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'Fiji First' Unveiled As Bainimaramas New Party Name For Elections

Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has unveiled the name of his proposed party. and economic growth by putting in place fiscal policies that generate confidence and encourage investment; We have reduced personal income tax and increased income tax thresholds so that those who earn less take more money home; We have brought about equality for all iTaukei ensuring that lease monies and access to education are not just for the elite iTaukei but for commoners also; and We now have free text books and subsidized bus fares for our school children who come from poor families. These are just some of the things that we have achieved in such a short time. My government is delivering on our vision of a Fiji that recognises, very simply, we are all Fijians. We will at the same time celebrate and protect the rich and diverse mixture of traditions and indigenous culture that builds a strong united Fijian community. But we have much more to do. The work that we started must continue. If the work is completed under the proposed Fiji First, we will become more prosperous, Fiji will be more peaceful and Fiji will become a stronger nation. You and your families will have a better future. But the work my fellow Fijians cannot be completed without you coming along with me on this journeywe all need to put Fiji firstthe proposed Fiji First needs you. No longer do the interests of a select few come before what is good for all Fijians. We must put Fiji first. Next week I will take leave from work and begin my journey on this bus to meet everyday Fijians like youI need your signatures to register the proposed Fiji FirstI need your thoughts, your ideas and well wishes and your support. I invite you to come and talk with me as I travel the country. Some of you havent chosen a party yet, others may have already registered for another party. Regardless, lets get together and talk anyway. We must face the challenges of the future together.. you and I must put Fiji first. My fellow Fijians its a great day today ..and I believe its going to be better as we head off home now to see our victorious Fijian 7s team continue to do wellas we try to win back to back tournaments.its symbolic that the proposed Fiji First is launched on a day when all Fijians come together as a nation.

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Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama poses inside a campaign bus sporting the logo of his proposed party Fiji First.
Bainimarama says Fiji First is a name that encompasses his political beliefs. A 40-year-old Bedford bus, hired from Island Buses and refitted with the party logo, was presented at the My Suva picnic park in Nasese. This is the message Bainimarama read to journalists about the forthcoming general election on September 17: My fellow Fijians .Bula Vinaka and a Good Afternoon It feels good to be among you in the park on this beautiful day. We are at a special moment in the history of Fiji. We are here today to make a very significant announcement as we get closer to our countrys first ever truly democratic elections. On September 17, the moment will come to choose whether to forge ahead or go back to the past. Today I take much pleasure and pride in announcing the name of my proposed party.Fijis only political movement that will truly put every Fijian first. People of Fiji I give you the proposed Fiji First. The name of my party reflects what I truly believe in A Fiji where every Fijian regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, status, colour, gender and creed is considered equal where every Fijian is put first in relation to our collective progress, success and growth as a nation. My political movement and I are getting ready to take each one of you on a journeywhether you be a commoner or a chief; a shop keeper or a consumer; a landowner or a farmer; an office worker or a labourer; a woman or a man; a pensioner or a youth; a city dweller or someone living in our maritime or rural areas. We have to travel together to become the pride of the Pacific and the world. I need you allall Fijians to come with me on this journey, I need you to believe in my goal for a united Fiji; a honest Fiji; a corrupt free Fiji; a Fiji where the poor no matter where or who they are, are taken care of; a Fiji where the rich are more generous; a Fiji where the government is caring and loving, a just Fiji where no one is discriminated against. I want a new Fiji where we have basic amenities for everyone, jobs for all Fijians, an educated Fiji, a smart Fiji and a happy and successful Fiji for all Fijians. My government started this journey for a new Fijia Fiji where you Fijians are put Firstwe have had many successes in a short time: We now have free education for all Fijian children; Our roads are being upgraded and new ones being built; More Fijians have access to electricity now than ever before; More Fijians have access to drinking water than ever before; Our youth are now given more opportunities through the scholarship program and the tertiary education loan scheme; We now have pensions for those over the age of 70; We now have three universities all of them funded by the Fijian government; We have introduced new laws that protects and empowers our women and children; We are now giving more recognition and rights to Fijians with disabilities; My government has ensured that iTaukei land now has actual and real protection for the first time so the iTaukei will always keep ownership of their land; We have reduced corporate tax to encourage businesses to create and sustain jobs; We have modernised numerous laws to bring Fiji into the 21st century and clean up the mistakes of the past; We have created new opportunities

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Fiji Welcomes Lifting Of Travel Bans By Australia, NZ

The Fijian interim government has welcomed the decision by Australia 4 and New Zealand to lift existing travel sanctions on senior Fijian officials. The government in Suva said in a statement, it "always believed the sanctions were ill conceived and served only to discourage talented and qualified individuals from serving Fijian people." "The removal of sanctions is a positive step towards restoring normal relations between our governments," the statement said. The lifting of the travel sanctions were announced by Australia and New Zealand on Monday. The bans have been in place since December 2006, following the military coup that brought Mr Bainimarama to power. The recent move is the latest by the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, to restore relations with Fiji in recognition of progress towards a democratic election. Ms Bishop said the decision was in line with the Australian Government's policy of re-engagement and normalisation of bilateral relations with Fiji. Her New Zealand counterpart, Murray McCully, said the removal of remaining bans recognised the progress being made in Fiji towards holding free and fair elections. He said the long-awaited Electoral Decree has been published, an elections supervisor appointed and more than half a million people have been registered to vote. The sanctions affected interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama, his ministers, senior military and judicial figures and their families and have been in place for seven years. 4 Earlier this month, Mr Bainimarama stepped down as commander of Fiji's military in order to contest the 4 elections. Ms Bishop said Australia welcomed the opportunity to support Fiji's return to democracy within the Pacific family. She said the Australian government was confident that lifting travel restrictions would lay a framework for closer dialogue and cooperation with Fiji on bilateral and regional issues. Ms Bishop has promised Australia will Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meets with Fiji's interim leader work with the interim government of Frank Bainimarama in Suva in February 2014 Fiji and other donors to support Fiji's free media," she said. expects Julie Bishop to reinforce it." election preparations. "This is Australia's long-held The interim government announced Opposition foreign affairs position, in line with regional and Fijians will go to the polls on September spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, said the Australian Government must Commonwealth views, and Labor 17. keep the pressure on Fiji to ensure democratic reform does not stall. "Labor wants Fiji to return to democracy and this includes independence of the judiciary, reinstatement of rule of law, democratic elections, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and a


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Facebook post reveals illegal intentions to bypass traffic enforcement A recent local Facebook post advertising the sale of illegal digital radar laser detectors has sparked an investigation by police. You can beat the police, beat the radar guns and cheat the law but you cannot protect your life on the road if you are speeding, said Director Traffic Control Unit, Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra in response to questions about the illegal sale. He expressed his disappointment about vehicle owners and drivers trying to cheat the law and escape from the speed radar guns. His concerns follow a post on the social network site, Facebook, seeking interest in purchases of Digital Radar Laser Detectors after they were shipped into the country. This is illegal and whoever is doing it will be taken to task, SSP Mishra said. A laser detector in vehicles alerts the drivers of police radar guns from a distance and drivers speeding are likely to reduce their speed and cheat the law Under the Land Transport Act, no vehicle is to be fitted with the radar laser detector as it is an offence, SSP Mishra said. Our investigation team is already looking into the matter and once this person who is taking orders on Facebook is located, we will bring him in for investigation. We strongly recommend people not to get this fitted in their vehicles because one can cheat the system but it will not always be able to protect itself on the road as anything can happen and majority of accidents are caused by speeding. SSP Mishra said they would impound vehicle found with the illegal devices and take the driver to task.

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Fijian Holdings Limited To Pay Over $3 Million To Shareholders

One of the countrys largest private equity and investment firms, Fijian Holdings Limited has announced an interim dividend of just over $3 million. This is based on the FHL Groups overall performance for the six month period ending December 31st, 2013. This will see over 1,300 FHL shareholders receiving their dividends on April 30th. The 10 cents per share dividend payout will be the same for A and B class

shareholders. At the end of 2013, FHLs total shareholders equity stood at $214 million. FHL is one of Fijis largest conglomerates with 15 subsidiaries in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands. Fijian Holdings is also the holding company of two listed entities they are supermarket chain RB Patel Group and Fiji Television Limited.

Officers Will Keep Watch On This During Annual Schools Athletics Championship Police have warned that the waving of school, he said. flags and any other object that protrudes He said they had been trying their best out of a vehicle is prohibited. to stop buses on the roads to warn They are reacting to the behaviour students. of students following athletics They warned drivers because they championships in recent weeks. were responsible for the welfare of The Polices director of traffic, Senior their passengers. Superintendent Mahesh Mishra, has We are going to enforce and ensure called on school principals and teachers that all schools and bus operators know to monitor their students attending about bus safety and how dangerous sports activities. He said the Police this is because when students do this would be very strict on this. they are putting their lives at risk. It is very dangerous for any object The drivers job too is important that is not part of the vehicle to be left because it is their duty that their vehicle out of the vehicle by the passengers, is safe, he said. SSP Mishra said. He added that the Police would be out School principals and teachers should during the annual secondary schools monitor and take control of their athletics competition to monitor and students attending sports activities ensure the safety of students on public or functions while representing the transportation.

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New Export Factory For Navua

A NEW player has entered the export and marketing industry following a ground-breaking ceremony in Navua. JMO Exporters (Fiji) Limited launched construction works for its JMO AgriExports (Fiji) Limited factory, which specializes in exporting fresh and frozen taro and cassava, chillies, duruka, breadfruit, jackfruit, chestnuts and frozen seafood. Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Ropate Ligairi officiated at the ceremony and encouraged young Fijians to pursue farming as a business.

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Saneem Right Choice For Fiji Supervisor Of Elections: Electoral Commission

While questions have been raised that the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem is too young for the job, Fiji Electoral Commission says he is the right choice. Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young said the commission reviewed the 13 applications for the position and majority of the applicants did not have 6 the necessary qualifications. It was obviously one of the crucial points that had to be taken into 6 consideration, Young said. He said the commission envisaged that the polling date was going to be September 17. So if we had to find a suitable candidate, say from overseas, I think the problem was as we have accounted by ourselves when we were interviewing certain people for certain jobs, many Mohammed Saneem of them can't start until a month or two after they have been given their Elections Office to deliver the 2014 appointment of Mohammed Saneem as appointment letter. General Election. Supervisor of Elections saying he does So if you look at the logistics of it, we Saneem said the nearing date for the not meet the set criteria. would have a Supervisor of Elections elections was not a pressing issue. In a statement, FLP leader Mahendra who came into Fiji with adjustments A lot of processes have been set up Chaudhry said the advertisement to culture and surroundings, we and are in place, the only thing now required the applicant to have at least would have basically lost two or three for us with the decree and support of 15 years" experience in conducting months. the Electoral Commission is to move national elections. He said the commission needed forward and ensure that the elections It is highly unlikely that Saneem has somebody who had experience and the are held in a free and fair manner, he had more than a couple of years in right background. said. private practice, let alone having 15 At the end of the day, Mr Saneem's Saneem said preparations for the years experience in the conduct of name was put forward to us and as General Election started a long time national elections," Chaudhry said. you all know, he had the advantage ago. He does not have the skills, the of continuity, know how the systems We have a good five or six months to expertise or the experience to run work and we have worked with him elections but we have not only started national elections or even the Elections over a couple of months. preparing for elections from today Office and its staff, as required in the We believe the position is really for (Monday), as you are aware back in last advertisement. someone who is energetic, committed year, consultants have been engaged This appointment was clearly made and who really knew how to do the by the Fijian Elections Office since to put the regimes own man in job without too much coxing from the October working at the Elections charge of the 2014 general elections. commission. Someone who knows Office since October for the elections. FLP is surprised that the Electoral his responsibility and knows what is Meanwhile, Fiji's Labour Party (FLP) Commission has concurred with this around. has questioned the credibility of the charade. So in all, we took all those things into consideration with consultations with government. The newly-appointed Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said his priority was to set up the Fijian

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Fiji Sets September 17 As General Election Date

Fiji is to hold its first general election since the 2006 coup on September 17, its military rulers have announced. The news came less than a month after Frank Bainimarama stepped down as its military leader so he could contest the polls. Mr Bainimarama led the coup that ousted democratically-elected PM Laisenia Qarase in December 2006. Fiji experienced four coups between 1987 and 2006. Australia and New Zealand imposed sanctions following the 2006 coup, while the Commonwealth fully suspended Fiji's membership in 2009, after the military government refused to call polls by 2010. Some restrictions have been lifted as plans for the election have progressed, however. Mohammed Saneem will oversee the elections as the new Supervisor of Elections. He resigned from his positions as Permanent Secretary for Justice and acting Permanent Secretary Responsible for Elections to take up his new post. The new Electoral Decree governing the conduct of the elections was also released. Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum caught political parties by surprise when he announced the comprehensive election package. The parties were only expecting the electoral laws. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said after making the major announcements in Suva: Now, its over to the parties. For weeks leading up to the announcements, parties had been clamouring for the election details. Now they have them. The election day will be a national holiday to facilitate voting.

Integrated system to boost countrys border security The countrys border security has been boosted with the launch of Integrated Border Management System (IBMS) servers at the Nadi International Airport. Minister for Immigration Joketani Cokanasiga said the implementation of the IBMS was successfully launched in April last year and have undergone further developments. Within the past 12 months there were further developments, new software created and aligned, to have the system communicating to each other and more importantly the retrieving of data for analysis purposes which will then assist in decision making, Mr Cokanasiga said. He reiterated that the Roadmap for Democracy, and Sustainable SocioEconomic Development (RDSSED) 20092014 mandated a review of all Border Control Systems operational

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Mul Chand Prasad returns home to invest and provide boost in agricultural exports
A Fijian businessman who left the country in 1987 has returned to give something back to the place he calls home. JMO Exporters (Fiji) Limited managing director Mul Chand Prasad said he was excited about starting a venture in Fiji during the ground-breaking ceremony for their new factory in Navua. I have factories overseas and better opportunities; I just thought why not Fiji and give work opportunities to locals, he said. We have six retail outlets spread across South East corners of Queensland and wholesale customer base in all Australian cities and major municipalities. Mr Prasad said he bought the freehold land for his Navua factory from an uncle. The factory I will build will cost me about $3 million and I have already injected $1 million so far, Mr Prasad said. Chief guest and Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Ropate Ligairi said it was another milestone in enhancing the linkage of farmers to the export world. This day will go down in the history books on the growth of the Agricultural export industry in Fiji, he said. Some new products that have never been exported from Fiji like Giant Taro or Via will be exported from this factory and the wide scope of varieties would mean new additional opportunities that all stakeholders can work together to exploit. To explore and take advantage of these opportunities, our Government has introduced tax incentives to support farmers and stakeholders, Mr Ligairi said. JMO Exporters new factory is expected to be completed in six months. New Government initiative Mr Ligairi highlighted the new initiative that Government has put in place whereby young interested Fijians are provided with the opportunity to pursue farming as a business through the Commercial Farmers Scholarship. He said the foundation of the project was built on trust, which was the way forward for the new Fiji.

