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Drivers heading south across the border should expect waiting times to double at peak hours due to American budget cuts, U.S. officials warned Monday. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency also suggested waits at major U.S. international airports could increase up to 50 per cent or more, with peak waits of up to four hours at the busiest airports, while processing times at airports could make it more difficult to make connecting flights. Michael Milne, a spokesman with CBP, said its too early to talk about specific locations, such as the Peace Arch border or Vancouver International Airport, and how they might be affected by the so-called sequester. But people should expect delays at all crossings as a result of the cutbacks, which include ending overtime and laying off air traffic controllers, border guards, customs officers and food and agriculture inspectors, CBP warns on its website. Waits at the largest land border crossings, for instance, could be five hours or more, and travelers are urged to adjust their trip itineraries to account for unexpected delays. Busiest traffic loads for drivers heading south are on weekends between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and during the summer months, when drivers now often wait between 45 minutes and two hours to cross. We anticipate significant potential impacts to cross-border travel and trade, the CBP website states. There will be increased waiting times for personal vehicles and pedestrians at our land border ports, with the potential of doubling of peak waits up to several

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hours or more at our largest ports, leading to potential gridlock effects during the heightened travel season. B.C.s transportation ministry uses detector loops under the road, spread between the border checkpoint booths and 8th Avenue at the approaches to the Highway 99 and Highway 15 crossings. The ministry calculates border waiting times by determining the average service time at all open

booths at a particular crossing and multiplying that by the number of cars in the queue. YVR spokeswoman Alisa Gloag said the Vancouver airport hasnt been affected yet by the sequester situation, but it is working with CBP to monitor the situation. Its a new process so well work with them and monitor it and make sure people get through as quickly as they

can, Gloag said. CBP maintains there will also be decreased service levels in cargo operations, including increased and potentially escalating delays for container examinations of up to five days or more at major seaports and significant back-ups at land border ports of entry.

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CBP acknowledged it is very concerned about the ramifications of sequestration, noting the cuts follow significant growth in international travel and trade, with air traffic up 12 per cent over the past three years, and a four per cent boost in maritime and air cargo. B.C. truckers, as well as exporters and manufacturers, have raised concerns about the move, which some say could cripple Canadian exports, hamper the economy and cause long waits for goods and people heading into the U.S. B.C. Trucking Association president and CEO Louise Yako said Monday

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that a doubling of wait times at the border would be a significant burden to her industry. Anytime a truck is not productive and a wait time is not productive it results in additional costs and affects drivers hours of operation. Some companies will try to absorb it, (but) it means additional costs and no additional productivity. Yako said there are a million trips in total each year by trucks crossing the border at the Pacific crossing said the average wait time for a truck is now 12 minutes, but that it can be longer at peak times. The average operating cost per truck is about $80 an hour, she said.

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Digicel customers can now send donations to Save the Children Fiji by using Digicel Mobile Money (DMM), an innovative service where Digicel customers can use their mobile phones to transfer money. Digicel Fijis Head of Marketing Ms. Sheryl Singh states, With DMM, customers phones act as an electronic wallet. It is a secure, convenient and affordable way to manage money transfer. Not only does it allow our customers to transfer money, they can use DMM for other services such as paying their bills and topping up their phone. To use DMM, customers are required to register by typing *888# and following simple onscreen instructions.

Once the customers are registered, they can use the services available through DMM. Those who wish to transfer funds to Save the Children may do so by sending their contributions to account number 7654321, said Ms. Singh. We at Digicel support the mission of Save the Children and are happy to play a part in terms of providing a platform through which donations can be facilitated, she said. Save the Children Fijis Fundraising Manager, Mr. Deo Raju states, since Digicel Mobile Money was setup, it has been used quite often and we are happy with the response. Many of our supporters have been using the DMM service to donate to Save the Children. Mr. Raju adds that DMM was fast and convenient and they were delighted with their partnership with Digicel. All donations received by Save the Children are channeled towards Education, Childrens rights, Research and Emergencies, said Mr. Raju.

President Receives Turkish Ambassador

His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau received the credentials of the non resident Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Her Excellency Damla Yesim Say at Government House. Madame Yesim Say brought with her the greeting of Turkish President, His Excellency Abdullah Gul and took the opportunity to renew the strong relations between the two countries. Madame Yesim Say said Turkey would continue to explore new and existing areas of development during her time as the envoy of her country to Fiji. The non-resident ambassador has served in Japan, Iraq, and Switzerland and is based in Wellington, New Zealand. Ratu Epeli hopes the existing relations between Fiji and Turkey will continue to grow from strength to strength. Fiji and Turkey established relations in November 1975.

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls Regular interactive dialogue organised leaders are being noted, especially by FemLINKPACIFIC with the Nadi as these women leaders are not Town Council since 2009 has enabled represented in development planning local women leaders to inform and committee meetings. communicate their development The interactive dialogue with Meli priorities to local government officers Koroitamana who is the Manager whether it is about drainage and -Building and Planning of the Nadi Town infrastructure, health and hygiene, Council enabled Neelum Jyotika, of the disability access or disaster risk Nadi Disability Network to explain the management. specific requirements for persons with The dialogue sessions are also an visual impairment in addition to the opportunity for women living within provision of wheelchair access. and beyond the town boundary to also The dialogue session welcomed simply receiving updates on town the opportunity for members of council plans. It is all part of a process FemLINKPACIFICs 1325 network of advocating for gender responsive in Nadi to contribute regular local government programmes and recommendations to the Special policies says FemLINKPACIFICs Administrator (SA) and also participate Executive Director, Sharon Bhagwan in meetings the SA and his town council Rolls: Produced as community radio team host with Turaga-ni-koros as well programmes, the latest interactive as other government departments. dialogue with the representative of the The dialogue session was held ahead of Special Administrator for Nadi heard tomorrows Not Just Sweet Talk: Here that the requests for the provision of are the Women simulcast in Nadi, baby-friendly rooms, a user-pay toilet supported by the European Union and facility in the market and planned International Womens Development improvements to the Nadi bus station Agency which will enable 24 as well as improvements in the market women and young women to bring facilities have been taken on board and to a community radio and television while the progress of the plans have audience the views and perspectives of been affected by successive floods close to 2500 women from across Nadi and cyclones it is good to know that who belong to the clubs in village, the recommendations by the women settlements and rural communities!

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Nadi Town Recovers

Massively affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan that took place late last year, the Jet Set town of Nadi is experiencing a lot of maintenance to get back on track. Nadi Town Council CEO, Nemia Tagi said the council has been working closely with the contractors to work on the affected areas. Our contractors have fixed the roof of the Nadi municipal market that was blown away by the cyclone. And in Namaka market, the council and the contractors are still pushing ahead with the repairs. We have finished fixing fifty percent of the damaged street lights and were currently working on the rest he said. We have already paid our contractors for the repairs they have done with the Namaka Industrial Buildings. They have also finished repairing the damages at the Prince Park Pavilion and now working on the flood lights, he said. Tagi later thanked the stake holders, shops and businesses of the town for their resilience.

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National Fire Authority (NFA) has again highlighted its concern on the recurring cases of home fire incidents in 2013. A home fire incident at the Adi Davila Road in Davuilevu Housing in Nausori last Sunday has left three families homeless. At 2348hrs, NFA Nausori received a property fire call at the Adi Davila Road, Davuilevu, and Nausori. Upon arrival at 2355hrs, the fire team saw the three flat concrete building fully engulfed with flames. The fire teams from the Valelevu, Suva and Nausori Station were able to extinguish the fire and stopped it from spreading to the nearby houses. NFA investigations are underway to determine the cause of fire. This house fire incident has increased the number of home fire incidents so far this year to twenty-one which has become a grave concern to the NFA. The NFA is reminding members of the community to take fire safety seriously as a fire can destroy everything in its path without mercy. However, home fires can be avoided as well, if home owners take extra

care and practice fire safety with their family members. NFA CEO John OConnor said while the NFA tries its best to minimize the number of home fires, the NFA needs the support from all members of the community to reduce the fire incidents. NFA has attended to 25 property and small house fires this year and out of which 21 were home fire incidents. We are really concerned at the recent increase in the house fire incident, Mr OConnor said. The NFA CEO has called on the members of the community and the stakeholders to work together in partnership to reduce the fire occurrence in Fiji, Mr OConnor said. Being fire safe is very important for every person. Fires can lead to severe destruction. Fire prevention is important and should be practiced in our homes. Meanwhile NFA has also raised its concern on the bus fire incident which happened at Deuba Village in Navua. This bus fire incident is again a serious reminder of the importance of fire safety and fire mitigation strategies which seriously need to be followed to ensure the safety of the passengers on

board, Mr OConnor said. The NFA CEO highlighted the need for bus operators and drivers to thoroughly check the bus before leaving for their daily routine. Mr OConnor highlighted that the bus fire incident in Deuba Village in Navua is not the first bus fire incident case which NFA has attended to. In the past, NFA has attended to bus fire incidents and this fire incident is again a serious one which put many lives at risk as a result of this. It is important that bus operators and drivers conduct proper maintenance works of all their fleet of buses. Bus operators and drivers should maintain their vehicles in such standards so that there is no fire risk and it is also particularly important that bus operators and drivers check the engine compartment of their bus and electronics devices in the bus as any defects from this section of the bus can lead to a fire incident. We hope that bus operators and drivers take heed of this fire safety message in their buses to avoid fires of similar nature from happening in the bus, Mr OConnor added.


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The Australian Senate has passed a motion condemning the apparent torture of detainees in Fiji. The motion put forward by the Australian Greens also describes the police beatings, seen in an online video, as "inhumane and degrading treatment." The graphic footage posted on YouTube shows one handcuffed man being savagely beaten with batons and metal bars and another being set upon by a dog as the animal's handler encourages it. Speaking ahead of the vote, Greens Leader Christine Milne called on Australia to make its position clear. "It is no use going to these Asia Pacific

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Meetings and standing up talking about the role of Australia as a leader in the region if we won't stand up for the very basic human rights that everybody deserves," she said. The motion calls on the interim Fiji Government to publicly condemn the use of torture and establish an independent investigation into the incident. It passed the Senate vote with the support of the Australian Government. A similar motion passed the New Zealand Parliament earlier this week and the UN Commissioner for Human Rights is also calling for an independent inquiry.

A FIJIAN woman won an international award on her thesis on the development of a financial reporting standard for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Doctor Ronita Ram, a lecturer in Accounting at the University of Sydney Business School, has been highly commended in the prestigious Emerald/EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Dr Ram was a gold medalist from the University of the South Pacific majoring in Accounting and Economics after which she was directly admitted to a PhD program at the University of Sydney. A University of Sydney statement said she was highly commended in the category of 'Interdisciplinary accounting research', and her thesis was judged to have 'filled a gap' in the accounting standard setting literature. "When it was established in 2001, the London-based International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) was constitutionally mandated to develop in the public interest a single set of high quality accounting standards to be used around the world by capital market participants," Dr Ram said in

the statement. She said this thinking seemed to be overturned when it added the SMEs project onto its agenda in 2003 and promulgated the eventual standard in 2009. The university said Dr Ram's PhD thesis looked at how and why the IASB added the SMEs project to its agenda and followed closely the development of the IFRS for SMEs standard. While the IASB is a private body, the university said many countries around the world comply with the standards set by it. Dr Ram's thesis provides a better understanding of the IASB's agenda and its standard setting procedures. "This very prestigious award recognises the quality of Ronita's thesis and reflects the high standard of research undertaken by the University of Sydney Business School," said the Chair of the School's Discipline of Accounting, Professor John Roberts. The international Emerald/EFMD Awards are sponsored each year by the Emerald Group Publishing Limited, publishers of a large number of international business and management journals, and the European Foundation of Management Development.

19-year-old Shyala Chand of Lautoka said she could not believe that one day she will study overseas after receiving her air tickets and allowances. Chand, a second year student at Fiji National University, is one of the six students awarded scholarships to pursue further studies in medicine at the Tbilisi State Medical University in Georgia. She said she will support her mother and her brother when she completes

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her studies. While presenting the tickets and allowances to the students, Minister for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto said the Government of Georgia provides all education and accommodation costs while the Fiji government provides funds for travel and supplementary allowance of $3,500 in the first year and $2,500 for ensuing years. These students will leave next week for a 6 year study in Georgia.

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A TOTAL of 970 children from poor backgrounds were assisted by the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children (FENC) last year. According to FENC Fiji program coordinator Mere Tikoduadua-Fonua, the foundation helped the children with school fees and met each child's education needs. Ms Fonua said this year, the foundation already received a lot of application from parents and communities seeking assistance for needy children. "We have quite a few applications already," said Ms Fonua. FENC Fiji west program officer, Kriti Karti said its Nadi office received more than 200 applications in the Western Division alone. Ms Karti said many of the children were from very poor backgrounds and whose parents were not able to put their child through school.
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The director of Fastkill Pest Control Services, Asita Devi Chand, was speechless when her name was announced as the Aspiring Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Standing in the finals against the likes of MaiLife Magazine publisher, Naziah Ali, and Creative director at Aladdins Cave and Edge Hair Design, Elaine Taylor, Mrs Chand surely wasnt anticipating a win. But her hard work and efforts surely got recognised. Ms Chand and her husband run Fastkill Pest Control Service located in

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Educational Australian Roadshow

FIVE Australian tertiary institutions will undertake an educational roadshow in Fiji between March 15 and 19 for senior secondary school students and others interested in further studies in Australia. A statement said the roadshow would begin at the Holiday Inn in Suva on Saturday before moving to the Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on Monday and Tokatoka Hotel in Nadi the next day. Students, career teachers, parents and local educational institutions attending the roadshow will be provided with information about courses on offer at Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, University of New Castle, University of Canberra and Le Cordon Bleu Aust Pty Ltd. AusAID officials would be on hand to provide information on scholarships. In addition to offering safe and vibrant learning environments close to Fiji, Australian educational institutions also provide graduates who are in demand by employers globally. The proximity to Fiji of Australian tertiary institutions offering quality and well rounded education provides a platform for greater cultural understanding between the two countries and strengthens the peopleto-people relationships.

A MAN is on trial for allegedly raping and impregnating his 14-year-old daughter, who is a cancer patient. The man, who is charged with five counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault, appeared before Judge Justice Salesi Temo in the High Court in Suva. State witness Dr Kelerayani Nabulu of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital's pediatric department told the court the girl was 20 weeks pregnant when she was scanned in February last year. Dr Nabulu told the court she first contacted the alleged victim on February 20 last year after she was assigned by the hospital. She told the court they found the 20 weeks fetus in her uterus when they conducted an ultra-sound scan on her abdomen a week later. However, the court heard the hospital terminated the baby because the victim

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Vatuwaqa, Suva. Starting the company with only two employees, Mrs Chand strived to provide economic solutions to pest control and health care services for all types of clients - commercial, residential and industrial. Ms Chand is one of a few women in this field and said she wanted to encourage other women to get involved as well. I was very nervous but also excited when I heard my name being called and that I had won. I was really surprised but also thankful for this great win, she said.

Fijis Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says the country needs more skilled people. Thus, plans a revamp of the current government loan and scholarship schemes so that any Fijian who wants a tertiary education can get one. Bainimarama said the role of government is to provide as many opportunities as they can not only with schools like but with skills training for students after leaving school to best

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had to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer treatment. It heard the patient told her mother that her father allegedly raped and impregnated her. According to her professional experience, Dr Nabulu told the court those 20 weeks from the day of the scan, the girl could have been impregnated from the second week of October 2011. The court heard the girl had been treated for cancer of the bone. It heard the alleged rape took place at their home every few weeks to every month when the girl was 12 years old and was in Class Seven. Dr Nabulu said they had requested the Director of Public Prosecutions office to have DNA testing done for the terminated fetus. A trial within a trial will be held when the next prosecution witness will take the stand to give evidence.

