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Editor’s Note Hello readers and welcome back to another edition of Asian World Newspaper. Hope everyone is enjoying the heatwave this summer and we hope our all getting ready for Eid this August. For our August issue we have discussed the Pakistani elections, Imran Khan has finally won the political battle. To read more on this please see page 5. On page 22, we discussed the man with the longest nails, who finally cuts them after 66 years. This month’s edition also saw many interviews with some of the biggest artists, including PBN, Rita Morar and many more, to check out these interviews please see pages 30-37. Also as its summer, many of us will be planning to travel abroad or have already been on holiday, which is why we have provided tips on how you could save

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Alum “Rocks” To The Sounds Of Eid Birmingham based charity organisation Medical Relief International was the surprise charity of choice for a local organisation’s Eid Milan Event. Melody Masters Eid event was a celebration uniting people from different faiths and backgrounds. The charity Medical Relief International (MRI) was invited to attend as the chosen charity to be represented on the day due to its work with women, children and the disabled around the world. A variety of performances were carried out, including classical Bollywood hits from a bygone era, dhol playing, dancing and speeches. A special dinner was also given to all those that attended. The event which was attended by almost 150 guests, filled the venue to capacity in Birmingham. MRI’s representative and Ambassador, Hadeba Shah, was invited as Guest Speaker for the Eid Event. Speaking at the event Hadeba Shah said “My main goal in life is to have a positive impact on as many lives as I possibly can.” she went on to say how the work that has been done by the charity organisation has encouraged her to support many of the MRI projects such as their initiatives in Sri Lanka, Jordan, Syria, France, Greece, Sudan, Palestine and Pakistan. Hadeba Shah also highlighted the importance of sustainable projects, giving people autonomy and how they should always ask themselves whether they can actually do more to have a

positive impact on lives that need it the most. The event was also an opportunity for those wishing to donate to the charity to make a contribution to show their support. Almost £300 was raised throughout the evening by Hadeba during the various performances. As a surprise gesture of kindness Medical Relief International donated the full funds raised to Muhammad Basharat the organiser and host in order to aid and

support their ongoing community work. Medical Relief went on to say that the work the organisers have done has been exceptional and our heartfelt thanks to Muhammad Basharat, Haz Hussain and all the staff and volunteers involved. If you’d like to know more about Medical Relief International and their work you can find them on Facebook at / medicalrelief.org or via Instagram @ medical_relief_international

Council of Mosques Plan to Expand Scholemoor Cemetery

The Bradford Council for Mosques has welcomed new plans to expand the city’s Muslim burial ground. Bradford Council’s Executive has agreed to update the existing lease for Scholemoor Cemetery with the Council of Mosques and also seeks to expand the cemetery to provide an extra seven years of burial space. The existing cemetery only has enough space for three more years. The Council hopes an area of former allotment land next to the cemetery could be used for the expansion, and officers are currently negotiating. Zulfiqar Karim, Secretary General of CFM, said, “We are delighted by the decision of the Council Executive. This is an endorsement of the productive partnership that has existed between the Bradford Council and the CFM over 30 years. “We are committed to working with the Council to provide a quality burial provision which is reflective of the com-

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front page story cont’d... Almost all of Pakistan’s parties, other than Khan’s, have contested the results; Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which won the last general election, tweeted about “manifest and massive irregularities and argued that Pakistan’s democratisation has been “pushed back decades.” Imran Khan has been in the public eye for more than 20 years. Khan was born to a Pashtun family in Lahore, Punjab, in 1952. He started playing cricket at the age of 13 and made his cricket debut in cricket at the age of 18 during the 1971 series against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham. He served as the team captain for Pakistan throughout 1982-1992, when the team won the World Cup more than 25 years ago. In 1992 Khan retired from cricket as one of Pakistan’s most successful players. Imran Khan had formed PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) in 1996. His party had won only one seat in 2000. Imran resigned from Parliament in 2002 in protest and boycotted the 2008 elections. During the 2013 general elections Khan received (61,300 votes) against the Pakistan Muslim League Pakistan Muslim League-N candidate Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who gained (71,420 votes). Khan’s colourful history as a celebrity cricket captain and socialite gave him a strong start as an individual critic of Pakistan’s political and military establishment, but it has taken him 22 years to make this breakthrough after trailing in previous elections. Now at the age of 66, he has little direct politi-

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cal experience of governing, although he has strength and legitimacy from his perseverance and perceived outsider status. During the 2018 general election, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won the most seats in the countries general elections; however they failed to win an outright majority in the National Assembly, with 115 of the 270 available seats. The voting was marred by violence, including a deadly suicide attack, and allegations by other parties of election rigging. The ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) came in second with 64 seats,

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and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won 43. Opposition parties said they rejected the results and would call for new elections. Khan, who campaigned on a populist anti-graft platform has now declared victory and has vowed to transform the nation and clean up Pakistan’s public institutions. Imran Khan said that the corruption was “eating away this country like a cancer.” He also pledged to put an end to what he calls Sharif and Bhutto families corruption and misrule. Imran Khan’s win has also been widely trumpeted as historic for breaking the decades-

long two-party dominance of Pakistani politics In a nation obsessed with cricket, Khan cleverly leveraged his star status to transition into a career in politics, founding the PTI In 1996, which is known as the Justice Party. His popularity surged as he shared his vision for a “new Pakistan” just as the countries middle class had grown disenchanted with an economy on the brink of crisis. The countries currency has spiralled, debts remain high, and inflation is persistent. He has also been widely seen as the preferred candidate of the countries powerful military which has directly ruled

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Pakistan for almost half its independent existence since 1947 and has maintained a positive influence in politics. Khan was a fierce critic of the US war on terror, especially towards the countries use of drone strikes in Pakistan which had targeted terrorist networks but also killed Pakistani civilians. However as Pakistan’s military cooperates with the US, it is uncertain whether Khan will continue to criticise a Donald Trump-led Washington. The question now is how much freedom a Khan-led government will have under the military’s close gaze.

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FATBURGER FRANCHISE IN CAMDEN MARKET

What do rapper Kanye West, hiphop producer Pharrell Williams and actress/singer Queen Latifah have in common with British entrepreneurs Anum Khan, Naeem Ah-med and Abdullah Aziz Anwar? The answer is that they have all bought into the Fatburger restaurant bandwagon which started rolling in Beverly Hills, California and is now sweeping the world. And while the first three named above have joined the long list of franchisees, the last three have gone one better and have taken on the mantle of Master Franchisees for the UK. Their first outlet, near London’s Camden Market, will soon be joined by another in Dundee, which has been acquired by local businessman Akmal Hayat. Anum, Naeem and Abdullah were all involved in the property business before taking the fast food plunge. Having got a taste for the business in Camden, they now plan to extend the fran-chise to around 25 plus restaurants. And although the food they serve up is fast, their growth plans are anything but, as Anum explains. “We’re hoping for Dundee to open within the next three months,” she

revealed. “After that, the next one looks likely to be in Wales, but that will be next year. “We have another five potential franchisees interested and we expect that eventually there will be around 25 restaurants in the UK.

“We’re more interested in ensuring quality rather than quantity.” There are currently around 200 Fatburger restaurants in 33 countries worldwide with plans for another 300 outlets in the coming years. Among the current list there are

restaurants in USA, Canada, UAE, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Tunisia, Oman, Philippines and Qatar. In the UK all the restaurants are Halal food certified.

OVER 200 CAMPAIGNERS PROTEST FOR KASHMIR INDEPENDENCE

Over 200 campaigners have called for Kashmiri independence in Birmingham City Centre. The protesters gathered in Victoria Square to call for an end to the Indian occupation of the province. Yellow and green Kashmir flags were waved high, while placards highlighted alleged human rights abuses in Kashmir for the rally organised by Balsall Heath based campaign group the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Council (JKLC). Campaigners also commemorate the deaths of other independence fighters. Around 200 people joined the Birmingham protest where calls of ‘What do we want? Freedom’ and ‘Foreign forces out, out’. Protest organiser Najib Afsar, of the JKLC, said: “To this day over 600,000 Kashmiris have been martyred and today we commemorate and pay tribute for their sacrifice. “We want the demilitarisation, and reunification of Kashmiri and for the people to be allowed to decide whether they want to be sovereign or remain with India or Pakistan. “There are killings in Kashmir, and it all falls on deaf ears.” He defended the right of Kashmiris to take part in an armed struggle against the Indian occupation and said they are not terrorists as they do not export their violence to other parts of the world. “There is a wholesale massacre taking place; the people have no choice.” He called on the British Government and other world Governments to inter-

vene to protect people from human rights abuses as they had in Syria and Iraq. Kashmir is located between India and Pakistan. Both countries own portions of the region but have fought wars to gain complete control. It has a population of about 20 million. About 100,000 Kashmiris and their descendants live in Birmingham. In 1948 the struggle for self-determination was supported by United Nations resolution. But the resolu-

tion has never been implemented. The disputed part of Kashmir has been under Indian rule or occupation, and the scene of conflict and human rights atrocities for 70 years despite the UN resolution and many others around the world backing the right of the population to a vote to determine their own future. Campaigners regard the occupation by India as illegal and say the population have been subjected to large-scale human rights abuses. Indian authorities have claimed this

is false propaganda and branded those involved in the armed struggle as terrorists. There are many Kashmiri independence groups, such as Hizbul Majahidden, which are regarded as either freedom fighters or terrorists depending on views of the conflict. During 2017, Parliament MPs of all parties called for the people of Kashmir to be given a vote on independence in answer to an upsurge of violence in the region. Birmingham councillors made a similar call in 2016.

Over 43,000 sign petition to save teenage brothers from deportation

Over 43,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Home Office not to deport two teenage brothers from Scotland. Areeb Umeed Bakhsh, 13, and his brother Somer, 15, fear Islamic extremists will kill them if they return to Pakistan. The brothers have lived in Glasgow since their family fled Pakistan in 2012 after their father was subjected to death threats due to his Christian faith. The UK Government has repeatedly rejected the family’s asylum applications, largely because officials do not believe they would be at risk in Pakistan. The family have been told they have exhausted the process and have no right to appeal but are prepared to launch a legal challenge. The Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland supports the boys’ case. She said: “Tens of thousands of people want their names to count in the campaign to allow the Bakhsh family to stay in Scotland. “This is a family who call this country home and the uncertainty they are living with is cruel.” “Scotland used to be a place renowned for its welcome,” she added. “We need to make sure that reputation is preserved – especially when it comes to those who have nowhere else to turn to.” The boys’ father Masqood believes the people responsible for shooting dead two Christians outside a court in Faisalabad, Pakistan, know who he is and would kill him and his family given the chance. He said they believe he is in league with the two men who were shot after being accused of writing a pamphlet critical of the Prophet Muhammad that flouted Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law, which carries the death penalty. The 50-year-old said it was “amazing” that more than 43,700 people to date have signed the 38 Degrees petition, started by the Rev Linda Pollock, minister of Possilpark parish church which the family attends. He added: “We are thankful to each one of them because it is not easy to cope with the situation that we are facing.” The family’s MP Paul Sweeney and MSP Bob Doris have brought up the case with the Home Office. Mr Sweeney said he was “really pleased” so many people have pledged their support through the petition. He said: “I know our community will pull together to assist any fundraising effort to pay any legal costs associated with this case, but it should never have come to this. “The system is failing, but we must not fail these new Scots.” Mr Doris said he has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, arguing for the Bakhsh family to stay in Scotland. He said: “Not only do the Bakhsh family have a very real fear of religious persecution if they are sent back to Pakistan, but the family’s two sons, Somer and Areeb, are settled and excelling at school. “Allowing the family to stay is not only the right and humane thing to do, it’s also in our nation’s interests.”


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The Fusion Awards 2018

Volunteers and community cohesion campaigners joined entrepreneurs and sporting talent at the 2018 Fusion Awards. The ceremony held in the Concert Hall at King George’s Hall Blackburn, was attended by guests from across the North West. And after England won their Quarter-final against Sweden on the same day, the evening turned into very much of a celebration of the World Cup too! The 2018 ceremony was hosted by BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan. A campaigner and a dedicated volunteer was honoured with the Lifetime Community Achievement Award. Clinton Smith is Chair of the Preston Black History Group and has been involved on a voluntary basis with culture, diversity and equality projects for many years. The Community Cohesion Award went to the Wirral Dean Centre of Merseyside. MasterChef finalist Moonira Hinglotwala was named Woman of the Year whilst Manchester volunteer Manzoor Ali won the Man of the Year accolade. Moonira said, “I am so grateful for winning this award. I dedicate this award to my husband Riaz and all the men out there who support and encourage their women to reach for the stars.” The Community Group of the Year Award went to Community Spirit, a team of volunteers who help to feed the homeless week in, week out in Blackburn. The group has no funding and has relied solely on donations for several years.

The Hollins, Let’s Be Foundation picked-up the BAE Systems Youth Leadership Award and Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin won the Public Service Award. The Achievement in Sport Award went to 16-year-old North West Schoolboy Amateur Boxing champ Zain Ahmed. The Bolton Indians Sports Club won the Community Sports Award. Pravin Parmar, Chair of BISC said, “We are proud and honoured to have been chosen to receive the Community Sports Award. “Like most community based sport clubs the backbone of many of the services are delivered by a dedicated team of Volunteers and some overly passionate and competitive parents and over the last 50 years balancing this has been the key to our success. “It is this passion and dedication that is being recognised today by receiving such a wonderful Award. The UCLan Education Achievement Award 2018 went to Nelson and Colne College student Aleena Nadeem. Fashion designer Bilal Patel was named The Entrepreneur of the Year. Speaking of the award he said, “It is a great honour to be part of the Fusion Awards. “To see a room full of people with immense talent and dedication in whatever they do, to see people of all culture, faiths and professions out to celebrate an evening of achievements. Thank you.”

Sikh’s Protest Outside Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

Hundreds of Sikh protesters have chanted and made calls for the Indian authorities to set Jagtar Singh Johal free. The campaign was set out to release Mr Johal, which took place on the streets of Birmingham with a protest at the Indian Consulate. Mr Johal, aged 31 from Dumbarton was visiting India to get married and was seized by the Indian security forces on November 4th 2017. Protesters claimed that he was arrested on trumped-up allegations and said he had been tortured daily. The Indian security services have accused Mr Johal of plotting terrorist attacks in Punjab. The protesters stood outside the Indian Consulate in Augusta Street in the Jewellery Quarter with banners and loud calls for his

release. Mr Johal’s MP Martin Doherty-Hughes tweeted: “Thanks to everyone campaigning in support of #FreeJaggiNow. My constituent & his family need full backing from the UK Govt to secure a fair judicial process.” Earlier this year 78 MPs, including five from Birmingham, signed a letter calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to intervene. Birmingham Edgbaston MP Preet Kaur Gill (Lab) wrote the letter, in her role as chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs highlighting the torture. Among those backing it were Birmingham MPs Roger Godsiff (Lab Hall Green), Richard Burden (Lab Northfield), Shabana Mahmood (Lab Ladywood) and Khalid Mahmood (Lab Perry Barr). Sikhs and Kashmiris living in Birmingham join protests against India’s Prime Minister

Mrs Gill told Mrs May: “In light of these shocking new allegations, I call on you to use all the diplomatic means at your disposal to ensure that the Government of India abides by the rule of law and ensures that Mr Johal is not subject to torture.” She added: “I know that you will agree with me that it is intolerable that anyone, let alone a British citizen, is subjected to torture, and ask for your assurance that this matter is being dealt with at the very highest level and as a matter of urgency.” The Indian security services claim that Johal was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murders of retired army officer Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja, RSS leader Ravinder Gosain and Pastor Sultan Masih, and for the funding of Khalistan Liberation Force.

Tolly Boy campaign crosses 1,500 votes

Mancunian’s joined Tolly Boy rice in celebrating a wonderful response towards the Spread the Joy with Tolly Boy campaign The Spread the joy with Tolly Boy campaign received a fantastic response this week, with a great voting response from community groups across the UK. Just four weeks into the campaign, the charitable initiative has already reeled in a whopping 1,530 votes to support an array of meaningful community projects. Some of which champion healthcare, education, women’s empowerment, childcare, victim support, elderly care and social welfare, for which Tolly Boy will be giving away funds of up to £26,000, to the community groups with the most votes. At a special launch event at Seamark Cash & Carry in Manchester, two of the local community groups, Afruca and Fatima Women’s Association, were amongst those present. These particular community groups actively work in child welfare and bettering the lives of women within their communities. Chantelle from Afruca said: “We work with African children and families, especially those who are victims of trafficking and slavery and vulnerable to abuse. We are grateful to Tolly Boy for making us a part of

this campaign, as this has helped in spreading awareness of the work we do and raise our profile.”

Speaking at the event, Steven Perry from Tolly Boy said: “Tolly Boy has been a part of the community since 1962, and this year through this initiative, we hope to go beyond partnering with them in the kitchen and help them on a grassroots level by promoting various initiatives through raising the profile of African and Bangladeshi community groups who do vital work in helping the communities. The response we have got so far has been overwhelming and are happy to see our

efforts making a difference to communities where it matters the most.” Tabassum, a representative of Fatima Women’s Association said, “over the last 26 years, our charity has been working towards empowering women and bettering the lives of women in Oldham. This is a brilliant initiative by Tolly Boy and I hope we win as we will put the funds towards supporting education, training and leisure activities for women and children.” With the campaign ending on the 10th of September, charities are vying for the maximum number of votes for their community projects, with the highest number of votes giving them a funding of £10,000, and the first and second runners-up receiving £5,000 and £2,500 respectively. Each of the remaining community groups will receive a contribution of £500 for their efforts during the campaign. You too can Spread the Joy with Tolly Boy by picking up a 5kg, 10kg or 20kg packs of Tolly Boy Easy Cook, Long Grain or Basmati Rice from participating stores and vote on www.spreadthejoywithtollyboy.co.uk


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A large number of the most ground-breaking organisations in the world are claimed by Asian businessmen and women — and a significant number of them live in the UK. The Asian Rich List 2018, which was introduced at the 21st yearly Asian Business Awards (ABA) in London, recognises the 101 wealthiest Asians in the UK. The list, complied by Asian Media Group (AMG) in relationship with UBS, has turned into the authoritative manual for ultra-high total assets people and Asian business accomplishment in the UK. Scroll down to see the 21 most richest and successful individuals from the Asian Rich List. 21. Naresh Goyal — £540 million. 69-year-old Goyal is the founder and executive chairman of Indian international airline Jet Airways. His valuation ascended from £220 million out of 2017 to £540 million this year.

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14. Muhmud Kamani (and family) —£875 million. 54-year-old joint CEO of fashion retailer Boohoo. com Muhmud Kamani saw the estimation of his family’s domain develop by £75 million in the previous year. 13. Zameer Choudrey — £985 million. 60-year-old Bestway Group conglomerate CEO Zameer Choudrey saw his riches increased by £75 million over the previous year. In 2016, he was granted a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) award by the Queen. 12. Manu Chandaria (and family) — £1 billion. 89-year-old Kenyan businessman Manilal Premchand Chandaria is of Indian descent , yet was conceived in Nairobi. He is the CEO of the Comcraft Group of Companies, a billion dollar organisation that can be seen in more than 40 nations, is on the boards of various prominent East African organisations, and was granted the OBE (Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in 2003.

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19. Bhupendra and Ramesh Kansagra — £600 million. Newcomers to Rich List in 2017, Bhupendra and Ramesh Kansagra brothers are tied for nineteenth place. Both are directors of Solai Holdings Limited, an investment services organisation. Their valuation expanded by £100 million over the previous year. 19. Mayurbhai Madhvani (and family) — £600 million. 73-year-old Mayurbhai Madhvani is an Ugandan entrepreneur and business person, and the overseeing chief of the Madhvani Group of Companies, one of the biggest conglomerates in the African nation. His family have their underlying foundations in India, yet were ousted from Uganda in the 1970s by the tyrant Idi Amin as a feature of an ethnic purifying effort. They moved to Britain, however kept

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15. Lord Paul (and family) — £800 million. 48-year-old Swraj Paul is the founder of the Caparo Group, one of the UK’s biggest steel organisations. He became a member of the House of Lords in 1996, and is accordingly known as Lord Paul. Regardless of the fact that 16 of the group’s organisations went into administration in 2015, as indicated by The Birmingham Post, the wealth of Lord Paul’s family went up by £300 million in the year to 2017, although it stayed level in the previous year.

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11. Harpal, Raj, and Tony Matharu (and family) — £1.2 billion. One of London’s biggest privately held luxury hotel empires, Global Grange Limited, is being controlled by the Matharu siblings, Harpal, Raj, and Tony. The siblings saw their fortune increase from £845 million to £1.2 billion in the previous year. 9. Zuber & Mohsin Issa — £1.3 billion. Positioned in 34th place a year ago, the valuation of siblings Zuber and Mohsin Issa has increased by an astounding £1 billion in just one year. They are the proprietors of Lancashire-based oil organisation Euro Garages Limited, which has gone from a “slightly worn petroleum station” in 2001 to one of Europe’s foremost organisations in the area as a component of the EG Group. 9. Rajesh Satiija Ram — £1.3 billion. Indian-born Rajesh Ram Satiija made his fortune in Africa, and is one of Africa’s most enterprising businessmen. With a notoriety for being “Mr Lucky,” he pushed up his total assets with investment in the mining and agriculture sectors. His Sun and Sand Group traverses three continents and his valuation ascended from £910 million out of 2017 to £1.3 billion this year, one of the greatest increase in the list. He has a home in Mayfair and is presently looking at an open flotation for his quick growing group, where incomes have tripled throughout the most recent couple of years. 8. Jasminder Singh — £1.5 billion. 67-year-old Jasminder Singh OBE, a British Sikh, is the executive and CEO of Edwardian Hotels. He owns 14 luxury hotels in Local London under the Radisson Blu Edwardian brand, and in addition

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their business connects to Uganda. The Madhvani Group possesses innumerable organisations, in fields from running airports to hotels to steel. His dad was patriarch and Madhavani Group founder Muljibhai Madhvani. Madhvani’s valuation increased by £100 million in the previous year. 18. Ranjit and Baljinder Boparan — £740 million. 52-year-old Ranjit Boparan and his better half Baljinder made their fortune in manufacturing food. Under the umbrella organization Boparan Holdings Limited, the couple established and claim 2 Sisters Food Group, Northern Foods, and the chains restaurants Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner. While they’ve held their spot in eighteenth place since 2017, their valuation really dropped by £160 million in the course of the most recent year. 17. Vijay and Bhikhu Patel — £785 million.

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The May Fair Hotel. 7. Cyrus and Priya Vandrevala — £2.1 billion 45-year-old Indian private value financial specialist and altruist Cyrus Vandrevala helped to establish Intrepid Capital Partners with Pete Musser in 2001, of which he is currently the vice chairman. He and his wife, Priya, established the Vandrevala Foundation, which supports mental illness. 5. Anil Agarwal — £2.3 billion. 66-year old Anil Agarwal is the executive chairman of Vedanta Resources, one of the quickest developing mining and metals group on the planet. Agarwal lives in London, however his generous exercises are focused at annihilating poverty in India by creating jobs and adding to GDP development through his business activities. 5. Simon, Bobby, and Robin Arora — £2.3 billion. The Indian Arora brothers have discount retailer B&M to thank for their fortune. They obtained the chain in 2004 from Phildrew Investments, when it had 21 stores. In 2016, it opened its 500th store. B&M offers an extensive variety of items including furniture, TVs, food, toiletries, and toys. 4. Sir Anwar Pervez — £2.4 billion. 83-year-old Bestway executive chairman Sir Anwar Pervez has risen from seventh to fourth place on the list and his valuation increased by £350 million since the release of last year’s rich list. He came to Britain at 21 from Pakistan. In 1963, he built up his first convenience store in London’s Earls Court, changing the name to Bestway by the mid 70s. He opened Bestway’s first wholesale distribution center in 1976. The organisation is currently a multibillion-pound company and his

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The Patel siblings are the founders of Waymade PLC pharmaceuticals company. Their riches increased by £100 million in the most recent year. 15. Surinder Arora — £800 million. 60-year-old Surinder Aror is the founder and executive chairman of the Arora Group, and made his fortune in the hotel business. Having arrived in the UK as a young lad from India, Surinder established the business in 1999, running a sumptuous fourstar hotel at Heathrow for airline staff. He even acquired the Renaissance London Heathrow inn in 2012, where he had earlier worked as a waiter in the 1970s. Today, the group owns various property, development, and hotel organisations, including the InterContinental London at The O2 and the World Business Center at Heathrow. Arora’s valuation almost multiplied in the previous year from £450 million.

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son, Dawood, is the trading director of Bestway Wholesale. 3. Sri Prakash Lohia — £5.1 billion. The 66-year-old Indonesian chairman of the Indorama Corporation, a petrochemical and material organisation, is worth an incredible £5.1 billion, up a whole £1.1 billion on a year ago. 2. Lakshmi Mittal — £14 billion. Lakshmi Mittal is the 68-year-old CEO and executive chairman of ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steelmaking organisation. His valuation has increased by more than £2 billion since 2017. 1. Gopichand and Srichand Hinduja (and family) — £22 billion. The Hinduja family has kept up their position at the highest point of the list for the fifth year consecutively. Gopichand and Srichand Hinduja are presently worth £22 billion, up from £19 billion a year ago. They are two of four brothers who control the Hinduja Group, a multinational empire with businesses extending from trucks to banking and gulf oil. The group was pioneered by Parmanand Deepchand Hinduja. Seven members from the third era presently work in the group, which is spread over five continents. Srichand, conceived in 1935, Gopi, conceived in 1940, and Prakash Parmanand, conceived in 1945, live in London. Their most youthful sibling, Ashok, lives in Mumbai. The family additionally added a further £3 billion to their aggregate total assets in the previous year, taking them to a shocking aggregate total assets of £22 billion. Of the family-run business, GP Hinduja, co-chair of the group, stated: “The third generation has turned out more savvy, more brilliant and more proficient than any of us.”

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Muhammad Ayyub MBE

By Mohammed Zafran

Popular South Asian music helped to bridge the gap between the subcontinent and the UK, which resulted in a vibrant British Asian culture that has thrived across different generations. Apart from helping to shape the British Asian diaspora it has helped the economy, entertained millions and been a shining beacon for the rest of the world. A very prominent community leader, Muhammad Ayyub is the founding father of British Asian music and has more than 40 years’ experience in the music industry, media, commercial radio, development of local talent and discovering artists who have gone onto be global superstars. One of the biggest success stories from the past 50 years, the proud British citizen has shown what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. After coming to the UK in 1961, Mr Ayyub worked hard in various jobs and within five years set up his company Oriental Star Agency (OSA), which quickly went from selling electrical goods to becoming the UK’s first South Asian record label. OSA went from selling Asian music to the local community to becoming a leading recording label and becoming the first and largest distributors for Asian music in the UK. Apart from giving an important source of entertainment to the first and second generation of Asians living in the UK, the many achievements of OSA have included promoting young local talent, bringing big international South Asian artists to the UK and providing a platform for promoting niche genres such

as qawwali, bhangra and traditional folk music from the sub-continent. One of the biggest names signed by OSA included renowned legend the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who is regarded by many experts as the greatest and most influential South Asian artists of the 20th century. Other international major names signed by the influential record label include Abida Parveen, Ghulam Ali, Alam Lohar and Shaukat Ali. British acts promoted on the OSA label who went onto be hugely influential including, Anari Sangeet Party, Bhujangy Party, Anaamika, Ajuba, Pardesi Music Machine and record-breaking singer Malkit Singh M.B.E, who is undoubtedly the most famous bhangra artist of all time with over twenty-one hit albums to his name. Another hugely influential artist discovered by OSA was Bally Sagoo, who influenced an entire generation with his particular genre of fusion between Bollywood and Hip Hop. Sagoo’s legendary albums include Wham Bam, Star Crazy and Magic Touch, which was a collaboration with the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Two of his albums were licensed to Sony Music for worldwide distribution. Birmingham based OSA was such a huge success that it inspired others to set up their own record labels and their impressive back catalogue continues to entertain millions around the world. In between becoming the most influential South Asian record label boss, the UK has ever produced, Mr Ayyub played a key part in the evolution of

South Asian radio and set up the first South Asian Song Contest. He also helped the development of the live British Asian music scene, raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes and been invited to high profile events by political and royal dignitaries. He has also worked tirelessly within the community and been an ambassador for British Asian culture for nearly 50 years. Mr Ayyub received a BSc in Physics, Mathematics and English at the Panjab University in Lahore, Pakistan in 1957. He has also volunteered as a Trustee for the UK Pakistani Cultural Foundation, He volunteered as General Secretary for the Pakistan Welfare Association, Birmingham and he was a director for the Pak UK Chamber of Commerce. Below is Mr Ayyub’s previous Employment History 1957-1958: Maths and Science teacher at Mission High School, Gujrat, Pakistan 1958-1961: Physics demonstrator in Zamindar College, Gujrat, Pakistan In 1961 My Ayyub first came to the UK 1962-1965: Bus conductor/driver at Birmingham City Transport 1965-1966: Final viewing inspector BSA Motor Cycle Company, Birmingham 1966: Founded Record label Oriental Star Agency in Birmingham. Still going strong today 1966-1971: Presenter at Birmingham Hospital Radio 1971-1995 Presenter at BBC Radio First Asian radio programme (moved

Muhammad Ayyub with Muhammad Ali from 15 minutes slot to 3x 1 hour slots per week) and now has expanded to 24 hour BBC Asian Network National Radio. 1995 Founder Director Radio XL, first Asian commercial radio station in Birmingham. Here is some of Mr Ayyub’ Key Achievements • First to promote many Asian artists in the UK. • Raised thousands of pounds for deserving charities. • Started, National Asian Song Contest to promote the Asian talent in the UK. 1975 to 2001. Collaborated with the BBC with proceeds from the concerts distributed to various charities. Winners have included names like Miss Rama, who later became an International Artiste with the hit song Mera Laung Gawacha on the album Star Crazy by the hit producer Bally Sagoo, and other several Asian artists such as Najma Akhtar, Balwinder Safri and Geet the Mega band to name a few. • Promoted Birmingham Asian talent throughout the world.