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Fiji's Elections Office is looking 8 at the option of introducing Braille ballot papers for visually impaired voters. Newly appointed Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem said while he is not aware if any country in the world is using Braille as a ballot paper, it could be an option to consider and they also need to take the expenses allocated with that into consideration. With the 2014 Electoral decree allowing a voter to request for a presiding officer to assist the voter to cast a vote with another election official, Saneem said the idea was to get Fijians to be confident in the process. Im not aware if any country in the world

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uses Braille as a ballot paper, it could New Zealand will consider taking be an option we can consider but the action on Fiji if the 2014 Elections is expenses allocated with that come with its not free and fair, Prime Minister John own consideration, Saneem said. Key says. He said they would train presiding TV3's Firstline reports that Key said officers on how to assist those with in an interview that "if (Bainimarama) disabilities or illiterate. doesn't hold free and fair elections, The idea is to have honest and then we'll go and reconsider what credible people and the idea is to have 8 happens next." Fijians confident in the elections and In the meantime, the New Zealand in training the presiding officers, we Government remains hopeful this is will train them how to handle persons 8 so when the country heads to poll with disability, we would rely on that training to allow presiding officers of the independent elections office to cast the votes as decided by the person whos requested, he said.

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The Fiji Australia Business Council has welcomed the decision by the Australian Government to remove all travel sanctions against Fiji Government officials. This had followed the recent visit by Australias Minister for Foreign

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Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop. FABC President Kalpesh Solanki said this is great news not only to their members but also to all Fijians.

FABC has lobbied vigorously since 2006 with the Australian Government to lift the travel restrictions to enable the Fijians to engage in all sectors with our Australian counterparts.

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on September 17, adding that his goverment has provided support, and will continue to do so to ensure elections are free and fair. He said the lifting of bans on top Fijian officials were in recognition of steps taken by Fiji towards holding democratic election. Meanwhile, in a statement, New Zealand's Labour Leader Davind Cunliffe has backed the lifting of Fiji travel sanctions. Fiji has announced its election date which is a strong move towards democracy and multiracial elections. As such we support lifting sanctions. However there is still work to be done. It is important that restrictions on media in Fiji are lifted as they will be a key part of free and fair elections. Labour will continue to monitor developments in Fiji to help ensure that there is genuine progress towards transparent and democratic processes in the lead up to the election." The Fijian Government also issued a statement, pleased with the decisions by the New Zealand and Australian governments to lift "ill conceived" sanctions adding that it was a positive step towards restoring normal relations between the three governments.

So, we are very pleased with this news as it creates a great platform for reinvigorating trade relations as well as investment between both countries, Solanki said in a statement. Removal of these restrictions also shows commitment and positive progress by the Australian Government towards normalising relations with Fiji as Fiji heads towards general elections, and we look forward to continuing dialogue between both Governments, Solanki went on to say.

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Military members can vote for political party of their choice but RFMF wont be involved in politics Members of the Republic of Fiji be responsible for providing security Military Forces (RFMF) can exercise during the elections. their democratic rights to vote in the They will be at the polling stations September 17 general election. and they will make sure that we have But RFMF Commander Brigadier- fair and transparent elections, he said. General Mosese Tikoitoga told them Constitution at his first parade at Queen Elizabeth Some political parties are saying that Barracks, Suva: As members of the they would amend the Constitution if RFMF and the Fiji Navy you are not elected to power. to be seen actively participating in He stressed the RFMF, as guardians of politics or be an official of a political the Constitution, would only allow the party. changes to be made through the legal He said the RFMF would not be process. involved in politics. He said he had been visiting the Let me remind you that the RFMF foreign embassies here in Fiji and had will never be part of the September told them of the RFMFs stand on the elections; that is in its preparations and Constitution. during polling, the Commander said. Peacekeeping He told them to remain loyal and He said that there would only be three disciplined and uphold soldiering troop rotations to Sinai this year. ethics all the time. We have started last week and after As members of the RFMF and the Sinai we will start the rotation of the Fiji Navy the Commander said the Golan Heights. only activity they were allowed to He urged them to make good use of participate in during the elections was the money they got from peacekeeping to go and vote. duties. He urged political parties not use the At all times, he said, all soldiers must RFMF when campaigning. be spirtuallly, mentally and physically Elections security fit. At the parade, there were 50 officers The Fiji Police Force, he said, would and 391 other ranks.

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Trade Pasifika 2014 was officially opened in Fiji Tuesday night with a firm recommendation from host country Fiji for stronger intra-regional trade among Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). This, it believes, will provide the best platform for exchange with international trade partners, given the many challenges that characterize business and entrepreneurship in individual countries in the region. Intra-regional trade, amongst our Island countries, should be seen as a 'stepping stone' and 'building block' to trading with international partners. Therefore, there is a need for Pacific businesses and traders to come under one roof to create business linkages and synergies between importers and exporters, in order to facilitate and grow trade and business in the region, said Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Industry and Trade Shaheen Ali in his welcome speech at Tuesday night's opening reception. This ties in with our theme - we have to make it our business to create growth through exports and trade - starting with trade amongst ourselves. At the same time, if we are able to come together to develop a 'common market', with harmonized customs rules, mutual

Fiji Calls For Stronger Intra-Regional Trade Among Pacific Island Countries
agreements on biosecurity requirements and facilitation of trade in general, we will become a very attractive market of 9 million consumers for our trading partners, Ali said. For those who have been mooting the idea of trade integration in the Pacific, Trade Pasifika is by far the closest the region has come to having Pacific goods and services under one roof. The inaugural Trade Pasifika was held in Fiji in 2012 with support from most regional organisations such as the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) among others. This year's event - themed 'Exporting for Growth. It's everyone's business' is only the second so far but has already proven popular among businesses in the region with 14 PICs and Territories represented. Organizers say around 100 entrepreneurs from the 14 PICTs will showcase their goods and services during the three-day expo, up from the 50 that exhibited in 2012. They will be matched with an equally keen interest from some 60 buyers who have come from as far China, Europe, Abu Dhabi and nearby markets Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to see what businesses here have to offer. Link ups between buyers and sellers will take place within the margins of workshops and seminars, lunch and learn sessions and the general exhibition and there are expectations that new deals will be secured. A

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Fiji's main television station has been found guilty of hate speech after it broadcast comments warning the country's military leader that the Indian minority were using him for their own ends. But the speech, by Ratu or chief Timoci Vesikula, has starkly revealed that Fiji's supposedly dormant racial tensions are a potent if suppressed force. "Race is a fact of life, and it is very difficult to reconcile our differences," Vesikula told military leader Frank Bainimarama in a meeting aired by Fiji TV. A regime-created body, Media Industry Development Authority (Mida), received a complaint from Ministry of Information secretary Sharon SmithJohns who claimed it breached the regime's Media Decree Code of Ethics. Without any hearing, chairman Ashwin Raj issued a ruling saying Vesikula was guilty of hate speech and Fiji TV has to broadcast a retraction. Vesikula could now face 10 years' jail and Fiji TV a heavy fine. Paradoxically, Mida provided a further translation of Vesikula's speech including the statement: "Even though we have lived together for a long time, you can't mix water with kerosene." Ever since staging his 2006 coup, Bainimarama has claimed to have taken race an element in all four of its coups out of Fiji politics. But Vesikula, who was a democratically elected politician, said it was indigenous

Fiji TV Station Guilty Of 'Hate Speech'

Fijians who made the country. Of Fiji's 837,000 people, 37 per cent are Indians and 56 per cent indigenous, who are now officially known as "i-Taukei". Bainimarama has called for democracyrestoring elections in September. He met Vesikula and the chiefs of the Tailevu area, traditionally restive and pro-indigenous nationalists. "There are a few issues that we need to remind you of since you're from Tailevu," Vesikula told Bainimarama in an address translated by Fiji TV. "We will be frank with you in the hope that you will take extra precautions." Using indigenous phrases, he told Bainimarama his power base was with the indigenous. "You have the i-Taukei support for the general elections but do not be mistaken that other communities will support you." Bainimarama scrapped education scholarships for i-Taukei-only students, providing instead a non-racial version. Vesikula denounced this, asking Bainimarama what he was doing and saying that while Fijians were not allowed to be called that any more, what exactly did "i-Taukei" now own. "You have taken the scholarships away. I want to ask you, what will you be keeping for us?" Mida's Raj in a statement said he found disconcerting "the complicity of select Fijian journalists and media".

A MOBILE service company has sealed a deal with a resort in Pacific Harbour to become its official information communication technology provider. Digicel Fiji Limited signed the official partnership agreement with Nanuku Resort & Spa in Suva. Nanuku Resort representative Fred Vosloh said they had been working with Digicel for the past three years. "We have a very particular, high and stagnant market while they (Digicel) have very suitable demand and it needs to be in operation. There are not a

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Call For End To Coup Culture

THE newly-appointed president of the National Federation Party, Tupou Draunidalo, has advised party supporters to look into the eyes of the country's future generations. "Ask yourself, am I doing enough to ensure that this child will grow up in a Fiji that is stable, secure and prosperous?" Ms Draunidalo said. She said the freedom for many Fijians was limited and that Fiji had experienced life under a military government, on and off since 1987. "The coup culture holds us back from progress and development. It keeps us in the third world in spite of all of our resources. "And it holds us back from better schools and hospitals. It holds us back from more employment creation and better wages. "It holds us back from leaving a stable, secure and prosperous Fiji to our future generations." Ms Draunidalo said the NFP was a party of respect for human rights and equality for all citizens of Fiji. "The party was in fact born out of the struggle for dignity and justice of all the ordinary people of Fiji. This is reflected in the party constitution since inception." She said the natural resources of this country belonged to the indigenous people.

Fiji is planning to open consulates in the northern and southern capitals of Kazakhstan. This was made known during a meeting of Fijis Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Robin Nair and Chairman of the Tourism Industry Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and New Technologies Marat Igaliyev yesterday where the two leaders

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Fijis National Tourism Administration has been invited to join the Astana Economic Forum in May and the Expo International exhibition in 2017. This was after talks on bilateral cooperation happened between Chairman of the Tourism Industry Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and New Technologies Marat Igaliyev and Fiji's Ravindran Ravindran Robin Nair. And in return Nair has also invited Kazakh people for the Asia-Pacific forum in June. Igaliyev stressed that the parties

Fiji Invited To Astana Economic Forum

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The Commonwealth has welcomed recent developments in Fiji and has made known it remains willing to offer any technical expertise needed to assist the conduct of the 2014 Elections in September. In a statement, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamlesh Sharma welcomed the announcement that elections will be on 17 September 2014. In particular, he noted the gazetting of the Electoral Decree and the appointment of a Supervisor of Elections. He welcomed the provisions of the relevant decrees that seek to create an enabling environment for the free and fair conduct of elections on a level playing field. He reiterated the importance of the Commonwealth values of human rights, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of the media, freedom of expression, association and assembly. The Secretary-General emphasised the need to work together to create an environment based on tolerance and respect, that would safeguard transparency and inclusivity throughout the election process. He further said that the Commonwealth would collaborate with its partners to support Fijis return to civilian and constitutional democracy.

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VILLAGES in the Lau Group and the Eastern Division have been encouraged to draw up a five-year development plan which will include the ban of kava consumption in villages from Monday to Friday. Speaking to villagers of Vanuavatu, Komo, Namuka and Ogea, Commissioner Eastern Netani Rika encouraged the people to avoid excessive kava drinking and start

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Metromix Concrete Fiji, a division of MY Group Limited, has invested into two new Forland mixer trucks for its Nadi branch. The trucks are designed specifically for construction, mixer, roll-off and municipal segments. The mixer trucks will be available for service this week. Metromix general manager Azad Ali said the trucks are built on providing rugged and durable premium products. It will meet and exceed our customers growing demand for a lighter weight, high quality and customisable products, Mr Ali said. These trucks will enable us to meet our clients in the remote areas of the western division to get the job done both efficiently and with style. Also we are concentrating in providing a happy medium plus super convenient services in the supply of concrete and aggregates into remote parts of the western division, he added. The company has five outlets in Viti Levu in Suva, Rewa, Sigatoka, Nadi and Lautoka with six mixer trucks operating in the western side.

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Two Nasinu families and three companies face court proceedings for dengue-related cases. They allegedly breached the Public Health Act. The Nasinu Town Council instituted proceedings after the accused allegedly failed to comply with requirements of the Act. They allegedly did not remove their rubbish which was potentially a breeding ground for dengue mosquitoes The councils acting Health Inspector, Shelvin Singh, said the families and the companies lived and operated within their municipality. Earlier in January, we issued house to house advice and to companies to put out all their refuse within a period of time we allocated, Mr Singh said. However, some did not follow this and they have been taken to court for not destroying mosquito breeding places in their compounds. This is a violation of the Public Health Act, Mr Singh said. He said the council, since the start of last month, had been involved in the Ministry of Healths National Campaign for the fight against Dengue. We have an ongoing plan for fighting dengue through clean-up campaigns and mosquito spraying. This is on hold because of the unfavourable weather conditions we are having. He said the clean-up was to clear mosquito breeding sites and collect home rubbish and refuse. Narere and Kalabu were found with the most rubbish as they are two of the most populated areas within the Nasinu zone. He said old tires and empty plastic containers were the most refuse collected during the National Dengue Campaign that ended last week. Increasing awareness on autism in Fiji is our role as advocates, says President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Ratu Epeli made the comment at World Autism Awareness Day celebrations at the Suva Special School. Autism is a life-long developmental condition usually affecting children and characterised by lack of response to people as well as limited ability to communicate, he said. Unfortunately in Fiji we do not have the statistics to indicate how many children or adults live with autism. Ratu Epeli said the numbers attending special schools had been increasing, which showed that there were many more unidentified children with autism in the community. As part of my contribution, I request the relevant Government agencies to assist in collating data on autism so that more meaningful analysis and decisions could be made on how Fiji as a nation can support our people who live with autism.

PM Pays For Bus Hire

THE owner of Island Buses Limited, Vijendra Kewal, has clarified that Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama has hired one of his buses to campaign for the election. Mr Kewal said Rear Admiral Bainimarama was paying the company for hiring the bus although he refused to disclose the cost. "The bus is only hired by him he has charted the bus. The charge, I cannot disclose. Certain customers are treated with confidentiality," he said. Mr Kewal confirmed the bus had been charted for five days three days on Viti Levu and two days on Vanua Levu. "But it might be kept for long as he might not be able to fulfill his commitments in two or three days, so he can use it for another three days. "The PM can keep the bus as long as I get my money." He said the paint on the bus would change after the PM returned the bus. Rear Admiral Bainimarama launched the campaign bus at the My Suva Picnic Park after launching the name of his proposed political party Fiji First.

