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Mauritius Sugar Industry Helps Fiji
FIJI'S sugar industry is hoping to learn from the success enjoyed by the sugar industry in Mauritius. A team from Fiji was in Mauritius last week to experience first- hand on the positives by Mauritius in the area of research. The team included director Sugar Viliame Gucake, Fiji Sugar Tribunal registrar Timothy Brown, Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council acting chief executive Sundresh Chetty and Sugar Research Institute director Jai Gawander. Mr Gucake said the trip to Mauritius allowed them to assess areas that Fiji could improve on. "The trip was very educational. It is part of our research for the industry,' he said. 'So much has been said about the sugar industry in Mauritius, so going there and seeing things for ourselves are something that we had been wanting all this time," he said. Mr Gucake said Mauritius' reaction to global pressure was something that Fiji must learn from. "Their industry is similar to Fiji in a lot of ways," he said. But what set this rocky island apart is that it has a de-rocking program in place, good cane roads, and proper irrigation for the cane fields. "We will go back and submit our reports on this trip and we will see on what are some of the things we will take on board." The team met with Mauritius Minister for Agro Industry and Food Security Satish Faugoo and sugar industry syndicates in Mauritius. They also visited the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute and one of the sugar mills. It has four sugar mills and two refineries that produce five special types of sugar. Sugar cane fields have been a staple feature of the Mauritian landscape for over two centuries. Sugar is still considered by many to be the backbone of the Mauritian economy.

Preservation Of Hindi Language Important
The preservation of the Hindi language by future generations is important for its survival in Fiji. This is why universities have to get involved in its protection, says second secretary of the Indian High Commission in Fiji, Prof Ramvir Prasad. Prof Ramvir was at the University of Fiji in Lautoka holding a two-day seminar on various aspects of the Hindi language. He said the scenario was that university students were not picking the Hindi language as a subject choice. Prof Ramvir said they were now partnering with UniFiji to promote the preservation of the language. "It is very important that deliberations for language protection now roll onto language techniques, linguistics and preservation which is why the university should come together to develop these teachings," he said. Prof Ramvir said the use of the internet was also important to promote the preservation of the language. "One of the sessions we are teaching is language computing in Hindi because one of the prerequisites of the modern era is the use of the internet." The university's School of Humanities and Arts' Department of Education has organised the two-day seminar and each participant will receive a certificate at the end of the seminar.

One Dead In Car Crash
A 26-year-old newspaper delivery van driver is the latest road fatality on our roads. The victim was driving a delivery van carrying Fiji Times newspapers early yesterday morning heading for Navua when the accident happened. Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, said the van was heading up a hill near Naboro when it hit the back of a truck heading in the same direction. A 19-year-old passenger escaped serious injuries. According to police initial investigations, it is believed that the driver had fallen asleep while driving. The police is now pleading with drivers, especially those working late into the night and early in the morning, to be cautious at all times. “Because of the odd driving hours, drivers are expected to be tired. “We can only advise them to pull over and rest if they feel tired and know that their judgment will be affected,” Ms Naisoro said. The road death toll now stands at 13 compared to 12 for the same period last year.

Praveen Ram, 30, who was convicted of the murder of his father Paras Ram and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008, walked out of the Supreme Court in Suva, a free man. The Supreme Court delivered the judgment allowing the appeal, quashing the conviction and sentence imposed by the High Court of Fiji and acquitting him. Suva lawyer Ritesh Naidu represented him in the appeal, and had sought special leave to appeal from a judgment of the Court of Appeal on March 31, 2011, which affirmed the conviction and sentence imposed by the High Court The court heard that Ram (senior) died on July 25, 2000 after being allegedly struck on the head with an iron rod by his son (Praveen) on July 22, 2000. Praveen Ram, who was 18 years old at the time of his father’s death and 26 when convicted, had consistently denied hitting his father and alleged that the deceased came by his injuries which ultimately caused his death when he fell on a concrete bridge on the driveway of his house. The presiding judges were president of the Supreme Court Chief Justice Anthony Gates, Justice Saleem Marsoof and Justice Suresh Chandra. Chief Justice Gates in delivering the judgment said the foundation for the conviction was found to be insecure and insufficient. “The question is whether in the instant case, the Court of Appeal performed its duty to make an independent assessment of the evidence as required by law,” said Justice Marsoof. “It is manifest that the Court of Appeal did not do so, as it was content that ‘the learned judge had adequately directed the assessors on the inconsistent statements of Timoci and Mesake’. “The Court of Appeal did not proceed to examine the inconsistencies and make an independent assessment of the evidence.” Mesake Ravui and Timoci Delai were prosecution witnesses who told the High Court during the trial they saw Ram hit his father on the head with an iron rod. None of the other prosecution witnesses

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claimed they saw the deceased being hit by Ram (Junior). Justice Marsoof said he was not satisfied that there was in this case sufficient legal evidence to satisfy reasonable men to the exclusion of any reasonable doubt of the petitioner’s (Praveen Ram) guilt. “On the contrary it is my considered opinion that upon the whole evidence in this case it was not open for a judge sitting with assessors to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt.” Chief Justice Gates said the conviction was unsafe and the testimony of the two main witnesses who did come forward was significantly inconsistent. “The initial investigation had lapsed and then later was brought to life again and the witnesses therefore to recollect events going back over a long period. “The paucity of the evidence may have had its origin in the reluctance amongst friends of the family and neighbours to rake over old coals. “That the deceased death was caused by the certain head injuries sustained due to a fall causing blood clotting on the right side of the brain which were aggravated by the condition of cirrhosis of the liver from which the deceased was already suffering. “The doubts could not be resolved however no criticism should be made of the judges handling of the trial.” Justice Marsoof speaking for the panel of judges delivered the judgement in favour of Praveen Ram. “Accordingly hold that the Court of Appeal erred in law by failing to make an independent assessment of the evidence before affirming the verdict of the High Court. “The evidence was unsafe, unsatisfactory and unsupported by evidence giving rise to a grave miscarriage of justice and in conclusion for the aforesaid reasons would allow the appeal and quash the conviction and sentence imposed by the High Court and affirmed on appeal by the Court of Appeal. “I do not think the interests of justice will be furthered by ordering a fresh trial accordingly I direct that a verdict of acquittal be entered.”

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Justice Goundar declared the accused to be a habitual offender pursuant to Section 11 of the Sentencing and Penalties Decree. “I also took into account the previous conviction was for sodomy and the conduct of this nature is equally serious and must be denounced and deterred. “You are not a stranger to the criminal justice system. He said on April 23, 2002, Pathik J sentenced you to a total sentence of 6 years imprisonment after you pleaded guilty to three counts of unnatural offences Those offences were also committed in Taveuni. The victims were boys aged 7, 8 and 9 respectively. They were sodomized by you. In sentencing you, Pathik J stated: “A person indulging in this animal-like behaviour has to be put away from society for a long time as a deterrent to others minded to act in the manner the accused did.” “In the present case, the victim is of a much tender age. The sexual assaults were followed by threats to discourage the victim from complaining. These factors aggravated the offences. “The nature and the circumstances of the offences you have committed lead me to conclude that you are a pedophile. “You prey on children of a very tender age. Your method of committing the sexual assaults is similar. Past prison sentence has not deterred you. You reoffended after serving 6 years in prison. “You are a threat to the community because the likelihood of you reoffending is real.”

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A 35-year-old man charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl was jailed for 12 years at the Labasa High Court. Presiding judge Justice Daniel Goundar convicted and sentenced the accused who will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years and has ordered that the accused undergo counseling for rehabilitation while serving time. “There is a need to incarcerate you for a long period of time to protect our children from sexual abuse. The primary purpose of sentence that applies to you is the protection of the community. “Sexual offences against children are almost becoming an epidemic in our country. It shows a decay of the moral fabric of our society. Repeat offenders of sexual crime against children should expect to be isolated from the society for a long period of time until they pose no threat to the community.” The court heard that the offences were committed between February 10, 2010 and July 13, 2011 in Taveuni and involved the same victim. On both occasions the victim was sexually assaulted in a vacant house. The second incident was witnessed by his brother who then reported the incident to the victim’s grandfather. In July the accused was arrested and confessed to the sexual assault and placed in remand. Indelivering the sentence Justice Goundar took into account that the accused was a Primary School drop out and said that guilty plea is not a reflection of remorse.

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The Constitution Commission wants to hear the views of every Fijian regarding the new constitution. Constitution Commission Chairperson and world renowned Constitution expert Professor Yash Ghai shared this after he updated media personnel on preliminary works to be undertaken by the commission. Professor Ghai, whilst making his first official public statement said that the commission members would be travelling throughout Fiji to enable all Fijians to air their views on the new constitution and reach them on a mechanism that will soon be established. This includes establishing a database that would contain all submissions received by the commission. "We also hope to receive written submissions from organised groups, lawyers, other professions, political parties and civil societies and we'll be more than happy to meet with them on the basis of their submission," Professor Ghai said. He added that the Constitution Commission had intentions to set up a unit that would be responsible for the analysis of views on Fiji's new constitution. "This unit will provide guidance to us

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Farmer Gets 8 Years For Rape Of Girl, 12
A 45-year-old farmer of Taveuni who had raped a 12-year-old girl in February this year was sentenced to 8 years in prison by the Labasa High Court. Justice Daniel Goundar convicted and sentenced the accused who will be eligible to parole after serving six years. The court heard that the accused approached the victim when she was returning home from her grandfather’s house, the accused then lured her into an empty boat where the offence took place and the act took place despite complaints from the victim that the experience was painful. The victim relayed the offence to her parents and the accused was interviewed and confessed to the police after during which the accused was placed in remand since March. Justice Goundar took into account the mitigating factors, that the accused was remorseful for his actions, had dropped out of school at primary level and in defence informed the court that he was drunk with kava at the time of the incident. In delivering the sentence Justice Goundar said that an aggravating factor is the fact that the victim was of a very tender age. “You were an adult. The age gap between you and the victim and the fact that you were a fellow villager must have intimidated the victim to surrender to your sexual advances,” said Justice Goundar. “The purposes of sentence that apply in your case are to denounce your offence and to deter you and others from committing offences of this nature. “Your punishment must reflect the society’s disapproval of your conduct.”

as we draft the constitution and we also have certain principles that underline the whole process, the principles outlined by the Prime Minister is also fairly universal so the Commission will be guided by that as well," Professor Ghai said. Highlighting the importance of the process of forming a new constitution, Professor Ghai said that in keeping with the notion that the sovereignty of a country lies with the people, the Commission will take seriously all the submissions that will be made to them. The Commission is expected to advertise soon the positions for the core staff with appointments likely to be made in early June.

ANZ Opens 'Water-Proof Bank' In Nadi
The ANZ Bank opened its new "waterproof" bank five weeks after it was destroyed in the March floods. In a statement, ANZ head of retail banking Fiji Graham Meecham said it was important to ensure the ANZ Nadi branch was reopened so customers were not inconvenienced especially as Nadi is the focal point for offshore and onshore resorts. Senior asset manager Pacific Sharon McDonald said the flooding enabled them to think about their fit-out to ensure their business recover quickly when natural disasters occur and as a result the design can be used in floodprone areas around the world. The newly refurbished branch is the first for ANZ globally to have a water-proof design with refurbishment costing about $1million.

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Pritinesh Singh is proud of her Fijian heritage although she lives in Melbourne, Australia. Ms Singh, a medical doctor by profession, is among the 18 finalists for the Mrs India Quest 2012 in Australia. The winner will participate in the Ms India Earth contest in Orlando, Florida, in the United States of America later this year. “It was really hard for me to enter into this contest because I had to ask permission from my parents but I am grateful that they approved it,” Ms Singh said. “I believe that through this platform, it would give me the opportunity to raise issues affecting women nowadays and a way to empower young girls that they can become something good in the society. “I am the only Fijian participating in the contest and I am proud of it.” The 2007 Lady Hibiscus said her Russian were Affairs designing, hobbies Foreignfashion Minister, Sergey Lavrov meeting people and doing charity work. The Mrs India Quest 2011 was established to celebrate the outstanding success a woman has achieved as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and community leader with the aim to locate a model that exemplifies womanhood, empower women and encourage personal growth and development. It has been organised in Australia by Anamika Srivastava, a former Ms Australia finalist in 2011.
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If you are a good, caring and wealthy Fiji man, Bollywood actress and stylist Bobby Darling is looking for you. Darling said in an exclusive interview that she would like to settle in Fiji if she can find such a partner. “Yeah, I am serious about it. If there is a guy for me in Fiji then I would love to settle and live life more happily and peacefully,” she said. “I have plans to settle in Fiji if I find a good and caring partner here. I have some demands though and top of the list would be money. My partner has to be wealthy enough to be able to look after me as you can see I use makeup a lot and am up -to-date when it comes to fashion,” she said.

“I have been working hard in life and now feel that I should look for a partner and settle down. There would be no better place than Fiji as this place is so exotic and romantic.” The talented artist said she was captivated by Fiji’s beautiful scenes and its beautiful people. "The environment is so lovely and quiet. There are amazing and wonderful people here who smile at you even if they see you for the first time.” “Everything is so lovely in here and I just love Fiji.” Bobby and the cast and crew of Supermodel will fly out this week after successfully completing their 22-day shoot.

West Taxpayers Get Extension To Pay VAT
Western division taxpayers can now lodge and pay all their March, April and May VAT dues by the last day of July this year. This was announced earlier by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority to provide some relief for those affected by the March floods and this was confirmed by Cabinet. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said in a statement the deferment of VAT lodgments and payments is to provide some form of relief to taxpayers that were badly affected by recent floods. The late lodgment and waiving of penalties is for any registered person in the Western Division from Sigatoka to Ba, including those areas that were declared as natural disaster areas.

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Rotary Awards Ratu Epeli
The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has received the Rotary Service of Fiji’s highest award for public service. This was part of their campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Rotary Services of Fiji. Honorary membership is the highest distinction a Rotary club can confer and is exercised only in exceptional cases to recognise an individual for unusual service and contributions to Rotary and society. They are considered friends of Rotary for their permanent support of Rotary’s cause and have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in support of Rotary ideals. Rotary recognises Ratu Epeli’s role as a UNAIDS advocate in spreading HIV prevention messages locally and globally. Ratu Epeli, upon receiving his certificate at the Tiri Restaurant in Nasese, said he was grateful to the Rotary in reaching out to the society and community. Rotary member Mark Hallaby said they recognised the role the President recently played in ensuring safety in the lives of the people. The Rotary also recognised his role as an ambassador for Earth Hour in helping to protect the environment. The recent floods in the Western Division have compelled more than 20 organisations to adopt eco-plans that are aligned to some of the Rotary International objectives to better provide comfort to human life.

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It is important for people to get their weight, height, blood pressure checked to ensure that they are safe from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) says national NCD project officer Ravinesh Chetty. He made these comments at the Ministry of Health booth set up during the 2012 Fiji Showcase at the Vodafone Arena in Suva. “We have chosen this event as our platform to raise awareness on NCDs because this is where people would flock to in large numbers and it is a good way of getting hold of them. So far more than 200 people had visited our booth and we are really excited about the public’s turnout. Our booth was also set up during the Coca-Cola Games and there are plans to set up another one during the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival,” he said. Mr Chetty said the results would be analyzed and entered into the data system next week. People are urged to drop by at the Ministry of Health booth during the showcase for free health service. People should adopt healthy lifestyles so they don’t get infected with NCDs.

Tourism Projects Boost Investments
THE Reserve Bank of Fiji's economic review said business fixed investment remained subdued across the industries last month. Of exception were the tourism and resource sectors, which would be boosted by a number of tourism projects such as the Denarau Casino Resort, Peppers Naisoso Apartments, and refurbishment of the Grand Pacific Hotel and the commencement of bauxite mining activity in Nawailevu. "Accordingly, new investment lending grew significantly in the year to March, pointing to some envisaged pick-up in fixed capital formation. "Additionally, other ongoing construction projects, together with the implementation of government's capital projects should firm the investment outlook for this year, and create job opportunities in the economy," the review said.

Increase In Kava Demand
We may be drinking more kava than we plant. And if we use the 2009 National Agriculture Census figures, this means we have to plant more than 6066 tonnes and we would probably spend more than $54million — the amount locals spend annually on kava. At the Fiji National Kava Consultation Workshop, Agriculture ministry chief economist Ilimeleki Kaiyanuyanu said "despite the increasing demand of kava in local markets, traders and middlemen fear the ability of farmers to meet quantity demand, while currently experiencing short supply". Initially kava was a secondary crop that was to be grown with dalo and yams. In 1998 it overrode the commercial status of dalo in terms of revenue generated through its export earnings. The boom in 1998 saw export earnings reaching over $34million from $5.9m in 1997. "To date, kava is no longer a significant commodity due to claims of toxicity," Mr Kaiyanuyanu said. "Rational attempts to reopen the market require significantly justified evidence that kava is not toxic to human. "For this reason, Codex Fiji has come up with national kava standards." The meeting was to discuss kava industry issues as well as interests in the Kava Decree. The draft decree suggests the establishment of a kava council, which would administer the interests of its members and kava farmers.

The trial of Max Sica, the accused killer of the three Singh children, will hear from a Canadian crime scene expert on Monday. Justice John Byrne adjourned the case till Monday when the trial is expected to hear from Canadian crime scene specialist Robert Kennedy. Sica, 42, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Neelma Singh, 24, Kunal Singh, 18, and Sidhi Singh, 12, at the Singhs’ home in Brisbane's north, on April 21, 2003. The three are children of former Fiji residents Vijay and Shirley Singh.

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The trial, which is in its seventh week, has already seen video footage of Kennedy conducting a series of tests on Sica in 2004. Sica, wearing socks soaked in bleach, walked up and down a set of replica stairs build by police at a police station. The impressions were to be compared to foot impressions found by police at the crime scene. Another expert podiatrist, Dr Sara Jones, had found the impression consistent with Sica's foot but she could not definitely say it was his footprint.

