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SAND not WELL Sandwell may soon see Faith schools mushrooming in the borough It seems different religious groups are preparing and expected to apply for state funding – this is the dilemma of secular campaigners. The tax payer will have to put up the bill. The state pays 85% of Capital costs and the government says it is considering raising this to 90%. It also pays teachers. In a study, Ofsted inspected 51 fee paying faith schools, including those teaching Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Hindu children to evaluate how well they prepare children for “modern Britain” In the past, Members of the Associations of Teachers and Lecturers in a Union motion debate, said the government policy of increasing the numbers of faith schools would “hinder instigation, foster religious divisions and provide ground for religions and ethnic conflicts.

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Libraries raise for Macmillan Kind-hearted staff and customers at Sandwell libraries have raised a phenomenal £3,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Eloise Davidson, fundraising manager for the charity, visited the library to collect the cheque and said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Sandwell libraries for their generous donation. The cheque presentation was also attended by the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Joyce Underhill who said: “What a fantastic amount of money raised! I am also amazed by the number of steps each librarian does on a daily basis and what a great way to raise sponsorship.

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No test from the heart… From 23 January the driving theory test will no longer use pre-published questions in a move to stop candidates from learning answers by heart. Until now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published. These changes will mean that learner drivers and riders gain a better understanding of driving theory because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options are correct for individual questions. The familiar Theory Test books and software still offer revision questions. They now also have exercises so learners can practice applying their knowledge on each topic to case studies. There are also new sections of revision support for motorcyclists and a free e-book for car drivers.

Editor’s Desk We are in 2012 and like every year we are thinking about dieting, losing weight, paying off debt and New Year resolutions. But we all know how many times an individual succeeds is hard to tell as we all succumb to the pressures of life and slip up. Unlike previous years, we have to make a strong commitment to eat sensibly, keep to a regular exercise routine and become fitter. The

government has been asked yet again to change the limits for sensible drinking, but we as individuals should take the responsibility and decrease the incidence of alcohol related liver disease and attendances at the hospital casualties being drunk. Unemployment amongst young people is at its highest (1,016,000). The government and industries should work hard towards creating job opportunity, apprenticeship to

prevent this generation from feeling let down. So let us all buck the trend of doom and gloom and work our way through the year 2012 and give ourselves and the country a chance to prosper once again. Bakul Kumar (Dr) Editor

What Resolution! So here we are a whole month and a bit into 2012..... So did I make any new resolutions!!!!!! Well let’s call them resolutions because frankly speaking I think I make them every Monday!!! Well I did, not only to workout but to get truly fit.... As in my mind I think I could run a marathon or do a triathlon before I hit the big 40!!!!..... I do say this with the remote hope it may happen!!!!! Ok don’t think I’m crazy but my runners are calling to me to actually take them for a good workout, rather than a meandering walk through the

spring meadow..... Ok that’s what I think they’d say. So after much contemplation I think I really should use that gym membership.... So here is my first step into the real fitness world, I made a pledge to my runners to actually let them experience the joys of exercise. I will write about my journey into fitness.... First on my list is Zumba. Erm, yes, it sounds like a kind of drink but here on the beautiful west coast it’s the latest exercise craze, it’s a fusion of Latin dance and aerobics, so I will let you know how that goes, along with yoga,

walking , running and maybe even swimming! The benefits are amazing, the adrenaline rush, the bonus of weight loss if that’s a goal, and the best for me, I find, I have a buzz that lasts all day, which unlike chocolate (and believe me, I love chocolate), the exercise buzz seems to last all day!!! So, if like me, you truly want to make this year or this Monday truly different lets actually do it.... Stay posted.... Leena Savani

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Crime cash A donation of over £30,000 worth of money seized from criminals in Wolverhampton has been donated back to local community projects by police. Money raised from the sale of property under the Proceeds of Crime Act allows officers to recover money and assets from criminals that has been gained by illegal activity which is then invested back into the community. A total of £31,000 from the fund will assist local projects and initiatives. Eighteen schemes and organisations across Wolverhampton will benefit from the proceeds. Among the schemes set to benefit from a successful bid of £8,161 are Pride Penn Fields - to gate alleyways in the area.

