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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 To coincide with last month’s Human Trafficking Awareness day, we take a look at Ewa’a Shelter in Abu Dhabi – an organization intent on fighting this shocking crime

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STUFF FOR MEN Archery enthusiasts flock to see most expensive bow in the world

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AL MAJLIS HE Sarah Shuhail, director of Ewa'a Center in Abu Dhabi, speaks to us about her daily fight to save innocent women EDUCATION Which way now? university options

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URBAN WOMAN Stress-busting solutions for today’s busy women

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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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BUSINESS Zumba aficionado and inspiring entrepreneur Chelsea McGregor talks business with us

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RECIPES Spice up your life with our delicious Mexican recipes

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FEATURE Walking for a cause with Al Ain’s Rotana Hotel

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My Emirate All the colors of the rainbow at Emirates National Auto Museum

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MY WORLD New York, New York – so good they had to sing it twice!

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Letter from the Editor

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or such a short month, February has certainly been a busy one! It feels like only yesterday that issue 40 hit the shelves and here we are back again with a brand new magazine! This issue, we decided to get a little serious and sent Mehak and Hanadi off to Ewa’a – the organization that

provides shelter and support for victims of human trafficking in the UAE. It was certainly an eye-opening experience for the ladies who came back humbled and with tears in their eyes. Read Mehak’s Al Majlis interview with HE Sarah Shuhail, Managing Director at Ewa’a, to discover exactly how this inspirational woman stays strong in the

MANAGING DIRECTOR Mona Hennawi EDITOR IN CHIEF Mahra Saeed Al Muhairi EDITOR Hayley Skirka ASSOCIATE EDITOR Khudayja Saloojee JUNIOR WRITER Mehak Alam

face of so much adversity. Then turn to page 12 to find out more about the worldwide problem of human trafficking and what’s being done to help. We’re also proud to be the media sponsors for the Rotana’s 3rd Walkathon for Children with Cancer. Taking place on Friday 22nd February, The Source team will be there to promote such a worthwhile cause and we hope some of you guys can join us! As the inspirational

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LIFE Every person has a dream Every person wants a life Every person walks a path To end up in another life

Every minute is passing Every day is going We don’t realise what’s missing Until grey hair is showing

The Case of Wacky The Missing World Dreadlocks A Zimbabwean national who passed out in a nightclub in Johannesburg, woke up in shock when he discoverd that his long dreadlocks had been stolen! Thieves had left his wallet and phone alone but had chopped off his dreads as he slept! Dreadlocks are in high demand in South Africa with some selling for up to AED1000!

What are we working for We come to realise What are we living for Too late to apologize Life goes on but the road has an end So live your life and be happy this is for you my friend life is short stop wasting time make your dreams come true Being happy is not a crime by Fadwa Abushamat, Al Ain Congratulations The Source UAE, on reaching the momentous milestone of 2000 Face book fans! May 2000 fans grow to 3000 fans as soon as possible! More power to you and may you go from strength to strength! I am sure ly going to tell all my friends to join your ama zing page. You can definitely be assured of my total support at all times. I am your lucky 2000 th Facebook fan and I feel greatly honored and extremely proud to be the chosen one! May I take this opportunity to wish you and your magnificent team the very best for the future. May all your hopes, dreams and aspirations com e true! Lots of love, Cheers, Andree Attieh - A loyal The Sour ce UAE fan for life and PROUD to be one

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ENVIRONMENT KEEP OUR EARTH HEALTHY

Earth is a vast and beautiful place that we should be proud to call home. However, to keep our planet beautiful, we all have to do our bit to ensure it stays clean and healthy. Buy fair trade or organic food that is locally produced in order to reduce pollution and carbon emission with less shipping transportation and packaging. If possible, plant your own mini-garden, from where you can grown and enjoy fresh and healthy food while reducing your carbon footprint.

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SHAM’AH is the Arabic word for candle.

If you want to tell someone to light a candle you would say ‘Adea Sham’ah’


news

Casting call for Emiratis

Wild Dogs Kill

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A pack of hungry, wild dogs raided an Al Ain cattle market after closing time, attacking both the sheep and goat pen. The dogs killed 35 animals worth approximately AED30000. The matter is currently under investigation and preventative measures have been taken to ensure the incident is not repeated.

Honing Safe Driving Skills Sixty-four Emirate Transport drivers in Al Ain recently attended lessons in safe driving by the traffic and police patrol section. The traffic department rolled out a traffic-awareness program that aims to reduce the number of accidents caused by negligent driving. This is an edited version of a story that originally appeared in The National newspaper on 9 February, 2013. For the full version, please go to www.thenational.ae

Fresh from the Farmer Al Ain residents will soon have the option of buying local fruit and vegetables directly from the farmer. The Farmers’ Services Centre has announced the opening of six fruit and vegetable markets in the Garden City before the end of the year. Farmers will be able to set up stalls for free and the centre brand ‘Local Harvest’ will also have a stand. Fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit as well as eggs, honey and live birds will be on offer from over 1000 local farmers. This is an edited version of a story that originally appeared in The National newspaper on 14 February, 2013. For the full version, please go to www.thenational.ae

Image Nation Abu Dhabi are looking for Emirati nationals aged 17-21 to take part in an upcoming television documentary taking place in the Philippines in April 2013. Abu Dhabi residents or students within the age range and with fluent English skills can contact Image Nation, the company behind ‘Men In Black 3’, ‘Sea-Shadow’ and many other feature films, to register their interest in this all expenses paid Spring Break Adventure. For more details call 050 454 5934 or email casting@imagenation.ae

New Address System For Capital Finding your favorite restaurant or explaining your location is set to get a whole lot easier thanks to the development of a unified address system by the Department of Municipal Affairs in Abu Dhabi. The new address system will uniquely identify each location and include a building number, street name, city name, emirate and assigned postcode.

The pilot project has already begun in Al Falah and Mariah Island in Abu Dhabi and will continue for four months. If the project is deemed successful, it will be rolled out across the other Emirates.

