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However, after the story broke in the media

,
Liu retracted the statements in the letter.
Tien said at a press conference that he had
met with Fiji representative to Taiwan
Frances Ligalevu Thursday morning and
asked her to convey the MOFA’s apology to
the government and people of her country.
The harassment incident was a matter of
personal misconduct, Tien told reporters.
All Taiwanese diplomats should “speak and
act circumspectly” as they are representing
the country, he said.
Meanwhile, the MOFA has launched an
investigation into allegations of misuse of
iji’s roadmap to democracy has
been accepted by countries within
and outside of the Paciüc.
This was revealed by the Minister
for Foreign Affairs & international
cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
“Other countries within and outside of
the Pacifc region have recognised Fiii`s
home-grown roadmap to democracy
as a credible roadmap to achieving a
sustainable democracy,” Ratu Inoke said.
“It will provide the best opportunities for
all its citizens equally by addressing the
problems of the country head on through
a reform process running concurrently
with preparations for elections.”
He said the stubborn dogmatic insistence
on “early elections” as a panacea to all of
Fiii`s deep-seated problems refected the
aiwan’s Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday
conveyed an apology to Fiji over the
alleged sexual harassment of a Fijian
employee at Taiwan’s representative
ofüce in the South Paciüc country. a
MOFA ofücial said.
The MOFA apologized on behalf of Leon
Liu. Iormer frst secretary oI the Trade
Mission of the Republic of China in Fiji,
who admitted in a letter in May that he
had sexually harassed a Fijian employee,
said James Tien, director-general of the
ministry’s Department of East Asian and
Pacifc AIIairs.
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Representative to Fiji Victor Chin, speaking
at a press conference at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Taipei denies having an
affair with a secretary from the Japanese
embassy and misusing public funds
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Fiji’s desire is to return to a sustainable
form of democracy, he said.
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Fiji’s Roadmap smacks of a superiority
complex that assumes they know
better than any other country what is
good for Fiji, including Fiji itself, and
runs roughshod over the notion of a
partnership among equals.”
He reiterated Government’s stand that it
will continue to adhere to its Roadmap
for Democracy which will result in the
September 2014 General Election.
“Fiji calls on all partners in the
international community to engage
constructively with Fiji towards
achieving these goals rather than standing
on the sidelines and trying to dictate what
they think is best for Fiji.
“It has been noted in past and recent
statements by Australia and New
Zealand, like a broken record player, that
despite the recognition that Fiji has deep-
seated problems of racism, corruption,
and equality, inter-alia in the electoral
system that govern elections.
They continue to insist on an “early
return to democracy” in Fiji as a panacea
to these problems.”
He said Fiji’s home-grown roadmap to
democracy was the way forward and
must be supported.
“There is no other way but Fiji’s home-
grown roadmap is the way to democracy,”
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Australian fugitive and cult leader Rocco
Leo will not be extradited from Fiji,
says Director of Immigration Nemani
Vuniwaqa.
Vuniwaqa said there is no reason to
extradite him if there is no demand from
the Australian government.
“There has been no response from
Australia so far. This simply means that
they do not want him,” Vuniwaqa said.
He said Leo came to Fiji legally with
proper visa permit, however there are
certain allegations made against him
which are currently been investigated by
the Department of Immigration.
When questioned whether he will be
deported, Vuniwaqa said he could not say
much as investigations are continuing.
Meanwhile Leo is wanted in Australia
for 126 counts of fraud and one count
of assault.
He was captured by local police officers at
Tiri Villas’ eco-resort in Pacific Harbour,
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TAIWAN`S MINISTER APOLOGIZES TO FI1I
OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF FI1IAN EMPLOYEE
AUSTRALIAN FUGITIVE
WON`T BE EXTRADITED
GOVERNMENT ACTS AS GUARANTOR FOR PINE LOAN
FI1IAN DOCUMENTARY WINS AWARDS
CANADA DAY CELEBRATION IN TOWN
Lots of music. parades. and üreworks
BUDGET FOR AIRPORT UPGRADES - $120M
The Fiji government has guaranteed a Fiji
Development Bank (FDB) loan of $10
million to the Fiji Pine Limited (FPL).
The decision was made by Cabinet during
its 2nd special meeting on Tuesday.
Cabinet based its decision on a
submission by the Prime Minister and
Minister for Finance, Commodore Voreqe
A Fijian documentary on climate change
has won two awards at the Film Festival
of Colorado.
Documentary “Miss South Pacific” shot
in Fiji was awarded the Audience Award
for Best Environmental Documentary
and the Grand Jury Award for best
Environmental Film.
Produced by Hawaiian documentary
filmmaker Teresa Tico and directed by
renowned Hollywood director Mary
Get out your red and white!
Big parties are being held across the
Lower Mainland to celebrate Canada’s
144th birthday:
Vancouver:
Granville Island: All-day party 10 a.m.
to midnight, parade at 1:30 p.m.
Canada Place: Party with music on four
stages 10 a.m.–7 p.m., parade at 7 p.m.,
fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
Surrey:
Cloverdale Millenium Amphitheatre:
Biggest party in Western Canada.
Trooper will be there, along
with some Olympic athletes.
10 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Airports Fiji limited (AFL) will be
spending around $FJD120 million for
significant upgrades to airports around Fiji.
Chairman, Adrian Sofield said there
would be upgrades to the Nadi, Savusavu,
Nausori and Lakeba airports.
He said AFL has already purchased night
landing lights for the Nausori airport and
$15 million has been allocated for the
upgrades.
He also said a further $25 million would
be spent on upgrading the overlay of Nadi
International Airport.
Sofield added that AFL would upgrade
the Labasa Airstrip and also extend the
Savusavu runway.
Fiji’s Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-
Khaiyum said the upgrades will be
completed in 3–4 years time.
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public funds by Taiwan’s representative
to Fiji Chin Jih-hsin, and will publicize
the fndings as soon as possible. Tien said.
Chin allegedly illegally applied for
government allowances for his family
and used government funds to pay for a
pearl necklace for a Japanese diplomat
Burnaby:
Burnaby Village Museum: A party in
the 1920s village streets with parade,
music, family entertainment 11 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., parade at 1:45 p.m.
Coquitlam:
Lafarge Lake and Evergreen Cultural
Centre: Food, music, arts 12 noon
to 11 p.m.
North Vancouver:
Party at Waterfront Park 12 noon
to 4 p.m.
West Vancouver:
John Lawson Park: Live entertainment
2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., fireworks at
10:30 p.m.
Richmond:
Steveston Community Centre:
Coincides with Steveston Salmon
Festival, complete with parade at
10 a.m.
Langley:
McLeod Athletic Park: Live
performances, family-friendly
activities. Two-day event:
Thurs, June 30th 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.;
Fri, July 1st 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
White Rock:
Canada Day at the Bay: All-day
party along East and West beaches
from 10 a.m. to dusk. Fireworks
at 10:15 p.m.
with whom he was having an affair,
according to Democratic Progressive
Party (DPP) Legislator Gao Jyh-peng.
Chin headed back to Fiji earlier in the
day in an effort to repair the bilateral
relations between the two sides but will
return to Taiwan when necessary during
the probe, Tien said.
Lambert the documentary is about the
impact of climate change on Fiji and
other South Pacific Island Nations.
The documentary tells the story of the
2009 Miss South Pacific Pageant and
its theme “Preserving Our Environment
the Pacific Way.”
The documentary will be screened at
the Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape
Cod, Massachusetts among other film
festivals.
Bainimarama.
The loan will be used by the FPL
subsidiary Tropik Wood Products Limited
(TWPL) for the Wairiki Chip Mill project.
Commodore Bainimarama said the
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and would allow TWPL to complete the
wood chip mill project.
He also said the Wairiki chip mill project
will significantly contribute towards
the country’s export earnings and the
development of the North as a whole.
“The Wairiki project will enable the Pine
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The Fiji National Provident Fund board
has declared a 5.25 percent interest for
the financial year ending 30th June, 2011
with an estimated $135 million payout to
members’ accounts.
FNPF Chief Executive Officer, Aisake
Taito said the interest will be credited to
members’ accounts.
Last year the Fund paid out an interest of 5
percent totaling $121 million in payout to
its members.
FNPF said despite the economic challenges
faced in the year, they are pleased to be able
to announce a relatively higher positive
return.
in helping Prime Minister Commodore
Frank Bainimarama obtain the MSG
chairmanship this year during the MSG
meeting in Honiara.
Mr Campbell had told a press conference
in Honiara of the United States’ desire to
see Fiji return to democratic rule.
In their pursuit to see that happen, the
United States proposed to work closely
with the Australian and New Zealand
governments to help resolve the issue in
Fiji, he said.
“All of us want democracy restored
in Fiji and we are also listening and
observing as we go along to ensure the
appropriate approach is taken,” he said.
Mr Campbell said the United States’
position on the issue in Fiji was one of
the questions raised throughout their
tour not only in the Solomon Islands but
also in other island nations.
Mr Campbell’s tour takes him to Kiribati,
Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Papua
New Guinea, Palau, the Federated States
of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.
It does not include Fiji.
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THE diplomatic note issued by Tonga to
Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Ministry provided
no reason for refusing to comply with the
extradition of Ratu Tevita Mara.
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
said Fiji had yet to receive any formal
notification from Australia or New
Zealand in response to extradition
applications that were filed last week.
He confirmed his office had not received
a formal response, only a note that
stated that Tongan laws did not permit
their government to comply with Fiji’s
extradition request.
“The diplomatic note gave no reasons for
refusing to comply with Fiji’s extradition
application and blandly states that Tongan
law does not permit compliance,” he said
in a statement.
“No specific reasons were given.
“Given that this was a
request by the office
of the Attorney-
General, courtesy
would demand that
a formal response is
sent to the Attorney-
General rather than a
diplomatic note to the
Ministry of Foreign
Affairs,” Mr Sayed-
Khaiyum said.
AIRPORTS FI1I
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TONGA HAS NO REASON
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Airports Fiji Limited has recorded around
$3 million increase in net profits, from
$5.7 million in 2009 to $8.75 million in
2010.
AFL Chairman Adrian Sofield said the
increase in profit was due to an increase
in the number of tourist arrivals, tighter
cost controls and revenue earned from
controlled airspace.
According to the AFL’S annual report
for 2010, total international passenger
movements were up by 14.5 per cent,
from 1,233,972 to 1,412,499.
Sofield also added that shareholders in
AFL had received a 6.7 per cent return
on their investments, an increase from 4.6
per cent in 2009.
EMBRACE.
DON`T RE1ECT. FI1I.
USA ENCOURAGED
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Danny
Philip has told a high-level American
delegation in Honiara: Embrace, don’t
reject, Fiji.
Mr Philip encouraged the United States
of America to help Fiji ahead of the
country’s 2014 democratic elections.
Prime Minister Philip urged the visiting
delegation led by Assistant Secretary
of State to South East Asia and Pacific
Kurt Campbell to establish an open and
practical dialogue with Fiji.
It came on the same day Mr Campbell
told a press conference that the United
States planned to work with Australia
and New Zealand, two of Fiji’s biggest
critics.
As for the Melanesian Spearhead Group
(MSG) countries, Mr Philip said they
had a unique relationship with Fiji.
“We will maintain our all-embracing
policy on Fiji to support them,” he said.
“I believe the United States also share
the same common concept of helping
Fiji towards the 2014 elections.”
Prime Minister Philip was instrumental
Treat Fiji as equals and come to the table
ready to listen.
That’s Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-
Khaiyum’s message to the governments
of New Zealand and Australia following
questions raised on Fiji seeking stronger
ties with the Asian countries.
Sayed-Khaiyum has told TV3 that Fiji is
ready to speak to any country.
Sayed-Khaiyum also questioned the NZ
government’s objective in banning the
top Fiji rugby players from playing in the
Rugby World Cup in NZ.
The Attorney General said Fiji has already
said that elections will be held in 2014
and he wonders what other assurances are
needed from the NZ government.
Under the Strategic Framework, the
government has decided to focus on
the social and economic reforms before
focusing on work on the new constitution.
Work on the constitution is expected to
begin next year, and the document is
expected to be ready by 2013.
Awareness on the new constitution and
electoral system is expected to take place
in 2013 and 2014 and elections will be held
no later than September 2014.
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Air Pacific announced the Auckland
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Mr Currie joins Air Pacific’s NZ office with
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FI1I IN NORTH AMERICAN
TRAVEL MARKET
FIJI is back in the North American travel
incentive market.
Tourism Fiji made the announcement after
scoring a coup and luring 400 guests, hosting
the United States-based LagasseSweet
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Resort and Spa last week.
According to Tourism Fiji, this is one of the
largest US groups to visit the country in the
past four years.
"This is one of the biggest North American
groups we have seen since 2007 when
we hosted the 1300-strong Edward Jones
incentive group," said Tourism Fiji regional
director Ili Matatolu.
"Winning the opportunity to stage the
LagasseSweet event was a major score for
the national tourist office given that the
company has traditionally chosen African,
Asian, Middle Eastern and European
venues for its five-day land-based incentive
programs."
Ms Matatolu explained that top-notch
accommodation, picturesque location and a
favourable exchange rate played a big part
in Fiji being the choice venue.
"Add to that our ability to inject our
unique living culture into the overall travel
experience which provides North Americans
with the real wow factor they seek as part of
their overall travel experience," she said.
Ms Matatolu paid tribute to Air Pacific,
Rose DMC and the Intercontinental Resort
for making the event a memorable one for
the US group and said the incentive market
trend was expected to continue.
"Despite the anemic economic recovery,
the US international incentive market is
making a comeback particularly in the
areas of insurance, finance, IT and the
pharmaceutical industry," she said.
"We already have several smaller groups
confirmed for the remainder of the year
and two large groups constituting 395 and
358 participants already confirmed for
April 2012, so it would appear Fiji is very
much back in vogue in the North American
market."
“We are thrilled to get someone of Shannon’s
caliber on our team, and we are confident
that he will not only enhance our marketing
activities and partnerships with our wholesaler
and travel agent partners, he will also ensure
that Air Pacific maintains its strong presence
in the NZ marketplace” said Mr Josef Loew,
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“The appointment of Shannon to our NZ
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“His experience, relationships, and
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our industry partners, and that in turn will
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Seventeen more families will have their
home loans written off as part of the
Housing Authority’s Social Housing Policy
announced in January this year.
The scheme assists existing home owners
who face genuine financial difficulties.
Since its announcement, a total of 64 families
have had their home loan accounts written
off with a total value of just over $1million
to ensure that home owners who meet the
criteria for write off were provided assistance.
In a statement, Housing Authority chief
executive officer, Alipate Naiorosui
said, “The social housing policy being
implemented targets our loyal customers
SOCIAL HOUSING POLICY ASSISTS MORE FAMILIES
VISA-FREE
ENTRY COUNT
DEBATED
NAUSORI MOTHER HAPPY WITH NEW LIMB
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(MOFA) denied it had “dressed up”
figures to attain its goal of “visa-free entry
to 100 countries” by including Fiji.
The Fijian Government granted Republic
of China (ROC) passport holders’ visa-
waiver privileges more than two years
ago.
“It’s a fake accomplishment,” said DPP
Legislator Gao Jyh-peng, who accused
the government of delaying the Fiji
announcement so it would be unveiled
closer to the announcement of its “100
goal.”
Mr Gao displayed a document issued by
Fiji’s Department of Immigration on April
15, 2009, showing that Taiwan was on the
South Pacific country’s list of visa-exempt
countries.
James Tien, director-general of the
ministry’s Department of East Asian and
Pacific Affairs, said the letter sent by Fiji
about the visa-waiver was dated April 15,
2009, but the ministry was informed of the
change much later.
“Fiji did not officially inform us that
Taiwan is one of its visa-exempt countries
until September 22, last year,” he said by
telephone.
“Before then, we had landing visa access.
“It was the first time Fiji officially
informed Taiwan of the visa-free access,”
he said.
On October 2, last year, the ministry
announced that Taiwanese would be
eligible to enter Fiji visa-free for a stay
of up to four months, adding that Fiji
was the 33rd country or territory to offer
Taiwanese the privilege.
MANJULA Devi is confident her new
prosthetic limb will increase her daily
mobility. She was full of praise for the
Jaipur Foot team.
The mother of three and her husband Prem
Chand were at the Tamavua P.J. Twomey
Hospital as early as 9am on Tuesday in an
effort to secure a prosthetic limb.
The resident of Bau Road, Nausori is
a diabetic patient who had her left leg
amputated below the knee after developing
complications from a small cut in 2007.
She was hospitalized and the leg later
amputated at the Suva Private Hospital.
Fijian passport applications lodged in
March are now being processed.
This has been confirmed by the Department
of Immigration.
Director Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa
told the media that the issuance of Fijian
passports is going on as planned and there
has been no problem so far.
He confirmed that more than 2000
passports have been issued.
Vuniwaqa said they have finished issuing
passports to those applicants who applied
in January and February.
He said their focus now is to issue passports
to those who applied in the first week of
March this year and onwards.
Vuniwaqa said those who still need urgent
passports can get their instant copy at a fee
of $190.
He said those that have recently applied
or are planning to lodge an application
will have to wait until they finish issuing
passports to current applicants.
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Since then, her life has been a struggle.
“It was never the same. I tried crutches but
they were too uncomfortable, then I tried
the walker for some time and eventually
settled for a wheelchair,” said Mrs Devi.
Despite her being confined to a wheelchair,
Mrs Devi said she did not lose hope and
continued doing her duties as a housewife.
“One of our daughters, her husband and
children stayed with us. At times I would
get depressed because my disability
prevented me from fully appreciating my
grandchildren,” she said.
That is all in the past.
Mrs Devi stood up and demonstrated by
walking the length of the waiting area
without much difficulty.
She said she was very happy with the new
limb which was free and which would
normally cost between $400-$500.
She said the Jaipur Foot team was a
godsend.
“May God’s blessings follow them
wherever they go and I would also like
to thank my husband who has spared no
expense in trying to get me back on my feet
and has been a pillar of support during this
difficult period,” said a smiling Mrs Devi.
who have paid more than two and a half
times the principal loan amount, are retired
or can prove genuine financial difficulty”.
One of the lucky recipients of this scheme
is elderly couple, Peni and Losalini Atama
who are both retired.
“This is truly a blessing for my family. We had
just under $10,000 remaining on our account
and we are very grateful for the assistance
provided by Government through the Housing
Authority.”, said Peni Atama at his residence.
Tamani, a retired Public Works Department
employee purchased the home in 1988 and
had been living in the home with his wife
for the past 23 years.
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About 320 amputees will celebrate their
new prosthetic limbs. This is after they
were fitted with the plastic limbs by the
Jaipur Foot Team of India.
The prosthetic team was in the country for
one month and was based at the Twomey
Hospital in Tamavua.
During their stay they produced more than
300 prosthetics and by the time they leave
320 patients will have been fitted with a
prosthetic limb.
The rate of their work is to be commended
as the number of prosthetic limbs they have
fitted would normally take a year to make.
AMPUTEES CELEBRATE NEW LIMBS
They were congratulated by the Permanent
Secretary for Public Service, Parmesh
Chand.
Mr Chand extended the Government’s
gratitude towards the humanitarian
assistance.
He said this had provided a leeway for
prosthetic limbs to be manufactured
locally.
The commission had provided a training
grant to the Ministry of Health to send a
group of technicians to go to India to learn
the skills in the manufacturing of prosthetic
limbs.
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PENSIONER`S BID TO STOP FNPF REVIEW
FI1I PLANS BAN
ON FATTY AND
1UNK FOODS
PIRATE MOVIE
WARNINGS
The Health Ministry wants to see a ban
on junk food items and fatty food says
Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma.
Dr Sharma told the reporter that as a
responsible ministry, they are committed
to promoting healthy life styles in Fiji.
“Fiji has an interesting track record
when we deal with aspects for looking
at food safety in our country. Sometime
ago we banned mutton flaps. People
become addicted to these items and as a
result they suffer the consequences. So
as a responsible government, we need to
address these issues.”
Dr Sharma is urging parents to feed
children with healthy foods so that they
do not get addicted to unnecessary food
items.
IF you’re trying to get hold of a copy of
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – good
luck.
Damodar Brothers executive assistant
Cornelia Smith said with Transfomers:
Dark of the Moon, being the biggest movie
of the year, there’s bound to be copyright
infringement.
