they were encouraging farmers to plant for their family use only. Mr Chand said the government also assisted some farmers whose land was lying idle for the past six to seven years to start wetland rice farming. He said the project was continuing and they would be targeting more farmers to start off with rice farming. Meanwhile, a rice farmer who took advantage of government's incentive said the idea to revive the planting of rice in Navua was welcoming. Anil Prakash, 56, of Tokotoko, Navua said rice farming had a lot of potential but sustainability was an area of concern. Mr Prakash said if government continued to provide assistance, farmers would benefit a lot and more would show interest.

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Fiji-born Sumeet Tappoo is set to enthrall the local audience next month with his latest transition into Bollywood type concerts. The concert Celebration of Bollywood was launched at the Cozmo Lounge in Tappoo City in Suva earlier this month by Pawon Promotions, the Australianbased promoter of the concerts. In a statement, Pawon Promotions said in association with Suva personality Ajay Amrit, it was ready to present the extravaganza of romantic music entitled Celebration of Bollywood. "The general support in Fiji has been overwhelming despite the economical situation, which confirms music brings people together and relieves them of their sorrows or concerns," it said. Sumeet's concert will open in Suva on September 28 with a full complement of Bollywood musicians, glitz and glamour. On September 29, he will perform in Lautoka and the closing concert will be held in Nadi on September 30. Pawon Promotions said ticket prices start from $10 to enable all music lovers to enjoy the music of yesteryear and modern songs. "Sumeet Tappoo who recently recorded a romantic duet with singing diva Sunidhi Chauhan for a blockbuster movie to be released in 2013 will set the record straight with his talents of modern romantic songs and his versatility and transition into playback singing in movies," it said. Accompanying Sumeet will be Jasmine Kapadia, a female singer who has captured the hearts of many in India. Pawon Promotions' Aunindra Raj Bachu also said in the statement that he was taking pride in being associated and supportive of the Tae Kami Foundation Kids with Cancer.

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Fiji has been given a grace period or moratorium for 10 years on its repayment of the $86million loan taken from the EXIM Bank to upgrade the sugar mills in 2005. Sugar permanent secretary LieutenantColonel Manasa Vaniqi confirmed this, adding, the government was also awaiting a decision from the Indian government on a submission to convert the loan to a grant. A mission recently returned from India where it met with then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee now president over the issue. Mr Vaniqi said the basis of the submission was that the upgrade, which was conducted by a private company,

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Bullies Can Face Jail Term


Bullies can go to jail or can face serious criminal convictions for harassing and assaulting other peers, says youth advocate Peter Water Waqavonovono. The former Pageant King and 2011 Vodafone Hibiscus King, Mr Waqavonovono stressed these words to the students via a Skype telecast attended by 40 high school students from around Suva. During the telecast, Mr Waqavonovono discussed teenage social issues and called on the students to join their campaign to ending bullying in schools. Meanwhile, this years Make a Stand against Bullying will be staged on August 20 around the world with over 12,000 registrations welcomed by the organisers. For us, the work on bullying does not end here, it will carry on throughout the year says singing sensation and anti-bullying advocate Eroni Dina. We cannot be silent anymore; we need to commit to learning more about bullying and sharing information on anti-bullying strategies. Last year, the event gained 12,000 participants, who took pledges to help end bullying the best way they could. Registrations are being sourced through their email account, antibullyfiji@ gmail.com and Facebook page. The movement is gaining momentum and had recent registration from a Church Youth Group from the Suva Corrections Centre compound. In looking at this culture of violence in our schools and communities, we also see a culture of silence, Mr Waqavonovono said. He further said that lack of action had given legitimacy to bullies to carry on hurting others and forcing many people to live in fear. Bullies can also be saved with the right intervention programmes that can be implemented by schools. He urged the Ministry of Education to focus on anti-bullying policies that focus attention on awareness and intervention as well as an upskilling initiative to ensure all school administrators was up to par with current trends in anti-bullying work. With just days away from the 2012 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival in Suva, Mr Waqavonovono has pledged his commitment to help put an end to bullying in schools with a few 2012 Hibiscus contestants.

Appeal Denied
The High Court in Lautoka has denied the appeal application of a man convicted of raping a Lautoka schoolteacher in 2009. The accused appealed the sentence given to him by the Lautoka Magistrates Court on the grounds that it was harsh and excessive. However, in his judgement, Justice Priyantha Nawana said the eight-year sentence imposed by the Magistrates Court was in fact lenient. Justice Nawana then proceeded to impose a non-parole period of six years stating that the learned magistrate had failed to act under Section 18 of the Sentencing and Penalties Decree. According to the court, the incident occurred when the schoolteacher attended a break-up party on November 27 in 2009 where she drank wine and beer before leaving for Hunters Inn in Lautoka at around 7pm. The victim remained at the club with two other colleagues and left at around 2am. As she was walking towards her home along Vio Rd, the accused grabbed her from the back and pushed her to the ground. He then threatened her to accompany him to town, to which she agreed because she feared for her life. While walking along Sukanaivalu Rd, the man then pushed her to the side of the road into a drain where he raped her.

The Legal Literacy Trainings enables rural and remote communities in Fiji to have a clear understanding of the laws and legislations protecting human rights and accessing justice, legal services to eliminate discriminatory practices against women and children. These capacity building trainings are facilitated by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation in collaboration with relevant stakeholders like Fiji Police Force, Director of the Public Prosecution (DPPs Office), Legal Aid Commission and Judicial Department. The Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni says that through the Legal Literacy trainings, people in rural areas are provided with information on the Domestic Violence Decree, Child Welfare Decree, Crimes Decree and CEDAW (Convention of the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women). Fiji is currently going through legal reforms to inculcate greater protection of women and children; as such Legal Literacy trainings are important in raising awareness and educating in particular women, about existing laws and accessing those legal services for protection of their rights. The communities learn about services they can access in terms of addressing

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domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, accessing counseling services in marriage and family relations, Dr Luveni said. She said this initiative is aligned with governments commitment to strengthen on womens accessibility to justice and womens human rights to be fully protected, as articulated in Womens Plan of Action 2010 to 2019 (WPA) and Roadmap for Democracy Sustainable Socio-Economic Development (2010 to 2015). The villages that have already been trained in legal literacy this year are Mualevu village in Lau, Qaranivai in Macuata, villages in Rakiraki district, Muanikoso womens group, Nayavu in Wainibuka, Savudrodro in Cakaudrove along with villages in Serua, Nadroga and Navua. Some of the communities earmarked for this training later during the year are Nabouwalu, Namau in Bua, Tavualevu village in Tavua and Korovou, Tailevu. Dr Luveni said that as a result of this awareness, more people are now reporting cases of violence and abuse. This training complements, the Zero Tolerance Violence Free Community Campaign where community leaders, women and youth leaders and religious organizations all work together with relevant agencies, in creating violence free communities, she added.

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Almost six years after Private Josefa Lewaicei was killed in action in Iraq, his partner and only child, 13-year-old daughter Anna-Marie, have been given an opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to live in the United Kingdom. Private Lewaicei had promised the mother of his child, Faizia Khan that they would marry as soon as his fiveyear stint with the British Army was up before leaving for England in 2000. He returned to Fiji only once to repeat the vow to the love of his life. Ms Khan said she believes that despite his untimely demise "Joe" has kept his promise. "He came in 2003 and asked me to wait. He said that when he returned we would settle down and move to England because of the many opportunities that were available for our daughter," she said. "Even though I still miss him today, I am

thankful for the opportunity that has been given to my daughter because of him. "Even though he is not with us physically, I believe he is watching out for our family and fulfilling the promise he had made." According to British Army support officer, retired Major Jim Hall, this is the first time that the British military has undertaken to move the family of a deceased foreign soldier from their homeland to settle in the United Kingdom. Private Josefa Lewaicei, who was with the Royal Anglican Regiment, was killed in a roadside bombing north of Basra, along with 19-year-old fellow rifleman, Adam Morris, in May 2006. Private Lewaicei joined the 2nd Battalion of the Anglicans in 2002 and had served in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland before being deployed to Iraq.

Major Jim Hall said "this type of assistance is normally offered to deceased soldiers' families that are residing in the UK". "However, in this instance, we felt that it was beneficial for Anne-Marie because of the opportunity to receive a great education. While we understand that we are going to remove her from her homeland and rich cultural heritage we are comforted in the knowledge that the education and ensuing opportunities that will be provided to her will be of the highest standard," he said. Getting mother and daughter to England was no easy task. From the time that Ms Khan had applied for assistance under the Royal Anglian Charity Benevolent Fund in 2010 until confirmation of acceptance more recently, life has been a frenetic flurry of activity. "The British Army flew us to England in June and showed us the school that Anne-Marie would be attending. They put us up in a really nice hotel, right next door to the Royal Hospital School in Ipswich and opposite the base of my former partner's regiment the Royal Anglian. She spent two days at the school because they wanted to see how she would adapt to boarding life and they were pleasantly surprised with her proficiency in English. "We did not hear anything when we got back until last week when Major Hall told us to pack up and be ready to leave for England next week." AnnaMarie says she has plans to become a Naval lawyer after completing studies in England.

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The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola this week met with the President of New Caledonia, Mr Harold Martin, to discuss the implementation of the Noumea Accord, particularly the work of the three Steering Committees that were established in 2010 to deal with the various pertinent issues emanating from the Accord. The meeting also discussed bilateral issues relating to areas of cooperation between the two Governments. It was agreed that both parties would look into more innovative ways to strengthen their economic and bilateral relations. "Given that New Caledonia is a neighbour and that we have good trade and travel connectivity, there are many areas in which we can benefit from each other," Mr Kubuabola said. Minister Kubuabola also took advantage of the opportunity to discuss the progress on the implementation of Fiji's Roadmap and the preparations towards the 2014 democratic elections. Minister Kubuabola is currently in Noumea leading the MSG Ministerial visit to New Caledonia to assess and monitor the implementation of the Noumea Accord as mandated by the MSG Leaders Summit early this year.

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People have been warned against fraudsters who pretend to represent their banks and end up hacking into their accounts and taking their money. Police have raised the alarm against the online banking fraud after several people lost money from their bank accounts. Fiji Police Force public relations manager Ana Naisoro said they had been receiving a number of reports of hacked accounts recently. "In most of the cases, people find their money missing when they check their bank balance," she said. "We get an average of two cases a week." While expressing concern on the new wave of crime, Ms Naisoro said the police cyber-crime unit was working on the cases. Police are working closely with the banks and the Financial Intelligence Unit. Information received by the media showed that a person or group of people hack into the bank accounts and transfer money. A prominent Suva businessman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he lost $3000 from his bank account recently. "I reported the matter to police who are investigating. Apparently it seems to be a hacker in Africa," he said. "When I went to the Criminal Investigations Department to report the matter, I was told by police officers that they had received 14 complaints in two weeks." The businessman said internet banking worldwide was a major problem. He said the bank where he has his account and from which the money was transferred has told him that he would not get his money back. Commenting on the new wave of

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For the first time ever, guests that book into one of Fiji's newest luxury escapes will receive free on the national carrier. Tadrai Island Resort, one of the country's first adults-only retreats situated in the Mamanuca Group has created an innovative package for the discerning traveller. Guests from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Christchurch, Los Angeles and Hong Kong that book seven nights at Tadrai for two will receive one free return international flight to Nadi while guests who book 10 nights for two will receive two free international return tickets. The deal, available until September 11 this year, costs $F18,900 for the seven-night package and $F27,000 for the 10-night stay. The rates also include taxes, French champagne on arrival at the hotel room, all meals, all beverages including alcoholic and non-alcoholic, daily sunset canap's, fully stocked mini bar, laundry service, Pure Fiji amenities, all resort activities, twice daily maid service and romantic

turndown, Wi-Fi, movies and an iPad. "We really wanted to create an offer that was innovative and fresh to the market. Tadrai is the first adults only, all inclusive resort in the Mamanuca Island's and not even one-year-old and this year Air Pacific will be re-branding the airline, so it will be an exciting year for both of us and we wanted a deal to reflect this," explained Tadrai Island Resort managing director Aaron McGrath. "Our aim was to have one deal that would work and be appealing across all our key markets and we wanted to create a deal that hadn't been offered before. I really believe we have achieved this." "We're delighted to partner with Tadrai Island Resort on this truly 'all inclusive' initiative. As Fiji's national airline and one of Conde Nast magazine's top 10 small airlines in the world, it's only natural that we partner with the country's newest luxury resort that offers something quite special to its guests, much like we do to customers on board our flights," said Air Pacific spokesman Shane Hussein.

Fiji Wins Regional Contest


Fiji took out a regional competition launched earlier this year by posting the best results of 12 Pacific Island Countries working towards agreed targets for water and sanitation management. Fiji was announced winner of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Pacific Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Project competition for the Nadi Basin project an innovative initiative, which is focused on flood risk management and planning in the Nadi Basin. The GEF funded Pacific IWRM Project was launched in 12 countries in 2009 to protect vital watersheds, manage wastewater and sanitation, assess and protect water resources, and improve water efficiency and safety. According to regional project manager for the GEF IWRM Marc Wilson, the benefits of the work were now starting to be felt in the region. The GEF funded projects are executed regionally through the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are implementing agencies.

crime, Westpac Fiji general manager Adrian Hughes said it was not internet fraud but electronic mail scams which involved all banks. "We have done a lot of work in educating the community, our customers," he said. "What's happening is that hoax emails with lots of information available, purporting to be from banks, are sent to customers approaching them to log in to their bank accounts." Mr Hughes said once the customers log in; the numbers are retrieved and used to access funds in the accounts. "It's not an internet fraud, it's a numbers game. And it's not true that only Westpac is involved, the other banks too are there. "Email scam is an international problem and I've been working with the FIU on this issue. Westpac has put in place additional measures to protect customers and we have written to every one of our customers." Mr Hughes said most of the email scams are initiated out of Africa. FIU director Razim Buksh said cybercrime has been a global threat in the past two decades and is an emerging trend and threat for Fiji. "The Fiji FIU has noted the use of internet banking facility portals at local commercial banks for cybercrime related activities such as phishing, hacking, identity theft and advance fee fraud," he said. Mr Buksh said earlier that authorities in Fiji were taking the matter seriously and have established a strong networking and partnership with domestic as well as foreign counterpart agencies. He said the FIU, commercial banks as well as the Association of Banks in Fiji have alerted customers and members of the public to exercise caution and care when accessing their bank accounts online.

Investment Activity To Boost


The Reserve Bank of Fiji is expecting a boost in construction activities this year and the next from tourism investments and state capital projects. The central bank mentioned this as it released its economic review for the month of July. The review expected rise in construction activities from projects such as the casino and resort development in Denarau, Peppers Naisoso Apartments, Grand Pacific Hotel as well as the Nausori Airport upgrade, the National Stadium facelift, Raiwai housing project and other infrastructural upgrades in resource based sectors such as mining, forestry and fishing. Consumer spending remained upbeat in May, indicated by an annual growth of 11.8 per cent in domestic Value Added Tax (VAT) collections. The liquidity level, however, rose by $4.6 million to $540.1 million in July, led by a $26.6 million increase in foreign reserves and a decline in government's central account balance by 87.3 per cent to $0.7 million. However, the RBF said, these were partly offset by a 3.8 per cent ($15.1m) growth in statutory reserve deposits and a 3.0 per cent ($14.7m) increase in currency in circulation. "New lending for consumption purposes noted an increase of 88.4 per cent to $56.9 million during the same period. "In the coming months, higher disposable income as a result of lower income tax rates, combined with an anticipated increase in visitor arrivals should continue to support consumption activity this year," the review said. "The labour market noted some improvements as the number of vacant positions advertised in the year to June rose annually by 5.7 per cent."

Workers From 10 Sectors Have Wages Increased By At Least 9%


Workers from 10 sectors will have their wages increased at least by 9% according to Wages Council Chairman Father Kevin Barr. The 10 sectors are building, civil and electrical trade, hotel and catering, garment, manufacturing, mining and quarrying, printing, saw milling and logging, security services, wholesale and retail trade and road transport. Father Barr said the Wages Regulation Order has been gazetted so that means people in these ten sectors can expect the wage increase in their next pay. Father Barr added this increase will be enforced by the Ministry of Labour.

