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-EffectivelyendorsedCommodoreBainimarama having a two-year term as chairperson, until a summit in New Caledonia in 2013; -Backed Commodore Bainimarama’s Government’s People’s Charter for Change, the Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development and the accompanying reform agendas. They said these are a credible home-grown development agenda for Fiji.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 He said since Melanesia has the bulk of the region’s population, trade and natural resources, it has a bigger responsibility to its island neighbours to provide that leadership. Fiji will direct all assistance possible to ensure greater trade and economic cohesion between the MSG countries. This includes facilitating free movement of goods, services, capital and labor across their borders. The leaders signed the MSG Leaders’

Declaration Statement on the implementation of the United Nation Millennium Development. The leaders noted an update on the situation in Fiji and recognised that Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama stressed the need to focus on development needs. Commodore Bainimarama thanked all the leaders for the constructive manner in which the deliberations were conducted. This allowed them to focus on

concrete, achievable and result-oriented programmes that are core to the Melanesian Spearhead Group, he said. He said: “Our meeting today, short and pleasant as it has been, has dealt with complex issues affecting the future of our Melanesian people.” With leaders and Government representatives signing a declaratory statement on the Millennium Development Goals this will help governments work collectively to achieve them.

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Members of the public who have not yet registered for Tax Identification Numbers can rest as the deadline for registration has been extended until further notice. Registration for TIN was to have ended on March 31. Those who have bank accounts with no TIN can also register without incurring any penalty. Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Revenue

and Customs Authority Jitoko Tikolevu said that registration for the TIN would continue as usual. “There is no penalty, no fees; registration for TIN purposes is free beyond March 31. The banks will not freeze accounts of those who do not register with us beyond March 31st.” “There has been a lot of misunderstanding among the public at large,” said Tikolevu. Five mobile Teams have been working in

rural areas and outer islands to assist those that have been unable to get to the Fiji Islands Customs and Revenue office to register. The whole registration cost FRCA around $6000 when started in August last year and another $6000 for this year. 266,319 taxpayers have registered for the TIN as of March 11 this year. This includes 263,056 individuals, 516 companies, and 695 nonprofit organizations.

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The Front de Libération National Kanak Socialist (FLNKS) party will host the 19th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in New Caledonia in 2013. This was confirmed by the MSG Secretariat. The MSG leaders also agreed to support the people of Kanaky origin in regards to the revival, preservation, protection and promotion of ownership of their cultural identity, traditional knowledge and expressions of culture, values and customs. They also expressed their gratitude to the FLNKS for their successful hosting of the 4th Melanesian Arts Festival in New Caledonia last year. Meanwhile, the MSG leaders also conveyed their sincere condolences to the governments of Japan, Australia and New Zealand for the tragedies that have been caused by natural disasters.

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Fiji is one of the most influential places in the Pacific region and cannot be overlooked because of its geographical location and more importantly its advancement economically. Those were the words of Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Sato Kilman while opening the new Vanuatu Mission in Suva. “Because of Fiji’s strategic locations and economic links between Asia and the Pacific region and the fact

that it is home to major regional and international organizations, the Vanuatu Government like other Melanesian Spearhead Group and pacific countries recognises the importance of maintaining a diplomatic representation in Fiji,” he said. “We cannot go alone. We need Fiji.” He added that Vanuatu considered Fiji a major trading and economic development partner and the advantage

of having Fiji in regional talks. “Fiji is an important partner not only for Vanuatu but all pacific countries in terms of trade and investment, economic cooperation, promotion of traditions, security partnerships and a stronger regional cooperation with Melanesia and the Pacific,” Mr Kilman said. “Thus the Vanuatu Government reconfirms the significance of this important relation with Fiji.”

the significance of this important relation with Fiji.” Vanuatu Prime Minister, Sato Kilman receives a bowl

Vanuatu Prime Minister, Sato Kilman receives a bowl of kava after the opening of the Vanuatu Mission in Suva

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THE Japanese government has provided a Fiji national and a Tuvalu national scholarship awards. They visited the Japanese Embassy to collect documents and finalise arrangements with embassy officials and convey their appreciation to Ambassador Yutaka Yoshizawa. Krishneel Chand Chaudhary will enter the Graduate School of Engineering to study robotics at the University of Tokyo, while Satoa Pakoa Sailusi from Tuvalu will study business administration and law at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. Both Mr Chaudhary and Mr Sailusi will further their post graduate studies under the Research Student Scholarship Program. The government of Japan scholarship was introduced in Fiji in 1982 to promote human resources development and international exchange. Since its inception, about 150 students from Fiji,

Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru have been awarded scholarships. This year, one Fiji citizen, one Kiribati citizen and two Tuvaluan citizens have been the recipients. Despite the cultural differences and the language barrier, Mr Chaudhary says he is looking forward to begin his studies. The 22-year-old graduated from the University of the South Pacific with a Bachelor of Science in engineering technology and computer science in 2010 and worked at USP for a year prior to his receiving the scholarship. The Buca Bay resident said his family was overjoyed with his achievement but saddened he would have to travel so far; they were also weary of his safety especially after the recent natural disasters in Japan. “I have always been receptive to other cultures and am ready to embrace Japan and everything in it,” he said.

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Japanese government scholarship recipients Krishneel Chand Chaudhary and Katoa Sailusi with their travel document at the Japanese Embassy in Suva.

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PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has been busy in Hong Kong for further discussions on the global bonds, in his capacity as Finance Minister. Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said Commodore Bainimarama would also attend the Hong Kong leg of Tourism Fiji’s Road show. “This is indicative of the significance the Government places on new emerging Asian markets,” Ratu Inoke said. Commodore Bainimarama is accompanied by Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Tourism Fiji officials. “Tourism’s role in our economy is widely publicized and Tourism Road show

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AIR Pacific has doubled the “sold” passengers in March for direct services between Hong Kong and Nadi, compared to the same period last year. A statement from the company said that since December 2010, the airline had been operating a direct flight three times per week between Asia and the South Pacific. “Given this success to date, Air Pacific is optimistic of further growth in the Hong Kong and China markets through its marketing investment with Tourism Fiji and collaboration with other airlines,” the statement said. “Given Hong Kong’s importance as an important regional hub, Air Pacific is also partnering with other airlines in the region to strengthen and expand its network.” Air Pacific already code-shares with Cathay Pacific on the return flight

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Times Canada • V5 No17 FiJi’S ElECtionS iS SEt For 2014 Acting Prime Minister and Minister

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says the Fijian government is committed to holding General Elections in 2014. This statement by Ratu Inoke comes in the wake of New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister McCully’s comments that they will only lift travel bans on Fiji once the Fiji government gives a firm commitment for return to elections. Earlier this month the Indonesian electoral commission visited Fiji and briefed government on their voting system. “This is indicative of the steps taken by the Fijian Government towards elections,” said Ratu Inoke. “Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has time and again emphasized his commitment to elections timeline in 2014. “That timeline remains and nothing has changed as far as government is concerned. “Government is committed to ensuring that good and fair election is conducted”. “New Zealand just doesn’t want to recognize nor understand that Fiji needs to give its people a fair and just election system that makes up the multiracial country of Fiji.” said Ratu Inoke. He said these things cannot be achieved overnight, and the government has set the time to 2014. “What more cast-iron assurance can this be for New Zealand or any other country for that matter.” Ratu Inoke said New Zealand have some real issues to address first before it can, make such a swipe at Fiji, and question the commitment towards elections in 2014.

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CUSTOMERS of Pacific Broadcasting Services can now pay for the use of the company’s 24- hour 12 digital television channels through Vodafone Fiji’s M-PAiSA service. It follows a signing ceremony between the two parties that enable PBS’s customers to pay rental fees through the simple use of Vodafone services. M-PAiSA offers an instant means of sending money through transfer services anywhere in Fiji with the use of Vodafone or Inkk mobile phone services. PBS TV managing director Simon Fong said their customers, particularly in rural areas, would benefit from the agreement. He said customers in rural and remote areas were covered through Vodafone Fiji’s M-PAiSA

service. Vodafone Fiji marketing manager Shailendra Prasad said the benefits of M-PAiSA included a decline in administration costs, less paper work, less cheques to sign, no more queues or waiting time and greater productivity. However, the challenge was changing the mindset in the electronic age, Mr Prasad said. Vodafone Fiji’s M-PAiSA service was launched in June last year with 325,000 registered customers and 260 agents around the country. PBS TV brings to three the number of companies that have registered with Vodafone Fiji’s M-PAiSA service as a number of other companies pilot the service, Mr Prasad said. Vodafone Fiji has a customer base of more than

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Two days before the Melanesian Leaders come together for their plenary session of the 18th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) meeting

at the Vale ni Bose in Suva; foreign leaders

have begun appreciating the good work done

by Fiji in hosting the event.

Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs Minister, Don Poyle thanked Fiji saying it has already been a very successful meeting. “We would like to thank Fiji for their input in the MSG. we have always seen Fiji as a very important component of Melanesians,” he said.

“This has been a very successful meeting and we are happy to be here. We salute Fiji for hosting this wonderful meeting at this wonderful place,” he said while touring the Vale ni Bose complex. He also gave credit to Fiji’s leaders for bringing all the five countries together and looking after them well. “We thank the leadership of Ratu Inoke Kubuabola as the chair of the Foreign Minister’s Meeting (FMM),” Mr Poyle said. “We also give thanks to the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama for his vision and leadership.” He said Melanesians are the friendliest people in the world and hope that Fiji continues to shine bright with the world famous hospitality by the locals. “The Fijian hospitality is known all over and this is something Fiji should be proud of. We are enjoying our stay here in Suva,” he said.

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A JOINT operation between the Australian

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of conducting importations of cocaine into

Australia from Fiji. “The men face charges of manufacturing, trafficking and possession of a commercial

quantity of cocaine,” she said. An official of the Melbourne Magistrates Court said the three accused - Sajmir Beqiri,

of Lower Templestowe, Dritan Mehmeti, of

Brunswick and Adem Hiseni, a US citizen, all 39, had been remanded in custody until July 7. None of the men applied for bail. Australian media reported Commonwealth prosecutor Krista Breckweg told the court the clothes had been impregnated with cocaine

before being imported to Australia. Ms Breckweg told Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg police found clothing and towels soaking in 40-60 litres of chemicals in six tubs. “After a couple of days the product evaporates and produces a salt-like product,” she said. “So it was clothing marinated in cocaine?” Mr Rozencwajg asked. “Yes,” Ms Breckweg said. The tubs were to be analysed by forensic experts. In a statement the AFP said AFP Federal agents, with the assistance of officers from Victoria Police, executed five search warrants on residential and commercial premises in Truganina, Lower Templestowe, Brunswick and Dandenong, Victoria. During the search of the Truganina property, approximately 50 litres of liquid allegedly containing cocaine was seized. Additionally, receipts, mobile phones, a small amount of foreign currency and computers were seized at various locations. The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment and or $825,000 fine.

“People don’t move. The money moves. For PBS customers in the rural areas, paying monthly subscription was a challenge because they had to travel far. There was also the additional work

of reconnection for the company. It was a lot of work for both sides. “Now you can pay from your phone while you’re watching the television,” Mr Prasad said.

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Sharma said at the moment they are trying to cater for wholesalers and retailers mainly and their main aim is to provide fresh fruit and vegetables directly to people instead of getting a middleman involved to save time and money.

