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Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama could face up to ten years jail for allegedly breaching the

nation's political partys decree. Fiji police have begun investigations into two complaints made by the opposition United Front for Democratic Fiji. The party alleges Rear Admiral Bainimarama violated the decree by starting his election campaign before his Fiji First Party was registered for the September 17 poll. United Front for Democratic Fiji's coordinator Mick Beddoes told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat there is also a conflict of interest in the use of Fiji's coat of arms by Fiji First. "There is ample evidence to show that there is ongoing breach of the decrees, now these are the decrees that they have forced on the previously registered political parties and they have all had
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to make a lot of adjustments to comply with this," he said. He said it was also concerning that the name of the interim Prime Minister's party, Fiji First, has been previously registered by two individuals. "If he were to have gained permission, then all they need to do is disclose how they came about doing that." "As it stands, they are using a name that has already been previously registered to somebody else." The United Front for Democratic Fiji says it as encouraging that police are investigating the interim prime minister for the alleged breaches. Fiji's interim prime minister could face up to ten years jail if found guilty of breaching the decree. The media has approached both the Fijian Government and Fiji Police for comment, but there has been no response so far.

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A LUCKY couple from Australia beat 544 other entrants from around the world to win a wedding in Fiji valued at more than $30,000. Tourism Fiji's Facebook competition to win a wedding in Fiji was viewed by more than 30,000 people online. The winning couple, Melanie Gibson and Julian Vera Uribe will now get married as part of Fiji's Tourism Expo on May 8, 2014. Sally Cooper, Tourism Fiji's events director, said she was impressed by both the volume and quality of entries in the competition.

Australian Couple Wins $30K Wedding

"Literally hundreds of people have made such huge effort with entries," she said. "Weddings are one of the fastest growing niche market in tourism for Fiji and this would be highlighted at the Fijian Tourism Expo, with professional wedding planners attending the event and also Fijian wedding service suppliers." The "Pin Your Perfect Wedding" competition on Facebook invited couples to create their perfect tropical wedding from the ideal dress, hair and makeup to wedding rings, decorations and venue.

Call For Stay On Freeze

The decision by the Commerce Commission to lift the freeze on domestic rents would see an explosion of rent increases and cause more hardship for people already struggling with high living costs, says the Fiji Labour Party. Party president Lavinia Padarath said the party also denounced the call by the commission for landlords to register their properties. "This is just another instance of overregulation by the authorities," Ms Padarath said. "There is already too much interference, particularly with small business enterprises." Ms Padarath said the requirement for registration of property ownership would be an imposition and was unnecessary. "Domestic rent freeze was introduced to stop landlords from taking undue advantage of Fiji's serious housing shortage problem. "Should domestic rents skyrocket, as is likely to happen if the freeze is lifted, people in the lower income bracket unable to afford higher rents will be forced to move to squatter settlements." Commission chairman Dr Mahendra Reddy said the restriction on property owners to increase rent needed to be removed. Dr Reddy said under a new proposal, all property owners would have to register with the commission, which will introduce price control on rent. "We want to get rid of the rent freeze. The property is an investment and we want to see investments becoming successful," he said. "But this has to be done the right way. You can't be charging an amount not worthy of the house or the property. "This is a very crucial issue. Housing is a very crucial issue." Dr Reddy said the system would allow for owners to increase rent but they would have to justify the increase.

Complainant said she did not shout because she was afraid of the accused being a teacher The High Court in Suva heard that a The complainant told the court that teacher from Kadavu allegedly raped a this was when the alleged incident 13-year-old student in 2012 while the took place. It is alleged he sexually complainant was massaging his back. assaulted and raped the complainant. The complainant took the stand and She said she was sitting with her legs gave evidence under oath of the alleged crossed on the right side of the accused incident that transpired. person wearing a Tee-shirt and skirt at She said on the morning of May 26, the time of the alleged incident. She 2012, she was at home with her family said she did not shout because she was when the accused came to her home afraid of the accused being a teacher. and requested her parents for her and The court heard that the accused gave her sister to clean his house. them food and $2 afterwards when the Her mum later on went to Vunisea to girls father came to see them. do their family shopping. The incident was then relayed to The complainant and her sister took the the complainants mother when she lead to the home of the accused as he returned from shopping. They then went to buy samosa. went to a teacher who then called the When he returned, he spread a sulu on Police. The complainant also identified the floor of the living room, laid over the accused in open court. When the sulu on his stomach and asked the cross examined, the complainant said victim to massage his back. the accused allegedly committed the He then told the other sister to go and act and that was the truth. The trial look for the hymn book in the room. continues.

Student Raped While Massaging, Court Told

Members To Name Executor

FNPF members need to name an executor to receive Special Death Benefit (SDB) funeral assistance by completing and filing a Memorandum of Administration (MOA) form. A statement said FNPF paid out more than $4million under the assistance scheme since it was introduced in 2010. It said the assistance allowed members to allocate a maximum of $2000 from their SDB cover for their own funeral expenses. Fund CEO Aisake Taito said they had assisted 2035 deceased members' relatives who had applied for the $2000 over the past four years. "This is an assured $2000 assistance that your family members will receive to help with funeral expenses given associated rites and obligations," Mr Taito said. He said they would only pay the $2000 assistance to those listed by the member as their executors in their completed MOA forms. He confirmed FNPF would not pay out the $2000 if the completed MOA was not filed. Under the SDB, FNPF said members qualified for a $8500 payout should they die before they fully withdrew from FNPF. If the SDB funeral assistance is paid out to the member's executor, the remaining $6500 would be deposited into the member's account before their total balance is paid out to his/her nominees. "The SDB Funeral Assistance is only for the deceased member's funeral expenses and cannot be accessed for any other expenses related to the member." Mr Taito said other changes to members' benefits would be progressively announced in the next few months.

A Fijian man has been remanded in custody after allegedly attempting to leave New Zealand using a false passport. Queenstown police say the man, 43, tried to board a plane to Australia at Queenstown Airport last Sunday afternoon at 4pm. Apparently when he fronted at the airport, he was wearing a hat, glasses and a scarf, senior constable Chris Blackford says. Hes produced a passport that has allegedly been dishonestly obtained. Its an Australian passport. Hes Fijian but the name on the passport is a very Anglo European name. There was a warrant out for his arrest in relation to a charge of wounding

Man Charged With Using False Passport In Queenstown

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with intent in Auckland. The man, who works as a welder according to court documents, was remanded in custody by a registrar at Queenstown District Court Monday. The man is charged with possessing an Australian passport obtained by false representation. He was due to be transferred to Invercargill Prison. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 28. Blackford says the man is allegedly in New Zealand illegally after having already been deported to Fiji once. Court documents show the charge of assault with intent to injure is in relation to an incident in August last year in which a man was punched in the head and ribs.


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Court Acquits Man, 54, Of 2009 Rape A high court in Suva has overturned of the prosecution to remove these
assessors' guilty verdict for a 54-year4 old man charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl under his care in Nakasi in 2009. In making his judgement known, Justice Salesi Temo said the prosecution was not able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Pita Vuniqumu was guilty of the deeds. Court papers say the complainant accused Vuniqumu, who was a doctor by profession and had brought her up as his own, for raping her twice on August and October 2009. The complainant is the daughter of the Vuniqumu family's housegirl and had lived with them for the previous six years and was treated as part of the family. Before she reported the matter, she had been disciplined and beaten by Vuniqumu after her "interest in girls" problem was brought up in school. After a three-day trial the three assessors returned with an unanimous decision finding the accused guilty of the deeds. However, Justice Temo overturned the decision saying the evidence that had been produced in court raised doubts and the possibility that the girl may have made up the allegations because of the beating. "In my view, the proximity between the "beating" and the rape allegations were too close, as to raise more questions. It created doubts and suspiciouns in the mind of the court," Justice Temo said. "As I've stated before, it was the job

doubts, but in my respectful view, they to increase the allocation given to failed to do so." welfare recipients particularly those Justice Temo also drew attention to the living alone. inconsistencies between the complainant's Confirming the news, the ministry's medical report, the police report and her Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa statements before the court. Koroivueta said a proposal had been The police wrote, "...The victim allege raised that the allocation is increased that she was abuse by the uncle since from $60 to $90. 2003 until 13.10.09 inside his house at 4 "Currently the minimum a person can Nakasi..." get under the Poverty Benefit Scheme In the doctor's report, the doctor had is $30 cash and $30 food voucher so noted the complaint as that she had 4 that is $60 financially a month. The been raped by her uncle for the past maximum that a family can get is $150. five years. However, in court she said "Now, we are relooking at the $60 she only had two encounters with and considered the hardships and the Vuniqumu in 2009. times we are living in, it's not enough "She never said, she had unlawful especially for someone living alone sexual encounters with the accused for and does not have a relative to take the last five years," Justice Temo said. care of them. So we have proposed that "The complainant's inconsistent versions it be elevated." to the police, the doctor and the court Dr Koroivueta said they are still to created doubts in the court's mind." work out the numbers, but are hopeful Justice Temo said the inconsistent to implement the change as soon as reports created reasonable doubt. possible. "I have heard the complainant's "The need is there. We would like to evidence. I have heard the defence's do it straight away. If we leave it for evidence. long, it'd become worse and have a "After careful comparing and analysing all the evidence, I am left with a reasonable doubt as to the accused's guilt. "I am not sure whether or not he is guilty as charged. The law required the benefit of the doubt to go to him. I therefore find the accused not guilty as charged on both counts, and acquit him accordingly."

Social Ministry To Increase Welfare Allocation The Social Welfare Ministry is looking damaging impact," Dr Koroivueta said.

To speed up the process of identifying these recipients, the ministry is looking at the existing system of publication and is also going to carry out a very robust exercise with the support of the village headmen and the Health Ministry to spread the word. Those recipients living alone will then register with the ministry to acquire their increased allocation. The Social Welfare Ministry also says it has enough funds under its existing 2014 allocation to cater for the increase. The other welfare schemes administered by the ministry include the Care & Protection Allowance which is given to single mothers, deserted spouses, widows, prisoners dependents and foster parents/guardians. The Social Pension Scheme is a new assistance implemented this year to cater for senior citizens who are 70 years and above who have no source of income and are not recipients of any other existing scheme including the Ex Servicemen or After Care Fund, and govt pension.

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Farina Nisha with her baby Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) He claimed his wife had told the Voreqe Bainimarama visited the Ali midwives that she was not able to walk family of Nasinu and has given them because she felt the baby coming out. hope at the Colonial War Memorial She was in a lot of pain and did what Hospital (CWMH). the midwives asked her but as soon as His visit follows complaints received she took a few steps, the baby came out against two midwives at the CWM and fell on the floor. Mr Ali claimed Hospital. the midwives took the baby and did not Imraan Ali, of Nasinu, claimed his even bother about his wife. wife, Farina Nisha was allegedly forced Im really hurt by the carelessness of to walk from the observation room the midwives. Anything could have in the maternity ward to the delivery happened to her. The Ministry of Health room. This resulted in her newborn and CWMH head of the maternity unit, baby falling to the floor and suffering Dr James Fong have confirmed that the injuries on March 13 Mr Ali said. matter was being investigated.

First Quadruplets For CWM

Maternity staff at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva is celebrating the birth of what they believe to be the first quadruplets born in Fiji The four boys were delivered on Friday by Caesarian by a team under the supervision of Dr James Fong, head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. They were in the incubator and joined their mother for the first time for a photo shoot. Dr Fong said: We believe its the first time to have quadruplets. Its a first in Fiji according to our records here. We have spoken to those who have been here for a long time. We have had triplets before but not quadruplets, he said. We still have to verify it. He said he was emailing his counterparts in Lautoka and Labasa to check their records. But he said it seemed unlikely that they had quadruplets born there. It would only happen in an emergency situation. The quadruplets mother, Meli Waqavulagi, relieved and happy, said: I cannot wait to see my babies smiling faces and hold their little hands, hug and kiss them. The 35-year-old of Suvavou Village, Lami, said she had given birth to triplets and got a shock when the doctors noticed the fourth baby. She said two of them weighed 1.75kg and the other two were 1.8kg and 2kg. Mrs Waqavulagi said she was overjoyed and she could not wait to see her four little men. We tried for just one and I was stunned when I learned that I was expecting triplets and was actually blessed with four. Mrs Waqavulagi said she could not have been more surprised when the doctors told her she had four babies. Now she has eight children. I have four children at home, one girl aged 10 and three boys aged, three, four and one year-seven months.

FOUR out of the eight assault cases received at the Nabouwalu Police Station this year were domestic violence cases. This was revealed by Inspector Eroni Soqosoqo at the Lekutu district meeting on Tavea Island last week. Insp Soqosoqo told the district reps that even though the numbers of offences were not critical, it was still a concern since 50 per cent of the cases involved the beating of housewives by their husbands. "Please, remind villagers under your leadership that the Fiji Police Force has Savusavu police have charged a man who allegedly bumped a schoolteacher but lied to police that the damage to his taxi was a result of an assault by an unknown male. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the 23-year-old man reported that an unknown male had assaulted him and later damaged the windscreen of his

Domestic Violence Tops List

Police Charge Man, 23, Over False Information

taxi. However, authorities found out later that the accused was involved in an accident whereby he had allegedly bumped a 27- year-old school teacher resulting in damages to his windscreen. He has been charged with one count of giving false information and has been bailed to appear on May 15, 2014. Meanwhile, the file has been forwarded to the Fiji Police Force Traffic Department to investigate the accident case. The issue of giving false information to police officers is a serious concern and members of the public must know that there are consequences before the

taken a no-drop policy for domestic violence cases," he said. "This means all cases of that nature will be treated seriously and only the courts may have the final say in such matters. "Gone are the days when couples could reconcile before the cases proceeded to court, enabling such matters to be settled out of court." Mr Soqosoqo said most cases of domestic violence they received were those stemming out of heated arguments between couples.

law, Naisoro said. Currently an investigation into similar cases of giving false information is being conducted in the western division whereby a man said he was allegedly assaulted by police officers which was later proved false. He will be brought in for questioning soon.

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This profit share payout is testament to the teams commitment, culminating in a solid financial result 2013 for the Airline Group. The Fiji Airways, Fijis National to the teams commitment, culminating management staff a significant amount Airline, announced that the airlines in a solid financial result 2013 for the in KPI-related bonuses. staff and management will earn over Airline Group. Mr Pichler said: Our quarterly KPI F$1.25m in profit-share and bonuses. A total number of 810 non-management payouts and our now implemented This was a result of the companys employees will each receive F$1,400 profit-share program reward people financial performance in 2013 (nine- each. and focus on the basics of what makes month period ended December 31st). This number includes employees of a great airline safety, operational It was the first profit share payout for 6 Fiji Airways wholly owned subsidiary excellence and great customer service. the National Airline since the plan was Pacific Sun (soon to be Fiji LINK). The Air Pacific Group, which includes approved in principle by the Board in The total profit-share payout amount Fiji Airways, Pacific Sun and a stake the last year. 6 for staff is F$1.04m. Fiji Airways and in the Sofitel Denarau Resort and Spa, Stefan Pichler, managing director/chief Pacific Suns 67 management staff recently reported a net profit after tax executive said: It was one of my key short will receive a management bonus of of $14.5 million. term objectives to get this great initiative F$4,000 each, subject to taxes and This was for the nine month period activated for the last financial year. superannuation deductions as required. ended December 31, 2013. This is We want to become the employer Those management bonuses will total compared to an operating profit before of choice, and an organisation $0.258 m. income tax of $17.8 million for the which rewards its people for good In addition, non-management staff preceding twelve month period ended performances. We all have to share for both airlines already stand to earn March 31, 2013. good and bad times together. And quarterly KPI-related bonuses of up to The nine month performance was when we deliver on our key business $1,200 per year, on achievement of key driven by an increase in passenger objectives, everyone should benefit. business objectives. numbers by 2.5 per cent with an This profit share payout is testament In 2013 alone, Fiji Airways paid non- additional revenue of one per cent.

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Display VAT Inclusive Prices

Fiji's Consumer Council reminds traders and service providers that VAT inclusive prices (VIP) be displayed for all goods and service supplied at the retail level. This comes as the Consumer Council continues to find some businesses, particularly real estate agents displaying VAT exclusive prices (VEP) in real estate advertisements. Section 82 of the VAT Decree 1991 requires that the price of all goods and services supplied at the retail level in Fiji shall be displayed as inclusive of tax chargeable on that item. The law also makes it unlawful for any business, service provider, or professional service provider to display the VAT component of the price of goods and services supplied at retail level as a separate item. VAT exclusive prices gives consumers a false indication of the likely cost of goods and services and consumers tend to make their decision without knowing the true cost. However, consumers are in for shock when VAT is added which increases the price of goods and services which in some cases were beyond the consumers ability to pay. The display of VAT inclusive prices (VIP) ensures that consumers are given the full and accurate price of a product. Consumers need to know what price they will be paying to make a sound financial decision. In the real estate sector, it is crucial that accurate prices are displayed as property prices are often in the thousands. The VAT component of property prices run in the thousands of dollars. If not included in the pricing, it can result in financial problems for consumers who make a commitment based on the inaccurate price provided by the agents. Most consumers have to acquire loans to purchase property and need to provide the most accurate figures to their creditors. The Council is calling on real estate agents to comply with the VIP requirement when advertising properties for sale or rent in newspapers, flyers and on websites. Meanwhile, VIPs should also be provided when quotations are provided to consumers. In the past, the Council had received complaints from consumers against some lawyers, builders, and furniture makers who quoted a price for their service by excluding VAT which was not known to the consumers until payments were to be made.

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Students Display Products

Students of the College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies (CBHTS) put on an exciting vibrant display show of products as part of their course work last week. The Bachelor of Marketing students display is part of unit MKT501 Introduction to Marketing where students were to formulate a product and use marketing strategies learned to sell it. Mr Joseph Rodan Jnr of SCA Hygiene was Chief Guest at the event and said marketing is becoming a battle based more on information that on sales power. A lot of people may ask why you have chosen to pursue marketing as a discipline area of study-marketing is simply the ability to create demand for your services or products, he said. According to Mr Rodan marketing is a daily routine practiced by an individual. Explaining and justifying what you do on a daily basis is part of marketing. You are trying to create the demand for people to listen to your point in view. When you execute your justification process and get others on board with your point of view, that is a phase of marketing, the outcome is the sales side of the execution side. The former national athlete also shared a few fundamental ideas with students on the best practices which led to success in marketing. You need good public relations, customer service, understand marketing and people (HR component) in the behavior individually and as a group (Sociology and Psychology applications), said Mr Rodan. Head of Department for Management, Mr Imo Sagoa said the enthusiasm from the students was pleasing to note during the display. One of the objectives of the display was to give the students an opportunity to showcase what they have learnt in a class room situation and make it a reality, said Mr Sagoa. Students turnout was encouraging and they were keen to display their products. We can figure out (body language) the excitement but am glad to say they have taken the challenge with both hands and run with it. Mr Sagoa said the displays were well organised and is impressed with the effort put in by the students. Some did exceptionally well while some were above average. I am also mindful of limitation and constraints faced by students in the initial planning stage and lead up to the final presentation. One of the moderators did mention before prize giving that they had a difficult task in choosing the best three winners, he said. Mr Sagoa thanked the media and the University PR team for the hype it created for the display that saw students flocking in to witness the event. We will continue with the display since it an integral part of learning. This is perhaps an effective way of learning for students. Further, having judges around them to critically analyze their display and what needs to improve in terms of the product itself (value adding) and how best to enhance the standard of their display will add a further dimension in their personal and professional development.

