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In his official address to mark Fiji’s 40 years of Independence, President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has called on the people of Fiji to come together in unity to face of major challenges that the country faces.

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Fiji to re-enter Commonwealth:Nailatikau October 11, 2010 Fiji intends to rejoin the Commonwealth says Fiji President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. In his Presidential speech to celebrate Fiji’s 40th year of Independence, Ratu Nailatikau said government plans to reopen doors that have been closed to Fiji. “To those who have closed the doors on us, we will tirelessly seek through quiet diplomacy to reopen those doors, including those doors of the commonwealth.” He said. Nailatikau also said that Fiji will not be deterred by those who criticize the decisions made by the country’s leaders. “On our relations with the international community we have clearly stated that we be allowed to govern our nation the way we know best. We have been criticized and shunned by some for determining our own destiny. But we will not be deterred.”

Fiji’s membership in the Commonwealth was suspended following the and all the other problems that beset 2006 coup. us in Fiji.” By Repeka Nasiko. He said. Source: Fijilive The first citizen reiterated the importance of moving on from past mistakes and highlighting our strengths and achievements.

Fiji: One potato, two potato, three potato Finding markets for our potatoes

“In celebrating our Fiji we are mindful of the paths that the gov“We must remain united and be re- ernment has taken to make life betsponsible to our cause. It is to this ter for us, its end that each citizen of Fiji has a citizens. While some may not agree responsibility” Nailatikau said. with the approach that government has taken, let me remind them that Nailatikau added that it is not the Government is determined to make sole responsibility of the Fiji Gov- right the ills of the past but at the ernment to address issues affecting same time to highlight the strengths our and achievements.” he said society but also the people of Fiji. By Repeka Nasiko.

Oct 12 2010 The local potato industry has the potential to be a major player in import substitution when production levels more than double over the next three years. About 100 tones of potato have been harvested from Keyasi, Na-

“AMA is now coming into the picture, they’ve bought some so the market is not a problem for this year. “The market will be an issue we have to grapple with in the third year when we are producing in bulk, now it’s only a pilot phase, and we cannot supply enough for

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Search for ‘Independence document’ steps up October 15, 2010

Assistant Permanent Secretary for The search for the misplaced docu- Information, Setareki Tale says ment that confirmed Fiji’s indepen- their next step now is to look for dence from Britain in 1970 is still Fiji’s Independence Order in other offices of Government. ongoing with officers at Tale added that the docuFiji’s nationment is not “missing” but al archives rather is somewhere within now looking the National archives. at the different offices He said that they know for of Governa fact that the document ment in a bid was handed to the National to locate the Archives for keeping and document. that the search for the document has been going on for a Disclaimer while. Fijiana Times advises that the views expressed in the articles published The National Archivist also conin this paper are those of the writers firmed that a copy of the precious and the claims made in the adver- document had been obtained from tisements are that of the advertis- London about five or six years ago. ers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Fijiana Times and “Yes we had obtained a copy of the are not endorsed by this paper. document from London.” he said.

darivatu, Sigatoka and areas of the Western Division. There are about 200 more tones still to be harvested according to the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Colonel Mason Smith. The plan is to increase potato acreage to about 400 hectares and farm numbers to 800 within three years. “Right now markets are not an issue because of the low supply,” Col Smith said. “All supermarkets we’ve talked to have purchased some as well as middle men in the West.

the market. “We’re hoping by the program this time next year we will be able to have a fair indication of what we need to do in the final year before we pull out.” The Agriculture Department now subsidizes farming costs on a fiftyfifty partnership scheme. “What we intend to do is wean them off that subsidy and at the end of the third year and after that we intend to only give them seeds and technical advise,” he said.


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Diwali History:¡ Choti Diwali¡ Diwali¡ Padwa¡ Bhaiya-Dooj Diwali History The festival of Diwali has been celebrated for ages and the history of Diwali celebrations is as old as the history of India. Everyone on this festival enjoys the delicious Diwali sweets, the brightly lit Diwali Lamps and Diwali diyas, and the excitement for living that suddenly grips people around this time. But the festival of Diwali symbolizes much more than these things. This real meaning of Diwali can be understood in the history of Diwali, which tells you the story behind the origin and the grand celebrations of Diwali.The history of Diwali, one of the greatest festivals celebrated with much enthusiasm and fervor all over the country is replete with different kinds of legends, which are moored to the Puranas, the mythological scriptures of Hindus. There have been so many important legends associated with the occasion of Diwali that five days have been accredited for the celebration of Diwali in India with each day holding importance of its own. The following are the five days of Diwali, each having the rituals and myths of its own. ¡ Dhanteras ¡ Choti Diwali ¡ Diwali ¡ Padwa ¡ Bhaiya-Dooj

Dhanteras

The first day of Diwali is known by the name of Dhanteras or Dhantryaodashi, which falls on the thirteenth day of the month of

Ashwin. The word ‘Dhan’ signifies wealth and hence this day holds utmost importance for the business houses and for the rich people’s community. According to a legend associated with this particular day sixteen-year-old son of King Hima according to his horoscope was doomed to die on the fourth day of his marriage by snakebite. Thus on the fourth day of his marriage his much worried young bride lighted innumerable lamps all over the place and laid all kinds of ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and went on telling stories and singing songs through the night. When Yam-the god of death arrived there in the guise of a serpent the dazzle of those brilliant lights blinded his eyes and he could not enter the prince’s chamber. So he climbed the heap of the ornaments and coins and sat their whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the morning He went away quietly. Thus the wife saved her husband and since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of “Yamadeepdaan�.

name of ‘Choti Diwali’ and is celebrated with the same fervor and enthusiasm as the main day of Diwali. The legend related to this day is about King Bali of the nether world whose mighty power had become a threat to the gods. In order to curb his powers Lord Vishnu in the guise of a small boy visited him and begged him to give him only that much land which he could cov-

er with his three steps. Known for his philanthropy King Bali proudly granted him his wish. So with his first step Lord Vishnu covered the entire heaven and with the second step the earth and asked Bali where Choti Diwali to keep his third step. Bali offered The second day of celebration of his head and putting his foot on Diwali in India is known by the his head Vishnu pushed him down

to the underworld. Though for his generosity Lord Vishnu allowed him to return to earth once a year to light millions of lamps to dispel the darkness and ignorance and spread the radiance of love and wisdom.

Diwali The Third day of the festival of Diwali is the most important day of Lakshmi-Puja, which is entirely devoted to the propitiation of Goddess Lakshmi. This day is also known by the name of “Chopada-Puja�. The day of Lakshmi-Puja falls on the dark night of Amavasya. It is believed that on this auspicious day Lord Krishna discarded his body. One more interesting story related to this day is of a small boy called Nichiketa who believed that Yam, the god of Death was as black as the dark night of amavasya. But when he met Yam in person, he was puzzled seeing Yam’s calm countenance and dignified stature. Yam explained to Nichiketa on this day of amavasya that by only passing through the darkness of death, man sees the light of highest wisdom and then only his soul can escape from the bondage of his mortal frame to mingle with the Supreme Power without whose will nothing moves in the world. It was then that Nichiketa realized the importance of worldly life and significance of death. Nichiketa’s all doubts were set at rest and he whole-heartedly

participated in Diwali celebrations.

Padwa The Fourth day is called Padwa or VarshaPratipada that marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and the starting of the Vikaram-Samvat. Govardhan-Puja is also performed in the North on this day. As per Vishnu-Puran, the people of Gokul used to celebrate a festival in honor of Lord Indra and worshipped him after the end of every monsoon season. Though one particular year the young Krishna stopped them from offering prayers to Lord Indra who in terrific anger sent a deluge to submerge Gokul. Krishna saved his Gokul by lifting up the Govardhan Mountain and holding it over the people as an umbrella. This day is also observed as Annakoot and prayers are offered in the temples.