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-Reform institutions and rehabilitate individuals and groups which are prone to being implicated in coups such as etho-nationalists and religious fundamentalists; -Ensure a separation between religion and state; -Facilitate greater public participation in all aspects of governance; -Those found guilty of treason or coup related offences by a court of law be prohibited from contesting elections for life. The Prime Minister said submissions made to the Constitution Commission should also include how to address Fijis coup culture. Governments way forward was for a better Fiji and the Prime Minister said he would ensure that there were no more coups in the country. Rewa chief, Ro Filipe Tuisawau in his submission at Nausori said the people of Fiji have had enough suffering from politicians/coup makers. Were fed up of coup makers turned politicians, Ro Filipe said. He also said that there should be no immunity provisions in the constitution, unless approved by an elected parliament. In an address at the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly the Prime Minister had said, Fiji has a coup culture, a history of civilian or military coups executed in the interest of the few and based on nationalism, racism and greed. To remove this coup culture and to commit to democracy and the rule of law, policies which promote racial supremacy and further the interests of economic and social elites, must be removed once for all. Racism, elitism, and disrespect for the law are undemocratic. They lead to hatred, violence, poverty and moral bankruptcy. He said the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party proposals in its submission had elements that had led to the military takeover.06 because it was unhappy

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The Prime Minister and Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, insists that there can be no more coup dtats in the country. There will be no more coups in the country and we have to address this in our new constitution, the Prime Minister said. Speaking to the media, Commodore Bainimarama said the military took over leadership with the political leadership. We have taken over leadership because politicians have failed us, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister said the Peoples Charter had put forward 14 key principles to end the coup culture. The 14 principles are: -Remove the political, economical and social conditions for coups and strengthen the sanctions against coups; -Build genuine national reconciliation through dialogue, forgiveness and appropriate conflict resolution mechanisms for groups and individuals affected by coups; -Redefine and clarify the role of the RFMF to ensure it is committed to defending the Constitution. -Transform the role of leadership; -The Courts to be empowered to penalise including orders of dissolution of political parties that engage in activities that breach important values of the Constitution; -Improve ethnic relations at personal, communal, institutional and national levels; -Enlarge public accountability for national security; -Implement electoral reforms; -Strengthen the accountability and transparency of State institutions, the private sector and civil society organisations, in particular, to enhance their adherence to the rule of law; -Establish civic programmes to raise public awareness about the injustice and illegality of coups and issues of democracy and good governance;

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A taxi driver who damaged his electronic voter registration (EVR) identification card was bound over to be on good behaviour. Satya Nand Prasad squashed his EVR card in front of EVR clerk Karalaini Viala at MH Superfresh Supermarket in Tamavua on July 18. The court heard that Prasad got himself registered on the specified day but was unhappy with the outcome of his photo. He then requested if another one could be issued to which the EVR clerk said it was not possible. Prasad than squashed the card and threw it back at her. Magistrate Sofia Hamza said that even though he had damaged a card worth $2 only, it was an official Government ID card. Magistrate Hamza ordered that Prasad be placed on probation for the next six months to maintain good behavior. The 53- year- old sought the courts forgiveness after pleading guilty to one count of damaging property. The magistrate said if the court was satisfied with his behaviour during this six month period, then he would be discharged.

Heath helpers, from left, Matelita Kaitoga (Fiji), Lalcen Datt, Dr Satish Prasad (Aust), Damyenti Chandra (USA), Catherine Tautau (USA), Dr Sheri Morris (USA) and Keresi Taylor (Fiji) at the Patan Memorial Health Clinic at Nacovi, Nadi Organisers of a five-day medical clinic an Association known as the Fiji Aid in Nadi last week free of charge International, focused on providing were pleased with response from the free medical clinics to Fijians. public. Residents visited the clinic and More than 100 people took advantage received advice on how to prevent of a free medical clinic offered by diseases like diabetes, cancer and other a visiting group of medics from the non-communicable diseases (NCDs). United States of America and Australia We have been doing this for the past at the Patan Memorial health clinic in 12 years and we are happy with the Nacovi, Nadi. response because there are people Three health personnel from the US coming in all the way from Lautoka and two from Australia conducted and surrounding areas to be part of the medical checks for high blood pressure, clinic. diabetes, breast, pelvic and thyroid I am now suggesting to those who exams, and pap smears. have missed out on this service to take We are pleased with the local support full advantage of other free medical from the public and also the business clinics in the coming years, she said. sector, founder of Patan Memorial From the 73 women who visited the Health Clinic, Damyenti Chandra said. clinic for pap smears tests, five were Through the help of Rosie Holidays, referred to the Lautoka Hospital. the Western Cancer Society, Medisure Women should now learn to have Pharmacy, Raniga and Pacific two-yearly pap tests and also conduct Destination, we were able to offer self-breast examinations because the transport from Nadi Town to the clinic, two common types of cancer, which and also free medications. is cervical and breast cancer, are both Mrs Chandra is a former Fiji resident preventable, Australia-based Doctor now residing in the USA and she formed Satish Prasad said.

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Rudge Will Adopt New Approach To Address Road Issues


Community engagement and civic education are among key strategies the Fiji Roads Authority will embark on for 2013. And the issue of poor roads has been a major challenge Government has to deal with over the years. With a different approach, now planned for the new year to better address these issues the FRA is serious about placing firm solutions to try and fix this problem. Authority manager Mike Rudge said, the FRA had planned to have a streamlined system and include these key indicators in all aspects of operations whether it be potholes filling, road upgrading, new projects and road maintenance. Key indicator for the unit is to focus on meeting with rural communities to incorporate their submissions and to increase civic education on how we operate within the unit, Mr Rudge said. In the past complaints, and issues pertaining to roads have not been well managed, members of the public are not informed on the progress of any project. This system of community engagement is one of working on solutions to fast track operations and quick response to queries. Another approach that will be rendered by the authority is the construction of billboards and issuing of posters in our rural communities. These billboards will entail the point of contact within the authority, to better inform people on whom to consult for issues of concern. Branding of site workers is also mandated for next year. This will ensure the effectiveness of authority towards providing better services in the maintenance and construction of new roads, Mr Rudge said. Accessing of better roads will benefit cross sections of operations within the country and this includes road safety, traffic congestion, and reliability to travel, improve business and create positive vibes for development in Fiji. The FRA is committed towards the people of Fiji in providing better roads for their future. It has also embarked on bringing in expertise to service the latent level of the organisation like providing training development for staff, including hands on training. This area is a major challenge for FRA to endure but the organisation is adamant of making significant changes.

Fijian soldiers serving in the Middle East are safe, says the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) Land Force Commander and spokesperson, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga. It came as: -Lawlessness grew in Sinai, where a Fijian battalion is part of the Multinational Force and Observers monitoring the Egypt-Israel peace The Egyptian military and militants have been engaged in deadly clashes and Islamic militants have tried to attack into Israel from the Sinai. News agency reports said some peacekeepers were fired on but there were no injuries. - Fighting intensified in Syria, where two senior Fijian officers are part of the United Nations monitoring mission. Let me assure the nation and the relatives of our soldiers serving in the Middle East that they are safe, Colonel Tikoitoga said. Colonel Tikoitoga said the Fijian soldiers filed in their reports to the RFMF daily. The Land Force Commander said they had received queries about the safety of the Fijian soldiers serving in the Middle East. At the request of the United Nations,

Fijian Soldiers Safe In Middle East

the RFMF had sent two senior officers, Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Qilio and Lieutenant-Commander Marika Vosawale to Syria. The two officers communicate with the RFMF daily and they are in good health. Colonel Tikoitoga said the two men were proudly flying the Fiji flag and carrying out their assigned duties with dignity and pride. International news agency had reported that Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of no-fly zones and safe havens patrolled by foreign forces near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, a Syrian opposition leader said. It said battles raged on Sunday in the northern city of Aleppo, where tanks, artillery and snipers attacked rebels in the Saif al-Dawla district next to the devastated area of Salaheddine. The Jerusalem Post reported that as the situation in Syria continued to deteriorate, with the collapse of the Assad regime becoming increasingly more imminent, further direct intervention by Iran in the Syrian conflict in an effort to save the regime should not be ruled out.

ACCESS to your own personal credit report and credit history just got easier as the Data Bureau and Vodafone teamed up to offer online credit report services and payments enabled through M-PAiSA services. The services enabled through the partnership will allow anyone in Fiji to access their own credit report through the Data Bureau's online service and pay their dues through M-PAiSA. Bureau general manager Delores Elliott said the new service did not necessitate travelling to Suva where the bureau's only office was located to establish information required. The services also ruled out the need for bureau offices in other parts of the country, she said. Consumers can now log on to the

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SUPER-stain resistant paint that lasts up to 15 years sums it up for the recently launched enhanced range of paint that has hit the local market. But there's more to APCO Coatings new range of exterior and indoor paints. According to the company, its Villa Sunfast has been boosted with weather safe technology to last up to 15 years in the tough South Pacific environmental conditions. The Fortuna Silk range enhanced to be a super stain resistant paint can be washed with mild soap to remove tea, coffee and red wine stains. The mould-resistant Fortuna Pearl range is a water-based coating for

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interiors and exteriors with gloss level and toughness similar to oil-based enamel, the company said. APCO Coatings general manager Swapnil Talekar said the new range was eco-friendly and had a low odour. The enhanced range of paint can withstand Fiji's tough environmental conditions, the company said. APCO Coatings says it was awarded ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification for its excellence in quality and environmental systems. "The company is confident that these products will suit the needs of the Fijian market in terms of quality and lifestyle appeal," Mr Talekar said.

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Welfare Ministry Concerned Over Uncollected Vouchers


The Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation is reminding all its social welfare recipients that if they fail to collect their monthly $30 Food Vouchers within 30 days of issue, their food voucher will be cancelled and voucher books returned to the social welfare headquarters. Ministry permanent secretary Mr Govind Sami has reiterated that if people do not collect their vouchers on time, their payments will cease. Mr Sami said that monthly allowances for the respective recipients will be put on hold pending full verification and funds will only be released once the clients are re-certified. He has expressed concern following a report from district offices that 1428 voucher books remain uncollected. These books were released at the beginning of July. Non-collection of vouchers mean that while funds are committed, they are not being utilised against the Cash Flow that the Ministry has for this allocation. FNPF and Government pensioners are required to be re-certified by submitting Pension Renewal Forms on a quarterly basis, Mr Sami said. Similarly, the ministry now relies on collection of Voucher Books every 3 months as a form of recertification. Uncollected Voucher Books will be cancelled and funds diverted to assist more needy clients in our pending list. The Ministry, he said is aware of some cases where a recipient has passed away and the relatives continue to collect the allowances and do not inform the social welfare office to cease payments. By requiring clients to personally collect voucher books, the Ministry is able re-certify clients and ensure that payments are in respect of genuine recipients only. Third Party Collection and redemption is only approved if the Social Welfare Officer is satisfied that the recipient is immobile and in such cases, a Third Party Identification card is issued. The recipients are once again reminded to collect their voucher books on time to avoid cancellation of vouchers and allowances being put on hold or terminated, he said. Mr Sami reiterated that for all clients who are issued monthly cash top ups; the Ministry will be embarking on a recertification programme from the 15th of August, 2012 and those that do not re-certify, their allowances will not be paid in October. Recipients will be expected to bring their ID Cards and Bank Cards for recertification at the nearest Social Welfare Office where Renewal Forms will have to be filled. For maritime provinces, arrangements are being made with the divisional commissioners and provincial administrators to use the Turaga-ni-Koros to assist in the process, he added. All the social welfare recipients are once again reminded to present proper identification when collecting their vouchers. While collecting the food vouchers, recipients must provide their Identification Cards and in the case of 3rd party transactions, evidence must be produced that the primary recipient is still alive. Otherwise, food voucher will not be issued and allowance also will be put on hold, Mr Sami emphasized

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The Methodist Church in Fiji will finally hold its annual congregation after a four-year ban was lifted by the country's interim government. While the church has now been given permission to hold the ecclesiastical meeting, several restrictions are still in place. The assistant general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra told the media the restrictions include a warning not to discuss political issues. Reverend Nawadra says politics will be difficult to avoid, particularly as the church's interpretations are not always the same as the military regimes. "The meaning of politics for us is to work for the poor and to uplift the standards of life and to talk to

Fiji Government Lifts Ban On Methodists Meeting

government on that line," he said. "We cannot do any other thing because that is what we are required for according to our faith." While he says he's grateful for being able to hold the meeting, Reverend Nawadra says limiting it to just three days does not allow enough time for everyone to have their say, especially after four years of silence. "The business that has been heaping up has gotten a little too big for three days," he said. Meanwhile, police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua, has warned there may be a police presence to ensure attendees do not stray off topic from a pre-approved agenda.

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Indian Police Arrest Yoga Guru During Protest

Police have arrested the TV yoga guru and anti-corruption campaigner Baba Ramdev during a protest march on India's parliament. Baba Ramdev, a famed TV yoga expert, began a protest in New Delhi last week, demanding that the government do more to recover money stashed by Indians in foreign accounts. On Monday, he led 5,000 of his supporters towards the Indian parliament but was arrested by the police on the way. Before the march, he and his supporters motive was to throw out the ruling Congress Party and bring in a "clean" government. "This is a fight to finish. We will not budge, we will fight and we will win," he said. "We will bring back black money and eliminate corruption from the nation." Baba Ramdev, along with another campaigner, Anna Hazare, have driven the anti-corruption movement in India following a string of major scandals which have tarnished the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Hazare, a former army driver who models his appearance on independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, led a huge protest movement in 2011 but his popularity and ability to tap into

public anger have since waned. Baba Ramdev, whose current protest has been largely ignored by the government - unlike in 2011 when senior ministers held meetings with him - said he had wanted to march to parliament to have the voice of his supporters heard by lawmakers. Baba Ramdev and other arrested protesters were transported to a stadium in the centre of New Delhi as thousands of supporters crowded the streets, shouting "hail mother India". They followed the guru to the stadium barely a kilometer from where he was arrested, creating a big traffic jam in one of New Delhi's busiest office districts. Initially police had planned to hold Baba Ramdev in a stadium on the outskirts of the capital, but they later released the guru and his supporters, who local media reports say refused to leave the stadium, claiming that the protest had taken a "decisive turn". The protest comes as authorities are putting in place tight security arrangements for India's Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday. India's ruling Congress party says Baba Ramdev was being used by the country's main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in jail for stealing $150,000 worth of jewellery from homes across south-east Queensland in 2010. Leigh Christopher Wicks pleaded guilty in the District Court in Brisbane to three counts of burglary. The court heard police found stolen goods at his Sunshine Coast home including precious gems, watches and gold jewellery. The jewellery worth $150,000 was taken two years ago from properties at Helensvale on the Gold Coast, and

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Pullenvale and Chermside West in Brisbane. Wicks' lawyer Paula Morreau told the court her client committed the offences to pay for his heroin addiction. At the time, Wicks was on the run from authorities after breaking parole conditions relating to a six-year sentence for armed robbery. Police tracked him down after taking DNA samples at the scene of the robberies. He will be eligible for parole in 12 months.

The Kingdom of Tonga and the New Zealand territory of Tokelau are going solar - reducing not only their carbon footprints, but also their multi-million dollar diesel bills. Their switch to solar is part of a global trend, which Australian industry leaders say offers lucrative opportunities for those quick enough - and smart enough - to act. With $7 million in New Zealand aid money - together with Kiwi and Australian expertise - Tokelauans are building a solar power plant on each of their three coral atolls. Fakaofo atoll has just flicked the switch on its solar plant, and the other two are scheduled to be up and running by year's end. "Probably by the end of the year we will be the first country in the world to meet our needs from renewable energy," Tokelau elder Foua Toloa said. Tonga too is turning to the sun. Last month in Nuku'alofa, King George Tupou VI unveiled the kingdom's first solar farm. The one-megawatt facility is called Ma'ama Mai, meaning "Let there be Light". "This is the first one of its size to be opened anywhere in the Pacific," New Zealand foreign minister Murray McCully said. "It's taken a bit of tenacity for us to get there. But I think it's a demonstration to others that it can be done. It's a leadership statement from the government of Tonga and I commend them for it." Nearly 6,000 solar panels will generate 4 per cent of electricity used on the main island of Tongatapu. That may not sound like much, but Tonga Power says it will save the country at least 15 million New Zealand dollars in diesel over the 25-year-life of the plant. Last year, diesel burnt up one tenth of Tonga's gross domestic product. "We're consuming about 13 to 15 million liters of diesel a year. To put that in perspective that's one litre every two seconds," Tonga Power chief executive John can Brink said. "For a small country like Tonga providing power for 20,000 customers - that's huge. "At one dollar fifty a litre, that's about eight to nine million New Zealand dollars a year." That is the same amount as it cost to build the New Zealand-funded solar power station. The hope is that these panels will generate not only solar power, but more investment for the debt-laden country. "A major impediment to investment here is the cost of electricity, so it significantly limits the growth

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opportunities," Mr McCully said. "Over time we are going to change that." Tongans pay at least double the cost per unit for electricity than most Australians. Many just cannot afford it. "It's very hard for the people to pay the power, it's expensive. That's why I help with the solar," solar panel installer Siutiti Halatoa said. A community group is taking matters into its own hands, installing a single solar panel on scores of homes which are not on the power grid. This family now has electric light and reliable communications. Tonga Power says solar energy will shave 6 per cent off its customers' bills and much more by 2018, when Tonga hopes to provide half of its power through sun, wind and biomass. 'Endless opportunity' Australian Solar Energy Society CEO John Grimes says solar energy is going to be a huge industry in the future. "If we can mark ourselves out as being experts in remote and deployed solar technology, the opportunity is literally endless," he said. Mr Grimes is a regular at Australia's parliament house. He is keen to see government and business seize the opportunities presented by a global industry already worth $100 billion a year. "We should be thinking about the technology to come. Investing in it and making sure that we play a disproportionate role globally in that industry," Mr Grimes said. China is the solar industry's manufacturing super-power. Companies such as Suntech have built billion-dollar businesses using technology and training provided by Australia. Suntech's chief executive, Stuart Wenham, studied at the University of New South Wales under one of the men credited with inventing photovoltaic technology. Now his teacher, Dr Stuart Wenham, is Suntech's chief technical officer. "Much of the solar technology in the world today was invented in Australia by Australians. We have not as a county capitalised on that opportunity," Mr Grimes said. "So this does require government focus and attention. But with a small investment we can make a disproportionate impact both on the industry and on the lives of people in the Asia-Pacific region." Tokelauans are already showing the way, embracing solar energy in the hope it will help keep their economy - and their low-lying islands - above water.

