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Search is on for Commonwealth community champions PEOPLE in East Renfrewshire are being offered the chance to play their part in next year’s Commonwealth Games.

The Glasgow 2014 baton is currently travelling across the globe, visiting the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. Its last leg before the Glasgow games will be next summer, as it makes its way through every council area in Scotland. And you have the chance to be chosen as one of the baton bearers. Nominations can be made now and East Renfrewshire Council is encouraging community champions from the area to put themselves forward. Last month the Queen’s Baton Relay was launched when Her Majesty placed a personal message into the titanium and elm baton at a Buckingham Palace ceremony attended by athletes including Sir Chris Hoy. It is now on its 190,000-mile, 248-day journey around the world. When it arrives back in Scotland CONTINUES PAGE THREE

LORD PROVOST MARKS THE START OF WORK ON SOUTH ECO HOMES WORK has started on 32 new affordable homes on a site in the South Side of Glasgow which has lain unused for 10 years.

GHA, part of Wheatley Group, is building the homes – a mix of midmarket rent and shared equity ownership - in partnership with its sister organisation Lowther Homes. The £3.6million development includes 28 houses which have also been specially designed with energy-saving features which will reduce residents’ energy bills dramatically. Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty helped mark the start of work on the site of the old St Julie’s Primary School in Croftfoot Road. Alex McGuire, Wheatley’s Group Director of Property, said: “We’re delighted work has now started on what will be a great development in Croftfoot. CONTINUES PAGE TWO

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IN WITH THE NEW: Lord Provost Sadie Docherty with GHA Chair Gordon Sloan, Lowther Homes Board member John Grant, Councillor Glenn Elder and James Dornan MSP, with representatives from the local community and City Building FROM PAGE ONE “Many people are struggling these days to get on the property ladder or to pay full-market rent and yet often they don’t qualify for social housing either. These homes will give people another option to get a good-quality home they can afford. “And as well as being affordable to rent, these energy-efficient homes will be cheaper to run.”

GHA will build the homes with contractor City Building and Lowther Homes will let and manage them. Almost £1million of funding was secured through the Scottish Government’s Greener Homes Innovation Scheme. The funding bid was also supported by Glasgow City Council who sold the land to GHA. The site, due for completion in Spring 2015, will have 28 two and

four bedroom semi-detached and terraced houses for mid market rent, and four two bedroom flats for shared equity ownership. The Lord Provost said: “It’s great to see new, mixed tenure, homes being built. I know these affordable homes will be life-changing for those lucky enough to secure them. It’s a great achievement for everyone involved.” The homes are the next stage in an

innovative project which began with four prototypes of the ‘Glasgow House’ built in a partnership between Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and City Building. The 28 new-build houses will feature the main elements of the Glasgow House, including sun spaces, solar panels and very high levels of air tightness to minimise heat loss. Building the new homes will also help bring employment and training opportunities for local people. City Building already employs 16 apprentices in the area around Croftfoot. Megan Cowan (17) and Bruce Taylor (19), are both 2nd year joiners. They are both from the South Side of Glasgow and will be working on the Croftfoot site. Graham Paterson, Executive Director of City Building, said: “We are committed to developing sustainable housing throughout Glasgow that, through innovative techniques employed in the Glasgow House, will help reduce energy consumption and tackle fuel poverty. “Lowther Homes’ development is another step forward in our goal of creating a more sustainable living environment for the people of Glasgow and we are delighted to be part of the team that will bring this project to life.”

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Do you know a community sports champion? FROM PAGE ONE next June, it will spend 40 days visiting every part of Scotland, 400 communities in all. Around 100 people are needed every day to carry the baton and share in the excitement and celebrations of the countdown to the Glasgow 2014 games. Nominees must be: • 12 years old or older by the date of nomination; • Have made a positive contribution to the lives of others through community sport; • Undertaken voluntary work or contributed to schools or voluntary organisations; • Contributed towards greater inclusion for disadvantaged sections of the community; • Been a role model or mentor to youth through sport;

• Displayed a level of achievement against the odds; • Made a significant contribution to their community. Provost Alastair Carmichael said: “It is very exciting to have the games right on our doorstep and now we have a chance to be part of it. “I know there are many deserving individuals who work tirelessly in our communities to promote sport, so nominating them would be the perfect reward for their efforts. “I would urge anyone who knows of a community sports champion to put their name forward.” Nominations can be made at Closing date is November 22.

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SUPERSTAR MUM: Noreen Siddiqui from Newton Mearns is shortlisted for the Tesco award

NOREEN Siddiqui, 48, of Newton Mearns, Glasgow, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2014. The Awards, the largest of their kind, will take place in March at London’s iconic hotel, The Savoy. Noreen’s story was selected from amongst thousands of nominations sent in from all over the UK.

Having been nominated for her amazing fundraising for Bone Marrow Transplant charities, Noreen has helped recruit 1000 new donors and £170,000 for the Anthony Nolan appeal and is now targeting reaching £200,000 by Christmas. She has raised more money than any other individual for the charity. Two years ago Noreen discovered that her adopted daughter Ayesha had an acute form of leukaemia – Philadelphia Positive – when she was just six years old. Since then she has worked tirelessly to raise both money and awareness of the lack of donors, especially among ethnic minorities and in mixed race relationships. She has been successful in recruiting celebrities including radio and television presenter Hardeep and comedian Sanjeev Kholi to publicise the efforts of the Anthony Nolan charity and has even had the issue of the shortage of bone marrow transplant donors debated in the Scottish Parliament. Apart from her work with Anthony Nolan she has also founded her own Ayesha Bone Marrow Appeal.

