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Editor’s Note Hello readers and welcome back to another edition of Asian World Newspaper. Summer is finally here and with Ramadan almost over and Eid just around the corner, we have some exciting stories for you in our June edition. In this edition, we discuss the Royal Wedding that took place in May, which saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally getting married. Did you see Meghan’s dress? she looked absolutely amazing. For more information about the Royal Wedding, then please see page 4. We also discuss the sad news of the inspirational Ali Banat and Razan al-Najjar’s who have both sadly passed away, our thoughts and prayers are with their family during this difficult time, for more information, please see page 10 and page 5. Also as Eid is just around the corner, we have some delicious Eid

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The royal wedding which took place on the 19th of May was an emotional ceremony that the nation viewed as a fantasy wedding. The Duchess of Sussex looked incredible in an ivory boat neck and gown by British Designer Clare Waight, Artist Director of Givenchy.

Sticking with her signature classic style, Meghan’s demure long-sleeved dress was understated, but her incredibly long veil made for a beautifully dramatic entrance, which she teamed with an incredible tiara, which is thought to be the Queen Mary Tiara Bandeau, on loan from the Queen herself. Many top celebrity A-listers attended the ceremony, including the casts of suits, David Beckham and Victoria Beckham, George Clooney and wife Amal Clooney and Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra. Priyanka Chopra, the long term friend of Meghan Markle attended the ceremony wearing the chicest lavender suit (matching fascinator included, of course) by Vivienne Westwood. The lavender suit was a mix of a midi skirt and purple blazer, with a matching lavender hat. Her makeup matched her outfit as she went for a purple smokey eye and deep lip. Priyanka also attended the wedding reception in the evening, where she dramatically changed her outfit to a sparkling gold Dior gown. Her dress was elegant and she opted for a simple glowy

makeup look. Meghan’s mother also attended the ceremony and Prince Charles walked the Duchess down the aisle as her father could not attend the ceremony.

The Duke and Duchess’ royal duty pertains to them carrying out their official engagements as husband and wife-for the first time. The Duchess has already acknowledged her role fully and expresses that she is ready to “hit the ground running” as a member of the Royal family. The Buckingham Palace has also granted its blessing for her to make use of her position to fight for

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Razan al-Najjar killed by Israeli Sniper front page story cont’d... Palestinians protested for the 10th week in a row on; however, Najjar was the only one killed and 40 Palestinians were wounded. Razan al-Najjar, was trying to help an injured protester near the border fence when she was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers. Razan is the second medical worker to die and over 200 have been severely injured due to the protests. She was in a critical condition once arriving at the hospital; however, died in the operating room when transferred to European Gaza Hospital. Razan was a volunteer medical worker, helping the wounded who were affected by the ongoing protests along the fence dividing Gaza from Israel. Razan, eldest of six siblings, became a paramedic after taking various first aid courses and completing a diploma in general nursing. Najjar mainly focused on helping injured women and children during the demonstrations. She was a kind and beloved daughter to Sabreen and Ashraf al-Najjar, who says her daughter ‘may have been small, but was a strong individual’. Razan would volunteer to treat the injured for 13 consecutive hours every Friday and then she would continue her shift at the hospital. Thousands took to the street of Gazan to mourn the young nurse’s funeral. Her body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag for the funeral procession which started from the hospital and went through to Khuzaa, a village nearby

to her home. The streets and lampposts surrounding Razan’s home are now adorned with her smiling image. Reda al-Najjar, colleague and friend of Razan was with her when she got shot. Reda said: ‘Tear gas and black smoke was filling the place. It was very hard

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for us to breathe’. She was pointing to her back, and then she fell on the ground, blood was spread all across her uniform’. Razan’s colleagues’ and friends say that they will remember her for commitment and bravery, and will continue to pursue

her voluntary work towards injured civilians. Many people have taken to Twitter to post about how they are saddened by Razan’s death. One person wrote: ‘My deepest condolences to the family of our sister Razan

al-Najjar. She was a 21 year old Palestinian nurse who was shot and killed as she put her own life in danger to give medical aid to a wounded protester in Gaza May Allah grant you paradise for your selflessness.’

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Making Eid memorable with Asda Eidi, biryani and family – make for the perfect Eid-al-Fitr celebrations. From low key celebrations to large family gatherings – the traditions of celebrating the end of Ramadan has been passed down from generation to generation. Interwoven with tradition and celebration, Asda understands just how important it is to get the right amount of spice for your biryani, the best value vermicelli for your sheerkhurma and the perfect gift for your Eidi, which is why we make sure you can find everything you need under one roof. To give you a bit of inspiration this Eid, we spoke to three mums who gave us an insight into their celebrations. For London-based mum of two Sania Sehbai, Eid is about celebrating the triumph the family goes through during the month of Ramadan, and how it is important she passes on the essence of this festivity to her children.

“Every year I make small Eid books for the kids to tell them about Eid. Along with my own children, I ensure other children in the community learn more about it through Eid parties which I organise at the local community centre. I cook up a feast of chicken biryani and Eid cakes for about 40-50 children every year.” she shares. And with Asda by her side she can choose from boxes of Ferrero Rocher (£6 at Asda) to Celebrations (£5 at Asda) for sweet Eid treats. “Asda has a whole aisle dedicated to Eid, which makes it useful because when you are fasting it makes life much easier.” she explains. For British Bangladeshi mum Vanessa Daisy, 38, London, it is important her children know about her culture and heritage, which is why Eid is a big deal for her. “My children were born and brought up here and there is usually a lot of excitement around Christmas, so I like to make Eid just as exciting and for that I need to go above and beyond,” she said. From the night before she decorates her house with Eid Mubarak banners and balloons, and gets the children involved by getting them to make decorations as well. “We used to give a

mixture of cash and presents as Eidi, but these days they love unwrapping gifts and the anticipation of what they are going to get.” Along with that she cooks up traditional Bengali delights like shermai made of vermicelli and chapati which is a mixture of potatoes (12.5kg for £2.50) and chickpeas. Having an Asda store around the corner makes her Eid celebrations easier. “It is a fantastic feeling when you enter Asda and see Eid Mubarak over

the aisles. From rice, atta to vermicelli and chickpeas they have everything I need and that too at great value!” While for Sania and Vanessa it’s about teaching children about Eid through food, for Glasgow-based radio presenter Shaista Iqbal Eid is about spreading the joy and traditions through togetherness. The mother of two said: “It is important to make it exciting for the children not just through Eidi and presents but through family get togethers and traditional food, especially samosas!” Every year she organises an Eid gathering at her parent’s house, where over 20 members of the family gather together and bond over traditional delights such as kheer, sevaiyan (KTC Vermicelli 200g for 40p) and samosas along with a blend of western dishes such as lasagne to get the children involved. When growing up Shaista found the celebrations and preparations to be a low-key affair. “I remember my mum had to make the masalas from scratch because they weren’t available here, and celebrating Eid was difficult as not many things required were available readily, but today Asda has everything under one roof, making it easier. And it also makes the children feel a part of the

community.” Manchester mum of three Nargis Ramzan is gearing up for Chaand Raat, “Fasting in the run up to Eid, makes the celebrations feel extra special. Based on the sighting of the moon, my family and I usually take the day off, so we can celebrate together.” For her, Eid is a big feast with the extended family. “Though I buy my ingredients beforehand, I only prepare the dishes the night before and Eid is incomplete without starting the day with Sevaiyan.” When my kids first started fasting, Eidi would be a reward for her children and today she ensures there is something special for them. “For children it is difficult to fast, so Eidi makes them feel special and motivates them. When the extended family comes around, I give the women either traditional mithais or sweets.” What has made it easier for her is Asda’s Eid range, which gives her a choice of different products to choose from, especially to gift the women of the households – from Royal Rassomalai (500g for £2.50), Kulfi Ice Lolly Malai (£2 for a pack of 5) and Lindor Milk Cornet (200g for £4).

Sehri Health Tip: Chicken keema dish is a tasty option, which provides protein that is important for healthy muscles and bones. Paneer Bhurji: This quick and easy recipe, made from crumbled paneer simmered in spicy tomato gravy tastes great. Just wrap it in a roti or a paratha and it makes for a delicious Sehri. And to make cooking easier, you can pick up diced paneer cubes (250g for £2.50) and family paratha (160g for £2) to accompany it from your local Asda. Sehri Health Tip: The calcium and protein in paneer helps keep your bones healthy during Ramadan. Scrambled eggs with Frankfurters: Give your Sehri a desi twist and try scrambled eggs sprinkled with a bit of cumin and paprika and served with some diced Tahira Halal Frankfurters (340g for £0.75). Sehri Health Tip: The humble egg is a good source of inexpensive, high quality protein. Coconut Mango lassi: This unique and tasty lassi is a blend of coconut and mango making it a refreshing start to the day. All you need to do is blend Natural Bio Yogurt (1kg for £1), UFC Coconut Water (1L for £1.50) and Rubicon Juice (4x1Lt for £3.50) together, for a quick, thirst quenching

Sehri. Sehri Health Tip: This lassi is a delicious way to help stay hydrated as it is packed with the fruity flavours of mango and coconut; it will keep your thirst quenched for longer. Date Granola: This Sehri idea is power packed and perfect for those who are looking for something quick and light. All you need is honey, oats and cinnamon – plus your choice of Madinah Khudri Dates (450g for £2.60) or Sofra Tunisian (200g for £0.50). Sehri Health Tip: 30g of dates make up your one of five a day. Watermelon, Banana, Apple and Yogurt Smoothie: Give your day a colourful start with a combination of fresh fruits and the refreshing yogurt with a fruity smoothie. You could choose from Natural Bio Yogurt (1kg for £1) or Fat Free Yogurt (1kg for £1), and add bananas, apples and watermelon, which is on offer (1 for £3). Blitz the fruits and yogurts in the morning for a refreshing start to your fast. Sehri Health Tip: Fasting may make it difficult to have the recommended 6-8 glasses of water, but with this fruity smoothie you’re already half way there and with yogurt you get a calcium boost too.

A wholesome Sehri helps keeps the hunger pangs away

The pre-dawn meal, Sehri is an important aspect of Ramadan and with Asda by your side you have a variety of options to choose from To beat the long fasting hours, it is imperative to have the right choice of food during the holy month of Ramadan. So, while there is a lot of focus on Iftari, which is the time to replenish, it is equally important to indulge in a healthy Sehri to give an energetic start to the day to your day. Now, waking up at dawn and deciding what to eat may not be easy, but Asda has everything you need under one roof, plus inspiration to nourish, hydrate and strengthen your body to cope with the upcoming fast! Nutritionist Radhika

Howarth from Radikal Kitchen, gives her top tips for Sehri dishes. Masaledaar Paneer Crepes Carbohydrates provide energy but at times paratha can feel a bit boring, so why not give it a bit of a twist and try Masaledaar Paneer Crepes instead. It is perfect for family Sehris and with Asda you have all the ingredients under one roof with Elephant Atta (10kgs for £4.50) for the perfect crepes, and for the stuffing, paneer (226g for £1.50) and Rajah Spices (100g paprika and whole jeera for £0.50). Sehri Health Tip: The grains from atta and the protein in paneer make for a power packed Sehri. Dates Porridge Who said dates are only to be enjoyed when breaking the fast? This combination of dates, oatmeal and dry fruits makes for a wholesome Sehri. The best part is that it only takes around five minutes to prepare this power-packed breakfast. Just warm a bowlful of oats and milk and mix it with chopped dates

and a handful of a few other dried fruits. And at Asda you can choose from Madinah Khudri Dates (450g for £2.60) or Sofra Tunisian (200g for £0.50). Sehri Health Tip: Oats contain a fibre called beta-glucan, which are said to help lower blood cholesterol and keep your heart healthy. Aloo and Dal Tikki: Here is a new take on aloo tikkis with a mixture of dal to add plant-based protein. To prepare, use Asda White Potatoes (12.5kgs for £2.50), Asda Growers Selection Coriander (1 bunch £0.75) and Suraj Chana Dal (1.75kg for £2.50) along with cumin powder, garam masala and a few drops of lemon. Sehri Health Tip: For those looking for a veggie Sehri, this is the perfect meal with lentils providing plant-based proteins to help keep you going through the day. Watermelon Fruit Salad: To beat the heat during the long days of fasting, kickstart your Sehri with a refreshing watermelon fruit salad. One Asda Watermelon would be enough for the whole family for just £3. To give it a tangy twist, add some Asda Growers Selection Satsumas (600g for £1) along with some chaat masala. Sehri Health Tip: If Ramadan is making it difficult to have your five a day, well, 80g of watermelon constitute for one of your five a day and adding a couple of satsumas makes it two! Keema Pav If you are looking for a filling and spicy Sehri, the all-time favourite Keema Pav is your go to dish. But this year, give it a healthy twist by using white chicken mince instead of red meat mince, making it a tasty and leaner Sehri. And at Asda you can get 3 Shazan Chicken Breasts for £10, making it the perfect family value Sehri.


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ST BENEDICTS INFANT SCHOOL COMMUNITY EVENT DAY 2018! On 25th April 2018, St Benedict’s Infant School held their 7th Community Event Day, which saw parents visiting the school where they were able to speak to various agencies, in order to receive any help and support they need. Asian World News also attended this community event and distributed copies of our newspapers, as well speaking to a variety of local agencies and parents and teachers. During the event, we were provided with a free buffet as well as receiving generous hospitality from the school staff. At the event, we managed to catch up with Family Learning support worker Syra Butler and Deputy Head Teacher Sheila Parmar, where they discussed why they decided to pursue teaching. Please see interview of both the teachers.

Syra Butler Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Syra Butler I’m a family support worker. I’ve been working at St Benedict’s Infant School for 20 years. I work with parents and support parents with any difficulties they have including courses or family earning. I promote literacy and numeracy courses for children. I’ve been working as a support worker for 11 years. Why did you decide to become a family support worker? I enjoy doing this. I enjoy working with

Sheila Parmar Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Sheila Parmar, and I’m the deputy head teacher at St Benedict’s Infant School, and I’ve been in this position for 20 years. I report to the head teacher; I have a lot of responsibilities here, dealing with general enquires at the school. I also work with parents, supporting them and advising them on anything they need as well as setting up community events and workshops.

6th annual British Indian Awards presented by CashFinex to take place in Leicester The location for the 6th annual British Indian Awards has been announced as Leicester with the ceremony due to take place at The Athena on the 21st of June. The awards aim to acknowledge and celebrate the effort of the British Indian community across sectors ranging from Entrepreneur of the Year to Best Entertainer both in Leicester and beyond. Leicester, which is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the UK, was made up of Asian Indi-ans by 28% in 2013, a figure which is likely to have grown more recently as well as the growth of small- and mid-sized businesses owned by Asians in the city, of which there were already 3000 in 2013. Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East since 1987 said: “British Indians should be commended for the amazing work done by them not just in the United Kingdom but also in their home country in India.” The event is being run by Oceanic Consulting, the UK’s leading ethnic consulting and promotions organisation in the UK, who have recently been shortlisted at the Asian Media Awards 2017 for their work in the Marketing & PR Sector, and are responsible for some of the most successful and well known events in the country such as the English Asian Business Awards and English Curry Awards amongst others. This awards ceremony is also part of the Diversity Awards group which provides a platform for and celebrates the achievements of ethnic minority

communities throughout the UK and is responsible for The British Muslim Awards which has been running for the last six years. Title sponsors, Cashfinex, an advanced cryptocurrency exchange that is designed for traders and businesses to buy and sell digital currencies as well as gives access Forex trading are also looking forward to the awards ceremony. Mohsin Jameel, CEO of Bull InfoTech, the company behind CashFinex, said: “We are really pleased to be the title sponsor the British Indian Awards, the partnership comes at an exciting time for the business. We’ve just launched our new exchange which give investors and businesses the opportunity to trade in the cryptocurrencies and forex from a single platform.

parents and children and supporting them. I love to see the parents move on in life and children to. It gives me great pleasure to see children succeed and parents succeed in receiving help and support. What has to be the biggest event you’ve ever come across? The biggest event has to be this community day event. We’ve had quite a lot of different events, but this one is our biggest event. We have all these big agencies that contact us. Throughout the year the parents come and talk to me. They ask for help with certain

aspects of their life or help with their children. So that’s how we decided to have a community day, where parents can get together and discuss any issues or support that they require. What were you doing before you became a family support worker? I was previously a teaching assistant. I’ve worked in a nursery and all over. I enjoy working with children; this was something I have always wanted to do. I’ve been a teaching assistant for 20 years, and before that, I was working at a nursery with children. So I’ve worked with children my whole life.

How do you help and support parents? I set up workshops for children and community events where I am able to meet parents and discuss with them on anything they need. I look into what initiatives we need to use in order to help and support parents so that they can help their children. Children can also join us in these workshops, for example, talk for writing, where we discuss what children can do in classrooms. We also have celebration

events; the last even we had was a pottery workshop, where we had someone come in and make lovely pottery with the children. How long have you been a teacher? I’ve been a teacher for 25 years. I love working with children and being with children, and I got into teaching because of that. I enjoy teaching young children and helping them progress and move on. Luckily after working in teaching for so long, I got promoted to deputy head teacher.

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Reports have claimed that black students are likely to have their university applications flagged for potential errors or fraud than any other ethnic minority group. Ucas figures show that half of the applications between 2013 and 2017 were students who come from black backgrounds. Ucas published the statistics and said that it was unclear why this was the case and that they will be working with organisations that represent ethnic minority groups, in order to look at this issue. The data shows that black applicants made up around 9% university applicants between the years 2013 and 2017. However, there were 52% of black applicants in 2018. Asian students had made up 11% of applicants, and 16% of those were flagged. A high percentage of black students had their applications cancelled once they had been flagged for more than any other ethnic group. The figures show that a total number of applications that were flagged were small and out of 2.9 million applicants, 5,160 applications were flagged. Ucas says its verification service aims to help prevent students from gaining an unfair advantage or gaining a higher education place, through deception. The verification service uses fraud detection software as well as systems that detect similarities and duplicates between applications. It also states that there is an alert process for universities and colleges if they believe that an application warrants further investigation. It also suggests that there is no clear reason for the disparities in the number of applications flagged. However, admission services say that industry standard fraud detection software, which is used to screen applications, uses historic data as a reference. Once an application has been flagged, Ucas’s verification team investigates further by checking information with applicants or investigating potential fraud. Clare Marchant, Ucas’s chief executive, said: “Ucas uses industry-standard software to screen applications for fraud on behalf of universities and genuine applicants.


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Ruby’s Column Hi, Welcome to the first page of my column at Asian World News and as the title suggests I’ll be introducing myself. My name is Ruby & the finest manner I can sum myself up as is A MOTHER. A mother who understands the pain of coming from a forced broken marriage to falling in love with a man from a different religious background, learning to overcome the barriers put up by society by having an interracial relationship, allowing my mind to overcome the vicious cycle of depression. I finally thought I had experienced true happiness within myself and that which God had blessed me with until my world came crashing down unexpectedly ... Which is why I want to extend my support to those in need. I will be offering both support and advice to our readers at Asian World News in regards to the many challenges and difficulties we face in our day to day lives by using my own personal experiences and stories to help tackle some of the dilemmas we face at some point in our lives. In my column we will also be discussing a range of topics each month such as the beautiful (& not so pretty) side to pregnancy/ birth, dealing with interracial relationships in today’s society, self-love tips, parenthood, depression & much more. Be sure to catch me on next months’ edition in which we will be discussing mental health! Have a blessed month

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Saima Afzal and Maryam Batan Blackburn‘s first Female Councillors

Blackburn has elected its first Asian female councillors. Saima Afzal and Maryam Batan will go down in the town’s history as the first Asian women elected on to the Blackburn council. Labour’s Saima Afzal first stood as a candidate in 1999 – and came in second place. Now, nineteen years later, she celebrates her victory alongside her fellow councillor, Maryam Batan. Blackburn with Darwen’s council had previously attracted awareness over its lack of female Asian members, despite a total of 19 Asian men having stood as

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councillors. The town’s large South Asian immigrant population has grown since the 1960s, with about 28% of the total population of Pakistani and Indian origin. According to the 2011 Census, the total Asian population was 147,500 and half of this number was women. Despite this, there was still a distinct absence of Asian females in local politics. Councillor Afzal, a former assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, attributes this to the lack of support and the pressure of conformity from some of the Asian community,

often Asian men. In a BBC interview, Ms Afzal said: “I was told to look like a Muslim. I was a woman with stigma. I’d left a forced marriage.” “This is about women everywhere, whatever background, “she said. Unlike her colleague, the position as councillor is Maryam Batan’s first venture into politics, but both women stand for the same goal: to battle for women’s rights and be a voice for every woman of Blackburn.

Eid-ul-Fitr 2018

The Islamic holiday of Eid is almost upon us, signifying the end of a long month of dawn to dusk fasting for Muslims. It is a day of enjoying delicious meals; of going out, visiting friends and relatives or staying in and spending quality time with family. It is a day in which Muslims thank Allah (God) for giving them the strength of will, determination and stamina to observe the month of Ramadan. The significance of Eid is not material. It has no association to any historical or political event. It is a purely spiritual experience of gratitude and joy. Essentially, it is a day for Muslims to enjoy the abundant blessings of God after a month of sacrifice. Since the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar schedule, the end of Ramadan and the commencement of Eid are dependent on the sighting of the new moon. Most Muslims will wait for an official confirmation of the moon’s sighting rather than taking to sky-watching themselves. The Saudi Supreme Court officially announces the sighting of the moon and the date of Eid each year. The festival is one of two main celebrations in the Islamic Calendar: Eid-ul-Fitr and Eidul-Adha, each signifying the conclusion of Ramadan and the end of Hajj (the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca), respectively. This upcoming Eid happens to be Eid-ul-Fitr, a name derived from the Arabic word “Fitr” which literally means “breaking the fast.” As Eid-ul-Fitr is a reward for Muslims for fasting in Ramadan, fasting on the day of Eid is not allowed, and working is also discouraged. Eid day traditionally begins with the offering of an extra morning prayer. The prayer customarily takes place in an ample open space such as a park, if the weather conditions allow, or a large hall in a mosque.

Unlike regular prayers, the Eid prayer can only be offered in a large gathering, giving Muslims a sense of unity and togetherness, which is an essential aspect of Islam, to start off the celebration. Eid is falling in mid-June this year, most likely providing the perfect conditions to enjoy performing Eid prayers in your local park. Birmingham’s Small Heath Park hosts the biggest Eid ceremony in Europe, attracting over 100,000 worshippers. Following the Eid prayer, a charitable donation known as ‘Zakat-ul-Fitr’ or ‘Fitrana’ is given so that less fortunate Muslims around the world have the opportunity to enjoy Eid too. While each country’s celebrations vary according to their respective cultures, generally Muslims are encouraged to dress up in their smartest outfits, attend Eid prayers, and enjoy specially prepared meals and visit family and friends. Gift-giving is also encouraged, and some cultures like to give money as a gift to the younger children celebrating. By the end of Eid day, some children manage to collect an impressive sum without breaking a sweat. In many communities all over the world, Eid bazaars/melas are organised to bring Muslims and non-Muslim’s together to celebrate the occasion, strengthening the ties of universal brotherhood. The annual ZEE Sandwell and Birmingham Mela is one of the biggest and most diverse melas in Birmingham and will be taking place on 14 and 15 June. Or bring the whole family to Soho House on 1st July, celebrating Eid in partnership with Active Parks Birmingham, Handsworth Community and Beat the Street. On behalf of Asian World, we would like to wish all of our readers a happy Eid Mubarak 2018!


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LABOUR WINS BIRMINGHAM ELECTIONS

Labour maintains control over Birmingham City Council after winning the local elections on May 3rd. Topping a majority win of 51 seats, Labour held on to the council with 67 seats, despite new changes in ward boundaries and a reduction in seat numbers. The election also saw the Green Party win their first ever seat in Birmingham with Julian Pritchard. Conservatives made up for 25 out of the new 101 total seats, with Lib Dems securing 8. Labour’s council leader Ian Ward said: “It could have been better, but it could have been far worse.” “I do think that the aftermath of the refuse dispute and the amount of uncollected waste on the streets had an impact and the fact we didn’t have any UKIP candidates for the first time in a long time and where that vote went will need to be looked at closely,” he said.

TWO ARSON ATTACKS IN ONE NIGHT!

Two arson attacks on both Muslim and Sikh places of worship in Leeds are being treated as hate crimes by the police. West Yorkshire Police were called to the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque, located in Beeston, south of the city centre, where the main door had been set on fire at around 3.45am. However a few minutes later, the door of the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara was also set on fire in nearby Lady Pit Lane. The Sikh Press Association stated that a bottle was filled with petrol and had been set alight at the doorstep of the Gurdwara, triggering a smoke alarm. Local residents called the fire brigade and the police. Detective Inspector Richard Holmes, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are treating both these incidents as linked given the closeness of the locations and the similar times that they have occurred.” “While our investigation is still at a relatively early stage, we do believe these premises have been specifically targeted as places of worship, and we are treating both incidents as arsons and hate crimes.” He also added: “We are currently carrying out extensive enquiries, including checks on CCTV in both areas, and we would like to hear from anyone who has witnessed any suspicious activity or

seen any person or vehicles in the areas around the time these incidents have occurred.” “We would also like to hear from anyone who has any other information that could assist the investigation.” “Clearly we will always treat incidents of this nature very seriously and will be doing everything we can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.” In a statement, made by the representatives of the Gurdwara: “We have attended a police emergency meeting today and have been assured by the chief of Police that they are doing all they can to catch the criminals and will add extra police patrols in the area.” “They are working on the CCTV footage from around the mosque.” The statement added: “It is damaging for children to see their Gurdwara or Mosque threatened like this. The police are happy to come to talk to children if the community feels this will not deter youngsters coming to the Gurdwara on their own.” Dalbir Singh Sagoo, the coordinator of the Sikh Community Hate Crime Forum, said: “Everyone must be more vigilant and must report any suspicious activity to the Hate Crime Reporting Centre in the Gurdwara or directly to the Police.” Inspector Ian O’Brien said: “These

Ali Banat dies from ‘gift’ of cancer

Ali Banat, a young Muslim man from Sydney, Australia, has sadly passed away. Ali lived a lavish lifestyle, with designer clothes and flashy cars, however, three years ago he was diagnosed with cancer and immediately decided to distribute his wealth. Those who came to know the humanitarian and Philanthropist after his Gifted With Cancer video went viral are now mourning his death and donating money to his charity, Muslims Around the World (MATW). So far the charity has raised a magnificent $1,041,438, (£589.243). Ali Banat was from Greenacre in Sydney’s south-west, where he ran a

successful business. In his Gifted with Cancer video, Ali showed off his bedroom which was lined with Louis Vuitton shoes, the only brand of footwear he wore and a bracelet which cost $60,000, (£33,945). One of the cars that he owned included a Ferrari Spider which is worth $600,000, (£339,237.50). However as soon as he found out he was sick, he realised that none of it meant anything to him. He said: ‘When you find out you’re sick or you don’t have much time to live, this is the last thing you want to chase. And that’s how we should live our lives everyday.’ Ali was told that he had seven months to live, but instead, he lived for another

incidents will cause an understandable level of concern in both the Muslim and Sikh communities in this area and we are working closely with key representatives from those communities to reassure them.“Although it appears both locations have been specifically targeted as places of worship for these communities, there is nothing at this stage to suggest they are part of any wider pattern.” “We have increased our patrols of the area to provide visible reassurance to people living there and will continue to keep key community representatives informed as the investigation develops.” He added: “Hate crimes that target particular communities and have the potential to cause divisions and tensions cannot and will not be tolerated, and we will continue to do everything we can to find those responsible and support and reassure the communities affected.” three years, where he dedicated the rest of his time to doing good. He set up an organisation called ‘Muslims Around the World’ which has helped thousands of people across the world, including people in countries like Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo. He visited various countries in Africa and worked hard to find sponsors so that 100% of the donations could go to the project and not be divided with administrative fees. With the money raised, MATW aimed to build villages for over 200 widows, a school to house 600 orphans, a mosque, businesses to support the local community and a mini-hospital/medical centre. Muslims worldwide are now backing the charity as they remember Ali’s life and all of his hard work. One Twitter user wrote: ‘For most people, myself included, cancer would’ve been the breaking of me. However, for brother Ali Banat it was the making of him. Truly an inspiration to many. May Allah grant him a place in the highest ranks of Jannah (heaven).’ Popular YouTuber Adam Saleh has also shared a tribute saying how Ali was an inspiration. Many of his followers are now remembering Ali in their prayers.