Bringing Society Together Last week, students from UAE University, Al Ain University and Umm Fazal School visited Al Najah Private Rehabilitation Centre, located in Al Markhaniya district in Al Ain for a day of interaction. Manager Mustafa Al Badrawi, welcomed students into the highly colorful, sensory environment and kicked off the morning by coordinating a friendly basketball match between students and kids attending the centre. Feedback from the university students was very positive and the children were delighted to receive flowers and gifts. Mr. Al Badrawi commended everyone involved commenting, "these types of activities connect the children of Al Najah Private Rehabilitation Centre with other society members and creates a feeling of likeness and brotherhood." The Source

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Grade 3 Ghaith takes first place Grade 3 pupil Ghaith Mohammed Salem Al Ghafli, from Saladin School in Al Ain, took first place in ADEC’s first ever Braille contest organized by Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs. Omar Fayex Al Amri from Al Tamayoz School grabbed the second spot marking a huge success for Garden City students. Under the slogan ‘Everybody Reads’, the competition was conducted as part of Abu Dhabi Education Council’s (ADEC) aim to encourage all students, visually impaired or otherwise, to develop their reading skills and explore their literary talents.

Ms. Fatima Ahmad Al Kaabi, Head of Special Education Services at the Al Ain Regional Office, explained “Thanks to ADEC’s continuous support and guidance, we are keen to interact effectively with the community through participating in activities and events to fulfill these goals… we encourage our students to participate in such contests.” The Zayed Higher Organistation helps promote the use of Braille for cultural growth and language development and supports its integration in schools and the workplace across the emirate.

New bus terminal for Al Ain

Abu Dhabi Executive Council, under the chairmanship of Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Tourism and Culture Authority Abu Dhabi, have announced plans to build a new bus terminal in Al Ain at the existing site of the current terminal. Musanada, a service company serving the Government of Abu Dhabi, has been given the go ahead to develop the terminal which will also consist of a waiting hall, convenience stores and a taxi rank.

A healthy body for aviation students HCT launch Wadhef Emirati Drive HCT Al Ain Men’s College is leading the way with the second installment of their innovative program embracing the vision of the UAE’s leaders in regards to Emiratization. Entitled Wadhef Emirati, the scheme aims to increase young nationals’ awareness regarding local employment opportunities and provides support in assisting candidates map out their future career pathways. It also offers sponsorship for talented local men and women, supporting them financially and socially as they go through their studies. The campaign kicked off on February 12th and will continue on Tuesday 26th February and 5th March when countless companies and recruiters will participate including Tawam Hospital, Abu Dhabi General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE Presidential Guard, National Petroleum Construction Company. 12

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Abu Dhabi Polytechnic's branch in Al Ain in the premises of the former Al Ain International Aviation Academy, hosted an open health day themed ‘A Healthy Body’ in association with the Aviation Club last week. Affiliated with the Institute of Applied Technology, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic's open day kicked off with a huge marathon followed by a blood donation drive and a fascinating demonstration from police dogs. Dental and optometry care, personal hygiene tips and healthy habits were demonstrated to attendees and students were impressed with the activities on offer.

UAEU Professor Secures Patent Dr. Azam Beg, an Associate Professor at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), has been awarded a Patent from the Intellectual Property Office in the UK for his data transfer invention.

“transfers the data in the cache memory in an intelligent way, reduces the need of data replacement in the cache and saves energy, increases computer efficiency and application execution speed.”

His idea is based on an improved method of transferring information between a computer and its memory, accelerating the process and reducing required energy consumption. Doctor Beg explained the fundamentals as a device which

He added, “I would like to express my appreciation to the University management for their support and wish for this invention to be recognized as one of many great achievements of the University.”


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Al Dhafra no match for Al Ain Al Ain swept to a stunning 3-0 victory over first division Al Dhafra last week leaving the home team to swallow their pride and learn from their errors.

A win for United Victory was well deserved for United Academy as they took a fantastic 4-2 win over visitors Skelps FC from Kuwait. Many parents and football fans came out to catch the action at last week’s game in the Garden City.

United Academy seeks to create opportunities for young enthusiasts to learn football with specialist training programs formulated to create a truly excellent next athletic generation. They also do a great job scouting talent for Pro-league champions Al Ain FC.

Ismaeil opened the scoring for the Garden City after only 14 minutes game time and Ali added another just before the halftime whistle. The second half saw Al Dhafra gain some composure but not enough to stop Al Ain who rubbed salt in their wounds with another goal in the 76th minute from Alex Brosque. Al Dhafra’s Coach insisted his team, currently playing in the first division, would learn from the match in a bid to enhance their chances of competing regularly in the pro-league.

Muhammad Ali’s

Daughter in Abu Dhabi The daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali, is coming to Abu Dhabi on March 8th as part of Inspire Sports Management’s ‘Inspirational Women of Fitness’ event. The four times World Boxing Champion, triathlon athlete and fitness expert is excited to be heading to the capital as part of

International Women’s Day. She will be joined by Rachel Omolewu, body builder and fitness presenter and a leading number of health and fitness experts who will conduct classes and information sessions throughout the day. The event is part of the public health campaign ‘Diabetes – Knowledge – Action’ and you can find out more at www. inspiresports.ae

See Laila Ali in Abu Dhabi next month

Victory for Wessels in Wilson Tennis Cup Dutchman Peter Wessels took first place in the Abu Dhabi Wilson Tennis Cup Men’s Open at Zayed Sports City earlier this week despite some strong competition from longstanding rival Emirati Omar Behroozian. After the match, Wessels commented “It was very tough today. Matches against Omar are always tough, even when I win in two sets. Physically for me, this was the toughest final I have played against him. I was really struggling out there, but I made it and I am very happy.” All was not lost for Behroozian however, who took gold in the Men’s Doubles with partner Dale Fawcett. The ladies title was won by Magali De Lattre, who beat Dragana Zaric in a gripping final. Wessels celebrates his victory over Behroozian

The results brought to an end the UAE’s biggest amateur tennis event which saw over 495 players participate over the two-week period. The Source

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T S N I A G A R E H T E G O T

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G N I K C I F RAF Slavery still exists - it’s just better hidden. We need to come together to help free victims of human trafficking, an escalating crime against humanity. By Hayley Skirka

