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Single mother Rianne Ward, aged 39 from Derby was furious when she bought Lasagna sauce from Aldi which she claimed contained bacon. Ms Ward has been a convert to Islam for over seven years now and felt as though she had let down her faith after adding the flavour to her cooking – even though the jar was labelled as vegetarian. Since she has previously eaten meat for most of her adult life, she knows what bacon/pork smells and tastes like. “I just sat down and my young son said, ‘Mummy, this smells like bacon’,” Ms Ward, told publishers Metro. Even though the label to the product said the sauce contained no bacon, Ms Ward was not convinced. She said that a staff member of the Aldi food-chain store was “telling me it was a carbonara sauce.” Ms Ward vouched: “It isn’t. It’s just a white sauce, but that shouldn’t explain why it tastes like

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MP Sajid Javid in Run to be UK’s First Asian Prime Minister Front cover story cont’d... If successful, he would not only become the UK’s first Asian Prime Minister but also the first leader of the government from an ethnic minority background. Javid was born in Rochdale, as one of the five sons of Pakistani immigrant parents. His father was a working-class bus driver before the family came into the ownership of a local shop in Bristol and rented out the two-bedroom apartment above it. Due to his keen interest in financial markets, Javid was the managing director at Deutsche Bank prior to being elected into Parliament. Javid’s campaign for leadership comes with much controversy, following his monumental defeat in the European Elections, after which he declared himself as the one to “restore trust” in Political affairs. The 49-yearold who promoted remaining in the EU during the 2016 referendum, has since positioned himself as a firm leaver. The Bromsgrove MP has said that his primary mission as Prime Minister would be guiding the UK in its plans to

leave the European Union. He has said: “First and foremost, we must deliver Brexit.” In a video that Javid shared to the social media platform Twitter, he claimed he wanted to “find

unity and create new opportunities for our country.” He further stated: “We must bridge divides to heal communities, reminding us of our shared values as a United King-

dom, and we must strengthen our society and economy so that everyone can benefit from the opportunities which a prosperous nation provides.” Javid is no stranger to break-

ing barriers in race within the country’s political sector. In April of last year, he became the country’s first Home Secretary of Pakistani ethnicity, after the stepping down of Amber

By Manisha Bhanot Rudd from the position. Moreover, he has also begun to announce further plans for the country’s development if elected into power. Javid has informed the press that he will put approximately 20,000 extra police officers on the beat if he becomes the UK’s next Prime Minister. He told The Sun he would spend £1 billion over 3 years to put his promise into action. The Bromsgrove MP has not yet declared if he would remove Britain from the EU on the 31st of October with or without a successful deal. Mr Javid is one among 11 potential candidates so far, in the battle to replace the current UK Prime Minister. He joins the likes of Michael Gove, Esther McVey, Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt, Rory Stewart and Matt Hancock to name a few. Theresa May formerly used an emotional address to announce her resignation as Conservative leader on the 7th of June. Her departure will take place after US President Donald Trump’s UK visit and the Peterborough by-election.

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LGBT Lessons Protest Spreads Nationally

Schools across England have received letters against the teaching of relationships and sex education (RSE) and LGBT equality. Protests started in Birmingham and letters are mostly from Muslims, which have been sent to several schools. One campaigner said relationship lessons due to begin in schools in 2020 “preach a homosexual way of life”. Supporters of the lessons claimed that there was a lot of misinformation. Letters against the lessons have been sent to schools, which are based in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Croydon, Ealing, Manchester, Northampton and Nottingham. Letters have also been sent from Christian parents in Kent as well. Mainly Muslim families have been protesting outside of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham after pupils were handed out books featuring transgender children and gay families. Leader of the protest Shakeel Afsar has said: “All we are worried about is we are having our children come home with the material that opposes our moral values.” Another protester, Amir Ahmed, had said that it is not about gay, lesbian rights and equality, but it is purely about preaching a homosexual way of life. When we asked if he believed that children could be “recruited to be gay”, he replied, “You can order them to accept this as being a normal way of life, and it makes the children more immoral as they grow older.” Anderton Park headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson said that she had spoken with parents, but days later leaflets spread accusing the school

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of “lying” and having a “gay ethos”. Protesters have claimed that they are not homophobic. However, Whatsapp groups have been formed by parents regarding the topic, with large numbers of contributions and some people using homophobic language. Labour MP Wes Streeting, who is openly gay and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims, said: “When you are stand-

ing alongside people talking about the preaching of children, a homosexual agenda, immorality, I’m afraid you’re homophobic.” An Imam from Leicester, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, said he was disappointed with the reaction of the protesters. He said that they need to calm down and think very carefully, as it is a sensitive topic. He also said that Mr Ahmed’s use of the word “preaching” was miserable,

and he doesn’t believe there is an effort on the part of LGBT communities in trying and convert himself and others to become gay people. It’s something he doesn’t choose into or opt out of. Mogra continued: “There is a lot of misinformation, and it is not about promoting homosexuality, but it’s about making our children aware of the LGBT communities.”

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This month in History

First Television Licences issued in Britain

The first radio and TV licence, at the cost of £2 and was released in June 1946. These were first issued by local Post Offices where payments were collected, and in return, the purchaser would receive a stamp of the revenue. The Treasury also took a cut until October 1963, when the duty fee on licences was stopped. Radio sets, including car radios, were released from the fee in 1971. As a result of the Broadcasting Act 1990, the BBC was made responsible for the licence administration, and TV Licencing is sub-contracted to collect the fee on its behalf. In March 2004, there were 24.5 million licences in power. Around 5% of televisions were at that time unlicensed. A colour TV Licence currently costs £126.50 annually for each home. It is free for those aged over 75-years and half-price for those who are registered as blind. Black and white licence costs are £42. A licence must be obtained for any device “installed or used” for receiving broadcasts, which potentially covers equipment such as a tuner card in a PC or a portable television. Though televisions are released provided, the owner can demonstrate they are not used for picking up broadcasts, such as is the case for CCTV monitors.

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Mumbai Terror Attack

The Battle of Naseby

During this month, several years ago Police in India arrested the key organisers of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. During this incident, 10 Pakistani extremists killed 166 people in a three-day massacre. Syed Zabiuddin, who was an alleged member of Pakistan based Lashkar e Taibar Terrorist group, was being sought in police custody over his involvement. Detectives believe that Zabiuddin, who is also known as Abu Jindal, acted as a ‘handler’ for the terrorist commandos and had also tutored them in the Hindi language to assist them in passing as locals when they first arrived in India. He had also allegedly given live telephone instructions and directions to the terrorists, as they began their attacks on guests at two five star hotels, a Jewish centre and upon commuters at the city’s railway station. Police suspect that Zabiuddin’s voice was to be one of which was recorded alongside the gunmen who killed Rabbi and his wife and ran the Chabad House Jewish centre in the heart of Mumbai. According to sources, authorities believe that Zabiuddin told the gunmen to inform the media that the attack was just a preview and the entire movie was yet to come. India’s foreign minister S.M Krishna affirmed the arrest, amidst reports shown that the suspect had been deported from Saudi Arabia. Krishna also stated: “Let the Delhi police go through the investigation first, and then they will send a report to the government, and then we will certainly see what is appropriate. Action will be taken,” he said.

The battle of Naseby was fought on the foggy morning of the 14th of June 1645, and is thought to be one of the most critical battles in the English Civil War. Almost after three years of fighting, the 14,000 active Parliamentarian New Model Army took on the Royalist army of King Charles I, which was made up of less than 9,000 men. The onslaught between the two sides was what would be the crucial final battle of the war. When the two forces found each other in the fog, the Royalist centre advanced first to meet the Parliamentarian infantry, and soon both sides were involved in fierce hand to hand fighting. During a horse troop charge on the western flank, Prince Rupert’s Royalist forces brushed apart the Parliamentarian horsemen and chased them from the battlefield to attack the baggage train. Meanwhile, in the field of the battle, the Parliamentarian forces slowly gained the upper hand so that by that the time Prince Rupert’s cavalry returned, it was too late to save the Royalist infantry. The main Royalist military force had been destroyed, and the King had lost his best officers, experienced troops and artillery. All that remained was for the Parliamentarian armies to wipe out the last pockets of the Royalist resistance, which happened within the year.

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Handsworth drug Lord Rajinder Kumar Imprisoned after Police Sting Reveals £2m Heroin Haul

Bosher, 35, from Southall, London, met Kumar on Thomas Street on the night of November 14th. The pair, however, were observed by Met Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) officers who were undercover at the time. Bosher pulled up in a van and Kumar via car and the two were seen talking Kumar was captured subsequent to meeting up with associate Abol Bosher in West Bromwich by an open van entryway for around ten minutes. A short time later, Bosher left in the van, however, it was not long before he was ceased by police a couple of minutes after the fact on the M6 motorway. Endeavouring to avoid imprisonment, he at that point bounced out of the van and attempted to escape. Be that as it may, in the wake of understanding his lone break course was a 50-meter drop down to the railroad line, he surrendered and was captured. A hunt of his van revealed 12 kilos of heroin worthy of around £1.2m. Further pursuit of his personal residence in Southall revealed £44,000 in hard cash. Handsworth drug dealer Kumar, in the meantime, was captured before he left Thomas Street in West Bromwich. On looking through the vehicle officers found a further six kilos of heroin with an approximate value of Matt McMillan, £900,000. OCP activities Both were captured and accused administrator, stated: of ownership of purpose to supply “Drugs fuel crime and exploitation and class A drugs. The two of them these lengthy sentences reflect the then pleaded guilty at a previous severity of Bosher and Kumar’s offences. hearing. Following the joint activity Organised crime groups rely on cash flow. driven by the National Crime It should act as a deterrent for those Agency and OCP - the street drug involved in the supply of drugs.” suppliers were imprisoned for a “We will continue to pursue and bring total of 13 years and four months. to justice organised criminals Londoner Bosher was sentenced to A Birmingham drug supplier has been value estimation of £2 million. stung after a gathering with working with partners and using eight years and Kumar for five years imprisoned after covert cops discovRajinder Kumar, who is 31 years old, accomplice Abol Bosher in West all the tools available and four months. ered 18 kilos of heroin with a street of Uplands Road, Handsworth, was Bromwich a year ago.

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Birmingham accent ranked LEAST attractive in the UK - and even Wolverhampton is higher Birmingham pronunciation positioned LEAST appealing in the UK - and even Wolverhampton is higher A positioning of the 50, hottest accents in the UK has uncovered Essex is the most liked While it might be adequate for Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders, the Brum accent has been cast as the least attractive in the nation. Furthermore, just to make it more shameful, the Wolverhampton accent has put five spots higher in the rundown. The ranking has also affirmed that Essex is the most appealing accent according to Brits up and down the country. Clearly, a few dialects are more saucy than others - and in the UK there’s an incredible 56 perceived accents, as indicated by research. Presently, organisation Big 7 Travel has done some burrowing over the twangs Brits love (and are attracted to). Tragically, it doesn’t make generally excellent perusing for Brum.

It comes in at number 50 out of a positioning of hottest - and least hottest - twangs in the UK. Indeed, even Wolverhampton positions higher, the survey says. The survey positioned the Essex accent in the lead position, the Northern Irish articulation as second, Glaswegian as third and Queen’s English as fourth, with Mancunian coming fifth in front of the Scouse style of speaking at 6th. Geordie was seventh, and South Wales eighth, in front of Yorkshire in ninth, and Cockney, which finished off the best ten. Birmingham came 50th, with Wolverhampton at 46th. Close-by Coventry came in ten spots closer to the top. Here is the full rundown of the UK’s favourite choice - and not all that top pick - Top 50 accents: 1.Essex 2.Northern Irish 3.Glaswegian 4.Queen’s English 5.Mancunian

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Singh Strangles Second Wife

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Street Futures Inspiring Youths

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My latest column features a young community activist in doing some brilliant work in his home town. Usman Khan is a 23-year-old who lives in Birmingham. He has been coaching a number of sports, predominantly cricket, in most schools around South Birmingham. He has additionally been working as a Youth Engagement Officer in Hillfields, Coventry. He is currently an active youth worker attempting to tackle inactivity, and offering youngsters of an inner city background greater opportunity to develop themselves. Usman’s passion to work with young people of an underprivileged background came from being a beneficiary of a project designed at up-skilling youngsters from an inner city area through means of sport. That specific project allowed him to gain his coaching badges in cricket and as a result, paid work whilst studying at college and university. Being able to earn good money the right way is something that he has seen as a significant challenge in today’s society as quite often our youngsters will be tempted to earn good money through illegal means, simply because of them being unaware of how to fulfil their potential. Eight years on from his initial engagement with a youth project he has now set up his own community interest company named Street Futures. With the hope that it can engage, up skill and have a positive impact on young people in inner-city Birmingham. In the short space of time Street Futures has been set up they have engaged over 300 people in regular activity, signed

up over 20 volunteers who are all between the ages of 14-25, hosted the Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour and much more. They have most importantly supported four volunteers to gain coaching badges in a sport they have chosen, allowing them to add importance experience their CV and increase the prospect of them finding future employment. Furthermore, they are also offering volunteers paid work within the organisation as a goodwill gesture for their voluntary time. Street Futures, like most Community Interest Companies, requires the support of local people and businesses to grow and create a more significant impact. It would like to hold on record many thanks to a number of sponsors who all contributed to helping them get started. These include FloorFit, Xpress Carpets, Manjaros, Birmingham Cupping Clinic, The Wonder of Learning, Kelly’s Nationwide and last but not least The Sign Company on Dudley Road. Street Futures have a number of sessions and events that they run, for more information on participating, volunteering or even if you are interested in sponsoring follow them on Instagram or Facebook at ‘Street Futures’ or alternatively email Usman directly at Usmank95@ outlook.com Street Futures have a number of sessions and events that they run, for more information on participating, volunteering or even if you are interested in sponsoring follow them on Instagram or Facebook at ‘Street Futures’ or alternatively email Usman directly at Usmank95@outlook.com

Gurpreet Singh has been accused of killing his second wife in a staged burglary. Sarbjit Kaur, 38, was found dead in their home on Rookery Lane, Wolverhampton on 16th February 2018, in the sewing workshop where she worked. A month prior to her death, Kaur claimed to be depressed and have suicidal thoughts, as found in her GP’s notes. The reason stated for this was because Mr Singh did not want to have children with her. Singh, 43, told the Birmingham Crown Court that he had no part in her death, saying: “I love my wife, she loves me and I would never ever think of this”. He also continued to say that his late wife “never talked about” wanting children, or her depression. Prosecutors on the case allege that Mr Singh and an anonymous accomplice killed Kaur before damaging the house “to make it look like a burglary gone wrong”. This mystery figure was believed to be a female accomplice, seen arriving at the murder scene at 8:15am and departing at 9:07am – four minutes after Singh left the house for work and at the same time that Sarbjit was killed. Singh claimed he was watching the news in the living room until 8:30am, with a TV set positioned in the bay window that overlooks the drive. He said he had not seen anyone pass the window and was unaware of anyone being in the property – instead suggesting it may have been one of Sarbjit’s customers. The visitor was described to be wearing a parka with a fur-lined hood and carrying a Sports Direct bag. The jury heard that Singh had received a WhatsApp message three weeks prior

warning of a woman in similar dress who knocked on people’s doors with a “gang of men wanting to steal, rob and hurt”. This correlation led to the idea that the burglary was staged as a cover. Prosecutor David Mason QC asked Singh if this was done “just in case the police think this person might have something to do with the woman in the photograph on your phone?” Singh replied: “No, sir.” It is also believed that this was Singh’s latest mistress. When questioned on if he was having an affair with the visitor, Singh replied “I’m not that sort of person”. However, Singh had kept Sarbjit as a mistress

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schools involved in the so-called Trojan horse affair were some of the top performing schools, and now the schools have below average GCSE achievement levels. That’s Islamophobia.” Mr Mahmood told the House of Commons that Chapter 4 of the report mentions Trojan horse, with which he is familiar with. Though, the way it was described in the statement, it has no basis in the events. He claimed that he is aware young girls were made to sit at the back of classrooms, because they were female and how they were all told to cover their heads and supposed to move on. He emphasised the two investigations into Trojan Horse, which found there had been problems in the schools. He also stated that Peter Clarke and Ian Kershaw made the two reports. An inquiry by Ian Kershaw, who was appointed by Birmingham City Council as an independent advisor, uncovered an effort to

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Revenge Killing: Pakistani Man Killed 26-Year-old Indian Boss in London

for over two years whilst he was still married to his first wife, Amandeep Kaur, who died in 2014. This was because of a brain haemorrhage, but the court had previously heard from Heera Singh Uppal, who claimed to be a former employee of Singh and said he had been offered £20,000 to kill Amandeep Kaur. Mr Singh denied the allegation and said he had not employed Mr Uppal at his company. Singh denied all charges of soliciting the murder of his first wife and strangling the second. Mr Mason said to Singh: “I suggest you think wives are just disposable objects”.

MP Khalid Mahmood claims Trojan Horse was real and the associated controversy was ‘Islamaphobia’ ‘Trojan Horse’ was an attempt to implement a forceful Islamic ethos on a secular school in Birmingham, but some people claim it never happened. Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood was hit by suggestions that the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools was a creation by Islamophobia. He claimed that the widely reported problems in Birmingham schools were real and that young girls were being discriminated for their faith. Mahmood said that he was present at these schools, and confronted the people in question. The Trojan Horse affair mentions attempts to acquire a religious ethos on secular state schools in Birmingham. Although, a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims, includes politicians from a range of parties, emphasises claims that the controversy was an attack on Muslims. The report’s authors said that they wanted to give voice to the many victims of Islamophobia, who shared their experiences with them. The report also included comments from an anonymous person who stated: “Let’s not forget that we are in a city where the so-called Trojan Horse affair happened. People are frustrated because they have been insulted for being Muslim. Those

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promote and encourage Islamic principles in the schools, for example, by seeking to introduce Islamic mutual worship, or raising objections to elements of the school curriculum which are viewed as anti-Islamic. An inquiry in 2014 by Peter Clarke, who was appointed by the Government as an Education Commissioner for Birmingham, found a sustained and synchronised agenda to enforce upon children in several Birmingham schools.

Nadeem, from Hyderabad, was residing in south-west London with his family, including his seven-month pregnant spouse. London: A 26-year-old Pakistani national in the UK has been accused of homicide regarding the murdering

of an Indian man who was wounded to death in a general store car park. Nadeem Uddin Hameed Mohammed, aged 24, was formally distinguished by Thames Valley Police as the casualty of the assault in Slough, close to London. The defendant Aqib

Pervaiz was delivered to Reading Crown Court facing the charges of his murder. Nadeem, from Hyderabad, was living in south-west London with both his parents and heavily pregnant wife. The family is currently being taken

care of by special unit officers from the police department. A police officer from Thames Valley declared in a statement that an arrest had been made regarding the incident in question. He said: “It is regarding an episode in Slough

at 12.32 pm... which brought about the passing of 24-year-old Nadeem Uddin Hameed Mohammed, from Southall, in the vehicle park of Tesco in Wellington Street. Mr Mohammed had been cut in the chest and taken to the clinic where he passed on.” The police said its officers were still at the beginning of the examination and are endeavouring to build up the full conditions and locate witnesses to the crime. As indicated by a report in the Times of India, Aqib is a Pakistani national who harnassed resentment against Nadeem in the wake of losing his employment two weeks prior to the attack. Nadeem was working as an assistant manager at a departmental store chain, where Aqib additionally worked. The charged, who was answering to Nadeem, was fired due to his poor performance. An after-death examination affirmed the reason for Nadeem’s demise as a fatal stab wound to the chest. Pervaiz was thought to have known Nadeem from his work as a shop administrator in Slough, he was arrested in Birmingham and has remained in police custody. Relatives paid tribute to mild-mannered Nadeem, who wedded Afsha roughly a year ago in India and she went along with him in Britain just a month prior. “Everybody is in an awful state. His better half is torn apart as are his folks,” said Nadeem’s uncle Sharfaz. “He was a decent man. Dedicated. He didn’t merit this,” he said. The Poundland store where Nadeem filled in as an associate director issued an announcement communicating “shock and upset” at the homicide.

