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University of Fiji. His story, like many
others from a struggling background,
speaks volumes of his commitment and
dedication to achieve a high degree of
education.
From a sugarcane farming community
in Ba, Dr Ali's parents worked tirelessly
on their farm to support him and his four
siblings. They continuously encouraged
their youngest son to study hard because
to them, education was the pathway to a
better life.
That pathway was put to the test when he
reached Form Six. His mother died and
his father took on the responsibility of
ensuring Dr Ali graduated from college.
In 1985, he obtained a teachers certifcate
and completed a Diploma in Educational
Administration from the University of the
South Pacifc in 1995.
"In the late 1990s, I continued my
education at USP when they started
offering the Bachelor of Education
(primary) program.
"I was able to transfer to Suva for my
studies," he said.
He graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors
Degree in Primary Education and as
his search for higher education gained
momentum, the costs were affecting
family life.
"At the time, wages were directed towards
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CONCERN OVER
METAL THEFTS
DR. BRASH AND SENIOR
FIjI DIpLOMAT MEET IN NZ
KOREA AND FIjI TRADE 'CAN IMpROVE'
The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe
Bainimarama met with Police to air his
concern on the rise in metal thefts in the
country.
This was confrmed by the director
operations, Assistant Commissioner of
Police (ACP) Henry Brown.
Were warning the scrap metal dealers. We
will now go for them, ACP Brown said.
He said scrap metal thefts were increasing
because most of the dealers were not
following the Scrap Metal Decree.
Part 4 oI the Decree requires every
scrap metal dealer to have the following
information with them:
i) Name and address of the seller;
ii) Vehicle registration number, FNPF or
passport number of seller;
iii) Tax identifcation number (TIN) oI seller;
iv) Statement showing that either the seller
is the owner of the delivered articles or that
the seller has obtained authority to act as an
agent;
v) If the articles are being delivered by a
person other than the seller, the vehicle
registration number of the delivery vehicle,
the name and address of the driver; and
vi) the delivery drivers licence number
which must be verifed by the buyer upon
sighting of the relevant drivers licence.
ACP Brown warned that those breaching this
could have their business licence cancelled.
ACT Party Leader Dr Don Brash met with
the Acting Head of Mission at Fiji's High
Commission in New Zealand, Mere Tora.
A government statement said the informal
meeting was held after Dr Brash was
invited to share ideas on the future of Fiji/
New Zealand relations.
Dr Brash said while it was a private
meeting, there had been media enquiries
and he wished to clarify that it was
unoIfcial.
However, he did confrm both parties
agreed it was in both countries' interests
that New Zealand re-engage with Fiji.
TRADE between Korea and Fiji can
improve and Korean businesses need to
work hard to utilize Fiji, says Korean
Ambassador Hae-Wook Cheong.
Ambassador Cheong told the 2011 KOICA
(Korean International Cooperation Agency)
Alumni gathering in Suva on Wednesday:
"Overall the level of trade value with Fiji
is very, very, very low, at least from the
Korean point of view because our exports
to Fiji are even less than 0.005 per cent of
our total exports," said Mr Cheong.
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meeting tuition fees for the different
courses I took," he said.
"Stringent measures had to be
implemented and compromises
were made accordingly. My family
encouraged me to Iulfll my dream oI
achieving excellence in education. I've
always believed that we need to aim
for excellence. Success will eventually
follow you."
In 2002, he enrolled in the post graduate
program and was transferred to Lautoka
Teachers College (now under the Fiji
National University) as a lecturer. He
completed his second Post Graduate
Diploma (tertiary teaching) and a
Master of Education from USP.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 "In 2006, I completed a masters degree
in mathematics education from Deakin
University in Australia and was awarded
an Australian Leadership Award to do my
Doctor of Philosophy studies," he said.
"In 2007, I received my approval letter
from the University of New England and
began making travel arrangements to
pursue my PhD studies the following year.
"As the Air Pacifc Boeing 767 leIt the Nadi
airport on February 16, 2008, it seemed
like the earth was being pulled under my
feet and I was about to enter a new planet.
The fear of the unknown and loneliness
began settling in as the land started
disappearing under a thick layer of clouds.
"Being a Iamily man, it was very diIfcult
at frst to adjust to the environment in
Armidale, a city known for having four
distinct seasons where winters would be
awfully cold and summers would be very
hot and at times hostile with dust storms.
"My biggest challenge was overcoming
loneliness. At times, I used to feel lonely
and I missed my family and friends a lot.
"This was when prayers gave me the
tranquility and comIort to continue my
voyage.
"My frm belieI in God gave me the
inspiration and courage to overcome the
impediments and shortcomings as even
prophets had to make sacrifces in order to
have their goals accomplished."
On October 8 this year, Dr Ali graduated
with his PhD and dedicated this
accomplishment to his parents, family,
friends and colleagues in the teaching
fraternity pursuing their own studies
despite fnancial hardships and Iamily
commitments.
"These teachers are shiny stars in the
clouds that will shine in the sky in due
course," he said.
"To those on their own personal journey
to achieve excellence in education,
remember, virtue lies in the struggle.
There will be many obstacles and
challenges along the way but sacrifces
will have to be made.
"We cannot direct the wind but we can
adjust the sails so with perseverance and
dedication, we can achieve our goals."
He thanked AusAID for supporting his
mission.
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"In 2014, Fiji will be holding its frst ever
non-racially segregated election which is a
huge milestone for a country that has endured
four military coups since 1987 as a result of
an ethnically divisive democracy," he said.
"Fiji's new constitution will enshrine a
colour-blind democracy that Fijians of all
ethnicities, both in Fiji and New Zealand,
are widely in favour of.
"I am 100 per cent in favour of democracy
that does not discriminate by race, so I am
encouraged to hear that these positive steps
are being taken in Fiji.
"Of course, I do not endorse military
Mr Cheong said if more Korean companies
invested in Fiji, the quality oI Korean
products would be realized among Fiji's
population.
Ambassador Cheong said programs like
KOICA, which invited public sector
oIfcials to training courses in Korea, would
also foster mutual understanding between
the two countries.
"The population of Fiji is not great, it is
less than a million but if you look at the
whole Pacifc market, Papua New Guinea's
dictatorships, but our current policy on
non-engagement is driving Fiji away from
its traditional allies.
"New Zealand and Fiji have been friends
for a very long time. Our soldiers have
fought side-by-side, our rugby players
have played together and competed against
each other, and we have been tourists in
each other's countries.
"Many New Zealanders were born in Fiji.
"A strong ACT Party in the next Parliament
will be a vocal advocate for renewed
engagement with Fiji in the interests of
both Fiji and New Zealand."
population is almost double that of New
Zealand, so Fiji is well placed to take
advantage of these numbers and Korean
businesses need to be aware of this fact and
work to have closer trade relations with
Fiji," he said.
This year KOICA invited a total of 41
oIfcials oI the various public sectors in Fiji
to training courses.
Korean exports to Fiji this year has totaled
$US18million ($F33.50m) while the import
value stands at $US15m ($F27.91m).
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Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
TOURISM FIjI ExpANDS By
BACHELORETTE ExpOSURE
Tourism Fiji has made further strong
inroads into the American romantic travel
market by capitalizing on the huge boost
the country received earlier this year
after the screening of the popular 'The
Bachelorette' reality TV show in Fiji.
Tourism Fiji this month hosted 59
members of leading US and global
destination weddings and honeymoons
agency, 'All About Honeymoons and
Destination Weddings'.
The visit was designed to showcase and
emphasize Fiji's ability to deliver across
the international market, quality weddings
and honeymoon product landscape.
Tourism Fiji in a statement said while a
key part of the 'Romance Travel Specialist'
agents' visit to Fiji was to attend an annual
convention held at Plantation Island
Resort, another major component was to
experience Fiji frst-hand.
They had a feel of all Fiji has to offer their
clients via pre and post itineraries visiting
a variety of regions and attractions within
the destination.
Tourism Fiji regional director for The
Americas, Ili Matatolu said hosting the
leading agency in this lucrative market
will defnitely boost their eIIorts in getting
a bigger share of the US destination
weddings and honeymoon market in the
long term.
"This visit follows the screening of 'The
Bachelorette' and will no doubt play a
RAjNESH KUMAR,
FORMER FICAC OFFICER
pLEADS gUILTy
ExpORTER AWARDS COMES AS A SURpRISE
A former Fiji Independent Commission
Against Corruption (FICAC) accounts oIfcer
pleaded guilty to one count oI Ialsifcation oI
documents at the Suva Magistrates Court.
The Court heard on July 25, 2011, Rajnesh
Kumar with the intent to obtain a gain of
$6231.65 Irom FICAC, dishonestly Ialsifed
a document namely a cheque oI the FICAC
Colonial National Bank account.
In a statement FICAC Prosecutor Shalini
Sanmogam read the summary of facts and
informed Magistrate Janaka Bantara that
another accounts oIfcer in the fnance
department of FICAC while doing
reconciliation had discovered a cheque which
did not have any payment voucher.
Following investigations it was revealed that
Kumar forged the signatures of the Deputy
Commissioner and Manager Administration
on a cash cheque written out Ior payment to a
furniture company in Suva.
The statement said Kumar cashed the cheque
on July 25th at the Bank oI the South Pacifc.
In his interview he admitted to taking the
money, he had since returned the money that
he took.
The case has been adjourned to December
15th.
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major role in enhancing our marketing
and help our positioning as the 'top
romance' destination for North America,"
she said.
All About Honeymoons and Destination
Wedding's chieI fnancial oIfcer Robin
Spelman said this was a wonderful
opportunity would help clients achieve
their vision for the perfect location.
"We are excited to partner with Tourism
Fiji in selling this destination to our
clients and truly appreciate the warm
hospitality shown by Tourism Fiji and the
people of Fiji.
"Fiji offers our clients a beautiful
destination at a great value and very
friendly people and service unrivalled
anywhere in the world," she said.
Televised last August, an estimated 23
million American viewers tuned in to
watch the fnal two episodes oI the popular
'The Bachelorette' reality TV show
shot on location in Savusavu, Taveuni,
Namenalala Island, Denarau, the Sabeto
Mud Pools and Vomo Lailai Island.
Meanwhile Fiji will play host to more
than a thousand Australian schoolies from
November 28 to December 12.
Two prominent island resorts out in the
Mamanuca Group, Beachcomber Island
Resort and Plantation Island Resort will
be hosting these students and it will no
doubt be another major boost for Fijian
tourism.
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The 2011 TFL Prime Minister's Exporter
of the Year Awards has in store a lot
of surprises, says Investment Fiji chief
executive oIfcer Ravuni Uluilakeba.
The gala awards night will be held this
Saturday at the Softel Fiji Resort & Spa
and will be oIfciated by Prime Minister
Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
Mr Uluilakeba said Investment Fiji staff
has been working day and night to ensure
that the awards night this year was one to
remember.
"This year we will be awarding exporters
in 19 categories, which are more than last
year. Also in 2010, we had accommodated
450 guests while this year the number has
gone up to 480," he said.
Mr Uluilakeba described the Awards as an
avenue to reward and give accolades to
Fijian exporters.
"Investment Fiji has played a rigorous role
this year in calling for applications from
exporters not only in the Central/Eastern
and Western divisions but also in the
Northern Division.
"The North is a major supplier of
commodities that have a huge demand and
potential on the international market such
as dalo, yaqona and sugar cane, so we have
ensured that the business communities in
the North are part of the awards," he said.
Mr Uluilakeba also acknowledged the
large contribution made by the Fiji Sun as
media partners for the awards.
"The Fiji Sun has been our newspaper
partner for some time now and their
tremendous support towards this event
is commendable as we have been able to
create awareness on the awards to a much
wider audience.
"We thank the Fiji Sun for their partnership
and look forward to their continued support
in the future," he said.
Also attending the awards night
besides the exporters will be a number
of representatives from Government
ministries and agencies as well as members
of the diplomatic corps.
NATIONAL BUDgET
FIRST LIVE ONLINE
The 2012 National Budget announcement
by the Prime Minister Commodore
Voreqe Bainimarama will Ior the frst
time be streamed live over the internet.
The partnership between Government
and popular TV station Mai TV will
allow viewers worldwide to watch the
national budget address on http://www.
tv.com.fj/.
According to Fiji permanent secretary
Sharon Smith Johns, the reason behind
the decision to live-stream the 2012
budget address is to widen the audience.
The budget announcement is important
to the nation; we need to maximize all
avenues available to the general public.
Using a live stream provided by Mai TV
will greatly beneft those living overseas,
in particular Fiji Embassies throughout
the world that will also be able to tune
in. This also includes Fiji citizens living
outside the country, Smith Johns said.
The budget will be announced to the
public on November 25 that the Fiji
Revenue and Customs complex and
will also be broadcasted live on FBC
TV and Fiji TV. Radio stations at both
Communications Fiji Limited and the
Fiji Broadcasting Commission will also
air the budget live.
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FIjI HAS pOTENTIAL
HALABE
E-TICKET CARD EASIER THAN ATM
Fiji has the potential to compete against
international countries in terms oI quality
performance according to Mark One
Apparel Managing Director, Mark Halabe.
The head of the apparel giant has urged the
business community in the country to continue
improving perIormance Ior everyone`s beneft.
Mr Halabe said the nations different
sectors are eIfcient enough to prove to their
overseas counterparts and its customers that
Fiji can handle the complexity involved in
a competitive market.
Halabe says Mark One Apparel recently and
successIully exported its frst consignment
to the United Kingdom.
Our exchange rate is to our advantage,
our workforces are educated and we have
enough momentum in the Fiji economy to
make Fiji great, Mr. Halabe said.
Speaking at the recent Fiji Business
Excellence Awards, Halabe added that
what makes the company great could also
make a nation great.
THE Ministry of Transport responded to
concerns by those confused on the new
e-ticket bus cards and assuring the public
the card is simple to use.
Acting Director Sainiana Radrodro, who
assured of an extensive and continuous
public relations exercise to sensitize the
public on the e-ticket system, said the card
would be simpler to use than an ATM card.
Before we embark with the rest of the
population, there is going to be extensive
and continuous public relations exercise
carried out in the various villages,
settlements, and communities to ensure
that everyone is bought up to speed on how
to use the card, she said.
The system has already been launched as a
pilot program and is into its second week
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WORLD DESTINATION
As 2011 draws to a close, many of us
are already daydreaming of what next
year's holiday will bring; however those
daydreams probably involve more exotic
and exciting adventures than revisiting
the same resort year upon year.
And with this, a well-known blog site
Ezine Articles has listed Fiji among top
fve destinations in the world to travel to
in 2012.
The website rankings were as follows:
1. Osio in Norway
2. Carolinas in United States of America
3. Fiji in South Pacifc
4. Tenerife in Canary Islands
5. Ukraine in Eastern Europe.
These destinations have been described
to be unmissable in 2012 as it has
something to suit all tastes be it a city
break, sunshine holiday, long-haul or
closer to home.
Expert writer Farrah Hedwat said in
beautiful Fiji, backpackers and luxury
holiday makers are equally well
accommodated.
"If you're willing to venture that bit
further for somewhere less-travelled and
very exotic!
"Holidaymakers can catch a boat from
the main island to the party islands of the
Mamanucas, or to coral islands which
take 30 minutes to walk around.
She said the world's third-largest barrier
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coral formations, and Suva is known for
its history, markets and the remnants of
the British colonial empire.
"As far as hospitality goes, the Fijians
are among the friendliest people you
could meet; you'll be welcomed with a
'Bula' the national drink, 'Kava'.
of implementation.
Mrs Radrodro said there are a few minor
hiccups but they are being taken care of.
She said the public cannot avoid the use of
cards because even the Ministry of Social
Welfare makes welfare payments directly
to banks so people have to get use to it.
The feedback we have got from the
children is that they are excited about the
use of the cards.
Adi Cakobau School is currently the only
school using the system.
She said they will be raising awareness and
ironing out the problems before the system
is launched to the general public.
This one is just tap in and tap out. It
captures the distance that you travel and
the fare that you need to pay.
Fijis Prime Minister Commodore
Voreqe Bainimarama will lead a high
level delegation to the International
Sugar Organisation (ISO) 20th
International Seminar in London at the
end of this month.
The seminar, to be held under the
theme Competitive edge in sugar
the road to 2020, will be addressed by
internationally renowned speakers on
wide ranging issues including EU-Sugar
Policy Options post 2015, projections
and prospects of growth in China,
Brazil and India, prospects for ethanol
and bio-fuels, future of sugar refining
and analysis of world global sugar
production costs.
It will allow sugar exporting countries
like Fiji to address the serious
challenges brought about by the 36 per
cent price reduction in the 2005 EU
Sugar Regime reform as well as the
perennial problems faced by vulnerable,
small island developing economies.
Also the delegation will include the
Ministry of Sugar permanent secretary
Manasa Vaniqi, the director Sugar
Viliame Gucake, the executive chairman
of the Fiji Sugar Corporation Abdul
Khan, the acting chief executive of the
Sugar Cane Growers Council (SCGC)
Sundresh Chetty, and the Registrar/
Industrial Commissioner of the Sugar
Industry Tribunal Timothy Brown.
Fijis High Commissioner to the
United Kingdom, Solo Mara too will
accompany the delegation along with
Nidhen Singh, Counsellor at Fijis
diplomatic mission to the European
Union based in Brussels.
The ISO is an intergovernmental
institution established under the 1968
International Sugar Agreement.
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VISITOR ARRIVALS INCREASE
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A TOTAL of 66,040 visitors visited our
shores in August this year, the Fiji Bureau
of Statistics has revealed.
It says that represents a 6.8 per cent
increase compared to the 61,850 visitors
in August 2010.
In the bureau's report released this
month, government statistician Timoci
Bainimarama said Australia remained
Fiji's main source for visitor arrivals with
31,083 representing 47.1 per cent of all
arrivals in August this year.
He said New Zealand followed with
14,185 (21.5 per cent).
"In August 2011, 50,896 or 77.1 per
cent of visitors came to Fiji for holiday
purposes, an increase of 10.4 per cent
when compared to August 2010," Mr
Bainimarama said.
"A further 5131 or 7.8 per cent came to
Dalo is the highest root crop being
produced in the province of Ra alongside
yaqona.
Saivou and Nasau districts are the highest
dalo producing areas and the Department
of Agriculture hopes to encourage more
farmers in the province to take up the
initiative.
Agriculture oIfcer Seremaia Nananuloa
said dalo was mainly for local
consumption.
Mr Nananuloa said most of the farming
projects under agriculture were funded
by Government which meant that farmers
needed to only put in the effort to produce
more of the produce which was in high
demand in the local market.
Not only is dalo our major focus, we
also have good outcomes Irom yaqona
farming, Mr Nananuloa said.
Our potato farming projects are
fourishing but there is always the issue
with bad weather.
We have been able to produce about 165
tonnes of potato which is productive.
visit their friends or relatives, while 15.1
per cent came for other reasons," he said.
Mr Bainimarama said decreases for
August this year when compared to last
August were recorded for visitors from
Pacifc Islands, down 16.5 per cent or
3233 visitors; Japan and South Korea
down 13.6 per cent to 1390 and 420,
respectively.
For August this year, he said the average
length of stay for visitors was 9.7 days
compared to 9.6 days recorded for August
2010.
He said Canadians stayed the longest with
17 days, Iollowed by Pacifc Islanders
with 15.8 days.
"From January to August 2011, visitor
arrivals showed an increase of 8.4 per
cent as compared to the corresponding
period in 2010, up from 406,876 to 440,
Another problem is the production of rice
within the province with most rice farming
being conducted by the Indo-Fijians and
very little involvement from the iTaukei.
We just need more iTaukei to do rice
farming so as to bring in more income for
the people of the province.
He said there was also other agricultural
produce like pawpaw and ginger farming.
AIR Pacifc is delighted and motivated
with their recent ranking by Cond Nast
Traveler's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards.
An airline statement said it was honoured
to have been ranked among the top 10
"Small Airlines" of the world.
"After nearly 29,000 travel magazine
readers expressed their opinions in the
annual "Best in the World" survey, the
magazine awarded Air Pacifc a 7th place
ranking among the world's best small
carriers, earning it a spot among readers'
picks of the top 30 airlines in the world.
"We are delighted and motivated by this
terrifc recognition," said David Pfieger,
Air Pacifc's managing director and chieI
executive.
"This award is a testament to the
professionalism of the men and women
oI Air Pacifc and their commitment to
providing our passengers with a superior
travel experience centered around Fiji's
legendary hospitality.
"It is fantastic that travellers all over the
world registered their appreciation for
our service and reliability as well as our
complimentary in-fight meals, drinks,
entertainment, Nadi airport lounge, and
our special treatment of Business (Tabua)
Class passengers.
"Cond Nast Traveler readers are
seasoned and sophisticated travelers with
high expectations, so it means a great deal
to all of us that our efforts to transform
Air Pacifc are being recognized. With
improvements to our schedule, new
business partners, and plans underway to
modernize our feet, we have a lot more
in store for our customers, and we look
forward to delighting them as we move
forward to become the preferred airline in
the South Pacifc."
Air Pacifc recently announced signifcant
Australia schedule improvements, the
acquisition oI a new Boeing B737-800,
the order of three brand new Airbus A330-
200 aircraft, and a pending codeshare
agreement with American Airlines.
841," he said.
Mr Bainimarama said in the moving 12
months ending August 2011, the total
number of visitors to Fiji increased by 9.4
per cent compared with the same period
in 2010.
He said increases were recorded for
visitors from Australia (10.6 per cent),
Canada (9 per cent), New Zealand (7.9
per cent), Pacifc Islands (6.4 per cent),
Continental Europe (6.1 per cent) and the
US (5.4 per cent).
In the report, he said visitors from Japan
decreased by 15.7 per cent, South Korea
(3 per cent) and the United Kingdom
dropped by 0.3 per cent.
Mr Bainimarama also revealed arrivals of
Fiji passport holders permanently residing
overseas was 3059 compared to 2538 in
August last year.
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TOURISM Fiji capitalized on the recent
airing of the popular reality television
show The Bachelorette which televised
local locations to 23 million American
viewers by inviting 59 US wedding and
honeymoon tour specialists to the country
for a familiarization program earlier this
month.
A statement from Tourism Fiji said a key
part of the 'Romance Travel Specialist'
agents' visit was their participation at
an annual convention held at Plantation
Island Resort. All About Honeymoons and
Destination Wedding's CFO Robin Spelman
said the visit was a wonderful opportunity
for the US Romance Travel Specialists to
experience the destination frst hand so they
can help their clients achieves their vision
for the perfect nuptial location.
The Health Ministry said it is planning to
implement the ban on advertising of junk
food items from some time next year.
Health Ministry spokesperson Peni
Namotu said work is still underway in this
area.
Namotu said they have also determined the
classifcation oI what is junk Iood.