This will be the ninth year of the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards. The glamorous red carpet ceremony, which attracts a host of celebrity guests, will celebrate inspirational mums from all over the UK, who have made a difference to the lives of others. Judging will take place in October and November. All shortlisted mums will be considered by the panel, which includes DJ Sara Cox, TV personality Gaby Logan and sports presenter Denise Lewis. If Noreen is selected by the judges to be one of the winning mums, she will be treated to a full makeover and her own Tesco Living magazine photo shoot, before being presented with her award in front of friends, family and celebrity guests. Debbie Chernin, Tesco Mum of the Year Project Manger, said: “We are extremely proud to be holding the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards for the ninth year. We have heard many truly incredible stories and it’s been a privilege to recognise these inspirational women. Everyone shortlisted has achieved something outstanding and shown selfless devotion to others. Our aim is to show every single mum just how amazing she is.” For more information on the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards, please visit (and click on the Mum of the Year section). Keep up to date with all the news from the awards on Twitter @TescoLiving #MumoftheYearAwards

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50th anniversary of the Cambuslang and District Voluntary Care Club

Local crime writers double up at The Avenue LOCAL crime writers Elly Grant and Zach Abrams will be at the Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns to discuss their latest books in an event organised by Waterstones at Primavera on Wednesday 20th November between 7pm and 8.00pm.

ON Wednesday 6th of November, Provost Eileen Logan hosted a civic reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cambuslang and District Voluntary Care Club at Rutherglen Town Hall. The Club is a meeting place for adults with learning and/or physical difficulties and provides leisure facilities in the company of friends of all ages. The Club meets on Wednesday

evenings and typically starts at 6.30pm with a cup of tea, sandwich and cake and can be quite a noisy but happy affair when everyone is trying to chat at the same time! This is followed by carpet bowls, dominoes, jigsaw puzzles, Lego, Scrabble, Connect4 and other games. The evening finishes at 9pm. The Club session runs from September till May and during that time there is an annual outing to the

pantomime at Christmas, an Annual Dinner in January and, in May, the annual coach trip, with afternoon tea, to the coast. April is the month when they organize their fundraiser which is always well supported. The Club is very grateful to a number of organizations who, over the years, have faithfully given generous donations including South Lanarkshire Council which provides grants towards some special events.

‘The Unravelling of Thomas Malone’ is a gritty crime thriller written by Elly Grant set in the Govanhill area of Glasgow. The plot centres around Angela Murphy, a detective on the mean streets of Glasgow who, just days into the job, is called to attend the scene of a grisly murder. To her boss, Frank Martin, there’s something horribly familiar about the scene. Is this the work of a copycat killer? Will he strike again? With limited resources and practically no experience, Angela is desperate to prove herself. But is her enthusiasm sufficient? Can she succeed before the killer strikes again? Meanwhile, in Zach Abrams’ ‘Made a Killing’, is a fast moving, gripping crime novel set in the tough crime-ridden streets of Glasgow. The plot centres around Scott Stevenson, a despicable character whom nobody mourns when his bloody corpse is found

with an ivory tusk driven through his torso. DCI Alex Warren and his team are given the challenging task of discovering his killer. They investigate the numerous people Stevenson has harmed and their enquiries reveal a host of related crimes, motivated by sex and greed. They struggle to close the case before more lives are lost. To book a space at this free event contact Waterstones or Primavera Bistro in the Avenue.

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How is your back coping with the changing weather? AS the temperatures drop, patients come to our Glasgow Osteopaths’ clinics suffering with back pain following a weekend of carrying heavy shopping bags or slipping on ice. The clinic also sees a great influx of patients whose arthritis and other chronic complaints are flaring up and causing pain. Is your back prepared for this coming winter?

If you are feeling the strain, now would be a great time to visit one of the highlytrained osteopaths and take advantage of a limited time special offer: a complete Spinal Assessment (a £35 value) for only £5. Osteopathy is a very safe form of treatment. Instead of drugs, osteopaths use their hands both to discover the underlying causes of pain and to carry out treatment using a variety of techniques from massage of soft tissues to manipulation and movement of joints. Maybe it’s lower-back pain or a work or sports related injury that’s keeping you from being as active as you would like to be. Osteopathy can typically help these problems and allow you to get back to your normal activities. It can be also be helpful in treating other conditions, such as some headaches and neck pain.

Glasgow Osteopaths has three convenient locations: The Natural Health Service (123 High St, Glasgow), the Paisley Osteopathic Clinic (31 Moss St) and Lenzie Osteopathic Clinic (The Tower, Garngaher Ave.). Each location benefits from high-quality facilities in central, easily-accessible locations. Owner and Principal Osteopath Asif Allauddin is proud to bring the superior Glasgow Osteopaths quality of service and care to patients at each clinic. Says Asif, ‘We offer a relaxed, warm, and welcoming approach to osteopathy in fresh, inviting surroundings, and we provide a high level of service. People don’t always know what to expect with an osteopathic consultation, but if we feel we can’t help them, we will refer them to the appropriate specialist free of charge.’ The high standard of patient care is reflected in the positive feedback received from patients: ‘The consultation gave me peace of mind as the osteopath could see why I was experiencing all my aches and pains.’ – Carol ‘conducted with sensitivity and dignity and in a professional manner’ – Marion ‘After years of being told the old chestnuts of “wear and tear” or “age,

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Nominations sought for best bar or club in City Centre BEST Bar None Glasgow – the annual awards initiative which works with the licensed trade to make the city centre a safer place at night – is for the first time seeking nominations from the public, for the best bar or club in Glasgow.

The new ‘People’s Choice’ award, supported by Community Safety Glasgow, will celebrate the best bar or club in the city to consistently strive to reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour by providing the safest and most comfortable environment for its customers and staff, based on the principles of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. Members of the public will be asked to consider a number of safety-based criteria when submitting a nomination for any one of Glasgow’s bars and clubs. These include the promotion of non-alcoholic drinks, the provision of suitable disabled access and the quality of the venue’s provision of signage directing customers to the nearest ‘nitezones’, taxis and public transport. Those who submit a nomination for the subsequent winning entry of the People’s Choice award will also be entered into a competition to win an invitation for two to attend the Best Bar None awards ceremony at the Grand Central hotel on 14 November, 2013. Nominations can be made via until Monday 11 November. Phil Walker, Managing Director of Community Safety Glasgow, said: “We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways in which we can ensure the Best Bar None initiative works to its maximum potential for Glasgow to make the city centre a safer place at night. This year’s People’s Choice award is a great example of that, and we’re very much looking forward to directly involving the public in the awards for the first time. This award will ensure that pub and club-goers can now have their own say in the outcome of the awards.”