SPA UK Celebrate 39th Mahila Samelan

Shree Prajapati Association U.K. hosted its 39th Mahila Samelan (women’s conference) in Leicester. The topic was Social Media, Internet Fraud and Cyber Security. Held at SPA Leicester Hall, the Samelan was a sell-out with over 1050 attendees – over 950 ladies from 14 different U.K. cities and towns. It was hosted by SPA London who brought a highly motivated 150 volunteers to serve the community – many of them from the much-vaunted younger generation. The morning session was a welcome dance followed by keynote speakers. Vinodbhai Mandora and Samantha Hancock Cyber Protect Officer of Leicestershire Police enlightened the audience on the simple steps that can be taken to tighten the security on ones computers, mobile tablets and phone, etc. Lunch for 1050 attendees was preceded by elections of the Mahila committee, which serves for 2 years. Congratulations to the newly elected ladies who are Nayanaben, Padmaben, Bhagwatiben, Minaben, Madhuben, & Hansaben from Leicester. The afternoon session by led by London’s Vanitaben who discussed the difficulties of modern parenting. She

explained how she has to plan her hectic day as an ambitious working mother of four kids. The second presenter, Pradipbhai, a retired financial expert and management consult from East London, gave a talk on Social Media and challenged whether it was ‘social’. He gave example of how today’s family do not have time to talk to each other although they are sitting in the same room as they are all very ‘busy’ on their mobile phones. Our third speaker was a very learned lady, Madhviben Haria who is Kendriya Karyawahika (National General Secretary) for Hindu Sevika Samiti in UK and also a mother of 3 kids as well a yoga teacher. She encouraged all to make time to spend with our kids so that we can instil our cultural values at young age. The forth speaker was Bipinbhai who is a very successful entrepreneur based in Leicester and he covered the parental accountability. He shared his personal experience of making a special effort to connect with his son to instil moral and cultural values – something that will be valued for life. The program finished with the National Anthem before 10 coaches left for their various destinations.

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Asda chicken thighs Controlling Spouse review from ‘Shamima Muhammad Javed GUILTY Begum’ evokes shock of Beating Mum-of-Five among customers

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Investigator Inspector John Marriott of Scotland Yard, stated:

A commentator leaving a remark about the chain’s £2.18 Butcher Selection Chicken Thighs professed to be “Shamima Begum” A Midlands mum has been left irritated after an Asda review posing as ISIS Jihadi Bride Shamima Begum showed up on the site. The joker guaranteed they missed the poultry top pick “more than freedom”. The false surveyor included the main reason she needs to be “back in” Britain is to purchase the chicken once more. Offended Alison Bolton, 47, is from Malvern, in Worcestershire. The 47-year-old detected the fake review online from her Midlands home. She could barely handle it and requested Asda client administrations to delete the post. The review, which professes to be from the ISIS run-away bride, says: “Lovely chicken I separate and freeze them and defrost them 1 at a time and have a small chicken dinner I’ve even had casserole they’re great for the price. “This is one of the only reason I want back in to buy this chicken again. “I miss it more than I miss my freedom.” Alison disclosed to the press that she

had coincidentally scrolled down and seen the comment post. After realising the review must be a fraudster, she took a screenshot for evidence and contacted Asda customer services, demanding it be revoked. The Story So Far Ms Begum was one of three students to leave Bethnal Green to join the ISIS terrorist group in 2015 and re-emerged at a Syrian outcast camp a few months ago. Home Secretary Sajid Javid repudiated the adolescent’s British citizenship in a move just allowable under global law on the off chance that it doesn’t leave the individual stateless. It was guessed that Ms Begum, who is of Bangladeshi descent, may have citizenship there yet Bangladesh’s priest of state for outside issues Shahriar Alam denied this. The Daily Mail reports she has been granted citizen money to offer against Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s choice to renounce her citizenship. It is assessed the bill to the public purse could now be continuing into the thousands. The Legal Aid Agency has reportedly consented to give financing to legal counsellors working for Begum’s family in Bethnal Green, east London.

Muhammad Javed, 59, slaughtered mother-of-five Saeeda Hussain after he set up CCTV cameras around their home, wrongly speculating she was cheating on him. He hacked and cut her to death in the living room of his house in Ilford, east London, before giving himself in to police. An Old Bailey jury discussed the case for a large portion of the day to declare Javed liable of homicide. Investigator Julian Evans had told the court Javed had been aggressive and carried on in a controlling and coercive way towards his 53-year-old spouse amid their marriage of over 30 years. He continued that in spite of the fact that the couple’s children knew about this brutality and abuse of his partner, the unfortunate victim did not want them to report it to the police or to others outside the family.

“I have no doubt that Javed planned this assault to coincide with a time when he knew his family were away from the home. He probably donned the boiler suit, which we found blood-spattered, to avoid getting his wife’s blood on his clothes. “Javed was controlling and violent and this escalated in the brutal murder of his wife, Saeeda. If ever a case shows the importance of contacting police “She feared fight off the asif you are in, or aware of, an that the desault, Mr Evans abusive relationship, fendant would be said. then this is it.” deported. The pathologist “She also feared the shame that, in her mind, such revelations would bring.” By February of 2018, the pair slept in separate rooms, the Old Bailey was told. After reviewing camera footage of her actions which led him to the false bias of her affair, Javed attacked his wife. He assaulted his significant other with a sledge and cleaver, making an enormous number of wounds to her face and head. A pathologist recognised roughly 70 wounds, the vast majority of which were steady with hacking activities with an overwhelming bladed weapon, members of the jury were informed of the findings. There were additional wounds to her hands and arms as she endeavoured to

assessed that there were at any rate 46 cut injuries and around seven blows from the hammer. After the executing, the guilty changed out of his blood-coloured garments, left the weapons close to his spouse’s, bolted the family room entryway, and left by a window. He phoned his daughter’s father-inlaw and let him know: “You will hear extremely terrible news.” At about 6pm at night, Javed strolled into Ilford Police Station and told an officer: “I have quite recently executed my significant other.” Judge Rebecca Poulet QC expressed gratitude toward members of the jury for their thought of the “horrendous and sad case”.

Muslim Pupils Pray in Car Park after School Fails to Provide Room

As Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan, images of pupils praying in a car park have been circulating on social media. Loxford school in London’s alleged failure to provide a prayer room for its pupils has generated backlash in the form of a petition calling on the school to review its facilities. The Ilford based state school whose Muslim pupils make up a significant proportion of its students provides a place for Jummah prayer on Fridays. However, no such arrangements have been made for other days of the week, leaving students with no option but to pray in the car park. A teacher from the school maintains that pupils have never been

told to pray outside and are permitted to attend the local mosque during lunchtime on the condition that

consent is obtained from parents. However, for some, this is poor compensation for not providing a

space within the school itself that is available to students for the whole week. The chairman of the Loxford Muslim Society, Alimul Al-raze has said that pupils who come to pray at the mosque are ‘quite rushed and in stress as they have to come all the way to the masjid which is about five, ten minutes away and then they have to go back.’ Over 14,000 people have signed the petition calling on the school to review how it meets the religious needs of its pupils. It has also come to light that at least one former member of staff has faced similar issues to the pupils. Rukayyah Azain said that as a teacher at the school three years ago, she was not provided with a space to pray. While the school website claims

to advocate the creation of ‘of an inclusive environment’ through the study of the major world religions, the former teacher claims that an ethos of respect regardless of ‘creed, colour and gender’ is not being adequately advocated at the school. However, Councillor Jas Athwal claims that Loxford School currently facilitates self-reflection and prayer time for pupils and staff. He added that Redbridge Council is liaising with the school to see how existing provisions can be improved. A school spokesperson has said that it aims to open a contemplation room available to all students after the May half term. By Huma Khan

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Austerity, Inequality, Division, We’ve got the Government We Deserve

The following two quotes are attributed to early 19th Century French philosopher Joseph de Maistre: “False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.” “Every nation gets the government it deserves.” In many ways these sum up the state of our society today. “False opinions” (what ‘ordinary’ people call lies) were the propellant that led to a nation voting for Brexit. We know many of them were false because even their perpetrators later tried to distance themselves from them. Among many others were the Euro myths (e.g. the EU wanted Bombay Mix to be renamed Mumbai Mix); the scaremongering about the threatened mass immigration from Turkey if it joined the EU, and the infamous ‘We send the EU £350 million a week, let’s fund our NHS instead’. The latter quickly gained traction, with the Leave campaign plastering the slogan on the side of buses. Many brought into this particular myth – only for Leave’s major personalities to later backtrack on the figure. Chris Grayling described it as ‘an aspiration’ rather than a promise; the then UKIP leader Nigel Farage said it was a ‘mistake’; the UK Statistics Authority reprimanded the Vote Leave campaign for “clear misuse of statistics”. Experts who have a grasp and knowledge of these things believe the real figure the UK could benefit by was about £150 million a week or thereabouts but even that could be negated by the loss of trade with the EU after Brexit. So we were presented with propaganda, or false opinions. And we, the voters, perpetuated the crime by accepting many as truth and decided

to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. We’re in a position where the government “we deserve” reflects a divided and fractured society in which intolerance, impatience and vitriol towards anyone who disagrees with us have become common currency. In her 2016 Conservative Party Conference speech, the Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her vision for a Britain to be a “Great Meritocracy”. “Because a country based on merit not privilege, is a country that’s fair. And when we overcome unfairness and injustice, we can build that new united Britain that we need.” This united Britain apparently included ramping up anti-immigration sentiments by sending vans with the “Go Home” message into areas with high ethnic populations; by deporting members of the ‘Windrush Generation’ who had given decades of service to Britain; by fueling social inequality and poverty in the name of austerity which has led to more and more people relying on food banks. The list goes on, unlike Mrs May who has decided that a failure to secure a Brexit deal in Parliament (a reminder - she once said “No deal is better than a bad deal”) meant she could no longer continue as PM. Before her critics get too overjoyed, ponder on this. Her replacement may well be one of those who helped propagate the “false opinions” that led us into this mess in the first place. And we’ll end up with no change in government policy or direction, no change in the social and economic divisions that beset us and no prospect of social unity or cohesion. Do we deserve such a government? Well, sadly in our case, we’ve got the government we deserve. Mohammed Ilyas is Communications Manager for the charity Islamic Help. His views expressed in this column are his personal opinions.

Gurdwara Bebe Nanaki Ji, a Sikh Temple in Handsworth has Windows Shattered in Vandal Assault

The temple on Rookery Road, was vandalised recently during one evening at around 5.30pm.

The sacred sight had its windows smashed in and damage to some external door was faced on the rear end of the building. The Gurdwara is tribute to Bibi Balwant Kaur Soor, most commonly called upon as Bibi Ji (grandmother) for respect. The loving matriarch was born in the village of Soos in the state of Punjab, India in 1915. After being widowed at the young age of 23, she took it upon herself to help others who shared her plight by collecting donations to help those in need. She did this by organising sat-sungs (religious songs) at her family home and the homes of others, which are at the

core of Gurdwara worship today. West Midlands Police is examining the assault which occurred soon with aid of the special forensics department. It is believed that bricks were lobbed through the windows in order to smash the glass and cause damage to the temple. Luckily, no one was harmed and damage to the inside rooms of the Gurdwara was kept to a minimum. Police have made an appeal for eyewitnesses or individuals with knowledge of the attack to get in touch with them to reveal more about the case. A West Midlands Police representative said the department did not think that the assault was racially triggered. He included: “Enquiries continue and anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime quoting crime reference 20BW/126384P/19. “Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be

called anonymously on 0800 555 111.” Handsworth Panjabi Sikh group site Shere Panjab reported the vandalism assault on its the social media platform Facebook. The post stated that after a couple of the gorup’s Sevadars (community volunteers) touched base at the Gurdwara sahib and addressed the administration board we, they the option to explain that this assault was not racially inspired. They added: “We can also confirm the Gurdwara does have CCTV which they decided to handed over to the authorities. “Our first intention was to make sure Guru Maharaj (The Sikh Holy Book) was safe and no sangat (association) had been hurt. “Whatever the motive or politics behind the situation our Gurdwara’s should not be attacked, we will continue to monitor the situation and update Sangat further on this matter.”

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The Sri Lankan Veil Ban – A Temporary Measure or Long-Term Persecution? Despite being a month on from the Easter Sunday 2019 attacks in 3 Sri Lankan hotels and 3 Sri Lankan churches, that claimed the lives of over 250 people, the divide between religions in the country is still very strong.

Following the attacks, a ban on veils has heightened tensions in the country based on religion. It has been perceived as aiming to prohibit women wearing the burqa, which covers a woman’s entire body, and the niqab, which covers her face apart from her eyes. This intends to improve “public protection” (in the words of President Maithripala Siresena) by stopping individuals from hiding their appearances. However, it seems to have led to discrimination against Muslim women who wear hijabs, which do not even cover the face (only the hair), and abayas (loose robe-like garments). For instance,

India Election Results: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Secures Another Five-Year Term His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) exceeded poll predictions

Narendra Modi has won the public’s votes in India and will return as Prime Minister for a second term. He is now responsible for controlling the destiny of the world’s largest democracy. Soon after the results were announced, he tweeted “Thank you India! The faith placed in our alliance is humbling and gives us strength to work even harder to fulfil people’s aspirations. Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again!” BJP won over 300 of the 543 seats in

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parliament, defeating their main opposition, Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party who won only 100 seats. During the sixweek voting process, over 600 million people registered their votes, however, 900 million were eligible to vote, therefore making it the largest election the world has ever seen. Not only did Mr Modi exceed the poll predictions, he also won a greater share of the vote than his 2014 partial results show. Not all are pleased with Mr Modi’s triumph, as many argue that under his leadership, joblessness has risen to the

highest record, industrial production has declined, and farm incomes have dropped. The biggest issue for Mr Modi to now tackle is the economy of the nation as India heads closer to a recession. Under Mr Modi, India has lost its reputation as the world’s sixth-largest economy and in a leaked government report, it stated that unemployment rates in India are at their highest since 1970. These fears of recession will mean that Mr Modi will be demanded to provide jobs for millions of young people in the upcoming months.

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Farmers in India have also felt that Mr Modi has dismissed their needs as following a crop glute there has been a decrease in commodity prices, which resulted in their incomes dramatically declining. They are now hoping that the prime minister prioritises the agriculture industry. Many of India’s citizens viewed the election as a battle for the protection of minorities and India’s identity. This is in result of the increased Hindu nationalism in the past five years, with various attacks against the minorities in India. However, based on the results, not all people blame Mr Modi for these problems that India are now facing. The prime minister told citizens that his first five years was not enough, and he needed an extra five years to resolve more than “60 years of mismanagement”. Many Indians believe that Mr Modi will solve the problems of the nation, a survey by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) revealed that a third of BJP voters would not have voted for the party if Mr Modi was not the prime ministerial candidate. Therefore, proving that the election was more about his leadership than anything else. Imran Khan, Pakistani Prime Minister, congratulated Modi on his landslide on Twitter, “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia.”

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some supermarkets have stopped women from entering because they are wearing the hijab, and a woman who attempted to attend a parentteacher meeting at her daughter’s school in Colombo this month was stopped at the gates for wearing a hijab and abaya. The deputy headteacher was said to have accused her of hiding a sword under her abaya and demanded she removes her hijab. Frustratingly, the woman who was needlessly discriminated against here has still not heard back from the police. The ban in question was decided by a meeting between the Sri Lankan Prime Minister and all religious heads in the country, including the country’s top Islamic body, the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema (ACJU). At this meeting, the Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith claimed that it would be “improper” to impose a ban dictating what Muslim women can wear. However, the next day the emergency ban was imposed nevertheless, resulting in posters being distributed countrywide displaying crosses over images of niqabs and burkas. The Archbishop’s concerns about the ban has been echoed by such people as the Deputy South Asia Director of Amnesty International, Dinushika Dissanayake, who said that as Sri Lankan Muslims already “fear a backlash”, such a targeted ban on their religious wear could stigmatise them even further, “forcing (them) out of public spaces” such as work and “violating their rights to freedom of expression”. Overall, this ban may have started out as an emergency one, but people fear it becoming long-term due to its potential to allow men to police women’s actions, and leading to Muslim women being afraid to leave the house in case they are harassed. Muslims make up only 9.6% of the Sri Lankan population, and therefore making sure that they are not marginalised is an important issue. This is especially true as riots after the Easter Sunday attacks have already shown animosity towards Muslims in Sri Lanka, with mosques and Muslim shops and homes being set on fire or destroyed. These riots have been so severe and frequent that they have resulted in a countrywide curfew.

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Sikh Doctor aims to Change Attitudes Towards Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong

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Sukhdeep Singh empowers ethnic minority groups in the city The 23-year-old medical student stated he is used to getting stares as he jokingly says, “It’s because I’m so handsome.” Some people who assume I don’t understand Cantonese would comment on my turban in front of me, and on the MTR, people would rather squeeze themselves into more crowded rows than take the empty seats next to me.” Being born and raised in Hong Kong, Singh has grown up around Cantonese speakers, including his father. However, he only began to realise the importance of speaking the language when he enrolled in medical school. Singh studies at Chinese University and is a finalyear student, meaning he will become one of the few doctors that will wear a turban in the city. He has kept his hair since the age of nine as a sign of faith. He continued in stating, “The sad reality is, when I’m wearing scrubs and a lab coat, I get treated differently. If I am wearing normal clothes, no one would believe I am a medical student. Patients might develop a different

perspective on people with turbans in Hong Kong when they see me, a turbaned doctor, and hopefully, start to view other ethnic minorities differently.” Singh is now fluent in Chinese and is also able to write in the language. “Patients look at me strangely, and that’s normal. But whenever I speak to them in their own dialect, their faces light up.” He aims to “speak like a local.” “If I really am a Hongkonger, I should embrace every part of the culture,” he also aims to expand on his Mandarin to serve more patients. Although he has worked past the language barrier, Singh is still cautious about how his patients perceive him, therefore, keeps his beard tucked in with a low bun. “At home, it’s always freeflowing, but at the hospital, I keep it up because you don’t want to scare sick patients even more. As a community, we still need to address these sensitive issues through education.” Shalini Mahtani, founder and CEO of The Zubin Foundation, says that ethnic minorities who wear religious clothing often experience discrimination. She has created The Zubin Foundation to improve the lives of ethnic minority communities in Hong Kong. Mahtani says, “They’re often told they’re smelly, people don’t want to sit next to them on public transport. It’s particularly obvious when they’re on a packed MTR. At the workplace, other employees may complain about ethnic minorities bringing in food that ‘smells funny’ or ‘bad’.” She expresses faith in professionals such as Singh to help raise the profile of ethnic minorities. “Having more visibility for ethnic minorities is very important.” Singh and other young professionals founded Pargaas last year, which is a non-profit organisation created to empower ethnic minority youth by holding workshops on higher education and self-improvement. “If we want to improve the number of ethnic minority kids getting into higher education, you need an organisation that can help them improve basic skills like CV writing. There weren’t many educated Sikhs who could run an organisation like Pargaas, but now there are,” Singh states. “We want to achieve harmony and to help others understand our culture. I just hope people on the receiving end would listen with open hearts.”

