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Bradford will build on its shortlisting to host the Great Exhibition of the North with a summer programme of complementary events supported by £50,000 of Leeds City Region (LCR) pool funding. Bradford was shortlisted to stage the Great Exhibition of the North and the district is now working with the successful bidder – Newcastle Gateshead Initiative – to stage a programme of complementary and connected activity between June 22nd and September 8th 2018. Buildings and other spaces around Bradford will be transformed into venues for an exciting programme of activities showcasing the district’s cultural creativity.

Art, design, innovation and playfulness are the central themes of the Great Exhibition and the aim is to support creative/cultural industries, celebrate creativity, raise the district’s confidence and aspiration, as well as inspire future generations and encourage Bradfordians to get involved with the Great Exhibition. The project is one of three promoting the best of the region’s sport and culture to local, national and international audiences being supported with money from the Leeds City Region business rates pool. The business rates pool enables councils in the Leeds City Region to retain and invest the proceeds of growth in business rates. It

has supported investments with a value of more than £11 million since it was created in 2014.

well as a Big Party weekend will all feature in the plans for this summer of creativity.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “Joining forces with other councils in the Leeds City Region in this way means we can reinvest in cultural activities such as this.

“We are proud of our innovative district and what it has given the world so far, and we see this as a great opportunity to showcase our creative spirit and the great potential our young and diverse residents offer for the future, locally, nationally and globally."

“This funding will be used celebrate great art, culture, design, and innovation as part of the Great Exhibition of the North’s Inspired By programme.

Bradford is still in the running for a share of the Government’s £15 million legacy fund set up for the Great Exhibition, for the regeneration of the former Odeon building. The whole of the Leeds City Region is backing Bradford in its bid for £4million from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

“The Bradford Literature Festival, The Bradford Festival, The Bradford Science Festival and Emily Brontë's Bicentenary as

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Counter Terrorism Police probe vile 'Punish a Muslim day' letters Counter Terrorism Police North East are investigating reports of vile hate mail which is being circulated in Bradford telling recipients to “punish a Muslim”. The alarming A4 letters contain a list of violent acts alongside a number of points for performing them on Muslim members of the community on a specific day. The letters have caused outrage and condemnation from politicians, activists and members of the community. Tell Mama, UK a charity which monitors hate crime, told the BBC it had received reports of people in Bradford, Leicester, London, Cardiff and Sheffield getting the letters. Tell Mama Director Iman Atta said: "This has caused quite a lot of fear within the community.

had been posted from Sheffield and bore a similarity to letters sent to mosques in the UK and US in May 2017, which were also posted from Sheffield. "They are asking if they are safe, if their children are safe to play outdoors.

"They are inciting violence against the Muslim community," she said.

"We have told them to keep calm and to phone the police if they receive one of these letters."

Bradford East MP, Imran Hussain also condemned the letters and 'condemns hate crimes in all its forms which seek to divide our communities'

She said a number of the letters

Mental health charity keen to seek views from Bradford's BME community on Mental Health Act Charity Touchstone is inviting Bradford residents to have their say on the Mental Health Act (MHA) at an event in the City Hall on April 17. The mental health charity is seeking the views of anyone who has ever been detained under the Mental Health Act, people who have cared for someone who has, or staff who have worked with people who have been subject to the Act. Touchstone is particularly keen to hear from people from BME communities in the city. The focus group style event starts with a lunch at 12 noon and runs until 3 pm. It is part of a national independent review of the Act, including how practice can be changed and improved. Touchstone has run similar events in Dewsbury and Leeds. Alison Lowe, chief executive of Touchstone, explains: "The MHA Review Group asked us to run these focus groups as every year we work with around 1,000 BME people, particularly from Black and Asian communities. People from BME backgrounds are more likely to be detained under the Act – and for longer. The review wants to learn why this is the case, and what can be done in the future to better support BME people with mental health issues." To register for a place at the event on April 17, or to find out more information, please

call Touchstone on 0113 271 8277 or email Touchstone, which works extensively throughout West Yorkshire, is the only mental health charity in the Sunday Times Top 100 Not For Profit Organisation to Work For, and regularly wins national accolades for its best practice in diversity and inclusion. The charity was recently ranked 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list, and in December 2017 - for the second consecutive year – it came top in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List.

He said in his statement: "I have spoken at length to senior police officers including Chief Superintendent Scot Bissett from West Yorkshire Police and with Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster from CounterTerrorism Police in the North East, who have both assured me that the police are aware of these letters and that there is a serious and ongoing national investigation led by CounterTerrorism Police and supported by local police. "I urge people to remain vigilant and if anyone receives or has received this letter, please contact the police and follow police guidelines to not pass the letter on to anyone else to prevent any contamination of evidence." A police spokesperson said: "Counter Terrorism Policing North East are co-ordinating the

investigation at this time and will consider any potential links to existing inquiries. "Anyone with any concerns about a communication they may have received should contact their local police force." Letters encouraging recipients to take part in "Punish a Muslim Day" have reportedly been sent to addresses across the country. Images of the A4 notes, which contain a list of violent acts alongside a number of points for performing them, have been widely shared online. They have prompted a chorus of condemnation, with campaigners and MPs describing them as "disturbing". Counter-terrorism police are treating the letters as a possible hate crime.


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Man Jailed For 15 Years For Sexual Abuse Of Girl A man who sexually assaulted and raped a young girl over a six-year period has today been jailed for 15 years.

Ansar Mahmood was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after he was found guilty at an earlier hearing of multiple sexual offences against the girl, which began in 2010 when she was just seven years old.

charged in February last year with multiple sexual offences.

The trial against Mahmood began in January this year at Bradford Crown Court and a jury found him guilty of all charges. Detective Constable Emma Cheshire, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said:

The case against Mahmood, from Bradford began in August 2016 when his victim disclosed the abuse to a partnership worker.

“I would like to thank the victim for her courage in coming forward and reporting Mahmood’s persistent abuse.

The offences were said to have taken place at an address in Bradford and in the suspect’s car.

“I hope this significant sentence will give her some closure and allow her to move on from the years of abuse she suffered at his hands.

Mahmood, 37, was duly arrested and brought in for questioning, but gave a ‘no comment’ interview to officers. Further investigation by the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit enabled officers to build a case against Mahmood, who was

“I also hope it will encourage other victims who have not yet come forward to engage with our officers. They will investigate every report sensitively and thoroughly to identify perpetrators and bring them to justice.”

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Our Top 10 Most Influential South Asian Women in Bradford

Each year as we mark International Women’s Day, here at Asian Sunday we also compile a list of our most influential South Asian women. This year’s list is just as exciting as there are some new faces with some of our influential ladies still managing to retain their influence. It’s been a difficult task, but across all sectors of business, politics, achievement and contribution to society, we have picked our note-worthy influencers. The list is in no particular order, but we think all the women mentioned are influential, inspiring and deserving of recognition and here they are:

Farrah Qureshi

Adeeba Malik CBE Adeeba Malik, CBE is the deputy chief executive of Bradford based QED Foundation, which works with ethnic minorities to eradicate poverty, disadvantage and discrimination. She has extensive experience of working with public, private and third sector organisations on equality and diversity projects. She also has led projects in Pakistan in particular predeparture programmes. She is listed in many power lists which include the Top 100

Pakistani Power List as well as in the Top 50 Powerful Muslim Women. In 2004 she was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for her services to ethnic minorities and businesses. In 2015 she was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for her services to interfaith and community cohesion. As well as holding numerous ministerial and non-ministerial regional/national board level appointments in the UK over the last 18 years, Adeeba has also advised on many

government, both local and national committees, with her most recent work being the Race Disparity Report.

Usha Parmar Farrah Qureshi is the CEO of Global Diversity Practice Ltd. She is recognised as one of the foremost experts on Global Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy and training. Farrah has successfully delivered, designed, managed and resourced leading diversity learning and consultancy interventions for a variety of clients spanning an impressive portfolio of corporate and public sectors, nationally and internationally. Farrah was a pioneer in developing global diversity training and consulting and has worked in and delivered to clients and delegates in over 99 countries worldwide; her work has been experienced in 120 countries. Amongst Farrah’s many achievements, was leading the consultancy team to design the Diversity Strategy, deliver all the diversity training amongst many other deliverables that ensured that Diversity and Inclusion were central to the development and delivery of the Olympic Games in 2012. Farrah has also been included in the Asian Power100 publication in 2009 by RBS and was recognised as one of the “Top Twenty leaders to look out for in 2010. Among her awards and accolades includes an award from Wal-Mart Mexico for her services to Global Diversity in 2010 and in 2012 Farrah was the recipient of the ENEI Award for Training Excellence for her ground-breaking training on unconscious bias for Santander leadership teams globally and in the UK

Usha Parmar is the CEO of Bradford City Radio Ltd, trading as the household name Sunrise Radio Yorkshire. Usha originally qualified as a teacher, and then worked as a highly paid project manager for a computer company before surprising her family and friends in taking up the challenge of leading Sunrise Radio (Yorkshire), a station which at the time was struggling badly. With her experience, professionalism and dedication to the task, Usha injected much lifeblood into the station not only making it profitable but also providing valuable community service coupled with straightforward entertainment, making it one of the most influential Asian Radio Stations in Bradford. Over the years Usha has

award recognised Usha’s achievement in breaking down the political and typecasting attitude that the Asian Community – including the business community – often works within to become a rolemodel for all those willing to follow their chosen life paths.

won several awards and accolades for her, which include Asian Business Women of the Year in the first ever Asian Women of Achievement awards in 1999. The national

Usha is a role model in every sense of the word for all women from all backgrounds with her determination to fight the limitations or prejudices in a business world which hardly holds out arms of welcome to the female owner of a commercial station in the UK or is shackled by the outdated prejudices from the male members of the Asian Community towards a single Asian mother in such a prominent position.

Bana Gora Bana Gora is CEO of the Muslim Women’s Council an organisation established in 2009 to represent the views of Muslim women from across the UK. Bana and her team are set to open the UK’s female run mosque, undoubtedly their most ambitious project.

as domestic violence services in Keighley and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Bana has been involved with social policy and community engagement on a local and national level. She has worked directly with ethnically and religiously diverse communities, and marginalised groups.

Before establishing the Muslim Women’s Council Bana, gave more than twenty years of her life working in the charitable and not for profit sector such

Along with awards and accolades, Bana has appeared in several newspapers and news channels. She has also been able to attract the then Labour Leader Ed

Milliband, Baroness Warsi and Jon Snow as guests to her MWC events.

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Syima Aslam & Irna Qureshi

Cllr Shakeela Lal

Naz Shah is a British politician and Member of Parliament. She was elected at the 2015 general election as the MP for the constituency of Bradford West after her selection as the Labour Party candidate and gained the seat from George Galloway of the Respect Party with a majority of 11,420 votes. Naz Shah was re-elected again in 2017 beating her previous majority. Naz Shah also sits on the Home Affairs Committee

Saeeda Ahmed

Syima And Irna are Directors of the hugely successful Bradford Literature Festival which was formed in 2014. The duo combined their passion for books and film to create a cultural and literary extravaganza celebrating the written and spoken word. Since its debut Syima and Irna have grown the festival rapidly; in 2016 over 200 events took place across 10 days, capturing the hearts and imaginations of more than 30,000 people. The

festival’s school’s initiative, which runs alongside the general programme, held free events at schools throughout the Bradford District, engaging with and inspiring more than 7,000 young people. The duo’s influence has not only gained regular funding for the festival, but also attracted some high- profile key speakers to the festival, making it one of Bradford’s largest and most well attended festivals.

