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All Fijians Protected In Draft Constitution, Decree Challenge Provision Excluded: Bainimarama

Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama refutes claims that the draft Constitution gives too much power to the next Prime Minister. Commodore Bainimarama says it is up to the people to choose the right leaders. “As I have explained before the President is largely a ceremonial position and it is important that the commander in chief of the armed forces be the elected head of the government – but we can have a look at this later on to see if changes can be made to this in the constitution.” One of the questions brought up time and again is whether the Prime Minister has too much power in the draft constitution. “Last time I sat in this room there was an Indo-Fijian gentleman who said we should go back to the 1997 constitution – give the powers back to the I-taukei – I don’t know whether he was one of the supporters of these political parties that are vying for the removal of this particular one and bringing back the 1997 constitution – but what I want to tell people is that we should not lose hope – the people that went to Muaniweni did not lose hope after the events of 2000.” As public consultations on the draft continue, the Prime Minister stands firm that there is enough protection for all Fijians. “We are talking about this system which is going to be put in place for parliamentarians, ministers and senior civil servants to ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the system – those are the major things

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had proposed that all the decrees and provisions within them can be challenged. "A good example was given that if a rapist is sent to jail – he would have been sent to jail by a Judge appointed under the constitution – now Ghai Draft says you can challenge that decision made by the judge and of course that would

allow the rapist to come out of jail – in fact everyone will come out of jail” Prime Minister says the positive aspects of Ghai draft and the 1997 constitution has been incorporated – which includes the bill of rights and socio-economic rights. Fijians have until April 26th to make submissions on the draft constitution.

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Rapist Witch Doctor Jailed For 13 Years

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Bijendra, a 39-year-old market vendor who raped a 25-year-old woman while claiming to be a witch doctor has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by Suva High Court. Judge Justice Paul Madigan has imposed a non parole period of 11 years on the man. Justice Madigan said that the man knew that he was not able to cure the pimples but manipulated the victim and her aunt. The High Court Judge said the disturbing factor is that the man said that he can cure her pimples if she goes through the process. The court heard the complainant was introduced to the accused by her mother's elder sister with whom she was living at the time. The complainant and her aunt visited the accused on November 24, 2010, in his home to seek his services as a witchdoctor for an acne problem.

Following a yaqona ritual during which the vendor claimed to have summoned spirits, he demanded $350 to cover costs for a meal for the spirits. Three days later, she returned to the witchdoctor with $150 for the first session of healing and another yaqona ritual was performed. On her return home that day, she was told by her aunt she would have to sleep with the witchdoctor who would enable the curing of her acne. During the trial on Monday, the complainant told the court she was shocked when told about what she should do. She said that at 7pm on November 27, the accused came to her home with yaqona and cigarettes and performed another ritual in her bedroom. The complainant's aunt and the accused then locked her in a room. At midnight, the accused entered her bedroom and forcefully had sex with her five times.

Only One Passport

THE citizenship provisions in the draft constitution is exactly the same as what existed in the 1997 Constitution and nothing has changed except for dual citizenship, said Attorney General and Electoral Reform Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Speaking prior to the start of draft constitution submissions at Lautoka, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the only difference was that anyone standing for parliament would now have to hold only a Fijian passport. "This draft says quite specifically that if somebody stands for parliament, they can only be a Fijian citizen. You can't be the citizen of any other country also." The A-G gave an example of how

holding two passports could present problems. "If one of you, for example, stands for elections and you hold a New Zealand passport and a Fijian passport and you become the Minister for Foreign Affairs and you have to meet the New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs and negotiate something on behalf of Fiji — where will your loyalty be if you hold two passports? "So as a requirement, if you stand for parliament you must only hold a Fijian passport. This is not something unique to Fiji, Australia also does it." The draft constitution submissions were conducted at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel.

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Fiji government must open up constitution process if it wants to achieve truly inclusive democracy

The Fiji government’s moves to consolidate power threaten to significantly undermine the constitutional process and an inclusive, democratic future for the country, say Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF), in a new report launched. The report finds that there is widespread concern within Fiji that the government, having declared its intention to allow the people to have their say over the country's future, is now backtracking, and is unwilling to relinquish power. This has impacted on the general public’s faith in the constitutional process and their willingness to engage in it, say the organisations. ‘The government is trying to address ethnic divisions in Fijian politics. This is laudable, but the message is being lost, as the general public simply focuses on the way the government has interrupted the constitutional process and stifled independent opinion,’ says Chris Chapman, MRG’s Head of Conflict Prevention. ‘In fact, our research shows that the government could arrive at the same goal by opening up the debate and trusting the people to make their own choices,’ he added. Against the backdrop of the controversy surrounding the draft constitution and the scrapping of the Constituent Assembly, Fiji: the challenges and opportunities of diversity, provides insight into two of the most vexed issues that the constitution sets out to address: tackling discrimination and exclusion based on ethnicity, and improving intercommunity relations. The report offers policy recommendations, based on evidence drawn from interviews across all of Fiji’s ethnic groups, and says that the government must enact comprehensive legislation to prohibit discrimination and exclusion based on ethnicity, and provide transparent, accessible and effective access to justice for all victims of discrimination. In January 2013, Fiji’s government created a political firestorm when it rejected a draft constitution, based on over 7,000 submissions received from the public and drawn up by an independent commission, and submitted it to be re-written by the Attorney-General’s office. The independent commission’s draft contained many provisions aimed at improving inter-ethnic relations, tackling discrimination and exclusion, and increasing government

accountability and respect for human rights – notably by reducing the role of the military in government. The government then announced on March 21st that they were scrapping plans for the Constituent Assembly that was supposed to deliberate the scheduled new constitution, which was also presented on the same day. Some significant sections of the draft on anti-discrimination have made their way into the government’s final version, but the rewritten constitution dramatically reduces the powers of the President, and makes the Prime Minister Commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The army is given a strong role in overseeing the future affairs of the nation. ‘The current draft denies a civilian and civil society role in any of the public offices or commissions, centralising power between two positions, that of the Prime Minister and the Attorney General. This will signal to the people that they want to maintain the status quo, but we still have a chance to make changes if the government will listen and treat the people as partners and not as the enemy,’ says Reverend Akuila Yabaki, Chief Executive Officer of CCF. The report says that rapid urbanization, a growing modern economy and demographic shifts are eroding entrenched ethnic divisions. But indigenous Fijians express disquiet about what they perceive as the government’s anti-indigenous policies, such as the abolition of the Fijian Great Council of Chiefs. The report finds that land ownership and access to natural resources also remain the cause of much inter-ethnic tension. Large numbers of Indo- Fijians, who rely on land leased by indigenous Fijians, have seen those leases expire; and indigenous Fijians fear their land will be expropriated by the government for development. The government’s draft constitution scraps an independent land commission proposed in the earlier draft, in order to tackle such issues. Fiji has been under military rule since a 2006 coup. The country has suffered four coups since 1987, mainly as a result of tension between the majority indigenous Fijian population and an economically powerful Indian minority. Smaller minorities, including Banabans, Rotumans, Chinese, Melanesians and other Pacific islanders are largely politically invisible, and socially and economically excluded.

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Bureau Records Increase In Air Transportation

Local airlines carried a total of 749,831 passengers on international flights last year. And this marked an increase of 5.8 per cent compared to the 709,025 passengers that travelled in 2011. According to the Fiji Bureau of Statistics's Epeli Waqavonovono, the total number of passengers carried by local airlines on domestic flights in 2012 was 260,093. "This was an increase of 11.7 per cent compared to the 2011 figure of 232,793," he said. Meanwhile, 192,387 international passengers had generated 501,290 thousands of revenue passenger kilometres in the December quarter last year. Compared to the September quarter 2012, Mr Waqavonovono said the airlines transported 1.6 per cent

more passengers and also recorded a 2.2 per cent increase in revenue passenger kilometres. He said a paying passenger flying one kilometre created one revenue passenger kilometre. He said the 189,442 international passengers flown in the September quarter last year, generated 490,381 thousands of revenue kilometres while capacity was more than 1.362million thousands of available seat kilometres. For domestic flights, he said local airlines carried a total of 67,496 passengers in the December quarter last year compared to 65,549 passengers flown in September. Compared to September quarter 2012, the airlines transported 3 per cent more passengers. Mr Waqavonovono said statistics for this year's March quarter would be released on June 21.

Cruise Ship Delay Affects Local Businesses

THE delay in having overseas cruise ships to visit Savusavu this year has affected handicraft business there. Women selling handicraft items at the market have seen a drop in their income because no cruise ships have visited their town since February. Vendor Rosalia Sui who has been in the business for 11 years said this year was a challenging one. "We depend a lot on these cruise ships that come in from Australia or other countries because their involvement has helped our business grow," she said. "The last cruise ship came in February and there have been no other cruise ships since then. We have seen a drop in our income and it's affecting our business. "Apart from the cruise ships, we also

depend on tourists in hotels but our main markets are tourists on cruise ships because they buy a lot when they come for a day." The situation has forced the businesswomen to turn to local customers and hotels. She said a challenge faced with the locals was that most of them asked for a cheaper price than what tourists usually spend. "At times, we just have to sell it at a lower price because we also need the money to support our business and families. "But when we have tourists from the cruise ships, then we earn more and we miss their visit so much. Our main market is the tourism industry and tourists who come on cruise ships help us a lot when they buy our handicraft items."

Teacher Handed Eight Months Jail Term

A LABASA secondary school teacher who drove a vehicle while disqualified from driving has been jailed for eight months. Anish Kumar Dayal, 40, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Ropate Cabealawa to a count of driving a motor vehicle without a licence and one of driving in contravention of the Third Party Policy. According to court proceedings, Dayal was followed by two Land Transport Authority officers on February 8 this year. When they demanded his licence, Dayal failed to produce one and begged the officers not to book him because he had been disqualified from driving for 12 months from May 17 last year. In his judgment, Magistrate Cabealawa said while Dayal pleaded guilty at the first possible opportunity and saved the court's time and resources, the aggravating factor was that he

committed the offences within the disqualification period. "I have noted that the accused stated in his mitigation that he was driving to Labasa Town to pick up medication for his sick son," Mr Cabealawa said. "He also stated that his wife also holds a valid driving licence. The accused stated that he drove his motor vehicle while his wife was comforting the baby in the car. "I find this explanation fanciful." The magistrate noted that Dayal was neither young nor a first offender. "Given his education background, the accused should have known better that it is an offence to commit a crime. He is not a good role model to the students of the school. "The accused is sentenced to eight months imprisonment that I will not suspend."

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Vatukoula Gets Cash From Main Shareholder

Vatukoula Gold Mines’ major shareholder, Zhongrun International Mining Company Limited, has increased its stake to 29.1 per cent after it backed a share placing to raise £1.32mln (FJ$3.6 million). The Chinese mining group took up all of the 8.8 million shares issued at £0.15 (FJ$0.40) per share, a price over 20 per cent higher than the market price at the time. Zhongrun used to hold 29 million ordinary shares in the company. Following the admission of the new ordinary shares to trading, it would hold 37.8 million ordinary shares.

Vatukoula Gold Mine directors intend to use the proceeds of the placing to supplement the company’s working capital which it continues to finalize its longer term funding requirements. Vatukoula said it will use the funds for general working capital while it continues to finalize its longer term funding requirements. In March, the miner said it was in talks for funding between US$30 million (FJ$53.55 million) to US$40 million (FJ$71.41 million) of expansion work. This will help it develop higher grade and lower cost areas of Vatukoula Mine in Fiji.

Bainimarama To Resign Only As Commander Of RFMF

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is only required to resign as the Commander of the Fiji Military and not as PM before next year’s elections.

This was clarified by Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the draft constitution consultations in Lautoka. Sayed-Khaiyum says this has been practiced by past governments and is nothing new. “The Prime Minister, before nominating his name as a candidate will need to resign as the commander of the RFMF,

but he continues as Prime Minister until the new parliament is appointed as would other ministers. That is the case in all Commonwealth countries or common law countries I should say.” The AG adds there needs to be a government in place – running the country during elections and this in no way compromises the transparency of next year’s elections.

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Hong Kong Airbus A330 Flight Takes Off

Air Pacific, soon-to-be rebranded ‘Fiji Airways’, operated its first Airbus A330 commercial flight to Hong Kong, China. 273 passengers left on the new Airbus A330 for Hong Kong with a celebratory farewell to mark the occasion. Airports Fiji Limited organised festivities at the Nadi International Airport with serenades, garlanding and a spirited lion dance throughout the aircraft by the Suva-based Chinese Youth Social and Cultural Association. Colourful and traditional Chinese and

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the Nadi International Airport. In addition, the new plane also featured its new state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system, new seats and other on board amenities. Customers will experience even more

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Air Pacific managing director and chief executive Dave Pflieger said the airline was excited to showcase the new A330 aircraft flagship to key destinations now serviced by its Boeing 747s. “Hong Kong is an important market for Air Pacific, and we’re committed to Hong Kong residents and those who transit through this award-winning airport,” Mr Pflieger said. “From today onwards, all customers travelling to and from Hong Kong will only travel on our new A330 aircraft, and as a further demonstration of our commitment to this market, we will be adding a third weekly Hong Kong service in January 2014.”

Air Pacific launched in Nadi – Hong Kong direct flight in December 2009 and through its code-share partnership with Cathay Pacific. Its international network now extends through Hong Kong to Southeast Asia, continental Europe and the United Kingdom.

Office in Hong Kong

To support Air Pacific’s expansion in the region, Air Pacific has also established a new office in Hong Kong to manage strategic marketing and sales partnership in Hong Kong, mainland China, Southeast Asia and beyond. Air Pacific is the only airline to operate direct Hong Kong – Fiji flights. The airline also offers connecting flights via Nadi to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Australia as well as Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand.

Government Officials Agree To Move Forward In Ensuring National Security Is Mainitained

“In order for us to ensure our citizens are safe and secure, Government must be informed and apprised of security threats, emerging trends and moreover be equally responsive in terms of assessing, analyzing and implementing the required responses,” Mr Cokanasiga said. The signing of today’s MOU will commit relevant government ministries and agencies to coordinate closely with

each other to strengthen the various

frameworks that look after Fiji’s security and defence. This includes food security, border security, cyber security etc. “The NCLASA MOU signed today will provide the necessary framework which will underpin sharing of information across organizational boundaries for national purposes”, said Defence minister Mr Joketani Cokanasiga. “It will provide a paradigm shift in security circles from a “NEED TO KNOW to NEED TO SHARE basis”, he said. Mr Cokanasiga told government

officials present at today’s signing that in order for government to mitigate emerging threats of transnational

crime and unsustainable resource exploitation, an integrated approach by government will be required.

Ministry of Defence permanent secretary Jale Fotofili pointed out that he is optimistic that through the

co-operation from all government agencies, the main objectives of the MOU will be accomplished.

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Tourism Fiji To Boycott Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange

Fiji's official tourism body is boycotting an event aimed at luring Australians to the Pacific, claiming it may instead encourage holidaymakers away from Fiji. The annual Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange (BFTE) is in Fiji in May, and last year drew representatives from the Cook Islands, American Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu. New Tourism Fiji boss Rick Hamilton said that by allowing other Pacific nations to attend, the BFTE expo risked damaging local tourism operators. “We believe it is difficult enough (for local operators) to win business with

local competition, let alone have to compete in this forum against the rest of the South Pacific,”Hamilton said. “Most of these other island nations have their own shows where they can promote themselves and we believe Fiji is in a strong position to stand alone at its own dedicated event.” Fiji is the seventh most popular foreign destination for Australians travelling overseas, behind New Zealand, Indonesia, the US, Thailand, the UK and China. In 2012, 332,000 Australians visited Fiji, up from 128,000 in 2002.

