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The Source Issue 34 - 15 November 2012

A/W12 Wrap up in style

A jewel in the desert

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INBOX This page is all about you! Send us your poems, pictures or letters and see them published here, ask us your questions and pick up some handy environmental tips

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NEWS All the news from around Al Ain

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SPORTS Keep up to date with the latest happenings in Al Ain’s world of sport

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FEATURE As part of National Diabetes Awareness Day we chat to Dr. Jim Philip about the disease

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FEATURE Win a brand new look with Splash and The Source

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STUFF FOR MEN Wrap up this winter with Iconic’s latest collection

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AL MAJLIS Fuelling football Mubarak Al Ketbi

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EDUCATION Getting the most out of parent teacher conferences

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URBAN WOMAN DIY: a 5 minute facial

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DIARY What do you have planned for the next week? Take a look at our diary for the latest happenings around town

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RECIPES Winter warming recipes

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FEATURE Al Ain Mall focused on raising breast cancer awareness last week with their Pink Walkathon and survivor’s fashion show

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MY EMIRATE Take some time out at Al Bada Hotel

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MY WORLD The secret of Sulawesi

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JUST FOR FUN

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Letter from the Editor Al Ain in November really is beautiful. The sun is shining but there’s a nice breeze in the air, the sunsets are truly gorgeous and it seems like there’s a whole lot more going on now that the outdoors have become useable again. The cooler temperatures certainly helped draw the crowds out for last week’s Pink Walkathon at Al Ain Mall. Well done to everyone who took part, it really was an outstanding effort towards raising awareness of breast cancer and you all deserve a big pat on the back! This week, we’re uberly excited to launch a fabulous competition in association with Splash. We’re offering two lucky winners a chance to win a whole new look. We’ll start by styling your hair and make-up before taking you to Splash’s flagship store at Emirates Mall in Dubai where a professional stylist will select two brand new looks specifically chosen for you. We’ll have a professional photo shoot and give you copies of the pictures before giving you the chance to choose your favorite look and take the whole outfit home with you! What a great way to get your winter wardrobe started! Before I go, I have to say a big Happy New Year to everyone celebrating Hijiri and Happy Diwali to everyone excited about the festival of lights. I’m off to enjoy my long weekend and I hope you all do too!

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inbox I am a great great great fan of The Source magazine. I have kept having it since the first issue had revealed. The dishes given are delicious (yummmyliciousooo). It is the best magazine ever. Keep it up and all the best for your coming issues. Maham Chodhary

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IT’S A

SLAP!

A computer programmer in the USA is seeking an assistant to slap him in the face every time he tries to open Facebook. The New York Post reported that the man has offered $8 per hour for the job after he discovered he was spending almost 19 hours a week wasting time on the social networking site!

ENVIRONMENT

OTHMAN BIN AFFAN MOSQUE Midori Yoshino

Don’t throw your old towels away! For a cheap and fun storage solution, take old towels and piece together a hanging organizer. Sew on pockets; tie a ribbon at the ends and you’ll have more storage for small toiletries.

‘Morning Snapshots’ By Ahamed Khalifa, Al Ain

Instead of wishing friends ‘bon appetit’ try using the Arabic

‘SAHHA WA’HANA’

when you’re about to start a meal! sahha: health wa: and hana: happiness

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Work GHetard and Awarded

A Toast To The Masters! Al Ain Toastmasters held their 212th meeting themed ‘Rules and Regulations’ at Tawam Hospital last week.

It’s About

Your Future

ty has allocated Abu Dhabi Universi on five AED 4.49 million an fin cial aid scholarships and 12-2013 20 programs for the ships will lar ho Sc ar. academic ye o exhibit wh nts be awarded to stude ance at rm rfo pe ic exceptional academ and i ab Dh u Ab s the university’ Al Ain campus. l

The meeting commenced as Mr. Srinivasan Raja, President of Toastmasters, stated the mission of the club and welcomed Toastmasters, guests and new members.

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The Careers Department at Abu Dhabi University will host their 4th annual Career Fair with 50 highly regarded organizations participating at the two day event set to take place on the Khalifa Campus on 27-28th November from 10am to 6:30pm.

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Students are encouraged to bring their CVs along as they will be given the opportunity to meet with many future potential employers.

TRAFFIC

The aim of the club is to help people build up their confidence. Mr. Wayne Freeth, VicePresident of Membership, explained “It’s a club about improving our public speaking and leadership skills. People come along and you have a number of assignments that you have to do. You’ll see tonight there’ll be speeches, people evaluating other people [and] some novelty talking exercises.”

WOES!

The staggered school times introduced on ‘school road’ in order to reduce traffic congestion in the Falaj Hazza area are to be permanently implemented from next year. Al Ain Municipality plans to involve more schools in the system to continue help ease traffic congestion and guarantee smoother traffic flow.

All guests, new members and Toastmasters were in the hot seat and had to present a topic off the cuff in less than a minute. The meeting ended on a high with members feeling more confident about their public speaking skills. The Toastmasters Club welcomes the public to its meetings which take place twice a month.

UAE INTRODUCE

MULTIPLE ENTRY

VISA

Effective immediately, the UAE has introduced multiple entry visas for businessmen, property owners and selected tourists. These visas will be available at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs and the UAE’s Consular offices abroad, subject to conditions. Property owners, their spouses and children will be allowed entry within six months from the date of issue and can stay as long as the visa is valid. Businessmen are now allowed more than one entry within the six months of the date of issue, but each visit must not exceed 30 days. Tourists on cruise liners will be issued multiple entry visas valid for three months with each visit not to exceed 14 days.

