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Editor’s Note Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Asian World Newspaper! We hope you all had a wonderful Diwali. With the festive season now coming to a start, we know many of you will eagerly be awaiting the holidays. This edition of the newspaper is aiming to keep you up to date with the latest celebrations in your area. We hope you will find this month’s edition informative to read, as we will not only be entertaining you with the most interesting and original stories, but also discussing important global events and national disasters that require our attention - everything to keep our readers in the know! In this issue, we will be talking about the incredible and vibrant celebrations at the Diwali Soho Mela in Handsworth this year. To read more on this story, please turn to our special feature about this event on page 4. We will also be discussing the devastating news of the worst famine in the last century to hit Yemen, killing thousands of adults and young children as a result. For more information about this story, please turn to page 22. In this issue, we also have exclusive interviews with a number of both established and upcoming fresh new artists, including Dhol King Kurcharan Mall,

London boy K Zie, and the Asian-British hit singer Maz Bonafide! For more on these artists and their upcoming music, please read through the Glam section on pages 29- 37. We will also be teaching our Readers about how to avoid the misery of winter illness and informing you all about the benefits of the NHS flu jab. To read more, take a look at page 38. And for our Sports lovers - Our reporters had an exclusive chat with boxer Kash Farooq, to get his thoughts on winning the Bantam weight title for the first time. Turn to pages 54-55 for more! Whatever you choose to do, there is a story for everyone. So make yourself a cuppa, sit back and flick through the rest of this paper NOW! If you would like to advertise in our DECEMBER issue or want to share a story with us, then please don’t hesitate to Contact us: on 0121 771 4545 or email: sales@asianworldnews.co.uk Have a great read! Editor: Mehrunnisa Ahmed editor@asianworldnews.co.uk Visit us online at: www.asianworldnews.co.uk

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Soho Diwali Mela 2018 This year’s annual Diwali Soho Mela attracted thousands of people from varying nationalities and faiths to the Handsworth, Birmingham area. The celebrations were a merge of different colours, tastes and sounds. Although Diwali, the festival of light, is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world, there was something to suit everyones at this year’s festival. The enjoyment began on Sunday the 21st October from around noon, and continued until 7pm onwards, when the much awaited light switch on finally occurred. The Mela included a mini-carnival with rides suited to both children and adults of all ages. Some of the rides that families could enjoy included a ghost-train, carousel, flying pirate ship, sky cars and a jungle-themed fun-house. There were also various food stalls and tents to meet the needs of everyone’s taste-buds. The menu on offer included Western cuisine from the likes of Smokey Joe’s, with FrankFurter hot-dogs, steak burgers and beef burgers galore. On the Eastern side of things were vendors serving steaming hot channae, aloo chaat and samosa chaat, and even a chai-waala. There were also traditional British foods such as your common chip-shop battered chips with fried fish, and chicken burgers, for those members of the crowd who weren’t feeling so adventurous! Some of the more exotic cuisine on offer also included Caribbean curries and spicy jerk chicken wraps, not to mention a candy stall with toffee apples and a candy floss machine for those

of us who have a sweet tooth. The company ‘Loco Lobo Tex Mex’, who sell the likes of burritos and chilli and rice dishes, were also at Soho Road that day. A vendor managing the stall had travelled from Worcestershire to Birmingham especially for the event, and was also eager to comment on the festivities. He said: “We have a lot of friends in the catering industry who are Asian as well who have eaten our food and enjoy it. This is my first time at Diwali and we’re hoping to attract a lot of Asian customers.”

As the day’s musical performances on the main stage officially came to a start at around 2pm, the first acts to perform were young children from the ages of

around 5 to 16 years, from local schools around the Birmingham area. One of the groups of youngsters, who were dressed in traditional Indian clothing such as saris and heavy ornamental jewellery, were ‘Holyhead Bollywood’, a name inspired by their school of origin and style of dance. The children had been performing for just over a year at local Birmingham venues such as the Town Hall and Police Awards, and said they were already eager to return to Soho Road to celebrate Diwali next year and showcase their Bollywood inspired choreography again. However, the Soho Mela did not solely feature singers and dancers who were performing South Asian music and dance styles. From the list acts who took to the stages, there were also reggae and rap artists. One young local rapper who performed at the festival said that it was his second year on stage at Soho Road. He commented on the liveliness of the crowd and “good atmosphere” at the event. He also further stated how everyone at the Mela was “just getting along”, as all branches of the community were coming together as one to enjoy the music. The Mela saw performances from some international artists based outside of the UK as well. AW interviewed Manpreet Shergill. It was his fourth year returning to the UK from India to sing at local gigs, but his first time at Soho road. He commented on how he thoroughly enjoyed the love he received from the crowd during his performance, and also how he felt right at home in England’s second city of Birmingham. He is soon

to shoot a music video here in the UK and release 4 consecutive new singles, including a new hip-hop style track called ‘Black-out’ which will feature the iconic Asian artist Jasmine Sandlas. One of the main headlining artists that our reporters interviewed at the Mela was MUJ Presley, an Indian Elvis Presley tribute act who had come to entertain audience members with his lively performance for the second year running. MUJ was dressed in a fully authentic and one-of-a-kind 70’s inspired jumpsuit, complete with embezzled stitching and tinted sunglasses. He said he was expecting a “magic” atmosphere at the Mela, and also praised the event for “getting all communities together.” However, the Mela had a lot more to offer the crowd than music. There were also stalls advertising surrounding and national companies, from catering to banking, beauty, business and media. Locals were selling traditional South Asian clothing and textiles, as well as an array of vibrant and colourful occasion wear jewellery. Several national charities such as the NHS Organ

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Front page story cont’d... ow, the 51 year old recently wrote on Twitter a post which read: “This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey.” Shortly afterwards, another Irish Muslim, Shaykh Dr Umar al-Qadri posted a video of the singer speaking her Islamic declaration of faith. The singer has now changed her name to ‘Shuhada Davitt’, and thanked her fellow Muslim community on social media for their support. She has also updated her profile picture on Twitter to one of the Nike slogan with the sub-heading “Wear a hijab, just do it.” She has claimed that she got “chills” when she put on a hijab for the first time herself, which was an early conversion gift given to her by her best friend. She has previously changed her name in the past as well, as last year she was legally known as ‘Magda Davitt.’ It is also not the first time that she has been seen publically speaking about religion. Two years after her hit music video, she sparked public outcry after tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II. She was forced to apologise, although she claims her actions were in a protest to sexual abuse inside the Catholic faith. She has also been ordained as a priest by a break-away Church in France, although Catholicism does not recognise female priests.

The singer also posted a YouTube video onto her Twitter of her first attempt at singing the ‘Azan’, or Islamic call to prayer. She wrote “I got some pronun-

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t is undoubtedly true that the UK today has a prevalent Indian population who contribute to our country’s diverse culture and growing business economy. However, many citizens could be unsure of just when the country saw a rise in what is now the country’s sizeable Indian population, when these settlers first started moving overseas to the UK, and the areas they prefer to live in the most. Indians are the largest South Asian ethnic minority in the UK, followed closely by Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. According to the last national census, there are 1.5 million Indians living in the UK, which makes them the largest foreign born group of people in the country. It is uncertain who the first Indian person to set foot on British soil was. There are no official records that date back the arrival of Indian people into the UK as far as the Middle Ages. However, there are official documents beginning from the 1700s and 1800s that have recorded Indians being brought over from their home country to the UK as a means of employment. At the time, this was being done by the East India Company (EIC), as India was previously a subject of British Colonial rule. The company was recruiting for vacancies in their crews for journeys, and also to work on British ships and in local port towns. Many were denied passage back to their home country and therefore married and settled down with British wives, due to there being a shortage of their native women in the country. By the 1850s, there were around 40,000 recorded Indians in the UK who were established businessmen, scholars, diplomats, sailors or staying as students, or even serving as soldiers. After the First and Second World Wars ended, Britain had huge labour shortages and regions of the country were in desperate need of being re-built. Indians helped to restabilise the employment rate in the country, and many began to work in the textile industry or on railroads. However, the biggest influx of Indians came during the 1950s and 60s. This was mostly due to the Common Wealth act passed in 1962, which imposed restrictions of citizens from the Commonwealth against working and settling in other countries, therefore many South Asians decided to move to the UK. Many of the medically trained migrants were used to meet the demands of personnel required in the healthcare industry. Other migrants went on to be shopkeepers and business men. In the industrial areas of the UK such as the Black Country, many began to work in steel and coal factories as well. The majority of British Indians have settled well into the United Kingdom and are mostly considered to be belonging to the middle-class, and have families living off a stable income. According to a study by the British RownTree Foundation, British In-

dians have the lowest overall poverty rate out of all ethnic groups in the UK. Studies also discovered that they are more often employed in managerial and trained professions than any other ethnic group in the country. According to the last national census, most Indians choose to live in London. They form a total of 6.6% of the capital’s overall population, the most popular boroughs being; Harrow, Hounslow, Brent and Redbridge. The second most popular region is the West Midlands, where Indians make up 3.9% of the total amount of people living in the county. Wolverhampton especially has a high Indian population, followed by Sandwell, Coventry,

Walsall, and England’s second city of Birmingham. Other popular counties where Indians choose to live are the East Midlands, North West of England and the Yorkshire and the Humber. Indians make up 0.6% of the Welsh and Scottish population, and 0.1% of the population of Northern Ireland. Many words and phrases in the English language have Indian origins from Sanskrit or Hindi. Some examples of the most common of these are “pyjama” and “bungalow”, which have either been taken or modified from their original pronunciation and spelling. Other popular words are: avatar, guru, mogul, shawl, shampoo, bandana, thug, cummerbund, veranda, jungle,


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loot, khaki, etc. English is also one of India’s official 22 languages, so it’s clear to see how Imperial rule influenced the Asian country, and how its dialect reached the spoken tongues of UK nationals as well. Indian foods and spices have also influenced English cuisine. Curry dishes are reportedly the most popular take-away dishes in the UK. It has been historically claimed that ‘Tikka Masala’ was invented in Scotland during the 1970s, in a bid by Indian restaurant owners to impress locals with a new creamy and mildly spiced menu option. Curries are popular in other cultures as well, although they have been modified from their Indian origins, statistics have found that over 2 million Britons eat curries at Indian restaurants each week. Whereas around 3 million Britons have said that they prepare Indian inspired recipes on a weekly basis. Other staple Indian dishes which are popular in the UK include naan bread, samosas and onion bhajis. Tea was also not a very common drink before India joined the British Empire. It is now drank in households all across the UK daily. However, the way in which it is brewed has altered from the Asian origins of tea-making, which involve adding spices and fresh seeds to the herbal mixture. The of Indians in the British Media is also quite strong. Indians either partially or majorly own popular TV broadcasting channels such as Virgin Media and Sky. National Indian channels also broadcast onto British media packages, such as Star Plus, Zee One, Colours, etc, which showcase popular Indian soaps, sitcoms and reality shows such as the Indian version of ‘Who wants to be a Billionaire?’ and Indian Big Brother. Indian music has

also received widespread popularity in the UK via introductions from The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, from the 1960s up until today. Most Indians either observe a Hindu or Sikh religion, but many are Christian or follow other religions as well. They have a diverse range of festivals and holidays which are also celebrated in the UK and have become a part of the country’s collective culture. Some of the most popular of these are Diwali, Vaisakhi and Holi. Diwali is the festival of light and celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus by decorating their homes with numerous candles and divas (lamps), setting off fire-works and

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gifting each other new clothes and mithai (sweets). Visakhi celebrates the birth of the Khalsa for Sikhs and is marked by a religious progression with the Guru Granth Sahib ji (Holy Book) being led through the streets. Whereas Holi is the festival of colour, and celebrated by people marking their loved ones with coloured powder and immersing themselves in song and dance. The number of Indian immigrants entering the UK still continues to grow daily, as they enter our communities looking for a fresh start and development of a new way of life.


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Shop owner, Tahir Quddus has been praised for his actions after he found some money at Farmfoods store on The Viaduct Retail Park in Accrington. Mr Quddus, who is the owner of Taz-mania’s Gadget Shop in Blackburn Road, Accrington, went to get a trolley in Farmfoods and found a bag. He opened the bag and saw “a considerable amount of money”. Once he found the cash, he immediately went back to his car to call the police, who told

him to hand it into the nearest police station. However, while he was speaking to the police, he noticed a man had come running towards the store. The businessman had come back for his money after accidentally leaving the takings of his Accrington newsagents. Mr Quddus said: “I went to the car to call the police because I didn’t want to go into the store with the money.” “After 10 minutes on the phone, I saw a car pull up quickly, and

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a man came rushing. I saw him looking towards the trolleys, and then he came over to me.” “He said the money was his, so I told the police on the phone, who then spoke to him.” The newsagent told them that his identification was in the bag. Mr Quddus checked if this was true, and he handed the bag of money back to its owner. Mr Quddus added: “He thanked me very highly.”

The Sufi poet Bulleh Shah wrote many a verse about hypocrisy in man. “Sir te topi te niyat khoti” is a perfect description for the outwardly religious and inwardly dubious character that is Tartuffe. The French word for ‘hypocrite’, Tartuffe is the latest offering by RSC in StratfordUpon-Avon. Adapted with a twist, it’s a modern rendition of a centuries-old comedy by Molière that has migrated into the world of a British Pakistani family in present-day Birmingham. Written by the team behind Goodness Gracious Me and Citizen Khan, Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto have transformed the French play into a script peppered with familiar Punjabi phrases married to Brummie slang. A short train journey away from the birthplace of Shakespeare, the inner city streets of our beloved Birmingham were constantly evoked by the actors in the intimate setting of the Swan theatre. The close proximity between the audience and the players was enough to convince ticket holders that they really were in the living room of the Pervaiz family in a ‘richer’ part of the city, having upgraded from their humble beginnings in Small Heath. Brexit, Windrush and Prevent all make a cameo appearance, injecting a welcome dose of reality into the play. The patriarch of the family Imran laments in long speeches on the emptiness of his material success and the trappings of

wealth (notwithstanding his priceless Norwegian wooden decking and Mercedes Benz). Cue the entry of Tahir Taufiq Arsuf, ‘Tartuffe’ for short, spiritual advisor to the rich. We quickly watch his rise from a poor stranger to the master of the house. Somewhere between the cap on his head and his long beard, hide the clues of his sham piety if you look carefully enough. Played by the actor Asif Khan, Tartuffe manipulates the other characters with his colourful sermons, the tone of his words changing like a chameleon seeking to strip its prey from all their riches. Forbidden fruit becomes halal on demand at his bidding according to need. A techno-savvy guru, selfies with the #ComeDeenWithMe are promoted to mask his two-faced appearance from the hordes of Twitter and Instagram followers. Needless to say, drainpipe jeans and a penchant for leopard print prove to be a weakness he cannot resist with hilarious consequences. Ultimately, it is the strong female characters that steal the show. Darina, the Bosnian maid with her rock chick denim, multi-tasks by dishing out thought-provoking gems of wisdom with a hoover in hand, while poking fun at patriarchy and social norms. Her target is usually the head of the house, the hapless Imran. She happily lays bare his blind devotion to the shady Tartuffe by exposing the holes in his holiness.

With full access to the Pervaiz family’s dirty laundry, she takes down his male pride by a peg or two. And of course, no Asian family drama would be complete without a cursing daddi ma whose physical fragility is compensated by lashings from her acid tongue. Equally enamoured by Tartuffe, the matriarch of the family targets Amira, her dutiful daughter-in-law. The glamorous new wife of Imran, we see her struggling with her role of stepmother to the beat-boxing Damee and his academically inclined sister Mariam. A staunch feminist, Mariam uses every opportunity to promote female rights with legal maxims well rehearsed in university exams. But away from the text books, she struggles to balance her strong opinions with her role as a daughter. Torn between her fiancé and her father’s choice of husband, she must decide if the wishes of her family supersede those of her own. While religious hypocrisy is the common thread that binds the characters together, at the centre of the play is the real tension between modernity and tradition. Tartuffe is a family comedy with plenty of laughs and a serious message of redemption and forgiveness of those who give away their power (and fortunes) to others. Tartuffe is showing at Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon until 23 Feb 2019. Book tickets at rsc.org.uk.


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Jag Singh Dear Asian World News Readers, we are so proud to announce that this month we are privileged to have a new inspirational member join our elite team, Jag Singh from London/Essex. Jag is an inspirational speaker, writer and he is constantly campaigning for Anti-Bullying, Mental Health and many other areas that effect the well-being of our communities. Jag has supported the NSPCC (The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) by conducting seminars and workshops campaigning and working in child protection. He has also been supported by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Sikh Channel, Zee TV and many other organisations. Jag is also an expert in Effective Sales/Business and Team Management. Now, Jag would like to inspire YOU, our amazing AWN readers with this month’s motivational article to get you into gear to achieve your dreams and goals. So, here goes, be inspired and motivated, YOU CAN DO IT! Control Your Fears The biggest obstacle that holds people back from achieving their goals and dreams is the fear of failure. They fear that if they try to do something different and it doesn’t work out, it would have all been a waste of time. They fear that everything could go wrong and then they will be ‘finger pointed’ by the naysayers who originally told them that they would not succeed. If fear is not controlled, it will control you – this means you will live a mediocre life, a life of not taking any chances of not doing something different and not taking any risks. Every individual who has been successful in sports, business, talent or any form of service has had to at one time face their fears of failure; they simply quietened the voice within and gave it their best shot. So

can you! Not everything you attempt in your life is going to be a success, such is life, but attempting to make it happen is the key, giving it your best is what counts, followed by a strong flow of persistence. Don’t allow people to plant the seeds of fear in your head, and more importantly don’t plant them yourself - don’t become your own worst enemy. Control your inner dialogue stating that you will create a feasible and achievable plan then execute it accordingly with passion and desire. I have faced many of my personal fears since a young age, and at times it was hard and tough to do so, but because I did it again and again - it became easier to get out of my comfort zone, face my fears and attempt any challenge that came my way. You can too. Now, fear has no place in my vocabulary and each time it tries to creep into my head it is greeted by my positive mental attitude and simply shown the exit door. When I hear people say ‘but what happens if try to succeed, but end up a failure’ I smile, and they ask me ‘why are you smiling’, I always reply – ‘How do you know you are going to fail if you never try. And if you don’t succeed, don’t worry, get up and try again, and again.’ Eradicate your fears, never accommodate them, before approaching anything that challenges you, work out a feasible and constructive plan and simply move forward. You don’t want to be in a position in years to come where you sit back and say ‘I should have done that’ and regret ever listening to the negatives in your head and from others. Do it now! Fear cannot exist within you without your permission. Control your fears and create your destiny.

The UK £50 currency at present show-cases steam engine pioneers Matthew Boulton and James Watt, and was introduced several years ago. However, next year will see a re-issuing of the most denominated banknote as it switches from paper to polymer fibre, a more durable and long-lasting material. The new note will also have a change in appearance and feature a new face. Politicians of Parliament and national historians have been those to support one of the most popular suggestions so far – to have the British spy Noor Inayat Khan incorporated in the design. Noor was born in Moscow,

Russia in 1914. She was a descendant of the Indian Royal family and raised in Britain and France. It would have been simple for her to evade the tragic happenings of the Second-World-War and live a comfortable and care-free life. However, she instead chose to join the war effort and work as a spy in Nazi Germany, to gather intelligence for allied forces. She was eventually captured by the enemy and tortured, but refused to give information. She was murdered at a concentration camp in Dachau in 1944. Khan has been named a “Hero of our times” by national UK TV presenters. A petition sup-

porting her has received more than 1,300 signatures so far. She has been talked about favourable by BBC Host Dan Snow and

army officer Tom Tugendhat. Various conservative MPs have shown their support as well. Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani said that: “I believe she was also involved in rescuing some British and American pilots. Being able to do what she did with the limited resources they had would be remarkable.” The Bank of England has stated that it is not trying to limit the diversity of races and gender that will be shown on UK banknotes. It is instead up to the public to vote for who they want to be published on the new £50, which will be released sometime in 2020.

Global Kidney Foundation Organise Fundraising Gala Dinner in Aid of Royal London Hospital International celebrities flew to Ealing to attend Fundraising Gala Dinner in aid of the Renal Department at the Royal London Hospital. Actress Lea Mornar, Miss Poland in UK, Miss India in UK, Miss Pakistan in UK, Miss Monaco, Miss Africa, musicians, opera singers, models, fashion designers, people from the world of business and politics, UK top renal doctors and nurses all came together to raise funds and awareness about kidney health. The event was organised by the Global Kidney Foundation and was held at the stunning White House Palace in Ealing. The famous White House Palace is a home of Polish Prince John Zylinski. The building has been named one of the five unmissable buildings in London, next to the Buckingham Palace. Prince Zylinski hosted the event and gave a talk. Mr. Zahid Bhatti, the founder of Global Kidney Foundation and Ella Vine welcomed a large gathering of people from all over UK. Mr. Zahid Bhatti who is himself a survivor after two kidney transplants shared his experience of going through this life threatening disease. After going through all the trauma of his kidney failure and two transplants afterwards, he took this initiative to help and support kidney patients. Mr. Bhatti launched Global Kidney Foundation in 2011 and since then the organisation is actively contributing towards the cause. Food was cooked by the best

chefs in London and people enjoyed the tasty dinner. Mr. Abdullah Mushtaq and Dr. Alia Butt from the Global Kidney Foundation were also present at the event. One of London’s best pianists Antimo Magnotta, who is a musician at the Victoria & Albert Museum, did a performance at the event, playing on the UK’s only gold plated piano. Antimo was a pianist at Costa Concordia, a ship that, like a modern Titanic, has sunk and Antimo has miraculously survived. Antimo spoke about these experiences, and how he turned his life around after the accident. People were inspired by his inspirational story and thoroughly enjoyed his music throughout the evening. Dr. Martin Raftery from Royal London Hospital and Franel Ave who is a Renal nurse, also shared useful information about the kidney health, kidney disease and its treatment process to guests who attended the event. Mr. Zahid Bhatti, founder of Global Kidney Foundation told that 100% proceeds from tickets and fundraising will go to the Renal Department of the Royal London Hospital. People thanked Global Kidney Foundation for organising this wonderful fund raising evening for a great cause. Guests hoped that it was one of many more such events to come, raising more money for good causes and bringing together people from all over the world in order to build stronger bonds between them.


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Anjem Choudary Shunned by Imams

Gravestones for Muslim soldiers who died serving France in the First World War stand in Bellu Military Cemetery. Photo: Douglas MacKenzie©123RF.com

Remembering the Forgotten (Asian) Soldiers of the Great War November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, one of mankind’s deadliest conflicts in which over 16 million people – soldiers and civilians – were killed. A host of ceremonies are planned for November 11, the Armistice Day centenary (by the time you’re reading this, that date may have come and gone). Whether you participate in a formal or informal way to mark the anniversary could well be a microcosm of how minority communities view British society and vice versa. According to my memories of school (and yes, it was a long time ago!), the First World War involved European powers and their populations and armies, and was fought on the killing fields of France, Germany, Belgium, Russia and other parts of the continent. It was what you might call the narrative of the ‘white West’. What we were never taught was that the then British Empire’s colonies contributed millions of men to the war effort. Of these, more than 1.5 million soldiers were from India – the most from any colony – 180,000 were Africans and more than 16,000 were from the West Indies. Few of us will have been told that more than 34,000 Indian soldiers died on the battlefields

of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. And few of us will have heard of the likes of Khudadad Khan, a Muslim who was the first Indian soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry, for his bravery in the European battle arena. Not only did these soldiers from distant lands risk everything to serve the Empire but they were subjected to brutal prejudice and discrimination by their British commanders while putting their lives on the line. The sacrifices of these soldiers for the British flag have largely been airbrushed from history or totally ignored. It’s only in the last few years that momentum has grown to recognise their contributions. For instance, this year has seen a push by the Remember Together campaign to highlight these forgotten soldiers. It’s involved politicians, faith leaders, exmilitary personnel and charities. Another initiative involves a collection of interview transcripts with Indian veterans that many would like to see in the British Library. The 1,000 pages of material is a compilation of interviews done in the 1970s with Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs from poor villages in Punjab and other rural areas who came to serve in the British Army.

George Morton-Jack, who has been involved in the project and is the author of The Indian Empire at War, said: “The First World War has traditionally been presented in schools, history books and cinema as a white war. But many in the UK’s British Asian community are saying: we were there too.” Hopefully, raising public awareness of the sacrifices made by Asian and ethnic minority communities during the First and Second World Wars will make a small contribution towards combating the prejudice and discrimination that still exists in the UK today. * One small way that you - yes you, the reader - can make a small difference is by backing the campaign to have Noor Inayat Khan featured on the proposed new £50 note. A British spy in occupied France during the Second World War, she was captured and tortured by the Nazis before being killed in a concentration camp aged just 30. Her bravery was recognised with the posthumous award of the George Cross. If selected by the public, she would be not only the first Muslim but the first member of an ethnic minority to feature on a Bank of England note. Just type “Noor Inayat Khan Bank Note” into a search engine to find out more.

* Mohammed Ilyas is Press and Publicity Manager for the Birmingham charity Islamic Help. The views expressed above are his personal opinions and not those of his employer.

Anjem Choudary, known at the Islamist hate preacher, has been told that he is not welcome at mosques across London, following his release from prison. The 51-year-old man is freed from jail and is only permitted to attend a single place of worship that has been approved by officials from the Ministry of Justice. Choudary was asked to submit a list of mosques that he wished to visit, however, when they were approached by the authorities asking if they had objected to him attending, many of the imams said that he would not be welcome. Other mosques in the capital also contacted officials ahead of his release to say that they did not want him turning up at their premises. “As part of his strict licensing conditions, Choudary is only permitted to attend one mosque that has been given prior approval,” the source said. “He was asked to submit a list of his preferred options, and then they were asked if they would be willing to accommodate him.” “However it was clear that many of the mosques he wanted to visit did not want him mixing with their worshippers.” Eventually, a suitable mosque was found, and the controversial cleric was taken from his north London probation hostel to the place of worship Disapproval for the preacher from fellow Muslims is reminiscent of a number of YouTube videos posted before his incarceration in which the preacher was berated by other Muslims who claimed his brand of extremism was not welcome within their community. Outside his probation hostel located in Camden, one fellow resident emerged explaining how Choudary had not made any friends within the unit. “A few of us are really shocked to see this guy living here,” he said. “They should put him somewhere else. He’s not made

any friends yet. He’s keeping himself very much to himself.” “It’s very strict; everyone has separate rooms. They do random room checks to see what we have. There’s certain stuff we’re not allowed to have - like drugs and things that contravene the hostel’s health and safety rules.” Choudary is currently staying in a room with a single bed and television within the six-storey hostel. He has access to a shared kitchen and washing facilities. Another inmate said he had seen Choudary in the block. However, Choudary was understood to be staying in his room and never left the building. A few supporters of the Far Right activist Tommy Robinson had also gathered at the bail hostel before leaving around lunchtime. One man, who did not want to be named, said: “I’m just down here to see what scum we have in the neighbourhood now.” The father of five is said to have applied for legal aid to try to fight the strict 25 rules that limit his movements and

actions while serving the rest of his prison term on release from prison. These include, whom he can associate with, what mosque he can visit and that he should not use the internet or speak to anyone aged under 18. It is believed that the human rights lawyers Birnberg Peirce, has written to the Ministry of Justice, saying that the restrictions breach Choudary‘s human rights. If he breaks the conditions, he will be returned to prison to complete the remaining half of his five-and-a-half year sentence for pledging an oath of allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isil). Choudary was released from Belmarsh prison after serving half of his sentence. Despite being accused of radicalising numerous young Muslims, some of whom committed terrorist attacks here and abroad, Choudary was only convicted of one terrorism offence, that of inciting support for Isil.