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Ms Lundin is expected to hold discussions with executives of Motibhai Group which are agents for Rathbone Wine Group and

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A new Melanesian Spearhead Group regional Police Academy will have enormous benefits for the region in areas of training, employment exposure and marketability. The proposal was discussed at the MSG Foreign Ministers meeting in Suva. “This is building on the need for cooperation in security, law and order situation where challenges we face are similar,” meeting chairman and Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said. “The proposed Police Academy can also be utilized to train our police officers for UN Peacekeeping duties, and thus creating (as is evident in Fiji’s case) employment, exposure

and marketability of our people. “There needs to be clarity of vision, focusing on our collective comparative advantage in the area of trade, sustainable resource harvest, manufacturing, training of expertise and education.” The minister’s meeting also heard that collaborative efforts and resources need to be allocated to key sectors where the return to our nationals can be realized effectively and timely. This will have a huge bearing to the region as the interest of development partners can only be sustained if we can demonstrate our political and socio- economic relevance in the Pacific Island region.

PriCE oF SUGar GoES UP

SUPERMARKETS nationwide have increased the price of sugar because wholesalers are buying imported sugar at a higher price from the Fiji Sugar Corporation. Supermarket owners and managers said they were forced to increase the price to avoid losses. Sigatoka Town’s Shop 2 Save Supermarket manager Aziz Abdul said they were buying 50-kilogram bags at $73.52, compared to the $43.93 they were paying previously. “We were shocked when they came with the new prices and we were not prepared for it,” he said. “FSC normally lets us know when there is an increase but this time they did not inform anyone and we were all taken by surprise,”

Mr Prasad. “But since sugar was in short supply and we had no choice but to pay the increased price.” Mr Abdul said he paid the new price last Thursday when they received the sugar and started selling sugar at the new price by Saturday. “This new price is ridiculous and customers cannot afford it. “Due to this increase, we have seen a decrease in the sale of other goods because they forego them for the sugar.” Two other major supermarket managers who did not want to be named said the sugar price had increased by 65 per cent. “We have no choice but to increase the prices or else we would be at a loss,” he said.

FiJi GinGEr tarGEtS US MarKEt

Ginger farmers in Fiji may soon have a new outlet for their produce. Satish Kumar, the Senior Marketing manager of Frespac Ginger Fiji Ltd has targeted America as new market to export to and hoped to have their operations to America running this year. Singh said that their exports are mainly 80 per cent to Europe with the surplus going to New Zealand. “We are looking at targeting new markets for export,” he said. “We export a minimum of 5 containers of processed ginger a month and we contract about 300 farmers some of whom have been with us for around 15 to 20 years. “Frespac Ginger processes about 1600 tonnes of raw ginger to get 100 tonnes of processed material and we also contract Kaiming Agro to process a lesser 500 tonnes for us.” Australia Ginger processing giant Buderim Ginger bought Frespac in 1999 and Frespac has subsequently become the second largest processor of ginger confectionery in the Southern hemisphere, behind Buderim.

Chief executive officer Ron O’Grady said Frespac sourced all their ginger from Fiji Farmers. “The Industry in Fiji is comprised of a few larger growers but also a substantially large number of small Fijian farmers who each bring in small quantities.” O’Grady also said that a seed support programme introduced by the Fiji government as part of its rural assistance package had been very successful in increasing the volume of ginger produced by Fijian farmers. “The volume increase this year will be probably about 20 per cent attributable to the successful government programme.” “In addition this year the climatic conditions have been favorable so the tonnage is up approximately 40 per cent overall including extra growers.” “Our sales and marketing contacts in Europe, United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand will carefully build the Fijian image using this excess to ensure long term growth for the Fijian image using this excess to ensure long term growth for the Fijian industry,” added O’Grady.

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Fiji oFFered World Cup ‘Carrot’ For demoCraCy

New Zealand has offered to ease travel bans on Fijians wishing to attend this year’s Rugby World Cup if the Pacific nation commits to holding elections in 2014, local media reported. Foreign minister Murray McCully hoped access to the tournament, to be held in New Zealand in September and October, would act as a “carrot” to entice Fiji’s military regime to guarantee elections, the media reported. “The NZ government has never really wanted to exclude Fijian people coming to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup, but the sad fact is members of their administration and military are on the banned list,” Mr McCully said. “Unless something happens to allow

changes to occur on the sanctions front, then these people aren’t going to be able to come.” New Zealand imposed travel bans on members of Fiji’s military regime, which seized power in a 2006 coup, after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reneged on a promise to hold elections in 2009. Mr Bainimarama is known as an avid rugby fan and delayed his coup to attend an annual rugby match between Fiji’s police and military. Mr McCully said Fiji was yet to provide solid evidence that it would honor its commitment to elections in 2014, but if that was forthcoming, New Zealand would consider easing bans to allow recruitment of people to help organize the vote.

sunCourt sold For $3m

Fiji’s largest hardware company Vinod Patel has bought Suncourt Hardware for about $3 million. The deal includes the 3 branches Suncourt had in Fiji. The deal was announced by Commerce Commission chairman Mahendra Reddy after the deal was referred to the commission for approval. It took the commission three weeks to

see how the purchase would affect the economy and society. “The commission’s job is to administer and see that everything transcends well across the board taking into account the economy and making consumers a priority,” Reddy said. Vinod Patel has nine branches in Fiji. Suncourt was set up in 1979 and owned by the Bhika brothers.

Fiji’s supreme Court appoints neW judges

His Excellency the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has sworn in new judges for the Supreme Court of Fiji. Sri Lankan Justice Saleem Marsoof took oath of office on March 28. Justice Marsoof’s appointment is for three years. He will also serve as Justice of Appeal at the Supreme Court until April 8, 2011. Present also at the ceremony was fellow Sri Lankan Justice Sathya

Kada Hettige, who has been in Fiji since last year. Justice Hettige is on a three year contract with the Fiji Government. Both judges are in Fiji without their families and will be based at the Supreme Court in Suva. Also present at the swearing-in ceremony was Chief Justice Anthony Gates and Chief Registrar Ganga Wakishta Arachchi.

Fiji shaken by 5.9 earthquake poses no threat

Fiji public can be reassured that the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck at 10:49 Sunday morning did not have any detrimental effect to the country. The 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the Fiji region did not trigger any tsunami warning to be issued. The undersea quake struck 139 kilometers West of Labasa and 341 kilometers West of Suva, at a depth of 13.4 kilometers – which is too

shallow to generate any tsunami or cause any damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, which monitors the region and issues bulletins in the event of a tsunami being generated, had no warning in force. The region lies in the “Pacific ring of fire”, a highly active earthquake and volcanic zone that regularly experiences quakes.

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14 Friday April 1, 2011 Fiji News Fiji Times Canada • V5 No17 loCal pearls shoWCased

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loCal pearls shoWCased

News Fiji Times Canada • V5 No17 loCal pearls shoWCased sonam prasad showcasing a range of

sonam prasad showcasing a range of locally-produced pearls at the msg expo in suva

FOR companies such as Pearls of Paradise, exhibiting at the Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting may just open doors to export for the first time. Based in Ra, the company largely sell their

pearl products to local hotels and retailers. “Our target is largely the local market,” owner Raghu Chowdhary said. “Locals hardly buy pearls because they are expensive so we have tried to make it more affordable.” Mr Chowdhry’s interests are not restricted to pearl farming. He has another company that focuses on energy saving. Paradise Technologies was exhibiting an energy saving tube light as well as an energy efficient air conditioner. The tube light lasts up to four years and uses 50 per cent lesser energy than a conventional one. It is also much brighter. The tube light is imported from Hong Kong.

ghee priCes to inCrease From april 4

The wholesale and retail price of ghee is expected to increase by 10 percent from April 4. The Attorney General and Minister for Industry and Trade Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in a statement said the approval for change in prices has been based on a submission by the Commerce Commission. According to Sayed-Khaiyum, the

documentary evidence showed that raw material cost for ghee has increased significantly when compared with the cost adopted

in the last price review in October

2010.

“Based on this fact, government has agreed to grant an increase in ghee prices ranging from 10% to 11%,” added Sayed-Khaiyum.

GREETINGS!

Purpose: The way people greet each other is seen in every place, whether it’s a village, town, city, or country. Greetings are universal, some being very unique. Some people wave, others shake hands, bow, or hug each other. Some have no distinctions between a friend or someone they meet for business - they say the same greeting. Others make that distinction and have different wordings for different “levels” of people. Sometimes, not knowing the etiquette in one culture may be bad manners in another. The intent of this lesson is to use the greetings as a way to introduce students to a variety of cultures. BELIZE - Press fists together. (Make a fist. Look for another person with the same. When you see someone doing the same thing, press your fists together.) JAPAN

doing the same thing, press your fists together.) JAPAN Bow from the waist. Look for another

Bow from the waist. Look for another person that is doing the same. RUSSIA - Kiss three times, on

alternate cheeks

is an old tradition. (Just kiss in the air and look for someone who is doing the same.) NEW ZEALAND

right, left. This

left,

who is doing the same.) NEW ZEALAND right, left. This left, (Maori) when the Maori people

(Maori) when the Maori people greet each other, they press their noses

together. This custom is called hongi. (Find your partner by pressing your

nose in the air

do this.) MEXICO - One kiss on the cheek. (Kiss in the air to the left or right) U.S. - Businessmen (women) usually shake hands when meeting each other. (do a hand shake with your right hand to find your partner.) FIJI - Men are expected to say “oooo” when greeting their chief. (To

find your chief say, “oooo.”)

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$38.9m transFerred to goVernment

Fiji’s Reserve Bank transferred $38.9 million to government yesterday. In a statement the RBF said this amount comprises the Bank’s entire profits of $21.5m for the financial year ended December 31, 2010 and $17.4m which represents one fifth of the balance of the Revaluation Reserve Account. The RBF Board decided not to set aside any profit to General Reserves but instead transfer the full amount to Government. The transfer to government in 2010 for the 2009 financial year was $39.2m (profit was $16.6m and one-fifth of the Revaluation Reserve was $22.6m). The acting Governor and Chairman of the Reserve Bank of Fiji Board, Barry Whiteside said the Bank’s financial performance in 2010 was achieved in a

challenging global environment as interest rates were still relatively low. He said the financial outcome in 2010 was significantly better than what was originally budgeted. This, he said was due mainly to the higher than expected level of foreign reserves, which was $1.3 billion at the end of 2010 compared with $1.1 billion a year ago. According to Whiteside, the audited accounts and operations report of the Bank for the 2010 fiscal year were submitted to the Minister for Finance on March 31, in accordance with the Reserve Bank of Fiji Act. The Board thanked the staff of the Bank for this achievement and also extended its appreciation to the Bank’s stakeholders and counterparts in assisting the Bank meet its objectives in 2010.

ambulanCe to help improVe health serViCes in rural areas

ambulanCe to help improVe health serViCes in rural areas permanent secretary for health dr sala saketa,

permanent secretary for health dr sala saketa, indian high Commissioner Vinod kumar and health minister dr neil sharma during the presentation of the new ambulances

THE delivery of health services in rural areas has been boosted with the

presentation of five ambulances to the Health Ministry. The gifts from the government of India will lift the standard of ambulance services in the rural areas, Health Minister Doctor Neil Sharma said. The ambulances were handed over in Suva by Indian High Commissioner Vinod Kumar. They will be used in Ba, Tukavesi, Nanukuloa and Taveuni. Collectively, the ambulances cost $345,490. Dr Sharma expressed gratitude to the government of India for the gift which would “help the people”. “I thank the government of India for their help and I know God will bless the government and the people of India,” he said.

