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Fiji's First Underwater Submarine


UNDERWATER board meetings, cocktails, birthdays and weddings will be among activities provided by Fiji's first submarine-lookalike vessel when it is launched in the months ahead. SeaView, a vessel that looks and operates almost like a submarine, is 10 times the size of any of its kind and will be fully air-conditioned and more spacious when its launched on April 6. Alana Tilly Sales and Marketing director for The Melanesian Trading Company Ltd the umbrella company for SeaView, said the Fiji-made marine vessel, worth $1.5 million, will need $500,000-worth of imported lead to sink it. "There is nothing like this is the world," she said. A first of its kind for Fiji and the world, the seaquarium, will have board meetings and conference facilities to cater for up to 52 people. Such facilities she said would include a 65 inch LED screen for projection or presentations, full surround sound audio with microphone, washroom amenities, tea and coffee, and catering to go with it if required. Ms Tilly said the SeaView would have DJ compatible facilities and other features such as full surround sound audio with microphone, bar and catering on request, for a maximum of 66 people for events like private and work functions. The SeaView, owned, designed and operated by South Sea Subs, will have sitting capacity for 34 passengers or 66 standing. A three-hour sunset cruise will also be among activities provided by SeaView, where passengers can view the beautiful sunset in the Mamanuca
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island group, complete with beverages and snacks. "Sunset can be watched from the roof of the seaquarium and then descend into the vessel to view the 28 underwater LED light arrays lighting the reef," Ms Tilly said. Transfer boats will cart passengers to and from the vessel, she said. "The transfer boats will pick up guests from Denarau for the 30 minutes transfer. They arrive at the seaquarium

for their tour and on completion of the tour return to Denarau," Ms Tilly said. The touchscreen feature beneath the interior window will allow guests to access interactive information about the reef and marine life. "We will also have child-friendly games and information for the younger guests," Ms Tilly said. The vessel will have tapa designs for its interior and exterior walls, she said. In an earlier interview, SeaView owner

Rob Moigg said the construction of the SeaView at Wailoaloa in Nadi made Fiji a serious contender in the shipbuilding business. He said the world would be forced to reckon with what Fiji is accomplishing through the 100 per cent Fiji-made underwater viewing vessel. "I believe this vessel will make a lot of

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off-duty paramedic who was on the flight, Mr Pillay died at the scene. His body was flown to Fiji Wednesday and his family says a funeral service was arranged in his hometown of Labasa, on the island of Vanua Levu. "He was a very loving and caring dad of two kids. He was a very good dad and a very good brother of ours," his sister Maureen Pillay said. "He was just excited just to be coming home. We feel that [the collapse] happened because of all the excitement." Mr Pillay, who had known heart problems, had spent two months in Auckland visiting family on what was his first trip to New Zealand. He was a farmer with an 8-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. Mr Pillay's Auckland family held a small ceremony for him at Ligaliga Funeral Services in Manukau on Monday with a funeral to be held in Labasa at the end of the week. Funeral director Sam Achary said the family had to borrow from loved ones to find the $6000-$7000 needed for the funeral and to send Mr Pillay's body home. Maureen Pillay said the family was still coming to terms with the death. "It's shocking. My sister is still in a state of shock, she's numb," Ms Pillay said. "He was a heart patient, but physically he looked very cheerful, very happy. At first look you couldn't tell that he's sick." The off-duty intensive care paramedic who was on the same flight as Mr Pillay had about 20 years' experience and is well known at St John. Mr Pillay's siblings said they wanted to thank the paramedic for her attempts to save their brother.

The family of a Fijian man who died while boarding a plane in Auckland fears he may have had a heart attack brought on by his excitement at returning home to see his wife and children.

Father of two Yogendran Pillay, 38, collapsed on Air New Zealand flight NZ56 bound for Nadi, Fiji, before it left about 9am last Sunday. Despite attempts to revive him by an

PACIFIC ISSUES FEATURED IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN DILI, TIMOR LESTE


Fiji is participating at the "International Conference on the Post-2015 Development Agenda- Development for all: Stop conflict, build states and eradicate poverty" in East Timor. The three day meet was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Timor Leste, H.E Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao. Preliminary roundtable discussions by Pacific leaders and government ministers began Wednesday, where Fiji was represented by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. In that meeting, Pacific leaders focused on issues that matter most to island states, with a view to formulate a development agenda for post-2015. Amongst the issues discussed, five were identified as crucial to Pacific states. They are inclusive of economic growth, environmental (including climate change) and natural resource management, state effectiveness, peace and justice and improving social services. Pacific Leaders also agreed to the need for an inclusive and cross-sectoral approach in identifying solutions of national priority includes the inclusion of women, youth, children, persons with disabilities and the elderly in discussions of national interest. They also looked at the effects of climate change in particular for vulnerable states like Tuvalu and Kiribati and other lowlying island states. There was a call for cross-regional and sub-regional solidarity in addressing climate change to ensure our collective voice is heard on the global stage. Improvements in social services like education and health were also discussed, as leaders agreed that although each island state varied in their provision of these essential services, it is important that they are prioritised. Another issue that came out strongly was the need for Pacific states to take full ownership of their problems, identify root causes, in order to develop effective solutions to development challenges. Today's discussion would focus on the following five thematic areas: 1. Identifying ways to accelerate progress towards meeting the MDGs by 2015; 2. Highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the MDGs;

Minister Kubuabola with Prime Minister of Timor Leste, H.E Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao
3. Governance, state building and Development; 4. Peace building through human security and personal safety; and 5. Inclusive growth and Job Creation. The outcome of this Conference is expected to be presented by Timor Leste's Finance Minister- Ms. Emilia Pires, at the United Nations High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in the second quarter of this year.

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Fiji's First Underwater Submarine


people sit up and take note of what we are achieving here at South Seas Sub," Mr Moigg said. Construction of the vessel began later last year. The SeaView will be one of the world's underwater experience must-do and an international attraction with world class experience. "Our intentions are to operate this and another just like her to offer a new approach to undersea viewing with the emphasis being on comfort," Mr Moigg said. He said the Seaview would remain submerged at 2.3 meters with the top deck and conning tower on the surface at all times. "She is fully compliant and has been designed over and above all regulations," Mr Moigg said. To complete the world class adventure, the SeaView will have underwater LED light arrays to light up the reef and undersea in a way never seen before. Mr Moigg said 12 Fijians were employed in the build phase, with 12 to 15 Fijians to be employed full-time when the vessel is ready. A two-hour tour will cost $139 for adults and $79 for children.

An American citizen who was charged for the Vunivau murder saga last year has been sentenced to life in jail. Jagan Nath, 57 appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar at the High Court in Labasa. He was sentenced for two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder and has to serve a non-parole period of 18 years. Justice Goundar said Nath could apply for parole after February 22, 2031. Nath has also been given leave appeal against his sentence to the Court of Appeal within 30 days. The court heard

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that Nath was married to Wati, 52, on October 19, 2005. Both were previously married and when Nath married Wati she was a widow with grown up children. Madho, 92, was Amras father-inlaw from her first marriage. The third victim, Gyatri Devi, 23, was Amras daughter from her first marriage. Justice Goundar said Naths cultural background and upbringing were the same as that of his wife and that should not have led him to kill on rumours and suspicion about his wife being unfaithful.

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Two men accused of murdering Auckland man Shalvin Prasad by burning him alive got tattoos together two days after he was found dead. Bryne Permal, 20 and Shivneel Shahil Kumar, 18, are charged with the murder of Shalvin Prasad, 21, whose scorched body was discovered a fortnight ago on the side of a rural road in South Auckland. Prasad was killed hours after taking $30,000 from his bank account, though the significance of the money is not yet known. Police believe Prasad was alive when he was set on fire. Two days after the alleged murder, Permal boasted on his Facebook page that he and Kumar had gotten tattoos. "Awesome day out with Shivneel Kumar getting tattoos together... Brothers LOOKN GUD together," he wrote. Permal was denied name suppression in the Manukau District Court last

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week though he appealed that decision in the High Court. Justice Timothy Brewer denied the application but suppressed the grounds on which the name suppression appeal was brought. In court last week, Judge David McNaughton, suppressed all details of the case against the two men. The judge also refused media permission to photograph either of the accused on the basis he was ''unable to determine whether the identity of the defendants will be an issue'' at trial. Police said they were still looking for some property belonging to Prasad, including the keys to his Toyota Rav4, a house key, a steering wheel lock key, his wallet, ASB eftpos card and driver's licence. Please week police revealed a third man Last change: 5 was fixed @ 2.94% year being investigated in relation 5 "acts Variable @ 2.60%, Prime-0.40, the year carried out in the days after murder". Prime @ 3% Both accused were remanded in 3 custody. @ 2.65% years fixed
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Australia May Lose Fiji Influence: Rabuka AUSTRALIA will lose its political and strategic influence in Fiji if it doesn't
restore good relations as soon as possible, the Pacific nation's former prime minister says. Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka told a meeting in Sydney that Asian powers, such as China, were building new relationships with Fiji while Australia hid "behind a wall of political correctness". Another speaker at the 2nd International Defence and Security Dialogue on Tuesday said Australia had "lost the plot" in regard to security in the region. Major-General Rabuka, who led a military coup in 1987, said it was important to quickly restore relationships because of the attention and influence Fiji was getting from Asia. "While the past 25 years of the Australia-Fiji relationship has been strained and dominated by isolationism and a diplomatic feud, Australia must realise that the longer the isolation, the more difficult the restoration," he told the forum on Tuesday. "After Fiji normalizes its own national political situation, Fiji will expect the quick restoration of bilateral relationship with Australia". Australia-Fiji relations have been strained since Fiji's government was overthrown in 2006 by a military coup staged by Commodore Frank Bainimarama, now Fiji's prime minister. Australia has also imposed financial and travel sanctions on Fiji until democracy is restored. But Fiji has been pursuing relationships with other countries and has upped its involvement with the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), which includes Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, the forum was told. Professor Richard Herr, from the Centre for International and Regional Affairs at the University of Fiji, said Australia had "lost the plot" about regional security. He said Australia had become lax in its involvement with the MSG and risked "becoming an outsider looking in" when it came to Pacific island relations. Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced in July last year that Australia would restore diplomatic relations with Fiji. In December, career diplomat Margaret Twomey was appointed High Commissioner to Fiji and is due to start the posting within weeks.

MINERAL exploration expenditure for the past five years from 20072011 totaled more than $83.57million while quarries including quarried rock, gravel and sand averaged $5m over the past five years. And given the high mineral commodity prices globally and the increasing activity in the mineral sector, Mineral Resources Department director Malakai Finau said there was room for improvement in the local mining industry. He said the mineral exploration expenditure for the five years to 2011 did not include the production figures for gold. With two mine productions at Vatukoula and Nawailevu, he said two other mines were yet to come on line. "There are also about 50 exploration licences that are current at the moment. "The mining sector has contributed its fair share to the economy for the past 50 years or so, using Vatukoula as a case in point where mining (gold and

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silver) has been produced for more than half a decade," Mr Finau said. "Mineral exploration which is the search and investigation for minerals had commenced well before the commencement of mining. "For gold production, ever since the recommencement of mining operations in Vatukoula since the temporary closure in 2006, gold and silver production had increased steadily from an export value of $26.722m to more than $100m in 2011 and 2012 this is looking at the figures for the past five years." Despite a disappointing Gross Domestic Product contribution over two decades, Mr Finau said the trend had been decreasing from a peak of approximately 3.4 per cent in 1989 to a low of about 0.3 per cent in 2008. "This had since improved to approximately 1 per cent mark where it had hovered for the years 2010 to 2011. "This seems to reflect the boom in the gold prices from 2008," he said.

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Air Pacific Pilots Undergo Airbus Training


The first lot of Air Pacific pilots who will fly the incoming Airbus A330-200 are currently undergoing training at the Airbus Facility in Miami, Florida in the United States. This comes as our national airline prepares for the arrival of the first of the three brand new Airbus A330 on March 19. The airline said the intensive sixweek training will see eight pilots get certified to fly the A330-200s. This transition training will cover everything from learning Airbus aircraft systems and fly-by-wire design philosophy to flight training in full motion and full visibility flight simulators. Air Pacific said it expected 50 of its pilots to ultimately undergo the transition training process which is required to move them from flying Boeing 747/767/737 aircraft into the new Airbus A330s. Air Pacific chief pilot, Captain Josua Cavalevu, said once the pilots complete their A330 transition training and pass theory examinations and regulatory check-rides, they will then start flying the new aircraft. They will be getting their initial operating experience with the assistance of experienced instructors from Airbus and other highly-qualified and experienced A330 pilots and instructor pilots from overseas, he said. Overseas pilots to fill training gap Captain Cavalevu confirmed Air Pacific plans to hire some highlyqualified overseas A330 pilots and instructors. This will be while the airline trains its local pilots and ensures flight operations team get their Airbus qualifications and gain flight and operational experience flying the new fly-by-wire A330 aircraft. We also expect to need some B747 and B737 pilots from overseas to crew our existing aircraft while we train and transition our local pilots on the new aircraft, he said. Air Pacific managing director and chief executive, Dave Pflieger, said: Fijian pilots are already excellent aviators. They will now undergo world-class training and transition programmes to prepare to fly Airbus A330s. This means they will further strengthen their skills, experience and reputation and contribute to Fijis already strong corps of aviation professionals. Air Pacifics management pilots have already undergone training at the Airbus Headquarters and manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France. This will be the first time the national carrier will fly Airbus aircraft. The other two Airbus will arrive in May and November.

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German Banks Assist In Airbus Purchase


Fijis national Airline, Air Pacific has selected two German-based international aviation banks to assist in the purchase for its new A330-200 aircraft. In a statement, the airline soon to be flying Fiji Airways said the banks, KfW IPEX-Bank and Helaba, will assist them for European export credit financing for its three new A330-200 aircraft. Managing Director and chief executive of Air Pacific, Dave Pflieger expressed his delight in the partnership. The choice of KfW IPEX-Bank and Helaba as our banking partners is an incredibly successful outcome. Both institutions have long experience and excellent reputations in the aircraft financing business, and we are keen to build long-term relationships with them. This strong demonstration of confidence in Air Pacific (soon to be Fiji Airways) indicates how highly international financing entities view Fijis national carrier and Fiji itself, Pflieger said. The selection of the two banking partners, the airline said, is the result of a highly competitive RFP process which attracted seven firm proposals involving separate banks, including five of the top global Export Credit banking groups. The process was overseen by SkyWorks Capital, LLC. Air Pacific said the move to finalise financing of its new aircraft follows the successful completion of purchase agreements in late 2012 with Airbus and Rolls-Royce. The new airbus is expected to replace the airlines current Boeing 747 fleet. The first aircraft delivery will be in March, 2013, with the second and third aircraft arriving in May and November, 2013. The A330-200s are the first brand new wide-body aircraft ever purchased by the 60-year- old national airline, and they are valued in the Airbus catalogue at a price of USD $600 million ($F1.069 billion).

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FOUR moneychangers of Singapore have been fined by a Singaporean court for failing to record transactions of nearly $720,000. Singapore news agency Straitstimes. com reported Amit Hamja Shaik Dawood, Sheik Allavudeen S Omar and Nizamudeen D M Syed Ahmad were fined $15,000 each while the fourth, Abdul Jaleel NK Mohamed Ali, was fined $24,000 for committing two offences. Singaporean Money-Changing and Remittance Business Act requires licensees to keep a complete record of transactions of above $5000. The men pleaded guilty last week. The court heard three port workers broke into a container on a ship docked at Jurong Port on August 19, 2010, and stole $F1million. The money, all in $20 notes, was part of a shipment of newly-printed currency worth $F202 million en route from London to Fiji.

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CANNED fish exported to Fiji's main markets overseas earns $200million annually and this can further boost the fishing industry if there is growth in the European Union market for fresh, frozen and chilled fish. Ministry of Fisheries and Forests permanent secretary Inoke Wainiqolo said the main export countries for Fiji's canned fish were Australia, New Zealand and the EU. He said the EU was one of the biggest markets for Fiji in terms of the fishing industry and negotiations were in the pipeline to grow the industry with an outcome expected to be finalised in March. "When we enter into this market, we expect the value to be more than what we are currently having. We are valueadding resources such as fresh, frozen and chilled fish," he said. Ministry of Industry and Trade permanent secretary Shaheen Ali said Fiji and the Pacific ACP's success in securing favourable Rules of Origin for the export of cooked or processed fish (commonly known as global sourcing provision) was the result of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations. "The ministry is now working with firms such as Golden Ocean to extend these favourable rules to fresh, frozen and chilled fish, under the Comprehensive EPA," Mr Ali said. "The rules agreed under the EPA did not only impact Fiji's trade with the EU but is likely to impact Fiji's future trade with Australia and New Zealand. "So as a business, even if you have no plans to focus on the EU market, it is still important that you take part in these consultations, especially if you are exporting, planning to export or are in competition with countries such as Australia and New Zealand." Mr Ali said EPA was seen as a vehicle of trade the private sector was the driver while the Rules of Origin provided the engine for the vehicle or the trade agreement. "Fijian private sector has an important role in this process. From a regional perspective, you have experience and could lead regional exports into the EU. The gains made in negotiations with your help will also benefit the region," he said. This contribution, Mr Ali said, had been recognised by government and led to significant reforms in trade.