As result, the sole exclusive exhibitor of
the movie in Fiji has issued a stern warning
that under the Copyright Decree, any
DVD outlet caught distributing the movie
before the expected video release date of
November 30, will be fined $5000 per disc
or 12 months in prison per offence.
“We have had a lot of copyright issues
with past movies like the Green Lantern,
which is also out on DVD and we had sole
exhibitor rights to that,” she said.
Head of cinema operations Madhu Singh
said admissions to the movie are not what
it used to be and pirated copies of movies
have been blamed for this.
“We have on many occasions pressed
charges with police,” she said.
“We do our best to help the police because
we have a lot of people who raise issues of
pirated DVDs and downloaded copies.
“I believe the police are working on that.”
Be warned downloading the movie off the
web is an offence, even if you have paid
for it.
Ms Singh said the finale to Transformers
trilogy promises to be the biggest 3D
release of the year.
There were two sneak shows, Wednesday
and then from Thursday the movie was
played in four cinemas with eight sessions
throughout the day.
Chief executive Div Damodar supported
this, saying they lost a lot of money as a
result of piracy.
“It runs into millions,” he said.
“But Government loses a substantial
amount because of tax revenue.”
Ms Singh said complaints have on many
occasions been lodged by Damodar against
DVD outlets that sold pirated movies.
“We do our best to help the police because
we have a lot of people who raise issues
of pirated DVDs and downloaded copies,”
she said.
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RESIDENTS of the Samabula Old
People’s Home were treated to lunch and
entertainment by a former soldier last
weekend.
Deo Pratap Singh, who runs a transport
business in Australia, said he was duty-
bound to help abandoned children and
elderly people.
Mr Singh visited the country last month
and provided meals to children of Dilkusha
Home in Nausori.
He then decided to visit the Samabula Old
People’s Home and treat about 50 residents
there to a hearty lunch and entertainment.
“With the assistance of my friends here
in Suva, I prepared lunch for the elderly
people living at the Samabula Old People’s
Home.”
Mr Singh said residents were happy to be
treated to lunch and dessert of ice cream
and fruit salad.
He also hired a local group to entertain the
elderly residents.
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Satya Nadan, his friend, said he saluted
Mr Singh for his generosity towards the
Former soldier Deo Prakash Singh dancing away with residents
of the Samabula Old People’s Home
elderly and the abandoned children at
Dilkusha Home during his visits to Fiji.
A PENSIONER wants the High Court to put
a temporary injunction on the proposed Fiji
National Provident Fund reform, which has
been proposed to come into effect on July 1.
The application by David Burness, 75,
was filed by his lawyer, Doctor Shaista
Shameem, on Monday and asked the
court for human rights protection against
discrimination on the grounds of age.
The application listed the Fiji National
Provident Fund, the Republic of the Fiji Islands
and the Attorney-General as the respondents.
It said the proposed review of the
FNPF pension scheme would unfairly
discriminate Mr Burness and is a breach
of the contract between the FNPF and him.
It asked the court to declare that his pension
benefit cannot be reduced by the FNPF
board, the Republic of Fiji or the Attorney-
General at any time.
In addition, the proposed reform particularly
the reduction of Mr Burness’ pension rate
by 64 per cent (from 25 per cent to 9 per
cent) was unfair discrimination under the
definition of unfair discrimination in Fiji’s
human rights law. This would also affect the
obligation of the Republic of Fiji to comply
with the United Nations international
human rights law, which prohibits unfair
discrimination on the grounds of age, status,
personal characteristics and circumstances.
The application also wanted the court
to instruct the respondents to appoint an
independent person or body such as a
Commission of Inquiry to enquire on the
past financial dealings of the FNPF.
The court had set the date for the first mention
of the case on July 4. However, Dr Shameem
had also filed an ex-parte application for
an interim injunction on the July 1 possible
enactment of a new FNPF decree.
She was waiting a decision from the Chief
Justice, Anthony Gates on this application.
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Coordinator of AGOFI Women's Group Mrs. IIisapeci Ratu shows the ñrst beehive
purchased by the AGOFI Women's Group just before the Ministry of SociaI WeIfare, Women
and Poverty AIIeviation provided the 10 doubIe beehives
Minister for SociaI WeIfare, Women and
Poverty AIIeviation Dr Jiko Luveni with the
Coordinator of AGOFI Women's Group
Mrs. IIisapeci Ratu whiIe visiting
the AGOFI Women's Beekeeping Project
in Basoga
As articulated in the Roadmap for
Democracy Sustainable Socio-Economic
Development (2009–2014) Government
is committed to reducing poverty to a
negligible level by 2015.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Women
and Poverty Alleviation is increasingly
promoting women into economic income
generating programs to financially empower
and help them to ‘walk’ out of poverty.
Through its Non-Government Organization
(NGO) grant the ministry funded a $7000
bee hive project, which will benefit more
than 50 women in Basoga Village. This
project came under the spot light with the
visit by the Minister for Social Welfare,
Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko
Luveni this week.
She revealed that women in Basoga last year
registered with the ministry and named their
women group as AGOFI (Apostle Gospel
Outreach International) women’s group.
“In March this year the AGOFI decided
to undertake a microenterprise project to
economically empower these women. It
started with a hive bought with members
own money and then they approached
the ministry for financial assistance,” Dr
Luveni said.
“The ministry assisted the group purchase
10 double hives, farming tools, farming
gear and also facilitated the technical
advice and assistance from Animal Health
and Production (AH&P).”
After visiting the project, Dr Luveni was
Govt promotes honey production in north
happy to know that hives were ready to
be harvested in three week’s time and the
women would reap the benefits of their
hard work.
“The ministry supports this project and
now we would like to see the skills of
beekeeping being advocated to other
women in nearby communities. Similar
projects can be undertaken by interested
women NGO’s,” Dr Luveni said.
“Women should learn that economic
empowerment starts from the community,
you have to start with income generating and
the Government stands ready to assist you in
every way possible. This project is very good
example of what the Government wants.”
AGOFI coordinator Mrs. Ilisapeci Ratu
said that honey production was good for
women because it was less labour intensive
and the dry weather in Labasa provided a
preferable condition for healthy bee hives.
“The good thing is that both men and
children have also taken the proactive role
in managing the project,” she said.
“A market has been established with
Northern Beekeeping Cooperative and
with the revenue earned more bee hives
will be purchased to expand the business.
“The Ministry of Agriculture has informed
us that these are healthy bee hives. We will
be able to produce 20 liters per hive and the
cooperative will buy it at $7 a litre and it
takes (a) minimum three months to harvest
so we expect to earn over $1000 in a month.”
Mrs. Ratu is advising rural women to
start an income generating project and not
depend on the Government to start things.
“You start it and Government will assist
you venture into commercial earnings,”
Mrs. Ratu said.
“Women should take the first step just as
we did, start with one hive because the
Government is ready to assist.
“We have to be proactive and take the first
step to improve our lives.
“We appreciate that Dr Luveni has come
down all the way here to visit us and it is
the first time a minister has come down to
this level and motivated us to develop this
project further,” Mrs. Ratu added.
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The United States government has
removed Fiji from its human trafficking
watch list according to the US State
Department Eighth Annual Trafficking
in Persons report.
The department's 2011 Trafficking in
Persons Report assesses efforts by 184
governments worldwide to fight sexual
exploitation, forced labour and modern-
A witness has told an inquest into the
suicide of a Fijian detainee at an Australian
immigration detention centre that security
staff had no training in dealing with
detainees who were suicidal.
Last September, Josefa Rauluni threw
himself off a balcony at Sydney's
Villawood Immigration Detention Centre
on the day he was due to be deported to
Fiji.
On the second day of the inquest state
coroner Mary Jerram has heard staff
employed by the centre's private operator,
SERCO, knew Mr Raulini was distressed
about his deportation.
Duc Tran, a client services manager, said
he overheard a conversation between staff
over a security radio.
He told the inquest he heard staff being
The tourism industry is looking at
increasing its share of contributions
towards the nation’s Gross Domestic
Product (GDP).
The Reserve Bank of Fiji has forecasted
that tourism will contribute 27.8 per cent
towards Fiji’s GDP this year.
Ministry of Public Enterprise, Tourism
and Communication permanent secretary
Elizabeth Powell said they were looking
at increasing their contributions from 27.8
per cent this year to 40.6 per cent in 10
years time.
“We are working to increasing the GDP
contribution from $1.8billion predicted for
2011 to $3.7billion in 2021,” she said.
Her comments were supported by
Tourism Fiji’s chief executive officer
Josefa Tuamoto, who said Tourism Fiji
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inquest into Fijian
detention death continues
tourism wants to increase
Gdp contribution
day slavery.
Fiji’s efforts to curb human trafficking
were heightened as it incorporated
human trafficking into its laws.
Under Section 112 of the 2009 Crimes
Decree, a person that commits an
indictable offence of trafficking in person
would be penalized with a maximum
sentence of 12 years imprisonment.
instructed to keep an eye on Mr Raulini.
Mr Tran said he thought Mr Raulini would
cause a fuss to try to avoid his flight to Fiji.
But the manager said he did not think the
detainee would kill himself.
Mr Tran also told the inquest he had not
had any training to deal with detainees
trying to escape or harm themselves.
On Monday the inquest heard the 36-year-
old had made numerous appeals against
his deportation, including sending faxes
to the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship.
"If you want to send me to Fiji, and then
send my dead body," the court heard the
faxes said.
Members of Mr Raulini's family left the
courtroom as graphic footage was played
of the moments leading up to his death.
was working towards these figures and
government’s projections.
“We support predictions made by the
permanent secretary and we are working
towards achieving those figures,” Mr
Tuamoto said.
“We are now trying to move away from our
traditional visitor sources such as Australia
and New Zealand because they already
know about Fiji and are focusing on getting
visitors from Brazil, Russia, India and
China (BRIC) .”
Mr Tuamoto said BRIC countries were the
way to go and that was their focus.
“The global travel trend is moving up again
and it is quite a healthy trend. The Bureau
of Statistics revealed that visitor numbers
are up by 3.7 per cent so that is a good
sign.”
Workshops were also organised in 2010
by UNICEF and the Fiji Police to design
strategies and provide a platform to
combat human trafficking in the country.
Despite Fiji being on the list for the
last 4 years, it’s first ever human
trafficking case was recorded in 2010
when a 62-year-old man was convicted
of trafficking seven Indian nationals
into Fiji.
The man was sentenced to six years
imprisonment in the same year at Suva’s
High Court.
Other countries removed from the list
include Philippines, Singapore and Sri
Lanka and those still on the list is fellow
South Pacific Island nation, Papua New
Guinea.
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Zealand broadcaster and one on New
Zealand’s most celebrated, informed,
seasoned and award-winning journalists
known for his sharp and probing questions.
He has many feathers in his journalism
cap where he has ‘demolished’ many a
politicians. He heads the current affairs
programme, The Nation on TV 3 in New
Zealand. Therefore when it was known that
he was going to interview Aiyaz Saiyed-
Khaiyum, Fiji’s controversial Attorney
General, made famous by the utterances of
former military fugitive Ratu Tevita Mara,
it was anticipated that he was going to have
another “killing” and another feather in
his cap.
However those who saw the interview were
pleasantly surprised at the performance of
Aiyaz. Plunket appeared lost, rattled and
defensive in front of a well-prepared and
a composed Attorney General, who not
only appeared to be at ease with the feared
Plunket, but had occasions to even show
smiles during the course of the interview.
When questioned about democracy devoid
of fair and free elections, Khaiyum gave a
third world lesson on democracy. “Hitler
came to power through elections. What
a government does after it is elected also
matters. Just because it's been elected it
doesn’t mean you're suddenly democratic;
what they do with the power is essential,
“he said.
When accused that Fiji was engaging more
strongly or more proactively with countries
like China, Khaiyum retorted that Fiji had
not discriminated against any government.
“In fact we are fully engaging with anybody
who wants to engage with us. Just treat us
as equals. You need to understand what
the Fijian situation is. We are engaging
with all the countries in the world, except
Australia and New Zealand from their side,
but they're not willing to listen to us. They
don’t even want to sit down at the same
table,” he complained.
A much awaited confirmation was the
election date. Khaiyum announced that to
be in or before September, 2014. Plunket
did well to cover many diverse subjects
in the fifteen minute segment from the
‘horse’s mouth’, so to speak, for New
Zealand audience which had been starved
of the information on Fiji. Aiyaz filled this
vacuum on the election date, relations with
China, Ratu Tevita Mara, corruption, Fiji’s
judiciary, NZ Law Society allegations,
military repression, emergency regulations,
land and vision for Fiji.
Before Plunket could successfully accuse
Fiji of any wrongdoing, Khaiyum has
special ammunition reserved for New
Zealand media. When questioned by
Plunket whether Fiji or Fijians were
sophisticated to live with the level
of freedom and democracy that New
Zealanders and other countries had,
Khaiyum retorted with an attack on NZ
media.
the khaiyum interview exposed Fiji issues
and a wantinG nZ media
“I would argue that at the moment the
way your journalism is taking place in
your country, lacks sophistication. In fact
it's very rudimentary, the sort of questions
we get asked, the sort of answers that are
formulated even beforehand,” he said. It
would appear the attack on media was
not without reason. The panel selected
by Plunket and TV3 to deliberate on the
interview lacked proper understanding
and appreciation on Fiji.
Matthew Hooton, National Business
Review Columnist, echoed sentiments
about double standards of New Zealand
that had been earlier cited by this author.
Hooton said that the problem in Fiji had
been going on for some decades with
little headway. This indicated that either
New Zealand and Australian policies
have been irrelevant or they have failed.
“New Zealand deals with many countries
that are not democratic and does not have
free press; we have signed world’s first
free trade agreement with China, we deal
with Thailand as an economic partner in
APEC. Thailand is a country where the
military plays a very big role,” he said.
Simon Wilson, Editor of Metro Magazine
supported a long-term stability in Fiji. “It is
very hard to see how that can happen until
there is a period of long-term democratic
government.” The information that Simon
appeared to lack is that Fiji had a long-
term democracy for seventeen years
after its independence in 1970 under the
leadership of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara of
the Alliance Party. No sooner had Mara’
Alliance Party and the eastern Chiefs lost
power to Timoci Bavadra’s Labour Party
in 1987, than it was declared by the Fijian
nationalist elements that democracy was
a foreign flower in Fiji. As long as Mara
and the eastern Fijian Chiefs were in
political control, the 1970 Constitution
and democracy were acceptable. When
they lost power, it became unsuitable and
a ‘foreign’ imposition on the indigenous
people. Fiji had lost the ultimate test of
democracy: its inability to change leaders
and governments in a democratic fashion.
This deficiency was exposed both in 1987
and later in 2000.
Barry Soper, Political Editor of Newstalk
ZB appeared equally misinformed on Fiji,
by brandishing the race card. Twice in his
comments he said that the reason coup
was carried against Timoci Bavadra’s
government in 1987 was that Bavadra had
too many Indians in his Cabinet. What he
failed to tell was that the party was led by
a Fijian, had equal, if not majority ethnic
representation but saw indigenous power
shift to Western part of Fiji. The coup
was meant to wrest political control and
pass the power back to the “right” Fijian
group, which ultimately eventuated, with
Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and the Eastern
chiefs back in power. The 1987 coup
had more to do with intra-ethnic Fijian
issues rather than inter Indian-Fijian
issues. Soper again displays his lack of
knowledge on Fiji by saying that it was
Khaiyum who was pushing for one equal
vote for everyone. “Timothy Bavadra
included too many Indians in his cabinet
and this man [Aiyaz Khaiyum], obviously
an Indian; he says he wants one vote
for everyone. That’s not gonna happen
because the Fijians in the villagers not
going to be happy with the Indians in
control.” This electoral change is the
initiative of the indigenous Bainimarama
and not the Indo- Fijian Khaiyum. Indo
Fijians comprise some 35 per cent of
Fiji population. With military 99.5 %
indigenous, and indigenous domination
at all levels of government bureaucracy,
it defies logic how Soper sees that Indo-
Fijians would again be in control.
It appears TV3 need to realise that with
lack of diversity in NZ media, any and all
Anglo Saxon journalists are not necessarily
experts in Fiji. Mere journalism degree
and NZ experience does not bestow that
expertise. They need to pick on those who
understand the Pacific politics and history
and are rooted in the Pacific, particularly
in Fiji. All the commentators failed this
bill though Matthew Hooton appeared to
be the most logical and lateral thinker.
Such blinkered versions on Fiji echoed
by THAKUR RANJIT SI NGH
Auckland New Zealand
by the mainstream media, distorts Fiji’s
understanding by the Kiwis, and its
foreign policy appears to mirror the media
commentators. Nevertheless, kudos to
Sean Plunket and TV3 for this initiative
in providing an interview that should be
a lesson for NZ Foreign office on Fiji
issues.
Thakur Ranjit Singh is a political
commentator and has been through
Rabuka’s and Speight’s coups in 1987
and 2000 respectively. During the latter,
he was the publisher of Fiji’s Daily Post
newspaper. He was Auckland University
of Technology/ Pacific Islands Media
Association (AUT/PIMA) Pasifika
postgraduate scholar in 2009/10
Link to TV 3 The Nation programme
of Sean Plunket interview with Fiji’s
Attorney General Aiyaz-Saiyed Khaiyum:
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There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence
from around the world that coup d’états
have a peculiar habit of turning into operas
bouffes, sooner or later. The recent political
events in Fiji have not been subject to
frenzied coverage in the Australian
media. But in a significant development,
tantamount to averting another potential
coup (or a ‘virtual internet coup’ per David
Robie of Café Pacific), the third and fourth
highest ranking officers in Fiji’s armed
forces faced the serious charge of sedition
involving an alleged plot to overthrow the
Bainimarama regime, which had usurped
power on 5 December 2006 by executing
the country’s fourth coup after Rabuka
first let the mischievous coup genie out the
bottle in May 1987.
The signs of simmering tensions within the
military first emerged in February 2011
when a new Land Forces Commander was
appointed and the former Land Forces
Commander Brigadier-General Pita Driti
and the former Commander of Third
Infantry Regiment Lieutenant-Colonel
Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara were granted
indefinite leave because they were under
suspicion of conspiring to overthrow the
regime. In terms of a subsequent inquiry
both were charged and they appeared in
a Suva Magistrates court on May 4, 2011
but both were released on bail by the
Magistrate, despite being warned by the
State Prosecutor that they represented a
flight risk. The former was scheduled to
reappear in court on June 1st and the latter
on May30th. However, allegedly in a pre-
arranged high level intervention with the
full knowledge of Tongan Prime Minister
and the King, George Tupou V, a Tongan
naval vessel Voea Savea, ostensibly in
responding to a distress signal, picked up
(‘extracted’) Tevita Mara when he came a
cropper fishing inside Fiji waters, South
of Ono-i-Lau Islands which is some 365
kilometers from Tonga. He was taken
to Tongan capital, Nuku`alofa, where
he remained ensconced as an honored
guest of the royal household, which has
kinship ties with the Mara family. Not
surprisingly, this blatant invasion of and
disregard for Fiji’s territorial sovereignty
caused a veritable storm in Fiji’s political
kava bowl but they also raised a number
of questions which do not make complete
sense, if we accept the version of events
as related by Tevita Mara and the Tongan
authorities.
Why no such signal was picked by Fiji
or NZ monitoring authorities? What was
a Tongan naval ship doing inside Fiji
territorial waters? It is all too convenient
to say that it happened to be nearby for
if it was a genuine rescue then why was
Mara taken to Tonga instead of the nearest
Fijian port? Why weren’t Fijian authorities
notified? How do we explain Mara’s stay
the day before his departure at the Nagigia
Island Resort in Kadavu? The resort staff
confirmed his overnight stay in Bure No.
makinG sense oF australasian reactions to alleGations
by a turncoat FuGitive and coup-plotter
8 to the FBC News, as did the chef who
prepared meals for him. They confirmed
that he arrived on June 8th between 7
and 8 pm, accompanied by a white man
(later identified as Risto Harmat, an
Estonian national living in Fiji who was
charged on May 27th 2011 with one count
of obstruction of justice and allegedly
assisting Tevita Mara escape from Fiji
to Tonga). On the morning of June 9th,
2011 a resort worker, Apisai Bolatuku,
allegedly took both men in a boat to their
speed boat, which was anchored away
from the resort. He confirmed the two
men were seen fishing for about 2 to 3
hours before they left the area. On the
same day between the hours of 11 am and
2 pm, a villager from Nabukelevu-i-ra,
Sevuloni Busa advised FBC News that
he and nine other fishermen sighted and
communicated with the Tongan naval ship
near Kadavu. The two men were allegedly
picked up by the Tongan ship, Voea Savea,
late that afternoon. Other questions also
arise: Could Australia and NZ have known
about the unfolding events? Were they
complicit in any way given their fractious
relationship with the Bainimarama
regime? Was the absconding arranged as
part of a deeper or more sinister strategy
to destabilize the regime?