Bhaiya-Dooj

The Fifth and final day of Diwali Festival is known by the name of “Bhaiya-Dooj� This day is observed as a symbol of love between sisters and brothers. It is believed that on this day Yamraj -the god of death visited his sister Yami and she put the auspicious tilak on his forehead, they ate, talked and enjoyed together and exchanged special gifts as a token of their love for each other and Yamraj announced that anyone who receives tilak from his sister on this day will be blessed. Since then it has became imperative for the brother to go to his sister’s house to celebrate Bhaiya Dooj.

Tradition of Diwali Pooja

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he literal meaning of ‘Diwali’ in Sanskrit is ‘a row of lamps’. The most popular tradition of Diwali is filling little clay lamps with oil and wick and lighting them in rows all over the house. Even today, the tradition projects the rich and glorious past of our country and teaches us to uphold the true values of life.

kum) all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights.

In order to welcome Goddess Laxmi, the house is kept clean and rangoli is drawn at the doorstep. A pandit is consulted for the best time of puja. The general things needed for a diwali puja are silver and gold coins, suparis, Diwali has many legends and religious ac- uncooked Rice, paan leaves, kumkum for apcounts associated with it. Lights and diyas are plying tilak, mithaai (Indian sweets), camphor, lit to signifying the driving away of darkness agarbattis (incense sticks), dry fruit (almonds, and ignorance, as cashews), flower well as the awakpetals and Lakening of the light shmi-Ganesh within ourselves. icon. It is the perfect time for famThe pooja ritual ily gatherings, is performed foods, celebrain the evening tions and pooja. when tiny diyas Goddess Laxmi of clay are lit plays a major role to drive away in this festival, the shadows as do Ram and of evil spirits. Sita. This autumn Bhajans are festival is a fivesung in praise days celebration, of the goddess of which each one has its own significance. and sweets are offered to her. Diwali puja consists of a combined pooja of five deities: People renovate and decorate their houses and Ganesha is worshipped at the beginning of business places. Entrances are made color- every auspicious act as Vighnaharta; Godful with lovely traditional motifs of Rangoli dess Lakshmi is worshipped in her three forms designs to welcome Laxmi, the Goddess of Mahalakshmi,the goddess of wealth and monwealth and prosperity. To indicate her long ey, Mahasaraswati, the goddess of books and awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn learning and Mahakali. People also worship with rice flour and vermilion powder (kum- ‘Kuber’- the treasurer of the gods

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Fiji Celebrates its 40th Independence Day By: Shwanika Narayan On October 10th, 2010 Fiji celebrated its 40th Independence Day. It’s cessation from Great Britain took place on October 10th, 1970 after 96 years of British rule. Official celebrations were organized in Suva on the 7th and the 8th at Albert Park. The theme for this year was “Celebrate Our Fiji� which had a strong underlying emphasis on fostering unity in the country. The opening speech delivered by Prime Minister Bainimarama reflected that message. He talked about the Strategic Framework for Change which is part of the Peoples Charter for Peace, Change and Progress. The Strategic Framework sets out the path of legal, constitutional, economic and social change for a fair, just and modern Fiji, not just for the immediate future but for decades to come. “This vision has meant amongst other things, a common name for all, which the past politics could not deliver, an issue that really should not have been an issue, but which is a feature of, and imperative for any modern nation state. We today, the citizens of Fiji, must be all proud Fijians, bound in our common allegiance to our country. What this tells us is that we are all ready to embrace changes, in particular changes that are fair and just, changes that are inclusive, changes that assist the marginal-

Fiji: 7 years for killing wife

As a stepfather you have a role as her protector, role model and mentor. Instead you shattered that role in a small period of which you call “temptation�.� He added. Drua’s step daughter is also said to have been infected by a sexually transmitted disease during the attack and suffered injuries. The court heard that on 23rd May 2009, Drua while alone at their residence took his young victim to their nearby cassava patch where he raped her. Drua will be in jail for 10 years before he is eligible for parole and Justice Madigan has given him 30 days to appeal his sentence. By Repeka Nasiko. Source: Fijilive

Unremorseful killer gets life sentence

bird and egg layer businesses in the community. Youths will play an active role in supporting the initial phases and eventually the future growth of the project.

Mr Naivakadranu already had a The chicken farm is a direct imple- large shed where chickens were bementation of the Kadavu Strategic ing raised when IHRDP stepped in Development Plan 2007 –2012 that with funds to improve his chicken also covers shed. roads, jetties “Through an and airport agreement developwith Pacific ments. Feeds Limited, our private The project sector partwas approved ners, Mr Naiby the grant vakadranu was assessment supplied with committee 250 layer birds last year and and 50 Broilers similar farms on April 28. have been esPrior to this tablished in Pacific Feeds partnership farm advisor with Pacific had flown in Feeds at Leto check on the vuka and Sastatus of the vusavu. shed and facilitate the arrival of the birds,� Mr Onoriki chicken farm owner Mr Te- Maharaj said. vita Naivakadranu signed an MOU with IHRDP and Pacific Feeds Training on livestock management Limited. was also facilitated by Pacific Feeds in June at Navuatu, Drue which was Nileshni Maharaj of IHRDP said the attended by 10 participants. farm is in its pilot stages and will be Mr Naivakadranu’s income is genthe template that Mr Naivakadranu erated through the sale of the eggs will use to create larger scale meat to a nearby resort, Dive Kadavu.

ously loved Bibi but later began to issue death threats to her and her friends after she left him. He also said that because Ram had forced a friend of Bibi’s to mutilate her body while she lay unconscious and then later strangled her to death, the 30-year old Ram should: “Certainly pay with the loss of your freedom and to act as a deterrent to future offenders.� By Repeka Nasiko. Source: Fijilive

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Farmer sentenced to 12 years for rape

Fiji: October 13, 2010 A 40-year old farmer has been senFiji: October 13, 2010 tenced to 12 years imprisonment by ized, changes that rid the politics of A 46 year old man has been sent to the Lautoka High Court for raping old.â&#x20AC;? PM Bainimarama concluded jail for seven years for manslaughter his 13-year old step daughter. by saying that he urged all citizens after injuring his wife which resulted to celebrate Independence Day and in her death in 2009. Manasa Drua of Ba was found to celebrate the new vision. guilty of his crime by Justice Paul The United States government also Isoa Saqanaivalu was sentenced to Madigan. released a press statement congratu- prison by high court judge, Justice lating Fiji on its 40th Independence. Paul Madigan who says cases of do- Justice Madighan said that rape of Secretary of State Hilary Rodham mestic violence are on the rise in Fiji, children in Fiji is becoming far too Clinton urged on maintaining and to the extent that legislation has re- prevalent. building upon the healthy bond that cently been enacted in an attempt to already exists between the US and address the problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is profoundly sad that girls of Fiji. She also encouraged the values school age at an extremely vulnerof democracy and freedom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sentences for such behavior must re- able stage in their development For such a young country, Fiji has flect the Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s should have to been through a tumultuous political disapproval and must act inasmuch as economy. With three coups that se- it can to protect women in the family suffer the crushing indignity of this verely setback the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prog- home.â&#x20AC;? Justice Madigan added. offence.â&#x20AC;? Justice Madigan said. ress in every aspect, the political instability lead to a mass migration The high court judge said that Saqa- â&#x20AC;&#x153;If rape of a child is not serious of Indo-Fijians. With this came the naivalu deprived his four children of enough, the fact that she was your loss of skill, labor, educated person- their mother and of their maternal step daughter adds much to the senel and businesses that proved too upbringing after he kicked his wife in verity of the offence. costly to Fijiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. However, the head which ultimately led to her regardless of its past Fiji today has death. improved in a lot of ways. According to United Nations statistics on The accused is said to have assaulted Fiji: October 13, 2010 countries, Fijiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education level is his wife after their (than) 10 month Anesh Ram, the Nasinu man who 90% which is highly commendable old baby had fallen from his bed. has been convicted for the gruefor a developing nation that has some murder of his 16-year old no free schooling. It thrives on the The blow to the head of Saqanaivaluâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ex- girlfriend, Zoya Bibi in Narere sugar cane and tourism industries 43 year old wife resulted in her being in 2008 has been handed a life senas main sources of income. Infra- diagnosed with subdural haematoma. tence by High Court judge Justice structure is getting better especially Salesi Temo. in the capital, women are an inte- Mrs. Saqanaivalu never recovered gral part of the workforce, and in- from her injury despite an operation â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have shown no remorse ternational diplomatic relations are at the CWM hospital in Suva. She whatsoever and therefore I senstrengthening among other things. later died in February last year. tence you to life imprisonment This is progress, a change for the with a non-parole period of 20 better that benefits everyone. By Repeka Nasiko. years.â&#x20AC;? Justice Temo said. Happy Independence Day. Source: Fijilive Temo added that Ram had obvi-