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feature Ioana* was 18-years-old and scared. Hailing from a tiny village in the north of Moldova, both her parents long since dead, she had been desperate for money when her boyfriend told her she could easily find work as a waitress in Turkey. Jumping at the chance to gain some independence, she let him organize the trip, pay her airfare and even kissed him goodbye as he dropped her at the airport. She trusted him completely – after all they had been dating for over two years. A friend of his met her at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport where he informed her that the waitressing job had already been filled. Reassuringly, he told her not to worry, that he would take her to Dubai where there was more than enough work. Disappointed but optimistic, Ioana agreed, especially after a phone call to her boyfriend who assured her the friend was legit. They flew to Dubai together and were met by an Arab man at the airport. A few hours later, a woman from Turkmenistan arrived and took Ioana to an apartment in Dubai. That was when reality hit - Ioana had been sold. The woman had handed money over to the man and Ioana’s passport had been taken from her. Reaching the downtown apartment, a terrified Ioana discovered five other Moldovan women, who told her they lived there and worked as prostitutes in nightclubs to pay off their ‘airfare debt’. The Turkmenistan woman, essentially the girls’ pimp, was aggressive and violent, beating girls who disobeyed and a petrified Ioana had no choice but to get to work. She was beaten if she refused to have sex and was told she would be paid only after covering the expenses of bringing her to the country. Every day, she was taken to apartments across town for sex or to nightclubs where she was forced to solicit, while an ever present burly security guard made sure there was no chance of escape. Finally, one day, Ioana got access to a client’s mobile phone and managed to send a desperate text message to a friend in Moldova, who alerted authorities in Dubai enabling them to trace her whereabouts and rescue her from her captors. Sadly, Ioana is one of the lucky ones. Millions of victims are trafficked worldwide and the majority of them have no chance of escape. Recent figures from the United Nations (U.N.) show that over 2.4 million people every year are victims of human trafficking at any given time and that only 1 in every 100 is ever rescued. Hollywood actress Mira Sorvino is the face of this modern day slave trade, lobbying Congress since 2009 to stand up to traffickers and constantly thrusting the problem into the public sphere. Speaking as a U.N. goodwill ambassador last year Mira divulged, “More is spent in a single month [in the US] fighting the war on drugs than all monies ever expended domestically or internationally fighting slavery from its inception.” More has to be done. Here in the UAE, authorities have recently declared war on the problem. Since 2006, strict measures have been introduced including Federal Law 51 which states that human trafficking crimes can now carry life sentences. In 2007, the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT) was initiated to implement the required legislation to help prevent trafficking. The Committee is also responsible for providing ongoing training to police, prosecutors and airport staff to help them identify trafficking victims. In 2009, Abu Dhabi became the first emirate to open a women’s refuge with the inception of the first Ewa’a Shelter, a nongovernmental entity working under the umbrella of the UAE Red Crescent. Hollywood star Mira Sorvino has said the fight against human trafficking is her calling

The shelter is managed by Her

Excellency Sarah Shuhail who, along with her staff, has to strive to remain emotionally strong despite some of the soul-destroying cases they come across. Recently, they had a case where the victim was a young girl, barely 5-years-old. With cases like this it’s hard not to question humanity. The women at the center provide shelter, emotional support and medical assistance to victims whilst the government undertakes the process of prosecuting their captors. The Ewa’a Centers are a huge step in the right direction in combating human trafficking – a terrible crime which is essentially modern day slave trading. However, much more remains to be done. Raising awareness, encouraging a vigilant society and fostering a community spirit are small changes that can add up to help eradicate trafficking and give everyone their right to live with dignity.

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WAYS TO JOIN THE FIGHT

1. Be vigilant. Know the signs of trafficking and call the hotline on 800 SAVE (800 7283) to report any suspicions. 2. Spread awareness. 3. Donations of clothing, gifts and supplies are always greatly appreciated at Ewa'a. Why not host a charity drive at your child’s school or in your workplace? 4. Donate financially. Despite an annual budget the shelter is always in need of resources. Anyone looking to donate can do so at Al Hilal Bank: Ewa’a Shelter: account number 02200789023. 5. Volunteer. Whether you teach English, painting, drama or business, use your ability to help shelter victims rebuild their lives. The Source

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REJOICE! By Hayley Skirka

Archery enthusiasts hang onto your bows, you’re about to be blown away with the latest offering from German Specialists Archery Logistics. A gold-plated bow and arrow intricately decorated with UAE motifs and the world’s most expensive bow! Priced at around AED130000 the bow is a one-of-a-kind and has never been fired. Hubert Wurtsthorn, the creator and designer of the dazzling product, wants the buyer to be the first person to ever fire the arrow. “I did this especially for the UAE, archery’s deeply rooted in the Arab culture” said Hubert when asked about his motivation for the product. Made of 25-carat gold, hand-painted Arabian horses adorn the bow while real falcon feathers grace the seven golden arrows in the accompanying carry case. Rubies, emeralds and diamonds make up the UAE symbols on the bow’s release mechanism adding up to one impressive bow! With archery having long been practiced in the UAE, it’s up there with pearl diving, camel racing and horse racing as a time honored tradition; we doubt there will be a shortage of buyers for this exquisite piece, despite its exuberant price tag!

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Fighting

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honor & passion By Mehak Alam

Her Excellency Sarah Ibrahim Shuhail, Executive Director of Ewa'a Shelters speaks about Human Trafficking.

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ast week, I had the humbling opportunity to sit with HE Sarah Ibrahim Shuhail, the Executive Director of Ewa’a Shelters for Women and Children – an organization that is essentially the backbone of humanitarian work carried out by the UAE Red Crescent Authority in terms of helping victims of human trafficking. Her Excellency was warm and friendly, welcoming me into her office and happy to show me around the shelter’s facilities. After a career in education spanning three decades, Ms. Shuhail came to her position with a wealth of life experience. After witnessing some of the awful tragedies of human trafficking, she was spurred into action to give something back to society, and to her beloved country, by taking charge of Ewa’a Shelters in an attempt to provide psychological help, here medical care and legal support to those who have suffered at the hands of traffickers. Initiated back in 2008 at the decision of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the organization now successfully runs three shelters, one in Abu Dhabi, one in Sharjah and the third in Ras al Khaimah. Over a hundred women have since passed through Ewa'a Shelters and the duty takes its toll on its dedicated team. And yet, looking at this smiling, inspirational woman, you would never know. Speaking with passion, Ms. Shuhail explains that she draws her strength from the mother of the nation, HH Fatima bint Mubarak, the widow of the late HH Sheikh Zayed (may God rest his soul). Not only does HH Fatima provide financial support to the shelter, but she remains ever present in order to guide the organization in the right direction, sit with and listen to the victims and provide mental support for Sarah Shuhail and her team of committed staff. Smiling fondly, Sarah tells us, “HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has been a great role model. Her role during my time in the field of education and, of course, here at the shelters is very much appreciated and never goes unnoticed."