HCT Boost Budding Entrepreneurs Al Ain’s Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Women’s Campus hosted a 3-day Entre-Bazaar last week, an initiative to strengthen relations between students and the local community and also helps develop students’ entrepreneurial skills.

Scenes From Al Ain

Al Ain has a brand new art gallery! Aficionados of art can catch local artists exhibiting their paintings at the new gallery based at the city’s Wadi Adventure! Al Ain Art Club is a local club for both novice and experienced artists. The gallery has an array of acrylics and watercolor paintings on display. Midori Yoshino, founder of Al Ain Art Club, explained “The paintings have a nice mix of Arabian, modern and surfing.” What’s more, 30 per cent of all proceeds made will be donated to Al Ain breast cancer charities. Al Ainites…let’s support our local artists and do our bit for charity! 9 The Source


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WELL DONE AL AIN!

Well done to everyone who took part in The Box Appeal 2012! Not only did we fill all the boxes sent to us by Gulf News Broadcasting, the kind hearted folks of Al Ain also filled several bags which will now be distributed to laborers across the country. A great show of support by the people of Al Ain, everyone give yourself a big pat on the back!

STUDENTS Abu GET Dhabi Art 2012 HEALTHY is a huge success Kadim Al Sahir taking in Chairs, one of the most popular Art Abu Dhabi 2012 exhibitions Abu Dhabi Art wrapped up a successful fourth session last week having welcomed thousands of people through the doors of Manarat Al Saadiyat. Held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the exhibition was a resounding winner. With much more on offer than a traditional art fair, Abu Dhabi Art acted as a stunning platform for modern and contemporary art and brought together a huge selection of leading art from across the world. Design workshops, live performances and ‘conversations’ with leading artists proved

hugely popular with visitors. The exhibition catered for the whole family with a dedicated children’s Art Zone to engage youngsters in the visual arts.

One particularly popular exhibition was the Design Platform, which focused on centuries old traditional crafts reinterpreted by visionary Emirati artisans and contemporary artists. Rita AounAbdo, Executive Director at Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority said, “Abu Dhabi Art’s 2012 Design Platform sets out to highlight and distinguish an understanding of the innate aesthetics of the UAE.” Among other popular choices were artist Hala Ali’s live daily performances and the Chairs for Abu Dhabi gallery, featuring over 200 chairs.

Al Ain University of Science and Technology conducted “A Healthy Vision for a Healthy Body” event last week where students were provided with free medical check-ups assessing their eyesight, weight, BMI, blood pressure and blood sugar levels as well as receiving a plethora of information on living a healthy life.

Recognition for Tawam Team Congratulations to Tawam Hospital’s Oncology Team who have been awarded the coveted Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences in recognition of their research and commitment to cancer patient care over the years both in the UAE and throughout the entire Gulf region.

SO ANNOYING! A NEW SURVEY BY ZURICH INSURANCE COMPANY SHOWS THAT UAE MOTORISTS ARE A FAIRLY IRRITATED BUNCH! 10

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45% 39% 39% of motorists get annoyed with drivers who don’t indicate when changing lanes.

admit to finding fellow drivers talking on a mobile phone extremely annoying.

of drivers are peeved about the high volume of traffic.


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NARROW WIN OVER AL SHABAB Al Ain struggled hard against Al Shabab last week to secure a fiercely contested 3-2 win which saw them move temporarily to the top of the Etisalat Pro-League. Al Shabab’s defense played tremendously making it hard for Al Ain to get a shot on target. The opening goal came after a referee error which handed Gyan a penalty for a very questionable reaction to a tackle.

Al Ain’s Brosque struggled to get past Al Shabab’s defense

Just after halftime, Ciel equalized for Al Shabab before Gyan grabbed his second goal of the match. Another error by the referee disallowed a foul in the Al Shabab box, allowing Al Ain to fire home a third goal. Ciel struck again in injury time but it was the visitors who were to scoop the 3 points.

Thrilling Fun at Abu Dhabi’s F1 Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen won the Etihad Airways F1 Grand Prix for team Lotus in a spectacular three-day event which saw thousands of tourists flock to the capital! The weekend wasn’t without drama as Sebestian Vettel was forced to the back

of the grid for the final where he failed to have enough fuel in his tank for a sample after the qualifying race. Lewis Hamilton went into the final on pole position but had to retire along with Mark Webber. Narain Karthikeyan and Nico Rosberg collided

Going Wild at Wadi Adventure

15 teams participated in the first ever Wadi Adventure Race hosted last Friday at the man-made water park. In the end, it was the three-person team ‘Goes Fitness’ who took first prize after finishing the grueling activity-filled race in an impressive 36.18 minutes. Local favorites ‘Al Ain Mirage’ finished in second while the guys of ‘Brookfield Multiplex’ came in third. The race saw participants take part in rafting, diving, swimming and climbing activities, all against the clock and in front of a large crowd of excited spectators. Wadi Adventure will host the next of their racing series in the new year in a competition that will this time focus on individual competitiors.

heavily as the driver’s competed fiercely for the coveted title. In the end, Raikkonen finished 0.8 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso who took second place and Sebestian Vettel drove spectacularly, coming from behind to claim the third spot on the podium. Pop princess Kylie Minogue, rockers Nickelback and Rapper Eminem rounded off a fantastic weekend of motorsport and family fun in the capital.