Fiji: Poultry to liven island economy he launch of the Onoriki chicken farm at Drue in Kadavu with the assistance of Integrated Human Resource Development Programme (IHRDP) under the Ministry of National Planning is a boost for the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy that to a large extent relied on subsistence farming.

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FIJI: Opening of the first stages of the Natavora Waters Resort of the Naculava landowning unit niche market it will cater for. Jone Qorovakarua said the proviJoy is abounding at Tagaqe village sion of jobs is something to be de- â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that in Fiji at all, in Nadroga province with the open- lighted about. and from a purely product perspecing of the first stages of the Natavora tive, purely tourism perspective that Waters Resort that caters especially â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are also happy to be part of a is a segment that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have in for children with special needs. resort that caters for those children the tourism sector in Fiji,â&#x20AC;? he said. with special needs,â&#x20AC;? he said. The resort development is already â&#x20AC;&#x153;So there is definitely a need to deemploying 22 landowners and Resort owners Yorkshire Holdings velop in those different segments promises jobs for a further 130 once Limited said the resort will provide and I think it is a very noble idea, it is completed after four years. both the facilities and professional thank you for your courage indeed caregivers for children with spe- in taking up the project. Minister for Tourism Mr Aiyaz- cial needs to make their holiday the Sayed Khaiyum opened the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the landowners who parrestaurant and bar earlier this eveticipated in facilitating this resort ning. Mr Khaiyum observed the resort development, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Tagaqe village headmen and head is already a winner in terms of the draw from strength to strength.â&#x20AC;? Oct 16 2010

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Mangrove-(Tiritiri)-WWF helps Fiji: Oct 14 2010 THE World Wildlife Fund (WWF) together with its stakeholders visited communities in the district of Tikinawai to get an update on the conservation of mangroves as part of International Mangrove Conference held at the Seashell Resort in Momi Bay, . The WWF, with the help of Lomowai villages, have for more than 10 years been practicing countrybased coastal management. WWF Fiji marine officer, Monifa Fiu said WWF was working on a

nated by mangroves and there is less attention to mangroves," Fiu said. "Our marine environment over the years became unhealthy because of our own actions and marine resources were depleting until WWF came in to introduce the traditional method of protection â&#x20AC;&#x201C; by having a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tabuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in place," Ratu Iliaseri said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During full tides, the water level is higher and sometimes the village faced water intrusions. "Our community is now involved

Fiji: Local tourism stakeholders are being urged to utilize local resources Oct 16 2010

Local tourism stakeholders are being urged to utilize local resources to produce products for the tourist market so that the tourist dollar is wholly captured locally. Minister for Tourism Mr AiyazSayed Khaiyum in opening the first stages of the Natavora Waters Resort at Tagaqe in Nadroga said retaining the tourist dollar in Fiji is important.

when small property develop when they have very close contact with the local community and where the locals are able to take advantage and get the spread of the tourism dollar,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So it encourages people who live in this area to get into for example handicraft manufacture and various other local activities for tourists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the tourist dollar is spent it stays in Fiji - thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important.

cation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As you know the shell necklaces that come from the Philippines and people put it together here selling it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather we use Fijian shells, Fijian people make it and we sell it as a Fijian product and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I insist on my people here, we all have contributions to make, we all need to work together with everyâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no point when getting body in the locality to be able to people to spend money in Fiji when maximize the tourism products that the dollar goes out, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m being very we have.â&#x20AC;? open about it and we have to work Please recycle that way.â&#x20AC;?

According to Mr Khaiyum, having only local products to sell to tourists would bolster tourism earnings that currently contribute about 20 percent to the Gross Domestic Product. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we are very glad when devel- Mr Khaiyum said Fijian made prodopments such as this in particular ucts are being identified for certifi-

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will be attending kindergarten next year and also whose family is more than happy to have Two young boys who received re-created received this help before he attends school. changes to their beautiful faces after successHis aunt, Amelia Bogirua says they are happy for his operation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are happy with his surgery because next year his going to school. Everyone (at home) is just happy for him because his lucky to have come across this surgery.â&#x20AC;? Isimeli had to undergo two separate surgeries to fix the cleft in his ful plastic surgery operations now have a rea- palat and his surgeon, Dr. Semesa Matanason to smile. kicake says that some operations are done in stages as evident in Isimeliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case. This after angels in the form of Australia based plastic surgeons fixed a disorder that could â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another case; a cleft pallet, which was done have haunted them for the rest of their lives. last year and completed this year, sometimes, some operations require stages and as with Four month old, William Bulai and four year Isimeli Cokanasiga, it required to two stages old Isimeli Cokanansiga both received plastic to complete his operation.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Matanakicake surgery and were more than happy to show off stated. the results at a press conference earlier yesterday .Smiling from ear to ear, little William of The non-governmental organization called Nadoria in Rewa had a cleft on his upper lip Interplast will be in the country for the next which the team of plastic surgeons from Aus- two weeks and have completed 50 operations tralia and New Zealand were able to fix. so far. Also enjoying the attention was Isimeli who

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FIJI: National ID Card A proposal for the implementation of a compulsory National Identity Card was made to the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama at a meeting in Nadi yesterday.

It will also be a primary form of national security.

Senior ministry official Mr Joji Washington told Commodore Bainimarama at a briefing held at the Airports Fiji Limited board Officials room in from the Nadi that the Ministry national ID of Decard would fence and strengthen the National work of law Security reenforcement, ported that immigration, the card customs, would conbio security, tain critical border police, personal AFL secuinformarity, airline tion of an security, port individual security and and could be used for identification outsourced security personnel. on occasions like for Land Transport Authority purposes, education â&#x20AC;&#x153;The prototype national ID will enrolment, voter identification contain a micro chip containing and Fiji National Provident Fund personal bio data, picture, fingerservice requirements. print, passport system, ID number, UID number machine, barcodes The card, which is to be issued by for tin and LTA watch list verificathe ministry, will enhance passention,â&#x20AC;? Mr Washington said. ger profiling clearance, detection of illicit activitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, assist in police It will not replace passports that investigations, and facilitate public are used for an entirely different service output purpose of gaining entry into other countries.