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Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh Dies

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India's Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has died aged 67 after a long illness in a hospital in the southern Indian city of Madras. He was suffering from a liver ailment and had been taken to a hospital in the city for a transplant. Mr Deshmukh was twice chief minister of the western state of Maharashtra and a powerful regional leader of the ruling Congress party. He is survived by his wife and three sons. India's parliament was adjourned following Mr Deshmukh's death as a mark of respect. Popularly known as Vilasrao, he had to contend with about 30,000 farmers committing suicide because of failing crops during his stints as chief minister from 1999 to 2003 and from 2004 to 2008. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described him as "a valued cabinet colleague and an able administrator". "We will miss him in the government," Mr Singh said. Correspondents say however that his reputation was compromised by allegations of corruption in a moneylending scandal and by criticism of his behaviour in the aftermath of the Mumbai militant attacks four years ago. He denied any wrongdoing.

A 26-year-old Cairns man who stabbed a mother to death in front of her fiveyear-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison. Mark Andrew Stephenson pleaded guilty to the murder of Leanne Mayhew in her Manoora home in August, 2010. The Supreme Court in Cairns heard Stephenson was affected by drugs and alcohol when he killed the 24-year-old woman, just hours after her neighbours saw the pair chatting and laughing. Stephenson repeatedly stabbed Ms Mayhew in the head and face but told police he could not explain why he attacked her. Ms Mayhew's five-year-old daughter was found outside the apartment crying

Killer Gets Life For Stabbing Woman In Front Of Daughter

Undocumented immigrants are applying for the temporary right to live and work openly in the US, as a sweeping immigration policy reform takes effect. Up to 1.7 million people could be eligible for the programme, unveiled in June by President Barack Obama amid pressure from Hispanic voters. Republicans say Mr Obama has passed over Congress - and unemployed US citizens - with the programme. The Latino vote could be important in November's presidential election. Most of the estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the US are from Latin America. 'Tapping talent' Illegal immigrants are getting their records in order as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) starts accepting applications. In an internal document, DHS officials estimated 1.04 million people would apply in the first year. The Migration Policy Institute and the Pew Hispanic Center have estimated as many as 1.7 million people could be eligible under the programme. The administration's plan is to stop deporting many illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children. To be eligible, immigrants must prove they arrived in the US before they turned 16, are 30 or younger, have been living here at least five years and are in school or graduated or served in the military. They also cannot have been convicted of certain crimes. The measure has echoes of the so-called Dream Act, which offered permanent residency to young undocumented immigrants, but failed to pass after years of congressional stalemate. "Childhood arrivals who meet the

US Launches Sweeping Immigration Reform

guidelines and whose cases are deferred will now be able to live without fear of removal, and be able to more fully contribute their talents to our great nation," said Alejandro Mayorkas, head of US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Fraud warning But conservatives accused Mr Obama of political pandering as he and Republican White House rival Mitt Romney compete for the Hispanic voting bloc ahead of November's elections. Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said on Tuesday: "While potentially millions of illegal immigrants will be permitted to compete with American workers for scarce jobs, there seems to be little if any mechanism in place for vetting fraudulent applications and documentation submitted by illegal immigrants." The Obama administration detailed on Tuesday what documents illegal immigrants need to qualify for the programme. The paperwork for the programme can be downloaded from the immigration services website. Applicants must pay a $465 fee and provide proof of identity and eligibility. This could include a passport or birth certificate, school transcripts, medical and financial records, military service records and, in some cases, multiple sworn affidavits. A decision on each application could take several months, and immigrants have been warned not to leave the country while their paperwork is being processed. Advocacy groups are planning to run events this week to help migrants get their paperwork in order.

and with blood on her hands and feet. Victim impact statements read to the court told of the trauma inflicted on the young girl. The court was told that she still has frequent nightmares and constantly fears for others' safety. Outside court, the victim's mother Sue Mayhew said her daughter's death had devastated her family. "No matter the sentence, my baby is gone forever and we can only hope that while serving his sentence he gets the help he needs so he never devastates another family," she said. Stephenson will not be eligible for parole for at least 15 years.

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Subjected to regular sexual harassment by some local youths and following an altercation with her father on the issue, a 13-year-old-school girl committed suicide by immolating herself in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said. Four people have been arrested in this connection. "Ujjawala Prasad, 13, had set herself on fire last night and she succumbed to injuries Tuesday morning. Her father has lodged a complaint against nine persons who had been harassing the girl for the past few days. Four persons have been arrested," a police officer said. The incident happened in Hirapur in Burdwan district, 213 km from

13-Year-Old-School Girl Commits Suicide After Sexual Harassment

Kolkata. Police said the girl complained to her father about some boys teasing her regularly, following which he went to confront them. The boys said the girl was having an affair with one of them. The father had a heated argument with the girl Monday night. After the incident, Leader of Opposition and Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Surjya Kanta Mishra said: "Not a single day passes when an incident of an attack on women is not reported. Today a girl committed suicide in Asansol after she was harassed by men. The attacks on women, especially on minor girls, have shot up."

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Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare says 67 asylum seekers were so aggressive when a merchant vessel picked them up off Java this week that the ship's captain took them to Christmas Island rather than continuing to Singapore. The ship was one of three picked up this week, as legislation goes before Parliament to reinstate offshore processing. Australian authorities had been involved in coordinating the search for the boat after reports it was in trouble near Java. Mr Clare says the ship picked up the men in Indonesia's search and rescue zone and was planning to take them to Singapore. But he says the captain informed Australia he would take the crew to Christmas Island instead because they became aggressive when they found out they were not going to Australia. "The captain rang the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to tell him of his intentions and he made the point that he was concerned for his crew's safety," he said. The ship then took the asylum seekers to Christmas Island. Mr Clare said he was concerned by the behaviour, and emphasized the 67 asylum seekers could be the first sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea for offshore processing. "It shows you just how dangerous it can be when out on the high seas when you've got desperate people doing dangerous things," he said. "But there's no advantage in that sort of behaviour, because these people now face the prospect of going to Nauru." He says it casts doubt on the ability of the Navy to safely tow boats back to Indonesia. "And that's what happened here, it tells you how dangerous potentially towing a boat back to Indonesia can be as well when people behave like this," he said. 'Outrageous act'

Asylum Seekers Forced Captain To Divert To Australia

A court has heard a Korean woman set alight while she was walking to work in Sydney will never recover from her injuries. The 33-year-old was walking to work in the inner city when she was doused with accelerant and set on fire in March. Mohammed Ali Fouani is charged with causing grievous bodily harm

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The Opposition has lashed out in the wake of the incident, with immigration spokesman Scott Morrison saying "asylum seekers are dictating terms to this Government". Mr Morrison says the people involved should not be offered asylum, and instead be investigated by the Australian Federal Police for crimes of piracy. "The position the master of the vessel was in at the time is he said he was going to Singapore," Mr Morrison said. "That is where he was obligated to go. That has been a longstanding convention; you take people to the next port you were heading. "For the vessel to have been turned around allegedly under threat of violence, to go completely in the opposite direction, which I imagine completely would have at significant cost, is an outrageous act to be committed. "These people were admitted as being assessed, they should be investigated for potential crimes of piracy." He says the incident sends a signal to people attempting to enter Australia by boat that they should use the threat of violence. "They are potentially sending the signal if they won't take you to Australia as a merchant vessel, you can make threats and the Australian government will receive you," Mr Morrison said. "I just can't imagine how anyone could excuse or countenance or even suggest there should be acquiescence by a government to accept people who under alleged threat of violence, turned the master of a vessel round, to have people force their claims here in Australia. "I think this is an outrageous act and I think Australians will be absolutely outraged. "Those who would baulk in these circumstances I think are well out of touch with what the Australian people are thinking."

Melbourne Remains World's Most Livable City

Melbourne has topped 140 rivals to be crowned the most livable city in the world. For the second year in a row, Melbourne has been ranked as the best place to live in the Global Livability Survey, taking into account healthcare, education, infrastructure, culture and crime. Adelaide climbed the rankings to fifth place, outperforming Sydney and Perth. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says it is great news for Melbourne. "Overall it is a remarkable testament to our remarkable city and I think we should be very proud of that," he said. The world's top 10 most livable cities: 1. Melbourne, Australia 2. Vienna, Austria 3. Vancouver, Canada 4. Toronto, Canada 5. Calgary, Canada 5. Adelaide, Australia 7. Sydney, Australia

8. Helsinki, Finland 9. Perth, Australia 10. Auckland, New Zealand "Too often, even in our own wonderful city, it's a bit easy to find the things that we think have gone wrong. "What this tells us is that on a world scale, that there isn't a more livable city and I think that's a great outcome for our city." Councillor Doyle says the survey adds to Melbourne's marketing potential. "It's something that has a direct spinoff, not just for our hospitality and tourism but for international students," he said. "People look for destinations, and it's a very competitive world for those international students, so there are all sorts of ways that we can weave this into the remarkable narrative about Melbourne, when we go overseas or when we are locally beating the drum for our city." Brisbane, Australia was number 20.

Prince Philip Back In Hospital


The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has been taken to hospital in Scotland after a recurrence of a bladder infection. The 91-year-old was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary from Balmoral Castle, where he was staying with the Queen. Buckingham Palace said the Prince was expected to remain in hospital for the next few days. "The Duke of Edinburgh has had a recurrence of the bladder infection that he had in the summer and has been admitted to hospital for investigation and treatment," a palace spokesman said. Prince Philip had visited the Isle of Wight off southern England on Monday and appeared to be in good health as he carried out several public engagements. He also watched several events at the London Olympics in the past fortnight, including the Olympic debut of his granddaughter Zara Phillips, who eventually claimed a silver medal. Prince Philip was admitted to hospital with a bladder infection for five nights in June, forcing him to miss the end of the huge Diamond Jubilee celebrations marking his wife's 60th year on the throne. The infection came after he and the rest of the royal family spent several hours standing on a royal barge in the pouring rain as part of a jubilee pageant on the River Thames in London. On the night he was taken ill, hundreds of thousands of revelers chanted his name to wish him well at a star-studded jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace. He also spent four days in hospital in December after undergoing a surgical procedure for a blocked coronary artery.

with intent to murder and recruiting a teenager to carry out a criminal act. The Central Local Court has heard the woman had 45 per cent burns to her face, chest and legs. In opposing bail, the prosecutor said Fouani was obsessed with the woman and there was concern for her safety. He has been refused bail and will face again next month.

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Canadian Shoppers Irk Costco Edmonton Storm Caused Millions Customers In Bellingham, Wash. In Damages
Attention Canadian Shoppers: Mind your manners!
Damage from the storm that hit Edmonton in July has cost insurance companies more hundreds of millions of dollars. The Insurance Bureau of Canada says there have been thousands of claims for damages to homes, cars and businesses since the July 11 storm that ravaged the city with flooding and golf-ball-sized hail. Joanne Schiweck-Doherty, resident in the Riverbend neighbourhood, says her roof was only eight-years-old and she was expecting it to last for up to 30 years. When I looked down from the stairs, I could see there appeared to be some pock marks on the roof, SchiweckDoherty said. We did an appraisal and we were shocked, it was over $7,000 and its a relatively new home so we thought weve got to go ahead and have the roof replaced. Troy Bourassa, director of claims with AMA Insurance, says after recent storms people should be reminded to make sure they have the right insurance. You may need more insurance because you need to look at maybe when you bought the house it was unfinished and you spent your own time and money to finish the basement, you have to make sure your insurance policy is up to date and is giving you the coverage you need, Bourassa said. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, severe weather events are on the rise and the bureau is predicting more hail, storms and wildfires in Alberta.

Thats the message residents of Bellingham, Wash., have for Canadians who have been pouring across the B.C. border to shop for bargains at the local Costco. A Facebook page called Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans, has drawn local and international attention, garnering more than 3,000 likes and hundreds of comments since being created July 19. Whether it was started in earnest or as an inside joke by a few Bellingham residents, as claimed by one poster pleading for peace, its managed to raise hackles on both sides of the border. Canadians are being admonished on the Facebook page for littering, bad parking, cutting off other drivers, pushing past other customers to grab merchandise and clearing Costco shelves of milk. Its not Costco, its everywhere!!! I feel like Im in Canada anytime I drive anywhere in Bellingham. I wouldnt have a problem if they were considerate people ... but they are the rudest people Ive ever encountered, according to poster Julie Lawson. Its that kind of ire that inspired Todd Smith, 25, of Coquitlam B.C., to launch his own Facebook page: Canadians invade Bellingham Costco, inviting Canadians to shop the Bellingham Costco on Saturday, Aug. 18. Smith says he and his partner make the half-hour drive across the border weekly, not only because gas, food and clothes are cheaper in the U.S., but because stores there offer greater variety. About a dozen people have said theyre interested in the shop-the-

Bellingham-Costco event. Its a bit tongue-in-cheek, but we do go down there quite regularly and we might go down Saturday, said Smith. I find it kind of odd that these people would take such trivial things out of context. Have they not stopped to consider that were supporting their economy? Many of the posters to the Facebook page leapt to the defence of Canadian shoppers. I want to apologize on behalf of Bellingham for this page, wrote a poster identified as Ali Taysi. Your shopping provides invaluable tax revenue for our community. The administrator of the site did not respond to an email request for an interview. On June 1, duty-free limits for Canadian shoppers in the U.S. were raised to $200 from $50 for a 24-hour stay and $800 for visits longer than 48 hours. A BMO report in May predicted that cross-border shopping would boom as a result, particularly in border states. Statistics Canada figures on travel and net expenditures abroad have not yet been released for the period, so its too early to say what impact the changes to duty free have had so far, said BMO deputy chief economist Douglas Porter Tuesday. Matthew Davison, a spokesman for the Peace Bridge, said traffic volume was up 2 per cent in June, and is up a total of 1.3 per cent for the year to date. But traffic was down in July over July 2011. Davison said traffic at the border is driven more by events and currency changes than it is by changes in dutyfree limits.

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B.C. Woman Attempted To Board Calgary Flight With Credit Card

An elderly woman was denied access to her Air Canada flight from Calgary to Vancouver Wednesday night although not because she was deemed a security risk. When 92-year-old Joyce Taylor arrived at Calgary airport, she attempted to check in using her Visa credit card as ID.

Despite the fact the airline allowed her to board her flight to Calgary earlier in the week using her credit card, Air Canada staff told her this did not constitute valid photo identification. "That young woman said you can't get on, but I thought we'd waited so long why couldn't we get on? Well, I banged my cane on her counter," she said. In the end, Taylor did make it back to Vancouver after her family managed to send photocopies of the required documents. "They did [allow me on the earlier flight], so it didn't worry me, she told the reporter after arriving back in Vancouver. But coming back, we missed how many planes? Everybody was waiting for us. It was very awful. And, we should have been here a few hours ago." Air Canada spokesperson Angela Mah said Taylor should not have been allowed on her initial flight without photo ID. Mah says the airline will be emphasizing the importance of these procedures with its employees.

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A Vancouver woman will receive more than $11,000 for being fired a day after she told her employer she was pregnant, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ruled. Her employer argued it was simply a case of bad timing, but the tribunal concluded that the termination was a form of gender discrimination. In the decision, Pauline Kooner-Rilcof was described as a model employee for Ontario-based BNA Smart Payment Systems, which provides debit and credit card terminals for retailers. She was recognized in emails by her bosses for being the top salesperson in western Canada and was promoted to regional vice-president of sales in May 2010. In mid-September that year, KoonerRilcof informed her employer that she was pregnant and would be going on maternity leave in December or

B.C. Woman Gets $11,000 For Being Fired Day After Announcing pregnancy

January. The next day, she received a phone call telling her that her position was terminated. BNA says it made the decision earlier that month to close its B.C. operations, and Kooner-Rilcofs announcement about her pregnancy 24 hours before losing her job was a case of bad timing. Her boss, Matthew Moore, told the tribunal the decision simply came down to economics and said he was sorry for the obvious upset that he had caused. However, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Kooner-Rilcof's pregnancy was an "operative" factor in BNAs decision to terminate her. The company has been ordered to pay $8,000 as compensation for injury to dignity, feelings and self respect and $3,125 in outstanding salary and commission.