Currency Launched To Ease Fiji, China Trade Imbalance


Tourism, agri industry benefits expected
The current trading imbalances between Fiji and China can be leveraged should the Chinese Renminbi be accepted as the trade invoicing currency. This was highlighted by ANZ Greater China Economic Research chief economist, Li-Gang Liu, at the Holiday Inn Suva. He was talking at the 2012 Markets Economic Seminar. The ANZ Fiji Chinese Renminbi currency trading was officially launched at the Holiday Inn Suva. China is running a trade surplus of almost US$200 million (FJ$356.5 million), whereas Fiji exports less than US$25 million (FJ$44.5 million) to China. Mr Liu said this trade is very much imbalanced. China runs the trading surplus with Fiji and if we can see tourism pick up in the near future, then tourist spending in Fiji could offset the current trade surplus China is running with Fiji, Mr Liu said. If Renminbi can be used in Fiji this means that Chinese tourists do not have to change their currency from Renminbi to the US dollar or other trade currency with the Fijian dollar that will facilitate their stay in Fiji. This too can see positive impact with Fijis agriculture dealings with China Mr Liu said. He said as far as the Pacific Islands was concerned, only Papua New Guinea was running a surplus in terms of trading with China. Mr Liu said: We know since 2010, China has already become the second largest economy in the world and it is very natural to think that Renminbi will become a more widely used currency globally in the future. Renminbi could also become a trade invoicing currency between China and its major trading partners and I think it has the capacity to compete with major currencies globally. Renminbi benefits The expansion of Renminbi could aid cross-border settlement to all enterprises with an import-and-export licence in China. It also allows further flexibility for both Chinese and foreign companies. This can be to better manage their trade finance and transaction needs. The hope is that by 2015, Renminbi can become a convertible currency in any country. Chinese tourism spend Mr Liu said the trade and economic relationship between Fiji and China has increased quite strongly for several years. This growth can further be enhanced with the emerging Chinese middle class that will contribute to Fijian tourism, he said. We have found that around 17 million people in 2011 went abroad and the farther they go, the more spending they tend to do. Fiji is very well-endowed in natural resources, beautiful island and I think in the future, more Chinese could come to Fiji for their vacation and this could make a contribution to the economy. Launch of Chinese Renminbi ANZ launched its offshore Renminbi capabilities for corporate and commercial customers doing business with China. ANZ Pacific and Fiji chief executive Vishnu Mohan said the Chinese Renminbi banking solutions is a significant milestone in the banks further expansion capabilities to support Chinese customers. Despite the increasingly uncertain global outlook, the internationalization of Renminbi continues to be an important global event which will dominate markets for the next decade, Mr Mohan said. There is huge potential for us to support our clients trading and doing business with China. To Advertise in The Fiji Pages Call 604.909.4088

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A MEMORANDUM of Agreement (MOA) was signed between the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women & Poverty Alleviation and Fiji Corrections Services for the rehabilitation of exoffenders under governments Yellow Ribbon Program. At the official signing of the agreement this week, the Ministrys acting permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said the agreement is line with cabinets decision in 2009 which endorsed the deployment of $100,000 annually from the Ministrys Poverty Alleviation Program budget provision to the Fiji Corrections Services. The release of funds to the Fiji Corrections Services will be governed by a Memorandum of Agreement which will clearly specify key accountabilities of the two parties involved. The funds are dedicated for sole purpose of In Care and After Care Rehabilitation of prisoners and ex-offenders. It will provide an incentive for them to rebuild their lives and be reintegrated into societies. Dr Koroivueta said. He said the agreement has been signed annually for the last 3 years and the Ministry works with the Corrections Services to monitor the success of these projects.

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The Ministry will work together with Correction Services to do an impact evaluation to see how it has empowered beneficiaries to improve their livelihood, he said. The Commissioner of Correctional Services Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu acknowledged the ministry for its continued partnership and highlighted the advantages of the yellow ribbon project. On behalf of Fiji Corrections Services, I thank the Ministry for the support it has provided over the years. We have carried out the rehabilitation program so that inmates can be released back to their communities and can be counted as citizens who contribute towards to national development. With the $75,000 that was given last year the program has benefited 385 inmates. I have visited some of the inmates who are the beneficiaries from this program and I am really proud to mention here this morning that we have seen the positive change. They have reintegrated back into their communities and are doing well in terms of supporting their livelihood through small businesses and agricultural projects, the Commissioner Corrections reiterated.

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Minister Mahendra Pal Chaudhry has filed his clients stay application on proceedings brought against him for alleged breaches of foreign currency controls. Chaudhry faces three counts of breaches of the Exchange Control Act. Chaudhry appeared before Justice Paul Madigan with his lawyer Anand Singh, who presented the State with copies of the motion and affidavits for a stay application filed in the registry a day before. State lawyer Nancy Tikoisuva has until March 8 to file a response to Mr Singhs application and Mr Singh has until March 22 to file a response on his clients behalf if need be.

The Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) plans to drive the sugar sector into a billion dollar industry come 2017. This revelation was highlighted as the corporation signed a $272,837 land lease with the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources in Suva. Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman, Abdul Khan, said the corporation plans to increase the volume of our sugarcane from two million tonnes to 4.5 million tonnes. If we can get that, then it give us roughly about half a million tonnes of raw sugar and that half a million will give us close to about half billion dollars, Mr Khan said. He said this revenue will also be generated through the by-products of sugar such as ethanol which is showing positive signs at this point in time. The other thing also is rather than sending our sugar away to someone else to refine which is about 100 Euros (FJ$233) per tonne, we can capture some of that value thats available on raw sugar as well, he said. When put together with cogeneration and specialised products, youre looking at over a billion dollars in sugar. Positive signs And while the sugar industry could have been declared technically insolvent a few years back, Permanent Secretary for Sugar Lieutenant-Colonel Manasa Vaniqi said it is showing positive signs.

Sugar To Be Made Billion Dollar Industry By 2017

The industry has made a positive turnaround from the last 15 years and the Fijian Government has put in place a timeframe to try and resurrect the sugar industry, he said. That has been achieved and we have put in place a new Strategic Action Plan for the sugar industry that has been endorsed by cabinet. With these positive moves, Mr Vaniqi said: Our farmers are coming back. New land lease Meanwhile, Mr Khan said the 1700acre land lease in Seaqaqa in Labasa is expected to produce 60,000 tonnes of sugarcane per harvesting season. If you work on roughly 40 tonnes per acre, our aim is to get to about 100 tonnes per hectare and put them all together well have about 60,000 of sugar cane per harvesting season, he said. But the first season we will get nothing but then in second season you get 60,000 but then you can turn it around for about five to seven years. Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi said prior to this lease, the land was mortgaged but was unproductive for 20 years while the lease was owned by the Fiji Development Bank. After negotiations with the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the former Commissioner North-Inia Seruiratu, it was concluded the land would be utilised well under the corporation, he said.

bail variation made by Chaudhrys lawyer in relation to his Australia travel on March 3 was granted by Justice Madigan. Chaudhry, who is expected to return on March 18, is travelling to Australia for medical reasons. The court ordered that Chaudhrys passport be released on February 28 or thereafter and to be returned to the High Court registry on on or before March 20. A date for hearing of stay application will be made some time in April. Chaudhry will go to trial starting on September 23 this year. The case will be called again on March 22 for mention.

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Nine Year Old Student Wins Promotion NINE-year-old Lucieann Tupua was adding that because of the promotions,
given a reason to smile after winning $500 as part of Westpac Bank's new branch opening promotions. The bank's head of marketing Nirmala Nambiar said the promotion had been running since Westpac launched its new branch in Lautoka last month. "Since the opening of this branch on January 24, we have been running an account opening campaign," she said. "The first week, we had two draws, and from then we have been having weekly draws till last Friday. They won $100 to their account. This was an initiative to allow people to come and open up accounts with us," Ms Nambiar said,

business at the new branch was good. "People have listened to the advertisements we put out for a new branch, they have done well. Looking at the number of new accounts, it is really good," she said. St Thomas Primary School student Lucieann was among those who opened a new bank account with Westpac. "It was a birthday present from my parents. I feel like a big girl and I will save this money for my education," she said. Her mother Mareta Mario said the announcement was unexpected. "This is her first account and I feel really happy for her."

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We asked Tuinaceva why the Fiji Police Force, President and Cabinet Ministers are exempt under the decree. He said they are following overseas standards. Tuinaceva also stressed that offences detected by a speed camera will be on an owner onus basis meaning the vehicle owner will be held liable. He said infringement notices will be given to the owner of the vehicle within 24 hours and if the owner was not driving at the time they need to let LTA know as soon as possible. Fines for the offences range from $50$300.

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Fiji One Of Worlds Most Dynamic In ICT Development


Fiji's performance in delivering information and communications technology (ICT) services and infrastructure to its citizens has been ranked among the world's most dynamic by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In the ITU's annual review of more than 150 countries delivery of ICT infrastructure and services to their populations, Fiji was the only small island developing state to be given special recognition. Fiji tied for the third largest improvement of any country, moving up five places to 88th. And in percentage terms, Fiji ranked 4th globally, improving by 14 per cent. The ITU's annual report - entitled Measuring the Information Society attributed Fiji's success to strong growth in mobile-broadband penetration; extension of 3G coverage; the development of Fiji's and the Pacifics first national broadband plan; the Fijian Government's commitment to making Internet access affordable; and the expansion of e-Government services. The findings of the report were welcomed by the Attorney-General and Minister for Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who described them as a strong endorsement of the ICT reforms being undertaken by the Bainimarama Government. We have adopted a holistic approach to ICT reform in Fiji by combining a national framework for ICT development with effective and pragmatic policies and initiatives to deliver results directly to the Fijian people, he said. The Attorney-General added that he expected Fiji to remain on the list of most dynamic countries and for its rank to continue to improve. Since this report was conducted, we have introduced a number of exciting new initiatives, he said. The Attorney-General mentioned that as part of the Bainimarama Governments Universal Access Program, network coverage - including 3G - would continue to expand to areas that currently have poor or no coverage. The Bainimarama Government has also eliminated all duty on smart phones to make them more affordable for ordinary Fijians. We expect this will dramatically improve access to data services and the Internet with the expansion of broadband access through mobile phones, he said. The Attorney-General pointed to the Bainimarama Governments Telecentre initiative, which is expected to bring regular Internet access to more than 60,000 Fijians including 5,000 schoolchildren by the end of the year. Currently, we are also in the process of establishing domestic Internet exchange points (IXPs) and of bringing 4G to Fiji. With 4G, highspeed Internet access and premium data services will be available to Fijians, the Attorney-General said. The Attorney-General is in Spain this week to deliver a keynote address at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

FIJI has been ranked 15th among those countries most at risk to environmental disasters following the occurrence of two major floods and the tropical cyclone in the west last year. According to the United Nations World Risk Report 2012, Fiji had a 13.6 per cent chance of a natural disaster occurring each year. The study, carried out by the United Nations University, points out the link between environmental degradation and natural disasters. The study showed that "as the WRR 2012

points out, it has been well established that, for example, agribusiness increases soil erosion, and that the loss of mangroves and wetlands alongside rivers remove natural protection against flooding. "The risk of landslides is also increased by heavy precipitation, deforestation and farming on steep slopes." For this reason, AusAID acting counselor Tim Gill, said poverty and disaster affected people's lives and are more than just sad stories. "Good development practice is not just about having systems in place but as

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we need to harness and ensure we are investing in disaster risk reduction before a disaster event occurs." While attending a round table discussion in Lautoka recently, Mr Gill highlighted the effectiveness of Australia's TC Evan assistance to Fiji and lessons learnt as a means of informing future disaster co-ordination and response efforts.

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Students To Benefit From One Laptop Per Child Program

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Primary school students will now have access to better technology and enhance their computer knowledge and skills through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme. Navesi Primary School students in our students would use these laptops to Lami were all smiles as the school complete their class based assessment received a donation of 50 XO laptops projects. from the Bank of the South Pacific We have also made arrangements (BSP). for internet connection at our new The head teacher of Navesi Primary computer lab to enable students carry School, Mr Taubale Mocevakaca said out their researches here at the labs. I the timely assistance, made possible am sure this assistance would go a long through the joint efforts of the Ministry way in preparing our children for the of Education, University of the South technologically changing world out Pacific (USP) and BSP, would see their there, Mr Mocevakaca emphasized. students acquire computer skills at an BSPs marketing manager Mr Nirdesh early age of six years. Singh is hopeful that their $2million Mr Mocevakaca said that in addition contribution towards the OLPC to the donation, the school would program would ultimately boost the receive about 150 more laptops later students academic performance. so that each child at the school gets an USP had also made a significant opportunity to use a laptop. contribution by offering free education This assistance is just a start for the to teachers of the beneficiary schools many other good things to come for on the proper use of the new laptops. our children as an official launching of The E-learning lecturer for the School the program would be held on the 22nd of Education at USP, Mr Ian Thompson of next month, Mr Mocevakaca said. highlighting on the need of taking good We are grateful to the stakeholders care of the equipment, said it now for working in partnership with depended on the teachers and students the Education Ministry and the to capitalise of the vital assistance government in ensuring better, quality provided. and accessible education for the Teaching the teachers was a long children of Fiji. training process and a difficult one The head teacher added that the too because of the way they had been schools selection to pilot the OLPC teaching. Things are going to be program is indeed a beneficial one different now as modern and advanced not only for the students but for the technology is involved. It would be community at large. like what Australia and New Zealand We have a roll of 216 students have, Mr Thompson added. at Navesi Primary School and our Meanwhile, Nabua Primary School and students come from as far as Qauia, Draiba Primary School also received a Delainavesi and nearby areas. Many of similar donation from BSP.

For the first time, dialysis treatment will be offered in Fiji free. This comes after the Kidney Foundation of Fiji (KFOF) signed a memorandum of agreement with the Health Ministry in Suva. The agreement will allow, for the first time, people who require dialysis treatment to be able to access it here free of charge instead of having to pay to go abroad for the treatment. Speaking at the signing Minister Dr Neil Sharma said the agreement would save many people a lot of money and save lives. "This agreement provides patients the ability to have three treatments a week for three months, giving them time to make up their minds about whether

they want a transplant or not," he said. "Many may not need a transplant and the three-month treatment will actually cure them. However, because of certain financial constraints, we cannot give them the treatment longer than three months." Dr Sharma confirmed the current budget for the one-year agreement was $160,000. Acknowledging the ministry's assistance, KFOF founder Deewan Maharaj said Fiji was now the cheapest provider of dialysis. "In Fiji in the past, around 95 per cent of those who required dialysis treatment would just die, while the remaining 5 per cent were the ones who could afford to go to New Zealand and Australia for treatment," he said.

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A330S Flight Schedule By Air Pacific


Air Pacific, Fijis national carrier, has released an updated network schedule, highlighting routes to be served with its soon-to-arrive A330 aircraft. In a release, the Air Pacific said the first A330 commercial flight will provide passengers with a pre-Fiji Airways sneak peak of the airline's 24 business and 249 economy class seats, between Nadi, Fiji and Auckland, New Zealand on April 2nd. The pre-Fiji Airways sneak peak flights will provide passengers with an exciting opportunity to fly on the new A330 with its enhanced level of comfort and new in-flight entertainment, before the carrier changes its name offers a new service model and re-brands to become Fiji Airways in June 2013. The arrival of new aircraft is also expected to result in increased frequencies to Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles throughout 2013. While the revised schedules reflect an earlier than expected delivery date of the airline's first A330 from Airbus, other highlights of the changes include: New Zealand Fiji - A330 service from Nadi to Auckland five times a week from April to July Australia - Fiji - A330 service from Nadi to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne - Brisbane will be the first city in Australia to see the A330 on April 21st, with the A330 flying there five times a week until July - Sydney A330 flights start on June 8th. Weekly flights by A330 and B737 aircraft will increase from 13 to 14 in September, offering customers a double daily every day of the week and up to 17 flights a week during the peak season. - The first Melbourne A330 flight will be in December. Combined A330 and B737 frequencies will increase from 5 to 6 in the December peak period. Hong Kong Fiji - The A330 will begin flights to Hong Kong starting on April 4th, flying there every Thursday and Saturday, with the last B747 flight taking place at the end of March. A third A330 flight will be added in January 2014 following the arrival of the airline's third new A330. United States Fiji A330s to Los Angeles and new B737 departure times to Honolulu. - The United States will see its first A330 flight to Los Angeles on July 1st. The current schedule of four B747 flights a week to LAX will be replaced with a mix of A330 and B747 services offering extra frequencies until November when the A330s will fully take over the route with daily service (7 flights per week). In addition, during peak travel periods, weekly flights will increase to 8 flights a week. - Honolulu (via Apia) B737 flights will now depart Nadi at 13:35, instead of the current departure time of 20:50 - With the extra flights and an improved schedule, passengers will have more connecting flight opportunities via stop-over or continuation flights to Australia, New Zealand, the US and Hong Kong and nearby Pacific Islands. In addition, extra flights will allow better connections to intra-Fiji destinations, via Air Pacifics subsidiary carrier Pacific Sun, offering visitors to Fiji even better opportunities to spend more time in Fijis stunning outer islands like Taveuni, Vanua Levu (Savusavu), Kadavu, and the Mamanuca, Yasawa, and Lau group islands. The entire Air Pacific team is thrilled about the opportunity to start showing our regular customers and new visitors to Fiji our new state-of-the-art A330s in just 41 days, said David Pflieger, Air Pacifics outgoing Managing Director & CEO." While our goal has always been to offer our customers the best flying experience in the Pacific, our new planes are going to make a huge difference in our ability to deliver on that promise, and we will be revealing even better service and other surprises when we officially become Fiji Airways later this year. By the end of 2013, Air Pacific will have retired its B747s, repainted and upgraded all of its B737s, rolled out new uniforms, and introduced a number of new customer service enhancements to reflect and elevate the new brand of Fiji Airways.

Austrias Envoy Presents Credentials

HE President Nailatikau with Austrian Ambassador The new nonresident ambassador for Economics. the Republic of Austria, Dr Helmut The Austrian ambassador also Boeck presented his credentials to His previously was the permanent Excellency, the President, Ratu Epeli representative of Austria to the United Nailatikau at Government House. Nations from 2008 to May 2012 and Dr Boeck holds a doctorate in law from was the head of the Department for the University of Innsbruck, Austria International Organisations. and a Master of Science in International The nonresident ambassador will be Relations from the London School of based in Canberra, Australia.

More Vocational Opportunities To Be Offered For Students


The Ministry of Education will continue to strengthen programs to promote Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in secondary schools this year. The ministry plans to provide quality vocational training centers in 13 secondary schools around the country which will cost a total of $200,000. Director TVET at the Education Ministry, Ms Alumica Tuisawau said that to enhance technical vocational education, secondary schools have been provided with free TVET textbooks, tools, equipment and machines. This is to top up their existing equipment inventory. A portion of the MOE tuition grant that is given to secondary schools annually are meant specifically for TVET subjects, Ms Tuisawau said. MOE had in 2012 introduced the mainstreaming of vocational courses in 62 secondary schools whereby students preparing for their Form 6 and Form 7 exams were given vocational skills training. Ms Tuisawau said that this had been gainful to the students as they gained a trade certification as well after the completion of the exams. She added that more than 60 schools are set to introduce the course this year while the rest of the schools would come on board in 2014. All Secondary school students are exposed to some TVET subjects in schools at Form 3 and 4 levels. Some may choose to continue at higher forms while some choose other subjects. With the introduction of Mainstreaming of Vocational Courses in secondary schools, all students at Forms 5, 6 and 7 will go through vocational skills training whilst they pursue their Fiji School Leaving Certificate and Fiji Seventh Form Examination. The ministry has also assisted students who wish to further their TVET training at tertiary level, in paying their training fees. We do not get direct feedback from the universities on the students interest in regards to TVET courses but we are aware that quite a number of our vocational courses in schools are franchised to the Fiji National University (FNU). Many students enroll into these courses simply because once they are enrolled; they are assured of a place at FNU once they successfully complete their courses in school. In most cases, they complete stages 1 & 2 of a Trade Course in school and then complete at FNU, Ms Tuisawau highlighted. Stressing on the benefits of this training, the director said that students gain lifelong skills through TVET courses. These skills would be useful at home, in their communities or to pursue further tertiary qualification. TVET students are also being taught entrepreneurship where they are taught how to start a small business. With the trade skills they gain, if they are not able to find employment, they could start a small business from home in automotive, baking, carpentry and joinery depending on the trade they have acquired while in school, Ms Tuisawau added.

