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24% OF CHILDREN VICTIMS OF CRIME
London Bangla: Almost one in four children aged 10 to 15 has been a victim of crime in the past year, official figures showed. A total of 2,153,000 crimes of theft and violence took place against under 16s in 2009, the Home Office said. A pilot extension of the British Crime Survey to include younger people found 24% were victims of crime. The snapshot findings unveil the potential extent of crime against young people for the first time. A report found children are more at risk of personal crimes, such as robbery, assault and theft, than adults. ...Cont’d on Page 07
Almost one in four children have been a victim of crime, a survey showed
SOLDIERS HECKLED BY WAR PROTESTERS London Bangla: Protesters have heckled soldiers and brandished placards opposing the war in Afghanistan during a
homecoming parade for troops. A group of predominantly Muslim protesters gathered in Barking ...Cont’d on Page 07
SEX EDUCATION FOR FIVE YEAR OLDS Emdad Rahman : Children as young as five should be given lessons in sex and relationships, a health watchdog said. Good quality classes on sex, relationships and alcohol help youngsters to understand the risks and consequences of their actions and resist
peer pressure, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice). Research shows that two-fifths of young people rate sex education in their school as poor or very poor, it said. In draft guidance published, Nice said that sex and ...Cont’d on Page 07
Children as young as five should be given lessons in sex, a watchdog said
JOIN THE MARCH AGAINST RACISM IN EAST LONDON ON SUNDAY
London Bangla: Thousands of people will march against racism and fascism this Sunday in east London. The march was organised in defence of the Muslim community. The racist English Defence League (EDL) had said it would invade Tower Hamlets to disrupt an Islamic conference. The threat ...Cont’d on Page 07
Unity at the anti-EDL rally in Tower Hamlets, east London , last week
ABBOTT 'ON COURSE FOR NO 10'
London Bangla: Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott has underlined her determination to win the Labour Party leadership contest, declaring herself "on course for No 10". The 57-year-old squeezed on to the five-strong starting line for the leadership ...Cont’d on Page 07
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Jobless total rises in region Unemployment increased by almost 2% in London between February and April to 366,000, official figures have shown. The total rose by 7,000 taking the jobless rate to 9% in the region, while across the country the scale of the jobs crisis facing the Government was underlined. Nationwide, unemployment neared 2.5 million and the number of economically inactive people reached a record high of more than eight million. Unemployment increased by 23,000 in the three months to April to 2.47 million, giving a jobless rate of 7.9% across the country. Long-term and youth unemployment both increased but the most striking figure was a
29,000 rise in people classed as economically inactive to 8.19 million - 21.5% of the working age population. The figure includes students, people looking after a relative, workers on long-term sick leave, or those who have given up looking for jobs. The number of people in the long-term sick category rose by 58,000 to 2.07 million in the latest quarter. The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance fell by 30,900 in May to just under 1.5 million, the fourth consecutive monthly fall. The number of people out of work for more than a year increased by 85,000 to 772,000 in the three months to April, while unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds rose by 11,000 to 926,000.
Report urges drink-drive limit be reduced
Other data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of full-time workers fell by 56,000 while part-timers rose by 61,000. The number of people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 45,000 to a record high of 1.08 million, Wednesday's figures revealed. There was a slight increase of 5,000 in the number of people in employment in the latest quarter, to 28.8 million, but the figure was 213,000 lower than a year ago. Public sector employment fell by 7,000 in March to 6.09 million, while employees in private firms increased by 12,000 to 22.78 million. The Government said the latest figures showed the
Cameron Accused Of Priming Public For Cuts David Cameron has been accused of "talking public finances down to soften the public up for cuts" ahead of next week's emergency Budget. He said the claim - which was made by acting Labour leader Harriet Harman during Prime Minister's Questions - was rich given the opposition "did the economy down" while in office. The focus of the coalition Government's spending cuts dominated business in the Commons. Mr Cameron said the emergency Budget, unveiled by his Chancellor on Tuesday, will be aimed at "fixing the mess created by the Labour government". He added overspending by the previous administration had landed every person in the country with ÂŁ22,000 of debt. Live: PMQs But following the publishing of the latest unemployment figures, Mrs Harman called on the PM to guarantee the number of people out of work will fall in the forthcoming years, despite the programme of cuts.