Smethwick Statue Honours Sikh Soldiers: Memorial to Indians Who Fought in WWI

For the first time in the UK, a statue is being unveiled to commemorate the war effort of Indian soldiers who served the British Empire during the 20th century. More than one million soldiers travelled overseas from India, as well as the neighbouring courtiers of Pakistan and Bangladesh to serve in WWI and fight for Britain. According to historical figures, almost 100,000 of these soldiers perished in the battlefield, and around another 70,000 were injured. However, nothing has been done to commemorate their bravery and service until now. The memorial statue comes as a recent creation from artist Luke Perry, public space is being created to showcase the piece by Sandwell Council, and the project has been funded by the generous donations of Sikh Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick. When asked for his inspiration behind

the artwork, Perry said: “We seem to be in a place where the British are ashamed of the Empire so it is not a subject that is raised often but that does not alter the fact that these men deserve recognition.” He further commented: “It is galling they have been overlooked by history.” The statue is an impressive sculpture of a Sikh soldier – complete with a trench coat, utility belt, turban and beard who stands at an impressive 17 feet high. It will be positioned opposite the Gurdwara on a special podium, surrounded by seating and illumination lighting. Thousands of people are expected to come to Smethwick and see the sculpture after it has been built, as a new swimming pool will open in the area for the 2020 Common Wealth Games and visitors will find the sculpture situated outside of Rolfe Street Station. Steve Eling, Sandwell Council leader, released

the following statement in relation to the unveiling of the statue: “I am very proud that Smethwick, a place where many people from the Indian subcontinent have made their home, is paying such a striking tribute to the very important role played by South Asian service personnel during times of conflict. I hope this contributes to the growing recognition of the sacrifices that servicemen from Commonwealth countries have made for our country.” Special hard-work and dedication has been put into finishing the memorial in time for the 100th anniversary celebrations of the First World War armistice. Members of the community are thrilled at the completion of the memorial and look forward to seeing how visitors travelling into their local area will receive it. By Manisha Bhanot


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The Birmingham Sports Awards

The Birmingham Sports Awards provide an unrivalled platform for successful sportspeople to be put into the limelight and praised for their dedication to their sport. The Birmingham Sports Awards celebrated the outstanding achievements of Birmingham’s exceptional sporting successes. Across professional and amateur sport in the area, disabled and non-disabled people were recognised, demonstrating to the wider community that Birmingham really is home to some of the most successful sporting talents and rising stars in the country today. The awards presentation dinner took place on Wednesday 10th October at Edgbaston Cricket Ground supported by businesses and organisations from across Birmingham, who recognise the importance of supporting sport in their local community. The evening was a stylish and high-profile affair as it welcomed a host of sporting personalities to present each award. Edgbaston Stadium is reprising its role as the venue for this year’s Birmingham Sports Awards, as it has done for the past two years. And, hosting venue is not the only thing they are returning as, as the stadium have recently announced

their continued sponsorship of the Community Award. A category which has held their support for three years now, the Community Award praises the unsung heroes of the sporting community. Whether it be an individual or a team of people, those nominated within the category will have, in some way, made a positive impact on sport within Birmingham. It was only a month ago we witnessed

Salma Bi crowned at the National Diversity Awards as the winner in the POsitive Role Model category for Race/Faith and Religion. The fivetime award-winning sportswoman and cricket ambassador has spent over 15 years working tirelessly to change the face of Asian women playing professional cricket. She was honoured from a total of 24,584 Nominations to exactly 124

shortlisted, to come out as the new champion and 6th-time national award Winner. She quoted Settling down to have a family shouldn’t stop you from achieving your dreams, in fact, it makes you so daring you can’t wait to face the next challenge thrown at you in life. A pioneering woman who we have witnessed has gone out and fought not only for herself but others in the community. Salma, now a mother to two beautiful girls Aliza and Abira Sohail, has found strength in all that she has gained to all that she is going through now. Life can’t get any more satisfactory as Salma has created history out what was once possible to what other people remember as a legacy. From making history to playing county, hosting 8 Record-breaking sports events to forming the first all Asian futsal and cricket team across the country Salma has been revolutionary in all that she could deliver as an empowering woman. It has been this approach that has brought Salma to create a legacy, on the 10th of October much to her surprise Salma was awarded the Community Award at the Birmingham Sports Awards 2018, sponsored by Edgbaston. They welcomed her with open arms as

they reminded the audience of all the commitments she made to train and coach at her home ground. Giving her this award was a proud moment for the sponsors as they called her out on stage announcing, who better deserves this award our local hero Salma Bi. The night was filled with more joy and tears as Salma was accompanied by her husband, Muhammad Sohail. She can’t thank her supporters enough, it has always been a lonely and difficult journey, but Salma was standing strong knowing she has finally been able to give back to the community. Another fantastic year for our Public speaker, who has enjoyed focusing on coaching in the community, settling down with her family, becoming the new face sponsored by Core Sports as an Ambassador and Role Model. The 7th Time National Award Winner promises to continue to deliver her best as always; she looks forward to finishing the year in style by completing her project to build a school for orphan children which not only will provide education but bring sports to a whole new level in a poverty struck area. Below is the list of Awards Won!

Thousands of earthquake victims receive emergency aid

A Birmingham charity has delivered emergency aid to more than 16,000 people affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck Indonesia. After launching an emergency appeal which included live television appeals and fundraising events, Balsall Heath-based Islamic Help organised the delivery and distribution of emergency aid on behalf of its donors and partners. More than 200,000 people died, and 75,000 were displaced after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake followed by a

tsunami struck the Central Sulawesi region of Indonesia at the end of September. The Indonesian government has stringent entry permit regulations - at one point it told foreign aid workers to leave the disaster zone – and stipulated that foreign organisations would only be allowed to work with registered Indonesian partners. The aid raised by UK donors for Islamic Help was part of a 1,000-tonnes consignment of emergency provisions that was shipped to Sulawesi. Working with an Indonesian partner and

smaller UK groups, Islamic Help’s team carried out a series of aid distributions in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, and the Banawa area north of Palu. “The first major distribution involved the distribution of 2,333 family food packs and 6,000 cooked meals to people who had lost their homes, families, livelihoods, and had nothing except the clothes they were wearing,” said an Islamic Help spokesman. “Over the following days, there were further distributions of family food packs. So far those have helped

16,000 people, and that figure is rising, plus we will also be distributing other aid like tents, hygiene kits and medical aid. “We can only thank the public who responded so magnificently but would point out that a lot still needs to be done, so if people can still contribute we’d urge them to do so. Every penny and pound can help save a life.” * Donations to Islamic Help’s Indonesia Emergency Appeal can be made by calling 0121 446 5682 or at www.islamichelp.org.uk

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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Bank Cashier ‘Cashes in’ on the Vulnerable

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Nasir Haider, of Acocks Green Halifax, has been found guilty for siphoning £56,000 from a pensioner’s account over a 3-year period. The 30-year-old targeted the pensioner’s account and has been linked to 43 of 54 suspicious transactions that were found under investigation – made clear through Haider’s unique file number. The victim was 78 and suffering from Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and diabetes, which often prevented him from going into the branch. Upon displaying symptoms of dementia, his family checked his bank statements to find substantial sums missing. This led to the investigation, with the family making arrangements to obtain a Power of Attorney. Haider was found on CCTV evidence from 19th October 2017 taking £2,200 from the account whilst the victim was not present at the branch. He had been banking with Halifax since 2011 and had an income of only £15,000 per annum. The case was undertaken by Birmingham Crown Court, with Philip Beardwell prosecuting and Barbir Adris defending. Beardwell said that investigators discovered Haider’s technique; transferring cash into both his current and saver accounts through the deposit machine in the branch. Haider initially denied the offence and rated himself “10 out of 10” for competence in his job, as well as claiming £25,000 of the suspect funds had come from an inheritance. Also, in a passing sentence, Recorder Martin Jackson said the stolen money was intended for the victim’s living expenses, but instead funded Haider’s “selfish purposes” and that the cashier had “targeted a vulnerable victim”. The investigation also found that the cashier had paid £94,000 into a gambling company, therefore the funds were linked to an addiction to gambling. Despite being found guilty, Haider avoided a prison sentence due to his family situation. Adris’ defence showed that Haider was the sole breadwinner for his family, which included a 1-year-old child, and had recently experienced the bereavement of his father and the amounting financial pressure that followed his passing. Adris linked this emotional turmoil to the defendant’s addiction and subsequent theft, as “he thought that was his way out”. The judge ruled that Haider would face a 2-year suspension from his job and have to complete 250 hours of unpaid work. The cashier also raised funds to pay the money back to the targeted customer.

Church leaders unite to keep Pakistani family in Scotland

Two Pakistani teens, Areeb Umeed Bakhsh, 13 and Somer, 15, face being returned from Glasgow to Pakistan, where their family fears for their safety. A letter which was written by Rt Rev Susan Brown, who is the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, asking Sajid Javid to intervene, has been signed by the Edinburgh Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St Andrews and Bishop Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Others, who have added their name to the appeal, include John Cross, Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland, Rev Dr David Easton, chair of the Synod of the Methodist Church

in Scotland, and 13 former Church of Scotland moderators. They want Sajid Javid to examine the family’s case and “recognise the Pakistan-wide threat they face”. The boys’ father stated that he had received death threats from Islamic extremists, due to his Christian faith. The family fled Faisalabad in 2012. Mrs Brown wrote: “As you will be aware, the blasphemy laws in Pakistan are such that even without substantive evidence, accusations can be made against those, not of the Muslim faith.” “Petty disagreements between neighbours, for example, can result in people of another faith being accused under the law and lead to their

imprisonment or being pursued with the intent to kill.” “This is precisely the reason why this faithful Christian family find themselves in Scotland.” It is understood that the UK Government rejected the families plea for Asylum because officials do not believe they would be at risk if they moved to a different part of Pakistan. A petition has been signed by more than 88,000 people, calling on the Home Office not to deport the boys. Somer is currently studying five higher and is hoping to become astrophysicists. Somer’s brother Areeb is said to be interested in Astronomy and Art. The Church of Scotland said: the

brother’s father, Maqsood holds two masters degrees and has worked as a data analyst in Pakistan. The boy’s mother Parveen is a trained midwife with 17 years of experience. The family are unable to work in Scotland and have been getting by on benefits and charity due to their immigration status. Mrs Brown wrote: “With all respect, we urge you and, through you, the Home Office to step in and allow this family to play their part in serving a nation they very much feel a part of and want to contribute to.” The Home Office said it does not comment on individual cases.

New Mental Health Campaign Launches in the West Midlands • PHE launches new campaign encouraging people to look after their mental health as they do physical health. • Nearly three quarters of people in the West Midlands say they experience one or more feelings of anxiety, low mood, stress or problems sleeping frequently or occasionally. • South Asian communities encouraged to talk about mental health. • New online guide will help people take steps to improve and manage their mental health. Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging adults to look after their mental health as they do their physical health through its new Every Mind Matters campaign – launching as a pilot exclusively in the West and East Midlands this World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10th October). The new campaign highlights that while we can all feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping, there are simple actions we can take to manage them and prevent these issues from becoming more serious. It encourages people to visit the Every Mind Matters guide, a free NHS-approved online resource, which provides expert advice, practical tips, and experiences from real people to help manage these issues and those of others. Each year, around one in four people in England experience a mental health problem and the proportion of diagnosable common mental health conditions has increased by 20% in 20 years. A new survey of adults across the West and East Midlands conducted for PHE also shows nearly three quarters (70%) of people in the West Midlands (and 70% of people within Birmingham) report experiencing one or more of low mood, anxiety, stress and trouble sleeping frequently or occasionally. Stress is the most common response, with over half (51% of people in the West Midlands and 53% in Birmingham) experiencing this frequently or occasionally, compared to 49% for sleeplessness (in both Birmingham and the West Midlands), 44% for low

mood (45% in Birmingham) and 38% for anxiety (for Birmingham and the West Midlands). The survey also found that two thirds (64%) of adults in the West Midlands (66% in Birmingham) say they look after their physical health on a weekly basis, but less than half (45% in the West Midlands and 48% in Birmingham) look after their mental health as regularly. These figures highlight the importance of helping people to better understand and take action on their own mental health. Having good mental health can help us feel and function better, have more positive relationships with those around us and deal with and manage

difficult times now and into the future. Over time, having good mental health may also reduce our risk of physical health problems. Dr Mamoona Tahir, Health Protection Consultant with PHE West Midlands, said: “We know that there is stigma and shame associated with mental health within South Asian communities so it’s important that we don’t shy away from talking about it but recognise that with the pressures of modern life, it’s normal to feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping some of the time. But when these become overwhelming or frequent they can manifest into a more serious problem. “We would like to encourage people

to feel empowered to look after their own mental health by finding simple actions that can manage or prevent issues from becoming more serious. Our campaign helps you take your mental health into your own hands, so you can protect and improve your own mental health and that of others.” Shuranjeet Singh Takhar, Director of Taraki, said: “It’s great to see that PHE are launching a new campaign encouraging people to look after their mental health as many people do with their physical health. We work with Punjabi communities so we fully understand how language, cultural and religious beliefs can make it a real challenge to talk openly about mental health. However, the reality is we all experience stress, anxiety, low mood or have trouble sleeping at some point in our lives irrespective of our cultural background. We are committed to helping Punjabi communities to better understand mental health, break down stigma associated with it, and be better placed to help one another so we fully support the new Every Mind Matters campaign. As South Asians, it’s important for us to better understand and take the necessary action so we can have good mental health.” The Every Mind Matters guide also offers support for social anxiety, trauma, obsessions and compulsions or panic attacks and provides information for people wishing to help friends, family and colleagues experiencing mental health problems. Every Mind Matters has been developed in conjunction with leading charities, academics and clinicians and is endorsed by leading experts in mental health. It is being promoted to adults across the Midlands with new TV, radio and online adverts; and is being supported by a range of public sector, charity and commercial partners. To access the Every Mind Matters digital platform, including expert-led videos, and create your own action plan to help look after your mental health, visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/ every-mind-matters/


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Charges Dropped Against Couple Involved in Tesco Brawl with Police over Bottled Water

The case of Nadir Hussain and his partner Mahira Hussain, both aged 28 from Manchester, was reported in the news nearly a month ago and received nation-wide speculation. Police were called to a Tesco supermarket in Rochdale where staff had denied selling the pair more than 30 bottles of flavoured Volvic water, stating it was against the company policy. Both Mr and Mrs Hussain were filming the incident when a constable told them to stop, before they were wrestled to the ground and arrested, on alleged charges of assaulting a police officer. A few weeks ago, Asian News Reporters investigated the story. Mr Hussain released a statement where he claimed that he and his family had obtained legal support and were planning to take the case against Manchester Metropolitan Police to Court. He refused to give any further comment, claiming he did not want to

create a media frenzy around the event. However, footage of the incident since has already been circulated widely across various social media platforms. The video shows Mr Hussain being dragged out of the Rochdale

Tesco store when he claims he is already leaving, before the officer holding onto him appears to grab onto his clothing and swing for his head. He is pinned against the floor as he shouts: “You wanna know what racism is? This is what it

Chaos in the Kitchen: Rahul Mandal wins despite baking blunders! The nation watched as Rahul Mandal, aged 30, was crowned winner of 2018’s Great British Bake-Off this year. The win came as a surprise to everyone, especially Mandal himself who is a research Scientist from Rotherham and has admitted he had only baked a cake twice before, outside of preparation for the BBC TV show. One of his colleagues, David Anson, who worked alongside Mandal at his job in the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Manchester, shared important information about his baking journey. He claimed that Mandal had undertaken an “exponential learning curve”, before reaching fame for his mouth-watering pastry and cake creations. He said that Mandal once brought a Victoria Sponge into the office, which was so overly piped that for him it was difficult to digest. Mr Anson said: “It was very over-the-top in colour and thickness. That wasn’t brilliant. I couldn’t eat the icing. It was 50-50 cake and icing.” Mr Anson then said that Mandal afterwards took every opportunity to bake. Whether it was birthdays or other celebrations, he would constantly wish to

practice and improve, by bringing cakes into work and taking photographs of his progression. Mandal also applied for GBBO last year but was cut short from the selection process when he failed to be chosen for the competitive baking rounds after a telephone interview. However, the set-back gave him a longer window of time to prepare for the show, although he was hesitant to apply for this year’s series until his work-mate Mr. Anson sent him a link for signing-up via e-mail. Mr. Anson commented that he told his friend: “‘stop going on about it, apply for it’.” The amateur baker immigrated to the UK from India eight years ago, where baking is not such a common activity. Mandal had let his nerves get the better of him at the beginning of the competition when his ice-bag exploded in the very

first doughnut challenge. In the final, he under-went a major setback when a jar shattered, spraying shards of glass across his work-area and forcing him to start the mixing process over again from scratch. He stated: “When the glass measuring jug shattered I got such a shock because it came out of nowhere... It broke into a thousand pieces and went in everything so it all had to be chucked. It almost broke me and I really thought that was it for me. Fortunately I was able to prove that I could finish it.” However, Mandal was credited 15 minutes extra time from the judges to atone for the set-back. His culinary skills have been described as “beautiful” by his friends and he has been awarded ‘Star Baker twice’ on this series of the show. Mandal released the following statement after becoming champion of GBBO ’18: “After winning, at home I wrapped the trophy in a pillowcase, and I am quite messy, so it looked hidden amongst laundry in the linen cupboard.” Mandal is yet unsure of what the reaction to his success will be among his family, but is absolutely thrilled with his results. By Manisha Bhanot

f ***ing looks like.” Meanwhile, his wife attempts to intervene before an officer also tries to grab her. She resists arrest and clings onto a nearby till, screaming “Get off me!” Now, after a court hearing

the case against the couple has officially come to a close. A spokeswoman from the Crown Prosecution Service said the following: “This case was originally charged by the police. Following a review of all the available evidence we

determined there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. The charges were therefore discontinued.” Following the couple’s complaints about Police racism and use of unnecessary violent force, The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), are looking into the incident and the procedures of the officers who were on scene at the event. Regional director Amanda Rowe of the IOPC said: “After careful assessment, we have taken the decision to launch an investigation into this incident following the complaint referred to us.” There were no further comments from the court or Manchester Metropolitan police as IOPC have decided to investigate the incident independently. By Manisha Bhanot


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Pakistan Army wins gold in ‘world’s toughest’ patrolling competition

The Pakistan Army team has won a gold medal during the world’s toughest Cambrian Patrol competition which was held at Wales, UK. The 11-member Pakistani team was from a Battalion of Northern Light Infantry, the brave soldiers from Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan, Inter-Services Public Relations said. Pakistan won the gold medal for the fourth time.

Uzma Nawaz is one of the first female car mechanics in conservative Pakistan. The 24-year-old woman spent most of her life overcoming entrenched gender stereotypes as well as financial hurdles en route to earning a mechanical engineering degree and receiving a job with an auto repairs garage located in the eastern city Multan. Nawaz told AFP: “I took it up as a challenge against all odds and the meagre financial resources of my family.” “When they see me doing this type of work they are really surprised.” Growing up in the small town of Dunyapur in eastern Pakistan’s Punjab province, Uzma Nawaz relied on scholarships and often skipped meals when she was broke while pursing her degree. Throughout Pakistan, women have struggled for their rights, especially in rural areas, where women are encouraged to marry young and devote themselves entirely to family over career.

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“No hardship could break my will and motivation,” she says proudly. Nawaz made several sacrifices which led her to work at a Toyota dealership in Multan, following her graduation. After a year of working at the Toyota dealership, Nawaz was promoted to general repairs. She moved up with the ease of a seasoned pro around the dealership’s garage, where she removed tyres and raised vehicles, handled a variety of tools and inspected various engines. One customer called Arshad Ahmad said: “I was shocked to see a young girl lifting heavy spare tyres and then putting them back on vehicles after repairs.” “Whatever task we give her she does it like a man with hard work and dedication.” said co-worker M. Attaullah. Nawaz has also managed to convince those who doubted her ability to make it in a male-dominated work environment, including members of her own family. “There is no need in our society for girls to work at workshops, it doesn’t seem nice, but it is her passion.” said her father, Muhammad Nawaz. “She can now set up the machinery and can work properly. I too am very happy.”

Over 134 teams from 31 countries participated in the competition. Cambrian Patrol is a mission and taskoriented patrolling exercise of 48 hours during which participants of the patrolling team cover 60 kilometres carrying 25 kilograms. It is a physically challenging and arduous exercise that concentrates on teamwork for achieving the mission which is held the mountainous terrain

of mid-Wales, UK. The exercise shows tactical and technical challenges, selfdiscipline, testing leadership, courage and determination of the participants. The competition began in 1959. It was set up by a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers who designed a weekend training event, featuring long-distance marching over the Cambrian mountains and culminating in a shooting match on the Sennybridge training area.

12 feared dead in India cyclone shelter

Krishan Kumar, a spokesman for the National Disaster Response Force, has said that relief officials rushed to the remote area in Gajapati district in Orissa state. The landslide hit on Friday 12th October, a day after a severe cyclone caused heavy rains in some parts of eastern India. Villagers had moved to the shelter to

escape the fury of Cyclone Titli, which whipped up wind speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. According to the Press Trust of India news agency: State Relief Commissioner BP Sethi stated that there were reports which stated that 12 people had been killed and another four were trapped in the debris. Mr Sethi said that in order to reach the

remote site, rescue workers were clearing roads blocked by uprooted trees. Eight people were killed in Andhra Pradesh state and one in Orissa state when the cyclone damaged homes and blew down power poles and trees. Orissa state is prone to cyclones that develop in the Bay of Bengal. During 1999, a cyclone killed more than 15,000 people.


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Top 10 Richest

1. Mukesh Ambanit

Owner of the country’s most valuable companies; this merchant has held the top spot for India’s most richest for the past 11 years and seems unstoppable in his conquest to keep building his empire.

Early Life Ambani, first names Mukesh Dhirubhai, was born on April 19th 1957 in Aden, Yemen and raised in Mubai, India. He completed his degree in Chemical Engineering at the institute of Chemical Technology during his early youth. Growing up, Ambani worked alongside his father Dhirubhai at their Family Company called Reliance, which deals in trades of oil and gas. After the death of his father in 2002, Dhirubhai and his siblings divided the family empire and continued with the business themselves. Business Career As well as holding the largest shares for Reliance LTD, Ambani is also the owner of Premier League football team Mumbai Indians. Since September 5th 2016, he has hugely boosted his wealth by launching the mobile phone network Jilo, which has millions of subscribers all across India. He has a net worth of over $44.3 Billion.

3. Lakshmi Mittal

Mittal comes from the Indian steel-clan and in 2007, was considered to be the richest Asian person in Europe. He is currently based in the United Kingdom and owns the biggest steel making company on the globe, ArcelorMittal.

4. Hinduja Family

2. Azim premji

Azim Hashim Premji is the -chairman of Wipro limited; one of India’s largest outsourcing companies, and holds second rank on India’s top ten billionaires list. He also holds fifth place out of the highest ranking philanthropists of alltime as he has donated over $8 million to charity.

Early Life Azim Hashim Premji was born in Bombay, India on the 24th of July 1945, as a Nizari Ismali Shia Muslim. He inherited his family business, formerly called Western Indian Vegetable Products, which specialised in hydrogenated oil manufacturing. His father was a very established businessman nick-named ‘Rice King of Burma.’ Up on his death, Premji abandoned his engineering studies at Stanford University and returned to India to take over the business. Business Career Premji’s company Wipro is focused on the high-technology sector by working with the American company Sentinel in order to manufacture minicomputers. They concentrate on manufacturing new technologies and collaborating with new and innovative start-up projects. Premji’s son Rishad is the strategy officer in chief of Wipro IT. Premji himself has an estimated net worth of $19.5 billion.

His daughter Vanisha’s wedding was the second most costly wedding of all-time. Early Life Mittal was born on the 15th of June 1950 in Rajasthan, India. He graduated from St. Xavier’s College with a first class Honours degree in Commerce. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was also a steel merchant, Mittal opened his first steel factory Ispat Indo in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia, at the age of 26 years. Business Career His company, Mittal Steel had an estimated profit of $8.46 billion last year. He has a chair on the council of Global CEOs of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. He is also a member of foreign business councils in Kazakhstan, Cleveland, and Europe. Mittal has an estimated net worth of $18.3 billion.

The Hinduja Dynasty consists of the four blood brothers Srichand, Ashok, Gopichand, and Prakash who manage the multi-million dollar Hinduja group. Their empire is diversified in the range of services it invests in, from banking and oil, to TV entertainment. Although they are a close-knit family, the brothers are also split up across the globe. Ashok heads their business in India, Prakash lives in Switzerland and Sarichand and

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Gopichand are based in London. Early Life The eldest of the brothers Srichand Parmand was born on the 28th of November 1935 in Karachi, India. He completed his education in Commerce at R.D National College in Mumbai. His younger brother Gopichand was just born 5 years after and educated at jai Hind College, also in Mumbai. Their brother Prakash was also born in 1945, he went to the University of Westminister, whereas Ashok, the youngest of the four attended University in Bombay. Business Career The youngest of the four brothers, Ashok, also has the Hinduja Defence business of tactical vehicles named after him, as well as their truck manufacturing enterprise. The Hinduja Group have major operating divisions in the oil business including; commercial explosives, lubricants, mining and speciality chemicals. Hinduja National Hospital is based in Boston, and the dynasty has several other businesses across the world. In total the Hinduja Group has a net worth of around $18 Billion.

5. Pallonji Mistry

Pallonji Mistry is head of the 153-yearold Shapoorji Pallonji Group. He is nicknamed ‘The Phantom of Bombay House’ for his quiet but affirmative managing technique. He is a lover of horses and the open outdoors. Early Life

6. Shiv Nadar

An Indian philanthropist and billionaire, Shiv Nadar holds the sixth spot on India’s top 10 richest list. He has made huge profits from his leading IT hardware company HCL and is known to work under the alias “Magus” (Persian for Wizard) due to his innovative and ever-changing ideas in order to keep taking his company to the next level. His brother Ramanichandran is a Tamil fiction writer.


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t Men in India 7. Godrej Family Mistry was born on the 4th of July 1968 in India, but has an Irish nationality. He attended the Imperial College London for his further education studies and gained a degree in Civil Engineering. He gave up his nationality in order to marry Pat Perin Dubash, an Irish national. He is the ex-chairman of Associated Cement companies and owns a hundreds of acres farm in Pune, India, which he bought based on his love of Irish culture and horses. Business Career As well as inheriting the construction company SP from his father, Mistry owns Forbes Textiles and ‘Eureka Forbes’ , the water purifying company who is managed by his son Shapoor. The S.P. group’s largest income comes from their 18.4% share of Tata Sons, a company who Pallonji’s other son Cyrus is facing legal complications with after being removed as chairman two years ago. His networth is priced at $14 billion.

If you have ever visited India, the brand name ‘Godrej’ is one which is probably impossible to miss. The company is over 120-years-old and is managed today by Adi Godrej, who inherited the empire as it was passed down from Ardeshir Godrej, an ex-lawyer. The company is divided into separate franchises by its consumer goods sector, property sector, lock manufacturing business, and several other assets.