Amblers Continue Winning Streak Al Ain Amblers continued their winning streak this weekend with an impressive victory over Sharjah Wanderers and a score of 55-27 at the Sharjah Wanderers Sports Club. The next few weeks will see the Amblers concentrate on their 7’s skills as they take part in the Jebel Ali 7’s next Friday, host the Al Ain 7’s on November 23rd and head to the huge Dubai Rugby 7’s kicking off on November 29th. Why not get out there and lend them your support? The Source

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By Mehak Alam

ovember 14, is celebrated worldwide as World Diabetes Day, an annual ‘blue circle’ campaign created in 1991 to raise awareness and educate the public about diabetes.

The date commemorates the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, discovered insulin in 1922 resulting in life-saving treatment for diabetic patients. WHO estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes and the number is likely to more than double by 2030. When it comes to the UAE, statistics revealed by the Arab Health Congress last year indicate that almost 19.5% of our country’s population is diabetic, ranking us second highest worldwide in diabetes prevalence. In order to know more about diabetes and preventive measures we headed to NMC Specialty Hospital in Al Ain to talk to Dr. Jim Philip, Specialist Endocrinologist in Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases. The Source: What exactly is diabetes and what are the different types? Dr. Philip: Diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels rise above the normal range. There are two basic types of diabetes: Diabetes Mellitus type-1, which is a form of diabetes mellitus that results from auto-immune destruction of insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. The subsequent lack of insulin leads to increased blood and urine glucose. Diabetes Mellitus type-2 is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood glucose due to relative insulin deficiency and resistance for the action of insulin. The Source: What, if any, are the symptoms of diabetes? Dr. Philip: The symptoms might vary among individuals, but, the most common and classical symptoms in both cases are excess thirst and constant hunger besides a frequent need to urinate, infections, weight loss and fatigue. But, in many cases, patients show no symptoms at all. The Source: Is diabetes a medical condition or a disease? Dr. Philip: As there is no cure yet, it’s more likely to be called a disease rather than a medical condition. 12

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The Source: Why is diabetes prevalence so high in the UAE? Dr. Philip: It’s due to unhealthy lifestyles and improper food choices. Moreover, it’s also due to great dependence on machines and less physical activity in our daily lives. The Source: So, does exercise help in the treatment? Dr. Philip: Greatly! Good eating habits, when combined with walking or light exercise, play a vital role in either preventing diabetes or, in other cases, controlling the disease. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, doing 150 minutes of exercise per week and achieving an ideal body weight, people can prevent and delay diabetes. The Source: What constitutes healthy food? Dr. Philip: Healthy food constitutes unrefined carbohydrates like the food made of whole wheat and oats. People should also eat more fresh fruit, vegetables, low fat dairy products and pulses. The Source: Is diabetes fatal? Dr. Philip: Uncontrolled diabetes, over a long period of time, can lead to severe medical complications including diabetic retinopathy-visual compromise, diabetic nephropathy- renal failure, diabetic neuropathy and amputations and cardiovascular disease. Lastly, how is NMC celebrating World Diabetes Day? Dr. Philip: NMC Specialty Hospital will be joining hands with the Community services Eastern sector of the Al Ain Municipality by conducting free medical checkups for visitors at Bawadi Mall from the 14-16 November to create awareness in the community.


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Win a Brand New YOU! To celebrate the launch of Splash’s new Autumn/Winter collection, we’re giving two lucky readers the chance to win a whole new look!

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he stunning fashion debut of the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection took place last month at Dubai’s Madinat Hotel and onlookers were treated to a show of fashion fit for royals in Raza Beig’s latest designs. With the AW’12 blockbuster trends already at the top of every fashionista’s shopping list, the Splash season collection offers high-voltage fashion trends drawing inspiration from the most popular catwalk trends across the globe. Ranging from a retro mix of the 19th century to tapestry and heritage classics, all the way to military styles alongside some Eastern futurism, the collection offers chic and elegant fashion. Floral and lace, Bohemian skirts, sharp tailoring, bonded fabrics, felted wool and silk are all featured in the latest collection and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to updating your wardrobe. Those lovely people at Splash are giving you the chance to win a transformation, with some brand new clothes & accessories courtesy of Splash, a photo shoot at the Splash store in Mall of the Emirates and hair and makeup provided by Al Ain’s Tips and Toes salon. To be in with a chance of winning simply tell us, in no more than 100 words, why you deserve a brand new look with Splash. We’ll select two lucky winners (one male and one female) to take advantage of this fantastic prize! What are you waiting for? Get writing! Email competition@ thesourceuae.com and don’t forget to include your name, age and contact details.

Closing date for entries… NOVEMBER 30 2012 The Source

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SPOTLIGHT ON AL AIN CONVENTION CENTRE Exhibitions, conferences and private events – if it happens in Al Ain, it happens in the Al Ain Convention Centre. Al Ain Convention Centre, or the AACC, is part of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and its strategy to develop the MICE industry for the city and its people. The AACC is a modern and flexible venue, capable of supporting the growth of the city and its need for event space as it develops as a diverse destination for business and leisure. It is an exceptional venue for exhibitions, conferences, weddings and other special events.

It is built in a unique architectural style that is in harmony with the city’s existing architecture with a marqueestyle roof, and offers combined (indoor and outdoor) event space of 24,000sqm. Two multi-purpose halls provide 12,000sqm of indoor exhibition space, and the auditorium seats 240 people. The open spaces are well connected by shaded walkways and the AACC boasts landscaped pedestrianfriendly areas, as well as free parking for up to 1,500 cars.