Work has already started with the
manufacturers and they have been asked to
remove children Irom TV advertisements
said Namotu.
A former employee of a hardware company
pleaded not guilty to charges of money
laundering and corrupt practices in the Suva
High Court.
Monika Arora is alleged to have unlawfully
obtained $472,466 and disposed the cash for
her and beneft oI others by Iorging Vinod
Patel and Companies cheques and vouchers
between December 9th, 2005 and 2007.
She is also alleged to have offered $10,000
to the accountant of the company to stop all
investigations.
The trial will be before Justice Salesi Temo.
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SMILES and shopping continue to be the
major attractions in drawing tourists back
to Fiji.
Those were the sentiments shared by
some of the 1785 tourists who docked in
the capital on board the P&O cruise liner,
Pacifc Pearl on Monday.
First-timers to Fiji, Bill and Glenda
Mcdevitt of Canberra, Australia, said the
hospitality and smiles from people on the
streets were a defnite reason they would
look to visit Fiji again.
"People here in Fiji are very friendly and
they have a great sense of humour and it's
so lovely and the environment is beautiful,
it's much bigger than some oI other Pacifc
stops we've had," said the couple.
"The shopping here is very reasonable but,
of course, we are tourists, doing tourist
shopping, like handicrafts and things like
that apart from the odd bit of clothing.
"Aside from a few pushy taxi drivers and
shop owners we have had a great time here
in Suva."
Sisters Bernice Davies and Maureen Nally
said they were so impressed with the
welcoming spirit of Fijians that they would
"always put Fiji frst" in their travel books.
"Fiji has such natural beauty and the
people here always seem to be happy, our
experiences here with tourists have been
extremely good and Fijians are the most
beautiful people I have ever met," Ms
Davies said.
Ben Jones, who was with his extended
family, said Fijian people are some of the
most helpful and approachable people he
had ever met and he would recommend the
country as a tourists destination to friends.
Tourism Ministry fgures last month
revealed 72,067 tourists visited Fiji in July
compared to 67,263 in the same period last
year, an increase of 7.1 per cent.
Australian tourists, Bill and Glenda McDevitt,
of Canberra, enjoying their visit to Suva,
after arriving on the cruise ship Pacic PearI
"We are excited to partner with Tourism
Fiji in selling this destination to our clients
and truly appreciate the warm hospitality
shown by the people of Fiji. Fiji offers our
clients a beautiful destination at a great
value and very friendly people and service
unrivalled anywhere in the world," she
said.
Tourism Fiji's regional director The
Americas, Ili Matatolu said she was highly
appreciative that All About Honeymoons
and Destination Weddings selecting Fiji
as the preferred venue for its annual
convention.
"Hosting the US's leading agency in this
lucrative market will defnitely boost our
efforts in getting a bigger share of the US
destination weddings and honeymoon
market in the long term."
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Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
Fiji News
EU givEs an OK
tO Fiji tUna Firm
Fiji and BhUtan EstaBlish
diplOmatic rElatiOns
35% OF pOpUlatiOn
livEs in pOvErty
TRIPACIFIC Marine Limited is the second
company to have received EU approval
since Fiji was listed back by the European
Union in February.
This was confrmed by company general
manager Uttam Kumar Mahawar.
Tripacifc Marine Limited, which is based
at Wailada, Lami, is one oI the leading
processors and exporters of fresh and frozen
value added fsh to the US, Japan, Australia,
New Zealand and other overseas markets.
"Inclusion of EU countries in the list has
opened another big opportunity Ior exports oI
value added products from Fiji as the EU has a
large market Ior fsh-based products," he said.
"This in turn will create more employment
opportunities and infow oI Ioreign
exchange into the country."
Mr Mahawar said that recently the company
had commissioned a new processing line
for production of Ready to Eat Tuna based
products in pouches under "TIFFIN" brand
which has been well received in Australia
and New Zealand and is competing with
established brands produced in other countries.
He said this was the frst oI its kind Irom Fiji.
"We are confdent that our TIFFIN brand Ready
to Eat Tuna will be well received in EU markets
as well," Mr Mahawar said. He is hopeful that
more fshing vessels in Fiji will get listed under
the EU against the current list oI 10.
The Republic oI Fiji and the Kingdom oI
Bhutan formalized diplomatic relations at
a ceremony in New York.
Fijis Permanent Representative to the United
Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson and his
Bhutan counterpart Lhatu Wangchuk, signed
a joint communique establishing diplomatic
relations between the two countries.
The communiqu expresses the desire
oI countries to promote and strengthen
the bonds of friendship and cooperation
between the two Asia-Pacifc nations.
The communique aIfrms that this
relationship will be guided by the
principles and purposes of the Charter of
the United Nations, the Vienna Convention
on Diplomatic Relations, and other
norms of international law, particularly
those pertaining to the mutual respect
Ior independence, sovereign equality,
territorial integrity and non-interIerence in
the domestic affairs of other States.
The ceremony was attended by oIfcials oI
the Permanent Missions of Bhutan and Fiji
to the United Nations.
Following the signing oI the communique,
the national representatives held
discussions on areas of common interest to
their two countries, including Fiji`s support
at the United Nations for Bhutans work in
promoting enhanced quality oI liIe through
its Gross National Happiness initiative.
35% of Fijis population
lives in poverty according
to a World Bank report
released.
The Poverty Trends,
Profles, and Small Area
Estimations in Fiji report
for 2003 2009 funded by
AUSAID shows that 54%
of the Northern Division
population is in poverty
which is the highest Ior
Fiji, followed by 40%
of the Western Division
population and 23% in the
Central Division.
World Bank Team Leader,
Alex Oivashenko said with
ongoing debate whether
poverty in Fiji is in decline
or increasing it is important
to have solid analysis to determine the
issue.
The report showed that although existing
welIare resources are small, the targeting
rate exceeded 70% accuracy that is
considered high by the World Bank
standard.
Oivashenko said that high risk groups
that were vulnerable to poverty were large
families, elderly, the less educated and the
disabled.
He added that rural area poverty is closely
connected to agriculture and it is possible
that the high poverty in the Northern
Division is closely related to a decline in
sugar production.
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Fiji News
chargE drOppEd
hEalth ministry wants
zErO aids rElatEd
dEaths By 2015
rEpOrts tO assist with
pOvErty rEdUctiOn
A MAN who allegedly attempted to rape a
teenager six years ago has been acquitted.
The man pleaded not guilty to attempted
rape and the case went on trial in the
Magistrates Court in Nasinu.
The alleged oIIence happened on
November 10, 2005 when the then 19-year
old complainant was alone at home.
The accused person's lawyer Nilesh
Sharma Irom the Legal Aid Commission
made a submission for a no-case to answer
after the close of the prosecution case.
In his ruling on Monday, Magistrate
Sumudu Premachandra said there were no
witnesses to the alleged incident.
However, he said, the second prosecution
witness confrmed that the accused went
out of the toilet and she later saw the
complainant crying in the toilet but that did
not prove anything.
He said a medical examination was done,
however, it did not prove anything as it
confrmed that the complainant was still a
virgin.
He said the prosecution had failed to prove
beyond reasonable doubt that the accused
wished to have sexual act with the complainant.
"Furthermore, the failure of the
complainant to show any form of resistance
also leads to the conclusion that she was
either consenting or did not resist because
the alleged incident did not take place."
"It creates serious doubt. Hence the
prosecution evidence is very unreliable to
convict the accused and he must be given
the beneft oI the doubt."
Mr Premachandra said it was a serious
charge and it was unsaIe to convict the
accused on available evidence.
With the world AIDS Day celebrations in
Fiji, the Ministry of Health plans to achieve
zero AIDS related deaths by 2015.
This years theme 'Zero discrimination
against people inIected and aIIected with
HIV/AIDS` has been chosen to remember
those that have lost their lives battling
against the deadly virus.
The Ministry oI Health together with
UNAIDS is working on plans to Ioster zero
discrimination against AIDS victims, zero
AIDS related deaths in Fiji and zero new
HIV inIections.
Meanwhile there are 366 cases of AIDS in
Fiji since 1989.
And the aIIected groups are within the age
of 22 to 29.
The launch of two reports is expected to
signifcantly contribute to the reduction oI
poverty in the country at a negligible level.
This according to the Minister Ior Social
Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation,
Dr. Jiko Luveni who joined members
oI the World Bank, the Australian High
Commission, the diplomatic corps and
other agencies at the launch.
The frst report titled 'Assessment oI the
Social Protection Systems in Fiji and
Recommendations Ior Policy Changes,
and 'Poverty Trends, Profles and Small
Area Estimation in Fiji (2003-2009), was
launched as a result of a Cabinets decision
on a submission by the Minister for Social
Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation
on the 27th of September.
The second report titled 'Assessment oI
the Social Protection Systems in Fiji and
Recommendations Ior Policy Changes
features robust qualitative and quantitative
analysis of Fijis main social welfare
program, the Family Assistance Program.;
and assessments of various operational
aspects of the social welfare system.
Dr Luveni said that because Fijis social
protection programs dated back to the
colonial era, the continued viability of
these programs needed to be assessed.
According to her, the Fijian government
entered into an Aide Memoire in 2009 with
the World Bank to undertake an Analytical
Study on the Social Protection system in
Fiji, with the view oI providing solid basis
on options Ior policy changes.
The Ministry of Social Welfare,
Women and Poverty Alleviation, had
worked with the Ministry oI Strategic
Planning, National Development and
Statistics; and the Ministry oI Finance
to discuss the viability oI addressing the
recommendations of the report, and had
worked out the budgetary implication oI
the World Banks recommendations within
the report.
Ms.Sarah Goulding, Counselor Ior Fiji
and Tuvalu from the AusAID, said that
the Australian Government is committed
to helping the poor oI the poorest in
Fiji and analysis in the two reports
will provide important tools for all
development partners and stakeholders to
use in developing and implementing their
assistance.
She says that this was demonstrated
through their current programs in health,
education, rural development, market
access, community development, social
protection, Australian volunteers, disaster
response and fnancial inclusion.
'Taken together these programs amount
to an injection of $70 million(Fjd) this
year, dedicated to reducing poverty and
increasing access to basic services Ior the
ordinary people oI Fiji she said.
schOOl gEts dOnatiOn
STUDYING without access to the Internet
will now be a thing oI the past Ior students
and staff of Muanidevo Sanatan School
in Macuata after the Dasley, Hillblom
and Lynn (DHL) Courier Express gave a
laptop.
The giIt was part oI the company's
corporate social responsibilities under its
Go Help program.
General Manager Ior Fiji and Pacifc
Islands Nick Taylor said they had given
30 computers and laptops to various
schools throughout the country so Iar
this year.
"This donation is part of our service to the
community as we reach out to rural schools
and villages to help people with their daily
lives," Mr Taylor said.
"The school approached us two months ago
for assistance and we decided to donate the
laptop because they didn't have any at all.
Teachers at the school will mostly beneft
from this donation because their work will
be improved as they now have access to the
internet."
Head teacher Davendra Kumar said they
were grateIul Ior the assistance.
"This donation is indeed a blessing Ior us
because it is the frst time our school will
have access to Internet," he said.
"Some students have never seen a laptop
before and some of them don't even know
how to use it now they will have the
chance to learn from it.
"We will also be saving a lot oI money
because we don't have to travel to town
to type examination papers or check our
emails because we have a laptop in school.
"We are appreciative of the donation and
we hope DHL will continue to assist us in
the future."
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Eighteen-year-old Kabara, Lau, native
Ledua Vuli is the Dux oI Queen Victoria
School.
He scooped the Fijian Holdings Limited-
sponsored Dux Award during the prize
giving.
Mr Vuli, who joined QVS this year Irom
Rishikul College at Nasinu, dominated the
awards, claiming Iour individual prizes
beIore being named the Dux in Iront oI
close to 2000 people.
The Bau House member thanked God and
his family for his success.
'I thank God frst Ior the wisdom and my
Iamily Ior their support, he said.
'This is something I will cherish Ior a long,
long time.
'I thank the teachers, the principal and
Iellow students.
At the school to celebrate his success
were his mother Ana Vakayatu and Iamily
members Irom Komo, Kabara in Lau.
Elder brother Tawatatau said the family
was honoured.
'This is a big achievement Ior all oI us and
we are proud oI Ledua`s success today,
Mr Tawatatau said.
Mr Vuli also claimed the Physics,
Chemistry, Introduction to Technology and
the Siwatibau Trophy for Maths for Form
Seven.
Former Veiuto Primary School classmates
Manoa Koroiwaqa (1st in Form 701, AlIred
Tora (2nd in Form 701) and Jesse Work
(1st in Form 701) also claimed awards
during the ceremony.
The hottest ticket
in town is for
this weekends
Grey Cup and the
Better Business
Bureau (BBB)
warns fans to
avoid the risk of
getting ripped
off if you decide
to gamble on a
less than reputable source for tickets.
'It is crunch time Ior scammers
to get up to their usual tricks with
counterIeit or bogus tickets, says
Lynda Pasacreta, BBB President and
CEO. 'Scammers know what the hot
tickets are and search out fans who
are so excited that they might not
recognize the signs oI a scam.
To avoid getting ripped oII buying
event tickets, BBB lists these red
fags:
Believing youre that lucky The
reason tickets are expensive is because
they`re hard to get and the chances
oI you getting lucky and fnding a
deal are slim. If a situation sounds
too good to be true, such as someone
selling tickets to a popular event Ior
much less than offered elsewhere, its
probably not on the level.
wiring money to someone you
Fiji News
dont know Never wire money to
someone you do not know. When
buying tickets online through a secure
website (the web address should begin
with "https://") ideally pay with a
credit card because of the consumer
protections provided.
not doing your research II buying
online, ask to see a picture of the
tickets so you can confrm the seats
match up with the venue. If your
friends already have tickets, you can
also make sure they look the same as
the ones you want to buy. Search for
guidance online about how the tickets
should look.
Buying from scalpers at the event -
uying tickets outside the venue can
be a game oI roulette. You might get
taken to the cleaners or the seats may
be just as advertised.
choosing a disreputable online
ticket broker When purchasing
tickets through an online broker check
them out online at www.mbc.bbb.
org. Review the company`s policy
for customer satisfaction and what
happens iI tickets purchased through
their site are fake or not as advertised.
For more advice on spending your
money wisely and not getting ripped
oII, visit www.bbb.org/us/Consumer-
Tips/
Crunch time for Grey Cup
ticket scammers
dUx OF QUEEn
victOria schOOl
dEmand FOr chEapEr
BOat FarEs
cOncErns OvEr
child OBEsity
The people oI Bua travelling Irom Nabouwalu
to Suva using Ierry services are pleading with
the service provider to reduce boat fares,
give allowance Ior cargo and provide bus or
carrier services upon arrival at Natovi Jetty.
The concerns were raised during the Bua
Provincial Council meeting at Nakawakawa
Village.
Council member and Tui Wainunu, Ratu
Orisi Baleitavea said passengers who travel
on the Spirit of Harmony, owned by Patterson
Brothers Shipping, at Nabouwalu paid $60 to
travel to Suva.
This is just $5 less than what the passengers
from Labasa pay for the same trip on board
the direct bus to Suva.
The current fare structure, he said, was
expensive to people in the province.
Council member Jovesa Tagivetaua told
the meeting that most oI the time the direct
bus Irom Labasa was Iull and passengers
boarding Irom Nabouwalu would have to
look Ior their own transport when arriving at
Natovi Jetty.
In addition, Mr Tagivetaua said passengers`
cargo had been restricted to just one bag or
one carton per passenger.
He requested iI transport can be arranged Ior
passengers at Natovi Jetty.
Bua Provincial Council chairman, Alipate
Radrodro said attempts to meet with the
shipping company general manager, George
Patterson proved futile.
This meeting, he said, was to discuss the
memorandum oI understanding (MOU)
between the Council and the shipping
company to engage in a partnership.
GOVERNMENT is becoming
increasingly concerned about the number
oI obese children aIter completing a
national survey on non-communicable
diseases last month.
According to initial fndings, oIfcials
from the Ministry of Health have seen an
increase in the number of obese children
since their last survey in 2002.
"NCDs are becoming more and more
of a problem and now we see that it has
become prevalent in children," said NCD
national adviser Dr Isimeli Tukana.
"From the data that we've collected so
far, we've seen an increase in the number
of obese children under 18 and also an
increased mortality rate of people under
the age oI 40.
"We've set up several programs to help us
tackle this growing problem but the most
important preventative measure would be
getting the parents involved and educating
them."
Dr Tukana said they had approached
schools in the main districts to advise
them about the sale of junk food in their
canteens.
"Cabinet has also approved a legislation
which does not allow children to be used
in advertising campaigns Ior junk Iood,"
he said. In addition to this, the Ministry
oI Health is also in talks with large soIt
drink companies on the sale of carbonated
drinks.
"We are currently in talks with them and
we hope to reach an agreement soon," Dr
Tukana said. According the 2002 national
NCD survey, 82 per cent of all deaths
were attributed to NCDs with coronary
and stroke largely responsible Ior deaths
in the 40-59 age group. The report also
revealed that 16 per cent oI those among
the 25-64 year age group were diabetic. It
said diabetes was the most common cause
of non-traumatic amputation and second
most common cause of adult blindness in
Fiji. The new survey will be released in
March, 2012.
O come all ye Faithful
O Come All Ye Faithful
JoyIul and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King oI Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
O Sing, choirs oI angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's
holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the
Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! Ior evermore be Thy name
adored.
Word oI the Father, now in fesh
appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
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Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
Pacic women suffering in terrible silence
there are places where men still beat women to show who's the boss.
Feature story
''EVERYONE wept!'' Penny Williams,
Australia's new Global Ambassador for
Women and Girls, had eyes the size of
saucers as she described the scene at a recent
Australia-US discussion about violence
against women in the Pacifc. ''They were
loud tears too, and I mean really loud. We
were all crying.''
The trigger Ior this was an address by a
disabled Fijian woman who, quietly and
with dignity, described how she'd been
repeatedly raped. For many in the room it
was just too much. Violence against women
and the exploitation oI girls in many oI our
neighbouring Pacifc countries is endemic,
with rates oI abuse and rape now among the
worst in the world.
Barack Obama may have only taken up
the mantle oI ''Pacifc President'' last week,
but already there are encouraging signs
his administration is keen to work with
Australia and Pacifc partners to crank up
efforts to stop the violence.
Two weeks before the President's visit, he
sent his chieI gender adviser, Tina Tchen,
to Canberra Ior discussions with Foreign
Minister Kevin Rudd, Minister Ior Women
Kate Ellis, and a select group oI gender
experts and NGO workers Irom the Pacifc.
It was an edgy, two-day discussion where
shocking truths were laid bare.
Recent AusAID reports on violence against
women in Melanesia and East Timor, and
a UN report, provided the backdrop. In
Papua New Guinea, 67 per cent of women
are beaten by their husbands 100 per cent
in the highlands with gang rape and pay-
back rape common.
In Tuvalu, half the females surveyed lost
their virginity in Iorced sex. In Samoa, 46
per cent of women are physically abused,
and up to 8 per cent are beaten unconscious
by their spouse. In Fiji, 66 per cent of
women have been physically abused by
their partners; 26 per cent were beaten
while pregnant. And in Kiribati, 68 per cent
of women have been physically or sexually
abused.
These are unconscionable statistics. But
even more alarming is the anecdotal
evidence. A PNG feld worker told AusAID:
''The husbands oI working women like to
give their wives black eyes, so everyone
can see he is still boss.''
A policewoman in Timor-Leste, who
described common domestic violence as
''beating, choking, whipping with rope,
breaking bones, burning with fre, and
banging heads on the foor'', went on to
say many of the victims fail to see this
as a crime. ''They think of it as a normal,
acceptable event because it happens daily,''
she said.
One PNG woman described in shocking
detail how her husband would demand sex
after he beat her. ''He would force me, even
in front of the kids, he would strip me off
and the kids are telling him 'Daddy, Daddy
stop', but he just treats me like that.''
In a yet-to-be released AusAID report
circulated at the discussions, a 2010
Vanuatu survey across 3700 households
found 60 per cent of women had been
subjected to physical or sexual violence by
their husband or partner. A staggering 90
per cent of those suffered ''severe violence'',
with one in fve receiving a permanent
disability. The survey also found nearly one
in three girls are sexually abused beIore
they are 15 years old one oI the highest
rates in the world.
None of this comes as a surprise to the
28-year-old executive director of UN
Women Australia, Julie McKay. While
Obama visited Australia, she few to Fiji last
week for an update on projects funded by
the Pacifc Facility Fund, to which Australia
has pledged $6.4 million dollars over fve
years. At a project McKay visited outside
Suva, ''Homes for Hope'', she was met by 40
pregnant girls under the age oI 16. The home
teaches them a range oI business skills, such
as hospitality, jewellery and bread making,
as well as organic Iarming. ''The aim is Ior
girls to eventually earn their own income
and independence, which means they can
eIIectively buy some saIety,'' says McKay.
''It's hard to believe, but many oI these girls
were sold by their own families for sex.''
As Pacifc communities come under
increasing economic pressure, amid global
instability, it is women and girls who are
most at risk. While responsibility for the
saIety oI women clearly rests with Pacifc
governments themselves, issues such as
poverty, remote locations, illiteracy, and
the heavy weight oI patriarchal culture, all
continue to be major obstacles. Progress is
painIully slow. In Vanuatu, Ior example,
domestic violence was only made a crime
three years ago aIter a 10-year legislative
battle. Village chieIs argued that giving a
wiIe the right to a ''restraining order'' was
against traditional ''kastom''.
The Australian government has committed
generous Iunds $96.4 million dollars over
Iour years towards ending violence against
women in the Pacifc. Nevertheless, there's
an urgent need Ior more long-term support
and targeted attention. The cry Irom the
feld is Ior ''core Iunding'' - ongoing money
in addition to the one-off handouts.
If Australia and now the US - is truly
serious about the Pacifc, we have to get
serious about ending the culture oI silence
and impunity that has allowed the abuse
and degradation oI women to go largely
ignored. AIter all, what gives us the right
to talk to China about human rights when
the rights oI women to be protected Irom
violence in our own neighbourhood - are
so badly abused?
Virginia Haussegger presents ABC News
in Canberra and is a member of the UN
Women National Committee. These views
are her own.
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15
Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
yaQOna drinKing UndEr
scrUtiny By hEalth ministry
Fiji News
FIJI's all-time Iavourite yaqona drinking
is under scrutiny because of its contribution
to unhealthy living and non-communicable
diseases.
Health experts say yaqona sessions in the
afternoons should be replaced by physical
activities like gardening and exercise.
What some may say is a good way to unwind
aIter a hard day's work is being described
by health oIfcials as a contributing Iactor
to NCDs like diabetes and hypertension.
