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Muslim Burials The truth behind the lies ZAIN IN TOWN
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Save Maryam P7 P11 By Mohamed Ansar Muslims in Batley and Dewsbury are in outrage over the alleged Muslim burial scandal published in The Press newspaper. Whatâ€™s More they feel the attack on the Muslim Mosque Burial Committee (MMBC) is nothing more than a political campaign against newly elected Dewsbury South Councillor Abdul Patel. Amongst the inaccuracies, the claim of two members in the committee is false, there are actually three active members Mr Ghulam Maniyar, Mr Abdul Aslam Islam and Cllr Patel. The MMBC was set up in 1987 with eighteen members and is run by a constitution. Cllr Abdul Patel joined the committee some 10 years later and was not there from the start.
At the time, weekend and evening burials were not possible within Kirklees and by setting up the private cemetery, the MMBC were able to offer these services to the Muslim Community. In Islam the deceased is to be buried as soon as the body is ready for burial and the MMBC allowed this to happen, preventing disappointment of families having to wait for a weekend to pass. Naturally, this has helped a great number of Muslim families in a time of personal grief and the anger at The Press as well as former Tory councillor Khizar Iqbal is just as natural. Many are asking the question why Iqbal never raised any questions Continued on Page 3
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police have concluded their investigations and found nothing. It does however seem to be a coincidence that whenever Iqbal has a bee in his bonnet The Press always seems to pop up with a front page or article in his favour.
The headline reads ‘Muslim Burial Scandal’ and to no surprise the infamous Danny Lockwood from ‘The Press’ is standing looking down a pipe at a supposedly somewhat troubled Muslim community. The reality is far from it.
Iqbal left his own credentials being questioned in the 2010 general elections, when he left the Conservative party after an alleged bust up with Baroness Warsi. The former Tory councillor stood as an independent against the then Labour MP Shahid Malik and fell 13,000 votes shorter than Malik.
As I flick to the story and browse the page it came as little surprise that possibly instigating this assault on the Muslim community is none other than former Tory Councillor Khizar Iqbal who Many residents in the Dewsbury continues to raise allegations of South ward believe Iqbals local election fraud even though the election defeat earlier this year,
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134 Bradford Road, Dewsbury, WF13 2EW was a direct result in what constituents feel was a duping method used by Iqbal to split the Muslim vote in 2010. And when those voters returned for the local elections, Iqbal was hammered, losing by over 1500 votes to Cllr Abdul Patel.
paper and not one that listens to the whims of a losing desperate politician. Its only an opinion but I think Khizar Iqbals political career, is truly dead and buried.
Ever since, Iqbal has attempted to put Cllr Patel in a bad light in a vain attempt to regain a seat belonging to a ward that really doesn’t want him. So the moral is, read a reputable
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Keep up the good work by providing the local community a much needed service. With Peace & Friendship Shazad Hussain By Mohamed Ansar
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Eight men in Derby were convicted of child grooming, but no far right group protested outside the courts, nor was there much media coverage. In fact only two UK newspapers covered the story. The reason for this seeming unimportance in the media world can only be aligned to the fact seven of the eight were white middle aged men and not Pakistani or Muslim. The story also underlines a report presented to the Leveson enquiry on racist media portrayal of Muslims and it’s social impact. Report author Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Chief Research Officer at Unitas Communications, said: “Our analysis of existing research to date on how the British media has reported on Islam and Muslims over the last two
decades shows that this reporting has been overwhelmingly negative, stereotypical and inaccurate.” The recent grooming case in Rochdale led to far right groups protesting against Muslims in general, simply because the convicted happened to be Pakistani Muslims. In the case in Derby the religious identity of the eight men never got a mention. No groups stood up to protest against these men who preyed on fifteen vulnerable girls aged from 13 to 15 years old. Or speak out and criticise the manner in which drugs, alcohol and cuddly toys were used to lure these girls. In both cases the methods used were similar and the convicted should be kept behind bars. No matter how it’s worded, we all see the acts of these men as nothing less then rape, and the
communities are all rightfully disgusted by their acts. But an important fact that main stream media has left out is the Muslim community is as disgusted by these acts as any other community. Dr Ahmed went on to say why mainstream media’s reporting of Muslims remains negative and inaccurate: “This is due largely to poor journalistic standards in the tabloid press, which sets the wider news agenda in print and broadcasting. “Within the last decade in particular, spikes in anti-Muslim reporting have correlated with an increase in negative perceptions of British Muslims in wider society. This in turn has correlated with a dramatic rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which now appear to be at record levels.”
In order for communities to coexist they need to understand one another, this means there needs to be more interaction between them. But when one community is constantly under the microscope, being accused of harbouring criminals by media and politicians, its natural for members of that community not to want to interact. Fearing interaction would lead to further false accusations, ultimately leading to greater division between people of different faiths, colours, race and heritage. The report by Unitas calls for more robust enforcement powers for the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), a better press code of conduct, to establish a PCC advisory panel relating to Muslims and protection for journalists from editorial pressure to generate inaccurate stories.
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regarding the MMBC during his fourteen years as a councillor? The Allegations
In a meeting of 17 Mosques from Ravensthorpe, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury and Batley the MMBC addressed the issues they had been accused of.
Community backs Councillor A respected and popular figure within the community, Cllr Abdul Patel more or less lived an anonymous media life, that’s until he thrashed Khizar Iqbal in the local elections in May. His contributions to the community are well known. From behind the counter as a postmaster, for the past 30 years, to the late night knock on the door from a bereaved member of the community, “People know they can knock on my door”. He told us “This burial service is a free service we do for the community. We had a meeting with the 17 Mosques (involved with MMBC) on Sunday (22nd July) and
Allegations that the committee has not kept a record of where bodies are buried are simply not true according to the MMBC who revealed these to Awaaz reporter and was told:
Kirklees cemetery free of charge for many years.”