Expert’s advise for bosses Some good advise to what should bosses do to aid fasting workers in the month of Ramadan 2018 Ramadan is considered as one of the holiest months for Muslims as they are encouraged to practice fasting, prayer and self-reflection. Individuals who are fasting from sunrise to sunset may find it challenging to incorporate this lifestyle with their work lifestyle and hence experts are now urging employers to be mindful of working conditions for their employees who are fasting. To commence support for fasting workers, Alan Price, Peninsula Employment Law director, suggests tips that employers can acknowledge. One of the tips mention how employers should be mindful of the physical impact that fasting can have while working such as fatigue and lower productivity levels and hence are encouraged to allow a break for rest and recuperation. He further reminds employers that a bias or less favourable attitude towards workers can be viewed as religious discrimination. The workers’ duties must also be flexible and appropriate such as the employer not requesting a fasting worker’s attendance at a client lunch. Considering an amendment in locations that may not suit the needs of the worker. This can further be implemented efficiently by the introduction of a religious observance policy. Through this policy, workers can inform their managers when they are fasting and can also discuss the flexibility that will support them. This policy can further illustrate ways in which the company can facilitate support for observing workers such as making prayer rooms available and applying special rules to holiday requests. There may be an advent of occupational stress culminating physically for the workers and can cause problems such as dehydration and circulatory insufficiency. To combat this, Alan suggests that a creation of awareness amongst the workplace will be beneficial for those observing Ramadan. Informing non-fasting workers about Ramadan to create an understanding is also important. Support from colleagues is key in managing occupational stress when an awareness is established for empathetic understanding amongst the workers who are not fasting and can help reduce expectations for those who are fasting.


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Beatfreaks: A Birmingham Based Enterprise

Who says you need to fly the coop to make a positive impact in the world?

Cab Driver Sohan Singh Dies from Liver Cancer

Tributes were paid to a ‘trustworthy, helpful and polite’’ cab driver, who was thought to be the first cabbie in Bradford to be officially licensed. Sohan Singh aged 71 passed away after suffering from liver cancer. Mr Singh from Bierley retired from his job at Local Cars in Wibsey, six months ago. His firm also paid tribute to him. Local Cars owner Kaz Shehzad said when licensing for private hire vehicles came in, Sohan Singh received the ‘number one’ cab plate, which is the first registered licence. He said: “It was something he was very proud of. He was a very proud taxi driver. “There’s a lot of people that know him, he was a very, very helpful driver.” Mr Singh arrived in the UK during the 1970s when he was just 20 years old. He worked in textiles before becoming a cab driver. He first worked at the Manchester Road/Marshfield Taxis before he started at Local Cars. Kaz previously said that they had never received any complaints about Mr Singh. Many customers used to ring and ask specifically for him. “He used to help people,” he said. “He was such a nice person.” Local Cars wrote on Facebook: “Sohan was the FIRST taxi driver in Bradford and he led by example in this industry as well as being an upstanding member of the local community.” “He was our first employee at Local Cars 25 years ago and was passionate about making sure all of our customers got the service they expected.” “He was punctual, trustworthy, helpful, polite and a pleasure to work alongside.” “Sohan will be sadly missed by family, friends, customers and the local community and he will always have a place in our hearts.” Many people have added their tributes. One person said: “He was such a nice person will be greatly missed gone but never forgotten RIP.” Another person added: “What a lovely man missed by everyone.” Sohan Singh’s funeral was held at the Bowling Cemetery.

Meet Beatfreeks: the Birmingham based creative enterprise making socio-cultural waves in the right direction by giving young Brummies a platform to make the world a better place. Self-described as “A collective using creativity for good” - their aim is to provide, for the young creatives and entrepreneurs of Birmingham, channels with which to harness their creativity, express themselves and inspire positive change. The Beatfreeks Collective is a non-profit umbrella of three companies: Free Radical, Young Giant and Doink. Free Radical is a platform which encourages activism and social commentary through poetry, music and performance arts. Previously known as Beatfreeks Arts, this is where the collective originally started in February 2013 as a tiny poetry slam session consisting of a few creative young minds gathered in the Urban Coffee Company cafe in Birmingham. Now, Free Radicals are performing in Birmingham’s Town Hall in front of an audience as large as 600. Young Giant focuses on building “Institutions of the Future” – engaging young people and their talents in an entrepreneurial way by connecting them with big brands to provide fresh and innovative ideas, expressing what young people want and bridging together the old and

new to change the face of consumerism. Last year, the organisation won £500,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, after working alongside them on a project to test out various ways to make Heritage more inclusive for young people between 11-25. Doink gets its name from a play on words: Do and Think. It’s about humanising data using more creative methods than the traditional pie charts and line graphs. One such Doink project, aptly named “SocieTea” used tea and biscuits to visually demonstrate diversity across cultures to the public. Beatfreeks founder, Anisa Haghdadi, showed promise as a budding entrepreneur at only 15 years of age when she launched an initiative aiming to promote confidence in young people through street dance. She went on to study Business and Management at Aston University and started Beatfreeks as a

fresh graduate. Now at 28, Anisa has been awarded several impressive accolades for her social enterprises, including the 2014 British Empire for Service to Education and Young People. She was also recognised by The Observer and NESTA as one of 50 “New Radicals” inspiring positive change in the UK and won a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship in 2015, acknowledging her as a future cultural leader in the UK. There is a world of opportunity that can be accessed right here in Birmingham, with Beatfreeks holding the door open for young Brummies. So, if you are a young creative person looking for an opportunity to get your voice, skills and talents out there, check out the Beatfreeks website www. beatfreeks.com/join and hit “Join Now” for information about events, workshops, advice, open office and more.

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H&M Launches Modest Clothing Line

It’s good news for modest fashion lovers everywhere as high street giant H&M launches its first ever modest clothing line, the LTD Collection. Following in the inclusive footsteps of big fashion names such as Dolce and Gabbana, Nike and The Modist, H&M has released their own (more budgetfriendly) two-part modest spring collection, set to be released throughout May. The LTD Collection now joins the Swedish brand’s Conscious collection as another ethical step forward in the fashion industry, breaking barriers one garment at a time. The capsule collection is designed with the aim to “offer something to everyone,” according to Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design. “Today H&M is present in 69 markets, and we want to be diverse and inclusive to all the markets where we operate,” said Wohlfahrt in a statement. The LTD collection includes shimmery kaftans, elegant maxi dresses, midi and maxi skirts, billowy tunics, wide-leg trousers and matching separates, adding modest touches with longer sleeves, looser silhouettes and higher necklines.

‘’Time for a Change’’

Filmmaker & Activist Nas Vitae’s first feature film Road released in 10 major countries by the producer of Ghost in the shell, starring Scarlet Johannson and has been withheld from releasing in the UK due to political government influences as the film showcases the police corruption in the UK, and it also scrutinises the rise of gun and knife crime. Although Nas is unfamiliar to the public eye and has always shun away from the press, he has had a hand to transcend the Political & Entertainment industry by collaborating with the likes of Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Imtiaz Ali, Dr Zeus, Tom Zanetti, Scorcher, Roach Killa , Ed Miliband MP & many more in the past 10 years. As quoted by Nas ‘’The industry has so much influence on children’s lives more than the parents themselves as they tend to leave their children with/ in front of technology, i.e. TV, iPad, Phone, games up to at least 85% of their average day.’’ After carefully analysing the entertainment & political industry he has realised that the industry can play a huge part in preventing gangs, crime, drugs, abuse, mental health & depression but nothing new is being

introduced to prevent these matters. With his political & celebrity influences, he vows to help towards a better, peaceful future for the next generation focusing on key main issues on children, women rights, gang violence, homelessness, Grenfell tower victims, 2011 riots victims, police brutality and social services. He has already been involved with helping to prevent gangs, aiding the homelessness, foster children, convicts, police brutality, forced marriages, cancer patients, elderly, those with disabilities, depression, suicide,

career support and much more. ‘’An individual invests their whole life into meaningless materialism but tend not to invest into the humanity and the purpose of life’’ ~ Nas Our team at Vitae World Family want to make a huge impact to transcend many lives across the world. If you are struggling from any issues mentioned or any issues you would like to discuss then we would like you to reach out to our family and share the suffering as ‘’Whoever you are, whatever you have lost … Pain is Pain and to prevent it we need to share it.’’

The collection utilises a very light colour and fabric palette, with a variety of pastel blues, pale yellows, soft lilacs and powder pinks. On the other hand, bright jewel tones meet bold textures to make for a sartorial Arabian Nights summer evening style. “With the inception of the H&M LTD Collection, we were very much driven by a love of colour, embellishment, and self-expression,” continued Wolfhart. “There’s a confidence and positive feeling throughout the entire collection, from the flowing silhouettes to the head-to-toe prints that women all over the world will really relate to.” The line has met with positive reactions from women all over the world, falling in line with religious and cultural standards as well as appealing to women who enjoy the modest style.


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Music of Healing Symposium at the Parliament

The All Party Parliamentary Group – Indian Traditional Sciences under the aegis of Lord Gadhia aided by Amarjeet S Bhamra organised a Music for Healing Symposium at the Houses of Lords which was attended by parliamentarians, leaders of faiths and connoisseurs of Indian Classical Music. Indian Classical Music is listened to, in order to activate the holistic self-healing powers, to neutralise tension, and to create a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. This is an ancient preventative system of health-care that has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of health disorders and produces its effect by bringing mind, body, soul and environment into harmony with the universal rhythms of nature. ‘Geetam Vadyam Nrithyam Trayam Sangeetam Uchyatey’. This Sanskrit shloka (phrase) in Vedas implies that the word Sangeetam includes the practice The Hinduja brothers, Gopi and Sri, are said to be the richest Asians in the UK. The brothers continue to prosper with their finance and industry related businesses. Their biggest successes over the past year have been their Indian car manufacturer Ashok Leyland and Mumbai-based Induslnd Bank. The brother’s main British company, known as, Hinduja Automotive, turned over nearly £2.7bn in 2016-2017. There are also other UK assets, including Careline, an outstanding business and the bus maker Optare. The two brothers live in a palatial home, located in Carlton House Terrace, which overlooks St James’s Park in central London. The home, consisting of four interconnected and renovated Georgian houses is valued at £250m. Another highest new entry in the Asian Rich list is Bavagathu Shetty. He founded the New Medical Centre (NMC) in the United Arab Emirates with his wife as the only doctor working for him. The NMC sees atleast 2m patients a year and is even listed on the London Stock Exchange. Bavagathu Shetty owns 19.43% of NMC. Shetty also owns Travelex, which is the foreign exchange giant that is founded

of Geetam (Vocal Music), Vadyam (Instrumental Music) and Nrithyam (Dance). Music of India hails from eternity and divinity. It is not composed by anyone person but embraced by divine interventions from time immemorial. The evidence drawn upon is from recent past histories and contemporary traditions are still continuing in the great Indian peninsula. There were majestic performances by Katrina Rute, a versatile dancer trained in several Indian classical dance styles: Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odissi (Kelucharan Mohapatra’s gharana). She learned Odissi with Anette Pooja, Swapnokalpa Dasgupta and Urbi Basu. Currently Katrina is teaching Odissi in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London. Shreyna Patnaik, a young talented dancer who started learning classical dance at the age of 5 in India, and then continued at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. She has

participated in different workshops with prominent teachers, such as Sujata Mohapatra. Vaishali Govilkar, a very passionate Vocalist obtained her training in Uttar Hindustani classical vocal and have achieved Madhyama Pratham level of Akhil Bhartiya Gandharv MahaVidyalaya, under the guidance of her guruji, late Shri. Pandit Naryangaonkarji. She elaborated on the specific Ragas used in India to treat certain health conditions. Sugato Bhaduri, one of the most sought-after Mandolinists in the world today. He studied music from an early age and during his student days the western mandolin became his chosen instrument. He was taught by two of India’s most renowned classical musicians, sarod players Pt T N Majumder and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. The deep resonant tone of the mandolin evokes shades of the Sitar, Veena and Sarod and

Amarjeet S Bhamra has helped Sugato’s music to tap the earliest sources of Indian classical music and bring it forth with a new sound. His performances of ragas are noteworthy for their crystal-clear richness of sound, rhythmic intricacy and depth of emotion. As well as giving concerts at most of the premier music festivals across India, this award-winning musician has toured extensively in Europe and performed in many prestigious international music festivals and concert halls. Prof Peter Warburton the head of the Maharishi Organization in the UK elaborated on the wisdom of Indian Classical Music for its therapeutic effect and the generous work of the APPG Indian Tradiional Sciences on spreading this most sacred wisdom. Vibha Mehdiretta the Deputy Director at The Nehru Centre, London paid rich tribute on behalf of the High Commissioner of India His Excellency Shri Y K Sinha and said she was very happy to be part of the programmes initiated by the APPG Indian Traditional Sciences at the Nehru Centre, every year. Bob Blackman MP, Co-Chairman of APPG Indian Traditional Sciences spoke eloquently about the freedom of choice for Tradiional Medicines and emphasised the healing powers of music should be made available at hospitals. Lord Gadhia concluded the programme with presenting all artists with a Sacred White Mala.

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TV Journalist and University Alumna Wins Big At Awards

Birmingham City University alumna and journalist, Balvinder Sidhu, has won a prestigious accolade in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Balvinder, who studied Journalism at the University, works as a presenter and journalist on ITV Central and won the Media Award for 2018. Balvinder stood out to the judg-

ing panel who were struck by the fearlessness with which she uncovers stories and addresses often taboo subjects in order to produce award-winning stories. The judges said that they had selected Balvinder for the award for her commitment to diversity both inside her organization and beyond and saw her authenticity, curiosity and drive as admirable.

Balvinder Sidhu said:

I feel incredibly honoured to receive this award and I am proud to represent British Asian women and working mothers. I am so busy juggling a career and my family that I don’t always take stock and this award has given me a chance to reflect and celebrate my success to date. I hope now to use this platform to help and inspire others who are interested in the media industry.

Balvinder, who has worked for ITV for over 10 years, is originally from Smethwick and now based in Warwickshire and worked within the public sector with a focus on domestic violence. In 2007, she re-trained as a journalist, completing a BJTC-accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University. She then went on to secure a place on the competitive ITV News Traineeship. The Asian Women of Achievement (AWA) awards put women

on the platform across UK industries who are making a valuable and important contribution to British life and who are considered a phenomenon in what they do. The awards play a key role in redefining the contribution of Asian women, and informing a new, positive, pro-diversity debate. Professor Diane Kemp, Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University, was Balvinder’s course leader during her time at the University.

Diane said:

We are so proud of Balvinder’s achievements and delighted with her recognition by the AWA. When Balvinder was studying here she was already showing an interest in reporting sensitive and difficult stories, wanting to reflect aspects of life and society which were hardly ever reported in the media. by Lloyd Dorfman. In London, Shetty ran the Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, from 1989 to 2006. Another highest new entry in the Asian Rich list are the Arora Brothers, who have been running the Cash & Carry business B&M, which has seen their wealth

increase to £380m in 2018. Cheap chocolate, toys and alcohol have increased sales at 560 B&M UK stores, and there are more than 80 outlets in Germany. Bobby, Robin and Simon Arora have sold shares of £910m, including £230m in June 2017.

Robert Watts, the Compiler of The Sunday Times Rich List, said: “The rise of Asia entrepreneurs on the Sunday Times Rich List is one of the most exciting developments we’ve seen on the Rich List in recent years.

Diane further stated that “That approach, which is at the heart of investigative reporting, has been a thread throughout her journalism career to date. She has also proved herself to be an excellent role model through her calmly professional presence on screen as a newsreader.

“Balvinder has demonstrated where talent, determination and hard work can take you. She thoroughly deserves to be recognised for her achievements in the media.” The awards took place at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane in London.


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A young Inspirational Fitness Trainer

Written by Tauseef Asif A 19-year-old, Umar Shawab Latif becomes A Young Inspirational Fitness Trainer. They say that one’s past changes a person so much, that their whole personality, their humour, the way of talking and socialising with one another becomes so practical, that they forget where they are standing and what they are doing. They try to make themselves so busy that they tend to forget that in their life’s journey there are also other people with them, standing beside them. I had a read a quote once that the word ‘FRIENDS’, means Fight for you, Respect you, Include you, Encourage you, Need you, Deserve you and Stand by you. If a person cannot do this for a person, then they have a problem, not the one who suffered. Nevertheless, Umar was amongst those types of people that wanted to help people around him. The way that Umar’s journey had started, in becoming a personal trainer, is when his dad passed away, only when he was a one month old. This was hard for him, not having a dad around, maybe that’s why God gave him a gift of an older brother who he looks up to, who he always takes help from if he needs it. Also, when he achieves something, he would want his mum and brother to know first. At the age between 2 to 3 years old, he had a bone marrow transplant from his older brother, because it was a match. The reason behind this was because he could not produce enough blood red cells by himself.

As time went by, when Umar was growing up, his mum left no stones unturned by bringing him and his older brother up single-handedly. This can be very hard for a mother, especially when her children do not have their dad beside them. This was quite a challenge

for the mother in making sure that her children do not end up in any trouble nor do they end up of having any bad habits. After all the struggle of growing up raised by their mum single-handedly, Umar took this up as a challenge and did everything to stay out of trouble. He proved to his family that he is not one of those that when a parent or both parents leave by their side, they would go on to that path that would be hard to come out of. He had his head down with his studies and successfully left Golden Hillock secondary school, with 8 GCSE’s including maths and English. He progressed further, in Solihull College in studying Sports Science National Diploma in Level 3. At the same time, he used to be training in his local gym and helping people around him getting into shape too. To this day, he can deadlift up to 220kg, bench 130kg, squats 190kg and shrugs 220kg, when his body weight weighs 81kg. By doing all of this, he has been working very closely towards Waheed Aesthetic, who is a celebrity personal trainer and an award-winning Celebrity Personal Trainer and the Owner of Waheed Aesthetic. After all this, and continuing to take it up to a higher level, he is currently studying in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham and making a career on becoming a fitness trainer. With his hard work paying off, with a lot of patience, and with his family and friends prayers, his work has been uploaded on YouTube, capitalising as ’19-year-olds smash compound workout down at Aesthetic underground!’. In the video, it clearly shows his workouts and helping people alongside him. As a future career, he is looking to go ahead in becoming a personal trainer and a sports Scientist. This is his goal and so is his aspiration and obsession too. So, this is the journey, so far of the 19-year-old, Umar Shawab Latif. No matter how bad a person’s past is, their present and future, is in their hands of how they would want to use it. There is a saying that a piano has both white and black keys. The white keys represent happiness, whereas the black keys show sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also make music. At first, you may falter, or even fall, but that does not give you a reason that you should not rise and try again. Always try and try again, until you succeed. That’s how our young inspirational fitness trainer has learnt to do and whatever he is today is because he was committed to his work and passion. I know for sure he will not stop until every struggle tastes his soul.

• New service aims to open up travel between India and the North of England • The addition of the 5th direct service makes Jet Airways the largest carrier between the UK and Mumbai • Guests will be able to enjoy the luxury and comfort of the airline’s wide body Airbus A330-200 service, four days a week

Jet airways connects Mumbai and Manchester Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline is pleased to announce that from 5th November 2018, it will launch the first non-stop service between Manchester and Mumbai. Further strengthening its flight offering in the United Kingdom and Jet Airways’ commitment to opening up travel to India for UK business and leisure travellers, the service will operate four days a week including Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Manchester will become the 66th addition to the Jet Airways network and its 21st international destination. With the introduction of the new flight - the carrier’s 5th non-stop service to/from the UK, Jet Airways will also become the largest carrier between Mumbai and the UK. The launch of this new service will provide seamless connectivity to nearly 35 domestic destinations to and from India which include Ahmadabad, Vadodara, Bhuj, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Aurangabad, Jaipur, Chennai, Nagpur, Rajkot, Raipur, Udaipur, via the airline’s HUB, Mumbai. Similarly, quick connections to beyond points on Jet Airways’ international network such as Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu, will now be available. The new service will complement the carrier’s existing three daily, non-stop services between London Heathrow and Mumbai, and once a day service between London Heathrow and Delhi. The launch of the new route comes one year after the airline launched three new international services last year on 29th October to Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai, from Amsterdam, Paris and London respectively. Vinay Dube, Chief Executive Officer, Jet Airways said: “We are extremely pleased to begin a new chapter in our decade-long relationship with the United Kingdom. The new service will bring Manchester into our global network, reinforcing our global footprint, as well as expanding the choice of connectivity to and from the United Kingdom for our guests with the four days a week, non-stop service. With the new flight, Jet Airways will have over 8,000 seats on offer every week, making it increasingly convenient for both business and leisure travelers to travel between the UK and India. This will deepen both commerce and tourism ties between the

two countries”. Given Manchester’s position as Europe’s second largest digital hub, the new service between Manchester and Mumbai is likely to benefit a large number of business travellers, as well as making travel more convenient for the growing Indian community, including both families and students, now residing in and around Manchester and holiday makers in the region. It will also connect surrounding cities such as Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield to India. Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan, who said: “Securing a direct service to one of India’s major cities is the product of a lot of hard work over a long period of time to forge closer ties between Manchester and this globally significant economy. We have worked, along with a range of partners, to create a compelling case for why our city – and the wider North – is a great place to visit, invest in and do business with. I am delighted Jet Airways have recognised this by launching what I’m sure will be a hugely popular service, not least for the 500,000 people of Indian origin living across the North. Direct connectivity to the world’s most important markets is key to creating a prosperous and internationally competitive Northern economy, and a balanced and outward facing UK. This route will deliver a major boost to businesses looking to export to the world’s fastest-growing economy, as well as helping to attract Indian visitors and investors to the North. We look forward to working with Jet Airways on launching the Mumbai service in the months ahead.” The flight, 9W 129 will depart from Manchester Terminal 2 at 0935 hrs (Local time) and arrive in Mumbai’s Terminal 2 at 0040 hrs (Local time). Return flights from Mumbai will leave at 0230 hrs (Local time) and arrive in Manchester at 0755 hrs (Local time). Guests arriving at Jet Airways’ hub in Mumbai will be able to conveniently connect onwards to 44 domestic destinations in the airline’s pan India network. They can also connect onwards to other destinations in South East Asia including Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. The new flight assumes even greater

importance with the ‘The ManchesterIndia Partnership’ championed by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi, to help strengthen cultural and business ties between the two economies. The launch of the new service will also support with the recommendations of the UK Government, which has been promoting connectivity to other key cities in the UK, besides London Heathrow. Passengers travelling on this route will be able to take advantage of the benefits of Jet Airways’ A330-200 aircraft comprising of 254 seats including 18 in Premiere which will operate on this service. The A330 is a world-class product providing the luxury of spacious seating in quiet cabins, where guests can experience Jet Airways’ highly acclaimed in-flight service characterised by fine dining, together with a choice of their preferred meal, as part of the ‘Dine Anytime’ concept. Guests can also enjoy endless hours of the airline’s carefully curated audio-video programming comprising favourite Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters, popular TV shows and TV Shorts, business news and audio compilations with the airline’s award-winning Inflight Entertainment system – JetScreen.

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


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

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New milestones reached @ smash hit national bhangra festival 2018

After the smash hit National Bhangra Festival 2015, 2016 and 2017, Culture Unite proudly presented The National Bhangra Festival 2018. This amazing event took place on Saturday 12th May 2018 at the luxurious Regency Banqueting

Suite, 265 Hagley Road Birmingham B16 9NA. This event set new Milestones as UK’s biggest Asian festival. The National Bhangra Festival represents traditional, cultural and lifestyle values. Bhangra fans from all communities are

united together at this grand celebration, to watch some of the best artistic talent within the nation and beyond. The National Bhangra Festival 2018 was filled with extraordinary live performances from some of the biggest names in Bhangra, including Balwinder Bhatti, Dhamak Punjabna Di, The Live Crew Band and many more. The festival also included a Dinner, Dance, Exhibition and Punjabi Song Contest final. The super talented Preeti Sharma was crowned the winner of the Punjabi Song Contest 2018, although it was a tough decision for the judges, as there were brilliant performances from Balwinder Singh, Gurdeep Kainth, Khushi Kaur, Nasir Sahi, Nav Sur. The panel of esteemed judges were Balbir

Bhujhangy, Jagdeep Rainu, Jassi Premi, Jazz Tuli and Mick St. Clair. The atmosphere was amazing during this sellout event, with attendance that included members of the Bhangra industry fraternity, Dignitaries, VIP’s and the general public, all from a diverse range of communities within the UK. The Bhangra festival extravaganza was hosted by the incredible Mohanjit Basra, Boy Chana, Apna Bhajan Jagpal and Chandni Kahn. Thank you to Bobby Bola (CEO of The National Bhangra Festival) and his team for hosting an incredible event, bringing together a variety of Bhangra supporters and artists, for an unforgettable night. Photo credit: Foto Render

The National Bhangra Festival saw breathtaking performances from.... * Balwinder Bhatti, * Kadam Verma * Desi Divas * RK Ramme * Dhamak Punjabna Di * Shin Cobra * Happy Rattan * Shubhra Bhambra * Haripa Dancers * The Live Crew Band * Jassi Premi * The Live Experience Band * Jennifer Franklin Lall * Usman Farooqi * Jin & Seetal * Vakhri Tohr

Boojee’s modest contemporary wear launches in Birmingham Boojee’s has now launched a new store in Birmingham and offer a modern contemporary look on women’s clothing. The designs are modest and are aimed for fashion-conscious women who may be looking for casual

everyday outfits or something smart for work. Pieces you can wear again and again, that find a home in your wardrobe for a long time. Boojee’s aim to provide exceptional customer experience

by focusing on our customers, quality products at competitive prices on all their clothing range and outsource all of their highquality clothing worldwide.