4-Million Bumbo Baby Floor Seats Recalled In Canada & U.S.


Friday, or via Bumbo Canada's website. The seats are manufactured by South Africa's Bumbo International, of South Africa, and imported by Oyaco Products Inc., of Calgary, Alta. The recalled products were sold from August 2003 through August 2012 at various children's stores nationwide and online retailers. Around one-million of the molded foam seats were recalled in October 2007 for additional warning labels against placing the Bumbo seats on raised surfaces, such as tables or kitchen counters. Since the first recall, CPSC and Bumbo International of South Africa have learned of at least 50 incidents in which babies fell from Bumbo seats while they were being used on raised surfaces. The CPSC said another 34 babies fell from the seats while they were being used on the floor or at an unknown elevation. In all, there were 21 reports of skull fractures to infants.

Around 4-million Bumbo baby floor seats have been recalled in Canada and the United States after nearly two dozen reports of skull fractures. Health Canada said infants can arch their backs and flip or maneuver out of the seat, posing a risk of serious injuries or fall. Around 341,991 units of the recalled seats were sold in Canada, while around 4,325,710 units were sold in the U.S. Consumers can register for the retrofit kit by calling 1-866-477-5144 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through

In an attempt to weed out disingenuous international students, Ottawa plans to grant student visas and work permits to only those enrolling in government-accredited schools. The proposed regulatory changes would ensure that study permit holders are genuine students by requiring students to enroll in and actively pursue a course or program of study after arrival in Canada, said Citizenship and Immigration spokesperson Nancy Caron. Institutions that are not designated by provinces and territories would no longer be able to host international students. Although the changes are still in the consultation phase, the proposal, published in the Canada Gazette, also recommended that work permits, whether for off-campus work or a coop/internship program, be limited to visa students in accredited schools. Disingenuous study permit holders use their study permit as a primary means to gain full access to the Canadian labour market, Caron noted. Strengthening aspects of the program that could be abused by fraudulent schools or non-genuine study permit applicants is vitally important to protect Canadas reputation abroad. The proposed changes came just as a national task force released a report Tuesday calling on the government to double the number of international students studying in Canada by 2020. It urged Ottawa to ramp up efforts to attract foreign students, to encourage innovation and exchange. The number of international students in Canada taking anything from shortterm language courses to post-graduate studies has gone up by 36 per cent in the past five years, from 176,000 in 2007 to almost 240,000 last year. More than one-third of those students are studying in Ontario. A recent study by the Canadian Bureau for International Education found that

Canada May Limit Study Permits And Visas Of Foreign Students

international students contributed $8 billion to the Canadian economy in 2010. In overhauling the visa program, Ottawa is taking a leaf from Australias book. That nation adopted similar policies after seeing an upsurge of enrollments in fly-by-night colleges when it granted permission for foreign students to work in the country, and then apply for permanent residency. The international student program quickly became a conduit for immigration to otherwise unqualified candidates. Schools also reported students disappearing upon arrival. In 2008, Ottawa launched the Canada Experience Class, to allow visitors on work and study permits to apply to become permanent residents. Since then, it has also expanded its work permit programs for foreign students. The proposed changes are welcomed by the Canadian Consortium for International Education Marketing, which is made up of five national educational associations. Accrediting qualifying schools could help crack down on sham colleges that offer substandard programs to foreign students, said Paul Brennan, of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, a member of the consortium dedicated to promoting Canadian education abroad. Brennan said some of his groups 130 member-schools have had visa students who withdrew, transferred or disappeared soon after arrival. A stronger monitoring system can help screen international students and track their movements, he said. Its an issue of manpower. They need money to fund the enforcement and must keep the reporting system simple. Under the plan, student visas would no longer be issued to people who enroll in courses of less than six months. These students could instead come as visitors and apply for a study permit from within Canada, officials said.

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Average Home Price Ticked 2% Lower In July


Price declines in Vancouver dragged the national average home price lower in July, even as most markets saw slight increases compared to the same month a year ago. The Canadian Real Estate Association said Wednesday the national average price for homes sold in July 2012 was $353,147, down two per cent from the same month a year earlier. "Prices are off their recent peaks in Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, but remain above year-ago levels in most markets," the agency said in a release. Overall, the sales activity was up 3.3 per cent across the country, meaning more homes sold in July 2012 than changed hands in the same month in 2011. But the number of newly listed homes fell 3.3 per cent in July compared to the previous month. The average price was higher in seven out of 10 markets, CREA said, but declines in the large Vancouver market dragged the national average lower. Stripping Vancouver out of the equation would have resulted in a 1.1 per cent average annual gain, CREA said. "The national housing market remains firmly entrenched in balanced market territory," CREA said. The slight real estate slowdown is a reflection of Canadians' wariness of taking on more debt, TD Bank said in a note following the release of the data. Job growth has effectively stalled over the last few months, owing to an uncertain outlook for the global economy, the bank noted. "From an economic risk perspective, the moderation in the resale housing market is a positive development," TD economist Francis Fong said. "Slowing the pace of debt accumulation and housing activity now reduces the risk that households will get into financial trouble down the road when interest rates do eventually rise." TD has been calling for a "modest correction" of between 10 and 15 per cent for some time, Fong says. "Todays report provides some evidence that that correction is now beginning to take place," he noted.

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6) What does "mobility rights" mean? A. Being able to work and move. B. Being able to have freedom of speech. C. Being able to live and work anywhere in Canada. D. Being able to have a job in any provinces. 7) Which province is Canada's major producer of oil and gas? A. Quebec. B. British Columbia. C. Yukon. D. Alberta. 8) What is the Canadian Constitution? A. Municipal and local bylaws. B. The laws which formed the country. C. A system of laws and conventions which our country governs itself by. D. The laws which govern the Territories in Canada. D. Canada. 3) Which province in Canada is the smallest in land size? A. Newfoundland and Labrador. B. New Brunswick. C. Nova Scotia. D. Prince Edward Island. 4) Which province is on the Pacific coast of Canada? A. British Columbia. B. Nova Scotia. C. Yukon. D. Quebec. 5) When does a federal election have to be held under legislation passed by Parliament? A. Within 4 years of the most recent election. B. The Prime Minister can call the election any time at his own will. C. Within 5 years of the last election. D. When the Queen wants to replace the Prime Minister. 9) What do the initials MP stand for in Canadian politics? A. Member of Parliament. B. Member of the Patriots. C. Minister of Parliament. D. Master of the Province. 10) What does equality under the law mean? A. To be like anyone else in Canada. B. To be discriminated against. C. To be the same as anywhere in the world. D. To be protected against any discrimination. ANSWERS 1A 6C 2B 7D 3D 8C 4A 9A 5A 10 D

1) Who do provincial members of the legislative or national assemblies represent? A. Everyone who lives in the provincial or territorial electoral district. B. Federal and provincial governments. C. Everyone who lives in the municipal electoral district. D. Everyone who lives in the federal electoral district. 2) What was the name of the new country formed in Confederation? A. Canadian Confederation. B. Dominion of Canada. C. Britain.

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Moving to Canada is an exciting opportunity but also a great challenge. You need to know what documents to bring, what to expect in the first few days and weeks, how to find a place to live and much more. Find out how to get the help you need to settle in Canada and learn all about living in Canada. About Being a Permanent Resident of Canada A permanent resident is someone who has acquired permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not yet a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents have rights and privileges in Canada even though they remain citizens of their home country. In order to maintain permanent resident status, they must fulfill specified residency obligations. A person in Canada temporarily, such as an international student or a temporary foreign worker, is not a permanent resident. Refugees who are resettled from overseas arrive in Canada as permanent residents through the GovernmentAssisted Refugee Program or the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. However, people who make refugee claims in Canada (either at a port of entry or a CIC office) are not permanent residents. In order to become one, these people must receive a positive decision on their refugee claim from the Immigration and Refugee Board. Then, they must apply for and be granted permanent resident status. What permanent residents can do As a permanent resident, you and your dependants have the right: To receive most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage. To live, work or study anywhere in Canada. To apply for Canadian citizenship. To protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. You must pay taxes, and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. What permanent residents cannot do As a permanent resident, you and your dependants cannot: Vote or run for political office. Hold certain jobs that have a high-level security clearance requirement. Remain in Canada if you are convicted of a serious criminal offence and have been told to leave the country. Keeping your permanent resident status Your permanent resident status allows you to live in Canada, but there is also a time limit on how long you can live outside the country. To keep your status as a permanent resident, you must live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period. Losing your permanent resident status There are several ways you could lose your permanent resident status: A permanent resident who does not meet their residency obligations could lose permanent resident status. If convicted of a serious crime, a permanent resident may be deported from Canada. When you become a Canadian citizen, you are no longer a permanent resident. The Permanent Resident Card If you intend to travel, the Permanent Resident Card is the official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada. This wallet-sized plastic card is required for all permanent residents of Canada seeking to re-enter Canada on a commercial carrier (airplane, boat, train or bus). If you leave the country, you will need this card to return to Canada. If you do not plan to leave the country, you do not need the card.

Finding a job can take time. To succeed in this process, the key is to be prepared! The fact that you have been accepted to come to Canada does not guarantee you employment in Canada in your preferred profession or any other profession. Working in Canada can further help you prepare for the Canadian job market by producing a report based on your occupation and a location. It includes information about job descriptions, licensing and certification, wages, skill requirements, language training and job opportunities, and much more. Finding a permanent job in Canada Finding a job in Canada may be different from finding a job in your home country. New immigrants face some significant challenges when trying to get jobs in Canada:

Your credentials may not be recognized. Your language skills may not be sufficient. You might need Canadian work experience. You may also need to learn new job search skills, create a new group of contacts and find out what Canadian employers want. Work permits for students It is possible to work in Canada while you are here as a student, and there are opportunities for jobs on and off campus. Work permit for temporary jobs It is possible to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages, or to work as live-in caregivers. Preparing to work

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Finding a job in Canada may be different from finding a job in your home country. New immigrants face some significant challenges when trying to get jobs in Canada: Your credentials may not be recognized. Your language skills may not be sufficient. You might need Canadian work experience. You may also need to learn new job search skills, create a new group of contacts and find out what Canadian employers want. What you can do There are many things you can do to find a job in Canadaboth before you leave your home country and once you have arrived.

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Secret To A Healthy Body


day has been shown to be the optimal amount of exercise. If you dont have time all at once, the same benefits are derived even if you break it up into 3 X 10 minute or 2 X 15 minute sessions. library first to see if you like them before buying, or go on the internet and check out the reviews to find ones that are highly rated. Deep Breathing Exercise (M,A,E). 45-60 minutes Yoga. Wednesday Deep Breathing Exercise (M,A,E). 30 minutes walking with alternating 3 minute power bursts/3 minute moderate pace. 5-10 minutes stretching. One balance pose. Thursday Deep Breathing Exercise (M,A,E). 30-60 minutes Pilates. Friday Deep Breathing Exercise (M,A,E). 30 minutes walking. 5-10 minutes stretching. One balance pose. Saturday Deep Breathing Exercise (M,A,E). 30 minutes walking. 20 minutes strength training. 5-10 minutes stretching. One balance pose. Sunday Deep Breathing Exercise (M,A,E). 45-60 minutes Yoga.

2. Stretching.

The secret to a healthy body is simple and actually not too difficult, but all the same it does take daily discipline. In addition, it doesnt need to cost you a lot of money. There are five areas of focus that will keep your body in shape, healthy, flexible, and strong. This article will outline the 5 areas to work on and will include a sample weekly workout regimen that you can start using today.

An important age marker is your level of flexibility. Yoga is a terrific way to keep your body flexible. If you dont have time for a full yoga session, try to make sure you do 5 minutes of stretching each day after your aerobic exercise. To ensure you get most areas of your body, try a sun salutation, some seated twists, and a hip opener.

5. Deep Breathing.

3. Balancing.

1. Aerobic Exercise.

The simplest way to meet this need is walking. Walking is the one of the best exercises for your body. The wear and tear on your joints is lower than jogging. Be sure to start off slower to warm up and increase speed slowly after about 3-5 minutes. To increase the intensity, simply lengthen your stride a bit and speed up your pace. The other strategy for increasing intensity is to increase your speed for short bursts of time. If you prefer, jogging is also good if it doesnt bother your knees. Just know that walking is just as good if you go fast enough. No big investment needed. All you need is your sneakers and maybe not even that if you walk on the beach. 30 minutes per day every

You can certainly join a gym and lift weights. But another less expensive option, which is just as good, is simply using the weight of your own body for resistance. The easiest way to do this is to do an hour of yoga a few times per week. A yoga class is great, but to save money, I recommend buying a few different yoga tapes and rotate them. Check out tapes from your local

4. Strength Building.

Balance, along with flexibility, is something that we lose with age. Practice this a little bit every day and youll be less likely to lose it. Yoga, again, is another great way to build and maintain balance. There are several yoga poses you could use to increase balance. Try one each day. A simple one you can do is to stand on one leg and grab the foot of the other leg to stretch the hamstring in the front of the thigh. As you build your balance over time try to touch your toes with your other hand while maintaining balance. It is helpful to keep your eyes focused on one point. Do this for 15-60 seconds on each leg.

This is very important and heres why. Your lymph system relies on the contraction of muscles and breathing to move the fluids of the lymph system around the body. Why is this so important? The lymph system has three interrelated functions: (1) removal of excess fluids from body tissues, (2) absorption of fatty acids and subsequent transport of fat, as chyle, to the circulatory system and, (3) production of immune cells. So, how do you get your daily dose? Aerobic exercise, yoga, and/or try The Deep Breathing Exercise 2-3 times per day. Heres how: Empty your lungs completely by pulling in your stomach while you exhale. Take a deep breath in. Hold for twice as long as it took to breathe it in. Exhale for 4 times as long as it took to breathe it in. Do this 10 times. Enjoy the rejuvenation! Weekly Exercise Regimen Monday Deep Breathing Exercise (Morning, Afternoon, Evening). 30 minutes walking at brisk pace. 5-10 minutes stretching. One balance pose. Tuesday

Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar is considered to be a natural remedy which helps body to lose weight by taking three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before each meal. But how does the apple cider vinegar help body to lose weight? The acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar regulating and reduce blood glucose level which play a great role in reducing the amount of the insulin hormone released into the blood stream. When insulin hormone excess is in the blood stream, it becomes impossible for your body to lose fats Apple cider vinegar helps skin to get rid of brown spots, with the growing age brown spots appears on skin especially on the hands, To get rid of brown spots, rub your hands with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and onion juice.

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Aries (March 21-April 19): Favourable trends at work bring in a fresh opportunity to improve your career prospects. Financial gains are also indicated for those working on commission basis. Some of you are likely to invest in property or buy a piece of land his week. You can look forward to a relaxed evening in the company of your mate and family. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Be flexible in whatever you may have planned for this week because there will be changes at the last minute. Additional expenses are also indicated and there could be unreasonable demands on your time for loved ones. Gemini (May 21-June 20): You are doing well for yourself. Financial gains accrue to you. The current period is one of success and gains for you. During the course of your work you will be meeting many people, but there is someone special that you will meet for the first time. Cancer (June 21-July 22):

You may feel agitated and up-set if things dont work out the way you would like them to. Expenses are likely but that is something you cannot help. You need not worry if you have to resort to borrowing for concluding your current task. You will profit through your venture this week. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Sales transactions will go through smoothly and you are likely to gain. Some of you may either buy or get an expensive present from someone. Investments in some land or property are indicated. A new business in collaboration with an old friend could prove profitable to both the partners. Virgo (Aug 23-Sept 21): Overlooking a few minor details at work could go against you if you are not careful. However, your efforts at work are rewarded with success. Your partner or mate's work is rewarded with success. Your partner or mate may have some useful suggestions which are worth considering. Keep yourself

open to new ideas and views this week. Libra (Sept 22-Oct 22): Monetary gains accrue to you from efforts that you have been consistently putting into work. Those creative fields or connected with travel will also do well this week. News of a close relative is likely. You will be making plans to meet this person soon. Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): A busy day at work when you will be able to complete your work on schedule. Financial gains are indicated. A new contract will be signed shortly. You may have to work a little harder at a personal relationship which has been deteriorating. News from overseas is indicated and will be favourable. Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21): New work offers and business proposals are likely to materialize. Consistent hard work will earn you a good name, and position that you have been striving for. Expansion in your activities may require you to purchase some new property or land

this week. Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19): Meeting and negotiations slated for today are bound to work out favorably. Gains from new investments are there. Matters concerning the family and children will keep you busy this evening. Students will do well in their studies. Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18): Investments made today are bound to grow. A good week to sign important documents or agreements or even to move into a new house. There is a marked tendency to be brash and abrasive when getting your point across. See that this tendency does not work against you later. Pisces (Feb 19-March 20): Work activities keep you profitably engaged but you seem to be in a melancholic mood. An old associate or friend may drop in this week. Financial support for a new venture that you were seeking will be forth coming. An enjoyable evening with your beloved.