Korea Offers Scholarship Awards

Civil servants in Fiji are now being offered two Masters Scholarships by the Government of the Republic of Korea. The successful applicants will be studying Development Cooperation Policy at the Seoul National University and the duration of study will be for a year beginning August 30, 2013. Public Service Commission permanent secretary, Parmesh Chand said that this is a wonderful opportunity for our public servants given our emphasis on building improved capacities for the development of a professional public service. We will definitely utilize this opportunity and are deeply appreciative

of the offer of assistance by the Government of the Republic of Korea in this instance, he said. The scholarship will cover tuition fees, living allowance, meals, textbook and materials and overseas travel insurance, study visit and field trips and return airfare. Applicants must be a Fiji citizen, under 35 years of age and must be a civil servant specifically recommended by the respective Permanent Secretary. More application details can be obtained from the PSC website www.psc.gov. fj. Those applying must submit their applications to the PSC Overseas Training Unit no later than March 4, 2013.

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Fijis Court of Appeal has put Laisenia Qarases application on notice in order to give the judges' time to make a decision. This after appeal submissions were made by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) lawyer Michael Blanchflower and Qarases lawyer Queens Counsel Remy Van De Wiel. In his submission, Van De Wiel told the court that Justice Priyantha Fernando who had presided over Qarases trial did not put forward any alternative scenario for the three assessors to consider before deciding their verdict. Van De Wiel told the court that during the trial Justice Fernando did not consider that Qarase was not employed under the public service even though it was put forward by defence counsel Tupou Draunidalo. Van De Wiel told the court any responsible judge would have seen and analysed all facts and direct the assessors accordingly before any decision was made. He said Qarase was not a public servant while he was director of Fijian Holdings Limited, thus cannot be accused for abuse of office. The court heard there was no evidence submitted to back up claims that while being the director of FHL Qarase was also a trustee. He was nominated for the directors position by B-class share

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holders through the Minister for Fijian Affairs. The court also heard that a position of a public officer cannot be created if a person is nominated by shareholders of a company. Blanchflower said the three companies being FHL, Cicia Plantation Coop Society Limited and Mavana Investments Limited had a special nature. In his response Van De Wiel said the companies would have been special because it was established for a special reason which is to encourage the i-Taukei people to come out of their comfort zone and take part in business. Qarase is appealing his sentence and conviction of six counts of abuse of office and three counts of discharge of duty with respect to a property in which he has a private interest. Qarase while employed as director of Fijian Holdings Limited between 1992 and 2000 and as Financial Advisor of the Fijian Affairs Board and advisor to the Great Council of Chiefs, in abuse of the authority of his office, did arbitrary acts. Qarase applied in the name of Cicia Plantation Co-op Society Limited, Mavana Investments Limited and a family owned company named Q-Ten Investments Limited for the issuance and allotment of Class A shares in Fijian Holdings Limited.

New Nursing Program To Boost Fijis Health Reforms

Fijis national airline, Air Pacific soon to be Fiji Airways has received a lot of objections from individuals and organisations against a proposal to trademark the 15 kesakesa designs that appear in its logo/rebranding of the airline. Saimoni Seeto, an examiner at the Fiji Trademarks office said numerous objections have been received by his office. He however could not disclose the names of the organisations and individuals who have objected to the

Air Pacific Trademark Plan Draws Objections

proposal by Air Pacific as he was on leave. Air Pacifics application was published on one of the dailies on January 25, 2013. There is a three-month objection period for anyone who is against the move. The Registrar of Trademarks would then consider the formally lodged objections. Seeto said that the final confirmation will be given by the Minister for Industry and Trade, Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum.

The enrollment of more than 300 nurses into the inaugural Bachelor of Nursing program at the Fiji National University is expected to strengthen Fijis health sector reforms. More than 300 student nurses from the Fiji National Universitys School of Medicine and nurses from the TISI Sangam School of Nursing have enrolled into the program in what has been described as an enormous success for Fijis nursing sector. The Ministry of Healths Nursing Services director applauded the launch of the program and highlighted its impact on Fijis nursing profession. "The genesis of this new program would see nursing soaring to greater and newer heights in the world of academic excellence which is the cornerstone for constant development in the overall nursing profession," This marks a significant development for nursing and is specifically a major breakthrough in nursing education and has re-embarked to the upgrade of the undergraduate nursing qualification to the Bachelor level, Mrs Waqa said.

The Registrar of the Fiji National University Jone Dakuvula pointed out that while the new program is expected to boost Fijis health services, it will also provide an opportunity for nurses to seek employment opportunities outside the country. Nursing is an important profession and upgrading the standard of nursing education to another level is the paramount way to meet the high demand of nurses in Fiji and internationally, Dakuvula said. Earlier this month the Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma reaffirmed governments commitment towards the upgrading of the health sector while touring health centers in the western division. Funds have been allocated by the Bainimarama government to upgrade our health facilities in the western division because we need better facilities to be able to provide better health care for our people, Dr Sharma said. Plans are now under way to develop a Masters program for Nursing in Fiji.

Illegal Fijian Numbers Drop


THE number of Fijians residing illegally in New Zealand has decreased from an estimated 1055 in 2011 to 853 last year. This has been confirmed by the senior communications adviser for New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Angie Enoka. Ms Enoka said the latest estimate of the number of overstayers was conducted last year and that these have been marked for deportation. She said the 853 Fijians had overstayed their visas, breached their visa conditions, procured their visas by fraud or committed criminal offences.
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Central Division Earmarks Major Infrastructure Projects


A total of 4.5 million dollars has been allocated for the Public Sector Investment Projects (PSIP) program focusing on improving public infrastructures and facilities in the central division. Commissioner Central Laisenia Tuitubou highlighted that the different PSIP works that are planned for this year is also expected to drive economic growth in the country. PSIP works on infrastructure development in the Central Division this year will include the Beqa seawall, Navunituba Circular Road in Naitasiri, Mataisuva Eco-tourism electrification and water projects, the improvement of Naqelewai to Nasoqo road, Serua seawall projects, Natila village access road, ginger farm road, Veinuqa farm road, Wainadoi road drainage, 3 Irish crossing in Tailevu, 1 in Namosi and 1 in Rewa. He pointed out that PSIP works will include the Raviravi Nursing Station in Beqa, Namosi Government Station, Raviravi Nursing Station, Namosi Government Station and Mataisuva Eco-tourism electrification and water supply in Rewa. The Central Division is one of the largest divisions in Fiji because it covers 5 provinces namely Naitasiri, Serua, Namosi, Tailevu and Naitasiri.

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Interpol Chief Commends Fijis Leadership In The Region

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INTERPOL-General-Secretary-Mr-Ronal-Noble-and-Police-CommissionerBrigadier-General-Iowane-Naivalurua. Fijis presence and contribution towards global network, but its law enforcement the efforts International Criminal authorities have also shown their Police Organizations (INTERPOL) in willingness to go above and beyond the region was praised by the Secretary the call of duty in assisting other South General of INTERPOL Mr Ronal Pacific countries, even when they are Noble. not a member of INTERPOL, said Mr The chief of the global body highlighted Noble, highlighting a recent case where that Fijis contribution and its active assistance was provided to Vanuatu. membership in the region has been met He was also accorded an iTaukei with significant success. traditional ceremony of welcome During his first-ever mission to and toured the INTERPOL National Fiji, Mr Noble met the Minister of Central Bureau (NCB) in Suva which Defence Joketani Cokanasiga and provides a crucial link to the global Commissioner of Police Brigadier body. General Ioane Naivalurua and The INTERPOL Chief also said as highlighted the achievements of Fijis the only South Pacific country with police force and defence system. a seconded officer at the General Fiji clearly recognizes the added Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, value of being an INTERPOL member France, Fiji gains to strengthen and the country, its citizens and visitors its position among the global law are reaping the benefits of the countrys enforcement community. active involvement in global police During his six-day visit to the region, cooperation, said Secretary General Secretary General Noble met with Noble. senior police and government officials Not only does Fiji provide fast and across three countries including Papua efficient support to the INTERPOL New Guinea, Tonga and Fiji.

Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma (left) during his official tour to St. Giles Hospital The treatment of patients at the St Giles Institute that suffer from mental illness should improve through new specialised care services and newly renovated wards. This was emphasised by the Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma during special tour to the institute to oversee renovations currently being undertaken at the institute. As part of the ministrys capital project for 2013, the $300,000 facelift will focus on providing an enabling environment to assist in patient recovery and rehabilitation. There are a lot more complications in lifestyle diseases and the models of mental health approach have changed. We are seeing a lot more cases of anxiety, cases of depression with related cases of Non-communicable diseases, Dr Sharma said. We need more awareness on mental illness in our communities and people need to change their mindset towards these people because in the past stigmatisation has always been an issue. We will now have wards for the acute patients that will undergo treatment from specialised doctors; separate wards will be constructed to treat mentally disturbed patients and those that are physically challenged. Dr Sharma stressed that through specialised treatment, patients and their families should expect improved and efficient services that will greatly assist in the recovery process. Post graduate programs have been offered in our local universities to up skill doctors and nurses in this specialised area, Dr Sharma said. Mental health decree is beneficial not only to mental health patrons but also to those practicing mental health care to ensure the mental well-being and prosperity of Fijis population.

Sunergise, the new Pacific-wide renewable energy company, marked the completion of its inaugural installation at Port Denarau Marina. The installation was opened by the Attorney-General, Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum. Company director Ajay Raniga said their mission was to use a commercial model to bring clean energy to the people of Fiji and other Pacific nations. Sunergise works with businesses and communities to provide the best clean power solution for their needs, a solution that brings attractive savings in the near future while reducing the footprint on the environment. And in the process, Mr Raniga said they had helped to create energy independence and protection from rising oil prices. The system is the largest solar

Renewable Energy Launch For Fiji And The Pacific

installation for a marina anywhere in the world, and was also Fiji's largest ongrid commercial solar power generator. "The 122kilowatt (KW) systems weathered Tropical Cyclone Evan intact and are meeting its daily power requirements thanks to Nadi's abundance of sunshine hours," he said in a statement. "We are delighted that the Fijian government is taking a strong stance against climate change, and we welcome its support in helping to bring new technologies to provide clean, economical power to businesses and local communities." Port Denarau Marina managing director Nigel Skeggs said their company recognised the importance of protecting the marine and natural environment in a way that made good business sense.

Two men charged with one count of aggravated robbery have been sentenced to prison after they were found guilty. 49 year old Tevita Bulumakau has been sentenced to 8 and a half years imprisonment non parole of 7 years while 39 year old Meli Rokobui was handed a 7 year sentence. According to court records on January 30, 2012 at around 2.30am, a group of armed men forced their way into a home in Wainikoro, Labasa. The intruders who were wearing masks carrying knives and rods threatened the victim, his wife and

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The provision of fisheries equipment to the Ministry of Fisheries by the Korean Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest will improve service delivery to local fishing communities. While receiving the timely donation worth $155,000 in Lami this week, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests, Inia Seruiratu said the gesture by the Korean Government will improve the two countries broad co-operation. The donation includes a new SUV vehicle, office equipment including 15 computers, laptops with two photocopiers, life jackets, ice-making machines, spin dryers, sterilizers and a number of sports gears for badminton, baseball and football. Minister Seruiratu said since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Fiji and Korea in 1971, the two countries have maintained close, amicable and cooperative relations. He said that through these relations, a number of fisheries personnel have benefitted by way of capacity building and technical trainings in recent years. Fisheries personnel benefitted through short term fisheries technical training, mainly at Pukyong National

Timely Donation For Fisheries Department

eight Fisheries staff attended five weeks training in fisheries education and technology while two officers went to pursue Masters Degree. Korea has also assisted in expanding human networks in the fisheries sector in Fiji and the South Pacific through the 2012 Korea-South Pacific Fisheries Forum held at the University of the South Pacific four months ago. Meanwhile, Koreas Ambassador to Fiji H.E Hae-Wook Cheong said the donation demonstrates his governments commitment to strengthening friendly and constructive engagements with fisheries related authorities of the Pacific island countries. Fiji is strategically located in the centre of the South Pacific and has the potential to become the hub of transshipment, processing and export of fish and marine resources which will improve the income and quality of life, H.E Hae-Wook Cheong added.

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Aries:

A busy and profitable week at work. Some of you will be visiting a couple of offices for sales and marketing. You will receive favourable response from those you meet this week. Those looking for a new job will receive a suitable offer soon.

company of your beloved.

Cancer:

Taurus:

A busy week at work and yet you will not be able to conclude your task on schedule. However, you have ample time to attend to matters without causing any setback. Certain activities at home could be the distraction which you could rather avoid. Romance is the last thing on your mind in this week.

Overseas influence is strong and very beneficial. However, in business, try to work independently, for joint ventures and partnerships will not prove beneficial. The married or those in love who were having problem in their relationship will resolve these amicably. Romance returns in your relationship.

should be avoided for the time being. The single will receive proposal for marriage through a friend of their family.

and exciting. However, this would be brief in duration.

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You keep feeling slightly indisposed this week. Some of you are likely to take a day off to take complete rest. In any case, work wise your position is quite secured; hence you can take it easy for a day or two. Some of you would like to catch up on your correspondence or perhaps spend leisurely evenings in the

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New opportunities come along with expanding your work activities. Sudden gains are indicated through your fresh investments. Travel plans proceeds smoothly and you are likely to get benefitted through these. Love life is quite exciting and you will be making plans for future together.

A busy and tiring week at work. However, the successful completion of your task will make you happy and apply compensate for efforts you have put in. Your mate or beloved will make some exciting plans for you this week. The success of a long desired objective will make you feel optimistic about your future. You need to work hard to retain your position of advantage. Those travelling on work will conclude your task successfully and on time. Love life is full of excitement this week. Pisces: You will be attending to paper work, correspondence and going through documents this week. Those planning a journey will have to postpone their departure. A sudden illhealth of a member of your family may require your presence at home.

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A busy and profitable week at work. You will accomplish task at relative ease. Plans for evenings get-together proceeds smoothly and you will be meeting several new people at this gatherings.

You would be getting impatient with your routine work activities. However, you are advised not to bring about any changes for those could prove counterproductive. Fresh investments

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Travel related work proceeds smoothly and will be beneficial. Those associated with the fine arts or the media will be in the limelight. A new romantic interest in your life will become more intimate

Ingredients
1 full leg of lamb 4-6 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled cup fresh oregano leaves cup fresh rosemary leaves 12-18 sundried tomato halves in oil, well drained 2 tsp sugar cup white wine 4 large juicy tomatoes, quartered 400g can chickpeas, well drained (optional) 1 cup black olives 4 artichoke hearts, quartered cup fresh oregano leaves

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Wrap a slice of garlic and a few leaves of oregano and rosemary in a sundried tomato half and push into one of the deep cuts. Repeat with remaining ingredients. If wishing to brown the lamb: Heat a dash of oil in a frying-pan and brown the lamb well. Put the lamb into the slow cooker, sprinkle over the sugar and pour the wine around the meat. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours, until the lamb is well cooked. The lamb can be enjoyed at this time with the juices that have collected from the cooking. Or, you can finish the dish with the remaining ingredients as follows: Remove the lamb to a warm plate, cover and leave to rest. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas if using, olives, artichoke hearts and oregano. Cover and cook on high for 20-30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the lamb to a large meat platter and cover. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving. Sprinkle with flaky salt if wished. Tip: Allow sufficient resting time to ensure the lamb is juicy and moist when carved. Use a thin-bladed, very sharp

carving knife to cut into thin slices to serve. After carving the leg of lamb, the bone can be used to make soup. Add the bone to a stockpot of water with onion, carrot, celery and one packed of dried flavoured soup mix. Any meat remaining on the bones will fall off into the soup.

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Method

Turn the slow cooker on to low to prewarm while preparing the ingredients. Use a sharp, long, thin-bladed knife to make 12-18 deep slits all over the lamb. Slice each garlic clove in three.

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2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Marinade: 1 tablespoon light soy sauce 2 teaspoons rice wine 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 egg white 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Preparation:

2 garlic cloves 2 green onions 4 cups oil for deep-frying, or as needed 2 tablespoons black bean sauce 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Cut the chicken into small cubes. Add the chicken to the marinade ingredients, using your fingers to mix it in and adding the cornstarch last. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the remaining ingredients. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Cut the green onion on the diagonal into thirds. Heat the oil for deep-frying to between 360 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit. When the oil is hot, add the chicken cubes. Deepfry the chicken until browned (about 1 minute). Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels. Remove all but 2 tablespoons oil from

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the wok. Add the garlic and the bean sauce. Add the chicken back into the pan. Stir until it is glazed with the

sauce. Stir in the green onion. Remove from the heat. Stir in the sesame oil. Serve hot.

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Door Shuts On Thousands Of Cheap Foreign Workers


THOUSANDS of low-paid foreign workers will be stopped from coming into Australia and taking local jobs under a crackdown on visas. Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor revealed to the media that growth in the 457 visa program was "out of step" with skills shortages and said the Gillard Government had evidence "rogue employers" were abusing it to get cheap labour. The number of 457 visas has soared from 70,000 to 100,000 in the past two years. Mr O'Connor said while some industries and regions had genuine shortages that needed temporary foreign workers, laws and regulations needed to be beefed up to stop roots and close loopholes. He predicted this could stop "thousands" of foreign workers taking jobs from locals. "Rogue employers are deliberately employing people from overseas without giving a local a chance," he said. It is the second time in three days the Gillard Government has moved to stem pain on a hot political issue after it reversed a $107 million funding cut to Victorian hospitals. The changes, to be announced by Mr O'Connor, include: EXTRA investigation powers for inspectors to get information from bosses they suspect of being dodgy. with genuine skills shortages and the Government has evidence that some employers are using 457 visas to employ foreign workers over locals." It has found skilled Australian trades people earning $220,000 were undercut by foreign workers willing to accept $180,000. Pay levels have been especially manipulated in the IT industry in Melbourne. Low-skilled jobs have been dressed up as high-skilled ones with one company winning permission to bring in administrators who were really unskilled security guards. And a Melbourne "start-up" company that didn't make money was created just to secure a cheap foreign worker for other duties. Mr O'Connor also said the Government would examine the 457 visas of four Filipino welders at the centre of protests at a Werribee water project amid claims the system has been abused because there is no shortage of those skills in the area. Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said last year there was "room for expansion" of the 457 program and said the claims market was being flooded with foreign workers was "ridiculous".

A NEW test to prove jobs were for "genuine" skills shortages because some employers were creating positions that were really "unskilled and possibly not even a real job". CLOSING loopholes that allow foreign workers to be paid less than an Australian citizen by increasing from $180,000 to $250,000 the threshold at which they must pay "market rates". STOPPING employers creating their own market to manipulate pay rates. RAISING requirements for foreign

workers to speak English. RESTRICTING foreign workers being on-hired to a different employer in regions where there are not skill shortages. CHECKING that employers offer training for locals to fill skills shortages before they seek foreigners. "The Government cares about Australians getting jobs first," Mr O'Connor said. "It has become clear that the growth in the 457 program is out of step

Man Arrested Over University Campus Sex Attack


Police have arrested a man over the alleged indecent assault of a university student on a campus in Sydney's north. Early last Thursday, the 20-year-old Macquarie University student allegedly awoke to find a man assaulting her in her bedroom. The attack happened in the student housing accommodation in Marsfield, where it has emerged that up to 80 asylum seekers are being housed in a deal struck by the Red Cross and the company running the student accommodation. There are also claims that campus security staff failed to inform police of the incident for several hours, which has been described by university deputy vice chancellor Deidre Anderson as a "serious issue". Police arrested a 21-year-old Sri Lankan national at Central Station about 10:15am (AEDT) and took him to Surry Hills for questioning. Immigration Department spokesman Sandi Logan said on Twitter that the man was a Sri Lankan asylum seeker but that he was not a resident of the campus nor a Red Cross client.