The Fijian Government has paid more than $100million to service loans, both external and domestic, in the first quarter this year. This was revealed by Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Filimoni Waqabaca. Of this, $66.4m was for domestic and $36.3m for external loans that was due for servicing in the first quarter and constitutes to around 37 per cent of the total due cumulative to June. He said bonds floated in the market have raised $101.2m which was 40 percent of the total that needs to be raised in 2014. Waqabaca is also confident Fiji is in strong position to financially meet its own targets and fund its projects and programmes for 2014. This follows recent announcements by two statutory bodies surpassing its

Govt Paid $100M Plus For Loans: Finance

revenue targets for government adding that it is indicative of the state of the Fijian economy. The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) transferred $39.9m to government comprising of $31.9m as its profit and $8m representing the re-evaluation reserves account as per RBF Act and Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) surpassed its first quarter target by $39m and collected a total of $431.13m in income tax, Value Added Tax, custom duties and other taxes. It is also a reflection of the optimism that is building up and there are strong signals that the steady economic growth will continue in the short to medium term, Waqabaca said. This has also been recognised by multilateral institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Asian Development Bank.

A family of Naila in Tailevu is mourning the death of their youngest family member. This was after one-year four-month-old Maopa Talemaibau Laqere drowned in a fish pond, just metres from their house on Monday afternoon. Her father, Jone Laqere, 32, said her daughter was at home with her older siblings when the incident happened. The victim was the youngest of six children of five girls and a boy. Mr Laqere said his family was still trying to come to terms with the loss of his youngest daughter. My other five children were with her at home and I think they must have been attending to something and had forgotten about their sister, he said. They are still shocked and still cannot believe that Maopa is gone. None of them could sleep because of what happened. Their neighbor, Mareta Vosarogo, 50, was on her way to another house when

Fish Pond Claims Toddler

she saw the toddler floating in the fish pond. I then ran back home to call my husband and he came and dived into the pond to get the baby but it was just too late, we tried to revive her but all our efforts didnt work. She said the babys father was then informed as he was training at a ground nearby. Mr Laqere said when he came he knew something had happened because his children ran crying to him. When I came, my children were all crying and were asking me if I can forgive them for what has happened, Mr Laqere said. He said he missed her daughter so dearly. Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro is urging all parents to ensure their children are supervised at all times. The drowning death toll now stands at 20 compared to 19 for the same period last year.

A man accused of stabbing his partner to death in Sydney has pleaded not guilty to murder. Ratu Joji Serutawake pleaded not guilty at the NSW Supreme Court to the murder of Adi Cavora Baleimalea Bole Tavuki, 22, at North Narrabeen on October 21, 2012. Police have previously alleged

Man Denies Killing Wife In Sydney

that Serutawake, then 29, stabbed his partner while their 13-month-old baby slept in another room. Serutawake's defence team said they plan to show he acted in self defence or in self defence of another. His trial will commence on October 20 and is expected to last two weeks.

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Expelled Indian 8 envoy here for TISI meet Twenty-five years after being asked Sreenivasan took up various diplomatic to leave Fiji, former Indian High postings, but memories of Fiji always Commissioner to Fiji TP Sreenivasan lingered. arrived on Tuesday to attend the annual Mr Sreenivasan said much had changed TISI convention in Sigatoka. for the better in Fiji. The Fiji Government in 1989, led He says the decision by the Rabuka by Sitiveni Rabuka, had given Mr Government had not come as a surprise. Sreenivasan 72 hours to leave the country. According to what I know, Mrs Indira 8 That was a result of the Indian Gandhi herself, the Indian Prime government refusing to recognise Minister at that time, was supportive of Rabukas Government and also of Mr the need for all communities to live in 8 Sreenivasans continued assertions harmony in Fiji. Fiji is well on the path made that the Rabuka Government to achieve that now. was not recognised and would not Mr Sreenivasan will be speaking at be recognised. After leaving Fiji, Mr Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka this weekend.

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Marshall Islands Seek Fijian Doctors Ratu Epeli on three-day official trip to islands

The New Zealand Pacific Scholarships is offering 10 scholarships for Fiji citizens to apply for study in 2015 at postgraduate level. Through its New Zealand Aid Programme, scholarships are being offered for postgraduate certificate, diploma masters, and doctorate level at selected NZ universities and technical institutions. NZ's acting Head of Mission, Mark Ramsden, says the scholarships will contribute to Fiji's growing population of well-educated and highlyskilled people and help to develop the leadership potential of a new generation. "These scholarships provide opportunities for people to obtain qualifications in specific subject areas that are relevant to Fiji's development

NZ Offers 10 Postgrad Scholarships

needs and enhance their employability," he said. Priority subjects areas are agriculture, forestry, finance, economics, disaster risk management, education and health. Selection will be based on strong and proven academic merit, relevance of the proposed study to the human resource development priorities of Fiji and leadership potential. Last year 10 citizens were awarded New Zealand Pacific Scholarships and commenced studies this year. Applications are open and will run till April 30. Forms and the list of tertiary institutions are available from the New Zealand High Commission Office in Suva, from website (www.aid.govt.nz; www.nzembassy.com/fiji) and the Fiji Government Service centres in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa.

The Republic of Marshall Islands wishes to seek opportunities with Fiji sending over Fijian doctors. This discussion was held between President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and his counterpart from the Marshall Islands, President Christopher Jorebon Loeak. President Loeak also spoke about opportunities to extend the friendship and co-operation between RMI and Fiji to a deeper level. In particular, President Loeak spoke briefly about the need to explore the possibility of requesting the Government of Fiji to allow Our Airlines landing rights in Fiji through

RMIs agreement with Fiji. The visit comes hot on the heels of Fijis recent announcement to conduct democratic parliamentary elections later this year. President Loeak and members of the RMI Cabinet, and other senior RMI Government Officials, received and officially welcomed Ratu Epeli and his entourage at the Cabinet Conference Room at the International Conference Center, (ICC) in Majuro. During the official visit, Ratu Epeli will spent three days, on Majuro, the Capital City. Office of the President of the Marshall Islands.

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A 20-year-old gets an 11-year non-parole prison term for raping minor A man was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the High Court in Suva for the charge of rape. The 20-year-old raped the nine-yearold victim between January 23 and April 27, 2012 at Nausori. The court heard that the accused is now 21 years old and has a clear record and is a seminarian at a Bible school in Tailevu. He is the eldest in his family and is remorseful for his actions. When sentencing the accused Justice Paul Madigan took into consideration the young age of the victim and the inevitable psychological effect the crime will have on her. He said that the lawyer for the accused had submitted that no minimum term be imposed given his clients youth and clear record; however the court must have regard to the nature of the offence. He added the rape of a child was seen by the courts as a heinous crime. Justice Madigan then said that he cannot accede to the submission by the defence lawyer. As a precaution he also issued a domestic violence restraining order against the accused and the order is to remain in place until further ordered by the court. The accused will serve a 11year non-parole period out of the 13year sentence.

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Fiji's Office of the Director Public Prosecutions (ODPP) says the file of Sereima Berwick, whose body was found hanging from a tree beside her home at Nabouciwa village in 2007, will be reviewed in the normal course. And a final decision on what charges, if any, will be made by the DPP. The DPP's says its "policy is that all police files submitted to the ODPP for advice need to be reviewed for sufficiency of evidence and recommendations on

Berwick Murder Case To Be Reviewed In Normal Course

charges must be submitted to the DPP for final decision within 21 days." Assistant Commissioner Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu said all their findings, as set out by a magistrates court ruling late last year, have also been submitted to the DPP's office. Nausori Magistrate Charles Ratakele had ruled during an inquest on the case in December last year that the 13-yearold's death in 2007 was as a result of murder and not suicide.




FridayApril 18, 2014


$12M From Ginger

GINGER is a $12million industry with the potential to become a sustainable agricultural sector for the future, says Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Ropate Ligairi. Speaking at the ginger refresher training event in Suva, Mr Ligairi said growers, processors, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, exporters, staff members and stakeholders had played an important role in the sustenance of the ginger industry through the years. He said the aim of the one-day training was to prepare and embrace for the expansion and growth of the ginger industry. "A series of training had been conducted for growers and the ministry staff members last year that greatly contributed to the success of the results of the audit findings from our Australian counterparts and thus opening of the market access. "The refresher training would enhance the importance of our different roles and responsibilities so that we aspire to meet the standard that is expected of the industry especially for the Australian market. We must all remember that Australia is a big market and it means big dollars as well for the nation." Mr Ligairi said the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) program had played a leading role in securing the Australian ginger market access and funding of the refresher training. PHAMA is a new trade facilitation program by Australian Aid to assist the Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs) to address market access issues. According to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's land resources division, difficulties faced by PICTs in managing the regulatory processes associated with accessing key markets were a major constraint for exporters of agricultural produces from those PICTs.

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A Suva woman who went on a religious pilgrim to India has been stranded there for four years. Savita Devi, 41, of Samabula had her visa expired in 2010 and Indian authorities in Bangalore are not allowing her to return home until she gets a re-entry visa. In an interview from her flat in Puttaparti, an emotional Ms Devi said she had no money to survive. "I came here on a pilgrim. It was my wish. When my visa was about to expire I gave it to a travel agent who failed to renew my visa on time," she said. "I thought my visa was renewed, so I asked my brother to send me $A1000 ($F1600) to purchase my air ticket and return home." Ms Devi said she purchased the air ticket and went to Bangalore Airport where she was not allowed to board the plane. "They told me that my foreign registration was not complete and my visa had expired. "I was told that I cannot travel until I get a re-entry visa," she said.

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Ms Devi said the Indian Immigration was not giving her the right reasons on why she could not to return to Fiji. She said she was surviving on money being sent to her from her families in Fiji and at times had no food to eat. Ms Devi said she also visited the Fiji High Commission in New Delhi for help. "They wrote a letter to the Indian authorities in Bangalore asking them to grant me permission to leave. Nothing has been done." She said she would travel to New Delhi again to seek the high commission's help. Her sister, Shanti Pillay, of New Zealand, said their elderly mother was worried about her sister. "I visited her last year and together we went to Delhi and met the first secretary of the Fiji High Commission to India. He had written a letter for us to take to the Immigration Department," she said. "I really don't know what they (Indian Immigration) want from us, because if they are keeping her as an illegal immigrant then they should deport her."

Fijian-born Henry Gosling and wife Sandra have taken the CO YO brand one more step to becoming a global brand. Mr Gosling said he announced that CO YO will launch its yoghurt alternative product range into the American market on May 1. This follows the successful launch of CO YO into the New Zealand market in November the past year. The

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FridayApril 18, 2014

Our national airline has assured it will ensure its staff, shareholders and customers all benefit from their future success. This came from Fiji Airways managing director/chief executive, Stefan Pichler, as the Air Pacific Group announced its financial results for nine months period ended December 31, 2013. Air Pacific Group reported an after tax profit of $14.5 million for the ninemonths period compared to $17.8 million from the preceding 12-months. The nine months performance was attributed to have been driven by an increase in passenger numbers by 2.5 per cent with additional revenue of one per cent. Hence, Fiji Airways said there was a

Fiji Airways Assures Staff Will Benefit From Future Success $14.5 Million Profit After Tax Reported For Transition Years Nine-Month Period
slight yield decrease of -1.5 per cent because of the relentless competitive environment, especially from/to the US and Australia. The group further recorded $541.2 million revenue compared to $690.6m for prior nine-months period. The Group changed its financial year to reflect the calendar year following a Board decision. The prior financial year was from April 2, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Air Pacific Group comprises Fiji Airways, subsidiary Pacific Sun, and 38.75 per cent stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa.Though the group no longer gives seperate results, Mr Pichler confirmed both airlines were profitable. Transition year Group chairman, Nalin Patel, said 2013 was a major transition year for Fiji years with rebranding, introduction of Airbus A330 and retiring Boeing 747 aircraft. This transition alone accounted for more than $14 million one-time transition expenses in the financial year 2013, he said. We also brought in Mr Stefan Pichler to lead Fiji Airways to new levels. For the Board, this means confidence in the further growth path for the airlines fleet, network, people, services, sustainable profitability and increased returns to the shareholders in the years ahead.

The first consignment of fresh ginger into the Australian market from Fiji is expected to be in August. This is after the Australian Government granted access of ginger exports from Fiji in February. The first three consignments are expected to be of high quality and which meets Australian standards. In a bid to prepare ginger farmers for this export, a Ginger Refresher Course was held at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva.

Farmers Prepare For Fresh Ginger Exports To Australia

Plans ahead Mr Pichler said their recentlyapproved five-year Master Plan sets the foundation for sustainable and profitable growth between now and the end of 2017. Its an incredibly exciting time for us as we get ready to bring new aircraft in, growing our fleet by 25 per cent, he said. We have announced new routes and have strengthened in particular our South Pacific network. Were pursuing new airline partnerships and working together more closely with our current allies and we will also work closer with our business partners in the travel trade and in cargo.

The one day workshop was funded by the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Ropate Ligairi said: With the opening of marketing opportunities, this will surely broaden our economic base and provide employment to more of our ordinary people. We are trying to ship the first fresh ginger consignment to Australia but first we must look at our own standards.

2497 More Fijians Registered For Election

In February, 2,497 Fijians registered to vote as the Fijian Elections Office continued in its efforts to give every Fijian the opportunity to register to vote in Fijis first election since 2006. This is a significant increase compared to 1769 Fijians who were registered in January. The number brings to 547,554 the total number of Fijians registered to vote in the September 17 election. Also last month, the Fijian Elections Office replaced 1148 lost voter cards and changed 418 voter details. In the 2006 election, the total number of Fijians registered to vote was 479,674.



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Sikhs Gather To Celebrate Annual Festival

Diesel, LPG, Auto Gas And Kerosene Down

Petrol and premix up in second quarter fuel price review The latest quarterly review of fuel prices will see the cost of diesel, LPGAuto Gas and kerosene reduced, while motor spirit and pre-mix goes up. Diesel comes down by four cents a litre from the current $2.39 to $2.35 while kerosene also comes down 4 cents a litre from $2.22 to $2.18. A litre of LPG-Auto Gas will fall by more than 3 per cent from $2.36 to $2.29 and there is no reduction in the price of cylinder gas, which remains the same as last quarter. At the same time, theres a rise in unleaded motor spirit (petrol), which goes up by 4 cents a litre from $2.59 to $2.63 and for premix fuel, which also rises by 4 cents a litre from $2.51 to $2.55. In announcing the latest review by the Commerce Commission, the Attorney General and Minister for Industry, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said they were based on global fluctuations over which Fiji, as a price taker, had no control. Many people will welcome the fall in the price of diesel and Auto Gas, especially in the transport sector, and ordinary Fijian householders everywhere will also be pleased to be paying less for kerosene. Unfortunately the news this quarter is not so good for motorists and those using premix fuel, he said. Our vulnerability to price fluctuations determined by the global market must make us all even more determined to conserve energy, use it wisely and look for alternative energy sources. The Government is also currently looking at different models to further reduce our vulnerability to price fluctuations, the A-G said.

ABOUT 200 Sikhs from Lautoka gathered to celebrate the annual Vaisakhi at the Gurudwara (Sikh temple) at Vitogo Parade on Monday. The Vaisakhi festival observed by Sikhs all over the world on April 14, celebrates the founding of the Sikh community known as the Khalsa in 1699 in the city of Anandpur Sahib in India.

Farmers dominated the celebrations at Lautoka temple. Temple secretary Prem Singh said the farmers had celebrated after harvesting their crops, which they presented at the event and also by singing and dancing. He said the Vaishaki was also observed in Tavua, Labasa and Samabula in Suva on Monday. Sports activities were also organised.

23,000 passport books are now in stock to be used for applications received by the Department of Immigration. Fiji Director of Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa said this supply is enough to take the Country till the 3rd quarter of this year. He said currently another 35,000 books are inbound from the suppliers and this will take the Country till the end of the year.

23,000 Passport Books Now In Stock

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Vuniwaqa said another reason there is an adequate supply is because the current suppliers are producing books within a 3 month time-frame instead of 6 as was in the past. He added though these books are made in a short amount of time the quality however of the passport books are not compromised. A total of 35,000 passport books were issued last year.

Korea Donates 4 New Govt Vehicles

Four new government vehicles have been donated by the Korean government. Receiving the donation on behalf of the government at the handing over ceremony, Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said that the donation is the demonstration of the deepening relations between Fiji and the Republic Korea. Kubuabola added that Fiji continues to value the relationship with Republic of Korea and hopes that exchanges like this will only for the strengthened relations. The four vehicles are earmarked to support protocol services for visiting dignitaries whilst in the country on meetings and conferences.


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criticize NZ for assisting the Fijian government to move forward and have elections should ask themselves whether the continuous criticisms are helping anyone. While speaking to the media, McCully stressed that the NZ government has decided that the best way forward is to assist Fiji in the preparations for the general election on September 17th. He said there has been so much progress already and this needs to be acknowledged. McCully said the progress that he has noticed since January this year include Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stepping down from the Army Commanders post, Bainimarama following the process as any other party to register his proposed party, the appointment of the Supervisor of Elections and the publishing of the Electoral Decree.

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Fiji Airways intends to spend part of its after tax profit of $14.5 million over the last 9 months on the purchase of a new ATR72 aircraft. Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways Stefan Pichler said the new aircraft is also part of the airline expanding its fleet from this year. Pichler said as the company undertakes growth; there are plans to purchase more planes. As we have more funding we get more aircraft. We just now purchased a new ATR-72, later on we fund another ATR72-600

Fiji Airways To Purchase New Aircrafts

then we are going to fund a 737 by the end of the year which will come to our fleet. Then finally by the end of 2016 beginning 2017 well have another 737" Pichler was not able to disclose the cost of the planes stating a nondisclosure agreement signed with the buyers. He also said a certain portion of this years profits will also go towards the loan repayment of the three A330's. He said $1.25million was spent on the profit share for staff.

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Jacks of Fiji, believing the potential in mens range of clothing, opened its Exclusive Mens Fashion Store in Nausori. This is Jacks of Fijis second shop in Nausori, offers latest mens fashion wear, a range of accessories and footwear. Marketing manager, Chandrika Maelge, said Jacks of Fiji is currently in expansion mode, with this newly-

Jacks Opens Men's Store In Nausori

opened store being the 39th in Fiji. We believe in investing in Fiji and creating job opportunities, she said. Ms Maelge said a lot of effort has gone into the planning of the store, merchandising and designing it. This new store has something for men for every occasion whether it is new casual wardrobe or smart work wear or Crazy Jack humour tees, body-fit tees, polos, shorts, and jeans.