APRILFOOLS DAy

APRILFOOLS DAy April Fools Day today and you’ll more than likely either be pranking someone, or

April Fools Day today and you’ll more than likely either be pranking someone, or being pranked. Either way, you should probably know why. How did April Fools Day start? Well you can thank a mishap that happened centuries ago.

It is commonly believed that April Fools Day originated back in the 1500s in France when Charles IX changed the calendar by introducing the Gregorian Calendar. New Year’s Day was changed from April 1 to January 1. But some people didn’t pay attention, didn’t care, or just didn’t realize the change had taken place, so they kept celebrating the new year on April 1, and were subsequently called by many “fools.” The “fools” would be pranked by others who would send them to New Year’s Day events that didn’t exist, and would end up being the butt of jokes. Eventually bullying and harassment became a tradition that many of us still hold close to our hearts today. Happy April Fools!

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Fiji Times Canada • V5 No17 Fiji News Friday April 1, 2011 15 Writers reWarded epeli

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Writers reWarded

V5 No17 Fiji News Friday April 1, 2011 15 Writers reWarded epeli deyama, left, of labasa,

epeli deyama, left, of labasa, singing a bhajan number during the hindi essay awards at the indian Cultural Centre in suva

A PRIZE giving ceremony for the national Hindi essay competition was held at the Indian Cultural Centre. The competition was organised by the centre, in association with the University of the South Pacific’s School of Language, Arts and Media. Indian High Commissioner Vinod Kumar said it was heartening that young people were continuing to maintain fluency in the language.

The essay competition was conducted in two categories - a general category and one for schools and colleges. “Hindi is spoken in Fiji and we’re happy that educational institutions have been making efforts to enhance levels of education in Hindi,” said Mr Kumar. Mr Kumar said the centre had started Hindi classes. The Indian government will also provide scholarships for Hindi courses in India. Cultural centre director Dr Kamal Kishor Mishra said he was happy with the essays received. “We are trying to promote Hindi and encourage good writing skills in Hindi,” he said. The winner of the secondary school category was Pooja Payal Singh of Nadroga Arya College and the winner of the open category was Subhashni Kumar of Lautoka.

neW ideas For better utiliZation oF land

A squatter settlement at Jittu Estate in Raiwaqa PRIME land owned by the State should not only be set aside for commercial purposes but should be primarily for the use of the people and their housing needs first. People’s Community Network consultant Father Kevin Barr made the comments at the discussion session of the National Housing Policy in Suva. His comments were made in reaction to a statement by the deputy Director of Lands who said the State owned only four per cent of prime land which was set aside for commercial purpose mainly. Mr Nonu said 88 per cent of the land in the country was under the i-taukei Land Trust Board. He said the National Housing Policy was a good step towards ensuring a better use for land. “Our department has the directive from the Prime Minister’s Office on the need

to find a way forward for land use and this policy will help us with that,” he said. Meanwhile at the discussion session questions were raised by the stakeholders on the options for informal settlements. National Housing Policy consultant Maraia Ubitau said relocation of people to other settlements was an option that would be considered. However Ms Ubitau said relocation of informal settlement dwellers would be an option only when the people lived in tiri (swampy) areas, areas that were prone to landslides and flooding. Ms Ubitau said PCN worked with the government to get informal settlements upgraded which would enable them to have better access to services provided by the towns and city councils. She said after the upgrade of the informal settlements they would be part of the formal sector and they would also pay town and city rates as the rest of the settlements.

Fiji garment industry ContraCt expiry

Stakeholders of the Fiji’s garment industry are now looking ahead to the Australian authorities’ response regarding extension of the garment trade agreement between Fiji and Australia, which is nearing expiration.

The SPARTECA TCF agreement, which allows the Forum island countries like Fiji to export textiles, footwear and clothing items to Australia duty-free, was last extended in 2009 for two years, and is due for expiry on December 31, 2011.

Australia in 2009, allowed a reduction in the Minimum Local Area Content to Fiji’s Textile and Clothing industry from 35 to 25 percent, and thereby raised the number and the varieties of garments eligible to enjoy the benefit of duty-free exports to

Australia. Owing to the varying export needs, the garment industry of Fiji, which employs around 4,000 workers, majority of them women, is experiencing a downturn over the last few years.

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WelFare ministry Cautions Food Vendors

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation has cautioned authorised vendors of the Government’s food voucher programme that recipients who fail to submit their social welfare Identification Cards (ID) should not be served. The permanent secretary, Mr Govind Sami made these comments while signing a contract with J. Santa Ram as the new authorised vendor along with the three existing vendors (New World Supermarket, MH’s and Waimaro Cooperatives). The four vendors have been advised to be cautious of recipients who fail to show their ID’s yet asked for third party encashment. “I must make very clear to all the authorised vendors that they must insist on the Social Welfare ID cards that have been given to recipients and without these ID cards they should not provide service,” Mr Sami said. “And in cases where it is to be cashed by a third party, the ministry will give specific directives, otherwise there should not be any third party encashment.” He said the ministry had come across cases of people trying to cash the voucher and getting it redeemed by the third party. “This is not allowed. And if that happens then the Ministry will not be in a position

to honor that voucher,” Mr Sami said. The four vendors have gone through an open competitive selection process through the major tender board and won the bid. New World, MH and Waimaro Cooperative along with new vendor J. Santa Ram will be serving the social welfare recipients throughout the country. While signing the food vendor contract, Mr Vishal Shalvindra from J. Santa Ram said this was a good opportunity for the company to partner with the Government in terms of providing services to the needy. “We are happy that we can now service the people in Fiji. Our shop is located at 40 Robertson Road, Suva,” Mr Shalvindra said. New World Supermarket administration manager Mr Raj Gopal Achariya said the company had served the social welfare recipients for over one year. “We are happy to work with the Ministry of Social Welfare in serving the recipients. Last month about 13,000 plus recipients were served and we have opened two new shops, one here in Nina Street and one in Votualevu, Nadi,” Mr Achariya said. Waimaro Cooperative has confirmed that about 600 recipients in Korovou were being served under the food voucher programme.

ameriCan Woman Cheated oVer

A WOMAN claims she was cheated by a man who overcharged her for cementing her father’s grave. Ashika Joseph of the United States of America said the man represented himself as someone working for a company organizing funerals and cementing of graves. Ms Joseph said she contacted the man via electronic mail on April 5 last year enquiring about the charges to cement her father’s grave at the Nasinu Cemetery. “He told me it would cost $1000 but when I arrived in Fiji and visited his office in Suva, he told me that it would cost $2000 to cement the whole grave,” she said. “I paid $1000 as deposit but he wanted the entire amount paid up front. I told him I would pay the balance the next day at the grave site.” Ms Joseph said the man then told her to see him in his office and she later took a taxi there to pay the $1000 balance. “I was furious and I just paid him $970 because of the inconvenience he caused us and I kept the $30 to

pay the taxi fare,” she said. “The construction was supposed to be done in a week but he failed to do it and it was only done a month after I had returned to America. “When I emailed him, he demanded an additional $150 from me for painting works but I told my family in Fiji to hire another painter.” Ms Joseph said the man also sent her an explicit email when she told him the work was not worth it. “I came to Fiji last month and lodged a complaint with the Consumer Council of Fiji and also a report with police on March 2,” she said. “The man conned me. I thought that if the church used them to buy the casket and hire the hearse for my dad’s funeral, then it must be a good company but I was wrong.” Ms Joseph urged police to take action against the man and the company he represented. Assistant police spokesman Jone Kalouniviti said police was looking into Ms Joseph’s complaint and she would be notified of the progress.

spokesman Jone Kalouniviti said police was looking into Ms Joseph’s complaint and she would be notified

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malaysian inVestors shoWs interest For palm oil industry

Positive vibes were generated in talks between stakeholders and Malaysian investors at a meeting to set up a palm oil industry in Fiji. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Industry and Trade office. Fiji’s Acting High Commissioner to Malaysia Mr Suliasi Lutubula brought investors for discussions on palm oil with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Fiji Trade and Investments Bureau. Palm oil is something that has never been

planted in Fiji on a large scale. Ministry of Industry and Trade permanent secretary Saipora Mataikabara said the meeting was fruitful because investors had

shown positive interest to help the people of Fiji generate income through palm plantation. The core land area investors are looking

at this to begin their business and achieve

economies of scale is 30,000 hectares of land.

“I don’t see any problem with that given

that we have land bank with the department of land,” Ms Mataikabara said. “They are not only looking at bio-fuel, they are also looking at other downstream processes, to use the product from palm oil for other things.” “This is an opportunity for Fiji to generate income and of course with the incentives we have, we will attract more investments in Fiji.” She added investors had already identified some land in Lomaivuna for this particular

project. Mr Lutubula said this project would create employment opportunities for locals, especially in rural areas. Plans are also underway to train local engineers in Malaysia. One of Malaysia’s leading construction group IJM Corporation, chief executive officer, Velayuthan Tan said he was confident that things would work out. The ministry is looking forward to facilitating the requirements of investors.

Fiji trade expo marketed at msg

Exhibitors at the Fiji Trade Expo had a unique chance to market themselves to the delegates at the Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit said Fiji Trade and Investment Board officer Zoher Janif. The Expo was organised by the Fiji Trade and Investment Board and the Ministry of Trade and industry. The delegates of the MSG went through the expo and the exhibitors were able to open themselves up to regional markets.

Also Shirley Chandra, a food service representative with local company Goodman Fielder said that the expo would help local companies to generate publicity. “The expo has provided a chance for the

private sector to be exhibited and so hats off

to the government and FTIB for making an

effort to bring in the private sector” she said. Lahaina Luna, a call centre consultant with the Bank of the South Pacific said that the main aim for the bank was to raise regional

awareness. “Basically we want to reach out to other Micronesian countries to bank and invest with BSP,” added Luna. “We also want to educate the local market on the advantages of banking with BSP.” Tagimoucia Kirikiti a media officer with

Fiji National University went further to say that the expo provided the University with

a chance to market themselves to local and regional delegates.

“We normally market our programmes to local students but this is an opportunity to show regional leaders what we have to offer,” said Kirikiti. Other participants at the expo included Fiji Hardwood, Standard Concrete Industries, Paradise Technologies, Broadway Mufflers and Telecom Fiji Limited. The expo was sponsored by Telecom Fiji Limited, Westpac, Goodman Fielder and Compas Corporate Solutions.

more japanese Volunteers arriVe

MORE Japanese volunteers have arrived to take up work in Fiji. Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) and Senior Volunteers (SV), one of Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) grassroots assistance scheme, has dispatched seven new volunteers who arrived in the country.

The volunteers will undergo in-country service training for three weeks. This will include, learning Fijian and Hindi languages and a home-stay program with

a local family to better prepare them for

the local lifestyle before they resume their duties at respective ministries and ministerial departments.

Each year, JICA sends volunteers eager to make use of their skills and experience

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loCal therapist gets China trip

Medical therapist Tevita Susu, who has poor eyesight, travels to China to learn massaging. This follows an invite from the Chinese Embassy to the United Blind Persons of Fiji to study massaging in China. Mr Susu, 44, will be part of the Asia-Pacific regional massage instructors’ international training program. He will spend two months in China and later share his knowledge and skills on massaging in Fiji.

