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Suva-Nausori Monorail Project On Hold
A proposal by a US-based firm to do a feasibility study for a monorail service between Suva and Nausori is on hold. JRK & Associates lawyer Isireli Fa said they are in the process of making a representation to the Government. Fa said they are unable to say what their representation would entail until they have discussed with the Government. The company had claimed the project would cost more than $100 million and generate 60 to 80 jobs. In a paid advertisement on February 4, 2012, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had said no partnership existed between the Fijian government and the US based firm.

Voter Registration To Start In May: AG
Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum says voter registration for the 2014 general election is expected to begin next month. Sayed-Khaiyum said a UN team is here for a week to look into the technical needs for the 2014 general election and to ensure no mistakes are repeated from 2006. He said the UN team’s help will ensure everything is credible and avoid people’s doubts. The assessment will determine the technical needs for conducting an election such as the types and number of ballot boxes, rules on counting of votes, how to remove flaws as identified in the EU report on the 2006 election, and a transparent electoral commission and a credible supervisor of elections office. The UN team met on Monday with Sayed-Khaiyum, acting Solicitor General Sharvada Sharma, acting Permanent Secretary for Justice Mereseini Vuniwaqa, and officials Vanessa Chang and Salaseini Daunabuna. And on Tuesday the team met the Elections Office staff. The UN team is led by Angela Bargellini, a senior electoral/political affairs officer in New York. The team was invited by the government.

Residents of Bua can now breathe a sigh of relief after the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama gave his approval for the relocation of the nursing station. The Head of Government is in Vanua Levu and is visiting a number of Government projects – one of which is the proposed relocation of the station. The current station is located on the Nabouwalu to Labasa Highway and this has been a hindrance to surrounding villagers as they have had to walk for many miles to be able to access much needed health care. However, after a briefing from the Roko Tui Bua and the Commissioner Northern, the Prime Minister visited

the new site located in Lomanikoro Bua which is centrally located for the villages. The relocation will cost Government $230, 000 and will take eight months to complete. Construction works will be undertaken by the RFMF engineers and if weather permits, the new Nursing Station is expected to be commissioned just before Christmas this year. This is part of Government’s aim of Pillar 10 of the Peoples Charter for Change and Prosperity - improving Public Health Service Delivery. The new site which is in the middle of Bua will now see people having access to better health services.

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Diseases On The Rise
The Western Division has reported an increase in the number of water borne and communicable diseases in flood ravaged areas. According to statistics provided by the Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki, there has been a general increase in diseases. This he said was expected following the recent flood that badly hit settlements and villages in the division. A report submitted by the Ministry of Health stated that there have been 177 cases of leptospirosis, 112 dengue fever cases and 104 cases of typhoid. -“There have been normal operations going on in all the district hospitals however; there have been teams from the ministry that have been visiting evacuation centres. -“These teams are also carrying out surveillance work on food and water in areas that have been affected,” he said. Commander Cawaki reminded residents to start cleaning up their houses before the health officials move in to spray their compounds and houses with disinfectant. Most settlements and villages along the Ba to Lautoka corridor do not have normal water supply. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific representative, Dr Isiye Ndombi said people needed to be prepared as such disasters would bring about diseases. Dr Ndomi said it was essential that we worked proactively to prevent disease outbreaks in flood-affected areas. -“Diarrhoea, leptospirosis and typhoid can be fatal, especially so for children. We need to make sure that families are aware of the risks and how to address them, and are supported with access to water and sanitation.” Professor Christina Murray Fiji has appointed human rights and constitutional expert Professor Christina Murray as the fourth member of its Constitutional Commission. Her appointment was announced by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. Professor Murray is the second international member of the fivemember Constitutional Commission. Originally from South Africa, she is professor of constitutional and human rights law at the University of Cape Town; however, she is currently on leave as the Jennings Randolf Senior Fellow at the United States Institute for

Peace in Washington DC. She has taught and written on a number of areas, including human rights law, particularly relating to gender equality, violence against women, and constitutional rights for women, as well as international law and constitutional law. She most recently served as a member of the Kenyan Committee of Experts appointed by the Kenyan Parliament to draft a new Constitution of Kenya—approved and promulgated in August 2010. Between 1994 and 1996, Professor Murray served on a panel of seven experts advising the South African Constitutional Assembly in drafting South Africa's “final” Constitution. The chairperson of the Constitutional Commission is constitutional scholar Professor Yash Ghai, and two of the three Fijian members include Taufa Vakatale, the first female deputy Prime Minister of Fiji, and Dr Satendra Nandan, an academic, writer and former Member of Parliament. Bainimarama said the final Fijian member will be announced shortly.

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Over 140 Exhibitors For Fiji Showcase
Leading up to Fiji Showcase 2012 we get a behind the scene peak with Total Events Manager Loretta Jackson who has overseen the event for many years. For Jackson Fiji Showcase is built on considerable planning, preparation and always taking the event one step further. Jackson further explains what goes into creating the overall Fiji Showcase experience Over 140 exhibitors will set up at Fiji Showcase 2012. With another amazing line up of entertainers both international and local. Fiji Showcase 2012 will also be held for the first time during the May School holidays. The event is for nine days from May 4th to May 12th.

Students Affected By Floods Need Urgent Assistance
Many students badly affected by the recent floods in the Western division who have started going back to school need urgent assistance. This includes lunch packs, uniforms and stationary. DISMAC Director, Pajiliai Dobui said they are trying their best to provide for the families who remain at the evacuation centres and those who are not at the centres. However Dobui said the students need assistance. As of Thursday 1832 people remained at the evacuation centres. Dobui said they are continuing to provide ration packs through a coordinated approach with the other agencies and organizations to all those badly affected. Dobui said the total figures on the number of ratio packs distributed and the number of families assisted will be revealed later this week. DISMAC is also assessing the number of houses completely damaged by the floods and the families who have lost all their belongings when flood waters rushed into their homes.

NZ Expert - Our Coffee Is High Class
Fiji’s wild coffee is of high quality and could be considered as a national Russian commodity says a New Zealand coffee Foreign Affairs Minister, expert Luke Fryett. Sergey Lavrov This was discovered after Fiji coffee was tested in New Zealand. Fryett, who is now in Fiji for the past few months visiting villages in Viti Levu and Taveuni to train locals on how and when to pick and dry the ripe coffee told the reporter that he, has discovered Kumar said the snap survey reaffirms that it is growing all over Fiji. the council’s stance that the absence Fryett, who has been helping introduce of price control is allowing retailers to alternative income-earning projects charge high prices without considering to Waibasaga Village in Namosi, saw current economic conditions and high this accessible commodity as a great cost of living. potential for those Fijians wishing The council reiterated its call for the Fiji to easily generate an income with Commerce Commission to intervene minimal training involved. to control the substantial market power “The coffee plants are just becoming held by Fiji Gas and Blue Gas over the LPG market and to move prices in accordance with fluctuations in the international benchmark price. Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Fiji’s health officials will now have Mahendra Reddy said they had looked a police escort when doing food into the matter and were doing research inspections in flood affected areas. This follows an attack on a food on the issue. inspector at a hotel in Nadi by three men who are now in police custody. Ministry of Health spokesman Peni Namotu said people should know that any ripe now – and if people pick it, we are willing to come around and buy it off them,” said Fryett. Fryett said Bula Coffee has been born and the first trial involved several villagers collecting coffee beans from the hills and then roasting and packing at family and friends houses. He said the trial run sold successfully in Tappoo and Va Bene shelves and proved that there is a high demand for Fijian coffee. Unlike other investors who prefer to take raw materials out of the country, Fryett has put his money where his mouth is and has brought roasting machines into Fiji to do the work here. He is also committed to providing training in all stages of the coffee process to Fijians.

Service stations in the Suva, Nasinu and Nausori areas have been charging higher prices for cooking gas, says the Consumer Council of Fiji. Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive Premila Kumar said in a statement a survey of 22 service stations found 46 per cent (10 outlets) of outlets charging more than the Fiji Gas’ recommended retail price of $54 for a 12 kg cylinder. She said among the 10 retailers, six were selling the gas cylinders for $55.50; two were selling it for $55 and the other two were selling it for $58.10, which is 8% higher than the $54 than the recommended retail price.

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Himmat Lodhia Takes Stand In Rokovunisei Trial
Suva businessman and former FNPF board member Himmat Lodhia agreed with Rokovunisei’s counsel that he did not always have time to fuss over issues due to his busy schedule. This was heard in the High Court during the trial of former Fiji National Provident Fund CEO Olota Rokovunisei. Lodhia was one of two employer representatives on the FNPF board from 2002 to December 2006 and is the first witness to take the stand in the trial. Rokovunisei is charged with one count of extortion and two counts of abuse of office. Rokovunisei’s lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi read out the structure and the phase implementation since July 1, 2005. Reading from a board minutes dated September 25, 2006 and signed by the then FNPF chairman Anare Jale, Vaniqi said the board was asked to approve the restructure backdated to July 1, 2006. Lodhia agreed with Vaniqi that the restructure was ongoing from January 2005 and this was confirmed in a board meeting minutes dated January 26, 2005. Justice Fernando asked the defence counsel to tender the hard copy of the annual report and counsel agreed. The court also heard of a $150,000 per annum contract for Rokovunisei dated May 28, 2004. Lodhia agreed that as a businessman he did not have time to fuss about small issues and agreed with the questions that was put by defence lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi where Mr Rokovunisei acted on all policies and practices and question doing things in a reasonable manner. The court heard that end policies were a target and the CEO had the responsibility and delegate authority to achieve reconstruction but with board’s knowledge.

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Copies of the board papers dated October 18, 2004 and February 22, 2005 was read out in court the chairman on the board that time was Anare Jale. The court heard of a corporate governance workshop that took place and a certain Professor Jules had recommended that the board create more new initiatives and certain things. Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption lawyer Shalini Sanmorgan asked Lodhia on the appointments of board members and FNPF executives. Sanmorgan asked Lodhia questions relating to the human resources policy manual passed by the board in its meeting on December 2, 2004. Lodhia said the policy applied to permanent staff from grade one to grade four and excluded executive staff and board members. The court heard the issue of acting appointments in the policy was only applicable to those grade three employees and not the executives. The contract was for three years and subject to annual review, the court heard. Sanmorgan asked Lodhia if he could find a responsibility allowance clause in Rokovunisei's contract.

Lodhia denied this saying the reason could be that Rokovunisei was the CEO and he was expected to perform the duties of the CEO and general manager, overseeing all responsibilities. Rokovunisei has pleaded not guilty to all the charges laid against him by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Corruption (FICAC). Sergey Lavrov On the first count, it is alleged that while employed as the FNPF general manager and chief executive officer of FNPF, Rokovunisei accepted $22,773.18 on September 6, 2006 for performance of his duties, a reward which was allegedly beyond his proper pay and emoluments. For the alternative count of abuse of office, Rokovunisei allegedly received a payment of $22,773.18 as responsibility allowance from the FNPF. For the second count of abuse of office, it is alleged that Rokovunisei authorised $20,000 per annum as responsibility allowance to the then FNPF deputy general manager Foana Nemani. The cross examination of Lodhia before Judge Justice Priyantha Fernando continues.

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Partnership To Overcome Flooding Risks
The Fiji government has partnered with China Railway First Group Ltd (CRFG) to improve and maintain the Navua River and reduce risks of flooding. Signing the Memorandum of Understanding with CRFG President Sun Yonggang, Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Colonel Mason Smith said the work involved dredging to cope with period of extreme and rainfall. “The recent floods and devastation that occurred in the Western Division has resulted in damages not only to the agricultural sector, but also included infrastructures, utilities, livestock and human beings,” he said. He said the river dredging is a high socio-political issue for the government as a flood mitigation strategy. The project will involve dredging of 2.94km of the river channel and removing approximately 500,000 cubic meters of sediments. This project will cost the government $4 million and is expected to be completed in six months time. Mason said the completion of the dredging works will result in benefits such as increasing flood discharge capacity of the river system, reducing flooding frequency and duration, reclamation of additional land for village development, improved drainage network in the low lying area and improved food security. He said this is the commitment of the government in its endeavors to increase food production and make positive contributions towards the nation’s GDP.

Nadi Hits Record Loss
The Nadi business community has recorded a staggering loss in the wake of the floods that wreaked havoc on the Western Division. Special administrator Aisea Tuidraki placed a figure of more than $200million in losses recorded by businesses in the town. He said the business community desperately needed assistance to recover from the impact of the natural disaster. On a positive note, he said the council and stakeholders including the State were now looking at ways of controlling flood damage. "During the 2009 flood, we recorded a loss of $140million but this one is much bigger in terms of damage and losses," Mr Tuidraki said. "All the shops along the main street of Nadi were damaged, including some landmark shops like Tappoo, Jack's Handicraft, Courts, MH and supermarkets," he said. "This is the biggest loss in the history of Nadi Town and it will take some time for these businesses to fully recover." Mr Tuidraki said some businesses did not have insurance coverage and desperately needed assistance from financial institutions to get them rolling. "I think it is important for all stakeholders to work together and help these people rebuild the image of Nadi Town because of the market potential it has," he said. "Once they start operating they will recover fast." He said there were multiple issues that needed to be looked at to reduce the damage caused by floods. "First there is a need to look at the developments made in town and the land use type," Mr Tuidraki said. "Most of the businesses didn't have proper planning on what needs to be done and precautionary measures to take when a disaster hits," he said. "We also need to look at integrated water resource management which I think will involve key players such as government departments and other stakeholders. "We need to involve the Forestry Department on the replanting of trees on grass land to prevent soil erosion," he added.

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Fiji’s first bauxite shipment is expected to be sent to China in June. Aurum Exploration (Fiji) Limited is the first company to mine bauxite in Fiji and has legal control to mine over 165 acres of land in Bua. Director of Lands and Mineral Resources Malakai Finau said the first shipment is to leave Nawailevu, Bua in June after infrastructure is in place. Finau said work has been delayed because of the bad weather. He said officials will be touring the mining site soon to see if there was any damage caused by the floods.

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Filipe Waibau, 50, of Naitasiri sells cassava at Suva Market. The price of local root crops has skyrocketed following the recent floods in the Western Division.

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We Are Here To Help You
The Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki has appealed to members of the public especially those affected by the recent flooding to contact their district officers for assistance. His comments follow continuous complaints in the media about people not receiving food rations. He says people must remember to contact the authorities concerned to be helped and if they contact the media, their request might not reach the teams distributing rations. “We would like to request people to contact us,” Commander Cawaki said. “Please go to your district officers, provincial administrations, special administrators or even civil servants.” “We are here to help you. We do not know if you are really affected, so please call us.” Commander Cawaki also highlighted foreign media coverage especially those in Australia and New Zealand saying their “exaggeration of the situation here is not helping either”. “We all know they are taking thing out of context but their reporting will not stop us from trying to provide the best services to our citizens and making sure that visitors to our shores are safe,” Cawaki said.

Father Wants Justice
A Nadi father is asking for justice after finding out that the man who allegedly caused the death of his son through dangerous driving has now allegedly gone out of the country. Kamlesh Chandra said his son was hit by a van on March 22nd this year in Korovuto. His son was on his way to school when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle which then caused the death of the 10-year-old boy. Chandra questioned why no action has been taken as yet as he claimed that all the witnesses had given their statements on the same day. Chandra is now asking whether the Police know that the driver involved is out of the country. Chandra hopes some urgent action is taken. We have contacted Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri who confirmed that charges have not been laid against the driver as the file was sent to the Police Headquarters from Nadi for guidance. He said the driver was interviewed and released. He further said that they are now investigating the claims from the victim’s father that the driver has now gone out of the country.