Although there is no credible evidence,
one thesis is that given the failure of the
Australasian policy against the regime,
by creating the incident and fomenting
dissent it was in the interest of the regional
powers to seize the opportunity in order to
erode domestic support for the regime.
The best way to achieve this is to make
the ruling junta appear incompetent,
conflict-ridden and lacking in control. The
critical support from the Mara/Ganilau
clan for the regime was already under
strain after the resignation of Ratu Epeli
Ganilau due to the regime’s rejection of
demands by Fiji Water for tax concessions
and the internal dissent following the
appointment of Ratu Nailatikau as the
President (both men are Tevita Mara’s
brother-in-laws). The defection of Tevita
Mara has serious implications for the
Military Council that runs Fiji and its
relationship with two powerful chiefly
clans whose patronage gives legitimacy to
the regime and provides a sense that it has
acceptance within the establishment. By
demonstrating disharmony at the upper
echelon of the armed forces the detractors
of the regime may well have intended to
reinforce the perception that the regime’s
hold on power was tenuous.
The plausibility of this theory is further
enhanced after what appears to be an
indirect Australasian intervention into the
dispute between Tonga and Fiji. Fiji had
lodged an application on 23 May 2011 with
the Tongan authorities to extradite Mara
to face existing charges plus he would
have had new charges of absconding
and violating bail conditions. With the
protection of Tongan Royal household and
sections of sympathetic media in Australia
and NZ, he became emboldened to a point
where some of his utterances became
increasingly provocative and mocking
of the regime and its key operatives –
especially the Prime Minister and the
Attorney-General. He appeared to flout
Fiji’s ability to extradite him, given that its
1997 Constitution remains suspended and
Mara questioned the legitimacy and power
of an illegal regime to extradite him –
ironically a regime he helped install in
2006 as a coup-plotter and a vigilante. He
even suggested he was unlikely to get a
fair trial in Fiji, and thus, by undermining
the independence and legitimacy of Fiji’s
judiciary his comments came perilously
close to being in contempt of the courts.
From the safety of his Tongan hideout, he
urged the regional powers to ‘use more
force to bring this regime down’. He
described Bainimarama as ‘morally and
intellectually bankrupt’, a ‘coward’ and a
‘puppet’ of his Attorney-General, whom
he blamed as ‘the sole architect (emphasis
added) of the cruelties which have sadly
become common in our daily life.’
However, this vitriol against his former
colleagues lacks credibility because he
comes across as someone seeking special
privileges – one who thinks he is above
the law and one who has suddenly realized
the error of his ways. We have heard all
of this from past coup-plotters and all
variety of perpetrators of heinous crimes
against the state, who have variously
claimed to experience some form of an
epiphany and overnight were mysteriously
transformed into libertarians and firm
believers in democratic traditions. His
self-exoneration and the shifting of blame
to others are particularly irritating so as to
leave even the most cynical amongst us
flabbergasted. Of course, all coup-plotters
in Fiji claim to be innocent people who
break no laws; they morph into biblically-
inspired Moses, or saviors of the
indigenous Fijians and revered liberators
of their ‘oppressed’ people. But their
constant incapacity for self-introspection
still leaves one dumbfounded, to say the
least.
In a pre-emptive move and a remarkable
piece of diplomatic sophistry, Mara was
removed from the list of banned people
associated with the regime, enabling him
to enter Australia on 9 June on a passport
issued by Tonga. He was to launch an
international campaign at a pro-democracy
rally in Queanbeyan, near Canberra on June
11th, 2011. Not to be outdone, against the
advice of NZ activists for the ‘Coalition
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for Democracy in Fiji’, the NZ Foreign
Minister Murray McCully announced
on June 13th that he would grant Mara
an exemption from similar NZ travel
ban imposed on persons linked to the
regime so he could also visit NZ for
two days. The special exemption on
the pretext of accessing any sensitive
information he may possess hardly
provides consistency or credulity to the
much-needed Australian/NZ efforts at
diplomatically engaging with Fiji. If
it was a ‘bilateral issue’ between Fiji
and Tonga as claimed, then why would
Australia and NZ even entertain the
possibility of granting political asylum
to a fugitive? He already had sought
asylum in Tonga and had been granted
protection and a Tongan passport.
Accordingly, it is disappointing that the
two regional powers yet again failed
to seize this opportunity to repair their
strained relationship with Fiji. The
attempted resurrection of this former
confidante of Bainimarama, who was
also implicated in the 2000 coup (as
his father was in the first coup in 1987)
and the efforts by Fiji Democracy
Freedom Movement to make him a
South Pacific News
makinG sense oF australasian reactions to alleGations by a turncoat FuGitive and coup-plotter
rallying point, defy logic. Mara has been
tarnished in helping wind back Fiji’s
pre-coup democratic traditions; he is an
anti-loyalist, a serial coup-conspirator
and an agitator, a coup-plotter, a political
opportunist, a fugitive and a bail
absconder. He lacks credibility and his
presumed dubious mana comes from his
tainted family name – hardly the qualities
one would seek in a symbolic figurehead
for mounting genuine resistance against
the Bainimarama regime.
Mara now wants to position himself as
another reformed leading light ‘to return
freedom to my people’ and ‘campaign for
a quick return of democratic governance
in Fiji. He holds the hope of achieving this
with the support of the opponents of the
regime by undertaking a tour of Australia,
NZ, Pacific nations and visiting New York
to lobby the UN. This sense of arrogant
self-righteousness is both disturbing and
risible, and the regional powers would
be well advised to rethink the adverse
consequences of their own disregard for
the laws of Pacific island countries, whom
they constantly hector and moralize to
respect the democratic ethos of inter-state
relations and the rule of law.
The restoration of democratic rule in Fiji
and good governance will only come
about if there is a thorough review of the
suspended constitution, the reform of its
anachronistic institutions, its bureaucracy,
its electoral system and a debilitating
landholding structure which suffocates
economic development and the gradual
liberation of the indigenous masses. The
regional powers can make a significant
contribution to bringing about desperately-
needed reforms. But this can only occur
through constructive engagement with
Fiji. Any attempt to replace the current
regime with a more compliant one without
undertaking critical reforms will not solve
Fiji’s internal crisis nor will it provide
long term stability and protect our regional
interests.
Dr. Gopal Nair is an independent
commentator and writer based in Sydney.
The opinions expressed herein are his and
do not in any way represent the views of the
publisher(s). Sydney, June 14, 2011.
Notes:
One of the 22 Pacific Patrol Boats built and
gifted by Australia to 12 Pacific nations
between 1987 and 1997 under Australia’s
Defense Cooperation Program. Fiji and
Tonga received three vessels each.
Two New Zealanders under suspicion were
interviewed and released. They were Tim
McBride, a surfing instructor married
to Adi Koila Ganilau, who is a niece
of Tevita Mara, and the former head of
Fiji Water Authority, Anthony Fullman,
whose passport was confiscated (NZTV
One News, May 22, 2011).
Fiji’s Solicitor-General, Christopher
Pryde, who is a former NZ lawyer from
Christchurch, rejected Mara’s claims
that he would not get a fair trial in Fiji.
He stressed there was no government
interference in judicial processes.
Michael Field, Mutiny Fiji soldier
rescued by Tonga, <http://youtube.
com/watch?v=NCxRa64XT00>, viewed
June 6, 2011. It is interesting that it took
him four and half to realize this but only
after he was charged for a seditious
crime.
Headed by the former Acting Land
Force Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel
Jone Baledrokadroka, and a vocal
opponent of the Fiji regime. He migrated
to Australia after he was dismissed by
Bainimarama for insubordination.
See SMH, June 9 2011, Fiji threatens
Canberra for granting visa, Tamara
McLean, AAP South Pacific
correspondent.
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Papau New Guinea's Prime Minister Sir
Michael Somare is to leave politics and
step down as Prime Minister, effective
immediately due to ill health.
The 75 year old is retiring after almost 50
years in active political life.
Sir Michael has undergone two corrective
operations following major heart surgery in
New Zealand is involved in top-level talks
aimed at getting India to reduce its high
trade barriers to Kiwi products.
Prime Minister John Key is on a three-day
trip to India.
He is seeking a free trade agreement that
would reduce high tariffs on a range of
exports to the country.
An Indian foreign ministry spokeman says
both countries have a strong interest to
"conclude a free trade agreement as soon
as possible".
Trade between New Zealand and India is
now worth $US1 billion – a figure that Mr
Key wants to double by 2014.
His visit includes meetings with Indian
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the
Foreign Minister, S. M. Krishna.
The main focus will be ongoing
negotiations to put in place a free trade
agreement by 2012.
The US State Department has marked
down the performance of the Federated
States of Micronesia on its watch list for
international human trafficking.
The move demonstrates Washington's
concern about trafficking in the FSM.
The island nation, which is now ranked at
tier three, faces a cut-off of US assistance
if it is found to be unresponsive in fighting
trafficking.
The State Department's annual
Trafficking in Persons Report says
Micronesian waters are seen as easy for
traffickers.
no inquiry
But it says no figures are available as
the government in the Federated States
of Micronesia has not conducted any
investigations into the problem.
Papua New Guinea also remains at tier
three.
Fiji has been removed Fiji from the list, as
have the Philippines, Singapore and Laos –
confirming their efforts to halt trade in
humans.
But the report indicates abuses are
still occurring elsewhere, with Brunei,
Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam remaining
on the watch list.
Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for
Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles
says the RAMSI mission has in many
ways been an unambiguous success.
Mr Marles is in Solomon Islands for
a four day visit where he'll attend the
annual meeting of the Pacific Islands
Forum Ministerial Standing Committee
on the Regional Assistance Mission.
He'll meet Solomon Islands Prime
Minister Danny Philip, the foreign affairs
minister, the treasury and finance minister
and other members of the government.
His trip comes just weeks after New
Zealand's foreign minister Murray
McCully visited Solomon Islands, where
he said it was time for RAMSI to shift
from a security role to a development
role.
THE Tongan government has rejected an
application by the Fijian Government,
requesting for the extradition of Ratu
Tevita Ululakeba Mara to Fiji.
The Prime Minister's Office stated that
Tonga's Ministry of Foreign Affairs had
sent 'a diplomatic note' to the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and International Co-
operation in Suva.
The Prime Minister who is also Tonga's
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence
received an Extradition Request of
Ratu Tevita Ululakeba Mara from the
Government of Fiji on May 19, 2011.
The diplomatic reply stated, "The Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom
of Tonga regrets that the Laws of the
Kingdom of Tonga do not permit His
Majesty's Government to comply with the
aforementioned Extradition Request."
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Japanese scientists say radioactive caesium
leaking from the crippled Fukushima
nuclear plant is expected to reach the west
coast of the United States in five years.
Japan's Atomic Energy Agency has put
together a map predicting how caesium-137
from the Fukushima plant will spread
through the Pacific Ocean.
It estimates the contamination will travel
4,000 kilometers off the Japanese coast in
one year, reach Hawaii in three years, and
wash along the west coast of the US within
five years.
But the agency believes that by then the
density of the radioactive caesium will
have declined so significantly it will pose
no risk to human or marine life.
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troubled automaker saab held
talks as it battled to sell its factory in
trollhattan, southern sweden, to bring
in vital cash to get production running
again and pay staff wages.
The negotiations with real estate firm
Hemfosa were aimed at raising 300 million
kronor ($46.1 million), English language
website reported.
Workers at the plant were already told they
will not receive their monthly wage packet.
"I cannot say anything more than that we're
working on it," Saab spokesperson Gunilla
Gustavs said of the talks.
Managers at the automaker had hoped to
conclude the deal before the salary run but
talks dragged on past the deadline.
Hemfosa leads a consortium, including
insurance giant Folksam and The Fourth
Swedish National Pension Fund.
Jens Engvall, president of Hemfosa, told
Dagens Industri, "It is a difficult matter and
we need to get an idea of how credible it is
that Saab will survive in a reasonable way."
a healthy five-year-old girl who tips
the scales at no more than 55 pounds
(25kg) has been refused insurance in
sweden on the grounds that her weight
puts her in a high-risk category.
Freya is 3ft 11in (1.2m) tall and is within the
recommended body-mass index (BMI) for
a girl of her age and height, but insurance
giant Folksam has refused to renew her
policy, the Swedish newspaper said.
"The reason for our decision is serious
overweight/obesity" said a letter from
Folksam to the girl's mother, Zarah
Samuelsson.
Ms Samuelsson, from Orust, an island off
the west coast of Sweden, said she initially
thought the refusal was a joke.
"I was shocked and upset. This is totally
unreal," she said. "The risk analysis team
explained that we were welcome to apply
for a new insurance policy in a year's time,
if my daughter's weight then is the same as
it is now."
Andreas Jerat, head of the information
department at Folksam, said that the
company denies a few cases every year
because of a child's BMI, but would not
comment on any specific cases.
"We purchased the service from an external
reinsurance company with experience of
risk factors in children. We follow their
guidelines," he said.
Carl-Erik Flodmark, head of Child Obesity
in the southern Swedish city of Malmo,
criticized the decision.
"Even if this girl was a borderline case, there
is no proof that it poses any potential danger
before a child reaches the age of 10," he said.
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legs were enough to earn it the world's
ugliest dog title at a northern california
fair. pretty, i am not.
The 14-year-old Chinese crested and
Chihuahua mix won the honour at the 23rd
annual contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair.
Owner Terry Schumacher of Hanford,
California, said the dog had come a long
way since she was found abandoned behind
an apartment building.
Ms Schumacher said she first thought the
pooch was a rat.
Yoda's distinction comes a year after a
one-eyed Chihuahua named Princess Abby
claimed victory.
A pedigree Chinese crested won in 2008
and another Chinese crested and Chihuahua
mix was the ugliest in 2007.
In past years, the winner's owner has
received a $1000 cheque.
eGyptian army
admits to
'virGinity tests'
AMNESTY International says Egypt's
military rulers have acknowledged carrying
out so-called "virginity tests" on female
protesters – the first time the army has
admitted to the much-criticized practice.
Major General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a
member of the military council ruling
Egypt since the ouster of President Hosni
Mubarak, justified the tests as a way to
protect the army from rape allegations,
Amnesty said.
But the rights watchdog said al-Sisi vowed
the military would not conduct such tests in
the future.
The "virginity test" allegations first surfaced
after a March 9 rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square
that turned violent when men in plainclothes
attacked protesters and the army intervened
forcefully to clear the square.
Amnesty has found 18 female detainees
were forced to undergo the tests.
"Subjecting women to such degrading
procedures hoping to show that they were
not raped in detention makes no sense, and
was nothing less than torture," the Amnesty
International secretary general, Salil Shetty,
who met with the military council, said in a
statement issued by the group.
"The government should now provide
reparation to the victims, including medical
and psychological support, and apologize to
them for their treatment," he said.
The youth movement that led the anti-
Mubarak uprising is sharply critical of the
generals now in charge, upset at the pace of
efforts to lead Egypt to democracy. Since
Mubarak's fall on February 11, the military
has cracked down on peaceful protests, and
critics say it has failed to restore security in
the streets and to initiate a serious national
political dialogue.
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better protected.
“It says that activities that damage or
could damage Ningaloo and the broader
area around the reef shouldn’t happen
so activities that threaten those values
shouldn’t be allowed to occur,” he said.
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke
says the listing adds more protection to the
area.
“I think there’s already a strong view both
from the Western Australian Government
and certainly from the Australian
Government that this is an area that we
already had decided that we wanted to have
preserved and now that’s been recognised
internationally,” he said.
Mr Burke says the declaration will most
likely increase tourism in the area.
“This is actually one of the best ways
to promote tourism in an area, to get it
recognised as one of the most precious places
on Earth by the World Heritage Committee.”
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The SpringñeId Lakes home
where Lin Jin Cui was aIIegedIy murdered
Protected: a diver photographs a whaIe shark at NingaIoo Marine Park.
The Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia
has been world heritage listed by the
United Nations.
The area of more than 708,000 hectares has
one the worlds longest near shore reefs and
is home to a number of rare marine species
including sea turtles and whale sharks.
It is the 19th place in Australia to be world
heritage listed by UNESCO.
Paul Gamblin from the WWF says the
listing is a big win for everyone who
campaigned for the area to be protected.
“This is really something that the tens of
thousands of people who supported the
save Ningaloo campaign over the years
should really celebrate,” he said.
“This is a victory, and we don’t get that
many victories in the environment game
and this is one where people who wake up
to hear this news should feel really proud
about this is great.”
Mr Gamblin says the reef will now be
The Supreme Court in Brisbane has been
told a man killed his former wife because
he was angry about their divorce settlement
and hid her body in a wall.
Jiagen Pan, 45, is accused of killing Lin Jin
Cui, 32, in her home at Waterview Crescent
in Springfield Lakes in August 2009.
The crown says Pan was angry about a
divorce settlement with his former wife
and believed she was too greedy.
India has released 14 Pakistani prisoners
on Tuesday who were lodged in different
jails of the country.
They were lodged in the jails of Jammu and
Kashmir, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Punjab.
The prisoners were sent back home through
the Wagah border check-post in Punjab state.
The fourteen Pakistani prisoners released
included five children.
Relieved at being released, these prisoners
who had completed their term behind the
bars crossed over to Pakistan.
“I was caught in Rajouri (a district in
Kashmir region), after I crossed the border
accidentally. I was behind the bars for nine
and a half years. There are a still a lot of
prisoners trapped in jails, and I hope that
these people are released as soon as possible.
At least, those prisoners who have completed
their term must be released immediately,”
said Akbar Mahmoud, a released prisoner.
Border Security Force (BSF) officials handed
over the prisoners to the Pak Rangers at the
zero line of Wagah-Attari land route.
There are still many Indian and Pakistan
nationals, who are languishing in jails of both
the countries.
Some of the released prisoners demanded a
symbol, by which they could differentiate
between the borders of the two countries and
avoid crossing it.
“We were sleeping in a boat, when the flow
of the water brought us towards India. So,
when we woke up in the morning, we were
caught and put in jail. There must be a mark
to differentiate between the Indian and the
Pakistani side, but there is no provision as
yet. The Navies of both the countries must
carry a flag, to differentiate between the two
countries,” said Mohammad Irfan, a released
prisoner.
Before leaving for Pakistan, the prisoners
urged the governments of both the countries
to expedite the verification process to secure
release of remaining prisoners at the earliest.
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told the court Pan and Ms Cui had divorced
five months before her death, at the end of
a seven-year marriage.
Ms Marco said Pan had been “seething
with animosity” about details of the
property settlement, which had left Ms Cui
more financially comfortable.
She told the jury they would hear evidence
he drove to her house the day after he
returned from a trip to China and killed her.
He then tried to hide his crime by telling
her family she had been called for jury duty
and would not be contactable for 20 days,
the court was told.
Ms Marco said Pan also told a friend the
following day that he was making plans to
return to China.
She told the court that these factors,
combined with the method of killing and
disposal of Ms Cui’s body, would leave the
jury in no doubt that the death amounted
to murder.
“It’s demonstrative of an animosity that
is inconsistent with a justified killing that
occurred on the spur of the moment in the
heat of passion in the manner of which he
claimed,” she said.
Pan’s trial is expected to finish next week.
It is alleged he went to her home where he
inflicted numerous injuries to her head and
body before strangling her.
The crown says Pan used circular saws and
handsaws to dismember Ms Cui’s body in
her ensuite before putting it in two garbage
bags.
The court heard Pan then bought eight bags
of concrete, which he used to build a false
wall inside a hall cupboard.
He was in the middle of entombing Ms
Cui’s remains in the wall when police
arrived and arrested him, the court heard.
Pan has admitted to killing Ms Cui,
pleading guilty in the Supreme Court in
Brisbane on Tuesday to the charge of
manslaughter.
However, the crown did not accept the plea
and has proceeded to trial for murder.
Pan has pleaded not guilty to this charge
because of issues of provocation.
He has pleaded guilty to misconduct with
a corpse, and his lawyer on Tuesday made
a number of admissions relating to his
attempted disposal of Ms Cui’s body.