This is the first time a Fiji citizen will participate in the massage course. The invitation had been successful with the support from former Fiji ambassador to China Jim Ah Koy. The Chinese Embassay consular economics, Cai Shuizeng, presented a cheque to the association on behalf of the ambassador. The United Blind Persons of Fiji are thankful to the Chinese Embassy for their generosity.

jaZZ Fest at denarau

TOURISM Fiji and Air Pacific’s inaugural Fiji 2011 International Jazz and Blues Festival has received mention in one the world’s leading daily tabloids - The New York Times. A recent article cited Port Denarau as the “unlikely host of a celebration of jazz, blues and soul”. Jazz fests, usually the domain of New Orleans, New York, Montreal in Canada

or Montreux in Switzerland, are becoming hugely popular in the Pacific islands. The inaugural Fiji event is scheduled for May 12-15 at Port Denarau in Nadi and will feature more than 100 artists from Australia, American Samoa, Canada, England, New Zealand and the United States. Air Pacific is offering a 10 per cent discount for travelers to Fiji for the jazz fest.

Fiji pays more For imported sugar For loCal Consumption

Fiji has imported 10,000 tonnes of sugar from Thailand this year to meet our local demand before the crushing season. FSC Chairman, Abdul Khan said we had to pay a significant price for the import due to the high price for sugar in the world market.

The price that Fiji paid for the import was around $2000 per tonne. Khan said based on current calculation, Fiji currently get the price of less than a thousand dollars per tonne when it exports sugar.

goVernment borroWs money to liFt standard oF liVing

The government has to borrow money from abroad to better its services in the country and to lift the standard of living. That was a point stressed by Permanent Secretary for Finance, Filimone Waqabaca during a Penal discussion on the recent successful international bond issue of $US250 million to the Fiji government. Waqabaca said government funds alone are not enough to run the country. However, in response USP’s Professor

Wadan Narsey said government should focus on reducing its costs rather than borrowing more. Waqabaca said most importantly this bond will help reduce the government debt level. The government successfully raised FJ$500 million in foreign bonds to pay off $300 million on a foreign bond raised in 2006, with the remaining FJ$200 million being set aside for capital projects.

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Chinese Company starts $60m projeCt in Fiji

A Chinese company will soon commence work on a $60 m project in Fiji. Quantum Fiji Ltd will undertake investments in properties and property development, timber logging and processing, hotel operations and commercial farming. CorporateAdvisor – Zarin Khan says the new operation is expected to boost investment and provide employment to locals.

“Most of this work will start within this year but obviously the sales and marketing will take about 5 to 10 years. The land size is about 6000 acres just behind Taunovo Resort.” The 1st phase of development involves the purchase of land, development of infrastructure, construction, and planning and promotional activities for a hotel operation.

‘real Fiji island’ to be explored

Rural areas in the country will now be receiving more benefits from tourism as Captain Cook Cruises will be offering Australians a chance to defrost and explore the “Real Fiji Islands” with its new seven nights Discovery Cultural Cruise, launched in Sydney earlier this month. The recently refurbished MV Reef Endeavour, which was built in Fiji, will take passengers on a journey to discover the three different cultures in the country as well as the natural wonders of the Vanua Levu region. Managing Director, Commander Semi

Koroilavesu said the launch in Sydney was to coincide with the launch held in Nadi and to showcase the refurbished cruise and to introduce the new cabins and products to the wholesalers in Australia. Commander Koroilavesu said they are aiming to attract more tourists to areas in the country that have little share of tourism adding that they would like to contribute to the developments in the North. Bookings for the MV Reef Endeavour cruise are available online.

VodaFone Fiji donates to ChristChurCh

are available online. VodaFone Fiji donates to ChristChurCh Vodafone Fiji Red Alert handed a cheque of

Vodafone Fiji Red Alert handed a cheque of $59,000 to assist New Zealand with the relief operations in Christchurch. While accepting the cheque, New Zealand’s acting head of mission, Phillip

Taula thanked Vodafone for the generous assistance. “The earthquake has affected all the people in New Zealand and the impact is immense. “We’re grateful for the message of sympathy sent from around the world and from Fiji too which is much appreciated,” he said. The handover was held at Vodafone’s head office in Tamavua, Suva.

Vodafone’s managing director Aslam Khan said, “We know that no insurance payout or monetary assistance is going to fill the void left behind by this disaster. However it can help provide some basic necessities and make things a little more comfortable for some, as winter sets in.” He said the donation came from Vodafone’s Red Alert Programme, a partnership between Vodafone Foundation and Vodafone operating companies, which

uses SMS fundraising to generate support amongst employees and customers in the immediate aftermath of emergencies and disasters. The Red Alert Programme was launched in March of this year, and so far they have given $90,000 to five charity organisations to respond to Cyclone Tomas victims in the North, Lomaiviti and the outer islands, assisted 40 destitute and senior citizens, 400 school children and 150 farmers.

mahendra patel denies knoWledge oF CloCk purChase

Former Post Fiji Limited Chairman Mahendra Motibhai Patel has denied having knowledge of the purchase of the

Seiko clock – which was installed on the Post Fiji building during renovations in

2002.

Taking the stand at the Suva High Court,

Patel was shown various letters, emails and invoices regarding the discussions prior to the purchase of the clock from Prouds – the retail arm of the Motibhai Group of Companies. Patel states he did not know where the clock was to be purchased from and never suggested a place where it was to be brought.

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20 Friday April 1, 2011 World News Fiji Times Canada • V5 No17 Now, a cream

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Now, a cream made of sNail slime that promises to baNish wriNkles!

A new face cream made of snail slime could nourish skin and iron out wrinkles. Tipped to go on sale in Britain, the Capibell Cream was developed by Laboratorios Lissia in Colombia - where snails are bred for use in aquariums - after people who handle them discovered their hands were left plump and silky soft, reports the media.

The cream, worth 10 pounds is the latest in

a string of unusual treatments, including a

skin serum made of snake venom and spas that use fish to nibble away rough skin on feet. The snail slime will be showcased next week at a cosmetics exhibition in Milan, Italy.

hooligaNs take dead body to soccer match

Hooligans supporting Colombian top- flight club Cucuta Deportivo smuggled a dead gang member in a coffin into a match. Cristopher Jacome, 17, had been shot by hitmen overnight on Sunday, but still made it to the match later in the day at the 45,000-capacity General Santander Stadium in the north-eastern city of Cucuta, which finished in a 1-1 draw with Envigado.

“This regrettable incident happened on Sunday when a group of hooligans managed to hoodwink stadium security and get the body of young Cristopher Jacome into the stadium,” local police colonel Alvaro Pico told the reporter. According to police, the teenager had been targeted by gunmen while playing in a friendly park kick-around in a poor district in the southern outskirts of Cucuta.

willow smith to perform at kids’ choice awards

Will Smith’s daughter, Willow might be only 10-years-old, but she is set to perform at the Nickelodeon 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards, Saturday. “I’m so excited to be performing at the Kids’ Choice Awards. Really, hoping I don’t get slimed,” media quoted her as saying.

Willow will join the likes of the Black Eyed Peas and Big Time Rush at the ceremony. She will perform a medley of her hits, including “Whip My Hair” and “21st Century Girl”. She will join her 12-year-old brother Jaden, who is due to present an award at the event. He is himself nominated for an award.

u.k. to issue royal weddiNg stamps

nominated for an award. u.k. to issue royal weddiNg stamps Britain’s Royal Mail announced on Tuesday

Britain’s Royal Mail announced on Tuesday it planned to issue two official stamps to commemorate the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The stamps will feature photographs taken by Mario Testino to mark the couple’s engagement and will be available at post office branches from April 21, eight days before the ceremony. “We are honored to be celebrating this very special and historic occasion,” said Stephen Agar of the Royal Mail. “We believe that that this set of stamps will

be very popular with people both in the UK and around the world.” The postal service said Queen Elizabeth gave the final approval for the issue of the stamps. It is the third time Prince William has appeared on a Royal Mail stamp — he featured on a sheet of stamps to celebrate Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday in 2000 and in 2003 became the first member of the royal family to have

a set of stamps produced to celebrate their

21st birthday. He is also the first of the queen’s grandchildren to have their wedding commemorated on a set of stamps. The commemorative stamp sheet consists of two first class stamps and two 1.10 pound stamps, which capture the couple in both formal and informal poses. The formal image was taken in the Council Chamber of St James’s Palace in London while the informal image shows the couple in the Palace’s Cornwall room.

JapaN lifts tsuNami warNiNg after quake

Cornwall room. JapaN lifts tsuNami warNiNg after quake JAPAN has lifted a tsunami warning after a

JAPAN has lifted a tsunami warning after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off its northeast coast on Monday, the weather agency says. The Japan Meteorological Agency had

earlier issued a 50-centimetre tsunami warning for the Pacific coast of Miyagi prefecture, which was devastated by the huge earthquake and tsunami that hit on March 11. The US Geological Survey had earlier

alerted a 6.5-magnitude earthquake but then downgraded its strength. The epicenter was

at a depth of 17 kilometers, it added.

Japan’s weather agency said that the quake

was likely an aftershock of the massive tremor more than two weeks ago, and warned of more to come.

germaN girl fiNds boa coNstrictor iN haNNover toilet

A GIRL got more than she bargained for when she opened the toilet seat to find an escaped boa constrictor staring back at her, police say. The seven-year-old girl ran to her mother after her discovery at their home in Hanover, northern Germany.

The 39-year-old called the police, who took photos and alerted the animal rescue department of the fire brigade. “But before the snake could be captured, it disappeared down the sewage pipe. A search proved fruitless,” police said, adding that the reptile was likely an escaped pet.

police pup dies oNe day before retiremeNt

A BRITISH police dog fell off a rooftop while chasing burglars and died the day before he was due to retire. The six-year-old Alsatian joined Northumbria Police when he was a 10-week-old puppy. After five years of loyal service, the veteran police pooch - described as “fearless and faithful” - was set to retire from the force, based in northeastern England, on March 18.

But one day before he was finally due to

put his paws up, Baz slipped and fell from

a rooftop as he searched for intruders on

a rooftop in Gateshead, also in northeast

England. Baz’s handler, police constable Gary Saunders, said he was devastated to lose his canine crime fighter colleague. “It has been one of the worst things I’ve encountered in 26 years of policing,” he said.

pregNaNt womaN charged after wal-mart greeter, 71, choked

ELYRIA, OHIO—Police say a pregnant woman and her mother were arrested after the older woman choked a 71-year-old Wal-Mart greeter while leaving the store. Police say 49-year-old Toni Duncan, of Elyria, was asked to show a receipt and responded by pushing a cart into the greeter, grabbing his throat and choking

him. She was charged with assault. Her daughter, 21-year-old Ashley Jackson, of Elyria, was charged with aggravated menacing and inducing panic. The media reports that she’s accused of saying she would blow up the store and that the greeter would be dead when her boyfriend learned of the incident.

of saying she would blow up the store and that the greeter would be dead when

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the New christchurch safest city iN world

CHRISTCHURCH’S picturesque town centre crumbled in a violent February quake but the CBD that replaces it will be the most shake-proof in the world, its mayor says. Bob Parker made the promise as the New Zealand government unveiled a massive recovery project to restore the historic South Island centre to its former glory. The five-year operation has a huge job ahead. The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at lunchtime on February 22, killing an unconfirmed 182 people and virtually flattening the CBD. Dozens of delicate historic buildings, many in the gothic style celebrated by tourists and locals alike, were destroyed in the disaster. The most famous of them, the Cathedral,

lost its spire and will likely take years to restore. The city’s 380,000 residents have suffered blow after blow since the disaster. Beyond the death toll, New Zealand’s highest from a natural disaster in 80 years, there has been a constant stream of job losses as hard-hit businesses struggle to stay afloat. An estimated 10,000 homes will need to be rebuilt and up to 100,000 more require wide- ranging repairs. Ongoing issues with sewerage and water are the cause of great expense and inconvenience. The local economy has been described as a “dead horse” and the country looks set to be dragged into a second recession as the

government forks out to pay for the city’s recovery. Residents had hoped that opportunity to help host this year’s Rugby World Cup would provide a much-needed financial and emotional boost for the town. But it wasn’t to be. The rights were stripped when a report on the city’s stadium showed major damage that could not be repaired in the tight time frame. The tournament, due to kick off in September, will now be played primarily in Auckland and Wellington, with some games in regional centers. The announcement of a single stand-alone body, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, to lead the recovery effort has

buoyed many who were frustrated with the lack of progress so far.