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Make Your Toilet Great Again – China Flocks to Buy Trump Toilet Brushes

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China Vs US Trade War It’s no secret that Donald Trump has constantly chastised the trading practices of the Chinese since he has come into Congress. During late May, the US president even went as far as announcing heavy new tariffs on Chinese imported goods being sold in the states. As a result, the nation raised prices on approximately $200bn worth of Chinese products, from 10% to 25% in total. In theory, this procedure encourages home-buying for US citizens and de-motivates them in purchasing from abroad. It should also help to boost the US economy and the circulation of wealth inside the country’s borders. Although the two countries are still in talks, China has retaliated against the tariffs by the purchase of hundreds of Donald Trump Toilet brushes, which are being sold to citizens across the web. Trump Comes with Free Toilet Paper The novelty toilet brushes have an uncanny resemblance to the US President. They feature an open-mouthed Trump, wearing a button up shirt suit and red tie. The figurine comes complete with a large head of bright orange bristles, a long handle and even a brush holder. The items are being sold on the Chinese site Taobao – which is the country’s equivalent to eBay. In recent weeks, they have been faced with a surge of popularity from locals in a bid to support Beijing against US e-commerce. The Trump toilet brushes cost up to 20 yuan, which is equivalent to £2 in UK currency. One buyer even jokingly commented about how the brush left them surprised at Trump becoming “so useful” in the bathroom. Whereas an online seller was willing to

sell the toilet brushes with a free roll of toilet paper thrown into the deal. Taking the Toilet by Storm In recent sales, this is not the first time that the toilet brushes have been a hit on the market. They were first seen to gain popularity by an Etsy shop in New Zealand, during November of last year. Details and descriptions of the product listed online have included: “Commander in C***” “No president has had a Toilet Brush like my Toilet Brush!” “I am automatically attracted to toilet bowls, I just start scrubbing, I just kiss, I don’t even wait and when you’re a toilet brush they let you do it. DJT”.


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Spy Who Helped Princess Latifa Escape Dubai Seeks Legal Action

Herve Jaubert, the ex-secret service agent and captain of the Nostromo, has announced plans to file a lawsuit against PLC Satellite provider KVH, Rhode Island NY, who, he alleges in his latest book, Princess Latifa & the Spy, disclosed his position following the high-profile escape of Princess Latifa from Dubai back in March, 2018.The suit alleges potential violations of data privacy and undisclosed damages against KVH Satellite Provider, Inc. (NASDAQ: KVHI) (“KVHI”) and a number of its directors. The announcement is also seeking an inquiry into why the FBI have seemingly shelved their investigation into a case that saw a US vessel come under illegal attack in International waters. Jaubert said in his statement, “in the US we believe in freedom of speech, freedom of sovereignty and the unalienable right to protection in law. America has always championed the rights of men and women and yet these basic human rights were denied to an innocent young woman whose only crime was to reach out. Princess Latifa was given no assistance and denied her right to asylum.” Jaubert claims KVH, along with US agencies, divulged confidential information that led to a criminal assault that subjected Jaubert and his crew to torture by a country with a long history of human rights abuses. Jaubert seeks answers as to why the US has not thoroughly investigated the attack by Indian warships on a American civilian vessel; why no steps have been taken by the US to secure Latifa’s release; and why US entities assisted UAE/Indian forces to attack and seize a private US yacht. Radha Stirling, CEO of organisation Detained in Dubai who was telephoned by Princess Latifa during the attack on Nostromo and who has been campaigning for her release ever since, said “the militarised attack on a US flagged yacht by Indian & UAE forces was in clear breach of international law. The attack illustrates increasingly belligerent behaviour from forces in the gulf region. Not only did the UAE and India go unpunished by the USA, but this fact may have increased confidence in neighbouring countries like Saudi, who seem to believe they can act with impunity such as with the killing of Khashoggi in Turkey. With the kidnapping of Latifa’s sister Shamsa from British soil, the

assault on US yacht Nostromo and the murder of US journalist Khashoggi, we see a dangerous pattern that Western countries need to show will not be tolerated. “We note systematic abuses of Westerners both within the gulf borders and now, we see these same countries extending their human rights violations outside of their jurisdictions. “If indeed US company KVH did divulge the location of Nostromo and this led to an international incident, abduction and torture of a US citizen and the ongoing detention of Princess Latifa, this warrants serious investigation by US

Left - Princess Latfia with her best friend Tiina Jauhiainen authorities and the victims deserve answers”. Herve Jaubert has known Princess Latifa for over 7 years and continues to campaign for her freedom. He has established “The Latifa Trust”, a US charity in her name, to help the many women who are subject to abuse in the gulf region and has released “The Princess and the Spy” in hope to raise awareness of her plight and to help Latifa tell her story, a story the whole world needs to know.

San Diego Synagogue Shooting: Suspected Gunman The suspected gunman was a regular churchgoer John Earnest is suspected gunman who killed one woman and injured several others at Chabad of Poway, a synagogue in California. The suspect who fired at least eight rounds before leaving the synagogue is believed to be a right-wing Christian who attempted to justify his crimes by referring back to the Bible. In a letter, by John Earnest, he included several anti-Semitic references in an attempt to explain his motives, within these was the claim that Jewish people were held responsible for kill-

ing Jesus Christ, and also he enforced the belief in a white genocide conspiracy theory. In his first court appearance, he pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder. The suspect was a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church who commented on the attack stating, “We deplore and resist all forms of antisemitism and racism. We are wounded to the core that such an evil could have gone from our community. Such hatred has no place in any part of our beliefs or practices, for we seek to shape our whole lives according to the love and gospel of Jesus Christ.” The shooting has also alarmed members of other Presbyterian churches who were unable to comprehend the use of Christian theology in the letter. Reverend Duke Kwon, a pastor in a Presbyterian church in Washington, said, “John Earnest assented to and articulated

a Christian theology of personal salvation with a degree of clarity that should make us squirm. The problem is that what he believed about personal salvation, according to our tradition, could have been enough for him to be saved, but it wasn’t enough to save him from embracing anti-Semitic and white supremacist beliefs and perpetrating hateful violence and murder.” Pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Reverend Mika Edmondson, shared similar views and stated, “If the gospel we preach comfortably coexists with white nationalism, we are not preaching the whole gospel.” John Earnest’s letter had specified that this attack was planned following the Christchurch Mosque shooting, where 50 Muslim worshippers were killed. The letter also showed the shooter taking credit for a fire which was set at an Escondido mosque in the following weeks after the Christchurch shootings.

The suspects family spoke out and said they were “shocked and deeply saddened,” when commenting on his white supremacist views they stated that he was “informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold.” “To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries,” they continued. This shooting in Poway synagogue came six months after 11 worshippers were shot dead in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, believed to be the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States. The US have endured other attacks on religious communities including the shooting of 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Texas, 2017; nine worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina, 2015; and six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in 2012. By Navkiran Bains

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Pakistani Veterinarian Faces Anti-Blasphemy Protests

By Charlie Murray police to arrest the veterinarian, and it is said that they took him into custody to protect him. However, the situation was said to have later calmed down; Officer Javed Ahmad Baloch from the district claimed that the police gave a “timely response” which “helped maintain law and order” and resulted in at least 7 arrests. Furthermore, a Mirpur Kash police officer, Javed Iqbal, said that the rioters had “neither love for Islam nor for their neighbours.” It is therefore understandable that minority communities in Pakistan have begged the authorities to make more interventions to protect the safety of Hindus. A similar famous case is that of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian who, after rowing with her neighbours and allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad, was sentenced to death in 2010. Islamic radicals wanted her hanged, but she instead spent 9 years in prison and was released in mid-May this year.

In the Sindh province of South-East Pakistan, a Hindu vet has been charged with blasphemy after allegedly wrapping a medicine for a customer with sick livestock, in paper bearing Islamic religious text. He has been accused of insulting religious beliefs and defiling the Qur’an.

The vet, Ramesh Kumar, has said that he mistakenly tore the paper from an Islamic studies school textbook without realising what the book was. However, the customer who received the medicine did realise what the medicine was wrapped in and told the head cleric of a local mosque in the district of Mirpur Kash. This cleric then told the police. The veterinarian now faces life in prison, although Pakistan’s blasphemy laws can sentence anyone to death if they are accused of insulting Islam. These laws have therefore been criticised by human rights groups, domestic and international alike, who are concerned that these laws could be misused to target a disproportionate number of people from religious minorities, as Islam is Pakistan’s national religion while the country’s Hindu community is a very small minority. This targeting has been displayed in the past, when people accused of blasphemy in Pakistan have become the victims of shootings, being burned alive or other attacks. There are dozens of similar cases every year, and this is not including any unregistered ones. This violent pattern has continued in this case; reports of the veterinarian’s alleged “crime” have sparked riots in Pakistan, including the veterinarian’s clinic being set on fire. Surprisingly, the province in which this happened has a Hindu majority. Following the incident, three other Hindu-owned shops were looted before being set on fire. The rioters demanded the

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Is Bangladesh Not A Safe Haven For LGBT Advocates?

Two Bangladeshi LGBT advocates were murdered in 2016 and eight members of an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group have been charged with the killing. Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy, aged thirty-five died in April 2016 after an assault party gained entry into Mannan’s house in Dhaka by pretending to be parcel couriers. Mannan was the editor of Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine Roopbaan. He was also predominantly responsible for organising the country’s first pride rally – the Rainbow Rally. The rally was organised as an annual protest for recognition of LGBT rights. Each of the eight charged men belongs to a militant group by the name of Ansar al-Islam. This militant group has carried out violent attacks on Bangladeshi civil society figures who it views as ‘enemies of Islam’. Its victims list included atheist journalists, members of religious minorities and even foreign aid workers. The LGBT community has experienced its most brutal side however. The group was also behind the murder of a secular blogger Avijit Roy in 2015. Avijit reportedly had published a book

in Bengali on homosexuality. It is also believed by many that the group were to be blamed for the murder of liberal writers namely Faisal Arefin Dipan and Shahjahan Bachchu. Ansal al-Islam is known to receive a good amount of financial and logistical support from al-Qaeda. It is also known that many of its original members were also trained by the group in Afghanistan. During the tenure of conservative Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina, the LGBTQ community in Bangladesh has been subjected to violent attacks. Al-Qaeda said it had encouraged the killings because Mannan and Tonoy – who both also worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – aimed to ‘promote homosexuality’ in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi government meanwhile has done little to protect its vulnerable

LGBT community. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is a staunch representative of the traditionally secular Awami League party and she has adopted a concrete religious policy. According to this policy, the Bangladeshi Prime Minister made her appeal to an increasingly Islamised electorate over the past decade. Her government despite so many years of attaining freedom from the British still upholds the colonial law which deems same-sex relationships illegal, and she has turned a blind eye to human rights abuses. According to Human Rights Watch, the harassment of the LGBT community by the Bangladeshi police is a common practice in the country. In one incident in 2017, 28 transgender citizens of he country, commonly known as hijra, were arrested and then paraded in front of the press. The current on-going hostile attitudes towards members of the LGBT community from both the religion and also the state have seen many activists flee the country and take shelter in other countries with lenient LGBT laws. Between 2015 and 2017, it has been found that Bangladesh had the second highest number of asylum applications to the UK due to sexual orientation. Looks like Bangladesh do not have a favourable environment for the LGBT community at all. By Priyanka Dutta

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Responsible employers are inclusive employers. Tackling any race disparities in the workplace will provide a potential economic boost to the UK of £24bn annually. Read the headlines from The Race Equality Award 2019 Finalists One in four children in UK primary school and secondary school education is from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background; one in eight of the working-age population has a BAME background, but only one in ten are in the workplace. The pyramid narrows further with only one in 16 at senior level. Responsible businesses are tackling racial disparities and taking action to square this pyramid in their organisations and the Race at Work 2018 Scorecard report highlighted only 33% of organisations had an executive sponsor for race, diversity and inclusion. However, the finalists for the Business in the Community’s (BITC) Race Equality Awards, highlight examples of excellence in the workplace. Headlines from the Finalists for Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards 2019 - The Race Equality Award

1. A big focus on BAME representation at senior levels Inspiring more young black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees to join the ranks and thrive in business is core to achieving diversity and inclusion goals. In 2015, just 5.6% of new joiners at Accenture were black, despite being well represented for BAME talent in both executive and non-executive roles. Now, the firm has targets for the recruitment and progression of black employees across all areas of the business.  8% of senior roles filled by BAME staff, the highest rate ever at the Home Office  10% growth in black headcount in the first half of 2018 at Accenture  EY target to boost ethnical diversity of leadership by 1% a year  25% of Enterprise Rent-A-Car training budget spent on diversity

campaigns and initiatives based on anecdotal evidence, more programmes for encouraging BAME progress are data-driven and insight-led, looking at race diversity across the full employee lifecycle.

2. Targets being met using data Rather than merely developing

4. Representing local communities is key to growth

3. Diversity boosts business In the first half of 2018, black headcount at Accenture grew by 10%, and by 34% in the last five years. The company says that the ability to reach this talent pool has supported overall growth as a business.

More firms recognise the need to better reflect the communities in which they serve. By attracting talent from a diverse group, companies are able to talk more authentically to local stakeholders. Since Enterprise Rent-A-Carstarted focusing more heavily on diversity, it has opened over 200 new locations in the UK, customer satisfaction has improved and its BAME workforce has increased. 5. More companies are teaming up with universities… …especially those with a strong BAME population. To make sure BAME hire is above the local or regional average, Enterprise Rent-A-Car will, for example,

make sure there is BAME representation at university career fairs. 6. Helping BAME employees realise their potential EY’s Future Leaders Programme, for example, is designed to support ‘high potential’ ethnic minority senior managers who are at least four years away from partnership to thrive within the business. It is working. The current leadership pipeline has a good proportion of ethnic minorities: 21% for the next two years. At the Home Office, the aim is to improve BAME representation in senior roles – from 7% to 12% by 2025, to reflect the BAME working

population in the UK. 7. It’s good to talk One of the popular approaches to fostering inclusiveness and diversity is to encourage different groups of employees to better interact. The KPMG Black Heritage Reverse Mentoring Programme, for example, matches senior partners with more junior black heritage mentors so that they can have confidential discussions – not just about work, but also about life experiences and progressing at the firm.

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New Acas The Global Search for Education: report How Employers Help Children reveals Design their Futures that two thirds of UK workers have felt stressed or anxious about work A new report from workplace experts, Acas, has revealed that two thirds of workers (66%) have felt stressed or anxious about work over the past year. Acas commissioned YouGov to ask employees in Great Britain about their experiences of stress and anxiety in the workplace. The most common reasons given for the way they felt included workloads (60%), the way that they were managed (42%) and balancing home and work lives (35%). Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews, said: “According to our poll, the majority of workers have felt stressed or anxious about work over the past year. This is a cause for concern and it’s clear that active steps need to be taken to support the wellbeing of all staff. “Our study found that seven out of ten employees believe it is a line manager’s role to recognise and address stress or anxiety at work but only two fifths said that they would talk to their manager about it. “It is clear that many people feel unable to have these conversations with their managers or choose to struggle alone. Acas has advice on how to create a positive mental health environment at work.” Acas has produced a framework for positive mental health at work, which outlines the roles that employers, managers and their staff can play to help make it happen. The advice includes suggestions such as employers leading on a wellbeing strategy at work; supporting and training managers to have the confidence and knowledge in managing mental health; and workers identifying personal stress triggers, supporting colleagues and asking for help when needed. The framework and full policy paper Stress and anxiety at work: personal or cultural? is available at: www.acas.org.uk/mentalhealth

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“Understanding the reality of the working world becomes clearer the more times a young person interacts with the world of work.” – Nick Chambers The future will be about pairing the cognitive, social and emotional capabilities of human beings with machines. The ‘Drawing the Future’ report (a collaboration between the OECD and the UK based charity, Education and Employers) was published in Davos this year. It featured 20,000 children aged 7 – 11 from 20 countries sharing their opinions about what they want to be when they grow up. According to Nick Chambers, Chief Executive of Education and Employers, the kids’ perspectives were often based on gender stereotypes, socio-economic backgrounds, and TV and social media. He notes that “36% based their career aspirations on someone they knew, 45% because of TV, film or radio, with only 1% learning about a job from someone visiting their school.” Gender and socio-economic stereotyping had a lot of impact with 20 times as many boys planning “to have a role in the armed forces or fire fighting services” as compared with girls who “aspired to be involved in the fashion industry.” Primary Futures, developed by the National Association of Head Teachers and Education and Employers, get volunteers from the world of work to go into primary schools and answer questions from children about jobs and career paths. The Global Search for Education is pleased to welcome Nick Chambers to talk about his organisation that is inspiring children to look at their future without gender bias by introducing them to employee volunteers during their primary school years.

“We have worked with schools, employers and the government to create the state-of-the-art matchmaking service.” – Nick Chambers Nick, in what ways have you revolutionised the way young people interact with the employment network? What are the strategies you are personally proud of? We have worked with schools, employers and the government to create the state-of-the-art matchmaking service. Inspiring the Future connects volunteers from the world of work with schools – it is used by Primary Futures. It makes

it very easy for employers to connect with schools and vice versa – for free. The growth of this network, which now stands at more than 50,000 volunteers, 80% of all secondary schools and 4,000 primary schools, demonstrates just how much this service is valued and something of which I am proud. What can other organisations around the world learn from your work in nurturing social capital at an early age? At Education and Employers, our work in connecting young people with the world of work is underpinned by robust

and renowned research. We have made a compelling case that the quality and quantity of employer engagement experienced by young people while in school and college make it easier for them to navigate the increasingly difficult move from school to sustained, successful employment. It helps them to compete more effectively, make more informed decisions and makes a significant difference in how well they do in the world of work in early adulthood.

Department for Work and Pensions Advised to Reject 80% of Benefit Appeals Staff ‘should’ turn down four out of five benefit appeals The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have responded to a Freedom of Information request which revealed that 80% of original decisions are expected to be upheld. Mandatory reconsiderations are the first course of action in an appeal against decisions on the disability allowance, jobseeker’s allowance and other benefits such as economic support allowance. The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) also requires mandatory reconsiderations of appeals; however, DWP have confirmed that this is not subject to the 80 per cent target. Parkinson’s UK’s representative, Phil Reynolds, states “It is disgraceful that the DWP would use such arbitrary targets as a basis for decisions that have an enormous impact on the lives of people with long-term conditions, such as Parkinson’s.

“These shocking findings have uncovered a blatant disregard for the health and wellbeing of thousands of people with the condition, who are forced to go through a stressful appeal process to get the support they should have received from day one. “There should be trust that the DWP are working towards making the right decision, the first time. Their outrageous targets must be

abolished.” A former judge who has participated in benefit appeal cases, Sir Henry Brooke, wrote on his blog, “This appears to be an absolutely outrageous interference by the executive with the rule of law. “It is bad enough that applicants are compelled to go through this process, instead of merely having the opportunity to opt for it as a way of trying to avoid the cost and

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hassle of tribunal proceedings. “But it is altogether unspeakable that DWP managers seek to incentivise those who turn these applications down – and what is more, they do not make this policy public.” A spokesperson for DWP said, “Mandatory reconsiderations look at all the evidence afresh, including any new evidence provided by the claimant. Our key performance measures are strictly used to assess the accuracy of the original benefit decisions. “We want to ensure we get decisions right the first time around, and performance measures help to monitor this. Furthermore, the cases in which the original decision was overturned through mandatory reconsideration, the claimant had provided the DWP with more evidence on their case.