Best Bar None is a UK-wide scheme, which is implemented in Glasgow by Community Safety Glasgow (CSG) to promote the five key principles of the Licensing ( Scotland) Act 2005. All Best Bar None candidates undergo a rigorous assessment process each year, including a detailed inspection of the premises by Police Scotland Licensing Teams, lasting up to two hours. Scores are awarded under three levels – ‘essential’, ‘desired’ or ‘bonus - and each application generates a standard of award depending on its final score. ‘Gold’ awards are allocated to the highest scoring venues in each category; ‘silver’ awards apply to venues which demonstrate a higher level of compliance towards legal and best practices, and ‘bronze’ awards are allocated where a basic level of compliance with the five principles of the Act has been demonstrated. The five principles are the prevention of crime and disorder, the protection of public safety, the prevention of public nuisance, the promotion of public health and the protection of children from harm. Since its introduction in 2005, Best Bar None Glasgow has contributed significantly towards the regulation of the sale and consumption of alcohol, and to the improvement of the safety of people in the city centre at night. Best Bar None recently launched an app for iPhone and Android, which allows users to find awardwinning bars and clubs in Glasgow via GPS, as well as to access deals, leave reviews and comments and post photos, and send content for BBN’s Facebook page. To download an entry form for the Best Bar None awards, or to request a copy of the Best Practices Guidelines, licence holders can visit, or contact Louise McMonagle 0141 276 7552 for further information.

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Govanhill slimmers are dreaming of a light Christmas! WE’RE all familiar with the 12 days of Christmas but one Govanhill slimming club is counting down the 12 weighs of Christmas – and planning to be slimmer by the end of them.

As well as making their Christmas lists and planning their Christmas shopping, members of the Govanhill Slimming World group are embarking on a 12-week mission to slim down in time for Christmas and the New Year. Their festive challenge is part of an initiative running in Slimming World groups across the UK and Ireland called the 12 Weeks of Christmas. The Govanhill group, which is held at Trinity Church every Wednesday at 7.30pm, will celebrate the launch of their seasonal slim with an early Christmas party, complete with Christmas decorations and party food. Pauline Jones, who runs the Govanhill Slimming World group, says: "The run-up to Christmas is really busy for most people, it can play havoc with our regular routines and there are lots of extra occasions like Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas do’s that can make it harder than usual to manage our weight. So it’s easy to reach January a few pounds heavier than we were before. In fact, sadly lots of people write off their weight loss resolutions until the New Year, even though they’d love to be feeling lighter and brighter for the party season. “So the aim of our 12 Weeks of Christmas is to show everyone that it’s possible to slim down with Slimming World whatever the time of year, and anyone who gets started now could easily be a stone – or even two – lighter by January. Each week we help and support each other to cope with any potential pitfalls coming up, from Christmas parties that could send you off track to all the traditional Christmas stresses like last minute shopping. And by the end of the 12 weeks we’ll all be celebrating being closer to our weight loss goals together too!" Pauline says the Govanhill group are launching their 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign with a real bang: "We’re throwing a cracker of a Christmas party with a great big buffet of delicious healthy party food. We want to remind ourselves – and show people who don’t already know about Slimming World’s fabulous Food Optimising eating plan – that you don’t have to miss out of any of the festive fun when you’re watching your weight. It’s simply about making small, easy changes to the way you plan, cook and eat, and choosing the healthiest options when you aren’t the one preparing the food and drink.

AFTER People often think it sounds too good to be true, but a few small tweaks really is all it takes to make your Christmas weight loss dreams come true." One member who is celebrating after losing 3 and a half stone with Slimming World Govanhill is Sheena McConnechie. "I joined Slimming World because I was sick of always being "the fat one", and I wanted to be healthier". Sheena was also crowned the Groups Woman of the Year and has not looked back since losing weight. Sheena says "I enjoy going to concerts and weekends away, and the Slimming World plan is so flexible and generous that I can still do these things and lose weight. My favourite meal is Tandoori Salmon with Stir Fry veg, but I also like spaghetti bolognaise and a fry up at the weekend! Now when I go to concerts I like taking photos and am no longer afraid to be in them myself." Anyone who would like to join the Govanhill group on their seasonal slim down is welcome. BEFORE And, as an extra early Christmas gift, if you join before November 2nd and buy a 12-week Countdown – that’s 12 weeks membership and all the support you’ll need to slim successful through to January – will get a free copy of Slimming World’s Christmas Made Extra Easy recipe book worth £4.95. The Govanhill Slimming World group is relaunching and will be held in Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street from 21st October 2013. On 14th October the group is in Trinity Church, 28 Daisy street. New members can simply pop along or call Pauline on 07554 441427 for more information.

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First-ever Scottish winner of MSP asks people Young Builder of the Year Award to get involved by volunteering

AWARD: George Clarke, Kimberley Beagan, Jake George and Nick Raynsford

YOUTHBUILD UK has announced that Kimberley Beagan of Novus Solutions, Glasgow is the 2013 Young Builder of the Year and the first-ever Scottish winner of the annual award.

number of entries from the future talent of the UK construction industry. All the finalists finished the day with a trip on The London Eye. Over 120 people, including politicians, senior figures from the construction industry, colleges, training organisations, finalists and their families and supporters were present. Kimberley said: "I wouldn't have won this award without the help of my Glasgow Youthbuild workers, Joanne Scott and Nicola Slavin. They helped me through the bad days when I could have given up. I was really nervous and never expected to win, but I am really proud to have done it." Jake George of East Kent College

