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Forced To Resign For Making Her Stand

An aspiring young candidate who has made her intentions known about standing in next years elections as an independent candidate has been forced to resign from her job. Fiji Womens Rights Movement (FWRM) advocacy officer, Roshika Deo is no longer employed with the civil society organisation. The manner of her departure has sparked controversy amongst womens rights advocates. When contacted, Ms Deo said she will comment on the issue on a later date. Fiji Womens Rights Movement When asked to clarify about Ms Deos plight and whether she was forced to resign because of her intentions to stand for elections next year, FWRM executive director, Virisila Buadromo gave the reply below. This same reply appeared in the Pacific Womens Information Network (PACWIN) discussion group hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. However it was posted by the movements progamme director, Tara Chetty. It says: At the Fiji Womens Rights Movement, we are very excited for Roshika and her Be the Change campaign and wish her the very best for the coming elections. As a womens rights organisation we are looking forward to seeing as many women candidates as possible in the 2014 Fiji national elections, and particularly hope to see young women candidates and those supporting human rights values. As a feminist and human rights organisation supporting womens political participation in this way, we support the participation of ALL women. This means that it is important for us NOT to be partisan or biased in supporting just one candidate or any particular party. For those of us who work at FWRM, this means clearly separating our work from any political party or candidature. So, when one of us declares an shared her concerns in the PACWIN forum. My experience in the region strongly suggests that, in order to promote womens political participation politically, we should be encouraging governments (and private and community sector organisations) to develop policies for candidates which require women (and men) to take as little time off from their jobs without pay as possible. In that regard, I have done some quick research, and most governments do appear to use the issue of writs as the point at which employees need to leave their jobs as obviously this is the point at which they will campaign most actively and openly. Example Ms Rodrigues gave the example of the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct (in line with the Constitution) which requires candidates not to be members of the public service, but specifically allows public servants to be active members of political parties, as long as their activism doesnt directly conflict with the issues they personally work on. Where there may be a conflict of interest, the code says they should be discussed with management and options such as leave without pay (LWOP) are open, but also rearranging duties or moving an employee to different duties. Ms Rodrigues said: I understand also that the new Fiji Womens Rights Movement policy doesnt focus on the legal issue of election writs or the official legal nomination of candidates as the point at which staff or board members should go on leave without pay or resign, but uses a more subjective test of when a candidate announces their intention to run. Noting that other bodies may use the policy as a model, I would caution that such a broadly drafted provision could be abused by more unscrupulous employers, and at its worst could even be used to target women candidates.

Roshika Deo intention to run for office, we have women politicians? a number of voluntary options to Questions ensure the campaign and work remain How can a womens organisation, on separate, including taking a leave of the one hand advocate for womens absence, or refraining from public political empowerment, yet force the engagements for a short period or, in resignation of one of their own, when this case, resigning. she has very bravely, against all odds, As an organisation we are also taken up the challenge to stand as an supporting womens political independent candidate at the next postparticipation in a variety of ways, conflict Fiji Elections? including developing training for Ms Sen questioned whether this means women in politics, to help prepare every FWRM staffer, that it nurtures as Roshika and other women candidates womens rights advocates, ought not to for the difficult campaign road have any political ambitions? ahead, and the challenges of being in It does not mean that in wishing to be Parliament. a political, you abandon one of your So join us in supporting and voting own! for women candidates: My Vote, My This is a sad, sad regressive day for Voice, My Fiji! the womens movement in Fiji and sets Local concern a terrible precedent which I pray other On the Pacific Womens Information Womens organisations do not follow. Network (PACWIN) discussion group, Womens movements/organisations a number of concerns were raised after all are one of the few breeding regarding Ms Deos forced resignation. grounds available in the Pacific for Sadhna Sen, an independent gender-sensitised women leaders, Ms development consultant, last week Sen said. said she was deeply disappointed Regional concern at Fiji Womens Rights Movements Charmaine Rodrigues, who was regressive step in forcing its advocacy the Pacific Regional Democratic officer, Roshika Deos resignation Institutions & Accountability Does this mean, FWRM does not see Specialist, with the United Nations itself as a breeding ground for potential Development Programme last year also

Access To Quality Food

FOOD security is one of the biggest challenges for any country and it is one of the key mandates of government to ensure people have access to good quality and nutritious food. Speaking at the opening of the new FNU aquaponics farm in Legalega, Nadi, Minister for Agriculture Colonel Inia Seruiratu said Fiji needed to be more efficient in production of food. "We also need to constantly explore new agricultural methods, introduce new technology, new seed varieties, new crops and new farming techniques," he said. He praised the initiatives implemented by FNU in finding new and innovative ways for agriculture and said the new aquaponics farm would be instrumental in reducing agricultural import bills. "This centre will not only produce high-end products such as vegetables and herbs to meet local demand but also teach students on how crops can be grown. "We hope the availability of this knowledge will not only generate new interest amongst our farmers but also get people to invest more in agriculture." The farm includes horticulture nursery, turf farm, cut flower garden, native plants and vegetable garden beds. "The site is expected to contain an ecocentre for nature education, an ecotrail, an eco-medication space, a herbal garden containing typical Fijian herbs, children's centre where they will learn the value of the environment while playing. "The aquaponics site also nurtures fish and plants together in one integrated system." The system of aquaponics came into effect in early May and all the material for the system has been received from New Zealand. Col. Seruiratu said the system was good for off-season crops and the first trial was conducted in September for lettuce, beans, chillies and tomatoes. "It will now venture also into other high value crops like basil and parsley - this has a higher demand in the market." Meanwhile, the first crop of 80 aquaponics students are expected to graduate next month.

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Father's Heartbreaking Fate

Mokai Patolo has vowed to be the 4best father to his three hospitalised children should they survive a brutal attack which claimed the life of his 33-yearold wife and seven-month-old daughter on Wednesday. Devastated and in tears, he said he felt helpless and had surrendered his life and children to God. "My life is destroyed," Mr Patolo said. "I have lost my wife and my baby but I am not waiting on my three daughters. If God wills my children to survive, then I plan to be the best father they could ever ask for." The 31-year-old arrived from Tonga six years ago. "I can't blame anyone and I believe that God has a plan for me and my children. I believe God wants me to change my life and leave everything behind. I need to face my problems and solve them myself." He said he was at work when his landlord called to say that "something was wrong" at his Viseisei home. "I was having my lunch so I ran to the road to stop a taxi and asked the driver who was from the same place to take me home. "The house was quiet. Usually when I come home, the kids are crying or playing or watching TV. Then I remembered my wife said they were going to church and would be back by would see them in the afternoon. I mid-day." usually stay with them when my wife He said he went to the back door and goes and works nightshift. I'm so sad saw that the house was a mess with because I loved my children. All I can rice, food, plates and clothes strewn all do now is leave everything in God's over the place. hands." "It was still quiet so I thought they had Police West spokeswoman Naina gone to church. I saw people gathering Ragigia said investigations are nearby so I went around to the front continuing and a 22-year-old suspect 4 is being questioned to ascertain the door, it was all closed. "I pushed the door, I saw my daughters all lying there and blood everywhere. I ran and hugged my wife, tried to press 4 her chest, then to my baby. "I called her name but there was no answer. I knew I couldn't do anything so I moved on to my other three LOCAL air travellers will be able daughters, pressing their chest. I kept to enjoy the services of brand new calling out their names. There was domestic carrier Inter Island Airways some movement so I called out to the from March next year. taxi driver to help me load all my four Barney Sene, the president and CEO children and for him to take them to of Inter Island Airways Fiji Limited and Aviana Airways Corporation, said hospital. "Then I came back and lifted my wife. the airline was close to completing It was hard, but all the people who had certification with the Civil Aviation gathered just stood there staring. No Authority of Fiji. one came to help me, no one wanted Upon completion, Inter Island Airways to come near me. I saw a man from the Fiji plans to launch domestic services village so I called out to him and he mid-March next year. helped me lift my wife into the second taxi." He said he never believed he would face such a traumatic experience. "When I left home, I told my kids I cause of the alleged killing of Tongan national Sisi Taofa Patolo and her baby Sera. She also confirmed that three of the deceased's children were still admitted at the Lautoka Hospital. She said the sisters - Fisi Peau, 5, Grace Patolo, 5, and Ana Kaitonua, 3 - were seriously injured during the violent incident.

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Members of the public will be able to inspect the National Register of Voters at display centers across Fiji from the 19th until the 24th of December. The Acting Permanent Secretary Responsible for Elections, Mohammed Saneem, said that Fijians who have registered to vote are encouraged to visit one of these centers to check their voter details. We want to make sure the Register contains the correct and most up-todate information so that we can assign individuals to the appropriate polling station, he said. The Permanent Secretary also said

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Longer Open Hours At No Cost

BUSINESSES in the Capital City will not have to apply for permits to extend opening hours in the city. Suva City Council special administrator Chandu Umaria has extended opening hours to 10pm daily until January 1 next year. "SCC is waiving the application processes. Sometimes this little requirement takes up time," said Mr Umaria. "This also means there is no need to pay fees as well. "This is the festive season and we want businesses to make the most of the shopping frenzy. "Furthermore, SCC services such as garbage collection will continue as normal, even on public holidays." Mr Umaria said nightclubs, bars and restaurants would have to follow the regulated hours as per the law. This move has been welcomed by the Suva Retailers Association. Association president Himmat Lodhia said it was an extremely good gesture on the part of SCC. "A lot of businesses in Suva would like to open for longer hours. MHCC, TappooCity and Damodar City are opening longer," said Mr Lodhia. Some of these businesses, headed, had security concerns. "Some will not open due to their location while some may extend hours slightly." According to Mr Lodhia, the consumers were the ones benefitting the most. He said other municipalities should also follow suit.









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FIJIANS living illegally overseas can also register to vote in next year's elections. This was confirmed by Attorney- General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum this week. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the registering team would focus on registering Fijians living in Australia because many Fijians lived there. He said they hoped to start registering Fijians living overseas from next year. "Someone asked me if we would register over-stayers, yes, of course as far as we are concerned, they are Fijian citizens," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. "Whatever their immigration status is in the country where they are living in at the moment that's not our issue, as long as they are Fijian citizens we will register them. "So Australia is the big one and we have obviously learnt from the experience in

New Zealand. "There may be an opportunity to go back to New Zealand to register some people who may have missed out." He said people living overseas would have to first showed their interest by using the website set up by the elections line ministry. The A-G said when Fijians, including over-stayers, show their interest in the website, it would help the elections office in terms of planning. "You have to ensure that the registration process is completely creditable, otherwise you may have somebody sitting in Sydney and registering 100 people who don't exist, so that's equally important," he said. "And as you know some people do get to those kinds of activities if given the opportunity." The voter roll is accessible to members of the public.

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FIJI Airways is launching the first direct flights from Australia to the Fijian capital Suva.
The twice weekly direct flights from late nights on Mondays and Fridays, Sydney, on Fiji Airways' B737-700 while the return Apia-Suva flights will aircraft, will start in May, and will operate in the mornings of Tuesday and give Aussies easier access to the resort Saturday. islands of Kadavu and Toberua. This will now allow Apia passengers The services will operate on Mondays to connect on a Fiji Airways service and Fridays, with a midday departure 6 to Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane or from Suva and an afternoon departure Nuku'alofa (Tonga) on the same day. from Sydney. These new flights will allow better Fiji Airways will also launch the first 6 connections to intra-Fiji destinations, Suva to Samoa (Apia) route, operated via the newly rebranded Fiji Link by subsidiary Pacific Sun, soon-to-be subsidiary to be rebranded in 2014. rebranded as Fiji Link. The change in schedule will now mean The Suva-Apia services will operate earlier arrivals to Nadi from Auckland allowing New Zealanders to travel to the north and outer islands on the same day that they arrive. Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler said: "We're excited about the introduction of these two new services from May next year, which will allow Australian travellers to further explore and experience all that Fiji has to offer. "The introduction of the direct Sydney to Suva flight will open up tourism for Suva, Pacific Harbour and islands such as Kadavu and Toberua."

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A man who fatally stabbed Auckland teenager Christie Marceau has been denied parole. Akshay Anand Chand, 21, was jailed last year on charges of kidnap, assault and threatening to kill, but was found not guilty of murder by reasons of insanity. He has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and the Parole Board ruled it was "clear cannot be considered for release" as he remains an "undue risk to the safety of the community". In a decision released, the board said an updated psychiatric report stated Chand now has a "well-established diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia which is currently stable due to medication". "He is seen as compliant and attending all unit groups but is seen to have a lack of motivation to do anything beyond what is asked of him or to work to identify his treatment needs," the board said. "He has been encouraged by staff to explore things relating to his risk to society, his status as an insanity acquittee as well as a prisoner and the psychological factors that may have contributed to his offending. He will continue to work with a psychologist on these things in the future." The board also noted that while Chand

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year, but a date has not yet been set. In November 2011, Chand, then 18, stabbed Miss Marceau repeatedly in her North Shore home. She died in her mother's arms. Chand was on bail at the time and was facing charges of kidnapping, threatening and assaulting the 18-yearold university student two months earlier. He was on a 24-hour curfew and had been ordered not to associate with, attempt to contact, or go anywhere near Miss Marceau or her home. But just 32 days after his release on bail, Chand walked to her house armed with a hammer and kitchen knife, and killed her.