Fire causes Hayward Community and Cultural Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diwali Celebration and cultural program to be postponed

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ire in Kitchen causes Deepawali Celebration organized by Hayward Community and Cultural Center (Hayward Hindu Temple) planned for tonight (October 23rd, 2010) at Newark Pavilion in Newark, CA to be postponed.

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Florida Pastor gets new car for not burning Quran

New Jersey Car dealer Brad Benson made the offer for Florida pastor Terry Jones to collect the 2011 time they had cleared the premises Hyundai Accent, which retails for (with most belongings) which were $14,200 for not burning Quran. being showered by the fire department with water to prevent fire â&#x20AC;&#x153;They said unless I was doing false advertising, they would like to arrange to pick up the car,â&#x20AC;? Benson recalled. At first he thought it was a hoax, so Benson asked Jones to send in a copy of his driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. He did.

It all started during the start of a much anticipated good cooking and preparation of dinner to be served at the hall where the committee had looked forward to the arrival of over 500 participants to witness the Deepawali Cel- from spreading. Fire was contained ebration and cultural performance quickly and prevented from spreadby various groups who had worked ing beyond the kitchen area. hard preparing for this occasion. The members and helpers later It took no more than 10 seconds for joined hands to clean the debris the fire to spread and got the hard from recovered items at the temple working helpers to bring down and took all measures to inform all the banners, decoration and move who had purchased tickets of the out of the building with all equip- mishap and postponment of the ment. No major casualty other than event. a slight burn to hair of one of the The committee advises all ticket helpers was reported. holders to please keep a lookout for The manner in which all volun- a new venue and date for the event teers helped is commendable. In no that is to be rescheduled.

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Jones, of Gainesville, Fla., never burned a Quran but told The Associated Press on Thursday that the offer of a car was not the reason, saying he learned about the offer a few weeks after Sept. 11. He said he plans to donate the car to an organization that helps abused Muslim women. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not trying to profit from this. We are not keeping the car for ourselves,â&#x20AC;? Jones said by telephone from California, where he was taping television appearances. The pastor will have to pick up the car at Brad Benson Mitsubishi Hyundai in South Brunswick so he can fill out paperwork. No date has been set for the handover.

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beginning to Indian sports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sporting extravaganza has ended,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the end, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out to be a visual delight. just the beginning. For India, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a In a surprise package, the Games new beginning in sports,â&#x20AC;? he said. volunteers, Delhi United, chugged into the stadium making a beeline The ceremonial Flag handover segin a display of Indian Railwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ment began with Delhi Chief Minister Mrs. Sheila Dikshit saying, legacy. Flags of the 71 participating nations â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a few moments, the ceremonial with ace shooter Gagan Narang Flag will be entrusted to your care so that in due time you deliver it to Glasgow.â&#x20AC;? Official representative of the 2014 host city, Robert Winter, who is the Lord Provost of Glasgow, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This duty I willingly undertake to fulfil,â&#x20AC;? as the Games flag was lowered with an Army band in the background.

XIX Commonwealth Games- The Closing ceremony

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elhi promised to deliver world class Games and Delhi delivered, there was nothing better to showcase the success of the XIX Commonwealth Games than a grand Closing Ceremony. A dazzling laser show and a musical extravaganza marked the finale of the Games, the biggest sporting event hosted by India which crowned itself with sporting glory by winning an unprecedented 101 medals.

chairperson, CGF chief Michael Fennell and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the guest of honour. The Indian national anthem was played as the packed stand stood up in respect to mark the beginning of the Closing Ceremony.

Skies over the national capital Delhi lit with multi-colour laser beams and fireworks as part of 160-minute closing ceremony at the Jawarharlal Nehru stadium filled to the capacity of 60,000 cheering sports lovers including Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi as well as other VIPs. The Ceremony reminded that some 7000 athletes from 71 countries had sportingly competed for 826 medals of which India won 101, including 38 gold, its highest ever, to be the second in the tally behind Australia with a total of 177. Prince Edward, vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, formally declared the XIX edition closed amid thunderous cheers from the audience.

The otherwise vociferous spectators were stunned in silence in an emotional moment of sorts as they bade farewell to the Games. Mr. Kalmadi received the flag before handing it over to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna who in turn gave it to Mr. Winter. Pyros took off from the roof of the stadium giving a delightful sight as countdown in the Devanagri script opened up the proceedings with the crowd roaring from the stands.

Fourteen military bands, 17 pipes and drums of various regiments and battalions of the Indian Army performed in unison as pigeons were The ceremony began with the arriv- set free. al of dignitaries including the Prime The performers sprinkled the triMinister, the Vice President, UPA colour of Indian flags, signifying the festival of Holi in what turned

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Scottish performers soon took the centre-stage proudly showcasing their countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirit, culture and heritage in a 10-minute Glasgow segment. The performers began with a lone piper as the spotlight The official mascot of the Games, soon shifted to a giant structure that Shera, was given an emotional fare- inflated and the Clyde Arc Bridge well as he went around the stadium with the Armadillo and River Clyde flowing underneath was created, accompanied by singer Shaan. leaving all mesmerised. OC CWG Delhi 2010 chairman Suresh Mr. Kalmadi in his speech In all-praise of Delhi, the CGF pressaid the Games had given a new ident also said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delhi you have deholding the Indian Tricolour entered the field together as one big contingent, signifying the bonds and friendships formed during the Games.

livered a truly exceptional Games. Thank you Delhi,â&#x20AC;? as the 12-day sporting spectacle was declared closed by Prince Edward. Soon a seven-minute laser show accompanied by heart-thumping music was the order of the day. A 30-minute segment titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Music of Universal Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; featuring renowned Indian singers and musicians mesmerised the crowd in the final leg of the ceremony. It began with DJs performing with 1000 dancers on five stages of the field in an electrifying atmosphere with a 25 stacks of speakers blaring 500,000 Watts of sound. Musicians Taufique Qureshi, dhol players Kamal Sabri, Niladri Kumar, Bikram Ghosh, Sivamani and Raghav Sachar performed in the event. There was also further entertainment from singers Kailash Kher, Zila Khan, Sukhwinder, Ila Arun, Usha Uthup, Shiamak Davar, Shankar Mahadevan, Shubha Mudgal, Sunidhi Chauhan and Sreeram who belted out some Indian chartbusters. It was a fitting tribute the spirit Delhi which overcame all pre Games challenges and showcased the world that India has arrived. - PTI â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every man goes down to his

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Commonwealth Games: New Zealand India take Gold in Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4 x 400m Relay the delight of an impressive Nadine Okyere (ENG) on the final first team to win four successive Gold To crowd at the final session of athNew Zealand beat Australia 24-17 in the final of the

within a minute of the start to claim South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first points against England. England was swift to respond as Mathew Turner (ENG) barged through two South African tacklers to level the score before Ben Gollings (ENG) converted.