Former South African police commissioner, George Fivaz is tipped to take up the post of police commissioner for the Fiji Police Force.

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Teen's Body Found In Sigatoka

Police are appealing for information that could help with an investigation into the discovery of a 19 year olds body along Queens Highway. The discovery was made at around 11.40pm at Valase, Sigatoka whereby the victim was found lying in a pool of blood approximately 1km from Tagaqe village. The 19 year old victim was last known to be drinking with two others before leaving for the village alone. He was later found by a passerby lying in a pool of blood. From the scene of accident and the injuries sustained it is believed the deceased was a victim of an alleged hit and run incident. Anyone with information is requested to contact their nearest community post or station. South Africa's former police commissioner George Fivaz Fivaz had returned home to discuss the former president Nelson Mandela in appointment with his family mid last 1995. month. He held that position until 2000. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama An announcement on the new had at that time confirmed on a talkback appointment is expected from the show on Radio Fiji One that a South Fijian government soon. African national is tipped to become ACP Ravi Narayan has been acting the new police commissioner. police commissioner since September Fivaz was appointed South African last year when the term of Brigadier Police Commissioner by the late General, Ioane Naivalurua ended.

Ex-inmate barber says he will cherish moment for ever Barber Dharam Deo never imagined a a haircut. high profile figure would walk in his He said this was a lifetime experience barber shop for a haircut. he would cherish and share with his Of the many barber shops available grandchildren. in Labasa and Savusavu, Mr Deo was Mr Deo had spent 14 years behind humbled after Prime Minister Rear bars and was given another shot Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama in life through the Yellow Ribbon chose his shop for a haircut. Programme. As proud owner of Real Style Beauty He started his business two years ago Hair Saloon, Mr Deo said he was and works hard to put food on the table touched and surprised when the Mr for his family. Bainimarama asked him if he could get Mr Deo charges $2 to $5 for a haircut.

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Capricorn Hotels Fiji managing director Mulchand Patel said he was selling the hotel following the desire to retire after 35 years of operating it. I bought this hotel 35 years back from Stinson Pearce and Storck family and I enjoyed running it. The hotel is valued (currently) around $8 million. The hotel caters for 25 studio apartments, four-one bedroom apartments, five-two bedroom apartments and a conference hall. However Mr Patel said: We are not selling the Capricorn International hotel Nadi because we have a good management operating it. My son who is a pilot, Captain Mukesh Patel, has asked me to stay with him at his residence in Denarau so I will have time to oversee the sister hotel in Nadi. New Investment

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The Ba man is already investing in another potential 24-apartment project worth approximately $7 million at Robertson Road, Suva. Mr Patel noted his only son was very much interested in the new investment. We have made all the plans with the architects and engineers as soon as everything is passed we will begin works to build the apartments, he said. There are demands for flats. My target market is only top people who come from overseas who would be staying for two or three years in Fiji. The price range for the apartment depends on the how it is built. If its a one, two or three bedroom apartment the prices would vary so we will decide after the building is completed. The new apartment complex will take one year to construct and will create employment for more than 10 people.

A Court of Appeal has dismissed an application by a woman on life sentence after she killed her German husband and kept his partly decomposed body at their residence in Korotogo, Sigatoka in 2009. Corum of Court of Appeal Judges led by Justice Sathyaa Hettigem, Justice Suresh Chandra and Justice William Calanchini affirmed the trial court decision of life sentence and a nonparole period of 12 years against Nioni Tagici. On February 9, 2009 at Korotogo, Tagici, then 31, during an argument over money with her husband, Jurgen Alfred Mierke, 63, threw a candleholder at him. The candleholder struck his head causing injuries. She then locked his body in their main house at Korotogo. When questioned

Appeal By Woman On Life Sentence Dismissed

of her husband's whereabouts, she said he had gone to Germany to visit relatives. The body was later discovered by her brothers who had visited her in Sigatoka after they began to experience a foul smell emanating from the couples home. Upon discovery of her husbands body, she ran inside the house and stabbed herself several times on the chest. She was convicted and sentenced on March 11, 2010. In one of her grounds of appeal filed with the courts, Tagici said she was remorseful and would be a good and responsible mother to her children. She had two children from a previous marriage. She had been living with the deceased in a de-facto relationship since 2004. They got married in 2007.


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When Media Becomes A Threat To Democracy: Controls Essential To Stop Loose Media Cannons In Fiji Thakur Ranjit Singh
What we learn from History is that we do not learn from History. Action taken by Fiji Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) on Ratu Timoci Vesikulas reported hate-speech and punishment meted by MIDA need to be viewed from a Historical rationale and perspective. We need to appreciate how a Western type free and partisan media in the past contributed to fall of democracy and Fijis political instability. Any democracy that does not grant equality, fairness and social justice to all its citizens is not worth defending that is what I proclaimed in a seminar held in Auckland in the aftermath of Bainimarama takeover of Qarase government in December, 2006. I have held that view since, and feel honoured to be branded supporter of Bainimarama. The latest one to do that is Wadan Narsey, who named me as a cheerleader of Bainimarama. Response to that later, but he has been critical of the decision of Fiji Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA), and its Chairperson, Ashwin Raj. MIDA has slated and punished FIJI TV for breaching strict laws that have been put in place subsequent to past upheavals where media have been seen indulging in mischief-making. I know this - as a former publisher of Daily Post, I was removed by Qarase for being too nosey. I have conducted a research on Fiji media. Perhaps Wadan needs to have a read of that thesis and appreciate how a partisan media can be a threat to democracy. [Electronic version available at: http://aut.researchgateway. ac.nz/handle/10292/2554] Perhaps this illustration will help bring to reality those who think the Western concept of media freedom is some religious mantra essential for Fiji: Nationalists plan protest march NATIONALISTS around the country are ready to support their leaders and plans to overthrow the government. The statement promised a blood pledge in honour of Fijian ancestors to: Overthrow the Chaudhry Government Establish a 100 per cent vanua based Fijian parliament and ban any nonindigenous person from parliament. Declare Fiji a Christian state Establish a programme of Fijianisation in education, business and the economy. Mr Butadroka fuelled the crowds enthusiasm with remarks aimed at the Indian race. (My emphasis) This journalistic miracle appeared in The Fiji Times on 22 May, 1999 three days after Chaudhrys Peoples Coalition Government was sworn in. It was reported by an I-Taukei journalist, Dionesia Tabureguci, and must have passed along the great legends at the Fiji Times that time, Editor, Samisoni Kakaivalu, Editor- in-Chief Russell Hunter; and Netani Rika and Margaret Wise may also have been around in the newsroom. My research and thesis which was a partial fulfilment of the requirements for degree of Masters in Communications Studies (MCS) at Auckland University of Technologys (AUTs) Journalism School showed some starling results. Media, as the fourth estate, is supposed to be the last bastion of democracy. However, in case of Fiji, ironically, the most influential press, Rupert Murdocks The Fiji Times, appear to have contributed to the fall of democracy, and we are paying the price for it now. One year rule of Peoples Coalition Government was led by an Indo-Fijian Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry between May 19, 1999 and May 19, 2000 when Speights putsch attempt to overthrow a democratically-elected government took place. During that period, sensational headlines in The Fiji Times, penned by I-Taukei journalist screamed aloud: Rabuka warns on race bomb, Chiefs warn on Bills, Threats on MPs, State under fire, NLTB boss warns Chaudhry, Church leader warns Chaudhry, Chiefs paper wants to oust Chaudhry, Landowners take over school, PM under fire, PM should quit, says Rewa MP, Taukei workers threaten action, Holy land, Stand up, Qarikau urges Ra, Landowners shut offices, Taukei vow to remove PM, Chief warns of war, Eviction time, Racist group in land talks, Tora warns Chaudhry, Bau chiefs warn Chaudhry, Closure threat on airport, Adi Senimili warns Chaudhry.......and so on shocking display of sensational and divisive reporting. It appears that in one year, every form of a Fijian leader warned and threatened Fijis Prime Minister, just because he happened to be an Indian. The Fiji Times and freedom of press gave ample opportunity for hatred and sensation to be amplified throughout the nation by the largest and most influential newspaper. During that time, new groups of militant and nationalist make-shift organisations sprang up overnight to oppose governments initiative. Their little known leaders with suspect following were given undeserved exposure by the press under the guise of media freedom despite such utterances bordering on sedition and hate-speeches. These were also in clear breach of Media Code of Conduct, and out of reach of self-regulatory and hardly effective toothless tiger, Fiji Media Council. Media in general and The Fiji Times in particular provided ample opportunity for anybody who wished to take a potshot at the highest seat of the countrythe President and the Prime Minister. A responsible media, especially in a developing country, divided on racial lines would be expected to exercise caution in allowing such dereliction of ethics and duties to allow such show of disrespect to the leaders of a developing nation under the guise of media freedom. In a multiracial developing country where the makeup of the newsroom does not reflect the population of the country, we can have very partisan reporting. The Fiji Times, with a majority I-Taukei gatekeepers and news reporters fell in that category. I suppose FIJI TV also falls in that category now. In my research, it showed that those writing sensational and negative articles on IndoFijians and Chaudhry government were I-Taukei, who comprised over seventy-five percent or three quarters of those penning those news items that showed by lines. Media researchers have established that journalists race and own political views crept into newsrooms. Politics in Fiji is so often mixed with issues like culture loyalties that it could become difficult for reporters to maintain impartiality and direction, especially if they come from same racial and cultural groups as those reported on. In a country like Fiji battling with racial issues, environmental factors encourage an atmosphere of ethnocentrism and racial feelings within journalism. While research already shows dereliction of duties of print media, no research appears to have been done for TV in general and FIJI TV in particular. However its ownership and gatekeeper profile, points to something to be worried about. Therefore, it was timely for MIDA to pull it up, bring into notice, nip in the bud and even punish it for the irresponsible and sensational reporting camouflaged as news item. It is nonsensical to say that items said

in vernacular and directly translated did not carry hate-speech. More than the spoken words, the tone, the body language, hidden idioms and mannerism of mother tongue may speak a lot more than the English translated version. If MIDA or a similar regulatory body with initiative, teeth, interest in national welfare and national development existed in 1999/2000 when media became a threat to democracy in Fiji, perhaps Fiji may have seen a more stable politics. That is why media schools in Fiji have to appreciate understand and value the concept of Development Journalism, more popular and socially and economically beneficial in multiracial Developing nations. (That, maybe later, or perhaps Media Maestro Mark Edge can add his Canadian bit) Fiji is not ready for the Western type of cut-andpaste democracy. Neither is it ready for the Western concept of First World unfettered and uncontrolled media freedom. Western Democracy and Western Media Freedom concepts have failed Fiji in the past. We need home-grown solutions for both, and Fijis move in this direction needs better appreciation through an informed historical perspective and understanding of rationale for such decisions. [E-mail: thakurji@xtra.co.nz] [Thakur Ranjit Singh is a media commentator and post graduate scholar in communication studies from Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Electronic link of his research thesis on Fiji media is available on: http://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/ handle/10292/2554. He runs his blog site FIJI PUNDIT at: www.fijipundit. blogspot.co.nz]

A 29-year-old businessman of Nadi accused of forging a university certificate for a technician who had applied for a job in New Zealand is out on bail. Ritnesh Mishra appeared before a court in Nasinu where he was bailed for a sum of $500. He is alleged to have provided to a technician in Waqadra, Nadi a Trade Test Certificate Class III which was later found to be a forged document. The matter was later reported to the Valelevu Police Station after a complaint was lodged by the National Training Productivity Centre (NTPC). The director of NTPC came to know

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about the incident upon receiving an email from the New Zealand Qualification Authority wanting to verify the certificate. Upon checking, it was discovered the said certificate number was false and the technician had never sat for the exam at the university. The accused was released on bail with two sureties and ordered to report to the Nadi Police Station every Saturday between 8am-5pm, and not to interfere with witnesses and not to re-offend. Meanwhile investigations continue into the alleged involvement of other parties in relation to this case.



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Australia has approved the construction of a second international airport in Sydney at the cost of $2.4bn. The new facility will be located at Badgerys Creek, in western Sydney. Planning and design work would start immediately, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, with construction expected to begin in 2016. Funding would come mostly from the private sector. The green light from Mr Abbott's government comes nearly 70 years after the idea was first debated. The debate on the need for a second airport in Australia's largest city dates back to 1946. Badgerys Creek was a proposed site but the idea was then shelved for fear of backlash from local voters. 'Nationwide benefit' Around 20 sites were considered before the government approved the new facility about 45km west of Sydney's central business district. Based on early estimates, the first flights in and out of the airport are not expected until the mid-2020s. Speaking outside parliament in Canberra, the prime minister said Sydney's second airport would create up to 60,000 jobs when it became fully operational. Mr Abbott has made it clear he wants a curfew-free airport. Sydney's current Kingsford Smith Airport is only 8km away from the city and it operates with a curfew between 23:00 and 06:00. Australia's national carrier, Qantas, welcomed the announcement. Chief Executive Alan Joyce said in a statement: "Sydney is the key gateway for air traffic in and out of Australia and the benefits of having two major airports will be felt nationwide." "We look forward to being part of this process as Badgerys Creek moves closer to reality."


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THE bodies of 40 newborn babies and fetuses have been found abandoned in a Brazilian hospital morgue, some forgotten for years, authorities say. Some of the small corpses had been moldering in a morgue refrigerator for as long as five years at the cityadministered Pedro Ernesto Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Officials also found a number of body parts which prosecutors said were probably left over from emergency amputations. It's like something from a horror film, prosecutor Ana Cristina Huth Macedo said. Our goal now is to give the bodies a dignified burial as soon as possible. The hospital is renowned for delivering high-risk births, which explained why so many babies would have died, she said. The hospital's director, Rodolfo Acatuassu Nunes, told Brazilian television the bodies of the deceased and stillborn infants had never been claimed by their parents. It has to do with a social problem: people don't come back to get the body of their baby if it has died, he said. Prosecutors have been unable to identify 15 of the bodies, and all the deceased infants will undergo genetic testing to determine who their parents were. The case came to light after prosecutors were asked by authorities to investigate the whereabouts of one infant who it was later determined was delivered stillborn to a crack-addicted mother. Officials determined that a year after the baby's death, it still had not been buried, leading them to the discovery of dozens more unburied infant corpses. We have to find out if it's the hospital or the families that are at fault, Huth Macedo told reporters.

A CATHAY Pacific flight from New York to Hong Kong was stranded for more than 16 hours in a Chinese city with all 256 passengers kept on board for the entire time late last month because of immigration regulations, bad weather and limits on the crew's work hours. Flight 831 was diverted to the southern city of Zhuhai on the night of March 30 because of a hailstorm. The plane was left sitting on the tarmac for hours until Cathay Pacific sent in a new flight crew, with the first crew having reached work-hour limits. All passengers remained on board as required by Chinese immigration and customs regulations at Zhuhai, Cathay Pacific said in an emailed statement. According to the local Chinese customs district, Chinese officials worked continuously to accommodate the new 16 crew members, who took a high-speed ferry from Hong Kong and entered China through a Zhuhai port before arriving at the airport. Chinese customs officials set up a temporary workplace at the airport which does not have a permanent customs office to process the crew members' paperwork before they flew the plane out of Zhuhai in the early afternoon of March 31, the customs district said. Cathay Pacific said the plane took off at 1:08pm, more than 16 hours after it landed in Zhuhai. The flight arrived in Hong Kong a little over an hour later. The flight usually takes 15-16 hours, but this flight turned out to be more than 34 hours long with the stopover. U.S. broadcaster NBC quoted an unnamed passenger who complained that the passengers could not leave the plane while in Zhuhai. A Chinese government statement did not mention that the passengers were kept on the plane, but said local officials provided them with drinking water and food.

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In a ruling that human rights groups are calling historic, India's Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the country's transsexual and transgender individuals the right to self-identify their gender. The ruling means transsexual and transgender people and those who identify as belonging to the "third gender" will not be required to submit medical evidence of their sexuality to be recognized by the government as a member of that gender, said Tripti Tandon, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs. A plea was filed before the Supreme Court by India's National Legal Services Authority in 2012 on behalf of the transsexual and "hijra," or thirdgender, communities. "The Supreme Court ruled that everyone has the fundamental right to have their gender identified and recognized in the law without any discrimination," Tandon said. "And it's self-identification of the gender as opposed to medically or surgically assigned one." The high court also issued a series of guidelines to India's federal government and state administrations for enforcement of its orders, she added. The ruling states that "gender identity is integral to the dignity of an individual and is at the core of 'personal autonomy' and 'self-determination.'" Hijras, the ruling said, must be

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considered a third gender "over and above binary genders under our Constitution and the laws." The ruling allows females to identify as males and males to identify as females, and no sex reassignment surgery is required for recognition of one's selfdefined gender. Human rights groups praised the ruling, but used the opportunity to push for changes in another law that criminalizes consensual homosexual relationships. Tuesday's ruling has the potential to alter the lives of people who have suffered oppression, Amnesty International's program director in India, Shashikumar Velath, said in a statement. But, he noted, the same Supreme Court has overturned a lower court's decision to decriminalize homosexual relationships. The law bans people from engaging in "carnal acts against the order of nature" and dates back to British colonial times. The court's ruling on transgender, transsexual and third-gender people recognizes that their plight cannot be ignored, said Graeme Reid, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. "It begins the process of re-establishing the important social role that thirdgender people played in traditional Indian society," he said.

Gold weighing 1.7397 kg totally and valued at Rs 50.93 lakh was seized and three passengers, including a Singapore citizen, were arrested by customs officials at the airport in Kochi on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle the precious metal in different forms. While two of the passengers arrived from Singapore, the other from Dubai. All the three had been arrested and further investigations were on, a customs press release said. Air Intelligence officials found a gold rod weighing 529.2 grams concealed inside the cartridge of a fax printer from the baggage of Mohamed Riyas from Chennai. They also found two gold rods were

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bent and made into a wheel form and cleverly concealed inside the two wheels of a trolley bag of Jamal Mohamed, a citizen of Singapore. The total weight of the two gold rods is 392.9 gm. Naushad, a native of Kasargod, was caught while attempting to smuggle gold by concealing two gold rods and a gold plate in his checked-in-baggage. The two gold rods, coated with rhodium, weighing 701 gm were kept concealed underneath the aluminum beading of a laptop bag. He also concealed a gold sheet weighing 116.6 gm inside a metallic measuring tape. The total quantity seized from him was 817.6 gm, the release said.