Fatima Patel This list can’t be complete without mentioning our Editor.

Sasha Bhat

Fatima Patel is Managing Director of publishing group, RF Publishing Ltd, who publish the country’s leading Asian news titles: Asian Sunday Newspaper, Asian Standard Newspaper and Asian Style Magazine. Bradford based Saeeda Ahmed armed herself with a degree in accountancy from the University of Huddersfield during her early years. However, she later completed a Master's in community enterprise at Cambridge which became her calling for her future work and accomplishments. Today Saeeda is leading an organisation called Education Partnerships UK Limited an educational solutions and collaboration company that helps creative artists turn their knowledge into training and income. She is also a Director of Aladdin Street. As well as winning a number of accolades, which includes the Pakistan Power 100 award, Saeeda is quite a globe trotter, with networks and recognition in several corners of the world, Saeeda is certainly leaving her mark on a global platform. Saeeda has been invited to speak at Universities in countries such as Malaysia and has been instrumental in helping build educational partnership work both here in Bradford and abroad. Saeeda is member of the 2% club, (An exclusive club with top 2% of Women leaders and Decision Makers in England). She was also former Social Enterprise Ambassador for the Cabinet Office and former Ambassador and Member of the Strategic Partnership for the Higher Education.

Asian Sunday Newspaper, is a pioneering media title which has made history as the UK’s first, free Sunday newspaper and also the first ever Asian Sunday newspaper. The newspaper launched in 2011 and went on to become one of the most read Asian newspaper’s in Bradford. Following on from the success, Fatima later launched a national weekly title Asian Standard and re-launched the glossy monthly lifestyle magazine – Asian Style Magazine Among other professional credits, the media entrepreneur is also patron of Cancer Support Yorkshire and is founder and Chief Executive of the Inspirational Women’s Foundation and on the Board of Directors for the UNESCO City of Film Bradford Fatima has often used her influence to help fight

Shakeela Lal (Lab) was born and brought up in Bradford and lives in the ward. She has represented City Ward on the Council since 2007 and is a member of the Council’s Safer Communities Scrutiny Committee. Shakeela is the chairman of Horton Grange Partnership and works in Bradford as a legal advisor. Shakeela also has the influential role of Chief Whip for Bradford Labour, who hold the majority in Bradford.

Sasha was born and raised in Srinagar. She has a clinical background in systemic psychotherapy and has worked on community NHS programs for over 13 years. She has extensive knowledge of the voluntary and community sector and has managed patient engagement and service user initiatives with a strong track record of developing and delivering grass roots services. She was head of engagement and experience at NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts commissioning groups (CCGs) and has now been promoted to as the Head of Commissioning – Mental Wellbeing, for the same organisation.

for causes for those who have little influence and support and has often

held those accountable who are in powerful positions.

Sasha is also recipient of a public-sector hero award, which was given to 38 people across England. Apart from influence her work in the NHS, Sasha has also been a long-time advocate for women’s rights and is an active campaigner for Kashmir.


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SKT Charity


Denies Claims of Inept Governance by GRAHAME ANDERSON The Charity Commission has been in contact with the Dewsbury based SKT Welfare organisation over a serious incident report received by its trustees. This follows on from a claim on 22 February made by its patron, the Syrian Islamic scholar Sheikh Muhammad al Yaqoobi, citing a lack of transparency and accountability, inept governance and mismanagement. In reaction, SKT quickly denied allegations of wrongdoing and malpractice in any form. The Claims Sheikh Yaqoobi told the media he had tried to put a plan in place to rectify the problems at the charity, but his advice had been rejected. He confirmed he was no longer a patron, does not support the charity and recommends no-one donate to it. He added: “The behaviour

demonstrated by the three trustees of SKT Welfare, Asif Hussain, Majid Nazir Butt, Zubair Sharif, is not only disappointing but shocking. We have an obligation to the public, for the trust they have placed with us, to inform them of these concerns.” The SKT Ethos SKT claim they are dedicated to the delivery of socio-economic solutions regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief, with the aim to help relieve the suffering of the world’s poor and disenfranchised communities. The charity's 100 per cent donation policy means every penny donated, is used for serving those in need, not administrative or overhead costs. According to accounts at the Charity Commission for the 2016 financial year, SKT Welfare had an income of £4.4 million. The next day saw a statement released from SKT defending the

allegations. It said: “All our charity has been continuously regulated from the very onset with complete compliance with UK law and Charity Commission guidelines.

“There has always been compliance and adherence to the legal and obligatory framework within the regulatory authorities. This is compulsory and requires a very high degree of transparency from both a financial perspective and a procedural aspect from start to finish.

“Hence, it is of course extremely disappointing that such an opinion was formulated and propagated.

“However, we pray, hope and believe that when the truth and facts become apparent it will completely resolve this rather unnecessary situation.” Case for The Commission Asian Sunday contacted the Charity Commission about the concerns raised, and though

they would not reveal details of the incident, a spokesperson issued a brief statement explaining: “The Commission is in contact with the trustees of SKT Welfare (registered charity 1153735) regarding concerns that have been raised with us about the administration and the governance of the charity. We are also assessing a serious incident report that we have received from the charity’s trustees. Please note that this is not a formal statutory inquiry.”


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Girls Education Celebrated in Pakistan And Britain

Celebrating the importance of girls’ education at the Lahore College for Women University by the British High Commission and the Chevening Alumni Association of Pakistan.

by GRAHAME ANDERSON The importance of girls’ education was highlighted in a recent event held at the Lahore College for Women University. Organised by both The British High CommissioAn and Chevening Alumni Association of Pakistan, it launched a week-long series of activities in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad leading up to International Women's Day. The Commission working in partnership with the Gender department at Lahore College, was aiming to celebrate the joys of female education in a fast changing world. Special guest at the event was Joanna Roper, FCO Special Envoy for Gender

Equality. She said: “Today there are 1.1 billion girls of school age in the world. But over 60 million of those girls don’t or can’t go to school. Educating girls and women is especially effective because when we educate girls, the benefits are felt throughout the whole community. Education allows women to take part in politics, the legal system, teaching, entrepreneurship, development and other important areas. It gives them the confidence to ensure their voices are heard.” The British Government Joanna added: “The British Government has committed to a foreign and development policy that consciously and consistently delivers for women and girls

around the world, because gender inequality is still too prevalent. Since 2011, The British Government through UK aid has committed £750 million to put 6.5 million girls in school. The British Council runs a wide range of education projects too including a London 2012 legacy programme on physical health and education to reach 450,000 girls. And since 1983, over 1,600 Pakistanis have been awarded Chevening scholarships to study in the top universities of the UK.” The Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore College for Women University Prof Dr Uzma Quraishi added: “We at LCWU believe in women’s empowerment and are trying our best to provide every possible opportunity to educate our

students in the current market oriented disciplines. We are trying to generate a mindset of advocacy and agency so that our graduates can play a significant role in the overall improvement of society.” Other major speakers included former MNA Yasmeen Rehman; Vice Chancellor Government College Lahore Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah, former MNA Shahnaz Wazir Khan, Lead Ilm Ideas Helen Kamal, and lawyer Huma Ijaz. An Important Day For Gender Issues International Women's day recognises women’s achievements and acknowledged the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.



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As the Easter holidays are upon us, family time becomes food and celebration time. Whilst these recipes have nothing in common and have nothing to do with Easter, they certainly are great to enjoy during family get togethers. Celebration dishes vary widely across the world, but anything cooked with a little



more care and love than usual will certainly get your family into the spirit of fun and celebrations. We’ve got some fantastic dishes here for you this week with delectable flavours, all with easy step-by-step recipes to guide you through even the most ambitious of dishes, and all perfect for sharing around a dinner table with your nearest and dearest.

Nalli Nihari

Ingredients: • 1 cup mutton (on the bone)

• 1/2 cup curd

• 1 tsp mace

• 1 Tbsp ghee or vegetable oil

• 1 bay leaf

• 1 cup lamb stock

• 2 pods green cardamom

• 1 tsp gram Flour (besan)

• 1 tsp cloves

• Kewda water

• 1 pod black cardamom

• 1 tsp screw pine essence

• 2 tsp fresh garlic • 1 tsp fresh ginger • 1 tsp garam masala • 1 Tbsp coriander powder • 1 tsp yellow chilli powder • 1 tsp turmeric powder • 1 tsp cumin powder • 1 Tbsp fried onions

• Small piece of hard khoya (optional) Ingredients: • 1/2 cup pistachios • 1/2 cup almonds • 1/2 cup rasins • 1 packet rice vermicelli • 1 cup melted Ghee or butter • 1 cup milk • 1 cup sugar syrup

Method: 1. In a heavy bottomed pot, boil mutton until beginning to soften. Remove and trim any unwanted parts, then set aside. 2. In a hot pan, add some ghee or oil, whole garam masala and ginger garlic

3. Add in the partially cooked mutton to the paste mixture, then add in the lamb stock and let it cook for until the meat is tender and falling off the bone. 4. Stir in the whisked curd and add diluted gram flour to sauce to finish. Season with salt and serve with fluffy boiled rice and a sprinkle of coriander.

Meethi Sewai

• Pinch of cardamom powder • Pinch of saffron

• Salt to taste

paste; stir till the paste is fragrant and cooked. Add the fried onions and stir, before adding turmeric powder, cumin powder, yellow chilli powder and coriander powder.

Method: 1. Blanch the almonds and pistachios in boiling water for no more than 45 seconds – this makes it easier to peel off their skins. If yours are pre-peeled, feel free to skip this step. Once the skins begin to wrinkle, drain them and peel. Slice the almonds and pistachios into thin slices.

2. Cook the vermicelli in the melted ghee or butter until it begins to take on a light brown colour. Once this is achieved, remove from the heat and drain to remove excess oil.

3. To another pan, add your milk and bring to the boil, then add in sugar syrup and reduce heat slightly. 4. Once the milk comes to a boil add the sugar syrup to it. Add in your cooked vermicelli and stir gently, being careful not to break any of it. The vermicelli should begin to soften and cook in the milk and sugar


5. Once softened and the milk has begun to absorb, add in the saffron, cardamom powder, raisins and sliced almonds and pistachios. If using, grate the khoya into the mixture and stir everything well.

Cook the mixture for a few minutes to ensure the milk is well absorbed, but be careful of burning. Add a little extra milk if the pan begins to stick or burn. Serve hot with extra sliced almonds and raisins sprinkled on top.

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Chicken and Eggplant Curry

Ingredients • 2 onions, sliced


Saute sliced onion in ghee or oil until beginning to soften. Add in the ginger paste and garlic paste and cook for a few moments, then add all spices. Cook until spices are fragrant and onions are fully cooked.

• 1 cup ghee or vegetable oil • 1 Tbsp ginger paste • 1 Tbsp garlic paste • 1 Tbsp red chilli, crushed • 2 tsp cumin seeds

Add in the tomatoes and the chicken mince (feel free to substitute turkey mince if easier to obtain) and leave to cook while preparing the eggplant.

• 2 tsp coriander seeds • 1 tsp fennel seeds • 1 tsp carom seeds

Dice the eggplant into cubes of around 1-2 inches, and fry in a separate hot pan with a little ghee or oil to char slightly before adding into the curry. Add in the tamarind paste and mixed pickle, and leave to cook tender and the liquid has reduced.

