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People in flood-ravaged Fiji have started returning home after spending several days in evacuation centres. The death toll from the floods has risen to five after some of the worst flooding the country has seen in decades. Officials in Fiji say locals are likely to be spared a further heavy downpour, with Cyclone Daphne, which formed on Monday afternoon. Tafazul Gani, a correspondent for a Fijian magazine, says many of the island's residents are struggling to cope. "A lot of people are thinking 'what do we do next? How do we cope?' And having two floods in a matter of a couple of months, a lot of people they don't have basically anything," he said. Mr Gani was in one of the worst affected areas of Nadi. He said flood damage there is extensive. "Basically, if you look at the town, the town is totally decimated. It actually looks like a warzone," he said. "There is not a single shop in the town which has not been affected. Some shops actually have nothing left, everything that was in the shop, the counter, the merchandise, everything got washed away." But floodwaters have receded and the clean-up has started. Tourist flights into Nadi have resumed but power is still cut off in many areas. Fiji government spokeswoman Sharon Johns says the extent of damage is still being assessed.

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Floods 3-4 Times Worse Than 2009: PM

Fijis Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama wants a solution to the country's flooding problems, saying that this past week's flooding was ''three to four times worse'' than the last devastating flood in 2009. ''We have to make some hard and fast decisions on what to do with infrastructure, with our rivers and our dredging together with a whole lot of other issues so we don't continue to get bogged down every time there is heavy rain," he was quoted as saying. Earlier Permanent Secretary for Provincial Development and Natural Disaster Management Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu had said this flood was worse than in January or the flooding in 2009. "About twice as much water has come in half as much time," he had said. Bainimarama has also called on those working in the evacuation centres to ensure a sense of urgency in delivering food and water to flood victims. And he has instructed officials to ensure that essential services are either restored or provided to those living in evacuation centres. In a government statement, Commodore Bainimarama said officials must identify manpower from outside if they are short staffed to assist with relief work. The Prime Minister visited other evacuation centres in the Western Division where he instructed officials to ensure that milk and water are available for infants. He said the public must be constantly updated on the weather situation as well as any assistance that can be provided to those affected. Public Service Commission Permanent Secretary Parmesh Chand called on civil servants to go that extra mile so that the public is provided with the necessary services. Chand said all arms of government are collaborating with the National Disaster Management Office in providing the necessary assistance to those affected by the floods.

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The Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, says the country will offer flood assistance to Fiji whether Frank Bainimarama asks for help or not. New Zealand says Fiji hasn't asked for international assistance yet but it is on standby to provide aid. "Typically, that's been the case in the past when they've had floods and various natural disasters, New Zealand's come to their aid," Key told the media. "I know the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring it closely and no doubt we will end up giving some support there. "Typically, what we've done in the past is give the resources to a nongovernment organisation on the ground we trust, say the Red Cross, rather than give it to the government to administer." Key says the Government's disagreement with the Fiji regime didn't stop it giving aid. "Yes we disagree with the formation of that government through force but we have a long history with Fiji, we love their people and we are going to support them."

Air Pacific Resumes Flights

While Air Pacific was the only airline able to fly to Fiji everyday this past weekend, began to operate its normal schedule ahead of the Easter weekend. In the four days since adverse weather conditions hit Fiji, Air Pacific operated approximately 50 per cent of its normal schedule, but it still carried more than 3000 passengers to Australia and New Zealand, including 1055 customers to New Zealand and 1558 customers to Australia. Fijis national airline is expected to fully resume normal operations soon, once all of flood-affected staff is able to return to work. However, since many employees are still dealing with the aftermath of the floods some flights may experience minor delays because of crew rest and crew resource requirements. David Pflieger, managing director and chief executive officer Air Pacific, said

the airline was well on track to provide normal services to passengers looking to fly to and from Fiji over the Easter weekend Our team here at Air Pacific is simply amazing, many have been working around the clock since last Friday to keep our airline running and get our passengers back homedespite their own personal hardships. It says a lot about our people when they put our customers first, and they do it with a great big Fijian smile. We also understand that Fijis major resorts and hotels remain open for business; thus, while relief efforts and clean up in other areas of the nation continue, Air Pacific looks forward to welcoming overseas visitors to Fiji over the Easter holidays.

A man is sleeping in his Navuso, Nausori house despite it being filled with flood water because he fears thieves might steal his belongings. Satish Prasad, 48, lives alone in his three-bedroom house while his two sons and wife were evacuated to their relatives homes. Prasad said it is very risky to leave the house since the area is prone to robbery. I eat and sleep on a bench here to take care of the house, he said. While living in the area for more than 30 years, he said this flood is the worst one. Director of Police operations SSP Rusiate Tudravu said that anyone caught in any criminal act in the affected area will be brought to justice.

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Satish Prasad, 48 stands in front of his flooded house in Navuso, Nausori. Prasad sleeps in his water filled house fearing thieves.

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Ba Town Flood Damage In Millions

Ba, one of the towns badly- affected by the recent floods, has seen damage to businesses and property running into millions of dollars. As water levels began to recede, people were quick to start cleaning up and trying to ascertain their losses. Ba Chamber of Commerce president Dinesh Patel described the flood to have been worse than the 2009 floods. Most businesses have experienced a 100 per cent loss of stock and suffered severe damage, he said. The water level has gone down today so people have begun the clean-up. Judging from the devastation, the damage in Ba will definitely run into

the millions. He said the flood had such a huge impact in Ba mainly because people were caught unaware and because of the rapid rate at which the water levels rose. Thus many businesses suffered huge losses. The whole of Ba Town was flooded and some areas in the town were under 12 to 15 feet of water, Mr Patel said. Near the market area, where the Chamber of Commerce is located, some shops were flooded with water up to the ceiling. However, he said he was thankful that essential utilities like water and electricity had been restored, unlike the January floods when it took much longer.

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The state of natural disaster has been declared but specific information about the number of people affected continues to differ. The regime's spokesperson, Sharon Smith Johns, says the floods are now hitting the western and the central division, and that five thousand people have been evacuated with 62 centres operating. Is this logical since more people appear to be affected? Media reports (some of them local) have said 8,000 people and 99 evacuation centres. Australian and New Zealand tourists are being told to stay home until Fiji is flood-free. The official death toll is said to be four. Bainimarama has called on officials to be prepared for the next spate of bad weather and not to be caught by surprise and has urged that people get Colgate Affairs Minister, Russian Foreign Palmolive donated $55,000 enough food and supplies. worth of retail products to the Ministry Sergey Lavrov The Fiji First Party says it has written of Provincial Development permanent to the illegal Prime Minister, Frank secretary, Inia Seruiratu at its head Bainimarama, suggesting he allocate office in Lami. $130m for Flood Relief Response and Mr Seruiratu said the Government was a Revamp of Sugar Cane Farming. grateful for the kind donation made It says: "Everyone is aware that skilled for the victims affected by the recent cane farmers have been moving floods in the Western Division. out because of lease issues and past I assure that all these products will evictions. Once they move out they do be loaded and taken down to the West. not intend to go back, given it takes The sanitary items will assist with the years of slow growth to accumulate the health and hygiene of the people at the little that they have gathered collectively evacuation centres, Mr Seruiratu said. as a family unit. Without Governments He said there was concern for the financial support right now directly health and hygiene of the people at this to these victims, it may be too late for moment and evacuation centres were some cane farmers and other farmers in need of general hygiene items to and Fijis economy as a whole." avoid any break-out of diseases. The donation included cleaning detergents, soap, Colgate toothpaste, basic food items such as tinned foods,

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milo, cocoa, and other items. Colgate Palmolive general manager, Nicholas Ryan said the donation would make life easier for those suffering at the evacuation centres that were in need of basic food items. Our heart goes out to the victims of the floods with the devastation caused and to the rescue teams. We want our country back on track and this donation will assist those where its needed as soon as possible, Mr Ryan said.

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5 Dead, Thousands Displaced In Fiji Floods

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A beachfront Fijian property once planned as a five-star resort by controversial Auckland property developer Andrew Krukziener has been put up for mortgagee sale. Bayleys is marketing the Sovi Bay site on Fiji's Coral Coast for sale by tender on May 10. The property is in two freehold titles - a rarity in Fiji - and has an ocean beach frontage. Krukziener formed his Sovi Bay development company in 2001 and had proposed a $40 million luxury 20bure boutique resort and residential beachfront lots for the site. Sovi Bay Ltd is now in liquidation, and the only liquidator's report from the Official Assignee reveals that failed finance company Strategic has a $12.4m secured claim against the company. Krukziener filed for bankruptcy in Russian 2010 after a long-running December Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergey Inland battle with the Lavrov Revenue Department. Prior to that, his wife Gitta Saidi had become the director of a long list of companies previously headed by her husband. FLOOD PICTURE

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Severe flooding in the Pacific island nation of Fiji has killed five people and left about 8,000 seeking shelter in evacuation centers, a government official said Tuesday. Tropical Cyclone Daphne has lashed Fiji's largest and most populous island, Viti Levu, with strong winds and heavy rain. The storm was expected to pass to the south of Fiji over the course of Tuesday. The Fiji Meteorological Service said it was maintaining its severe flood warning for "all major rivers, streams and low-lying areas" on the island. Government officials, including Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, toured

the affected areas on Monday. Sharon Smith Johns, the government's information secretary, said Tuesday that improving weather in some areas was allowing some Fijians to move back to their homes. The extreme weather has disrupted both internal and external travel. Authorities on Sunday suspended inbound flights to Nadi International Airport because nearby roads were flooded. The suspension was lifted Monday but remained subject to review. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised its country's citizens planning to fly into the airport "to reconsider their need to travel."

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Jail Term For Teen Thief

The increasing crime rate in Fiji has made society vulnerable and insecure. Magistrate Thushara Rajasinghe made the comment as he handed a 19-year old a 20-month jail term for theft. Sanaila Didigo pleaded guilty. The court heard that the accused was young but not a first offender. The court earlier heard that on July 23 last year, Sanaila Didigo came behind the complainant who was walking along Grantham Road, grabbed a mobile phone worth $400 and $185 cash and ran. In mitigation, Didigo said he was looking after his elderly mother. He also sought forgiveness from the court. Mr Rajasinghe said criminals like Didigo were free to roam society by instilling fear and a feeling of insecurity in innocent people. Mr Rajasinghe said he could not find a compelling reason to suspend the sentence.

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has directed DISMAC officials and assessment teams to reach out to communities and determine their immediate needs. A team was instructed to go to Navala Village in the highlands of Ba, which have been cut off because of a major landslide near Ebotu. The Prime Minister is still touring all areas affected by the latest floods and evacuation centres in the Western Division. During a briefing, Prime Minister Bainimarama pointed out to government officials that there was only one Commissioner Western and a few District Officers so it was important that they (officials) make decisions on the ground. He directed them to reach out to the people and see what their needs were and provide accordingly because there were still some areas without water or rations. Go on the ground, assess and make decisions because the Commissioner Western- Joeli Cawaki has a lot to do, Commodore Bainimarama said. The head of government has been thorough on his tour as he has made a point to visit rural areas and some places that are difficult to access. For Navala Village, which is now inaccessible from both Ba and the Sigatoka Valley Road, the PM ordered that a team go there on foot to see to the needs of the people there. Restoration works are continuing throughout the Western Division, which has been the worst hit during the latest adverse weather

Fiji Electricity Authoritys power sharing strategy following the recent flood in the west is causing frustration rather than providing temporarily relief. While the unfortunate situation is beyond FEAs control, the Authority needs to improve on the temporary solutions it has come up with, according to the Consumer Council of Fiji. In a press release, Chief Executive Officer Premila Kumar said publishing the power sharing schedule in newspapers on the actual day is a little too late for consumers to prepare themselves. The Council suggests for FEA to publish the power sharing schedule a day before the implementation of the published schedule This practice will give ample time to consumers to plan a day ahead rather than finding out on the morning of the same day that they cannot carry out a particular task at a particular location due to power cut Publishing the schedule on time is one thing and following it is another. Concerns have been raised that the published power sharing schedule by FEA is a show only as it is not followed at all. It therefore defeats the purpose of putting up such awareness in the first place Mrs Kumar said various business houses including the consumers have expressed disappointment over this. She said FEA should stop fooling the public with misleading information and seriously provide practical solutions to the current power cuts faced by all throughout the country. It is shocking to note

FEAs comment that its difficult for them to cope with and follow the published schedule because the demand of electricity has suddenly gone up The Council fails to understand what was FEA thinking when putting out the power cut schedule? The power cut schedule was published for a reason for people to follow and FEA should have expected this demand coming. It is a very lame for FEA to come up with such reasoning Mrs Kumar said the Council is also aware of the number of consumers suffering due to water cuts especially in the greater Suva area. According to Water Authority of Fiji several of their power pumping stations including Wainibuku booster, Kalabu, Khalsa and Tacirua have been affected by power cuts which has severely affected their distribution system for nearby areas such as Tovata, Makoi, Tuirara, Newtown, Caubati, Cunnigham, Tacirua East, Tacirua 6miles, Sakoca etc. FEA on the other hand maintains that power cuts should not be affecting the water pumping and distribution. Comments from WAF and FEA are contradicting while consumers continue to suffer. The Council urges for both authorities to work together to end the suffering of consumers. We need accurate and timely information with assurance in confidence that the matter will be effectively resolved soon. The affected consumers deserve a better electricity and water service, says Mrs Kumar.

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Last Rites
Saturday. Sugarcane farmer Surendra, 71, collapsed during a prayer session at the height of flooding. Rising floodwaters impeded attempts to transport him to the hospital and the power outage sent the family in search of a storage facility. Daughter Madhu Kumar has shed many tears thinking of her beloved father and the bank manager said she was thankful for all the little blessings that came their way. "I keep thinking of the condition he is being kept in, it's heartbreaking. We are just so grateful for all the little things, it could have been worse," she said. "One of my brothers who lives with him eventually took him to Nukuloa, hoping the health centre might have some proper storage facilities. "We were so blessed, when we got there we found out that there was another lady who had died and her family had kept her in a freezer. They had a generator and were kind enough to allow the two bodies to be stored together." She said she has had sleepless nights, the main concern being the proper disposal of her dad's body. "There are six brothers and two sisters and we are a very close-knit family. We all want to be there for the last rites and give him the farewell he deserves," she said. "We are now waiting for two sisters who are trying to fly in from Auckland, New Zealand. And we also have a brother and sister who are in Sydney. They have flown to Brisbane together with a niece, Pratima, who was adopted by my dad, and hopefully they can arrive on time. "This has been a difficult time for those travelling from overseas because they have been travelling to and from the airport since Saturday, since the planes were not flying. But we will wait for them to arrive we can hold the funeral Ms Kumar said she took comfort in the fact that her surviving mother shared great memories with her hardworking dad, which included a recent trip to India for their 50th wedding anniversary. "He has lived a full life and we thank God for that," she said.

Tara Mati with her granddaughter Muskaan Kumar with a picture of her husband Surendra at Nadrau, Moto in Ba. LOSING someone you love is a painful experience and the heartbreak is made worse when you cannot give the deceased an immediate and dignified farewell. This is the sad situation a bereaved Ba family is facing as their late father lay crammed in a home freezer since last

Water is one of the main needs of the flood victims and Fiji Water has stepped in again with their donation. An additional $20,000 worth of bottled water, comprising two shipping containers of Fiji Water has been given to DISMAC. In acknowledging the companys contribution, Captain Ilai Tawakedrau, Team Leader Logistics and Support for the Western Divisional Commissioners Office said water is a basic necessity of life and the provision of the donation will immensely meet the needs of the flood affected people. This brings to over $110,000 what the company has donated to private and Government agencies for flood relief since February this year.