US Airways has apologised after an explicit photo was sent from its official Twitter account in response to a customer complaint. It said in a statement that it was trying to flag the image as inappropriate but instead mistakenly included it in a message. The tweet was deleted after approximately an hour but not before it had been retweeted hundreds of times. The airline said it regretted the error and was reviewing its processes. The image, which featured a naked woman and a toy plane, had originally been sent to the company's Twitter account by another user, it said. It was then attached to a tweet that was sent to a US Airways customer who had taken to the social network to express her frustration that her flight was delayed. Once the mistake had been realised US Airways deleted the offending tweet and issued an apology. "We apologise for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses. We've removed the

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A Hastings man found guilty last month of using his wife as a sex slave was sentenced to nine years in prison. The man was found guilty by a jury at Napier District Court on multiple counts of rape, assault and threatening to kill for a series of attacks against his wife in 2012. Judge Tony Adeane said during sentencing that the man breached the "trust that is implicit in all marriages". He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for the multiple counts of rape, nine months for assault and one year for threatening to kill his wife. He cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his victim, who came to New Zealand following an arranged marriage. The jury found the man guilty on eight charges and not guilty on one charge. It was hung on a further eight charges.

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tweet and are investigating," it said on its Twitter feed. The company has more than 420,000 followers on its Twitter account and has not tweeted since. US Airways is merged with American Airlines, who were also caught up in a Twitter controversy on Monday after a 14-year old Dutch girl sent a tweet to the airline implying she was part of al-Qaeda group and planning an attack. American Airlines responded via Twitter saying that her details would be passed to the FBI for investigation. Both tweets have now been deleted and the girl's Twitter account has been suspended. Dutch police said that Twitter had disclosed to them the internet address that the tweet was written from and that they had questioned a 14-year-old girl who had now been released pending further enquiries. However, other copycat tweets now appear to be being sent to American Airlines from other teenagers' Twitter accounts, according to the Washington Post.

The man kept his wife in fear by using a 45cm-long knife, kept by their bed, to intimidate and frighten the woman into having sex, while physically abusing and threatening to kill her. When police attended a domestic violence incident at the couple's home on Boxing Day, 2012, the woman confessed she was being raped and beaten. Hastings police Detective Rob Parker said at the time the attacks showed domestic violence and severe abuse "exists in all facets of society, it doesn't matter the culture or the demographic". During the trial the court heard how divorce in an arranged marriage was something not "done lightly". Following last month's verdict police also praised the brave woman after she broke away from her arranged marriage to tell authorities about her husband's recurring sexual attacks.


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AUTHORITIES say a woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them in boxes in her garage. According to a probable cause have been made, but Buhman said the estranged husband as Darren West, statement released by police, Megan investigation remains open. who has been in prison on drug-related Huntsman said that between 1996 and Investigators were trying to determine charges. 2006, she gave birth to at least seven if the seven babies had the same father Roberts said police believe West and babies at her home and that all but one or multiple fathers, Buhman said. Huntsman were together when the of them were born alive. The gruesome case has raised a babies were born. Huntsman, 39, said she killed them series of questions about how the We dont believe he had any knowledge immediately after they were born, killings occurred despite Huntsman of the situation, Roberts said. and put their bodies in the boxes. The maintaining what neighbours said Asked how West could not have known statement said each baby was wrapped seemed like a normal existence. Police about the situation, Roberts replied, in either a towel or a shirt, and placed declined to comment on a motive and Thats the million-dollar question. in a plastic bag. on what Huntsman said during an Amazing. by the accusations and perplexed that Huntsman is being held on USD$6 interview with investigators. The babies bodies were sent to the the womans older children still living million bail USD$1 million for each Her estranged husband found the first Utah medical examiners office for in the home didnt know their mother baby shes accused of killing. It wasnt infants body while cleaning out the tests, including one to determine the was pregnant or notice anything immediately clear if she had an attorney. garage after recently getting out of cause of death. DNA samples taken suspicious. Huntsman was arrested last Sunday on prison. Authorities do not believe he from the suspect and her husband will Late Sunday, Wests family issued a six counts of murder after police found was aware of the killings and he isnt a determine definitively whether the two statement saying they were in a state the infants tiny bodies. A seventh baby person of interest at this time. are the parents, as investigators believe. of shock and confusion. found appears to have been stillborn, Police Captain Michael Roberts said Huntsman also has three daughters We are mourning this tragic loss of Utah County Attorney Jeffrey Buhman officers responded to a call from him one teenager and two young adults life and we are trying to stay strong said. last Saturday about a dead infant, and who lived at the house. and help each other through this awful Formal charges have not yet been filed then they found the six other bodies. Neighbours in the middle-class event, the statement said before against Huntsman and no other arrests Family and neighbours identified the neighbourhood say they were shocked asking for privacy.

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A man who claimed to offer "spiritual healing" has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman 12 years ago at Wentworthville in Sydney's west. Police say the woman, who was 27 at the time, met the man after responding to an advertisement offering "spiritual consultation" in a community newspaper in August 2002. Police allege the man who claimed to be an expert in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic, told the woman to visit him at his business on Station Street. The first time the woman met the man, police allege she was indecently assaulted. About a week later when they met again, police allege the man indecently and sexually assaulted the woman under the guise of a spiritual healing technique. The man allegedly told the woman not to tell anyone what happened. Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad

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mother should pay the promoter of her son's ill-fated comeback concerts more than $US800,000 in costs associated with her failed negligent hiring lawsuit. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued a tentative ruling in Los Angeles on Monday against Katherine Jackson. The five-month trial ended with a jury determining that AEG Live LLC did not of causing Michael Jackson's death in 2009. AEG Live initially sought more than $US1.2 million to cover the cost of court reporters and exhibits. Katherine Jackson's lawyers claimed only about a quarter of that amount was justified. Both sides have agreed not to argue the tentative ruling, although once finalised it can be appealed.

began investigating the allegations earlier this year and arrested a 49-yearold man in Bexley North. He has been charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault. Detective Inspector Michael Haddow says their investigations have revealed advertisements about the healing centre were placed in Fijian, Chinese, Macedonian, Indian and Spanish local newspapers between 2000 and 2002. He says any other alleged victims should contact them. "This is a matter where we are seeking assistance with either witnesses or certainly if there are other victims who attended this centre in Wentworthville in the early 2000s," Inspector Haddow said. "We certainly urge those people to come forward and clearly the police will deal with these people with the utmost respect and provide them with assistance."

POLICE believe a body found 12m up a tree at a golf course near Bournemouth in Dorset is that of a young Lithuanian man who went missing three years ago. Jurij Sliachtecov, 21, was the subject of a massive police search after he was reported missing in May 2011. His body was discovered at The Club at Meyrick Park last week after a dog dragged a badly decomposed human

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hand from the undergrowth. In a bizarre twist, police at the scene were approached by a man living near the golf course who told officers he had found bones at the spot last year, but took them home without telling anyone. The man, aged in his 40s arrived at the site with two bones wrapped in a clear plastic bag.



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3) Which province is on the Pacific coast of Canada? A. British Columbia. B. Nova Scotia. C. Quebec. D. Yukon. 4) Which group of Aboriginal peoples has the largest population in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut? A. Mtis. B. Inuit. C. First Nations. D. Acadians and Inuit. 5) What will you promise when you take the Oath of Citizenship? A. Promise to obey the Constitution of Canada. B. Pledge loyalty to the Queen, observe the laws and fulfill the duties of a Canadian.

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C. Pledge to be allegiance to the Queen. D. Carry out responsibilities as a Canadian citizen. 6) Who has the right to enter and leave Canada at will? A. Citizens of United States. B. British citizens. C. Landed immigrants. D. Canadian citizens. 7) Which of the followings are the founding people of Canada? A. French, American and Indian. B. British, Asian and Aboriginal. C. Aboriginal, French and British. D. Inuit, French and British. 8) Where do most French speaking Canadians live? A. Ontario. B. Quebec. C. Nova Scotia. D. New Brunswick.

1) Who is Canada's Head of State? A. Members of parliament. B. Governor General of Canada. C. Prime Minister. D. A hereditary Sovereign (Queen or King). 2) What does equality under the law mean? A. To be protected against any discrimination. B. To be the same as anywhere in the world. C. To be like anyone else in Canada. D. To be discriminated against.

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9) Why is the North sometimes called the "Land of the Midnight Sun"? A. Summer daylight can last up to 24 hours. B. Fall daylight can last up to 24 hours. C. Spring daylight can last up to 24 hours. D. Winter daylight can last up to 24 hours. 10) Which countries fought in the War of 1812? A. France and United Kingdom. B. France, Great Britain and United States of America. C. United Kingdom and United States of America. D. Canada and United States of America. ANSWERS 1 D 2 A 3 A 4B 5B 6 D 7 C 8 B 9 A 10 C

If you are entering Canada as a visitor, under a student visa or a work permit, or are passing through Canada on your way to another country, you can temporarily bring your vehicle to Canada for your own use. You cannot sell or dispose of the vehicle in Canada and it must be exported when the time limit of your stay has been reached. Taking your car into the United States Canadians are permitted to drive in the U.S. without U.S. licence plates or a U.S. drivers permit. Canadians who are not residents of the U.S. may import a vehicle duty-free for personal use for up to one year if the vehicle is imported in conjunction with the owners arrival. Vehicles imported under this provision that do not conform to U.S. safety and emission standards must be exported within one year and may not be sold in the U.S. There is no exemption or extension of the export requirements. Taking your car abroad If you intend to take your own vehicle with you when you travel abroad, you may need a Carnet de passages en douane, which offers a guarantee to

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If you are driving to the United States by land, you can now consult the Canada to U.S. Border Wait Times. If you get sick after travelling Canadians have a responsibility to protect their health while they are outside Canada. They must make sure they dont bring home diseases that could affect the health of others. Upon your return to Canada, if you are ill with a disease that can be transmitted to others, you must tell a customs officer or a quarantine officer. The officer will decide whether you require further medical assessment. You must also tell the officer if you have been near someone with a disease that could be spread to others. See a nurse, doctor or health care provider if you get sick after you return to Canada, or if you were sick while you were away. Tell your health care provider that you have been outside Canada, which countries you have visited, and what medical care you received (e.g. blood transfusions, injections, dental care, or surgery).

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Ingredients 1 bulb garlic, 3 cloves peeled and crushed, the others left whole 1 small bunch fresh rosemary, half the leaves removed and coarsely chopped, half in sprigs zest of 1 lemon olive oil 2 kg quality leg of lamb sea salt freshly ground black pepper 1.5 kg potatoes, peeled and cut in half For the mint sauce 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves 1 teaspoon sugar 2 pinches salt 1 tablespoon hot water 3 tablespoons wine vinegar Method This is a British classic everyone loves, especially at Easter. It's easy to make and is so tasty... Preheat the oven to 200C and place a roasting dish for the potatoes on the

Lemon Chicken Salad

Ingredients: 1 small head of green leaf lettuce 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts juice of 1 lemon 1 tbsp. oil 1 tbsp. freshly chopped tarragon salt and pepper to taste vinaigrette salad dressing to taste Directions: Wash and dry the lettuce. Tear into small pieces and set aside. Slice chicken breasts into strips and

then cut strips into small pieces. Heat oil in a medium-sized pan, add the chicken, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the chicken is lightly browned. Add lemon juice, tarragon, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 4 to 5 minutes until chicken is tender. Toss the lettuce with the vinaigrette dressing. Add chicken, lemon, and tarragon mixture and toss. Serve immediately.

Ingredients 2 cups light sour cream 1 cucumber - grated 1 carrot - grated 1 clove of garlic - minced 1 fresh ground chili 1 tspn cumin seeds - toasted and ground salt to taste garnish with chopped cilantro Method Mix all together and serve as a condiment with any curry dish.


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FridayApril 18, 2014


Five Young People Dead After Violence At University House Party In Calgary

ICBC has to pay back $39 million it overcharged The Canadian Taxpayers Federation now, adding the insurance corporation has some advice for ICBC after it was has let its customers down by not revealed about 240,000 customers were releasing anything sooner. overcharged on optional insurance and Bateman tells us when executives are about 350,000 were undercharged: getting salaries of a couple hundred come clean on more of the details. thousand dollars a year, you expect better. BC Director Jordan Bateman points out I think customers should be looking at we now know ICBC has been working other options. I think there should be a on this for weeks or months. He says renewed look at whether we even need there will be a lot of media outlets and an ICBC anymore. watchdog groups working to find out Bateman suggests it may be a good who knew what, and when. idea to look at what other provinces are My advice to ICBC now is come doing with private insurance options to as clean as possible; tell us what see if money can be saved. happened, give us all the details and ICBC has to pay back the $39 million it the timeline. Otherwise, were gonna has overcharged drivers. dig it out through FOI, says Bateman. It also undercharged by $71 million, He says its unbelievable theres been but cannot ask customers for that no word from ICBC on the error until money back.

CTF Wants More Details From ICBC On Overcharging Of 240,000 Drivers

From left - Zackariah Rathwell, Lawrence Hong, Kaitlin Perras, Jordan Segura and Joshua Hunter were stabbed to death early Tuesday night while celebrating the end of post-secondary classes. Five first-degree murder charges have been laidagainst22-year-old Matthew de Grood. All six were at a house party in the northwest community of Brentwood to celebrate the last day of university classes. Gaby Zuniga, who attended a vigil at a local art college, knew all of the victims, many of the people at the party and the man charged with murder. "He's been in the group when we hang out. I've spoken to him a handful of times buthe never seemed like the kind of person who would do something like this," she said. "He was quiet and he was shy. but I never would have thought he would do something like this." Zuniga says she's having a hard time accepting what happened. "I'm struggling but I have my friends and my family and I've been seeing counselling," she said. Barkley Hunter, Joshs father, said his familyfrom Priddis, Alta., wants to tell his story, but iswaiting for other family members to come to Calgary. We are still in shock, he said. "We want people to know what a wonderful person Josh was." He said many of the 22-yearold's friends were at the family home Tuesday to offer condolences and remember their friend. The family is working to make funeral arrangements.

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Victims recovering from injuries after Cornwall Centre attacks A 15-year-old boy who was arrested However, there's no indication that's after four people were stabbed at the case, Bray said. Regina's Cornwall Centre mall made a "We have nothing linking him to a brief appearance on multiple charges in particular gang," he said. After making the arrest, police are not youth court Wednesday. The teenager, standing in the prisoner's looking for further suspects, he said. box in a province-issued blue jumpsuit, The attack appeared random, with the did not look up while his case was dealt people who were stabbed not connected with. He'll be back in court on April 29. to each other, Bray said. Four men were stabbed with a knife The youth, who was living in Regina inside the busy downtown Regina mall and whose name cannot be published, at around 6 p.m. CST Tuesday. Three has been remanded in custody. were rushed to hospital, but none In a briefing with reporters later in of their injuries are considered life- the morning, deputy police chief Bob Morin said it's believed one victim is threatening. Police confronted a knife-wielding still in hospital. suspect and after a discussion, he threw Police said they don't know what might the knife to the ground. Then officers have motivated the attacks. Asked whether the Cornwall Centre arrested him. The media spoke to Regina police attack could have been a copycat Staff Sgt. Evan Bray who said police crime, linked to the stabbing deaths of worked late into the night reviewing five people in Calgary Tuesday, Morin surveillance video and interviewing said that's not known. witnesses, the victims and the suspect. Morin said he had never seen anything The 15-year-old has been charged with: like Tuesday's attacks in his 33 years with the Regina Police Service. Three counts of aggravated assault. "Have there been other events where One count of assault with a weapon. Two counts of breach of an undertaking. people have been injured or suffered Numerous people were in the mall and an injury? Possibly, and probably," he some said the suspect was wearing a told reporters. "But certainly not [to] bandana, leading to speculation the this extent and I'm not sure it would bloody attack might have been gang be quite as random or unpredictable as this one was yesterday." related.

Boy, 15, Charged With Regina Mall Stabbings Of 4 Men

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The nave in St. James Cathedral had been coloured with green floodlights. The 800 attendees had been given green scarves, now draped on their shoulders. Like many of those in the pews, Prime Minister Stephen Harper wore a green tie; his wife had a green blouse under her jacket. All of it was a tribute to the Irish heritage of Jim Flaherty, son of Galway. And then, down the centre aisle, a slow-moving streak of red: 10 officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in full serge, bearing the casket of the man who died last week at 64, draped now in the flag of the country he had served for the past 19 years. With those two colours dominant one from the country with which Mr. Flaherty proudly identified, the other from the country he served as treasurer until his retirement less than a month ago Canadas political class gathered to celebrate the contributions of a man whose second life had only just begun. Quinn Flaherty, one of the 23-yearold triplet sons of Mr. Flaherty and his wife, Ontario MPP Christine Elliott, spoke about how his father had taught the boys to be men. Put your feet up, lay your head back, close your eyes and relax, he said, standing in front of his brothers, Galen and John, and his mother. We will take it from here. Mr. Harper, like many of those in the pews, wiped away tears. Earlier, the prime minister began the tributes for his former colleague, delivering what was for him a lively speech, with the kind of punch lines he normally reserves for rivals across the

Jim Flaherty Funeral Hears Emotional Farewell From Family And Stephen Harper

Christine Elliott, wife of the late Jim Flaherty, and their three sons follow the former finance ministers casket out of Torontos St. James Cathedral on Wednesday after his state funeral. House of Commons aisle. Mr. Flaherty, Mr. Harper said, was combative but engaging, hard-headed but soft-hearted. He noted the diminutive former MP for Whitby-Oshawa joked that he never got in the way of his own Power Points. And he said he was admired by politicians of all stripes. Liked by his enemies: Thats something in this business, Mr. Harper said, cracking a smile. Something I envy. The line drew laughter throughout the cathedral. But then the prime ministers address turned sombre. He recalled Mr. Flaherty had told him in 2010 he wanted to retire from politics, but used to call him annually to say he would stick around one more year to make sure the countrys finances were in order before he left. Mr. Harper said he knew the call this year would be different. I told him not to be a stranger, he said, before pausing, choked up. His wife, Laureen, was overcome by tears by this point. Mr. Harper finished by addressing the

Flaherty boys, and telling them he lost his own father a year ago. It will all be good, he said. Like the Flaherty family members who spoke, he paused to touch the casket before returning to his pew. On a clear, cool spring day, St. James, just a few blocks from Torontos financial district, was packed with former colleagues from Parliament Hill and Queens Park. Two large white tents on the outside lawn, positioned next to portable heaters, were filled with invited guests to the state funeral, a rare honour for anyone who has not held Canadas highest office. The cathedral walls have been widened to embrace this huge crowd, said Colin Johnson, archbishop of Toronto, at the services opening. Before the funeral proceeded with hymns and scripture readings, Ms. Elliott took her turn at the front of the cathedral. She spoke of the time with her husband and the time that was lost, and closed with a traditional Irish eulogy. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still, she said. Nothing is hurt, nothing is lost. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again. At the services end, the Mounties folded the flag on Mr. Flahertys casket and presented it to the prime minister. He in turn handed it to Ms. Elliott, speaking a few words to her. She accepted it, tears in her eyes. The Mounties took their positions around the casket and the slow-moving streak of red moved up the greentinged cathedral again.