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Pita Driti Jailing A Backward Step For Fiji, Says Mara

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A five years jail sentence given to Pita Driti, a former Brigadier-General of the Royal Fijian Military Force, by the Fiji High Court's Mr Justice Madigan on Wednesday December 11 contradicts an earlier jury decision, says Ratu Tevita Mara. It is a reminder that Fiji is back under the law of the jungle, Mara said in Tonga last Friday. Mara a former Lieutenant Colonel of the RFMF, who has been self-exiled in Tonga since 2011, told Matangi Tonga Online on December 13 that Justice Madigan's decision crushed an earlier decision by a jury who found that Pita Driti was not guilty of seditious charges brought by the regime of Commodore Bainimarama. But I would rather leave it at that, said Ratu Tevita Mara, who did not want to elaborate but was clearly unhappy with Justice Madigan's decision to jail Driti. Frustration According to a Fiji Times report on the sedition case, it was alleged that during August and October 2011, Pita Driti the Brigadier-General of the RFMF had seduced Manasa Ralawa Tagicakibau by expressing his dislike and frustration over the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum's alleged control over decisions made by the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. Lt. Col. Tevita Mara was one of the four Fijian senior military officers who with Commodore Bainimarama overthrew the democratically elected Government of Fiji on December 5, 2006. But Tevita has since confessed that what they did was in his opinion illegal, and that he wanted a democratic government back in Fiji. Ratu Tevita Mara reiterated that a High Court decision in 2009 had announced that Commodore Bainimarama's government was an illegal regime. In 2011 Ratu Tevita Mara was charged with inciting sedition, but while on bail he fled aboard a Tongan navy patrol boat to take refuge in Tonga in May 2011. Commodore Bainimarama has declared Ratu Tevita Mara to be a fugitive, and wants him extradited back to Fiji to stand trial for sedition, and for jumping bail.


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It was a perfect Christmas gift to the people of Beqa and the villagers of Raviravi as their new Nursing Station was officially opened by the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. The government spent over $400,000 for the new Raviravi Nursing Station and has brought relief to the people of Beqa. Village elder Seruveveli Ratuvukivuki said for years they have been struggling and facing problems to take patients to

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A lawyer convicted of perverting the course of justice in Fiji has failed in his bid to practice law again in Queensland. Abhay Kumar Singh, 56, was convicted in October 2006 after he approached a witness in a 2003 corruption case, requesting he change his evidence. Although Mr Singh initially pleaded guilty to the offence, he subsequently appealed, unsuccessfully, in the Fiji Court of Appeal and the Fiji Supreme Court. He served six months in home detention and the Fiji Law Society cancelled his practising certificate. A Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruling in April removed Mr Singh from the local roll of legal practitioners, which led to his Supreme Court appeal against the ruling. The Supreme Court this week dismissed that appeal. In the written judgment, Justice Margaret McMurdo said Mr Singh had demonstrated "11th hour" remorse, inferring he had received "strong and prudent legal advice" to that effect. "It is true that the offending at the root of this appeal occurred 10 years ago, but on any view it was gravely reprehensible conduct, the more so when committed by a legal practitioner," she said. "Whilst an officer of the court, he sought to interfere with the proper administration of justice by attempting to bribe a witness in a criminal trial and then encouraged the witness to bring a spurious action against the police. "...It undermined public confidence both in the criminal justice system and in the legal profession. "It plainly demonstrated he is not a fit and proper person to be a legal practitioner." Mr Singh had argued he had "proved his worthiness" in his law practice

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Civil servants will receive their pay $36,530-$46,553 8% rise during their first pay in January $46,554-$49,739 7% next year. $49,740 - $60,556 5% since, he had learnt his lesson and had Public Service Commission (PSC) $60,557 - $75,970 4% a clean record for 10 years. permanent secretary Mr Parmesh Chand said that the Permanent However Justice McMurdo said Chand said that following the 2014 Secretary for Defense, National Mr Singh had "compounded" his budget announcement by the Prime Security and Immigration has been conviction by not failing to disclose it to Minister Voreqe Bainimarama this requested to make amendments to the the Queensland admitting authorities. year, civil servants will be awarded a relevant Regulations where necessary And although Mr Singh had since 8 pay rise as part of efforts to improve to effect the applicable pay increase for expressed remorse, Justice McMurdo the quality of Government services for those in the disciplined services. said it could "be given only limited the public. He said the pay rise will not This Pay Increase does not affect all 8 be backdated but it will be effective on allowances for the three discipline weight". "Only by a prolonged period of January 1, 2014. forces that are pegged to Basic Salary. exemplary conduct following his The provision of the increase in The increase will be applicable to recent discovery of remorse and insight salaries and wages will apply to all Permanent Officers including those will he be able to demonstrate that he the government employees, including who are currently serving their is a fit and proper person to be a legal officers in the Fiji Military Forces, probation periods, officers serving practitioner and that the public is no Fiji Police Forces, Prison Services and on local contract terms, temporary longer in need of protection from him," Forest Guard personnel, he said. officers including temporary relievers, she said. Government Wage Earner and Special government wage earners and project However, Justice McMurdo left the Constabularies are also included and officers. door open for Mr Singh to continue his will be awarded a 10% increase across The adjustment of salaries, however legal career at a later date. the board. will not apply to officers whose salaries "He appears to have a genuine love The computations of increase in salary are determined under the Judges of the law, demonstrated by his for the Established Officers are as Remuneration and Emoluments Act progression from police officer to follows : and the Prescription of Salaries Act. The lawyer, his many years of legal practice $10,292-$16,159 23% increase is not applicable to expatriate in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, and $16,160-$20,944 18% officers on Staff Supplementation his successful completion of a Masters $20,945 - $26,844 12% Scheme and those serving on contract of Law degree at the University of $26,845 - $36,529 10% terms, PS Chand said. Queensland," she said. "Lawyers who have worked with him Read the Fiji Times Canada online over the years speak well of his legal www.fijitimescanada.com ability. "It may be that once he is no longer prohibited from admission as a lawyer in Fiji, and with supporting current evidence from practising lawyers, he Immigration Counsellors Ltd. will be able to persuade this court that his return to the practice of the law would no longer present a risk to the protection of the Queensland public and that he is a fit and proper person WE KNOW IMMIGR ATION MAT TERS! for re-admission to the Queensland WE ARE AN EXPERIENCED AND legal profession. FULLY QUALIFIED CERTIFIED TEAM "The material he has placed before this OF IMMIGRATION EXPERTS. court stating his new-found remorse and insight into his past conduct is a SUP ER VISA positive first step in realising that goal."

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The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on the key stakeholders in the health sector to re-look at the antibacterial soaps and body washes which comes with a claim that people using them will stay away from falling sick. Many consumers are buying antibacterial soaps and body washes, which are readily available in the Fijian market these days, some are even locally produced, therefore, it is crucial to know if these products are indeed worth the claim of fighting germs. We have locally produced antibacterial soaps, medicated soaps and hand washes carrying labels such as: antibacterial hand wash ensures 99 per cent germ removal, after use, no other medicated soap is needed while another one reads: this soap eliminates common bacteria on the skin creating a protective barrier. Weather these products truly kill 99 per cent germs or act as protective barriers is indeed a matter to be tested and the Council would like to see the evidence. The Councils call comes in light of a

recent statement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wanting the makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than regular soaps in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. The U.S. FDA stated that unless companies can do that, they would have to reformulate or re-label these products if they want to keep them on the market. FDA has not been provided with data that shows these products are any more effective at preventing people from getting sick than washing with plain soap and water. Welcoming such a move, the Council is also urging the relevant authorities here to scrutinize these products which are flocking our markets and is calling for a system to be put in place whereby the local manufacturers and importers must provide evidence. Otherwise, the products should not be carrying labels with antibacterial claims and should be relabeled.


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THE Fiji franchise of an Australianowned specialty coffee company has revealed plans to expand its reach to the Western Division. And while the company was still exploring its options to set up shop in Nadi and Lautoka, Gloria Jean's Coffees (Fiji) master franchisee Ariel de Asa said this would possibly bring employment opportunities for 10-15 people. "In terms of expansion, we are branching out to the West hopefully next year and most likely looking at Nadi and Lautoka. We are looking at potential sites but we haven't confirmed anything," he said. "If we take this on, employment opportunities would depend on the size of the outlet. Our usual minimum number of employees would be about six people but we could go to up to 15

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people." He said the coffee franchise in Fiji had been progressing well over the past year and the company's latest investment was a sign of confidence in Fiji's improving economic conditions. Mr de Asa said they recently opened a sixth coffee shop at Damodar City Centre last Saturday and injected a "considerable investment" in the design and look of the coffee house. "There are 14 staff members for the coffee shop at the Damodar City Centre. The Damodar City outlet is a bigger store because we have an upstairs and downstairs area. This is what makes it unique and different from the other stores." He said they incorporated new global designs with a fresher look and colours than previous designs. Those, he said, were also based on overseas designs.

FIJI would have been more developed if farming was given more attention, says Bank of Baroda Fiji operation CEO Pabitra Das. During a trip to the North, Mr Das said Fiji was blessed with the necessary natural resources for such ventures. "In Fiji, if we throw any type of seed in the soil it will automatically germinate. "However farmers seem to lag behind a lot because of unregulated prices of farming produce throughout the country." Mr Das said the difference in farm produce prices across markets in the country affected farmers a lot.


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Abdul Khan Off To India To Draw $15M From EXIM Loan

Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman, Abdul Khan, left the country for India to receive part of the balance from the EXIM Bank of India loan facility for mill upgrading. Mr Khan said he will receive US$2.75 million in one block and US$5.3 million in another bringing the total sum to US$8.05 million (FJ$15.12 million). Basically, this money will be used for maintenance of mill equipment and buying of new mill equipment to further improve our sugar extraction, he said. So what we have to do is sign the contract and get the equipment here in the maintenance season to have it all finished. They have now approved that balance and what we are doing at the moment is we have got contracts in place for utilising that money. Mr Khan is expected to sign the deal in the next couple of days. I just need to check the technicalities are all good and we need to ensure the timeline is ok for us so that we can have the maintenance done for the next season, he said. The Fiji Sugar Corporation usually has six months to carry out maintenance work before the sugarcane crushing season begins. Two separate sums Mr Khan said the reason for two separate sums is because one block is from the balance of the facility and the other is the principle amount which had been repaid. The US$2.75 million is the balance of the EXIM Bank of Indias facility of US$50 million and the US$5.3m is the principle which we had already paid back, he said. Mr Khan said the repaid amount was a result of the fact that although the mills were not working up to the standard after the initial upgrade, the corporation never defaulted in terms of repayment of the loan facility. Benefits of the upgrade Mr Khan said Government initiative for the restructure of the sugarcane industry means the Fiji Sugar Corporation has to embark on the continuous improvement programme. As the years go past, we are continuously improving our mills in terms of reliability, the ability to expect maximum sugar and to avoid waste, he said. Some of the work which was done during the initial mill upgrade was not up to the required standard so we have to look at that, he said. What we are looking for is saying we need to continuously improve our mills. Mr Khan said he would not be able to

Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman, Abdul Khan (right), left for India
give any figures for next year at this stage. What will be the figures next year I do not know but as we get closer to the harvesting season and see how the crops are like, then I can say something, he said. The full loan from the EXIM Bank of India is expected to be paid back in 10 years after the moratorium period has expired. Mr Khan had earlier confirmed the interest rate on the original loan was just under two per cent per annum.



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One woman is left permanently disabled every day in Fiji as a result of violence from her husband or partner, new research has found. A report by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre has also revealed that more than 70 women lose consciousness every day and about 40 others are injured. Women's rights groups in Fiji are appealing for more to be done to combat violence against women in the country. The coordinator of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre Shamima Ali says the findings are worrying but attitudes are slowly changing. "It is taken a lot more seriously but there are still huge areas where improvement needs to occur," she said. "There is increased information, increased knowledge and increased concern around this issue over the years. "And more people are coming on board so that is a positive thing." The report says the rate of violence against women in Fiji is among the highest in the world. More than 60 per cent of women who've been in an intimate relationship have experienced physical or sexual violence from their partner.