FTA On The Watch For Illegal Operators

Despite 24-hour service by taxi operators everyday in Lautoka, illegal taxi operators continue to operate and invade taxi business turf. A meeting was held by Fiji Taxi Association members of Lautoka district in Lautoka Club to once again review their strategy of how to combat illegal operators. A Lautoka taxi driver, Abdul Saddiq said the Association earlier suggested that taxi drivers must provide services 24 hours. “Following this we started our 24 hour services from base and did shift works but the illegal operators, mainly vans, continue to come in front of us and take our jobs.” Mr Saddiq said. He said the operators took their jobs by telling the passengers that travelling in a taxi to certain place would cost more and they offered discounts accordingly. “However, most illegal van operators

tend to lie to customers and charge them more not allowing them to travel in taxi,” Mr Saddiq said. Many times, Mr Saddiq said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) helped the taxi operators and seized the vehicles of the illegal operators. “Nevertheless they return as soon as their vehicle is released from LTA.” The Association members now worry that in time to come they will have to close down their business. “At the moment whatever we earn we have to take it out for our taxi owner, for fuel and other vehicle expenses. We at times have very little or no money to support our family but we work late nights.” Mr Saddiq said. The members have urged the LTA and the government to regulate heavy penalty and laws to help eliminate illegal operators on road.

Report Calls For Improved Inter- Ethnic Relations In Fiji

A new report on Fiji's inter-ethnic relations says decrees and constitutional clauses for equality are not enough to force change in the country. Professor Vijay Naidu is the author of the report released by London-based Minority Rights Group and Fiji's Citizens' Constitutional Forum. He has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat steps need to be taken to end the i-Taukei domination of institutions, including police, military and the public service. “You talk about institutions, you know our Fiji military is still 99 per cent ethnic Fijian," he said. "Over the last six, seven years, that composition has not changed at all.” “In the public sector you have a predominance of ethnic Fijians, both generally and at the upper echelons where up to 90 per cent are filled by ethnic Fijians.” Naidu says the necessary change could take up to 10 to 20 years to achieve and

is dependent on political will. “One of the interviewees said you can't decree these things from the top, that it's likely to take some time before an ethnically blind society can be established here,” he said. However, he says there have been some positive developments and the country has by no means remained “static.” “There have been numerous changes,”

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... assertion of ethnic exclusivity with respect to the educational institutions from primary school upwards.” Naidu is hoping the report, Fiji: The Challenges And Opportunities For Diversity, and its recommendations will inform the interim government's approach to policy-making. “What we want to do is provide evidence for policy making," he said. “Often policies are made with no reference to any evidence that might be available.

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UK Company Investigates Monorail Potential

THE United Kingdom Economic Consulting Associates Limited is investigating feasibility of having a railway system for mass transport along the Lami-Nausori and Sigatoka- Ba corridors. The company's economist, Titiana Tumenggung said this was one of the key actions for transport links to the energy sector, supply and demand issues and alternatives. Ms Tumenggung said there was a need to improve availability of transport data and knowledge management on transport efficiency in Fiji. "Investigate more technology options for energy efficient vehicles, such as electric cars and enabling an environment for the private sector

to contribute to energy efficient transportation." During her presentation at the National Energy Consultation Forum in Suva last week, she said it was vital to improve infrastructure to support better vehicles. "There is a need to develop a policy on minimum vehicle standards and phasing out old energy inefficient vehicles and develop policies that provide incentives for use of energy efficient vehicles." She said access to finance and funds should be available for sustainable energy, increase government's commitment to achieve international targets and improve performance monitoring.

68 Speeding Offences Captured By Speed Cameras

68 speeding offences were captured by speed cameras in just over 3 days. This is according to Land Transport Authority Spokesperson Iliesa Sokia. Sokia said speeding continues to be the number one offence committed by drivers. He added that the images captured show that along the 50km per hour zones, motorists are travelling at maximum

speeds of 90 to 110 kilometers per hour. Areas in Suva where this is occurring are Edinburg Drive, Vesida Corridor and Jerusalem Road. Sokia said LTA will not condone such reckless driving and the drivers who continue to breach the speed limits may face stiff penalties like having their licenses suspended or even revoked.

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About two tonnes of papaya worth $24,000 is expected to be exported to Australia per week from this week as papaya exports to Australia resumed last week. Fiji voluntarily suspended papaya exports to Australia last year while investigating a papaya disorder that was affecting papaya plants in Sigatoka. Biosecurity Authority of Fiji acting chief executive Waisiki Gonemaituba said the reopening of the papaya

exports to Australia is very timely. “The bulk of papaya in Fiji will be maturing in three to four months time hence the reopening of Australian papaya market will allow our exporters to export their papaya,” he said. “Papaya export to Australia is very lucrative for Fiji as in a good year, we have potential to export about 600 tonnes of papaya annually to Australia and 200 tonnes to New Zealand. “In three months when the bulk of the papaya matures, the export to Australia is expected to increase to about 15 to 20 tonnes a week.”

Voluntary suspension

Mr Gonemaituba said the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji had to request for voluntary suspension of papaya exports to Australia after they identified a papaya disorder in a farm in the Sigatoka area. He said as a result, the Biosecurity team conducted surveys on the farms as well as the papaya plants in backyard gardens in the area and the signs found pointed towards a papaya disorder. “The cultures were sent overseas for analysis and authentication and the results received showed that the disorder is localised, traceable and not

a threat to exports,” Mr Gonemaituba said. “Hence Biosecurity Authority of Fiji requested Australia to reopen the voluntary suspension of papaya exports.”

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Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) visited Fiji in February this year to verify our results and inspect papaya sites around Nadi and Sigatoka. Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry reopened the papaya exports from Fiji after concluding the papaya disorder in Fiji was not a biosecurity threat to exports to Australia. Mr Gonemaituba said holding of papaya exports was one of the standard measures taken by the authority amongst others to prevent the spread of the papaya disorder.

Little impact on exports

Mr Gonemaituba said suspending exports did not have much effect on papaya exports to Australia because the exports had already plummeted as a result of two major floods last year and a cyclone. He said for the authority, this has been a successful example of how our scientists worked with industry, trading partners and Department of Agriculture to minimise the impact. Mr Gonemaituba said papaya exports are crucial to Fiji and the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji is working very closely with the Department of Agriculture and the Fiji Papaya Industry to help increase the papaya exports.

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He said the military took over leadership and carried out a clean-up campaign, which was very successful. His government, he said had removed all discriminatory policies and had treated all citizens equally. Commodore Bainimarama said they have set up a new roadmap to democracy and a new Fiji. Part of the roadmap for democracy, he said was the draft constitution and again liars have been going around misleading the people and asking them to reject the draft. Liars, he said include old politicians who had nothing new to offer the people. “They are against our new political way because it has a zero tolerance on corruption as they want the old way to corrupt the people.” “The draft constitution they now hate creates Human Rights and Anti- Discrimination Commission and an Accountability and Transparency Commission. “None of Fiji’s previous constitutions has ever created such bodies to keep public officials, civil servants and parliamentarians accountable and create transparency.” The Prime Minister has offered the olive branch to all critics to sit with government to discus Fiji’s way forward. He also told the people at Sawanikula that the draft will address coups.

 

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Fiji-NZ Trade Brings Benefits

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FIJI can benefit from programs that are focused on expanding the range of Pacific fresh produce exported to New Zealand. And according to New Zealand High Commission trade commissioner Peter Lund, co-operation from quarantine authorities on access requirements for individual products or crops would strengthen trade relations between the two countries. "New Zealand exports more than $300million worth of goods to Fiji — that's more than we export to countries like Russia and South Africa so Fiji is an important market," he said. "We are very pleased to see some good things happening on the reverse side like export of biscuits from Fiji to New Zealand. For example, all the Griffin's cream biscuits that are sold in New Zealand are quite popular and all made in Fiji.

"So there's been a strong growth in the area of biscuits, certain areas of apparel and fresh produce. "While there is obviously a difference in value, there are still some really significant developments happening." Mr Lund said New Zealand was the second source of tourists into the country after Australia. "New Zealand and Fiji are a good fit for each other and if you add services to the mix and tourism on Fiji's side, you really do see an extensive commercial and economic linkage," he said. Construction Services (SP) Limited business development consultant Navin Sharma said there was room for improvement in terms of exports from Fiji of natural resources - fruits and seafood - to offset the hardware imports that were not available in Fiji and manufactured in New Zealand.

Students Eligible For Loan Scheme

The Fijian Prime Minister has reaffirmed that university education is still within reach for students from low-income families. Speaking at Navuso Agricultural School, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama mentioned that students, who were held back, because of financial constraints, could apply for the Student Loan Scheme and the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme from the Government. The Fiji Government had allocated $2 million for the new Tertiary Education

Loan Scheme (TELS) to enable students from low-income families to have university education. Public Service Commission, Permanent Secretary, Parmesh Chand, said, to be eligible for a TELS loan, an applicant must confirm that he or she has a current offer letter from a recognized tertiary institution in Fiji to commence studies and that he or she was unable to pay the full cost of tuition. The maximum income qualification for all candidates is $16,000 per annum.

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The Prime Minister says people should not lose sight of the fear that is created when there is a prison break-out. Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was responding to a request for an update on investigations into the video which allegedly showed the beating of an escapee two months ago. Speaking to Radio Tarana in New Zealand, Commodore Bainimarama said the safety of law abiding citizens should be paramount. He told Radio Tarana: “The average law abiding Fijian is fed-up of playing victims to criminals. They are fed up with burglaries, home evasions, women being raped, men being bashed.

“As you know we had a group of criminals who escaped from Naboro – they also had help from inside and we also think the whole thing may have been orchestrated from outside – because this group did not go into hiding like normal escapees. “They headed straight to Suva and started terrorizing the city. “The ordinary citizens were terrified – they left their offices and rushed home to protect their loved ones. “And the victims of these criminal attacks have left physical and mental scars on the people that will stay with them through-out their life.” Police investigations into the alleged beating continue.

Government Commends UNICEF Support Towards Education

The Ministry of Education has commended the effort of the United Nations Children Fund or UNICEF, in assisting the development of education in Fiji. UNICEF last week injected more than $800,000 to assist some of the planned activities within the Ministry of Education. “The effort of donor agencies like UNICEF towards fulfilling the planned activities for the Ministry of Education is very much appreciated,” commented the Ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal. The fund is aimed at developing minimum quality standards for schools including the rehabilitation of infrastructure and facilities. This will also assist in capacity building for teachers teaching classes 1, 2 and

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Concerns that move to ban psychoactive substances may affect cultural ceremonies.

Pacific Islanders including Fijians living in New Zealand have been advised to make submissions on a new bill that if passed would ban culturally important substances such as kava. Culturally important substances such as kava could be captured by a law change which aims to stamp out harmful synthetic drugs, MPs have told Parliament. All eight political parties backed the Psychoactive Substances Bill at the first hurdle, though Opposition MPs hoped for clarification of the scope of the bill at select committee stage. Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi said it was unclear whether the law would ban

or limit the sale of kava crops, used in a traditional drink consumed at Pacific Island ceremonies and gatherings. Kava contained psychoactive substances and could have a sedative effect. Mr Faafoi said: "There is a lot of cultural significance to kava and

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to show that its products - such as party pills or synthetic cannabis - were "low- risk" before they could be sold. Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague argued that the threshold for banning substances needed to be well- defined. "What does 'low risk' actually mean? If the threshold is set too high and no substances actually make it to market, what will occur then is that the existing situation will be perpetuated and the illegal trade in psychoactive substances will boom." Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said the bill was not designed to "ban absolutely everything forever". He said it was a pathway to a regulated market

for psychoactive substances, if they could be proven to be safe. The minister said the process of proving a drug's safety would require clinical safety trials, and would be expensive

for the industry. Opposition parties hoped for amendments at the select committee stage. The Greens wanted Government to rule out the testing of party pills on animals. Mr Dunne has said there would be no lethal or barbaric tests on animals but said some testing on dogs would be difficult to avoid. Labour welcomed the 18-year-old age restriction on buying and selling approved drugs, but suggested rules around packaging and advertising should also be written into the legislation. MPs generally welcomed the ground- breaking legislation, with some hailing the new approach to drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. Mr Hague described it as New Zealand's first attempt to develop "rational, principles-based" policy with regard to drug-related harm.

New A330 Grounded In Auckland

Air Pacific’s new A330 Airbus is still grounded in Auckland for repairs in less than a month since its arrival to Fiji. Air Pacific spokesman Shane Hussein said the aircraft’s windshield was damaged and that repair works had begun in Auckland. “The A330 aircraft had an in-service

defect on a wind shield and rectification for this is being done in Auckland,” Hussein said. “We apologise to our customers on the Auckland – Nadi service for the disruption to their travel plans.” He further says Air Pacific will look after all affected customers as required.

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milestone achievement after their newly extended mortuary was opened. The mortuary now has ten new beds compared to before where it only had seven. SDMO Nadi Dr Eliki Nanovu said the opening of the new mortuary has brought a lot of benefits to the patients and also the hospital as a whole. “It is beneficial to Nadi’s 88,000 population because of so many deaths that we witness in a week, previously we have to take patients to Lautoka and now the new mortuary will be used,” he said. Nanovu said the old mortuary was always full. Chief Guest at the ceremony and Special Administrator, Aisea Tuidraki said they have been looking forward to

More Suicide Cases Reported

Four new suicide cases were recorded by Police, bringing the total number of suicide cases to 39 and attempted suicide cases to 48 for this year. In the first incident, a 15-year-old form four student of Rishikul College was found hanging from the rafter of their house with a sari. The deceased was living alone with his mother. The body is now kept at CWM hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem. In the second incident, a 40-year-old salesgirl of Koronivia consumed a glass of weedkiller. She was conveyed to Nausori Health Centre where she was admitted under observation and later died. The body is now kept at Mokani mortuary awaiting post mortem. In the third incident, a 33-year- old male of Korovou, Deepwater settlement consumed a glass of weedkiller at his residence after the woman he was having an affair with called and informed him that her husband found out about their relationship. He was conveyed to Korovou Hospital and admitted under observation but later died. In the fourth incident, a 24-year-old self employed man consumed 3/4 glass of weed-killer after a dispute with his wife.

The victim was conveyed to Ba Mission Hospital and is admitted at Men’s Ward under observation. Meanwhile, a 67-year-old woman of Walana, Vunivutu, Labasa who consumed 1/2 glass of chemical on Sunday night has died at Labasa Hospital. In light of the rise in reported suicide and attempted suicide cases, Dr Nirvana Karan, the Senior Medical Officer at the Central Community Mental Health Hub said the Ministry of Health through its various awareness programmes was doing its best to prevent suicides. "We have educational seminars at community level on suicide prevention and have a collaborative partnership with Empower Pacific to provide free counseling services to the general public," she said. "Stress management Units are also opened at each Divisional Hospital (CWM, Labasa, Lautoka) to provide accessible mental health services to cases of attempted suicide." She added that all cases seeking medical attention or advice on suicide prevention or have attempted suicide can also present to their nearest hospital or health centre for advice and treatment.

Fijian Hospitality Contributes To Positive Reviews

The sincerity and modesty of the Fijian people towards tourists and visitors are what prompts rave reviews on commentary sites like TripAdvisor.com. Ministry of Tourism permanent secretary Elizabeth Powell said the website was probably one of the oldest and most prestigious commentary websites where people record their experiences at different hotels and resorts throughout the world. The website recently listed a number of local getaways as top rated resorts and hotels in the South Pacific region this year. "It is from people who have visited these places so it adds even more importance to the fact that our lovely resorts in Fiji and their teams are what people base their experiences on," she said. "When they do come to Fiji and understand how special our people are, with no false modesty, our people know how to take care and are sincere in their care of our visitors, that's when they come back. "Those are the people who are going onto those sites." Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji in Savusavu is ranked fourth and seventh respectively in the Travellers Choice 2013 top 10 hotels for families in the

South Pacific. General manager Mark Slimmer said the resort had fared quite well over the past year. "We regularly read TripAdvisor and it is one of a variety of sources to know how our guests feel about their experience at the resort. "We are aware TripAdvisor is a highly used research tool for travellers and are really pleased to be recognised for developing family-friendly programs and activities," he said. Mr Slimmer said they would continue to gradually upgrade resort facilities. In February, he said they had refurbished most of the public areas within the resort and received positive comments from guests. "The majority of our guests come from Australia, US and Europe. The resort employs more than 1780 staff members from local areas," he said. "Many of our guests are couples and many are families. We have developed over the years a wonderful repeat clientele based on the exceptional experiences they have while staying with us." Mr Slimmer said they were fortunate to be recognised as a premier resort destination that appealed to couples and families.