A Sikh man has been admitted to a hospital after being shot at several times by some unidentified attackers in the US state of Florida. The victim Kanwaljit Singh, 46, was attacked by the truck-borne assailants near Daytona Beach last Saturday night. Accompanied by his son who managed to escape unhurt, Kanwaljit received multiple injuries in his thigh and torso and is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital. "Although no clear motive (behind the attack) has been established, initial indications are this shooting was not

Sikh Shot At In US In Suspected Hate Crime

a random act. There was no previous confrontation between occupants of either vehicle," Wayne Miller, Port Orange's Assistant Chief of Police was quoted as saying by local daily Daytona Beach News. Meanwhile, the authorities said that the incident of shooting will be probed by the agencies as a hate crime. Condemning the act, the Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund (SALDEF) and Sikh Coalition called on the law enforcement officials and requested them to conduct a thorough probe into the incident.

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Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Oscars Appearance, Reads Best Picture

Lost Continent Found On Floor Of Indian Ocean


Researchers believe they have discovered the remains of a lost ancient continent on the floor of the Indian Ocean. Lost continent themes including Atlantis, Mu and Lemuria have always fascinated scientists and fiction writers. But scientists led by Trond Torsvik from the University of Oslo say they have identified a micro-continent that sank beneath the western Indian Ocean, near Mauritius, millions of years ago. Professor Torsvik says he believes one part of the continent survived and now forms the Seychelles - an isolated group of islands between Madagascar and India. "At the moment the Seychelles is a piece of granite or continental crust which is sitting practically in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but once upon a time it was sitting north of Madagascar," he said. "What we're saying is that maybe this was much bigger and there are many of these continental fragments which are spread around in the Indian Ocean." Thousands of millions of years ago, all of Earth's landmasses were united in one massive continent, with India sitting next to Madagascar. Professor Torsvik says the continent probably submerged when India separated from Madagascar as the continental plates moved. The researchers were surprised to find ancient zircon minerals hundreds of millions of years older than expected at the site. Richard Arculus, a professor of geology at the Australian National University, has been reviewing the study published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. He says the zircon fragments were brought to the surface by volcanic activity from a piece of continental crust buried beneath the ocean. "Mauritius itself is located over on a bank which stretches from Mauritius itself, through what's called the Mascarene Plateau, up towards the Seychelles," he said. "We've known for a while that that's likely to be a micro-continent left behind as India has ruptured away from Madagascar." Professor Torsvik says the location of the submerged fragments could hold important benefits to the communities living above them. "Under the law of the sea, if you can demonstrate you have a piece of continental crust on which you can put your flag, you can immediately claim 200 nautical miles around it. And that's yours under the law of the sea to do what you like with economically," he said. "So there's some degree of economic significance to something that might be purely scientific in terms of its discovery."

The first lady appeared via video screen to present the top Oscar, an unexpected moment that shocked the audience. Introduced by Jack Nicholson, Obama paid tribute to Hollywood, celebrating movies "that lift spirits, broaden our minds and transport us to places we never imagined." "These nine movies took us back in time and all around the world," she said. "They made us laugh, made us weep, and they made us grip our armrests just a little tighter. They taught us that love can endure against all odds and transform our lives in the most surprising ways. And they reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle

Researchers say donkey, water buffalo and goat meat are being sold as beef burgers and sausages in South Africa. A study published by the local Stellenbosch University found that over two-thirds of tested samples contained species not declared in the product label. Researchers even found plant matter in the minced meat, burger patties, sausages and deli and dried meat. "Our study confirms that the mislabelling of processed meats is

Donkey meat found in South African burgers

if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage to believe in ourselves." Wearing the Naeem Khan dress she wore to the White House governors dinner earlier in the evening, the first lady made the unannounced appearance live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, officials said. "The Academy Awards approached the First Lady about being a part of the ceremony," said Communications Director Kristina Schake. "As a movie lover, she was honored to present the award and celebrate the artists who inspire us all - especially our young people - with their passion, skill and imagination."

commonplace in South Africa and not only violates food labelling regulations, but also poses economic, religious, ethical and health impacts," said animal sciences professor Louw Hoffman, in a statement on the university website. "Unconventional species such as donkey, goat and water buffalo were also discovered in a number of products." Hoffman says a lack of tough policing had facilitated the practice. "Even though we have local regulations that protect consumers from being sold falsely described or inferior foodstuffs, we need these measures to be appropriately enforced," he added. The news follows a similar meat scandal in Europe, where horsemeat has been found in so-called beef readymade meals and burgers. On Monday, IKEA became the latest company to withdraw products after traces of horsemeat was found in its meatballs.

Scientists believe one part of the continent survived and now form the Seychelles.

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Nepalese Woman Scales Mount Everest Twice Within Days

South Korea Swears In First Female President

A NEPALESE climber was confirmed as the first woman to scale Mount Everest twice in a single season, Guinness World Records said, after she made the second summit within days of the first. Chhurim Sherpa, 29, reached the 8,848-metre peak on May 12 last year before returning to base camp for a well-earned rest and then repeating the stunning feat a mere week later. "I am very happy for this recognition. I was determined that the record should be held by a Nepalese woman and I'm proud to be one," said Ms Sherpa, from Nepal's eastern hills. Another Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu, died on her descent after becoming the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain in 1993. Her feat was followed by 21 Nepalese women but no female climber in the world had ever managed two ascents in one season before Chhurim Sherpa. "Climbing Everest turns out to be very tough for women like me because there are no toilets. Five of us had to share a tent," she told reporters at a ceremony in the capital Kathmandu to hand her the official record certificate. Around 3,000 people have made it to the top of Everest since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first conquered it in 1953. The summit season on Everest begins in late April when a small window between spring and the summer monsoon offers the best conditions for making the ascent.

Nepalese climber Chhurim Sherpa, who holds the world record for women climbing Everest twice in one season, poses with her Guinness certificate in Kathmandu

South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, has been sworn in the capital, Seoul. The historic event, held in front of the National Assembly building, was attended by an estimated 70,000 people. The 18th presidential inaugural ceremony included a 21-gun salute and a performance from Korean rapper Psy, whose song Gangnam Style has been a global hit. Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce was among the international dignitaries attending the ceremony. In her inauguration speech, Ms Park took a strong stance on North Korea, demanding Pyongyang abandon its nuclear ambitions immediately. The 61-year-old had campaigned on a promise of greater, "trust-based" engagement with Pyongyang, but observers say her hands have been tied by the international outcry over the North's February 12 nuclear test. "North Korea's recent nuclear test is a challenge to the survival and future of the Korean people, and there should be no mistake that the biggest victim will be none other than North Korea itself," she said. "I will not tolerate any action that threatens the lives of our people and the security of our nation," Ms Park said, while also promising to pursue the trust-building policy with Pyongyang she had promised. "I will move forward step by step on the basis of credible deterrence," she said. Focus on the economy Ms Park was elected last year after promising to fix the country's slowing economy. She made this the main focus of her inauguration speech, committing to job creation, expanded welfare and "economic democratisation" at a time when many Koreans are concerned with income and wealth disparity. South Korea experienced an extraordinary economic revival from war-torn poverty after the 1950-53 Korean War. The so-called Miracle on the Han has slowed in recent years, hit by the effect of the global downturn. Ms Park promised "another miracle", saying her administration would look past Korea's traditional manufacturing base to build a "creative economy". "At the very heart of a creative economy lie science and technology and the IT industry, areas that I have earmarked as key priorities," she said. Ms Park promised to build a fairer market for small and medium-sized businesses to grow, an obvious warning to the huge, family-run conglomerates or "chaebols", such as Samsung and Hyundai that dominate the national economy. "By rooting out various unfair practices and rectifying the misguided habits of the past which have frustrated small business owners... we will provide active support to ensure that everyone can live up to their fullest potential," she said. More challenges ahead As leader of Asia's fourth-largest economy, Ms Park faces significant challenges including the slowing economy and soaring welfare costs in one of the world's most rapidly ageing societies. Despite its economic revival, Korea remains in many ways a conservative nation, where men still have a stranglehold over political and commercial power. Ms Park will lead a country that is ranked below the likes of Suriname and the United Arab Emirates in gender equality. She has taken office a little more than 50 years after her father, Park Chunghee, seized power in a military coup. Both her parents were eventually assassinated, and Ms Park says it has been strange for her to return to the national stage. "When I was just 23 years old I assumed the unprecedented duties as our country's acting first lady," she said. "That was because I had the responsibility to fill the void left by my mother's death at the hands of a North Korean terrorist." Ms Park has never married nor had children.

IKEA has stopped nearly all sales of meatballs at its furniture store cafeterias across Europe after tests in the Czech Republic showed some contained horsemeat. A European scandal erupted last month when tests in Ireland revealed some beef products contained horsemeat, triggering recalls of ready-made meals in several countries and damaging confidence in Europe's vast and complex food industry. The Czech State Veterinary Administration reported its findings to the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, it said in a statement. The inspectors took samples for DNA tests in IKEA's store in the city of Brno from a product labeled as "beef and pork meatballs", the statement said.

Czech Inspectors Find Horsemeat In Ikea Meatballs

Besides the Czech Republic, the batch containing horsemeat had also been on sale in Britain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland. In response the world's number one furniture retailer said it was pulling all meatballs produced by its main supplier in Sweden from sale. Speaking from Sweden, IKEA spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said Australia was not affected by the action, as all meatballs sold in Australia are made locally. Ms Magnusson said the Australian meatballs underwent routine checks recently, and the results are due shortly. IKEA stores in the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan were unaffected as they too have other suppliers.

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President Obama Warns Budget Cuts Will Hit Defence: Sequester


US President Barack Obama has urged Congress to take action to avoid deep spending cuts due to begin on Friday. Speaking at a shipyard in the state of Virginia, he warned the defence industry would be hit especially hard. The US Navy has already told suppliers it would be forced to cancel future contracts if the cuts go through. The US immigration and customs agency has meanwhile begun to release illegal immigrants from jails, as a result of the looming budget cuts. Noting current "fiscal uncertainty", the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said hundreds of illegal immigrants had been "placed on an appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release". On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned the cuts would hit her department's core programmes including border and airport security. 'Perfect storm' Firing a shot across lawmakers' bows, Mr Obama said the $85bn cuts, known as the sequester, were "arbitrary" and "dumb". "They are a self-inflicted wound that doesn't have to happen," he said, speaking to shipbuilders gathered for his speech. He delivered his remarks standing in front of a submarine propeller at the shipyard where scheduled maintenance on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has been delayed due to the cuts. Mr Obama blamed Republican lawmakers for failing to compromise, and for rejecting some revenue increases to soften the blow of the cuts. He added: "There are too many Republicans in Congress right now who refuse to compromise even an inch when it comes to closing tax loopholes and special interest tax breaks." Tuesday's event was the president's latest effort in a campaign to sell to the American public his plan to avoid the sequester. "I need you, Virginia, to keep up the pressure," the president said. "If you stand up and speak out, Congress will listen. Unusually, Mr Obama, a Democrat, was accompanied on Tuesday by a Republican congressman, Scott Rigell, who fears job losses in his Virginia constituency if the cuts take effect. Both Democrats and Republicans agreed to the sequester in 2011 as part of a bill to raise the US debt ceiling - the legal limit the government can borrow. The cuts were designed to be so unappealing that lawmakers would be forced to agree to a separate deal, but amid gridlock in Washington, such an agreement was never reached. Some Republicans have been saying the president is exaggerating the negative consequences of sequestration. House Speaker John Boehner accused Mr Obama of using "our military men and women as a prop in yet another campaign rally to support his tax hikes". The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said: "The president's been running around acting like the world's going to end because Congress might actually follow through on an idea he proposed and signed into law." As well as the homeland security secretary, other Obama cabinet members have warned of dire consequences if the sequester is not stopped. Last week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said teachers' layoffs have already begun - although no details have been released. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said US national parks would face a "perfect storm" if the sequester takes effect. And Transport Secretary Ray LaHood suggested air traffic controllers would be furloughed while air travel could face delays.

Patel Testifies At Brisbane Manslaughter Trial

Patel and his wife Kishoree arrive at Brisbane's Supreme Court Former Bundaberg-based surgeon Jayant Patel has testified at his manslaughter trial in Brisbane. Patel, 62, has pleaded not guilty to unlawfully killing pensioner Mervyn Morris, who died three weeks after colon surgery in 2003. It is the first time Patel has testified in defence of the allegations. He told the court he remembers Mr Morris as a very pleasant, honourable man, who never complained of anything. Patel said it was hard to forget someone with such unusual complications. Earlier, Ken Fleming opened the defence case, telling the jury it was Patel's reasonable and honest opinion the surgery on Mr Morris was necessary and that he was fit to undergo it. Mr Fleming added that doctors' opinions differ and sometimes despite the best efforts of a surgical team, patients unfortunately die.

A HOMELESS man set to get $US145,000 for returning a woman's diamond engagement ring is uncomfortable at the attention he got and worries for a world shocked by his honesty. Sarah Darling accidentally dropped her Harris being reunited with his family. diamond engagement ring into Billy His sister Robin saw him on the local TV Ray Harris' coin cup in Kansas City news at her home in Texas and contacted and he kept it safe and gave it back the reporter on the story to help arrange a to her when she returned to his patch reunion with all of his siblings. a few days later. Her grateful fiance "Sixteen years later and we just now set up a website which has already found out he's still living. I want him raised $US145,000 for Mr Harris, to come home, but I can't make come who frequently begs on Kansas City's home. But I want him to know we love Country Club Plaza. him and we miss him," Robin said. Mr Harris, though grateful for the Mr Harris described the upcoming donations from strangers from around reunion with his family as "a gift" the world, is uncomfortable with all and even though he hasn't seen them the attention his kind act has received in years he insists he and his sisters but insists the ring simply wasn't his to remain his best friends. keep. Mr Harris, who lives under a bridge, "What I actually feel like is what is the admits he doesn't think he deserve world come to when a person returns all the attention he's getting but he is something that don't belong to em and now considering an offer to move in all this happens?," he said. with his sister. He doesn't want to be a "I could tell just how much it meant burden and said he finds being a cause to you, the moment I held it up like celebre stressful. that," he said to Ms Darling re-enacting "It's more stressful than what I'm doing for the cameras her reaction when he right now," he said. "Does Tom Cruise showed her that her ring wasn't lost. have to be all that? I could never be an News of the story has also led to Mr actor."

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If the SIN application and document(s) are in order, you will receive the child's SIN card by mail within 20 business days from the date the application is received. Children who are 12 years of age or older may apply for their own SIN. However, parents or legal guardians can also apply on behalf of a child under the age of majority in their province. Legal Representatives applying on behalf of a child or an adult Here's what you'll need if you are applying on behalf of a child or an adult: By Mail a fully completed, signed and dated SIN application form; original document(s) of the person for whom you are applying; Letter of Authorization issued by a provincial/territorial agency, confirming you as the legal representative and the name of the person for whom you are applying (Note: for court appointed lawyers or family members, this letter is not required); valid photo identification confirming your identity; an original document or certified copy of a document that confirms your legal representation issued by a provincial/ territorial authority (in Quebec, a notarized Will is an acceptable document); the $10 fee (if required). Note: only personal cheques, bank drafts or money orders in Canadian funds (made to the Receiver General for Canada) are acceptable. Do not send cash in the mail. Send your completed application and original document(s) to: Service Canada Social Insurance Registration Office PO Box 7000 Bathurst NB E2A 4T1 If you send your application by registered mail, we will return your documents and SIN card in the same manner. We are not responsible for documents lost in the mail. If the SIN application and document(s) are in order, you will receive the SIN card for the person for whom you are applying by mail within 20 business days from the date the application is received.

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On April 1 2013, Canada will launch the start-up visa programme, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced. The programme is targeting innovative immigrant entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and spur economic growth. Our new Start-Up Visa will help make Canada the destination of choice for the worlds best and brightest to launch their companies, said Minister Kenney. Recruiting dynamic entrepreneurs from around the world will help Canada remain competitive in the global economy. Before entrepreneurs can apply for the brand new visa, they need to obtain the support of a Canadian angel investor group or venture capital fund. Initially, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will collaborate with two umbrella groups: Canadas Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO), it explained on its official website. These groups will identify which members of their associations will be eligible to participate in the Program. CIC is also working with the Canadian Association of Business Incubation to include business incubators in the list of eligible organisations as soon as feasible. The introduction of the new immigration program comes in light of a series of reforms to the Canadian immigration policy, aimed at attracting manpower that will solve a continuing labour shortage and will spur the economy. Characteristic of these changes is the move towards more selective application criteria and an attempt to better streamline the influx of immigrants with the labour market demand.

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Several houses being used for cannabis growing operations were shut down in Auckland, after police uncovered a large-scale drug syndicate operating between New Zealand and Canada. Operation Express began in December 2012 involving staff from the Organised Financial Crime Agency New Zealand, police and customs working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other agencies across the Pacific region. Five search warrants were executed in Auckland with further warrants executed in Vancouver. The raids follow the execution of 14 warrants in Auckland last week where five fully-operational grow houses were located and 10 people were arrested. Those arrested last week are Vietnamese - 7 male and 3 female aged between 18 and 34. The investigation began after Canadian authorities seized two separate shipments of methamphetamine totalling 6.6kg in December 2012. This was concealed in a consignment of truck shock absorbers and destined for New Zealand, with an estimated street value of $7 million. The joint investigation also established the syndicate was involved in the large scale cultivation of cannabis in

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Whether your child dreams of a career on hockey skates, racing down the slopes on a snowboard, or performing for a famous ballet company, paying for lessons to make those dreams a reality can be costly. Save your receipts to claim your childrens fitness tax credit at tax time this year. Important facts If your child participated in an eligible program of physical activity, you may be able to claim up to $500 for the fees paid in 2012 to register you or your spouses or common-law partners child. You could save up to $75 on your tax bill this year. Your child must have been under 16 years of age (or under 18 years of age if eligible for the disability amount) at the beginning of the year in which the eligible fitness expenses were paid. You may claim an additional amount of $500 for each eligible child who qualifies for the disability amount and for whom you paid a minimum of $100 in eligible expenses. Two parents can claim eligible fees for the same child, as long as they do not claim the same fees and the combined amount is not more than $500. Eligible activities include strenuous games like hockey or soccer, activities such as golf lessons, horseback riding, sailing, and bowling, as well as others that require a similar level of physical activity. Fees charged for extracurricular programs that take place in school are eligible. For more information on the childrens fitness tax credit go to: www.cra.gc.ca/ fitness. The Canada Revenue Agencys (CRA) online services make filing even easier The CRAs online services are fast, easy, and secure. You can use them to file your income tax and benefit return, make a payment, track your refund and more. Sign up for direct deposit too! Your refund and any benefit or credit payments owed to you will be deposited directly into your account, putting your money into your pocket faster. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/getready.

a number of houses allegedly rented for that purpose, mainly on the North Shore. More than 600 fully developed cannabis plants were seized in last week's operation together with an ounce of methamphetamine and about $90,000 in cash. Two of those arrested last week are now also charged with conspiracy to import and importing methamphetamine. A further person has been arrested today and also charged in respect to the two failed importations seized in Canada and an additional three previous importations into New Zealand. In total 11 people have been arrested one a patched gang member. Detective Inspector Bruce Good said the trans-Pacific operation was a great success but he was stunned by the risks people had taken in cultivating the drug. "We've been dealing with live wires hanging loose, connections to the mains supply by-passed and houses left without any earthing mechanism. This type of tampering is potentially life threatening through the risk of either electric shock or fire" "I urge all landlords to do regular, thorough checks on their properties to reduce such a risk," said Good.