Specialists from the Sahyadri Group of Hospital India will conduct advanced neurosurgical and orthopedic surgeries in Fiji in two weeks. The advanced neurosurgical team will conduct operations from April 14-25 at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital. These surgeries will include spinal and brain surgery. The orthopedic surgeries will be conducted at the Lautoka Hospital from May 19-30. Surgeries will include knee and hip replacement as well as joint arthroscopy (diagnostics and therapeutics). Visits by these specialist teams are beneficial as this proves to be cost saving for the patient and relatives as well as the Ministry. Those wanting to undertake these operations will need a doctors referral and will be diagnosed for surgery. Apart from this, patients will be required to provide basic details and financial details, which

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will be screened by the Medical Board and Health Ministry. After this, the costing will be determined which would be paid by the patient with a proportionate subsidy by the government for those who fall under the selection criteria. Previously the team visited in October 2013 whereby 10 patients underwent the neurosurgical operation. Apart from this 10 patients that underwent orthopedic surgery a 100 per cent success rate was noted. The Health Ministry will accommodate referrals from all General Practitioners, Hospital, health centers and Insurance companies. For medical tourism promotion, citizens nationals of other countries; like Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific countries may send their details for appointment. Meanwhile, patients and relatives wanting to undergo these surgeries can contact the Health Ministry for more information.

The China Railway First has been offered the contract to widen two sections of the Kings Road in Suva as part of their FRA Nadi and Suva Road upgrade project. The Fiji Roads Authority announced that their total budget for the project work was $30,400,000 million however the Suva Road Upgrade Project is worth more than FJD$200million and will considerably improve the routes around the countrys international airports through significant upgrading and widening work. FRA states they want the company to start work as soon as possible but they are yet to confirm when work will begin. In Nadi this involves improvements to 12 kilometres of road, including 3.3

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kilometres of new road and work in Suva will upgrade nine kilometres of road, FRA stated. FRA says the planned work will reduce the congestion on the roads and improve travel times for local communities and commuters. Better roads and improved street lighting, footpaths and road drainage will make the roads safer for drivers and pedestrians. This key project will bring a boost to Fijis economy by improving access from the international airports to the adjacent cities and nearby areas. It will enable more economic development such as shops, houses and amenities along the highways. It will also significantly enhance the first experiences for tourists to Fiji."



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A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy has been found starved and living in a closet under the stairs of his Texas home. The boy, one of seven children, is upset about the treatment of his young severely underweight and is covered in stepbrother. bumps and bruises, US authorities say. Police said the boy was forced to live His father, 24-year-old Bradley in a closet under stairs, was abused and Bleimeyer, and his stepmother, neglected. 33-year-old Tammi Bleimeyer, are The boy is now in protective custody. facing a child endangerment charge. Tammi is the biological mother of Police said they originally went to the the 16-year-old boy and five other house after the father got into a fight children, and shes also six months with his 16-year-old stepson in the pregnant. front yard. She was released on a $US2000 bond The stepson told police he was fighting but her husband is being held on no with his stepfather because he was bond.

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A groom has faced court after a minister refused to perform a marriage because he said the man was too drunk. Musician Jacob Francis Brookes, 41, had his buck's celebration the night before he was supposed to tie the knot back in February, in Adelaide's western suburbs. Police were called to the Uniting Church at Exeter and charged Brookes with disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest. He briefly faced Port Adelaide Magistrates Court and denied to reporters after the hearing he had been too drunk when he turned up at the church. "I had three beers, two Jamos [Jameson Whiskey], two shots of Jamo - that's

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not drunk," he said. The still-single man said he remained hopeful of winning the heart of his intended bride. "I miss her to bits ... she's always in my heart," he said. Brookes says there are things he would do differently now. "I regret choosing [that minister] as the marriage celebrant at my wedding and I had my buck's night the night before, bro. I mean, come on, we're all men here," he said. After talking to the media outside the hearing, Brookes hugged a TV reporter before walking off. His case will return to court next month.

A GROUP of men in Kenya accused of ferociously gang raping a schoolgirl and originally punished by being made to cut grass around a police station are to be formally charged, the public prosecutor said. Worldwide outrage over the punishment by police to cut grass around the police last year prompted over 1.6 million station as punishment. people to sign a petition demanding One suspect appeared in court last justice, with the office of the director week, charged with causing grievous of public prosecution then ordering an harm. investigation into the handling of the It is not clear if legal proceedings have case. begun against anyone else, but the After reviewing the evidence, the prosecutor ordered that other suspects prosecutors office said in a statement who are still at large be apprehended it had directed that the suspects be and brought to justice without further charged with gang rape. delay. The 16-year-old victim, known by Kenyas civilian police oversight body the pseudonym Liz, was reportedly is also to investigating the conduct of attacked, beaten and then raped by the police officers who mishandled the six men as she returned from her initial report made by Liz. grandfathers funeral in western Police chief David Kimaiyo had cast Kenya in June. The gang dumped her, doubt on Lizs testimony, saying in bleeding and unconscious, in a deep November that the time between her sewage ditch. screams for help and villagers coming She suffered a broken back, caused to her rescue was too short for six either by the beating or by being hurled assailants to have gang raped her. down into the pit, as well as serious The case is due in court again on April internal injuries from the rape. 8. The case made global headlines after Rape is a serious problem in Kenya but it emerged that three of the alleged is seldom taken seriously by the police, rapists who Liz identified were ordered rights groups say.

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Earthquake Felt In Los Angeles Area Of California

A magnitude 5.1 earth quake struck the Los Angeles area of southern California, the US Geological Survey says. The quake happened at about 21:10 local time last Friday (04:10 GMT on Saturday) and its epicentre was 1 mile (2km) east of the town of La Habra. There were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries. A 4.4-magnitude quake was felt near Los Angeles last month, rattling nerves but causing no major damage. The latest earthquake was shallow at only 1.2 miles (2km) deep, according to the USGS. It was felt across four counties, from Palm Springs in the east and Ventura County to the north, Reuters news agency reported. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it was checking buildings and transport infrastructure for damage. It said the quake was a reminder for people to be prepared. The San Andreas fault, on the edge of the Pacific tectonic plate, runs directly through California, and the western US state has long braced for a devastating quake. The 1994 Northridge quake, at 6.7 magnitude, left at least 60 people dead. A 6.9-magnitude quake in San Francisco five years earlier killed 67 people.

Locals take refuge on a football field in Iquique, Chile after an earthquake struck off the Pacific coast. A magnitude 8.2 earthquake in the and Peru, but warnings that had been Pacific Ocean off Chile has generated issued for other regions have now been a two-metre tsunami. cancelled. The earthquake hit Tuesday morning at Chile's government says there are a depth of just 10 kilometres and was no reports of serious damage or centred 86 kilometres north-west of casualties. Iquique in northern Chile. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre Areas of Chile and neighbouring Peru says the wave has been measured at are being evacuated and there are 2.11 metres at its highest off Iquique. reports that roads have been blocked The Australian Bureau of Meteorology by landslides. says there is no tsunami danger for A tsunami warning is in effect for Chile Australia or New Zealand.

A US couple has beaten the odds to win the lottery not once but three times in one month. Baby, we did it again! a gleeful $US50,000 with 10 winning tickets in Calvin Spencer shouted to his wife, the Virginia Lotterys Pick 4 game. Zatera after their third big win in the Luckily for them, they did not quit Virginia state lottery last month. while they were ahead. The Portsmouth couple scored their first Mr Spencer bought a Virginia Lottery win on March 12, when they pocketed Scratcher ticket, $100 Million Cash $US1 million in a Powerball drawing. Extravaganza and won the $US1 Then, on March 26, Mr Spencer won million prize, lottery officials said.

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James Paul Harris Decapitated James Geretys Head With A Guitar String

James Paul Harris, left, is escorted from the Osage County Courthouse in Lyndon, Kansas A MAN accused of beheading cutting off his head. another man with a guitar string has A part of the victims skull was pleaded innocent to premeditated discovered March 24, 2012, at a house first-degree murder. in rural Carbondale in Osage County. Police say 29-year-old James Paul Shirley Johnson, who lives with Jeff Harris practised voodoo and kept the Harris, the defendants father, testified head of 49-year-old James Gerety to she was searching for mushrooms talk to after the March or April 2011 when she found a ball the top of killing. Geretys skull and took it inside to The Topeka Capital-Journal reports show Jeff Harris. that Geretys partial remains were District Court Judge Phillip Fromme found a year later in Carbondale, 29 noted prosecutors have listed 30 names kilometres south of Topeka, Kansas. of potential witnesses to testify during Harris former girlfriend testified in the trial. March that he told her he used a guitar Harris is believed to have buried the string to sever Geretys head. She said rest of the victims body on land owned he disposed of the body but kept the by his father but those body parts head in a bag. A Topeka police officer havent been recovered. said the ex-girlfriend told him Harris He also allegedly had voodoo dolls practised voodoo and that he liked to made of cloth, which were named talk to the head. She also said Harris Jimbo, Bob on the Hill and Poor told her he had shot the victim in the Jimbo Bolinsky and hung from a stomach, tortured him for two days ceiling in his apartment. at the house the couple shared before A judge set Harris trial for June 2.

A mother and her partner have been jailed by the South Australian Supreme Court after a four-year-old girl died when repeatedly forced to ride a motorbike. The girl's terrified attempts were filmed by her mother, Ashlee Jean Polkinghorne. Polkinghorne, 22, and her partner, Benjamin Robert McPartland, 28, will serve at least four years in jail for manslaughter by criminal negligence. The woman's daughter, Chloe Valentine, was repeatedly put on a 50-kilogram motorbike in the backyard of the family home at Ingle Farm in January 2012 and filmed crashing into objects. The court was told the girl suffered severe injuries and was so swollen and bruised when taken to hospital that some other family members could not recognise her. During sentencing, Justice Trish Kelly said the motorbike was far too big for Chloe and she could barely touch the ground. She said the small child was extremely fearful of McPartland, and Polkinghorne had laughed as the girl fell from the bike. Justice Kelly said Polkinghorne had been prepared to let her child die rather than exercise any proper parental responsibility. She criticised the pair's failure to call an ambulance immediately when Chloe became unconscious, saying they smoked cannabis and got onto social media instead. She said the woman and her partner did not seek medical help for more than eight hours after the girl became

Couple Jailed Over 4 Year Old's Death From Backyard Motorbike Crashes

unconscious and only did so when she had stopped breathing. Justice Kelly also criticised Polkinghorne and McPartland for their contradictory evidence and said because neither had given evidence during the trial she found them equally to blame. "Each of you has expressed conflicting versions of the circumstances that led to her death," she said. Justice Kelly said the jail term had to reflect that a human life had been lost. She said Chloe had been a defenceless and vulnerable child. Polkinghorne was jailed for eight years and must serve at least four years and nine months. McPartland was jailed for seven years, with a non-parole term of four years and two months, reflecting his earlier guilty plea and efforts to rehabilitate. There were cheers in the courtroom as the sentence was passed and someone yelled: "Now you know how Chloe felt". A member of the family, Tricia Foord, told reporters outside the court child welfare authorities should have removed the girl from her mother. "I think when people are reporting to Families SA over 100 reports and they don't seem to do enough and remove the child ... that's all we wanted, remove the child," she said. "Plenty of families wanted to take that child and put her in a safe place, that didn't happen." Supporters of the four-year-old victim wore yellow ribbons to the sentencing, saying it had been Chloe's favourite colour.

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B. Canada's greatest soldier in the First World War. C. An French explorer to easten Canada. D. The greatest scientist of Canada. 4) Who were the United Empire Loyalists? A. First Nations and British settlers. B. Inuit and First Nations. C. Settlers from the United States during the American Revolution. D. French and British settlers. 5) Which two provinces produce more than three-quarters of Canadian manufactured goods? A. Ontario and Quebec. B. British Columbia and Ontario. C. Alberta and Ontario. D. Quebec and Manitoba. 6) Who appoints the judges of the Supreme Court of Canada?

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A. The Queen or the King. B. The judges are elected by all Canadians. C. The Prime Minister. D. The Governor General. 7) When did thousands of miners first come to Yukon? A. Early 1700s. B. Early 1800s. C. 1790s. D. 1890s. 8) What is the significance of the Canadian discovery of insulin? A. It was an important medicine to save soldiers' life during World War II. B. It saved lives of children with sickness. C. It saved millions of lives of people with diabetes. D. It helped the treatment of heart diseases.

1) For what is the Okanagan Valley famous? A. Wine. B. Grapes. C. Fruit orchards. D. Salmon. 2) What is a major river in Quebec? A. Hudson Bay River B. Fraser River C. Amazon River D. St. Lawrence River 3) Who is Sir Arthur Currie? A. A person who started the 'marathon of hope'.

9) Which three legal rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? A. Freedom of expression, right to buy a property and right to a fair trial. B. Right to become a Prime Minister, freedom of life and freedom of voting. C. Mobility rights, official language rights and Aboriginal peoples' rights. D. Right to have a job, to live and work anywhere in Canada and right to life. 10) Where do the majority of Mtis live in Canada? A. Prairie Provinces. B. Central Canada. C. West Coast. D. Northern territories. 1C 6D 2D 7D ANSWERS 3B 4C 8C 9C 5A 10A

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Returning after 7 days or more You can claim goods worth up to CAN$800 without paying any duty You must have the tobacco products* and alcoholic beverages with you when you enter Canada, but the rest of the goods can arrive later You can bring back up to 1.5 litres of wine or 1.14 litres of alcoholic beverages or up to 8.5 litres of beer You can bring back 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 200 grams of manufactured tobacco and 200 tobacco sticks Some tobacco products* and alcoholic beverages may be included in your personal exemption Part of the year outside Canada You are entitled to the same exemptions as above When you import foreign goods or vehicles for your personal use in Canada you must meet all import requirements and pay all applicable duty and taxes. Note If you include cigarettes, tobacco sticks or manufactured tobacco in

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products. One unit of tobacco products consists of one of the following: 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 200 grams of manufactured tobacco and 200 tobacco sticks. Importing a vehicle from the United States Transport Canada defines a vehicle as any means of transport that is capable of being driven or drawn on roads, by any means other than muscular power exclusively, but that does not run exclusively on rails. This includes not only motor vehicles, but also recreational, camping, boat, horse and stock trailers, as well as wood chippers, generators or any other equipment mounted on rims and tires. Before you import a vehicle into Canada, it must meet the requirements of the Canada Border Services Agency (CSBA), Transport Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Not all vehicles that are manufactured for sale in the United States can be imported into Canada. As a general rule, if the vehicle you plan to import was manufactured for sale in the United States and is less than 15 years old, or is a bus manufactured

on or after January 1, 1971, you must find out if it qualifies for importation under Transport Canada's Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) program. The RIV program provides an Importer checklist that you can fill in and print out to help make the process of importing your vehicle as efficient as possible. Before you import a vehicle, you should also contact the Registrar of Imported Vehicles. This is an agency contracted by Transport Canada to administer a national program to ensure that imported vehicles are brought into compliance with Canada's safety standards. Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) 405 The West Mall, Suite 400 Toronto ON M9C 5K7 Within North America: 1-888-8488240 (English and French) Outside North America: 1-416-6266812 E-mail Address: info@riv.ca Telephone: 1-888-848-8240 (toll-free in Canada and the United States) 416-626-6812 (from outside Canada and the United States)

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aside. 2) Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and chilli flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 3) Add the prawns and stir-fry until pink but still translucent in the middle, about 2 minutes. Transfer the prawns to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon. Add the onion, pepper, and chilli to the skillet, and stir-fry until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. 4) Return the prawns to the pan along with the soy sauce mixture. Bring to a boil, and stir-fry until the sauce glazes the prawns, about 1 minute more. Add the tomatoes and stir until coated with sauce, about 15 seconds. Remove pan from the heat, stir in the basil, mint, and lime juice. Transfer to a serving dish, serve immediately.