8. Dhillip Shanghvi Early Life Nadar was born on the 14th of July 1945 in Tamil, India. He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the PSG college of Technology in Coimbatore, India. His mother is Vamasundari Devi, sister to the founder of Dina Thani Newspaper, S.P. Adithanar. Business Career Nadar started his technological career at Walchand’s Group in the late 1960’s only to leave and begin his own business venture with his friends and colleagues. They set-up Microcomp, a company that was selling digital calculators, before HCL was established in 1976. Nadar is committed to donating 10% of his income towards charity; he has also donated over Rs 1 million of his company shares to the College of Engineering in Chennai, which he founded himself. His net worth is valued at around $14.6 billion.

Shanghvi is a self-made billionaire. He began as a manager for a small drug manufacturing company and led himself to become a co-founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals, one of India’s most trusted anti-infection drug providers. He is reportedly very media-shy and a book-worm, who is especially interested

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9. Kuram Mangalam Birla

Early Life: The Godrej dynasty has its origins based in Gujrat, India and is a Parsi family. The business began in Bombay where the founder began manufacturing and selling locks to combat the city’s rising crime rate. Although the founder died childless, his nephews Burjor, Naval and Sohrab continued the business until the founder’s grandsons Adi and, Jamshyd and Nadir took over. Adi himself was born on the 3rd of April 1942 in Mumbai, India and has been head of the business for a number of years. Business Career Today, Adi’s children Pirojsha and Nisaba are heavily involved in the management of the business. The company have come a long way from producing single locks, as now they are involved in the manufacturing of industrial engineering, appliances, agricultural products and home furnishings. One of their largest assets is a 3.5 thousand acre estate in Mumbai. It is thought to be worth $12.6 billion, along with the family’s overall net worth when they have finished its development.

in J.K. Rowling’s fiction tales. He currently resides in Mumbai, India, where he is a big fan of the local food restaurants and diners. Early Life Shanghvi is the first entrepreneur of his family and was born on the 1st of October 1955, in a Jain family situated in Gujrat, India. Shanghvi got his degree in Commerce from the University of Kolkata, the region where he spent much of his early life. He has two children called Aalok and Vidhi, from his marriage with Vibha Shanghvi , they also work for their father’s business at Sun Pharmaceuticals. Business Career Shanghvi began his pharmaceutical career by manufacturing and selling his own products, starting with one psychiatry drug. He acquired a declining company in America called Caraco Pharma, to expand his business clients overseas, over 20 years ago. He also went on to acquire all outstanding shares of the company Ranbaxy, in order to become India’s largest drug supplier. His net worth is currently at around $12.8 billion this year.

man and chancellor. Early Life Birla was born on the 14th of June 1967, in Mumbai, India but raised in Kolkata. He obtained his under-graduate degree fin Commerce from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics and his Masters from London Business School. He is married to Nirja Miraj and the couple have three children called Aryaman, Ananyashree and Advaitesha. Business Career Birla is head of India’s largest Conglomerate group as his company deals in aluminium, financial services, telecom and cement. Birla inherited the empire back in 1995 when he was 28 years old and his father passed away. He has successfully managed to combine Vodafone in India with Idea Cellular to form the country’s biggest mobile network carrier. His net worth is currently at $11.4 Billion.

Ranked as India’s 9th richest man, Birla heads the Aditya Birla group. He won the ‘Forbes India Leadership Award’ in 2012 and ‘CEO of the Year’ in 2016. He is an industrialist, chair-

10. Gautam Adani

Much controversy surrounds Adani. Although he is in India’s top 10, he has been accused of supporting the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Janta Party campaign, and taking government bribes. He runs many operations in Port developments in India, as well as businesses in agriculture and aerospace among others.

Early life Adani was born on the 24th of June 1962. His father was a clothes merchant and he came from a large family consisting of seven brothers and sisters. After completing his secondary school education he enrolled at Gujarat University for a Commerce degree but dropped out mid-way. Business Career The Adani Group specialises in transmissions and generation of power, commodities and property investment. Adani himself controls India’s largest port, named Mudra, in the state of Gujrat where he was raised. In summer of this year, his company owned the rights to distribute gas for automobiles and homes to 21 cities. He has also acquired an ownership of Anil Ambani’s company Reliance’s Infrastructure business in Mumbai. His net worth is $11.9 billion.

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Indian forest rangers hope to end the “T1 TIGER” terror using Calvin Klein scent

UN Warns of Worst Famine of the Last Century to be seen by Yemen

Air-strikes by the Saudi-led coalition are causing the most catastrophic famine to occur in Yemen at present, according to the European Assembly. The situation is affecting around 13million people who are being killed and injured by the attacks, who are all civilians. The attacks began three years ago as a result of Yemen’s Civil War. It has been retaliated against by Saudi Arabia, who is backed by the powers of the US, UK, and France, whom all wish to see an internationally-recognised government set up in Yemen. At least 10, 000 innocent civilians have lost their lives as a result of the on-going war and strikes organised by outside governments up on the country. The UN’s humiliation co-ordinator for Yemen stated: “I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia, that we saw in Bengal, that we saw in parts

of the Soviet Union – that was just unacceptable...Many of us had the confidence that would never happen again and yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at.” So far, due to the violence of the civil war, there has been much bloodshed in Yemen. Houthi Rebels supported by Iran have seized much territory in the country, including the capital of Sana’a. According to local aid officials, the number of infant and child murders has risen significantly in Yemen, during the last three months alone. The Save The Children Charity in particular mentioned reports of having insufficient personnel and tools to deal with the number of casualties they faced. Due to the decline in social and government order, Yemen’s currency has collapsed. Food prices have more than doubled, increasing the immediate threat of the famine and leaving many young families to suffer alone.

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Forest rangers in India are desperately hunting for a tigress called Avni, also referred to as T1. The five-year-old scavenger is believed to be behind horrific deaths of villagers around the Pandharkawada jungle in central India. According to reports, the animal “weighs around 300 pounds” and is believed to be a “man-eater”, as described by Naveen. P, a wildlife writer and author. However, there is no official government data to support this high death toll. The tigress has gone missing in the dense jungle area of Maharashtra and caused mass panic in the town of Pandharkawada, where bodies have been turning up with missing limbs and claw marks. However, it is unsure if all of the deaths are tiger-related as a signal animal has not been known to cause so many human fatalities before. Endless efforts to capture T1 have been made in the past, including employing one of India’s best-known game hunters. Authorities have tried to track

and tranquilise her using camera traps, expert shikaris (Indian hunters), and a thermal imaging drone. They have even fielded elephants mounted with veterinarians armed with tranquilliser guns to track her down, none of whom have been successful so far. The desperate hunt is now hoping to try a very unusual bait; the Calvin Klein fragrance Obsession. Calvin Klein contains a pheromone called civetone, which was first derived from the glands of a cat-like mammal, and is now most often created synthetically. The compound, with its musky odour, is one of the world’s oldest perfume ingredients and happens to be totally gripping to big cats. Big cats are drawn to the scent and then proceed to musk themselves against its scent in order to replace it with their own, according to Miguel Ordeñana, a biologist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Obsession’s feline appeal was confirmed in 2003 when a curator at New

York’s Bronx Zoo tested the effects of 23 perfumes on two cheetahs. Estée Lauder’s Beautiful performed the worst, distracting them for a mere two seconds. Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps did well, keeping the cats preoccupied for 10.4 minutes, but Obsession performed the best. The cheetahs got plainly obsessed over the scent, spending on an average 11.1 minutes inspecting the fragrance. Since then, the cologne has been used by wildlife authorities to encourage wild cats to spend more time close to cameras and sightings have increased manifold. While Indian animal activists have created an uproar that the animal should be not trapped or killed, the Supreme Court has ruled that should capture prove difficult in this particular case; the animal should be destroyed. Officials hope that the Calvin Klein fragrance, along with the use of two special Italian sniffer dogs, will help end the tiger’s reign of terror.

Islamic name of the city of Allahabad changed by Indian-Nationalists

A city in India’s northern region of Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad, is having its name changed by Hindu nationals. The historic Islamic name was given to the city in 1583, during the Mughal era, by the Muslim emperor Akhbar. However, now it is reverting back to its original name ‘Prayagraj.’ The Indian name comes from the Sanskrit definition of “place of Sacrifice”, which is exclusive to

the city’s historical background as it is believed that the Hindu God Brahma Dev took part in a ritual sacrifice there. According to mythology, the creator of the universe did this at the location where the river Ganges meets the river Yamuna. The state of Uttar Pradesh is held by the cabinet leader Yogi Adityananth, who is a controversial figure that has been accused of

inciting violent treatment towards the country’s minority Muslim population. He released the following statement: “The city used to be known as Prayagraj since the beginning. To those who are opposing the decision, how would you feel if the name your parents gave you was to be changed?” He later added: “Only people who have zero understanding of our history and traditions would question the

move.” The city of Allahabad is situated around 400 miles south-east of the Indian capital of New Delhi and is the ancestral home of the NehruGandhi dynasty, where three of India’s prime ministers have descended from, including Jawarharlal Nehru. It is also the site of one of India’s Kumbh Melas (festivals) – large Hindu pilgrimages that attract

hundreds of devotees from across the world. The most recent of which was held in the city five years ago and saw the attendance of an estimated 100 million worshippers. The Uttar Pradesh energy minister, Shrikant Sharma stated that: “It is the right of the government to rename any city,” he said. “If needed, we will rename more cities and roads. The mistakes done earlier will be rectified.”


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Grab will adopt Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform. Microsoft will make a strategic investment in Grab. The five-year agreement will see both parties collaborate on a range of technology projects, including big data, artificial intelligence and mobility solutions Microsoft Corp. and Grab, the leading on-demand transportation, mobile payments and online-to-offline services platform in Southeast Asia, announced on Monday a strategic partnership that will transform the delivery of digital services and mobility in the region by leveraging Microsoft’s world-class expertise in machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. As a first step in the broad collaboration between the two companies, Grab will adopt Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform and Microsoft will make a strategic investment in Grab. Ming Maa, president of Grab, Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Microsoft “This partnership signals a deep collaboration with Microsoft on an array of technology projects, including big data and artificial intelligence, that will transform the delivery of everyday services and mobility solutions in Southeast Asia,” said Ming Maa, president of Grab. “As a global technology leader, Microsoft’s investment into Grab highlights our position as the leading homegrown technology player in the region. We look forward to collaborating with Microsoft in the pursuit of enhancing on-demand transportation and seamless online-to-offline experiences for users.” “Our partnership with Grab opens up new opportunities to innovate in both a rapidly evolving industry and growth

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region,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president at Microsoft. “We’re excited to team up to transform the customer experience as well as enhance the delivery of digital services for the millions of users who rely on Grab for safe and affordable transport, food and package delivery, mobile payments, and financial services.” As the top mobile online-to-offline platform in Southeast Asia, Grab operates in 235 cities across eight Southeast Asian countries, and Grab’s digital wallet, GrabPay, is the leading player in Southeast Asia. Through this partnership, Grab will adopt Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform, tapping into Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and AI capabilities to scale Grab’s platform efficiently and increase its capacity and capabilities. Through this collaboration the companies will explore a number of innovative deep technology projects that will enhance and transform the Grab experience for Grab’s users, driver-partners, merchants and agents. These special innovation projects include: Big data, AI and machine learning • To help improve passenger and driver safety and security, Grab will work with Microsoft to explore new authentication mechanisms such as mobile facial recognition with built-in AI for drivers and customers who opt in, as a replacement for checking IDs, that help match both driver and passenger identities to the reservation. • Grab will explore utilizing Microsoft Azure’s data analytics and fraud detection services to better predict and prevent fraudulent transactions on Grab’s platform. • The companies plan to leverage Microsoft’s natural language processing capabilities to provide customers with contextualized real-time translations and create an AI chatbot so Grab users can engage in interactive experiences. • Microsoft’s machine learning and AI capabilities will be used to power Grab’s advanced “recommendation engine” that analyzes user data and behavior to provide personalized services and content recommendations through the Grab application. • Grab also plans to work with Micro-

soft to explore image recognition and computer vision technologies that will improve the user and driver pickup experience. For example, passengers will be able to take a photo of their current location and have it translated into an actual address for the driver. • To improve map creation and quality, Grab plans to tap into the power of Microsoft’s machine learning capabilities. Other areas of collaboration • Microsoft Outlook integration. Grab will provide on-demand transportation booking options to Outlook users so they can seamlessly book rides directly in the application and be alerted with calendar reminders. • Microsoft Kaizala. Grab will pilot Microsoft’s Kaizala, a mobile app and service for large group communications and work management, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Grab’s Customer Service teams. • In-car solutions. The companies will collaborate on the deployment of in-car entertainment and productivity solutions across Southeast Asia. • Rewards integration. Microsoft will explore integrating Microsoft Rewards Gift Cards into the Grab Rewards loyalty program. About Grab Grab is one of the most frequently used O2O mobile platforms in Southeast Asia, providing the everyday services that matter most to consumers. Commute, eat, deliver shopping – and pay with one e-wallet. Grab believes that every Southeast Asian should benefit from the digital economy, and the company provides access to safe and affordable transport, food and package delivery, mobile payments and financial services. Grab currently offers services in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. For more information, please visit www.grab.com. About Microsoft Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

There are many different things that anyone could do to try and get rid of some of their debt problems and different plans work for different individuals that is perfectly fine too. Do not feel bad about your financial situation, this kind of thing happens to everybody, no matter what kind of reputation or anything else. Debt problems can and will occur before you even realise how terrible its gotten at times, so always be aware and try and be cautious with your funds, no matter what comes about. Debt relief tips can help drastically, with any current problems you might be having, and shame is something that none of you should feel because nobody is too good to experience that kind of problem. It is important to get a grip on it now before it does escalate into something much bigger and much more stressful. The tips that I want to provide to you throughout this article should give you the accurate information that will get you well on your way to having a nice, less stressful life, a life that you can always enjoy. One helpful tip that will always work on helping anyone to find the relief financially that they have been searching for is to, prepare yourself a monthly budget, not just one to look at, but one that you will actually follow month by month. Down the road, after following this budget strictly, you will slowly but surely start seeing some of the results that you have been wishing and hoping for, for way too long now. If you recognise that you are definitely

spending way too much money each month, try and cut corners wherever you see it to be possible. By cutting corners each month and really paying close attention to exactly how much money you are spending, you will quickly notice where some of your problems lie each month and what has been causing you to get into this terrible shape financially, creating an over abundance of debt problems every time that you turn around. Debt can eat at you day and night, causing you problems within your marriage or relationship. It can cause so much strain on you mentally that you end up snapping at everyone around you, without even realising just how severe this problem is and how important it will be for you to find answers that will provide you with the relief that you truly need. Asking for professional help is your best answer, no matter how much of an ego you have or how much pride you have, nobody is too good to ask for help when it is definitely needed. Some debt problems can get so drastic and so severe, that not even the smartest, richest man/woman could possibly get out of on their own, without the help of a professional. You can take over your own finances, you can get debt relief on your own, by only doing just a little bit of research on the different types of debt problems that seem to linger around year after year, making people feel like there is no ending to the debt burden monsters lurking in the lives of many.


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How You and Your Partner Should Save Money Most newly-married couples are having a hard time adjusting to a different way of life, especially when it comes to financial matters. As separate individuals, your spending habits will differ. This is why you both need to make certain adjustments to combine the household budget. Here are some ways on how you and your partner can make the ‘financial aspect’ of your marriage harmonious and organised: 1. Understand the way that you both look at money. If you and your spouse have different beliefs when it comes to money matters, sit down and discuss it. The key here is to be able to compromise. For some people, money is a security measure that needs to be saved. Other people spend it luxuriously and look at spending money as a means to reward themselves for their work. Still, other people are very thrifty that they hardly ever spend a penny of what they have earned. Understand that the way that you both treat and spend money stems from how you were brought up by your parents. Think of everything that you need to discuss when it comes to your household budget. If possible, set rules on how you will spend your combined income on utility bills, food, mortgage, car maintenance, etc. 2. Set future financial goals. If you are newlyweds and you are planning to have a baby soon, consider this when organising your finances. If you are a couple nearing the age of retirement, you can make plans on where you will spend your leisure years. Setting long-term and short-term goals will help you finalise your financial plans. 3. Share your money-saving skills with your partner. If you have different family backgrounds, then you would have something to contribute towards organising your joints assets. Make each other aware of your personal finances then think of ways on how you can further boost your money-handling tactics. By following these tips, you will surely have your finances organised to lead a more comfortable lifestyle.

EBay Launches First Ever 24-Hour Charity

- 5p for every purchase on ebay. co.uk on 9th October will be donated to The Prince’s Trust - Phillip Schofield, Emma Wills and Tim Henman auction off exclusive experiences and items to raise funds

- “Tomorrow’s Store” launches on eBay with £5 from every purchase donated to The Trust’s Enterprise programmesupporting young entrepreneurs The UK’s much loved TV personalities, sports stars, actors and chefs, including Phillip Schofield, Emma Willis and Tim Henman, are supporting eBay.co.uk’s first ever “Give Day” on 9th October. The day will raise money for The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise programme, which supports young people to set up their own business. As part of the marketplace’s ‘eBay for Charity’ program, shoppers will be able to raise funds whilst they purchase for 24 hours, with a 5p donation made for every item in their basket. They will also be able to bid on exclusive celebrity experiences and items being auctioned, with 100% of proceeds going to The Prince’s Trust: • Cheese and wine tasting experience with Phillip Schofield • Tickets to the final of The Voice and a meet and greet with Emma Willis • Afternoon tea with Jon Culshaw • A Signed tennis racquet from Tim Henman • William Yeoward crystal bowl from Felicity Kendal CBE • 4 signed first editions of the Tennison books from Lynda La Plante • Mamma Mia 2 movie poster signed by the entire cast • Dinner for two at Sindhu and a complimentary night stay at the Compleat Angler Hotel from Atul Kochhar • Luxurious cut and blow-dry at Daniel Galvin Jr and an Organic

Hair Spa Treatment • Johnny Mowlem track day experience This Morning presenter, Phillip Schofield said: “I have been a Prince’s Trust Ambassador for a number of years and have seen first-hand how vital their work is. I hope the eBay auction raises lots of funds and awareness for their work with some truly remarkable and inspiring young people.” The Voice host, Emma Willis, adds: “Every young person should get the chance to succeed, which is why I’m donating tickets to the final of The Voice for The Prince’s Trust’s eBay auction. I hope it raises lots of money and awareness so that The Prince’s Trust can support even more young people across the UK.” Those keen to buy presents with purpose this Christmas, can also access The Prince’s Trust Tomorrow’s Store on eBay.co.uk, where they can order products created by budding entrepreneurs who have been supported by The Trust’s Enterprise programme. Products exclusive to eBay include a new scented candle by entrepreneur Serena Francis, which has had a stamp of approval from Gok Wan. Serena, who founded Melitarose, has built up a thriving business with support from The Prince’s

Trust, and £5 from every eBay Tomorrow’s Store purchase will benefit other young people like her who are looking to kick-start their businesses via training, mentoring, funding and resources. Rob Hattrell, Vice President of eBay UK said: “We’re so excited to support the brilliant Prince’s Trust. The UK is powered by small businesses and we want to give the next generation as much support as we can. Through our first ever Give Day, customers can make a difference to the lives of budding entrepreneurs with every purchase they make, whether it’s big or small. Tara Leathers, Deputy CEO and Director of Income and Innovation at The Prince’s Trust, said: “eBay UK shares our passion for supporting young entrepreneurs and we’re excited that this partnership and the first ever Give Day will enable us to help even more young people to get their business ideas off the ground.” To find out more about the partnership visit ebay.co.uk/princestrust. About eBay for Charity eBay for Charity harnesses the power of eBay’s 175 million community members to raise money for charitable organizations. Through the programme charities can sell items or experiences to

boost their fundraising, sellers can donate a percentage of their proceeds to a charity of their choice, while buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. In 2017 eBay for Charity UK raised £27 million and to date it has raised £110 million for UK charities. About The Prince’s Trust Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The programmes offered by the charity give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Trust has helped over 900,000 young people to date and supports over 100 more each day.


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Anything for hire to disrupt the UK hire & rental industry

The process for hiring a service, whether a limousine for a night out or a bouncy castle for a children’s party has proven to be a tedious task, time and time again. With everyone constantly on the go, who really has the time to spend hours on the web searching for the best deals? And what are you to do when you find the perfect deal only to find that the service is fully booked or it’s not available for your chosen date? This is where new, Cardiff based tech start-up, Anythingforhire.com comes in, aiming to follow in the footsteps of success stories like Uber and Airbnb, shaking up and revolutionising the UK hire industry with their innovative approach. Founded by technology entrepreneur, Tej Randeva, the idea behind Anything for Hire was born when he noticed there was no easy way to compare different quotes from various hire companies during the hiring process. With 15 years experience in the hire and IT industry, Tej was able to identify a clear consumer need in this sector. He saw a lot of potential for a hire service that can bring you all the results in one place. Thus, Anything for Hire was founded. Anything for Hire has been created by an experienced IT development team; they have worked extensively on new cutting-edge technology which aims to not only connect consumers to their chosen hire company but give them the freedom to look at different quotes, compare prices and make big savings in

the process. Anything for Hire has recently announced the release of their new iOS & Android mobile apps for partners which will improve efficiency for the hire companies. Further upcoming releases include Amazon Alexa & Google Home developments which allows customers to connect conveniently with the

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Anything for Hire quote engine. It’s great news on the B2B end too, with exciting opportunities for local hire businesses to reach an entirely new set of customers, along with a free, easy to use online booking management system. This will allow hiring companies and providers to become more efficient and responsive to customers.

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Becoming a Landlord

Being a landlord is certainly a great way to make more money in the real estate business because as a landowner who can also generate income through rental and lease agreements, you can often increase your earning power significantly. Not only do successful landlords make money from rent; they also gain from increases in the equity value of their properties. And there are tax incentives for landlords, to make such things as repairs deductible as business expenses. Before venturing into the business of owning and leasing property, be aware that sometimes the role of a landlord can be a full-time job – and it will always constitute at least a serious parttime job that requires your undivided attention several hours or more each week or month. Emergencies happen, and your tenants need to call you – or your representative – at any hour of the day, even on holidays and weekends, to get help. Sometimes tenants don’t pay, and you have to become a bill collector or deal with the local authorities to have tenants evicted from your building. And there are times when you have to do routine chores like painting fences and cutting the grass. So unless you enjoy this kind of nonstop responsibility, you may want to look into the possibility of delegating some or all of the landlord tasks to another person or organisation. There are many ways to assume the job of a landlord. Many real estate investors assign the entire responsibility to a property management company that specialises in providing services to owners who don’t have the time or

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the desire to be day-to-day landlords. A management company can handle things such as handyman repairs, rent billing and collection, tenant complaints, maintenance of insurance coverage, exterior landscaping, interior maid service and cleaning, replacement of old or damaged furniture and appliances, and advertising for new tenants. In exchange for these services, the management company will be paid, usually as a percentage of the income produced by the property. For example, a company might charge you one month’s rent each year, to oversee the rent of a singlefamily house. Another common approach is to appoint a tenant to assume some of the duties of the landlord, in exchange for reduced or free rent. If you have an apartment building, for instance, and there is a police officer living in one of your units, you could agree to give the officer one week of free rent each month, in exchange for keeping an eye on the premises when you are away. Or you could give free rent to a tenant who agreed to maintain the landscaping and make sure that garbage collection is done on a routine basis. Before becoming a landlord, make a list of the duties involved. Then decide which ones you want to do, and which ones you would rather hand off to someone else. You may find that striking a comfortable balance between doing some on your own and delegating the rest to others is a great way to be a landlord without letting the responsibility overwhelm you.

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Blockchain Used to Sell Real Estate for the First Time in the EU Propy, the global real estate platform, today announced the first ever blockchain-powered property sale in the European Union. The sale, in Seville, Spain - one of Europe’s hottest real estate markets - marks Propy’s official introduction to the EU territory. Both the Spanish seller and French buyer used cryptocurrency (ETH-ETH) to transfer property ownership via Propy’s transaction platform. “Blockchain technology continues to revolutionize the way people buy and sell properties across borders,” said Natalia Karayaneva, CEO of Propy. “The EU market can be a complex web of governments, brokers, and other entities making international property transactions difficult. Propy’s blockchainenabled platform removes complexity resulting in a simple online transaction that is easy to complete and secure.” Until now, real estate investment has been a tedious process. Purchasing property across borders involves buyers and sellers from different tax and

regulatory jurisdictions. The traditional process is not only complicated and expensive but also vulnerable to fraud. Propy’s platform simplifies the complex process and works within existing legal frameworks. All parties participating in the transaction have mutual trust because of immutable encrypted records on blockchain. All of this helps to fuel a thriving real estate market in the EU, which continues to get increased attention from US and Chinese investors. Typically, they look for sea-view villas at around US$200,000. Now, those investors can browse and purchase remotely online. The platform recommends the property to be visited in person but execute the purchase online. Propy’s blockchainenabled platform also reduces the need for costly intermediaries like escrow services. Plus, there is no need to print or scan any paperwork or visit banks, brokers or lawyers in person. When a transaction is performed, a notary logs into the Propy transaction platform and

With the recent warning from surveyors that house prices will rise six per cent a year until 2019 due to the lack of properties on the market, people looking to buy a new home might consider staying put and renovating their current properties. Michael Holmes, editor in chief of Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine believes that a cost-effective and straightforward way to add extra living space and value is to convert your loft. He provides his top tips below: Is it possible? The usable space in your loft is the area with headroom of 2.2m or above between the top of the ceiling joists and underside of the rafters. By the time the floor is strengthened and the ceiling insulated, this will give around 2m of headroom and above. The Headroom below this level where the roof slopes down to the floor starts to get tighter but are still useful for positioning furniture, storage, beds, a bath etc. If there is little or no room in the loft because the roof slope is low, you would need to alter the roof to get an additional storey. If there is space, but it is limited, you can expand it by altering the roof design. Structural alterations The lofts of pre-1960s houses are typically easy to convert because the roof was usually cut to size on site and assembled with relatively large timbers with lots of clear space. Often only relatively minor alterations are required to create the clear space needed for a loft conversion. Post-1960s homes built with modern prefabricated roof trusses – a web of thin timbers typically with W-shaped struts held together by metal plates – require more work as the roof structure needs to be altered to strengthen it, but it is still possible to convert, usually with the additional of steel or aluminium beams. Energy efficiency A loft conversion will require the roof to be insulated to meet the current building regulations by placing insulation between and under the rafters, or if the roof is being stripped or rebuilt, between and over the rafters. Either way, a house with a loft conversion is likely to be significantly more energy efficient if the existing roof is not insulated, as 25% of energy is lost through the roof. A loft conversion is also an opportunity to upgrade the existing boiler, heating and plumbing to a more energy efficient

system, such as a condensing combi boiler, or condensing boiler and mains pressure cylinder. This will also eliminate the need for the header tanks in the

factory and then craned onto your roof, fitted and made weather tight within two days. This is known in the industry as the “remove and rebuild” option. It is

one or more of the hips (where the roof slopes in from the side(s) as well as front and back) being replaced with a gable wall. The roof is then extended

attic for gravity fed plumbing systems, freeing up more space. Other obstacles like TV aerials, or even redundant chimney stacks can be removed. Converting the loft can also be a good time to add renewables, such as solar panels. For a loft conversion you have three main options: You can commission a local architect to design your conversion produce drawings and get planning permission and building regulations approved. These drawings will then be sent out to builders to find the best value price. You will also need a structural engineer to oversee some of the more technical aspects of the job. You can hire a design and build contractor that specialises in loft conversions to be in charge of the whole project. This might limit the architectural choices for your conversion; however, this type of company will be able to deal with planning permission, building regulations and engineering on your behalf. Also, this route will offer you a fixed price package from the design stage, so you know what to expect. Finally, you can opt for a pre-fabricated loft conversion which is made in a

ideal for urban sites where site space is limited. Types of conversion All loft conversions are different and will largely depend on the type of roof you have. Rooflight conversion: This is the most cost-effective as is involves converting just the existing loft space with no additions and there is very little alteration to the roof space apart from the addition of roof windows set into the slope of the roof, insulation and strengthening of the floor etc. Dormer conversion: This is the most common type of loft conversion. Dormer windows are added to increase the volume of the roof space with full headroom. Dormer windows are usually added to the rear, side or both. Gable-to-gable conversion: This is a variant of the dormer roof conversion where the dormer window stretches the full width of the house, from gable end to gable end and tends to look more sympathetic than a very large ‘box dormer’. Sometimes it involves building up the gable end walls to ‘bookend’ the new space at either side. Hip-to-gable conversion: This involves

over these gables to add extra space with full headroom. Mansard conversion: This involves one or both slopes of the roof being replaced with a new structure with very steep sloping sides (almost as steep as the walls) with an almost flat roof over the top. This design is used where the original roof had little or no headroom and creates sufficient volume for an additional storey. Floor joists The floor of your new loft conversion will have previously been the ceiling for the storey below and so will need to be strengthened to take the additional weight. The alterations to the roof structure will also need to be calculated to ensure the roof remains strong enough to withstand all weather conditions. You will need a structural engineer to design this detail and produce drawings and calculations to comply with the building regulations. Stairs A space-efficient staircase design is the key to making a loft conversion work. A single room loft conversion can have a loft ladder or space saver staircase, but larger conversions with more than

verifies the seller’s signature. At this point the ownership transfer is recorded both on the blockchain registry and state land registry. “I am very happy with the outcome of the sale,” said Miguel Prados Rodriguez, the seller of the property. “Propy made the entire process simpler than it would have been through a traditional sale. Their platform is user-friendly and

gave me the peace of mind I needed to know the entire transaction was safe.” The deal turned out to be a great success for all parties involved, showing once again the great potential of the blockchain technology. As a result, there is already another blockchain-powered property sale scheduled for upcoming months in Spain. For Propy, this transaction marks an