• 1/and a half tsp turmeric powder • 1 1/2 Tbsp salt, or to taste • 6 tomatoes, chopped • 500 g chicken thigh mince • 6-8 eggplants (kashmiri baingan) • 2 Tbsp mixed vegetable pickle • 1 Tbsp tamarind paste

• Handful of green coriander, chopped

For Garnishing:

• 1 Tbsp ginger, julienne

• 6 green chillies • Handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped

Garnish with chopped coriander, julienne ginger and green chillies and a sprinkle of mint leaves. Serve with jeera rice and naan.


spice), or 1/3 tbsp cardamom powder Method:

Ingredients: • 1 kg rough semolina flour

• 1 1/4 cup rose water

• 1/2 kg ground semolina flour

Filling • 1/2 kg of medjool dates

• 600 grams of shortening / butter

• 1 tbsp water

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

• 2 tsp dried active yeast

• 1 tbsp ground star anise seeds

• 1/4 cup Orange Blossom Water

• 1/2 tbsp mahlab powder (Arabic

Mix the rough and ground semolina with the shortening and leave overnight at room temperature. Then mix in the remaining ingredients for the dough and knead until the dough is soft and flexible. Divide the dough into small balls, around the size of golf balls. To create your filling, put the dates in a microwave-proof bowl, add 1 tablespoon water, and cook on high in the microwave for 2 minutes. Mash with a fork and add the spices.

Take a wooden Maamool shaper (if using, if not simply shape the cookies in your hands) and flatten a piece of dough into it to create a hollow for your filling. Fill with the date mixture and bring together edges to seal the cookie, then gently knock out onto a hard surface to release from the shaper. Complete until all of the dough is used up – this recipe should make around 30 cookies. Bake on a baking-paper covered oven sheet for around 8 minutes until lightly golden on top. Remove and cool. Before serving, sift over some icing sugar to create a thick dusting of powder on top.



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Landmark Marriage Ruling Eagerly Awaited by GRAHAME ANDERSON Estranged Asian Couple's settlement could set a future precedent A High Court judge is being asked to rule on whether an estranged couple who took part in an Islamic wedding ceremony in a London restaurant are technically married under English law. Mr Justice Williams is overseeing the case at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London. The trial constitutes something of a landmark in the light of a recently Home Office commissioned independent review into the application of Sharia law in England and Wales. Nasreen Akhter, 46, claims her 1998 Islamic faith marriage to Mohammed Shabaz Khan, also 46, constituted a 'valid marriage'. Mr Khan disagrees. Mr Khan wants to stop Mrs Akhter's divorce application on the basis they are legally married 'under Sharia law only'. The judge heard, a couple, with a Pakistani background, had taken part in a 'nikah' ceremony at a restaurant in Southall, West London, nearly 20 years ago and lived in Pinner, Middlesex. Important Hearing The court heard from Mrs Akhter, a practising solicitor, the nikah ceremony was conducted by an Imam before about 150 guests, and Mr Khan had become her 'husband' and he had considered her his 'wife'. She said: “From my limited understanding of Islam at the time it did comply with all the requirements. He always introduced me as his wife.” Mr Khan told how he operated a family business with a lifestyle involving 'maids', 'beautiful houses' and a 'swimming pool'. But this had come to an end in the wake of the 2008 financial 'turmoil' Barrister Paula Rhone-Adrien, leading Mr Khan's legal team later added: “Issues being considered went to the heart of the understanding of the law of marriage and divorce in British society. The judge's ruling was likely to be 'considered in full' by Muslims.” Sharia Law Report Prime Minister Theresa May requested a review of Sharia Law or the law of Islam, as Home Secretary in 2016. She wanted to explore whether it was being applied in an incompatible way with domestic legislation. There were concerns Muslim women were falling victim to discriminatory decisions by

Sharia councils across the UK. The report published in January, said the vast majority of people using Sharia councils were women seeking an Islamic divorce. It concluded Muslim couples should be legally required to have a civil marriage in addition to an Islamic ceremony. Evidence presented at the review indicated the percentage of Muslim couples failing to have a civil marriage was 'high and increasing'. Linking Islamic marriage to civil marriage will ensure larger numbers of women will have total protection in family law, and they will face less discriminatory practices. Under the proposal, amendments would be made to the Marriage Act 1949, so the celebrant of any marriage, including Islamic marriages, would face penalties should they fail to ensure the marriage is also civilly registered. The Reaction Chair of the review Professor Mona Siddiqui said: “The review's findings

are based on the evidence we heard from an array of individuals and organisations. The Sharia councils and women's groups we have spoken to, have expressed the view some regulation of Sharia councils is both wanted and needed. We have balanced their concerns with the recommendation of civil registration of marriages.”

there needs to be regulation, what we disagree on is how it does that regulation. State-endorsed regulation sends the message all Sharia councils are an appropriate forum for resolution of family disputes. The panel doesn’t want to make a parallel legal system.”

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “We will consider carefully the review’s findings and its remaining recommendations.” Asian Sunday has learned The Ministry of Justice’s position is Sharia ‘law’ has no jurisdiction in England and Wales, and the Government has no intention to change this position.

The most well-established Sharia councils in England and Wales have been in existence since the 1980s. Anecdotal evidence indicates the numbers of Sharia councils in England and Wales has increased in the last decade. No-one really knows exactly how many councils are in operation, though it's certainly more than 80. Sharia law itself cannot be altered but the interpretation of Sharia law, called figh, by Imams is given some latitude.

Qari Asim, Imam at Leeds Mosque, who advised the independent review was quick to react saying: “People would have suffered, especially women, had the review recommended Sharia councils be abolished, because some would struggle to exit unhappy marriages. The government doesn’t disagree

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In terms of the trial involving Nasreen Akhter and Mohammed Shabaz Khan, Mr Justice Williams will deliver his ruling at a later date.

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To Be or not to be

‘Bradistan’ If you didn’t all know by now, then you will get to know how much of a proud Bradfordian I am. Yes, for our regular readers, I’m having a rant again on our lovely city Bradford. A blog headline caught my eye recently which read ‘BRADISTAN COUNCIL AT IT AGAIN!!!!’

Lately wherever I look I seem to come across the word Bradistan, on social media, even some of my friends saying “I’m coming to Bradistan” Apparently, the word Bradistan has come about from a stereotype of a large residing Pakistani population in Bradford. Well I don’t see Leicester being called Leicesteridia, due to their large Indian population! Bradford is a diverse, multicultural city and if we are to show that we are much more united as a City and not segregated, then being labelled Bradistan does us no credit. It was lovely to read a blog by a fellow Leeds resident called Keith Nuttal, who moved from Leeds to Bradford in 1992. He goes on to say he’d had enough of living in Leeds, which he found congested, hostile and disappointing. By contrast

Bradford people are friendly and unassuming, if a little rough around the edges.

He goes on to say how he finds the nickname Bradistan for Bradford, politically incorrect and that as far as he was concerned it was a cosmopolitan and curry house haven. Mr Nuttal for me rightly highlights that Bradford was once a wealthy industrial centre, but since losing out on the wool trade, the city has since been struggling for an identity. Bradford is not just the UK’s curry capital (six times in a row I will have you know!!), but also City of Film, with world class art (1853 Gallery in Salts Mill), the Bronte Museum and so much more, which includes the prospering and rich South Asian culture. So, for me it’s unfair to label such a city rich of history, diverse culture and a wealth of amazing talent. In my opinion if we are ever to shave off the negativity of Bradford and put the positive back we must stop giving ourselves and using such

‘ghetto style’ nicknames.

Agree or not anyone using the word Bradistan from now on should be fined in my opinion...maybe the money could be put to marketing the city which is more representative of the amazing things that surround us. I like the name BRADFORD and even more I love my home town, for all its faults and for all its successes. So, can we just please refer to ourselves as that? To be or not to be Bradistan....! Your thoughts please

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S9 a Photographers phone? The Samsung Galaxy S9 feels very familiar to last year’s S8. The phones have the same battery capacity, same screen size and resolution and are almost indistinguishable in terms of design.

There are changes, but hardly noticeable. S9 is a smidgen shorter and thicker than its predecessor, the fingerprint scanner has shifted half an inch to the left and tiny fractions of bezel have been shaved off, giving the phone a higher screen-to-body ratio compared to the the iPhone X. Having said that, the S9 is still a decent phone. You will find that the S9 has everything great that the S8 had, but the S9 claims to have a much more sophisticated camera. Samsung are heavily relying on users to be so impressed with the camera, that other minor changes will be overlooked. Well, are they? Well, the S9 has a 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor, much like the S8, but this time Samsung has added a dual aperture feature that is supposed to boost the camera’s performance in low light conditions. When light is low, the camera automatically selects a wider aperture to let in

loads of light, but automatically switches back to the narrower setting in normal light conditions. It also takes 12 shots for every photograph and combines those images to reduce the noise that is often present in dark photos. The phone also has a setting that allows you to shoot in RAW mode, but those images, without the post-processing, contained a lot of digital noise in low light conditions. Sounds impressive right? Well according to our professional photographer friends, whilst the camera is decent for a mobile phone, they won’t be ditching their professional camera’s any time soon. To conclude S9 could be accused of being simply a recycled version of the Galaxy S8, however, the s8+ was a really great phone in 2017, with a few issues, such

as the awkward fingerprint sensor placements, but with that all rectified in the new S9, it certainly will make for a great phone for 2018.

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The camera is great, the screen fantastic and the fit and finish is brilliant. It is feature-packed and still the phone to go for if you want a massive screen in as manageable a body as possible. Given the bar has been raised by how expensive top-end smartphones can be, the S9+ is actually not that expensive for what it is, either, which is not something I thought I’d say about a phone costing £869.


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'October' not about love at first sight: Varun Actor Varun Dhawan says his upcoming film "October" is not about hugs, kisses and dates. The actor took to Twitter to tease his fans about the story of the film and asked them to wait for the trailer to know what the movie is about. "'October' is not a movie about love at first sight. It's not a movie about hugs, kisses and dates. You want to know what's it about, then watch the trailer in two days," Varun posted recently Co-produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar, "October" is directed by Shoojit Sircar. It also features Banita Sandhu. It is slated to release on April 13. The film celebrates love, nature and the autumn season. In an interview to IANS, Varun had said that shooting for "October" brought him close to nature and that impacted his performance in a positive way. After wrapping up his shooting schedule in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh, for his next film "Sui Dhaaga", he left for Mumbai for the trailer launch of "October". "Wrapped in Chanderi. Had such a beautiful time shooting with these people in this beautiful place. Thank you

to police and government for making our stay and shoot smooth. Back soon to launch the trailer of 'October'," Varun tweeted on Saturday.

Slated to release on September 28, "Sui Dhaaga" is a story of pride and selfreliance, rooted in the heart of India. It also stars Anushka Sharma.

Aanand L Rai is thankful to Katrina Kaif Filmmaker Aanand L Rai has thanked actress Katrina Kaif for bringing in a sense of ease and love to the sets of "Zero".

"With joyful and affectionate Katrina Kaif on the shoot. Thank you for bringing so much of ease, fun and love on the sets," Rai tweeted recently The director also shared a photograph of himself with Katrina in sepia tone from the set. He wished well for the actress as he said: "stay blessed and stay happy". Rai is busy with his ambitious project "Zero" -- which also stars Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. According to Rai, "Zero" celebrates the imperfections in one's life while narrating the story of a dwarf (essayed by SRK). He unveiled the first look of the film through a teaser.

year, shows Shah Rukh as a vertically challenged man, dancing away at a party. It ends with a dialogue in which he talks about people calling him a "zero" and how he amplifies the lives of others if he stands behind them.