But Mr Parker warned that a transformation

of the devastated CBD would be far from

immediate. “We need to be upfront and say it is unlikely

that the significant rebuild of the central city could start before the end of the year,” he told journalists in Christchurch. He said the delay was justified as planners were focused on rebuilding the city to become the safest ever seen. “Our ultimate goal is to build the most earthquake-safe city in the world,’ Mr Parker said.

A finalized plan for a new CBD will be

unveiled within nine months.

george clooNey listed as defeNse witNess iN silvio berluscoNi sex case

listed as defeNse witNess iN silvio berluscoNi sex case george clooney is to give evidence in

george clooney is to give evidence in the trial of italian prime minister silvio berlusconi.

GEORGE Clooney has been listed among potential defense witnesses in Italian Prime Minister’s Silvio Berlusconi’s upcoming sex trial, a development the Hollywood heartthrob described as “odd”. The actor was surprised to find himself among 78 people the leader wants to testify when he faces charges of sleeping with an underage prostitute. “It seems odd since I’ve only met (Mr) Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur,” Clooney said.

Mr Berlusconi, 74, is accused of having sex with Moroccan nightclub dancer Karima el Mahroug, known by her stage name Ruby, when she was 17. In the trial, which begins April 6, prosecutors will say Mr Berlusconi had sex with a “significant number” of prostitutes during parties held at his private villa near Milan. He is also accused of abusing his office to have Ruby released from police custody when she was accused of theft. Ruby told prosecutors during questioning that the Ocean’s 11 actor and his girlfriend,

the Italian model and actress Elisabetta Canalis, were among the guests at one of Mr Berlusconi’s parties. This claim was denied by Canalis. Clooney and Canalis are among an

illustrious list of trial witnesses featuring Real Madrid and Portugal soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Well-known Italian television presenters, actors, journalists and politicians are also

on the list.

Mr Berlusconi has denied ever paying for sex.

dutch girl, 12, gives birth oN school trip

A 12-YEAR-OLD Dutch girl gave birth while on a school trip, sparking a police search for the father of the child. The girl, from Groningen, 114 miles northeast of Amsterdam, complained of stomach pains during a day out with classmates. Teachers realized the girl was in labor and called an ambulance. Medics rushed to the scene, and the 12 year old delivered a healthy

baby girl in a nearby building. The young mother was then taken to the hospital but has refused to name the father. Family members said that the schoolgirl’s father previously sexually abused another older daughter and served two years in jail for the sex crime, according to the Dutch newspaper. The girl was living with her father and brother

tsuNami flatteNs towN iN miNutes

with her father and brother tsuNami flatteNs towN iN miNutes THE RAGING Japanese Tsunami flattens an

THE RAGING Japanese Tsunami flattens an entire town in five minutes in a shocking new video. The horrific film of the wave hitting Kesennuma Port in Miyagi on March 11 shows buildings collapsing into the wave and cars being thrown around like toys. One unidentified driver desperately honks their horn before the car is smashed into a building by the water.

As the black wave smothers the roads the cameraman points at the raging torrent shouting “hito, hito”, meaning “person, person” - but the tiny shape is immediately swallowed up by the flood. Over 1,000 people have been confirmed dead in the fishing port- which was the centre of the Japanese Tuna fishing trade - and hundreds more are still missing. The factories along the edge of the water would have been filled with workers processing the daily catch when the wave hit. Ships from the other side of the bay have been left embedded in buildings, and entire city blocks have gone. The wave left just a handful of buildings standing, and turned streets and offices into watery morgues.

after he won custody following a divorce from their mother, who was originally from Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America. The girl’s stepsister, 30, told the newspaper, “I warned him. I am shocked about what happened.” Dutch police said in a statement: “The girl got pregnant when she was 11, which in itself

means there has been a criminal offense. Article 244 of the Penal Code, sex with a minor under 12, is punishable. In addition, there are now circumstances reported by the Child Protection Board. Taking these two circumstances, the police are now investigating who the father of this baby is.” The girl was due to go into foster care once she was released from the hospital.

passeNgers told to ‘call your loved oNes’ aboard chartair cessNa 210 flight

PLANE passengers were told to call their loved ones on their mobiles as a pilot frantically tried to deal with a mid-air emergency on Monday. Louise Patel, who was on the plane during the emergency, said passengers started calling their families as they prepared for the worst, the media reported. “My brother Anthony down in Sydney, he took the message and said, ‘Right, I’ll say a prayer for you’,” she said. “So I was happy I contacted them.” Ms Patel said the passengers feared for their lives when the pilot informed them the landing gear would not come down. Air Company ChartAir confirmed the Cessna 210 experienced trouble in mid air.

Chief executive Adrian Leach said the six-seater was returning to Tindal, about 300km south of Darwin, when the pilot was

forced to delay the landing because of “an ambiguous indication”. “The pilot carried out all company procedures and landed safely without incident,” Mr Leach said.

“It was subsequently investigated and found

to be a false indication in the cockpit.”

It is understood the plane had just returned from Ngukurr when it experienced trouble. Ms Patel said the pilot was forced to circle the plane for 45 minutes during which time

the passengers phoned their loved ones. She said she was relieved when the plane finally landed safely.

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22 Friday April 1, 2011 Fiji Times Canada • V5 No17 By Thakur Ranjit Singh In

By Thakur Ranjit Singh

In this rare and exclusive interview with Julian Moti QC, veteran Fiji lawyer and politician Karam Ramrakha chronicles the background of the Fiji-born former Attorney General of Solomon Islands and interrogates him on his perspectives on law and politics in Melanesia. Pearl of the Pacific Most Melanesians probably won’t know that “Moti” is the Hindi and Urdu word for pearl. The Brits certainly did. “You must be the other pearl of the Pacific” is how retired appellate judge and former Fiji Ombudsman Sir Moti Tikaram was greeted by a distinguished Law Lord at a London diplomatic cocktail party two decades ago. Julian Moti had already left his footprints there. Those who know Julian Moti appreciate his trademark wit. Self-mockingly, he delights in telling me: “my surname is a four-letter word.” Perhaps so it is for those who have sought to abuse, demonize and crucify Moti since 2006 when he was appointed Attorney General of Solomon Islands. His continuing spell there in that role obviously spelt trouble for Australia’s reign in Solomon Islands. Early Fame Outside Fiji (where he was born and grew up before migrating to Australia), not much is known of Moti’s fame and family. He is surprised that I still remember him making front page news in the late 1970s and retorts:

“Yesterday’s poster boy from Lautoka has become today’s whipping boy for Australia!” As right as he is, he does have a way with words. The fact that he could also spell faultlessly was why he initially rose to prominence in his first year as a student at Natabua High School in Lautoka. Moti was undefeated as Fiji’s National Spelling Champion. At Natabua, he was also an orator, debater, quiz kid, prefect, and school magazine editor. He feels quite shy talking about all his scholastic achievements: “Guruji, let’s focus on something else, shall we?” He has always addressed me as “Guruji” – a privilege I share with his mentor, Professor Upendra Baxi (whom Moti considers “the star of India’s legal galaxy”). Pioneer Family Tracing his ancestry allows us to acknowledge the old ties that still bind us. Moti’s grandfather was a friend of my father, Odin Ramrakha. After completing his ‘indenture’ on the sugarcane fields of Fiji, Moti “Mahajan” chose to settle down with his family in Lautoka in the 1890s instead of returning to India. His estate then comprised most of the land situated in the heart of today’s sprawling metropolis. When he died in 1927, the “gift” of a substantial tract of prime land to the Catholic mission enabled all of Moti Mahajan’s children to be educated. The residue of that estate is the old family house where Moti also grew up, opposite today’s “urban village” of Namoli. He knows where he comes from. “The Motis are kai-Namoli. Our kinship with Namoli’s chiefs has spanned three generations,” he says, trying to recall the names and faces of all his childhood friends

MOTI SPELLBINdS MELANESIA

Writer Karam Chand Ramrakha in Sydney, Australia

who descended from Nasoki, Bouwalu, Baravi and Satala with whom he used to play and go fishing on weekends in his father’s boat.

I try to steer him back from nostalgia to more topical issues:

So how does an Indo-Fijian boy from Lautoka who becomes a lawyer in Australia end up making waves in Melanesia?

“We Indians are like tuna – a highly migratory species. No wonder some see value in having

us captured and canned! My fascination with

Melanesia and its unique legal traditions began

as a child overhearing conversations between

Ratu Jone Bouwalu, Baravi and my father. It was rekindled by Professor Peter Lawrence (the renowned expert on Melanesian cargo cults) who taught me legal anthropology at the University of Sydney. With his encouragement and the guidance of Professors Ron Crocombe, Alice Tay, Peter Sack and others, I chose “Law, State and Custom in Oceania” as the focus of my honours thesis.Ratu Mara pointed me in the

right direction. He saw a “bright future” for me

in

law and politics in Fiji. What happened there

in

1987 caused me to reconsider my career path.

A

fateful meeting with Christopher Abe and

Solomon Mamaloni landed me in Solomon Islands. My loyalty to both of them was tested when they lost office in the 1993 general elections. I didn’t see eye to eye with those who held the balance of power in Billy Hilly’s coalition government. I returned to Australia to engineer its constitutional demise while teaching law at Bond University. When Mamaloni was re-elected Prime Minister after the constitutional crisis in late 1994, he

offered me the Attorney General’s job. I refused.

I was too young. I nominated Reginald Teutao

instead and spent the next decade shuttling between the Port Vila and Honiara offices of Motis Pacific Lawyers – the regional law firm

I had established with my Melanesian partners.