Rugby Sevens at Delhi 2010 today. The Kiwis are the first team to win four consecutive Gold medals in a team sport event at the Commonwealth Games. The Australian Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hockey team can also achieve this feat if they beat New Another try to England, courtesy Zealand on Thursday in the final. of Dan Caprice (ENG) and another New Zealand remains unbeaten in accurate conversion from Gollings saw England take a 14-5 lead at all of its 21 Rugby Sevens matches across all four Commonwealth Games the sport has been played in since being was introduced at Kuala Lumpur in 1998. Liam Messame (NZL) and Lote Raikabula (NZL) won their second Gold medal. Amasio valance (NZL) is still the only person to have won three Gold medals in Rugby Sevens at the half-time. But a chip-and-chase try from Cecil Afrika (RSA) in the Commonwealth Games. ninth minute brought South Africa Two chip-and-chase tries in the to within two points of England. second half secured South Africa the Rugby Sevens Bronze medal Then Lubabalo Mtembu (RSA) with a 17-14 victory over England chased down his own kick to the at Delhi University on Tuesday. A corner to put the South Africans in well-placed kick to the corner from front with under a minute remaining Renfred Dazel (RSA) saw Berna- for what proved to be the Bronze do Botha (RSA) cross the try line medal-winning points.- GNS

letics in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Mandeep Kaur (IND) brought India home to a Gold medal in the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4 x 400 m Relay. Roared on by the passionate fans, India led virtually for the whole race with Manjeet Kaur handing over just ahead of England on the first leg, and Sini Jose and Ashwini Akkunji holding the advantage through the second and third legs. It was left to Mandeep Kaur to hold off Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 400m Hurdles Gold medallist Muizat Odumosu and

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BANK OF AMERICA HALTS HOME FORECLOSURES IN ALL STATES

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leg. She was never threatened, however, and India took the Gold in three minutes 27.77 seconds, to Nigeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3:28.72 and Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3:29.51. Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carline Muir just got past Sally Pearson who ran the final leg for Australia, on the line to take fourth.

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Gateway to becoming a Podiatrist

by Naleen Prasad D.P.M “Podiatrists do it all.” And that’s Many podiatrists today are also why I chose it as a career. members of group medical practices. They generally are active in hat does that mean? It means their communities as well. that with a career in podi- While podiatric medicine is already atric medicine, each day is varied a medical specialty, many practiand every patient presents a unique tioners can focus on a particular challenge. In one day you may act area of podiatric medicine. These as a sports medicine specialist, a options can include surgery, sports surgeon, a dermatologist, a primary medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, care physician and/or a pediatri- pediatrics, orthopedics, and primacian. That’s because while podiatric ry care. medicine specializes in the care and Satisfying treatment of feet and ankles, those As the American population ages same feet and ankles present a mul- and the incidence of diabetes intitude of issues for the doctor of po- creases, the demand for podiatric diatric medicine (DPM) to diagnose services is going to and treat. rise significantly. Doctors of poThe Bureau of Ladiatric medicine bor Statistics (BLS) receive basic and projects job growth clinical science of about 16% in education and podiatric medicine training which between 2004 and is comparable to 2014. And, a recent that of their medworkforce study ical colleagues. conducted by the Education Center for Health Students interested Workforce Studies at the University in applying to podiatric medical at Albany indicates that the nation’s schools must complete an under- nine colleges of podiatric medicine graduate education from an accred- would have to triple their graduates ited college or university with an in the next three decades in order to emphasis on science or a pre-med meet growing population demands. curriculum. Applicants for admis- Foot and ankle disorders are among sion are also required to complete the most widespread and neglected the Medical College Admission health problems affecting people in Test (MCAT) as a prerequisite al- this country. As more Americans though some of the colleges may engage in exercise and fitness proaccept other exams as well. grams, more of them become aware of the limits that foot and ankle pain The course of instruction leading places on full participation. In addito the DPM degree is four years in tion, the number of older Americans length and provides general medi- is increasing almost three times as cal training with a focus on the low- fast as the population as a whole, er extremities. The first two years creating a true need for the services are devoted largely to classroom of podiatric medical practitioners. instruction and laboratory work in Flexible the basic medical sciences, such as Students interested in podiatric anatomy, physiology, microbiol- medicine should consider a numogy, biochemistry, pharmacology, ber of factors. First and foremost, and pathology. During the third the lifestyle offered by a career in and fourth years, students concen- podiatric medicine fits the goals of trate on courses in the clinical sci- many young people today. While ences, gaining experience in the podiatrists work hard, they also college clinics, community clinics, have the time to pursue their own and accredited hospitals. Clinical individual interests. DPMs work courses include but are not limited an average of 35-42 hours a week, to general diagnosis, dermatology, leaving time for family, hobbies, general medicine, podiatric surgery, and outside interests. trauma, and biomechanics. Rewarding Training A recent survey done by the APMA After completing the four-year (2007) indicated that the avercourse of study in podiatric medi- age podiatrist had a net income of cine and receiving the DPM degree, $150,000. Net income is higher the doctor will begin a postdoctoral for those DPMs who see more paresidency program. These programs tients per week and those who are are designed to strengthen and re- in group practices. The potential fine the practitioner’s podiatric is outstanding for doctors who are medical and surgical knowledge willing to work hard, keep up with and skills. Residency programs are current trends and practice good based in accredited hospitals and patient care. last from two to four years. Podiatric residents often rotate through For more information on careers in private offices as well, in order to podiatric medicine, go to APMA learn important business and inter- website and click to contact any of personal skills. the colleges of podiatric medicine Experience or you can contact me directly. 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Recruitment of Botnets in US PC’s run in Millions

•Botnet is a jargon term for a collection of software agents, or robots, that run autonomously and automatically. The term is most commonly associated with malicious software, but it can also refer to the network of computers using distributed computing software

Korea where 14.6 out of every 1000 machines were found to be enrolled in botnets. The 240-page Microsoft report took an in-depth look at botnets which, said Cliff Evans, head of security and identity at Microsoft UK, now sat at the centre of many cybercrime operations. The research was undertaken, he said, to alert people to the growing danger from the malicious networks.

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Fiji: Major reshuffle in Bainimaram’s lineup

October 25, 2010 01:44:35 PM

Fiji Prime Minister and Commander of the RFMF Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has appointed Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga and Major Amani Suliano as Land Force Commander and 3rd Fiji Infantry Regiment Commander respectively.

Commodore Bainimarama confirmed this to Fijilive this afternoon saying that the two senior officers replace former Land Force Commander Brigadier Pita Driti and former Commanding Officer 3FIR Hi-tech criminals use botnets to Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita send out spam, phishing e-mails Uluilakeba Mara. and launch attacks on websites. Owners of botnets also scour in- “Colonel Tikoitoga is the new Land fected machines for information Force Commander while Major Suthat can be sold on the under- liano takes over from Lt Col Mara ground auction sites and markets as Commander 3FIR,” Commodore Hi-tech criminals use botnets to found online. Bainimarama said. send out spam. The US leads the world in numbers of Windows PCs Botnets start when a virus infects Commodore Bainimarama conthat are part of botnets, reveals a a computer, either through spam firmed that both Brigadier Driti and report. or an infected web page. The virus Lt Col Mara have taken their outputs the Windows machine under standing leave owed to them. More than 2.2 million US PCs were the control of a botnet herder. found to be part of botnets, networks Commodore Bainimarama rubof hijacked home computers, in the “Once they have control of the bished claims by overseas media first six months of 2010, it said. machine they have the potential to who have hinted that the outgoing put any kind of malicious code on officers were sent on leave because Compiled by Microsoft, the re- there,” said Mr Evans. “It becomes of their questioned allegiance to the search revealed that Brazil had the a distributed computing resource Commander. second highest level of infections at they then sell on to others.” 550,000. Colonel Tikoitoga who is also the Some, he said, were being worked Commissioner Eastern is expected Infections were highest in South very hard by their owners. to take up his role as Commander Land Force shortly. “Most people have this idea of a virus and how it used to announce itself,” he said. “Few people know about botnets.”