The teaser, which released earlier this

The central character of the Red

Chillies Entertainment film is described as 'Paagal', 'Aashiq', 'Awaara' and more, but he is seen happy in his own world, not seeking empathy from anyone. The film, releasing on December 21, is also said to be Sridevi's last movie.

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John Abraham to star in 'Romeo Akbar Walter'

Esha Gupta enjoys working on 'Devil's Daughter'

Actress Esha Gupta says working on her maiden Iranian project "Devils Daughter" has been a surreal experience. Esha has been shooting in Mumbai since a month. She will be shooting for the project in April and most of the scenes are shot in Madh Island. She is happy to work with Ghorban Mohammadpour, who has helmed films likes "Salaam Mumbai", "Anche Mardan Darbareye Zanan Nemid anand" and "Dele Bigharar". "I'm honoured to have the opportunity to collaborate with a director like Ghorban Mohammadpour for his film 'Devil's Daughter'," Esha said in a statement. "I've admired his films and now I get to work with him. This is surreal. It's such privilege to be part of the Iranian film industry," she added. Esha has worked in Bollywood films like "Jannat 2", "Rustom" and "Commando 2".

Ultimately, the final lead of 'Romeo Akbar Walter' has been finalised. John Abraham will star in the spy-thriller after Sushant Singh Rajput dropped out of the project.

Gujarat, Srinagar, and Nepal.

The final casting has been in talks since 'M.S. Dhoni' star chose to part ways with the project.

The flick is written and will be directed by Robbie Grewal and produced by Dheeraj Wadhwan, Ajay Kapoor, Vanessa Walia, and Gary Grewal.

'RAW' as the movie is being called will be shot in 60-day start-to-finish schedule, starting from June 1 in parts of

The thriller flick is set against the backdrop of Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. It is said to be inspired by true events.

The film is expected to release later in the year.

Motley Crue movie crew member electrocuted on set, hospitalised

A crew member of the Motley Crue biopic, "The Dirt", was hospitalised after being electrocuted on the film's set.

The incident happened on the New Orleans set, a representative for the film told The person, who has not been named, is a member of the off-set rigging crew and was de-rigging a set. The man is expected to recover and is currently in the hospital. "Even though all of our safety protocols were in place, an accident did occur and a

crew member was injured by electricity," the representative said. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name about the iconic metal band, and has been in the works since 2003.

It was previously put up at Paramount and Focus Features before Netflix took hold of it last year. Jeff Tremaine is directing, and actors Iwan Rheon and Daniel Webber star as guitarist Mick Mars and frontman Vince Neil, respectively.

Actor Douglas Booth will play Nikki Sixx, and rapper Machine

Gun Kelly has been tapped to play drummer Tommy Lee.

Rahul Roy excited about Bollywood comeback produced by Neole Films.

arenas of Indian cinema.

"I'm happy with the production. It is being shot very well technically and has a good love story and good music," Rahul said in a statement.

"The character is half Russian, half Indian, a high ranking cop in Russia, also a marksman, a thoroughly corrupt cop who is involved with the Russian mafia. My look and role is very different and exciting. This film will be released this year and I am looking forward to it," he added.

He said he had not worked in India for a long time as he was in Australia for nine years before deciding to come back in 2015.

Rahul plays Arsan in the movie, directed by Nitin Gupta and

Rahul had last year said he hopes to explore different

Actor Rahul Roy, who starred in the original "Aashiqui", is looking forward to his return to the big screen with "Welcome To Russia".

During the peak of his career, Rahul featured in Hindi movies like "Junoon" and "Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee". Much later, he won the first season of TV reality show "Bigg Boss" in 2007



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We were first introduced to Lara as a model, who went on to be crowned Miss Intercontinental 1997 and Miss Universe 2000. She was the second woman from India to be crowned Miss Universe, and has been the only delegate from India to win the crown since. She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the romantic drama film Andaaz, which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. Dutta subsequently appeared in several top grossing productions, including Masti (2004), Kaal (2005), No Entry (2005), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007), Housefull (2010), Don 2 (2011) and Singh Is Bliing (2015). Apart from commercial success, Dutta has received critical appreciation for her performances in the films Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Billu (2009), Chalo Dilli (2011) and David (2013). Lara is happily settled with husband Mahesh Bhupathi and they have a child together. Along with starring in films Lara also has her own production company and has returned to our screens with India’s first 3D comedy Welcome to New York. We caught up with Lara recently who was full of energy and seemed like life had just started for her. You turn 40 this year. Have you made any plans for your big celebration? Well, I think normally, we’ve a lot of things going on and we’re just getting on with it, that sometimes, 40 feels like a long way away and we’re like oh yeah one day it will come and then one day it’s here. (laughs) I don’t know if I’ve really had the time to let it really sink in that I’m going to be 40 this year, I certainly don’t feel it, which I think is a good thing. I was actually quiet happy about turning thirty. I didn’t know it then, but my thirties was, so

much nicer than my twenties – it was so much more liberating. You know you finally come into your own, so much more comfortable in your skin. I don’t know if I am experienced, but I believe in the forties, I get to be a better version of that. So, I am looking forward to it. I mean women all over the world are re-writing the rules constantly. So, I think forty is the new twenty-five. We’re seeing you after such a long time in India’s very first 3D comedy. Welcome to New York. We’ve seen the trailers, but don’t know

much about your role. Please tell us more. Well I was offered the film by Andre and Viraf who own Wizcraft and this is also Wizcraft’s foray into production themselves. So, they had this really cool idea about doing a movie that kind of had at the centre of it the IIFA Awards and the awards would happen live, and the film would be filmed around it. When I was listening to it, I thought the film would be impossible to shoot. I mean I hosted about 6 – 8 IIFA Awards myself and I know how absolutely chaotic it used to be. I mean it’s absolutely fun and the whole industry comes

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INTERVIEW IIFA had their cameras for the awards and then for the film. So, we simply went with the flow and just stayed in character rather than out of it. It was a great experience.

What else is coming up for you?

together, but the awards itself are spread over three days and has so much going on, so it’s pretty hectic and chaotic. So, the brief really to me, was just very simple, in that ‘you know we can’t really do this without, you Boman (Irani) and Riteish (Deshmukh)’. Because well between the three of us, we’ve hosted like twelve IIFA’s. So, they were just like you’re family and we need you to be part of this, otherwise we will never be able to do this movie. So, I think that was the main reason to step into the role. But the role is fun, it’s not the usual comedy films I’ve done, where I have the comic roles in it. Here I don’t have a lot of comedy to do the rest are just doing it. I play an employee of Boman and Boman owns the IIFA Awards and the company. I work for him over 16 years, set up the awards from scratch brought them to where they are

today - this huge star-studded event and, while he (Boman) gets all the praise for it, I kind of ask for my due. So, when she asks for her due, she gets shot down and that doesn’t go really well with her. So, she decided to tear it down and that’s what she decides to do – she tries to sabotage the whole IIFA Awards. (laughter) Do you think this happened in real life, or would you say it’s all fictional?

flown over from India, who had no idea that a film was being shot in this way. We actually had a shot where Manish (Malhotra) walked up to Boman and me, because he thought we were just standing on the stage and he came over to say hi, right in the middle of the scene, we carried on in character and not as Lara and Boman and he had no idea. So, people had no idea we were filming a movie. We had no idea where the cameras were.

Like I said, on paper at that time it was a bizarre idea of shooting a movie around the awards, but we got it done and it was incredibly fun. Everybody who came, even the actors who made guest appearances, everybody is pretty much playing themselves in the film. So, I think that it’s one of a kind of film, like Bollywood is almost doing a spoof on itself. Apart from Boman, myself, Sonakshi, Diljit and one half of Karan, we’re the only people who are playing actual characters, so pretty much everyone else is just playing themselves in the film. Every actor who has heard the script and gone on to be apart of it, has loved it so much, it was hilarious, so I was OK just write me whatever. We had so many actors who wanted to be a part of it. It was like being on a picnic. It’s a massive ensemble cast, what was it like getting back on sets with the team after being away for so long? Well for the four us, when we were told very clearly that over four or five days that IIFA was actually happening, in New York, don’t ask for call sheets, don’t ask what your shift is because your pretty much on a 24-hour shift for those 5 days because we were going to get those actors to film with you as they become available. And that is exactly how it happened. We would be shooting a scene and then half an hour later, can you run there, mid shot and then we need to do this scene this way. Then we had this scene which we were pretty much filming live in front of the stage, as the regular IIFA show was on with a live audience, with the fans and Boman and I were doing a scene close to the stage and we had actors and designers who had been

I do have a few things coming up. I have been a bit selective about what I want to do, because my little one pretty much dictates my life and calls the shots. So, I have to try and balance between work and family. Also, the last few years, I went into production and I did a film which did pretty well, had some fun with it. So, we’ve spent a few years developing the kind of projects we want to see come out of my company and we’ve got all of that in place now. So, I am excited about that aspect of movie making, with films I am producing. But the idea is to do films that are high on content, the story that we pick up is on real life people, real life events and I think that’s the kind of thing the audience wants to connect with, they don’t want just entertainment. So, I am excited with all of that and I have just signed up with Zee television to be a judge on one of their dance reality shows. I am looking forward to that and connecting with a wider audience.



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DIL JUUNGLEE: A LIGHT AND FROTHY ENTERTAINER Director: Aleya Sen Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Saqib Saleem, Abhilash Thapliyal, Nidhi Singh, Ayesha Kaduskar and Srishti Shrivastava Rating: *** "Dil Juunglee" is a frothy romantic comedy about a boy and girl from diverse backgrounds, with completely different goals and desires in life. Koroli aka Koro (Taapsee Pannu), the only daughter of a wealthy businessman Mr. Nair who wants her to take over and run his business, is constantly immersed in books, romantic characters and fantasises about being married happily with a home and husband. Business does not obviously interest her at all. "Mujhe numbers samajh nahin aate, main confuse ho jaati hun (I don't understand numbers, I get confused)," she says. And all she longs for is someone to love her. After several attempts at seeking love, sometimes, almost pleading with the boys, Koro meets Sumit Uppal (Saqib Saleem), a Lajpat Nagar gym instructor, who dreams of making it big in Bollywood, when he enrolls in her English speaking, classes to better his accent and language. An otherwise self-absorbed guy, Sumit or Bond 007 as he prefers to call himself, dotes on his mother, who has singlehandedly brought him up. The inevitable happens and although they are diametrically opposite, they fall in love. With both sets of parents opposing the marriage, they plan to elope and get married, friends in tow. A twist at halftime however changes their lives. Following the interval, the setting shifts to London, where seven years later, Koro now successfully manages her father's

business and has done him proud. She is all set to marry a childhood friend Jai and by happenstance meets Sumit again who is there for a shoot.

extremely convincing as the incorrigible romantic who lives in a make-believe world. Her transition in the second half is equally commendable.

The simple storyline notwithstanding, writer-director Aleya Sen manages to keep the audience hooked through her welletched characters and astute approach to the narrative. There are generous doses of humour and most of the dialogues are witty and replete with life lessons.

Saqib as the flamboyant, self-centred, rustic Delhi lad with stars in his eyes, is equally proficient and a treat to watch. He too essays the progression in his character with panache.