The UK-wide awards, now in their fourteenth year, celebrate the achievements of young people who have overcome personal barriers to train and work for the construction industry. The awards ceremony was held at the House of Commons and the winners were presented with a trophy, framed certificate, a cheque, and tools vouchers. Each year the Young Builder of the Year awards has attracted a growing

was chosen as the winner of the 14 to 16 year-old category. Jake said: "I want to thank my teachers who have really helped me a lot. I loved being in the House of Commons, it is awesome and I've never seen police with guns before. I am really chuffed that I won and now looking forward to going on the London Eye." Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, President of Youthbuild UK, presented the awards together with George Clarke, the campaigning architect and Channel 4 presenter. George Clarke said: "An incredible day and amazing to hear what these young people have achieved, especially Kimberley. I am honoured to have been able to be part of Youthbuild UK, as I love being involved in anything that helps young people in the construction industry." This year's high profile judging panel was chaired by Stephen Ratcliffe, Director of the UK Contractors Group; Paul Chandler, Executive Vice President of Skanska; Judy Lowe, Deputy Chairman of CITB-ConstructionSkills; Alasdair Reisner, Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association; and Rob Lockey, Training Services Manager of NHBC. The sponsors of the awards were NHBC, Skanska, Places for People, Land Securities, Orbit Homes, Durkan, UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and Toolstation.

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HUMZA Yousaf, SNP MSP for Glasgow, is encouraging people across the city to volunteer in their community. Focus Scotland Magazine, the magazine for volunteering and the third sector in Scotland, visited the Scottish Parliament to encourage more people to volunteer – a call which Humza Yousaf is more than happy to support. Figures from Focus Scotland Magazine show that every year, more than 30% of adults across Scotland volunteer and donate more than 142 million hours to their communities each year. Even an hour’s worth volunteering can have a positive impact on a community and make a real difference, while being of benefit to the individual. Humza Yousaf commented: “I started volunteering when I was 10, and I take every opportunity to encourage others to get involved and give up some of their time to help others. “Even an hour can make a difference – help to Keep Scotland beautiful by picking up litter in a

local park or public area; spend an hour supporting an isolated older person to get out and about through many befriending activities or ask if a local charity shop needs help sorting stock or manning the till. “I’ll be doing my part by volunteering at the Salvation Army food bank in Easterhouse in the next few weeks. “With the cold weather approaching, the Salvation Army Corps and other food banks in Glasgow will be very grateful for any offers of help or donations of tinned goods. “We’ve seen a huge number of people from across the world apply to volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Even if you’re unsuccessful in your application, there will be plenty of community led voluntary activities which will need extra pairs of hands. “As Focus Scotland Magazine’s campaign says: ‘Time is free but it is priceless.’ Make a difference today by using your time to volunteer.”

Good reasons to quit smoking It’s just over six weeks until Christmas! IF you smoke 20 a day, you can still save over £250! You could have more money in your purse or wallet by the end of next week.

The local stop smoking support services are run by the NHS and are all free. There are drop in clinics across the South of the city which you are welcome to come along to. Just pop in for more info. • Castlemilk Health Centre Mondays 9.30am – 11.30am • New Victoria Hospital Thursdays 10.00am – 12noon • Elderpark Clinic Wednesdays 1.00pm – 3.00pm • Pollok Health Centre Tuesdays 1pm – 3pm • Pollokshields Health Shop Tuesdays 1.30pm – 3.30pm A recent client, Ralice, says “The chat every week and on-going support are the things that

have made a difference for this quit attempt.” Did you know that if you come along for support and use the Nicotine Replacement products or medication to help you quit, you are 4 times more likely to be successful. If you want to wait and quit in the New Year, there are relaxed, informal support sessions starting in January and February, as well as the drop in clinics. Just give us a call for more info. As well as saving you lots of money, quitting smoking can make huge differences to your health. Smoking is still the biggest cause of illness and early death in Scotland! Why not give us a call, make the change, and plan for a healthier, wealthier you in 2014. Call 0800 028 5208

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SCOTTISH singing duo, Craig and Charlie Reid from The Proclaimers, launched the 2013 Scottish Poppy Appeal in Edinburgh, calling for the public to remember Scotland’s veterans by forgetting about small, everyday treats and putting the money in the poppy tins instead. Poppyscotland, the charity behind the Appeal, needs to raise more money every year to continue its work, providing lifechanging support to the most vulnerable veterans and their families living in Scotland. The charity has launched an advertising campaign, featuring images with dual meanings, urging people to give up small, forgettable items like pizza, doughnuts or

takeaway coffee and donate to the Appeal, to enable Poppyscotland to deliver support in areas such as advice, home adaptations, mental health counselling and mobility aids. Speaking at the launch, Craig Reid said: “Charlie and I are proud to launch the Scottish Poppy Appeal this year. It’s a cause we’ve always supported and one that means a lot to us. Poppyscotland does a fantastic job in looking after ex-Servicemen and women, and their families too. The more money that goes in the tins, the more help Poppyscotland can provide. We hope people will get behind this year’s campaign and recognise that the money they put in the poppy tins will make a huge impact.” The Scottish Poppy Appeal is Poppyscotland’s biggest fundraising event and is Scotland’s biggest street collection. Following a slight drop in income in 2012, the charity needs to raise more money this year. The Scottish Poppy Appeal runs until 11th November. People can donate by putting money in the poppy tins, donating online at or by texting POPPY to 70800 to donate £3*.

for Glasgow jobseekers IN a bid to help more people find work in the run up to Christmas First Glasgow has announced that it will slash single fares by up to 55% for jobseekers in the city.