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to drown because I could not even keep my feet on the ground. "I was so blessed that Naca was with me. "He told me to hold on to his shoulders and stay calm." He said it took them an hour and a half to reach the two-storey Digicel building. "The force of the current kept pushing us, next thing Naca was heading for the main road. I said, hey where you going, the building is in the opposite direction. "He just calmly replied, 'have faith, I will get you to safety, you will be OK'." "The current took us around before it flowed back in the direction of the Digicel building. I then realised that he did not want to lose strength fighting the current after he figured out the way it was flowing." Mr Ali said they were fortunate that three people working for Joes Farm were working in the Digicel building when the floods began. They had a rope, which was used to pull Mr Ali to safety. "Naca then left again for the Total Service Station. We had seen and spoken to the owner, Neha, and two workers when we were there. After some time, he managed to get them across, so we were all sitting there making calls to everyone asking for help." While perched at the top of the building, Mr Ali said they had a full view of cars and people being swept away. "It was a frightening experience, watching them trying to get out of their cars, those who were swept away and holding onto tree branches," he said. "Then at the same time, we could hear glass smashing downstairs, the force of the water was so strong. Can you believe it but when we were rescued,

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A LIFETIME bond was forged last Friday when an ordinary car wash attendant sacrificed his life to save his boss before assisting in the rescue of at least 10 others. Emerging out of the clutch of brave stories from last week's floods is 20-year-old Nacanieli Dokoni who spared two non-swimmers from certain death before piloting to safety a total of 10 panic-stricken people, including a one-year old baby. The rescue ordeal - just from Total Service Station to the neighbouring Digicel building and from Hibiscus Resort (formerly Fun World) - began at about 9am and ended at 8pm. The first to be rescued was his boss Imraz Ali. "There was some water on the road when we had gone to collect our machines from our garage along the back road at about 8.30am," said Ali. "On our way back, the current was so strong it swept us off the road and took us to the Total Service Station. "By the time I stepped out, the water was up to my hips, and within the next few minutes it was up to my neck. I was terrified. I did not know how to swim. At that time, I knew I was going

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someone shone the torch around and right there nearby was a man dead in his pajero. I never want to go through that again." About 3pm, Naca said he heard someone calling for help. He could make out a security guard, Manasa Naiceru, from neighbouring Hibiscus Resort struggling in the water with his wife Shiragni Naicker. The resort's manager had called The Fiji Times several times that day asking for help. Their pleas were relayed to fire authorities but rescue efforts were impeded by strong current.

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Indebted ... Nacanieli Dokoni, left, with the people he saved - one-year old Titilia Naiceru, her dad Manasa Naiceru, wife Shirangni Naicker and Imraaz Ali, Mr Dokoni's employer, overlooking the Nadi Back Road where they escaped with their lives at the he

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The Western Division is fast recovering with most of the major infrastructure and essential services being restored as authorities work around the clock to help the country bounce back. Ministry of Provincial Development permanent secretary Inia Seruiratu told members of the media that lines that had affected communications and services such as telephone, automated teller machines and EPTOS machines in the West had been restored. However, there will continue to be some disruptions due to the fact that some machines were damaged by the flood waters, he said. Electrical installations had received substantial damage, which was why most of Fiji was experiencing power disruptions. Unlike the earlier predicted timeline,

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Australians Return From Flooded Fiji

PM Assures Ba Chamber Of Commerce

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met with members of the Ba Chamber of Commerce, assuring them of government assistance. Your concern is my concern now, the Prime Minister said. He discussed, how just like in January, Government was exploring ways to help small businesses and market vendors affected by the flooding. The Ba Chamber of Commerce thanked the Prime Minister for personally looking after assistance and relief in the Western Division. We are right behind the Government, said Daniel Elisha, owner of Elisha Engineering. We may be down but were not out, and all of us will see how we can help those affected in Ba with food and water. The Prime Minister agreed: We will bounce back, just like the sun will shine tomorrow. Members of the Ba Chamber of Commerce also asked for ways they can work with Government to help prepare for future disasters, including training for rescue operations or organizing neighborhood watch programs

Grounded ... travellers sleep on the floor of Nadi International Airport

HUNDREDS of Australian travellers stranded in flooded Fiji have returned home. Foreign Minister Bob Carr said Jetstar, Virgin andAir Pacific flights had evacuated people to Australia late Monday night. "Empty aircrafts were landing in Nadi, as weather permitted, to transport passengers back to Australia and elsewhere," Mr Carr said. "Improved road access to Nadi airport has made it possible for many Australians to return home," Mr Carr said. He said those holidaying on resorts on outer islands are still facing some difficulties in returning to the main island and to Nadi airport. Consular officials are monitoring the situation, he said. More bad weather is on the way. Meteorologists have warned a tropical depression is forming which could turn into Cyclone Daphne. Fiji is struggling to cope with the floods that have brought the country to a standstill. A state of emergency was declared in the South Pacific nation on Sunday as flash floods claimed at least three lives and forced 8000 from their homes. No Australians are believed to have been killed or injured. Senator Carr said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce had assured him that the airline would continue to send planes to Fiji until all Australians were evacuated. Access to Nadi airport was now possible. Weather permitting; Senator Carr was hopeful that all Australians would be home by Easter. "I can certainly understand their frustration in being stuck in resorts, in some cases without water, and wanting nothing more than to get on a plane and come home for Easter," he told the media. A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) spokesperson said about 1500 Australians were registered as being in Fiji through the Government's Smart Traveller website. The spokesperson said the real number was estimated to be about 2000. Australians in need of consular help can call DFAT's crisis centre on +61 2 6261 3305.

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painful". Mrs Sharma's cousin, Janice Sharan, said she always remembered her smiling. "But when she came to stay with us during her marriage she was a completely different person," she said. "Diwesh tortured and broke her in so many ways before actually killing her. She was insecure and tired and I can't ever remember seeing her smile." The couple's relationship began to sour in 2010 after they moved from Fiji to Auckland eight years earlier. A court summary of facts revealed that on January 20 last year Mrs Sharma told her husband she was going to work but instead went to the home of another man whom she had started an intimate relationship with. Three days earlier Mrs Sharma had tried to revoke a protection order she had earlier filed against her husband, who was on bail for assaulting her. Sharma phoned her workplace and found she wasn't there. After repeated calls to her mobile phone, Sharma conned her into thinking their son had been injured and asked her to come home. Sharma bundled his wife and their son into his car and left their Papatoetoe home about 8.40pm heading south before stopping at a Huntly service station where he bought a 5-litre plastic container and 5 liters of petrol. He then drove to a remote site on Hangapipi Rd, near Rotowaro, where he moved Mrs Sharma to the side of the road. He lay her face down in gravel, dousing her with petrol, before setting her alight while their son sat in the passenger seat. Sharma then drove back to Auckland and left for Fiji with his son the following day. He returned voluntarily when police caught up with him. Defence counsel Roger Laybourn said Sharma told Fiji police that he had killed his wife in a "jealous rage" but had strangled her and took her body in the boot of the car. Sharma maintained she was dead when he set her alight, but a pathologist's report concluded she was alive. Justice Pamela Andrews said the murder was "particularly cruel" and because of the severity of her injuries, Mrs Sharma's family was unable to open her casket at her funeral. Justice Andrews said it was 'very distressing" to read about the impact Sharma's actions had had on his son. "The event has had a profound effect on him and will be with him for a very long time. He is sorely grieving for his mother and he has had to come to understand that his father is in jail for killing his mother." She said the sentence starting-point for his offending was 17 years but she took into account his early guilty plea, which he entered in February. After the sentencing, Ms Sharan said she hoped Mrs Sharma's death would draw attention to New Zealand's serious domestic violence issues. She said a story was made up about a culturally-motivated reason for her murder: "One that was completely false and distracted from the real issue at hand, one that is a New Zealand issue." Detective Inspector Chris Page said the investigation highlighted that "regardless of ethnicity, wealth, culture or poverty - domestic violence is present across all these and has farreaching effects". Justice Andrews revealed Sharma had sent her a letter before he was led from the dock, saying that he hoped his son would one day forgive him.

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Murder 'Devastating And Painful' For Family

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Ranjeeta Sharma was a kind, beautiful and caring woman who had a warm smile and was friendly to everyone. But relatives noticed a change in her after she married a jealous Diwesh Sharma, who years later would take her to a remote Waikato road, douse her in petrol and set her on fire. Diwesh Sharma, 30, sat with his head bowed and his eyes closed through much of the proceedings before he was sentenced at the High Court at Hamilton to life in prison with a minimum nonparole period of 14 years for the grisly murder of his wife in January last year. Family members, whose victim impact statements were read in court, said the murder had been "devastating and

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The Reserve Bank of Fiji transferred $47.8 million (US$26.9 million) to the government. A statement from the central bank said the amount comprised the bank's entire profits of $34.5m for the financial year ending 31 December 2011 and $13.3 million which represented one fifth of the balance of the Revaluation Reserve Account. The board of the Reserve Bank decided not to set aside any profit to General Reserves but instead transfer the full amount to government. The transfer to government in 2011 for the 2010 financial year was $38.9 million (profit was $21.5 million and one-fifth of the Revaluation Reserve was $17.4 million), the statement said. Governor and chairman of the RBF board, Barry Whiteside said the bank's financial performance in 2011 was achieved in a challenging global environment as interest rates were relatively low. The financial outcome in 2011 was significantly better than what was originally budgeted. This was due

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'Mixed Messages' In Fiji Aid, Says Australian Opposition

Foreign Minister Bob Carr The Australian Foreign Minister says sanctions on Fiji will not stop Australia from offering humanitarian aid to cope with flood devastation. The sanctions - imposed after a military takeover - ban military cooperation and restrict travel. Australia has offered $A1 million for water, sanitation, blankets and other supplies. Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop says the federal government is sending mixed messages about its engagement with

Fiji. Foreign Minister Bob Carr rejects the claim. He said there is no link between the two. Humanitarian aid is quite distinct from the sanctions we've carefully refined and devised to hit the leadership of Fiji because they've taken their country away from democratic reforms." Bishop says the government is offering aid while it continues to impose military and travel sanctions on Fiji. But the minister said: We are the biggest aid donor to Fiji. So notwithstanding the sanctions . . . we have continued to provide aid that reaches the people of Fiji. That is a humanitarian approach.

Fijis Ministry of Health is calling on relatives of deceased people to urgently remove bodies from mortuaries and bury or cremate their loved ones. Ministry spokesperson Peni Namotu said continuous power outages in the Central/

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Eastern Division is affecting mortuary operations and he urge families to make urgent burial or cremation arrangements. The temperature deteriorates as the power goes on and off and this affects the cooling level of the freezers in the mortuaries, he said.

The Republic of Cape Verde and the Republic of Fiji formalized diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York. The Permanent Representative of Cape Verde to the United Nations, Ambassador Antonio Lima, and his Fiji counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqu establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. The communiqu expresses the desire of Cape Verde and Fiji to promote and strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between their two countries and peoples. It affirms the relationship will be guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, as well as the

Cape Verde And Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations

Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations and Consular Relations. The communiqu states the relations will be on the basis of equality, mutual respect for each others sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other. Following the signing of the communiqu, Ambassador Lima and Ambassador Thomson discussed the strengthening of cooperation between the two island nations, highlighting the work that the United Nations Missions of both Cape Verde and Fiji are undertaking in the fields of climate change and sustainable development. Both countries are active members of AOSIS, the Alliance of Small Island States.

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The $26M Man: 'It's Crazy'

He's become rich beyond his wildest dreams, but a supermarket checkout operator from a tiny Waikato town still needed to borrow $50 petrol money from his parents so he could celebrate with them. Thirty-four-year-old Trevor put an end to the rumour and speculation swirling around Te Kauwhata - population 1200 - when he went public with the news that he was the winner of Saturday's $26 million Lotto and Powerball draw. "I believe it's easier to have it out in the open, rather than have everyone chasing around, following me, trying to find out who is actually the big winner. I've won it, end of story, you know?" said Trevor, a single man who was described by NZ Lotteries as the country's most eligible bachelor. "I'm just having a couple of Heinekens at the moment, and it's really starting to sink in, pretty much. Hey, the bank balance is bigger than the phone number." He told the media that after he saw the numbers online on Sunday, a trip to Te Kauwhata Four Square confirmed the He drove to his parents' home in West Auckland to celebrate with them, his sister and soon-to-be brother-in-law. "Mum said, 'Well, bring the ticket up and show me.' So the first thing I actually said was, 'Can I borrow $50 to get up there?' because I was broke." Winning advice New Zealand Lotteries urges big winners to: - Make sure the prize money gets deposited into an interest-earning bank account. The big decisions can be made later. - Let off steam by taking out a small amount to do what you like with shout your mates, or buy something for someone special. - After you have decided on the best possible use for your money, use a professional adviser to help you invest some of it, and get advice about tax. - When you contact an adviser, ask him or her how much the advice is going to cost you. - Make sure your will is up to date, or ensure you get one.

win. The owners snuck him out the back door to avoid suspicion. An hour later, still in a daze, he returned to the store to buy a packet of cigarettes - only to find it filled with television news crews. "With my ripped trackpants on and my T-shirt, they sort of looked at me and looked the other way. So I thought, 'Bugger ya, I've won Lotto and I'm going home.' "It was like, 'Hey, I'm your winner, see

you later ...' I got my packet of smokes and went back home and had a beer." On Sunday, his flatmate woke him and told him to check his numbers because the winning ticket had been sold in Te Kauwhata. He checked Powerball first, and then the rest of his numbers - three times. "Apparently I collapsed to my knees on the ground, and all I could keep saying was, 'I made it, I won it, I've got $26 million'."

New Loan Shark Laws Unveiled

A raft of proposed new laws to stop dodgy loan sharks taking advantage of people who are strapped for cash have been announced. Consumer Affairs Minister Chris Tremain released the draft legislation for the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Amendment Bill, which is intended to provide better protection for finance company borrowers. "The Government is getting tough on loan sharks and lenders," Tremain said. "Money lenders should not be able to prey on desperate people, leaving them and their families trapped in a spiral of debt." Among the proposed changes, the bill would make it illegal to lend someone money whose loan repayments would be likely to result in substantial hardship. The legislation would also require complete disclosure of loan terms and extending the period during which borrowers can cancel their loan. "These will be the biggest changes to consumer credit law in a decade. It is time for a significant shift in lending laws to increase protection for borrowers and target irresponsible lenders," Tremain said. Submissions on the bill are open until May 11, and can be made on the Ministry of Consumer Affairs website. Tremain said he would also be meetings community and consumer groups over the next six weeks. "With such significant changes, it is important that we get it right. I'm looking forward to touring the country and getting feedback from the community services that deal with people who have been targeted by loan sharks. "I am also looking forward to meeting with members of the lending industry. I know many lenders are calling for changes like these to help rid the industry of those who give it a bad name." Key changes include: -Making it illegal to lend money to someone whose loan repayments would be likely to result in substantial hardship; -Requiring more timely and complete disclosure of loan terms, and extending the 'cooling off' period for borrowers to cancel their loan; -Obligating lenders to properly consider applications by borrowers for hardship relief, and provide reasons for their decisions; -Better controls against misleading, deceptive or confusing advertising; -Introducing a new Code of Responsible Lending and allowing for lenders to be banned from the industry for non-compliance; -Providing that borrowers won't have to pay the cost of interest or fees if their lender is not a registered financial Service provider.

NZ $3 Billion Screen Industry Soaring

Thirty-five feature films were made in New Zealand in the 2011 year, according to a Statistics New Zealand survey. The survey, covering the 12 months to March 31 last year, reflects the ebb and flow of the screen industry economy, with overall turnover including advertising up 4 per cent to $2.99 billion. The figures show how the film business is focused on activity in Wellington attached to Sir Peter Jackson's interests, including his post-production house and Weta Workshop. The period covered would have included preliminary work on The Hobbit. Figures represent economic activity as a whole rather than success for individual companies, and do not include detail about individual screen projects. They do incorporate more than $200 million of state grants and subsidies for the film and television production industry, as well as advertising production and sale of television time and subscriptions to pay television. Total broadcasting industry revenue - including free-to-air and pay TV subscriptions - was up 7 per cent to $1.26 billion. That represents 40 per cent of the gross revenue for the whole screen industry. On a smaller scale, cinema exhibition revenue was up 6 per cent to $163 million, largely due to the higher charges on tickets for 3D movies. "These figures highlight the determination of those making local films and working on international productions to make great movies," says New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Graeme Mason. "It also emphasizes the importance of the sector's contribution to the New Zealand economy." The survey shows fewer businesses were taking part in the industry but 180 earned over $1 million a year - 18 more than in 2010. The majority of these businesses are in the production or post-production sectors. The film industry in Auckland has sought to define screen industry activity as being based here. But regional data in the survey continued to define Auckland as the base for broadcasting and television production, while Wellington was the main base for film. Auckland-based businesses that took part in the screen survey increased gross revenue by $135 million to $2.3 billion in 2011. The vast majority of revenue for Wellington-based screen industry businesses was in feature film work, which overall was worth more than $500 million in 2011. Revenue for South Island-based businesses rose 17 per cent to $91 million, with most of the growth from increases in production and postproduction.