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Expensive Mistake: Notes worth $1.6 Billion Printed with a Typo in Australia

Results for the Richest and Poorest Countries in 2019

By Navkiran Bains

Results measured by more than just GDP To measure the richest and poorest countries, we have to consider aspects beyond a nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) - which measures the total of all goods and services produced by a country during one year. If we concluded on the idea that the countries with the largest GDP were the richest, then nations such as China, the United States, Japan and Germany would be the answer. However, how could significantly smaller countries such as Luxembourg or San Marino ever compare? GDP fails to measure wealth distribution within a nation, therefore to gain a more accurate representation of living conditions, the nation’s GDP must be divided

by its population - per capita GDP. The growth rate of a nation tells us about the social wealth which is available to each person and whether this is increasing or decreasing over time. However again, the per capita GDP doesn’t entirely give us an accurate reading of a nation’s wealth as the very same income can buy more in some countries than others, for example in different countries bare necessities such as food, clothing and healthcare cost significantly less. Therefore, to measure the wealth of a country’s citizens, we must be able to understand how much they can buy. When comparing per capita GDP across countries, the GDP should

Australia’s billion-dollar mistake

The Australian currency has printed 400 million notes for use with a noticeable typo in which the word responsibility has been misspelt as ‘responsibilty’. The banknote features references from the Edith Cowan, the country’s first female Parliamentarian and her speech to the Western Australian Parliament. Over 46 million notes which have been printed with the error are in be adjusted for purchasing power parity, which allows us to take into account inflation rates and the price of goods and services in each nation. So with this in mind, in the 2019 results, the top three richest countries were Qatar, Macao SAR and Luxembourg

circulation and have a cumulative worth of $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion). The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has introduced additional security features to the currency notes; it included a holographic number 50, which changed into a flying swan when moved. The finer details on notes are rarely paid attention to, resulting in the error being unnoticed for over six

with the United States coming in at 12 and the United Kingdom coming in at 29. The poorest three countries were the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and Burundi, according to the International Monetary Fund.

months. A central bank representative stated, “These banknotes are legal tender and can continue to be used as normal. It does not affect their validity and functionality in any way,” therefore confirming that such mistakes will not happen again in the future; however, these notes are still valid.

In conclusion, the results show it is better to be poor in a rich country, or rich in a poor country, the better living standard is always more available in a wealthier nation, no matter where someone falls on the income distribution scale.

Workers in Europe in good health, but emotional demands take their toll

People at work in Europe report good health and well-being, and increased control over their work activities. However, Eurofound data shows that work is also becoming more emotionally demanding, which poses a risk to health, as well as the long-term sustainability of work itself. Eurofound’s new report on Working conditions and workers’ health shows that the nature of work is changing, and the factors that determine health and well-being at work are also changing. The findings of the research point beyond a ‘traditional’, narrow framework of occupational safety and health; highlighting the importance of including psychosocial risks, such as emotional demands, into the equation, along with engagement at work. Health and wellbeing may be stable, but Europe needs to safeguard and promote world-class work environments if it is to improve

the overall sustainability of work and meet head-on the demographic challenges that are on the horizon. The report emphasises that unskilled jobs carry the highest health risks because they are exposed to higher than average demands such as physical risks,

work intensity and long hours. Workers in unskilled jobs report poorer access to resources such as support from supervisors and colleagues and ‘rewards’ such as fair pay, job security and good career prospects. Workers reporting job insecurity, or who are in non-permanent

contracts, also report more demands and fewer work resources while displaying less engagement, more exhaustion, poorer well-being and worse performance on health indicators. Control over different aspects of work, such as order of tasks and speed is increasing ¬— which is an important part of workers’ resources at work. However, emotionally demanding tasks, which could involve dealing with angry clients, or being exposed to emotionally disturbing situations at work, is also increasing. This may have significant implications for the future because of the need to retain workers in the labour market for longer, as Europe’s population continues to age. Demographic change is becoming a pivotal issue in labour market and economic policy, resulting in a growing demand for services from a health sector already characterised by high emotional

demand, stress and work intensity. Women, who are more likely to work in sectors such as health or education, are particularly exposed to the psychosocial risks associated with these emotionally demanding jobs. The report also emphasises the importance of motivation for health and well-being at work: job control, social resources and rewarding working experiences contribute to more engagement which in turn has positive effects on health and well-being. It calls for policy initiatives that go beyond protecting workers from excessive work demands to promoting complementary strategic investments that provide workers with the necessary resources to maintain and improve their own health and wellbeing. These initiatives should complement, and not replace, the redesign of work to limit work demands.

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UK overtakes Japan as most expensive country to send expatriates

• The average pay package for an expatriate in the UK has risen by over GBP 40 000 despite salaries remaining static • Overall annual cost of sending an expat middle manager to the UK is now GBP 311 240, 82% of which is to cover tax and essential costs • Swiss salaries highest in Europe, GBP 10 992 more than UK mid-level pay

The UK has overtaken Japan as the most expensive location to send expatriates, with the average expat pay package rising by GBP 44 688 to GBP 311 240 according to latest data from global mobility experts, ECA International (ECA). ECA’s annual MyExpatriate Market Pay report surveys the cost of benefits, salaries and tax treatments in countries around the world in order to assist companies with benchmarking their expatriate packages when relocating staff. Benefits include the allowance to cover essential costs such as accommodation, international school fees, utilities or cars. The average package for a midlevel expat worker in the UK is now GBP 311 240, up 17% from last year. Cash salaries make up less than 1% of the increase (GBP 160), as the cost of staff benefits in the UK has caused the majority of the hike. “The value of an average pay

package for an expat in the UK saw a huge increase in 2018,” said Oliver Browne, Remuneration Manager at ECA International. “The rise of GBP 44 688 was primarily down to a major jump in the cost of benefits that companies provided their overseas workers with, such as rental costs and international school fees. As the cost of expat-standard housing and rental prices increased throughout the UK, the value of benefits provided by a company to cover these costs therefore rose significantly by GBP 23 881 on average.” Swiss salaries highest in Europe After the UK, Switzerland is the second most expensive country in Europe for expat pay packages costing companies an average of GBP 178 260. However, a large part of this is made up of the highest average cash salary in Europe; GBP 66 940 versus GBP 55 948 in the UK. Browne said: “Swiss salaries are consistently

towards the higher end of the scale but so are everyday costs in most Swiss cities. Despite the higher prices, high salaries in the country mean locals are still well-off compared to their European counterparts. Furthermore, because of low taxes and a smaller value of benefits needing to be provided by a company, it is still comparatively cheaper to send expat workers to Switzerland compared to the UK.” Republic of Ireland enters top 20 most expensive Elsewhere, the Republic of Ireland saw a jump in the rankings and entered the top 20 most expensive locations to send expatriate workers. “Similar to the trend we saw in the UK, benefits costs have increased notably due to the rise in accommodation and rental fees. Expats in Ireland are more expensive for companies despite average net salaries for expatriates actually dropping by 2% (EUR 965) since last year.

This was more than offset by an average rise of 14% (EUR 8 820) in the cost of benefit provisions that companies had to provide their overseas staff,” Browne explained.

Best salaries in the Middle East Middle Eastern nations Saudi Arabia and UAE continue to offer the best salaries for expats, with the nations now offering an average of GBP 71 125 and

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GBP 69 280 to mid-level expats respectively. Browne explained: “The Middle East has always offered extremely high salaries to overseas workers, and 2018 was no different. However, the benefits offered in these nations are not among the most costly for an employer, and the average value of benefits offered actually dropped in both locations last year, while the lack of any personal tax means that the overall package works out to be a lot lower when benefits and tax are both taken into account.” Pay packages improve in China The pay and benefits package of an expat living and working in China saw a significant rebound last year, after falling in 2017. The average package is now valued at CNY 1 971 894 (GBP 228 896), an increase of 3% in the local currency, pushing China up to third in the rankings after dropping in 2017. Browne said “Expats in China have seen a rebound after a bad year in 2017 that saw the value of the average package drop in all areas. The Chinese yuan experienced a better year in 2018 and due to a stronger economy and currency, the pay package for overseas workers in Chinese locations has now improved accordingly.”


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Restructuring: We need to make sure those that stay behind are not forgotten

By Sara Riso

Virgin Trains fully Equipped with Free Wi-Fi and Entertainment • Free Wi-Fi available on Pendolino fleet Virgin Trains customers will now be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi and greater access to its entertainment hub BEAM on board thanks to an upgrade to its Pendolino fleet. The final train in a fleet of 56 Pendolinos was fitted with new hardware in recent weeks and is part of a range of improvements to improve customer experience on Virgin Trains

• New onboard portal vthub.uk introduced across network across the UK network. As part of the upgrade, the trains have had a complete refresh with engineers installing 77,183 metres (47.96 miles) of cable into the 574 coaches. This development comes as a new onboard portal - vthub.uk - has also been developed by Virgin Trains for those travelling to get the most from

• Final Pendolino was upgraded earlier this month of their journey. Anyone using Wi-Fi on Virgin Trains will be directed to the portal’s landing page where they will able to access the updated free onboard train entertainment service BEAM, as well as access to journey planner and the food and beverage menu.

Chief Information Officer at Virgin Trains, John Sullivan, said: “We’ve been working hard to deliver the best on board entertainment and Wi-Fi experience for our customers and I believe we’ve achieved that with this latest upgrade. “Our enhanced Wi-Fi means customers can stay connected and up to date as they travel or dip into the latest boxsets and movies through our entertainment service BEAM. We know how important Wi-Fi is for all our customers and we want them to have an amazing experience while travelling on our network.”

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Company restructuring may hit the headlines less in good times, but it remains a central experience in the working life of many. According to the most recent European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) data, just under one in three (30%) employees in the EU reported that restructuring had taken place at their workplace in the preceding three years. A similar proportion reported working in downsized workplaces. Large scale restructuring involving job loss is usually well-documented, and there is rightly a focus on what options there are for those who have lost their jobs. But what impact does all this have on those that are left behind? Worker-reported incidence of workplace downsizing in preceding three years Restructuring can take a heavy toll It should firstly be noted that restructuring can come in many different shapes: it can translate into a rethinking of workforce strategies, a reconfiguration of work organisation and training practices, and the most feared of all, the shedding of many jobs. Management may see the positive potential of restructuring efforts in terms of cost savings, the opportunity to make the business more viable, agile

or profitable; but from the worker’s perspective, restructuring is often just bad news. Data from the EWCS reported in the latest European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) report confirm that restructuring can take a heavy toll on employees and has a negative impact on their well-being, regardless whether there are job losses or not. The experience of restructuring is associated with higher levels of work intensity and self-reported stress, greater exposure to psychosocial risks, work-related absenteeism and presenteeism, and decreased satisfaction with working conditions. Ongoing restructuring is one possible contributing factor to the increasing share of work-related ill-health that is mental rather than physical in nature. Nonetheless, while restructuring can be disruptive and stressful, it is also correlated with some positive work outcomes. Restructuring was associated with higher levels of employerpaid training and cognitively richer work – consistent with restructured workplaces requiring adaptation by means of new, and often higher-level, skills in the remaining workforce. Evidence from company case studies - complementing Eurofound’s

Paul Bebbington, Director of Public Transport, McLaren Applied Technologies, said: “We’re delighted to have worked with Virgin Trains on improving train connectivity performance, keeping customers connected for longer and enabling more data consumption on its fleet. In the transport sector, McLaren Applied Technologies is committed to staying at the forefront of technology and innovation, creating long-term passenger and fleet reliability solutions, and we’re extremely proud to have contributed to Virgin Trains’ vision for the ‘Digital Train of the Future’.”

empirical research on restructuring – suggests that training should go beyond the mere development of skills required to cope with increased workload or to adjust to new job requirements. Taking the case of a Dutch insurer, the training offered to employees as part of the new company strategy in the aftermath of

the restructuring, revolved around the concept of ‘sustainable employability’ within or outside the company in a longer-term perspective. There was resistance initially on the part of the employees who remained attached to the idea of a lifetime job in the company. Eventually, employee’s resistance to change was eased off by

intensifying communication with the staff, helping them to see the longterm benefits of training, investing in their future, making them feel in control and shifting their mode of thinking from one based on job security to one on employment security.

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Salman Khan stars in Bharat’s new song, Zinda out now

Makers of India’s Rising Alt-Pop Artist BLINDED BY THE LIGHT Most Wanted PRIME Returns with IN UK AND IRISH release song, Akela Self-Titled EP CINEMAS ON 9TH AUGUST 2019

The makers of director Raj Kumar Gupta’s new film have released the song from the soundtrack, Akela. The song and video give us a glimpse at the struggles Arjun will face in the film as he goes on a hunt for a terrorist in India. Arjun Kapoor has a tough task ahead of him and he is facing these difficulties alone. The actor took to Twitter to share the song with his fans, tweeting “You’re never alone when you’re doing something for your motherland. Akela out now”. With lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and vocals by Abhijeet Srivastava, the inspiring song showcases the strength within. Speaking about the song, composer Amit Trivedi said “Rajkumar sir wanted a song about the valor of our unsung heroes, so I am proud to present Akela”. The film is written, directed and co-produced by Raj Kumar Gupta. Arjun Kapoor plays Prabhat in the film who volunteers to catch the most dreaded terrorist –India’s Most Wanted is out in Cinemas now.

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So far, three songs from Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Bharat have released, and they have created quite a buzz. After Slow Motion, Chashni, and Aithey Aa, the film’s lead pair got together for an event to launch the fourth song - Zinda. The film’s director, Ali Abbas Zafar, is making his debut as a composer and lyricist with the song, which is also the film’s anthem. Ali has penned and set it to tune with Julius Packiam, who has also worked on the background score of the period-drama. When Ali was asked about how Salman reacted to this development, Ali laughed and said, “Bhai doesn’t know yet, we don’t share these small details, he knows I keep doing something or the other. But this time I think he will be surprised. Of course, he’ll pull my leg, saying, ‘So now, you’ve starting writing songs too, now you will ask for an extra cheque.’ That’s the kind of bond we share.” The song is sung by Vishal Dadlani, from the composer duo of Vishal-Shekhar, who have collaborated on the album of the film. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff. It traces India’s post-independence history from the perspective of a common man and follows his life from the age of 18 to 70. Produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar under the banner of Reel Life Production and Salman Khan Films, Bharat releases in cinemas on Eid al-Fitr this year.

New York based producer, singer-songwriter and composer PRIME returns with the release of his debut EP ‘PRIME’ , reflecting his eclectic taste by blending influences from Pop, R&B, EDM and Rock. Being of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian descent, PRIME has always cherished music as the world’s common language, connecting all people no matter where they are from. Born in the Philippines and raised in New York City, PRIME enlisted in many musicals and earned admission to the acclaimed LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. He then devoted all his time and energy to songwriting, music production, and the visual aesthetics that would culminate into PRIME’s iconic style and sound.   His passions don’t just lay within music either. PRIME is an avid and passionate LGBT advocate. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, PRIME hopes to encourage listeners to “express themselves without concern for fitting into a mold.”  For the self-produced EP, PRIME enlisted the help of coproducer KOLL. The EP has been released via CDBaby, and can be streamed from SoundCloud Now.

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Entertainment One UK is very pleased to make available the brand-new trailer for BLINDED BY THE LIGHT. Set in 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is a joyous, coming-of-age story about a teenager who learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the words and music of Bruce Springsteen. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is inspired by British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir “Greetings From Bury Park.” Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham, Viceroy’s House) Written by Sarfraz Manzoor, Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges Starring Viveik Kalra (Next of Kin, Beecham House), Kulvinder Ghir (Bend it Like Beckham), Meera Ganatra (PREMature), Nell Williams (Game of Thrones), Aaron Phagura (Doctor Who), Dean Charles-Chapman (Game of Thrones, Breathe), Hayley Atwell (Avengers: Endgame)

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2 ‘TERRORISTS’ arrested on the set of Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan’s New Film Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s next film, which will fall into the action genre but is yet to be given a name, is being filmed in Vasai, India.

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Gigantic sets have been built for this movie and hundreds of people cast as extras, understudies and junior artists among the leading cast. Whilst the team has been on location for filming the movie’s respective scenes and backdrops, suspicious activity was reported by locals on the sets. Two unknown figures identified as young men dressed as militants were spotted in the city, circling the vicinity where the film shooting was taking place. They were told to be roaming around, buying cigarettes from local shops. They were dressed like bombers or terrorists, with heavy bullet-proof vests on their person. This led some locals into a frenzied state of panic and the city’s police department was immediately notified. Senior PI of Manikpur Police Rajendra Kamble and his team searched the area and brought two individuals who were casually strolling around into custody. The reason officers looked upon the matter with such seriousness was due to the fact the close by Vasai creek has a direct line of access to the Arabian Sea which has previously witnessed infringement on many previous occasions. The respective individuals were named as Balram Ginwala, 23, and Arbaaz Khan, 20. And after interrogation, it was affirmed that they were mere

actors on the sets of this movie, which is being produced under Yash Raj Films. The production unit in charge submitted all documentation needed to prove the individuals’ identity and occupation to the police and confirmed that the two men

were actually extras on the sets. However, the unit that made the arrests and the two actors have been booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for the act of creating panic and disrupting peace amongst citizens.


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De De Pyaar De’s story follows Ajay Devgn as he plays the character of 50-year-old Ashish, in a relationship with Rakul Preet Singh’s character Ayesha, who is 26 years old. As their relationship progresses, they meet Ashish’s family which consists of his parents, his ex-wife and his two children. Tabu plays the ex-wife who is constantly trying to one up Ayesha while Ashish tries to keep everyone happy.

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1.In De De Pyaar De the audience will see you romancing Ajay Devgn and the trailer has openly established that you are romancing an older actor. When you signed the film, did you anticipate the audience will accept this wholeheartedly? In today’s time, age is merely a number and love is an emotion that has nothing to do with age. Everyone should be able to understand that and stop living in the past. There are so many successful reallife love stories that substantiate this too. De De Pyaar De’s concept is very progressive and relevant in today’s time, which is why audience across varied age groups have loved the trailer. 2. From the reactions for the trailer and song, the audiences have commented that you’re looking very different in De De Pyaar De as opposed to your previous films. What went behind putting this together? After signing De De Pyaar De I had less than two months to shed 8 kilos to look the part of Ayesha on screen. So, I went on an extreme workout regime and took great care of my diet, so much so that I would weigh my food, not for the fear of eating, but for the fear of eating less. Other than that, I trained in belly dancing and bartending as well. I thoroughly enjoyed taking those classes for two weeks and I remember running back to back from one class to another to learn new things. I’m just glad that all the hard work has paid off and people have taken notice of the smaller details as well. 3. This is the first time you have been paired opposite Ajay Devgn. How was it sharing screen space with him? I had the most amazing time shooting with Ajay sir as he is so warm and welcoming and makes you feel comfortable when you’re working with him. When I got the opportunity of working with him in De De Pyaar De, I wanted to give my best shot and put in 200 times more effort. Usually I’m not a kind of person who gets intimidated easily, but I did feel the pressure because I was working with a celebrated actor like Ajay Devgn. I remember we were shooting one day, and I had a two-page scene and I forgot one line. I was extremely embarrassed and apologised immediately, but he calmed me down and asked me not to apologise, else I’d never learn in life. Having a co-actor with a vibe like that made it a lot easier for

me to play the part of Ayesha. 4.Which is your favourite song from De De Pyaar De? I’m big on romantic films and songs, so Der Se Hi Sahi is one of my favourite songs. We shot for it in London and there were scenes at the Oxford Street which is the main hub for shopping, so we ended up shopping from stores in between shots, it was just too tempting. The song has a lot of fun moments and it reflects my personality and me very well. 5. You’ve shot for De De Pyaar De in London and Manali. Where did you enjoy the most? Manali is an extremely beautiful place. I remember going there, as a kid with my parents for vacations, but this was the first time I travelled to Manali for a film shooting. Every day after the shooting, the entire team would play badminton, walk, and workout and do bonfire and chill together. It is so peaceful there that you have to find your own ways to entertain yourself. London was a blast on the other hand. I’ve shot for several films there previously and it’s the only place in this world where I don’t feel homesick. I remember on the last day of De De Pyaar De, I asked Luv sir and Akiv if we could stay back for few more days.

6.You’ve shot several scenes for De De Pyaar De with Tabu. Can you talk about your experience of working with her? Tabu ma’am is drop dead gorgeous and a stellar performer. It didn’t feel like I was working with her for the first time. She is like a breath of fresh air on set and has this amazing vibe and aura around her. I had a blast sharing the screen space with her and I really hope we get to do more work together in the future. 7. What are your expectations from De De Pyaar De? I can say one thing for sure, that I haven’t played a role like this ever before and the makers have put in a lot of efforts for portraying this unseen side of me beautifully on the screen. With De De Pyaar De the audience will see me as a quintessential commercial Hindi film actor. People who haven’t seen my body of work yet will get a chance to know my capabilities and me. Ayesha’s role has everything from glamour to emotion, dance and drama and it’ll be great to see people’s reaction. I always give my 100% to the work I do, it doesn’t matter if I’m working for a Hindi film or a regional one.