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10 Years For Rape

A 32-year-old Naitasiri farmer was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for raping a child in his house on July 26, 2011. According to the girl, she lived in the village with her grandmother since birth, is uneducated and she can’t read nor write. On the day of the incident, she was cooking taro in the kitchen when the accused, who is a neighbour, called her from his home to remove his bed sheet from the clothes line. As per his request she took the bed sheet from the clothes line and went across to put it inside the farmer’s home, at which point the farmer closed the main door and dragged her to the room. In the room he allegedly forcefully took off the girl’s sulu, closed her mouth and removed her undergarment while she was lying on her stomach and had sex with her.

The accused denied the charge throughout the trial. In mitigation he submitted that he was a sole breadwinner of his family, and was supporting his 13-year-old sister’s education. The accused said he had offered a traditional apology to the complainant’s family which was accepted by them. Justice Kumararatnam mentioned that the objective of sentencing was to punish offenders to an extent and manner which was just in all circumstances and to deter offenders or other persons from committing offences of the same or similar nature. He took a starting point of 10 years imprisonment and added three years for the aggravating factors. He deducted three years for the mitigating factors. The accused has been ordered to serve eight years before he is eligible for parole.

Government Strategy

The Prime Minister confirmed that his current Government will form the political party he will lead into next year’s general elections. This revelation was made at Sawanikula Village in Wainimala, Naitasiri, by Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama during a talanoa session with the villagers. The Prime Minister had previously confirmed to the media that he would be forming a party. Now he has confirmed this will be built on the Government he now leads. Commodore Bainimarama was answering questions from the villagers when asked about the political party he was about to form. In his reply he said – “Well to answer your question on my party, it’s the current Government that will form this new political party.” However, he said the launch would be early next year as their priority now was to prepare the nation for the 2014 elections. The Prime Minister said in his visits around the country, many had asked that the Government continued leading the country and there should be no elections. He said since his Government came into power he had promised he would return the nation to democratic elections. “I stand by my word and we will have elections in 2014 and it’s up to you to elect the government you want to lead the country after 2014.” The Prime Minister said a majority had also said they wanted him to lead the country after the 2014 elections and that was the reason he was forming his own political party. “I have to join a political party to contest the elections and for that to

materialize I have to form my own party,” he said. The Prime Minister said his party would continue the same service as it was doing now and many were happy about it. He also said past governments and politicians had made many false promises and some of the parties involved were re-registering to contest the elections. He reminded the people of Sawanikula these parties had ganged up and criticized the way forward to democracy. They had said there would be no elections and now that they know there would be elections they are opting to criticize the way forward to democracy. The draft constitution Politicians and non-governmental organizations are now criticizing the draft constitution. “My concern is that these politicians and NGOs are trying to misrepresent and mislead the people, ” the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister has encouraged the villagers to read the draft constitution and make up their own minds. He said the draft constitution, for the first time in Fiji’s history, guaranteed socio-economic rights for every Fijian. These, the Prime Minister said, included rights to housing, reasonable access to transportation, education, adequate food, clean water, a just minimum wage, social security schemes, health services and sanitation. And they also included specific rights for children and the disabled. The Prime Minister thanked the people for their support. He said he was optimistic his Government would come back to power after the 2014 elections.

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Consumer Council Closely Monitoring Promotions

THE Consumer Council is closely monitoring promotions and competitions that are being run by traders to ensure disclosures and accurate information. This comes in light of concerns raised by consumers on some of the competitions’ terms and conditions and transparency over the awarding of prizes. While the Council has received consumer complaints on promotions that work through mobile texting platforms, it is also keeping a close watch on other competitions such as those that involve purchasing of products and submission of receipts, wrappers, barcodes etc. In some cases promoters do not fully disclose information on the non- cash prizes on offer. For example in a recent case the Council confronted the promoter after it did not disclose the brand and model information on a computer tablet that was on the prize list. Some businesses simply use the generic terms “tablet”, “smartphone” etc but do not disclose the brand,

model and other details which can give consumers an idea of the value of the prize. The Council is calling on businesses that run these promotions or competitions to provide clear, unambiguous and accurate information about conditions of entry, prizes, collection of prizes, etc. We have found that some traders inform consumers that prizes can be redeemed at their branches or authorized outlets, but these collection points are not available Fiji-wide and consumers have to incur costs to get to these points. The Council is gathering information, posters and other documents on ongoing promotions or competitions and will be tracking these from their inception to their closure. We are tracking each one in terms of when the competition ends, draw dates and information on winners. The Council is calling on those running these promotions that they must publicly disclose the winners, or at least disclose the winners to those customers who had entered the competition.

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Likuliku Lagoon Awarded Best Overseas Resort

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The prestigious Gold List awards of Luxury Travel Magazine was announced and Likuliku Lagoon Resort was one of the two Fijian resorts which got awarded. Fiji’s first overwater bure resort won the award for the Best Overseas Resort category in the 2013 Gold List Awards. The Gold List awards began in 2005 and recognizes the best Australian

and international hotels, including wellness, golf and ski resorts, city and country destinations, rail, air, cruising, food and wine and adventure experiences, and travel agents and tour operators. Luxury Travel magazine is one of the leading such travel magazines with quite an extensive readership. They poll readers to see which resorts

Hardwood Debt Improves

THE Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited (FHCL) board has submitted an application to the Fiji Development Bank to consolidate its outstanding $18.8million debt, says board chair and permanent secretary for Public Enterprises, Elizabeth Powell. Speaking at the presentation of licences to buyers of grades 3-5 mahogany last week, Ms Powell said the board had improved its debt service to FHCL creditors — Fiji National Provident Fund, FNPF Investment, Fiji Development Bank and Fiji Investment Corporation. "The board has also reallocated resources and increased replanting fees paid to landowners to boost the replanting of mahogany from a mere 417 hectares in 2010 to more than 1000 hectares per annum for 2011 and 2012," she said. "The board also tendered for and appointed an international commercial forestry management and development consultant company from the US, The Forestland Group, which began work on restructure implementation plans last year.

"The company has already developed core processes for financial and forest management. The Forestland Group's comprehensive experience in hardwood forest enterprises and in the restructure and turnaround of international hardwood forestry businesses, enables it to effectively assist FHCL as it continues its translations into its new roles." She said for the Mahogany Industry Council, chaired by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, FHCL had reviewed and analysed bids from 25 companies that responded to the invitation for expressions of interest before the closure of submissions early last year. "The assessments were based upon the socio-economic impact of value-added manufacturing activities and on the bid price per cubic meter," Ms Powell said. Mahogany Industry Council chairman Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said earlier FHCL accumulated more than $20m of government-guaranteed debt and made little serious effort to service the debt.

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provided them with some of the most unique experience. Likuliku Lagoon Resort falls under the umbrella of the Ahura Resorts Group and the bigger Rosie Holidays Groups. Managing director Tony Whitton said this was a proud moment for the Fijian

resort. “For us to be able to receive this award for fifth time running is a testimony that Fijian resorts can provide the experience that are on par with some of the best luxury resorts in Tahiti, Maldives, and Bali,” he said. “That is something that we are very proud of, especially since this is an award that gets reviewed by their readers of Luxury Travels.” This is the second award for Likuliku Lagoon Resort this year, having won the 2012 Aon Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award for Luxury Resort earlier this year.

Good news before reopening

Likuliku Lagoon Resort has been temporarily closed after the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan last December. “We are opening in about two weeks time and this news has been a tremendous source of encouragement

and well received on the island,” Mr Whitton said. “We are a locally-owned Fijian company with a resort that is being recognized for its wonderful setting and lagoon, and having Fiji’s first and only over water bungalows. “This is a resort that is modeled on a traditional Fijian village, with happiest staff in the world, winning is tremendous.”

Reopening of Likuliku

Mr Whitton said substantial amount has been invested into renovating Likuliku Lagoon Resort after it sustained damage during Tropical Cyclone Evan. -“We have invested over $3 million into the resort and it is looking absolutely spectacular,” he said. -“We have got brand new thatching and all the rooms have been repainted and the public areas all have been redone. -“We have put in bamboo weaving and have got thatching for all the traditional hardwoods. -“We had a team of traditional weavers from the Lau Group who spent four weeks on the resort, restoring this wonderful iconic brand.”

Mr Whitton said bookings for the reopening have started to pick up. The resort reopens on April 22.

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sub divisional hospitals to boost their service delivery for providing better health care. He commended the UNFPA for their contribution and encouraged health officials to fully utilize these resources with a common goal of providing better health care for all Fijians. The equipment includes ultrasounds, CTG machines, delivery beds, foetal Dopplers and ECG machines. Meanwhile, the Head of Obstetrician at Colonial War Memorial Hospital Doctor James Fong said this follows an assessment conducted by UNFPA four years ago which looks at technology gaps in maternity care. “Through this assessment we were able to define the technological gaps in the maternity services at the various sub- divisional hospitals,” Dr Fong said.

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Australian A.N. Absolute Technology and NQ Video consultant and engineer, Abinesh Narain, said the introduction will enable the end users to mitigate risks. “The focus is to introduce the latest IP surveillance technology into the Fijian market because the market here is booming and is waiting to use this product,” he said. “We’ve got few products in the world that can utilise in the IP development equipment and to educate and give further information to the consultants here in Fiji. “This is for those who design or install IP systems to provide that knowledge and technical aspect on how to influence design and provide solutions to the end users. “At the end of the day, we want the end users to be aware of IP video surveillance, its advantage and benefits when using it as opposed to using analogue.”

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Equipment For Maternity Units

The Health Ministry received equipment worth $500,000 from the United Nations Population Fund to improve health services for mothers during and after pregnancy. Minister for Health Doctor Neil Sharma said the provision of the new equipment will bring relief to pregnant women and at the same time, assist Government in achieving the health related Millennium Development Goals. “Ensuring safe motherhood and the introduction of contraceptives is one of the ministry’s key focuses however we need to create more innovative ideas towards the improvement of family planning,” Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said. He highlighted that the Health ministry has increased the training of midwifery which will include nurses from the

Surveillance Seminar On IP To Enhance Security

The shift from analogue to digital technology creates new and innovative ways of thinking when a security system is to be installed. An IP (Internet Protocol) Surveillance seminar was held in a bid to ensure Fiji moves with the latest information communications technology available in video surveillance and security. Axis Communications Pty Limited, a leading provider of IP video surveillance, partnered with Open Platform Systems, Genetec, NQ Video and Everything-IT to organize the event. The seminar was held at Holiday Inn Suva and Nadi. Axis Communications is a Swedish manufacturer of network cameras for the physical security and video surveillance industries. It focuses on the vertical market segments transport, infrastructure, retail, banking, education, government and industrial. Australian-basedAsix Communications regional sales manager, Claus Mauer, said Fiji is ready for the IP video. “It is very important for Fiji to be a part movement that is moving away from analogue towards digital,” he said.

BAF Responsible For Imports Inspection

Inspections on imported goods will now be the sole duty of the Biosecurity Authority and will no longer warrant a joint effort from the Ministry of Health (MoH). The consensus was formalized by a Memorandum of Understanding signing by both parties at their headquarters in Toorak. BAF chair Josephine Smith-Moffat said the agreement ensures there is no duplication of duties conducted by both government arms.

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Aries:

You will have to work hard to clear a backlog of assignments. You may also have to work at home to clear the old issue lying pending for long. Visitors may drop in to see you making your task of attending to work more difficult. However you will receive full support from a close member of your family.

Taurus:

You can now implement your new ideas and plans for you will have the necessary support of financial institutions. Opportunities for the employed are also indicated especially for those seeking an opening. You can opt for the change of work. Those close to you may seek your help and advice.

Gemini:

You are doing well for yourself in your career and work. Some good news will be conveyed to you about a financial gain or an increment for the employed. Social get-together and celebrations are indicated and will be enjoyable.

Cancer:

An important deal will be negotiated in your favour. Accept whatever you get to facilitate an early settlement. Follow your own instincts and you will not go wrong. At home matters will be happy and congenial.

Leo:

Some of you are likely to set up an independent venture of your own. It will prove profitable. Those travelling on work will conclude their task successfully. Those in love may not find much time for each other. Partnerships or marital relationships could run into some difficulties. Avoid making any decision right now.

Virgo:

Handling your work with a sense of purpose, and firmness with your associates, will help you achieve a lot. You may have to look after additional responsibility and you have the means to do so. A dinner date this week is full of romance and excitement.

Libra:

Meetings and negotiations will have a good outcome. Monetarily a very rewarding day. Some of you will be making fresh investments which will be good in the long run. An outing this week will be enjoyable. You will be feeling quite relaxed and happy.

Scorpio:

A busy week at work when you will be able to complete your work on schedule. Financial gains are indicated. A new contract will be signed shortly perhaps with the support of a government agency. Personal relationships are happy and rewarding.

Sagittarius:

Your achievements, especially if you are in some creative field, will bring you into the limelight. Some of you may have to entertain an important client from overseas. Romantic and emotional bonds are strengthened but you could make a casual remark that could upset your beloved.

Capricorn:

Some of you may either buy or get an expensive present from someone. Investments in some land or property are indicated. A new business in collaboration with your family or your beloved is likely. Money is likely to turn up from unexpected sources.

Aquarius:

New business proposals will bring in gains. However try not to be reckless when it comes to making major decisions. Avoid taking risks in financial investments. Overseas influences are indicated. A new surge of energy could make you a bit over- confident and brash at a get-together.

Pisces:

You can look forward to favourable developments all round. A long distance journey is indicated and you will be accompanied by your mate or partner. Joint efforts are likely to yield better results. You will be in good mood this week

Glazed Chicken in Bean Sauce

Slow-Cooker Lamb Shanks

Ingredients:

 

Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes.

2

boneless, skinless chicken breasts

While the chicken is marinating,

Marinade:

 

prepare the remaining ingredients.

1

tablespoon light soy sauce

 

Peel and finely chop the garlic. Cut the

2

teaspoons rice wine

green onion on the diagonal into thirds.

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teaspoon sesame oil

Heat the oil for deep-frying to between

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egg white

 

360 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit. When

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teaspoons cornstarch

 

the oil is hot, add the chicken cubes.

Other:

 

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the wok. Add the garlic and the bean

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sauce. Add the chicken back into the

Cut

the

chicken

into

small cubes.

pan. Stir until it is glazed with the

Add the chicken to the marinade

sauce. Stir in the green onion. Remove

ingredients, using your fingers to mix

from the heat. Stir in the sesame oil.

it

in

and

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Serve hot.

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Some cuts of meat are meant to be grilled fast; others are best simmered for hours. In this recipe, lamb shanks, wine, vegetables, and herbs simmer for eight hours to reach a delicious level of taste and tenderness.

Ingredients

  • 4 lamb shanks

Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 1 medium carrot, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 cup Burgundy wine or chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules

Directions

  • 1. Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper.

Place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle

with the parsley, garlic, oregano, and lemon peel.

  • 2. In a small saucepan, sauté onion and

carrot in oil for 3 to 4 minutes or until

tender. Stir in wine and bouillon. Bring

to a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour

over lamb. Cover and cook on low for

  • 8 hours or until meat is tender.