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important milestone. The company has already facilitated cross-border sales in the US and Eastern Europe. Today’s announcement provides further proof that blockchain-enabled real estate transactions are legally compliant, automated, safe, and convenient. This helps both consumers and governments streamline complicated real estate transactions. About Propy Propy is a pioneer in blockchain trading for real estate, aiming to solve the problems of purchasing property remotely. Propy facilitates connections between the seller, buyer, realtor, title agent and/or notary to enable the seamless purchase of real estate online. The Silicon Valley-based company is advised by Alain Pinel (Intero Real Estate), Michael Arrington (founder of TechCrunch), Vinny Lingham (CEO of Civic), David Cowan (Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners), Daniel Kottke (first Apple employee), and Bruce Cahan (Consulting Professor at Stanford University). one room require a full staircase. The minimum ceiling height above the stairs is set at 1.9 metres (1.8 metres at the centre under a sloping roof), and this often dictates where the new staircase can be positioned to ensure there is sufficient headroom. The ideal location is within the existing hall or landing area, so space is not lost from existing rooms. Planning permission Most loft conversions do not require a planning application providing the design complies with the rules for permitted development (these do not apply in ‘designated areas’ such as conservation areas or National Parks so always check with your local authority). The rules allow 50m3 of additional space to detached or semi-detached house and 40m3 to a terraced house, providing the additions do not face the highway or are any taller than the existing roof. You can also add roof windows to the front elevation. Listed buildings may still have permitted development rights, but listed building permission is required for any material alterations. Larger loft conversions, or those with dormers to the front, or in designated areas can still be converted subject to grant of planning permission. Fire safety Any habitable rooms in the loft conversion where the floor level is more than 4.5m above external ground level will require a window large enough to get in and out of in the event of a fire and the whole structure, including a staircase route to an external door, must be able to resist for 30 minutes to allow safe escape. You will also need a hard-wired smoke alarm system. For open plan houses where the stairs land in a room as opposed to an enclosed hallway, a fire suppressing sprinkler or misting system can make a loft conversion viable without having to change the open plan layout. How much will it cost? The cost of a conversion will vary depending on the type you choose, the level of work involved, and the cost of materials and fittings. For a simple rooflight renovation you can expect to pay around £1,000-1,250/ m2 plus VAT. Average costs for a dormer conversion are higher at £1,200-1,400/m2 plus VAT. The more alteration work is required to the roof the higher the cost, so a new mansard roof conversion would cost £1,400-2,000/m2 plus VAT.


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Neo Lights to bring manufacturing in India

Lights Holdings, Inc (http://neolightsholdings.com/), a pioneer in the development and manufacturing of light emitting diode (LED) technologies, which include innovative LED sensors, networking systems and smart integration with applications including renewable/green technologies, off-grid networks, and on-grid emergency management solutions, is looking to expand its IOT/Cloud technology manufacturing globally. They serve international and domestic clientele, offering a variety of solutions ranging from networked LED products to traditional lighting products. Beginning in North America as an engineering and research firm focused primarily on the then emerging solar energy and LED technologies, Neo Lights Holdings quickly made a name for itself by finding green and renewable energy solutions on critical infrastructure projects. Their core teams of engineers, PhD’s and manufacturing specialists have been an integral part of various projects such as government, municipal, and commercial industrial spaces including tunnel, bridge, and hospital projects. Their smart technology municipal off-grid streetlight systems are the cutting edge in that field. In May of 2018, Neo Lights Holdings, Inc. acquired Simkar Corporation (http://www.simkar.com/), based in Philadelphia, PA. A well-known manufacturer of lighting products, Simkar’s

world-class large scale manufacturing capabilities will enable Neo Lights Holdings to deliver their new technology quickly to an eager marketplace. “We are truly excited about this acquisition. It is in line with our growth strategy and will allow us to expand our current product line, and accelerate our LED smart technology into the marketplace,” said Alfred Heyer, CEO of Neo Lights Holdings, Inc. “This is great news for our customers in the commercial, domestic, international, and government markets.” Looking to expand their manufacturing capabilities globally the last few years, Neo Lights Holdings have focused on India, based in large part on their MakeIn-India program. Aimed at developing India into a manufacturing hub, MakeIn-India attempts to increase its Foreign Direct Investments. “The Prime Minister’s emphasis on Make-in-India is very good. But we have to reduce the friction to Indian entrepreneurs and foreign companies to start new manufacturing entities in India as manufacturing has considerable scope for even semi-illiterates and illiterates too,” Narayana Murthy said in an interview to the Indian Express. Neo Lights Holdings, Inc. is in discussion with a variety of Indian manufacturing companies in order to determine which relationships will provide the most mutual benefit. SOURCE Neo Lights Holdings, Inc.

Basic Investing Rules

Investing your money can be a great way to ensure your financial future. With the right investment choices, you can be sure to have money for emergencies, to put towards the education of your children, and to have available when the time comes for you to retire. There is a key word in the preceding phrase, however“right”. If you make the wrong investment choices, you may just end up where you started or worse, flat broke. Most people who invest wisely by making the right decisions with their money follow the same basic investment pattern, although they may define it by another name. It might be that you are the cynical type who chooses to believe that the basic rules could not possibly be as easy as they seem, in an area that seems so complex. It is true. However, that these rules have withstood the test of time. First of all, make sure that the money you choose to invest is indeed earmarked for the purpose. As in any form of gambling, there is nothing to be gained and everything to be lost when it comes to investing. Do

not put up money that you cannot afford to lose should the market take a downturn. One rule that people seem to refuse to apply in any area of their lives, including the world of investing, is lean not on your own understanding. Most of the time, this is the result of people balking at entrusting another person with their money, believing that with a little understanding they can work the market themselves. This reasoning is fundamentally flawed. In the first place, most people will not be able to begin to unravel the complicated graphs, pie charts, and statistics by which the investment world relates its information. In order to understand what the numbers mean, you will need to have some basic training. There may come a time after you have had some experience in the market that you will be able to make sound decisions on your own, but the initial getyour-feet-wet phase is not the time to attempt it. Check the background of the advisor you choose, as there are a lot of brokers out there looking for

a quick fleece. The best brokers will have years of experience, a variety of investment backgrounds, and will probably cost you much less than you might think. Think long term. Unless you invest millions of pounds initially, it will take time for your investments to mature and begin to accumulate substantial gains. The best investments are proven over time, and thus it is best to place your funds in long-term choices. The details of this are plainit is best to forget about this money in terms of a cash fall back, at least for a number of years. Diversification is an oft-flogged truism of the investment world. A good portfolio will include cash and cash equivalents and growth and income investments such as mutual funds. Diversification ensures that you do not have all your eggs in one basket should any part of the market experience a downturn. Note that diversification means not only investing in several areas but also making sure that no one area contains a disproportionate percentage of your funds.


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UK Wages Down for 4th Consecutive Month

The number of advertised vacancies across the UK has still not fully recovered from its slump in December 2017, according to the Adzuna Job Vacancy Index. The sluggish growth since the start of the year has stalled, with a monthly decline of 0.5% contributing to an average of 1,137,904, a 5.5% year-on-year decline. Similarly, salaries are on a downward trend, but still remain close to their April 2018 peak. A small 0.3% monthly decline to a £33,470 average still means that there is year on year growth of 4.7%. Despite this longer-term growth, this is the fourth consecutive month of such a decline, indicating the potential beginning of

a trend that sees salaries stagnate, and punctures the real-term wage growth seen over the past year. While wages and vacancies stutter, the macro-level number of ‘jobseekers per vacancy’ remains at record lows. This month, there are 0.36 jobseekers per advertised job in the UK - a new record low and a positive silver lining to an otherwise tepid picture. Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, explains: “Yet another low in competition for available roles means that this market is definitely a candidates’ market. However, it’s concerning to see salaries on a downward slide, and we

can only hope this is a temporary blip as part of a positive long-term trend. The Adzuna data is clear - employers from SME’s all the way up to large corporates are uneasy, anxious, hesitant to invest. Brexit uncertainty is hitting business confidence, and this can clearly be seen in hiring patterns and advertised salaries across the country.” Regional breakdown Swindon joins Oxford and Cambridge in the top spot as the best places to look for jobs, with around 17 vacancies for every jobseeker in these cities. The top five cities remain unchanged from August, though Reading and Warrington have

Walt Disney Company Announces New Organisational Structure 21st Century Fox executives to assume leadership roles at Disney business segment once acquisition closes Peter Rice to become Chairman, Walt Disney Television and CoChair, Disney Media Networks Dana Walden to assume new role of Chairman, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment John Landgraf to serve as Chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions Gary E. Knell to serve as Chairman of National Geographic Partners BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the integration planning for its pending acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21st Century Fox”—NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced plans for a new organizational structure for its Media Networks segment, conditional upon closing of the 21st Century Fox transaction. Under the new structure, several 21st Century Fox executives would assume leadership roles at the Disney business segment once the acquisition closes, as 21st Century Fox’s businesses are incorporated into Disney. Peter Rice Dana Walden “The strength of 21st Century Fox’s first-class management talent has always been a compelling part of this opportunity for us,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Upon completion of the acquisition, this new structure positions these proven leaders to help drive maximum value from a greatly enhanced portfolio of incredible brands and businesses.” Mr. Rice will become Chairman, Walt Disney Television and CoChair, Disney Media Networks, reporting directly to Mr. Iger. The new organization under Mr. Rice will include ABC Television

Network, ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, Disney Channels, Freeform, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Networks and FX Productions, Fox 21 Television Studios, and the National Geographic channels. “I love making television and have been fortunate to work with incredibly talented executives and storytellers. Disney is the world’s preeminent creative company, and I look forward to working for Bob, and with his exceptional leadership team, to build on that amazing legacy. I also want to thank Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch for the privilege of working on such a wide array of movies

and television, both entertainment and sports. It has been a wonderful thirty years,” Mr. Rice said. Mr. Rice’s appointment will take effect upon completion of the acquisition. Mr. Rice is currently President of 21st Century Fox and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Networks Group. Reporting to Mr. Rice will be: • Dana Walden, Chairman, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment • John Landgraf, Chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions • Gary E. Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners • Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels

Worldwide • James Goldston, President, ABC News Ms. Walden’s portfolio will include Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios, as well as ABC Entertainment, ABC Studios, Freeform and the ABC Owned Television Stations Group. Ms. Walden is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Television Group. Reporting to Ms. Walden will be: • Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment • Patrick Moran, President, ABC Studios • Jonathan Davis and Howard Kurtzman, Presidents of Twentieth Century Fox Television • Bert Salke, President, Fox 21 Television Studios • Tom Ascheim, President, Freeform • Wendy McMahon, President, ABC Owned Television Stations Group Ben Sherwood, Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney|ABC Television Group, will remain in his current role during the transition period until the acquisition closes. “I want to personally thank Ben Sherwood for his years of service at ABC and Disney. Ben has been a valued colleague, and I deeply appreciate his many contributions and insights, as well as his professionalism and cooperation in this transition,” Mr. Iger said. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox has received formal approval from shareholders of both companies, and Disney and 21st Century Fox have entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice that allows the acquisition to proceed, while requiring the sale of the Fox Sports Regional Networks. The transaction is subject to a number of non-U.S. merger and other regulatory reviews.

dropped off the pack. Conversely, Sunderland is still the hardest place to look for a job, with Hull and Salford still rounding out the top three. Hopeful signs exist, however, as the number of jobseekers to vacancies is declining across these cities, in line with the overall national trend. Slough replaces Winchester in the top ten, while Glasgow is a new entry into the bottom ten, replacing the Wirral. Graduates feeling the pinch It never feels like a good time to be a graduate, but even more so at the moment as average advertised salaries in Graduate Jobs are down 10.9% year-onyear. Perhaps this is a result of the summer flurry dying down, and the roles on offer are generally less attractive. Teachers (almost) lead the way With the second-largest increases in average advertised salary, jobs in the teaching sector have seen a 16.1% increase year-on-year in salary, lagging behind only Admin jobs. Teachers clearly won’t have to accept apples from pupils for much longer. A welcome break for the Travel Industry Bookings are moving increasingly online, and the demise of high street travel agents have seen job vacancies in the sector drop significantly in recent years. But it’s not all bad news, those remaining in travel jobs have seen rates of pay jump by 10% over the last year. About Adzuna Adzuna is a search engine for job ads used by over 10 million visitors per month that aims to list every job, everywhere. We search thousands of websites, so our users don’t have to, bringing together millions of ads in one place. By providing smarter search options and powerful data about the job market, we give jobseekers the information they need to take control of their careers. Adzuna was founded in 2011 by Andrew Hunter, and Doug Monro, formerly of eBay, Gumtree, Qype and Zoopla and is backed by leading Venture Capital firms Passion Capital, The Accelerator Group and Index Ventures. Our data also powers the Number 10 Dashboard, used by the Prime Minister and senior officials to keep track of economic growth on a daily basis, and is now provided to the Office for National Statistics to help them build real-time labour market indices. Adzuna’s mission is to be the best place to start looking for a job. We love using the awesome power of technology to help match people to better, more fulfilling jobs and keep Britain working. About the Adzuna Job Market Report Adzuna has the most complete index of UK job vacancies covering all regions in the UK. The technology collects every job vacancy advertised online in the UK from over 500 sources. This data is then normalised, de-duplicated, mix-adjusted and outliers are removed in real time to give users an accurate, complete, up to the minute view of the job market. Claimant count data is based on the latest Labour Market Statistics released in September 2018 by the ONS. The city areas referred to in this study are the top 50 cities in the UK, ranked by comparing the job vacancies in Adzuna’s comprehensive search index of over 1,000,000 live jobs to the number of claimants in each city from the latest ONS data released in September 2018.


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WILL SMITH DANCES TO DESI BHANGRA BEATS The very multi-talented Farhan Akhtar who has won hearts over with his acting, directing and singing skills, recently took centre stage at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018 in Delhi with Hollywood star Will Smith. The star who is known for his versatility had a fun chat Will Smith as he convinced him to shake a

leg with him on a Bollywood track, sending all the fans in a frenzy. At the summit, Farhan Akhtar and Will Smith candidly indulged in a heart-felt conversation about childhood, struggle as an artiste, dealing with failure. Will Smith also revealed how he set the goals for himself to be the best movie star in the

This Diwali “Thugs of Hindostan” are ready to welcome you aboard

Yash Raj Films Thugs of Hindostan is the most awaited release from Bollywood in a long time. It is the biggest visual spectacle on the big screen that boasts of larger than life, never seen before cinematic experience for audiences this Diwali. Having pulled off an incredible casting coup by bringing together two of the biggest legends of Indian cinema - Amitabh Bachchan (who plays the role of the fierce warrior Khudabaksh) and Aamir Khan (the wily and not to be trusted Firangi) on screen for the first time, this film is the biggest release that Bollywood has ever seen. The film boasts of jaw-dropping action sequences that have been pulled off by both Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan. They had to go through rigorous action training before they shot the intricate and exhaustive action sequences.

world, inspiring so many others through his journey. The Hollywood actor who felt at-ease with Farhan Akhtar, also cheekily expressed that performing a Bollywood dance sequence has been one of the top things on his bucket list. He was kind enough to give us a teaser of it, when he willingly

demonstrated his sick moves on stage. He also expressed a wish to do a film with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, whom he met 15 years ago. Farhan Akhtar recently took to his Instagram and shared a post where they are seen grooving to some Bhangra beats and captioned it saying, “What an awesomely and effortlessly cool man. Won all hearts with his candour and wit and boy, can he bust some Bhangra moves. #funtimes

The Queen of Jhansi

Presenting the trailer for “Baazaar”

The official teaser video for upcoming period drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, is out now. Actress Kangana Ranaut plays the iconic role of the fierce warrior Queen Laxmi Bai of Jhansi, who is the symbol of Indian women and the hero of our independence. The teaser video shows a powerful introduction to the film, featuring a strong voiceover from the Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan. Every country has a hero, every legend has a legacy, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi tells a story of courage, strength and true determination. It celebrates the story of a queen who lay down her life for her people. Directed by Krish Jagarlamudi, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansiis set to release in cinemas on 25th January 2019.

Saif Ali Khan stars as a big business tycoon in Baazaar trailer The trailer for the highly anticipated Baazaar has dropped. The intriguing and edgy trailer was launched at the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai, setting the tone for what we can expect from the movie. Baazaar sees Saif Ali Khan play Shakun Kothari, a big business boss man with nothing but quick money on his mind. The trailer also gives the audience a good look at actress Chitrangaha Singh who stars as Saif’s love interest. Audiences are also introduced to Bollywood newcomer Rohan Mehra who plays the role of Rizwan Ahmed, a young man trying to get a foot into the stock market industry, as well as Radhika Apte, who stars as an employee with less than noble intentions.

chatting with @willsmith at the #htleadersipsummit. #gotoguywhenaliensattack.” On the work front, Farhan Akhtar is in the process of launching his first international album, Echoes. The first song of the album, Rearview Mirror, is already out and has garnered appreciation from everyone and the second song is anticipated to release in November. Will Smith will next be seen as the Genie in the live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin.

Akshay Kumar’s PadMan to Screen at Tokyo International Film Festival

Akshay Kumar has become quite the international sensation with his movies releasing all over the world. After, the success of ‘Gold’ in Saudi Arabia and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ in China, Padman, a 2018 Bollywood blockbuster prepares to bring laurels to the country as it transcends geographical boundaries. After successfully premiering in over 5 countries including United States, Russia and Iraq, PadMan is now all set to take the Japanese audience by storm during the nine-day Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF).


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DEEPIKA PADUKONE AND RANVEER SINGH’S FAIRY-TALE WEDDING

After a whirl-wind of rumours and heavy gossip, Bollywood fans are finally getting the news of the wedding they’ve been anticipating for months. Mega-star actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have announced their wedding plans on the 14th and 15th of November this year, at a dreamdestination wedding overseas. The couple will follow in the footsteps of celebs such as Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal, by having their ceremony at the picturesque setting of Lake Como, where American actor George Clooney also has a home. According to sources, the wedding celebrations have already begun in Banglore with a Nandi Pooja - a ceremony for the long and prosperous lives of the happy couple, which will also hope to ensure that the course of the wedding plays out smoothly. This will be followed me a sangeet – lively song and dance at Lake Como before the wedding rituals take place.

Since Deepika is of South-Indian descent and Ranveer has ancestral links from the state of Punjab, therefore two separate wedding ceremonies will take place to incorporate each of their family traditions accordingly. After the couple are married, an intimate party will be held to continue the celebrations – where their close friends and family, as well as Bollywood A-listers such as Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan will be in attendance.

Deepika and Ranveer began their Romance on-set of their first feature film together: ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela’, from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and have been dating for six years. The couple announced their marriage plans to their parents after returning from holidaying together at the Maldives last year, which left both families feeling over-joyed. We wish the happy couple all the best with married life!

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Building of Thugs of Hindostan Ships

Amitabh Bachchan & Aamir Khan share why they were fascinated by the ships Yash Raj Film’s mega action adventure has two massive ships, which have been built by over 1000 people. Thugs of Hindostan starring two of

the biggest icons of Hindi cinema Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan for the first time, along with Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh will set a benchmark in visual extravaganza. The Diwali release is one of the most anticipated movies of all time.


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Q&A with Maz Bonafide 1) How would you describe your music style to someone who’s never heard your songs before and what do you think stands out in your own sound? Well, first of all I was part of a duo called ‘Bonafide’ involving my best friend Ziggy and myself. We were known for our collaboration of Punjabi, English and RnB sound. Then as a solo artist I wanted to do something different. I would describe my first solo-song ‘Jaan’ as a slow, romantic track. In comparison to the song ‘Shaadi Veer di’ which I recorded as part of my duo project, it’s totally different in terms of style, flow and melody. I’m definitely always trying to bring something different to the new music I’m releasing each time. 2) What was your inspiration behind the music video “Wifey Type” and why did you decide to make the song? Once again I wanted to do something fresh, the song ‘Wifey Type’ I actually wrote and composed myself. The song was actually inspired by all of the wedding-gigs that I’ve been doing, and I wanted to bring out a song that I can perform at the venues I attend. In terms of the video, I also like to capture something different each time. I actually flew-out to Pakistan with one of the country’s biggest

movie directors called Imran Kazmi. The video also starred one of Pakistan’s biggest actresses Minal Khan. So as I said, I always try to think outside of the box and do something unique. 3) How long did it take you to establish the Asian Music group Bonafide and what success do you think you achieved? Ziggy and myself were actually best friends from childhood, we grew up together and got into the industry at the same time due to our joint passion for music. I feel like we had a lot of success because of the new sound we brought onto the British-Asian scene from songs like ‘Ishq hogaya’ and ‘Feel it Sohniye.’ We were blessed at the time to collaborate with some of the best in the industry, people like Rishi Rich for example. We were able to tour places we had never heard of, and I’m blessed because Ziggy and myself are still in touch and often do projects and perform together. 4) Do you have a favourite album or singer that inspired your music style whilst growing up? I feel like there are many artists who inspired me so it’s hard to single out just a few. But rappers like Biggie and Tupac. Then

obviously on the Eastern side, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, in comparison to icons like Michael Jackson from the West.

eration still appreciating Asian music, still understanding the vibe and the culture, the themes of the songs and so on.

5) If you could produce a single with any other renowned artist – from either the Desi or British music scene, who would they be and why? It would have to be Nusrat Ali Fateh Khan just because of his incredible talent. His vocal ability was incredible, and just to have heard him record and sing live would have been an awesome experience, so it would have to be him hands down.

9) Have you ever experienced any tension between yourself and the music industry in Asia, or feel there is a cultural barrier between yourself and your fans in there? Not really, I think right now the global Asian music fan base is becoming one. When I started off in the industry around 10 years ago, you needed to release your album with a UK record label, and then the same album again with an Indian record label, an American record label, etc. But right now it’s all become one global platform. And in terms of the fans, they really understand the international vibe.

6) Which city would you say is your biggest fan base or where you have had the best fanbased experience? I would say I’m blessed to have a world-wide fanbase. I get amazing feed-back from the fans when I tour places like New Jersey in New York. I also think I have a really strong fan base all over the UK, which keeps me really busy in terms of gigs and the wedding season as well. 7) How do you differ from other upcoming and established international artists taking over the Asian music scene like Mickey Singh, Jay Sean, Miss Pooja, etc? I guess there’s a lot of artists in

the industry who buy songs and their composition from other writers and just sing the words themselves, which is totally fine. However, it’s not something that I’ve ever felt comfortable with. I have to be hands-on, and I have to compose every song I release myself each time. Also, in terms of my performance, I love getting the crowd pumped and getting audience members involved all of the time. 8) Being a British Asian, how

do you think your music connects your Asian fans in the UK with their ethnic roots? I think that Punjabi music is one of the ways for the youngsters to keep in touch with their culture and learn the language. I can say that from my own experience, I’m from a Kashmiri background, but I’ve learnt the whole language whilst growing-up by listening to bhangra and other Punjabi styles. It’s nice to see youngsters from the new gen-

10) What’s next for Maz Bonaife? What upcoming music have you got planned for your fans and what are your plans for the upcoming year? Yeah, I’ve got loads of new music coming up soon. I’m actually flying out to Qatar in a couple of weeks time to shoot my new music video. I’ve got other singles lined up as well, so I can hopefully give my fans more regular releases from now on.


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Indian Society Icon Awards 2018

Koffee with Karan Season 6

A laughter riot with Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh One of India’s leading celebrity and lifestyle magazines, Society, has held its annual Icon Awards in London, sponsored by Dr M Singapore Film Fund. The prestigious awards ceremony were held in the UK for the first time, at The Mont Calm Hotel, and showcased the success stories of Indian achievers

from different walks of life, across the globe. For over four decades, Society magazine, which is part of the Magna Publications Group India, has profiled Indian men and women who have excelled in a range of fields spanning from business, politics, sports, film, entertainment, music and art.

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The dynamic duo, Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh are all set to make this season the best one yet, just by embracing their entertaining and hilarious selves. The most-awaited show of the year, Koffee with Karan, will witness a series of Bollywood megastars being as candid as it gets. The ‘Gold’ star, Akshay Kumar decided to share the couch with a fellow fitness-freak, friend

and superstar Ranveer Singh. The episode, due to air on 11th November, is already being hailed as one of the most exciting ever and the behind-thescenes have already taken the fans by surprise and left us wanting for more. This episode is undoubtedly expected to be one of the most-loved episodes owing to the actors’ unique looks and enthusiasm alike.

to a tight-knit family? I started teaching children how to play the dhol – my students were called the dhol blasters, and we had the biggest team of boys and girls in the world. But now what I do is I teach children and tell them to form their own team or join the Bhangra dancing team. Now I only take a handful of members to bookings with me so I can afford to pay them and everyone is happy.