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BIRMINGHAM INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY IN THE CITY SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED!

Screenings have now been announced for Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF), supported by Birmingham City University and the BFI, part of the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival, opening Friday 21st June until Monday 1st July 2019. This year marks our 5th anniversary, showcasing a rich assortment of entertaining and thought-provoking independent films that have been winning awards and making global impact, including India’s new wave of LGBTQ+ films. The Festival is presented by the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival which is celebrating its own 10th anniversary and is extending to Manchester and Bradford. Birmingham Indian Film Festival will run across the city for a phenomenal 11 days at existing partner venues: Cineworld Broad Street; MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park; and The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, Custard Factory. This year we welcome new partner venue Centrala based in Digbeth. Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Executive & Programming Director of the festival said: “The Festival has dynamically opened the UK media and audiences to Indian and South Asian independent cinema in all its linguistic diversity, and that’s something we are extremely proud of. Punching above our weight as always, this year is probably

our strongest programme ever with exciting Midland premieres, rarely seen archival masterpieces, and some seriously cuttingedge dramas and documentaries.” The 5th Anniversary celebrations will open with a sparkling red-carpet event at Cineworld Broad Street, for the Birmingham Premiere of the hard-hitting Article 15, starring India’s hottest male star Ayushmann Khurrana, ahead of its UK and worldwide release later in the month. The Festival is particularly delighted to welcome Anurag Kashyap, in a rare chance to hear the experiences of India’s most famed cult director. A unique talent and India’s best-known filmmaker on the global festival circuit. His Netflix series Sacred Games was a global smash hit and is set for season 2. Cary continued “We are very proud that the Festival is in its 5th year and building a new cinema audience in Birmingham. Over 70% of those surveyed during the 2018 festival

were new visitors to Cineworld, MAC Birmingham and The Mockingbird cinemas combined. The festival also saw an increase in understanding of South Asian cinema for over 90% of audiences, with 56% first time attendees. It’s also very exciting that the films shown last year were supported by diverse audiences from across all communities in the city.” To help celebrate its 5th anniversary the Festival welcomes Midlands born actor Antonio Aakeel best known for his roles in City of Tiny Lights and the hit film Tomb Raider. Antonio added “I was fortunate enough to be part of the festival last year with my film Eaten by Lions which won the audience award for Best Film and I am honoured to be returning to the Festival team this year as an ambassador for its 5th anniversary. It’s an important time to showcase the varied and diverse stories that South Asian independent cinema has to offer and is a great platform for both emerging and established talent. I’m hoping my involvement will only increase the incredible engagement the festival receives from film makers and film lovers alike.” Antonio joins BBC Radio WM’s popular afternoon presenters Sunny and Shay who have been ambassadors for the overall festival (London and Birmingham) for the last 8 years.

B4U MOTION PICTURES TO GIVE KAABIL A GRAND RELEASE IN CHINA

Kaabil, is an Indian action thriller film brimmed with romance and emotions. This epic love chronicle stars Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in the lead roles. With powerpacked performances, realistic setting and applauds, Kaabil stormed the Indian cinema and received unprecedented success worldwide. Now this intense vengeance saga has been released in China this June. Kaabil is a thought provoking master piece that infuses love, dance, thrill and action in the right proportions. The unique story line and realistic depiction of characters has touched thousands of hearts around the globe. Post Kaabil’s release in India, both the critics and the audience couldn’t stop admiring Hrithik’s enactment in the movie. Hrithik has played numerous challenging roles in the past with movies like Jodhaa Akbar and India’s first superhero series- Koi Mil Gaya and Krish. But by playing an intimate role in Kaabil, the already multi-faceted actor will now be remembered forever for his powerful and fine portrayal of a specially abled character. To which producer of the movie Rakesh Roshan says, “Hrithik has always had an alluring persona in Bollywood, known for his good looks and attractive personality. So, we wanted him to play something more challenging, which is out of

his comfort zone and Kaabil was the right opportunity that we stumbled upon where he plays a visually impaired man. With the kind of script we had in our hand, I knew this role will only further amplify Hrithik’s skills as an actor”. Hrithik Roshan adds, “Kaabil is extremely close to my heart and it is overwhelming to see it reach even more people now, with the impending release in China. I gave every bit of myself to this specially-abled character. The process of getting into the shoes of the character while fighting a created tragic situation was a powerful and agonizing feeling at the same time.” B4U’s Film Division Head, Sunil Shah articulates

“Despite Kaabil releasing with other Agrade Bollywood movies, it topped the box office in terms of both revenue and reviews. I feel privileged to be associated with one of the most talented actors of the Indian film industry – Hrithik Roshan and the visionary producer of this era, Mr. Rakesh Roshan. I believe on the basis of a gripping story line, revered actors and a ‘Global Hit’ status, Kaabil can open up new avenues for Indian Cinema in China.” The film Kaabil is produced by FilmKraft, imported by China Film Group corporation and is distributed and translated by China film group. It is distributed internationally by B4U Motion Pictures Release, and is promoted by Tianjin Qitai Culture Communication Co. LTD.

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Salman Khan Trains under Maut Ka Kua (Well of Death) artistes for Bharat Bharat starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu and Disha Patani Director Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat is the story of a person whose life is associated with the journey of India as an independent nation. In the film, Salman Khan will appear in various looks, in which he will also be seen in the look of an eighty-year-old. Since the story of the film extends for many decades, it is divided into different chapters of life (India) of India (Salman). In the first part of the film, the actor will be seen as a Maut Ka Kua biker, which was known as exterior entertainment and adventures several decades ago. To understand the specifics of his character, Salman had visited Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh to check out a real “Maut Ka Kua”. Salman was also trained by a real stuntman so that he could play his sequence well. Director Ali Abbas Zafar shared more information on this, “The biggest challenge for us was that there were very few “Maut Ka Kua” artists in India. We took some time to find out about Maut Ka Kua. To help us train Salman and make the set correctly, the stuntman had to be called from there. Salman Bhai is a good rider, but he has worked hard to ride a bike in the well.” Bharat stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff in quintessential roles. Produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar under the banner of Reel Life Production and Salman Khan Films, and distributed by Cinestaan. Bharat is all set to release in cinemas on Eid-al-Fitr and is distributed by Cinestaan.

Sikhs Shun Turban Headpiece sold by Gucci Designs

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Italian Fashion House Gucci has come under serious backlash after listing a headpiece titled ‘Indy Full Turban’ online. The garment in question first appeared on the US retailer Nordstrom’s website, retailing at £790. It has been described as an insensitive purchase towards members of the Sikh religion and faced much scrutiny from critics. As a response, one member of the Sikh Coalition posted on Twitter that the turban is: “not just a fashion accessory, but it’s also a sacred religious article of faith”. It is believed that Gucci has disrespected the turban’s origin and made their in-house runway models wear the head-piece in a gesture that mimics cultural appropriation. The fashion newspaper Women’s Wear Daily followed up on the incident by reporting that the product’s name had been changed to ‘Indy Full Head Wrap’ in order to avoid further offence. The head wrap has now become sold out, and Nordstrom set out a Tweet stating their apologies shortly afterwards. Gucci have so far

not commented on the matter. Nordstrom and Gucci are not the only brands who have marketed turbans and other similar headwear in the past. Other prestigious fashion powerhouses such as Valentino, Anna Sui, Missoni, and Julia Clancy have formerly sold the headwear as well. A spokesman for the Sikh Council UK, Sukhjeevan Singh, commented that Gucci’s version of the turban has caused a particular outcry due to its similarity to the everyday turbans adorned by practising Sikhs. “What makes this case different is that this turban is like mimicry. This commercialisation of the turban by Gucci is deeply offensive and feels degrading because the turban represents our honour.” “As Sikhs, we’re a very open religion,” said Singh. “I’ve seen other headwear or head scarves folded in a way and they don’t look [exactly] like a Sikh turban. If that [same] cultural sensitivity was taken into account [with Gucci], I do not think this issue would have arisen to this degree because it hasn’t in the past.”

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Veteran Actor Veeru Devgan Dies at Age 85 Bollywood community expressed their profound grief at the actor’s death. Vicky Kaushal’s father Sham Kaushal, a fellow action director paid tribute to his ex-mentor via Twitter and wrote: “RIP Veeru

Renowned actor, choreographer and director Veeru Devgan has sadly passed away aged 85. Mr Devgan was one of the most celebrated members of the Indian film community. Mr Devgan was born into a Sindhi family in Amritsar, India in 1934. He was married to Veena in 1968 and the couple had four children together, including Bollywood star Ajay Devgan, who is married to actress Kajol, and Director Anil Devgan.

During the life-span of his successful career, Mr Devgan began choreographing action and fight scenes in 1974. He worked in over 80 Hindi films, including the likes of Jigar, Dil Kya Kare, Mr Natwarlal and Ek Khiladi Bawan Pattey. He briefly ventured to directing films as well in 1999. After his retirement from the industry, Devgan scarcely made any public appearances and was last seen out during the special

screening of Total Dhamaal in February earlier this year. His ill health contributed to minimalising his outings, as the veteran actor had not been keeping well for some time and old age had only been worsening his condition. Mr Devgan was facing breathing difficulties and was admitted into Surya Hospital, Santa Cruz shortly before he suffered from cardiac arrested and passed away. Many members of the

Devgan ji. Just came to know about this sad news. As an action director always ahead of his times and as human being par excellence. I became a stuntman with his blessings on August 8, 1980 as he signed my application

to become a stuntman and made me part of his team.” Veeru Devgan’s funeral was held at Vile Parle West Crematorium in Mumbai, where his family and loved ones were in attendance.


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Alternative Hip-Hop Artist Hyphen MEGASTAR AKSHAY KUMAR’S BLOCKBUSTER FILM KESARI Returns with ‘We’re OK’ Raising NOW STREAMING ON Awareness for Mental Health in AMAZON PRIME Young Men Having already received support from GRM Daily, Worldplay Magazine, BBC Asian Network and BBC, alternative rap artist Hyphen returns with ‘We’re OK’, exposing the darker realities of life, telling stories of his journey out of depression through uplifting Hip-Hop anthems.  Having been tipped as ‘The Future of British Asian Hip Hop’ by BBC Asian Network and multiple interviews with the BBC early late show on mental health, Hyphen has used music as a form of therapy. Working in finance, Hyphen was lacking his sense of purpose. He started writing down raps and poems and his new found love of rap music helped him deal with depression and found his new direction in life. His passion for heartfelt music and having a positive impact is made clear by the fund raising he’s been involved in. His track ‘Sounds that we Made,’ a song about stark income inequality in London, helped raise money for New Horizons a charity that works to alleviate homelessness in London. He’s also performed for Sanctus, a mental health organisation, to raise awareness for depression in young men. ‘We’re OK’ is taken from Hyphen’s upcoming EP to be released

“We’re OK is a stunning listen!” – BBC Asian Network’s Bobby Friction

later this year and will feature American singersongwriter Ben Zaidi.

“The future of British Asian Rap” – BBC Asian Network

Kesari released on 21st March this year and grossed over 200 crores INR worldwide box office collections. Megastar Akshay Kumar’s superhit film Kesari, which is based on the epic Battle of Saragarhi, 1897 has not only impressed critics but also became the fastest film in 2019 to cross the 100-crore mark. After successfully running to packed houses on the big screen, the adventure of these saffron clad warriors is available for viewing from home, as the film is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Celebrating the spirit of bravery and sacrifice, the film provides an account of one of the bravest battles ever fought in history where 21

courageous Sikh soldiers encountered 10,000 invaders. Besides an impressive run at the Indian box office, the film also set cash registers ringing in the international markets. Raking in over over USD 2 million in its opening weekend, the film established itself as one of the biggest opening for an Akshay Kumar film in Canada and Australia. For its realistic portrayal of one of the most significant historical battles to be ever fought in India, coupled with a powerhouse performance from Akshay Kumar playing Havildar Ishar Singh, Kesari managed to generate a huge buzz even prior to its release

I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder: Book Review

‘Profound, funny and completely heart-breaking’ Writer, actor and broadcaster, Rhik Samadder, is set to publish his novel ‘I Never Said I Loved You’ later this year on the 8th August. The story is based on Rhik’s struggle with depression and also his journey into hope and love for life. The story starts on an unlikely backpacking trip with Rhik and his mother where they find themselves opening up to each other for the first time in years. These conversations open up new pathways for Rhik as we follow his journey of recovery from

depression through his investigation of it. In the novel, he begins to explore how he came to be in the position he was in, how he could overcome the darkness that pulled him under, and also how people around him were eventually affected by his behaviour. The book takes the readers on a journey across generations while also being described as “a chartered voyage through the seas of [Rhik’s] mental health.” As Rhik uncovers shocking truths about his family and also brings to light secrets he has long buried, he begins to overcome

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his fears which then bring his depression to light. Through this, Rhik learns to let go of these burdens and move forward. Many readers may be able to relate to Rhik’s path, therefore, inspiring them to also follow in his steps to recovery. This book presents a fresh and important voice in narrative nonfiction, which many can relate to. With Rhik’s unique humour and incredible honesty, he has created a powerful, funny and touching piece which helps to explore the dark and light in us all.

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Asian Wedding Section Welcome to the renewed version of the AsianWorld wedding directory – inclusive in your monthly copy of our newspaper. This section will include a handful of all your favourite and well established brands, as well as some new and upcoming featured businesses. Either way, we aim to make planning your perfect wedding

so much easier! The lay-out and design of the next few pages is set to put you at ease – either side of the bridal party will find it simple to dip into our list of useful clientele, services and products, and tick off all their wedding needs! On average, the Asian wedding costs a huge

sum of £50,000 upwards, which is more than twice the price of a traditional British ceremony. Whether it be a Sikh, Muslim or Hindu marriage, Asians are known to invite all of their friends and members of their extended family from near and far. With an invitation list that normally exceeds 100 guests, hosts are eager to please. Hence, the

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Islamic Wedding The Islamic traditions begin with a pre-wedding ritual, where the Imam (Muslim Priest) performs a prayer to seek Allah’s blessings for the marriage. This is an official announcement of the wedding. After this the Salatul Ishtikara takes place. This involves a visit from the groom’s Mother to the bride’s home. She brings gifts and sweets along with a gold coin. The currency is wrapped in a soft fibre scarf and tied around the wrist of the bride as a mark of acceptance into her new family. The next ritual which takes place is called mangni. Close friends and relatives come along to witness the ring exchanging ceremony, and both families present each other with gifts. This is also the public declaration of the engagement of the bride and groom. Mehndi is an essential function in any South Asian Wedding and a Muslim marriage is an exception. The women from the bride’s family and her friends come together in a lively ceremony. A professional mehndi artist draws beautiful henna designs on the bride’s hands and feet. The groom’s initials are also hidden in the design, and he has to find them on the wedding night. The bharat is another exciting event that takes place. The groom uses a decorated car to reach the wedding venue. He is accompanied by his relatives and friends in a joyous fleet of song and dance. A family member of the bride goes to accompany him. It is a loud procession, declaring that the wedding is going to happen in a few hours. The bride’s family brings the groom into the wedding venue. He is served a cold drink and he is left in the company of the bride’s brother or closest brotherly figure. They spray Islamic perfume or rosewater on the groom, and around him to create a beautiful path for him to enter. Nikah is the main wedding ritual performed by a Maulvi (Muslim Doctor of the law). The men sit around the groom, and the women sit around the bride. The groom’s family offer their Meher, which is a mandatory payment for the bride to become her husband’s property after the marriage. The Maulvi recites prayers from the Quran (Islamic Holy Book). Both the bride and groom are kept separate from each other, and the Maulvi asks both of them for their approval, and they have to say “Qubool Hai” (I accept) thrice to give their permission. As per the Quran, after the official marriage, a Khutba is recited, followed by the union vows in the Quran. In the end, the elders give blessings upon the new bride and groom. At the time of rukhsat, the bride waves goodbye to her family and It is an emotional moment, but when the bride arrives at her new home, she is received with a warm welcome by the groom’s mother. Walimah is the public declaration that the marriage is done. This is the official reception. The bride and groom are treated royally. The bride is introduced to the members of the groom’s extended family, relatives, and friends. There are gifts, a lavish buffet and much joy among the wedding party. By Tauseef Asif

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Priyanka Chopra has Ambitions to be India’s Prime Minister, Wants Nick Jonas to Run for President of US Priyanka says she isn’t politically minded, but she and hubby Nick Jonas want to make a change Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra claims she is not fond of politics, but she is definitely up for anything that will help to bring about a positive change in people’s lives. In her world, that includes even running for candidacy as the next Prime Minister of India. Indeed, Narinder Modi may soon have a new rival on his hands as the highly opinionated superstar has hungered for world domination ever since she won the Miss World pageant a few years back. As if Priyanka’s ambitious plans were not enough, she also wants husband Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers to run for President in the United States, if that’s what it means to lead a change in America. Priyanka stated: “I would love to run for Prime Minister of India. I would love Nick to run for President. I don’t like the things associated with politics, but I know that both of us really want to make a change. Never say never,” as previously mentioned in an interview with The Sunday Times.

The Baywatch star listed feminism as one of the motivating qualities that make her husband ideal for the role of future President. Priyanka says that Nick shows no hesitation to “use the word”. To elaborate her point, the 36-year-old shared a story from when she first started to date the American band member. “One of the big moments when I thought, ‘Oh, this guy is different,’ was early on when we were on a boat with friends. I had a meeting to go to and kept saying, ‘If someone gives me a reason to cancel, I will.’ He pulled me aside and said, ‘Listen, I see that you want me to tell you to cancel, but I won’t. You’ve worked hard to be where you are. I’ll take our friends for dinner and wait for you. When you’re finished, come back and join us’,” she gushed. Priyanka found Nick’s approach, similar to a breath of fresh air. “I don’t think I’ve ever been with someone who is selfassured enough for me to be in the spotlight and for him to be okay with it. As women, we’re

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normally the ones who have to say, ‘Yeah, I can move that appointment,’ or ‘What you did at work today was amazing.’ That’s what made Nick so different,” she added. In the month of May, the happy couple both attended The Met gala hand-in-hand, fully embracing the unique theme Camp: Notes On Fashion and adhering to a quirky dress code. Priyanka recently explained that the event was enjoyable because of Nick’s presence. She said she believed she was in attendance with her ‘best friend’, but admitted their first time at the event in 2017 as a couple was in fact ‘so awkward’. ‘We didn’t know each other,’ she told People Magazine. ‘We were vibing.’ No one would have guess that two years later they would be married, definitely not Priyanka, as she has realised she misread him when they first met: ‘I didn’t think that this is what it [would’ve] turned out to be, and that’s maybe my fault, I judged a book by its cover.’