Manjit Panghali's Daughter Awarded More Than $600K In Damages

Manjit's husband Mukthiar ordered to pay daughter for financial loss of wife he murdered A BC Supreme Court judge has awarded more than $600,000 to the daughter of murdered Surrey teacher Manjit Panghali. Panghali was killed by her husband Mukhtiar in 2006. The burned remains of the 31-year-old, who was four months pregnant, were found on a beach in Delta five days after she was reported missing. He's now serving a sentence of life without parole for 15 years after being convicted of second degree murder. The lawsuit was initiated by his 10-year-old daughter's guardians. In reaching his decision, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Punnett was forced to imagine a world where Manjit Panghali was not murdered where the pregnant school teacher, instead, took maternity leave before returning to work as an elementary school teacher, and then watched as her bright, thriving daughter Maya went on to study at university. These were some of the criteria Punnett used to calculate losses, past and present, for financial support and childcare an amount he finally set at more than $600,000. Factored into the calculations was an assumption that had the crime not happened, Mukhtiar the father, would have continued working as a high school teacher. Maya Panghali is now being raised by her aunt, Manjit's sister. Although the court has made the award, collecting the money is another matter. The killer's family is fighting for parts of the estate. The daughter of Surrey teacher Manjit Panghali, who was killed by her husband in 2006, has been awarded $600,000 in damages by the B.C. Supreme Court.

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FridayApril 18, 2014


Barinder Rasode Breaks Away From Surrey First Party

Not ruling out a run for the mayors seat Surrey City Councillor Barinder Rasode is breaking ranks with Mayor Dianne Watts and the Surrey First party. She said the relationship with her team has become increasingly hostile. As Ive spoken out on significant issues, I have felt isolated by my team, she says. For that reason, I believe to properly move forward on the issues of public safety, spending at city hall and community consultation, I need to sit as an independent. She says the problem comes from the top down. Absolutely. For example, no council member even myself, as the chair of public safety and the police committee was invited to be a part of the mayors task force. I think that once you start doing policy in closed board rooms and not at the council table with the public in full view, that is a challenge, she adds. Rasode isnt ruling it out a shot at the mayors chair in this falls civic election, but says shell only do it if Watts decides not to run again.

When that option is available I hope it will be soon so that the community is able to look at peoples record and what mandate they will bring forward I think thats a conversation for that time, she notes.

Businessman Fined $70,000 In Immigration Fraud Case

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that Sardar Hussain Hasan (AKA Sardar Hussain Hasan Al Bebany) recently pleaded guilty in Nova Scotia Provincial Court to two counts of misrepresentation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). He was ordered to pay a $70,000 fine. This case began on July 2, 2013, when CBSA officers at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport discovered that Hasans son was attempting to import his fathers Jordanian passport, in the name of Al Bebany. A CBSA investigation revealed that the passport belonged to Hasan, an Iraqi and Jordanian citizen with Canadian permanent resident status, who was using the passport in a different name to circumvent his Canadian residence requirements. By using a dual passport scheme, Hasan had, over a period of almost four years, created the appearance of living in Canada when in fact he was not. He did this by using his Iraqi passport in the name of Hasan to enter Canada, and his Jordanian passport in the name of Al Bebany when travelling extensively abroad. The offences were identified when Hasan applied to renew his permanent resident card, and when he made statements to immigration officials that he had been outside of Canada for only 71 days over the previous four years, when in reality he had never permanently resided in Canada. In October 2013, CBSA investigators charged Hasan under IRPA for using two different passports to circumvent his residency requirements in order to maintain his permanent resident status.

The RCMP has identified at least one suspect in its probe into the alleged theft of confidential information from the Canada Revenue Agencys website. In a statement on Tuesday morning, the national police force said it asked the CRA to remain quiet for three days about the possible infraction in order to pursue its investigation. Late Friday afternoon, given that further access to data was no longer possible and that we had identified a viable investigative path, the RCMP asked CRA to delay advising the public of the breach until Monday morning, RCMP spokesperson, Corporal Lucy Shorey, said in the communiqu. This deferral permitted us to advance our investigation over the weekend, identify possible offender(s) and has helped mitigate further risk. About 900 social insurance numbers were stolen from CRA computers, the revenue department said on Monday, following a shutdown of its public online services caused by the Heartbleed Internet bug. The CRA statement was one of the first disclosures by an organization that it had lost data to someone exploiting the vulnerability. However, the government has also come under fire for its handling of the threat and the speed with which it has acted to contain the problem. There are many questions about the response and the timing of the response, NDP MP Charlie Angus

Rcmp Has Suspect In Canada Revenue Online Theft

said in an interview. We see a pattern with this government, which is to protect the minister rather than protect the interests of Canadians. The CRA wont say when the breach occurred: during the two years in which the bug went undetected, or during the 24-hour gap between the public revelation of Heartbleeds existence and the CRAs shutdown of its websites last week. The CRA also declined to explain how it determined which SINs were hacked, since Heartbleed intrusions are hard to detect. Internet security expert Mark Nunnikhoven said it appears the breach was recent and retraced through network monitoring from one of the federal governments agencies dealing with Internet security, such as Shared Services Canada or the Communications Security Establishment Canada. While a Heartbleed breach would have left no traces of data leak on the logs of CRA servers, it would have been spotted by the network monitoring tools of other federal agencies that capture and analyze transiting data packets, he said. If you have multiple layers of security controls in place, you can catch it that means someone upstream on the governments shared network saw it, Mr. Nunnikhoven, a former IT specialist in the federal government, said.

The Aldergrove border crossing is getting a major upgrade thats expected to help get you into the States faster. The $17.7 million upgrade is expected to be completed in just under two years. Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney says in addition to a NEXUS lane, a primary and secondary inspection area will be built.

Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade Planned For Aldergrove Border Crossing

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He says the current facility is obsolete. We will reduce the wait times and by reducing the wait times, what we expect, it will increase the offer of opportunity for travellers to get in a faster way from north to south. Blaney says even after the upgrade the crossing will still only operate from 8 a.m. to midnight.


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It's estimated that it costs well over $200,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18, not counting post-secondary education. (MoneySense Magazine, June 2011) So when a new child joins a family, parents and grand-parents tend to think about starting an education fund like a Registered Education Savings Plan. While this is a very practical way to help the child get a head-start in life, it's a tactic that's limited to their education years. To find out if there are other long-term options to help get kids on the right financial path into their adulthood, we spoke with Jean-Guy Grenier, senior consultant of financial estate and tax planning at Desjardins Financial Security. What would you suggest as another long-term savings product for children? One option is a life insurance policy for the child that is purchased by the parents, grand-parents or another friend or family member. The child will then be protected for his entire life and can take advantage of an added savings component that is tax exempt.


FridayApril 18, 2014

Giving Kids A Financial Head-Start

Your suggestion of a life insurance for a child is very unusual Yes, that's true. However, it's the builtin savings component, not necessarily the death benefit that makes this an attractive solution. How does it work? The insurance policy is purchased by the parents, grand-parent or another friend or family member on behalf of the child. The insurance premium is determined by the child's age, health and other details. This amount remains level over a set number of years and never increases. Part of the premiums accumulate in a separate, tax-sheltered account and over time a portion of the cash value can be used to pay the policy premiums. What happens when they've grown up? When the child reaches the age of majority, the policy ownership can be transferred to them and continues to protect them for life. At this point, all the premiums may have been paid. What's great about this insurance is that it provides the child with a head-start on life. For example, the policy can be used as collateral when applying for a loan. Also, the child may have the option of purchasing more insurance without a medical review. This is called a Guaranteed Insurability Benefit. Can they access the cash value? Yes, as the child grew so did the cash value. It's accessible at any time and is subject to the available amount. The child can use it towards post-secondary education, travel, as an emergency fund or as a down payment on a home. Where can I find more information about the benefits of this type of insurance? Speak to your life insurance representative or financial services advisor who can offer you tips that best suit your situation. For more information please contact Vicky V. Prasad Life and Health Insurance Advisor Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network Ph 604-306-6647. Email: vick.prasad@dfsin.ca

This article is for general information purposes only and should not be construed as insurance, investment or tax advice. The rates and information contained herein are based on sources and materials believed to be reliable, but are not guaranteed. Please refer to the policy for more detailed information.

No matter what your monthly salary is, it's pretty much pointless if you can't handle your expenses. And to remain debt-free, you need proper planning, track your daily expenses and change your monetary habits. Also, managing your expenses well mean that your future is safe. Here are a few ways to keep yourself debt-free. 1. Set your priorities. It's very important to figure out what is more important to you when it comes to your needs as well as wants. More than anything else, you have to distinguish between the two. As much as everyone likes to splurge once in a while, it depends on each individual as to where to draw the line. Splurging on your wants without understanding if it's in your budget or not is one step towards being in debt. 2. How much money do you have? Are you aware of how much money you have including all your assets? Having a clear picture of where you stand, gives you a better insight and will help you understand how to spend your money wisely. You might be spending a lot assuming that you have a lot of money, without knowing how much you really have. 3. Create a budget. Understand how much money you have, your needs and wants and create a budget for yourself as it helps you stay on the safe path. While creating a budget, understanding where your money is being spent daily, is important. Calculate all of these and create a budget for yourself and stick to it. 4. Use cash. When you have money in your hand, you're aware of how much or how little you have and hence you will be more careful while spending it. Since you've created a budget, you will know whether

something is within your budget or not. To avoid getting into debt, reduce your credit and debit card usage and bring it to a level where you only use it in case of an emergency. That's because credit cards make you feel like you have a lot more than you actually do. 5. Keep track of your expenses. Create a habit to write down how much you spend every day as this makes you more aware of where your money is going, how much you're spending and what you're spending on. Once you start writing down your expenses, decide where you can cut it down. This will help you manage your finances better, thereby lowering your chances of being in debt. 6. Buy only what you can afford In the world we're living in, there's an alternative for almost everything. Whether it's a fancy pair of shoes you want, or an insurance policy you want to invest in, you have a lot of options to choose from. Don't buy something which doesn't fit into your budget. If you have an option of choosing what fits your necessity, pick something sensibly. 7. Avoid taking personal loans You'd much rather save than take a personal loan because while repaying the loan, the interest rates go sky high, making it difficult for you to return the loan in time. So, start cutting down your expenses wherever you can and start saving up instead by setting your priorities straight. 8. EMIs For products like mobile phones, washing machines and household appliances, save up each month instead of purchasing it on EMI. Moreover, such schemes don't take into account theft or damage. Also note that you are actually paying an interest unnecessarily.

Ways To Keep Yourself Debt-Free

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vista of a piece of paradise emerges through the window of my soul: the gathering of dark clouds benights the frozen memories of clear blue waters in the embrace of pristine beaches fringed with genial palms boldly declaring their presence in the lush bosom of tropical rain forests. in the dead of the midday sun the easterlies howl struggling to drown out the rousing rhythms of the military band marching in perfect unison fully attired in regalia that festoons the royalty. the radiance from that sun once consumed ignorance, violence, fear and hatred in the hearts of men but now weeps tears of red through the ken of time. it stings my eyes but i feel no pain for i long to protect you, Fidji, (you sound more elegant in French) from the collective anger that no longer make tender the monstrous ego in men corrupted by power, greed and orgiastic vanity struggling to be eviscerated so it can be swallowed by the womb of the earth like the fall of numberless autumn leaves. i cannot treat you like Darwishs lover but i will deny you the woeful cries of lost fringe-dwellers wedged within the crevices of insanity. in trying to kick down the doors of pity, revulsion and rejection one can only ask: Why? And, where to now? for now there are no bodies buried in the shallows of the coconut groves or the melancholic disarray of sugar cane fields but let not the blood, sweat and tears of the departed deceive deaths finality in the hiss of the nauseating miasma of lives ruined. elsewhere reminders of the dark depths of your bloodied grotto weep in silence refusing to mollycoddle deluded miscreants whose deeds weighed down by the pomp and power sound like the threnodic moans of an injured dog curled at your feet. Copyright Gopall Naiir Sydney, Australia


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My daughter has had one ear infection after another. When she gets an infection, she seems to have trouble hearing, but with medicine it always gets better. Still, Im worried that these infections could lead to permanent hearing loss somewhere down the line. Could this happen? - Yasmine Ear infections are common in childhood. As with your daughter, some kids do have temporary hearing loss due to the accumulation of fluid in the middle ear, but it usually goes away with treatment. It's very rare, however, for kids to develop permanent hearing loss, even when they've had several ear infections. A child with frequent or chronic ear infections is at risk for permanent hearing loss only when damage has been done to the eardrum, the bones of the ear, or the hearing nerve. Since your daughter's hearing appears to return to normal after treatment for an ear infection, she's probably not at risk for permanent hearing loss. But if you're concerned, talk to your doctor about scheduling a hearing exam. If your daughter's ear infections continue to be a problem, the doctor might refer her to an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor), who may suggest ear tube placement to help reduce the incidence of ear infections and limit the potential problems they can cause to her hearing.

Can Chronic Ear Infections Cause Long-Term Hearing Loss?


To Stay Or Not To Stay At Home

To work or stay home that's a decision many women need to make when they've had a baby. To ensure that their child is well taken care of, many mothers choose to stay home. On the contrary, a study points out, working mothers may actually be the ones who are better off at raising children when compared to those who stay at home. The study also reported that working mothers enjoyed better health, lesser signs of depression and contributed more to a child's overall learning opportunities. Some ladies voice their opinions on the same. Not true Stay-home mums are the ones who have to let go of their ambitions and desires in order to take care of their child, say a few. The mother who stays home instead of working sacrifices her aspirations and career to ensure that her child is well taken care of. It is not easy to stay home, look after the house and also take care of the child. Stay-home mums contribute as much as a working mother does or perhaps even more. Absolutely right Women are known to be good at multitasking, point out others. Multitasking directly relates more efficiency. Actoress Poonam Dhillon explains, "Working women are always more capable and are good at multi-tasking. Working mums put in a lot more effort to ensure they get to spend some quality time with their children too. This contributes to the overall development

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of the child." SOS Mummy! Stay-home mums make their children dependent on them for everything. Stay-home mums tend to spoonfeed their children. This curbs their independence. Children are a lot more independent than most kids their age. Not applicable A few others are of the opinion that since these studies are conducted abroad, they have no relevance in India. Actor Shahane stresses on the health aspect. This study does not hold good for the women. Whether a woman is working or not working, her work pressure remains the same. Once women are back home, they relax and rejuvenate. That is not the case. A woman has to handle so many more things and that could lead to a lot of stress Work is happiness Personal happiness is always a driving force while taking crucial decisions, feel others. The mothers who stay at home tend to centre their lives around their children. Working mothers, on the other hand, learn to manage home and career and do both well. And managing them both gives them a sense of accomplishment. Don't worry, be happy If you are able to spend quality time with your child, then nothing like it. Being happy and the providing the space your child needs is the way to go about it. As long as both the mother and child are happy, it is bound to contribute to the growth of the child.


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FridayApril 18, 2014

Researchers have claimed that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress. Florida State University Associate Professor Arturo Figueroa said that the pressure on the aorta and on the heart decreased after consuming watermelon extract. Figueroa's 12-week study focused on 13 middle-aged, obese men and women who also suffered from high blood pressure. To simulate cold weather conditions, one hand of the subject was dipped into 39 degree water (or 4 degrees Celsius) while Figueroa's team took their blood pressure and other vital measurements. Meanwhile, the group was divided into two. For the first six weeks, one group was given four grams of the amino acid L-citrulline and two grams of L-arginine per day, both from watermelon extract. The other group was given a placebo for 6 weeks. Then, they switched for the second six weeks. The results showed that consuming watermelon had a positive impact on aortic blood pressure and other vascular parameters. Notably, study participants showed improvements in blood pressure and cardiac stress while both at rest and while they were exposed to the cold water.

Chomping Watermelon Lowers Your BP

A new study has revealed that a traditional Chinese herbal remedy can be as effective as methotrexate for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists have revealed that if the herbal medicine, which is used to relieve joint pain and inflammation, is combined with methotrexate then the treatment can be all the more effective. The researchers wanted to find out which of these approaches would sufficiently alleviate symptoms to

Chinese Herbal Remedy Can Effectively Treat Arthritis

reach an ACR 50 response, which indicates a 50 percent improvement in the number of tender or swollen joints and other criteria including pain, disability, and the doctor's assessment of disease severity. The scientists found that the proportion of patients achieving ACR 50 was almost 46.5 percent in those treated with methotrexate alone, while 55 success in those treated with TwHF alone and just under 77 percent in those treated with both.

Do you often lash out at your spouse? Go get your blood sugar checked as lower glucose levels may make couple go 'hangry' and even more likely to lash out aggressively. "The study shows how one simple, often overlooked factor - hunger caused by low levels of blood glucose - may play a role in marital arguments, confrontations and possibly even some domestic violence," said Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at the Ohio State University. People can relate to this idea that when they get hungry, they get cranky. It even has a slang term: "hangry" (hungry + angry), Bushman explained. The research involved 107 married couples. The study started with the couples completing a relationship satisfaction measure, which asked each spouse how much they agreed with statements like "I feel satisfied with our relationship".

Lashing Out At Wife? Check Your Glucose Level

In a 21-day study, researchers found that levels of blood glucose in married people, measured each night, predicted how angry they would be with their spouse that evening. At the end of the 21 days, people who had generally lower levels of glucose were willing to blast their spouses with unpleasant noises at a higher volume and for a longer time than those who had higher glucose levels. "We found that being 'hangry' can affect our behaviour in a bad way, even in our most intimate relationships," he added. Even those who reported they had good relationships with their spouses were more likely to express anger if their blood glucose levels were lower. Listen to Bushman: Before you have a difficult conversation with your spouse, make sure you are not hungry. Blood glucose levels can be brought up most quickly by eating carbohydrates or sugary foods.

Running is a great cardio workout which helps aid weight loss alongside a healthy eating plan, but there are plenty more reasons why one should put on running shoes. Listed below are reasons why running is beneficial: - It doesn't cost you anything: You can run anywhere you like to, and it doesn't cost you anything. Just pick your destination and head to it. - You become more social: Struggle to find the time to see your friends and fit everything else in your life, then combine the two. You don't even have to take new friends, look for running groups and make friends with likeminded people. - You burn fat whilst still: Running helps to boost your metabolism and

Why You Should Run

keep it going whilst you're not moving. So after a run, you're still burning calories. - Gives you an energy boost: All exercise increases energy levels. Just one running session can increase your levels and chip away at fatigue. - Improves your self-esteem: Running will not only increase energy levels, but your self-esteem too. If you run outside you're more likely to feel better post-workout than those who had unpleasant scenery. - Watch the stress fall behind: As you run you'll see the stress fall behind. It boosts the brains serotonin levels and research has indicated that regular exercise might actually remodel the brain making it calmer.