From the 28th of October for a trial period, First Glasgow is offering jobseekers holding a Job Centre Plus Travel Discount Card significant discounts on the cost of single fares. Jobseekers can buy a city-wide single ticket for just £1 (a saving of 90p) and a networkwide fare for £2 (a saving of £2.45). First Glasgow confirmed that eligible jobseekers can access the discounted fares for any purpose: attending job interviews or training; visiting Job Centre Plus; making a trip to the shops, cinema, football or visiting friends and family. Jobseekers taking advantage of specially reduced fares simply show their Job Centre Plus Travel Discount Card to the driver every time they board a First bus and retain their travel ticket as normal. First Glasgow’s announcement follows an Office for National Statistics Report which revealed that almost a third of households in Glasgow are inhabited by people who are not in work. Talking about the support for jobseekers, First’s Commercial Director for Scotland, Kevin Belfield said: “We are one of Glasgow’s major employers with more than 2,700 staff and our buses transport around 114 million people a year. We are a vital part of the local community and proud that we are playing a small part in helping people looking for work. “More people travel to work by bus than all other

forms of public transport combined. We are pleased to be in a position to offer discounted fares for jobseekers, enabling them to better access employment opportunities and helping the local communities and economies that we serve.” Stephen McConnachie, Partnership Manager for Scotland at the Department of Work and Pensions, was delighted when First Glasgow offered its support: “This is a wonderful initiative and we are delighted that First Glasgow has pledged to support hundreds of job seekers in the run up to and during the festive period. ‘We’ve worked closely with First Glasgow in putting together the trial for jobseekers. This will help them travel to interviews, training opportunities and job centres as well as making it easier to use the bus for everyday trips to the shops or visiting friends and family.’ The trial will run for 12 weeks, from Monday 28 October 2013 until Sunday 19 January 2014. Those eligible for the Travel Discount card, issued by Job Centre Plus, include people claiming Jobseekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support and are actively engaged with a Job Centre Plus adviser in returning to employment. There are no peak restrictions, but the discount is not valid on special fare services including the Glasgow Shuttle 500, 747, night services and event shuttles. Full terms and conditions are available on First Glasgow’s website:

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Researchers identify seven types of breast cancer for more accurate prognosis WOMEN with breast cancer could soon benefit from new and improved prognostic testing that identifies seven distinct types of breast cancer, giving more accurate information about breast cancer type and prognosis, according to a study funded by Breast Cancer Campaign.

The findings, reported in the British Journal of Cancer, could revolutionise the way breast cancer patients are treated by giving clinicians more detailed information about a patients’ breast cancer type and helping them create a more personalised treatment plan, avoiding over or under-treatment. Breast cancer is a biologically complex disease and each tumour can have very different properties, so the more information that doctors have about each patient’s cancer, the better they can plan treatments. Currently just two proteins are tested for as standard in breast cancer cells (known as biomarkers): the oestrogen receptor (ER), and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), alongside information about the tumour size, spread and grade[1],[2],[3]. In research funded by Breast Cancer Campaign, Dr Andy Green and

colleagues at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals and Nottingham Trent University, wanted to see if, by testing for more biomarkers, but keeping the number of biomarkers as low as possible to make an affordable test a realistic proposition, they could devise categories that better reflect the diversity of breast cancer and, importantly, better predict how a patient’s cancer is likely to progress. Using tissue that now forms part of the Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank, the team tested 1073 tumour samples and from these, 997 (93%) fitted perfectly into one of seven classes, whereas 76 (7%) had mixed characteristics and couldn’t be put into a distinct category. They then verified these classes in another 238 tumour samples. The seven classes are defined by different combinations and levels of ten biomarkers found in breast cancer cells. These biomarkers include ER and HER2, the two biomarkers currently tested for in clinics, but also others that are not currently tested for, such as p53, cytokeratins, HER3 and HER4. To test whether the new classes could give doctors more information about

prognosis, Dr Green’s team compared the classes to survival outcomes from the patient samples. Each of the seven classes was found to have its own unique survival outcome. This indicates that the classes can tell us more about prognosis and help doctors to fine-tune treatment plans to improve survival. Importantly, the technology required to measure protein biomarkers in tumour samples is already in place in most pathology laboratories across the UK, whereas newly developed genetic profiling tests such as Oncotype DX need to be sent to specialist laboratories, which brings additional costs. With further support including from the Medical Research Council and the University of Nottingham, Dr Green and his colleagues, together with Nottingham Prognostics Limited, have now developed a diagnostic test using these seven distinct classes, which could be ready for use in the clinic in as little as two years. The test, called the Nottingham Prognostic Index Plus (NPI+), integrates the seven new classes into the existing Nottingham Prognostic Index test currently used by pathologists to assess information about tumour size, spread and grade.

New Subway Smartcard has arrived THE next-generation of Subway smart ticketing has arrived in Glasgow.

Smart gates have been installed in all 15 Subway stations and from Wednesday 30 October passengers are being asked to register to receive their own personal Smartcard. The new system will be more flexible and offer customers the benefits of a contactless, paperless system including pay-as-you-go travel. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said: “SPT is carrying out a full-scale modernisation of the world’s thirdoldest Subway system and the switch over to smart technology is another key milestone for us. I’m delighted that customers can now access the great benefits this brings. “Smartcards will mean an end to paper tickets and easier, quicker journeys with fewer queues at ticket offices. I would encourage anyone who uses the Subway to apply now for their own card. It is reusable and is the most secure way to travel as it’s unique to the individual.” Subway passengers can add money on to their Smartcards to use anytime without an expiry date. The new ticketing system

solution includes new software, smartcard ticketing machines, smart gates and related ticketing equipment across all 15 Subway stations. A key requirement was the need for the new technology to be ITSOcompliant (ITSO is the national specification, or Standard, for smart ticketing). It will enable the Subway Smartcard to be used between different transport modes, such as bus, train and ferry, to make end to end travel easier in future. The national concessionary travel scheme in Scotland is currently backed by ITSO technology. SPT is in the final stages of testing the integration and use of National Entitlement Cards (NEC) to establish that they too can ‘tap and go’ on the Subway. SPT Chairman Jim Coleman said: “You only have to look at how successful Smartcards have been worldwide in encouraging people on to public transport. “This is a great step in the right direction and by introducing smart technology on the Subway first, it will hopefully prove to other operators that a simple, fullyflexible cashless ticket will not only reduce journey times but also get more people to use the system too.”

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Talented Glasgow student makes final of prestigious national photography awards programme which will discover the next generation of UK talent.