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Iconic Duo Amitabh and Jaya Bachan celebrate 46th Wedding Anniversary The love story between Big B and Jaya Ji is one that goes back to decades. It all started almost 50 years ago when the megastar couple met on the set of film Guddi in 1971. They went on to collaborate on several other hits together, including Khabi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Silsila, Mili, Abhimaan, Sholay and Chupke Chupke. Jaya Bachan described in an earlier interview, how she was immediately taken aback by her husband when she first met him. She reflects: “I was introduced to him on the sets of Guddi.. I was impressed by him and somewhat in awe as he was Harivanshrai Bachchan’s son. I felt he was different, though people laughed at me when I said that. I expressed my feelings and said he’s going to make it big, even though I was aware he wasn’t the usual stereotype hero. I fell in love with him very soon.” The couple very recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. They were married in May of 1973, at a shotgun monsoon wedding. Mr Bachan has recollected that he wanted to take Jaya with him to London in order to celebrate the then new release of his film Zanjeer. However, he received a letter from his father Harivansh Rai Bachan demanding that the pair be married im-

mediately before the trip took place. “Who all are going came the query from Babuji... names disclosed... ‘Jaya is also going with you... you both are alone... yes... if you have to go, marry and go’,” Big B wrote on his blog post. Thus, the couple were married on rainy afternoon just hours before their departing flight. The couple’s son Abhishek Bachan

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West Midlands residents believe doing just one kind thing can make the UK a better place • 91% agree that if we all did one kind thing, the UK would be a better place • Two thirds (65%) admit they could do more to be kinder to others • British Red Cross campaign asks us to make a difference with One Kind Thing

hormone essential for maintaining a pregnancy, may reduce the risk of miscarriage in women presenting with early pregnancy bleeding. “The PRISM trial was undertaken to answer a very important research question; whether progesterone given to pregnant women with threatened miscarriage would increase the number of babies born after at least 34 weeks of gestation when compared with a placebo.” While the research did not show statistically strong enough evidence to suggest that progesterone could help all women who are suffering early pregnancy bleeding to go on to have a baby, importantly the results did show the hormone benefitted those who had early pregnancy bleeding and had previously suffered a miscarriage. The researchers found that there was a 4% increase in the number of babies born to the women in the study who were given progesterone and had previously had one or two miscarriages compared to those given a placebo. (Of the 777 women given progesterone who had previously had one or two miscarriages, 591 (76%) went on to have a live birth, compared with 534 women out of 738 in the placebo group (72%).) The benefit was even greater for the

women who had previous ‘recurrent miscarriages’ (i.e., three or more miscarriages) – with a 15% increase in the live birth rate in the progesterone group compared to the placebo group. (Of the 137 women taking part in the trial who had previously had three or more miscarriages, 98 (72%) went on to have a live birth, compared to 57% (85 out of 148) women in the placebo group who went on to have a baby). The ground-breaking research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Arri Coomarasamy, Professor of Gynaecology at the University of Birmingham and Director of Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, said: “Our finding that women who are at risk of a miscarriage because of current pregnancy bleeding and a history of a previous miscarriage could benefit from progesterone treatment has huge implications for practice. This treatment could save thousands of babies who may have otherwise been lost to a miscarriage. “We hope that this evidence will be considered by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and that it will be used to update national guidelines for women at risk of miscarriage.”

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● Our feline friends are at risk of a lifethreatening health issue just like their owners - high blood pressure

65% in West Midlands admit they could do more to be kinder, says British Red Cross survey

Research led by the University of Birmingham suggests that giving progesterone to pregnant women with early pregnancy bleeding and a history of miscarriage could increase their chances of having a baby. The PRISM trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and co-ordinated by Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit in collaboration with Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, is the largest ever trial of its kind and involved 4,153 pregnant women who presented early pregnancy bleeding. The women, being treated at 48 hospitals across the UK and with the average age of 31, were randomly assigned by computer into one of two groups – one group of 2,079 women were given progesterone, while the other group of 2,074 women were given a placebo. Dr Adam Devall, Senior Clinical Trial Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Manager of Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, explained: “Miscarriage is a common complication of pregnancy, affecting one in five women, and vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy is associated with a one in three risk of miscarriage. “Several small studies have suggested that administering progesterone, a

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About two in every three people surveyed admitted they themselves could do more to be kinder to others, with a staggering 91% agreeing that if we all did one kind thing a day, the UK would be a better place. Preventing people from feeling lonely ranked top for the difference people would most like to make. Among the small acts of kindness people shared that had a big impact were: • A stranger at a petrol pump lending them 2p when they had no cash and were just over the £30 limit to use contactless • Friends who’d only ever met on Twitter sending another Twitter friend a box of goodies to cheer them up when they were ill • A neighbour nipping next door to re-plant a rose bush that had died, as a surprise • Coming home to a houseful of happy post-it note messages from a flatmate • Being met at the door with a... cheesecake after a particularly bad day at work Alongside the survey, the British Red Cross is launching its One Kind Thing campaign, encouraging everyone in the UK to do something kind to support its vital work. From donating money, time or unwanted clothes, to taking part in an event, the charity is inviting us all to choose ‘one kind thing’ to ensure its volunteers can keep connecting people in crisis with people’s kindness, across the UK and the world. Executive Director for Communications and Advocacy at the British Red

Cross, Zoë Abrams said: “The British Red Cross connects people in crisis with people who want to help. We reach out when people need us most so they know they don’t have to face their challenges alone. These survey results show the UK public believe we can all manage to do one kind thing, and it doesn’t have to be grand scale to make a real difference. “Even the simplest acts of kindness can start to remove some of the fear and anxiety we all feel when faced with adversity, however big or small. That’s as true in refugee camps thousands of miles away as it is on a street here in the UK. It’s heartening to see how strongly people recognise that; now we must mobilise and empower one other to create a kinder nation.” Clinical psychologist, Dr Sarah Davidson, heads up a team of British Red Cross staff and volunteers trained to support people wherever they are in the world when crisis hits. “Increasingly we’re seeing how emotional support is as vital as water, food, shelter and cash, to help people start to recover. And kindness is at the heart of that because it connects us to each other. Whether you’ve lost your home, your relative or your livelihood, having another human being notice your pain and be kind to you helps break through feelings of pain, loneliness and isolation. Find out more about the One Kind Thing campaign by searching online for ‘Red Cross One Kind Thing’. You can also get involved on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Linked In, using the hashtag #OneKindThing.

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● It’s easy for vets to check for high blood pressure in cats: Finding it early can prevent blindness, kidney damage, heart attacks and death They are our constant companion and have been credited with helping their owners get through physical and mental health problems but despite 93% of Brits considering their cat as one of the family, only 18% have been to the vets and had their cat’s blood pressure checked. Yet up to 83% of cats can present blindness suddenly or progressive blindness due to high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the number one check British people expect GPs to make in older people, with 81% of those surveyed saying they would expect a GP to check this in their older patients. A survey of 2001 cat owners by CEVA Animal Health UK revealed four in five cat owners aren’t aware cats can develop high blood pressure. CBBC’s Vet Dr Rory Cowlam, better

known as Rory The Vet says “Feline hypertension awareness month is really important because it is something that is overlooked by a lot of owners and vets alike. High blood pressure can be hugely debilitating in older cats and is often linked to some of the common diseases we see in cats, so it is really important to check this as part of a routine “senior cat health check!” It is estimated 1 in 5 cats from the age of 9 years old are at risk of developing high blood pressure and if left untreated, high blood pressure can have severe consequences such as loss of vision, kidney failure and brain and heart damage. Only 15% of cat owners suspected a link between feline hypertension and blindness or deterioration of eyesight and after being made aware

of the main risks of high blood pressure in cats, namely blindness, seizures and kidney disease, 83% of cat owners say they would ask their vet for a blood pressure test for their cat. The International Society of Feline Medicine, ISFM, which campaigns nationally for cat welfare, recommends having blood pressure checks performed every year in cats from the age of 7 years old. The good news is that just like in people, blood pressure checks in cats are easy, quick and painfree to do so can be included in routine vet visits in all older cats. As part of feline hypertension awareness month many vet clinics are promoting these checks so contact your vet to arrange one for your feline friend.

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The Surprising Science behind Fasting With the last few weeks seeing Ramadan in full swing, many of us who are unaware of the practice would have been shocked to see our Muslims friends and colleagues denying all food and drinks, and even sleep during a large proportion of the day. What is Ramadan you ask? The holy month in which members of the Islamic faith aim to re-align themselves with the teachings of the Qu’aran (holy book), disciplining their mind and bodies to become more modest and devoted individuals. During the sacred 30 day period, smoking and sex are forbidden between sunrise and sunset, eating and drinking are also limited to two specific times in the day (iftari and suhoor). Ramadan offers the opportunity for many Muslims to escape the indulgent practices of everyday life. Fasting encourages patience and good will-power. It also teaches us discipline and what it is to experience real hunger – thus, we can relate to the starving plight of many unfortunates across the globe and empathise with them to a greater extent. It’s unsafe to go the full day without eating and drinking you say? Not likely, many Muslims prime and prep for their fast by sticking to a nutritious diet, eating high protein foods at the start of the day that slowly release energy as the afternoon goes on. However, for many individuals fasting can indeed be harmful, that is why children, the elderly and sick are exempt from fasting. Women on their menstrual cycle also cannot fast, and are excused if fasting whilst pregnant poses a risk to their health. However, fasting has many health benefits too that people may be unaware of. Eating less frequently prompts the human body to lose fat. Whilst further research has demonstrated that fasting reduces levels of anxiety and cholesterol in the blood, which are related to heart disease and even mental health problems. Moreover, even though reducing your intake of

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liquids for 30 days may leave you with your skin looking sullen and dark under eye circles; studies have shown that it has no significant impact on your health. Another plus factor of fasting is that it has an amazing impact on the immune system. Fasting allows the human body to begin forming brand new white blood cells which help fend off infection and harmful diseases. These are pumped all throughout the body to help re-enforce the body’s defences against foreign pathogens. Furthermore, fasting gives the immune system the chance to take a break and reenergise. This regulates the PH balance of your stomach, reduces free radical damage and even starves off cancer formation. Fasting also cuts out the opportunity to over-eat frequently – reducing the level of harmful toxins in your skin that cause those pesky break-outs! Instead, your body can focus its energies on rejuvenating your complexion, causing you to gain clearer skin. There are many other numerous benefits to fasting which should not be ignored. Fasting should also not be avoided due to religious grounds as people of many different backgrounds can benefit from the practice. There are many ways to fast – such as choosing specific days in the week where you consume fewer calories or sticking to a liquid diet during a few hours at a time. So don’t miss out, choose a fasting regime that works for you so you can start reaping the benefits or even join in on next Ramadan as well!

Pass on the benefits of gardening to the next generation

Britain is a nation of both keen gardeners and green fingered novices – but how does time in the garden benefit us all, from the very young to the older generation? With spring in full swing and National Gardening Week just behind us, there’s never been a better time to explore how working with plants can support our health, wellbeing and learning. Research has found that spending time gardening not only makes us feel happier by releasing endorphins but can also improve physical wellbeing through activities such as digging, planting and weeding. A Dutch study discovered that gardening was much more successful in significantly reducing stress levels and improving moods compared to other calming activities such as reading. There has also been evidence to suggest that gardening can prove beneficial to those suffering with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Gardening helps stimulate the senses through sensation, smell and sight and can improve cognitive processes thanks to planning and the enjoyment of being able to focus on the here and now. Gardening also benefits children, as it develops reasoning, planning and organisation skills, whilst teaching pa-

tience and even social skills. Allowing kids to grow their own produce will also

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cal wellbeing. Open Study College offers a range of

courses that can support people wanting to embark on careers in horticulture or floristry – or simply hoping to develop their skills as a pastime or hobby. Samantha Rutter, CEO at Open Study College, said: “The RHS and the Horticultural Trades Association are doing a wonderful job inspiring both young and old to get out and learn more about plants and gardening through events such as National Gardening Week and National Children’s Gardening Week. “We are very proud to support these goals of inspiring passion and excellence in the world of horticulture by offering three of the RHS certified courses alongside our wider catalogue of flexible floristry, gardening and horticultural courses.” Open Study College has also noticed an interest by students taking up courses to improve their wellbeing outside of having a specific career growth goal. Samantha added: “We want to encourage, both new and seasoned gardeners to do more with what nature has to offer; whether it’s learning something completely new for your trade or whether it’s inspiring the next generation of gardeners by growing their own food or taking up gardening to support better wellbeing.”


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www.asianworldnews.co.uk The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), a National Hajj specific charity working for the welfare and wellbeing of pilgrims, has issued a stern warning about the threat of rogue and unscrupulous tour and travel operators, who try to con pilgrims with fraudulent activities and malpractice. Regrettably, in recent years a substantial number of pilgrims were victims of Hajj scams in which they lost large sums of money. These criminal and rogue tour operators sell Hajj packages online through some fake websites and vanish near the Hajj time leaving pilgrims stranded and in total devastation and trauma. Every year over 25,000 British Hajj pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia. It is highly deplorable that the rogue Hajj tour and travel operators indulge in all sorts of illegal and immoral activities, causing extreme hardship, trauma, financial exploitation, and mental anguish to these travellers. The most alarming aspect of this growing culture of exploitation and corruption is that these service providers prey on vulnerable pilgrims, including sick, elderly and disabled, and take undue advantage of these travellers by charging extortionate prices for their services, which are often not delivered as promised in the UK. ABH strongly urges pilgrims to be aware of fake websites and online scams and should not book their packages online. They should visit personally to the offices of tour and travel operators to ensure that they are genuine businesses. Only licensed holders tour operators are authorised by the Saudi Government to take pilgrims for the pilgrimage. Every Hajj travel company selling Hajj packages is required by UK legislation and Ministry of Hajj Saudi Arabia to hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL). In case the Hajj Company stops trading, the ATOL scheme protects prospective pilgrims by ensuring they do not get stranded abroad or lose money. ABH also strongly urges the prospective pilgrims that if they are a victim of any fraudulent activity, they must report this crime to the Police and Trading Standards and not suffer in silence.

Ask a Pilot... It’s not all Glamour The life of a pilot is not as easy as it seems to be. It is a job of immense responsibility, risk, prestige, hardship, and dedication. When a pilot works for any airline then their entire life is dedicated to the airline company which means that they have to miss and are unable to attend all the family occasions, important events in order to complete their job. Pilots have to work a lot harder as they have the

responsibility to carry unlimited souls safely to their destinations... There is no phrase like “Sunday is a Holiday” for them. Their life is much more systematic, disciplined and organised, full of continuous hard work. One such friend of mine who is a celebrity pilot from his country Kuwait is a captain of Kuwait Airlines. He is a well-renowned writer as he writes books on aviation, a passionate

traveller who travels around the world and uploads his travelling and flying videos on social media. Additionally, he’s an entrepreneur of his brand “AVIATOR”, which includes accessories related to aviation. His interviews get broadcasted on many TV channels and are printed in newspapers. Let’s know from him, what is his secret of becoming a successful Pilot.

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Interview with Capt. Feras

Q.) How do you describe your pilot life? Capt. Feras - Pilot life by itself is a great way to spend the major part of your life by doing your job. It’s a life in which you spend most of your time in the sky, travelling within the clouds and to different countries. It is a life of hardship. Q.) Tell us something about your first flight, as a pilot? Capt. Feras – My first flight as a pilot was very interesting, the way you can control the aeroplane and how it flies, it’s just magical. Q.) Do you think that social media has helped you in building your brand? Capt. Feras - Definitely, I believe in today’s world no one... and I mean no one no matter how small or big you are, you just won’t survive or exist without social media. Q.) What do you love about your job? Capt. Feras - I love what I call the “me time” I’m away from the life’s hectic tasks and problems, far far away from it, even though today’s technology like you mentioned social media and fast communication will follow you everywhere you go, but still you will have those quiet priceless moments for yourself.

others too are and what about people who are not pilots and can’t travel to get those things, then the idea evolved. Q.) You are a celebrity icon in the aviation industry, how you feel when your interviews are broadcasted on TV channels and newspapers?

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Capt. Feras - It’s an honour and I try to do my best to continue to add my humble experience and knowledge. Q.) What advice would you give to young people who are interested in becoming a pilot? Capt. Feras - Don’t be in it for the wrong reasons, they will not take you far.

Q.) What do you think about the future of commercial aircraft in the next 20 years? Capt. Feras - It will be faster and more efficient and result in busier skies. Q.) What makes pilot’s job unique? Capt. Feras – No other job gives you the opportunity to fly a 3 million plus dollars aeroplane! Q.) What‘s the biggest misconception people have about your job? Capt. Feras - They think it’s all fun and easy. Q.) How did the idea come in your mind to launch product “The Aviator”?

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Capt. Feras - It started when I wanted some aviation accessories and they were hard to get and so limited, so I thought if I’m having a lot of trouble like that I’m sure

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Cyber Less than 4% of our friends are made online criminals face new EU sanctions

Cyber attackers around the world could now face EU sanctions, thanks to a new regime pushed for by the UK and its partners. The new sanctions regime, which has been signed off recently in Brussels, sends a clear message to hostile actors everywhere that the UK, and the EU, and will impose tough consequences for criminals implementing cyberattacks. Over the last two years, we have seen a significant increase in the scale and severity of malicious cyber activity globally. The UK has been clear that it will not tolerate malicious cyber activity of this nature, especially due to the amount of damage they cause for home security and UK-based businesses. The UK, alongside a coalition of Member States, has been at the forefront of driving the new approach forward. The sanctions regime will involve travel bans and asset freezes against those we know have been responsible for these actions. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “This is decisive action to deter future cyber-attacks. For too long now, hostile actors have been threatening the EU’s security through disrupting critical infrastructure, attempts to undermine democracy and stealing commercial secrets and money running to billions of Euros. We must now look to impose travel bans and asset freezes against those we know have been responsible for this. “The UK and its allies have been unafraid to call out those who have conducted cyber-attacks with the intent to damage and destroy our institutions and societies. But we have been clear that more must be done to deter future attacks by hostile state and non-state actors. “Our message to governments, regimes and criminal gangs prepared to carry out cyber-attacks is clear: together, the international community will take all necessary steps to uphold the rule of law and the rules based international system which keeps our societies safe.”

Social media has transformed the way we access, understand and quantify friendships. Racking up friends and followers across multiple social networks has become a tangible way of managing and measuring how socially successful we are. Social media influencers and young people search for followers and friends as a way of validating their popularity and authority, even using dubious means in order to accrue more followers and friends. However, influencers speak out about their loneliness, depression and lack of true friendships, Yazzoo’s survey asks the question, where do we meet our friends? Yazzoo’s online survey asked over 1,500 participants “Where did you meet the majority of your friends?” Participants were offered several different categories, including “at school”, “at university”, “at work”, “through hobbies” and “online”, and, given today’s culture of meeting new people online, the results were surprising: • Just 4% of people make friends online • School friends make up 25% of a person’s social group • Friends from work and formed through hobbies cumulatively account for 25% of a person’s social circle With online friendships accounting for such a small total, the questions remain — how important are online social networks and how do we value true friendships? Social Networks Versus Social Media Networks We live in a digital age where our friendships, networks and connections are far-reaching and easy for the world to see. Our friends orbit around our digital space — sometimes reaching into the thousands, so why did the survey record such a low number of

friends being made online? The answer may lie in the Robert Dunbar findings that most people can only forge authentic connections when they have a social circle comprising between 100 and 200 people. Furthermore, he argued that most people will only have around five close friends at any one time. As a result, we make the majority of our close friends in the early stages of our development and at landmark points of our lives — during our childhood, university years and through shared experiences, such as jobs and work. “Friends” made online, on the other hand, form part of a “landscape” network. School Friendships Last Longer The highest percentage of friends have proven to be made in school,

with 25% of people claiming that they met their friends on the playground. Robert Joyce, the Founder of Yazzoo Personalised Clothing and who commissioned the survey, has noticed a similar trend in his business. He explains, “We’ve witnessed a 200% increase in interest in leavers’ hoodies and custom clothing over the past three years. The trend is growing as more students and young people seek wearable mementos of the special friendships and connections they’ve made during their unique school years.” Why We Value Friendship Many studies have explored the role of friendship in our overall happiness and enjoyment of life. Today, we value friendships not only for

emotional support, adventures and experiences but also for the benefits they can have on our health. A recent study of over 300,000 participants found that the strength of people’s social relationships, the number of friends within a circle and their involvement in the community were linked to longer life spans. The results suggested that the effect of friendships on lifespan is twice of that of exercising and equivalent to quitting smoking. Further studies also show that friendships can help to reduce body mass index, decrease blood pressure and keep the mind sharp, helping individuals avoid neurological diseases such as dementia.