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The Federal Government will fasttrack the assessment process for skilled US workers coming to Australia. Under the agreement, US trades people will able to complete a skills assessment before coming to Australia. It will mean faster processing times for 457 visa applicants and better job security for US workers wanting to come here. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says it is important for Australia to attract workers with the right skills. "There are economies and countries around the world which are facing very difficult and different circumstances to ours," he said. "What's appropriate is that we work together with those countries to ensure that skilled workers who are looking for work have the capacity to fill some of those gaps we are facing in Australia." The changes are designed to deal with the skills shortage in the construction and resources industries.

Australia To Fast-Track Visas For Aussie Injured As Wave Smashes US Trades Round-The-World Yacht
Federal Minister for Skills Chris Evans says there are many trades people in the US who are prepared to come to Australia but are being turned off by some of the requirements. "Currently they would have to come to Australia not sure if they would get that licence and it may take some months to get that licence awarded to them," he said. "So these changes will allow for recognition in the United States, which will provide confidence for the worker and the employer that they'll be able to bring them in temporarily for employment." US Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich has welcomed the agreement. "This is a real win-win for both of our nations," he said. "It matches highly skilled American workers who are available with a temporary skills shortage here in Australia to make sure that the progress and growth and economic vitality continue."

Six Years' Jail For Sex Abuse Of Daughter

A MAN has been jailed for six years for the long-running sexual abuse of his teenage daughter; a crime the judge said breached a fundamental societal norm and must be condemned.
The 66-year-old man, who cannot be identified, was sentenced to a minimum three years and eight months in jail after being found guilty of two counts of incest by a Victorian County Court jury. The abuse began in 1984 when the man began climbing into his daughter's bed and asking her to perform sex acts on him, and continued while she was a teenager. Sentencing the man, Judge Michael Murphy said the victim had suffered significantly as a result of the abuse and the subsequent court proceedings. While her father had caused her further pain by showing a lack of remorse and failing to apologise, she still loved him, the judge said. Judge Murphy said the crimes were in the mid-range of seriousness. "The victim and her sister were relying fully on you as a parental authority figure," he said. "The breach of trust here is very significant. "You have breached the fundamental societal norm. "Your conduct must be utterly condemned." The court heard that the man, who was convicted in 2007 of possessing child pornography, had himself been sexually abused as a child.

The crew on-board the yacht the Geraldton Western Australia, which hit rough seas off California An Australian and at least two Britons he was Serbo-Croat. were injured when a large wave "The rest of the crew is uninjured but smashed into their round-the-world shaken by the incident. All crew next race yacht off the coast of California. of kin have been informed," said the The 68-foot yacht, named Geraldton race website statement. Western Australia, was struck by a The yacht, with 13 people on board, large wave about 650 kilometers off according to coast guards, was sailing the California coast. under secondary steering towards San The impact swept away its steering Francisco, but was due to rendezvous with wheel and some communications a container ship before making landfall. equipment, race organizers said. Race director Joff Bailey said, "We are Four crew members sustained injuries, naturally concerned at the ... incident including suspected broken ribs, and on Geraldton Western Australia and are are being treated by medically-trained in close contact with the skipper, UK colleagues on the boat, which is one Maritime and Coastguard at Falmouth, of 10 similar boats taking part in the and the US Coast Guard." Clipper Round the World yacht race. "The safety of all Clipper Race crew A long-range Hercules aircraft was is extremely important to us. Our able to drop medical supplies, but an skippers are highly experienced and attempt to lower rescuers was thwarted several crew members on board have because of the weather, and the aircraft medical training." had to return to shore, the US coast The Geraldton Yacht Club's Edrick guard said in a statement. Del Fos says he is concerned about the The race's website said Queenslander welfare of the crew. Max Wilson, 62, had two suspected "You never like to hear about any cracked or broken ribs. accidents at sea like that, particularly The injured Britons were Jane Hitchins, if there are any injuries on board," he 50, who had suspected broken ribs and said. Mark Burkes, 37, who suffered a back The yacht was on the latest leg of the injury. round-the-world race, sailing from The website also said Nik Brbora, a Qingdao, China to San Francisco. The 28-year-old software engineer, had a next leg should take race participants possible pelvic sprain. Mr Brbora lives to New York, via the Panama Canal, in London, it said, while the BBC said the coast guard said.
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Queen Asks James Bond To Open London Olympics

JAMES Bond star Daniel Craig is to open the London 2012 Olympic Games ceremony after a personal invitation from Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen asked Craig into Buckingham Palace to film spectacular scenes as 007 for London's sporting extravaganza, as reported. In the film, he arrives by Royal Appointment to be told his latest mission is to launch the Games. Her Majesty may even make a cameo appearance but the Palace is keeping details a secret. A billion people watching on TV around the world will see Bond getting his instructions before he is taken by helicopter to parachute into the Olympic stadium in Stratford, East London. Craig, 44, and a film crew headed by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle were given unprecedented access to the queen's private rooms on Tuesday. They also shot helicopter and parachuting scenes. Boyle, creative director of the opening ceremony, has chosen to make MI6 agent Bond a key part of the spectacle which will kick-start the Olympics. The queen, who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year, had to personally sanction the move - which will give a glimpse inside the famous landmark. A source on set said, "It's a huge coup for BBC producers and Danny to be allowed into the Palace and have the Queen involved." The source added, "They wanted the most iconic British film character inside the building most associated with London and with the monarch - and they got it. It will be a magical scene for all watching at home and inside the stadium on July 27. Working out the logistics of filming has taken months and hasn't been easy - but it will be worth it in the end." Crew members were given strict instructions not to tell any members of the public what they were filming. Cameras and cell phone were banned on the set. The film - to be fed into the opening ceremony - was given the name "The Arrival". This year marks the 50th anniversary of British Bond movies. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said, "Buckingham Palace is involved in a number of filming projects during this special Jubilee year and we would not go into details of any particular project until nearer the time of transmission."

Only Canada's House-Price Ratio Tops NZ

New Zealand house prices are the worlds second-highest compared with rents, according to the Economist. The magazine published a list of 21 countries, comparing prices with rents, and showed that only Canada topped New Zealand. It showed the relationship between the price of buying a house and the amount of rent which would be generated from that house, saying the price-to-rent ratio was "an analogue of the price-toearnings ratio used to judge the equity value of listed firms". That showed that New Zealand properties were 68 per cent overvalued compared with the rent generated. Canada's were higher on 76 per cent but New Zealand's were ahead of Belgium's 65 per cent, Singapore's 60 per cent, Hong Kong's 58 per cent and Australia's 48 per cent. The magazine said New Zealand house prices were 20 per cent overvalued compared with income, with an average of 44 per cent overvalued when both rents and income were taken into account. Canadian house prices are 54 per cent overvalued compared with rents and income. Houses are undervalued in other markets, the survey shows. Japan's price-to-rent ratio is -36 per cent, Germany's -18 per cent and Austria's -13 per cent. Of the 21 countries studied, the magazine said buying a house looked like an increasingly good bet compared with renting. Rising rents are helping to cut into a backlog of unsold homes, the Economist found. The media reported how high rents were forcing people to buy because only slightly more money was needed to service a mortgage, according to the Roost Rent or Buy report. The typical Kiwi first-buyer household would need only slightly more money to service a mortgage on a bottomrange house than it costs to pay a median rent.

A doctor who failed to diagnose a woman's lung cancer and made her feel "like a piece of rubbish'' has been found guilty of breaching her rights. Ms A was 52 and had smoked about 50 cigarettes a day for more than 20 years, as well as being addicted to benzodiazepine, a Health and Disability Commissioner's (HDC) finding released said. She repeatedly went to Dr B between June 2008 and February 2010 with persistent coughing, chest and throat pain, fever and sweating and shortness of breath. She was also, at times, coughing up blood. Dr B diagnosed her with respiratory tract infections and acute inflammation of the throat or pharynx but never performed a physical examination or referred her for an x-ray, despite her having a family history of lung cancer. Ms A called Healthline in unbearable pain on February 27, 2010 - having seen Dr B earlier that day - and an ambulance was called. She was taken to hospital where a chest x-ray revealed a large mass in her right lung, with a CT scan and lung biopsy confirming she had lung cancer which had spread to her liver. "The hospital has told me that my cancer is so far advanced that I have a few months to live. Tests were not required to come to this diagnosis, they only needed to feel the swelling of my liver,'' she said. "If my GP had taken the time to examine me, refer me for tests or listened to what my concerns were, I may have been in the position where I could have had treatment.'' Instead, he had made her feel like "a piece of rubbish to be tossed into the rubbish bin'' and had told her she was a "drug dependent piece of rubbish'', she said. She had tried to find another doctor but they all said they were not taking new patients once they knew of her drug dependency and, in any case, Dr B was the only one she could afford. She believed he did not want to examine her "because I was dirty in his eyes, and

Doctor Made Cancer Patient Feel 'Like A Piece Of Rubbish'

he couldn't stand to touch me''. Ms A was referred for palliative care after her diagnosis and died a few months later. Dr B told the reporter he was not aware of Ms A's family history of lung cancer and did not recall her asking for an x-ray or telling him her chest pain and coughing were persistent. He disputed he had "failed'' to order a chest x-ray for her but accepted he did not do so. "He advised that if Ms A had been persistently coughing blood he would have considered a chest x-ray to be 'mandatory','' the report said. "However, as she had 'such a short history' of the symptom, which he believed was only of five days' duration, he decided that he would wait one week before considering whether an x-ray was appropriate.'' However, on reflection, he accepted there "could'' be merit in routine chest examination for all Maori over 45 years with a 25 year-plus history of smoking. The HDC's clinical advisor, Dr David Maplesden, said Ms A should have been referred for a chest x-ray as early as June 2008. "Dr Maplesden advised that there is no indication that Dr B took 'anything other than an episodic approach without investigation or follow-up' to manage Ms A's symptoms. "Her late diagnosis of lung cancer was a 'direct result of the failure by [Dr B] to consider this diagnosis in a patient at significant risk and with a suspicious presentation in a timely manner'.'' The HDC found Dr B failed to discharge his duty of care to Ms A, and that his failure to get the basics right compromised her safety and wellbeing. Dr B has since retired and does not hold a practicing certificate. The HDC recommended that, should be want to practice again, he undergo further training, reorganize his medical records and familiarize himself with the publication Suspected Cancer in Primary Care.

Over 100 people, including 17 Indians, have been arrested in Nepal for using fake passports, a media report said. The Department of Immigration arrested 118 people in the last two months. According to data obtained from the department, as many as 67 people, including 11 Indians, were found in possession of fake passports in January. In February, 51 people including six Indians were arrested for using such passports. Two of the arrested are Chinese while

17 Indians Held With Fake Passports In Nepal

one is from Sri Lanka, the department said. Most of the arrested were workers returning from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Sudhir Kumar Shah, director general at the Department of Immigration, said: "The trend of using fake passports is on the rise... as those using such passports are mostly illiterate and unaware about the consequence of such a grave offence."


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Maths And Physics 'Were Key Players' In Titanic Demise

A science expert has claimed that Maths and physics played a significant part in the sinking of the Titanic a century ago. At 11.40 p.m. on Sunday April 14, 1912 the Titanic, bound from Southampton to New York, struck an iceberg just off the coast of Newfoundland and became fully submerged within three hours, before dropping four kilometers to the bottom of the Atlantic. There have been many stories recounting why the 'unsinkable' ship struck the iceberg and why two-thirds of the passengers and crew lost their lives: the lack of lifeboats; the absence of binoculars in the crow's nest; the shortcomings of the radio operator. However, science writer Richard Corfield takes a more in-depth look at the structural deficiencies of the ship and how these contributed to its demise. Corfield highlights the work of two metallurgists, Tim Foecke and Jennifer Hooper McCarty, who combined their own analysis with historical records from the shipyard in Belfast where the Titanic was built and found that the rivets that held the ship's hull together were not uniform in composition or quality and not been inserted in a uniform fashion. This meant that, in practice, the region of the Titanic's hull that hit the iceberg was substantially weaker than the main body of the ship Foecke and McCarty speculate that the poorer-quality materials were used as a cost-cutting exercise. As well as the actual make-up of the ship, it also appears that the climate thousands of miles away from where the ship actually sunk may have had a hand in events. At times when the weather is warmer than usual in the Caribbean, the Gulf Stream intersects with the glaciercarrying Labrador Current in the North Atlantic in such a way that icebergs are aligned to form a barrier of ice. In 1912 the Caribbean experienced an unusually hot summer and so the Gulf Stream was particularly intense; the Titanic hit the iceberg right at the intersection of the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current. "No one thing sent the Titanic to the bottom of the North Atlantic. Rather, the ship was ensnared by a perfect storm of circumstances that conspired her to doom," wrote Corfield.

O.J. Simpson's Son Jason Killed Nicole Brown, Claims New Book
In a new book, a private investigator assigned to O.J. Simpson's trial for the murder of Nicole Simpson Brown and Ronald Goldman, has detailed what he and his team of forensic experts have found over the past 17 years. In the book titled 'O.J. Is Innocent and Dear's evidentiary support includes I Can Prove It', William Dear's finger items found in Jason's locker and is pointed right at Simpson's own son, trashcan including a hunting knife that Jason, who was 24 at the time that his forensic experts believe is the actual dad was on trial, US magazine reported. murder weapon and Jason's habit of According to the New York Post, in his wearing knit caps similar to the one argument Dear states that the retired left at the crime scene that was actually footballer went through the long trial never linked to O.J. and investigations to cover for his son, He also looked into Jason's personality now 41, who is living in Miami where and brought his drug abuse and domestic he works as a cook, according to the violence history along with his anger New York Post. management issues to the surface.

Woman, 80, Lands Plane After Pilot Dies

AN 80-year-old Wisconsin woman successfully landed a twin-engine plane after her pilot husband became unconscious and later died while they were flying. Authorities said the woman's 81-yearold husband suffered a medical condition while he was at the controls of the plane and lost consciousness as reported. His wife, who had no flying experience, called on the radio for help. The Door County Cherryland Airport in northeast Wisconsin sent a second plane up to help coach the woman down. The plane then began to run out of fuel and the right engine lost power. With the help of the second pilot, the woman was able to successfully land the plane. She suffered minor injuries. Her husband was pronounced dead on the ground.

Allegiant Adding Carry-On Fee Of $35 Per Flight Segment

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will impose a $35 fee per flight segment on passengers taking carry-on luggage stowed in overhead bins beginning with Wednesday bookings, the airline confirmed Monday. Allegiant President Andrew Levy announced the new policy in a memo to employees. Under the new policy, passengers will be allowed to take one free carry-on piece, no larger than 7 by 15 by 16 inches that could fit under the seat in front of them. Larger carry-ons with a maximum weight of 25 pounds, like roll-aboard and garment bags, would be subject to the new fee. Luggage with a weight of 26 or more pounds must be checked, which carries a $35 fee if done at the airport and $15 to $30 if done online. Next Tuesday evening, we will introduce the newest change to our product menu and provide travelers with options and fees for carry-on bags, Levys memo said. Under this new structure, passengers will be permitted to bring one personal item that can be placed under the seat in front of them (like a purse, briefcase, laptop, etc.) for free, and if they choose to bring a larger carry-on bag to be placed in the overhead bins, they may do so for a fee. The new fee doesnt affect passengers who already have purchased tickets, but on bookings made after Tuesday night. Allegiant is the second airline to charge a carry-on luggage fee. Florida-based Spirit Airlines also charges passengers carry-on fees at rates similar to Allegiants. Allegiant offers deeply discounted fares on flights linking small cities with resorts and is one of the most aggressive airlines in the institution of ancillary fees to supplement revenue. In addition to baggage fees, Allegiant charges extra for tickets purchased through its reservation call centers and online, for early boarding and seat selection and for food served on flights. Allegiant reported generating $210 million in ancillary revenue in 2011, about 27 percent of its total revenue for the year. For the first two months of 2012, it was the fourth busiest commercial air carrier at McCarran International Airport.