• UK promoter to many leading international artists including the greatest Sufi singer of all time Ustad Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan who preached the Sufi message of love, peace & goodwill throughout the world, Bally Sagoo, Malkit Singh MBE , etc who all performed concerts throughout the world. • Interviewed various celebrities on the radio. • Compared numerous events, including visit by Pakistan Prime Minister to Birmingham. • Invited by HRH Prince of Wales at Kensington Palace to Ethnic Minority Leaders event in 1983. • Invited to Queens Garden Party in 1990 at Buckingham Palace. • Received many awards for services to broadcasting, Asian Music and community services. • Been awarded an MBE for services to Asian music in HRH Queen’s Birthday’s Honour’s List on 14th June 2014 and received the MBE award on the 14th of October at the investiture held at Buckingham Palace by HRH Princess Anne.


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Uzair and his Noble MarathonBy Run Mohammed Saif

After hearing about the women who depend on the services of Humraaz Support Services, Uzair Shafique was moved enough to stand up and raise funds for the Humraaz Support Services. He has decided to run a half marathon to raise funds for a refugee camp belonging to women. Uzair remarked, “I have run three 10K runs, one-half marathon, climbed Mount Snowdon and also competed in an amateur boxing fight last year. I thank God for giving me another chance this year to help with another project, Humraaz Support Services.” He is also reported to have said, “I’ve visited Humraaz myself to meet the staff and heard first-hand of the lifechanging work they offer along with a personal account from a young woman which had me in tears. I just imagined my sister or mother in her position, and it was just impossible to do so.” Criticizing the reality that goes on with these women, he further explained how forced marriages were being carried out and how cultural practices which treat women as slaves were being carried out. He also raised a question of thought asking what these women are supposed to do when they are brutally kicked out of their houses along with their children. He told that Humraaz Support Services empowered BME women by providing them with education and skills that bring them opportunities. The organisation offers support to these women who have been victims of endless sufferings and trauma. The half marathon will take place in Norway on 15th September 2018. He told, “I was very close to entering the full marathon this year, but due to Ramadan and lack of time and training, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. Therefore, I am going to Oslo, Norway, the country where I was born and bred to compete in the BMW Oslo Half Marathon.” Uzair, who is looking forward to beating his time from the Birmingham half marathon which he completed in 2 hours and 15 minutes, has started training. On this, the Service Manager at Humraaz, Firoza Mohmed said, “We are delighted that Uzair is fundraising for Humraaz. Our service has been hit by austerity cuts and was sadly knocked back from a number of UK charities. I would urge donors to support grassroots organisations who deliver life-changing work. We really appreciate Uzair’s commitment to raising funds and wish him all the best in the run.” All our prayers are with those women in need of help, and all our hopes are with Uzair who is doing his best to fulfil this noble task. Best of luck to him!

Britain’s summer is not over yet. If you like the heat, then the good news is that hotter than normal conditions could be

here to stay until the end of October. Warmer weather is atleast ‘11 times more likely over the next three months

than cooler conditions,’ with rainfall predicted to be less than usual. There will be a marked change this August as conditions turn fresher and more unsettled from a series of fronts sinking south from the northwest. It is likely to stay cooler with some widespread rainfall possible with temperatures plummeting by up to 8C to the low-20s C, according to The Weather Channel. However the heat could start to return towards the middle of the month with pressure rebuilding and pushing the changeable conditions away to the east. Some computer models indicate that warmer, drier conditions could be back with showers becoming fewer and far between. Temperatures will start to edge upwards again, and there is the chance of some very warm weather returning by the end of August. Although that is some way ahead and there is still some uncertainty over the forecast. During the last two weeks of August, it looks like pressure will remain relatively high, especially across southern regions of the country. There is a risk that an area of low pressure could stall close to the west of the British Isles, pushing a hot and humid air mass towards the south-eastern part of the country, with the chance of some thunderstorms developing in any humidity.

Sadiq Khan refuses to rise to Donald Trump’s fury Urging Theresa May to stand up to the US president, Sadiq Khan declared that he will not rise to Donald Trump’s “Beastly” comments. Mr Trump renews his personal feud with the London Mayor using an interview attacking him over terror atrocities and accusing him of doing “a terrible job”. The attack on Mr Khan came after he refused to block a plan to fly a giant inflatable “Trump Baby” near parliament to coincide with mass protests on the president’s visit. Mr Khan even said that the Prime Minister should stop being afraid of challenging the Republican Property mogul, who had provoked anger by bashing her Brexit plans and by praising her rival, Boris Johnson and remaking him as a great prime minister. The mayor said, “I’m quite clear that both the UK and the US have a special relationship that means we stand shoulder to shoulder at times of adversity. But at times where we think the other side is not meeting the high standards we expect of each other we shouldn’t be afraid of calling them out – that’s like having a best mate.” Mr Trump hit out at immigration into Europe and linked it with a crime while saying, “You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job. Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is

going on in London. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism.” Seeing these attacks by the American President, Tottenham MP Mr Lammy came to his rescue by tweeting, ““I will call it like it is. The real reason Trump blames my friend @SadiqKhan for the terror

attacks last year is simple. He hates that London chose a Muslim Mayor. The President is racist. He does not deserve to meet our Queen #StopTrump.” The verbal war is still fired up and gets triggered day by day. We hope for the best to come in the future!

Books Devoid of Minority Representation

According to a study, Children’s books do not follow modern UK society, with ethnic minorities being underrepresented. The study reports that there are very few characters from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background in children’s literature. This is contrary to the population of diversity in the UK as government figures show that one in three primary school students are from an ethnic minority heritage. According to a study published by the National Charity the Centre for Literacy in Primary education, out of 9,115 children’s books published in the UK last year, one 391 featured characters derived from minorities. Another research suggests that ethnic minorities were represented only in 3% of fiction books and 6% of non-fiction books. The picture books also had only 6% minority representation. The study funded by Arts Council England suggested improvements in the system and has even remarked, “These characters should not be predominantly defined by their struggle, suffering or ‘otherness’, and that they should be a central part of stories, rather than in the margins. Every child is entitled to feel safe and valued. In the current sociopolitical and economic climate the risk of marginalisation of minority groups is heightened.” They even said that the impact of this low representation of minorities in children’s education can have drastic effects on children’s mentalities especially for children belonging to that very marginalised communities. They said, “To redress imbalances in representation is not an act of charity but an act of necessity that benefits and enriches all of our realities.” They suggested that full efforts must be made to overcome this issue and make the breath of existing realities in our society mainstream for children to feel valued and encouraged to engage more in literary masterpieces. CLPE chief executive remarked that they absolutely believed that its every child’s right to get access to quality literature that values, reflects and honours the realities in which they live. She said, “But we also know that reading is a tremendously important factor in developing empathy and understanding for lives and contexts beyond your own. In fact, books that offer perspectives from beyond your own life or context can be individually and collectively transformative. At CLPE we read thousands of books every year and are always reviewing our book provision and our book lists to ensure that we are introducing teachers to the best children’s literature.” She further told that in the contemporary stage, it is still difficult to find enough books that are the true representation of realms of realities in which we exist.


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The Big British Asian Summer

Venus Awards 2018 National Final - The Results Are Out! Winners of the Venus Awards National Finals 2018 (The Working Women’s Oscars) were recently announced at a Spectacular Awards Ceremony and Gala Lunch at the Audleys Wood Hotel Basingstoke

The BBC are announcing new titles for BBC Two, Three and Four which will broadcast as part of The Big British Asian Summer. In addition, the BBC has launched a major new survey cocommissioned by BBC Asian Network and BBC News. The survey will delve into various topics such as: what aspects of their identity they prioritise, the role of faith in their lives and how tolerant Britain is in today’s society. British Asian are one of the biggest ethnic groups in the UK, with the majority being young people; 40% Indian and 60% either of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Asian descent. The BBC want to represent the young, diverse culture through these various programmes, celebrating both the multiple countries of origin and

distinct religions of the populations. Results will be reported on BBC News, and there will be special coverage on Asian Network, including the Big Debate; a lie discussion show, hosted by Mobeen Azhar on Monday 16th August. Additional programming also includes The Big Asian Stand Up, hosted by Nish Kumar, as well as a film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist starring Riz Ahmed. BBC Three will portray Asian representation, by showing three generations of British Asian families coming together to discuss popular issues in today’s society. The videos will range from Instagram videos lasting under three minutes, YouTube and iPlayer series up to 10 minutes and single episode lasting up to 20 minutes.

The National Venus Awards provides additional recognition and publicity to Working Women who have already won a Regional Award. This year, forty Regional Venus Award Winners from across the country, travelled to Basingstoke along with their supporters to discover whether they had reached that highest accolade –a National Venus Award! The Venus Awards – dubbed by Channel 4 as “The Working Women’s Oscars” – celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to the local, regional, and national economy, and are unique in that anyone can nominate a friend, client or family member. More than 90 finalists, supporters and guests attended the daytime event, which is the culmination of the Venus Awards year. After an inspirational address by sales guru Nic Rixon, the finalists and winners were announced, in groups interspersed with a delicious lunch. Venus Awards

founder Tara Howard compered the event and a representative of each category sponsor presented the awards. SingerJenny Oag, the winner of the 2017 Dorset Venus Award for Musical Talent, provided entertainment during the ceremony. From the rapturous applause, it was clear that the audience loved Jenny’s performances. The 25 award categories covered a diverse range of business activities where women make a massive contribution, including Business Mother of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive PA of the Year and Inspiring Woman of the Year. Sarah Ali Choudhury – Influential Woman National Winner summed up the impact of the Venus Awards when she said, “Words can’t describe what it feels like to be a National Winner for Influential Woman. It has been a phenomenal experience to be part of what the Venus awards and Tara Howard have designed. This in-

credible platform for women allows them to showcase themselves and progress to unlimited heights.” Attendees spoke favourably about the quality of the finalists and enjoyed both the formal ceremony and the numerous opportunities to network both before and afterwards. The Venus Awards is an annual rolling programme. We are already taking nominations for the forthcoming London Region Venus Awards, and preliminary judging is already underway for the Thames Valley Venus wards. Tara Howard, Venus Awards founder also said. ”I’d like to add a personal thank you to each of our awesome awards sponsors, many of whom keep supporting us year after year. Their generosity makes the Venus Awards possible. It’s so heartening to see that more and more businesses of all sizes recognise the contribution that women can and do make to the success of business in UK.”

Human chain formed to stop park closure

By Priyanka Patel

A well-known park in Bradford has been at the centre of a heated argument over its closure. The playground near Bolton Road may be set for permanent closure due to “equipment vandalism” and “boggy grounds”. One large piece of equipment

had to be stripped away due to structural problems, and the council haven’t implemented any new pieces of equipment. However, local residents got together and formed a human chain around the playground park in protest. Some locals are part of the ‘Friends of Peel

Park’ group, who had meetings with council officials frequently and have said the council are demanding for the play area to be abolished. This is due to a minimal budget for repairs as one of the main reasons for closure. Jane Lees, the CEO of Com-

munity works, said: “The Friends of Peel Park have offered to try to secure external funding to replace the empty, neglected space, which is the only play area anywhere near the Bolton Road and Ashfield Estate. “Parents with young children

simply cannot walk all the way to the Cliffe Road play area at the other end of the park”. A petition has been created and has gathered over 500 signatures to save the play area, which has served families and residents for over 30 years.

The Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar (Burma) is regarded by the United Nations as one of the world’s most persecuted communities. Thousands have been killed and more than 500,000 forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in the latest bloodshed which has seen their villages burned, their homes destroyed and their families torn apart. In total, more than 1 million Rohingya refugees are in Bangladesh where they are struggling for the basics of life like food, water, shelter and medicine. With the distribution of emergency aid inside Myanmar prevented by a government crackdown, Islamic Help is concentrating its efforts on supporting tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. We have been providing relief aid to the Rohingya community at refugee camps in and around Cox’s Bazaar for the last two years. As previously, our field office, partners and volunteers are distributing desperately need emergency supplies to help those who have fallen victim to the latest crisis. However, we need your support to do that. Please donate to our Rohingya emergency appeal today. Call 0121 446 5682 or online at islamichelp.org.uk


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ROHINGYA EMERGENCY APPEAL THE ROHINGYA MUSLIMS IN MYANMAR (FORMERLY BURMA) ARE THE WORLD’S MOST PERSECUTED MINORITY. ABOUT 500,000 ARE INTERNALLY DISPLACED AND IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS MORE THAN 650,000 ROHINGYA REFUGEES HAVE FLED TO BANGLADESH, ONE OF THE WORLD’S POOREST NATIONS.

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This Is Why We Need To Talk About Winners for the 7th Mental Health In Bme Communities English Asian Business WHY THERE IS A STIGMA SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN BME COMMUNITIES? In general, there has always been stigma and many misconceptions attached to mental illnesses. However, with the growing interest and knowledge of mental health issues, people are becoming more educated and aware of the different disorders and treatments available to them. Nevertheless, for people in the black minority ethnic (BME) communities it can be more of a challenge to have an open dialogue due to the cultural stigma surrounding mental health. A recent study was conducted to establish perceived barriers as to why there could be a stigma attached to mental health among people from BME backgrounds (Memon and colleagues 2016). Some personal and environmental factors include; the negative perception of mental health issues, being in denial of having a mental health problem, and being reluctant to discuss concerns (particularly among men) and the financial factors involved. On the other hand, some have argued the relationship between health-care providers and BME service users impacts the desire to seek help and communicate openly about their mental well-being. Some of the issues raised are the language barriers, cultural naivety, insensitivity, discrimination towards the needs of BME service users and overall lack of awareness of the different people accessing the service. It is therefore apparent that more work and awareness is needed to engage with people from BME backgrounds. Not only to better facilitate the care given to this population but also to educate those delivering, treating and supporting them. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS, PARTICULARLY IN BME COMMUNITIES? Different cultures perceive mental health in different ways, for example, hallucinations may be perceived as evil spirits and in others, depression isn’t recognised and often downplayed or viewed as shameful. The misconception and stereotypes often result in misdiagnosis, being treated as inpatient and sectioned, which has ultimately increased the fear of talking about mental health and accessing services. It is therefore important to be able to communicate effectively with the BME community in a culturally acceptable manner as well as enhancing the knowledge of care-providers. HOW CAN BEING IN A BME COMMUNITY IMPACT (FOR BETTER OR WORSE) MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES? On the downside, BME communities are generally more likely to attach a stigma to mental health, which ultimately makes people more hesitant to seek help or voice their concerns. Due to cultural barriers, BME

families with older parents may not be educated about mental health and the impact it can have on an individual, which could lead to them shaming or embarrassing the person suffering. Financial status can also be a significant barrier in the BME community, especially in accessing services and ensuring wellbeing. BME individuals may not always have the privilege of taking time off work to see to their own wellbeing, as they need to support their families. On the Upside, while many people may not wish to disclose their concerns with their families, BME individuals, particularly those from Asian communities, place a huge emphasis on family support systems. Generally, people in BME communities rely on their family for many situations and the strong relationships mean that they can count on one another during a crisis. Furthermore, with the increase in developments in mental health, people are becoming more educated and aware of the different aspects of mental health – and awareness is key to dispelling stigmas and changing behaviour. WHAT CAN BE THE RESULT OF A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE THAT IS LEFT UNNOTICED OR UNDIAGNOSED? Research has shown BME individuals are more likely to experience negative outcomes from mainstream mental health services and therefore more likely to seek professional support and help. Therefore, increasing the risk of social exclusion and deterioration in their well-being. Living with an undiagnosed mental health condition can also have detrimental effects on an individual, such as not accessing the right treatment when it is needed and this could worsen the symptoms, making them harder to treat. For example, those with depression may exhibit several symptoms at first. If left untreated they can lead to a full range of depressive symptoms which require more intense treatment and a more uncertain recovery journey. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS STRUGGLING WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH? Mental health can be exhibited in different forms which can impact people in several ways, for instance, everyday tasks become more difficult to manage, and getting out of bed isn’t as easy as it used to be. It can, therefore, be quite challenging knowing what to say or do if you have a friend who is struggling, due to the fear of saying the wrong things or coming across as insensitive. When supporting a friend or family member that is struggling with their mental health it is also important to not take everything that they say personally. In a difficult time people may say certain things or respond aggressively when they don’t mean it, and is not actually representative of how they feel about

you. Here are few tips and advice on how you could support someone struggling with their mental health: - Start with a simple text (if face to face is too intimidating) letting them know you are there for them whenever they are ready to talk. - Be patient, it may be difficult for them to open up and will take time. - Encourage them to visit their GP and seek support or try to gather information that may be useful to them. - It is also important to remember to look after your own well-being when attempting to help others. WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SOMEONE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES? A Healthy Lifestyle: Lifestyle changes are simple but powerful tools in treating depression and anxiety, and they are an essential component of an integrated approach to treatment. In some cases, lifestyle changes alone can help depression or relieve anxiety, so it makes sense to start with them right away. But if you are suffering from moderate to severe depression or anxiety, also seek professional help as soon as possible. Beneficial life changes include a better diet. Regular exercise and getting a good amount of sleep Psychotherapy: This is an effective way of treating clinical depression and has been shown to be significantly beneficial. It’s used to help the person find ways to deal with everyday stressors. It can also encourage you to use your medications properly. One of the most effective types of psychotherapy is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which helps someone change how they think and what they do, ultimately encouraging changes that will help you feel better. It focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties, instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Is a new innovative treatment, shown to have long-term results in treatment-resistant depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain in order to remove the symptoms of depression, and other conditions. Key benefits of TMS include; • Non-invasive treatment with a great success rate • Unlike medication, TMS treatment has minimal side effects such as; no weight gain, sexual problems or memory loss. • Although it is mostly applied to depression, it has also been shown to be effective for Generalised Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD, Addiction, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) etc. • Approved by NICE guidelines to be safe and effective in the treatment of depression

Awards are revealed

Winners for the 7th English Asian Business Awards 2018 have been revealed after a glamorous, black-tie awards ceremony was held on the 30th of July at the International Suite at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. The awards acknowledged and honoured the determination, entrepreneurial spirit and hard work of English Asian businesswomen and businessmen at the forefront of their industries and their significant contributions to their respective business sectors. The event is run yearly by Oceanic Consulting, the UK’s leading ethnic consulting and promotions organisation in the UK, who were shortlisted at the Asian Media Awards 2017 for their work in the Marketing & PR Sector and are responsible for some of the most successful and well known events in the country such as the British Indian Awards and English Curry Awards amongst others. They are also responsible for the Scottish Asian Business Awards which is now in its 13th year as well as launching the London Asian Business Awards last year which were a massive success.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Oceanic Consulting said: “We would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners of the 7th English Asian Business Awards 2018. Year upon year we have seen the achieve-ments of Asians increase in the business sector and we are already looking forward to what next year has in store.” The evening also helped raise funds for Oceanic Well, a fundraising initiative by the Well Foundation. The Well Foundation’s primary aim is to raise money in order to install hand pumps and deep bore wells and establish health and sanitation programmes and ultimately provide safe, clean drinking water for all.

With 31 awards presented on the night, the winners are as follows: Entrepreneur of the Year went to Amit Pate (Snaptivity, London) Small Retail Business of the Year went to Artz-i (Bradford) Best in Law went to Irfan Munir (MWG Solicitors, Manchester) Corporate Leader of the Year went to Paul Thandi(NEC Group, Birmingham) Rising Star of the Year went to Harj Hir (Leicester City Football Club, Leicester) Young Entrepreneur of the Year went to Sharmin Akter (Total Solutions Group, Welwyn Garden City) Convenience Retailer of the Year went to Premier Eldred Stores (Orpington) Community Award went to Association of Blind Asians (Leeds) Wholesaler of the Year went to Khanjra & Co(Blackburn) Best Food Establishment went to Mother Hubbards (Bradford) Creative Entrepreneur Of The Year went to Faresh Maisuria (Blueberry Marketing, Leeds) Woman Of The Year went to Anjum Khan (Birmimgham Chambers of Commerce, Birmingham) Businessman of the Year went to Bilal (Manchester Stores, Manchester) Businesswoman of the Year went to Seema Malhotra (Forever Unique, Manchester) Business of the Year went to Leed’s Association of Blind Asians (Leeds)

Businesswoman of the Year went to Bharti Patel (Guide Security, Blackburn) Business of the Year went to Nine Group (Watford) Micro Business of the Year went to Cofi Coo (Birmingham) New Business of the Year went to LogicAlly (Cambridge) Digital Business of the Year went to Wow Zone (Birmingham) SME Business of the Year went to Yeme Architects (Bradford) Impact Business of the Year went to Stanmore Contractors (Erith) International Business of the Year went to Awan Marketing (Birmingham) Family Run Business of the Year went to Clifton Packaging Group (Leicester) Creative Business of the Year went to Pasha (Bradford) Best Professional in Business went to Ayesha Nayyar (Nayyars Solicitors, Manchester) Retail Business of the Year went to Scent Salim (Leeds) Power Business of the Year went to Cofresh Snack Foods (Leicester) Best Food Business went to KQF (Darjeeling Express, Westminister) Rising Star in Law went to Broadway House Chambers (Bradford) Organisers Business of the Year went to Faum Design (Bradford)


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NHS LAUNCHES NATIONAL NURSES RECRUITMENT DRIVE

As the NHS launches the biggest recruitment drive in its 70 year history, new research has shown the special place that its staff hold in the nation’s heart. • Nurses and doctors top a public poll as the most trusted and respected professions in the country, according to research carried out for the new national campaign, ‘We are the NHS’. • Three quarters of those surveyed chose nurses and doctors as professions they trust the most and seven in ten people said they were some of the most important roles in society. • But the majority of the public surveyed did not know the wide range of careers available working as a nurse, only 3% knew that nurses worked in mental health and one third could not name a nursing role outside of hospital like district nurses. England’s most senior nurse, Professor Jane Cummings said the survey findings showed why young people should feel inspired to choose a career in the NHS but that more needed to be done to highlight the vast range of opportunities available for talented and dedicated people. The campaign, run by NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care, will also reach out to South Asian communities and will highlight the vast range of opportunities available in the NHS for potential new recruits and will initially put the spotlight on nursing, prioritising key areas including mental health, learning disability and community and general practice nurses. Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said: “The NHS is our country’s most loved institution and that is down to the expert skill, dedication and compassion of its brilliant staff. “There are over 350 careers available within the NHS giving young people an astonishing range of options. Nursing and midwifery make up the largest part of the workforce and provides a unique opportunity to make a real difference to peoples’ lives in a way that simply cannot be matched. “Nurses and midwives provide expert skilled care and compassion, and they are highly talented leaders in the NHS. This campaign is all about inspiring young people and others who want a change of career to come and work for the NHS and have a rewarding and fulfilling career that makes a real difference.”

Ifti Majid, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust Chief Executive said: “I am delighted to support this recruitment campaign. I’ve worked as a mental health nurse in the NHS, and I know from personal experience the many benefits of a varied approach to mental healthcare delivered by people who really understand different cultures. “I know that in some South Asian communities there can still stigma around mental health issues and the presence of health professionals from a similar background can make all the difference to people seeking help and support. “I urge people of all backgrounds to consider working for the NHS; it has been wonderful for me to work with such a diverse range of talented and caring people throughout my career.” Binodbikash Simkhada, Vice President of the Nepalese Nurse Association UK said: “It is very positive and welcoming of the NHS, the largest employer in UK, to reach out to ethnic minority communities such as ours in their latest recruitment drive. “There are more than 3000 Nepalese nurses working in the UK already and an even bigger number of Nepalese migrants working in various other roles within the NHS. The NHS will be better than ever before with the diversity and will reflect the changing British society.” The campaign aims to increase the total number of applications into the NHS by 22,000 as well as double the numbers of nurses returning to practice and improve retention of staff in all sectors. It will recognise the incredible contribution and impact of NHS staff who treat over one million patients every 24 hours across the country in GP surgeries, hospitals and at home, as part of the biggest recruitment drive in NHS history. There were over 34,000 nursing vacancies reported in England between April to September 2017 with over 6,000 in mental health and 1,500 in community nursing at the end of the year. Despite having respect from the public, the campaign research found demonstrable differences in parents’ expectations for sons and daughters. Only four in ten parents said they would be proud of their son being a nurse and three in ten were unable to name roles that they can work in other than hospitals. For more information search nursing careers.


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The Fee-Free University

Trying to compete with the international community and setting high standards of education, Akhuwat Foundation has taken a noble step to make higher education affordable for students by working on world’s first fee-free university which will be officially opened on Pakistan’s Independence Day, 14th August 2018 with 600 students already enrolled in 3 different master

degrees. In an interview, the CEO of Akhuwat Foundation, Dr Muhammad Amjad Saqib told that the institute will be opened in Kasur District near Lahore, Punjab. He narrated, “We are establishing the first fee-free university in Pakistan where students will not have to pay any fee. This is some kind of long-term Qarz-e-Hasan.”

He also said, “First you get an education and pay after 5, 10 or 20 years when you are able to return it, so that somebody else can also benefit.” He said that education is the ultimate solution of the existing problems and that the only way to compete with the international community equally and progress forward is promoting education.

BANGLADESH PROTESTS Bangladesh has been gripped by mass protests triggered by the death of two children in a traffic accident. The protest developed into a major standoff, and there have been scenes of violence in the streets of the capital, Dhaka, which is home to 18 million. The incident occurred when two school children in Dhaka were run over and killed by a speeding bus. Reports have stated that the driver lost control of the vehicle while racing another bus to pick up passengers. The accident triggered widespread anger on social media, which then led to a wave of student protests. Tens of thousands of school children took to the streets of Dhaka, blocking roads and intersections, leading to deadlock in the city. The protesters stopped buses, cars and trucks and demanded to check if the vehicles were in roadworthy conditions as well as checking if the drivers had valid licences. The protests continued in Bangladesh with thousands of pupils and students essentially bringing the capital to a standstill. Bus services in the city were cancelled. During the protest, violence continued as police clashed with the students on campuses and in residential areas. A local doctor said that atleast 40 people mostly students were being treated. There have also been reports of attacks on journalists including the destruction of phones and cameras. A female reporter said she was threatened and physically assaulted by a mob of men, even after agreeing to delete footage she had recorded of them. “They kept saying that if they found

I didn’t delete it, ‘you’re done... noone can save you’,” the woman said. “There’s now fear that those speaking to international media are being targeted.” With the protest movement almost entirely driven by young people, its unsurprising that social media has played a key role, in both spreading the initial news about the two killed as well as in organising the demonstrations. Users are widely expressing their shock and disbelief at the heavy-handed response but insist they will continue taking to the streets.