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London Paris New York This spring, young love will blossom across the globe, in the new Twentieth Century Fox and Rose Productions’ film ‘London Paris New York’, releasing in cinemas on 2nd March 2012. ‘London Paris New York’ is a film that captures the angst of being in your twenties, the most dramatic period of your life - when you have to find a career; you have your first significant relationship and most importantly form your identity in this world. It is the story of ‘Lalitha’, a middle class South Indian girl from Chembur (an eastern suburb in Mumbai) who is on her way to New York to study politics on a full scholarship, and Nikhil, a Punjabi, rich kid from Bandra who is going to study Film Making in London, fully funded by his father’s money. They decide to hangout together one evening in London and find that they are

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is in three chapters and each chapter is shot in a manner that mirrors the mental state of ‘Nikhil’ and ‘Lalitha’. The three bridges on the three rivers Thames, Seine and Hudson - witness the three states of their love.

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The move to make hero marathon charity runner ‘Blind’ Dave Heeley Sandwell’s next honorary freeman is set to be ratified. Dave, who is 54, will be Sandwell’s 11th honorary freeman. The official ceremony is likely to take place in spring. Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper said: “I am sure he will be a great ambassador for the borough. Over the years he has done so much for so many others with his charity runs.” Dave, from West Bromwich,

Wedding of the month Beautiful couple, Mr. Indy Bening and Mrs. Mani Bening, seen here at their Civil Wedding on Saturday 14th January 2012. Mr & Mrs Bening tied the knot at Patshull , Pattingham. They will be having their traditional Indian wedding on Sunday 22nd April 2012.

earned international fame when he became the first blind person to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days in 2008. And he recently completed a John O’Groats to Land’s End running and cycling challenge for Macmillan Cancer Relief - An overjoyed Dave said: “I was absolutely stunned when I was first told. I regard it as a great privilege and honour.”

WHERE ARE THE SLUMDOGS? Millionaire’s Dev Patel stars with Bollywood’s Slumdog latest discovery tena desae in twentieth century fox’s ‘THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL’. Directed by John Madden based on Pride & Prejudice screenwriter Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things. The Best Exotic Marigold sanctuary for “the elderly Hotel promises a heady mix of and beautiful” in Jaipur, India. comedy and emotion, showing On arrival, they discover that the hotel falls somewhat India at its beautiful best. After the international box- short of the romantic idyll office success of the multi- promised in the brochure, but Oscar and BAFTA winning film they are gradually won over Slumdog Millionaire and the by the ever-optimistic young manager UK’s top grossing Bollywood entrepreneurial film to date, My Name is Khan, Twentieth Century Fox releases The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, on 24th February 2012. From the director of Shakespeare in Love, John Madden, the film features Bollywood’s latest crush and top model Tena Desae romancing Slumdog Millionaire star and BAFTA nominee Dev Patel in a feel-good comedy

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PRESENTER RECEIVES AWARD BBC WM presenter Ed Doolan has been given an Outstanding Contribution award for his work in broadcasting. He was honoured at the BBC local radio awards, the annual ceremony showcases the best of the 40 BBC local radio stations in England. Ed, 72, began broadcasting in Birmingham in 1974 and joined BBC WM in 1982. It was here that he earned a reputation as a consumer champion.

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Meditation may prevent psychiatric disorders According to a recent study by Judson Brewer of Yale University of USA, experienced meditators may be able switch off areas of the brain associated with day dreaming, anxiety and certain psychiatric disorders such as Schizophrenia and autism. Tests have shown that meditation helps in a variety

Brave officers honoured PC’s Gerard Troy, Nathan Gibbs, Scott Dent and Leon Grange received Chief Constable’s Commendations for their bravery in dealing with an armed man in Bordesley Green last June. The officers responded to reports that someone was being chased by an armed group of Asian Men. They came across a group that fitted the description and stopped them to carry out a search. The men initially complied, but then the one of them took a gun from his waistband. The officers acted with exceptional courage, remaining calm and professional. They forcibly took hold of him and managed to take the gun, which was later found to contain five rounds of live ammunition. The offender was sentenced to three years, while another man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of an illegal substance. DCs Craig Hall and Juliet Cook received Chief Constable’s Awards for their work on Operation Haunch - the attempted murder of security guard Kamran Khursheed during Eid celebrations at a funfair at Ward End Park last September.