$60M Needed To Dredge All Rivers
The government will have to spend around $60 million in dredging the rivers around the country. However, Agriculture Permanent Secretary Colonel Mason Smith said river dredging is just one solution in relation to flooding, and other practices should be looked at. While signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Railway First Group for the dredging of the Navua River, Colonel Smith highlighted that it is good that dredging will take place soon after the recent floods. He said they are also looking at getting other rivers dredged as part of government’s flood mitigation strategy to reduce risks and impacts of flooding. He said dredging of the Nadi River is also underway. Meanwhile, the Navua river dredging will start this week and the $4 million project is expected to take 6 months to complete.

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55 Drivers Lose Their Licences
Fiji's Land Transport Authority has suspended the licence of 55 drivers, including young habitual offenders, in the past two weeks. LTA chief executive Naisa Tuinaceva said most of these drivers are young and habitual speeding and reckless driving offenders. Tuinaceva said the LTA also deregistered seven private vehicles that were operating illegally as public service vehicles. Meanwhile, highway drivers are warned as new speed cameras are expected to arrive this month, and will be installed on the highway. Tuinaceva said they will create awareness about the cameras and new equipment before installing them. “We want the public to know that the cameras are not here to scare people but they are here to make our roads safer and reduce accidents,” he said.

Government To Modernize Nadi International Airport

Water Authority Works Hard To Restore Services

The Water Authority of Fiji continues to try and restore water supply to affected areas following the recent flooding in the Western Division. Repairing works on the Buabua raw water main has been completed. That means that supply should be expected from Buabua Water Treatment Plant.

Meanwhile, repair works on the Varaqe intake is about 80 per cent complete. Supply from Saru Water Treatment Plant should be expected in about 36 hour’s time. Three water trucks are carting water to villages, schools and settlements outside of WAFs metered zone in Sigatoka

As a part of efforts to upgrade and modernize Nadi International Airport as a viable commercial entity, the Airports (Development and Modernization) Decree 2012 has been implemented. The effect of the decree will be to convert all existing concessions and tenancies—actual and purported—to be temporary for one year. Then these existing concessionaires and tenants will be offered proper and legally binding agreements based on market rates determined by international best practices. If the offers are not accepted, they will then be open to others. The move will ensure the airport is appropriately compensated by commercial entities that benefit from the prime retail location. It will

further correct practices by previous Governments that lacked transparency in how they conducted the tender process and formed agreements. Now, transparency in handling tenders will ensure fairness for all Fijian businesses. “As the gateway to Fiji, the Nadi International Airport needs to be a premier port of entry—welcoming to Fijians and our visitors, and reflective of Fiji’s world-renowned hospitality,” said Attorney-General and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The modernizations and upgrades are slated to be complete within a year, and are set to provide greater variety of services and facilities at the airport for inbound and outbound travelers.

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our firefighters have reported to duty to assist in the cleaning up of towns and schools in the Western Division." Mr Moceitai said the authority's top priority was to clean flood-affected schools before school term started. "Our fire-fighters are cleaning up the debris and mud left behind by floodwaters in the schools and town areas. "So far, we have cleaned 13 schools," he said.

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Firefighters Help Clean Up
FIFTY-FIVE firefighters sacrificed their Easter weekend to clean schools and towns that were affected by the floods in the Western Division. National Fire Authority's chief fire officer Qionilau Moceitai commended the firefighters for their efforts. "Some of these officers were also affected by the floodwaters which damaged their homes," he said. "Despite the difficult circumstances,

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is in the western division and will

Prime Minister Continues West Tour

PM Bainimarama in Nayawa Village

be visiting evacuation centres and continue assessing damages sustained by the recent floods. The head of government visited Nayawa village in the province of Nadroga. He also spoke to those living in the Naiyawa Community Hall evacuation centre that were recently relocated there from the school’s evacuation centre and reminded them on government's obligation to safeguard the welfare of all Fijians. Prime Minister Bainimarama has urged authorities to ensure that basic facilities and resources are made available to those living in these centres. secretary Dr Brij Lal said that this arrangement is vital for catching up purposes by students who were affected by the recent floods. “Coverage has really been delayed after the two floods and this option is taken to help students”, Dr Lal said. “School principals and head teachers are instructed to devise programmes that best suit them to update their coverage when school resumes in the next school term”. Official holiday for the Western division schools will begin on May 7th. All schools in Fiji will resume on May 14th for the second school term.

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TISI Sangam Assists Flood Victims
The TISI Sangam Fiji Foundation was established in 2007 to provide humanitarian assistance to the poor in the country. In 2011 Sangam Fiji Foundation joined hands with Vodafone ATH, Fiji Foundation to initiate the ‘sustainable food programme’ for the poor and disadvantaged. Following last weekend’s ‘flash floods’ Sangam Fiji Foundation in association with Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation activated its youth and women’s wings to provide food to the victims of the floods and evacuation centres. Sangam Fiji Foundation provided food to the following evacuation centres: Saint Andrew’s Primary School Lovu Sangam School Deshbandhu Primary School Sangam Fiji Foundation has now activated its affiliates in Australia and New Zealand and the support is instant and encouraging. Collectively, the affiliates in Australia and New Zealand have provided FJ$75,000 to the Sangamfiji Foundation for relief assistance to the victims of the floods. Sangam Fiji Foundation is now preparing 1000 emergency food packs to supply to 1000 families affected by the floods in the Western Division. The Sangam Fiji Foundation is in close contact with the District Officer Nadi and will review the situation and continue to provide more support in days to come.

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PM Thanks Inmates, Soldiers, Police And Prison Officers

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama this week personally walked around Nadi town and thanked each Fiji Correctional Services inmate for their hard work in trying to put the town

back to its feet by clearing debris from the recent floods. Accompanied by the Attorney General and Minister for Commerce Aiyaz Sayed – Khaiyum, Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua and the Fiji Correctional Services Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu, the group visited and thanked every inmate working around Nadi. Meanwhile, cleanup work around villages, communities and major centres continues. Prime Minister Bainimarama also visited Sigatoka town and was advised that eighty percent of those living in the larger Sigatoka area now have access to drinking water. The head of government re-visited the Matavo Pumping stations to inspect work undertaken by authorities to restore water to the area.

Miss World Fiji Pageant To Be Judged By Supermodel Rachel Hunter
"I believe that it is the importance of having well established brands that allows a 'new' event to be of inclusion on the Fiji social calendar as well as allowing us as producers in executing a great event." The line-up of Miss World Fiji finalists will be officially introduced to sponsors and invited guests on April 13. Meanwhile, Tavarua Island will host a photo shoot with official event photographer from Imagine South Pacific, Shiri Ram. Tavarua Island director Rick Isbell said he was excited to be part of the event and looked forward to hosting the Carpenters Fiji Limited Miss World Fiji 2012 finalists. The resort has sponsored the Miss Beach Beauty which will be judged by supermodel Rachel Hunter. Fashion designer Hupfeld Hoerder, former model Zelda Thomas-Paige and former Olympic swimmer Carl Probert will be part of the judging panel alongside the international lineup to select Fiji's representative to Miss World 2012 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, on August 18.

Longer Wait For Passports
Fiji citizens will have to wait longer for their new passports as the Department of Immigration says its contracted supplier has failed to supply the passports on time. Director Nemani Vuniwaqa, in response to the rising concerns by applicants on the delay in passport processing, said in a statement the government is seeking legal advice on the matter. “The Department of Immigration is awaiting a legal opinion from the Solicitor General’s Office now that there is a delay to the supply date as earlier promised by the company,” Vuniwaqa said. He said the delay was “unacceptable and unreasonable” as the contract between the two parties indicated a time frame of delivery. Oberthur Technologies, which was given the contract, has refused to issue a public statement explaining the delay and has instead written a letter to the department.

Rachel Hunter will be judge during the competition Organizers of the Carpenters Fiji Limited Miss World Fiji 2012 pageant are overwhelmed by the support and sponsorship bids from leading businesses in Fiji and abroad. National director Andy Blake said he was humbled by the kind gestures and support shown towards the pageant. "Being our inaugural event, we are overwhelmed at the support shown by the business in Fiji and abroad," Mr Blake said.

Fiji’s Cabinet has approved the Bail (Amendment) Decree 2012 based on a submission by the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Sayed Khaiyum said in a government release the Bail Act 2002 provides for the offence of accused persons absconding or breaching bail conditions imposed by the courts. He said while there is a penalty provision for accused persons who,

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UN Needs Assessment Mission Arrives In Fiji

Solomon Islands High Commissioner Presents Credentials
The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji John Patteson Oti presented his credentials to the His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Mr Oti comes with vast experience and a long career in the Solomon Island civil service and went as far as being the Deputy Prime Minister in 2007. He has held many Cabinet posts including the Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister for Communication, Aviation and Meteorology. Mr Oti, who hails from the Temotu province, is no stranger to Fiji as he did his Bachelors Degree (Arts) from the University of the South Pacific from 1978 to 1982. His last post before taking up diplomatic duties was as the Solomon Islands Special Envoy to the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

At the invitation of the Fijian Government, a United Nations Needs Assessment Mission arrived last weekend to perform a technical needs assessment for the upcoming Parliamentary elections. The assessment will determine the technical needs for conducting elections, such as recommendations on the types and number of ballot boxes, rules pertaining to the counting of votes, the eradication of such flaws as those identified in the EU report on the 2006 elections, and the overall technical integrity of the process, which includes a transparent electoral commission and a credible supervisor of elections office. The UN team is led by Ms Angela Bargellini, a Senior Electoral/Political Affairs Officer in the Department of

Political Affairs of the United Nations in New York. She is accompanied by Mr Chetan Kumar, Mr Shin Umezu, and Mr Harald Thorud, who all work for the United Nations. The UN Mission’s first meeting took place with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Acting SolicitorGeneral Sharvada Sharma, Acting Permanent Secretary for Justice Mereseini Vuniwaqa, and officials Vanessa Chang and Salaseini Daunabuna. The Mission met with the Fijian Elections Office on Tuesday. The Mission will conclude its work in Fiji today after meeting with various arms of Government, UN agencies and the diplomatic corps to discuss possible areas in which the United Nations can assist Fiji in conducting the first truly democratic elections in its history.

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US Donates To Fiji Flood Relief
The Ministry of Provincial Development thanked the American government through their Suva based embassy for their assistance for those affected from recent floods in the country. The USA Embassy has donated USD100,000 to Rotary Fiji and a further USD50,000 to the Fiji Red Cross for the provision of emergency relief supplies which includes water tanks, blankets and footwear. The Ministry’s permanent secretary Mr Inia Seruiratu thanked the USA Ambassador to Fiji Her Excellency Frankie Reed for the support provided by the American people. “One of our major needs is water and I thank the embassy for donating water tanks which will greatly assist the people. Our teams in the West are conducting damage assessments and planning short, medium and long terms recovery,” PS Seruiratu said. Ambassador Reed highlighted the commitment by the American government to assist Pacific Island nations in times of natural disasters. “The United States understands the vulnerabilities of its friends in the Pacific to natural disasters. Over the weekend, more relief supplies were distributed and I want to thank Rotary Fiji for their commitment to helping us respond to this crisis under severe time constraints and I want to commend DISMAC for their tireless efforts,” Ambassador Reed said. The emergency relief supplies includes 2,000 blankets, 500 gum boots, 500 gloves, 13,000 diapers, more than 100 water tanks, hygiene kits and water purification systems.

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ANZ Provides FJD75,000 Donation

ANZ announced that it will donate FJD75,000 to the Fiji Red Cross, The Prime Minister’s Flood Relief appeal and to selected local charities to support people affected by the devastating floods and will also provide a banking assistance package to affected customers. ANZ CEO Fiji, Norman Wilson said: “The floods have had a very real impact on many of our customers, especially in the small and medium business and rural sectors. We hope that this donation and assistance package provides some relief to help them focus on the recovery. “As businesses and communities assess the extent of the damage in the coming days, it is important that our customers know that we are here to provide the financial support they need at this time,” said Mr Wilson. As part its assistance package, ANZ will offer to: • Suspend repayments on loans, including credit cards, for up to three

months (with interest capitalized); • Provide temporary adjustments to lending limits, to assist with unexpected costs; • Waive fees associated with replacement of damaged business EFTPOS/credit card terminals; and • Access term deposits early without incurring any fees. “For customers impacted by the floods, we ask that they get in touch with us as early as possible, either by visiting your nearest branch or contacting your relationship manager to discuss your business or personal circumstances,” said Mr Wilson. Customers can also use our phone and internet banking services, which is available to customers by calling ANZ’s call centre on 132 411 or by visiting anz.com/fiji. ANZ’s branch in Nadi town has suffered extensive damage and is closed until further notice. For all banking needs, customers should visit the Namaka branch.

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Fijians who lost their family homes in floods are appealing to Immigration New Zealand to let them apply for residency under the department’s Pacific Access Category (PAC). The Samoan quota was started in 1970 as part of the 1962 Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa, and the PAC was started in 2002 to provide a similar path to permanent residence for citizens of Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu. But Fiji has been excluded since 2006 as part of New Zealand’s sanctions on immigration. Tika Ram, a licensed immigration adviser from Fiji who led a petition in 2009 signed by about 300 people, received a letter from the previous Immigration Minister saying the sanctions would remain as a response “to the undemocratic actions taken by the Fiji military”. New Zealand-Fijian relations have been tense since Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama took over the government in 2006. In the wake of the recent floods that have ravaged the country, Mr Ram said he would again be pushing the department to let Fiji nationals be included. “The sanctions are just punishing innocent victims and Fiji citizens,” Mr Ram said. “Now we have a group who has been badly hit by Mother Nature, and we are asking for New Zealand to have a heart.” Mr Ram said Fijians in New Zealand affected by the floods would number in the hundreds. Panel beater Mohammed Muneer, 29, says he has “nothing to go home to” after his family home in Nadi was submerged. Mr Muneer has been in New Zealand since 2009, and his wife has also found employment as a cafeteria assistant at the airport. Taxi driver Denash Patel, 44, will also be appealing to the department to let his cousin, who lost his home in the floods, apply under the PAC. “New Zealand shouldn’t be so petty, and there is no better time than now to be lifting the immigration sanctions,” Mr Patel said. Steve Stuart, acting head of Immigration, said the PAC “was not designed as a response to natural disasters”. “Fiji was suspended from participation in the PAC following the 2006 coup in Fiji. There has been no change in New Zealand government policy on this matter.” However, Mr Stuart said the department would “consider sympathetically any requests for visas by customers who are not currently able to [go to] an area affected by a natural disaster”. Registrations for the annual Pacific quota ballot can be submitted until the end of this month.

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Agriculture Faces $9M Flood Bill
TWO floods in four months have cost the agriculture sector in the Western Division over $9million. The first in January ran up a bill of over $7m and the initial assessment on last week's flood estimate damage at $2.5m. These figures do not include the loss to the sugarcane sector, which in January alone had been estimated at around $27m. Agriculture permanent secretary Colonel Mason Smith said the priority was our food security. But first, the ministry would focus on rehabilitating the damaged farms. Col. Smith said this would take up to three to four weeks and would include the desalting of farms, removal of debris and land preparation. The ministry will also provide seedlings to the affected farmers. In Sigatoka, the ministry has grown 10,000 cabbage, tomato and eggplant seedlings. He added that another 10,000 seedlings would be ready in a fortnight. "The exercise is being duplicated in Nadi and Koronivia as well," Col. Smith said. The Taiwan Technical Mission has also been approached to grow 5000 papaya seedlings. The ministry will also grow additional 5000 papaya seedlings. "By the end of the month, we should have 10,000 papaya seedlings for the farmers," Col. Smith said. In addition, the ministry will also carry out a detailed survey of the affected farms. Col. Smith said the food census that was carried out two years ago, would be very useful in helping the ministry carry out its survey. The ministry should be able to address the export market within six to nine months, as food security and ensuring that our domestic market was supplied with enough fruits and vegetables was of top priority. Col. Smith said the ministry would also help livestock farmers with drugs to prevent diseases. As the pastures have been damaged, the ministry will also assist farmers with supplementary feed. The PS said his officers would be also looking at assisting farms on drainage. The dredging of the Navua River is also expected to begin soon. The latest flood has put on hold the $0.5million rehabilitation program that was being carried out because of the January disaster. He said this rehabilitation program would now be merged with the rehabilitation program for last week's flood.