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THERE is hope for the local coconut industry following the opening of a new whole nut processing centre in Taveuni. Officiating at the event, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the facility hosted at the Taveuni Coconut Centre would operate as a small to medium commercial enterprise, provide jobs and contribute to the local economy. "We want to demonstrate different ways that coconuts can be used to earn a living, so that Fijians in rural communities have an additional strand of income," he said. Commodore Bainimarama said although the transformation of the coconut industry would not happen overnight, the new facility was an effort to breathe new life into the industry and create new opportunities for domestic and international trade and investment.

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A 12 month term is appropriate in all circumstances for nine men jointly charged with theft of 5000 oysters valued at $15,000 from the farm of their employer. In delivering judgment in the case, High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar said suspended terms were inappropriate because of the seriousness of the offence. Filipe Ratusuka, Filipo Cabe, Beniamino Ratukoli, Iowane Kaleveti, Eroni Matai, Iosefo Rokona, Viliame Adrea, Mikaele Ratusila and Lorosio Yaya appeared before Justice Goundar in the High Court in Labasa last week. On November 21 last year, the men were jointly charged with the theft of 5000 oysters valued at $15,000 from J Hunter Pearls Fiji where they were employed as divers. The theft was committed between January 1 and May 31 and the oysters were sold to a farm in Rakiraki for $8000 which the men shared. When they were caught, 3000 oysters were seized from the farm and returned to the complainant. In his judgement, Justice Goundar said the sentence of eight months imprisonment imposed on the men in the Magistrates Court was quashed and substituted with a term of 12 months imprisonment from November 27. "This sentence is made concurrent with any pre-existing sentence that any of the respondents were serving on November 27, 2012," he said. "A term of 12 months imprisonment was an appropriate sentence in all circumstances of this case. Suspension is not appropriate due to the seriousness of the offence." Justice Goundar said pearl farming was not exactly the same as livestock or root crop farming because it required specialised knowledge and skills and that it was a lucrative but risky and costly business. He said the State's appeal against sentence was allowed.

There were no surprises when the Executive Woman of the Year Award went to Pacific Sun general manager, Shaenaz Voss. Mrs Voss has been the force behind the many successes seen in Pacific Sun today. Upon receiving her cheque Mrs Voss said: I thank you all for this prestigious award. Mrs Voss has committed to donating the prize money she received to the Lautoka-based non-government organization, FRIEND (Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development). Pacific Suns parent company, Air Pacific, works closely with this organization for the education of needy children. Pacific Sun has steadily improved its operational performance under its improved leadership and new

operational structure. In May 2011, Mrs Voss became the first woman to head a major airline in Fiji. She was transferred from parent company Air Pacific by managing director/chief executive Dave Pflieger as part of a restructure to improve the domestic airline. She came to Pacific Sun with 20 years of commercial and operational management experience taking over an airline that was struggling both financially and keeping customers happy. Two years on and Mrs Voss has worked wonders addressing the myriad problems. Mrs Voss was in the finals up against HFC general manager human resources, marketing and insurance, Rosie Fong and the Fiji Sugar Corporation manager information systems, Rajneesh Charan.


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Court Quashes Yawn Conviction

A man jailed for two months for yawning outside a court room has had his conviction quashed by the Suva High Court. The court heard that on April 7, 2010 Herbert Wise was charged with contempt of court for disrespect in manner of the order being made by Magistrate Arachchi while she was presiding in the Magistrates Court at Navua. Magistrate Arachchi then ordered that he be locked up in the cell. A day later he was convicted and sentenced by another magistrate to two months imprisonment. In his appeal hearing on March 4, 2013, Wise stated his conviction cannot be sustained with the evidence that was produced at trial. He was distressed by the manner in which he was dealt with in the Magistrates Court before being charged with contempt. When questioned, Wise said it was not a deliberate act and when the court orderly called for silence, he stood up, sat down and apologized to the court orderly. He said he declined a request by the prosecutor to remove his sunglass and sit inside the court because he did not have any case before the court. He was only within the premises for his friend who had a matter before the court on that day. His appeal application was allowed by High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar. In making his decision, Goundar said the natural act of yawning cannot constitute a misconduct offensive to the court. After giving an unlawful direction, the presiding Magistrate gave a further unlawful order to place the appellant in the cell. The appellant had not committed any crime. Even if the appellant had committed an act of contempt in the plain view of the presiding Magistrate, she did not have the power to summarily punish him by incarcerating him. The only power the presiding Magistrate had was to detain the appellant until the conclusion of the proceedings and before rising of the court on the same day impose a fine and if the fine was not paid then in default an imprisonment sentence could have been imposed. Justice Goundar said the appellant paid a very high price for what could easily be described as injudicious use of the judicial power by the presiding magistrate. He quashed the conviction laid on Wise and stated it to be unsafe. The court heard that on April 7th, Wise yawned loudly while lying on a bench outside the courtroom. Justice Arachchi stopped a proceeding to direct police officer PC Peni who was court orderly on the day to inform Wise to enter the courtroom. Wise refused prompting Justice Arachchi to order PC Peni to arrest and lock him up in the cell.

The Indonesian Government is ready to assist Fijians in rice farming, through the means of providing expertise. The Indonesian ambassador to Fiji, Aidil Chandra Salim, shared Indonesias success stories in rice production with participants at an Investment Fiji export seminar. He informed participants of avenues through which Fiji may also, in years time, produce sufficient rice for local consumption. The seminar which was held at Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji Resort in Sigatoka had been organised after Investment Fiji received interest from farmers in the greater Sigatoka area seeking information on venturing into exports. The importance of public-private partnership was also emphasised by Mr Salim. He informed the farmers present that the Indonesian Government, through their Fijian counterpart, was willing to provide expertise in rice farming. Indonesian production Mr Salim said rice, being a staple food for Indonesians, required more than 60 million metric tonnes of production. He highlighted that in ten years, Indonesia had increased their production of rice by 10 million metric tonnes.

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This, he said, had been possible through the processes of extensification, intensification and diversification. Rice varieties Mr Salim told the farmers that many varieties of rice were harvested twice a year, but, they had moved on to other varieties of rice, which can be harvested three times annually. In Indonesia, for diversification, farmers do not necessarily move away from their rice fields, he said. The same field can be used for other crops, such as cassava, could be planted simultaneously. Other options with rice Mr Salim also informed the participants that farmers in Indonesia turned to farming of shrimp and fish alongside rice fields. He noted: While in Fiji, there is the custom of spread farming of rice, meaning seeds are scattered in the fields, in Indonesia, we use the Legowo system. This system means rice seedlings are first planted in nurseries and then replanted in rice fields. This gives them better yields. This form of rice farming had been undertaken in Dreketi recently and Mr Salim said rice production had doubled following this.

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Sugarcane farmers have been encouraged to think sugar and not cane by growing the appropriate sugarcane varieties. The advice came from Tate and Lyle consultant Dan Boodhna at Vesaru sector in Ba this week. This comes as sugarcane farmers would soon be paid on the basis of how much sugar their cane produces instead of the amount of cane harvested. Mr Boodhna reminded sugarcane growers that the new payment method would be implemented next year, as per the new Sugar Industry Strategic Action Plan. Sugar is paisa (money) and next year youll get your money on sugar, not cane, he highlighted. Early maturity cane varieties recommended to farmers included Naidiri, Beqa and Aiwa, which Boodhna said should be harvested in June, July and August.

Naidiri, Ragnar, Kaba, Galoa and Mana are the varieties recommended for mid-maturity, whilst Kiuva, Vatu and Mali were advisable for late maturity. Farmers were also cautioned on the use of diuron, a residual herbicide used for the control of grass and weed in sugarcane. As weed reduces cane production, farmers were urged to apply diuron immediately after planting or harvesting cane, even if grass had not grown. The Vesaru sector is amongst 28 farming sectors visited by the new Sugar Action Group, who are on a nation-wide visitation to discuss requirements of the industrys new Action Plan. The group is chaired by Sugar Industry Tribunal industrial commissioner, Timoci Brown, who said a new cane quality manager would likely to be appointed next week.

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Co-operation between Fiji and Tuvalu on fisheries issues will be further developed. This is after the Ministry for Industry and Trade permanent secretary Shaheen Ali met and discussed with the Tuvaluan Natural Resources permanent secretary Kakee Kaitu. The meeting acknowledged that fisheries is one of the most important shared-resource in the Pacific, which can accrue socio-economic development for the region if managed and utilized sustainably, Mr Ali said. The meeting discussed the need for Pacific island countries to work together, pool resources, draw on areas where we have comparative advantage and partner with the private sector to maximize and benefit from our fisheries resources. The two sides agreed to facilitate and enhance co-operation and partnership in fisheries and trade, for the mutual benefit of both countries and contributing to the overall objective of regional integration. Furthermore, the discussions on

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cooperation between the two countries included the sharing of expertise and training in the area of establishing and strengthening the competent authority on monitoring and enforcing sanitary and pytosanitary standards and combating illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, Mr Ali said. Todays meeting is timely because Fiji and Tuvalu are moving towards developing stronger bilateral trade and economic ties. The Rotuma-Tuvalu trade initiative is an example of this close co-operation. Later this week the Fijian Government team will meet the Tuvaluan team in Rotuma, to discuss trade related issues, to further facilitate trade between Rotuma and Tuvalu. We look forward to more discussions and cooperation with the Tuvaluan Government to foster closer trade relations and cooperation in areas of common interest, such as fisheries and trade, Mr Ali said.

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FridayMarch 15, 2013


Parents Watch Helplessly As Their Girl Dies

A SIX-year-old girl became the latest road victim after being mowed down by a truck as her parents watched helplessly. Numbed with shock and grief, her grandmother said the tragedy happened right in front of the family home along Sukanaivalu Rd in Lautoka on Monday afternoon. Asenaca Meli, 67, said she was still reeling from the incident because Vasemaca Doris had just said farewell a few minutes before her tragic and sudden passing. "I was with her in the room minutes before the accident happened. I had no idea that death was waiting for her outside," she recalled. "That is why it is hard to accept what happened. "I never thought that my granddaughter would be taken away so suddenly. "She was a well-behaved girl and always told me that she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up." Feroz Khan, who witnessed the accident, said the little girl was with her dad by the side of the road before the accident. "All of a sudden, the young girl wanted to cross the road to go to her mother on the other side of the road, not realising that a three-tonne vehicle was approaching," he said. "I called out to the driver to stop after the accident but he didn't stop." West police spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said an investigation into the accident had started. She said the driver was in police custody and had been interviewed. The road death toll so far is nine compared to seven for the same period last year.

Residents on the island of Rabi will no longer have to travel long distances to access medical assistance following the opening of their new refurbished health centre by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama. The head of government acknowledged the years of wait by Rabi villagers and nearby communities. Commending them for their determination to see the fruition of a new health centre, the Prime Minister said that todays development would ease the burden for many families. Nothing is more important than providing for the health and physical wellbeing of all Fijians, which is why today is an important milestone- the opening of the refurbished Rabi Health Centre. Rabi is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Health in its efforts to control Tuberculosis, which is a serious threat to everyone on this island. 513 TB cases per 100,000 people compared with 23 cases per 100,000 in the rest of Fiji. Indeed, our experts warn us that if TB is not controlled, the disease has the potential to wipe out the population here in just a few years, the Prime Minister said. The development of this new facility has also been positioned to allow residents of Rabi to access TB services

No More Long Travels For Rabi Villagers

THE Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday. RBF Governor Barry Whiteside said the MOU marked an achievement for the two institutions and would form the basis for enhanced co-operation and information sharing in the area of banking supervision. For the central bank, this is the first such MOU it has engaged in with a fellow regulatory institution. Mr Whiteside, in a statement, said both RBF and RBI were responsible for the regulation and supervision of banks in their respective jurisdictions. He said these supervisory functions were becoming more essential and dynamic amidst growing cross-border banking establishments. He said the recent global financial crisis prompted supervisors across the world to develop effective regulatory

Fiji, India Central Banks Sign Deal

frameworks to address contagion risks associated with growing cross-border banking establishments. He noted that the MOU sets out responsibilities of both the regulatory authorities to ensure their respective ongoing supervision of banking organisations effectively covers crossborder banking establishments on a consolidated basis and assist each other in performing their functions. Mr Whiteside also stated that with regard to confidentiality of information, the RBF has considered provisions of section 27 of the Banking Act 1995 and section 19 of the Reserve Bank of Fiji Act 1985 whereby information may be disclosed for the purpose of performing its duties and functions. Moreover, the RBF and the RBI have agreed to observe strict confidentiality such that information obtained will be used only for lawful supervisory purposes.

for free. This after the Ministry of Health categorized the new refurbished health centre as a Directly Observed Treatment Short course center or DOTS. As a DOTs treatment centre, Rabi gets its own x-ray machine that gives doctors the ability to better diagnose tuberculosis, as well as a range of other ailments, the Prime Minister highlighted. The doctors also have new equipment to conduct sputum and blood tests. Prime Minister Bainimarama pointed out that this development will ease the burden of many families on the northern island. "TB patients will remain in Rabi, close to their homes and families during the entire course of their treatment. They no longer have to travel to Labasa hospital or Tamavua hospital in Suva to spend the usual two months there while being treated". "Well be able to diagnose TB quicker and reduce the number of deaths that occur from TB or other diseases because of delayed diagnosis." The Prime Minister is touring the northern division, assessing and officiating at various government projects and has also taken time to speak directly with local communities to address their grievances and issues.

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Wainigadru Villagers Praise Army Rehab Work

Saqani district officer Kalivati Rabuka says the cyclone rehabilitation works by army engineers at Wainigadru Village in the district of Tawake in Cakaudrove province is progressing well. Out of the five brand new homes that is schedule to be built in the village, two homes have been completed, which were opened by the Prime Minister on Tuesday, Mr Rabuka said. The DO Saqani said the house plan used was taken from the standard rural housing plan supplied by the Commissioner Northerns office. The approximate cost for a single two-bedroom pine timber home is $13,000, Mr Rabuka said. Other villages in the district of Tawake that have already completed housing rehab construction included Yasawa, Nagasauva, Wainiika and

Vatu villages. Wainigadru Village Turaga ni Koro (village headman) Bonapasio Driti said the people of Wainigadru were overwhelmed with the excellent construction work carried out by the army engineers in the village. Every morning and afternoon the ladies in our village served morning and afternoon tea to the army officers, we treat them like our own and even helped them on occasions with their food supply stock, Mr Driti said. On behalf of the people of Wainigadru I must commend the Prime Minister and the army engineers for assisting us with the five houses as part of the cyclone rehab program. More than 30 soldiers from the army engineering section are carrying out housing rehab work in Wainigadru Village in the province of Cakaudrove.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has opened the newest Government Service Centre in the Northern Division. Designed to be a point of contact for Government in the North, the new centre demonstrates Governments commitment in making services and facilities more accessible to the public in the North. In his statement the Prime Minister emphasized the Governments commitment to creating efficiency in the public service. As your Prime Minister I regard delivery of basic services as Governments main priority, the head of Government said.

Government Service Centre In The North

I want Government to keep its promises to the people to deliver, not just to pay lip service to the idea, which is what we all know happened in the past. Once the centre is up and running it will provide a whole range of services for at least 20 separate Government agencies which the Prime Minister highlighted was previously accessible to a limited number. The service centre means what it saysservice. We are serving the people, taxpayers and their dependents, who deserve much higher standard of attention, efficiency, courtesy and respect.