Asian world talks exclusively to the owners behind the brand. What inspired you to set up a fashion business? As we come from a long rooted background in the textile and fashion industry, we realised that there was a growing need in the market for modest, fashionable clothing and we knew that there were not

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Adil Ray plans for Citizen Khan Film

Citizen Khan writer and actor, Adil Ray, has revealed he has plans to take the hit BBC sitcom to the big screens. The BBC 1 primetime sitcom follows the comical mishaps of Mr Khan, a self-appointed community leader in Sparkhill, Birmingham, and his dysfunctional family. The actor took to Twitter to say that all would be announced very soon. Ray, however, did reveal that the film plot may take Mr Khan across the Atlantic Ocean, “Things could change, but the idea is taking Mr Khan to America,” he said, adding: “It just feels like the right thing to do.”

Whether the filming will actually take place in the US, Ray commented ““It will be great if we can do that, it’s very expensive, but then I heard Benedict Cumberbatch did a movie recently that was set in New York, but they filmed most of it in Glasgow so it could be we could do that. “ It has been reported that producers may even try to convince American actor Alec Baldwin to take on his impression of Donald Trump for the Citizen Khan film. He added: “We’ve teamed up with a great British comedy production company everyone will know and love. And we have great backers and the next

six months will be spent trying to write the film and script and hopefully, we’ll be on our way.” Citizen Khan first went on air in 2012 as it portrayed the heart of the Asian Muslim community in Birmingham through the amusing lens of the Khan clan and the forever disastrous ideas of the family patriarch, Mr Khan. The sitcom has run successfully for five series, “It feels like a step up, so I’m looking forward to meeting other co-writers or directors who’ve done films.” The former radio presenter, Adil Ray, will be starring in the Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge.

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Spread the Joy with Tolly Boy

Tolly Boy rice is giving 20 community groups across the UK the chance to win funds of up to £10,000. Tolly Boy is celebrating the work of 20 African and Bangladeshi community groups, around the UK as part of its Spread the Joy with Tolly Boy campaign. The brand, which has been serving both communities since 1962, has unveiled the new initiative at a promotional launch at world food distributor Wanis International’s HQ in east London. As part of the Spread the Joy with Tolly Boy, the brand will contribute £26,000 to local charities that sit at the heart of the communities that the company serves. The campaign which begins on June 18th and runs until September 10th includes the Basmati, Long Grain and Easy Cook rice variants. With each purchase, a number of votes will become available for the consumer to assign to their preferred cause. The charity with the highest number of votes will receive funding of £10,000, with the first runner up receiving £5,000 and the second £2,500. Each of the remaining community groups will receive a contribution of £500 for their efforts towards their activity. The Spread the Joy with Tolly Boy campaign will be high-

lighting the causes of various charities such as elderly care, promoting wellbeing, education and uplifting the underprivilege. Speaking about the event, Steven Perry from Tolly Boy said: “We have always endeavoured to support our communities through various initiatives. This year, we want to further our contribution by helping raise the profile of these groups who do vital work in helping the African and Bangladeshi communities integrate and flourish in the UK.” Present at the event was Jag Singh, marketing manager at Wanis International Foods who said: “It’s fantastic to partner with such an iconic brand for the Spread the Joy with Tolly Boy initiative and help support fantastic organisations that are making a real difference to the communities they serve.” Anowar Salehin from St Hilda’s East London said: “This opportunity gives us a chance to promote our work at our day care centre for the Bangladeshi elderly – most of whom are disabled and lonely. The centre gives them a chance to socialise and enjoy quality time. If we win the grant, we will be using it to develop a gardening project for them, as at home they are confined indoors and this would be therapeutic for them.” Representing the ACLT, Beverly De-Gale said: “This is

a complete community engagement programme from Tolly Boy to the consumers and to the charities – who are the main winners, as we get support from all sides. Our message will go out to more people just by picking up one bag of rice! So, hats off to Tolly Boy for picking 20 charities and spreading the good work we are doing and help us get more funding to work with young people and influence them.” Present at the event were representatives from the Westminster Bangladeshi Association, ACLT, African Community School, St Hilda’s East Community Centre, Isle of Dogs Bangladeshi Association, Nigerian Community Waltham Forest and Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK. To support any of the community groups all you need to do is pick up one of the 5kg, 10kg or 20kg packs of Tolly Boy Easy Cook, Long Grain or Basmati Rice from participating stores and vote on www.spreadthejoywithtollyboy. co.uk


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Priyanka Chopra Visits Rohingya Refugees Priyanka Chopra says that the world needs to be “more compassionate” after she visited a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. The actress, who is also the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the children’s agency, flew straight to Bangladesh from London following the royal wedding of her friend Meghan Markle. While in Bangladesh, Chopra witnessed first-hand the dire conditions of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and who were now packed into cramped, flimsy tents in neighbouring Bangladeshi refugee camps, unable to return to their homes, many of which were burned down. The Quantico star was particularly perturbed by the effects the displacement had on the children. According to UNICEF, 60 percent of the Rohingya Muslims who have been persecuted out of their homes were children. Up to 60 babies are being born each day inside the rough and miserable conditions of the camps. Numerous Rohingya children crossed the border into Bangladesh without a parent, after their family members were murdered, raped and tortured in front of them. Children were also shot in the hands and legs by the Myanmar military. The level of psychological trauma of

such distressing events would be long lasting for many of the children. Chopra visited safe houses and temporary makeshift schools in Cox’s Bazar, a camp right along the Myanmar border. She spoke to parents and played with children, all of whom laughed with her while drawing and painting pictures, despite the horrific events they had endured and the less than favourable conditions of living in a refugee camp. “The kids I met were smiling, but I could still see sadness in their eyes that reflected the carnage and horror they witnessed,” Priyanka later said. During a press conference and an interview with the Associated Press, the actress told journalists that her presence was not to talk about politics, but about humanity, in her role as goodwill ambassador. “I’m here on behalf of children. I’m too small, I feel, to speak about political situation like this. I’m not someone who believes in a blame game. I believe that creates more hatred and animosities,” she said. “Open your heart to the children,” she implored the public during her interview with Associated Press. “Be compassionate for the sake of humanity.” During her visit, she stressed that the

Rohingya children needed much more support from the UN and the global community than they were currently receiving. “Please don’t divide children. They are future citizens of the world we live in,” she said. “No matter where a child is from or what his or her circumstances are, every child is the future of this world,” she said.

“There is still so much more support needed,” she urged. “It is up to us, as global citizens, to make sure that they [the children] have a future.” While in Bangladesh, Priyanka also met the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, who applauded her efforts to shed light on the crisis. “It was wonderful to meet her. She has done a commendable job,” he said.

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Sri Lanka Monsoon Kills Five

Karachi Heat wave Kills 65 People

Five people have died and over a thousand displaced in Sri Lanka as catastrophic storms shook the island. Disaster management officials said that three people were killed in lighting strikes while two others died due to deadly landslides because of a devastating monsoon season. Pradeep Kodippili, a spokesman for Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre, said that 1204 people had been evacuated to 20 different safe locations around the island. Army troops carried out rescue operations and relief attempts while

thunderstorms rocked the country. The Sri Lankan government had announced a state of emergency in five districts a few days prior, advising citizens to take precautions against landslides. The meteorology department forewarned that the strong winds and thunderstorms would continue for the next 24 hours. In the past few years, Sri Lanka has suffered devastating losses in increasingly traumatic natural calamities. Last year, over 200 people were killed during a tragic monsoon season.

“The majority of these were sudden deaths because of the heat wave as claimed by their relatives, which we cannot independently verify”, commented Faisal Edhi, the head of the welfare organisation.

A heat wave has killed over 65 people in Karachi at the beginning of Ramadan, according to a social welfare organisa-

tion. The temperatures soared to 44 degrees Celsius which coincided with the month of Ramadan where Muslims in the thriving coastal city abstain from food and water for up to 15 hours. The charity Edhi Foundation has warned many more may have been killed by the scorching heat, as its ambulances have collected double the amount of usual dead bodies to be sent to the city’s morgues. The living and working conditions for the city’s sprawling population have been worsened by the frequent power outages, despite promises from the local authority to provide better resources. People have been forced to sleep on the streets to seek refuge from the heat and power shortages. However, the provincial government in Sindh disputed the death toll, claiming that only one person had died.

With many of the heat wave victims being working class citizens living in poverty, many do not have adequate access to shelter or safe water, leaving them at risk in scorching climates. Concerns about people’s welfare have been emphasised after a heat wave struck Karachi in June 2015 which killed over 1,200 people, with many of the victims being homeless. The city’s morgues and hospitals were left overflowing and unable to cope with the severity of the public emergency. Pakistan’s Meteorological Department has explained the recent heat wave as being a result of an incoming northwesterly hot weather system and a lowered sea breeze. The recent increase in housing construction has meant the city has been left with very few green spaces which has added to the problem of low levels of moisture.

Asma Nawab Reaches Home After Almost Two Decades

Asma Nawab was released from prison after serving 20 years on death row for the murder case of her parents and brother in Karachi. The Supreme Court in Pakistan acquitted her after ruling there was insufficient evidence presented against her in the murder of her family members in 1998 when she was just 16 years old. She had returned home from college on that fateful day and had found her parents and brother’s throats cut open, in a TV interview she said: “I was called to a police station to record statement but was later arrested”. Asma was alleged to have planned the murder of her parents and brother over a love marriage dispute. In 1999 she and two other suspects were ordered double death sentences by the court. She appealed the verdict, but it was only in 2015 that

the appeal reached the Supreme Court, from which point it took three years to dismiss the allegations against her and to clear the now 36-year-old’s name. As news cameras followed her release from prison and her return to her family home, Asma had to confront that there was nothing remaining of her childhood memories, “The police left nothing behind, I lost my parents, and now I see none of their belongings.” Her release from prison was captured on national TV and has left many questioning the slow and often corrupt justice system in Pakistan. Despite the long struggle for her release, Asma has hopes of finishing her education and finding employment. She has stated that she intends to use her voice to raise awareness on the wrongful imprisonment of many other women in Pakistan just like her.


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India and Pakistan Ceasefire

India and Pakistan have come to a truce over the Kashmir border and reinstated their 2003 informal ceasefire agreement. The Director Generals of Military Operations of both India and Pakistan, Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan and Major General Shamshad Mirza respectively, met to “fully implement” the agreement at the de facto Jammu and Kashmir border. The ceasefire comes after countless violations during which casualties were felt on both sides. India had previously accused Pakistan of 881 border violations between January and

May. It said that 36 of its civilians had been killed in the crossfire and thousands forced to flee their homes near the border. Pakistan had also accused India of numerous violations of the treaty, claiming that 28 of its civilians had been killed as a result of the constant shelling. The 15 - year - old peace agreement had been on rocky ground since 2013 when relations between the two countries broke down. Jammu and Kashmir has long been a source of dispute amongst India and Pakistan since before

the partition and Independence of both countries. The border is heavily guarded with up to 300,000 armed soldiers from both sides patrolling the line of control. The claim for control of the disputed Kashmir territory has been the motivation behind two out of three Indo-Pak wars since the partition in 1947. Although both India and Pakistan claim rights to Kashmir in its entirety, Pakistan currently controls the portion of Azad Kashmir, while India has retained control over the larger Jammu and Kashmir region.

China bans Muslims from Fasting in Ramadan

China has banned, teachers, students and civil servants in it’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and have ordered restaurants to stay open. Muslim are required to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month. However, China’s ruling communist party are believed to be atheist, and for many years they have restricted the practice in Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur minority. Officials in the region’s Bole County were told: “During Ramadan do not engage in

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fasting, vigils or other religious activities.” For the past couple of years, authorities have attempted to ban fasting among Uighur Muslims. However, the authorities received criticism from right groups. The Uighur rights group have said that China’s restrictions on Islam in Xinjiang have added to ethnic tensions in the region, where clashes have killed hundreds in recent years. China has said that they face a “terrorist threat” in Xinjiang, with officials “religious extremism” for the growing violence. “China’s goal in prohibiting fasting is to forcibly move Uighurs away from their Muslim culture during Ramadan,” said Dilxat Rexit, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress. “Policies that prohibit religious fasting is a provocation and will only lead to instability and conflict.” The education bureau of

Tarbaghatay city, known as Tacheng in Chinese, have said that schools students have been ordered to not fast during Ramadan, to not enter mosques and to not attend religious activities. Similar orders were posted on the websites of other Xinjiang education bureaus and schools. Officials in the regions Qiemo County met with local religious leaders to inform them that there will be an inspection during Ramadan in order to maintain social stability. One village in Yili, near the border with Kazakhstan had said mosques must check the identification cards to anyone who comes to pray during Ramadan. The Bole county government have said that Mehmet Talip, a 90-year-old Uighur Communist Party member had promised to avoid fasting and vowed to “not enter a mosque in order to consciously resist religious and superstitious ideas.”


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The Sikh Community in Pakistan The Sikh community in Pakistan is a small but thriving one. Although the Pakistani government’s National Database and Registration Authority recorded the number of the Sikh population at 6146, it is difficult to pinpoint an accurate figure as the group was not included in the country’s most recent population consensus. However, alternative sources claim the Pakistani Sikh population is much higher, estimated at being as high as 30,000. Most Pakistani Sikhs live in Punjab, where Sikhism has its roots. In fact, the founder of Sikhism and the first guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev, was born in Rai-BhoiDi Talwandi which was later renamed Nankana Sahib, in today’s Pakistan.

Israel Protester Shooting Over 500 Palestinians including a 9-month-old baby were killed by the Israeli military in Gaza following the most shocking and bloodthirsty act of violence since the war in 2014. Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protestors along the eastern Gaza-Israel border, killing at least 58 and injuring over 2700. Meanwhile, just a few miles away, government dignitaries celebrated the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the capital city of Palestine, a move which Palestinians see as a transparent indication of a USsupported attempt by Israel to gain total control of the partitioned capital. Israeli troops warned that there would be a follow-up of the offence the next day, but Palestinians would not be protesting on that day; instead, they would bury their dead. The Gaza Health Ministry said that 58 people were killed in total, 57 by Israeli

gunfire and a baby who died from lethal inhalation of tear gas. Of 2700 injured, 1360 were shot, and 130 were in critical condition, it was reported by the ministry. The violence took place on the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba” - the commemoration of the 1948 Middle Eastern war which exiled thousands of Palestinians from their land and homes in order to create Israel. The mass exodus led to the ongoing Palestinian refugee crisis which until today, has not been solved. Israel’s military defended itself by accusing Hamas of attempting to carry out attacks behind the guise of the protests, claiming they had intercepted Hamas trying to cross the border and throwing “pipe bombs and grenades at the soldiers and security fence.” It claimed that they had only opened fire at “targets of terrorist activity” and also said that Palestinian protestors threw firebombs, grenades, and stones during

a number of protests at several positions along the border. Israel was criticised by the UN for its use of lethal force. “The mere fact of approaching a fence is not a lethal, life-threatening act, so that does not warrant being shot,” spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. During a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussain said that Israel’s use of force was “wholly disproportionate” and pointed out that there was a “stark contrast” between casualties on both sides. He mentioned that many of the Palestinians killed or injured had been unarmed and that there had been “little evidence” of any Israeli “attempt to minimise casualties.” “Although some of the demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails, used slingshots to throw stones, flew burning kites into Israel and attempted to use wire-cutters against the two fences between Gaza and Israel, these actions alone do not appear to constitute the imminent threat to life or deadly injury which could justify the use of lethal force,” he said. The UN declared it would launch an international war crimes investigation into Israel’s shooting of protestors.

Many Sikh relics, holy sites and places of worship are based in Pakistan and are protected by The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Community (PSGP). Majority of these sites include numerous gurdwaras, glorious architectural splendours which are “gateways to the gurus.” After the India-Pakistan Partition in 1947, a majority of Sikh’s relocated to India, and many of the gurdwaras were either left abandoned or destroyed. In recent decades, however, they have been restored and maintained as places of pilgrimage, following the 1972 Simla Agreement with India, which offered pilgrimage visas allowing Sikh “yatris” or pilgrims entry into Pakistan to visit holy sites and places of worship under a specially arranged process between the two governments. The pilgrimage is an exciting and emotional time for Sikhs around the world. Pakistan is home to some of Sikhism’s holiest sites including the burial site of Guru Nanak, Gurdwara Kartarpur in Narowal. Religious relations amongst the population are often warm, and in a true show of unity, thousands of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims gather every year in Nankana Sahib to pay respects to Guru Nanak in front of Gurdwara Janam Asthan, known to be the birthplace of Guru Nanak, to celebrate the birthday of Sikhism’s founder. Pakistani Sikhs also celebrate the National Independence holiday with as much merriment and vigour as their Muslim counterparts. For Sikhs, Pakistani or otherwise, Pakistan is seen as their first home. With a long and entrenched religious history, there is a special connection Sikh’s feel with the country, especially the Sikh diaspora on the other side of Punjab who experiences a yearning for their homeland. In his book Walking With Nanak: Travels in His Footsteps, author Haroon Khalid says: “Sikh history is hardly mentioned in Pakistani textbooks.” Ask any Sikh yatri who has travelled thousands of miles to see his beloved Guru’s birthplace, and you will perhaps gain just a fraction of the joy and serenity he feels.

China Islamic Association wants all mosques to raise national flag to promote patriotism

The Communist Party in China aims to strengthen their grip on religion. A letter published by the China Islamic Association states that all mosques should be assigned to hang flags in a “prominent position” in their courtyards. The aim of this, as they state, is to promote a spirit of patriotism among Muslims of all ethnic backgrounds to further ensure an understanding of “national and civic ideals”. This letter was published in accordance with China’s recently revised Regulations on Religious Affairs. The letter also requests mosques to display information that details the party’s “core socialist values” and incorporate these ideals into Islamic scripture so that individuals feel a certain amount of closeness in their hearts for the party. Being a government-affiliated body, the China Islamic Association has sole authority to accredit imams. When the Regulations of Religious Affairs has been revised, there is an increasing sense of religious freedom amongst rights groups. The new regulations have also reminded us of the punishments that will be displayed if there is a presence of unsanctioned religious activities. An increase in state supervision of religion is closely tied with the government’s attempt to “block extremism” as well as identifying and tackling what Beijing views as an internal threat. The letter urges mosques to study the Chinese constitution and make the attendants of the mosque aware of it too. They must also study classics in Chinese history and educate people on the traditional culture of China in order to develop “an understanding of the common Chinese identity”. Rights groups have also argued that the freedom of practice is being overlooked as the letter suggests that the aim of these policies is to convert mosques into spaces that identify as “a solid platform for the study of the party and the country’s laws and policies.”


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What we look for when attracting new talent

The customer acquisition specialists are frequently on the lookout for the next wave of talented individuals to help take the business forward. In business, when building a team, there is nothing more important than hiring those that are not just good at what they do but will also bond well with the rest of the workforce. A business is nothing without its people, so a good recruitment system is vital for a company to grow and prosper. A failure to implement a robust recruitment structure is going to cause a number of fiscal and performance issues later down the line. It is with this in mind that Roar Ambition has come up with a list of what it looks for when hiring and attracting new talent: Roar Ambition: About the firm. Adaptability - The direct marketing and sales industry is fast-paced. The firm feels suitable candidates need to continually evolve and be ready to do their own research and learn on their own. The right mindset means being prepared to learn and change as well as putting new skills to the test. A failure to have this spark or flexibility means, they will be left way behind. Project Management Skills - The firm believes that those who aren’t afraid to work outside their job descriptions are going to be the most valuable. Roar Ambition has worked hard to break down the barriers between departments so leaders can have a holistic understanding of the entire business. Furthermore, every client has their own needs so being able to understand that and learn to meet them is a must. Culture Fit - Roar Ambition believe that this is arguably the most crucial factor for any new hire. It’s critical for both how the new hire is going to interact with the rest of the workforce and how they communicate with current and potential clients. If they fail to gel with the team or can’t handle talking to clients, it’s a sign they might not be a fit long term. Roar Ambition look for these qualities in their potential candidates during their three stage hiring process. Stage one is an initial overview and getting to understand the candidate. The second phase is a full day shadowing a current team member so that they get a feel for the role and can be assessed completing a number of different tasks and a final interview with the CEO to fully determine if they’re the right fit for the company.

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sources of finance you will be using, security being offered and vitally, what savings, investments and other assets you have. However, bank mangers prefer to look at your idea in a nutshell before they bother with the details, which is why a two page summary of the plan is key. But don’t be shy to ask more than you need. A 25% longer repayment and 1020% more money will benefit you for obvious reasons. Once you have your plan polished to perfection, invite the bank to you. Send the plan to banks with an invitation to visit your premises. That way, the bank manager can gain a good first impression of your business. But before he sets foot in your office, make sure you are prepared. Think of questions that are likely to concerns him

and have your answers prepared. But make sure you negotiate the interest rates and terms after the offer has been made, never before and avoid personal guarantees where possible. Offer a charge on assets rather than personal guarantees, or limit the personal guarantee given. And last but not least, minimise security. Do not agree too much security and only agree to the bank’s maximum exposure to loss. This keeps it available for any other borrowing you may need in the future. For assistance in preparing business plans and cash flow or profit projections for bank funding and for any of your accountancy and tax needs, please give me a call. I’m very happy to visit you without charge for a consultation to discuss how we could help you further.

KEEPING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BANK It always helps to keep a good relationship with your bank in getting them to say “yes”. You can do this by • Keeping to agreements made – making payments on time, not going over your agreed overdraft limit, etc. • Warn them in advance, if you are

going to go over the limit or default on payment. • Tell about bad news. If there is bad news, let them know and let them know what you are doing to do to remedy the situation. • On time. Supply them with any infor-

mation they require on time. • Advance notice. Try to prepare the bank in advance for requests for additional finance. • Borrow for the right reasons.

Crypto Currency BitPanda can now be bought with British Pounds

It’s now easier than ever for users from Great Britain to buy cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. From now on, the Europe wide popular retail broker Bitpanda accepts British Pounds for payment and payout. As part of a recent upgrade of the Bitpanda platform, the Austrian company is now offering British Pounds as well as Euro, Swiss Franc and US Dollar. Users can freely switch between supported currencies. For example, UK citizens could also use Swiss Franc and US Dollar in addition to the British Pound. “The advanced platform gives existing users more control over their funds and new users now have a simple access to the world of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The UK market is very important to us, so we are very happy to finally be able to offer the British Pound,” says Eric Demuth, CEO and Co-Founder of Bitpanda. “As we listen to community feedback very closely, we now offer a more transparent fee structure and re-

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Roar How to get a Bank Loan Ambition: Nearly every business has to go to the bank for funding assistance at some point, so I thought it would be helpful to outline some of the key ways to help yourself in getting the bank manager to say “yes”. Banks are the major source of finance for small business in the UK. When applying for finance from you bank it helps if you follow procedures. Firstly, always have a business plan. The main areas to be covered in a business plan are the management team background with details of qualifications and experience, the type of business and previous trading history. You should also mention details of the market in which you are going to trade, likely extent of the competition, how you will market your business and a cash flow forecast for at lease the first 12 months that demonstrates that you can meet the loan repayments and a projected profit and loss account and balance sheet. The likely extent of the competition should also be highlighted, as well as the break-even point, details of any expert advice you have sought and a SWOT analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It is also important to state how much you want to borrow and over how long; your commitment to the borrower, what

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duced our buying fees to 1.49% and our selling fees to 1.29% for Bitcoin, which makes Bitpanda the cryptocurrency broker with the lowest fees for instant trading including instant bank transfers and credit card payments in Europe.” Apart from new currencies and an optimised user interface, users are now able to send cryptocurrencies to other Bitpanda users instantly and completely free of charge. A newly implemented contact list feature allows to easily create a list of friends and family members, to whom one wants to send cryptocurrencies more than once. “The new platform lays the groundwork for our vision of

cryptocurrency becoming an established and well respected financial asset. We are working on lots of new features and will introduce them continuously over the coming weeks and months, which will strengthen the industry as a whole,” says Demuth. About Bitpanda Bitpanda is a FinTech company headquartered in Vienna, Austria, with additional offices in London, specialised in selling and buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It has quickly grown to become Europe’s most popular retail broker for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and more to it’s over 850,000 users

The Trade Horizons Road Show

From June 21st to July 3rd, the Roadshow will visit four locations in Cornwall, Bristol, Swindon and Exeter. Each event will host 5 keynote speakers - two of which will be successful British export businesses - and the others Brexit experts, who will discuss potential future issues as well as opportunities and trends. Following the morning sessions, visitors will be able to explore the Export Advice Zones where they can access a wide range of free support tailored to the needs of their business, including a free ‘Brexit Health Check’ or advice on how to pitch their product in China. Brands including Green & Blacks, Innocent Drinks and Beer52 will all be appearing at the event, making it the perfect place to gain inspiration from businesses who are trading successfully overseas. The Trade Horizons Roadshow is part of a wider series of activity that is delivering in preparation for Brexit. Last month, they teamed up with Business Showcase South West to welcome Secretary of State for International Trade, the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox, to Leigh Court. He addressed 150 local businesses on the positive position the South West currently finds itself in terms of export opportunity and growth. “The Roadshow is a fantastic way to help companies in the region understand more around the challenges and opportunities that Brexit brings; not just within Europe but across the rest of the world. “We can do much more for companies than just provide support through Export for Growth and the Department for International. Once we’ve encouraged and prepared businesses to export we don’t stop there - we support those companies even further. “As one of the country’s leading and largest Chambers of Commerce we can provide export documentation and help companies with fulfilment of orders, getting their goods into the marketplace and working with banks and with Letters of Credit to ensure companies get paid. We don’t just encourage people; it’s all about helping them to physically make the contacts and then do the business. “The Trade Horizons Roadshow is another example of going the extra mile to ensure companies are prepared for what Brexit brings. In the last couple of years we’ve collectively taken the South West from being the worst performing region in the country in terms of export to the fastest growing. “We’re confident that we can guide the South West through Brexit with events like this and ensure this region continues to grow its export activity in the future.”