The eight Hotel Indigo hotels in the UK have been paired with local universities taking part in the WPO Student Focus competition. The students from around the country have been challenged to create individual photography projects inspired by the hotels’ local neighbourhood in a bid to be appointed as Hotel Indigo’s next official photographer. Neil is currently in his first year at Reid Kerr College studying for his HND and is one of eight finalists from

the UK who was selected by his lecturer after being acknowledged for his artistic talent. The winner will be announced on 26th November 2013 and will be rewarded with a paid commission to shoot the Neighbourhood Story for the newest Hotel Indigo to open in Europe in 2014. The students’ photography will also be exhibited at Somerset House in May 2014, followed by a tour of the eight Hotel Indigo hotels in the UK at which guests and local residents will be invited to view the students' portfolio of work.

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As IHG’s boutique brand, no two Hotel Indigo hotels are the same, with each drawing inspiration from its local neighbourhood to reflect the community, character and history of the surrounding area. Each hotel uses art, photography, architecture and design to tell the story of its neighbourhood and the Student Focus programme seeks to cultivate young talent and provide a national platform from which aspiring photographers are able to showcase their work. As part of his entry, Neil used his signature style of clarity and simplicity and used Glasgow’s industrial past as his inspiration for the project due to the way that the city’s past has been integrated into the present. Neil used this as a starting point to present a contemporary yet structured vision of Glasgow that gives the impressions of change. Neil comments: “The style I looked for was to structure the images to

reflect the architecture in the city. Glasgow is a great city, but it is now a people’s city rather than a manufacturing one. I found the time and weather quite a challenge, yet really enjoyed being in the city with my camera.” Tom Rowntree Vice President Brand Management Luxury & Upscale Brands, Europe, IHG said, “The Hotel Indigo student programme in partnership with the World Photography Organisation is set to change the future of some of the UKs brightest talents. The work we’ve seen already from our eight finalists has been spectacular and boldly depicts the essence of Hotel Indigo, which is to present the hotel as a valuable and contributing part of its neighbourhood. It has been an honour to see our hotels working in partnership with the country's up and coming photographers. It will be a challenge selecting the commission winner.”

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GHA awarded top international prize THE GHA has won one of Europe’s most prestigious prizes for business excellence.

The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) has recognised Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) as an international industry leader with a track record of continuous improvement. GHA, part of Wheatley Group, was presented with the “Leading with Vision, Inspiration and Integrity” prize at the 2013 EFQM Finals in Vienna, Austria. Earlier this year, GHA won an EFQM Good Practice award, beating off competition from international organisations such as electronics giant Bosch, for its “Think Yes” behavioural-change programme for staff. “This latest prize is another tremendous achievement and I was proud to accept the prize on behalf of the organisation,” said GHA Chair Gordon Sloan. “But it really belongs to Chief Executive Martin Armstrong, the Executive and Leadership teams and all the staff at GHA who deliver services to our customers every day with passion and commitment.” The EFQM Finals in Vienna featured global leaders, including BMW, and representatives of countries from Russia to Spain and England to Turkey and Belgium. Over 30,000 organisations across Europe use the EFQM framework.

EFQM Chief Executive Marc Amblard said: “Our assessors were particularly impressed by the outstanding leadership of GHA. “With a visionary and inspirational Chief Executive, it would be too easy to think that this is vested only in him. However, it was fully demonstrated at assessment that similar leadership skills are comprehensively embedded in the wider leadership team. “Of particular note are the extent to which leaders engage with stakeholders and partners, and also the extent to which they have secured the loyalty, commitment and trust of their employees. We are delighted to recognise their great efforts and we are convinced they’ll inspire others.” A team of assessors spent a week at GHA in June interviewing staff and looking at how the organisation is focused on helping its 45,000 tenants. Two years ago GHA won Scotland’s business of the year title and was the only organisation from the public, private and voluntary sector to gain the maximum five-star Recognised for Excellence rating by Quality Scotland. GHA has also gained Customer Service Excellence accreditation – an award scheme run by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office – five years in a row.

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UN special envoy for HIV AIDS to deliver landmark speech in Glasgow PROFESSOR Michel Kazatchkine, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to deliver landmark speech at the City Health 2013 conference at the Glasgow Science Centre, beginning on 4 November.

Unless there is a radical re-think of AIDS strategies, the HIV/AIDS epidemic risks becoming increasingly concentrated in key affected populations globally as developing countries transition to middle income status, Professor Michel Kazatchkine will tell delegates next week in his Alison Chesney & Eddie Killoran Memorial Lecture to be delivered at the City Health 2013 conference in Glasgow.

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Earlier school registration date for parents in Glasgow area GLASGOW has introduced an additional school registration week to take place in November for parents to register their child for P1 entry.

The council's Executive Committee agreed to the earlier date to allow schools and the authority to more effectively manage the allocation of children to schools, particularly for those living in the catchment area. This means parents/carers of children who are due to start primary one in August 2014 can register their child during school registration week which this year runs from 11th - 15th November. Councillor Stephen Curran, Executive Member for Education and Young People, is urging parents to get along to their local school and see what it has to offer. He said: "We've made some major improvements to our schools in recent months as part of the 4Rs programme.

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Come dine with us… at Jayz Bar and Restaurant THERE’S no denying the bitter arrival of Scottish winter, and with the dark, cold nights, we’ve been looking for places to warm up with great food and drink. We headed along to the newly opened Jayz Bar and Restaurant, on Kilmarnock Road in Shawlands, in search of comfort food and warming service…and we weren’t disappointed.