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Tourism Fiji is seeking an experienced regional director Australia, based in Sydney. Applications are invited from suitablyqualified persons for this key senior sales, marketing and management position. Candidates should have the experience, passion, enthusiasm, drive and skills to effectively help re-position Tourism Fiji and develop visitor arrivals, length of stay and expenditure from the Australian market. The ideal candidate will be tertiary educated, well-rounded, in tourismmarketing and have a proven record of driving sales in a similar role, with at least three years in relevant senior positions. The ideal candidate will have significant sales, brand management, campaign and distribution experience

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$166.2M In Total Exports

PROVISIONAL data placed the value of goods imported in March last year at $291.6million while total export was $166.2 million, according to the Fiji Bureau of Statistics last week. Government statistician, Epeli Waqavonovono said imports decreased by $10.5m while total exports increased by $19.6m in comparison to the previous corresponding month. "The March 2012 trade deficit amounted to $125.4m compared to $135.2m a month earlier," Mr Waqavonovono said. The bureau highlighted mineral products topped the list of import commodities.

and should be a good negotiator at all levels. A clear understanding of the Fiji market will be highly-regarded. The regional director will report to the chief executive officer of Tourism Fiji and be responsible for developing regional sales objectives and strategies, with implementation in a hands-on manner via a small team in Sydney. The role requires frequent liaison with Tourism Fijis Head Office in Nadi and other Tourism Fiji offices. In 2013, Tourism Fiji will be rolling-out new global advertising, online and public relations strategies. The regional director will be responsible for driving implementation in the Australian market by working with the relevant agencies and Tourism Fijis partners.

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This list comprised 36 per cent for mineral products, 14 per cent for machinery, mechanical, electrical appliances, 9.4 per cent for live animals, 7.1 per cent for vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment and 5 per cent for vegetable products. Compared to March 2011, Mr Waqavonovono said the import harmonised system section recorded a notable decrease. He said prepared foodstuff, beverages, spirits and tobacco decreased from $9.7m to $10.8m because of the decreased import of sugar.

Hysterical family members had to be helped from court when two men accused of burning Shalvin Prasad alive appeared before a judge. Bryne Permal, 20, and Shivneel Shahil Kumar, 18, are both charged with the murder of 21-year-old Prasad, whose scorched body was discovered at the end of January on the side of a rural road in Kingseat, South Auckland. The pair appeared in Manukau District Court and as soon as they entered the court one woman in the public gallery began crying loudly. She began to shake violently and had to be escorted from the court by other family members, who were also visibly

upset. Permal looked down throughout the hearing while Kumar gestured to family members. Prasad was killed hours after taking $30,000 from his bank account, though the significance of the money is not yet known. Police believe Prasad was alive when he was set on fire. A draft summary of facts was released to media last month but has been suppressed until at least the pairs next appearance next month. Kumars lawyer Ron Mansfield said many of the police allegations would be disputed at trial. Permal was denied name suppression in the Manukau District Court last week though he appealed that decision in the High Court. Justice Timothy Brewer denied the application but suppressed the grounds on which the name suppression appeal was brought. Police said they were still looking for some property belonging to Prasad, including the keys to his Toyota Rav4, a house key, a steering wheel lock key, his wallet, ASB eftpos card and driver's licence. They also revealed a third man was being investigated in relation "acts carried out in the days after the murder". Both accused were remanded in custody.

FIJIAN authorities have fired three prison guards over an online video that appears to show officials beating and torturing two men, the Pacific nation's prisons department says. Apparently shot using a mobile phone, the video shows one handcuffed man being savagely beaten with batons and metal bars, and another being set upon by a dog as the animal's handler urges it on. "I can confirm that three prison officers have been sacked in relation to the video that was posted on the Internet last week," Fiji Prisons and Corrections Service spokeswoman Ana Tudrau Tamani told the reporter. She declined to provide further details, saying a police investigation into the video was still under way. Amnesty International has said it suspected the video was taken last year and shows prison escapees being abused after their recapture. Fiji's military leader Voreqe Bainimarama, who seized power in a 2006 coup, said last week he would stand by officers implicated in the video, arguing they were just doing their duty and "making sure we sleep peacefully at night". Bainimarama also dismissed concerns expressed by non-governmental organisations about the video, saying they "are paid by the international community to jump up and down every time we do something". Fijian pro-democracy group The Citizens Constitutional Forum said Bainimarama's comments showed a lack of commitment to human rights.

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Yogesh Karan Presents Credentials To Sri Lankan President

Fiji and Sri Lanka strengthened its bilateral relationship when Fijis High Commissioner to India, Yogesh Karan, presented his credentials to the President of Sri Lanka. He will be Fijis first High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. The ceremony for the presentation of credentials was conducted through a motorcade to the Presidential Secretariat and the official ceremony was held in the President's office in Colombo. The President, His Excellency, Mahinda Rajapaksa in accepting Commissioner Karan as Fijis High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, said that both countries could work together to further strengthen its diplomatic relations. Mr Karan conveyed Fijis message on behalf of the President and said that Fiji was keen to work closely with Sri Lanka since the two countries had many similarities to enhance trade and economic activities. Later, the High Commissioner met the Minister for External Affairs, Professor G. L. Peiris and discussed on exchanging trade missions and deployment of expertise in prioritised areas of development. Mr Karan also said that Fiji might participate in the international trade seminar in Colombo in November since Sri Lanka was a growing economy. Climate change and the possibility of securing scholarships in maritime studies, agriculture and medicine were also discussed with the minister. High Commissioner Karan also had meetings with top leaders of the private sector and discussed on the investment opportunities available in Fiji. He mentioned that economic power was shifting to Asia and Fiji needed to capitalise on such opportunities competitively. He invited Sri Lankan entrepreneurs to invest in Fiji because the Government has provided attractive incentives for investments. Mr Karan further explained that Fiji was open for foreign investments and had efficient systems in place for business registrations.

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Your career will get boost with the offer of prestigious assignment. You will have to be tactful when discussing money with close associates. A sale transaction may yield the gains you had envisaged. News of the construction of a new home is likely.




Those seeking a change will get an opportunity to move to a place of their choice. In a discussion be patient and try not to argue. Your sincerity will win over everyone. A visit to place of religious importance will be enjoyable.


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A new vista of opportunity opens up to offer you better prospects career wise. A family get-together keeps you pleasantly occupied. Some of you will plan an overseas journey to scan opportunities for work in this week. A rewarding week at work. Clearance for a particular assignment will come through now. Plans for a journey may change. You may have to attend to your task on hand which may have to be re-scheduled.



Meetings, travel are bound to be fruitful in this week. Work efficiency improves after an assistant or associate helps you out with your task. You may

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In a relief to Indian-origin surgeon Jayant Patel, an Australian court on Wednesday found him not guilty of manslaughter of an elderly patient nearly a decade ago. Patel, 62, the former director of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital, had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Mervyn John Morris, 75, who died on June 14, 2003, three weeks after he removed part of his bowel to treat rectal bleeding. It was the second time Patel stood for the manslaughter trial of Morris. He was convicted of killing Morris and two other patients in June 2010. After a four week trial, a Brisbane Supreme Court jury found Patel not guilty of killing Morris. The prosecution had said Patel was grossly negligent, that he had not properly diagnosed the bleeding and that he made the wrong decision to operate and failed to properly manage the man's post-operative care. Patel's defence team argued Patel had an "honest and reasonable belief" that the operation at the Bundaberg Base Hospital was necessary, and that his actions were supported by a number of expert witnesses. It was the second time Patel stood for the manslaughter trial of Morris. He was convicted of killing Morris and

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two other patients in June 2010. Patel, an Indian-born US citizen, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2010 after being convicted of the manslaughter of three patients and causing grievous bodily harm to another. He was released from prison on the High Court's order, after serving two years and two months of a sentence handed down in 2010. Separate retrials were ordered for the charges related to each patient. Outside court, Patel's senior defence barrister Ken Fleming said the surgeon was "very happy" at his acquittal, but could not speak publicly because he still faced outstanding charges. He was committed to stand trial in 2009 on 13 charges in total, including eight of fraud and a second of grievous bodily harm. Those charges have never been tried. Fleming said he would "soon" be making a submission to the state's Director of Public Prosecutions for him to drop those outstanding charges. He said justice had been done today and praised the seven-woman, fiveman jury for its intelligence and inquisitive nature. "(The trial) has been long and hard, but the evidence was there and the jury acted responsibly and well. They worked very hard," Fleming said.

SOMETIMES, inventions are revolutionary. When the iPhone debuted in 2007, the world let out a collective gasp, as if to say, "Yes, that's just what I've been wanting!" Sometimes, inventions are dull. Ginsu knives and the ShamWow do things that other products do, they just claim to do them better. And sometimes, inventions are complete head-scratchers. In Japan, there's a whole category

for such creations called chindgu: inventions that seem clever on paper, but in practice are completely ridiculous. We'll let you guess which category the "seatbelt t-shirt" falls into. The seatbelt t-shirt is, quite simply, a white t-shirt that features a black strap running diagonally across the chest. It's meant to fool Chinese police officers into thinking that the driver is wearing a seatbelt.

INDIA'S largest state-run bank has received 1.7 million applications for 1500 entry-level clerk jobs - and has promised to examine all of them. State Bank of India chairman Pratip Chaudhuri attributed the huge interest to good marketing and attractive employment terms, with the number of applications underlining the appeal of "jobs for life" in the Indian public sector. For positions in Mumbai, the bank offered a starting package of 69,000 rupees ($A1,245) a month. Job opportunities in the Indian private sector have fallen in the past 18 months as economic growth has dropped to its lowest level in a decade. The government forecasts that India's once-booming economy will grow by five per cent in the financial year to March 31. Last year, it grew by 6.2 per cent but even that rate is insufficient to create the jobs India needs for its fast-growing young population. India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a former economist, believes the country needs at least eight per cent growth to create enough jobs. Chaudhuri said all 1.7 million applicants - more than 1,100 per position available - would be assessed. "We have conducted such examinations in the past by hiring schools across the country. This time, we may have to do two shifts," he told the newspaper. Nine out of ten Indians are employed in the "informal" sector in jobs that offer no security, few perks and often illegal working conditions, government data shows.

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Women Charged With Murder

Two Gisborne women in their midtwenties have been arrested and charged with the murder of Amandeep Singh, who was found dead on a beach in January. Singh was found on Kaiti Beach, Gisborne, on January 24 after having been reported missing on January 1. Police said they believed he died on the night of December 29. Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Scott said Singh was an Indian national who immigrated to New Zealand in 2010. He has worked as a field worker in various locations around the central North Island, he said. Mr Singh has a wife in Tauranga and has family in India. Scott said Singhs immediate family had been advised of the arrests. The arrested women had been remanded in custody until Friday, March 15 where an application for bail would be made.

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WHETHER silence equals consent is expected to be the central tenet in a rape case involving two footballers and a 16-year-old girl. Two high school footballers will face night and appeared to have passed "Additionally, the witness will testify in the country to support the argument trial in the US after being charged with out at times, according to several that she spoke to the alleged victim that the three West Virginia juveniles raping the nearly passed-out-drunk witnesses. immediately following the alleged can be compelled to testify in Ohio. teenager after an alcohol-fuelled party She is not expected to testify herself. incident, and will provide information Ohio and West Virginia law is in August. The medial reports that the players about the victim's words, conduct, and different for a juvenile delinquency Attorneys for the two players, Ma'Lik attorneys will argue on the issue of state of mind,'' Mays' attorneys wrote hearing compared to a criminal trial, Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, consent because the girl did not say in their motion obtained Monday by Wilson said in the four-page ruling on have denied the charges and are asking "no". the press. Wednesday. for them to be dismissed. Richmond's attorney Madison said of Mays' attorneys Brian Duncan and The request for the subpoenas came The intoxicated girl was driven to a the girl: "The person who is the accuser Adam Lee Neeman argue that the through Ohio Judge Thomas Lipps, number of parties by a group of teenagers, here is silent just as she was that night, multiple out-of-state witnesses are after defence attorneys filed motions including the two players, who are and that's because there was consent", "essential to presenting a complete with him asking that the three witnesses accused of later sexually assaulting her the as reported. defence.'' appear at the trial. while she was unconscious. Madison said the girl was drinking They say the witnesses have participated Ohio chapter of the National The case has divided the football- voluntarily and left willingly with the in videotaped or documented Organization for Women president powerhouse city of just 18,000, with group of boys. interviews with Steubenville police Jackie Hillyer said if anyone had many angry that prosecutors did not He told the Cleveland Trader that and have offered statements that would "firsthand knowledge" of the incident bring charges against the three other there was "an abundance of evidence support their client's position that he they were "partly in some way witnesses who captured the alleged here that she was making decisions, did not rape the girl. responsible for the event, the rape, assault on their mobile phones. cognitive choices". A second witness allegedly received a they should be charged", the media has There have been furious online "She didn't affirmatively say no," he nude photograph of the girl from Mays, reported. accusations of a cover-up to protect said. the attorneys wrote in their motion. But the Ohio attorney general's office the team - something law enforcement A judge last week rejected requests Another witness saw Mays and the girl wrote to the three witnesses telling authorities have vehemently denied. that three juveniles, whose testimony the following morning and "can provide them that their behaviour 'did not Only two of the boys involved were was expected to bolster the players' essential information regarding the rise to the level of criminal conduct,' charged despite others being present and defence, be called to testify at the trial. interaction between the Defendant and and that therefore they would not be taking photographs and videos, which Attorneys representing defendant Trent the alleged victim, the alleged victim's charged. were uploaded to the internet that night. Mays argued in a motion to dismiss appearance, and statements made by the Bob Fitzsimmons, a lawyer for the Dozens of witnesses are expected to the case that one of the witnesses was alleged victim,'' according to the motion. girl's family, said the family wanted testify at the trial in Jefferson County a friend of the girl's and can testify to In an order last week, Hancock County "this matter over" so they could move juvenile court in Steubenville. the alleged victim's alcohol intake and Judge Ronald Wilson ruled that no on with their lives and their daughters The girl was severely intoxicated that relationship with Mays. legal case was cited from anywhere healing.

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A marriage broker who set a teenager ablaze because she refused to marry the man he had found has been arrested. The 17-year-old girl is now battling for her life at the Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. Police said Balkis Banu, 35, had asked marriage broker Sanamullah, 32, to fix an alliance for her daughter. Sanamullah, who was also their neighbour, brought a prospective groom's photograph within a few days. Though the groom's family liked the girl, the girl was unhappy with the proposal and refused to marry him. Last Saturday night, Sanamullah

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visited Banu's house to finalise the proposal. "She refused to marry him as the man appeared to be much older than her," said Abdul, her cousin. While Sanamullah was arguing with the girl, he poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. The girl's 10-yearold brother saw this and alerted the neighbours. The neighbours nabbed Sanamullah. The girl was admitted to Kilpauk hospital with 35% burns. Based on a complaint, R K Nagar police arrested Sanamullah on IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder) and are interrogating him

US Funeral Directors Bury Wrong Woman Californian Evan Davidson lived with on view wasn't her departed mother's,
his wife for 51 years. But when he told morticians that the woman in the open casket wasn't Darlene Davidson, they politely told him he was mistaken. "I looked at her and said, 'Well this don't look like my wife at all,'" Davidson, 73, told the reporter. "They kept telling me it was, but it's just because she had been embalmed and she was sick." They were wrong. Simpson Family Mortuary has acknowledged that the woman it buried on March 1 was not Davidson's 82-year-old wife. Three days after the funeral, an employee called and asked Davidson to come and identify a body. The worker said a woman was "jumping up and down" and claiming that a body Davidson said. He went to the mortuary. "I saw my wife, and the shock just knocked me down," he said. The mortuary has offered to exhume the body and to pay the costs of burying both women. Davidson's wife was scheduled to be reburied on Wednesday. "Our main concern is for these people to receive the dignity and respect they deserve, and put the individual to rest. We are not sweeping it under the rug," mortuary spokesman Reginald Black said in a statement. "We made an error and we want to rectify our error and do whatever we can do to make them feel better." Davidson has obtained an attorney to ask the Californian Cemetery and Funeral Bureau to investigate.