Mango-Orange Chicken
Ingredients
1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.) 2 tsp. oil 1 cup whole wheat couscous, uncooked 2 mangos, peeled, chopped 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup KRAFT Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing 2 Tbsp. finely chopped red onions 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro of each breast. HEAT oil in large skillet on mediumhigh heat. Add chicken; cook 6 to 7 min. on each side or until done (165F). Meanwhile, cook couscous as directed on package, omitting salt and oil. Combine remaining ingredients. SPOON couscous onto platter; top with chicken. Cover to keep warm. Add mango mixture to skillet; cook 1 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Spoon over chicken.

Mexican Grilled Chicken Wrap


What You Need
grilled, chopped 1-1/2 cups coleslaw blend (cabbage slaw mix) 1/2 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, quartered 1/4 cup KRAFT Classic Ranch Dressing 1 Tbsp. lime juice 1 tsp. chili powder 4 whole wheat tortillas (10 inch) 1/2 cup Thick 'N Chunky Mild Salsa 1/4 cup Sour Cream

MIX spices; sprinkle over both sides 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts,

Make It

centers of tortillas. Fold in sides of tortillas, then roll up burrito-style. GRILL, seam-sides down, 8 to 9 min. or until golden brown on all sides, turning occasionally. Serve topped with salsa and sour cream.

Make It HEAT grill to medium heat. COMBINE first 7 ingredients. SPOON chicken mixture down

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Easy Ways to Keep More of Your Money

Spend Less

Continued from last Week -Do some online research on the health effects of processed foods. It'll scare you into cooking from scratch! Don't buy anything containing high fructose corn syrup or aspartame. -Be creative and use leftovers. Don't waste anything. If you save the peelings and pieces you trim from vegetables in a container in the refrigerator, at the end of the week you can use them to make vegetable stock for soups and stews. -Make sure your store checkout person is alert and accurate. Watch as they scan the items to make sure items are scanned properly and you're not accidentally charged twice for the same item. If in doubt about any item, be sure to check the register tape. -Buy larger cuts and sizes. Divide them up into smaller packages when you get home and freeze them, preferably using a vacuum sealer to prevent freezer burn. If you have a small family and the giant sizes are too much for you to use before they spoil or get stale, find a friend or neighbor in the same situation, and shop together, or save time by taking turns doing the shopping. Then divide the items when you get home. -Be creative with ingredients. Try turkey chili or vegetarian chili. If you're out of one ingredient for a recipe, try substituting a similar item, or leaving it out altogether, rather than spending the gas to make a special trip to the store. Or cook a meal that you have the

ingredients for, and save that one until you can pick up the missing ingredient while you're out running other errands. -Grow your own herbs - all you need is a small garden. Even a flower pot in your kitchen window can be an herb garden. -Beverages are usually less expensive by the case. For wine you're going to drink yourself at home, try "Chateau Box," the 5-liter boxes of wine sold under various brand names. If you're not concerned about impressing guests by pouring from the bottle, you can save quite a bit this way. -Make your own baby food. All you need is a blender or food processor. It will also be healthier since it cuts down on salt and preservatives. And you know exactly what your baby is eating, without any extra chemicals you can't pronounce. -Remember that the grocery store, by federal law, must sell items for exactly 5% more than they paid for them. So if you need personal care or beauty items such as deodorant or shampoo, and those items are carried in your grocery store, so you'll spend less if you buy them in the grocery store instead of the exchange. -Shop quickly. Shop alone. The more time you take, the more you'll spend. Bringing children and spouse along on the trip will add impulse items to the cart.

Household

-Do your own yard work and landscaping. -Do your own routine maintenance: painting, minor roofing, putting up the TV antenna, etc. "How to" books in the library and online have lots of tips on minor repairs. -If you don't know how to do a particular repair, but you have a neighbor who does, make a trade with the neighbor in exchange for making the repair for you. Maybe you could offer to babysit for an afternoon. It's called barter, and nobody pays anything.

-Get some of your household needs at garage/lawn/porch/stoop sales if you can. -Buy good quality paint. You can use less, and it'll probably last longer. -If you're re-painting a room in a shade of white or off-white, go to your local home improvement store and ask to see their "reject" paint. This is paint that was custom-mixed for someone, who then didn't want it or returned it. If there is not enough paint of the same color to do your job, buy several different cans of paint in the white/offwhite family (eggshell, navajo white, etc.). Then pour them all into a plastic garbage can, stir with a broom handle to mix well (or use the paint stirrer attachment for your electric drill), and proceed with your paint job. Just be sure to pour the leftover paint back into one of the cans and save it for touchup jobs. "Reject" paint can usually be bought for half-price or less, and I know a millionaire real estate investor who saves money on painting his rental property by using this technique. -Never paint outside (or inside) when it's under 55 degrees. The wood may not be dry, and the paint will crack later. -Use water with ammonia or white vinegar for cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms. You'll obviously spend less than those expensive household cleaners. -For cleaning windows and mirrors, use old newspapers instead of paper towels. You'll spend less, and you won't have the streaks that paper towels can leave.

Furniture and Appliances

Always buy energy-efficient appliances. You'll spend less in the long run. Give charity outlets and secondhand stores (on-base thrift shop) a try. You might find a cast-off treasure. Buy furniture from families that are being transferred out of the duty station you're transferring into. It's a win-win. Buy carpets and rugs on sale or at discount outlets. Those are generally not urgent items that can't wait till they

go on sale. And you'll definitely spend less. Compare appliance service terms as well as price. A slightly more expensive item may have a better warranty (be sure to check this out). Be careful when purchasing service contracts, though. Many times, they aren't worth it. If you do purchase one, be sure you save the item receipt and warranty paperwork together. Evaluate major and minor appliances by reading reports from unbiased testing services such as Consumer Reports. Regular appliance maintenance can make your appliances last much longer. For some, all some need is a drop of oil in the right place once a year. Do it yourself and spend less. Postpone purchase of major furniture and appliances until they go on sale. Watch the papers and the season (January-February for bedding, AprilMay for carpets, furniture at the start of summer). All other things being equal, you'll spend less for unpainted furniture. Read the classifieds. Don't be too proud to find a large-item bargain for sale by a desperate mover. Again, check the model number with the opinions of unbiased testing services like Consumer Reports, if possible. Save all your sales slips and always know what the warranty terms are. You never know when you'll need to return faulty merchandise. Use less expensive fabric for slip covers or drapes when you know you'll probably be moving or redecorating soon. Don't pay for more features than you need in an appliance. Most of us don't use all the "bells and whistles" on our appliances. For example, how many of us know how to use the advanced programming functions on our VCR/ DVD Player or TiVo, or even our cell phones? Continued Next Week

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B.C. Soccer Team Sidelined Over 'Import' Player Rule


A Surrey, B.C. recreational soccer team has been sidelined following complaints that the team of young boys is too racially diverse. The B.C. Tigers, a squad for boys under the age of 13, has been barred from tournament play because its roster has too many players who aren't Indo-Canadians. Regulations set out by the Indo Canadian Summer Soccer Association state that up to four non-South Asians or "import players" can play for a boys' U13 or U14 team. The Tigers had just won a semifinals game in June when a coach for the losing team complained that the squad had more than four non-Indo Canadian players. Debbie Christiansen's son Blake was among the non-Indo Canadian players who were cited as the reason for the disqualification. She speculates that, "if it was the other way around, there would be outrage. It just wouldn't happen." The Indo Canadian Summer Soccer Association, which has grown to include more than 400 teams, was created to promote sport and culture among Indo-Canadian youth. Lawyer David Eby of the BC Civil Liberties Association says the province's Human Rights Code allows organizations that provide services to individual races and religions to discriminate if their main purpose is to promote their own particular group. The Canadian Football League, for instance, has a rule requiring a certain number of players on each team to be Canadian. Each team is permitted a maximum of 42 players. Three are quarterbacks and no restrictions apply. Of the remaining 39, no more than 19 are allowed to be "import" players. Sim Sumra, president of the IndoCanadian Summer Soccer Association, issued a statement on behalf of the league earlier this week. In the note, he said the "import" rule would be up for review this winter but added "we as a board remain committed to the spirit of the intent of the league."

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Teach Kids About Money


Introducing Kids to Money

Coloring

Money gives people -- both young and old -- decision-making opportunities. Educating, motivating, and empowering children to become regular savers and investors will enable them to keep more of the money they earn and do more with the money they spend. Everyday spending decisions can have a far more negative impact on children's financial futures than any investment decisions they may ever make. Here are some simple ways to help educate children about personal finance and managing money: 1. As soon as children can count, introduce them to money. Take an active role in providing them with information. Observation and repetition are two important ways children learn. 2. Communicate with children as they grow about your values concerning money --- how to save it, how to make it grow, and most importantly, how to spend it wisely. 3. Help children learn the differences between needs, wants, and wishes. This will prepare them for making good spending decisions in the future. 4. Setting goals is fundamental to learning the value of money and saving. Young or old, people rarely reach goals they haven't set. Nearly every toy or other item children ask their parents to buy them can become the object of a goal-setting session. Such goal-setting helps children learn to become responsible for themselves. 5. Introduce children to the value of saving versus spending. Explain and demonstrate the concept of earning interest income on savings. Consider paying interest on money children save

at home; children can help calculate the interest and see how fast money accumulates through the power of compound interest. Later on, they also will realize that the quickest way to a good credit rating is a history of regular, successful savings. Some parents even offer to match what children save on their own. Allowance and Spending Decisions 1. When giving children an allowance, give them the money in denominations that encourage saving. If the amount is $5, give them 5-1-dollar bills and encourage that at least one dollar be set aside in savings. (Saving $5 a week at 6 percent interest compounded quarterly will total about $266 after a year, $1,503 after 5 years, and $3,527 after 10 years!) 2. Take children to a credit union or bank to open their own savings accounts. Beginning the regular savings habit early is one of the keys to savings success. Remember, don't refuse them when they want to withdraw a portion of their savings for a purchase--This may discourage them from saving at all. 3. Keeping good records of money saved, invested, or spent is another important skill young people must learn. To make it easy, use 12 envelopes, 1 for each month, with a larger envelope to hold all the envelopes for the year. Establish this system for each child. Encourage children to place receipts from all purchases in the envelopes and keep notes on what they do with their money.

Color The Golf Ball

Continued Next Week

Connect the Dots

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Sleeping spills are "counter-productive" and offer no real benefit in treating insomnia, says a sleep expert. "Most people who take hypnotic (sleep inducing) drugs still have poor sleep. It re-mediates the problem in the shortterm but it almost always produces a long-term consequence, which is drug dependence," said Leon Lack, professor of psychology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. "Sleeping tablets provide short-term relief but when people stop taking them, they might have a few bad nights and think they can't sleep without taking the drug," he was quoted as saying in a Flinders' statement. "Effectively you buy a bit of sleep on your credit card but then you have to pay it back later, sometimes with interest, so in the long-term you don't gain anything. You just offset the insomnia." Insomnia is defined as persistent difficulties falling asleep, maintaining sleep, or both, resulting in impaired daytime functioning. "What's particularly frustrating to people with insomnia is that very few things work for them. So they feel a loss of control, depression and their quality of life is diminished," Lack said. "But it is important for people to realise that sleep isn't just one long, homogenous period of unconsciousness - we go through different stages of sleep, from a deep sleep which lasts 80 to 90 minutes into a lighter, dreaming sleep, and over the course of a night we experience this pattern three or four times. "During the light sleep stage, you're likely to awaken - which is perfectly normal and increases with age - but the media's constant reports about the importance of a solid eight hours sleep create anxiety and anxiety in the middle of the night is not conducive to sleep. So then it becomes ingrained," Lack said. "If you don't fall asleep within 15 minutes of going to bed then get up. Don't lie there awake because that associates the bedroom with frustration and anxiety."

Sleeping Pills Harmful In Long Run

Eating Grapes Good For Heart Health Of Men With Metabolic Syndrome
Consuming grapes may help protect heart health in people with metabolic syndrome, a new study has revealed. Researchers observed a reduction in key risk factors for heart disease in men with metabolic syndrome: reduced blood pressure, improved blood flow and reduced inflammation. Natural components found in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for these beneficial effects. The randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study, led by principal investigator Dr. Maria Luz Fernandez and Jacqueline Barona, a PhD student in Dr. Fernandez' lab at the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the University of Connecticut, recruited men between 30 and 70 years of age with metabolic syndrome. The study is believed to be the first to look at the impact of grapes on metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together - increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist or low HDL (the good cholesterol) and increased blood triglycerides - significantly increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a major public health concern, and is on the rise in the U.S. In this study, participants were randomly assigned to consume grapes, in the form of a freeze-dried whole grape powder, or a placebo powder, for four weeks. Then, following a 3-week "washout" period where neither grapes nor placebo were consumed, individuals were allocated to the alternate treatment. This powerful study design allowed investigators to compare the response of each individual to consumption of both the placebo and grapes. The study results showed that for each of the study's subjects, grape consumption resulted in significant decreases in blood pressure, improved blood flow (greater vasodilation), and decreases in a compound associated with inflammation. "These results suggest that consuming grapes can improve important risk factors associated with heart disease, in a population that is already at higher risk," Fernandez said. "This further supports the accumulating evidence that grapes can positively influence heart health, and extends it to men with metabolic syndrome," Fernandez added.

Potatoes contain unique antibacterial molecules that can treat stomach ulcers, according to scientists at Manchester University. Members of the university's "One of our scientists was having microbiology team now hope the Sunday lunch when her boyfriend's substance, dubbed 'potato juice' could grandma said they used to use potatoes go into production as a daily diet to cure stomach ulcers," said Ian supplement. Roberts, professor of microbiology Uniquely, unlike with antibiotics, at the Faculty of Life Sciences, who the stomach bacteria cannot develop worked on the discovery. resistance to the 'potato juice', which "Afterwards she went and bought a also does not cause any side-effects, bag of King Edwards from a shop and the media reported. started testing them in the lab. Scientists at the university even carried "We see this 'potato juice' as a out the test on different types of potatoes preventative measure to stop stomach - discovering Maris Piper and King ulcers developing that people would Edward varieties worked the best. take as part of a healthy lifestyle. It Inspiration came as one of the could be a huge market if we can get it department's scientists tucked into a developed," he added. spud for Sunday lunch. The process to extract the as yet It led to the discovery of a key molecule, unnamed molecule has now been which could both cure and prevent the patented, with hopes it could one day bacteria that lives in the stomach and be sold as a supplement similar to causes stomach ulcers and heartburn. probiotic yoghurt drinks.
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Why Sleeping On Stomach May Trigger Erotic Dreams


People who sleep on their stomach are significantly more likely to have racy dreams compared to those dozing off in other positions, a new study has revealed. Participants reported feeling sensations on their sides, face down or face up. related to 'sex' and 'persecution' more Among the other ideas that came to frequently than anyone else. people who slept on their front most Among the other racy motifs that frequently was 'erotomania', which is dreamt up were 'being tied up', 'being when a person believes they have a locked up' and 'unable to move'. secret admirer, often a famous person. Lead author Calvin Kai-Ching Yu from "This study provides the evidence that Shue Yan University in Hong Kong dream experiences, and in particular said that the increase in sexual thoughts dream content, can be influenced by could be because people don't get body posture during sleep," the Daily as much air when they sleep on their Mail quoted Kai-Ching Yu as saying. stomach, so their mind was imagining "I believe that the brain during sleep being constricted when you sleep. is not at all totally detached from the For the study he spoke to 670 students, external world, and stimuli, including two-thirds of whom were female, and those stemming from the environment, asked them to fill out surveys about are probably incorporated into dream their dreams. content more often than people observe The details included how often they or are aware of. occurred, how intense they were and "The unconscious brains of the what were the themes that came up. dreamers try to make sense, and even He also asked them to write down their make use of, the external stimuli," he sleeping posture, how often they slept added.