"We can do without these grog sessions,
especially men. They can instead do daily
physical activities like gardening and
exercise," says West medical oIfcer Dr
Torika Tamani.
She said NCDs were prevalent in the
country and there was much to be done in
terms oI changing people's liIestyles.
"But it also depends on the individuals and
how they approach the issue oI changing
their habits and daily routines.
"For example, housewives should avoid
watching DVDs Ior long periods oI time
after they're done with their housework. And
when it comes to nutrition, they should stop
cooking Iatty Iood, using butter and ghee.
"Eating Iruit and vegetables is healthier
and should be encouraged especially Ior
children.
"When we mention Iruits and vegetables,
people start to think they have to buy it
from supermarkets but they can always
grow their own Iruits and vegetables."
Earlier this month, the Health Ministry
declared November as Non-Communicable
Disease month which was launched by
Minister Dr Neil Sharma in Tavua.
In his address, Dr Sharma said Fiji was
in a crisis mode and there were simple,
approachable and affordable means to
getting better and coming out oI this crisis.
"First and foremost we need to stop
smoking, reducing our alcohol consumption
and eat right," he said.
"People need to start cutting back on the
amount oI salt, sugar and Iatty-Ioods
intake. We also need to exercise regularly."
The latest statistics illustrate that 28 per
cent oI the population is overweight while
19 per cent is obese.
A 2001 NCD survey also showed 82 per
cent of deaths every year in Fiji were
NCD-related. The theme for this month's
awareness programme is "Snapping it. My
priority".
caBinEt EndOrsEs nEw
pharmacy dEcrEEs
Fijis cabinet has endorsed the Pharmacy
Profession Decree 2011 and the Medicinal
Products Decree 2011.
The decision was based on a submission by
Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma.
The Pharmacy Profession Decree will
cover the Pharmacy (Professional) aspects
of the current Pharmacy and Poisons Act
(Cap. 115) whilst the Medicinal Products
Decree will cover the control of Poisons.
Dr Sharma said the two decrees were a
result of the review of the now out-dated
Pharmacy and Poisons Act (Cap. 115).
He also said there will be a Fiji Register oI
Medicines.
Dr Sharma added the existing pharmacy
act will be completely replaced by the
two new decrees, both of which would be
enacted on the same day that the Pharmacy
and Poisons Act (Cap. 115) is withdrawn.
Fiji and indOnEsia
sign pOlicE
agrEEmEnt dEal
pUBlic warning
against cyBEr crimEs
Fijis Ministry of Defence and its
Indonesian counterparts have signed a
Police Agreement deal that will see a
much more close cooperation between
the police forces of both countries.
Minister Ior DeIence Joketani Cokanasiga
signed the agreement on behalI oI the
Fijian government at a ceremony held in
Jakarta, Indonesia.
'We are indeed privileged and honoured
to be here on a signifcant milestone
in our relationship with the signing
and thus Iormalizing our cooperation
pertaining to Security, said Cokanasiga
in a statement.
'I must admit that National Security has
since been a core business of any country
nowadays given the dramatic shiIt in
global settings.
He said the events oI 9/11 and the Bali
bombing have radically impacted on
global security landscape and added
national security and the fght against
terrorists cannot be done individually.
Also in May this year, Development
Cooperation Agreement (DCA) to set
the scene for institutional relations
beginning at the governmental levels was
signed in Bali.
'Our Police Cooperation Agreement is
the frst under the Indonesia-Fiji DCA
and it demonstrates our commitment
to further enhance relations at the
institutional levels Ior the mutual benefts
it entails Ior our Forces, he said.
Cokanasiga was accompanied by the
Police Commissioner, Brigadier General
Iowane Naivalurua, RFMF Land Force
Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga
and senior oIfcials Irom the Ministry oI
Defence, Fijis Ambassador to Indonesia
Ratu Tui Cavuilati and staff of the Fiji
Embassy in Jakarta.
The Fiji Intelligence Unit (FIU) is warning
people to be vigilant against cyber crimes
such as internet hacking and email scams.
FIU director Razim Buksh in a release said the
public should exercise extreme caution when
using their email accounts due to a number oI
scam email cases being brought to them.
'Recent cases involve hackers gaining
access to email accounts and sending out
mass emails to the victims contacts from
the contact list, said Buksh.
He said the emails were sent without the
knowledge oI the email account holder
and claim that the victim had been robbed
or stranded overseas for various make-
believe reasons.
According to Buksh the hackers usually request
that the money be urgently sent abroad to pay
for hotel bills and air tickets to return home.
He said request for remittance via the
internet should be thoroughly verifed and
bank account details including login and
password must not be disclosed.
The general public should reIer to the
Iollowing guidelines iI in doubt oI whether
their account has been hacked or not
You are no longer able to log into your
email account because your password has
changed; or
Your sent Iolder contains messages that
you have never sent; or
Your email contacts inIorm you that they
have been receiving spam messages Irom
your account.
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Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
Fiji News
nOrthErn divisiOn
thE pOOrEst: rEpOrt
FUtUrE FOrEsts Fiji
limitEd jOins spsE
Fiji can jOin pOlynEsian
UniOn says samOan pm
Fiji tO targEt mining invEstOrs: UlUilaKEBa
A World Bank report has identifed Fiji`s
northern division as the poorest out of the
three divisions.
The poverty rate in the north stands at 54
percent followed by the west which has a
rate of 40 percent while the central division
sits at 23 percent.
The two World Bank Assessment of
the Social Protection Systems in Fiji and
Recommendations Ior Policy Changes;
Poverty Trends, Profles and Small Area
Estimation in Fiji (20032009) were
launched by Minister for Social Welfare,
Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko
Luveni.
Dr Luveni said the pioneering reports Ior
Fiji will make a signifcant contribution
to the implementation for the Pillar 8 of
the Roadmap for Democracy, Sustainable
Socio-Economic Development 20092014
(RDSSED).
'Poverty is indeed relative, however
it is signifcantly important, and oI an
advantage when a suite oI analytical studies
are facilitated by technical expertise to
identiIy loopholes to address accordingly,
she said.
According to Dr Luveni there has been
considerable improvement in the reduction
Future Forests Fiji Limited (FFF) is the
recent addition to the South Pacifc Stock
Exchange (SPSE).
Announcing the listing, SPSE chieI
executive Jinita Prasad said FFF has listed
both its ordinary shares and convertible
notes instruments on the Main Securities
Board and the Interest Rate Securities
Board oI the exchange respectively.
Prasad said FFF was incorporated in Fiji
and Iocuses on the sustainable large scale
planting and harvest oI one oI the world`s
great hardwood timbers called Tectona
Grandis, commonly known as Teak.
She said FFF has invested considerable
funds in Fiji and planted over 140,000
Teak trees in the province of Ra.
FFF raked in a total of $2.11 million in
subscriptions.
The company established in 2005.
Fiji can become part oI a new sub-regional
grouping made up oI Polynesian nations,
says Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa
Sailele Malielegaoi.
Malielegaoi who is chairman oI the group
said any country in the Polynesian triangle
can apply to be part oI the group.
"Fiji is within this triangle and its
Iounding leaders consider themselves as
Polynesians," he told the reporter.
"Obviously, the current leadership is
leaning towards our Melanesian brothers."
The group includes French Polynesia,
Niue, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga,
Tokelau, American Samoa and Samoa.
The countries signed a Memorandum oI
Understanding with a charter to develop
economic prosperity, good governance
and to uphold democratic values in the
region.
With various investors focking to invest in
Fiji`s mining sector, Investment Fiji says
2012 will be a year to target potential mining
giants Irom the world.
Responding to questions Irom the media,
Investment Fiji chief executive Ravuni
Uluilakeba said with many exploration works
ongoing, they continue to receive interest
oI population living in poverty in the urban
areas over the period from 20023 to
20089 from 35 to 26 per cent.
Minister for Social Welfare, Women and
Poverty AIIeviation Dr Jiko Luveni ofciaIIy
launched Fiji's World Bank reports
Irom Ioreign investors in the mining area.
Uluilakeba said they will work towards better
promoting Fiji mining sector in collaboration
with the Mineral Resources Department in
2012.
Meanwhile various mining works have
started in Fiji in areas such as Vatukoula, Ba
and Namosi.
17
Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
The Marshall Islands' president is expected
to be returned to power aIter early counting
in the nation's election.
Only a small amount of votes has been counted
and oIfcials still have to wait Ior postal votes.
However Marshall Islands Journal editor GiII
Johnson said early counting suggests Jurelang
Zedkaia has the numbers to remain in oIfce.
"But that's very preliminary but a pretty
good indication oI voter preIerences, but it's
a very slow going on the count because it's
all by hand and I wouldn't expect to have a
result for at least two or three days," he said.
marshall islands liKEly
tO rEtUrn incUmBEnt
Tourists who visit Tonga's northern Vava'u
Island to swim with whales need to have
realistic expectations about what will happen.
That's according to underwater
photographer Tony Wu, who visits the
island regularly to document the way
humpback whales use the area to breed.
He says he managed to count 48 whale
calves born in Port oI ReIuge harbour this
last season, which is a lot.
But Mr Wu says the Tongan whale
watching industry needs to make sure not
to promise tourists that the whales will
come close to them or touch them.
American Samoa has won a World Cup
qualiIying match Ior the frst time in its
history.
The Samoans beat Tonga 2-1 to record a
victory at their 13th attempt.
The win comes 10 years after American
Samoa suffered a world record defeat
to Australia in a World Cup qualifer,
going down 31-nil at CoIIs Harbour on
Australia's eastern coast.
ovn Tv.i{. )c..
whalE tOUrists nEEd
rEalistic ExpEctatiOns
amErica samOa
claims histOric
wOrld cUp win
FrEnch pOlynEsian gOvt.
prEsEnts 2012 BUdgEt
QUaliFicatiOns start in
OcEania FOr 2014 FiFa wOrld cUp
papUa nEw gUinEa
gUarantEEs 22 sEats
FOr wOmEn mps
Qualifcations Ior the next FIFA World Cup
in Brazil are about to start in Oceania.
First, in Round 1, American Samoa, Cook
Islands, Tonga and Samoa will take part in
a tournament.
This tournament is to be held in the Samoan
capital of Apia.
papua new guinea has passed a law
guaranteeing 22 seats to women at the
next national election.
After more than two years of political
pressure, the Equality and Participation Bill
passed the house by 72 to 2 votes.
PNG currently has only one woman in its
109-member parliament Queenslander
Dame Carol Kidu but the new law will
guarantee 22 seats Ior Iemale MPs.
Dame Carol, a champion of the Equality and
Participation Bill, is retiring at the 2012 election.
Outside Parliament, about 50 women sang,
danced and hugged aIter the bill was passed.
The French Polynesian government has
outlined its 2012 budget this week in
Papeete.
The new budget will include new taxes on
European goods imported in Tahiti.
The Temaru government also plans to levy
an income tax in the future.
But this will not happen in 2012. An income
tax is also reportedly possible in 2014.
"We cannot go on just like beIore", French
Polynesia Vice-President Antony Geros told
reporters.
"Despite the reIorms we are making, it will
take some time before the situation returns
to normal", Gros added.
Several employers' groups criticized the
new taxes on European goods.
The cost oI living in French Polynesia
will be signifcantly higher next year, they
claimed.
There will be no less than three matches
during fve days, according to a FIFA press
release.
The victors shall then progress to Round 2,
where they will be grouped with Vanuatu,
New Caledonia and Tahiti.
The other pool will feature Fiji, New
Zealand, Solomon Islands and
Papua New Guinea.
That tournament, to be held
next June in Fiji, will double
as the 2012 OFC Nations
Cup.
The Iour highest teams will
also progress to Oceania`s
third and fnal stage oI Brazil
2014 qualiIying.
The Round 1 tournament will
start two years after New
Zealand`s historic qualifcation
for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
South Africa.
18
Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
widOw wins 4-yEar Fight FOr partnEr's BOdy
A woman is relieved the return oI her long-
time partner's body may Iinally be in sight,
four years after he was taken away for a
burial against her wishes.
Denise Clarke has been forced to battle
through the courts to try to get the remains
oI James (Jim) Takamore returned to her in
Christchurch, after Mr Takamore's whanau
in the Bay of Plenty took him to be buried
in the urupa (burial ground) at their marae
at Kutarere.
Mr Takamore died in 2007 in Christchurch,
where he had lived for 20 years with Ms
Clarke and their two children. He had
chosen to live outside the customs of his
Tuhoe tribe, and had asked to be buried in
Christchurch.
The Court of Appeal ruled in Ms Clarke's
Iavour, paving the way Ior Mr Takamore's
remains to be exhumed and taken back
south for burial. However, it is not clear
whether Mr Takamore's whanau in the Bay
of Plenty will continue to oppose this.
"I'm just very relieved," Ms Clarke told the
Herald.
"It's taken so long to get here, but it's just
been so worth it. I was prepared to wait
as long as it would take because I knew
that was what Jim would have wanted. He
would have wanted [to be] near his kids."
In July 2009, the High Court ruled
that those relatives who had taken Mr
Takamore's body had done so unlawfully.
It found that Ms Clarke was entitled to
possession of Mr Takamore's body as the
executor of his will, and was entitled to
make the final decision about the location
of his burial.
Mr Takamore's sister, Josephine Takamore,
appealed against the High Court decision
and argued that the burial oI a Maori
deceased was governed by Maori tikanga
(customary practices), because Maori
custom was part of common law in New
Zealand.
Her whanau believed it was Mr Takamore's
wish that, if he was to die in Christchurch,
he was to be taken back to the Bay of
Plenty as he had "no land, no people and
nothing down |in Christchurch|".
In a decision released, the Court of Appeal
dismissed Ms Takamore's appeal.
indian migrants FacE
jOB discriminatiOn stUdy
pilOt EscapEs
christmas trEE crash
pOlicE sEEK hElp OvEr jj
gOat KillEr an 'animal lOvEr'
Highly educated, Iluent English-speaking
Indian migrants struggle to Iind employment
in New Zealand because of employer
discrimination, a new report has found.
The study by Massey and Waikato
Universities, entitled Namaste New Zealand:
Indian Employers and Employees in
Auckland, found "widespread presence of
discrimination and ... a general unwillingness
to employ immigrants who don't as readily
blend into New Zealand's dominant Pakeha/
European culture".
The report said Indian migrants "arrive in
New Zealand as well-educated and skilled
newcomers", but unlike immigrants Irom
Britain and South Africa, "their employment
outcomes are not that rosy".
More than 60 per cent of those interviewed
had an academic qualification of a bachelor's
degree or higher, but less than halI said
their present jobs made good use oI their
qualification.
Lead author sociologist Paul Spoonley
said it was "disappointing" to see Indian
intErnEt viewers watching a
christmas tree being erected in auckland
saw a helicopter crash to the ground.
The pilot was extremely fortunate to escape
serious injury after the crash near the
Auckland Viaduct while it was trying to
erect a 26-metre high Christmas tree.
The incident was seen live on the TVNZ
website as it streamed the event.
The helicopter was only meters above the
ground when it got in trouble.
It was reported the helicopter rotor blade
clipped a cable. The tail appeared to snap
when it fell.
The cockpit remained intact.
The media reported the helicopter pilot was
seen walking away Irom the crash with the
support oI two people also working on the
project.
Ambulance communications team manager
Keith Hall said one man, believed to be the
pilot, was taken to Auckland Hospital for
a check-up but he was not believed to be
seriously injured.
The crash occurred near where the Maori
Waka had been set up during the Rugby
World Cup.
New Zealand News
migrants "struggling to gain employment or
experiencing downward mobility in terms oI
employment and income".
"They try very hard and just want to succeed,
but they're not getting that Iirst opportunity to
prove themselves," Professor Spoonley said.
"We've seen the same thing happen to the
Chinese and Koreans, but Indians are quite
diIIerent because they speak English."
Indian migrants numbered 104,600, the
second-largest migrant group behind the
British, the report said.
Many experienced "considerable downward
occupational mobility", with recognised
credentials but no suitable job opportunities
and few business networks.
"When looking Ior a job, my wiIe was told
only white people will be given more oI a
chance," one participant said. "When I started
in the real estate business, [someone] I knew
wanted to sell a house. The Kiwi woman
wrinkled her nose and said, 'I wouldn't list
with you'. This was very insulting to me,"
another said.
The mother of a 2-year-old killed violently
at an Auckland house 10 days ago has not
spoken to police since the day he died.
Detectives investigating James Joseph Ruhe
Lawrence's death want to speak with people
who knew his mother Josephine Lawrence
beIore she moved to the city in July.
James, known as JJ, died at an Orakei house
aIter suIIering severe injuries. He was struck
so hard in the stomach that one of his major
internal organs split in halI.
Miss Lawrence is pregnant with her second
child.
A man who took part in the callous
slaughter oI a pet goat in Greymouth
claimed through his lawyer to be "an
animal lover".
Michael Ryan Newcombe, 18, was
appearing Ior sentence in the Greymouth
District Court on charges oI animal
cruelty, driving while disqualiIied, driving
with excess breath-alcohol and unlawfully
taking a Toyota Hilux valued at $6000.
However, Judge Raoul Neave told him that
it was his act of "imbecility and cruelty"
that had almost put him in jail.
Newcombe and another teenager, goaded
on by another in the car, decided to kill the
goat on impulse while driving on June 16.
Oh Christmas tree! Fireghters spray
foam at the helicopter which crashed while
instaIIing a Iarge Christmas tree in AuckIand.
The pilot is reported to have escaped
without serious injury.
Two year-old James Joseph Ruhe
Lawrence - known as JJ.
Professor Spoonley said there was an
"ongoing resistance" Irom local employers to
hire immigrants.
"To be honest, the lack oI Kiwi experience
excuse which employers use is not a very
convincing one."
Three-quarters of participants had suffered
workplace discrimination; a quarter oI
employers and a third of employees reported
"some discrimination" against Indians in the
media.
About 40 per cent also said they'd experienced
bigotry in the streets. But the report also
found "persistence and resilience" in their
willingness to stay, despite the barriers.
The desire to live in a country that was free
from corruption, less stressful and offered
their children a chance to grow up in a clean
and green environment outweighed their
settlement difficulties, participants said.
"My lifestyle is better... cars were a luxury
in India, in New Zealand cars are affordable.
Leisure activities are affordable," said one
respondent.
While one man held the animal, the other
stabbed it in the neck, causing it to stagger
around bleating in pain bleeding proIusely.
The offenders fled the scene when they
realised they were being watched. A
neighbour eventually put the goat out oI
its misery.
Lawyer George Linder said the strong
prospect of jail had awoken Newcombe.
The "penny had dropped" and he realised
he did not choose his friends well and was
easily led.
"He knows these were stupid, silly actions.
He's very remorseIul and loves animals;
this is not his usual behaviour."
Mr Linder opposed the request for an order
for emotional harm for the owners of the
goat, saying Newcombe could not aIIord
it, but that submission angered the judge.
"He's got enough money to drink. So all
the money he's not putting to drink can go
to the reparation," Judge Neave said.
"You told police that you were being a
dickhead. It's hard to disagree with that
description," the judge said to Newcombe.
"You have come very close to a sentence
of imprisonment here."
Newcombe was instead sentenced to four
months' community detention, 150 hours'
community work, 12 months' supervision
and $500 reparation for the owners of the
goat at $50 a week.
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Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
clOOnEy can BE callEd
intO BErlUscOni trial
pOlicE tOUch
dOwn On pilOtlEss
drUg planE
OrEgOn gOvErnOr Bans dEath pEnalty
Us tOUrist diEs On crUisE ship,
passEngErs rEpOrtEd ill
FOrmEr sEsamE
strEEt cOmpOsEr Facing
child pOrn chargEs in
sOUth carOlina
hOllywOOd FUr salE Ban
an italian court has ruled that george
clooney and cristiano ronaldo can be
called as witnesses in ex-prime minister
silvio Berlusconi's trial for having sex
with an underage prostitute.
Lawyers for Berlusconi want Hollywood
star Clooney and Real Madrid footballer
Ronaldo to help defend their client from
charges oI paying Ior sex with a then
17-year-old girl and then abusing his
powers to get her Ireed Irom custody.
a planE carrying an unspecified
quantity of marijuana landed at the
houston Executive airport, Kprc-tv
reported and no pilots were found on
board.
Police surrounded the airport when the
plane landed, after its operators had failed
to make contact with the control tower.
It is not known if the plane's pilot bailed
beIore landing or as police moved in
immediately after. Authorities were
conducting a search oI the immediate area
surrounding the airport to Iind anyone who
may have been on board.
The twin-engine plane sustained minor
damage when its nose gear collapsed
during the landing at about 7:00pm.
"This airplane isn't from my airport. It flew
in from somewhere else," airport Executive
Director Andrew Perry told the newspaper.
OrEgOn governor john Kitzhaber
has imposed a moratorium on the
death penalty for the remainder of
his term, saying he's morally opposed
to capital punishment and has long
regretted allowing two men to be
executed in the 1990s.
Governor Kitzhaber announced the
decision, giving a reprieve to a twice-
convicted murderer who was scheduled
to die by lethal injection in two weeks.
His decision makes Oregon the IiIth state
a Us tourist died aboard a cruise liner
that docked in the port of rio de janeiro
wednesday after 79 people aboard
became sickened by a mystery illness.
The woman died aboard the MS Veendam,
a luxury vessel owned by the US cruise
company Holland America Line. The ship
sailed Irom Valparaiso, Chile and docked
in Rio with 1800 people on board.
Police said they were awaiting a report
from forensic doctors about the woman's
death and they had no word on her
identity. But government news agency
Agencia Brasil reported that there was
no indication her death was related to the
health scare.
Federal police, who are investigating
the case, said they had been told by the
Veendam's doctor that the woman likely
died oI natural causes, Agencia Brasil said.
Ronaldo Azaro, tourism secretary for
a FOrmEr music composer for the
long-running children's show "sesame
street" was under house arrest in south
carolina after pleading not guilty to
child pornography charges.
Fernando Rivas, 59, is charged with
production, transportation and possession
oI child pornography, as reported.
He entered his plea in US federal court in
Charleston, South Carolina.
Investigators were led to Rivas by another
child porn investigation in New Jersey.
Police and FBI agents raided Rivas' home
in April and Iound photographs oI a naked
Iour-year-old girl "restrained in handcuIIs
and other bondage-type devices," court
records said.
At the time of his arrest, Rivas admitted to
taking the photos and sending them to two
other people via email.
Rivas wrote songs Ior Sesame Street
including the album Elmopalooza, Ior
which he won a Grammy Award in 1998
as well as the Disney Channel's animated
series Handy Manny and a stage musical
about murdered Mexican-American
singing star Selena.
He posted 10 per cent of his $300,000
bond and was put on house arrest with
electronic monitoring by US Magistrate
Judge Bristow Marchant.