Immigration Department Pursue's Legal Options
Fiji’s Department of Immigration is seeking legal opinion on whether Oberthur Technologies had breached the contract undertaken with the Fijian government to supply Fiji passports. The Department’s Director Mr Nemani Vuniwaqa, in responding to the rising concerns by applicants on the delay of the passport processing, has clarified that the company has failed to supply the books on time. “The Department of Immigration has consulted and is awaiting a legal opinion from the Solicitor General’s Office if there was a breach in contract now that there is a delay to the supply date as earlier promised by the company,” he said. Mr Vuniwaqa said the delay was “unacceptable and unreasonable” considering that the contract between the two parties indicated a time frame of delivery. Oberthur Technologies, which was given the contract to print passport books, has refused to issue a public statement explaining the delay and have instead written a letter to the department.

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Almost 200 Hit By Card Skimming
The number of people caught in a sophisticated international skimming scam has ballooned to almost 200. About 60 bank customers were originally thought to have had large amounts of money withdrawn at ATM cash machines in Canada. But the BNZ said that 100 of its customers had been affected, with a total of $30,000 stolen, while 79 Westpac customers have been hit. Kiwibank and ASB customers have also been affected. Westpac spokesman Chris Mirams said they had found there was "one source compromised" in Auckland while BNZ security manager Owen Loeffellechner said they had also traced the source to a shop within the Auckland area. Four men appeared in court in relation to the scam. They were charged with participating in an organised criminal group and dishonestly obtaining 10 PIN entry devices valued at $621, and owned by Direct Payment Solutions, between March and April. Chea Sina, from Cambodia, William Alexande Rivera-Rivas and Mario Rivera from El Salvador, and Kevin Roberto Flores Roldan, from Canada, were remanded in custody until the end of the month. The men allegedly targeted eftpos terminals inside stores - possibly by replacing them with modified machines or by tampering with them in-store. Detectives from the Auckland financial crime unit are talking to Canadian police regarding the four men. Green MP Julie Anne Genter has come forward as one of the confirmed 179 New Zealanders targeted in the scam. Ms Genter said her bank statement showed nine separate withdrawals of C$200 ($244) and a $6 international fee. "I didn't realise because I'd been off the grid for three days, tramping in the Marlborough Sounds, and when I got back to town last night I went to pay for our fish and chips my card got declined," she said. A 28-year-old victim from Auckland says he couldn't believe it happened to him. He received a text message from the ASB Bank asking him to contact them. He checked his account to find $618 had been withdrawn in Canada. BNZ said all money would be refunded. Westpac would also refund all money. The New Zealand Bankers' Association advised bank customers to regularly check their bank statements after ATM and eftpos skimming scams. Chief executive Kirk Hope said criminals could "skim" card details by attaching a device to the card reader, and then "shoulder surf" or use hidden cameras to record PINs. The scam is separate from one that targeted five ANZ and National Bank ATMs in Auckland between February and last month. KEEPING TABS As well as checking bank statements customers can help prevent card fraud by: * Making sure they know where their card is at all times. * Protecting PIN numbers. "Never tell anyone your PINs or passwords not even the police, bank staff, friends or family." Hope says. * When entering PIN number at ATMs and eftpos terminals, customers should shield the PIN pad with their other hand.

Payments Processed After Westpac Glitch Hits Thousands
Westpac has now processed the payments of thousands of people left temporarily out of pocket, but will not say what caused the glitch that stopped Tuesday night's payments going through. In a statement, spokesman Chris Mirams said "processing of payments has been completed to other banks". "All impacted automated payments will be honoured and no customers affected will be left out of pocket." This comes after Westpac apologised over Twitter for a fault which has left thousands of customers from all New Zealand banks without their money. Westpac did not initially respond to phone calls about the incident but appeared to be tweeting to some customers as social media sites lit up following the fault. People had used Twitter to detail a technical fault from the bank which meant overnight payments to a number of other banks had not been processed. "Tech issue with o/night payment processing means some payments have not been processed as planned. We're investigating & will resolve ASAP," Westpac tweeted. The bank also tweeted it would waive or reimburse any costs incurred by their customers as a result of the fault. "We apologise to any customers impacted by payment processing issues. Any fees, charges or interest occurring as a result will be reverse." (sic) ASB also tweeted: "Some overnight payments from Westpac haven't been processed to ASB & other NZ banks. Westpac is urgently investigating, we'll keep you posted." Twitter posts suggested BNZ, Kiwibank and National Bank customers had also been affected.

Driver Admits To Driving Drunk, Hitting Girls
A South Auckland man has pleaded guilty after crashing into two girls in Manurewa. Fereti Aiono, 26, has pleaded guilty on four counts of drunk driving and causing injury after hitting the girls on Wordsworth Road in December. He has been held in custody and will be sentenced on July 13. The two girls, aged 8 and 11, were seriously injured after Aiono lost control of his car and ploughed into them as they walked on a footpath at about 8pm. Aiono's car crashed into a fence and the force of the impact threw both girls into a garden. Aiono and his passenger ran off, but locals stopped them from going far.

Parental Leave Extension 'Not Affordable' - Government
The Government says New Zealand simply cannot afford to offer new parents longer paid leave. A Labour party proposal to extend paid parental leave from 14 to 26 weeks is set to be discussed in Parliament in the next few weeks. However, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said the increase is "simply unaffordable". Each year 26,000 families get parental leave and the current allowance of 14 weeks costs more than $150 million annually. Increasing the period to 26 weeks is expected to nearly double the cost and Business New Zealand Chief Executive Phil O'Reilly said the added cost needs serious consideration. "Most employers would support the idea of more paid parental leave if it was affordable, and that's the question we've all got to ask ourselves," he said. "Is it affordable for us in New Zealand right now to be looking down the barrel of spending an extra $150 million?" Labour's early childhood spokesperson Sue Moroney said she was confident the bill will be passed if political parties "stay true" to their policy commitments. The Greens, Mana and United Future are on board for the first stage of the Bill and there is potential backing from New Zealand First and the Maori Party once they have talked to their caucuses. Moroney said despite the current economic climate, New Zealand can afford the extended period because it is structured so it increases by four weeks at a time over three years. "The major impact of this would come in the very same year that the Government said it is going to be back into surplus anyway," she said. 'Shifting money around' Moroney believes New Zealand should look at how Australia increased its paid parental leave from zero to 18 weeks in the midst of an economic depression in

January last year. Moroney said employers will not be hit in the pocket from the proposal because the money will come in part from the taxpayer, but also from shifting money around that is currently used for childcare elsewhere. "The taxpayer actually subsidizes employers to make sure that they don't lose their talented staff that they have

invested a lot of time and energy in," she said. "The Government currently pays subsidies for childcare." "Why can't we use that amount of money and give that to the parents so they can be at home with their child?" O'Reilly believed the proposal should be planned for when the economy is stronger.

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Why Australia's On The Nose With Asylum Seekers

THE deterrent of Australia's tough detention laws is the only reason a boatload of Chinese asylum seekers wants to leap-frog Australia for New Zealand, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says. Mr Abbott said mandatory detention of asylum seekers explained why 10 boat people currently in Darwin harbour want to resume their sea journey to New Zealand. They don't want to be processed as refugees here. Mr Abbott condemned the Government's overall boat people policy, calling for off-shore processing. The Opposition wants Nauru re-opened as a processing centre - and a return to temporary protection visas. "And we've got to have mandatory detention," the Opposition Leader told reporters in western Sydney. "It's only because New Zealand lacks mandatory detention that that boat is apparently headed there." Neither the Department of Immigration nor the office of Immigration Minister Chris Bowen could comment on why the Chinese nationals, who set out from Malaysia, want to keep going. But news reports have confirmed the Chinese nationals don't want to enter the Australian processing system because they don't know when they would leave it. Their boat was rescued "several days ago", according to immigration sources, and the asylum seekers are understood to be members of Falun Gong, a sect condemned by the Chinese

government. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the Australian Government had no power to detain the passengers, who are repairing and re-stocking their craft while on special visas. "My understanding of that matter is that we're not in a position where we could detain these people," the Prime Minister told ABC radio. "They have not asked for asylum in Australia and they are on a seaworthy vessel. So we are not in a position where we could detain them against their will." This contrasts with Australia's pleas to northern neighbours, particularly Indonesia and Malaysia, to stop boats from heading here. And Mr Abbott's comment indicated our heavily-burdened mandatory detention system might be deterring asylum seekers from coming here. However, a standoff in Indonesian waters makes clear it is the detention system in Indonesia which was also putting off refugees. Afghan asylum seekers rescued in Indonesian waters by a tanker are refusing to leave the ship unless they handed over to Australian authorities. Tony Abbott today said the Australian Government's policies could cause tragedies. "If you can't stop the boats you can't stop the tragedies. And as long as the boats keep coming - because this Government has effectively provided the people smugglers with a business model - these problems will persist,'' he said of the Indonesia stand-off.

The father of the murdered Singh siblings received death threats on his answering machine months before his children were found dead in a spa bath, a court has been told. The jury in the trial of Max Sica in the Supreme Court in Brisbane were on Tuesday played a recording from Vijay Singh's phone from a man in a Fijian accent threatening to "f" with his family. Sica, 41, is accused of strangling Vijay Singh's daughter Neelma Singh, 24, and killing her siblings Kunal, 18, and Sidhi 12, with a garden fork. The three were found dead in a spa at the family home in the outer Brisbane suburb of Bridgeman Downs on April 22, 2003. The answering machine recording played to the jury on Tuesday heard a man with a Fijian accent tell Vijay Singh in October 2002 that if he did not pick up the phone, he would rape Vijay Singh's wife and daughter. "I know exactly where you live and your family too," the recording said. "You f with my family. I want to f with your family." The recording was played while Jasveer Jitendra Singh, who worked for Vijay Singh at his motor parts business in Fiji, was giving evidence. Jasveer Singh told the court while he did not recognise the voices, they sounded Fijian. He said some of the words spoken were in Fijian and amounted to death threats. "From what I know, it probably means

Father Received Death Threats, Court Told

'they both will die'," Jasveer Singh told the court. The court has earlier been told that Jasveer Singh had a relationship with Neelma. He told the court on Thursday he had discussed marriage with her. "I guess if things were OK we might have gotten married," he said. The court on Tuesday also heard from a renderer, David Graham Stoute, who was working on a house near the Singh's home just before the children's bodies were discovered. Mr Stoute said the main thing he remembered from the Singh's house that day was the large amount of water that was pouring from the house into the yard. "I was thinking these poor people are going to have to pay all this money to get their house fixed," he said. He then later saw a man, Sica, crying out the front talking to police, Mr Stoute said. One of the first officers on the scene, Constable Kristen Maree Orszulak, told the court Sica had led her and her partner to the bodies in the spa bath. Const Orszulak said she could only identify two distinct bodies in the water. She said when she was leaving the scene with Sica, he slumped back against a wall. "(He) crumpled to the floor saying 'I can't believe this is happening'," she said. The trial, before Justice John Byrne, continues.

Fijian Expatriates Rally Against Military Regime

A demonstrator writes pro-freedom slogans on a Fijian flag during a rally in the Australian city of Sydney About 50 people protested outside the Fijian High Commission in Australia's capital Canberra over what they claim are deteriorating human rights in the country. Members of the Australian-based Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement have handed a letter of disapproval to the High Commission and will protest outside Parliament House.

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They are calling for reinstatement of the Great Council of Chiefs, a representative body of 14 provinces in Fiji. The organisation's president Suliasi Daunitutu told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat the protest by expatriates expresses the concerns of many Fijians. "All the news filtering through...and people that we talk to via emails have voiced their concerns about everything that's happening in Fiji but because of all the decrees that are in place in Fiji it's very hard for them to voice their concerns," he said. "So it's up to the people living overseas, the diaspora, to be the voice for them." The protesters are wearing black to mark what they call Black Tuesday, when Frank Bainimarama abolished the democratic constitution on this day three years ago. Similar protests are being held by the movement in New Zealand and the United States.

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When Plane-Spotting Turns Bad - Lilli The Calf Born With Six Legs In Switzerland Thriving Girl Blasted By Jet Engine
SHOCKING footage has emerged of a girl being blown through the air and into a wall by the power of an aircraft engine. A COW born with two extra legs is thriving despite predictions it would not survive. Lilli, a seven week old, six-legged calf has become a minor celebrity in Switzerland after being born on a farm south of the capital Bern. The calf's owner, farmer Andreas Knutti, said her disability and curved spine would prevent her from becoming a milk cow in the future. Despite this he could not put her down when she was born because it was "so full of life". Mutations of this sort are not uncommon and in Lilli's probably occurred due to two embryos being merged in the womb. Mr Knutti says if the cow continues to thrive it will soon join its companions in the Alpine pastures this summer.

The woman was plane-spotting at Princess Juliana International Airport, on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, when the freak accident occurred. Standing in the turbulence behind planes at Maho Beach is a popular way to pass time. The video first appeared on YouTube this week and has more than two million views as of Tuesday morning. It shows people at Maho Beach, just outside Princess Juliana International Airport, just yards from the runway.

Her unexpected arrival while her Brisbane parents were on their honeymoon in the US has resulted in medical bills of more than $1 million. Gracee, who was born at 24 1/2 weeks in February, is now at the centre of an international wrangle between Brett and Sonja Broom, their insurance agency and the Australian Federal Government. Insurance firm AAMI is refusing to pay Mrs Broom's medical bills because they say she had a "pre-existing condition" pregnancy. Mr Broom said AAMI told them that Gracee was not covered by their policy because she did not exist at the time of cover. AAMI did not return calls. But even if well enough to travel, Gracee will not be allowed home until she has a visa, which could take months. Because she was born in the US, she is not an Australian citizen. The ordeal

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has torn the family apart. Husband Brett, a painter, has had to return home to Brisbane's Southside and look after their two sons Jack, 3, and William, 22 months. The boys were being cared for by their grandparents while their parents were overseas. Mrs Broom has had to stay in Orlando to be with her daughter at the Florida Hospital for Children. She has now been separated from her sons for almost two months. But because of Gracee's fragile condition, it is unlikely Mrs Broom will be able to return to Australia with their new daughter until at least July. The media spoke to Mrs Broom via Skype while she was cuddling Gracee in hospital. "It's been really hard," she said. "I feel so lonely because there is no one here to turn to. "But the good news is she (Gracee) is doing really well. She's a fighter." The tiny little girl weighed 765g when born and has doubled her weight to 1.59kg at 32 weeks. The Brooms had flown into Los Angeles from Brisbane and were on a three-day cruise when Mrs Broom became unwell. "I just started feeling lots of aches and pains and had a temperature and said I had to go back to the cabin,'' she said. Hours later her waters broke and soon she began having contractions. The ship was already on its way back to Cape Canaveral and Mrs Broom managed to hold on until they reached the mainland and she was taken to hospital. Both her boys had been full-term pregnancies and she had been given clearance by a doctor to travel. The bill for Mrs Broom's three days of care at the hospital was $30,000. The couple has paid $10,000 towards this as a sign of good faith. Gracee's care is about $5000 a day - not including doctors' and specialists' fees. Gracee's bill has already reached $300,000 and she is expected to be in hospital for a further 60-80 days. Mr Broom has been in touch with Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs for assistance. "They said they would contact Sonja in Florida but we are still waiting to hear."