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A new observational study has found more evidence of an association between daily aspirin use and modestly lower cancer mortality, but suggests any reduction may be smaller than that observed in a recent analysis. The study provides additional support colorectal cancer) and about 12 percent for a potential benefit of daily aspirin lower mortality from cancers outside the use for cancer mortality, but the authors gastrointestinal tract. say important questions remain about The reduction in cancer mortality the size of the potential benefit. observed in the current study is A recent analysis pooling results from considerably smaller than the 37 percent existing randomized trials of daily reduction reported in the recent pooled aspirin for prevention of vascular events analysis of randomized trials. The authors found an estimated 37 percent reduction note that their study was observational, in cancer mortality among those using not randomized, and therefore could aspirin for five years or more. have underestimated or overestimated But uncertainty remains about how potential effects on cancer mortality if much daily aspirin use may lower participants who took aspirin daily had cancer mortality, as the size of this different underlying risk factors for fatal pooled analysis was limited and two cancer than those who did not. very large randomized trials of aspirin However, the study's large size is strength taken every other day found no effect in determining how much daily aspirin on overall cancer mortality. use might lower cancer mortality. For the current study, American Cancer "Expert committees that develop Society researchers led by Eric J. clinical guidelines will consider the Jacobs, Ph.D., analyzed information totality of evidence about aspirin's risks from 100,139 predominantly elderly and benefits when guidelines for aspirin participants in the Cancer Prevention use are next updated," said Dr. Jacobs. Study II Nutrition Cohort who reported "Although recent evidence about aspirin use on questionnaires, did not aspirin use and cancer is encouraging, have cancer at the start of the study, it is still premature to recommend and were followed for up to 11 years. people start taking aspirin specifically They found daily aspirin use was associated to prevent cancer. Even low-dose with an estimated 16 percent lower overall aspirin can substantially increase risk of cancer mortality, both among people the risk of serious gastrointestinal who reported taking aspirin daily for at least bleeding. Decisions about aspirin use five years and among those who reported should be made by balancing the risks shorter-term daily use. against the benefits in the context of The lower overall cancer mortality was each individual's medical history. Any driven by about 40 percent lower mortality decision about daily aspirin use should from cancers of the gastrointestinal be made only in consultation with a tract (such as esophageal, stomach, and health care professional."

Daily Aspirin Intake May Help Lower Cancer Mortality

Migraines Do Not Hurt Your Brain


Migraines are not associated with cognitive decline, suggests new research even though previous studies have linked the disorder to increased stroke risk and structural brain lesions. Migraines affect about 20 percent of the female population, and while these headaches are common, not much is known about this complex disease. "Previous studies on migraines and cognitive decline were small and unable to identify a link between the two," said Pamela Rist, research fellow in preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), who led the study. "Our study was large enough to draw the conclusion that migraines, while painful, are not strongly linked to cognitive decline," said Rist, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reports. The research team analyzed data from the Women's Health Study, a cohort of nearly 40,000 women, 45 years and older. In this study, researchers analyzed data from 6,349 women who provided information about migraine status at baseline and then participated in cognitive testing during follow-up, according to a BWH statement. Participants were classified into four groups: no history of migraine, migraine with aura (unpleasant smell, seeing flashing lights), migraine without aura, and past history of migraine. Cognitive testing was carried out in two-year intervals up to three times. "Compared with women with no history of migraine, those who experienced migraine with or without aura did not have significantly different rates of cognitive decline," said Rist. "This is an important finding for both physicians and patients. Patients with migraine and their treating doctors should be reassured that migraine may not have long-term consequences on cognitive function."

Drinking grapefruit juice lets patients derive the same benefits from low dose of an anti-cancer drug as they would get from more than three times as much of the drug by itself, according to a new clinical trial. The combination could help patients refer to as "grapefruit juice administration." avoid side effects associated with high It wears off gradually over a few days. doses of the drug and reduce the cost of Cohen and colleagues organized the medication. three simultaneous phase-1 trials Researchers at the University of Chicago of sirolimus. Patients received only Medicine study the effects that foods sirolimus, sirolimus plus ketoconazole, can have on the uptake and elimination or sirolimus plus grapefruit juice. They of drugs used for cancer treatment. enrolled 138 patients with incurable In the study, they found that eight cancer and no known effective therapy. ounces a day of grapefruit juice can The first patients started with very slow the body's metabolism of a drug low sirolimus doses, but the amounts called sirolimus, which has been increased as the study went on, to see approved for transplant patients but how much of the drug was required in may also help many people with cancer. each setting to reach targeted levels, Sirolimus was the first of a series of so that patients got the greatest antidrugs, known as mTOR inhibitors, that cancer effect with the least side effects. were developed to prevent rejection of The optimal cancer-fighting dose for transplanted organs but that also have those taking sirolimus was about 90 anti-cancer effects. mg per week. At doses above 45 mg, Patients who drank eight ounces a however, the drug caused serious day of grapefruit juice increased their gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea sirolimus levels by 350 percent. A drug and diarrhea, so patients taking sirolimus called ketoconazole that also slows alone switched to 45 mg twice a week. drug metabolism increased sirolimus The optimal doses for the other two groups levels by 500 percent. were much lower. Patients taking sirolimus "Grapefruit juice, and drugs with a plus ketoconazole, needed only 16 mg per similar mechanism, can significantly week to maintain the same levels of drug increase blood levels of many drugs," in the blood. Those taking sirolimus plus said study director Ezra Cohen, MD, grapefruit juice, needed between 25 and 35 a cancer specialist at the University of mg of sirolimus per week. Chicago Medicine, "but this has long been Although ketoconazole produced a considered an overdose hazard. Instead, slightly stronger drug-retention effect, we wanted to see if grapefruit juice could grapefruit juice has the advantage that be used in a controlled fashion to increase it is non-toxic, with no risk of overdose. the availability and efficacy of sirolimus." Because different people produce Grapefruit juice's pharmaceutical prowess varied amounts of the enzymes that stems from its ability to inhibit enzymes break down sirolimus, the effect of in the intestine that break down sirolimus grapefruit juice can vary, but tests of and several other drugs. The effect begins enzyme levels may be able to predict within a few hours of what the researchers how an individual patient will respond.

Grapefruit Juice Could Increase Efficacy Of Cancer Drug

Cherries are not only delicious, they're also good for you. Here are some reasons to include them in your diet. Anti-Inflammatory Cherries have gained fame as one of nature's most powerful anti-inflammatories, which means they're beneficial for many different conditions. This is due to the anthocyanins in cherries that researchers have found prevent free radical damage and inhibit cyclooxygenase enzymes better than many anti-inflammatory drugs. Arthritis Benefits According to the Arthritis Foundation, drinking tart cherry juice mixed with water three times a day may be beneficial for people with arthritis. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Heart Health A study at the University of Michigan found that a diet that includes a lot

Benefits Of Cherries

of cherries lowers all the overall risk factors for heart disease, including inflammation, body fat, and cholesterol. Cancer Protection Researchers have found sweet cherries to be cancer fighters thanks to their high level of an antioxidant called cyanidin. Cyanidin is an important free radical scavenger and may also promote cellular differentiation, an important process in the body's fight against cancerous cells. Memory Booster Anthocyanin is also good for the brain and has been shown to improve memory. High in Beta Carotene Cherries are high in beta carotene, containing 19 times more than blueberries or strawberries. Sleep Aid Cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body's sleep cycles.

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Friday August 17, 2012

Ek Tha Tiger: Movie Review

Sridevi Steals The Show At Delhi Couture Week

"Maine jo ek baar committment kar di, toh main apni bhi nahi sunta"- believe in the tiger's words, he has fulfilled his committment. Salman Khan does it once again with the year's most-awaited movie Ek Tha Tiger, has now been released. Directed by Kabir Khan, Ek Tha Tiger, that features Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, is an action, spy thriller, with a dose of romance too. The film has been making headlines ever since it was conceptualized. And if the promos of the movie are any indication, Ek Tha Tiger has all the ingredients to make it to the top five movies of the year. What is the story all about? Ek Tha Tiger is a romantic thriller that revolves around the story of a Trinity College scientist, suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan. The Indian government sends a secret agent, codenamed Tiger (Salman Khan) to find out about the professor's activities. Tiger gradually falls in love with the professor's caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif), who is studying at a fictional dance academy. The film engages you strongly with several twists and turns. What happens next? Will Tiger gain victory in his mission or will love take an upper hand? Katrina conceals her real identity behind her barbie doll face. What's that? Will that endanger Tiger's mission? Verdict on performances: Termed as the mass entertainer, Salman Khan needs no verdict on his acting skills. What makes us love him in the movie is his rugged Tiger-like attitude that suits him the best. Salman gets into the skin of his raw, rugged, edgy character and makes you admire over his marvelous performance. When Kabir Khan claimed that everyone will get to see Katrina Kaif's acting potential in the film, it wasn't just a mere statement. He meant it and Kats did it. For all those who believe, Katrina is nothing, but, just a pretty face, Ek Tha Tiger is the answer for them. Katrina Kaif, not only looks super stunning in the movie, but, the girl proves that she's no less in acting

as well. The girl definitely gets thumbs up for her improvised Hindi diction and good performance in Ek Tha Tiger. Ek Tha Tiger, high on action: The film starts with some heavy dose of action and introduces you with the Tiger Khan. Salman's entry in the film is sure to give you goose bumps. Khan's kingly and smashing entry is just wow and makes you say, "The real tiger is back with a bang." The action sequences in Ek Tha Tiger looks real yet, retains the element of largerthan-life heroism. Katrina Kaif is a surprise here. She is much more than just a barbie doll. Katrina lives up to Salman's Tiger image, with some good action, which is generally not expected from a sweet, petite girl. Positives: The second half is gripping. Ek Tha Tiger will rock because of two strong points- good story and Salman's action packed performance, which is completely different from his other movies. On the other hand, despite the alleged break up, Salman and Katrina haven't lost an iota of the chemistry that makes them Bollywood's ultimate power couple, which they have proved in Ek Tha Tiger. The comfort zone that the couple have shared in the second half of the movie, makes their romance look genuine and real. Ek Tha Tiger gives us the larger than life picture, with some beautiful and exotic sceneries. Negatives: Katrina Kaif could have worked more on her facial expressions. The first half lacks passion and romance. In fact, at times, romance looks very dull and lackluster between Salman and Katrina. The film leaves a big question that how can the Indian Government leave Tiger (Salman), a RAW agent so easily? What's more illogical is that how can such a tough RAW agent fall for a girl so easily, especially when he is on a mission? Verdict: Ek Tha Tiger gets a thumbs up. Ek Tha Tiger leaves a strong message on this Independence day. The film conveys that love goes beyond border. No matter if it's India or Pakistan, love and friendship always an upper hand.

The curtains came down on the third PJC Delhi Couture Week (DCW) with a grand show. Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee lived up to his somber aesthetic designs, as is his philosophy. Sabyasachi proudly declares his outlook as - Personalized imperfection of the human hand'. Deserts, gypsies, prostitutes, antique textiles and cultural traditions of his home town, Kolkata have been a lifelong inspiration for this designer who believes that clothes should just be an extension of one's intellect. DCW was not devoid of that, as Sabyasachi blended ethnic and modern looks in his collection. He took inspiration for this from the five cities. New York, Paris, Barcelona, and Kolkata made their presence felt in his varied style. Add to that if they are worn by someone as gorgeous as Sridevi. The 48-year old actress looked elegant in heavily embroidered lehenga matched with a black blouse. The yesteryears diva is making a comeback with her movie English Vinglish. She was accompanied by her director, Gauri Shinde, wife of filmmaker Balkrishan (Balki). She too looked seductive in black khadi sari. After the show Sabyasachi speaking about the actress said, Me and my sister have always admired her beauty

and for me I think, she is someone who look fantastic and whatever she wears. It was my honor to design for her as she is one of the most beautiful women Bollywood would ever have. " Speaking about her looks in the upcoming movie he said, "She (Sridevi) is the ultimate diva and I was really excited when I got this offer to design for her. One will see her flaunting different types of Indian look in the film." Srivedis husband Bonny Kapoor and friend Shabana Azmi were also present to see her walk on the ramp. Earlier, Bollywood actresses Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan too have adored his style. His collection was titled New Moon. It was symbolized with heavy threadwork and hand embroidery. The dresses that stole everyones attention were, embroidered tulle saris in white, hand embroidered tulle wrap and textured silk blouse. The collection also consisted of strapless kurti, highwaist ghagra skirt and lehenga. His designs had a touch of British raj nostalgia of Kolkata and romance of Paris. Bohemian feels of Barcelona and glitz of New York. Designer Manav Gangwani collection was inspired from royalty. It elegantly blended western and Indian styles.

Sunny Leone is all set to move on to horror thriller, Ragini MMS 2 from her last erotic thriller, Jism 2. The films shooting will go on floors by the end of this year. Sunny Leone confirms, I love India. I am so happy I am here, Ill be staying here for a while. I have a lot of different projects coming up. Ragini MMS 2 is something we are going to start shooting by the end of this year.

After Jism 2, Its Ragini Mms 2 For Sunny Leone!

The Indo-Canadian porn star looks pretty serious about her career in Bollywood. She is preparing for her role in her upcoming flick by taking dance lessons, Hindi speaking classes, etc etc. Sunny said: Ill be doing workshops here in India, Ill be doing them before Ragini MMS 2. Ill be taking dance classes, Hindi lessons, watching Hindi movies Its like going back to school for me.

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Shreya Ghoshal
College

Career

Shreya Ghoshal (born March 12, 1984) is an Indian singer. Best known as a playback singer in Hindi films, and she also sings in other Indian languages including Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. Ghoshal's career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with Devdas, for which she received National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since then, she has received many other awards. Ghoshal was also honored from the U.S. State of Ohio, wherein Governor Ted Strickland declared June 26 as "Shreya Ghoshal Day. Biography Ghoshal was born to a Bengali Hindu family in Durgapur, West Bengal. She grew up in Rawatbhata, a small town near Kota, Rajasthan. Her father, Biswajeet Ghoshal, is a nuclear power plant engineer and has worked for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, and her mother is a literature post-graduate. At the age of four, Ghoshal accompanied her mother on the harmonium. She got training in Hindustani classical music by Maheshchandra Sharma in Kota. As a child, she won the children's special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma (now Sa Re Ga Ma Pa) contest on Zee TV. Kalyanji, who also judged the competition, convinced her parents to move to Mumbai. She was trained by Kalyanji for 18 months and she continued her classical music training with Mukta Bhide in Mumbai. She studied at Atomic Energy Central School in Rawatbhata and Anushaktinagar, Mumbai. After graduation she enrolled at SIES

Ghoshal caught the attention of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa for a second time, this time as an adult. In 2000, Bhansali offered her the opportunity to be the voice of Paro, the lead female character of the film Devdas, that was portrayed by Aishwarya Rai. Ghoshal sang five songs in the film. Her performance won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, as well as Filmfare's RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. She also won the National Film Award for the song "Bairi Piya". She has received Filmfare awards in Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu industries and State Film Awards from Malayalam, Tamil industries. She debuted in South through the song "Yen Chellam" in Vasantha Balan's Tamil film Album and she got response after singing "Munbe Vaa" from Sillunu Oru Kaadhal under composer A. R. Rahman. She debuted in Malayalam through a studio album of composer Alphons Joseph and later gave voice to his song "Vida Parayukayano" from Big B. In 2010, Ghoshal sang for the English independent film When Harry Tries to Marry. She has also been a judge for Star Voice Of India-Chhote Ustaad with singer Kunal Ganjawala and composer Pritam. Ghoshal was one of the three judges in X Factor (India) with Sonu Nigam and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer "Chaanthu Thottille" (Banaras), 2009 Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer - "Kannodu Kannoram"(Veeraputhran), "Kannoram Chingaram" (Rathinirvedam), 2011

Filmfare Awards

Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent, 2003 Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for: "Dola Re" (Devdas), 2003 (shared with Kavita Krishnamurthy) "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai" (Jism), 2004 "Barso Re" (Guru), 2008 "Teri Ore" (Singh Is Kinng), 2009

Filmfare Awards South

Screen

2012: Ghoshal appeared as the celebrity judge for Josco Indian Voice (season 1) in Kerala's number one channel Mazhavil Manorama along with Sreenivas and Sujatha Mohan. 2003: Ghoshal made an on-screen appearance in the Saaya film song "Har Taraf" 2011: First advertisement for jewellery store Joyalukkas in 5 languages (Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugul

Awards

National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for: "Bairi Piya" (Devdas Hindi), 2002 "Dheere Jalna" (Paheli Hindi), 2005 "Yeh Ishq Haaye" (Jab We Met Hindi), 2007 "Jeev Rangala" (Jogwa Marathi), "Pherari Mon" (Antaheen Bengali), 2008

State Film Awards

Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Female Playback "Munbe Vaa" (Sillunu Oru Kaadhal), 2006

Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer Tamil for: "Munbe Vaa" (Sillunu Oru Kaadhal), 2006 "Un Perai Sollum" (Angadi Theru), 2010 Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer Telugu, for: "Jagadhananda Karaka" (Sri Rama Rajyam), 2011 Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer Kannada, for: "Ninna Nodalenthu" (Mussanjemaatu), 2008 "Gaganave Baagi" (Sanju Weds Geetha), 2011 Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer Malayalam for: "Kizhakku Pookkum" (Anwar), 2010 "Paattil Ee Paattil" (Pranayam), 2011 IIFA Best Female Playback Award for: "Dola Re" (Devdas), 2004 (shared with Kavita Krishnamurthy) "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai" (Jism), 2004 "Barso Re" (Guru), 2008 "Teri Ore" (Singh Is Kinng), 2009 "Teri Meri" (Bodyguard), 2012 Zee Cine Award Best Female Playback Singer for: "Dola Re" (Devdas), 2003 (shared with Kavita Krishnamurthy) "Piyu Bole" (Parineeta), 2006 "Barso Re" (Guru), 2008 "Saibo" (Shor in the City), 2012 Screen Award for Best Female Playback for: "Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai" (Jism), 2004 "Piyu Bole" (Parineeta), 2006 "Barso Re" (Guru), 2008 "Bahara" (I Hate Luv Storys), 2011 "Star"Oh La La" (The Dirty Picture), 2012 Apsara Award for Best Female Playback Singer for:

"Barso Re" (Guru), 2008 "Teri Ore" (Singh Is Kinng), 2009 "Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai" (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi), 2010 "Teri Meri" (Bodyguard), 2012 Asianet Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for "Manjumazha" (Aagathan), 2011 Pranayam, Rathinirvedam, 2012 South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) Best Female Playback Singer Telugu "Chali Chaliga" (Mr. Perfect), 2012 The Times Film Award The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011 - Best Singer Female (Sanju Weds Geetha) The Kochi Times Film Awards 2011- Best Singer Female "Paattil Ee Paattil" (Pranayam) The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011- Best Singer Female "Chali Chaliga" (Mr. Perfect) Others The Global Indian Film And Television Honors for Best Playback Singer Female - "teri meri" (Bodyguard), 2012 2003: Sansui Award for Best Female Playback Singer "Dola Re" Devdas 2003: Stardust Award New Musical Sensation (Female) Devdas 2004: Indian Telly Awards Best Title Singer for a TV Show (Ye Meri Life Hai) 2005: Anandalok Puraskar Best Playback Singer (Manik) 2005: ETV Bangla Film Awards Best Playback Singer Female 2006: Bengal Film Journalists' Association Best Female Playback Award Shubho Drishti 2008: Zee Astitva Award Excellence in Music 2009: Mirchi Music Award Best Female Playback Singer (Kannada) "Na Naguva Modalene" Manasaare 2009: Mirchi Music Award Best Female Playback Singer (Malayalam) "Chandhu Thottille" Banaras 2010: BIG Bangla Music Award BIG Bangla singer of the year (Female) 2010: Gulf Malayalam Music Award for Best Female Playback Singer "Anuragavilochananayi" Neelathamara 2010: Star Anando Sera Bengali Award 2011: Swaralaya Yesudas Award 2012: Big Star Entertainment Award for Best Female Singer - "Teri Meri" (Bodyguard)

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Sherlyn Chopra Wants To Get Intimate With Vidya Balan

We hope Sherlyn Chopra is not watching too much of Verbotene Liebe (forbidden love). The German TV soap opera, in which with Rebecca and Miriam are involved in an intimate lip-lock. But maybe she is doing so, as she has proposed openly to Vidya Balan to such an act. In a recent interview to leading daily, when she was asked which actor she would love to make love-making scenes. She answered, Vidya Balan, again! I'd love to do a passionate scene with Vidya, I'm obsessed with her. If she's listening I want to tell her Vidya, I can take better care of you than Siddharth (Roy Kapur). Well to imagine two such beautiful ladies making out together is titillating to the senses. Sherlyn also acknowledged

Vidya as her biggest competitor. On her affinity for women she said, I'm not as attracted to men as I am to women. Most men are just one dimensional, women are multidimensional; and you can do a lot more with women. Ha, ha, ha! (like eat, shop, talk)! That is going to break the heart of many of her male fans. The sex siren is well known for her quotes and she is to grace the cover of Playboys November edition. She is the first Indian to do so. About which she had said, I have become the first Indian to pose naked for Playboy and nobody can take away that achievement from me. She had also demanded that she should be conferred with the Bharat Ratna for the same. She tweeted , I shud b given a Bharat Ratna award d highest civilian award of d Republic India given 4 d highest degree of service 2 the nation. Seriously! When asked about her competition with Poonam Pandey, who is a selfconfessed striper. She said, I'd like her to make noise at the right time and knock on the right door, when she really should. Hope Poonam Pandey doesnt make a similar lesbian comment. Asked about Sunny Leone, who had earlier said that, B-town actress fear to open up completely as she did. Sherlyn answered, Well, 'pushing the envelope' isn't just about skin-show; it's a state of mind. For me it's about leading my life with no fear. I don't have a functional family background, I don't have a man in my life at the moment and I'm glad I'm leading a life where I'm not answerable to anyone. Kudos to her if she claims to have opened any envelope.

Though Shatrughan Sinha is back home he is not allowed to meet too many guests or use his phone, let alone step out for anything except a morning walk. And it's not the doctor's order. Its daughter Sonakshi who's taking time off from her busy schedule to be at home with her father to make sure that her father continues to maintain the diet and routine that he did in hospital. Laughing his trademark laughter more senior surgeon. But we had full and "sneaking into his wife's phone" faith in Dr Mulay. He made the entire without Sonkashi's consent the now- procedure of surgery and recuperation recuperated star-politician said, seems like a cakewalk. He joked to "There's only one woman I'm afraid my wife after the surgery, 'I saw many of. I can't deny any command from names on his heart when I opened it my daughter. She has taken away my up. I deleted all of them and left only phones and put me under house arrest." your name on it.' Little does he know The actor is happy to be back home. there're secret places in my heart where "I've never been away from home for a surgeon can't enter." this long. It's been a full 40 days. Not The fast flow of guests at the Sinhas' even the longest outdoor shooting of my residence Ramayan has begun. Shatruji career stretched that long. Luckily for is taking it easy. He intends to travel me my wife was at the hospital 24x7 and to Patna to spend some time at his my children spent as much time with me ancestral home as soon as he's allowed as possible. Thanks to my family and to travel. Says Shatruji, "I've already my doctors, I am born again." sent a letter to the Parliament asking Shatruji gives full marks to his surgeon for sick leave. As soon as I can travel, Dr Anvay Mulay for giving him a new or rather my dear daughter would allow life. "We were advised to opt for a me to travel, I want to go home."

Sonakshi Puts Dad Shatrughan Sinha Under House Arrest

Saif's Ex-Wife Amrita Singh Gives Kareena A Royal Ignore!

Remember, Saif Ali Khan once said that everybody in his family is happy about his wedding with Kareena Kapoor, even his ex-wife Amrita Singh. Well, we don't think so. Recently, both Amrita Singh and Kareena Kapoor were shooting at YRF

studios. Amrita was there for the look test of the movie Aurangzeb and her makeup room was next to Kareena Kapoor. When Amrita saw Kareena's nameplate on the door instead of meeting her, she told the staff to change her room immediately. According to a leading daily, "A walkie-talkie message was conveyed to the team to have Amrita's makeup room shifted to another floor. Also, the plate on the door of her original makeup room, which read somewhat like: 'Amrita Singh look test for Aurangzeb' was removed." Well Saif, now we are very sure that someone in your family is not really happy with your wedding with Kareena Kapoor. We wonder what you have to say now?

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At the Movies

Searching for Surgarman (PG)****


Nowhere Man! by ROBERT WALDMAN

Quality movies can come from anywhere. Rare is it to find a true gem in the world of cinema. Every once in a while a diamond in the rough comes from out of nowhere. Must see entertainment is Searching for Sugarman, a one of a kind documentary from Mongrel Media and Sony Pictures Classics. Check this 86 minute gem out at likely the Vancouver International Village cinemas. Done as a documentary, Searching for Sugarman is a real relevation. Young filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul takes on a truly wondrous journey that begins in gritty New York. Streeters (interviews with local street people) show the desperation of the times as the film is set in the 1970s. Here we learn of the "legend" of a local musician known simply as Rodriguez. This guy is the ultimate mystery man as he ultimately lands gigs and gains a following among recording officials while never showing his face during performances. Then, all of a sudden, he drops off of the map. Instead of singing up a storm at grimy clubs and pubs he spends his

time doing jobs as a common labourer. Good news travels fast and while Rodrigues does manage to get a couple of records out he's basically a nonentity in the United States, the alleged music capital of the world. Contrast this to the efforts of a couple of South Africans who remember all to well the impact this singer's songs had on their populations. Politics and music don't mix but somehow Rodriguez's lyrics and message caught in in South Africa during the brutal Apartheid era and his records sold millions. So a star is born outside the U.S. then completely forgotten. Almost. Searching for Sugarman reads and looks like a Sherlock Holmes detective thriller as this movie has mystery, music and a completely unpredictable ending. You will be mezmerized by how Rodriguez came into being and ultimately learning what became of him. Dead or alive the story of Rodriguez, a largely unknown commodity who apparently became a star despite of himself in a land, far, far away is nothing short of rivetting.

Talk about tales of the underdog and comeback kids. This film has it all and then some. Vintage video, yes video clips from the 70s to the 90s and great candid interviews help make Searching For Surgarman one of the best little gems to come out of the dream factory in many

a year. Only this story is real - making it all the more compelling. Memorable music that's truly hummable and beautiful shots of gorgeous South Africa contrasting with the dirty streets of Detroit further punctuate the poignancy and significance of this man's unbelievable story and life.

John Travolta has been invited to pick up a special lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival, which is scheduled to be held in September this year. The 'Grease' star will be honored with the 'Golden Eye' prize at the annual movie event in Switzerland before the gala premiere of his new film, 'Savages', as reported. "We're excited to welcome John Travolta to Zurich to bestow him with this honour and celebrate his amazing career. We're gearing up for a momentous opening night," Festival director Karl Spoerri said. 'Ocean's Eleven' producer Jerry Weintraub will also be honoured for his achievements at the event, which runs from September 20-30, 2012.

Sylvester Stallone Ignored Doc's John Travolta To Receive Lifetime Advice To Do 'Expendables 2' Stunts Achievement Award Sylvester Stallone has revealed that he operations, a shoulder operation. The
ignored his doctor's advice to perform stunts in 'The Expendables 2'. The 66-year-old actor has admitted that he simply ''couldn't help' chucking his body around in the latest action flick, which also saw him pick up some ''tough'' injuries. ''Yes the doctor said ... I had my neck fused in the last one with a stunt and a broken back ... then I had two back

last one took its toll and the doctor said, 'Don't take any rough falls, let a stunt guy do it'," the media quoted him as saying. ''But sometimes you just have to do it and I don't know, I just threw all common sense out of the window so, yeah, there were some injuries and some tough ones in this one, but I just can't help myself," he added.

'Heartbroken' Demi Moore Hires Hypnotist To Get Over Break-Up Pain


Demi Moore is said to be so devastated after her split from Ashton Kutcher, that she has enlisted the help of a hypnotist to help her get over him. The actress is yet to come to terms with the breakdown of her marriage to the younger star. On the other hand Kutcher appears to have moved on and is now dating Mila Kunis. "Demi knows that to move on with her life she needs to find a way to let Ashton go," as quoted. "She is still heartbroken and holding on to a lot of anger. She has started seeing a hypnotist for one hour a week. It's quite pricey at around 1,500 an hour, and it's quite radical to undergo hypnosis, but she desperately want to be happy again," the source revealed. The 49-year-old has reportedly found it difficult to remain in good spirits after photographs of her ex-husband kissing Kunis, at the wrap party for his new movie, emerged.

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Friday August 17, 2012

India Celebrates 66th Independence Day

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks from the rampart of the 17-century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi. Indian PM Manmohan Singh has said urgent steps must be taken to boost the country's ailing economy. In a speech marking Independence Day, he said growth should be regarded as a matter of national security, and promised to make it easier for foreign companies to invest in the country. India's economy expanded at an annual rate of 5.3% in the first quarter - the slowest pace in nine years. Mr Singh confirmed plans to send an Indian spacecraft to orbit Mars. Media reports suggest that the mission will cost more than a $100m (640,000), and the unmanned spacecraft will be launched in November next year. Critics say the government should focus its resources on alleviating poverty and developing infrastructure. 'Encourage investment' Amidst fears that growth of the Indian economy may slow further in the near term, Mr Singh said he expected growth this fiscal year to be "a little better" than last year's 6.5% - estimation higher than recent projections of 5.5%. In a televised speech, he said India "cannot do much about the conditions that prevail outside our country... But we must make every effort to resolve the problems inside our country so that our economic growth (is)... again speeded up". The Indian government would "leave no stone unturned to encourage investment", he said. "To attract foreign capital, we will have to create confidence at the international level that there are no barriers to investment in India." Foreign companies wishing to invest in India have frequently complained of being held back by red tape and corruption. Mr Singh said a domestic environment also needed to be created to ensure rapid growth and shield the economy from the global slowdown. "We are not being able to achieve [the environment]... because of a lack of political consensus on many issues. Time has now come to view the issues which affect our development process as matters of national security." Mr Singh said the government had taken measures to improve infrastructure, and deal with a deficient summer monsoon, which had led to drought like conditions in some states. Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee unfurls an Indian flag on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Kolkata.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Air Force Chief N.A.K. Browne, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and Army Chief General Bikram Singh, pay homage at the India Gate war memorial on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

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To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia. A bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Multiculturalism has not only made on to Indian curries, Chinese buffets, Batu Ferringhi Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, Malay food stalls and even impressive it has also made Malaysia home to Western food. Yet despite all the pockets hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no of ethnicities, religions, landscapes and wonder that we love celebrating and the sometimes-great distances between socialising. As a people, Malaysians them, the beauty of Malaysia lies in are very laid back, warm and friendly. the fusion of it all, into a country that Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse is one of the safest, most stable and as its culture. Malaysia is divided manageable in Southeast Asia. The road from Teluk Bahang along the into 13 states and 3 federal territories, Bako National Park coast to Batu Ferringhi is a picturesque separated by the South China Sea with stretch of small coves and more 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala beaches. Batu Ferringhi (Foreigners At the mouth of the Batang Kemena, Lumpur and Putrajaya) in Peninsular is an undistinguished Rock) is a resort strip stretching Bintulu Malaysia and two states and 1 federal commercial centre servicing offshore along Jln Batu Ferringhi, the main territory (Labuan) in East Malaysia. drag, which is lined with big hotels, oil and gas installations and upriver One of Malaysia's key attractions tourist shops and restaurants. Theres logging. Bintulu came under James is its extreme contrasts. Towering a good night market and the Yahong Brookes sway in 1861, and a simple skyscrapers look down upon wooden Art Gallery (881 1251; 58D Jln Batu memorial near the town centre houses built on stilts, and five-star Ferringhi) sells a vast range of Asian commemorates Sarawaks first Council hotels sit several metres away from antiques and art, including jewellery, Negeri (State Council), formed in 1867. ancient reefs. Cool hideaways are pewter, batik paintings, woodcarvings Theres a colourful Chinese temple found in the highlands that roll down to near the waterfront, a bathing beach and, less appealingly, ivory. warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid Bako is Sarawaks oldest national park, The beach is fine for sunbathing, but north of town and plenty of lively bars mangroves. protecting 27 sq km of an unspoilt doesnt compare to Malaysias best, the and karaoke joints, but Bintulu is really For the perfect holiday full of surprises, promontory between the mouths of water being not as clear as you might only a transit stop for most travellers. the time is now, the place is Malaysia. the Sarawak and Bako rivers. Its a expect. The beach itself can be a little Travellers heading north to Similajau beautiful spot, where mangroves fringe scruffy in parts, especially on weekends National Park, Niah National Park and the coasts and the rocky headlands when hordes of day-trippers visit. Miri, or south to Sibu, Batang Rejang Introducing Malaysia Malaysia is like two countries in one, are indented with clean beaches. The Though it can get crowded with holiday- and Kuching may need to use Bintulus cleaved in half by the South China Sea. park features seven of the states main package groups and backpackers, the bus station as a staging post or stay The multicultural peninsula flaunts vegetation types, including rainforest luxury hotels offer good deals and there overnight for a connection. If youre Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, and kerangas, the distinctive sandstone are several budget options. coming from or heading to Belaga while Borneo hosts a wild jungle of habitat that forms the geological Beaufort youll almost certainly have to stop orang-utans, granite peaks and remote backbone of the plateau. Botanically, Despite the rather dandy name, Beaufort over here. tribes. Throughout these two regions is Bako is a fascinating place where is nothing more than a quiet provincial Butterworth an impressive variety of microcosms you can see four species of pitcher town about 90km south of KK. There ranging from the space-age high- plant within an hours walk of park are a few remaining wooden shophouses rises of Kuala Lumpur to the smiling headquarters. Its an easy day trip from on the main street, which have a certain longhouse villages of Sarawak. Kuching, though its worth staying dilapidated charm in the evenings when Peninsular Malaysia is the long finger longer if you can even getting here hundreds of twittering swiftlets pack of land extending south from Asia as can seem like a mini adventure. the telegraph wires like dysfunctional if pointing towards Indonesia and Bako is most famous for its wildlife, Christmas lights. For most visitors, Australia. Much of the peninsula is and its the best place in Sarawak to see though, its little more than a stop-off on covered by dense jungle, particularly the rare proboscis monkey. Macaque the way to Brunei or Tenom. its mountainous, thinly populated monkeys are common, and theyre fun Belaga northern half. On the western side of to watch as they forage along the beach Belaga is a small bazaar town and This mainland town is the jumpingthe peninsula there is a long, fertile in the evening. administrative centre located where off point for Pulau Penang. The plain running down to the sea, while on Bario & the Kelabit Highlands ferry jetty the Rejang divides into the Belaga and ButterworthPenang the eastern side the mountains descend A lovely hanging valley in eastern Balui rivers. Its friendly population (RM1.20, every 20 minutes from more steeply and the coast is fringed Sarawak, the Kelabit Highlands are makes it an excellent base from which 5.30am to 12.30pm) is conveniently with sandy beaches. The other part tucked up against the Indonesian state to explore the interior, and there are located next to the train and bus of the country, comprising more than of Kalimantan and ringed by jungle- many Kayan and Kenyah longhouses stations. Fares for the ferry are charged 50% of its area, is Malaysian Borneo covered mountains on all sides. The along the rivers nearby. If you speak only for the journey from Butterworth the northern part of the island of main population centre is the languid with a local on the way upriver, you to Georgetown (on Penang); returning Borneo (the larger, southern part is village of Bario, home to about 800 may end up being invited to stay at their to Butterworth is free. the Indonesian state of Kalimantan). souls, mostly members of Borneos longhouse its polite to bring a small There is a nightly train to KL Malaysian Borneo is divided into the indigenous Kelabit people. The gift for the family of the person who (economy/2nd class/berth RM17/38/48) states of Sarawak and Sabah, with main activity here, other than merely invited you. Otherwise, it shouldnt from the train station (323 7962) that Brunei a small enclave between them. enjoying the clean, cool air, is trekking take long to find someone in Belaga arrives the next morning. Heading Both states are covered by dense from longhouse to longhouse on with a suggestion of a longhouse to north, there are two daily trains to Hat jungle, with many large river systems, mountain trails. The natural hospitality visit or an offer to guide you. Yai, Thailand (economy/2nd class/berth particularly in Sarawak. Mt Kinabalu of the Kelabit people and the relatively Boats will drop you at the bottom of a RM19/27/68); one leaves early morning (4101m) in Sabah is Malaysias highest unspoiled flora and fauna of the high steep set of concrete steps leading up and arrives mid-morning Thai time (one mountain. jungle make any trip to the highlands a to the small town centre; all the towns hour behind), and the other leaves early And then theres the food. Malaysia memorable experience, and we highly facilities are found here, in the handful afternoon and arriving in Hat Yai in the (particularly along the peninsular west recommend it for those who have the of blocks across from the small park. evening. The latter service continues to coast) has one of the best assortments time and energy. There is no bank here, but the Teck Hua Bangkok arriving at around noon the of cuisines in the world. Start with There are no banks or credit-card facilities Chan supermarket will change cash. next day. Times and fares vary. Chinese-Malay Nonya fare, move in the highlands so bring plenty of cash. Bintulu Continued Next Week