Loyola University Medical Center has successfully implanted a newly approved aortic heart valve device in a patient without doing an open-heart surgery, which comes as a major relief to heart patients. The device called the Medtronic CoreValve System, which has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is deployed with a

Now, Heart Patients Can Get New Aortic Valve Without Open-Heart Surgery

catheter which is inserted in an artery in the groin and guided up to the heart to take over the function of a diseased valve. The procedure is much less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery. Loyola physicians also implanted the device in patients participating in clinical trials, making the hospital the first Illinois hospital to implement the procedure.

Researchers have linked moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea to an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death. Results of the 20-year follow-up study show that people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more likely to die (hazard ratio = 4.2), nearly four times more likely to have a stroke (HR = 3.7), three times more likely to die from cancer (HR = 3.4), and 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer. Lead author Nathaniel S. Marshall, PhD, senior lecturer in clinical trials at the University of Sydney in Australia, said sleep apnea is a common disease that has a powerful impact on public

Severe Sleep Apnea Could Up Risk Of Stroke, Cancer And Death

health because it greatly increases the risk of strokes, cancers and mortality from any cause. The study involved 397 adults who are participating in the ongoing Busselton Health Study. Objective sleep data were gathered in 1990 using a portable home sleep testing device. Participants with a history of stroke or cancer were excluded from selected analyses. Prevalence rates were 4.6 percent for moderate to severe OSA and 20.6 percent for mild OSA. During the 20-year follow-up period there were 77 deaths and 31 strokes, as well as 125 cancer events that included 39 fatalities. Mild sleep apnea was not associated with increased health risks.

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FridayApril 18, 2014


Wrong Posture Can Break Your Back! A wrong posture could break your back. Here's how to get it right.

So you got on the exercise wagon but go-to exercise for those looking to you aren't seeing results? When done strengthen abdominal muscles or burn correctly, the right workout regime can tummy fat. Bad form can cause damage help lose weight, strengthen muscles to your lower back and neck. and help bone density. However, fitness Don't experts say the most common reason Using your arms to pull your head up for muscle strains, sprains, fractures while doing a crunch is a big no-no. If and workout related injury is bad form. this happens involuntarily, try folding Below are the most common mistakes your arms across your chest. Your arms are not supposed to do the work, your in your form and how to fix it. abdominal muscles are. Doing squats Squats have been criticised for being Do harsh on the knees, but when done Lie flat on the floor, knees at a 90-degree correctly, they improve stability and angle. Maintain a fist's worth of space between your chin and chest. Sit up strengthen connective tissue. until your chest reaches your knees and Don't The most common mistake is bending remember to inhale when you lie down forward. Once you establish the correct and exhale when you rise. stance, other mistakes are automatically Pull-up basics Pull-ups are one of the oldest textbook eliminated. Avoid wearing shoes with compressible exercises but it is common for one to soles as they hamper with your form. compromise on form while chasing Barefoot is the best bet. Don't keep more reps. The move is supposed to your feet too close together or your work out your back and biceps but it heels will lift off the ground as you could end up hampering those muscles and leaving you with a lengthy medical bend. bill. Do A wider stance will ground your feet Don't and steady your body. Opt for deeper Swinging your legs to help you reach squats for maximum impact. Lower the bar. Keep your legs straight. Not your body slowly all the way with going all the way is also cheating. If arms raised parallel to the floor. If your you start or finish your pull-ups with knees cave in, try pointing your toes a bent arm, you haven't completed the pull-up. outwards. Do Perfect planks Planks are know as the multitasker Start with a bar that needs you to jump workout plan because they build the to get on. It's best to be suspended core of your abs, shoulders, arms without your toes touching the floor. and back all at once. Incorrect form Pull up until your chin is over the bar, means you could risk injuring your guide your body back down until your core muscles, which is a scary thought arms are locked out. Do one rep short A new study has revealed that regular by up to five years. of what you are capable of but don't exercising can slow down the aging The study by Canadian sports medicine you'd best avoid. physician Mark Tarnopolsky also cheat on form, a strong move is better process in humans. Don't The study found that regular exercise revealed that older adults receive the The most common mistake is one that than a failed jig. not only improves the quality of life most benefits when combining endurance planks share with push-up errs. Arching Good stretch, bad stretch but can also extend a person's lifespan exercise with resistance exercise. your lower back means you are putting Hamstring stretches are advisable for stress on the wrong muscle. This could runners as well as those looking for also mean havoc for your lower back. added flexibility in their workout. The Keep your core strong by popping your burn of a hamstring stretch is often chest out and keeping your shoulder confused with the increasing tension on blades together. Check your feet and the sciatic nerve as you lean forward. Do some bedtime snacks help you And you would need to eat more than a pound of turkey to get just one gram ensure they aren't turning out or in but You should be able to reach your toes sleep better? Perhaps not. Several studies suggest that eating a of tryptophan! lay squarely on the tips of the toes. at 90 degrees. small snack a few hours before bedtime To get a good night's sleep, it is more Do Don't Ace the basics and then try variations. Bend over and let your entire body may help you sleep by preventing important to avoid foods like highfat foods, garlic-flavoured and highly Plant your hands directly under the weight dangle straight down while hunger from waking you. shoulders but wider apart like you reaching for your toes in order to stretch But are there snacks that guarantee you spiced foods, alcohol, caffeine and any beverages before bed. would for a push-up. Toes must be your hamstrings. It puts a lot of pressure sleep? firm on the floor. Squeeze your glutes on your spine. Holding a stretch like this Some people say that cereal with milk, Other than foods, sticking to a regular to stabilise the bottom half of your for 30 to 60 seconds leaves your spinal peanut butter on toast, and cheese with bedtime and wake time schedule helps crackers are good bedtime snacks because keep you in sync with your body's body and avoid locking your knees. discs vulnerable to rupture. they combine carbohydrates with protein. circadian clock, a 24-hour internal Keep your head in line with your back Do which leaves you staring at the floor a Sit down and take a load off while you The theory is based on the fact that rhythm affected by sunlight. foot ahead of your hands. Hold each reach for your toes. The exact same tryptophan, an amino acid, makes you Try not to nap too much during the day - you might be less sleepy at night. position for 20 seconds. stretch done from a seated position is sleepy. It's crunch time much safer. Keep your toes pointed A new research done on the sedating Exercise at regular times each day. Try Fighting unwanted belly flab, the away from your face and hold your effects of tryptophan needed up to 15 to finish your workout at least three grams of tryptophan to create an effect. hours before bedtime. abdominal crunch is the most common back straight. This information is provided for knowledge and educational purposes only. Individuals should visit their physicians for more information on their health.

Many of us don't really realise when our memory starts fading. Shockingly, it can happen as early as even in your 20s. Your brain is one part of your body that you need to keep fit besides your regular workout for physical fitness. Here is how: 1. Get your heart pumping associate more freely. Also, everyday Exercising moderately and regularly activities such as reading and writing stimulates brain regions involved in can help you preserve your memory. A memory function. Experts say that when study says that people who participated you move around you use more brain in mentally stimulating activities both cells. Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity early and late in life, had a slower rate exercise and raising your heart rate to of decline in memory. maximum 70 per cent for five days a week 5. Challenge your brain could be good enough. Brisk-walking, Instead of sticking to well-worn paths swimming, jogging, anything else that gets and not stimulating your brain enough, your blood moving would be ideal. you have to shake things up from time 2. Eat smart to time. Try taking a new route home Experts advise loading your diet with or visit new places at the weekend. antioxidant-rich foods such as bright The more you work out your brain, the colored fruits and vegetables, plus better you will be able to process and omega-3 fatty acids from fish and olive remember information. oil helps a good deal. 6. Network 3. Get your seven to eight hours of We cannot survive in isolation. sleep Relationships stimulate our brains and Sleep is critical to learning and interacting with others may be the best memory. Research says that sleep is kind of brain exercise. A study suggests necessary for memory consolidation that people with the most active social because when you are sleep deprived, lives had the slowest rate of memory your brain can't operate at full capacity. decline. Attend concerts, go for plays, Creativity, problem-solving abilities make new friends and see the results. and thinking skills get affected if you 6. Relax and meditate don't get enough sleep. Stress can be called as one of the 4. Laugh and play brain's worst enemies. Meditation can Laughter is the best medicine and help you relax. It helps improve many that holds true for the brain as well different types of conditions, including as the body. It is said that laughter depression, anxiety, pain, high blood helps people think more broadly and pressure, diabetes, etc.

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A small issue may turn into a bigger one if you push the situations and circumstances too hard. Young natives should not test their patience. Most of the week will run smoothly except for minor scrambles here or there. Fun gatherings will take up lots of your money and energy. Parents or elders may behave in a stubborn way. Romance will be very much on the cards this week.

family events. Money will get spent lavishly on food, education, repair and other necessities of family. Ongoing projects will demand big efforts. There will be celebrations that would include spending, travel and gifting. Romance will be at its best involving sentiments. Your all meaningful gestures will off in a big way. Friends may have emotional issues and will be in need of a shoulder to cry on.



will be a bit of drain at sap up your time, energy and money too. Errands like household chores and pending tasks will keep you on your toes. Stay cautious of fatigue, minor injury or common illness. Love will require a lot of input this week and that includes everything from love of friends, family to romantic partners or spouses. High levels of frustration are indicated for some or the other reason.


Spending and more spending are likely but it will be on prudent necessities. Some travel expense related to career and investments will come up expectantly. Make sure your family has a back-up for your absence, especially on money issues. This week will be busy and extremely duty filled. Romance will be at its best this week. Some emotional issue may throw you out of control. Hot luck will be all yours very soon.

Your patience may get shortened this week. There will be fun gatherings along with celebration or celebratory announcements of some kind. Romance will need strong patience from your side and a great deal of interaction. Practice caution with investments or spending issues or they may go haywire. A change of some kind is likely to happen but may be take a little time. Investing in time, effort and heart is likely this week, especially for young ones or lonely elders. Create an inspiring environment at home. A big project will claim your time and energy at your workplace. You will also tend to your philanthropic duty. There will be fun gatherings but do not neglect your work. Romance may be a risky this week due to lack of patience. Some disappointment is likely to be felt at work due to lack of information.


emotions and heart struggling with common sense on the money matters. Let your current economic condition dictate your choices. Go for safe option rather than feeling sorry later. Demands on practical goods may go up or may combine with other needs. It will be tough for you to say no to your seniors. Romance does well this week for singles. Casual gatherings will provide you exciting opportunities.


Keep your word over money matters. Cheerful attitudes will prevail except then some minor illness or fatigue. A big discussion will happen positively along with an inspiring family gathering. Romance will be at its best with keeping you in great spirit. Single natives will find their soul mate to their expectations. A good rind will help at the hour of need thus deepening the ties of friendships further. Your subordinates will lighten you work load.



You're likely to be showered with serious appreciation as the week begins. People will be all thanks for you for all you've done for them in the recent past. It's a good time to make solid progress on your plans. Slow down as much as you can as your energy is blocked somewhat and you're much better off waiting for it to start flowing again before handling anything big.


There will be plenty of juggling of tasks in terms of errands, duties and


You will be giver this week in terms of money or effort. Family and children

Demands on your patience may shorten your fuse concerning youngsters. Handle them with compassion and tact. A big event is likely to happen that calls for traveling and expenses. Your whole family will get involved in it. There will be inspiring networking by friends that will keep you socially connected throughout the week. New friends are likely and along with them may come some interesting and rewarding career and personal connections. There would be tussle especially with


Spending will be much more this week although for necessary items. Do not over exert yourself. Someone at workplace will place blame on you over some issue where you do not deserve. Use patience and forgiveness when faced with such situation. Your love life might take a serious hit this week. But you will be far more in control of the outcome than what appears on the surface. Go for damage control with a verbal acceptance.


Spending will be on upfront for long awaited or necessary items including household items or equipments. Work related travel is indicated this week. Upgrade your resources and be prepared. Fun gatherings are very likely, especially at the weekend. Some natives may be really lucky this week, especially with old loves returning, new energy in sagging relationships and hot new professional opportunities. Friends will gather for a variety of reasons like celebrations for births, job upgrades etc.

THANK GOD FOR HIS INEXPRESSIBLE GIFT JESUS CHRIST. It is rather astonishing and perhaps difficult for us to understand how our Lord could have an attitude of gratitude on the night before He was to endure the pain of crucifixion.. Gods only perfect and pure sacrificial lamb Jesus Christ was sufficient once for all. The blood that was shed for the sin of all mankind to wash us clean from our thoughts. Ways and deeds of unrightouesness Being wiped by the Roman soldiers , Spat on , laughted at, mocked at and still carried the Cross showed His true love of Forgiveness and was nailed to the Cross. No more sacrifices are needed for repentance asking for forgiveness . Jesus Christ paid the penalty of Sin by His Blood at the Cross.Jesus Christ came into the world to be the Love of Gog for Us. He took upon himself the garment of our humanity. Love of Jesus Christ was so true and so great that He went to the Cross willingly to register that Love and forgiveness and brought salvation to us. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------EASTER SUNDAY. Christainity ii a good news from cemetery. Christainity is something much more than good advice .It is News about a Person who came lived, Died and conquered death and continues to LIVE. Jesus Christ conquered death and the grave and ascended back to the father . Hi is present everywhere in the hearts of those who trust him and accepts him as Lord And Saviour Yes His resurrection fro the grave gives us a new beginning in life. Life of Joy, Peace, Love With Each Other That removes berrriers like hatred , jealousy, mistreat one, ill treatment among each other The pagan ritual on Sunday morning going out to collect eggs and rabbits HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RESSURECTION OF LORD AND SAVOIUR JESUS CHRIST. I SINCERELY URGE OUR CHRISTAIN BROTHERS AND SISTERS NOT TO TAKE PART THIS PAGAN RITUAL.



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FridayApril 18, 2014


Big B, Akshay, Anil At Prem Chopra's Biography Launch

Generations have grown up listening to the dialogue from Hindi movies, Prem Naam Hai Mera. by one of the meanest baddie in Btown, Prem Chopra! The villain of yesteryear, launched his biography titled, Prem Naam Hai Mera last weekend attended by Bollywoods biggest celebrities to commemorate the significant occasion. Superstars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, among others, attended the event to lend their support to one of Bollywoods nicest persons. He is an artiste, whom the audience loves to hate, but off-screen he is just the opposite person a man who has earned the respect of one and all. Children are scared, even today, by Chopras bad-guy image. But the actor himself feels that he has done a good job in his career. At the launch, he reportedly said, I was honest and hard working actor. I am happy with the kind of work I have done. I have no regrets. I am happy being a villain. Superstar and action hero Akshay Kumar officially launched Chopras biography, by cutting the ceremonial ribbon. The book is written by Chopras daughter Rakita Nanda, who was present at the launch, too. Akshay Kumar said, I was not aware about his (Prem Chopras) age till the time I read the book. He looks fit even today. It feels nice that a daughter has written this book. I wish even my daughter writes a biography on me. Amitabh Bachchan was seen at the starstudded event, dressed in his trademark white kurta-pyjama. Mr Bachchan has appeared in many films alongside Prem Chopra, and he reminisced about his association with the veteran actor. Remembering his days with the villain, Big B was quoted saying, We have shared some wonderful moments together. I loved working with him. He is a very good actor. While veteran actor Manoj Kumar, who was also present at the book launch, said, It feels nice that a book on him is launched. But my personal belief is that his talent was not tapped properly. Chopra has worked in more than 300 films over 50 years and continues working with sincerity even today. This gifted actor has won many awards for his powerful performances. With numerous stage shows he has won

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FridayApril 18, 2014

Rishi Kapoor Apologises For Doing 'Besharam'

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has started shooting for the promos of the eight season of popular quiz show "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC). "Kaun Banega Crorepati" is the Indian adaptation of the internationally popular format of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire". The 71-year-old has hosted six seasons of the show, except for the third edition, which was hosted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan. "The early morning shoot for the promos of the fresh season of 'KBC' were accomplished," he posted on his blog srbachchan.tumblr.com Sunday. "...and rushed then to the PVR to attend the cleaned up version of 'Bombay to Rishi Kapoor is getting fed up of answering queries about his son Ranbir's relationships, marriage and career plans as reported. "Don't ask me anything about Ranbir," snaps the 61-year-old actor who has just started shooting for Umesh Shukla's All Is Well whose second schedule has been delayed by a month or so because Abhishek Bachchan was busy with Happy New Year. "He and I are two distinct individuals, so it's not right to constantly bombard me with questions about Ranbir." The duo was last seen together in Abhinav Kashyap's Besharam, with Neetu Kapoor. The film got terrible reviews and tanked. And since then, the trio haven't been approached for another film. "It was bloody disappointing. Neetu, Ranbir and I are all sorry we did that film. When Abhinav approached us, I thought it would be an entertaining film but it went terribly wrong. He was over confident, still high on the success of Dabangg. However if he comes up with a better script, may be I'll work with him again," he says. Rishi has also been busy with a political satire, Aayi Bala Ko Taal Tu, which revolves around a toilet scam in Haryana and Punjab. He plays a corrupt politician, who doesn't use the money he gets from the Centre to build the much-needed loos. "It's not a toilet film," he says pointing out, "But the fact is that there's a scarcity of public toilets in villages and maximum rapes happen there between 5.30-6 am because women have to go out into the open. We are dealing with a serious issue but our narrative is witty!"

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Goa' by dear friend Anwar Ali, brother of Mehmood bhai one of the greatest we have had... to quickly battle the traffic after to greet another dear friend and now family, Prem Chopra who releases his biography... "That over a meet with people from distant worlds, admirers that have long been desiring a personal interaction... switched soon thereafter to a make-up room for the look test for Balki's film, which I start shooting within a week... followed by the most exciting moment of the day - 'Bhoothnath Returns' at the private theatre at home with the kids and family... watching their expressions and their squeals of laughter and their moments of silent emotion," he added.

TV Actor Sharad Kelkar Has A Hard Time Looking Like Dhulia's Son They are meant to be father and son effort to look older because the actor
in Nikhil Advani's remake of Subhash Ghai's Hero. But Tigmanshu Dhulia and television actor Sharad Kelkar are barely separated by ten years. Dhulia is now thinking of adding to his girth to look convincing. Says the director turned actor, `I have played a much older man than my age in Anurag Kashyap's Gangs Of Wasseypur.I'll again have to make an

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FridayApril 18, 2014


Malaika To Scorch The Ramp At IIFA Awards

Sushmita To Show Her Act In Comedy Nights

Bollywood diva Sushmita Sen will show her performance in Kapil Sharma's hit comic show. The episode seems to be packed with fun, excitement and surprises. The former Miss Universe, who has been away from the limelight from the past 3 years was not only at her comic best but was also seen doing some aerial acts on the show. Sushmita was seen having some fun, flirtatious moments with Mr. Sharma. However, unlike other Bollywood stars who come on Comedy Nights with Kapil to promote their films, Sushmita was seen promoting her fitness studio 'Inhale'. The actress, who has a graceful and curvaceous body promoted her fitness studio that dives into a special form of exercise called 'Aerial Silk'. Well, we are eagerly waiting to see the beauty queen mesmerize the audience with her magical moves.