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Students of Vitogo District School in Lautoka will have a reason to smile when they return to school next week. This is because they now have fully renovated classrooms made possible with funding by the Australian government through AusAID. The school was able to complete renovations and repairs works, costing around $154,000. The school needed a lot of assistance as it was one of the worst-affected schools during the two floods this year. Visiting the school on Tuesday, the Australian High Commission’s acting head of mission, Glen Miles, said they had wanted to assist the school and students because children were the future of the country. “School and education is important,

Aussies Renovate Lautoka School

particularly, when they have been affected by a natural disaster,” Mr Miles said. “It is also vital to look at the communities at large and to try and assist them in rebuilding their lives. “For us at the Australian High Commission, it is always incredibly rewarding to see such progress in such assistance offered through AusAID.” Ministry of Education divisional senior education officer western Lorima Voravora said the Ministry was grateful towards the Australian government for their tremendous support. Mr Voravora said the students can now return to school with a newlyrenovated school awaiting them after the school break.

Seaqaqa Town in Macuata has been chosen as the main centre for the Girmit Day celebrations on Saturday. Labasa/Savusavu special administrator, Vijay Chand, said the event will be held at the Seaqaqa Sanatan Centre. A special committee led by Lakhan Kumar is planning the programme with representatives from the Labasa Town council. Mr Chand said traditional folk songs, dances and ancient concerts had been organised to showcase the diverse co-

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existence of Indian Diaspora in Fiji. The committee is expecting a large number of people to attend the one-day programme. “The Chief Guest at this occasion will be the High Commissioner of India, Dr Vinod Kumar and the Commissioner Northern, Lieutenant-Colonel Ilai Moceica, is also expected to attend the function as a guest of honour”. On Sunday, Dr Vinod Kumar will carry out a foundation-laying ceremony for an ancient temple in Waiqele near Labasa.

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Newnet Shortcodes For Education Ministry
The Ministry of Education, in partnership with Newnet and Vodafone, launched short codes for the ministry aimed at providing an easier and a new means of communication between the Ministry and the public. The short codes, which are assigned to the various education offices around the country, are in line with Government’s intention to fully capitalize on the ICT sector. While launching the Newnet short codes in Suva, Education Minister Filipe Bole said the launch is a significant testimony to the Government and corporate partnership which the Bainimarama government encourages. “This assistance will greatly assist us in sharing important information with key stakeholders so that we remain engaged and on the correct par to meeting our objective. Today we launch the Ministry of Education mobile information centre that consists of a unique short code and a subscription channel- two very powerful communication tools that will enhance our communication capacity,” Mr Bole said. Mr Bole said the Newnet short code is a unique 4-digit number that will allow mobile users faster access to the ministry. “The MOE subscription channel will allow my ministry to keep all necessary stakeholders like education officers, school principals and head teachers around Fiji, regardless of geographical location, on par with important information in a timely and cost-effective manner.” The Minister also reiterated that it is everyone’s responsibility to inspire children to understand the importance of a good education in nation building. Several schools are already on this short code telephone system including Suva Grammar School, Adi Cakobau School, Ratu Kadavulevu School and Nasinu Secondary. “These schools have already started using a subscription channel with much positive feedback from the parents. It is also significant to note that all schools around Fiji are also able to have and use a short code and subscription channel. As such, they too keep their key stakeholders well informed about the upbringing and education of their children. Thus, reinforcing the ministry’s efforts to meet our objectives and synchronizing, in part, the efforts of the whole environment of the Education Ministry,” Mr Bole highlighted. Meanwhile, Vodafone’s Product Manager Sponsorship/Public Relations Ligavatu Gukisuva said the short code services will keep parents and old scholars informed on all school activities and achievements. “With the implementation of this new service, we will be assisting the ministry with their quest to provide better communication services, assisting in meeting some of their objectives while at the same time providing an easier, more convenient and cost-effective means of providing information,” Mr Gukisuva said. The service would be available to Vodafone and Inkk users and will be charged at normal mobile to mobile rates- at 22c per unit peak period.

American Citizen In Custody
A US citizen has been remanded in custody for allegedly modifying a letter from the Fiji National University. Kamini Devi Chand is charged with unauthorised modification of data held in a computer. The court heard that between April 27 and June 15, 2010, Ms Chand allegedly modified a letter from the Fiji National University registrar student academic services. She initially waived her right to counsel when she appeared before Suva Magistrate Sufia Hamza. Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer Rosemary Drau said she required 14 days to serve full disclosures. She also objected to bail. Ms Chand told the court that she wished to plead guilty, saying it was a mistake she made. She said she was a US citizen, had a non-refundable ticket to return home and did not have any money to change her flight. Ms Hamza told the accused that the State needed to serve the disclosures and that she (accused) needed to know the case against her before she could enter a plea. Ms Drau said Ms Chand was on the immigration watch list. Ms Hamza told the accused that she would not be able to travel abroad and remanded her in custody, pending a bail application. Ms Chand then informed the court that she would require legal aid. The case has been adjourned to May 22.

Travel Ban Lifted For Urai
Fiji Trades Union Congress president Daniel Urai, who is charged with urging political violence, was given the nod to attend a meeting in Geneva. Defence lawyer Navinesh Nand had applied for Urai's bail conditions to be changed to allow him to attend the meeting. Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili granted Urai leave from May 1319. His reporting conditions were suspended until he returns. He said Urai has to deposit a cash bond of $1,000 and arrange a suitable surety to enter into a bond of $5,000 to ensure his return. His travel documents are to be surrendered to the Court by May 21. Trade unionist Rajeshwar Singh appeared in court as surety for Urai.

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Recent Floods Cost Govt $90M
March floods have cost the Fiji government a total of $89.74 million compared to $41.43 million in January this year. This is according to a report obtained from the National Disaster Management Office. Ministry of Agriculture January: $7.2 million March: $10.2million The consolidated damage assessment after both floods for agriculture stood at $17.4m which encompasses both livestock and crops. Ministry of Sugar January: $10.1 million March: $16.68 million The consolidated damage assessment after both floods for sugar is $16.68m and this covers infrastructure, mill and crops. Prime Minister’s office January: $19.0 million March: $17.95 million The consolidated damage assessment after both floods for the PM’s office stood at $17.95m and this covers all divisions Western, Eastern and Northern. Ministry of Works March: $0.410 million This covers damage assessment in Ba area which is $19,000, Lautoka $40,000, Nadi $75,000 and Sigatoka $275,500. Ministry of Health January: $0.207 million March: $0.370 million The consolidated damage assessment after both floods for health is $0.577m. Ministry of Education January: $0.755million March: $3.2 million The consolidated damage assessment after both floods for education is $3.2m and this affected 126 schools. Ministry of Local Government January: $2.37 million March: $18.06 million The consolidated damage assessment after both floods for the ministry is $20.43m. Ministry of Provincial Development March: $6.81 million The consolidated damage report covers non-PWD roads $2.5m, non-cane access roads $1.57m, cane access roads $1.38m and the rural water scheme $1.38m. Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) January: $1.6 million March: $11.91 million The consolidated damage assessment after both floods for WAF is $11.91m. Telecom Fiji Limited March: $0.152 million This was damages mainly to TFL infrastructures-underground cables. Fiji Electricity Authority January: $0.2 million March: $4.0 million The consolidated damage assessment after both floods is $4.2m and this was damages to Laselevu Transmission which stood at $300,000, infrastructure $1.1m and the Natadola sub-Station $2.8m. The floods affected areas in the Western, Northern and Central, at its peak had forced 1800 evacuees to take shelter in 32 centres with the last evacuation centre holding 198 people which is now closed in Nabau, Sigatoka. Government and non-government organisations have been operating in affected areas till last week, providing assistance in food and clothing to these shelters. Meanwhile the Ministry of Provincial Development and National Disaster Management Permanent Secretary Lieutenant-Colonel Inia Seruiratu confirmed that the flood assessment reports had been presented to Cabinet. A copy has been given to the Ministry of Finance.

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Fiji Head of State, His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli kept his promise to the nation in pledging to walk 30 kilometers as part of his personal commitment to Earth Hour. Fiji’s Head of State was joined by hundreds of supporters as he began a 30 kilometer walk around Suva’s peninsula, lasting more than six hours. The President’s walk commits him to the ‘I will if you will campaign’ which pledged the Head of State to walk that distance as part of his commitment to Earth Hour. As Fiji’s Ambassador for the Earth Hour campaign, His Excellency called for greater awareness towards the threat of climate change, global warming and the need to incorporate a ‘greener environment’ across Fiji.

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“I am making awareness and I think other organisations too are doing awareness but we need to see how much word is really taken in by the people,” President Nailatikau told supporters. Drizzling atmosphere in the capital did not dampen the spirits of the more than 400 people including women and children and even those from the corporate sector who turned up for the walk. World Wide Fund (Fiji) communications officer, Theresa Fox says Fiji should be proud for having a President that takes seriously the issues that the event represents. “He is an inspiration not only to those that are walking with him but also the young and old who make up our society,” Ms Fox said.

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Fiji Envoy Presents Credentials To Pope Benedict XVI

Promoting The Prime Minister’s Office
The Prime Minister’s Office is on display at the Government Information Referral Centre (GIRC) to provide a better understanding to the public on the work of this office. The Office has seven units under it that carries out the various functions and programmes that supports the Prime Minister’s activities. The unit includes the Strategic Framework for Change and Coordinating Office, Poverty Eradication Unit, Development Cooperation and Facilitation Division, Cabinet, Private Office, Policy Analysis Unit and Administration and Accounts section. The one-week display at GIRC (former Fiji Visitors Bureau) will shed light on how these offices function and operate towards the mission and vision of the Prime Minister’s Office. The guiding documents that all the units are channeled towards are the People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress and the Roadmap to Democracy and Sustainable SocioEconomic Development. These documents and more such as the footage of all major announcements by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will be available at the booth. The public is encouraged to take full advantage of the information available at the booth and the resource persons on hand to assist.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI received Fiji’s Ambassador to the Holy See, His Excellency’s Mr Solo Mara in an official audience for the presentation of His Excellency’s Letters of Credence this month. In receiving Ambassador Mara, the Holy Father conveyed his best wishes for Fiji’s development agenda and highlighted in his speech the importance of incorporating spiritual and moral values in the implementation of national development agendas. His Holiness then called on States to ensure that the social laws do not increase inequalities, adding that in order to strengthen the human foundation of the socio-political reality, “we must be attentive to another kind of poverty: that of the loss reference to spiritual values, to God”. This vacuum – he continued - makes discernment between good and evil more difficult and adherence to fashionable ideals easier. Subsequently, “many young people in search of an ideal turn to artificial paradises which destroy them. Addiction, consumerism and materialism, do not fill the heart of man made for infinity. For the greatest poverty is the lack of love”. Pope Benedict then concluded, “religion permits us to recognize in the other a brother in humanity”. Prior to meeting the Holy Father,

Ambassador Mara also took the opportunity in Rome to brief senior Vatican officials on the implementation of Fiji’s political and development agendas as outlined in the Government’s Roadmap to Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development 2009-2014. In separate meetings with the Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and the Secretary for Relations with States, H.E Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Ambassador Mara briefed the Vatican on the recently announced Constitutional Consultation process announced by Prime Minister Bainimarama on March 9th and the objective of the process in formulating an all-inclusive and truly representative constitution by 2013 and democratic election by 2014. Cardinal Bertone who have had some experience in constitutional work welcomed Ambassador Mara’s written and oral presentation and conveyed the Vatican’s support towards the realization of the objectives of the Peoples’ Charter in forging a peaceful and multicultural society in Fiji. Cardinal Bertone and Archbishop Mamberti in wishing Fiji well both assured Ambassador Mara that the country will be remembered in their prayers as it progresses towards its political objective in the months ahead.

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Fiji Congratulates Israel On National Day
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama congratulated the State of Israel as it celebrates its National Day. In a letter to his Israeli counterpart Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister Bainimarama wished Israel all the best and expressed his desire to see the growth of the Fiji – Israel relationship. “As the Government of Israel celebrates its National Day, I wish to extend Prime Minister, on behalf of the Government and the People of Fiji, and on my own behalf, our most sincere congratulations and best wishes for your personal well-being as well as the well-being of your citizens, and for the continued progress and prosperity of your great country,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said. “I am confident that the friendly relations, which our two countries share, will continue to prosper and strengthen in the coming years.” “Please accept, Prime Minister the assurances of my highest consideration.” Fiji and Israel signed diplomatic relations in 1970.

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UN Calls For Fijian Peacekeepers In Syria
The United Nations has requested of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) support for the UN Supervision Mission In Syria (UNSMIS). The RFMF, which has decades of experience working with the UN on peacekeeping deployments, will be sending eight senior officers to Syria to serve among an estimated 100 international observers throughout flashpoint cities, which include Damascus, Idlib, Homs, Hama, and Daraa. “Fiji is proud to be able to once again support the cause of peace in the world,” said Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama. “Fiji welcomes the strong confidence of the United Nations in the peacekeeping abilities of Fijian military forces, and we as a nation welcome the opportunity to offer our military forces to aid a settlement to the Syrian conflict.” The RFMF has a proud international reputation with a long tradition of supporting UN peacekeeping operations around the world, having deployed to various global hotspots such as in Lebanon, Bougainville, Rhodesia, Kuwait, Sudan, Timor, Iraq, and Sinai. Fijian military forces are expected to deploy to Syria for a period of one year, beginning May 8, 2012.

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Local Artist, Cava Makes It To X Factor Australia
Fiji’s Make It Count season 2 winner and sensational singer Ilisavani Cava has become the first local to have made it to the Australian X Factor main audition to be televised live on May 17. Cava said he was in Sydney and saw an audition was going to be held and so he thought to give it a try. “It was a two-day audition. I went the first day and the numbers were out and then I went the second day and I was the last one to audition. My number was 2164 and imagine the waiting I had to do,” he said. The X Factor is a television music competition franchise created by Simon Cowell who is known in the United Kingdom and United States for his role as a talent judge on TV shows such as Pop Idol, The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and American Idol. “The Mic Show has only one audition but for X Factor, we had to audition three times. We had to go to three different rooms and producers and if you pass them all, then you make it to the waiting list which then gives them a month and a half to select for the main live audition.” “I couldn’t believe that I would even make it to the first round and the audition was really tough.” “Well I’m a bit nervous and scared because this is a big thing for me, plus I don’t have my mum or dad beside me and it’s really hard being the youngest in the family leaving home to pursue what you love doing and it's through God I’m still going.” He said this is his first time to tackle something big like this in an international arena. Cava said he will see where the X Factor will take him before he comes back. He was inspired to join by a talent agency that he is under in Fiji which is called HOPEFiji Talent Management, made up of his close friends which he calls family. “It’s true that Fiji is improving its music industry now and I thought to take a step of faith to try for the X Factor.” He said Fiji is a talented place filled with such amazing artists from various background but they needed to be exposed and supported. “My inspiration would be my mum ... that’s what’s keeping me going,” he said.

PSC Implements Volunteer Program
The Public Service Commission sponsored for the first time ten volunteers under the Volunteer Service Scheme. Volunteers comprising of graduates and retirees have already begun work with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. The Fiji Volunteer Service was established under the National Employment Centre (NEC) Decree, 2009. Under the Decree, the Public Service Commission acts as the agency to manage the Fiji Volunteer Service. The main function of the Fiji Volunteer Service is to engage unemployed persons and retirees who wish to serve society in the spirit of volunteering in any local and regional undertakings including green growth initiatives or projects. Public Service Commission permanent secretary Mr Parmesh Chand in highlighting the program for volunteering said that volunteering is considered one of the most productive forms of professional and personal development for individuals. “It helps promote a strong sense of service and civic pride amongst our people. Out of the ten volunteers, five will be attached to Ministry of Education to assist in the collation of data for processing of teaching vacancies while the other five will be working at the Ministry of Health to implement community based health and rehabilitation services”, Mr Chand said. Twenty-four year old Sefanaia Joji is attached at the Ministry of Education, said he is enjoying his attachment at MOE. “I heard about the National Employment Centre through my brother in-law and I applied. I got selected and am now attached with MOE doing administrative work. MOE is paying $50 of my allowance while the other $50 is paid by PSC weekly,” Joji said. He said after his attachment he plans to work permanently applying to various organizations as he has gained considerable experience. There are three categories of volunteers under the scheme: Unemployed graduate trainee volunteer (for unemployed but qualified graduates) Senior volunteer (recruitment of qualified and experienced retirees to serve locally) Senior volunteer (senior volunteers to serve in Pacific countries) Under the Scheme, a volunteer is paid a weekly allowance of 50 per cent by FVS and other 50 per cent by receiving organization or agency with attachment up to 6 months.

Wages Council To Determine Minimum Wage
The Wages Council will put forward to the Minister for Labour in the coming weeks, proposals for the respective Wages Regulation Order for consideration. Ministry permanent secretary Mr Taito Waqa said the minimum wage and the sectoral wages need to be reflective of productivity in the labour sector. “There are 10 wages councils dealing with respective sectoral wage determinations. We’ve already started with the meetings of the Wages Councils. The chairman has asked us to extend the time beyond May so that all the 10 councils can put their proposals to the Minister,” Mr Waqa said. Mr Waqa said all of the proposals should come through to the Minister for his consideration by the end of this

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month or June. He said the Wages Council looks at national economic indicators such as the consumer price index, inflation rate and other relevant social indicators when putting its proposal to the Minister. “We have actually used the ILO criteria in the determination of sectoral minimum wages. It is basically looking at the economy. There are six sets of criteria and the social partners have agreed on the narrowed down version of the criterion that is relevant to Fiji”, Mr Waqa said. “One of the important criteria apart from CPI (Consumer Price Index) is the labour productivity growth rate. We need to go towards productivity based wage rate. We need productive people

and understand that we need to improve the efficiency or how we utilize our labour. That is not to say to work hard but to work smart - in the modern way of looking at it,” Mr Waqa said. Government last year announced for a 10 percent increase for nine industrial private sectors, including the hotel and catering, garment, saw milling and logging industries along with the mining, printing, wholesale and retail and the security services sectors.
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Immigration Officer Jailed For Taking Bribe
A former Fiji Immigration Department employee who accepted a bribe in 2009 was handed six months jail and ordered to pay $600 by the High Court at Lautoka. Josateki Toga, 42, admitted two counts of bribery and one count of abuse of office before Justice Sitabarampillai Thurairaja. Toga while on attachment to the Immigration department had given the travel document details and travel history of Mohammed Ali and accepted $500 cash and a mobile phone as payment. Justice Thurairaja said this was a breach of trust and the behaviour brings disrepute to the department of Immigration and will discourage investors to invest in Fiji. Toga sought a non-conviction and asked the court for community service as he is married with two children and is pursuing a degree at university and also asked the court to take into account the period in custody. Justice Thurairaja sentenced Toga to serve six months in jail and the balance of 12 months to be suspended for three years. He was also ordered to pay $600 or an additional six-month term if he failed to pay the amount. Initially Toga was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to run concurrently for all three offences and given 30 days to appeal.