“We have kept records of whose buried The MMBC have also told in which grave.” the council in relation to Likewise failing to inform the registrar May Elections: Cllr Patel and ex Cllr Iqbal watch the votes come in any mis-calculated rents, within 96 hours is also false, MMBC told us: would be happily paid to the council. a receipt which includes the location of the “In every Burial we have completed part C of plot. What’s more the £3000 charged to an The missing grave the body disposal certificate and forwarded it individual is grossly exaggerated and is to the registrar.” quoted as a ‘claim’ and not attributed to an According to the article, one particular man has individual or particular receipt. been searching for two years to find his And environmental regulations about bodies grandmother’s grave. Mr Maniyar and Cllr Patel possibly contaminating the water table? The The MMBC told us there are three types of told us they were approached about a year ago MMBC told us the same grave digger they use graves, box and wood, no box just wood and by a women who wanted to trace her grandis the same one employed at the Bradford timber vaulting. The timber vaulting costs mothers grave. Cemetery, he came to the meeting and £1950 which is the highest price charged. confirmed such incidents had never Mr Ghulam Maniyar told Awaaz: They asked if she had the receipt issued at the happened. time but she told them it had been misplaced “We addressed the points in the paper and or lost. After going through the process of The Press article contains a constant everybody had full faith in the committee. searching records Cllr Patel found the location bombardment about monies missing. The of the grave. He then asked the family MMBC have kept financial records ever since it “We have been helping people with burials members on two occasions to meet them at began. For each burial the committee issue not just in the private cemetery but also in the the grave yard. On both occasions family
Thousands of people’s lives in a serious dilemma
By Sana Abubacar The Mid- Yorkshire Hospitals Trust are proposing massive changes to services at Dewsbury Hospital in a way to recover its financial position. The service reconfiguration will affect numbers of departments which are likely to be moved, merged or closed in an attempt to save £24 million by 2013. So far the trust has managed to outline savings of only £14 million. Staff at the hospital have confirmed to Awaaz that bureaucracy and outsourcing is wasting the resources. Managers are appointed for short periods who introduce expensive changes and than leave.
There is no long term forecast of spending. Stephen Eames, Interim Chief Executive of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said, “The challenges faced by the Trust have been a matter of public concern for many years. We are working hard to meet national standards for how quickly people are seen when they need care and this work is starting to take effect. We are also tackling the financial problems head on with a savings plan for this year which we are delivering. Dewsbury Hospital’s A& E department will change from “Type 1” to “type 3”, which means the centre will only deal with minor burns and
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scalds, sprains and strains and some broken bones. The maternity Unit will face severe cuts and will be led simply by mid-wife, this means all mothers who may need specialist care will have to go to Pindersfields and all other departments within the hospital will be reduced to provide only non-urgent medical care such as planned procedures. These changes will obligate local people to travel as far as Pinderfield or Pontefract to access vital health services for all urgent medical needs and many non- urgent procedures. Awaaz have spoken to many local residents who say that A&E is a very essential part of the local hospital service and needs to stay. Mr Okadia said: “We live in Heckmondwike and it will take up to one hour to get to
they all gave us their full backing”. “In fifteen years no one has raised anything about the burials. During that time Iqbal was the councillor, if somebody had complained surely he would have raised the matter then, but he didn’t” Understandably the Dewsbury South Cllr is very upset at these continued dirty tactics being used to get at him. Whether by insinuations on members of his family or the Muslim community, the motives are transparent. It’s not strange for a successful business man to have more than one property and some may argue to stoop to such a low level may have more to do with jealousy.
members failed to show up. Over the 25 years the MMBC have been associated with over 1000 burials. From those only this one case of someone unaware of their loved ones grave has ever been raised. Iqbals concerns regarding the MMBC seems to have only begun after Cllr Patel stood to run against him in this years local elections which he lost. Mr Maniyar, asked why Iqbal couldn’t raise his questions directly with him? “Iqbal knows me, I’ve known him personally for many many years, he could have approached me, and I would have answered all his queries” And Finally The MMBC also stated : “If anyone wishes to see the accounts they are welcome to. This is amanat (trust) of the whole community”
Wakefield and even more at rush times.” Changes could also see new centre’s of excellence being created at the Dewsbury and District hospital. According to reports Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust want to move their neurological rehabilitation unit and orthopedics unit to Dewsbury District Hospital, making Dewsbury a specialist in bone and joint surgery. But according to sources almost 100 post’s are facing the axe in clerical, management and administrative jobs. However the management post are then likely to be out sourced. The trust spends around £8
million a year on non-clinical managers and the cuts may not be enough to secure the trusts future. The local Labour team is leading the battle to save the hospital and is encouraging politicians of all parties and local people to come together and fight for our hospital. “We have, to date, over 5000 signatures on our petition to save the A&E and stop the reduction of other services at Dewsbury hospital. The petition will be handed to Stephen Eames, Chief Executive of the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust on 14th August to show the strength of public feeling against these proposals”, said councillor Karen Rowling.
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Saville Town Post Master and Dewsbury South Cllr Abdul Patel was awarded with a trophy in recognition to his services to the community by the Post Office service. Cllr Patel took over the Post Office from Effiy Harris three decades ago and in recognition the Post Office awarded the long serving post master a well deserved honour.
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Speaking to Cllr and Post Master Patel he said, “I’ve been here for thirty years serving the local community of Saville Town and was one of the first Asian Post Masters in Yorkshire’ Speaking about friend and former post Mistress Mrs Harris he said, “she comes to see me every week, for a From Left to Right: Adrian Wales ,Regional Manager for talk and to collect her pension, she’s Royal Mail / Post Office, Cllr Abdul Patel, Ms Effiy Harris Ex one of my loyal customers and a Post Mistress Savile Town Post Office and Cllr Masood good friend and has helped me along the way’ Ahmed.
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Preventing summer tragedies By Bill Smith Jr Kirklees Council’s Highway Safety Team is urging drivers to slow down for children in order to prevent any summer holiday tragedies on the roads. With more children out and about on their bicycles in the surprisingly good weather, enjoying their brief freedom from school, they are more at risk from traffic moving too fast in built up areas.
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ON August 16, like many other A-level students, I will be waking up to the sound of fear and dread. As well as receiving my A-level results, I will also be receiving the decision on whether I’ve made it into University or not. So I thought I’d go over a few things that all the UCAS applicants will need to keep in mind. Firstly, make sure you’re up early. UCAS updates all decisions on Track at 8:00am, not midnight as mythsproclaim. From this you will know if you are successful or not.
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New School, New Route
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If your child is going to high school for the first time in September, Kirklees Council is asking you to plan an easy route to their new school beforehand. Many children would much rather go with their friends or make their own way there, however their new journey to high school will probably be longer and cross busy roads. For this reason, Kirklees Council’s Highway Safety Team is urging parents to
use the time in the summer holidays to walk with their children to their new high school or go with them on the bus, in order to find the safest and easiest route to school, to avoid any dangers or busy junctions. Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Cllr Cathy Scott,said:
“With children becoming more independent it is not surprising that their risk of becoming a pedestrian casualty rises in the first two years at high school. Rather than leave them to cope on their own when school starts, parents should start encouraging and preparing their children now in order to help them be more independent as well as keeping them safe.” If you want any more road safety advice for children, v i s i t http://talesoftheroad.direct. gov.uk , which also has some fun activities for children to help them learn to keep safe on the roads.