Boy Crushed By Elevator

A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy died after he was crushed by an automobile elevator at an apartment block in the Japanese city of Osaka. The incident occurred when Shotaro Sato's mother was operating the elevator to bring their vehicle up from the condominium's underground parking garage. The boy, who had been scheduled to start preschool, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said an investigation into the incident was underway.

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He said the corporation will raise more money by pursuing additional digital revenue. As well, the public broadcaster has applied to the CRTC to add advertising and sponsorships to its two national music radio networks: CBC Radio 2 and Espace musique. CBC/Radio-Canada will also accelerate the shutdown of analog television transmitters. "In Canada, only 1.7 per cent of the population still receives our television signals via an analog, over-the-air transmitter. Given these circumstances, weve decided to accelerate our exit from this technology," Lacroix said The CBC broadcasts in English and French, as well as in eight aboriginal languages, with a mandate to provide distinctly Canadian programming.

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CBC To Cut 650 Jobs Over Next 3 Years

CBC/Radio-Canada expects to eliminate 650 jobs over three years, including 475 this fiscal year, as part of cost-cutting measures to cope with planned budget cuts outlined in the recent federal budget, the public broadcaster announced. The budget released last week said the CBC will lose $115 million in funding over three years. But CBC president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix said that unavoidable cost increases and investments mean the corporation faces financial pressures of $200 million. We expect to be able to offset that with $50 million in new revenues, which leaves us with about $150 million to account for by way of reductions and operating improvements," Lacroix said in a statement.

Federal Job Cuts Could Be Higher Than Projected

Federal Government To Eliminate The Penny

The federal government has given its two cents' worth on the penny it doesnt like it. We will eliminate the penny, said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Pennies take up too much space on our dressers at home. They take up for too much time for small businesses trying to grow and create jobs. The government said it costs 1.6 cents to produce a penny, so by fall, it will stop issuing the coins in order to save $11 million a year. Anti-penny campaigner Pat Martin was all smiles at the news. I never thought Id see the day that I got something into a Conservative budget, said the NDP MP. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said pennies just dont make sense. Our members are very supportive of getting rid of the penny, said CFIB Catherine Swift. Pennies,

unfortunately, have become more of a pain than theyre worth. One-cent coins will gradually be withdrawn from circulation, but consumers can continue to use them indefinitely. When pennies arent available for cash transactions, businesses will have to round the after-tax price to the nearest nickel, which concerns the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. Martin isnt worried, though. People will catch on to that quickly, he said. Swift said rounding wont hurt consumers. In other jurisdictions that have done similar things, like got rid of their lowvalue coin, it turns out to be a wash, said Swift. Non-cash payments, by credit card or cheque for example, will still be charged to the exact cent, even without the penny.

Cross-Border Shoppers Can Bring Back More Duty-Free Under Budget Measures
As of June 1, travellers coming back after 24 hours away will be able to bring in $200 worth of goods free of duty or taxes, an increase from just $50. People gone more than 48 hours will be allowed $800 in duty-free goods, double the present $400 allowance. There is no longer any specified sevenday limit on duty-free purchases. The changes are designed to harmonize levels with those of the United States, and will streamline the border-crossing process. The budget estimated that the higher limits will cost the government $13 million in this fiscal year and $17 million in the full 2013-14 fiscal year.

Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada demonstrate outside their offices to support all Canadians who depend on public service in Ottawa on March 1, 2012. The union says there could be more cuts than just the 19,200 projected in the budget. Canadians should expect more servants as customers will also lose federal job cuts than the 19,200 the out. government forecast in last week's About 19,200 civil servants are budget, the union that represents most expected to lose their jobs in the federal public-sector employees said aftermath of the federal budget, which Wednesday. seeks to save Ottawa $5.2 billion. Patty Ducharme, national executive Some workers will be given the option vice-president of the Public Service of leaving on their own, while others Alliance of Canada, says there are could be reassigned to different posts. temporary employees whose jobs will National Defence to lose 1,100 civilian be eliminated, and there are still cuts jobs from previous budget freezes to take The axe has already started to fall; into account. with the Union of National Defence There are still 6,300 jobs to be cut from Employees reporting around 1,100 the strategic and operating reviews civilian positions are being eliminated. from 2007 to 2010, plus "thousands The losses will be felt across the and thousands of term employees who country, from military bases to reserve will not see their terms renewed," sites. Ducharme said. Union president John MacLennan Ducharme says the union is asking the said everything from research and government to tell Canadians which development to food services is on the services will be affected by the cuts. chopping block. "The government has this information The Defence Department took a big and were asking the government to hit in last week's federal budget, and provide this information to Canadians," was told it will need to slash over $1.1 she said. billion in spending over the next three Those cuts could affect services like years. food safety inspection, she said, But the government has also committed pointing to smaller budgets at the to keeping the size of Canada's regular Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and reserve fighting force intact. Public Safety Canada and Transport So MacLennan said if the military isn't Canada. going to shrink and no bases are going "All of those departments and agencies to close, the cuts raise the question of do work for Canadians that is regulatory who is going to do all the work still in nature and with significant decreases needed to support soldiers. in their agency and departmental He added soldiers would fill that void. budgets, there will be less inspections The cuts at defence come a day after done on behalf of Canadians in their an auditor general's report accused the day-to-day lives," Ducharme said." department of misleading Parliament The union also says small and medium- on the true multi-billion-dollar cost of sized businesses that depend on public new fighter jets.
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Two Cents Tax Added At Pumps

But prices have moved much more due to other factors in recent weeks. Prices have climbed sharply since early February, when Metro Vancouver drivers were paying an average of $1.25 per litre, reaching a recent high of $1.44 on March 28 before easing late last week to about $1.425. Gasbuddy co-founder Dustin Coupal said the tax increase appears to cement Vancouver's status as having the highest gas prices in Canada, slightly above some east coast cities. Coupal doesn't expect any relief for motorists this spring. On top of that, gas prices normally rise in spring as more drivers take to the road. "We're heading into a high gas price season with high prices to start with," Coupal said. "So its likely prices are going higher yet." Pump prices don't have far to go to hit all-time record territory. Metro Vancouver drivers briefly paid $1.50 a litre in the summer of 2008 when crude oil prices spiked.

Metro Vancouver Considers Mattress Recycling Fee

With Spring Clean Up approaching, you are being urged to keep your old mattress off of the street and out of the back alley. Another suggestion is to start charging a pre-paid recycling fee when they are bought from the store. Mayor of Richmond Malcolm Brodie with the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee wants you to pay the $20 up-front instead of at the dumpster. "Since the $20 [dumpster] fee was imposed, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of mattresses discarded outside the landfills or transfer stations. If people weren't diverted by that fee, they would then take them to the appropriate place," he explains. "There are a massive number of mattresses and box springs being disposed of in the Metro Vancouver area," he adds. Mattress-recycling companies are also expected to generate business with this by stripping the wood, metal, fabric, and plastic and reusing it later.

Metro Vancouver motorists are now paying an extra two cents per litre to TransLink every time they fill up. The TransLink tax increase from 15 to 17 cents a litre took effect April 1 and prices immediately ticked up. The hike will generate $40 million a year and is dedicated to covering TransLink's $400-million capital contribution to the $1.4-billion Evergreen SkyTrain line to Port Moody and Coquitlam. According to the price-tracking website gasbuddy.com, Metro Vancouver prices were averaging $1.437 per litre by Monday, up more than a cent from Friday.

New Classrooms Open At Chimney Hill Elementary

WorkBC Employment Services Centres Now Open In B.C.

Unemployed British Columbians will now receive the supports and services they need to get back to work quickly, announced Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux while attending launch celebrations for the new Employment Program of B.C. Cadieux officially launched the program, which began April 2, 2012, with a visit to two WorkBC Employment Services Centres - a storefront centre in Coquitlam operated by Back in Motion Rehab and a YWCA youth satellite office in North Vancouver. Service providers are delivering the Employment Program of B.C. through 85 one-stop WorkBC Employment Services Centres throughout the province. Job seekers will be able to access services through these centres, as well as through satellite offices and mobile and outreach services in their communities. These new centres integrate all of the services the Province currently offers, combining programs that were formerly operated separately by the provincial and federal governments. The new program is about reduced administration, better efficiency and more program dollars being spent on direct services to British Columbians. All service providers are responsible for ensuring effective service delivery to specialized populations and smaller communities. As a result, specialized populations will continue to receive quality services through the new integrated centres. These specialized populations include immigrants, youth, Aboriginal peoples, francophones, people with multiple barriers, survivors of violence and/or abuse, people with disabilities and people living in rural and remote areas. The new Employment Program of B.C. will include a comprehensive performance management system to help the ministry assess and adjust the program on an ongoing basis to ensure that people's needs are being met, and a Centre for Employment Excellence that will offer resources, training and technical assistance to the employment services sector, employers and service providers. In 2012-13, the Ministry of Social Development will invest $343.5 million in employment programs and apprenticeship training, of which nearly $280 million will come from the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Development Agreement. The new Employment Program of B.C. is part of the BC Jobs Plan. 'Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan' builds on the Province's solid foundation of prudent fiscal management to attract investment and open new markets for B.C. products and services, and to create jobs for British Columbians. As part of the plan, B.C. is making smart investments in infrastructure and is working hard to ensure British Columbians have the right skills for tomorrow.

Some of B.C.'s youngest students were on hand to celebrate the grand opening of a new $1.9-million, four-classroom addition to Chimney Hill Elementary school in Surrey. Joining them were parents, teachers, school district administrators, MLAs Stephanie Cadieux and Dave Hayer, as well as Education Minister George Abbott. Abbott toured the new classrooms before taking time to read a favourite story to some of the school's kindergarten students.

A Vancouver notary public has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme that saw more than 200 investors hand over $83 million between 2003 and 2012. The B.C. Securities Commission alleges Rashida Samji promised returns of 12 to 30 per cent a year if investors placed their money in her notary trust account, with the money being used as collateral for investments by Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna. But according to the commission, Samji put the money into her own bank accounts, paid existing investors with money from new investors, and the winery was not aware of the scheme. Paul Bourque, executive director of the B.C. Securities Commission, says the high returns promised should have been a red flag to investors. "Our best defence is a well informed investor. And what we would like to

B.C. Notary Accused Of Multimillion-Dollar Fraud

Two of the classrooms will add 40 new full-day kindergarten spaces, increasing the school's capacity to 80 full-day kindergarten students. The other classrooms will provide additional spaces for elementary students. The classroom addition at Chimney Hill is part of government's $144.5-million commitment to provide classrooms for early learners throughout B.C. now that full-day kindergarten is available for every eligible five-year-old in the province.

have happen is investors not risk their money in schemes like this in the first place," he said. The allegations have not yet been proven and the commission plans to appoint a panel to hear the charges against Samji, who has since resigned as a notary, after being suspended by the Society of Notaries Public of B.C. The commission has also imposed a permanent ban from B.C. markets on a 58-year-old Vancouver mutual fund salesman for his role in Samji's scheme. The commission says Arvin Patel, formerly a financial planner at Coast Capital Savings, admitted to luring about 90 investors into the scheme. Many of these investors were his own family members, co-workers and clients, who invested about $29 million, most of which has been lost.


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C. Atlantic provinces. D. Prairie provinces. 3) What party is the Official Opposition at the federal level? A. The New Democratic Party. B. The Canadian Alliance Party. C. The Conservative Party of Canada. D. The Liberal Party. 4) Why is the North sometimes called the "Land of the Midnight Sun"? A. Winter daylight can last up to 24 hours. B. Fall daylight can last up to 24 hours. C. Spring daylight can last up to 24 hours. D. Summer daylight can last up to 24 hours. 5) Who are the Aboriginal peoples in Canada? A. The first inhabitants of Canada. B. Refugees from the American Revolution. C. Early Australian immigrants. D. United Empire Loyalists and Mtis. 6) How many Canadians served in the First World War? A. About 10,000. B. More than 60,000. C. More than 600,000. D. About 170,000. 7) To what ocean is Newfoundland closest? A. Pacific. B. Labrador Sea. C. Atlantic. D. Arctic. 8) From whom are the Acadians descended? A. British colonists who began settling in what are now the Maritime provinces in 1604. B. Mtis and Inuit. C. French colonists who began settling in what are now the Maritime provinces in 1604. D. First Nations who began settling in what are now the Prairie provinces in 1600s. 9) Which province is on the Pacific coast of Canada? A. British Columbia. B. Yukon. C. Nova Scotia. D. Quebec. 10) What are the Prairie provinces? A. Saskatchewan and Manitoba. B. Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. C. Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia. D. Saskatchewan and Alberta. 1A 6C 2A 7C

1) What is a minority government? A. The party in power holds less than half of the seats in the House of Commons. B. The party in power holds at least half of the seats in the House of Commons. C. The party in power holds at least half of the seats in the House of Commons and the Senate. D. The party in power holds at least half of the seats in the Senate. 2) Which region is known as the industrial and manufacturing heartland of Canada? A. Central Canada. B. Southern Canada.

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Stop Marriage Fraud

What are the Signs of Marriage Fraud? This question that has been put forward many times "What are the signs of marriage fraud?" In order to bring some light to sometimes a difficult situation, we have put together this page from the stories/experiences of victims. Q: Are all the signs of marriage fraud the same? A: No. The criminal or fraud artist who commits this fraud may use various ways and different methods. Just like any crime/criminal activity, these fraud artists may change the way they operate in respect to their individual plans. Many criminal groups do this to avoid facing justice. The best way to answer this question is, if is too good to be true then it usually is. The most common signs to watch for are: -He/she is not willing to teach you about their language, customs, religion or background. (If it is different from yours) -If the person you are in a relationship with tells you the exact same things that they want in their life. They are just parroting you. They know these values and dreams are important to you. They will tell you anything you want to hear, you will believe that you both have the same values and expectations in life. -If the person is hesitant to introduce you to new people as their spouse. -When you visit them you always meet the same people, he/she doesn't introduce you to new people. -If they make up various excuses to be away from you as much as possible. -If they communicate with you and they tell you that they understand, but when you ask for something they play dumb or pretend they no longer understand you. -If they hesitant to introduce you to other family members. -If in your relationship no one is asking you any questions or they are easily satisfied by your answers. -If they are telling you they are willing to be with you under any circumstance. They do not have any hesitation to relocate to a new country. -If you try to reach them at times that you think they should be available and they are not. They will make up excuses as to why you couldn't reach them. Such as: no calling card, cell phone broken, bad phone connection, etc. -If they are asking you to perform a traditional ceremony that is not necessary and will cost more money. -If they tell people they are leaving their country for other reasons and not because they have married someone. -If on your first visit with their family it seems like they have known you for a long time. They could be trying to fool you. It takes time to get to know someone. There is a difference with people being hospitable and trying to fool you. -If the behavior of the person has changed once they left their country and came to your country. They seem like a different person. -If they were not demanding previously and they start to demand things when they get to your country. They may start demanding things that you thought they didn't really care for. -If they don't show an interest in anything. When you suggest going places they really aren't interested in going. -If they are trying to stay away from you by making excuses that would not make sense.

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Continued from last week

7: Take Up a Hobby

Healthy Habits To Improve Your Life

Always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Wear a hat with a brim and wear other protective clothing. Don't deliberately sunbathe. Try to avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. organs such as the heart, brain, kidney, and liver need it to work properly. If you don't get enough water, the body goes into emergency mode, and clings to every single water molecule it can find. The stored molecules appear as extra weight. The weight is only released once the body gets enough water. The calcium in dairy, on the other hand, is known to be important for strong bones and teeth. Studies have also shown it can help prevent high blood pressure, kidney stones, heart disease, and colon cancer. In the weight loss arena, three 8-ounce glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk appear to encourage body fat loss while maintaining muscle mass. The dairy consumption must be part of a balanced reduced-calorie meal plan.

12: Take a Daily Walk

9: Snack the Healthy Way

Since they are relaxing activities, hobbies are usually enjoyable. Some people find joy in craftwork, bird watching, sports, going to flea markets, walking in the park, or playing cards. The joy may help people live healthier and recover better from illness. For one thing, taking part in hobbies can burn calories, more so than just sitting in front of the TV. In a study of people who had undergone surgery shows that people who were involved in hobbies before their operation had better recovery six months later, compared with people who did not have hobbies. The participants with hobbies tended to have more drive and interest in things and other people.