In her opening, prosecutor Caroline Marco
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a MaN was arrested after he donned
an army uniform and posed as a soldier
so that he would get bumped up to first
class on a flight from the dominican
republic to New york’s John f.
kennedy International airport, the
media reported.
Rock Diaz, 22, of Long Island, has a
history of pretending to be a military man
to get VIP treatment, according to police –
he once even smooth-talked his way
into a jetliner’s cockpit, where he was
photographed sitting at the controls.
He was busted when a sharp-eyed customs
official at JFK asked him his rank – and
he gave an answer that did not match the
insignia on the uniform he was wearing.
But Diaz – in camouflage fatigues and
sporting a military-style buzz cut –
allegedly insisted that he was the real
thing when questioned after getting off an
American Airlines flight.
Although he was wearing a standard-issue
army combat uniform and cap, he could
not produce a military ID.
Diaz – who sources said never served in the
military – also had a black POW patch on
his sleeve, which an actual soldier would
never wear in that spot, the sources said.
His dog tags were comically engraved with
the words, “USA Marines Corp.”
The Spanish-speaking Diaz said that he did
nothing wrong and blamed any confusion
on a language barrier.
“I never asked to get upgraded. The
stewardess offered me a new seat, and
I asked why. They explained it to me in
English, and I did not understand,” Diaz
said. “I moved where they told me to sit.”
He was charged with second-degree
impersonation.
Warrant: Libyan Ieader Moamar Gaddañ
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Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi is now
officially a wanted man, after arrest
warrants were issued against him by the
International Criminal Court (ICC).
The warrants charge Gaddafi, his son,
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and his chief of
intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi, with
crimes against humanity.
It says they planned, orchestrated, and
executed the attacks on civilian protesters
that have since degenerated into a civil war
in Libya.
The warrant was read out in The Hague by
ICC Judge Sanji Monageng.
“Moamar Gaddafi in co-ordination with
his inner circle conceived and orchestrated
a plan to deter and quell by all means
the civilian demonstrations against the
regime,” she said.
The announcement did not go into details of
the allegations, but in May the court’s chief
prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he
had evidence of war crimes including the
use of rape, torture, and human shields.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says
the warrants are another step in the process
of holding the Libyan leader accountable.
“It’s another indication that Moamar
Gaddafi has lost his legitimacy,” he said.
But Libya dismissed the warrant, accusing
the tribunal of being a tool of the West.
“The leader of the revolution and his son do
not hold any official position in the Libyan
government and therefore they have no
connection to the claims of the ICC against
them,” Libyan justice minister Mohammed
al-Qamoodi told a news conference.
Gaddafi holds no formal office in Libya’s
political system, despite having ruled for
more than 41 years.
The Libyan air war has exposed
shortcomings among NATO allies and
the outgoing US defence secretary Robert
Gates has again urged European countries
to pool their defence funds to bolster their
military power.
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for gaddafI
The Obama administration has come under
increasing domestic political pressure over
Gaddafi’s defiance.
Opponents have complained President
Barack Obama entered the conflict without
seeking congressional approval and have
attempted to defend the intervention.
rebels celebrate
The news was met with wild celebration in
the main rebel-held cities.
But on the ground, it changes very little.
The rebels, based in the Western Mountains
region south-west of Tripoli, are fighting
pro-Gaddafi forces for control of the town
of Bir al-Ghanem, an advance of about
30 kilometers north from their previous
position, their spokesman told reporters.
“We are on the southern and western
outskirts of Bir al-Ghanem,” Juma Ibrahim,
a rebel spokesman in the nearby town of
Zintan, said by telephone.
“There were battles there most of Sunday.
Some of our fighters were martyred and
they [government forces] also suffered
casualties and we captured equipment
and vehicles. It’s quiet there today and the
rebels are still in their positions,” he said.
The rebels – backed by NATO air support –
have been battling Gaddafi’s forces since
late February, when thousands of people
rose up against his 41-year-rule, prompting
a fierce crackdown by Gaddafi’s security
forces.
The revolt has turned into the bloodiest of
the Arab Spring uprisings sweeping the
Middle East.
For weeks now, rebels in their strong-hold
in the east and enclaves in western Libya
have been unable to make significant
advances, while NATO air strikes have
failed to dislodge Gaddafi, straining the
Western alliance.
ThaTCher’s haNdbag sells for $38,000
A handbag belonging to former British
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sold
for 25,000 pounds ($38,000) at a charity
auction, Christie’s said.
Best-selling author and former
Conservative politician Jeffrey Archer
was wielding the gavel at the auctioneer’s
London showrooms at a sale where
proceeds went to the charity chosen by
each contributing sportsman, politician or
musician.
Top price on the night was paid for the
chief timekeeper’s stop watch that recorded
Roger Bannister’s first four-minute mile in
1954.
Donated by Mr Archer himself, it fetched
97,250 pounds ($148,000) and proceeds
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The black and red leather jacket worn
by Michael Jackson in Thriller has been
sold for $1.8 million.
The jacket, which was autographed by
Jackson, was expected to fetch up to
$400,000 in the two-day auction in Beverly
Hills, California.
Milton Verret, from Austin, Texas, made
the winning bid and said he planned to
display the jacket at a children's hospital.
Proceeds from the sale will go to Shambala
Preserve, the Californian safari park where
the late pop singer's Bengal tigers have
been residing since 2006.
Jackson died of a sedative overdose on
June 25, 2009, less than three weeks a
comeback.
One of the singer's sequined gloves fetched
$192,000 in June 2010.
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ThrIller JaCkeT
sells for $1. 8M
will go to the Oxford University Athletics
Club.
Mr Archer had said before the sale that he
expected Ms Thatcher’s handbag, which
she owned for over 30 years, to sell for
around 100,000 pounds, but in the end it
fetched a quarter of the amount.
It was pictured with the former prime
minister alongside US president Ronald
Reagan during her visit to the United
States in 1985, and the money raised will
go to Combat Stress, The British Forces
Foundation and Debra.
A signed Fender Telecaster guitar donated
by Eric Clapton fetched 15,000 pounds
($23,000) and a hospitality package to
next year’s Monaco Grand Prix, given by
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone,
sold for 34,850 pounds ($53,000).
Overall the sale raised 402,100 pounds,
short of what Mr Archer had hoped for.
The amateur auctioneer had aimed to beat
his own single sale record and make a
million pounds.
Later on Tuesday at Christie’s, Mr Archer
will sell off some of his art collection,
including an 1878 painting by Claude
Monet valued at 1.2–1.7 million pounds.
“It’s a very good time (to sell),” Mr Archer
told the reporter before the sale. “The
Chinese and Russians are collecting for
the first time. I’m selling 10 per cent of
my collection – at the age of 70 I decided I
wouldn’t live forever”
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1. use a sling and a pack-n-play for
infants. Being outside tends to calm
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even fussy babies down a lot, and being
held by mom most of the time in a sling
generally puts baby right to sleep. For
6-18-month-olds, consider a sheet or
blanket on the ground as a place for all
toys.
2. Make your vehicle “home base”.
Keeping your clothing in the back of a
van allows you to access them while still
standing up and without giving bugs one
more chance to get in your tent.
3. got a laundry bag? If you stuff the
whole family’s dirty laundry in one bag, it
can be literally tossed in the laundry room
ready for washing when you arrive home.
4. accept dirt. Dirt happens. Wear your
“camping’ attitude” the whole time you’re
in the woods and realize that you’ll never
really feel shower-fresh clean until you’re
SurvivaI Tips for FamiIy Camping
home again. Just enjoy the organic
nature of it all…literally.
First Punjabi charter school of USA will
open in West Sacramento (California) in
August next, according to reports.
mission includes promoting “a culture of
strong social and family values” and it will
provide a “rigorous” curriculum. It aims at
meeting “academic, social and emotional
needs” of the children.
Located on the property of Sikh Temple of
Sacramento, it will provide free education
from kindergarten to grade six (ultimately
expanding to seventh and eighth grades),
after school enrichment programs, Punjabi
language education, school uniform, “more
accountability”, homework assistance, free
vegetarian lunch and refreshments, free
transportation, etc., reports suggest.
Meanwhile, Indo-American statesman
Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada
(USA) applauded efforts of charter school
management and West Sacramento and
surrounding area community for this
wonderful project promoting Punjabi
culture and language and strong social and
family values among children.
Michael Ettner will reportedly be the
principal of this publicly funded school
approved by the Washington Unified
School District, which will teach the culture
and language of Punjab but is open to all.
Dave Westin and Dr. Dayton Gilleland
are Board President and Superintendent
respectively of the District.
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Nine historic sites in africa, europe,
the Middle east and asia have been
added to the world heritage list, the
united Nations educational, scientific
and Cultural organization (uNesCo)
announced on Monday.
UNESCO said the newest entrants are:
· the ancient villages oI northern Syria;
· the cultural sites oI Al Ain in the United
Arab Emirates;
· the Persian Garden in Iran.
· the cultural landscape oI the Serra de
Tramuntana in Spain;
· the pile dwellings in the European Alps;
· Selimiye Mosque in Turkey;
· the Konso cultural landscape in Ethiopia;
· Fort Jesus in Kenya; and
· the citadel oI the Ho Dynasty in Viet Nam.
A total of 35 nominated sites are
being reviewed by the World Heritage
Committee, which is holding its 35th
session at UNESCO’s headquarters in
Paris, to determine whether they should be
added to the World Heritage List.
In a press statement UNESCO said the 40
ancient villages of northern Syria provide
testimony to rural life in late antiquity and
during the Byzantine period.
The United Arab Emirates’ cultural sites
of Al Ain constitute a serial property that
testifies to sedentary human occupation of
a desert region since the neolithic period
with vestiges of many prehistoric cultures,
including circular stone tombs from about
2500 BC.
The Persian Garden includes nine gardens
in as many provinces of Iran. They
exemplify the diversity of Persian garden
designs that adapted to different climate
conditions while retaining principles that
have their roots in the times of Cyrus the
Great in the 6th century BC.
In the cultural landscape of Serra de
Tramuntana, on the Spanish island of Mallorca,
millennia of agriculture in an environment
with scarce resources has transformed the
terrain and displays an articulated network of
devices for the management of water.
The pile dwellings which are spread
through the Alps in Switzerland, Austria,
France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia
encompass the remains of prehistoric pile-
dwelling (or stilt house) settlements built
from around 5000 BC to 500 BC on the
edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands.
The 16th-century Selimiye Mosque,
which dominates the skyline of the former
Ottoman capital of Edirne, is considered
to be the most harmonious example of
Ottoman architecture of the time.
The Konso cultural landscape is comprised
of 55 square kilometers of arid stone-walled
terraces and fortified settlements that is
an example of a living cultural tradition
stretching back more than 400 years.
Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in
1593, is a well preserved example of 16th
century Portuguese military fortification
and a landmark in the history of this type
of construction.
The 14th-century Ho Dynasty citadel, built
according to feng shui principles, testifies
to the flowering of neo-Confucianism in
late 14th century Viet Nam and its spread
to other parts of East Asia.
a 99-year-old world war II veteran
recently became a first-time groom after
a lifelong search for the right bride.
"I never met the right woman until I met
Virginia," Gilbert Herrick said of his
86-year-old wife, Virginia Hartman.
After discovering a mutual interest in painting,
the two became an inseparable item at Monroe
Community Hospital, the Rochester, New
York, nursing home where they both live.
"We wanted to share a room, but you can't
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do that here unless you are married," Mr
Herrick, who is also a retired postal worker,
said. "So she asked me, and I said yes."
The couple married earlier this month.
Now, they sometimes pass love notes back
and forth – tearing up the evidence before
anyone sees what was written – and they
hope to paint together soon.
"It's crazy, but it's fun," said Ms Hartman,
a widow who raised five children and
worked as a telephone operator.
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Premier Christy Clark announced $3.5
million to the University of Victoria to
support an innovative project that will help
seniors and people with disabilities remain
as independent as possible while still living
at home.
“Our government is committed to putting
in the proper supports for seniors and
people with disabilities so that they can
increase their independence,” said Premier
Clark. “We want to support families and
communities in planning for the future and
this funding will help provide state-of-the-
art devices to help eliminate challenges
and create these opportunities.”
Premier Clark had the opportunity to test
CanConnect, an online tool that is helping
seniors connect with care providers and
children with special needs in remote
communities connect with family and
friends. CanConnect is a simple and user-
friendly enhancement of Skype that allows
people who are normally unable to use
computers to make free telephone calls and
have face-to-face chats in real time over
the Internet.
By 2031, almost a quarter of B.C.’s
population will be over 65 and the number
of individuals with disabilities or who
face serious barriers to employment and
inclusion is expected to increase in the next
20 years. It is estimated that thousands
more families in B.C. will benefit from
today’s announcement.
“Preparing for a growing and aging
population is a responsibility we all
share,” said Minister of Health Michael
de Jong. “This funding will bring together
community partners, the business sector,
Police in Medicine Hat are treating the death
of a two-year-old boy as a homicide.
An ambulance rushed the boy to hospital
on Tuesday afternoon, after receiving a call
about a child needing medical assistance at a
home at 32 Collins Crescent S.E.
Zachery Smith Davis was pronounced dead
after arriving in the emergency room.
No charges have been laid, but police said
Wednesday they have a “person of interest”
in custody, who is not related to the child.
The 31-year-old man, who was taking care
of the child when paramedics arrived, was
arrested for breaching a condition of release
on an unrelated matter.
“Based on the circumstances surrounding the
death and the injuries sustained by the child
we are currently treating this investigation as
a homicide. The child has been transported
to Calgary and an autopsy is scheduled to be
conducted,” police said in a statement.
Police have not released the cause of death.
Most Canadians surveyed choose
vancouver as the “nicest city” in the
country, but the high rank is credited
to vast support from local residents,
according to a poll released wednesday.
The finding is part of a Leger Marketing
poll conducted on behalf of the
Association for Canadian Studies. The
study aimed to identify the city that
Canadians considered the “nicest,” which
researchers graded based on aesthetics
and physical beauty rather than livability
factors.
Vancouverites overwhelmingly chose
their city over others with 95-per-cent
support, helping boost their hometown’s
ranking in this national classification.
But Vancouver was the choice of many
students and volunteers to develop creative
tools that will have a profound impact on
the lives of B.C. families.”
Most of the $3.5 million will support an
innovative partnership between CanAssist
at the University of Victoria, Tyze Personal
Networks and the PLAN Institute for
Caring Citizenship. These partners will
combine their expertise to create Connect
for Care, new online tools that will
help connect clients with their families,
caregivers and health care providers.
The remaining $500,000 will support
CanFITT, a partnership between CanAssist
and the Vancouver Island Health Authority
to prototype the use of customized
technologies to improve the quality of life
for clients receiving services through the
Choice in Supports for Independent Living
program.
“The population shift will present
opportunities and challenges for the
province,” said Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid,
Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors. “The
needs and expectations of seniors are
changing and we need to be prepared to
respond in creative new ways that enable
people to participate in their communities
and stay connected with their families.”
“This project highlights how innovative
community partnerships are strengthening
our communities. It challenges us to
improve accessibility in everything we
do,” said Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida
Chong.
CanAssist has helped hundreds of families
in B.C. since it was established in 1999.
Over 4,500 students, 200 university
faculty and more than 400 volunteers have
participated in CanAssist, including retired
physicians, machinists, seamstresses and
engineers.
“CanAssist is a great example of a faculty
member’s initiative that has grown to make
UVic a national leader in the development
of innovative technologies for people
with disabilities,” said University of
Victoria President David Turpin. “With
this generous support from the B.C.
government, CanAssist and its community
partners will continue to create practical
and empowering tools to help special needs
individuals and their families overcome
the challenges they face.”
Building on research from the PLAN
Institute, Tyze Personal Networks will
play a key role in developing Connect for
Care. “No one should have to face illness,
care giving or disability on their own,”
said Vickie Cammack, Tyze CEO. “This
funding will assist friends, family, and
neighbours across the province to connect,
collaborate and care for one another.”
Tyze creates online, private, personal
networks that strengthen relationships,
address isolation and contribute to
better health. Tyze builds on 20 years of
experience in addressing isolation and
creating circles of support around some
the most vulnerable members of our
communities.
outside the city too. More Calgarians put
their city behind Vancouver when asked
to rank and one in five in Toronto picked
Vancouver first.
Quebec City was selected in second place
with one in five Canadians making it their
first choice, while Ottawa landed the third
spot.
The online survey was carried out among
1, 5000 Canadians during the week of
June 20, 2011.
Researchers note that being the “nicest”
city doesn’t imply that Vancouver is the
most livable place in Canada.
A follow up on the findings from this study,
which will explore the cities’ economy,
culture and livability, would likely show
a different ranking for Vancouver when it
is conducted in July, the study’s authors
said.
However, Vancouverites don’t seem to be
showing their “nicest” side when behind
the wheels.
Another survey shows that courtesy on
the road has declined in Vancouver in the
last five years.
Half of B.C. drivers surveyed believe that
drivers in their community have become
less courteous, according to an Ipsos Reid
poll conducted for ICBC and released on
Tuesday.
The online survey, conducted among
899 adult British Columbia drivers, also
indicates that many British Columbians
think that they personally are more
courteous than other drivers on the road.
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citizenship and frefghting.
9) why the battle of vimy ridge is
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A. Out of it was formed the Canadian
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B. It was the last battle of the First
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C. It was an important victory in the
Boer War.
D. It has come to symbolise Canada’s
becoming as a nation.
10) how can you help to protect the
environment?
A. Do not buy gas at a higher price.
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Will your cat always land on its feet?
Are table scraps bad for your dog? Here
are 10 pet myths.
You’ve probably heard it before: Cats
and babies don’t mix. A wagging tail
means a friendly dog. But are these
so-called nuggets of wisdom really
true? Here’s what the experts have to
say about these 10 commonly believed
myths about our pets.
helpful myths about your pet
1) who invented the snowmobile?
A. Sir Sandford Fleming
B. Alexander Graham Bell
C. Joseph-Armand Bombardier
D. Mathew Evans and Henry Woodward
2) When did thousands of miners ürst
come to yukon?
A. Early 1800s.
B. Early 1700s.
C. 1790s.
D. 1890s.
3) who are francophones?
A. People speaking English as a frst
language.
B. French people.
C. Descendants of French colonists.
D. People speaking French as a frst
language.
4) what is a minority government?
A. The party in power holds less
than half of the seats in the House of
Commons.
B. The party in power holds at least half
of the seats in the House of Commons
and the Senate.
C. The party in power holds at least half
of the seats in the House of Commons.
D. The party in power holds at least half
of the seats in the Senate.
5) when did the british North
america act come into effect?
A. 1867.
B. 1901.
C. 1876.
D. 1881.
6) when did the united empire
loyalists come to Canada?
A. Late 1800s.
B. During 1580s.
C. Late 1700s.
D. In 1600s.
3. d
4. a
Myth: Cats always land on their feet.
fact: While it is true that cats
instinctively control their fall and have
an uncanny ability to land Ieet frst.
this is not always the case. Cats can be
injured during a fall and they should not
be ‘tested’ or allowed to climb in high
places.
Myth: A wagging tail means a friendly
dog.
fact: Not always! Tail wags can mean
different things, some friendly and
others not. Instead you need to look
at the overall posture of the dog and
anything else its doing. Relaxed dogs
generally have a gently wagging tail
held horizontally or slightly lowered,
and a raised tail usually indicates the dog
is Ieeling confdent. A dog with its tail
tucked can indicate anxiety, avoidance
or caution. Signs that you should back
oII Irom a dog include a stiIfy lowered
tail (wagging or not) combined with
a lowered head, direct stare, closed
mouth, and ears held back.
Myth: Animals that are neutered or
spayed gain weight.
fact: Not true. As with humans, your
pet’s weight is typically related to food
intake and exercise. An animal’s diet
should be adjusted throughout its life
to take into account age, activity and
lifestyle.
Myth: Cats can’t be taught to walk on
leash.
fact: Dog-lovers aren’t the only ones
who can enjoy a stroll with their furry
companions. Yes, most cats can be easily
trained to walk on a leash. Just be sure
to keep your cat clear of temptations
such as trees that it may climb and get
tangled in.
Myth: If a dog’s nose is cold, it is
healthy.
fact: A dog’s nose is usually cold
because of the evaporation of the
moisture put there by the dog’s licking.
A dog could have any number of
illnesses and still have a cold nose.