Fiji Soldier Killed In Taliban Attack
A Fiji-born British Army soldier was killed in an indirect fire attack on forward operating base Ouellette, in the northern part of Nahr-e Saraj district in Afghanistan last Friday. Private Ratu Manasa Silibaravi, 32, who leaves behind his parents, brother and sister, was new to the specialist role of advanced searcher which involved working to detect make-shift bombs. ITV reports Private Silibaravi, a keen sportsman, joined the Army in 2002 and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was his third tour of duty. He represented the regiment at both athletics and rugby. Silibaravi - known as Sili or Prince was described as a "soldier's soldier" and praised for his “quiet confidence” and “clear inner strength”. “Ratu Silibaravi was one of my most experienced soldiers. Steadfast, redoubtable and brave, this soldier was a Pioneer to his core. A man of strong belief and affable character, he was immensely popular in the Regiment and a highly valued member of his search team,” said Lieutenant Colonel Dom Fletcher, commanding officer, 23 Pioneer Regiment RLC. “A quiet, yet determined and popular soldier, Private Silibaravi was a professional and committed individual. Strong and fit, he had an excellent work ethic, throwing himself wholeheartedly at every challenge. The number of operational tours that he had successfully completed is testament to his dedication and professionalism,” said Lieutenant Colonel Simon Bell, commanding officer explosive ordnance disposal and search task force. Silibaravi was killed with his colleague Corporal Andrew Steven Roberts. A total of 412 members of UK 's armed forces have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.
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An Indian man is in custody for biting an opponent's ear off during a badtempered game of cricket. Locals had formed two teams to enjoy a relaxing game of leather on willow in the town of Thiruninravur, near Chennai, southern India. But the seemingly genteel sport soon spawned a furious argument between

Indian Cricketer Bites Opponent's Ear Off

two players, which ended with one sinking his teeth into a rival's ear, as reported. The injured cricketer was rushed to the hospital where his severed lobe was reattached, the newspaper said. His attacker, merely named Ravi in the report, was arrested and remains in custody.

Man Caught Trying To Rob Chicago Bank In Floral Dress
A man, who tried to rob a Chicago area bank dressed as a woman, has been charged with attempted robbery. Donald R. Sherman got ready for the robbery by donning a floral dress; a baseball cap with the word 'Obama' stitched on it and a pair of strategically placed balloons. The 51-year-old walked into a branch of MB Financial Bank at about 1.20pm local time and demanded $70,000 first from a manager, then a teller, the media reported. 'Could you fill these bags with $70,000... they're going to kill us,' Sherman allegedly told the teller, without explaining who 'they' were. According to the court documents, he also claimed that he had a bomb strapped to his body. Bank staff refused to hand over the money. Instead, the bank manager phoned the police who responded to the scene and arrested Sherman outside the bank. Cops frisking the man found two blue balloons 'in the vicinity of his chest.' Sherman, who was later shown the video footage of the attempted robbery, has reportedly admitted to the crime.

THE wreckage of a jet which crashed while on a demonstration flight in Indonesia with 48 people on board has been found. Indonesian search and rescue Weather conditions were poor in the authorities have confirmed the Russian- area around Mount Salak at the time of made Sukhoi Superjet-100 had been the crash. spotted from the air. The dormant volcano is known for its The wreckage was found about 3km bad weather. Its full name - Halimun from the town of Cicurug, on the side Salak - translates as "fog" in Sundanese. of Mount Salak, a dormant volcano Juanda, a villager from Tenjolaya south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. district near Mount Salak, told AFP that There was no sign of survivors. he had seen the plane shortly before it "The plane has been located on the side crashed. of the mountain," military official Ali "I looked up and saw a huge white Umri Lubis said. plane moving unsteadily just slightly "We can only see the body of the plane. below the mountain summit. We can't confirm the extent of the "It was still way above the trees but damage because we have not been able veering left and right, and then it to get close enough." disappeared." The jet left from an airport in Jakarta "I heard a sound like firecrackers, but I with 48 people on board, including couldn't see it anymore." aviation industry representatives, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry diplomats and journalists. Medvedev has announced an Eight of those aboard the plane investigation into the crash, which were Russians, including pilots and comes amid an Asian tour to promote technicians, while a French national the new passenger aircraft. was also on the flight. The twin-engine Superjet is a joint It disappeared from radar about 50 venture between Sukhoi and Italy's minutes later shortly after descending Alenia Aeronautica and made its first from 3000 metres to 1800 metres. commercial flight last year.

No Sign Of Survivors In Crashed Indonesian Jet

TWO earthquakes hit parts of New Zealand last Sunday. A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook The second quake, also measuring 4.2 people in the Wellington region and on the Richter scale, struck at 12.31pm parts of the top of the South Island at and was felt on the west coast of the 11.33 am. South Island. The tremor was centered 10 kilometers It was centered 10km south of Ross at southwest of Wellington, at a depth of a depth of 15km. 30km. No reports of damage were reported.

Two Quakes Shake New Zealand

A German who was caught with 49 live lizards in his luggage at Munich airport claimed the creatures were for his dinner and even offered to bite the head off one to prove it. The man was travelling back from "The traveller was even going to bite Oman in the Middle East when customs the head off of one of the spiny-tailed officials discovered 31 spiny-tailed lizards under the eyes of customs lizards and 18 other assorted breeds of officials," a spokesman said. lizard in his suitcase, Germany's DPA The lizards are now being cared for by news agency reported. veterinarians in Munich and are said to The 28-year-old man claimed the be doing fine. reptiles were for his "personal food The man may face a fine of several supply" and offered to eat one of the thousand euros for transporting creatures in front of officials as proof. protected animals.

Man Says 49 Lizards In Luggage Were Dinner

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplane, which went missing during a demonstration flight near a volcano on Indonesia's Java island.

A mugger who tried to snatch a woman's bag in Japan has underestimated his victim after she bit off his pinkie finger in response. The 59-year old woman was returning to her apartment in the northern city of Sapporo when the man snatched her bag. The woman gave chase, caught the mugger, wrenched back her bag and

Bag Snatch Victim Bites Off Attacker's Finger

then bit down firmly on his pinkie finger. The man escaped on his bicycle, leaving behind the top third of his finger on the ground. Japanese police are refusing to say whether they have used the detached pinkie to take prints in a bid to trace the bag snatcher.

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Police in northern India have arrested a baby girl's father and uncle for allegedly trying to bury her alive. The two-month-old baby's father said he had been advised by a spiritual guru to bury her to help secure the good health of his next child, police allege. Baby Radhika has acute malnutrition and is receiving treatment at a hospital in the town of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh state, 80km (50 miles) east of Delhi. India has one of the highest female infant mortality rates in the world. The Indian preference for boys has also led to a skewed sex ratio and campaigners say up to eight million female fetuses may have been aborted in the past decade. Baby Radhika's life was saved on

Indian Men Arrested For Trying To Bury Baby Girl Alive

Wednesday in the Uttar Pradesh town of Pilkhua, not far from Meerut. "The caretaker of the burial ground informed that some people had brought a baby for burial, but she was crying," police officer BK Yadav told the reporter. By the time the police reached the ground, Radhika's parents and uncle had already dug a pit, police say. The baby was wrapped in a cloth along with some religious symbols. Police said they arrested the father and uncle, but let the mother go on "humanitarian grounds". Mr Yadav said the mother was in hospital taking care of the baby girl. Police have registered a case of attempted murder and conspiracy.

Miss USA Avoids Jail For Drink Driving

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Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, has avoided jail in a drunken driving case. A Michigan judge put Fakih on six months probation, ordered her to perform 20 hours of community service and said she must pay $600 in fines and costs. Fakih also must attend an alcohol safety class. The 26-year-old pleaded no contest last month to driving while visibly impaired. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing. She had faced a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail. Fakih said the experience was "very humbling." "I'm very relieved," she said. "I was willing to pay the price it took because I knew I made mistakes." Fakih has said she wasn't drinking the night of her arrest in December, but two police breath tests put her blood alcohol content at more than twice the legal limit. Fakih's family moved from Lebanon in 1993. She won the Miss USA Pageant in 2010.

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As India announced plans to take the issue of "discriminatory" increase in US visa fees to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Washington assured it continued to fully support the admission of qualified Indians. The US and India "did have a good and thorough discussion" on the visa issues in the context of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent visit to India, State department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Wednesday. As Clinton said it publicly "Indians are the greatest beneficiaries in the world of both our L-1 visa programme and our H-1B visa programme," she said when asked about India's reported move. "We understand that the demand is even greater. We are working through those issues. But we continue to fully support the admission of qualified Indians under these programmes," Nuland said. Under its Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010, US sharply hiked the fee for H-1B and L-1 visas used by Indian and American companies to bring qualified professionals from abroad and for intra-company transfers respectively. Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya M. Scindia told parliament Wednesday that New Delhi "proposes to seek consultations with the US under the Dispute Settlement Understanding of the WTO." Asked if the visa fees hike issue was discussed during the Clinton visit, Nuland said: "No."

US Says It Backs Visas To Qualified Indians

Supporters called her win a victory for diversity, saying it countered negative stereotypes about people of Middle Eastern descent that have flourished in post-September 11 America. Police said Fakih was driving at twice the legal speed and weaving in and out of traffic before they pulled her over, and officers found an open bottle of champagne behind the driver's seat of the 2011 Jaguar. Fakih said the incident was out of character for her and that she didn't take her first drink until age 23. "It's not something that I grew up to be like a party girl or anything like that," she said. Fakih said she plans to pursue careers in acting and public speaking. She'll appear in a new celebrity dating show called "The Choice," which premieres June 7. "I'm more of an international figure now. I have young girls and people from all over the world watching me, so I have to make sure that anything I do, I'm taking extra precaution," Fakih said.

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Hillary Clinton Meets Indian Leaders
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence on Monday.

Visa Changes Could See Fresh Wave Of Boats
Australia could soon face a fresh wave of asylum seeker boats with Indonesia set to remove a number of major source countries from its immigration red list. Indonesia will relax visa restrictions on Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi citizens later this month, posing an increased threat to the Gillard Government's ability to control Australia's borders. The move comes despite the Indonesian Immigration Office having identified Sri Lanka - along with Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan - as a main source of asylum seekers heading to Australia by boat. Afghanistan and Pakistan could also soon be removed from the red list under changes which were first announced in January, but have been delayed. Just 10 per cent of Sri Lankans who enter Indonesia exit the country legally. According to the Immigration Office, about 90 per cent of Sri Lankans in Indonesia could not be located. Law and Human Rights Ministry travel documents chief Budi Satria Wibawa confirmed initial changes to the red list but wouldn't say if the plan to ease visa rules for people from Afghanistan and Pakistan would still go ahead. "Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be taken off soon," he said, as reported. He said the two countries were being taken off the list because their economic conditions and security had improved. The head of immigration with Indonesia's Law and Human Rights Ministry, Bambang Irawan, said in January, when the new rules were announced, they could "lure more boat people heading to Australia". There are already more than 3500 registered refugees in Indonesia - the chief transit point for asylum seekers heading to Australia - with about 2000 of the total number from Afghanistan. The removal of Afghanistan from Indonesia's immigration red list could see that number grow significantly, presenting a greater potential for more asylum seeker boat traffic to Australia. The development comes as Prime Minister Julia Gillard continues to face pressure over her asylum seeker policy following the interception on Sunday of three boats carrying a total of 305 suspected asylum seekers.

The two leaders exchanged pleasantries and shook hands before the media. Clinton called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at his official 7, Race Course Road (RCR) residence. Clinton, arrived in New Delhi after winding up her one-day visit to Kolkata, was received by India's Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao and senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Delhi. Earlier in the day, Clinton met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, who described her meeting with visiting United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as constructive and creative. Clinton urged energy-starved India to reduce its oil imports from Iran to maintain global pressure on that country to come clean on its nuclear

Black Bear Steals Beer, Cruises Bar
A LARGE black bear may have overstayed its welcome in a Florida neighbourhood after stealing beer and prowling around a local bar.

program. Addressing a town hall meeting in Kolkata, Clinton said New Delhi could find and tap alternative sources for oil, and added that Washington would like to see New Delhi do more to reduce its imports from Iran. "India... is certainly working towards lowering purchases of Iranian oil. We commend the steps they have taken thus far. We hope they will do even more," she said. Clinton also said that both the US and India with their pluralistic societies are the biggest threat to extremists because of their culture of tolerance. The extremists hate tolerance. They want everyone to think the way she do. Clinton said the United States wanted a peaceful solution and pointed to efforts by President Barack Obama early in his term to reach out to Iran.

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A resident who live at Highbanks Marina in De Bary, Florida, 48km north of Orlando, said the unwanted visitor - thought to weigh at least 136kg - recently made off with a case of beer he had left on his back porch. Another local, Sandy Harvey, said the bear cruised around a bar at the marina last week, walking around the docks close to patrons. "We all rushed over and we all watched

the bear just meander all the way around," said Ms Harvey. The animal has also been spotted drinking from the fountain that marks the front entrance to Highbanks Marina. While residents are concerned the bear has lost its fear of people and could be dangerous, so far it has not hurt or approached anyone in a threatening way.

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Men Plunge To Death As Skyscraper Platform Fails

Fresh Plea From Australian Hostage In Philippines
A new video has emerged from the Philippines showing Sydney man, Warren Rodwell, making a plea for the payment of a ransom to save his life. The Philippine authorities have received another video of Mr Rodwell, who was abducted by gunmen in Mindanao more than four months ago. He is seen holding a copy of a Philippine newspaper dated March 26. In a video released in January Mr Rodwell asked his family to help raise a $1.96 million ransom. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says the new video is welcome news given the ongoing concerns about his welfare. "The Government continues to attach a high priority to Mr Rodwell's safe release and is working closely with the Philippines authorities to resolve this case," a DFAT spokesman says. Both DFAT and Australian Federal Police are in close contact with Mr Rodwell's family to provide support and information. The Government has repeated it has a no-ransom policy, on the basis that paying will encourage other kidnappings. Australians have been advised by DFAT not to travel to Mindanao.

Burma's Suu Kyi Finally Gets Passport
BURMA opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has received her first passport in 24 years ahead of a planned trip to Norway and Britain.

The workers were installing an advertising billboard when the platform failed Three men plunged to their deaths from the 69th floor of Thailand's tallest building after the platform they were using to install an advertising billboard split in two. Two other workers were left clinging to the structure suspended high above the Bangkok streets in the accident at the Baiyoke tower on Monday afternoon. "Three men fell to their deaths... while another two were rescued from the 68th storey - probably one floor lower than where they had been working," police lieutenant colonel Thamarak Reungdit said. He said the two survivors suffered minor injuries and had been treated in hospital. The bodies of the victims were recovered from terraces on different storeys of the building. "A forensic team will investigate how it happened and whether or not the platform was overloaded," he said. It is believed the platform broke when a supporting cable snapped. The 304-metre Baiyoke tower is a distinctive feature of the Thai capital's skyline and houses a hotel on its uppermost floors.

Aung San Suu Kyi will soon be able to travel. An aide to Suu Kyi, Htin Kyaw, said the passport was received from the Home Ministry. Suu Kyi applied for the passport following recent political reforms that culminated in her election to parliament last month. Last year, a long-ruling military junta handed over power to an elected, nominally civilian government. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, which won 43 seats in the April by-elections, will lead the small opposition bloc. The passport is valid for three years. She has not had a passport since she returned to Burma in 1988 to take care of her ailing mother, and was required by law then to hand it in. After becoming leader of the country's pro-democracy movement, she was put under house arrest for 15 of the following 22 years of military rule. Her confinement kept her from attending the ceremony in Norway at which she was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. She plans to visit the country in June. During intermittent periods of freedom, Suu Kyi declined opportunities to go abroad for fear she would not be allowed to re-enter Burma, and so was unable to visit her British husband, Oxford don Michael Aris, before his death from cancer in 1999. They last saw each other in 1995, after which the junta denied Aris a visa. Since her release in November 2010 from her last term of house arrest, Suu Kyi had been invited to visit by several foreign governments. Recently, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited her to the UN headquarters in New York where she once worked. During a brief visit to Burma in April, British Prime Minister David Cameron also invited Suu Kyi to visit the United Kingdom, saying it would be a sign of progress if she were able to leave Burma and then return to carry out her duties as an MP. Cameron publicly suggested she visit in June to see her "beloved Oxford", where she attended university in the 1970s and raised her two children. Suu Kyi replied that "two years ago I would have said thank you for the invitation, but sorry. But now I am able to say perhaps, and that's great progress."

Illinois Man Burns Son's Face With Iron Over Missing $1
An Illinois man has been arrested on suspicion of burning his 11-year-old son with an iron in a bid to make the boy confess to stealing a dollar from him, as reported. Josue Manrique, 35, of Joliet, Illinois, was charged with assaulting a child, authorities said. Police Commander Brian Benton said Manrique had returned home "on edge" early Sunday morning after a night of drinking. "He'd been watching a boxing match where his fighter had lost and was having transmission problems with his car on the way home," Benton said. "When he came home, he noticed a dollar missing from his dresser and that apparently set him off." Authorities say Manrique hit his son with a leather belt to wake him up, then used an iron to burn the boy's arm and hand as the boy continued to deny taking his money. Manrique then put the iron on the boy's chin, authorities said. "He initially claimed he had been struggling with the boy to keep him from burning himself with the iron, but later changed his statement," Benton said. He has been held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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Clinton Hopes To See Female US President In Her Lifetime
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that she hopes to see a female American president in her lifetime, but again rejected calls for her to make another run for the White House.
that will elect a woman," media quoted Clinton, as saying. She noted that the American political process is difficult and heavily dependent on fund raising, which makes it hard for any candidate to succeed. As for herself, Clinton said she is done with the political high wire and looks forward to life as a private citizen. Clinton, who landed in Kolkata last Sunday, also said that she would like to come back to India again. "I would like to come back to India and just wander around without the streets being closed," the report quoted her, as saying. "I just want to get back to taking some deep breaths, feeling that there are other ways I can continue to serve," she added.