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Other Women Prisoners By Rafia Zakaria

NO ONE, it can safely be assumed, wants to see the inside of a prison in real life. The clicking of locks, the slamming of doors and the endless cacophony of the prisoners left behind and locked up is the material of nightmares. Where actual prisons are concerned, few in Pakistan have any attention to spare. This changed when former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif were arrested at Lahore Airport and shifted to Adiala jail, where they remain. On that day, Maryam Nawaz became one of over 3,500 women and children currently being held in the country’s prisons. According to initial reports, Maryam Nawaz had declined to request an upgrade to Better Class, generally known as ‘B-Class’, facilities during her incarceration. The letter in which she makes her statement has been posted on her Facebook page. However, more recent reports state that she and her father are being held in a special wing of the prison with individual cells that are not close to the general population of the prison. Though Maryam Nawaz Sharif can, on the basis of her material and political stature, exercise some degree of choice regarding the conditions of her incarceration, the situation that confronts most imprisoned Pakistani women is

markedly different. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of them are from poor families. Many, studies show, also have addiction issues, mental disorders and have faced physical and sexual abuse prior to their imprisonment. Most are also quite young, unemployed and from the most marginalised sections of Pakistani society. This means that they are the most vulnerable in a society where being weak leaves the individual open to unending cruelty. Adiala jail, where Maryam Nawaz is now imprisoned, was built in 1986 and has in the decades since become, like all the other prisons in Pakistan, an overcrowded facility. According to the Punjab Prisons Department, the prison

was planned to accommodate 1,900 inmates but is home to over 6,000 — and hundreds of them are women. Because they are permitted to accompany their mothers, imprisoned there are also hundreds of children, all growing up behind the walls of the prison. While there are rehabilitative and educational facilities inside the facility, most prisoners, men or women, cannot access them. Medical attention is rare and usually permitted only in the most dire and exigent cases. The rest of the time, the prisoners are left to their own devices; drugs can be easily procured to feed the addictions of many prisoners, and mistreatment and abuse by guards is a common occurrence. Even the most basic hygiene is neglected; and clean water, adequate nutrition and sanitation are not provided. It is, in sum, a deplorable situation. In Pakistan’s small moment of attention to prisons, perhaps some consideration can also be spared for these other women who are imprisoned. As has been noted by several organisations, like the United Nations in a 2012 study of women in Pakistani prisons, basic reforms can make a drastic improvement in the conditions of their detention. Educational services provided to these women can yield tremendous dividends; the fact that they are already present with little to do, means that the

obstacles in getting them to educational facilities are eliminated. If basic educational services are available, significant gains in literacy can be produced that can spread out to the community when the women are released. Second, given the prevalence of mental health issues among them, the provision of basic mental healthcare can greatly improve their lives and make them better able to deal with life within and outside the prison. Of course, none of this will ever happen. Unless they are among the elite and the landed, those sent to prison are largely forgotten, and services for them are considered an encumbrance on the government. In this sense, other than the Bhuttos and the Sharifs and their ilk, every prisoner in a Pakistani jail is effectively sentenced to death. What happens to inmates beyond the walls of the prison, after the click of a lock, belongs to a domain where no morals or moral responsibility seems to apply. If male guards are raping female prisoners, if children are being molested, if women in dire need of mental health treatment are tied up or left in their own filth, then, well, so be it. One can shrug and nod and forget. The special treatment given to privileged prisoners is not simply about separate cells, better bathrooms or food

from home. In moral terms, when the privileged are imprisoned, they are simultaneously anointed, raised to the level of high moral beings who have suffered and are therefore deserving of veneration. Having suffered in prison, in the heat and the horror of closed doors and filthy bathrooms, makes politicians more worthy, courageous and possessed of a mettle that cannot be easily broken. The politicians, who emerge from prison, when they emerge from prison, are well aware of the moral currency they have accrued from having been inside; they mention it again and again and again, in every speech that follows. They do it because people believe it and support it. Even if resources cannot be spared for the women in prisons, perhaps some of the awe that we allot to politicians who have suffered can be spared for them too. Most imprisoned women in Pakistan have been convicted of petty crimes or of alleged affairs or of selling small quantities of drugs. If these women, none of whom are guilty of major crimes and many of whom have never been tried at all, could hope to enter a society where their imprisonment is no longer a stigma, where it is a sign of having suffered and persevered, then maybe they would have a chance at life after the death of being locked up in a Pakistani prison.


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The Indian-South Korean Venture

On a diplomatic venture to India, South Korea has been able to sign 11 agreements with India involving the areas of trade, scientific, cultural and technological cooperation. A joint statement on Early Harvest Package of the upgraded Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (which had come into operation in 2010) was agreed upon which now facilitates ongoing negotiations on upgrading the India-South Korea CEPA. Three memorandums were signed; one aiming at anti-dumping, subsidy, countervailing and safeguard measures through consultations and exchange of information through the establishment of a cooperation committee comprising government officials and domain experts, the other one aiming at the formation of a future strategy Group for cooperation in development of cutting-edge technologies for commercialisation to reap benefits of the 4th Industrial

revolution and the last one aiming at facilitating the upgrade and expansion of the monuments inAyodhya commemorating Princess Suriratna, a legendary princess of Ayodhya who had gone to Korea in 48A.D and has married King KimSuro. A huge trademark in the shape of cultural exchange between the periods of 2018 to 2022 has been signed to deepen the cultural and people-topeople relations by providing for the channelised system of cooperation in the fields of theatre, dance, entertainment, singing, anthropology and much more. One of the main reasons for these developments is that the Koreans trace their ancestry to the princess. Some other memorandums included cooperation in the fields of technological and scientific research, biotechnology, bio economics as well as railway research. It also included development in enterprises and telecommunications.

Pakistan and India’s Independence

The India/Pakistan independence Bill, which carves the independence of both nations out of the former Mogul Empire, comes into force.

The long-awaited agreement ended 200 years of British rule and was hailed by the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi as the “noblest act of the British nation.” However, religious differences between Muslims and Hindus

had delayed Britain’s granting of Indian independence just after World War II, the delay marred Gandhi’s exhilaration. Hundreds of people were killed during the first few days after

India to run ‘World’s Emptiest Airport’ in Sri Lanka

By Mohammed Saif The Mattala Airport has attracted Indian eyes as India has agreed to negotiate and form a venture with Sri Lanka to operate on the airport. The airport is located near the Hambantota port which is currently under-control of China. Being referred to as the world’s emptiest airport has now been agreed upon to be run in collaboration between Sri Lanka and India. The venture of $210 million facilities will aid India to get a major hold on the airport. De Silva narrated,” We

need to revive this dying airport which caused a massive loss of rupees 20 billion.” The control of the Hambantota port came under China as Sri Lanka failed to repay the debts used for its development. The India commented on handing over its control as “creeping acquisition”. As Chinese management of the port is often labelled as a step taken to erode Sri Lankan sovereignty, India will have to be conscious on its venture’s terms to avoid

getting the same label. In the process of final agreements being finalised, the Sri Lankan opposition legislator Kanaka claimed that steps were being taken to hand over the airport to India only to please India which were denied by De Silva who was told that in 2016 the government had invited proposals from international investors to run the down flowing airport but only India had come forward for help. He also confirmed that they were now in discussion with Indians

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for the joint venture. The Mattala airport was a project undertaken by former president Mahinda through the high-interest Chinese commercial loans. It was regarded as a major infrastructure project. The airport is said to be able to handle one million passengers a year and is expected to handle five million passengers, 50,000 tonnes of cargo and 6,250 air traffic operations per-annum by 2028.

independence, in the northern province of Punjab, which was divided between Muslim dominated Pakistan and Hindu dominated India. The Indian independence movement first gained momentum during the start of the 20th century, and after World War, Gandhi organised the first of his many effective passiveresistance campaigns in protest of Britain’s oppressive rule in India. In the 1930s, the British government had made some concessions to the Indian nationalists, however during World War II, discontent with British rule had increased which led to Britain fearing that they may lose India to the Axis. Mahatma Gandhi and other nationalist leaders rejected as empty the British promises of Indian self-government after the war and organised the nonviolent “Quit India” campaign to hasten the British departure. British colonial authorities had responded by jailing Gandhi and hundreds of other people. The Anti-British demonstrations accelerated after the war, and during 1947 the Indian National Congress accepted the creation of Pakistan to appease the Muslim League and conclude the independence negotiations. On August 15, 1947, the Indian Independence Bill took effect, inaugurating a period of religious turmoil in Pakistan and India, which resulted in deaths of thousands including Gandhi, who was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic in January 1948 during a prayer vigil to an area of Muslim-Hindu violence. In today’s day, Pakistan celebrates independence on 14th August, and Indian celebrates independence on 15th August.


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The unique record holder for having longest nails is Mr Shridhar Chillal of Pune, India who has finally cut his nails after 66 years. With nails over 350 inches, Chillal hadn’t cut his nails since 1952. At the age of 14, he had set his foot on this journey when he was scolded by his school teacher for accidentally breaking the teacher’s long nail (a sign of status in India). The teacher had remarked that Chillal would never get to know the importance of what he had done because he hadn’t committed to anything ever. Mr Chillal remarked, “I don’t know whether the teacher is dead now or not but I would definitely like to say that the thing for which you scolded me, I took it as a challenge and I have completed the challenge and now, I am here.” Taking up the extra-ordinary challenge never became a hurdle for him as he led a normal and happy life. He is a grandfather of three and a father of two. He also has a successful Government Press Photographer. But as he has aged enough, the longs nails now were becoming a challenge to maintain a normal life. He decided to grow the nails only on his left hand. However, because of years of nail growth and their weight, his hand is now permanently handicapped making it impossible for him to even flex his fingers. Deciding that enough dedication had been put forward, it was now time to cut his nails. He flew to the United States to cut off his nails and memorialise them in Ripley’s Believe It or Not Times Square. He told in an interview, “When I decided to cut my nails, it was difficult for me to make this decision, but when I realised that after cutting my nails, my nails will be at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! And they’re going to maintain it very nicely and for a lifetime, then I felt like I was doing the right decision and that’s why I decided to cut my nails.”

Man With World’s Longest Nails Cuts Them After 66 Years By Mohammed Saif

Rohingya Refugees and the Monsoon

With problems already toppling on their shoulders, another problem has arisen for the escapees from ethnic strife in Burma. They now have to deal with the monsoon season as well. They are currently living in broken worst-conditioned huts. A dilemma has been caused for them as they can’t even return to their homes across the border because of

ethnic cleansing going on in there. Even more intense rains are expected in future, and heavy rainfalls have already begun pummeling the camps. A great damage has been blown towards the refugees as 160 landslides, 30 people being injured and one toddler killed have been reported as by the InterSector Coordination Group which is

currently overseeing the aid agencies in the camps. Landslides and deadly flooding have been reported by a spokesperson from Save the Children who said,” Within 24 hours of the first rains falling, we were seeing small landslides, and we were seeing flooding everywhere.” One of the many victims, Mustawkima

had abandoned her first shelter when the soil had washed away. With five children to look after, she decided to move her home closer to her relatives living at the base of a hill where she erected a flimsy tarpaulin, but it came to vain when the rains in June turned her dirt floor into a muddy mess. She hopes that the things won’t go against her in the upcoming

rains. Identity bracelets have been provided to children to make sure they can reunite with their parents if they get separated during the floods. Extra materials have been provided for them so that they can fortify their shelters. Trenches have also been dug up to change the directions of floodwaters. Hills have been deforested to make more shelters. Their roots have been dug up for firewood. This has led to the soil being exposed to dramatic soil erosion which can cause landslides in many cases. 27-year-old Mohamed Alom was sleeping in his shelter when a torrent of mud crashed onto him through the shelter. He and his family of 13 people are now forced to live in a one-room schoolhouse. According to ISCG, more than 200,000 people are living in areas considered at risks of landslides and flooding. 34,000 refugees have been sent to other areas further away from hills. For many Rohingya refugees, the fearful monsoon is bearable when compared to the terrible breakdown against them In Burma where they have to face mass killings, rapes and military abuses. A refugee remarked, “In Burma, it’s scary because there’s no guarantee for our lives”.


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This article can put you back on track to a more fulfilling and financially free life.

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Automate your investing. Experience has proven that if we have to make a conscious effort every time we need to invest we will start with good intentions and then miserably fail a few months later. If you can automate your savings, by using a (self employment plan), or direct deductions from your account you will finish ahead. The rule here is if you don’t see it, you won’t realise it and you won’t miss it. Some of these deductions will reduce your taxable income and save you further on taxes. A good rule of thumb is to set aside 10% of your income.

2) Real estate. If you haven’t

already, buy a house. Renting will only make your landlord (hint - house owner)

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rich. Regardless of what the immediate market does real estate is one of the best long term investments you can make. It also has many advantages including deductions for mortgage interest. Real estate will always go up. People will always need a roof over their head.

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Medical and life insurance. You need to have them, if you think you don’t just ask anyone that didn’t have it when something unexpected happened. If you love your family, they are a must. But, on that note, don’t get taken. Buy term life. 20 years will give good term coverage and if you follow all of these tips you won’t need anything beyond that. Whole life only makes your agent rich and really never builds any value for the huge costs involved. Term life can be purchased cheap over the internet at great savings. If you have an adequate employer plan, by all means use it.

4) Don’t ever buy new cars. It is

a fact that new cars lose 25-30% of their value the moment you drive it off the lot. Let someone else pay for that depreciation and get a two or three year old car or truck. With the latest technological advances cars can easily go 150,000 miles and above. A two or three year old vehicle with 30,000 miles on it will save you not only in initial cost, but also on your insurance, and taxes. Also do your homework before buying your car. Get your credit score and see what loans you qualify for. This can easily be done right off the internet and will save you big at your local dealer (never take a dealer’s word for your credit and rate - they will hold 1-3 points on rate and that can mean thousands in extra interest over the term of the loan).

5) Get out of debt. I put the invest-

ment tips above this as you need to pay

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7 Great Money Tips To Lead You To Financial Freedom

Regardless of where we are in life we can all learn something about money and how to better prepare for our future. Especially when we see that the national average is £10,000 in credit card debt and that savings and preparedness is dropping.

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yourself first. If you are overwhelmed with debt, there are numerous non-forprofit agencies that will renegotiate your debt and terms on your behalf. Work out a plan to get the high interest debt paid off. Be wiser with your purchases - do you really need that 60 inch flat screen TV? A BMW you cannot afford? etc... Cut up all cards but 1 (for emergencies you should have 1 credit card) and no store cards. The whole purpose behind store cards is to entice you to buy more and pay more. My grandfather said it best - “if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.” The only good loan to have is a mortgage.

6) Never burn bridges. If you hap-

pen to leave your current employ, leave on good terms. Find a replacement if time permits. This will put you in a good light with your former management and can result in a good reference, another job, a call-back for more money, etc... Never leave on bad terms. It’s just not good Karma. Also, it won’t hurt to take former business associates and customers to lunch regularly. This will keep you in tune to the industry; give you many additional contacts afford you future. Don’t be afraid to ask for a favour every once in a while. Karma is the big rule here -when you help others you will inadvertently help yourself.

7) Give back. Once you’ve made

it is only fair that you help others less fortunate than yourself. Regardless of your beliefs when you donate time and money to help others you will inadvertently help yourself. You will feel great. Also, the cardinal rule of karma is that when you give you will get many more times what you give back. Take the time to help by volunteering your time. Even if it is 1 hour a week, you will help improve someone else’s life. Volunteer, it will make you a better person.

Cashflow Problems: How To Get Your Money

One of the most common problems that affects businesses is that their customers owe them money. When you’ve done the work but people are being slow to pay you, you can get behind with bills and be short of money to invest in your business. This is, understandably, an annoying situation -- you’re being chased for debts that other people refuse to pay. There are, though, a few ways to improve your customers’ payment speed. Remember you’re a Credit Provider. When you do work and invoice afterwards you are extending credit to your customers. As such, if the cost is going to be high, you should consider running a credit check on them before you start work. This will show you whether the company you’re about to do work for is in trouble, and can help avoid lots of problems later on. You can usually run credit checks online for next to nothing. Give Invoices a Due Date. A mistake many home businesses make is to send invoices that have a fancy layout and say how much the customer owes, but don’t contain any direct instruction to pay now. This results in customers receiving the invoice and putting it on their ‘unimportant chores’ pile -- you know the one that doesn’t get done for months. To avoid this, a good strategy is to give your invoices a due date. Set it two or three weeks from when you sent the invoice, and make sure you highlight it. People will see your deadline and realise that you mean business -- they’ll think ‘oh, I’d better deal with this’ and you’ll get your payment sooner rather than later. If you don’t, a follow-up phone call saying ‘I wonder if you realised that your invoice’s due date was yesterday...’ will usually do the trick. Almost no-one refuses to pay if you confront them directly -- they just do it because they think they can get away with it. In some places, the practice of putting due dates on your invoices might even entitle you to charge interest on money you are owed, or charge fees. Check your local laws.

You Could Try Debt Factoring. Some businesses have success with a technique called ‘debt factoring’. This is when you sell your invoices to a third party who specialise in administration and collection, and they give you the money for the invoice straightaway instead of you having to wait for the customer. If you try this approach, though, you should consider the percentage of your invoices that the company is taking, and whether they’re treating your customers the way you would want them to be treated. It might be best to only sell invoices to debt factoring companies when they haven’t been paid by the due date, letting them act more like a collections agency. Collections Agencies. Of course, your last resort is to sell the debt to a collections agency. This will cost you around 10% of the debt. The collections agency will try to intimidate your customer into paying, ultimately taking them to court if necessary, and they might try seizing the customer’s assets. Make sure you check out the agency you plan to use beforehand, though -- you don’t want them to be doing anything illegal. You should always try to talk to the customer before you take this route, as if they’re not paying the chances are that there’s a reason. You might be about to force them out of business. On the other hand, they might just be forgetful, in which case they won’t be too happy about you setting debt collectors on them. Be Prepared to Settle. Sooner or later, you might end up being owed money by a business that is in financial trouble -- you’re just one in a long list of creditors, as everything falls down around them. In this situation, you need to be prepared to settle with them for less than the original invoice price, or you risk getting nothing. It is a bad situation to be in, but it’s better to give someone a break and get some money instead of pushing them further towards bankruptcy and getting nothing.


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London Cab Drivers Plot to Sue Uber

London’s army of black cab drivers are drawing up a stunning plot to sue Uber for more than £1bn - weeks after the ride-hailing app won a 15-month extension to its licence to operate in the capital. Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA), which has 11,000 members in London, has engaged the leading law firm Mishcon de Reya to explore the potential for a massive legal claim against Uber. Sources have said that if the case proceeded, the LTDA was expected to argue that all 25,000 black cab drivers in London had suffered lost earnings averaging around £10,000 for at least five years as a consequence of failings in the way Uber had operated. People close to the situation cautioned that the LTDA could decide against proceeding with a formal claim and that there was no certainty that one would succeed. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, had argued that Uber was not “a fit and proper” holder of such a licence amid flaws in the way it conducted background checks on drivers and reported suspected offences by them to the police. Since then, Uber has made wholesale changes to the way its business in London is run, including proactively reporting driver offences. It has also appointed a slate of independent directors in an attempt to improve corporate governance. If it proceeds, the LTDA’s legal claim would be the most stunning salvo to date in a protracted battle between black

cab drivers and Uber - two sides of an industry which reflect the ways in which technology is disrupting some of the world’s most entrenched workforces. Sources said the LTDA was in initial talks with potential funders of its claim, including Harbour Litigation Funding, which describes itself as the UK’s largest provider of financing for legal cases.

Other firms are also understood to be holding talks with the LTDA, with the eventual funder receiving a slice of any compensation awarded. In a statement issued by, Steve McNamara, general secretary of the LTDA, said: “We’ve been approached by a number of members to help them explore whether there would be grounds

for a potential class action on behalf of all taxi drivers against Uber. “We are in the very early stages of obtaining legal advice from leading law firm Mishcon de Reya on whether this is a possibility. “We’ll continue to do everything we can to support our members and taxi drivers across London by exploring every av-

enue to ensure they are treated fairly.” Responding to last month’s decision to extend Uber’s London licence, Mr McNamara said the company’s appeal had exposed its “blatant disregard for TfL’s regulations and public safety”. He added: “When TfL’s lawyers grilled Uber on its handling of the 2016 data breach and its shocking failure to report sexual assaults to the police, Uber just blamed its tainted past on its former leadership. “The justice system has failed Londoners and has let an aggressive multinational corporation win. “Uber is not a fit and proper operator and the LTDA will be consulting its lawyers as to how we can hold it to account and keep streets safe for Londoners”. The continued ability to operate in London, one of its biggest global markets, was seen as vital for Uber as it proceeds towards an initial public offering of its shares in New York sometime next year. The ride-hailing app is used by more than 3.5 million Londoners, with 45,000 self-employed drivers working for the company. Like Deliveroo, Uber has found itself at the centre of a political firestorm over its treatment of its workforce amid calls for tougher regulation of the so-called “gig economy”. When Uber was stripped of its licence, pending the subsequent appeal, the QC hired by the company to fight the ban said: “We accept TfL’s decision in September was the right decision based on evidence at the time.

FCA suggests ‘basic savings rate’

Banks are said to be forced to set a minimum interest rate on their savings accounts, according to the Financial Conduct Authority. The FCA have said that they were concerned that savers who stay with the same bank or building society for a long time get poor returns on their money. Some banks currently pay just 0.05% a year on instant access accounts. The Basic Savings Rate (BSR) applies to all easy access cash ISA products, as well as savings accounts. “Providers can take advantage of high levels of customer inaction to pay lower interest rates to longstanding customers,” said Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the FCA.

Citizens Advice said the average amount that savers were losing by not switching accounts was £48 a year. The FCA suggested it would be up to each bank to set their own BSR, which would apply across all their instant access accounts. The rates would then be published on the FCA’s website, so consumers could compare them easily. Banks have taken measures to improve the competition in the savings market. “These include communicating more clearly with customers about the rates they receive, faster cash ISA transfers and enhanced customer prompts before a rate is reduced,” said Peter Tyler, director of conduct and savings policy at UK Finance, which represents the High Street banks.

The FCA has tried previously to encourage savers to shop around for better rates, but with limited success. “Efforts to encourage customers to switch have had limited impact and we remain concerned about the way firms are treating customers,” Mr Woolard said. “This is why we are considering the introduction of a basic savings rate for older accounts, which would promote competition and help get customers a better rate of interest.” The highest returns are generally offered by current accounts, where savers can get up to 5% a year in some cases although such accounts have strict limits on the amount of money that can be put in.

The FCA has tried forcing banks to tell customers how to switch accounts. It’s tried naming and shaming the ones paying the worst rates. So now it is looking at a more powerful weapon to use against savings providers who exploit their customers. This isn’t the FCA reaching for the nuclear button of setting minimum rates itself, because each institution would set its own Basic Savings Rate. But the measure would prevent the least savvy savers being left behind and make it easier to compare what’s on offer. The danger - if this ever happens - is that the new weapon explodes in the FCA’s face, if banks react by setting the lowest Basic Savings Rates they can get away with.

The FCA said a Basic Savings Rate (BSR) could enable customers jointly to earn up to £480m a year more than they do at the moment. It said around a third of accounts were opened more than five years ago. And on average, customers with such accounts earned 0.82% less than people whose accounts were opened more recently.


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The Bills Can Wait

We all reach the stage in life when we wonder whether we need life insurance or not. This isn’t a great decision for any of us – nobody likes to be reminded of their own mortality, after all! But, it’s a decision that comes to us all at some time or other – especially if we have a family to consider. To be honest it’s worth while looking at taking out life insurance at virtually any stage of your life – especially as we reach adulthood and start to amass mortgages and other financial commitments. The fact is that it doesn’t really matter if we have a family to care for or not – if we have any kind of current financial commitments then we need to think about what would happen to them if we were to die out of the blue. And, you have to remember that it doesn’t matter how healthy you think you are – you could die in a car accident or get run over by a bus tomorrow!

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The thing you have to consider here is what would happen to your financial commitments if you were to die unexpectedly. A lot of people don’t realise that the money they owe on loans and mortgages doesn’t necessarily pay for itself after their death – somebody will have to take responsibility for its repayment. And, in the simplest of terms you have to think about who would pay for your funeral at the end of the day. Life insurance may be worth thinking about at this stage – it is essential, however, if you have a family to add to the equation. If you have a partner and/or kids then think about how they would cope financially if you did die and your salary died with you. This isn’t just about managing the mortgage – it’s also all about working out how they would pay for life’s necessities never mind life’s luxuries. If you protect them with a life insurance policy then they could

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at least cope financially during what would be a very difficult time for them. The key thing to remember with life insurance is that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Life insurance policies nowadays can be taken out at minimal cost – you really could be paying just a couple of pounds a week to get the right levels of protection. To make things easier most industry experts recommend that you shop around for the best quote as the sector is extremely competitive at the moment. This is easily done – there are loads of websites out there that can help you sift through competitive quotes so you can find the cheapest policies in just a matter of minutes, for example. This is a great way of getting the life insurance cover you need without spending too much time or money in the process.

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Have you ever wanted something so much that you were willing to put off your bills to get it? A lot of people have and some do it month after month. The worst part of this is that these same people wonder why they are having money problems. I’m not talking about putting off the bills to buy groceries or pay for necessities. I’m referring to those little things that you just have to have but really don’t need. This could range from buying a soda or cup of coffee everyday to buying furniture or a car when what you have will work just fine. The bottom line is that if you can afford it and your bills are being paid, then go for it. Otherwise, think long and hard. In some cases people feel that they are owed these luxuries because they work hard and deserve to reap some of the rewards for their efforts. This simply isn’t the case. If you have too many bills to allow for luxuries, in most cases, it’s because you have

obligated too much of your money. The time to think about this is before you obligate that money. This is why a budget is so essential to managing your money. A budget, set up properly, can prevent you from obligating more of your hard earned money than necessary, therefore leaving you with money to buy the stuff you want. Putting off any of your bills can put you in a serious financial bind very quickly. However, putting off things like your house payment/rent can have devastating results. Doing this because you just lost your job is one thing but to do it because you want a new couch is unthinkable. If you are doing this please be warned that it will catch up to you. I can guarantee that it will be much harder to correct the problem than it was to create it. Take the time to sit down and work up a budget. Make sure to allow for all of the bills and expenses that you have. If there is money left over, that’s what you can use to splurge.

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Learn to Bargain

Most people get a little shy when it comes to bargaining for a good price on something. Those that are good at it get great deals on everything and save tons of money in the process. There are benefits to learning how to bargain. Society seems to give the idea that it isn’t nice to negotiate. It feels like asking for a lower price says that you can’t afford to pay the full price. Or that you are being rude. Many people think that you can ask for a lower price at a garage sell, flea market or car lot, but not anywhere else. Bargaining is a great way to get a good price. Prices are always up for negotiation. That’s why they are often called the “suggested retail price.” Whenever you purchase an item from a store or a service from a business, you are entering into a business transaction. You have the right to negotiate for the

best terms when it comes to how much you pay. If the sales price isn’t acceptable to you, you can try to change the terms by bargaining. First, you must be prepared to lose, which you will do a lot. Keep your attitude polite and friendly. Remember, you want someone to do something for you. You have to be nice. You probably won’t be able to walk into a department store and get 50% off on a new camcorder. But if you find one you like that has a minor flaw, such as a scratch, you should ask to talk with the manager about the pricing. You’ll find that most locally owned stores will bargain with you if you are polite and reasonable. Don’t automatically ask for 50% off, but if you ask for a 15% or 20% discount on a damaged item, you will probably succeed. Use your status as a senior citizen, student

or organisational member to receive a discount. If you are buying more than one large item from a store, ask for a discount based on buying multiple products. When I purchased a new stove, fridge and dishwasher for my kitchen, I requested a discount and received it. It helped that I am a good customer that buys all of my appliances through the store in question. When you wish to bargain with a manager or store owner, be discreet. The person in charge doesn’t want to advertise the deal. Be polite, charming and honest. Don’t try to bargain when a store is busy. Wait until business is slow and sales people are looking to make a sale. Ask for a discount for paying in cash. Cash can talk quite loudly. Look for merchandise that has been in the store for a while. Look for items without price tags. If it isn’t marked, feel free to make an offer. Look over items carefully for damage or flaws. Make sure that items you purchase have cosmetic flaws only. For example, a scratch on the side of a refrigerator could be hidden against the wall of your kitchen. No one would ever know. You won’t always find people willing to bargain with you. If they don’t seem open, don’t waste your time. You can always try again somewhere else.