8: Protect Your Skin

Our skin starts to age as soon as we are born and the best way to protect it and look younger is to stay out of the sun. The sun has harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause wrinkles, dryness, and age spots. Overexposure can cause sunburn, skin texture changes, dilated blood vessels, and skin cancers. Avoiding the sun, however, is not always ideal or practical. To reduce the risk of skin damage follow the following tips:

Have five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day as part of a healthy diet. These plant foods can do many things to boost good health, including: Reduce the risk of some cancers Beat the signs of aging Improve memory Promote healthy heart Enhance the immune system One way to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet is to have them as snacks. If you can do one thing to improve your health, concentrate on getting fruits and veggies. They are low in calories and high in nutrients. Baby carrots and cut-up produce make tasty, convenient munchies. Other healthful snacks include low-fat yogurt and nuts (in moderation). The best time to snack is when you are hungry between meals. But beware: Cravings could easily be mistaken for hunger cues, especially for people who are dieting.

11: Drink Tea

Decaffeinated tea is better, noting that the caffeinated variety can be dehydrating, and sugary drinks can lead to weight gain. There is some evidence that tea may help in improving memory, and preventing cavities, cancer, and heart disease. However, there's no doubt that a cool iced tea can be a refreshing treat during hot days. Try flavoring your tea with juices, fruits, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and other condiments.

Taking the time out of your busy schedule to work out -- that's important, too -- but infusing life- and limb-saving movement into your waking hours. Just move. Pace during phone calls, while you're brushing your teeth, while watching your son's soccer game, noting that every 20 steps a person takes is 1 calorie burned. There are plenty of opportunities to move those legs: Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to the store. Window shop at the mall. Leave your desk and visit your coworker instead of sending him an email. Walk and talk with friends instead of meeting for a meal.

13: Plan

10: Drink Water and Eat Dairy

Water and milk are essential fluids for good health, but they can also help with shedding pounds. The body needs water to keep properly hydrated and individuals vary widely in how much water they need. Joints need it to stay in motion, and vital

There is, perhaps, no better word in the English language to better illustrate how you can incorporate healthy habits into your everyday life. A little planning goes a long way. Eating healthy never happens by accident. For the most part, neither do good fitness, skin protection, healthy teeth, weight loss, and social ties. Many of these habits take effort that need to be scheduled into busy lives. To eat healthy, for example, it would help to set aside time to draft a menu, make a grocery list, go to the store, prepare meals, and pack breakfast and lunch.
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Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

The week starts out friendly enough as you enjoy the company of people you like. Unfortunately, a simple comment has the potential to trigger an unpleasant encounter. Whatever anger emerges is not really about this week. You're dealing with an old story that may finally be ready to be resolved. A wicked sense of humour may not be entirely appreciated now. Behind the smiles may be feelings that are less than positive. Breathe deeply, step back, and you'll see what's really going on here.

indulgence could be just what the doctor ordered.

and play.

Cancer (Jun 21 - July 22)

Libra (Sep 22 - Oct. 23)

but excess can prove embarrassing.

Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)

This is good time. Doesn't that mean you're not supposed to be hassled? Take the offensive. Cut out those people who never seem satisfied with you. If they are relatives or others who are close, then just try spending less time with them. Make the evenings time for a new experiences. Break the old routine and try something completely different, such as the opera, country line dancing, or a hockey game. Changing habits is a good way to change your life.

Physical risks are not usually your cup of tea. This week, however, you may be challenged to push your limits. Some wild person may not inspire confidence, even though you could be fascinated by such a different view of reality. New experiences are meant to open you to unusual tastes, pleasures, and ideas. You could be very surprised by how attracted you are to this strange, new world. A generous friend may finance these adventures now.

Physical activities are appropriate for you in this week. To avoid any problems, make sure to carefully check all equipment. You may meet someone who strikes you as overly critical or unfair. I know you hate injustice, but don't get lost in the words. He or she has wounds too deep to discuss openly, and this is why such negativity is coming through. It's not about you, so don't fall for the bait. An extravagant outing is perfect for nights.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 21)

In this week you're not supposed to think about money! Nevertheless, it's a perfect week for coming up with a plan to increase your resources. Have a garage sale, sell something, or just do a little bargain shopping of your own. Some conversations, however, may seem a little strange to you at this time. You're talking "apples" and others are talking "oranges." Naturally, this can be frustrating. Your task is to stay calm enough to get the answers you need.

Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)

This is a great week to be in full social mode. All your Leo charm is ready for full display. Excellent friends make for an excellent time now. Expect some debate early on. It's probably not worth your effort to battle over trivia. Spend your time planning for an extravagant evenings. On weekend, you must push the fun limit? A little excess is part of what life is about, dear Lion. Let yourself roar loud and clear this week.

Did you ever wonder how you happened to be born into your family? I'm sure there are times when you feel like your relatives might as well have come from another planet. Well, think of them as a show, albeit a strange one. You'll avoid fruitless conflict this week if you can keep an attitude of detachment. Think of yourself as a visiting scientist who is studying an exotic foreign culture. Then go out and spoil yourself rotten nights.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb. 18)

Travel is on the agenda now. If you can't get out of town, rent a foreign movie. A foreign person, too, could be on the schedule this week. Sure, communication may require some extra effort, but you've got more than words to get your point across. Gestures, sounds, and body language are all ways to convey a message. Nothing succeeds like excess nights. These evenings when some serious

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sep 21)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec 21)

This is a good fix-it week, and you're a good fix-it person. You may need an expert to help with the car, your bike, or the boat, but the rest is under your control. It's time to get at that basement, attic, or closet that's been driving you crazy. Tear, rip, toss, and clean. Ah, doesn't that feel better? Now go get yourself a treat for all of your hard work. Nights are for pleasure. Put the work away by sundown, and go out

Writing, talking, and short range travel are high on the agenda in this week. Your wit can be on display now, but could prove too cutting for a sensitive person. What you find funny and innocent might be taken the wrong way. Discretion can help you avoid conflict. Nights are good time to combine business and pleasure. Dinners with a colleague or potential partner are a great way to spend the evenings. Generosity is appreciated,

Someone you thought you trusted may hurt you with words. Whether these words are spoken to your face or behind your back, your reactions may be pretty strong. There are two sides to this. One is that you're just extra sensitive in this week. Normally, you'd either shrug this off or fight back with your impressive intellectual arsenal. The other possibility is that you really have been wronged, that a confidence was broken, and with it, possibly a friendship.

Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar 20)

It's possible that your attempts to go out and get some things done meet with obstacles this week. Just as you open the door to leave, the phone rings, and you're off in another direction. The strategy is to keep your schedule light. Save time for finishing up little matters of detail. Nights you can throw caution to the wind and party hardy. A festive event can be just what you need now to lift you above life's mundane matters.

Raspberry Chipotle Wings

Ingredients 3 lb chicken wings 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cups raspberries, (fresh or unsweetened thawed) 2 tbsp raspberry vinegar or red wine vinegar 2 tbsp fancy molasses 1 tbsp liquid honey 1 tbsp chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper Remove tips from chicken wings and reserve for stock if desired; separate wings at joint. In small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; fry onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add raspberries, vinegar, molasses, honey, chipotle and half each of the salt and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered and stirring often, until reduced by half, about 12 minutes. Let cool slightly. Scrape into blender; puree Pressing on solids, strain through fine mesh sieve into large bowl. Set aside. (Makeahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days.) Toss wings with remaining salt and pepper. Place on greased grill rack or in grill basket over medium heat; close lid and grill, turning occasionally, until crisp and juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 30 minutes. Add to raspberry mixture in bowl; toss to coat. Return to grill; grill, covered and turning once, for 4 minutes. Serve with remaining sauce for dipping. Additional information : Tip: To bake instead of grill wings, bake on rack on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet in 400F (200C) oven, turning once, for 45 minutes. Coat wings in raspberry mixture then continue with recipe, baking wings instead of grilling them.


Friday April 6, 2012


After twenty five years of turmoil, which severely curtailed of economic growth and hindered development at all levels of society, the initiatives announced by Bainimarama were cautiously welcomed by the international community, but not without a great of cynicism with respect to his ulterior motives. Regardless of such reservations, it is logically awkward to argue that there are any real alternatives to the roadmap (as enunciated by the regime). A revised constitution which embraces diversity and restores full democracy is a reasonable starting point, especially if it reiterates the need for an independent judiciary, the observance of the rule of law and an uncensored, vibrant press. Clearly there are differing levels of disaffection with whats on offer, but it behoves stakeholders to engage constructively, participate wholeheartedly and make useful contribution free from rancour to usher in much-needed reforms. Fiji is a key Pacific state and for the last five years, the critics of the Bainimarama regime tried to isolate Fiji, imposed limited trade sanctions and travel restrictions on those associated with the coup and the regional powers used their clout to expel Fiji from international fora. But in an interdependent, globalised world Fiji found many friends and the sanctions were, at best, only partially effective. In fact, it is arguable they failed because Fiji was able to largely circumvent them by adopting the socalled look North policy which has led to increased presence of Chinese and other emerging powers in the region. A case can also be made that, for the most

Continued from last week

Fiji At A Crossroads: A Time For Introspection And Mediation

part, Bainimarama regime was able to assert independence, and confront or repel the initiatives of regional powers as they tried to manipulate their preferred policy outcomes. The critics of the regime have to concede that all coups are bad; not the just when the coup-leaders do not kowtow to their wishes. There has to be a recognition that the problems in Fiji are far more complex and cannot be explained away by simplistic notions of interethnic conflict, as generally articulated in the media. The much deeper issues arising from colonialism and its impact on the country and its psyche must be explored, as should be the institutions of the state which were coloniallyconstructed to serve the interests of the colonizers, not the citizens of contemporary Fiji. The role of foreign corporations and interests of regional powers cannot be ignored as part of the complex mix of stakeholders. Fiji was conceived as a white colony to serve the interests of its white colonizers. Its bureaucracy and institutional structures were designed to serve their priorities. After independence, the country did not pause for a thorough review of its antiquated institutions, mostly intended to keep the three major ethnic groups apart and they succeeded in doing just that. The regime presents a cogent case: it is an opportune time for a radical rethink of Fijis national priorities and to undertake significant structural and institutional reforms. At this critical juncture, it is highly desirable and encouraging that the regime remains committed to People's Charter which it seeks to implement via the Strategic Framework for Change, the Roadmap, and Ministry Corporate Plans. The announcements this year add gravitas and give us some hope that the timetable for election is achievable. What is disappointing, though, is the constant carping and negative commentaries on the regimes broader motivations by its critics. Instead of crystal-ball gazing, it could be far more productive to assuage their demands for democratic reforms if dialogue, constructive engagement and consensus replaced continued denigration of all policy initiatives. Equally, the regime can hardly expect kudos for its share of press censorship, human rights abuses and perfunctory dismissal of some legitimate concerns of international community. But that is the character of the beast we are dealing with in Fiji; coups by their nature have a tendency to morph into something more sinister and invariably succumb to some of the ugliness of totalitarianism. The previous coups were no exception but there are always two sides to conflicts and the incumbent regime is not without its admirers. It has become critical for differences to be set aside for the greater good of national priorities. Fiji can revert to being the way the world should be provided self-interest of corrupt politicians, the greed of vested interests or privileges of special groups are overridden by the incontinent force of goodwill in favour of national interests. The western (global and regional) powers insistence on rejection of antienlightenment values and restoration of democratic governance (human rights, free press and rule of law) are worth defending in the process. Nonetheless, they do not represent the entirety of indispensable necessary conditions which are beyond mediation nor do they of themselves provide an absolute panacea for Fijis myriad problems. It is a cruel realisation but the army (RFMF), under the present climate, may well be the only institution with the capacity to maintain order during the process of necessary reforms. Despite an upsurge of antipathy towards the armed forces, it is worth noting it was set up and racialized by the British to prolong their hold on power. Ironically, it may well turn out to the savior of the Fiji people if it can succeed in implementing its grand strategy and achieve the intended outcomes: extirpation of racial politics, respect for cultural pluralism and a re-structured polity undergirded by legitimate and rehabilitated democratic institutions. Fiji has taken first tentative steps towards the road to ultimate freedom. It has many miles to go to reach its destination. It would be a tragedy if this window of opportunity is wasted by ersatz demands of vested interests that may well have the opposite effect of sabotaging the reforms and efforts underway to restore democratic rule. Dr. Gopal Nair is an independent commentator and writer based in Sydney. The opinions expressed herein are his and do not in any way represent the views of the publisher(s); Sydney, 25 March 2012

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Theres no golden secret to having a successful interviewespecially because no two interviews are exactly alike. That said, the following tips can certainly help you approach an interview situation with confidence, and keep you focused throughout the conversation.

Friday April 6, 2012

The Interview: Some How-To Tips

What accomplishment are you most proud of? Where do you see yourself in five years? Whats the most challenging thing youve ever done? handle a challenging situation.

6. Show your enthusiasm

3. Be on time

1. Be prepared

Learn what you can about an organization before you interview for a position. Check the web, the newspaper, an annual report or company brochureanything that will help you understand the organization better. And if you have questions of your own, write them down. Being well-informed and inquisitive are great ways to make a strong first impression.

2. Get to know you

It may seem odd at first, but spend some time reviewing your own credentials; think about what your experience can bring to the position youve applied for. Consider how you might answer a few common interview questions, such as those below. Even if they arent asked specifically, they can still help you prepare to talk about yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Dont give Murphys Law the chance to complicate your day. Leave early for an interview to avoid being caught in traffic or missing a transit connection. 4. Be yourself At the start of the actual interview, give a firm handshake and be ready to make a little small talk. Interviewers like to know how candidates conduct themselves socially as well as professionally; let a little of your personality shine through. Maintaining eye contact is a great way to convey sincerity, confidence and interest.

At the end of an interview, be sure to ask any questions that might have occurred to you. And confirm that the interviewer has covered everything he or she wanted to. If youre genuinely interested in the position, say so. Its also a good idea to follow up afterward with a phone call or letter of thanks; this reinforces the good impression youve made and confirms your continued interest.

TYPE 3: Personal Interview

take to achieve a desired result? In these cases, theres not necessarily one right answer. Instead, the interviewer hopes to gain an understanding of your decision-making abilities.

About the interview

In these cases, an interviewer wants to learn more about the real you: what youre looking for in a career, hobbies, interests, and unique characteristics. By nature, a personal interview is not rigidly formal; think of it as a conversation with an old classmate.

5. Consider your answers

You may find yourself presented with a difficult question at some point during an interviewmaybe about personal feelings toward your last employer or conflicts in the workplace. Choose your words carefully and be as positive as possible. Rather than criticize a past boss or co-worker, talk about the professional ways in which you might

There are probably some specific things your interviewer wants to learn about youstrengths and characteristics important to the job in question. Depending on what these are, the interview will follow one of the approaches outlined below. In fact, most sessions incorporate elements of all four interview types. You increase your chances of success when youre able to identify the kind of question youre being asked.

TYPE 4: Situational Interview

TYPE 1: Behavioural Interview

Stop Marriage Fraud

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-If they are in your country and they start receiving an unusual number of phone calls. If they are on the phone and you walk into the room and they hang up the phone. -If they are eager to have all their documents in their possession, such as Permanent Resident card, SIN card and their passport. Or they keep asking when they will receive these cards. -If they are telling you that they will be somewhere and you find out they are not there and they start making excuses. -If they try to make most of their communication with others, such as phone calls, e-mail or letters away from you. -If they are not interested in things you may do together and they are eager to do things on their own. -If they tell you that they do not know anyone here and once they are here they have found a long lost friend. -If they tell you that they do know someone here and they try to spend as much time with them, staying overnight or saying they have to take care of them. -If the person is not the same person that you have known and they are acting very different. They are telling you that you have changed and you are not the same person they knew. They start blaming you. -If they do not communicate with you and when you ask them, they tell you everything is fine. They seem very distant and their mind seems to be on other things. -As husband or wife you want the best for you partner. You want them to get familiar with the new country and their surroundings. But they insist they need to work immediately. This could mean they are getting ready to put their plan into motion. -If your spouse shows very little or no interest in being intimate with you. But before they got here, intimacy wasn't a problem. -They are very secretive about their day, when you ask them questions they get upset and defensive. -If they have family here and they spend a lot of time with them or want to visit them out of town for long periods of time. There are many other signs of marriage fraud. Some are clear and some are not so clear until after they have committed the fraud. If there are red flags in your relationship pay attention to them. Do not ignore them; these could be very important signs in your relationship.