    • 3. Remove lamb and keep warm. Strain

cooking juices and skim fat. In a small

saucepan, bring juices to a boil; cook

until liquid is reduced by half. Serve

with lamb.

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Boy, 6, Shot By 4-Year-Old In New Jersey

US authorities are deciding whether to charge anyone after police say a six-year-old was shot in the head by a four-year-old in New Jersey.

The older boy is in serious condition. Authorities are still investigating how the younger child obtained the .22-calibre rifle from his family's home on Monday night. Police Chief Michael Mastronardy says the children were outside the four- year-old's home when the boy went inside, got the rifle and shot the six- year-old about 15 meters away. It's not clear if the four-year-old pulled the trigger or if the rifle accidentally discharged. The parents of the four-year-old were home at the time. No names have been released. The shooting came after another four- year-old shot and killed a Tennessee woman on the weekend. Josephine Fanning, 48, was shot dead when a boy who was visiting her house picked up a gun off the bed and fired. Fanning's husband, Wilson County

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Fanning, has taken the handgun out of a cabinet to show a friend his rifle. Reports suggest the shooting happened 'within seconds' of Mr Fanning putting the gun on the bed. “It looks to be a tragic accident,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan told The Tennessean. “He did not normally have small kids at his house, and his guns were locked prior to coming out. I don’t want the perception that guns were everywhere.” The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is examining the shooting to see if charges will be laid against any of the adults. Tennessee has the sixth-highest rate of accidental shooting deaths in the United States, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. It says that from 1999 through 2010, 427 people were killed in such incidents in Tennessee, and more than 8300 were killed across the US.

Polish Woman Kept Three Baby Boys In Freezer

PROSECUTORS in northern Poland are questioning a woman suspected of killing her three newborn boys whose bodies were found in the family's freezer.

Police spokesman Slawomir Nojman said that the woman, identified as 41-year-old Lucyna D. from the northern town of Lubawa, has confessed to killing the infants. If convicted of homicide, the woman could face a life sentence. The woman said she kept the bodies in the freezer because she "could not part from them," said police spokeswoman Anna Fic. Forensic examinations are seeking to determine the cause of death, and whether the babies were born alive - both crucial elements for prosecutors to prove in a court case. The woman's husband was also arrested and was being questioned. The couple was arrested late Tuesday

after a neighbour alerted police to her suspicions when she saw no baby resulting from Lucyna D.'s pregnancy. Police searched the home and found the bodies in the freezer. The couple have four children aged between 6 and 22, who were being cared for by relatives following the arrest of the parents. In November, another 41-year-old woman, identified as Beata Z., was arrested in northeastern Poland on suspicion of killing at least five of her newborn babies. Bodies of two boys and two girls have been confirmed as her children. Investigators are still looking for another body and they suspect that a sixth newborn was also killed.

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A RARE red "lotus bowl" from the Chinese emperor Kangxi period of 1662- 1722 has been sold for an eye-popping $9.1 million at a Hong Kong sale.

The price set a new world record for any Chinese porcelain from the Kangxi period during the Qing dynasty after it was bought by a Hong Kong ceramics dealer for HK$74 million ($9.1 million) Monday, Sotheby's said in a statement. The ruby-ground "falangcai" bowl decorated with pink, yellow and blue lotuses was originally expected to fetch HK$70 million at the sale, part of Sotheby's six-day spring sale in the southern Chinese city that concluded on Monday. The auctioneer said the bowl broke a previous Qing Kangxi porcelain record in 2006, when a blue and white "Dragon" vase was sold for HK$22.52

million. Hong Kong has emerged as one of the world's major auction hubs in art and wine thanks to cash-rich mainland Chinese buyers who have a growing appetite for luxury items amid the country's economic boom. A flower-shaped Chinese porcelain bowl from the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) fetched nearly $27 million at a Hong Kong auction last year. A 28.86-carat round white diamond meanwhile was sold for HK$53.88 million, or HK$1.87 million ($239,352) for each carat, setting a new per-carat auction record price for its category, Sotheby's said in a separate statement.

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Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of State, could run for the 2016 presidential elections.

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Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of State, could run for the 2016 presidential elections, her husband Bill Clinton has hinted. Bill Clinton, one of the most popular American presidents in recent past, added fuel to the speculation when at an event last Saturday night he said that the country would have some good choices in the 2016 presidential elections. This drew wide applause from the audience in St Louis, who presumed that he was referring to Hillary. "I think America will have some very good choices for president," he said in response to a question at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which was first reported by the CNN. Clinton said he favored a two-term limit for a president, but said he wouldn't oppose allowing future presidents to run for a third term not immediately after their second. "I'm quite sure there are going to be lots of talented people who are dying to become president of the United States," Clinton said.

who made two public

appearances this week after relinquishing the post of secretary of state in February, is widely being speculated to run for 2016 presidential polls. Though she has neither denied nor responded positively to such rumors, her supporters have already formed a super PAC in anticipation of her presidential campaign. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said Hillary could be a formidable candidate but much depends on the success of the Obama administration. "I think after eight years of Barack Obama, if things don't change the next Democrat running for president will in trouble. She will be a formidable candidate," he told the NBC news channel. "I think her time as secretary of state is mixed. Benghazi is yet to be told completely. But anybody who underestimates her on the Republican side would do so at a peril. But, yes, she can be beat. Anybody can be beat in this country," Graham said in response to a question.

Cosmetic Surgeon Quizzed Over Mother's Death Certificate

A Sydney coroner is investigating whether a cosmetic surgeon breached medical board guidelines by signing his own mother's death certificate and leaving out significant information. Eve Schwartz was 79 when she died at her Point Piper unit in 2005. Her son, Jerry Schwartz, completed the death certificate, citing the causes as a lack of oxygen, a collapsed lung and lung cancer. But an inquest has been told Ms Schwartz also had injuries to her wrist. The court was told those injuries had not

left blood traces, raising the possibility they were inflicted after she died. The counsel assisting has told the inquest Ms Schwartz had no demonstrated history of mental illness. A funeral service employee also told the inquest she was concerned when she discovered that a family member had signed the death certificate. The coroner is also investigating the death of Ms Schwartz's 76-year-old friend Mogda Wales, whose death certificate was also signed by Dr Schwartz.

Stepmother Pleads Guilty To Torturing And Starving Teen

A WOMAN accused of torturing and starving her teenage stepdaughter and of keeping the child locked in the basement of their Madison, Wisconsin, home pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child abuse.

The 43-year-woman, whose trial was to begin Monday morning in Dane County, pleaded to one count of first-degree reckless endangering safety and to one count of causing mental harm to a child. As part of an agreement with prosecutors, four other felony charges were dropped but read into the record. The woman faces up to 25 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set. The girl ran away from her home in February 2012 and was found wandering through her neighborhood by a passing motorist. The girl, who was 15, was barefoot, thinly clothed and weighed but 68 pounds. Records obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel showed that the girl had suffered at the hands of her stepmother, father and stepbrother for years, and that officials at various agencies, though warned of her plight, failed to rescue her:

In January 2011, a woman driving past the girl's home called police after trying to engage the girl in a conversation. The woman said the girl seemed fragile and that her bare feet were purple. Two Madison police officers went to the girl's home, but left when no one answered the door. In 2007, police investigated an allegation that the girl had been molested. The girl would not corroborate the allegation.

Records showed that police visited the home 10 times while the girl lived there. Most of the reports that brought police to the home concerned the girl's stepbrother. In November 2011, in an unrelated matter, the now 19-year-old stepbrother pleaded no contest to contributing to the delinquency of a child and two counts of sexual assault involving a 13-year- old girl. State probation officers visited home three times, the last less than a month before the girl ran away. According to a criminal complaint, the girl was beaten, starved, sexually abused and forced to eat her own excrement. Shortly after the girl was rescued in 2012, a doctor specializing in child abuse examined the girl and diagnosed her condition as "serial child torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation.'' Last month, a Dane County jury found the girl's 41-year-old father guilty of felony child neglect but deadlocked on four other charges. A sentencing date has not been set. The girl's stepbrother, charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of child abuse, is scheduled to be tried in June. To protect the girl's identity, the Journal Sentinel is not naming the members of her family.

Virgin Best, United Worst Of US Airlines

VIRGIN America has come out best and United Airlines the worst in a survey of US airline performance that shows passenger bumping and complaints soared last year.

The annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR) study by researchers at Purdue and Wichita State universities said the industry's overall on-time arrival improved in 2012. In addition, fewer luggages was being lost or damaged than before. "Passengers are experiencing better performance by the airlines, although it might cost more to fly," the authors said in a statement on Monday. But, with airlines striving to pack their aircraft more fully, the number of ticket-holders being "denied boarding" - bumped from a flight because seats were unavailable - was up 24 per cent, to nearly one in every 10,000 passengers, they said. And complaints to the US Department of Transportation about airlines were up 20 per cent to 1.43 per every 100,000 passengers, with industry giant United Airlines by far the worst, garnering 4.24 complaints per 100,000 passengers.

Overall performance in the AQR was the second-best in the 23 years of the survey, slightly below 2011. That reflected "commendable efforts by the industry to serve customers" in a system strained by capacity limits, said Dean Headley, associate professor of marketing at Wichita State University and co-author of the report. On average, flights arrived on time 81.8 per cent of the time, compared with 80.0 per cent in 2011. Virgin America, included in the AQR for the first time, topped the 2012 performance rankings for 14 airlines based on a combination of its scores in arrival times, lost baggage, bumpings and complaints. Runner-up was JetBlue, while Air Tran, the number one in 2011, slipped to number three. At the bottom were SkyWest, ExpressJet and United, the country's largest airline since it merged with Continental Airlines in 2010.

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Obama In Emotional Plea For Gun Bill Vote In Congress

US President Barack Obama appeared to fight back tears as he urged lawmakers to vote on gun control legislation that appears to be stalling in Congress. Speaking in Connecticut where 26 people died in a December school massacre, Mr Obama said citizens must demand action. Opinion polls have shown a majority of Americans support a ban on assault weapons and other gun control measures. But gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, have been lobbying politicians against the bill. "The day Newtown happened was the toughest day of my presidency," Mr Obama said in his speech at Hartford, not far from Newtown, scene of the mass shooting four months ago. "But I've got to tell you, if we don't respond to this, that'll be a tough day for me too." Worth fighting for? The media reported there were tears in Mr Obama's eyes as he described Newtown parent Nicole Hockley, who has said every night she asks her six- year-old son Dylan to come to her in her dreams so she can see him again. "If there's even one thing we can do to prevent a father from having to bury his child, isn't that worth fighting for?" Mr Obama asked, amid repeated standing ovations from the crowd. The Democratic president called for a vote on his three gun legislation priorities - strengthening background checks on gun buyers, limiting the size of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, and a ban on assault weapons. But the US Senate recently ditched the proposed ban on assault weapons and on high-capacity magazines, saying there was not enough support for the measure. On Monday, the president said curbing gun violence was more important than

partisan politics. "Connecticut, this is not about me," Mr Obama said. "This is not about politics. "This is about doing the right thing for all the families who are here that have been torn apart by gun violence." Eleven parents of young children who were killed in the Newtown school shooting returned to Washington DC with the president aboard his official plane, Air Force One. They are due to lobby members of Congress who have not yet backed the gun control bill. 'Political stunts' Mr Obama said: "Nothing's going to be more important in making sure that the Congress moves forward this week than hearing from them." He criticised Republicans who have threatened to use a procedural tactic known as a filibuster to delay a vote on the gun bill. Thirteen senators have said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid they would take such action, after Mr Reid brought the bill to the Senate floor for debate on Monday. "Some back in Washington are already floating the idea that they may use political stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms. Think about that," said Mr Obama. "They're not just saying they'll vote 'no' on ideas that almost all Americans support. "They're saying they'll do everything they can to even prevent any votes on these provisions. They're saying your opinion doesn't matter. And that's not right." Mr Obama's speech came a week after Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed sweeping gun-control measures into law. Connecticut follows the states of Colorado and New York in passing tighter state gun laws.

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher dead

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 following a stroke. As Britain's longest-serving 20th century prime minister and the only woman to have held the job, Lady Thatcher presided over a decade of radical change in Britain. Lady Thatcher died peacefully on

Monday morning, according to a spokesman for the Thatcher family. British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Lady Thatcher as "a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton." Queen Elizabeth said she was sad to hear the news of Thatcher's death and sent a message of sympathy to her family.

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THE bodies of two young cousins have been recovered from the collapsed rubble of a 7.3 meter-deep pit in the state of North Carolina.

Rescuers had been digging for six- year-old Chloe Jade Arwood and seven-year-old James Levi Caldwell since last Sunday, when the girl's father, Jordan Arwood, called for help. Emergency officials were on the scene near Charlotte within minutes but couldn't get to the children. "We've been working a horrific scene here," Lincoln County Emergency Services spokesman Dion Burleson told reporters gathered near the rural site. Later on Monday, police removed firearms and the marijuana plant from the family's mobile home. The 31-year- old father was convicted in 2003 for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. The father had been digging with a

tractor on the site earlier in the day, Sheriff David Carpenter said. He would not say what was being built or if Arwood was doing it alone or had professional help. He did say authorities didn't know of any permits that had been issued for the work or plans detailing the project. Burleson described the pit as six by six meters with a sloped entrance leading down to the 7.3 meter bottom. The children were at the bottom of the pit retrieving a child-sized pickaxe when the walls fell in on them, Carpenter said. Carpenter said his deputies had not yet interviewed the family living in the home but planned to follow up on neighbours' reports that Arwood was excavating the two-storey pit to build some sort of a protective bunker.

Two Arrested Over Deadly Building Collapse

Indian authorities have vowed to crack down on illegal construction after almost 80 people, including 30 children, were killed when a building collapsed in Mumbai. The seven-storey building was built in just 45 days and was located in Thane - an area where hundreds of other buildings have been built illegally. Two of the builders have been arrested, as have several other public officials alleged to have taken bribes to let the construction proceed. Like many of the people who lived in the building, Imran Khan made a meager income running a small shop. "I had bought space in the building to set up a shop. But now all of that is gone," he said. "My family all died in the collapse: my wife and my two children. "I have nothing now." The building collapse has highlighted poor building standards in India. Huge demand for housing and pervasive corruption means cost-cutting often occurs and safety inspections are not carried out. It is almost impossible to estimate how many buildings are constructed illegally in India. In response to the collapse, authorities in Mumbai have started demolishing a number of illegally constructed buildings and the state government of

Maharashtra has vowed to crack down on illegal construction. The head of the National Congress Party in the state, Manikrao Thackray, says the Municipal Corporation did not pay proper attention to the way construction was carried out. "We will get to know whose responsibility this was in order to thwart such instances in the future," he said. "The government and the Municipal Corporation should take measures in this regard." Architect and town planner Abha Lambhao says India has a national building code but corruption and negligence prevent it from

being enforced. "It's not that these codes are not in place," she said. "The point is these are absolute violations, and when someone chooses to completely disregard the law ... everyone else turns a blind eye. "It's not just endemic of Thane; it's true of any city in India. "We have thousands and millions of

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  • B. O Canada! From far and wide, O

Canada, We stand on guard for thee.

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  • D. O Canadian! Our home and private

land! True love in all thy sons command.

2) Which province is known as the "Land of 100,000 Lakes"?

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  • D. Ontario.

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  • C. List of Canadian citizens of more

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the West Coast?

in federal elections and referendums.

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at your marked ballot.

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old on voting day and on the voters'

General.

the election officer.

list.

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5) When is Canada Day?

federal government.

whom he/she voted.

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  • C. He or she liaises with the municipal

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government.

watch your marked ballot.