With the deepest sense of loss and sadness, the Chand family announces the passing of their mother, grandmother,greatgrandmother, mother in law, Keola Pati Chand on Monday March 11, 2013. For her 8 children, 17 grandchildren, 27 great grand children, 5 daughter in laws and 2 son in laws, Amma was the symbol of love and the immortal light of the family. She has left a void that will be impossible to fill. Thank you Amma for being the true definition of motherhood. The Chand family expresses its most sincere appreciation to all relatives and friends who offered their help and support during this very difficult time.

In a gruesome incident, a man beheaded his sister for wishing to marry an old man. The man reached the police station with the head of his sister and confessed the crime. The girl's body had been sent for postmortem and a case of murder has been registered by the police. The police told that Mahrun (20), daughter of Jabbar, resident of Tajpur Gobraha under Ranipur police station,

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was having an affair with a 55 year-oldman of Barabanki. The man had come with a marriage proposal last Friday. After they had left, family members of Mahrun got into a heated discussion when in a fit of rage, Mahrun's brother Nankey attacked her with an axe and beheading her. Later, Nankey reached the police station with the head where he confessed the crime.

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India Bus Gang Rape Accused Dead

The driver of the bus in which a young Indian woman was gang-raped and fatally injured in December has hanged himself in New Delhi's Tihar jail, officials say. Ram Singh's lawyer said his client had been composed and calm when he spoke to him last Friday and that there were other inmates in his cell, raising questions about whether it was a suicide and how it could have gone unnoticed by staff in India's highest security prison. The lawyer and a prison official said Singh had not been on suicide watch. Police have described Singh as the ringleader of five men and a juvenile on trial for the December 16 attack on the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist in the Indian capital. The assault triggered nationwide protests, a toughening of rape laws and an intense debate about rampant crime against women in India. All six accused have pleaded not guilty to rape and murder. Tihar prison authorities ordered a magisterial inquiry after Singh was found hanging in his cell at around 5am, prison spokesman Sunil Gupta said. Singh's lawyer, VK Anand, said that his client did not appear to be distressed when he spoke to him on Friday. "I believe he was satisfied with the way the trial was proceeding because we had a very strong case against the prosecution's claims," he said. "This is not suicide, this is something else. I know he had a few complaints of jail authorities torturing him, but nothing that would make him take his own life. We can't rule out foul play. Nothing is adding up," he said. Anand has previously always denied that his client was being maltreated up with the plan of taking the bus out to look for a victim to rape, the report said. The police say they found him sitting in the blood-stained school bus, wearing a bloodied tee-shirt, the morning after the crime. A DNA test revealed that the blood belonged to the rape victim, the report said. Singh was a bus driver despite an accident in 2009 that fractured his right arm so badly that doctors had to insert a rod to support it. He appeared on a reality television show in a compensation dispute with a bus owner, who in turn accused Singh of "drunken, negligent and rash driving". In the show, the mustachioed, slightly-built man was seen walking stiffly and holding his right arm at an awkward angle. Singh's neighbours in the south Delhi slum where he lived described him as a heavy drinker with a temper. One young woman said he used to get embroiled in violent rows and a relative recalled a physical altercation with her husband. The physiotherapist's brother said he was "not very thrilled with the news that he killed himself because I wanted him to be hanged ... publicly". "Him dying on his own terms seems unfair. But, oh well, one is down. Hopefully the rest will wait for their death sentence."

in prison. He did not elaborate on the "torture". Singh had been kept in a cell with other inmates, he said. A former director of the jail, Kiran Bedi, said Singh should have been kept isolated from the main prison population. "High security prisoners cannot be part of the community, they must be separate because the other prisoners will not accept them," she said on CNN-IBN television news channel. Singh's mother cried uncontrollably and punched herself in the chest as her husband helped her into an auto rickshaw in the Delhi slum where they live. "He left me," she said repeatedly. The parents were headed to a hospital to see their son's body. "Its a conspiracy. We don't believe he would commit suicide," said a relative who did not want to give his name. Trial of others continue The trial of the five adult men started last month while the juvenile's trial began last week. Ram Singh's brother Mukesh Singh, gym assistant, Vinay

Sharma bus cleaner , Akshay Kumar Singh and fruit vendor Pawan Kumar are the other men on trial. Under Indian law, the juvenile cannot be named. The attack generated headlines around the world, but the case has since largely disappeared from public view, in large part because authorities have barred reporting on the trial, which was due to resume in a fast-track court on Monday. Police allege the six attacked the woman and a male companion on the bus as the couple returned home after watching a movie on December 16. The woman was repeatedly raped and tortured with a metal bar. The couple was also severely beaten before being thrown onto a road. The woman died of internal injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks later. The police report used to charge the accused draws a picture of Ram Singh as the ringleader. On the night of December 16, the accused gathered at his house for dinner, where he came

The centenary of Canberra has been marked with an official ceremony on the lawns of Parliament House. This day 100 years ago, the then governor-general's wife, Lady Gertrude Denman announced the name of Australia's new capital would be Canberra. She stood upon three foundation stones laid to mark the occasion by her husband Lord Thomas Denman, and then Prime Minister Andrew Fisher and minister for home affairs King O'Malley. Surrounding the foundation stones, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, GovernorGeneral Quentin Bryce, her husband Michael Bryce, Regional Affairs and Local Government Minister Simon Crean, and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher endeavoured to re-enact the ceremony. Ms Gillard reflected upon the diversity of roles performed by the national capital. "For the nation, Canberra is our enduring capital. For the world it is a

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model of urban design and for locals it is simply our much-loved home," she said. Ms Bryce addressed the crowd, referring to Lord Denman's foundation speech. "The city of 2013, would surely meet and perhaps surpass, the hopes and expectations of Lord Denman and all those present at its foundation ceremony 100 years ago," she said. Ms Bryce says the name Canberra was in common usage in the area in the 1850s, a much loved hybrid connecting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sources. "The locals loved it, lobbied hard for it, and were finally rewarded. A name rooted in traditions of the land and the local communities," she said. However once the name was chosen, a debate began about how the new capital should be pronounced. The Governor -General's husband, Michael Bryce, went on to explain how that was sorted out. "The pragmatic decision finally reached was that whatever pronunciation Lady Denman used on the day would become the official version," he said. "And so it was. On this centenary day, Canberra it remains." Ms Gallagher then led a toast, paying tribute to the Canberra community. "At the same time as Australia's capital was being built, quietly in the suburbs, a new community was being formed," she said. "Strangers forced together from all over the country and overseas started building what the bricks and mortar can't do, the spirit of a city." Birthday party The majority of events and festivities to mark the city's 100th birthday were

held on Monday's public holiday, with about 150,000 people converging around Lake Burley Griffin to join in the celebrations. Centenary director Jeremy Lasek says the community response was overwhelming. "The biggest event seen around the lake in Canberra certainly. It was brilliant Canberra weather. The crowds came out in big numbers, bigger than we expected," he said. "The entertainment was non-stop. The new symphony blew everyone away and the fireworks finale, with big word 'nation' coming up in Lake Burley Griffin as the finale, was a fantastic way to end a truly memorable day."

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Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope

Airline Staff 'Outraged' By Decision To Scrap Knife Ban

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected the Roman Catholic Church's new Pope. The first Latin American to be Pope, he will call himself Francis I. White smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney announced to the world that cardinals gathered inside had made their choice. Cardinal Bergoglio replaces Benedict XVI, who resigned last month saying he was not strong enough to lead the Church. The 115 cardinals have been in isolation since Tuesday afternoon, and held four inconclusive votes. At least 77 of them, or two-thirds,

would have had to vote for a single candidate for him to be elected Pope. Before the conclave began, there was no clear frontrunner to replace Benedict. Crowds with umbrellas massed in the square flying flags from around the world. The Catholic News Agency said people were running through the streets of Rome, hoping to reach St Peter's Square in time for the appearance of the new Pope. A troupe of Swiss Guards in silver helmets and full regalia marched to the Basilica in preparation for the announcement, as military bands played for the onlookers.

Knives with folding blades, like pocket knives, will be allowed back on US aircraft from April 25.
A decision to scrap a ban on pocket knives being carried by passengers on US aircraft has triggered an angry backlash from pilots, flight attendants and airline chiefs. Travellers will now be able to carry small knives with folding blades on US planes from April 25. While box cutters of the kind used by hijackers in the September 11 attacks remain banned, the decision by the Transport Security Administration (TSA) to relax the rules on pocket knives has appalled airline officials and staff. TSA chief John Pistole said the new guidelines would bring US security regulations into line with international standards and were designed to help airport staff find more dangerous items. "This is part of an overall risk-based security approach, which allows transportation security officers to better focus their efforts on finding higherthreat items, such as explosives," he said. The shift comes against the backdrop of the US sequester crisis that has seen dramatic budget cuts force federal agencies to look at different ways of reducing costs. The TSA has already frozen its hiring policy and eliminated overtime with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warning the sequester cuts could lead to a doubling of queues and waiting times. "These items have been banned for more than 11 years and will add little value to the customer security process flow in relation to the additional risk for our cabin staff and customers," Delta Air Lines chief executive Richard Anderson wrote in a letter to the TSA. "If the purpose is to increase security checkpoint flow, there are much more effective steps we can take together to streamline the security checkpoints with risk-based screening mechanisms." 'Threat is real' The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents about 90,000 workers, said its members were "outraged". "The continued ban on dangerous objects is an integral layer in aviation security and must remain in place," the group said. A nationwide petition against the TSA changes lodged on the White House website has garnered more than 20,000 signatures. The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) has also spoken out against the move. "We believe the threat is still real and the removal of any layer of security will put crewmembers and the flying public unnecessarily in harm's way," CAPA president Mike Karn warned. Andrew Thomas, an aviation security expert at the University of Akron, said there was logic behind the TSA's change in strategy. "Simply put, if they are not looking for so many items, they will not need as many people working at the checkpoints," he said. "TSA is announcing very subtly here that they are slowly changing their strategic focus from keeping bad things off to planes to keeping bad people away. For this, they should be applauded." But terrorism expert JM Berger was sharply critical of the rule change. "TSA continues to make people take off their shoes before entering the gate at an airport even though there has never been a single fatality from a shoe bomb on an airplane," Mr Berger said. "In contrast, terrorists armed only with small blades killed almost 3,000 people in a single day in 2001."

An intoxicated club-goer has been prosecuted for taking the law into her own hands - literally - during a routine bar check. Nikki Christina Galloway, a motherof-two, was sentenced in Hamilton District Court to 60 hours' community work after pleading guilty to doing an indecent act with the intent to insult or offend. Galloway, 36, was drinking at Hamilton's Shenanigans Irish Pub about midnight on May 18 last year when a constable entered the bar to carry out a liquor licence check. In what her lawyer termed "a grossly stupid act", Galloway groped the officer's groin as he made his way through the bar. Galloway was ejected from the bar, prompting her to yell abuse and suggest the officer was enjoying the attention.

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American Revolution. b. Aboriginal peoples. c. Mtis d. Inuit. 4. What year was Confederation? a. 1867. b. 1871. c. 1898. d. 1870 5. What does equality under the law mean? a. Being the same. b. Being like everyone else. c. Being discriminated against. d. Being treated with equal dignity and respect, and having equal rights to speak out and express ideas. 6. Give the first two lines of Canadas national anthem? a. O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. b. O Canada! Our province and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. c. O Canada! From far and wide, O Canada, We stand on guard for thee. d. O Canada! We stand on guard for thee. 7. From where does the name "Canada" come? a. From the Inuit word meaning country. d.The first settlers of Newfoundland 2. Who are the Mtis? a.The distinct aboriginal people of Atlantic Canada. b.A people of mixed Inuit/First Nations ancestry most of whom live on the Prairies. c.First Nations people speaking the Michif dialect. d. A distinct people of mixed Aboriginal and European ancestry. 3.Who were the United Empire Loyalists? a. Settlers who came to Canada from the United States during and after the

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1. Who are the Aboriginal peoples of Canada? a. The first European settlers to arrive in Canada b.The descendents of the first Australian immigrants to Canada c.The first people to live in Canada

We are not a government department, so we do not have the power to investigate immigration fraud. However, we will do what we can to help you report immigration fraud. We urge Canadians to report any type of immigration or refugee fraud. Although it may not be too fashionable to talk about civic duty, it is important to realize that immigration fraud affects everyone in Canada. It is the responsibility of all Canadians to report people who are in Canada illegally, who are taking a job that legal Canadians might need, who are collecting social assistance or Employment Insurance illegally, who are violating other immigration laws, etc. Law Enforcement authorities and 34 million Canadians need your help. You may be the only one who knows about the fraud. You can remain anonymous in making your report. We are providing below some instructions on how to do that. However, we urge you to make the report in personif it is possible. REPORT TO A CANADIAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE One of the most effective ways to report fraud is to complain directly to a Canadian consulate or embassy in the country where the immigration fraud originates. Start the process by phoning the Canadian Foreign Affairs office in Ottawa : 1-800267-8376. Ask for the phone or fax number of the Canadian consulate or embassy in the country where the fraud is occurring. Then phone or fax your complaint to that office. The advantage in doing this is that embassy or consular officers are the first line of defence against immigration fraud. It is best to stop the fraud at the point of origin. Trying to deport cheaters who have arrived in Canada is much more difficult.Canadas immigration lawyers, immigration advocacy groups and ethnic groups have erected many barriers to deportation of fraudsters. ASK AN MP FOR HELP IN REPORTING FRAUD If the cheaters have arrived in Canada, the most important thing we can recommend to you is that you ask your MP to help you in your reporting. MPs are paid handsomely for their work. Dont hesitate to ask for help. Most important, dont accept excuses from some MPs or their office staff who want to avoid work. Make it clear to them that you are not asking them to investigate the case. You just want them to help you make your report and to get the attention of the Canada Border Services Agency. MPs have to get involved because the Canada Border Services Agency and Citizenship and Immigration officials will pay more attention to the requests of an MP than to those of average Canadians. Canadians have to be aware that a significant number of MPs are passive supporters of current immigration policies. Incredible as it may sound, those MPs think nothing is wrong with our immigration system. Needless to say, these MPs need to be jolted out of their delusions. Other MPs are outright cheerleaders of Canadas immigration industry. These MPs are interested solely in re-election, and have put their own interests and the interests of some of their constituents ahead of the greater interests of Canada. These people have to be confronted. On the other hand, some MPs are both aware of extensive immigration fraud and are genuinely interested in doing something to stop it. But they need evidence that fraud is occurring and of the extent of the fraud in order to achieve this result. In many cases, immediate legislation is required. The evidence you and others provide will be the basis of the new laws. Phone the MPs office and ask for an appointment. Bring all the relevant information. It would be a good idea to bring someone along for moral support and as a witness. Present all the information and ask the MP/Staff what specific things they could do to help. Take notes. Be firm. Convey the idea that you want something done. Ask them to contact you by a certain date so that you will be able to hear about progress on the case. Continued Next Week

b. From the French word meaning joining. c. From the Mtis word meaning rivers. d. From "kanata", the Huron-Iroquois word for village. 8. What is the government of all of Canada called? a. National assembly. b. Legislature. c. Federal. d. Council 9. What is the highest military honour a Canadian can receive? a. Purple Cross. b. Badge of Courage. c. Order of Merit. d. Victoria Cross 10. What are some examples of taking responsibility for yourself and your family? a. Buying a house and a TV. b. Getting a job, taking care of ones family and working hard in keeping with ones abilities. c. Doing laundry and keeping the house clean. d. Study hard so you can earn enough money to take a vacation. 1. C 6. A 2. D 7. D ANSWERS 3. A 4. A 8. C 9. D 5. D 10 B


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Ninderjit Singh Pleads Guilty In 1999 Slaying Of Ex-Girlfriend

Superbug South Of The Border Worrying Health Officials In Bc

The bug, commonly known as CRE, only started spreading to North American hospitals recently A new type of bacteria has been gaining traction south of the border and it has health leaders in BC worried about its spread. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, commonly known as CRE, is common in hospitals around the world but it has only started spreading to North American facilities recently by infected patients. The big reason for concern is that CRE has the ability to cause infections that resist even the strongest antibiotics. BCs Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall says hospitals here are taking every precaution, promoting proper handwashing and the use of anti-bacterial soaps. He says staff is also asking patients whether they have visited any hospitals in the States. He adds, if youre travelling to the US on a shopping trip you dont need to worry, its if you end up having to go to a hospital that you can be at risk. Were taking such extensive measures for active surveillance to try and find cases before it becomes problematic and ensure that we have isolation and prevention programs in place. Kendall says since 2008 there have been about 30 cases in this province and so far antibiotics have been able to treat the cases. We have some really aggressive surveillance and cleansing programs in BC, so although we have had these cases we have had no transmissions within BC hospitals. He says theres a possibility it could spread if health care facilities let their guards down. But hospitals are being upgraded so that you have better abilities for hygiene, I think we might be able to keep ahead of it.