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and forced her into the sex-trade. Her heart bleeds for the women and even more for the children of the victims, who are entirely unaware of what's going on but are all too aware of the negative effects and uprooting of their mothers. In order to combat this negativity, Ms. Shuhail and her staff try their utmost to create a homely atmosphere in the Ewa’a Shelters to provide a sense of normality for the victims. She explains, “The main objective behind opening the shelters was to provide the existing victims in the different emirates with a safe and secure place, in addition to creating a sense of normality." The victims arrive physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted and a lot of Sarah’s role involves listening. “We listen to their painful stories and aim to help bring them out of that dark phase of their life. Medical help is provided and counseling is offered as well as re-creational activities to help women get their lives back on track and reclaim their right to normality.”

Women get the chance to try new skills & crafts while residing at Ewa'a

Ms. Shuhail's previous experience in education also helps to keep her focused on the task at hand. Having served the Ministry of Education for 31 years, Her Excellency has seen more than her fair share of problems, dilemmas and solutions. As a school principal, she explains that she “was like a mother figure to all my students, as well as being their care-taker, teacher, instructor and trainer. For the up-bringing of a generation that yields fruitful results, I had to treat them as a mother treats her children.” This motherly nature is clearly evident in her work at Ewa’a, where she shares an emotional connection with many of the victims. Certainly, such a delicate subject has caused Ms. Shuhail to suffer many a sleepless night and she recalls her early days in the position, “Almost daily I would come across very depressing incidences that would make me question humanity and how anyone could conduct such an inhumane act.” However, she realized she has no choice but to toughen up in order to be the support that the victims so desperately needed. Every day she got a little bit stronger and never lost sight of her goal of helping any victim by any means possible. Of course, that’s not to say that Ms. Shuhail is now able to block out the emotional distress that goes along with her role as Managing Director at Ewa’a. She tells us the distressing tale of a married woman, who was brought to the country by her husband, where he then revealed himself to be a trafficker and forced the shocked woman into prostitution. Another woman, who was 45-years-old, was employed by a tailor when her brother-in-law approached her

Society has recognized Ms. Shuhail's work, honoring her with the Most Inspirational Arab Woman at L’Officiel Abu Dhabi Arab Women Awards last year as well as the title of CEO Middle East’s Outstanding Contribution to Humanitarian Causes. It was truly humbling to sit with such an inspirational woman and I’m pleased to share some of her life lessons with you...

LIFE LESSONS

• If you believe in yourself, you can face any hurdle in your life. • Every one is equally responsible in preventing crimes. Play your role in society and work to create a peaceful world. • Always fight the negativity in life. The Source

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education

Where to

NOW?

Choosing where to study is no mean feat. Be sure to carefully consider your options before you make your decision, after all, there’s a good chance you’re going to be there for the next four years.

By Bob Studholme By Bob Studholme

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t’s that time of year when high school or college students are beginning to think about the next step. Deciding what you want to do is only one part of the equation. Once you get that far down the line, you then need to consider where exactly you’re going to do it.

When it comes to choosing which university you’re going to opt for, there’s no flow chart to help you out. Instead there’s a range of questions that you need to consider. And consider carefully. They aren't in any particular order, but you should think about each of them before making your final decision. First up, does the university in question have the course that you want to take? That might seem obvious, but it can happen that they run courses similar, but not exactly the same as the one you want. Secondly, will they take you? Now, you can look at this one from two directions. Lots of people want

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to go to universities like Harvard or Cambridge, but they won't take just anyone. The other side of it is that they might take you if you look interesting enough to them. Check out the admission procedures, you might be surprised. Similarly, can you afford to go there? Again, there’s two ways of looking at this. Many universities offer scholarships to students that they would really like to have. Before you reject a place as being overly expensive, you should find out if they might pay some or all of your fees. Another question is how easy is it to get there from home? Some students want to come home (with bags of laundry) every week, while others are happier to be out there on their own, proving that they can make it by themselves – a bit difficult to do if you are a short taxi ride away. Some research before choosing where you are going to study may just change your life, so it's definitely worth doing.


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I tweet, but can I search? By Yasmine Ali

Not so long ago, my students persuaded me to start ‘tweeting’. At first I was hesitant, but now I have to admit that I’m enjoying the interaction outside the classroom. Seeing how smartphones, laptops and iPads are so readily available in every student’s hands, it’s fairly obvious that digital know-how has jumped into the mainstream of education with full force. Digital literacy can be defined as having the skills to effectively and critically use, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technology (e.g. computer, tablet, or cell phone). Obviously, kids today are digital wizards. But we should ask ourselves: are they really ‘search-savvy’? Most likely, if we were to give our students a topic to research, they would quickly get online and ask captain ‘Google’ for the information. They would then, more than likely, take one of the first results that comes up on the screen. What we need to teach students is that the items listed are likely in order of popularity, not in order of reliability. Being able to critically and fundamentaly search is an important aspect of digital literacy that needs to be developed. How do we develop that skill and help our learners become search-savvy? Here are some of the key points… 1. Begin with training of critical thinking and language skills. Narrowing their focus to a more specific idea, and then selecting key words or synonyms that will help them to search for a given topic. 2. Next, show them how to utilize the diverse search tools that various search engines offer. For example, searching by images, news, or reading level. Here are just a few search engines that are very kid-friendly and would be great fun to practice on. l Kids Click (www.kidsclick.org) l Yahoo Kids (kids.yahoo.com/search) l Fact Monster (www.factmonster.com) l Quintura Kids (quinturakids.com) l Ask.com (www.ask.com) 3. Demonstrate how to critically sort through results. Take the time to teach about credible resources, scholastic-based resources and valid resources. Some critical questions to ask when deciding if the information is credible are: a. Who is responsible for the website? Is it from a trust-worthy organization? b. Who wrote the information? Does the author have any credentials or experience? c. When was the information written? Is it current and still relevant? d. Are the sources cited? Or is it just someone’s opinion? Love it or hate it, the digital age is here to stay and sharp searching skills for every student is a must!


urban woman

Chill Out!