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Ingredients 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 1 1/2 tbsp torn fresh mint leaves 75g torn fresh basil leaves 200g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 jalapeno chilli 1 medium yellow pepper, seeded, cut in 2.5cm 1/2 medium red onion, cut in 2.5cm 450g large prawns, peeled and deveined 1/2 to 1 tsp red chilli flakes 1 tbsp grated , peeled, fresh ginger 3 cloves garlic, chopped 3 tbsp oil 1 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar 2 tsp Southeast Asian fish sauce 1 tbsp water Method 1) In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, water, fish sauce, and sugar; set

Easy Italian Chicken

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing Directions To Marinate: Pour salad dressing into a large, resealable plastic bag. Add chicken breasts, seal bag and shake to coat. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight (the longer you marinate, the more taste the chicken will absorb). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove chicken from bag, discarding remaining marinade. Place chicken in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Note: Turn chicken occasionally while baking.

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Ingredients: 500gms white fish fillet, cut into 1 inch cube 1 Teaspoonsp oil 200ml oil for deep frying 8 to 10 green chillies, deseeded and chopped into fine strips 2 Spring onions, chopped 1 small onion cut into large squares 4 to 5 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped 1 piece fresh ginger, cut into thin strips Green Bell Pepper deseeded and cut into 1 inch pieces, one cup 2 Tablespoon Dark Soya Sauce 1 Teaspoon Oyster Sauce Teaspoon Sugar Marinade: 2 Tablespoon Lime Juice Teaspoon Salt Freshly ground pepper 2 cloves Crushed Garlic Batter: cup Corn Flour 1 egg Salt to taste Corn Starch paste: 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch mix with 4 tbsp water Instructions: Marinade the fish cubes with salt, lime juice, garlic paste for 15 minutes Prepare the batter by mixing corn flour and eggs, add little salt

Take the fish out of the marinade, drop into the batter and deep fry, take out and keep on absorbent tissue Heat little oil in a frying pan, add the onion, and fry for 30 seconds Add garlic and ginger, fry for 30 seconds Add cut Chilli strips and fry for few more seconds Add the Bell Pepper Stir contentiously and fry for 2 minutes Remove from heat and keep aside **Please note, Onion and Bell peppers should be crisp and not soft by over cooking** Now in a wok, add little oil, bring back the fish pieces, Pour in the dark Soya Sauce, Oyster sauce, sugar, little water and bring it to boil, cook for one minute Pour in the contains of the frying pan (Bell Pepper, Onion etc) Fold well and cook for 30 seconds Pour the Corn Starch Paste and fold fast so that the sauce thickens and oil separates out Sprinkle the chopped spring onions Serve immediately with Rice, Noodles or pass it as finger snack with drinks Tip: If its served as side dish to main course, retaining little gravy is recommended, if its served as a snack, make it dry.


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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has a new definition of Canada's middle class that could exclude anyone who has some money socked away for a rainy day. "For me, it's people who live paycheque to paycheque," Trudeau said Wednesday. That's a switch from what the Liberal leader said earlier in the week. "People who live off their incomes are the middle class and those who live off their assets, their portfolios, their trust funds are not," Trudeau said Tuesday, similar to how he defined middle class a day earlier. When Trudeau raised the issue of middle class debt and financial stress in the Commons during question period, Prime Minister Stephen Harper tore into Trudeau's new paycheque-topaycheque definition of middle class. "So that would exclude, Mr. Speaker, people of modest incomes who have saved something, like pensioners, who are not living from paycheque-topaycheque," he said. "And, of course, Mr. Speaker, it would include people

Justin Trudeau Defines Middle Class As: 'Those Living Paycheque To Paycheque'
Liberal Party is talking about and I suspect he doesn't either," he said. Trudeau shot back that Harper needed "to spend more time with middle class Canadians." Harper responded with more ridicule for Trudeau. "If the leader of the Liberal Party was with middle class Canadians he wouldn't actually know whether they were middle class or not," he said. Trudeau's shifting definitions come as he tries to make fighting for the middle class the Liberals' hallmark issue for next year's federal election campaign. "We are focused on helping middle class Canadians and helping Canadians who hope to achieve middle class status," he said. Trudeau has promised not to raise taxes on the middle class, but he has yet to define which tax brackets or income levels would be safe from any tax hikes under a Liberal government. Trudeau said Wednesday he'd "let economists argue about which quintile or decile (the middle class)" starts or ends at.

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who have a very affluent lifestyle and spend all their money even though they get a very large paycheque." The prime minister said Trudeau's comments leave him confused. "I have no idea what the leader of the

Carleton University economist Ian Lee took up the challenge. He said Trudeau's latest definition of middle class is meaningless because it's "a psychological, subjective test." Instead, Lee said he defines the middle class by excluding the richest and poorest Canadians from his calculations. "The top 20%, they're the rich people," he said. "The bottom 20% are the really poor people, you know, people on welfare, people in social housing." Lee said that leaves "the middle 60% of Canadians" as the middle class. He also insists the group is easily defined. "It's an empirical, measurable amount of income coming in to you," he said. The latest Statistics Canada data for families of two or more people in Lee's definition of middle class had annual incomes ranging from $43,000 to $132,000 in 2011. Lee adds that wide range captures the full gamut of middle class, including what he calls the lower and upper middle classes.

B.C. government looking at raising fines and points for those ticketed The B.C.government is aiming to increasing penalties for distracted driving before the end of the year. Currently the fine for distracted driving in B.C. is $167 dollars the second lowest in Canada. The announcement comes a day after news that a Vancouver man racked up 26 tickets and fines of $4,300 in a fouryear period. In 2012, distracted driving accidents led to more deaths than were caused by drunk driving in B.C., said Attorney General Suzanne Anton. There were 81 deaths caused by distracted driving, and 56 caused by drunk driving. Anton said she is looking at a number of approaches to the problem, including raising fines and points on driver's licences. "I think the fines will make a difference and I think the points will make a difference. Fines plus points is much more damaging to a person's record, so that's another piece that I'm having a close look at." Premier Christy Clark says she's looking forward to the changes. "I don't want to prejudge the outcome of that, but I think it's worthy of a good hard look, because if that's the reason many many people are losing their lives, we have a responsibility to address it." While the basic fine for misuse of a cellphone or hand-held electronic device is $167 in B.C., police can more than double that if they find youre driving erratically as a result. Distracted driving can also involve eating while driving or even having a dog in your lap.

Distracted Driving Penalties Could Be Hiked In B.C.

Suspect Identified In Attempted Murder Of Langley Family

Andre Harvey Richard was to have no contact with estranged wife

An arrest warrant has been issued for Andre Harvey Richard. Langley RCMP say the 44-year-old is under conditions to have no contact with his estranged wife. Mounties believe Richard broke into the family home on Wakefield Drive in Willoughby and lit it on fire. Corporal Holly Marks says the woman was then assaulted with a weapon. Her daughter actually came into the room and witnessed the assault and attempted to stop it, and was assaulted herself. The mother, her 14-year-old-daughter and 8-year-old son managed to get out. The mother and daughter are being treated for non-life threatening injuries and they are currently in the hospital and the son is there with them as well but is not injured. Investigators originally thought the 44-year-old man may have been inside the home which went up in flames early Wednesday morning. They are now searching for a 2006 grey Saturn Relay van with the license plate 804-HWC. He has a history of domestic violence.

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Covering the cost of health care and providing a pension for every Canadian will push the country $2.2-trillion further into debt, a new report by the Fraser Institute suggests. The analysis in the report released Tuesday calculates the liability for the current cohort of Canadians that means the promised program spending for people living today less expected tax revenues. And as the population ages and relatively fewer young Canadians enter the workplace and pay taxes to pay for program spending the shortfall, or unfunded liability, has continued to increase. It has grown by more than 20% since 2007-08. If the governments continue on the path that theyre on, something has got to give, says Charles Lammam, resident scholar in economic policy at the conservative think-tank. Taxes have to go up, or benefits for other

Pensions, Health Care Will Push Canadian Governments $2.2-Trillion Further Into Debt: Fraser Institute
programs have to be reduced in order to maintain the same levels of spending we see now. The report looks at the three largest government programs: Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, both public health programs and medicare. These items alone account for a $2.2-trillion liability. Add in direct debt and the total unfunded liability hit $4.1-trillion in the 2011-12 fiscal year, according to the report. Theres a pretty big gap in knowledge about what needs to be done to maintain funding of these programs moving into the future, said Mr. Lammam. In addition, governments are taking on billions in debt to finance operational and capital spending. Direct borrowing for municipal, provincial and federal governments in Canada grew to $1.2-trillion in 2011-12 from $872.2-billion in 2007-08. Ontario, Quebec and Alberta are the governments with the top three liability loads, respectively. Ontario owes $1.6-trillion, Quebec $956-billion and Alberta $559.6-billion. We have programs where governments have committed themselves to providing benefits, but the programs are not fully funded, Mr. Lammam said. Economists who looked at the report said it raises some valid concerns, but appears to fail to take into consideration increased tax revenue due to economic growth. This looks like a silly exercise in trying to get people to be frightened about debt, said Stephen Gordon, an economics professor at the University of Laval. The basic point seems to be that commitments for future spending should be considered the same way that regular debt is, and thats a fair point, but it obscures the point by ignoring future revenues. Mr. Gordon noted the institutes model

for the CPP liability excluded future contributions to the program. Its absolutely wrong to conclude that theres an imminent crisis that requires action. Action has already been taken, he said. The same thing for medicare. The present value of the costs of providing health care is likely to be a very, very big number. But it should also be offset by another very, very big number that is the present value of the tax revenues that can be expected to be generated in the future. Likewise, Mike Moffatt, an assistant professor at the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, said the Fraser Institute was valuable for pointing out the coming decline in taxpayers relative to the expected increase in program spending. Im not sure I would call that an unfunded liabilities issue. I think its simply more of a demographic issue, he said.

Pay Up Translink Fines, ICBC Orders Drivers

Thousands of B.C. drivers are now being told they must pay old fines issued by TransLink for fare evasion if they want their auto insurance or driver's licences renewed. The unpaid tickets 37,000 of them worth $5.7 million were issued between 2002 and 2012. Provincial legislation passed in 2012 gave TransLink new powers to make fare evaders pay their fines and it also compelled ICBC to deny renewals until fines are paid in full even old ones dating back more than a decade. ICBC spokesman Adam Grossman said it took time for ICBC to make changes in its system to go after the pre-2012 fines, but it has now done so and the first "refusals to issue" on old tickets went into effect Monday. "We actually started contacting customers at the beginning of March to let them know they had outstanding transit debt on their record," Grossman said. "We're starting with those due to come in soon for either their licence or insurance renewal. We started with calls and then follow up with letters

as well and there will be notes on insurance renewal reminders that go out as well." He wasn't able to say how many drivers will be affected. In the years before the system was reformed, 85 per cent of fare evasion fines issued by Transit Police went unpaid because TransLink had no power to enforce payment. That dismal payment rate has improved. As of February, nearly 30 per cent of the 36,300 fines issued since September 2012 have been paid, generating $1.8 million since the new system took effect. Fines paid since then go to TransLink, while the money collected by ICBC on older fines goes to the province. New fare evasion fines start at $173 but climb to $213 after six months and $273 if they're unpaid after a year. TransLink can also send unpaid tickets to collection agencies. TransLink expects fare evasion will diminish further as a problem later this year when new transit faregates and the Compass card payment system are fully activated.

Data released on tipping habits across the country shows which Canadians are the most, and least, generous New data gathered on Canadian tipping Restaurant and Food Association habits shows Vancouver narrowly agrees. avoiding the bottom slot thanks to "I think you should tip anywhere from the lack of generosity displayed by 15-20 per cent if you have good service Calgarians. and if you don't have good service I Mobile payments company Square don't think you should tip anything," analyzed the transactions made on he said. "That's when you need to go their system in five Canadian cities to the business owner and say, 'My Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Montreal experience wasn't great'." and Ottawa averaging out both the Back at the more generous end of the frequency of tips made and their value. tipping spectrum, Toronto's tips were Vancouver was found to tip 62 per cent slightly bigger than Montreal's (at 14.5 of the time, with an average tip of 13.4 per cent and 14.4 per cent respectively), per cent of the bill, far behind Canada's but Montrealers tip on average 70.4 most generous tipsters in Ottawa, who percent, while Torontonians leave a tip tipped 76.6 per cent of time with an only 65.5 per cent of the time. average tip of 15.6 per cent. Calgarians proved the most miserly of Some Vancouver business owners the bunch according to Square, tipping showed little surprise when told about just 59.4 per cent of the time, with an the results. average tip of 13.3 per cent. "I think people really do believe that The data was gathered from transactions is the standard that it's 10 per cent made using Square's mobile payment gratuity," said Christy Denton, owner technology, and covered retail services of Cranberries Spa in Vancouver. that give a tip option to customers, She says clients often ask her how including restaurants, taxis, spas, much they should tip. hairdressers and bars. It also included "I will tell them it's really 15 to 20 per those offering personal services such as cent." private fitness instruction and massage Ian Tostenson, head of the BC services.

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Changes to B.C. Ambulance Service protocols quietly introduced last fall have resulted in lengthy emergency response times and an increase in patient risk, according to Vancouvers fire chief. John McKearney on Tuesday presented to city council a report on the impact of changes to BCASs resource allocation plan, implemented in late October. Chiefly, dozens of call types including serious falls and some motor-vehicle injuries have been downgraded from emergency to routine, resulting in response times to those calls being an average of 21 minutes slower, he said. Once they move from emergency to routine on these incidents it changes the whole timeline to get to a call, Chief McKearney said in an interview after his presentation with city manager Penny Ballem. My officers have given me numerous cases where the patient is in distress, the [call type] is routine and it has taken way beyond what is an appropriate level of service. Chief McKearneys findings are specific to Vancouver, but he said the changes impact all municipal fire services in the province. Further, the fire chief says the changes were implemented suddenly, with no prior consultation with fire services or the public. We woke up on the morning of the 29th of October and the calls started to come in from my officers that the ambulances arent showing up to these calls, he said. When we finally got informed we got information from the Fire Chiefs Association [of B.C.] at about 10:30 a.m. [we learned] the ambulance service had instituted this five hours before, at 5:30 a.m. But William Dick, vice-president of medical programs at B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), the agency that oversees the BCAS, said the changes were made based on medical evidence and scientific data. In fact, BCEHS struck a committee of experts, including physicians, dispatchers,

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first responders and data analysts, and reviewed data from the past two years worth of calls prior to making the changes, Dr. Dick said. Of 868 call types, a total of 74 were reclassified 39 of which were downgraded from lights and sirens to routine. This has resulted in ambulances getting to the sickest patients an average of one minute faster provincially while reducing the amount of high-speed, lights and sirens driving they do, increasing public safety, Dr. Dick said. Lower priority patients are waiting an average of six minutes longer provincewide, he conceded. In the past, [these decisions have been made] with just anecdotal evidence, hearsay and best opinion, basically. This is the first time that weve used a scientifically valid, statistically rigorous way to actually look at these calls. He stressed the changes are not about reducing costs, but rather using resources in a smarter way. Both Chief McKearney and Dr. Dick were unclear as to each others data. I cant speak to his information, Dr. Dick said. I just know that it certainly doesnt come close to matching ours and I think I have a really robust global overview of whats happening in the province and each municipality. I am absolutely confident in my data. Chief McKearney included five casestudy examples in his presentation. In one, a 65-year-old man fell, suffering a large laceration to his head. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) attended and requested that dispatch upgrade the call to emergency; BCAS arrived 49 minutes later. In another, a 55-year-old man fell down two flights of stairs, suffering head trauma. VFRS attended and, after two calls for an urgent upgrade to emergency, BCAS arrived 40 minutes later. Dr. Dick called the examples extreme outlier cases. After Chief McKearneys presentation on Tuesday, Vancouver city council voted to write a letter to B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake asking the province to review the matter.