While the story may seem predictable, it never ceases to engage you. There is entertainment galore and the strong performances by each of the characters, including the supporting ones, enhances the experience. Abhilash Thapliyal as Sumit's friend Prashant is endearing. Srishti Shrivastva as the snooty Shumi, with an accent and a disregard for the 'Lajpat Nagris', lights up the screen. Taapsee as Koro is brilliant and effortless. She breathes the character and is

The film boasts of good production values and whether it is the bylanes of Old Delhi or the London Bridge in the UK, these have been beautifully captured by the lensman. The music, including Guru Randhawa's "Nachle na" to the romantic remix track "Gazab ka hai din", is melodious and fits well in the narrative. Overall, this film surrounded by almost no hype, is a pleasant surprise as it entertains you completely and keeps you riveted to the screen. Review by IANS

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The seven deadly beauty sins

If you think you have your hair and beauty routine down to perfection, think again. As the seven deadly beauty sins will always try to catch you out.

That’s according to online hair and beauty retailer, who want to help women in resolving these common beauty mishaps they might have. On the list include some makeup sins, like cakey powder, foundation tidemarks and bad contouring. But with easy ways you can resolve these. Also featured are some common hair problems we all hate, like frizzy hair and visible hair extension clips. Joanne Dodds from said: “We’re all guilty of making beauty blunders, but the good news is that they can easily be put right. “You might even find that by following some of our top tips you can even save time and money, all whilst looking gorgeous.” These are the seven deadly beauty sins: 1 Foundation tidemarks An orange foundation line around your neck looks careless and dirty, so make sure you pay attention when applying your base coat. Invest in a good stippling brush or blending sponge to ensure it’s perfectly blended out. Also, don’t forget about blending it into the neck as well. Be cautious about picking the right shade when you’re in the store. Be warned that when trying on foundation in a shop, you are seeing the colour in an artificial light, which can change as soon as you walk out of the store. 2. Overdone eyebrows

It’s also important to apply your makeup not too close to the mirror. This is so you can see how the brows are complimenting your face. 3. Visible extension clips Hair extensions are a great way to boost the hair so it feels thicker and full of volume. But one sin we hate is when your hair extensions clips are visible through your normal hair. To avoid clip-ins showing, gently backcomb your real hair at the root where you put in the extensions. Remember to avoid placing them too close to the hairline or too low on the back of the head. 4. Streaky fake tan The idea of overnight tan is so tempting, but even if you follow the instructions to the letter, the reality is that you can wake up looking like a cheesy watsit. Make sure that before you apply fake tan you use a body scrub to remove any dead skin cells. This will help you achieve an even glow rather than your tan looking blotchy.

Big brows have been a trend this past year, so it’s easy to be tempted to add a few more coats of brow pomade or powder. But it’s important to avoid having them look like two slugs plastered on your forehead.

Finding the right fake tan for your skin can be tricky, but investing some money into a more expensive brand is worth it.

When defining your brows, always make sure you take care. Brush through them lightly and avoid completely coating them. Use a pomade or powder that’s like your hair colour shade so they don’t look to dark.

It’s easy to have a bad contouring blunder. The most common ones are badly blended contouring on the cheekbones, contour colours that are too dark or warm toned, too much highlighter or badly blended nose contour.

5. Bad contouring

To resolve bad contouring, pick a contour shade that’s not too light or dark. If you are cool toned, try an ashy brown colour. If you are warm-toned, you’re better off with a bronze-colour.

into the skin so the product is absorbed by the foundation. Leave it to set for a minute before sweeping the excess off.

It’s also very important to blend. Use a brush that is smaller than a bronzer brush, but a bit bigger than a blush brush. When applying it to the cheeks, always make sure you blend the product in using circular motions.

Untameable, frizzy hair is the enemy of all women. But many people don’t realise that dehydrated hair is at the root of the problem.

6. Cakey face makeup Nothing is worse than seeing your makeup go cakey and orange the second you apply a bit of face powder to it. To resolve this, always make your skin oil free before applying powder. Use a colourless, loose powder to set the face. Then, using a damp blending sponge, press the powder

7. Frizzy hair

Use a deep conditioning treatment regularly, particularly throughout the summer, to repair damaged hair. When you’re styling your hair, try using a few drops of serum to smooth out flyways. Also, steer away from using heat styling appliances and try and find products that create a similar effect. However, if you can’t bear to be without your straighteners, make sure that you apply heat protection spray religiously.


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Film and curry combine to celebrate Bradford’s culinary heritage

Bradford’s Picturehouse cinema has partnered with the inaugural Bradford Curry Awards to stage a Film and Curry Month. From March 17 to April 17 cinemagoers will be able to use their tickets from Picturehouse at National Science and Media Museum to get a 10 per cent discount when dining at participating curry restaurants Jinnah, Prashad, My Lahore, Akbar’s and Shimla Spice. The awards have been launched to promote pride in Bradford and profile the industry’s rich heritage and Picturehouse was keen to get on board, having worked with awards Director Fatima Patel on previous projects. Roxy van der Post, Marketing

Manager and Access Champion at Picturehouse Bradford, said: “We were delighted to be invited to partner with the Bradford Curry Awards, having worked with Fatima in the past on various hugely successful Q&A screenings and our India On Film season. “Film, food, and drinks go hand in hand at Picturehouse. We try to encourage cinema-goers to step out of their comfort zone and experience something new, from outstanding local beers to award-winning local film productions. The Bradford Curry Awards share this sense of curiosity and passion for local businesses and we're excited to discover the hidden gems of our city's curry industry together”. Director of Bradford Curry Awards Fatima Patel said: “As

a board member for Bradford’s UNESCO City of Film, I’m as passionate about film as I am about cooking and curry. Both curry and film are at the heart of Bradford’s culture, so it felt natural to bring the two together as part of this major celebration of everything that’s great about our city.” The awards will give recognition to the district’s best restaurants, which are dedicated to serving up the finest cuisine. Since the launch in February, more than 1,000 nominations have been received and we’re very close to announcing the very first shortlist for the inaugural curry awards. A panel of judges will then take over, following some mystery dining and then selecting the

final winners. The final winners will be revealed during a prestigious awards ceremony at Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel, in Rooley Lane, Bradford, on Tuesday April 17. It will feature an entertaining evening of music, inspirational speakers, comedy and, of course, great food. Food fans from across the community are invited to join the celebrations and network with business leaders, politicians, and above all the crème de la crème of Bradford’s curry industry. To nominate go to http:// index.php/nominate/ To get tickets for the gala dinner go to: http:// index.php/tickets/



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Self-Styled Terror Teacher Facing Jail by GRAHAME ANDERSON Financial pressures growing for parents A fanatical Islamic self-styled teacher is facing prison after grooming an army of children to carry out more than 30 terrorist acts across London. As part of his master plan Umar Haque, 25, had looked to utilise guns and a car packed with explosives, to target Big Ben, The Queens Guard, Heathrow, Westfield shopping centre and several other places both in and around the capital. Haque played IS propaganda to pupils at the fee-paying independent Muslim school Lantern of Knowledge in Leyton, where he taught Islamic studies and PE between April 2015 and January 2016. Some of the children were as young as 11. In bugged conversations at a friend’s home as part of an intelligence operation, Haque was heard discussing justification for killing civilians. When arrested in May last year, police seized a large kitchen knife from Haque’s Ford Focus, and a collection of IS propaganda from his home. The Evidence During the Old Bailey trial, the court heard how both police and MI5, had been on to Haque since he attempted travelling to Turkey in April 2016. It had been revealed even though he had no teaching qualifications, Haque had access to 250 youngsters at two East London schools, and the Ripple Road madrassa over five years, attempting to radicalise 110 of them. Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC told jurors the targets for Haque’s 'warped' ideology, were civilian as well as police. That in 2016 and early 2017, Haque was set on carrying out one or more violent attacks with others on civilian and police targets. “He showed his pupils images of guns, burning of passports and beheadings with a knife or sword to 'encourage them into his mindset”, added Mr Heywood. “Umar Haque was fascinated by the warped and extreme ideology of Islamic State.” Haque said: “We are here to cause terror, my brother. We are a death squad sent by Allah and his messengers to avenge my Arab

Umar Haque, 25, facing jail for training an 'army of children' for terrorist attacks on 30 targets across London brothers’ blood …” Tracked by Police Commander Dean Haydon, of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Haque’s plans were ambitious, long-term but aspirational. His aim was to create an army of children to assist with more terrorist attacks throughout London. “It was apparent he was in the early stages of this long-term attack plan at multiple sites using multiple weapons and assisted by children he had radicalised. “He tried to prepare the children for martyrdom by making them role play attacks. Part of that role play was re-enacting attacking police officers. “He is a really dangerous

individual. He could have moved at any time. Crucial work is ongoing to safeguard 35 children affected by Haque’s indoctrination, which had left them 'almost paralysed with fear'. Help for Haque

teaching us how to fight, do pushups, given strength and within six years he was planning to do a big attack on London. He wants a group of 300 men. He’s training us now so by the time I’m in Year 10 (aged 14-15), we will be physically strong enough to fight.”

Abuthaher Mamun, 19, and Muhammad Abid, 27, were convicted of helping Haque. The alleged armourer Nadeem Patel, 26, who had previously pleaded guilty to possessing a handgun, was acquitted of plotting with Haque. Patel has already served eight months on remand and the judge said he should be released 'forthwith'. All three men had previously told jurors, they did not believe Haque was serious about launching an attack.

The Verdict

One of the children involved told the authorities: “Umar has been

Sentencing will be passed at a later date.

Haque was found guilty of planning terror attacks with help from two conspirators by a jury after 27 hours and 22 minutes. At the end of the trial he was dragged from the dock by officers as he shouted: “You will clearly see Islamic State establish itself in the Arabian Peninsula, and that droughts will affect Europe and America. You will remember my warning.”

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Women should be allowed to wear the niqab in court – here’s why By JEREMY ROBSON Senior Lecturer Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University

The debate about whether a woman who wears the niqab should be allowed to do so when giving evidence in court is one which polarises opinion. The niqab is the full face veil worn by a small number of Muslim women. Unlike many other countries, the United Kingdom has not sought to criminalise the wearing of full face veils and many consider it to be a legitimate expression of religious belief protected by the European Convention on Human Rights.