Chief Of Surgery At New York Hospital Accidentally 'Set Patient On Fire'
The chief of surgery at New York City's Lincoln Hospital in the US "set a patient on fire" during an operation, causing severe burns on the man's neck and chest.
Dr Jay Yelon was performing a tracheotomy on April 19 to insert a breathing tube when his electronic scalpel, which gives off tiny sparks, came close to the patient's oxygen supply, igniting a "minor explosion", hospital insiders said. Before the fire was extinguished, unconscious Enrique Ruiz suffered second-degree burns on his neck and chest. He awoke from sedation in searing pain. "I feel like my chest was on fire," Ruiz, 52, told his brother, Amauri. Sources at the South Bronx hospital said Yelon failed to mention the patient's burns in a post-surgery report. He claimed the flames were extinguished with "no danger to the patient". "I don't know anything about it," Yelon repeatedly told the media, refusing to answer any questions or acknowledge his role. Mishaps that harm patients must be reported immediately to the state Health Department. Spokesman Peter Constantakes first said the Lincoln incident was reported as harmless, but later confirmed, "There was a fire and burns. We're looking into it." In June 2003, the agency issued an alert on electrosurgical fires after two patients suffered second and thirddegree burns. It reported five other "flash fires" that had scorched patients when surgical drapes or their hair ignited near an oxygen source. Safety measures were urged. Nydia Negron, a Lincoln spokeswoman, said Yelon works under a contract with a private group that supplies doctors to city hospital Physician Affiliate Group of New York. Negron said that Ruiz is "expected to fully heal. He received a life-saving emergency procedure." Ruiz was admitted to the Lincoln emergency room with pneumonia and bronchitis on April 14. Around 500 to 600 surgical fires occur each year nationwide, according to Mark Bruley, a leading expert on the hazard. Some 25 to 30 patients suffer severe burns or "gross facial disfigurement", and several have burned to death, he said.

Clinton during an event in Kolkata, said she really wanted to see 'that final glass ceiling' broken. "I think that there will be an election

US Man Attempts To Break Record For Longest Tattoo Session
A Northern California tattoo artist is trying to break a world record at this weekend's Fresno Tattoo Convention in Downtown Fresno, USA. By now Daniel Tiffany has already been tattooing for more than one full day. He's hoping to break the Guinness World Record of 51-hours and 50-minutes of a continuous tattoo session by one artist on a single person, as reported. When asked why he was attempting to break the record, Tiffany said, "Because I love tattooing, man, and hey I want to be the best, right?"

Knife 'Just Went In', Boy Tells Court
A boy charged with stabbing a mother-of-three moments after egging her Melbourne home had told how the knife "just went in" after she ran toward him, a court has heard. The 15-year-old boy is charged with unlawfully killing the Melbourne mother in the city's north on July 3 last year. The court heard the mother was stabbed while her husband and their 11-yearold daughter were nearby, after they had chased a group of youths who had just thrown eggs at their home. A committal hearing in a Victorian Children's Court heard the boy and three friends had been playing billiards when they decided to egg someone's house. The boy facing charges had suggested egging the woman's house because he said he had been bullied by her son, the court heard. One of the four youths, giving evidence, said they had thrown eggs at the house when they spotted the family in their car. "It looked like he wanted to run us over," he told the court. He said he hid after backhanding and egging the 11-year-old girl when she got out of the car and grabbed at his leg. When he telephoned his friend from his hiding spot, his friend had told him, "Bro, I just stabbed someone." All four were then driven to the home of the youth facing charges by his older brother, who told the court he disposed of the knife in a lake. In a statement to police tendered to the court, the youth who hid after the egging said the 15-year-old facing charges told him he gave the woman a "slight jab" after she came at him. "He was like, 'I just pulled a knife out, and she just ran straight to me, and it just went in,'" the youth said in his statement. He told the court the stabbing "sounded like it was accidental". He said his friend was in shock when he heard from media reports that the woman had died. "He was just laying in bed like an absolute insane person," he said. The youth told police that when he saw the knife, the entire blade was covered in an orange liquid. "I was thinking to myself, 'It can't be this deep,' and then I realized it was blood," he said. The committal hearing continues.

A CAT that got international attention for tipping the scales at almost 18 kilograms has died. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society said that the orange and white tabby named Meow died over the weekend, likely from complications from his morbid obesity. Meow, who was two-years-old, was taken to the shelter last month after his 87-year-old owner could no longer take care of him. The shelter put Meow on a diet and posted all his weigh-ins on a Facebook page that got national attention. Meow had lost some weight and was doing well when he began having breathing problems last Wednesday. Despite constant attention, and medical testing and treatment, Meow died last Saturday. Shelter Director Mary Martin says the entire staff is devastated, adding: 'We were in a race against time to get the

Meow The 17 Kilogram Fat Cat Dies Of Obesity

weight off Meow before he developed complications from his obesity, and we lost. But we hope his fight will encourage other people to help their pets maintain the best health possible. Obesity is not something to be ignored.' When he was alive, Meow was not the fattest cat out there. That record belongs to Himmy, a tabby from Australia that weighed almost 21kg.

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Montreal Debit Card Ring Defrauds 22,000 Victims
Montreal-based ring had accomplices in Vancouver, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Tunisia, and U.K. Police in Quebec have arrested 45 people hotel where they were outfitted and seized more than 12,000 counterfeit with a card reader and Bluetooth bank cards in raids on an international transmitter before they were fraud ring that cloned cards and pilfered swapped back in at the business. cash from victims' accounts. • The suspects would leave them in "We believe that we’ve put an end place for several weeks or a month as to a significant operation that was in data was captured from customers. operation here in the province," said • That data was transferred remotely Guy Pilon of the Sûreté du Québec. to a computer via the Bluetooth. "Internationally, it is a reality that • That information was then is obviously evident in all countries recorded on a blank card and the today. The advent of the technology pin number written on top. creates opportunity for the public, but • In a coordinated attack, a group also for criminal organizations that of "runners" would use those want to defraud individuals." cards and hit bank machines all at The network was based in Montreal, but the same time, draining as many worked with accomplices in Vancouver, accounts as possible before the Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, banks caught on. Tunisia and the United Kingdom. In one such attack, the fraudsters The RCMP say 61 arrest warrants used 79 cards at 23 banks and drained have been issued on charges including $30,000 out of victims' accounts – all gangsterism, manufacturing of forged within five minutes. cards, fraud and identity theft. Pilon said police in Quebec are working It marks the first time Canadian with international authorities to help authorities have laid gangsterism identify accomplices outside of Canada. charges in connection with a fraud case. A steady stream of vehicles carrying In total, police identified 22,000 victims suspects flowed into Montreal police's who were defrauded of $7.7 million. northern operational headquarters However, the fraud had the potential loss Wednesday morning. More than 30 of $100 million, investigators explained. arrests had been made by 9 a.m. ET. The fraud worked like this: Locations in the greater Montreal area • Point-of-sale pin pads were stolen and Ontario were targeted, with about or taken with consent of employees 250 officers involved in the operation. from commercial businesses and The RCMP said the wave of arrests replaced with a dummy pin pad. follows a major debit card fraud • The pin pads would be taken to a takedown in November 2010.

Inmates at prisons such as the Kingston Penitentiary are facing new changes to the way they are paid for employment and buy goods within institutions. Inmates in Canada will pay more inmates, with pay ranging from $1 per money for their room and board, and day at Level 1, to a maximum of $69 some offenders employed within every two weeks in Level 6. institutions through a popular job Toews said it is a longstanding policy skills program will no longer be paid, to provide remuneration to inmates Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said who participate in initiatives, including Wednesday. employment programs, as part of their Toews also announced changes to the correctional plan, and that it helps way inmates can buy goods, and that them assume responsibility for their they will be charged more for using expenses and support their families. telephones. Inmates at Level 3 and above will see The public safety minister said the 30 per cent of their pay go to room and changes are designed to increase board when the new rules take effect, offender accountability and will also which Toews said reflects the fact that save taxpayers more than $10 million most Canadians spend 30 per cent of per year. their income on housing costs. The new measures also include: The new charge for these inmates will Eliminating "incentive pay" for inmates range from $1.58 to $2.08 per day. working at CORCAN facilities. The Toews said the new measures seek CORCAN job-training program is in to restore balance to the criminal 31 institutions, and gives employment justice system and that they will make to offenders in textiles, manufacturing, criminals more accountable. He said he construction, printing services and approached the Correctional Service of laundry operations. Toews said there Canada for advice on how to deal with is a high demand to participate in the offender accountability issues and then program, and therefore there is no need he made the decisions announced today to offer an incentive. after discussions with the department. Transferring responsibility for He said he would like to see the operating canteens from prison staff to CORCAN program expanded and is offender committees. Currently, about focused on doing that so that more 85 per cent of canteens are already run offenders can benefit from it. CORCAN by inmates, and now the other 15 per operates like private sector businesses cent will also be transferred. Inmates do, within federal institutions, and are buy goods such as books, food and designed to give participants "realclothing at the canteens. world" work experience. When inmates want to buy goods from Cutting the pay that is offered through outside stores, they fill out a request this program will save $1.7 million form and a staff member makes one trip according to Toews's office. at a time as the requests are processed. "Once we have these individuals in Now, staff will only go to a set list prison I want to emphasize education, of stores and will do so at designated training, and mental health and that is times to make multiple purchases exactly what we are doing," he said. for the inmates. Inmates will also be The government recently announced given the option of ordering through that it plans to close Kingston catalogues. Penitentiary in eastern Ontario, Some of the changes will help reduce including the Regional Treatment the administrative burdens on staff, Centre, a psychiatric facility, and Toews said. "Institutional staff is not Leclerc Institution in Quebec. The personal shoppers," he said. inmates will be relocated to other Restoring balance to justice system federal prisons across the country. The The increased cost for room and board decision has been blasted by critics. will begin in 2013 and 2014, and only Budget cuts are also resulting in applies to inmates who are on the the end of a popular program called higher end of the stipend scale. Lifeline that assisted offenders with reThere are six levels of stipends for integration after their release.

B.C. Cracking Down On Translink Fare Cheats
Denying driver's licence and car insurance renewals if $173 fine unpaid The B.C. government has moved to crack down harder on TransLink fare cheats, introducing a bill in the legislature that will allow the transit authority to actually collect fines. Once the bill becomes law, TransLink will be able to collect the $173 penalty by denying evaders the ability to renew their driver’s licence or car insurance until they’ve paid up. Between January 2011 and February 2012, transit police issued 52,812 fareevasion tickets, but only 7,540 of those — less than 15 per cent have been paid. As a result, $1,304,420 in fines were paid, but $7,709,286 remains outstanding. Technically, the proposed law also allows the government to apply the new power against anyone who has skipped paying the transit fine anytime during the last 10 years. It’s estimated, however, that 70 per cent of evaders who are fined don’t hold a driver’s licence, so TransLink will still have to use the courts and collection agencies to try to collect the penalties from them. It's hoped the new regulations will be in place by summer.

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Jason Kenney Amends Controversial Broadcasters Must Turn Down Ad Refugee Bill Volume: CRTC
are subject to mandatory detention, even if they eventually won a successful refugee claim, would be barred from family reunification or permanent resident status for another five years. The bill also would allow the minister to designate particular countries as "safe," meaning refugee claims from those countries would be fast-tracked without right of appeal. C-31 'flawed and unconstitutional': NDP Earlier Wednesday the NDP's immigration critic, Jinny Sims, signaled her party won't support the bill after a parade of legal experts, human rights advocates and refugees themselves warned the bill will violate domestic and international laws. "Today New Democrats are calling on Conservatives to abandon this legislation and go back to the drawing board," she said. "We believe that the ultimate result of this bill will be to hurt legitimate refugees. Witness after witness has told the committee that C-31 is fundamentally flawed and unconstitutional." When asked if her party would support the bill if the detention provision was dialed back, along with clarification about when people could be deported, Sims said [those measures] "would not go far enough to address the fundamental flaws in this bill." Sims promised to give the government's amendments close consideration in line-by-line study. Sims said the bill's many "draconian" measures would only serve to punish the victims while not improving safety. Michael Bossin, a refugee lawyer and representative of Amnesty International, argued the detention provision would create a legal quagmire. He argued that if the provisions are ultimately thrown out by the courts there would have to be a huge retroactive clean-up of cases. "Will that create a huge expensive mess far worse than the one we are in now?" he asked. "Yes you can count on it." A Commons committee that has been reviewing the bill will move to a clause-by-clause study. That study was completed Thursday and followed by a vote on the amendments. In a majority, the government does not require opposition support to pass the bill. Bill C-31 replaces a former law, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, which received opposition approval in the last minority parliament but has not yet been implemented. Broadcasters are getting the message loud and clear — turn down the volume on commercials by the end of summer. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said Tuesday companies must follow the Advanced Television Systems Committee's standard by Sept. 1 and sync the volume of programming with commercials. "The rules we published bring us a step closer to our goal of eliminating loud TV ads," said Leonard Katz, acting chairman of the CRTC, in a statement. "We have every expectation that the industry will take the necessary steps to meet our deadline and provide relief to viewers." The regulator first announced plans to curb loud commercials in September after hearing complaints from more than 7,000 Canadians. Last year Tory MP Nina Grewal introduced a private member's bill that called on the CRTC to force TV stations to lower the volume on ads.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is bending to opposition pressure and amending his controversial refugee omnibus bill, C-31. The amendment will introduce a 14-day and six-month review of the detention of so-called "mass arrivals" of refugees. "People have raised concerns about this. We've studied the issue closely as a result of which the government has decided to amend the bill to allow for an initial detention review at 14 days initially and then subsequently at six months," Kenney told reporters Wednesday. The bill originally stipulated a judicial review would only be necessary after those refugee claimants designated as "mass arrivals" by the minister had been in detention for one year. Kenney also introduced another amendment to clarify that the government would not have the power to revoke the permanent residency of successful refugee claimants if conditions improve in their countries of origin, unless it was found they obtained their status through fraudulent means. "The government has no intention of removing permanent residency from bona fide refugees if things have changed in their countries of origin," he said. Even with the amendments Kenney announced Wednesday, the bill still gives the immigration minister sole authority to decide which groups of refugee claimants are "mass arrivals" — a term which is not clearly defined in the bill. The measure was sparked by the arrival of two boatloads of Tamil migrants off the coast of Vancouver in recent years. The bill would allow for those cases to be designated retroactively as "mass arrivals." Several legal experts have argued that provision would almost certainly generate costly court challenges because it is inconsistent with the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the Charter of Rights and Supreme Court precedents. The bill also stipulates that people who

Air Canada Sued For $20M Over Jet Plunge
A Toronto law firm has filed a $20 million class action lawsuit against Air Canada on behalf of the 95 passengers who suffered injuries after the plane they were on took a sudden plunge. Air Canada originally told passengers that the plunge, on flight AC878 between Toronto and Zurich in January 2011, was caused by unexpected turbulence. But the Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued a report in April saying the terrifying episode happened when a co-pilot woke up and was confused enough to think the plane was about to collide with a U.S. military aircraft. Lawyer Darcy Merkur of the firm Thomson, Rogers, which filed the claim, says the passengers who have come forward "feel completely manipulated, completely lied to and they are pissed off; they want a corporation like Air Canada to be accountable for misleading them." "We feel the suit was the right thing to do," says Ashlyn O'Mara who was on the flight, "there is a group of us." In the class action suit filed in court Monday, Thomson, Rogers says that Air Canada covered up the true cause of the incident. The suit has not been certified as a class action suit and the allegations have not been proven in court. The suit names O'Mara of Toronto as a claimant. She said that she had her seatbelt fastened and was awake when the plane plunged in the middle of the night. O'Mara told the media that part of the class action suit is about how passengers were treated by Air Canada. "The company did not reach out to many of the passengers, including myself, to see if we were okay or to ask if there was anything they could do." O'Mara also points out she is concerned about public safety and pilot fatigue. "It should be a wake-up call to everyone that something isn't right and that pilot fatigue is a serious problem that can affect anyone who flies."

Canadians Consider Genderless Passports
Canadian officials are considering genderless passports, aimed at those who do not identify with their birth gender but do not wish to have sexchange surgery. A government briefing note obtained by La Presse newspaper as revealing, "Passport Canada policy in relation to the gender indicated on passports is the subject of a review." The move was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the agency. The new policy might allow a gender of "x" where the passport holder feels neither "male" nor "female" represents them. Such a declaration could suit those who do not identify with the sex of their birth, but are unable to have surgery to change their sex, as well as "intersex" Canadians with ambiguous chromosomes or genitalia. Such a move would follow Australia where last year it became allowed for a passport holder to list their sex as "indeterminate" - and echoes a similar change being considered in the UK. "There are people in transition from one sex to another. In my view I don't see why passports shouldn't reflect reality," Karen Selick, from the Canadian Constitution Foundation, said.

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Try This Practice Test - Discover Canada
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. C. British Columbia and Yukon. 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. 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

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.

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5D 10 A

Bart was an average employee at his company before being released suddenly without cause. His company was merged with a competitor and Bart found himself with a new manager. Even though he had a good record and positive performance reviews, he quickly found himself laid-off from the company. The following article provides key strategies for responding to one of the most frequently asked interviewer questions, "Why did you leave (or seeking to leave) your company?"

Laid Off - Describing The Reasons You're Looking
Provide References and Proof Bart could then say he is happy to provide references from a former colleague and boss to verify his performance. Demonstrating a confidence and willingness to provide references to support your reasons for leaving is a powerful way to ensure you are believed. Speak Positively State the facts in a positive manner. Any negativity you express will only reflect negatively on you. If you're angry about the situation, you'll need to process that anger in another manner before you interview. Throwing light bulbs at the basement wall or hitting a punching bag might work. The interview is the last place to express anger about anything.

saying it to another person. Ask a friend to practice interviewing with you. Ask them to ask you this question ("Why did you leave your last company?”) and a couple other questions you fear most. Practice until you are comfortable with the words you say and how you deliver them.