In this type of session, your interviewer will want to learn about the ways past experiences have contributed to your character. Your job in this situation is to tell focused, insightful stories about yourself, and in the process reveal personal and professional traits that relate to the position youve applied for. You might, for instance, be asked to describe how youve used your teamwork skills to meet a challenge.

As in a case interview, a situational interview seeks to determine your potentialoften by role-playing, with you and the interviewer acting out a workplace scenario. This type of interview can be intimidating, but dont worry. The interviewer understands the pressure youre underand that theres no way for you to prepare for something like this. If you can keep a cool head and demonstrate a little professional judgment, youre sure to come through strongly.

TYPE 2: Case Interview

Rather than consider past circumstances, a case interview poses hypothetical questions. How would you react in given situation? What steps would you

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Friday April 6, 2012


Kids Wearing Sunglasses

Q: Do kids need to wear sunglasses? A: Yes, the earlier children wear sunglasses the better they're protected from eye conditions in later life.
It's habit to slather kids in sunscreen and pop on their hats before they go out in the sun. But do your kids wear sunglasses? Have you ever wondered if they need to? Well, kids should definitely wear sunglasses while they are outside, says Dr Michael Jones, pediatric eye specialist at the Children's Hospital at Westmead and the Sydney Eye Hospital, NSW. In fact, wearing sunglasses as a youngster can help protect against the most common eye conditions that develop later in life. We tend to forget that a lot of our sun exposure happens when we are children, when we spend a lot of time outdoors in direct sunlight, Jones says. UV light from the sun is a form of radiation and it can damage cells in the eye. There's no firm evidence that children's eyes are more susceptible to UV light than adults'. But we do know the longer eyes are exposed without protection the more damage they accumulate from these harmful rays.

and don't wear sunglasses the stem cells around the cornea and the conjunctiva don't stay very healthy and you can get the conjunctiva growing over the cornea," Jones says. Sun exposure is also thought to negatively affect the eye's lens, which helps refract light, the retina, which is a thin layer of tissue that lines the inner eye and captures light, and the macula, which is part of the retina and is responsible for detailed central vision. This contributes in some part to diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

How often and how early?

Common eye conditions

UV radiation can cause cells on the surface of the eye or inside the eye to divide abnormally. This can in turn cause the development of tumours, which can be benign or malignant (cancerous). Pterygium, or Surfer's Eye, is a benign growth in the eye that is extremely common and is caused by sun exposure. The growth affects the cornea, which is the transparent dome that covers the eye and helps it focus, and the conjunctiva, which is the thin, transparent tissue that covers the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. "If you spend a lot of time in the sun

Children should wear sunglasses anytime they are outdoors for a significant amount of time, such as if they are playing outside, and especially when they are in direct sunlight. You don't have to spend a fortune buying sunglasses for your children; just ensure the pair you choose have standard UV 400 lenses or 100% UV protection. Novelty sunglasses with coloured lenses aren't a good idea because they don't provide as much protection, he says. It's never too early for children to wear sunglasses, but it can be difficult to keep them on their faces. If older children are having trouble wearing sunglasses then the next best thing is a broad brimmed hat that provides some shade for the eyes. Buying children's sunglasses with an elasticized band around the back can also help keep sunglasses on and prevent them getting lost. For young babies, a cover over their stroller will help protect their skin and eyes from the sun's rays. Putting sunglasses on your kids should be part of the everyday sun protection routine. Kids get exposed to an extraordinary amount of sun in their early days and it really does have a cumulative effect. We've got to make sunglasses part of that slip, slop, slap routine.

"I never did doubt your love for me. For the moment I can only thank you for saving my life." So Beauty was led to the castle. The Beast, however, had quite an unexpected greeting for the girl. Instead of menacing doom as it had done with her father, it was surprisingly pleasant. In the beginning, Beauty was frightened of the Beast, and shuddered at the sight of it. Then she found that, in spite of the monster's awful head, her horror of it was gradually fading as time went by. She had one of the finest rooms in the Castle, and sat for hours, embroidering in front of the fire. And the Beast would sit, for hours on end, only a short distance away, silently gazing at her. Then it started to say a few kind words, till in the end, Beauty was amazed to discover that she was actually enjoying its conversation. The days passed, and Beauty and the Beast became good friends. Then one day, the Beast asked the girl to be his wife. Taken by surprise, Beauty did not know what to say. Marry such an ugly monster? She would rather die! But she did not want to hurt the feelings of one who, after all, had been kind to her. And she remembered too that she owed it her own life as well as her father's. "I really can't say yes," she began shakily. "I'd so much like to..." The Beast interrupted her with an abrupt gesture. "I quite understand! And I'm not offended by your refusal!" Life went on as usual, and nothing further was said. One day, the Beast presented Beauty with a magnificent magic mirror. When Beauty peeped into it, she could see her family, far away. "You won't feel so lonely now," were the words that accompanied the gift. Beauty stared for hours at her distant family. Then she began to feel worried. One day, the Beast found her weeping beside the magic mirror. "What's wrong?" he asked, kindly as always.

Beauty And The Beast

"My father is gravely ill and close to dying! Oh, how I wish I could see him again, before it's too late!" But the Beast only shook its head. "No! You will never leave this castle!" And off it stalked in a rage. However, a little later, it returned and spoke solemnly to the girl. "If you swear that you will return here in seven days time, I'll let you go and visit your father!" Beauty threw herself at the Beast's feet in delight. "I swear! I swear I will! How kind you are! You've made a loving daughter so happy!" In reality, the merchant had fallen ill from a broken heart at knowing his daughter was being kept prisoner. When he embraced her again, he was soon on the road to recovery. Beauty stayed beside him for hours on end, describing her life at the Castle, and explaining that the Beast was really good and kind. The days flashed past, and at last the merchant was able to leave his bed. He was completely well again. Beauty was happy at last. However, she had failed to notice that seven days had gone by. Then one night she woke from a terrible nightmare. She had dreamt that the Beast was dying and calling for her, twisting in agony. "Come back! Come back to me!" it was pleading. The solemn promise she had made drove her to leave home immediately. "Hurry! Hurry, good horse!" she said, whipping her steed onwards towards the castle, afraid that she might arrive too late. She rushed up the stairs, calling, but there was no reply. Her heart in her mouth, Beauty ran into the garden and there crouched the Beast, its eyes shut, as though dead. Beauty threw herself at it and hugged it tightly. "Don't die! Don't die! I'll marry you . . ." At these words, a miracle took place. The Beast's ugly snout turned magically into the face of a handsome young man. "How I've been longing for this moment!" he said. "I was suffering in silence, and couldn't tell my frightful secret. An evil witch turned me into a monster and only the love of a maiden willing to accept me as I was, could transform me back into my real self. My dearest! I'll be so happy if you'll marry me." The wedding took place shortly after and, from that day on; the young Prince would have nothing but roses in his gardens. And that's why, to this day, the castle is known as the Castle of the Rose.



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Friday April 6, 2012

A healthy diet sustains us, but a poor diet can lead to increased blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels and weight and put you at heart disease risk.
According to Donna Arnett, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and president-elect of the American Heart Association, diet is only 'one component of the overall cause of heart disease.' But, Arnett asserted that it can exert a strong influence. Sodium also is considered the culprit for the one in three Americans who develop high blood pressure. Sodium attracts water into your cells; the increased fluid raises your blood pressure and subsequently raises your risk of stroke and heart attack, heart failure and death, Arnett says. Race also plays a role in risk. UAB researchers recently examined the effects of sodium intake by race using data from the ongoing Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke and found a stronger association with death in black participants than whites, say Suzanne Judd, assistant professor of biostatistics at UAB and the study's lead author. Blacks with the highest sodium intake (average of 2,600 mg/day) had a 62 percent increased risk of dying, while whites had no increased risk, she said. "This supports the AHA recommendation that there may need to be race-specific sodium guidelines, but everyone should reduce their sodium intake," Judd says. The AHA has an aggressive sodium goal of 1,500 mg per day for everyone. First, Arnett said, increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat daily, especially the leafy kind. An aspirin a day for as little as three years can significantly reduce the risk of cancer in middle-aged people, a study has said. Aspirin not only appears to stop cancers from developing, but also prevents them from spreading to other parts of the body, as reported. Those who took low dose (75mg) aspirin daily in their 60s benefited just as much as those who started taking it earlier, the study, as reported. Researchers have found that those who

Eat Fresh And Avoid Excess Sodium Three Cups Of Tea Daily Can Keep To Keep Your Heart Healthy Heart Problems And Diabetes At Bay
"This provides more potassium, which is associated with lower blood pressure," Arnett said. "Fresh is the best source for fruits and vegetables, but canned versions can provide nutrition." The primary drawback to canned and frozen foods is added sodium. But Arnett offers a solution: "Rinse these foods before cooking to help reduce sodium. Once rinsed, I think they are a great option for people on the go." Fish also is on Arnett's list of better food choices. "You should eat fish twice per week; fish are sources of the good fats associated with reduced risk of heart disease," said Arnett. When preparing your food, limit saturated fats such as those in butter, hard cheeses and red meats. "Avoid trans fats because they raise your bad cholesterol levels. So read food labels and look for partially hydrogenated oils, which is another name for trans fats," Arnett says. Fats considered to be suitable for low consumption avocados, nuts, olives and olive oil are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help reduce the cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease. A big calorie-causing culprit is sodas and sports and energy drinks, Arnett says. "The hidden sugars in these beverages are a common cause of weight gain among young people. Limiting yourself to two 12 oz. cans per week to reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes," Arnett added. took low-dose daily aspirin for between three and five years reduced the chance of being diagnosed with cancer at that time by 19 percent. Five years or more after starting taking aspirin, the reduction rose to 30 percent. Lead author, Professor Peter Rothwell, of Oxford University's Stroke Prevention Research Unit, said: "These data do push the argument in favour of taking daily low-dose aspirin, particularly if you have a family history of heart disease or cancer." terms of the delivery of antioxidants, two cups of tea is equivalent to five portions of vegetables. Overall, flavonoids found in tea are thought to control inflammation, reduce excess blood clotting, promote blood vessel function and limit furring up of the arteries. In addition, a 12-week study in 87 volunteers found that drinking three cups of tea a day produced a significant improvement in various cardiovascular risk factors. Almost 80 per cent of Britons are tea drinkers and 165 million cups are drunk every day. "There is far more to the nation's favourite drink than we realise," the media quoted Nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton, co-author of the review a member of the industry-backed Tea Advisory Panel (TAP), as saying. "With its antioxidant flavonoids, black tea packs a powerful punch with many health benefits particularly for the heart. And recent studies show that the flavonoids work their magic whether or not we choose to add milk," Dr Ruxton said.

Drinking three or more cups of black tea a day protects against heart disease and two or more cups a day may protect against type 2 diabetes, say researchers. A review showed that regular drinking of black tea, with or without milk, can reduce the risk of heart problems by cutting levels of bad cholesterol and blood sugar. Experts say the benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content antioxidant ingredients that counteract cardiovascular disease. One cup of tea provides 150-200mg of flavonoids and it is the best source of antioxidants in the nation's diet. In

Nasal Spray That Could Combat Heart Disease Coming In 5 Years

A nasal spray that could remove fat in arteries which dramatically raises the risk of heart attacks could be on the market in five years, according to researchers.
Researchers found that the new treatment was much more effective in removing fat from arteries than established methods. The vaccine can be given as an injection or in a slightly different form as a nasal spray. The product, as yet unnamed, is waiting for regulatory clearance. A study by Lund University in Sweden found it could reduce plaque by 60 to 70 percent during tests on mice, as reported. A trial on 144 heart disease sufferers is under way in the US and Canada. The British Heart Foundation medical director Prof Peter Weissberg said the vaccine was "very promising". It works by stimulating the body's immune system to produce antibodies which tackle the build-up of fatty deposits in arteries called plaque. The new vaccine or nasal spray could be licensed within five years, the Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology conference in London heard. "The antibody therapy is likely to be expensive so you could probably only afford to give it to people at high risk rather than everyone," said Lund University's Prof Jan Nilsson. The scientists' conference also heard of promising attempts to repair heart muscles scarred by cardiac arrests in mice. Injections of a virus carrying three genes were successful.

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Seven Dead In California College Shooting
Tashi Wangchuk, whose wife attended the school and witnessed the shooting, said he was told by police that the gunman first shot a woman at the front desk, then continued shooting randomly in classrooms. Mr Wangchuk said his wife, Dechen Wangzom, was in her nursing class when she heard gunshots. She locked the door and turned off the lights. The gunman banged on the door several times and started shooting outside and left, he said. Wangchuk said no one was hurt inside, but the gunman shot out the glass in the door. He said she did not know the man. Art Richards said he was driving by the university on his way to pick up a friend when he spotted a woman hiding in the bushes. He pulled over, and when he approached her, she said, Im shot and showed him her arm. She had a piece of her arm hanging out, Mr Richards said. As police arrived, Mr Richards said he heard 10 gunshots coming from inside the building. The woman told him that she saw the gunman shoot one person pointblank in the chest and one in the head. Myung Soon Ma, the schools secretary, said she could not provide any details about what happened at the private school, which serves the Korean community with courses from

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California shooting Oakland gunman One Goh was looking for female administrator One Goh, the gunman who shot and carried out, he added. killed seven people at a college in Chief Jordan also told CNN that Oakland, California, was looking for a the gunman does not appear to be female administrator. remorseful at all. Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan Those connected to the school, said at a news conference on Tuesday including the founder and several morning that the 43-year-old began students, described the gunman as a randomly shooting people after learning former nursing student. The chief said the administrator was not there. Goh is a South Korean national. Seven people died in the shooting on Five died at the scene and another Monday at Oikos University in Oakland, two died at the hospital. The wounded and three others were wounded. victims were in stable condition, and Police said on Tuesday that the suspect at least one person had been released had been upset with the schools from the hospital. Jordan told Good administration and had been mistreated Morning America the victims ranged and disrespected by students. in age from 21 to 40. The South Korean-born former student Dawinder Kaurs family told the turned himself in at a nearby supermarket Oakland Tribune that she was being shortly after Mondays shootings. treated for a gunshot to her elbow. Weve learned that the suspect was The 19-year-old told her family that upset with the administration at the that the gunman was a student in her school. He was also upset that students nursing class who had been absent for in the past, when he attended the school, months before returning Monday. The mistreated him, disrespected him, and gunman entered the classroom and things of that nature, Jordan told the ordered students to line up against the TV show Good Morning America. wall. He was having, we believe, some When he showed his gun, students behavioural problems at the school and began running and he opened fire, her was asked to leave several months ago. family said. Weve learned that this was a very She told me that a guy went crazy and chaotic, calculated and determined she got shot, brother Paul Singh told gentleman that came there with a very the newspaper. She was running. She specific intent to kill people, and thats was crying; she was bleeding, it was what his motive was and thats what he wrong.

theology to Asian medicine. I feel really sad, so I cannot talk right now, she said. Pastor Jong Kim, who founded the school about 10 years ago, told the newspaper that he did not know if the shooter was expelled or dropped out. Kim said he heard about 30 rapid-fire gunshots in the building and stayed in his office. The suspect was detained at a supermarket about an hour after the shooting. A security guard at the supermarket approached the man because he was acting suspiciously, KGO-TV reported. The man told the guard that he needed to talk to police because he shot people, and the guard called authorities. He didnt look like he had a sign of relief on him. He didnt look like he had much of any emotion on his face, said Lisa Resler, who was buying fruit at Safeway with her 4-year-old daughter when she saw the man. Goh also called his father soon after the shooting and told him what happened, the police chief said. The father also called authorities, Jordan said. The suspects brother was killed in a car accident last year in Virginia while on active duty in the U.S. Army, according to Stars and Stripes newspaper. The suspect attended the funeral of Sgt. Su Wan Ko after the March 8, 2011, accident.