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We Tranxact Ltd

My name is Rav Bains, and I am the Founder and Director of We Tranxact Ltd. We Tranxact Ltd is a Birmingham based payments consultancy and brokerage. We started trading back in June 2016 working from the comfort of my home dining room table. We help new and existing businesses with their debit and credit card processing facilities who are mainly based in the UK, but we can provide our services to businesses globally. We started with very minimal investment and overheads, and now we’ve moved away from the home office into a plush city based office. We have made some very strong business partnerships with web developers, Accountants, software companies, marketing companies and many more as we help their clients where we can with their card payments setups, which have proven to be very effective

for all parties involved. I have always had an entrepreneurial mind, since the age of 10-11, where I used to work in my family business in Hockley Birmingham. The business was surrounded by factories and warehouses, mainly producing clothing and I took it upon myself to buy some in trend hoodies at the time at trade costs and then sell for a mark up at my school. I have now been in the merchant services/ card payments industry for near enough ten years, and I love it, as it’s ever-evolving and the opportunity is huge as nearly every business nowadays accepts card payments and those are my potential customers. To date, we have won two awards, the first being The Best Independent Payments Consultancy 2017 by SME Midlands Enterprise and more recently The Leading Providers in Card Processing Solutions 2018 from Corporate Vision Magazine. We at Tranxact Ltd are doing our very best to maintain a 5-star rating on various review sites like Trust pilot. We believe in going the extra mile for our customers as these customers are relying on us to deliver a service in a professional and timely manner. We recently saved local business owners who develop web and mobile applications just over £160k on their card processing services as well as improving

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their cash flow into the business. The business owner was obviously very pleased with our service. I believe it’s very important to give back to the community, whether local or international, so we proudly contribute a certain percentage of our profits to the Khalsa Aid charity, which does great humanitarian work all over the world. I believe everyone should have goals and a vision of where they want to be in their life. I had this vision, and I had goals, and I did whatever it took to get there. Yes, it’s still very early stages of my business, but I know that I have the right mentality and dedication to achieve whatever I want in my life and now we’re looking to expand the business to accommodate the number of enquiries that we receive. I would advise anyone that’s thinking of going into business to go at it 100%. You will have constant doubts, the person in your head telling you that you’re no good, but you have to believe in yourself. Put in the hours, put in the hard work and believe me it will pay off. If you don’t give it a try, then you will never know, and then you may live your life thinking “what if”. Do not live your life with regrets, do what you want to do and do it to the best of your ability and be the best version of yourself. We only live once.

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Rates of Interest on Hold

The Bank of England said the United Kingdom economy has hit a “short-lived soft spot” as the rate of interest prices was left on hold at 0.5%. The Bank reduced its development projection for the year to 1.4%, below the projection of 1.8%. In an interview after the rates choice was introduced, Mr Carney claimed the “underlying speed of development remains more durable than the heading data recommends”. Economic experts were anticipating the financial institution to elevate interest prices in 2018. That sight changed after figures launched, showing the economy expanding by just 0.1% in the first three months of the year. The downturn was triggered by the Beast from the East - serious weather condition which closed down construction sites kept consumers at home and also caused transportation turmoil. Moreover, the financial institution defined that as a “temporary soft patch” with “few effects” for the overview of the economic situation. The money markets are currently showing there will be a rate of interest increase towards the end of the year complied with an additional

increase in 2019 and in 2020. Activities in the Bank’s official prices can have huge impacts on UK households. An increase would certainly mean that atleast 4 million homes with variable or tracker rate home mortgages would see a boost in their monthly repayments, while an increase would certainly profit the country’s 45 million savers. Mr Carney establishes interest rates with a team of 8 other experts that form the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). At the newest meeting, seven participants voted to keep rates of interest on hold. Ian McCafferty and also Michael Saunders voted for an increase. “It looks like the 2018 price hike has been postponed, not cancelled,” Fitch Ratings economic expert, Brian Coulton stated. Nonetheless, previous MPC participant Andrew Sentance said the Financial institution had “completely misconstrued” the economic slowdown. He said relentless low-interest rates and also unpredictability over their future instructions were threatening the pound and also injuring consumers by causing the rise of cost living. Price rise? The Workplace for National Statistics seems much more cyni-

cal than the Bank of England. The ONS released information showing that industrial manufacturing increased by 0.1%. It showed the economic situation was “sluggish” in the first quarter; however, they stated that the negative weather had “little influence”, as they that the economic situation already had underlying troubles. During a meeting, Mr Carney will state: “It’s likely that during the following year prices will go up... that’s the most likely thing to take place.” However any rate rises would be at a “gentle rate”, the governor stated. He included that it can be shocking to the UK economic situation from protectionist trade policies to Brexit, where case: “If the economic situation slows down... then we will change the plan.” The program of rate of interest relies on inflation dropping, in line with the Bank’s expectations. The Bank anticipates that impact to discolour over the coming years will bring inflation back to 2% by early 2021. It also anticipates that the unemployment rate would fall further, to 4% by 2020, which is said to be the financial institution’s lowest projection.


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BT announces strategy update to drive leadership in converged connectivity and services

BT Connectivity Services Actions being taken include: -Launching new converged product offerings to deliver differentiated customer experiences, support customer loyalty and improve economic returns; -Further improving customer experience by increasing FTTP and mobile infrastructure investment within an annual capex allocation of around £3.7bn; -Transforming BT’s operating model and driving productivity improvements in core UK operations; -Accelerating the restructuring and transformation of Global Services by introducing new digital products with a greater focus on our top global customers, reducing capital intensity, and significantly

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lowering costs; -Focusing on around 30 modern, strategic sites to create a more collaborative, open and customer focused working culture, including plans to exit BT’s headquarters in Central London; -A three year reduction of c.13,000 mainly back office and middle management roles; -A year 3 cash cost reduction of £1.5 billion with costs to achieve of £800 million and 2 year payback; -Cost reductions to help offset near term cost and revenue pressures, provide capacity to invest in value enhancing projects and drive longer term profit growth; -Hiring c.6,000 new employees to support network deployment and customer service.

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network leadership; and Transforming BT’s operating model. Gavin Patterson, BT Chief Executive, said: “BT is uniquely positioned to be a leader in converged connectivity and services. We are a clear market leader in terms of the scale of our customer relationships. We have the UK’s leading fixed and mobile access networks, a portfolio of strong and well segmented brands, and close strategic partnerships. We provide products and services that are essential to both consumers and businesses, delivered through multiple channels to suit their needs. This position of strength will enable us to build on the disciplined delivery and risk reduction of the last financial year, a period during which we delivered overall in-line with our financial and operational commitments whilst addressing many uncertainties.” “I am really excited to be delivering the next stage of BT’s transformation and have put in place the team that will support me in achieving these objectives.” For further information on

BT’s performance over the last financial year, please see BT Group’s full year financial results, also released today. Delivering differentiated customer experiences Putting the customer at the centre of everything BT does will enable differentiation through converged products and service quality and a focus on customer retention. The launch of new converged product offerings will support customer retention, increase loyalty, and improve economic returns. For example, in the Consumer business, BT will launch converged fixed and mobile products, and make better use of customer data and digital channels for more targeted and personalised marketing complemented by our nationwide retail footprint enabling a local, and personal, service. In its Enterprise segment, BT will create new revenue streams alongside existing offerings, such as driving take-up of Voice over IP, networking and unified communications, and leveraging its leading security proposition. BT will also create new revenue streams in selected

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adjacency offerings to add new high-margin revenues. For example, by leveraging our leading security proposition and utilising the Internet of Things where we have transformed our own business to reduce costs and the environmental impact of our operations. Investing in integrated network leadership To deliver differentiated customer experiences, BT will continue to invest in integrated network leadership. The company aims to have a single integrated all-IP fibre network that enables seamless converged access across fixed, WiFi, and mobile, whilst maintaining capital expenditure discipline within an annual allocation of around £3.7 billion over the next two years. In fixed, Openreach is taking a ‘Fibre First’ approach that positions the business to deliver, economically, at scale and pace, 10 million fibre-to-the-premises, FTTP, by the mid-2020’s, while in mobile, BT will continue to build 4G to 95% geographic coverage by 2020 and intends to lead the market in 5G.

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Women’s Economic Forum

Birmingham and West Midlands Women Economic Forum (WEF) – All Ladies League starts with a Bang with a conference on 20 and 21 June 2018 the Theme of the conference is “Enhancing Women’s Economic Power”. Dr Julie Nugent – Director at the West Midlands Combined Authority, will open the conference. Birmingham and West Midlands WEF will be a powerhouse for change, there will be mega peer exchange and learning with diverse women from across the globe within an interdisciplinary framework. This is an opportunity for Birmingham and the West Midlands to showcase the diversity and innovation and rich culture of the City and the region; underpinned with local women making massive connections and networking with other women across the globe. Birmingham and West Midlands WEF welcomes All

Ladies League along with 26+ Awardees inclusive of Jacqueline O’Donnovan and Beverley Nielson – Women of the Decade in Enterprise and Leadership; Tanya Abraham, Dr Arpinder Kaur, and Patricia Lorde – Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All; Jess Phillips, Jennette Arnold OBE– Women of the Decade in Public Life; Rt. Hon Sajid Javid, Andy Street CBE, Dr Paul Sabapathy CBE – Leader of the Decade in Public Life; Zina Arinze, Taha Coburn-Kutay, Parveen Hassan, Evelyn Teiko Asenih, Getrude Acheampong, Tausi Suedi, Maggie Stubbs, Waheeda Bhamani Rahim, Zoe Bennett, Melody Sakala-Makore – Exceptional Women of Excellence; Mindu Hornic – Women of the Decade in Courage and Healing; Dame Betty Kershaw; Catherine Nelson-Piercy – Women of the Decade in Healthcare; Raman Bulsara – Leader of the Decade in Community Service; Dr Elizabeth Nelson

OBE, Dr Kathryn Hinchliff – Women of the Decade in Community Leadership. The conference will empower women to expand their business opportunities and increase global influence. The two days are packed with exciting topics not to be missed. Speaker Participants at http://www.wef.org.in/ speakerparticipants-wefbirmingham-uk-2018/ We wish to welcome even more women within the West Midlands Region to register and experience this historic event. Registration form for the conference follows: http://www.wef.org.in/ wef-birmingham-registration-2018/ For more information contact: Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée CBE Chair of Birmingham and West Midlands WEF neslyn.druee@aall.in

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Setting up your Business • You would need to do a self-inventory – As we all have our own ideas on what business we have in mind you’d need to be careful not to rush into it. You have to think about whether this business is for you? As starting up a business will take time and money. You’ll need to know how to cope with stress and you will need to be patient. • You need to plan – Writing down notes and knowing what sort of business you would like to open is a start, you have to be passionate about it. • Test the approval – Once you have a rough idea, turn it into reality! You have to think about whether it will work? Will you be making a profit? Do you think the public would want or need it? • Write up your business plan – A secure plan will guide you upwards. You’d

need to present your ideas to potential investors. For your business you would need to write a mission statement, company summary, executive summary, offers, description of target markets and the overall cost. • Identifying your market – As you may have detected some interest in your business, you will need to research more about it. Check the market, target the customer and make a competitive assessment. • The costs – Do extra research. Know the standard cost factors within the industry. This will not only help manage your business, investors will also want to know about it. • Budgeting – Once you know how much money you’ll need, you’d need to figure out how much it will take for you to create the marketing plan.

• Knowing the right investors – You’ll need some funding to start off, either from your savings, credit cards, grants, venture capitalists or loans. You will need to find an investor that shares the same passion as yourself and someone you believe will work with you. • Listening to the investors – Investors will have a say in your company whether or not you agree with it. You will need to listen to what they have to say, but remember this doesn’t mean you have to do exactly as they tell you. • Setting up a support system – As you will be investing a lot of the time into your new business. Be sure that your family is on board as they’d need to know that the process you will be taking will be challenging financially and emotionally.


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Purple Reign at UK Awards Gala

The firm saw a number of their contractors take home rising star awards, an accolade managing director Leopold Johnson values highly. The entrepreneur brought along the entire company to the exclusive event to celebrate their success and personal achievements in the presence of other sales and marketing firms from across the whole of the UK. The recent awards gala included motivational speeches from industry experts on their entrepreneurial journeys within the sales and marketing sector. Purple Reign’s business owner detailed the importance behind this, particularly for young business professionals who made their debut at this year’s event. The importance of seeing industry experts and mentors detail obstacles they have faced in recent years offers a great sense of inspiration, argues Johnson. Purple Reign: About the firm “Individuals who have just entered the sales and marketing industry are driven professionals, to see hugely successful business owners discuss their initiation into the sector is a huge incentive to reach their own goals and hopefully be able to give speeches of their own,” details Johnson. The business owner explained his colossal pleasure with the results at this year’s events, exploring ways in which this has only enhanced the motivations of all individuals at Purple Reign in preparation for the ceremony next year. The business is currently on track for national records on a number of their current campaigns, proving their domi-

nation within the sales and marketing sector. The firm has also recently had a variety of their contractors graduate their in-house development programme in recent months, proving their eagerness to become industry experts and eventual entrepreneurs. “Purple Reign is ecstatic about a number of our contractors taking home rising star awards at this year’s event, and there is a huge sense of pride at the company. Each of our contractors has come back to Nottingham excited for the coming months, and we’re hoping to continue to break records in our city,” stated a spokesperson for Purple Reign. Purple Reign has seen extensive success since their inception and is eager to continue this trend; with large objectives for the remainder of 2018 the firm are eager to continue to build a company focused on growth. Purple Reign is continually seeking professionals wishing to gain skills, qualities and experience within the sales and marketing sector.

Oil and gas deal soars

Andy Brogan, EY Global Oil & Gas Transactions Leader, says: “The latest EY Global Capital Confidence Barometer reveals that major broad indicators, such as oil price stabilization and continued growth in demand – coupled with discipline shown by OPEC and nonOPEC members – has instilled confidence in oil and gas deal making over the past six months. But with government policy becoming harder to predict across the globe, companies are mindful that any increases in protectionism could have an impact on the efficient flow of goods and services across the sector.” With record-level deal making in the first quarter of 2018, 90% of oil and gas executives now expect the global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market to improve in the next 12 months, up from 43% in April 2017. That is according to the EY Oil & Gas Global Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB), which

finds that oil and gas companies represent the highest deal making appetite among all sectors surveyed, with 62% of executives intending to pursue M&A in the next 12 months compared with 52% globally. Looking ahead, 90% of oil and gas sector executives view global economic

The Royal British Legion the charitable partner of South Glos Expo Organisers of the second annual South Glos Expo have announced their charitable partner for the event will be the Royal British Legion in honour of D Day. Members of the Yate, Sodbury and District Branch of the Royal British Legion will be at the Expo collecting for the Poppy Appeal and sharing with visitors and exhibitors the work the RBL carries out in communities nationwide. Jackie Robertson, of the Gloucester County branch of the RBL said: “We are pleased to be attending South Glos Expo and we’re looking forward to showing what the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal are doing to support our beneficiaries.” The event, being held at the Bristol Business School at the University of the West of England between 10am and 3pm and is organised by business woman Esther James and Louise Elliott

growth as improving or stable. However, respondents cite inflation (49%) and market volatility (40%) as the biggest risks to investment plans, amid rising oil prices and oilfield services looking to renegotiate contracts at higher rates. Oil and gas executives also view political uncertainty (54%) and geopolitical tensions (40%) as the two biggest risks to growth. The report indicates that uncertainty and related disruption is driving M&A across the sector, with 60% of sector executives now placing portfolio transformation at the top of their boardroom agenda. As businesses look to optimize their fitness for the future, 48% of executives say they are reviewing their portfolios

(known as Lou). Lou said: “We felt as the event took place on an important commemoration day we should honour that and ask the Royal British Legion to come along and meet local business owners. We feel privileged they’ve agreed to do this and be part of this second annual event.” The RBL volunteers will be joining Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, who is the keynote speaker for the event. Eddie was the first competitor to represent the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in Olympic ski jumping and comes from Cheltenham. It was in the 1980s the plasterer qualified as the sole British applicant for the 1988 Winter Olympics ski-jumping competition. He had previously represented Great Britain at the 1987 World Championships and was ranked 55th in the world. At the time of his Olympic entry, Eddie

every six months or more, while close to half (42%) say they have increased the frequency of reviews compared with three years ago. Oil and gas companies’ proactive approach to portfolio transformation appears to be aligned to activist shareholder expectations, with more than a third of executives (35%) expecting to focus their influence on divestments over the next 12 months. The CCB also finds that more than half (56%) are looking to divest underperforming assets or assets that are prone to disruption within the next year, as they seek to streamline operations and increase agility in response to the changing landscape. This is supported by the latest EY Oil

was the best ski jumper in Great Britain. His story of grit and determination – even in the face of repeated failure – was told in the film Eddie The Eagle starring actor Taron Egerton. Eddie became a huge favourite with the media thanks to his unending enthusiasm for life. Google Digital Garage and Enterprise West of England will also be running workshops throughout the day. For Google these are: Introduction to Digital Advertising; Know Your Business With Data and Stay Safe Online in 2018. From Enterprising West of England the workshops are: Unearthing The Hidden Gems Within Our Education System To Benefit Your Business; Accelerate Your Business Growth With A Scale-Up Coaching Grant and Access to Finance. Also Iain Mackintosh from Brightman will be sharing his six step programme on GDPR.

& Gas Global Divestment Study, which finds that 87% of oil and gas executives expect to divest within the next two years, with 90% planning to do so in order to invest in improving operating efficiency and to address changing customer needs. Brogan says: “Movement of assets is creating a robust oil and gas M&A market, and the focus on portfolio transformation has spurred activity and renewed confidence across the sector. Indeed, the latest EY Global Capital Confidence Barometer finds that 73% of oil and gas executives expect to complete more deals in the next 12 months compared with 37% just six months ago. It isn’t surprising, therefore, that 74% expect their M&A pipeline to increase in the next year.” In the wake of increased M&A activity, 90% of oil and gas CCB respondents expect to see a corresponding increase in competition. Sixty-eight percent expect to continue going head-to-head with private equity (PE), particularly for predevelopment upstream assets or later life mature assets. The report anticipates, however, that increasing activity among PE players and the adoption of more innovative transaction structures will drive upstream M&A in 2018.


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Sonam Kapoor gets married Interview with Comedy Legend Imran Yusuf


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Back with a Vengeance Asha J New Single Party Girl Soars TV Viewing

Winning the hearts worldwide, the new people’s princess and queen of hearts is spreading her wings with her memorising looks, and the voice of an Angel, singing in three languages through cities in the UK’. She is leaving many breathless, and her appeal is somewhat dazzling as her Bollywood and Hollywood Style, and looks are capturing film and fitness companies. Internationally her latest proposal from USA Hollywood is yet to be revealed and will open a whole new avenue for Asha J this year. Asha J’s press Launch and Celebration Party Performance was held at the Zara’s Night Club in Birmingham. TV channels attended the Party Girl’s launch where her return to music was welcomed at the explosives new sounds as she sang

live, where she was interviewed for her new single ‘Party Girl’ a club electro number in Punjabi and English Lyrics. CNI covered the story, winning the hearts of Pakistani viewers which took her into their hearts as she sang the late ‘Noor Jehan song ‘Sanu Nehr Wala’ wearing Party Girl Pink halter neck gown with her model looks as it was reported that she attracted over 500 messages as well as interest of her artistic talent in such a short space of time. She has performed in Islamabad and Karachi with her former group ‘Stereo Nation’ and says she can’t wait to go back to perform again. Careful planning and preparations had gone into Asha J’s Media Launch Party. Party Girl Banners and Merchandise T-shirts were available to support the event, and many friends and fans were present at the event as well as her new marketing company ‘Limelight Promotions’ where she was announced as their Brand Ambassador Publically on the night. She will go on to represent and become a Guardian Angel for a charity of her choice for Women Empowerment and artist appearances and performances, the first one being for Charity ‘Hope’ as the new single Anthem promotes Freedom, Liberty and Empowerment. Mela’s and festivals are being signed up as Organisers are looking forward to Asha J firing up their stages with her sizzling song and dance sets in three languages. Offers of collaborations have stepped her up to the next level as she rubs shoulders with Legendary Punjabi

pioneers of the Bhangra Industry as she reveals her latest Collaboration with ‘Balvinder Safri’ Ji a new duet with the man himself. The project has commenced, and Asha J says she has the privilege to write her part and is very humbled and excited. The latest news on her humanitarian work as Asha J works for charity representations and organisations as ambassador is set to surprise many. Her humble nature and input into bringing awareness to causes such as Thalassemia for the ‘Foundation

June 2018 Against Thalassemia’ ‘World Health Innovations Summit’ ‘Ambassador for World Peace’ Mental health counselling Career Coach for ‘Each’ hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Academy of Universal Global Peace - the United Nation’s ‘Global Peace at Large.’ USA are to honour her with a Human Excellence Golden Award with Gold Medal Humanitarian and a Gold Medal blessed from Governors of 77 countries. The ceremony is coming to London this year in her honour. The journey just gets more and more exciting. Her follow

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up single Teray Bin is already underway as USA have named her #Asianbombshell. The fast and furious artist is setting her eyes on many awards this year, and she is currently preparing for the UK Bhangra Awards 2018, hoping to win a nomination. She reveals she has been hoping for this and intends to work hard to make this dream come true. www.ashajworld.com Facebook Asha Musique Instagram/Twitter @ashajmusic Email: ashajmusic@hotmail.co.uk


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After blockbusters like ‘PK’ and ‘3 Idiots’, director Rajkumar Hirani is back with his most anticipated film ever – Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor. The teaser of the movie continues to shatter all kinds of records as the world eagerly awaits its release on 29th June. The biopic, which is about the eventful life of the iconic Sanjay Dutt, is one of Bollywood’s most anticipated and talked about movies in recent times and it has certainly demanded attention. Since the teaser trailer launched, the internet was flooded, with the video clocking up more than 150 million views around the world. In fact, the teaser was the highest trending video on Google and Facebook, with Twitter users posting memes and heaping praise on the director, Rajkumar Hirani & the lead

of the movie, Ranbir Kapoor. In just 24 hours alone, 200,000 Google searches were carried out as India was gripped on Sanju fever! Sanju continued to be the hottopic across the globe with several regions making the teaser the number 1 trended video on YouTube. One of the most exciting revelations from the teaser is how Kapoor has brilliantly transformed himself into Dutt’s double. With different character posters being unveiled online of Kapoor as Dutt, the actor shows why he is one of the industry’s most talented and loved. As well as looking the part, Kapoor sounds like it too, with the 35-year-old adopting the accent and expressions of Dutt to provide an uncanny resemblance to the man himself, which will certainly leave you in shock and

amazement! With an ensemble cast which also includes Anushka Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza and others, it is no wonder the teaser has got everyone talking. The unbelievable story of Sanjay Dutt is brought to life as audiences will get a fascinating insight into one of Bollywood’s most controversial lives. It is safe to say, that with the teaser causing the internet to explode in only a matter of days, the world needs to be prepared for the impact Sanju will create when it is finally released. SANJU is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and is produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Fox Star Studio. The film releases on 29th June 2018.

In what can be called the ultimate casting coup, director Karan Malhotra has got Sanjay Dutt to play the ruthless, merciless villain in Yash Raj Film’s period action adventure Shamshera. He will be pitted against Ranbir Kapoor in the mega action spectacle. Interestingly, Shamshera will be Sanjay’s first ever film with YRF. Karan Malhotra says, “Shamshera is a highly ferocious and fearless character in the film. Therefore his nemesis, the villain had to be even more fierce and monumental in every aspect. Who’s better than Sanjay Sir to give us that impact on screen.” Sanjay Dutt says, “My father and Yash uncle were very

close friends and now that I’m doing my first YRF film, it is an extremely emotional moment for me. When I heard

Karan’s idea to pit Ranbir against me, I thought it was just brilliant. I’m looking forward to shooting this incredibly exciting film, my second with the hugely talented Karan Malhotra.” This high-octane adventure film is set in the heartland of India and will have jaw-dropping action sequences and a never seen before Ranbir Kapoor. Shamshera is set to go on floors end of this year and shooting will wrap by mid 2019.

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Ranbir Kapoor in and as Sanjay Dutt is Ranbir’s nemesis in YRF’s Shamshera Shamshera Ranbir Kapoor delivered his first hit with Yash Raj Film’s Bachna Ae Haseeno and then he garnered outstanding critical acclaim for his fantastic performance in Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year. After 9 long years, YRF and Ranbir are set to collaborate again for a desi, mega-action, and masala entertainer titled Shamshera. The film is part of YRF’s 3-movie deal with Karan Malhotra, who directed the blockbuster Agneepath and then the action spectacle Brothers. Talking about the movie, Ranbir Kapoor says, “Shamshera is exactly the film I was looking for. While growing up watching Hindi commercial cinema, I had an image of what a film hero should be doing. Shamshera allows me to do everything that I had imagined and it’s a very exciting project for me. Karan is going to take me completely out of my comfort zone and I’m looking forward to this challenge.” This high-octane adventure is set in the heartland of India and will have jaw-dropping action sequences and a never seen before Ranbir Kapoor. Shamshera is set to go on the floors end of this year and shooting will wrap by mid 2019.

Sonam Kapoor finally got married to entrepreneur Anand Ahuja in a private ceremony on Tuesday 8th May 2018. Sonam married her long-term boyfriend, in a traditional Anand Karaj wedding ceremony, which took place at her aunt’s Mumbai home, Rockdale, at Bandra’s bandstand. The stunning actress wore an ornate red and gold Anuradha Vakil Lehenga for the ceremony. Her makeup was kept simple so that all the attention was on her royal headgear. Her makeup and hair stylist Namrata Soni discussed how Sonam’s wedding make up look was a moving moment for her. She said: “There’s tears in my eyes. I think she’s the most beautiful bride of our country; as delicate as a flower. It’s an extremely emotional time for me.” Namrata Soni has known Kapoor for almost a decade. They are more than just co-workers, they have become friends, so it’s only fitting that she is so closely involved with all of her ceremonies. Sonam’s marriage ceremony may have been an intimate affair. However, her wedding reception proved to be nothing short of a big fat Indian celebration. After the Solemn ceremony took place during the afternoon,

Kapoor and Ahuja kicked the evening off, by hosting a grand luxurious wedding party that saw Bollywood’s biggest stars attending. Some of Bollywood’s biggest names including, Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Rani Mukerji, Ranbir Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor, daughter’s of the late Sri Devi, Karisma Kapoor and even Shahrukh Khan and Wife Gauri Khan. Sonam’s father, Anil Kapoor happily danced alongside Shahrukh Khan, as if no one was watching. On her wedding day, Sonam changed her Instagram username #sonamkapoorahuja; the 32-year-old also changed her name on Twitter and Facebook too. Earlier in May the Kapoor and Ahuja families made the anticipated announcement which said: “The Kapoor and Ahuja families take great joy and pride, in announcing the marriage of Sonam and Anand. The wedding will take place on the 8th of May in Mumbai. Since it is an intimate affair, we request you to respect the family’s need for privacy. Thank you for all your blessings and love, as we celebrate this special moment in our lives.”