9 out of 10 PR professionals struggle to gain valuable meaning and insights from data

Ever since entering the digital era of communication, PR professionals and marketers have been drowning in data; and yet competencies in data literacy remain low. When assessing individual skills, only one out of ten PR professionals consider themselves as having a high level of data literacy, meaning that they can extract meaning and insights from data, while the rest struggle. The Data-Driven Mindset is a survey examining how 1,050 marketers, PR professionals, and business leaders globally use data in both strategic and operational tasks. Previous findings from the survey show that only one in five can explain Artificial Intelligence. “We often talk about data as something revolutionary, but working with data is not a goal in itself. Data is only powerful when one can draw insights and business intelligence from it. Unfortunately, though, the number of PR professionals that can do just that is low,” warns Christopher Van Mossevelde, Global

Content Manager at Mynewsdesk. In marketing, one out of five professionals say they have a high level of data literacy. Although the competence level is higher among marketers compared to PR professionals, education across the whole industry is much needed. Ac-

cording to the survey, business leaders appear to be the most literate, with 25% claiming that they are good at interpreting and working with data. One out of five collaborate with Data Scientists Another interesting finding from the

survey is that organisations still rely on their marketing department for collecting, measuring and analyzing data (according to 60% of the respondents). Also, 49% of respondents state they collaborate with sales, while 25% work with Data Scientists. “Throughout the survey, we noticed that access to data is not the problem. The critical issue is rather that the industry needs more education in how to process and question data to gain actionable insights,” concludes Christopher. More interesting results: • 42% of the respondents state they have invested in technology that supports data-driven decision-making. • What is preventing data-driven decisions? 54% say they don’t have enough time, and 41% say they lack the budget to be data-driven. • 49% of PR professionals monitor performance but do not frequently change the approach based on the findings.

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InLinkUK and BT launch new technology to block anti-social calls

New call restriction technology automatically recognises anti-social calls and blocks them from InLink digital street units InLinkUk and BT have introduced a new automatic call blocking feature on all InLink digital street units, in a drive to prevent misuse of the free calls service provided to the public. It is the first development of its kind to be introduced on a UK public street phone. In direct response, and as part of the InLink management strategy, both InLinkUK and BT have worked closely with the police and a number of local councils to design and implement the new call blocking technology which prevents the misuse of the units’ free calls service, while allowing communities to continue to benefit from the wide ranging benefits of the InLinks. The new service - which has been activated across all InLinks deployed across the UK - uses an algorithm to identify suspicious call patterns and phone numbers. Any identified numbers are then blocked so that outgoing calls from any InLink in the UK cannot be made to those numbers. Using anonymised data, the algorithm examines a range of factors including the

frequency of attempted and connected calls, the length and distribution of such calls, as well as insights provided by the authorities. Initial results have shown that less than half a percent of total numbers called across the InLink network are associated with anti-social behaviour. These numbers have now been successfully blocked. InLinkUK and BT have been able to rapidly roll out the new technology across the entire InLink network thanks to the units’ modular design and advanced digital capabilities. The existing technical solution to prevent outgoing calls from selected InLinks to all mobile numbers will also remain in place where agreed with councils or the police. InLinkUK and BT are both committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which the InLinks operate. Both parties have collaborated with the police and local councils, in delivering this new investment in InLink technology aimed at helping the authorities to address anti-social behaviour issues.

Manchester is one example of a city council with whom BT and InLinkUK have been working closely to address such issues. Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester City Council, said: “It’s great to see the InLinks continue to adapt based on feedback from the council, police and wider community. Reducing opportunities for misuse while still providing useful services is just one aspect of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Manchester, but it is important we address it at the earliest opportunity. Together with local police and other partners, we will continue to work hard to tackle the underlying issues of substance abuse, drug dealing and related crime and anti-social behaviour here in Manchester.”

Matt Bird, General Manager at InLinkUK, said: “We are pleased that our ongoing collaboration with local authorities has resulted in the development of this brand new technology. We are committed to ensuring the InLinks are a welcomed and valued part of the communities they serve, and our investmentinto the development of this call restriction feature means we are able to readily identify misuse and quickly put a stop to it, whilst still providing a positive free service to local communities across the UK.”

The Anticipated Launch of Google’s Augmented Reality Maps “The next major step in navigation tech” After speculation on Google’s next launch, the company has announced the release of Google Maps AR for their Pixel devices. These devices allow owners to see directions on their maps in AR, therefore presenting arrows that point the user to the right direction in a

real-time environment. How does it work? Once the maps app is activated, the AR feature uses the camera, which shows the user a list of their surroundings with the actual map shown at the bottom of the screen. After the user has entered their desired destination, Google Maps begins to

display arrows guiding the user in a real-time environment. It also shows helpful information for the user, such as street names and a distance countdown. To ensure that users don’t look down on their phone too long when walking down the street, Maps gives the user a warning and even begins to dim the screen so that users are reminded to

pay attention to what is ahead of them, rather than on their screens. Not only is this a safety feature, but it also saves mobile data and battery. AR Maps are only currently available on Pixel phones; Google has not yet revealed when this feature will be available on other devices.

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Ali Ghazzawi Q.) Wrap up Questions – 1- Favorite cuisine? Chef Ali - Thai Cuisine 2- Favorite place to travel?

Eid Prep with Asda: Parveen Ashraf, a celebrity chef, and television personality is one mum who enjoys cooking meat for her friends and family. She tells Asda that her favourite part of Eid celebrations is the “smell of sweet cardamom in the morning combined with the smell of garam masala coated over the lamb chops at 8 in the morning.” Parveen’s childhood memory of the sweet and spicy aromas filling up the house are re-created using authentic seasoning as well as the ethnic meats which can be found freshly prepared every morning from Asda. Many preparing a meal for Eid take inspiration from their childhood memories like Parveen. With the memory comes traditional aspects that are important during a festive occasion like Eid. Asda creates this authenticity with their foods to keep those memories intact and give a personal touch on Eid festivities. Khadidija, a mum of two kids originally from Pakistan, believes that “the atmosphere of celebrating Eid in Pakistan is different in the UK. It’s like celebrating Christmas, everyone is together, and it is a big holiday.” She comments that

Chef Ali - I would be either a Pilot or a Farmer 4- Food that you love to cook? 5- Favorite Kitchen Gadget? Chef Ali - My favourite kitchen gadget is a precision tong.

ping at Asda part of her Eid ritual as she had only experienced Eid as a Christian living in Dubai. Now, living with her traditional Muslim in-laws in the UK, Blessy and her family enjoy making sheer khurma together for breakfast every Eid morning. She takes this traditional breakfast which is made in many Muslim household’s during a festive occasion and creates her own pudding with the Madinah Delight Khudri dates from her local Asda store. They remind Blessy of her home in Dubai and create a modern

Meat Company Birmingham Halal Abbatoir Passes Unsafe Produce for Humans and Animals

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Chef Ali - I love to cook pasta!

in in preparation for the festive dinner she wants only the best ingredient. Khadija said: : “I buy more here from my local Asda as there is more range especially with world spices which I couldn’t get in Pakistan.” Sharing new flavours is an important part of Asda’s ethos as it inspires new dishes to be made from people of different backgrounds. Global flavours are taken from around the world and planted in every local Asda store with their wide range of products. Blessy Syed found shop-

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All your Important Flavours under One Roof During Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims across the UK will mark the end of Ramadan by celebrating a feast with their friends and family. After long hours of fasting, Eid allows everyone to enjoy experimenting with new recipes, taste new flavours and create traditional favourites sharing inspiration from one another. Asda shoppers share their Eid rituals inspired by the memories of their celebrations. The halal ranges in Asda are popular during Eid festivities and many families enjoy browsing the selection of different meat that is on offer.

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atmosphere around the dinner table. With Asda foods, Blessy can celebrate Eid with new experiences and experimenting with new flavours for herself and her family in the UK. The shopping experience at Asda is different for everyone but links them together enabling them to share global flavours during their Eid feast. Such diversity of cultures rejoice during this celebration and Asda welcomes all flavours from around the world to bring authenticity and originality into everyone’s home. You can find all the ingredients you need for your Eid Dawaat at Asda so go to your local stores now and see what unique dishes to can put together to share your Eid stories with us. Asda are there to make your Eid special and therefore with the finest ingredients, Asda makes sure old memories come alive again.

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Passion for becoming something in life makes a person’s dreams come true, whatever the challenge may be. One such person who has achieved this is Chef Ali Ghazzawi (Instagram A/c- alighzawi ) from Jordan. The journey of this young chef began by him completing his education in Global Hospitality at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. After graduating

he applied for an internship at 2 Michelin Star Restaurant ‘Enoteca’ by Paca Perez in Barcelona. After participating in ‘Top Chef Middle East’ of 2019, to his surprise, the single preparation of a dish changed Chef Ali’s life forever. Made from eggs and liquorice, the 50-minute prepdished resulted in Ali winning the competition and being declared as

6- Favorite thing to do in your spare time? Chef Ali - I love playing sports in my spare time 7- Favorite dessert? Chef Ali – My favourite dessert is Rice Pudding. the youngest chef to qualify for the finals. Let’s know his story through his interview.

Interview with cHef Q.) You have become famous for your work in the Arab world. How easy has it been to deal with it? Chef Ali - It is not easy at all, being well known and famous at the age of 25 is a big responsibility, I have to give more than ever and prove that winning top chef is only the beginning. Q.) How did you discover your passion for food and decide to become a Chef? Chef Ali - I discovered my passion for food at 17. In high school, my friends always ate my sandwiches, which made me have a start-up to make and sell sandwiches at school. I began with 10 sandwiches and ended up selling 150 daily, which gave me my passion to cook, and then I began to study culinary arts. Q.) How would you describe your style of cooking and how many different types of cuisines are you capable of creating? Chef Ali - My style of cooking is authentic and simple yet sophisticated; I like to use basic ingredients to create high-end

dishes. Simplicity is very tricky. I possess knowledge of French, Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean and Levantine cuisines. Q.) When you were given the title as ‘Top Chef Middle East’ of 2019. How did you feel at that time? Chef Ali - The feeling of winning top chef was priceless. Until this day I am speechless, mixed emotions and memories have all accompanied me on my journey. Q.) How do you feel representing your country, Jordan in different parts of the world? Chef Ali - Representing your country is a must, I was, am and will always be very happy and feel honoured to represent Jordanian youth the way I did, in a very Ambitious, courageous and determined manner. I am very proud that I have managed to do so. Q.) Any advice you would like to give to someone wanting to become a chef? Chef Ali - My advice to future chefs is be passionate, love what you do, read a lot, travel more often, challenge yourself, don’t let anyone stop you, dreaming alone is never enough, have a plan and never be afraid of failing. Today Chef Ali is a well known Jordanian celebrity who travels around the world representing his Country Jordan in many culinary and other events. His live cooking shows are broadcasted on TV, he is a part of many popular brands, and you can see him in many advertisements. Today for a single glimpse, his fans wait for long hours in a queue, a crowd shouting his name and cheering for him fills the place of his success that he dreamt of when starting his passion at the age of 17. He is now living his dream successfully.

Who re Birmingham Halal Abbatoir? Birmingham Halal Abattoir (UK 4496) operate as Pak Mecca. Based and running in Birmingham, they are a family run business with over 36 years experience. The company pride themselves on using the most hygienic facilities and cutting edge equipment to slaughter and treat the finest quality livestock. Consumers would thereby think that their high range meat comes from a good source – however, recent findings have in fact discovered the opposite. Incident in Question Pak Mecca Ltd deals in the produce and distribution of lamb, beef and mutton on both a national and continental scale. Until recently their meat has been processed under secure industry standards – when a shocking discovery came to light. The brand is now recalling lamb and sheep meat and pet food as there is a high chance of them containing meat which is unsafe for human and animal consumption. As it is impossible to identify lines which have been contaminated after they have left the factory, the abattoir has simply decided to exclude the products listed below from being safely edible. Sheep Feet Pack size 5kg bags containing 36 feet Batch description All batches produced and purchased up to and including 29 April 2019 Sheep Tripe (intended as fit for human consumption) Pack size 6kg bags containing either 6 or 4 tripe Batch description All batches produced and purchased up to and including 29 April 2019 Sheep Tripe (intended as pet food) Pack size All pack sizes Batch description All batches produced and purchased up to and including 29 April 2019 Sheep Intestines Pack size All pack sizes Batch description All batches produced and purchased up to and including 29 April 2019 Action and Advice Provided by the Company In addition to recalling the products, warning labels will be presented on store shelves where the company’s items were on sale. These will tell customers that the products have been temporarily recalled and why this has happened. The notices will also give out advice to customers; telling them to throw out the items if they have previously purchased or return them in store for a full refund. It is still uncertain as to how they contaminated product entered factory lines at Halal Abbatoir, and when the withdrawn products will be re-issued as safe and distributed in supermarkets once more. By Manisha Bhanot


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NEW APP SEES Get Caravaning: ACCIDENT HOTSPOTS Tips from IAM RoadSmart BEFORE DRIVER DOES • New app assesses the road ahead in real-time and warns drivers of potential accident hotspots • Combines critical data from over 1.3 million accidents with a powerful AI machine-learning algorithm to calculate a risk score and provide appropriate audible and visual warnings • Easy-to-use app available now on the iOS AppStore and Android Play Store

Wouldn’t it be great to see potential road accidents before they happen? Fortunately, a UK company has developed an app that can do exactly that, using data provided by the police to accurately warn drivers of every accident hotspot in the UK. Based on information from 1.3 million accidents over the past 10 years, the Safescape app knows the severity of every accident and its exact time and date. Using its powerful AI, it will continuously analyse various factors in realtime and, combined with this data, calculate a risk score of the approaching location, warning drivers appropriately so that they are aware and prepared. “There are around 3,500 ‘safety’ cameras on the roads today, but we know most of the 238,000 accidents occurring annually don’t even

happen at these locations,” said Stuart Petersen, VP of Distribution & Partnerships at Safescape Intelligent Systems, the company behind the app. “You only have to look at the meteoric rise in dashcams to realise people want to feel safe in their cars. Safescape arms drivers with the best knowledge to adjust their speed accordingly, intensify their focus and hopefully stay out of harm’s way.” The Safescape user interface has been deliberately designed to be simple to use and convey crucial information quickly and without fuss. It uses audible alerts and a visual indicator based on familiar traffic light colours to effectively reflect the severity of the approaching risks. “Our data API is also able to integrate with third party and OEM

offerings like Navigation, Driver Assist and Telematics systems, and adds an excellent additional and critical layer of safety and “eyes” for their customers,” commented Alex Luketa, Safescape’s VP of Engineering. “We believe in the benefits of this technology and feel sure it will contribute to making our roads safer throughout the UK and eventually the rest of the world. Safescape will be a critical & complimentary safety partner to new systems like ISA (Intelligent Speed Assistance), Autonomous Emergency Braking and Electronic Lane Keeping.” Safescape is available now on the Apple and Android platform on the iOS AppStore and Android Play Store, or for more information visit https://safescape.co/

As the summer season is now here, there will be more people dusting off their caravan and packing for the long weekends. IAM RoadSmart has partnered up with the Caravan and Motorhome Club to offer some advice for a successful holiday trip. With the south west of England being a very popular place to visit, it is not surprising that the South West has some of the highest incident rates for caravans. Between January 2017 and May 2018 there have been 850 caravan or trailer incidents on main roads in the South West region, with 460 of those occurring in the summer months of May to September last year - a sure way to put a sudden end to a lovely holiday. With the majority of caravans only being used over the summer months, this figure needs to be reduced. Caravan and trailer road-worthiness is just as important as your car’s, and particular care is needed for that first summer outing, as many are parked up and unused over the winter. We recommend that before you start your trip you make sure you have checked both your car and caravan or trailer. Especially check your tyres as they should be inflated to the correct pressure, have a good amount of tread (no lower than 1.6mm) and be free from damage The caravan breakaway cable (or safety chain on smaller unbraked trailers) should be in good condition and connected correctly. If you have a caravan or a large box-shaped trailer you will almost always need to fit extension mirrors - these will help make sure you have a good view behind you and comply with the law. Remember when loading your caravan or trailer to make sure it is not overloaded as this can put you at additional risk of instability, and mean you’re breaking the law. Ensure your heavy items are

positioned correctly over the axle, low to the floor with lighter items higher up A quick refresher of the Highway Code will remind you that travelling in the right-hand lane of a motorway with three or more lanes is not allowed and your speed limit when towing is 60 mph on dual carriageways and motorways and 50 mph on single carriageways, unless a lower overall limit is applies Be extra vigilant on downhill stretches as your speed can easily creep up and get too high - this is a common contributory factor to your caravan/trailer losing stability. Remember, you will need more room to stop when towing and you should always have a big enough gap to be able to slow down and stop in an emergency Towing in high winds needs additional care and perhaps a change of route should be considered. However it’s not just windy days you need to be mindful of. Overtaking large vehicles can place you in their “bow wave” and this can cause instability of caravans which are badly loaded and/or being towed too fast Martin Spencer, technical manager at the Caravan and Motorhome Club says: “Towing a caravan or other trailer can be unfamiliar, but doesn’t need to be intimidating. By getting the basic set-up right, then following straightforward advice over issues such as speed and safety around other vehicles, towing can be relaxed, easy and comfortable. Above all, it will be safe.”

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Small businesses risk hours of lost productivity with three in 10 vehicles breaking down every year Small businesses are indisputably the lifeblood of the UK economy but many are putting their daily productivity at risk by failing to protect themselves against one of their vehicles unexpectedly breaking down.