He was Iorbidden Irom accessing the
internet or interacting with children except
in the presence of an adult who is aware of
the charges against him.
thE city of west hollywood has voted
to approve a local ordinance that's
believed to first ban in the Us on the sale
of fur clothing.
Fur Free West Hollywood spokesman
Scott Samson says the 3-1 City Council
vote to approve the ordinance was the last
step in banning sales oI clothing made
from the skin or pelt of animals with hair,
wool or fur.
West Hollywood has long been known Ior
its animal-friendly laws.
It bans declawing oI cats, and pets are
Iormally recognized as "companions"
while their owners are "guardians."
Samson says local businesses have been
consulted in the process oI writing the Iur
ban law.
OBama talKing tUrKEys and cOngrEss
USA News
Us prEsidEnt Barack Obama
pardoned a thanksgiving turkey
overnight relieved that he didn't need
congress approval.
Mr Obama reprieved a 20-kilogram turkey
called Liberty and an understudy named
Peace from the butcher's knife and the
birds will gobble out their golden years
on George Washington's estate in Mount
Vernon, Virginia.
"Some of you may know that recently
I have been taking a series oI executive
actions that don't require congressional
approval," Mr Obama said.
"Here's another one. We can't wait to
pardon these turkeys," he said using
the catchphrase he uses to bypass his
Republican Ioes and sign job creating
measures into law.
"Otherwise they would end up next to the
mashed potatoes and stuIIing."
"The turkey's name is Liberty, and along
with his understudy named Peace he has
the distinction oI being the luckiest bird
on the Iace oI the earth. Right now, he's
probably one of the most confused."
Mr Obama quipped that the birds, pardoned
under the North Portico of the White House,
had undergone media training to prepare Ior
their big day in the media spotlight.
On a serious note, he urged US citizens to
give thanks Ior their blessings on the Iamed
American holiday today, and to remember
those who are less well off.
"Let's appreciate those who hold a special
place in our lives and make sure that they
Turkey taIk: President Barack Obama,with daughters MaIia (right) and Sasha,
pardons a turkey named Liberty for Thanksgiving. NationaI Turkey Federation Chairman
Richard Huisinga is Ieft.
know it," said Mr Obama, flanked by
daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10.
The tradition oI granting a presidential
pardon for turkeys only dates back to
president George Bush in 1989, but
Thanksgiving was Iirst celebrated by
pilgrims who Iled religious persecution in
England.
the state oI Rio de Janeiro, said Brazil's
National Health Surveillance Agency
(Anvisa) had been informed that there
was a health issue aboard the ship when
the vessel leIt Valparaiso and later stopped
over in Uruguay.
Mr Azaro said at least 72 passengers and
seven crew members were affected by an
unspecified ailment on the journey from
Chile.
Anvisa officials who boarded the ship
when it docked in Rio found only two
people still showed symptoms of intestinal
discomfort, Mr Azaro said.
He said there was no risk the Rio population
could become ill.
Local newspapers reported that during the
journey, ship authorities issued a red alert,
ordering the closure oI the swimming pool
and the library and calling on passengers
to wash their hands every two hours.
to halt executions since 2007.
The Democratic governor says he
has no sympathy or compassion for
murderers. But he says Oregon's death
penalty system is broken and applied
unevenly. Since voters reinstated capital
punishment in 1984, two people have
been executed and both voluntarily
waived their appeals.
Prison oIIicials had been preparing to
execute Gary Haugen, who also had
waived appeals.
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from baniSter
girlS arm Severed by paSSing
edinburgh to london train
ex-obama fundraiSer
jailed for fraud
a red-faced british holiday maker
had to be rescued by authorities after a
tumble during an intimate moment left
her dangling upside down by one ankle,
naked, in the void of an apartment
block stairwell.
The 49-year-old woman fell several
meters during the early hours of Saturday
while getting amorous with her husband
in the communal stairwell of a building
in Adeje, on the Spanish resort island
of Tenerife English-language website
reported.
Her plunge came to an abrupt halt when
her right ankle got caught between two
bars of a banister, leaving her hanging
just inches from the ground and possibly
saving her from a serious head injury.
Her husband raised the alarm prompting
a response from local police, national
police, an ambulance and firefighters,
who cut through the bars to free her leg.
The woman suffered a broken ankle and
was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A 12-year-old girls arm was severed
when she was struck by a passing train at
a level crossing on Tyneside.
British Transport Police (BTP) said the
girls limb had to be retrieved from the
track after she was hit at Killingworth at
18:30 GMT on Monday.
Surgeons at Newcastle`s Royal Victoria
a former fundraiser for uS president
barack obama has been sentenced to
10-and-a-half years in jail for extorting
millions of dollars from firms seeking
help from former illinois governor rod
blagojevich.
Mr Obama has never been implicated in the
corruption scandals which have roiled his
adopted home state of Illinois in recent years.
However, his Republican foes have tried to
exploit his ties to influence peddler Antoin
Tony Rezko, who was convicted of using
his political clout to demand kickbacks in
June 2008 just a day after Mr Obama
clinched enough delegates to be the
Democratic Partys presidential nominee.
Mr Obamas transition to power was
also marred by the December 2008 arrest
of Blagojevich, who was kicked out of
office and eventually convicted of trying
to auction off Obamas vacated US senate
seat and a host of other corruption charges.
Rezko opted to begin serving his time after
his June 2008 conviction even though his
sentencing was delayed in case prosecutors
needed to call him as a witness in trials connected
to the corrupt Blagojevich administration.
He will be given credit for the four and a half
years he has already served on 16 counts that
included fraud, bribery and money laundering.
Blagojevich is set to be sentenced on
December 6.
malaySiaS government has
announced it will enact new rules
for public demonstrations, including
a ban on street protests and other
restrictions that opposition groups say
are too repressive.
Despite being under pressure to improve
civil liberties ahead of national elections
expected next year, the ruling party
introduced legislation known as the
Peaceful Assembly Bill that proposes a
range of curbs on the public.
The legislation, which Parliament is
likely to approve as early as next month,
effectively rejects many of the reforms
demanded by opposition and human
rights groups, which accused Prime
Minister Najib Razak of reneging on his
promise to make Malaysia a more liberal
and freer society.
The bill is a total reversal of Najibs
promise of providing more freedoms to
the people, said Lau Weng San of the
Democratic Action Party.
The planned law proposed by Najibs
National Front makes one concession it
removes a requirement for demonstrators
to get a police permit, which in many
cases is denied to opposition parties.
Demonstrators will nevertheless be
required to give a 30-day notice to
the police, who can impose various
restrictions or even reject the proposed
time and place for the demonstration.
They also cannot take to the streets,
effectively forcing them to be confined
to stadiums or public halls. They
also cannot make statements that can
promote feelings of ill will, according
malaySia to ban
Street proteStS
to the text of the bill.
Children under 15 would be barred from
rallies, which cannot be staged near
schools, hospitals or places of worship.
Protesters could be fined up to 20,000
ringgit ($A6,302) if they break the rules.
The prime ministers office said in a
statement that the legislation makes it
easier for Malaysians to express their
views without putting public order at
risk and represented the latest stage of
Najibs progressive package of social
and political reforms.
Malaysian authorities faced strong
criticism in July for cracking down on
at least 20,000 protesters who marched
in Kuala Lumpur to seek more electoral
transparency. Police briefly arrested
about 1,600 people and used tear gas
and chemical-laced water in efforts to
disperse the crowd.
The National Front has insisted that
protests threaten public order. Opposition
politicians say such warnings form
an excuse for the government to stifle
dissent and maintain its 54-year grip on
power.
The National Front is expected to easily
pass the bill because it has slightly less
than a two-thirds majority in Parliaments
lower house.
In recent months, Najib has pledged
to overhaul decades-old laws widely
considered repressive, including ones
that allow detention without trial.
The opposition insists any reforms so far
have been a superficial ploy to bolster
the National Fronts support ahead of
general elections expected by mid-2012.
Infirmary are trying to reattach the arm
and the girl is stable, BTP said.
A spokesman said the girl had been
with three friends when she suffered a
glancing blow from the train.
Police said the incident involved the
17:00 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
train.
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a man who claimed his live-in lover
had died accidentally before he cut her
body up with a power saw has been
found guilty of her murder.
Kiralee Grant was due to give evidence in
an assault case against Neal Richardson
the day after she died, but he told the
NSW Supreme Court jury he had no fear
of that charge.
Richardson also testified that he had not
assaulted Ms Grant in October 2009,
but said shed asked him to kill her in a
way similar to how her twin sister was
murdered in 1991.
After one-and-a half
days of deliberations,
the jury rejected his
accident claim
and returned a guilty
verdict to the murder
charge.
Richardson, 45, who
lived with Ms Grant,
41, at Malabar in
Sydneys east, had
denied murdering her
on April 18 last year.
But he admitted
dismembering her
In her police statement, which was read
to the jury, Ms Grant said Richardson had
bound, gagged and bruised her.
But Richardson told the jury he had never
struck Ms Grant, but agreed he had tied
cable ties around her wrists and ankles, at
her request.
Ms Grant had been drinking, had taken
tablets and told him she wanted to be with
her murdered twin sister, he said.
Richardson said Ms Grant had told him
her sister was murdered in Brisbane in
1991 that shed had cable ties around her
hands, wire around her body, her head
had been half severed and from the waist
down she had been burned.
(Ms Grant) wanted me to kill her in
a similar way to the way her sister was
murdered, he said.
Richardson said he tied the cables around
her ankles and wrists because he was
concerned about the neighbours and her
yelling.
It seemed to calm her down, he said,
adding that he later unclipped the ties.
Richardson showed no emotion at the
verdict and Justice Lucy McCallum
adjourned the sentencing hearing to
December 8 for mention.
and dumping her body parts on a rural
property at Gerringong on the NSW south
coast.
Ms Grant, a prostitute who was a heavy
user of drugs and alcohol, was due to give
evidence against Richardson on April 19.
Richardson told the jury that late on April
17, Ms Grant was extremely intoxicated,
had taken tablets and wanted to return to
the Kings Cross red-light district, but he
did not want her to go.
After she started to hit him, trying to get
past the front door, I pushed her hands
away from me, he said.
We both fell over and she smashed her
head on the coffee table in the lounge
room and she remained on the floor and
she didnt move, he said.
Richardson said he panicked after
realizing Ms Grant was dead as he thought
police are going to definitely think I have
killed her.
Then I did what I did in the bathtub, he
said, telling the jury he cut her up because
he was scared someone would see him
taking her body out of the unit.
Richardson said Ms Grant never had
any intention of going to court to give
evidence against him in the assault matter.
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uS man jailed over
auSSie teen lover picS
a californian man has been sentenced to
a year in jail for possessing pornographic
images of a 15-year-old Queensland girl
he met online, flew to australia to live with
and planned to marry.
Troy Nelson, 33, originally faced 40 years in a
US prison for a charge of sexually exploiting
a child, but under a deal with prosecutors
in the District Court in Sacramento he
entered a guilty plea to a count of knowingly
possessing images of child pornography.
Nelsons lawyer described the relationship
Nelson shared with the girl as a love
story, beginning when they met in the
virtual world of Kaneva, a popular online
game, on October 10, 2007.
The court is not often called upon to
adjudicate a love story, the lawyer, Caro
Marks, said.
Although many human emotions play
out across federal criminal cases, romantic
love is rarely represented.
Prosecutors disagreed; telling US District
Court judge Garland E Burrell that Nelson
exploited the teenager.
While Nelson asks this court to view his
relationship with FMV (Iemale minor victim)
as romantic, the law and the mores of our
society do not allow the court to do so, assistant
US attorney James Wong told the judge.
Nelson knowingly violated the law,
inIlicted great harm on FMV and her Iamily
and should be punished accordingly.
Nelson, from his home in Susanville, California,
and the girl, in Queensland, maintained an
online relationship that included exchanging
pornographic images of each other.
On September 8, 2008, Nelson flew to
Queensland to begin a live-in relationship
with the girl, who was then 16-years-old.
They planned to wed in Australia, with the
couple speaking at length with a marriage
counselor who certified the girl as a minor
to be married, the court was told.
The victims parents were opposed to the
relationship.
On March 2, 2009, when Nelson flew back
to the US, he was arrested by American
authorities.
Prosecutors asked for Nelson to be sentenced
to more than five years jail, but Judge Burrell
on Friday jailed Nelson for 366 days.
He was immediately taken into custody and
under US federal law will serve at least 85
per cent of the sentence.
man who uSed a power Saw to diSmember
woman found guilty of murder
SuSpect held over deadly
indian train inferno
a man has been detained over a fire
which engulfed a train in india and killed
seven people, including an australian
woman, police say.
Indian Railways police official P.K.
Srivastava said the man was taken in for
questioning after detectives spoke to others
travelling on the train which was gutted by
fire on Tuesday.
The fire broke out before dawn as the
express train was travelling from Kolkata
to the northern city of Dehradun.
Sabotage cannot be ruled out, Mr
Srivastava said while rejecting suggestions
that Maoist guerrillas active in the area
could be behind the fire.
Monash University physiotherapy student
Kate Scanlon, 21, was on the trip of a
lifetime when she was killed in the tragedy.
It is believed Ms Scanlon, from Tasmania,
died of suffocation, while her travelling
companions school friends Sophie
Moore, Bronwyn Smithies and Naomi
Cappelli, all of Hobart were treated for
serious burns.
Media reports gave various other possible
reasons for the accident including an
electrical malfunction in the carriages
heating system, a blast in a gas cylinder or
arson.
Police officer Srivastava confirmed that
passengers on board the train had offered
statements to investigators.
Witnesses had told railway authorities
they had seen two passengers moving
suspiciously about 2am.
The two entered the bogie and placed
bags in an empty booth. A few minutes
later I saw smoke coming out of the bags
and soon flames engulfed the bogie, a
passenger said.
Passengers also said more people would
have died if a passenger had not pulled the
emergency alarm to halt the train.
Monash deputy vice-chancellor Prof
Stephanie Fahey said the university had
arranged counseling for Ms Scanlons
fellow students and staff.
To learn of such a tragedy is always
upsetting and we will support her family
and friends as best we can during this sad
time, Prof Fahey said.
Sid Sidebottom, a former school teacher
of Ms Scanlons, said the accident was
devastating.
It is so very sad. I performed in a musical
with one of the young women. They were
just lovely people, Mr Sidebottom said.
The Australian High Commission in New
Delhi has already been in touch with the
three survivors.
Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings
expressed shock at the news. I know I
speak for all Tasmanians in expressing
sympathy for these young women and their
families, she said.
man found guilty of murdering live-in lover; claimed lover died accidentally after falling;
admitted dismembering her and dumping body parts
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medical records to back up her allegations.
The Huffington Post said that Seattle Police
were launching a formal investigation into
the matter.
We are aware of a claim that a pregnant
woman who attended the November 15
Occupy Seattle march has been treated for
a miscarriage, a police spokesman told the
website.
Consistent with standard procedure, the
Office of Professional Accountability has
initiated an internal investigation to look
into the matter further.
Ms Foxs claims follows chilling images of
police pepper spraying Occupy protesters at
the University of California.
an occupy protester claims she
suffered a miscarriage after police
allegedly used pepper spray on her and
kicked her in the stomach.
Jennifer Fox, 19, who says she was two
months pregnant, told weekly newspaper
that she was attacked during a police
crackdown on the Occupy Seattle protests
last week.
I was standing in the middle of the crowd
when the police started moving in, she said.
I was screaming, I am pregnant, I am
pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get
out.
A photo posted on news website Seattle PI
shows Ms Fox being carried by protesters.
Her eyes are streaming and she looks to be in
pain. Video Iootage on YouTube captured by
a protester shows Ms Fox in distress.
Ms Fox was taken a hospital, and that
doctors ran tests on her fetus. Ms Fox said
that the doctors found no sign of trouble.
However, she went back to the hospital
several days later with cramping and nausea,
she said the doctors told her they couldnt
detect a heartbeat from the fetus and that she
had suffered a miscarriage.
She told the media that: They said the
damage was from the kick and that the
pepper spray got to it (the fetus), too.
Ms Fox has not filed a complaint with the
Seattle Police Department nor provided any
german gynecologiSt
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daughter to die from
untreated burnS
china to top world
in e-commerce by 2015
a german gynecologist is being
investigated by police after secretly
taking 35,000 pictures of patients naked
inside his practice.
So far 700 victims have filed criminal
complaints against the 56-year-old doctor,
who practiced in the small town of
Schifferstadt, in Rhineland-Palatinate in
the west of the country.
We are still in the middle of the
investigation, it may well be that more
victims come forwards, Lothar Liebig,
the director of public prosecutions in
Frankenthal, told the German tabloid.
Approximately 3000 women were
unknowingly snapped by the perverted
doctor while undergoing clinical
examinations, the report said.
The doctor no longer practices, and could
face up to one year in prison.
nSw patients pay more for out-of-pocket
medical expenses than do citizens of
every country except the uS, a report has
found.
The Bureau of Health Informations second
annual report, Healthcare in Focus 2011:
How well does NSW perform, compares the
states health care with that in 10 countries.
The bureaus CEO Diane Watson said NSW
got value for its health dollar but care costs
were high when people got sick.
Only the US had a higher percentage of
sicker adults who reported cost as a barrier
the mother of a young girl in central
england who died of septic shock brought
on by untreated burns was jailed after
being found guilty of manslaughter and
child cruelty.
Eva Logina, 26, assaulted and bullied her
two-year-old daughter Kristiana throughout
her short life before scalding her in the
shower at home in Birmingham in February
2010.
Neither she, nor her then partner, magistrate
Rashpal Chana, 49, sought medical attention
for at least 10 days until the toddlers
infected wounds led to her death.
By the time paramedics were finally called,
Kristiana had suffered organ failure and was
in cardiac arrest.
At Nottingham Crown Court, Logina was
sentenced to six years in jail and Chana to
four-and-a-half years for what the judge
said was gross negligence by omission,
leaving Kristiana to die in serious pain and
discomfort.
china, already home to the worlds
largest online population, is likely to replace
the uS as the biggest e-commerce market
by 2015, according to new research.
Chinas e-commerce market is currently
worth $75.36 billion less than half that
of the United States at $177 billion, a new
report by the Boston Consulting Group said.
But it is growing rapidly, spurred by
increasing internet use China now has an
online population of more than half a billion
the low cost of shipping and a passion for
shopping among Chinas growing middle
class.
Consumerism is already big in China
people simply love to shop. Beyond this,
the internet is affordable, and thus widely
available, said the report, based on surveys
of more than 4000 online shoppers across
the country.
China... already has 145 million online
shoppers, with exponential growth expected
that could bring the number to 329 million
by 2015 and make the e-commerce market
in China the worlds most valuable.
Within five years, online shoppers in China
will be spending an average $980 per year
twice what they spend today and close to the
US average of $1000, said the report, issued
Tuesday.
Up to a quarter of e-commerce demand
is for products consumers cannot find in
physical stores a circumstance unique to
China, whose huge size limits the coverage
of physical retailers, it said.
The e-commerce industry benefits from
Chinas low cost of shipping $1 on average
to ship a one-kilogram parcel, versus $6 in
the United States, it said.
E-commerce in China will go from
representing 3.3 per cent of the countrys
total retail value today to 7.4 per cent in
2015, an expansion that took the United
States a decade to achieve, it added.
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take sugar derived from sperm whale
secretions, holy water from lourdes and
the highest-grade platinum leaf.
Combine with some vanilla beans and
cinnamon and youve got the recipe for
the worlds most expensive mince pie
estimated to be worth ($4700).
The Christmas pie created by food designer
Andrew Stellitano has gone on display at
the Marvellous Mince Pie Manufactory in
London.
While it contains only the most refined
ingredients from recipes dating back to the
1600s the design on top is pure 21st century.
It was created on computer and burnt into
the crust with a laser beam.
In keeping with British tradition there is also
a coin found inside but this one is made of
solid platinum.
The pie will go to one lucky shopper in a
prize draw on December 19.
thatS a bit rich!
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includeS holy water and laSer beamS
occupy proteSter
jennifer fox claimS police
cauSed her miScarriage
most expensive mince pie worth $4700; pie contains sperm
whale secretions; laser beams created design on crust
Thats rich! The worlds most
expensive meat pie worth $4700.
to accessing doctors, medicines, tests and
treatments, Dr Watson said.
While no public patient in NSW incurs out-
of-pocket costs for hospitalization, 42 per
cent of NSW sicker adults reported that they
and their family had spent more than $1000
out of pocket on medical care.
(That is) a higher percentage than in nine
countries.
NSW and the rest of Australians are also
heavily reliant on hospitals compared with
other countries.
Weve found 15 per cent of NSW sicker adults
with a chronic condition are hospitalized
or visit an emergency department, which is
twice as high as France, Dr Watson said.
In 2011, one-quarter of adults in NSW and
Australia reported they received treatment
in a hospital in the past two years compared
with 14 per cent in Canada and 15 per cent
in the UK.
In better news, NSW had a 46 per cent drop
in deaths from heart disease, stroke and
common cancers over the decade.
Were a leader in the speed of change, Dr
Watson said.
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use cooking methods that do not add
extra fat to the dish
Steamed vegetables are especially
favourIul when herbs are added to
the steaming liquid. Broiled or grilled
meats are lower in fat and develop a
rich golden colour that adds visual and
taste appeal. Baking, especially in a pan
with a rack is another low fat cooking
method. The microwave allows you
to prepare food quickly without added
fat. Barbecuing is another lower calorie
cooking method.
reduce or eliminate high fat ingredients
from your favourite recipes
Using a non-stick pan means that you
can saut without added fat. Adding
tofu, bulgur, or brown rice to casseroles
means that you can cut down on the
amount of meat that you are using.
Using smaller amounts of stronger
cheeses decreases the amount of milder
cheese needed without sacrifcing the
Calcium is the cornerstone of strong bones.
Adults up to age 50 need 1,000 milligrams
per day. Beginning at age 51, women need
1,200 milligrams every day, and when men
hit 71, they need to hit that mark, too. The
pop star of calcium sources is undoubtedly
milk. A single 8-ounce cup of milk,
whether skim, low-fat, or whole, has 300
milligrams of calcium.
greens
diabetes and you: tips for tasty and healthy meals
protein (eg chicken or fsh), / starch (eg.
rice, pasta, couscous) and vegetables.
Add milk to drink and fresh fruit for
dessert and you are well nourished at a
moderate calorie expense.
double check your serving size
Most of us are victims of the supersize
phenomenon. Research shows that
people who are presented with larger
containers of food eat more than
those consuming snacks from smaller
containers. Make this work for you. Eat
your dinner on the smaller luncheon
plate your serving will look larger. As
well, if you want to splurge on some
treat, as we all do at some time, think
in terms of a single size container: not a
whole chocolate bar, but the mini size,
not a 200g bag of potato chips, but a 43
g size. This will give you the indulgence
of a treat that you want, but allow you to
stop while the calorie count is still low.