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1. What is your favourite song to perform live on stage – your go to which defines your iconic sound? At the moment its “Au ju, ji aya nu” This is the first song in Punjabi Asian music where I managed to get four different people together and teach them to sing in the Punjabi language. They were all from different countries. I used a woman who was from Denmark, a man from Finland, a West Indian woman who lives locally to Birmingham, and a man from Jamaica. So we all sang a different style, and collectively made the song “Au ji.” 2. How would you describe the rhythmic sounds of “bhangra” to someone who’s not of the Desi scene and what is it about the cultural values of the genre which make it so special to you? The beauty about Bhangra music is that it’s got its own roots, and I strongly believe in my own roots, and that’s why I’ve been doing Bhangra music for the last 50 years of my life. I love and support all other music, I love Classical and Western music, but my favourite that I personally enjoy performing and doing is Bhangra of course. 3. As a child you moved from rural location of the Punjab to the urban

city of Birmingham. What was the transition like for you and how did it influence your musical progression as a young person? Because there were a lot of people coming into the UK with poor financial circumstances, my parents just wanted me to study and get a good qualification. I was studying but at the same time I went into playing the dholak (the small dholki). I soon started my biggest singing group “Apna sangheet” and touring around the world; Canada, America, Singapore, Malaysia, Africa, etc. I joined Bhangra teams and it grew from there. As my parents started seeing me in newspapers and on the TV they became used to it and it was good for me to finally get their approval. 4. You’re planning on breaking the Guinness World Record in India later this year, for organising the largest gathering of Bhangra dancers in one place. What made you want to break such an iconic record and how will you be leading the assembly? I’ve already broken 3 Guinness World Records, one was in Smethick with Dhol Drumming, and one was in Birmingham. After that I decided to move onto Bhangra Dancing, I need to go back to my roots, where I was born. I was

thinking what big event can I do at the age of 66? Then the idea came about and transformed from a dream to my own personal real life- journey. 5. How many people are you hoping will attend Lovely University in Punjab for the record-breaking Bhangra event? Is there a place where your fans and Bhangra-lovers can sign up? I’ve got people coming from Denmark, Italy, Canada, America. The world record as it exists is 2,167, and we are planning on getting over 3,000 people. So far the response has been very good. The majority of people are going to be from lovely University. But then there are going to be Bhangra teams taking part, and anybody who has taken an interest, who wanted to do Bhangra but had no way of doing it in the past. All they have to do is learn the 7 seven steps, sign-up online and take part- simple! 6. What has been your most memorable experience on stage so far or favourite gig? My best performance memory is of myself and my group ‘Dhol Blasters.’ We are one of the only Asian groups of artists who have played

Akshay Kumar recently took to his social media to indulge in some PDA as Ranveer Singh and himself plant a peck on Karan Johar’s cheeks and captioned it saying: “Not much of a koffee person but the only time I make an exception as @karanjohar knows how to brew it to perfection was super fun sharing the couch with @RanveerOfficial #KoffeeWithKaran”

in front of such a large audience, consisting of 200,000 people at a Live Aid Event in Hyde Park. People were saying: “Gurcharan ji, you put the dhol on the world map!” So it was a wonderful feeling when friends big you up, telling you what you’re doing with the dhol and Bhangra is so great! 7. You went to university to study mechanical engineering and became a fully qualified toolmaker. You also went to work full-time for a service engineering company. What motivated you to move away from that industry and peruse a professional career in music instead? I studied mechanical engineering at College for four years, the family was happy that I got a qualification, and I was happy that my parents didn’t mind me continuing to do my music, so it was more of a compromise between me and my family! 8. How many people are officially in “Dhol Blasters” and what is the group dynamic like, are you similar

9. What was the reasoning behind the “Dhol Blasters” releasing their Debut single “Yaar Da Viah?” The team asked if we can do something collectively, like release a single and we agreed it would be a team effort. The chorus of the song I wrote myself, because I was thinking of the concept of a friend getting married, on which occasion Punjabis love to bring and play their dhols! And so the song “Yaar da Via” was born! 10. What’s next for you and the Dhol blasters group? Do you have any plans on refreshing your sound, projects for the upcoming year? At the moment to be honest I’m just focused on getting this Guinness World Record done. Then I’m just going to have a break and switch my phone off for about a week to recover! And then after the second or third week of November I’ll start to think of what would be the next best thing to do, either something big show-wise for the Dhol blasters or another song. At the moment my full 151% is all on the Guinness world record of Banghra!


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w e i v r Inte with K Zie 1. You’re obviously a newcomer on the Desi-Western music scene; you’ve just signed with a record label and released your debut single. What do you think it is that makes you different about other ‘newbies’ in the same position as you, what really stands out about your sound? I think what makes me stand-out from the other newcomers is the fact that I’m trying to blend RnB, Pop, Rap at the same time with like Indian/Punjabi. But doing it in the way that when you do sing Punjabi, you can’t tell it’s from a UK boy. So my goal is; if I’m singing RnB and Pop, it’s as good as what it is in the commercial scene, whether that’s Usher or Chris Brown. But then when I’m singing Punjabi, it’s as good as Sonu Nigam for example. And I think it should be the same case for all new singers in the Desi-Western Scene. 2. At such a young age of 21 you’ve accomplished a lot already. You’ve attended Point Blank Music College where the likes of Leona Lewis and Martin Garrix attended. You’ve signed with a massive record label like T-Series. Do you think many people were shocked, what has the reaction been to you so far? I was personally shocked, so I’m sure fans, friends and family were shocked. I didn’t expect so early on, having it be my first fusion single, straight away being signed to T-series. For a lot of artists, it takes a couple of years for them to get such a powerful label behind them. For it to happen instantly, within six months of my career starting was an absolutely amazing feeling. As an artist it just inspires you to keep going, now that’s just the beginning. I can use that as a platform to keep building my songs, keep getting better and better and developing as an artist. 3. What brought about the song “Make You Mine?” It wasn’t about a girl to be honest; it was just a single I think a lot of people can relate to. So I think it was a commercial song, just a thought I had in my head and I wanted to get it down. I wrote it a year and a half ago at University and we got signed to management a year later,

so we had to re-vamp the whole song. Because when my manager heard it he said it sounded a little bit old school. So I thought okay, I still want to keep the vibe of the old school, and I made the production a little more commercial, I re-wrote the Punjabi parts. And I phoned Rekha saying “look I re-wrote the single for your parts, can you just come in a re-record them?” And she was like “yeah, I love it” and literally within a couple days the single was ready.

4. What was it like shooting your very first music video, was it a daunting or an exciting experience, is there anything you would’ve done differently? Any visual or choreography styles you want to try out in the future? This is my first Punjabi-English single with a music video. I think being on a music video set is probably one of the greatest feelings. I think when you write a song you always picture how you would act in a video. When I came onto the set, it was such a beautiful location in Hampshire, a palace sort of scene lots of greenery. I think it was ideal because it reflects the vibe that the song has. And the way that Daniel actually

shot and out the whole video together reflected exactly what I wanted the song to be about – that Bollywood, romantic sort of scene and I think it came out beautifully.

5. Who were your musical inspirations growing up or the artists that you listened to the most? From the UK scene, when I was growing up I used to listen a lot to Craig David, and Jay Sean because he was the first Desi-Western Asian artist along with Raghav. Then from America; R Kelly, Usher, Chris Brown, Drake, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, all the great artists. And also even in India, people like Sonu Nigam, Guru, Bombay Vikings, a lot of different singers from different genres of music and also a lot of Bollywood music as well from the films. So probably a mix of all of those! 6. As a young person you were set out to peruse a career in sports. You were selected to represent South England in Cricket at the age of 16, and your school team won the national cricket club twice whilst you were a teenager. What caused you to turn away from that field and become a full-time aspiring musician? Yeah, I used to take cricket from when I was really young; from 11 until about 16. I played for Surrey County Cricket Club, at 16 I got selected for South England in the under 17s. But unfortunately, at that festival I hurt my back, so I got a stress fracture, and so I was out for about a year and a half. And then I started to get back into cricket but, my back couldn’t cope with the physicality of the sport. I kept getting injuries. So obviously it was quite sad, it was quite depressing. I think it was quite hard but everything

happens for a reason, if it wasn’t for that injury, I probably wouldn’t have taken up music. 7. What has been your most memorable experience on stage so far or favourite gig? So far, I think a couple of months back the Mela Season was amazing. Just to name a few I think the Big John’s Mela was my

favourite, the crowd was amazing. Having said that I think Luton Mela was amazing, so was the Z Birmingham Mela as well. Big Big John’s Mela will have to top them all, not just because of the crowd due to being in such an established line-up as a newcomer. They had people like Imrahn Khan, Abrar Ul Huq, Zack Knight. Just to share the stage with a lot of artists that have been in the industry for a really long-time as a newcomer, was a really cool moment. 8. If you could record a single with any other artist, who would it be and why? It can be from the Indie/folk scene, Rock scene, Desi scene, any genre you choose. I think from the western scene (RnB Pop Scene) I would have to go with Chris Brown, because I love him, I think he’s the combined package; he’s got a great voice, great dance moves, his music is also something I’ve been inspired by. I think from the Asian scene in India I would have to say Guru Randhawa and from the UK Asian scene I would say Zack Knight! 9. Where would you say is the location where your most devoted fan base is or in which city do you like to interact with your fans in the most

and share new music? I think being a London boy, obviously a lot of my fans are based in London. But obviously after all the melas in the summer, I was getting a lot of love from Birmingham. So if I was asked for the top two areas, I would definitely choose those, but also the Midlands area; Leicester, Birmingham. And having T-Series right now launching my new single, a lot of fans from India have started to develop as well, which is really cool. 10. What’s next for you? Do you have any up and coming music you want to let your fans know about or plans for the New Year? Right now I’m working on new music. I’ve just finished one of my new singles ‘Musk’, which will hopefully be out at the end of November. I’m currently working with a Bollywood music producer called Harry Anand – hopefully I’ll be having a single coming out with him closer to the end of the year as well. And I should be starting my London tour which is devoted to my new single ‘Make You Mine’, giving my fans the chance to meet and greet me, which will be a really cool experience as well.


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with Khaliq

1. Now that festival season is over and the dreary British weather has set in, how have you Hameed Khaliq and your band been occupying themselves, where have you been going to gigs? I’ve just booked an acoustic tour to support my new album release titled ‘The Journey Looking for a Rainbow’. I’ve recorded the album with legendry producer Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden studios in Wolverhampton, and have a few days left to book in to get the album finished. It’s my best work to date, an eclectic song-writers album, with some real amazing musicians onboard showcasing life’s rollercoaster ride with a blend of Eastern and Western influences and instruments. I’ve been doing this kind of blend of sounds for over 20 years now, I started all the way back in 1995!

2. From the sound of your music, you have a very distinctive unique sound, you’re a Guitarist Singer Songwriter with Rock, Folk elements and hints of Blues Jazz & world sounds in your music. Most other Asian artists from the UK join the Desi/Rap-Hiphop scene. Being of an Asian ethnic background, do you think it was difficult for you to be accepted and find your place in the British Indie music scene? In the beginning, 20 years ago when I started, yeah it was. But then I got signed to Anthony Wilson’s iconic Factory Too Records label in Manchester – a massive record company in this country, with bands such as New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays. Bands like The Stone Roses and Primal Scream were my friends. A whole new world opened up. Tony and my managers at the time Derek Ryder & Coe Khaliq encouraged my World Music East meets West crossover which gave birth to my first album titled ‘Asian Man’, which I will be releasing later next year 2019, over 20 years on. I’ve always been pushing my brand of music, unique music that unites all and breaks barriers. Over time people have got used to what The Khaliqmusiq brand/experience is all about, it’s about the songs, the story, the sound. 3. What was the inspiration behind you writing the song “All War No Peace”? That’s on my acoustic unreleased ‘Velvet Sunshine’ album! For years every time I put on the news, I would see a lot of pain and suffering caused by wars. It creates a lot of fear in people, a lot of innocent people unfortunately die.

The track was basically a protest song, a cry out for peace, a hope that one day, people would stop creating these wars, especially when the agenda is power, money, business, nothing really to do with helping anybody. The only people who get something out of it are people who already sit at the top, and the people who suffer from their decisions and die are people like us who sit at the bottom. I live for peace and speak through my songs. 4. You have a very talented group of musicians backing you in your band – a Bassist, Saxophonist, Drummer and Guitarist etc. How is the group

dynamic, do you get along well with each other, who’s the troublemaker, who’s more chilled out, would you say you’re like a tight knit-family? Because I’ve been going for so long, I’ve changed band members over-time. My inspirational bass player, musical guru and best friend Cornelius Wynter, who had been working with me for over 20 years sadly passed away this year. It was a very difficult time for me. I miss him greatly. At the moment though, I’m using really cool musicians from Birmingham. I’m also about to collaborate with artists from Pakistan to incorporate other sounds into the new album. Bringing in the magical sounds

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of the Sitar, the Sarangi, Tabla, Asian classical vocals etc. 5. You’re a singer songwriter – so you make-up your own lyrics, write your own music, etc. What would you say inspires you when you’re writing music? Is it a general feeling you’re experiencing at the time which gets you going to write out certain lyrics, or a general theme or person? When I was young, I started to experience racism in England for the first time due to my Asian background. It left me feeling frustrated and wanting to form an identity as well as stick up for myself. As a result, I started to pick up the guitar and make my own sounds which I found I could use to channel my frustrations/ emotions etc, I liked to write poetry which slowly grew into songs, which allowed me to express myself and shape the person I am today. And that’s how Khaliq the singer-songwriter was born. The songs I write are based on my experiences and how I’ve seen life unfold through other people’s eyes. 6. What has been your most memorable experience on stage so far? I read somewhere that shockingly, you got electrocuted, could you provide more information on that? Yeah, I got a near fatal triple phase electric shock in Cannes Midem Music Festival in the South of France during a performance. I had a heart attack, suspected broken neck, blood clots, I lost a stone straight away in water within an hour, and my face was swollen up. The British Embassy phoned my Mum to tell her I wasn’t going to survive. And I kept telling them I’m not going to die. I, luckily by the powers that be, fortunately survived. That experience was the reason behind the album ‘Astral Projections’ – which basically means leaving your body and coming back. So, the near-death experience put me back onto the spiritual musical path. 7. If you could record a single with any other artist, who would it be and why? It can be from the Indie/folk scene, Rock scene, Desi scene, any genre you choose. Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – because for me he was the best vocalist I’ve ever heard. Everything he sang touched me and everyone else who heard it. His musical compositions were unbelievable. His vocal range unreal, the spirit and what he stood for was really special, magical. His music I found mesmerising. I grew up listening to it with my Dad and Mum, so I had a really

8. Where would you say is the location where your most devoted fan base is or in which city do you like to interact with your fans the most and share new music? Right now, the Midlands – because I’ve been doing so much here over the years; I’ve built a loyal fanbase in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, the surrounding areas. Over the years we have seen more fans join us from all over the world listening and appreciating our sounds. So we’re going to be gigging in Ireland, obviously do something in India, and hopefully Pakistan too. Especially since there’s been a change of Prime Minister with Imran Khan, maybe that will give a bit more leeway on the music side of things. 9. Who were your musical inspirations growing up? Which bands did you listen to the most, what inspired you to pick up and start playing the guitar, who’s sound do you think resonates with you the most, etc? People like Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, obviously Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a lot of the village singers my Mum and dad had on cassettes from Pakistan, I didn’t know who the artists were but the music was magical, an organic feel, heartfelt vocals, mystical. It’s like when you sit round a fire with a guitar and something musically magical happens and the moment floats away into space and time, it made me want to create that feel in my songs. 10. What’s next for Khaliq ? Do you have any up and coming music you want to let your fans know about or plans for the New Year? You can check my tour dates and hear my sounds at www.facebook.com/uniquekhaliq For the New Year we’re releasing a new album: ‘The Journey- Looking for A Rainbow.’ We’re going to collaborate with my good friend Ahsan Bari Sounds of Kolachi from Pakistan. We already have Steve Cradock from Ocean Colour Scene on the album. So that’s going to be one really, really cool release. I’m going to do a solo acoustic tour and then we’re planning to do some shows in India, hopefully where I’ll introduce my Saxophone player Sam Rogers. I’m also writing music for other people and welcome collaborations with other artists, so it’s going to be quite busy! I’m looking forward to breaking barriers, make people realise that music is music and Khaliq is Unique!`

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“Help us help you this winter by getting your flu vaccination” says Dr Smita Hirani Dr Smita Hirani from The Microfaculty Surgery in Chingford is encouraging all at risk groups from South Asian communities to speak to their GP, pharmacist or midwife before the end of November about the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their families before the flu season takes hold. The flu vaccine is free for at risk groups including pregnant women, children aged 2 and 3 as well as school children in reception to year 5, people under 65 with long-term health conditions and those aged 65 and over. Dr Smita Hirani said “Flu is a serious illness that could lead to people being admitted into hospital, permanent disability or even death.” “If children get the flu they have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, head-

aches and a sore throat. Some children also develop a very high fever and complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis which may require treatment in hospital.” “Also, when children are ill they also tend to spread infection more to other vulnerable family members, such as grandparents, so protecting them is a good way to protect the rest of the family too.” “Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system, and as a result flu can cause serious complications for both the mother and her unborn baby. We know that getting flu during pregnancy can cause miscarriage or the baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight; getting the flu vaccine reduces these risks. The vaccination also helps protect the

baby who will continue to have some immunity to flu during the first few months of life.” “I’ve had the flu vaccine during my pregnancy, it was an easy decision for me to make knowing the consequences of not having the vaccine would have on me and my child if I caught the flu. When my daughter, turns 2 I won’t hesitate in allowing her to have the flu nasal spray vaccination. It’s quick, effective and a painless alternative to needles.” “Flu on top of underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease can increase the chances of serious health complications and even a hospital visit.

THE RIGHT WAY TO EXERCISE

Are you exercising regularly, yet not seeing the results you want? Or getting sidelined by pulled muscles and other injuries? Feeling tempted to drop out because you’re so bored? Don’t give up your fitness program just yet. Maybe the problem isn’t the exercise itself but the way you’re exercising. Doing the Gym slouch: We see many people in the gym leaning on equipment. We call it ‘gym slouch’: They’re on the Stairmaster, elliptical cross trainer, or treadmill, leaning over, and hanging on for dear life. When your back is rounded, your spine doesn’t get enough support. So stand erect when you’re working out on one of these machines. Getting a grip: Holding on too tightly to the cardio equipment lets you ‘cheat’ and keeps you from moving your arms, which is essential to boost your heart rate and burn extra calories. Instead of gripping, just rest your fingers, from your index finger to the pinkie, on the bars. As you get more comfortable, drop a finger. Eventually, you may have just the index fingers resting there for security. Resistance training for Fat burn: Many people think they need only a cardiovascular exercise program. We begin losing muscle at age 30. Strength training builds muscles, which increases metabolism and burns fat as well as calories. Strength-Training Slipups: Doing weight-lifting repetitions too fast raises your blood pressure and increases your risk for joint injury. It also compromises your results. The safest way to use strength machines or dumbbells is: in lifting phase, exhale for two counts and hold briefly at the top of the contraction, then return as you inhale for four counts. Always exhale during the hardest part of the work. Are you doing your Ab crunches right? Many people do crunches or abdominal machine workouts without ever toning their abdomens. The problem is that they’re using the upper torso, neck, and head to do the work. The contraction should be from the ribcage to the hip bone. Put your mind into the muscles

that are working, and keep all the other muscles quiet. Doing lackluster lat pull-downs: On this machine, you’re seated with a bar overhead. Some people stick their heads forward and pull the bar down behind their heads. But doing it this way could injure your spine or neck — and your back won’t get that coveted “V” look. Instead, pull the bar down in front of your shoulders and chest. Using maladjusted machines: Weight machines are made for people of all shapes and sizes. You must adjust them to fit if you want to get results and avoid injury. For example, using an improperly set leg-extension machine puts stress on your knees. Another problem with improperly adjusted machines is that you don’t work your muscles through the full range of motion. Have a qualified trainer show you the proper settings for your physique, and write them down on a card that you carry to the gym. Skipping the warm-up: Without a warm-up, you’re asking your body to work before the oxygen and blood flow reach the muscles. You increase the risk for injury, and with cardiovascular exercise, you raise the heart rate too fast. Before you exercise in earnest, spend 5-10 minutes going through the motions of your workout at an easy pace to raise your body temperature from the inside out. If you don’t warm up before lifting weights, meanwhile, you risk torn muscles and won’t be able to lift as much weight. Gets your blood flowing by spending a few minutes on the treadmill or exer-

cise bike, or even walking in place. Stretching vs. Bouncing: Bouncing during a stretch can increase your risk of straining or pulling muscles. Hold a static stretch with no movement at the joints. Your body should feel lengthened but not to the point of pain. Skipping the ‘Cool-down’: Don’t come to sudden stop at the end of your workout. If you don’t cool down, you risk muscle soreness because you haven’t flushed the lactic acid out of your system. It takes 5 to 10 minutes at a slower pace, depending on your fitness level, to let your heart rate come down. Being a weekend warrior: If you’re only exercising two days a week, you’ll never get where you want to be, and you’ll feel awful every Monday. It leads to injury and burnout, and you’re missing the secret to success: showing up. Skipping on water: Muscles need fluid to contract properly, so if you don’t drink enough, you can get muscle spasms or aches. If you’re thirsty, you’re already a percent dehydrated. Drink water before, during, and after exercise. Seeking a quick fix: Many people expect dramatic results from a little exercise. Recommendations are for 3 1/2 to 4 hours of physical activity a week just to prevent weight regain. If you want to lose weight and you’re walking 30 minutes, three times a week, without changing your diet, it will take roughly one month to lose a pound. Want to lose weight faster? Exercise more.

Similarly, we also know that people over 65 are more likely to catch and have complications from flu.” “I believe that getting the vaccine is the best way to help protect against catching flu. So, I’d really encourage South Asians from the at risk groups to get the flu vaccine. It’s free because your family needs it.” “I’d also encourage parents of children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to give permission for their children to receive the free nasal spray vaccination as children in these year groups will be offered the vaccination at school.” Visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information

Cannabis Europa Announces New Conference Dates in Paris & London

• Cannabis Europa Paris will take place on 8th February 2019 at La Maison de la Chimie • Cannabis Europa London will take place on 24th and 25th June 2019 • Cannabis Europa solves uniquely European issues facing the medical cannabis industry Cannabis Europa Paris Friday 8th February 2019 Cannabis Europa Paris will connect leaders of the medical cannabis industry with European policy-makers, patients and researchers to support the growth of a responsible and accessible European medical cannabis industry. Europe is poised to become the largest cannabis market in the world, with a forecasted medical cannabis market of over €55 billion by 2028. Encompassing more than 50 countries of different size, character and politics, the European market is significantly more complex than any other medical cannabis market. Cannabis Europa Paris is focused on three key themes: the francophone markets, European leadership in policymaking and exploring the gap between pharmaceutical and medical cannabis. The conference will provide practical responses to the obstacles in European medical cannabis adoption, examine the pharmaceutical industry’s distinct role in Europe’s cannabis markets and offer insight into what drives Europe’s regulatory process. The conference will be held at the Maison de la Chimie - ‘The House of Chemistry’ - moments away from France’s National Assembly, on the 8th of February. Appropriately, this historic venue is home to the Fondation de la Chimie, an organisation that facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise between scientific bodies, industry and the general public on a worldwide basis. Cannabis Europa London - Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June 2019 Cannabis Europa London builds on the momentum of the inaugural Cannabis Europa conference in May 2018. The event saw over 500 speakers and attendees from around the world come together in London’s Barbican Centre

to help shape Europe’s fledgling yet rapidly-evolving medical cannabis industry. Next year Cannabis Europa’s flagship conference will return to London on the 24th and 25th of June. Cannabis Europa London will offer unrivalled access to the world’s most influential, inspirational and forward-thinking figures of the industry, and serve as the foremost arena to share knowledge and shape the future of medical cannabis in Europe. Alastair Moore, Managing Director of Cannabis Europa said: “I’m delighted to announce Cannabis Europa Paris and London, following the overwhelming success of our inaugural conference. “The European cannabis industry is developing at a remarkable pace. In just the last few months, Malta has begun sales of medical cannabis, the UK has expanded access to cannabis-based medicines, and France has launched a review of their medical cannabis system. “Cannabis Europa brings together the best from policy, industry and academia to shine a light on the promising, yet often complex and confusing European landscape, and to help businesses succeed in this unique market.” For more information on Cannabis Europa, visit: www.cannabis-europa.com About Cannabis Europa: Cannabis Europa produces thought-provoking, uniquely European conferences to promote a responsible and accessible European medical cannabis industry. Cannabis Europa is a joint venture of Hanway Associates and Prohibition Partners.

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A Healthy way to work

Between the hours staring at a computer screen and the nearly constant temptation of treats in the breakroom, most offices are not known for fitness and health. However, work is where most Americans spend at least onethird of their days, and it’s a place where simple changes can make a big difference. Hunger is an important factor in managing workday wellness, from maintaining focus to making smart snacking choices. A survey on workplace snacking, conducted by Focus Vision and supported by the American Pistachio Growers, found that 92 percent of workers report becoming distracted from their tasks at work due to hunger before lunch. Eighty percent said they get hungry in the mornings before lunch and think about food often or every day. Watching your eating habits and being more aware of your body’s physical needs can help promote a better office lifestyle. Take steps to improve your workday wellbeing with these tips from Dr. Mike Roussell, nutrition expert and adviser to “Men’s Health” and “SELF” magazines: Keep healthy snacks on-hand. Sugary snacks can send you on a roller coaster ride of energy and focus. The right kind of healthy snacks can satiate your appetite as well as improve your health and performance at work. For example, the survey on workplace

snacking showed a midmorning snack of pistachios can help improve concentration, and the right kind of snack at the right time can help give you a competitive edge at work. Find time for activity. Being physically active can help control stress, recharge your brain and promote overall wellness. Being at work doesn’t mean that you must be sedentary. Break up lunchtime with a short walk or jump on board with a growing trend and conduct walking meetings. Next time you have a brainstorming or check-in meeting, take it to the streets and hold your meeting while walking around. Feed your brain. A healthy body doesn’t just mean strong muscles and maintaining a healthy heart, but

also nurturing a healthy brain. It is important to fuel your brain with the nutrients it needs to function at its best. Research from Loma Linda University shows that eating pistachios stimulates brain waves associated with cognition, memory and learning. Lutein, an antioxidant found in pistachios, is also associated with improvements in executive brain function. Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated is not only important for athletic performance, but is also important for peak mental performance at work. Several research studies show that small levels of dehydration can decrease mental performance and negatively impact mood. To avoid becoming de-

hydrated, have a large glass of water with each meal or snack and at least one more glass between meals. Take breaks to recharge. Engineers of one productivity app analyzed time logs from more than 5 million days of tracking to determine the behaviors of the most productive people. They found that when people worked for 52 minutes then took a 17-minute break they had the highest productivity levels. Setting periods of intense focus and then time off during your workday can help you be more productive and reduce stress. Skip mindless eating. The office can be a nutritional landmine. Bowls full of candy and breakrooms with boxes of donuts make it all too easy to nibble without fully realizing all the calories you are accumulating. Taking a more proactive and conscious approach to snacking can help cut out unwanted extra calories while also curbing your appetite. Explore more ideas for smart snacking at the office and at home at americanpistachios.org. A Handful of Health Benefits Increasingly, people with desk jobs are looking for healthier snack alternatives to typical choices like donuts and vending machine fare. A solution may be a simple handful away. In a survey commissioned by the American Pistachio Growers, 1,000 American office workers who skipped

breakfast consumed a snack of pistachios (about 1 1/2 servings) between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The midmorning snack proved to be just what they needed to power through the morning. Ninety-two percent of the participants reported the pistachio snack helped eliminate hunger and improved their concentration. Reinforcing their role in mental acuity, in a separate study, pistachios produced strong gamma waves, which are critical for enhancing cognitive processing, information retention, learning, perception and rapid eye movement during sleep. “Pistachios are an ideal midmorning or midafternoon snack because of their unique nutrient package that not only promotes feelings of fullness and satiation, but newer studies show that it can promote an optimal mental state and more focus at work,” Roussell said. “Pistachios are a healthy snack that you can look forward to eating day in and day out.” Indeed, an option like pistachios is a healthier choice than many go-to snacks. They do not contribute to weight gain or body fat changes and can significantly improve dietary nutrient intake. Survey participants increased their consumption of nutrients such as thiamin, vitamin B6, copper and potassium after snacking on pistachios for four weeks.