A HOUSEKEEPER and her husband were arrested for forcibly moving into a 94-year-old Canadian womans house, confining her to a bedroom and emptying her bank account. Toronto police told a press conference He told reporters he delivered a that Norma Marshall, living on her own, medical prescription to Ms Marshall had hired the Portuguese housekeeper every Wednesday, and was surprised four years ago. that a man who claimed to be a relative The housekeepers role gradually recently answered the door. expanded until one day last month The delivery man noted that he had when Ms Marshall answered a knock not seen any member of Ms Marshalls at the door. family in more than a decade. She ... was surprised to see that the At his next visit the following week, housekeeper along with her husband the delivery man insisted on speaking and children were at the door, along with Ms Marshall and was brought with all of their possessions, said to her room where, he said, she was Detective Constable Valerie Dahan. confined to the bed. The couple announced to the elderly She didnt look at me, she was just woman that they were moving in and scared so I knew that something was Marshall was moved into a smaller wrong. bedroom and confined to it most of Ms Marshall commented: The life the time, Ms Dahan said. savings is one thing, but what it does to The couple then gained access to you emotionally is worse. Ms Marshalls bank accounts and You dont need a lot of money when allegedly stole her life savings of about you get old. You do need people around Cdn$25,000 and began selling off her you, she said. possessions, including jewellery and Police have charged Vera Nunez, 32, furniture. and Luis Serpa de Considad Santos, 38, The scheme fell apart when a pharmacy with fraud, theft, mischief, interfering delivery worker became suspicious with property and being unlawfully in and notified authorities. a dwelling.

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Comes after further positive data emerges The Canadian dollar climbed higher Institute for Supply Managements on Wednesday morning after further manufacturing index for March and a positive data emerged about the US slight uptick in US construction data economy. on Tuesday. The main currency was ahead 0.04 of Markets have been rising since US a cent at 90.83 cents US near midday Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen EST as attention focused mainly on an indicated on Monday in a speech that employment survey from ADP. the U.S. central bank will keep interest The payroll processor said that US rates low. That countered remarks she companies hired at a faster clip in made two weeks before that were seen March, adding an estimated 191,000 as a signal the Fed might raise shortjobs in March. term rates by mid-2015, earlier than The report was another positive sign for generally expected. the jobs market ahead of Fridays US Bank of Canada Governor Stephen non-farm payrolls figures and Statistics Poloz suggested last week that a cut Canadas labour force survey for March. to the central banks short-term rates Positive sentiment about the US could not be ruled out despite a recent economy has been gaining traction weakening of the loonie against the this week after an improvement in the U.S. currency.

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Many websites that your child visits have public groups and forums where the members share information. Educate your child about the dangers of sharing personal information as this could lead to identity theft, cyber bullying or internet fraud. Niharika met a boy on Facebook and decided that she was in love with him. A few months later, the 16-year-old ran away from home to be with him. Fortunately for her, the boy, who did not know that she was a minor, did not take advantage of the girl; instead, he escorted her home and explained the entire situation to her distraught parents. Most children are not as lucky. Drawn to social networking and gaming sites that also help them stay connected with their friends and strangers over chat windows, young children are increasingly falling prey to Internet predators, or being drawn into unsavoury bullying online. Often, unsure of how to deal with the situation, and afraid to talk to their parents for fear of censure or being misunderstood, they allow the problem to escalate out of hand. All of this can be remedied by children knowing how to behave online. So, its up to you to teach them Internet etiquette, and what constitutes bad online behaviour. Follow these pointers and secure their online activities: 1. Information-misinformation Many websites that your child visits have public groups and forums where the members share information. Educate your child about the dangers of sharing personal information as this could lead to identity theft, cyber bullying or internet fraud. 2. Meeting unknowns Lay down a rule for your child Children should not meet anyone he/ she do not know personally as it is very dangerous. Encourage kids to communicate only with people they know in person and not add random strangers as friends. 3. Name and nickname Ensure that your child does not use his/her full name on social sites as it is easy to trace your personal details. First name or a nickname is good enough. Also see that he/she uses a nickname

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that does not attract inappropriate attention. 4. Emotional turmoil Warn your child not to express strong emotions via blogs, tweets or Facebook status. Explain to your child that there are predators on the lookout for such emotional vulnerabilities. 5. Cyber bullying Teach your child about cyber bullying and its impact. Tell them that if they are ever bullied online, they should talk to a trusted adult and share the details. Communicate with your child all the time and always keep an eye on his internet usage. A child will only tell you what is happening if he trusts you with his secrets. 6. Picture perfect Make sure that your child does not reveal personal information through the pictures he uploads on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. A random click of your car license plate, street name or school name could be an easy way to identify your child. 7. Start learning Be a student yourself. Take an interest in the websites your child visits. Read his blogs. Learn about Facebook and its privacy policies so that you can teach your child how to be safe online. 8. Rules to follow Set your own rules at home. Internet usage should be monitored. Lay down rules as to which sites your child can visit and use. Avoid setting a computer or laptop in your childs bedroom as you will never know what the child does when you are not around. Instead the computer should be set in a place where you can easily view the screen. This will discourage your child from visiting unwanted websites. 9. Age limit The recommended age for signing up for websites is usually 13 and over. Do not let your child access the sites if they are underage. 10. Gaming Ensure the kind of games your child plays online. There are a lot of adult online games that your child is not supposed to play. These games include a lot of bloodshed and sexual content which can affect your childs emotions and mindset

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Anal Itching
What is anal itching? Anal itching is the irritation of the skin at the exit of the rectum, known as the anus, accompanied by the desire to scratch. Although itching may be a reaction to chemicals in the stool, it often implies that there is inflammation of the anal area. The intensity of anal itching and the amount of inflammation increases from the direct trauma of scratching and the presence of moisture. At its most intense, anal itching causes intolerable discomfort that often is described as burning and soreness. What causes anal itching? Anal itching can be caused by irritating chemicals in the foods we eat, such as are found in spices, hot sauces, and peppers. Anal itching also can be caused by the irritation of continuous moisture in the anus caused by frequent liquid stools, diarrhea, or escape of small amounts of stool (incontinence). Moisture increases the possibility of infections of the anus, especially yeast, particularly in patients with diabetes mellitus or HIV. Treatment with antibiotics also can lead to a yeast infection and irritation of the anus. Psoriasis also can irritate the anus. Abnormal passageways (fistulas) from the small intestine or colon to the skin surrounding the anus can form as a result of disease (such as Crohn's disease), and these fistulas bring irritating fluids to the anal area. Other problems that can cause anal itching include: pinworms, hemorrhoids, tears of the anal skin (fissures), and skin tags (abnormal local growth of anal skin). How is anal itching treated? Initial treatment of simple itching is directed toward relieving the burning and soreness. It is important to clean and dry the anus thoroughly and avoid leaving soap in the anal area. Cleaning efforts should include gentle showering without direct rubbing or irritation of the skin with either the washcloth or towel. After bowel movements, moist pads (such as baby wipes, flushable moist wipes, and flushable anal cleansing wipes) should be used for cleaning the anus instead of toilet paper. If there is constant moisture present in the anus or stool incontinence, it may be necessary to clean the anus with moist pads between bowel movements. Many over-the-counter products are sold for the treatment of anal itching. These often contain the same drugs that are used for treating hemorrhoids. Products used for the treatment of anal itching are available as ointments, creams, gels, suppositories, foams, and pads. Ointments, creams, and gels - when used around the anus - should be applied as a thin covering. When applied to the anal canal, these products should be inserted with a finger or a "pile pipe." Pile pipes are most efficient when they have holes on the sides as well as at the end. Pile pipes should be lubricated with ointment prior to insertion. Suppositories or foams do not have advantages over ointments, creams, and gels. Most products contain more than one type of active ingredient. Almost all contain a protectant in addition to another ingredient. Only examples of brand-name products containing one ingredient in addition to the protectant are discussed below. Local anesthetics Local anesthetics temporarily relieve pain, burning, and itching by numbing the nerve endings. The use of these products should be limited to the perianal area and lower anal canal. Local anesthetics can cause allergic reactions with burning and itching. Therefore, the application of anesthetics should be discontinued if burning and itching increase. Examples of local anesthetics include: benzocaine 5% to 20% (Americaine Hemorrhoidal, Lanacane Maximum Strength, Medicone) benzyl alcohol (Itch-X) 5% to 20% dibucaine 0.25% to 1.0% (Nupercainal) dyclonine 0.5% to 1.0% lidocaine (Xylocaine) 2% to 5% pramoxine 1.0% (Fleet Pain-Relief, Procto Foam Non-steroid, Tronothane Hydrochloride) tetracaine 0.5% to 5.0% Vasoconstrictors Vasoconstrictors are chemicals that resemble epinephrine, a naturally occurring chemical. Applied to the anus, vasoconstrictors make the blood vessels become smaller, which may reduce swelling. They also may reduce pain and itching due to their mild anesthetic effect. Vasoconstrictors applied to the perianal area - unlike vasoconstrictors that are taken orally or by injection - have a low likelihood of causing serious side effects, such as high blood pressure, nervousness, tremor, sleeplessness, and aggravation of diabetes or hyperthyroidism. Examples of vasoconstrictors include: ephedrine sulfate 0.1% to 1.25% epinephrine 0.005% to 0.01% phenylephrine 0.25% (Medicone Suppository, Preparation H, Rectocaine) Protectants Protectants prevent irritation of the perianal area by forming a physical barrier on the skin that prevents contact of the irritated skin with aggravating liquid or stool from the rectum. This barrier reduces irritation, itching, pain, and burning. There are many products that are themselves protectants or that contain a protectant in addition to other medications. Examples of protectants include: aluminum hydroxide gel cocoa butter glycerin kaolin lanolin mineral oil (Balneol) white petrolatum starch zinc oxide (Desitin) or calamine (which contains zinc oxide) in concentrations of up to 25% cod liver oil or shark liver oil if the amount of vitamin A is 10,000 USP units/day. Astringents Astringents cause coagulation (clumping) of proteins in the cells of the perianal skin or the lining of the anal canal. This action promotes dryness of the skin, which in turn helps relieve burning, itching, and pain. Examples of astringents include: calamine 5% to 25% zinc oxide 5% to 25% (Calmol 4, Nupercainal, Tronolane) witch hazel 10% to 50% (Fleet Medicated, Tucks, Witch Hazel Hemorrhoidal Pads) Antiseptics Antiseptics inhibit the growth of bacteria and other organisms. However, it is unclear whether antiseptics are any more effective than soap and water. Examples of antiseptics include: boric acid hydrastis phenol benzalkonium chloride cetylpyridinium chloride benzethonium chloride resorcinol Keratolytics Keratolytics are chemicals that cause the outer layers of skin or other tissues to disintegrate. The rationale for their use is that the disintegration allows medications that are applied to the anus and perianal area to penetrate into the deeper tissues. The two approved keratolytics used are: aluminum chlorhydroxy allantoinate (alcloxa) 0.2% to 2.0% resorcinol 1% to 3% Analgesics Analgesic products, like anesthetic products, relieve pain, itching, and burning by depressing receptors on pain nerves. Examples of analgesics include: menthol 0.1% to 1.0% (greater than 1.0% is not recommended) camphor 0.1% to 3% (greater than 3% is not recommended) juniper tar 1% to 5% Corticosteroids Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and can relieve itching, but their chronic use can cause permanent damage to the skin. They should not be used for more than short periods of a few days to two weeks. Only products with weak corticosteroid effects are available over-the-counter. Stronger corticosteroid products that are available by prescription should not be used for treating anal itching. What if anal itching persists? For persistent anal itching, efforts are directed toward identifying an underlying cause. An examination by a doctor can rapidly identify most causes of anal itching. Adjustments in diet, treatment of infections, or surgical procedures to correct the underlying cause may be required.


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Women Burn More Calories An Orange A Day May Ward Off When They Exercise After Taking Stroke Risk Eating foods that contain vitamin considered deficient of the vitamin. C may reduce your risk of the most On average, the people who had a Protein common type of hemorrhagic stroke, stroke had depleted levels of vitamin
says a study. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, papaya, peppers, broccoli and strawberries. Hemorrhagic stroke is less common than ischemic stroke, but is more often deadly. The study involved 65 people who had experienced an intra-cerebral hemorrhagic stroke, or a blood vessel rupture inside the brain. They were compared to 65 healthy people. Participants were tested for the levels of vitamin C in their blood. Forty-one percent of cases had normal levels of vitamin C, 45 percent showed depleted levels of vitamin C and 14 percent were C, while those who had not had a stroke had normal levels of the vitamin. 'Our results show that vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke, as were high blood pressure, drinking alcohol and being overweight in our study,' said study author Stphane Vannier with Pontchaillou University Hospital in Rennes, France. Vannier added that vitamin C appeared to have other benefits like creating collagen, a protein found in bones, skin and tissues. Vitamin C deficiency has also been linked to heart disease. A new study has suggested that women should follow a high-protein meal with half an hour of moderate exercise as it burns more calories as compared to exercising on an empty stomach. Ashley Binns, a doctoral student in kinesiology and exercise science who led the study at the University of Arkansas, said the goal was to determine the interaction between the thermic effect of food and exercise on the body's total energy expenditure, as measured in calories. Thermic effect is the amount of energy that it takes to digest, store and utilize the food we eat. Binns said that her team looked at the effects of protein consumption alone on total energy expenditure and protein consumption combined with exercise, and found that with exercise, there is a trend for a continued increase in caloric expenditure with higher protein consumption. Additionally, the consumption of the high or low-protein meals resulted in greater energy expenditure than the

A new study suggests that women who ate a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables as young adults were much less likely to have plaque build-up in their arteries 20 years later, compared with those who consumed lower amounts of these foods. This new finding reinforces the importance of developing healthy eating habits early in life. Previous studies have found that middle-aged adults whose diet consists of a high proportion of fruits and vegetables are less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, but the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption during young adulthood and heart disease later in life was less clear. To study this concept, researchers evaluated the association between dietary intake of fruits and vegetables in young adults and the presence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) 20 years later. CAC scores, which were obtained using a CT scan, provide a direct estimate of the amount of plaque in the coronary arteries. "It's an important question because lifestyle behaviors, such as a heart

Women Who Eat Fruits And Vegetables When Young Have Healthier Arteries Later In Life

healthy diet, are the foundation of cardiovascular prevention and we need to know what dietary components are most important," Michael D. Miedema, M.D., M.P.H., a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, and the lead investigator of the study said. Specifically, women who reported consuming the most fruits and vegetables (eight to nine servings a day for a 2,000-calorie diet) in their 20s were 40 percent less likely to have calcified plaque in their arteries in their 40s compared with those who ate the least amount (three to four servings a day) during the same time period. This association persisted even after researchers accounted for other lifestyle behaviors, as well as for their currentday diets, further demonstrating the role dietary patterns at younger ages may play. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and other things that are known to promote good health. Plant-based diets in general have also been linked to greater longevity, less cancer, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and healthier body weight.

fasted state, she said. "That means that eating prior to exercise does provide fuel to burn, making us more like an energy-burning machine," she asserted. Ten "recreationally active" collegeage women of normal body weight participated in the study. For their testing sessions, they were given a high-protein meal, low-protein meal, or no food at all, before walking on a treadmill. Binns said that previous studies involving high- and low-protein diets have typically examined the athletic populations and morbidly obese individuals, but she wanted to see what the thermic effect of food was like for a normal individual, who didn't have any metabolic disorders or medications that would affect their metabolism. Exercise was key to the study, Binns said, because high-protein diets without exercise can lead to muscle loss. With just a high-protein diet and no exercise, the body heats up to break down the protein but what also happens is it breaks down muscle, she said.