THE UPCOMING EVENTS SCHEDULE - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2012 EVENT NAME

HALLS

START

END

OPENING HOURS

Micro Project National Exhibition

Hall 2

08-11-2012

15-11-2012

*4pm - 10pm (all days) * Thursday 8/11 & Monday 12/11 (women Only)

Al Ain Fun Fair

Hall 2

21-11-2012

04-12-2012

Not Available

New Look 2012

Hall 2

10-12-2012

15-12-2012

Not Available

Al Ain Winter Fair

Hall 2

20-12-2012

30-12-2012

Not Available

T O F I N D O U T M O R E A B O U T H O S T I N G Y O U R N E X T E V E N T AT T H E

AL AIN CONVENTION CENTRE Tel: +971 (0) 2 444 6900 | Fax:+971 (0) 3 763 7678 w w w. a d n e c . a e / a l - a i n - c o n v e n t i o n - c e n t r e


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Fuelling Dreams of Football By Rawad Naser

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ith the London Olympics well and truly over, thoughts are turning to the year 2016 when the summer games will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro in the colorful country of Brazil. The United Arab Emirates is one country that hopes to use 2016 as a chance to build on their biggest ever succession of athletes as seen in this year’s games and in preparation, the sporting talents of youngsters up and down the country are being cultivated. Mubarak Al Ketbi is one such Emirati involved in this field. Earlier in 2012, Mubarak established United Academy for Athletic Services, the first company in Al Ain to combine sports training and social interaction in the community in a bid to attract and develop more youngsters to the sporting world. Born and brought up in Al Ain, Mubarak graduated from Al Ghurair University in 2011 and began working as a government employee. As a youngster, his passion was football and he was honored to play with Al Ain Football Club. Smiling, he explains why he decided to open a sports training academy, “my love and passion for football motivated me to exert more hard work in serving and directing the young talents of Al Ain, and that’s when the idea of establishing the United Academy popped into my mind.” People in the Al Ain community would ask him where their kids could go to improve their sports skills and cultivating their talents and so opening a Sports Academy seemed like a logical conclusion. His efforts were aimed at moving children away from “modern electronic games that occupy the lion’s share of our kid’s time” and instead having them focus on sports, which are a lot of fun and much healthier for youngsters. At present, the academy focuses on football and swimming, with a special swimming area under construction as we speak. As

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exploring talents, developing them and sending those who show promise in the direction of Al Ain Football Club.” Any youngsters who show talent and desire for sport are encouraged to enroll in the sports academy. For Al Ketbi, “sport is everything in my life”. Not only is it his business but it’s also his hobby, he spends the majority of his free time exercising and, when he’s not doing this, he can usually be found watching sport especially when his two favorite teams, Al Ain FC or Spanish giants Real Madrid are playing. Mubarak continues, “in recent years, Emirati sports have seen significant development thanks to the support of the country’s Sheikhs (may God protect them).” Not only have many sports facilities and councils been set up, but there is now also a comprehensive support system dedicated to helping youngsters develop their talents and abilities. When it comes to football, the UAE Football Association (UAEFA) are doing an excellent job of helping both national and club teams improve and develop. Mubarak is proud to be a part of this progress, telling us he simply “aims to serve the community and country.” In order for even more improvement he suggests “increasing the number of participating teams in the UAEFA tournament as well as the number of matches from one to two per week and diminishing the break in the middle of the tournament which can have a negative impact on the skill level of young players. When it comes to the national team, he is happy to see foreign players being introduced believing that this will “have a positive result and improve the national team’s overall performance.” As we bring our chat to an end, Mubarak calls on local young men to get involved in sport. He urges them, “let’s work for our beloved homeland, get used to the level of international sports and execute this all over the UAE.”

demand increases, the company looks set to grow with plans to include a variety of sports in the near future. The success of the business hasn’t been a picnic and Mubarak has had to overcome many obstacles. He explains that, “by the grace of Allah, this sports business was opened alongside the support of family and friends.” Now up and running, the academy offers scientific programs and appropriate work strategies for different levels of sporting abilities as well as great opportunities for talented youngsters to improve their skills. They organize weekly and monthly sports camps and assemblies during both summer and winter. The ethos behind the business is very much family orientated with “the company having both family and society educational objectives. We work hard to help create a new aspiring sports generation at a high level and we aim to build a good and healthy family. The company works on

LIFELESSONS • Obedience and honoring your parents are the keys to success. • People should work hard to serve society while developing themselves. • Every young man and woman should have a hobby or interest, which they should practice, take an interest in and enhance. • Motivating school students and taking good care of them is crucial in the development of the country.

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Ace That ParentTeacher Meeting

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By Khudayja Saloojee

n an ideal world, parent–teacher conferences are something that we should look forward to because as proud parents we bask in the glow of the teacher’s report on our flawless children. The reality, for many of us, is somewhat different. I don’t cherish my own school memories and whenever parentteacher conferences are scheduled, the daunting prospect of being back in the classroom fills me with dread. That being said, despite my anguish, I have discovered that parentteacher conferences are a good way to meet my children’s teachers and learn not only about their academic performances and their teacher’s expectations for them but also gain an insight into how well they are developing socially. Research indicates that students learn more and have higher grades when parents are actively involved in their children’s education. Attending parent-teacher conferences is a great way for parents to get involved and stay involved throughout the school year. Initially, I was a naïve, clueless parent, listening passively to the teacher’s comments. I always assumed the teacher was the expert, but over the years I’ve wised up and realized that teacher-parent conferences are a two-way dialogue that can be beneficial for both parents and teacher. Here are some things you can do to prepare ahead of time to get the most out of your meeting. Send back your conference form early Usually, teachers will send home a parent conference form noting the times, they are available to meet. If you’re one of the first parents to send the form back, you’re more likely to get your preferred time slot. Get your child’s input My daughters always feel a little anxious when they know that we’ll