Poonam Randhawa was shot in the head and dumped in Granville Street lane A man arrested in California in connection with the 1999 Vancouver shooting death of his ex-girlfriend pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday. Ninderjit Singh was charged with firstdegree murder in the death of Poonam Randhawa, who was shot in the head as she sat in the back of a friend's car. Her body was then dumped in a lane near Granville Street and West 47th Avenue. Last week, a jury was selected for his trial. But on Monday, Singh pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Singh was arrested on Aug. 19, 2011, in California's Riverside County and extradited to Canada, ending a 12-year pursuit by Vancouver police. By then, he was married and living under an alias in California, where he worked as a long-haul truck driver. Police say he had narrowly escaped arrest several times before. "After years of searching, nearmisses and heartbreaking attempts, we got him," said Warren Lemcke, Vancouver's deputy police chief. "The whole family was suffering from that, you know. He got caught, he pleaded guilty. It will have some closure." Police have said they believed Singh had help from friends and family when he fled Canada for the United States. Singh's sentencing hearing will be held on March 27. He faces a sentence of life in prison with no eligibility for parole for at least 10 years. He is also facing assault, attempted murder and firearm charges in connection with a separate incident. Singh is accused of shooting a man at a Vancouver movie theatre in 1997.

Rcmp Cracking Down On Drivers Trying To Evade Bridge Tolls

Drivers get creative, using a variety of methods to cover their plates Drivers are getting creative in evading But thats not the only way drivers are bridge tolls, but RCMP say theyre evading tolls. Commuters say trucks keeping watch. are also pulling down plastic covers The most common way to trick toll over their licence plates, and others cameras is installing clear plastic have even removed their front plates plate covers, which are sold at completely. many hardware stores. They may be It was a brand new pick-up truck that transparent to the naked eye, but can had its tailgate down. So I inched my obscure cameras used on toll bridges way past him and looked over, and sure for billing purposes. enough, he didnt have his licence plate RCMP Corporal Bruce Robertson says on, said a caller to the radio station anyone caught driving with the covers that he witnessed a driver avoiding his will get a hefty ticket for over $190. licence plates being snapped by bridge Theyre actually illegal. cameras. We stop the vehicle and [plastic Robertson reminds drivers they covers] get removed, because it is an must have two licence plates, clearly infraction on the Motor Vehicle Act to displayed on both the front and rear of have them. their cars

$1M Cellphone Fraud Leads To Charges

Two men are facing charges in connection to a scam that Edmonton police believe cost a cellphone company $1 million. Police were called to fraud-in-progress complaint at a southside mall at 5 p.m., last Saturday where they arrested two men in the parking lot. Police believe the men acquired $1 million in cellphones from a mobile phone provider at outlets across western Canada, using a fake corporate account. The suspects were then selling the phones online. A 35-year-old man with no fixed address and a 29-year-old man from Surrey, B.C., face charges of fraud and uttering forged documents.

Ninderjit Singh, left, in 2011 and in 1999

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March is Fraud Prevention Month across Canada and around the world, and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is reminding Canadians to protect themselves against fraud. Fraud comes in many different forms and it is important that Canadians are aware of fraudulent schemes out there to best protect themselves against fraud. Remember that the CRA will not send information about your personal refunds or benefit payments by email, will not ask for personal information by email, and will not leave any personal

March Is Fraud Prevention Month-The Canada Revenue Agency Reminds Canadians To Protect Themselves Against Fraud
information on an answering machine. Canadians who receive an email or a phone call of this nature should not respond to it and should call the CRA right away. If you think you have been a victim of fraud, the CRA urges you to notify your financial institution and the local police. Fraud Prevention Month also offers an opportunity for the CRA to remind Canadians that some individuals are selling tax scams that have serious legal consequences. No matter how tempting it might be to believe that you dont have to pay any taxes, Canadians are urged to remember the old adage: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. While Canadians do their part to protect themselves against fraud, the CRA will continue to provide the highest level of security to protect Canadian taxpayers information and to build on our proud tradition of employee integrity and professionalism. The Harper Government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister that Canadians

care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and their personal financial security. Ensuring that Canadians are well informed to prevent fraud supports Canadian families and their personal financial security. For more information on how to protect yourself against fraud, please visit our Web site at fraudprevention. FRAUD: Recognize It. Report It. Stop It

Mayor Watts Calling For Cameras Websites Promise Foreign Pregnant After Bodies Found In Surrey Women Canadian Citizenship For Babies
The website for the Happy Postpartum Rest Centre in Vancouver tells prospective clients: "The best gift you can give your newborn is a passport!" The website - written in Chinese is aimed at bringing pregnant Chinese women to Canada where they can give birth. By virtue of outdated Canadian law, any baby born here becomes a citizen. Pejoratively called "anchor babies," these newborns are used to gain access to welfare and other social programs offered to Canadian citizens. "Child reaches 18, parents can apply for dependents, fast issuance, just about a year," the website reads. The Chinese-language website for Mississauga-based Mother Baby Home provides similar information. "Children born in Canada is the Canadian citizenship, no need to sit immigration prison," the website says. "Canada is one of the most comprehensive social welfare state."

Surrey's mayor is considering closed circuit TV cameras (CCTV) and lighting on an isolated stretch of road where four bodies have been found in the last two months. On Wednesday at 2 a.m. police found two bodies on a stretch of Colebrook Road near 125 A Street. The body of a man was first found by police, then a search of the area turned up the body of a female. The identities of the victims have not been determined, but Sgt. Jennifer Pound with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) says foul play is suspected. Wednesday morning's discovery comes after the body of 26-six-year old Jaskaran Singh Sandhu was found in the area on Jan. 28. That murder was gang related, police say. Then on Feb. 24, the charred remains of 29-year-old Amritpal Saran of Delta were found. He was known to police, but investigators don't believe the killing was gang related. Pound said the bodies will have to be identified before it's determined if there's any connection between the discoveries.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said Wednesday the body count on Colebrook is unacceptable. "It's absolutely unbelievable," Watts said. "There's obviously people that feel that stretch of isolated road is a place to dump a body." She is now considering CCTV and lighting for the area so that those involved in illegal activity in the area will not be able to slink away undetetected. Watts is meeting with Surrey's top cop, the city engineering department and residents of the area Wednesday to consider those measures. The discovery of the two bodies brings the number of homicides in Surrey this year to 10. The average number of killings in this city over the last decade has been 13 annually. IHIT will be on the scene throughout the day with the assistance of Surrey RCMP and the Integrated Forensics Identification Service (IFIS). Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-5514448. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The phenomenon is not unique to the Chinese. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is considering how to update Canada's immigration system to close this abused loophole. "The department (of citizenship) is aware of unscrupulous consultants who encourage pregnant women to travel (here) to give birth, secure citizenship for their child and gain access to Canada's considerable benefits all without having a connection to Canada," a Citizenship spokesperson wrote in an e-mail. Vancouver-based immigration lawyer Catherine Sas says the anchor-baby strategy doesn't work. "Having a Canadian baby doesn't do the parents diddly squat; it's not a ticket to Canada," she said. "And if you're going to wait until your kid turns 18 then hope they can support you, that's one hell of a process."

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Japan Gives Canada $1 Million To Clean Up Tunami Debris

Targeting about 5,600 fare evaders between September and December If you havent paid your fine for riding transit without a ticket, you might want to check on your credit rating. TransLink has hired collections agencies to go after people who owe them money. Information on about 5,600 fare evaders who havent paid their fines has been sent to bill collectors. Derek Zabel with TransLink says they were caught between early September, when new legislation was introduced that allows TransLink to go after people with outstanding fines, and midDecember. Bill 51 wasnt designed as a revenue stream for TransLink, Zabel said. We dont want to have millions of people getting tickets so that we can collect millions of dollars. It was designed to get people to pay their fare. From September, 2011 to the end of December, 2011 compared to September, 2012 to the end of December, 2012 weve had 200,000 more checks and we wrote 2,000 fewer tickets. The legislation also allows TransLink to ask ICBC not to renew drivers licences and insurance for people who havent paid their fines. More than 580 drivers were flagged in about a month after the new rules kicked in. There are some pretty stiff consequences that are out there, says Zabel. Of course, fare gates will be coming into effect in the fall. The legislation was introduced after it was revealed about $7.5 million in fines went unpaid over a 14-month period that ended last March.

Translink Hires Bill Collectors For Unpaid Fines

The government of Japan is giving Canada $1 million to clean up debris that has landed on the British Columbia's coast from the 2011 tsunami. Japanese Consul General Seiji Okada says the money is a demonstration of goodwill for a nation that was among the first to offer help. Okada says Canadians opened their wallets and donated millions of dollars

to aid Japan. The federal government is turning over the money to the province for coastal cleanup. B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake says the volumes of debris first feared have not appeared on the BC coast. Lake says so far the costs of up to $500,000 have been covered by existing federal, provincial and local government budgets.

CFIA says no reports of illnesses from Formaggio brand product sold in five provinces

Costco Recalls Deli Meat Product Over Listeria Concerns

When it comes to distracted driving, police say motorists in Surrey are not getting the message. Statistics released Thursday by Surrey RCMP note the detachment's officers issued 775 tickets to people caught using electronic devices while driving, up from 677 such tickets in the same month last year. Clearly people are not getting the message about the dangers of distracted driving and putting themselves and others at a heightened risk on our roadways, Cpl Bert Paquet said in a statement. "Advancements in modern technology have given us the ability to be available almost every second of the day,

Number Of Tickets Issued Up For Distracted Drivers

however, we need to remember that driving is a complex task and we cannot get complacent about staying focused on the road. Our traffic investigators have seen too many traffic fatalities and serious collisions involving distracted driving. In the same time period, tickets for driving without due care dropped by more than half, to 23 last month from 48 in February 2012. Police advise drivers who "absolutely" need to check a message, make a call or re-program their phone to pull over to do so. Simply putting a call on speakerphone is not enough, and could result in a $167 fine.

The public is being warned not to consume a type of deli meat wrapped around mozzarella cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria. Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. is recalling Formaggio brand Artisan Wraps Italian Style Meats around Fresh Mozzarella. The product distributed by Costco in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. It was sold in 675 gram packages with

best before dates between Feb. 13 and March 11. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says there have been no reported illnesses associated with the product so far. Food contaminated with Listeria may not look or smell spoiled but eating it can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.

A White Rock landmark popular amongst exercise enthusiasts and visitors alike will be closed to the public next week and intermittently through mid-May. City communications co-ordinator Jamie Leggatt confirmed Tuesday that the closure is to facilitate the repair and replacement of damaged piles and cross-braces; work that was identified as necessary during a 2010 inspection.

White Rock Pier To Close For Repairs

Council voted Feb. 25 to proceed with the work, estimated to cost $405,000. In all, 16 piles are being stabilized in the process, with the project to take no more than 45 days in all. March 18-25, crews will be conducting pile-driving using a large barge. The work is dependent on high tide and will be noisy, Leggatt said. The work is expected to be completed by May 17.

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Child Abuse
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is readily observed by individuals in close contact with the child. Physicians, nurses, day care personnel, relatives and neighbors are frequently the ones to suspect and report neglect in infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. Once children are in school, school personnel often notice indicators of child neglect such as poor hygiene, poor weight gain, inadequate medical care or frequent absences from school. Types of Neglect Professionals define four types of neglect physical, educational, emotional and medical. Physical neglect Physical neglect accounts for the majority of cases of maltreatment. Physical neglect generally involves the parent or caregiver not providing the child with basic necessities (e.g., adequate food, clothing and shelter). Failure or refusal to provide these necessities endangers the childs physical health, well-being, psychological growth and development. Physical neglect also includes child abandonment, inadequate supervision, rejection of a child leading to expulsion from the home and failure to adequately provide for the childs safety and physical and emotional needs. Physical neglect can severely impact a childs development by causing failure to thrive; malnutrition; serious illness; physical harm in the form of cuts, bruises, burns or other injuries due to the lack of supervision; and a lifetime of low self-esteem. Educational neglect Educational neglect involves the failure of a parent or caregiver to enroll a child of mandatory school age in school or provide appropriate home schooling or needed special educational training, thus allowing the child or youth to engage in chronic truancy. Educational neglect can lead to the child failing to acquire basic life skills, dropping out of school or continually displaying disruptive behavior. Educational neglect can pose a serious threat to the childs emotional well-being, physical health or normal psychological growth and development, particularly when the child has special educational needs that are not met. Emotional/Psychological neglect Emotional/Psychological neglect includes actions such as engaging in chronic or extreme spousal abuse in the childs presence, allowing a child to use drugs or alcohol, refusing or failing to provide needed psychological care, constantly belittling the child and withholding affection. Parental behaviors considered to be emotional child maltreatment include:


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You should try to help if: A child will be physically hurt. A childs overall well-being is threatened. You are uncomfortable with a situation involving a child. If you cannot help by talking to the parent, or the situation is more serious than you can handle, then go on to the next step. Report Child Abuse Deciding what to do when you suspect child abuse or neglect can be a difficult and confusing process. Remember, you do not need to make a decision about whether abuse or neglect occurred; you are just reporting your concerns. Depending on where you live, you might report suspected abuse or neglect to your local Child Protective Services (CPS) agency. These agencies are sometimes called Social Services, Human Services, Human Welfare, or Children and Family Services. If you think that a child is in immediate danger, you should call your local police or 911 immediately. Typically, the investigation of abuse and neglect complaints will be prioritized according to legal guidelines and the immediate risk to the child. Be patient and persistent. You may have to call more than once. Remember, a child may be counting on you to make that call. Child Neglect

Child neglect is the most prevalent form of child maltreatment. What Is Neglect? Neglect is a type of maltreatment that refers to the failure by the caregiver to provide needed, age-appropriate care although financially able to do so or offered financial or other means to do so. Neglect is usually typified by an ongoing pattern of inadequate care and