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Singh received a life sentence with no chance of parole for 16 years

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A man who murdered his girlfriend and dumped her body in a back alley in Vancouver in 1999 will spend a minimum of 16 years in prison before being eligible for parole. Ninderjit Singh pleaded guilty last month to the second-degree murder of Poonam Randhawa. It took police 12 years to track him down in California where he had grown a beard, put on weight, and lived under an assumed name. In his reasons for sentencing, BC Supreme Court Justice Bruce Butler says Singh has shown complete disregard for the law, and his apology during sentencing was simply too little too late. He added, the murder was not spontaneous and his law abiding life during the last 12 years was simply to avoid detection. Harry Randhawa is Poonam’s cousin and he says the sentence sends a strong message. That does tell everyone around us that our daughters matter, our sisters matter. That you can’t harm somebody that people care about, that they love without causing tremendous damage,” he says. He says there’s no words to explain how hard these last 14 years have been. “It’s been a horrendous ordeal and the pain of her loss will continue for the

rest of our lives. Remembering the beautiful things that Poonam did in her life and what she meant to us. We want to be part of the change to make sure that women in our community are given a strong voice and that they don’t have to face things like this.” Singh is not a Canadian citizen and will be deported to India after he serves his sentence. He is now married and has two children with a woman who knew nothing about his previous life. She broke down into tears in the court room when the judge read the sentence. Last month, it came out that the rest of Singh’s family helped him obtain his new identity and knew where he was all these years. Vancouver Police say charges against Singh’s family or friends are possible. As Constable Brian Montague explains, the VPD is aware more work might be needed on this case. “Our investigators will most likely do a review of the initial investigation to determine whether or not there is anything in there that might support charges against other people,” he says. Montague says a new investigation could be opened if the case review determines more people should be charged.

Canadian Teen Commits Suicide After Alleged Rape, Bullying

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A Canadian teenager, who was allegedly gang-raped and bullied, has died, her family said. Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, was hospitalized after she tried to hang herself last Thursday. The high school student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was taken off life support Sunday. The teen was bullied for more than a year after the alleged sexual assault in November 2011 when she was 15, her family said. In addition to the sexual assault, a photo taken during the incident was circulated to friends via text and online, and she developed suicidal thoughts as a result, according to her family.

How to talk to your son about rape

She struggled emotionally, especially after a police investigation ended without criminal charges, her mother, Leah Parsons, wrote on her Facebook tribute page. "Rehtaeh is gone today because of the four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was OK and to

distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun," her mother wrote. "All the bullying and messaging and harassment that never let up are also to blame. Lastly, the justice system failed her. Those are the people that took the life of my beautiful girl."

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said charges will not be filed. "An investigation was conducted into the alleged sexual assault," said Cpl. Scott MacRae, a spokesman for the police. "In consultation with the crown,

the decision was made that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges."

Healing process after rape never ends

Authorities confirmed that a photograph allegedly showing Parsons having sex with one of the boys was circulated to friends' mobile phones and computers. Disseminating such a picture even if the sexual encounter was consensual is considered child pornography. However, police said, they did not have enough evidence to bring charges. "There are factors in determining other than the picture itself; ages, who sent the material, computers, so it's complex," MacRae said. "We do understand people want the answers and the big question here is why was it done or why weren't there charges and we understand that. We're not trying to deflect blame or not be accountable." The teen's relatives said they hope their story helps families going through the same pain. Her funeral will be Saturday, her mother said.

Sikhs Allowed Kirpans In B.C. Courtrooms

Sikhs who wish to carry a small ceremonial sword or dagger while visiting courthouses in B.C. will soon be able to do so, the provincial government has announced. The policy will take effect in B.C. on April 12, according to a statement from the Ministry of Justice. Sikhs wishing to carry kirpans will be required to identify themselves to court sheriffs and comply with size restrictions. The length of the kirpan, including the sheath, may not exceed 19 centimetres while the blade must not be more than

10 centimetres. It must be worn under clothing and not be easily accessible. The kirpan is considered a required religious symbol by many Sikhs. The policy change is in response to a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada and other human rights decisions. Kirpans are already allowed in provincial courtrooms in Alberta and Toronto, and in all Parliament of Canada buildings. According to the Sikh religion, the kirpan symbolizes spiritual wisdom and the duty to stand against injustice.

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Christy Clark, Tied As Least Popular Premier

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As a new poll indicates B.C.’s premier is on very shaky ground with voters only a week before election season officially launches, Christy Clark is pledging nearly $600 million to the province’s schools for earthquake upgrades. According to an Angus Reid poll released Monday, Clark has the lowest approval ratings (25%) among Canada’s premiers, tied with Newfoundland and Labrador’s Kathy Dunderdale as the least popular provincial head of government. B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix, however,

is tied as Canada’s third most popular provincial opposition leader with 49% of poll respondents giving him a thumbs-up. Only John Cummins, the B.C. Conservatives leader, has lower approval ratings (20%) among provincial leaders ranked in the survey. Clark told reporters she didn’t put much stock in polls, adding the data doesn’t tell her much about how people actually vote. Standing inside a Grade 5 classroom at Vancouver’s Lord Tennyson Elementary School, Clark said $584 million in improvements for 45 high- risk B.C. schools wasn’t about scoring political points. “Seismic upgrades can’t wait,” she said, surrounded by class projects made from Scotch Tape and drinking straws — students’ efforts to build earthquake-proof structures. In an effort to sidestep the press, Clark has purchased a 30-minute time block this Sunday evening on Global TV to address both decided voters and those sitting on the fence. “Communicating through the media is different from communicating directly to people,” she said. The poll, conducted March 11-23, falls within a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points and surveyed 7,091 Canadian residents.

Canadian Accused Of Running Lottery Scams Arrested In United States

FBI officials say a Canadian man has been arrested in connection with fake sweepstakes and other fraud schemes that targeted Americans, many in Southern California, for more than $1.3 million. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says 43-year-old Peter Omagbemi, of Nova Scotia, was one of several people who allegedly sent realistic-looking correspondence to targets saying they'd won money in a lottery, sweepstakes or

class-action settlement. The hitch was that victims were told they had to pay fees or taxes, and many did. There were over 500 victims, many of them from various parts of Southern California. Omagbemi was charged with 17 counts of mail and wire fraud in 2009 and had been a fugitive since. He was arrested last week when he crossed the border into the United States in Calais, Maine.

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5 Metro Vancouver Hospitals Rate Lowest In Canada

Results should spur improvements, health minister says

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Five of the nine lowest-rated hospitals in Canada are in Metro Vancouver according to a new Canada-wide rating developed by CBC's fifth estate. Burnaby Hospital, Ridge Meadows Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, UBC Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital all received the lowest rating — a "D" — in the study that based its assessment on data collected from hospitals by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The study used five of 21 clinical performance indicators, such as re- admission rates, rates of patients who died after major surgery and unexpected complications tied to low nursing levels like bed sores or urinary tract infections. Toronto cardiologist, Dr. Jack Tu, advised the CBC on the data. "I wouldn't neccessarily panic. I think we do need to get to the bottom of why these hospitals are getting the Ds and there are likely factors that can be done to improve the ratings," he said.

"I think it needs to be investigated but if I were living in the Lower Mainland, I would still encourage patients to go to their local hospitals." Health minister responds B.C. Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid said she hoped health authorities would use the findings to improve. “The Ministry of Health and the health authorities should take this very seriously and look at it carefully and see if there is a lesson there for us, or are there areas we're not already focused on in terms of quality improvement that we should be focussing on,” she said. MacDiarmid stressed that British Columbians have the longest life spans in Canada and the best outcomes for serious illnesses such as cancer. The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority said it does not agree with the findings. It says in a recent survey, more than 90 percent of patients described their care as good to excellent.

Canada One Of World’s Top 10 Tourist Destinations: Survey

A new report suggests travellers see Canada as one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world. The World Economic Forum says Canada ranks eighth on its Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, up one spot from last year. The report says tourists are drawn to Canada’s natural resources, cultural diversity, strong air travel infrastructure and world heritage sites. But the report also says Canada has lost some ground in terms of

maintaining competitive prices and enforcing environmental protection policies. The top five rankings all went to European countries, with Switzerland hanging on to top spot for the fifth year in a row. Haiti came in last in the ranking of 140 countries. Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Switzerland topped the list for the seventh year in a row.

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Passport Canada Plans 25 Per Cent Staff Cut As It Rolls Out Chip- Embedded Travel Documents

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The agency that issues passports to Canadians is projecting a quarter of its workforce could be cut as it rolls out new chip-embedded, 10-year travel documents. Passport Canada expects to have the equivalent of 2,512 full time staff this year, says a Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade report. But that number drops to 1,874 by fiscal 2015-16 in the plans and priorities report. The agency says it expects fewer people to apply for the new, more secure travel documents by then. “Passport Canada constantly adjusts staffing levels to respond to passport demand,” the agency says in an email to the reporter .. “As such, given an anticipated drop

in forecast volumes, Passport Canada expects to require fewer staff in 2015-

2016.”

But if demand remains high, the planned number of staff cuts will be reduced, the agency says. “These numbers will be adjusted as needed based on actual circumstances and within the constraints of our cost recovery business model.” Passport Canada is grappling with a $70-million shortfall this year, and plans to balance its books within the next three years, despite projections of lower revenues. Those projections, the agency says, don’t currently reflect fee increases that are to come into effect on July 1. The plans and priorities report issued recently indicates Passport Canada

expects to spend $355.7 million in 2013-14, but will only collect $285.3 million from fees, leaving the agency short $70.4 million. The same report anticipated spending $315.6 million in fiscal 2014-15, and revenues of $285.3 million, yet projected a zero balance by the end of the year. Passport Canada has since changed its revenue projection to match the $315.6 million it expects to spend, calling its earlier revenue projection an “unintentional editorial error.” And while it currently anticipates both spending and revenues to drop to $248.9 million by 2014-15, the agency says those numbers will change by this time next year because the new, higher cost of a 10-year passport hasn’t been included in its calculations. “The expenditures shown for 2015-16 reflected the Treasury Board approved numbers prior to the approval of the passport fee increase which will come into effect on July 1, 2013,” said the agency. “The impact of this increase will be reflected in the next RPP.” New regulations posted in December push the cost of a five-year passport to $120 from $87 as of July. The new 10-year ePassport, complete with embedded computer chip and distinctive historical watermark features, will cost $160. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird unveiled the new chip technology passports last October, saying they

would be more secure, even though, outwardly, they look the same as the current booklet. The agency is also hiking other fees, including a $45 charge on top of the regular passport fee to replace a document that’s lost, damaged or stolen. Approximately 55,000 Canadian passports are reported lost or stolen annually, the agency said. Canadians ordering passports from outside the country will see the biggest jump in fees. It will cost $190 to apply for, or receive, the five-year document in another country, up from $97. The fee will be $260 for the 10- year version requested under the same circumstances. The cost of a domestically ordered child’s passport is also going up to $57, an increase of $20. That same child’s passport, if applied for outside Canada, will cost $100. The agency noted in December that it had not increased fees for nearly a decade, and that it was losing nearly $5 every time it issued a travel document. Passport Canada is considered a so- called “cost recovery” agency, and can only finance deficits through previously accumulated surpluses. Its current surplus is expected to run out next year. Canada is the only G8 country that doesn’t currently issue ePassports to the general public, although it has been issuing chip-enhanced diplomatic and special passports since 2009.

Man Spends 'Weekend From Hell' In Edmonton Hospital

What started out as a simple injury turned into something much worse, says Greg Poirier. Poirier, 64, hurt his leg and foot when he fell down the stairs into his basement suite last Thursday night. He managed to drag himself into his apartment where he called a taxi to come pick him up. He said he then made his way to the emergency ward at the University of Alberta Hospital, where he waited over four hours to be treated. He said when he finally made it in, he was given painkillers and two nurses attempted to bandage his leg. By then, he said, the pain in his foot was excruciating. "I said: ‘Girls, I appreciate your help but it’s not helping — it’s just making it more painful’ — five minutes later I was released." Poirier then took a taxi home. When he arrived, he was forced to crawl to his door and back down the stairs. When he finally made it inside, he collapsed on the couch and fell asleep. Soon after he woke up, his phone rang. A woman who Poirier believes may have been a U of A hospital manager was calling. “She didn’t announce her name but she

was extremely angry. She said ‘you

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you

have to return to the hospital.’” Although he was tempted to ignore the call, or go elsewhere, Poirier phoned Blue Cross and requested an ambulance to take him back to the hospital.

Back to the hospital

Once there, he said he had to wait another five hours in triage before seeing a doctor. Poirier said he felt instant relief the moment hospital staff removed the original bandage they had wrapped around his leg. He was then wheeled into the operating room, where doctors installed a plate along the broken bone in his leg that he said hospital staff failed to tell him about during his previous visit. Poirier is now recovering at a rehab hospital. He said the experience has thoroughly shaken his faith in the province’s health care system. When they were contacted for comment, Alberta Health Services said this type of situation does happen occasionally — but stresses people shouldn't worry about going into city emergency rooms. "Obviously this gentleman is upset with the care he

received, and we do have avenues he can pursue if he so wishes,” said Kerry Williamson, a spokesperson for AHS. “We [also] have a Patient Relations department." Williamson said Poirier’s poor experience was not the result of budget

cuts — a fact he finds little comfort in. He is now recommending people steer clear of the U of A Hospital. “I’m not coming here [again],” he said. “Just the odd chance this could happen

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Identifying and Preventing Emotional Abuse

What You Can Do

All children need acceptance, love, encouragement, discipline, consistency, stability and positive attention. What can you do when you feel your behavior toward your child is not embodying these qualities but is bordering on emotional abuse? Here are some suggestions:

• Never be afraid to apologize to your child. If you lose your temper and say something in anger that wasn’t meant to be said, apologize. Children need to know that adults can admit when they are wrong. Don’t call your child names or attach labels to your child. Names such as “Stupid” or “Lazy,” or phrases like “good for nothing,” “You’ll never amount to anything,” “If you could only be more like your brother,” and “You can never do anything right” tear at a child’s self-esteem. A child deserves respect. Address the behavior that needs correcting and use appropriate discipline techniques, such as time outs or natural consequences. Be sure to discuss the child’s behavior and the reason for the discipline, both before and immediately after you discipline. Discipline should be provided to correct your child’s behavior, rather than to punish or humiliate him or her. Compliment your child when he or she accomplishes even a small task, or when you see good behavior. Walk away from a situation when you feel you are losing control. Isolate yourself in another room for a few minutes (after first making sure the child is safe), count to 10 before you say anything, ask for help from another adult or take a few deep breaths before reacting. • Get help. Support is available for families at risk of emotional abuse through local child protection services agencies, community centers, churches, physicians, mental health facilities and schools.

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome is the medical term used to describe the injuries resulting from shaking an infant or young child. Shaken baby syndrome occurs when a child is shaken violently

as part of an adult or caregiver’s pattern of abuse or because an adult or caregiver momentarily succumbs to the frustration of having to respond to a crying baby. Doctors often fail to recognize the causes of head trauma in children who were victims of shaken baby syndrome because the children usually do not exhibit external signs of injury. In a study, researchers found that if a child had normal respiration, no seizures, no facial or scalp injury, and came from an intact family, the probability that abusive head trauma would be recognized was less than one in five. The percentage of child injuries incurred from shaken baby syndrome is not currently known.

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What Happens?

In shaken baby syndrome, the sudden and repeated vigorous shaking pitches the infant or child’s brain in different directions and causes parts of the brain to pull away, tearing brain cells and blood vessels. The force of shaking a child in anger and frustration is 5 to 10 times greater than if the child were to simply trip and fall. That force is repeated in succession as the child is being shaken. Violent shaking is especially dangerous to infants and young children because their neck muscles are not fully developed and their brain tissue is exceptionally fragile. Their small size further adds to their risk of injury. Often, the outward signs of injury to an infant or young child are not obvious, as the injuries occur on the inside, particularly in the head or behind the eyes. These injuries can include:

Brain swelling and damage Subdural hemorrhage

• Mental retardation or developmental delays Blindness, hearing loss, paralysis, and speech and learning difficulties • Death Shaken baby syndrome can have disastrous consequences for the family, the child and society. If the child survives, medical bills can be enormous. These children may require

lifelong medical care for brain damage injuries such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. The child may even require institutionalization or other types of long-term care.