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be talking to their teachers. It’s important you give your child the opportunity to tell you their likes or dislikes, or let you know if they’d like you to ask certain questions or talk about specific things. After the conference, be sure to brief them so they know what happened. Write down your questions If you have any specific queries or questions, jot them down as there’s nothing more frustrating than walking out the door and remembering something important you wanted to ask. Remember, the teacher may be on a tight schedule, so use time wisely to discuss important key concerns. Take a notepad and pen Write down any information the teacher gives you as often it’s hard to remember everything that has been discussed. I also take down notes about my children’s weaknesses and the strategies used to address the problems. Stay open-minded and don’t get defensive The teacher is likely to start with positive comments about your child. As a parent you want to hear wonderful things about your child, but bear in mind that you may also be told about areas where your child has room to improve. You’ll get better results asking why the teacher thinks your child is having trouble in a particular subject instead of telling them you think they’re not teaching properly. Tell the teacher of any changes at home If there has been a major upheaval such as the death of a close family member, divorce, a new baby or a house move etc. this can affect the way your child behaves at school, so be sure to let the teacher know. Key questions to ask the teacher: • What skills does my child have to master this year, especially in subjects such as Reading, Maths, English and Science? • What kind of information is used to evaluate students and how are grades determined? • What can I do at home to support the teacher’s efforts and complement what is happening in the classroom? • How do you accommodate differences in learning? • Does my child get with other children socially?

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news Canteen Staff Get Clued Up

Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in partnership with Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) have recently trained 150 private school representatives from across the emirate regarding food safety and healthy eating, including the types of food that should be made available at schools to student’s of different age groups. School canteen guide lines for the Abu Dhabi emirate were developed in collaboration with ADEC, HAAD and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) to ensure a safe food environment and encourage healthy eating. Dr. Arwa Al Midwahi, Senior Officer in the Community Health Division at HAAD, explained “Studies have shown that prevention of unhealthy food at schools plays a significant role in reducing diseases across a society. Earlier we had bad food habits due to the unhealthy items that were available at school canteens. Currently, the Abu Dhabi canteen guideline prevents unhealthy food and provides alternatives that contain fruits and vegetable which children and teenagers enjoy eating.”

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Hilal Al Marzouqi, Head of the School Canteens committee at ADEC, added that monitoring food quality, nutritional value and prices is in line with ADEC’s goals and objectives to ensure optimum services are provided for students.

Leadership Workshop For Principals Principals and vice principals from 30 selected private schools are currently attending a five week training course organized by Abu Dhabi Education Council’s (ADEC) School Improvement Division to help develop knowledge and skills regarding strategic planning and implementation. The training, entitled ‘Strategic Leadership Training for School Principals’, aims to create a self sustainable and supportive development environment, while enhancing the knowledge of principals and vice principals on the practical processes of strategic leadership. Engineer Hamad Al Dhaheri, ADEC’s Private School and Quality Assurance Executive Director explained, “The course helps principals move away from just being a school principal to being an individual who is in touch with all aspects regarding the school, including matters concerning stakeholders, the school owner, teachers and parents. They must be able to decide what the priorities are to help move their schools forward.” ADEC has also introduced an online portal service for private schools. Staff members have been given a username and password to access the portal for learning resources and they can also access national curriculums as well as ADEC’s in-house workshop materials.

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DIY: The Five Step Facial By Etdal Abougouche

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on’t want to shell out big bucks for a facial at a spa? Here are 5 easy steps to the perfect at-home facial!

1) CLEAN! Start by cleansing your face and neck using mild face wash and follow up with a toner to remove any excess oil or impurities, personally we like the L’Oreal Hydrafresh toner AED 22. 2) EXFOLIATE! Exfoliating keeps your skin looking smooth and radiant and helps remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores, which is why this is an important step. Apply a facial scrub on damp skin and gently massage onto your face and neck using your fingertips in a circular motion for about 1 minute. Wash off with a warm cloth and pat your face gently dry. 3) MASK! Choose a face mask that best suits your skin type, whether you have normal, oily, dry or combination skin, as using the right mask will help you achieve a glowing complexion. Apply

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the face mask as per the package directions; slice a cucumber and apply one round to each eye, then find a spot to lay back and relax; this is the perfect excuse to put your feet up! 4) LIP SCRUB! Using a lip scrub eliminates dry, flaky skin leaving your lips soft and subtle. Scrub your lips using a damp toothbrush for 15 seconds or be creative by making a homemade lip scrub. In a plastic bowl, mix 2 tbsps of brown sugar with ½ tsp of olive oil and rub the mixture on your lips for 15 seconds. Rinse off with warm water! Follow up by applying a lip balm or Vaseline to your lips to keep them super soft. 5) MOISTURIZE! This final step will seal the deal. Apply moisturizer to your face and neck and dab an eye cream around your eyes and voila, your skin will feel fresh, clean and beautiful. Aim to do this facial treatment twice a week to achieve a clear complexion and a glowing skin!


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MUSIC!