Tell the Truth in Balance

Be Succinct

Describe the reason for your departure directly and succinctly. Do not go into great details unless they ask you for the details. The longer you speak on the subject the more suspicious the interviewer will become. For example: When first asked why he left his former company Bart could succinctly state, "My company merged with another firm and the new management wanted to bring in their own team. Prior to the merger I was a strong performer with positive performance reviews."

If you are questioned further about the details, stay with the facts of what happened, what you did, how you felt and what you learned. Interviewers want to know that you were not the problem and to understand how you handled yourself. Don't just state the circumstances of your departure; also add any facts that positively reflect on your performance.

Tell the Truth

Look Them in the Eye

Do not speculate on the motives or feeling of the other people involved in the events of your departure. Focus only on the facts of what happened and what you did.

What Did You Learn

This is also an opportunity to describe what you learned and how you will handle things differently in the future. Describing what you learned demonstrates that you are a life-long learner and you look on the positive side of most scenarios.

Most of us instinctively sense deception. Look the interviewer in the eyes when responding. This will convey your confidence, communicate that this is the truth and that you have nothing to hide.

Practice and Conquer Your Fear

Write out your response and practice saying it. First, practice responding out loud to yourself and then practice

Aleem Kamal , is the President of Arza Employment Services Ltd and operates an Employment Agency based out of Surrey, BC .For more information on this topic please contact employment@alameen

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Berries

Best Fruits For Diabetes
Peaches
the go — a small apple is a great fruit choice, with just 54 calories and 14 carb grams. Apples are also loaded with fiber and a good source of vitamin C. Don’t peel your apples, though — the skins are full of antioxidants. into your next spinach salad.

Kiwi

Oranges

Whether you love blueberries, strawberries, or any other type of berries, you have the go-ahead to indulge. According to the Diabetic Association, berries are a diabetes superfood because they’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and are low-carb. Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries have 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. If you can resist the urge to just pop them in your mouth, try berries in a parfait, alternating layers of fruit with plain non-fat yogurt — it makes a great dessert or breakfast.

Fragrant, juicy peaches are a warmweather treat and can be included in your low-carb diabetic diet. Peaches contain vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. Peaches are delicious on their own or tossed into iced tea for a fruity twist. When you want a snack, whip up a quick smoothie by pureeing peach slices with low-fat buttermilk, crushed ice, and a touch of cinnamon or ginger.

Apricots

Eat one orange and you’ve gotten all the vitamin C you need in a day. This low-carb, low GI choice comes in at only 15 grams of carbohydrates and 62 calories. Oranges also contain folate and potassium, which can help normalize blood pressure. And while you're enjoying this juicy treat, don't forget that other citrus fruits, like grapefruit, are also great choices.

Pears

Cherries

Sweet, low-carb apricots are a summer fruit staple and a wonderful addition to your diabetes meal plan. One apricot has just 17 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates. Four fresh apricots equal one serving and provide more than 70 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement. These fruity jewels are also a good source of fiber. Try mixing some diced apricots into hot or cold cereal or toss some in a salad.

If you’ve never tried a low-carb kiwi, you might not know that its brown fuzzy peel hides a zesty bright green fruit. Delicious kiwi is a good source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. One large kiwi has about 56 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates, so it’s a smart addition to your diabetic diet. Kiwis are available year-round and will last in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Apples

Cherries are a low-carb, low GI choice and can safely be included in your diabetic diet. Twelve sweet cherries have 59 calories and 14 grams of carbohydrates. Cherries, especially tart ones, are packed with antioxidants, which may fight heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Cherries can be purchased fresh, canned, frozen, or dried. But since many canned and dried fruits contain added sugar, be sure to check the labels.

Give an apple to the teacher, especially if she has diabetes. And toss one in your purse or tote bag if you're on

Pears are a low-carb fruit and a wise addition to your diabetes meal plan. They are a good source of potassium and fiber. Unlike most fruit, they actually improve in texture and flavor after they’re picked. Store pears at room temperature until they’re ripe and perfect for eating (they can then be stored in the refrigerator). Here's a taste treat: Slice up a pear and toss it

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Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)
This week's scenario is highlighted by your ability to make a very good first impression. People with good attitudes are much easier to be around. So, just be yourself and others will fall in love with you. Use your time wisely and spend it with children who need your guidance. It'll really help you to feel the magic again. Your impeccable charm will help you to handle your responsibilities with strong authority and creative style. Important details may be overlooked by those who do not care. You need to oversee everything of any importance. Pace yourself so that you don't get too tired or run down. Since you may not get the time to play that you wanted, find ways to enjoy whatever it is that you have to do. Even if you don't accomplish much, at least you'll have a good time doing it. By week's end, your life will feel stirred up into a romantic flurry. Wish on a star, it may just come true.

passion, excitement and the start of new relationships. Negative energy will have no power over the positive flow that you are rolling on, but remember, you need to learn to walk first before you can run. The warmth you feel inside will spark your passion for life. Get out there and enjoy all that life has to give. Look past others misgivings in order to take advantage of their expertise. You may not understand all the workings of a new technology, but you can figure out how to use it for your own purpose. Check your list and make sure you cover all the bases. Others will be ready to open up to you and to share all of what they have, both spiritually and physically. In time, you'll do well, but don't expect the cash to flow immediately. Your financial picture will brighten, as time goes on.

LEO (Jul 23 - Aug 22)

continue to play the waiting game. Others want answers right away, but you should take some time to analyze the whole picture. If you try to push the process faster, something will hit the fan. Unfounded suspicions and accusations will only make others more uncomfortable. It's better to keep quiet than to be negative. A surprise will shake things up and provide you with some answers. Try to be as discreet as possible. You're ready to accept the news but not everybody is. If you expect the circumstances to change, you'll be ahead of the competition. By week's end, you should take a couple of days to just lay low and wait. Your idea of home is broad and your positive approach will have a profound effect on those around you. Find out their likes and dislikes.

in a way that encourages others want to join in. You know just which emotions to draw out of others and when to do it. You could combine valid points of view to provide a dynamic effort. Supporters will rally for your cause. Look upward and forward. Doubts should not be considered an option. Teamwork is easy for you and it could prove to be very profitable, in the long run. You'll come out ahead no matter where you start from. By week's end, you may get tired of being patient. Selfishness will try to rear its ugly head, unless you get what's rightfully yours. Do what you can to maintain your composure but don't give up on your dreams.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 20)

This week's scenario is highlighted by your ability to put your ideas into motion. In order to accomplish your immediate goals, you must reach out and try new ways to get the job done. If you want to see results, you should know who can help. Maybe there really is a way to benefit from this power surge you feel. You have a great network of allies that can provide you with some solid support. Partnerships will bring you more resources than if you try to go it alone. Listen to reason rather than emotion. If you start to promote your own ideas others will find it hard to deny your requests. By week's end, you should try to slow down your pace a little so you don't forget certain details that are important to you. You'll need a cool and level head while others are losing theirs. A secret will be revealed in time, so you'd better learn to wait. Know your limits and try to work within them. Open the pressure valve in your head and try to relax.

This week's scenario is highlighted by your need to get things completed prior to starting your next project. You've gotten behind and need to get a better grasp of things. You usually work hard but lately you've been very lax in matters of importance. Everyone is a specialist or is in need of one. Prove that you know more than your history suggests. Save time and money by drawing on the resources that you already possess. If this strategy has worked for you in the past, then it will probably work again. Strike a happy medium with authorities who are being too rigid about your boundaries. An apology, a smile or a hug will get you what you want. Things are changing quickly and you need to get with the program. True friendships will be able to withstand the upcoming changes. By week's end you'll feel in control once again. Friends and family will notice the transformation and be very happy with the results. You'll have the upper hand in a friendship or romance. Promise them a massage and your wish will be their command.

SCORPIO (Oct 24 - Nov 21)

This week's scenario is highlighted by your ability to act on your emotions. Sometimes, you may be too quick to re-act, but this week, you're right to take a stance. Others are the same as always, but your perception of them will change radically. Be aware that your words and your actions will affect them greatly. You can probably talk your way out it, but everybody is watching to see the outcome. Stay calm and your confidence level will rise. Everybody wants security, but their concepts may be different than yours. Your job is to find some common ground and then to start from there. Call for a truce and really listen to others' opinions. Seek the help of those who want to be productive instead of destructive. Avoid miscommunications of any sort. You need to get focused on the realities that face you.

This week's scenario is highlighted by your ability to get yourself a better perspective on things. Recent events have made your temper flare and you need to re-organize and consolidate your energy. Even though you feel agitated, you're very social and very capable. Once the meetings are over, transform your home into a refuge from the real world for a while. Step back and realize that things aren't quite as bad as you thought. Your positive flow has actually put you in a better position than you were before. You may have to act before you think you are ready to do so. Trust your intuition and don't allow others to intimidate you. Friendships and love relationships will flourish once you decide to speak strongly from your heart. Your wishes and dreams will thrive on the new secure place you've found within yourself. Others will feel the energy and benefit greatly from your warmth.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

PISCES(Feb 19 - Mar 20)

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 21)

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 20)

This week's scenario is highlighted by your ability to take the responsibility for your actions. You'll have many options from which to pick from. A show of strength will improve your standing in the community. Choose the honorable road. You may need to go out on a limb, but you'll have strong support from those in authority. You may need to fulfill a family obligation that you almost forgot about. You'll realize that your personal relationships need more attention than you're giving them. Someone who you've recently pushed away will try to return into your life. Everybody will want to be your friend, but your words may hurt your cause. You'll have to work on being more understanding without losing your winning edge. The week end's activities will provide you with food, friends and good conversations. The rest you get will help you to replenish your energy and improve your perspective. This week's scenario is highlighted by

LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23)

This week's scenario is highlighted by your need to find new ways to succeed. Past performance will not carry much weight and will not have any bearing on the current situation. You need to find your voice and figure out how to use it to your best advantage. Before moving ahead on your own, think about ways to unite others. Human emotions cannot rule you, this time. You must try to look at things on a more intellectual plane. Try your best to stay clear of those who try to bring you down to their level. You need to look beyond the immediate to understand how the bigger picture works. Everyone needs to feel secure, some may rely on luck but you have your own strategy in place. In order to succeed, you must first expand your reach beyond here and now. Each step you take now will be bold and relevant. You know what must happen, but your patience is wearing thin. Hasty action now will only put you on shakier ground. Relax and enjoy.

This week's scenario is highlighted by your ability to get back to your basic needs and wants. People with attitude problems shouldn't even come into the equation, stay clear of them. Your dilemma is that everybody wants a piece of you. There's usually a reason for everything that you do, but your creativity may be driven more out of necessity than talent. If you want to try to turn this situation around, you'd better start now. Use the raw materials you have on hand to demonstrate your idea of art and beauty. You'll have no choice but to be yourself when you journey on this new adventure. By week's end, the mysteries will start to wear thin and expose the harsh reality that really exists. You may have to temporarily withdraw from your profession in order to handle this personal matter. Once you finish dealing with the problem, you'll be able to find a lot more compassion from your peers than you ever expected. You'll be able enjoy conversations with people who like to laugh.

This week's scenario is highlighted by your ability to get yourself back on track to the road to success. Recent events have put your emotional and physical well being out of whack. Static energy will only cause you to short out your battery. Simple pleasures will be needed in order to help you to relax. Strong words will only bring strong re-actions. Realize that tempers may be short in those sensitive areas. You need a break from away from extreme solutions to dealing with simple problems. Stay confident in who you are and you'll be ensured a smoother ride. Being in between jobs or relationships can make you feel very isolated. A compromise on your part will restart stalled talks. By combining your resources, you'll be able to find the perfect kind of operation. Your love life has suffered lately and now you need to start melting the heart that you love. You'll be welcomed back with open arms. Your personal life is now closer to where you wanted it to be.
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CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22)

This week's scenario is highlighted by your ability to bide your time. You need to

This week's scenario is highlighted by motivation and positive reinforcement. Recent events have put you in a position of power. You'll feel moved into proclaiming an alliance between yourself and your peers. Your message will come across

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The Stolen History Of Indo Fijian Girmitiya
[A wreath (shradhanjali ke do phool) in memory of my forbears on the 133rd anniversary of Girmit Remembrance Day on 14 May, 2012]
Coolie, what Coolie? Yes, if you are a non-Gujarati and a non-Punjabi Indo Fijian having roots in Fiji, chances are that you are a descendant of one. Yes, Coolie, or dog, that is the derogatory name the white British gave to your forbears, the girmitiyas, the indentured labourers. No matter if you are in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Britain or Timbuktu, you have no choice in this matter-that is a historical fact. I do not blame you for not knowing anything about this. Girmitiya history of Fiji has been deliberately hidden from the world. In Fiji's primary and secondary school history, we learnt about early history of indigenous Fijians, about provincial tribal wars and their legends. We also learnt about the prowess and courage of various European explorers and seamen, the history of the British royal family, contributions of the British and Commonwealth in developing the earth, and so on about the glory of the white men's contributions to carving out the destiny of the world. However, as far as Fiji's history is concerned, there is almost no acknowledgement of girmitiya contributions to its development. The accounts of trickery of recruiters, of whipping, over-tasking of work, unauthorized pay cuts, punching, kicking, suicides, rapes, sexual violations and killing in the cane fields of early Fiji have been completely missed by the history books. This was no accident but deliberately done to hide the inhumane, criminal and villainous acts by the “axis of evil. This comprised the colonialist British and Australian governments and the monster Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR), against the innocent and defenseless indentured labourers. Since the British were the colonial rulers of Fiji for around a century, they had a distinct advantage of manipulating history. That is why we learnt manufactured history devoid of the contributions and sufferings of indentured Indians. It is unfortunate that even Fiji's people settled overseas, like in Sacramento, Brisbane, Vancouver, San Francisco, and in my Auckland have been so immersed in their new found prosperity that any thought of Girmit or Girmitiyas was considered blasphemy, scratching of old wounds and digging of historical graves. Some six years ago I hoped to mark Girmit Day on May 14 in Auckland, but was shunned by the descendants of Girmitiyas. What a shame. Even a temple, supported and frequented by Indo- Fijians in Manurewa in South Auckland with an appropriate hall refused to grant us free use as they had to pay a mortgage for their loan. How about the mortgage that we owe to the sacrifices and sufferings of girmitiyas that have landed us in this prosperity now? Can Indo-Fijians settled abroad be so thankless, conceited, selfish and forgetful? What I suggest is that we need to tell our children and grandchildren about our heritage. They should be told the stories of Girmit so that they know where they have descended from. They should know how full of suffering have been those sea journeys between 1879 and 1916 which saw some 60,000 Indians brought to Fiji. Unfortunately, their sufferings and sacrifices have been ignored, sadly by their own descendents as well as history. As we mark 133 years of the first arrival of indentured labourers to Fiji on 14 May, 1879, this article is meant as a wreath on the graves of girmitiyas (shradhanjali ke do phool ) to whom the whole of Fiji and those who originated from there owe its gratitude. And so do us, the descendants of the Girmitiyas. In recognition of their sacrifices, Waitakere Indian Association, in Auckland, like pioneers in Diwali and Holi celebrations in West Auckland, are going to commemorate a day in memory of our Girmitiyas. Girmit Memoriam Day will be held on Sunday 20th May, 2012 in Auckland. While Indo Fijians in Wellington, Melbourne, and Auckland will mark this day, one wonders what the descendants of girmitiyas in other parts of the world, including Brisbane, Sacramento, San Francisco and Vancouver and even in Fiji will do to remember this day. During last Australia and New Zealand Army Corps day on 25 April, we marked ANZAC in New Zealand in a big way, with over 10,000 gathering for dawn services at Auckland Museum. New Zealand community marked the sacrifices of their forbears during the wars and even very young children woke up early in cold autumn morning for dawn services at 5 am to remember the sacrifices of their grandfathers and great grandfathers. One wonders whether Indo-Fijians possess that same passion to remember the sacrifices of their forbears. Shamelessly, we have forgotten all of them. It appears we live to the reputation as selfish, greedy and thankless people as branded by I Taukei (indigenous Fijians). One wonders where Fiji Girmit Council is and whether anybody there will remember the sacrifices and suffering of girmitiyas on this day. Lest we forget, this article is dedicated by the children of girmit to the other 60,000 Bansi (my grandfather), Bhura (my grandmother) and Bholai jahaji bhai (travelling shipmate) who transformed Fiji from a cannibalistic tribalism and jungle to a flourishing country which has been referred to as crown jewel of Pacific, through sacrifices and sufferings of girmitiyas who have not been acknowledged by history.

I salute them for their sacrifices and vision for their children. May the soul of our departed Girmitiyas rest in peace! Om Shanti, Shanti Shanti.

Thakur Ranjit Singh (E-mail: thakurji@xtra.co.nz ) (About the author: Thakur Ranjit Singh is a third generation Indo Fijian whose grandfather Bansi arrived in Fiji in 1915 from Karouli, Rajasthan where Thakur visited in 2003 to trace his roots. Originally from Rarawai, Ba Fiji, he is now settled in Auckland New Zealand. He is a media commentator for ethnic newspapers in Brisbane, San Francisco, Sacramento, Vancouver, Fiji and New Zealand.)

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How To Get The Best Babysitter For Your Child
When it comes to finding a babysitter, Patricia admits she's a bit of a stalker mom. "I'm always scouting girls out, watching to see how mature they are," she says, laughing. Patricia, who has two daughters, Lynda , 6, and Ella, 3, works shift work, so having a roster of reliable sitters on hand is essential. But as so many parents quickly discover, they aren't always easy to find – or keep. Especially the good ones. Helen, 14, is the babysitting mogul of her neighbourhood. Helen’s mother, police Det. Sgt. Pauline, began preparing her daughter for the responsibility of caring for other people's children beforehand. "We started off by paying her to occupy our friends' younger children when we had dinner parties," says Pauline. "Now she's generating her own flyers and business cards." Whether you're in Patricia's position of trying to line up a babysitter you trust or you're helping prep your own teen for the job, you'll find the smartest strategies come from seasoned pros. We asked babysitting experts – including satisfied parents and teens in the trenches – for their tried-and-true advice on what works and what doesn't. move on, the younger sibling will be ready to take her place.''