Some tourists came in for a closer look at the airplane and one woman got blown back into a curb from the airplane's jet blast. But it all ended in tears when the woman was blasted into a low concrete wall. The airport has a short 2180m runway, meaning aircraft have to land and take off from as close as possible to the end of the track, as reported. The woman's current condition hasn't been disclosed although it doesn't appear she was seriously hurt.

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SHE'S "Amazing Gracee" to her parents but Gracee Broom is becoming better known as "the million-dollar baby".

ALLEGED 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other accused plotters will be formally arraigned by a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay on May 5. The hearing at the naval station in Cuba, where the accused are currently incarcerated, will begin at 9am local time, as reported. The trial, which could be several months long, will also be held at the facility. The US military announced last week that the five would be tried jointly by military commission on charges including terrorism, hijacking aircraft and murder in violation of the law of war for their role in the 2001 terror attacks that left nearly 3,000 dead on US soil. Defence attorneys had sought to avoid charges that carried the death penalty and wanted the five to face separate trials. The five accused terrorists face the death penalty if convicted. Mohammed and his cohorts are charged in connection with the deaths of 2976 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., on September 11, 2001.

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Fears For 'Kidnapped' Australia Queen Grants Camilla New Honour Activist Premakumar Gunaratnam
THE wife of an Australian man who went missing in Sri Lanka said Monday he had been kidnapped by the country's "secret police" and she held grave fears for his life. Premakumar Gunaratnam, 42, was reported missing last Friday, Sri Lankan newspaper reported, adding that the Australian and another activist, Dimuthu Attygalle, had been arrested by government forces. The pair had been involved in the official launch of the Frontline Socialist Party, a political group formed by dissidents from the opposition People's Liberation Front (JVP). The JVP led two failed bids to violently overthrow governments in 1971 and 1987 in campaigns that left up to 100,000 people dead. "We know the secret police have taken him. Without international intervention we know what they will do to him," Gunaratnam's wife, Champa Somaratna, said in a statement. Speaking from Sydney, Ms Somaratna told the reporter that her husband had been staying in a house in suburban Colombo when 25 armed individuals entered the property and seized him late last week. She said that the home, as well as Mr Gunaratnam's vehicle, had also been vandalized by the kidnappers. "The government was the only people who were looking for my husband because of his political activity," she said. "I am begging the whole world, please find my husband alive. He is an Australian citizen -- I am begging Australia to find my husband alive. They will kill him. If nobody acts, if nobody talks they will kill people." However, police spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said neither Mr Gunaratnam nor Ms Attygalle were in police custody. Ms Attygalle had gone missing when she was on her way home by bus. "The police have commenced investigations into the complaints," Mr Rohana said. The Australian High Commissioner in Colombo had been in touch with the Sri Lankan government regarding the matter. "We are seeking urgent clarification on the situation from the Sri Lankan authorities," a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) spokeswoman said. Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Australia, Thisara Samarasinghe, denied Somaratna's allegations and said his government was doing "everything possible" to locate Gunaratnam. "He has not been kidnapped," Mr Samarasinghe said. "We don't have kidnapping by our government." However, Mr Samarasinghe suggested Mr Gunaratnam may have entered Sri Lanka illegally. "The question is, if he is an Australian citizen, what is he even doing there [Sri Lanka] for political activism," he said. "Did he get into the country illegally and did he break the law of the land?" Mr Samarasinghe said the Sri Lankan government had made inquiries with its customs service and could not find any records of a Premakumar Gunaratnam entering the country legally. "We will keep investigating this matter but we have no records saying he entered the country," Mr Samarasinghe said. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission expressed concern for Mr Gunaratnam's safety and said it was "no secret that the government and the ministry of defense are concerned" about the Frontline Socialist Party's activities, as reported. Rights groups have reported dozens of abductions since the end of the island's civil war in 2009, but at least some of the incidents appear to have been private disputes or underworld activities.

QUEEN Elizabeth II has appointed the Duchess of Cornwall to the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order, Buckingham Palace said. The announcement that Camilla has been made a Dame Grand Cross comes on the day of her seventh wedding anniversary with Prince Charles. Awards under the Royal Victorian Order, which was founded in 1896 by Queen Victoria, are given by the Queen to people who have served her or the monarchy in a personal way. They are bestowed independently of the British prime minister's office. Once vilified as the old flame that poisoned Charles' first marriage to Princess Diana, Camilla has become an integral member of the royal family

since she married the prince on April 9, 2005 - eight years after Diana's death. Since the couple's civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, the British public has warmed to Camilla and the 64-year-old has carried out hundreds of royal engagements and taken on a wide range of patronages. She also has travelled extensively with the prince on official visits, including a recent tour of Scandinavia with stops in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo. Lately, Camilla was seen stepping out with the Queen and the former Kate Middleton - who married Prince William - for an appearance in London. Buckingham Palace said Camilla will be invested with the insignia of her rank at a later date.

Mcdonald's Mega Millions Wannabe Mirlande Wilson 'Loses' $105M Ticket
THE US McDonald's employee who insists she won a record Mega Millions jackpot now says she lost the winning ticket - but is not breaking a sweat looking for it. "I have no idea where it is. I'm not sure I have it," Mirlande Wilson said in her latest tortured explanation of the mystery ticket's fate. The media reports the world's most famous fast-food employee incredibly claimed she had not even checked the uniform she was wearing the night she bought it. "I'm still looking for it. I haven't even looked in my uniform pants yet," the flaky single mom of seven admitted. "I'm still looking everywhere to find it, in my purse, everywhere." And she did not put her kids to work on the treasure hunt even though they have the week off for spring break. "I wanted to look for it. I was crying. She wouldn't let us. It's a lot of money," lamented her disappointed daughter Stephanie, 15. The strange confession is the latest bizarre twist in the unfolding mystery as Ms Wilson, 37, keeps changing her story. The Haitian immigrant set off an international frenzy after telling the reporter she had one of three winning tickets in last Friday's record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. If her claim proved legit, Ms Wilson would score an after-tax lump sum prize of $105 million, or $5.59 million a year for 26 years. At first, she claimed to have the ticket herself before changing her story to say it was in a safe place at an undisclosed location. Then on Tuesday, she stunned her colleagues at the fast-food joint by saying she had hidden the elusive ticket somewhere in the suburban Baltimore McDonald's. On Thursday, she sounded strangely serene despite the ticket's mystifying disappearance - leaving her fate to faith. "It's a blessing from God. If it's meant to be, we'll find and claim the ticket," she said.

China Teen Sold Kidney For An IPad
AUTHORITIES have indicted five people in central China for involvement in illegal organ trading after a teenager sold one of his kidneys to earn money to buy an iPhone and an iPad. The prosecutors in the city of Chenzhou charged the suspects with intentional injury for organising the removal and transplant of a kidney from a 17-yearold high school student surnamed Wang. The defendants include a surgeon, a local hospital contractor, and brokers who looked for donors online and leased an operating room to conduct the procedure. About 1.5 million people in China need transplants, but that only around 10,000 transplants are performed each year, fuelling the illegal trade of organs.

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New tobacco warning labels have hit store the shelves and they're the latest and toughest the Canadian market has ever seen. Under new federal regulations, the warnings must cover 75% of cigarette and cigarillo packages, up from 50%. Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the new larger warnings are intended to "better reach people with low literacy levels, heavy smokers, and people thinking about quitting." "As a result of action taken by our government, smoking rates in Canada are at an all-time low," Aglukkaq said. The national smoking rate is lower than it has ever been at 17%, Statistics Canada figures released in September noted. But Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society, says the fight against tobacco needs to continue.

New Tobacco Warnings Hit Canadian Market

"A picture says a thousand words. These warnings are going to have an impact to reduce smoking. These are very vivid images, the truth about what smoking really does to the body," Cunningham said. "Tobacco companies oppose this warning, which is a clear indication these warnings are going to work." Canada's previous tobacco warnings remained unchanged for a decade. A picture of Alberta anti-tobacco advocate Barb Tarbox is one of the new tobacco warning labels. Tarbox, who died of lung cancer, shared her heartbreaking struggle with youth in the weeks leading up to her death. Retailers started selling the packages featuring the new warnings in March. Businesses will have until June 19 to ditch old inventory.

Life Sentence For Man Who Killed Over Potato Chips

Jeff Munro's family were at the courthouse for Wednesday's sentencing. From left to right are his sisters Melanie and Brittany and his mother Christine. A man who beat a fellow inmate to death over a bag of potato chips at Toronto’s Don Jail has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 12 years. Jeff Munro, who suffered from mental illness and struggled with addiction, was kicked to death in his cell in November 2009 by fellow inmate Troy Campbell, 26. Campbell attacked Munro, 32, for taking and eating his bag of potato chips. Prior to sentencing Campbell for seconddegree murder on Wednesday Justice John McMahon said "this is a tragic case of a defenceless, mentally ill young man losing his life in the Don Jail. Jeff Munro was beaten to death because he ate another prisoner's bag of chips." During sentencing Justice McMahon pointed out that Campbell suffered from schizophrenia and had been in and out of mental health facilities since he was 15 but said his mental illness "didn't play a role in the killing." He said Campbell's long history of violent assault and robbery includes seven convictions, including one for assaulting a jail guard. He mentioned that McMahon had taken responsibility for his actions and had spared Munro's family the pain of a trial by pleading guilty to the killing. Campbell was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the Crown accepted his guilty plea on a reduced charge. Campbell showed no emotion as he was led away in handcuffs. Family has filed civil lawsuit Outside the courthouse, Christine Munro said she will never get over her son's murder. "Everyday life, my everyday being, has been affected and always will be," she said. In her victim impact statement which was read in court she wrote that the loss of her son continues to haunt her. "To this day I am dependent on medication to assist with three hours of sleep a night. There is not a day that goes by that I do not cry." She hopes something good will come of her son's death, namely better protection for mentally ill people in custody. She said she wants "mentally ill people put in a different facility and that there's surveillance everywhere and that there are guards walking at all times." At the time he was killed, Munro was on a ward that housed psychiatric patients. He was picked up for a minor offence and waiting to appear in court. His family has filed a lawsuit against the province. They are also waiting for an inquest , which hey hope will shed light on how the beating could have happened without guards knowing about it.

Miss Universe Changes Rules To Allow Transgender Women
The Miss Universe pageant is changing its rules and will allow transgender women to take part in all of its competitions starting in 2013, the organisation and gay rights group GLAAD said. The decision follows a media outcry over the disqualification of Canadian contestant Jenna Talackova from the upcoming Miss Universe Canada contest because she was not a "naturally-born female". Talackova 23, who underwent gender reassignment surgery when she was 19, was reinstated to the Canadian competition last week by businessman Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe organisation. Talackova has a Canadian passport, driver's license and other documents that identify her as a woman. Following consultations with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Miss Universe "discussed a policy change that includes transgender women in time for the start of this fall's 2013 pageant season; a time when most of the competitions around the world begin to take place," the two groups said in a joint statement. The change brings Miss Universe into line with other groups that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women, including the

Jenna Talackova, 23, was disqualified as a finalist from the upcoming Miss Universe Canada last month Olympics, the Girl Scouts of America and TV show America's Next Top Model, GLAAD said. "We have a long history of supporting equality for all women and this was something we took very seriously," said Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organisation. The exact language, which will abolish the long-standing rule that contestants must be "naturally-born females", is still being worked out, officials said. National beauty pageants are currently being held around the world to choose contestants to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe contest, to be held later this year.

Canadian Banks Rated Safest In World
Royal Bank of Canada, along with other Canadian banks, are a safe haven for investors, according to Moody's Investors Service. Moody's rating agency is calling Canada's bank sector the soundest in the world and a safe haven for investors. The New York-based agency says all of Canada's big banks rate are rated double-A2, which is higher than bank rankings in the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and other areas of the world. Canada's big banks also posted good results in the first quarter of 2012, the agency notes. Moody's says investors who are seeking a safe haven may find Canadian banks an attractive option. The agency also says the Canadian government's triple-A debt rating is a safe bet for the foreseeable future Moody's says Canada's government has relatively low debt levels and faces less pressure from pensions than some other countries.

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Graduating Sheriffs Arrive For Work In B.C.'S Courts

ESLCourses Now Tuition-Free
Canadian citizens can now take English as a Second Language courses tuition-free at 17 public postsecondary institutions throughout British Columbia. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs provide language instruction at basic, intermediate and advanced levels to people whose first language is not English. Under the Canada-B.C. Immigration Agreement, ESL courses are being provided tuition-free to new immigrants, such as permanent residents. As well as ESL in the 17 public post-secondary institutions, this includes WelcomeBC's English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) program in communities throughout the province. The Province is extending this tuitionfree policy to Canadian citizens at public post-secondary institutions, ensuring that they have access to the same opportunities as recent immigrants. The Ministry of Advanced Education will also continue to provide financial assistance to ESL students with a demonstrated financial need under its Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program (ABESAP) to help with associated fees, books, transportation, child care and other costs.

British Columbia's justice system has been strengthened with the addition of 23 new deputy sheriffs who began working in courtrooms throughout the province this week. The sheriffs received their badges at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in New Westminster last week following intensive training, and now they will help ensure safe and efficient courts. The new graduates bring to 57 the number of new sheriffs to have joined the justice system over the past five months. The cost for training each sheriff recruit is approximately $25,000 and is part of the more than $1 billion the Province spends annually on B.C.'s public safety and justice system. The latest recruit class began training

in January. Over the past few months they have learned the skills necessary for their role in the safe and orderly operation of court proceedings. The recruits have also received training in the latest use-of-force techniques and in firearms use. Their main responsibilities include: Escorting prisoners between court, correctional centres and police lock-up facilities. Courthouse and courtroom security, including the management of courthouse lock-up facilities. Jury management. The sheriff recruits have been deployed to courthouses throughout the Lower Mainland, and in Nelson, Cranbrook, Prince George and Fort St. John.

$30M Lotto Win Split Among 4 B.C. Golf Buddies

Four golfing buddies and workmates from Langley, B.C., now hope to play some of the most legendary golf courses in the world after collecting a $30-million cheque from Friday’s Lotto Max draw. Ian McMurtrie, Wayne Miller, Tom Moryson and Joe Scully, who work together in Langley, will share the jackpot and hope to spend some of their winnings on trips to play the Pebble Beach course in California and the St. Andrews course in Scotland. A trip to see next year’s Master’s Tournament live in Augusta, Ga., also

might be on the agenda. Miller, Moryson and Scully have been life-long friends, even attending the same Grade 1 class. McMurtrie bought the winning Quick Pick ticket at the Otter Co-op in Abbotsford. He says he realized they’d won after comparing the winning numbers he’d seen on the TV news Saturday morning. McMurtrie said he and his wife screamed and collapsed on the floor after checking the numbers several times in disbelief and realizing they really had won.