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using estrogens after change of life type of ovarian cancer (epithelial) only while finding out that she does can be have an increased risk of developing slightly, while others may decrease quite stressful. Still, the information ovarian cancer. The risk seems to be it much more. If you are concerned can be helpful in looking at methods to higher in women taking estrogen alone about your risk, especially if you have prevent cancer. (without progesterone) for many years a family history of cancer, you should Using the birth control pill (oral (at least 5 or 10). The increased risk talk to your doctor. contraception) is one way that women is less certain for women taking both Birth control pills: Birth control at average risk of developing ovarian estrogen and progesterone. pills reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, cancer can reduce their risk for this Family history of ovarian cancer, especially among women who use them disease. The pill also seems to reduce breast cancer, or colorectal cancer: for 5 years or more. These women have the risk for women with certain gene Ovarian cancer can run in families. about half the risk of getting ovarian changes (known as BRCA1 and Your ovarian cancer risk is higher if cancer compared with women who BRCA2). But some studies suggest your mother, sister, or daughter has never used the pill. that the pill might increase breast or had ovarian cancer. The younger Surgery: "Tying" the tubes (tubal cancer risk in those who have the gene Savitri Singh-Carlson BSN MSN PhD your family member was when she ligation) and removing the uterus change. Research is going on to find got ovarian cancer, the higher your (hysterectomy) can both lower the out more about the risks and benefits of Continued From Last Week risk. The risk also gets higher the more chance of getting ovarian cancer. But the pill for women at high ovarian and relatives you have with ovarian cancer. these operations should only be done breast cancer risk. Risk factors for ovarian cancer Some of the risk factors for the most Increased risk for ovarian cancer does for a good medical reason and not just Researchers agree that taking out both ovaries and fallopian tubes protects common type of ovarian cancer not have to come from your mother's for their effect on ovarian cancer risk. (epithelial ovarian cancer) are listed side of the family - it can also come If you are going to have a hysterectomy women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 from your father's side. for a medical reason and you have a mutations against ovarian and fallopian below. Having a family member with breast strong family history of ovarian or tube cancer. As a rule, this surgery is Age: Most ovarian cancers happen after change of life (menopause). Half cancer can increase your risk of breast cancer, you might think about recommended only for very high-risk of all these cancers are found in women ovarian cancer. And women who have having both ovaries removed (bilateral patients after they are done having colon cancer in their families may have oophorectomy) at the same time. children. This operation lowers ovarian over the age of 63. Obesity: It appears that obese women a higher risk of developing ovarian Prevention for women with a cancer risk a great deal but does not family history of ovarian cancer as entirely get rid of it. This is because have a higher risk of getting ovarian cancer. cancer. One ACS study found a higher About 1 in 10 cases of ovarian cancers well as cancer due to gene changes some women who have a high risk of ovarian cancer already have a cancer rate of death from ovarian cancer in are linked to gene changes that can be (mutations) women who were overweight. The risk found with certain tests. These changes Women with a family history of at the time of surgery. These ovarian went up by 50% in the heaviest women. are also linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer might want to think cancers can be so small that they are Having children: A woman who has breast and colorectal cancer. Please see about genetic counseling and maybe only found when the ovaries are looked had children has a lower risk of ovarian the section on prevention to learn about genetic testing. Before asking for at under the microscope (after they are the test, a woman should discuss the removed). Also, women who have had cancer than women who have no genetic counseling and testing. children. The risk gets even lower with Breast cancer: Women who have had benefits and possible drawbacks with their ovaries removed can still get a each pregnancy. Breast feeding may breast cancer also have a higher risk of her doctor. Genetic testing can tell if type of cancer called primary peritoneal a woman carries certain gene changes carcinoma, but this is rare. lower the risk even further. Using birth ovarian cancer. Talcum powder: Some studies have that cause a higher risk of ovarian control pills ("the pill') also lowers the shown a slight increase in risk of cancer. Learning that she does not have Continued Next Week risk of ovarian cancer. Female surgery: Having your "tubes ovarian cancer among women who the gene change can be a great relief, tied" (tubal ligation) may reduce the used talcum powder on the genital area. chance of developing ovarian cancer. Asbestos in the powder may explain A hysterectomy (removal of the uterus the link. But these products have been without removing the ovaries) also free of asbestos for more than 20 years. seems to reduce the risk of getting Proving the safety of newer products will require further follow-up studies. ovarian cancer.. Fertility drugs: Some studies have Diet: A recent study of women who found that use of the fertility drug followed a low-fat diet for at least 4 Clomid for longer than 1 year, years showed a lower risk of ovarian especially if no pregnancy took place, cancer. Some studies have shown may increase the risk of LMP tumors. a reduced rate of ovarian cancer But not having children also increases in women who ate a diet high in the risk, even without the use of fertility vegetables, but other studies disagree. drugs. Research in this area is now Smoking and alcohol use: Some going on. If you are taking this drug, studies have found an increased you should talk to your doctor about risk for one type of ovarian cancer (mucinous). the possible risks. Male hormones: Androgens are male Can Ovarian Cancer Be Prevented? hormones. A recent study found a link Most women have one or more risk between the drug danazol (used to treat factors for ovarian cancer. But risk endometriosis) and an increased risk factors only partly explain the disease, of ovarian cancer. Further studies are since most of them increase risk only slightly. So far, knowledge about risk planned to look at this. Estrogen replacement therapy and factors has not led to ways to prevent hormone replacement therapy: the disease. Some recent studies suggest women Some of the things listed below may reduce the risk of the most common This information is provided for knowledge and educational purposes only. Individuals should visit their physicians for more information on their health.

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People who suffer from insomnia have an increased risk of developing heart failure, according to a new study. The study followed 54,279 people between the ages of 20-89 for an average of more than 11 years, and found that those who suffered from three symptoms of insomnia had a more than three-fold increased risk of developing heart failure compared to those with no insomnia symptoms. Dr Lars Laugsand, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, said: "We related heart failure risk to three major insomnia symptoms including trouble falling asleep, problems staying asleep, and not waking up feeling refreshed in the morning. In our study, we found that persons suffering from insomnia have increased risk of having heart failure. Those reporting suffering from all three insomnia symptoms simultaneously were at considerably higher risk than those who had no symptoms or only one or two symptoms." However, he stressed that although the study shows that insomnia is linked to an increased risk of heart failure, it does not show that it causes it. Dr Laugsand and his colleagues collected data from men and women enrolled in the Nord-Trondelag Health study (HUNT) between 1995 and 1997 and who were free from heart failure when they joined. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure. It usually occurs because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly. The researchers followed the

Insomnia `Can Triple Your Risk Of Heart Failure`

study participants until 2008, by which time there had been a total of 1412 cases of heart failure. When participants joined the study they were asked whether they had difficulty going to sleep and staying asleep, with the possible answers being "never", "occasionally", "often" and "almost every night". They were also asked how often they woke up in the morning not feeling refreshed (non-restorative sleep): "never, few times a year", "one to two times per month", "once a week", "more than once a week". After adjusting for factors that could affect the results, such as age, sex, marital status, education, shift work, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, body mass index, physical activity, smoking, alcohol, any previous heart attack, depression and anxiety, the researchers found that having difficulties going to sleep and staying asleep almost every night, and having non-restorative sleep more than once a week were associated with an increased risk of heart failure when compared with people who never or rarely suffered from these symptoms. When they looked at the number of symptoms, the researchers found a statistically significant three-fold (353 percent) increased risk of heart failure for people who had all three insomnia symptoms, compared to those with none, after adjusting for most confounding factors apart from depression and anxiety. When they adjusted their findings to include depression and anxiety, the risk was still significant, with a slightly more than four-fold risk (425 percent) of heart failure.

Women who take aspirin have a reduced risk of developing melanoma - a deadly skin cancer-a new study has found. The longer they take it, the lower the risk they had, the study discovered. The findings suggest that aspirin`s antiinflammatory effects may help protect against this type of skin cancer. In the Women`s Health Initiative, researchers observed US women aged 50 to 79 years for an average of 12 years and noted which individuals developed cancer. At the beginning of the study, the women were asked which medications they took, what they ate, and what activities they performed. When Jean Tang MD, PhD, of Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, and her colleagues analyzed available data from 59,806 Caucasian women in the study, they found that women who took more aspirin were less likely to develop melanoma skin cancer during the 12 years of follow up. Overall, women who used aspirin had

Aspirin May Help Lower Risk Of Deadly Skin Cancer

Broccoli May Help Fight Premenstrual Tension

Women who eat food rich in nonheme iron - found in plants food like Broccoli - are less likely to suffer from premenstrual tension (PMT), researchers have claimed. They said that iron might be related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) as it is involved with the production of the brain chemical serotonin, which helps regulate mood. The researchers looked at the health of about 3,000 nurses, who they followed for 10 years. At the start all the nurses said that they did suffer from PMT but by the end of the 10-year period, a third had been diagnosed with it and two-thirds had not. When researchers at Massachusetts University and Harvard looked at their diets, they found a link between high consumption of non-heme iron and a lower chance of developing PMT. Specifically, those whose intake exceeded 20mg a day were 30 to 40 percent less likely than those with low intakes to suffer from PMT. Broccoli has 1mg per 100g while toasted sesame seeds have 14.8mg per 100g and dried apricots have 6.3mg per 100g.

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The bacon and sausage on your plate or those steaming hot pies are increasing your chances of premature death from cancer and heart disease. Processed meat is to blame for one in 30 early deaths, a large-scale study has now found. The EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) study involving 10 countries and 23 centres in Europe and almost half a million people has found that risk of premature death increased with the amount of processed meat eaten by a person. According to the study, even one sausage a day is bad for your health. The researchers say that salting, curing and smoking of meat gives rise to carcinogens like nitrosamines, and these may be the cause of the increased cancer mortality. Processed meat products are also high in cholesterol and saturated fats, which are linked with increased risk of heart and circulatory disease. Professor Sabine Rohrmann from the University of Zurich, who led this analysis explained, "Risks of dying earlier from cancer and cardiovascular disease increased with the amount of processed meat eaten such as sausages, salami or ham. Overall, we estimate that 3% of premature deaths each year could be prevented if people ate less than 20g processed meat per day." According to the study, those who eat more than 40g of processed meats daily or other types of meat, are at risk

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a 21 percent lower risk of melanoma relative to non-users. Each incremental increase in duration of aspirin use (less than one year of use, one to four years of use, and five or more years of use) was associated with an 11 percent lower risk of melanoma. Thus, women who used aspirin for five or more years had a 30 percent lower melanoma risk than women who did not use aspirin. The researchers controlled for differences in pigmentation, tanning practices, sunscreen use, and other factors that may affect skin cancer risk. "Aspirin works by reducing inflammation and this may be why using aspirin may lower your risk of developing melanoma," said Dr. Tang. Other pain medications, such as acetaminophen, did not lower women`s melanoma risk. Dr. Tang noted that the findings support the design of a clinical trial to directly test whether aspirin can be taken to prevent melanoma.

of premature death. In general a diet rich in processed meat is linked to other unhealthy food choices. Men and women who eat more processed meat, consume less of fruits and vegetables and are more likely to smoke. Men who ate a lot of meat also tended to have a high alcohol consumption. Vegetarians on the other hand often lead a healthier life, they exercise more and also smoke less. Last year, the World Cancer Research Fund, a 21-member elite panel analysed over 7,000 studies carried out in the last 40 years to access the actual links between lifestyle and cancer. The panel's report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer made some crucial recommendations. The scientists confirmed that carrying extra weight, particularly around the waist, increased chances of cancer of the oesophagus , pancreas, colon, kidney and uterus, as well as postmenopausal breast cancer


FridayMarch 15, 2013

I Am Ready To Marry: Bipasha. Who's Interested?

Bollywood beauty Bipasha Basu said she is ready to get married but she is still 'without a match'. Bipasha, along with director Suparn Verma and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, visited Kolkata on Monday to promote their upcoming horror film 'Aatma'. The story of the film centers around a mother who tried to save her daughter from the evil supernatural elements. Bipasha said the character she played in the film evolved her as a mother. "The role has really evolved me as a mother," Bipasha said. Speaking on the film, Bipasha said: "You need not prepare for a horror role. I think it's a supernatural thriller." The actress said, "I am scared of getting type cast. I believe the ratio of doing such movies (horror) is relatively low as compared to the other genres I have done. " Calling Nawazuddin Siddiqui 'a true gentleman', Bipasha said it was 'wonderful to do a movie with him.' Recollecting her memories of Kolkata, she said: "I lived in Kolkata till I was 16 years old. I came back to Kolkata

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last on Durga Puja. I have my friends here. We meet here to enjoy foods of Kolkata. Now-a-days so much of the construction works confuse me to recognize places, she said. Nawazuddin, on the other hand, tried to keep at bay his involvement in 'Kahaani-2' and said: "I don't know whether I would be in the movie or not." 'Aatma'. Is all set to hit the silver screen on March 22. No More Art Films because nobody watches them Observing that art films have no takers, popular Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu has decided to stick to entertaining roles in mainstream cinema. The 34-year-old tried her hands with art films when she featured in "Shob Charitro Kalponik" and "Pankh". "As an actor I want to do good roles and I want to do good roles in entertaining films. I don't want to do good roles in art house cinema, which no one is going to watch," Bipasha told the media. "I have done that in a particular year. I was only trying to do artistic films and I really worked hard on them, but nobody saw them except me. So I want to do films where I entertain people, people come to theatre and yet I have a scope for performance," she added. In the city to promote her upcoming horror flick "Aatma", Bipasha, however, clarified that she is not shunning art house movies. "I never said that I won't (be doing art films)," said Bipasha adding "At this moment I am focusing on films, which will earn money and at the same time I get to perform." And the actress was on the back foot when media bombarded her with questions related to her comment "nobody watches art films". "The division between art and mainstream cinema is shrinking. Things are changing and audiences are opening out to see all kinds of films. So it is actually moving to better times now," she explained.

Which Is Akki's Most Memorable Stunt

Bollywood star actor Akshay Kumar said that he did his best bike stunt was in Hindi movie "Keemat", which was released in 1998. "I have performed too many action roles with motorcycles but a stunt scene in 'Keemat' will always be memorable," Akshay, who was here to launch Honda's new 150cc bike - CB Trigger - told reporters "It was a dangerous scene, in which I had to jump the bike from a height, which was almost as high as a three storey building. There was a door near my landing point and I was not even aware of exactly where to land. I practiced almost a day and finally the

scene was done," said the 45-year-old who recently did high voltage action in "Rowdy Rathore". In "Keemat", Akahay played a petty thieve and Saif Ali Khan was his partner. In real life, Akshay owns five bikes and often uses them. "Traffic congestion and jams are big problems and matter of concern in Mumbai. To counter that I often use my bikes while going for film shootings. The distance covered by car in oneand-a-half hour can be done in 15 -20 minutes on a bike," he said. While riding bike, Akshay uses quality helmet, knee and elbow pads for safety.

Anil Kapoor Not An Interfering Producer

Actor Anil Kapoor, who has produced quite a few films, says he stays true to the script given by the writer and never tries to change or play with it. "You have to be true to the script. When I made 'Gandhi My Father', I was true to the script. I didn't think it is commercial or not. Whether it is a commercial film, a mainstream film or a good script, you just have to be convinced," the 53-year-old said at the Screenwriters Lab press conference. "I am one of those producers who when he likes a script, leaves it to the director, who makes the story. I really don't interfere in the film," he added. Anil turned producer with "Badhaai Ho Badhaai" in 2002 and later produced films like "My Wife's Murder", "Aisha" and "No Problem" besides "Gandhi My Father". The Screenwriters' Lab 2013 is an initiative by Mumbai Mantra, the media and entertainment division of the Mahindra Group, and Sundance Institute. The workshop gives chance to independent screenwriters to develop their skill under the guidance of film experts from across the globe. Anil believes that actors are in need of good scriptwriters to further their career. "The time has come when the scriptwriters will overshadow the actors because actors also need the scripts. In fact, that's the first thing they want," he said.