Useful Tips on Securing a Good Value Personal Loan

Be sure to ask for quotes not only from your current bank or any other nearby, but also from other finance companies, and online lenders as well. Make sure the lenders you enquire from aren’t looking up your credit rating unless you’re ready to proceed with them alone. Any more than four credit checks in one month looks suspect, and may affect your credit rating. Ask if they’re going to check your creditrating first, to be on the safe side. You will be surprised to find that loans offered by online money-lending companies are often more convenient and with less restrictive conditions than those offered by banks. This is because banks earn money by a number of different means, as opposed to online lenders, whose primary income is a

direct result of the amount of money they lend. Depending on how bad your credit history is, it may be very difficult to find unsecured loans, as most lenders will impose very high rates, and others will simply reject your application. Although it is still possible to find convenient low-rated unsecured or bad credit loans, the chances of that are very small. The smartest choice is to look for a secured loan instead; there are a lot of lenders willing to offer you bad credit loans at low rates if you have any collateral to offer them as a warranty of payback. Depending on the amount of money you are borrowing, lenders will take your car or house as security and happily allow you to get your loan.

Have in mind that it is always better to pay back the money you borrowed as soon as you are able to. Try to choose among those loans that allow you to make early payments; the quicker you pay back, the less interest you pay. On the other hand, if you extend the duration of the loan, you will have to pay much more money in interest. Although you may not actually take out a loan, it will be shown in your record and may look very bad on your history when applying for another in the future, so limit yourself to asking for quotes and apply only for that loan offer you consider to be the best. If your application gets rejected, however, you may move on to the next best offer on your list.

Car Financing

There are so many car financing options available how do you know which one is right for you? Read on to obtain information about all of the different options available and how to determine which one will provide you with the best benefits. Many people take advantage of an option known as dealer financing. This is when you handle the financing of your new vehicle directly through the lender. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be making your payments directly to the dealer. Usually, they work with a finance company to provide the financing to you. There are definitely some benefits to this option. First, depending on your situation you may be able to obtain extremely low interest rates; in some case you may be able to obtain a zero percent interest rate. In order to obtain this special rate; however, you will need to have excellent credit with no problems. If you have any problems at all on your credit history you will not qualify for the special interest rate although you will probably be able to still obtain a loan; just at a higher rate. When your credit report is not perfect ask yourself whether you could get a better deal at a bank. Bank financing is an option that is typically available as long as your credit history is good. This means it doesn’t have to be perfect but you shouldn’t have any major flaws either. If you have already worked with the bank in the past this will increase your chances of obtaining a loan. While a bank interest rate may not be as low as what a car dealer can offer for individuals with excellent credit, it may be better than what you could obtain at the dealership if your credit is only ‘good.’ Another option you may wish to

consider is credit union financing. Of course, this option is only available if you belong to a credit union. If you do happen to have a credit union membership; however, the rate available to you may be much better than what you can obtain through a bank or dealership. These days it is also quite easy to simply go online and surf around for a quote from an online lender. This option has become so popular many lenders are now willing to compete with one another and offer very attractive rates. In the event you do not have perfect credit, this can be a good option for you; just make sure you fully understand all of the terms of the loan before accepting it. Another option would be to simply borrow the funds from a family member or friend. Of course, this is extremely risky because it could cause problems in your relationship in the event that you run into a problem with the payments. But, if you can’t obtain a loan elsewhere because of credit problems this may be a good option. Finally, you may wish to consider refinancing your home or taking out a home equity loan in order to finance the cost of your new home. This basically allows you to pay cash for your vehicle with the proceeds of the loan and then paying back the money through the refi loan. In some cases you may be able to get a better interest rate with this route than you would with a traditional bank auto loan. In addition, the interest you pay on the loan is tax deductible. Like other options; however, there are some disadvantages. With this option, be aware that you could be putting your house at risk, not just your car, if you run into a problem and can’t make the payments in the future.


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Your Holiday Money Could Cost You

Lisa Taylor from moneyfacts. co.uk comments on the options available to travellers when spending overseas and the costs that consumers should be but are sometimes not aware of. “Whether planning a summer holiday or jetting off for a short break, consumers are keen to check the costs when it comes to choosing the hotel, flights, insurance, and airport parking, but tend not to use the same level of consideration when choosing the cheapest option when it comes to their spending money. “With each provider charging varying fees which are not immediately visible and often not fully appreciated by the consumer, it is a potential mine-

field to find the ‘best’ deal, and this becomes much worse as we consider the outside influence of exchange rates. “Consumers have three main options, the traditional traveller’s cheques and currency, debit cards or credit cards. Amex has also launched into the prepay card arena, with a card designed for overseas travel, but the rest of the industry is yet to catch on. “Traditional cheques and currency are still popular with many travellers and offer a competitive market place for providers. Commission free deals are becoming easier to find particularly for currency and currency travellers cheques, where there is still scope for profit by means of

discounted exchange rates. “Unfortunately without plenty of leg work by the consumer, it proves a difficult market in which to compare deals. Providers offer varying commission deals, but without taking into consideration the exchange rate it is impossible to decipher the ‘best’ overall deal. Moneyfacts complies a full list of providers detailing charges, offers and delivery details, which can be found at www.moneyfacts.co.uk “The competitive nature of the market reinforces the message that there is profit to be made, even when offering 0% commission. Large institutions such as NatWest and HSBC are offering

Great Money Saving Tips

Everyone wants to save money, but no one wants to change his or her lifestyle to do so. Many people think that the only way to save is to go without; Give up eating out at restaurants, stop going to the movies, stop shopping, etc. This is not the case! It is very simple to still enjoy going out, as well as save money. You just have to find ways to spend less while going out. Here are some examples: When going to a restaurant: Always use coupons! I can’t stress that enough. There are many ways to find them. Local papers usually have coupons for a few restaurants. Many restaurants send out coupons in the mail hoping to get you to visit them. The Entertainment Book has coupons for many restaurants. The restaurant’s own website might have a coupon that you can print out and bring

in. Sometimes you will find coupons in their take-out menu. You will be able to save a few dollars just for taking a few seconds to look for a coupon. Share a meal. If you’re going out to dinner, many times you can get away with ordering one main course and an appetizer or salad and sharing them with your partner since the portions are so large. By splitting them, you will save a lot more than if you had each gotten your own meal, plus you will get more of a selection since you’ll get to taste both an appetizer and an entrée. When wanting to see a movie: If you want to go to the movies, consider going during the day, or in the early evening. These are all considered matinee showings, and you will usually pay about half of the price you would pay at night! It doesn’t

sound like that big of a savings, but if you go to the movies just once a month, you can save £54 a year per person. You’ll save even more if you go more often! If you want to save even more money, you can rent the movie once it goes to DVD. Many websites will allow you to buy packs of 10 DVD rentals, and you will end up saving anywhere from £0.50-£1.50 per rental! This can really add up. If you rent one movie per week, you can save up to £78 a year! Also keep an eye out for coupons that allow you to rent one and get the second free. There are many other simple things you can do to save money when going out to enjoy different forms of entertainment. For other tips like the ones you just read, see the website below.

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3 Types Of Debt Help Available Online

When it comes to consolidating debt, the internet offers three very good options. When you want to choose between a consolidation loan, debt management, or debt settlement, it is important to have an understanding of each one so you can choose the option that is best for your needs. Many people confuse these three services, but each one brings unique aspects to the job of helping consumers pay off their debts. Debt Consolidation Loan A consolidation loan takes all of your high interest credit card debts and turns them into one low interest loan. Often you have to be a home owner to qualify for this type of loan. The free prize draws as a means to entice customers to buy their holiday from them. “After finding their chosen provider, in many cases the consumer has a much more flexible choice, than was previously available, with the ability to order online, on the telephone and the option of home or branch delivery. But do beware; these do sometimes come at a cost. “Credit cards are becoming an increasingly popular method of payments and withdrawing cash abroad. Many of us do not realise

idea behind a consolidation loan is that with a lower interest rate, you will actually be able to afford to pay on the principle and that will help you to eventually get yourself out of debt. Debt Management Debt management companies work with consumers to help them learn to get control of their finances. The companies teach individuals how to make a budget and stick to it and often help them make a schedule to follow for paying off their debts. Most debt management companies are non profit and exist solely to help consumers get on track. These companies don’t offer loans or negotiations and seldom work with creditors.

that, when using a credit card abroad, the card issuer adds on a foreign usage loading; this can be as high as 2.75%. That means a consumer spending £1,000 abroad would be charged £27.50. “There are however a few exceptions to this rule within the market, including Nationwide and Saga who do not charge for usage anywhere in the world. “ In addition, if withdrawing cash overseas, consumers will also be charged a cash withdrawal fee, which can be as high as 2.5%. So withdrawing £1,000 cash could

Instead they work with you so you will have the tools to secure your financial future. Debt Settlement Debt settlement companies actually go to your creditors on your behalf. The work hard to negotiate with credit card companies to reduce what you actually owe. They can often lower interest rates, have penalties and late payment fees removed, and even get credit card companies to lower the balance of what you owe. Many of them will set up a system where you pay them one amount each month and then they in turn make payments to your credit card companies.

cost you as much as £52.50. “Debit cards also come attached with foreign loadings up to 2.75%, cash withdrawal fees and in some cases an additional per item charge for purchases, tucked away in the small print, giving customers a nasty surprise when the statement hits their door mat. Any consumer looking to rely solely on a debit card would be well advised to consider Nationwide, the only provider not to impose cash or purchase fees.”

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300 Jobs at risk as Ryanair’s Fleet Cuts

Ryanair has announced that they will be cutting the Dublinbased fleet from 30 to 24 planes for the winter 2018, which is said to put 300 jobs at risk. The six planes will be transferred to the carrier’s Polish charter airline, which it said was growing rapidly. Ryanair blamed their downturn in forward bookings and airfares in the Republic of Ireland, partly as a result of recent rolling strikes by Irish pilots. Atleast 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew have been given 90 days’ notice. The airline said their services “may not be required from 28 October onwards”. It added that it would be offering transfers to Poland and

possibly other bases, in order to minimise redundancies. Ryanair said its profits in the April-to-June quarter had been hit by higher wage costs as the airline faces strikes by staff over pay and conditions. It said higher oil prices and a fall in fares also dented profits, which fell 20% to €319m (£285m). Ryanair is said to be facing more strikes. Cabin staff in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy are walking out, forcing the cancellation of 600 flights. The airline’s chief operating officer, Peter Bellew, said its board had decided to allocate more aircraft to markets where it had a stronger growth.

Santander see’s Growth as UK’S Profit Slips

Santander has warned of a “challenging environment” after its UK profits fell sharply in the first half of 2018. Earnings in the UK fell by 16% because of investment costs and weaker revenues. Restructuring costs also took their toll in its home base of Spain. But its global profits rose by 4% after strong growth in the US and Brazil. Overall, the bank said it earned €3.75bn (£3.3bn) in the Januaryto-June period while increasing its customers by three million to 140 million. Net earnings jumped 6% in Brazil, its largest market, while its US profits climbed 37.5%. However, its profits in Argentina fell 29% in euro terms because of the weak peso, while Spanish profits were down 20%.

In the UK - which accounts for a fifth of the bank’s profits earnings fell to €692m. Santander executive chair Ana Botin said the bank had delivered “strong growth in underlying revenue and improving credit quality, despite strong currency headwinds”. She said the group’s “balanced presence across both Europe and the Americas” had helped it achieve “the most predictable results amongst our peers”. Growth in countries including Brazil and the US had “more than offset a more challenging environment in other markets”. Meanwhile, the firm says it is to delist on stock markets in Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, and Italy, as there are only low volumes of trading in its shares on those bourses.

A Quick Introduction to UK Mortgage Insurance

Home, as they say, is where the heart is. There is no better feeling than moving into your first home, decorating it how you want and having the freedom to do as you please. However, that all has to be done on a budget and one that does not extend to having UK mortgage insurance as

well! The expense is usually just enough to tip a new household’s financial balance over the edge if the household in question is of course on a budget, to begin with! Just imagine how you would feel if that house that you put your heart and soul into was suddenly

pulled out from underneath you because you could not afford to keep up with the mortgage repayments. You could lose your home simply because you developed an illness and was unable to work, or your employer went out of business and was forced to make you redundant. With no

protection, there is nothing you could do to stop this from happening. However, UK mortgage insurance can provide you with a degree of protection and the equivalent of up to twelve to twenty-four months of mortgage repayments if this situation was to arise. There are a number of different providers that offer UK mortgage insurance, and all of them have slightly different products, so there is bound to be one out there to suit you. It may take time to research them all, but your efforts would be worth it in the end. We all like to think that there is nothing in the near or distant future that could upset the balance of our lives and endanger our homes, but the threat is very real, and an individual could stand to lose everything. UK mortgage insurance can really help to get an individual through tough times and allow you to keep your biggest investment, so do not waste the opportunity!

How to Build and Manage a Successful Fundraising Team When planning a large fundraising project, it’s important to put together the right team. Once the team is assembled managing and motivating them can be a real challenge. This article has some great tips and ideas to help you lead your fundraising team to victory! For larger fundraising projects you should put together a team to help you. Otherwise, you will be stretched far too thin and stand a good chance of failing. The ideal team from a cost perspective is volunteer-based but you might have to occasionally hire someone especially if it’s for a specialised task that most people can’t do. Many people dread being asked to volunteer and do so begrudgingly but you will be surprised at how many people you ask will be more than happy to “roll up their sleeves” and pitch in for no other reason than to help out a good cause. The best people to approach in building your fundraising team should be individuals or groups that are sympathetic to your cause. Example: Parents with players on the football team have a vested interest in helping the team get new uniforms. Others are just naturally giving in their time and are usually involved in several projects at once. If you can land one of these types of go-getters on your team, they often have the drive and ambition of several

volunteers. To find volunteers just use common sense. Try the people that are tied to the cause first and build from there. You might consider placing ads in your local grocery stores if they have free Community Bulletin Boards in the entrance and exits. Another idea is to approach your local paper and see if they will donate a small ad for you to use to find help. Talk to your prospective volunteers and tell them exactly what you are trying to accomplish and what you would expect from them regarding time and effort. It’s a good idea to have some type of fundraising plan drawn up that you can show them as this not only shows that you are organised and serious but they will also be better able to see how the time and skill requirements fits into their schedules and abilities. Training should be done by

you or someone that knows the exact role the volunteer will be performing and you want to be sure to thoroughly go over any tasks and duties they will be performing, so there are no misunderstandings later on. Be careful to not talk down to them or lecture them. Remember, they are giving you one of their most precious resources, their time, so respect that and them as a person and you will go far. It is important to match the task with the person when making job assignments. You probably wouldn’t want someone who is an expert in selling to stuff envelopes when they would be more valuable and happy working the phones trying to solicit donors. If you are working from an office environment be sure and make it as pleasant and comfortable a place as you can. Easy access to snacks and drinks (maybe provided free by a generous donor?) should be available and any other

creature comforts you can add will be most welcome. If it’s a long project, you might want to consider some type of event for reaching a milestone. This would, of course, depend on your budget but it could be something as simple as bringing in pizza to celebrate. Always keep an eye out for overwork and stress. People that have volunteered want to help you so respect them and if it looks like they are being overwhelmed it’s time to bring in some more help. The key idea is to keep them happy and wanting to continue to help rather than feeling like they are stuck because they are too polite to quit. Be sure and give praise and say thanks often to each and everyone of your volunteers. Let them know how appreciative you are of their help. Keep an eye out for any personality conflicts and work swiftly to resolve them. This might be something solved easily like relocating someone to another part of the office or it might mean asking the person to leave. Don’t be afraid to do this if you have to because you ultimately are responsible for the group as a whole and the success of the project falls on your shoulders. Be a leader! Follow these simple steps, communicate frequently, respect and thank your team often and you will find that your fundraiser will be a great success!


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Top 10 highest grossing Bollywood films 2018 Q&A with “PBN” Q&A with Rita Morar AW Facts Did you know? Anil Kapoor’s family lived in Raj Kapoor’s garage when they first moved to Mumbai.

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Q.A WITH ALI ZAFAR

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2

Having launched the trailer, the first song from the film has been unveiled. Titled Behka Re, it’s a melodious track that has been shot in gorgeous places across Turkey. The video features Humayun Saeed with Kubra Khan and Fahad Mustafa with Mawra Hocane. With lyrics penned by Shakeel Sohail, the words echo the sentiment of romance and love. The music is composed by Shiraz Uppal, who has also lent his vocals to the track. Directed by Nadeem Baig, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 has an ensemble cast; Sarwat Gilani, Vasay Chaudhry and Ahmed Ali Butt who are reprising their roles in the sequel. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 is slated to release this Eid-ul-Azha, 22ndAugust 2018.

By Ayesha Latif We joined Ali Zafar on his promotional tour of his first ever Pakistani film, Teefa in Trouble, here in Birmingham. The multi-talented entertainer stars alongside the famed Pakistani drama actress, Maya Ali. Directed by Ahsan Rahim, Teefa in Trouble follows the mishaps of Teefa, who is hired by Butt Sahab (Mehmood Aslam) to kidnap his friend Bonzo’s (Javed Sheikh) daughter Anya (Maya Ali) so that she can be married off to his son. The convoluted kidnapping plot takes Teefa to Poland where Anya lives and so begins Teefa’s adventure, and troubles. Teefa in Trouble is said to be the most expensive Pakistani film to date, costing nearly 2.3 billion Pakistani rupees. How did the film idea of Teefa In Trouble come about? We were having a very spicy dinner in Lahore and whilst there this idea came and from there and it kept developing and the rest is all history. The director, Ahsan Rahim, and I go a long way back. He’s like a fan, a mentor and we share a very close relationship. We’ve done music videos together like Channo, Rangeen and many others. I thought whenever I make my first Pakistani film it would have to be him because he’s absolutely amazing. You have co-written the film, produced it, acted in it, and composed the music. How did you deal with the pressure of multiple roles? I’ve learnt to do that, I multi task a lot of the time. I think that if you’re very focused, if you’re intention is right, then you can sort of thrive to achieve all of these things and manage to be successful. Let’s see how it goes on 20th July. The film takes your character, Teefa, from Lahore to Poland, how does his character differ? When he goes to Poland he wears different clothes and tries to look more Western. In Lahore he’s badmaash, a rock star type character. In Poland when he’s sent there for work he tries to fit in.

How do you see the trajectory for Pakistani films at home and internationally? I think the revivial of the industry has started. We are very rapidly churning out films of good content, which very soon are going to start making big splashes internationally. With that narrative, when we made Teefa in Trouble, my intention and the entire team’s intention was that we make a film out of Pakistan which sets a new benchmark for Pakistani cinema internationally and takes the siren on another level. And also to give Pakistan a film that it remembers for a very long time! Do you wish to see newer filmmaking talent take stage under your production house, Lightingale Productions? Yes I do, we are always looking for talent. There is so much talent in Pakistan and all they need is patronisation of the film industry, opportunities and mentoring. It’s a time taking process but we all have to work together and support each other to achieve that. I’m always there for anybody even if it’s a newcomer to help them out. The songs differ in genre quite a bit, how did you decide the music for Teefa In Trouble? With every song I had a different thought process and when you’re composing and writing for film, it actually depends on the situation. Teefa goes through different sets of emotions in the film, sometimes he is comic, sometimes he’s very serious, sometimes he means business. All of those emotions are represented through the songs. He does a song about Billu Butt, because it’s a comedy film also. I feel that the different styles of music meet the different requirements of the scene and the situation. Finally, what can viewers expect to find on 20th July when Teefa in Trouble is released in cinemas? Just a lot of fun, come to be blown away and to be entertained. The jokes and scenes, actions and landscapes are different from other films. Experience something which you’ve never experienced before.


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Ali Zafar, wows UK fans

Ahead of the release of actioncomedy, Teefa in Trouble, lead star Ali Zafar made a grand appearance in the UK after two exhilarating days in Dubai, interacting with fans and well wishers during several public appearances as part of the Teefa UK Takeover. The renowned musician, artist and actor wowed the crowds of thousands at Sandwell & Birmingham Mela as the headlining

artist, where he took to the stage to introduce the upcoming film and perform some of the already anthemic songs from the film. The South London banqueting venue, Grand Sapphire, welcomed fans, guests and university students to enjoy An Evening With Ali Zafar – a fundraising evening with the artist that featured a talk about his journey as well as an unplugged session comprising renditions

of some of the popular songs of Teefa In Trouble that have been championing the airwaves ahead of the film’s theatrical release. The evening was in support of NGO’s Ali Zafar Foundation and Tayaba. Directed by Ahsan Rahim and starring, written and produced by Ali Zafar himself, Teefa in Trouble is in cinemas now, distributed internationally by Yash Raj Films.

AKSHAY KUMAR RELEASES ‘TOILET- PART 2’

After the blockbuster success of Toilet Ek Prem Katha, megastar Akshay Kumar teased fans with the release of ‘Toilet - Part 2’. Keeping the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ campaign in mind, Akshay Kumar has joined hands with Harpic India, to maintain the sanitation and cleanliness of every household. Akshay Kumar shared a video

and said in a tweet, “Ab har ghar mein banegi, ek saaf Toilet ki pratha! Join me in the Clean India mission with @ HarpicIndia to make clean and hygienic toilets a reality for all! #HarGharSwachh” Akshay Kumar is seen driving Harpic India’s new mission of ‘Har Ghar Swachh’ Akshay Kumar has been a

strong supporter of the sanitation movement in India and has championed the social issue through films like’ Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ which was instrumental in driving positive social change. Akshay Kumar also supports the Government of India’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ campaign.


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Yash Raj Films’ presents Sui Dhaaga

Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma are India’s most in demand and busiest movie stars but they are ensuring they would go all out for the promotions of Sui Dhaaga. A relevant film that talks about finding respect through self-reliance is a universal subject that impacts every youth in India and both the superstars who are also thought leaders in their own right, want to take the thought of this special film to as many people as possible. They have directed their teams to they want Sui Dhaaga to get maximum visibility and reach and that their calendar should be wiped clear for this purpose. A film about finding love and respect through self-reliance, Varun and Anushka

starrer Sui Dhaaga - Made in India is a heart-warming story that celebrates the spirit of self-reliance. The film’s plot is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and takes inspiration from the hugely acclaimed Made in India campaign. While Varun plays the role of a tailor, Anushka plays an embroiderer in the film. Both champion actors, Varun and Anushka have been paired for the first time and are definitely the most awaited on-screen pair of 2018. The National Award-winning, dream-team of director Sharat Kataria and producer Maneesh Sharma seem to have taken the bar of perfectionism several notches higher with the looks they have crafted for their leading actors.

Singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Navina grew up surrounded by eclectic musical influences from a young age. Having gained a grade 8 merit in classical flute, the indie artist took it along with her piano grades and picked up the guitar where she discovered a love for writing at the age of 14. Her lyric book filled with songs, contributing to a weighty catalogue, of which some feature on the next “volume” of her upcoming releases called S H A P E S. Her self-produced debut single “Time” gained both local, national and international coverage including “10/10” from 24ourmusic.net. Following its success, she was nominated as Best Unsigned Female in Best of British Unsigned Music Awards, also playing live sessions for BBC Cambridgeshire, the BBC Asian Network and BBC Introducing (London and Cambs). She was also named as BBC Radio 1 DJ, Yasser’s artists to watch in 2016, being noted as the first of her kind to come out with an indie folk/pop vibe.

Anil Kapoor’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha

Anil Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor are gearing up with gusto for their first ever screen outing together in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, a part of their iconic song of by same name from the film 1942: A Love Story, that also starred Anil and Manisha Koirala in the lead. The makers have now released a new teaser from the film and we can’t but admire the endearing bond between Sonam and her dad in the few glimpses that we get to see. The opening shot of the teaser gives flashes from 1942: A Love Story, featuring Anil, while the song Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga plays in the background, taking viewers and listeners back in time. Soon the scenes flash-forward to 2018, and we see a demure Sonam enjoying wedding festivities with the family.