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Clean, white teeth aren't the only factors of dental health; healthy gums also play an important role in maintaining healthy teeth. Unhealthy gums can lead to tooth lower jaw. decay or loss of teeth and therefore, Exercise your mouth you must take good care of your Try this exercise daily after you massage gums. So, follow these tips to maintain your teeth. Gently bite down so that your healthy gums. teeth make a clicking sound when they Brushing right meet. Do this for about 30 to 40 times Brushing right is important for healthy simultaneously. This exercise stimulates gums, but do not brush too hard, simply blood flow and keeps your gums healthy. apply some pressure on your teeth. Opt Mouthwash is a must for a toothbrush that has soft bristles. In addition to brushing and flossing, These soft bristles won't cut or damage you must also rinse your mouth with your gums. Also, twist your brush at mouthwash regularly. Mouthwash is a 45 degree angle so that the bristles an antiseptic and will help kill bacteria won't damage your gums. that cause bad breath and gum disease. Massage your gums Reduce your sugar intake Besides brushing, your dental routine When the sugar you eat combines with should also include an oral massage. the bacteria in your mouth, it leads to Use a tonic oil, preferably eucalyptus plaque. This plaque is known to cause or peppermint because they have bleeding gums, cavities and tooth antiseptic properties and are known to decay. Also, remember that sugar and activate blood flow. Take some oil on carbonated beverages can dissolve the a clean finger and massage your gums enamel of your tooth. Therefore, one in a circular motion on the inside and must cut back on their sugar intake to outside and then on the upper jaw and maintain healthy gums.

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The week will make you think a lot, and make you alert and act accordingly to the unfolding moments of the week. You will strive to maintain harmony and peace in family circles and gain benefits out of efforts. There may be travel related to work. Unexpected job transfers will be possible. You may need to lose some comforts in the work front. Financial matters may pose some threat. You need to be very careful while spending money. Do things in your free time that cheer you up and help you to relax. Youre accommodating manner and friendliness does not go unnoticed, you become increasingly popular whatever type of environment youre operating in. Money may not be available in plenty, and you may need to focus your attention on children. There may also be some sort of tension in relationship. Happiness in family may be less, children's health may make you to ponder and you will worry with respect to the same. Expenses for health may be present for your mother and children.

honesty brings desired results. If you are looking for a change of job, turn your thoughts into action. Feeling cool calm and collected you manage to accomplish everything you attempt. Both professionally and personally, you celebrate successes, which unsurprisingly give an added boost and increase your self-confidence. Happiness in family will be present, and you will be comforted by the peace and harmony in the relationship. There will not be any health problems for the week; you will find yourself more energetic. You can make use of this week to involve in activities that will help develop yourself. Major decisions taken will be fruitful; gaining good name will be possible for you through sheer hard work. Your abilities will be appreciated. Financial progress will be good enough for the week. You feel impatient, on edge, unable to relax, its particularly difficult to find any peace. If youre normally calm and well-balanced this is the stimulation you need to put plans you have been thinking about for a long time into action. With such an enterprising attitude you may be overstretched, if you feel on edge, allow yourself the peace you need. You face a number of challenges, and feel as if you have to prove yourself all the time. This is quite exhausting and unnerving, which tends to put you on edge. You will be able to maintain stability with respect to the same. Much happiness will be present in family circles. Arrival of new ones will cheer you. You will be able to maintain better relationship. Your health will be fine, but there may be some health problems for your father. Leo: The week will give you some unexpected gains. It will be a week with less activity. You may find tasks assigned at work front to be little tedious. Pressure due to work will cause much worries. Money progress will be moderate. You appear to be too forceful in your attitude towards potential partners or in existing relationships and likely to get yourself into needless disagreements which everybody concerned prefers to do without. If exhausted by all of this, spend some time alone. Try to deal with as many outstanding issues and plans for the future as you possibly can. Prospects are good, take advantage of any opportunity you get to let others know how committed you are. More expenses will rule the week and so you need to plan better. Harmony in family relationship will be disturbed. You need to adjust yourself to maintain satisfaction. There are chances for toothache and irritation in eyes. You may have heat related problems; health

may not be in good condition. It will be a good week to fulfill your basic needs. Planning ahead for the weeks tasks will give you comfort. You may face both expenses and income. Its important for you to let others know your plans and make it clear youre willing to show the necessary degree of compromise that insures everyone is satisfied. People youre acquainted with and those others youre much closer to, find your ideas and suggestions stimulating and you can expect to find theyre willing to share in your new found zest for life and optimism for the future. You may well feel attracted to someone, regardless of whether they are available or not, this is a dangerous area to contemplate and unless you want to get yourself into trouble, do your best to avoid dwelling on this type of scenario. The week will be good with respect to relationship. Keep a casual approach to deal with the concerns of the family members. Health will not be a concern, but you may suffer due to cold related problems.


to start something new and be prepared to experience some exciting new developments, once you open up to the endless opportunities that are available to you. There will be good flow of finances and this will cheer you up. Money flow will be smooth. You will be able to maintain good relationship with your loved ones. A casual outing will also be possible; you will feel more energetic and enjoy good health. Commitment is required on your part to reach success. You may sometimes feel that situations are out of control. More work pressure may be possible for the week. You may need to plan better and carry out the work smoothly. Colleagues and friends notice that you're particularly good at solving difficult problems. They are more than pleased to receive any offer of help you make. After youre free from the travails of work invest time in your emotional life you enjoy how your partner responds affectionately towards you. Down to earth, youre composed and confident in the way you approach any outstanding issues and developments both at work and on the home front. Progress related to money will be limited. You may find some less stability with respect to the same. Enough money may not be available. Harmony in relationship will be missing. You may need to adjust a lot to maintain happiness. You may be spending more money for the health of your mother, this may cause you worries.




Self-development will be a source of strength to you this week. You need to act intelligently to secure favorable results. Progress in career will be possible for the week. You will be able to regain the confidence of your superiors for the work that you are doing. You are likely to enjoy good results with respect to money. Make sure you don't waste time on irrelevant details or lose your temper in the process. Your current fantasies are unlikely to be fulfilled, theyre just excessively optimistic. Try not to feel so dissatisfied with your circumstances and be as realistic as possible, instead of needlessly having such impractical feelings and yearning that ultimately dont make you happy. Spend the money for productive purposes. Harmony in relationship will be possible and you will have every reason to be happy. You may find less bonding and connection with your siblings. You will not find major health problems for the week; you will remain active and fit. Health will be moderate.



The week is said to be a good one. You will be busy and active for the week and this will help you to see good results. Avail the valuable opportunities at work front. You will be able to secure good name for the work you do. Financial progress will be stable for the week. You will be able to save considerable amount of money. Adopting the right approach you make headway resolving outstanding issues, the worst thing you can do is to dither and cause unnecessary delay. If youre single make a first move towards cementing friendship, don't be shy about showing your feelings,

You will be in a position to gain from unexpected sources. This week is said to be a favorable one for you. There will be work pressure for the week. You may face more challenges. But you will be able to deal with it and come out successfully. One achievement follows another and youre able to make an especially good impression when cooperating with others. You even impress outsiders with your sensitivity, leading to exciting opportunities you must consider whether to follow up on or not. Whatever you decide, dont be fearful, youre in great shape to make the most of this promising time. Even in the most difficult of circumstances youre able to assert yourself. However, your high self-confidence makes you rather ruthless in certain situations and you show little regard for those you leave behind as long as you get what you want. There may be chance for loss of money, and you may have to spend for health purposes. Relationship may not be in good terms with your elders. Be careful while communicating with them. You may face digestion related health problems; it will be good for you to stick to a suitable healthy diet.



It will be a week filled with busy activity. You will be able to expose your talents that will help you fetch success. Your skill and abilities will be highly appreciated by your superiors. There are chances for gaining good name. Feeling vibrant and alive, its an ideal time to finally deal with areas of your life youve neglected for far too long. If this doesnt apply, instead take advantage of this welcome opportunity

You will focus on relationship for enhancing prospects for harmony. You can make the week better through your effective communication skills. Release pent-up aggression by practicing some sports. Jogging, cycling or swimming helps you to relax. Feeling somewhat invigorated, you feel able to take on more responsibility both at work and on the home front. At the same time, take care not to become overwhelmed by the number of additional demands placed on your time. Make people aware of your limitations and boundaries. If challenged adopt a position of conciliation and dont dominate others with an unnecessarily assertive stance. You will be able to maintain better relationship with your colleagues. Developing yourself by self-efforts will make you to see success at work. Finances are not favorable. You may face some constraints in maintaining good level of money gains. There will be better understanding in the family. The happiness in relationship will be limited. There will not be any major health problems for the week, you

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Rohit To Get More Ruthless On 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'

Director Rohit Shetty said he would push the contestants of the adventure reality show 'Khatron ke Khiladi' to their limits. Rohit, 40, is hosting the fifth season of 'Khatron Ke Khiladi - Darr Ka Blockbuster' being aired from March 22. "While I know how to ensure that the contestants are always on their feet, I am going to push them to their limits. Action and entertainment are my forte and the lighter moments that I hope to create will make the 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' experience a truly memorable one," Rohit said. The filmmaker said he cannot keep himself away from giving a touch of humour to his work. "While I am excited by the concept of action and adventure, I can't keep myself away from adding a touch of humour to my work," he said. "While the scripts were being narrated to me, I kept improvising on them and that's how it all started. The seriousness, aggression and synergies will continue to be intact as per the theme of 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'," he added. Rohit recalled his father late stunt man M B Shetty on the show aired, which involved toughened glass. He said his father had introduced the special glass in Bollywood. The 'Chennai Express' director broke one such piece of standing toughened glass with gloved hands in the show. The contestants for the show are actress Mugdha Godse, Niktin Dheer, Ranvir Shorey, choreographer-actor Salman Yusuff Khan, Rajniesh Duggal, Dayananad Shetty aka 'Daya', Gurmeet Choudhary and his wife Debina. Among other participants are TV actress Pooja Gor, stunt woman Geeta Tandon, couple Gauhar Khan and Kushal Tandon, Karanvir Bohra and his wife Teejay Sidhu, Femina Miss India International and IPL host Rochelle Maria Rao. The shooting for the show has been done in Cape Town, South Africa.

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I had not seen any film on such subject and I felt that I must make the film, so we made it in Marathi, said Riteish Deshmukh. It is much easier to make such films in Marathi than Hindi because the Marathi audience accepts such unique subjects more as compared to the Hindi audience, he added. Yellow is Riteishs second Marathi production venture, after hit film Balak Palak. I think we were able to justify this (the subject of Yellow) more in Marathi. If

Actor-producer Riteish, whose upcoming Marathi production Yellow deals with children with special needs, says films with unique concepts gain wider acceptance among Marathi audiences compared to Hindi
we have to remake it in Hindi, then we will have to work on it or do something else, he added. Yellow features Gauri Gadgil, whom the film is based on, in the lead. Riteish said: Yellow is an out and out emotional rollercoaster ride that will make you laugh. Its a sports film and also has an exciting climax. Directed by Mahesh Limaye, Yellow also features Upendra Limaye, Aishwaraya Narkar, Usha Nadkarni and Mrunal Kulkarni.

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Ekta's Next Film Titled 'Kuku Mathur Ki Jhandh Ho Gayi'

She abandoned it for a while, but now Ekta Kapoor has decided to go back to her favourite letter Of late, Ekta Kapoor had ditched her new and she is a bit anxious about its superstitions, especially her obsession outcome. Therefore she wanted to have with the letter K and the titles beginning at least one factor working in her favour.` with it. But it appears that she is back Adds the source, `After consulting an to her fixation. Her upcoming film has astrologer, she came up with this title been titled 'Kuku Mathur Ki Jhandh Ho and is hoping that it will work for her Gayi'. The producer considers it lucky film.` for her TV shows and films to have a The film stars newcomers Siddharth title starting with the letter K. Gupta, Ashish Juneja and Simran Kaur A source informs, `After 'Kyaa Super Mundi and is currently being shot in Kool Hain Hum' (2012), Ekta was not Delhi. too bothered about keeping titles of her Tanuj Garg, the CEO of Ekta's films as per astrology as all her films production house, adds, `It is a had leading stars or a script which she coincidence, but K has been largely thought would work for her. However, lucky for the company so we are happy in this particular film, the star cast is to have another 'K' venture.`


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After the fall of Gutthi aka Chutkis show, guess who is coming to his rescue

Manish Paul To Be Replaced By Krushna Abhishek In Mad In India!

Sunil Grover will have Krushna Abhishek as a replacement for Manish Paul in his show Mad In India. After Manish threatened to walk out of the show, we now hear that Sunil will find company in fellow stand-up comedian Krushna on MII. The makers are now attempting to match Grovers show to Kapil Sharmas hit show Comedy Nights with Kapil. So is Krushna playing Kapils role in Sunils updated show? Certainly seems so. Recently reports of the fallout between Manish and Sunil started doing rounds. Buzz suggested that Paul wanted more of his interview

Acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee, who is returning to the small screen as the host of a new crime-based show "Encounter", says he has tried to give the narrative a touch of grandmothers' storytelling style. "I am the anchor of the show, and we are trying to do something new with anchoring. The way grandmothers used to tell stories - where you could picture everything, that is what I have tried," the 44-year-old said in an interview. Manoj also said the show will give you the feel of watching a film. "'Encounter' is about the famous encounters that have happened in Mumbai between police and gangsters. Every week, we will tell you about one encounter, it's history and

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and less of the comedy stuff on the show, however the channel attributed the low TRPs to Manishs lengthy interview slot. Following which the Mickey Virus hero threatened to walk out. And guess what not only has the channel now found a replacement for Manish as the host, but have also found Mad In Indias Navjot Singh Siddhu in Chunky Pandey. Considering that Chunky lacks a prolific career like Siddhus, will he dole out shayaris like the hit cricketing legend on CNWK? Or will Pandey just remain a butt of Sunil and Krushnas jokes? Lets wait and watch.

Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit has been named the most inspirational female Bollywood icon, becoming the first to receive the honour instituted last year. The 46-year-old actress was bestowed the honour at the third annual Bradford Inspirational Women Awards (BIWA) in Bradford in the UK. Last year, as the world celebrated 100 years of Bollywood cinema, a special category was announced at BIWA 2013 for the public to nominate their most Inspirational Female Bollywood Icon. "Greetings everyone. I wanted to reach out and thank the Inspirational Women's Foundation for choosing me as the most inspirational Female Bollywood Icon of all times. It's indeed a great honour," Madhuri Dixit said in a special video message played at the event. "I've been a staunch advocate of women's empowerment and I've worked hard throughout my career to advance the cause. It is heartening to see that gender equality is really becoming more of a reality. There is still much more to be done and I'm confident that, by working together, we can empower women worldwide. I would personally

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like to thank Fatima Patel, Jane Vincent and the Inspirational Women's Foundation for making this possible. Thank you," she added. The unsung female heroes of Bradford were also once again honoured for their contributions and achievements across public and home life at the coveted award ceremony, which continues to go from strength to strength, with a new category added each year. This year's new category was Inspirational Woman in Public Services. In addition, two Special Awards were presented on the night by the founders of the Inspirational Woman Foundation a not for profit organisation established to work with and to support women, be it at home, in the workplace, in the community or in business, of which the Inspirational Women Awards are now a part. An independent panel of judges comprising Adeeba Malik MBE; Deputy Chief Executive of Bradfordbased charity, QED; David Ward MP, Bradford East; and Susan Jones, HR Director, Freeman Grattan Holdings selected the category winners, which were announced on the night.

will present it in a very interesting way. To simplify, it's going to be the fun of movies on TV," he said. Meanwhile, on the film front, two of Manoj's movies are in post-production and he is very excited about them. "One is 'Traffic' by Endemol and it is a brilliant film. I call it a social thriller. I guarantee that when you see it, you won't know when it started and when it ended," said the actor, last seen on the big screen in "Satyagraha". "The second is 'Saat Uchakkey' by Neeraj Pandey's production house Friday Filmworks and the director is Sanjeev Sharma," he added. "Encounter" goes on air on Sony Entertainment Television April 11.

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Shatrughan Sinha (born Shatrughan Prasad Sinha on 15 July, 1946) is an Indian film actor and politician. Apart from being member of Rajya Sabha twice he was also Union Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare (Jan 2003-May 2004) and Shipping (Aug. 2004). He was elected to 15th Lok Sabha in 2009. Early life Sinha was born in Patna, Bihar to Bhubaneswari Prasad Sinha & Shyama Devi Sinha. He is the youngest of four brothers Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and himself. He was educated in Patna Science College. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India Pune. Currently there's a scholarship being awarded on his name in the institute to Diploma students. He moved to Mumbai where he started his career in the film industry. He is married to former Miss India Poonam Sinha (ne Chandiramani). Acting career Shatrughan Sinha's first acting opportunity was playing a Pakistani military officer in Dev Anand's Prem Pujari. Subsequently, he got a small role as a police inspector in Mohan Sehgals Sajan in 1969. The release of Prem Pujari was delayed, so his first released film was Sajan. He played supporting roles in many films before appearing in Gulzars Mere Apne in 1971. He was cast along with Poonam Sinha then Komal in the movie "Sabak" (1973). He later appeared in Dulal Guhas Dost in 1974 and in Kalicharan in 1976. Sinha was selected by Rediff as one of the most unconventional actors in Hindi cinema (the others being Ajay Devgan, Amitabh Bachchan, Irfan Khan, Rajnikant, Shahrukh Khan, and Sunil Shetty). In 2008, he joined as a judge on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge show, season 4 on STAR One TV. On 3 October 2009, Sinha appeared on Sony Entertainment Television Asia's show Dus Ka Dum season 2 as host for a special episode. He is currently hosting Bhojpuri version of the popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati on Mahuaa channel. He portrayed Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao in Ram Gopal Varma's Rakta Charitra. Political career Sinha won the Indian general election from Patna Sahib in Bihar. He defeated another cinema celebrity Shekhar Suman. Out of a total of 552,293 votes polled, Sinha received 316,472 votes. He become a cabinet minister with the Government of India in the 13th Lok Sabha, holding two portfolios, the department of Health and Family

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Welfare (Jan 2003-May 2004), and the department of shipping (August 2004). He is currently a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. As of May 2006, he was appointed as the head of the BJP Culture and Arts Department. Awards Winner 1973 - Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor for 'Tanhai'. 2003 - "Pride of the Film Industry" at the Stardust Awards 2003. 2003 - Stardust Award for Lifetime Achievement. 2007 - National Kishore Kumar Samman. 2011 - Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement. 2011 - "The ITA Scroll Of Honour" KBC regional at the Indian Television Academy Awards. He has also received a Special Award for "contribution in Indian Cinema" at the Kalakar Awards. Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Paras (1971) Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Dost (1974) Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Kaala Pathar (1979) Filmfare Award for Best Actor Dostana (1980) Health On 2 July 2012, Shatrughan Sinha was admitted to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri due to some respiratory disorder. However he was discharged on 6 July 2012 and was reported to be hale and hearty. He was hospitalised again on 11 July 2012 as

he complained of breathlessness. The veteran actor underwent a bypass heart surgery in the hospital and was likely to remain there for a week. On 20 July 2012, Sinha was moved from the ICU to a private room. Filmography Actor: Woh Aadmi Bahut Kuchh Jaanta Tha (2013) (Pre-Production) Rakta Charitra (2010) (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil) Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai (2010) (to be released soon) Yaar Meri Zindagi (2008) Aan: Men at Work (2004) Bharat Bhagya Vidhata (2002) Papa the Great (2000) Shaheed Uddham Singh: Alais Ram Mohammad Singh Azad (2000) Zulm-O-Sitam (1998) Deewana Hoon Pagal Nahi (1998) Hukumnama, Dil Tera Diwana (1996) Taaqat, Zamaana Deewana (1995) Patang, Prem Yog, Chaand Kaa Tukdaa, Betaaj Badshah, Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se (1994) Aulad Ke Dushman (1993) Adharm (1992) Ranbhoomi, Iraada, Kasba (1991) Hum Se Na Takrana, Karishma Kali Kaa (1990) Zakhm, Shehzaade, Gola Barood, Na-Insaafi, Aakhri Baazi, Santosh, Aandhiyan, Jurrat, Kaanoon Ki Awaaz, Saaya (1989) Ganga Tere Desh Mein, Mahaveera, Sherni, Dharam Shatru, Dharamyudh, Gunahon Ka Faisla, Khoon Bhari Maang,Mulzim, Sagar Sangam, Shiv Shakti, Zalzala (1988) Hawalaat, Rahi, Aag Hi Aag, Loha,

Insaniyat Ke Dushman, Antarjali Jatra, Hirasat, Jawab Hum Denge, Khudgarz, Maha Yatra (1987) Asli Naqli, Ilzaam, Qatl, Jwala, Samay Ki Dharaa (1986) Telephone, Yudh, Ramkali, AandhiToofan, Ameer Aadmi Gharib Aadmi, Bhawani Junction, Hoshiyar, Kala Suraj, Kali Basti, Phaansi Ke Baad, (1985) Maati Maangey Khoon, Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar, Bad Aur Badnaam, Dhokebaaz, The Gold Medal, Jeene Nahi Doonga, Meraa Dost Meraa Dushman, Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai, Qaidi, Sharara (1984) Qayamat, Ganga Meri Maa, Chor Police, Daulat Ke Dushman, Kalka, Taqdeer (1983) Teesri Aankh, Haathkadi, Dil-ENadaan, Do Ustad, Log Kya Kahenge, Mangal Pandey (1982) Naseeb, Chehre Pe Chehra, Naram Garam, Kranti, Putt Jattan De, Waqt Ki Deewar (1981) Jwalamukhi, Shaan, Dostana, Chambal Ki Kasam, Choron Ki Baaraat, BeReham, Bombay 405 Miles, Do Shatru (1980) Nauker, Kaala Patthar, Gautam Govinda, Atmaram, Bagula Bhagat, Heera-Moti, Jaani Dushman, Magroor, MuMuqabla, Vishwanath, Amar Shakti, Atithee, Bhookh, Chor Ho To Aisa, Dillagi, Parmatma (1978) Kotwal Saab, Aadmi Sadak Ka, Ab Kya Hoga, Naami Chor, Safed Haathi, Sat Sri Akal, Shirdi Ke Sai Baba, Yaaron Ka Yaar (1977) Khaan Dost, Kalicharan, Sangram, Santo Banto (1976) Anokha, Do Thug, Jaggu, Kahte Hain Mujhko Raja (1975) Dost, Badla, Shaitaan (1974) Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Jheel Ke Us Paar, Blackmail, Chhalia, Ek Nari Do Roop, Gaai Aur Gori, Ghulam Begam Badshah,Heera, Kashmakash, Pyaar Ka Rishta, Sabak, Samjhauta, Shareef Budmaash (1973) Milap, Raampur Ka Lakshman, Bombay to Goa, Babul Ki Galiyaan, Bhai Ho To Aisa, Buniyaad, Do Yaar, Jaban, Raaste Kaa Patthar, Rivaaj, Shaadi Ke Baad, Shararat (1972) Banphool, Do Raha, Dost Aur Dushman, Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari, Gambler, Khoj, Mere Apne, Paras, Parwana (1971) Prem Pujari, Chetna, Ek Nanhi Munni Ladki Thi, Holi Ayee Re, Khilona, Raaton Ka Raja, Nayeem Builder, Jalaal Mahmood Sayeed (1970) Sajan, Pyar Hi Pyar (1969) Playback singer: Naram Garam (1981) Jwalamukhi (1980) Dost (1974)


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Blame Mel Gibson for the resurgence of Biblical films thanks to his surprise hit The Passion of Christ. Out to join this successful club is Paramount Studios with their release of Noah. Taken from themes of this ancient tale from the Bible this is one smart epic. You don't need to be religious to appreciate the spectacle of this story, now coming true at Cineplex Odeon theatres around B.C. Larger than life characters are what Hollywood is most famous for. Top thespian Russell Crowe (Gladiator) seems tailor made in his portrayal of the legendary Hebrew. Given a lease on life from the big man himself, God, consummate director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) wields a might stick and wily explores the origins of man. Creation can be a tricky affair. More worrisome are the seeds of discontent and divisions that arise as man starts to show more violent tendencies. Not happy with what he sees Noah is

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The week is said to give you mixed results with not much satisfaction. Have a positive and an open mind. You will find more work pressure for the week. Your increased energy and stamina enables you to work efficiently and with a certain level of resourcefulness and competence. You don't have to push too hard to get what you want. Little change is needed to implement some of your new ideas and develop strategies that affect how you are able to improve your life. You know the full extent of your ambitions and are more than able to make up your mind about them quickly. A bold approach also benefits your relationships, actively improving your love-life. You perceive beauty in all you see, everything seems like a valuable work of art. There is a need for you to live up to the challenges. Money front may not be in good form, it may be difficult to maintain the stability with respect to the same. Health will be average; there may be chances for digestion related problems.


The week will be a progressive one.

You need to lay more emphasis on relationship and its values. There may be chance for more travel with respect to job assignments. You may face job pressure, but with a little self-confidence you surprise others in many ways. Receiving numerous proposals you consider breaking from overbearing constraints or conventional behavior patterns in order to allow yourself free reign. Dont try to take on too much, even if you feel capable of more, theres a particular level of involvement in other peoples affairs thats best kept to a minimum. Always striving to prove yourself is an unnecessary waste of energy; to unwisely risk your well-being for the sake of others - a mistake. Do yourself a favor; stop plying your own ideas and point of view to the exclusion of others. Show some modesty and keep your temper if you want to retain your composure and the majority of your friends. You may face some constraints in financial matters; spend money only for the essential for the week. Relationship may not be so good. You need to spend some quality time with your partner for better understanding. Health would be average this week.

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1. Dont forget your manners Without getting too Sir Lancelot about things, a little etiquette goes a long way. If she looks nice, tell her that. Maybe open the door as she walks through, or offer your arm as she steps down from the curb but play it by ear and dont go too overboard. Also, make sure you remember her eye colour (trust us on this one) and when youre comfortable, maybe test the waters by leaning in a little closer as she speaks if she backs away, well, its probably not going well. 2. Be confident

Most of the times, the reason we get dark circles is due of lack of sleep that is if you haven't slept for your regular 7-8 hours at night. You skin under the eyes will not only get discoloured and dull, but will also look tired. So to prevent dark circles, your beauty sleep is essential. Wear a sunscreen daily. Also, whenever you are stepping outside your house in the day, don't forget to use your sunglasses and if possible, wear a hat. This way the sun's harsh rays won't pigment the skin under your eyes. If you are addicted to too much coffee or alcohol, it's time you cut down on these two. These contain stimulants, which can cause dark circles! Most people think vitamins are only for children and adults. But sometimes, if you have a certain vitamin deficiency, its effects can show on your skin too. If your daily diet is devoid of certain vitamins, then start incorporating more healthy food in your meals or pop a multivitamin supplement. In some cases, under eye circles are genetic or due to some allergy. You should get tested for this and find out the remedies from your general physician.

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Everyones nervous on a first date, but theres nothing more attractive than a bit of self-confidence. When it comes to conversation, stay in your comfort zone by coming up with a few topics that you can talk about easily so youre not out of your depth too early. But its a delicate balance no one wants to be the guy who bangs on about his comic book collection all night, or what a pro he is on the bench press. If in doubt, ask your date about themselves and go from there. It sounds simple, but choosing someone with similar interests is a big plus. If you like nothing better than watching the footy over a few beers and they hate sports with a passion its probably not going to work out. Just be yourself and dont try to force it.

Drinks are fine for a first date. After all, no one wants to sit through the sevencourse degustation with someone youve only just met especially if you both realise its not going to work after the entrees appear. Also, if its a first outing, maybe head to a bar youve been to before youll at least know your way there, and its one less thing you have to worry about. But avoid just heading to your local watering hole its obvious if youve chosen somewhere thats just around the corner from your pad. Try for something thats convenient for both of you to get to. Its perfectly ok to keep first or second dates to weeknights, but anything after the third outing together should be at the weekend. Otherwise, theyre going to wonder what youre doing thats so much more interesting than them. Or, worse, who. 4. Be prepared Your first date is a great opportunity to show her what you're made of. And trust us, first impressions count for a lot. If you look like youve just stepped out of bed, your date is going to think you dont really care. Get your hair cut, maybe invest in a new outfit, and check your teeth and nails are looking presentable. Plan to arrive a little early, so youre not flustered when you walk in the door and youve got a bit of time to give yourself the quick once-over in the bathroom mirror. When it comes time to order, play it fairly safe by avoiding anything youve never tried before or thats tricky to eat. As a general rule, if it involves a bib, best to steer well clear. If youre no wine expert, go with the most recent vintage white, or drink pinot if you want red because it suits more food than not. Continued Next Week



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The Seven Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good For You
TRYING to stay healthy can be a battle these days.
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But lately theres been a push to start buying full-fat products. Many low-fat dairy options contain loads of sugar to compensate for the loss of flavour. Buying natural, full fat, plain yoghurt is the best option. All dairy foods have numerous health benefits including offering high quality protein as well as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, according to Burrell. Plain yoghurt in particular is a great choices and the total fat (8-10g) is relatively low overall, compared to other high fat foods.