Underground Party: Get ready to rock the night away! 29 Nov, 8:30pm. Tickets AED50. Al Ain Rotana. Call 03 754 5111 or email fb.alain@rotana.com

Gotye Live in Dubai: Join the crowd to meet Gotye and Mashrou3 Leila. 23 Nov, 7pm.Tickets from AED250. Dubai World Trade Centre. Call 050 857 9838 or visit www.gotyedubai.com

SPORTS! 6 Hour Endurance Race: Test your karting skills! 23 Nov, 11am. Admission from AED 2500 per team. Al Ain Raceway. Call 03 768 6662 or visit www. alainraceway.com Yas Drag Nights: Come unleash the power of drifting and dragging! 22 Nov, 8pm12am. Participation fee AED150, Spectators AED30. Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi. Call 02 659 9999 or visit www. yasmarinacircuit.com

The Woman in Black: Watch-out for this terrifying thriller all the way from London’s West End! 21-30 Nov, 8-10pm. Tickets from AED 120. The First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah-Dubai. Call 04 366 6546 or visit www.seewomaninblack.com

THE MAIN EVENT

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Al Ain Rotana on 22 November. Bring your family and friends to Zest where you can enjoy a delicious traditional turkey dinner complete with all the trimmings. The perfect start to the festive season!

F1 Powerboat World Championship: Come watch this state-of-the- art water sports event. 30 Nov, 3-5pm. Corniche Breakwater Abu Dhabi. Call 02 687 5566 or visit www.adimsc.ae

Dubai Fighting Championship: A night of explosive mixed martial arts! 16 Nov, 7:30pm. Tickets from AED 200. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa-Dubai. Call 050 104 5008 or visit www.dubaifc.ae DINE-OUT! Thanksgiving Feast at Zest: (see main Event). 22 Nov, 6:30-10:30pm. Buffet from AED139. Al Ain Rotana. Call 03 754 5111 or email fb.alain@rotana.com Seafood Lovers Night: Delicious seafood delicacies! Every Thursday, 7-10pm. Buffet starts at AED130. Ayla Hotel. Call 03 761 0111 or email f.b@aylahotels. com

TECHNOLOGY! GETEX Autumn 2012: Boosting the academic growth of the country. 21- 24 Nov, Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre-Dubai. Call 04 335 5001 or visit www.mygetex.com Visual Arabia 2012: Meet some of the world’s greatest artists, designers and creative people. 24 Nov, 9am-7pm. Tickets at AED 195. Dubai World Trade Centre-Dubai. Call 04 440 9100 or visit www.visualarabia.com COMMUNITY!

ADNIC Yas Run 2012: Come join the region’s largest sporting event. 24 Nov, 5:30pm onwards. Kids AED50, Adults AED200. Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi. Call 02 659 9999 or visit www. adnicyasrun.ae

FAI World Parachuting Championships Mondial 2012: Look-out for over 800 parachuters drifting through the air. 28 Nov-9 Dec, 4pm onwards. Skydive Dubai-Dubai Marina. Call 04 324 4446 or visit www.wpcuae.ae

Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre-Dubai. Call 04 308 6623 or visit www.jewelleryshow.com

Al Ain Toastmasters: Speak out, improve your skills and boost your confidence. 20 Nov, 7:30pm, Tawam Hospital-Al Ain. Free Entrance. Call 050 663 2550 or visit www.alain. toastmastersclub.org LivCom Awards 2012: A community battle to win the title of the best place to live on the planet. 22-26 Nov, Al Ain Municipality TheatreAl Ain, Call 03 712 8000 or visit www.livcomalain.ae

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We Run Dubai-Night Race: Join other runners under the Dubai night sky. 23 Nov, 7pm. Tickets at AED165 per person. Atlantis-The Palm Jumeirah-Dubai. Call 056 788 7722 or visit www.werundubai.com

Classic Cars Expo: Check out a stunning collection of classic cars. 23 Nov-2 Dec, 12pm-12am. Khalifa Park-Abu Dhabi. Call 800 22220 for more info.

Bookfair: A treat for the whole family. 18-20 Nov, 8am-3:30pm. Al Ain English Speaking School. Call 03 7678636 or email asalives@hotmail.com

National Day Artifacts: Portraying the past and present in color. 23 Nov, 12pm12am. Khalifa Park-Abu Dhabi. Call 800 22220

FUN!

6th International Date Palm Festival 2012: Come celebrate UAE heritage and culture. 26 Nov-1 Dec, 10am-10pm. ADNEC-Abu Dhabi. Call 02 444 6900 or visit www.datepalmfestival.ae

Ice Skating Show: A chilling but thrilling extravaganza. 22 Nov-7 Dec, Al Ain Mall-Ice Rink. Call 03 766 0333 or email info@alainmall.net An Adventurous Ladies Night! Every Tuesday, 6-10pm. Admission at AED100. Wadi Adventure. Call 03 781 8488 or email info@wadiadventure.ae

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WINTER RECIPES

Cottage Pie

Arancini Ingredients 1 liter chicken stock | 2 tbsp olive oil | 1 small finely chopped onion | 1 crushed garlic clove | 1 cup arborio rice | 60g beef mince | 2 tbsp tomato puree | 2 cups breadcrumbs | 3 eggs, lightly beaten | 20g mozzarella, cut into 1cm cubes | 2 tbsp water | olive oil cooking spray Method • Preheat oven to 180°C. • Boil the chicken stock in a saucepan over a high heat. • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. • Add in the rice and cook for 2 minutes. Add 1/3 cup stock to rice mixture and continue cooking until it gets absorbed. Repeat with remaining stock, adding 1/3 cup at a time, until all liquid gets absorbed and rice turns tender and creamy. • Transfer the rice mixture into a baking pan. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over a medium high heat. Add mince and cook for 5-6 minutes or until brown. • Stir in the tomato puree and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. • Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place breadcrumbs on a plate. Stir 2 tbsp water in the beaten eggs. • Roll 1/4 cup risotto mixture into a ball. Press the ball to make a hole. Repeat the same procedure. • Place 1 tsp mince mixture and 1 piece of mozzarella in the hole of each ball. Enclose risotto mixture around the mince and cheese. Shape them into cones. • Dip each cone into the eggs, then breadcrumbs. Place on baking tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes. • Spray Arancini with olive oil and bake for 40 minutes or until brown. Serve hot or cold.