An application to raise Lower Mainland transit fares by up to 12.5 per cent has been rejected, TransLink Commissioner Martin Crilly announced Wednesday. In announcing the ruling, Crilly said TransLink has improved service dramatically in the past decade, and is committed to delivering even better and wider service coverage for the future. To support this, he noted, TransLink has already secured higher and growing funding from taxpayers. "As to funding from transit riders, TransLink now seeks fare increases outpacing inflation. The farebox is a crucial and sustainable funding source, and there is much to be said in favour of the user-pay principle," Crilly said. "The ruling limits fare increases to 2 per cent per year and sets targets for cost-saving by TransLink— but without trimming or deferring service improvements." The ruling means some fare increases can still be expected in 2013. The ruling clears the way for a onezone adult cash fare to rise to $2.75 from $2.50, a two-zone fare to increase to $4.10 from $3.75 and a three-zone fare to rise to $5.50 from $5.00. TransLink challenged to find cost savings The last across-the-board fare increase was in 2008, although monthly passes went up in 2010. The fare increase would have produced an extra $48 million in revenue for TransLink in 2013, which the transit authority says would pay for new projects including the Evergreen Line. The commission’s ruling is projected to reduce this figure by up to $28 million. The TransLink Commission also completed an efficiency review on the transit authority, challenging TransLink to find cost savings of $40 to $60 million between 2013 and 2015, and growing to five per cent of annual

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expenditures by 2021. The review suggests savings can be found in areas including bus maintenance and overhead. "All savings should be achievable without cutting current or planned services, projects or programmes to which TransLink has already committed," said the commission. 'It's already super expensive' Miranda Lawton commutes on transit to Vancouver from Surrey and back every day. "[It's] ridiculous for prices to go up. It's already super expensive," said Lawton. She said if prices keep going up, she’ll consider getting a licence and driving herself. Transit user Larry Johnson agrees. "It does drive a lot of people to commuting by car," he said. "They feel there is a bit of uneasiness to waiting for buses and being in public places, and the increased fare just makes it more so." But taking transit is still cheaper than driving solo. By a rough estimate, the cost of gas for a return trip between downtown Vancouver and Surrey is $7 a day. With insurance and parking, the cost can add up to $20 a day, without factoring in wear and tear on the vehicle and the imminent introduction of bridge tolls. The provincial government has ordered its own audit of the transit authority and has expressed approval of TransLink's decision not to award its top executives 15-per-cent bonuses pending a review of the bonus policy.
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D. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. 3) Which province is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world? A. Alberta. B. Ontario. C. Manitoba. D. Saskatchewan. 4) Who has the right to be considered first for a job in the Federal government? A. British Immigrants. B. Canadian citizens. C. British citizens. D. Landed immigrants. 5) How can you help to protect the environment? A. Do not buy gas at a higher price. B. Use electricity instead of gas. C. Drive a car to go to and come back from work by yourself. D. Walking, cycling, taking transit or carpooling wherever possible. 6) In Canada's justice system, what does "presumption of innocence" mean? A. Everybody is guilty until proven innocent. B. The judge can determine who is guilty without evidence. C. The Prime Minister can determine who is innocent in a court. D. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. 7) What do you mark on a federal election ballot? A. The candidate's name. B. The number for the candidate. C. The party's name. D. An "X". 8) When did the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms become part of the Constitution? A. 1867. B. 1919. C. 1980. D. 1982. 9) How many provinces and territories are there in Canada? A. Nine provinces and two territory. B. Eight provinces and three territories. C. Ten provinces and two territories. D. Ten provinces and three territories. 10) Which party is in power in British Columbia? A. Liberal Party B. New Democratic Party C. Conservative Party D. Green Party 1C 6D 2D 7D ANSWERS 3D 4 B 5D 8D 9 D 10A

1) Which party becomes the Official Opposition? A. The opposition party with the most votes. B. The party picked by the Queen. C. The opposition party with the most MPs. D. The opposition party with the least votes. 2) Which two provinces are on the Atlantic coast of Canada? A. Prince Edward Island and Ontario. B. Newfoundland and British Columbia. C. British Columbia and Yukon.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Competition Bureau are joining together during Fraud Prevention Month to warn potential immigrants to be wary of websites claiming to be, or to be affiliated with, official Government of Canada websites. These websites, which sometimes use the Canada wordmark or CIC logo without permission to target individuals wishing to live in Canada, purport to offer special immigration deals or guaranteed high-paying jobs for a fee. Unfortunately, these claims are fraudulent and the victim loses his or her money with no tangible results. The only people who may charge a fee to represent or advise people in connection with a Canadian immigration proceeding or application are authorized immigration consultants, lawyers, Quebec notaries,

Avoid Becoming A Victim Of Immigration Fraud, Warn Citizenship And Immigration Canada And Competition Bureau
and paralegals regulated by a law society. Under Canada’s immigration programs, all people are treated equally, whether they hire someone to represent them or not. CIC and the Competition Bureau would like to offer the following advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of immigration fraud: Be wary of websites advertised in unsolicited emails from strangers and do not give out personal information unless you know who you are dealing with. Before hiring an immigration representative, do your homework: ask for a referral from someone you trust, check their credentials, and discuss the services they will offer. For information on how to choose an immigration representative, you may visit CIC’s website at www.cic.gc.ca/ english/information/representative/ index.asp. There is no “immigration consultant” website that is part of, or affiliated with, the Government of Canada. If you are suspicious about a website, do a Web search to see if anyone has reported any problems with that site. Do not pay for offers of guaranteed entry into Canada or faster processing of your application. These claims are false. The Bureau launched Fraud Prevention Month, an annual education campaign to improve awareness and understanding of the dangers of fraud so that Canadians can protect themselves in the marketplace and avoid becoming victims of fraud. This year’s theme is Building Consumer Confidence. Consumers need to know that they can trust the businesses they deal with, that the websites they visit are legitimate, and that they can make

informed purchasing choices, based on advertising that is truthful and complete. The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace. CIC recently launched a multilingual ad campaign warning prospective immigrants, permanent residents and Canadian citizens not to be taken in by crooked immigration consultants. This includes a short video warning people not to be duped into committing marriage fraud. The video directs people to a special page on the CIC website (www.immigration.gc.ca/ antifraud) to find out how to immigrate to Canada “the right way.” CIC encourages Canadians to report immigration fraud by calling the Border Watch Tip Line at 1-888-502-9060.

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Super Foods For Diabetics
Choosing the right foods and making simple dietary changes can help you control your blood sugar level. Olive oil: Nuts: Berries: Mushroom: Research has shown that Maitake mushrooms lower blood sugar as it acts as an alpha glucosidase inhibitor and may be beneficial for management of diabetes. Cinnamon:

Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid. These ‘good’ fats reduce the risk of heart disease and help keep blood sugar steady by reducing insulin resistance. Whole grains:

Nuts are packed with `good` fats that not only help fight heart disease, but also help reduce insulin resistance. Nuts are also rich in fiber, magnesium and vitamin E. Beans:

They are full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Anthocyanins have been shown to impede cancer cell growth, reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Citrus fruits:

Components in cinnamon promote glucose metabolism and reduce cholesterol. It has been found that in people with diabetes; just 1/2 teaspoon a day can significantly lower blood sugar levels. Garlic:

Whole-grain foods are rich in fiber and nutrients such as magnesium, chromium, folate and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that a diet rich in whole grains may help lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Fat-free milk and yogurt:

Beans are good source of fiber and are rich in nutrients. They slow digestion and maintain blood sugar level after a meal. Fish:

Citrus fruits are a rich source of vitamin C, which aids in keeping your heart in good condition. Stick to whole fruits instead of juice as they slow sugar absorption. Bamboo: Bamboo shoots offer high energy sans any fat or cholesterol and are a terrific source of dietary fiber. They also contain magnesium. Dark, leafy green vegetables:

It is a rich source of potassium and also contains zinc and sulphur, which are components of insulin. Take about three to four flakes of crushed garlic daily. Indian blackberry: It contains glucoside, which prevents the conversion of starch into sugars and is very effective in preventing and controlling diabetes. Bitter gourd:

Fatty fishes such as Salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, halibut and herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These help unclog arteries and improve levels of both triglycerides and HDL in diabetics. They not only provide protein but also give calcium, which aids in weight loss. People who take them regularly are less likely to become insulin resistant. Chicken breast: It`s low in saturated fat and calories. A 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken breast has 142 calories and 3 grams fat. They are nutrient-rich, low in carbohydrates and calories. Studies show that leafy veggies lower the risk of type-2 diabetes.

This vegetable lowers the blood-sugar level as it contains a high dosage of `plant insulin`.

This information is provided for knowledge and educational purposes only. Individuals should visit their physicians for more information on their health.

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Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19) While work seems to move along smoothly and you are able to do all that you had hoped to, the problems seem to be personal relationships. Minor hitches or snide remarks could become an issue if you allow it to happen. Try to be more understanding towards those who love and care for you. Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20) You will receive work offers of your choice and on your own terms and conditions. Now is the time to branch out into a new field of activity which has been on your thoughts for a long time. The married have a difficult task to balance a hectic work schedule and domestic responsibilities. Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20) You will be able to achieve wonders at work through further financial investments and also because of the support of family and your partner. New work proposals are also likely to materialize. The employed will get the good news of an important career development. Interesting work proposals are likely to turn up. Cancer (Jun 21 - July 22)

An overseas or long distance journey is indicated and will be fruitful. Financial gains are predicted. Your recent success will bring you more into the limelight and your mate or partner will be instrumental in promoting you. Happy times with your beloved are foreseen. Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22) Communication, travel, and children's affairs work out favorably for you. However, certain aspects that you have been discussing with colleagues about your personal life could now lead to a great deal of embarrassment. Try not to react or retaliate as it will only make you more vulnerable to negative influences. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sep 21) An absorbing and financially beneficial week lies ahead. A close associate or partner may have a good idea which is worth developing. Travel abroad is indicated for some of you. Independent entrepreneurs may opt for a complete change. Romantic associations formed now will be enduring. Libra (Sep 22 - Oct 23) You will make rapid progress in your work or profession. You will find plenty

of 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 24 - Nov. 21) A rather busy hectic schedule seems to be getting the better of you. A change of routine or a different approach to your work will go a long way in making you feel more relaxed. There is a possibility of purchasing some land or property or bringing about some changes at home. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec 21) Work will get concluded on time and you can look forward to some good news coming your way. A seminar, presentation, or exhibition that you may have planned for this week will also have a favourable response. Business persons will sign new deals which will assure them of long-term benefits. You may decide to go out with friends and colleagues this week. Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) You may be uncertain about a certain venture proposed by a partner or a

close friend. It is better to be honest and state your misgivings about this project rather than be good to the other person. In matters of finance you have to be clear if you wish to safeguard your interests. Help is at hand from a quarter that you least expect. Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb. 18) An easy inflow of money will tempt you to go on a shopping spree. The purchase of an expensive item of security or investment is also likely. Family life is happy and congenial. Some of you will be making plans to travel, perhaps to develop a hobby or personal interest. There is an air of romance and excitement showing that you will develop intimate links with someone who has been wooing you for long. Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20) A busy schedule will keep you constantly on the move. At a meeting, your ideas and plans will receive approval. Income will balance your expenses this week. The health of a close relative causes concern. You may have to seek medical advice for this person.

Ingredients 1 tsp (5 mL) vinegar 8 eggs 4 English muffins or croissants 8 oz (227 g) smoked salmon Hollandaise Sauce: 4 egg yolks 1/3 cup butter, melted 2 tbsp lemon juice 1/4 tsp salt 1 pinch cayenne pepper 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill Pour enough boiling water into skillet to come 3 inches up side; return to boil. Add vinegar; reduce heat to gentle simmer. Break each egg into small dish; gently slip into simmering water. Cook

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until desired doneness, about 5 minutes for soft yolks and firm whites. Remove with slotted spoon and drain well, patting bottom of spoon with towel to dry egg. Meanwhile, cut English muffins horizontally in half and toast; place 2 halves, cut side up, on each plate. Top each with smoked salmon, poached egg and 2 tbsp Hollandaise Sauce. Hollandaise Sauce: In heatproof bowl over saucepan of simmering water, whisk egg yolks until thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter, 2 tbsp at a time, until thickened; whisk in lemon juice, salt, cayenne and dill. Keep warm over hot water.

8 ounces long, thin pasta such as spaghetti or fettucini Salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3 thinly sliced cloves garlic 1 ounce (about 2 medium to large) dried ancho chiles, rinsed, seeded and deveined 21-25 count raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed, the shrimp pieces cut into thirds Black pepper Freshly grated Parmesan Lime or lemon juice, fresh squeezed Procedure Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta when you start this recipe. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until soft. While the water is coming to a boil and while the pasta is cooking, prepare the rest of the recipe as follows. Heat oil in a small skillet on medium

Shrimp And Pasta

heat. Once the oil is hot, add sliced garlic. Cook until lightly browned, then remove with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Thinly slice the ancho chiles Add the sliced chiles to the hot oil and cook ONLY for 20 to 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon to the bowl with the garlic. Do not over-cook the chiles. Add the raw shrimp to the pan with the left over chile and garlic oil. Increase the heat to high, cook for a couple minutes, stirring frequently, until the shrimp is just turning pink. Remove from heat. Add the shrimp and oil to the bowl with the garlic and chiles. Add the drained, cooked pasta to the bowl with the shrimp, garlic, chiles, and oil. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper and toss to combine. To serve, portion out into bowls, sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan and a little lemon or lime juice.

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actions as if he were saying words. - She lets him turn the pages of the book. - She talks to him about what he seems to be saying. - She lets him find something else to do when he has lost interest in reading.

Activities and Ideas for Crawlers

What Do Crawlers Do? Use sounds and gestures to say hello or get attention. • Point at things they want. • Say a few simple words. • Like rhymes and simple songs. • Enjoy reading with a favorite person. • Turn the pages in sturdy cardboard books. • Put objects such as nesting cups inside each other. • Fill containers with water or small objects, then dump them out. • Hold large crayons and make marks on paper. How Do Crawlers and Walkers Learn? Marcus picks up a book with cardboard pages and a duck on the cover. He puts the book in his mouth for a moment, then waves it in the air. Marcus looks at his big sister, Maria, and makes noises that sound a lot like words. Maria says, "Do you want to read? Bring the book to me. We can read together." With book in hand, Marcus crawls to Maria. She lifts Marcus into her lap and holds the book so that he can see it. She points to the duck on the cover. "That's a duck. Let's see what's inside." Marcus turns the page. He pats the picture and says something that sounds like words. "That's right," says Maria. "The baby is in the bathtub." After looking at a few more pages, Marcus squirms and wiggles. "Okay," says Maria. "Have you read enough? Let me help you down." She puts Marcus on the floor and he crawls away. Like many other crawlers, Marcus is learning about language: - He knows that people will respond to his sounds and actions. - He thinks it's fun to look at books with another person. - He knows how to wait for his turn while talking and reading with his sister. Marcus's sister, Maria, helps him learn about language: - She responds to his sounds and •

Listening and Talking: Crawlers and walkers are learning that it's fun to be with other people. • Help your baby learn about taking turns the way people do when they talk with each other. Sing songs and play games such as Peeka-Boo, hiding the toy under the blanket, and handing objects back and forth. At first you may have to take more turns than the baby does. • When your baby babbles, talk back. Make the same sounds the baby makes or teach new ones. • Respond when your baby wants to play a familiar game: "Oh good, you brought me the ball. Let's sit down and roll it on the carpet." Crawlers and walkers use gestures and actions to "talk" to you. Respond when your baby shakes his or her head, points to something out of reach, or lifts his or her arms. Talk about what the baby seems to want to say. "Do you want to get out of my lap? Here's a wet cloth so you can wipe your hands." • Name the things your baby points to. "That's a muffin. Do you want a muffin?" Say the words for feelings and actions. "Aunt Nikki is funny, isn't she?" "I saw you climb up the stairs." How to help your baby's caregiver: Talk with your caregiver about the gestures your baby uses to ask questions, make requests, say hello, and get someone's attention. Ask the caregiver to tell you the words and phrases your baby seems to understand.