The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), is leading a Canadian delegation to New Delhi and Jaipur this week to promote Canada as a destination of choice for Indian travellers. "Canada and India have long-standing bilateral relations, built upon shared values of democracy and pluralism, and strong people-to-people links," said Minister of State Bernier. "Our relations are strengthened through travel, trade, education and immigration, which encourage mutual respect and understanding." India's middle class is experiencing impressive growth in terms of both size and wealth. As India is one of the world's fastest-growing outbound travel markets, it presents enormous potential for Canada's tourism market. In recent years, Indian travellers have been among the top ten international travellers to visit Canada. "As market share for tourism becomes more competitive internationally, our government is working to position Canada's tourism industry to seize new opportunities in emerging markets like India," said Minister of State Bernier.

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"We are working with industry to welcome even more Indian travellers this year to create jobs and growth in Canada, while deepening our relationship with our Indian visitors." Minister of State Bernier will be accompanied by David Goldstein, President and CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada; Janice Price, Chair, Festivals and Major Events Canada; Michael Hannan, President, Brewster Inc.; Marilyn Bell, Executive Director, Tour and Wholesale, Fairmont, Raffles and Swisstels; Gopal Rao, Regional General Manager, South West Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group; Arun Pandeya, General ManagerIndia, Air Canada; and Michele McKenzie, President and CEO, Canadian Tourism Commission. During his visit, the Minister of State will meet with representatives from the Indian government and with Indian and Canadian tourism operators to build on the Harper Government's commitment under Canada's Federal Tourism Strategy to increase awareness of Canada as a premier tourism destination while seeking to reduce barriers to international travel for our visitors.

A robot-like mechanism lifts and stacks one car on another in a minute A new robot-like double parking system To retrieve your car, the push of a created by an Australian company is button on the fob brings it back down. coming to North Vancouver. The process to bring the car down takes A commerical building on East 1st Street a little longer, about five minutes but as in Lower Lonsdale will be redeveloped he says, its better than walking two with more parking spaces but those blocks. spots will look a little different. If the plans for redevelopment of the There are similar mechanisms around industrial building are approved by Metro Vancouver, but this particular city council, construction could start in type will be the first in North America. about a year. Architect Kent Halex is bringing in a Even with a price tag of more than 2Park system which takes your car, lifts $30,000, Halex wouldnt be surprised it up on top of another car in 60 seconds. if more of them start to pop up. You drive it onto it and then you Theyre not cheap but then no just get out of it and then theres a alternatives for parking are cheap. hard wired fob, that the driver of the Building parking that the taxpayer would car uses to raise the car into its birth have otherwise been on the hook for in position. outlines Halex. The lifting order to get projects like this to happen platform rotates and saves the need is not cheap I think in circumstances of maneuvering and always faced the that demand it. Systems like this can be traffic direction. proposed, argues Halex.

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Leaked Documents Reveal Immigration Hearing Reveals Liberals' Plan To Win Ethnic Vote How Asian Gang Crime Works In Document outlines "quick wins" such as making apologies for Canada historical wrongs
An investigation into stolen vehicles being shipped overseas was the first tip British Columbia police had that an alleged leader of an Asian triad had landed on their shores, fleeing a bloody gang war in Macau, an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing heard Tuesday. Seventeen years later, Canada Border Services Agency is asking the board to find Lai Tong Sang inadmissible to Canada, on the grounds that he has ties to organized crime. A former police superintendent told the hearing the stolen vehicle investigation involved a wire tap. On one end of that wire tap in 1996 was a Hong Kong crime boss; on the other end Wilson Wong, a man considered by police to be the second-in-command of the notorious 14K gang in Canada. Someone wanted Lai, the purported leader of Macau's notorious Shui Fong, or Water Room gang, dead. "The person in Hong Kong was asking if (they) would take the contract. It would put him in good favour if he would take the contract," testified Patrick Fogarty, the former superintendent of the Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit in Vancouver. At that time, the streets of Macau were a literal shooting gallery as the two groups battled. The caller was urging Wong's boss, Simon Chow, to take the HK$1 million contract on Lai. Then began a flurry of activity to find freshly minted Vancouverite. It was clearly established that from the perspective of these particular individuals operating in Vancouver that Tong Sang Lai was the head of the Shui Fong, Fogarty said. Nobody knows the underworld like the underworld. At that point, the joint organized crime unit began Project Fallout to stop Lais murder and gather evidence against the conspirators. They contacted Lai's family and Lai himself to warn of the threat. Neither co-operated but Lai did move his family to a different home. Because of the threat, Fogarty said police were able to obtain a warrant for a wiretaps on Lai, Simon Chow and Wilson Wong. What he heard further convinced him that Lai was the head of the Shui Fong, a branch of the Hong Kong-based Wo group, a syndicate with worldwide reach in criminal activity ranging from money laundering to prostitution, the drug trade and human smuggling. Lai was being briefed regularly on the war in Macau between Shui Fong and the 14K gang there. "Based on the evidence ... I believe that Mr. Lai is the head of the Shui Fong triad out of Macau and left Macau to come to Canada, was being sought by 14K triad's connections here ... and that they were conspiring to find him and kill him," testified Fogarty. In July 1997, Lai's Vancouver area home was the target of a drive-by shooting. Lai's lawyer, Peter Chapman, questioned the source of the allegations against Lai. All the information seems to come from the same sources, he suggested. "The concern is that something starts, say, in Macau, with a corrupt police force, and it can spread almost like a computer virus and take on a life of its own," Chapman said during his cross examination. "With all due respect, I think that's a bit of an exaggeration," Fogarty replied. "When you have 35 or 40 bodies shootings every day on the street, it's hard to make that up." Lai didn't attend his admissibility hearing in person. Instead Canadian officials used an international calling card to dial him into the hearing from Macau. His wife, two daughters and son walked a gauntlet of Chinese-language and English media to attend, though his youngest daughter was granted permission to be absent in order to write university exams. CBSA is seeking to have all of them deemed inadmissible on the grounds that they misrepresented material facts in their applications for permanent residency. When news broke in 1997 that Lai had someone gained status in Canada, the immigration minister promised action. According to reports at the time, Lai originally applied for immigration status to Canada in Hong Kong in 1994 but his application was not approved because of his suspected links to organized crime. In 1996, Lai applied at the consulate in Los Angeles, where his application was approved without a background check or so much as a phone call to Hong Kong. He and his family arrived in Vancouver on Oct. 20, 1996. Board adjudicator Geoff Rempel noted Lai has already filed notice of a charter challenge of the agencys attempt to remove him. In December, a Federal Court judge dismissed his application for judicial review.

The leaked documents were sent from the e-mail account of B.C. Premier Christy Clark's Deputy Chief of Staff last January. The NDP has uncovered documents that reveal how senior officials in Premier Christy Clark's office plan to win ethnic votes in the upcoming provincial election. The documents, released Wednesday by the New Democrats, were sent from the personal e-mail account of Kim Haakstad, the premiers Deputy Chief of Staff in January last year. The "Multicultural Strategy" detailed a proposed ethnic outreach plan involving the premier's office, the Multiculturalism Ministry, the government caucus and the B.C. Liberal Party. It also outlined "quick wins" for the Liberals, such as making apologies in the Legislature for historical wrongs and specifically mentioned the 1914 Komagata Maru incident, which saw a ship carrying 356 passengers forced to return to India after a two-month standoff in Vancouver Harbour. Premier Gordon Campbell already issued an official apology regarding the Komagata Maru incident in 2008. NDP House Leader John Horgan said the leaked documents appear to show that election-related planning was conducted with the use of government resources. But the Liberals insist the documents were purely for planning purposes and the "multicultural strategy" was never implemented.

They steal the information of the magnetic strip, and use fake cards in US It looks like debit card thieves have about $400,000 from Canadians, using found a new strategy as they adjust to bank machines south of the border. The chip technology. crime ring apparently targeted coffee Reports out of Washington State show shops, including a number of Starbucks that cards are being skimmed on this locations, to skim customers credit side of the border, and the scammers and debit cards. are using bank machines in the States Todd Pietzch with Boeing Employees to steal your money. Credit Union says BECU was contacted What they are doing is trying to skim by police after banks in Canada noticed cards in Canada while they still can, as multiple fraudulent transactions at a were still finishing up our migration to number of banks and credit unions in chip technology, explains Jeffrey Bos the Seattle area. with Vancity Credit Union, pointing out (Police) reached out to our security that your chip card still has a magnetic team, provided us with information strip on it. on the times of the transactions, the That strip is as easy to skim now as it locations, he says. ever was. But the fake cards made with We were able to isolate via our photographs your stolen banking information are and video the actual individuals who were not chip-enabled, so thieves have to go using the ATMs, Pietzch explains, adding searching for machines that read the that all of BECUs bank machines are magnetic strip only. equipped with cameras. And they are finding them in One arrest has been made. US reports Washington State. identify the man as Dennis Nguyen, Its just starting now (in the US), the a Canadian citizen. No other suspects migration to chip technology, adds Bos. have been identified, though the ATM Reports in the US say that a fraud ring surveillance video seems to have operating out of BC managed to steal captured the images of several suspects.

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Younger Canadians More Likely To Loan Bank Card, Share Info


People 35 and older are less likely to share that information
People 35 and older are less likely to share that information A study released ahead of Fraud Awareness Month suggests young people might be sharing too much when it comes to their financial information. Younger Canadians, particularly those who have no problem laying out their personal information on social networking sites, are putting themselves at risk by mirroring the behaviour offline with their payment card information. The survey, done for a major credit card company, finds about half of Canadians 18 to 34 years old do things like loan their card to someone or share numbers and PINs over email, phone, or by texting. To illustrate how risky sharing your card information can be, among those who did it regularly, 43 per cent had been the victim of some kind of payment fraud. For those who were more cautious, it was only 19 per cent. Who are these careful people? The survey found people age 35 and older are much less likely to share debit and credit card information.

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Grandson Scam On The Rise


One of the oldest frauds in the book almost cost a couple of seniors in the Fraser Valley a lot of money. However, a sharp-eyed teller with a policing past prevented another Grandson Scam. What happens is a person gets a call, usually a senior, and is told a family member is in serious trouble and money has to be wired immediately via Moneygram. Kevin, who didnt want his last name used, says it happened to his parents. A very sad voice claiming to be their grandson who had been in an accident and had been arrested because of an altercation. He says they were asked to take $1000 dollars and wire it to an insurance company in Montreal, and thats what it would take to get their grandson out. Kevin says a second call came later from an individual claiming to be a public defender. Although he wouldnt give any information about himself. My parents in a panic went to the bank where the teller was a former RCMP officer who told them it was the third scam of the week. He says the teller implored this was fraud and asked that they do not send the money which they didnt. Kevin says the scammer called back and asked if the money had been wired. My mom had said they warned it was a fraud and the man quickly hung up. They pursued the case through the Abbotsford Police Department where they were given a fraud number. Kevin says this is the time of the month seniors get their payment and scammers are out there. He adds sadly, some seniors wont eat next month if they get duped like this.

Tremblay was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 12 months probation after he was caught on video tripping a player on an opposing team as the teams shook hands after a game last year A Vancouver father who purposely tripped a young hockey player while coaching his sons minor league team will serve jail time for the assault in an unexpectedly heavy punishment a provincial court judge said should warn other parents to keep their cool. Martin Tremblay must serve 15 days at a provincial corrections centre for hurting the child because he was in a

B.C. Hockey Coach Jailed For 15 Days For Tripping 13-Year-Old During Post-Game Handshake
position of trust and was supposed to be a role model when he instead acted out in a post-game fit of anger, said Judge Patrick Chen. Society will not tolerate the assault of children by adults, Chen said Tuesday, as he read his ruling from the bench at provincial court in Richmond. (The sentence is) a signal to other parents heavily involved in the sporting activities of their children that they must be seen as models of good and acceptable behaviour and not as instigators of violence and of riotous behaviour.

Surrey students were honoured at a special event Wednesday as Mayor Dianne Watts proclaimed Stop Bullying Day and presented the awards for Surreys 2nd annual Stop Bullying Film Contest. Top entries: Junior Category (Grades 6 and 7): Team Name: Maple Green Elementary Film Title: A Miserable Life Intermediate Category (Grades 8-10): Team Name: L.A. Matheson Film Title: Words Can Harm Senior Category (Grades 11 and 12): Team Name: Justine Crawford Film Name: Hidden Words Never Heal We have very talented, creative and thoughtful students in Surrey and I want to congratulate all those who participated in the contest, says Mayor Dianne Watts. Through this project we were able to reach out to the schools and the broader community to talk about bullying and the solutions to the problem. I was very impressed by the quality of films produced," says Surrey RCMP

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Mounties in Langley, B.C., are asking for the publics help in identifying two people suspected of pepper spraying and robbing a couple trying to sell jewelry on Craigslist. The victims, who had listed a gold necklace and diamond-studded crucifix on Craigslist, had arranged to meet a potential buyer in the parking lot of the Colossus theatre at 1 a.m. PT on Jan. 27. Police say the suspects grabbed the chain and pepper sprayed both victims before fleeing in their truck. The suspects are described as a 23-yearold man, around five feet eight inches tall and 170 pounds with short light brown hair and a very short beard. He was wearing black pants and a hoodie. The second suspect is a woman in her early 20s, about five feet six inches tall and 135 pounds with bleach blonde

Craigslist Robbery Suspects Sought By Langley Police

C/Supt. Bill Fordy. "These students reinforced the message about this very serious social issue and found creative ways to raise awareness about its consequences. We support all initiatives that promote youth involvement in education and prevention on this issue. A number of high profile community leaders from around the region participated on the judging panel for the contest, including Mayor Dianne Watts; Surrey RCMP Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy; Holly Conway, Jonny Staub, Nira Arora and Amy Beeman from the Beat 94.5 morning show; Elise Estrada, award-winning popstar/ actress; and Johanna Ward, host of Shaw TVs go! Vancouver. The Stop Bullying Film contest is a partnership between the City of Surrey, Surrey RCMP, CUPE 402, and the Surrey School District. Students from grades 6 to 12 were invited to submit a 30-second or 60-second film that identifies types of bullying, the impact that bullying has on people, and solutions to the problem.

hair. She was wearing blue jeans and a hoodie with a yellow logo. 'It is under-reported' The Better Business Bureau is urging people scammed through online consumer sites like Craigslist to come forward. President and CEO Danielle Primrose says reporting crimes is the only way to determine the scope of scams that originate online. It is under-reported so we're really not sure if there's a big increase, she said. But I would say that because there's more transactions and it's much more available it's going to go up no matter what. Unfortunately there's people out there really wanting to take advantage of you. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

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Child Abuse
Child Sexual Abuse
It can also lead to difficulty with intimate relationships later in life. The sexual victimization of children is ethically and morally wrong. Proving Sexual Abuse When sexual abuse occurs the child victim may be the only witness and the childs statements may be the only evidence. In such cases, the central issue sometimes becomes whether the childs statements can be trusted. Some child welfare experts feel that children never lie about sexual abuse and that their statements must always be believed. As a general rule, all doubts should be resolved in favor of making a report. A child who describes being sexually abused should be reported unless there is clear reason to disbelieve the statement. Child sexual abuse cases can be very difficult to prove largely because cases where definitive, objective evidence exists are the exception rather than the rule. The first indicators of sexual abuse may not be physical, but rather behavioral changes or abnormalities. Unfortunately, because it can be so difficult to accept that sexual abuse may be occurring, the adult may misinterpret the signals and feel that the child is merely being disobedient or insolent. The reaction to the disclosure of abuse then becomes disbelief and rejection of the childs statements. Sexual abuse is usually discovered in one of two ways: Direct disclosure (e.g., the victim, victims family member or parent seeking help makes a statement) Indirect methods (e.g., someone witnesses the abuse to the child, the child contracts a sexually transmitted disease or the child becomes pregnant) Sometimes the child may be so traumatized by sexual abuse that years pass before he or she is able to understand or talk about what happened. In these cases, adult survivors of sexual abuse may come forward for the first time in their 40s or 50s and divulge the horror of their experiences.

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It can be very difficult to talk about sexual abuse and even more difficult to acknowledge that sexual abuse of children of all ages including infants happens every day. Sexual abuse of children has become the subject of great community concern and the focus of many legislative and professional initiatives. This is evidenced by the expanding body of literature on sexual abuse, public declarations by adult survivors and increased media coverage of sexual abuse issues. What Is Child Sexual Abuse? At the extreme end of the spectrum, sexual abuse includes sexual intercourse or its deviations. Yet all offences that involve sexually touching a child, as well as non-touching offenses and sexual exploitation, are just as harmful and devastating to a childs well-being. Sexual offenses include: Fondling; Making a child touch an adults sexual organs; and Engaging in indecent exposure or exhibitionism; Exposing children to pornographic material; Deliberately exposing a child to the act of sexual intercourse; and Masturbating in front of a child. Sexual exploitation can include: Engaging a child or soliciting a child for the purposes of prostitution; and Using a child to film, photograph or model pornography. These definitions are broad. In most states, the legal definition of child molestation is an act of a person adult or childwho forces, coerces or threatens a child to have any form of sexual contact or to engage in any type of sexual activity at the perpetrators direction. What Are the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse? The effects of sexual abuse extend far beyond childhood. Sexual abuse robs children of their childhood and creates a loss of trust, feelings of guilt and self-abusive behavior. It can lead to antisocial behavior, depression, identity confusion, loss of self-esteem and other serious emotional problems.