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Shisha smoking has spread like a wildfire across Britain, quickly becoming a common activity for people to partake in. But why exactly is it so popular and prevalent among young people? And what are the laws surrounding the Middle Eastern pipes? As a young person myself, I would never dream of smoking a shisha, mostly because I have never seen the attraction of inhaling smoke, which could damage your body, but not all people feel the same way.
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Sacha’Tandulka hitting Moroccon home for Mount CC Storm swings victory Mount Cricket Clubs highest batting Unbeaten on runs individual score was broken this 118 Sacha helped month after nearly twenty years. Mount to Batting first, Usama Sacha broke the reach a total record hitting a whopping 186 runs of 192- 9. against Leymoor Cricket Club putting away ten 6’s and twenty M o u n t four 4’s in a partnership of 235 with b o w l e r s followed suite partner Imran Saeed Patel (49). b o w l i n g The previous record of 183 was set Azaad out for by Yusuf Makda around 20 years just 45 with Jee ago. In the 20 years hardly anybody Hasan from mount had ever come close Patel Taking 5 but last season Ebrahim Bismillah for 12 and Riyaz Motala reached 179 falling slightly short. Breaking Records: Mount CC taking 5 for 23. Usama Sacha breaks club record Sacha is fast becoming a hitting sensation for Mount CC as he Mount CC team A stand 9 points clear stepped out to hit a consecutive top of the Huddersfield Central League. century against team Azaad.
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This is not always followed to the letter. Illegal shisha bars are on the rise, with no ventilation leading to a high risk of fires and suffocation. As well as this, many of the customers, similar to legal shisha bars, are underage teenagers looking for the right mix of ‘safe and dangerous’.Warning signs on tobacco products also seem to have been misplaced in shisha bars such as Pashas. In recent studies, a 60 minute shisha session was found to be the equivalent of smoking 100-200 cigarettes. Although this study has been refuted to be only 60 cigarettes it is still a considerable amount, considering a
Eight teams, playing under international names, battled it out in the group stages and then the semis for the converted trophy. KAL are running their very own games to celebrate the 2012 Olympics with eleven of the twenty six sports being competed in local tournaments around Kirklees. In the end the final came down to neighbours Batley Vs Dewsbury.
shisha session can last up to two hours on average. When asked in a survey conducted by the British Heart Foundation 84% of young people were unaware of the figure, thinking it to be 10 or fewer cigarettes. Moreover, 13% thought there were no possible health risks from smoking shisha and 43% did not know it contained tobacco. One regular shisha user, Jamal Adam, was unperturbed by any of the statistics on shisha smoking, often finding research on shisha contradictory. His first time smoking shisha was in Bradford, “We just sat, talked and had a smoke and a laugh. It was inside, safe, warm and food and drink was served. It basically ticked all the boxes of what we were looking to do but in a ‘safe environment’.”
A suspicious package found in a park just off Halifax Road in Dewsbury turned out to be nothing more than a firework.
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Senegal (Dewsbury) simply didn’t have an answer to Morocco (Batley), as team Morocco swept aside their opponents in a 3-0 victory to become this years KAL Games Football Champions. Overall 80 people took part in the competition and the weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
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Dewsbury Police station was evacuated and officers were stationed around the park on Rockhouse drive, adjacent to Halifax Road during the overnight search for more packages. The park itself remained off limits until mid morning; being reopened after the contents of the package was revealed to be just a firework. Initial reports by locals of a man being murdered had spread through the community and across social networks , which where much to blame, then turned out to be false when the alleged victim turned up for evening prayers at the local Mosque.
HAJJ PILGRIMS TO BE ON GUARD TWO months and ten days after the end of Ramadhaan Muslims around the world will be converging on the Holy city of Makkah to perform the religious act of Hajj. But for some, the once in a lifetime dream turns into a nightmare. West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) have received reports locally of travel agents who are taking advantage of pilgrims by not fulfilling their obligations. Complaints made have included poor quality of hotel rooms, over-crowded rooms, poor arrangements for bus transfers and a lack of clarity regarding what the package includes.
Councillor Neil Taggart, Chair of West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee, said: “Whilst some hardship and sacrifice may be a test of one’s patience whilst performing the pilgrimage, keeping quiet about or accepting shortcomings when you have paid for a service to an agent is not.”
However WYTS say not enough local people raise their concerns with the authorities about the poor service and failed promises they receive. In other areas within the UK where complaints have been made, tour operators failing to deliver the package they sold have been successfully prosecuted.
The cost of an individual persons Hajj can run into four or five thousand pounds and its not surprising when a couple are paying twice this, failure by the operator leaves them considerably
Graham Hebblethwaite, Chief Officer of West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, said: “It is vital that consumers know what their package includes and get it in writing beforethey set off for the
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It’s also important to make sure your flight operator holds a current Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL). ATOL will ensure that your pre-payments are protected and that you can get back home if neces What we eat directly affects our health. Ramadan is a great opportusary in the event of the operator nity to learn more about good eating going out of business. habits. Dr Haider from Park CommuMake sure details of your trip includ- nity Practice, advises how to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. ing special arrangements are in writing before you pay any money. You must be given details of your A balanced dietand understanding itinerary, transport connections, the effects of fasting are key to a times and places and the details of healthy Ramadan. Fasting means it’s the company’s representative that important to balance food and fluid you can contact while you are away. intake, so that you don’t end up too Keep this information (as well as any hungry or dehydrated during the brochures you have been given) day or overfull at night. somewhere safe as you will need Stick to a simple diet– this may be these if something goes wrong. very different to your normal diet. In addition to ATOL, check the Eat foods from all major food groups, company is also a member of a including complex carbohydrates reputable organisation such as IBTA and fibre-rich foods. Avoid deep-fat or ABTA and of course the best or high-sugar foods - healthy reference is from previous custom- alternatives include wholegrains and milk-based puddings. Usealternative ers especially family and friends. methods of cooking including If something does go wrong make shallow frying and grilling. your agent aware as soon as possible and where possible collect Sehri, the pre-dawn meal, should be filling and provide you with lots of evidence or take pictures as proof. energy. You may find it difficult to eat Important questions to ask your large meals, so ensure what you eat travel agent can be found at the releases energy slowly throughout the day. For Iftar, or meal that breaks below link: your fast, start with dates or fruit juice for a burst of energy, then have a light meal. Remember a small www.hajinformation.com amount of food will fill you up more quickly than normal.