Do your homework

Picking the perfect sitter

As desperate as you may be for an adult night out, don't let down your guard. 'Parents take too many risks with their sitters. They don't take the time they would in any other situation involving their children.' Here’s how to make hiring a babysitter a relatively worry-free experience.

Get multiple references – and follow up. They can be from neighbours, teachers, other babysitting clients or the soccer coach. Ask open-ended questions such as, 'Tell me about Sally,' or 'What's she like with other children?' You're trying to get a sense of the patience and maturity level of the sitter. If you like what you hear, set up an interview and watch how the sitter interacts with your children. While maturity and good judgment are key, you also want someone who genuinely likes children and will do fun things with them. Don't hesitate to ask a few scenariostyle questions: 'What would you do if my child had a fever or if someone came to the door'? Check, too, whether the potential sitter has taken a babysitting course. ''At least then he has some basic knowledge about child behaviour, so he knows it’s not appropriate to give a toddler food to take to bed or he doesn't think. If the prescreening is successful, pay the sitter to watch your children for a few hours while you’re there, too. Check in on occasion during the trial run to see how everyone's getting along. If the sitter is on the couch reading a book and ignoring the children, you can pretty much gauge how things will go in your absence.

Be clear about your expectations

Know who you're hiring

Don’t wait until you’re in a jam to start looking for a sitter, then turn to Craigslist. The best place to recruit is among relatives, friends and neighbours. Knowing the sitter's family brings peace of mind. If the parents are trustworthy, then you expect they're raising their kids a certain way, too. When Patricia takes her daughters to drop-ins and their co-op nursery school, she uses the opportunity to chat up the nannies and babysitters, and she makes inquiries at her church. She also makes a point of scouting out potential candidates at her local park. ''There's one girl who is only in Grade 7, but she's always nice and she seems more mature. I'll keep my eye on her.'' Finding a sitter with a younger sibling is a bonus, adds Patricia, who is always looking one step ahead. ''Once they reach 16, you have about six months to a year before they leave you. My hope is that when the older girl is ready to

Review the house rules with your sitter (no reality-based TV shows, for example), preferably with the kids present. Children are always going to be testing. Let's see what we can get away with. That way, you can make sure everyone is on the same page.' Marryn , 20, recalls babysitting a sixyear-old whose parents were ''health nuts.'' When the parents found out she'd shared a Popsicle with their daughter and painted her fingernails princess pink, they flipped out. ''I was just trying to be nice to the little girl,'' says Marryn. ''They really laid out the rules after that!'' Take time to spell out to a fledgling sitter what he can or can't do after the children are tucked into bed: watch TV, use the computer or phone, have a friend over, etc.

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Eye Colour May Indicate Serious Skin Conditions' Risk
Eye colour could be an indicator of whether a person is at a high-risk for certain serious skin conditions, according to a new study. A study, led by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, shows people with blue eyes are less likely to have vitiligo. It then follows, according to scientists, that people with brown eyes may be less likely to have melanoma. Vitiligo is an autoimmune skin disease in which pigment loss results in irregular white patches of skin and hair. Melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer. It looked at almost 3,000 people with vitiligo of Non-Hispanic European ancestry, identifying 13 new genes that predispose to vitiligo. Among the vitiligo patients, approximately 27 percent had blue/ gray eyes, 43 percent had tan or brown eyes and 30 percent had green or hazel eyes, which is significantly different from the normal distribution of eye colour where approximately 52 percent of Americans of Non-Hispanic European ancestry have blue/gray eyes, 22 percent have green/hazel eyes, and 27 percent have tan or brown eyes. Richard Spritz, MD, is director of the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program at the CU School of Medicine, the coordinating center for the research. Spritz said the study primarily looked at vitiligo but also has implications for melanoma. 'Genetically, in some ways vitiligo and melanoma are polar opposites. Some of the same genetic variations that make one more likely to have vitiligo make one less likely to have melanoma, and vice-versa,' said Spritz. 'Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, in which a person's immune system attacks their normal pigment cells. We think that vitiligo represents over-activity of a normal process by which one's immune system searches out and destroys early cancerous melanoma cells.' People with vitiligo are at higher risk for various other autoimmune diseases, such as thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Vitiligo patients' close relatives also are at higher risk for these same diseases, even if they don't have vitiligo. Spritz said this means there must be some genes that push towards these autoimmune diseases in general, while other genes and environmental triggers determine which autoimmune disease occurs and when.

Curry Ingredient Curcumin 'Could Be Key To Beating Bowel Cancer'
A chemical found in curry is to be tested for its ability to kill bowel cancer tumours in patients. Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric, has been linked to a range of health benefits. Studies have already shown that it can beat cancer cells grown in a laboratory and benefits have been suggested in stroke and dementia patients as well. Now a trial at hospitals in Leicester will investigate giving curcumin alongside chemotherapy drugs. About 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year. If the disease spreads around the body, patients are normally given a combination of three chemotherapy drugs, but about half will not respond. Forty patients at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital will take part in the trial, which will compare the effects of giving curcumin pills seven days before starting standard chemotherapy treatment. William Steward, who is leading the study, said animal tests combining the two were '100 times better' than either on their own and that had been the 'major justification for cracking on' with the trial. Once bowel cancer has spread it is very difficult to treat, partly because the side effects of chemotherapy can limit how long patients can have treatment. The prospect that curcumin might increase the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapy is exciting because it could mean giving lower doses, so patients have fewer side effects and can keep having treatment for longer. This research is at a very early stage, but investigating the potential of plant chemicals to treat cancer is an intriguing area that we hope could provide clues to developing new drugs in the future.

British surgeons are all set to conduct next week the world`s first `heart shrinking` trial in humans aimed at combating cardiac failure. The technique will involve electrically stimulating one of the nerves leading to the heart, which it is hoped could shrink the heart and improve life expectancy, says a team at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and The Royal Liverpool University Hospital. The first patient will be operated on next week, after the technique was shown to keep rats and dogs alive for longer, as reported. As the heart loses its ability to pump, it fills with too much blood and becomes stretched over time. The more the heart enlarges, the worse the symptoms. So, surgeons hope to reverse the damage. They will fit a device - similar to a pacemaker - to the vagus nerve which runs to the heart. Surgeons say that the electrical

Shrinking The Heart To Fight Cardiac Failure

stimulation should "protect the heart" from the effects of the hormone adrenaline. Adrenaline makes the heart pump harder and faster; this is one of the body`s responses to heart failure - but doctors say it becomes toxic over time and damages the heart further. The idea is that by shielding the heart, it`ll stop enlarging and begin to shrink, say the surgeons. Dr Jay Wright, a consultant cardiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, said, "We`re hoping it will shrink the heart, but it might not be to normal size." He said shrinkage "would lead to improvement in symptoms - we know that the bigger the heart the worse the symptoms”. Nearly 100 patients will take part in the trial at 30 hospitals around the world. The first will be Carl Jordan , who used to be a paramedic . He has had several heart attacks which have damaged his heart, causing it to become enlarged.

It is a known fact that eating too much food can cause obesity, but the fear of not having enough food may lead to the same result, a new study has claimed. According to the new study, being worried about not having enough food to feed one`s family, a situation called food insecurity, is common in lowincome families. These families often are overweight, too. "Understanding the reasons why poverty puts families at greater risk of obesity is essential to addressing the epidemic," Rachel Gross, lead author of the study from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and The Children`s Hospital at Montefiore in New York, said. Gross and her colleagues at the New York University School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center, interviewed 201 low-income mothers with infants younger than 6 months about their feeding styles, feeding practices and concerns about their child becoming overweight. Studies have shown that feeding patterns leading to obesity often begin in infancy. The mothers primarily were Hispanic, and all participated in the Special

Fear Of Not Having Enough Food Leads To Obesity

Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The results showed that about one-third of the mothers reported food insecurity. "We found that food insecurity is related to controlling feeding practices, which have been shown to increase child obesity. "These controlling feeding practices involved both restriction, in which parents limit the infant`s intake even if the infant is hungry, and pressuring, in which the parent encourages the infant to eat more even if the infant is full," Gross said. It is believed that when mothers control what an infant eats, it may disrupt the child`s ability to regulate his or her own hunger and fullness, leading to overeating and inappropriate weight gain, she said. Food-insecure mothers also were more concerned about their child becoming overweight than mothers who weren’t worried about having enough food for their families. "This work suggests that in addition to addressing hunger and malnutrition, it is critical that policy efforts be made to work with food-insecure families to prevent the opposite problem - obesity," she added.

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Obama Voices Support For Gay Marriage
US President Barack Obama says he now supports same-sex marriage, ending months of equivocation on a subject with powerful US election-year consequences. to get married. He said he came to the conclusion over the course of several years of talking to family and friends. Mr Obama has previously said his personal views of gay marriage were evolving, a stance that frustrated gay rights supporters. Mr Obama disclosed his support for gay marriage in an interview with ABC News just six months out from the November US Presidential election. "I've been going through an evolution on this issue. I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," President Obama said in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts. "At a certain point, I just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married."

World's Most Expensive Contemporary Artwork Fetches $86M
A SUNSET-colored painting by Mark Rothko became the world's most expensive contemporary artwork when it fetched $86.9 million in a stunningly lucrative auction at Christie's in New York. "Orange, red, yellow" was as hot on the Christie's block as the colors on the bold, large-scale abstract canvas. A thicket of hands shot up to catch the attention of auctioneer Christopher Burge, bids leaping in increments of a million, sometimes two million dollars. The hammer finally fell at a hair under $87 million, including final commission, breaking both the previous record for Rothko's most expensive work of $72.84 million and the record for any contemporary work of art at auction, Christie's said. Collectors were in full cry all evening, knocking 14 artists' records down and repeatedly meeting or exceeding presale high estimates. Total takings of $388.5 million were the highest ever for a contemporary art auction, a record last set in 2007, Christie's said.

Mr Obama said he has concluded that it is important for him to affirm that he thinks same-sex couples should be able

PARIS, the City of Lights, is also the city with the most expensive club sandwich in the world, according to a global survey released by an online travel service. Hotels.com said it price-checked club sandwiches at more than 750 hotels in 26 cities in Asia, Europe, North America and South America to help travellers size up the affordability of different national capitals. The result? Paris topped the list with an average price of $32.85 for the iconic chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich that's a fixture on virtually every hotel restaurant and room-service menu. Geneva placed second at $32.56, followed by Oslo at $30.50. New Delhi was cheapest at $9.57. Berlin and Brasilia were bang in the middle at $17.77 each - slightly more expensive that New York's $16.93. Tokyo came in at $27.65, Hong Kong at $18.35, London at $18.71 and Toronto at $16.05. "Paris may well be the gastronomic capital of the world, but travellers may be better off sticking to a croquemonsieur," Hotels.com spokeswoman Alison Couper said.

Paris Takes The Cake For Priciest Sandwich

AN Indian-born man who slit his wife's throat with a box cutter has been acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of provocation. A NSW Supreme Court jury acquitted pressures. Chamanjot Singh of the more serious Crown prosecutor Paul Leask alleged charge on Tuesday after the 24-year- Singh became jealous of his wife old had denied murdering his wife, developing new friendships in Sydney, Manpreet Kaur, on December 29, 2009, became violent towards her at times in the house they shared with others at and killed her when she said she was Westmead in Sydney's west. leaving him. However, he admitted manslaughter on On the night she was strangled and had the basis of provocation, saying he lost her throat cut, Ms Kaur was heard to control of his body and mind after she scream out in Punjabi, "Save me, save said she'd never loved him and loved me. I won't do it again, sorry, sorry." another man. As well as losing control due to his wife The couple married in India in September saying she never loved him, Singh told 2008 and Ms Kaur moved to Australia on the jury her brother made comments a student visa in January 2009. on a speaker phone from India about Her husband joined her on a dependent Singh's mother. spouse visa in May the same year. "He told me if you want to take care Singh's barrister, Chrissa Loukas, told of your mother, have sex with her and the jury his client had been caught in have a kid with her and it will be good a "triangle of desperation" involving for you," Singh said. his wife's infidelity, the threat of Justice Peter McClellan adjourned deportation, and family and financial sentencing proceedings to May 24.

Man Who Killed Wife Guilty Of Manslaughter

Mother Makes Girl, 12, Wear Nappy
A US woman and her boyfriend shaved the head of her 12-year-old daughter and forced the girl to wear a nappy and run up and down outside their home because she wasn't doing well at school, police said. Police arrested the two on Tuesday on suspicion of malicious punishment of a child. Lieutenant Mike Monsrud said they laughed as they were taken away and apparently didn't understand why police had intervened. They told police they were punishing the girl because she had bad grades and failed to do her homework. A crowd of about 50 people had gathered to watch the girl, who was wearing only the nappy and a tank top and was begging to be let back inside her home near Minneapolis. "When the officer found her, she was crying and hysterical," Lt Monsrud told the reporter. The mother and boyfriend were in jail. The girl and three younger children were placed in foster care.

Pit Bull Rescues Unconscious Owner From Speeding Train's Path Near Boston
AN eight-year-old pit bull named Lilly is being hailed a hero after frantically pulling her unconscious owner from train tracks moments before a freight train barreled through. The engineer who stopped the train saw the dog pulling her owner, Christine Spain, away from the tracks around midnight local time May 4 in Shirley, Massachusetts, around 39 miles (63km) northwest of Boston. The train engineer attempted to stop but could not avoid hitting Lilly. Spain was not injured, but Lilly suffered a complete "de-gloving" of her right foot - all of the muscle and skin were gone. Her pelvis was fractured in multiple locations, and she also suffered other internal injuries. But even as police and firefighters arrived at the scene, Lilly stayed by her owner's side. Lilly was taken to an emergency animal hospital in Acton where Boston police officer David Lanteigne, who rescued Lilly three years ago as a therapy dog for his alcoholic mother, picked Lilly up and brought her to Angell Animal Medical Centre in Boston, where emergency veterinarians examined her. Lilly's right front leg could not be saved and had to be amputated, and because of her age, doctors decided not to operate on her pelvis until she had time to recover from the amputation. She had the second surgery last Sunday and was recovering in Angell's Emergency and Critical Care unit in a kennel adorned with pictures, notes and get-well cards brought by her family, friends and neighbors. Because Lilly's medical care likely will run into the thousands of dollars, a fund was set up for donations to help offset her treatment costs.

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Udit Narayan
Juhi Chawla and playback singer Alka Yagnik to stardom. After the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, he became one of the leading playback singers in the Indian film industry. He has worked with musicians like R D Burman, Rajesh Roshan, LaxmikantPyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, A. R. Rahman, Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin Lalit, Anu Malik,Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy,Himesh Reshammiya,Anand Raj Anand, Aadesh Shrivastava,PritamChakraborty, SajidWajid, Vishal-Shekhar, and directors like Yash Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ashutosh Gowariker and Karan Johar. Some of those films include Lagaan, Darr, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Devdas, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Swades and Veer Zaara. He has also sung hit songs for actors like Aamir Khan, Sunny Deol, Akshay Kumar, Shahid Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Sunil Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Bobby Deol, Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgan. Udit's capability as a playback singer knows no bounds, as he has been magnanimously acclaimed in every kind of melody - soulful, romantic, fast-paced and recently, even pop. Udit has an extremely versatile tone which appears to flawlessly suit every Indian hero on screen. Udit Narayan possesses one of the largest arrays of hit songs in the industry. Udit Narayan has sung many songs with Lata Mangeshkar in many successful Hindi films like Darr, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai, Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain, Veer-Zaara, Lagaan, Mujhse Dosti Karoge to name some. His has done most of his duets with Alka Yagnik. They have sung for movies Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Raja, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Raja Hindustani, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham..., One 2 Ka 4, Lagaan, Tere Naam, Kyon Ki to name some. Udit Narayan is best known for his exceptional vocal quality and his originality. His vocal quality often compared with the Bollywood veteran singers like Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi. His voice never resembled any of the old singers. Many musical biggies like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Pankaj Udhas and Anup Jalota believe that Udit Narayan is the best in his generation for his quality in voice and originality Udit Narayan has been hailed as the screen voice of Shah Rukh Khan and has sung many songs for him in famous movies like Darr, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Devdas, Chalte Chalte and Swades for which he won his third National Film Award for the song "Yeh Taara Woh Taara". At the same time, he sang in Nepalese movies, and also acted in two Nepali films Kusume Rumal and Pirati. He has worked in Nepalese films as well, in particular for composer Shambhujeet Baskota. During his early singing career, he performed songs composed by Shiva Shankar, Natikaji and Gopal Yonjan. In 2004, he released his first private Nepalese album, Upahaar, in which he also sang duets with his wife Deepa Jha. At the Hits FM Awards in 2004 he won awards in two major categories for the album, Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Some of Narayan's other private albums are Bhajan Sangam, Bhajan Vatika, I love You, Dil Deewana, Yeh Dosti, Love is Life, Jhumka de Jhumka, Sona No Ghadulo, Dhuli Ganga, and Ma Tarini. He was in the panel of judges of Indian Idol 3 along with music composer Anu Malik and female playback singer Alisha Chinai on Sony TV. He was in the panel of judges on Sony TV for Waar Pariwaar, a reality show based on the bringing together of a singing gharana (family of singers). He shared judging duties with fellow playback singer Kumar Sanu and Jatin Pandit of the famous music duo JatinLalit. Indian Idol 3 judge, Sa Re Gama many time special, X Factor, Jo Jita wo super Star special judges Narayan has performed in many stage shows in India and abroad and is the recipient of a large number of awards. These include Screen Videocon Award, MTV Best Video Award and Pride of India Gold Award. In 2009, Narayan was considering running as a candidate for the Padma Shri. In 2010, Udit Narayan with Madhushree sang for the English independent film "When Harry Tries to Marry" Personal life Narayan is a resident of Mumbai. He is married and has one son. His second wife Deepa Narayan, whom he married in 1985, is a singer, and the two recorded an album together titled Dil Deewana. Their son is Aditya Narayan who is a former child actor, singer and television presenter. Aditya Narayan started his singing for child artists in Nepali film with his father before starting his singing career in Hindi movies in the 1990s and also acted in a few films. Awards and nominations 2009: Padma Shri, India's 4th highest civilian honour. · He has received Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu,one of the highest honor given to the civilians traditionally given by the king and now by Nepalese president, by the late king Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. · Maharashtra Ratna Award from Government of Maharashtra in 2011 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: 2002: "Mitwa" - Lagaan & "Jaane Kyon" - Dil Chahta Hain · 2003: "Chhote Chhote Sapne" - Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai · 2005: "Yeh Taara Woh Taara" Swades Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Won): 1988: "Papa Kehte Hai" - Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak · 1995: "Mehndi Lagake Rakhna" - Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge · 1996: "Pardesi Pardesi" - Raja Hindustani · 1999: "Chand Chupa Badal Mein" - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam · 2001: "Mitwaa" - Lagaan Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Nominated): 1992: "Pehla Nasha" - Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar · 1993: "Phoolon Sa Chehra Tera" - Anari · 1993: "Jado Teri Nazar" - Darr · 1994: "Tu Cheez Badi Hai" Mohra · 1995: "Raja Ko Rani Se" Akele Hum Akele Tum · 1996: "Ho Nahin Sakta" Diljale, "Ghar Se Nikalte Hi" - Papa Kehte Hain · 1997: "Dil To Pagal Hai", "Bholi Si Sorat" - Dil To Pagal Hai · 1998: "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" Kuch Kuch Hota Hai · 2000: "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha" Dhadkan · 2001: "Udhja Kaale Kawwa" Gadar · 2003: "Tere Naam" - Tere Naam,"Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala" - Koi Mil Gaya · 2004: "Main Yahaan Hoon" - Veer Zaara, "Yeh Tara Woh Tara" Swades Star Screen Award Best Male Playback: 1996: "Aye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein" Raja Hindustani · 2002: "Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki" - Devdas Zee Cine Award Best Playback SingerMale: 2000: "Chand Chupa Badal Mein" Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam IIFA Best Male Playback Award: 2000: "Chand Chupa Badal Mein" Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam ·