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FIJIANS who still have not registered and those turning 18 years in January can still register their names to be part of the election next year. The printing of the 40 sets of National Register of Voters cost the elections line ministry $180,000. "We intend to print more and the 40 sets will be distributed across the country," Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said. "These books will need to be updated because there will be people who will need to be included in these rolls. "We published this as a provisional roll and it tells you the period of registration as at 15th November." Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the idea of increasing the number of polling stations was to make voting an easy

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BOASTING to be Fiji's first cake exporting factory, Gennis Foods (Fiji) Limited trading as Bakewell Cakes has invested about $2.5million to set up business in Lami. And with the first shipment expected to leave Fiji by February next year, managing director Nikos Gennis said this would be the start of a new industry. "Fiji has never exported cake in a container so going by my past sales, I'm expecting to export 50,000 cakes a week in the next 12 months and increasing after that," he said. "My markets will be Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada and parts of the European Union. I've been serving them for so many years and I've told them what I'm going to do here in Fiji. "I'm not going to supply fresh cakes anymore. I'm going to supply frozen cakes, which is bigger than fresh cakes business. "If you go to Australian supermarkets and look in their big freezers, they've got every frozen cake you can think of. This is a new industry so when the first container leaves this country, it'll be a new business. There's a lot of work still to be done but that's what I'm aiming for." Mr Gennis, who is of Greek descent and an Australian citizen, said it took him two years and a substantial investment to rebuild the factory. He said business was progressing positively and was a source of income for 20 people. With 60 different flavoured-cakes and pastries to choose from, Mr Gennis said, affordable pricing contributed to the popularity of his products. Mr Gennis plans to export his first shipment of frozen cakes to Tonga and Samoa before expanding to his intended markets.

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Fiji has been allocated a grant of up to US$3.8mil to support REDD+ readiness efforts in the country. REDD+ is an initiative that encourages developing countries to contribute to greenhouse gas emission reductions by reducing deforestation, forest degradation and by promoting forest conservation, sustainable management of forests and increasing forest carbon stocks. Amongst others, the grant will support a more informed participation of stakeholders (especially local communities) in REDD+, the development of instruments to ensure optimal benefits for resource owners and the better monitoring of Fijis forests. The resolution passed at the 16th meeting of participants committee of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) saw Fiji included as a REDD+ country in the FCPF and allocated a readiness preparation grant of up to US$3.8mil for a 4-year phase. The funds were granted after a rigorous review process of REDD+ readiness preparation proposals (RPPs) submitted by 11 countries. Fiji was one

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The 20-year-old driver was earlier charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and three counts of occasioning grievous bodily harm. He appeared in the Ba Magistrates court earlier this week and was released on $500 bail with his grandfather acting as his surety. Osea Seru has been ordered not to drive and his license has also been seized. Seru has also been ordered to report to Vatukoula Police Station once a week. He is expected to appear in court on January 27th.

Fiji can become a peaceful, united and non-discriminatory nation by emulating the virtue of forgiveness that was the cornerstone of former South African President Nelson Mandelas life. In a moving memorial service organised by the South African High Commission at the Centenary Church Monday afternoon, His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said Fijians have much to learn from this beacon of moral clarity. The President, who met the global leader twice, said Mr Mandela had the quality of qualities that resonates with Fijians which was the capacity to forgive. We watched in awe as one man led the entire nation in a collective act of forgiveness and reconciliation and inclusion, the scale of which the world has never seen. It resonated with us. It was the kind of thing we would like to think we are capable of. He said as Fiji embarks on its own path under the new Constitution, the nation must embrace Madibas belief that

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there was no reason that any person should face discrimination of any sort at the hands of his or her fellow citizen. We too must embrace this way of thinking if we are to build a nation that is more just, more equal, and more united, the head of State said. As Fiji moves forward into a new era of substantive equality and justice for all, let us all commit ourselves to following the path lit by Madiba. To embrace true democracy, true equality, compassion, love, unity, and respect for all Fijians, no matter what their ethnicity, religion, gender or background, he said. The memorial service was attended by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Attorney General Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum and Minister for Youth and Sports, Viliame Naupoto. Also in large numbers were diplomats, heads of non-government organisations, church leaders, expatriates and business people. Meanwhile Government departments and agencies flew the Fijian flag at half mast Monday to commemorate the event.

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Aries: Those in government services can look forward to some favourable changes. A large contract for some development of some kind could be forthcoming. Gains are indicated from whatever you initiate today. Good news about overseas travel will also be conveyed to you. Taurus: A favourable week to meet people and establish new contacts. An important meeting scheduled for week will be a success. Better prospects for work and career are indicated. Matters concerning an elder cause concern. You may feel exhausted towards the end of a hectic week Gemini: Now is the time to implement your new plans and schemes. There are going to be some changes in your work set-up. Gains through family estate are likely. Those in creative field or in communications will find it a very rewarding week.

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to do with a health problem that is bothering you. Libra: A good proposal for investment in land and property may come to you, which may interest you. A family get together in the evening proves enjoyable. If you have doubts about plans for investment it would be better to seek the advice of an experienced person or a consultant. Scorpio: You will be developing new ideas and incorporating these in your work. However, you should handle all important issues personally. New work proposals look promising but you should look out for loop holes that will be there. Sagittarius: An important task will be given to you which require full time concentration and hard work. Relationships with colleagues are good. Others will go out of their way to help you. This is the opportunity for you to prove your talent. Rest assured that your work will

be completed on time. Capricorn: All round progress and prosperity is predicted for you. Gains from new investment or your work are indicated. However, there could be some minor delays in processing the papers. Friends will drop in to see you. An impromptu outing for going on a drive will prove exciting in this week. Aquarius: New work offers and business proposals are likely to materialize. You can invest your time and money in fresh ventures for these are sure to prove profitable. Expansion in your activities may require you to purchase some new property or land. Pisces: A successful week in all aspects. If looking for a new job you will get a suitable offer. Those desirous of setting up their own venture will now be able to do so. Those appearing for tests or interviews are assured success.

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Doctors in China have reattached a man's severed hand after keeping it alive for a month by attaching it to his leg. The 25-year-old, identified by his nickname Xiao Wei, had his right hand sawn off by a drilling machine at work last month in Changde, in the central province of Hunan, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald said on Tuesday. The damage was too severe to re-attach the hand immediately, so surgeons grafted it onto his lower leg, just above his Achilles tendon, to keep it alive while the healing process began. Severed limbs can be saved if their

Chinese Surgeons Reattach A Man's Severed Hand After Keeping It Alive On His Leg For A Month
blood supply is restored within several hours of their amputation, depending on the circumstances. Earlier this month, doctors removed the hand and successfully reattached it to Xiao Wei's arm in a nine-hour operation. He will have to go through several further operations and rehabilitation therapy to restore the limb's function, the report added. "It's just like building a house," the paper quoted Tang Juyu, Xiao Wei's primary doctor, as saying. "Currently the main body is established. There will have to be interior decorations in the future."

A lawyer for an Indian driver who fled Australia after a fatal car accident says his client would not receive a fair trial if he was extradited because of hatred towards Indian students. Puneet Puneet, 24, hit two students as they walked across a road in Melbourne in 2008. Queensland student Dean Hofstee, 19, died at the scene. Puneet's lawyer Anil Mittal told a New Delhi court he opposed his client's extradition to Melbourne to face trial because of the "hatred towards Indian students in Australia". Mr Mittal cited hate messages on Australian social media sites against Puneet as evidence that his life would be threatened if he returned and that he would not receive a fair trial. Several attacks on Indian students in Australia in 2011 outraged India and led to accusations of racism against migrants, sparking a diplomatic row between the two countries. Mr Mittal also accused Australian police of pressuring Puneet into

Lawyer For Indian Driver Puneet Puneet Accuses Australia Of Racism, Protests Extradition Over Fatal Crash
confessing to the crime, but did not give details. "The guilty plea was taken out of him under pressure," the lawyer told the magistrate's court. "We are opposing his extradition. The trial for the charges that he is facing can be held in India." Puneet, who is being held in Delhi's Tihar jail, was in court along with members of his family. Australian police estimated Puneet, who had a provisional driver's licence at the time of the crash, was driving at 148 kilometres per hour - more than double the legal limit in the area. He also tested positive for alcohol. Puneet was charged with culpable driving and negligently causing serious injury, then bailed on strict conditions including the surrender of his passport. But he later fled using a fellow Indian's passport. After four years on the run from police in India, he was arrested in late November in the northern state of

Punjab. Prosecutors said the Indian government had already agreed to extradition, and the court just needed to submit a report

to the government for the process to go ahead. The court fixed January 9 as the date for the next hearing.

Singapore To Deport 53 Foreign Workers Over Riot

Singapore says it will deport 53 foreign workers for their involvement in the country's worst riot in more than 40 years. Another 28 face criminal charges for the riot, which broke out earlier this month in Singapore's Little India district. The violent protests broke out after an Indian national was knocked down and killed by a bus. The outbreak of public disorder is rare in strictly-governed Singapore. The wealthy city-state depends heavily on foreign workers, with migrant labourers from South Asia dominating low-paid sectors like construction. Many congregate in Little India on Sundays to shop, drink and socialise. 'Right of appeal' The men facing deportation consisted of 52 Indian nationals and one Bangladeshi national, Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee said. Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean said: "We have taken strong and decisive action to charge and to repatriate those who took part in the riot, to send a strong signal that we will not tolerate actions by anyone which threaten law and order in Singapore." Those being deported failed to disperse despite police orders and "threatened public order, making their continued presence in Singapore undesirable", the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday. Another 200 workers present at the riot are believed to have played a "relatively passive" role and will be given police advisories but allowed to stay in Singapore, the ministry said. Law Minister K Shanmugam told reporters on Tuesday that under Singapore's Immigration Act, foreigners considered a threat to public security could be repatriated. However, Human Rights Watch's Asia deputy director, Phil Robertson, urged greater "transparency" in the deportation decisions. "It's an issue of due process," Mr Robertson told the BBC. "Singapore does have a policy of deport first and ask questions later." "No one is excusing the people who used violence on that day... but in the case of the deportations it's not clear how the decision was taken, what evidence was brought against these people, or whether they had the opportunity to present their version of the story." Activist group Workfair Singapore, which campaigns on labour conditions, said the "arbitrary deportation" without trial raised "grave concerns". "The Controller of Work Passes should not have arbitrary powers to revoke work passes without the right of appeal, or the Police Commissioner to determine culpability," it said. More than 18 people, mostly police officers, were injured in the riot on December 8. About 400 foreign workers took to the streets, hurling railings at police and torching police cars and an ambulance. Last year, a strike by mainland Chinese bus drivers shone a spotlight on the low wages paid to some migrant workers and the conditions in which some live. Four of the drivers, who complained they were paid less than their Singaporean counterparts and at the state of their employer-provided accommodation, were jailed.

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India Moves Diplomat Devyani Khobragade To UN Mission, Following Arrest In New York That Sparked Diplomatic Row
India has transferred a diplomat at the centre of a political row with the United States to its UN mission in New York in an attempt to give her full diplomatic immunity. The transfer of deputy consular general Devyani Khobragade to the United Nations Permanent Mission came after Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid pledged to "restore the dignity" of the diplomat who was stripsearched during her 48-hour detention in New York last week. "To ensure diplomatic immunity to Devyani, India has shifted her to the United Nations Permanent Mission in New York," Mr Khurshid is quoted in India media as saying. India's foreign ministry is yet to confirm the reports. The row was triggered when Ms Khobragade, 39, was arrested last week on charges of visa fraud and making false statements about how much she paid her maid, an Indian national. Ms Khobragade is alleged to have paid her maid just $3.31 an hour despite signing a contract to pay her three times that amount. The diplomat pleaded not guilty and reportedly had plans to challenge the arrest on grounds of diplomatic immunity. Anger in India boiled when it was revealed that Ms Khobragade was stripsearched following her arrest, and held in a cell with with other detainees, some of whom where allegedly drug addicts. "I must admit that I broke down many times as the indignities of repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches, swabbing, in a hold-up with common criminals and drug addicts were all being imposed upon me

India's deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade was arrested by US authorities as she dropped her daughter at school.

despite my incessant assertions of immunity," she said in the email. Around 30 protesters gathered outside the US embassy on Wednesday. "The way our diplomat was insulted, stripped, handcuffed on the road, put behind bars with goons and thugs, all this has caused anguish for the people of our country," Hindu nationalist Jai Bhagwan Goyal said at the rally. US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf admitted it was a "sensitive issue" but insisted protocol was followed. "Thus far all indications are that appropriate procedures were followed," Ms Harf said. "But nonetheless... we understand this is a very sensitive issue, and we're continuing to review exactly what transpired." She said as a consular official, Ms Khobragade does not have full diplomatic immunity, but has consular immunity which "only applies to things done in the actual functions of one's job." India increases pressure on US officials The latest move comes after the Indian government launched several reprisals against US diplomatic officials, including revoking identity cards that speed up travel into and through India. The government also vowed to stop all import clearances for the US embassy, while Indian security forces removed barricades from outside the US embassy in New Delhi. India's parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said the arrest was a slap in the face to all of India. "The United States needs to come out of the mindset that there are still banana republics in this world," Mr Nath said.