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There was once a handsome young prince who had the misfortune to offend a wicked fairy. To avenge herself she turned him into an ugly frog and put him into a well. Now it happened that the well was in the courtyard of a king's palace and on fine days, when the sun shone warmly, the king's youngest daughter sometimes came there to amuse herself by tossing a golden ball high into the air and catching it as it fell. The poor frog watched her running to and fro in the sunshine. He thought she was the prettiest princess he had ever seen. One day, the princess threw the ball up so high that when she stretched out her hand to catch it the ball bounced on the stones and fell with a splash into the water. She ran to the edge of the well and gazed down. But the golden ball had sunk far, far out of sight. Only a little ring of bubbles showed her where it had disappeared. She began to cry bitterly. The frog popped his head out of the water. "Don't cry, Princess!" he said. "What will you give me if I bring your ball from the bottom of the well?" "Oh, I will give you anything I have," replied the princess. "My pretty pearls, my diamonds—even my crown. Only please bring my ball back to me!" "I do not want your pearls or your diamonds or your crown," said the frog. "But if you will promise to love me, and let me eat from your plate, and drink out of your cup, and sleep on your bed, I will bring your ball safely back to you." And the princess promised. For she said to herself, "What a silly frog! As if he could ever get out of the well and walk all the way to the palace! He will never find me." The frog dove to the bottom of the well and presently came up with the golden ball in his mouth. The princess had no sooner snatched it from him than she forgot all about her promise and ran back to the palace laughing with joy. The next day, as she sat at dinner with the king and his courtiers, something came flopping up the great staircase— flip flap, flip flap! And a voice said:

"From the deep and mossy well, Little princess, where I dwell, When you wept in grief and pain I brought your golden ball again." The princess dropped her spoon with a clatter on her plate, for she knew it was the frog who had come to claim her promise. "What is the matter, daughter?" asked the king. "There is someone knocking at the door and your rosy cheeks are quite pale." Then the princess had to tell her father all that had happened the day before how she had dropped her golden ball into the well, and how the frog had brought it up for her, and of the promises she had given him. The king frowned and said, "People who make promises must keep them. Open the door and let the frog come in." The princess opened the door very unwillingly and the poor frog hopped into the room, looking up into her face with his ugly little eyes. "Lift me up beside you," he cried, "that I may eat from your plate and drink out of your cup." The princess did as he asked her and was obliged to finish her dinner with the frog beside her, for the king sat by to see that she fulfilled her promise. When they had finished, the frog said, "I have had enough to eat. Now I am tired. Take me up and lay me on your pillow, that I may go to sleep." Then the princess began to cry. It was so dreadful to think that an ugly frog, all cold and damp from the well, should sleep in her pretty white bed. But her father frowned again and said, "People who make promises must keep them. He gave you back your golden ball and you must do as he asks."

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In a study by British and U.S. experts, men who ate the fruits along with other foods rich in flavonoids such as, tea, apples and red wine were found to be 40 per cent less likely to develop the brain disease. And those who ate berries at least once a week could cut their risk of developing the disease by a quarter compared with those who never ate them. The findings by Harvard University and the University of East Anglia (UEA) add to the growing body of evidence that regular consumption of some flavonoids can have a marked effect on human health. Recent studies have shown that these compounds can offer protection against a wide range of diseases including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia.

Eating strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrants and blackberries can significantly reduce risk of developing Parkinson's disease in men, suggest researchers.
This latest study is the first study in humans to show that flavonoids can protect neurons against diseases of the brain such as Parkinson's. Around 130,000 men and women took part in the research. More than 800 had developed Parkinson's disease within 20 years of follow-up. After a detailed analysis of their diets and adjusting for age and lifestyle, male participants who ate the most flavonoids were shown to be 40 per cent less likely to develop the disease than those who ate the least. No similar link was found for total flavonoid intake in women. The research was led by Dr Xiang Gao of Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with Prof Aedin Cassidy of the Department of Nutrition, Norwich Medical School at UEA. "These exciting findings provide further confirmation that regular consumption of flavonoids can have potential health benefits," said Prof Cassidy. "This is the first study in humans to look at the associations between the range of flavonoids in the diet and the risk of developing Parkinson's disease and our findings suggest that a subclass of flavonoids called anthocyanins may have neuroprotective effects," he stated. Prof Gao said: "Interestingly, anthocyanins and berry fruits, which are rich in anthocyanins, seem to be associated with a lower risk of Parkinson's disease in pooled analyses." "Participants who consumed one or more portions of berry fruits each week were around 25 per cent less likely to develop Parkinson's disease,

Eating Berries Can Protect Men Against Parkinson's Disease

relative to those who did not eat berry fruits. Given the other potential health effects of berry fruits, such as lowering risk of hypertension as reported in our previous studies, it is good to regularly add these fruits to your diet," he added. Flavonoids are a group of naturally occurring, bioactive compounds found in many plant-based foods and drinks. In this study the main protective effect was from higher intake of anthocyanins, which are present in berries and other fruits and vegetables including aubergines, blackcurrants and blackberries. Those who consumed the most anthocyanins had a 24 per cent reduction in risk of developing Parkinson's disease and strawberries and blueberries were the top two sources in the US diet.

Children who consume soft drinks daily had narrow arteries at the back of their eyes, which could increase their chances of heart disease and high blood pressure in later life, says a study. By examining the back of the eyes that last year found similar damage to researchers could see the health of a children who watch too much TV. The person's entire blood vessel system. damage does not affect their vision, Researchers from Westmead said a university statement. Millennium Institute for Medical "Children with a high consumption of Research, the University of Sydney, soft drinks and carbohydrates had a more found that these children consuming one adverse micro vascular profile compared of more soft drinks daily had narrower to those who did not drink so many arteries in the back of their eyes. soft drinks or eat so many carbs," said The study looked at around 2,000 Bamini Gopinath, senior research fellow 12-year-old children in 21 high schools at the Centre for Vision Research at the in Sydney, and is an extension of a study Millennium Institute, who led the study.

Daily Soft Drinks Could Affect Cardiac Health

Rubbing Toothpaste On Gums Protects Against Cavities
Brushing your teeth twice daily may be sensible advice, but rubbing toothpaste on your gums after lunch also hugely lowers the risk of developing cavities. "Rubbing toothpaste on to your teeth asked volunteers to brush various (and gums) increases the fluoride numbers of times a day and also tested protection by 400 percent," said Anna out the 'finger rubbing' technique, as Nordstrom from the University of reported. Gothenburg, Sweden who led the study. "Rubbing the front of your teeth "This 'massage' method proved to be at with toothpaste can be an easy way least as effective as a third brushing in of giving your teeth a third 'shot' of increasing the amount of fluoride in the fluoride during the day, after lunch for mouth," added Nordstrom. example," said Nordstrom. Gothenburg researchers were testing Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral the effect of high-fluoride toothpaste that prevents decay by strengthening sold over the counter in Sweden. They the protective enamel coating on teeth.

Sitting for long hours may increase risk of death from cardiovascular disease, say researchers. A doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, as smoking or diet," he cited. Minn., calls it the "sitting disease," The solution, Levine said, is not extra likening the ill effects of inactivity gym time, which doesn't seem to offset that doctors are still discovering to the the risk. discovery of the side effects of smoking. "Rather, the solution seems to be less Dr. James Levine helped initiate a sitting and more moving," he wrote. new study at a small company in "Simply by standing, you burn three Minneapolis. "Work-fit" stations times as many calories as you do replaced 30 desks, so employees can sitting. Muscle contractions, including now sit or stand while working. the ones required for standing, Levine himself has been walking on a seem to trigger important processes treadmill while he works for years. The related to the breakdown of fats and study, and a handful of similar studies sugars. When you sit down, muscle worldwide, is ongoing. contractions cease and these processes "Researchers have linked sitting for stall," he explained. prolonged periods with a number of Another new study published in health problems and premature death Medicine and Science in Sports 'n' from cardiovascular disease," Levine Exercise showed that blood sugar tends wrote on the Mayo Clinic website. to spike more with low activity levels. "In one study, adults who spent Researchers at the University of more than four hours a day sitting Missouri asked people who usually in front of the television had an 80 exercise to spend three days in a percent increased risk of death from sedentary lifestyle. Although they cardiovascular disease compared with ate the same foods, their blood sugar adults who spent less than two hours spiked after meals, increasing by about a day in front of the TV. This risk was 26 percent compared with their blood independent of other risk factors such sugar levels when they exercised.
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Navy Recovers Flight Recorder From Wrecked Jet

Kids Stop School Bus After Driver Has Heart Attack US police are praising teenage students compressions. Other students called
who safely stopped a school bus after the driver was apparently stricken with a heart attack. Jeremy Wuitschick grabbed the wheel, steered the bus towards the curb, pulled the key from the ignition and started chest compressions after the driver slumped over and passed out. The 13-year-old told the reporter: "I was just thinking 'I don't want to die'." Another student identified as Johnny Wood hurried to help with the chest

emergency dispatchers. Police in the town of Milton quickly showed up and the 12 students were escorted off the bus. Deputy Schools Superintendent Jeff Short told the newspaper the 43-yearold driver was in "grave condition" at a hospital. He said students go over emergency procedures several times annually, learning what to do if a bus driver is incapacitated.

Investigators have recovered the flight recorder from the Navy fighter jet that crashed into an apartment complex last week in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the service announced Monday. The device, which records flight data but not cockpit voices, has been sent to a Navy air base at Patuxent River, Maryland, for analysis, Navy officials said in a written statement Monday. The wing and part of the fuselage of the F/A-18 Hornet were being moved to the nearby Oceana naval air station, where the aircraft was based, for further study, but the remains of the jet's twin engines will remain at the crash site for now as investigators study them, the U.S. Atlantic fleet's aviation arm reported. The jet experienced a "catastrophic mechanical malfunction" during takeoff last Friday, raining jet fuel over Virginia Beach before plunging to the ground about two miles from the runway, according to residents and Navy officials. The jet landed upright and in flames in the middle of the courtyard of the Mayfair Mews apartment complex, setting five surrounding buildings on fire -- but there were no fatalities, a fact that Adm. John Harvey called a "miracle" over the weekend. The jet carried a student pilot in the front seat and an experienced instructor behind him, and the leakage of jet fuel

was "one of the indications that there was a mechanical malfunction," Navy Capt. Mark Weisgerber told reporters. The two pilots, a Virginia Beach police officer, an EMS volunteer and three other people were injured. The jet, which was not carrying live ordnance, was part of a training squadron at Oceana. The Navy expects to finish removing most aircraft debris by the end of the week as part of its investigation. And the service will soon begin cutting compensation checks to the people who lost their homes in the crash, said Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, commander of the Navy's Mid-Atlantic region. "We are committed to doing the right thing to address the needs of these families, who through no fault of their own have endured an incredible hardship," Alexander said. "We owe it to everyone affected by Friday's accident to help them get their life back together." Initial payments will begin at $2,300 per person to cover immediate needs, such as housing, meals and clothing. The amount will increase for additional family members. Counseling and legal services also will be available, Alexander said. Residents who completed claims by last Saturday could receive payments by Monday.

A MAN is in custody after his fiveyear-old stepson brought 50 packets of heroin to his school for show and tell. The boy's stepfather, 35-year-old Santos Roman, was nabbed by police when he came to the school in a frantic hunt for the drugs, the media reported. Police spokesman Keith Bryant told the reporter that the boy was carrying Roman's jacket when he arrived at his kindergarten class in Bridgeport. When it came time for show and tell, Mr Bryant said the boy opened the jacket, revealing 10 small plastic bags, each containing five folds of heroin. According to Bryant, the drugs have a

Connecticut Five-Year-Old Brings Heroin To School For Show And Tell

street value of about $500. The teacher snatched the bags away from the boy and notified the principal, who called the police, Mr Bryant told the newspaper. Roman was charged with risk of injury to a minor, possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics and possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, as reported. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond pending his arraignment. The boy was turned over to the state Department of Children and Families, while authorities locate his other family members.

Woman Stabbed In Fight To Date Inmate
A UTAH woman was in fair condition after she was stabbed in the neck by another woman in a fight over which of them would date a jail inmate, police said. The women, who were not identified, got into an argument in South Salt Lake, near Salt Lake City, over who would be in a relationship with the inmate, as reported. They decided to fight at an apartment complex to settle the dispute at around 11pm. Other women were also involved in the fight. Officers arrived on the scene and found a 19-year-old woman who had been stabbed in the back of the neck.

Bomb Threat At Indian Embassy, Nothing Found
A bomb threat was reported at the Indian Embassy on Tuesday morning after which the premises had to be temporarily evacuated. A thorough search of the Embassy premises was immediately conducted after the threat was reported. "Nothing was found," sources in the Embassy said. The bomb threat call on telephone at the Embassy is said to have been received sometime before 10-30 am. A few months ago, the security at the Embassy was beefed up and metal detectors were installed for screening of every visitor to its premises.

President Obama promoted his "Buffett Rule" again, saying millionaires and billionaires should pay their "fair share" to help reduce the federal debt and pay for necessary government investments like education. "One in four millionaires pays a lower tax rate than millions of hardworking middle-class households," Obama told a group of business executives gathered at the White House. He later added, "it's just plain wrong that middle-class Americans pay a higher share of their income in taxes than some millionaires and billionaires." The so-called Buffett Rule -- to be voted on next week in the Democratic-run Senate -- would require millionaires and billionaires to pay at least the same tax rate as other Americans. Senate Republicans are likely to block

Obama: Millionaires Should Pay 'Fair Share'

the proposal, calling it an election-year gimmick that amounts to a growthslowing tax hike. Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus called it the "Buffett Ruse" and said it "won't balance the budget. It won't prevent a debt crisis. It won't help the economy. It won't get you a job." The proposal is named for Warren Buffett, the billionaire Omaha investor who said he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. That's because investment income is taxed at lower rates than salaries and wages. Obama's proposal does not specify exactly how a millionaire's tax rate would be increased, whether by an increase on investment income or some kind of dedicated flat tax. The issue certainly has a political component.

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KADAR KHAN
by-side with other comedians like Shakti Kapoor and Johnny Lever. He has played a large variety of parts in films like a supporting role of a father, uncle, brother, main villain or the side villain, guest actor and comedian. He appeared in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Lucky: No Time for Love (2006) and Family: Ties of Blood (2006). He starred in his own comedy television series titled Hasna Mat, which aired on Star Plus. There were rumours of him writing a sequel to Andaaz Apna Apna but, when media asked him, he denied it saying "I have not taken any projects as writer, its just a rumor." He made a comeback on Indian television with a comedy series Hi Padosi..Kaun Hain Doshi on Sahara One. As a dialogue writer Kader Khan has worked with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra for their films starring Amitabh Bachchan. Besides Amitabh, he was the only one to work in the rival camps of Mehra and Desai. His films with them include Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Sharaabi, Coolie, Desh Premee, Lawaaris, Suhaag, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Parvarish and Amar Akbar Anthony. Other Amitabh Bachchan films for which he has written dialogues are Mr. Natwarlal, Khoon Pasina, Do Aur Do Paanch, Satte Pe Satta, Inquilab, Giraftaar, Hum and Agneepath. Khan has also written screenplay for films starring Amitabh like Agneepath and Naseeb. Other hit films for which he has written dialogues are Himmatwala, Coolie No. 1, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Kanoon Apna Apna, Khoon Bhari Maang, Karma, Sultanat, Sarfarosh, Justice Choudhary, Dharam Veer etc. He won the Filmfare Award for best comedian in 1991 for Baap Numberi Beta Dus Numberi and a Screen Award for best performance in a comic role in 1995 for Taqdeerwala. Khan was recognized by the AFMI (American Federation of Muslims from India) for his achievement and service to the Muslim community in India.

Kader Khan (born October 22, 1935) is an Indian film actor, comedian, script and dialogue writer and Director. He graduated from Ismail Yusuf College affiliated to Mumbai University . Before entering the film industry (1970–75) he taught at M. H. Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, Byculla, Mumbai as a professor of Civil Engineering.