World Diabetes Day was on November
14, 2011.
Half a cup of tofu contains 258 milligrams
of calcium, but calcium is not the only
mineral that gives bones a leg up. New
research suggests plant-based chemicals
called ISO favones strengthen bone
density as well. ISO favones are plentiIul
in soy foods, such as tofu, and appear to
have an estrogen-like effect on the body.
This may make soy useful in warding off
bone disease in postmenopausal women.
calcium Supplements
Supplements are an easy way to boost your
calcium intake, but some reports suggest
you may not need them. If youre already
getting enough calcium from food, taking
favour. Chilling a soup or stew will allow
the fat to rise to the top and congeal for
easy removal.
learn to use spices and herbs to kick up
the avour
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
are classic herbs that you will savour.
Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg will add a new
taste to traditional dishes. Many cookbooks
offer advice on using spices and herbs and
many recipes on the internet will introduce
new tastes.
go vegetarian for a night
Canada is a multi-cultural country and
many cultures feature a wide variety of
meatless dishes. Try tofu in a stir-fry,
or vegetarian chili; try Indian style dahl
(lentils) or marinated bean salads; use
lentils and kidney beans in your favourite
soups. Your creativity will help you to see
lots of possibilities.
to keep control of your portions,
think of the space on your plate
A well balanced plate will consist oI /
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You might be surprised to learn that
calcium is plentiful in many vegetables. Go
for greens such as, Chinese cabbage and
kale. The traditional soul food favorites,
collard and turnip greens, offer a lot of
calcium, too. One cup of chopped, cooked
turnip greens has about 200 milligrams of
calcium.
Sardines
Milk and dairy products are not the only
ways to get calcium. Another excellent
source is sardines. All those little fsh
bones have just what you need to build
bone mass in your own body. Eating 3
ounces of canned sardines delivers a little
more calcium than a cup of milk.
Salmon
Salmon and other types oI Iatty fsh oIIer
an array of bone-boosting nutrients.
They contain calcium as well as vitamin
D, which assist in calcium absorption.
Theyre also high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Fish oil supplements have been shown to
reduce bone loss in elderly women and
may prevent osteoporosis.
more in pill form wont contribute to bone
health. Experts say there`s little beneft
in getting more than 2,000 milligrams of
calcium per day, and too much can lead
to kidney stones. For the best absorption,
take no more than 500 milligrams at one
time. Some calcium supplements, such as
calcium carbonate, are better absorbed if
taken with meals; however, calcium citrate
can be taken anytime.
Salt is a major culprit in depriving the
body of calcium. The more salt you eat,
the more calcium gets carried away by
urine. Sticking to a low-salt diet can help
you keep more calcium to strengthen your
bones. Nuts and seeds can bolster
bone health in several ways.
Almonds, pistachios, and
sunfower seeds are all high in
calcium. Walnuts and faxseeds
are packed with omega-3 fatty
acids. Peanuts and almonds contain
potassium, which protects against the loss
of calcium in urine. Nuts also contain
protein and other nutrients that play
a supportive role in building strong
bones.
hold the Salt
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Chai Time
ingredients
1 whole boneless skinless chicken
breast, chopped
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons oil
3 green onions, chopped
14 ounces frozen stir-fry vegetables,
fnely chopped
12 egg roll wraps, stored under damp
towel while recipe is prepared
ingredients
2 (8 ounce) containers candied
cherries
1 (8 ounce) container candied mixed
citrus peel
2 cups raisins
1 cup dried currants
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
2 (2.25 ounce) packages blanched
slivered almonds
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup all-purpose four
2 cups all-purpose four
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
6 eggs
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup apple juice
directions
In a medium bowl, combine cherries,
citrus peel, raisins, currants, dates,
and almonds. Stir in brandy; let stand
2 hours, or overnight. Dredge soaked
Iruit with 1/2 cup four.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135
degrees C). Grease an 8x8x3 inch fruit
cake pan, line with parchment paper,
and grease again. In a small bowl, mix
together 2 cups four, baking soda,
cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and salt;
set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter until
light. Gradually blend in brown sugar
and eggs. Mix together molasses and
apple juice. Beat into butter mixture
alternately with four mixture, making
4 dry and 3 liquid additions. Fold in
foured Iruit. Turn batter into prepared
pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 3 to 3 1/2
hours, or until a toothpick inserted
into the center of cake comes out
clean. Remove from pan, and lift off
paper. Cool cake completely, then
wrap loosely in waxed paper. Store in
an airtight container.
ingredients
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup cake four
2 cups cornstarch
directions
Cream butter and sugar, work in the
four and cornstarch, which have been
sifted together.
Roll or pat out on foured board to
about 3/8 inch thickness.
Cut cookies 1 inch in diameter. Put on
cookie sheet.
Bake 1/2 hour in a 300F oven.
aries (march 21april 19):
Those holding position of authority and
infuence should watch out-Ior Iavour
seekers and fatterers. Any mistake on
your part could undermine your position at
work. An emotional show of feelings could
harm your interests. Those looking out for
a job are likely to receive two offers in this
week. Do not accept the offer which entails
a change of location.
taurus (april 20may 20):
Stick to your routine work activities. Fresh
ventures are fraught with face hassles.
There is an element of suspicion in a new
venture brought to you this week. You need
to be careful in the matters of the heart and
not getting involved with a person having
dubious past.
gemini (may 21june 20):
Work wise a proftable week. Some oI you
will be required to travel at a short notice
to conclude a certain deal. Professionals or
the self employed need to be very careful,
for someone is likely to falsely, implicate
them in a legal tangle. Home and family
affairs, run smoothly.
cancer (june 21july 22):
There can be a staff or labour problem at
work making this week a forced holiday.
You should try to stay clear oI any disputes
and problems. Some of you are likely to
attend to some repair work at home or visit
a relative whom you have not seen for a
long time.
leo (july 23august 22):
Travel plans are likely to get postponed.
Some of you are likely to face problems
while commuting to work. An unexpected
payment gets deferred. The health of a
parent or any maternal member of your
Iamily will cause worry and concern. Your
plans for the evenings may get cancelled.
virgo (august 23 to September 21):
You will be making plans Ior a journey
either for work or on a holiday. Some of
you are likely to receive money through the
sale of a land or a house. The youngsters
who are in love will face opposition from
their family. This may make them revaluate
their present relationship.
libra (September 22october 23):
The successful completion of your current
task will bring immediate fnancial gains.
Some of you will travel to sign new
contracts or to recover some payment
long overdue. Love life is brimming with
excitement. However, those having secret
liaison run the risk of being exposed.
Scorpio (october 24november 21):
You may not be in the mood to work this
week. Some of you may take a day off
and others are likely to go out shopping.
An outing in the company of your mate or
beloved and friends will prove enjoyable.
You will end up spending much more than
you had anticipated.
Sagittarius (november 22december 21):
You are greeted with a sudden surprise
with the receipt of a large sum of money.
The employed will be given a prestigious
assignment to handle independently. You
will conclude your task with the able
support of colleague and associate. Home
and family is good.
capricorn (december 22january 19):
Work continues smoothly. Some of you
will take up a part time job or an agency
which will prove benefcial. Some oI you
will be required to travel on work which
could keep you away from home for a long
period of time. Heavy pressure at work
leaves you with no time for a leisure and
romance.
aquarius (january 20february 18):
A hectic work schedule could prove
stressIul and tiring. You need to take rest;
else, you could be heading for a health
problem. Those who are already feeling
fatigue should consult their physician or go
in for a thorough medical checkup in this
week. Tension prevails on the home front.
pisces (february 19march 20):
Stick to routine work and avoid fresh
investments. Any project which is showing
a loss should be abandoned at once. A
female relative is likely to create mischief
and misunderstanding within your family.
You need to warn your immediate Iamily
members against her machination.
easy egg rolls

christmas cake
cornstarch
butter cookies
directions
Coat chicken in mixture of cornstarch
and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Heat 2
tablespoons oil in pan or wok. Add
chicken and green onion; stirfry for
three to four minutes, or until chicken
is no longer pink. Set aside in bowl.
Stir in 1 teaspoon soy sauce, then drain.
Stirfry chopped vegetables for two
minutes (add 1 tablespoon oil if
necessary).
Mix 1 tablespoon four and 2 tablespoons
water; this will be your wrapper glue.
Position one wrapper so one corner
Iaces you. Place 3 tablespoons flling
at wrapper center. Fold bottom corner
over flling. Moisten leIt and right
corners with glue; fold to wrapper
center, enclosing flling, and seal to
bottom corner. Brush glue on top
corners. Roll egg roll away from you,
wrapping up flling snugly. Press top
corner onto egg roll to close. Repeat
for each egg roll.
Fry three egg rolls at a time in oil until
brown on all sides; drain on paper
towel. Repeat until all egg rolls are
fried. Serve with soy, duck or mustard
sauce.
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this information is provided for knowledge and education purposes only. individuals should visit their physicians for more information on their health.
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ingredients
1 turkey, approx.
15 lbs.*
Juice of a lemon
Salt and pepper
Olive oil or
melted butter
1/2 yellow onion,
peeled and quartered
Tops and bottoms
of a bunch of celery
2 carrots
Parsley
Sprigs of fresh
rosemary, thyme
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pounds vou need. In general, plan for.
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1518 lb turkev for 1416 people
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method
1 To start, if the turkey has been
refrigerated, bring it to room
temperature before cooking. Keep it in
its plastic wrapping until you are ready
to cook it. While in the refrigerator,
and or while you are bringing it to
room temp, have the bird resting in a
pan, so that if the plastic covering leaks
Ior any reason, you are confning the
juices to the pan. If you get a frozen
turkey, you will need to defrost it in the
reIrigerator Ior several days frst. Allow
approximately 5 hours of defrosting
for every pound. So, if you have a 15
pound turkey, it will take about 75
hours to defrost it in the refrigerator, or
around 3 days.
Handle a raw turkey with the same
amount of caution as when you
handle raw chicken use a separate
cutting board and utensils to avoid
contaminating other foods. Wash
you hands with soap before touching
anything else in the kitchen. Use paper
towels to clean up.
Remove the neck and giblets (heart,
gizzard, liver). Use the heart and
A. Use electricity instead of gas.
B. Drive a car to go to and come back
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C. Do not buy gas at a higher price.
D. Walking, cycling, taking transit or
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7) where do most french speaking
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A. Quebec.
B. Nova Scotia.
C. New Brunswick.
D. Ontario.
8) one third of all canadians live in
which province?
A. Quebec.
B. Ontario.
C. Northwest Territories.
D. British Columbia.
9) from where does the name
canada come?
A. From Kanata, the First Nations
word for village.
B. From the Inuit word Kanata
meaning nations.
C. From the First Nations word
meaning land.
D. From the Inuit word meaning home.
10) who is canadas head of State?
A. Governor General of Canada.
B. Members of parliament.
C. Prime Minister.
D. A hereditary Sovereign (Queen
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A. Ontario and Saskatchewan.
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C. Ontario and Quebec.
D. Ontario and Manitoba.
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A. It made Confederation legal.
B. It was written by the British
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C. The Aboriginal people signed the act.
D. It was agreed to by the First Nations
and Inuit.
3) when does a federal election have
to be held under legislation passed by
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A. Within 4 years of the most recent
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B. Within 5 years of the last election.
C. When the Queen wants to replace the
Prime Minister.
D. The Prime Minister can call the
election any time at his own will.
4) what are the territories of
northern canada?
A. Yukon Territory and Northwest
Territories and Nunavut.
B. Yukon and Northwest Territories.
C. Northwest Territories and Alaska.
D. Nunavut and Yukon Territory.
5) which province in canada is
the smallest in land size?
A. Nova Scotia.
B. Prince Edward Island.
C. Newfoundland and Labrador.
D. New Brunswick.
6) how can you help to protect
the environment?
roast turkey
gizzard Ior making stock Ior the stuIfng.
The neck can be cooked along side the
turkey or saved for turkey soup. Or all
of the giblets can be used for making
giblet gravy.
Note that if vour turkev comes with a
plastic piece holding the legs together,
check the instructions on the turkevs
package. Most likelv vou do not need
to remove those plastic ties for cooking
(unless vou plan to cook vour turkev at
a verv high temperature). If vou remove
the plastic ties, vou will need to use
kitchen string to tie the legs together.
2 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
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these items when theyve tried to climb
out, says Smith.
Anticipate changes
Parents see a crib as a safe place to
leave a child, Smith adds. But toddlers
are constantly gaining new skills. One
day, all the child can do is crawl, and
then suddenly she starts standing up
and climbing, he says. You need to
anticipate those changes.
Drop-side cribs
Recently, several deaths of infants in the
US and one in Canada have been linked
to the use of drop-side cribs. This led to
a number of models being voluntarily
recalled in June 2010 in Canada, and
to the offer of repair kits for some
other models to prevent the side from
detaching. Health Canada is exploring
the possibility of banning the sale of
drop-side cribs in the future.
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Safety guidelines
Smith suggests:
Once your child can pull himselI up
to standing position, be sure there are
at least 66 centimeters (26 inches) from
the top of the mattress to the top of the
railing.
Keep all bumper pads, pillows and
toys out of the crib toddlers will use
these as stepping stones to help them
climb out.
Position the crib away Irom electrical
outlets, windows, window-blind cords,
shelves and other possible hazards.
Do not use crib tents, netting or
canopies over the crib. Children have
become entrapped and strangled by
Highlights
Age. Birth to 4 months
Age. 4 to 6 months
Age. 6 to 8 months
Age. 8 to 10 months
Age. 10 to 12 months
Use this guide to fnd out what and how
much to feed your child at every stage
of development from birth to 12 months.
Don`t worry iI your child eats more or
less than the amounts listed theyre only
meant as rough guidelines.
You dont have to introduce foods to your
child in any particular order. If you want
to give your baby a taste of tofu at age 6
months, go ahead, even though its not
listed on our chart until age 8 months.
It was once considered important to wait
until age 1 or even age 3 before introducing
highly allergenic Ioods like eggs, fsh, and
peanuts. While experts now believe that
postponing these foods doesnt prevent
food allergies, many pediatricians still
recommend delaying or waiting to introduce
them especially for children with eczema
or with a family history of allergies. However
you choose to introduce new foods, discuss
your decision with your child`s doctor frst.
Age: Birth to 4 months
Feeding behavior
Rooting refex helps your baby turn toward
a nipple to fnd nourishment
What to feed
Breast milk or formula ONLY
Feeding tip
Your babys digestive tract is still
Crib Safety
Age-by-age guide
to feeding your baby
developing, so solid food is off-limits for
now.
Age: 4 to 6 months
Signs of readiness for solid food
Your baby probably wont do all these
things theyre just clues to watch for.
Can hold head up
Sits well in highchair
Makes chewing motions
Shows signifcant weight gain (birth
weight has doubled)
Shows interest in Iood
Can close mouth around a spoon
Can move Iood Irom Iront to back oI
mouth
Can move tongue back and Iorth, but
is losing tendency to push food out with
tongue
Seems hungry aIter 8 to 10 Ieedings oI
breast milk or 40 oz. of formula in a day
Is teething
Which Word?
Circle the letter of the word that best completes the sentence.
1) I came in ______ and won a silver medal.
A. measurement B. length C. second D. weight
2) There are 60 seconds in a ______.
A. year B. week C. minute D. length
3) ______ are used to weigh objects.
A. scales B. second C. year D. ruler
4) The ______ of the rope is twenty feet.
A. measurement B. length C. year D. second
5) He took a ______ of the wall length.
A. measurement B. month C. measure D. length
6) January is the rst ______ of the year.
A. length B. month C. measure D. second
7) I saw my ______ when I stood on the scale.
A. length B. month C. second D. weight
8) The two halves represent ______.
A. week B. weight C. equal parts D. second
9) There are twelve months in a ______.
A. equal parts B. year C. minute D. second
10) A standard ______ is twelve inches long.
A. ruler B. equal parts C. month D. measure
11) We are learning to ______ by centimeters.
A. equal parts B. measure C. minute D. week
12) There are seven days in a ______.
A. measure B. week C. weight D. month
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2 sugary drinks a day can boost heart
disease, diabetes risk in women
Protein, not sugar, key to
keeping us alert and thin
A new study has found that drinking two
or more sugar-sweetened beverages a
day may expand womans waistline and
increase her risk of heart disease and
diabetes.
In this study, researchers compared
middle-aged and older women who drank
two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a
day, such as carbonated sodas or favoured
waters with added sugar, to women who
drank one or less daily.
Women consuming two or more beverages
per day were nearly four times as likely
to develop high triglycerides, and were
signifcantly more likely to increase their
waist sizes and to develop impaired fasting
glucose levels. The same associations were
not observed in men.
Women who drank more than two sugar-
sweetened drinks a day had increasing
waist sizes, but werent necessarily gaining
In a nding that could have bearing on
obesity and sleep disorders, researchers
say its protein, not sugar, which
stimulates cells keeping us awake and
thin by burning calories.
According to researchers from University
of Cambridge, wakefulness and energy
expenditure rely on orexin cells, which
secrete a stimulant called orexin/hypocretin
in the brain.
Reduced activity in these unique cells
results in narcolepsy, uncontrollable desire
for sleep or its sudden onset and has been
linked to weight gain, the journal Neuron
reports, citing a varsity statement.
Cambridge scientists compared actions
of different nutrients on orexin cells and
found out that amino acids, nutrients found
in proteins such as egg whites stimulate
orexin neurons much more than other
nutrients.
Sleep patterns, health, and body weight
are intertwined. Shift work, as well as
poor diet, can lead to obesity, said Denis
Burdakov, pharmacology researcher at the
Cambridge Institute oI Metabolic Science.
Electrical impulses emitted by orexin cells
stimulate wakefulness and tell the body
to burn calories. We wondered whether
dietary nutrients alter those impulses, he
added.
Scientists highlighted the orexin cells
(which are scarce and diIfcult to fnd) with
genetically targeted fuorescence in mouse
brains. They then introduced different
nutrients, such as amino acid mixtures
similar to egg whites, while tracking orexin
cell impulses.
They discovered that amino acids stimulate
orexin cells. Previous work by the group
found that glucose (a sugar) blocks orexin
cells (which was cited as a reason for after-
meal sleepiness).
So researchers also looked at interactions
between sugar and protein. They found that
amino acids stop glucose from blocking
orexin cells, or in other words, protein
negates the effects of sugar on the cells.
What is exciting is to have a rational way
to tune select brain cells to be more or
less active by deciding what food to eat,
Burdakov said. Not all brain cells are
simply turned on by all nutrients, dietary
composition is critical.
These fndings may shed light on previously
unexplained observations showing that
protein meals can make people feel less
calm and more alert than carbohydrate
meals.
Harmful cholesterol could be reduced
by 64 percent with a single injection. It
could potentially be used for those who
dont respond well to statins, a class of
drugs used to lower cholesterol levels.
The jab, tested in humans Ior the frst
time, lowered the level of so called bad
cholesterol by 64 percent as compared with
a placebo.
Bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein,
can cause blockage of the arteries and raise
the risk of heart disease or a stroke, the
Telegraph reported.
Although the jab is several years away from
the market, it could one day be used as an
alternative treatment for patients who do not
respond well to other treatments like statins.
Results from the preliminary study on 54
men and two women aged 18 to 45 were
presented to researchers at an American
Heart Association (AHA) conference on
Monday.
ASA spokesperson Robert Eckel said: We
have got substantial evidence that lowering
cholesterol is benefcial. The problem is
that a lot of people need more than one
drug to do it.
If the treatment proves safe and effective in
future trials, it would probably be used as
an addition to current treatments, he said.
Clapton Dias, who led the research, said
that at the highest dose level, the effect
lasted about one month before cholesterol
started returning to previous levels, while
at lower doses the change was shorter.
A second study in which patients were
given more than one injection at either
biweekly or monthly intervals has not been
fully completed but suggests the effects
can be maintained, he added.
'Statins will remain the frst line oI
treatment but there is a signifcant need Ior
more treatments even though statins are
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A jab could
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by two-thirds
weight, said Christina Shay, Ph.D., lead
author of the study and assistant professor
at the University of Oklahoma Health
Sciences Centre in Oklahoma City.
These women also developed high
triglycerides and women with normal
blood glucose levels more frequently went
from having a low risk to a high risk of
developing diabetes over time, she stated.
Women may have a greater chance for
developing cardiovascular disease risk
factors from sugar-sweetened drinks because
they require fewer calories than men which
makes each calorie count more towards
cardiovascular risk in women, Shay said.
Researchers have yet to determine exactly
how sugar-sweetened beverages infuence
cardiovascular risk factors such as high
triglycerides in individuals who do not
gain weight, Shay said, but further work is
planned to try and fgure that out.
33
Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
GENDER EQUALITY: MoRE AUSSIE woMEN ARE DRIvING DRUNk
AUSTRALIAN TEEN MUMS MADE To fINISH SCHooL
SYDNEY
HEALTHCARE woRkER
wINS $38M PRIzE
Australia News
ITS the one aspect of gender equality
women could do without. The percentage
of females convicted of drink driving
is at record highs and set to continue
rising.
In the year to June, 20 per cent of all drivers
convicted of drink driving were women, up
from 17 per cent a decade ago, the media
reported.
Experts said while there were several
reasons for the disturbing trend, the main
factors were that women were drinking
more like men or driving to protect their
inebriated husbands or partners.
Dr Lucy Burns, a senior lecturer at the
National Drug and Alcohol Research
Centre and a specialist in alcohol and
womens health, said womens drinking
habits were becoming more like men.
We are seeing young women drinking
more alcohol in any one sitting than
ever before and middle-aged women are
drinking more Irequently, Dr Burns says.
She said high levels of stress and conflict
in womens lives was triggering heavy
drinking.
Don Weatherburn, NSW Bureau oI
Crime Statistics director, said the trend
was reflected in other evidence such as
surveys showing young women were binge
drinking more than they used to.
Women caught drink driving have said
they underestimated how much they could
drink before they were over the limit, and
others said they decided to drive because
they were less drunk than their husbands or
partners. Others said they would rather risk
drink driving than catch public transport
late at night.
On Tuesday, of the drink driving cases
beIore Central Local Court Magistrate Lee
Gilmour, five involved women.
Many oI them said they had misjudged how
much they could drink before exceeding
the blood alcohol limit of 0.05.
A TRIAL program will see 4000 teenage
parents forced to finish Year 12 or risk
having their welfare payments cut off
after laws passed parliament.
Senior minister Simon Crean said the
programs would give young parents new
opportunities to boost their educational
achievements and job-readiness.