Delta boss Richard Anderson said the airline will ban mobile phone calls on planes even if US regulators allow the technology to be used in-flight. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently said it would consider lifting its ban on inflight calls. Mr Anderson said a majority of Delta's customers who were surveyed indicated calls would be "a disruption to the travel experience". He added in-flight crews also objected to allowing mobile phones to be used. "Even as technology advances and as regulations are changed, we will not

US Airline Delta Says No To Mobile Phone Calls On Planes

only consider what we can do, but as importantly we will also consider what is right for our customers and our employees," said Mr Anderson in a memo to staff. While the FCC has indicated it is open to amending its rules, another US agency - the Transportation Department - has said it is thinking about instituting a ban of its own. A recent poll by the Associated Press news agency suggested that 48% of Americans opposed allowing mobile phone calls during flights. Among those who flew at least once last year, it was 59%.

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Two winning tickets have been sold for the US's second largest jackpot in history, the $636m Mega Millions draw, lottery officials say. They said one ticket was sold in California, at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose, and another ticket was sold in Atlanta, Georgia. Long queues were reported around the country in stores selling the tickets ahead of the draw. The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20 and 39, with a Megaball of 7. The current American jackpot record is $656m - that was split between three winners in 2012. The jackpot was previously estimated at $586m, but on Tuesday lottery officials increased their prediction due to strong ticket sales. 'Time for believing' Undeterred by odds of one in 259 million, large queues of would-be winners formed at petrol stations and convenience stores in the 43 US states that participate in the draw.

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If received in a lump cash sum as opposed to an annuity, the total would be $341m, a lottery official reported. "I feel it. I believe. It's Christmas. It's time for believing and I know I'm going to win it," Nesha Isahak told Reuters news agency as she bought her ticket at a newsstand in Manhattan, New York. "I think there's absolutely no way I am going to win this lottery," Tanya Joosten, 39, told the Associated Press news agency in Milwaukee. "But it's hard for such a small amount of money to not take the chance." Not every winner need face the routine news conference with a bottle of bubbly and chunky cardboard cheque. Six US states allow lottery winners to remain anonymous: South Carolina, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota and Ohio. In several other states, it is reportedly possible for winners to keep their names secret by claiming their jackpot through a trust or a limited liability company.


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A wine dealer has been found guilty in New York of manufacturing fake vintage bottles for illegal profit. Rudy Kurniawan, 37, was convicted on two counts of wire and postal fraud in federal court on Wednesday. He was accused of fooling buyers into thinking wine made in his Arcadia, California, kitchen was rare. Arrested in 2012, the Indonesian-born vintner was accused of selling up to $1.3m in counterfeit bottles from 2004-12. Authorities were said to have found thousands of labels for fine Burgundy and Bordeaux wine along with full, unlabelled bottles in Kurniawan's home. 'Magic cellar' Kurniawan's fraud funded a lavish lifestyle in suburban Los Angeles, prosecutors said.

Fake Vintage Wine Dealer Rudy Kurniawan Found Guilty

An avid collector himself, Kurniawan was once considered one of the best aficionados in the world. In 2006 alone, it was believed he sold up to 12,000 bottles at auction. Prosecutors allege he produced at least 1,000 fake bottles in his kitchen, which Kurniawan referred to as his "magic cellar". "It is an enormous amount," prosecutor Joseph Facciponti told the media. "This was an operation on a massive scale." Defence attorney Jerome Mooney portrayed Kurniawan as a scapegoat who, in buying thousands of bottles of vintage wine, was bound to inadvertently purchase a few fakes given their widespread availability on the market. Kurniawan is due to be sentenced on 24 of April.

A passenger went into labour during a Wizz Air flight from Valencia in Spain to Bucharest and gave birth to a boy inside the aircraft just after it landed in the Romanian capital, the airline said. The woman requested assistance from the crew minutes before it was due to land on Tuesday at Bucharest's Otopeni airport, Romania's busiest, Eastern Europe's largest budget airline said in a statement. "During descent and while taxiing to the terminal, the passenger was assisted on a back row of the aircraft by a crew member and a doctor who was travelling on the same flight," it said. "Mother and newborn baby were met by the airport ambulance and taken to hospital. We are very proud of our crew who handled the situation with professionalism and care."

Woman Goes Into Labour As Plane Lands

The airline did not specify the passenger's nationality or age. "While this mother and her newborn baby seem well, we urge all our pregnant mothers not to risk their well-being and not to conceal their pregnancy," it added. Passengers must produce a certificate from a doctor if they are travelling after their 28th week of pregnancy, and cannot travel after their 34th week of pregnancy, the airline said. In August a 39-year-old Moroccan woman on a Royal Air Maroc flight between Casablanca and the Italian city of Bologna gave birth moments before the plane made an emergency landing at Barcelona's El Prat airport. Budapest-based Wizz Air flies more than 280 routes across Europe and has a fleet of 45 Airbus planes.

PIPPA Middleton - the sister of Britain's Duchess Catherine - has reportedly got engaged to her boyfriend Nico Jackson. The party planner - who is the sister of Britain's Duchess Catherine, the wife of Prince William - was surprised by a "romantic and grand" proposal from boyfriend Nico Jackson during their vacation to the luxury Oberi Amarvilas resort in India earlier this month. A source told Us Weekly magazine: "It was exactly how he planned it. Very romantic and grand." The couple - who have been dating for 15 months - have been celebrating their good news in private and are looking forward to a family Christmas before heading off on another trip, skiing in the Alps. It was previously claimed that Pippa, 30, and Nico, 36, plan to marry in Scotland. A source said recently: "A wedding in London would never compare to her sister Kate's of course, and the prospect of erecting a marquee at her parents' house in Bucklebury for a party after the wedding service would be too lowkey for her tastes these days." There was some talk of Pippa hunting out suitable wedding venues on her next trip to Scotland. Nico loves the country too - he thinks it's beautiful -

Kate's Sister Pippa Middleton Reported Engaged

but when it comes to wedding planning he'll leave that to Pippa. He will go along with whatever she wants. And what she wants at the moment is a wedding in the Scottish Highlands. "Nico would love a honeymoon in the Caribbean and a great bachelor party." Pippa attracted the attention of the world when she was the maid of honour at the wedding of her sister Catherine - formerly known as Kate Middleton - to heir-to-thethrone William on April 29, 2011. Pippa wowed in a white figure-hugging dress - designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

India is set to have a powerful independent agency with the task of investigating corruption within government, after parliament approved the long-delayed Lokpal bill on Wednesday. The bill, known as Lokpal after the Hindi word for ombudsman, was passed by the lower house after the ruling Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined forces in a rare display of unity. "It is historic and landmark legislation," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared. It follows a mass anti-corruption movement that swept the country in 2011, led by anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare. In recent years, Indians have become increasingly incensed with the Congress-led government which has been hit by a string of multi-billiondollar corruption scandals, from allegations of illegal distribution of cut-price telecom licences to the 2010 graft-tainted Commonwealth Games. The landmark Lokpal Act will set up an independent body that has the authority to use any investigation agency to probe suspected corruption. All ministers and senior public servants are covered by the bill, including the

India's Parliament Passes 'Historic' Anti-Corruption Law

prime minister. Those guilty of criminal misconduct and "habitually abetting corruption" could face 10 years in prison. Anna Hazare told a rally of supporters "this has been for the country... it has been a lot of work by a lot of people". The 76-year-old drank coconut water to break a nine-day fast that he had been staging to push for the bill in his home village in western Maharashtra state. BJP house leader Sushma Swaraj praised "the people of this country" for achieving passage of the bill, but added the main credit should go to "the old and fragile man Anna Hazare who has been fasting for so many days to press for competent anti-corruption legislation". The bill will now go to the president for formal approval and will serve as a model law for India's states, which are now required to set up their own anticorruption bodies. Some critics suggested the bill will make government policymakers reluctant to take any decision for fear of corruption charges. The regional Samajwadi party walked out of parliament in protest, with its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav calling the legislation "a dangerous bill" that "will paralyse decision making".

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More and more of us are eating out on a regular basis, whether it's for a business lunch, a girls' get together, or for a family meal. Eating out usually means that we have little control over how the food is prepared or how large the portion is. Foods eaten out tend to be higher in fat and research has shown that those who eat out regularly generally have higher intakes of fat, salt and calories. Studies have also shown that eating with friends can tempt us to overeat. Meals with multiple courses eaten over longer periods and with alcohol are all associated with overindulgence. Large serving bowls and spoons increase the likelihood of piling more food on your plate than you usually eat. Unlike packaged food, foods bought from cafes, restaurants etc don't have to carry nutritional information and so opting for the healthiest option might not always be obvious, or easy. However, with some knowledge and thought, eating out can be enjoyable and healthy!

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something is, or what it contains ask! If the waiter/waitress doesn't know, then the chef will. Think ahead, if you know you're eating out later and it could be a lavish affair, choose wisely earlier in the day to keep calories, fat, sugar and salt intakes under control. Don't eat an extra course just to be polite. Only order a sweet after the main course, and only if still hungry. Opt for sorbets, or fruit dishes to balance out a heavy main course. Think about sharing a course with a companion if the portions look large. Speak up about how you'd like a dish prepared eg ask for no mayonnaise, dressing on the side. You're more likely to overeat at an 'all you can eat' style buffet. Choose side orders of salad or vegetables to fill up on. Cut off any visible fat from meat to keep saturated fat intake down. Look out for smaller portions ie a main meal option as a starter size. Opt for dishes which are grilled, baked, steamed, poached or cooked in own juice rather than fried. Check the menu for dressings on salads and ask for it to be served separately. An otherwise healthy and nutritious salad could be drowned in a high fat sauce, bumping up its calorie content. Avoid cheese, cream or butterbased sauces If you're a cheese lover, think about sharing the cheese board option to keep saturated fat, salt and calorie intakes in check.

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A Canadian retiree has pledged to give a $C40 million ($42.3 million) lottery prize to charity, saying he does not need the money. "I've been fortunate enough, through my career, 44 years with a company. I did very well for myself," Tom Crist told the media. "I've done enough that I can look after myself, for my kids, so they can get looked after into the future. "I don't really need that money," The Calgary, Alberta resident retired as chief executive of an electrical wholesale company in September, four months after learning from lotteries officials that he had won the jackpot. Mr Crist had been golfing in California

Canadian Tom Crist To Give $42M Lotto Win To Charity

when he got the call. He says he waited until now to claim the jackpot because at the time he "just didn't know how to deal with it". "As soon as I hung up from my cellphone call from Western Canada Lottery I never thought about it," he said. "We finished our lunch, we went out golfing. "I've kept it a secret, even my kids didn't know until today." Mr Crist says the funds will be rolled into a trust fund and doled out to charities chosen by himself and his children over the coming years, in memory of his wife who died of cancer two years ago.

Marit McKenzie, 18, got controversial acne medication Diane-35 from pharmacy

Father Sues Shoppers Drug Mart Over Daughter's Death

CRTC says customers must be given option by next May The federal broadcast regulator says The move comes after the CRTC last cable and satellite companies must summer rejected Sun News Network's give their customers the option of bid for mandatory carriage status, subscribing to any Canadian news which would have forced cable and service they want, either in bundles or satellite companies to carry it on all a la carte, no later than next spring. basic digital and analog services. "Canadian news services are an However, in doing so the regulator important part of our democracy, acknowledged there are significant Canadian Radio-television and obstacles facing newly launched news Telecommunications Commission services. chair Jean-Pierre Blais said in a release The CRTC also said at the time that on the CRTC's website Thursday. it would review the framework for With the rules we are announcing national news services in the same today, Canadians, as citizens, will have category as Sun News Network, access to the news services that are including CBC News Network and of interest to them and will therefore CTV News Channel. have an opportunity to be exposed to a Sun News had described mandatory variety of opinions on matters of public carriage as do-or-die for the news concern." channel owned by media giant May deadline Quebecor. Among the measures announced is a requirement that Canadians be given the option to subscribe to all Canadian news services, either in bundles or la carte, no later than May 18, 2014. As it stands, upstart news services such as Sun News Network are not currently available as an option to subscribe to by customers of certain cable and satellite television providers.

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A Calgary father is suing Shoppers Drug Mart over his daughter's death nearly a year ago. Marit McKenzie, 18, died after taking Diane-35 a drug used to treat acne which also works as an oral contraceptive because it halts ovulation. But Health Canada says is not approved for use in Canada as an oral contraceptive. Bruce McKenzie says the family was unaware that Diane-35 could cause blood clots.She died last January after suffering four cardiac arrests, a pulmonary embolism and a brain hemorrhage. "Shoppers Drug Mart said that this medication might cause dizziness or headaches or nausea. But they failed to say that this drug might kill somebody from a blood clot, which all the other pharmacies that we pulled information from, that was the No. 1 thing they said." The lawsuit claims the drug store was negligent in providing the proper information about the risks associated with Diane-35. Shoppers Drug Mart issued a statement

Wednesday. "The death of this young woman is a tragedy and we extend our condolences to the McKenzie family for their loss," reads the statement. "As partners in Canadas health-care system, pharmacists work together with Health Canada, drug manufacturers and doctors to inform and counsel patients on the appropriate use and safety of their medications." The company wrote that they declined to comment further as the case was before the courts. Health Canada warnings It also alleges the pharmacy was negligent because it continued to renew McKenzies prescription despite Health Canada warnings to consumers about those risks. "The reality is that Health Canada has put out three warnings about this drug since its inception in 1998," said McKenzie. "Two days after my daughter died Health Canada put another warning on their website about this drug." McKenzie says he decided to go ahead with the lawsuit to raise awareness about this issue.