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Salman Khan’s Race 3 AKSHAY KUMAR HELPS LAUNCH Trailer Out Now NEW INDIA CONCLAVE EVENT

Salman Khan and team gear up in the high-octane Race 3 trailer After much anticipation, superstar Salman Khan has finally dropped the much-awaited Race 3 trailer. Starring Salman Khan,

Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bobby Deol, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem, Race 3 is directed by Remo D’souza. Race 3 releases in cinemas on 15th June 2018.

Bollywood icon Akshay Kumar was on hand to unveil the nationwide movement, New India Conclave in Mumbai. The Pad Man star has been appointed as a brand ambassador for the campaign, an initiative which is the biggest ever nongovernment rural outreach programme organized in association with renowned NGOs. Akshay

Kumar, made it clear he was passionate about a cause that he feels can help build a society. Akshay Kumar was all smiles as he arrived at the event, and showed his enthusiasm and support for the achievers, innovators and policy makers in India’s rural communities by describing them as “heroes” who are changing the landscape and

that change will be visible when people start focussing more on solutions than problems. He launched the New India Conclave alongside the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, praising the “inspiring stories” of “rural achievers” in a tweet. Reflecting on his trips to rural India and the characters he

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before in Pakistan. He mentioned that the film had an element of patriotism, action scenes and a very powerful love story. The cameraman was known as Faisal Bukhari who is a Pakistani film, television director, producer and cinematographer. The cinematography was produced by Ben Jasper, who is known for his work on the 2014 Bollywood hit Bang Bang. The soundtrack of the film was produced by Jabar Abbas, Ali Khan, Sahir Ali Bagga and Afshan Abbas. Qurat-ul-Ain-Balouch and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also sang a few tracks. The film was shot in Azad Kashmir and Northern areas of Pakistan.

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as Zara, a British journalist, from a Pakistan-origin, who falls in love with Azaad and Nadeem Baig who will play a father figure role in the film, who devotes his life to the Kashmir struggle and passes on his vision of struggle to the youth. The film dialogues are written by Wajid Zuberi. The movie will also be distributed by ARY Films and has been edited by M.Arif. The language of the film will be in Urdu. Other cast members, include Maryam Ansari, Ali Bilal, Erum Azam, Ali Fateh, Samama Randhawa, Waseem and Zeeshan. Movie Director Imran Malik addressed that a film of such a big canvas has never been done

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has played, Akshay Kumar fondly spoke of his love for the countryside and how they have had a big influence on him. He passionately explained that the New India Conclave Awards will be important in providing more holistic development for the country. He continued to show his admiration and respect for those who live in the rural communities and the challenges they face with water, pollution and greenery. He stated that “we are creating a platform where people…will share their story... So that others can follow that same idea to resolve the same issue” Also in attendance was Y4D President, Praful Nikam, who heaped the praise on the Toilet: Ek Prem Katha comedy actor, for his inspirational movies which have celebrated rural development and that he was the perfect fit for Brand Ambassador. The New India Conclave is scheduled to take place in July in New Delhi in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of various states.

Azaadi: Freedom

Azaadi, which means Independence, is an upcoming Pakistani action thriller war film that is set to be released on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which takes place mid-June 2018. The movie is written, directed and coproduced by Imran Malik along with this brother Irfan Malik under the banner of their father Pervez Malik films. The movie Azaadi is based on the issues of Kashmir conflict and the freedom for Jammu and Kashmir. The film is about a man who has devoted his life for Kashmir cause and is now imparting his vision to the youth to keep the cause alive. The film stars Moammar Rana who plays Azaad, Sonya Hussain

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10 QUESTIONS WITH THE BOSS HIMSELF

1. What are you currently working on? I am working on a few International projects. As a songwriter, I get to write for a lot of artists! Some tracks you may even know! But the main thing that I am doing is putting the end touches to my debut album ‘For The Culture’ – the music genre comes from my mixed ‘Heritage’ which I am proud of. Being mixed race, English and Pakistani, my take on my culture is important and I feel that everyone’s cultures should be respected. We should celebrate our heritage and that’s what flavours my music and makes it unique! 2. What inspired you to pursue a career in music? From a very young age, I loved watching Michael Jackson and seeing him sing, was very inspiring. I could understand the melodies, the way the music just flowed and I knew that I wanted to do the same. It was something I knew I wanted to do … 3. Did you receive any support from your family, regarding your music career? I have been blessed with an amazing family who have always been supporting me. It’s important to have that around you. Sometimes friends are like your family too. It’s all a blessing. 4. Who is your favourite Asian

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Music Artist and why? To be fair, I respect those trail blazers from back in days. Right now, there are two people who just stand out! They are Steele Banglez and Sevaqk, they are probably my favourites. They just make good solid music, it isn’t about boxes, they just make music that bangs! They transcend the typical stereo types and that’s sick! 5. Are you planning to star in anymore movies since your role

in Amar Akhbar& Tony? Since then I have been in 3 feature films – Requiem, Dangerous Games and Dead Ringer. Dead Ringer will be coming out later this year and I star alongside, Tom Zanetti! Make sure you review it and feature it! It’s made with Amar Adatia and Colton Films! 6. What do you like to do in your spare time? I love watching films and food!!! Nothing like a good Nandos! I

also go to the gym and keep fit! 7. Aside from Music, is there anything else going on in your life, Marriage perhaps? To be honest when you focus yourself on something, it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. My focus right now is my music. 8. Will you be touring the UK anytime soon? We will be at some events this year! So, make sure you have it locked on my socials as we put the dates on there! 9. Since your collaboration with Zack Knight and Dr Zeus, are you planning on collaborating with any other artists? I have collaborated with a few artists since then. We have ‘You’re The One with CHIP and ‘Jaani’ with SEVAQK. All were top ten in the charts! The Chip track was at top 20 in the ‘Hip Hop’ mainstream charts! There’s loads more Collab’s coming …. 10. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt throughout your career? You know you learn every single day, so to pin point it to one thing is hard. But as you want one thing, then, not all people are what they make out to be….. There is a lot more music coming, so please add me up on all socials! Shide Boss – Insta/FB/Twitter! Thank you!

Akshay Kumar Turns Yamraj Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar is seen playing a new-age Yamraj in this latest advertisement campaign for Policybazaar watching him as Yamraj is a sure treat for his fans. Akshay Kumar published the video on Twitter and said “It was good fun playing a new-age Yamraj”

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Interview with Comedy Legend

Imran Yusuf 1. How do you feel about performing at the Edinburgh Festival? I’ve done it quite a few times and have been through the various phases of plucky unknown, exciting discovery, tricky 2nd album, and veteran, at least I turned up. I’m excited to bring a new show up and I am experienced enough to know how to navigate the self-absorbed validation-fest that it can easily be. 2. Why did you decide to pursue a career in stand-up comedy? I talk a lot and like to be the centre of attention because I think my ideas are good. And the skill in making people laugh with both shock and intrigue is a fascinating high that never gets old (unless you don’t turn over material). 3. We understand becoming a successful comedian can be difficult, what struggles have you faced along the way? I have faced a lot of difficulties, including, self-doubt, and loss of

faith from people close to me, difficult business decisions and heart break. 4. Who is your favourite comedian? At the moment Bill Burr and Jeremy Hardy. It’s great to see what happens when a comic practices their craft for decades and ultimately develops an authenticity in their material and performance. 5. How did your family feel about your career change, from working in the video game industry? They were

very proud of my decision and have supported me in every way. Well, once I made it onto the telly. 6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully married. 7. Aside from the Edinburgh Festival, what else are you currently working on? I’ve developed a sitcom that I’m trying to make into a pilot episode, some YouTube sketches and I’m writing for video games too. Also, you might see me in a few more acting roles very soon ;-)

Akshay Kumar lends his support to #18to82 campaign under “Niine Movement”

One of Bollywood’s most iconic megastar’s and India’s very own ‘Pad Man’ Akshay Kumar is supporting a nationwide campaign #18to82 – with the aim of bridging the gap between the 18% of menstruating females in India who use sanitary napkins, and the 82% predominantly engaging in unhygienic practices. The pioneering campaign launches ahead of the inauguration of the Niine Movement, an ambitious new initiative aimed at raising awareness of menstrual hygiene and tackling the age-old stigma against menstruation across both genders and all age groups. Akshay Kumar is a renowned woman empowerment advocate and boldly tackled the issue of the menstrual taboo in the awardwinning film Pad Man. He supports the Niine Movement as a continued champion of the cause of menstrual hygiene. Akshay Kumar took to social media to support the #18to82 campaign with the message: ONLY 18% of Indian women use sanitary napkins vs 82% who use unhygienic means.

I support the #NIINEMovement which breaks the taboos & encourages conversations on periods. Speaking about his support for the Niine Movement, Akshay Kumar said: “Open and unafraid conversations on menstruation are powerful as they help to breakdown taboos. I am honoured to support the Niine Movement with the launch of the #18to82 campaign, because menstrual hygiene is an urgent issue that we must resolve in India. Together we can ensure that every female has the right to manage her period safely and with dignity, and the Niine Movement can drive the social revolution that India needs to initiate change for an entire country. The empowerment of women is the empowerment of a nation.” Despite India housing 355 million menstruating women, the second highest menstruating population globally, approximately only 18% of them currently use sanitary napkins - with the other 82% of women often reverting to unhygienic and unsafe alternatives such as old cloths, rags, hay

and even ash. The key stimulus behind this staggering statistic can be traced back to decades of archaic attitudes and stigmas surrounding menstruation and the lack of accessibility for safe and affordable sanitary products. A result of the unwillingness to discuss female menstruation is the subsequent culture of silence and shame which has left women with no choice but to partake in unsafe menstrual practices behind closed doors frequently resulting in urinary and reproductive tract infections, stress, anxiety, and even gender-based violence. The Niine Movement is conceived by social entrepreneur Amar Tulsiyan. Speaking about the launch of the movement Amar Tulsiyan said: “We each have a responsibility to do what we can to tackle the taboos around menstruation and educate the next generation about periods in the right way. It is my hope that through the #18to82 campaign the Niine Movement becomes the spark that leads the way in bringing menstrual hygiene and dignity to every woman and girl in India.” An ambitious five-year plan committed to grass-root change, the Niine Movement will be launched at the Menstrual Awareness Conclave taking place in Delhi on Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Day. The Menstrual Awareness Conclave will convene renowned film personalities, academics, policymakers, government officials, activists, business stalwarts, NGOs, thought-leaders, including Akshay Kumar, to discuss the impact that stigma and taboos on menstruation have had on holding girls and women back for centuries.


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A UK health charity has expressed deep concern following new data which reveals the alarming use of online selfdiagnosis. The British Dental Health Foundation believes an over-reliance on websites, particularly online symptom checkers, could lead to delays in the diagnosis and treatment of life threatening diseases such as mouth cancer. Four in ten people questioned by the charity say they prefer turning to the internet to investigate their symptoms, while less than one in three (31 per cent) would see their doctor or dentist first. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said: “The internet can undoubtedly be a fantastic source for information but it would be highly ill-advised to place too much reliance on what we read online. Incorrect advice, biased agendas, invalid sources and our own mis-interpretation regarding what we read and search for could lead to potentially dangerous results. “I went on a well-known online diagnostic website and searched for ‘white patches in the mouth’, one of the major symptoms of mouth cancer. The only diagnosis it suggested was for thrush. “White patches in the mouth, alongside red patches, non-healing mouth ulcers and unusual lumps in the head and neck area are the main signs of mouth cancer, as well as having many other causes the least of which is thrush. Being given a misdiagnosis of these online may lead to a delay in visiting the dentist and receiving timely treatment. “With mouth cancer, early diagnosis is vital as it can dramatically improve the chances of survival from 50 to 90 per cent. Mouth Cancer Action Month, organised by the British Dental Health Foundation and sponsored by Denplan, aimed to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer in order to get more cases caught early enough to make a difference to the chances of survival. Statistics show that mouth cancer rates are seeing a rapid increase, with more than 7,300 Brits now being diagnosed with the disease each year. Mouth cancer also claims far more lives than

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cervical and testicular cancer combined and some of this can be attributed to late diagnoses. In the study, which aimed to analyse the UK’s knowledge and attitudes towards mouth cancer, the charity found that while the internet was the most used source for diagnosis, it was also the least trusted. Less than one in four of us indicated that we always trust what we read on the internet while the survey found that health professionals such as doctors and dentists came on top of those who we trust. (30 per cent.) Dr Carter added: “It is encouraging to see that there is an excellent relationship

that clearly exists between ourselves and health professionals. “While the internet is a great source of information nothing can beat the tried and tested way of seeing a professional when it comes to our health. “It is so important to keep to regular dental check-ups and a strong level of trust between the patient and the dentist means that this is more likely to be maintained. “A dentist can not only ensure our teeth and gums remain healthy but they also visually examine us for signs of mouth cancer – something we certainly cannot get at from logging in at home.”

Stroke survey reveals that Asian and Black women know more about stroke than men • 72% of women knew the Act F.A.S.T. acronym which is used to help people identify the signs of a stroke compared to 62% of men. • Only 86% of men surveyed knew the three most common signs of a stroke compared to 91% of women. • Most people (84%) were aware that the faster stroke patients receive medi-

cal treatment the greater their chances of a better recovery, but shockingly almost 40% are not aware that getting treatment fast can help avoid long-term disability. • Older people aged 55-74 are more likely to have a stroke but were less likely to be aware that getting treatment fast could save a person’s life.

Knowing any single one of the signs of a stroke and calling 999 immediately if you spot one is crucial – the faster you act the better the chances of a good recovery. However a new survey reveals that women were more likely to know the three most common signs of a stroke compared to men, despite men being at a higher risk of having a stroke at a younger age than women. Women were also found to have more knowledge of the Act F.A.S.T. acronym which is used to help people identify the signs of a stroke (72% women vs 62% men). F.A.S.T. stands for: • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile? • Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there? • Speech – is their speech slurred? • Time – time to call 999 The survey designed specifically for Asian and Black communities to understand the current levels of knowledge about stroke highlight that some of the key Act F.A.S.T. stroke campaign messages are getting through but there’s still more work to be done. Stroke is a medical emergency, however woman were more likely than men to say that they would seek help quickly if they notice someone showing the signs of a stroke. The Act F.A.S.T. stroke campaign stresses the importance of acting fast and calling 999 as soon as you see even one of the signs developing in yourself or someone else.

While most people (84%) were aware that the faster stroke patients receive medical treatment the greater their chances of a better recovery, surprisingly, almost 40% were not aware that getting treatment fast could help avoid long-term disability. Treatment is more effective if it is received within 3 hours of the onset of a stroke. Professor Julia Verne, Public Health England Director: “We’d like to thank the media for getting behind this survey and everyone who participated, the response has been great. The results show that some of our ACT F.A.S.T. messages are getting through to those most at risk of stroke. However, it’s clear that we need to work harder to increase awareness of all the common signs of stroke and improve understanding that acting fast can save lives and prevent long-term disability.” Actor Bhasker Patel: “I’m pleased that our community has taken time out to participate in this survey. The results are fascinating and interesting. It’s great to know that we have high levels of awareness of the stroke signs but we must not be complacent. We need to do more to make sure that we continue to spread awareness of all the signs and encourage everyone to act fast, without delay when they notice any one of the signs of stroke. I hope these results will go a long way to help inform future ACT F.A.S.T. campaigns.”


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Diabetes in the Asian community

Diabetes mellitus is often a misunderstood disease in the Asian community, with many people associating it simply with sugar consumption. Being Asian means that we have a far higher rate of diabetes, mainly Type2 diabetes, which affects the vast majority of diabetics. Globally, diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death. Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can help prevent diabetes altogether and therefore also reduce the risk of many associated illnesses such as heart disease and stroke. Furthermore, early diagnosis can help with controlling diabetes, thereby reducing its negative long term effects on your health and well-being. In this article, the first of a two, I will explain what diabetes is, what to look for and how to prevent it. In the UK alone, there are 2.5 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes, of which it is estimated that 90 per cent have Type 2 (explained below). Furthermore, there may be another half a million people in whom diabetes has not yet been diagnosed. Alarmingly, south Asian people who live in the UK are up to six times more likely to have diabetes than the white population. It is predicted that the number of people living with diabetes in the UK will increase by almost 50 per cent by 2025. Diabetes UK and the south Asian Health Foundation UK are doing some fantastic work to better understand the disease in our

communities. What is Type2 diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which your body fails to control sugar levels in the blood. In Type2 diabetes, this occurs because there is not enough insulin, a natural hormone which helps to carry sugar inside cells where it can be used. This is either due to there not being enough insulin produced, or “insulin resistance”, when the body cannot respond to the insulin properly. Many of the drug treatments work on increasing sensitivity to insulin or increasing insulin production, whilst lifestyle measures such as weight loss help to increase your body’s natural response to insulin. Most people need a combination of both, and some might also require insulin injections. Even when we are fasting, or starving, the body still produces insulin. It is therefore important to visit your GP at least two months beforehand to adjust

your medication if you plan to fast during Ramadan. What are the symptoms of diabetes? Many people have vague symptoms for some time before they are diagnosed. Often, people may have no symptoms and may be diagnosed following a blood test for another reason. Four common symptoms are: thirst, passing urine a lot, tiredness and weight loss. Some people also suffer frequent infections such as thrush and boils or may notice blurred vision. You should visit your GP and request a simple blood test for diabetes should you be experiencing any of these symptoms. Long term, untreated diabetes is associated with heart and circulation problems, strokes, visual problems, kidney problems, nerve damage and foot problems. Many of these complications can be avoided by preventing diabetes in the first place and if you have diabetes

already, by losing weight and taking diabetes medication. It is also important to treat blood pressure and cholesterol carefully in diabetic patients to prevent complications. Who gets Type2 diabetes? It is important to look out for diabetes from the age of 25 years in Asian communities and also to be screened in pregnancy. It is also becoming more common in children, adolescents and young people of all ethnicities. Being overweight and having a family member with diabetes are also risk factors. Prevention Fortunately, in 4 out of 5 people, Type2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by very simple and small changes with massive benefits for their health. These changes involve eating a healthy, balanced, diet, maintaining a healthy weight and getting exercise. You should also stop smoking and reduce your alcohol consumption. The government is now rolling out the National Diabetes Prevention Programme in seven areas to begin with: Birmingham South and Central, Bradford City, Durham, Hereford, Medway, Salford and Southwark. The scheme will help identify people at high risk of developing diabetes and will also provide support with weight loss, exercise, cooking/ nutrition and peer support. A healthy, balanced diet should include at least five pieces of fruit and vegeta-

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AW Facts Did you know? Drinking coffee can prevent depression. bles. It should minimize fried foods such as bhajis and samosas- although it is fine to grill or bake these and you should use heart- healthy oils such as olive or rapeseed to cook. You should also include lean protein such as chicken and fish and starchy carbohydrates in the form of rice, including Basmati rice and chapattis. There is no need to buy diabetic foods or to eliminate sugar completely from your diet. You should also try to have an active lifestyle- try walking as the days get brighter, alight from the bus a stop earlier- see where you can fit it into your routine. I would recommend aiming for half an hour a day of exercise, which gets you out of breath. Find something you enjoy and can manage easily, perhaps find some friends or a club to help you. Not only will it help with preventing diabetes, it may help to reduce your medication, with weight loss, lift your mood and keep your heart healthy! In summary, diabetes is a growing problem in our community. Fortunately, exercise, a healthy weight and a healthy diet can go a long way to prevent it happening to us.

How to lose fat To some extend the habit of smoking is a product of socialization. Socialization is simply the tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour one sees other persons in the society exhibit. Socialisation is one major way children and young people learn social skills. Children and teenagers learn skills necessary to live and work in the society by a socialisation process. Unfortunately also bad habits and bad ways of thinking are learned the same way. If one lives or works together with other smoking individuals, one will more or less automatic adopt these individuals’ smoking habits. If one then tries to break out of the social structure, one will feel anxiety for not being accepted any more by the social group one is a part of. If the other individuals also make moves to threaten or freeze out an individual trying to brake this bad social standard, the difficulty of breaking out of the habit will be even greater. The threatening actions may not even be very serious to frighten a person from braking out of such a socially standardized habit, and may not even be meant as a threat. THE NEED FOR SUCKING AND CHEWING Every person has a need for sucking and chewing. This need is necessary in early infanthood, but it also persists into adult life to some degree. Some persons use cigarettes or other smoking devices and the smoke as a means to satisfy this need. There is a hypothesis that this need is greater by some adults then by others because this need, or some other similar basic need, has not been fully satisfied in early infanthood. If you want to stop smoking, you can try to satisfy this need by other means,

for example by always keeping something in your pocket that you can put in your mouth to chew at when the need for smoke appears. AUTOMATIC REPEATING When a person have done something many times and frequently enough, there will be created a pattern of automatic repetition of that particular behaviour. This is especially true if the particular action is done in a distinct recognizable situation. The pattern of automatic repetition also have the effect of making a person feel safer in the daily life and routines. Such a pattern of automatic repetition is always a component in the smoking habit. It you want to quit smoking, you should make an investigation to find out in which situations and which environments you usually take a cigarette. Then try to avoid these situations or environments where you use to smoke, or to deliberately alter these situations. NICOTINE USED AS A SELF MEDICATION Nicotine has a tranquilizing effect upon nervous feelings. At the same time it has some anti-depressive effect, at least in the short run, and it makes a person feel more awake. A person suffering from nervousness or from depressive symptoms may feel that the smoking helps him against his mental symptoms. However, gradually there will be a need for steadily higher doses of nicotine to give these good effects, and if there is a lack of nicotine in the body, the nervous or depressive feelings will be greater than before. This gratification, but with the need for steadily higher doses to get the good effects is a major incentive for the smoking habit. You should consider

if this anti-depressive or tranquilizing effect is a reason for your smoking. Then you should try to find other ways to achieve the same effect. Engaging in some sport or outdoor life will often make you feel less depressed. If the depressive feelings are more serious, some appropriate treatment can be necessary. THE PLEASURE COMPONENT There is to some degree a plain and direct pleasure connected with smoking. This pleasure is in itself a good effect. This good effect is probably in most cases too small compared to the painful effects of smoking, but will gives a temptation for an individual to continue the habit. However, also this pleasure effect will gradually be difficult to obtain without increasing the doses. If the plain pleasure of smoking is a

main reason for your habit, then you should try to find other sources of pleasure instead, for example some good food, some good music or some erotic action. THE GENETIC COMPONENT Not all people get equally easy dependent of nicotine. There are factors yet not fully understood that make some people more easily addicted than others. Perhaps some persons have receptors on their nerve cells that more easily get trigged by nicotine than others, or perhaps some people have more receptors with the ability to get trigged by nicotine, and this is inherited in the genetic code. THE NERVOUS MECHANISMS WORKING BY ADDICTION The normal brain has signal substances with a tranquilizing effect, and substances with a stimulating effect

upon nerve cells. Like most narcotic substances, nicotine act like a signal substance by fitting into receptors on some brain cells. Nicotine attaches itself to some receptors and thus give the nerve cell having these receptors a signal. The cells getting such a signal from nicotine will react by secreting another signal substance, dopamine that influence still other cells. Dopamine will tranquilize some brain cells and stimulate others, and the total effect of this is the pleasurable effects of smoking. However, when nicotine steadily induces dopamine release, the brain will gradually decrease the production of dopamine when nicotine is not present, and the brain will feel a steadily greater need for nicotine to work normally and feel well.


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How you perceive and react to stressful events in life is more important to your health than how frequently you encounter stress, says a study. According to the researchers, the more negatively an individual reacts to a situation the more he/she may be at risk of developing heart disease. The team wanted to find out whether daily stress and heart rate variability — a measure of autonomic regulation of the heart — are linked. A potential pathway that links stress to future heart disease is a dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system — a case of a person’s normally self-regulated nervous system getting off track. “Higher heart rate variability is better for health as it reflects the capacity to respond to challenges,” said Nancy L Sin from Pennsylvania State University. “People with lower heart rate variability have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death,” Ms Sin added in the paper published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Depression and major stressful events are known to be harmful for health, but less attention has been paid to the health consequences of frustrations and hassles in everyday life. The team analysed the data collected from 909 participants between the ages of 35 and 85, including daily telephone interviews over eight consecutive days and the results from an electro-cardiogram. During daily phone interviews, participants were asked to report the stressful events as well as negative emotions they had experienced that day. The researchers found that participants who reported a lot of stressful events in their lives were not necessarily those who had lower heart rate variability. No matter how many or how few stressful events a person faces, it was those who perceived the events as more stressful or who experienced a greater spike in negative emotions had lower heart rate variability — meaning these people may be at a higher risk for heart disease, the authors noted.