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10 QUESTIONS WITH NAVINA

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? A Singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge. Navina has been itching to share with you the back log of songs written in her teens on her second instrument, the piano. Having gained a grade 8 merit in classical flute, the indie artist took it with her piano grades and picked up the guitar where she discovered a love for writing at the age of 14. Her lyric book bubbled over with songs and songs, contributing to quite the catalogue, some of which feature on her new project called S H A P E S, a “volume or chapter.” She grew up in Cambridge in a musical family, surrounded by an eclectic taste during her childhood. From Frank Sinatra to John Denver, something new was always playing in the car. Her parents, who introduced and encouraged her in her musical endeavours, are to thank for this. Her mum took her to her first flute lessons and her dad’s encouragement to use her talent for poetry in school for lyrics and his tastes in artists (think Cat Stevens) heavily influenced her style and formative years of writing in her bedroom. Her sound has truly stayed true to who she is however, the uniqueness being noted to be “sparkle with individual sounds that let you know she’s not trying to imitate anyone else and is simply content to be the very talented musician that she is.” 2. What are you currently working on? Releasing new music as part of my collection of work called SHAPES, live music, recording and producing new

Q.A with NU SZN

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I’ve been making music since middle school which has been about 15 years. It’s a huge passion of mine and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to draw on my life experiences in different parts of the world to help create my unique sound. I come from a Pakistani family but I was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and lived there for 6 years. During the Gulf War, my family and I moved to Canada for better education and opportunities, and Mississauga (Greater Toronto Area) has been my home ever since. I think spending parts of my life on opposite sides of the globe intrigued me and started me on the path of marrying East and West styles of music into my songs. 2. What inspired you to pursue a career in the music industry? Before I even thought of it as a career, I made music because it was always a necessary energy for me. Ever since I was a child, I’ve used music for both expression, and coping. Because I approach it that way, all the music I’ve created is, in essence, a part of me that I’ve packaged within the song writing, rhythm, and beats. Channelling what I feel, what I have experienced, and the impact of those around me all inspire me to make music and bring out the best in me. I pursued a career in music because it was inevitable for me. I want to do what I am passionate about and my biggest passion is music. It wasn’t an easy decision by any means, though, because I didn’t have any musicians in my family

material too. 3. Why did you decide to pursue a career in music? Because I am passionate about music. 4. Which musician inspired you the most? Each phase in my life and work is inspired mainly by a different musician. My more folky stuff was Cat Stevens, One Republic but this new stuff, HONNE, Izzy Bizu, Vampire Weekend and Dave Brubeck have been heavy inspirations. Throughout though, the production styles of Rostam Batmanjli, Arif Mardin and Ryan Tedder have been great inspiration for me . 5. Is there any musician you would to look up to for guidance. Creating my relationship with music was a solo journey until I had the opportunity to work and collaborate with different artists. Now that my relationship with music is that much stronger, I’m working to feed off the creativity of those I work with in order to grow as an artist. Ultimately, I want to add my own touch to the music industry, and I hope that anyone who listens to my music will feel how I felt when I was younger. Intrigued, inspired, and understood. 3. Is there any musician that you would like to collaborate with? Oh, hell yeah…Jay-Z, Drake, Post Malone, The Weekend, Childish Gambino, Kanye West, AR Rahman, Kailash Kher, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, Atif Aslam, Frank Ocean, John Legend, Miguel, Scott Storch, Eminem, Sam Smith, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Ozuna, Maluma… These are just a few of the names that come to mind so far. I’m all for learning from and feeding off the creative energy of other artists. 4. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far? Remember that most people want to see you do well, but never better than them. This is why I keep a small circle of close family and friends. They keep me grounded, they critique my music, they inspire me, and they make sure I never lose my way. 5. Can you describe your music style? Overall, I’d say it’s a blend of both East and West; an Urban Fusion. However, my sound does tend to be catered entirely to the record that I’m working on. I like to incorporate a combination of different styles that would best express the emotion of the song I’m putting together. I love adapting to foreign sounds

like to collaborate with and why? Barry Gibb! I’m such a long time Bee Gees fan, from the age of 5 when asked what my favourite band is I replied with Bee Gees, and they are still my all time favourites. 6. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced? Being patient and learning that some things in the industry are out of your hands. I work quite hard and love having to do everything, but that it can also be equally challenging. In the end, you’ve just got to stay true to your sound and style, and if people like it they like it. Having always produced my own stuff, I would like to get some

and using them within my own realm of emotions. 6. What does your name (NU SZN) mean? Before NU SZN, I wasn’t really going by any moniker. There was quite a buzz around my ends about me and my music but when I stopped making music, the buzz died down and people who knew me also quickly forgot. My hiatus from music was a result of a dark period in my life when my father passed away (Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un). The domino effect of personal issues and situations that followed afterwards caused me to be in a very tough place for a few years. I was uninspired, discouraged by the prosaic misguidance from those around me at that time, and depressed due to the lack of growth. From here, my girlfriend helped me get back into making music for the sake of art. I owe it to her for that support and pushing me to get back to doing what I love. When I explained the renewed vision that I had for my music to my close friend, he coined it the new season. I decided to adopt that not only as my name but also as a reminder to me that newer and better things are always

other producers on board to see how to stretch my sound. 7. Do you believe it is challenging for young female Asians to get into the music industry? I think so! There’s not many of us (I can’t really name more than 3) and apart from my parents encouraging me to do it, I certainly didn’t have anyone like me who had gone before me, especially the genre which I do. I think we need a platform for more artists and writers who are passionate about doing their craft with excellence. Particularly being independent, it just takes the right people to make the effort to support you. 8. What advice would you give to anyone who wants to pursue a career in music? Work hard at nailing your sound, the direction you want to go and the message you want to spread. The only thing which will make it worthwhile is doing whatever you do with integrity and to the best of your ability. 9. When you’re not making music, what are you doing? Chilling with friends, family and working. I also own a small printed goods business called EDENAH Cambridge which is coming soon online! You can follow us on insta/facebook if you’ll need a funky and pretty makeup bag or accessory...that keeps me busy! 10. Are you planning any UK tours anytime soon? I’ve just been gigging a lot over the last year so having toured quite a bit. But I’m now doing a few live shows and focusing on getting all the new tunes out.

around. There is always a new season to look forward to and to overcome the circumstances that tore me down. NU SZN is the embodiment of my growth as an artist and person. 7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 10 years is ways away and right now I’m just taking everything one step at a time. I would love to see myself more established in the music industry though, with a good deal of personal and professional growth. Aside from music, I do also have other ventures that I’m a part of that I’d like to see come to fruition. I also want to see my close circle doing better as well. I’m a strong believer in sharing success and helping one another achieve goals. That kind of positivity is important to me. 8. What do you like doing in your spare time? My days can be pretty busy but when I do get spare time, I like to enjoy life and make memories. I try to spend a lot of time with my family and friends. Having new experiences with those I love means the most to me so whether its planning trips, watching a movie, or just sitting in a backyard and catching up, I make sure to take time out for them. Personally, I do love to stay active. I’m an avid soccer player, I go to the gym when I can, and I like being outdoors. If I can’t be outdoors, I’ll find a fun TV series I can watch to relax. 9. Are you planning any worldwide tours, anytime soon? A worldwide tour is something that has been itching at me for a long time; however, for the time being, we are planning to start the NU TOUR within Canada to kick off the release of my album, Nu Classik. Hopefully, this tour will push a longer version worldwide. I’d love to be

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Top 10 highest-grossing Bollywood films 2018

Bollywood films have changed the way people view Indian cinema, especially as they have become more modern overtime; however, the films still stick to the traditional concept of songs and dance, as well as the idea of romance within films. Bollywood films are still a national treasure for India and this year, there have been successful blockbusters which have earned a lot of money within the box office. 1) Padmaavat

Starring Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, Padmaavat is a period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film is a real-life story based on love and sacrifice between Queen Padmavati and Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Mewar. However, their life takes an unexpected turn when Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh hears of Padmavati’s beauty and forms an obsessive love for her. Padmaavat is one of the most expensive Indian films to be produced, with a production budget of $32 million. The film faced a lot of mixed reviews as critics praised the cinematography and visuals but wasn’t in favour of the storyline execution and the portrayal of Khilji. However, it grossed over $87 million at the box office, becoming one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. 2) Baaghi 2

Fernandez, Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem, Daisy Shah and Freddy Daruwala. Directed by Remo D’Souza, the film has a different plot and different actors from the previous films. The Race franchise never fails to deliver action and thriller as Race 3 deals in borderline crime. The story involves Shashmer (played by Anil) who entrusts Sikander (played by Salman) with a high stakes heist along with the family to support, what could possibly go wrong? We discover that everyone’s real character changes instantly and nothing is as simple as it seems. The films include betrayals, fast cars, guns, fights, everything to expect from the Race franchise! When released, Race 3 became Salman’s 4th highest opening day grosser after Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Tiger Zinda Hai and Sultan. The filmed collected over 35 crores on Eid, with the following day collecting 39 crores, making it the 2nd highest opening weekend after Padmaavat. Overall, the film had a worldwide gross of $36 million. 4) Sanju

Sanju is an Indian biographical film, directed by Rajkumar Hirani which follows the life of Sanjay Dutt. The film shows his relationship with his father, alcoholism and drug addiction, comeback in the film industry and his release after completing his jail term. Ranbir Kapoor plays Dutt, alongside Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt, Dia Mirza as Manyata Dutt and Manisha Koirala as Nargis. The film was released worldwide on 29th June 2018 and received a lot of positive feedback, who praised Kapoor and Kaushal’s performances and Hirani’s direction; however, there were mixed reviews on the rest of the casts performances. Sanju has a worldwide gross of $36 million and collected 34 crores on it’s opening day at the box office.

$29 million worldwide as one of the highestgrossing Bollywood films that included a female protagonist. 6) Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

9) Pad Man

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a Hindi comedy film, directed by Luv Ranjan. The film stars: Sunny Nijar, Nushrat Bharucha and Kartik Aaryan. The film explores the new age version of where “Marriage” is a marriage between two friend circles. Titu (played by Sunny Singh) is Sonu’s (played by Karthik) best friend. Titu is going to marry a perfect woman named Sweety; however, Sonu doubts Sweety’s character and tries to break the marriage while Sweety tries to use the opportunity which leads a war between romance and bromance. The film received mixed reviews as some critics enjoyed the humour within the film; however, were mostly crucial of the misogynistic plot. The film was released in February 2018 and grossed $23 million at the box office with a $4.5 million budget. 7) Raid

5) Raazi Baaghi 2 is a sequel to the 2016 films Baaghi, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and stars Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani. Baaghi 2 is an action thriller film about a battle army officer who squares off against drug lords and Russian henchmen to save his former lover’s kidnapped daughter in Goa. Baaghi 2 earned 25.1 crore net on it’s opening release in March 2018. Since it was released just before Good Friday, it had one of the biggest opening releases and generated over 38 crores within the first two days. The film overall earned worldwide gross of $38 million. 3) Race 3

Race 3 returned to the big screens in June 2018 as a comeback film for Eid. The film stars Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Jaqueline

By Priyanka Patel Veere Di is a female dominated comedy film, directed by Shanshanka Gosh and produced by Rhea and Ekta Kapoor. The film starts Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in the lead roles, as 4 friends attending a wedding. The film is upbeat and lively and revolves around the lives of 4 childhood friends. The 4 friends reunite after ten years, whereby they don’t realise how much life has change from what they expected. The film is set in Delhi where the girls are born and raised, their trials and tribulations in modern day society, regarding family acceptance, marriage and social perceptions. Veere Di released in June 2018 and was praised towards the chemistry and the performances of the cast. The film was produced on a $6 million budget and the film earned over $20 million worldwide.

Pad Man is a biographical comedy drama, directed by R. Balki. The film features Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte as lead roles. It is based on the short story “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land” in Twinkle Khanna’s book “The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. The film follows Laksmi (Akshay) who is a newly married welder who causes a stir in his East Indian village when he tries to revolutionise the manufacturing of sanitary napkins for women. The film released in February 2018 and earn 10 crores on it’s opening release in India and by the third day made over 16 crores. Over the opening weekend, the film earned over 40 crores and made $18 million in worldwide gross. 10) Parmanu: The Story of Pokhram

Raazi is an Indian spy thriller, directed by Meghna Guzar and produced by Karan Johar under Dharma Productions. The film stars Alia Bhatt as the main role, with Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, Vicky Khaushal and Jaideep Ahlawat in supporting roles. Raazi is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel ‘Calling Sehmat’ which is inspirited by real events. Bhatt plays a Kashmiri spy who is married to a Pakistani man during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. It shows the journey of an ordinary Indian girl who is sourcing out any information she can as the war becomes imminent between the two countries. The film released in May 2018 and was produced on a $5 million budget. Raazi earned over

Raid is a period action, crime film featuring Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz and Saurabh Shukla. The film is inspired by the real-life income tax raid which was conducted by officers in the Income Tax Department under the leadership of an upright and courageous Revenue officer in the 1980’s. The film grossed $21 million worldwide and earned 10 crores on it’s first day. By the end of its first weekend in the box office, the film made over 40 crores. 8) Veere Di Wedding

Parmanu is a historical action drama, directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Zee Studios. The film is based on the nuclear bomb test explosions which were conducted by the Indian army in 1998. It starts John Abraham and Diana Penty. John Abraham plays the lead member of the Pokhran nuclear test team. The film portrays to the audience about the failures and the hidden facts that no one paid attention to and brings out the unsung heroes of the experiment that put India on the map as a global nuclear superpower. The film was released in May 2018 and received a rating of 6/10 on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a worldwide gross of $14 million.


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Q&A with PBN 1. What are you currently working on? I’m currently putting together a number of new singles that we will be shooting videos for in August. Both the fans and industry have been waiting patiently for my signature dance floor style, so that is exactly what I will be dropping in the next few releases. I will also be launching a brand new YouTube channel in the coming weeks. The aim of the channel will be to showcase exclusive new music content as well as behind the scenes footage from the studio and shows etc. 2. Will you be signing on any other artists to Team PBN? I’m currently working closely with Raj Bains as well as preparing to launch Serena, who is my new female signing. I’m not currently looking for new Acts but I do always keep an eye out for new emerging talent. 3. What makes you different from other Bhangra artists? Firstly, I would say my sound and style is unique, both of which I have worked on over the years in creating. I think what makes me stand out is also the fact that I can produce, write, compose and sing my own songs and in recent years I have also managed to mentor and develop new acts. 4. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in the music industry? I think the main challenge has been keeping up with the new digital era. When I started my career I began by releasing tapes and cds, I then was one of the first Asian music artists to release on a digital platform such as iTunes. We are now in an era where music is being streamed and no longer downloaded. From an artist’s perspective I am very happy that music is now so widely accessible, however with that said the demand

from fans for regular content has never been so high. 5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? God willing I will still be producing in the studio and performing on the stage. I have been blessed to travel the world over and I could do it all over again for many more years to come. I also aspire to work in the British film industry and maybe even step into the Bollywood market having recently collaborating on a single with India’s famous Bollywood host and actor, Maniesh Paul. 6. What inspired you to pursue a career in the music industry? I have always been a very keen music listener and dancer. Having the opportunity to work in a local recording studio from an early age helped me shift my focus towards producing my own songs. In my early music years I had

many opportunities to perform these songs on various stages, the buzz you get when you’re on stage is something else. These experiences all inspired me to pursue a full time career in the music industry. Once I committed myself to a full time music career many more doors opened for me. 7. Will you be touring the UK anytime soon? I am currently touring across the UK at various Melas, Clubs and dinner dances. The best way to keep up to date is via my social networks which I try to keep updated on a regular basis. 8. What advice would you give to anyone that wants to pursue a career in the music Industry? Don’t do it!!! Only joking!!! I would advise new artists to focus on their

own unique selling point. Don’t try and copy a certain image or sound that may already be out there. Also don’t be afraid to be experimental and break away from the norm. This industry can be very rewarding provided you respect the stage that you receive it on. 9. What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to keep fit and active, I also love watching new films and TV series as they help me unwind and switch off. I enjoy eating out, so I do tend to socialise with friends and family as much as I can. 10. Finally, will we see any Bollywood tracks in your next album or will it just be Bhangra? I am currently working on a number of songs that have been shortlisted for 2 potential Bollywood films, so watch this space!


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Q&A with Rita Morar 1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am based in London and my style you could say is a fusion of Eastern and Western music. From a young age, music has always been an important part of my life. Whether it is devotional singing or performing my EDM music, I love to explore and create music with emotion. 2. Why did you decide to pursue a career in the music industry? Music has always inspired me. The more music I came across, the more I wanted to experiment with sounds and

my voice. I get a real buzz singing live on stage in front of an audience. I have been able to perform on various stages. Whether it being at Glastonbury or the local temple it is always a pleasure to witness the crowd getting into the music and their emotion. Although I am professional, this is still part time so when opportunities are presented, I aim to give my best shot in all I do. 3. Who is your favourite musician? It will always be Prince because of how diverse he was, he is unique and the way he connected with is audience with his music style was amazing.

4. Is there any musician that you would like to collaborate with? I would love to collaborate with Naughty Boy. It would be interesting to see how he could use my voice and what he could do with it. 5. What did your family make of your decision to pursue a career in the music industry? They were thrilled; in fact it was my parents who put my name down to sing in a singing contest at the age of 16. They have always been my backbone of my music. Without them behind me I wouldn’t be here today.

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6. When you’re not making music, what do you like doing? I enjoy cooking and am always seeking healthy recipes to experiment food with (evident on my instagram!). For my health, I do enjoy going to the gym. Pilates is a great way to relax and helps with my breathing for my singing. I also love travelling and exploring new cities, sights and sounds. 7. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to become a full time singer? Be true to yourself and the music you want to share with the world. Don’t hesitate to network on social media; we have all had to start somewhere. Do not cut corners; learn and explore what you love singing. Be real with what you can achieve and know it is ok to take your time to graft and build your career. But the greatest advice I could give is look after your health. Reason why is because you don’t want it to affect your voice. I was diagnosed with Dysphonia (disorder of the vocal chords) last year and nearly lost my voice. Through 6 months of right treatment and speech therapy I was back on track. Share your talent with the world and don’t be scared. 8. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? Being an independent artist, I have to manage, market, produce demos and contribute to myself. A lot of time and effort goes into being an artist and you have to keep grafting even if the opportunities are low. The career can have its ups and downs but knowing you have done your best will help you to keep on pushing yourself further to excel. 9. What are you currently working on? I just released my fourth single ‘Signs (feat. Shikari) which reached number 21 on the World Genre iTunes chart. I have few collaborations coming out: ‘Distant Memory’ with Drifta and ‘Homemade’ with Hussain Manawer. I am working on my own material. I have also set up a blog called ‘Music Heals’ to explore the positive impact that music has had on people’s lives as well as mine. I look forward to developing this further. 10. Are you planning any UK tours, anytime soon? I recently featured as the support act with Hussain Manawer at the prestigious Jazz Café London. Currently I am working on future projects and if I do plan, you will be the first to know.

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Remedies to Help Back Pain

Come to think of it, a lot of people suffer from back pain these days without finding any cure with orthodox medicine, maybe because of incorrect diagnosis or ineffectiveness of the prescribed drug or drugs, so the pain becomes a part of most people’s lives. However, for a lot other people who have not been able to obtain a exact diagnosis of their back pain problems, seeking alternative means of obtaining relief has become their immediate concern. It is becoming a big problem finding solution to back pain with orthodox medicine, back pain treatments are no long yielding the results that are expected. So the none-medical alternatives are coming to the rescue as follows:

Should We All Be Going Meat Free? Previously a niche dietary choice, in the last few years following a pesceterian, vegetarian or vegan diet has become more popular. For instance, it’s estimated that there are now around half a million people in the UK ‘eating vegan.’ The trend towards meatless eating has not gone unnoticed by restaurants and retailers – now you can buy mushroom bolognaise and vegan pizza to enjoy at home and cauliflower tacos and even jackfruit as a ‘pulled pork’ substitute when you go out. Meat eaters are still very much the norm, but this appears to be decreasing. While vegetarians and vegans currently make up around 3% of the population figures suggest a land of ‘in-between’ is developing – with 24% of people in a recent survey selecting ‘other’ to describe their dietary status despite options including ‘non-vegetarian’ ‘vegan’ and ‘lacto-ovo-vegetarian’. Flexitarian (‘flexibly vegetarian or semi-vegetarian’ - mostly vegetarian but with occasional intake of meat) diets seem to be gaining popularity. What is behind this increasing trend? Why do people cut meat out of their diets? Below are some of the more common reasons behind why people choose a meat-free diet: • Concerns over animal welfare • Environmental/sustainability issues • Ethics • Religion • Health As a Dietitian I am particularly interested in the nutritional aspect of going meat-free. Some people believe that doing this will improve their health, but is there evidence to support this? Is meat bad for us? Meat is a good source of protein, B vitamins and minerals including iron, selenium and zinc. Iron obtained from meat is better absorbed by the body than iron from plant-based sources, and almost half of girls and almost a third of women in the UK have low iron intakes. However, some meats/meat products can be high in saturated fat and salt

• Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an alternative treatment for back pain that has been in existence for sometime now. Rooted in ancient civilizations of Asia, acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific parts of the body for the purpose of taking away the pain. Acupuncture has been proved to work for chronic pain. It has provided short term relief from back pain for a great deal of people. • Massage therapy: The art of massage has been used for years as a tool of relief and relaxation. An experienced masseuse can massage the points of pain in your back, especially if it is caused by a strained muscle. People have been known to attain a state of painlessness after undergoing a well executed massage therapy. Some people argue that acupuncture or pressure point massage may be more effective than Swedish massage.

which we should eat less of, and evidence suggests that high consumption of red and/or processed meat is linked with an increased risk of bowel cancer. In the UK the recommendation is to eat less than 500 g/week (cooked weight). Reducing intakes to this level and taking steps to choose lean meats or leaner cuts is recommended in UK government healthy eating guidelines; cutting it out completely is not. Vegetarian and vegan diets Research indicates that vegetarian/vegan diets compared with more traditional meat eating diets are typically lower in saturated fat and have higher intakes of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and fibre. This may be why vegetarian and vegan diets are associated with lower risks of: • Heart disease • High blood pressure • Type 2 diabetes • Obesity What we don’t know is whether these benefits are down to one particular element of the diet (e.g. the higher

consumption of fruit and veg) or if it is all the parts together which synergistically may be beneficial to health outcomes. Vegetarians and vegans may also be more health conscious and adopt healthier lifestyle patterns such as being more active or not smoking. What we do know is that it isn’t likely to be as simple as saying that vegan/ vegetarian diets are good and diets that include meat are bad - a bad diet is still possible, even as a vegan! But taking steps towards a more plant-based way of eating is likely to have a health benefit. ‘Plant-based’ eating – a middle ground? ‘Plant-based’ eating includes all diets that emphasise fruits, vegetables, plantbased proteins and wholegrain. A vegan diet, therefore, is plant-based, but so are vegetarian diets and diets that include meat can be too. Just look at the ‘Mediterranean’ diet - definitions vary, but the key characteristics are plenty of fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, cereals, unsaturated fats (such as olive oil) and

fish and smaller amounts of dairy and meat products. It sounds revolutionary, but plant-based eating is promoted in many national healthy eating guidelines, including the UK’s own Eatwell Guide. Shifting the nation’s current diet to the eating pattern depicted in the UK guide would result in an estimated 32% lowered carbon footprint – helping the environment as well as health outcomes. Conclusion Whilst people decide to go meat-free for many different reasons and balanced vegan or vegetarian diets can be a healthy choice, when it comes to nutrition and health, an ‘all or nothing’ approach to meat isn’t required. Just ensure you choose your meat wisely and balance your diet towards plant-based eating: incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables, wholegrain or higher fibre starchy carbohydrates and plant-based proteins such as beans, pulses and lentils, nuts and seeds into your diet.

• Physical therapy and exercise: Under the keen eye of a licensed physical therapist, you can stretch and exercise your back pain away. Exercise and physical therapy as a whole has been known to work well with chronic back pain sufferers than with acute back pain sufferers. Most back pain sufferers have also found relief from the education of the psychosocial factors of back pain. You can end your suffering from back pain by finding a cure with alternative medicine because of incorrect diagnosis or ineffectiveness of the prescribed orthodox drug or drugs, so that the pain does not become a part of your life.

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South Asians must change their diet and take control of their health in order to prevent heart disease and diabetes according to Dr Viswanathan Mohan, a leading health expert based in Chennai, South India. Speaking ahead of the HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity –Annual Conference, Dr Mohan warned that South Asians in Britain and around the world must do more to combat the risks factors that can shorten their lives. Dr Mohan said: “South Asians have an increased susceptibility to both coronary heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes and they must take control

Asians make can have a significant impact on reducing the risk of heart disease. “Replacing saturated fats such as butter and ghee with unsaturated fats such as rapeseed/olive or ground oils can help to reduce blood cholesterol and cutting down on salt can help to lower raised blood pressure. Chapatis, rice and potato curry are all high in carbohydrates and just by reducing portion sizes and increasing exercise can help with weight management.” HEART UK encourages a diet that is low in saturated fat, but rich in whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and pulses – all of which contribute to dietary fibre intake and do not contribute free sugars to the diet. This includes avoiding full fat dairy products such as ghee, cream, cheese, paneer and yogurt and desserts made from them. Cutting down on processed foods which are often high in saturated fat and opting for lean cuts of meat or chicken or fish can also have benefits.

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HCA Healthcare Campaign HCA Healthcare UK’s campaign ‘Improving data transparency’ has consistently called for independent healthcare providers such as ourselves to be measured in the same way as the NHS. We are delighted welcome the NHS Digital and the Private Healthcare Information Network who will be working in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, NHS Improvement, and the Care Quality Commission for integration of independent healthcare data within NHS systems. We look forward to working collaboratively with all partners in this project to dismantle the barriers

of their health and make significant changes to their diets in order to combat heart disease. “Despite lower rates of obesity, they tend to have increased waisthip ratios (the classic apple-shape) known to be less healthy and low ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. They are also known to have lower muscle mass and Vitamin D. We aren’t sure exactly what the cause is, but a high carbohydrate load in the diet and decreased physical activity may provide some explanation. “It’s vital that South Asians reduce their saturated fat and carbohydrate intake, do more exercise and maintain their ideal body weight which studies show can have a significant impact on the chances of getting heart disease or diabetes in future. That requires communities to work together to change longstanding habits to improve their wellbeing and those of their families.” HEART UK Expert Dietetic Adviser, Baldeesh Rai agrees with Dr Mohan and added: “The food choices South

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Benefits of Warm Lemon Water

Drinking a cup of warm lemon water every morning is one of the simplest, most affordable and natural ways to improve your health which has incredible benefits on your health. Energises your Body It gives your body a lasting boost of energy, making it a healthier alternative to your morning tea or coffee. Healthy Digestion The minerals and vitamins found in lemon juice encourages healthy digestion, reduces heartburn and bloating by loosening any toxins trapped in your digestive tract. Rich Source of Potassium Lemons are also a great source of potassium which help keep your heart healthy, build muscle, and aid the body in breaking down and using carbohydrates. Relives stress and uplifts the mood The scent of a lemon helps clear the

mind, reduces feelings of stress and uplifts our moods while also aiding feelings of depression and anxiety. Curbs Hunger Lemons can help curb feelings of hunger throughout the day making it easier to resist temptations and reduce snacking on fatty foods throughout the day thus aiding in weight loss. Boosts your Immune System Vitamin C found in lemons is great at boosting our immune system. It is also a great option as compared to an orange since it has less sugar thus making it a great alternative. Improves the Skin The antioxidants found in lemons help rejuvenate the skin and prevent wrinkles, blemishes and frees it from radical damage by purifying the skin, removing toxins and killing bacteria to reveal clear, glowing skin.


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Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

Following healthy eating guidelines alone can support an active lifestyle. However when exercising, your body will use up more energy. Unless you are trying to lose weight, you may find that you need to eat more food to give your body the extra energy it needs. Eating well for physical activity and sport can have many benefits including: • Allowing you to perform well in your chosen sport or activity; • Reducing the risk of injury and illness; • Ensuring the best recovery after exercise or a training programme. A healthy diet for sport and exercise should contain plenty of starchy foods, plenty of fruit and vegetables, some protein foods and some dairy foods. It is also important to stay hydrated. Foods for fuel and exercise Carbohydrates The main role of carbohydrates is to provide energy. Starchy foods are an important source of carbohydrates in our diet. Wholegrain varieties also provide fibre, which is important for digestive health, and a range of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, iron, calcium and folate. Protein Protein is also important for health and physical activity. The main role of protein in the body is for growth, repair and maintenance of body cells and tissues, such as muscle.

Different foods contain different amounts and different combinations of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). Essential amino acids are those that the body cannot make itself and so are needed from the diet. Fat

Fat is an essential nutrient for the body, but it is also a rich source of energy. Consuming too much fat can lead to excess energy intake which can lead to weight gain over time. It is important to follow current healthy eating guidelines, ensuring fat intakes are no more than

35% of total energy intake from food, with saturated fat intakes not exceeding 11% of total energy intake from food. How to stay well hydrated Sufficient fluid intake is essential for exercise and optimum recovery. Exercising causes the body to get

warmer, so the body tries to cool down by sweating. This causes the loss of water and salts through the skin. The amount an individual sweats varies from person to person and depends on: • Intensity and duration – longer and higher intensity exercise can cause greater sweat loss. • Environmental temperature – in hot, humid conditions sweat loss can increase. • Clothing – the more clothing that is worn, the quicker you are likely to heat up which may cause greater sweat loss. • Genetics – some people are just more likely to sweat than others. Putting nutrition into practice • The timing of eating and exercising can be important for how you feel and perform during your chosen activity. The body needs the correct fuel in the tank to perform well, however you want to avoid feeling too full or too empty during exercise. • Individuals vary in their preferred timing of food intake and amount that can be eaten before exercise. Some may find two hours is plenty of time to digest their meal, whereas others may feel uncomfortable when taking part in activity and need a bit longer. Experimenting with what, how much and when will help decide what suits you best!

The Deadliest Drink We Consume

Cervical cancer symptoms are often misinterpreted as PMS or Ovulation pains. The biggest difficulty in cervical cancer is that it hardly shows any symptoms, not until it reaches an advanced stage, though it differs from woman to woman. Abnormal bleeding Women who are suffering from cervical cancer experience abnormal vaginal bleeding. This is heavy to light during the month. Heavy white discharge Another symptom of cervical cancer is increased vaginal dis-

charge. This again differs from women to women, it may smell bad, would be thick or contain mucus. Every time you visit your gynaecologist inform her about these unusual white discharges. Pelvic pain One may not experience pelvic pain during normal menstrual cycle. This cervical cancer symptom may last for hours and can scale to dull pains or sharp aches, mild or very severe. Pain during urination Bladder pain or pain during urination can be a symptom of

advanced cervical cancer. This cervical cancer symptom usually occurs when cancer has spread to the bladder. Bleeding between regular menstrual periods, after sex, or pelvic exam Bleeding after sex or pelvic exam can be cervical cancer symptoms. This is due to the irritation of the cervix during these activities. While a healthy cervix may have a very small amount of bleeding, many conditions may cause bleeding after activities like sex.