Loblaws has expanded its recall of outdoor LED lights that have loose wires which could pose a risk for electrocution or fire. Pure white and red at Home LED 70-count outdoor Christmas lights have been added to an earlier recall that included white, blue and multicoloured varieties.

Loblaws Expands Christmas Light Recall

The lights were sold across the country between September and Dec. 17. There have been no reports of injuries or property damage caused by the lights, the company said. The lights can be returned to the stores for a full refund with or without a receipt.


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Domestic Wireless Roaming Fees White Rock Polar Bear Swim On For 2014, But Its Future Looks Dim To Be Capped
Fines coming for violations of Wireless Code Customers of smaller wireless carriers such as Wind will soon no longer be charged huge premiums when they travel within Canada and roam on the networks of bigger carriers, the federal government has announced. Industry Minister James Moore said Wednesday that "in the coming weeks," the federal government plans to ban wireless providers from charging more for services to customers of carriers other than their own. "The roaming rates that Canada's largest wireless companies are charging other domestic providers can be more than 10 times what they charge their own customers," Moore said in a statement. "For too long, Canadian consumers in the wireless sector have been the victims of these high roaming costs." Smaller carriers such as Wind typically don't have as wide coverage with their own cellphone towers across Canada as the Big 3 Rogers, Bell and Telus. When their customers travel outside the range of Wind's network, they must use the towers of the bigger carriers, and may be charged high "roaming" rates. The CRTC has previously expressed concern that this makes it difficult for smaller carriers to compete, and has launched an investigation into wireless roaming rate agreements. Simon Lockie, chief regulatory officer for Wind Mobile, applauded the proposed cap on roaming rates. "Todays announcement will help ensure more competition and more choices for Canadians, he said in a statement. In an email to CBC News, Bell spokeswoman Jacqueline Michelis said the company looks forward to "seeing in more detail the legislation." Telus declined to comment, and as of 3 p.m. ET, Rogers had not responded to requests from CBC News for comment on Moore's announcement. The new caps on domestic roaming rates for voice, data and text services will be introduced as an amendment to the Telecommunications Act. Moore announced that the government will also be making amendments to the act that would allow the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which regulates the wireless industry, to fine companies that violate rules such as the new Wireless Code, which governs wireless customer contracts. Fines could also be imposed for violations of rules related to the deployment of wireless spectrum, services to rural areas, and the sharing of cellphone towers. CRTC roaming rates probe unaffected Tony Lacavera, CEO of small carrier Wind, says the policy will make a big difference in roaming rates across the country. "This roaming development is huge for Wind because it allows us to go out there with a whole new proposition. We can now offer Canadians national plans," he said in an interview with CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange. As it stands now, customers have their calls dropped and can't roam seamlessly on Wind plans, while costs have been prohibitive, he said. He expects the new regime will allow Wind to attract business customers and people who travel frequently. Lacavera said the big three telecom firms were supposed to share with small entrants, but it hasn't worked out that way. "We have not successfully been able to share their towers which is a big environmental concern building more sites and aesthetically, theyre pretty ugly too so we have had to build everything from scratch," he said. The CRTC announced last week that it is investigating wholesale roaming agreements across Canada to find out if wireless providers were placing their Canadian competitors at an unfair advantage, and will be launching a proceeding in 2014 to examine wireless competition in Canada. Neither the investigation nor the proceeding will be affected by Moore's announcement, a CRTC spokesperson told CBCNews.ca Wednesday. CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais disclosed last week that the commission had obtained information that Telus, Bell and Rogers were proposing to charge higher rates to smaller Canadian carriers such as Wind than they charge to U.S. wireless companies and was concerned. He noted that the commission had the authority "to ensure that companies do not give themselves an unfair competitive advantage" such as by charging "unjustly discriminatory" roaming rates. The regulator began gathering information about roaming rates earlier in the fall and is seeking public comments until Jan. 29. Its planned proceeding in 2014 will further examine competition in the wireless market and what measures might need to be taken if it is found to be "not sufficiently competitive."

The future of the White Rock polar bear swim is in doubt following a membership crisis at the Peace Arch Monarch Lions Club, which has been hosting the event for the past 43 years. Initially, the swim was set to be cancelled for the upcoming New Year's Day but those plans were salvaged when the City Of White Rock was able to find three volunteers to help out with the club's hosting duties. However, as the Lions Club is gearing up for the 44th incarnation of the popular event, it could very well be the organization's last year hosting. According to Sandy McKenzie, chairman of the club's membership committee, the current members are simply getting too old to continue their efforts and are desperately seeking younger, more ablebodied members to keep the club's various enterprises going. "The City of White Rock has stood up for us with three able-bodied people, but the problem is we're getting older and we need new members here," said McKenzie. Citing a lack of younger members as the key concern, McKenzie is hoping to find some new recruits during the upcoming swim. "As we get older, people are dying off," said McKenzie. "At our meeting the other day, there was an 91-yearold, someone who was 90 and a whole

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A husband and wife from Burnaby have been charged with fraud after hundreds of thousands of dollars disappeared from a real estate company in North Vancouver. Arthur Wong was the financial controller of the business between 2007 and 2009; he and and his wife Jessie are accused of misappropriating $360,000. Corporal Richard de Jong with North Vancouver RCMP says the pair appeared in court earlier this week and were released on strict conditions. [They had to] surrender their

Couple Accused Of Embezzling $360,000 From Local Company

bunch in their 80s." McKenzie said younger people might not be aware of the club's goals, which are to give back to the community through various charitable events and activities. Those initiatives include financially supporting the White Rock South Surrey Hospice, White Rock Leisure Services, Semiahmoo Rescue and St. John's Ambulance to name a few. "It all goes to the people in the community who need stuff, the food bank, the Salvation Army, cadets, local charities," he said. McKenzie also notes that those who might be wanting to do something but may be unsure about committing can also apply as volunteers and, despite a perception that it may be open to just men, the club is in fact open to anyone, regardless of gender or age. "Race, religion and politics do not come into it," he said. "We're after members and volunteers, there's no commitment, you don't have to show up for a certain amount of hours, you can just volunteer for different things." McKenzie said the Lions Club has a long tradition of community service in the area and it would be a shame to see it fade away. Information will also be available at the 2014 White Rock Polar Bear Swim, which will take place on Jan. 1 between noon and 2 p.m. just east of the pier by the big white rock.

passports, were directed to have no contact directly or indirectly with the employees of Unique Real Estate Accommodations and not to be employed in a position that requires them to handle any money that is not their own. Our fraud investigation unit and our economic crime unit spent numerous hours with search warrants and production orders to get sufficient evidence to lay criminal charges, says de Jong. Jessie Wong, was working as an accounting assistant with the company.

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Christmas Carols

Friday December 20, 2013

The First Noel

The First Noel the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east beyond them far, And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. And by the light of that same star Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a king was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went. This star drew nigh to the northwest, O'er Bethlehem it took it rest, And there it did both stop and stay Right over the place where Jesus lay. Then entered in those wise men three Full reverently upon their knee, and offered there in his presence Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord; That hath made heaven and earth of naught, And with his blood mankind hath bought

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul, With a corn cob pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made of coal. Frosty the Snowman, is a fairytale, they say. He was made of snow, but the children know he came to life one day. There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around! Oh, Frosty, the Snowman, was alive as he could be; and the children say he could laugh and play, just the same as you and me. Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump, look at Frosty go. Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump, over the hills of snow. Frosty the Snowman, knew the sun was hot that day, so he said, "Let's run, and we'll have some fun now, before I melt away." Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand, Running here and there, all around the square, sayin', "Catch me if you can." He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop; and only paused a moment, when he heard him holler, "Stop!" For Frosty, the Snowman, had to hurry on his way, But he waved goodbye, sayin' "Don't cry, I'll be back again some day."

Santa Claus is Coming to Town We Wish You A Merry Christmas

You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year. Good tidings to you, And all of your kin, Good tidings for Christmas, And a Happy New Year. We all know that Santa's coming, We all know that Santa's coming, We all know that Santa's coming, And soon will be here. Good tidings to you, And all of your kin, Good tidings for Christmas, And a Happy New Year. We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year He's making a list And checking it twice Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice Santa Claus is coming to town He sees you when you're sleeping He knows when you're awake He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake! O! You better watch out! You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town


Friday December 20, 2013


How To Protect The Christmas Tree From A Toddler

If you celebrate Christmas in your home as a holiday tradition, you may be concerned about your toddler disturbing the Christmas tree and potentially injuring themselves in addition to damaging the tree. Depending on how your Christmas tree is set up in your home, it may fall down or be hazardous to your toddler's health if ornaments or pine needles are eaten. If you are a concerned parent, there are steps you can take to protect the Christmas tree from your toddler and keep your toddler safe from any potential hazards that may occur. 1. Place your Christmas tree out of reach. This may discourage and prevent your toddler from playing with the tree. Set your Christmas tree on a table with tall height. This procedure may require you to purchase a Christmas tree shorter in height. To prevent your Christmas tree from falling down, place bricks or other heavy items onto the base of the tree stand. If your Christmas tree is in a corner or next to the wall, install eye hooks into the walls on either side of the tree, then string clear fishing line through the eye hooks and secure into place. This will secure the tree to the wall and prevent it from falling down. Place child safety gates around your Christmas tree. You may also want to consider placing the tree inside of a playpen or similar structure. 2. Decorate your Christmas tree with ornaments that are safe to handle. This will prevent your toddler from swallowing broken pieces of fragile ornaments or cutting themselves on glass ornaments. You may want to keep glass and valuable ornaments in storage until your child is old enough to safely handle them. If you insist on decorating your tree with glass or valuable ornaments, place them in the top section of the Christmas tree where your toddler cannot reach them. Refrain from decorating your tree with superficial ornaments that resemble popcorn, candy, or other food items that may seem appetizing to your toddler. An alternate strategy is to put edible food items on the tree that will not harm your toddler if eaten; such as soft, gummy candy. Place ornaments made of soft materials on the Christmas tree; such as ribbons or crafted ornaments that have been made from felt. 3. Place decorations that contain strands or string in the upper branches of the tree. Christmas tree lights, tinsel, or strands of garland can serve as potential choking hazards if your toddler handles them. If you insist on hanging Christmas tree lights on the bottom section of your tree, use lights with smaller bulbs. Larger bulbs may be extremely hot and can burn your toddler's fingers. 4. Hide electrical outlets being used by adornments on your Christmas tree. This practice may prevent your tree from falling down if your toddler trips over cords or if they pull cords from the electrical sockets. Place Furniture Or Other Heavy, Large Objects In Front Of Any Electrical Outlets That Are Plugged Into Decorations On Your Tree, Such As Christmas Tree Lights. 5. Choose a Christmas tree that is safe for toddlers. Real trees that are dry or artificial trees made from harmful toxins may injure toddlers if they eat pieces of the tree, such as the branch needles. Read the manufacturer's packaging to determine if the tree contains lead. You can also contact the manufacturer directly to learn about the hazards involved if needles are eaten. Keep your real Christmas tree hydrated by watering it on a daily basis. This will prevent dry, sharp needles from falling on the floor and from cutting your toddler's throat if eaten. Warnings Do not place poisonous plants on or around your Christmas tree because they may poison your toddler and produce fatal results. Examples of poisonous holiday plants include holly, mistletoe berries, boxwood, Jerusalem cherry, and many other species of yew plants. Do not place burning candles in or near your Christmas tree. If your toddler knocks down the candles, or if the Christmas tree falls into the candles, it may start a fire.

The Golden Rules Of Toddler Discipline

Continued From Last Week Rule 7 - Stay Cool Your disciplinary message will have a much greater impact if you deliver it in a calm, rational manner. Yes, this is easier said than done. It can be a challenge to curb your temper when your 1-year-old has just written with permanent marker on the kitchen wall, or your 2-year-old has unspooled an entire roll of toilet paper. Raising one's voice is a natural reaction, but yelling both degrades a child and makes you a poor role model. Plus, if you shout a lot, a toddler may tune you out or think it's funny and do mischievous things just to get a rise out of you. On the other hand, a too-timid response can be as ineffective as shouting. Sounding too mild or uncertain may dilute your message. Avoid couching commands as questions: "Stop jumping on the bed, okay, honey?" or "Do you want to go to sleep now?"