Myth: ‘People food’ is bad for your pet.
fact: This is sometimes true. Certain
foods such as chocolate, grapes, garlic
and onions can be toxic for your pet.
You should also avoid giving your
pet food that is spicy or high in fat.
However, some foods such as carrots,
apples, crunchy or lightly steamed
vegetables and meat with the fat and
gristle trimmed oII are fne to share. II
you are feeding your pet ‘people food’
on a regular basis make sure you use
high quality ingredients and provide a
balanced and complete diet. Note: Keep
in mind that feeding your dog or a cat
from the table even once can create a
determined beggar.
Myth: With dogs, bad breath pretty
much comes with the territory.
fact: While unpleasant breath can be
normal, really bad breath can be a sign
of dental problems. Ask your vet to look
at your dog’s teeth regularly and follow
a dental plan.
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6. C
7. d
8. C
9. d
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Friday July 1, 2011
greek salad
Ingredients:
· 3– 4 tomatoes
· 1 onion
· feta cheese
· 1 cucumber
· olive oil
· salt
· olives
· oregano
Method:
Cut the tomatoes,
the onion and the
cucumber in slices.
Mix them, add salt
and some pieces of
feta cheese, oregano
and at the end pour
some olive oil.
Chai Time
aries (March 21–april 19):
The news of the success of long desired
objective will make you feel very optimistic
about the future. However, make sure that
your interests are safeguarded. Plans for
travel are indicated perhaps you will be
going on a pilgrimage with loved ones.
Those in creative felds will get a maior
breakthrough in this week.
Taurus (april 20–May 20):
Quite unnecessarily you could get
dragged into a controversy which could be
embarrassing. Though it appears that your
opponents have the upper hand, you will
win the day eventually. Friends may drop
in to see you. A loved one may be going on
a long distance journey perhaps overseas.
Health may also need a little attention this
week.
gemini (May 21–June 20):
New business proposals lead to gain. Some
of you may even get an advance payment.
Those appearing for an interview will be
successIul. Those in the feld oI marketing
media, communication or trading, will
beneft today. News Irom a relative is
likely. Fresh investments will not yield
proft immediately. Those in love may
decide to discuss the future with the family.
Cancer (June 21–July 22):
Discussions, meeting and negotiations
will go off very well. Your mate will help
you along and be a source of strength and
happiness. An auspicious function will be
celebrated. Positive developments around
you will make you feel content and happy
about the future. Visit to a place of religious
signifcance.
leo (July 23–aug 22):
Plans for a journey could run into some
problems. It would be better to postpone
it. At work an easy going attitude could
land you in trouble. Avoid arguments or
discussions on matters that are upsetting to
others. Others will still go out of their way
to assure you that everything is right but
you may feel helpless and frustrated. Rest
assured that your work will be completed
on time.
virgo (aug 23–sept 22):
You are full of optimism and hope for
the future. However, you need to make
consistent effort before you gain anything
in life. Monetarily this is going to be a good
week. Mentally you may not be feeling too
confdent about a partnership venture. Your
suspicious nature and prying could cause
problems for you. In your anxiety you may
call off an important journey because of the
confict in your own mind.
libra (sept 23–oct 22):
You will make rapid progress in your work
or proIession. You will fnd plenty oI time
to devote to extracurricular activities and
favourable hobbies. Some of you may even
visit a place of entertainment or holiday
resort. The married may have to cope with
an irate and angry mate. A little bit of love
and attention will resolve the situation.
scorpio (oct 23–Nov 21):
If a certain project is showing a downward
trend, you are advised to abandon it at once.
Do not make large fnancial commitments
for you could land yourself in further
trouble. Work independently, and do not
take projects on the advice of those who
may not be sincere and genuine. Home and
family life is happy.
sagittarius (Nov 22–dec 21):
An early start at work will ease some
pressure. You seem to have a lot to do today.
It is an opportune time to put your plans
into action. Gains from new investment or
your work are indicated. However, there
could be some minor delays in processing
the papers. Friends will drop in to see you.
An impromptu outing for dinner will prove
exciting.
Capricorn (dec 22–Jan 19):
You seem to be getting isolated. This is
perhaps due to you preoccupation with
your personal affairs. You need to cultivate
more goodwill in order to make progress
in your career. Let not personal hardships
at home or in your love life hinder your
progress in your career. Some of you may
have a slight health problem.
aquarius (Jan 20–feb 18):
The need to try out something new and
different could overtake you. A new person
could also come into your life. Long
distance journeys are indicated which will
be fruitful and enjoyable. You will receive
favourable work offers but you may not be
happy with the terms offered. Handle the
situation diplomatically, the outcome will
be good.
Pisces (feb 19–March 20):
You will be given charge of a prestigious
project attached with handsome incentives.
Handling your work with a sense of
purpose. and frmness with your associates.
will help you achieve a lot. You may have
to look after additional responsibility and
you have means to do so. A dinner date this
week is full of romance and excitement.
Chicken & broccoli alfredo
barbequed garlic Chicken
what you Need
· 1/2 lb. fettuccine, uncooked
· 2 cups Iresh broccoli forets
· 1/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian
Dressing
· 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
· 1-2/3 cups milk
· 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.)
PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese,
cubed
· 1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan
Cheese
· 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
Ingredients:
· 3 lb roasting chicken
· 3 teaspoon garlic, chopped
· 2 teaspoon salt
· 2 tablespoon black peppercorns
· 1 cup fresh coriander, chopped
· 2 tablespoon lime juice
· 1 tomatoes
· 1 scallions
directions:
Cut chicken in half lengthwise, and
remove bones, if desired. Crush the
garlic with salt into a smooth puree.
Cucumber Mango salsa
Ingredients:
· 1 ripe mango, diced.
· 1 small cucumber, diced.
· 1 tablespoon of red onion, minced.
· / teaspoon of chili powder.
· / teaspoon of cumin.
· 1 tablespoon of seasoned rice vinegar.
· Juice of 1 lime.
Instructions:
Mix together all of the ingredients and
allow to sit in your refrigerator for
around 30 minutes.
Serve over grilled fsh or as a side dish
to poultry.
Make It
COOK pasta as directed on package,
adding broccoli to the boiling water the
last 2 min.
MEANWHILE, heat dressing in large
nonstick skillet on medium-high heat.
Add chicken; cook 5 min. or until
done, stirring occasionally. Stir in
remaining ingredients. Bring to boil,
stirring constantly; cook 1 to 2 min. or
until sauce is well blended and heated
through.
DRAIN pasta mixture; place in large
bowl. Add chicken mixture; mix lightly.
Coarsely crush the peppercorns with
a mortar and pedestal or blender.
Combine in a fat dish with the
coriander, and lime juice.
Rub the mixture well into the chicken on
all sides, cover and refrigerate overnight
or at least one hour. BBQ chicken over
glowing coals, turning about every
5 minutes, until chicken is no longer
pink and the skin is crisp. Garnish with
tomatoes and curls of scallions. Serve
with a salad of cucumber, scallions and
tomatoes, seasoned with lime and salt.
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This page contains basic information. If you are concerned about your health, you should consult a doctor.
According to a report, these waters may
not live up to their healthy promises. The
vitamins may not be in the ideal form for
absorption, and they’re likely ones that
most people aren`t lacking in the frst
place. The extra vitamins aren’t harmful,
but they shouldn’t be taken at the same
time as medications. In the end, people are
still better off getting their vitamins from
whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
If you like the taste of vitamin enhanced
water and feel your diet could use a boost
now and then, look for brands that list
nutritional information so you can make
informed choices.
We watch what we eat, but what about what
we drink? Avoid these high-calorie culprits
with smart and favourIul alternatives.
Can increasing your fuid intake mean
increasing your waistline? While soft
drinks and alcoholic beverages have
already been widely discussed in the
media, there are other choices which you
may want to moderate if you’re watching
your health:
fruit drinks versus juice
Fruit drinks have been getting a bad
reputation in the media lately as new
evidence shows that they can contribute
to childhood obesity, likely due to the
high amount of sweeteners. Unsweetened,
100 per cent juice blends don’t have the
same effect. However, health experts still
recommend limiting the amount of fruit
juice intake for children, and adults may
want to watch the amount of calories they
consume too.
flavoured water
Plain water (bottled. fltered or straight
from the tap) is still the beverage of choice
when it comes to staving off dehydration
and heat-related illnesses. However,
many people may fnd this routine a little
monotonous and want favour instead.
Regular or carbonated. favoured waters
promise to be a lower calorie alternative
to sugary fruit drinks, drink mixes and
soft drinks. However, some contain high
amounts of sugar and other sweeteners,
while others load up on artifcial
sweeteners. colours and favours. (The
long term effects of these chemicals are
still being debated).
Many brands oI favoured water are
comparable in price to regular bottled
water and soft drinks, but it’s easy and
less expensive to favour your own water
at home. Favourite citrus juices such as
lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit can
add a favourIul splash. but try sliced Iruits
like melon or strawberries for a change.
Mint leaves or chlorophyll are refreshing
alternatives, or try sliced cucumber.
If you prefer the convenience of bottled
water, look for brands that contain natural
and organic favourings. They will oIten
be as low in calories as mainstream
brands but avoid artifcial sweeteners
and additives. (And make sure the bottles
make it to the recycling bin when you’re
through).
In most cases, a glass of juice a day should
suIfce but it isn`t necessary to get the
nutrients you need if you eat a diet rich
with fruits and vegetables. Whole foods
have another beneft: fber in the skins and
membranes that gets stripped away during
processing.
frozen coffee and tea beverages
Are frozen coffee or tea drinks displacing
your usual hot beverage? A cup of black
coffee or plain tea has little or no calories,
and one cream and sugar is still only 75. Go
for a frozen blended drink instead and the
numbers increase dramatically. Consider:
· Hot or cold, a green tea or chai latte from
Starbucks has 7–9 grams of fat per 16 oz.
cup and about 260 calories.
· A Chocolate Chiller at Second Cup has
510 calories for 16 oz. and 15 grams of fat.
The “Skinny” version has 390 calories and
1.5 g of fat.
· A small (10 oz) Tim Horton’s iced
cappuccino made with low-fat milk has at
least 150 calories. Consume a cup a day in
place of a black coffee and you’re looking
at 1050 extra calories a week.
· A large (20 oz) favoured iced cappuccino.
“frappuchino” or “chiller” with cream can
go as high as 650 calories and 30 grams
of fat.
These frozen beverages have similar fat
and calorie counts as the foods we try
to avoid – like chocolate bars, ice cream
and desserts – so why not approach them
with the same moderation? Enjoy a cup
as a special treat when you have time to
savour it. You can also cut the numbers
by requesting skim milk instead of cream,
choosing smaller sizes and skipping the
whipped cream topping. A simple iced tea
or iced coffee is a good alternative.
Or better yet, make iced tea or iced
coffee at home where you can control the
ingredients and amount of sugar. Simply
make a pot of coffee or tea a little stronger
than you normally like it and pour over
ice cubes or blend with crushed ice. Add
a little sugar, honey or milk to taste. When
eating out, ask for a pot of tea and a mug
of ice.
CoIIee or cappuccino favoured gelatos and
frozen yoghurt can also satisfy a craving
for something creamy. You’ll cut out a lot
of the fat content (one half to two thirds of
which comes from saturated fats).
Green, white and rooibos iced tea
beverages are also popular again this
year. You can make a lighter version at
home with any of your favourite teas. A
splash of fruit juice can add some natural
favour to green. black and white varieties.
Lemon is a favourite, but cranberry,
blueberry and pomegranate can add
healthful anti-oxidants. Herbal teas such as
lemon, blueberry, strawberry, orange and
grapefruit make a nice alternative to sugary
lemonade or fruit drinks.
drinks that
pack on the pounds
enhanced water
A step up Irom the usual favoured
waters is water with added vitamins and
electrolytes, such as the many sports drinks
and vitamin-enhanced waters now on the
market. Sports drinks often contain similar
amounts of sugar and calories to soft
drinks, and unless you are playing sports
for hours on end or have a stomach virus
you probably don’t need the added sugars
and salts. In some cases, you may consume
more calories than you burn in a workout.
New vitamin enhanced waters are
marketed as a drinkable multi-vitamin. In
fact, the labels even recommend drinking
one or two bottles each day. Vitamin C,
calcium, folic acid and magnesium are
common ingredients – but so are sugar
and glucose-fructose. Because these
products are considered to be health food
supplements, producers are not required
to list nutritional information. The number
of calories is conspicuously missing from
some labels.
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PM uNveIls a New PersoNal flag for
use IN CaNada for hIs royal hIghNess
The duke of CaMbrIdge
looNIe, reCessIoN hurTINg
vaNCouver TourIsM: exPerTs
MeTro vaNCouver May baN
Park sMokINg
MINIsTer keNNey
aNNouNCes
CITIZeNshIP Judge
aPPoINTMeNT
Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled
a new personal flag, for use in Canada,
created for His Royal Highness The Duke
of Cambridge. The flag, whose creation
and design were approved by Her Majesty
The Queen and His Royal Highness The
Duke of Cambridge, were flown for the
first time when The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge arrive in Ottawa to begin their
nine-day Royal Tour of Canada, from June
30th to July 8th.
“We are proud to be once again honouring
members of the Royal Family with their
own personal flag for use in Canada,”
said the Prime Minister. “The flag is a
testament to the special bond between
Canada and the Royal Family and pays
tribute to our shared history, traditions and
institutions. It will be flown with great
pride throughout the upcoming Royal Tour
by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”.
The new flag was developed by
the Canadian Heraldic Authority at
Government House in Ottawa. When
The Duke of Cambridge is in Canada, his
personal flag will be flown day and night at
any building at which he resides and on all
Smoking may soon be outlawed in most
parts of regional parks and beaches run by
Metro Vancouver.
The Metro parks committee on Wednesday
recommended smokers be limited to
puffing only in specific smoking zones to
be determined by staff.
The restrictions go to a vote of the Metro
board July 24.
Smoking zones would be close to popular
areas where many people congregate,
provided they minimize second-hand
smoke exposure, litter and the risk of fire.
Metro directors rejected a staff
recommendation to use a more complex
The appointment of Veronica Mae Johnson
as a Citizenship Judge for a three-year
full-time term in Montreal, Quebec, was
announced by Citizenship, Immigration and
Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
Judge Johnson has extensive community
experience in issues related to education,
black history and community development.
Prior to her appointment, Judge Johnson
served as a teacher and as the Assistant
Centre Director of the Place Cartier Adult
Education Centre. Judge Johnson holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree from Sir George
Williams University (now Concordia),
where she majored in Economics and
Political Science.
Prior to her appointment, Judge Johnson
served the people of Montreal for many
years in several different capacities. Most
recently, she was the Chair of the West
Island Black Community Association. She
was also a former board member of the
West Island Community Shares.
Citizenship judges are responsible for
making decisions with regard to citizenship
applications, presiding over citizenship
ceremonies and administering the oath of
citizenship to new citizens.
American tourism to Vancouver has fallen
flat, thanks to the strong loonie and after-
effects of the recession. That’s according to
tourism numbers from the Conference Board
of Canada.
Associate Director Greg Hermus says
domestic numbers are plugging along.
“We’re recovering from the 2009 global
recession.”
“It obviously wasn’t hit to the same extent
that overseas travel was,” he adds. “Overseas
travel declined in 2009. We are not looking to
get back to those levels until 2012-to-2013.”
On the bright side, Hermus says next year
is expected to be a little stronger. “2011 was
a little more moderate growth. 2012 is now
more the sustained growth in the two-to-
three per cent range.”
vehicles in which he travels. It is the first
personal flag to be created for a member of
the Royal Family since 1962, when it was
announced that Her Majesty The Queen of
Canada had adopted a personal flag for her
set of rules that would vary depending on
the season – based on fire risk – and outlaw
smoking on some high-use trails but not
others.
“We don’t want to hire a whole bunch of
smoke police,” Pitt Meadows Mayor Don
MacLean said. “We feel the majority of
people who smoke are law-abiding and
would abide by the rules.”
Langley City Coun. Gayle Martin, who
chairs the parks committee, said she would
have preferred rules that simply prohibited
smoking in zones around high-use areas but
allow it everywhere else in the parks.
Vancouver council wanted a full ban on
smoking throughout Metro parks, but
its motion was voted down at a previous
committee meeting.
The planned smoking policy would affect
regional parks like Tynehead, Campbell
Valley, Pacific Spirit, Lynn Headwaters and
Belcarra regional parks as well as greenways
such as Pitt River and Seymour River.
Beaches governed by Metro Parks include
Centennial Beach at Boundary Bay
Regional Park, Wreck Beach in Vancouver
and Sasamat Lake in Belcarra.
Several cities across the region either partly
or fully ban smoking in their municipal
parks.
own use in Canada.
The Queen has also approved the design
and creation of a personal flag for future
use in Canada by His Royal Highness The
Prince of Wales.
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Canada News
EugEnE LEvy,
HayLEy WickEnHEisEr,
BoB McDonaLD aMong
orDEr of canaDa rEcipiEnts
Actor-comedian Eugene Levy, hockey
star Hayley Wickenheiser and scientist
and CBC Radio host Bob McDonald are
among 50 notables who will be inducted
to or promoted within the Order of Canada.
Former federal cabinet minister Pat Carney
and authors Malcolm Gladwell and Nino
Ricci are also among those to receive
honours at an as-yet undetermined date.
A comedian, producer, director, writer and
musician, the Hamilton-born Levy, 64, was
a cast member of the sketch comedy series
SCTV and has appeared in numerous
Hollywood movies, including all eight
“American Pie” films.
Wickenheiser, a 32-year-old Saskatchewan
native, has been called the world’s greatest
female hockey player – she’s won three
Olympic gold medals along with a silver
and the Olympic tournament MVP twice.
McDonald, 60, of Wingham, Ont., has
hosted the CBC Radio program “Quirks
and Quarks” for almost 20 years.
Both McDonald and Wickenheiser are
receiving promotions to Officer of the
Order of Canada, while Levy is a new
inductee.
Other new inductees include B.C.’s Carney,
a former Tory senator who held the energy
and later trade posts in Brian Mulroney’s
governments; the British-born Gladwell,
raised in Elmira, Ont., a staffer at the New
Yorker magazine who has written several
thought-provoking books, including “The
Tipping Point;” and the Ontario-based,
award-winning novelist Ricci, who wrote
“Lives of the Saints.”
The Order of Canada is the centerpiece
of the Canadian Honours System, and
recognizes a lifetime of outstanding
achievement, dedication to the community
and service to the nation.
Chosen by an independent panel based on
nominations from the public, the order has
three levels of membership – companion,
officer and member.
aLLErgy aLErt
unDEcLarED WHEat
in inDican BranD
punJaBi WaDi spicy
LEntiL cHunks
The Canadian Food Inspection
Agency (CFIA) and Fruiticana
Produce Inc. are warning people with
allergies to wheat not to consume the
Indican brand Punjabi Wadi Spicy
Lentil Chunks described below. The
affected products contain wheat which
is not declared on the label.
The following Indican brand Punjabi
Wadi Spicy Lentil Chunks, product of
India, are affected by this alert:
size upc
200 g (7oz) 6 27726 11641 1
400 g (14oz) 6 27726 11640 4
800 g (28oz) 6 27726 11653 4
These products have been distributed
in British Columbia and Alberta.
There have been no reported allergic
reactions associated with the
consumption of these products.
Consumption of these products may
cause a serious or life-threatening
reaction in persons with allergies
to wheat.
Fruiticana Produce Inc., Surrey,
British Columbia is voluntarily
recalling the affected products
from the marketplace. The CFIA
is monitoring the effectiveness of
the recall.
spca LaiD cHargEs
aftEr oWnEr cLaiMs
to HavE HangED Dog
froM LEasH
Investigators with the B.C. SPCA are
taking a close look at an alleged incident
involving the death of a dog in the tiny
community of Shirley, about 60 kilometers
west of Victoria.
Sooke RCMP alerted the society after
the owner of a lab-pit bull cross claimed
to have hanged the pet by its leash after
the dog bit a child who would require
emergency facial surgery.
The dog was dead by the time police
arrived at the scene on the west coast of
Vancouver Island, last Friday evening.
Cruelty investigators are checking to see
if charges are warranted against the dog
owner.
They say the owner should try to stop
a pet during an attack but laws prohibit
inhumane treatment of the animal
afterward.
A five-year-old boy is recovering from
surgery required to repair facial injuries
suffered in the attack.