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Fat Or Slim, Siddharth Loves Me In All Shapes And Sizes: Vidya

The Dirty Picture when Ghanchakkar happened where Rajkumar Gupta (director) told me 'Don't lose your weight. I want a hatti katti (healthy) Punjabi woman. He wanted me to look real and probably for that he wanted me to be oozing out from everywhere. So I retained my weight. But for Shaadi Ke Side Effects, I am playing a very urban, spunky woman with a leaner frame. So I finally got down to losing the weight that I had put on for The Dirty Picture and then Ghanchakkar. frustrated when I said I have to gain weight. But he is very supportive and helps me modify my body in the best and healthiest way possible. Now it's more cardio-based (training), but there are also bodyweight exercises. It is all dynamic and I am doing all kinds of things. How are you feeling about your new look? I am enjoying being in this frame at this point of time (hinting at her new married life with UTV Motion Pictures CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur). What has Siddharth Roy Kapur to say about your new-lost weight? The beauty about Siddharth as a person is the fact that he is very, very accepting. He accepts me in all shapes and sizes. What if after all these efforts you are again asked to gain weight for a film? I was an actor, am an actor and will always be an actor. So whatever it takes to bring a role alive, I will do that. Now that you are married, does anything changes for you professionally? You are right. Previously I was an actor and I was single, now I am an actor who is married - the situation is totally different now. But I don't think I have to negotiate one for the other. We mostly see you in sarees. Why is that? I enjoy Indian clothes. The way Indian clothes compliment femininity and sexuality, I don't think any other garment can do that. And as I said before, being an actor I have to sometime put on weight or lose weight, and since sarees are best for all shapes and sizes, I don't have to take any tension regarding that. Is there a character that you would love to play on screen? Sridevi's in Mr India (1987) is a complete role and I would love to do that.

Vidya Balan is glowing these days, and why not? She is enjoying marital bliss and at the same time, her film career is at the peak right now Sreya Basu chats up with the actress in Mumbai. You seem to have lost oodles of weight. What made you try this new look? A few years ago I figured that I should do whatever I can to give a character to life. It was from then that I started using my body as a tool. At that time I was doing films like Paa (2009) and Ishqiya (2010). And with the 'look' being different in each of these films, I realized maybe I should go a step further. That is when The Dirty Picture (2011) happened. I had just started losing weight after

How are you doing it? I have been training with Vilayat (Khan), who is my trainer since pre-Paa days, which is 2008. He was extremely

Mere Dad Ki Maruti (MDKM) has launched a second album for the film, which has its background scores. Produced by Y-Films, the youth division of Yash Raj Films, and directed by debutante Ashima Chibber, the film's new album is a collection of instrumental pieces. "Eleven new tracks from the film's background score have been launched digitally by Y-Films. It's not just a collection of instrumental pieces, but 11 tracks were originally scored for the

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film," said a source. "From unique thematic pieces to fit every character, to tracks that capture the mood of critical situations in the film, the album is fully loaded with Punjabi music. They have captured various moods in the background scores and thought of doing a digital launch as the original music album has received good reviews," the source added. The film, featuring Saqib Saleem and Ram Kapoor, is set to release Friday.

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In an atmosphere of heightened insecurity and tightened security the incomparable Steven Spielberg touched down on Mumbai's international airport with his wife Kate Capshaw at 5 am on Monday morning. Spielberg and his wife Kate were received at the airport by Anil and Tina Ambani. The time of the super-celebrity's arrival as too most of the other details regarding their arrival and 2-day stay in Mumbai was kept strictly secret. Says a source close to the Indian team supervising Spielberg's visit, `Mr Spielberg's security arrangements were made a week in advance. His entourage which included specially trained bouncers arrived to check out the hotel and other venues where Mr Spielberg and his wife are scheduled to touch down. ` Apparently Spielberg is regarded as a high-risk target because of his American capitalistic tycoon's image.

Steven Spielberg Arrives With Wife, Floors Big B And Bollywood Bigwigs
On Monday evening Amitabh Bachchan flew out of Bhopal where he's shooting for Prakash Jha's Satyagrah to moderate a question-andanswer session between Spielberg and prominent filmmakers of the country. We hear the more articulate Bollywood filmmakers would occupy the front rows at the q and a session. Says the source from Reliance, `We can't afford to take a risk. This is America's most influential and successful filmmaker's first visit to Bollywood. He is here to understand the workings of the Indian film industry. We want our cinema to be articulately represented. ` Big B's talking point with Spielberg Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan's meeting with acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg, whom he calls an "institution", was one full of talks on the state of Indian cinema and the future of cinema at large. "An evening with an institution... an evening spent in conversation in the presence of select fraternity and press... an evening of sharing cinema with the prolific maker, inventor, story teller, innovator and one who continues to surprise us with his genius," the 70-year-old posted on his blog, after meeting Spielberg Monday evening. Amitabh is particularly in awe of Spielberg's "E.T. Extra Terrestrial", which he feels was "endearing". Spielberg, who is in India to celebrate the success of his Oscar-winning film "Lincoln", Monday interacted with as many as 61 personalities from Indian cinema and shared tips on filmmaking. "Lincoln" is a co-production between Spielberg's DreamWorks and Indian business tycoon Anil Ambani's Reliance Entertainment. Expressing his views on the new trend where Hollywood studios are collaborating with Indian production houses, Big B wrote: "The interest in the US and in particular Hollywood in holding hands with entertainment companies in India, because you felt that the world was 'diminishing in size' due to the ease of communication, and that the idea really was to bring communities closer, build bridges of understanding and sharing, because impressions, thoughts were now instant, thanks to the internet and its

various social networking programmes. "My own argument on the subject though was somewhat different; that ever since the opening up of the economy in India, the sheer volume of the demographics of the region, 1.2 billion, or every 6.3rd person in the universe being an Indian, was too attractive a consumer base to ignore! "...So the argument being that when a country did well economically, its politics, finance, food, music, clothing ... and film, became suddenly, very attractive too, which was why the mention of India, Indian references, presence of Indian actors, albeit in minuscule roles, gained relevance in Hollywood and in American TV."

Says the source, `Only Mr and Mrs Ambani and some top executives from Reliance were allowed to receive Mr and Mrs Spielberg. From the airport they were quickly whisked away to their hotel. `

Bollywood actresses like Lara Dutta, Dia Mirza and Preity Zinta have tried their hand at film production, but Kareena Kapoor has no such plans. She says she is all for acting, and hopes she is on the set even when she takes her last breath. "I have never been interested in production, direction or writing. I have always been interested in acting since childhood, and I will continue doing it till I grow old. I will keep on visiting the sets and hope I will even die on the sets," Kareena said at the FICCI Frames 2013. Kareena comes from Bollywoods

I Hope To Die On Sets: Kareena Kapoor

famous Kapoor family, which has produced legends like her great grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor and grandfather Raj Kapoor. Her parents Randhir Kapoor and Babita made their mark as popular actors too, and her Kareena`s elder sister Karisma was among the top actresses of 1990s. Her cousin Ranbir is touted as Bollywood`s latest youth icon. Kareena herself is one of the top-rated talents of current times, and as of now, she is busy shooting for Prakash Jha`s `Satyagrah` and Karan Johar`s Gori Tere Pyaar Mein.

FridayMarch 15, 2013


At The Movies Oz The Great and Powerful (PG) * * * *

Beware if you try to remake a classic. Even attempts to continue a favourite story can prove problematic. Time and care went into the making of Oz The Great and Powerful, a full on fantasy from Walt Disney Pictures. Young and old will be able to marvel at this creative wonder now unfolding at the Empire Esplanade Theatre, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Cineplex Odeon Theatres around B.C. Say the word Oz and odds are good images of the classic Wizard of Oz may pop up. Yes indeed this 130 minute spectacular is in fact based on some of the characters created by beloved author Frank Baum. MGM and Louis B. Mayer made screen history when they released The Wizard of Oz in 1939. One of the greatest films ever this fantasy made a star out of child actress Judy Garland with the wondrous song Somewhere Over the Radio. This 2013 movie offers no song but a cast of amazing characters and is a faithful continuation of this imaginative world. Actually, this movie predates the classic as it helps flesh out future characters. Kansas is front and centre as maestro director Sam Raimi reveals a two bit carnival magician known as Oz. Fast and loose is this so-called professional brought to life by James Franco (Spider-Man). Trickery is in this mans blood and he delights in creating effects while conning customers. Luck turns bad for Oz when a freak of nature sends him back to some mystery land. Welcome to Oz. People in this majestic kingdom are having a problem or two which has to do with a witch. Oz first meets up with the fetching Theodora who quickly introducers him to the pleasures of the kingdom. Reliable Mila Kunis (Ted) comes of age as this beautiful woman lures this mystery man on a fateful journey. This trip is a real eye-opener as in no short order another witch named Annie tries to this new stranger in. Oh, and theres another sisterly figure called Evanora who arrives on the scene. Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) plays fast and loose as an evil witch who wants her own special brand of revenge. Despite a slow start Oz The Great and Powerful is a delightful and enchanting romantic adventure with beautiful 3-D effects, loads of comedy and a stable

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in the wild ride unfolding. True to form producer Joe Roth succeeds in breathing renewed life into a magical cast of characters and takes us on an impressive journey that will dazzle and take your breath away.

Kuch Toh Log Kahenge is going off air just because Dr Nidhi needs a break. Why?

Is Kritika Kamra eyeing Bollywood?

Esha Gupta is all set to do a item number in Imran, Kareena starrer 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein'
Item numbers are in vogue and Esha Gupta is the latest B-Town actress to join the list of item girls. The Jannat 2 actress will be performing an item song in Punit Malhotra's film which is produced by Karan Johar and stars Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Incidentally, Esha was roped in at the last minute and flew to Bangalore to shoot the song. `Punit had initially decided not to cast any actress for the song but in the last hour; he changed his mind and decided to cast Esha as she was the first choice. It was sweet on Esha's part to make herself available on such a short notice and film the song-dance sequences, ` says a source from the unit. Punit adds, `We wanted to shoot the entire song on Imran. However when things got going, choreographer Remo D'Souza and I decided that since the song is so good we should have someone in the song. The girl's part was really nice and so we called Karan and spoke to him and then started chasing Esha and thankfully for us the dates fell is place. Manish Malhotra also came in and styled her. It is basically a club song where Imran is clubbing and Esha fits the bill perfectly. `

Karan Johar's New Item Girl

We talked about how the popular show Kuch Toh Log Kahenge on Sony Entertainment Television is all set to go off air from March 28. While no tears were shed heck, the show was hardly entertaining we wondered what actually happened. Apparently Kritika Kamra, who plays the female protagonist Dr Nidhi, needed a break. I have been continuously working without a break for years now. Its about time I sit back and relax a little, she said in an interview. And soon after, she also said, TV is monotonous but that is the challenge that you overcome. Ahem ahem. So what next, babe? Big screen? Now that sounds like the most logical step coz oh-so-many TV actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, Ram Kapoor, Prachi Desaiwe could go on have done that. And we wouldnt be surprised if Kritika follows in the footsteps of her contemporaries. But this hop-and-skip wont be happening soon because for now we know that Kritika will be seen in an episodic in Ekta Kapoors show Ek Thi

Naayika on Life OK. Even so, we warn you readers to be prepared, a switch might be in the offing. And it makes us wonder will Kritika Kamra be able to make it big in Bollywood?


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Located in the Okanagan Valley, BC
Continued From Last Week 5. Natural attractions Regardless of where you are in Kelowna, chances are you arent more than a stones throw from an awesome hiking trail. For those looking for trails to run, hike, or otherwise explore, hit the 17-kms of trails at the Mission Creek Greenway (www. If youre there during the autumn salmon run, youll see brightly coloured Kokanee fighting their way upstream to spawn. The onsite Mission Creek Interpretive Centre explains local ecology to young 'uns and has interactive displays theyll love checking out, as well as a nearby playground. Another hit is a self-guided tour of Father Pandosy Mission (www. o k a n a g a n h i s t o r i c a l s o c i e t y. o rg / pandosy_mission.html). The first white settlement in the Okanagan, the mission was built in 1859. The settlement was restored and rebuilt in the 1960s by the Okanagan Historical Society. The deserted cabins and workshops can be a bit spooky, but plenty of fun to explore. 6. Downtown Kelowna Check out the shops, cafes and galleries dotting downtown Kelowna. Yummy mums can stock up on their body-conscious athleisure wear at Lululemon (410 Bernard Ave), as well as the indie shop Blonde (293 Bernard Ave), which carries Itsus, French Kitty and Folkhero, as well as cute giftwares. Posh Gallery (1597 Pandosy St) offers jewelry and accessories in a fun, dogfriendly shopping environment. Aprs shopping, be sure to hit Kasugai Japanese Garden (470 Queensway Avenue, behind Kelowna City Hall), for some peace and quiet. Pea-gravel paths take you past manicured Zen gardens and a pond stocked with robust and colourful koi the perfect spot to sip your chai, while the kids explore. 7. Country markets Finally, any foodie worth their salt is going to want to come home with regional delicacies for their fridge and pantry. Kelowna wont disappoint. Be sure to visit Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan (www.carmelisgoatcheese. com) for organic goat cheese. Go on a tour and youll meet the goats, as well as the charming Israeli expats who founded the dairy and are earning accolades for the 19 types of cheese they produce on site. Carmeliss Vintage cheese is a must-try, soaked for 5 days in local pinot noir before being aged for one year. The Pioneer Country Market (www. offers a relaxing place to explore (plus an onsite museum). Enjoy some homecooking and fresh baked pies. Dont forget to stock up on regionally produced preserves or crafts. The open-air Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market (www. brings you close to the regions harvestfresh produce, in addition to homemade pantry items and fresh munchies you can nosh on the spot. Artisans sell hand-turned wooden bowls and carved utensils, as well as such delicacies as locally grown smoked garlic. Yummy!

Vehicles such as the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox have become the family vehicle of choice for many households, and it's easy to see why. With handling and fuel economy that are about on par with a mid-size sedan, plus a taller body that brings more space, the Equinox is not only affordable, but versatile, comfortable, and well-equipped. A few years ago, the Equinox got a much-needed redesign, and for the first time the Equinox felt like an effort that was truly competitive with the segment best. It looked the part, too, with crisper, sportier styling than its predecessor, with better proportions and many of the cues of the 'new' Chevrolet. The Equinox's cabin, likewise, is a little edgier and adventuresome, with vents flanking the radio and climate controls and a design that's much closer to Chevy's new car models like the Cruze and Sonic than to its full-size SUVs or trucks. For 2013, Chevrolet has upgraded the optional engine in the Equinox; it's now a 301-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that, as we've sampled in the closely related Cadillac SRX, brings a quicker, more responsive feel without worse gas mileage. But our recommendation for most shoppers with the 2013 Equinox remains the fuel-efficient (and lower cost) four-cylinder models.