Jayz has managed to achieve a friendly, local-bar-feeling, at the same time as providing hungry customers with much more than standard pub food. The menu, which features additions and twists on classic dishes from chef Chris – who ran his own restaurant in Japan for 15 years before coming back to Glasgow, is surprisingly varied for a non-city centre bar. With so much to choose from, we asked for recommendations from owner Gary, and started with Classic Garlic Prawns (£4.25) and a starter

portion of Jayz special Skewers (£3.40 for a meat and veggie mix). The prawns, which come with chucky bread and lashings of sauce, were perfectly cooked and delicious, but the must-try from the starter options has to be the Skewers. Covered in crispy breadcrumbs, they included Black Pudding (we fought over who would get this one, be warned!), Pork and Chicken. There are also a wide variety of Skewers available from the main’s

menu – but we decided to try one of Chris’s Rib Eye Steaks (2 Steaks & a bottle of Prosecco for £25, throughout November or £13.95 each) and the Scottish Salmon with Crispy Poached Egg, (£8.95). The steak, which we had medium rare, was perfect – served with chunky chips and creamy peppercorn sauce – and it’s easy to see why this is a favourite with Jayz already regular customers. The Salmon was also delicious, and the Crispy Poached Egg (my first time trying this) was a huge hit, despite being notoriously difficult to get just right we were told, which it was…, served with salad and a prawn toast crouton. There was a bit of debate about what to choose for dessert – with both classic options and more adventurous choice. In the

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Walk the Red Shoe path at Tramway

TRAMWAY has announced its first ever winter show inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic dark folk tale ‘The Red Shoes’. Created and performed by Glasgow based singer, dancer and performer Judith Williams, with support from her forest and city friends, Red Shoes will honour winter in a non-commercial way allowing non-religious and diverse

cultures to connect with a ‘Christmas’ event. Red Shoes follows Judy Two Shoes on her journey as she explores the divide between duty and instinct; represented by the city and the forest. Told through live music, singing and visual theatre, this is a completely new piece of cross-art form theatre for all the family. Judith Williams said; “Audience

engagement is crucial to create a true, lasting and genuine connection between Judy Two Shoes and our young audience, so the story lives between us. We are sharing time and space in winter to open our hearts and soothe our minds. We are walking this RED SHOE path with ideas of courage, trust, honesty and sustainability with a deep wish to nurture instinct and to encourage us all to listen to the little voices that speak deeper truths.” The production plays with perception and scale to create a beautiful, magical world for its young audience; in the forest Judy might appear tiny, surrounded by giant butterflies. In the city she has outgrown the tallest buildings. Red Shoes will convey a message of creativity and of valuing the small and important things in life - a brilliantly bold blend of live music, singing and visual theatre that will be handmade and heartfelt. Fri 29 November - Sat 21 December. Tickets at okable-Events.aspx (Preview £5, shows £8/£6)

Glasgow actress stars in ‘Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story’ SEE the boy who never grew up in a live adventure you’ll never forget in this new adaptation coming to Glasgow in January. ‘Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story’ - World Arena Tour is a highflying, hi-tech fantasy adventure that combines the drama and excitement of live theatre with the epic visuals of a blockbuster movie. For the first time ever on a UK stage, winners will get to see Peter Pan fly without wires with the help of an incredible wind turbine. Added to this, CGI mapping will be used to conjure up a magical cinematic quality backdrop. Originally from Glasgow, LillyJane will play Wendy Darling in the show alongside reality TV star Stacey Solomon, who plays Tinker Bell. Lilly-Jane said: “We’re creating a new genre of

theatre. It’s a 3-D movie on stage. It’s a blockbuster like Moulin Rouge on stage. That’s why it’s so mindblowing. I want to be involved every step of the way. Every day, I have to pinch myself and say, “I can’t believe I’m in this fantastic show!” If someone had told me when I left drama school that in two years’ time I’d be in this show, I would have laughed and said, “Don’t lie to me. I’ll be working in a supermarket.” I could never have dreamt that this would happen. I’m the luckiest girl in the world.” Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story 10-12 January 2014 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow Tickets: From £22.50 0844 338 8000

A Tramway, Judith Williams and Shift co-production


“a triumph of collaborative invention… brilliantly bold approach to theatre for children.” Find out more:

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WITH the clocks going back, many people are now starting to think about staying warm this winter, and may be concerned about paying energy bills. Those on low incomes are urged to call the free, confidential Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to find out about rebates, assistance and discounts available to vulnerable households to help pay energy bills and keep homes warm this winter. The Home Heat Helpline team offers these simple tips to lower your bills and stay warm: 1. Call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 – find out what help you might be eligible for and how to save money on your energy bill. 2. Get a free home energy check – every supplier will be able to offer help and advice on what you can do today to save next winter – and most will do it for free. Make sure you talk to your energy supplier about your own home and circumstances. 3. Avoid ‘half load’ options on dishwashers and washing machines - they still use almost as much of the energy, water and detergent as a full

load. It’s always best to do a full load instead. 4. Think about your boiler – make sure it is as efficient as it can be. If your boiler is 15 years old or more it might be time for a replacement. Boilers account for around 55% of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so it’s worth doing if you need to. 5. Don’t block your radiators or heaters - Make sure your radiators and heaters are not blocked by furniture or covered by curtains. If you have a radiator with a curtain draped over it, most of the heat will literally is appear out of the window. It’s also possible to fit radiator foil behind radiators to reflect the heat back into the room, which will save energy.




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Health project tests impact of better physical education THE youngest children at seven South Lanarkshire primaries are taking part in a major research programme that could provide clear evidence on ways to improve the health and wellbeing of Scotland's children through better quality physical education.

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture in collaboration with the Council, NHS Lanarkshire, University of Glasgow and University of the West of Scotland has developed the Connections Pilot that will ensure children receive two hours of quality physical education each week. The effect of this on their health and wellbeing is being tested by researchers from the West of Scotland University's Institute of Clinical Exercise and Health. Roisin Lochrin-Hopkins, a business development officer with SLLCs Sport and Physical Activity Department said: "Primary aged pupils get PE from their class teachers and we know that many class teachers are not confident about delivering PE sessions. Over the past 12 months, teachers have worked closely with physical education lecturers from the University of Glasgow and others to develop a resource pack comprising of 50 cards that set out ways to improve children's sensory motor and fundamental movement skills. This has been backed up with two sessions of in-service training on how to deliver the programme for class teachers in the pilot schools. (Full details of the Resource Packs are included in the note to editors.) Researchers from the West of Scotland University's Institute of Clinical Exercise and Health Science will now be testing the effects of the programme on the children's health, having collected a variety of data from the children before the programme got underway. Information meetings have been held with parents in all schools except Glenlee where the meeting are taking place shortly. The programme will also check whether pupils taking part in the pilot have been encouraged to engage in more physical activity out with school hours, for example through local sports clubs and centres.