Westborough takes to the community
Over 240 pupils across 40 venues took part in the annual community week projects carried out by pupils from Westborough High School. This year saw the pupils from the Halifax road campus join in for their first taste of the project that has been ruining Work of art: A Pagoda received a touch of design thanks to the for over 20 pupils of Westborough y e a r s . did and it’s a great success for the Speaking about the involvement by school”. the Halifax Road campus, The project aims to give back to the co-ordinator Ahmed Vali told us: community through a week of helping out places from schools and “It’s the first time pupils here have community centres to cricket clubs participated and they really enjoyed and landscaping projects. it, its been an absolute thrill. Kate Tunstall who co-ordinated from “I am immensely proud of the pupils the Stockhill side told us: and staff, you have to have the staff onboard for this which we “It’s such an opportunity to build
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#SaveMaryam D E S Campaign EXPO By Rukiya Dadhiwala
Every so often a fundraising video goes viral. Earlier this year we had Kony2012 – a successful video which pleaded with the public to help catch Kony by raising awareness and donating to the campaign. Now that the Kony2012 mania has died down there’s a new video that has gone viral –#SaveMaryam. The campaign, initiated by UK registered charity Mercy Mission, highlights the Christian missionary work being undertaken in Indonesia, and the alarming conversion to Christianity as a result.
Response on Twitter has been immense. Timelines have been filled with messages of support and #SaveMaryam trending worldwide, even minor celebs have got involved with Lauren Booth tweeting on 1st August
trend is only 2-years old, and the 2 million figure is correct, how was it worked out that by 2035 Christianity will be the majority religion?
Specially for the youth (5 - 25 years)
Using the 2 million per year figure, in 2035 the Christian population will be approximately 69 million and the Muslim population will be approximately 161 million - which by my account is still more than double the Christian population – and these figures don’t even take into account that the Muslim population is rising seven times faster than the Christian population.
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If you feel there are alternative explanations for these numbers, just watch the video again. Except this time pause it at 36 seconds. What you should see on your screen is the policy briefing from International Crisis Group labelled ‘Asia briefing – No.114’ and it is dated ‘24th November 2012’ – yes that’s right 2012. I can only assume that Mercy Mission is able to look into the future. Mercy Mission have released a press statement in an attempt to explain their numbers however, the question arising here is why use predicted data (2009) instead of National Census 2010 resulting in their numbers being grossly exaggerated. They also claim to have done groundwork, but they fail to report any of their sources.
“Met organisers of SAVE MARYAM in KL. Had iftar at one of their shelters for women - a haven of hope. Plse support” At first viewing of the video you are captivated, and you want to help, but with a little digging around you see that things are not as they seem.
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Indonesia is the fourth most populous country and has the largest Muslim population in the world at approximately 207.2 million (88%), but it is not an Islamic state. Islam was first adopted by the Indonesian in the thirteenth century, and by the sixteenth century Islam became the majority religion, and this continues to be the case today. The #SaveMaryam video makes two bold claims - the first is that Muslims convert to Christianity at the rate of 2 million per year, and the second is that if this continues by 2035 there will be more Christians in Indonesia than Muslims. Let’s assume that this rate of conversion to Christianity has been happening for several years, why is this not reflected in the National Census data? “#SaveMaryam is exploiting Indonesia by creating bombastic video using manipulative facts and figures in order to achieve their donation ambition of $2000000. It seems this Kony2012 hype video is a new way of gathering money from all over the world” and is “very patronising and insulting to Muslims of Indonesia” – Moulana M. Syuhada.
The National Census of 2000 shows approximately 178 million Muslims approximately 18 million Christians, fast forward ten years and the National Census shows approximately 207 million Muslims and approximately 23 million Christians. Simple maths tells us that the average increase of Muslims was about 3.6 million per year, and the average increase of Christians was a mere 500,000 per year. By National census data the figure is a quarter of the 2 million quoted by Mercy Mission. For argument purposes, let us assume that the
Christian missionaries in Indonesia are nothing new, but figures are grossly exaggerated by Mercy Mission. Yes, we should do everything in our power to help every Muslim who becomes disenfranchised with Islam, however, let’s start with the Muslims in Britain, and yes it does happen on our doorstep, you just need to look at the Council of Ex Muslims of Britain for evidence of this. For a copy of the full article, with further details, thorough explanations of numbers and a link to Mercy Mission’s press release visit our website at www.awaaznews.com
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The biggest feature of Office 2013 has to be cloud subscriptions, which allows users to “stream” a full-featured version of Office to a PC with their personal settings at anytime, anywhere. The UI (user interface) has been given a refresh featuring Microsoft’s “Metro” design language which is noticeable throughout the bundled
applications. It fits extremely well with Windows 8 which also features the same design language. Other improvements include Word now which supports the opening and editing of PDF files out of the box. New alignment guides allow you to correctly line up objects as you wish. Word also includes a new onscreen reader which syncs the position of where you have read a document, allowing you to pick up what you were reading before on a mobile device/another computer. A public customer preview was released on the 16th July which can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.
A Thousand Splendid Suns – The Review By Bill Smith Jr A Thousand Splendid Suns is KhaledHosseini’s follow-up novel to the highly successful Kite Runner and readers of the first novel will certainly find this to their satisfaction. I was reluctant at first to read it, mostly because of the reviews that paint it to be a hard, violent, saddening story which is almost unbearable to read at times and although I cannot refute this I did not regret reading it. Hosseini is a master of storytelling and he made even an unbearable story readable, transporting you through time and place to Afghanistan almost effortlessly. It takes place at a time when the Soviets are being fought by the mujahideen, who eventually win, and turn quickly from freedom fighters to oppressors. The story is a tale of two lives, or rather two women. One is Mariam, an oppressed, abused woman from Herat, who faces hardships from the very moment that she is born, from a dishonest, charming father, to an insincere, violent husband. The second is Laila, a free spirit from Kabul, with a liberal family, an education and even a boyfriend. She has always been brought up to believe in the importance of women. The paths of these two women are crossed in a
By Mohamed Ansar Islamic relief and the Indian Muslim Welfare Society in Batley hosted an evening with world famous singer songwriter Zain Bhikah. The South African, on a UK tour raising funds for UK charity Islamic relief, performed to an audience of fans young and old at the Al Hikmah centre and took time out for an exclusive interview with Awaaz.
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tragedy that plunges the two into a joint life of pain and suffering, eventually turning adversaries into friends. But before that, h o r r o r followed in the path of horror, missiles killing families, murder and abuse to the point of the unbearable. I closed the book at several points, unable to read any further, with only my knowledge that the end cannot be as harsh. It was not. It brought new light to a place where there was none, new life where life seemed not to exist. Hosseini brings out of the shade the individuality and feelings of the Afghans, rather than treating them as a whole, he focusses on enriching the knowledge and attitudes towards each individual. Although the ending has been said to be flimsy and over sentimental, it’s one that brings hope to a place filled with desolation. This is definitely worth a read, but it’s not for the faint-hearted.