Grace Eunhae Kim (lt) and Lydia Sim have been named as victims

THE Medical Examiner's Office in New York took a deceased woman's brain - and allegedly lost it - as it carries out an anguish-causing new policy to tell next-ofkin on the eve of a funeral that organs were removed. A woman whose sibling died of an unexplained illness in January learned just before the funeral that the ME had removed her brain during an autopsy and would keep it at least three weeks "for further testing". It was too late to delay the memorial service, so the distraught woman decided to bury her sister, in her 60s, without her brain. Last week, the woman still had not received her sister's death certificate, autopsy report or brain, funeral director Alexandra Mosca, who handled the arrangements, said. When Mosca called the Brooklyn Medical Examiner's Office to inquire, "they couldn't find this particular brain," she said. "Where is it?" she added. "Nobody knows. They said they would have to locate it and get back to me." She called again two days later and was told "they found the brain after all," Mosca said. "That was because I made such a ruckus about it." But now the woman - still grieving does not know whether to exhume her sister and bury her again with the brain, bury the brain next to her sister's coffin or let the medical examiner dispose of it. Mindless city officials are adding to mourners' grief, Mosca contends. "They're putting people in an untenable position: What do you do?" she said. In ice-cold letters handed to funeral directors when they pick up bodies, the ME gives next-of-kin several options: give up claim to the organ, leave the body in the morgue until the organ is released or pick up the organ later. The woman whose sister died checked off the final option offered, "I am unable to make a decision ... at this time." But if a decision is not made within a week, the letter warns, "it will be understood I do not wish to claim the retained organ(s)." An ME spokeswoman did not respond to questions, but denied the office lost a brain.

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(January 17 , 1951) is an actress in Indian cinema who was most popular, receiving several award nominations, in the 1970s. She has acted in over 160 movies in a career that spanned four decades. Bindu was born to film producer Nanubhai Desai and his wife Jyotsna at a small village called Hanuman Bhagda in the district of Valsad in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. Bindu's road to success was not an easy one. Her father died when she was 13. Being the eldest daughter, the burden of earning money fell on her shoulders. Bindu is credited in Anpadh (1962), playing a young college graduate. She would have been about 11 at the time, which places her birth date in dispute.



Bindu had early successes with Ittefaq and Do Raaste in 1969. From here she went on to write her success story with Shakti Samanta's Kati Patang (1970), where she had a sizzling cabaret dance, "Mera Naam Shabnam" to her credit; a

number which is even today remembered as one of the highlights of the film. Bindu's mesmerizing performances in 1974 as a seductress in Imtihaan, and as a nymphomaniac in Hawas, left audiences asking for more. With a string of hits behind her, she successfully managed to break out of the myth that married actresses usually do not go to become sex symbols, especially in the Hindi film industry. She is the third point in the 'holy trinity' of item number queens. Along with Helen and Aruna Irani, Bindu defined the Bollywood 'cabaret' dance number and the role of the 'Vamp'. Bindu was much more than just a sex symbol. Her acting ability was seen in films like Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films Arjun Pandit and Abhimaan, where she won raves for playing a very sympathetic character. She proved to be just as convincing as the crippled woman in Chaitali and as the deglamourised role of wife to Ashok Kumar, in Arjun Pandit. She played the

villain's moll in Zanjeer and became famous as Mona Darling. Unfortunately, the 5'7" tall Bindu was never offered roles as the leading lady despite being extremely photogenic, blessed with a flawless complexion, sharp features and a gorgeous figure. Her being married perhaps came in the way of her being offered roles as the main female lead. Thus, she lost out on the chance of being the leading lady in her films. An impending pregnancy, followed by an unfortunate miscarriage, brought about a lull in her career and on the advice of her doctors she had to end her stint as the glamourous vamp dancing and all. However, she did not stay away for long and returned to the silver screen with character roles - Hero, Biwi Ho To Aisi and Kishen Kanhaiya and with many other such movies she managed to re-establish herself as the unmerciful and cruel mother-in-law, or the cynical aunt. Today, Bindu leads a low-profile life and makes fewer on-screen appearances, like the one in Shola Aur Shabnam which brought to the forefront the comic trait to her as an actress. She followed this with her light and funny performances in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Main Hoon Na, and Om Shanti Om.

Personal life

Bindu married her childhood sweetheart and next door neighbour Champaklal Zaveri. She has no children.

Awards and nominations

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Ittefaq (1969), Do Raaste (1970), Dastaan (1972), Abhimaan (1973), Hawas and Imtihaan (1974), Arjun Pandit (1976)

Partial filmography

Anpadh (1962, Aurat (1967), Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke, Doli, Do Raaste, Ittefaq, Nateeja, (1969) Kati Patang (1970) Amar Prem, Preet Ki Dori, Haseeno Ka Devta, Dushman (1971) Dil Ka Raaja, Ek Bechara, Garam Masala, Raja Jani, Mere Jeevan Saathi, (1972) Abhimaan, Gaai Aur Gori, Dharma, Joshila, Zanjeer (1973) Hawas, Free Love, Imtihaan, Pagli, Prem Nagar (1974) Chaitali, Dafa 302, Jaggu, Sewak, Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty (1975) Arjun Pandit, Shankar Shanbhu, Shankar Dada, Shaque, Dus Numbri, Nehle Pe Dehla (1976) Chakkar Pe Chakkar, Chala Murari Hero Banne, Chalta Purza, Maha Badmaas (1977) Bandie, Chor Ho To Aisa, Des Pardes, Ganga Ki Saugandh, Besharam, Jalan, Trishna, Phandebaaz, Rahu Ketu, Ram Kasam (1978) Amar Deep, Inspector Eagal, Khandaan, Sarkari Mehmaan (1979) Agreement, Jwalamukhi, Shaan (1980) Laawaris, Naseeb (1981), Prem Rog (1982), Paisa Yeh Paisa (1985), Karma (1986), Hifazat (1987), Biwi Ho To Aisi(1988) Kishen Kanhaiya (1990) Shola Aur Shabnam (1992) Aankhen, Aasoo Bane Angaarey, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993) Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!(1994), Judwaa (1997) Ehsaas is Tarah, Aunty No.1, Banarasi Babu (1998) Jaanam Samjha Karo, Sooryavansham (1999) Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002), Main Hoon Na (2004), Om Shanti Om (2007) and Mehbooba (2008)

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Soha-Kunal To Tie The Knot, Later This Year!

Now that Saif Ali Khan and his ladylove Kareena Kapoor have postponed their wedding to 2013 (according to rumors), it is heard that Saifs younger sis Soha Ali Khan is planning for a 2012 wedding. If buzz is to be believed, Soha might enter matrimonial bliss with her longtime beau Kunal Khemu, in November. Both Kunal and Sohas families have approved the match and are keen on taking things forward. Post Tiger Pataudis death (Saifs father Mansoor Ali Khan), its Saif who takes after him and will take up the responsibilities of his sisters wedding. If the news is true, we will get to witness two back-to-back weddings, very soon.

Chubby Aishwarya Disappoints

Aishwarya Rai has been under the eyes of the fashion police from the beginning of her pregnancy days. Now, it has been four months post delivery; the actress still doesnt seem to be interested in losing weight. Aishwarya attended the Dubai World Cup last Saturday, dressed in a Sabyasachi Mukherjee red kalidar. Though, she looked beautiful as ever, her post pregnancy chubbiness was still very much visible. Ashs fans were overwhelmed to see the actress at the event. I have been to Dubai before, but this is my first time to this event and it has been an absolute pleasure, said Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. However, the online fashions were not very pleased with her chubby appearance.


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Look How Salman And Aishwarya What Is Shilpa Up To These Days? Avoided Each Other! Actress Shilpa Shetty is due for The best part of pregnancy is that
delivery in May. The actress is expecting her first baby with husband Raj Kundra. She has started attending Lamaze classes for easy pregnancy and is enjoying her classes to the core. What is Lamaze? Well, its a technique that builds up the confidence level in the expecting mother, giving her the ability to give birth and cope with pain in ways that both facilitate labour and promote comfort. Started Lamaze classes with Dr Rita Shah. A must do, very insightful. Fun to work out with pregnant women all around. Quite a cute sight, Shilpa posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. The 36-year-old is enjoying all the attention and love that she is getting these days.

everyone is so nice to you. So much love and pampering all around. Bad part everyone feeds you so much, phew, she further tweeted.

It was a grand Bollywood gathering at the Mukesh Ambani bash to celebrate Sachin Tendulkars 100 centuries, earlier this week. Exs bumped into each other, many exchanged glances and a lot more happened at the bash. Well, lets just come to the point. Salman Khan entered the party with the very gorgeous Karishma Kapoor, while Abhishek Bachchan made an entry with his oh-so-beautiful wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Well, we all

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know the history about Salman-Ash and Abhi-Karishma. However, the seating arrangement at the venue was made very cleverly. Yet, glances did get exchanged. Salman Khan seemed to be in a pretty jolly good mood too. He was called on stage to say a few words about Sachin Tandulkar. He was at his witty best. Sources say, Ash and Abhi did their best to keep away from Salman and Karisma.

Kareena Kapoor stole many hearts in Chennai when she danced to her chartbuster "Chhamak chhallo" and swayed to "Dil mera muft ka" at the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Tuesday, but the cherry on the cake was her warm "Vanakkam".
The packed audience cheered in unison for the 31-year-old as she came on stage dressed in a blingy black overcoat. "Kaun hai jisne mujhe mudke nahin dekha (Who is the one who didnt turn around again to see me) from her popular movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, played in the background as Kareena appeared on stage. And going by her flashy outfit, the dialogue suited the moment perfectly. Even if one wanted, one couldnt miss her presence on stage. Kareena set the stage on fire with Chhammak chhallo, Pyaar ki pungi, her latest mujra number Dil mera muft ka and grooved to some remixed versions of her songs like Yeh ishq haaye, Teri meri prem kahaani and Criminal. Her performance was fairly long and vivacious and left the audience asking for more.

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Fun, frolic and laughter filmmaker Sajid Khan returns with all this in his Housefull 2 The Dirty Dozen. It promises to take the audience on a laughter ride when the film hits the screens Friday. The director, who claims to make films from audiences point of views, has teamed up with Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh, known for their comic timing. And to spice up the cast, he also roped in John Abraham, Asin Thottumkal, Jacqueline Fernandez, Zarine Khan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shreyas Talpade. If this doesnt excite you, there is a team of old actors like Kapoor brothers Randhir and Rishi as well as 1980s dancing star Mithun Chakraborty. Boman Irani, known for tickling audiences funny bones, is also an integral part of the cast. In short, the films cast is described as dirty dozen who are here to tell the story of four conman Sunny Sharma (Akshay), Max Mahadkar (John), Jai Bose (Shreyas) and Jwala Chaudhary (Riteish). All four of them cannot stand each other, but they are forced to live under one roof. The fun begins when they get married to four beautiful girls. Sunny marries Henna (Asin), Max marries Bobby (Jacqueline), Jai marries Parul (Shazahn) and Jwala marries dramaqueen JLo (Zarine). Just when they thought of living a happily married life, their life takes a turn when their respective fathers-in-

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law arrive on the scene. Each father thinks he has the richest son-in-law, each wife thinks she has the richest husband, while each son-inlaw is pretending to be the richest. All the couples are invited to their fathersin-laws house, and it turns out that they have to live in JLos father JDs (Mithun Chakraborty) mansion. As they get inside the house, a title Jolly gets attached to their names. This is so because each father-in-law thinks that his son-in-law is called Jolly and hence kicks off a journey of hilarious situations and circumstances filled with confusion. Made at a budget of approximately Rs.45 crore, the film has been shot in Burghley House, Stamford Lincolnshire. The director also shot the film in London and Krabi, Thailand and it is getting a worldwide release. Musical duo Sajid-Wajid have composed peppy songs. There is an item number too sung by Mamta Sharma and it is climbing up the popularity chart and Malaika Arora Khan has made it all the more interesting by performing on it. The film got into legal problem when singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya accused the composers of the film of plagiarism. He has filed a case in Bombay High Court against T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar, Sajid-Wajid and producer Sajid Nadiadwala for lifting his tune from one of his songs of his album Tere Bina for their song Do you know.

The alleged affair between Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra is said to be the real cause of Shah Rukh Khan and Arjun Rampals stale relationship. Rumor suggests that Shah Rukh and Arjuns friendship went kaput due to Priyanka Chopra. Arjun who at one point of time stood by SRK in thick and thin aside him from his celebration. Arjun Rampal sensed the wrong between SRK and Priyanka and he tried to make King Khan understand that he is going through a wrong path. But Shah Rukh did not like Arjuns interference in his personal matter and asked him to stay away from his personal affair. Arjun Rampal threw a party at his home recently and all of his close buddies were present except his onetime thick friend Shah Rukh Khan. Even Gauri Khan who is a best pal of Arjuns wife

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At The Movies

Mirror Mirror (PG) * * *

Fantasy is alive and well and living in some far away kingdom. In a smart send-up to the Snow White tale trouble is definitely brewing in some far off kingdom. Once upon a time this land was ruled by a King, played by the life-like Sean Bean in strict royal garb. Unfortunately some wicked spell came his way and now his only daughter, Snow White, is banished for good inside a castle run by an evil queen. Its a battle of wills as Lilly Collins is all sweet and innocent as the young princess while Julia Roberts is certainly up good as that bad, wicked Queen. Fun galore reigns down on the palace guard as the chief confidante to the ruler, Brighton, is played for laughs by the always hilarious Nathan Lane. Oh, and let us not forget


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the roguish prince who just happens into this muddle comic mess. Enter Prince Alcott, a definite ladys man as presented by Armie Hammer. Director Tarsem Singh does justice to the classic fairy tale genre as invented by ace German writers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. In Mirror Mirror you have all the elements of a wondrous adventure complete with diminutive dwarves, a damsel in distress, a dashing prince and an oh so evil ruler. Told in complete tongue in cheek style, you just know this entire cast was having a good time filming this fantasy. Full of glorious costumes and some very funny sly moments Mirror Mirror will prove popular among families and is child safe yarn sure to hold the little ones attention.


Adam Sandler and his movie 'Jack and Jill' swept the annual Razzies last Sunday in California, bagging a record-breaking 10 awards for the worst film and performances of 2011. Along with the movie's worst picture It's the only movie in the 32-year award, Sandler won for both worst history of the Razzies to win every actor and actress for his dual roles in award. Jack and Jill, in which he plays a family Sandler's worst-actor prize came for man and his own pesky twin sister. both 'Jack and Jill' and his earlier "He didn't play triplets, but he couldn't comedy 'Just Go With It'. Dennis have won more awards if he had," said Dugan, the filmmaker behind both Razzies founder John Wilson. comedies, was named worst director for both the movies. Jack and Jill also was picked as worst remake, rip-off or sequel, billed by Razzies voters as a remake or ripoff of Ed Wood's cross-dressing cult favourite Glen or Glenda? "Adam Sandler has a pretty much basic attitude of, 'No matter how dumb I make it, my fans are going to pay to see it'," Wilson said. "I guess it's more about the complete lack of any genuine effort or concern or pride. An attitude of this is good Sandler also won the Jack and Jill enough, but when you consider what Razzies for worst ensemble, worst they're charging for movie tickets screen couple opposite either himself today, it wasn't good enough. or co-stars Al Pacino or Katie Holmes "It was good enough to get our attention. and worst screenplay as a co-writer on If you work with the attitude that the movie. you're just going to be good enough, Pacino bagged worst supporting actor then you're probably good enough for for playing himself in Jack and Jill, the Razzies," Wilson added. while Sandler pal David Spade was Razzies is an Academy Awards spoof named worst supporting actress for his that presents prizes for the year's worst own cross-dressing role in the movie. movies.