Sunscreen can cause Skin Cancer

Applying sunscreen to South Asian children under the age of two could increase their risk of skin cancer later in life, one of the world’s leading experts warned. A ‘self-tanning’ mechanism that protects the skin against the sun’s rays could be prevented from developing properly or be “significantly” weakened through the use of an artificial barrier too early in life. The process, which develops naturally after birth, strengthens the outermost ‘horny’ layer of the skin, known as the ‘stratum corneum’, by increasing its tolerance to ultra-violet radiation. Though the same process occurs in white and lighter skin, it is more effective in black and dark skin because it is naturally rich in melanin, which gives skin its pigment and protects against UV radiation, and has more melanosomes – cells which produce melanin. If this natural ‘shield’ is not left to fully mature, typically over a period of two years, it may never do so – leaving individuals unknowingly more susceptible to melanoma. This poses a greater risk to those with darker Indian sub-continental or AfroCaribbean skin because they are less likely to use sunscreen as they grow up. As dark skin – types five or six on the Fitzpatrick scale, the pigment classification chart – rarely burns, it is assumed that additional protection from the sun is not required. But in cases where their natural UV

protection is low, individuals who do not apply sunscreen are unwittingly increasing their risk of fatal cancers. The warnings were issued by Dr Sharad Paul, New Zealand’s most decorated skin cancer expert and one of the world’s preeminent authorities on the subject. They come just weeks before the summer holidays, when tens of thousands of Britons will be basking in the sun at home or abroad. Dr Paul – a holder of the Chair’s Award, the NZ Medical Association’s highest honour, for his research and services in the field of skin cancer – and a senior lecturer on skin cancer at the University of Queensland, advises parents with dark-skinned children to avoid applying sunscreen until they are at least two years old. He said parents should instead cover up their children to protect them from the sun during peak hours. He said: “Though using sunscreen is definitely proven to prevent sunburn and one study showed it can reduce the risk of melanoma, it could possibly increase the chances of developing the disease if applied too early in life especially in people with a natural ability to tan. “With babies, the skin is adapting to the environment outside the uterus and is learning how to tan in response to the sun. “Studies have shown how this tanning mechanism improves between six and

Herbal Tea

There has been an influx of media coverage about the health benefits of herbal tea. Most herbal tea enthusiasts may base their opinions on herbal tea around their own experiences of the beverage. The Chinese have been drinking herbal tea for thousands of years due to its miracle working abilities. Herbal tea has been used by the Chinese for treating minor headaches to much larger matters such as preventing cancer. Many health studies are beginning to shine some light on the facets and benefits of herbal tea. What are the benefits from herbal tea that can affect your life? The following are five major benefits of herbal tea that may substantially change your life. First Health of Herbal Tea – Weight Loss The high concentration of polyphenols in herbal tea helps to oxidize fat and encourage thermogenesis. Thermogenesis in the body is the rate which the body burns calories. Herbal tea results in an increase of energy which raises the metabolism, therefore, more weight is lost than normal. As a morning beverage, herbal tea has a small amount of calories

18 months, as the skin adapts to life outside the womb, and the standard medical recommendation is to refrain from using sunscreen with children under six months to allow the tanning response time to mature. “It is my hypothesis, however, that it could take longer for the tanning mechanism to mature in darker-skinned children. “Though darker skin types don’t sunburn and dark-skinned adults have a very low risk of skin cancer, using sunscreen in darker-skin children up to two years old may actually make that skin more susceptible to skin cancer later in life.” Malignant melanoma is now the UK’s fifth most common type of cancer, with around 13,300 people being diagnosed with the disease each year. In young adults aged 15 to 32, it is now the second-most common cancer.

Herbal tea is well known for keeping teeth clean because of one of its ingredients, fluoride. The fluoride kills the bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque. Also, fluoride helps to maintain healthy, cavity-free teeth. This helps to prevent general tooth decay inside of the mouth. This cannot be about coffee which stains the teeth with an ugly yellow tinge. The oral health of teeth can be vastly improved with the consumption of green tea. Fourth Benefit of Herbal Tea – Lowers Cholesterol Herbal tea may be a possible solution for all those suffering from conditions of high cholesterol. Heart attacks are one of the most common problems associated with bad cholesterol. Drinking herbal tea could possibly lower this stunning high risk. Herbal tea lowers the bad cholesterol’s levels, LDL compared to most other beverages that cholesterol and prevents the occurAmericans drink in the morning. The rence of blood clots in the body. The constant barrage of coffee as most LDL cholesterol flows through the liver peoples’ morning beverage results and cells forming heavy deposits on in a higher amount of daily calories artery walls. The catechins in herbal compared to herbal tea as a beverage in tea help to decrease the amount of bad the morning. A substitution of herbal tea cholesterol. Also, the catechins help instead of reaching for a cup of Joe will to maintain a healthy good cholesterol make a big difference in the size of your to bad cholesterol ratio improving the waistline. overall health of the body. Second Benefit of Herbal Tea Benefit of Herbal Tea - Conclusion – Prevention of Cancer If weight loss, the prevention of cancer, The antioxidants in herbal tea eliminate healthy teeth, and the idea of low free radicals that plague the body. These cholesterol does not give you an idea free radicals cause aging and cancer. that herbal tea is a miracle worker, The polyphenols of herbal tea constantly you must be working with some pretty search for free radicals and they prevent powerful magic. A couple of cups of the formation of unstable oxygen moltea in addition to your normal daily ecules in a process known as oxidation. beverage will greatly decrease the risk This oxidation damages healthy cells of any bad conditions. The only side of the body and have been linked to effect that has been clearly recognized illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and is the daily overdose of caffeine. This even strokes. The polyphenols in herbal problem has been addressed through tea prevent the birth of abnormal cells, the usage of herbal tea extract. Herbal inflammation, and destroy most cancer tea can be taken in a pill form with all causing agents. the benefits of normal herbal tea. So, Third Benefit of Herbal Tea we hope that you begin a daily herbal – Healthy Teeth tea regimen tomorrow!

According to Cancer Research UK, the incidence of malignant melanoma in Britain is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s – with the huge increase blamed on the rising popularity of cheap package holidays since the late 1960s. By understanding and using sun protection better, Dr Paul believes the 2,100 deaths each year in the UK from malignant melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer – could be reduced. Studies suggest that getting sunburnt once every two years can triple the risk of developing the disease, while those at most risk include people with pale skin, lots of moles or freckles, a history of sunburn or a family history of the disease, and those that have used sunbeds. To reduce the risk of skin cancer, experts advise spending more time in the shade, covering up and using at least an SPF15 sunscreen – though paediatricians advise not to use sunscreen on children under six months of age. He said: “It is already recommended that babies under six months avoid sunscreen as it can weaken the tanning response and is too risky to use in children so young. “The problem with this advice is that it is a catch-all statement that does not take different skin types into account. “Admittedly, it’s a complex topic with many variables and a lack of comprehensive medical research into sunscreens in darker skin types, but as the natural tanning shield takes longer to form in darker-skinned children it seems plausible that sunscreen, especially those with higher SPFs, should be avoided until they are at two years old.” Dr Paul – whose book, ‘Skin: A Biography’, has just been republished in the UK – also says that the British public is “poorly educated” about skin protection in general. Holidaymakers, especially, need to better understand their skin type to take the right steps to protect themselves rather than relying on the “marketing gimmicks and myths” of sunscreen manufacturers. “All sunscreens come with some small risk because of the chemicals they contain, but doctors don’t know the long-term risks as they have not been evaluated,” he said. “With babies that risk is greater as the skin is thinner, but I would advise anyone to tailor their sunscreen use based on their skin type and outdoor activity, which is something my book delves into. “Different skin types have different levels of natural protection against UV radiation and differing burn times, but this is not widely understood – even in the medical community – and many people are blindly smothering themselves in sunscreen when they simply don’t need to as they may be indoors all day.”


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the situation to other things in medical history that at first appeared to be perfectly safe and then turned out to be total disasters, resulting in massive lawsuits. To illustrate an example of this one needs to go no further than Vioxx. The lawyers are having a field day with that one. Given that Botox is made from botulism, albeit a purified form, one has to wonder just how safe this stuff really is, especially if taken for a long period of time. To start our suspicions we need go no further than some studies that were done on doctors who perform such procedures as Botox injections. Research shows that many doctors fail to take a person’s medical

There is an old story about a town of people who were running for their lives from an approaching asteroid. They ran to the edge of town and were confronted with a cliff and a long drop. Seeing the asteroid behind them, they all jumped off the cliff. On the way down, one person shouted out, “Do you think we’re going to survive the fall?” Such is the case with people and less extreme circumstances, such as when they look in the mirror and see they have wrinkles on their forehead, crow’s feet and heaven knows what else. They scream in horror saying, “My God! Where is my Botox?” and they head straight for the doctor. Then, after getting the injection, they ask the doctor, “Um, doc is this stuff safe?” The truth is, up to the present, nobody has proven that Botox is harmful in any way. But one has to ask oneself a few questions and compare

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history before even administering these injections. That is something that should be standard procedure. Then there are the so called “lunch time treatments” where patients just pop by a doctor’s office for an injection with no appointment, much like getting an allergy shot. Currently there are attempts to make tighter restrictions on these pop in treatments. Then there are those reports of actual botched treatments where the doctor injected the wrong area of the patient in spite of the fact that it was clearly indicated in the patient’s chart which areas were to be injected for that particular visit. While none of this actually proves that Botox itself is dangerous, it does tend to make a person wonder. If treatments involving Botox are so lax and regulations are so weak or nonexistent, then certainly there is too much room for abuse by money-hungry doctors who have no concern for their patients’ well being. The simple answer of “It’s perfectly safe” just doesn’t wash with all that is going on and reported every day. The only thing we do know for certain about Botox is that it can cause side effects such as bruising, headaches, double vision or temporary drooping of the eyebrow or lid. Also, it can leave the face without expression. And the medical profession has admitted that if more than 2000 units are injected it can be toxic. A normal session is about 50 units. Well, at least it’s a start. Now the world just sits and waits for the other shoe to drop just like with Vioxx.

Is Plastic Surgery Safe? There is an old story about a town of people who were running for their lives from an approaching asteroid. They ran to the edge of town and were confronted with a cliff and a long drop. Seeing the asteroid behind them, they all jumped off the cliff. On the way down, one person shouted out, “Do you think we’re going to survive the fall?” Such is the case with people and less extreme circumstances, such as when they look in the mirror and see they have wrinkles on their forehead, crow’s feet and heaven knows what else. They scream in horror saying, “My God! Where is my Botox?” and they head straight for the doctor. Then, after getting the injection, they ask the doctor, “Um, doc is this stuff safe?” The truth is, up to the present, nobody has proven that Botox is harmful in any way. But one has to ask oneself a few questions and compare

the situation to other things in medical history that at first appeared to be perfectly safe and then turned out to be total disasters, resulting in massive lawsuits. To illustrate an example of this one needs to go no further than Vioxx. The lawyers are having a field day with that one. Given that Botox is made from botulism, albeit a purified form, one has to wonder just how safe this stuff really is, especially if taken for a long period of time. To start our suspicions we need go no further than some studies that were done on doctors who perform such procedures as Botox injections. Research shows that many doctors fail to take a person’s medical history before even administering these injections. That is something that should be standard procedure. Then there are the so called “lunch time treatments” where patients just pop by a doctor’s office for an injection with no appointment, much like getting an allergy shot. Currently there are attempts to make tighter restrictions on these pop in treatments. Then there are those reports of actual botched treatments where the doctor injected the wrong

area of the patient in spite of the fact that it was clearly indicated in the patient’s chart which areas were to be injected for that particular visit. While none of this actually proves that Botox itself is dangerous, it does tend to make a person wonder. If treatments involving Botox are so lax and regulations are so weak or nonexistent, then certainly there is too much room for abuse by money-hungry doctors who have no concern for their patients’ well being. The simple answer of “It’s perfectly safe” just doesn’t wash with all that is going on and reported every day. The only thing we do know for certain about Botox is that it can cause side effects such as bruising, headaches, double vision or temporary drooping of the eyebrow or lid. Also, it can leave the face without expression. And the medical profession has admitted that if more than 2000 units are injected it can be toxic. A normal session is about 50 units. Well, at least it’s a start. Now the world just sits and waits for the other shoe to drop just like with Vioxx.

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CRUISING ON THE PANACHE LUXURY HOTEL BARGE

My journey starts at Ashford International in Kent where after a stress free check-in my wife and I catch the 7.28am London to Brussels Eurostar. Right on time with allocated and comfortable seats situated close to the buffet carriage. We’re soon through the Channel Tunnel sitting back enjoying the views as we travel through France and Belgium. I’m always impressed with the ease and efficiency of Eurostar – no lengthy check-ins, extra baggage allowances and easy transfers to your onward destination, in my case Amsterdam. I had chosen to stay overnight pre-cruise in Amsterdam and European Waterways suggested a good centrally located hotel. Arrangements had been made for my wife and I to be picked up from this hotel’s lobby at 4pm. At the appointed time, Ayesha, who’ll be our tour guide for the week, is there to transfer us to Panache. Ayesha is friendly and professional; just time to say hello to a few other guests who’ve arrived in the lobby and with plenty of assistance with the loading of our luggage we’re soon settled in the comfortable Mercedes mini-bus for the short drive to Alkmaar where Panache awaits! Ayesha points out landmarks on the route and answers last minute questions that arise, although to be honest the pre-cruise information and advice sent out by European Waterways was very comprehensive. Flags flying, looking rather splendid … We soon arrive in Alkmaar and on the canal close to the centre of town we spot Panache for the first time … flags flying and looking rather splendid, we’re all eager to get onboard. Forget the luggage, that will soon be safely placed in our cabins, we enjoy a champagne welcome with the friendly professional English speaking crew … Riad, the cruise manager; Arnold, the skipper; Ayesha, tour guide; Christophe the French chef, and Lizzie and Sophie the hostesses. More champagne and snacks and now a chance to get to know fellow guests, three more having arrived in the second mini-bus, bringing the total number to 3 couples and three single guests. We move from the deck to the comfortable lounge all exchanging names and personal details … who was to know that after six days we were all to become firm friends, exchanging addresses and all sad to be saying our goodbyes. But for now it was time to investigate our cabin before dinner. CABIN FACILITIES Down a few flights of stairs from the lounge and there are six guest cabins of a very high standard. Our cabin was really spacious with a comfortable double bed, TV, air conditioning/heating, plenty of wardrobe space and drawer storage, writing desk and en-suite WC, twin basins and a lovely oversized shower. The cabin was traditionally decorated to a high standard with windows near ceiling level. PUBLIC AREAS The Panache is a stylish luxury hotel barge accommodating up to twelve passengers. The lounge and adjacent dining areas are extremely comfortable with glorious panoramic windows, ideal to watch the world go by when cruising. There’s a large sundeck with bicycles for guest use and a heated spa pool, which I can definitely recommend having tried it out with a fellow guest at midnight in Delft, champagne in hand – great fun!

Travel Editor, David Powell, cruises through Holland on the Panache operated by European Waterways. Spring is an ideal time to visit Holland and with miles of tranquil, scenic canals to explore I was looking forward to an all inclusive week onboard this luxury hotel barge.

All gourmet meals are included together with carefully selected wines, both white and red, at lunch and dinner and there’s an open, well stocked bar. The barge had a small library, cd player with a wide selection of music and free WiFi connection in the lounge. A gentle cruise on a hotel barge was certainly very different to anything I had experienced before … and I loved it! This is a perfect relaxed way to discover some of the most beautiful waterways of Holland and in fact throughout Europe, as European Waterways offer a lot of different cruise itineraries covering France, Italy, the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. The highly professional Panache crew worked together as a team providing the guests with a service that can only be described as outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble . . . guests were there to be spoilt, and spoilt we were! As we cruise along the waterways we see life from a different angle. I take the opportunity mid-cruise to join Riad and Arnold in the wheelhouse and I am amazed at how they safely guide this really long vessel into small locks and through the bridges, sometimes with just inches to spare. GOURMET DINING One of the highlights of this cruise was the dining. Our chef, Christophe prepared fabulous meals throughout the week. From continental breakfasts to three course lunches served with fine regional wines and cheese admirally described by Sophie and Lizzie, through to wonderful four course candlelit dinners served with another great selection of wine and cheese. Fine wines … a wide and varied cheese board … and Christophe’s sensational culinary creations – the perfect combination! INCLUSIVE TOURS Holland is of course mostly famous

for its cheese, windmills and tulips and our cruise on Panache came with a well balanced itinerary of excursions. We walked around quaint Alkmaar famous for its cheese market, we cruised to Wormeveer and had the option to ride a bicycle or be driven by Ayesha to Zaanse Schans an open conservation area with windmills and clog makers in action. We visited picturesque Haarlem and toured the world famous Keukenhof Gardens with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths creating a stunning floral spectacle. We explored Leiden and cruised to Delft, our final mooring at the end of the week. Here we visited the Royal Delft factory to see how the world famous earthenware is made. We also had the opportunity to explore many fascinating shops and markets along the way. Before I knew it our six day tranquil and relaxing cruise had come to an end. We had experienced Holland like never before, enjoyed wonderful meals and fine wines and discovered beautiful canals, waterways, and navigated through the locks and bridges along the route. CONCLUSION This was my first luxury hotel barge cruise and I would most certainly recommend it. My wife and I rated this as one of our best holidays. European Waterways delivered a specialised and professional service from start to finish and this cruise experience will be remembered for many years to come. I can’t wait to go barging again; a relaxing way to see more of Europe’s finest scenery, experience the history and local culture on Panache or one of the other barges in the fleet. Thank you Riad and your wonderful team for making this a special holiday and thank you to fellow guests for your company, friendliness and good humour. … Here’s to next time!


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What Happens To Your Body During A Flight By Muhammad Saif So you might have thought that your upcoming flight would be as simple as it is. You might think it’s all about you simply boarding the flight from one airport to reaching the other airport. Well, you are totally wrong or perhaps misguided. There are many symptoms that can occur when boarding a flight.

1. Dehydration Kinda shocked? Well, this is true. It has been scientifically proven a 3-hour flight can shed up to 1.5 litres of water. The air inside the plane cabin usually has only 10-20 percent of humidity as compared to the air in comfortable, typical indoor surroundings which has 30-65 percent of humidity. Air with low humidity such as in an aeroplane cabin has the potential to dry out the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth, and throat. Dehydration can cause mild discomforts as well as respiratory issues. 2. Inflation The air pressure inside the cabin of the aeroplane

causes the buildup of gases which results in bloating and stomach pain which causes you to inflate. This is the reason why leg and foot swelling is observed by the passengers travelling through the air. This can also be seen as a result of inactivity in the aero plane for long hours and is typically harmful and can have adverse effects.

3. Oxygen deprivation Cabins are pressurised to 75% of the normal atmospheric pressure which may leave you with a deprivation of oxygen which often leads to a headache. This is also caused as a result of poor circulation of air throughout the cabin which has a lack of facilities in many cheap flights. The cheap circulation of air can also make you prone to many germs as mainly; the same oxygen is circulated more than once which makes you exposed to many diseases.

4. Sensory Problems It has been scientifically proven that due to the altitude and the variations in air pressure, one-third of your taste buds can be numbed and you might have problems in tasting the food you eat. The ability of tasting can drop by 30%. The changes in air pressure also affect the auditory system dropping of your hearing proficiency and also cause a risk of having hearing loss.

5. Exposition to Cosmic radiations As the research suggests, during a flight, you are prone to the same amount of radiation as an XRAY which is extremely dangerous for your health as it can cause fatal risks including cancer. This has been a cause of various researches undertaken by scientists to improve the conditions for travelling through the air. Well if you feel scared, believe me, you don’t have to be. Just make sure you drink plenty of water, the aeroplane you are boarding has sufficient air circulators, and the aeroplane has good, proficient and reliable facilities. Make sure you contact the proper guidelines in an emergency situation. Also, make sure that you move around the cabin in the aero plane when allowed. Happy Journey!!

6 Amazing Healthy Father’s Day Activity Breaks for Dad Up the ante this Father’s Day and treat the world’s greatest Dad to a healthy activity break with Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists. There’s nothing quite like bonding in the great outdoors with a range of active holidays from tennis in Portugal and golf in Cyprus to a yoga retreat in Turkey and a fitness sports break in Tenerife. Choose a tailor-made health and fitness holiday designed around his favourite pastimes and give your father a fun filled break, to make this the best Father’s Day.

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Tenerife: Baobab Suites Swimming or Running Gift your dad with sports galore on this dynamic health and fitness break, located in the inspiring Playa del Duque in Tenerife South. Choose or combine fitness activities and allow Dad to discover noticeable results that are achieved from these two disciplines. Strengthen and tone with personalised sessions to boost his fitness from his preferred sports area. Nourish his post-workout appetite with a daily smoothie and delicious meal from the Fuel RestoBar that caters to all wellness needs. Repair Dad’s body for another full day of fitness fun with a relaxing deep tissue, sports or therapeutic massage. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Baobab Suites from £980pp or £1,440 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, breakfast, a swimming or running programme, return flights and transfers.

2 For the Workout Dad:

Portugal: Longevity Cegonha Country Club Bootcamp Enjoy some father-child bonding with a pre-summer shape up on an energising Bootcamp holiday, set in the sunny Algarve. From pulse-raising circuit training to testing TRX camps, this comprehensive 6-day fitness retreat is ideal for fitness focused fathers. Healthy, cleansing meals will complement the rigorous training schedule, whilst detox and weight loss treatments will boost results. With Osteopathy and massages aimed at soothing wellworked muscles, gift your dad with spa treatments suitable for a king, for a Father’s Day to remember. Enjoy hours a day of structured workouts, guidance from nutritionists and informative wellness work-

shops for Dad-body confidence. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Longevity Cegonha Country Club from £2,065pp or £2,500 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, full board, a Bootcamp programme, return flights and transfers.

3 For the Tennis Pro Dad:

Portugal: Pine Cliffs Annabel Croft Tennis Get your Dad to ace his game and his health on this dynamic tennis holiday at Pine Cliffs, set in a prime seafront location on the amazing coastline of the Algarve. This low-impact sport can help to increase aerobic fitness levels, speed up metabolism and improve coordination; this tennis holiday will keep Dad on his toes. Together with daily private tennis lessons, optional group tennis clinics are an opportunity to further practice technique whilst socialising with others. This active break offers the perfect combination of sport and spa for Dads who deserve some downtime. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Pine Cliffs from £1,645pp or £2,355 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, daily breakfast, a tennis programme,return flights and transfers.

4 For the Golfing Dad:

Cyprus: Aphrodite Hills Golf Home to a magnificent 18-hole golf course, treat your dad to a luxury wellness getaway at Aphrodite Hills. Set overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Aphrodite Hills is an expansive resort also boasting state-of-the-art sporting facilities and opulent accommodation. Whether your Dad wants to work on his backswing or you just want an excuse to treat him, enjoy a memorable golf break with private lessons and 4 complimentary rounds on the visually spectacular green. Complete your unspoilt experience with calming massages at the Retreat spa, surrounded by fragrant courtyards for the ultimate relaxation. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Aphrodite Hills from £1,945pp or £2,435 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, daily breakfast, a golf programme, return flights and

transfers.

5 For the Yogi Dad:

Turkey: Six Senses Kaplankaya Yoga Getaway With the philosophy that harmony is the key to inner happiness, rebalance a healthier and happier Dad at this luxury yoga retreat, surrounded by panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Counteract the stresses of your Dad’s hectic lifestyle through this healing practice, offering educational workshops that will inspire him to continue practicing yoga once he returns home. Experience the power of peaceful settings through sunrise, sunset yoga and meditation that will leave him feeling utterly relaxed. Discover the quaint Mediterranean village surrounding the resort through daily hikes and coastal walks, for a satisfying wellness experience your Father will never forget. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Six Senses Kaplankaya from £3,540pp or £5,200 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, breakfast, a yoga programme, return flights and transfers.

6 For the Fitness-Focused Dad:

Italy: Borgo Egnazia Fitness Explore the breath-taking town of Puglia and experience effective fitness workouts within the incomparable Mediterranean atmosphere surrounding Borgo Egnazia. Enjoy morning outdoor workout’s as the sun rises over the glistening Adriatic Sea and seek professional advice from qualified personal trainers to achieve your fitness goals faster. Round off your day with alternative afternoon well-being activities including music therapy, dance and Iyengar yoga. Let Dad unwind and de-stress with a soul-nourishing session in the candle-lit Roman Bath and bio sauna. Discover the beauty of Puglia on a local bike ride and let Dad return home with the holistic secret to life longevity. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Borgo Egnazia from £3,820pp or £5,975 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, breakfast, a fitness programme, return flights and transfers.


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Powered by Laser Beam A swarm of tiny robots that are able to carry out time-consuming tasks could soon become a common sight after scientists learnt how to attach a ‘brain’ to the mini laser-powered machines. The research team at the University of Washington that created the insect-inspired droids said that the droids could be used for a range of jobs, including sniffing out gas leaks or surveying crops. Because the fly-sized robots are too small to use propellers, they will work better by fluttering their tiny wings. There have been previous attempts to creating robo-insects that were limited as the electronics needed to power and control their wings.

Although engineers had figured out a way to use the invisible laser beam to power the bugs. “Before now, the concept of wireless insect-sized flying robots was science fiction. Would we ever be able to make them work without needing a wire?” asked Sawyer Fuller, from the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. “Our new wireless RoboFly shows they’re much closer to real life.” The engineers added a microcontroller to the circuit, which will allow the robot to control its wing. “The microcontroller acts like a real fly’s brain telling wing muscles when to fire,” explained one of the researchers, Vikram Iyer. “On

RoboFly, it tells the wings things like ‘flap hard now’ or ‘don’t flap.’” The controller will send a series of pulses in rapid succession so that the wings can flap forward swiftly. It also does this in reverse so that the wings flap smoothly in the other direction. The current version of RoboFly can only take off and land because once it is out of the direct beam of the laser, it will run out of power. Future versions can be powered by tiny batteries or harvest energy from radio frequency signals that would allow them to be modified for specific tasks. The tiny bot is the latest example of a scientific breakthrough.

Honor 10 Sold over 1 Million Units Globally Honor, a young, fun and innovative smartphone e-brand, today announced that its newly launched flagship model Honor 10 has recorded a sales volume at over 1 million, after only one month of its initial launch in China and one week after the global launch in London. This record-breaking sales figure has been achieved in markets specific where Honor 10 is immediately available for purchase following the global launch. In the UK, Honor 10 has become the newly launched Bestseller on Amazon UK in the Unlocked Phone category. In Russia, around 500 fans and customers even queued outside the Honor store in the rain to get their hands on the latest release. Moreover, global sales volume for the Honor 10 doubled the record that Honor 9 created. On Hihonor, Honor’s official website, another of the online purchase channels, all the pre-prepared stock was sold out in the first week after the launch in every single one of the five countries where it is available, including UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Honor 10 will soon be available in other countries/regions including Central and Eastern Europe, Nordics and Middle East. It has also launched in several South East Asian countries, sales will soon start in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines as well. Stay tuned and don’t forget to visit Hihonor to get your Honor 10! Honor 10’s key features: AI 2.0 camera • 24MP + 16MP rear camera, supported by the independently built-in NPU processor, and the industry-first Semantic Image Segmentation technology. • 24MP front camera also supported by the AI 2.0 technology. Avant-garde design • 15 layers of 3D glass on

the back, and this design reveals a colorful radiance from every angle, in natural light and shade. • The Honor 10 brings a stunning combination of colors to consumers – the Phantom Blue, Phantom Green.[1] These two iconic and ground-breaking colors were created at The Paris Aesthetics Center, where the creativity and enthusiasm of Honor engineers and designers came to life. Others Features • Front-placing ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the glass • 5.84-inch FullView FHD+ screen with a 19:9 bezel-less display • 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB ROM • Honor SuperCharge[2] 5V/4.5A with the 3,400 mAh (typical value) battery • EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 About Honor Honor is a leading smartphone e-brand under the Huawei Group. In line with its slogan, “For the Brave”, the brand was created to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products that offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young to achieve their dreams. In doing this, Honor has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to take the steps needed to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for its customers.