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Superfoods That Help Ease Arthritis

  • 1. Sweet Peppers

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A single green pepper contains 176 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C–and colourful red and yellow varieties have more than double that amount. That makes them richer in C than citrus fruits, but sweet peppers are also excellent sources of vitamin B6 and folate.

  • 2. Salmon

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Salmon is among the richest sources of healthy fats, making it an ideal source of omega-3 fatty acids, especially because it's less likely than other cold- water fish to harbour high levels of toxic mercury. In addition to its fatty oils, salmon contains calcium, vitamin D and folate. Besides helping with arthritis, eating salmon may protect the cardiovascular system by preventing blood clots, repairing artery damage, raising levels of good cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.

  • 3. Bananas

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Bananas are perhaps best known for packing potassium, but they're also good sources of arthritis-fighting vitamin B6, folate and vitamin C. What's more, this easily digested, dense fruit is a prime source of soluble fibre, an important part of your diet if you're trying to lose weight because it helps you feel full without adding calories.

  • 4. Shrimp

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Taste and convenience make shrimp the most popular shellfish around. But shrimp also deserves acclaim as one of the few major dietary sources of vitamin D, with 3 oz. (85 g) providing about 30 percent of the recommended daily amount—more than a cup of fortified milk. Shrimp also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, along with other nutrients essential for general health, including iron and vitamin B12.

  • 5. Soy products

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Once relegated to the shelves of health-food stores, soy products such as tofu and tempeh have reached the mainstream largely because they've been shown to have cardiovascular benefits. But soybeans also protect

bones, thanks to compounds called isoflavones and significant amount of both vitamin E and calcium. Long a staple of Asian diets, soy can also be found in soy milk—a boon for people who want to avoid lactose or cholesterol in regular milk.

  • 6. Sweet Potatoes

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These tropical root vegetables (which are technically not related to white baking potatoes) are such a nutritional powerhouse, they once topped a list of vegetables ranked according to nutritional value by the U.S.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6 and dietary fibre, among other nutrients.

  • 7. Cheese

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Hard or soft, fresh or ripened, cheese in all its variety is an excellent source of calcium for bones and protein for muscles and other joint-supporting tissues. Depending on type, cheeses (especially hard varieties such as cheddar and Colby) are also a good source of vitamin B6 and folate. The sheer abundance of cheeses makes it easy to get more in your diet—by,

for example, slicing hard cheeses onto crackers or spreading soft cheeses such as cottage cheese or Brie onto fruits or vegetables.

  • 8. Lentils

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These dried legumes, with their rainbow of earthy hues, are prime sources of folate, with a single cup providing about 90 percent of your daily needs. But lentils also provide one of the richest plant-based sources of protein, contain large amounts of soluble dietary fibre and hold significant stores of vitamin B6. These and other nutrients make lentils protect the body against heart disease and cancer in addition to arthritis.

  • 9. Green Tea

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This mild, slightly astringent tea contains hundreds of powerful antioxidant chemicals called polyphenols and has been cited for helping prevent problems ranging from cancer to heart disease. But studies also suggest green tea make help prevent or ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Dwelling On Stressful Events May Raise Inflammation Levels In Body By 20 Pc

By thinking about past stressful events, people basically recreate a stressor in their mind, a study has revealed. Study author Peggy Zoccola from the department of Psychology of Ohio University said that stress can lead

to changes in people`s body, their heart rate, blood pressure, or cortisol levels and thinking about a stressful circumstance can activate that same set of responses in the body, as reported She said that while occasionally stewing

over something doesn`t cause the kind of inflammation, which is considered high-risk for cardiovascular disease and other illnesses, constantly doing it could make people more vulnerable to inflammation-related disorders.

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Tips To Get Rid Of Constipation

Modern age has made our life effortless but along with it, it brings along a plethora of lifestyle diseases and ailments. The most common ailment which we encounter in our day to day life is Constipation. More often than not, we are pretty embarrassed to discuss about this common ailment. But almost each one of us has suffered from it, at one time or another. Constipation basically refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass or the sensation of incomplete bowel evacuation. Constipation is a common cause of painful defecation and can even escalate to menacing heights if not taken seriously. So, we bring before you simple tips to get rid of this irritating and painful condition:

Start loving water

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Drink at least 3 liters of water every day. This is the most common tip, highly recommended and always effective. Still we don’t give heed to it and look for other solutions. But this time, take it seriously and ensure that your body gets enough water. Avoid having tap water as it is full of additives which are not good for your digestive system. Go for mineral water if you can.

Add fibre to your diet

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Most of the doctors and specialists across the world feel that Constipation is a clear sign that your diet is lacking in fibre. So, don`t wait and adopt a healthy diet which includes lots of fruits, grains and leafy vegetables and also a lot of fluids. Fibers will help

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steady your bowel movements. Fiber gives bulk to bowel movement making the stool easier to pass.

Avoid these foods

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In order to help prevent constipation you should avoid or at least limit your intake of dairy products like milk, yogurt and foods that are high in fat content, foods that are high in cholesterol content and processed foods. Don’t even think of fatty and junk food as it will aggravate your pain.

Increase physical activity

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Start walking or try simple exercise regime like jogging, skipping, cycling and swimming. The best thing to do is to take a long walk everyday which could help get things moving along. Regular and light exercises get the heart pumping and blood flowing which ultimately aids in constipation.

smooth fibrous fluid of the aloe vera plant soothes the muscles of your digestive track and softens your stool.

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Most of the time constipation is a side effect of a medication or some other illness. If you are taking the medication or suffer from an illness that may involve constipation as a symptom of the illness, you should try to avoid foods that make the risk of constipation higher. Discuss these with your doctor and prepare a proper diet chart.

Say bye to stress and depression

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Just relax and avoid engaging in stressful activities and anything which spurs tension and worry. All such mental conditions affect our daily lives and our eating habits leading to irregular bowel movements. Ensure that you keep stress at bay and keep yourself happy and spirited.

Try these home remedies

-Switch to Prunes and prune juice

-Eat a pear during breakfast or after dinner

-Have 1-2 oranges before going to bed and the same after getting up. They will stimulate your bowels for sure.

-Try Grapes and honey which are generally known as natural laxatives -Try Aloe Vera Juice with pulp for a quick remedy. It`s a natural fiber. Aloe vera relaxes the muscles of your digestive track and colon so that the feces can pass through easily. The

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Vaisakhi Festival

Baisakhi is one of the major festivals of Sikhs and is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm in the state of Punjab and all throughout the world where there is a significant Sikh population. For the large farming community of Punjab, Baisakhi Festival marks the time for harvest of crops and they celebrate the day by performing joyful bhangra and gidda dance. For the Sikh community, Baisakhi Festival has tremendous religious significance as it was on a Baisakhi Day in 1699, that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru laid the foundation of Panth Khalsa-the Order of the Pure Ones.

Date of Baisakhi

Baisakhi Festival falls on the first day of

Vaisakh month (April-May) according to Nanakshahi or Sikh Calendar. For this reason, Baisakhi is also popularly known as Vaisakhi. According to English calendar, the date of Baisakhi corresponds to April 13 every year and

April 14 once in every 36 years. This difference in Baisakhi dates is due to the fact that day of Baisakhi is reckoned according to solar calendar and not the lunar calendar. The auspicious date of Baisakhi is celebrated all over India under different names and different set of rituals and celebrations. Baisakhi date coincides with 'Rongali Bihu' in Assam, 'Naba Barsha' in Bengal, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu and 'Pooram Vishu' in Kerala.

Baisakhi Celebrations

People of Punjab celebrate the festival of Baisakhi with exuberance and devotion. As the festival has tremendous importance in Sikh religion, major activities of the day are organized in Gurdwaras. People wake up early to prepare for the day. Many also take bath in the holy river to mark the auspicious occasion. After getting ready people pay a visit to their neighbourdood gurdwara and take part in the special prayer meeting organized

for the day. At the end of the Baisakhi ardas, congregates receive specially prepared Kara prasad or sweetened semolina. This is followed by a guru ka langar or community lunch. Later, during the day people of Sikh faith take out a Baisakhi procession under the leadership of Panj piaras. The procession moves through the major localities of the city reciting devotional songs by the participating men, women and children. Mock duels, bhangra and gidda performances make the procession joyous and colourful.

Celebrations by Farmers

For the large farming community of Punjab and Haryana, Baisakhi marks a New Year’s time as it is time to harvest crops. On Baisakhi, farmers thank god for the bountiful crop and pray for good times ahead. People buy new clothes

and make merry by singing, dancing and enjoying the best of festive food. Cries of "Jatta aai Baisakhi", rent the skies as gaily men and women break into the bhangra and gidda dance to express their joy. Everyday farming scenes of sowing, harvesting, winnowing and gathering of crops are expressed through zestful movements

of the body to the accompaniment of ballads and dhol music. In several villages of Punjab Baisakhi Fairs are organized where besides other recreational activities, wrestling bouts are also held.

Legends of Baisakhi

There are various legends associated with the colourful and vibrant festival of Baisakhi. A study of these interesting legends of Baisakhi reveal that the day of Baisakhi is significant not just for Sikhs but also for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Besides, it is joyous to note that as a harvest festival, people

of all communities in Punjab and all over the world celebrate Baisakhi in a harmonious manner.

Harvest Festival

Baisakhi Festival marks the time for the harvest of Rabi crops and is therefore celebrated with utmost joy and enthusiasm in the state of Punjab where agriculture is the predominant occupation of the people. To celebrate the occasion, people dress themselves gaily and perform the joyful bhangra

and giddha dance on the tune of the dhol. Farmers in Punjab celebrate Baisakhi Festival to hilt by feasting and merrymaking before they hit on tiring but joyful task of harvesting from the next day.

Day to Receive Guru’s Blessings for Sikhs

According to a popular legend in Sikhism, it was on the day of Baisakhi in 1567 that Guru Amar Das had first institutionalized Baisakhi as one of the special days when all Sikhs would gather to receive the guru's blessings at Goindwal.

Foundation of Arya Samaj

The day of Baisakhi Festival is also

important for the Hindus as it on this day in 1875 that Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded the Arya Samaj - a reformed sect of Hindus who are devoted to the Vedas for spiritual guidance and have discarded idol worship.

Attainment of Nirvana by Gautam Buddha

For the Buddhist, the day of Baisakhi

Festival is significant, as according to a popular legend it was on this auspicious day that Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment or Nirvana under the Mahabodhi tree in the town of Gaya. For this reason, the day of Baisakhi is celebrated as Buddha Purnima is several parts of the country.

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Prabhudeva Is Shahid's New Guru

Shahid Kapoor's 'Rambo Rajkumar' director Prabhu Deva is his new dance teacher

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Shahid Kapoor may have taken his first dancing lessons under Shiamak Davar but looks like the actor has a new guru to look up to And it's none other than Prabhu Deva who is directing his upcoming film Rambo Rajkumar. According to sources, Shahid is also friends with most of the choreographers from the industry. And Sasha feels Prabhu had some very interesting techniques to teach him, while shooting

for their film. Shahid was looking forward to working with Prabhu as he considers him his icon. On the sets too they have mutual respect and admiration for each other. He makes sure that he observes Prabhu and picks up new things about dancing. Says Shahid, `When it comes to dancing, there are only two people I look up to -- one of them is my guru Shiamak and the other person is Prabhu sir.`

Honey Singh Faces Fan Frenzy In Dubai

Fans attention can get out of hand. This, rapper-stage performer Honey Singh found out in Dubai when he had to face a crowd of 20,000 people for a Holi concert last week. Apparently a section of the fans couldn't control their excitement and jumped on to the stage to create a scene. While Honey Singh dismisses the incident as a part of a day's work an eyewitness at the concert says, `The crowds got out of hand. We don't know whether it was the festive Holi mood or just a more aggressive audience than usual. But about a 100-150 members of the audience, just jumped on to the stage and they wouldn't leave despite our repeated requests. ` It took all of Singh's persuasive powers to get the clamorous fans off the stage. Honey brushed off the incident saying. `I have some Caucasian female fans in Dubai who come for all my concerts. They get very charged. They were there with their friends. And they got a

little over-excited. It was just audience ka pyaar. They were there to have fun, not to sit quietly with their arms and legs folded. ` Explains Singh, `When I go to smaller towns to perform and I see the elaborate sofas and chairs for the audience I've to patiently explain to them that my fans can't sit still and watch me perform. My concerts are very participative. Audiences at Indian concerts are not used to participating in stage performances. They are tutored to stay in their seats. 'Chup chaap baitho varna artiste naraaz ho jayega. ' In my concerts everyone is on their feet singing, dancing being part of my performance. ` However we hear that post the incident Dubai Honey Singh's security has been beefed up. At least six extra bouncers have been hired to prevent over- zealous audiences from getting too close to the rapper. Or shall we say, over-participative?

Bollywood Heart Breaking Real Love Stories

Bollywood has been known to have had some real high profile relationships, which went kaput after some time. Here are such relationships which were extremely famous, but did not work out.

Dilip Kumar and Madhubala

It is one of the oldest and most talked

about relationships, but unfortunately, it ended on a sad note. They met on the sets of their film ‘Jwar Bhatta’ and were together for a period of 5 years before the relationship ended. Madhubala eventually married Kishore Kumar.

Raj Kapoor and Nargis

They got together on the sets of one

of their films, and the chemistry they shared, was instantly recognized by most around. Raj Kapoor at that time

was married and a father, so they had to part ways. Nargis eventually married Sunil Dutt, and fell in love with him during the shoot of ‘Mother India’. Sunil Dutt saved her from the fire on the sets of this film.

Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman

One of the best directors of those times, Guru Dutt, fell in love with the super hit actress Waheeda Rehman. He introduced her in his film ‘C.I.D.’ and their affair became much publicized. Being already married to Geeta Dutt, once rumors of this surfaced, divorce

was inevitable. Guru Dutt eventually

committed suicide at an early age of

40.

Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha

After their first few films together, their affair was rumored. Although Amitabh never admitted or denied the relationship, Rekha did give it away during the course of time. At the height of this, Yash Chopra cast Rekha, Jaya

Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan for a love triangle in ‘Silsila’. It was considered a casting coup, but that was the last time these two worked with each other. Amitabh came back to his marriage, while Rekha went on to live a life on her own.

Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai

They began dating after their film ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’. The relation was always surrounded by controversies, and in the midst of it, they ended their relationship. Salman did not take the break up well, and stirred huge controversies, as he physically assaulted Aishwarya Rai. Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor After 3 years of being in a relationship, overnight news broke in that they went separate ways. The two actors always spoke about their relationship openly, and it seemed like a match that would work. Unfortunately it never lasted.

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Minissha Goes Undercover For Her Next Film

Till date we all have known Minissha Lamba as a girl next door but now, the petite actress is all set to go rough and tough.

She will be playing an undercover agent in her next film opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Earlier, Mini even lost oodles of weight and got toned for a bikini body. This time Minissha is working hard

for her new role. It requires her to be extremely fit and tough. Not only that, a source tells us that she has also been watching all the Hollywood mystery and action packed films every night to brush up and understand her role as an agent.

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Aishwarya Makes Me The Person I Am: Abhishek

Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who bagged the best comic actor award at the awards gala for his role in 'Bol Bachchan', credited his wife for the win and thanked her for being his support system "I would like to thank my family for having me because things wouldn't have worked without that. I really owe this to Aishwarya and the love and support she has given me.