The government is sending a very clear
message that it is the responsibility of the
parent to make the most of opportunities
available to them, he told the lower house.
Opposition early childhood spokeswoman
Sussan Ley said the legislation was well-
intentioned but the coalition was concerned
that since many support services were
already provided in some form, much of
the program funding would be spent on
more bureaucracy.
But her party supported the bill.
The odd pairing oI Australian Greens MP
A HEALTHCARE worker from
Sydneys north has been declared the
winner of a record $38 million lottery
prize.
The woman was at work and had no idea
she had won the draw 830 until a NSW
Lotteries official contacted her by phone.
The $5 Jackpot Lottery prize winner,
who wishes to remain anonymous, said
she would keep her job despite being
$38.185 million richer.
I really love my work so I will keep on
working, she said in a statement posted
on the NSW Lotteries website.
The new multi-millionaire said she
would give some of the money to her
family, pay some bills, take a holiday
next year somewhere nice and buy a
house.
NSW Lotteries officials had contacted
her home during the day, only to reach
her mother.
I never thought this would happen to
me, she said.
Im very, very happy and very, very
shocked.
I dont think I really understand what is
happening right now. Im in shock. Im
just very, very happy and very thankful
as well.
The lucky ticket was bought at The
Lucky Charm Galeries at George Street
in central Sydney.
Ive been buying my tickets from The
Lucky Charm in the city for a very long
time because of the name, the winner
said.
Her win set a record for the $5 Jackpot
Lottery. A 49-year-old grandmother
from Sydneys west won $11.79 million
from the Lucky Lotteries $5 Jackpot in
November 2007, setting the previous
record.
200102, according to the NSW Bureau of
Crime Statistics.
And the figures show that whether you are
a man or a woman, drivers aged between
25 to 34 are most likely to drink drive and
be caught.
Head oI emergency at St Vincent`s
Hospital, Gordian Fulde, said he had seen
a steady increase in the number of women
seeking treatment for alcohol-related
injuries, both drivers and pedestrians.
This was also reflected in industry statistics
he had seen.
Every year they are getting more drunk
and younger too, he said.
Dr Fulde was concerned drinkers may have
become complacent about the dangers of
drink driving compared with a decade
ago. When breathalyzers were introduced
everyone was frightened to lose their
licence.
Dr Fulde said the peak season oI drinking
had begun two weeks ago with the first of
the office Christmas parties.
Its like a switch went on, so we are
already battening down the hatches. We
know we are in trouble, he said.
He said women have to remember they
dont metabolise alcohol as quickly as
men.
Women take longer to break down alcohol
than men because the enzymes in their
livers were less active, Dr Fulde said.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew
Scipione said it was dangerous to drink and
drive whether you are a man or a woman,
a young driver or more experienced. He
encouraged drinkers to plan their night and
use public transport, organise for someone
to pick them up, pre-book a taxi or stay
with friends.
Its about enjoying yourself without
the burden of regret, he said. Its your
decision. Make the right one Ior you, your
family and friends.
The percentage of females convicted
of drink driving is at record highs.
Adam Bandt and conservative independent
Bob Katter were its only opponents.
Mr Bandt was concerned the approach
unduly stigmatized young parents.
We do not believe that punitive
compliance measures proposed in the bill
will be effective at achieving its aims, he
told the house.
Coalition backbencher Sharman Stone,
whose electorate oI Murray will have one
of the trial areas, said it was important the
participants werent viewed as absolute
failures by their community.
Wed like to think that the people
participating are regarded as the fortunate
few who are going to be given a better
chance in life, she said.
Mr Katter believed the legislation had very
strong racial overtones and would lead to a
new wave of child thieving.
He said the laws would only deliver
women are driving drunk in record numbers; "Drinking more in any one sitting than ever before"
Two of the women blew over the limit 10 or
12 hours after their drinking session, while
one said she was just running the gauntlet
and hoping she would not be caught.
An exasperated Ms Gilmour said she
was having trouble communicating the
dangers of drunk driving and its serious
consequences.
Such lovely young people we are seeing
today ... I dont know what I have to do to
get through to people, Ms Gilmour said.
While men still far outnumber women, the
percentage of men convicted of the offence
has fallen or remained steady every
year for the past decade.
NSW local courts recorded 21,776
convictions for drink driving offences
across the state until the end of June, 4406
for women.
There was an increase of 978 cases from
power to a self-opinionated, know-it-all
university-class of social workers who
would then control the young mothers.
Labor MP Jill Hall told parliament her
initial reaction had been to oppose the
legislation.
But when she looked at it in detail and
attended information sessions in her local
area, one of the 10 trial sites, she became
excited about the benefits and opportunities
that would be offered to disadvantaged
young people.
Im a member that would never, never
adopt an approach where its all about
using a stick ... or making it difficult for
somebody thats long-term unemployed,
she said.
Since the laws have now passed both
chambers, the first trial will start next
year in 10 locations across the country
for parents aged under 19 with a youngest
child less than six years old.
They will have to attend a general interview
with Centrelink once their youngest turns
six months. Six months after that, they will
need to start discussions about how to get
their Year 12 certificate or equivalent.
Theyll also have to come up with a very
good excuse if they miss any Centrelink
appointments or risk having their payments
suspended.
Another trial will start in July involving
22,000 long-term unemployed parents
aged under 23.
They too will have to attend Centrelink
meetings and follow a participation plan
designed to help them be job ready once
their children are at school.
The Social Security Legislation
Amendment (Family Participation
Measures) Bill 2011 now awaits royal
assent.
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Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
Shahid not ready to
commit to Bipasha
Shahid Kapoor really likes Bipasha Basu
but he is afraid to take his relationship
to the next level following so many
break-ups. He still nursing his wound
and not able to get over with those past
relationships and thats why he is not in a
mood to commit to Bips.
Says a source,
Bipasha and
Shahid really like
each other and
they wanted to
take it a step ahead.
But he is still not
ready to get into
a Iull-fedged
relationship at this
point.
After breaking
up with Kareena
Kapoor, he was in a serious relationship
with Priyanka Chopra but before reaching
the fnal destination, they broke-up.
His friendship with Priyanka was very
tumultuous.
There was a lot of passion, but the many
break-ups they went through took a toll on
him. He is yet to get into that space where
he could completely commit to someone,
informs a source.
Meanwhile, Bips is said to have an aIIair
with Rana Daggubatti but she claims to be
only friend. Adds the source, Apparently,
Bipasha confded in a Iriend recently,
saying that Rana was a close friend and
Shahid needs some more time from her.
Ranbir kapoor signed up as the brand ambassador for franco Leone
welcome home
Aishwarya Rai!
Salman, John to get
married on the same day!
Salman Khan and John Abraham buried
the old hatchet and patched up on the
reality show, Bigg Boss 5 where he came
with Akshay Kumar to promote his latest
fick, Desi Boyz`. They all had great Iun
on the show and the two handsome hunks
pulled each others leg on the question of
marriage.
It all started when an audience present
on the studio asked John about his latest
comment about getting married soon. A
source said, Everyone was really pulling
John Abraham`s leg about his marriage
reports in the news. John said he would
like to get married and wished that it
happened soon but he also told Salman to
get married.
John Abraham even suggested Salman to
fx up his wedding on the same day as John.
Salman in his funny style said, You at
least have a girl to get married to. Whom
will I get married to? There`s no one yaar!
Aishwarya Rai fnally returned home
with her little baby girl, accompanied by
her pa-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, hubby
Abhishek Bachchan and her parents.
In the picture, the baby, though snapped
from a distance, can be seen, carried
protectively in his arms by Big B.
Abhishek Bachchan writes on Twitter,
Brought the girls home today. I hope beti
B realizes the joy she has brought with her.
The house is bursting with pink and proud
grandparents.
After the success of Rockstar, Ranbir
Kapoor seems to be going great guns. He
has recently been signed up as the brand
ambassador for Franco Leone, the youth
fashion brand of mens footwear.
Franco Leone offers formal and casual
footwear for men. Their advertising
campaign captures the various moods of
the young superstar.
SC Bhambri, the Chairman of Franco
Group, decided on Ranbir as he believes that
as a youth icon, Ranbir is a trendsetter. His
style, charisma and attitude are refected in
the sentiments of millions of young Indians
who aspire to be fashionable and trendy.
Check this out
Chillar Party wins Best film
award at 17th International
Childrens film festival
Deepika Padukone was present at the
BBC Good Food Guide launch event.
The actress literally mesmerized us in
a Diane Von Furstenberg Valetta red
outft!
Gosh! Just cant take our eyes off her...
Chillar Party, the heart-warming childrens
flm, produced by Salman Khan and UTV
Spotboy won a lot of critical acclaim when
it released earlier this year.
The flm, directed by Nitesh Tiwari and
Vikas Bahl, has now won the Best Feature
Film award in the Indian Competition
section at the 17th International Childrens
Film Festival.
Besides Chillar Party, Marathi flm Vihir
too earned its director Umesh Kulkarni
the award Ior Best Director at the same
festival.
He also brings a refreshing new look which
will go a long way in reinforcing universal
appeal for their brand.
35
Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
Big B, Ram kapoor top
Tv popularity charts
Anupam turns
writer, ready to pen
his rst book
I worked hard to maintain
Dreamgirl tag: Hema Malini
John promotes Desi Boyz,
says marketing vital
Abhishek in awe of Michael Caine
According to the ninth edition of ormax
Medias quarterly study Characters
India Loves (CIL), Amitabh Bachchan
(kaun Banega Crorepati) and Ram
kapoor (Bade Achhe Lagte Hain)
are the most favourite non-ction
and ction characters on television
respectively, reported Best Media Info.
This ninth track of CIL was conducted
in October 2011, with a sample size of
3477 respondents in six cities Mumbai,
Delhi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Indore and
Jalandhar, in the 1544 years age group,
Anupam kher, one of the most talented
actors of the Hindi lm industry, has
decided to write a book and says that
the title of his maiden literary work is
The Best Thing About You Is You,
which will teach people how to live life
in todays time.
'Announcing my frst book published by
Hay House Publishers. It is about life and
living. And is called THE BEST THING
ABOUT YOU IS YOU, the 56-year-old
posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Anupam, who writes for a newspaper as a
guest columnist, will try to help people by
providing a handy guide to fnding peace
of mind and contentment in todays chaotic
times through his book.
The two-time national award-winning
actor also runs an acting school called
Actor Prepares.
After beginning his career with his soul-
stirring performance in Saraansh, he
went on to do more emotional roles in
'Daddy and 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin
Mara and won national award Ior both oI
them.
Evergreen actress Hema Malini says
her Dreamgirl tag is not for nothing --
she worked hard to achieve it and says
it has taken her a lot to maintain it over
her four decade-old lm career.
'The Dreamgirl` title has been with me
Ior a long time. My name got attached
with it many years back, but I worked hard
to achieve it, to maintain it, Hema said at
Colors Golden Petal Awards ceremony.
The 63-year-old kept true to her
Dreamgirl` tag when she came on the
stage in a golden sari with the 'Dreamgirl
song playing in the backdrop. Her poise
and grace could give any new age actress
a run for money.
However, Hema clarifes her hard work
was never aimed at earning any title.
John Abraham has been city hopping,
giving interviews and making an
appearance on Tv shows to promote
his lm ~Desi Boyz, which is releasing
friday, and says he has understood that
the rst three-day collection of a new
lm depends upon the marketing.
'My thinking has always been that iI a
flm is good, it will work. But I have been
educated about this through the promotions
oI RA.One` and Rockstar` that the frst
three days oI a flm are very important. So,
we have tried to promote Desi Boyz`,
said John.
I promoted Force too, but not the way I
have promoted this one, said John, who
mixed with Ians and danced in a Dubai
nightclub to spread the word about 'Desi
Boyz.
The flm also Ieatures Akshay, Chitrangada
Singh and Deepika Padukone and has been
helmed by frst-time director Rohit Dhawan.
Post 'Desi Boyz, the 38-year-old will be
seen in Housefull 2 and Race 2.
Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who will be
seen in Players, the Hindi remake of
Hollywood action-thriller The Italian
Job, says he is smitten by Michael
Caine who starred in the original lm.
I love the attitude that Caine carried in
all his flms. I`ve lost count oI how many
times Ive seen The Italian Job. Although
I have to admit Ive seen Caines version
more times than Mark Wahlberg`s. It`s a
cult flm, said Abhishek in a statement.
The flm, directed by Abbas-Mustan and
starring Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu,
Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bobby Deol, will
be the frst big release oI 2012 when it hits
the screens Jan 6.
'We (actors) don`t work hard in flms
to earn titles like this Dreamgirl` one.
We work hard to get the artist out of us.
Thats all, said the actress, who earned
Iame with flms like 'Sholay, 'Seeta Aur
Geeta and 'Johnny Mera Naam.
At her age, she is ft as a fddle, with
glowing skin and when TV actors Apara
Mehta and Himani Shivpuri asked her
about her ftness secret, she said: 'You
should all dance! And by dance I mean do
classical, traditional Bharatnatyam, not
Sheila ki jawaani! And drink 17 bottles
of water every day!
Now thats quite a tip from the evergreen
diva herself, who recently directed Tell
Me O Kkhuda to relaunch her daughter,
Esha Deol in the flm industry.
with Big B and Ram Kapoor emerging as
the biggest superstars of Indian television.
Amitabh Bachchan leads the non-fction
popularity list with a staggering 57pc
share. A very successful season of his
show Kaun Banega Crorepati (Sony)
ended last week.
Ram Kapoor leads with 12pc share in a
more Iragmented fction category, ahead
oI past leaders like Anandi (Balika Vadhu)
and Jethalal (Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah
Chashma), as well as Priya, his wife in
Bade Achhe Lagte Hain.
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Friday, November 25, 2011 Fiji Sun-Times V5 No51
Bollywood actors who came from small screen
Now days, most of the actors who establish
their career in Bollywood are either seen to
have a past presence in the modeling or the
fashion industry. But, it was not the same
till a decade ago. It is interesting to note
that many of our famed superstars and stars
have embarked on the journey of acting
starting from the idiot box. Here is a look
at some of the stars who came from small
screen and made it big at the silver screen:
Shah Rukh khan
Smita Patil started her career on the TV
with news reading. She was discovered
by Shyam Benegal when she had an
active news reading career and was also
an accomplished photographer. She had a
strong theatrical background and was an
alumnus of Film and Television Institute
of India, Pune. Her moment of fame came
in the year 1977 when she bagged the
national award for best actress for her role
in the movie Bhumika. There was no
looking back for Smita after that.
Rajpal Yadav
Shah Rukh Khan had a prolifc presence
in the television shows and serials before
he stepped into the world of Bollywood.
His acting career in TV started with the
role of Commando Abhimanyu Rai in a
show called Fauji. Following that he
appeared Ior another TV show named
Circus. Before establishing himself as
a star with 'Deewana he acted in many
small budget movies and earned himself
critical acclaim.
Smita Patil
The famous comedian of Bollywood had
started his TV career with the popular
show Naurangilal ke Sapne. He was
discovered by Ram Gopal Verma during
the shooting oI the movie 'Mast in which
he was given a tiny role by the director.
Following that was a challenging role in
Jungle, for which he did not disappoint
RGV with his perIormance. ThereaIter
he established himself as a successful
comic actor giving various hits like Garam
Masala, Phir Hera Pheri and Waqt: The
Race against Time.
Madhavan
The established star in the south and
Bollywood , Madhavan too had started his
acting career with TV when he acted Ior
the show named Banegi Apni Baat in
1996. He also achieved popularity with the
Zee TV show named 'Tol mol ke bol and
the show was also successful. His career
propelled high when he bagged his frst
Bollywood assignment in the form of Iss
Raat Ki Subah Nahin. His most recent
performance that is appreciated very much
by audience is his role in the movie 3
idiots.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
November 26
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November 28
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November 25
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Entertainment
Courteney Cox
closer to David
than ever after
break-up
Courteney Cox insists that she
and David Arquette are closer
than ever, despite splitting up
a year ago.
The ex couple, who have a
seven-year-old daughter, Coco,
together parted ways last year
after 11 years of marriage, but the
Cougar Town actress says they
now communicate more so she
doesnt feel alone.
The great thing is that even
though we are separated, David
and I are still so close. Were
able to talk through everything
that happens, so I know that
were often both feeling the same
way and that makes me feel less
alone, Contactmusic quoted
her as telling Britains HELLO!
Magazine.
In some ways, were closer
than ever because were
communicating more than we
ever have.
So yes, its been a tough year
but its also been a big year for
growth - for both of us, she said.
While the Friends actress has
come to terms with the breakdown
of her marriage, she admits the
first year of separation has been
intense.
When you first get separated
every single thing that happens
for the first time is really intense,
the Iirst Valentine`s day, the Iirst
wedding anniversary, she added.
Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry) again
shows why hes one of the worlds
best directors even while over the
age of 80. Through a smart back
and forth technique we see the rise
of the famed government employee
frst Irom humble beginnings
at the Department oI Justice to
heading a virtual feIdom as top law
enIorcement oIfcer in the country.
Cast in the pivotal role of J. Edgar
Hoover is Leonardo DiCaprio
(Titanic) in another towering
perIormance. Make-up here plays
an integral part of this movie as
both J. Edgar and his close friend
Clyde Tolson show considerable
wear and tear over the years. Fresh
from his triumphant work on The
Social Network as one of the true
originators of Facebook Arnie
Hammer does a fne job playing
the other man in the directors
liIe. Dealing with gay relationships
during this time was tricky and
Eastwood brilliantly fashions this
story to delve deep into the personal
psyche of both men, particularly
Hoover.
Another key aspect to Mr. Hoover`s
life was his relationship with his
mother. British import Dame Judy
Dench (Casino Royale) also gives
a strong performance as the caring
mom Annie, a fgure who truly
impacts her son in all sorts of ways.
From a historical standpoint, J.
Edgar spans 48 years in the life of
a legend. Lead by direction was
an obvious motto Ior Mr. Hoover
and DiCaprio conveys a rugged,
ruthless determination by a man out
to protect the American way of life.
MAMMAS BoY!
J. Edgar (PG) * * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Prepare to learn all about the
dirty secrets of one of Americas
most powerful men in J.Edgar,
a sensational story from Warner
Brothers now exposing the truth
at Empire Studio 12, Colossus
and Cineplex Odeon Theatres
around B.C.
Fall and winter are the seasons
that Hollywoods top guns
unleash their best work. Oscar
buzz is in the air as studios bring
out their most polished product.
Sure to be a contender for best
picture of the year is J. Edgar, a
sensational look at famed F.B.I.
director J. Edgar Hoover from
Warner Brothers. Buzz aside,
this is one terrifc movie and an
effective expose on one of the
most powerful men in American
history, warts and all.
Acclaimed actor turned director
Heaven help anyone trying to
get in his way. Key parts o this
larger than liIe fgure are revealed
in detail with great fnesse by
Eastwood who, as always, has
done his homework here. Much
of the story of this lawman is
known and vendettas against
Communist and dirty tricks are
well explained here in uncanny
detail. Whether you support this
mans techniques or consider him
an affront to free speech and/or
democracy is debatable. What
cant be discounted though is for
2 hours and 15 minutes were
hurled back in time to see how
one single lawman managed to
harness untold energy to form an
unbelievable police investigative
unit that truly laid the seeds to
Iorensics, crime fghting and all
the CSI type shows so popular
these days.
Just the right tempo gives
J.Edgar lots of momentum. And
Australian actress Naomi Watts
(Mulholland Drive) also makes
a nice impact as Helen Gandy,
a secretary to the director who
also seems to have toned down
her striking good looks to bear
the essence of this humble civil
servant serving the ultimate
power hungry, crime obsessed
control freak. Expect more than a
few Oscar nominations from this
star-studded, impeccably acted
story that also features pitch
perfect atmosphere and a great
moody score, another Eastwood
the musician trademark.

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evenly around it. Finish the look by
securing the ends of your hair under the
doughnut with bobby pins and spritzing
with a flexible-hold hair spray.
Ponytails
This season, all the best runway
hairstyles had an organic quality
to them and the standout was
undoubtedly the ponytail. To create
a haphazard pony, finger-comb your
hair back into a low ponytail at
the nape of the neck. To add to the
bedhead esthetic, rough up your roots
with some dry shampoo.
Hats off to moisture
Hats and toques make it difficult to
maintain your hairs style; they also add
static to dried out locks all of which
make managing a seasonal look even
more difficult. The key to keeping your
look in place is to be ritualistic about your
hair regimen. Shampoo and condition
every morning with a rich conditioning
line like Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick
Hair Solutions Breakage to Strength
Shampoo and Conditioner. And never
over-apply product like hairspray (this
just weighs hair down).
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fall Beauty Tips
Royal flush
The quickest way to warm up your
complexion is with a soft rose or peachy
pink blush. Makeup artists agree it`s the
one beauty product that looks great on
women of every age and skin tone. On
the fall runways, the focus was more on
the diverse placement of blush than on
a particular colour. At the Marc Jacobs
show, models had blush dusted on their
lower cheeks, while at the Versace
show it was blended high across the
cheekbones.
Get some great gadgets
Give your eyes a lift by adding an eyelash
curler to your daily beauty routine. Its a
must-have tool for creating that coveted
wide-eyed look. The pros say you dont
have to spend big bucks to get quality:
you can pick up a good eyelash curler
at the drugstore. Just choose one thats
made of metal, rather than plastic itll
last longer. Curl bare eyelashes, then set
the curled lashes with a few (or a few
dozen) coats of mascara.
Bright eyes
Makeup pros agree that the best way to
heated air out of your home to fuel the fire
and exhausts it through the chimney, and
then your furnace has to turn on to replace
that warm air.
Close the Iireplace damper and seal the
opening shut when not in use.
More ways to save on your winter
utility bill
Get your Iurnace inspected and tuned up
by a heating professional.
Have your home properly insulated and
weatherized.
Measure your attic insulation. II you have
less than 7 inches of insulation or if it is
less than R-38 (the current requirement
for new homes), consider upgrading
your insulation with spray-foam or batt
insulation.
Look for places where air may
be leaking through the insulation
you will be able to tell because there will
be dirty spots or holes in the existing
insulation. Seal the holes by stapling a
piece of plastic sheeting over them and
caulking around the edges of the plastic.
Additional insulation can be blown
into walls, and there are even options for
insulating flat roofs, crawl spaces and
floors.
Replace any broken window panes and
repair any large holes in attics, crawlspaces,
or basements.
Seal exposed ductwork. Ductwork sealing
can help your system run more efficiently,
winter Energy Saving Tips
windows and doors
Check all exterior doors Ior air leaks and
weather-strip and caulk as needed. A one-
eighth-inch gap around a door is equivalent
to a 6-inch-square hole in the side of your
house and causes a lot of energy loss. You
can check doors two ways:
Have someone stand on the other side
oI the door and shine a fashlight around
the doors perimeter. If you can see light
through the cracks, your door needs
sealing.