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New Razer Blade Is World’s Smallest Gaming Laptop The leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, has announced its all-new Razer Blade 15.6-inch gaming laptop1 featuring Intel’s latest processor. The new Razer Blade is the world’s smallest gaming laptop in its class, boasting more display area and performance features.

ULTRA FAST The available 144 Hz refresh rate 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) display of the new Razer Blade enhances gaming and entertainment viewing with full-frame fluid motion graphics and 100% sRGB color. Users can also step up to 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution with touch functionality and 100% Adobe™ RGB color support. Each laptop display is individually custom calibrated in production for amazing color accuracy out-of-the-box. Best-in-class 4.9mm thin bezels flank the display, while retaining the ideal web camera placement at the top of the screen. ULTRA SMALL The world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop measures as little as 0.66-inches thin and with a minimal footprint for ultimate mobility. The refined chassis is individually CNC milled from a single aluminium block to provide a sturdy yet compact design, and features a scratch resistant anodized black finish. Managing heat without sacrificing performance in such a small form factor is no easy task, but Razer innovated by utilizing vapor chamber technology for the cooling solution instead of the traditional heat pipes found in most gaming laptops. Beyond cooling the CPU and GPU, the vacuum-sealed vaporized liquid helps dissipate the heat generated from other components within the laptop. Ultra-thin nanoparticle material and graphite-based server grade thermal interfaces reduce hot spots and facilitate heat transfer, while high-performance low-noise fans push air across dual heat exchanges with 0.1mm thin fins, quickly moving heat out of the chassis and away from the user. ULTRA POWERFUL The near bezel-less Razer Blade features the new 8th Gen Intel Core i78750H and is available with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics. The new Intel 6 core CPU eclipses its predecessor in throughput and responsiveness with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.1 GHz. To drive fast frame rates users can

choose either a GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, featuring Max-Q design for an optimized gaming experience. For extreme multitasking, Razer also includes 16 GB of 2667MHz dualchannel system memory and fast PCIe SSD storage with configurations up to 512GB, with support for up to 32 GB of memory and up to 2 TB of storage. “We are proud to have again steppedup as an industry leader, taking laptop engineering to the next level to give gamers the performance they require and the mobility they desire,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We upgraded to Intel’s latest 6 core processor, used a fast 144Hz display driven by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics, and set a new standard for power in the world’s smallest 15-inch gaming laptop.” The anti-ghosting keyboard is powered by Razer Chroma and offers 16.8 million colors per key, customizable through Razer Synapse 3 software. New power management options are also available, including modes to boost graphics performance or maximize the run time of the built-in 80Wh battery. Sound is delivered through dual front-firing speakers and features Dolby Atmos for immersive audio. Connectivity options include the ability to output to up to three external displays via Mini Display Port, HDMI, and Thunderbolt. Connect peripheral devices to the laptop with three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. For additional viewing comfort and desk organization, Razer has made available a new Chroma Laptop Stand featuring a light strip up front and 3-port USB hub in back. When taking the new Razer Blade on-the-go, Razer also has released a new 15.6” Protective Sleeve made of durable, water resistant material with a slim profile design. Availability The new six-core Razer Blade 15.6” Gaming Laptop starts at £1,423 and is available from Razer.com and select retailers in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, France, Germany, and China.

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Major Tech Companies Accused Of Breaking GDPR Laws By Muhammad Nadeem Jahangir

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR in short, came into effect on May, 25th 2018 overriding old data collection and protection polices which are according to the modern world. Two, user reliable, mega companies Google and Facebook are under serious danger. Once the EU Data protection law came into force, complaints striked at the heart of tech giants. Mr Maximilian Schrems, an Austrian lawyer, privacy activist and founder of NOYB.eu, well known for his steps against Facebook regarding its privacy violation in the past, launched a latest challenge to Facebook, a new suit against Google has also been filed, accusing them of persuading users into accepting their data collection polices. Max Schrems three other local regulators from France, Germany and Belgium also helped to fill the complaints. They said that the users should have the rights to select whether they want their data to be used for other purposes or not, they present themselves very strict against the “take-it-or-leave-it” approach adopted by web companies these days. Max Schrems said, “Facebook has even blocked accounts of users who have not given consent. In the end, users only had the choice to delete the account or hit the “agree”-button – that’s not a

free choice, it more reminds of a North Korean election process.” GDPR prohibits forced consent as it believes that every user should have right to their data, as a result, user access to services can no longer depend on whether a user gives permission to the use of data. A very clear guideline on this issue has already been published by the European data protection authorities on November 2017. But not everybody is aware of it as said Schrems, “Many users do not know yet this annoying way of pushing people to consent is actually forbidden under GDPR in most cases”. It is not just for the big names, healthcare, insurers and banks and small companies dealing with sensitive personal data are also on the hook, it is important for small and local companies, to respect every users data and privacy, however we observe that small companies do not consent their customers to agree to their polices and have a high rate of transparency. According to the new regulation, in case of Data Breaches, the organisation should face a penalty of 4% of their annual growth, it has also become mandatory to notify data protection authority of data breach within 72 hours of becoming aware. As the implementation comes into act, some companies

based outside the European Union have temporarily blocked their services across Europe. However, Twitter has introduced granular controls that let people opt out of targeted advertising. Google and Facebook faced a penalty of 9.3b$ collectively after the complaints have been filed, they said that they would meet GDPR policies as soon as possible. A Google spokesperson said in a statement, “We build privacy and security into our products from the very earliest stages and are committed to complying with the EU General Data Protection Regulation.” Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, said in an emailed statement, “Over the last 18 months, we have taken steps to update our products, policies and processes to provide users with meaningful data transparency and control across all the services that we provide in the EU”. This new regulation has a huge impact on tech companies, as we have seen our inbox filled with emails regarding new privacy policies. This will have a good impact on user end as well as “freedom” of personal data, which may make a better user-controlled Internet world were user’s privacy remains private.

Keep Skorr With New Way to Measure Social Media Engagement By Khalid Karim - Technology Correspondent

Some of you may or may not be aware but Klout went Kaput so to speak as of 25th of May. I suspect it has something to do with GDPR or it could be just a big coincidence as it happened on that date. For me, Klout was showing signs it was going downhill over the last 6 months! Until recently, Klout was mostly seen as the defacto industry standard for measuring social media engagement, but with limitations. The tool was mainly based on who was most active on social media rather than who had an engaged, relevant audience etc. Now there is a new kid on the block to measure social media engagement - Skorr Social, it was launched on May 7th. The free app is available for download from Apple Store and Google Play and it connects up to 6 of your social media profiles. It aggregates and analyses content to get a measure of your social media pulse. The usual suspects, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. First impressions, the GUI is not too bad but a little better than Klout, certainly more colourful. Even with its bugs and teething problems, there is an active WhatsApp group that a lot of influencers and users are part of including the owners to keep engaged and iron out software issues. In turn,

users get to keep informed and even push their #Skorr up! Based in Portugual, Skorr managed to secure £1 million pounds in funding, so looks like they are here to stay and have been getting a lot of attention from influencers globally. Skorr is a worthwhile replacement for Klout, they have insights (analytics) so you can

see how well your posts are doing, how much engagement and post reactions you are getting. You get notified when you get a ‘killer post’ in which the likes and comments update pretty quickly for those that live off instant gratification and need to know these things quickly.


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Grilled Chicken Shatkora with Pickle and Chapatis

Shatkora is a citrus fruit that is commonly cooked within Bangladesh. You can find it in large Asian grocers. (If you can’t find them, try lemons instead.) Method:

Ingredients: • 2 chickens, jointed into pieces For the pickle • 2 tbsp vegetable oil • 5 garlic cloves, crushed • 4cm/1½in piece fresh root ginger, minced • ½ onion, finely chopped • 3 bay leaves

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• 3 cardamom pods, seeds only • ½ shatkora (available in Asian grocery stores), halved lengthways and thinly sliced • 1 large cinnamon stick • ¼ tsp ground turmeric • ¼ tsp chilli powder • ¼ tsp ground cumin

less than 30 mins preparation time

• ¼ tsp curry powder For the marinade • ½ tsp ground turmeric • 200ml/7fl oz plain yoghurt • 1 shatkora, juice only To serve • shatkora wedges • chapatis, warmed

no cooking required

serves 8

1) For the pickle, heat the oil. Mix the garlic, ginger and onion together to form a paste. Add the paste to the pan. Add enough water to loosen a little and cook for a few minutes. Add the bay leaves and cardamom. 2) Add the shatkora to the pan. Add a cinnamon stick, then the turmeric, chilli powder, cumin and curry powder. Cook on a low heat for 15 minutes. This is an instant pickle, so won’t keep for longer than three days in the fridge. 3) For the marinade, mix

together the ingredients and rub the paste into the chicken, working it in thoroughly to cover all the flesh and skin. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at leat 4 hours, or overnight. 4) To cook the chicken, preheat the grill to high. Grill the chicken for 10–12 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. If needed, squeeze more shatkora juice onto the chicken during cooking. 5) Serve the chicken with the shatkora pickle, wedges and chapatis.


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Kashmiri Chai

KASHMIRI PINK CHAI WITH GROUND PISTACHIOS AND ALMONDS Ingredients: * 2 tsp of Kashmiri tea leaves OR pure green tea leaves (this is a family version, comes out quite close to the real deal) * 1/4 – 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda * 2-3 pods of cardamom, seeds removed and crushed roughly * 1/2- 2 cups of water * 1/2 – 2 cups of whole milk * 1/4 – 1/2 tsp sea salt OR sugar if you prefer, but it’s ‘Salt tea’ so salt is more authentic!

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Garnish: 1-2 tsp of ground pistachios and almonds and 1 tsp of poppy seeds

Method: Step 1: In a saucepan on medium heat, add the 2 tsp of tea with about 1/2 of water, boil till frothy then add the bicarbonate of soda and whisk vigorously for about 10 seconds and then add the rest of the water and crushed cardamom and boil until the tea broth becomes a bright red. Step 2: Now bring the heat down to medium low and add the milk and whisk the tea broth very vigorously to achieve a slight froth. The colour of the tea should now be a lovely dark pink. If you add more milk, the colour gets even lighter, the choice is yours. Step 3: Finally, add the salt and stir. Pour in to a cup and sprinkle with crushed pistachios and almonds. Enjoy while watching the snow fall….

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Sri Lankan Eggplant Pickle (Wambatu Moju) Cooking

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5mins Ready in 50 min (serves 4)

Ingredients:

* 1 Pounds Eggplant * 100 Millilitre Oil * 10 Medium Shallots (small red onions) * 10 Green Chillies * 2 Teaspoon Mustard seeds

* 8 Teaspoon Vinegar * 1 Teaspoon Salt (to taste) * 1 Tablespoon chilli powder * 1 Tablespoon Sugar * 1/2 Tablespoon Turmeric powder

Method: Step 1: Soak the mustard seeds in a bowl with vinegar for about 30 minutes. Step 2: Mean while wash the eggplants and slice the eggplant (into any shape you like). Step 3: In a bowl mix turmeric and salt with eggplants. Step 4:Deep fry in cooking oil for 5 minutes while turning sides occasionally. Step 5: Remove the eggplants put into a bowl. Let it cool 15 minutes. Step 6: Slice the red onions by cut

into half Step 7: Cut the green chillies in length wise Step 8: Grind the soaked mustard seeds into a fine paste. Step 9: Add onion, green chillies, sugar, and chilli powder & gently mix all the ingredients together. Finally add the mustard paste & again gently mix all together until combine. Step 10: Cover up in a bowl until serve. This pickle keeps well for a week or two in the refrigerator.


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Jaguar i-pace is the star of heathrow’s chauffeur service

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• As many as 200 Jaguar I-PACEs will form the basis of an all-new luxury chauffeur service from WeKnowGroup running to and from Heathrow Airport • The new service will begin in summer creating one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in the UK • With a quoted 298 mile range (WLTP) on a single charge, the Jaguar I-PACE far exceeds the average daily mileage of a chauffeur car • With best-in-class residual values and extended 2-year/21,000 mile service intervals the I-PACE is the perfect luxury chauffeur vehicle

The revolutionary new Jaguar I-PACE will form the heart of an all-new zeroemissions luxury chauffeur service to and from Heathrow Airport. As many as 200 I-PACEs will be available at Heathrow as part of a deal with WeKnowGroup, creating one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in the UK. The zero emissions chauffeur service will begin running in summer 2018 with the delivery of 50 I-PACE vehicles, along with the option to add a further 150. Having been designed from the ground up as a pure electric vehicle, the I-PACE has a compact footprint but spacious interior, with generous seating for five and their luggage. Paired with its near-silent electric motor and passenger conveniences – including six USB chargers and four-zone climate

control – the I-PACE is the ideal luxury chauffeur car. Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: “What we have created in the Jaguar I-PACE is utterly revolutionary; a desirable, luxurious and state-of-the-art electric vehicle that’s practical for genuine everyday use, including the tough life of an airport luxury chauffeur car.” “We have had huge interest and positivity from our customers worldwide. We’re also delighted that this endorsement extends to some of the biggest corporations on the planet. Through our partnership with Waymo (formerly Google self-driving car project) and this latest deal with Heathrow and WeKnowGroup, we’re excited to be bringing the electric future to more people than ever before.”

The Jaguar I-PACE’s state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery uses 432 pouch cells, delivering a range of 298 miles (WLTP cycle). On average a chauffeur vehicle drives around 114 miles per day, allowing the I-PACE vehicles to easily complete a whole day’s driving on a single charge – even with passengers, in winter and with motorway driving. With the ability to charge at 100kWh, I-PACE can be ‘refuelled’ from 0% to 80% in just 40 minutes. The I-PACE is also already compliant with London’s January 2020 ‘zero emissions-capable’ requirements for private hire vehicles. With an efficient electric motor and fewer moving parts than a traditional combustion-engined car, I-PACE also brings significantly reduced running costs. Service intervals

are set at two-years/ 21,000 miles – far longer than a traditional car – meaning less down time and reduced costs for operators. For ultimate peace-of-mind, I-PACE also comes with an eight-year/ 100,000mile battery warranty and three-year/ 62,000-mile whole vehicle warranty. Peter Buchanan, CEO, WeKnowGroup said: “This is a significant step change in our successful, decades-long relationship with Heathrow where we operate arrivals desks in all terminals, to assist thousands of travellers every year. We provide transport as well as a broad range of other services including entertainment, hotel rooms, tours, attractions and telecoms products. Today’s agreement also extends our deep, long-standing relationship with Jaguar which has

allowed us to proudly claim that we run the largest chauffeured executive Jaguar fleet in the UK. “ Emma Gilthorpe, Executive Director at Heathrow, said: “We are thrilled to be working with two British companies on this landmark initiative to support more sustainable transportation choices for our passengers. “Our commitments to the environment and our local community are absolutely non-negotiable – we are determined to address the impact road vehicles have on our neighbours and to improve air quality on our roads. These Jaguar I-PACEs are the latest in a long line of initiatives we are taking to ensure that expansion is not a choice between the economy and the environment – and that we can deliver benefits for both.”

Princess Diana’s Convertible for Sale An Audi convertible that was previously owned by Princess Diana has emerged for sale for £62,000 after it failed to sell at an auction last year.

The green motor was given to Diana by Dovercourt Audi dealership in St John’s Wood, North London in 1994. According to reports, the German-built cabriolet was not appropriate for a royal, and many felt that a British car would’ve been more suitable. However, despite all the criticism, Diana was fond of her 2.3-litre convertible. It was later sold to Iain Dale, political broadcaster. He has now decided to sell the unique vehicle and has consigned it to sale with auctioneers Historics of

Buckinghamshire. Mat Priddy of Historics, said: ‘We are honoured to be offering for sale this Audi Cabriolet with its unique provenance. ‘It really is an exceptional piece of motoring history. The fact that this was the personal transport of Princess Diana stamps an indelible legacy on this unique car, which is presented in immaculate condition as one would expect. ‘ ‘Whilst in Princess Diana’s possession, this was arguably the most photographed car on the road.’ The car has a five-cylinder engine, a cream leather interior and an automatic gearbox. It covers over 22,000 miles and remains in a pristine condition. The convertible will be sold alongside a history file which contains some relevant handbooks and manuals and several good quality photographs of Diana using the car.


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‘Beast of Turin’ at London Concours 2018

• The gargantuan 28.5-litre Fiat S76, better known as the ‘Beast of Turin’ will be on display at this year’s London Concours • The flame-spitting 300hp land speed record car achieved 116mph over one The London Concours 2018, hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company, will be showcasing the flame-spitting ‘Beast of Turin’ – a 28.5-litre Fiat S76 land speed record car from 1911. Originally built as one of two, the ‘Beast of Turin’ is now the only remaining Fiat S76 land speed record car in existence after Fiat dismantled the other example just after World War One. Its colossal 28.5-litre inline-four engine is the largest purpose-built car engine ever, and produces around 300hp. In 1911, it achieved a two-way

mile in 1911, and was later unofficially clocked at 135mph • The ‘Beast of Turin’ will be joined by more than 80 of the fastest cars ever created, including a number of other pre-war

speed of 116mph, and was also clocked at 135mph on a later run but disqualified because it couldn’t complete the return leg. The car has recently been the subject of a ten-year restoration project, and was fired into life late in 2014 for the first time in more than a century. Its appearance at the London Concours marks a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s finest early 20th Century speed machines. Appearing alongside the ‘Beast of Turin’ are a number of other pre-war rarities that were among the quickest vehicles of their

speed machines • The UK’s finest automotive garden party will also feature displays from luxury watchmakers, specialist car dealers and major manufacturers.

day. Each hand-picked around the event’s central theme of ‘Speed’, the Honourable Artillery Company lawn will play host to a 1924 Bentley 4.5-litre, 1932 Bugatti Type 55 and 1935 Lagonda M35R. The London Concours is a celebration of speed of all types, lining up more than 80 of the quickest cars and motorbikes ever created. From the more modern era, show goers will be treated to a 2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and performance icons like the McLaren F1, Mercedes

Turbo Technics Birmingham 2018

Turbo Technics, one of Europe’s leading vehicle turbocharging specialists, following a year of sales growth for both turbochargers and test and balance machines, will once again be exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham. The company will be displaying key products from their wide range of new, hybrid

and replacement turbochargers, as well as examples of their market leading turbo balancing and flow setting machines. The company’s display will focus on the most popular turbocharger ranges which have enjoyed success over the past 12 months, together with specific hybrid units for Land Rover, the

Mitsubishi motors releases “absorbing” new channel 4 idents

VW TSI/TFSI range, and the popular Ford Fiesta, together with remanufactured turbos for Mercedes and BMW petrol and diesel engine models. Turbo Technics has always been at the forefront of turbo development and a remanufactured bi turbo unit for the popular VW Transporter T5 2.0 diesel will be

300SL ‘Gullwing’ and the Lancia Delta HF Integrale evo. Away from the main car displays, the London Concours is focused around the worlds of entertainment and luxury products, with pop-up boutiques from top-end watchmakers, Breguet and Glasshutte, as well as arthouses such as Collier Dobson. There are a number of hospitality options also available, with preview breakfasts, three-course lunches and evening cocktails hosted across the duration of the event. showcased and the company’s engineering skills will be demonstrated with a bespoke hybrid turbocharger which greatly improves the performance of the VAG MQB chassis models. The development of turbo test machines has been an increasingly important element of the Turbo Technics business model. The company will be displaying their VSFR (Vibration Sorting and Flow Rig) which is designed to appeal to small workshops and garages. The machine combines high-speed balancing and vane flow setting for both passenger car and light commercial vehicles turbochargers making it a very flexible unit. The company will also be showcasing their very successful ATP100 unit, an advanced programming tool designed for use by service personnel for vehicle turbocharger repairs. It is a standalone turbocharger actuator tester operated via simple to use 5” full colour PCP touch screen interface.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has commissioned a new series of idents to accompany its long-standing sponsorship of Documentaries on 4. Created by Cardiff-based creative agency, Golley Slater, the films showcase a new tagline ‘Absorbing Life’ which feature a series of objects being gradually drawn towards Mitsubishi Motors vehicles. Each object represents different lifestyle connections with the vehicles. Eventually the objects are completely absorbed into the vehicles themselves. The idents feature six Mitsubishi Motors models including the Outlander PHEV, ASX, Mirage and L200 pick-up truck, as well as the recently-launched Eclipse Cross. The campaign was directed by freelance director, River, who worked with Fresh Films and post-house Jam Films to help create the 3D animated objects. River‘s work is renowned for how it seamlessly blends

in-camera action with VFX and this latest project continues his working relationship with Mitsubishi and Golley Slater. Toby Marshall, Sales and Marketing Director, from Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “Sponsorship of Documentaries on 4 is a key part of our marketing strategy and we wanted to create a new set of idents that reflected how each of the models shown can suit anyone’s lifestyle. “The new films depict many of Mitsubishi Motors’ and Channel 4’s shared values, invoking their daring, powerful, challenging and pioneering spirits. “The dramatic and cinematic lighting of the idents also highlights the individual lines, angles and dynamic bodywork of the models featured.” The new Shogun Sport will join the Mitsubishi model line-up, and will then feature alongside the other models in the idents for Documentaries on 4.


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• TV Presenter Vernon Kay shown circuit driving at the wheel of DS 7 CROSSBACK with DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird • Vernon takes to the Rockingham Motor Speedway track in DSV-03 Formula E cham-

pionship car • The DS Virgin Racing team even chose to rename the car after his wife Tess Daly for some ‘moral support’ complete with flying Tess livery.

Footage of TV Presenter Vernon Kay driving DS Virgin Racing’s all-electric Formula E car has today been released. Kay, who turned 44 recently and presents coverage of the FIA Formula E Championship on Channel 5, was given the opportunity by leading team DS Virgin Racing at Rockingham’s Motor Speedway. The 6ft 5in presenter was put through his paces by the team’s star British driver Sam Bird, who currently lies second in the drivers’ standings. Kay was first shown the ropes in a DS 7 CROSSBACK - PERFORMANCE Line road car, before being let loose in the all-electric

single-seater, which can reach speeds of up to 140mph. And for good luck, the team chose to rename the car after his wife Tess Daly for some ‘moral support’. “I’m one hell of a lucky man,” Vernon commented. “Why? Because the DS Virgin Racing team and their star driver Sam Bird have agreed to let me drive one of their stunning, all-electric Formula E cars. Are they bonkers?” DS Virgin Racing is one of the founding and leading teams in the electric street racing series, which is currently mid-way through its fourth season. The team lies second in the standings with four rounds remaining.

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The Cars with the Cheapest/Expensive Servicing Costs just £158 which is £35 less than the average service fee for over 250,000 vehicles. However, in 2002, there were around 350,000 106s registered on the road, although by the end of 2017 there were just 25,000 remaining, which suggested that 325,000 had been scrapped during the last 16 years. In 2013, the Ford Ecosport had the second lowest average service cost of £176. The most expensive cars to

The one dreaded phone call that all car owners hate has to be: ‘Hi, it’s the garage. We’ve found a few issues with your car’s service, so the bill is going to be more expensive than we thought.’ Recent data suggests that more than 250,000 vehicle services claim to have revealed the models that are the cheapest when it comes to scheduling a check-up

from a mechanic. Research has suggested that if you want to save money, then a dated Peugeot 106 is your best bet, while a Porsche Boxter can be bad for your wallet. Car servicing provider, Servicing Stop said it compared the total cost of the service and worked out the average cost of each vehicle over the last 12 months, to see which is the most expensive

and which is the least. Most of the figures are based on independent garages, so you should be expected to pay higher prices if you were to book your car into a dealer’s franchised servicing department. The Peugeot 106, built from 1991 till 2003, worked out to be the cheapest to have serviced. The average cost for the tiny little French hatchback was

service has to be Porsche Boxter, which has the average service bill of £426. The second most expensive car to service has to be the Jaguar S-Type, averaging at £406. In third place is the Volvo XC70 which costs £404. Porsche, Jaguar and BMW have had atleast two models each that appear in the top 10 list of priciest services, with Chrysler and Ford also making an appearance. Oly Richmond, CEO and founder of Servicing Stop, suggested that

servicing costs were overlooked by car buyers. He said: ‘Many motorists think about the cost of the car when purchasing a new or second-hand model, but often the running costs go forgotten about.’ ‘You could end up spending twice as much every single year by purchasing a more expensive vehicle to service so make sure to do your research in advance.’


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Four thousand amateur FORD’S cyclists conquer the BIGGEST maserati tour in leeds ESCORT ANNIVERSARY On the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire, four thousand amateur riders took to the very same roads, experienced the same roaring crowds, and crossed the same finish line in Leeds as the professionals in the blazing Yorkshire sunshine during the fourth annual Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride. Temperatures peaked at 26 degrees, in stark contrast to the torrential rain that greeted riders at the inaugural ride in 2014. The sell-out Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride saw the most cyclists take part in the sportive since its introduction, reflecting the growth in popularity of cycling across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. Riders of all ages and levels of experience took to the roads from Woodhouse Moor, to tackle the long (129km), medium (84km), and short (49km) routes. Heading north from Leeds City Centre, riders passed through Otley, Pately Bridge and at the most northern point Kirkby Malzead, before turning back towards Leeds with eyes on the finish line in Millennium Square. Expert route designers described the undulating route as “bringing new meaning to the phrase

‘up-hill and down dale’”, and riders were not disappointed. Riders were also able to experience the Maserati range first hand, with Maserati cycling ambassador David Millar leading out the first wave of riders in the Maserati Levante SUV, while at the finish line riders were able to view the Levante Diesel GranLusso complete with bike rack alongside the Ghibli GranSport. Mike Biscoe, General Manager,

Maserati GB said: “We’re delighted to once again be involved with the Tour de Yorkshire Ride for this, our fourth consecutive year. The sun shone on the riders this year and it was fantastic to experience the electric atmosphere in Leeds – cycling really has found a home in Yorkshire. On behalf of Maserati, congratulations to everyone who took part helped to organise and crucially came out to support our riders – it was an incredible weekend.”