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After almost two decades of performing English nasheed’s that include over ten albums and a worldwide fan base, Zain’s popularity is without comparison. I asked him how the world of English nasheed’s had changed during that time: “I started in south Africa and Dawood Wharmsby started in Canada, Yusuf Islam in the UK. “At the time it was purely just for the sake of expressing ourselves firstly as creative people but secondly trying to use songs as a means of inspiration. None of us ever saw it as entertainment and I still don’t, I think it’s a means of inspiration and a means of education. “Unfortunately, yes as the success of this type of thing grows business comes in and maybe we tend to loose the intentions, but Alhamdulillah a lot of the core artists that have been doing it for many years around the world have maintained their good intentions. “There’s always a danger we can become a little too much like the west and loose our intentions but we mustn’t forget the power of this medium of songs to inspire our young people. Ninety nine point nine percent of music out there is bad for our children, so we can’t take it away without providing an alternative.” Popularity of nasheed’s performed in English has rapidly grown, with mediums like You Tube allowing artists to share their work with the world. But with it the Muslim communities have also been deliberating the use of musical instruments, it permissibility and prohibition. I asked Zain what his opinion was relating to the use of musical instruments, he told me:
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for ‘An evening of Inspiration’. Since then his work with the charity has continued, Zain told us: “Of course in south Africa we have the highest rate of HIV aids in the world, because of this we have many young people without parents so it wasn’t long that Islamic relief started in South Africa and we worked very closely with them. “Not many people know this but all of my music is owned by a charity, I work full time I work with my father, so Alhamdulillah I don’t do this for a living and I’ve always wanted to keep the songs pure so all the proceeds go to charity.
“There’s always been a difference of opinion, I’ve spoken to many scholars over the years and many people and I respect other people’s opinions. For me I just feel that most of my songs are aimed at young people and I don’t want any parent to have a concern about whether a song is fine.
“With Islamic relief I just find they’re a wonderful organisation, they’re world wide, do a lot of good work of bringing people together and even this tour, we’re doing 12 cities in 12 days in the UK and we only gave them three weeks to prepare and Alhamdulillah they’ve pulled it off.”
“So I’ve stayed away from musical instruments except the drum and even on my album every single one of my songs is available without even the drum just so I can make it accessible. “We have to be careful that people listen to the message, the message is more important than anything else.”
Zain Bhikah nasheed’s have been an inspiration to young writers and performers around the world. It seems not a single Madressah jalsa (end of school assembly) takes place without the performance of a Zain Bhikah nasheed by a child. I asked him what advice he would give to budding nasheed writers and performers, he told me:
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“Firstly I encourage them to write. Artists sharing a piece of your soul and saying this is who I am.
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Rashid Bhikah- A choice for the new generation By Mohamed Ansar Probably most famously recognised by his song about drugs titled ‘Can’t U see’, Rashid Bhikah is as well known globally as his father Zain. But how was it to travel and perform to the world along side his famous dad? “You know my dad has taken me around to many places and I’m actually grateful for that because I actually got to see the world and you know I got my opportunity to start singing and rapping, so I’ve become known because of my dad and I really appreciate that a lot”. Rashid, who has featured on a number of albums and recorded nasheed’s with artist like Abdul Malik from Native Deen, Naadira Alli, as well as of course Zain Bhikah. But now the child, who grew up in front of millions of adoring fans, is working on an album in his own right. “I’m currently working on an album now, with my good friend Zubair and the drummer as Mian. We’re trying to may be sort something out, maybe try and get an album out by late April next year.”
“Of course if Allah has given us a talent we have to use it responsibly, “The advice I would give is firstly write your own. Secondly clarify your intentions and its very easy, I’m an artist I know we lie to ourselves we’re doing this for this but you know a lot of people are looking up to us and it can become very tempting but I think we need to clarify our intentions to make sure we’re doing this only for Allah. So I often say keep your day job, what ever you do keep that going, do this for a hobby and don’t take it too seriously” From the hundreds of nasheed’s written and performed by Zain I asked him which was his favourite and why? “That’s a tough question, I think so many songs represent different times in my life. “I think conceptually my album ‘Mountains of Makkah’ is my favourite because the entire album was written while I was on hajj so it was like a personal catalogue of my journey. “When I was in Makkah I wrote mountains of Makkah, when I was in Madinah I wrote Madinah, when we were finishing pelting the Shaytaan I wrote Shaytaan so it’s the most special album. “Songs like Allah Knows, I wrote it when I was going through a tough time and I realised Allah knows all our conditions, Songs like the world cup song that Rashid and I did for South
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Africa ‘First we need the love’ about bringing people together that’s special, but I think conceptually mountains of Makkah remains my best writing.” As well as solo projects, Zain has collaborated with a number of artists including Yusuf Islam, Khalil Ismail, Abdul Malik from Native Deen, but when asked which was his personal favourite one name immediately came to mind: “Dawood Wharmsby. We were almost made to sing with each other. Our voices compliment each other so perfectly, I’ve never sung with anyone in such a perfect easier way then him. He’s a good brother he’s got a good heart, him and I are more or less the same age, we started around the same time, we’re doing it for the same purpose, so Alhamdulillah Dawood Wharmsby without a doubt” Zain’s popularity is really unmatched, as I refereed to him as the ‘Godfather of English Nasheeds’ to which he remarked ‘Ya Allah I never heard it put that way’ through a laugh, but his popularity has seen him perform around the world, so what was the one place where he never imagined he would perform? “Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast. They speak French I didn’t expect anyone would know my songs but five thousand people were there in the stadium, it was amazing.” The evening lived up to the expectation and the audience enjoyed listening to the live versions of the nasheed’s many had grown up listening to.
And as a father of teenagers I along with many teenagers and their parents had to know, what’s Zain Bhikah like as a dad? “Umm… I think that they should look at their
Want to ask Zain a question? Zain Bhikha has kindly agreed to answer questions from Awaaz readers. If there is something that’s been on your mind that you’ve always wanted to ask Zain, then e-mail it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
dads and that’s exactly how my dad is (as embarrassing as that?), at times yes, but sometimes he’s quite cool about things. He’s not the typical dad, my dad and I have actually a very good relationship were close, because we tour so much we have a lot of time to bond and stuff so it does help a lot.” With his rapping abilities it certainly lessens the comparison with his father, but don’t be mistaken about this young talent’s singing abilities. ‘Broken’ which featured on the Zain Bhikah album ‘Hope’ shows Rashid has an amazing voice and don’t be shocked to be surprised next April.