Stress is something that most of us have to face at some point in our lives. Whether its work related, family or relationship stress, if you’re like many of today’s busy women chances are you’ll have experienced it. In fact, today’s fast-paced society means that many of us have become so accustomed to daily stress that we’ve actually forgotten how to switch off! If you’re nodding your head in agreement then read on for some great stress-busting tips. By Mehak Alam

Conversation is not merely discussion

Chatting about how you’re feeling is one of the best remedies for relieving tension. Get together with a group of your girlfriends and simply chat. You don’t have to make it an intense emotion revealing session, just talk about anything. The socialization aspect will also help zen you out and destress your mind while you’ll get some comfort in the fact that you’re not the only one feeling stressed to the max!

Don’t be a slob

Yes, it can be tempting to lounge around all day in your pajamas, hair unbrushed and fluffy slippers on and every once in a while it can even be a good thing. But, if you find that you’re struggling to get up and at ‘em then a good way to remedy this is simply to put on some makeup and dress in an outfit that you love. The instant boost you’ll get will help you get out there and face the stress head on.

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Entertainment! Diamonds in the Sky All White Party: Dress in white and sparkle the night away! 28 Feb, 7pm. Tickets AED100. Danat Al Ain Resort. Call 055 504 7632, email wllnorton@aol.com or visit www.facebook.com/events/420074478067733 Mariachi Band: Let this Mexican troupe put you in serious shopping mode. Until 10 March, timing vary. Al Ain Mall. Call 03 766 0333 or visit www.alainmall.net Short+Sweet Dubai: The largest festival of 10 minute theater hits Dubai. 21-23 Feb, 27 Feb-2 Mar, 8am onwards. Admission from AED50. DUCTAC-Mall of the Emirates. Call 052 837 0405 or visit www.shortandsweet.org Dubai Chamber Orchestra @ The Fridge: Don't miss this fab musical evening. 25 Feb, 8-10pm. Tickets AED50. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 Dubai. Call 04 347 7793 or visit www. thefridgedubai.com Romeo & Juliet-Globe Education: The tale of star-crossed lovers hits the UAE. 3 & 4 March, 8-10:30pm. Tickets AED50. Abu Dhabi Theatre. Call 02 651 0323 or visit www.abudhabifestival. ae Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs: The famous fairy tale characters come alive. 24 Feb-2 March, 9am-6pm. Admission from AED99. National Theatre, Abu Dhabi. Call 050 337 6335 or visit www.skyevent.ae Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation: Celebrate the visual extravaganza of music, special effects and mind-blowing performances! 28 Feb-9 March, timings vary. Admission from AED150. Qasr Al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi. Call 050 611 8019 or visit www.QasrAlHosnFestival.ae Chris Tucker Live: This funny man is sure to get you laughing aloud. 28 Feb & 1 Mar, 7:30pm. Admission from AED195. Du Forum-Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Call 02 509 8000 or visit www. thinkflash.ae Barry Hilton Stand-Up Chameleon: The South African comedian is ready to make you laugh out loud! 21-23 Feb, 8pm. Tickets AED185. Madinat Theatre-Jumeirah, Dubai. Call 04 366 6546 or visit www.madinattheatre.com Fun-Time! Hili Fun City: (see main event) Head to Hili for a great time with family and friends! Mon-Sat, timings vary. Admission from AED45. Call (03 784 5542 or visit www.hilifuncity.ae Capture the Moment: Submit snaps of your favorite animals and win with Al Ain Zoo. Until 31 Mar, Al Ain Zoo. Call 800 555 or visit www. awpr.ae 3rd Walk for a Cause: Help raise money for kids with cancer. 22 Feb, 8-11am. Participation AED10. Al Ain Rotana. Call 03 754 5111 or email marketing.alain@rotana.com Free Trial Dance Day: Try out a few difference styles to see which is for you! 23 Feb, 4-9pm. Free Admission. Step n Groove Dance Studio-Al Ain. Call 050 113 8144 or 055 659 9001 or visit www.stepngroovedance.com Al Ain Spring Fair 2013: Some of the best deals in town! 3- 24 March, Free Admission. Al Khabisi Hall. Al Ain Convention Centre. Call or visit www.adnec.ae/al-ain-convention-centre/ whatson 25 Years of Arab Creativity: Travel down an artistic pathway back in time. 5-31 March, 11am-10pm. Free Admission. The GalleryEmirates Palace. Call 02 651 0331 or visit www.abudhabifestival.ae

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Hili Fun City was first known as the Disneyland of the GCC, with visitors from all over the region including several royal families and VIPs flocking there. The much loved theme park's revamped image sees the park boasting loads for today’s adventure seekers. As well as over 30 attractions and rides, you can check out the amazing new live shows at the park’s amphitheater where you’ll see clowns, singers and dancers galore and don’t forget to meet the park’s new migrating water birds who’ve just landed at the Sinbad Cruise attraction!

