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June 2012

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Nominations are now open for the public to nominate local heroes and inspiring members of their communities for the esteemed Asian Achievers Awards 2012. Taking place on 14th September at Grosvenor House Hotel. The Asian Achievers Awards will recognise the outstanding work of individuals from across all businesses and professions and acknowledge the accomplishments community. Hosted by Asian Business Publications Ltd (ABPL), the event is now into its 12th year and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The ceremony will welcome a

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Straw and David Blunkett. The Asian Achievers Awards salute individuals who are singularly responsible for bringing the Asian community to the centre stage of British life, and celebrate the exceptional and exemplary achievements of community members that are truly inspirational. The coveted as a standard of excellence that would create role models and encourage younger generations to follow in their footsteps. An independent panel of judges is given total freedom to select a shortlist and then the winner in each category. Each year, Asian Achievers Awards receive a record number of nominations and the calibre of candidates continues to go from strength to strength. Asian Achievers Award categories comprise: Sports

Personality of the Year; Business Person of the Year; Professional of the Year; Achievement in Community Service; Achievement in Media, Arts and Culture; Award for Entertainment; Woman of the Year; Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Uniformed and Civil Services; International Personality of the Year; and Lifetime Achievement Award. Comments Mr. CB Patel, Chairman, Editor, Publisher ABPL Group, “Asian Achievers Awards is a unique award ceremony where nominations are made by members of the public and the selection is done by an individual panel of judges – truly the ‘People’s Awards’.” Nominations can be registered online at: www.asianachieversawards.c om Deadline for nominations: 12th July 2012.

Muslims Leading Yorkshire accountants and business advisers Garbutt & Elliott have launched a new Independent Financial Planning arm community called Ummah Financial Planning (UFP) out

million Muslims in the UK have long been neglected by and that Muslims need professional fee based advice which allows them to with their religious beliefs. Shabab Gulfraz, Financial Consultant with (UFP) said:

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products in the UK often include interest, alcohol and media companies and this means that many Muslims to their beliefs and values. However, the good news is that the number of products which are endorsed as Shariah compliant or as a minimum are sympathetic to Muslim values is growing, and Ummah Financial Planning has been established to bring these choices to the Muslim community” Simon Holt, Managing Director of (UFP) said “I worked alongside a Muslim scholar for nearly 3 years, supporting him in his work to products to Muslims in the UK and overseas. During this time I realised that Muslims will never have access to the

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until lished, and this is where the idea for Ummah Financial Planning came from”. The Ummah team have spent time consulting with the community and brought in a specialist consultant Yusuf Bashforth to lead this work for them. Yusuf said: “My research has concluded that Muslims’ access to professervices is extremely limited. However, when made aware that there are suitable choices for them, they are very keen to engage with this advice.” He added: “The modern Muslim has to balance the principles of faith with the need to provide wealth and security for the future. At the moment, many Muslims are that balance and I support

Ummah’s objective to change that.” of the centre for accounting and accountability at Hull University Business School, believes Yorkshire should be taking a lead in the growing market for Sharia-compliant “One of the major challenges to the success of Islamic growing number of students interested in this area and perhaps this is another opportunity for Yorkshire universities to help train the next generation of Islamic bankers, accountants and lawyers.” Ummah Financial Planning Muslim private and corporate Leeds and York.


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A note in which Micheal Jackson told of his sleep less night has been pulled from a Las Angeles auction at the request of his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley. The hand written note to Presley written between 1993-96 tells of Jackson’s worry about his health and the 4 days he hasn’t slept for. At the time Jackson and Presley were good friends and later married.

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Lassie Author Comes Home and some of his ten novels. The Lord Mayor of Bradford said: "It is wonderful that Bradford Libraries is hosting this event and providing a home for the plaque in honour of such an important local writer."

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Knight moved to America with his parents after the age of 15 and although he gained American Citizenship to serve in the army in World War Two, he never forgot his West Yorkshire roots or his birth village of Menston, returning many times during his life. Eric Knight had a varied career. As well as writing a book that has sold 110 million 600 TV episodes he served in the Canadian Army during World War One, was an art

By Bill Smith Jr West Yorkshire-born Eric Knight, author of the greatly loved children's book 'Lassie', has Rose Plaque to celebrate his life by Bradford Council's libraries and the Yorkshire Society. The Yorkshire Society arranged for the purchase and erection of the plaque. Peter Barber, from the Yorkshire Society, said: '"We are most pleased to honour this worthy individual who has not previously been recognised in the county of his birth." Greg Christie, the author's biographer, campaigned tirelessly for a suitable memorial for the author for many years. He gave a short talk after the Yorkshire Rose Plaque was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Dale Smith, outside Menston Library on Saturday 26th May. Menston Library will feature a display of memorabilia

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Leading Chinese athletes from eight sports will be coming to Leeds in July and August to train for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In a signing ceremony held in Beijing, the Chinese Olympic Committee concluded the European pre-Games training base in a historic agreement with Leeds City Council, The University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan Sports Club. Deputy Director General of the Sport Department of the Chinese Olympic Committee Mr Liu Aijie and Leeds City Council project manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics Games Peter Smith conducted the formal signing of the contract in Beijing in May. Speaking after the formal signing, Mr Liu Aijie said: “The Chinese Olympic Committee sincerely appreciates the hard and fruitful work Leeds City Council has done on the preparations of the pre-Games training camp for the Chinese that the training camp of the Chinese sports delegation in Leeds will achieve great and friendly cooperation from both sides”. Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Seb Coe said: “This partnership is a great example of what we wanted to achieve with the Pre-Games Training Camp process. China will have use of some fantastic facilities and in turn Leeds has the honour of hosting one of the world’s best sporting nations.”


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