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Ramadhaan: The message and the meaning
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Fasting during Ramadhaan is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam and is obligatory on every sane, mature, healthy Muslim. Almost every religious community that exists or existed are associated with some form of fasting.
In its essence, fasting in Islam means to abstain from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse from dawn till sunset, with the intention of fasting for the pleasure of almighty Allah and was ordained in the second year of the Muslim calendar (2AH), after the Prophet Muhammad’s (Pbuh) migration to Madinah. It encompasses many spiritual and physical benefits. Spiritually it leads a person to sincerity of devotion, develops: patience, discipline, steadfastness, unselfishness, social conscience and will power. Fasting also enables the Muslim to feel for the poor who daily experience hunger and hardships, and to become active in compassion and charity towards them.
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Uzbekistan moves to Ban Foreign Military
The document also stated Uzbekistan would not take part in any military or political action and its servicemen would not take part in peacekeeping operations abroad.
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Uzbekistan is moving to ban foreign military from its soil ending speculation of a United States base being planned in the country to carry out operations in neighbouring Afghanistan. However some speculators say the country could still cooperate with the US for special forces operations in the American war against the Taliban in Agfghanistan. The ban is part of a major foreign-policy document proposed by President
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A Saudi Arabian restaurant has decided to slap fines on people who do not finish their food. The Restaurant in Dammam in the Eastern Province, decided to impose a Wastage Fee’ after too many customers were ordering more than what they could eat.
Restaurant owners stressed that wasting food was against the practises of Islam and that customers should order in a more responsible manner or pay the price. While some believe it to be a publicity stunt by the restaurant others have
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Cocktail : The review Cocktail like the name implements has a few genres of entertainment thrown in by director Homi Adajania, to suit most people’s taste. Illuminati films’ third release is set in London where: Saif Ali Khan plays the character of Gautam, a 32 year old man who isn’t comfortable with the idea of settling down, he uses innovative tactics to flirt with anyone he can find.
Eighty minutes is barely enough time for a movie toget going, but with Gattu this is all your getting. The film itself produced by the Childrens Film Society Of India tells the story of Gattu, a poor boy living a life full of drudgery in a` kabaadkhaana’, surrounded by the discards of other people.
Gattu, played by Mohammad Samad, is an orphan taken under his uncles wing but living in a poverty stricken area
and labouring for free for his uncle. The sad foundations of his life only finds escape whilst he flies his kite, almost loosing himself in another world much different from the life he lives. The film explores the wit of a child tricking his uncle and teachers and anyone else along the way in convincing them and at times the audience of what ever he wants. But at the sametime the touching bravery of a difficult life always wins us over.
Pooja Bhatt has taken a big risk in casting adult movie star Sunny Leone for a role in her forth coming movie ‘Jism 2’ according to the actress. The Indo-Canadian star’s participation in controversial reality show 'Bigg Boss' led to her entry in Bollywood and now will be seen in erotic thriller directed by Bhatt. The star also learnt Hindi for the role in which she stars opposite Arunoday Singh and Randeep Hooda. The American actress said working in a mainstream film like 'Jism 2' was quite different than featuring in an adult movie and the intimate scenes in the movie were in context to the story.
The debutante model turned actress, Diana Penty plays Meera who has travelled from India to meet her husband who dumps her on arrival, she is religious and despite the situation she portrays the character of a very strong woman who makes sure she doesn’t have to compromise with her morals throughout the film. The story is based around the friendship of meera and Veronica and the love triangle with Gautam. Since their first meeting in a restroom both the girls develop a strong bond-which will obviously send them on the guilt
trip when they find out they are both in love with the same man. Veronica, played very well by Deepika Padukone is the life of the party but she is hollow in her heart due to parental neglect which has left her drowning her sorrows in alcohol and men. The film has a tremendous soundtrack featuring the Arif Lohar hit, “jugni ji” and the new dance favourite, “tumhi ho bandhu”. The supporting cast of Buman Irani and Dimple Kapadia work alongside the cast to provide many comic moments throughout the film. The feel good film provides some genuinely laugh out loud moments. Diana Penty is not just a pretty sight to look but shows great potential to be the next big actress in B-town. The movie doesn’t have an over complicated story line, which allows the viewers to enjoy the dialogues. The film does show a happy ending but i wont spoil the end for you!
Cocktail star Saif Ali Khan may well have landed himself in a bit of a pickle after a bad joke went too far. Saif announced during a press conference that his next movie will be a rom-com with Hollywood star Natalie Portman, but apparently he was just joking. It didn’t amuse Natalie’s people though, who have slapped a legal notice on Saif asking for an explanation. Saif apologised and blamed the on going speculation in all aspects of his life and said he might just start making up stoires to entertain himself. Naughty naughty!
Nindy Kaur’s Musical Tribute to RDB Brother International Bhangra artist Nindy Kaur will lend her soulful voice to a special song in memory of RDB’s Kuly Ral. The moving song, titled ‘Tut Gaya Dil’, features the vocal talents of rising urban rap star Smooth. The track has been written by Nindy, Smooth and Kuly’s father Harjog Singh, and is scheduled for release later this month. Nindy: “Not only did I lose my brother-in-law but a true friend and my biggest support. The atmosphere in the studio will never be same. Actress Farah Khan only agreed to star in "Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi" once its makers agreed to remove a kissing scene from the script. The choreographer-turned-director and now actress felt the kiss with co-star Boman Irani was not necessary for the film about two 40 something lovers. The kiss made Farah uncomfortable apparently and that’s why she refused to do it. However she’s not so kind when directing, apparently if actors don’t do what she asks she politely asks them to do it or otherwise she will find someone else. Hmm!
Ferrari Ki Sawari It’s a plot that seems quite unusual and maybe even strange, but is fast racing into a success. Ferrari Ki Sawaari is the story of Kayoz, a school boy with a dream of playing cricket at Lords. But there’s a snag, in the shape of Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari, told you it was strange. Add to it his grumpy old grandfather and the obstacles are in place for a movie full of comedy moments. Rusy, played by Sharman Joshi, is a caring father and son focussed on his 12-year-old son Kayo, played by Ritvik Sahore, cricketing dream of playing at the home of cricket, Lords. But his meagre income, working as a head clerk, is not enough to to fund his sons massive ambition.
to ask he is handed a bunch of keys by mistake and zooms off in Tendulkar’s car. An upright citizen commits his first crime. 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' is Rajesh Mapuskar's directorial debut and has been produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Sharman delivers an extraordinary performance as the story weaves in and out of of reality and fantasy with bizarre and at times strange incidents. The laughter like the script drifts in and out and may well have had a plot for much more. But don’t be misunderstand, there are moments of laughter that will have you rolling in the isle.