Hold a piece of paper between the door
and the frame and shut the door. If you
can pull the paper out without tearing
it, you should weather-strip around the
door.
water heater
Make sure the water heater is set no
higher than 125 degrees.
Drain oII a bucket oI hot water Irom your
water heater annually to remove sediment
that will interfere with the heaters long-
term use.
Install a water heater blanket iI your
water heater is older than 5 years.
Insulate the pipes around the water heater
with inexpensive, easy-to-install pipe
insulation. This is particularly helpful if the
water heater is in an unheated space.
fireplace
Never use a traditional Iireplace Ior
supplemental heating. A fireplace sucks
and also ensures that heated or cooled air
gets to where you want it to go. Instead of
duct tape, use mastic (available at hardware
stores) to seal ductwork. Mastic provides a
better seal and lasts longer.
Replace older or loose Iireplace dampers.
Have a sheet-metal insert installed, which
will prevent some heat loss and help
reflect heat from the fireplace back into
the room.
Consider converting your traditional
fireplace to a more efficient pellet or wood-
burning stove. Determine your payback
time before investing.
Special tips for holiday lighting
Dispose oI older incandescent lights and
buy new LED holiday lights. Older strings
of incandescent holiday lights can use up
to 99 percent more energy than new LED
light strings. Plus, the wire insulation
on older lights can erode and pose a fire
hazard.
Turn on your holiday lights Ior no more
than 6 hours per day (to keep energy use
down). Purchase a lighting timer to turn
lights on and off automatically.
Always unplug holiday lights beIore
going to bed or leaving the house.
Don`t overload your circuits. Check your
fuse box or circuit breaker panel to see how
much load you can add to your house, stay
within these limits to reduce the risk of fire.
Take lights down promptly aIter the
holidays.
say so long to dark circles and droopy
lids is to swap out smoky shadows and
sooty pencils for a softer palette. To give
the appearance of a few more hours of
sleep, try tracing your lower lash line with
a flesh-toned pencil. Your tired eyes will
take on a decidedly youthful glow.
Top touch up
Save time and money by forgoing that trip
to the salon and covering up roots at home.
There are now at-home colour kits that
will do the job in 10 minutes flat. If your
regrowth is more than 50 per cent grey,
stick with a permanent formula; if you
have little to no grey hair, a semi- or demi-
permanent colour will do the job. Apply
colour only to any regrowth, then when the
clock ticks down n to the last two minutes,
work the dye through the rest of your hair
before shampooing.
Go-to hairdo
Don`t have time to wash your hair but need
it to look flawless in mere minutes? Easy!
Pick up a mesh doughnut to give your
hair a red carpet-worthy chignon every
time. First, smooth your hair back into a
ponytail. Next, slide your ponytail through
the hole of the doughnut and spread hair
water: Always have fresh, clean
water available for your pet. If your
pet is kept outdoors, be sure to check
his water frequently since it may
freeze.
SPECIAL HoLIDAY TIPS
The holidays can create special
dangers for your pets. Here are a few
tips to help keep your pets safe during
this special time of year.
Increased activity and visitors during
the holiday season can upset your
pet's routine. Try to keep your pet on
his regular schedule for feeding and
exercise and be sure he gets plenty of
love.
II you are planning to take your pet
with you when visiting friends and
relatives during the holiday season, be
sure to contact them in advance to fnd
out if your pet is welcome. Because
of the excitement during this season,
it might be best for you and your pet
to board your pet or hire a reputable
pet sitter.
Alcoholic beverages, holiday treats
such as chocolates, rich, fatty food
scraps and bones from poultry, pork
and fsh can be harmIul or toxic to
pets. Keep your pet on his regular diet
and caution visitors against giving
your pet "special treats."
Never put ribbon or yarn around
your pet's neck and do not allow
your pet to play with plastic or foil
wrappings or six-pack beverage
holders.
Cover or tack down electrical cords.
Some other Dangers Common to
this Season of the Year are Listed
Below
PLANTS
Mistletoe: Very toxic, all parts,
especially the berries.
Holly: Moderate to very toxic,
especially the berries and leaves.
Poinsettia: Leaves and stems low in
toxicity.
Christmas Greens such as Balsam,
Juniper, Cedar, Pine and fir: All
parts of these plants have a low level
of toxicity.
Keep toxic plants out of vour pets and
childrens reach.
HoLIDAY DECoRATIoNS
Bubbling Lights: Moderate to lethal
toxicity, depending on the amount of
fuid (methylene chloride) inhaled or
ingested.
Fireplace Colors (re salts):
Moderate toxicity; symptoms
are gastrointestinal irritation
with vomiting and a variety of
other manifestations, including
convulsions.
winter Pet Care Tips
Advice for the Colder Winter Months
and Holiday Season
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range.)
The B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police
strongly supported the new law, and
recognized that enforcement would be
critical to help build awareness, change
drinking and driving habits, reduce injuries
and collisions, and ultimately, save lives,
said ChieI Supt. Bill Dingwall, president oI
the association. 'The frst-year success is a
refection oI a signifcant change in public
attitude towards drinking and driving, with
enforcement and immediate sanctions
reinforcing this remarkable change.
Alexas Bus, a vision of her parents
Laurel and Michael, has quickly
drawn contributions from an array of
governments, organizations and private
donors including $50,000 from BCAA,
$15,000 Irom MADD Canada, $40,000
from ICBC and $10,000 from the City
of Surrey. Similar buses already exist in
Alberta, Ontario and Washington State.
The Motor Vehicle Act changes that came
into force Sept. 20, 2010, mean drivers
impaired by alcohol face immediate
penalties that may take away their vehicle,
their licence, and cost them anywhere from
$600 to about $4,060 in administrative
penalties and remedial program costs.
Canada News
B.C.`s frst year with Canada`s toughest
roadside penalties for impaired driving
saw alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths
reduced by 40 per cent, Premier Christy
Clark announced, the National Day oI
Remembrance Ior Road Crash Victims in
Canada.
In addition, the Province will contribute
$40,000 this year toward establishing
Alexas Bus, a mobile road safety bus that
will focus on impaired driving education
and enforcement.
'In honour oI Alexa Middelaer, a Iour-
year-old girl whose life was cut short by
impaired driving, we set a goal to reduce
impaired driving fatalities by 35 per cent
by the end of 2013, said Premier Clark.
Just one year later, preliminary data shows
we are already exceeding that with a 40 per
cent reduction. Thats 45 more families in
B.C. who have been able to keep a loved
one safe from impaired drivers.
From Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011, the
total number of alcohol-related motor
vehicle deaths across B.C. was 68. This
represents a decrease of 40 per cent from
the 113 such deaths on average in each of
the previous fve years.
'For the frst time in a decade, we`ve seen
B.C.S ToUGH IMPAIRED LAwS
oNE YEAR, 45 LIvES SAvED
a real drop in the deaths associated with
impaired driving, and 45 more people made
it home safe in the past year as a result,
said Minister oI Public SaIety and Solicitor
General Shirley Bond. Together with
public education, prevention programs and
criminal sanctions, the roadside penalties
will continue to play a role in helping to
ensure the success seen over the past year
becomes a life-saving trend over the longer
term.
B.C. police agencies have backed up
the deterrent and life-saving value of the
new penalties with strong enforcement.
Between Sept. 20, 2010, when the new
sanctions came into effect, and Sept. 30,
2011:
Police across B.C. report having served
23,366 immediate roadside prohibitions to
drinking drivers.
OI these, 15,401 were to drivers who
blew in the fail range (i.e., with a blood
alcohol content level of 0.08 per cent or
over) or refused to provide a breath sample
7,965 were to drivers who blew in the
warn range (i.e., provided a breath
sample between 0.05 and 0.08 per cent).
Police impounded 20,020 drinking-drivers
vehicles at the roadside.
In 14,951 cases, drivers received a 30-day
impound for a fail.
OI the other 5,069 impounds Ior a 'warn,
98 per cent were three-day impounds for
drivers caught a frst time under the new
rules. (Vehicle impoundment is at the
discretion oI police on the frst or second
occasion that a driver blows in the warn
A member of Parliament from Calgary has
been caught on camera appearing to doze
off in the House of Commons.
Conservative MP Rob Anders seems to Iall
briefy asleep in a video making the rounds
on YouTube.
The video is from last Thursday, when
Aboriginal AIIairs Minister John Duncan
was answering a question.
Behind Duncan, Anders` eyes close and his
head falls forward for several seconds.
The incident is causing more than a few
chuckles on the Internet.
One of many comments on Twitter jokingly
suggests Anders is being paid to take naps.
Future paramedics throughout the
province will beneft Irom additional
student spaces in the primary care
paramedic program at the Justice Institute
of British Columbia (JIBC).
The B.C. government is providing up to
$685,600 in one-time funding to support
the expanded delivery of the program
through the JIBC. The additional funding
will allow up to 75 part-time students
to complete the program in several
communities over the coming year.
The program is already underway in Port
McNeill, with 18 students beginning their
classroom training earlier this month.
Students will attend weekend workshops
As thousands of shoppers prepare to cross
the border for Black Friday sales, some
are booking hotels to make sure they dont
miss the early morning deals. At least one
Bellingham hotel is seeing more Canadian
bookings ahead of the US Thanksgiving
Weekend.
Christine Jenkins with Best Western in
Bellingham says around 20 per cent of
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Reservations in Bellingham running ve to ten per cent ahead of last year
approximately once every three weeks
until May 2012, when they are scheduled
to begin their on-ambulance practicum.
The Town oI Port McNeill has contributed
to the program by providing the classroom
space at no cost.
In addition to the program in Port McNeill,
student applications are now being
accepted for the part-time program in
Smithers, Dawson Creek and Kamloops.
Plans are underway for a January 2012
start in Smithers and a spring 2012 start in
Dawson Creek and Kamloops.
This one-time funding will increase the
number of training seats in rural B.C. to
support the B.C. Ambulance Services
their guests over the next few days will be
from north of the border.
We are seeing an increase in bookings;
it probably kicked oII right on Monday
here. For the week, and were seeing just
more increased bookings as we get closer
to Black Friday Weekend, she explains,
adding Canadian bookings are running
fve to ten per cent ahead oI Black Friday
paramedic recruitment and staIfng needs.
One-time funding to improve access to
health-education programs helps to meet
immediate and projected employment
needs in the health-care feld throughout
the province. B.C.s post-secondary
system is helping to provide faster, safer
and better health care for individuals
and families across British Columbia
by ensuring students in the health-care
professions have the skills and training
they need to succeed in the future.
These courses are in addition to regular,
full-time PCP program offerings at JIBC
campuses in New Westminster, Victoria
and Kelowna.
2010.
Some stores are launching their deals late
Thursday, with many others targeting
midnight openings for the biggest
shopping day of the year in the US.
Theres extended hours for many of the
retailers in the shopping core, so on that
Meridian Irom Costco to the Bellis Fair
mall.
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Premiers Jobs and Trade mission
sTrengThens asian relaTions
Canada News
Expanded relationships, business deals,
agreements between universities, and
new oIfce openings were highlighted
by Premier Christy Clark as successes
achieved during the BC Jobs and Trade
Mission to India and China.
'We set out on our Jobs and Trade Mission
to open doors, strengthen existing
relationships, and set the stage for future
success in China and India, said Premier
Clark. After being in Asia for nearly two
weeks with hundreds of representatives
Irom business, education, and cultural
organizations, I can unequivocally state it
was mission accomplished.
During the BC Jobs and Trade Mission
more than 60 business deals and
partnership agreements were signed or
announced, while Premier Clark attended
approximately 70 events and meetings
with business and political leaders.
One oI these announcements was an
agreement signed by Wavefront, the
Vancouver-based national wireless centre
oI excellence, with the Cellular Operators
Association oI India to ease and speed
up the fow oI wireless business between
Canada.
'The Premier`s mission has increased
the awareness oI B.C.`s thriving wireless
sector. Our announced agreement with
COAI opens a great deal of opportunity
Ior the accelerated growth oI Canadian
wireless companies, commented James
Maynard, Wavefront president and CEO.
'India is the second-largest wireless
market in the world. Our agreement will
enable us to help Canadian companies
eIIectively access and navigate this
complex and growing market.
Approximately 350 delegates, representing
some 150 companies, organizations, and
community groups, participated on the
BC Jobs and Trade Mission, making it
the largest international delegation in the
province`s history.
In Asia, developing relationships are
keys to success and this was re-iterated
while I was in China and India, added
Premier Clark. 'Business does not happen
between strangers, and in Asia its vital
to demonstrate that companies and
government are working together. This is
why our government is proud to work with
organizations such as WaveIront - to build
these long-term and stable relationships
that will lead to jobs here at home in B.C.
Another agreement achieved during
the mission was a Memorandum of
Understanding between Ballard Power
Systems and Delta Power Solutions (India)
Pvt. Ltd. This MOU expands on the range
oI clean energy applications under an
existing Iuel cell system collaboration
agreement by the companies, and builds
on Ballard`s recent sale oI Iuel cell backup
power systems with Delta.
Our agreement with Delta, a market
leader in India, provides a strong
beachhead Ior Ballard in that market,
said John Sheridan, Ballad`s president and
CEO. 'Our clean Iuel cell power solutions
will deliver strong value propositions
to India customers in a variety oI key
application areas.
As in years past, forestry delegates
Iocused on selling more lumber to China.
During the BC Jobs and Trade Mission,
Iorest companies sold approximately
1.46 million cubic meters oI lumber,
47 per cent more than they did during a
Iorestry-specifc mission trade mission in
November 2010.
'Although the specifc portions vary by
company, about a third oI our production
is going to China, which means jobs in
our mills, contractor networks and in our
communities, said Don Kayne, CanIor
president and CEO. As Chinese uptake
in wood Irame construction occurs, the
potential Ior lumber demand is limitless.
Premier Clark leIt Vancouver Ior China
on Nov. 4 and made stops in Beijing,
Shanghai, and Guangzhou. She arrived in
India on Nov. 10 and attended events in
Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Amritsar and
Bangalore, beIore returning to Vancouver
on Nov. 18.
The BC Jobs and Trade Mission Iollowed a
commitment made in Canada Starts Here:
The BC Jobs Plan. The Iocus oI the mission
was to strengthen existing relationships
between B.C. and Asian markets, opening
doors for new relationships and setting the
stage for future opportunities in China
and India.
An Ontario man accused oI slashing his
wiIe`s throat while they vacationed in
Jamaica last year has been acquitted.
A seven-member jury in Hanover Parish,
on the islands northwest tip, found Paul
Martin not guilty Tuesday, the Jamaica
Gleaner reports.
The 41-year-old elementary school teacher
in Ajax, just east of Toronto, has been out
on bail since April but was ordered to stay
in the Caribbean country.
The couple, married since 2004, travelled
to Jamaica on Dec. 18, 2010.
Cathy Lee Martin, 34, told court last year
that aIter she and her husband checked
out oI their Montego Bay hotel, he steered
their rental car in the opposite direction oI
the airport.
She said her husband stopped the car
on a secluded dirt road and accused her
oI sleeping with a longtime Iriend an
accusation she denied.
She alleged her husband then slashed her
throat twice and attempted to strangle her.
But Martin denied the allegations and his
lawyers said his wife was the aggressor.
onTario man
acquiTTed of
slashing wifes
ThroaT in Jamaica
Paul Martin has been acquitted of slashing
his wife Cathy Lee Martins throat.
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hawaiis big island history
It all began on the Big Island. The youngest
island in the archipelago, Hawaii`s Big
Island was believed to be the frst island
Polynesian voyagers Irom the Marquesas
Islands set Ioot on 1,500 years ago at Ka
Lae (South Point). You can explore early
Hawaiian culture today at Puuhonua o
Honaunau National Historic Park. This
last place oI reIuge Ior kapu (taboo)
breakers on the Kona Coast, is a 180-acre,
completely restored compound oIIering an
authentic look at Native Hawaiian temple
ruins, royal grounds, fsh ponds, sacred
burial spots and petroglyphs from before
western contact.
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about hawaiis big island
Top 10 worlds most famous statues
There are really only two seasons: the
summer months that extend from May to
October and the winter months that run
from November to April. The average
daytime summer temperature at sea
level is 85 degrees F. (29.4 C), while the
average daytime winter temperature is
78 degrees (25.6 C). Temperatures at
night are approximately 10 degrees F.
lower. However, at higher elevations,
temperatures can drop dramatically.
Hawaii`s Big Island is an incredible
collection oI many diverse micro-
environments, each with its own weather.
You can travel through all but two oI the
world`s diIIerent climate zones on Hawaii
ranging Irom Wet Tropical to Polar
Tundra, a result oI the shielding eIIect
and elevations oI the massive volcanoes
Maunakea and Maunaloa. Experience
this Ior yourselI as you explore Hawaii
Island by car or helicopter. See the tropical
rainIorests in the Hamakua Coast, the cool
uplands oI Waimea, the volcanic deserts oI
Kau and the sunny beaches oI Kona, all
within the span of a days drive.
Continued FRoM LASt week
To avoid conIusion with the name oI the
entire state, the Island oI Hawaii is oIten
called the 'Big Island, and what an
appropriate name it is. Nearly twice as
big as all oI the other Hawaiian Islands
combined, its sheer size can be inspiring.
You`ll fnd all but two oI the world`s
climatic zones within this island`s shores.
The dramatic size and scope oI the largest
Hawaiian Island create a microcosm
oI environments and activities. On this
island`s vast tableau, you`ll fnd everything
Irom extravagant resorts and incredible
golI courses to modest local towns and
sacred Hawaiian historical sites, Irom
the birthplace oI King Kamehameha I
to Hawaii`s frst missionary church in
Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona).
With so much to see, it`s best to experience
the island in small pieces. There`s plenty
oI room on Hawaii`s Big Island Ior your
return.
hawaiis big island weather
Weather on all oI the Hawaiian Islands is
consistent, oIIering only minor changes
in temperature throughout the year.
It`s easy to Ieel awed on Hawaii`s Big
Island. From the molten magma fowing
Irom Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to
the snow-capped heights oI Maunakea;
Irom the green rainIorests oI the Hamakua
Coast to the jet-black sands oI Punaluu
Beach; Hawaii`s Big Island is an unrivaled
expression of the power of nature.
Art is a way to convey, to describe,
to depict, and to express someone`s
feeling, someones idea, someones
ideology, and so on and so forth.
Sculpturing is an art to make or create
statues. We are as human being would
love to see the statues. Every statue
has its own message, beautifulness,
characteristics, style, and etc. There are
many people love to take photograph
with statues. They go to diIIerent places
to see statues. There are top 10 most
famous statues in the world.
10. little mermaid
The Little Mermaid statue is a statue
in Copenhagen harbor in Langelinie
in Denmark. Tourists who visit there
were often surprised by the small size
of the statue. Size of Little Mermaid statue
is only about 1.25 meters and weighing
about 175 kg. It was designed by Edvard
Eriksen, the statue was founded in 1913
to commemorate the game Irom Little
Mermaid. Government of Copenhagen
announced that the statue may be moved
further in the port, to avoid further
vandalism and to prevent the tourists
climb up onto it.
9. lions of delos
8. mother russia statue
Mother Russia Statue which is recognized
as the Call of Mother Earth is a famous
statue in the Mamayev Kurgan in
Volgograd Russia, to commemorate the
Battle oI Stalingrad. This memorial statue
was dedicated in 1967. It was the tallest
statue in the world, measuring 85 meters
(279 feet) from the tip of the sword to the top
of the pedestal. This statue represents the
200-day Battle oI Stalingrad. The statue
now rests due to changes in groundwater
levels that cause the movement oI the
foundation.
7. olmec heads
Olmec heads is the Pre-Columbian
statue oI an ancient civilization in
the tropical lowlands in south-central
Mexico. Olmec civilization evolved
roughly Irom 1400 BC until around
400 BC. The most Iamous aspect oI
the Olmec civilization was the head
of a big helmet.
Head regarded
as portraits of
rulers, perhaps
dressed as
football players.
There are 17
colossal heads
unearthed to date. Head is in various
sizes Irom Rancho La Cobata head,
at 3.4 m height, to partner in Tres
Zapotes, at 1.47 m.
6. mount nemrut
Nemrut is a high mountain in southeast
Turkey, near with the city oI Adiyaman.
At 62 BC, the statue oI King Antiochus
I Theos of Commagene was built on
the mountain tomb-sanctuary fanked
by huge statues
(8-9 m/26-30 ft
high) of him, two
lions, two eagles
and various
Greek and
Persian gods.
It is located near with Mykonos; the island
oI Delos which is one oI the mythology,
history and archeology oI the most
important sites in Greece. Delos has a
position as a holy place beIore Olympian
Greek mythology birthplace oI Apollo
and Artemis. The Terrace oI the Lions
community was dedicated to Apollo by
Naxos long beIore 600 BC.
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2012 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class Coupe
Driving
Keeping in mind the large number oI
road accidents taking place every year,
one can say that driving is not at all
saIe and you need to be utterly careIul
in order to avoid hitting or getting hit.
The most diIIicult time Ior driving is at
night, after the sun goes down. During
this time, the vision gets extremely
restricted; advantage oI color and
contrast (available in day) is lost and
even depth perception gets diminished.
In Iact, the risk gets enhanced as soon
as it is twilight. So, you need to be
extremely careIul while driving at
night and take as much precautions as
possible. Given below are some tips that
will help you in driving cars saIely at
night.
night driving Tips
Adjust the outside rearview mirrors
in such a way that the bodywork oI the
vehicle is just outside your view.
Adjust your rearview or side mirror to
cut out the glare oI headlights Irom a
vehicle Iollowing you.
Always be alert and keep looking Ior
Ilashes oI light at hilltops, curves and
intersections. This will help you notice
a vehicle early on.
Always be at a saIe distance Irom
the vehicle you are Iollowing. In Iact,
increase the distance to Iour to Iive
Night Time
Driving
seconds more than what you would have
in the day.
At times, even the streetlights cause
a lot of glare. As a solution for this
problem, dim the dashboard lights and
make use of the sun visor.
BeIore leaving Ior an overnight journey,
make sure that all the exterior lights of
your vehicle are working properly.
Do not take too much stress at night.
At the slightest inclination oI Iatigue,
it is better to stop for a while and take
a break. You can even take a short nap
or have some tea/coIIee to help you stay
awake and alert.
Driving at a high speed is much more
dangerous at night, than during daytime.
Never ever over-speed your vehicle at
night. As it is, the visibility is low and
chances oI accidents are higher. Do not
increase them Iurther by over speeding.
Headlights, iI dirty, will never give
100 eIIiciency and lighting. Always
clean the headlights oI your vehicle
before going out in the dark.