She makes me the person I am," he said. The 37-year-old married Aishwarya in 2007 and welcomed a baby girl named 'Aaradhya' on November 16, 2011. About his film 'Bol Bachchan', Abhishek said, "'Bol Bachchan' is very, very special film to me and I stand here in front of you humbly receiving the award. He thanked the film's director Rohit Shetty and co-star Ajay Devgan for having faith in him.

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Deepika's Most Memorable Moment: Critics' Award At TOIFA

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Deepika Padukone, who won the critics' award for best actress for her performance in "Cocktail" at the just-concluded Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) awards in Vancouver, describes it as the most memorable moment of her life till now. Asked about her most memorable moment and time of her life, Deepika said: "Ironic that you ask me this question today. The fact that I won the best actor - critics' at the TOIFA awards. For me, I think right now that's the most memorable moment for me." The actress spoke at the launch of the latest collection of Tissot watches Monday. "I am sad that I couldn't be there (in

Vancouver), but people from there started calling me and I am very happy," she added. Meanwhile, Deepika says she would love to travel back to the 1970s and

1980s era, if given a chance. "I think the 'Om Shanti Om' era, I think the 1970s and the 1980s. I think that was a very interesting time for fashion

and films

I would love to go back to

... that era," Deepika said. Deepika's forthcoming film is Karan Johar's "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" with Ranbir Kapoor. It is slated to release May 31. She is also shooting for "Chennai Express" with superstar Shah Rukh Khan and "Ram Leela" with Ranveer Singh.

There Can Never Be Another ‘Mother India’, Says Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan, who posed as Mother India on the cover of Cine Blitz to celebrate 100 years of cinema said, remaking the Oscar-nominated film Mother India is impossible and that if anyone dared to make an attempt, she would never want to be a part of it. Ms Balan donned the Nargis look from the 1957 cult film Mother India and Meena Kumari’s from the 1962-classic Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam for Cine Blitz special edition. The 35-years-old actress said, “I don’t think anybody would even dare to remake Mother India and if someone does then I will salute him, but I will not do it. It is unachievable, really.” Vidya dressed up as Nargis in the same look. She said, “It’s an honour for me to have recreated those two images. One is the image of Nargis from Mother India and when you think of those iconic images from the Indian cinema over time, it definitely features

in the top 3.” Talking about Meena Kumari’s drunk look from the film, Balan added,“The other image we recreated was Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam and I remember seeing that picture when I was in school and finding it extremely intoxicating.”

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Ekta Kapoor - I Cannot Justify Everything In Film

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Reacting to allegations that "Ek Thi Daayan" portrays women regressively and promotes witchcraft, Ekta Kapoor says she cannot justify everything in a film. Releasing April 19, the Kannan Iyer directed film is a supernatural thriller that revolves around a 'daayan' (witch). The National Commission for Women (NCW) summoned both the producers - Ekta and Vishal Bhardwaj - last week after a complaint was filed by Ipsita Roy Chakraverti, a Wiccan priestess, alleging that the film shows women in regressive roles. Chakraverti has also filed a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee, requesting him to ban the film as it

promotes witchcraft. "I am beyond this. I cannot justify everything that happens in a movie or supernaturally because there will always be questions raised on various issues, " Ekta said in an interview. "But I would like to say that the movie was being made for two years and I don't know why people got up 10 days before its release (realising) that its content could be problematic. I just don't get it, " she added. Meanwhile, "Ek Thi Daayan" promotions are in full swing with all the leading actors - Huma Qureshi, Konkona Sen Sharma and Emraan Hashmi except Kalki Koechlin - participating in it.

Sanju Is Apparently Doing Double Shifts To Finish The Pending Projects

Sanjay Dutt, who is about to undergo his 3 year sentence soon is now in a hurry to wind up all his pending projects. To make sure the works gets done within time Sanjay Dutt has been working for 2 shifts every day. Sanjay Dutt is now associated with 3 movies which are Policegiri, Zanjeer and Peekay. Right now he is working very hard for the movie Policegiri. Its been said that Sanjay Dutt has been attending the shoot in the mornings and he is doing the dubbing work work in the nights. He is going to follow the same schedule for Zanjeer and Peekay also. The producers are very much appreciating the commitment of Sanjay Dutt towards their movies. But the time is

running out pretty fast for Sanjay Dutt but he still has a hope of getting the mercy from Supreme Court. Let’s hope for the best.

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Sunny Gets Into His Papa's Shoes

Sunny Deol to reprise Dharmendra's role in Anil Sharma's remake of 'Hukumat'

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While father and son have done films together, this will be the first time Sunny Deol will be reprising a role that was played by Dharmendra many years ago. Anil Sharma, who also helmed the original project, will be directing its remake. Apparently Sunny has already given his nod for the project. A source says, `Hukumat (1987) starring Dharmendra and Rati Agnihotri was a runaway hit. If things go well then Prakash Raj will play the

villain (originally played by Sadavshiv Amrapurkar) in the film.` Rumour is that Sharma is also planning to re-use one of the famous tracks from the original, Na Zulm that was originally composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. When the film released in 1987, it ran successfully for 75 weeks at the box office. Sharma adds, `It is too early to talk about it as I am busy with another film. There is no other actor better than Sunny to play the lead. Only he can do justice to Dharamji's character.`

Deenanath Mangeshkar Award For Jaya Bachchan

Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan will be conferred with Deenanath Mangeshkar Award on April 24th. Jaya will be presented the award for her remarkable contribution to Indian cinema. She will be conferred with the award on the death anniversary of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar. "I like all her films. I am fond of Bachchans and so are they," Mangeshkar told reporters. Jaya played the role of a rising playback singer in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Abhimaan', modeled on Mangeshkar. "I remember she (Jaya) would come for my song recordings before she began shooting for Abhimaan. During my recordings she used to stare at me and I kept thinking as to why she is doing this. When I saw the film I noticed she had somewhere copied my gestures like the way I used to stand, adjust my pallu etc," the melody queen said. The awardees will be given a memento

and cash prize of Rs 1,01,001. Suresh Wadkar and Vandana Gupte will be rewarded for their contribution to Marathi theatre and cinema. Master Deenanath Award has been instituted in the name of Lata's father, recognizes service in the field of music and films.

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At The Movies Ginger & Rosa(PG) * * * *

Sugar & Spice!

Teenage girls growing up in a hurry have a lot to learn in Ginger & Rosa, a fresh film from EOne Entertainment now opening up debates at The Fifth Avenue Cinemas and other select Cineplex Odeon theatres around B.C. Attach BBC films to any production and odds are good you're going to see some competent acting and intriguing storyline and with Gina & Rosa they've easily hit the daily double for revealing entertainment. Context means a lot to understand this film. First we see the birth of two little girls in the aftermath of the nuclear bomb explosion in 1945 in Hiroshima. Disarmament is a big focus in this movie - both on the political and personal level. Unlike the theatrics of the similary themed G.I. Joe Retaliation with Gina & Rosa our concern are two now teen age girls named, appropriately enough Ginger and Rosa. Elle Fanning shows considerable poise as the wise beyond her years Ginger while Alice

Englert (Beautiful Creatures) shines as Rosa. Both girls come from broken homes and are being raised by their mother. Only in Ginger's case she has a dad living with them called Roland. Sure to connect with some while disheartening others is the libertine approach to parenting offered up by Alessandro Nivola who explodes as the intellectualized dad not above the odd fling or to. Apart from all the illicit dalliances going around you have the fear factor of nuclear war that creeps into the story. Ginger is particulary concerned with this possibility and she decides to take action. All the scenes depicting the war resistance movement back in England in 1962, at the time, ironically of the first appearance of James Bond on the silver screen in Dr. No and the first Beatles release are true to form. Just how far strung out Ginger is in this effort and her problems at home are at the core of this delicious drama that also focuses in on

by ROBERT WALDMAN

(Bugsy) Ginger & Rosa is a terrific small drama directed and written with considerable tact by the always impressive Sally Potter

adolescent love in the Lolita sense. Bolstered by a stand-out supporting cast including Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt and Annette Bening

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Priyanka Chopra To Sing For Bollywood Movies

Top actress Priyanka Chopra launched her singing career with her debut album “In My City” in collaboration with the American rapper producer Will.i.am and has just finished recording her second single “Exotic” with rapper Pitbull. It is due to be released in a few months. Speculation is rife that with the successful launch of her singing career, Priyanka will be seen as playback singer in her upcoming releases “Gunday” and “Krrish 3”. However, Priyanka denies any such plans at the moment. Asked whether she is singing playback in any of her Bollywood projects at present, she replied “No, not as of now, because I have a contract with my label (Universal). But at some point, you never know. I probably will.” In the meantime, there has been no shortage of offers. "Vishal Shekhar and Salim-Sulaiman had asked me to sing but I was shy. Playback singing should happen soon. I am just waiting for my album to come out." The actress has just finished shooting for her latest film – a remake of ‘Zanjeer’. The talent of the leggy lass has been well recognized in the Indian cinema. In fact, Anurag Basu who directed

her latest film ‘Barfi’ was hoping that she gets an award at the TOIFA but Priyanka is not concerned with awards and trophies. “Jhilmil was a very special role for me. I just met a lady and she was crying. She has an autistic child and was really touched by my performance. It is gratifying as an actor" said Priyanka. Asked about her music, the actress

said, "Music is part of my life. My dad has been my biggest influence with music." Regarding the launch of her new album, she said, "My parents got emotional when they heard the song. It was my father's dream and he has come all dressed up and looking dapper today. My father is an incredible singer. I am happy my family, friends and everyone are here." Live performances are also not ruled out totally, though they are some way off in the future. The actress said "Live

shows ...

not at all. I am not prepared for

it. I love performing but when I reach that level I will do live performances. This is just the beginning." Priyanka is currently working on her role in the biopic of boxer Mary Kom. “It is a very challenging role”, she said. Shooting is scheduled to start in June.

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The Islands of Tahiti

Continued From Last Week

Frequently asked questions

What Is the Voltage?

Hotels use either 110 or 220 volts,

depending on the location. A converter/ adapter is often required for appliances you bring, including computers.

How Do I Use the Telephone in Tahiti?

Direct dialing international calls is available in most hotels and phone booths. Phone cards are easily purchased in Tahiti. When calling from the U.S. to Tahiti, dial 011 and then the country code of 689 along with the local number. Your cell phone with U.S. service may not work in Tahiti depending on the type of phone you have and your service provider. There are also rental options.

Do Rooms Have Air Conditioners?

Many do, particularly on the islands of

Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora. Most bungalows are cooled by ceiling fans that draw in the fresh trade winds.

Do I Bargain When Shopping?

Bargaining and haggling over prices in markets and stores is not customary.

What Kind of Shopping Is There? What Souvenirs Should I Buy?

Among Tahiti's most popular products are black pearls, tiare and coconut soaps, monoi oil, vanilla beans, shell leis, wood carvings, woven hats and baskets, and the colorful hand dyed pareu fabric worn by the island natives. The Papeete public market is a favorite with visitors. Shops usually open about 7:30am and close at 5:30pm (Noon on Saturdays) but there is always a long

lunch hour. Except in hotels, all shops are usually closed on Sundays.

. How Do I Get Around?

The most inexpensive and common form of transportation is the public bus system. On Tahiti there are now two types of buses: the open-air trucks called Le Truck and the RTC large white coaches. Both operating frequently in Papeete and around the island. Le Truck also operates on most other islands. Taxis can be hired at most hotels, airports, and ferry terminals. For scenic tours around the islands, try escorted excursions by boat, 4x4 safari, bus, or helicopter.

What Activities Are There to Do?

Tahiti is the perfect

place

to

do

everything or nothing at all. Popular

activities include 4x4 safaris, nature

hikes,

scuba

diving, snorkeling,

canoeing, sailing, jet skiing, wind- surfing, surfing, bike riding, tennis, golf on the island of Tahiti, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, shopping, circle-island tours, helicopter tours, museums stops and archaeological tours.

Can I Rent a Car?

Rental cars are available at most airports for drivers over 21 years of age with a valid driver's license. Major credit cards are usually required for drivers under 25. Because of the small size of many islands, and the uniqueness of many circle island tours, you may find renting a car unnecessary.

Can I Charter a Boat?

If you are an experienced sailor, yacht and sailboat charters are available on most of the major islands for short- or long-term voyages. Some can come complete with a captain and crew. Fishing boats can also be chartered for deep-sea fishing for big species.

What Kind of Diving Can I Expect?

The islands of Tahiti offer world- class diving and are famous among divers for the large marine life, drift dives, warm and pristine waters, and uncrowded dive sites. The clear lagoons, coral gardens, underwater passes, and oceanic drop-offs all create an abundant aqua-culture with infinite sea life.

Can I Learn to Dive in Tahiti?

If you have at least one week, you can enroll in a complete certification course or take a shorter resort course at many of the resorts and from the cruise ships. If you are already a PADI, NAUI, or SSI member, your certification is recognized.

Tahiti Custom Regulations

All items brought in by travelers for their personal use are duty-free, provided they are non-prohibited items and are re-exported out of French Polynesia within six months. These include 200 cigarettes or 200 cigarillos or 100 cigars; 50 grams of perfume; 500 grams of coffee; 100 grams of tea; 10 rolls of camera film; 2 liters of alcohol (Spirits, Wine or Champagne).

No one under 17 years of age is entitled to duty-free tobacco or alcohol.

All telecommunications and radio equipment require an import license, and certain types of animal life and flora are protected by customs regulations. Domestic pets are prohibited unless authorized by the "Service du développement rural de Polynésie française" Tel: (689) 42-81-47.

Strictly prohibited imports include live animals, all plant material, flowers, fruits, and cultured pearls of non- French Polynesian origin. Naturally, guns and weapons of any kind, ammunition, counterfeit items, and narcotics are prohibited outright. Upon departure, special attention is paid by Customs to purchase documentation

for medicines, pearls, works of art, antiques, and unusual items acquired while in French Polynesia.

Visas & Entry

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Every visitor to French Polynesia must have:

1. A passport valid for three months

beyond date of arrival.

2. A return airline ticket to their resident country or to at least two more continuing destinations.

3. Sufficient funds planned stay.

to cover their

For stays of up to three months or 90 days, there are no visa requirements for citizens of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. A foreigner with a residence card for the U.S. is not exempt from the above requirements and should consult the French Consulate based in the U.S. for information. Citizens of European Union countries do not need a visa for stays of up to three months; citizens of other countries should consult the French Consulate.

As entry requirements are subject to modification without notice, it is advisable to check with your travel

arranger before departure. Contact one of the French Consulates in North America for further details and visa information.

Tahiti Weather

Our temperatures average about 79 degrees (F) year around, both the air temperature and the water temperature.

We are a tropical destination blessed with lots of Sun and enough rain to keep the waterfalls flowing and the flowers blooming!

Currency

US dollars and euros are widely

accepted in the islands, although at a less favorable exchange rate than at banks. The official currency is the French Pacific Franc (CFP). The value of the CFP is pegged to the euro and fluctuates against the US dollar. For exchange and cash advances, international banks can be found in downtown Papeete, at Fa'a Airport, and throughout the frequently visited islands. Hotels will also exchange US dollar, but at a less favorable exchange rate. On the primary tourist islands, MasterCard and Visa are commonly accepted in most all hotels, restaurants, and boutiques while American Express is accepted in some. Cards may not always be accepted on less visited islands. While ATMs are more common, they may not always recognize foreign cards. Also, note that some atolls and islands in the Austral and Gambier group have no banking facilities.

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Health

No shots or certifications are required for entry from North America. Regardless of the traveler's nationality; entry from an affected area of the world as defined by the World Health Organizations requires certification of inoculations.

On the islands of Tahiti, good sanitary facilities and health services are available. The cities of Papeete, Taravao (Peninsula of Tahiti) and Uturoa (Raiatea) have fully equipped hospitals. Other tourist islands at least possess a doctor's office or a clinic.