Today, we are consuming several products which can be dangerous and harmful to our bodies, as some of the products we consume contain toxic chemicals, which can cause major issues with our bodies due to the incapacity to digest them properly. One of the biggest threats we face today is that we are currently living in a world that contains, fast foods, fizzy drinks, and sweets. Obviously, we are aware that fruit and vegetable meals can be digested a lot quicker than unhealthy foods, however, the more concerning topic we would like to focus on is the increase in soft drinks. Soft drinks contain dangerous chemicals that can shockingly damage our health. The most popular soft drink today is known as Coca-Cola and after reading this article, I bet you will never

consummate this drink again. You will never believe this, but Coca-Cola contains up to 30 tablespoons of sugar which can cause several health problems, such as arthritis, heart attacks, artery damage, to name a few. After at least 20 minutes of consuming this drink, the sugar is converted into fat by the liver. 40 minutes later, the glucose is now in your blood, increasing your blood pressure and causing your pupils to dilate. Finally, after 45 minutes, your body is now producing dopamine and your heart is now beating a lot faster. This can cause you to face cardiac arrest, so make sure you avoid this drink at all costs and choose an organic natural product to consume, to benefit your health.


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How to Increase your Brain Activity Physical exercise Physical exercise strengthens your brain. Exercise benefits your brain cells. The blood vessels inside your brain dilate and increase blood flow when you engage in regular exercise. Exercise helps to elimin toxins and allows oxygen and other nutrients to flow into your brain strengthening your brain cells. Mind exercises. Concentration and clear thinking are more or less automatic once you remove distractions. Learn to stop and watch your busy mind. As you notice things that are subtly bothering you, deal with them. This might mean making a phone call you need to make, or putting things on a list so you can forget them for now. With practice, this becomes easier, and your thinking becomes more powerful. Healthy breakfast Start your day with a healthy breakfast. Skipping breakfast affects your brainpower and performance at home, school or work. Minimize your eating during the day to mostly live raw fruits and veggies and their juices. This will help you detoxify and nourish your brain with essential nutrients and antioxidants to protect your brain from daily free radicals assaults. Increase Water Intake Given that your brain is about 80 percent water, the first rule of brain nutrition is adequate water to hydrate your brain. Even slight dehydration can raise stress hormones, which can damage

your brain over time. Drink at least 84 ounces of water a day. It is best to have your liquids unpolluted with artificial sweeteners, sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. You can use herbal, non-caffeinated tea bags, such as raspberry or strawberry flavoured, and make unsweetened iced tea. Green tea is also good for brain function as it contains chemicals that enhance mental relaxation and alertness. Think positively Thinking positively enables you to access your higher thinking abilities.

Despite advances in technology or perhaps maybe because of them, many in the world today suffer from stress and stressrelated illnesses. There is so much noise, information and distraction coming from every direction. Now more than ever it is important to find a way to relieve some of this stress. However, there is wonderful news! There are tons of ways to relieve stress. Do you wonder “do hobbies relieve stress?” If you do, I have an answer for you. Though hobbies as a form of stress relief is nothing new, it is important to choose a hobby that is right for you. Before you find the right hobby, you should think about the following things first: An effective hobby will allow you to escape from responsibilities and obligations that we all have in our lives. Choosing a hobby that adds to your stress is not going to be very effective. As an example, many consider golf to be a hobby. If you are the competitive type, you may not be happy unless you are golfing like a pro and this could very well increase your stress level. Another thought is to stay away from any hobbies that will strain your budget. If you are not able to pay for your hobby, it may not help you relieve stress and even have the opposite effect. The finished product is what

gives many hobbyists satisfaction. As an example, a gardener can show off their prized rose bush or huge pumpkin, a carpenter could admire a new table. A hobby that will provide a finished product as a result of relaxation will pay off because you can admire the results of your stress relief. Some of the biggest stress relieving hobbies would be woodworking or gardening because you will have a finished product to enjoy. Many will find stress relief from simply stepping outside of the norm. They will learn a second language or learn to sew as a

means of relaxation, and they may not do those things every day of their lives. When you make yourself a better person you enrich your life which will allow you to have a different perspective should problems arise and will allow them to eliminate unneeded stress. Sometimes we just need to get over ourselves to relieve stress. So in answer to the question, “do hobbies relieve stress?” yes they do in a way. Some hobbies can be more relaxing than others. It is just a matter of finding the right hobby that will work for you and relieve your stress.

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What is a vegetarian diet?

When you are positive and feeling good, your mind functions smoothly. Ask yourself emotion-leading questions like, “What am I grateful for right now?” and “Who do I love and who loves me?” Make sure you sleep enough Your brain is rejuvenate during those sleeping hours. Research from the University of California suggests that if you have been awake for 21 hours straight, your abilities are equivalent to someone who is legally drunk.

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A vegetarian is usually described as someone who doesn’t eat meat, poultry, fish, shellfish or any by-products of slaughter. However there is no single, accepted definition of ‘vegetarian’. People may define themselves as vegetarians because they largely choose plant based diets, will include some fish (pescetarian), or are what has been popularly described as flexitarian or ‘semi-vegetarian’ (someone who is mostly vegetarian but occasionally eats meat or poultry). Some of the common types of vegetarians are: • Lacto-ovo-vegetarians (the most common type) – eats dairy products and eggs • Lacto-vegetarians – eats dairy products but not eggs • Ovo-vegetarian – eats eggs but not dairy products • Vegan – does not eat any products of animal origin so does not eat any dairy products, eggs or honey How many people in the UK are vegetarian? From recent dietary surveys (National

Diet and Nutrition Survey) we can estimate that around 2% of adults and children living in the UK are vegetarian. This equates to more than 1.2 million people. In the survey, less than 1% reported following a vegan diet. Why do people choose to follow a vegetarian diet? There are many reasons why people choose to be vegetarian including parental preferences, health reasons, religious or cultural beliefs as well as concern for animal rights and the environment. A healthy and balanced vegetarian diet Appropriately planned vegetarian diets are nutritionally adequate across all life stages of the life cycle and can provide the nutrients we need. Choosing a healthy balanced diet Do remember that vegetarian options can also be high in saturated fat, salt and sugar. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, reducing your salt and free sugars intake, keeping your alcohol consumption within government guidelines, maintaining a healthy body weight and leading an active lifestyle are all important. Suitable choices for vegetarians and vegans • Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates • Fruit and vegetables • Dairy and alternatives • Beans, pulses, eggs and other proteins • Oils and spreads

The Perfect Skin Care Routine

Imagine browsing through skin care aisles and finding that one, perfect product that boasts of all-natural ingredients. Serendipity, right? Then you go and read the label expecting to find a virtual salad but instead finding yourself reading benzoic acid, butyl stearate, and some totally unpronounceable names. You’re no botanist but you’re sure that those stuff don’t grow on trees. This is because most commercial items meant for skin care nowadays contain preservatives and other chemicals to maintain their consistency and shelf life. Problem is, most of these chemicals can actually irritate more sensitive skin. What solution is there for this kind of crisis? Simple. Mix your own, homemade skin care line. There’s nothing to it as most ingredients are found in your fridge or fruit basket. All-natural skin recipes are easily found in the Internet or even in magazines. Usually, these skin care mixes are composed of a combination of one or two fruits. Combinations like these can include either the fruit pulp, fruit juice, or both. Milk, water or honey are usually added to smoothen the mixture. Add-ons such as oatmeal, wheat germ, brown sugar, and dried herbs are also included for more specialized concoctions such as a pimple treatment, flaking, and oily skin. Skin care using natural ingredi-

ents offers great variety. There are facial cleansers, scrubs, moisturizing creams, and face masks. Don’t worry because indications for use are usually found with the recipes. The recipes indicate whether the mixture is for normal, dry, oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin. Some are even more specialized as blackhead removers or whitening solutions. Natural skin care routine have many advantages. First, the ingredients are easily available and the choices are great. They are also natural, thus, greatly reducing risks of allergies or skin irritations. Second, the ingredients are cheap, which translates into more savings more you. Third, you can modify the recipes to suit your needs. Since the risks for irritations are minimal, experimentations are relatively safe. Fourth, vitamins

and antioxidants are naturally found in fruits, while milk and honey have restorative properties. Therefore, you get the same vitamins found in commercial products while limiting or eradicating chemicals. As these skin care recipes use natural ingredients they require refrigeration and can only keep for a week. However, it is better to make these in small quantities or batches for immediate use. In addition, these recipes contain natural hydroxy acids and vitamins for direct and instant skin rejuvenation. Also, don’t forget to keep fit by exercising, having a balanced, healthy diet and regular sleep. With these prerequisites and your new skin care solutions, you’re on your way to having the healthy skin that can top what science can offer. Now, that’s what you call natural.


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The New Forest is one of the most unspoilt and glorious parts of Southern England. This unique area, full of picturesque villages, bustling market towns and winding country lanes, is a perfect and relaxing environment for a short break whatever the season. In 1079 William the Conqueror set aside the area as a royal playground for the hunting of deer, today the National Park is made up of a well cared for mix of forest, pasture and heathland. The environmental impact of the many visitors has to be carefully balanced and the whole forest has a 40 mph speed limit with lots of dedicated car parking areas. Here you’ll give way to ponies and cattle grazing freely as they have done for centuries with plenty of opportunity to see the famous ponies at close quarter. Deep in the wooded areas you’ll also spot the deer. The New Forest is a wonderful spot for walkers and cyclists alike with miles of splendid walks and cycle routes. BEAULIEU There’s a wealth of attractions to visit including the famous Beaulieu National Motor Museum. From the earliest motor carriages to classic family saloons, the National Motor Museum boasts one of the finest collections of cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia in the world. Over 250 vehicles tell the story of motoring on the roads and circuits of Britain, from pioneering origins to the present day. The stylish, the elegant, the fast, the famous and the plain functional are all on show at what is the most well renowned motor museum in the UK. This is a rather special place and definitely worth a visit when you’re in the area. BROCKENHURST Brockenhurst is one of the largest villages in the New Forest which still retains its old world charm and is a delight to visit. Famous for the watersplash at the bottom of the main shopping street where animals stop to drink – just beyond is open heathland and some fantastic woodland walks. COTTAGE LODGE Owned and run by Christina Simons; Cottage Lodge is a perfect location for a well-earned break. Christina’s attention to detail, her commitment to conservation and her customer service is outstanding which has led to many

Travel editor, David Powell, visits the New Forest on a short break and discovers Cottage Lodge, a superb 5 star B&B... awards over recent years including the AA top 5 star Bed and Breakfast rating. Constructed as a Forester’s Cottage in 1650 from reclaimed ships timbers and hand made bricks and sand, the accommodation has been extended into a superb B&B, although you can still experience the original building and beams in the charming Snug. A former hotel in years gone by, Cottage Lodge has a hotel-style arrangement with a range of Superior rooms and Standard en-suite rooms, three of which have patio access. The Morant room is ‘dog-friendly’ with wooden floors and an enclosed patio garden. A disabled room is also available with many essential features including room for wheelchair movement and a super kingsize bed. Whilst all the rooms at Cottage Lodge are delightful, there are a number of particularly romantic rooms like the King William with its four-poster bed and small lounge area. There are also a number of eco rooms such as the first floor James Hill Room. James Hill is a warm and welcoming room overlooking the front of the building with a Romeo and Juliette balcony and a king size four-poster bed hand carved from sustainable sources. All rooms have excellent facilities including tea and coffee trays and a DVD player with a wide selection of DVD’s to choose from. I also had the opportunity to see the Exbury room with its bed made from a 200 year old fallen New Forest oak, and the unusual Standing Hat room constructed from local Douglas Fir. After check-in you can come and go as you please and the Snug is a comfortable cosy lounge and sitting area for guests to enjoy. DINING It had been a while since my last New Forest breakfast and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with my first meal of the day here – excellent! Cottage Lodge prides itself on the use of fresh local ingredients wherever possible as a traditional breakfast. FALLEN TREE RESTAURANT Christina runs the Fallen Tree Restaurant as a dinner dining experience based on local fresh produce. Dinner

was reasonably priced and superbly prepared and served in relaxed comfortable surroundings. The restaurant is fully licensed, nothing was too much trouble and the quality of the meals and service was outstanding. I had dinner here and can highly recommend this restaurant. Fallen Tree is a highly appropriate name as Cottage Lodge has a strong eco theme and some of the bedroom furniture has been beautifully crafted from a fallen ash tree by local wood sculptor Rob Dyer. The tables in the restaurant are made from a rare black poplar tree, which had to be felled for safety reasons, and if you line them up in the correct order you can recreate the tree! BUCKLER’S HARD On the now tranquil and picturesque banks of the Beaulieu River, Buckler’s Hard was once a hive of shipbuilding activity – providing warships for Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar. With the oaks of the New Forest on its doorstep, Buckler’s Hard was founded by John, 2nd Duke of Montagu in the 1720s as a centre for trade and shipbuilding. Its most celebrated launch, HMS Agamemnon, was famed for being Admiral Lord Nelson’s favourite warship. Since then little has changed, and today it remains unspoilt by the passage of time. Here you can enjoy the peaceful riverside surroundings of this historic village and tour the reconstructed cottage interiors for a taste of 18th Century life. Explore the Maritime Museum to learn more about the village history and its residents before taking a relaxing cruise on the Beaulieu River (seasonal times of the year) CONCLUSION Escape to Cottage Lodge at any time of the year and I’m sure Christina and her team will make you feel most welcome. If you come by car parking is no problem as there’s a large car park out front and if you want to you can pre-book your own spot in advance. Arriving by train and the station is just 5 minutes walk away. Cycles can be hired in Brockenhurst and horse riding stables are nearby.


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Unmistakable across the landscape, the gatehouse arch of St Benet’s Abbey is one of Norfolk’s instantly recognisable monuments. But for the best vista of this ruined abbey – and its squat wind pump tower incongruously within – you have to be on the water. Sitting on the River Bure just before the juncture with the River Ant, by the 12th century it was an important ecclesiastical institution with the monks heavy users of the peat extracted from the landscape in the process which created the Broads we know today. While its importance had waned by the 16th century, it remains a landmark for those cruising on the Broads. Herbert Woods’ modern fleet, based at Potter Heigham marina on the nearby River Thurne is where you can choose a range of luxury cruisers, picnic boats, day boats or Canadian canoes to explore the magical waterways. Having passed the drainage mills of the Thurne, cruise into the Bure and then branch into the River Ant. Meandering, secluded, quiet and isolated, it is one of Norfolk’s truly beautifully waterways as it discreetly wends a spindly finger into north eastern Norfolk through reed-high banks bordered with grazing marsh. With Turf Fen Drainage Mill in the foreground and the How Hill Trust residential centre, which endeavours to improve public education of the Broads environment, on a ridge above and with a string of vessels passing to and fro, this is the quintessential Broads picture. The Ant then opens into Barton Broad – the second largest Broad in Norfolk – where sailing yachts criss-cross the open water. Exploring the river aboard a cruiser offers a wonderful perspective but also underlines how so many of us who live in the county are slow to appreciate the Broads, its history and heritage, even though it is a world-famous attraction right on our doorstep. Heritage is an important facet for one of the longest-established Norfolk Broads holiday hire operators, Herbert Woods, which has had a presence on these waterways for nine decades and celebrated the milestone with a 90th birthday regatta last summer. Herbert Woods built his first

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hire cruiser, Speed of Light, in 1926 and having created the Broads Haven marina by digging out two acres of marshland by hand, gained renown for his fleet, going on to become one of the early pioneers of Broads tourism. A new style of boat was born, the ‘Light’ cruiser that was suitable for the narrow rivers and shallow broads and by the time of his death in April 1954, had a 139-strong fleet of hire cruisers ranging in size from two berths to eight berths, and has grown steadily ever since. That heritage continues for 2018 with the re-emergence of the 1927 hire boat Spark of Light which is believed to be one of the oldest of the Norfolk Broads cruisers built at Herbert Woods in Potter Heigham that is still afloat and in use. Having undergone various name changes, it was retired from the holiday fleet in 1955 and then had a number of private owners but in 2011 was bought back by the boatyard. Lovingly restored, it will re-join the fleet on active hire service for 2018 under its original name. The appeal of the Broads is that it is vast, yet accessible too. It’s a magical gateway for keen anglers off the boat or moored up by the banks. The excitement of the Broads can even be enjoyed on Herbert Woods’ dog-friendly boats. With picturesque

stretches of open water and Broads linked by seven scenic rivers, channels and dykes, it is Britain’s third largest inland waterway with more than 125 miles of it navigable. Even novices to the world of cruising can soon get the hang of steering and mooring and with helpful maps which give advice and warning on narrow or shallow stretches or other potential hazards, or highlight notable landmarks delightful days can be spent touring the wonderful waterways of Norfolk and North Suffolk. From the Ant, re-entered the Bure and the stretch towards Wroxham – the Capital of the Norfolk Broads – which in

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far as you desire at a leisurely pace with all stretches easily accessible from the marina. Factfile Visit www.herbertwoods.co.uk or call 0800 144 447 Food/pub stops: One of the pleasures of life afloat lies in discovering riverside pubs to moor up for an evening meal and the Broads are famous for establishments offering wholesome fayre. Here are a few suggestions: Maltsters at Ranworth: Pub and restaurant next to Malthouse Broad at Ranworth with friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere and large terrace and garden overlooking the Broad. It has extensive menus and a choice of wines and real ales, with free moorings not far from the pub. Visit www.ranworthmaltsters.com Sutton Staithe Hotel: Dog-friendly and serving wholesome food, set at the end of a tributary of the River Ant with plenty of mooring space and also access to the village. Visit www.suttonstaithehotel.co.uk The Swan Inn, Horning: Country pub fronting on to the sharp bend in the River Bure at Horning, serving seasonal pub-food, cask ales and fine wines. Visit www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/east/theswaninnhorning Acle Bridge Inn: A family-run business with high standards of food and service in a riverside location popular for visitors arriving by boat due to ample moorings. Extensive indoor and outdoor tables and facilities…children, dogs and muddy boots welcome. Visit www.aclebridge.co.uk


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New research from the experts at online dating platform eharmony reveals that 15% of the newly-single population take just a week to get back into ‘the dating game’ and many Britons believe that quantity is the key to love – with over a third (39%) thinking the more dates they go on, the more chance they have of finding the one. These actions, as well as other traits discovered by the research, have led eharmony to dub the pattern of behaviours the casual dating cycle, which lead singles to find themselves stuck in a cycle of never-ending and unsatisfying dates; or, put more simply, ‘spinning’. Dr Linda, renowned psychologist and bestselling author with over 17 years’ experience, has broken this cycle down into six stages to help frustrated romantics identify where they might be going wrong this summer: 1. The Sign-up The cycle begins when those who are newly single decide that they are ready to find love again. This is the point where singles decide to sign up to online dating platforms or even reactivate old profiles they may have had. 44% of Brits reactivate their online dating profiles within three months of breaking off their previous relationship, and 15% do this within just one week. 2. The Quantity Fallacy According to Dr Linda, many single Brits fall into the trap of thinking that the more dates they go on, the more likely they are to find what they are looking for – The Quantity Fallacy – which is simply not true. 3. The Hollywood Complex ‘The Quantity Fallacy’ has in turn led to singles looking for the wrong thing and failing to take the time to focus on whether they are truly compatible with others they come across on online dating sites and apps. The research shows that a startling 77% of people report physical appearance as being in the top three most important factors when searching for love.

4. Mini-mances Many singles looking for love online, now find themselves embarking on a series of short-lived and unsuccessful relationships. While it is popular to blame this means of soul-mate searching, the reality is that finding meaningful relationships requires each person to be in the right mindset. Nearly a third of people who have met someone online fail to ever make it past the six-month mark and half of 18-34-year olds have not had a relationship with someone they have met online that has lasted any longer than a year. 5. Rejection Dejection Bad dates are disheartening and after a series of them, along with a string of past unsuccessful online relationships, many singles start to feel dejected and worry whether they’ll be able to find love. According to the research this feeling doesn’t take long - nearly a third report feeling dejected after just three or fewer bad dates. 6. Dating Burnout Dating burnout can be a common

feeling experienced by those who are actively looking for love, such is the time, resource and emotional energy that goes into the crucial task of finding a life partner. After a number of bad dates, 1 in 5 people report that they would give up online dating entirely and over a third report needing to take a break. Rachael Lloyd, eharmony spokesperson, comments: “While in the short-term picking someone purely on physical attraction might seem exciting, our research shows that selecting a partner based primarily on looks and superficial traits tends to lead to disappointment. It also tends to spur casual dating cycles as people spin between options. “At eharmony we take finding love seriously, bringing singles into a community of like-minded people. We match them using an intelligent compatibility according to core values and personality traits which are highly predictive of happy, enduring relationships – helping our users enjoy a long and lasting intimacy that, hopefully, goes well beyond the summer!” • 15% reactivate dating profiles within just a week after a break up • Over a third play ‘the numbers game’, thinking the more dates the better changes of finding love • ‘Hollywood complex’ at play as threequarters prioritise looks as vital part of love About eharmony.co.uk eharmony launched in the UK in 2008 with a clear vision: to create more lasting love in the world. The experts at eharmony use an intelligent compatibility matching system (CMS) to match singles, according to 18 bespoke dimensions of compatibility. These are powerful indicators of relationship satisfaction. Today eharmony, fondly know as ‘the brains behind the butterflies’, proudly serves a like-minded community of 60 million members globally and has amassed 5 million registered users in Britain.

Have you ever considered how much social media you are engaging in, when you say “Message me on Facebook,” or “DM me on Twitter” or, “Connect with me on LinkedIn?” It is what we do to connect ourselves with social media and the rest of the world online. Having access to the latest information and content are no longer sufficient for competing in business. Everyone has access to the same information. You cannot compete on common knowledge – what everyone knows. It is how you engage with, connect, mix, and resolve what is known that provides advantage. Creating competitive advantage requires social capital savvy – the ability to find, utilise and combine the diverse skills, knowledge and experience of others, inside and outside of your organisation. Social capital comes from the personal and professional networks of all employees and connections. People with better social capital often: Close deals faster Find better jobs more quickly Coordinate projects more effectively Are more likely to be promoted early Enhance the performance of their

teams Help their teams reach their goals more rapidly Help their teams generate more creative solutions Learn more about the firm’s environment and marketplace In the online and networking age, you compete on your ability to build new relationships, utilise connections and the patterns they form! Another way of looking at is through Social Selling. People don’t do business with companies. People do business with people, and that’s why social selling, the process of building stronger relationships with potential customers based on truly understanding their needs and problems – in short, better knowing the people you hope to do business with – is so important. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a timeless bestseller. It quickly became the salesperson’s manual when it was first published in 1937 and has now sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. The book is one of the first and by far the best for Social Selling in offline networking today.


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Flashbay, the award-winning leader in logo-branded promotional technology products, announced that the firm is opening an office in Exeter, Devon, extending the firm’s presence to 2 cities in the UK and 7 locations worldwide. In 15 years, Flashbay has successfully evolved from a student start-up to one of the world’s largest manufacturers of customised goods, with close to 900 employees across 4 continents. Each month, over 10,000 orders are placed for Flashbay’s promotional products, including Branded Flash Drives, Power Banks, Audio Products and Gadgets. To meet increasing demand and maintain the level of quality and customer service buyers expect, Flashbay has continued to grow year on year. In the last 18 months alone, Flashbay has launched over 30 new products and added over 100 people to its headcount. The company has maintained its established position in Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia as the leading B2B promotional technology company because of its continued commitment to high quality products and exceptional customer service. By opening an office in Exeter, Flashbay are extending the many resources they offer to the South West of England, in exchange for the city’s highly qualified pool of working professionals. “The decision to expand our

presence in Exeter was a logical step in our business growth strategy,” says Steve Webster, CEO. “The area is rich in sales talent and the market is primed for local services. It’s an excellent area to further expand our capabilities and increase our ability to service British businesses.” “This is a key milestone for the company and we are very excited about the opportunities it will present our customers, our brand and our new employees,” says Marie McLaughlin, HR Manager. “Exeter is quickly becoming a leading technology hub, with a particular influx of young people in the 21-35 age category, and we wish to explore that focus further by offering a very attractive compensation and training package that rivals cities such as London and Manchester.” About Flashbay: Flashbay is the World’s No.1 business-to-business (B2B) supplier of logo branded Promotional Technology products. From the smallest schools to the largest multinationals, we offer an attractive range of designs within our Memory, Power and Audio categories, offering unbeatable prices coupled with fast and efficient service. Our product lines include Flash Drives, Power Banks, Speakers, Headphones and a host of related technology products and accessories which allow our customers the unparalleled ability to promote their brands with confidence on the global stage.

The 20th century is considered as the golden century where the innovations that are done become the foundations of many more inventions, following this, the idea purposed by Henry Ford in 1926 about introducing a personal flight has also shaped quite up to the mark as the 2nd decade of the 21st century is about to end. Marcus Leng, Founder and CEO of Opener, has become a pilot since he was 18. He graduated as a mechanical engineer but his interest in aeronautics began with obtaining a recreational pilot’s license in early age (18 years of age). Marcs founded and developed the concept for Vehicles in August 2009, the efforts took two years, and on October 5, 2011 history was made near the small town of Warkworth, Ontario, Canada where Marcus

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We spend about a third of our lives asleep. Sleep is essential - It is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing, and is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health. Sleeping helps us to recover from mental as well as physical exertion. Nothing beats quality sleep, and The Cubes, the world’s first cutting edge design enables users to

drift in and out of sleep comfortably and quickly. I was able to get my hands on this ‘innovation pillow’ which aims to change the way we look at a good old night’s sleep! So what is ‘The Cubes’. It is a product of intense research and experiments, and there are four main features which differentiates this pillow from all others:

took the first flight as a proofof-concept. That day saw the first manned flight of a fixedwing all-electric VTOL aircraft. The company worked on the improvements and efficiency of the electrical system of the vehicle till March 2018. A new and improved model Blackfly cannot go very far and very fast, but it’s all electrical. It can travel up to 20 miles (40 km) at an average speed of 62 mph. The vehicle is single seated PAV (Personal Aerial Vehicle) with VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) system. Eight propulsion systems spread across two wings which are fully electrical and are powerful. The flying machine is controlled by a Joystick placed in front of a controller. The size of Blackfly is 13ft 7in wide and 13ft 5in long and is 5ft high; its weight is around 313lbs empty.

The Vehicle is fully electrically supported with 12kWh battery; energy consumption is 245 Wh/ mi which is more efficient than electrical road-running cars. The charging system is quite fast as well support 240V / 2x50A which promote 20% to 80% charging in just 25 mins. The company is funded by Google’s co-founder Larry Page. The car has been tested in Canada, where the country’s aviation authority has authorised its use. “Watching BlackFly take flight just blew me away,” said Darren Pleasance, Managing Director, Global Customer Acquisitions at Google. As the pilot’s license is not required, the company said the operator would have to undergo a training program in order to become aware of the system, and for the public safety

operator, it will be required to successfully complete the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private pilot written examination. Hiller museum is located in North California and is a well-known cemetery of flying cars that cannot make it to the market. The museum head of operations Willie Turner has been spectating fail attempts by many companies for a while in the field of flying cars. But this time he believes this latest batch might be on to something – as long as aviation authorities can accommodate new ideas. He added: “Now will they crash? Probably, but cars crash every day.” Further, he said, “You know it’s not going to be foolproof, but it will be much better than the current system we have now.”

• AN EFFECTIVE SUPPORT SYSTEM WHICH PROVIDES 360-DEGREE SUPPORT TO USERS Every night, we move at least 20 times, and this means we need a pillow which can support our weight no matter how we roll. The patented hinge support available on both sides of the pillow elevates the level of support from twodimensional to three-dimensional. Each cube on the pillow functions as a spring support which can support weight when pressure is applied and bounce back to its original shape when depressed.

support with its hinged structure and allows it to respond to your breathing movements when sleeping thereby keeping your airway open, allowing you to breathe smoothly and quietly.

• STRESS RELIEVING MEMORY FOAM The memory foam was designed to protect astronauts from the extreme pressure they experience during launch and landing. The Cubes uses memory foam properties to support your head in the right position and gently support it. This gives you a zero gravity sleeping experience and provides total relaxation.