His desperate attempts of getting a loan inevitably fail, but by a twist of fate he falls upon a wedding planner who needs a Ferrari for a politicians son’s wedding for one hour.
"Ferrari Ki Sawaari" is basically a story of a devoted father willing to go to any lengths in order to fulfil his 12 year old sons dream, even breaking the law.
Rusy asks his dad Deboo, played by Boman Irani, to ask Sachin Tendulkar if he can borrow the Ferrari and thus make the money for Kayoz to play at Lords. With the grumpy gtrandad not playing ball Rusy himself tries his luck.
With nervous kicking in after the crime, the hilarious wedding planner adding to the laughter and ultimately turning the movie into a comedy it should be from the start.
And bring on the twist. As Rusy goes
The famous rivalry between Salman and Shah Rukh Kahn may well be coming to an end. Yes you read it right! The public annoyance at each other after the Katrina Birthday spat has kept the two trading digs for the past two years, but not any more. In a recent interview Salman wished SRK all the success in his movies he also wished the same to Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar bu SRK was the surprise. SRK had already been saying nice things about Salman in earlier interviews. End of the digs? Or just a reprive? We’ll have to wait and see.
Superstar Bachan carries flame for India
Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao successfully bid for film memorabilia worth Rs 2,38,000 at the first Osian'sCinefan auction, i n c l u d i n g S h a m m i Kapoor's jacket for Rs 88,000. The actor said he had always been a massive fan.
Banjaara cooking up a storm The song taken from the movie 'Ek Tha Tiger' has had Bollywood fans hitting repeat. The film which is set to release on the 15th of August has been named as the most anticipated movie of the year so far with its controversial story line. Directed by Kabir Khan, 'Ek Tha Tiger' stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles. The film is expected to feature Salman Khan as an Indian spy who has been sent on a special mission.
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Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan proudly carried the Olympic Torch during its final relay leg around London before the much-awaited Games opening ceremony. Dressed in official Olympic Torch Relay attire and his participant number of ‘63’ emblazoned on the front, was relaxed and joyous as he took to the streets of Southwark in London, to play his part in making history. Jogging the 0.17 mile rout through peckham road in london hundreds of adoring fans lined the streets to see the star himself. Speaking about the historic moment, Amitabh Bachchan said: ‘I never thought I’d
represent India for this. I’m so very proud to have done this and to be leaving a legacy behind for my grandchildren.’ He continued: ‘I am overwhelmed with the support that I have received in London. The Olympic Games symbolise peace, harmony and community spirit and by inviting me to be a part of this, the organisers are bringing communities together from around the world. This is indeed a great honour for me, the people of India and the film industry.’ The London 2012 Olympic Games Torch Relay will forever cement his place in history as an accomplished actor, icon and now Olympic torch bearer.
Garry Sandhu holds top spot for a second week Ik Gal featuring Sudesh Kumari & DJ Dips has been a non-mover holding the top spot for the second week running on BBC Asian Network charts. Sandhu's Ik Gal released worldwide on 05 July 2012. The teaser for Ik Gal was premiered on Garry Sandhu's Facebook page on 20 June 2012. With it being his first song released since joining Moviebox Record Label Garry has promised his fans new music.
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Beauty Page Product of the month BBrilliant! Both Garnier’s B.B. Cream Miracle Skin Perfector and Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream are great for evening out skin tone and reducing the visibility of those awful pores. The creams feel like tinted moisturiser and work like foundation giving good coverage and smoother skin with permanently even complexion. It would be hard to choose between the two as they are both amazing however they have their flaws. The Garnier cream would be better suited to drier skin as it can look quite oily and the Maybelline cream lasts longer and stays better with powder on top (translucent or pressed). Both creams are of an affordable price, Garnier- £9.99, Maybelline -£7.99, which is close to the amount spent on foundation and I would rather buy these as they have better long term effects on your skin. I would definitely recommend trying these out!
Store of the month Yum Yum Beads-From the winding roads of France to the city of Leeds this great store is full of colour and life with its extraordinary range of beads. Acrylic, glass, Pandora style or metal, the endless styles of beads can be used to create your own bracelets, rings, necklaces and more. Personalised jewellery at affordable prices, this is one of my favourite stores ever!
Abayas & Jabbohs ‘From Ramadhan to Eid’
Ramadhan Mubarak to all the Muslim brothers and sisters! In the spirit of the holy month I have decided to make the main focus of this month’s beauty page abayas and jubbahs, with the odd accessory to match. After visiting various stores in and around West Yorkshire I have collected some of my favourite items which are available this Ramadhan and more importantly for Eid.
Women’s abays, Men’s jubbah, Women’s Shawls (Islamic libaas, Dewsbury)
Women’s abaya (Hadya, Batley) Brooch and women’s Abaya (Arabian gifts, Batley)
Lawung designer jabbahs (can be found online)
With Eid now just a few weeks away its nearly time to begin to prepare for the festivities. In my home it usually starts with planning of recipes, and then a mad rush to the supermarkets to get the required ingredients before they sell out and then baking until the early hours of Eid morning, sometimes even later. So this month I bring you some Eid biscuits that are favourites in our home. Enjoy baking and Happy Eid.
Tried and Tasted... Simple Jammy Biscuits Ingredients 200g self-raising flour 100g caster sugar 100 butter 1 egg, lightly beaten 4 tbsp strawberry jam Method 1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Rub the flour, sugar and butter together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Alternatively, you can do this in the food processor. Add enough egg to bring the mixture together to form a stiff dough. 2. Flour your hands and shape the dough into a tube, about 5cm in diameter. Cut into 2cm-thick slices and place on a large baking sheet. Space them out as the mixture will spread when baking. 3. Make a small indentation in the middle of each slice with the end of a wooden spoon, and drop a tsp of jam in the centre. Bake for 10-15 minutes until slightly risen and just golden. Cool on a wire rack.
Iced Biscuits Ingredients
This recipe with just five ingredients is extremely easy to bake and takes no more than 30 minutes from start to finish, and are exceptionally tasty. The most difficult part of the recipe was cutting the roll into the biscuits as the dough was too soft. You could refrigerate the mixture for 20 minutes (although not on the recipe) however, I just chose to roll them into small balls and flatten between my palm. I also found that the jam is easier to handle if you take out into a bowl and just give it a quick mix. The biscuits have a crunchy coating, but are really soft and fluffy in the middle, with the jam adding the fruitiness to the biscuit. These biscuits are great with hot mug of chai. These biscuits are great to get the kids involved. Once the biscuits are done make icing in various different colours and lots of different toppings and let their imagination run wild!