Rule 8 - Be Brief The best way to get your message across to a toddler is to use as few words as possible. There's no need, for instance, to stray into a medical explanation of why sticking dried beans up one's nose is a bad idea. A young child benefits most from short, to-the-point messages: "Hot." "Walk, don't run." " We don't do that." "Biting hurts." Rule 9 - Set a Good Example You've most likely heard about the mother who slaps her child's hand as she scolds, "No hitting!" And grabbing is another negative behavior parents unwittingly demonstrate to young kids. If your child is clutching something you don't want her to have, try not to just snatch it away from her. It's better to calmly ask her to give you the object in a no-nonsense tone while holding out your hand for it. Rule 10 - Monitor Moods When it comes to discipline, "One size fits all" definitely doesn't apply to small children: Some easygoing toddlers respond well to low-key reminders and a warning. Other kids may need more stringent limits; if you give in once, they'll take advantage of it later. As you discipline your little one, remember that you're not just helping him learn how to behave: You're also teaching him what to expect from his world, and what it expects from him in return.

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Your Health

Friday December 20, 2013

A new study by Indian origin researcher has revealed that the synthesis of the most active component of grape seed extract, B2G2, encourages the cell death known as apoptosis in prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. "We've shown similar anti-cancer activity in the past with grape seed extract (GSE), but now we know B2G2 is its most biologically active ingredient which can be synthesized in quantities that will allow us to study the detailed death mechanism in cancer cells," Alpna Tyagi, PhD, of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said. Previous studies have shown the GSE effectiveness against cancer cells and have also shown its mechanism of action. However, Tyagi said that

Grape Seed Extract Kills Prostate Cancer Cells

Greater intake of Vitamin E either as part of the diet or through supplements lowers the risk of liver cancer, new research shows. Vitamin E is fat-soluble and acts as an antioxidant. Numerous studies have suggested that Vitamin E may also prevent DNA damage. "Overall, the take home message is that high intake of Vitamin E either from diet or supplements was related to lower risk of liver cancer in middle-aged or older people in China," said Xiao Ou Shu, professor of medicine at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Epidemiology Centre, who conducted the study Liver cancer is the third most common cause of cancer mortality in the world, the fifth most common cancer found in men and the seventh most common in women, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports. Approximately 85 percent of liver cancers occur in developing nations, with 54 percent in China alone, according to a joint statement of Shanghai Cancer Institute (SCI) and

Vitamin E Lowers Liver Cancer

until recently, they didn't know which constituent of GSE created this effect. This naturally occurring compound, GSE, is a complex mixture of polyphenols and also so far it has been unclear about the biologically active constituents of GSE against cancer cells. Eventually the group pinpointed B2G2 as the most active compound, but, "it's expensive and it takes a long time to isolate B2G2 from grape seed extract," Tyagi says. The current study reported the success of this effort, including the ability to synthesize gram-quantity of B2G2 reasonably quickly and inexpensively. The study also showed anti-cancer activity of synthesized B2G2 similar in mechanism and degree to overall GSE effectiveness.

Fat burning is the key to losing weight, toning up and getting the figure you desire. A few basic exercises involving cardio and weight training work best for long term benefits. According to trainer David Caldwell, the first step towards getting in shape is to start exercising, moving and, most importantly, burning fat, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Here are a few basic tips to get started: - Cardio: If you want to burn fat and see results quickly, cardio is vital. It speeds up your metabolism and is the best way to burn fat. There are the obvious activities like running,

Burn Body Fat With Cardio, Weight Training

swimming and cycling, but if you don't fancy them there are lots of other things you can do like horse riding, dancing or squash. - Weight training: Weight training is essential to burn fat. The more lean muscle mass you have, the more energy your body will need to consume to function effectively and the more efficiently your body will burn fat. - Combination exercise: Combination exercises combine weight training and cardio. They're fantastic for burning fat and target multiple muscles so they really help you to get the most from your workout.

Is the winter cold taking away sunshine and happiness from your life? Indulge in Vitamin C rich food items and eat light. Below are tips on how to beat the winter gloom: - Consume recommended Vitamin C levels daily: It is important to help support your immune system not only in winter, but all year long. It may also help contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. - Go grill: Grilling is a healthy way to cook food, whatever time of year. Bring

Eat Right And Light To Beat Winter Gloom

Vanderbilt University. To determine the link between Vitamin E intake and liver cancer, Wei Zhang from Shanghai Cancer Institute and colleagues analysed data from 132,837 individuals in China, in two populationbased cohort studies jointly conducted by the SCI and Vanderbilt University. Researchers asked participants how often they ate some of the most popular foods in urban Shanghai and whether they took vitamin supplements. They then compared liver cancer risk among participants having high and low vitamin E intake. The analysis included 267 liver cancer patients (118 women and 149 men) who were diagnosed within two years of study enrolment. Vitamin E intake from diet and Vitamin E supplement use were both linked with a lower risk of liver cancer. This association was consistent among participants with and without selfreported liver disease or a family history of liver cancer.

Vitamin D is very important for the upkeep of bone and overall health. Lack of vitamin D in the body can make exposure you a host for various chronic disease The skin generates vitamin D when and infections. A Registered Dietitian exposed to sunlight. You may not and health blogger provides you with receive enough exposure if you work detailed information about the causes indoors most of the time, wear long of vitamin D deficiency, so that you clothes that prevent sun contact or have a dark skin tone. can avoid them for a good health. Vitamin D deficiency can occur due to 3. Your kidneys cannot convert vitamin D to its active form a number of reasons 1. If you do not consume the As we age, our kidneys become less recommended allowance of vitamin D efficient at converting vitamin D to This can happen if you follow a strict its active form and thus increasing the vegetarian diet as the sources of chances of a deficiency. vitamin D are of animal-origin like 4. Low rate of absorption fish, fish oils, beef liver, fortified milk, Digestive disorders like celiac disease or chrons disease can reduce the rate of cheese and egg yolk. 2. If you do not get enough sun absorption of vitamin D in the stomach.

Top Causes Of Vitamin D Deficiency

that summery barbecue feeling into your kitchen and onto your dining table. - Make meals lighter: We tend to eat more in the colder months, particularly more carbohydrates. Our calorie intake also increases, making us more prone to weight gain. When the weather is cold and miserable, many of us fill up on carb-loaded comfort foods, whereas in the summer we're far more likely to eat salads and fruit! Eating more like you would in the warmer weather will help to bring back that summer feeling.

Researchers have revealed that acid reflux affects about 30 million Americans and have explained how such a condition can be avoided during holiday season. Experts from Houston Methodist Hospital have said that chewing fruitflavored or cinnamon sugarless gum after a meal increases the production of saliva, which helps neutralize stomach acid, while increased swallowing can help clear acid from the esophagus. The doctors have also said that one should stay away from mint flavored gums as mint is a common reflux trigger and choose sugarless gum to prevent cavities. They have also advised people to make meals last at least 20 minutes and to pay attention to when one's stomach

Tips On Being Jolly And Heartburn Free Revealed

feels full. Reflux triggers tend to vary individually, so it's important to identify one's personal triggers and keeping a heartburn journal and documenting details such as the type of food consumed, symptoms, and the time symptoms occur, is one of the best strategies for identifying triggers. One can avoid heartburns by not eating meals for at least two hours before going to bed and avoiding late-night snacking. The experts have also said that staying away from acidic foods, such as spicy food, citrus fruits and tomatoes is also important, while one should drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic beverages during dinner

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Friday December 20, 2013


Useful Winter Driving Tips

Prevent problems before they occur
1. Get your vehicle ready for winter in the fall -cloth or roll of paper towels -warning light or road flares and reflective vest -extra clothing and footwear -emergency food pack -booster cables -matches and a "survival" candle in a deep can -fire extinguisher -extra windshield washer fluid 4. Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them

BC Practice Driving Test

Winter weather is hard on your vehicle and its engine. Prepare for winter in the fall, by getting a complete check-up of your: -Battery -Ignition system -Lights -Tires -Exhaust system -Heating and cooling system -Windshield wipers 2. Install four matching winter tires

Check pressures often, especially before any highway driving. Properly inflated, high quality winter tires will give you best traction on winter roads and increase fuel efficiency. A tire that has good pressure when checked in a warm garage will be under-inflated when it is below zero outside - because tire pressure goes down in the cold. That is why you should do your checks when the tires are cold. Use the maximum pressure amount shown in the owner's manual or on the doorframe as a guide, but never go above the pressure shown on the tire sidewall. Check your spare tire pressure regularly. Since having four matching tires improves vehicle handling, don't mix tires with different tread patterns, internal construction and size. 3. Pack an emergency kit

The danger of skidding is greatest when you are taken by surprise. Since not all vehicles respond in the same way to icy, slippery roads, learn how to handle your vehicle in all types of weather. Read the owner's manual to learn about your vehicle's braking system and tire traction. You may also consider taking a winter driving course. Having the latest safety features on new vehicles and/or knowing how to handle your vehicle are good ways to keep control. 5. Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions

1. If you are going into a curve too quickly, you should: a. Slam on your brakes. b. Pump the brakes, gradually slowing down until you can stop. c. Pull the emergency brake and steer into the curve. d. Ease off the accelerator, then speed up slightly as you regain traction 2. When entering a freeway you should always: a. Slow down and proceed when it is safe. b. Stop and make sure there is no traffic approaching. c. Signal, accelerate to the same speed as the freeway traffic and merge smoothly. d. Go as fast as you can and swing abruptly into traffic. 3. If you are in an accident you must: a. Stop to give assistance and to give your name and insurance information to others involved in the accident. b. Stop only if the accident is serious.

c. Stop only to check whether damage has occurred. d. Stop to give assistance and to give your name and insurance information to others involved in the accident only if someone is injured. 4. If each of these vehicles arrives at the four-way stop at the same time, who has the right of way? a. Car A. b. Car B. c. Car C. d. All of them. Drivers should use eye contact and hand signals to indicate who will go first. 5. What are space conflicts? a. When 2 road users try to move into the same space at the same time. b. The road obstructed by construction. c. Pedestrians in the crosswalk. d. The bicycle lane. ANSWERS 3a 4c




The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) recommends you keep the following items in your trunk: -shovel -sand or kitty litter and traction mats -tow chain -compass

It's a good idea to visit www. weatheroffice.gc.ca for local weather reports, before you leave home. Environment Canada issues warnings when it expects blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain or drizzle, cold snaps and winds. Blizzards are the worst winter storms. They can last six hours or more and bring: falling, blowing and drifting snow; winds of 40 kilometres per hour or more; poor visibility; and temperatures below -10C. Snow and ice are more slippery at 0C than at -20C or below. Watch for black ice at temperatures between +4C and -4C, where the road surface ahead looks black and shiny. It is often found on shaded areas of the road, bridges and overpasses long after the sun has come out. Continued Next Week

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D. Ontario. 3) How are Members of Parliament chosen? A. Appointed by Governor of each province. B. Elected by the Provincial Parliament. C. Appointed by the Prime Minister. D. Elected by Canadian citizens. 4) Who has the right to vote in a federal election? A. A Canadian citizen, at least 21 years old and must work for the government. B. A Canadian or British citizen, over 18 years old. C. A landed immigrant, 18 years old and a member of the Canadian Forces. D. A Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old on voting day and on the voters' list. 5) When is Canada Day? A. September 6th of each year. B. July 1st every year. C. The second Monday of July. D. The third Monday of May. 6) What is meaning of the Canadian coat of arms and motto: "A Mari Usque Ad Mare"? A. From sea to sea. B. From land to sea. C. From land to land. D. From coast to coast. 7) What unique art form was developed by First Nations people on the West Coast? A. Paintings. B. Kayaks. C. Sculptures. D. Totem poles. 8) What does a Member of Parliament do? A. He or she works for the Governor General. B. He or she links Canadians to the federal government. C. He or she liaises with the municipal government. D. He or she represents the Queen. 9) What does Register of Electors contain?