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With 182 horsepower, the 2.4-liter four idles smoothly, albeit with a somewhat clattery direct-injection sound, and once underway it's agreeable and unobtrusive. The combination comes with a stellar 32-mpg highway rating, too. The Equinox doesn't track as confidently on the highway as we'd like, but this is first and foremost a family vehicle. That priority shows when you have the family get into the Equinox, or need to load some cargo. There's an excellent carlike driving position, while the cross-stitched dual-tone perforated leather in top LTZ models feels quite luxurious. Back seats aren't just for temporary duty either; there's enough space for two adults to sprawl out, with decent legroom, and the seatbacks are adjustable for rake. And with a deep center console, retractable cargo cover, stretchy net, and two deep cargo wells in back, the Equinox offers space for smaller items, grocery bags, or pieces of furniture. The Equinox has been a consistent top performer in crash-tests and safety ratings. In previous model years (and likely this year) it's been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and it's earned top four- and five-star results from the federal government. Rearward visibility remains the biggest flaw in this

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area, but available features like a new rearview camera system, blind-spot mirrors, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning all improve the situation. For 2013 Chevrolet has expanded the availability of the latter two features to more models--this time with either engine. Compared to other family vehicles that are equipped to a specific price point, the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a pretty impressive proposition, with good connectivity and infotainment features, a strong set of convenience features, and even some high-tech active-safety options. Last year GM sweetened the Equinox's feature set to include touchscreen audio system with a USB port

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High LDL cholesterol levels raise your risk of heart attack or stroke. These nine great tips can help you keep it low. How to lower LDL cholesterol Tiny, spherical LDL particles are your body's cholesterol 'delivery trucks', bringing liquefied cholesterol directly to the cells. But when too many LDLs crowd your blood (thanks to a lack of activity, too much weight, a diet high in saturated fat and, sometimes, your genes), extra particles burrow into the delicate lining of the artery walls. Free radicals - rogue oxygen molecules from cigarette smoking, digestion or aging - damage the LDLs. A pool of fatty, gunky plaque builds up in the artery wall. If it ruptures, it causes a blood clot that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. Put simply, high LDLs raise your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Low levels reduce your risk. For every 1 mmol/l (1 millimole per litre) fall in LDLs, there is a 21 percent fall in the risk of major cardiovascular problems. The safety zone: a desirable LDL level in a blood sample taken after an overnight fast (before you have breakfast) is 3 mmol/l or less. If you have heart risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history or personal history of heart disease, or if you smoke, your doctor may prescribe medications called statins to try to lower your LDL cholesterol to below 2.6 mmol/l - and some experts think that the target should be less than 2 mmol/l. Research has shown that pushing LDL levels below 2.6 mmol/l can halt the progression of heart disease and cut mortality rates by 28 percent. While doctors use statins, you can take powerful lifestyle steps to cut your LDLs significantly - whether or not you also use medication. Here are nine great tips for starters. fats. Why? Trans fats are worse for your heart than saturated fats - they boost levels of 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) and decrease 'good' cholesterol (HDL). Avoiding these processed fats could cut your heart attack risk by 55 percent, studies show. LDLs by 12-24 percent.

5. Have a pear or half a grapefruit every morning

in their risk of heart disease.

8. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon to your coffee before brewing

2. Keep your slow-cooker handy - and use it

Eating leaner cuts of meat can cut your LDLs because you're getting less cholesterol-raising saturated fat in every bite. Low-fat meats can be tough, though; cooking them in a slowcooker is an easy way to tenderise them without adding lots of fat.

Both pears and grapefruits are rich in pectin, another soluble fibre that helps to lower LDLs. Other great pectin sources are apples and all types of berries. Grapefruit contains a substance that can interfere with the absorption of many medicines, though, so check with your doctor before making it a regular part of your morning routine.

Pakistani researchers have found that this amount (about 6 g) of cinnamon reduced LDL levels by 30 percent in people who had type 2 diabetes.

9. Avoid saturated-fat traps

6. Do 10 minutes of resistancetraining exercises a day

3. Make your own salad dressing

Use olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice, spices and crushed garlic. You'll get more cholesterol-lowering unsaturated fat and avoid the trans fats and saturated fats swimming in most bottled dressingsespecially the creamy types.

Women who did 45 minutes of musclebuilding resistance-training exercises three times a week lowered their LDL levels by 14 percent. Even doing just 10 minutes a day of easy exercises will help.

7. Eat six small meals a day

1. Cut out trans fats

4. Sit down to a bowl of porridge most mornings

Your body uses saturated fats to produce LDLs. Overeating foods such as cheesecake, cheeseburgers and sausages provides far too much raw material for producing this heartthreatening stuff. A better plan: always stop and think before saying 'yes' to the foods heavy with animal fat. Ask yourself: what could I have instead? The answer might be a fruit salad, a lean steak, a piece of grilled chicken or fish, or a small helping of low-fat or fat-free frozen dessert such as sorbet or reduced-fat frozen yogurt.

Snack on chopped vegetables instead of chips, and eat fruit instead of commercially made biscuits or cakes and pastries. Use margarines that clearly state that they contain no trans

Porridge oats are packed with a soluble fibre called beta-glucan that whisks excess cholesterol out of your body. Having a large bowl of porridge (200 g) on a regular basis could lower your

You'll reduce LDLs if you follow the long-life eating approach. In a large British study, people who 'grazed' throughout the day had lower cholesterol levels than those who ate big meals twice a day. The difference was big enough to give the small-meal aficionados a 10-20 percent reduction

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Things About Mothers-In-Law That Annoy Daughters-In-Law

The relationship between mothers-inlaw and daughters-in-law can be prone to hurt feelings and power struggles. A research was conducted to find out exactly what upsets daughters-in-law the most. Knowing the problem can help you fix it. The first mistake a mother-inlaw makes is when she visits her daughter-in-law unannounced. By far, this complaint is the most universal. Daughters-in-law need autonomy, they need independence, and when you come by unannounced, you undermine that. And it's not just the inconvenience of the visit, but it's the presumptuousness of it. It's a lack of regard for the younger woman's power and control of the family space. Avoid it and apologize when you do it. To make it better, simply tell your daughter-in-law ahead of time that you would love to visit. Then say, 'When is best for you?' We all want control, and by doing this, you are offering it to your daughter-in-law. The second mistake is mothers-inlaw want their daughters-in-law to call her mom. make is when they criticize her grandchildren. Grandparents are supposed to speak good things for their grandchild. But if they're saying, 'She's messy,' 'She's impulsive,' 'She's inconsiderate,' then their daughter-in-law will certainly hear it as a criticism of her parenting, she said. There will be differences in how your daughter-in-law raises her children versus how you did it. You have to recognize this. Lots of things are said from a place of love but are still deeply insulting. Its better to focus on the things you appreciate in your grandkids. Another mistake mothers-in-law can make is when she talk to her son about his wife. Complaining to your son about his wife puts him in a very difficult position. If you have felt that your daughter-inlaw has locked you out of her life--or the life of your grandchildren--then it's best to approach her directly. To solve this problem, try using statements that begin with "I," say things like, 'I feel left out,' or 'I feel I'd like to see the children more frequently.' Mothers-in-law to avoid "you" statements like, 'You're leaving me out.' Or 'You're keeping my grandchildren from me.' Then ask, "What can we do to make this better?"

This is not a big issue, but for some women find it very hard. I have heard this from many women who say, 'What am I supposed to do? I already have a mom.'" It sets up this unrealistic situation where you are asking your daughterin-law to be as close to you as she is to her own mother. According to the research it showed that if a mother-in-law could say, 'I think you're great. I'm so happy that you make my son happy. I'm here for you to support you if you ever need me. Whatever you feel comfortable calling me, I will answer to,' it would go a long way with daughters-in-law. Mistake number 3: when mothersin-law give advice daughters-in-law didn't ask for.

No one likes unsolicited advice. To a daughter-in-law, it seems like criticism. Even if the advice comes from a place of love, it may be heard as threatening the daughter-in-law's authority and challenging her role as a mom and chief caretaker in her family. So avoid saying so, but if you can't control your tongue, try this: "I think you're a wonderful mother/cook/ housekeeper/person. You are so much more patient/adventurous/together than I ever was, but I'm just curious to learn more about your philosophy on x." Let your daughter-in-law answer, and if it seems that she's open to discussion, continue to talk. But if she seems offended, you're back to biting that tongue. The next mistake mothers-in-law

Anti-Ageing Tips For Oily Skin

Oily skinned women have typically less lines and wrinkles visible as compared to women with normal and dry skin. Though there are a few benefits of having oily skin, here's how you can prevent your skin from ageing faster. 1. Apply sunscreen regularly Whatever the skin type, using sunscreen is a must. If protecting your skin from damage caused due to sun was never your priority, start now. Sunscreen will protect your skin from sun and you'll look younger. Most importantly, go for sunscreens for oily skin to avoid clogged pores. 2. Don't wash your face too often Don't over cleanse your face even though your oily skin texture may tempt you into washing your face again and again. Yes you may want your skin to look fresh, clean and oilfree but washing your face several times in a day actually leads to increase in oil production. Also, overcleansing may make your skin dry. You can wash your face twice a day and use blotting papers during the day to keep oil away. 3. Nourish your skin Antioxidants help prevent oxidising and help your skin stay supple. So antioxidants is certainly something that you need to incorporate in your skin-care routine. Opt for oil-free moisturisers that contain antioxidants. Also follow a diet that includes berries, beans and veggies to feed your skin 4. Get adequate sleep Sleep is extremely important not only for your skin but your overall health. This doesn't mean you sleep all day, just get adequate sleep of around 8 to 9 hours. Also, sleep on your back as sleeping on your face can wrinkle the skin and age skin at a faster rate. 5. Consume Omega-3 fatty acids Omega-3 fatty acids revitalises your skin and repairs it from inside. Eat foods rich on omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, halibut, eggs, soy milk and yogurt. They are not only delicious but also do a lot of benefit to your skin. 6. Avoid sugar, smoke and alcohol Quitting smoking is the best thing you can give yourself as it not only damages your health but also your skin. And if you have a sweet tooth and indulge in too many sweets, cut down on them. Studies have shown that consuming lots of sugar over long periods can cause skin to age and dull due to a process in our body called glycation. Limit your consumption of candies and eat healthy vegetables and fruits instead. Also, drinking alcohol dilates your blood vessels and increases blood flow near the skin's surface which makes your skin appear sallow. So limit your consumption of alcohol.


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Like at the last fight where he said all that stuff after his last fight when he said all that stuff about Georges, he was really messing with Georges bad at the fight, like trying to fight him at the hotel. That really pissed Georges off. White downplayed the reality of Diaz actually fighting St-Pierre in the hotel (although Diaz has fought an opponent in a hospital before), but he said the incident caused the Canadian to snap and work very hard to get a shot at "The Stockton Bad Boy." "I don't think that would ever happen, but Georges St-Pierre felt like it was," said White. "Georges has said publicly many times when he was younger he used to get bullied. That's what got him into martial arts. He just has this crazy thing about bullies and he thinks Nick Diaz is a bully." St-Pierre has faced criticism over his last five fights for all of them ending in decision, but from the sound of things, he's focused on not only beating Diaz but obliterating him. "Georges St-Pierre, I talked to him last week, he said 'Dana, you have no idea what I'm going to do to this kid, I wanna make him retire'," said White. St-Pierre gets his chance on Saturday night in Montreal at UFC 158.

Everyone has been wondering what Nick Diaz did to get Georges St-Pierre so rattled that he personally called UFC president Dana White to ask him for their main-event fight at UFC 158. Diaz has obviously tried everything under the sun to get under St-Pierre's skin, but it's nothing new for the Canadian champion; GSP has been called out, criticized and insulted by almost every opponent he's ever faced. Now, the real incident that caused the rift has been made public by White, and it goes all the way back to 2011 when Diaz called out St-Pierre at UFC 137 following his win over BJ Penn. White was a guest on the Jim Rome Show on Wednesday, where he told the story of how Diaz literally stalked St-Pierre around the event's host hotel looking to fight him. For Diaz, it obviously wasn't about finishing their business in the Octagon. Nobody has talked about this, I haven't said anything about it, but at one of the fights, the one where he really starts calling Georges out, he was chasing Georges around the hotel and like yelling at him and stuff. Georges thought he was going to try to fight him in the hotel. He was just waiting for the elevator doors to open and see Nick Diaz.

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The BC Lions have signed defensive back Dante Marsh to a new contract extension. Marsh, who was entering the option year of his current deal will play his tenth season with BC. Im looking forward to reappearing in the black and orange and my best season. I know it sounds cliche but I believe I get better with time. Im not looking for any drop-off, Marsh said.

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After a lapse of ten years, Sikhs from around Fiji turned up in numbers to compete at the Sikh North-West Tournament at the Christian Hall grounds in Nadi, last Sunday. Fiji Sikh Association President, Bayant Singh said he is very grateful to the people who have worked hard to make it a successful tournament. I take this opportunity to thank Nadi Khalsa Association for successfully hosting the tournament, Mr Singh said. Special thanks to Ravin Ray Singh, Rashmir Singh and Gurdip Singh for their timeless efforts in getting everything organized in time. I also thank Fiji Sikh Football Association executives for their support and running the tournament successfully.

Special thanks to the grounds committee for kindly allowing us to use the school grounds and premises for the one-day event. The Sikh Association of Fiji members also supported throughout the day and the Lautoka Sikh Temple management also offered their support and blessings, Mr said. The Tournament ended with Tavua in first place, Nadi second, followed by Ba in third and Nadroga in fourth place. The results of the tournament are as follows; Game 1; Ba 4-0 Nadroga, Game 2; Nadi 0-2 Tavua, Game 3; Tavua 3-1 Ba, Game 4; Nadi 6-0 Nadroga, Game 5;Tavua 3-0 Nadroga, Game 6; Ba 0-1 Nadi. The tournament was hosted by Nadi Khalsa Association.

Cruzeiro will train in the United States this year, becoming the third Brazilian team to undertake an overseas trip designed to give them more exposure to international competition and promote their brand in new markets. The Belo Horizonte club, twice winners of the Brazilian championship and the Copa Libertadores, said they would spend a week training in Orlando before hopefully ending the trip with at least one friendly match against a U.S. club. Brazilian champions Fluminense and promoted Atletico Paranaense said last month they would send teams to the United States and Europe respectively. The teams can travel because the Brazilian season will pause for two weeks in June as the country hosts the Confederations Cup, the test run for next year's World Cup. The Confederations Cup is being held in six cities between June 15-30. Cruzeiro said the trip had the twin benefit of freeing up their highly rated training complex to be used by one of the eight teams participating in the tournament. CHALLENGE MATCHES Decades ago, big Brazilian clubs regularly spent weeks during the European summer playing friendlies, tournaments and challenge matches

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but they stopped long ago because the Brazilian calendar no longer permits them. The Botafogo side led by Garrincha played 18 games in Europe in just two months in 1955 and in 1956 went to 45 cities and faced six national sides, including England and Italy. In the 1960s, Pele's Santos withdrew from the Copa Libertadores in order to go on more lucrative foreign tours. Many clubs now complain that the Brazilian season, which starts in late January with state tournaments and ends with the May-December national championship, does not allow them to travel abroad and so they are grabbing the chance this year. "The advantage of this is that we can get international experience," said Luiz Greco, Atletico Paranaense's director of international relations. "Coming up against new players and different styles makes us better players and the players learn a new culture, as well." Santos's president has lobbied hard for Brazil to coordinate its season with Europe to allow Brazilian sides to travel to the old world. Brazilian clubs need to not only test themselves against the best of Europe but also make commercial inroads, particularly in Asia, said Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro.

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Labasa is holding out for their goalscoring striker Roy Krishna who is said to be keen on joining a club in the US. Labasa FA spokesperson Ritesh Lal said they would like to recruit Krishna for the second half of the season. The Babasiga Lions are likely to put in a transfer request for the New Zealand Premiership Golden Boot winner should circumstance be favourable.
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Krishna earned himself the coveted boot after finishing as top goal scorer of 12 from 11 games. We havent taken any official steps yet but that is our intention, Lal said. Roy is in great form and he is also having talks with a number of American clubs. However, if he is still in New Zealand for the second half of the season, then we will apply for an ITC.

Lal said they were also keen on recruiting Hekari Uniteds Wira Wama. Both players have featured for Labasa already and as a matter of fact many of our fans have been very eager to see them pair up, he said. Lal further said there are a number of local players who have shown interest to sign up with Labasa but declined to reveal names saying its early days.
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