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The Volkswagen Passat is a large front-wheel-drive sedan aimed at the heart of the passenger-car market, right at best sellers like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord. It's assembled in the U.S. at a new factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The current Passat is positioned more for value than sophistication or tech advancements. Over its lifetime in the U.S. market, the Passat name has also been applied to a family of mid-size sedans and wagons that, for most of its existence, have been considerably more refined and upscale compared to other value-priced mid-size sedans. In the U.S., the Passat's lineage goes all the way back to the Dasher sedans and hatchbacks of the 1970s and the Quantum models of the 1980sthe latter which were, notably, offered with so-called Syncro all-wheel drive. While Passat had been a model name used elsewhere, the Passat finally began to pick up pace in the U.S. with the launch of the third-generation (or first-gen for Americans) Passat, which had the same name here. The lack of a normal grille in front was a unique design point, while otherwise these models had a pretty low hood and large greenhouse, making them very spaceefficient for their size; ride quality was good, too, though their interiors didn't feel any plusher than those of the cheaper Jetta. Most of this generation had barely adequate 2.0-liter fourcylinder engines, though diesels and

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VW's narrow-angle VR6 engine were offered. The next complete redesign the Passat got, in 1998, was revolutionary. VW switched its mid-size sedan to the same platform as the Audi A4, and everything from its ride to its driving manners felt much more upscale and sophisticatedeither compared to the previous Passat or to other U.S. rivals like the Camry, Accord, and Taurus. Most Passat models from this era included either a 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter (1.8T) turbo four-cylinder or a 190-hp Audi-derived V-6. Between these two engines, there's surprisingly little difference in acceleration (and it makes the Passat feel more nimble), though the V-6 makes it feel like a luxury car. A short-lived Passat W8 model (2003-2004) featured a special 270-hp narrow-angle eight-cylinder engine, but its $40k+ price tag, heft, and thirst just didn't add up to much appeal. Throughout this generation, 4Motion all-wheel drive was available on most of the model line, too. For 2006, the Passat changed for the better for Americans, becoming a little roomier and more comfortable, though they bypassed some of the sportier driving feel of their predecessors for refinement and more features for the money. Most of these Passats, which weren't significantly changed through 2010, came with an excellent 200-hp, 2.0-liter (2.0T) four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission

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(though a six-speed manual was also on offer). A 280-hp, 3.6-liter VR6 engine was offered from 2006-2008, and was required for 4Motion, but it was never a popular choice because it was so much more expensive. Across the board, this generation of Passat came with a long list of standard features, including standard side-curtain bags, and rear thorax bags were an unusual option. We found this Passat to be one of the quietest cars in this class, with a roomy backseat and nice interior materials. But a requirement for premium fuel might make these models less appealing as used cars. In mid-2011, a new 2012 Volkswagen Passat was unveiled. With a somewhat larger body style and cost-cut, Americanized packaging, the new made-in-the-U.S. Passat gets a massive rear seat and a noticeable downgrade in refinement. But with a more attractive price of around $25k, we've found the new Passat to be particularly attractiveespecially considering its

43-mpg highway rating. The Passat does have impressive handling, but its base five-cylinder engine is dull and somehow not as responsive as base engines in rivals like the Ford Fusion or Hyundai Sonata; further, those coming from former versions of this sedan (or even Honda Accords) will be troubled by the swaths of grainy plastic, and there's more wind and road noise than we expect. The turbo diesel version has good power and exceptional fuel economy, while the V-6 is geared to the few buyers who really want more luxury features in a family sedan. The current Passat also comes in a very limited number of build combinations. For instance, you can't get a cloth interior with the TDI engine or VR6, the Bluetooth interface is very basic and lacks voice control, and you can't get a USB connector on the base car; most Passats now come with vinyl seats. For 2013, the Passat has added a rearview camera option, but only on SEL models.

Apart from being the latest electronic gadgets, cell phones have become an integral part of everyones business and personal lives. They are used for scheduling appointments, calling for assistance, reporting emergencies, and maintaining contacts with family and office. Our hectic lifestyles leave us with no choice either. They have become the primary tools to carry out the daily mission. A popular line of cell phone manufacturer states, Its not just a phone, its who we are! Often, we see people using cell phones while driving. This saves time to a certain extent but using a cell phone while driving can produce a number of hazards as well. Read on further to know the dangers of using cell phones while driving. Cell Phone Driving Dangers If you use a cell phone while driving, you are four times more likely to have a serious accident. Driving while conversing on a cell phone diverts attention from your first responsibility: safely maneuvering a ton or more of rolling metal. ICBC reports that cell phone usage during driving is one of the contributors to accidents caused due to inattentive driving apart from eating, talking and applying make-up.

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The Ethics Of Accepting A Job Offer


candidate has accepted the job. The managers boss congratulates him/her on successfully filling the job. 2. A scramble to get all the appropriate signatures on the offer letter and new hire packet occurs. Often, a VP will change his/her itinerary to accommodate the hiring manager, knowing that this new hire is important to them. 3. Human Resources will begin the tremendous task of getting the new hire into the payroll and benefits system. If there is training involved, arrangements and reservations are immediately made for the new hire to attend. 4. The back-up candidate is notified that another candidate has filled the job. 5. An announcement is made to the staff that the candidate will be joining the company. 6. Customers and vendors may also be notified that this person is joining the company. 7. The search for the position is officially closed. If a recruiter was involved, the recruiter is told to stop the search. All internal candidates are also notified that the job has been filled. 8. Business cards are ordered, a computer log in is established, a phone extension is assigned and office space arrangements are made. As you can see, a lot of time and effort precedes a candidates actual first day of employment. When a candidate later backs out of the offer, the hiring manager is truly put into a difficult and embarrassing situation. Not only does the manager have to reverse all of the work that was done in anticipation of the new hire start date, the search likely has to start all over again. Rarely is the back-up candidate available after being told the position was filled. If the position is a critical position, such as revenue-producing sales positions, the last-minute backing out of the offer could cost the company thousands of dollars. The position now sits vacant-all because someone accepted the offer for the position only to back out at the last minute. If a recruiter is involved, the damage is also done to him/her. If you accept an offer of employment through a recruiter, and then have a change of heart, it will cost the recruiter a great sum of money. And, it may even cost the recruiter the relationship with the client. While it is not the recruiters fault when a candidate backs out after the acceptance of an offer, the company may wonder if they should continue to do business with a recruiting firm that was in the middle of the mess created by the candidate. Thus, insincere acceptances of recruiter-generated job offers cost the recruiter a paycheck, and possibly a client. If the recruiter knows that there are contingencies to the acceptance, he/she can continue to search for a new candidate as a back up. It is extremely unfair for a candidate to do this to a recruiter, especially when they have the knowledge of the hardships it will create. When a job offer is extended, the three honest answers to the offer are: 1. When you actually want the job, simply say, I accept. This means that you have sincerely accepted, and are not entertaining any other offers of employment, nor are you planning to use this offer to generate and accept a counteroffer from your current employer. You are telling the manager that it is OK for them to go through all the paces of getting you hired. 2. If you are excited about the offer, but are still interviewing, be honest. Thank you for your offer, it appears to be fair and acceptable. I am waiting on another offer, though. This does not mean that I want the other offer. But, in fairness to me, I feel that I need to explore all of my options. Can I get back to you within seventytwo hours with my answer? Believe me, the manager will appreciate your honesty, and will likely give you the seventy-two hours. Be fair with this request, and do not take more than seventy-two hours. Each day that you hold onto the offer, another day goes by that the manager cannot take action with any other candidates. 3. If it is not the offer you want, respectfully decline the position so that the hiring manager can move to the back-up candidate. There is one last reason NOT to accept an offer, and then back out of it the world is too small a place to practice poor ethics. The manager you burn today could very well be the manager you end up working for or applying to at some time into the future. In 2005, I recruited for a prominent telecommunications giant. At that time, everyone in the telecommunications industry wanted to work for this company. I brought a recruit to them, who eagerly wanted a job with this company. When the hiring manager saw the resume of the candidate, he called me, and said, Al, call this guy, and ask him if he remembers me. He went on to say that in 1998, when managing for another company, this candidate accepted a job offer with him, and then called him the morning of start date to back out. Based on that action, this manager said that no matter what, he would never hire this candidate. When I called the candidate and gave him the name of the hiring manager, I heard his jaw hit the floor. There is truth to the saying, What goes around, comes around.

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new collective bargaining agreement is reached by Sept. 15, perhaps December. But the Canucks have other player decisions to make, as well. (The most important one they dealt with right away, locking up Cory Schneider for three more years.) It makes sense for Canucks general manager Mike Gillis to wait to see the lay of the land after a new CBA is finally agreed to, but there are several players entering the final year of their contracts who are set to become unrestricted free agents next July 1. At some point, the Canucks will want to start renegotiating with at least a couple of them: Alex Burrows and Alex Edler. In Edlers case, Gillis has joined the more excitable members of the media and callers to sports radio in declaring Edler a potential Norris Trophy candidate down the road. While there is no evidence to support that other than in fits and starts in which Edler plays extremely well for a few games here and there, it is music to his ears and his agents come time to talk contract. Anyway, theres a good chance Edler and the Canucks can come to an agreement. Burrows, however, will probably be too expensive for the Canucks to hold onto, both in terms of cap hit and term. Hes 31 and entering the fourth and final year of a contract that gives rise to a whole new definition of hometown discount, at $2 million a season. In the past six seasons Burrows has missed only 11 games, so hes durable. He has leadership qualities, understands the game extremely well and, should his goal scoring start to decline, he could still play a major defensive role in the likes of a Guy Carbonneau or Mike Keane. Burrows, who has averaged just under 30 goals the past three seasons, could garner $4.5-$5 million for four or five

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Alex Burrows

years on the open market and thats probably too rich for the Canucks. Heres what some comparable players make: Andrew Ladd, $4.4 million, four more years; Johan Franzen, $3.95 million, seven more years; Erik Cole, $4.5 million, three more years. Burrows is head-and-shoulders the best winger the Sedins have had. Itll be interesting to watch this develop over the course of the season (calls to the Canucks and Burrows agent were not returned, this being the dog days of August and most normal people thinking cottage, not Canucks). As for the othe pending unrestricted free agents, most could be entering their final year as a Canuck. They are Manny Malhotra, Max Lapierre, Mason Raymond and Chris Higgins. Raymond in particular has a lot to prove. Chris Taven will become a restricted free agent next July 1.

NHL Lockout Looking Likely


clear the amount of ground the two sides must cover. I think it is fair to say the sides are far apart and have different views of the world and the issues, Bettman said. There is still a wide gap between us with not much time to go, but this is a process we are going to continue to work hard on. Fehr was just as emphatic. There is a pretty substantial monetary gulf which is there, Fehr said. When you start with the proposal the owners made, how could it be otherwise? Consider what the proposal was: Lets move salaries back to where they were before the (2004-05) lockout started, back to last time. Thats basically what it was. You had a 24% reduction last time, and lets have another one. That was the proposal. Thats what creates the gulf. Fehr, who will meet with players in Chicago and Kelowna, B.C., for the next couple of days, acknowledged that players have been counseled for the past couple of years to prepare for a work stoppage. We have been advising the players to prepare for a worst-case (scenario), Fehr said. You always do. Bettman was asked about what he would say to fans who have zero interest in witnessing another lockout. I dont have an appetite either to not have hockey, Bettman said. We are all in agreement on that. I know what the game means and I know how important it is for our franchises and our game to be healthy from an economic standpoint. The players want to help stronger financial teams aid the weaker ones, but the owners of strong clubs would rather the players foot the bill. In the players proposal, they put forth that they would agree to a smaller percentage of revenues in the next three seasons, giving the owners an extra $465 million and possibly as much as $800 million depending on league growth with that money being used in revenue sharing among struggling teams. But Bettman wasnt thrilled that the players essentially ignored the NHL proposal, which was tabled on July 13 and asked players to accept a drop to a 46% share of hockey-related revenues (and possibly 43% under new guidelines) from 57%, among other things. And Bettman said it was disappointing that they have not received a full proposal from the owners, but Fehr countered that there was not much more the players had to propose. Bettman also dropped a hint that could not be missed when he talked to reporters, implying the players should fall into line with their NFL (where players get 47% of revenues) and NBA (players get 49%-51%) brethren. That did not sit well with Fehr. The glaring omission, of course, is baseball, Fehr said. Baseball has no cap, has very substantial revenue sharing and no labour strife. When we hear references to other sports, they are references designed to make a point why cant we be like football and basketball? We could say the same thing why cant you be like baseball? Instead, the players have said is that every sport has its own economics and you have to negotiate within that context. GLIMMER OF HOPE Despite the bleak outlook in the talks between the NHL and NHL Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement, there is a glimmer of positivity. There has been an acknowledgment that we have issues, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. The lines of communication are good, we are talking to each other, there is respect in the room, and there is cordiality. There has been an acceptance that we are going to continue to have a cap system. That last point is critical. A season-long lockout would be cemented if NHLPA boss Don Fehr insisted there could be no cap going forward. Fehr, however, implied the players have given up enough. This is an industry in which the owners insisted upon and got enormous concessions from the players last time (in 2005) with the stated expectation that would fix things, Fehr said. Well, their position now is it did not fix things. The question then becomes, what do you do about that? You have to find other approaches to come to common ground and I still would like to believe that we will.

Gary Bettman
Theres just one question on the minds of National Hockey League fans: Are Gary Bettman and Don Fehr capable of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement in three weeks, thereby avoiding another lockout? Thats all the time that will remain between next Wednesday, when the respective bosses of the NHL and the NHL Players Association meet again, and Sept. 15, when the current CBA expires. Based on what Bettman and Fehr told media on Wednesday after reviewing the players proposal and sitting down to discuss it with Fehr, fans probably can make alternative plans for the night of Oct. 11, when the 2012-13 regular season is scheduled to begin, and beyond. Bettman has said the players will be locked out on Sept. 15 if a new CBA has not been negotiated, and made

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