The Province, police and ICBC
kicked off the summer CounterAttack
campaign with a reminder to plan
ahead and choose a designated
driver to get home safely.
“The summer CounterAttack
campaign is designed to help
remind people to take personal
responsibility and think before they
drink,” said Solicitor General Shirley
Bond. “Far too many lives are lost
needlessly and families impacted
forever as a result of impaired driving
incidents in our province. Today we
are urging everyone to make smart,
safe choices and help us reduce
injury and death on B.C. highways.”
“Police will be out in full force looking
for impaired drivers at roadchecks
across the province this summer,”
said Chief Constable Jamie
Graham, Traffc Committee Chair
of British Columbia Association of
Chiefs of Police (BCACP). “We see
a designated driver.
· Ìf you're going to drink, make the
smart choice: choose a designated
driver before going out and plan to
get home safe.
· Set an example; refuse to ride with
drivers who may be impaired. Your
smart driving decisions can have a
signifcant infuence on others.
· A true designated driver is the
person who chooses not to drink
so that they can drive others home
safely.
· Ìf you see an impaired driver, call
911 and report it to your local police.
· Learn about the effects of alcohol.
It affects your judgment, reaction
time and coordination, your ability to
steer, track moving objects, brake,
and control your speed and lane
position.
· No amount of coffee, cold showers
or fresh air will make you sober. The
only cure is time.
Summer CounterAttack reminds drivers to plan ahead
the consequences of impaired driving
far too often. That's why when you are
out celebrating this summer we'll be
there too, doing our part to keep B.C.
roads safe.”
“We want everyone to enjoy their
summer – so make the right choice
and plan ahead to get home safe,” said
Fiona Temple, ÌCBC's director of road
safety. “Choose your designated driver
before you head out. And if you have
agreed to be a designated driver, be
true to your commitment – your friends
and family are counting on you.”
ICBC and its road safety partners invest
in combined enforcement and public
awareness during the CounterAttack
campaign as an effective way to
change driver behaviour, save lives
and prevent injuries. On average, 126
lives are lost each year on B.C. roads
in crashes involving impaired driving.
Safety tips for reducing impaired driving:
· After a couple isn't the time to choose
Comedian, producer, director, writer
and musician, Eugene Levy, 64, seen in this
ñIe photo from May 2011 in Los AngeIes,
is among 50 Canadians to be inducted to
or promoted within the Order of Canada.
O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
'o canada!' – a Brief History
On Canada Day, July 1, 1980, 'O
Canada!' was proclaimed the National
Anthem of Canada, 100 years after
it's debut performance in 1880 for
St. Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations.
Composed by Calixa Lavallée, French
lyrics were written by Sir Adolphe-
Basile Routhier. Many English
versions followed, but the current
'oIfcial' lyrics are based on a version
written in 1908 by Mr. Justice Robert
Stanley Weir.
The oIfcial English version.
shown above, includes the changes
recommended by a Special Joint
Committee on the Senate and House
of Commons in 1968.
Happy
canaDa Day
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Child abuse is more than bruises and broken
bones. While physical abuse might be the
most visible sign, other types of abuse,
such as emotional abuse or child neglect,
also leave deep, long lasting scars. Some
signs of child abuse are subtler than others.
However, by learning common types of
abuse and what you can do, you can make
a huge difference in a child’s life. The
earlier abused children get help, the greater
chance they have to heal from their abuse.
Learn the signs and symptoms of child
abuse and help break the cycle. fnding out
where to get help for the children and their
caregivers.
unDErstanDing cHiLD
aBusE anD nEgLEct
Child abuse is more than bruises or broken
bones. While physical abuse is shocking
due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse
is as obvious. Ignoring children’s needs,
putting them in unsupervised, dangerous
situations, or making a child feel worthless
or stupid are also child abuse. Regardless
of the type of child abuse, the result is
serious emotional harm.
MytHs anD facts aBout
cHiLD aBusE anD nEgLEct
Myth #1: It’s only abuse if it’s violent.
fact: Physical abuse is just one type of
child abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse
can be just as damaging, and since they
are more subtle, others are less likely to
intervene.
Myth #2: Only bad people abuse their
children.
fact: While it’s easy to say that only “bad
people” abuse their children, it’s not always
so black and white. Not all abusers are
intentionally harming their children. Many
have been victims of abuse themselves,
and don’t know any other way to parent.
Others may be struggling with mental
health issues or a substance abuse problem.
Myth #3: Child abuse doesn’t happen in
“good” families.
fact: Child abuse doesn’t only happen
in poor families or bad neighborhoods. It
crosses all racial, economic, and cultural
lines. Sometimes, families who seem to
have it all from the outside are hiding a
different story behind closed doors.
Myth #4: Most child abusers are strangers.
fact: While abuse by strangers does
happen, most abusers are family members
or others close to the family.
Myth #5: Abused children always grow up
to be abusers.
fact: It is true that abused children are
more likely to repeat the cycle as adults,
unconsciously repeating what they
experienced as children. On the other
hand, many adult survivors of child abuse
have a strong motivation to protect their
children against what they went through
and become excellent parents.
EffEcts
of cHiLD
aBusE
anD
nEgLEct
Just for Kids
child abuse and neglect
recognizing and preventing child abuse
All types of child abuse and neglect leave
lasting scars. Some of these scars might be
physical, but emotional scarring has long
lasting effects throughout life, damaging a
child’s sense of self, ability to have healthy
relationships, and ability to function at home,
at work and at school. Some effects include:
· Lack of trust and relationship difhculties.
If you can’t trust your parents, who can
you trust? Abuse by a primary caregiver
damages the most fundamental relationship
as a child – that you will safely, reliably
get your physical and emotional needs met
by the person who is responsible for your
care. Without this base. it is very diIfcult
to learn to trust people or know who is
trustworthy. This can lead to diIfculty
maintaining relationships due to fear of
being controlled or abused. It can also lead
to unhealthy relationships because the adult
doesn’t know what a good relationship is.
· Core feelings of being "worthless" or
"damaged." If you’ve been told over and
over again as a child that you are stupid or
no good. it is very diIfcult to overcome
these core feelings. You may experience
them as reality. Adults may not strive for
more education, or settle for a job that may
not pay enough, because they don’t believe
they can do it or are worth more. Sexual
abuse survivors, with the stigma and shame
surrounding the abuse, often especially
struggle with a feeling of being damaged.
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ten years old is unsafe because the plastic
components degrade over time.
· Clothing: Loose-ftting sleepwear must
be made out oI a fame-resistant material
like polyester or nylon, with cotton or
cotton blends reserved Ior tight-ftting
items only. Draw strings should also
be removed because they can catch on
playground equipment and fences.
· 1ewellery: Inexpensive children’s
jewellery is often made with lead, which
is highly toxic. Even a protective coating
doesn’t make the item safe because it can
easily wear off.
· Toys: Watch out for loose parts that could
be swallowed or choked on and sharp
edges that could cause injury. There is
also some question about lead content in
paint, and toys with magnets are especially
problematic due to the potential for internal
injury if swallowed. It’s a good idea to
check into recalls before buying or selling.
the responsibility of the vendor
Whether through a garage sale, private sale,
fee market or second hand store. sellers in
Canada have a legal obligation to make
sure the items they sell are safe and meet
current safety standards. Furthermore, it is
illegal to sell, give away or distribute items
that do not meet the requirements of the
Hazardous Products Act.
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Haridrachurna
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Haridraam Samarpayami.
kumkum
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Kumkumam Samarpayami.
sindoor
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Sindooram Samarpayami.
kajal
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Kajjalm Samarpayami.
Durvankur (Durva)
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Durvankuraan Samarpayami.
Bilvapatra
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
BilvaPatram Samarpayami.
abhushan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Abhushnaani Samarpayami.
pushpamala
DURGA PUJA
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Pushpamalam Samarpayami.
nanaparimaldraviya
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
NanaparimalDraviyaani Samarpayami.
shobhagya patika
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Shobhagyapatikam Samarpayami.
Dhoop
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Dhoopmaaghrapayami.
Deep
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Deepam Darshyami. (Show deep to
mother and wash your hand)
naibaidha
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Naibaidham Nivedyami.
Aachman: offer aachaman
rituphal
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Rituphalani Samarpayami.
tammbul
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Tammbulam Samarpayami.
Dakshina
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Dakshinaam Samarpayami.
aarti (karpoor and bati)
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Karpooraratirkyam Samarpayami.
shri ambaji ki aarti
Ambe Gauri Arti in Hindi
pradikshna
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Pradikshnaanm Samarpayami.
Mantrapushpanjali
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Mantrapushpanjalim Samarpayami
Om vagven vagva mava jant
devaastaani dharmaani prathmaa
nvaasan. 1he naakam mahimaanah
sachant vatra poorvev saadhvah santi
devaah.
Om katvavanvai vidmahe
kanvakumarvai dheemahi, tanno
durga prachodavat.
Om vakra tundaave vidmaehev ek
dan taave dhee mahi, tanno danti
pracho davaat.
Om naa naa sugandhi pushpaani ritu
kaalo bhawaanee cha, pushpaanjali
marvaadatta grihaan parmeshwari.
namaskar
ya Devi sarvabhutesu Matrurupen
sansthita,
namastasyye namastasyye
namastasyye namo namah.
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
Namaskaraan Samarpayami.
kshma yachna
Aawahanam Na Jaanami Na jaanami
Tav archanam, Pujaam ch na jaanami
Kshamattam Parameshwari.
Mantrahinam Kriyahinam Bhaktihinam
Sureshwari, Yattpujitam Maya Devi
Paripuranm Tadastu me.
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha
KshamaYachanam Samarpayami
arpna
Aum Tattsad Brahmarpanmastu,
Vishnave Namh, Vishnave Namh,
Vishnave Namh.
1ai Mata Di!
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How safe is second-hand stuff?
risks for cHiLDrEn
With the rate children outgrow items it’s not
surprising that clothes, toys and furniture
frequently show up for sale. While most
clothings, toys and books safe, you should
take a second look at these items:
· Furniture: Cribs, playpens and other
furniture must meet the latest safety
requirements and regulations. Look for
the manufacturer, model number, date,
safety information and instructions. Worn
parts and damaged or faulty mechanisms
can cause an item to collapse, so inspect it
carefully. As a general rule of thumb cribs
made before 1986 are considered unsafe.
· Baby walkers were banned in April 2004
and are illegal to sell. Anyone who still has
one should destroy it before throwing it out
so it cannot be used.
· Strollers must have a lap belt and
hand breaks. The wheels and locking
mechanisms on folding models must be in
good working order. Generally, strollers
made before 1985 don’t meet current
standards.
· Car seats: The Canada Safety Council
warns against buying car seats second
hand because chances are they weren’t
installed or used properly by their previous
owners, and they may be missing essential
installation instructions. Any seat over
computer mouse song
I’ve got a mouse
I play with every day
He runs across the mat
And his tail is long and grey
He doesn’t like cheese
He likes playing games
He’s not afraid of cats
He hasn’t got a name
He’s my computer mouse
He’s my double click, single click
Run around the mat computer mouse
Left click, right click, double click. OK!
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Western Australian Police Commissioner
Karl O’Callaghan says state laws covering
burqas, motorcycle helmets and other face
coverings need to be changed.
Under current legislation police are not able
to ask people wearing full face coverings
to remove them.
Mr O’Callaghan has told the West
Australian Police Union conference he
plans to speak to Police Minister Rob
Johnson about changing the Traffic Act.
“You ought to be able to satisfy yourself
that the person driving the car, or a
motorcycle, is the person on the driver’s
licence,” he said.
“I am going to push for that legislation that
will include any sort of face cover.”
Qantas engineers are striking over what they
describe as job security and safety concerns
Craig McLean toId the judge he aIways
intended to pay for his miIk drink.
Karl O’Callaghan says police ought
to be abIe to ask peopIe wearing fuII face
coverings to remove them
Australia News
aftEr more than 30 years, the
koongarra area at the heart of kakadu
in the northern territory has made the
world heritage list.
The World Heritage Committee announced
it had decided to include Koongarra –
a 1228 hectare site with important
indigenous links – as part of the Kakadu
World Heritage Area.
Koongarra was originally excluded from
the park in 1979 because of its potential
uranium resources.
Environment Minister Tony Burke
welcomed the decision saying it will help
protect Koongarra for generations to come.
“The world is acknowledging what
traditional owner Jeffrey Lee has always
known – that Koongarra is one of the most
precious places on earth,” he said in a
statement.
A QUEENSLAND man who Dare-d
to crack open an iced coffee in a
supermarket has been convicted of
stealing and fined $400.
Craig Anthony McLean appeared in
Gympie Magistrates Court accused of
stealing a 750ml bottle of Dare Iced Coffee
from a large supermarket chain about noon
on June 9.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa
Manns said a supermarket staff member
saw Mr McLean put the iced coffee to his
lips.
The staff member informed Mr McLean
he needed to pay for the beverage before
continuing to consume it.
A short time later Mr McLean left the store
without attempting to pay for it, and was
apprehended outside.
The supermarket is seeking restitution of
$1.84 because the milk could not be resold.
Mr McLean insisted he intended to pay for
the milk.
“I’ve always done it in Coles or Woolworths
and they’ve never had a problem with it
until now,” he said.
But Magistrate John Parker wasn’t buying
it.
“I don’t think you had any intention of
paying for it,” he said.
“Do you think I came down in the last rain
shower?
“This is going to be the most expensive
bottle of milk you ever have.”
austraLians are the happiest
people in the world overall. according
to the Organization for Economic Co-
operation and Development (oEcD)
and its new Better Life Initiative index.
In a comparison of people in the 34 OECD
member countries, using 11 indicators –
such as income, education and health –
weighted equally, the OECD’s Better Life
Initiative found that Australians were the
most satisfied with their lives.
In order, the next nine happiest countries
were: Canada, Sweden, New Zealand,
Norway, Denmark, the US, Switzerland,
Finland and the Netherlands.
Along with the 11 factors the OECD
associates with a “good life,” the index
takes into consideration citizens’ answers
to quality-of-life questions like, “How
satisfied are you with your life?” “How
would you describe your health?” and “Do
you know someone you could turn to in a
time of need?”
However, adhering to the adage that what
makes one person happy may make another
miserable, the OECD has also provided
a new tool that allows the user to tweak
criteria to fit their own stage of life.
The interactive tool, called Your Better
Life Index, allows the user “to see how
countries perform according to the
importance you give to each of the 11
topics – like education, environment, and
so on – that contribute to well-being in
OECD countries.”
The index will eventually include the
OECD’s six partner countries (Brazil,
China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South
Africa), add data, and incorporate new
indicators, it says.
Qantas engineers say they will take strike
action from next Monday, but the union
has offered to provide its own strike
breakers on the proviso its engineers are
paid overtime rates.
In a ballot counted late last week, 81 per
cent of union members voted to go out
on strike over what they describe as job
security and safety concerns.
But in an unusual tactic, the engineers’
union has offered to provide strike breakers
from within its own membership.
The union’s federal secretary, Steve
Purvinas, says engineers would have to be
paid at double the normal rate.
“We think that’s a way we can take action
to get our point across to the airline without
disrupting passengers,” he said.
Police in Perth say a 31-year-old woman
who set fire to another woman has been
charged with two offences.
It is alleged she set fire to a 37-year-old
woman near public toilets at the corner of
Rokeby and Barker Roads in Subiaco.
She appeared in the Perth Magistrate’s
Court charged with aggravated assault
occasioning grievous bodily harm, and acts
causing bodily harm or danger.
The victim’s injuries are not considered
life threatening.
She is in Royal Perth Hospital in a stable
condition.
It is believed the victim knew her attacker
and the incident was part of a domestic
dispute.
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Mr Purvinas says the action is planned for
Melbourne airport terminal next Monday,
with national rolling stoppages to follow
over coming weeks.
The strike comes after the union cancelled
similar stop work action in May.
Qantas had planned to cancel 31 flights and
delay others if the May strike went ahead.
The airline is yet to confirm if there will be
disruptions from next week’s strike.
Qantas has dismissed the union’s offer
to provide its own strike breakers as a
“blatantly cynical” stunt.
Qantas spokesman Lyell Strambi says the
union leaders have shown their true colours
by calling industrial action over the school
holidays, just as things were settling down
after the recent chaos caused by Chile’s
volcanic ash cloud.
He says it is “reckless” and that no company
would pay staff what would amount to four
times their normal pay to go on strike.
The airline has called on the union to call
off the strike immediately.
“This historic decision reflects the
international importance of Koongarra
and is testament to the untiring work
of Mr Lee, who has fought for years
to preserve his country for future
generations.”
The listing recognises Koongarra’s
proximity to Nourlangie Rock, a major
Aboriginal rock art site.
“Nourlangie Rock looks out over
Koongarra, so this World Heritage listing
will ensure the protection and integrity of
more than 20,000 years of our Indigenous
history and culture,” Mr Burke said.
There are some legal steps the
government will need to finalise before
Koongarra is officially included as part
of Kakadu National Park.
It means the area will be fully protected
under law and mining prohibited, he said.
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the Brampton city on behalf of the
Kapoor family to honour his father,
Randhir said that several pieces of
memorabilia from Raj Kapoor Films
including costumes, release-era
programme books and props used
during the flms will be displayed
Akshay`s Breakaway at Toronto fest
actor uday chopra has revealed
that he is set to give up his acting
career after “Dhoom 3”.
“Ok confession time...Dhoom 3
is my swan song...my last flm...
no I’m not giving up acting...quite
the opposite, acting is giving up on
me!” Uday wrote on micro blogging
site Twitter.
The 38-year-old son oI flmmaker
Yash Chopra forayed into
acting with his home production
“Mohabbatein” in 2000 along with
Jimmy Shergill and Jugal Hansraj.
Uday was later seen in “Mere Yaar
Ki Shaadi Hai”, which also did
well at the box oIfce. and has also
been a part of successful “Dhoom”
Iranchise. However. his other flms
failed to set the cash registers
ringing at the box-oIfce.
one of the much anticipated
ülms of the year. Breakaway. has
already been shortlisted as the
curtain raiser of the prestigious
toronto international film
Festival. one of the most inñuential
ülm festivals of the entire year.
Breakaway is an Indo-Canadian
flm. directed by Robert Liebermann.
produced by First Take Entertainment
and Hari Om Entertainment which
stars a host of popular Indian,
uday chopra to quit
acting after ‘Dhoom 3’
after naming a street after
ultimate showman - Raj. in
Brampton on 1une 24. now
toronto international film
Festival (TIFF) would hold over
a month-long ülm festival of the
actor here from July 1.
Announcing the holding of ‘Raj
Kapoor and the Golden Age of
Indian Cinema’ festival from July 1
to August 7 as a tribute to the life
and work of the legend Raj Kapoor,
Randhir Kapoor said in presence of
his two younger brothers Rishi and
Rajiv.
The frst maior Kapoor retrospective
in North America in nearly three
decades, the festival features a
number of newly struck 35 mm
prints. The flms to be shown during
the festival included Raj Kapoor’s
directorial debut Aag. his frst
mega hit Barsaat and one of the
most Iamous Indian flm ever made
Awaara.
Randhir said to help contextualize
his father’s work, the retrospective
also includes key flms Irom the
Golden Age era and beyond,
including Bimal Roy’s Madhumati,
Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa, Mehboob
Khan’s Andaz and the legendary
Mother India. A total of around
20 flms oI Rai Kapoor and other
people would be shown during the
festival.
Expressing his gratitude towards
raj kapoor fans gather at street naming in canada
Raj Kapoor ülm festival in Toronto from 1uly 1 to August 7
American and Canadian actors such
as Russell Peters, Anupam Kher,
Camilla Belle, Gurpreet Ghuggi,
Rob Lowe, International singers like
Ludacris and Drake and a special
appearance by Bollywood superstar
Akshay Kumar.
Being launched at the Toronto Film
Festival is indeed a major advantage
for the movie due to the expected
crowds of 250,000 enthusiastic
movie-goers and the great deal of
during the festival.
On June 24, in the presence of three
sons- Randhir, Rishi and Rajiv, the
mayor of Brampton Susen Fennel
named the street as ‘Raj Kapoor
Crescent’.
The mayor, during a function at the
Rose Theatre, had expressed the
city’s commitment to honour the
cinematic genius and also presented
a replica of the street sign to the
Kapoor family.
The Kapoor family shared
sentiments regarding the
retrospective expressing gratitude
towards the city at this incredible
gesture.