But there remains a tension between respecting the rights of a minority to manifest their religion and the needs of the courts to ensure trials are conducted fairly. New guidance issued to judges in reminds them of the need to consider carefully whether or not a witness should be asked to remove her veil when giving evidence. But does it strike the right balance? The number of niqabis in England and Wales (the jurisdiction to which the guidance applies) is unknown, but they represent small proportion of the population – and cases where a judge is required to make a ruling involving the niqab are rare. When these cases do arise they are subject to enormous public scrutiny. In 2013, the judge Peter Murphy made headlines when he ruled that a defendant in a criminal trial could wear her niqab for the duration of her trial but if she wanted to give evidence in her defence she had to remove it. Many praised the judge’s pragmatic approach to the situation, but others were concerned that it represented a disproportionate intrusion into how a person could dress. Objection! The most common objection to the wearing of the niqab is that it prevents the fact-finder seeing the witness’s face and detecting changes in demeanour that might be a clue that the witness is lying. Without this, it is argued, there is a risk that a jury might fail to realise that a witness is lying or has something to hide and reach the wrong decision. The harm caused by this would outweigh any harm caused by interfering with an individual’s right to manifest her religion My research indicates that the approach taken by judges all over the world is to assume that the veil will hamper the assessment of

credibility and order its removal to ensure a fair trial. While this argument seems compelling, it is based on flawed assumptions. It has been established that people are generally very poor at using demeanour to assess credibility – indeed, recent research has established that assessments of credibility are more reliable when the witness has their face covered. And if there is no evidence to support to prove wearing the veil does impact upon the trial process, then there is no basis to order its removal. Many would argue that there is little harm in requiring a witness to remove her veil and that as the veil is a sign of male subjugation and should not be protected. But this is too broad an approach to a complex issue. Many women choose to cover their face as a matter of choice to achieve a state of piety. The wearing of the niqab is a visible representation of this and being required to remove it represents an invasion with their deeply held beliefs. Seen but not heard? Unlike many other public spaces (such as schools), courts often offer individuals no control over how people engage with them. Someone who wishes to seek the protection of the

law often has no choice but to proceed through the courts. If a victim of a criminal offence wants the protection of the police, they make their complaint knowing that ultimately they may be required to give evidence in court. In this context, the worrying rise in hate crime towards Muslims since 2016 is relevant. Many of the victims of these attacks have been singled out because of their clothing. Women who wear the niqab have been particularly vulnerable to such attacks, with attackers often seeking to humiliate them by removing the niqab. For the victim of such an attack, the prospect of having to further compromise their beliefs by removing their veil in court can only add to their sense of persecution. This may discourage them from seeking help at all. Despite the importance of this issue, there is no guidance in legislation or from the appeal courts. The latest edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book reminds judges to only require removal of the veil where they consider it to be “essential” and reminds judges hearing non-criminal cases of the fallibility of evaluation of credibility from demeanour. But judges in criminal trials are told that not removing the veil might impair the court's (so the jury's) ability to

evaluate reliability. Although the language of the guidance provides some clarity, and stresses the need for sensitivity, it still suggests that juries benefit from seeing witness’s face when there is no basis for doing so and implies that where it is the defendant who wishes to wear the veil they should remove it to give evidence. There may be always be exceptional cases which justify the removal of the veil and judges should have the power to order this, but it is not enough to do so on the basis of

what the jury may or may not think. A better course of action would be to permit the wearing of the niqab where it has been requested and to direct the jury that it makes no difference to their assessment of the evidence. For a justice system to truly represent all of society it must ensure that the most marginalised groups are able to access it without having to compromise their beliefs unless it is absolutely necessary.

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Sugar Tax Set to Sweeten UK Economy


The sugar tax will come into effect in the UK on 6 April to target population obesity. It's hoped younger adults will fully benefit, though the often controversial, measure is aimed at people of all ages to help reduce the adverse health and cost burdens of diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. The Tax Broken Down There will be two bands to the Sugar-sweetened beverages tax or SSBs - one for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml, and a higher one for drinks with more than 8g per 100ml. The measure will not apply to all other high-sugar content drinks, like juices, or drinks made up of 75 per cent milk, though all are regarded as potentially dangerous to health. Sugary Truths Sugar has been found to carry low satiety, with the result of stimulating the appetite and assisting the promotion of weight gain. Intake of SSBs has been shown to result in dramatic increases in blood glucose and insulin concentrations. This contributes to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, independently of obesity. In fact, based on scientific evidence The World Health Organisation has recommended a reduction of free sugars consumption from less than 10 per cent, to less than five per cent of total daily energy intake. Dr Max Davie, of the Royal College

of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: "The sugary drinks affected by this tax have no nutritional benefit, often containing levels of sugar well above a child's daily recommended limit. These drinks are a major contributor to the high sugar intakes of children, particularly teenagers, and we are in no doubt that they are, in part, contributing to this country's obesity crisis." Gavin Partington, of the British Soft Drinks Association, disagrees saying: "There is no evidence worldwide taxes of this sort reduce obesity, and it is ironic soft drinks are being singled out for tax, when we've led the way in reducing sugar intake, down over 17 per cent since 2012.”

International Comparison

Scientific Evidence

Such a tax in Mexico, France and Hungary has been hugely successful with purchases of sugary drinks decreasing between six to 27 per cent after the tax was applied. In the case of France and Hungary however, apart from all types of sugar sweetened drinks, both biscuits and confectionery products are all subject to extra taxation. The Organics council claims we will only be pretending to emulate success abroad as the UK legislation stands. In terms of reaching the daily limit - one 250ml drink of apple juice or the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar will suffice. But of course, many people go well over this without even realising.

Organics Council’s science committee member Dr Gonzalo Delgado says: “When it comes to public health policy decisions, it's essential these are based in solid scientific evidence. Sugar taxes can be useful to decrease sugar consumption, but they need to target all high sugar content and artificial sweetened foods, not only soft drinks as in the UK case. Consumers, and people in general, need to be well informed about current scientific knowledge, so they can make the correct choices in regard of their nutrition and health.” Malcolm Clark, a coordinator for the Children’s Food Campaign certainly agrees with the sentiments of the council stating: “The sugary drinks tax in its present form will not solve the UK’s childhood obesity crisis. We need other policy interventions including restrictions on marketing.” And for those looking to artificial sweeteners, experts say they are certainly not free of calories and also linked to glucose intolerance, weight gain, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. The Outcome The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates the levy could add 18p to 24p to the price of a litre of fizzy drink, if the full cost is passed on to the consumer. For further information around how The Organics Council work to protect the public through organic practice, research and campaigning, please visit the official website at www.

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Becoming a Savings and Investments Millionaire.




SHABAB GULFRAZ Shabab Gulfraz is our resident Finance expert.

I went to an event last week, and someone asked me a question about whether it was possible to become a millionaire just from saving funds in an ISA and other investments, and if so how easy it is. I just thought to myself, god why is it when someone finds out I am an IFA does the first thing that come into their mind always be around making money. Anyhow, his question got me thinking because so long as someone plans financial matters right, there is nothing stopping them from building a million pound portfolio from putting away regular amounts of money over a long period of time. Now coming to becoming a savings millionaire, is it possible, well yes it is. There has been recent research from Hargreaves Lansdown highlighting that the number of ISA millionaires in their client bank has increased from 3 in 2012 to circa 168 in the current year. They say, “building a million pound ISA portfolio is not just about putting the

full annual allowance in and banking on a rising market. Successful investors have built a coherent strategy, taking a sensible amount of risk, being committed, and building a long term view� As an investor and also an adviser, I agree with the above comment. This is because based on my clients that have amassed wealth in their portfolios, the wealth has been amassed due to usually having a balanced mainstream view of investments where the assets are actually not the high flying shares, but instead funds, which are mapped to the clients risk matrix. So, what are my top tips then with reference to building yourself a snug nest egg for the future. I guess the first tip would be to actually start investing and putting a small money aside until you are actually comfortable with investments. The second tip is to use your annual ISA and savings allowance efficiently; therefore, ensuring all investments are

tax efficient. With reference to risk my view would be do not take undue risk, and please do not go over the top. It is always better to take a managed risk, and make some returns, rather than risking funds in high risk funds with a very high level of volatility that you are not going to be comfortable with. In my view it is these people that think it’s a get rich quick scheme that lose funds, and are the real losers when it comes to investing. This is because once someone suffers a loss in my view it will hit them psychologically and they might not invest again; therefore, potentially one bad experience inevitably stopping them from investing in the future. Overall, I would encourage you all to invest, but please invest appropriately, and if you are unsure or uncomfortable undertaking investments yourself, then take some professional advice. However, please do not put all your eggs in one basket, and just invest all your money.

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Accidental Or Inevitable?




LUKE PATEL The words “accidental damage” can commonly be found in many policies of insurance. But what constitutes “accidental damage”? This is the question which the High Court had to consider in the case of Leeds Beckett University v Travelers Insurance Company Limited. In 1993 the University acquired the site of the former Kirkstall Brewery in Leeds. The site was situated on both side of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. The University then began to refurbish the existing brewery and to build a number of new accommodation blocks. Construction was completed in 1996. In December 2011, large cracks appeared in parts of the accommodation blocks. Investigations revealed that the concrete blockwork below ground level supporting one of the walls had “turned to mush” due to the effects of sulphate attack caused by flowing water leaving it with no structural strength at all. The whole building was subsequently demolished in 2012. The University pursued a claim under its insurance

policy in excess of £10m for the cost of reinstating the building and for loss of income. However, the insurers declined the claim relying on the exclusion clause within the policy which stated that cover would not be provided for damage caused by “inherent vice latent defect gradual deterioration wear and tear frost change in the water table level…” and “damage” was defined in the policy as “…accidental loss or destruction of or damage”. The University contended that the relevant damage was “accidental” and as such it was caught by the policy’s definition of “Damage”. Further, it claimed that the damage was “flood” damage and so would be covered within the meaning of “Defined Peril” in the policy. The issue which the Court therefore had to decide was whether the damage could be characterised as “accidental damage” within the meaning of the policy and, if so, was it caught by any of the exclusions that the insurer sought to rely on. The Judge ruled that the University block had not suffered “damage” as defined in the policy. The

definition of damage in the policy referred to “accidental” loss or destruction of or damage. “Accidental” meant an event that occurred by chance, which was non-deliberate. However, the evidence showed that the blockwork had been subject to ground water since completion of the building in 1996 which had caused it to weaken over time. Accordingly, when the policy was taken out by the University the “damage” was already inevitable and therefore not “accidental”. In view of this, the Court found that the insurer was entitled to decline the University’s claim. This case once more highlights that in insurance disputes the interpretation of the wording used in the policy is often critical and it also gives guidance as to how the courts will resolve claims where property damage was “inevitable” rather than “accidental”. If you are involved in any property or insurance related dispute, the Commercial Dispute Department at Blacks Solicitors would be happy to assist. Please contact Luke Patel on 0113 227 9316 or email him at “LPatel@”

Luke Patel is a Partner at Leeds law firm Blacks Solicitors LLP specialising in commercial dispute resolution and heads up that team. Luke was the winner of the Best Professional in Business award at the Asian English Business Awards 2013. Described in the Legal 500 as “exceptional” he primarily acts for individuals, owner managed businesses and SME’s in a wide range of sectors At Blacks, they can prepare partnership agreements for all types of businesses or in the event of a dispute they can assist you with the resolution of that dispute. Please contact Luke Patel on 0113 227 9316 or email him at LPatel@

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Both courses were delicious, although my friend found her Thai curry, extremely hot, the waiter was quick to offer some extra coconut milk, to reduce the temper of the dish.

Bangkok Thai 18 East Parade Little Germany, Bradford BD1 5EE (01274 788 333). Taste: 4/5 Ambience: 4/5 Service: 5/5 Value for Money: 4/5 As you enter you’re instantly greeted with a warm welcome.The open and airy décor, along with the smartly dressed staff, particularly the women, tells you, you’re going to have a great time and receive great service, which proves true throughout. Bangkok Thai is a lovely little restaurant based in the heart of Little Germany, with a family run vibe the place is most certainly a ‘hidden gem’ as described by the many reviewers on Trip Advisor. Unlike other restaurants, Bangkok Thai’s early bird menu is also available on weekends as well as weekdays and is excellent value for money, along with a great range of dishes, with a god selection, of meat, vegetarian and seafood dishes. Those with Halal diets, also need not worry as the restaurant

Nothing seemed too much trouble for the staff, which was pleasing to see. My dish, was flavoured just right, and came exactly as the waiter had described, hot, and something I would enjoy. Everything so far was so good until dessert. serves halal as too. We were presented with a delicious basket of prawn crackers, with a lovely sweet chilli sauce for our appetiser. This we followed with some starters consisting of PohPiah Gai which is Thai style spring rolls with minced chicken, bean thread noodles and vegetables, served with sweet chilli sauce and GoongChup Pang To – tiger prawns in crispy batter served with sweet chilli sauce. Both started arrived within a good time scale, were served at the right temperature and delicious in taste and flavor. If you’re new to Thai cuisine, don’t worry, as the waiters are full of knowledge and effectively guide

you through the menu, to ensure you select dishes that will suit your taste buds. My colleague who is vegetarian ordered the Gang Kiew Wan Pak, which is a Thai Green curry with coconut milk, bamboo shoots, bean curd, bell pepper, courgette and mixed vegetables. I went for the Gai Tod Prik Gang, which is sliced chicken breast, dusted in flour, deep fried and smothered with a creamy red curry sauce, basil, bell pepper and lime

If you have a sweet tooth, you may be disappointed with the dessert options at this place, as However the Jasmine Tea makes up for that and helps wash down your palette pretty well. The price was very reasonable, as our bill came to just under £35.00 so two course, drinks and tea for under £20 a head, is not a bad deal. Overall a great experience and if you love Thai cuisine you will love Bangkok Thai.