Khan has acted in over 300 films in Hindi and Urdu and has written dialogues for over 100 Indian films, from the 1970s up to the turn of the 21st century. Manmohan Desai paid him a handsome amount of one lakh twentyone thousand for writing dialogues for the film Roti (1974). He is most popularly recognized for working with actor Jeetendra, Feroz Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda and in films by David Dhawan. He has worked side-

Ekta Kapoor Gets John-Bips Together!
It’s been almost a year that Bipasha Basu and John Abraham have parted ways. Well, thorough professionals that they are, the ex couple are now back together in Ekta Kapoor’s film. If sources are to be believed, “Ekta Kapoor has managed a coup for her next production Shootout at Wadala, which is currently on floors. John is her leading man, while Kangana Ranaut stars opposite him. Bipasha is the latest addition to the film, and she will have one scene in the film which leads to an item song.” Ekta Kapoor confirms the news too. “Aap ko pata chal gaya!” However, she refused to comment any further. The source adds, “Whether John and Bips will have any scenes together is still being kept a secret, but the fact that they are ready to be in the same movie is a new beginning.” The couple split in 2010.

It is not yet a full recovery for the Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, who said he plans to undergo a scan to explore "excruciating pain" he felt this week following his

Amitabh Bachchan Is Ill Again After Surgery
latest abdominal surgery in February, according to a report. The 69-year-old actor fell ill after performing as part of the starstudded line-up at the Indian Premier League cricket competition's opening ceremonies in Chennai last week. After taking to his blog to write about his latest "horrendous" scare, the chatty star took to Twitter to reassure the media hordes who had gathered outside his home. "Dearest TV media and vans outside my home please do not stress and

work so hard. It's nothing, just another visit to my doctor!!" The actor has had intestinal issues after he was injured shooting an action scene on the set of a movie in 1982.

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Salman Khan Out Of Judwaa 2!
Salman Khan has been replaced by Saif Ali Khan in Judwaa 2, which will go on floors sometime very soon. The sequel of David Dhawan’s hit comedy Judwaa, released in 1997 will be directed by Sajid Khan. If buzz is to be believed, Saif has been longing to work in a comedy flick for quite some time now. He had also approached director Sajid Khan to direct films for his production house, however, due to certain reasons, Sajid declined the offer. We do not know why Salman Khan has been taken out of the film. Presently, Saif Ali Khan is shooting with Deepika Padukone and newbie Diana Penty, for Cocktail. Judwaa 2 is expected to release by early 2013.

Shah Rukh Khan Caught Smoking In Stadium!
Shah Rukh Khan once again lands into trouble because of his deadly bad habit, smoking. Well, the actor was ticked off smoking at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, during a cricket match of his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. The director of Jaipur Cricket Academy, Mr Anand Singh Rathore, has submitted video evidence having the actor smoking in the stadium during the match, and has asked the court to take legal action against Shah Rukh Khan. Shah Rukh was broadcast live on TV smoking in the stadium. Rathore has also questioned the officials as to why was the actor allowed to carry cigarettes with him inside the stadium, when things like match-boxes, lighters, cigarettes and even water bottles are not allowed.

Priyanka Chopra has been targeted by star wives, she has been openly slammed by filmmaker Karan Johar, she has been boycotted by male actors etc. Following all those events, Priyanka Chopra was very much disturbed but she maintained her cool and taking the matters easy. But at a recent event, Priyanka lost her cool over a journalist when he asked the actress to comment over Gauri Khan and Karan Johar. Gauri Khan ignored Piggy

Priyanka Chopra Angry Over Media's Question
Chops at various events following her link-up with Shah Rukh. Gauri is said to be very disturbed as her husband SRK has been involved in an affair with Priyanka. Karan too dragged himself into the whole affair. In a recent interview published where Piggy Chops close friends said that their friend has been alienated in the industry. To this Karan said that Priyanka has been using her PR strategy to justify her stand and all her claims are lame. When media questioned her about Gauri and Karan, Priyanka cancelled all the interaction with media. Due to lack of microphone, the journalist questioned her in a loud tone to which Priyanka responded by saying, "Priyanka said, “Gentleman, by raising your voice don't think I will

answer your questions.” The actress usually maintains cool at events but this time she could not control her temper.

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Tusshar Kapoor Gives A Miss To Ekta's Event
Ekta Kapoor’s Kya Super Kool Hain Hum had its first look launch party on Monday evening. The whole cast and crew was present except lead actor Tusshar Kapoor. Though everyone waited for the actor, he didn’t make it. The party saw actors Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Sharma and Sarah Jane Dias make an appearance to launch the first look of their comic caper. But Tusshar missing from the scene caught everyone’s attention. A source informs, “Tusshar was scheduled to be at the venue. Riteish, Neha and Sarah soon made their entrance in a car but Tusshar was missing. When asked, they informed us that he is running a little late. However, the event was coming to an end but Tusshar was nowhere to be seen. Later they told us that Tusshar won’t be able to make it.” So, what happened to Tusshar? “Tusshar has a pretty busy schedule. He had a shoot till early morning that day. After which, he had to go and start shooting for Shootout At Wadala. He was shooting for an emotional scene and it got delayed,” says the source. However, Tusshar’s woes didn’t seem to end just there. “He had left for the party but his car broke down. So, another car was sent to get Tusshar to the venue but by that time it was too late. Tusshar didn't want the crowd to wait for that long, so he asked for the event to start without him,” a source close to him reveals. Tusshar admits that he really wanted to be present at the event but couldn’t help it because the situation was such. He adds, “Unfortunately, I couldn't be present for the first look of KSKHH, since I was tied up with Shootout... I really wish I could have been part of it, I heard it was good fun.”

Riteish Deshmukh's New Co-Star
Introducing Riteish Deshmukh's new co-star in Balaji Motion Pictures Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum. The pug seen in the picture will be making his big Bollywood debut with the comic riot. The pug plays Riteish's pet with a high sex drive. In the film Riteish carries his pug around everywhere he goes, strapped to a baby sack. The pug is very precious to Riteish, who plays a struggling DJ in the film, as he uses his pet to make money by getting it to mate with female pugs.The pug is a star in its own right and Riteish is proud to be his owner, as he says in the film's promos, "Fakar hai mujhe ispe." Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum is the sequel to the super hit laugh riot Kyaa Kool Hain Hum and stars Tusshar Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Sharma, SarahJane Dias and Chunky Pandey. The film will release on August 2, 2012.

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At The Movies
The Hunger Games (PG) * * * *
Place your bets early for the outcome in The Hunger Games, a dynamic if not ingenious movie from Alliance Films now setting off sparks at Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Cineplex Odeon Theatres across B.C. Big is better and hot novels sometimes transcend into runaway hits at the box office. Such will be the case for The Hunger Games a very good adaptation of the hit novel by Suzanne Collins. Expect a new franchise to develop as this movie has all the hallmarks of being the next craze at ushered in Twilight. Here though the overall look, feel and flavour of this imaginative juggernaut is something that likely can’t be stopped. Set in the future The Hunger Games takes us into a wild and weird society that’s run by a mysterious governmental type organization. At the heart of this new world order are a series of games that the citizens must partake it. To make a long story short, this society is made up of 12 distinct areas and each area must send two of it’s citizens to do battle in a winner take all fight to finish game that is presided over by the ruling elite. Intense is the build-up to the big show and it’s done in the best reality t.v. tradition – only here the stake are truly monumental. It’s do or die time for the children, yes children, who are cast in this unlikely role. All eyes are on the two entrants from District 12 whose entry into the big event is full of drama, like a high stakes poker game where the winner simply dies. Pressures abound for each contestant but none are more acute than those heaped on Katniss and her partner in crime Peeta Mellark. Underdogs to be sure, our would be boy hero is a timid chap, well played out with fear by Josh Hutcherson. You just can’t count on this guy to survive, let alone with, so the smart money goes to his stablemate, Katniss, acted out by Jennifer Lawrence, Director Gary Ross has truly pulled off a wondrous film and for 142 minutes you’ll be on the edge of your seats. Great characters abound in this movie and the costuming is outstanding. Scene stealer Stanley Tucci is at his hammiest and cattiest best as Caesar Flickerman, the MC of this sordid affair while Canada’s own national treasure Donald Sutherland sure looks rather regal as President Snow. Odds are good

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that those District 12 candidates won’t have a snowballs chance in hell of eluding all the dangers cooked up by the officials of this sordid contest, a killing game. Then again, you can’t discount anyone – especially a girl who wields a pretty lethal bow (and arrow). Once the participants are placed in the vast forested obstacle laden course they must do battle with

themselves and the elements. Thrills a minute occur and you’ll feel the emotion running through not only the warriors’ veins but you own as it’s a race against time to survive. Flambouyant fun on a grand scale, The Hunger Games is a lush film that has as it’s core a tale of humanity, sacrifice and will to live that will stay with you for weeks to follow.

Clooney To Attend White House Dinner George Clooney and his girlfriend
Stacy Keibler, will be attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner at the end of the month. The pair will be going to the Dinner as guests of Time, the magazine announced on Monday, the Politico reported. The 50-year-old went to a state dinner at the White House last month, but the WWE diva wasn't with him. First lady Michelle Obama took the seat next to him instead. Actress Rashida Jones is also heading to the dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28 as a guest of Fortune.

Woman Charged With Stalking Alec Baldwin
A Quebec actress is being held on suspicion of stalking actor Alec Baldwin, authorities in New York City said Monday. A New York police department spokesman says Genevieve Sabourin, a 40-year-old actress from the Montrealarea, was arrested last Sunday at the "30 Rock" star's Manhattan apartment after the actor called to file a complaint. The blond-haired, hazel-eyed Sabourin was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment and stalking after attempting to talk her way into the apartment building via the doorman. It isn't clear how long the alleged stalking had been going on, but police say a criminal complaint on file dates back to last Thursday. Police allege that is when Sabourin showed up at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where Baldwin was hosting an event. Sabourin had to be removed by security. Police say she also turned up at his Long Island home on March 31. Baldwin told police he met the woman a few years ago. He says she has called him repeatedly and professed her love for him. Baldwin, the 54-year-old actor who currently stars on ''30 Rock," was recently engaged to 28-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas. Sabourin, a little-known Canadian actress, has a handful of television, commercial and film credits to her name.

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India To Take US Visas Complaint To WTO
India is going to launch a complaint against the US at the World Trade Organisation over the rising cost of work visas, which it described as “highly discriminatory” and damaging to its flagship IT outsourcing industry, an official said. New Delhi has repeatedly tried to convince the US to roll back the 2010 laws increasing the fee for H1B and L-1 visas, commonly used by its IT companies to bring talent into the US, but has been unable to reach an amicable solution, according to Rahul Khullar, India’s trade secretary. Mr Khullar said that the government decided to launch a formal complaint against the US last week but had not yet communicated its decision to the WTO in Geneva. “In the next few days we will inform our ambassador [in Geneva] and then we will file the formal complaint,” he told the Financial Times. Anand Sharma, India’s trade and commerce minister, discussed visas with John Bryson, US commerce secretary, during a visit to India on March 26. “We had a very frank discussion,” Mr Sharma said after his meeting with Mr Bryson. “There have been concerns over the high rate of visa rejection. Last year the number of issued visas declined by 28 per cent.” India’s IT outsourcing industry, which expects to generate $78bn in export revenues this year, complains that the cost of a US visa for a skilled worker has doubled to $4,500, adding about $200m in visa costs to Indian companies. “We hope to find a middle ground to solve the issue in a friendly manner but it looks tough,” an Indian official said of the trade dispute. The visa issue comes a month after the US launched a case against India at the WTO, saying that New Delhi’s ban on poultry imports – imposed to prevent avian flu – violated global trade rules. The US government had faced pressure from some members of Congress from both parties and the American poultry industry to challenge India, in an effort to liberalise its rapidly growing chicken market. Ron Kirk, the US trade representative, said in a statement last month that India’s ban on poultry meat and chicken eggs, imposed in 2007, was “clearly a case of disguising trade restrictions by invoking unjustified animal health concerns”. “Opening India’s market to American farmers will promote jobs here at home, while also providing Indian consumers with access to high quality, safe US products,” he said. Although India and the US enjoy a fast-improving relationship, the issue of access to the US visas for Indian IT executives is one of the biggest sources of friction between the countries. The move by India comes amid a heated US election season in which visa policy on high-skilled workers has not been widely debated. Both Barack Obama, president, and Mitt Romney, the presidential Republican challenger for re-election, have sought to stake out tough positions on trade in an attempt to woo voters in swing states across the industrial heartland of the US. Mr Obama has proposed some tax measures designed to spur companies to invest in the US – rather than “ship jobs overseas” – and set up a trade enforcement taskforce across several US government agencies. Meanwhile, Mr Romney has vowed to take on China’s trade policy much more aggressively than Mr Obama has.

An Indian court has convicted 23 people over the massacre of nearly two dozen Muslims during religious rioting that left more than 2,000 people dead in Gujarat state in 2002. Another 23 people were acquitted for lack of evidence in the case, in which rioters in the small Gujarati village of Ode bolted the doors of a house where Muslim families had taken refuge and then set it on fire. Of the 23 who died in what became known as the "Ode massacre", 18 were women. The violence in Gujarat was triggered by the killing of nearly 60 Hindu pilgrims travelling in a train that was torched by a mob. Some 31 Muslims were found guilty last year on murder and conspiracy charges for the train attack that sparked an anti-Muslim backlash.

Indian Court Convicts 23 For Sectarian Massacre

Doctor Couple In Custody Till April 22
A doctor couple, arrested for allegedly leaving their 13-year-old maid lockedup and starving in their flat while vacationing in Bangkok, was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a Delhi court on Monday. Dr Sanjay Verma and his wife Sumita Verma both were sent to judicial custody along with an alleged middleman, for his role in bringing the girl from her village in Jharkhand and her employment as maid through placement agency. The trio was sent to judicial custody after the Delhi police said it does not need them for further interrogation. Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhir Kumar Sirohi said, "The accused, Sanjay Verma, Sumita Verma and Mahadev are sent to judicial custody till April 22." The accused were produced before the court after expiry of their police custody. The police last week had sought the custody of Dr Sanjay Verma and Mahadev on the ground that they wanted to probe the angle of "human trafficking", as a result of which the victim- girl ended up in the capital. The court earlier had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of the couple, saying they had acted in an "inhuman" manner. The court had also rejected the couple's attempt to settle the case by offering Rs 75,000 to the minor girl and her family, saying the offence was noncompoundable. The police, which produced the couple and the alleged middleman after completion of their three-day remand with it, had told the court that it is still looking for the fourth accused to be arrested in the case "to complete the chain" through which the girl was brought to Delhi from Jharkhand.

Hindu mobs hungry for revenge rampaged through Muslim neighbourhoods in several cities across Gujarat during three days of bloodshed that witnessed some of India's worst religious violence since independence from Britain in 1947. More than 2,000 people, most of them Muslims, were hacked, beaten or burned to death. Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi - a prominent member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party - was blamed for failing to stop the riots, with some critics arguing that he actively encouraged the violence. The Ode massacre was one of several cases probed by a Supreme Courtappointed special investigation team. The charges included murder, conspiracy, rioting, unlawful assembly, attempted murder and destruction of evidence.

A speeding Mercedes Benz car ran over two policemen in Northwest Delhi early Tuesday. A 30-year-old constable was killed while his young colleague was injured in the incident. The duo was on patrolling duty when the incident happened, police said. The deceased cop has been identified as Deepak. The incident took place at around 1.30

Mercedes Runs Over Cops In Delhi; One Dead

am in Paschim Vihar B-1 Block. Reports said the accused driver had fled the scene after the incident but was later arrested. He was identified as Gurdeep Singh, a hotelier. Gurdeep owns a chain of restaurants in South Delhi and Gurgaon. A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and rash and negligent driving has been registered against him.