Shining a Light on Depression

How Infrared Light Can Treat Depression A non-invasive treatment for depression garners excitement and interest as the Neuro-Laser Foundation continues to advance the science of near-infrared light therapy. Henderson, M.D., Ph.D and Dr. Larry Morriesare revolutionizing the treatment of neurological disorders like depression, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Using a

unique, high-powered, multi-Watt nearinfrared light (NILT), they have shown significant treatment benefit in many patients. The non-invasive infrared light can safely penetrate the scalp and skull, reaching the brain to re-energize damaged brain cells and activate the brain’s own healing processes. “Infrared light delivered properly, can activate brain-derived neurotrophic fac-

tor or BDNF,” Dr. Henderson explained to the doctors and audience of The Doctors Show. He further explained that the growth factor stimulates brain repair and the building of new circuits in a segment of the popular health show which aired September 25, 2018. NILT induces regeneration processes and reduces inflammation in the brain and this has proven an effective treatment

of depression. The first study by Drs. Henderson and Morries were published in October 2017. Co-Founders of Neuro-Laser Foundation, Dr. Henderson and Dr. Morries have published eight additional studies supporting the effectiveness of this treatment, particularly on patients with a traumatic brain injury. The Neuro-Laser Foundation initially focused on developing an effective treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI). With more than ten years of experience in treating those with TBI, the doctors are recognizing the common benefit that neuroregeneration, or brain repair, can have in other conditions. For example, patients with depression often responded with four to eight treatments – much quicker than with antidepressant medications. In their 2017 study, 92 percent of patients gained significant relief from their depressive symptoms. This is far superior to the typical response to antidepressant medicines and does not have the side effects usually associated with antidepressant meds, such as weight gain, drowsiness, and erectile dysfunction. Drs. Morries and Henderson also have been treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease – two diseases characterized by the loss of brain cells. The results so far are encouraging. Dr. Morries explained, “Our patients with Parkinson’s disease walk more easily and several have been able to

reduce the doses of medications that they take. It is almost unheard of for patients to go down on their medication doses. It’s usually a one way road to higher and higher doses!” Dr. Morries cautioned that doubleblind, placebo controlled trials are warranted to verify these results before the device and method will be more widely available. A “Fight the Tragedy of Brain Injury” fundraising campaign on GoFundMe supports further Neuro-Laser Foundation research and financial aid for military veterans, first-responders, and others who may qualify for this treatment. Drs. Morries and Henderson treat patients who are local to the Denver area as well as those traveling from various locations across the nation. Potential new patients can explore this treatment option further and schedule a free consultation. The Neuro-Laser Foundation is a non-profit organization, based in Denver, Colorado, building on more than 30 years of studying the effects of near-infrared light on cells and tissues to advance technology and treatment approaches for traumatic brain injury, among other psychiatric conditions. Donations support research as well as treatment for military Veterans and first-responders who qualify. Please support the “Fight the Tragedy of Brain Injury” campaign, and learn more at the Neuro-Laser Foundation website or by calling (720) 493-1101.


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Local residents Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa and Arun Kapur support the Every Mind Matters campaign

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Interesting & Enjoyable By Rida Khan - Aviation Author If we look back into the past, then we may realise that travelling was not much highlighted in any person’s life. People used to travel only if they had some work in other countries. Technology was also not upgraded much; there was less use of the transport system. But now as we move ahead with the technology, travelling has become an essential part of everybody’s life. New routes are discovered, and through flights, people can easily reach in any part of this world within no time. Today time is the most important thing in our life. Now not only do people fly for work but to explore different countries and cities. Travelling through the air has shown this world a new face of the sky where people can enjoy the sunrise, sunset, mesmerising day & night shades of the sky, glamorous cities from 36,000 ft etc. A new culture is build up through this air transport, ranging from kids to old age people who now love to travel through flights and see the wonders of the vast blue sky. Airways give their best inflight services, flavoured and tongue-tantalising food in colourful

giant aircraft liveries which make the passenger’s journey more enjoyable and experienced pilots make their flight successful. But as we see, every coin has two sides; everything has its own advantages and disadvantages. So there is a disadvantage that some people travelling through a flight, again and again, feel bored. Long hour flights make their journey dull, and it feels like a burden to travel sometimes. To move further on this topic, I had a good discussion with Enrique, who is one of the frequent air travellers of this world from Caracas, Venezuela. He visited 49 countries and has flown more than 200,000 miles every year. He makes his air travelling interesting by choosing those routes and airplanes where he has never flown before. Repeating experiences is not something he is very fond of. He always tries to diversify, tries to visit a new airport, a new city or jump on a plane he has never flown before. When he flies to long-haul destinations, he tries stopping over at a connecting airport he never

visited before. For him it’s a nice way to see different things, understand how the airlines operate at different locations and marks down another airport on his bucket list. On asking about how he enjoys his flight travel, he says that there’s nothing in this world he enjoys more than flying. He loves the feeling when he walks down the jet way towards the airplane door. He loves that feeling when he enters the plane and knows he will be there for a good 10+ hours of flying time. People call him crazy when he says that he enjoys turbulence while sleeping on a plane. It’s like a soothing feeling for him. He trust airplanes, he is a pilot, and he knows that it’s the safest mode of commuting in the world. He further added that for him the most enjoyable moment is arriving at a new destination and getting to know the airport, the city and the culture. He has been to 48 countries and can’t wait to see at least 100 more. But during a flight, what he enjoy the most is relaxing on a business class seat, gazing at the window and admiring the views from above.

His advice to the passengers regarding how to enjoy their flight travelling is to watch TV series which is the best thing to help time fly. If you are flying in Business class, than have a good 5+ hour sleep which helps immensely with jetlag and also allows time to go faster. Some basic points that I have listed by which passengers can make their flight enjoyable and interesting are: 1.) Read a book 2.) Inflight entertainment channels – To watch movies or play online games. 3.) Have a walk around. 4.) Play games with friends and family

members. 5.) Do some craft work like colouring books, paper art work etc. 6.) Listen to music. 7.) Organise your further trip like what you will do after landing at the airport, which places you will visit etc. 8.) Learn local languages or know more about the country’s culture you are visiting. 9.) Chat to your neighbour passengers. 10.) Do some exercises like yoga and legs exercise. 11.) Do online browsing like checking email, read news and articles. 12.) Go back to your good memories by enjoying a cup of coffee and note them down in your diary. 13.) Request for any new food dish which you haven’t tried out and learn more about it from the crew members. 14.) Have a good and sound sleep. 15.) Click some photos of the clouds, or capture the sunset / sunrise view above the sky. 16.) Write about yourself, give a SWOT analysis of your personality because this is the time when a person is free and can think about himself/ herself. Note down your strength, weakness and how you can overcome your weakness. In the end, I would like to say that we people only create the word ‘BORED’ and make our life boring. If we make things interesting in our life than you will never feel bored out of anything. From my personal experience as a traveller I will say some people only in this world get the opportunity to travel through flights, so enjoy that time, make your travel a memory so that whenever you think about it in the future, you will remember the happy moments which you created while travelling through the flight.


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If you’re looking to get away for a few days on holiday then short break cruises are an excellent alternative to a hotel and city stay and ideal for those who have never cruised before. You can explore a city with a day of sightseeing and then enjoy everything the ship has to offer from fine dining, pampering in the spa, cocktails in the bar, entertainment in the lounges and theatre or dancing in the clubs. My wife and I recently joined Ventura on a 4-night cruise from Southampton. On board was the London based chocolatier Paul A. Young who has a reputation as an incredibly creative flavour alchemist and is a regular on British TV screens with appearances including This Morning and Sunday Brunch, The Apprentice and Junior Masterchef. Ventura is a ship where something is always happening, an ideal backdrop in which to enjoy your ‘this is the life’ holiday. One of the larger, family friendly ships, Ventura has a capacity for 3078 guests and 1205 crew. Perfect for families and great for adults. For families you can enjoy age specific kids clubs, a night nursery for under 4’s and dedicated family restaurants and early eating times creating a perfect balance. For adults there’s delicious fine dining, wine bars and an abundance of space and places to relax and unwind. Leaving Southampton on a Monday (a great way to start the week) we were soon heading around the Isle of Wight into the English Channel and after a while taking in some fabulous views of the White Cliffs of Dover before dinner. Our cabin, a Superior Balcony Cabin on deck 9 was very comfortable and well appointed and our hard working cabin steward ensured everything was ship shape and to our satisfaction throughout the cruise.

Tuesday was a day at sea and time to meet Paul A. Young and listen as he shared his insight into the world of chocolate with a Question and Answer session and book signing in the Tamarind Club. Later in the day we attended a chocolate master class. This was an intimate, ‘hands on’ class with Paul sharing the secrets of temuring and moulding chocolate with plenty of tasting opportunities!

Ventura has outstanding facilities for guests. The theatre and show lounges are amazing and on our cruise we were entertained by tribute acts, bands, disco’s, new movies, quizzes, comedy and dancing. We found a super sail-away and pre-dinner drinks venue – the Metropolis, right at the top of the ship with a huge panoramic video wall featuring a different skyline each evening. Ventura also has a

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well-equipped gym, sports court and four pools, one with a retractable roof so you don’t have to worry about the weather. If you feel the need for pampering then the Oasis Spa on deck 16 is the place to go with many luxurious treatments on offer. It’s fair to say that dining is a priority for most cruise guests and Ventura keeps up the excellent P&O standards. Whatever your mood or taste

buds dictate there’s eateries to suit. In addition to the main three dining rooms there’s a number of select dining venues to choose from including Atol Kochlar’s Sindhu at East; The Glasshouse, a wine bar and restaurant created in partnership with Olly Smith; The Epicurean at The White Room and one of my favourites The Beach House on deck 15 where the baby rack ribs and steak on a stone were superb, followed by a choice of desserts such as hot fruit sizzlers and warm chocolate fudge cake! Wednesday morning arrives and we are in the official capital of the Netherlands – Amsterdam. Ventura, here for the day, is docked close to the historic city centre and we had a choice to explore on foot or take a guided P&O tour such as a ride on one of the canal boats or a visit to Anne Frank’s house. Tours even included the opportunity to venture further afield to visit the famous town of Edam. Arriving in the port of Zeebrugge the following day many tours were on offer including Bruges, Ghent and Brussels. We were back on the chocolate trail however, with a P&O tour of Ghent with Paul A. Young and a visit to a Belgian chocolate shop and factory. Here we saw chocolates being created, and had the opportunity to ask Paul and our Belgian host questions on the art of chocolate making not forgetting of course the opportunity to purchase from their delicious range and additionally spoil ourselves with genuine Belgian waffles and ice cream in an adjacent restaurant! Conclusion All too soon we were back in Southampton, full breakfast of course and then disembarkation. Thank you P&O Cruises for creating yet more memories on this wonderful short break holiday — yes, this is the life!


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Osborne and Co has been chosen as development partner to deliver Santander’s new landmark technology headquarters in Milton Keynes, England. Jim and Conor Osborne (L-R), Osborne and Co (PRNewsfoto/Osborne and Co) The proposed state-of-the-art facility will act as the bank’s UK technology hub and is anticipated to open in 2022, subject to planning permission. It’s expected to accommodate over 5,000 employees. Osborne and Co is the new global delivery vehicle for major property projects in The Middle East, Asia and Africa, previously developed under the GRDI name, and the UK property business of Vanguard Real Estate and other vehicles. This marks Osborne’s second significant deal in as many months, following the successful completion and sale of HSBC’s new 320,000 sq. ft headquarters in Dubai, last month. An occupier-focused, build to suit developer with a world-wide portfolio of £2.5bn, Osborne and Co has been chosen as the development partner for an investment of over £150m. The team is currently working with Santander and LOM Architecture & Design to finalise designs and expects to submit a planning application in 2019, following community and local authority consultation. Osborne and Co is targeting a global development pipeline with a gross development value (GDV) of £5bn over the next three years. This is Osborne’s third major deal in the UK - it’s developing major office and mixed-use developments in Glasgow’s Argyle Street and The Waterside,

Belfast as part of a real estate pipeline of £1bn across the UK. Conor Osborne, director, Osborne and Co, said: “Santander’s new UK technology hub in Milton Keynes will set a benchmark for large scale developments in this country, and we are excited to build a world-class facility. “Our partnership with Santander follows the successful delivery and sale of HSBC’s new HQ in Dubai, cementing our position as the real estate partner of choice to global corporations, cities and landowners.” Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive, Santander UK, said: “We are excited to be sharing our proposals for this major investment in Milton Keynes, reflecting our long-term commitment to the local area. We want a workplace which truly reflects our culture and our vision for the future, which is based on innovation and harnessing new technology to make banking simpler and more personal for our customers.” SOURCE Osborne and Co.

Survey finds most automated bots only smart enough for quick, simple queries Pegasystems Inc. the software company empowering customer engagement at the world’s leading enterprises, today announced survey results from 3,500 global consumers that find most chatbots still aren’t smart enough to meet their high expectations. While most agree chatbots can be fast and convenient in certain situations, consumers cite a lack of intelligence as their top complaint against automated bots, and 65 percent still prefer a human agent on the other end of the chat. Seventy-two percent of consumers generally find chatbots to be helpful to some degree, but the interaction quality can be quite mixed. The majority (58 percent) rank their chatbot experiences as merely ‘adequate’ – doing some tasks well and others poorly. Another 18 percent grumble how chatbots are ineffective or even annoying. Only 16 percent gave their chatbot experience a high quality rating. Analysts expect chatbot usage to rise significantly in the next two years – a shift that could prove costly for brands that don’t evolve their bots. According to Gartner, “25 percent of customer service and support operations will integrate virtual customer assistant (VCA) or chatbot technology across engagement channels by 2020, up from less than two percent in 2017.” “As chatbots become more pervasive, the quality of the engagement has lagged significantly behind customer expectations,” said Ying Chen, head of product marketing, platform technologies, Pegasystems. “To truly depend on digital channels as the first line of defense in customer service, smart businesses need to unite their chatbots with the enterprise systems that can

do real work – not just fetch bits of random information. At the same time, they must apply advanced artificial intelligence to deliver true personalized interactions in real time. The results of our global survey show that businesses still have a long way to go before consumers feel they can trust chatbots to give them an exceptional experience that can set a company apart.” Best bots keep it simple Consumers tend to favor chatbots for only the simplest queries that can be done quickly. The most popular chatbot use cases are: • Tracking an order (60 percent selected) • Finding basic information (53 percent) • Asking basic questions (49 percent) The respondents also noted that fast service (56 percent), ability to engage on their own schedule (37 percent), and convenience (36 percent) are chatbots’ top benefits. When done well, 43 percent say chatbots can be almost as good as interacting with a human, while 34 percent disagree, and 23 percent don’t know. Artificial intelligence or artificial stupidity? However, speed and simplicity can only take today’s digital consumers so far. While most brands claim artificial intelligence power their bots, consumers’ top chatbot complaints include: • Not enough smarts to effectively answer questions (27 percent) • Lack of context in the conversation (24 percent) • Robot-like engagement with few human qualities (14 percent) Similarly, the top reasons consumers would drop a chatbot session are when bots can’t answer their questions (47 percent selected), make them do more work than expected (47 percent) or

are too vague in how they can assist them (43 percent). Separately, only 17 percent said they would use a bot to purchase goods and services, further muddying the path from bots to direct revenue. In no mood for chit chat The survey found a separate group that have yet to try chatbots at all and have no plans to start anytime soon. These bot holdouts, which skew towards a slightly older demographic, say they haven’t used chatbots yet due to: • Lack of any real exposure to chatbots (53 percent) • A personal preference to only engage with a human (30 percent) • Lack of knowledge on how to use chatbots (23 percent) A full 45 percent of these consumers without chatbot experience said they won’t try one in the next year while another 30 percent aren’t sure, which presents a roadblock to companies trying to expand reliance on digital service channels. Only 25 percent of these non-users said they would be willing to experiment with a chatbot, albeit with some reluctance. Their biggest concerns stem from their lack of experience: they simply don’t know how to use chatbots (top concern at 46 percent), lack confidence in chatbot effectiveness (31 percent), or worry about security and privacy (27 percent). Pega surveyed 3,500 consumers across the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and Australia for this study. Download the eBook, The Chatbot Revolution, at www.pega. com/chatbot-revolution to find more survey results and to learn tips on improving customer service through better chatbots.


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Palm Inc. is an American based company specialised in manufacturing Personal Digital Assistant. The company has been in the market for the last 26 years and is known to provide many other electronic other than PDAs as well. On July 1st 2010 Palm was sold to HP, and later in October 2014, HP sold the company to Self Corporation tied to Chinese electronics firm TCL Corporation. Acquisition to TCL was the big step for the American company but TCL promise to make palm a future brand. They decided to switch old operating system WebOS with trending and leading Android OS. On October 15, 2018, Palm launches a tiny android based smartphone companion which is a product of Palm-branded

startup which is financially funded by TCL. It is a credit card size composed of two tiny camera smartphone which lacks some trending features like wireless charging and headphone jack. It is not a typical smartphone as it has specifications of a low-end phone this is why it is not meant to be your main phone. The device will be connected with your smartphone and sync accordingly and can provide you with some of the major things you may need with you all the time rather than a whole computer (smartphone). “Certainly an ambitious move” by the San Francisco start-up, which licensed the Palm brand from owner TCL, said Analyst Ben Wood from CCS Insight. He also said that it is different from

other phones because it was not reliant on Bluetooth to connect it to the parent device. Dieter Bohn, the writer for The Verge (website), described the Palm as “a weird little thing”. Fashion Brand Kate Spade has also

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designed a bespoke case for the small handset. The device will cost $349 (£263 Pounds) and will be available in the US on the Verizon network only, it does not need a new data plan but will require Verizon’s NumberShare service, which

cost $10 per month. In this ever-changing world of information and technology, we are looking for gadgets that can make our life easier, devices have been shrinking and are upgrading with more features, a smartphone with such size may exist, but Palm may need to add more features in order to survive in this market. So does people reacted, a conflict has been reported on social media platform Twitter where people are confused in deciding whether they need a second phone or not. Phil Atkin, you tuber, tweeted “Palm used to be great. But this is off the scale stupid. If there is genuinely a market for ‘a smaller parasitic phone because your phablet is too big to hold’ then society needs an urgent reboot.”

Candy Crush Friends Saga Is Here And It’s Sweeter Than Ever!

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You can get an unusually great ROI of nearly 70% engagement when you use a Facebook Messenger chatbot; it’s a must for any business page that is on the platform. Amazingly you don’t have to be a developer to use one; anyone can master the plug and play easy to use chatbots that are now readily available. Opportunities are endless just limited by your imagination, as you can make it match your business goals. “A lot of people don’t understand how easy it really is to build a chatbot. They assume the development is cumbersome when, in reality, anyone can do it — you don’t have to be a coder to build a Facebook Messenger chatbot,” said Purna Virji, Senior Manager of Global Engagement at Microsoft. Even start with something small by asking yourself what is the one single that the bot can do for your business and build upon that idea to work smarter. Here

are some of the things you can do to automate your activities: • Send out breaking news updates. • Deliver unique, highly relevant content. • Use automated Q&A. Here are five ways quick and easy ways you can get started using chatbots right now. 1. Automate Q&A Sounds obvious but automating Q&A is probably one of the simplest ways to use a chatbot. Straightforward questions can easily be answered by a chatbot. If you know your customer well and the customer journey you can determine what they are asking to preempt the Q&A. This will give you a good idea of what kind of questions your bot could answer. Possible questions a chatbot could answer questions are: What is your address? What are your store hours? What is your phone number? 2. Prompt Users to Book a Service or Make Appointments

Does your business take appointments? A chatbot can set them up for you and streamline your process. Once customers have placed an order, you can use Facebook Messenger to ping them with updates on their shipping or order status. Nowadays Facebook Messenger chatbots can offer users the ability to book a service as soon they connect. Another spin on order is an example where, for example, Pizza Hut’s Facebook Messenger subscribers can complete an entire order from start to finish without ever leaving the app. 3. Delivering Up To Date News Publishers have the unique opportunity to deliver content and news up to the second with Facebook Messenger. It’s great for release news on your latest product or service or sharing milestones and creating value. If you have a blog, you can send out a message promoting your new posts. You can choose your best content so

as not to overwhelm your subscribers or customer base. 4. Conduct Surveys, Polls and Quizzes You can collect information on your contacts through the strategic use of surveys (GDPR Compliant of course). This you can better serve them and deliver more targeted and value-add content. A great example is Spotify who have been known to get great research from music listeners with their polls, surveys and competitions. 5. Got an event coming up? Whether it’s a live event or webinar, product launch, networking event, whatever it is, you can drive registration by messaging your subscribers’ information about your upcoming event. If you’re having a sale or a forthcoming event, sending out a reminder beforehand is another great use of Facebook Messenger. Include a picture, text and add a link/button where users can sign up - where they can register with a simple click.

King, a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world and creators of one of the world’s most popular gaming franchises, Candy Crush, launches its sweetest game to date - Candy Crush Friends Saga. Now available to download and play worldwide from the Apple App Store, Google Play and Windows App Store, Candy Crush Friends Saga introduces players to a delicious, new 3D world where they will discover the latest features as they take on tasty new challenges around the Candy Kingdom. Players can also look forward to daily rewards and lots of sweet treats! These range from new characters, customdesigned outfits to dress them in, and boosters. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the 3D characters play an integral role in the new game, helping players to beat those tricky levels with their unique powers. As players collect more of their favourite candies, the characters’ powers are activated, and they strategically throw boosters onto the game board to help you achieve sweet success. Now with rich backstories, each character has its own quirky personality and a set of tasty dance moves. They are your selfless teammates cheering you on and celebrating your successes - making this game sweeter than ever! “We are very excited to officially launch Candy Crush Friends Saga - our

sweetest game yet!” says Sebastian Knutsson, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at King. “We’re still so surprised and humbled by the success of the Candy Crush franchise. With each iteration, our teams work hard to innovate so that we can offer players a fresh new gaming experience. With Candy Crush Friends Saga, we wanted to immerse players in the game like never before and we feel that bringing the characters and their world to life in 3D will do just that. We hope people enjoy playing the game as much as we did making it!” The game launches with 380 delicious levels, and a range of challenging new game modes including: • Free the Octopuses: Save the Octopuses from being stuck in the game board by making matches next to them to remove layers until they are freed • Find the Animals: Save the animals which are hidden beneath ice tiles by making matches on top of them to crack the ice • Spread the Jam: Spread jam across the board, covering as many tiles as possible • Dunk the Cookies: Switch and match candies strategically to move the cookies until they dunk into the chocolate at the bottom of the board • Collect the Hearts: Fill the heart shaped moulds to collect the hearts For more information, please visit: Candycrushfriendssaga.com


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VEGAN CHICKPEA VINDALOO

Chickpeas are smothered in a spicy and tangy tomato curry. This traditional Indian dish is flavourful, gluten-free, and easy to make. Enjoy wafting in the delicious curry aroma of this fragrant dish! Ingredients • 2 cups dried chickpeas • 5 cups water • 1 1/2-2 cups diced potatoes • 1 cup diced tomato • 1 yellow or white onion, diced For The Vindaloo Curry Paste: • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil • 1 teaspoon cardamom pods • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds • 2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds • 5 cloves • 2 bay leaves

• 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric • 1 1/2 tablespoon paprika • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar • 4 red chillies, seeds removed, chopped • 4 garlic cloves, chopped • 2″ piece of ginger, peeled and minced • 2 tablespoons tomato paste • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1/4 cup lemon juice or red wine vinegar To Make The Chickpeas: 1. Soak the chickpeas overnight. Cover with plenty of water as they will nearly double in size. If you’re short on time, soak them in boiling water for at least 1 hour.

2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add to a large saucepan with the 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Partially cover the pot. 3. Add the diced potato and onion. Stir every few minutes. To Make The Curry Paste: Step 1. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. When it begins to shimmer, add the cardamom pods, coriander seeds, peppercorns, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, cloves, and bay leaves. Stir the spices continuously until they become fragrant and start to turn golden, 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat immediately.

Step 2. Add the spices to a blender along with the rest of the curry paste ingredients. Purée until a smooth paste is formed. To Make The Curry: Step 1. Continue cooking the chickpeas and potatoes at medium heat, partially covered, and stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 cup more water if it starts to dry out. Cook until chickpeas and potatoes are fully cooked through, about 30 minutes. Step 2. Add the tomatoes and curry paste, and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have broken down into the sauce. Step 3. Add more salt to taste, and cayenne pepper if you want it spicier. Serve.


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By Rida Khan - Aviation Author India is a mix of cultures, traditions, values and beliefs which make it one colourful Nation. Indian food has been influenced by various religions, communities and cultures which are passed on from one generation to the other. There is a wide range of food dishes which are unique not only in their flavours but also in the techniques and methods of cooking; they are totally different from each other. Every dish has its own interesting story of its origin, many food recipes which originated in villages are now listed in the menu of Top Indian restaurants and hotels. Different regions of India present wide variety and range of food like Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Maharashtra etc., which all have their own special spices and different way of cooking and various ways of serving these foods to the people. Though we live in the 21st-century modern world, India is a country which holds its roots of traditions & culture in food and thus making a mark on the globe, motivating people from various nationalities to not only prepare their food but also consume and adore it. There are so many Indian chefs who are working and are proud & inspired to cook the traditional food of India in their restaurants/ hotels. I got the opportunity to know more about the diversity in Indian food from them. Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji

Chef Reetu is a Chef, Culinary Expert, Food Blogger, Mentor, Hospitality and Food Consultant with 20 years of experience in the World of Culinary. She is from Mumbai, currently based in Gurugram, presently working as a Hospitality and Food Consultant, Specialty Chef and Food Author at www.plattershare.com. Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji Views On Diversity in Indian Food - I am extremely proud of the diversity in Indian food, its delectable and unbeatable flavours. Culinary diversity is one of India’s treasures. This incred-

ible diversity of regional cuisines, electric cooking styles and age-old traditional recipes is perhaps why Indian food is adored all over the globe. Let me make it easier for everyone to understand the fantastic, indubitably the most diverse cuisine of India. East India: Is known for its mesmerising mountains and enormous beaches. The states of East India include Tripura and Orissa, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim, and West Bengal. Vegetarian and non-vegetarians both feel at home in East India. Three different schools of food rule the East India - Orissa, Assam, and Bengal. Preparations of the food are not elaborate as people have a minimalist approach to ingredients. Frying and steaming are the prominent methods of cooking. Coastal areas usually have abundant fish. West India: Includes Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. The states of Gujarat and Rajasthan have relatively drier climates that produce fewer vegetables. So they dry their vegetables, thus increasing their shelf lives and using them in their cooking. Culturally, West India includes mostly vegetarians. Coconut and peanuts are major ingredients in their food. Goa has a lush green coastline that offers a variety of fresh seafood’s. Rajasthani cuisine consists mostly of vegetables and usually are very spicy. Meats also have a home in Rajasthan, Laal Maas, which is a red meat curry, absolutely popular across the state. Ker Sangri is a traditional Rajasthani dish made using dried Ker Berries and Sangri Beans. Gujarat, on the other hand, is known for its sweet tooth. Many dishes add at least a pinch of sugar in Gujarati food, sometime jaggery is used as an alternative to sugar. Gujarati cuisine is primarily vegetarian. It offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, each with its unique cooking style, different kinds of pickles, farsans, chutneys and foods that are always high on nutritional value. The coastal town of Malvanin Konkan has its own distinctive way of cooking food and is famous from Kombdi Vade to Dhondas. Also, the Maharashtrian cuisine is vast with mouth-watering street foods like Paani Puri, Sev Puri, Bhelpuri and so on. One of my personal favourites is Zunka Bhakari which is traditionally made with chickpeas or besan paste which is further cooked with onion, curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste, cumin and mustard seeds. Rich and aromatic, best served with bajra or jowar rotis.