FAMILY FUN FOR ALL! Qasr Al Hosn Festival: Celebrate 250 years of history! 28 Feb-9 March, timings vary. Admission from AED150. Qasr Al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi. Call 800 FLASH (35274) or visit www. qasralhosnfestival.ae

Abu Dhabi Traditional Rowing Race: Gear-up for an action-packed event! 23 Feb, 2-5:30pm. Free Admission. Breakwater Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Call 055 899 0715 or visit www.abudhabievents.ae

Spring Bazaar: Sell and buy anything from handmade art & crafts to used items and local products. 22 Feb, 12-8pm. Free Admission. Du Forum-Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Call 050 491 8160 or visit www.connect.aldar.com

Yas Drift Nights: Unleash your vehicle's drifting power! 28 Feb, 6-10pm. Registration AED600. Yas Marina circuit. Call 02 659 9800 or visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Health and Fitness Fun Day 2013: Get ready for a healthy, fit & happy life! 3 March & 4 March, timings vary. Free Admission. ADNEC-Hall 3&4. Call 056 188 2023 or 02 613 2000 or visit www.healthfitness.ae Gulfood 2013: Don't miss the biggest annual food and hospitality show! 25-27 Feb (11am7pm) & 28 Feb (11am-5pm). Tickets from AED125 (online), Dubai World Trade Centre. Call 04 332 1000 or visit www.gulfood.com Auto Trader Live-Luxury Car Show: Featuring 300 of the world's most expensive and luxurious cars! 28 Feb (2-8pm) & 1-2 March (10am-8pm). Free Admission. Festival City, Dubai. Call 04 390 3940 or visit www.autotraderuae.com Sports! Table Tennis Tournament: Take part and show us what you’ve got. 9 & 10 March, 6pm onwards. AED40 (members) & AED50 (non-members). Bodylines, Al Ain Rotana. Call 03 754 5111 or email fb.alain@rotana.com Red Bull Car Park Drift 2013: Get the adrenalin pumping at this high octane event! 22 Feb, 7-10pm. Free Admission. Al Ain International Airport. Call 04 299 5151 or visit www.redbullmea.com/cpd

UAE Jet Ski Championship-Heat 2: Come along with family and friends for a day of thrilling fun. 1 March, 3-5pm. Free Admission. Breakwater Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Call 02 681 5566 or visit www.adimsc.ae 2013 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon: Do you have what it takes? 2 March, Admission from $70. Public Beach Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Call 02 444 0444 or visit www.abudhabitriathlon.com Dubai Desert Road Run: Perfect for both novice and experienced runners. 23 Feb, 7am. Admission from AED40. The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain-Dubai Highway. Call 055 889 4568 or visit www.dubairunning.com Dubai Camel Racing Festival: This traditional sport is a whole lot of fun. Until 28 Feb, 7am5pm. Free Admission. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack. Call 055 676 0006 or visit www.dubaicalendar.ae Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013: Enjoy the premier polo competition of the year! 25 Feb-15 Mar, from 12pm. Tickets AED150. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. Call 050 119 0732 or visit www.dubaipologoldcup.com Dine-out!

Chess Tournament: Chess enthusiasts battle it! 7-9 March. Al Ain Mall. Call 03 766 0333 or visit www.alainmall.net

Biryani Festival: Enjoy a week of biryanis prepared to perfection! 7-14 March, 12:30-3pm & 7:30-11pm. Tanjore-Danat Al Ain resort. Call 03 704 600, visit www.facbook.com/pages/ danat-Al-Ain-Resort

UAE Rotax MAX Challenge Round-9: Get ready for some action-packed driving! 1 March, from 10am. Free Admission for spectators. Dubai Kartdrome. Call 04 367 8700 or visit www.dubaiautodrome.com

Mediterranean Fish Night: Indulge in sumptuous servings of aquatic delicacies! Wednesdays, 7-11pm. Buffet AED100. Ayla Hotel. Call 03 761 0111 or email f.b@ aylahotes.com

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Dancing to Financial

would have taken a lot longer. It’s also very expensive and time-consuming. Our biggest challenge was finding the right talent. Talented and skilled staff is crucial in this business and it’s probably the biggest challenge we faced.

FITNESS

Chelsea McGregor

By Khudayja Saloojee

DanceFit, a new Zumba and dance studio, is the brainchild of Chelsea McGregor and her partner Monica Pulgarin. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, the fabulous DanceFit studio offers a fun range of classes designed with women and kids in mind. Creating a fun and friendly atmosphere, DanceFit helps women feel rejuvenated, healthy and fit. We chatted to Chelsea McGregor about how she came up with her business idea. 1. Why did you decide to set up a dance studio specifically focusing on Zumba? Zumba is a worldwide phenomenon, so we decided that we would piggyback on that success and not just use Zumba but also carry the same formula across other styles of dancing. It’s all about fitness, dance and fusion! Zumba is so much fun that you don’t really feel like you’re working out. If you love something, it doesn’t feel like work. Our clients enjoy coming to the studio because they learn new routines. It’s always changing; not like slogging it out on a treadmill. 2. What are some of the biggest challenges that you faced? It’s always important that you do thorough research before opening a business in the Emirates. You have to ensure that you have the correct licensing and permit. We outsourced and if we hadn’t, it

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3. How do you keep your staff motivated? We set goals and we try to have a pleasant working environment. We empower staff by allowing them to make their own decisions with regards to choreographing for classes. We always encourage and nurture them to be the best that they can be.

4. How long does the process take from inception to actual trading? It depends on the business model. Our business took six months from inception to operation. We were fortunate to have found our location quite quickly so we were able to do it in a a reasonable time but six months is a realistic amount of time. 5. What advice would you give to anyone starting-up a business? It is important that you always have enough operating capital. Leave enough capital for marketing to grow the business. 6. Besides your own, what company or business do you admire the most? Personally I love the health and beauty industry. I really find it fascinating. Richard Branson is somebody who is amazing; he’s just got a knack for understanding what people want. 7. Do you plan for the future? I plan, but not too far ahead. I try to have a skeleton or some sort of structure so I have a two to three year plan. That’s what’s realistic for me.

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Steak Fajitas with Avocado and Tomato Salsa Avocado and tomato salsa: 250g quartered cherry tomatoes| 2 trimmed and finely sliced green onions|1 peeled, diced large avocado| 2 tsp lime juice|salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients 700g beef rump steak, trimmed, cut into strips | 1 tbsp olive oil | 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce | 12 flour fajitas or tortillas (20cms) | 1/2 cup sliced yellow peppers | 1/2 cup orange peppers | 1 1/2 cups grated cheese | 1 baby lettuce, shredded | 1/2 cup sour cream | salt and pepper to taste

Method • Prepare salsa by placing the cherry tomatoes, onions, avocado and lime juice in a bowl. Toss gently and combine salt and pepper. Cover and set aside. • In a separate bowl, combine beef strips, oil, sweet chili sauce, salt and pepper, yellow and orange peppers and mix well. • Cook the steak mixture in a large non-stick frying pan for 2-3 minutes or until seared over a high heat. Transfer to heatproof bowl and cover to keep warm. • Put tortillas on a plate, cover with a slightly dump paper towel, microwave for 30 sec-1 min or follow directions on packet. • Fill fajitas with steak and salsa mixture, and top with lettuce, cheese and sour cream. • Serve hot.