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Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil | 1 medium-sized brown chopped onion 1/2 kg lean beef mince | 1 carrot peeled and chopped 1 zucchini, chopped | 3 celery stalks, chopped 2 tbsp tomato paste | 1 can of chopped tomatoes 1/2 cup beef stock | 850g potatoes peeled and chopped 1/4 cup milk | 10g butter | 2 tbsp grated cheese 2 cups water | parsley to garnish Method • Preheat oven to 180 °C. • Sauté onions in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add mince and cook until browned. • Add carrot, zucchini and celery, and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and beef stock. Simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. • Boil the potatoes for 8-10 minutes in 2 cups of water. Drain. Cook the potatoes over a low heat. Mash and stir in butter and milk. Remove from heat and keep it aside. • Spoon mince into the ovenproof dish. Top with mash potatoes and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown. • Garnish with parsley and serve.

Mulled Apple Cider

Ingredients 6 cups apple juice | 1-2 tbsp of mulling spice mix (6 cinnamon sticks, 1 small nutmeg, 1/2 cup cloves, 1/2 cup allspice and zest of one orange) | 2 tbsp brown sugar | 2 sliced oranges | 2 sliced lemons Method • Combine apple juice, mulling spice mix, brown sugar, orange and lemon slices in a saucepan. • Heat over a medium heat until steaming. Allow to cool for a minute before serving.


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e all have a role or a job, something that we care about, that fills most of our time. Whether that’s working in business, going to the office or dedicating your efforts to the needs of your family the common thread is that it takes up a lot of our time and often leaves its mark when it comes to health and beauty. How many times have you looked in the mirror and thought, ‘I look tired!’

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By Mehak Alam

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Turning Pink at Al Ain Mall

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he 2nd Breast Cancer Awareness Go Pink Campaign took place at Al Ain Mall on 9 November, 2012.

The event saw a whole day of activities unfold in a bid to raise both awareness and funds for the cause. Things kicked off bright and early with a 2.5km Go Pink Walkathon starting at 8am. A huge turnout was visible with many groups, individuals, organizations, schools and companies coming forward to support the noble cause.

Beauty Centre. The participants showed tremendous courage in their approach to life after having been diagnosed with something which so drastically changed their lives and the show touched the hearts of many. Jane Adams, one of the participants and a cancer survivor, chatted to us and advised people to “go for mammograms regularly and don’t ever consider the ailment as a death sentence and the end of the world. Look at us, we are all living happily.” Amy Bassim, a Malaysian national who has survived breast cancer for 10 years, spoke to the audience advising people and women in particular, to take charge of their bodies as “if you detect it [breast cancer] early, you can survive.”

There was a carnival atmosphere as the walk got underway led by the deafening sounds of Dubai Drums. After the walk, participants enjoyed kid’s workshops, live entertainment, auctions and raffle prize draws. The Go Pink Walkathon is a collaborative initiative with Abu Dhabi Authority, Angels of Mercy Cancer Society and Al Ain Mall, and has been a resounding success since it began back in 2011. Mohammed Salem Al Ketbi, a participant whose mother and two aunts were diagnosed with breast cancer last year, was enthusiastically explaining, “I’m here to support the mothers, sisters and all the women in the society. Such campaigns help people to give their input and show the patients how much we care about them.” Sana Merchant happily said “this is my first time to be associated with something like this. I love Al Ain Mall for conducting such activities that help people become aware of such important things through a nice friendly environment.”

Foong Kwai, originally from China, was an active backstage participant, helping get the women organized and onto the runway. A breast cancer survivor herself, she values such events as a place for women to come together, have fun, bond with others who’ve been through similar experiences and realize that life continues.

Post-walkathon activities, such as the Go Pink Bake Sale, were a nice reward for walkers’ hard efforts with leading bakeries and coffee shops offering delicious sweet treats in exchange for a small donation to the campaigns funds. The day culminated in the fabulous ‘Go Pink Survivors Fashion Show’ which saw breast cancer survivors parade down the ramp in some of the hottest styles from Al Ain Mall’s leading fashion and beauty outlets including Al Horaibi, Spring, Faces And VLCC 24

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After the fashion show, the popular redheaded Ronald Macdonald entertained kids with an amusing show and the Step N Groove dance team stunned the crowds with their unique dance moves and incredible energy.

The fabulous Go Pink Survivor Fashion Show

Star Academy celeb Laila Iskandar graced the event with her attendance in support of breast cancer awareness and mesmerized the audience with her stunning vocals. The event was a resounding success and Al Ain Mall certainly did a great job in providing a platform for creating awareness about breast cancer. Well done to every one who took part.


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Al Ain’s Private Paradise By Farid Nouisser

t was while on the hunt for a venue for my youngest son’s birthday party that I discovered the Al Bada Resort. Having lived in Al Ain for over a year, I was pretty sure I’d scoped out all of the possible venues in town and was stunned to learn of this striking resort, situated deep in the rolling red dunes of Al Ain, but only a few minutes from the Garden City. This tiny piece of paradise is entirely luxurious with 60 individual chalets catering to the highest level of privacy and relaxation imaginable. At the other end of the spectrum, the resort offers an array of activities certain to appeal to anyone with an adventurous spirit. If you have kids, there is an area that will have them jumping for joy and keep them entertained for hours. If an invigorating workout is what you’re after then search no more as the fitness facilities are lacking in nothing. Why not take a quad bike out for a spin, hop on a dune buggy or soak in a peaceful sunset on horseback? There is an internet gaming zone, billiards, falconry and, of course, a stunning complex pool. For those seeking deluxe luxury, a few of the chalets also offer private swimming pools.