Actress Malaika Arora Khan will be walking the ramp for ace designer Vikram Phadnis at the upcoming fashion event at IIFA Awards in Florida. Leading fashion designer Vikram Phadnis, who is also a favourite among leading ladies of Bollywood, has been roped in to design an exclusive collection for Vishal Fashions, which is making its international foray and will showcase its garments at this year's IIFA Awards in Tampa Bay. The collection will be showcased at IIFA Rocks, (to be held on the April 24) an event that is a specifically designed platform for fashion and music. Malaika Arora Khan will sashay

down the ramp as the showstopper. The collection designed by Vikram Phadnis is called 'Nazaakat'. "I am excited to be walking at IIFA Rocks this year. The Nazaakat collection is all about celebrating femininity. Elegant Indian wear in rich hues are an all time favorite and are guaranteed to be a runaway hit. Vikram is not just a brilliant designer but is a dear friend. The collection deserves to be showcased in a global scale," Malaika said. The evening will be attended by Bollywood stars Shahid Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan among others.

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Shakti Kapoor
Shakti Kapoor (September 3, 1958) is an Indian Bollywood actor. He is known as one of the leading villains in Bollywood movies for more than three decades. He has also been applauded for playing comic roles in several movies. Through the eighties and nineties, Kapoor teamed up with another senior actor Kader Khan as the comical or evil duo in over 100 films. Kapoor is one of the few Bollywood actors who played the stereotype Bollywood negative roles and negative characters with a comic touch with equal finesse. We all know Shakti Kapoor, the 6 feet tall gentleman who has entertained all of us with his roles of that of a comedian as well as a villain. He has acted in more than 400 films throughout his career and he continues to attract lots of appreciation from the audience for his exceptional performances. While Amitabh Bachchan paired with Rekha and Dharmendra paired arguably well with Hema Malini, Shakti Kapoors on-screen chemistry with Kader Khan had been the USP of numerous films. He was born to a Punjabi family in the capital city, Delhi, India. He completed his graduation from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University. Shakti Kapoors father handled a tailoring business at Connaught Place in New Delhi. When leading actor / director Sunil Dutt offered him the role of the main villain in the movie Rocky, he thought the name 'Sunil Kapoor' was too weak for a villain, so he renamed him as 'Shakti Kapoor' He made his debut in Bollywood in the year 1975 with the film Do various types of roles. In the film, Satte Pe Satta, Shakti went on to play a comic role alongside Amitabh Bachhan. He played a negative role in the film Dance Dance (1987) and he won a lot of accolades for his role of the evil and stupid Balma in the 1989 hit film Chaalbaaz. He played the small role of a cop in the Akshay Kumar starrer, Khiladi (1992). He is also well known for playing the role of the ruthless crime master named Gogo in Rajkumar Santoshis Andaz Apna Apna (1994). Next up, he essayed the role of a gangster Goli in Main Khiladi Tu Anadi (1994). The 1995 film, Coolie No. 1 by David Dhawan added another diamond to his crown, as did Judwa (1997). Apart from the aforementioned films, some of his other successful films include Aankhen, Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Zubeidaa (2001) and Hungama (2003). In the year 2009, Shakti made his appearance in a comedy film titled Kisse Pyaar Karoon. Some of his new and upcoming projects are Naughty at 40, Teen Patti, Mr. Bhatti on Chutti, Tara Sitara, Dont Worry and Chatur Singh Two Star. In 2011, he had also appeared in the television reality show Bigg Boss: Season 5 broadcasted on the Indian channel Colors. He had been the house captain for the first 2 weeks but later on during the 4th week he got eliminated. In 1995, he won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Raja Babu for his portrayal of the character of Nandu.

Slated to take place later this month in Florida, USA, this awards event might be in jeopardy
Travel agent Akarsh Kolaprath, who runs a Florida-based enterprise, has filed a lawsuit against Wizcraft, the organisers of the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA awards) for alleged breach of trust. Kolaprath claims that about three years ago, he struck a deal with Andre Timmins and Viraf Sarkari of Wizcraft through his family company, 7M tours. As part of the deal, he was apparently asked to help them out with coordination of finances and taking the award ceremony to the United States this year. Kolaprath claims to have spent the last three years and around $265,000 on consulting and making travel arrangements for the organisation. In return, Wizcraft apparently promised him 3 percent of the entire profit. Kolaprath says that he even managed hotel bookings for the event, which is going to be held from April 24 to 27. It seems that the event organisers have abruptly changed their mind and decided to do their own bookings and arrangements thereby cancelling his services. Kolaprath has now sued Wizcraft for $7 million dollars for leaving him in the lurch without giving him adequate reasons. His claims are: 1. Wizcraft/IIFA promised to pay him 3 percent of the anticipated $17.5 million in revenue that the organisation expected to earn from hosting the awards. 2. Wizcraft/ IIFA further promised to pay him all revenues earned in excess of $17.5 million. 3. His company, 7M tours, reported a loss of more than $400,000 in hotel cancellation fees due to change of dates. Talking to hitlist from Florida, Kolaprath said, `This has affected us very badly; we have been working on the whole thing. I was the one who introduced them (Wizcraft) to the sponsors. But suddenly after we had done all the arrangements, we got to know that they were dealing directly with the sponsors and wanted me out of the picture. Their intention is not right.` He has now asked for a stay on the event till this issue is cleared. `They have been trying to reach some kind of settlement but I will go ahead with my case,` Kolaprath said. When contacted, Sabbas Joseph, director of Wizcraft and IIFA, sent a statement on behalf of his company. The statement read, `The claims made by Akarsh/&7M tours are false and frivolous. It is a concocted story lacking any substance. Since the matter is sub judice, we shall respond to these claims appropriately before the court.` Controversy's child? The brand ambassador for IIFA since its inception in 2000, Amitabh Bachchan was apparently miffed with the organisers in 2011 as not only did they decide to host the event in Sri Lanka without consulting him, but they also signed on Salman Khan to host the same. Big B had tweeted then, `Not coming to Toronto IIFA... IIFA says my services are not required.` Interestingly, Sallu received flak for agreeing to attend IIFA that year. When Vice President of Tamil Film Producers' Council, A Prabhakaran, asked for a ban on the actor, Sallu allegedly replied that he didn't mind being banned.

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Jasoos which was followed by the film Sangram in the year 1976. He started off slowly by undertaking only one film a year but later on he went on to doing more movies per year. It was Qurbani (1980) directed by

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HOURS OF OPER ATION Monday 5:30pm9:00pm Tuesday 7:00pm9:00pm Sunday 10:00am12 noon
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Temple hours Monday to Sunday Daily Aarthi Ramayan Katha

9326 - 116th Street, Delta, BC

Morning 8:00am10:00am Evening 6:00pm8:00pm 7:00pm Friday 6:00pm10:00pm Pooja/Special Prayer Sessions/Temple/Hall PT. Shiu Madri 604.582.4899 PUJARI Soma Sundaran 604.363.7180 Maathar Sangam Activities & Volunteers Shakuntala Naidu 604.576.4529
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Sunday Service 10:30 am12:00 noon 6:30PM - 7:30PM Service in Hindustani & Punjabi Sunday School for Children

14630-107A Avenue Surrey BC V3R 1V1 Serving the community since 1972

If youre looking for a place to belong or have been searching for answers to lifes questions or healing, come to our services or contact us. Allow us to introduce you to Jesus Christ and help you come into a full relationship with him.


Sunday School/Worship Service: 1pm 11601-82nd Ave, Delta BC (604) 590-8836 samuel_k@telus.net www.abhiskhekassembly.com Services are in Hindi and English Senior Pastor Rev. Samuel Krishna

Pastor Santosh Raj 604-582-2650 chital06@hotmail.com


Rev. Emmanuel Cheema 778-241-9066 asianchristchurch@yahoo.ca
Sunday Service @ 5.30 p.m. (Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi & English)
We pray for sickness, demon possessed & family problems. We have testimonies, come and see Gods great work.
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15964 88th Ave. Surrey, B.C. V4N IH5

Fiji Seniors Society Of Canada Social Gathering at 1pm - last Sunday of each month
Bhan Mati Raj 604.581.9859 James Kumar 604.599.9518 Chand Lakhan 604.599.0361 Satya Nand 604.590.5303 Bhan Pratap 604.839.5106 Thakur K.Singh 604.587.5439 Bindi Lal 778.707.1015

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Pastor Isimeli Lesi Korobasaga
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Every Sunday 25PM @ Peoples Full Gospel

14455 - 104th Ave., Surrey, BC Phone: 604.592.9001 Cell: 778.938.2734 Email: lesi1968@yahoo.ca

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Affiliated with Pentecoastal Assemblies of Canada 6075 Inverness Street, Vancouver Sunday Services in Hindi/English 2:00pm

Service Sundays 2:00pm Bible Study (Hindi & English) Wednesdays 7:30pm
Prayer, Counselling & Visitations Available

Pastor Eileen Reddy 604.543-8339


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12371 96 Avenue Surrey BC Sunday Service @ 6:00PM

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FridayApril 18, 2014

The Raid (G) ***** Blind Ambition!

Family loyalties and ruthless ambition are only part of the chaos that unfolds in The Raid 2. Deliver us into pure evil is exactly what EOne Entertainment does big time in this blockbuster that will go down as one of the best action films of all time. Smart writing and full of style this crowd-pleaser is now dazzling onlookers at Cineplex Odeon Theatres around B.C. Crime films are a dime a dozen. It not since the days of the classic Godfather series will you get caught up in the merry mayhem wielded by two rival gangs in modern Indonesia. My oh my how Don Corleonne would be so proud of the way the ruling Indonesian and Japanese crime czars rule the roost. Innocence is lost in a flash as local businesses are shaken down on a routine basis. Even the police seem powerless to tame the grip the gangs have on the local population. Sick and tired of the lawlessness a local policeman is made an offer he can't refuse and goes deep undercover in hopes of putting an end to the violence. Boyish good looks can't hide the fear seasoned pro Rama faces when his job of befriending local hood Ucok Goes just a bit off the rails. Man of the moment Iko Uwais must use all his street smarts, and then some, as he attempts to destroy the pretender to the throne, well acted out in temperamental Scarface style by Arifin Putra. Action (and violence) like you've never seen or dreamt it before is vividly depicted on screen. Fret not over the English subtitles as the writing doesn't for a second distract from the gripping drama that unfolds on screen. Even the film's 150 minute length fails to slow down the tempo or interest in this completely engaging crime yarn that takes the idea of revenge into a whole new league. Director Gareth Evans has pulled off a monumental story of struggle and survival and is blessed with a cast of

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superb martial artists whose physical prowess must be seen to be believed. If

you love action then The Raid 2 is your dream movie.

David Fincher will not direct an upcoming biopic of Steve Jobs, after negotiations over the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo helmsmans paycheque and creative control over the film fell flat. Fincher, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work directing the 2009 film The Social Network, had demanded $10 million in upfront fees as well as marketing control of the Sony Pictures film, which is to be based on the best-selling Walter Isaacson biography Steve Jobs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fincher may re-enter negotiations with Sony, who allowed the director substantial creative control over

David Fincher Exits Steve Jobs Movie Over $10M Fee

Dragon Tattoos marketing materials, if the director is willing to ease up on his financial demands. Steve Jobs has Finchers Social Network collaborators, writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin, already on board. Sony has had the film on its roster since 2011, when the studio approached Sorkin to pen a screenplay based on Isaacsons authorized book on the late Apple founder. Steve Jobs died on Oct. 11, 2011. The Sony film would be the second biopic on Jobs to be released since his death; Jobs, which hit theatres in 2013, starred Ashton Kutcher as the Apple entrepreneur. That film was widely panned.

"Elf" writer David Berenbaum is writing the script, while director Chris Columbus and Robin Williams are attached to the comedy. The studio is developing a sequel to the 1993 hit Mrs. Doubtfire, which would reunite director Chris Columbus and star Robin Williams. Doubtfire starred Williams as a struggling actor and recently divorced father of three who, in order to be closer to his children, takes on the persona of a Scottish nanny, Euphegenia Doubtfire.

'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel In The Works

Hilarity, misunderstandings and family love ensued to the tune of $219 million domestically and $222 million internationally. Williams won a Golden Globe in the best actor in a musical/ comedy category while the movie won the Globe for best comedy/musical. A sequel has been in the works since 2001 when Bonnie Hunt was tapped to write a script, but despite many drafts and other scribes hired, the project slowly died and has been inactive for years, mainly due to Columbus and Williams not sparking to any new take. The project became active again early this year with Berenbaums involvement and while its too soon to predict if all the elements will ultimately come together, Williams and Columbus are attached and hopeful about the outcome.

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There are certain mind numbing questions which confuse us while choosing the perfect hair colour. And there is absolutely no simple way your natural color will not give you to explain it on paper on ways to choose ease of getting it done whenever you the perfect color for you, as there are too like but will tie you to the salon every many variables in the mix of choice. few weeks. However, in order to help you try a few Next thing to consider is do you want practical key points to consider before high fashion or are you after a colour jumping into the latest trend. that looks refined? There is huge Following are some important difference if you want a loud color that questions that need to be answered by is "Cool" or a look that looks refined yourself, in order to select the perfect and glam. hair colour. Are they any restrictions? Consider The first question is have you had hair the circle of people that will give their colour done before, what have you opinion and feedback. done that you loved? This way you can Discuss with your stylist on a realistic have a variation of the color that you maintenance program that you feel you had if you liked it. can commit to. Secondly, are you thinking of a low After answering all these questions, it's maintenance colour? If you are, then time to visit your hair stylist to get your a solid color which is different from new look.

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Lies Women Always Tell Men

Here's a little help for men to figure out when their gal isn't being completely honest with them. Our tips help to decode female behaviour... Though a recent study claims that a woman's face is like an open book that reveals her state of mind, but men need to beware! Better not take it as the last verdict, for irrespective of how much you trust and adore your little angel, women do lie to their significant others at times. Sometimes to carry off a situation without hurting his feelings or to save herself from trouble, while on occasions to contain her emotions and pose as Ms. Goody...popping casual, white lies is no big deal for women when it comes to playing it safe in the relationship. White lies are no big blunders or massive betrayals, but small lies or 'truth manipulated' to handle a situation. At times she might fib to make her man feel better, to avoid a fight, or an embarrassing situation. Here's a little help so that men can figure out when their adorable darling is not speaking her heart out and help them handle the situation with care... Lie #1: "Oh! It's fine. I'm OK" Guards on guys! You must know that she's not fine at all and nothing is OK. And sooner or later you will have to bear the burnt of her pent up emotions that she has somehow managed to hold back until now. You'll find her taking this emotional defense on occasions when you may have forgotten her birthday, taken her for granted or have done anything that hurts her. "Whenever my girlfriend lets go off my not so fatal error with a cool 'it's fine', I know it's nothing but the calm before a cyclone that I am fated to face in the time to come," shares Sandeep. To portray that she doesn't care, the emotional lady prefers taking a refuge in this lie. Charu admits "I prefer staying that 'It's OK' because if I react I'll be blamed of being a constant cribber, who is in complaining mode always. Though, I actually want him to go down on his knees and plead forgiveness." Lie detector: Well, an experienced lover would know of the crime that he has committed, but the amateurs should look out for her reactions. She might not get vocal, but will do everything to make you feel guilty about the fact that you have hurt her. From being tightlipped to giving the briefest responses that don't go beyond 'hmms, huhs or yes and no', to mean tones and loads of sarcasm - are a few hints that you can look out for. "Women have a tendency of expecting their man to understand the said, as well as the unsaid, and that leaves men in a dicey situation. And even here, by keeping quite or going away with a small 'I'm fine', she expects him to know that she's hurt," explains a psychologist. Lie # 2: "I love you for what you are" ...and I don't want you to change. Well, may God be your saviour if you believe her for this. No wonders, if sheer pampering or impressing you might strictly be on her mind when she's saying this. "I just loved my wife whenever she averred this phrase. But gradually the knick-picking started and reality dawned upon me. At times it was my eating choice that bugged her, while at others it was my dressing style that she wanted to improve. Yet she continued to tell the blatant lie that she loved me for what I was," complained an advertising professional. Agreed, that you don't like this lie. But just imagine how it would feel if on your face she told you much she hated your paunch or how bad you looked in those lose-fitted denims. Thank her appreciating you taking care of your confidence levels. "What do I do? I have to blow his trumpet when he does the right thing. After all, it was his qualities only that I married him for. And also, it becomes important to boost his confidence at times and those words just have the right impact," says Madhu. Lie detector: If you start observing the occasions when she backs this mushy phrase, you might just realise she's not lying at all. On most of the occasions it comes when you have made her happy with anything like a gift, a movie, a romantic dinner or for that matter by doing anything and everything that she loves. You were good to her and that's your innate quality, which made her fall for you. Lie # 3: You stare, I don't care! Either you are too lucky to have the coolest woman by your side, or you are getting an inflated ego without any reason if you believe her on this. No matter how hard she tries to look cool and composed, but the fact remains that no woman loves it when her man ogles at another woman. "After all, who wants to feel like second best? And the 'I don't care attitude' is usually to hide the vulnerability and a pretence. Most women hate their man staring at another woman," confesses Radhika. Continued Next Week

Make-up can make or break your party look. An expert says using products in the right proportion is the key to the best look. Makeover expert suggests some easy quotient as it helps in highlighting tips to glam up your party look. your cheekbones. For fair complexion, - A right start up for party make-up is hues of pink will work best, whereas as essential as its finishing is. Basic wheatish complexion holds no cleansing and moisturising of your facial limitations - a shimmery look goes skin is very important as it will give you very well with this tone. For dusky perfect base after applying foundation of tone, metallic shades like bronze and your matching skin tone. Leave it on for gold are apt. approximately half an hour to let it settle. - For highlighting your eyes use wide - As soon as the base is done, apply the variety of eye liners of different shades right shade of compact powder to set like black, white, green and neon the base. It will also cover the made- shades. Catty eyes are back in trend up look of the foundation and will give and to get it right, all you need to do you a natural look. is to create a base of nude eye shadow - Illuminiser can prove to be a great under your eyes and over eye lids. product for party make-up. A basic Apply eyeliner, outline your eyes with cream illuminiser works best over all kohl and finish it off with two coats of skin tones. To get the best out of it mascara. use it under the eyebrow bone. It will - To get that perfect pout, outline your automatically enhance your features lips with a lip liner then apply two-three and will make your eyes look bolder. coats of wine shade lipsticks and voila - Shimmer adds to your glamour you are ready for a rocking evening.