Early development is fundamental to the growth of your child

Watermelon aqua fresco

Ingredients 4 cups peeled, de-seeded watermelon, cut into chunks | 1 cup water | 4 tbsp sugar | 2 tbsp fresh lime juice | 1/2 liter chilled club soda | watermelon slices for garnishing Method • Purée watermelon chunks, sugar and water in a blender. • Pour mixture through a coarse strainer into a jug and stir in lime juice. • Refrigerate until well chilled, aprox 4 hours. • Before serving, combine with chilled soda and garnish with watermelon slices.

BARNEY NURSERY A place to LEARN and GROW and SHARE and SUCCEED. The first learning experience has a profound impact on your child’s life. We at Barney Nursery are committed to provide your child the best education.

BARNEY IS OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT! Feel free to visit our nursery. We are located opposite Al Ain Hospital. For for more information contact us: t: 03-763 3820/050-2330467 Fax: 03-7683830 | E: barney_nursery@hotmail.com

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STEP UP CANCER I TO SUPPORT KIDS WITH

t’s estimated that around 100000 children die unnecessarily from cancer every year due to a lack of early diagnosis and available treatment. In fact, a study conducted by the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences’ Centre for Arab Genomic Studies indicates that pediatric cancers represent 9.5 per cent of all cancer cases in the UAE with an average of 9.2 cases for every 100000 Emirati children. Among the twelve major types of childhood cancers, leukemia, cancer of the brain and of the central nervous system account for more than half of diagnosed cases. Here in the UAE, it’s been discovered that acute leukemia is the most frequent childhood malignancy.

By Khudayja Saloojee

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan and in collaboration with the Red Crescent, the 2km walk aims to raise funds and awareness to help hospitals in the region provide better care for kids suffering from cancer. Proceeds will also support research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood leukemia and other cancers. Mr. Ayman Gharib, General Manager of Al Ain Rotana explained, “We started sponsoring such charitable activities a couple years ago; we believe that as an established organization in the Emirates, we have a social responsibility to serve the people of our community.” Over the last two years the Charity Walk has raised over AED 250000 and this year’s walk will boost that figure even further.

What’s even scarier is that the World Health Organization has predicted that levels of pediatric cancer in this country are set to increase. The government is making enormous efforts in the battle with cancer rolling out early detection programs and educational campaigns across the country. And yet, every day children are dying. It’s our social responsibility as a community to pledge our support to the fight against cancer and, this Friday, you have the chance to do just that. THE 3RD CHARITY WALK FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER will take place on Friday, February 22nd right here in the Garden City.

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The Source team are taking part on Friday and we hope you will bring your family, friends and co-workers and join us in walking walking for a cause. You’ll have a great time and your participation really will make a difference. The warm-up session will be performed by the Rotana’s re-creation team and you can enjoy refreshments and entertainment. Kids will be kept busy with games, face painting and sand modelling.

Date: Friday, 22 February, 2013, Entry Fee: AED10, Registration from 8am, walk begins at 9am


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F O W O B N I A A R

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By Khudayja Saloojee

f you’re a car aficionado, or even if you just want to see something a little quirky, then you should definitely consider taking a trip to the exclusive Emirates National Auto Museum, located just 60km south of Abu Dhabi. This marvelous museum is the private collection of HH Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nayhan, fondly known as the 'Rainbow Sheikh' thanks to his passion for all things bright and colorful. The huge pyramid-shaped museum houses an astonishing fleet of vehicles with over 200 cars, trucks and SUVs. There are some particularly unexpected vehicles including military tanks, a Red Cross vehicle, a New York taxi cab, an NYPD car and a huge oversized replica of a Dodge Power Wagon complete with a built-in apartment! This particular find was listed in The Guinness Book of World Records back in 1993. Some of vehicles have been purchased from their owners and then customized to suit the exhibit or the Sheikh’s preference whilst many others were received as gifts

from around the world. Probably the most impressive exhibit is Sheikh Hamad’s rainbow collection of 500 Mercedes-Benz SELs. The story goes that when HH Sheikh Hamad got married, the celebrations lasted for seven days, so he called Mercedes-Benz in Germany and ordered the production of these seven unique cars. Each of the Mercedes is brightly painted in one of the seven colors of the rainbow and every car is fitted with a refrigerator and a TV. Many of the other vehicles in the exhibit are also rainbow colored or have a rainbow logo painted somewhere, complete with matching seats and hubcaps, and you can be rest assured that the overall infusion of colors will be certain to keep little motoring enthusiasts entertained! The excitement of the exhibition, with all its colors and creations, might just leave you feeling like you need a bit of a refuel, don’t fret, there’s a small coffee shop perfectly placed for you to fill up your tank!

Photos by Mel Craven

Info: open daily 9am-1pm, 2pm-6pm (Timing/Admission may vary) For more information call 02 667 6999 or visit www.enam.ae

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By Azra Markulin

NYC

t’s been written about, sung about, photographed, filmed, discussed, psychoanalyzed and brutalized. It’s a city that offers so many possibilities that it overwhelms. It’s New York.

Most first time visitors will base their sightseeing in Manhattan, one of the five boroughs making up New York City. Manhattan, with its numbered streets, cardinal points and subway system, is very easy to navigate, particularly if you’re staying mid-town. There's some wonderful architecture, although given the density it’s not always easy to appreciate at ground level. Head for the Empire State or Chrysler Buildings to experience some striking skyscrapers

offering stunning views across the city: concrete, glass and steel abound in New York. Central Park provides a vast green alternative for those who want to escape the city bustle, but be warned, when 10000 other people have the same idea; you may not always be successful! Personally, seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time was unexpectedly moving. It’s the moment when you really know you are in New York. The informative museum, at the base of the statue, details the ups and downs of its construction and the fascinating Ellis Island Immigration Museum is also close by. Between 1880 and 1930 about 20 million immigrants arrived in the USA, their

Direct flights from the Emirates take around 13 hours.