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When it comes to cuisine, the restaurant situated above the lobby offers stunning panoramic desert views and allows you to indulge in culinary delights ranging from delectable light snacks to an extensive a la carte menu. If you prefer a more informal dining setting then head out to the outdoor garden where you will be spoiled with the delights of authentic Arabic cuisine. Here you can dine to the tune of live Arabian music certain to enchant you under a dazzling canopy of twinkling stars. After a very reasonably priced meal, sit back and enjoy some shisha complimented with your choice of coffee or tea. This little resort is one of Al Ain’s best kept secrets and, now that I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing The Al Bada’s hospitality, I am determined to let the cat out of the bag and share the secret with our readers. What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy a blissful evening with family and friends. For more information and booking details visit www. albadaresort.com

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my world

Secrets on Sulawesi island By Rayan Yaqub alBikaadi

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Houses in Toraja Village

here is a well kept secret on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia which, in the 1860s, scientist Alfred Russel Wallace had the fortune to stumble across. Banti Murung is a small mountain in the Maros District. A gushing waterfall serves as the stunning backdrop to a magical encounter with a flood of friendly butterflies; all colors of the rainbow, all shapes and sizes. Wallace was so enchanted by this place that he set up a laboratory, which today serves as a museum.

blended together. Every year, people come to see the unique architecture where roofs are shaped like ancient Austronesia ships and the wood is cut so perfectly that no nails, ropes or glues are needed to hold it all together. The decorations on the houses have deep symbolic meaning and serve both to bring honor to the household by signifying wealth in the number of buffalo horns on display and to attract blessing and good fortune from the colors, characters and numbers displayed.

To get to Maros you must depart from the main city of Makassar Other unique events you should try to experience in include which is home to two major ethnic Torajan weddings and burial rite groups: the Makassarese and the ceremonies. Torajans leave their Buginese. Both had a long history dead in caves to decompose until of trade relations (goats for sea only the skeleton is left. A brave slugs!) with indigenous Australian visitor can have a photo taken by communities before the colonial candlelight in a cave holding the era and, despite hostile official skull of a deceased person if they British policies from the early wish. After the bones are recovered, 19th century, continued trading they carve effigies to symbolize until 1907. Not too far outside of their dead and place them in pairs town are the floral hills of Malino with effigies of their spouses before where a Catholic nunnery resides display them on shelving carved in spiritual tranquility. Another into the mountainside. attraction is Pantai Lesari, near the old Dutch Forts, which is a The winding roads to Toraja are corniche by the ocean and home admittedly quite hellish but the views to many delicious restaurants. are spectacular and distract you I highly recommend the crabs from the constant threat of falling Thousands of colorful butterflies reside in the Maros District which are delectable, gigantic to your death. A quaint teahouse at and inexpensive. If, however, you do decide to go north onto the the half way point has a trained eagle that you can feed and take paradisiacal Maros via Hasanuddin University and Daya, you will photos with. As a Muslim traveler, remember to be aware as much be on your way to another exciting, though not quite so secret, of the food is not halal. tourist destination - Tana Toraja. Further north is the area of Manado which is known for great Before reaching this exotic region, you will pass some of the most snorkeling, diving and fascinating marine life including turtles, unique places you can ever imagine: Pantai Tanjung Bira where dolphins and whales. I have yet to explore this region, but I am the water is such a pure and rich hue of cobalt blue you could be certain that, like the rest of the island, it is unlikely to disappoint. forgiving for suspecting it’s a dream, the mysterious Kajang village that refuses to use electricity or trade money on-site and obeys the spiritually powerful Muslim Ama Toa (elders), Pare-pare (home of former President Habibi) where children in the high-altitude emerald mountains play quirky bamboo trumpets and wear the hats of Spanish conquistadors, Pinrang where deer prance along the plains and forests where flashing neon fireflies dash around in the grass; creating same truly magical experiences. This illusion of living amongst the stars may have inspired the traditional mythologies of the Toraja people who now have a syncretistic religion with Catholic, animist and Islamic practices

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HOROSCOPE

Happy Birthday SCORPIO! Scorpio is the eighth zodiac sign and those born under this sign are often super serious in their mission to learn about others. The curiosity of a Scorpio is immeasurable, which may be why they make such adept investigators. Fearless Scorpios rarely lose; they keep on going using their stubbornness and determination to power through and succeed. Scorpios work as hard as they can so that, someday, they will be able to sit back and feel satisfied with what they have achieved. When it comes to love, those born under the Scorpio are intense, passionate and filled with desire. However, they do soften when it comes to their partner and show great devotion and care. They can also be very complex individuals and have a penchant for secrecy. Scorpions are ruled by the planets Mars and Pluto. This planetary combination makes for people who are motivated, penetrating and aware. They are intuitive, probing and focused, keen to know who is who and what is what. Scorpios can have short fuses and sharp tempers, especially if someone gets in their way, so it’s best to give them plenty of room. They love competition in both work and play, which is why they do well in sports.

‘Sinister’ is a thrilling horror starring Ethan Hawke as true-crime novelist Ellison Oswalt. Ellison moves his family into the same house as a murdered family and uses the murders as the basis for his new novel. He discovers a mysterious box of home movies and watches the films, all depicting families murdered in various ways. After watching these movies, his family is plunged into a nightmarish experience filled with supernatural horrors.

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