Bharti Airtel on Tuesday announced the launch of the country’s first ever fourth generation mobile services in Kolkata and claimed that it will result in India becoming one of the first countries in the world to commercially deploy the cutting-edge technology. Airtel's 4G (TD-LTE) network was launched by telecoms minister Kapil Sibal. Currently, Airtel’s 4G pricing in Kolkata starts at Rs 999 with a usage of 6GB. Wi-fi devices (indoor CPE) are priced at Rs 7,750 while 4G multi mode dongles are priced at Rs 7,999. Compared to the existing 3G services that allow downloads speeds of up to 21 mbps (mega bytes per second), 4G allows download speeds of “up to 100

Bharti Airtel Launches Country’s First 4G Service

mbps’’ (almost 5 times higher than 3G). The telecom major has appointed Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for building and operating network in the Maharashtra circle using TD-LTE -one of the 4G technologies. With the launch in Kolkata, Airtel has become the first company to start 4G wireless services in the country. The company had won BWA spectrum in 2010 for four telecom circles -- Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka and had paid Rs 3,314.36 crore. The company was allocated 20 Mhz of BWA spectrum in 2.3 Ghz frequency band which is considered suitable for transmitting signals for operating 4G services.

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Visiting Goa India
The word ‘Goa’ ignites a sense of fun and frolic in our mind. Located on the west coast of India, Goa India has climbed to the status of one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Smallest state in India in terms of area and fourth smallest in India in terms of population, Goa is a dream destination for tourists. Hence, people, especially tourists are very curious about Goa. There are several reasons for Goa to get such a status. Presence of some exotic beaches along with a number of natural tourists spots have made it a sought after tourist destination. Moreover, the fun and frolic one get to enjoy in Goa is simply superb. Goa also has a number of beautiful churches and other places of worship. Goa tourism has come a long way since it first attracted the tourism sector’s attention. Blessed with unending natural beauty along with a number of manmade marvels, Goa has got everything to offer a great tourist experience. Since its inception as a renowned tourist destination, Goa tourism has been serving a huge number of domestic as well as international tourists. Tours to Goa is often embedded with visit to some of the best beaches along with visit to churches and other religious places. Goa also has a number of beautiful waterfalls which also draw a large number of tourists. Another key aspect of Goa tours is the party life of Goa. Presence of a number of casinos, pubs and night clubs imparts a colorful nightlife to Goa. The happening nightlife of Goa is often the main attraction for tourists going for a trip to Goa. There are many Goa tour packages available in the market. You can select the one which suits your needs in the best possible way.

About Goa

for tourists who are visiting Goa for the first time. Some of the most prominent in the list are as follows:

Calangute Goa also has enough room for a splendid dining experience. Dona Paula’s scenic has earned it a status of being the location to a number of Bollywood movies. However, the attraction of the beach is not confined to the beauty alone as the beach also has attractions like water sports, National Oceanography Institute and the Cabo Raj Niwas. Presence of these places nearby to the beach makes it a popular beach in Goa. Tourists who just wish to spend an isolated holiday experience in Goa will find this beach most suitable. Far away from the hustle and bustle of other beaches, this Goa beach offers a serene beauty. However, keeping in mind the increasing popularity of the Colva Beach, the time will come very soon when it will also be crowded like popular Goa beaches.

Anjuna Beach

Dona Paula Beach

Candolim beach is another isolated beach that offers you a quiet relaxing experience, very different from the crowded beaches of Goa. The particular beach in Goa offers yoga and meditation session which provides the much needed relief from the hustle and bustle of daily life. You can also enjoy the thrill of fishing in this beach. Panjim Beach is also a popular beach in Goa and that perfectly suits the need of the leisure travelers. Offering a beauty that can mesmerize tourists who have been to the best of tourist places in the world. The Panjim Goa is a great tourist attraction as it is also equipped with a number of eateries, where you can enjoy a number of delicious sea foods. Hence, before making your trip to Goa, make sure that Goa Panjim beach features in the list of tourist spots, you will be visiting. Located in north of Goa, the Vagator beach is located 24 kilometers away from Panaji. Having soft white sands and lined up by coconut palms, the beach offers breathtaking natural beauty. The serene beauty of the beach has made it one of the most popular beaches in Goa.

Panjim Beach

Colva Beach

Goa Tourism

Anjuna Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa and is known for its exotic beauty along with being a hub of full-moon beach parties. Lots of people visit the beach to pay a visit to the famous Albuquerque Mansion built in 1920. Other attractions include the Chapora Fort and the Mascarenhas Fort. The particular Goa beach is situated a few kilometers away from the city of Mapusa. It offers a number of places of tourists’ interest. It is a great place for tourists, specially the nature lovers. The beach offers a vast coastal stretch with some exotic beauty. Other attracts of the Arambol beach are hot water springs, nearby fresh water pool and plenty of shops serving great sea food.

Arambol Beach

Candolim Goa

Vagator Beach

Baga Beach

Goa Beaches

A 30 kilometer stretch of coastline with an unmatched scenic beauty, the Baga beach is a great experience for tourists. Moreover, the water sports facilities along with lots of eateries and entertainment options make it an even more favorite beach among the tourists. Benaulium beach in Goa is one of those beaches which offer undisturbed beauty of nature. A fishing village and a rice farming village till a few years back, the beach currently offers tranquil beauty. Located in close proximity to the Maragao, tourists get the advantage of having a shopping are nearby. Calangute beach of Goa is also known as ‘Queen of Beaches’. The particular beach in Goa offers a distinct character golden sands, colorful crowds, canopy of palm trees make it a vibrant beach full of life. From fried prawns and beer to trinkets made of sea shells, the

Benalium Beach

Goa is most famous for its exotic beaches. Goa beaches enjoy world fame as the tranquil beauty with clear waters is a treat to watch. The best part of a Goa beach is that it not only offers you a relaxing atmosphere but also a lot of fun experience with its water sports facilities. There are many beaches in Goa. Therefore, if you are visiting Goa beaches, it is always better to carry Goa map beaches to provide you a complete picture of the beaches of Goa. The map of Goa beaches is very much helpful

Calangute beach

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The 2012 Toyota Corolla ranks 39 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 41 published reviews and test drives of the Toyota Corolla, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. Most car reviewers will advise you not to purchase the 2012 Toyota Corolla because nearly every part of it needs a significant update. Outside, reviewers say the 2012 Corolla is drab, frumpy and lacks pizzazz, especially when it’s stacked against models like the Hyundai Elantra, which has a swoopy, modern design. But reviewers aren’t as peeved with the exterior as they are with the interior. Inside, the Corolla’s seats are relatively comfortable, but like most small cars, taller adults won’t have much legroom. Tall drivers may find the seating position awkward because it’s difficult to adjust the steering wheel just right even though it tilts and telescopes. The Toyota Corolla doesn’t have many

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standard features, but regardless of whether or not you add tech options like Bluetooth and a USB port, reviewers think all Corolla models look identical inside: cheap and boring. On the plus

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side, they do find that the simple, boring interior makes the controls easy to use. Some reviewer criticisms extend to the powertrain, which is flagged for its outdated four-speed automatic

transmission, underwhelming performance and low fuel economy ratings. While the 2012 Toyota Corolla’s report card looks pretty grim, several reviewers play devil’s advocate and say the Corolla really isn’t that bad. Although the cabin is cheap and performance is sloppy, the 2012 Corolla is still a decent commuter car. Most competitors are better, though, because they are priced similarly and have more high-tech features than the Corolla. Details: Toyota Corolla The 2012 Toyota Corolla, which is available in L, LE and S trims, sees a few updates for 2012. The L trim gains power windows and door locks and remote keyless entry, while the LE and S trims receive a new standard audio system that has Bluetooth and a USB port for iPods. The LE and S trims also have steering-wheel mounted audio controls.

Suggestions for safer driving in wet weather. In stormy conditions, it is more difficult to see other vehicles, road signs and the road itself. It is critical to make sure you can see and be seen. • First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather. • Stay toward the middle lanes water tends to pool in the outside lanes. • Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather. • Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you. • Don't follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely. • Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you. • Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. • Turn your headlights on even in a light rain, or in gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you. If your car has daytime running lights you still should put them on, so vehicles behind you can see you better. • Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wipers. • Avoid off-road driving: it's hard to

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judge the actual depth of puddles and you can easily become stuck, even in an SUV. Never drive beyond the limits of visibility. At night rainy roads become especially treacherous. The glare of oncoming lights, amplified by the rain on your windscreen, can cause temporary loss of visibility while substantially increasing driver fatigue. In rainy conditions pedestrians, livestock, and wildlife are extremely hard to spot and even harder to avoid. Never drive through moving water if you can't see the ground through it; your car could be swept off the road. When driving through a puddle of uncertain depth, go slow. If it's deeper than the bottom of your doors, turn around and find another route. Deep water can cause serious damage to a modern car's electrical system. Avoid splashing pedestrians. If possible, stay off the road during heavy thunderstorms. Large flashes of lightning can temporarily blind and disorient drivers, and

the accompanying high winds and heavy rain can create deadly driving conditions. • Slow down! This should be obvious but it also very important. People are so used to driving certain speeds on certain roads that sometimes they forget the need to slow down when inclement weather presents itself. Before you go - Wet-weather driving demands gentle use of all the main controls - steering, clutch, brake and accelerator - and a larger allowance for errors and emergencies. When you begin a journey in rain, your shoes will be wet and liable to slip off the pedals. Scuff the soles on the rubber matting or carpeting of the car before you start the engine. All motorists should regularly check that their headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are working properly. How are your tires? - Check your tires on a regular basis. Bald tires significantly reduce your traction on wet roadways, and offer little resistance to hydroplaning. When your tires run over water, the water is displaced and it needs somewhere to go quickly. The

best place is between the treads of your tires. If your tires are bald, the water has no place to go and you end up riding on a layer of water, like a boat. Turn on your wipers - Replace your wipers regularly, at least once a year. Wiper blades in bad condition don't clear water from the windshield very well and distort your view. Older vehicles may need to have the whole wiper arm replaced. The arms bend over time and sometimes can't keep enough downward pressure to clear the windscreen, even with new blades installed. Wipers will often clear light rain from the windscreen with a few sweeps, then run on an almostdry screen and leave smears of drying dirt. Don't be afraid to use the windscreen washers liberally: the fluid is cheap (99 cents a gallon) and the safety benefit is high. Carry extra during the winter. Don't follow large trucks or busses closely. Splash and spray from these vehicles can obscure your vision, creating a potentially disastrous driving situation. Keep your distance, and your windshield wipers on, when other traffic is in front of you. Turn on your lights - Whenever visibility is poor or it rains, headlights are a good way to let other drivers know where you are. It's both helpful to other travelers and makes you safer. Remember, you are not the only one affected by poor visibility. You may be able to see cars without their headlights on but others may not have vision or windshield wipers as good as yours. Many states require headlights to be turned on when it is raining or when visibility is reduced to less than 500 feet. Continued Next Week

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Kenny Florian Really Pissed Off About Canadian Carvalho Vs Roop And Dudes Who Use Peds In MMA Akiyama Vs Alves Added - UFC 149
UFC Canada announced that two bouts have been added to the UFC 149 Calgary card that takes place on July 21st from the Pengrowth Saddledome. "Two more fights confirmed for Calgary #UFC149 – CDN Antonio Carvalho faces American George Roop and Thiago Alves against Yoshihiro Akiyama" Canadian featherweight Antonio Carvalho has landed a spot on the card against American George Roop in a very big step-up fight for the Oshawa, Ontario native. Carvalho is 13-5 in his career and coming off a razor-thin loss to Felipe Arantes in his UFC debut at UFC 142 in January. He will look to use this opportunity to establish himself in the UFC. The 12-9 Roop was in line for a shot at the title as recently as last year, but has fallen off a bit with two consecutive losses to Cub Swanson and Hatsu Hioki, two of the very best in his weight class. The other fight announced is a very intriguing matchup between two veteran UFC warriors with their backs against the chopping block wall. Brazilian welterweight Thiago Alves will battle Japanese star Yoshihiro Akiyama. The once top-five welterweight Alves has lost four of his last six fights, including his last fight against Martin Kampmann, where he dominated for the entire fight before being submitted in the last minute. The naturally large fighter continues his commitment to cutting weight to compete in the welterweight division. On the other hand, Akiyama will be fighting for only the second time in his career as a welterweight. The long-time 185-pound fighter lost his welterweight debut to Jake Shields in Japan in February. The Japanese star Judoka has lost four of five fights in the UFC and needs a win very badly to avoid being cut by the UFC. The announcement of these fights brings the total to six announced fights on the card and the addition of Carvalho means that four Canadians are already booked for the Calgary show.

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These are trying times for MMA fans, what with huge main events being potentially canceled due to the usage of performance-enhancing drugs. Thank goodness for men like Kenny Florian, then. Florian may not go into the UFC Hall of Fame, but few others can match his output at such high levels of competition. Did he ever win a UFC championship? No, but it doesn't really matter. The fact remains that Florian has served as a championship contender while also being a flagbearer for the actual sport. In a time when a decent interview or a hulking physique can get you a title shot, Florian did things the right way. He never cheated and never became something he wasn't. And now, he's

taking things one step further by calling out those who do cheat their way to the top on this week's episode of UFC Tonight: As a clean fighter, the whole issue of performance-enhancing drugs in MMA really pisses me off. This sport is about honor, technique and discipline. As a fighter, if you use PEDs, how does it feel good knowing that you won using them? Don’t do it, dummies! I don't know if Florian will ever fight again. I'd say the odds are pretty good that you'll see him back in the lightweight division at some point this year, but it's not a certainty. What I can tell you, though, is that Kenny Florian should be respected for taking a hard stance against a very sensitive subject.

Oilers Land 1St Choice In NHL Draft For 3Rd Straight Year
The rich simply get richer. Already armed with a pool of young players that any NHL team would love to have, Steve Tambellini arrived at Tuesday night's draft lottery not even thinking about winning it. And then the Edmonton Oilers beat the odds and earned the No. 1 pick for a third straight year. "I guess if you're in the lottery and you come here you might as well win it," said Tambellini, the Oilers general manager, whose team had just an 18.8 per cent chance to do it. "I feel really excited about the fact that now another young talent hopefully at the level of what the past few picks have been [is coming]. "To add another player like that is pretty exciting for our organization." If the Oilers end up making the selection at the June draft in Pittsburgh, they'll be just the second franchise to make three consecutive No. 1 picks. The Quebec Nordiques did it from 198991 and went on to win the Stanley Cup five years later after moving to Denver. The days when that is expected again in Edmonton might not be that far off, especially with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins already playing key roles for the Oilers, and another top-ranked prospect in Nail Yakupov seemingly on the way. This has been part of the rebuilding strategy Tambellini laid out for fans in the "City of Champions," which has endured three tough seasons with finishes of 30th, 30th and 29th. "We articulated a plan two years ago that we felt we had to develop and draft our own," said Tambellini. "We knew that in our market that we weren't going to attract the A-plus free agents just to come without us being a good hockey club. We know that this is our only way to really, as a core, to get better. "We have to do an incredible job drafting, to be the best in the league as far as developing from our American league to our big club and then we can worry about adding those pieces on that are profile pieces." The Oilers victory in the draft lottery came at the expense of the Columbus Blue Jackets, which entered with higher than a 48 per cent chance of landing the No. 1 pick. It's just one more thing that didn't go to plan during a dreadful season. "We're disappointed, but this draft is challenging," said Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson. "I know we're going to get a really good player at No. 2 ... It's really a good chance for us to move our franchise forward in a positive direction." The Montreal Canadiens will pick third followed by the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Henrik Sedin was named the Vancouver Canucks' most valuable player when the team handed out its annual awards before Saturday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena. Sedin leads the Canucks with 80 points in 81 games. Alex Edler was selected as the team's most outstanding defenceman. Edler has set career highs in goals (11), assists (38) and points (49) this season. Winger Chris Higgins was named the Canucks' unsung hero. Higgins entered Saturday's final regular-season game with 18 goals and 43 points in 70 games. Other winners included David Booth, who named the team's most exciting player, and goalie Roberto Luongo, who won the 'Three Star Award' as the player with the most 3-star selections this season.

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