Udit Narayan Jha, popularly known as Udit Narayan is a playback singer in commercial Hindi, Kannada, Nepali, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Garhwali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Assamese, Maithili and Bengali language cinema. Narayan has sung in 32 different languages. He has won three National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. King of melody, Udit Narayan Jha was born on December 1, 1955 in a village called Bhardaha in the Saptari district, Nepal. His father was Hare Krishna Jha and his mother was Bhuwaneshwari Devi. Narayan studied at P.B. School, Rajbiraj, where he passed his S.L.C.(Class 10) and later obtained his intermediate from Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, mostly known as RR campus Kathmandu. Udit Narayan began his career in Nepal singing for Radio Nepal as a staff artiste for Maithili and Nepali folk songs. His first filmy playback singing was for Nepali film Sindur. It was a duet song with Sushmaa Shrestha now known as Poornima in Hindi film Industry. After eight years in that role, Indian Embassy offered him the chance to study classical music at a prestigious school in Bombay, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan on a music scholarship. He moved to Bombay in 1978. He got his first break in 1980, when noted music director (composer) Rajesh Roshan asked him to playback for the Hindi film Unees Bees, and was given the opportunity to sing with the veteran Mohammed Rafi. He later provided playback for a number of films, the most notable being Sannata (1981), Bade Dil Wala (1983) and Tan-Badan (1986). The actual success story of his career began in 1988 when Anand-Milind gave him the oppportunity to sing all the songs for the successful Bollywood movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, earning him a Filmfare Award. The film also brought actor Aamir Khan, actress

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She is one actress in Bollywood, who is bold, beautiful and super talented. Well, we are talking about Vidya

Vidya Balan Receives National Award!
Balan. Bollywood is truly lucky to have found her. The actress received the National Award from the Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari in New Delhi for her superb performance in The Dirty Picture. Vidya donned a rose pink-coloured Kanjeevaram saree and needless to say, she looked stunning as always. Vidya Balan after having received the award, told reporters, “I am extremely humbled. This (National Award) is the highest honour for any actor, and I feel happy and humbled and I just wish that the team of The Dirty Picture was with me to share this moment. This is truly humbling,” Vidya’s parents had accompanied her to the event. What was interesting is that her boyfriend Siddharth Roy Kapur was also present at the same event, receiving the award for Chillar Party (Best Children’s Film) on behalf of UTV. The 59th National Film Awards ceremony was a grand event.

Shahid Replaces Boman, Riteish As IIFA Host?
Actors Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani have been entertaining viewers their wit and coming timing as the hosts of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards for the past four years. But this year, Shahid Kapoor might be taking the mantle away from them. According to a source, Shahid is being roped in to anchor the 13th edition of IIFA, to be held in Singapore June 7-9. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan are also likely to host certain segments of the ceremony. Both actors are in the run for the best actor in a leading role award for their performances in "Don 2: The King Is Back" and "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara", respectively. The three-day cine event, organised by Wizcraft International Entertainment, will see a host of Indian celebrities. It will feature fashion shows and a musical extravaganza, with all celebrations culminating into a glittering awards presentation ceremony. "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" is leading the nomination pack as it features in 14 categories.

Aishwarya Turns Down Film Opposite Brad Pitt
Two-time Oscar-nominated director Wolfgang Petersen offered the most beautiful woman Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the role of Briseis originally but Ash turned down the offer. Briseis is historically known to be extremely good-looking and hence the director wants someone who is very beautiful. The one and only name that strikes Petersen’s mind was Aishwarya. But Ash refused the offer politely and finally the role went to actress Rose Byrne. ‘Troy’ was Hollywood biggest grosser and heavyweight Brad Pitt played the lead character of Achilles. It was a challenging role but what made the former beauty queen to turn down the offer is not yet known. Aishwarya who is recently faced criticism for her weight gain has acted in several Hollywood movies like The Mistress of Spices, The Last Legion, The Pink Panther 2, Provoked and she is one of the most popular actresses of Bollywood who achieved huge acclamation in the west for her style, beauty and acting skill. She has been a regular face at Cannes film festival and appeared at Oprah Winfrey show more than two times.

Tusshar's Love For Goa Continues
Tusshar Kapoor is back in Goa to shoot for his upcoming movie "Kyaa Superr Kool Hai Hum" (K2H2) and says that place has beocme his village. "Goa mera Gaon Hai (Goa is my village) 'Golmaal', 'Golmaal Returns', 'Golmaal 3', 'One Two Three', 'Hum Tum Shabana' all shot there... now back for K2H"," the 35-year-old tweeted. "Kyaa Superr Kool Hai Hum" is a sequel to his 2005 sex comedy "Kya Kool Hain Hum". Directed by Sachin Yardi, produced by Ekta Kapoor, the film also stars Riteish Deshmukh, Sarah Jane Dias, Neha Sharma, Chunky Pandey and Anupam Kher. It is set to hit screens Aug 2nd.

Karan To Judge Jhalak Dikhla Jaa
Karan Johar may be one of the most successful filmmakers in Indian cinema, and now he is all set to don a new hat, that of a judge on one of the popular dance competitions on television, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. Karan will judge the new season of a dance reality show, which is scheduled to go on air mid-June. Apparently, Karan sealed the deal on Monday on his return from Bangkok where he had been shooting his next directorial Student Of The Year. Alongside him will be the current face of the dance competition, Madhuri Dixit, who will be the co-judge of the show.

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Aishwarya Rai Is The Best Dressed Veterans Dilip Kumar, Big B And Celeb On The Red Carpet! Others Honoured
In an online survey conducted by Yahoo! India, Aishwarya Rai and her hubby Abhishek Bachchan were voted as the most stylish celebrity couple. Hrithik Roshan was declared as the ultimate style icon. Cricketer M.S. Dhoni stands at the second position on the list of ultimate style icons, while Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan grabs the third position. Amitabh Bachchan won the best power dresser, while his daughter-inlaw Aishwarya Rai was declared the best dressed celeb on the red carpet. Malaika Arora Khan was voted as the most stylish celebrity mom. Vidya Balan was voted for the most unique fashion sense. Do you think Aishwarya Rai deserves the title, ‘The best dressed celeb on the red carpet’?

Veteran Bollywood star couple Dilip Kumar and Saira Bano were awarded the Saraswatibai Phalke Award at a star-studded function in the Metropolis. The awards, instituted by the Picture'), Ajay Devgan received Dadasaheb Phalke Academy, were Outstanding Performance award also presented to industry veterans ('Singham'), Parineeti Chopra and like Amitabh Bachchan, who was Pakistani singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar bestowed the Phalke Ratna Award, received Phalke New Talent awards, while Vinod Khanna and Tanuja Farhan Akhtar received award for received the legendary actor award in Best Commercial Film ('Zindagi Naa male and female category respectively Milegi Dobara'), Prakash Raj got the at the function held at a suburban hotel Phalke Versatile Cine Star award and in Juhu. Ekta Kapoor was given the Phalke Icon Waheeda Rehman received Phalke Producer award - Film and Television. Icon Cine Artiste award whereas Ram Earlier, Amitabh Bahchchan along Gopal Varma was given Phalke Senior with other stars unveiled a wax statue Most Producer award, Gurdas Maan got of Dadasaheb Phalke, the Hindi film Phalke Versatile Singer award and Neila pioneer who directed India's first fullDevi, wife of late Shammi Kapoor, length feature, 'Raja Harishchandra' in received Phalke Golden Era award. 1913. Among the young lot of actors - Subhash Ghai, Raveena Tandon, Rohit Vidya Balan got Phalke Memorable Shetty were among those who attended Performance award ('The Dirty the award ceremony.

The Dirty Picture' In Kannada: Ekta Kapoor Opposes Title
Director Trishul of "Baba" fame has titled his next Kannada film "The Dirty Picture", but filmmaker Ekta Kapoor is unhappy and has filed a complaint against the use of the title. The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) cleared the title for producer Venkatappa's yet-to-belaunched Kannada film, which will reportedly star Pakistani actress Veena Malik in the lead role. Ekta, who had produced Viday Balan starrer super hit film "The Dirty Picture" in Hindi under her banner Balaji Telefilms, has written a letter to the president of the KFCC requesting him to withdraw the permission for the use of the title by Venkatappa. She has given them five-day deadline. The KFCC executive committee is considering the issue and sources said that KFCC has referred the matter to a legal expert and that they are awaiting a response. Meanwhile, Trishul says he won't change the title and that he is prepared for a legal battle. Said Trishul: "There is no bar on keeping a title of any other language film to be made in a different language. There are several precedents before. We have a Kannada film called 'Housefull' (title inspired by Hindi movie) and 'Bhadra' (Telugu title). We have legally obtained clearance from the KFCC. Why should we change the title now?" Apart from title, there will be no similarity between the two films, said the director adding that while the Hindi film was an unofficial biopic on southern sex symbol Silk Smitha, his film will have a fresh story. "The title may just remind the viewer of a Hindi film with the same name. That is all. My story is original and realistic. It does not have even an iota of similarity with the Hindi film," said Trishul who has written the story and screenplay for the film.

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At The Movies Edwin Boyd Citizen Gangster (PG) * * * Six Shooter!
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Family values go out the window, or do they, in Edwin Boyn Citizen Gangster, an impressive feat from EOne Entertainment now shooting for customers at the International Village Cinemas and elsewhere in British Columbia. Not to be missed, for once we have a Canadian movie with a Canadian subject that’s actually entertaining. No, not just because this 105 minute production has the occasional gun play. Known in the United States simply as Citizen Gangster, Edwin Boyd is a movie whose title really says it all. Set in the aftermath of World War II this film charts the troubled life of Edwin Boyd. Cast as the Canadian vet is Scott Speedman who runs with the role of the family man trying to make ends meet. Struggle confounds Edwin who does his best to please his attractive well-meaning wife Doreen and two young children. Actress Kelly Reilly. Just like today desperate times lead to desperate actions and our Edwin alone so a gang is assembled which leads to all sorts of added chaos for Boyd, the authorities and his family. Smart and fun to behold Edwin Boyd Citizen Gangster is an interesting piece of true Canadiana that rocks. Solid performances and a quality script by director Nathan Morlando make this movie a good time. Members of Boyd’s gang all add their two cents to the proceedings with Kevin Durand particularly effective as smooth operator Lenny Jackson. Fresh and a good period piece, this film also smartly include some great commentary from Canadian television icon Lorne Greene who’se unmistakable timbre resonates long before he became Pa Cartwright on the Queen’s favourite television show Bonanza. Check out Edwin Boyd Citizen Gangster, arguably an honest look at Canada’s own version of a Bonnie and Clyde crime wave that came to captivate a nation.

fancies himself as an actor. Well, fiction turns to real life as the master of disguise uses his thespian talents to engage in criminal pursuits. Toronto police are at first confounded as this modern era Clyde fashions himself in the best tradition of those folksy American sharpshooters who kept

authorities south of the boarder at bay. Here there is no female counterpart to Bonnie but the charisma and aw shucks charm of Boyd rather endears himself to bank employees as he goes about robbing financial institutions with reckless abandon. No true gangster can do it all

Losses At Oprah Winfrey's Own Approach USD 330M
Oprah Winfrey's cable channel has suffered losses that are fast approaching a staggering 330 million dollars, according to a report. And now industry insiders are predicting that the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) will not be able to survive another year if it does not find a hit show to help it in making a dramatic turnaround. According to a report in Businessweek magazine over the weekend, Discovery, which partnered 50-50 with Winfrey to launch the network and has been underwriting its costs, has already invested nearly 600 million dollars in it since 2008, as reported. But since it started on the air in January 2011, 'OWN may have lost as much as 330 million dollars,' it reported. The magazine quoted one Wall Street media analyst as calling the channel the most 'successful failure in television today.' David Zaslav, Discovery Communications' CEO who talked Winfrey into the idea of OWN, is famously impatient with money-losing operations within his company. He closed a channel Discovery operated with The New York Times in 2008 and killed Planet Green, an eco channel, just last month. 'I really can't see Zaslav losing this kind of money for much longer,' one long-time business associate said last week. Though Winfrey herself has relatively little money invested in the channel, her image as the most successful TV star of her generation is on the line.

James Cameron is making it his life's mission to give the world more 'Avatar' films in future. The 57-year-old filmmaker raved to the reporter that he was now in the Avatar business and not interested in directing anything else. 'Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company's development arm. So I'm not interested in developing anything. I'm in the Avatar business. Period. That's it.' 'I'm making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I'm not going to produce other people's movies for them. I'm not interested in taking scripts. 'The point is I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it,' he said.
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Telemarketing Fraud

When you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud. Here are some warning signs of telemarketing fraud—what a caller may tell you: • “You must act ‘now’ or the offer won’t be good.” • “You’ve won a ‘free’ gift, vacation, or prize.” But you have to pay for “postage and handling” or other charges. • “You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier.” You may hear this before you have had a chance to consider the offer carefully. • “You don’t need to check out the company with anyone.” The callers say you do not need to speak to anyone including your family, lawyer, accountant, local Better Business Bureau, or consumer

protection agency. “You don’t need any written information about their company or their references.” • “You can’t afford to miss this ‘highprofit, no-risk’ offer.” If you hear these or similar “lines” from a telephone salesperson, just say “no thank you” and hang up the telephone. Tips for Avoiding Telemarketing Fraud: It’s very difficult to get your money back if you’ve been cheated over the telephone. Before you buy anything by telephone, remember: • Don’t buy from an unfamiliar company. Legitimate businesses understand that you want more information about their company and are happy to comply. • Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity. If you get brochures about costly investments, ask someone whose financial advice you trust to review them. But, unfortunately, beware—not everything written down is true. • Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, state attorney general, the Fraud Information Center, or other watchdog groups. Unfortunately, not all bad •

Common Fraud Schemes

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businesses can be identified through these organizations. Obtain a salesperson’s name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address, and business license number before you transact business. Some con artists give out false names, telephone numbers, addresses, and business license numbers. Verify the accuracy of these items. Before you give money to a charity or make an investment, find out what percentage of the money is paid in commissions and what percentage actually goes to the charity or investment. Before you send money, ask yourself a simple question. “What guarantee do I really have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?” Don’t pay in advance for services. Pay services only after they are delivered. Be wary of companies that want to send a messenger to your home to pick up money, claiming it is part of their service to you. In reality, they are taking your money without leaving any trace of who they are or where they can be reached. Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won’t pressure you to make a snap

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decision. Don’t pay for a “free prize.” If a caller tells you the payment is for taxes, he or she is violating federal law. Before you receive your next sales pitch, decide what your limits are— the kinds of financial information you will and won’t give out on the telephone. Be sure to talk over big investments offered by telephone salespeople with a trusted friend, family member, or financial advisor. It’s never rude to wait and think about an offer. Never respond to an offer you don’t understand thoroughly. Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons. Be aware that your personal information is often brokered to telemarketers through third parties. If you have been victimized once, be wary of persons who call offering to help you recover your losses for a fee paid in advance. If you have information about a fraud, report it to police or federal law enforcement agencies.

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Brighten the Picture

Spring-Cleaning Tips
caps. Then use a multipurpose cleaner to wipe down all surfaces, including the handle. If there are hard water stains, a good commercial product is your best bet. However, if the bowl is scratched from a brush, or the glaze is worn off, no amount of scrubbing is going to help. Brushing daily, even without cleaner, will help prevent a buildup. have time? If you use a plastic liner or washable plastic shower curtain, wash on highest water level with regular amount of detergent and two to three bath towels for cleaning agitation. Hang to dry or put into the dryer on low heat or air only. If your shower curtain is fabric or decorative, wash following the instructions on its care label, or pop it into the dryer on air or fluff with a fabric softener sheet to freshen. Have any stubborn bathtub stains you can't seem to get out? Try this little cleaning tip for a sparkling finish.