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MOTORS Three-seat McLaren ‘HYPER-GT’ to beat the iconic F1 with the highest top speed of any McLaren yet!

McLaren Automotive has confirmed that its forthcoming new ‘Hyper-GT ‘, codenamed BP23, will achieve the highest top speed of any McLaren yet with the capability to exceed the 243mph peak speed of the legendary McLaren F1 road car. The news follows the announcement by McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt during the Geneva Motor Show press conference that a

public reveal of the car can be expected this year. The next addition to the McLaren Ultimate Series will be both the fastest-ever and the most luxurious McLaren. Featuring a three-seat cockpit design with a central driving position – the same layout as the F1 – and a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, BP23 will deliver the unparalleled blend of

extreme performance and sporting luxury that befits its status as the ultimate road-going McLaren.

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The entire BP23 production of 106 examples was allocated before the car was officially announced in November 2016. Production is due to begin at the end of next year, with every BP23 personalised to each owner’s taste by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the

BP23 will carry an as-yet unannounced name, rather than the alphanumerical nomenclatures used by the McLaren Sports Series and Super Series; this name, together with the maximum possible speed, will be disclosed nearer to the car’s reveal.

A New Addition to The Family: New Four-Door Coupe from Mercedes-AMG use, but unwilling to go without the unparalleled performance of Mercedes-AMG.

More space, more power, more goose pimples – the new MercedesAMG GT 4-Door model delivers driving experiences in new dimensions and extends the AMG model family. The new coupé is the first four-door sports car from Affalterbach and draws directly on the legendary SLS and AMG GT models of success. As another vehicle developed

autonomously by Mercedes-AMG it combines unique design, high comfort and outstanding sports car engineering with an athletic, four-door fastback layout. It thus offers more space and more potential uses. Systematic expansion of the AMG GT family with the 4-door Coupé opens up the sports car segment to those looking for a vehicle for day-to-day

Longitudinal and lateral dynamics at the highest level, and a striking silhouette with classic proportions put the Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door Coupé in the portfolio of its two-door brother at first glance. The expressive design with the low bonnet, dominant front and muscular body language emphasises the sporty genes of the four-door coupé, which sets new standards as the youngest model in the AMG family: As the first four-door AMG GT model it combines high everyday comfort with diverse individualisation options and the latest sports car engineering. "The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé blends the impressive racetrack dynamism of our two-door sports car with maximum suitability for everyday use. It has a unique way of embodying our brand core, "Driving Performance" and with its systematic configuration it will attract new customers for Mercedes-AMG", commented Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé delivers special driving experiences on all levels and with a top speed of up to 315 km/h and its driving dynamics it cuts an effortlessly superior figure wherever it goes. Powerful, up-to-date 6-cylinder in-line and V8 engines with outputs ranging from 320 kW (435 hp) to 470 kW (639 hp) allow completely new

driving experiences and combine impressive performance with modern efficiency. The interior of the first four-door AMG GT model is characterised by elegant coolness and also the latest features: innovative control panels can be intuitively operated and configured as required. The blend of high individualisation and sports car technology, placing yet more focus on the requirements of discerning customers, is also clear from the wealth of equipment packages and individual options. The latest coup from Affalterbach also lives up to the Mercedes-AMG brand pledge with regard to its high driving dynamics and sets the benchmark in its segment on the racetrack too.

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McLaren Unveiled a Bespoke McLaren 720S Rhapsody in Atlantic Blue at the Geneva International Motor Show

An award-filled year on from its world premiere at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren 720S again took the Geneva spotlight with a breathtaking-in-blue bespoke creation from McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Combining the deepest of deep blue paint finishes specially formulated for the car with a classic Saddle Tan leather interior, the McLaren 720S in Atlantic Blue by MSO presents the dynamism of the McLaren Super Series wrapped up in a timeless, luxury-accented allure. McLaren Special Operations’ latest creation comes a year after MSO’s first bespoke project on the secondgeneration Super Series, the 720S Velocity by MSO, which was shown in Geneva in 2017. With a fusion of Volcano Red and Nerello Red paint colours, its explosive looks more than matched its performance. In the 12 months since – during which time the 720S has garnered five-star road test verdicts as well as awards including the world’s most beautiful supercar – few of the nearly 1,500 McLaren 720S delivered since launch have not borne at least some MSO influence. The earliest build allocation for a ‘standard’ car is currently July of this year. The Atlantic Blue body provides a fresh interpretation of the ‘shrink-wrapped’ design language introduced for the 720S, which features innovative aerodynamics, smoothly sculpted surfaces and iconic double-hinged dihedral doors. Commissioned for the 88thGeneva Motor Show, this latest MSO project showcases both the boundless extent of MSO’s bespoke craftsmanship and the MSO Defined range of personalisation choices – options that have allowed 720S buyers such creative expression in

realising their own perfect Super Series model. “Every 720S produced by MSO is elegant and distinctive and a large part of that is because they are different in some way from all the others, with each car a unique expression of the owner’s taste,” commented Ansar Ali, Managing Director of McLaren Special Operations, “At MSO, we celebrate that difference by showing cars like the Atlantic Blue 720S – a world of McLaren possibilities made stunningly real.” MSO’s hand-crafted artistry is able to fulfil McLaren clients’ most demanding expectations. Its capabilities range from crafting entire one-off cars to providing specific aerodynamic and lightweight componentry, adding functionality and developing the special materials, finishes, colour and trim that are used to such stunning effect by the Atlantic Blue 720S making its debut in Geneva.

The second-generation Super Series marries McLaren’s most extreme take yet on supercar performance, with a plethora of luxury and convenience features in the glass teardrop cockpit that further reinforce the acclamation of the 720S as a supercar with the broadest range of abilities. Providing the most focused driving experience thanks to innovations in aerodynamics, proactive suspension control, carbon-fibre construction and one of the world’s most potent 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engines, the 720PS (710bhp) 720S can deliver a top speed of 212mph and despatch 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds. None of this is at the expense of comfort: heated electric seats, keyless entry, soft-close doors, cruise control, electrically adjustable steering column and advanced climate and connectivity systems are among the standard features. MSO bespoke elements that take this formula to another level comprise the

newly-developed Atlantic Blue paint and an interior swathed in Saddle Tan leather with contrasting Slate Grey stitching. The cockpit is further distinguished by Carbon Black leather and Grey Alcantara accents. Even the floor mats are bespoke. Setting off the Atlantic Blue paint are Dark Palladium exterior finishes, gloss finish Visual Carbon Fibre, and Zircon window surrounds. The stainless-steel sports exhaust has Titanium finishers and the twin-spoke lightweight wheels feature a bespoke Graphite Grey finish. The brakes – as on all McLaren 720Ss – are carbon-ceramic and for this special model feature black calipers with McLaren branding. MSO Defined features inside the cockpit characterise the demands of a typical McLaren 720S owner, with priorities for both track driving and everyday usability. The McLaren 720S in Atlantic Blue by MSO comes with both the McLaren Track

Telemetry and camera system for circuit enjoyment and a 360-degree Park Assist system of sensors and cameras to ease city driving. The car is also equipped with a vehicle lift to avoid damage over ramps and speed humps, and to while away motorway miles there is a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker audio system. This unique McLaren 720S in Atlantic Blue by MSO carries a price tag of £281,260.Further information about the McLaren 720S and McLaren Special Operations is available at


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NEWS PM Launches Extensive University Fees Review by GRAHAME ANDERSON

Prime Minister Theresa May has admitted UK university fees were the world's most expensive on launching a review of the cost of courses. In the majority of cases Universities charge £9,250 per year, with most students graduating financially toward spiralling debt as a result. She did however, rule out scrapping tuition fees, also citing it wouldn't be fair on taxpayers who didn't go to university. “It would leave higher education in a losing struggle for funding with schools and hospitals, she said: “And it would mean limiting university places and funding.” The Opposition The Labour party are in favour of scrapping fees as things stand. Tuition fee architect the Labour peer Lord Adonis, called for a return to fees of £3,000 a year saying: “Universities have become extremely bloated, due to the hike in fees, resulting in sky-high salaries for vice chancellors and management staff.” A Complicated System? Things are further complicated given the connection to the loan system underpinning the market, with companies pushing up interest

time increasing levels of support. The Government has encouraged this speculation, but it will be hard to satisfy all the hopes, especially if the Treasury is not willing to allow additional public spending on post-compulsory education.

charges. The highest current rate is standing at 6.1 per cent. In light of this the Government could well decide to drastically reduce the rate. Rather than creating a new system it seems more likely the current one will be changed, though the Government would like to encourage a variation in fees across the board. As an example, according to education experts, courses - such as arts and humanities - could be made cheaper than sciences, which are more expensive to deliver, and where graduate earnings are potentially much higher. This also means students will still be required to pay fees as a starting point, though ideas of a graduate tax are being pushed to one side. It's not all about full time students either, with ministers aware more support is needed for those wanting to work and study at the same time. Vocational and technical training could also

receive more support.

It's reported the Government has been impressed by the Welsh system, whereby students receive greater maintenance support while studying.

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Yorkshire has some excellent universities with three here given all round scores made up of entry standards, student satisfaction, graduate prospects and overall quality.

Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers’ union, stated: “The review must be more than tinkering at the edges. There needs to be a fundamental review of university funding.”

Leeds currently stands 14th in the university league table with a score of 850. The university of Bradford meanwhile is in 58th position carrying a score of 675, with Huddersfield sitting in 72nd place on a total of 635.

The Russell Group of leading universities has warned any changes to fees and funding should not mean places suddenly become limited. A spokesperson said: “Finding the right balance is likely to involve making a series of difficult trade-offs.”

Looking ahead Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Unit, said: “The Prime Minister's review team had enormous expectations on their shoulders. There is a long shopping list of demands for reducing fees, and at the same

This Government-led review will examine all aspects of student funding, including maintenance grants. The current rate of fees will stay in place at least until the application cycle for 2020-21, in the light of both the freeze on fee rises and this year-long review.


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Dance like you’ve never danced before! Flashdance - The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. Based on the Paramount Pictures film (screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds. Prepare to be blown away by this astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to an iconic score, including the smash hit Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the sensational title track Flashdance - What a Feeling.

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QAWAALI performance with Shah e Mardaan Qawwals

Formed by a group of family and friends in Bradford and Sheffield, traditional Sufi Qawaali group Shah e Mardaan Qawwals have performed at festivals and events throughout the UK and overseas to great acclaim.

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The Cannons Return! Unveiling ceremony of the restored Low Moor Cannons and new gun carriages at The Bandstand. 12noon.

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Grassroots arts collective Wur Bradford (‘Wur’ means ‘our’ or ‘we are’) present an exhibition of material from their ongoing project WE ARE HERE, a collaboration with the city’s Oastler market exploring it’s unique history, communities and stories.