He suffered a gunshot wound to his back and multiple stab wounds in the assault. Also honoured was Stetchford-based PC Jonah Line who, on Sunday 13 March, prevented a woman from committing suicide. The off-duty officer spotted a distressed, drunk woman sat on top of a railway bridge. Concerned for her welfare he stopped his car and made a careful approach. Having gained her trust, he asked to continue to deal with her and ensure she received appropriate welfare. Coventry-based police dog handler PC Scott Moulsher received an award for tackling three masked, knife-wielding men, who had broken into a hotel, assaulted a member of staff and attempted to escape. PC Liam Marshall, from Walsall police station, received his award for dealing with a violent robbery in May, in which a man was kicked and punched and threatened with a knife at his home. PCs Diana Shaw, Catherine Morgan and Katie Peplow, from Birmingham West & Central, also received Chief Constable’s Awards for tackling armed robbers in Handsworth last January.

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contributions made by Asians to UK life. Suresh joined Birmingham City Police almost a decade before the formation of WMP when Derek Capper was Chief Constable. He wanted to become a forensic photographer so joined the Birmingham School of Photography, where his tutor suggested he became a special. He worked from King’s Heath on the F Division, with the collar number 13, and quickly made a name for him self as he spoke various

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languages so was often called to other divisions to act as an interpreter. He was also on duty in 1974 when the IRA bombed the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the town pubs central Birmingham. Suresh now cites his nine years as a special as one of the highlights of his life: “The bobbies I worked with were icons of their time and I have nothing but admiration for them and the greatest respect for the whole British Constabulary. “We were really appreciated by the host community at the time which helped to make my time there such an excellent experience – and I am sure made me a better human being as well. It was interesting getting to grips with new technology as it was introduced. I got to drive a panda car and we all had fun with the walkie talkies. We had to use an old typewriter and we used to joke that if the job didn’t kill you, the typewriter would!”

of health problems. Brewer said “meditation’s ability to help people stay in the moment has been part of philosophical and contemplative practices for thousands of years.” The researchers performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on experienced and beginners meditators using 3 different

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Harborne residents urged to meet local officers at new meetings RESIDENTS across Harborne are being urged to have their say on policing at a range of new ‘meet and greet’ sessions across the ward. The new drop in sessions will take place in local supermarkets, churches and community centres. They will give local people the opportunity to discuss any concerns about crime or antisocial behaviour or receive crime prevention advice. Meetings have been arranged up until the end of July and the full list of dates can be

accessed on the Birmingham South police website. The dates for February are: 21 February 2012, 5:00pm 8:00pm, Marks and Spencer, 42 High Street. 26 February 2012, 10:00am noon, St. Mary’s Church, Vivian Road. 28 February 2012, 11:00am 2:00pm, Harborne Pool Leisure Centre, Lordswood Road. Police community support officer Marc Pearson, who will be attending the meet and greets, said: “It is vital we listen to our communities and what they have to say about

policing in their local area. We hope that these meetings will give residents another opportunity to do so. “We have tried to spread the sessions across the ward at different locations and times. This will give any Harborne resident the opportunity to see their local officers at a time and place which suits them.” “If residents can’t make the meeting they can still get in touch, by telephone on 101, via the website, in person at Harborne police station or via Twitter.”

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The Fitness Bolt The Aviva Grand Prix Athletics is just one of the high profile Sporting events taking place at the NIA, Birmingham this year. Photo: Action Images

Birmingham’s NIA and ICC have teamed up to launch a fitness challenge for the region’s professionals. Taking place on 22 February 2012, the Birmingham Bolt will see local businesses compete in a series of sporting challenges to get fit and help raise money for a great cause. Businesses from across the West Midlands are invited to enter teams of 10 people and compete in a series of events; including jumping, sprinting, long distance running, throwing and relays on NIA’s professional track, which has been used by some of the world’s best athletes; from the Aviva Grand Prix Athletics to the trampoline and Tumbling World Championships. “I will be taking part, along with the NEC Group CEO, Paul Thandi, and we’re both looking forward to meeting everyone taking part” said Birmingham Bolt. It costs £250 to enter a team of 10 into the Birmingham Bolt and the money will go towards the Birmingham Civic Society’s Next Generation Awards, which encourages 11-14 year olds.