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Pakistan flood damage estimated at $9.7 billion

stimate is more than twice the cost of 2005 Pakistan quake, which killed 86,000 people International aid has fallen short, with world agencies still seeking hundreds of millions in help World Bank and Asian Develop-

7.6-magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 86,000 people in northern Pakistan, the World Bank said. Agriculture and livestock were particularly hard hit, while the flooding also destroyed a large number of houses and damaged roads and irrigation facilities. “Our job as friends of Pakistan is to help the country respond to this enormous reconstruction challenge,” said Rachid Benmessaoud, the World Bank country director for Pakistan.

ment Bank estimation was based on The flooding began in early August, a survey and floodwaters continued to rage in the countryside more than seven The floods that ravaged Pakistan weeks later. More than 1,700 people this summer caused an estimated died due to the flooding, according $9.7 billion in damage to homes, to Pakistani authorities, while more roads, farms and other parts of the than 20 million were displaced. southwestern Asian country, the Many of those suffered from variWorld Bank and Asian Develop- ous medical maladies, including ment Bank announced Thursday. at least 700,000 cases of acute diarrhea, 800,000 acute respiratory The determination, made after a infections, nearly a million cases survey examining damage in 15 of skin disease and almost 183,000 key sectors across the country, is suspected malaria cases, the United more than twice the cost of 2005’s Nations reported.

By Maciu Bolaitamana Source: Fijilive

Pervez Musharraf in hot soup

Ress Trust of India on Oct 25 reports:

Adding to woes of Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, a group of religious scholars has issued a ‘fatwa’, declaring him “fit to be killed”, while a petition filed in the Supreme Court has sought registration of a high treason case against him. The fatwa or edict was issued by a group of politicians and religious scholars during a meeting in Quetta on Saturday, declaring Musharraf, who is preparing to return to Pakistani political arena, ‘wajibul qatal’ (fit to be killed). It was issued over the assassination of Baloch nationalist leaders Nawab Akbar Bugti and Nawabzada Balach Marri and the 2007 military operation against a seminary linked to Islamabad’s Lal Masjid. The meeting was organised by the Jamhoori Watan Party and presided over by its chief Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, the son of Nawab Akbar Bugti. Talal Bugti recently caused a sensation by announcing a bounty of Rs one billion and 1,000 acres of land for anyone who beheads Musharraf.


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Fiji: October 19, 2010 By Lavenia Vuadreu The celebration planned to mark the Inter District Championship win will be bigger says Rewa soccer secretary Mohammed Yukub.

Fiji IDC is over but Nadi keeps ball in motion

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like to do in a big way to thank and reward all our supporters and executives and especially the team management, the players and their families for their achieveOctober 19, 2010 ment. By Lavenia Vuadreu â&#x20AC;&#x153;An executive meeting will be Nadi Soccer Association has urged held this eve- the Fiji Football Association to ning to confirm speed up process pertaining to a request for arbitration. details.â&#x20AC;?

Rewa to celebrate IDC win in style

Yukub says they hope to confirm details at an executive meeting scheduled to start at 7 When contacted for confirmation, this evening. Rewa president Pranil Singh said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The celebration will be held on â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t confirm anything at this Saturday to start at 9am.â&#x20AC;? stage. But it will definitely be bigger than what we had when we won The venue and other relevant details the Battle of the Giant tournament should be finalized by tomorrow. in August,â&#x20AC;? Yukub said. Source: Fijilive

Fiji to participate in Sri Lanka 7s

SAMOA: Opeloge claims another Gold for Samoa 10 October 2010 Ele Opeloge (SAM) smashed her own Commonwealth weightlifting record in the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75+kg category to claim Samoaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second Gold in as many days at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex on Sunday. As the best-ranked weightlifter across any category in Delhi, Opeloge was always overwhelming

And in their latest request to the parent body, Nadi has asked for documents Navua Football Association had presented in its protest against Nadroga during the 2010 Courts Inter District Championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have written for all documents Navua FC had presented for their protest from FFA,â&#x20AC;? Nadi soccer president Jitendra Kumar said.

October 20, 2010 By Torika Tokalau

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our solicitors want to see those Tanivula conducted a trial yesterday documents to prepare for our for his 32-member squad where he case.â&#x20AC;? The Fiji 7s team will play in one will select only 20 players for selecinternational tournament before the tion into the first leg of the Series. Kumar added the Fiji FA is still to kick off of the 2010/11 IRB World confirm a date for the hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The players that do not make the 7s Series in December. 20-member squad are still in con- â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happy with the deciCoach Iliesa Tanivula confirmed his tention for selection,â&#x20AC;? Tanivula sion they have taken to go ahead side will play in the Sri Lanka 7s a said. with the semifinals and delay our week before the Dubai 7s. hearing. Fiji lost out in the semi final in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be good to get a bit more 2009/10 IRB 7s Series at the Dubai â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have written to the OFC as we game time under their belts, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve leg. come under them. If they do not done this in the past and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen do anything then we will write to how helpful itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been towards the The Dubai 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kicks off on Decem- FIFA.â&#x20AC;? contribution in the Dubai 7s,â&#x20AC;? Tani- ber 4th. Source: Fijilive vula said. When called yesterday for comments, Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to decide a date sometime soon.

favourite and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint in the 75+kg category. The 25-year-old lifted 285kg to win Samoaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second Gold in Commonwealth Games history, and in the process, broke her own Commonwealth overall record by 4kg.

Maryam Usman (NGR) claimed Silver with 255kg, and Deborah Acason (AUS), the Gold medallist in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75kg at the Melbourne Games, claimed Bronze â&#x20AC;&#x153;The presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is coming back on with 245kg. The WNS 2011 will be held in Man- Thursday and we should be able to chester on November 18-20. confirm details then.â&#x20AC;?

Fiji confirmed for 2011 World Netball Series

October 19, 2010 By Lavenia Vuadreu

The national netball team will be among the top six teams, as per IFNA ranking to participate in the 2011 World Netball Series in Manchester, England.

Meanwhile Netball New Zealand has opted to rest the majority of their Silver Ferns players ahead of the 2010 World Netball Series in Liverpool from November 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 21.

Fiji, having successfully remained fifth in the IFNA ranking to date is NNZ named an 11-member team guaranteed a spot in the WNS. for the trip with the core consist of upcoming players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, we are confirmed for that in November 2011 since we are top The majority of the Silver Ferns five at this time,â&#x20AC;? Netball Fiji secre- was rested after their gold medal tary Litiana Bainimarama said. winning performance at the recent Commonwealth Games in India. The criteria is such that the top six teams in the IFNA ranking by Oc- The team will be coached and guidtober will automatically qualify for ed under Southern Steel coach and a spot in the Series the following National selector Robyn Broughyear. ton and Janine Southby (NZU21 And in Fijiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case qualify for a spot Coach) as assistant coach. in 2011 WNS. Source: Fijilive

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Samoa: Tri Marine agrees to buy COS plant, ASG executes new lease to Tri Marine

HONOLULU: October 5, 2010) -

Governor Togiola Tulafono, together with the Chief Executive Officers of Tri Marine, Mr. Renato Curto, and Chicken of the Sea, Mr. Shue Wing Chan, in Honolulu today signed off on several agreements that will pave the way towards the reopening of the fish cannery plant once operated by Chicken of The Sea (COSI) in American Samoa as a Tri Marine operated plant.

into discussions for tax exemptions and concessions to be granted by ASG, which will be presented to the Tax Exemption Board in accordance with the law, and will ultimately result in another agreement between ASG and Tri Marine

In a ceremony at Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, Governor Togiola, Mr. Curto and Mr. Chan executed an agreement among the three parties which assures the sale of the COSI plant and equipment to Tri Marine and the termination of the lease between the American Samoa Government (ASG) and COSI. This agreement also settled some long standing issues between ASG and COSI as part of the consideration for the early termination of the lease, and the concessions regarding the purchase of the plant and equipment. Tri Marine and COSI also executed the agreements that brought about the transfer of the plant and equipment from COSI to Tri Marine. ASG and Tri Marine then executed a new lease between the two parties initially giving Tri Marine a slightly less than 10 years lease which includes extensions that will yield a total term of 30 years, which will be submitted to the Fono for their review. ASG and Tri Marine also entered

transaction today is by no means the end of our work to stabilize our tuna canning industry. Rather, it is just the beginning of the real difficult work that will require the partnership of many people and many entities ranging from our local government, to the Fono, to our member of Congress, to Tri Marine, Star Kist and Dongwon in working together to improve our situation in a global way,” said Governor Togiola. “We compete in global markets and our focus and drive to become competitive must be global in nature and action.” ASG representatives included Attorney General Fepulea’i Arthur Ripley Jr., Treasurer Magalei Logovi’i, Tax Manager Melvin Joseph, businessman Carlos Sanchez and Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel - Toetasi Tuiteleleapaga.