North India: The Climate of North India has both the extremes the scorching summers and the chilling winters. The States in North India include Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The dishes are creamy, thick and spicy. North Indian food is richer, where a number of preparations are made in pure desi ghee or doused in fresh cream. Abundant use of Dairy products like milk, ghee, yoghurt, cottage cheese and fresh cream is done. Sarson Ka Saag Te Makki di Roti and Gajrela are consumed not only in Punjab but are prepared in winters by people who love North Indian Cuisine. It is home to different types of Indian Breads, the most popular of these is tandoori naan, a bread prepared in a clay oven, and stuffed parathas, flatbreads commonly stuffed with vegetarian fillings like potatoes, cauliflower, paneer, white radish and many more. Kulcha’s are also popular here; they are breads prepared from the fermented dough. The ingredients and spices used are mostly fennel, Punjabi garam masala, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, chilli powder, turmeric, dry red chillies, coriander, and cumin seeds. South India: Includes states -Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana. South Indians are primarily vegetarian, yet we find many of the inhabitants are fond of seafood. South Indian food is the spiciest among all other regions. Most of the food is simply incomplete without rice. Rice is usually consumed with the scrumptious sambar which is a soup-like lentil dish tempered with chillies and spices, which has tomatoes and tamarind in it. Rasam is another soup-like lentil dish, tangy, spicy in taste is a ultimate comfort food when accompanied with hot steamed rice with a dollop of desi ghee. It’s common to see papadum, coconut based chutneys, and filtered coffee in the day to day consuming of food. Chef Ashish Bhasin Chef Ashish is from Ajmer, Rajasthan and currently working as an Executive Chef in the Leela group based at Gurugram. Holding 20 years of experience in the Culinary industry, he is awarded as countries “Top 5 Chef” (Hotels) Award last year. Also known for taking culinary initiative which seeks to revisit and revive the lost and dying food heritage of India. Chef Ashish Bhasin Views On Diver-

sity in Indian Food: For me, Diversity is the essence of Indian food similarity. West coast of India and East Coast of India seem to have strong similarities in their eating habits East & West Coast Rice being staple food ingredient. Once you cross the South, Canara Wheat becomes staple food For Example Junka Vadi. Each region in West has a version Wheat or Millet Roti starting from Uttara Karnataka. Rather than saying Dissimilarity, we should say variation due to geography and topographical variation- the ecosystem has a role to play in the choice of food, Kadi or Kadhi is the best unity in diversity. Starting with Punjab till Tamil Nadu, buttermilk gravy is used in every region.

Wheat is consumed in regions which is cold whereas in the south the staple is rice because the climate is humid and a coolant staple is needed it’s a peninsular hence. Sea food preserves are high compared to the Northern part. Chef Sabyasachi Gorai Chef Sabyasachi Gorai is a Director and Mentor of three companies Lavaash by Saby, Minority by Saby, BygBrewski and Bobs bar in Bangalore. He is from Delhi, Pune and Bangalore. Chef Sabyasachi Gorai Views On Diversity in Indian Food - Indian cuisine consists of a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic groups, and occupations, these cuisines vary substantially from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religion, in particular, Hindu, and cultural choices and traditions. Also, Middle Eastern and Central Asian influences have occurred on North Indian cuisine from

the years of Mughal rule, also through Parsi, Jews and Armenian settlers. Indian cuisine is still evolving, as a result of the nation’s cultural interactions with other societies. Historical incidents such as foreign invasions, trade relations, and colonialism have played a role in introducing certain foods to this country. For instance, potato, a staple of the diet in some regions of India, was brought to India by the Portuguese, who also introduced chillies and breadfruit. Indian cuisine has shaped the history of international relations; the spice trade between India and Europe was the primary catalyst for Europe’s Age of Discovery. Spices were bought from India and traded around Europe and Asia. Indian cuisine has influenced other cuisines across the world, especially those from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the British Isles, Fiji, and the Caribbean. It’s is the most beautiful story of unity in diversity, a cultural melting point of food and flavours! Bon appetite. After having an intellectual discussion on this topic, I would like to conclude my article by saying that, Indian culture has been reflected in Indian Food. There is diversity in Indian Food; you may visit any region in India, you will get food which originated from their regional heritage and is served with love & purity. Do visit India and taste the authentic and mesmerising flavours of Indian Food. I am sure that you will fall in love with the food of India. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’


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MOTORING Renault provides best seats at the BFI London film festival

• Renault partners with the British Film Institute for the 23rd consecutive year • A fleet of 40 Renault SUVs, made up of Koleos, Kadjar and Captur will chauffeur stars and talent throughout the two-week film festival • Renault has long-standing partnerships with the film industry across the world, including the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals

Renault has once again taken a starring role at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®. The festival takes place between 10th and 21st October 2018 and at its centre will be a fleet of 40 Renault SUVs, made up of Renault Koleos, Renault Kadjar and the everpopular Renault Captur, chauffeuring an array of stars to and from various screenings and locations across the Capital. Renault is extremely proud to be the Official Car Partner of the BFI London Film Festival, having supported the British Film Institute since 1995. Renault’s best-selling car in the UK and the best-selling model in its sector in Europe, Captur, joins the fleet to help chauffeur the well-known names and faces of the big screen. With its bold and assertive exterior look, luxurious and refined interior as well as its enhanced features and technologies the Captur compliments the extensive fleet of cars for this year’s Festival. Since it arrived in the UK in September 2015, the Kadjar SUV has strengthened Renault’s presence in the crossover market – building on the success of its compact sibling, Captur. Its combination of striking design, spacious interior and high levels of standard specification have proved a hit with British car buyers. The Renault Koleos SUV combines a stylish exterior with a well-appointed cabin and class-leading rear space. Guests will be chauffeured to their destination in luxury, taking in the sights of London thanks to the panoramic sunroof, and will arrive feeling relaxed and excited ahead of their appearance on the red carpet. In previous years, Renault has been privileged to chauffeur talent such as Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Bonneville.

Renault have a strong affinity with film, dating back to when Louis Renault, at the wheel of his Type A, featured in one of the first Lumière Brothers’ films. Their movie studios were constructed in Billancourt, close to Renault’s factories. Due to the close proximity of the studios, Renault cars became a preferred partner of actors and directors alike. Thousands of Renault cars over the last 110 years have chauffeured stars to movie sets and red carpets around the world. Today, Renault is a key partner of many events relating to the big screen, including the Cannes, Alpe d’Huez and Venice Film Festivals. Louis Renault was one of the first people to realise the potential power of film for promoting products, and every year Renault cars feature in over 300 TV and cinema productions. The LFF 2018 line-up includes films featuring Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Steve Coogan and more: At this year’s BFI London Film Festival, the opening night gala will screen ‘Widows’ starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriquez and Colin Farrell. The full line-up includes 225 features, representing 77 countries across 14 cinemas. Renault will conclude chauffeuring on the closing night gala, screening Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan, John C Reilly and Nina Arianda. Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Renault UK said: “In the 23rd year of our successful association with the BFI London Film Festival, we are proud to be partnering with it once again – this time with our fantastic range of SUVs made up of Koleos, Kadjar and Captur taking centre stage. The fleet will, no doubt, ensure a sophisticated arrival at the many famous cinema venues throughout the capital.” The Renault fleet will be kitted out in bespoke London Film Festival decals

for the duration of the event which supports the British Film Industry through promoting creative and cultural roles. About Groupe Renault Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling close to 3.76 million vehicles in 134 countries in 2017, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 180,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and Lada, together with electric vehicles and the unique alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. With a new team in Formula 1, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness. In the UK, Groupe Renault UK has nearly 160 dealers selling the range of Renault cars, LCVs and Dacia. Groupe Renault UK sales totalled 113,988 vehicles in 2017. About the BFI London Film Festival BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s best film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience and attracts significant international film industry participation. LFF is a compelling combination of diverse films, red carpet glamour, friendly audiences and vibrant exchange. LFF provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success; promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes and positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

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ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE GT3 STARS ON NÜRBURGRING DEBUT

• Works drivers Darren Turner and Maxime Martin finish fourth on debut • New car runs trouble-free on the world’s toughest race track Saturday 6 October, Nürburgring: The new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has starred on its debut at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, recording pole position and finishing fourth overall in Round 8 of the VLN Endurance Championship. The new car ran faultlessly in the hands of three-times Le Mans winner Darren Turner (GB) and 2016 Spa-Francorchamps 24-Hours winner Maxime Martin (BEL) throughout the four-hour event. Running in full GT3-specification, against like-for-like opposition for the first time, the Vantage GT3 also clinched victory in the SPX class which caters for un-homologated vehicles. According to VLN regulations, SPX cars have to start at the back of the Group 1 grid and add 20 seconds to each pitstop. Despite these regulated performance penalties, Turner brought the car home just over a minute behind his third-placed rival in a late chase, after Martin had charged through the pack in the early stages. Fellow Aston Martin Racing works driver Ross Gunn, teamed with Aston Martin Lagonda high performance test driver Chris Goodwin in an AMR Performance Centre prepared V8 Vantage, completed his maiden race on the Nordschleife. Finishing fourth in the SP8 class, they earned vital points in their quest to earn a VLN license to compete in future Nürburgring 24 Hours races. “It’s hugely exciting to be mixing it at the front from the word go with all the new Aston Martin GT3. It’s performance shows just how much hard work has gone into the programme from everyone at Aston Martin and Aston Martin Racing,” said Turner. “The first time you compete in a race with a new car around the Nordschleife, it is about getting the car to the flag. So the fact that we had no reliability issues is a big tick in the box. The massive positive

however is the car taking pole position and then fighting back through to fourth, and having a class win is a nice bonus! What a great start for the new GT3 car and everyone at Aston Martin Racing can be very proud of that.” Martin added: “This has been a really good day. Compared with the old car the Vantage GT3 is definitely a big step forward. But it is also a young car so there are a lot of parameters we will improve further which is normal for a new project and especially here on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. So there is still a bit of work to do, but the base is really good and I am really confident that the car will be competitive.” Aston Martin Racing President David King said: “We are delighted with the performance of the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 on its Nürburgring Nordscheife debut. It takes a lot of hard work to make a car competitive here so to finish fourth is a testament to the amazing effort all the team has put into this car. Given the conditions, pole position was a bit of good fortune with the timing of all the Code 60s around the track, but it is great way to start the car’s history! And then it has gone on to underline its potential in the race, running on the same pace as the regular GT3s. Just to record a finish in a four-hour race here is fantastic. It’s a pretty brave thing to race a new car publicly before it has been signed off and homologated, particularly here, in front of the most competitive GT market. So given that we have started at the back of the grid and raced through with 60 seconds of pit stop handicaps. We can very proud of what we have achieved.”

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Land Rover Classic Team Builds One-Off HUGE CROWDS SAVOUR MOTORING Defender Inside Flagship Selfridges Store PAST AND PRESENT ON REGENT STREET

Motoring enthusiasts, shoppers and Londoners savoured a sunny Saturday to remember on Regent Street on 3rd November 2018 as the capital’s premier shopping destination was transformed into the country’s biggest free-to-view motor show attracting an estimated crowd of more than half a million enthralled visitors. As tradition now dictates, the famed street was traffic-free between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus for the first Saturday in November and the road filled with a glittering collection of dazzling cars. Victorian vehicles from the very earliest cars right up to the latest electric city cars and exotic supercars were all lining up for the annual Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, a Royal Automobile Club event providing all-comers of all ages with a stunning and timeless showcase. Also sharing the spotlight were more than 100 pioneering vehicles all built before 1905 and dating back to the dawn of motoring. They and their passengers – many in period costume – were taking part in the annual Veteran Car Concours d’Elegance prior to setting off at dawn on Sunday morning for the time honoured pilgrimage from London to Brighton in the famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, supported by Hiscox. Among those judging the evocative veteran machines this year was renowned television gardener and classic car enthusiast Alan Titchmarsh who also hosted the awards ceremony. After much deliberation, the panel of experts awarded the Overall Winner’s trophy to the remarkable 1903 De Dion Bouton W Type of Harold Pritchard. This rare two-cylinder car is a well-known Veteran Car Run regular and a second time concours winner having won the same accolade in 2013 – once again catching the judges’ eye for its exceptional all-round condition.

Further up Regent Street, and bringing the motoring story right up-to-date, were displays of modern cars and bikes from companies including Triumph and Renault – the former showcasing its latest Tiger range, the latter its latest all-electric ZOE supermini alongside its futuristic Twizy urban quadricycle. In keeping with the low emission theme, Harrods was displaying its electric vehicle fleet from the battery-powered 1901 Pope Waverley to the newest Nissan e-NV200 delivery van. For those with a need for speed, other much-admired features on the super-busy Regent Street included a preview of the biggest classic motor sport event on the calendar – the Silverstone Classic. Its adrenalin-fuelled stand not only included a huge screen broadcasting highlights from last summer’s record-breaking event, but also a number of the stand-out F1 and sportscar racers that will be in action next July. Adding to the motor sport spectacle were victorious competition cars from MSA British Rally and MSA British Touring Car Championships, both premier series’ turning 60 in 2018. Another film star car on the packed Regent Street was the time-travelling DeLorean from Back to the Future, one of the many highlights in the newly introduced Kids’ Zone. Other popular draws here included a chance for juniors to drive electric karts and, outside the world famous Hamleys toy store, to race Scalextric cars. Visitors could also discover what it’s like to race around Silverstone with five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes F1 racer courtesy of the Top Gear Experience simulator. “Once again, Regent Street featured something for everyone and acted as the perfect prelude to tomorrow’s remarkable Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton – even the sun graced us with its welcome presence this time, putting smiles on faces,” enthused Cussons.

A one-off Land Rover Defender made a dramatic entrance at Selfridges in London, entering the famous department store through a first-floor window. The unique Selfridges Edition Defender Works V8 will form the centrepiece of the new-look menswear department at the Oxford Street store, but not before technicians from Land Rover Classic reassemble the vehicle in full view of shoppers. To fit through the first-floor window, the specially commissioned Defender was dismantled and a team of experts will rebuild the vehicle over the next four days. Once complete, the one-off vehicle will be placed under a protective cover while Selfridges puts the finishing touches to its new menswear department ahead of its official opening on 29 October. The Selfridges Edition vehicle began life as a 2016 Defender 110 Pick Up but the Land Rover Classic team have turned it into a 110 Soft Top, complete with a branded hood in trademark Selfridges yellow. The bodywork is finished in contrasting Bronze Green and a heritage style folding windscreen and half-height doors complete the open-air look. Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, Tim Hannig, said:“Our skilled engineers and craftsmen can tailor vehicles to meet any

• Land Rover Classic begins assembly of a unique Defender Works V8 at Selfridges in London by rolling the chassis through a first-floor window • One-off soft-top Defender Works V8 will form the centrepiece of the new menswear department at Selfridges’ flagship Oxford Street store when it opens on 29 October • Bespoke Land Rover Classic project was deconstructed to fit through a first-floor window and will be reassembled in front of customers over the next four days • Visit Selfridges Oxford Street store in London to see the live exhibit as a skilled team of Land Rover Classic technicians build the bespoke Defender

request, from applying unique paintwork or interior trim to delivering far-reaching mechanical enhancements. The Selfridges Edition shows what can be achieved and we can’t wait to see it take pride of place in the famous department store.” The Selfridges Edition features chassis and powertrain upgrades introduced on the Defender Works V8 – 70th Edition, which

was announced in January to celebrate Land Rover’s 70th anniversary year. Featuring a 405PS V8 that produces 515Nm of torque, an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission plus uprated brakes and suspension, the limited-run Works V8 derivatives are the fastest and most powerful Defender models ever produced. When the finished vehicle is

unveiled at the end of October, the period-style seats will feature chocolate leather upholstery with ivory cross-stitching while the addition of a Jaguar Land Rover Classic Infotainment System will combine period charm with cutting-edge audio technology, providing satellite navigation, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity in a classically styled head unit.

Skoda Fabia Cake

Baking fever has once again gripped the nation – and ŠKODA UK is no exception. The car manufacturer has partnered with professional baker and 2016 Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown to re-imagine a delicious, small-scale replica of the iconic Fabia cake. It comes more than a decade after ŠKODA’s advert, which saw a life-size version of the Fabia car made entirely out of cake. Candice drew inspiration from the new sporty ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo that launched in September. The car’s ‘interior’ was built from six layers of fluffy lemon sponge sandwiched together with a mouth-watering citrus-infused buttercream, before being carved to form the shape of the car. For the ‘exterior’, Candice used fondant icing to sculpt the newly designed LED headlights, wheels, windscreen wipers, front grille and the detail of the ŠKODA badge to create a perfect imitation of the car. The original cake which starred in the hit 2007 TV ad was nearly four metres long and one-and-ahalf metres high, so Candice has released the recipe for a smallscale version which means aspiring bakers can make it at home. The recipe is available at www.skoda.co.uk/FabiaCake Candice commented: “Everyone remembers and loves the original ad so when I got the challenge through to recreate the new Fabia

• Brand pays homage to iconic Fabia cake advert with mouth-watering bake • Baked to celebrate the launch of the newly facelifted Fabia, which is available from £12,840 OTR out of cake, I jumped at it. We’re encouraging everyone and anyone to have a go to see if they can recreate the car. “The beauty of baking is that it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are, regardless of what

• Watch Candice whip up the Fabia cake: www.youtu.be/yTYbhMrdF9Y • Get the recipe here: www.skoda.co.uk/FabiaCake

it looks like cake is always delicious, so you can’t go far wrong…hopefully.” The new ŠKODA Fabia is available in UK dealerships and is available from £12,840 OTR. Aspiring bakers are encouraged

to share their own homemade Fabia cake creations using #FABIAcake to win a baking lesson with Candice. The competition closes early November.


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Edwards Seals BRC Title With Spectacular Home Win Edwards seals BRC title with spectacular home win: Llandudno-based driver Matt Edwards clinched the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship finale to put the icing on the cake following his title win, sealed on the penultimate round earlier in the weekend at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. Edwards led an M-Sport one-two on the last BRC event of the 2018 campaign as Alex Laffey bought home his Ford Fiesta R5 into his best-ever result in Britain’s top flight with a fine second – a position he would also secure in the championship. Steve Rokland survived the demanding rally to bring his Peugeot 208 R2 into third overall and with it the Junior BRC title. After sealing the crown following the first round of the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB double-header, Pirelli-backed Edwards was let off the leash and set about climbing the overall WRC leaderboard to end the year on a high with a win. He enjoyed a day-long battle with Scotsman David Bogie in a DMACK Skoda Fabia R5 over the fast and flowing mid Wales stages. Coming into the final day of the season, Edwards trailed and had no answer for the Scot until a mistake by Bogie on Stage 20 handed the lead to the Welsh star. Along with fellow countryman Darren Garrod in the co-drivers seat, the pair notched up their fourth win of the season to top-off a stellar year in the championship’s 60th anniversary season. Following Edwards home in the rally and in the championship was Alex Laffey. He has made good progress this season, and proved consistency can build a title tilt. Despite not finishing the final round, David Bogie finished third in the series after clinching his first win of the season earlier in the event. Super Steve Rokland is crowned Junior Champion In the Prestone MSA Motorsport News Junior BRC, Steve Rokland in his Michelin-shod Peugeot 208 R2 battled his way through the elements and rounded out his season in style by taking the final Junior win of the campaign as well as a third overall after the war of attrition in front of him. With his Championship success, Rokland’s prize is a test with the Hyundai Motorsport team in one of its latest R5 cars. James Williams took the title fight down to the last day, but try as he may, he had no answer for the flying Norwegian. The Vauxhall ADAM R2 driver finished second on the final round to cement the same position in the series. Irishman Kevin Horgan had a torrid first round in Wales but came back fighting in his Kumho-shod Skoda Fabia R2 to take his second podium of 2018 and with it, third in the Junior standings. Standout performances in the Welsh forests by Alex Waterman (Ford Fiesta R2T) and 2018 BRC Ladies Champion Nabila Tejpar earned them solid results in the Junior BRC and their first overall top ten points. Top of the class for Reynolds with Cadet Cup title Englishman Jordan Reynolds threw everything at the Cadet Cup on Wales Rally GB and secured two second place finishes on the final two rounds of the season. The Ford Fiesta R2 driver battled through blood, sweat and tears to seal the Cadet Cup and with it free entries into every BRC round in 2019. Johnnie Mulholand claimed his first Cadet Cup win on the final round of the year to underline his undoubted progres-

sion in Britain’s premier rallying series. Bart Lang and Finlay Retson both endured a demanding Wales Rally GB and were pleased to get to the end of their first WRC event to round out the Cadet top four on the championship standings. In other news, Spencer Wilkinson and Glynn Thomas secured back-to-back Production Cup titles while John Morrison and Peter Carstairs enjoyed their Rally GB adventure on their way to the National Rally Cup. Matt Edwards said: “Today has been difficult as we didn’t start with a great feeling in the car. That was rare for me as the car has been great all weekend and I was trying lots of things to rectify it. We have learnt a lot this season to manage good and bad situations and it was great to come home with another win. “I really enjoyed the Great Orme stage and the home atmosphere, I really enjoyed it and it was great to see it packed with everyone enjoying themselves. “The title success hasn’t hit us yet as we put everything into the weekend and it was only on the drive back from the finish that we started to think about the year we had and what it all means. We can’t wait to celebrate and let it all properly sink in.” Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Driver Standings 1. Matt Edwards – 120 2. Alex Laffey – 64 3. David Bogie – 61 4. Rhys Yates – 51 5. Steve Rokland – 39 6. James Williams – 33 7. Keith Cronin – 30 8. Kevin Horgan – 19 9. Martin McCormack – 12 10. Jonathan Greer - 10 Prestone MSA British Rally Championship Co-Driver Standings 1. Darren Garrod – 115 2. Patrick Walsh – 62 3. John Rowan – 61 4. Elliott Edmondson – 36 5. Dai Roberts – 33 6. Mikie Galvin – 30 7. Tom Woodburn – 27

8. Liam Fouhy – 16 9. James Morgan – 15 10. David Moynihan - 12 Bogie’s Battle, Edwards’ War • Edwards shines bright in Diamond Jubilee year to secure title • Bogie claims first BRC win of the season with stunning drive • Williams cuts gap to Rokland in Junior BRC title • Reynolds in the pound seat heading to Llandudno in Cadet Cup The Welsh pairing of Matt Edwards and co-driver Darren Garrod have today (Friday 5 October) clinched the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship title on home soil on Dayinsure Wales Rally GB in their M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 after a stellar season in Britain’s premier rallying series. Despite sealing the honours, Pirellisupported Edwards couldn’t keep up his 100 per-cent win record as a puncture on the penultimate stage slipped him down the order, but a vital top four on the opening round of the weekend earned them enough points to secure his first BRC title. The latest visitor to the top step honour went to Scotsman David Bogie and Irish navigator John Rowan in their Skoda Fabia R5. The penultimate round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship was played out on the Thursday and Friday stages of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB with nine tough and demanding stages providing the first gauntlet for the weekend. Rhys Yates stole a march on the opening night with a spectacular show on the Visit Conwy Tir Prince spectator stage. However, when the rally shifted to the forests of north Wales on Friday, David Bogie was the man on the move and the Scotsman punched in six fastest BRC stage times to fire him to his first victory of the season in Britain’s top-tier rally series. The DMACK driver mastered the conditions and showed his class as his stage times rustled the feathers of some of the World Championship regulars. Matt Edwards said: “It’s how the box-set will look with my picture on the front cover! That’s all I’ve been bothered about! It’s amazing. It hasn’t sunk

in yet. We had a nightmare over the last two hours and the last two stages. It’s tried its best to undo us but we’ve got there. Huge credit to everybody who’s been behind us over the last three years and obviously Swift Group and Pete Smith have done an amazing job for us getting everybody behind us. With Pirelli tyres too, that was a big thing – having the tyres to do the job. I went into today perfectly calm. I knew we had the ability to just drive it through and get it there but I just caught a bank on the Tarmac and it undid a couple of bolts on the back end so it misbehaved for a bit but we strapped it up and got it back here. There was never a moment where we didn’t think that we could do it. It’s nice to have the confidence to do the job. Neither of us panicked and we took the decision to stop and change the tyre because we knew we had enough in hand to do it and not jeopardise major damage. We had the presence of mind to do what was needed. I’m overjoyed, as you can imagine. We need two days stress-free and we’re going to go and enjoy ourselves in a fantastic car on fantastic stages and it’s an absolute privilege to be in this position. I’ve no doubt that there are people out there faster and I’ve just got to count my lucky stars that I’m still doing it. What Darren (Garrod) has brought is the experience to be able to give me more confidence in what I’m doing and confidence that the notes are good. I can go at every stage, even those I’ve never done before – I just believe they’re right and trust in him and the car. It’s just a massive team effort.” David Bogie said: “We always knew the championship was going to be a tall order coming into this weekend but we did what we had to do and it’s good to get a win – I’m looking forward to the next two days. We had a puncture on the Brenig/Alwen stage and then we caught Matt (Edwards) on the last stage, which cost us a bit of time, but he let us by. I wanted to win the BRC but I also wanted to score well on the rally. We’re going to push hard over the next two days. If we feel comfortable, we will push. Today’s been a really nice pace and we’ve made no real mistakes. We’re desperate to get back out there and get

back at it.” Williams wins in Wales Four was the magic number coming into the weekend and In the Prestone MSA Motorsport News Junior BRC it was no different. Both William Creighton and Kevin Horgan retired on the opening day – sadly forcing them out of the title fight. Welshman James Williams in his Vauxhall ADAM R2 won his second round of the season and first event on gravel – slashing the deficit to Norwegian Steve Rokland, thus pushing the title fight into the final round of the weekend. Rokland does have the upper hand and only needs another seven points to secure the series and with it a test with the Hyundai Motorsport team in one of the latest R5 cars. In other news… The fiercely competitive Cadet Cup also had four drivers vying for honours on the Rally of Legends. Jordan Reynolds came into the double-header with a strong grip on the series and the young Englishman made it even more comfortable for himself by chalking up a second in the class behind an on form Finlay Retson. Other finishers, Bart Lang and Johnnie Mulholland ensured their hats stayed in the ring for the final challenge of the year. Spencer Wilkinson was relishing the tough and demanding stages and the Subaru Impreza was ideally suited for the wet and slippery conditions. The Englishman with Glyn Thomas in the co-driver seat only needed a finish on the opening round. Taking their first top ten in the BRC allowed them to take the Production Cup honours for a second year in a row. John Morrison and Peter Carstairs in the Kumho-shod Mitsubishi Evo 9 struggled at the start of the rally with gearbox gremlins but rectified them to continue their Rally GB adventure into the final round of the season. The final round of the season will take in the final two days of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB with the BRC season ending in spectacular style on the streets of Llandudno on Sunday afternoon.


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Škoda Provides First Glimpse Of Future Compact Model • All-new hatchback model marks the next development for the current design language • First ŠKODA model using the A0 MQB platform along with state-of-art technology • The new ŠKODA will be introduced to the public before the end of this year Mladá Boleslav, 9 October 2018 – ŠKODA is releasing a silhouette picture to grant the public a first look at its future model for the popular compact class. It provides a first taste of the distinctive and dynamic design of this five-door model. This hatchback model translates the emotive design language of the study ŠKODA VISION RS, which recently attracted attention at the Paris Motor Show, into a production vehicle. For this compact model, ŠKODA is using for the first time the A0 MQB platform, which enables the brand’s typical combination of compact exterior dimensions and generous interior space, along with the use of numerous innovative

assistance systems in that segment. The brand new ŠKODA hatchback will make its public debut before the end of 2018.