Friday December 20, 2013


Try This Practice Test - Discover Canada
A. List of Canadian citizens less than 18 years old who are qualified to vote in federal elections and referendums. B. List of all Canadian citizens who are qualified to vote in federal elections and referendums. C. List of Canadian citizens of more than 18 years who are qualified to vote in federal elections and referendums. D. Personal information of voters which is given to each political party. 10) What does voting by secret ballot mean? A. No one can watch you vote or look at your marked ballot. B. No one can watch you vote except the election officer. C. The voter should not tell anyone for whom he/she voted. D. Only the candidate you vote for can watch your marked ballot. ANSWERS 1.C 2.C 3.D 4.D 5.B 6.A 7.D 8.B 9.B 10.A

1) What are the first two lines of Canada's national anthem? A. O Canada! We stand on guard for thee. B. O Canada! From far and wide, O Canada, We stand on guard for thee. C. O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. D. O Canadian! Our home and private land! True love in all thy sons command. 2) Which province is known as the "Land of 100,000 Lakes"? A. Quebec. B. Alberta. C. Manitoba. Continued From Last Week Finding support There are many organizations in Canada that work to keep women safe and make sure their rights are respected. Some of these organizations work to help immigrant women in particular. Your local immigrantserving organization will be able to refer you to services available in your community. Information on shelters and legal rights can be found near the front of your telephone book under Distress Centres, Child Abuse and Sexual Assault. Legal assistance Accessing free legal support If you need a lawyer to protect your interests in court, you can hire one for a fee. You may also be able to get free legal services, called legal aid, depending on your income. Legal aid is a legal service offered to Canadians and residents who cannot afford to pay for it. It offers different kinds of help, depending on your legal problem. Whether you qualify for legal aid will depend on your family responsibilities and what you must pay every month to

Start Your Life In Canada

live. Legal aid staff will decide if you qualify after they have looked at your financial situation. Areas where legal aid can help you If you qualify, legal aid may help you defend yourself against criminal charges, such as an offence for which a penalty could result in jail. It may also help you with legal problems in family matters, such as: Getting or changing custody of your children Setting up, increasing or decreasing child or spousal support payments Helping you if your husband or wife denies you access to your children Allowing you to see your children or making a major change to access arrangements that have already been made Stopping your husband or wife from selling or destroying your property Determining ownership of savings or pensions that could provide you with some income Getting access for grandparents or other relatives to see a child Immigration and refugee matters: Refugee hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board Sponsorship and deportation appeals Detention reviews Some civil cases and final appeals: Mental health hearings and appeals Human rights issues Assistance with income, housing and employment issues, such as: Rental Housing Tribunal matters Employment insurance matters Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal cases Social Benefits Tribunal matters (such as arguing a decision that you are eligible for social assistance after you have been denied it) Canada Pension Plan matters Each province and territory has a legal aid contact. Contacting legal aid You can find legal aid offices in the area where you live by looking in the telephone book under Legal Aid. An immigrant-serving organization will also be able to tell you where and how to obtain these services. Support for senior citizens Old Age Security The Old Age Security (OAS) Pension is a monthly benefit available to most Canadians 65 years of age or older who have lived in Canada for at least 10 years. Canada has International Social Security Agreements with many countries. People who have lived or worked in countries with which Canada has an agreement may qualify for OAS after as little as one year. See the Service Canada website for more information. People who have low incomes and who get OAS may also be able to receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). If their spouses or widows are between 60 and 64 years of age, these people may also qualify for Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor.

Continued Next Week


Friday December 20, 2013


Bombay High Court Asks Adnan Sami To Hand Over His Passport To Police
In more trouble for Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, the Bombay High Court has directed him to hand over his passport to police probing a harassment case filed against him by his ex-wife Sabah Galadari. Hearing Sabahs plea, Justice R P Sondurbaldota Wednesday ordered Sami to give his passport to the investigating officer immediately. Sabah pleaded that Adnan was not complying with the May 2009 order of the High Court granting him anticipatory bail in the same case. The High Court had asked Adnan to furnish two sureties which he did. However, in July this year both sureties told the court they wanted to withdraw and this was allowed. As there is no one to stand surety for Adnan now, there was violation of the 2009 order,

This was after Adnans ex-wife Sabah filed a case against him
Sabahs lawyers Mahesh Jethmalani and Edith Dey pleaded. Adnans representative told the High Court that the singer could not appear as he was unwell. The singercum-musician had recently sought permission of the high court to go abroad to perform shows. The court asked him to give details of the shows, which he has yet to submit. The matter is pending and will be heard on December 23. The High Court, on December 16, had asked Adnan to vacate the five-in-one duplex flats in Oberoi Sky Garden at Lokhandwala Complex in upscale Andheri within 2 months to facilitate the entry of Sabah who claimed it was her matrimonial home. Adnan currently stays with his third wife Roya Faribi in these flats.

Mangal Tara TV and Films has come up with Govindas new music album Gori Tere Naina and the title track Gori tere naina is a soothing number with the roller coaster effect of many high pitches and low ebbs. When you listen to the song, it appears to be a clear amalgamation of two yesteryear hits Gori tera gaaon bada pyara and Mujhe neend na aaye. Although the song is pretty good, we couldnt help but get upset about the video. Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan in fact, almost all the leading B-town heroes have romanced heroines half their age. But heres how they do it they try to maintain their looks and physique at par with the young

The Kisi disco mein jaayein actor has released his music album and we present to you, the title track. Read on to know what to expectand what not to!
lasses. On the contrary when Govinda does the same, you will squirm in your seats with disgust because they look like father and daughter, dancing on a romantic number. It is supposed to be a Navratri song, except that there is no one dancing apart from the lead pairGovinda and Puja Banerjee (Parvati from Devon Ke Dev Mahadev). The song has the classic Govinda signature latke jhatke but you would be left wondering as to what Puja Banerjee is doing moving or dancing. Also, the sets look horrible, as if someone rented it out after finishing off their own wedding in the zest to make some extra bucks.

Govinda Sings Well But Should Never Again Dance With Girls Half His Age

The songs are written and sung by Govinda. We really want to wish Govinda a great musical future, but we

would still plead him to either get into shape, or stop dancing with heroines half his age and give us creeps.


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Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman will be honored with an Excellence in Screen Acting Award at the 12th edition of Third Eye Asian Film Festival, which she will inaugurate Jan 3. The festival will open with Vietnamese film `Koan of Spring`, directed by Lou Ma Ho. It will also have a special Marathi

Waheeda Rehman To Be Awarded For Excellence

package of six films premiering in India, said a statement. The highlight of the festival is Kamal Swaroop's "Rangbhoomi", a documentary on the life of Dadasaheb Phalke, called the father of Indian cinema. The festival will close with the Chinese film `Aftershock`.

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Friday December 20, 2013

Will Salman Khan And Sanjay Dutt Be A Part Of Munna Bhai Sallu Bhai?
A little birdie tells us that writer turned filmmaker Muazzam Beg is planning to make a film on the controversial celebs Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt. Both these actors have always been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. However, this filmmaker with his feature story Munna Bhai Sallu Bhai wants to portray the human side of these bad boys. Director Beg had also written the story of Imtiaz Alis Rockstar. He says, Rockstar was about a Rockstar, Munna Bhai Sallu Bhai is about two superstars Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan. The purpose of the movie is to show how much die-hard fans love their favourite stars despite of right or wrong. He adds, It will be showing Yea, thats an upcoming film and heres everything you wanna know about it their life journey include their social, Psychological and economical life from the time and even before they started their career in the industry. Munna Bhai Sallu Bhai stars debutant actors Shreshtha Kumar, Zubair Khan and Anjali Arora in key roles. Shreshtha Kumar and Zubair Khan will play the die-hard fans (Dev and Samar) of Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan in the film, and Anjali Arora will play the role of Natara who is blindly in love with Salman Khan. Munna Bhai Sallu Bhai will portray how die-hard fans of these actors love them despite their flaws. Well, the film which shows Sallu and Sanjay as being human is slated for release in 2014.

Why Is Amitabh Bachchan Not A Part Of Sarabjit Singh Biopic?

Sussanne Roshan spoke out against reports that actor Arjun Rampal was a reason behind her split with her husband of 13 years, Hrithik Roshan. She says nobody is to be blamed. Sussanne couldn't avoid queries related to the recent announcement of her split with Hrithik, at the launch of Bandra 190, a luxury concept retail boutique co-owned by Sussanne, Seema Khan and Maheep Kapoor. Asked to react to reports on Arjun's involvement, she said: "You can't

Not Right To Blame Anyone: Sussanne Defends Arjun Rampal

blame anyone for this. It is sad to blame anyone. We are close-knit friends. It's not right to blame anyone." She said she cannot pinpoint a reason for parting ways with Hrithik, whom she dated for four years before finally tying the knot Dec 20, 2000. "There is no reason. Sometimes you have to do this because of a situation," said the mother of two sons - Hrehaan and Hridhaan. Hrithik announced Sussanne's decision to end their marriage via an official statement Dec 13.

The 71-year-old megastar was to play the role of a Pakistani lawyer in the biopic Filmmaker Subhash Ghai has clarified mutually agreed not to cast him in this that megastar Amitabh Bachchan will film, though I would have loved to not be a part of his upcoming biopic have worked with a legend like him, on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh. Ghai said in a statement. Ghai added that he had approached The makers are still looking for someone Big B, but he was busy with prior to fill the role. We are still talking to commitments. other actors for this role and will soon We did approach him, but after reading be announcing the name, he said. the script, he informed us that he was Directed by Ishwar Singh, the film playing a lawyers role in another film features Anurag Sinha and Sonakshi that he had already committed to. We Sinha.


Friday December 20, 2013


Will Ranveer Singh And Ranbir Kapoor Party Together With Deepika Padukone?
Dippy, who has had a fantastic year, is planning to throw a big bash to celebrate the success of her last release Ram-Leela. However, whats surprising is that the leggy lass has invited her ex and alleged current boyfriend has invited her ex-boyfriends Ranbir Kapoor and Siddharth Mallya as well. And its pretty obvious that DPs Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela costar and alleged beau Ranveer Singh would also be present. Now it would surely be a kodak moment if these three hunks party together, no peeps? We arent sure about Sid but we wont be surprised if Ranboo turns up at the party coz the handsome lad shares a good rapport with his ex even today. However, how comfortable he would be with Ranveer, we dunno. But we think the two actors dont really have to get along till they are cordial and dont ruin the party for their host and dost Deepika. There is no doubt about the fact that Deepika Padukone is currently the reigning queen of Bollywood. The talented babe has given four super hit films this year which does call for a grand party, hai na? And thats exactly what Deepika has planned. Sanjay Leela Bhansalis onscreen Leela will be hosting a party and most of the Bollywood bigwigs are expected to grace the bash. Deepika has sent out personal invites. Come Saturday, Imtiaz Ali, Rohit Shetty, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ayan Mukerji, Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Homi Adjania and Farah Khan will raise a toast to her said a source. But thats not all. Apparently, Ms Padukone

Rani, Asha Parekh, Dharmendra At Dilip Kumars 91st Bday

This might come as a total surprise for many, especially the Bollywood biggies Sunny Leone has put behind Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and even Sachin Tendulkar to top the most searched people category. Now this certainly must be an achievement for the Jackpot heroine. According to Googles annual Zeitgeist, Sunny Leone is the most searched person. The Jai Ho star bagged number two position followed closely by his ex-girlfriend and Dhoom:3 star Katrina Kaif. The Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela heroine who had the maximum number of hit films this year, Deepika Padukone stood fourth while her Chennai Express co-star Shahrukh Khan took the fifth place. Yo Yo Honey Singh came right after SRK, while Kareena Kapoor Khan bagged eighth place followed by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and the Nasha actor Poonam Pandey who is best known for her dare bare acts. Well, looks like Ms Leone can now celebrate her popularity. And for those (read Kapil Sharma and Tanishaa Mukherji) who were embarrassed to shake hands and have her as a guest on their chat show; guess Sunny would just rub off her popularity and bring a sunny side to their lives too. Here take a look at Googles list Google Trends - People, 2013, India 1.Sunny Leone 2.Salman Khan 3.Katrina Kaif 4.Deepika Padukone 5.Shah Rukh Khan 6.Honey Singh 7.Kajal Aggarwal 8.Kareena Kapoor 9.Sachin Tendulkar 10.Poonam Pandey

Sunny Leone beats Salman, Shahrukh and Sachin Tendulkar

Legendary actor Dilip Kumar turned 91 on Wednesday and instead of having a lavish birthday party, Saira Banu went for a private party with close friends, relatives and doctors who takes care of Dilip Kumar. Celebrities like Rani Mukherjee, veteran actress Asha Parekh, Dharmendra were part of the celebration. Salim Khan and Helen also made their presence felt. A team of 30 to 40 doctors who have looked after him, also participated at the party. In September this year, he was admitted to hospital for 10 days following cardiac arrest. The superstar is healthy now. I only want to thank God for whatever he has given us. We will have a great celebration with family members and around 30 to 40 doctors who looked after him. They are like family to us," informed Saira Banu who has been married to Dilip Kumar for 47 years. Saira Banu informed that birthday wishes started pouring in. "His day has been wonderful so far...

wishes started pouring in since last night. He is now tired a bit as he has been busy since morning. He is taking some rest right now," she said. Saira Banu has organised a garden party at their Pali Hill residence in the evening. This year is extra special, thanks to the date - 11/12/13. "It's all the more a special day as it is 11/12/13 today. I exactly wished him at 8 hours 9-minutes and 10 seconds ...so it's 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13." Talking about Dilip Kumar's health, Saira said he has become little weak but he is healthy. "He was in the hospital some time back as you all know so he is a little weak, but by god's grace he is healthy," she said. When asked what she gifted Dilip Kumar on his birthday, she said: "Dilip sahab is not fond of many things. He only believes in humanity, so I gifted him lots of love and each year the love is only getting bigger and bigger."