Since 2011, Saltaire has held its own World Heritage Weekend. Explore Saltaire and enjoy the fun activities.

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Meet all the movers and shakers of the industry, enjoy a fantastic street food soiree, with ample networking opportunities. The most delicious 3 course dinner, with curry most certainly on the menu. Entertainment with celebrity host and guests. Touted as one of the most

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Women’s cricket match in support of gender equality to be held at Bradford Park Avenue A Bradford based community sporting organisation is all set to host it’s Bowling Out Gender Inequality cricket match at Bradford’s newly refurbished Bradford Park Avenue The community organisation, Opening Boundaries, which was set up by Bradford woman, Halima Khan, campaigns globally to use the power of sport as a tool for peace, whilst raising the awareness of community cohesion, positive health and gender equality. Opening Boundaries community cricket festival will be hosted in partnership with the UK Armed Forces on Monday 6 August and will aim to highlight the importance of community cohesion, promote positive health, tolerance and encourage gender equality. The organisers are keen to invite different communities to come together through cricket and improve perceptions, attitudes and understanding of each other, with an aim for people to realise their potential through sport leading to positive life choices. The annual game which is now in its third year has previously been played at Headingley Cricket Stadium and The Royal Chelsea Gardens, Burton Court. The event is free to attend and will have a festival type atmosphere for the whole community to get involved. All partners are keen for everyone to come down and showcase the diversity Bradford has to offer. Halima Khan, Managing Director at Opening Boundaries stated “we are delighted to bring the women’s game to Bradford, which also happens to be my home town. I am looking forward to showcasing some amazing women from both teams who are promoting gender equality through sport on many levels. To mark the centenary since the first women secured the right to vote in the UK, we will be playing the game under the campaign name “Bowling Out Gender Inequality.” It is recorded that Bradford Park Avenue has not hosted a women's match since 1981, when the inspirational trailblazers of women's cricket, Baroness Heyhoe-Flint and Janette Brittin faced off for their respective club sides in a national knockout match. The ground was also one of the venues in the first ever Women's World Cup where Heyhoe-Flint's England women beat Jamaica on their way to winning the tournament in 1973. Over the coming years and as part of its multi-million-pound development, the ground is hoping to host England women's internationals, Yorkshire Diamonds fixtures, England Disability cricket and a one-day

Master Plan of newly refurbished Bradford Park Avenue. Yorkshire match every year. Khan went onto say “I am very thankful to Yorkshire Cricket CEO, Mark Arthur for providing us with this amazing venue to highlight an important cause which is still prevalent in today’s society. After 37 years, it’s truly a remarkable moment to see women’s cricket returning here. To be able to play on this pitch where some of the greatest names in the cricket fraternity have played and will play is a very historical moment when it comes to equalling the playing field for women. As we enjoy the freedoms which many women did not have, I want to use this sporting campaign to inspire more females to come forward and showcase their talents on and off the field.” Maj Lisa Marr, Head of Engagement for 4th Infantry Brigade and HQ NE stated “4 Brigade are delighted to be supporting the annual cricket

match between the UK Armed Forces Ladies Team and the Inspirational Women’s Team again this year. Now in its third year of competition we are looking forward to an excellent game of cricket whilst at the same time being able to support Opening Boundaries ‘Bowling Out Gender Inequality’ campaign.” “It will be a privilege for us to play at Bradford Park Avenue and we are of course delighted to see the match back on home turf – hoping to win back the trophy this year. I really would encourage people to come down and watch what has been previously a very good standard of cricket, which will hopefully inspire the next generation of female cricketers.” The day will consist of junior kids coaching and small sided activities in the morning followed by the women’s T20 game. Bradford Park Avenue is a

hub site for the ECB who have identified the city as a main priority in its recent consultation strategy which has a huge emphasis on women in sport and South Asian communities. Vikram Banerjee, the Head of Strategy at the ECB gave his support to the event saying “Cricket is a game for everyone, no matter your gender, age or ethnicity. We are committed to growing the game and ensuring that everyone has the chance to be involved. Events like this play a key part in us achieving these goals and we are delighted to support it”. “It’s fitting that the festival will be held at Bradford Park Avenue. The landmark redevelopment project, created in collaboration with ECB and Yorkshire CCC - with further support from Sport England and Bradford Metropolitan District Council has helped to bring this historic ground back to its former glory.” Kersten England, chief executive of the Council, said “Bradford is a place that celebrates sport and pioneers participation and this festival and the iconic Park Avenue are symbolic of the power of sport to bring together people of all backgrounds. The city is home to an outstanding cricketing heritage and a bright future. We have seen the emergence of a new generation of winners and role models in the women’s game in the form of Carlton Bolling College girls’ team who have overcome barriers to become county champions three times, northern champions and national finalists. As the youngest and one of the most diverse cities in the county, Bradford is a potential powerhouse of future cricketing talent in all versions of the game.”

From left to right Halima Khan, Kersten England and Lisa Marr

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College serves up Tennis TennisLaunch6.3.18-group shows tutor Farook Khan (right) with Sport Lever 3 students at the tennis launch Students at Bradford College are being served up an ace new sporting option. Thanks to a grant from the Tennis Foundation the college has added tennis to the list of

extra-curricular sports it offers. Every Tuesday and Thursday between 4.30pm and 6.30pm various forms of the game, including short tennis and wheelchair tennis, will be played

Tennis Launch 3 shows staff and students at the launch with tutor Farook Khan (left) at the college’s Trinity Green site. The free sessions are open to learners from any course and are designed to encourage more young people to pick up a racket. The principal of Bradford College, David Harwood, got into the swing of things at a launch event on Wednesday that was organised by Level 3 sports students.

Tennis Launch-David Harwood shows the principal with a student at the launch

Tennis coaches from LIV Tennis were also on hand to deliver taster sessions.

Sport tutor Farooq Khan hopes the new sessions will prove to be a big hit.

socially initially but eventually it would be great to get some playing competitively too.

He said: “It is great to be working with the Tennis Foundation and Lawn Tennis Association to introduce our students to tennis. It is often considered to be quite a middle class and exclusive sport, so it is great to open it up to a wider demographic and show our students that it is something they can enjoy and get involved in.

“The sports students who organised the launch were inspired to help increase participation in tennis after we took a trip to Loughborough University and watched the international wheelchair championships. The trip really helped open their eyes the various forms of the game and how they can be used to engage people who wouldn’t ordinarily be attracted to tennis.”

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World Cup winners on the move for year three of the Kia Super League ECB have announced the England player allocations for the third year of the Kia Super League with several of the ICC World Cup winning squad on the move. World Cup Player of the Tournament, Tammy Beaumont is one of the highest profile movers as she switches from Surrey Stars to last year's beaten finalists Southern Vipers. Former Stars teammate Alex Hartley will also be in new colours as she heads back to her northern roots to play for Lancashire Thunder. Heading down from Thunder to Stars to replace Beaumont behind the stumps

is one of the most prominent keeper-batsmen in world cricket, Sarah Taylor. Loughborough Lightning and Yorkshire Diamonds undertake a straight swap with all-rounder Jenny Gunn and seamer Beth Langston changing teams. All overseas players will be recruited and announced by their individual teams in due course. New Southern Vipers player Tammy Beaumont said: "I'm really excited to be a Southern Viper after a great couple of years with the Stars. I can't wait to travel to

Guildford for the opening game to face my old team mates! "After being beaten finalists last year, we'll be aiming to regain our title and become two-time champions." Talking about the team news, KSL General Manager Jo Kirk said: "The latest player movements are to ensure the best balance between the six sides and to maintain a fair and competitive competition with the over-arching principle of trying to ensure a best versus best competition." "We want the KSL to continue to

go from strength to strength in its third year. Attendances rose by 44% last year and we're looking forward to even more fans attending games this summer, hopefully culminating in a soldout Finals Day down in Hove." The third year of the Kia Super League will kick off on 22 July with all six teams in action. Western Storm will begin the defence of their title at the Cooper Associates County Ground against Yorkshire Diamonds live on Sky. Meanwhile a rematch of last year's semi-final will see Surrey Stars and Southern Vipers meet at Guildford. Lancashire Thunder

and Loughborough Lightning round off the opening games at Southport. All six teams will be aiming to reach Finals Day at the 1stCentral County Ground, Hove on Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August. Sky Sports will show 12 KSL matches in 2018, almost doubling their 2017 coverage, including standalone group games for the first time. Tickets to every match including finals day are now on sale. Details for all games can be found at ecb.


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No deal yet for Pacquiao vs. Matthysse fight for June 24 Although former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiaoclaims he will be fighting WBA World welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on June 24 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to ESPN promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank says there’s still no deal yet. It is reported that Arum is waiting for $5 million in upfront money for the fight. There’s supposed to be $15 million all total for the fight.

The fight didn’t resemble a boxing match. Pacquiao’s new training team is reportedly Buboy Fernandez, NonoyNeri and Roger ‘Haplas’ Fernandez. Those are the training team that will prepare Pacquiao for his 24 June fight against Matthysse.

What’s unknown is whether Pacquiao, is still with Top Rank. Pacquiao has a new training team as well, and it looks as if his long-time trainer Freddie Roach is no longer with him. Roach had been training Pacquiao for 17 years since 2001. It’s widely known that Roach didn’t do a great job in Pacquiao’s corner for his last fight against Australian Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.

It is against Matthysse. I’ll be ready for the preparation and it’s going to be 11 weeks.”

Roach took a passive role in that fight, and he failed to intercede when Pacquiao was roughed up by the 29-year-old Horn for 12 rounds. Pacquiao’s face was badly cut from the numerous head-butts from Horn.

Top Indian cricketer Mohammad Shami charged with domestic violence Indian fast bowler, Mohammad Shami has been charged with domestic violence following a complaint by his wife. The 27-year-old cricketers wife Hasin Jahan, accused him of adultery and domestic violence. Police say Shami has also been charged under laws related to attempted murder, poisoning and criminal intimidation. Mr Shami was dropped from a list of contracted players for the national team announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on 8 March. Shami has denied his wife's allegations. The charges against the player, who has represented India 87 times in all formats of the game since 2012, carry prison terms of 10 years or more. On Tuesday 6 March Ms Jahan posted a series of messages on her Facebook account that Mr Shami had allegedly sent to women

during their four-year marriage. She alleged he had several affairs, and "tortured [her] physically and mentally over and over again". The player, who has won 30 Test caps, dismissed the claims, calling them "part of a big conspiracy" against him and "an attempt to defame" him. "What is being said about my personal life is completely false," he wrote on Twitter. Ms Jahan has also filed a rape complaint against Mr Shami's elder brother. Vinod Rai, chairman of the BCCI supervisory committee told cricket website ESPNcricinfo: "We are in a bit of Catch 22. "Ordinarily you would distinguish and say that is a personal issue and the contract is a professional issue. "But someone could easily point out and say this allegation is an unsavoury one and you are still rewarding him."

Pacquiao told Manila Times: “It’s already final I’m going to fight in Malaysia on June 24,”

Arum is skeptical that the money will materialise from the people in Malaysia that are interested in staging Pacquiao’s fight with Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) over that country. In the meantime, Arum has a backup plan of matching Pacquiao against one of his own Top Rank fighters Jose Carlos Ramirez if he wins the WBC light welterweight title against Amir Imam on March 17. Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) would need to move down to 140 to take the fight. It’s not a good sign that Pacquiao isn’t mentioning wanting to fight Ramirez.

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