Representing Tri Marine governing tax concessions, after was CEO Mr. Renato Curto, Mandue notice and hearing by the Tax aging Director Joe Hamby, Chief Exemption Board. Financial Officer Stephen Farno, attorney Craig Gilbert, and attorney Prior to the tripartite execution of Dan King of American Samoa. the several agreements, Governor Togiola addressed the gathering, Chicken of the Sea was represented which included the First Lady of by CEO Mr. Shue Wing Chan, Chief American Samoa - Mary Ann Tu- Financial Officer Robert Blatt and lafono, and several ASG officials, Mr. John DeBeer, who was instruas well as COSI and Tri Marine, to mental in the transitioning of the express his gratitude for the culmi- business when it closed. nation of successful negotiations. Governor Togiola will return to “I wish to give my sincere thanks American Samoa on Thursday to Mr. Curto and Mr. Shue Wing night. for their patience, understanding and compassion for the people of [photo: Barry Markowitz] American Samoa. Concluding this

American Samoa marks first anniversary of Earthquake and Tsunami with sunrise remembrance service (UTULEI: Wednesday, September 29, 2010)– Governor Togiola Tulafono today marked the first anniversary of the September 29, 2009 earthquake and tsunami with an interdenominational remembrance sunrise service at

Su’iga’ula Beach Park in Utulei. Joined by Lieutenant Governor Faoa Sunia, Mrs. Elisapeta Sunia, Chief Justice Leala’ialoa Michael Kruse, Senate President Gaoteote Pala’ie Tofau, House Speaker Sava-

li Talavou Ale, and National Council of Churches (NCC) Chairman Rev. Sauleone Aigofie, Governor Togiola said the 6am prayer service was a gathering to memorialize an event that American Samoa would rather not remember. “Let us be clear, we are not here to revisit the horror of one year ago, but to remember with love and compassion, our loved ones whom we lost on that day,” said Governor Togiola. “We are here for them and we are here for their families. It is to their memory that we have come to listen with our hearts to the message of consolation from the Spirit of Love that watches over us.” (Full speech in English and Samoan below) At 6:48am, the exact time of the earthquake which resulted in the subsequent tsunami, a bell was rung 34 times to symbolize the number of victims of the natural disaster in the Territory. A moment of silence followed the striking of the bell.

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Samoa: President Obama signs H.R. 3940 to delay American Samoa minimum wage increase for two years

(UTULEI: September 30, 2010) –

Governor Togiola also thanked U.S. senators and representatives and their respective staffs for their support in the successful passage of this very important federal legislation for American Samoa.

Governor Togiola Tulafono today expressed his sincere gratitude to President Barack Obama for signing legislation that will delay the minimum wage increase scheduled to take effect in American Samoa “This great news is also giving me hope that we will be able to work for 2010 and 2011. with Congress, on both sides of the Governor Togiola said the delay aisle, to forge a permanent solution to the wage in minimum issues as wage hike, well as our through H.R. economic 3940, is a development much-needneeds. If we ed blessing do not have for the Terria permanent tory. solution for this issue, “We have it will contruly been tinue to be spared ana major set other disasback for near ter and this future dehold on the velopments. minimum wage increase, even if it’s for only We need a permanent solution that two years, will allow us time to makes sense for us and will help us work with this very important is- effect more effective economic desue,” said Governor Togiola. “I am velopment,” said Governor Togiola. very grateful to President Obama “I wish to recognize with gratitude for his favorable consideration and and appreciation the special underexpeditious action. When I received standing given to my plea to U.S. the great news this afternoon, I Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and his breathed a huge sigh of relief, and staff. I have never met the senathanked God for His direction and tor, but the good relations that my help. The minimum wage issue has Washington staff have with him and made it impossible to attract invest- his staff have enabled us to appeal ments because of the uncertainty it to him for help, and he was gracious has created. I truly welcome this in his response and assurances.” two-year suspension, but it is not Governor Togiola gave thanks to the the ultimate solution we need.” White House staff for their support Governor Togiola said there are so in always being helpful; and also to many hardworking and caring peo- his attorney and staff in Washington ple to thank for the wonderful news D.C. for the great assistance and diligence in pursuing Congressiofor American Samoa. nal help to achieve success in this “It is important to give credit where matter. it is due. I want to thank Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii for his “I wish to also thank the Fono for continuing support of American their support and I know that our Samoa and helping to direct our at- people here in American Samoa tention to issues that we can address have also been praying for relief, effectively to help our own cause. I and God has answered us favorwish to also express my thanks to ably. We give thanks to God for His our Congressman Faleomavaega guiding hand in these endeavors,” Eni for his role in keeping track of said Governor Togiola. “We have this situation and asking the Senate truly been spared another disaster, and the House memberships for this so now we have a lot of work to relief. I look forward to our efforts do in the next two years to ensure in working with him for a perma- that this issue is resolved in the best nent solution to our minimum wage interest of our people and our busito propose in the future.” nesses.”

Samoa: Lt. Gov. Faoa Sunia announces $1.6m from DOT/ FAA for airport taxiway rehabilitation

(UTULEI: Thursday, September 23, 2010) - Lieutenant Governor Faoa Sunia has announced a grant award of $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the rehabilitation of Taxiway A at Pago Pago International Airport in Tafuna. Lieutenant Governor Faoa said the DOT funds, through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will be used to enhance the safety of aircraft operations and to meet FAA airport design standards. Taxiway A is the main taxiway used for all air carrier aircraft at the Tafuna

airport. “We continue to receive great news for our airport and these federal funds trulyhelp us keep our runways and taxiways safe,” said Lieutenant Governor Faoa. “Our plans have been in place to rehabilitate parallel Taxiway A at Pago Pago In-

ternational Airport and in doing so will make our airport safer for not only the travelling public, but just as safe for all of our good people who work for the airlines, ground service crews and ASG airport employees.” Lieutenant Governor Faoa would like to express the sincere thanks of the Territory to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt and local FAA residence director – Mr. Leaoina Smitty Lutu and staff for the support and cooperation that secured the taxiway rehabilitation project funding.


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OPINION : 2010 ELECTIONS

by Kamal Prasad

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lections are coming up in November. I hope those who are citizens will exercise their right to vote. Even if you are Kamal Prasad not a citizen, or Santa Rosa,CA even a permanent resident, if you plan on making California your home, become aware of the issues that are on the ballot and share your thoughts on who should be representing our interests with family and friends who are citizens.

and not backwards in our social programs, quality of education, and support for the working person, I hope you will vote for Jerry Brown for Governor and Gavin Newsom for Lieutenant Governor. These are big issue items and candidates. I hope everyone reading this article will take some time to research items affecting their local communities, like city council positions, local measures, like those that affect the quality of schools your children attend or local zoning laws that might allow pollution spewing factories to be built next to day care centers.