Kill Shower Curtain Mildew

To dust your TV and computer screens using a dry microfiber cloth, wipe first right and left, then move it up and down (not in a circular motion). To clean the outside, be sure to pay attention to all the cords. Depending on the surface, use furniture polish or a damp microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints and smudges. Also, look to see if there are old, unused, or broken games, videos, tapes, CDs, and DVDs. Toss them. Don't forget to dust the top. To quick-clean gunk and grime from remotes, use an alcohol-based hand wipe or microfiber cloth lightly dampened only with water, but do not allow the water or alcohol to seep into the control. First, use a damp paper towel to initially clean up accumulated dust and grime, especially around back and underneath. Pay close attention to the base and the

Tackle the Toilet

It's time to get your medicine cabinet in order. Take everything out, including over-the-counter medicines, prescriptions, and makeup. Go through each item and toss out outdated medicine or makeup. Clean each shelf. Wipe off all jars and bottles using a damp paper towel or microfiber cloth (rubbing alcohol works great on makeup bottles). Be sure to clean the shelves, then replace items in like groups. Why not put down some sturdy or moisture-proof shelf paper if you

Remake the Medicine Cabinet

Today's mission: to clean underneath the bathroom sink. First put down several large, heavy bath towels to protect the floor. Take everything out and sort out all items. Do you need several curling irons, hair dryers, or shavers? Remove bottles with tiny bits left in them. Before putting everything back in, wipe all inside surfaces and check the plumbing for leaks. To reorganize items, place them in double revolving trays, small stackable plastic shelves, or plastic bins or buckets.

Beautify the Bathroom Sink

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Visiting Goa India
Adventure sports in Goa The presence of a number of beaches in Goa also helps the purpose of adventure sports. And water sports. Among the many water sports in Goa, snorkeling in Goa is a great way of experiencing the thrill of adventure sports. The sport is mainly meant for exploring underwater life. However, before enjoying the thrill of snorkeling, you must be war a number of gears like gloves, masks, fins, wet suit and other accessories. It is a great fun to get close to the underwater life as you will discover some breathtaking beauty that lies beneath the blue waters of the Arabian Sea. There are many tour package Goa available in the market and most of these tour include enough time for adventure sport as a tour to Goa is almost incomplete without an experience of adventure sports. Nightlife in Goa There are many things to do in Goa but one thing that makes Goa so famous is its bustling nightlife. With a number of discos, bars, clubs and casinos, you can expect a gala time in Goa. The casinos of Goa are famous throughout the world. Many tourists from different part of the world visit Goa only to enjoy its nightlife. Some of the most famous casinos of Go area as follow: • Treasures Casino Majorda Beach Resort • Renaissance Goa Resort and Casino • Holiday Inn Goa Resort Haciencda De Oro Casino & Pub • Kings Casino • Casino Pride • Casino Royale Partying in Goa Goa. You may very often come across various products that have a Portuguese aura thus carrying forward the Portuguese legacy. Hence, shopping is also an integral part of Goa holiday and most of the Goa packages include a visit to these shopping areas where you can shop your heart out. kilometers Distance between Mumbai and Goa– 593 kilometers • Distance between Delhi and Goa – 1910 kilometers. How to reach Goa Goa is well connected to other parts from India through a number of airlines, railways and road network. Hence, it is never much of a problem to reach Goa from various parts of India. By air: Dabolim Airport is the most prominent Goa airport that is well connected to different parts of India by a number of major airlines. The large number of flights to Goa from different major cities of India makes it well connected to other parts of India. For instance, major domestic airlines like Jet airways. Jetlite, Kingfisher, Indian airlines, Spice jet operated regular flights to and from Goa. Though there are number of International airlines that also ply on Goa route but you may also take the help of Delhi to Goa flights or Bangalore to Goa flights or Mumbai to Goa flights as these airports are very well connected to not only different parts of India but also to foreign countries. Hence after reaching any other major cities, all you need to do is to board a flight to Goa and reach your dream destination. However, before planning your tour, try to get a comprehensive idea about the flights Goa so that you can reach Goa within minimum time. • By rail: Railway also plays an important role in connecting Goa to other parts of India. The nearest railway station to Goa is the Madgaon Railway Station and all of them. Located just 2 kilometers from the city center, the station is used by a huge number of passengers in order to access Goa. Equipped with a number of facilities like tourist information center, refreshment room, mobile trolley, telephone booth, parking stand and a cyber café, it provides the right sort of welcome to tourists. Though Madagaon Railway Station is the most important railway station but there are other railway stations in Goa as well. Some of the other Goa railway station name are as follows: • Canacona • Gohad Road • Majorda • Vasco da Gama By water: You can access Goa by water as there are a numbers of Bombay to Goa cruise available which will give you a different sort of experience altogether.
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There are many clubs in Goa as well that also plays an important role in making the colorful nightlife of Goa. For instance the Club Cabana Goa that offers a great private party experience. Equipped with swimming pools and indoor and outdoor areas, Club Cabana is famous for offering lavish theme for disco nights. Moreover, there is splendid bar in the club that offers a wide variety of drinks. Most of the parties held here are always teeming with life and activities and offers a great place to chill out. Hence, Partying in Goa gets redefined once you visit the Club Cabana Goa. Shopping in Goa Shopping experience in Goa is also great as there are number of shopping arenas which not only sells the leading brands of the world but also some exquisite products that are found in

How to explore the best of Goa Though Goa is a small state in comparison to various other states of India yet it boasts a huge number of tourist spots. Hence, it is often confusing for the tourists to visit the various places and make the most of their stay in Goa. A comprehensive Goa map can come of great use to you for this purpose. The Goa India map will help you identify your location in Goa and will lean towards your desired places in the best way. A Goa map with distance will also help you to chalk out your tour in a better way as you will be able to get an idea about the time needed to visit a particular tourist spot. These is a fact that has been realized by the tourists off late but nevertheless, tourists currently carry Goa maps even if they are under a particular Goa Package. This helps them to know more about instead of following the package blindly. Moreover, there are many tourists who visit Goa without the help of any travel agent or does not prefer a package tour Goa. For these types of tourists, a map of Goa state is of great help as by taking the help of this map, he/she can make his own Goa trip. Moreover, Goa being a renowned tourist destination has a number of Goa tourist map which act as an efficient Goa tour guide. The benefits of these maps lie in the fact that you might never realize that you are in a place which has as a high density of tourist spots. However, if you are carrying a Goa road map, he/ she may well get the knowledge of nearby tourist spots. Location of Goa Goa boasts a strategic location in the western part of India. Bounded by Maharashtra on the north, Arabian Sea on the west and Karnataka on the east and west, Goa boasts a great location. The perfect location of Goa acts even more in favor of its tourism value as it is very easily reachable from various major cities of India. Here are the details: • Chennai to Goa distance – 736.16 kilometers • Bangalore to Goa distance – 578

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Here’s what the new Scion iQ has going for it: It’s tiny outside, but not so small inside. Four people can wedge in when necessary. It’s good-looking, the interior design is about the best of any cheap car, and the seats are comfortable. The suspension is simple, but it works well, and the precise steering and its size make the iQ super easy to park. And although the frontmounted 1.3-liter engine makes 94 hp, the iQ weighs just a cheerleader more than a ton. Here’s what’s wrong with the new Scion iQ: It’s stuck with a continuously variable transmission that drains the fun out of it. Every. Single. Drop. The Price Is Certainly “Premium” Toyota—okay, Scion—describes the iQ as a “premium micro-subcompact” and will sell it as such when it goes on sale in October as a $15,995 singlespec model backed by a dealer-installed accessory catalog. That’s a ton of cash when you consider the plethora of larger and more practical cars available for less money, among them the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Soul. But, hey, at least the iQ costs less than the mechanically identical Aston Martin Cygnet. The Scion does, however, look substantial and well detailed for a dinkclass runabout. The bumper covers are painted and fit tightly, the headlights are complex units, there are turn-signal lights integrated into the bottom of the side mirrors, and the 175/60-16 tires fill out the wheel wells. Even the wheel covers on the steel wheels almost plausibly pass for metal. Besides its length—120.1 inches, 14.0 longer than a Smart Fortwo but a substantial 26.5 shorter than a Mini Cooper—and 78.7-inch wheelbase, little about the iQ

screams “cheap.” Inside, the driver faces a thick, flatbottomed, three-spoke steering wheel covered in red-stitched leather and an instrument panel that nestles the tach in the lower right quadrant of the speedometer. And there’s an information screen to the left of those. It’s a compact, logical, and legible arrangement. The center stack has three simple knobs for controlling the HVAC system and is capped by a pod that contains a doubleDIN-size Pioneer audio head unit. If a buyer doesn’t like the standard stereo, Scion will have a dealer-swappable upgraded Pioneer unit and a navigation system available. The thin-shelled, fabric-covered front seats sort of bend around any awkward body shape. The passenger-side frontseat rails are mounted slightly forward of the driver’s, and the dashboard on that side is slightly forward, too. The arrangement affords a bit more legroom for right-side passengers. A flotsam tray under the passenger seat is particularly useful if that seat’s occupant is a drooler. Even with the passenger seat thrown forward for ingress, it’s a chore to get to the rear seat. It’s not roomy back there, but that there’s any space at all is a miracle of packaging efficiency and owes something to the engine placement. So the kids feel claustrophobic looking through the pie-slice rear windows? At least there’s an innovative rear-window airbag to protect their heads in a collision. Damn, Dirty CVT The 1.3-liter four has a 16-valve DOHC head, variable valve timing, and an aggressive 11.5:1 compression ratio, but it doesn’t have much sporting

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Sure, you have a lot going on this season, but that's exactly why you should take more breaks. A little downtime is all you need to recharge your body and look your best. Here's how.

Here is a mother that wanted a very best for her children ( Disciples of Jesus who,s names were James and John ) There mother wanted the very best for her sons . As usual any mother would like her children to get the very best of their, Should it be School, Studies, Sports, Work Force, Marriage or in any other phase of life for them to do well. Here a mother of John and James asked Jesus to have a place for her two children in the kingdom of Heaven, for Jesus to have a place for them one to sit on his right hand side and the other on the left hand side..She did not ask anything for herself but the very best for her children. That what is the LOVE OF MOTHER is all about. First to rise and last to sleep, makes sure they are all fed, clothed and daily needs are taken care of. In our pains and sorrows she is available to wipe our tears and comfort us in difficult times. And at times does becomes like a servant. She does all for us for FREE. Many will be visiting grave sites and laying flowers. Just a suggestion . Why not visit her while she is alive, Bring her flowers now and share the love and joy with her in Jesus Christ this Mothers Day.. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY. GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY FOR JESUS 5441 – 125TH AVE. SURREY B C Pastor James Kumar.

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Free up some minutes to get active! Buy a week's supply of paper plates, cups and plastic tableware and give up doing dishes. Use the extra time for stress-reducing exercises: Go for early morning walks and enjoy the solitude at the start of your day. Follow up with after-dinner strolls or bike rides.

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Polishing toes is easier with a foam toe separator available at most dollar stores. Apply a clear base coat to help keep your nails from absorbing the pigments from the polish, two coats of colour and a clear topcoat. In a hurry? Try two coats of clear polish for an easy, elegant look. If you paint outside the lines, dip a Q-tips cotton swab in nail polish remover and wipe off the stray polish.
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Dave Herman (22-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will now slide in against Nelson. “Losing wouldn’t be too great for Big Country either,” White added. Nelson has gone 1-3 in his past four bouts. Losses are something foreign altogether to the two fighters who precede Nelson’s contest at UFC 146. Undefeated prospects Shane del Rosario (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Stipe Miocic (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) create a matchup between two of the top up-and-coming heavyweights. The only bout that remains undisturbed from its original form is the main card opener between Mark Hunt (8-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Stefan Struve (23-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC). Despite the upheaval, the novelty of an allheavyweight main card is expected to make UFC 146 a success. “You could be the baddest dude at 135 pounds or 145 or 155, but I think a lot of people, when they’re watching the fights, in the back of their minds are thinking, ‘But I’m 220. Even though he can fight, I could probably kick his (butt),” Mir said. “We’re the heavyweight division. If you think that, you’re stupid.” Check below for a rundown of the preliminary card at UFC 146. Featherweight bout: Diego Brandao (14-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Darren Elkins (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) “The Ultimate Fighter” 14 winner, Brandao, returns looking to win his fifth bout in a row against a strong wrestler and former lightweight in Elkins. Lightweight bout: Edson Barboza (100 MMA, 4-0 UFC) vs. Jamie Varner (19-6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) Yet another promising bout fell apart when local fighter Evan Dunham suffered an injury and had to pull out of a showdown with the surging Barboza. Dunham is replaced with Varner, a former WEC champion who last fought in the UFC five years ago. Middleweight bout: Jason Miller (238 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. C.B. Dollaway (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) A must-win for both 185-pound fighters, as White was critical of Miller’s performance against Michael Bisping at “The Ultimate Fighter” 14 finale and Dollaway has lost two straight. Lightweight bout: Jacob Volkmann (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Paul Sass (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) The unbeaten British submission artist encounters Volkmann, who is unbeaten since dropping to 155 pounds two years ago. Welterweight bout: Dan Hardy (23-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC) vs. Duane Ludwig (21-12 MMA, 4-3 UFC) It’s rare to find one of the most anticipated bouts of an event this low, but fans are eager to see Hardy and Ludwig engage in an expected slugfest. Light heavyweight bout: Kyle Kingsbury (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Glover Teixeira (17-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) “Kingsbu” looks to bounce back from his first loss since 2008, a unanimous decision defeat to Stephan Bonnar at UFC 139, against the highly touted Brazilian who’s won 15 in a row. Featherweight bout: Mike Brown (25-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Daniel Pineda (177 MMA, 2-0 UFC) Pineda, who won his first two UFC bouts within 41 days this year, gets a jump in competition with the former WEC champion.

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Jimmy “Giff” Gifford tapes up Frank Mir’s hands before a workout as he prepared for an upcoming fight against Roy Nelson at UFC 130 Thursday, May 19, 2011. Frank Mir fights in fifth career UFC the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to issue him a license. title match Asked which fighter on the upcoming Overeem’s failed drug test shook up Memorial Day weekend card at MGM more than the headlining bout. Three Grand Garden Arena had the most to of the other fights slated for the paylose, UFC President Dana White came per-view card were also re-arranged. Mir, who lost to Shane Carwin and to a resolute conclusion. “I’d probably have to say (Frank) Brock Lesnar in his most recent Mir,” White said after a recent press attempts to win UFC gold, was conference. “Mir’s been in so many originally supposed to fight former champion Cain Velasquez (9-1 MMA, title fights and held it twice.” Mir, the 32-year-old local, fights in a 7-1 UFC) in the evening’s co-main heavyweight championship bout for event. Strikeforce import Antonio the fifth time in his career in the main “Bigfoot” Silva (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) event of UFC 146 on May 26. Mir (16- now moves up the billing to challenge 5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) faces Junior dos Velasquez, which momentarily left Las Santos, filling the vacancy left by Alistair Vegas native Roy Nelson (16-7 MMA, Overeem (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) when 3-3 UFC) without an opponent.

The NHL playoffs are taking shape, and the semifinals are almost set. With that being said, there is one team that has looked unstoppable this postseason. That team is the Los Angeles Kings and it looks like they won't be stopped anytime soon. They have had the toughest road to get to where they are so far. More than that, they have done it in impressive fashion. In the first round, they easily knocked off the top-ranked Vancouver Canucks. Despite losing one game, beating the best team in the Western Conference in five games in the first round is impressive. Vancouver could never get anything going as they were constantly sent packing by Jonathan Quick's continued brilliance in the net. The most goals they were able to manage in a game was three, and that was in their winning

NHL Playoffs 2012: Why The Los Angeles Kings Won't Be Stopped
effort. The Kings then went on to dominate the second-ranked St. Louis Blues. Yes, I said dominate. By dominate, I mean they swept them. The Kings swept a team who was just as good in the net as themselves. They even scored five goals one game on the stonewall goaltending of St. Louis. And again, Quick was brilliant in the net. He never gave up more than two goals, which is a testament to his skill level as an NHL goaltender. The Kings have been all-around fantastic in the playoffs. They have received good production from their offensive players as well, as it has not all been credited to Quick. Dustin Brown is having a great playoff run this year, putting in six goals thus far. He also leads the team in points at 11, which is a good marketing tool for him in the offseason. Mike Richards has been valuable on the faceoff, winning over 50 percent of the face-offs he has competed in. He has also produced, putting in three goals of his own. Anze Kopitar has produced with his stick and, surprisingly, his fists this postseason. In addition to getting into a fight in the first round of the playoffs, Kopitar has three goals and 10 points. Drew Doughty and the defense have played well in front of Quick, which has also contributed to the low goal numbers by the opposition. If they continue to play this way, there is no stopping the Kings. So, the Kings will play the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference finals. The Coyotes have a goalie who is also hot in Mike Smith, but nobody is on the level of Quick. The Coyotes have been more than impressive this postseason, but are running into a runaway train in the Kings. I have the Kings winning the

series in five games. The Kings will go on to the Stanley Cup Finals and play either the New Jersey Devils or the New York Rangers (who, I believe, will beat the Washington Capitals). The Kings will beat either of these teams, as their all-around attack has been too much for any team. In the end, Lord Stanley's Cup will go to Los Angeles and Quick will earn his Conn Smythe Trophy. The Kings will have made an unlikely run at the crown and it will go down in history as one of the best playoff runs ever.

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Mike Gillis Agree To Contract Extension
Mike Gillis will continue to call the shots for the Vancouver Canucks. The club has agreed to a contract extension with Gillis, who has served as the team's president and general manager for the past four seasons. "I am very pleased to be signing this extension to remain the president & general manager of the Vancouver Canucks," Gillis said in a release. "I am proud of the work our entire organization has done these past four years and look forward to continuing to build on our success. We are driven every day to try and win the Stanley Cup and will continue to focus on being a strong organization both on and off of the ice." Gillis has led the Canucks to back-toback Presidents' Trophies as the top team during the regular season, and earned some praise from the Canucks' brass. "This is a significant announcement for our hockey club," said Francesco Aquilini, chairman of Canucks Sports & Entertainment. "These past four years have been the most successful in Canucks history. Mike and his management team have done an excellent job to position us for long term success on and off of the ice. We believe Mike's presence in this organization is important to the long term success of this hockey club and we are confident that we will continue to compete at the highest level under his leadership." Vancouver lost in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins before bowing out in the first round of this year's playoffs to the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings. Among the tasks Gillis will have to deal with over the summer are the futures of goaltender Roberto Luongo and head coach Alain Vigneault.

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