Data from the RAC’s small and medium enterprise (SME) team shows there is a three-in-10 chance that one of a small firm’s vehicles will break down every year. Of the hundreds of thousands of small business vehicles protected by the RAC, 31% are expected to suffer a breakdown this year, based on an analysis of call-outs in the first quarter of 2019. What’s more, among all the small businesses with RAC breakdown cover, each is predicted to have an average of two breakdowns in their fleets this year. With new data showing SMEs making up 99% of all UK business – or 5.66m businesses, the consequence of every breakdown in terms of lost time, missed appointments and delayed deliveries is frightening. The amount of time a business without pre-arranged breakdown cover in place would lose when one of its vehicles breaks down could range from an hour or two to a day. This would depend on how easy it is to get a mobile mechanic to attend or whether the vehicle would need to be transported to a garage for repair. The most common RAC SME call-out relates to batteries, whether that’s simply a flat battery or one that’s reached the end of its life. In total battery issues equate to 18% of all RAC breakdown jobs for small businesses. Tyres are responsible for generating the second biggest volume of callouts, making up 13% of all breakdowns. And, with many vehicles now

Rank Top RAC SME breakdown call-outs 1 Battery 2 Tyres 3 Clutch 4 Alternator 5 Engine mechanical 6 Starter motor 7 Fuel – diesel contamination 8 ECU – engine management 9 Road traffic accident 10 Gearbox - manual

DEALING WITH VULNERABLE ROAD USERS: TIPS FROM IAM ROADSMART • Motoring stars Vicki Butler-Henderson and Quentin Willson named as hosts at the Young Driver Challenge 2019 • Young Driver scheme aims to create a safer next generation of drivers TV presenters and motoring experts Vicki Butler-Henderson and Quentin Willson are leading the hunt for the UK’s best young driver – but, unusually, the entrants must be under the legal driving age of 17. The Young Driver Challenge 2019 is searching for the country’s best drivers who are aged 10 to 16 – and Vicki and Quentin, who have both been presenters on ‘Fifth Gear’ and ‘Top Gear’, will be

hosting the national final. The Young Driver Challenge is run by Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons. The scheme aims to develop a safer next generation of young drivers, by extending their learning over a longer period. The Young Driver Challenge 2019 is open to anyone aged from 10 to 16, and entries can be made during lessons at any of Young Driver’s 60 venues before

15th July 2019. Drivers will be marked on their driving skills and abilities, with the 40 top scorers from across the country then being invited to the national final at the NEC on Saturday 7th September. At the NEC, finalists will be split into two categories, 10 to 13s and 14 to 16s, before competing in a number of driving challenges, including manoeuvring a slalom, undertaking different types

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of parking, controlling an emergency brake and confidently tackling independent driving. The Challenge encourages youngsters to consider responsible and safe driving, with top marks given to those who show the best levels of control and awareness. Prizes up for grabs for the winners include £200, 10 one-hour Young Driver lessons, family restaurant vouchers and signed copies of Quentin Willson’s latest book. Young Driver has given over 700,000 driving lessons to under 17s over the last 10 years. The scheme sets out mock road systems, which allows youngsters to experience everything from roundabouts and junctions to car parks and traffic lights. Lessons take place in a dual control Vauxhall Corsa with a highly trained approved driving instructor. The emphasis of the scheme is very much on safety. Four hundred people are killed on UK roads in accidents involving young drivers every year and one in five newly qualified drivers has an accident within six months of passing their test. Research shows that pre17 driving tuition can cut the accident rate in half, to one in 10. Presenting the finalists with their awards at this year’s Challenge final, Vicki Butler-Henderson has an impressive motoring track record as a driver, motoring journalist and TV presenter, including presenting ITV’s new primetime classic car show, ‘The Car Years’. Vicki said: “I strongly believe in getting behind the wheel as soon as possible. You don’t have to aim for a career as a driver - just learning early will be a

not having a spare wheel, a significant number of these will be ‘puncture no spare’ jobs which would typically be very difficult for a business to get fixed without the support of a breakdown company. Fortunately, the RAC is well equipped for this situation with every patrol carrying a ‘universal spare wheel’ designed to fit the majority of cars and vans on the road. Clutch problems complete the top three most common SME vehicle breakdowns seen by RAC patrols. While only 5% of RAC small business call-outs relate to clutch faults they usually require recovery to a garage for repair – an issue that would cost a small business without breakdown cover dear. Nicky Brown, of the RAC’s small business team, said: “Any downtime for a small business is likely to be extremely costly as it represents a serious loss of productivity, missed appointments or late deliveries. And, the smaller the business is, the worse the problem. “With 5.4m micro-businesses operating in the UK, the impact of not having breakdown cover in place could mean many hours wasted trying to sort out the problem, whether that’s trying to fix it themselves or making arrangements for someone else to. “The cost of not having a breakdown policy set up for every vehicle a small business has is so much greater than the cost of taking out in the first place. It really is better to be safe than sorry with business vehicle breakdown cover.”

huge benefit and gives you the time getting to grips with the necessary skills. I can’t wait to see what the finalists can do on the day. It should be lots of fun!” Young Driver patron Quentin Willson is an award-winning motoring journalist, author, TV presenter and campaigner. He fronted Top Gear for a decade and writes for numerous national publications, while campaigning tirelessly on behalf of Britain’s motorists. Quentin added: “Research shows that early driving tuition has a significant positive effect on novice driver behaviours and attitudes to road safety. The Young Driver Challenge celebrates and rewards careful, precise car control. It’s that rare thing - a driving competition where safety wins the race.” Sue Waterfield, head of marketing for Young Driver, added: “This is our sixth annual Challenge and we’re delighted that this year Vicki and Quentin will be joining us at the final as hosts. The skill some of these young drivers show is staggering, and it’s reassuring to see how seriously they take being behind the wheel. They have fun and come away beaming, but at the same time they’re absorbing important safety messages and learning how to do a lot of the mechanical side of driving before they’re anywhere near a real road.” For more information about the Young Driver Challenge or to book a lesson visit www.youngdriver.com or call 0844 371 9010.

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Smart Air Purification monitors and improves in car air quality Passengers can check real-time information of interior air quality through vehicle’s Audio, Video, and Navigation (AVN) system Innovative laser-based fine particulate sensors ensure system’s durability and reliability Hyundai Motor Group developed an intelligent ‘Smart Air Purification system’ that monitors interior air quality to automatically filter the air inside a car. The innovation builds on the Group’s prior work to enhance in-car air quality by introducing a new automated monitoring system, which continually checks interior air quality until it achieves an ‘Excellent’ status. Combined with advanced filtering innovations, the technology can remove fine particulates before passengers enter the car, and purification of cabin air throughout a journey. The new development, already under consideration for future Hyundai and Kia vehicles, responds to growing concerns about the health impact of fine particulates, especially in highlycongested urban areas. Conventional air purification systems only operate for a set period when activated, turning off after a designated time regardless of current cabin air quality. However, the new Smart Air Purification system constantly monitors the car’s air quality, activating the purification function if the air quality decreases to ‘Fair’ level. It then maintains the cleaning process until the air quality improves to an ‘Excellent’ level. Even if the exterior air quality is at ‘Poor’ level, the system can purify

air inside to ‘Excellent’ quality almost instantaneously. Passengers can monitor interior air quality levels via the car’s audiovideo navigation (AVN) screen, with a visual 16-bar digital display of air quality that fluctuates in real-time. This is categorized according to Korea Environmental Corporation Standards, which categorizes four levels of air quality based on the presence of fine particulate matter: Excellent, Good, Fair and Poor. “Enabling our customers to breathe the cleanest air, even in highlypolluted areas, is a demonstration of how Hyundai Motor Group strives to care for its customers,” said YongSuk Shin, head of FR Interior & Exterior System Engineering Design Team. “This innovation is just one of many projects we are working on to provide our customers with the best in-car environments.”

Hyundai Motor Group designed an integrated, laser-based sensor to ensure the system’s durability and reliability. Typical sensors are prone to reliability issues as fine particulates can gradually build up on the measurement lens. A laser-based design sidesteps this problem, giving room for innovation by the Hyundai Motor Group R&D team. Furthermore, rigorous testing guarantees that the purifier’s fan motors and sensors will maintain full functionality at environments of both extreme heat and cold. The new interior purification system is paired with advanced high-performance air filters which enhance the collection rate of fine particulates from 94% to 99%. Moreover, the new filtration system features a charcoalbased deodorization function and can automatically close car windows to assist the purification process.

Sales of electric vehicles are rising

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Following the news that sales of battery electric vehicles are rising, against a backdrop of lower overall new car sales, RAC head of external affairs Pete Williams said: “We are getting close to a tipping point where buying an electric vehicle is an increasingly credible option for many. The factors that influence choice are beginning to line up to make an electric vehicle (EV) a wise option for many drivers including: a greater, more diverse range of vehicles; significantly improved battery range; and an improving charging infrastructure. Ultimately price is the biggest sticking point although prices will begin to fall as demand grows. “Our latest RAC Report on Motoring found that one in ten drivers would consider purchasing a pure electric

vehicle (3%) or a plug-in hybrid (7%) as their next car, and 17% would consider a conventional hybrid. Those saying they would go for a conventionally-fuelled vehicle are in decline with 52% opting for a petrol engine and 18% for a diesel. Two-thirds of drivers (67%) say they would require a minimum EV range of at least 300 miles between charging, and half (50%) said the maximum time to fully recharge a vehicle mid-journey would have to be no more than 30 minutes.” “A third (36%) of drivers see themselves buying a pure electric vehicle within the next 10 years and half (49%) within 15 years. So the RAC is gearing itself up to deal with higher volumes of EVs on our roads, including equipping some patrol vans with new lightweight EV Boost portable chargers.”

ONE IN EIGHT MOTORISTS ARE DELAYING THEIR NEXT VEHICLE PURCHASE DUE TO BREXIT

Exclusive research for Autocar finds close to half of all car buyers are delaying their next vehicle buy, with 25% of them blaming Brexit SMMT sales figures show April registrations down 4.1%, with yearon-year sales down by 2.7% UK buyers more likely to purchase vehicles from brands which manufacture in the UK after Brexit, with Ford and Toyota expected to see biggest benefit French and German manufacturers likely to be hardest hit To find out more about the effects of Brexit on the UK’s automotive industry, read the latest issue of Autocar: autocar.co.uk Nearly half of all drivers are set to delay their next vehicle purchase, with one in four of those blaming Brexit, according to exclusive research for Britain’s leading weekly automotive title, Autocar, conducted by Simpson Carpenter. The research follows another month of declining UK vehicle sales, with the latest Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures showing new car registrations

in April were down by 4.1%. Market research firm Simpson Carpenter interviewed more than 1000 car buyers on behalf of Autocar. The data collected showed that, of those looking to delay their next vehicle purchase, 39% are doing so

due to economic concerns – including the uncertainty associated with the UK leaving the European Union. Luxury car buyers are the most apprehensive - 51% have delayed their purchase, with one in three of them blaming Brexit for their delay.

The hiatus will have a long-term effect on the UK’s vehicle market, as 31% of buyers now say they will delay their purchase until the longrun effects of Brexit become clear. UK buyers are also expected to shift their brand preferences after

Brexit. One in five drivers said they would purchase a different make due to Brexit, with many favouring brands with UK manufacturing plants. Ford, which has an engine manufacturing facility in Dagenham and Toyota, which manufactures vehicles in the UK, are likely to be among the net winners. French and German brands are the likely net losers. This includes BMW, despite its Mini plant in Oxford. Mark Tisshaw, editor of Autocar, said: “Since the very beginning of the Brexit debate, the UK’s automotive industry has had a very clear stance – leaving the EU without a trade agreement in place would hurt sales and productivity. With half of all car buyers now delaying their purchase, we are one step closer to what the industry has been warning about us for years. “On a positive note, Brexit could see Brits starting to purchase more vehicles built here in the UK, helping plants like Sunderland stay in business.”


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Construction work on Commonwealth Games Village officially begins

Construction work on the largest infrastructure project directly related to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has officially begun. A ground-breaking ceremony was staged at the Commonwealth Games Village site in Perry Barr – which will provide a home away from home for

around 6,500 athletes and officials coming to the city in the summer of 2022. Members of the local community including pupils from Arena Academy were joined by dignitaries from the Games Partners – the organisations that have joined forces to deliver the 2022 Commonwealth Games – as well

as Team England athletes to mark the occasion. The construction work for this residential element of the village, built on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus, is due for completion in early 2022. Commitments secured by the council through various mechanisms, including the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility, mean that the lead contractor on the residential element of the Commonwealth Games Village will provide: • The development of on-site training and engagement facility and a related £1.28million package of training (thanks to funding unlocked by the West Midlands Combined Authority); • 1,000 pre-employment training places, giving those involved the skills and industry accreditation to work on construction sites more widely in the city and region; • 50 existing apprenticeships working on site via the project’s supply chain; • The creation of 400 jobs, including 50 new apprenticeships and 30 paid summer intern (6-week) placements; • An overall total of 22,000 person weeks of training and employment op-

portunities (for the 2022 Games) against a benchmark for a project of this size of 18,000 person weeks. Post-Games, the development will be converted into more than 1,400 homes for the people of Birmingham, the first phase of a long-term regeneration plan for Perry Barr and surrounding areas that will provide 5,000 homes – required as the city’s population is forecast to increase by 150,000 in the period covering 2011-2031. As part of the wider regeneration of Perry Barr, the village will sit in legacy mode alongside improved open space, a redeveloped Alexander Stadium and related community, sport and leisure facilities as well as transport improvements including a new Sprint rapid bus service from Birmingham to Walsall. Upgrades to cycling and walking routes and a reconfiguration of the highways network along the A34 are also proposed. And in order to engage with the Perry Barr community, the city council has today announced the launch of a programme of site visits for local schools and community organisations, full details of which will be announced in the months

England name ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Squad England National Cricket Selectors have named a 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup

England 15-man ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Squad Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain Moeen Ali (Worcestershire) Jofra Archer (Sussex) Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) Jos Buttler (Lancashire) Tom Curran (Surrey) Liam Dawson (Hampshire) Liam Plunkett (Surrey) Adil Rashid (Yorkshire) Joe Root (Yorkshire) Jason Roy (Surrey) Ben Stokes (Durham) James Vince (Hampshire) Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) Mark Wood (Durham)

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National selector Ed Smith (left) and England ODI captain Eoin Morgan pictured at Trent Bridge The World Cup squad has three changes from the preliminary squad, which was announced in April. Sussex’s Jofra Archer is called up after his debut in the Royal London ODI series against Pakistan. The 24-year-old fast bowler played two matches in England’s four-nil series victory over the past month. Hampshire’s Liam Dawson returns to the England set-up for the first time since sustaining a side strain during October’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka. The 29-year-old left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder has been in fine form for his county, claiming 18 wickets and averaging 45 with the bat during Hampshire’s run to the Royal London One-Day Cup final.

James Vince, the classy Hampshire top-order batsman, is also included having played his part during the Royal London ODI series against Pakistan. The 28-year-old will be looking to add to his 10 caps during the tournament. From the preliminary squad that was announced before hand, Kent’s Joe Denly and Yorkshire’s David Willey miss out on selection.

ahead. Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform an area of Birmingham that has long needed investment, so I am hugely proud that the biggest sporting event in the city’s history will act as a catalyst for the development of a new high-quality residential neighbourhood. Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “I’m delighted to be here today as the first spade goes into the ground at what will be a superb home from home for the athletes and a fantastic legacy for the city – leaving more than 1,000 new homes for people here after the Games. “The combined authority has been instrumental in securing government funding and we look forward to seeing the project come to fruition and people making the most of the opportunities for jobs and homes in the future.”

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World Cup Fever Young boxer from Balochistan Disguised Herself as a Boy

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By Will Rymer

With the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England on the horizon, National Lottery funds are helping to run a number of taster sessions aimed at South Asian communities in inner-city Birmingham, with the goal of helping to improve physical and mental wellbeing. The England and Wales Cricket Board has put the program in place, by which a group of people (‘activators’) are welcoming participants as well as their families to various venues in the city, where they will learn the basics of playing cricket. The scheme aims to give women and children a chance to be active and socialise with like-minded people. The project is targeting the participation of families whose origins lie in cricketing nations such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (although people of other backgrounds are also welcome and not discriminated against). The project is also linked to the #GetActiveBrum campaign which has been implemented by the National Lottery as an attempt to get the people of Birmingham getting out and doing more exercise. The National Lottery awarded £1.2million to bring cricket to diverse communities via their activators project. Birmingham is benefiting from this, with a total of 4,000 activators currently employed. In a recent event at Moseley School, around 40 children and parents participated in a fun session using ‘Kwick cricket’ style bats and balls. The games they played focused on throwing, catching and working as a team. One way in which participation in cricket is being encouraged is ‘All-Star Cricket Sessions’, which have been promoted by Ian Bell, Birmingham Bears captain and ex-England International cricketer. These sessions aim to give 5-8-yearolds as well as their families

their first taste of cricket. They are also run by all-female staff again giving women of the community a chance to involve themselves in the sport, and in an opportunity to help others remain active. Two people who have enjoyed the benefits of these schemes are Sarah Barge and her 11-year-old daughter Isabel, who were included in the families participating in a number of games in the sports hall at Mosely school. Sarah said of the session: “All-Stars is a brilliant way for young kids to have a go at cricket, it’s all about fun and enjoyment”… “Most people think cricket is about adults at clubs but this is a good way to get the kids in early, it’s a great concept” [Birmingham Live]. Birmingham plays host to many of the most high profile cricket matches in the country at the Edgbaston ground and has also birthed a number of big name cricketers including current England international Moeen Ali. With the One Day International World Cup coming back to England, it is a fantastic opportunity to get communities, and the city as a whole, involved in the game. This would only serve to improve peoples’ health both physically and psychologically while giving participants the chance to socialise with people they may not know from their wider community.

Having participated in around ten competitions, Malika Zahid has been hailed as the best boxer in the majority of these cases and snapped up numerous accolades over a career that is still in its early stages. In 2017, her coach, Syed Asif Shah, commented that she was “the only boxer in the club that has bagged two gold medals in Mini Olympics Games and other boxing events.” Dedicated to the sport, at the time Malaika was cycling to Ayub Stadium every day to be trained. However, the challenges that came with being the only female boxer in a male-dominated environment led to another difficult decision that proved her commitment to the sport. Upon entering the ring as a ten-year-old, it became clear that the boys

By Huma Khan Malaika was training alongside did not feel comfortable with the novelty of the situation. In a bid to pursue her passion, the young boxer made the difficult but ultimately career-enhancing decision to cut her hair short. “I had to change my lifestyle so that the boys perceive me as an equal and nobody says anything snarky about me.” Now 14, Malaika says that her parents have been immensely supportive, encouraging her to face up to challenges she has encountered over the past four years. Whilst she still faces many is-

sues, the young boxer says that many of the people who commented that boxing is not for girls are now proud of her. At present, she attends training sessions at a small club situated close to the Railway Hockey Ground. Her current coach, Ghulam Nabi, believes that more girls can become boxers with the provision of separate facilities and a club. With Pakistan’s first official training program for women having launched by the Sindh Boxing Association (SBA), it seems things are moving in the right direction, albeit slowly. SBA secretary, Asghar Baloch, explained the significance of the program’s launch: “Female boxers or pugilists take part in competitions all over the world, but ever since the Pakistan Boxing Federation was formed in 1948, we have never had a program for women.” Whilst being a female boxer in Pakistani is evidently not without its sacrifices, the young star from Balochistan is as determined as ever. “Now, I want to play at the international level and win a medal for my country. I am also training for the Olympics and hope to win a medal as well” she told press.

Shahid Afridi Claims his Daughters are not Allowed to Play Outdoor Sports His decision is based on ‘social and religious’ reasons Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan cricket captain, claimed that as a conservative father, he was unbothered by criticism from the public. He stated in his memoir Game Changer, “They have permission to play all the indoor games they want, but my

daughters are not going to be competing in public sporting activities. The feminists can say what they want; as a conservative Pakistani father, I’ve made my decision.” The cricketer had said that although his daughters were “great at sports” they are only allowed to do this indoors. Pakistan has its national football, baseball and cricket teams; however, the number of Muslim women who take part in these sports is low. Sport England conducted a study in 2017 and found that only 18% of UK Muslim women took part in regular sport. Fifi Haroon, a journalist, commented on Afridi’s views and stated they were “disrespectful to the [Pakistan’s] amazing women’s cricket team who has done Pakistan proud globally.” According to

the International Cricket Council, the team is seventh in the world in one-day international matches. In Afridi’s memoir, he revealed criticism on former national captain Waqar Younis, in regards to the 2010 spot-fixing scandal which caused further controversy. The scandal convicted members of the Pakistan cricket team for taking bribes from a bookmaker because of their disappointing performance during a Test match at Lord’s cricket ground. Afridi claims he voiced the plan with the Pakistan team management before it became public. However, due to their lack of action on the issue, he eventually stepped down from the team’s captaincy, which resulted in his retirement from Test cricket. By Navkiran Bains


Sahil Khan: Bollywood Actor and Bodybuilding Guru

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Sahil Khan is an Indian actor, entrepreneur and fitness expert. He is the owner of India’s first beach gym in Goa and is one of the biggest names in fitness on the Indian market. Not only does he continue to build up on his own physique, he also strives to become an inspiration to others who are passionate about weight-training and working out. Sahil was born in Kolkata and grew up in Delhi. He began a career in Indian cinema almost twenty years ago with the launch of musical video ‘Stereo Nation’, he then appeared in the Hindi film Style (2001) as the lead actor, and starred in other productions

such as Xcuse me (2003) and Ramaa: The Saviour (2010). However, he now focuses on his career as a body builder, from which he has developed a huge social media following and had an enormous impact on the health and fitness market. Sahil works closely with UK based fitness company BodyPower, as the two have the mineral drink ‘Hunk Water’ under their name. Aside from his business ventures, Sahil also attends various Bodybuilding Expos such as Mr Body Power Hyderabad and Body Power Beach Body Goa. Due to his origins in India as well as his oversees work; Sahil has developed a huge

fan base of a varied demographic. Sahil encourages other youths, and both men and women alike to achieve their full fitness potential and he has thus developed an impressive following both online and in the real world. He currently has almost 1.4 million subscribers to his YouTube Channel, 3.8 million followers on Instagram and 2.2 million on Facebook. For fitness tips and advice, you can get in touch with Sahil by following one of the handles below: Instagram: sahilkhan Facebook: iSahilKhan YouTube: SahilKhan Website: www.isahilkahn.com

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