With Willie Jimmy, Maxime Korman, Serge Vohor, Father Walter Lini and others as clients, my firm couldn’t also avoid getting involved in Vanuatu’s politico-litigious battles. My attempt to take a break from Melanesia was short-lived. I was a Visiting Professorial Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for the Study of Law and Governance in New Delhi when I was again offered the Attorney General’s post. Twice in fact. Once by Sir Allan Kemakeza in 2004. Then by Manasseh Sogavare in 2006. What followed, as they say, is history.” Based on your close involvement with the legal and political affairs of the region for more than two decades, what can you say about the controversy over Fiji’s turn to host the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) meeting? “This week’s MSG summit in Fiji is the triumph of sense over sensibility. A basic grasp of

elementary principles of international law is all that is needed to question what the fuss was all about. The Agreement establishing the MSG as

a ‘sub-regional organisation’ is a treaty entered into between international legal persons. The signatory parties to MSG’s constituent instrument are not governments but nation states and a national liberation movement. That ‘innovation’ was based on my advice

and sponsored by Prime Ministers Sogavare and Somare to overcome delays and legal complications in concluding a draft ‘inter- governmental’ compact which included the Government of Fiji and Front de Liberation National Kanak et Socialist (FLNKS) as members. We were able to rally support for the adoption of a collective approach to the recognition of both Fiji and FLNKS. Acknowledging the permanent and unalterable feature of our geographical proximity and neighbourhood as well as our cultural unity

and solidarity, we pressed for the entry of both the Republic of Fiji (as a state in its sovereign capacity) and FLNKS (as a national liberation movement) as founding members of MSG. My argument held sway: an entity is not a state or international legal person because

it is recognized; it is recognized because it is

a state or international legal person. Instead

of recognizing regimes on the basis of who habitually obeys them, I argued, we should recognize regimes on the basis of those to whom they are accountable. The draft MSG Agreement was promptly modified for execution by the parties’ signatories in Port Vila on March 23, 2007. With tongue-in-cheek, I’d like to say my contribution to the change of the MSG Agreement’s architectural design was an exercise in instant ‘capacity building’ which was effected without the assistance of any AusAID-deployed personnel. Now, Frank Bainimarama was Prime Minister when the Republic of Fiji became a signatory party to the MSG Agreement. Vanuatu’s Parliament legislated to ratify that Agreement with effect from May 15, 2008. Sooner or later, hypocrisy had to be jettisoned to salvage Vanuatu’s integrity. Prime Minister Sato Kilman wasted no time in doing what was right and just.” You are obviously monitoring the progress of the MSG meetings in Suva. Do you have any ideas to float for its future? “Yes, I’m observing from a distance and quite pleased with the news I’m receiving from there. Future modifications to MSG’s compact could capitalize on the region’s linguistic base and adopt its lingua franca, Melanesian Pidgin, as one of its official languages. At a practical level, Fiji’s diplomatic cadre would be well-advised to learn Pidgin to bolster their Melanesian credentials. I mean that quite sincerely. I’d like to see concrete and meaningful steps being taken to embrace not only West Papuans but also indigenous Australians (be they Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) within the fold of the different categories of membership created under Articles 1.3 and 1.4 of the MSG Agreement. I’m being equally sincere in that quest.” You’re no fan of the Pacific Islands Forum. Any reasons for your reservations? “Now is not the time to delve into all the reasons why I contend that the Forum should either be completely overhauled, dissolved or have its Secretariat relocated to the Canberra headquarters of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. My criticisms of the Forum have nothing

whatsoever to do with Tuiloma Neroni Slade, his predecessors or successors. It is not them but the nature of their outfit’s mission which has created an anti-nation industry in the Pacific. Surprisingly for those who don’t know any better, the revised Agreement establishing the Pacific Islands Forum which was adopted in 2005 has not been ratified by all of its signatory members and remains inoperative. That Agreement and its precursors designate Fiji as the depositary government. With Fiji’s suspension from the Forum and the unenlightened position adopted by one or two of its fringe-dwelling constituents and principal financiers, the organization remains beset with major constitutional problems affecting its legitimacy and future.” Do you think the Forum is being used by Australia and New Zealand to advance their own strategic interests? “Most definitely, and that was why there was initial resistance to their inclusion by the Forum’s founders. Back then, Australia predicated its desire to become involved in our affairs with ‘due sensitivity for Island susceptibilities.’ That concern has been long forgotten. The text of paragraph 76 of the Cairns Communique and paragraph 80 of the Port Vila Communique answers your question rather poignantly. It is stipulated there that the ‘Leaders reaffirmed their strong and unanimous support for Australia’s candidature for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the two year term 2013-2014 and New Zealand’s candidature for the two year term

2015-2016.’

It is the case of the pot calling the kettle black when Australia condemns the practice of corruption in the Pacific yet resorts to buying votes to secure a seat for itself in the UNSC by dispensing billions of dollars to Africa and the Pacific in aid funds. As noble as it might otherwise appear, one cannot de-linkAustralia’s practice of sovereign charity from its national aspirations nor Kevin Rudd’s personal ambition to sit where H V Evatt once did.” Australia’s ‘Last Blackbird from Melanesia’ Moti does not want to dwell on his unlawful capture, kidnapping and rendition to Australia from Honiara on DHe declares: “I am Australia’s last blackbird from Melanesia – hopefully its final and not most recent one!” He has given the opportunity to Australia’s High Court to vindicate that (and him) when its full bench sits to decide the fate of his appeal on April 8, 2011.

High Court to vindicate that (and him) when its full bench sits to decide the fate

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caNadiaNs say pm should atteNd royal weddiNg

A

majority of Canadians say Prime

29 at Westminster Abbey in front of 1,900

and his wife Laureen are unable to attend

conservatives said Harper should witness

Minister Stephen Harper should interrupt his election campaign to attend Prince William’s wedding in London, according

guests. Harper and his wife Laureen had accepted the wedding invitation but later

the royal wedding,” Harper spokeswoman Nina Chiarelli said in a statement to AFP. “Both the Prime Minister and Mrs.

the historic event in London. Canada will be represented at the wedding by Governor General David Johnston,

to

poll results released Tuesday.

cancelled after the collapse of his minority

Harper send their best wishes to the future

Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in

The Abacus Data poll showed 59 per cent

government last Friday.

newlyweds,” the statement added.

Canada, and his wife Sharon.

of

Canadians want the conservative leader

Opposition parties backed a vote of no-

Sixty-four per cent of women surveyed

The royal wedding is Britain’s biggest

to

attend Britain’s biggest royal wedding

confidence in Harper’s government,

said Harper should attend the wedding,

since William’s parents Prince Charles and

for

30 years, even if it’s just days before

triggering Canada’s fourth election in

compared to 55 per cent of men.

the late Princess Diana married in 1981.

the

May 2 election.

seven years.

Among voters under 30 years old, 67 per

William and Kate are to visit Canada from

Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, marries Kate Middleton on April

“Unfortunately, due to the election campaign Prime Minister Stephen Harper

cent support Harper attending. Seventy-two per cent of fellow

June 30 to July 8 on their first official trip outside Britain as newlyweds.

advaNce poll dates fall oN easter weekeNd

Despite two-thirds of the advance polling dates being held at Easter, there are no

alternative dates for anyone seeking to vote before May 2, the GTA’s top Conservative

MP says.

“People spoke to me about it,” incumbent

Burlington MP Mike Wallace, 47, said Friday. With the election being held on the first Monday in May, federal regulations for early voting required advance polls for April 22, 23 and 25.

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A Liberal government would get cash to

the provinces for new daycare spaces as

early as this summer, Michael Ignatieff said Thursday. The Liberal leader announced a plan to give the provinces $500 million a year for early childhood learning, ramping up to $1 billion a year by its fourth year.

Ignatieff went to a preschool in Winnipeg to announce his plan. He says there wouldn’t

be any delay in starting the money because

the party worked with the provinces to develop it. “These programs very consciously and deliberately have been constructed with pre-consultation with provincial

authorities and provincial experts because

the key thing here is to act. To get it done for Canadian families,” Ignatieff said. “We’ll have a flexible fund and we can get this thing moving. We don’t need to have another three or four years of argument and negotiation.” Provincial governments could apply to the fund to pay for extra spaces in daycare and early childhood learning programs or train daycare workers. The Liberals would roll back a corporate tax cut that came into force in January in order to pay for the plan, Ignatieff said. The Liberals have been focusing on social programs to paint themselves as

a more compassionate choice than the

Conservatives, who cancelled a Liberal

daycare plan when they won the 2006 election.

In its place, the Conservatives brought in a

taxable $100-a-month payment to parents. The Conservatives also provided tax credits to employers who created childcare spaces.

priszm iNcome - caNadiaN owNer of kfc, pizza hut aNd taco bell restauraNts files for baNkruptcy protectioN

Priszm Income Fund, which owns more than 231 KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell restaurants in B.C. and Ontario, is under bankruptcy protection following an order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Priszm said in a news release issued yesterday morning that the court filing was made to further its delayed deal to

sell its B.C. and Ontario restaurants to a European franchisee of parent comany Yum! Brands. Prizm said the restaurants continue to operate as usual. The release said Prizm has received a number of expressions of interest for its remaining restaurants. Prizm owns about 400 outlets in Canada.

The first opportunity to cast a ballot is on Good Friday, the last is Easter Monday — both days when many Christians go to church and are busy with family. One is a statutory holiday, the other a religious holiday.

“I checked the legislation, but that’s the

requirement

so many days,” Wallace said in an interview. “It’s too bad,” said the former Burlington city councilor, who was elected to Parliament in 2006 and heads his party’s regional caucus.

they have to be held within

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regional caucus. they have to be held within decisioN 2011 Ndp leader Jack layton shares a

Ndp leader Jack layton shares a laugh with webco sports owner cindy weber after finding a soccer shoe with NDP orange during a campaign stop at her store in kitchener, ont. earlier in the day layton announced his plan to limit credit card fees for consumers and small businesses.

limit credit card fees for consumers and small businesses. Ndp leader Jack layton is seen through

Ndp leader Jack layton is seen through a tele-prompter as he speaks to supporters at the first NDP rally of the campaign in Ottawa.

at the first NDP rally of the campaign in Ottawa. prime minister stephen harper pours a

prime minister stephen harper pours a beer during a campaign stop at the red stag tavern in halifax.canadians will head to the polls in a federal election may 2.

will head to the polls in a federal election may 2. liberal leader michael ignatieff gives

liberal leader michael ignatieff gives a child a high five at Lord Roberts Preschool after making crafts in winnipeg.

at Lord Roberts Preschool after making crafts in winnipeg. liberal leader michael ignatieff hands out hot

liberal leader michael ignatieff hands out hot dogs for lunch at kelekis restaurant in winnipeg.

out hot dogs for lunch at kelekis restaurant in winnipeg. conservative leader stephen harper demonstrated his

conservative leader stephen harper demonstrated his skills with a cricket bat while watching the cricket world cup semi- final with a family in their Brampton home.

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K. Saini B.A., LL.B. Amandeep S. Sanghera B.A., LL.B. “After my accident I had constant neck

“After my accident I had constant neck and back pains. I felt sad most of the time and became very anxious about the future. ICBC said I was overreacting and offered $17,000. My case settled for $400,000 at mediation.” – MR. S.

“The damage to my car was only $700. ICBC said I could not have been injured; but I was. My lawyer finalized my claim for $28,000 plus expenses.” – MISS M.

“ICBC offered me $32,000 to finish my case. I was off work for 6 months and saw a specialist because of my jaw injury. I couldn’t mop the floor or clean our bathroom without help from my children. I received $200,000 through my lawyer’s efforts.” – MRS. S.

“The damage to my vehicle was about $1,700. ICBC said this was a Low Velocity Impact (LVI) and refused to pay me for my injuries and physio costs. My lawyer obtained more than $45,000 for me.” MRS. B.