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Fabio Capello has resigned as England manager, the Football Association has confirmed. Capello quit after a meeting with FA chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne An FA statement read: “The Football Association can confirm that Fabio Capello has today resigned as England manager.” The Italian, 65, publicly challenged the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy. The FA’s statement continued: “The discussions focused on the FA Board’s decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello’s response through an Italian broadcast interview. “In a meeting for over an hour, Fabio’s resignation was accepted and he will leave the post of England manager with immediate effect.” Bernstein said: “I would like to stress that during the meeting and throughout his time as England manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner. Analysis “We have accepted Fabio’s resignation, agreeing this is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future.” It was the firstt meeting Capello had with the FA since their decision to remove the

armband from Terry pending the outcome of his court case in July. Terry, 31, denies a charge of allegedly racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.

On Sunday, Capello told Italy’s state broadcaster RAI he did not believe someone should be punished by sporting authorities before a court had reached a verdict. “I thought it was right that Terry should keep the captain’s armband,” said Capello, whose first game in charge was on 6 February 2008, against Switzerland. “I have spoken to the FA chairman and I have said that in my opinion one cannot be punished until it is official and the court

- a non-sport court, a civil court - had made a decision to decide if John Terry has done what he is accused of.” FA head of elite development Gareth Southgate suggested Under-21 head coach Stuart Pearce will be in charge for England’s friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley on 29 February. “Stuart Pearce is in the building and with the under-21s,” said the former England defender. “But you have to think for the summer - can you get the person you want for the longer term? Because the leading candidates are with clubs at the minute. “Harry Redknapp is one of leading candidates but Tottenham will have something to say about that and Daniel Levy is not going to want Harry to leave without a fight, so there’s an awful lot to work out in the next few weeks.” Use accessible player and disable flyout menus Former England captain Alan Shearer said: “England should be managed by an Englishman and I would go along with Harry Redknapp as the outstanding candidate. He’s a genius at motivating players.” “Let’s move on and get someone who wants to manage England in a major tournament. Managers come and go and you have to be professional as a player. “They’ll want to put on the white shirt and go out there and play regardless of who’s in charge.

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POLICE in south Birmingham are urging local youngsters to show boredom the red card and join them for some top quality football coaching. In partnership with the Kickz football project, the football coaching scheme is looking set to expand in the Northfield constituency and officers want to see more local youngsters get involved. Attendees to the project currently receive professional football coaching and training from Kickz staff and coaches from Birmingham City football club. They also have the opportunity to play in various football competitions, which last year saw them visit Old Trafford (Manchester United) and next month will see them play at the Molineux (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Sessions are free to attend and are open to anyone between the ages of 10-17. There are three sessions a week: On Monday and Friday evenings the coaching takes place between 7pm and 9pm at Turves Green Focus Centre (Rear of Turves Green Girls School). The other session runs on a Tuesday evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Colmers Astro Turf, Birmingham Great Park.

Railway FC was created by Shaun Farrell helped by his father who runs his own local pub called The Railway in Handsworth and sponsored by Abbey Coaches in Birmingham. They are in the Birmingham AFA & District League and have come up well in their last 12 Matches Won 3 Draw 5 Lost 4. Games are played on Saturdays at 2pm Hamstead Hill home ground.

Hamstead Hall is a vibrant, dynamic and interactive Community Learning Centre for all users of all ages and abilities. Hamstead Hall are healthy, safe, enjoy what they do, are able to make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being, building upon strengths and providing a unique community of youth, children, students, staff, parents/carers, para-professionals and local people with a challenging edge to achieve their individual best. Hamstead Hall is a learning organisation of active citizens, working pro-actively together on local, national and global issues.

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