Makeup Tips To Get Perfect Party Look

You might be glowing because you just received the news of your pregnancy, but the initial few weeks might be tougher than you thought. Most pregnant women experience - Dehydration is a leading cause of morning sickness during the first nausea. Sip a little amount of water every trimester. According to experts, there few minutes throughout the day. You are many things that trigger morning could also treat yourself with fruit juice sickness. While there is no cure for it, but stay away from caffeinated drinks. here are some ways to reduce it. - Keep a moist and unscented towel - Take naps during the day or when you nearby to refresh your face after nausea feel most nauseated. or vomiting. - Don't stuff yourself all at once. Eat - Smelling a bar of soap can reduce the small, frequent meals, high in protein vomiting sensation. and fibre. Avoid fattening or spicy foods. - Go out every evening to get some - Carry a bag of snacks with you at fresh air and exercise. Opt for a brisk all times, whether you are at work or evening walk or do yoga and stretching heading to a mall. You could stock up exercises. on nuts, granola bars, dried fruits or - Taking vitamin B6 supplements is crackers and biscuits. Going too long known to help with morning sickness. without food will lower your blood However, these should be taken only sugar leading to nausea. after consulting your doctor.

Ways To Beat Morning Sickness In Pregnancy



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There are some foods that are especially harmful for your teeth and having these can lead to several problems. drinking it all at once is at least better. enamel, makes teeth porous and easily Most of the foods that are mentioned Acidic foods
on our list are common everyday foods that we consume without a thought. Some foods can cause enamel erosion that could lead to increased teeth sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet and sour. Of course, these days you can suppress teeth sensitivity with certain toothpastes. But if your enamel damage worsens, the teeth become porous over a period of time and you develop cavity. You then need root canals and caps on them. The fact that once our teeth are damaged, no medicine can bring back them to their natural healthy state, is what is scary when it comes to tooth problems. Since one cannot stop eating these foods, it is essential that one should brush their teeth and rinse mouth thoroughly after eating them. Using a floss to remove left over food from between your teeth is recommended. Visiting your dentist regularly can control the damage done to your teeth because they can be saved from further harm. The main principle to protect your teeth is that sugar should stay in your mouth as briefly as possible. Candies, caramel, long-lasting sweets Since hard candies stick and cling tenaciously to the surfaces of your teeth and also take a long time to dissolve, it is very harmful. Hard sweets might probably crack a tooth when you bite into them. It isn't the amount of sugar taken which is damaging but how often the intake is. If you thought sucking on lemon wedges is a home-remedy for tooth whitening then you need to rethink, because it is very harmful. After eating oranges, lemons, tomatoes and grapefruit, teeth should be rinsed thoroughly. The high sugar content in drinks is bad for both our body and teeth. Diet drinks which are artificially sweetened contain tooth-eroding acids. Iced teas too contain flavour-enhancing organic acids that can erode tooth enamel. Tea as a beverage without sugar and milk has a positive effect on teeth because of their anti- carcinogenic property or making teeth resistant to decay. stained.

Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth


And ones that are good...

This is indispensable. You should rinse your mouth with water every time you eat or drink (hot/cold beverages).

Chewable pills

There are chewable vitamin tablets that have concentrated acids which harm teeth as they clings to them. Even health drinks and vitamin waters are bad for dental health.

Milk products

Dried fruits

Starchy foods

We tend to consume a lot of junk, starchy food without knowing the after-effects. Potato chips, white bread, pizza, pasta and burgers can easily get lodged between teeth and in the crevices between two teeth. Agreed they are not sweet nor sugary but the starch in these foods soon begin converting into sugar almost immediately because of the pre-digestive process that begins in our mouths. The sugar is harmful and our enamel starts becoming decalcified.

Sodas, sports drinks

Sugary drinks like carbonated beverages, sports drinks are especially bad for teeth if one has them regularly. Soft drinks are the leading source of added sugar among children and adolescents. Besides being laden with sugar, most soft drinks contain phosphoric and citric acids that erode tooth enamel. Sipping on a sugary beverage continuously for hours is very harmful,

In between your meals you snack on a packet of dried fruits instead of a processed fruits you are unaware that even dried fruits can be harmful for our teeth because of their concentrated sugar content and stickiness. Dried raisins, prunes, apricots are gummy. So, parts of them easily adhere to teeth and the sugar in them encourage bacteria in the mouth that erodes tooth enamel. Dried fruits are packed with non-soluble cellulose fibre, which can bind and trap sugars on and around the tooth, making it worse than sweets. Chewing regular fruits, however, is less harmful, because even though they have sugar too, they aren't as sticky and the saliva helps in cleaning up.

Milk, curd, paneer, cheese have essential vitamins and minerals. They can replenish the calcium needed for teeth health.

Fruits and vegetables

High-fibre foods can actually scrub your teeth clean. Fruits and vegetables that are crunchy and juicy like cucumber, watermelons, apples and pears have water content that offsets the fructose.


Vitamins, minerals, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and other nutrients present in nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews and peanuts are good for your teeth.

Green tea

Alcohol and wine

A warm cup of green tea has polyphenol that helps suppress bacteria and can help fight cavities and plaque. Coffee and cocoa are also beneficial.

Saliva in our mouth helps to wash away food particles and protect against acidic foods and since alcohol suppresses the production of saliva, it is harmful for teeth, may lead to gum disease and even mouth cancer. If taken in excess, acidic composition of wines dissolves


Don't brush your teeth right after drinking or eating something acidic a sugary carbonated beverage otherwise the enamel erodes away faster. Rinse with water thoroughly, wait for around half-an-hour to let the natural saliva do its job, and then brush.

Most health conscious or health enthusiasts prefer to stick to a low carb diet which basically means cutting out fruits, cereals, grains and sugar from the diet. And if you are too following a low carb diet for weight loss, then you must the best 5 foods for a low carb diet. 1. Chicken and fish are rich in proteins and low in carbs. These are popular items for those who are following low carb diet. Protein is needed for tissue repair and serves as the bodies building blocks. 2. Red meat like pork and mutton are perfect low carb items diet especially if it is consumed in moderation. Red meat is a good source for iron and high in protein. 3. Dairy products like cheese-cheddar and parmesan are ingredients you can use in a low carb diet. But exclude yogurt and milk are high sources for carbohydrates. 4. Salad vegetables like cucumber and iceberg lettuce and broccoli, cauliflower are low in carbs. You can include non starchy vegetables in low carb diet as well. 5. Certain fruits like coconut, apples, papaya, peaches and strawberries are low in carbs. There are few exceptions on which fruits are low in carbs. But low sugar content in fruit does not mean low carbs either.

Best Low Carb Foods

Junk Food Makes People Lazy

A new research reveals that junk food, which lacks nutrition, can actually make one lazy. According to the study, the energydraining effects of junk food can persist even when someone is switched to a healthy eating plan. The study, conducted on two groups of female rats, found that those who ate junk food, high in sugar and low in nutrients, gained more weight than the other group who stuck to a diet of unprocessed foods like corn and fish, reports femalefirst.co.uk. What's more the group eating junk food also suffered from fatigue and became more sedentary and less motivated. Researchers from the University of Los Angeles found that at the end of the six month trial they switched the rats back to a nutritious diet for nine days but it didn't seem to affect their weight gain or laziness levels. The result suggests that fat diets that last a week or two are going to have no real health benefit.

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well-equipped base model with a sixspeed manual gearbox and the 1.6-liter engine. But if youre willing to add a five-figure sum to that modest bottom line, you can load up a Soul to include things that are unusual in a mainstream model--like a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and cooled/ventilated front seats. Whats more, connectivity and infotainmentand the optional navigation systemare fully up to snuff with the systems available in much more expensive, premium vehicles. For just $15,495, the base Soul includes power locks, windows, and mirrors, heated mirrors, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with USB and auxiliary inputs as well as SiriusXM satellite radio with a three-month introduction. At the Soul Plus level, you get larger 17-inch alloy wheels, turn-signal indicators in the side mirrors, automatic headlamps, and some other minor cosmetic differences, plus a rearview camera system, rear-seat center armrest, and a floor-console storage box with integrated armrest in front. It also includes the larger eight-inch display, as well as the UVO eServices suites of apps and extras. Curiously, this new system is based on an Android linux operating systemnot Microsoft, as in other versions of UVOand based on an early encounter with this system we found it refreshingly quick, without

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Since the 2014 Kia Soul has an entirely new structure thats not at all related to the outgoing model; and it's quite the turnaround in occupant protection compared to that lackluster performer. Safety ratings are almost entirely out for the new Kia Soul, and it's earned top five-star federal safety ratings, as well as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ nod. Kia goes so far as to say that it expects to make the new Top Safety Pick+ list, although the IIHS hasn't yet released results for the model in that category. All models include a total of six airbags, with dual front airbags, seatmounted side bags, and full-length side curtain bags. Also worth noting that even the base Soul includes superior four-wheel disc brakes, while many other inexpensive small sedans include just drum brakes in back. Anti-lock braking, Brake Assist, and electronic stability control are all included, as is Hill-start Assist. Outward visibility is still a mixed baggreat out in front and to the side, with a rather high driving position, but somewhat difficult for lane changes due to the thick rear pillar. A rear camera system is included with the top Exclaim model, as well as with the Soul Plus, provided you get the $500 UVO eServices Package. The 2014 Kia Soul is offered in three different trim levels: base Soul, Soul Plus (+), and Soul Exclaim (!). Prices start at just $15,495 for a reasonably

2014 Kia Soul

even a hint of the lagginess that some other such systems have. Step up to the Soul Exclaim and you get 18-inch alloys, fog lamps, projector headlamps, and LED running lamps front and back. Inside, theres special glossy piano black trim, as well as a cooled glovebox, a ten-way poweradjustable drivers seat, an autodimming rearview mirror, and leatherwrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Options on both the Plus and Exclaim include upgraded Infinity audio, LED speaker-mounted mood lighting, navigation, and a panoramic sunroof, while you can option a top Exclaim to include HID headlamps, push-button start, automatic climate control, and full leather seating with heating and ventilation/cooling in front and heated outboard positions in back. Altogether, the 2014 Soul Exclaim adds up to less than $27k with the whole shebangliterally, as you add something called The Whole Shebang Package ($2,500) to add the leather seats, ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, push-button start, HID lowbeam headlamps, and Supervision gauge cluster with integral TFT color display. To get that, you first need the $2,500 Sun and Sound Package, including navigation, Infinity audio, speaker lights, auto climate control,

and the panoramic roof.. Fuel economy numbers for the 2014 Kia Soul have risen slightly with the introduction of direct injection to the 2.0-liter engine, although the numbers for the base 1.6-liter model are slightly lower than before in the city. The 2014 Soul now rates at 24 mpg city and 30 highway with the 1.6-liter engineand that holds whether you opt for the manual gearbox or automatic transmission. 2.0-liter models, with the automatic, get 23 mpg city, 31 highway. And if you opt for the Soul Eco model, you'll get the best mileage of the lineup, at 24 mpg city, 31 highway. On an early drive, we saw nearly 25 mpg over several hours and about 140 miles, with driving conditions mostly split between urban-freeway, commute conditions and rural, twisty, hilly twolaners. The Eco model includes a feature called Idle Stop and Go (ISG) plus low-rolling-resistance tires. The system could conceivably save up to six percent in particularly dense stopand-go driving, by smartly shutting the engine off. Unfortunately, that kind of improvement doesnt show on the window-sticker EPA rating. The Soul does include an Eco Mode button that softens throttle response somewhat and changes shift points.


Youth Ages 25 and under are invited to perform Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 5:00 pm Bonsor Banquet Hall 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Tickets: $15 for Adults $5 for youth 12 and under (Veg. & Non-Veg. Dinner Included) Artist, Scholarship, and Volunteer Award Applications are now open on our website!
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC To Celebrate 40Th Anniversary Match



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Get your bell-bottoms and afro wigs out of storage because May 3 will be Saturday Night Fever when Vancouver Whitecaps FC host San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place. Fans are encouraged to get in the spirit of the 70s and come to the match in their retro apparel. This special 40th anniversary match presented by Bell will celebrate the first ever Caps match played on May 5, 1974 against the Earthquakes. As part of the May 3 celebrations, pioneers from the original 1974 Whitecaps team will be honoured during a pre-match ceremony, which will include the original ball and coin from the first match. A limited edition line of 1974-themed Whitecaps FC merchandise will be released for sale the week of the match. Professional soccer has had an incredible journey in Vancouver over the last 40 years, said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. Its very exciting to see the Caps again

Fiji's experienced fly-half Seremaia Bai assembled 32 Fijians currently playing in France to undergo IRB levels one and two coaching courses at Narbonne Rugby Club. Bai who currently plays for defending Top 14 champions Castres Olympique in France has earned 49 caps in a 14year career with the Flying Fijians. A report on the IRB website quoted Ba as saying that the course proved to be an eye-opener. It was a great experience, very productive and refreshing. Coaching is very different to playing and the course opened my eyes to the fact that it is not as easy as I first thought and that I have a lot to learn," he said. My long-term goal is to coach Fiji but at the moment I am working on the basics and setting up a foundation for future coaching. I have been visiting villages and places in Fiji where I know

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capturing hearts and minds in this city. It started in 1974 and has continued throughout all eras. A dollar went a long way back in 1974 bread was $0.39 per loaf and gasoline was $0.14 per litre and today the dollar will go a long way again. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Whitecaps FC will be making a honourary donation to one of the clubs main charitable pillars, mental health. Proceeds will directly support Claras Big Ride Vancouver Community Champions the Kettle Society and the Canadian Mental Health Association. So on May 3, Whitecaps FC are asking every fan to #BuckUp for Mental Health and donate at least one dollar at the match. In addition to honouring the 1974 squad, a newfound Whitecaps FC Ring of Honour has been launched. Over the course of the season, players will be entered into the Ring of Honour from each of the following eras: North American Soccer League, Canadian Soccer League, A-League/United Soccer Leagues First Division, and W-League. Based on input from fans, media, and alumni, the most deserving players from each era will be selected. Fan voting will count for 30%, media voting for 30%, and alumni voting for 40%. The first induction ceremony for the NASL era will be held at the May 3 match. Starting next Monday, April 21, fans can vote for their selections from the NASL era at whitecapsfc.com/ since1974. For more nostalgic content, including a White is the Colour Ringtone, Where are they now, and Forgotten Stories, visit whitecapsfc.com/since1974.

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there is potential and untapped talent providing them with some coaching and sharing my experience as a Rugby player in a professional environment. The feedback I got from the other players on the course is just awesome. Very positive and you can tell they are hungry for more. If courses like this are made accessible back home in the future it would be an even greater benefit and would really develop Rugby all around Fiji. Most of the players are looking forward to sharing what they have learned with their village teams and particularly the youth players. During the three days, the players underwent practical training in key factor and functional role analysis, player profiling, planning, selection, coaching style and process, and principles of attack and defence. The interactive classroom sessions were underpinned by peer practical sessions

An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection of day and night games, on both week days and weekends in all seven of New Zealands football federation regions. Group Matches across the seven host cities kick-off at either 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5pm, or 7pm, which will be great for families and school groups looking to enjoy the football action as well as the later kick-off time to attract the after work crowd. Back-to-back double headers promise a day of entertainment for football fanatics travelling to games and ensure families with younger football fans can head to the game after school yet be home at a reasonable hour after enjoying two world-class football matches. Quarter-finals action in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Wellington will see four matches on Super Sunday 14 June with two matches kicking off at 1pm in Hamilton and Christchurch, then 4.30pm in Wellington and Auckland. The worlds top four U-20 teams will have semi-finals on Wednesday 17 June at 4pm in Christchurch and 7.30pm in (coaching each other) and a session with the Narbonne Under 17 team. IRB Training and Medical Manager Mark Harrington said the feedback from the course was exceptional and the players were keen to explore further professional development opportunities. IRB coach trainers Marty Davis and Christophe Rouchaleou helped deliver the course. IRB General Manager for Oceania William Glenwright believes the initiative

Auckland. Saturday 20 June is the finale with the finals double-header at North Harbour Stadium. Kicking off at 1.30pm is a third and fourth place showdown, followed by the big one, the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 Final at 5pm. We are thrilled with the excellent kick-off times negotiated with FIFA. Although subject to host broadcaster sign-off, we are in a great position to ensure that everyone will get to see the worlds greatest emerging football stars on our soil. With outstanding value venue packs on sale soon, this will be real value for money entertainment, said Dave Beeche, CEO of the LOC New Zealand 2015. Tickets go on sale for an exclusive three week period to the football family from 28 April 2014 and then general public sales will commence on 13 June 2014, with venue packs discounted by a minimum of 20 per cent in 2014 and a five per cent cash rebate will go back to football clubs across New Zealand. These are exciting times for football fans in New Zealand FIFAs second largest global football event is coming here, and the big names of tomorrow will be discovered at our football grounds. It really will be a showcase and a football festival like Kiwis have never seen before, said Beeche. has paved the way for similar initiatives for Pacific Island players playing professional rugby around the world. We met recently with the newly formed Pacific Island Players Association (PIPA) for whom player welfare and preparing for life after Rugby is of paramount importance. I think there is a natural partnership here with PIPA to build on what Seremaia has started and we will work closely with them to grow this, he said.




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Manukau. TISI Sangam sports committee chairperson Gopal Naidu told the media that all preparations have been completed and they are now looking forward to the start of the competition on Friday. "All teams are making their way to Sigatoka slowly. The international teams should be here by Friday. We have 56 teams in the entire competition and the standard of football will indeed be very high." Friday Super Premier Fixtures: 12pm- Nadroga vs Bucisau, Nalovo vs Auckland, 1.10pm- Lautoka vs Labasa,Nadi vs Malolo, 2.20pmMiddlemore vs Hamilton, Vitogo cs Vatiyaka, 3.30pm- Rifle Range vs Vunisamaloa, Navua vs Salovi, 4.40pm- Suva vs Ba. tournament. Association president Balmindar Singh said the donation would help improve the standard of competition. I thank all the people who made Fiji Sikh Football Association what it is


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This season's Sangam Inter District Championship will have a total of 56 local and international teams taking part in different categories. Defending Super Premier champion Lautoka has been grouped in a tough Pool 1 with Auckland, newly promoted Labasa and Nalovo. Suva heads Pool 2 with Navua, Salovi and Ba while Middlemore is grouped in Pool 3 with Nadi, Malolo and Hamilton. Pool 4 has Rifle Range, Vitogo, Vatiyaka and Vunisamaloa. Nadroga leads Pool 1 of Premier division with Lomolomo, Bucisau and Melbourne.Lomawai, Vunivou/ Batinikama, Waitakere and Rewa are in Pool 2 while Pool 3 comprises of Sydney Sangam, Uciwai, Wellington and Namaka. Pool 4 has Dreketi, Tavua, Lovu, The Fiji Sikh Football Association received a timely boost ahead of this weekends Gosal Distributors Sikh Inter-District Championships 2014. The Charan Jeath Group of Companies donated $2500 to help run the annual

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