II by any chance you end up having
a breakdown on the way, pull your
vehicle completely oII the road. Turn
on the emergency Ilashers as well as the
parking lights, making it easier for other
drivers to see you.
the C-Class Sedan. Additionally, new
C-Class Coupe shares the same power
train, options and equipment with the new
2012 C-Class Sedan. You can read about
the new generation 2012 C-Class Sedan
specifcations in our 2012 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class Sedan Changes article, because
the majority oI it can be directly applied to
the 2012 C-Class Coupe.
Both 2012 C-Class Coupe and C-Class
Sedan share the same body dimensions,
the same power train, the same options
and colors. Looks like 6-Speed Manual
Transmission will be completely
eliminated, due to the almost non-existing
demand in North America. Some oI you
may fnd the seats oI the Coupe very
comIortable, as they look like the seats
from the more expensive E350 Coupe and
there is more space Ior the driver and a
front passenger. If most of the time you
drive by yourself or with 1 more passenger,
then the Coupe may be ideal for you. If you
are married with children, then the Sedan
is the way to go.
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe
interior. Obviously C-Class Sedan gives
you the comIort oI 4 doors with easy
access, while C-Class Coupe oIIers sporty,
unique and aggressive 'predatory design
with the massive front-end and the short
back-end. The same 'carnivore blueprint
has been utilized by the designers of the
'American Muscle Cars oI the 1960`s and
1970s era. If you look at the silhouette of
any carnivore, you will notice the strong
jaws, massive chest and powerIul Iront
legs. At the same time, most predators
have the relatively weak rear legs and small
behind. Designers of the new C-Class
Coupe stuck to the same principal: 2012
C-Class Coupe has the long hood with the
long doors, while the roofs lines are slowly
blended to the short trunk at the rear end.
Furthermore, C-Class Coupe is slightly
lower than Sedan. When you drive the
Coupe, your seating position is a little
lower and a bit more to the center oI the
cabin, than in a Sedan. This gives you an
additional Ieel oI the car and thereIore
improves your handling abilities. At the
same time C-Class Sedan gives you an
ability to get in and out oI the car simpler
and easier. Another aspect to consider is
the future resale value. Sedans tend to
keep much better resale value in the Iuture
and they are usually easier to sell than a
2-Door Coupe.
Continued neXt week
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Unlike its 3-door Hatchback predecessor,
the 2012 C-Class Coupe is actually a
real Coupe! It has 2 doors and the full
trunk. Actually, the new Coupe looks
like a substitution oI the discontinued
CLK-Class. It`s about the same size as
the CLK-Class, but has body, technology,
power train and the Iacial recognition oI
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FIJI SENIORS SOCIETY OF CANADA
Social Gatherings at 1pm - Last Sunday of the Month
At SHRI VENKATESHWARA MAHA VISHNU TEMPLE
9326 - 116th Street, Delta, BC
Bhan Mati Raj: 604.581.9859 James Kumar: 604.599.9518
Kapil Vilas: 604.590.1918 Satya Nand: 604.590.5303
Thakur Kuar Singh: 604.587.5439 Bhan Pratap: 604.839.5106
more movies made in bollywood than hollywood
Each year, more movies are produced in India, where the moving image industry
is reIerred to as Bollywood, than in Hollywood. About 1000 movies are released
annually in India, about twice the output oI Hollywood. The 'B in Bollywood
reIers to Bombai (renamed Mumbai).
Bollywood movies oIten are quite long; 3 hours or more oI dancing and singing
around love as the main plot although kissing is almost never shown on screen.
Everyday, some 14 million Indian people queu Ior a movie, with more than 4 billion
movie tickets sold annually, compared to 3 billion Ior Hollywood movies worldwide.
Indian comic actress Manorama has played the most leading roles oI any perIormer
in movie history. She began her career in 1958 and in 1985 had appeared in her
1,000th movie.
The Old Brahmin (ie. the Lord ) said 'Lord
Satyanarayanji grants all the wishes of all
the people. Dear Brahmin, that is why iI
you pray to him & keep his fast you will
overcome all your sorrow & get moksha.
After telling him all the details of the
prayer & the Iast; the old Brahmin ie. the
Lord disappeared.
The brahmin could not sleep that night.
He kept thinking oI the Iast & the prayer
which the Lord had asked him to do. In the
morning, he woke up with the thought that
anyhow he must do the prayer & went out
Ior his biksha. On that day the Brahmin got
a lot oI money Irom which he bought all the
necessary things Ior the prayer; called his
family & did Lord Satyanarayanjis prayer.
By doing so, the Brahmin overcame all his
sorrows & became rich. From that time
onwards, he used to do the prayers every
month without fail.
In this way, whoever does Lord
Satyanarayanjis prayer will get moksha.
Anyone on earth who does this prayer will
be relieved from all sorrows.
When Narad Muni noticed that the people
on earth were eager to know about the
other people who kept this Iast; he narrated
another story.
The same Brahmin now a rich person used
to do the prayer every month without fail
with his Iamily. Once he was doing his
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for
no heart in all the world is more grateful
for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick,
Ior though I should lick your hand
between the blows, your patience and
understanding will more quickly teach
me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me oIten, Ior your voice is the
world`s sweetest music, as you must
know by the ferce wagging oI my
tail when your footstep falls upon my
waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me
inside... Ior I am now a domesticated
animal, no longer used to bitter
elements... and I ask no greater glory
than the privilege of sitting at your feet
beside the hearth... though had you
no home, I would rather follow you
through ice and snow than rest upon the
softest pillow in the warmest home in
all the land... for you are my god... and I
am your devoted worshiper.
Keep my pan flled with Iresh water,
Ior although I should not reproach you
were it dry, I cannot tell you when I
suIIer thirst. Feed me clean Iood, that I
may stay well, to romp and play and do
your bidding, to walk by your side, and
stand ready, willing and able to protect
Story of Shri Satyanarayan Swamiji
prayer, a wood-cutter passed Irom there.
After keeping the bundle of wood outside
the brahmins house, he went in for some
water. The thirsty wood-cutter saw the
brahmin doing his prayers. He bowed
down to the Brahmin & asked him, 'Oh
Brahmin, what are you doing, please tell
me all about it. The Brahmin replied, 'To
grant all the wishes of human-beings, this
Iast & prayer is useIul. I have acquired all
the wealth & fame by doing this prayer of
Lord Satyanarayanji. AIter hearing about
the prayer & drinking the water, the wood-
cutter Ielt happy, he ate the prasad & leIt
for his house.
Thinking of Lord Satyanarayanji in his
mind, he said Whatever today, I get from
selling the wood, I will also do this prayer.
So thinking, he kept the bundle of wood on
his head & left home-wards. On the way
home he went roaming in Sunder Nagar
for selling the wood. On that day, he got
four times more money than usual, for the
wood. Feeling happy, he went & bought
all the things necessary Ior the prayers (ie.
ripe bananas, sugar, ghee, wheat four, etc)
& proceeded home-wards. On reaching
his house & aIter cleaning it, he called his
Iamily & did the prayer with due respect.
The reward oI the Iast was that, he became
rich & had all the pleasures oI liIe on this
earth & in the end of his life he went to
heaven.
This chapter oI Lord Satyanarayan Swami
is over. All chant(say) Shri Satyanarayanji
ki Jai.
chapter 3:
Sadhuraj Narad said, Oh Dear People!,
Now let me tell you another story. There
was a king named Ulkamuk. He was very
wise. He would go daily to the temple &
give donations to the Brahmins. His wiIe
was a pious & beautiful lady. At the banks
of Madhushala river, one day, when they
were doing Lord Shri Satyanarayanjis
prayer, a wealthy business-man was
passing Irom there. He anchored his boat,
& went up to the king & asked him, Oh
King, what are you doing with so much
bhakti? I wish to know- please tell me all
about it.
The king replied, 'Oh merchant! , I am
praying to the great Almigthy, the boon-
giver Lord Satyanarayanji for a son. The
merchant on hearing this, requested the
king to tell him all about the fast & prayer
as he was childless too. The king told him
the full details of the prayer & fast. After
hearing all the details, he decided in his
mind to keep this Iast. The merchant then
leIt home-wards. On reaching home, he
told his wife Leelawati all about the fast &
prayer & said, We will do this fast when
we get a child.
Continued neXt week
Continued FRoM LASt week
you with my life, should your life be in
danger.
And, beloved master, should the Great
Master see ft to deprive me oI my
health or sight, do not turn me away
from you. Rather hold me gently in
your arms as skilled hands grant me
the merciIul boon oI eternal rest... and
I will leave you knowing with the last
breath I drew, my fate was ever safest
in your hands.
A Dog Prays to His Master
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HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday 5:30pm9:00pm Tuesday 7:00pm9:00pm Sunday 10:00am12 noon
HINDI CHRI STIAN FELLOWSHIP
#4-6468 King George Blvd, Surrey BC
Uplifting Worship | Prayer for healing | Music (CD) Available
Sunday Service @ 2:00PM
Shailendra (Shal) Singh
604-596-7353 or 604-323-6506 | hindichristianfellowship@yahoo.ca
SANATAN DHARM CULTURAL SOCIETY
SHIV MANDIR
5600 DORSET STREET, BURNABY BC
PH: 604-254-2624
ramayan Katha
Every Tuesday at 7pm
for Pooja booking contact:
Aiyaar Shivachariyar Sada Shiva, 604.274.7906
subramaniYa swamY TemPle of bc
8840 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC 604.274.7906
Sunday 10am to 3pm
Monday 10am to 1pm, 5pm to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 1pm, 5pm to 9pm
Wednesday 1pm to 7pm
Thursday 10am to 1pm, 5pm to 8pm
Friday 10am to 1pm, 5pm to 9pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm
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1pm Sundays
(Hindi & English)
COLEBROOK UNITED CHURCH
5441 - 125A St, Surrey B.C.
Affliated with Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY FOR JESUS
James Kumar 604-581-3191 (res) 604-599-9518 (work) Cecil Labon 604-572-4854
Serving the community since 1972
Pastor Santosh Raj 604-582-2650 chital06@hotmail.com
Sunday Service 10:30 am12:00 noon
Servlce ln Hlndustanl & Pun[abl - Sunday School for Chlldren
H|ND| PUN1A8| PPASLPv|Lw GOSPLL CHAPLL
l4630-l07A Avenue Surrey 8C v3P lvl
ASIAN CHRIST CHURCH OF CANADA
We pray Ior sickness, demon possessed & Iamily problems.
we have testimonies, come and see Gods great work.
rev. emmanuel cheema 778-241-9066 asianchristchurch@yahoo.ca
15964 88th Ave. Surrey, B.C. V4N IH5
You are the light of the world,
a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
(Matthew 5: 11)
sunday service @ 5.30 p.m. (hindi, urdu, Punjabi & english)
CONTACT Anantha Krishna Bhat 604-874-0175
467 E 11th Avenue, Vancouver, V5T 2C8
shr e e ma h a l a k shmi t e mp l e
467 E 11th Avenue, Vancouver, V5T 2C8
Phone: 604-874-0175
shreemahalakshmi@gmail.com
Programmes in November 2011
Date Time Program
Sat., Nov. 26 7:00pm Shree Hanuman Japa
Mon., Nov. 28 7:00pm Shree Lakshmi Vinayaka Japa
shr e e ma h a l a k shmi t e mp l e
NAYA JEEWAN CHURCH
38868 - 128th Street, Surrey BC
Service Sundays 2:00pm
Bible Study (Hindi & English) Wednesdays 7:30pm
Prayer, Counselling & Visitations Available
Pastor Eileen Reddy 604.842.2189
GLOBAL FIJIAN ASSEMBLIES
Pastor simeli Lesi Korobasaga
Affliated with Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
Phone: 604.592.9001 CeII: 778.938.2734 EmaiI: Iesi1968@yahoo.ca
14455 - 104th Ave., Surrey, BC
Every Sunday 25PM
@ PeopIe's FuII GospeI
ABHISHEK PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY
if youre looking for a place to belong or have been searching for answers to lifes questions or healing,
come to our services or contact us. Allow us to introduce you to Jesus Christ and help you come into a full relationship with him.
sunday school/worship service: 1pm
11601-82nd Ave, Delta BC (604) 590-8836
samuel_k@telus.net www.abhiskhekassembly.com
Services are in Hindi and English
Senior Pastor Rev. Samuel Krishna
Vancouver sunday worship service: 1:45pm
6075 Inverness St 45th Ave
(Pilgrim Baptist Ch Bldg)
Contact Pastor Silas Naidu (604) 517-4490
SRI VENKATESHWARA MAHA VISHNU TEMPLE
TEMPLE HoURS
Monday to Sunday Morning 8:00am10:00am
Evening 6:00pm8:00pm
Daily Aarthi 7:00pm
Ramayan Katha Friday 6:00pm10:00pm
Pooja/Special Prayer Sessions/Temple/Hall
PT. Shiu Madri 604.582.4899
PUJARI Soma Sundaran 604.363.7180
President: H.C. Gopal 604.290.1114
Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam Educational and Cultural Society, BC, Canada (EST. 1982 Incorporated S176969)
Secretary: Ganesh Murti 604.315.3166 Treasurer: Muniappa Naidu 604.576.4529
Maathar Sangam Activities & Volunteers
Shakuntala Naidu 604.576.4529
9326 - 116th Street, Delta, BC
arYa samaJ socieTY of briTish columbia
ALL WELCOME
holds Hawan, Pravachan and Satsangh followed by Preetibhoj
every Sunday 10:00 a.m.12:00 noon at the Arya Samaj Centre, 6884 Jubilee Ave., Burnaby, B.C.
Yoga, Pranaayaam and Meditation classes held every wednesday 7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
at the Arya Samaj Centre, 6884 Jubilee Ave., Burnaby, B.C.
For further information call 604.874.9856
For Iurther inIormation, contact:
Pushp Kant Singh, President 604.437.7903 Jack Sundar, Secretary 604.541.9359 Kushwaha Kant Singh, Treasurer 604.328.5454
Places of Worship
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The most trusted name in news and sports
Although UFC 140 will take place at
Torontos Air Canada Centre, the event
has a decided America vs. Brazil Ieel.
The three headlining bouts on the pay-
per-view card, slated Ior Dec. 10, Ieature
Iamous Brazilian fghters challenging
American Ioes.
In the main event, Iormer champion Lyoto
Machida (17-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will look
to become the frst fghter to test current
light heavyweight king Jon Jones (14-1
MMA, 8-1 UFC).
'I can overcome his athleticism with
my technique, Machida said through
a translator at a press conIerence to
announce the event earlier this year.
The 33-year old Machida, who is only 1-2
in his last three fghts, was an unexpected
opponent for the 24-year old mixed martial
arts phenom.
The UFC announced Rashad Evans as
Jones` next fght, but an injury prevented
Evans Irom taking the championship bout
this quickly. In an attempt to assure that
UFC 140 had a meaningful main event,
the opportunity Iell to Machida.
Machida has spent most oI 2011 out oI
action aIter deIeating Randy Couture via
second round knockout at UFC 129.
Lyoto has been around for a long
time, gone undefeated for years and is
stylistically very tough to match up with,
UFC President Dana White said. I think
this is a Iun fght.
Jones would agree. He said he was looking
Iorward to Iacing Machida because oI the
respect they shared Ior each other.
Jones got into a long-lasting war oI words
with Quinton 'Rampage Jackson beIore
his last fght which Jones won via Iourth
round submission and has also mixed
it up verbally with Evans. But Jones says
trash talk is unnatural for him.
Some people like more of that warrior
spirit, more oI that discipline and honor,
Jones said. 'Other people like a little more
oI that cage fghter, I`m going to knock
you out `-type stuII.
UFC 140
A glance at the pay-per-view card headlined by Jon Jones, Frank Mir
both nogueira brothers highlighted in ufcs return to Toronto
top tier of the 205-pound division after
spending most of their careers somewhere
in the middle.
Middleweight Bout: Jared Hamman
(13-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Constantinos
Philippou (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) Hamman
and Philippou are off upset victories
against C.B. dollaway and Jorge Rivera,
respectively.
Lightweight Bout: John Makdessi (9-0
MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Dennis Hallman
(50-14-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) A tried hghter
like Hallman should be a good test to
hgure out whether or not Makdessi is a
legitimate prospect.
Bantamweight Bout: Yves Jabouin (16-7
MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Walel Watson (9-2
MMA, 1-0 UFC) watson burst onto
the uFC 135-pound landscape with a
knockout of Joseph Sandoval a minute into
their uFC on Versus 6 meeting.
Lightweight Bout: Mark Bocek (9-4
MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Nik Lentz (21-3-2
MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) Lentz still hasnt lost
a hght in four vears after the Pennsvlvania
Athletic Commission overturned a defeat
to Charles oliveira at uFC on Versus 4
to a no contest because of an illegal knee.
Welterweight Bout: Rich Attonito (10-4
MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Jake Hecht (10-2
MMA, 0-0 UFC) the 34-year old Attonito
makes his second appearance at 170
pounds after dropping from middleweight.
Lightweight Bout: Mitch Clarke (9-0
MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. John Cholish (7-1
MMA, 0-0 UFC) This is the hrst of six
hghts that pair a Canadian, Clarke,
against an American, Cholish, on the card.
A heavyweight well known for his trash
talk will warm the octagon Ior Jones in
UFC 140`s co-main event. Las Vegas
native Frank Mir (15-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC)
meets Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-6-1
MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a rematch oI their
memorable UFC 92 encounter.
Mir knocked out the heavily Iavored
Nogueira at the MGM Grand Garden
Arena. But Nogueira later revealed he
dealt with a serious knee injury and staph
inIection during the training camp leading
up to the fght.
'He had a Iew issues beIore the fght that
he Ielt really hampered his perIormance,
Mir said recently, 'so I Ieel there`s an
opportunity Ior him to basically put up or
shut up.
Nogueiras twin brother, Antonio Rogerio
Nogueira (19-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC), is also
in a Ieatured fght on the card. He meets
Tito Ortiz (16-9-1 MMA, 15-9-1 UFC) in
a matchup between two desperate light
heavyweights.
Both fghters have only gone 1-2 since
2010 and need a victory to make their UFC
roster spot more secure.
check below for a rundown of the rest
of the bouts at ufc 140.
Welterweight Bout: Claude Patrick (14-1
MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Brian Ebersole (48-
14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) Patrick hlls in for
prospect Rory Macdonald, who suffered
a training infurv, to hght in front of his
hometown for the second time this year.
Featherweight Bout: Mark Hominick
(20-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Chan Sung
Jung (11-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) A long-
awaited bout between two of the 145-
pound divisions more exciting hghters.
Hominick stole the show in the UFCs hrst
toronto trip despite losing a unanimous
decision in a championship bout against
Jose Aldo.
Light Heavyweight Bout: Krzysztof
Soszynski (26-11-2 MMA. 6-2 UFC) vs.
Igor Pokrajac (23-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
These two veterans are hungrv to hnd the
Jon Jones, left, and Lyoto Machida pose for a photo after a press conference
to promote their UFC 140 main event bout. The two ghters wiII compete for the
UFC light heavyweight championship belt.
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took the stage Iollowing practice at B.C.
Place Stadium Ior the frst time in a Grey
Cup week.
'But as the Iatigue Iactor, I don`t think
that was the case, because Wally was
making me run the length oI the feld on
punts every day.
The Iather` oI Navua Football Association
Anil Sharma has stepped aside as the
president oI the rice Iarming district.
The Fiji FA southern vice president who
has been involved with Navua FA for
over two decades called it a day during
the association`s Annual General Meeting
over the weekend where he did not seek a
re-election.
Sharma said he needs a break and wants
other people to take over the reign.
I have diligent and to the best of my
ability served Navua FA for over 20 years
and its about time for me to take a break
and allow other capable people to run the
show, said Sharma.
'There are a lot oI capable people
around that can do the job and I am Iully
supporting the new set oI oIfcials that
have been chosen to lead the district in
2012.
I brought Navua into the super premier
division and under my leadership the team
has won the Fiji FACT, BOG and IDC
titles.
'I believe I have achieved a lot as a
Brown looking to add triumphant new chapter with Lions
Father of Navua football, Anil Sharma quits
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CFL Western Final at BC Place in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, November 20, 2011.
The documentary known as Fourth and
Goal chronicled his struggles oI Tim
Brown as an 18-year-old sophomore. II
there was a FiIth and Goal, a Iew scenes
could have been shot in the last Iew
weeks.
LiIe as a frst-year player in the CFL
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especially on a team where personnel
director Roy Shivers keeps sending
coach/GM Wally Buono more options.
But there`s been something about the
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last couple oI weeks which has given
the Lions a slight jolt in an already
productive oIIence. More oI the same
from the rookie returner/runner would
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already would appear to be an edge
enjoyed by the Lions over the Winnipeg
Blue Bombers in terms oI overall
oIIensive production.
Brown looked as iI the Lions had made
another wise personnel choice at training
camp when they kept him on the roster as
a returner, thinking he might eventually
become more involved in the backfeld
offensively.
The transition occurred, but the production
didn`t and the Lions beneftted neither
Irom what Brown could do on oIIence or
Its a long season. You hope to start
strong and fnish strong.
It could be mission accomplished on two
fronts.
In the last two games, Brown has been
productive. He averaged 5.4 yards a
carry against Edmonton in the West
Division fnal and 9.6 yards on 10 carries
against Montreal, working in tandem
and in relieI oI Andrew Harris.
'Maybe the Iact he had a couple oI
weeks off he got his mind fresher. That
rest problem did him some justice, said
Harris, who also has beneftted Irom
not becoming a 200-carry back in his
second Iull CFL season.
Their goal against the Bombers Sunday
(3: 30 p.m., TSN, Team 1410) will not to
be dominant Iorces in the Lions oIIence
but to at least match the oIIensive ground
production oI Winnipeg`s Chris Garrett.
B.C. would fgure to have an edge
through the air based on regular season
numbers (see chart) which is why the
ground game, in a contest in which
deIences could dominate, may still be a
Iactor.
Either way, Brown is back. Another
chapter in the documentary, which made
it onto the Netfix playlist six weeks ago,
might be added this weekend.
president and now I want to take a break
and work closely with all the districts in
the southern division as a Fiji FA vice
president.
I will always be around to support the
district in any way possible,` he added.
Meanwhile, Sharma`s elder son Krishneel
who was the district`s manager this season
will also not be available in the new season
as he has fown out to Australia to pursue
further studies.
Former rep and association secretary
Gopal Naidu was elected the new president
during the meeting last Sunday.
Naidu is also the TISI Sports Committee
Chairman.
on the return game. It hardly helped when
he suffered bruised ribs late in the year,
which briefy opened the door Ior Iellow
rookie Jock Sanders, and it appeared at
times as iI Brown suIIered Irom Iatigue.
Im still mad at the guy who [injured]
me, the rookie said Wednesday aIter he
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