Schools taking part in the Connections Pilot are Spittal and St Mark's Primaries in Rutherglen, St Elizabeth's and Glenlee in Hamilton, Maxwellton in East Kilbride, St Athanasius in Carluke and Lanark Primary. Two schools that are not participating in the pilot will provide researchers with a control group for comparison. Theresa Campbell of the University of Glasgow said: “We are delighted to join the group of partners in this unique project. When writing the resource packs, we wanted to not only provide activity ideas for the teachers to use with the pupils, but more importantly we wanted to be able to help teachers deliver the activities in a way that really emphasised the scope for important physical, social, emotional and cognitive learning to take place. “We have done this through use of colour coded thought bubbles on the cards that highlight important points to emphasise as they are working with the children. I see it as our equivalent of being able to have a conversation with the teachers about the children's learning as they are delivering the activities. “Our hope is that these cards will act as a catalyst for teachers to seek out other ideas to add to the sessions. Teachers are very imaginative in their approaches to the curriculum in a huge range of areas and I am confident that they will be able to take what we have provided for physical education and enrich it through adding their own ideas and certainly their own particular personalities and style to how the programme is delivered.” And Dr Duncan Buchan of the Institute of Clinical Exercise and Health Science at the University of the West of Scotland added: “We are very pleased to be playing a key role in this research. The health and fitness of school children has never been more important and we hope that this research will provide fitness strategies that can be implemented during school hours to improve the future fitness of Scotland's school children.”

Landmark for Tesco Bank Football Challenge SCOTTISH FA youth ambassador David Weir announced that the Tesco Bank Football Challenge has reached its four-year target, of getting 72,000 children active, six months ahead of schedule. The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a four-year community programme run in partnership with the Scottish FA. The project introduces football to Primary Two and Primary Three children (six to eight years old) across Scotland to help get them engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle. Children participate in a six week block of football coaching with qualified Scottish FA coaches, before participating in regional festivals across the country, many of which are held at high profile venues. A national festival at Hampden Park brings the

school year of football to a memorable close. Over 3,000 teachers and volunteers have also been engaged in in-service training, exceeding the initial target and allowing the programme to continue in schools, resulting in a rise in grassroots football clubs throughout Scotland. Former Rangers, Everton, Hearts and Falkirk defender David Weir said: “The latest participation figures show that the Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to excel and now over 72,000 children have benefited from this great programme. Encouraging children to keep fit and healthy within a fun environment is key to making sure that these habits are continued into adulthood.” Jim Fleeting, Scottish FA head of

football development, said: “The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is one of the key programmes into the Scottish FA’s National Player Pathway and hopefully it will send them in the right direction in life and create a real love for the game along the way.” Adele Mills, community investment manager at Tesco Bank, added: “At Tesco Bank we have created a meaningful and lasting partnership with the Scottish FA, and today demonstrates that the children receive real benefits whilst enjoying themselves. We aim to use our scale for good through the Challenge – it not only helps children to be healthy and active, it also inspires confidence and self belief.”


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City lose out against Arsenal FROM BACK PAGE The first one was a set piece and last two were crosses into the box which we didn’t deal with. The longer it went on the more we were frustrating Arsenal, but the second goal just before half time knocked the stuffing out of us a little. “We now have the second leg to look forward to and hope to put in a

good performance for our home crowd.” Glasgow City will play the second leg against Arsenal on Wednesday at Petershill Park, 7pm. The match is heading for a sell out with only a few tickets remaining available from Greaves Sports in Glasgow City Centre.

New toddlers play area for Whitecraigs Rugby Club WHITECRAIGS Rugby Club has announced the opening of a new Toddlers Play Area, due to take place on Saturday 16th November 2013 at 2pm, by East Renfrewshire Council Councillor Mary Montague, at their home game versus Dalziel Rugby Club.

DISAPPOINTING: Danielle Carter holds off Jo Love

Councillor Montague has been a long-standing supporter of the Club and was instrumental in the awarding of Community Sports Hub Status in 2012. The £6,000 Play area is a small

Play from October to February for only £175. Please contact the secretary on 0141 886 6692 for full details.

piece in the commitment by the Club to create a family-friendly environment within a multi-sport facility and was possible through the fundraising efforts of members, as well as a generous Community Facilities grant from the Scottish Rugby Union of £2,000. The Club has Planning Permission in Principle to expand its facilities and is currently addressing a number of Sportscotland and Lottery funding routes to offer additional sports and promote further community participation in sport.

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ARSENAL TAKE WIN AGAINST CITY IN UWCL FIRST LEG IT was strong advantage to Arsenal as the Gunners defeated Glasgow City 3-0 in the first leg of the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League at The Hive, Barnet. It was always going to be difficult for the Scottish Champions, with Arsenal 17-1 favourites with the bookies before the match, and the former Champions League winners showed their quality throughout the game.

Captain Steph Houghton gave Arsenal the lead on 14 minutes when she headed home from close range after an Arsenal corner. Danielle Carter made it 2-0 for the home side just before the break. Arsenal were given a free chance to cross after a throw in and Carter turned and fired home from 5 yards out to give her side a two goal cushion at half time. Carter was on the score sheet again, less than 15 minutes after the re-start

as she headed into the back of the net from inside the 6 yard box after a long high ball to the back post was headed into the danger area by White. Commenting on the match, City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black said, “Our plan was always to come here and try and keep the second leg alive. We were never going to be adventurous as Arsenal have so much pace in attack. The disappointing factor is the goals we have lost. CONTINUES PAGE 31

FIRST LEG OF LAST 16: Arsenal score their first goal of three against City

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