I’ve been using the pillow for the past 2months. It seems odd to say, but the quality of sleep with the cubes does definitely provide a significant improvement. Most noticeably, the cubes offers plenty of air flow into the pillow which prevents the pillow overheating, which means less flipping the pillow to the other side. Sleeping with a pillow of this quality means you get to enjoy the Deep Sleep Stage which research has shown to provide the most restorative of sleep and as long as you get two hours of this sleep, a refreshing morning is sure. The Cube comes highly recommended especially since it goes for a very cheap price.

• BREATHABLE STRUCTURE Snoring usually occurs when sleeping flat, with the neck not properly supported, causing the airway to be too narrow or even completely closed. The design of The Cubes allows it to provide

• ANTIBACTERIAL PROTECTION The Cube is multifunctional graphene nanocomposite foam, and the advantages of this foam are that it provides heat regulation, bacterial resistance, and odour control. Also, the ultra-soft Modal fibre used in the design of the pillowcase is skin-friendly and quick to absorb moisture which provides it with antibacterial properties.


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Ingredients • 3 tbsp vegetable oil • ½ tsp mustard seeds • 60g/2½oz chopped onion • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger • 60g/2½oz frozen peas • 1 tbsp ground coriander • 1 tsp ground cumin • ¼ tsp red chilli powder • ½-¾ tsp garam masala • 1-2 tsp dried mango powder, to taste (alternatively, use juice of 1/2 a lemon) • salt, to taste • splash water • 600g/1lb 5oz potatoes, peeled, boiled until soft and crushed into large lumps • 4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves • packet ready-made filo pastry • 5 tbsp melted butter, for brushing • 2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional) (you can also use poppy or nigella seeds)

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Easy potato and pea samosas An easy little vegetable samosa that makes a delicious, inexpensive lunch from store cupboard ingredtents. Method: 1. Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and fry the mustard seeds for about ten seconds, or until they begin to splutter. 2. Add the onion and ginger and cook for 2-3 minutes over a high heat. Add the peas, stir well and add the spices, mango powder, salt and a splash of water. (If using lemon juice, add this instead of the water.) Cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the potatoes and coriander and cook for 2-3 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning. 3. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. 4. Unroll the pastry and cover with cling film and a damp tea towel. Peel off one piece and keep the rest covered so that it doesn’t dry out. Lay the pastry sheet flat on a clean surface and brush with melted butter. Fold in one third of the pastry

lengthways towards the middle. Brush again with the butter and fold in the other side to make a long triple-layered strip. 5. Place one rounded teaspoon of the filling mixture at one end of the strip, leaving a 2cm/1in border. Take the right corner and fold diagonally to the left, enclosing the filling and forming a triangle. Fold again along the upper crease of the triangle. Keep folding in this way until you reach the end of the strip. Brush the outer surface with more butter. Place onto a baking sheet and cover while you make the rest of the samosas. Sprinkle over a few sesame seeds, if using. 6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden and crisp, turning halfway through the cooking time. 7. To serve, place the samosas onto a large serving plate with a bowlful of chutney.


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VEGAN CHICKPEA VINDALOO Chickpeas are smothered in a spicy and tangy tomato curry. This traditional Indian dish is flavourful, gluten-free, and easy to make. Enjoy wafting in the delicious curry aroma of this fragrant dish!

Ingredients: • 2 cups dried chickpeas • 5 cups water • 1 1/2-2 cups diced potatoes • 1 cup diced tomato • 1 yellow or white onion, diced

For The Vindaloo Curry Paste: • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil • 1 teaspoon cardamom pods • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds • 2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds • 5 cloves • 2 bay leaves • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric • 1 1/2 tablespoon paprika • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar • 4 red chillies, seeds removed, chopped • 4 garlic cloves, chopped • 2″ piece of ginger, peeled and minced • 2 tablespoons tomato paste • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1/4 cup lemon juice or red wine vinegar

To Make The Chickpeas:

1. Soak the chickpeas overnight. Cover with plenty of water as they will nearly double in size. If you’re short on time, soak them in boiling water for at least 1 hour. 2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add to a large saucepan with the 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Partially cover the pot. 3. Add the diced potato and onion. Stir every few minutes.

To Make The Curry Paste:

1. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. When it begins to shimmer, add the cardamom pods, coriander seeds, peppercorns, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, cloves, and bay leaves. Stir the spices continuously until they become fragrant and start to turn golden, 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat immediately. 2. Add the spices to a blender along with the rest of the curry paste ingredients. Purée until a smooth paste is formed.

To Make The Curry:

1. Continue cooking the chickpeas and potatoes at medium heat, partially covered, and stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 cup more water if it starts to dry out. Cook until chickpeas and potatoes are fully cooked through, about 30 minutes. 2. Add the tomatoes and curry paste, and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have broken down into the sauce. 3. Add more salt to taste, and cayenne pepper if you want it spicier.

5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF JACKFRUIT 1. Strengthen Immune System Jackfruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful nutrient which helps protect against viral and bacterial infections. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system function by supporting the white blood cells function. One cup of jackfruit can supply the body a very good amount of this powerful antioxidant. 2. Protect against Cancer In addition to containing vitamin C, jackfruit is also rich in phytonutrients such aslignans, isoflavones and saponins which have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. These phytonutrients may help eliminate cancer-causing free radicals from the body and slow the degeneration of cells that can lead to degenerative diseases. 3. Aids in healthy digestion Jackfruit is also known to contain antiulcer properties which help cure ulcers and digestive disorders. In addition,

the present of high fiber in the jackfruit prevents constipation and helps in smooth bowel movements. These fibers also offer protection against colon mucous membrane by driving away the carcinogenic chemicals from the large intestine (colon). 4. Maintain a Healthy Eye and Skin Jackfruit contains vitamin A, a powerful nutrient which known to maintain a healthy eye and skin. It also helps prevent vision-related problems such as macular degeneration and night blindness. 5. Boost Energy Jackfruit is considered as an energy generating fruit due to the presence of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose which give you an almost immediate energy boost. Although Jackfruit is energy rich fruit but it contains no saturated fats or cholesterol making it one of healthy fruit to savor!

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Ferrari Wins The Design Award For The Fourth Year Running

Ferrari has received the Red Dot: Best of the Best award for the ground-breaking design of the Portofino, Ferrari’s most recent V8-engined GT car. This is the consecutive fourth year that the Prancing Horse receives this prestigious honour for one of its new models. The Ferrari Portofino is an elegant and versatile convertible which features a retractable hard top together with classleading performance and luggage space. Its styling impressed the international judging panel which stated: “Embodying an impressive evolutionary advancement, the Ferrari Portofino fascinates with an exciting design language. It comes across as a fascinating sculptural statement. The integration of the retractable hardtop presents an optimal solu-

tion. The haunting elegance is further underscored by the uncompromising quality in material and workmanship. The Ferrari Portofino is the perfect embodiment of novel approaches that point to the future.” During the Gala ceremony at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany, the jury of international designers also assigned two Red Dot awards for outstanding design quality to Ferrari for the 812 Superfast and the FXX K EVO. The awards are testimony to the unmistakable design and ground-breaking technology that are at the basis of Ferrari’s production. The 812 Superfast redefined the formal language of frontengined V12 Ferraris without altering either the exterior dimensions or interior

space. With a distinct fastback sleekness to its silhouette, sharply slanted crease lines and impressively muscular wheelarches imbue the 812 Superfast with the power and aggression warranted by its imposing 6.5-litre V12. The FXX-K Evo marks a significant evolution of the XX programme launched in 2005 with cars developed specifically to play an active role in this exclusive research and development programme. The FXX-K Evo features an evolved aero package developed by Ferrari’s engineers in synergy with the Ferrari Styling Centre’s designers, to push to the very limit the performance of a model that already represents the state-of-the-art in terms of track-only supercars.

Prompt Accident Management Services Are you using your car air conditioning wrong? These common mistakes could be leaving you hot and bothered.

Plenty of motorists aren’t using their climate control correctly - this is how to make sure your car stays as cool as possible while the mercury rises WITH the nation still basking in scorching temperatures, drivers are relying on their air conditioning to give them a break from the heat. But plenty of motorists could be using their air con wrong, leaving them sweating in the driver’s seat. With temperatures heating up, drivers will want to get the most out of their air con Spanish carmaker, SEAT, has revealed some of the most common mistakes drivers make when trying to cool down their vehicle. From blasting the AC too soon to pointing the jets in the wrong direction, getting your car to the perfect temperature is something of a fine art. And according to the manufacturer, a hot car can have an impact on drivers’ reaction times. A cabin with a sweltering 35C temperature can see reaction speed drop by 20 per cent, compared to a cool 25C interior.

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Six Top Summer Travelling Safety Tips With summer season showing no sign of ending, our head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman has put together some tips to keep you safe on the road. • Do you know where you’re going? Plan your journey so you know when and where to take planned breaks (if applicable) and check for any traffic problems • Do weekly car checks which include tyre pressures, tread depth and condition and checking fluids – replenish screen wash but if other fluids are low check for underlying problems • Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of

water in your car. We recommend having plenty of water as it is essential to stay hydrated to maintain concentration and control body temperature • When driving, fatigue can slowly kick in – especially in heat. Concentration starts to slip after two hours so take regular 15 minute breaks. Get out of the car and stretch • When driving into the direction of the sun, use your sun visor to help block out the glare and if that doesn’t work for you, invest a decent pair of sunglasses. Keep the windscreen clean inside and out • Put together an emergency kit; some

drinks and snacks, a charger for your mobile phone and a road map for last minute detours are all useful items. Some entertainment for your younger passengers may make the journey less stressful Richard said: ”Preparation is key to an enjoyable trip. A well maintained car and a fully fit and prepared body can make the difference between a pleasant drive in the country and a nightmare journey to be endured. Whilst the trip may be about the destination it is much better if the journey is enjoyable too.”

• Turning the AC on full blast straight away: It’s tempting to turn the air-con on to maximum as soon as you get in the car. But if you don’t open the windows, you’ll just be recirculating hot air. Instead, open the doors and lower the windows for a minute or two before shutting it all up and cranking up the AC. • Using the air recirculation option: Keeping it on can make the windows fog and reduce visibility, and also make it more difficult to quickly cool the car down. Most cars will have an “Auto’ “option, which can regulate itself to prevent fog while keeping drivers and passengers cool. • Pointing the air jets toward you: While you may feel colder, pointing the jets at you stops the car getting an even distribution of air. Angling the jets towards the roof lets the cool air spread around the car more effectively and allows it to reach everyone. • Not turning on the air conditioning in the morning: Some summer mornings might seem cool, but the sun can heat up your car quickly. It’s still a good idea to keep the air con on to prevent windows from fogging up when the outside temperature rises. • Not performing regular maintenance: Just like the oil, tyres or brake

fluid, the air conditioning system needs regular maintenance. Cabin air filters need to be changed every 10,000 to 15,000 miles to make sure they are working properly. Using the ‘auto’ circulation option can help cool down the cabin quickly. So it’s even more important Brits get their air con working properly, as we approach another weekend with the mercury expected to reach 30C. The most common mistake drivers make is turning their climate control up full blast as soon as they get in the car. But all that does is recirculate the same hot air around your car. The quickest way to get it cool is to open doors and windows for a minute while the systems gets started, then close the car up and turn your air con to the coldest setting. Pointing air vents towards the roof is the best way to lower the temperature inside And drivers who point the jets directly towards themselves could actually be making the rest of the car hotter. Pointing jets towards the roof lets cool air spread around the cabin, and lowers the overall temperature for everyone in the car, rather than cooling off just one person. Drivers who keep the air recirculation option switched on will also find it more difficult to quickly cool down their car. Using the “auto” option will mean your cabin holds onto cool air, but circulates enough outside to make sure your windows don’t fog up. Keeping up regular maintenance on your air conditioning will also make sure your system is working to its full capacity when you need it most. Angel Suarez, an engineer at the SEAT Technical Centre, said:

“Open the doors and lower the windows for a minute before turning on the air conditioning to naturally lower the temperature in the interior.” “If rear passengers say they can’t feel the cool air, then the nozzles could be set incorrectly. “It isn’t a matter of temperature, but in which direction the air is flowing inside the car. The nozzles should be pointing upwards, not towards peoples’ faces. “Then the air flows all around the interior of the car and reaches every passenger consistently.”

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Seat Accelerates As Fastest Growing UK Car Brand

Britain’s new car buyers are flocking to Barcelona-based brand SEAT, with the manufacturer posting an outstanding 33% rise in UK sales. With the overall market suffering a decline of 4%, SEAT’s performance firmly establishes it as the fast-growing volume car brand. Its market share for the year to date is 2.77%, with half-year sales up by a stunning 22%, breaking the highest-ever first half sales result achieved last year. Over 5,700 people have purchased the SEAT Arona since the start of the year, but it’s not just the new models that are interesting the British buying

public. The award-winning Leon family continues to out-perform the market, with an extra 2,700 registrations year on year – a boost of 26% – while the all-new Ibiza grew by 28%. Richard Harrison, Managing Director of SEAT UK, said: Despite the dveclining new car market, SEAT UK has recorded a sales record in every single month so far in 2018, firmly establishing us as the fastest growing volume car brand in the UK – a truly outstanding result by the UK team and our Dealer Network partners. And with the recent heatwave bringing the

Barcelona sunshine to the UK, our award winning range is looking even more desirable than ever! Worldwide sales reach record levels Globally, SEAT concluded the first half of the year with the brand’s highestever sales result. In the first six months of 2018, the carmaker’s global deliveries went up by 17.6% to reach a total volume of 289,900 vehicles (2017: 246,500). This figure represents an increase of more than 43,000 cars compared to the same period in 2017 and breaks the record set in 2000 (278,500). In June, SEAT again sold more than 50,000 vehicles worldwide in one

month (51,400), which is 13.7% more than in the same period in 2017 (45,200). This figure is also indicative of the best month of June in the history of SEAT and exceeds the number posted in 2000 (48,900 units). According to SEAT Vice-president for Marketing and Sales Wayne Griffiths: “In the first six months of 2018 we experienced a surge in growth beyond our initial expectations. After growing nearly 15% in 2017, this year we are exceeding this figure thanks to the boost given by the new Arona. We are also confident for the second half of the year, when we plan

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to launch the CUPRA Ateca and the SEAT Tarraco, which will expand the range and enable us to reach new customers. However, we are also going to have to deal with the possible effects of the new WLTP type approval standard, just like every other car manufacturer.” From January to June, SEAT sales went up thanks to the excellent results obtained in the major European countries, which all posted doubledigit growth. Spain spearheads SEAT deliveries with 62,200 cars (+14.9%), and the brand heads the list of registrations and top-selling models, with the Leon and the Ibiza. Sales in Germany increased even more and it is the second market by volume with 57,200 vehicles sold (+17.7%), while the UK’s 22% rise made it the third highest-selling country. France (15,800; +18.7%) and Italy (12,800; +21.6%), where SEAT posted the best first half result since 2011 and 2009 respectively, complete the brand’s top five list of markets with very healthy sales growth. SEAT is also making progress in the remaining European countries including most prominently Austria (11,700; +23.0%), where SEAT is the third best-selling brand and concluded its best ever first half of the year; Belgium (6,200; +43.9%), Portugal (5,700; +18.1%) and the Netherlands (5,100; +27.6%). Other countries outside Europe that also posted significant growth include Algeria, where SEAT sales went up 11 times in the first half of the year (11,400 cars; 1,000 in the first six months of 2017) thanks to the new Ibiza being assembled in the country’s Relizane plant.

The Story Of Extraordinary: Bentley Premieres New Film Bentley Motors, founded 10th July 1919, is entering its 100th year of creating the world’s most iconic Grand Tourers, and the British luxury brand is honouring decades of innovation, achievement and craftsmanship by releasing a short film ‘Together we are Extraordinary: The Story of Bentley Motors.’ From W.O. Bentley himself, right up to the new Continental GT, the film touches upon the extraordinary characters, sporting achievements and successful models through the decades. The film uses a striking combination of 3D-scanned actors turned into digital ‘metal’ sculptures; stylised archive imagery; and Hollywoodgrade motion graphic technology to tell the Bentley story. Shot using 4k ALEXA Mini camera technology and bespoke rigs, the film was produced by Oscarwinning visual effects company, The Mill. It begins with W.O. Bentley touching an aluminium paperweight (the inspiration for his revolutionary aluminium piston design) to a wall which then comes to life, taking the viewer on an engaging journey across Bentley’s near-century of innovation and success. The legendary Bentley Boys and

Girls star, as do the Le Mans-winning ‘Blower’ and Speed 8, alongside Woolf Barnato during his famous race against the ‘Blue Train’. The film is also inspired by the shapes, surfaces and luxurious materials that have made Bentley the enduring automotive brand it is today.

‘Together we are Extraordinary: The Story of Bentley Motors.’ can be viewed at www.BentleyMotors.com/100Years Bentley’s Centenary – 100 Years of Extraordinary In 1919 Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley created a company with a simple objec-

tive: to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. This guiding principle has driven Bentley ever since, pushing the brand forward and making it the leader in automotive luxury around the world. • New film celebrates Bentley entering its 100th year

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Citroën And Total Celebrate a 50-Year Partnership Citroën and Total have put in many miles together since 1968. Their success story, built on innovation and passion for motorsports, has taken the two brands all the way to the top of countless podiums. This year marks the 50th anniversary of a partnership studded with business and racing successes that have helped to build both companies’ international standing. Since the partnership began in 1968, Citroën and Total have worked together to drive Citroën’s industrial growth worldwide by jointly developing lubricants specifically for Citroën engines to make them more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. The environment is a core concern for both Citroën and Total. Both brands have pledged to drastically curtail their environmental impact, notably by reducing carbon emissions. Their R&D teams co-develop specific solutions that fit the bill. Today their efforts have culminated in the new TOTAL QUARTZ INEO FIRST 0W-20, a synthetic oil for pollution control systems that improves fuel economy by as much as 4%*. Then to Now: Passion + Sports Involvement = Total Success

Another cornerstone of the Citroën - Total partnership is dedication to excellence and competitive spirit. From meticulous oil analyses to trackside checks, and individual rally races to the World Rally Championship, tests and racing events have enabled Total to experiment with lubricants under extreme conditions and make sure that both Citroën’s racing and road cars deliver the best performance. The strength of the Citroën Total motorsports partnership was obvious as far back as the Morocco Rally in 1969. Citroën began racking up wins with the Citroën DS 21, and has continued to fill the history books,

stringing together thirty-six victories and five constructors’ titles in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCC). An incredible run of successes followed between 2003 and 2012, including eight constructors’ titles and nine drivers’ titles in the World Rally Championship (WRC). In 2014, Citroën and Total decided to race in the WTCC championship, notching up three constructors’ titles, three drivers’ titles and fifty wins. In 2017, the two brands made a fresh start in the WRC with the C3 WRC, a two-time winner, in Mexico and Catalonia. Mathieu Soulas, Total Lubrifiants’ Chief Executive Officer,

commented: “Both brands are gearing up to meet the environmental, technological and motorsports-related challenges of the future. The road we’ve already travelled together has allowed us to share our dedication to excellence and customer-focused innovation. Through the years, Total and Citroën have always been committed to providing sustainable solutions.” Linda Jackson, Citroën’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “After 50 years of working together, we can be proud of our engaged teams and their tremendous contribution to this great success story.”

Volkswagen Expands E-Mobility Engagement In China • Volkswagen Group China, the car company JAC and SEAT will together set up a new R&D center for developing electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies by 2021; launch of a competitive BEV platform in planning • SEAT to become a shareholder in JAC Volkswagen; SEAT brand targeted for China market entry in 2020-2021 • Memorandum of Understanding signed in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, reinforces SinoGerman relations • Dr. Jochem Heizmann: “It represents another major step in Volkswagen Group’s overall China strategy, further demonstrating our commitment to the country and our determination to be a leader in e-mobility.” Volkswagen Group China today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp., Ltd. (JAC) and SEAT in Berlin, in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The three groups will together establish a new R&D center with a focus on developing electric vehicles,

connectivity and autonomous driving technologies, as well as a competitive platform for battery electric vehicles (BEV). SEAT brand will be introduced to China by 2020/2021. The move is a significant step in reinforcing Sino-German cooperation, as well as supporting Volkswagen Group China’s drive to be a leader in e-mobility. “Electrified cars are the future of mobility and China is at the forefront of developing sustainable e-mobility solutions,” said Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft as well as President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China. “We are proud to have the opportunity to further collaborate with a trusted partner in developing E-mobility technologies. It represents another major step in Volkswagen Group’s overall China strategy.” This new Memorandum of Understanding will play a key role in Volkswagen Group’s emobility plans for China, in order to meet the demands of Chinese customers. Together with JAC and SEAT, Volkswagen Group

China will establish a R&D center to develop electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies specifically tailored to the Chinese market, including relevant parts and components and core technologies, with completion planned for 2021. Under the MOU, SEAT will become a shareholder in JAC Volkswagen, through either a capital increase of JAC Volkswagen or a share transfer from Volkswagen Group China. This will result in the introduction of the SEAT brand in the China market, targeting 2020/21. In addition, the joint venture will launch a competitive BEV platform based on the technological resources of the three parties, so as to provide customers with an even wider choice of vehicles across all segments, both in China and globally. Through the comprehensive electrification initiative “Roadmap E”, together with the strong efforts and contributions from JAC Volkswagen, FAW-Volkswagen, SAIC VOLKSWAGEN and Volkswagen Group China will lead the way in the development of e-mobility, with the introduction of 40 locally-produced models to the market within the next 7-8 years.

Dehydration of The Van Nation

While the heat of the summer is well and truly upon us, the hot weather is causing health problems for the nation’s van drivers, according to the latest Business Barometer research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd. Despite warnings to carry water at all times in the UK’s ongoing heatwave, one in five of the UK’s van drivers are avoiding drinking water suggesting that drivers are keen to avoid having toilet breaks that can impact targets for delivery companies. More than 2,000 van drivers and owners were asked to give their feedback on hydration and health, and a staggering 70% say that work pressures severely impact their ability to keep hydrated and have a healthy diet – with 27% adding that they rely solely on sugary drinks or caffeine to get them through long days. Nearly two-thirds of drivers (63%) say that their health has been impacted by a poor diet at work with one in ten now suffering a serious health condition as a result of working patterns. Perhaps unsavoury, but another issue is van drivers avoiding toilet breaks. One in ten say that they ‘wee’ on the move to avoid having to stop and potentially miss challenging targets, with 31% saying that asking to use a customer’s facility would be too awkward. Johanna Hignett, member of the British Dietetic Association and spokesperson for the National Hydration Council, said: “Van drivers have a busy job and need to maintain high levels of concentration all day. Being well

hydrated is really important, not only for our physical health, but also for mental performance. If we don’t consume enough water, we can experience fatigue, or become less alert, so it is really important that van drivers are taking on fluid throughout the day. The European Food Safety Authority recommended fluid intake per day for is 2.5 litres for men and 2 litres for women, around three quarters of which should be coming from drinks. “Water is the healthiest way to hydrate as it contains no sugar or calories, so van drivers make sure that they always have plenty of water with them in the cab so they can take a drink at regular intervals throughout the day.” Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, commented: “Being dehydrated impacts cognition and therefore driver ability – and so it is of vital importance that van drivers take more care of their health and diet during the heatwave. Our research also highlights an interesting debate regarding the use of customer toilets; it is perhaps unlikely that we would say no to a plumber or electrician asking to use our facilities – so why would a delivery driver be any different? “In this hot weather, we are asking the great British public to consider the health and wellbeing of delivery drivers, and to open their minds, and toilets, to these hard-working men and women to ensure they can stay well hydrated and keep Britain moving.”


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Peugeot Partner Wins Motor Transport of The Year Award

• PEUGEOT Partner van scoops top industry accolade

• PEUGEOT Partner van continues to grow market share in a competitive segment

• Judges praise the Partner van’s great build quality and ‘reputation for reliability’

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competitive segment, continues to grow market share.” “PEUGEOT has invested heavily in its Dealer network, which has impressed our panel – particularly with parts supply and delivery. The greatly improved electric model is winning customers across fleets and with its small footprint makes it ideal for inner city operators.” The judges also commented on the great build quality of the vehicle and also the increasing driver acceptance of both diesel and electric vans, “As the market sector migrates down the GVW range, this is the strongest product available in the sector”. Staged at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s West End, the Motor Transport Awards reward high standards of professionalism in all areas of fleet transport operations. The 50-strong judging panel is a roll-call of the best known and respected people in the transport sector. The awards were presented by comedian

Jimmy Carr. The Fleet Van of the Year Award was collected by Louise Neilson, Head of Business Sales at PEUGEOT Motor Company. Commenting on the award, Louise Neilson, Head of PEUGEOT Business Sales, said: “It is a great accolade to receive this award for the PEUGEOT Partner, which has proved highly popular with fleet customers because of its strong reputation for reliability with industry professionals. It’s also highly pleasing to see that the judges have recognised the growing PEUGEOT business in the fleet sector and the reasons for our continuing success.” The PEUGEOT Partner is available in two lengths, offering a payload range of 552kg to 860kg, with a choice of efficient, low emitting diesel and petrol engines, as well as a fully electric version. An all-new version of the Partner van will be released later this year.

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Hummingbird Launches The World’s Lightest Electric Folding Bike

• Hummingbird Electric is engineered by Prodrive, combining advanced motorsport technology and elegant design. • The British-built bike boasts highest power to weight ratio on the market. • Designed for urban cycling, the Hummingbird weighs only 10.3 kg, without the need for a separate battery pack. • The bike can be charged in two hours and controlled remotely via a smartphone app.

The PEUGEOT Partner has been awarded ‘Fleet Van of the Year’ by the leading commercial vehicle fleet magazine Motor Transport. The Partner beat off competition from the Fiat Ducato, Iveco Daily, Nissan NV200 and Vauxhall Vivaro to take the award. In reaching their decision, the judges took into consideration productivity (including reliability and vehicle uptime), fuel efficiency, driver acceptance, Dealer support and total cost of ownership. Other factors that were taken into account included customer service, warranty, finance packages and after sales support. In presenting the award, the judges’ comments included: “PEUGEOT continues to make in-roads into Fleet and Businesses with its range of competitively priced products that enjoy a reputation for reliability.” “The Partner van is at the forefront of the brand’s growth, and despite operating in a fiercely

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Hummingbird, the British bicycle manufacturer behind the world’s lightest folding bike, has broken new ground with the launch of an electric edition. Weighing in at 10.3 kg, it is the lightest folding e-bike available on the market. Hummingbird, which launched its revolutionary 6.9kg folding bike in 2017 (the world’s lightest), has developed a similarly elegant model with a battery-powered

motor to assist its rider on the urban commute. The Hummingbird Electric is powered by a brushless 250 W motor that has the highest power to weight ratio on the market. With its 160 WH lithium battery it has a top speed of 25 kph (limited) and a range of 30+ km. All this technology is packed into a discreet rear wheel hub that is just 180 mm in diameter and 120 mm thick. It can be fully charged in just two and a half hours, so there is no need for the rider to carry around a separate battery pack. The motor automatically senses the need of its rider, delivering the power required to perform the task at hand, whether it be a boost to get away from traffic lights or to provide an assistive push up an incline. To start up the motor, riders need only cycle up to 8 kph and then back pedal three revolutions. The motor then provides the assistance needed and also turns off automatically after two minutes stationary. Bluetooth connectivity allows

the rider to connect their smartphone to the Hummingbird Electric to control power and monitor usage via the bitride app. The phone allows to access services such as online diagnosis, bike-oriented navigation, mobility stats and other social functions. An innovative security measure also allows the owner to lock the rear wheel, in the event of a bike being stolen. Hummingbird bikes are engineered assembled at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, with the lightweight carbon frame being made by Prodrive’s composites operation in Milton Keynes. Petre Craciun, Hummingbird designer, said, “We have spent the last year determining how to build on what we believe is already a truly remarkable product and the introduction of an electric model that weighs only 10.3kg is a break-through for the urban commuter. Hummingbird represents freedom; the freedom to come and go as you please, which you can’t do with many other models on the market.”