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Fats can be either helpful or harmful best kept out of sight and out of your (i.e. chili powder) or in orange juice in your diet. People with diabetes are cupboards. and lemon juice. at higher risk for heart disease, so it is A 3-step plan for making your Tips for sticking with a diabeteseven more important to be smart about kitchen diabetes friendly: friendly diet plan fats. Some fats are unhealthy and others Step 1: Out of sight, out of mind. Get First and foremost, take small, have some health benefits. But all fats rid of all the unhealthy, nutrient-scarce manageable steps. Choose two or three are high in calories, so you should foods in your pantry, refrigerator, and things you want to work on. Once you always watch your portion sizes. cupboards. This includes cookies, feel you have mastered those you can -Unhealthy fats The two most pastries, candies, sugary cereals, high- move on to two or three more steps damaging fats are saturated fats and fat lunch and deli meats, fried foods, towards a healthier diet. Here are some trans fats. Saturated fats are found chips, cream-based foods, full-fat dairy tips for making the transition easier mainly in animal products such as red products, juice, and sodas. When they and supporting yourself so you stick meat, whole milk dairy products, and arent readily available, you will eat with these changes. eggs. Trans fats, also called partially less of them. -Pamper your senses. Taste isnt Savitri Singh-Carlson BSN MSN PhD hydrogenated oils, are created by Step 2: Organize your food storage the only sensory pleasure. Look adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable spaces. Stock your kitchen so you can to the other sensestouch, sound, Continued From Last Week oils to make them more solid and less see what you have available to eat and smell, sightfor indulgence. Fill likely to spoilwhich is very good for cook with. Keep everything visible and your house with plants and flowers, What is a diabetes meal plan? food manufacturers, and very bad for easy to access, so you can better plan get a massage, take a long shower, you. your meals and grab healthy snacks listen to your favorite music, play Keep portion sizes under control -Healthy fats The best fats are quickly. with a pet, sit in the garden, or Making sure you do not eat too many unsaturated fats, which come from Step 3: Stock up on healthy, light scented candles. When you calories is important in any healthy plant sources and are liquid at room appetizing foods. feel pampered and indulged, you diet, but it is especially important for temperature. Primary sources include -Fruit Keep a large fruit bowl are less likely to turn to food for diabetics. Controlling your portion olive oil, canola oil, nuts, and avocados. filled and in sight on a table or comfort. sizes is key to controlling calories: Also focus on omega-3 fatty acids, counter. Fruits are high in fiber and -Eat with others. Make meals -Divide your plate into 3 parts: which fight inflammation and support vitamins, plus they are colorful a social experience. Increase the , , . Fill half of your plate brain and heart health. Good sources and pretty to look at. You can also pleasure of the meal through the with non-starchy veggies (greens, include salmon, tuna, and flaxseeds. keep frozen berries for smoothies company and the whole experience, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, Ways to reduce unhealthy fats and or to add to yogurt. They also help not just from the amount you eat. peppers, carrots, turnips, etc.). Split add healthy fats: curb your sweet tooth. Be mindful about who you share the other half of your plate into -Instead of snacking on cheese, -Vegetables Cut up vegetables, your meals with and find those two equal parts, filling one with chips or crackers, enjoy a handful such as bell peppers, tomatoes, friend who encourage and support protein and the other with a starchy of nuts or seeds. Go for variety jicama, celery, and carrots, and you in what you are aiming to do. carbohydrate (rice, potatoes, pasta, with sunflower, pumpkin seeds, keep them in plastic bags or If you have friends who are not whole-grain bread). almonds, cashews, pecans and containers for easy snack choices. a good influence around food, -Aim for a protein serving of walnuts. They also taste great with hummus, then you can choose to do other around 3 oz., which is about the -Instead of cooking with butter or a dip that has some protein and activities with them that dont size of a deck of cards for meat. vegetable oil, use olive oil. good fats in it. Also stock your involve eating. Animal protein is more calorie -Trim any visible fat off of meat freezer with your favorite veggies. -Get enough rest. If youre tired, dense, so it is important to really before cooking and remove the This way you always have easy your body will crave sugar and pay attention to how much you are skin before cooking chicken and access to veggies to add to meals. other quick energy fixes. This can eating. turkey. -Nuts and seeds Keep a variety easily lead to overeating, rising -Keep servings of starchy carbs -Instead of frying, choose to grill, of nuts and seeds on hand. They and falling blood sugar levels, and to cup. One serving of starchy broil, bake or stir-fry. stay nice and fresh when kept in the mood swings. Get to bed on time carbohydrate is cup cooked rice -Serve fish for 2 or 3 meals each freezer or refrigerator. Add them to and try taking a short nap if you are or pasta, which is about the size of week instead of red meat. your morning cereal or have a little overly exhausted. half of a baseball. -Add avocado to your sandwiches handful for a filling snack. Nut -Get to the root of your reasons -Start your meals with veggies, instead of cheese. This will keep butters are also very satisfying and for eating. Ask yourself, am I which will help fill you up and give the creamy texture, but improve full of healthy fats. hungry for food or am I feeling you lots of nutrients. the health factor. -Grains It is best to keep only hunger for something else, such as -Save half of restaurant meals -When baking, use canola oil or slow release carbohydrates around. comfort? If the latter, try getting for later. When out at a restaurant, apple sauce instead of shortening This means: grains such as brown comfort through other means. Ask ask the server to put half the meal or butter. rice, quinoa, millet, and pearled for a hug from a loved one, curl up on your plate and pack the other -Find other ways to make soups barley. Also stock up on whole with a cup of hot tea and a great half to go. creamy instead of using heavy grain, high-fiber cereals, breads, book or your favorite movie, light -Read labels on foods, so you can cream. Try blending cooked and pastas in your kitchen. You some candles and take a bubble understand how many servings and potatoes in a soup, or adding a can line your shelves with glass bath, or call a friend who makes portions are in items. little cornstarch (mix with cold jars filled with different varieties you laugh. There are many ways to The road to lasting weight loss water then add to the soup). Then of grains. satisfy your need for comfort that If your last diet attempt wasn't a success, add a little swirl of good olive oil Jicama: The perfect diabetes snack dont involve food. You just need or life events have caused you to gain on top. Jicama, a type of tuber, is rich in slowto find what works for you. weight, dont be discouraged. The key Make your kitchen diabetes friendly release carbohydrates. Jicama has a is to find a plan that works with your What you keep in your kitchen can wonderful fresh, slightly sweet taste I hope you enjoyed reading this article. bodys individual needs so that you can either help or hurt your diabetes diet and crunch. Cut into pieces they can Watch for a new article starting next avoid common diet pitfalls and instead efforts. There are some foods that be dipped in hummus, guacamole, week. make lasting lifestyle changes that can you should keep around and readily or salsa, or they can be marinated in help you find long-term, weight loss available and other foods that are lemon or lime and topped with spices success. This information is provided for knowledge and educational purposes only. 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Babies born through Caesarian surgery are five times more susceptible to allergies by the age of two years, a new study suggests. "This further advances the hygiene hypothesis that early childhood exposure to micro organisms affects the immune system's development and the onset of allergies," says Christine Cole Johnson, head of the Henry Ford Department of Health Sciences, who led the study. "We believe a baby's exposure to bacteria in the birth canal is a major influencer on the immune system," adds Johnson, according to a Henry Ford statement. Johnson says C-section (Caesarian) babies have a pattern of "at risk" bugs in their gut that may make them more susceptible to developing the antibody Immunoglobulin E, or IgE, when exposed to allergens. IgE is linked to the development of allergies and asthma. For the study, Henry Ford researchers sought to evaluate the role of early exposure to allergens and how this exposure affects the association between C-section and the development of IgE. Researchers enrolled 1,258 newborns from 2003-2007, and evaluated them at four age intervals - one month, six months, one year and two years. Data was collected from the baby's umbilical cord and stool, blood samples from the baby's mother and father, breast milk and household dust.

Caesarian Babies Five Times More Prone To Allergies

Babies Slow To Gain Weight Catch Up By Teens

Vitamin C is beneficial against common cold particularly for people under heavy physical stress. In five randomized trials of participants with heavy short-term physical stress, vitamin C halved the incidence of the common cold. Three of the trials studied marathon runners, one studied Swiss school children in a skiing camp and one studied Canadian soldiers during a winter exercise. Furthermore, in a recent randomized trial carried out with adolescent competitive swimmers, vitamin C halved the duration of colds in males, although the vitamin had no effect on females. Regular doses of vitamin C of one gram per day or higher have reduced the average duration of colds in adults by 8 percent and in children by 18 percent.

Vitamin C Halves Incidence Of Common Cold

Although these findings unambiguously show that vitamin C has a biological effect on colds, taking vitamin C every day to shorten infrequent colds does not seem reasonable. On average, adults have only a few common cold episodes per year and children have some half a dozen colds per year. Few therapeutic trials, meaning trials in which vitamin C was given only after the first symptoms of a cold appeared, have been carried out and their results are not consistent. Nevertheless, given the consistent effect of vitamin C on the duration and severity of colds in the regular supplementation studies, and the safety and low cost of vitamin C, the researchers consider that it may be worthwhile for individual common cold patients to test whether therapeutic vitamin C is beneficial for them.

Most babies slow in gaining weight within the first nine months catch up by the age of 13, but remain lighter and shorter than their peers, a new study has found. The University of Bristol study is based on data from 11,499 participants, providing the most conclusive and reassuring evidence for parents that, given the right care, many infants who lag in weight gain catch up by teenage. Alan Emond, professor at Bristol, who led the study, explains: "The reason the early group caught up more quickly may be because those infants had obvious feeding difficulties and were more readily identified at the eightweek check, resulting in early treatment leading to a more rapid recovery, the journal Paediatrics reports. "Those children who showed slow weight gain later in infancy took longer to recover, because of the longer period of slow growth and because their parents were smaller and lighter too," adds Emond, according to a Bristol statement. The study found that, of the 11,499 infants born at term, 507 were slow to put on weight before the age of eight

weeks (early group) and 480 were slow to gain weight between eight weeks and nine months (late group). Thirty children were common to both groups. The infants in the early group recovered quickly and had almost caught up in weight by the age of two, whereas those in the later group gained weight slowly until the age of seven, then had a `spurt` between seven and 10 years, but remained considerably shorter and lighter than their peers and those in the early group at the age of 13. At that age, children in the later group were on average 5.5 kg lighter and almost four cm shorter than their peers; those in the early group were on average 2.5 kg lighter and 3.25 cm shorter than their peers, according to a Bristol statement. Slow weight gain is often seen by parents and some healthcare professionals as a sign of underlying ill health. Clinicians face a dilemma between taking steps to increase a child`s energy intake and putting them at risk of obesity later in life by encouraging too rapid weight gain.

Hair Dye Chemicals Linked To Cancer


Hair dyes, which include home hair colouring kits and those used at pricey salons, are linked to deadly cancer-causing chemicals, warn scientists. Hair dye has previously been tied to The warning comes from scientists tumours of the breast, bladder, ovaries, at Green Chemicals, a Leeds-based brain and leukaemia. Increasing numbers company that conducted a review of of users are becoming allergic to their the chemistry surrounding hair dye. contents, sometimes with fatal results. In 2009, the media reported that women Chemicals in permanent hair dyes can who use hair dyes more than nine times react with tobacco smoke and other a year have a 60 percent greater risk of pollutants to create one of the most contracting blood cancer. A year later powerful cancer-causing compounds, the European Commission banned 22 the journal reports. hair dyes which put long-term users at With over a third of women and one in risk of bladder cancer. 10 men regularly colouring their hair, Chemicals called secondary amines, researchers say it is imperative that present either in all permanent hair dyes the risk to health is quantified. or formed in them, can penetrate skin However, the cosmetics industry has and stay on the hair for weeks, months strongly disputed the claim, as reported. or even years after the dye is applied.

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How Priyanka Agreed To Do Her First Sizzling Item Song!

Pakistani actress Meera who was seen in B-Town films like Nazar, Kasak and Paanch Ghantey Mein Paanch Crore is planning a bold step. `When I heard the role, I was elated. It is an interesting character to essay and she is a woman of today, but I hadn't signed it earlier due to the fact that it has nudity. But now, the makers have come up with a really enticing offer," says Meera. Considering that Meera is here at the behest of a top production house, will Hollywood's topless gain be Bollywood's loss? Or will she choose to stay back in India over Hollywood to get to the top instead of getting topless? So will she go topless for a Hollywood project?

Pak Hottie Meera To Go Topless In A Hollywood Film

Priyanka Chopra listened to 11 different music tracks before deciding on her first item number
Priyanka Chopra is all set to start shooting the first item song of her career. The track that will be a part of Sanjay Gupta's upcoming sequel will go on the floors. Sources say that PC was so choosy about the song that she heard out as many as 11 tracks before making a decision. Not only that, she even listened to eight different variations of the same song before giving it a go-ahead. A source says, `Six months ago, Priyanka was approached by Sanjay for the number. However, she wanted to be sure about the song as it would be her first ever item song. Once the track finalised, eight different variations were made. Finally, one has been selected and recorded.` Priyanka is said to be quite happy about the number that will be choreographed by Ahmed Khan. The makers of the film state, `It's our first association with Priyanka and we had to ensure that it was the best. We reviewed a number of songs over several weeks before finalising Babli badmaash!`

I Want To Be An Item Girl Now: 'Balak Palak' Completes 50 Days, Riteish Aditi RaoParis, New York', actress Aditi Riteish Deshmukh's debut Thanks Audiences and production "What is important is the subject After trying her hand at singing for her film 'London,
Rao Hydari says she is keen to do an item song in her next project

The 'Murder 3' star, who is a trained classical dancer and began her career with dance-based Tamil film 'Sringaram', feels she is fit for raunchy dance numbers. "I would love to do an item number. The song should be raunchy and it should have some 'desi' and fun beats. Since I am a trained classical dancer, I will be able to do justice to it. I have never been vocal about my singing abilities but I am always ready to present my dancing skills, " Aditi told. In her last outing, Vishesh Bhatt's 'Murder 3', she opted for the role of vivacious Rashmi because she wanted to be a part of thriller. "I feel lucky to have been a part of the film. I love my character because it celebrates life. It is a very strong character and being a part of Bhatt's production is a dream come true. When Vishesh offered me the role, I could not believe it, " she said. Having begun her career in Bollywood with a small role in Rakeysh Omprakash

Mehra's 'Delhi 6', Aditi proved herself with films like 'Yeh Saali Zindagi', 'Rockstar' and 'London, Paris, New York'. She feels that she is a dark horse in the industry. "I didn't have any godfather in the industry and had to prove myself with each film. I didn't get that great a launch as an actress but slowly and steadily I made my presence felt in the industry. I feel I am the dark horse in this race, " she said. The actress will be seen next in Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Naam Hai Boss', which is the remake of Malayalam hit 'Pokkiri Raja'.

venture - Marathi film "Balak Palak" - has completed 50 days of successful run at the box office. The actorfilmmaker credits the audiences for the success of the film, which deals with sex education among adolescents. "We made 'Balak Palak' on a sensitive issue and people appreciated it. They even recommended it to others which is why it has completed 50 days here," the 34-year-old said here at the celebration event. "I thank everyone for watching the film...it is truly the success of the topic that should reach teenagers, should be compulsory in schools," he added. The film's director Ravi Jadhav too lauded the Marathi audience for accepting his film "Balak Palak" and appreciating good cinema. "I feel that Marathi audiences accept good work and a good subject. Since last five years, I have noticed that they watch a good film, be it Bollywood, Telugu, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil. If people like it (a film), they make it a success," Jadhav said and added in films, there is no language barrier.

people have liked the subject and that's why it has become a hit," he added.

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Yuvraj's Ex Kim Sharma Owns Her Own Cricket Team In Kenya

Saira-Dilip Inaugurate Lane Named After Joy Mukherji

Looks like Kim Sharma's cricket connection is here to stay. Buzz is that Kim, who once upon a time dated cricketer Yuvraj Singh, has purchased a cricket team in Kenya. The actress has been residing in Africa ever since she tied the knot with Kenyan businessman Ali Punjani. A source says, `Kim's love for sports, especially cricket is known to all. She now owns a cricket team in Kenya and also manages their hotel business. It is not surprising that she ended up

buying her own team and roped in players like Chris Cairns and Andrew Symonds. She is happy that her team won a tournament recently.` Those close to her say Kim is in no mood to return to Bollywood. A friend of the actress states, `She is enjoying this phase of juggling between two different ventures. Her husband has seen her films and liked her work too but she does not want to return to acting.` Kim remained unavailable for comment.
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Saira Banu remembered her "Shagird" co-star Joy Mukherji as a friendly and a wonderful human being while inaugurating a lane named after the late actor on his 74th birth anniversary. "This has been done very beautifully. I never thought that Yusuf saab and I (Bollywood's Dilip Kumar) will ever come for such an occasion. It feels like Joy is still between us," said the 68-year-old. She was accompanied by

Dilip Kumar. "I hope he would have been here today. He was very friendly and a wonderful human being," she added. Joy passed away March 9 last year at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital at the age of 73. Apart from hit film "Shagird", Saira had teamed up with Joy Mukherji in films like "Saaz Aur Awaaz", "Aao Pyar Karen" and "Door Ki Awaz".

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Top TV Babes To Promote 'Ek Thi Daayan'


In a unique mother of all promotional tie-ups for its keenly awaited supernatural thriller 'Ek Thi Daayan' (co-produced by Vishal Bhardwaj), Balaji Motion Pictures is creating a mega-series titled 'Ek Thi Naayika', which will feature the television industry's top most actresses, coming together for the first time, in a thrilling and spooky series based on the 'daayan' characters in the forthcoming film. The series will commence from March 9 and air every Saturday and Sunday at 11pm on Life OK channel. The high profile 16-episode series will also feature characters from 'Ek Thi Daayan', including an appearance by Emraan Hashmi. All of Ekta Kapoor's favourite leading ladies from her top-rated television series will be seen in this new and innovative television property, promising to offer television fans countrywide a huge never-seen-before treat. The big names include Smriti Malhotra Irani, Sakshi Tanwar, Aamna Sharief, Mauli Ganguly, Shweta Tiwari, Kritika Kaamra, Pooja Gaur and Ankita Lokhande. Shweta Tiwari was the most talked about actress in 'Kasauti Zindagi Kay'. With her stern gaze and limpid eyes she went on to appear in many more television shows in addition to featuring in Bhojpuri movies. She also won the Big Boss Season 5. She will appear as a U.P. girl in 'Ek Thi Naayika'.

Hain' will be seen as a Rajasthani woman.

Ankita Lokhande with her soft demeanor won the heart of millions as Archana in 'Pavitra Rishta'. She will now be seen in the Daayan series as a Maharashtrian girl. The demure and beautiful Pooja Gaur also known for 'Kitni Mohabbat Hai' will play a Delhi girl. Her serial 'Pratigya' was also instrumental in catapulting her to fame. Balaji has successfully secured her eight favorite 'mahanaayikas' under one roof in 'Ek Thi Naayika', to promote 'Ek Thi Daayan', starring Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Qureshi, and releases worldwide on April 18.

Smriti Malhotra Irani shot to fame with 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' and became a household name with her screen character Tulsi Virani. Smriti plays a Gujarati woman in the series and recently shot for the promo of the show, despite being unwell.