“A car hit me as I walked across the street. ICBC blamed me because of the colour of my clothing. My lawyer worked hard and obtained necessary evidence. My case settled for over $300,000.” – MRS.

evidence. My case settled for over $300,000.” – MRS. *Past cases are not necessarily indicative of

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Chicken Breast Sandwich with Herb Mayonnaise on Flax Bread Mayonnaise diagonally • 4 tbsp (60ml) •

Mayonnaise

diagonally

4 tbsp (60ml)

2 water-packed roasted red peppers,

soybean or canola

deseeded, dried with paper towels

oil mayonnaise

and cut in half to make 4 flat pieces

Squirt fresh lemon

• 1⁄2 small English cucumber, sliced

• Spread 1⁄2 tbsp (7 ml)

juice

1 tbsp (15 ml)

mayonnaise on each bread slice.

chopped fresh basil or 1tsp (5 ml) dried basil

• Place 1 sliced chicken breast on

mayonnaise side of each of 4 slices.

• Top each breast with half a roasted

red pepper and a few cucumber slices.

• Top each sandwich with second

piece of bread, mayonnaise side down.

• Cut into halves or quarters and

serve with celery and carrot sticks. Makes 4 servings [Per serving 360 calories, 11g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 70mg cholestero l,9g fibre, 33g protein, 31g carbohydrates, 400mg sodium. Excellent source of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids

(3g); good source of calcium]

• 1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped fresh dill or 1 tsp (5 ml) dried dill

• 1 tsp (5 ml) dry hot mustard

• 4 tbsp (60 ml) ground walnuts

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until mayonnaise is evenly

mixed. (If tightly sealed, mayonnaise will keep in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.) Sandwiches

• 8 slices flaxseed bread

• 4 4-oz (125 g) cooked skinless,

boneless chicken breasts, sliced

Spicy coconut chicken

boneless chicken breasts, sliced Spicy coconut chicken Ingredients: • 1 small sugar pumpkin, about 2 lb

Ingredients:

1 small sugar pumpkin, about 2 lb (1 kg) 1 large jalapeno 400- ml can regular coconut milk 8 to 10 skinless, boneless chicken thighs 1 red onion, sliced 1 large tomato, sliced into wedges 8- oz (227- ml) can sliced bamboo shoots, well drained (optional) 1 tsp (5 ml) each garlic powder and salt

3/4 tsp (4 ml) ground nutmeg 1 cup (250 ml) coarsely chopped fresh cilantro directions:

Cut pumpkin into quarters. (Microwaving on high 2 min makes this easier.) Scoop out stringy pulp and seeds, then discard. Peel, then chop pumpkin into bite-size chunks. If you like it spicy, leave seeds in jalapeno. If not, discard them. Mince jalapeno. Pour coconut milk into a large saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Whisk, then add pumpkin and jalapeno. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir into milk along with remaining ingredients except cilantro. Once boiling, reduce to medium- low. Simmer, uncovered and stirring often, until chicken is cooked through and pumpkin is fork-tender, 15 to 18 min. Stir in cilantro. Delightful over jasmine rice.

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Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19) You will start doing initial paper work for some creative and ambitious project

that is very dear to your heart. You will receive whole-hearted support from close friend and relatives. You will find yourself at your best in public relations and will be able to muster enough support for your work even from financial institutions. If working towards starting a co-operative venture, it is advisable to have one single institution, or financier, to back your project and then distribute some shares

to others rather than having a loose-knit

group. Those seeking elections to board

of directors or to important committees will emerge successful. Youngsters will plan a holiday-cum-study tour to a forested or mountainous region.

It will be a fruitful trip. Some of you

are likely to get emotionally involved with a colleague of the opposite sex. A new romance is in the air and assures a happy and lasting association. Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)

You will get involved in some social or cultural work or community development schemes. It seems your close friends or associate will urge you to participate more in such social activities that will benefit you in the long run. The pressure of new work that comes along suddenly will thwart your plan for taking a leave or withdrawing from routine work. The employed may be facing some problems at home. Perhaps heavy entertaining has increased expenses and you are now finding it difficult to cater to the needs of the family. You will have a grand get together at home inviting most of your relatives and close friends. Love life is fine. There is a word of caution for those involved in love for long, but not married. Someone may now try to create a rift between you and your beloved by speaking lies and spreading unpleasant rumors. Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20) You will succeed in every endeavor and achieve excellent results in your work and career. An improvement in financial position spurs you on to take risks in new ventures that prove immensely profitable. Businesspersons will sign new deals that will assure them of long-term benefits. Those in artistic or creative fields will do extremely well. Youngsters trying to achieve a breakthrough in the field of cinema or television will get an opportunity to work with a person of renown. Those desirous of setting up

a small-scale industry will be able to

do so. Benefits accrue to you through state and governmental agency, hence if seeking any sanctions or financial assistance through such organisations you are certain to get these soon. Personal affairs run smoothly. You will

enjoy the delights of intimate romance

in the company of your beloved.

Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22) The current period is extremely beneficial one and monetary returns from your investments will be substantial. If you do not need cash this week you should wait for a while longer to make further profit in your investments. Security at work will give the confidence that you need to explore new areas and move from one

success to another. However, do not be

in rush to make large commitments in

fresh ventures, for there will be other, and more beneficial offers coming your way soon. The employed will be assigned a special task that gives them

an opportunity to display their talents.

Your tendency to flirt could now land you in an embarrassing situation. Try not to push your luck, especially if you are already in love. You will find your sweetheart seeking commitment from you regarding your future plans. You have to decide now else your relationship or your association will end.

Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)

A sudden travel plan may take you

towards south or southeast. Some of you may travel overseas of a special assignment. Some of you may travel abroad to scan opportunities for job or

business. It will be a fruitful journey. Some of you will start a new work or open a branch office in another city. Those seeking employment overseas will get favorable offers this week. Students will join training classes in a preparation for a competitive exam. A study or training programme is on the curriculum for most of you. Students preparing for tests for the enrolment

to a foreign university will succeed in

their exams. A younger relative who

lives away from you will visit you for

a few days. Those of you, who have

married recently, will get the good news of a new arrival. Love life is quite exciting. Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22)

Married women looking for buying a

new house will receive an enticing offer that suits their requirement perfectly. You will have the resources to purchase this property and will soon move your residence. Those of you who are keen

to bring about a major change in their

career will be determined to go ahead with their plans at any cost. This is

particularly for those in age group 45 - 50. The employed are given additional responsibilities at work that entails working until late hours. You may have to cancel your social engagement

or other extra curricular activities due

to heavy workload. However, your employer will suitably compensate you. Love life is returning to normal, especially for those who have been

having constant tiffs with their mate. Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 22)

You need to concentrate on routine work activities. The present environment at your work place may not be conducive and you could feel frustrated at times. Do not harbor thoughts of changing your job or work for this could result in a setback. Business people will do better and will be able to successfully conclude their current assignment. Your past arrears will be cleared this week and you will be able to pay off

a debt or a loan. At home matters are

much better especially since you have started to spend more time with your family. Married women desirous of progeny are likely to conceive this week. Those already in an advanced stage of pregnancy are advised to seek

constant medical advice to avoid any complications at the time of child’s delivery. Seniors may require seeking medical attention. Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) This is a fortunate period for taking up some of the pending and unfinished work, which has been put off for some reason. This will help you to take up work on your new venture on which you have set your heart and have already sounded a few friends. The pressure of work at your work place may be less giving you an opportunity to get closely acquainted with a couple of colleagues who are more experienced and have been sympathetic and understanding. This may help you in getting certain ideas to build up your career not necessarily in the same set up. Domestic matters will also occupy your time as a misunderstanding over money matters will need a lot of convincing to remove seeds of doubt created by some outside sources and may require all your ingenuity. If you are fancy-free a romantic interlude is indicated. Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

It is a favorable week for the employed

in that they will be given an important

task to handle. All facilities will be made available to you for this project. Those

in the field of mass communication and

media may become the recipients of

award. Business people will get news of

a large contract from the government or

state agency. Some of you may decide to set up ancillary units for a large organisation that will underwrite all your production. Workingwomen may decide to go into their own business in partnership with close friends. Those in the field of dress designing, jewellery, advertising or exports will succeed in setting up a lucrative enterprise. Love life remains happy with your giving complete attention to the needs of your mate or beloved. Capricorn (dec 22 - Jan 19) This is the time to renew your contacts

or devote attention to public relations. It is quite likely that some domestic issues and responsibilities act as a constraint in your working. Do not waste any time on such affairs because by doing this you could be ruining your chances of success in your work. Working women, especially those in the field of advertising, marketing, or public relations, will get sudden promotion and additional facilities at work. The married will hardly get any time for romance. It could be due to your busy schedule or your mate could be wary of a friend of your own sex, who may be trying to keep you away from your beloved. Listen to the advice of your sweetheart who has an uncanny instinct to recognize unsavory elements.Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) In business you will be able to carry out your activities without any hitch. Do not waste your time in recoveries but rather follow up with vigor your new project that needs all your attention and efforts. At your work place carry out your assignment with all the speed sincerity and attention as there are some elements that are waiting for a lapse on your part. Fortunately your seniors know you and your work and you will not be affected at all. If you are given some extra assignment you should not refuse it though you may have been burdened with work. This may affect promises you made to the family, as you will not be able to fulfill them. If you have been planning to buy a house or a shop you have bright chances of finding and finalizing one now which will almost be a dream come true. Youngsters will be successful in competition or contest bringing a reward, which make them happy and proud. Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Your business plans hit a snag stalling most proceedings. Do not worry for the delays, as these may eventually prove to your advantage. In fact, if you can withdraw some of your money from incomplete or loss making ventures you should get the amount and call it quits. You will be in mood to socialize and attend several functions and prove that age is no bar for enjoying life and getting along with people. Keep away from some bores or those who are known to indulge in scandals. At home while reviewing your finances you may come across an unpleasant fact about the amount you have and the sum you are committed. This may require you to take up some extra assignment and sacrifice a part of your luxurious living. But by any chance do not go in for speculation or gambling, which will entail loss. Do not give credence to some people who have something to tell you about your mate or beloved that may be an exaggerated version of a minor happening.

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28 Friday April 1, 2011 Fiji Times Canada • V5 No17 CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Here

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Here are a few Simple Portion Control Tips Favorite Foods You can still eat your favorite foods,

but cut the servings in half. Take your time eating, at least 20 minutes to allow your brain to register with your stomach that it’s full. No Bags You have to have those potato chips! If you’re going to indulge, don’t eat from the bag. Instead put a few chips in a dish, put the bag away and enjoy. Trigger Foods Buy foods you know you can’t resist in small packages or single servings. Snacking! When you really want a snack, choose

a nice piece of fruit or some veggies with low calorie dip. Plan Your Menu!

If you can get in the habit of planning

your meals, you’ll have everything available you need to make them. By doing that, you can stick to your menu and still have portion control. Eating out? Ask for half or smaller portions. If that’s not available, ask for a doggie bag. Split your food in half, put half in your doggie bag, and enjoy your meal! Taking Seconds Choose salads or vegetables for seconds instead of higher-fat, higher- calorie parts of a meal such as desserts or meats. Cooking Large Batches of Food When you cook a large batch of food, freeze what you won’t use right away. Be proactive by preventing the temptation to use up the leftovers so they don’t spoil. Skipping Meals Don’t skip a meal. Chances are you’ll overeat or snack on the wrong foods. Avoid “Large” Order a small diet drink to reduce calories instead of a larger drink. Even better, order water with a lemon wedge! Start Cleaning Up When you’re finished eating, clear the table immediately. If the food is out of your sight, you won’t help yourself to “seconds” that you’re probably not hungry enough to eat anyway.