Theres so much conflicting information out there, with the list of foods we should avoid seemingly growing longer each day. But were here to clear that up. We spoke to leading nutritionist and dietitian Susie Burrell about some of the foods health nuts say we should stay far away from. Turns out theyre not that bad after all.


The humble potato has copped a bad wrap as some varieties are high GI, said Burrell. With fewer carbs (just 20g per serve) than the average serve of pasta or rice, a single potato in the jacket is another nutrient rich, extremely satiating food just watch the added butter!

Unlike regular white bread, the processing of sourdough means that it has a relatively low GI, meaning it releases its glucose more slowly into the bloodstream, says Burrell. If you can pick up a multigrain or soy and linseed loaf, all the better.



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Coffee has a reputation as being unhealthy, but its actually packed with antioxidants. Theres good evidence to show 2-3 cups reduces heart disease risk factors, says Burrell. But you should avoid sugary flavour syrups and having more than three cups a day. Plain black or small with a little milk is fine, but large serves of milk and sugar negate the health benefits, she said.

Mmmmmm bacon. The cure to all evil. And all hangovers. You can still indulge in a bacon and egg roll now and then just make sure you trim the fat off and keep it to once a week. A small serve (1-2 pieces) once a week is no issue especially if lean varieties are chosen. More important is how it is cooked and if excess fat is disposed off, Burrell advises.

Some health nuts only use egg whites as a way to reduce their fat intake. But the yolk is where all the essential nutrients including Vitamin As and D, and essential fatty acids are packed in. Theyre not the cholesterol nightmare they are often considered to be, says Burrell. 1-2 each day is a nutrient rich addition to any diet.

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For years weve been trained to reach for the low-fat or skim dairy options in the supermarket.

Forget the sugar-laden packet powders. Try making hot chocolate with raw cacao or pure cocoa powder with a small amount of milk and water. The addition of cocoa powder, which is rich in antioxidants, can make this a nutrient rich, tasty drink, says Burrell. The bitter nature of cacao also means you are less likely to overuse it.

Cassava (Yucca) (Manihot esculenta) aka: tapioca, mogo, mandioca, and manioc, is a long tubular root with a thin brown skin and white inner flesh. Health Benefits of Cassava (Yucca): Increased Immune Function Protection Against Heart Disease Slowing Aging DNA Repair and Protection Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Alzheimer's Protection Osteoporosis Protection Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Antioxidant Protection Prevention of Epileptic Seizures Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness) Cassava is known to contain levels of cyanide so the leaves and skin of the root should be avoided. Cooking or soaking the cassava root makes it safe for

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consumption. How to choose Cassava (Yucca): Look for firm roots with little smell and no signs of discoloration. How to store Cassava (Yucca): Cassava roots will not last more than 3-4 days unless coated in wax. Fortunately, most roots are sold coated in wax and will

keep for up to 4 weeks when stored in a cool dark place. Cassava root can also be kept for periods of 6-8 months when peeled and frozen. Climate and origin: Cassava is thought to have originated somewhere in South America. Cassava grows in warm tropical climates (Zones 9-11 in the U.S.) Taste: When properly cooked, cassava root has a nutty flavor with a flaky texture. Substitutes with more vitamins: Sweet Potatoes, Yams Miscellaneous information: Cassava is the third largest source of carbohydrates in the world and is consumed primarily in Africa, Fiji and South America. Ground into flour, cassava is known as tapioca, the source of the pudding we all know and love.



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With authentically athletic looks and performance balancing out good passenger space, cargo versatility, and loads of high-tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is attractive to a wide range of buyers. Just last year, the Ford Escape emerged from a transformationescaping its boxy, SUV-influenced past and becoming a rakish, sporty, more carlike crossover with crisp handling, potent engines, and even a little more passenger space. The 2014 Escape carries into 2014 mostly unchanged, although the Escape SEL trim has been dropped from the lineup. From 2001 to 2012, you'll remember, the Escape did its best impression of the first-generation Explorer, down to the grille and window shapes and even the outdated graining of its interior plastics. This current 2014 Escape is everything but thata rakish profile and aggressive road-going stance on the outside; sporty, almost cockpit-like layout inside. The new athletic look of the 2014 Ford Escape is authenticated in its road manners. Outside of the Mazda CX-5, we can't think of a compact crossover in this class that handles as well. And there's plenty of choice in what you want under the hood: Ford turns to a trio of four-cylinders to replace its former four- and six-cylinder engines and the much-loved but discontinued Ford Escape Hybrid. The base engine's a carryover 2.5-liter four meant for fleets, while the mainstream choice is a 178-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo four with straight-line acceleration competitive with its chief rivals,

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Last year's SEL is discontinued, but the top Escape Titanium is even more of a top-of-the-line luxury model than before. For 2014, a Titanium Technology Package is now optional and adds HID Headlamps, a blindspot system, park assist, and rainsensing wipers. Other noteworthy features offered in the Escape include an improved but still complex MyFord Touch; a navigation system; HD and satellite radio; Bluetooth with audio streaming; pushbutton start; leather seating; all-wheel drive, with or without a 3,500-pound-rated towing package; and a panoramic sunroof. Don't even bother trying to remember what the Escape used to look like, because this isn't anything close to it. Ford last year gave the Escape a fromscratch redesign, with a rakish, athletic exterior and an interior that's daring, sporty, and perhaps a little busy. The Escape now looks the part of a modern crossover from the outside-with lots of passing resemblances to the new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, or Mazda CX-5. Size up the 2014 Escape and its pert exterior, and you might see its tightly fitted form as part hatchback, part running shoe. With the longer nose, we see hints of a good sport wagon (or sport sedan), as well as enough of the familiar upturned rear pillar to see that some of the influences from the Ford Focus (on which it's based) made it through here intact. From the side it's

kicky and dynamic, but in front the mail-slot-sized grille still isn't working for us. The kind of modern look you get inside the Escape is less familiar, more bold and it stands as unique in this class. The overall theme of the instrument panel is upright yet chiseled, contoured, and heavily styled, and it wraps around the front occupants in a swoopy, finely detailed way that makes other compact crossover interiors feel boring. In turn, it loses the open, airy feel of the firstgeneration Escape, and the rakish look has some tradeoffslike compromised visibility and thicker roof pillarsbut this is the price of modernity. For 2014, with the discontinuation of the mid-range SEL, the top Titanium model gets a little more visual differentiation on the outside, with 18inch machined aluminum wheels, grill radiator shutters, and silver roof rails. At center, a wide ribbon of high-gloss grey plastic, with some climate and audio functions, loops around these a set of center-stack controls, with a piano-like layout of buttons and tall, skinny air vents. At the top of this Matterhorn of modernity, ironically, is a CD slot--the one relic of the past decade we can spot inside the new Escape from a dozen feet away. Oddly, there's another horizontal air vent beneath the LCD screen that seems to exist to cool the climate controls and knee caps.

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A group of Nadi fans are working around the clock raising funds to clear defender Krishna Sami before the OFC Champions League next week. Sami has been training with the Jetsetters since February but has not been able to obtain his release as the Blues Fan Club of Lautoka is demanding $10,000 for the former Fiji U20 defender's transfer. Nadi president Navneeda Goundar said they are keen to clear Krishna and the fans and well wishers of the team have taken up the initiative to raise funds for his release.


Tortorella And Vigneault A Contrast In Styles
Through seven years as the Canucks coach, Alain Vigneault never became The Show in Vancouver. He was an everyday, willing quote, as the coach is supposed to be. A calming, explanatory voice most of the time. Through good times and bad, it was never about Vigneault. As his first season in the Western Conference approached, John Tortorella swore it wouldnt be about him either. Particularly when it came to his relationship with the media. I dont hide from my history, he said back in August, while readying for his first Canucks camp. I think there are some good things I have done with my intensity and how I have handled things. And there have been a numberas long as my armof stupid things. I get that. I will put it to you this way: I am really cognizant that I need to change there. As this lost season crawls to a conclusion in Vancouver, we can say Tortorella succeeded in making the media sessions less about himself. But did that discipline find its release in his assault on the Calgary dressing room? Clearly, Tortorella was better off aiming his derision at Larry Brooks than Bob Hartley. His real downfall, however, is that he hasnt been able to apply himself to the team that Alain Vigneault left behind. Were losing games, so Im the idiot, Tortorella said Monday. And hes winning games, so hes the smart guy. Vigneaul has taken Tortorellas Rangers and virtually equaled last seasons output. As he brings the playoff-bound Blueshirts to Rogers Arena tonight, the club is on pace for 95 points this season. If last season had featured an 82-game schedule, the Rangers would have had 96 points. No one has to be an idiot here. But if the comparison is that Tortorellas job is likely in serious jeopardy after only one year in Vancouver, while Vigneaults standing is entirely stable in New York, then the question becomes, why the difference? For starters, it appears Vigneault has shaped his coaching style to his new roster, rather than the other way around. Any coach in this league adjusts the way he handles a team to the personnel that he has, Vigneault says. You might have certain things that you prefer to do, but you need the personnel to be able to apply certain things. Did he say, Any coach? Not the coach in Vancouver, where Tortorella has rammed his own style down the throat of the Canucks roster like pounding a screw in with a hammer. His new team was never going to be his old team, a shot-blocking,

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He said they are looking forward to making a deposit to Fiji Football Association in the coming days. Blues FC chairman Shalendra Prasad had earlier told the media that they will only clear the player once the entire amount is paid to them as the player is contracted to them and not to Lautoka FA . Nadi is grouped with Auckland City, Amicale and AS Dragon for the Champions League and face the defending champs at Churchill Park on Tuesday. The match commences at 4pm.

Canadian Men's Soccer Team To Face Bulgaria In May Friendly

The Canadian Men's National Soccer team will play their first international friendly of the 2014 season against Bulgaria in May, Canada Soccer announced on Tuesday. It will be a closed-door friendly and it will take place at Sonnenseestation in Ritzing, Austia on May 23rd, 2014 and will be the first meeting at the Men's international A Level between the two nations. Canada has already announced games for later in the season including Jamaica on September 9th at BMO Field in Toronto and Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City on November 18th. Canada is currently ranked 112th in the world by FIFA, while Bulgaria is 67th.

FIFA On Brazils World Cup: We Are Not Ready

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke Wednesday that the stadiums in Sao has again raised concerns over Brazils Paulo, where the opening game will be World Cup preparations, saying we played June 12, and Porto Alegre in the are not ready and that the stadium for south were where we have more work the opening game is one of two venues to do than in the other 10. that worry him most. A construction worker died at Sao Just two months before the showpiece Paulos Itaquerao stadium on Saturday, tournament starts, Valcke told The temporarily halting some work. Associated Press at a joint FIFA- Asked to describe Brazils status, Confederation of African Football Valcke said if you want me to conference in South Africa on summarize we are not ready.

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hard-grinding group that would wear down an Eastern Conference opponent in a low-scoring game. Tortorella has coached the Canucks that way, and it has been a playoff-missing disaster. Vigneault found the Sedins value to be maximized at about 19:15 of ice time per game, with as many offensivezone starts as possible. In return they produced like champions, and almost never missed a game to injury. Rather than accept conventional wisdom, Tortorella knew better. He tried to bring the Sedins to his way of playing the game, giving them an extra 90 seconds of ice time per night. Had them killing penalties, blocking shots. His reward? Their production has plummeted and the games missed to injury has been, in Henriks case, at an all-time high. Daniel has only missed more games once in his NHL career. On a team known for its sleep doctors and mind rooms, Tortorella may as well have been Eddie Shore for all the forward thinking he has shown. Top defenceman Alex Edler has been a train wreck, with only 10 points on the power play all season. Alex Burrows has spent too much of the season on Injured Reserve to make any judgments, but his year has marked a career low in production. Jannik Hansen went from averaging 0.57 points per game last season, to 0.30 this season. The power play, meanwhile, is buried in 27th spot in the NHL. It ranked 22nd last season, fourth in 2011-12 and first in 2010-11, a decline that Tortorella has been unable to stem. Of course, Vancouvers penalty kill ranks 10th, an area where Tortorellas focus has made the Canucks strong. Vigneaults strength has been winning games and making the playoffs. Some teams, sometimes, dont have the personnel to play an offensive game, he says. So youve got to defend first, and hope you get enough chances to be into the game. This (team) here, were a happy medium of both. And were improving. The games getting better. Optimism. Oh, what a Canucks fan would do for a dose of that. Are we going to get in? Its very slim, and weve known that, Tortorella said of Vancouvers playoff chances. But it still doesnt stop you from working at your business with your team. That will go right to the bitter end until they say You cant play anymore. At Madison Square Garden, theyll host games in round one, at least. In Vancouver, just six games remain, including Tuesday nights against the Rangers. Then theyll be taking about Tortorella, and whether or not he should stay or be fired.



Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has spoken publicly for the first time since his off-field accident, in which he tripped over a bike rack on the streets of Vancouver and suffered a concussion. The midfielder is participating in noncontact training this week until at least Thursday as he tries to build himself up for a return, possibly as soon as this weekend against the Colorado Rapids at BC Place (6:30 pm ET, MLS Live). It was embarrassing, Reo-Coker said with a laugh on Tuesday after a training session. But I've had worse. I should just be paying more attention to where I was going. Outside of football is my own personal time, and [it's] embarrassing, in a way slightly a funny story, but I've lived to tell the tale. When asked to provide the true story of his accident, after much speculation and innuendo has swirled, the Englishman gave a glimpse of the fall. I had a little accident, Reo-Coker said. I wasn't paying attention, went over a bike rack and smashed my head against the concrete, cement, and I had

Vancouver Whitecaps' Nigel Reo-Coker Returns To Training, Hopes To Be Ready Vs. Colorado
a serious gash in my head, and suffered a little concussion. That's exactly what happened. In terms of the chances of playing this weekend, Reo-Coker said he is feeling better but still needs to be careful about not rushing back too soon given the head injury. It's just league procedure, Reo-Coker said. It's obviously the concussion side of things and it's about being careful, about not rushing me back in too early, too soon. There's tests that have to be conducted and done. Today I'm outside, did some ball work, did non-contact stuff, and that's what it's going to be for the next three days. We'll see how I am at the end of the week. Ultimately, as blushworthy as the incident has been for the player, and the fact it has kept him out of at least one game, Reo-Coker states he realizes that the accident could actually have had even greater consequences. For me, personally, it could have been a lot worse, Reo-Coker said. In all honesty, the impact I had on the



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