Brampton, has the highest number
of Indians residing in Canada and
mostly from Punjab.
publicity that the flm will achieve.
Its main contender for the Curtain
Raiser is Sarah Polley’s Take This
Waltz.
Breakaway is based on the Canada’s
favorite sport ice hockey and has
been shortlisted due to its strong
Canadian angle and Hollywood
star power, practically assuring
them a screening in the Thomson
Ray Hall, one of the festival’s main
halls, which includes a seating of
2630 people.
Featuring debutant actor Vinay
Virmani, Breakaway has been
co-produced by Russell Peters,
Clayton Peters and Akshay Kumar.
Festival toppers Piers Handling and
Cameron Bailey, who will ultimately
choose an opener, have not revealed
anything about the same.
Here’s hoping to see this much
awaited flm on the big screen at the
Toronto Film Festival very soon!
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No sooner Amitabh Bachchan
broke the news that Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan is pregnant, another rumor
cropped up that she is expecting a
twins. This piece of news is creating
waves all around.
That Ash is carrying twins doesn’t
come from doctor’s mouth but it is
a prediction of an astrologer. It says,
“In all probability, Aishwarya and
Abhishek’s child will be a baby girl.
Also don’t be surprised if they have
duplets.”
Before Aishwarya takes maternity
leave, she will complete the
shooting of Madhur Bhandarkar’s
movie, ‘Heroine’ which she has
signed recently.
Salman Khan, today is simply the
‘Dabangg’ guy who is ‘Ready’ for
anything and everything. be it flms.
ramp walk, running an NGO and
even brand endorsements.
AIter having taken the Box-OIfce
by thunderstorm with his latest
release Ready, Salman is now set
to take the ad commercial world
also by tornado, by being chosen
as the brand ambassador of ‘Exide
Batteries’, informs reliable sources.
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Movie
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Double Dhamaal
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Shaitan
Ready
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Though Shah Rukh Khan starrer
‘My Name Is Khan’ bagged
the leading role Male and Best
Direction awards in the 12th
Floriana International Indian Film
Academy (IIFA) awards, the show
was captured by the Salman Khan’s
flm Dabangg`. which bagged six
awards including the best Film
award.
Surprisingly Sanjay Leela
Bhansali`s flm Guzaarish could not
win a single award in the popular
category though it had won awards
in the technical section.
Shah Rukh Khan was given the
award for the leading role Male for
his performance in ‘My Name Is
Khan’ by none other than two time
Oscar winner Hillary Swank.
Dabangg big winner
at IIFA awards in Toronto
Khan were present to receive the
award Ior the best flm.
Anushka Sharma won the leading
role Iemale Ior her flm Band Baia
Baaraat while Prachi Desai won the
supporting role Iemale Ior her flm
‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’.
Arjun Rampal bagged the IIFA
award for supporting role Male in
the flm Raaineeti.
Ritesh Deshmukh and Boman Irani
hosted the event at the Rogers
Center.
Ritesh received award for his
performance in a Comic role in the
flm HouseIul. Shibani Bhatiia was
given the award for best story for
the flm My Name Is Khan` while
Niranjan Iyengar was given the best
lyricists award Ior the same flm.
Melody queen Asha Bhosle was
given the lifetime achievement
award and Bollywood actor
Priyanka Chopra performed on her
songs.
Dharmendra was given a special
award for completing 50 years in
the flm industry. while Sharmila
Tagore was also given award for her
achievement in the last 40 years.
The best debut male was given to
Ranveer Singh of the ‘Band Baja
Baraat’ while Sonakshi Sinha
was given the same in the female
category for her performance in
‘Dabangg’. The maiden hottest pair
award of the Bollywood elected
through voting by Star News was
won by Anushka Sharma and
Ranveer Singh. Priyanka Chopra
was also given the Green Globe
award for her contribution towards
environment.
During over fve-hour long
programme, which went without a
break, audience witnessed thrilling
performances by Kangna Ranaut,
Bipasa Basu, Priyanka Chopra,
Bobby Deol along with his brother
Sunny and father Dharmendra,
Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha.
Union Minister for
Heavy Industry Praful
Patel and former Minister
of State for External
Affairs Shashi Tharoor
were also present at the
IIFA awards function.
With the completion
of the award function,
the three-day long IIFA
weekend at Toronto
ended.
The award for the direction was
given to Karan Johar. frst by the
IIFA, for ‘My Name Is Khan’ just a
day before the death anniversary of
his father Yash Johar.
‘Dabangg’ grabbed six awards for
the best flm. Sonu Sood Ior best
negative role, Sajid-Wazid, Lalit-
Pandit for music, Rahat Fateh Ali
Khan for playback singer male
(Tere mast mast), Mamta Sharma
for playback singer female(Munni
Badnam Hui) and Dilip Shukla and
Abhinav Kashyap for screenplay.
Dabangg producer director Arbaaz
Khan along with his wife Malaika
Arora Khan and his brother Sohail
Ishqiya, which was nominated in
several categories, won the award
for dialogues. Vishal Bharadwaj
received the award.
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Bollywood Quiz on Hema Malini
1. Who was actress Hema
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A. Dharmendra
B. Jeetendra
C. Sanjeev Kumar
D. Rajesh Khanna
2. Who plays the role of Hema
Malini’s adopted son in the
movie Baghban?
A. Hrithik Roshan
B. Aamir Khan
C. Salman Khan
D. Shah Rukh Khan
3. Who plays the role of
Hema’s better half in the
2004 ülm Veer Zaara?
A. Dharmendra
B. Amitabh Bachchan
C. Jeetendra
D. Sunil Dutt
4. Name the character played
by Hema Malini in the 2006 ülm
Baabul?
A. Shubha
B. Shobha
C. Shobhna
D. Shubhra
5. In which of these TV serials
has Hema Malini starred?
A. Hum Log
B. Buniyaad
C. Fauji
D. Noopur
6. What was the name of the
character played by Hema
Malini in the ülm Sholay?
A. Basanti
B. Dhanno
C. Radhika
D. Radha
7. By what name was Hema
Malini popularly known in the
ülm industry?
A. Hemu
B. Hit Girl
C. Dream Girl
D. Hema Tai
8. Which of these Hema Malini
ülms has the popular song Pal
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Kar Le?
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B. Lal Patthar
C. Charas
D. Johnny Mera Naam
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love interest in the ülm
Seeta Aur Geeta. other than
Dharmendra?
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B. Manoj Kumar
C. Sanjeev Kumar
D. Sunil Dutt
10. Which was Hema Malini’s
debut ülm?
A. Sanyasi
B. Sapnon Ka Saudagar
C. Khushboo
D. Seeta Aur Geeta
Aditya Narayan slapped!
Actor/singer Aditya Narayan was
slapped by a woman at a suburban
restobar when he was trying to get
close to the woman. She hit him for
the misbehavior.
An eyewitness informs us, “Aditya
was drunk and hanging around
with his Iriends at a pub in a fve
star hotel. His girlfriend Shweta
was also in the vicinity.
Apparently, the actor-singer passed
a snide comment on a girl and was
even falling over her.
The mystery girl was with a bunch
of buddies but she alone was more
than a match for him. Before he
knew it, she slapped him.”
Aditya confrms that he went to the
said restobar but denies getting into
any sort oI scuIfe.
The actor-singer says, “Do you
think any girl can slap me and get
away? Whoever this girl is, she is
doing it just for publicity. She can
say whatever she wants to. I would
say she is very dumb.”
When he was asked about that
particular night, he informs, “It was
just a minor argument. I was there
with two beautiful women. A club
is full of people.
They act fresh and when you don’t
respond to them they get offended.
As long as my conscience is clear
I have no worries. My parents have
taught me better than to get into
fghts with women.¨
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X-Men: First Class (PG) ` ` ` `
Honour’s Roll!
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Top marks go to the creative
talents behind X-Men: First Class,
a sensational adventure from 20th
Century Fox now carving up riches
at Empire Oakridge Cinemas,
Empire Studio 12, Colossus and
Cineplex Theatres around B.C.
Over the past few years the X-Men
movies have been made in British
Columbia. Box oIfce hits and
obvious crowd-pleasers, these
Marvel Comic adaptations have
proved big hits. Full of crazy
characters with super strengths and
unique powers one has to wonder
how these individuals came into
being. With X-Men: First Class all
the truth is revealed as to the origins
of these very famous individuals.
Thanks to a brilliant script by Bryan
Singer we are hurled back in time
to see how various characters long
familiar to X-Men fans originated.
Into the darkest hours of World
War II we go to see some devious
Nazi experiments led by the evil
Sebastian Shaw. Kevin Bacon
(Frost/Nixon) lights
up the screen as the
despicable Sebastian
Shaw. This man’s
diabolical past leads to
even more catastrophe
40 years later.
Also on the European
continent we run into a
young man capable of
reading people’s minds.
Bridesmaids (PG) ` ` `
Raucous Wedding!
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Rites of passage come under the
gun big time in Bridesmaids,
a riotous affair from Universal
Pictures still fring up audiences at
The International Village Cinemas,
Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Colossus
and Cineplex Odeon Theatres
around B.C.
First came The Hangover a bit over
a year ago. That raunchy treat was
about some crazy guys having one
last fing beIore marriage. Now
it’s the girls turn as Bridesmaids
is a hilarious flm chronicling the
escapades of some life long friends.
Well, sort of.
Cast as a young Charles Xavier is
James McAvoy (Atonement) who
strikes just the right balance between
intellectual and adolescent hustler
as a grad on a mission. Somehow
that mission involves the CIA the
Russians, The Cuban Missile Crisis
and a lot more.
World domination is a theme
familiar to many movies, especially
the original James Bond flms.
Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-
Ass) fully engages the audience
with tremendous special effects, a
plausible story and truly engaging
actors. It’s great fun to watch the
roots of your favourite X-Men
characters being born and seeing the
seeds from which they materialize
from.
Wild and fambouyant. Ior 132
minutes X-Men: First Class truly
keeps you on the edge of your seats.
Don’t expect a moment of slowness
in this movie that rocks with a great
historical background. That sense
of doom and gloom starts off with
a harrowing visit to Adolf Hitler’s
Nazi concentration camps and ends
up in an unbelievable showdown
with the fate of the world at stake.
High stakes are presented here in
a plausible fashion that’s fun to
witness Irom start to fnish.
she’s ready to say “I do”. Too bad
for her a little get together before
the big day turns into a rather large
problems.
Sometimes the best plans go astray
so a short trip to Las Vegas for the
girls turns out to be an out and
out disaster. Attending this crazy
road trip is life-long friend Annie
and newcomer Helen. Friend are
important and Kristen Wiig (Date
Night) suitably captures a long-term
friendship with the bride while Rose
Byrne (Troy) deftly describes a new
acquaintance with considerable
attitude.
Out and out warfare erupts between
Annie and Helen as the two fght Ior
the affections of Lillian. The results
are a hoot to witness. Tradition
goes out the window as this group
of women literally wreck havoc
on the nuptial plans of a bride in
Trouble comes early in this flm
when Lillian decides to get married.
Cast as the woman ready to walk
down the aisle is Maya Rudolph
(Grown Ups). Unfortunately for
wedding planners everywhere
events leading up to that big day
for Lillian literally go up in spoke.
Like most brides to be Lillian has
“hand-picked” a group of friends
to help stand at the podium when
waiting. Men are largely left out of
the equation here as the girls truly
run the show and run roughshod
over all that get in their way.
Male director Paul Feig sure has
his work cut out for them. Laughs
never falter in this zany 125 minute
escapade that will make even
grown men blush. Insults come
at you in rapid succession as the
largely Iemale cast have a feld day
with the ongoing chaos.
Special mention has got to
go to Melissa McCarthy
(Shooter) who sure does
know how to throw the
comedic weight around.
If you want big belly
laughs that are silly and
fun with even a small
message thrown in, then
Bridesmaids is one of your
dream movies no matter
what your sex.
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80,000 streetgoers, there are plenty of
people to watch! Finish the day with
dinner at one oI Robson Street`s many fne
restaurants.
Robson Street runs east-west through
downtown, from Yaletown to the West
End. Parking on Robson Street can be a
challenge – there are several parkades
located within easy walking distance of
downtown.
Paciüc Centre
Mall connoisseurs will appreciate Pacifc
Visiting Vancouver
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INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
FROM THE PAPER YOU TRUST
Grouse Mountain
While many people prefer to hike up to
the top via the Grouse Grind, also known
as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” an
equally scenic (and less strenuous) option
is to ride up on the 100-passenger tram,
appreciating breathtaking panoramic
vistas of the Lower Mainland en route.
Travel
trendy restaurants and bars, the coffee-
shop culture and even a little star spotting;
don’t forget, this is the Hollywood of the
North, and Robson Street is a favourite
spot for visiting stars to shine.
The place to see and be seen in Vancouver,
energetic Robson Street boasts more than
200 shops, cafés and services.
Spend a day on the strip to try on trend-
setting, brand-name fashions or sip a latté,
relax and people-watch from a sidewalk
café. With a weekend average of some
with your luggage in order to take it
across yourself. Transport companies
take the inspection time into account
in their schedules, and while mass
transit is usually treated eIfciently.
the companies have no power over
delays. Vehicles may be searched at
the discretion oI the customs oIfcials.
whether or not the traveler feels that
he or she has complied with customs
requirements.
Centre. This huge mall spans three entire
city blocks, runs underground, and
provides easy access to more than 140
shops (including the world’s most popular
brands).
Pacifc Centre is a city Iavourite and
is located in downtown Vancouver.
Convenient underground parking is
available.
Kitsilano
Thirty years ago, “Kits” was more a
hippies’ zone than fashion centre. Today
this friendly seaside area is considered one
of the Vancouver’s trendiest and eclectic
neighbourhoods.
Shopping in Kits means a leisurely stroll
along 4th Avenue or Broadway, taking
in 300 shops and services. Funky caIes.
charming boutiques. fne restaurants and
popular sports shops line its streets. Day
or night, this enclave boasts a lively and
youthful vibe not found elsewhere.
Kitsilano is a 10-minute drive from
downtown Vancouver. Parkades and meter
parking are available.
Crossing the Canadian /
United States of America border
Continued next week
Continued next week
Continued FRoM LASt week
Robson Street
Every major city has a famous shopping
and cruising strip; Vancouver’s is Robson
Street. Head here for the high fashion,
Ensure you have the necessary papers.
Proper identifcation papers such as a
passport, enhanced drivers license and/
or birth certifcate are required. Visit
the US Customs and Border protection
Agency web site for more information
about identifcation requirements. You
also may be asked to show a return
air ticket or prooI oI suIfcient Iunds.
Know the rules and make sure your
appearance is not cause for suspicion
(probably not a good day to be wearing
your “legalize marijuana” t-shirt!).
Customs inspectors do have the
power to ruin a vacation. If you come
under strong scrutiny for any reason,
answer questions directly and politely.
Tempting though it may be, wise-
cracking and rudeness will only be to
your own detriment.
When crossing the border on public
transportation such as ferries, trains and
buses, you will if necessary, be reunited
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Social Gatherings at 1pm - Last Sunday of the Month
AT CROSS ROAD UNITED CHURCH
7655-120th Street, Delta BC
Bhan Mati Raj: 604.581.9859 · James Kumar: 604.599.9518
Kapil Vilas: 604.590.1918 · Satya Nand: 604.590.5303
Thakur Kuar Singh: 604.587.5439 · Bhan Pratap: 604.839.5106
What’s New for 2011
For 2011 the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
gets a substantial refresh that includes
updated front-end styling and a pair of new
twin-turbo V8s. The powerhouse CL65
AMG benefts Irom a boost in horsepower.
now a staggering 621 hp. Lane-departure
and blind-spot monitoring systems have
also been updated.
Introduction
If you’re looking for the ground-bound
equivalent of a private jet, look no farther
than the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class.
Like a Gulfstream G650, this big grand
touring coupe surrounds its occupants in
exquisite leather, polished wood and other
top-grade materials. And once underway,
the CL does a fair impression of a jet
blasting down the runway, with any of
its V8 or V12 engines delivering enough
thrust to imprint the shape of your Gucci
belt buckle on your belly.
With more traffc, construction-
related delays, and cyclists and
pedestrians on our roads than
ever, how are B.C. drivers coping?
According to a recent Ìpsos Reid
survey conducted on behalf of
ÌCBC, driver courtesy is taking a
hit, which can put all road users
in danger and increase the risk of
road rage.
Half of drivers surveyed said that
drivers in their community are less
courteous on the road than they were
fve years ago. When asked which
signs of driver discourtesy they've
experienced most in the last three
months by other drivers, signalling
late or not at all was number one
(82 per cent), followed by tailgating
(73 per cent), being prevented from
merging (63 per cent), getting cut off
(48 per cent) and getting honked at
in anger (26 per cent).
Meanwhile, 40 per cent of those
surveyed believe that they have not
been discourteous to other drivers in
the last three months. 25 per cent of
respondents admitted that they've
honked out of anger and 17 per cent
admitted to signalling too late or not
at all.
"There's a clear disconnect between
how drivers perceive their own
driving behaviours and the reality
The CL is based on the Mercedes-Benz
S-Class, sharing engines, platform
components and features with the big
sedan. This year’s refresh introduces a new
front fascia, grille and hood, plus fenders
of their driving,¨ said John Vavrik, a
psychologist at ÌCBC.
According to Vavrik, numerous
studies have shown that driver
discourtesy can be one of the major
causes of road rage, and because
discourtesy can trigger some very
heated emotions, it can impair a
driver's ability to concentrate, react
and make smart driving decisions
putting them at increased risk of
crashing.
"Aggressive or careless driving such
as cutting off other drivers, speeding,
tailgating, talking on cell phones and
not using proper signals is almost
always what incites road rage¨ said
Vavrik. "While road delays play a
part in adding to driving stress, it's
the behaviour of other drivers that
leads to the greatest frustration.¨
"Driving smart is about making smart
decisions and shifting our attitudes
toward driving. Our own driving
behaviour plays a part in the safety
of our roads for everyone,¨ said
Fiona Temple, ÌCBC's director of
road safety. "The majority of survey
respondents believe that courtesy is
contagious, so the next time a driver
lets you merge in front of them, give
them a wave ÷ they may just pay it
forward to another driver later down
the road.¨
beltline and an expansive rear window.
There’s also a pair of new engines: a twin-
turbo 4.6-liter V8 for the CL550 4Matic
and a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 for the
CL63 AMG. Thanks to direct iniection.
both engines deliver substantially more
power than their predecessors (with 429
horsepower and 536 hp. respectively) yet
offer improved fuel economy as well. Then
there’s the available twin-turbocharged
V12 engines – a 5.5-liter in the CL600 that
makes 510 hp and a gonzo 6.0-liter in the
CL65 AMG that cranks out 621 hp and an
ungodly 738 pound-Ieet oI torque.
But good as the CL-Class is, it doesn’t own
this niche segment. Other executive-class
rides include the Bentley Continental GT
and even the Porsche Panamera, though
it’s not a traditional coupe. But for sheer
road-eating dominance, few cars can
touch the formidable 2011 Mercedes-Benz
CL-Class.
2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
ICBC urges drivers to be
more courteous on our roads
Discourtesy increases risk of crash and road rage
that offer a more restrained arch over the
wheelwells for the front tires. There’s also
a revised rear fascia. The CL-Class offers
a strong yet stylish presentation with an
elegant pillarless greenhouse, a sweeping
This information is provided for knowledge and education purposes only. Individuals should visit their physicians for more information on their health.
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Listening to music on iPods or mobile
phones while walking. jogging. or
biking has its own set of perils.
according to the Governors Highway
Safety Association.
Statistics have revealed that distracted
exercising may come with risks similar
to those of distracted driving, which is
evident Irom the Iact that Ior the frst time
in four years, pedestrian deaths have risen.
According to Diana Deutsch, a
psychologist at the University of California
at San Diego, music isn’t distracting only
because it siphons off your ability to hear
other noises like a car or--super scary--an
attacker approaching.
'Music foods the brain and takes over
your thought processes,” the media quoted
her as saying.
“You concentrate on the lyrics, or the
music evokes certain memories or sends
you into a daydream.”
Some scientists speculate that music may
even have the power to dampen your sight.
Deutsch warned: “the tempo can interfere
with the rate at which your brain perceives
images that are passing by you, which
could trip you up.”
Keeping all this in view, New York
lawmakers are considering to draft a
legislation that would make it illegal for
walkers or joggers to use an electronic
device while crossing the street.