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not hungry enough to eat anyway. Diet Myths Know the Facts Learn the difference between diet

Learn the difference between diet myths and the facts about nutrition. Following the wrong information can impact your weight loss and possibly damage your health. Choosing better health through good nutrition and fitness is one of the best gifts we give ourselves. Most people don’t come close to eating a healthy diet. They think they are, but a lot of times they are victims of misleading fad diets. diet Myths Cravings are in your head! When you’re really craving something, you should go ahead and have a small portion. Denying yourself usually only leads to binging on it later and a lot more calories. Cut More Calories, You’ll Lose Weight Faster Cut your calories too far (under 1,200 a day), and your metabolism will quickly decrease. Choose the right foods and keep your caloric intake where it should be, you’ll actually lose the weight quicker. This diet myth is very unhealthy! Eliminate Fat From Your Diet Your body needs 50 grams of fat each day. You don’t want to eliminate fat completely from your diet. Instead choose healthy fats such as nuts, olive oil, and avocados. Eggs Cause High Blood Cholesterol The wrong fats consumed regularly are responsible for blood cholesterol. Research shows saturated and trans-fats increase the risks for certain diseases such as heart disease. Good fats and omega-3 fatty acids lower the risk. Exercise Makes You Lose Weight, diets aren’t Needed Exercise is an essential part of a healthy weight loss, but it’s not completely sufficient on its own. Healthy eating, calorie reduction and portion control with exercise helps you lose the weight and keep it off.

Grapefruit, Celery, and Cabbage Burn Fat No foods burn fat. Some may speed up your metabolism, but they do not cause weight loss. Healthy eating, calorie reduction and exercise helps you lose the weight. Skipping Meals Helps You Lose Weight Skipping meals can actually make you heavier then people that eat less but more often. When you get hungry, you’re more tempted to binge. Eliminating Food Groups to Lose Weight Some diets emphasize eliminating some foods or food groups. This isn’t healthy eating, as the body needs all of the nutrients from the food pyramid groups. You Can’t Get Protein Without Meat Our body requires thirty grams of protein daily. Dairy products and meat contain too much fat and sodium. Vegetables and fruits are inadequate providers of protein. Nuts, grains, legumes and oils have complete proteins. Eating Late At Night Causes Food to Turn To Fat Our body processes calories the same all the time. The problem with eating late at night is the type of food we choose to eat such as popcorn, ice cream, and brownies etc. An after dinner snack is healthy, choose fruits, vegetables or low-fat yogurt, and enjoy. Vegetarian diets are Healthier and You Lose Weight Faster People who choose a vegetarian diet usually consume less calories and fat. Selecting a vegetarian diet that is low fat may assist in weight loss, but vegetarians can choose foods that add to weight gain. The diet needs to be balanced and the nutrients lost from not eating animal products will need to be supplemented. These nutrients are iron, calcium, Vitamins D and B12, and zinc. You Shouldn’t Eat Between Meals Snacking on healthy choices is good for you. It prevents you from getting over- hungry, it can boost your metabolism, and it keeps you from binging or over eating. If You Eat Fat-free Foods, You can Eat as Much as You want Fat-free food is usually lower in calories, but many have just as many calories. Check the Nutrition Facts Label on the product. A little fat is healthy, it helps you eat less and gives you that full feeling longer. Eliminate dairy Products Cheese, nonfat and low-fat milk, and yogurt are nutritious, and have many nutrients our body needs. Calcium, protein and Vitamin D are important nutrients that we get from dairy products. Be aware of diet myths from unknown sources. They can be very common in fad diets. Always check the nutritional facts from a trusted source.

dieting Tips That Are Simple and doable dieting tips aren’t just for dieters! They’re a good reminder to help us maintain a healthy weight and stay fit! dieting Tips Be Realistic Make small changes to start with. Changing what you eat and your physical

activity will take some adjustment. Strive

but don’t

get anxious and try to do it all at once. Health Health is your priority, not your appearance. That will come as you lose weight. Focus on a healthy weight. dieting

A healthy diet is a lifestyle change. Don’t

look at this as a “diet,” but as a habit

you’re changing for a lifetime. Enjoy all foods, control your portions and don’t overdo it. Get Active and Fit The more active you are, the less you have to worry about calories and weight. No matter what age you are or what shape you’re in, you can still walk. Even

if you can only walk 10 minutes at a time,

that’s moving. Just start doing it and keep going. Before you know it you’ll be walking 30 minutes a day….and be on your way to other activities you’ll enjoy!

Choose Healthy Foods Start eating your fruits and veggies! They help keep you full and are very healthy. Use whole wheat products, and drink a lot of water. You may want to eat more often and smaller portions to help you get past the hunger cravings. If you’re used to eating three meals a day, start eating smaller portions, and add good snacks in between meals and after dinner. Emotional Eating We tend to overeat and eat when we’re not hungry. Most of this comes from stress, boredom, anger or frustration to name a few. When you’re feeling

emotional

each day to make a change

go do something physical.

The urge to eat will pass as you get your mind off of it. Very important dieting tip, for physical and emotional health. Eat Slower We live in a fast paced world. Too often we’re use to short lunch breaks and wolfing our food down! Try to take 20 minutes to eat your meals. It takes your brain that long to register with your stomach that you’re full. Also, put your fork down in between bites, take the time to chew and savor your food before considering the next bite. Eat in the Kitchen or dining Room Avoid eating in front of the TV or while you’re busy with other activities. Eating

in the kitchen helps you start a new habit

that will help you stop focusing on food everywhere in the house. It also helps you pay attention to what you are eating so you fully enjoy the smell and taste of your foods.

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credit card lawsuit alleges price fixiNg iN fees

1, 2011 29 credit card lawsuit alleges price fixiNg iN fees Visa, MasterCard and the country’s

Visa, MasterCard and the country’s biggest banks are accused in a lawsuit of being part of a price fixing conspiracy that has forced

merchants to pay billions of dollars in credit card transaction fees.

A proposed class action in B.C. Supreme

Court names the big credit card companies and 10 banks as defendants. The suit alleges merchants are forced to accept every Visa or MasterCard presented

by customers — including premium cards — even though merchants are charged much higher fees for premium cards. At the same time, merchants are not allowed to charge more for accepting premium cards. “The lawsuit alleges that merchants are forced to raise prices for all customers to cover the cost of transactions with premium cards,” Ward Branch, a partner at law firm Branch MacMaster says in a statement. “Our research suggests that these fees cost Canadian merchants $5 billion in 2009 alone. The system is bad for Canadian merchants, Canadian consumers and for the Canadian economy as a whole.” Lawsuit follows competition bureau case The lead plaintiff in the proposed class action is Mary Watson, a merchant who has owned a furniture store in Vancouver since

1990.

The suit seeks to recover the fees that the

caNada restricts blood doNors from saudi arabia

that the caNada restricts blood doNors from saudi arabia Former residents of Saudi Arabia, or Canadians

Former residents of Saudi Arabia, or

Canadians who spent more than six months

in Saudi Arabia during the 1980s or early

‘90s, will no longer be allowed to donate

blood because of fears of mad cow disease. Health Canada, in consultation with the Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec, announced the protective measure on Tuesday. The ban comes after the discovery

of a “probable case” of variant Creutzfeldt-

Jakob disease, which is a rare but fatal degenerative brain disease.

The patient had lived in Saudi Arabia between 1980 and 1996 and is believed to have contracted the disease while living there. This case, along with two others, brings the total number of vCJD cases tied to current

or former residents of Saudi Arabia to three. Health Canada says Saudi Arabia imported a large amount of beef from the U.K. between

1980 and 1996, which is likely how the man picked up the disease. The man doesn’t appear to have acquired it from eating beef in Canada, since he was already displaying symptoms prior to his arrival here. Canadian Blood Services already does not accept blood donations from donors who have spent three months or more in the United Kingdom or France between 1980 and 1996. They also don’t take donations from those who’ve spent more than five years in Western Europe outside the U.K. or France since 1980. In addition, people are not eligible to donate blood or plasma if they received medical treatment with a product made from blood in the U.K., France or Western Europe since 1980. Health Canada says that starting in June; a new question will be added to the information forms potential donors fill out, asking donors if they’ve lived in more in Saudi Arabia. “This precautionary measure will not significantly impact the supply of blood in Canada for residents needing blood transfusions,” Health Canada said in a statement. It added that there have been no reported cases of transmission of vCJD by blood transfusion in Canada and none of the three patients have ever donated blood in Canada.

credit card companies and banks “are alleged to have collected illegally from merchants.” To proceed as a class action, it has to be certified. None of the allegations has been proved in court. The card companies charge a fee of 1.5 to three per cent of the total amount of the transaction each time a credit card is used. That can mean $15 in fees paid by the merchant when a customer charges a $500 purchase. The fee paid by a merchant for a debit transaction, on the other hand, is about 12 cents. MasterCard Canada said it “intends to vigorously defend this action.” The Canadian Bankers Association said it’s the credit card companies — not the banks — that make up the rules that force merchants to honour all cards. “The banks have no control over these rules,” the

association said. This lawsuit echoes arguments made by the Competition Bureau of Canada late last year, when it moved to strike down the rules companies impose on merchants that accept their credit cards. The bureau said it was concerned with the current prohibition on merchants from encouraging lower-cost forms of payment, such as debit and cash. Under the current agreement, merchants

cannot offer lower prices for non-credit card transactions. “Without changes to the rules, merchants will continue to face high costs for credit card acceptance while consumers, even those who use lower-cost methods of payment like debit or cash, will continue

to pay higher prices,” competition bureau

commissioner Melanie Aitken said when she launched the case in December.

couNterfeit stamps

RCMP and local police forces searched

release.

two dozen businesses in the Montreal

A

Canada Post franchise is apparently

area Tuesday as part of a 10-month-long investigation into counterfeit and re-used postage stamps. Two people were arrested. Postal inspectors from Canada Post and the RCMP in Montreal and Toronto have

one of the businesses being investigated. “It appears that the stamps seized originated from the same source of distribution,” the RCMP said. The stamps feature the same series of images — a portrait of the Queen, images

been probing a possible network of stamp

of

the Vancouver Olympics, and photos

counterfeiters for almost a year.

of

Canadian lighthouses.

Since last May, authorities have seized 40,000 fake stamps and 10,000 re-used stamps. The re-used stamps were sold online. The counterfeits were sold in convenience stores individually or in booklets of 10, the RCMP said in a

Five people have been arrested so far. Charges were filed Tuesday against two suspects in Toronto. The other arrests were in Montreal. The investigation continues. Police say more charges could be filed.

electioN day set for may 2

Canada’s 41st federal election campaign began

“It

has been a privilege and an honour to serve

Saturday morning after Prime Minister Stephen

as

prime minister, especially prime minister

Harper emerged froma meeting with the Governor

of

the best country in the world, as together we

General, who agreed to dissolve Parliament and send Canadians to the polls on May 2. Referring to the “disappointing” events of a day earlier, when his government was defeated by a motion of non-confidence, Harper thanked Canadians “for the confidence and trust” they have given him for the last five years.

have faced the most difficult days of the global economic recession,” he said. He went on to say that the global economic recovery remains fragile and that armed conflicts, political chaos, humanitarian disasters and other threats are posing risks to that recovery, and now, so is an election.

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