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SALMA BI – THE UNTOLD STORY

After hosting 8 Back to Back Events all in the space of 3 Years, I decided to set up a small project called ‘Get Her In the Game’ I researched to find that by the age of 14, girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys. Something was to be done, from participating in sports all my life & having that drive I wanted to see what was lacking that clearly kept girls behind in sports. The idea of the project was to find approx 100 girls & coach them to find the love for the sport again but also to showcase an Ambassador Programme. The high profiles of the sports arena where awarded this title, the programme educated others by sharing their inspiring stories, getting media involved, asking them to attend schools/conferences to present their stories to the community where Girls playing sports was still frowned upon. As much as I continued to inspire everyone around me, as a crucial hard working woman in the society today, has earned me a lot of respect from the people around me. I have never been afraid to try something new; my mindset has always been about getting others involved. Reaching great heights myself I have found it more satisfying creating pathways for others who continue to make a Difference. Along my journey, I have held on to inspiring stories from women around me. They have helped me to keep me going to continue what I love doing. By acknowledging each other, we can build a stronger foundation for future stars to come forward! If you want to do something in life, then make it worthwhile and leave a legacy behind. Recycling my knowledge and talent with others aspiring to follow in my footsteps. The upbeat attitude means that the cricketing world has become my oyster & and an optimistic philosophy towards my achievements has no doubt helped me along the way. I’m proud to say I have created a Legacy, introduced new ideas which have made a difference. Devoting my time and sustained

contribution by offering unconditional support for the benefit of others. I am honoured to be an Ambassador for various sporting organisations such as The Asian Cricket Awards as a Judge, Muslim Sports Council and Deal Direct. Change4Life, Eiman, Opening Boundaries and Muslim Women’s Network Ambassador and Spokesperson. I’m ever so grateful to these organisations for considering me as an Ambassador, a face and a role model to promote their Business. I have so far used a Social media platform to tell my story, used my blogs to visualise my work, but it is the Media that gives us the platform. They share our story in a different light; they create the face for us to reach out to communities across the globe. Below are some of the campaigns I have had the pleasure to be involved inBadman’s Britain Comedy Sketch, BBC Asian Network, Cricket PunditLive Radio Commentator, Sky Sports, Oxford and Cambridge University, All-Out Magazine – National publication half-page feature, columnist for The Asian Today and Youngest Speaker at the Women’s World Conference of Pakistanis. Bbc Midlands today, Desiblitz & the Guardian Newspaper, Islam Channel, West Midlands Police, Campaigns & Numerous Charities. Sporting Equals, Sporting Opinion, Coaching Edge, Birmingham Mail Newspapers. Fifteen21 Magazine, Noor TV, Unity FM and BBC Expert Women. 5LiveRadio & BBC WM. As the Birmingham Mail quotes ‘Salma is no stranger to the prize podium having won the British Asian Sports Awards Outstanding Achievement Accolade in 2009 for her services to cricket, now is a Renown 5 Time Multi-National Award Winner for her contributions. Breaking stereotypes is what Salma has been known to do.’ The Year 2012 brought me great success as I became the first

ever winner of the Sports category at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in London. The glittering ceremony took place at the plush Hilton Hotel in Park Lane and featured a star-studded guest list which included awards patron Cherie Blair QC, EastEnders actress Preeya Kalidas, newsreader Mary Nightingale and rising star, pop singer Avina Shah. The 13th AWA awards included a Sports section for the very first time, and I was named the inaugural winner ahead of former British No1 tennis player Anne Keothavong, England hockey talent Ashpal Kaur Bhogai, Urvasi Naidoo, CEO of the International Federation of Netball Associations, and amateur boxer and coach Saira Tabasum. This for me was one of the greatest accolades of my sporting career. This year I launched my own coaching organisation Believe in MAD - Make A Difference which aims to raise the profile of girls/women’s and disability sports. In the previous month, I staged a T10 World Cricket Cup event at Birmingham International Futsal Arena which involved 32 women representing four different Test playing nations and raised over £1,000 for the charity Mencap. Just six weeks earlier I was also the inspiration behind a 10-hour non-stop futsal marathon held at the same venue. Twenty four women took part, and more than £1,000 was raised for the National Autistic Society. At Lords, I stood proudly amongst international cricket stars as I received one of the greatest accolades of my career. Winner at the first ever ASIAN CRICKET AWARDS. I landed the WOMAN IN CRICKET award during a glittering ceremony at the home of cricket staged to celebrate the tremendous contribution to the sport by British Asians. From international stars to the vibrant amateur game, up-and-coming youngsters, coaches, media, behind-the-scenes staff and unsung heroes were honoured at the Talk Home Mobile sponsored event. In the Year 2013, me & my husband, Head Teacher & Club Cricketer Muhammad Sohail pledged to work a Build a School Project for orphaned children in Pakistan. We were fortunate to raise over £10,000 & are still in the process of collecting donations. This idea came about after going through a tragic time, something I never could imagine but yes while starting a new family I had a molar pregnancy. I was disheartened, unable to let it sink in & advised by my Gynaecologist to take at least six months rest post operation. It was a very difficult time for me as I took a break from sports, it was like I didn’t want to face my friends/family so when I did get back to playing cricket I avoided my club team, made debut for Northants County & played at Lords for club cricket conference whilst still recovering. Eventually, I found courage in me to continue life in a more positive way; I was used to hardship, so I didn’t treat this any different. It made me strong enough to keep me going so I could continue what I love, and that was coaching. Winning the Inspirational

Award brought tears to my eyes on the night, for any woman to go through such trauma, understand how valuable her little family is. I was touched and continued to have the belief in the Almighty as always to guide me in the right direction. On the night I not once thought I would stand a chance because when my name was called up, I was surprised and grabbed my husband by the hand and took him on stage with me. This was a very special moment for life for me which I will cherish dearly. Another award I was honoured to bring home was for WCOP-Youngest Speaker at the Women’s World Conference of Pakistanis. I enjoyed every moment of sharing my Struggles & Achievements on the Panel among other inspiring role models to over 600 People. Awarded a Shield of Gratitude by Khalid Mahmood for my Services which reminds me of why I should continue what once was just a dream. Finally, after almost two weeks of sharing my story, it comes to a close, I’m signing out from The journey of struggles, experiences and success. By doing all this it hasn’t made me more special to anyone else who might be working hard at what they want in life, There might be others out there who don’t feel they can share their story but might, in fact, be more inspiring than me. We are all unique in our own way, we all have a story to share. We are all good enough to guide others along the way because we have fought for something in our lives. We’ve brought a change for the greater good. My contribution to sports has won me many accolades. Dealing with personal problems along the way has sometimes made me feel isolated & scared to face others. Gaining success doesn’t always give You stardom, there is the negative side too where people criticise your every move, study your work closely hoping for you to fail & sometimes those who find it hard to applaud you because they will feel inferior in position, block you out, so others don’t notice you. You lose friends; family members taunt you and encourage jealousy in others. However this is all part of life if we didn’t try we never could realise what we could achieve, so I’m more then glad to have lived in a way that wasn’t scripted for me, I lived by my own rules, took my own path and took learning from my own mistakes. Now a proud mother of two Aliza & Abira I can’t wait to show them how powerful it is to be an influential woman. My Elder Daughter Aliza became a proud Ambassador for MiniMuslim Playground at the age of only 7 Months. A Toys Company which sells Muslim oriented Toys, Clothes and books. The best I can do for my children is to guide them, to leave a legacy behind. After being crowned for my work, I feel my life is now worth telling, something nobody can take away from me. I promise to give my children the best start in life, if they desire to dream big I will be right behind them. My attitude of not giving up has brought me success in ways even I didn’t imagine. I’m ever so grateful for the opportunities that finally did come my way; my perseverance has paid off.

ECB’s South Asian Action Plan The 19-year-old batsman, born in east London to parents of Pakistani origin, lists world stars such as Virat Kohli and Shahid Afridi as his idols growing up. But one of the key aims of the ECB initiative, focusing on South Asian communities in the UK, is for Khushi and other homegrown players to themselves become role models for aspiring youngsters. Khushi, who earned his first professional contract with Essex last year, was at the launch of the project – a girls’ cricket session at Leyton County Ground, close to his home. The session brought girls from five nearby primary schools – and one from west London – together for a skills and match programme which was run by coaches from the Capital Kids Cricket charity. He said: “It’s definitely a work in progress and I’m confident that, in the near future, there will be a lot more Asian players and coaches coming through. “I used to love watching people like Kohli and Afridi – guys from an Asian background with great technique and I learned a lot from watching them. “One day I hope I can help inspire young Asian players from different areas in England to come and play cricket. To see so many kids here is fantastic. “I’m so happy to see that and the strategies being put in place will get more Asian players making it at professional and maybe even international level, which would be great.” Khushi’s father Mohammed played club cricket in Essex for around 25 years and is an ECB qualified level three coach – and one of the key recommendations of the action plan is to increase BAME coaching representation. Other key points include the development of Urban Cricket Centres, increasing cricket programmes in primary schools and an improved scouting system. The plan is backed by former Essex player Arfan Akram – who oversees cricket at the University of East London and, like Khushi, plays club cricket for Wanstead and Snaresbrook. Akram said: “For me, the single most exciting part of this is that the British Asian community feel they’ve now got a voice in cricket. “There are so many diverse faiths and cultures within the community. But there’s a platform now for people to listen and adapt. “For example, we run a session for girls at Redbridge Sports Centre. It’s about finding a venue which is accessible and has the requirement of being enclosed with no windows so parents are happy that their girls are in a safe environment. That comes from understanding their culture and beliefs.

AW Facts Did you know? In 1906, the UK parliament banned women from participating in dangerous sports.


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United Arab Emirates will participate in football at 2018 Asian Games The United Arab Emirates National Olympic Committee (UAE NOC) has claimed the participation of its football team in the 2018 Asian Games is “confirmed 100 per cent”, despite the country being omitted from the draw along with Palestine. Ahmed Al Tayeb, director of technical and sports affairs at the UAE NOC, has put the matter down to an “organisational blunder” during the draw held at the JS Luwansa Hotel and Convention Centre in Jakarta, cohost of the Games along with fellow Indonesian city Palembang. “The participation of our football team is confirmed 100 per cent in the 18th Asian Games hosted by Indonesia,” he said in a statement. “An organisational blunder during the draw of the football matches is responsible for the missing name of the UAE and Palestine from the list of participating teams, despite the names were there in the four categories of the teams listed several days ago.” Al Tayeb confirmed that, following

the endorsement by the Technical Olympic Committee of the participation of some team games in the Asian Games, the name of the UAE was there in all lists dispatched by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). “I was surprised that the name of the UAE was not in the draw of teams participating in the football teams, which has happened to the Palestinian team as well,” he added. “The OCA, the Organising Committee and the Technical Football Committee have made every cooperation to make-up for this big error. “The three parties will hold a meeting to discuss all solutions to ensure our participation in the Games, be it through a re-run of the draw or redistributing the teams as deemed fit by the Organising Committee. “The NOC has fulfilled all conditions of participation according to the standards set by the Technical Committee and has forwarded all the required documents to the Organising Committee on time, be it for

individual or team events. “The participation for the UAE participation in the forthcoming Asian Games has been coordinated in advance and was closely followed up over several successive months to eliminate errors and realise the intended objectives.” The draw for the men’s tournament saw defending champions South Korea drawn against Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and Bahrain in Group E. Group A is made up of Indonesia, Hong Kong, Laos and Chinese Taipei, while Group B comprises Thailand, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh and Qatar. North Korea, the runners-up at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, have been drawn in Group F alongside Saudi Arabia, Iran and Myanmar. Iraq, China, Timor-Leste and Syria are in Group C with Japan, Vietnam, Pakistan and Nepal in Group D. The top two teams in each group, plus the four best third-placed teams, will advance to the round of 16. Men’s football at the Asian Games is

open to players under the age of 23 and teams are each permitted up to three players over the limit as “wild cards”. The 2018 Asian Games’ Opening Ceremony is scheduled for August 18, but the men’s group stage is due to begin on August 14, with the gold medal match set for September 1. In the women’s competition, reigning champions North Korea will take on China, Hong Kong and Tajikistan in Group B. Indonesia, South Korea, Chinese Taipei and the Maldives have been drawn into Group A, while Group C has only three teams - Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. The bottom team in each group will be eliminated. The remaining eight teams advance to the quarter-finals. Women’s group play is due to start on August 16 with the gold medal game on August 31. India are among the nations not competing in football at the 2018 Asian

Games. According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), football teams were ignored because they are not ranked in the top-eight in Asia and are “unlikely” to win medals. Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra has defended the decision, which the All India Football Federation has described as “myopic”. He also justified the decision to include lesser-known sports such as pencak silat, an ndigenous martial art. “It is not that we personally like those sports and have included them,” Batra told PTI. “They have been winning medals and are expected to win at the Asian Games too. “There were another five to six lesserknown sports besides pencak silat, but we did not include them because they were not potential medal winners.” India won two silver and five bronze medals at the 2016 Asian Pencak Silat Championships.

Mesut Özil and the Question INDIA AND PAKISTAN of ‘Will We Ever Belong’ by Mohammed Ilyas

Pakistan batsman tests positive for banned substance

Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad has been charged after failing a doping test which has resulted in a suspension by the country’s cricket board. Shehzad tested positive for a banned substance in June which has resulted in the Pakistan Cricket Board handing him a notice of charge. Shehzad played for his country in last month’s Twenty20 series in Scotland, where he scored a combined 38 runs as the visitors won both games. Since making his Test debut in 2013, he has scored 983 runs in 13 matches. Shehzad has been given until 18 July to decide whether he wants his B sample tested and until 27 July to respond to the charges. “The PCB has provisionally suspended Ahmad Shehzad pending the outcome of the charges,” the statement read.

German footballer Mesut Özil’s decision to stop playing for his national team over alleged racism and lack of respect may have struck a chord with some of us here in the UK. The midfielder, a World Cup winner and one of the stars of the national team in recent years, took particular aim at Germany’s football association, DFB, accusing it of scapegoating him because of his family’s migrant background. Ozil was born in Germany to a family with Turkish origins. He provoked a storm of criticism from some quarters when he and Ilkay Gündoğan - another German player of Turkish heritage – posed for photos with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. It renewed a row over dual citizenship and national identity just as Germany was preparing to defend the World Cup this year – and we all know how that went! Germany’s failure to even get out of the initial group stages led to fingers in particular being pointed at Özil, which partly explains his sentiments in his statement about the DBF and its president Reinhard Grindel. “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose.” It’s a feeling that many people from the ethnic minorities in this country will probably have empathy with. In recent years, the rise of the right wing and the portrayal of minorities has created a perception that those who are different from the majority are somehow to blame for many of this country’s ills. The word integration is bandied about a lot and various initiatives launched to see how minorities can be ‘integrated’ into British society. So what does integration mean? Does it mean living in a society with shared values, language, culture, etc that encourage us to feel and act as part of a wider community? In which case, you’ll probably find that the vast

majority of people from ethnic backgrounds tick these boxes. Their children go to school, adults have no choice but to learn English (even if it is limited), they have to obey the law of the land, they work and pay taxes, they co-exist with colleagues and neighbours of different races, religions, colour, gender, etc. No one denies that there are social problems – and there are plentiful – but instead of berating people, perhaps we should be a bit more questioning and try to understand why so many from the ethnic minorities feel like Özil – i.e. when they’re doing relatively well, they’re British but when things are going down the pan they’re immigrants. Just imagine if the national team of the country you were born in was competing on the highest stage – wouldn’t you support them to the hilt? Well, there were many people, English-born but with Asian heritage, I chatted to

during the World Cup who didn’t feel that way at all. They admired England but were supporting someone else. That’s probably where the questions should be directed. Why is that more than half a century after mass immigration into this country, those immigrants and their descendants still don’t feel they’re accepted as part of mainstream society? A tweet from another German, Sawsan Chebli, a politician of Palestinian heritage, could easily summarise the feeling of many in the UK today. “Özil’s departure is a confession of failure for our country. Will we ever belong? My doubts are growing by the day. Am I allowed to say that as a state secretary? It is, at any rate, what I feel. And it hurts.” Mohammed Ilyas is the Press & Publicity manager for the charity Islamic Help. The views expressed in this column are his personal opinions.

TO COMPETE IN ASIA CUP

Pakistan and India, the 2017 Champions Trophy finalists, are set to meet for the first time since that contest, with the announcement of the Asia Cup schedule confirming the date and venue of the clash. The two play each other on September 19 in Dubai, the first time they will face off in the UAE since 2006. It will also mark the first time the arch-rivals do battle in Dubai; they have previously played 24 ODIs in Sharjah and two in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan have been dominant in the UAE, winning 19 of the contests. Six teams will take part in the Asia Cup, with the group stage divided into two groups for the first time. Pakistan and India have been pooled with one other team to be determined by a qualifying tournament that takes place from August 29 to September 6. The qualifying tournament features six teams: Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman and UAE. The other group comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The six teams will then be cut down to four after the first round, with each of them playing the other in a round robin format. The top two will go through to the final, to be held on September 28. The tournament will also revert to its traditional ODI format, which was last held in 2014 in Bangladesh, with Sri Lanka emerging victors. The 2016 edition was turned into a T20I tournament, serving as preparation for the World T20 that was to be held a month later. India were champions in 2016.


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By Reema Sarin

Smriti Bollyfit with Mandhana Reema Sarin hits joint Working out quickest fifty in women t20’s in Water

How is it done? Working out in water, more popularly known as Water Aerobics is a non-impact workout that can be performed at any fitness level. Whether you are pregnant, have arthritis, are recovering from an injury, or searching for variety in your workout program, water exercise provides a safe and effective training environment. Cardiovascular A cardiovascular exercise plan incorporates full body movements to raise one’s heart rate, increase breathing rate and burn calories. A pool cardiovascular workout may take place in the shallow or deep water and should last for 30 to 45 minutes. In the shallow, one uses movements such as running, jumping jacks, hopping, leaping and walking to keep your heart rate elevated. In the deep, one needs to wear a belt that will keep you upright as you bike pedal, flutter kick and scissor kick your way to cardiovascular improvements. Strength One can also include strength training exercises in your water workouts. Water dumbbells are made to work against their buoyancy strengthens your muscle tissue. Water paddles are also available that can be used to push through the resistance of the water for strengthening exercises. You can use similar land strength exercises such as arm curls, arm extensions and side bends in the water. Circuit Training Circuit training is a workout that alternates cardiovascular and strength-training exercises. One may use circuit training in a pool for an effective, full-body workout. If you prefer the deep water, a circuit can be performed in water over 6 1/2 feet deep. For a shallow-water workout, the water level should be between 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 feet deep. You would also need access to a resistance tool, such as water dumbbells, water paddles or a swim noodle. Combining one’s cardiovascular and strength training workouts can be an effective water circuit training program. Here, one needs to alternate a cardiovascular exercise, such as side leaps, with a strength training exercise, such as an arm curl. Ideally, one would need to perform each exercise for 1.5 to 2 minutes before switching to the next exercise, and then continue this pattern to complete the workout session. Is it beneficial? How? Yes, absolutely. Water Aerobics not only provides an excellent cardio workout, but also great body conditioning with least muscle wear and tear, as one is exercising in a low resistance medium – Water, while ensuring a high calorie and fat burn workout, leading to fantastic weight loss! Water aerobic exercises are also

extremely effective for toning up one’s body muscles, giving one a great linear and contoured look! These exercises are especially good for Abdominal and all our Leg and Thigh muscles. Infact, Water therapy exercises are used to cure many ailments like relief of low back pain or neck pain. These exercises also serve to condition and strengthen muscles to help avoid future recurrences of back pain. Water therapy exercise is especially helpful in cases where a land-based exercise program is not possible due to the intensity of pain, decreased bone density, disability or other factors. As such, water therapy is a versatile exercise and is particularly good for people with conditions such as: • Osteoarthritis • Advanced osteoporosis (with susceptibility to and/or pain from fracture) • Muscle strain or tears In addition to those conditions, water therapy is frequently recommended as one form of exercise therapy to treat those with diabetes as well as individuals with high blood pressure. Both conditions can improve and become more manageable with aquatic exercise, since water provides a much gentler, welcoming environment. Water therapy may also be referred to as pool therapy, hydrotherapy, or aquatic therapy. Who can do it? Age group? Water aerobics and exercises can be done by almost all age – groups, the ideal being from 12 to 50 years of age for both male and female genders. What are the points to be careful of when doing this - Dos and Don’ts To get the maximum benefit from your Water Aerobic workout, some rules need to be adhered to, which include the following: • Avoid taking heavy meals just before your work out as it would hamper a smooth workout and could cause cramps. • It is important to breathe correctly and consistently throughout the workout – for e.g. whilst under water, you always have to blow out into the water. • Good to wear well fitting but comfortable swimwear to allow easy and muscular movement • Definitely need to use a sun block cream to protect oneself from getting burnt in the Sun, if exercising during the day in an open air pool. • It is important to familiarize oneself with all the exercise gear that one needs to use during the workout, for e.g. water dumbbells, etc • Last but not the least, stop all exercise immediately if you feel any physical discomfort, for e.g. difficulty in breathing, choking feeling, foot or any other muscle cramps.

Indian batsmen Smriti Mandhana registered the joint fastest half-century in women T20’s for Western Storm. She registered the score in an impressive 18 balls to equal the record of New Zealand’s Sophie Devine which she scored against India back in 2005. Mandhana, who is the first Indian to play in England’s premier domestic T20 tournament, remained not out, hitting five fours and four sizes.

Mahoor Shahzad wins International Badminton Tournament

Pakistan’s national champion Mahoor Shahzad has won the Annapurna International Badminton Tournament Championships 2018. Prior to winning this championship, Mahoor had previously won the women singles title held in Islamabad last November. The prestige tournament was held in Nepal for five days with players from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal invited to participate and find a winner. The final was played on the 28th July between Mahoor and Rashila Maharajan from Nepal whom she defeated 21-15 and 21-10. Perhaps even more excitedly is the news that the Pakistan Badminton Foundation along with the Badminton Asia confederation has picked Mahoor for the Asia Olympic Project as part of a programme for preparation for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

by Mohammed Zafran

My new sports column features the brilliant Jug Johal, who has done so much for grassroot organisations and participation for Asians in sport. Jug has formed the Asian Sports Foundation which helps individuals and sports clubs to gain recognition and get support to deliver activities. The Asian Sports Foundation is a UK national governing organisation. Asian Sports Foundation’s leaders have a history of campaigning for equality and inclusion for Asian communities in sport and have delivered tangible projects which break down cultural and religious barriers and provides sporting benefits to a much under-represented community. ASF’s leaders are prominent Asians in Sport and Business. For more than 30 years Jug Johal has been an avid supporter of rugby, playing at club level for Scunthorpe RUFC and Moseley RFC and at county and international level for India Rugby. Jug has been campaigning for equality and inclusion of Asian communities in sport for the past decade, having co-founded the British Asian Rugby Association in 2004. Jug’s latest project with the support of the ASF Board of Trustees and its ambassadors will continue with this campaign by supporting National Governing Bodies, National Governing Organisations, clubs and

committees at a strategic level to deliver tangible projects which break down cultural and religious barriers and provide sporting benefits to an underrepresented minority ethnic community. Jug is also an executive board member at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and has collective responsibility for ensuring that the Trust is able to deliver high quality and effective services at all times at its three hospitals and community sites. Jug leads the directorate of estates and facilities ensuring that the estate and service strategies are in place to ensure a safe, secure and high-quality patient environment both within the Trust and to other organisations to whom the Trust provides estates and facility services. Jug, who lives with his family in Lincolnshire graduated as a Sports Therapist and has a Masters degree in Leadership in Health & Social Care.

Cricket added to 13th South Asian Games

South Asian Olympic Committee (SAOC) included cricket and para-gliding in the 13th South Asian Games pencilled in for March 9-18, 2019, in Kathmandu. Cricket had been included in the 11th South Asian Games held in 2010 in Bangladesh, but it was not retained in the 12th edition, hosted by India at Shillong and Guwahati in 2016. According to Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), the SAOC held its meeting in Kathmandu to finalise various matters and approve amendments to its

Constitution. According to the POA, “The committee endorsed the already approved 25 sports and added cricket and paragliding for both men and women for the forthcoming Games. The committee further decided to hold its next meeting during the course of the Asian Games at Jakarta and approve the amendments to the Constitution and other modalities of the South Asian Games.” POA secretary Khalid Mahmood and Treasurer Muhammad Shafique represented Pakistan in the meeting.


INTERVIEW WITH CRICKETING PIONEER WASIM KHAN MBE Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I was in the playground in Small Heath school in 1982 when the teacher spotted me playing cricket. I had quite a bit of talent for cricket and the teacher took me down to Edgbaston cricket nets for a trial. I managed to get into the Warwickshire under 13s in 1984/1985. I played all the way through the age groups before I was offered a playing contract with Warwickshire and made history in 1990 by becoming the first British-Pakistani to be given a professional playing contract with a county. I played through the mid-90s for Warwickshire; we won the historical double in 1995, winning the championship and the NatWest one day competition. Every winter I spent 10 seasons playing cricket in Australia, but my roots always lay here in Small Heath in Birmingham. Out of the blue in 2004, I got a phone call from Lord Mervyn King, the then Governor of the Bank of England. His vision was to get cricket back into state schools and he wanted me to come up with a plan to do it as Chief Executive. We set about raising £50 million with a view to reaching 2 million boys and girls across 8,000 state schools. By 2014 when I left the charity Chance to Shine, we had raised £55 million and reached 2.5 million boys and girls in 10,000 state schools. It is now the biggest of its kind in the world. While working for Chance to Shine in or around 2005, I wrote my autobiography, which won the world-renowned coveted prize of ‘Wisden Book of the Year’ in 2006. I was awarded an MBE for working with charities and my role in professional cricket in 2013. I also completed an Executive MBA at Warwick Business School in 2014 – where I now also deliver some leadership lectures on their MBA programme. When I received my MBE in 2013, I was also selected as one of three people to have a private lunch with the Queen. I took over as chief executive of the Leicestershire County Cricket Club in 2015 and by doing so, I became the first black or South Asian chief executive across any professional sporting club in the UK. For how long were you playing cricket? I played professionally for 11 years; playing for Warwickshire for 7 years, Sussex for 3 years and Derbyshire for 1 year. How did it feel being the first Asian cricket player? It was a great feeling playing cricket, I was at Warwickshire for 7 years before moving to Sussex for another 3 years. It was an amazing feeling; I got some good positive feedback as people in the community were proud; nonetheless, there were always some jealous people which was inevitable. The feedback was mixed as some people thought the game was racist and

felt like it wasn’t a good opportunity for Asians. Making it and coming from Small Heath hopefully proved them wrong! Who was your role model? Imran khan and Wasim Akram were my role models as I grew up, so it was strange feeling when I had to play against Wasim Akram in 1995. Playing against one of your idols is never easy, but I managed to score 38 and 78 in the game which was great. What role are you currently playing in cricket? I am the Chief Executive for Leicestershire County Cricket Club and It going well. Before I joined the County, they had lost £1 million over 4 years. In the first 3 years since I’ve been there we have returned a net profit for each year, which has been very fulfilling. In 2016, we hosted a 17,000 people Elton John concert and we were a host of the ICC Women’s World Cup last year. Do you think it’s hard for Asians to get into cricket? Not so much now, I think there are more opportunities for Asians to get into cricket. I think it’s easier now and parents are more accepting of cricket as a career. It was harder in the late 80s as sport was not seen as a viable career. How did your family react to your career in cricket? My dad died when I was 15 so I grew up with my mum and my sister. The first time they saw me on telly my uncle said “so when are you going to get a proper job?” they saw being a dentist, accountant, lawyer as a proper job. It wasn’t until later that they started to realize I was doing well. What do you think of the future of cricket? I think the opportunities are now open for everybody compared to when I was a kid, including Asians. People can say what they like about this country but the opportunities are there if you work hard enough, I mean who would’ve thought that two practicing Muslims (Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid) would play for England? So, anything is possible. There are a lot of opportunities, you just have to be resilient and not give up in what your passionate about. Do you think there is room for improvements in cricket today? Cricket is in a good place in this country, there is good diversity and England are playing really well, I think the England cricket team are in a good place. There is opportunity now for young players to get into cricket, especially for young Asians. The money is a lot better than it was back when I was young. I was getting paid for 6 months of the year and now cricket players are getting paid for 12 months a year and are able to earn a very good living from the game.


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