ŠKODA AUTO • Was founded during the pioneering days of the automobile in 1895, making it one of the

longest-established automobile companies in the world. • Currently offers its customers eight

passenger-car series: the CITIGO, FABIA, RAPID, OCTAVIA, KAROQ, KODIAQ, as well as the KAMIQ (in China) and the SUPERB. • Delivered more than 1.2 million vehicles to customers around the world in 2017. • Has belonged to Volkswagen Group since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful vehicle manufacturers in the world. In association with the Group, ŠKODA AUTO independently develops and manufactures vehicles, as well as components such as engines and transmissions. • Operates at three locations in the Czech Republic; manufactures in China, Russia, Slovakia, Algeria and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan with local partners. • Employs over 35,000 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets. • Is transforming from being a traditional car manufacturer to a ‘Simply Clever Company for Optimal Mobility Solutions’ as part of ŠKODA Strategy 2025.

The Association Of Scottish Motoring Writers Is Proud To Donate £2000 To Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance The Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) is proud to donate £2000 to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. The cheque was presented by ASMW President John Murdoch and Treasurer Ally Ballingall to David Craig, the Chief Executive of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). All of the money was raised during the Scottish Car of the Year awards to support this essential emergency service that covers the whole of Scotland. John Murdoch said: ‘It’s with a great deal of pride and appreciation for the work of everyone at the SCAA that the ASMW donates this money. The amazing work of the SCAA has saved countless lives and this cheque is about more than just money: it shows our ongoing support for the SCAA that is often the vital difference to survival for drivers

unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision. We’re incredibly lucky to have an air ambulance that can reach 90% of Scotland’s population in a flight of less than 30 minutes.’ SCAA Chief Executive David Craig expressed the charity’s gratitude for more outstanding support from the ASMW. He said: ‘Motoring journalists are very aware of the vital service provided by SCAA and nowhere more so than at the scene of life-threatening road traffic collisions on Scotland’s most remote and rural roads. ‘The ASMW’s support for what the charity does for those most in need has seen them donate to us on several occasions and their ongoing support is greatly appreciated. Their donation will undoubtedly help to save lives.’ Ally Ballingall, who also acts as an ambassador for the SCAA, added:

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ing work they do every day. With the next Scottish Car of the Year awards coming up on Friday 2 November, we hope to raise even more money for this essential service.’ After the 2017 Scottish Car of the Year awards, Land Rover generously donated a new Discovery to the SCAA to use as support vehicle for its emergency response and to raise public awareness of the charity.

‘Scotland Charity Air Ambulance is funded entirely through public donations and any help the ASMW can offer

is always gladly given. As well as the money, we want to raise awareness and support for the SCAA and the life-sav-

• Association of Scottish Motoring Writers donates £2000 to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance • Money raised at Scottish Car of the Year awards • Presentation takes ASMW donations to vital emergency service past £5000


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JABS B8 FOOTBALL ACADEMY

by Mohammed Zafran

Mohammed Ali, known as Mr Ali is a born and bred Brummie of many talents. From a young age, he has been brought up in a culture of putting the needs of others first. Mr Ali’s late father, Haji Kharait Ali was involved in forming an overseas educational fund to assist aspiring young students with their course fees and living costs. He is the vice president of the local mosque and a voluntary community worker. After spending six years teaching Science, Mr Ali has forged himself a career as a key account manager specialising in preventing cardiovascular deaths. However, it is his out of work vocation that Mr Ali is well known for. He is a passionate, community activist and a philanthropist. Over the years, Mr Ali has raised over £60k for charity, helped the Cumbria flood victims, held medical and humanitarian camps for Syrian and Rohingyian refugees and has organised feed the Homeless projects. To tackle the numerous issues that are blighting the local community, Mr Ali has formed two organisations that have the expertise, credibility and engagement with key stakeholders. Alum Rock Community Forum (ARCF) was formed four years ago with the aim of being the voice for the local community to address their issues by working collaboratively with stakeholders. The forum has been at the forefront to tackling fly-tipping,

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and litter by holding regular cleanups and awareness workshops. Drugs, prostitution and anti-social behaviour have been significantly reduced after carrying out street patrols with diverse volunteers over a period of 11 months. Juniors Academy of Birmingham Sports (JABS) B8 Football Academy operates as a non-profit, community-based organisation. The principle aim of the Academy is to develop and enhance the diverse and deprived community of Alum Rock through the means of football and sport. The academy has an all-inclusive policy and welcomes members of all age, race, gender and religious background. The Academy is run and organised by eight volunteers and has over 150+ male and female players that are affiliated to the Academy between the age of 6-18 years. The Academy consolidates the physical aspect of playing football with the educational part. Regular sessions are held to highlight the importance of health and well-being by showing the benefits of a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle and the negative impact of alcohol, drugs, gangs, crime and extremism. We work hard to increase the player’s self-esteem, respect and leadership qualities, so they become respectable, law-abiding professionals. As his role as the ambassador of the Pathway Group, he is in a unique position to offer individual based training and development programmes to young people and the long-term unemployed. With the cuts in youth and community services and devolution being the way forward, it is only by having more community champions like Mr Ali can we create a better future for the next generation.

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INDIA VERSUS WEST INDIES Indian skipper Virat Kohli was all acclaim for the champion execution of Umesh Yadav after India defeated West Indies by ten wickets. India enrolls on the tenth progressive series win at home to measure up to Australia’s record. Umesh was exceptional on the third day of the second Test. He asserted four for 45 and turned into the third Indian quick bowler to guarantee ten wickets in a match on home soil after Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath. “With Shardul breaking down on time, for Umesh to bowl like that in the two innings was an awesome effort,” Kohli said after India won the series 2-0. “It demonstrated the sort of wellness levels he needs to continue running in and bowl 140 ticks all through the game and pick wickets, all the more significant. This was a standout result in his profession and something that he can expand on. It’s great to have such a significant number of guys bowling so well since anybody can advance in anything. That is an awesome extravagance to have from the team’s perspective”, the Indian skipper said. What makes Umesh click? “Relatively few individuals understand that he is an, exceptionally gifted bowler. He can bowl you unplayable conveyances once in a while. He will simply bowl a ball which you believe you couldn’t have done whatever else aside from getting out. Particularly in Test cricket, he comprehends that he’s bowling extremely well. It’s an incredible sign

to have four guys bowling so well and who can pick the wickets since that is something we need to keep as a reliable part of our team. Clearly, the batting is something that, learning from the last visit, we need to enhance all in all, yet I think bowling is something that we have to keep as a noteworthy quality with the end goal to feel that we have an opportunity to win the series when we travel. I think these guys are assuming responsibility well.” Young Prithvi Shaw was a major positive from this series, the skipper said. “The youngsters were taking a look at them playing the game. Prithvi was remarkable, Rishabh was extremely dauntless. Territories that they have to work on will clearly be addressed yet I think generally, both those guys were great. The conditions were not as trying as they may get in future yet

in Test cricket, the first and the most imperative thing is certainty and comprehension that you can score and keep running at the Test level,” The Indian captain had more to say in regards to Shaw. “It’s extraordinary to have somebody who can get you off to the kind of start you require, particularly make a mark in the first series that you play. From that point of view, it’s extraordinary to have a person who is so fearless. Also, he isn’t neglectful; he is extremely sure about his game. His batting in the nets is extremely assaulting yet in charge. Uncommon control against the new ball is an awesome ability. He needs to expand on that. However, a person coming and playing like that in his first series is an awesome sign for Indian cricket,” he said.

Umar Khan PAKISTAN Beeni WINS World Champion FIRST

Umar Khan has added yet another successful chapter in his career, by defending his Heavyweight title in his hometown of Bradford. Khan, the undefeated Beeni world champion, defeated 21 year old Umar Khan from Luton. Umar successfully retained his crown at the University of Bradford’s Trinity Green campus, in front of 1,500 people. Mr Khan won the world title just two years ago when he defeated the former champion who is now his coach. Mr Khan is the Heavyweight Champion of the world in Beeni, which is a form of Arm Wrestling. The sport is very popular in Pakistan, India and the rest of Southern Asia. Mr Khan now looks to inspire more young people to participate in the sport after a memorable victory in his hometown of Bradford. By Faisal khan

MEDAL IN 2018 YOUTH OLYMPICS

Wrestler Inayatullah impacted the world forever for Pakistan by winning Pakistan’s first medal in the 2018 Youth Olympics which was located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Inayatullah won a bronze medal in the Youth Olympics by conquering an American wrestler. The Pakistani wrestler, who is likewise patroned Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), had contended in the 65kilogramme freestyle classification. This isn’t the first run through Inayatullah had conveyed respect to Pakistan; in 2017 he additionally won an Under-17 world title in the

Beach World Wrestling Championship that took place in Turkey. The wrestler additionally has a silver medal to his name, which he got in the wake of losing the final of the 69kg weight category in the Asian Cadet Wrestling Championship that took place in Bangkok, Thailand a year ago. As indicated by a Wapda press statement, the authority’s director and sports patron-in-chief saluted Inayatullah on his triumph. Since January 2017, WAPDA players won 13 gold, 13 silver and 46 bronze medals for Pakistan in different international events.


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FORCE INDIA FACE LEGAL ACTION OVER FORMULA ONE TEAM’S SALE

The Force India administrator is being sued by Uralkali, the Russian group that passed up obtaining the Formula, One team. Uralkali claims that FRP Advisory managed an “imperfect sales process” which overlooked its higher offer for the business. Force India was, in the end, sold a month ago to a consortium of investors driven by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, an arrangement which anchored 405 employment at its base in Silverstone, Northamptonshire. FRP is being sued for “significant harms” at the High Court by Uralkali, with the Russian firm guaranteeing it was liable to “biased and unequal treatment” amid the sale procedure.

The legal challenge affirms that FRP “manhandled” the organisation procedure by neglecting to perceive Uralkali’s offered as successful and higher, making “distortions” and neglecting to act in light of a legitimate concern for creditors, shareholders and other stakeholders. Uralkali, which produces potash fertiliser, railed in an announcement: “Uralkali had a solid business basis for getting Force India.” “The organisation sells its fertilisers in excess of 60 nations around the world, incorporating 20 in which Formula One holds its Fabulous Prix Championship.” “For quite a while, Uralkali, together with one of its subsidiaries, has been an accomplice of Force India and one

of the sponsors of the Russian Formula One Fabulous Prix in Sochi.” Force India hit the slides in July and brought in FRP as chairmen to keep away from a twisting up request from creditors, after which Uralkali tabled an offer for between £101.5 million and £122 million. FRP said in an explanation that it will protect itself “overwhelmingly”. The firm included: “We have satisfied our statutory obligations as administrators all through this procedure and at last accomplished an extremely effective result for all stakeholders. Any legitimate action brought against us will be guarded vivaciously, and we are sure it would be expelled.” Paul James Ostling, senior independ-

ent director of Uralkali, who drove its offer for Force India, stated: “We had a solid business case for securing Force India and we trust our offer was the best one tabled, and the administrators have affirmed it was well in an overabundance of the offer they picked. “We have genuine worries with respect to why the administrators did not utilise the chance to boost the sums that could have been paid to creditors and shareholders. “In light of these worries and the expenses of our offer, and in addition potential vast business revenue misfortunes, Uralkali has no choice, however, to dispatch these procedures and look for considerable damages.”

McGregor Vs Nurmagomedov

By Manisha Bhanot

UFC Light-Weight Title Fight Almost Ends in Arena-Sized Brawl UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov put his title on the line against former two-weight champion Conor McGregor, in one of the most anticipated rivalries of the UFC this year. Khabib had already won the victory by causing McGregor to tap out in a neck crank late in the fourth round of the match. However, the fight did not end there as members of each fighter’s corner then began jumping the Octagon during a violent bid to attack one other. Live reportage of the scenes following Khabib’s win showed the Russian contender backing away from his arch-rival and stepping to the Irish corner, where he began to yell and throw his mouth guard. After this, he jumped the Octagon and started attacking Dillo Danis, one of McGregor’s close friends who trains in jujitsu with him. Police eventually separated the two and helped to escort Danis out of the T-Mobile arena. Following the alteration, McGregor himself also tried to leave the Octagon but was held back by security personnel, shortly before reaching

out and striking a member of the Russian corner himself. It was after this that two of Khabib’s teammates; Islam Makhacev and Zubaira Tukhugov leapt into the Octagon and jumped McGregor from behind. The post-match brawl was shocking and hugely upsetting for many UFC fans in the arena and at home to watch. It has been confirmed that three men from Nurmagadov’s team have been arrested on charges of

assault. Nurmagomodev himself was escorted out of the arena without his belt presented to him, which UFC President Dana White has refused to give to him. Dana also released the following statement at the UFC post-fight press conference: “I’ve been doing this for 18 years, and I couldn’t be more disappointed... I should be in here bragging about the pay-per-view, but I haven’t even looked at that or

talked about it with anybody... It was a very good week for everybody. It just sucks to end it like this, instead of celebrating we’re saying ‘that was pretty s***’.” McGregor did not press charges for the attack in the Octagon and was not at the post-fight press conference. However, his opponent Nurmagomedov did attend to make a public apology following his actions after the match. He said: “I want to say sorry... This is not my best side.” Nurmagomedov also cited McGregor’s trash talking about his religious and family background as his reasoning for losing his temper in the arena. He stated: “He [McGregor] talked about my religion, he talked about my country and he talked about my father.” It is likely that Nurmagomodov may face a ban and a heavy fine for his actions in starting the post-match brawl and crowd uproar at the T-Mobile Arena. Certain members of his team will may also never be allowed inside the Octagon again. Therefore, fans may have to wait quite a while to see Nurmagomodev and McGregor take each other on in a re-match.

Excessive Sweating has no relevance to burning fat. As a matter of fact, you would burn more fat by swift walking than running. We sweat because the body has to cool down, not because our body is excreting material from the fat breakdown in our body. Initially running does not help to burn a lot of fat, but it does help to burn fat on a long run as when we exert our body by running we develop muscles in our legs, thighs and many other parts in out body which also come under exertion because of running. Later on when muscles are developed, first one of them will start utilising about .5 pounds of fat over a time span of one year, but it does not mean two muscles will burn 1 pound of fat, two muscles will actually burn 1.5 Lbs of fat and so on an addition of 10 muscles to the body will actually burn about 60 pounds of fat. People who freshly start running will sweat a lot, and they will also lose a lot of weight in the first few months of their running, but after a few months of continues running they will not sweat a lot, and they will also stop losing any more weight, this often misleads them that sweating means burning fat. When the reality is that, the muscles they could develop, they did in those first few months and now what they are doing is just keeping the muscles in shape. Therefore if the person is still fat after running regularly for a few months next step to bring his or her body in shape is to bring a healthier diet in their system, because the most probable reason for the person to be still fat after regular running is diet full of fat contents, remember exercise on its own can only do so much after all you have to strike a balance. Have you ever thought why most of the body builders are not fat, even when most of them eat a lot a crappy food, and also have a very bad cardio, most of them can’t ever run half a block without running out of breath. The reason being is that they develop a lot of muscles in their body, so according to the calculations done earlier regarding the muscles and the fat loss, they still maintain fit body without having any or very little cardio at all, this is also a very bad thing. I will explain this in detail some other time. Sweating does help you lose weight. A 30-minute sauna creates approximately the same amount of perspiration as a 10-kilometre run. As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder to boost circulation, thus improving your cardiovascular system. Your immune system is also strengthened because when your body temperature is raised, your systems fight this ‘artificial fever’. Sweating helps detoxify your body, by removing the accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium and cholesterol. Profuse perspiration also deeply cleanses the skin, creating a beautiful and improved tone, texture, and colour. A single sauna session will burn as many calories as you would during rowing for 30 minutes. Weight loss occurs because the body fat becomes water-soluble at 43ºC and the body can sweat it out.


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BOXER UKASHIR FAROOQ MAKES HISTORY

The British bantamweight title fight between Jamie Wilson and Ukashir Farooq makes history on various grounds. It is the first run through in 25 years that the championship was being challenged by two Scottish boxers at the memorable St Andrew’s Sporting Club. Ukashir “Kash” Farooq had stopped Jamie Wilson after just 73 seconds and became the new British bantamweight champion. During the first all-Scottish title fight in this weight division since 1993, Farooq knocked down Wilson three times before referee John Latham halted the bout. Farooq, aged 22, is the first Scot to win the title in 21 years. The Glasgow boxer has now won all 10 of his professional fights. Farooq knocked out his opponent down for the first time after 13 years, with a vicious right hand, and the fight was over a minute later. Farooq told BBC Scotland: “You train hard for 12 rounds but in the ring, you never know what’s going to happen. I’ve been training really hard for this, and I’m over the moon.” Twenty years back, Tanveer Ahmed was the first Asian boxer beginning to

fight for a British title. The Glaswegian barely lost his lightweight title fight to Manchester’s Wayne Rigby on points. After two years Harry Dhami, from Gravesend, who is of Indian Sikh background, impacted the world forever by winning the British welterweight title subsequent to beating Derek Roche. He lost his championship belt, unexpectedly, at the same venue where Kash himself made his own history. Kash was born in the Pakistani town of Gujranwala yet grew up in Lahore, where his dad was working. His family arrived in the UK in 2002 and a short time later applied for asylum. After quickly living in London they were sent to Glasgow by the Home Office as their application was being considered. “Around that time things were unique,” he clarifies. “As asylum searchers, you were not sent to live in posh areas but rather schemes. You didn’t have numerous Asian or black individuals living there. The local neds (Scottish equivalent to chavs) were not exceptionally inviting.” “Yet, after some time you become acquainted with one another, and you incorporate. My family are happy and settled. My older brother is a chef, and

the younger one is in college. I have frequently been inquired as to why I don’t go down to London where there will be the greater chance, yet all that I require is here.” As an expert, he is unbeaten in nine contests with three knockouts. “It’s an exceptionally intense sport,” he proceeds. “Individuals see the style of an Anthony Joshua fight and think each boxer is in the same position. “For a heavyweight, it’s totally unique compared with somebody like me particularly with regards to making weight. For the Wilson fight, I should come in at 8st 5lbs, and that is difficult when I’m getting back home from the gym centre, and my mom has made a chicken karahi yet rather, I’m making due with a baked potato or vegetable soup. “I’m training two to three times each day and just have one day off in seven days. I’m always watching my weight. I don’t have an all-day work. I’m devoted 100% to boxing and the way of life that accompanies it.” He is a reluctant user of social media and so far has no twitter account, however, has a profile on Facebook. Kash concedes that such stages are important with the end goal to expand a supporter base and additionally turning into an appealing recommendation to potential sponsors. His management team driven by Iain Wilson are quick to investigate and reinforce links with Scotland’s large Pakistani community. A month ago he was available at the Pakistan Welfare Trust’s yearly gala dinner - where he was acquainted with noticeable politicians, business pioneers, and community delegates. “It was a decent affair. I don’t typically go to such occasions, but it’s great to get your name out there. Be that as it may, most importantly I need to convey in the ring.”

Blackburn Rovers Donate Surplus Kits To Syrian Sports Club Blackburn Rovers have given an array of utilised and surplus kit to Al Dana Sports Club in Idlib, Syria. The project in partnership with the Ummah Welfare Trust saw 163 items of garments make the 2,800 miles plus voyage to the Middle East. In the wake of being drawn nearer to offer his input, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust trustee Uwais Patel recommended that the plan’s goal should be the hardship country of Syria, in an offer to furnish a poverty-stricken community with some basic garments. The main part of the donation originated from surplus stock already introduced by the club to the Community Trust for it to disseminate to worthy purposes. A portion of the items included were retro Rovers shirts dating back to the 1996/97 season, past U23 strips and training clothing. Along these lines, Patel reached Ummah Welfare Trust to look for the charity’s help with completing the program. Digging into the task further, Patel stated: “Already our extra kit was simply put away, so we chose to give something back.” “We expected to demonstrate that

our obligation of care isn’t simply to Blackburn Rovers supporters. We’re far beyond only a football club; we care about our local community and many others.” “Football is tied in with putting smiles on individuals’ faces, and while this isn’t really football related, we’ve certainly figured out how to do as such.” “Instead of basically discarding our kit, we’ve now made a responsibility that we’ll keep on donating any extra items to anguish nations.” UWT, which was formed in 2001 with the point of mitigating worldwide poverty, has sent apparel and help to Syria for three years, and with the reward of being based locally, Patel clarified that it was a characteristic fit for all parties. “We were continually going to work with a nearby charity, they ticked all the boxes,” said Patel. “It was hugely essential that we continued everything in the local community, everything should remain in Blackburn.” While the plan has included a time of extraordinary arranging and preparation, the reaction appeared from both the Syrian beneficiaries and the more extensive community has made

everything worthwhile. Patel included: “We’ve had an extremely positive response, especially from the Muslim community.” “Since we got the affirmation, the children have been enchanted with the kit.” “It’s a reason that is very close to my heart. It’s overwhelming to seeing them [people in poverty] suffering day by day.” “I’m glad to have made even a little commitment, particularly on the grounds that it’s accompanied Rovers – the club I’ve upheld since I was a child.” “Our aim currently is to keep on reinforcing our relationship with Ummah Welfare Trust and other local charities.” “The UWT has a solid association with Myanmar [formerly known as Burma], that is probably going to be the next goal for this initiative.” A spokesman for Al Dana Sports Club stated: “We are a team who play football in north-west Syria and we want to express gratitude toward Ummah Welfare Trust and Blackburn Rovers for supporting us with these sportswear items.”

Israel fumes as Ahed Tamimi honoured by Real Madrid soccer club

Eight months after being physically and verbally abused in an Israeli military prison cell, Ahed Tamimi was welcomed with open arms by Real Madrid on Saturday evening to take in the spectacle of the fiery Madrid derby between arch-rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Ahed Tamimi, 17, was arrested in December of 2017 for slapping and kicking IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) soldiers outside of her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, after they unlawfully invaded Tamimi’s family home, in a video which went viral across different social media platforms. Contrary to Israeli viewpoints, Tamimi revealed to the assembly in a court hearing in December that the soldiers featured in the video brutalised her 15-year old cousin Mohammed Tamimi by shooting him in the head with rubber bullets outside their property – which he later survived from. The face of the Palestinian resistance Tamimi was welcomed to the iconic Estadio Santiago Bernabéu stadium and upon arrival, she, who was accompanied by her father Bassem Tamimi, and was greeted by retired Real Madrid striker Emilio Butragueño – who currently serves at the club as part of the senior management team, before enjoying the game. Further information regarding Tamimi and her father’s visit to the Spanish capital was released by Al Jazeera who reported that the pair are travelling around Europe to engage in a series of political events. The news of Real Madrid’s gesture caused outrage among many different Israeli ambassadors and leaders who condemned their token of support. For example, Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Emanuel Nachson conveyed his belief that the honouring of Tamimi and her family by Real

Madrid is immoral as it indirectly contradicts the values of the game such as respect and tolerance. He tweeted from his verified account: ‘The prestigious soccer club of Real Madrid embraces a terrorist inciting to hatred and violence. Shameful’. Daniel Kutner, Israel’s ambassador to Spain also shared his thoughts on Twitter pertaining to Real Madrid using their global image to advocate their support for the teenager. A translated version of Kutner’s tweet was provided by The Times of Israel newspaper which read: ‘Ahed Tamimi does not fight for peace; she defends violence and terror, the institutions that have received and celebrated her indirectly encourage aggression and not the dialogue and understanding that we need’. However, Kutner and Nachson’s labelling of Tamimi as a representation of terrorism and violence is an insult to the definition of the word ‘peace’ since Israel continues to ignore its own war crimes against humanity. It was only four months ago that the council of the United Nations voted on a resolution to launch a war crimes investigation into Israeli forces’ shootings of Palestinian civilians. In an article published by The Guardian, the resolution inherently condemned the ‘disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians’. Nevertheless, Real Madrid ensured that Tamimi’s visit was memorable as they presented her with a customised replica of the iconic number 9 jersey. Events on the pitch can be considered a case to forget as neither side was able to take advantage of FC Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao earlier in the day as the Madrid derby ended goalless and both teams shared the spoils. By Shazad Hussain


Interview with Kash Farooq By Manisha Bhanot

1. What inspired you to start boxing from an early age? Do you remember how old you were when you began and how did it feel the first time you got in a ring to fight? The first time I started off boxing I was about 14 or 15. I was never really into the sport until my friend took me down to the gym and I started punching a few bags. The trainer came up to me and said “you’ve got a bit of a punch, come down the next night.” So I did and I brought my gloves and that was it, I just stuck with it from then on.

off, and I couldn’t be happier.

2. Where were the first clubs and academies in which you first started out boxing, where did it all begin? I first started off at Glasgow East in Scotland from the age of 15. That’s where it all became professional really and that’s who I’ve been with since and where I’ve trained up.

7. How have you been handling your fame as a rising star? Did you ever think you’d get as much fame as you do now when you were first starting out in your career? It doesn’t really bother me to be honest. I have time for the media and press if they want to get to know me and ask questions. I think I’ve been handling it well and I’m at ease with the whole situation.

3. Who have your idols been in the boxing world, and why do you look up to them? I think it would have to be the first trainer I started off with, Bobby McDermott; he inspired me to be a fighter. He was an ex-professional who started off as an amateur like myself and so I just wanted to follow in his footsteps. 4. You moved from Pakistan to Glasgow as a young boy, how did the drastic change affect your career and how has it been growing up as a Pakistani-born boxer in the UK? I was originally born in Gujranwala, but stayed in Lahore all my life until we moved to Glasgow when I was around 6 or 7. The move didn’t really impact me as a boxer to be honest; I never really looked at it and just took things a day at a time. I felt as though I was always welcomed into the boxing community because my trainers were really open minded and always looked after me. They respected me as a person and that was it really. 5. Earlier this month you beat your opponent Jamie Wilson in just 73 seconds to earn the Bantamweight title. You also became the first Pakistani-born boxer to win a British title. How did that feel? I was over the moon! When I started boxing I didn’t expect myself to be the first Pakistani-born to achieve such a big title. I felt like all of the hard work through the years had paid

6. What has people’s reaction been to your success in the boxing industry so far and how do your family and friends feel about you perusing your career as a boxer as well? Obviously my Mum and Dad were really emotional because I’ve been working so hard from such a young age and dedicated myself completely to the sport. All my friends and my team were overjoyed as well; they really understand how much time and effort I put into my boxing.

8. How do you and your coaches from Renfrewshire Boxing Club, Craig Dickson get on? How long have you been training together and what is your relationship like with the rest of your team? It’s brilliant! I came to Renfrewshire Boxing Club around 2 or 3 years ago now. It’s been great; Dickson looks after me and gives me advice not only about my boxing but life in general as well. All the boys down at the gym are always supporting me as well and there’s nothing closer to me than boxing itself. 9. What are you expecting from your first title defence match against Iain Butcher in the Emirates arena towards the end of November? Are you looking forward to the rivalry? Well I’ve been training hard for it because I’m expecting a hard fight. I’m just at boxing camp now and I’m not looking far beyond the match because it’s all I’m focused on right now. 10. What are your future career plans as a boxer now that you’ve secured the Bantamweight title? How do you plan on progressing into the upcoming months and New Year? I think right now I’m just planning things based around my next fight against Butcher. I’m progressing with my boxing one match and day at a time, and then I can decide what’s next beyond that.


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