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Kris Humphries To Divorce Kim Only After She Admits 'Wedding Was For Publicity'
Kim Kardashian's estranged husband Kris Humphries is refusing to sign the divorce papers unless she issues him a "public apology" and admits that "the entire wedding was staged by her and her family."
According to sources, the NBA star is holding back on a divorce settlement with the 31-year-old and had even turned down a 7 million dollars offer from her to "shut up and go away." "Kim's camp is depicting him as money-hungry, but in fact he turned down a $7 million settlement. Her camp is putting out stories about 'Kim's divorce hell' hoping he'll cave in, but he won't," the New York Post quoted a friend of Humphries as saying. "Kris wants Kim to admit to fraud, to admit the whole thing was staged for publicity, to make a public apology to him because he really wanted a marriage," the source said. The New Jersey Nets star and his camp are furious at what they claim is a campaign by Team Kim to attack him in the press. "They are trying to spin Kim as the victim, but Kris isn't going to stand for it," one friend said. The divorce has been stalled because the 27-year-old took unusual step of filing for an annulment based on fraud. The source added that the basketball player is particularly keen to disprove that the reality TV star and her mother Kris Jenner's claims that they didn't profit off the wedding. But a source close to Kim insists that she had never offered him 7 million dollars and is not attacking him in the press, because "she just wants to move on."



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Mahatma Gandhi's round-lensed spectacles, a personal prayer book and the soil upon which he fell when he was assassinated are among an incredible lot of items that will be sold at an auction in Britain.
Also on auction sale is a series of letters from Gandhi that spell out his philosophy. The spectacles were bought by Gandhi when he was studying law in London in the 1890s. They are all to go for auction along with numerous other personal items where they are expected to fetch up to 80,000 pounds, as reported. The archive has been consigned by a collector along with detailed provenance and is being sold by Mullock's auction house in Ludlow, Shropshire, April 17. His prayer book for sale is written in his native Gujrati language and there are some important hand-written letters, some signed with as Bapu. Another item includes Gandhi's charkha that he had with him when he travelled to London for the second Round Table Conference in 1931, the reporter said.

Mahatma Gandhi's Glasses, Prayer Book Up For Auction

A Judge Couple Gets Divorced

A Delhi court has granted divorce to a former civil judge of Haryana from his wife, who is a metropolitan magistrate in a south Delhi court, on grounds of cruelty.
Additional District Judge Seema Maini allowed the divorce petition of Piyush Gakhar, a former civil judge of Bhiwani, for ending his marriage with Gomati Monacha, posted in the Saket district court, observing that he had been subjected to cruelty at the hands of his wife. "From the cumulative scrutiny of the documentary evidence, adduced by the petitioner and the uncontroverted and unimpeached testimony of the petitioner, who entered the witness box as Prosecution witness, J.K. Gakhar (witness), and P.K. Verma (witness), the term 'cruelty' crystallized," said judge Maini in her order made available Monday. The court was hearing a divorce case filed by Gakhar, through his counsel Amit Sahni. The application was moved by Gakhar in 2009 when he was posted as civil judge in Haryana and Monacha was a civil judge in Tis Hazari court in Delhi. Gakhar's counsel Sahni, in the application has stated that that the marriage between the judge couple was solemnized Jan 5, 2009 in Delhi. The couple, who qualified for Haryana Civil Services (Judicial) in the year 2006 met for the first time during their training period in judicial academy Chandigarh. They got engaged, but broke up "due to the impulsive nature of Monacha", said Gakhar. Later Monacha assured that she will "mend her temperament" and both got married in January 2009. However, Monacha left her husband's home in Haryana after around three months and settled in Delhi after qualifying in the Delhi Judicial Service. In Oct 24, 2009, Monacha filed a complaint in a Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging that Gakhar had slapped her. Husband moved a divorce petition in a Delhi court in October 2009. In a counter, Monacha raised allegations of dowry demand. Following the allegation, Gakhar lost his job. The court while pronouncing its order observed that Gakhar had lost his job despite having a good record due to the complaint filed by his wife alleging dowry demand and assault. Judge said that if Monacha had been subject to dowry demand, "she could easily have made a complaint against him to the judges in whose close proximity the parties to the petition were at the relevant time. The complaint (about assault) dated Oct 24, 2009, is silent as regards any allegation of dowry demand." Gakhar said those allegations raised against him are false. The judge ruled that the dowry allegation was incorrect. "Any and every dispute between a husband and wife is their domestic problem, and should be solved within the four walls of their house," said the court in its order passed on March 22. The court has also taken in record that Monacha did not present any arguments in her defense, despite sufficient opportunity granted.

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Police have dug up a fact more bizarre than fiction in the gang rape of a 39-yearold woman in Hooghly's Polba, 60km from Kolkata. Investigators say she was raped by the killers she had hired with the help of her lover to murder her husband. The lover, Zico Pal alias Potla, is a rich, married farmer 14 years younger than the woman. He wept inconsolably in the police station as he narrated how he tried to stop the killers from raping her, sources said. But the gang tied him up and went on raping the woman. The four killers had been hired by Potla from Belgharia on the city's fringes, Baranagar and Bandel, police said. He and the woman have confessed to the crime. The lovers and the killers have been arrested. Police grew suspicious of the woman because she seemed reluctant to file a complaint of rape although a medical examination had confirmed sexual assault. Her FIR mentioned only dacoity and murder. It was her 14-yearold son, Kushal, who told the villagers she had been raped. She added a rape complaint at their insistence. The incident occurred around midnight on March 28 in Patna village of Polba. The woman's 50-year-old husband, Krishna Chandra Mal, a wealthy potato farmer, was attacked in his courtyard when he got up to go to the bathroom. The robbers slit Mal's throat and stabbed him repeatedly before they ransacked the house to make it look like a dacoity. They tied and gagged

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his wife and son. But before leaving with the loot, they took turns sexually assaulting the woman. Potla has admitted he had led the way to Mal's house and was present during the incident, police said. He had not told the gang of his involvement with the woman and was shocked when they decided to rape her before leaving the house. He tried to stop them but in vain. It was Kushal who managed to free himself and alert neighbours. Inconsistencies in woman's statements alerted police: Police say the woman had a kind of obsession for Potla. "The two would meet whenever she went to her maternal home in Balagarh. Potla would even visit her house on a motorcycle when her husband was not around. The two would spend some time in private on the terrace. After arresting the criminals who raided Mal's house, we came to know that they were hired by Potla. The conspiracy became clear thereafter," an officer said. "During sustained interrogation, the woman broke down and confessed to her involvement," he added. "There were inconsistencies in the woman's statements from the start. Since the time we started the investigation, we suspected that there was more to the incident than what was being said. It was after sustained interrogation of the woman and the four accused that we got to the bottom of the matter," said Hooghly SP Tanmoy Roy Chowdhury.

India Parents 'Reject Newborn Girl For Baby Boy'

A newborn Indian girl has been left unwanted as her presumed parents seek custody of a baby boy handed to them by mistake, officials say. The two babies were born on the same night in a hospital in the western Indian city of Jodhpur a week ago. The couple refused to accept the girl after accidentally being given the boy, who belongs to another couple, the hospital says. Indian society has a long history of discrimination against girls. The pair, Poonam Kanwar and her husband, Chain Singh, have rejected the findings of a blood test suggesting that the girl is theirs, officials at the Umaid Hospital said. Instead, they are fighting a couple identified by the hospital as the male baby's parents for custody of the boy. They have insisted that a DNA test be carried out to establish the truth. The baby girl is currently being cared for in the hospital nursery while the outcome is decided. Officials say Ms Kanwar has offered to breastfeed the girl, but will not be allowed to do so unless she gives an undertaking to accept the baby is hers, according to Indian media reports. Parents in India tend to prefer baby boys to girls for economic reasons. Despite strong laws, female feticide and sex determination tests are still fairly widespread, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reported from Delhi.


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l one of the main markets of Delhi, Chandni Chowk was once lined with beautiful fountains. But today the place is very crowded and congested. Chandni Chowk is located opposite the Red Fort. The Area has got the Digamber Jain Temple which houses the Birds hospital. On one end of Chandni Chowk is the Fatehpuri Mosque which was erected by the wives of Shah Jahan. Opposite the old police station or the Kotwali is the Sunheri Masjid from where Nadir Shah ordered his troops to plunder and massacre Delhi.

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Rajpath & India Gate

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Flanked by ornamental ponds and lawns, Rajpath is host to the Republic Day Parade. The two secretariat buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan on the Raisina hills are located on the two sides of this immensely broad road. Previously the Boat Club, besides the Rajpath, was host to many demonstrations and Rallies. India Gate is towards the eastern end of Rajpath . India Gate is a 42m high stone arch of triumph. It bears the name of the 85,000 Indian Army Soldiers who died in the campaigns of WW1, the NorthWest Frontiers operations and the 1919 Afghan Fiasco. Below the arch is the memorial to the unknown soldier. India Gate is surrounded by green grass lawns and trees.

The City of Shahjahanabad was the capital of Shah Jahan but little remains of that old city. The Old Delhi or the walled city served as the capital for many emperors. Today, remains of the historical city are the gates like Kashmiri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Turkman Gate and Delhi Gate. Near Delhi Gate is Feroz Shah Kotla, close to this is kept the Ashokan Pillar which was brought from Meerut by Feroz Shah Tughlaq.

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Figures suggest that more Canadians are travelling abroad than ever before, with the US being their preferred destination. In the third quarter of 2011, foreign visits by Canadian nationals increased by 11.2% in comparison with the previous year, whereas their spending in the US went up by 18%. Since it is the only country Canadians can visit directly by land America is naturally their favorite destination. The facts that the language is the same, with the exception of Quebecois, and that most Canadians live on the American border help the US become top spot for Canadian outbound tourism. Canadians made 2.5 million car trips to the US last year, a 3.3% increase on the previous year. Considering domestic trips increased by a mere 1.8%, there is a clear indication that Canadians now prefer to take their holidays by car and in the US.

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The reason for the trend is mostly economical. The strong Canadian dollar means Canadians get more for their earnings on American soil and their diesel carries them further than before for the same outlay. On a similar note, generally increased living standards and income growth in Canada mean that Canadians have more of their expensive dollars to spend once in the United States. These factors have certainly led to more Canadian citizens coming to America to enjoy holidays. Unless major economic events lead to other circumstances, more and more are expected to arrive in 2012 and next year. Ashok Sheth Imperial Vacations Tours & Travels Tel:604 502 5000 Cell:604 518 1864 Email:ashok@imperialvacations.ca

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Along the banks of Jamuna are located the places where the leaders and freedom fighters of India were cremated. The Raj Ghat is one of the most visited ghats. A simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948. To North of Raj Ghat is the cremation ground of Jawaharlal Nehru named as Shanti Van. The cremation ground of Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are also in the vicinity. The cremation ground of Lal Bahadur Shastri is nearby.

Sansad Bhawan or the Parliament house is the supreme law making body in the country. It is the center of power and politicians decide the fate of the Indian Democracy here. Visitors are not allowed inside the house but when the house is in session, visitors may take permission to go inside and watch the proceedings of the house. The parliament consists of three halls- Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and the central hall. For the foreign visitors permits are given only after they obtain an introductory letter from the respective embassy. Crafts museums is at Pragati Maidan Grounds. Open from 10am-5pm daily. Gandhi Darshan & Gandhi National Museum Gandhi Darshan & Gandhi National Museum is across Rajghat and Gandhi Smriti is on Tees January Marg. Dara Shikoh Library Dara Shikoh Library is an archaeological museum in Civil Lines and is open from 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. A unique museum of Dolls is located

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The 2012 BMW X3 ranks 4 out of 8 Luxury Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 18 published reviews and test drives of the BMW X3, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. If youre looking for a sporty luxury crossover, the 2012 BMW X3 is a good choice, but reviewers think its powertrain needs a few improvements. The 2012 BMW X3 is a good option for shoppers looking for a sporttuned luxury SUV, but it does have

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As a whole, test drivers say the X3 is a great vehicle and is well worth your consideration, as long as youre willing to overlook a few faults. Details: BMW X3 The 2012 BMW X3 comes in two trims: xDrive28i and xDrive35i. There havent been many changes to the X3 for the 2012 model year, but some minor adjustments to both models include updated packages, including a new M sport package, standard highgloss interior trim and standard floor mats. The xDrive35i trim now has a standard panoramic sunroof, and the sports activity package includes 19inch double-spoke wheels.

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Dana White Accepts Challenge From Former MLS Soccer Star

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Remember a couple of weeks ago when Dana White said that soccer was the least-talented sport on earth? Let me refresh your memory. Im not a big hockey fan. But I respect how talented you have to be to play hockey. Soccer? Thats a whole other ball. Cant stand soccer. Its the leasttalented sport on Earth. Theres a reason three-year-olds can play soccer. I noted in my story that this claim was ludicrous. Dana is a passionate guy and speaks from the heart, but he was dead wrong on this one. Former Major League Soccer star Jimmy Conrad also took issue with White's comments. Conrad, if you don't know, used to play center back for Chivas USA. He was a pretty good footballer, at least from the American side, and was named to the equivalent of the MLS All-Pro Team on four separate occasions. Conrad issued an open challenge to White, which can be viewed in the video above: Have you ever even played soccer,

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Vancouver Canucks Star Daniel Sedin Should Be Ready For Playoffs GM Mike Gillis
Injured Vancouver Canuck scorer Daniel Sedin should be ready for the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs in two weeks, general manager Mike Gillis confirmed Thursday. Sedin, last season's National Hockey League scoring champion, has not played since suffering a concussion March 21 in Chicago when elbowed in the face by Blackhawks' defenceman Duncan Keith, who was suspended five games. The Canucks are 4-0 since Sedin was hurt, although Vancouver has scored only seven times during the winning streak. Sedin leads the Canucks with 30 goals, and remains second on the team in points with 67. It's risky to make projections with these things because one day the player just may not feel right, but he's going in the right direction, Gillis told The Vancouver Sun. He's feeling a little better each day. We're hopeful if things keep going the way they are that he'll be available [for the first round]. The Canucks do not allow their injured players to speak to the media and others, including Henrik Sedin, have been told not to discuss Daniel's status. But he has been resting and getting treatment, including on his neck, and his concussion symptoms have been improving. The Canucks are hopeful Sedin's recovery time will be similar to teammate Sami Salo's situation in January, when the defenceman missed six games and two-and-a-half weeks after an illegal check by Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. These were the first concussions for the players. Every situation is different, Gillis said. We all know how badly those two guys want to play. Daniel's on the right track. While the likelihood of Sedin's availability for the opening of the Stanley Cup tournament is excellent news for the Canucks, the maintenance days coach Alain Vigneault gave defenceman Kevin Bieksa this week may continue. Gillis emphasized that Bieksa's undisclosed injury doesn't threaten his playoff availability, but the team wants to make sure every player is as near as possible to 100 per cent fit. The Canucks, who took Thursday off ahead of Fridays game against the Dallas Stars (7 p.m., TSN, Team 1040), can still catch the St. Louis Blues for the Western Conference championship but will finish no lower than the second playoff seed regardless of results in their final five games.

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Win For Flood Victims
The suffering of the people affected by the recent flood in Fiji will inspire the Fiji sevens team to do well in the last leg of the International Rugby Board (IRB) HSBC Sevens World Series. That is the word from Digicel Fiji 7s team playmaker Metuisela Talebula, adding the team was saddened by the sight of devastation the flood had done to the western parts of Viti Levu. The national team arrived home at the Nadi International Airport with the Hong Kong (Cup) and Japan 7s (Plate) titles. Despite the bad weather conditions in Nadi, supporters flocked in numbers at the Nadi International Airport to welcome the 7s gladiators home. Talebula said if he was selected for the Scotland and England 7s, he would do his best to win those two tournaments for the people of Fiji. "We feel sorry for those affected by the flood. "We wanted to win in Japan and dedicate it to the victims here in Fiji but we couldn't," Talebula said. "But if chosen again to represent Fiji in the last leg, we will do our best to win those two tournaments for the flood victims." Talebula, who resides in Natabua, Lautoka, said his family was fortunate to have escaped the brunt of the Mother Nature. Meanwhile, the Fiji 7s team is second on the IRB points table with 122 points - six behind leaders New Zealand. The Scotland and England 7s tournament will be held next month.

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Fijian, Indian & Chinese Cuisine Thalis: Chicken, Lamb, Goat, Duck, Fish, Prawn etc

Seating Capacity 350

Fiji Style Chinese Dishes Chicken Chop Suey;Chicken Fried Rice Lamb Fried Rice;Lamb Chop Suey etc

Oazis Restaurant & BanquetHall

9526 120th Street, Surrey BC Ph: 778.395.2550 Cell: 778.863.2192
Contact Sheetal or Avi to book your events

Now OPEN DAILY for lunch & dinner


Friday April 6, 2012


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