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first ever American experiences being had in this very building. The or weather reporter for a few moments. Great for inspiring young Baggage Hall displays a line of wicker and leather suitcases full of minds! hopes and dreams. The immigrants left Immigrants baggage is a haunting them there temporarily before moving No trip to New York is complete without sight at the Ellis Island Museum a trip to Broadway, New York’s theater on to the Registry Room for processing and health checks and often forgot to district. I saw the talented Sutton Foster collect them after the elation of being and a 72-year-old Joel Grey tap away granted onward travel or residence. in ‘Anything Goes’ as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company who performed at the Park Avenue Armory. Alternatives to the New York is brimming with museums and art galleries. The imposing main stream theater are the off-Broadway Metropolitan Museum of Art contains and off-off Broadway shows listed in The artifacts related to everything from New York Times and Time Out New York, ancient Egypt to Christian Dior. The which are all quite worthy, and simply lack the marketing power-punch. Whitney features 20th century American art, highlighting works by O’Keeffe, Pollock and Warhol. The Guggenheim As a city, the Big Apple is crowded, fast Museum’s architecture by Wright paced and stimulating. Many people outwits it content, its smooth sloping already think they know New York, but no trip there is ever the same. The city that spiral staircase being truly fascinating in its own right. Other museums, like never sleeps brings us so much more to the Tenement Museum, are more discover and enjoy with each and every humbling. Located on the Lower East visit. side, this 5-storey tenement building of You won’t go hungry with hotdog and pretzel 1863 was home to 7000 immigrants carts on almost every street corner! in the 19th and 20th centuries. Guides conduct walking tours of re-created apartments of those poor Irish, German and Italian families. I empathized with their daily struggle not to mention the lack of basic sanitation and non-existent medical care. You will never be hungry in New York with hot dogs and pretzel carts on every major street corner. If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, you won’t go wrong with a meal in the Round Room of the Algonquin Hotel, mid-town Manhattan and home of the legendary 'Round Table' of critics and writers of the 1920s. This Edwardian establishment exudes old world charm with its wood paneling, but has a hint of that New York eccentricity in the form of its resident cat, Matilda, a ragdoll-cross who resides permanently in the lobby! The NBC studio tour is a fun way to spend an afternoon. A major TV station in the center of a city is rare but NBC still broadcasts some of its shows straight from the Rockefeller Center. The tour takes you backstage and visitors have the chance to be a newsreader The Source

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HOROSCOPES MARCH

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20) Don't rely on co-workers to help solve problems in the office; they’ll end up creating more confusion than neccesary. Love is in the air at the end of the month when a friend of a friend reveals his or her true feelings for you. A Scorpion will play an important role in your life this month. TAURUS (Apr 21-May 21) Your tendency to keep quiet pays off in the beginning of the month when a close friend will reveal some personal information to you and will appreciate your time and confidence. When it comes to romance, you’ll have to make a final decision. Think about where you stand in that special relationship. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Patience is the call of the hour. Your elders may seem a bit reluctant and conservative about your ideas but they have your best interests at heart. You need to look out for yourself when it comes to your personal life. It will feel like everyone is against you so be cautious when making decisions. CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 23) Don’t volunteer for any new projects at work before you are told the whole story; it may turn out to be more than you bargained for. However, you should take a chance when it comes to romance. Don’t sit around waiting for that intriguing person to ask you out - make the first move and enjoy. LEO (Jul 24-Aug 23) Your sympathetic side will be called on early in the month when a loved one needs you to listen and give moral support. Be honest, but caring. Give in to your desires and shower yourself in luxury this month. It’s going to be a hectic one at work, so you deserve to pamper yourself. VIRGO (Aug 24-Sept 23) Working as a team this month will make things so much easier both at work and in your personal life. You’ll share a lot of good ideas and make some very close friends. Loved ones will rely on you to take care of a family matter. An Aquarian is highly involved in your life. LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23) Seek harmony in the workplace and don't get involved in any arguments. Family matters become hectic with loved ones looking to you for advice and support. Take a deep breath. You’ll be able to help everyone out and still have time for yourself. SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22) Follow your instincts in the business world this month; it’s your nature to tell the truth, so stick to it and don't be tempted to embellish or it might backfire. Love takes center stage as the month draws to a close as an old friend resurfaces and wants to begin a relationship. Follow your heart. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21) Be frank when a close friend asks for your opinion. While the truth may not be what he or she wants to hear, it’s what he or she needs to hear. Your romantic life slows down this month, but don’t get discouraged. This break will give you time to relax and focus on yourself. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 20) You are going to shine at work. You’ll lead a new project and your intelligence and efficiency will shine throughout. Don’t be shy when it comes to meeting new people this month, communication is the key to success. Your sweet, sensitive side will endear you to someone with a lot of connections. AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19) Let your practical side lead you in your decision making this month. It may seem like a good idea to make an impulsive purchase, but try to resist as finances will be tight. A relationship moves up a gear when you realize how much you have in common with that special someone. PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20) Slow down this month, because it feels as if your entire world is closing in on you. Take time out for yourself and relax with your loved ones. Virgos and Sagittarians play important roles in your life this March. It’s not the best time to talk about matters of the heart however, there is room for some new friendships to blossom.

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BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is a romantic fantasy set in a small town in South Carolina. Arriving for his first day of junior year, Ethan can’t help notice the mysterious new student, Lena Duchannes and is immediately besotted. In the course of hanging out with her, he discovers that she and her reclusive Uncle Macon are imbued with magical powers. More importantly, Lena is a few short months away from her 16th birthday when she’ll have to decide whether she wants to use her powers for good or evil and Macon is afraid the blossoming romance between Lena and Ethan may tip his niece towards evil, bringing forth an age of darkness. The latest movie listings are online at www.thesourceuae.com!

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