It is easy to give in to voter apathy and not vote. It is easy to complain about how our governments are run by incompetent fools who only look out for the interest of big corporations. It is no coincidence that the If you believe that we should have two go hand in hand. clean air to breathe, vote No on The big corporations pay attention Proposition 23. to elections. Yes, they have more If you would like to be able to take money, but you have something your families to our beautiful parks more important, your vote. And just for picnics, vote Yes on Proposition as important is getting informed about the issues on the ballot. Don’t 21. take the word of a fancy televiIf you would like to see an end to sion ad on how to vote on an issue. drug violence and millions of dol- Don’t take my word on how you lars going to incarcerate people with should vote. only minor drug offenses when that money could be put to better use, My suggestions on how to vote on the various issues I have listed vote Yes on Proposition 19. above are just that, suggestions. Get If you don’t want polluters to get informed yourself. The little investaway without paying their full share ment of time you put in making an of cleanup costs when disasters like informed decision about your vote the BP oil spill happens, vote No on will pay you and your loved ones back in heaps by making sure that Proposition 26. we have jobs in industries that look If you want to close tax loopholes forward to the future and not to the that allow corporations who operate past. It will ensure that our children in California, and make huge profits have good schools and qualified using our resources and then avoid teachers. It will protect our health paying their full share of taxes, vote from corporations who would spew poison in our air and water to make Yes on 24. a profit. As a progressive and someone who wants California to move forward Don’t forget to vote! Why? Because, decisions that are made today will affect you and your family’s future, perhaps for a long time to come.

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Now Abhishek Bachchan plays Akshay Kumar’s role. Nana Patekar has stepped into Paresh Rawal’s role, And Sanjay Dutt plays Suniel Shetty’s part.

Pheri has left Feroz distressed. “I first started discussing the third Hera Pheri movie with Akshay in 2006. I never wanted to make it without him. It’s sad that we couldn’t come to an agreement. Akshay is like a brother. But I can’t afford him. I hope we work together again v e r y soon.”

Feroz is delighted with the script that Anees Bazmee has come up This, according to Nadiadwala, with the new Hera Pheri film. would remain the line-up of actors for the Hera Pheri films to come. “It’s going to be one of the funniest comedies in living memory,” promThe parting with Akshay over Hera ises Feroz.

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Bollywood: Karan Johar on why Hrithik and not Abhishek for Agneepath remake It’s official. Karan Johar finally admits it is Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra in the Agneepath remake.

Hrithik and not Abhishek? I think Siddharth has his own ideas on how to present the character. I think the protagonist in the new Agneepath would be very different from how Speaking officially for the first he was in the original.” time about the casting of the Agneepath remake, Karan Johar coolly and cleverly passes on the buck to his newbie director Karan Malhotra for Abhishek Bachchan’s non-presence in the remake...a casting digression that jolted everyone who thought Abhishek was a natural and inevitable inheritor of the Agneepath role. Says Karan Johar, “When my father (the late Yash Johar) produced Agneepath, he left everything to his director Mukul Anand and kept completely away from the project. I’m carrying on the family tradition. The casting for the Agneepath remake was decided by the director Siddharth. He decided on Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra. Why

Bollywood: Katrina hugs Ali for saving her life…

Bollywood new entrant Ali Zafar recently rescued Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif from a major accident at Nabha near here in this district during shooting of romantic comedy Meray Brother Ki Dulhan(MBKD). According to reports, Ali Zafar jumped in to save Katrina when her

Bollywood: Abhishek Bachchan, Nana Patekar & Sanjay Dutt in next Hera Pheri

roducer Feroz Nadiadwala waited four years for Akshay Kumar to return to the third film in the Hera Pheri series before they parted ways because of the price factor. With Akshay gone, Feroz had to change the entire cast of Hera Pheri.

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hair got stuck in a pedestal fan on the set. Ali’s heroic act prevented Katrina from losing her hair and the accident would have been more serious. Ali however got minor bruises on his arm while saving Kaif, said eyewitnesses. Spot boy Raju was also injured in this accident as his hand was also tuck in the fan, said reports. Eyewitness said that Kaif was frightened with it and expressed her gratitude to Ali by giving him a hug. “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Maria Montessori

even been approached for the remake of Agneepath, it was wiped away last week at the haute couture week where it was crystal-clear in public that the Bachchans still treated Karan as part of their family. Last Wednesday, at Manish Malhotra’s fashion show Abhishek, more baffled than hurt by not even asked to do the Agneepath remake, walked up and warmly hugged Karan. The following evening on Thursday, Karan coaxed the original Agneepath protagonist Big B to walk the ramp with star of the remake Hrithik Roshan,thereby putting an end to all speculation within the film industry about a strain between the Bachchan parivar and Karan over the Agneepath issue.

Says Karan emotionally, “The Bachchans and my family go back a long way. Our association is not on a film-to-film basis. It doesn’t matter how many films we work in or don’t work in. For the record, I will be doing at least ten more films with Abhishek in my lifetime. He’s already done two films with our If there was any tension about the banner Dharma Productions. He’s Bachchan’s scion, Abhishek not doing Dostana 2 next year.” The script for the new Agneepath is also entirely re-vamped. Priyanka Chopra won’t play a nurse, like Madhvi had done in the original. And the Mithun Chakraborty’s character from the original has been done away with completely.

New York World Premiere For ‘With Love To Obama’

Neha Dhupia starrer laughriot ‘With Love To Obama’ will be world premiered at the seventh annual South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) beginning in New York Oct 27. Presented by HBO, the fest will mark the first-ever screening of the movie that has been produced by Ashok Pandey of Revel Films and written and directed by Subhash Kapoor, according to a statement from the gala. Set against the backdrop of the global meltdown, ‘With Love To Obama’ is comedy that shows how recession not only affected the top corporate houses in metro cities but also

gangsters in Uttar Pradesh. Starring in a non-glamorous role for the first time, Neha will be seen as a local goon Munni Madam in the movie. Her look is reportedly inspired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s style, speech and body language. It also stars Rajat Kapoor, Manu Rishi Chadha, Sanjay Mishra, Sumit Nijhavan and Amol Gupte. Other movies to be screened at the gala include Anurag Kashyap’s thriller ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots’ (opening film), Saurabh Shukla’s ‘Paapu Can’t Dance Saala’ and ‘I Am 24’, ‘I Am Kalam’, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ (centrepiece presentation) and Aamir Bashir’s directorial debut ‘Harud’, to name a few. The Seventh Annual South Asian International Film Festival concludes Nov 2.


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AKBAR BIRBAL Punditâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mother Tongue

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here was this eminent Pundit who was very knowledgeable and proficient in many languages. His reputation was well known in many states. Once, he decided to visit King Akbarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s court where he claimed that he could answer any question in any language. Courtiers tried checking his knowledge and asked many questions in diverse languages but Pundit proved to be too good. He answered each and every question accurately. Everyone was impressed by his knowledge. Pundit also threw an open challenge to the Emperor that by tomorrow, your expert courtiers should be able to disclose my mother tongue else I will assume that I am superior to all of your courtiers. All the courtiers started to ask different questions to identify Punditâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother tongue but none of them succeeded. When everyone failed, King turned to Birbal and asked him to tackle this challenge. Birbal thought for a while and then asked for some time till the next morning. King accepted his requested and the court was adjourned till next morning. The same night when the Pundit was fast asleep, Birbal went silently to his house and entered his bedroom. Funnily, Birbal tickled Punditâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ear with a dry grass. Punditâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep was

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