Mauli Ganguly became popular as Shaina in 'Kaahin Kissii Roz'. The doe-eyed beauty will play a Bengali character in 'Ek Thi Naayika'.

Aamna Sharief appeared as the main protagonist in 'Kahiin To Hoga' will be seen with her same soft disposition as a Muslim protagonist from the U.P.

Said Ekta Kapoor, `This is the first time ever that the biggest household names of television have come together to participate in a high-concept fictional series oriented at promoting a forthcoming film. This is creative marketing at its best!`

Sakshi Tanwar known for charming smile in the character of Parvati in 'Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki' and for being the lovable Priya in 'Bade Acche Lagte

Kritika Kaamra got her break as Arohi Sharma in 'Kitani Mohabbat Hai' and will play a Punjabi 'kudi' from Chandigarh

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All bets are off when lives are on the line in Snitch, a smart and fresh drama from EOne Entertainment. Better haul your big rigs (or whatever form of transit you use) to the Esplanade 6, Empire Studio 12, Colossus or Cineplex Odeon Theatres across B. C. Father/son themed movies seem to be in vogue this time of year. Hot on the heels on the over the top family offering in A Good Day to Die Hard comes Snitch which, at its core, has a similar clan dynamic. Only the difference with the current film is that its truly a lot more realistic despite its violent and ominous tone. Ask any parent or law official and theyll tell you that drugs in North America are an epidemic. Looks like Nancy Reagans Just Say No campaign as championed by her husband Ronald has gone by the wayside. This is really the case for an innocent lad called Jason Collins who winds up in a rather big pickle. Acted out in sheer timid fashion by Rafi Gauron this young high school aged kid makes the mistake of accepting a parcel laced with drugs and ultimately being caught up in a sting. Not at all pleased with the situation is hard working dad John Mathews. Doing things the right way is in the genetic make-up of Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson who soars to new heights as a caring dad trying to wrestle with the dilemma of having his only son in jail. Not ready to take things lying down the relentless dad uses all his political skills (not to mention fisticuffs) to try to free his son.

Long Haul!

Aided and abetted by the authorities Mr. Mathews goes on a wicked witch hunt in a rather convoluted way to try to get the feds to release his boy who could waste away in jail for a good ten years. Full petal to the metal ensues as this mildmannered (?) saintly citizen in a way winds up taking the law into his own hands to free his son. Heaven help any bad guys caught in the web of this power-driven mans reach. Full of action, surprises and quality acting Snitch is an effective drama showing just how father a father will go to protect (and save) his son. Comparisons to the surprise hit Taken, from a plot standpoint, are inevitable here as we have a good guy versus a whole slew of more heavily armed and street smart bad guys in a race against time. Sure, weve seen stories like this unfold. Here the tension is palpable, the pacing effective and the fear raised effective. Strong supporting roles with Vancouvers Barry Pepper as a federal agent, Susan Sarandon (Thelma and Louise) as a no-nonsense prosecutor and some very lethal drug lords and street operatives well represented by Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality), Jon Bernthal and Michael Kenneth Williams sheds new light on the whole drug/justice program. Full of dynamic action well helmed by co-writer/ director Ric Roman Waugh Snitch turns out to be 112 minutes of gritty, first rate drama of getting justice the hard way.

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Robert Waldman

Ang Lee's 'Namaste' At Oscars Wins Many Hearts


It was a big moment for Ang Lee when he won the best director Oscar for " Life of Pi" at the 85th Academy Awards, but it was a bigger moment for his Indian fans when he ended his acceptance speech with "Namaste". From author Shobhaa De to internationally acclaimed actor Kabir Bedi, all are ecstatic. "Life of Pi" narrates the journey of an Indian boy who survives a storm. Widely shot in India, the fantasy adventure drama stars young Delhibased Suraj Sharma in the lead role, with acclaimed Indian actors Irrfan and Tabu seen in prominent roles in the movie, a big screen adaptation of Canadian author Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel. During his acceptance speech, Lee thanked his producers, "Indian crew", Suraj and all technicians who worked on the movie. "Suraj, where are you," he said, and the cameras focussed on Suraj, who made his acting debut with the movie. And finally Lee wrapped up the speech saying: "Namaste." Here is what Bollywood celebrities tweeted following his speech: Shobhaa De: Ang Lee's "Namaste" during his Oscar's acceptance speech worth more than the Golden Statuette in his hands. Kabir Bedi: Yes 'Life of Pi' wins four Oscars, with most deserved Best Director Oscar for Ang Lee, who ended speech with "Namaste". R. Madhavan: "Namaste" at the Oscars... About time... Love you Mr. Lee. Congrats Suraj, Irrfan and Tabu. You more than deserve it. Sangeeth Sivan: Ang Lee it is. Oscar made what was thought to be impossible possible... visionary... "Namaste"! You made us proud too. Take a bow sir! Anupam Kher: Congratulations to the entire team of "Life Of Pi" and to the Genius called Ang Lee. Proud to have worked with him (in "Conquest, Lust?"). Apart from best director, "Life of Pi" also got the Oscar for best cinematography, visual effects and best music - original score. Ang Lee Ang Lee

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What You Can Bring On The Plane


Avoid surrendering items and guarantee that your valuables make it through security screening with you. See which items to pack in your carryon and checked baggage About the permitted and nonpermitted items list: This is a detailed list of permitted and non-permitted items regulated by Transport Canada for flights originating within Canada. The list is not all-inclusive and is updated as necessary. You should check with your air carrier or travel agent for restrictions on flights originating outside of Canada. ELECTRONICS Heres how aviation security regulations apply to any electronic items you may want to take with you on your trip. Item you want to pack Batteries for wheelchairs - Passenger must show to the Screening Officer the air carrier's approval. Air carriers may permit provided certain conditions are met. Carry-on/CheckedCheck with carrier Battery-powered mobility aids (personal) - Passenger must show to the Screening Officer the air carrier's approval. Air carriers may permit provided certain conditions are met. Carry-on/Checked -Yes Camcorders - We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on baggage. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes Camera equipment - We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on baggage. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. We recommend that you put undeveloped film and cameras containing undeveloped film in your carry-on baggage or take undeveloped film with you to the checkpoint and ask the screener to conduct a hand inspection. Carry-on/Checked -Yes Cameras - We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on baggage. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes Digital cameras - We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on baggage. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes E-reader - These items do not need to be removed from cases or bags in order to be screened. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/Checked -Yes Gaming consoles (PSP, Nintendo 3DS) - In order to be screened, these items must be removed from carrying cases and laptop bags and placed in a bin. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/Checked -Yes Global positioning system (GPS) devices - We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on baggage. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes Ink or toner cartridges (17.6 oz./500 g. or greater) - Ink or toner cartridges (17.6 oz./500 g. or greater) Note: Ink cartridges with a capacity of 17.6 oz. (500 g.) or more are not permitted in checked baggage for all flights domestic, U.S. and international. Carry-on YES/Checked -NO Laptop computers - In order to be screened, these items must be removed from carrying cases and laptop bags and placed in a bin. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/Checked -YES Medical defibrillators - Passenger must show to the Screening Officer the air carrier's approval. Air carriers may permit provided certain conditions are met. Carry-on/Checked -Yes Mobile phones - These items do not need to be removed from cases or bags in order to be screened. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes MP3 players - These items do not need to be removed from cases or bags in order to be screened. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/Checked -Yes Pagers - We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on baggage. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes Portable CD players - We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on baggage. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes Portable DVD players - These items do not need to be removed from cases or bags in order to be screened. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes Tablets (iPads, netbook) - These items do not need to be removed from cases or bags in order to be screened. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes Walkmans - We recommend keeping fragile or expensive items with you in your carry-on baggage. Check with your air carrier for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic devices during your flight. Carry-on/ Checked -Yes

Is Your Luggage Secure? Apparently Not


How a thief can use a pen to break into your luggage, even if its locked
Yes, youve got a TSA approved lock on your bag because youre a savvy traveler. So how can you avoid luggage theft? Common sense Keep an eye on your luggage at all times. It only takes a few seconds for a busy traveler to get distracted, which becomes a moment of opportunity for any thief to simply walk away with a nice bundle of valuables that packed and ready on a set of wheels. If youre travelling with a partner, make sure one person is watching the luggage at all times. If youre travelling solo, take your bags with you wherever you go, even to the washroom (most washroom stalls are big enough to accommodate a carry-on suitcase). Keep a sharp watch as you go through security As your carry-on luggage disappears into the scanner; keep an eye on the conveyor belt on the other side as your stuff comes back out. Also keep a watch on the person in line in front of you. If you get distracted, someone can easily walk away with your laptop or jewellery as they pick up their own things ahead of you. Extra protection Keep putting that TSA lock on your bags, but as added protection, secure your bags with plastic strips or cable ties. TSA can easily cut through them if they need to, but the added layer a thief has to get through to access your valuables will become a deterrent. Shrink-wrapping your bags is another option. Not only does it deter thieves, it also protects your luggage from getting damaged while being handled at the airport. Use a hard shell suitcase A clam-shell" style suitcase that has a latch closure is a better option because there is no zipper that can be broken into. The hard casing also cant be slashed open by a blade and thus provides added security. Dont blend in with the crowd Pick a vibrant colour or pattern that is easily recognizable from a distance. In case someone walks away with your bag, youll be able to spot it from a distance. Pack smart Avoid taking valuables with you while travelling. Pack items that are easily replaceable. If you dont need it, dont bring it. If you are going to carry an item of value, put it in your carry-on bag and keep it with you at your seat while youre on the plane. Hide it Wrap a camera inside a sweater or put jewellery in a shaving kit when you put it in your suitcase. If someone were to quickly rummage through your bag, theyll likely miss these hidden items. Keep an inventory If items from your luggage happen to go missing while being handled by airport staff, an item inventory will help you report the theft right away. Get baggage insurance It may seem like an added expense, but if you want to travel with the peace of mind, an extra few dollars will be well worth the investment.

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After years of very careful, measured evolution, mid-size sedans seem to be in the midst of a sea change. Radical redesigns are being subbed in, safetytech and infotainment features are flooding (not trickling) down from the luxury brands at a record rate, and the V-6 engines that used to be the breadand-butter of the segment are no longer to be found on models like the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and others. Meanwhile, Honda's best-selling Accord is back with a major redesign for 2013, and it's gone through this transformation quite differently--by keeping the V-6 on the table; improving mileage and refinement across the board; focusing on interior space; and in a turnaround from the brand's recent features philosophy, offering connectivity and safety-tech features on some of the volume models, not just the top-of-the-line trims. Honda clearly walked that line between repeat-buyer expectations and finding its mojo with the current market when setting the Accords design and styling. With a so-called man maximum, machine minimum approach, Honda established packaging (seating front and back) first and then drew an attractive form around that. The Dynamic Intelligent look isnt stunning or head-turning, but at the same time, it maximizes the greenhouse and looks especially interesting in side shots and closeups and it isnt at all slab-sided. Inside, Honda aims to make it luxurious and modern, and a rather low instrument panelpushed as far forward, and out at the corners, to maximize spacebut with important controls placed quite high within it. Coupes have essentially the same interior as sedans from the seats forward, but with a tail that has a little more of a lift at the back, for a wedgier, more dynamic stance. You give up some practicality, you gain a performance look. All 2013 Accord models remain frontwheel drive, and in order to boost fuel economy, Honda is introducing a couple of all-new powertrains this year. First, Honda brings directinjection engine technology to North America for the first time in models with the four-cylinder engine. You can choose from a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Honda claims, with its unique G-Design shift logic, a more immediate acceleration response than conventional automatics or other CVT designs, and that's true. Most four-cylinder Accords make 185 horsepower, while an Accord Sport model makes 189 hp. Otherwise, the V-6 model is definitely still alive in the Accord lineup. For 2013 it makes 278 hp and couples to a six-speed automatic transmission or (in Coupes only) a six-speed manual gearbox. All models include an Econ button that engages a set of fuel-saving

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measures like more conservative use of accessories and softened throttle response. Both engines run on regular unleaded gasoline and have impressive fuel economy ratings: 27 mpg city, 36 highway with the four-cylinder engine and CVT, and up to 21/34 with the V-6. That's not quite up to the base Nissan Altima, but almost. Otherwise, the party loyal might find it a little unsettling that Honda has at last given up its worshipped doublewishbone setup in the Accord, instead opting for more tunable (and cheaper) MacPherson struts that it claims will improve ride and handling while cutting cabin noise and harshness. Honda also reduced weight and keeps away harshness with a new aluminum-andsteel front subframe and some careful underbody aerodynamic work. The Accord drives with much of the verve of previous editions, and the new electric power steering is particularly good. While Honda has shortened the Accord just a bit, it's packaged better. Rear legroom increases about an inch, while shoulder room in front and in back is improved, and trunk space is not only larger but the cargo floor is now flat. And a couple of design traits that Honda draws attention tothe near-level beltline and ample window glass, with thinner-than typical front and rear pillarsshould not only keep your rear passengers from needing Dramamine but also helps you stay safe with a better view outward. Our only letdowns regarding the interior is that the rear seat folds forward in one clunky piece, and the dual-screen layout you get in some trims comes with a confusing control set. All 2013 Accord models come with four-wheel disc brakes, including Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, plus stability control, and hill start assist. And in addition to all the expected airbags, the Accord features a new SmartVent technology for its side airbags that eliminates the need for fussy occupant-position detection systems. Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control systems are all available on the Accord, and a cool new LaneWatch Blind Spot

Display provides a wide view of the passenger side of the vehicle on the Multi-Information Display (i-MID) screena feature that should be very useful in avoiding mishaps when changing lanes with a full vehicle or distractions. Crash-test results have been nearly perfect as well, with the new IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, as well as a five-star overall score from the federal government. Honda has been criticized for being skimpy on features, but this is no longer the case with the 2013 Accord. Bluetooth connectivity is included

throughout the lineup, not just in top trims, and all Accords include USB and iPod integration plus a rearview camera and an Expanded View Drivers Mirror. The 2013 Honda Accord Sedan will be offered in LX, Sport, EX, EXL, V6, and Touring trims, with the Coupe available in LX-S, EX, EX-L, and EX-L V6 models. Adaptive Cruise Control is exclusive to the Touring Sedan, which also includes Hondas first LED projector headlamps, while LED brake lights are included in EX-L and Touring models. All V6 models include daytime LED running lamps.

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Physical Activity
Physical Activity Tips for Adults (18-64 years) Live longer! Live healthier! Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity can help to reduce the risk of premature death and chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, colon cancer, breast cancer, type-2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Every step counts! If youre not active now, adding any amount of physical activity can bring some health benefits. Take a step in the right direction. Start now and slowly increase your physical activity to meet the recommended levels. Feel better! Regular physical activity can improve your overall sense of well being by improving fitness levels and self esteem, reducing the effects of stress, increasing energy and contributing to positive mental health. What is moderate aerobic activity? Moderate-intensity aerobic activity makes you breathe harder and your heart beat faster. You should be able to talk, but not sing. Examples of moderate activity include walking quickly, skating and bike riding. What is vigorous aerobic activity? Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity makes your heart rate increase quite a bit and you wont be able to say more than a few words without needing to catch your breath. Examples of vigorous activity include running, basketball, soccer and cross-country skiing. What are strengthening activities? Muscle-strengthening activities build up your muscles. With bonestrengthening activities, your muscles push and pull against your bones. This helps make your bones stronger. Examples of muscle-strengthening activities include push-ups and situps, lifting weights, climbing stairs and digging in the garden. Examples of bone-strengthening activities include running, walking and yoga. Physical activity tips for older adults (65 years and older) Reduce falls and injuries Help you stay independent longer Help prevent heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and premature death Aerobic activity, like pushing a lawn mower, taking a dance class, or biking to the store, is continuous movement that makes you feel warm and breathe deeply. Strengthening activity, like lifting weights or yoga, keeps muscles and bones strong and prevents bone loss. It will also improve your balance and posture. What is moderate aerobic activity? Moderate-intensity aerobic activity makes you breathe harder and your heart beat faster. You should be able to talk, but not sing. Examples of moderate activity include walking quickly or bike riding. What is vigorous aerobic activity? Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity makes your heart rate increase quite a bit and you wont be able to say more than a few words without needing to catch your breath. Examples of vigorous activity include jogging or cross-country skiing. What are strengthening activities? Muscle-strengthening activities build up your muscles. With bonestrengthening activities, your muscles push and pull against your bones. This helps make your bones stronger. Examples of muscle-strengthening activities include climbing stairs, digging in the garden, lifting weights, push-ups and curl-ups. Examples of bone-strengthening activities include yoga, walking and running.

-Be active at least 2.5 hours a week to achieve health benefits. -Focus on moderate to vigorous aerobic activity throughout each week, broken into sessions of 10 minutes or more. -Get stronger by adding activities that target your muscles and bones at least two days per week. Tips to help you get active Choose a variety of physical activities you enjoy. Try different activities until you find the ones that feel right for you. Get into a routine go to the pool, hit the gym, join a spin class or set a regular run and do some planned exercise. Make it social by getting someone to join you. Limit the time you spend watching TV or sitting in front of a computer during leisure time. Move yourself use active transportation to get places. Whenever you can, walk, bike, or run instead of taking the car. Spread your sessions of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity throughout the week. Do at least 10 minutes of physical activity at a time. Join a team take part in sports and recreation activities in groups. Youll make new friends and get active at the same time. Health Benefits

Take part in at least 2.5 hours of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week. Spread out the activities into sessions of 10 minutes or more. It is beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups at least twice a week. This will help your posture and balance. Tips to help you get active Find an activity you like such as swimming or cycling. Minutes count increase your activity level 10 minutes at a time. Every little bit helps. Active time can be social time look for group activities or classes in your community, or get your family or friends to be active with you. Walk wherever and whenever you can. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, when possible. Carry your groceries home. The Health Benefits of Being Active Improve your balance

Eat Raw Cucumber To Lose Weight


cucumber , hold in your hand when eating the same fruit , but most people are mixed with cucumber -based . In fact , the best food is to " mix cucumber . " Raw cucumber diet approach is : first cucumber wash , be sure to removal of skin with a knife cut into thin slices, with the right amount of salt and a half hours , and then squeezing out the salt , sugar, cooked vegetable oil or sesame oil , such as love spicy food can also be used Chili oil, soy sauce , vinegar mix to eat . So cool to eat also increase appetite , eliminate bloating , and a return of dry heat effect. Cucumber once it has been preserved , it contains tannic acid , eat pickled cucumber, can make people with low blood pressure boost disease prevention .Raw cucumber again , eat 250 to 300 grams, that is obvious weight loss , you can eliminate edema, thirst solution , detoxification has heat , cucumber skin can cure sore throat , urine short yellow , red eyes and dizziness, Heat stroke

Cucumber , really is a higher nutritional value of vegetables , is a favorite on the table all delicious . Many ways to make cucumber , raw cucumber which one of the most nutritious diet healthy? Raw cucumber to lose weight , eat all over the country and all different nationalities . People often eat the following three methods : first, cucumber sauce ; Second, mix cucumber ; Third, fried cucumber . There is also a no sauce , two do not mix , the three are not fried , to clean

vexed hot . Therefore, the cucumber can be described as one of the best diet of vegetables , as well as beauty benefits . Raw cucumber Weight Loss Tips : Cucumber contains a vitamin C decomposition enzymes , will destroy the contents of other vegetables rich in vitamin C. Tomatoes are typically rich in vegetables containing vitamin C , if the two eat together , our intake of vitamins from the tomatoes in C, then by cucumber Decomposition of enzyme destruction , reach the effect of nutrition . This information is provided for knowledge and educational purposes only. Individuals should visit their physicians for more information on their health.