The measures, if passed in Oregon and
Virginia would fne bicyclists as much
as $90 Ior riding under the infuence oI
technology.
Three hours of sunlight can halve breast cancer risk
Listening to music
while jogging.
biking makes you
deaf to dangers!
Exposure to three hours of sunlight daily
can practically halve breast cancer risk.
The research suggests that regular exposure
to sun’s rays may have a powerful anti-
cancer effect by stimulating the production
of vitamin D in the skin.
Lab tests suggest that breast cells are
capable of converting vitamin D to a
hormone that has anti-cancer properties.
Canadian researchers compared 3.101
breast cancer victims with 3.471 healthy
women who had not suffered tumours,
the American Journal of Epidemiology
Prolonged sitting raises risk of death study shows
Diet sodas.
artiücial sweeteners
increase waist size.
blood sugar levels
People who sit for extended periods are
more likely to die early than those who
spend less time sitting. It raises the risk
by 40 percent in women and 20 percent
in men. a study has found.
Sitting down for extended periods increases
the risks of cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, depression and obesity, according
to American Cancer Society researchers
who looked at 123.000 people`s health over
14 years.
The fnding. revealed that sitting down
for extended periods of time in the same
bracket as smoking as reported in the study.
Two new studies have suggested that
taking diet sodas as healthy alternatives
to control weight gain might be a self-
defeating behaviour.
Epidemiologists from the School of
Medicine at The University of Texas Health
Science Center San Antonio found that diet
soft drink consumption was associated with
increased waist circumference in humans,
and a second study found aspartame raised
fasting glucose (blood sugar) in diabetes-
prone mice.
“Data from this and other prospective
studies suggest that the promotion of diet
sodas and artifcial sweeteners as healthy
alternatives may be ill-advised. They may
be free of calories but not of consequences,”
said Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D., professor
and chief of the Division of Clinical
Epidemiology in the School of Medicine.
To examine the relationship between diet
soft drink consumption and long-term
change in waist circumference, the Health
Science Center team assessed data Irom 474
elderly Mexican Americans and European
Americans.
Diet soft drink users, as a group,
experienced 70 percent greater increases in
waist circumference compared with non-
users.
Frequent users, who said they consumed
two or more diet sodas a day, experienced
waist circumference increases that were
500 percent greater than those of non-users.
In the related project, Ganesh Halade,
Ph.D., Gabriel Fernandes, Ph.D., the senior
author and professor of rheumatology and
clinical immunology, and Fowler studied
the relationship between oral exposure to
aspartame and fasting glucose and insulin
levels in 40 diabetes-prone mice.
Aspartame is an artifcial sweetener widely
used in diet sodas and other products.
The mice in the aspartame group showed
elevated fasting glucose levels but equal
or diminished insulin levels, consistent
with early declines in pancreatic beta-cell
function.
“These results suggest that heavy
aspartame exposure might potentially
directly contribute to increased blood
glucose levels, and thus contribute to the
associations observed between diet soda
consumption and the risk of diabetes in
humans,” noted Fernandes.
How ‘tooth cavity-causing bacteria’
can be fatal for your heart
A new study has discovered the protein
that allows cavity-causing microbes
present in the mouth to invade the heart
tissue. causing the sometimes-lethal
infection endocarditic.
Streptococcus mutans is a bacterium best
known for causing cavities. It resides in the
dental plaque, architecturally sophisticated
goo composed of an elaborate molecular
matrix created by itself.
Though the bacterium confnes itselI to the
mouth, it may enter the bloodstream after
a dental procedure or even after a vigorous
bout oI fossing.
Normally, the immune system destroys
them, but sometimes, within just a few
seconds they travel to the heart and
colonize its tissue, especially heart valves.
There the bacteria can cause the deadly
endocarditic, which refers to the
infammation oI heart valves.
The fndings have raised the possibility oI
creating a screening tool, like a swab of
by 26 percent and for those above 60,
sunshine halved their chances of a tumor.
Meanwhile, men who get the recommended
amount of vitamin D are less likely to
suffer heart attacks or strokes, a study has
found.
The US research by Harvard School of
Public Health, which followed nearly
119,000 adults for two decades found men
who got at least 600 units of vitamin D per
day were 16 percent less likely to develop
heart problems or stroke than men who got
less than 100 units.
the cheek or a spit test to gauge a dental
patient’s vulnerability to the condition.
'When I frst learned that S. mutans
sometimes can live in the heart, I asked
myself: Why in the world are these
bacteria, which normally live in the
mouth, in the heart? I was intrigued.
And I began investigating how they get
there and survive there,” said Jacqueline
Abranches, research assistant professor
in the Department of Microbiology and
Immunology at the University of Rochester
Medical Center.
Researchers have found that a collagen-
binding protein known as CNM gives S.
mutans its ability to invade heart tissue.
Without the CNM, the bacteria simply
couldn’t gain a foothold. Their ability to
adhere was about one-tenth of what it was
with CNM.
Abranches explained that the best way to
prevent the bacterium from attacking the
heart valves is to maintain good oral health.
reports.
Each one was quizzed on how much time
they spent outdoors between April and
October during four stages of life: their
teens. 20s and 30s. 40s and 50s and Irom
60 to 74. according to the report.
The results showed that women who had at
least 21 hours a week exposure to the sun’s
UV rays in their teens were 29 percent
less likely to get cancer than those getting
under an hour a day.
For women who spent the most time
outside in their 40s and 50s, the risk fell
Diabetes experts point out that sitting is
not bad for us in moderation but can be
addictive and harmful in the long-run.
It is a concern that public health guidelines
do not say enough about time spent sitting
down.
Government exercise recommendations
suggest at least 30 minutes on fve days
per week of ‘moderate-intensity aerobic
physical activity’.
They also say 20 minutes of ‘vigorous-
intensity’ activity for at least 20 minutes on
three days per week would produce similar
benefts. according to the report.
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NAYA JEEWAN CHURCH
38868 - 128TH STREET, SURREY, BC
SERVICE TIME - 2:00PM SUNDAYS
BIBLE STUDY - EVERY WEDNESDAY - 7:30PM
(HINDI & ENGLISH)
PRAYER, COUNSELLING AND VISITATION IS AVAILABLE
PASTOR EILEEN REDDY 604-842-2189
Prayer
HINDI CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
#4- 6468 King George Blvd
Uplifting Worship
Prayer for healing
Music (CD) Available
Sunday
Service
@ 2:00PM Shailendra (Shal) Singh
e-mail: hindichristianfellowship@yahoo.
604-596-7353. 604-323-6506
SERVÌCE TÌME: 1.00PM SUNDAY'S
(Hindi & English)
Location: 5441 - 125A St, Surrey B.C.
AfñiIiated with PentecostaI AssembIies of Canada
COLEBROOK UNITED CHURCH
JAMES KUMAR
(RES) 604-581-3191
(WORK) 604-599-9518
CECIL LABON
(PH) 604-572- 4854
GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY FOR JESUS
ASIAN CHRIST CHURCH OF CANADA
(Hindi. Urdu. Punjabi & English)
Sunday Service m 5.30 p.m.
15964 88th Ave. Surrey. B.C. V4N IH5
We pray for sickness. Demon possessed &
Family problems.
Contact Rev. Emmanuel Cheema ( 778-241-9066
asianchristchurch@yahoo.ca
You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill
cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5: 11)
We have testimonies. come and see God`s great work.
Shree MahalakShMi TeMple
CONTACT: Anantha Krishna Bhat
604-874-0175
467 E 11th Avenue, Vancouver, V5T 2C8
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Phone: 604. 592.9001 · Cel l:
GLOBAL FI1IAN ASSEMBLIES
Pastor: Isimeli Lesi Korobasaga
Every Sunday 2-5PM @ People’s Full Gospel
14455 - 104th Ave., Surrey, BC
Email: lesi1968myahoo.ca
Phone: 604.592.9001 · Cell: 778.938.2734
Affliated with Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
ABHISHEK PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY
11601- 82nd Ave. Delta BC · Tel: (604) 590- 8836
SUNDAY SCHOOL/SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: 1PM
If you`re looking for a place to belong or have been searching for answers to life`s questions or healing. come to our services or
contact us. Allow us to introduce you to 1esus Christ and help you come into a full relationship with him.
Services are in Hindi and English · Senior Pastor - Rev. Samuel Krishna
www.abhiskhekassembIy.com · samueI_k@teIus.net
VANCOUVER SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: 1: 45PM
6075 Inverness St 45th Ave/Pilgrim Baptist Ch Bldg · 00ßl80l F88l0f $ll88 88l80 ª 604-517-4490
Ramayan Katha
Every Tuesday at 7 PM
FOR POOJA BOOKING CONTACT
Aiyaar Shivachariyar Sada Shiva
Ph: 604-274-7906
SUBRAMANIYA SWAMY TEMPLE OF BC
8840 NO.5 Road, Richmond, BC
604-274-7906
TEMPLE HOURS
Sunday 10am to 3pm
Monday 10am to 1pm, 5pm to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 1pm 5pm to 9pm
Wednesday 1pm to 7pm
Thursday 10am to 1pm 5pm to 8pm
Friday 10am to 1pm 5pm to 9pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm
Place of Worship
ARYA SAMA1 SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
EVERY SUNDAY AT
6884 JUBLIEE AVENUE,
BURNABY, B.C
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
ALL WELCOME
GYANENDRA SUNDAR (President): 604-968-9344
KUSH KANT SINGH (Treasurer): 604-322-1513
VINOD SEKHERI (Secretary): 604-732-1038
INVITES YOU FOR
HAWAN, PRAVACHAN
AND SATSANGH
For information, call
WE ALSO OFFER
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AND HI NDI CLASSES
FOR Ì NFORMATÌ ON ON YOGA & MEDÌTATÌ ON CLASSES CALL
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9326 - 116th Street. Delta. BC
FOR MORE ÌNFORMATÌON AND HALL/ TEMPLE BOOKÌNG CONTACT
Pt. Shiu Madri: 604-582- 4899
Monday to Sunday
Aarthi -Everyday
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Meditation
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Morning
Evening
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Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Friday
8:30am - 10am
6:30pm - 9pm
7:00pm - 7:30pm
7:30pm - 8:30pm
7:30pm - 8:30pm
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Aum Sarvana Bhava Aum
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OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Certihcate of Incorporation No. S-36117
8840 - No.5 Road. Richmond. B.C. J6Y 2J4 Ph. 604 274 7906
President: Hemant Kumar Secretary: Priti Gaunder Treasurer: Ram Chandra Naidu
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Hosted by Devotees from
RICHMOND
Serving the community since 1972
Pastor Santosh Raj 604-582-2650 Email: chital06@hotmail.com
Sunday Service 10:30 am–12:00 noon
3ervioe in ¬industani & Punjabi · 3undav 3ohool for Children
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Valeri Bure is disappointed that brother
Pavel was again bypassed for the Hockey
Hall of Fame, but he is downright
furious with the Vancouver Canucks and
Mike Gillis for not retiring his sibling’s
sweater.
Appearing on Vancouver’s Team 1040
AM Tuesday, the younger Bure was asked
about Pavel’s exclusion from the Hall
of Fame and immediately attacked the
Canucks and their president and general
manager, saying it was “pathetic” that the
Russian Rocket’s No. 10 did not hang in
the Rogers Arena rafters. Gillis, formerly
a player agent, represented both Bures
during their NHL careers.
Valeri said that the Canucks should not
wait for hockey’s hallowed hall to induct
his brother, and blamed Gillis for standing
CALGARY FLAMES
Payroll $56.7M ' Cap space $7.6M
Restricted D Chris Butler, Brendan
Mikkelson
Unrestricted F Fredrik Modin, Brendan
Morrison; D Steve Staios, Anton Babchuk,
Adam Pardy
Needs Re-signing Alex Tanguay gave
Jarome Iginla his wish. But the Flames
need a centre to play between them.
Otherwise, it’s back to Olli Jokinen or
Matt Stajan.
Targets Tomas Fleischman. who had 31
points in 45 games last season, could solve
some of Calgary’s problems down the
middle.
EDMONTON OILERS
Payroll $44.4M ' Cap space $19.9M
Restricted F Andrew Cogliano, Jean-
François Jacques, Liam Reddox; D
Ladislav Smid, Taylor Chorney, Theo
Peckham
Unrestricted F Steve MacIntyre; D Jim
Vandermeer, Jason Strudwick
Needs Acquiring Ryan Smyth gives Taylor
Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi a
mentor. But the Oilers need more of that
experience to help the youngsters develop.
in the way. Pavel Bure averaged about a
half-goal per game in eight seasons with
Vancouver, and was part of the 1994 team
that made the Stanley Cup fnal. beIore
he and Gillis forced a trade to the Florida
Panthers in 1999.
Gillis said Valeri Bure was “misinformed”
about the process for retiring Canucks
sweaters, and that his criticisms were
“unfair, because he doesn’t know the full
landscape.” Gillis admits he has spoken
to Pavel Bure about retiring his number,
but would not reveal details of their
conversations nor state his opinion on
the matter.
“There are owners and other vested
interests, multiple people are involved,”
Gillis said. “I don’t know where he read
that I made the decision, because I don’t.
Targets Jason Arnott was a positive
infuence on the Capitals at the end oI last
season, showing Alex Ovechkin and Co.
how to win the right way.
MONTREAL CANADIENS
Payroll $49.5M ' Cap space $14.8M
Restricted F Benoit Pouliot, Ryan White,
Tom Pyatt; D Josh Gorges, Yannick Weber,
Alexandre Picard
Unrestricted F Jeff Halpern; D Roman
Hamrlik, James Wisniewski, Brent Sopel,
Paul Mara
Needs We’re done saying that Montreal
needs size up front. Instead, they should
focus their efforts on getting James
Wisniewski re-signed.
Targets Unless Alex Auld re-signs, the
Canadiens need a backup for Carey Price.
Montreal native Giguere could fll that
role.
OTTAWA SENATORS
Payroll $44.8M ' Cap space $19.5M
Restricted None
Unrestricted F Marek Svatos, Ryan
Shannon, Francis Lessard; G Pascal
Leclaire, Curtis McElhinney
Needs Nikita Filatov gives Ottawa top-six
potential. But unless the minor-leaguers
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I think it might be good if he talked to
his brother.”
Gillis said he speaks with Pavel Bure
occasionally, and that they had dinner the
last time the Canucks visited south Florida,
where the latter lives. “I’m a huge Pavel
Bure supporter. Always have been, always
will be,” he said.
The Canucks executive said there was
no bad blood between him and the Bure
family, and that he would be willing to
speak to Valeri. The club has retired the
sweaters of Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden
and Markus Naslund, and is coming off a
40th anniversary season where it created a
ring of honour that celebrated four more
players.
It has yet to deal with Bure, who retired
after the 2002–03 season.
are able to replicate their AHL Calder Cup
performance in the NHL, the Senators
could use more forward depth.
Targets Chris Higgins had another
disappointing season, but his playoff
efforts showed that he is still useful.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Payroll $45.5M ' Cap space $18.8M
Restricted free agents F Tyler Bozak,
Clarke MacArthur; D Luke Schenn, Matt
Lashoff
Unrestricted free agents F Fredrik
Sjostrom, Tim Brent, Darryl Boyce, Joey
Crabb, Jay Rosehill; G Jean-Sébastien
Giguère
Needs The Leafs have not had a legitimate
No. 1 centre since Mats Sundin. They
could also use a veteran goaltender to help
show James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson
the ropes.
Targets The list of top-line centres begins
and ends with Brad Richards. But you
might have to shove him in a burlap sack
to get him to Toronto.
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Payroll $51.3M ' Cap space $13M
Restricted F Jannik Hansen; D Lee
Sweatt
Hockey Hall of Fame bypasses Pavel makes Valeri angry
What the Canadian NHL teams need to be Competitive
Unrestricted F Chris Higgin. RaIf
Torres, Tanner Glass, Jeff Tambellini; D
Sami Salo, Andrew Alberts
Needs Ryan Kesler scored 41 goals but
locating a top-six forward for his line
ought to be at the top of Vancouver’s list.
Targets Simon Gagné is obviously not
the player he was fve years ago. But the
winger. who scored 17 goals with Tampa
Bay last season. can still fnd the back oI
the net.
WINNIPEG 1ETS
Payroll $36M ' Cap space $28.3M
Restricted F Andrew Ladd, Blake
Wheeler, Ben Maxwell, Rob Schremp,
Anthony Stewart; D Zach Bogosian, Brett
Festerling
Unrestricted F Radek Dvorak, Eric
Boulton; D Freddy Meyer
Needs Jets fans need a star centre to cheer
for – and to get Evander Kane and Alex
Burmistrov the puck.
Targets Richards is clearly the best option.
And while we’re sure Keith Tkachuk’s
wife is doing her best to convince
Richards’ wife to come to Winnipeg,
Tim Connolly seems like a more realistic
option.
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Paul Kariya retires after stellar NHL career
Paul Kariya announced his retirement
from the NHL on Wednesday after being
unable to return from post-concussion
symptoms that forced him to miss all of
last season.
The North Vancouver native announced
the end of his stellar, 15-season career
in a statement released by his agent, Don
Baizley.
The Iormer star leIt-winger fnished his
long NHL stint with the St. Louis Blues.
Kariya had missed six games in December
and January of the 2009–10 season
because of a concussion and announced
last August that he would sit out the entire
2010-11 season after being examined by
concussion specialist Dr. Mark Lovell.
The 36-year-old Kariya scored 402
goals and helped set up 587 others with
Anaheim, Colorado, Nashville and St.
Paul Kariya, seen here with the St. Louis Blues, has announced
his retirement from the game
Louis. He was also a two-time Lady Byng
Trophy winner.
“It was my dream to be a professional
hockey player in the NHL from my
minor hockey days in North Vancouver
and Burnaby, through junior hockey
in Penticton, college hockey at the
University of Maine, and the Canadian
National Team,” Kariya said. “I would not
have achieved it without support from all
of these people and organizations.”
Kariya won the Hobey Baker Award as
the top U.S. college hockey player at
Maine in 1993 and was then chosen by
Anaheim with the No. 4 pick in that year’s
NHL draft. It was with the Mighty Ducks
that Kariya became a star, notching three
40-goal seasons – including a high of 50 in
the 1995-96 campaign – and two seasons
over 100 points.
“I would like to thank all of those
who have been part of so many great
memories – my teammates, coaches, team
management and staff. I am also very
grateful for the support I have received
over the years from the fans, especially
those in Anaheim, Colorado, Nashville,
and St. Louis.”
Kariya has a long history of concussion
troubles, including one that forced him to
miss the 1998 Winter Olympics and much
oI the 199798 season Iollowing a cross-
check to the jaw by Chicago’s Gary Suter.
The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms
on a multi-year contract with forward
Nathan Gerbe.
Gerbe scored 16 goals and dished out
15 assists in 64 games for the Sabres
last season. He ended the year on a roll,
recording 15 goals in BuIIalo`s fnal 40
games.
The 23-year-old native also set a new
Sabres franchise record for fastest two
goals by one player when he scored two
goals iust fve seconds apart on January 21
against the New York Islanders.
BuIIalo`s fIth-round selection (142nd
overall) in the 2005 draft, Gerbe was the
2008 AHL Rookie of the Year.
Buffalo Sabres
agree on Gerbe deal
Looking to get a jumpstart on free agency,
the New York Islanders acquired the
rights to pending unrestricted free agent
Christian Ehrhoff from the Vancouver
Canucks on Tuesday night in exchange for
a fourth-round draft pick.
Ehrhoff, who turns 29 on July 6, had 50
points in 79 games Ior the Canucks this
season. The 6-Ioot-2. 203-pound blueliner
also went 2-10-12 in 23 postseason
contests.
A former fourth-round draft choice of
the San Jose Sharks (No. 106 in 2001),
Ehrhoff has posted back-to-back 14 goal
seasons with Vancouver. If signed, he
would immediately become the Isles’ No.
2 defenseman behind Mark Streit. Ehrhoff
has 53 goals and 173 assists in 500 NHL
games.
The Islanders now have exclusive
negotiating rights with Ehrhoff until noon
on Friday, when the free agency market
oIfcially opens. EhrhoII was a $3.1
million cap hit over his three-year deal
with the Canucks.
The trade came down just hours after
the Canucks announced they signed
deIenseman Kevin Bieksa to a fve-
year extension. Bieska’s deal is worth a
reported $23 million.
Islanders get Christian Ehrhoff from Canucks
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