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Friday December 20, 2013

Grilled Lamb With Brown Sugar Glaze

Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry

Ingredients 2 Cups Water 1 Cup Uncooked White Rice 1 Pound Medium Shrimp, Peeled And Deveined 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 1 Clove Garlic, Minced 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil 1 Red Bell Pepper, Sliced Into Thin Strips 3 Green Onions, Sliced 3 Tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce 1/2 Pound Sugar Snap Peas 1/8 Cup Cornstarch 3/4 Cup Chicken Broth 1/4 Teaspoon Salt Directions In a medium saucepan, bring salted water to a boil. Add rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. While rice is simmering, combine shrimp, ginger, cayenne pepper, garlic, sesame seeds and black pepper in a large plastic food storage bag. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator. Heat sesame oil in a large wok or skillet. Add red bell pepper and green onions; saute 3 to 4 minutes to soften slightly Add teriyaki sauce. Add peas and shrimp with seasoning; saute 4 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Stir cornstarch into chicken broth and add to wok; cook, stirring until mixture boils. Sprinkle with salt. Spoon shrimp mixture over rice.

Ingredients 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons dried tarragon 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 lamb shanks Directions

In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, ginger, tarragon, cinnamon, pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Rub lamb shanks with the seasonings, and place on a plate. Cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat grill for high heat. Brush grill grate lightly with oil, and arrange lamb chops on grill. Cook 5 minutes on each side, or to desired doneness.

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1 cup fresh raspberries 8 ounces regular cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 1/2 ounces white chocolate, melted 2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/2 cup light sour cream 2 egg whites Raspberries for garnish Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Coat 9-inch spring-form pan with cooking spray and press graham cracker mixture into bottom and 1 inch up the sides. Wrap the outside of pan with a large piece of foil. (Be sure the foil comes up the sides of the pan to prevent water from

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

seeping into the crust.) Arrange berries in the bottom of the crust. Place cream cheese in a large mixer bowl and beat at medium speed until smooth. Gradually add sugar and white chocolate and beat about 3 minutes. Add egg yolks, one a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and lemon zest; stir in sour cream. In separate bowl, beat egg white to stiff peaks; carefully fold egg whites into the batter. Pour mixture into prepared crust and place cheese cake in a large shallow roasting pan; add hot water to pan to a 1-inch depth. Bake 45 minutes; turn off oven leaving the oven door ajar by placing a long handled spoon in the door to prop it open. After 1 hour, remove cheesecake from oven and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. To serve, garnish with additional raspberries, if desired.

Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties

Ingredients 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 French baguette, cut into 1/2 inch thick circles 1 cucumber, sliced 2 teaspoons dried dill weed Directions In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, dressing mix and mayonnaise. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on a slice of bread, and top with a slice of cucumber. Sprinkle with dill. Repeat with remaining ingredients.


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Friday December 20, 2013

At The Movies Majestic Maid!

Head down to the Arts Club Theatre Alliance Stage for the high flying fun of Mary Poppins. Adapted from the hit Disney movie from 1964 this soaring saga is fun for all ages. Just here until Jan. 5 this is a must see show! Charming on all levels director Bill Millerd truly outdoes himself in this shining portrayal of a magical chambermaid with vexing powers. Set in England we have an elegant upscale home run by a rather difficult businessman and his adoring wife. Being rich the parents need a maid to help keep the home clean and to look after the two young children, Michael and Jane. Together Graham Verchere

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When you fall in love with someone, their parents come as part of the package. And since we can't choose our in-laws, it's important to reach a common ground, if you are finding it difficult to get along with them. Shilpi, a banker says, "I thought that my husband's two sisters would include me in their relationship, and that we would be really close with one another. However, even twenty years later, they do not call or talk much to me, and they only want to speak to my husband. While for many years it hurts my feelings, and caused many arguments between me and my spouse, with time I realised that my definition of family was vastly different than theirs." "The root of most problems is the difference in one's upbringing. Each family has its own values, traditions and routines. Everything, from the way children should be brought up to how housework should be done, is deeply ingrained in a unique family blueprint. When your in-laws' blueprint is completely different from your own, differences of opinion and problems can arise," explains relationship expert Mahima. Mahima further adds, "To get on with your in-laws in a healthy manner, your partner and you must present a united front. It can be difficult to stand up to a parent and set boundaries and rules, but if you and your partner agree with each other and are supportive of one another, you're more likely to succeed," Here are some of the most common areas of conflict between couples and their respective in-laws, as well as tips to help you overcome them. Annoying habits Meera has a three-week-old daughter and is struggling with feeding problems, and lack of sleep. But her insensitive sister-in-law seems to be her biggest problem. "She drops in at any time of day, without notice, to visit my baby. Although I have given out enough hints that I would prefer a phone call first, but she just ignores all my hints," confesses Meera. "My mother-in-law has this irritating habit of barging into our bedroom at all times of the day or night and hanging around there with absolutely no respect for our personal privacy. Once she almost walked in on us having sex, it was completely embarassing. I vented out my frustration to my hubby, but he was totally unmoved saying it was her house and that she was a lonely widow. It's tough fighting the battle alone, so I have just given up. But after five years

For Women/ Relationship

Friday December 20, 2013

Dealing With Difficult In-Laws

of marriage, I just wish my space was respected," says 31-year-old graphic designer Sunita. Expert says: "Everyone has annoying habits. As a couple, make a list of the annoying things your parents or your in-laws do. Then, summoning all the good-will you can find, agree on the ones you can probably ignore or privately laugh about. If there are some you really can't live with, discuss the best way of tactfully asking your inlaws to stop doing them. If it's your parent or parents, chances are you'll know how to do this best - whether it's using humour or taking them aside for a quiet word," suggests Mahima. Avoid making your spouse choose between you and a family member as it's impossible for them to take sides. Rather try and understand the relationship your spouse has with his or her family. And if possible, try to support that relationship. Even if your spouse has parents from hell, they are after all his or her parents. Criticism "My mother-in-law never seems to be satisfied with my cooking skills. Whenever I prepare a dish, she will not stop commenting on how I could have added a certain ingredient to make it taste better. Somehow she always tries to prove that she is a better cook than me. Usually I shrug them off, but it does get to me at times," says Vandana, a chartered accountant. "My father-in-law can't stop cribbing about the way I keep my home. It's very hurtful when on every holiday he criticises my home saying it's not well maintained. My husband and I are working in jobs that hardly give us time, I do the best I can, but his sarcastic remarks are painful," says Shobhana, a BPO manager. Expert says: Anu, a marriage counsellor adds, "Some in-laws have no qualms about telling you if they think you've done something wrong. It's up to you to decide which comments you'll ignore and which you will accept as positive criticism. Decide as a couple that you'll ask them to stop making judgements about your career choices or parenting abilities, for example." "It's easy for a woman to try and enlist her husband's support, but it is recommended often better to respond to your mother-in-law directly, since your husband may not feel that this is a battle worth waging and thus may avoid the discussion altogether," feels Terri, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Cambridge, in England. Honesty is the best policy.


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By ASUA ALI The Digicel Fiji 7s side needs to put behind the South Africa Sevens loss and look to the Las Vegas 7s next month with optimism. These were the words of Isimeli Lesi Korobasaga, the coach of the quadruple British Columbia Sevens champions, Burnaby Lighthouse. Fiji needs to get focused for the Las Vegas at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Sin City, he said. Fiji has a tough task ahead. The team must follow Ben Ryans game plan and execute it from the very get go. The Samoa loss is behind us. Korobasaga said Fiji needed to get motivated and have another run at the title. He says a new venue could spring some surprises and Fiji must not sleep at the switch but prepare well if they are to

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finish as the leaders. The proven Fijian 7s coach on the lower mainland says while Ben Ryan has sparked the team with his coaching traits, the players must take every leg very seriously. The players need to top off their fitness. They must maintain the same intensity as they did in Dubai 7s that had Fiji end their 15 year Dubai dry run, said Korobasaga. He said all eyes will be on New Zealand and its coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, who is probably churning inside out following his sides embarrassing 44-0 defeat in the semifinal of the Dubai 7s. New Zealand is a proven 7s team. That not per say we shouldnt see others as threats. Gordon Tietjens is an amazing coach as are other teams who would inflict harm if were not careful.

little communication, and that's quite frustrating." But Mr Nicholas says his organisation is doing everything it can to help Tuvalu. "It's very disappointing that he makes these comments in the media when he knows full well what the requirements are," he said. "We provide financial grants to them every year, we provide technical courses, footballs, coaching courses. "We actually even help pay for them to come to OFC tournaments." Mr Nicholas says it's not just the lack of international-standard facilities that is the problem. "All the 11 OFC members have stadiums, they have hotels, they have airports, they have connections," he said. "So if we say tomorrow can you host a New Zealand team or a Cook Islands team Tuvalu says that they can't. "Unfortunately there's not one hotel which a team could stay in in Tuvalu." But the OFC says it's eager to continue working with Tuvalu in its bid. "We're keen to invest some money to help get a stadium and if we're talking about $200,000 or $300,000 then we're happy to facilitate and find these funds so Tuvalu can get a membership," Mr Nicholas said. "But the problem with Tuvalu football at this present time is they haven't even submitted a formal application to FIFA... because the last file is incomplete."

Carl Robinson New Vancouver Whitecaps Coach

Carl Robinson is the new head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 37-year-old takes over after spending the last two seasons as an assistant with the Major League Soccer club. Robinson replaces Martin Rennie, who was fired in October after Vancouver failed to make the playoffs. After Rennie was shown the door, club president Bob Lenarduzzi said MLS experience would be an important trait for his successor. Robinson has that, although not as a head coach. As a player, the bruising midfielder spent three seasons with Toronto FC before joining the New York Red Bulls in 2010.

Coach Gurjit Leads Suva In 2014

The Suva soccer team will start training for the opening of the 2014 Fiji Sun/ Skipper Tuna National Football League after the New Year. This was confirmed by association president Mahen Prasad who said Gurgit Singh would coach the capital city side again. The league starts in January 18 and we have given our players rest after a hectic year, Prasad said. It will be a busy season ahead but Suva will again play to win the league. We did well this year and we will have the same players again. We are working on finalising our squad before we start training. Suva will play Labasa in the opening of the league at the ANZ Stadium. We have some initiatives planned for the team. Our aim is to win the league. We think the new format will help us win because our fans will get to watch us play. The intensity of competition will be there and we will prepare well to reach our aim. Meanwhile, the league would start with three matches on January 18 19. Secretary for the Fiji Football Association National League Board/ competitions manager, Amitesh Pal said the format this year had a lot of benefits to affiliated districts. The official opening will be conducted at the ANZ Stadium before the opening match between Suva and Labasa, Pal said on Tuesday. Labasa Footballs Riaz Khan could not be reached for comment.

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The British Columbia Rugby Union named Joe Dolesau as the 2013 British Columbia Rugby Canadian Direct Insurance Player of the Year. The elusive Burnaby Lake Rugby Clubs centre becomes the first Fijian to win the prestigious award. The menace Fijian was the reason the BLRC won its fourth straight provincial 7s title over the summer. Dolesau led his side to the Rounsefell Cup Final in May after the club went 10-4 and clinched the top seed in the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League regular season. He recorded a league-best 13 tries and was second in team scoring with 65 points to his credit. Dolesau turned heads when he suited up for the BC Bears in five Canadian Rugby Championships matches that earned him a call up to team Canada for the 2013 Americas Rugby Championship. He had previously been recognised at

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appreciate their sacrifices, said Shah. This is just the beginning of great things to come for the Nadi Soccer Alumnis. Nadi Soccer Alumni chairman NizamudPeterDean said the players felt honoured by their induction into the Sportsone Hall of Fame. The players feel their service to the district was worth the time. Peter said the players now have something to fall back on and appreciate their unerring service to the district. Career soccer administrator Bobby Tikaram was inducted in the administrators category. The ceremony also marked the biggest reunion in the history of Nadi soccer. Many met for the very first time after bidding away from soccer, said Peter. Emosi Koroi Bacardi who moved to Suva in 84 was reunited with his old teammates after 33 years. He was overwhelmed with the induction. I love football. I love this game. This game gave me identity. It gave me a sense of purpose. I will never trade a thing, playing for Nadi was just awesome, said Bacardi.

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the national level in 2011 when he was named Canadian Rugby Championship co-Player of the Year. Burnaby Lake Rugby Club coach Kris de Scossa says Dolesau has been the player of the club for a number of seasons and that he deserved the recognition. Hes a national calibre athlete and has the qualities that it takes to perform at an elite level, he said. Hes electric and has the ability to hit rocket speed in about three steps. Hes a great option to have for us as a back up goal kicker as well. Dolesau is the first Burnaby Lake rep to be named Player of the Year since Pat Riordan was recognised with the honours in the 2002-03 season. Dolesau had God, his teammates and coaches to thank for his new-found fame. I feel honoured. But all praises to the Lord, my teammates and the coaching staff for the great season.

Namotomoto Village in Nadi hosted the Nadi Soccer Alumnis 2013 Sportsone Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Saturday. Fifty former players and officials were bestowed with the honour, a first by any measure in the country. The awards were sanctioned by the Canadian-based media group, Sportsone and its proud partners. Sportsone spokesman Sofran Shah said the free enterprises commitment to honour the former players has given respect a new meaning. These men deserve our respect. We

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