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For Women

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Domestic Violence and Abuse


Finding the right therapist for you Choose your battles. Conflicts in the same shoes, and getting direct can be draining, so its important to feedback on techniques for controlling consider whether the issue is really anger can be tremendously helpful. worthy of your time and energy. If Consider professional help if: you pick your battles rather than You feel constantly frustrated and fighting over every little thing, angry no matter what you try. others will take you more seriously Your temper causes problems at when you are upset. work or in your relationships. Be willing to forgive. Resolving You avoid new events and people conflict is impossible if youre because you feel like you cant unwilling or unable to forgive. control your temper. Resolution lies in releasing the You have gotten in trouble with the urge to punish, which can never law due to your anger. compensate for our losses and Your anger has ever led to physical only adds to our injury by further violence. depleting and draining our lives. Therapy for anger problems. Know when to let something go. Therapy can be a great way to If you cant come to an agreement, explore the reasons behind your agree to disagree. It takes two anger. If you dont know why you people to keep an argument going. are getting angry, its very hard to If a conflict is going nowhere, you control. Therapy provides a safe can choose to disengage and move environment to learn more about on. your reasons and identify triggers Developing your conflict resolution for your anger. Its also a safe place skills to practice new skills in expressing The way you respond to differences your anger. and disagreements at home and at work Anger management classes can create hostility and irreparable or groups. Anger management rifts, or it can build safety and trust. classes or groups allow you to Learning how to resolve conflict in a see others coping with the same positive way will help you strengthen struggles. You will also learn your relationships. tips and techniques for managing When to seek help for anger your anger and hear other management peoples stories. For domestic If your anger is still spiraling out of violence issues, traditional anger control, despite putting the previous management is usually not anger management techniques into recommended. There are special practice, or if youre getting into classes that go to the issue of power trouble with the law or hurting and control that are at the heart of othersyou need more help. There are domestic violence. many therapists, classes, and programs If your loved one has an anger for people with anger management management problem problems. Asking for help is not a sign If your loved one has an anger problem, of weakness. Youll often find others you probably feel like youre walking

Myths about therapy

Continued From Last Week

If your anger seems to be spiraling out of control, remove yourself from the situation for a few minutes or for as long as it takes you to cool down. A brisk walk, a trip to the gym, or a few minutes listening to some music should allow you to calm down, release pent up emotion, and then approach the situation with a cooler head. Always fight fair Its okay to be upset at someone, but if you dont fight fair, the relationship will quickly break down. Fighting fair allows you to express your own needs while still respecting others. Make the relationship your priority. Maintaining and strengthening the relationship, rather than winning the argument, should always be your first priority. Be respectful of the other person and his or her viewpoint. Focus on the present. Once you are in the heat of arguing, its easy to start throwing past grievances into the mix. Rather than looking to the past and assigning blame, focus on what you can do in the present to solve the problem.

Take five if things get too heated

on eggshells all the time. But always remember that you are not to blame for your loved ones anger. There is never an excuse for physically or verbally abusive behavior. You have a right to be treated with respect and to live without fear of an angry outburst or a violent rage. Tips for dealing with a loved ones anger management problem While you cant control another persons anger, you can control how you respond to it: Set clear boundaries about what you will and will not tolerate. Wait for a time when you are both calm to talk to your loved one about the anger problem. Dont bring it up when either one of you is already angry. Remove yourself from the situation if your loved one does not calm down. Consider counseling or therapy for yourself if you are having a hard time standing up for yourself. Put your safety first. Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe or threatened in any way, get away from your loved one and go somewhere safe. Anger isnt the real problem in abusive relationships Despite what many people believe, domestic violence and abuse is not due to the abusers loss of control over his behavior and temper. In fact, abusive behavior is a deliberate choice for the sole purpose of controlling you. If you are in an abusive relationship, know that couples counseling is not recommendedand that your partner needs specialized treatment, not regular anger management classes.

Tips to Improve Your Self Confidence


Experts say that everyone should have a healthy amount of self-confidence. Here are simple steps that will go a long way in improving your self-esteem and boosting your self-confidence. List out your successes: Look at the mirror: Don't be jealous: talk positively. Whenever something happens that makes you feel like you cant do it or its difficult, stop and say that you will try and give it your best shot. Because until you dont try, you never know what youre capable of doing! Move on: Never dwell on your past or your limitations. Instead make an effort to improve and get better. Surround yourself with positive people: Ensure that you surround yourself with people, who are positive and who dont make you feel insecure or run you down.

Never tell yourself that you arent good at something. Everyone has certain unique qualities, you need to discover yours. Focus on your talents. Its okay to feel proud about what youre good at and to give yourself credit for your successes.

Experts say that looking in the mirror and smiling at yourself is a good way to remind yourself how precious you are. Watching your own expressions encourages your brain to register certain emotions. So when you see the mirror, smile at yourself everyday you will feel confident in the long run. Exercise: When you exercise, you raise your adrenaline levels, which in turn make you feel healthier and happier.

Discard feelings of jealousy. Instead turn them into a healthy desire to achieve. Stop wanting what other people have simply because they have it. Instead, seek things because you want them, irrespective of whether someone else has them. Make a list of what you already have and be grateful for it. Read the list often to remind yourself of what youre blessed with. Pamper yourself: Go in for a wardrobe overhaul splurge a bit on new clothes, shoes and accessories or even go in for a stylish new haircut. Be positive: Make it a habit to think and

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Some Bad Habits You Need To Quit Now


Continued From Last Week
10. Snacking, even if not hungry harmful habit that will put your health at stake. If you are eating a balanced nutritious diet then you don't need extra nutrients. If the intake of any nutrient increases, it may create severe side effects. Hence, always check with your doctor, before popping any pill. taking these nasty, germ-filled fingers into your mouth can make you bedridden for days, due to cold or flu. So, stop this dirty habit right away. cause acidity, bloating and excess gas in your stomach. Hence, slow down and enjoy your food. 19. Being in an unhealthy relationship for a long time If you are in a relationship wherein you don't manage to get your share of joy and happiness, then it's better to leave the knot at that moment itself. If you have been suffering an unhealthy relationship for a long time, i.e., a relationship that is abusive verbally or physically, or encourages you to participate in unhealthy actiities, then you're harming your health. An unhealthy relationship causes stress and this further lowers your blood pressure, immunity and digestive system.

If you disrupt your regular eating pattern, then your body will no longer send hunger signals and you may end up eating even when you are full. This extra eating can flood your body with extra calories and unhealthy ingredients, which can further cause serious chronic health problems like diabetes, heart problems and acidity. 11. Can't live without a smoke

17. Ignoring sex

14. Skipping breakfast

In every health tip, behind every cigarette pack, we read this,' Smoking kills', but people still persist with the smoking habit. Smoking even a single cigarette a day, can cause blood clots, which may prevent swift flow of the blood and hence develop plaque in your arteries and blood vessels. Besides, you may also damage the life of the non-smoker who is living with you. 12. Lying constantly

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If your entire breakfast comprises one cup of rushed coffee and a toast, then you're setting yourself up for an unhealthy future. This will affect your digestive system. Besides, it will also harm your energy reserves and negatively affect your metabolism. If you skip your breakfast, you are likely to eat more during the other meals and this can lead to weight gain. The key to a good breakfast is a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates. 15. You are in love with junk food

Whatever the reason for a low libido might be, whether too much work or stress, avoiding sex altogether for many days and months at a time is not good. Sex is good for you and your health. It helps to improve your immune system and relationship. But if you are not interested in this pleasurable act, then you need to talk to your doctor immediately. Because, a low libido can be beyond stress, it can be caused due to an under active thyroid, hypertension or simply a hormonal imbalance. 18. Fast eating

20. Picking at your skin

Surprised to see this one on a healthy living post? Those minute white lies can cause serious damage to your health. If you lie constantly, you will have constant fear of the truth being disclosed, this will create a feeling of stress in you, says. Stress, is the worst thing for your body, as it damages your heath due to the release of stress hormones. Besides, it further leads to headaches and anxiety. 13. You live on medicines If you pop a pill for regular headaches, menstrual cramps or normal tummy trouble then you need to stop now. Constant pill popping is an extremely

Fast food is rich in trans fat, sugar, spices and artificial preservatives. But a life dependent on constant fast food will add to your waistline and cause serious health problems like high cholesterol, diabetes and heart problems in the long run. As fast food is rich in bad fat, it raises the bad cholesterol in the body and leads to the hardening of the arteries, which can further cause plaque deposits. Hence, switch to a healthy diet and protect yourself from weight gain and other serious health problems. 16. Nail biting This habit of using your teeth to cut your nails, just for time pass or due to extreme nervousness, can cause germ entry into your body. Your hands are constant travellers, they pick several things throughout the day, and then

Eating at lightning speed due to work pressure or lack of time can adversely affect your digestive system. You should take at least 20 minutes to finish each meal. If you just gulp your food, without chewing it properly, it can

If there is some flaw on your face, you must resist yourself from constantly stressing on it. If you constantly keep worrying about acne by touching it, it will act up more. Besides it will lead to scars and inflammation. Hence, stop picking at your face to avoid worsening skin issues.

To dream that you see fish in clearwater streams indicates that you will find approval from the wealthy and the distinguished. For young women to dream of fish suggests that she will find a charming, good-looking mate. If the fish is swimming, then this could indicate conception. Some women will dream of fish swimming when they become impregnated. To dream about eating fish represents your faith, fortune, spirituality, stamina, kindness, and lasting relationships. To dream about wading into water

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to catch fish suggests that you will find fortune through your talents and efforts. To dream about dead fish represents that you may lose money or influence through a difficult circumstance. To dream about cooking fish suggests that you are combining newfound beliefs with your faith and wisdom. If you are cleaning fish then you are changing your outward expressions that can be more satisfying to others. You are purging ill intent and being cautious of how you present your feelings, keeping some things hidden.

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A total of 17 teams will participate in the Australia Fiji Soccer Association 2013 Fiji FACT which has started in Sydney. The tournament is being revived after a lapse of four years. Rewa is the defending champion. AFSA secretary Bob Nair said matches would be played in the veterans and premier divisions. He said their Inter District Championship champions Nasinu was grouped in a tough pool with Savusavu and Dreketi. "Lautoka, Nadroga and Labasa are in the second pool," Nair said. "The third pool has Ba, Navua and Rewa. All teams have been preparing well and we expect high standard of soccer. "AFSA is planning to introduce a super eight format after the Battle of the Giants. That means eight teams will feature in the premier grade during the IDC.

Ryan Kesler Out With A Broken Right Foot

17 Teams To Participate In Australia Soccer Event

Ryan Kesler's return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup lasted just seven games. The Canucks announced Wednesday that their second-line centre has a broken right foot and could be sidelined for up to six weeks. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told reporters the fracture showed up on a CT scan Wednesday morning. "I assume Kesler will be out for a little while," Vigneault said. Vigneault did not say exactly when the injury occurred, but indicated that Kesler may have played with it before the results of the CT scan revealed the fracture. The injury didn't seem to show in Vancouver's 4-2 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday, when Kesler had an assist in just over 19 minutes of ice time. "He's blocked a few shots since he's been back," Vigneault said. "That foot had taken two X-rays. He's been playing. Other than some discomfort he was handling it well. "Tuesday he came in and told the

doctor he still felt a little discomfort so just for peace of mind they decided to do a CT scan. We didn't get the results we had been anticipating obviously." Kesler did not practise with the Canucks Wednesday and was seen wearing an air cast before the team confirmed the injury. It's a major setback for Kesler, who finally returned to action two weeks ago after he took longer than expected to recuperate from off-season shoulder surgery. He provided an immediate boost to the Canucks second line when he returned, putting up a goal and five assists before his latest setback. Kesler has 154 goals and 188 assists in 568 career games, all with the Canucks. He had a breakout year in 2009-10 with 25 goals and 50 assists, and followed that with a 41 goals and 32 assists in 2010-11. Vigneault wouldn't confirm who would take Kesler's place on Vancouver's second line, but said Andrew Ebbett was "a possibility, most likely."

"The over-40 category will be classed as the masters division. AFSA will host the Pacific Cup in November. "We will also have the Mr Mobilesponsored International Veterans Championship before wrapping up the season with a super seven carnival in December." AFSA is an associate member of the Fiji Football Association. Meanwhile, the associate membership of the New Zealand Football Club Inc has been cancelled. This was passed during the Fiji Football Association extraordinary congress in Nadi. According to Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel, the NZ body had not paid its annual subscription fees for the past years. Patel said NZ Football Club Inc had failed to take heed of Fiji FA's directive to work out a compromise and work along with the NZ Fiji Football Inc.

Visas Denied For Three Warriors


The Fiji Warriors suffered a major blow Wednesday when four players failed to board the flight to Australia ahead of the opening Pacific Rugby Cup match against the Junior Waratahs in Sydney. Three of the players were denied visas to travel to Australia and New Zealand because of their ties with the military while one suffered an eleventh hour injury. Fiji rugby head coach Inoke Male looked a frustrated man at the Nadi airport as he tried to arrange for replacements. Male said Aminio Nakicobula, Ron Katonivere and Lea Matayavusa were denied visas while Mosese Taga was injured. He said replacement for these players would be sourced from abroad. "The preparations were good but we have been let down by the visa problems," Male said. "Just because their family is in the military the players have been denied a chance to showcase their talent overseas. Despite the setbacks the players are looking forward to the first game against the Junior Warathas." "We are taking a young side. It is a development team. We are looking to the future. This team is being groomed for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. We are taking under-23 players to develop them for the future Flying Fijians." The Fiji Warriors won the PRC last year. The side topped both the core teams cumulative section and the Pacific Island conference. Last year, Fiji defeated the Junior Waratahs 30-15. Male said this year's tournament would be tougher. "We experienced it last year playing against the development Super Rugby teams is always difficult," Male said. "Those teams contain players who will step up into the Super Rugby level. It will be a tough battle for our young players against the overseas oppositions." "The boys have been sacrificing their time. They know that through the sacrifice the door will open for them in years to come." "It is a good chance to show their talents and may be secure contracts. We will be contacting players in Australia and New Zealand to fill in the void. They are players who are in our extended squad." "The target is to retain the trophy. We will try our best."
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THE former Lautoka players who were dismissed as the interim panel of coaches by the Lautoka Football Association last week are seeking an audience with the council members. Former players Sam Work, Jeremaia Ladawa and Upendran Choy were handed their letters last Wednesday for breaching their working conditions. Work, who was the head coach on the panel, said they wanted to assure the clubs that they were on the right track. "Many fans have come to us in the past weeks to keep the development program going," Work said. "We had some 30 to 40 players at training at times. Interest was shown by loyal

Sacked Coaches Seek Audience With Lautoka Officials

supporters who turn up to watch training. This was only seen in the heydays of Lautoka soccer in the 1970s and 1980s." "A former New Zealand national league player who grew up in Lautoka was involved with the panel of coaches and sponsored various items including balls, training shirts and also paid for the transport to Ba for a game. He also sponsored the return of Alvin Avinesh and Peni Finau to the district. "The clubs and supporters should not derail the development and foundation which is a great future for Lautoka soccer. We believe the council of Lautoka soccer will make the right decision." The LFA council meeting will be held at the Churchill Park canteen on March 4.

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The Vancouver Canucks waived forward Aaron Volpatti on Wednesday. The 27-year old winger had played 16 games for the Canucks early in a shortened 2013 campaign, scoring a single goal and adding 28 penalty minutes. He played in 23 contests a year ago, but missed 57 games after a shoulder injury early in December required surgery. Volpatti isnt overly big hes listed at 6, 215 pounds but he does add physical play and defensive responsibility in a depth role. Hes fought four times in 2013 already twice more than the entire Oilers team and fought five times in an abbreviated 2011-12 season, including a spirited tilt with Edmonton Oilers behemoth Andy Sutton. Despite relatively limited icetime, hes also second among Canucks forwards with 42 hits this year. But while pugilism and willingness to hit are Volpattis best-known attributes, hes also done strong work in a defensive role for the Canucks. Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault has for some time now pioneered a new approach to using depth lines,

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deploying his fourth line as defensive zone specialists. The four forwards (and five of the top-seven) to see the highest percentage of their even-strength shifts start in the defensive zone last season all played for Vancouver, and Volpatti

was one of them, starting four out of every five non-neutral zone shifts in his own end of the rink. In three years with the Canucks, Volpatti has started 122 5-on-5 shifts in the defensive zone and just 49 in the oppositions end of the

rink. While the Canucks have generally been out-shot in these situations, theyve fared well this year with Volpatti on the ice, Vancouver actually has a slight edge in shots despite the heavy defensive assignment. What Volpatti does not do is score. He has four points in 54 career NHL games, and just 11 points in 53 AHL contests. As a 24-year old, he came close to the point-per-game mark in his final college season (recording 17 goals and 32 points in 37 games) but that was the exception to the rule in that final season, he picked up more points than he had in the preceding three years combined. The other thing he hasnt done so far in his NHL career is kill penalties while Vigneault was content to use him in a defensive role at even-strength, he never even gave him much of a test run on the penalty kill. Volpattis also prone to taking penalties regularly taking twice as many minors as he draws. A team looking for fourth-line depth and toughness could do worse than Volpatti, but it would not be a surprise if the 27year old cleared waivers either.

Fan Clubs Need To Register: Patel


Fiji Football has issued a directive that fan clubs need to be registered to be recognized. Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said the fan clubs would need to be endorsed by their member districts, registered with the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority and Football House before they can be acknowledged by the parent body. The decision was made at Fiji FA's special congress last Sunday in Nadi. Its good that the districts have their fan clubs that they can look to for support, and we are looking for ways the fan club can help the districts, Patel said.
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He said he was aware of three known fan clubs namely Suva, Lautoka and Labasa, all of which still need to register. They are not registered yet but we are aware of their existence. In fact we would like to encourage other districts to have their own fan clubs as long as they are endorsed, he said. In having the clubs registered, Fiji FA also hopes to also do away with huge sums of money some fan clubs claim is owed to them for the release of players in the transfer windows. In recent years we have had some districts claiming players owe them up

to $30,000 which needs to be cleared before they can be released. This is not right. Its unfair for players and its unfair for districts. Patel said transfer fees will be limited to no more than $5000. He also said there was no time frame given for fan clubs to be registered.

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