Tahitian hospitals and clinics provide a high standard of health care. For a tropical location, Tahiti has very few pest or insect problems, and the region is free from malaria.

No snake or poisonous spiders, or dangerous animals inhabit the islands. Visitors are advised to use footwear on the reefs, as well as in and around the lagoons. Although the incidence is rare, stepping barefoot on a stonefish can cause non-lethal poisoning.

Visitors should also be cautious of overexposure to the tropical sun and should apply effective sunscreen.

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2013 Ford Focus

Small-car buyers are among the most demanding. They want something fun, good-looking, feature-filled, but also inexpensive and easy to park. The days of "basic" transportation are over. The Ford Focus is convincing evidence of that change. It's changed the nameplate's image, from unremarkable to best in class, in many ways. It's also our 2012 Best Car To Buy winner, as much for its trend-leading features as for its excellent front-drive handling. And this year, it's being joined by a seriously enthusiastic Focus ST hot hatch. The 2013 Ford Focus contains a mix of creases and curves in the sheetmetal, while its aggressive front-end design and thin front grille are a new Ford design cue shared with the 2013 Escape. The instrument-panel design doesn't at all hold back inside, and while some may find it overly swoopy and almost too stylized, its vertically- oriented vents and pleasant surface scrulpting look and feel original in a crowded class of look-alike small cars. Ford offers two body styles for the 2013 Focus—a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback—as well as several trims to cover a wide range of expectations, but we find the Focus tends to look best in the top Titanium trim, where all the details are well coordinated. Inside, the Focus can feel more like a European sport sedan than a budget- priced hatchback. Add the upgraded sport seats of the Titanium model and you'll find even better support than the already impressive base front seats. Whether you choose the sedan or hatchback, you get back seat accommodations that are virtually the same, with just enough legroom and headroom to fit even those over six feet. With the leather upholstery, there's no skimping on look and feel in back; you won't get mid-size comfort, but there's enough comfort back there for most six-footers. Our most significant complaint concerns the instrument panel design, which seemingly cuts into front passenger knee space especially. The 2.0-liter direct-injected four-

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cylinder engine that powers most of the lineup produces 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque; it's paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed PowerShift dual- clutch automatic. But what's new for 2013 is a high-performance Focus ST variant that can get to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph. Packing a 240-hp turbocharged EcoBoost four and a six-speed manual—no automatic—it calls out to serious driving enthusiasts. Performance from the Focus ST is a rush, as you might guess; but it's surprisingly well-engineered, with none of the coarse or twitchy tuner- car feel that affects the likes of the Mazdaspeed3 and Mitsubishi Ralliart. As for the rest of the Focus lineup, choose the manual gearbox and you'll have one of the best-driving small cars in the segment. You have to rev the engine to get to its perky side, but it's smooth, with a nice linkage. The PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission in general does a good job keeping the revs up when you need it—but it can be rough at times at low speeds—and there's a Sport mode or you can control shifts on your own with a little +/- button on the side of the shift knob. The Focus handles as well as—or better than—the most deft

handler in the class, the Mazda3, with a suspension that doesn't crash and bang over rough transitions. Ford's electric power steering system provides nice weighting and it performs well, providing precise control but not transmitting much feel of the road. (There's also a low-volume Ford Focus Electric model offered in more than a dozen U.S. markets. It's built on the same production line as other Focus variants, but dispenses with the gasoline engine and transmission, replacing

them with a lithium-ion battery pack that runs an electric motor. The EPA rates the Focus Electric at 76 miles of range, and its price including delivery starts at $39,995. Ford appears to be only lukewarm on its most advanced Focus; throughout 2012, it sold just 685 of them nationwide. The 2013 Ford Focus Electric continues unchanged from the 2012 model.) Safety-wise, the Focus holds strong; it's one of the few compact sedans to have earned both a five-star NCAP Overall Score and IIHS Top Safety Pick status. The Focus still is offered in a cost- conscious $16,995 Focus S base model, but the true focus is toward those well-equipped, tech-loaded upper trims like the SEL and Titanium. A loaded Titanium can hit $28k, but these models include MyFord Touch, an upgraded ten-speaker Sony sound system, HD Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio, sport seats, a sport suspension, and sport wheels with summer performance tires. Active Park Assist, which helps you steer into a parallel-parking space, is optional in upper-level Focus models and is one of several segment-exclusive tech features. MyFord Touch, with text-to-voice capability and WiFi capability, is also available.

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Smart Driving Tips For New Drivers

If your vehicle breaks down, don't

Stay out of the way. Give

other drivers will follow traffic

Use your horn sparingly.

driver is out to antagonize you; he

panic. There are far more friendly

rules.

Don't block the passing lane.

or she may just be in a hurry, too.

people on the roads than those who

Do not insist on your right-of-way

Don't

switch lanes without

It's not your job to teach others to

would wish to harm you. * If you can, pull up where there are houses, street lighting and a telephone.

if another driver is challenging you. Give a tailgater an opportunity to

signaling. Avoid blocking the right-hand turn lane.

drive. If, for example, you block a speeding car to slow it down, you might be inviting trouble. Leave

* If you are somewhere remote you are

pass you by changing lanes.

law enforcement to the police.

at less risk if you stay inside your car.

Be alert to those who are putting

• Make time good instead of making

Use your mobile phone. If you have to walk take your personal attack alarm with you.

on makeup, talking on car phones, reading, eating or otherwise not paying attention to driving.

Do not tailgate. Don't get distracted by the car phone. Don't play the radio excessively

good time. If it takes 25 minutes to get to work, why leave yourself only 15? Leave earlier and don't

* If a stranger does offer assistance,

Give cars room to merge ahead of

play beat the clock. If driving

note their car number, keep your doors

loudly. Allow plenty of time for your trip. Driving is transportation, not

makes you impatient, play music

locked, speak to them through a closed

you. Follow these tips to avoid rude

competition. Want to compete?

or listen to a book on tape to pass

window and send them to get help. •

aggressive drivers plenty of room

or aggressive driving tendencies yourself. Don't make eye contact with an

Find a racetrack. Be courteous, even when other drivers are not. Retaliating won't

the time.

to get around you.

aggressive driver.

get you where you're going any

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• Drive defensively. Do not assume

Don't use obscene gestures.

sooner. Don't assume the other

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Foods To Battle Cancer

Cancer is a worldwide epidemic and if we go with facts, every day one person gets diagnosed with some form of cancer. But it’s not all a lost cause because according to many studies conducted worldwide, there are 2 preventive measures one can take - diet and exercise. One can keep cancer at an arm’s length if they incorporate certain foods in their diet every day and exercise regularly. Here is a list of 12 foods that prevents cancer.

Peanuts

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Rich in Vitamin E, peanuts reduces the risk of colon, lung, liver, and other cancers. Have a spoon of peanut butter on a slice of whole grain toast for a filling cancer-fighting snack.

Grapefruit

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Oranges, grapefruits, broccoli all of them are high in Vitamin C. This element prevents the formation of cancer-causing nitrogen compounds. Grapefruits, Oranges, grapefruits, broccoli and other fruits reduce the risk of esophagus, bladder, breast cancer, cervical cancer, and stomach and colon cancer. So remember to fill your plates with veggies and fruits every day.

Berries

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Berries top the charts when it comes to cancer fighting foods. Raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries are very promising potential to help prevent cancer. Pterostilbene, an antioxidant found in berries is a storehouse of cancer fighting properties.

Sweet potatoes

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Sweet potato is full of beta carotene. Studies have revealed that consumption of high beta carotene foods reduce the risk of cancers esp. colon, breast, stomach and lung cancers. In a study including premenopausal women who ate a lot of vegetables that included beta carotene like sweet potatoes had lowered their breast cancer risk by half.

Wild salmon

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Studies have revealed that eating foods rich in vitamin D will help in blocking the development of blood vessels that feed growing tumors and help stop the proliferation of cancerous and precancerous cells. With very few foods full of Vitamin D one can choose Vitamin D fortified dairy products.

Flaxseed

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Omega 3 fatty acids prevents in the growth of cancer by preventing the growth of cancer cells and interrupting

the growth of cancerous tumor. Omega-3 fatty acids also help reduce inflammation. Along with fatty fish, one can also include a tbsp of flaxseed in your daily diet.

Turmeric Curcumin, the active ingredient
Turmeric
Curcumin,
the
active
ingredient

in turmeric, acts as both an anti-

inflammatory and an antioxidant, and prevents cancer by interfering with aspects of cellular signaling. Use it liberally in all your chicken and fish curries.

Tea

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Tea contains catechins compounds; these compounds restrict the growth of cancer. In a study done in China, green tea drinkers were found to have a lower risk of developing cancers compared with non-tea drinkers. Tea reduces risk of lung, prostate, colon and breast cancers.

Cruciferous vegetables

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Fruits and vegetables consist of small quantities of phytonutrients and these naturally occurring nutrients are as important as minerals and vitamins. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower,

cabbage contain phytonutrients which may help inhibit the metabolism of carcinogens and stimulate the body's production of detoxification enzymes.

Tomato

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According to sfgate.com, "A study published in 2009 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that tomatoes which contain lycopene, help prevent prostate cancer. Lycopene is a strong antioxidant that may also prevent other types of cancers, so Farquhar recommends three servings of tomatoes a week for men and women."

Pomegranates

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Pomegranates are rich in ellagic acid. According to a few studies, ellagic acid slows down cancer cell growth and deactivate cancer-causing compounds. So hog on this fruit in any form, a juice, a salad or milkshakes.

Onions

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Again, a food rich in anti-cancer substances including allicin, onions are a staple in Indian dishes. Ypui can also incorporate it through salads or just eating it raw.

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For Women
For Women

For Women

For Women
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Friday April 12, 2013

How To Find The Right Bra

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According to industry insiders, 80 per cent of women are wearing the wrong bra size. Fortunately, I'm no longer one of them. Here's what I learned in my search for a better bra—and how you can fit yours. I'm a take-charge kind of woman— unless, apparently, my breasts are involved. After weight gain and sheer age-related sagging I was under no delusions: I knew my bras were the wrong size. All of them. I also had no idea what size I am. And here's the thing: Other parts of my body have also changed size, and it hasn't been an issue for me. Shopping for new on-trend suits is kind of fun. But there was something about a change in my bra size that made me feel like I was

Get the right fit where it counts

heading for the grade-8 locker room lineup all over again. So, I procrastinated. After all, we're in the middle of a recession! If women could darn their stockings over and over during WW II surely I could make my ill-fitting undergarments last

a month or two longer. I'd like to say I came to my senses out of concern for my health and comfort. But no—it was Mad Men that finally drove me to a professional bra fitting. If Joan and Betty could look that good then surely there was hope for me ... right? As it turns out, there was. The girls are happy in their new, improved location—and I am never going back. I wear a bra every day and it is worth the time to wear the right one. Here's what you should know:

Prepare to be fitted

Here's how not to buy a bra: Run into a sale, grab the size you think will fit, then come home and live with your decision for twelve months. (Not that I have any experience with this method.) Instead: Use a tape measure to ball-park your size. First, the band size: measure your chest just below your breasts after exhaling. Round to the nearest whole inch. Then, if the number is even, add 4. If the number is odd, add 5. Don't ask

me why you have to add these numbers in, but if you don't you will regret the attempt. So for example, if you have a chest size of 32.5", round up to 33" and add five. You have a 38 band size.

Next: Find your cup size, and how to tell you've found the right size

Next, the cup size: measure around the fullest part of your chest. Subtract your band size. If the difference is less than half an inch, you're an AA, one half to one inch and you're an A, a B if it's two inches, a C if it's three, and so on. Don't stop there: Fit is not just about the numbers. In my case I went up a size from what the tape measure might have indicated. Sorry, but you will actually have to go in and try different sizes on. Don't rush. Take the time to try different brands and models of bras. There are a bunch of really neat options out there:

wire-free bras and just plain pretty bras. It actually is kind of fun. And lest you need a reminder: You wear a bra every day. It's worth the time. Preview the actual results. Bring or wear a tight, unforgiving shirt (preferably a tank) with you to slip on over your selections. You really can tell the difference when you get a great bra on. If you go for a professional fitting,

prepare for the touching. It is strange to have someone tugging on the back of a bra you're wearing and checking

that the cups lie flat, but it's worth it. It's also nothing like the locker room. Have fun. Nothing starts the day right like slipping your shirt on over something that makes you smile at the mirror.

How you know the bra fits

Your bra should fit snugly on the loosest hook when the bra is new. The gore (the centre part of the bra) should fit snugly against your body. Your breasts should maintain their natural separation. Likewise, when the straps are adjusted, the edges of the cups should lie flat against your breasts. • A little bit of "spillage" at the top of the cup is all right, but it should not be visible under a tight-fitting t-shirt. If it is, then the cup size is too small.

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Tips To Remember When You Wear White

White is classic and will never go out of style. But you need to know how to wear it right if you want to carry it off well. Here are a few points you need to keep in mind - 1. Golden rule: Wear skin-coloured/ nude inners, because white inners always show through most summer- friendly fabrics. Try to ensure that the shade of the inners is as close as possible to your skin tone. 2. Keep in mind that white tends to make certain areas look a little larger as it reflects light, so a white might not look very flattering on parts of the body which should not be looking oversized! 3. One should be careful while selecting white shoes if one's feet are very large. Going for tapered circular tipped shoes (not pointy, not t-front) is a good choice. Keep it sleek. 4. One should avoid white sandals or 'chappals' if one's feet are not presentable, as white draws a lot of attention, and usually shines due to contrast on Asian skin tones. Again nothing lumpy, or overpowering. 5.Use skin products/cosmetics before

wearing a white outfit. In fact it's best to wear an outfit only once the product has fully dried, else it may leave marks which may ruin the radiance of the outfit. This applies to deodorants also. 6. Try to use deodorants which deter sweating around the arm pits, this would help keep the garment free from sweat stains. 7. Men need to ensure that their body hair doesn't fuzz out at places, body hair shine along white garments, specially shirts. Looking neat in whites is very crucial. 9. Never overstuff your pockets. This helps keep the ironing and the silhouette of the ensemble in place. 10. White sarees can be worn with contrast blouses, but one should ensure the pleating of the pallu reduces the visibility of the blouse area which has to get covered under the saree, i.e. the blouse should not be visible through the 'pallu'. The opening of the blouse should be very well finished. It would be better to wear a blouse with a zipper instead of hooks when you are wearing white.

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The Right Way To Cleanse Your Face

There is a right way to facial cleansing so your skin not only removes the dirt it accumulates but also helps keep clean

Gone are the days when cleaning the face was just about splashing water and

using a face wash. Here's a mini to-do list to washing your face just right.

  • 1. Take off your makeup:

Yes, this is rule number one. Washing

a caked up face does no good. Use a makeup remover, baby oil or an oil- based cream to take off that makeup from your face.

  • 2. Choosing the right product for

your skin:

It is important that you use the right

products depending on your skin type.

If you have normal skin, you have the liberty to experiment with any product, but for a sensitive skin, use something that is gentle and does not bring about any breakouts.

  • 3. Take time:

Moisten your face with lukewarm

water (nothing too warm, or else it can make the skin dry and also harm the skin). Then use a cleanser that suits your skin type to clean the face. Take

cleanser on your fingers and rub gently in a circular motion all over your face, going your way up and into the hairline and also down past your jawline.

4. Wash it right:

Washing the face more than once or

twice can lead to irritation of the skin. If you're someone who sweats a lot, then maybe you can wash your face when you feel too much grime accumulation, also when you feel uncomfortable (then again don't overdo it). Even after a rigorous workout session, washing the face is recommended. Otherwise, no matter what skin type you be, stick

to washing the face just twice, in the morning and before you sleep at night.

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