100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 100g/3½oz caster sugar 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten 275g/10oz plain flour 1 tsp vanilla extract To decorate 400g/14oz icing sugar 3-4 tbsp water 2-3 drops food colourings
Method 1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. 2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until combined. 3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined. 4. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough. 5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.
Tea review: Lemon and Ginger Tea With the weather as cold and grey as it is I thought this month the tea review needs to be of a tea that is warming and so I bring you a review of lemon and ginger tea. I’m told that lemon and ginger are great for digestion and for those ‘pick me up’ days when you just wish you’d stayed in bed. This month I’ve made my own tea. All I did was slice up an eighth of a lemon and a ginger piece (about 2cm x 1cm) and then added boiling water to it and left it for a few minutes for the flavours to infuse. The tea had no colour, just clear with floating bits of lemon and ginger, but the lemon in the tea really made it smell refreshing. Drinking the tea I first got a very zesty lemon taste, which then transpires into a subtle ginger taste. Both the flavours work well together and surprising does the job – the lemon refreshes you and the ginger warms you up. Will definitely be making this my regular caffeine-free drink.
Sugar-free Chocolate Chip Cookies These biscuits are great for diabetics as the only sugar in these chocolate chip cookies is in the chocolate chips. Use chopped dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao for even less sugar. Chopped walnuts, which are especially heart healthy, can be used in place of pecans. These cookies freeze well. Ingredients 110g butter, softened 12 tablespoons granulated artificial sweetener, such as Splenda 2 tablespoons water 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg, beaten 140g plain flour 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 85g plain chocolate chips 60g chopped pecans Method 1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
6. Using biscuit cutters, cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar substitute. Mix in water, vanilla and egg. Sift together the flour, bicarb and salt; stir into the
creamed mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips and pecans. Drop cookies by heaping teaspoonfuls onto a baking tray. 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from trays to cool on wire racks
7. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
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8. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.
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9. Carefully spread the icing onto the biscuits using a knife and set aside until the icing hardens.
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Sony are asking gamers to design their next Dual Shock 3 controller. By Simmi Seghal Entertainment Correspondent
DEADLIGHT Deadlight's Randall Wayne is an average man with average moves, can't jump far, can barely swing an axe without breaking into sweat, instead the desperate father trying to find his little girl in amidst an infectious outbreak in a decimated city, drags crates to solve pressure pad puzzles.
burglar special with a good cause. Randall unfortunately just doesn’t have what it takes. The moves are limited and inconsistent, which altogether ruin
the playing time. Graphics are good but these days whose aren’t, but inconsistency in moves stays in you mind once its happened and therafter you put the controller down.
Apart from the odd sprint from a chasing chopper or the introduction of military villains this is a grounded adventure.
In a recent blog Sony said: "We want to add to our line-up of DualShock 3 colours, but this time we want you to be the designer," "Starting today, and ending August 15th, you can ... submit your idea for the design of the next DualShock 3 controller.
Whether your design is based on your favourite game or your ideal colour, all PlayStation fans will be able to vote on your idea."
Sleeping Dogs True Crimes : Hong Kong Set to be the biggest release of the summer Sleeping dogs True Crime: Hong Kong should be hitting the waiting hoards this August.
The slick and sharp actions are supported by the voice talents of Tom Wilkinson, Lucy Lui and Emma Stone in addition to stars f rom the eastern cinema. The
The game character Wei Shen, a young undercover detective charged with infiltrating and bringing down the deadly Triad organisation. Set in stunning Hong Kong graphics the game mixes up open world mechanics with guns, martial arts and stunning undercover cop verses Triad chases
game certainly has a that cinematic blockbuster feel. Hidden secrets within the game also include some of the games most brutal moves unlocked by a Takedown video.
Its not a commando blow everything up type of game. But one where you have to navigate your way around the city by moving objects, whether its and electrical box, window ledge or sliding down drain pipes. If you like the cat
Better then before: Spideys back Your favourite web slinger is back and this time with a game worthy of playing. The Amazing Spiderman from Beenox has, in truth, brought back spidey from its two previose flops. The game allows all the Spidey powers to be used and remains real to physics, when nothings there to swing on, you fall. But that brings web rushing into play revolutionising the wall crawlers move. Web rushing allows you to freeze time pick a destination or route and then reach there on the bonnets of cars and swinging around poles and radio mast. Spideys web aim is considerably better too. Rather than flying and sticking to the sky, they actually stick to the wall. The plot is pretty much as you would expect, stop the thieves in the car with a street sizes web, save the damsel from the mob like thugs, just like the
comics. The unfortunate parts are the graphics at street level. Whilst swinging around the New York Streets the scenery and quality is spectacular, but falling to ground level brings driverless taxi’s, same repetitive streets, pedestrians with over acting issues distracting but not in a fun way.
However on the whole the game certainly is much better then its predecessors and much more enjoyable.
It’s got all it takes to get hooked on and with 17 August as a release date, the wait is expected to be worth it.
Court for Wii again A US District Court judge has dismissed the patentinfringement lawsuit brought by Copper Innovations Group, which claimed that the Wii console and its controllers infringed on one of its patents. The Pittsburgh judge granted summary judgment in Nintendo's favour and ruled that there was no need for a jury trial. A Nintendo spokesperson said they were "very pleased with the court's decision". Law suits against the Wii have almost become part and parcel of the companies daily routine.
In September 2011 Nintendo was twice dragged into litigation; once by technology firm ThinkOptic, and then again by electronics company UltimatePointer, both claiming to own patents being infringed by the Wii Remote.
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Pune bomb blasts
Four bombs detonated in the Indian city of Pune which left one man injured are being investigated with all angles left open including a terrorist plot according to local police and ministers. Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil, who visited the four blast sites said investigating agencies were probwas behind the low-intensity blasts. "Whether it was a terrorist act or not will be determined only after proper investigations are carried out by Maharashtra ATS, city crime branch and central agencies," he said.
Joint Commissioner of police Sanjiv Singhal told reporters the sole person injured in the blast near Bal Gandharva theatre, 33-year-old Dayanand Patil was being "interrogated". His wife Satyakala and some bicycle shop owners in the city's Kasaba peth area were also questioned as part of the investigations. "A box like object was used to plant the bombs which were triggered with detonators, 9 volt battery cells and timer," Singhal said, adding that a white substance too had been found and sent to forensic labs for investigations and reports were awaited. There were uncon-
trigger the blasts. Investigators trying to string together bits of evidence were reported to have hit a hurdle as some CCTV cameras at the explosion sites were found to be non-functional. Initial reports seemed to suggest that this was mischief and not terror, but now all angles have been left open.
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