Fit for the future - training at volkswagen with ipads As many as 1,787 Fords took over the grounds of the National Motor Museum for Beaulieu’s biggest Simply Ford yet as 3,080 participants enjoyed baking sunshine at the rally. The impressive display covered the Beaulieu parkland and smashed last year’s rally total of 1,500 cars. At the heart of the display was an anniversary line-up of Ford Escorts in honour of the legendary model’s 50th year. Each of the Escort’s six generations was represented by Mk1s used daily, pristine family saloons, vans, cabriolets and rally cars. Factory models including the Escort GT, RS, XR3i and Cosworth also turned heads. Throughout the day, show-goers voted for their favourite Ford of the show in the People’s Choice Award. Fittingly, the prize went to a special 1979 Ford Escort RS2000, owned by Martin and Rita Lewis, from Witney in Oxfordshire. Replicating the rally cars from the Escort’s motorsport heyday, the RS2000 had been painstakingly built to competition specification by Martin over 13 years. This Escort’s periodperfect paintwork and graphics were reminiscent of the cars that took part in the RAC Rally of the 1970s and 1980s, while a high-spec turbocharged engine was fitted under the bonnet. Martin said: “I always wanted to build this car, it’s a lifelong ambition fulfilled. I can’t believe that I won this award, I’m really made up!” Martin and Rita were presented with a trophy and Autoglym prize by Beaulieu Managing Director Russell Bowman.

The runner-up was Mark Hudd, from Wiltshire, for his Escort Mk1 van. Mark, who has extensively modified his impressive van, said: “Underneath, it has full four-wheel-drive Cosworth running gear and it develops about 500bhp.” Fellow runner-up Paul Ainsworth has owned his desirable high-performance Mustang Shelby GT500 since 2006, when he bought it in his native Canada. Paul said: “I took the car with me when I moved to Arizona, followed by a move to the UK. So now the car can be rained on!” Both Paul and Mark were presented with Autoglym prizes. Personalised examples of the popular Ford Focus, Mondeo and Fiesta were well represented, many featuring bespoke paintwork, uprated engines and lowered suspension. Much-loved modern-day Fords featured heavily in the packed club stands, including strong showings from ST220 Enthusiasts, the Dorset RS Owners Club and Midlands ST Owners Club. Granada Nutz showcased a range of classic Granadas, while the Ford Society club stand featured a mixture of old and new Fords. An unusual sight was a Cortina Lotus Mk2 which was originally used as a police car on the Isle of Wight. Equally eye-catching were two Model T-based hot rods with powerful V8 engines. Rare sights were a top of the range 1980s Ford Sierra Ghia and third-generation American Ford Thunderbird, while Ford dealer Hendy Ford showed a selection of brand new performance Focuses and Mustangs.

Volkswagen Board Member for Human Resources Gunnar Kilian says: “Volkswagen offers first-class vocational training. To ensure that this remains the case in the future, we are orienting our training towards future requirements at an early stage. People who successfully complete their training with Volkswagen must be sure that they are extremely well-prepared for their professional future. This is also in the interests of the company. We want employees with top-class skills who are team players. They must be able to act under their own responsibility and be motivated and capable to carry on with training on a continuous basis when they have completed their apprenticeships.” Works Council Chairman Bernd Osterloh emphasizes: “Good training is a firm foundation for secure employment. We want to ensure that this remains the case in the future and that the company assumes this responsibility. Training must therefore not only cover future-oriented topics. It must also be appropriate for the young people concerned because the skills and expectations they bring with them have changed over the past few years. The Future Training Forum has shown that vocational training at Volkswagen is reorienting itself towards these requirements at an early stage.” Ralph Linde, Head of the Volkswagen Group Academy, explains: “We are renewing vocational training at a rapid pace. Instructors are becoming learning assistants. They are focusing on diversity of methods and digital media and

promoting self-determined learning. At the same time, our apprentices are using their media competence, for example producing learning media themselves in projects, and are contributing their know-how to the transfer of knowledge.” Works Council Member Gerardo Scarpino, Chairman of the Training Committee, says: “Digitalization in training is not a theoretical game. On the contrary, it is digitalization that makes training closely oriented towards the current technological topics faced by the departments possible. This means that people moving from training to their departments do not suffer any shock when they are faced by practical requirements. They have been trained in the ideal way and are needed by their teams.” The participants in the Future Training Forum included Board of Management Members, human resources managers, training experts, Works Council members, young peoples’ representatives and apprentices. The forum is to be repeated each year at a different Volkswagen plant in order to give greater prominence to strategic future topics for training and to foster further development in these areas. The apprentices also played a special role in the organization of the Future

Training Forum. The Young People’s and Apprentices’ Representative Committee had planned and prepared the event together with the Volkswagen Group Academy. During the forum, about 50 apprentices, working together with experts and instructors on various “market stands”, presented and explained on the basis of specific projects how future-oriented vocational training is implemented at Volkswagen. These are just a few examples: Volkswagen-iPads: During their training, apprentices receive Volkswagen iPads so that they can obtain information independently, process training content and generate new content. “eKISS” Mobile Maintenance 4.0: on the “eKISS” project, which is now in the pilot phase, apprentices work together with computer specialists on the programming of maintenance apps. During the project, they can participate in the analysis, design, implementation and provision of applications. Augmented reality goggles: these goggles allow training procedures to be presented in a digitalized way. They can therefore be called up immediately. Apprentices will be able to access information and assistance directly in a targeted way as they are working, which promotes self-teaching skills. This way, trainees will be in a position to adapt their learning behavior individually to conditions at the plant. Nano-Bug: the objective of this project is to generate a basic understanding of digitalization and Industry 4.0. The project includes the latest technologies. Among other items, the apprentices learn about programming microcontrollers. The objective is to promote understanding of computers as well as independent, creative working.


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Summer’s Most Fattening Foods Ahhh, its summer: cocktails at the pool, lots of fried chicken, potato salad, ice cream and hot dogs. Summertime living may be easy, but if you’re not careful, summer’s fattening foods can really pack on the pounds. While most people are more active during the summer, it may not be enough to burn off all the extra calories from fattening summer treats. Mayonnaise-Based Salads A small half-cup portion of typical potato salad has 180 calories and 12 grams of fat; the same amount of coleslaw has about 150 calories and 8 grams of fat. To cut calories, try making your salads with light mayonnaise; or mix mayo with low-fat yogurt, light sour cream, or chicken stock. Or why not try a potato salad, using more vinegar than oil? Then toss lots of veggies into any salad to increase the fiber and nutrients. Satisfying Thirst Quenchers Staying hydrated is essential in summer, but those cold drinks can wreak havoc with your waistline. Be careful what you choose -- if you’re drinking 12-ounces of sweet tea, sweetened soda, energy drinks or juice drinks, you’re probably taking in about 150 calories each time. Smoothies, milkshakes and cold coffee concoctions can go much higher. Keep liquids in check and drink water or light versions of your favorite quenchers. Refreshing Frozen Treats A cup of soft-serve ice cream can have 380 calories and 22 grams of fat. Look for desserts like sherbet, fudge bars, fruit bars, or other treats under 150 calories per serving or fruit desserts like strawberry

shortcakes, etc. Salad Toppers Salads can be the perfect summer dinner: light, refreshing, and a perfect way to get your produce and lean protein. If you top your salad with high-calorie items, it can actually go from lean to fattening! High-calorie dressings, fried chicken strips, bacon, cheese, and croutons are among the biggest offenders. Instead, top your greens with grilled chicken, strips of lean meat, or eggs, then pile on the veggies and top with a light dressing. Mindless Munching on Snacks A handful of any kind of snack won’t do much harm, but eat too much and it can sabotage your diet. Each ounce of potato chips or cheese puffs is roughly 160 calories and 10 grams of fat. Cheese nachos will set you back 692 calories (plus 38 g fat and 1,632 mg sodium); and a 10-cup box of movie theater popcorn has 550 calories, 31 g fat, and 972 mg sodium. Try snacking on fruits, veggies with light dip, or small portions of fatfree popcorn. Finger-Licking Fried Chicken A bucket of fried chicken is an easy way to feed a crowd, but it can wreak havoc on your waistline (and arteries), especially when you eat more than one. So forgo fried and replace it with boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the grill. A 3.5 oz. skinned chicken breast has only 167 calories and 7 grams of fat, compared to a KFC fried chicken breast with 360 calories and 21 g fat. Add flavor with marinades, spices or top it with fresh salsa.

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Bodypower claims position as industry leader and excels on their 10 year anniversary Leading fitness competitions, tens of thousands of visitors and the worlds-leading athletes, BodyPower once again brought the biggest weekend in fitness!

Around 100,000 visitors flocked to the NEC to celebrate BodyPower’s Las Vegas themed 10th anniversary! The show continues to diversify and develop, with a record number of females entering the show, due to a strong focus on lifestyle fitness with many leading athletes in attendance. Paige Hathaway, Michelle Lewin, Jen Selter and Hannah Eden were just some of the female names who attracted the crowds! As the show develops the traditional markets remain as strong as ever, providing visitors with a broad range of competitions and all things health and fitness. From leading brands to a collection of world-class educators, BodyPower really is the go to event in the industry! The popularity of competitions showed no sign of slowing for 2018 and the likes of BodyPower Games and Kettlebell Championships amongst many others had a record number of competitors. Terry Hollands hosted the Strongman competition in unforgettable fashion and welcomed buzzing

spectators into BodyPower’s very own circus tent, while competitors showcased the elite in strength and power. 2018 World’s Strongest Man and Game of Thrones star, Hafthor ‘The Mountain’ Bjornsson attracted hundreds and left fans blown away with his presence. In addition to competitions and seminars, BodyPower brought demonstrations, workshops and Q&A sessions with the leading stars in fitness. Exhibitors didn’t disappoint and a range of healthy nutrition brands were in attendance, from the likes of HECK Foods, Kettlebell Kitchen, Eatright and Musclefood, they all projected the BodyPower atmosphere to the masses and provided an unforgettable experience for visitors. With a strong focus on offering the ultimate customer experience for all, BodyPower saw widened aisles, better queuing systems and opportunities to see everything all in one day! Nick Orton, Founder and CEO of BodyPower commented, “Our 10-year anniversary didn’t disappoint, athletes, exhibitors and amazing competitions all under one roof. BodyPower

always has and continues to bring the fitness family together, we must work as one to ensure each and every visitor has a fantastic, unforgettable experience. We lift the nation and we will continue to do so. Plans are already underway for an exciting 2018 and 2019, including BodyPower on the Beach and the unmissable BodyPower Weekender in Edinburgh. BodyPower Expo 2019 will be all change and experience will be the word on everyone’s lips, this is the future for BodyPower and the expo is changing as you know it!” With a new format and exciting changes planned, BodyPower 2019 is not to be missed. All are invited to witness the evolution of BodyPower at the NEC, Birmingham on the 10th - 12th May 2019. Information regarding tickets for BodyPower 2019 will be released over the coming months. For more information on BodyPower please visit www.bodypower.com.

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-The Untold Story

Bangladesh Cricket Board retain interim coach for T20 series Bangladesh have made an important decision that could shape the foreseeable future of the cricket team in appointing Courtney Walsh as the interim coach for their T20 series with Afghanistan. Walsh has been the coach of the team since the tri-nation series in Sri Lanka but has been a bowling coach for the Bangladesh Cricket team since 2016. They earned two impressive victories over Sri Lanka in the tri-nation series under Walsh before coming against a strong India team in the losing and losing by four wickets. Bangladesh have been without a permanent head coach since Chandika Hathurusingha stepped down last year in October after three years to take the role of head coach for the Sri Lanka team. With the first of the T20 series against Afghanistan, interim coach Walsh said his side will keep their minds on the task at hand.

Anything we do in life is always going to come with its struggles & Success. I look forward to sharing my story #TheUntoldStory The Good, Bad & the Ugly side to participating in Sports. I grew up playing cricket in the back garden with my five brothers and father, also blessed with 4 Sisters. I lost my mum at the age of 9. My Father was a Judo Champion & Weightlifter in his time in Pakistan. If anyone ever supported my dreams it was my step-mum who saw potential in me & always encouraged me with her loving words. With some of my siblings being Autistic & Disabled, Being close to each other as a Unity was always important hence spending hours on end playing in the Garden & Parks. As a family influenced by sports, we enjoyed watching cricket on TV which is where I found myself inspired by Shane Warne. I self-taught spin bowling on concrete using a tape ball, crate & whatever kit I could make do with. The Culture was always going to be a barrier for the world where I lived in, sent to an all girl’s school; I strived to exceed in both in sports & education. Selected as Captain for my school team, aged 13 I led my team to victory by beating all the school years, Teachers Team and then the Coco-Cola Cup at Derby. It was here where I not only received my first medal but was also was spotted by a Warwickshire County Cricket Coach who invited me for trials. Thank you to Pro Elite Sports who initially sponsored me. Attending trials at a young age during the month of Ramadan was very difficult; my family disapproved taking me to nets or getting serious about playing for any County at all. I missed many vital sessions which resulted in missing out for selection. However after some years passing, during my trial day, I was approached by 3 Different club coaches who required a spinner, after much talk with my dad. One development coach (Bob Walpole) finally managed to convince him by taking responsibility that he was going to collect me from home and take me to the Matches during the Season. I began my professional cricket career representing Five Ways Old Edwardians Cricket Club, aged 19, for the first time in whites with a borrowed kit. I was quick to realise if I was going to make any impact I must work twice as hard competing with girls younger than me and with more experience of the game. For most games my father didn’t allow me to go and play, as he didn’t see it as an importance as he just reminded me Sports isn’t paid ‘we don’t have money for you to enjoy it as a hobby, it won’t get you nowhere’ which really did knock

my confidence. For some time I continued to have a low selfesteem and found it difficult to speak out accepting that my life was almost controlled by others. When my father did finally come round after many talks with the family & observing me training alone in the garden, he allowed me to continue playing cricket. Knowing this is my only chance proving many people wrong while facing criticism, ready to change stereotypes I encouraged diversity by using that status to make a change. At the age of 22 I decided to further my cricketing skills by trialling for Worcestershire County, missing the first two dates I was only left with a 60-minute window to prove my ability. The one chance paid off; I was selected for the women’s squad not realising I had made history as the first Asian Muslim girl to play for that county side. Coming from a club team as the only off spin bowler to a team with almost five spinners, it was quite an eye-opener for me. Struggling to make my mark I spent most of my first 2 Years as 12th man observing the matches. I was Proud to be a Worcestershire Pear, but it was also a lonely time for me, with each player competing for selection for games it was sometimes upsetting to see same players been put forward even if they didn’t turn up for training. Travelling over an hour for each game to watch a full 50 overs game really did make me question my ability. Coming from a cultural background that didn’t see the importance of Asian Females to participate in sports it was time for me to decide. To decide if being Asian & Muslim will scare me away from the game or was it going to make me stand out more. I knew if I’ve come this far I couldn’t give up now, There was a reason for me to be here & that was to become a match winner regardless of giving only two overs to bowl per game or bat at 11. It was up to me to fight for my position. I strived to take wickets when I was given the ball. I eventually found my position in the team after hitting Unbeaten innings of 32* against Scotland & taking four crucial wickets for the side to secure promotion. I was bowling a variation of off-spin & googlies, and even my own team mates were unsure where the ball was going to spin to. I also went on tour to Holland with the team but accompanied by my brother otherwise my father would have disapproved. I’m ever so grateful to Worcestershire County for giving me this opportunity to find myself, even when I don’t like talking about the negative side of things. Playing high-level cricket, it probably was the best way for me to gain this experience for me to realise if I was going to live this dream then I was to love what I hate.

“We won’t be thinking of losing and having a fear of losing. If we back ourselves, play good cricket, (we) will win,” Walsh said. “They are ahead of us in ranking in T20s, which is something we are mindful of. It will be a good contest. I am backing my team to do their job, but we are not going to be complacent.” Afghanistan is ranked eighth on the Twenty-20 internationals ladder, two places ahead of Bangladesh.

Pakistan Hockey Player Signs for Australian Club

Pakistan Hockey player Afshah Noreen has signed to play for Cairns Hockey Club based in Queensland Australia on a 3-month contract. Afshah, who is a forward, stated that it is an honour to play there and represent Pakistan. She also claimed to be excited to learn more from her time in Queensland and is still looking forward to playing for Pakistan in the future. Pakistan Goalkeeper Rushna Khan was the first Pakistani Hockey player

to play at a foreign club. Khan was signed on a six-month contract by St George Randwick Hockey Club who are based in Sydney. It is suggested that these latest moves will help lead to more Pakistani sportswomen to pursue opportunities abroad in different sports. It is hoped that the pride these sportswomen take in participating for their country can also help lead to further exposure of this topic in South Asia.


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Sri Lanka Support Match-Fixing Investigation

Sri Lanka have given their full backing to a match-fixing investigation following an Al-Jazeera documentary. The documentary shows to have made allegations that groundsmen in Galle were bribed to change the conditions of the pitch for important Test matches. The documentary from Al-Jazeera has led to the ICC to conduct their own investigation with additional support from the England & Wales Cricket Board.

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board released a statement stating that “Sri Lanka Cricket is constantly engaged with the ICC and is following its guidelines on how to handle anti-corruption operations for the forthcoming tours in Sri Lanka.” The ECB also released an additional statement stating their concerns of the allegations made and offering their full support to the ICC “The ICC is aware of an investigation into corruption in cricket by a news

organisation and as you would expect we will take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make very seriously,” the governing body said. “We have made repeated requests that all evidence and supporting materials relating to corruption in cricket is released immediately to enable us to undertake a full and comprehensive investigation.” The ECB said: “The ECB are aware of the planned Al Jazeera documen-

tary, though not the full content. We endorse the ICC’s position and fully support their work and investigations.” There is an emphasis to get to the bottom of the investigation with England planning to play five ODI’s, three Tests and one T20 match in Sri Lanka in October and November. It is vital the investigation does not negatively impact an exciting series for the cricket fans.

Chelsea FC Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of Asian Star Chelsea FC celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Asian Star this month which is the first of its kind by a professional football club. The creation of Asian Star was made to increase the participation of Asian kids to all levels of the beautiful game. For the first time since its creation girls were also invited to apply. Any boys that perform well will be offered a one-year placement at Chelsea’s Foundation Development Centres while girls who impress

will be invited to trial at the Girls Regional Talent Centre. A familiar face was there to support the programme. Zesh Rehman, the first British Asian to play in the Premier League. Rehman, who has previously played for Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Bradford has frequently been involved with Asian Star, has admitted the surprise at the success of the programme. “I must admit when I first got involved in 2009 I doubted we would still be looking forward to the com-

petition in 2018!” said the defender. “There have been lots of other similar initiatives which have fizzled out, but credit to Chelsea and everyone involved as Asian Star is only getting bigger and better with each year. This year girls are a part of the day, and that is great news. Staying healthy and exercising is so important and the girls and boys attending will benefit from the day and hopefully stay involved in football. It is a big step in the right direction, and something parents and children

can embrace.” Former Chelsea striker Tore Andre Flo was also at the event and said “It is a fantastic event run by the Chelsea Foundation and most importantly a great opportunity for these young children. There are lots of different nationalities in the Premier League and England in general, but not many from the Asian community. We hope events like this will start to change that process.”

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Panjab FA aim for Conifa World Cup glory

The Panjab FA team are seeking to go one better than the 2016 final which they lost on penalties. The Conifa (Confederation of Independent Football Associations) World Cup is a tournament held for nations, states and regions which have no affiliation with FIFA and cannot participate in the FIFA World Cup. Conifa are responsible for the organisation of the tournament which includes Northern Cyprus, Tibet, Iraqi Kurdistan and many more with former Premier League official Mark Clattenburg refereeing the final showing the progress that has been made since the first one was held in 2014. Panjab FA recently played a friendly against the Liverpool U-23 and despite losing 4-1 performed well and put in a good performance. The Liverpool U-23 manager Neil Critchley stated that they “posed a tougher challenge than some of our regular opponents.” “It wasn’t until after we agreed to the game that we realised how big it was for the Panjab FA, and it was great to give them the opportunity to come and play,” he added. “Following that performance, there is no reason why we can’t play them again.” The majority of the Panjab FA team consists of semi-professionals who are found through the nonleagues and those with a Panjabi descent are called for trials with two members of the current squad not born in the UK. In 2017 Panjab played against England C which is the England National team that represents England at non-league level. Panjab FA Chairman Harpreet Singh set the association up in 2014, and he says one of the key reasons is because “Panjabis are a sleeping community in sport” and stated that he’s looking to promote diversity in the game. Singh believes that the recent games against Liverpool and England C are strong indications that the Panjab FA project can lead to a great success and ultimately lead to greater diversion in the English game. Singh said: “I’m an England fan, but the national team doesn’t represent the different cultures in the country. Conifa has found an opportunity to represent all of the cultures in the world. “Around 40% of the players at this tournament will be former professionals, but all of our group games will be played at Slough Town, so we’re hopeful the local Panjabi community will come out and support.” The team is managed by Reuben Hazell to coach and manage the team. He added: “I told him my vision and that I wanted to create something that hadn’t been done before. I have invested a lot of time and finance into the Panjab FA. It’s all about promoting our heritage.”


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Mohammed Salah became the first Muslim player ever to win the Golden Boot after becoming the highest scorer in a 38 game premier league season. The 25-year-old Egyptian had already won Premier League Player of the Year earlier on the same day as he accepted the award alongside his daughter Makkah, who was cheered on by joyous Liverpool fans as she kicked a football around at Anfield The win rounded off Liverpool’s triumph over Brighton in the final game of the season, during which Salah scored the opener in a 4-0 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side, leading Liverpool into fourth place in the division and propelling them into another Champions League. The number 11’s 32 point premier league tally saw him break a record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Alan Shearer, all of whom had previously won the boot after reaching the 30-goal mark. Salah’s new record took him two points ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, consecutive winner of the last two seasons. The Spur’s striker praised Salah on the win and challenged him to continue his outstanding performance onto next season. “ Mohammed has done great this year; he deserves it, he deserves the Golden Boot, I am looking forward to the competition again next year,” he said. “Any player wants to do it on a consistent basis, and that’s what defines a good player from a great player. He has done amazing this year, and he looks like a great player, and we’ll see if we can both continue it next season.”

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Pub Chain Removes Saudi Flag from World Cup Bunting

The Iron Man Challenge

A brewery has removed the Saudi Arabian flag from its football World Cup bunting after Muslims in London argued that the text on the flag should not be displayed in places where Alcohol is served. The Greene King, which runs about 3,000 pubs across the UK have put up the flags for all 32 countries that are taking part in the competition, which kicks off in Russia on 14th June. The complaints were made as the Saudi flag features the shahada, a statement of faith which says: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet.” The consumption of intoxicants is forbidden in Islam. The brewery removed the Saudi Arabian

flag; however, the other Muslimmajority countries, including Egypt, Morocco, Iran, Senegal and Tunisia, remain on display, as they do not contain the statement. A spokesperson for the brewery said: “Following feedback from some customers in London about displaying the Saudi Arabia flag in a pub. We understand it was inappropriate as it contains the religiously significant Islam shahada in Arabic and so we have removed it.” It comes months after a German Brewer apologised for printing the Saudi Arabian flag on caps of beer bottles, as part of the World Cup festivities. During that time, Saudi Arabia’s embassy in

Germany published a statement on Twitter stating that printing the flag with the shahada on the beer bottles, “constitutes a violation to the holiness of the word, an insult to the flag and a provocation against the feelings of Muslims.” The company said: “We have no interest in religious or political manifestations – certainly not about our products. If we have offended you unintentionally, we apologise.” The firm’s marketing director added: “We did not know that the characters were a creed. We only checked whether the flags of the participants are correct.”

A dentist from Bolton is preparing for one of the toughest triathlons, the Ironman Challenge, during the month of Ramadan. Dr Zuber Bagasi who runs Synergy Dental Group is spending his nights training during the month of fasting. While in the past he has participated in many charity sporting events, this will be by far the most gruelling challenge he will undertake; in July he will be completing a 2.4-mile swim, a 112mile cycle and a full marathon over the course of 17 hours as part of the Ironman Challenge. Dr Bagasi’s driving force is to fundraise for Bolton Hospice as part of the challenge and to also inspire others in his local community. As a dentist, the long hours and the pressure of running a clinic can add to the stresses of daily life. But he wants to encourage other dentists to take up hobbies and sports to channel their stress and to promote a happier lifestyle. He added, “I think it is often an underreported aspect of the profession, but a lot of dentists suffer from stress and burnout, which has negative

psychological impacts on them outside of their surgeries and trickles into their personal lives.” The Ironman route also happens to go right by his house, and having watched the competitors in awe for several years he noted the lack of local representation, “I’ve noticed very few Asian competitors so wanted to try to show that this kind of event is possible and that sport can be a very positive thing in your life.” Training during Ramadan has meant that Dr Bagasi has had to manage his training alongside his 18-hour fasts, “It isn’t impossible although juggling all the additional elements of Ramadan, as well as the fasting, is extremely difficult and keeps me extremely busy. I have had to make adjustments to my training and diet with the help of my trainer and nutritionist.” He trains in between Tarawih night prayers and sunrise and is encouraging others to follow in his footsteps, “When you finish a training session or a gym class, the feeling of achievement can get addictive and motivates you to challenge yourself more.”


IPL 2018 WINNERS

Shane Watson played a crucial role in the

2018 IPL final to steer the Chennai Super Kings to victory and claim their third IPL league since its establishment 10 years ago. Watson scored an impressive 117 not out from 57 deliveries, the highest ever score in an IPL final to guide Chennai to victory with nine balls to spare. Chennai won the toss and their captain M S Dhoni elected to bowl first, and it paid off with an early wicket of Shreevats Goswami through a run out. However, a tidy partnership of 51 between Kane Williamson and Shikhar

Dhawan kept the Sunrisers in the match until both Dhawan and Williamson lost their wicket to the spin attack of the Super Kings. Dhawan was bowled out at 26 off 25 balls and his partner Williamson was stumped three runs short of his half-century. In came Shakib Al Hasan starting off well before being caught by Raina at cover leaving the crease at 23 runs off 15 balls. Yusuf Pathan also made a flying start and made 45 runs off only 25 balls with a strike rate of 180. With Carlos Brathwaite hitting 3 sixes and scored 21 runs, this left the Chennai Super Kings chasing 179 to win the IPL 2018.

The Super Kings initially started well claiming the wicket of Faf du Plessis for just 10 runs who skied a shot and was caught by bowler Sandeep Sharma. However, once the experienced pair of Watson and Raina settled, the result looked more likely. Shane Watson, the former Australian Vice Captain, took 11 balls to get off the mark, but from then on he scored runs at a staggering rate with a strike rate 205, scoring 117 off 57. He hit 11 fours and a massive 8 sixes in an exhilarating innings. With Raina also scoring a tidy 32 off 24 balls this partnership played a key role in the match and led Chennai to become IPL

champions of 2018. Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson had felt his team had scored enough to win the game. He stated that throughout the season his team picked up key wickets in the middle overs of the game but unfortunately could not replicate this in the final. “There were moments of pressure where the game can change very quickly, and if you are able to pounce on those, that’s when you take your opportunity. And you have to credit the way CSK were able to handle those moments of pressure and carry on with their batting performance.”


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