The legal drink-drive limit should be cut by more than a third to save hundreds of lives a year, a government-commissioned report urged Wednesday Study author, Sir Peter North, recommended the existing drink-drive limit of 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood be reduced to 50 mg. The lower limit would bring British law into line with most of Europe , but still allow drivers to have one drink. "What I think you will be able to do is to go out to the pub for a drink, a pint of beer, a glass of wine. It's not that you won't be able to have a pint ... it's a balance," North told Sky news. He also recommended that the 12-month driving ban -- auto-
matic for those who exceed the current limit -- should be maintained for a new 50 mg limit. Drawing on new research, North, a legal expert, said that as many as 168 lives, approximately 7 percent of current road deaths, could be saved in the first year of a reduced limit, rising to as many as 303 lives saved in the sixth year. He made 51 recommendations in all, including improving police procedures aimed at enforcing drug-driving laws. North had been asked by former Labour Transport
Secretary Lord Adonis to examine possible changes to drink and drug-driving legislation. His report went to new Transport Secretary Philip Hammond last month before being made public Wednesday. "Sir Peter's report is a serious piece of work that covers a wide range of issues," Hammond said in a statement. "Our priority will be to tackle drink and drug-driving in the most effective way possible to protect law-abiding road users. We will respond to Sir Peter in due course."
scale of the welfare challenge it had to tackle. Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: "These figures underline why it was so important to stop the jobs tax planned by the previous government, and why we need to create real incentives for businesses to grow and create job opportunities. "With nearly five million people on out-of-work benefits and record numbers of people who are economically inactive, we have to make sure that as the economy grows and jobs are created in the next few years that we learn from the mistakes of the past, and ensure that we provide real help and support for people on benefits so they can take advantage of employment opportunities and make the move into work."
She asked him: "How does putting more people on the dole help get the deficit down?" Shadow chancellor Alistair Darling later fielded an urgent question on banking regulation off the back of PMQs. Mr Osborne said the "tripartite system" installed by Gordon Brown in 1997 had "failed spectacularly", prompting the need for reforms. Mr Darling also focused on the plans for an independent bank commission, whose role Mr Osborne will outline in his Mansion House speech. The Chancellor confirmed Sir John Vickers will chair the commission, as revealed on Sky News by City editor Mark Kleinman. It will look at whether to break up the major UK banks - such as Barclays and HSBC - along the lines of their high street banking and investment banking operations. Mr Osborne will also announce significant changes to City banking regulation during his maiden Mansion House address on Wednesday evening.
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Mohammedan Sporting Club reign supreme Mohammedan Sporting Club reign supreme after topping the Inner London Football League Premier Division Season 2009 – 2010. With a hard fought season and turbulent weather disrupting league fixtures and drastic losses to injuries in the squad. The season finally culminated on a double banker fixture with local rivals Beaumont Athletic. After trailing league leaders Shadwell YO all season who had stamped their authority on the ILFL Premier League Division this year, it was an exciting conclusion to the league. With 17 games played Mohammedan were locked on equal points with league leaders Shadwell YO, but trailing on goal difference. Final day of the league season saw Mohammedan convincingly beat Beaumont 4 – 1 in their early morning kick-off, which meant Shadwell having to beat strong challengers East Seven by more than a four goal margin to clinch the title and wish Mohammedan lost their final game with Beaumont in the afternoon. The afternoon was set for great football viewing as the fiercest rivals battled it out for the crown of becoming league champions. With a poor tour-out from East Seven starting the game with 8 players, Shadwell conceded 2 goals; but they finally came out their shell and won the dame 3 – 2. Unfortunately for them; they didn’t bank on the total demolition
of Beaumont Athletic by Mohammedan, who played out of their skin to fire in an outstanding result of 11 – 0, with a team which previously played in the Essex Senior League. With the end result of both Shadwell and Mohammedan locked at 13 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses and points tally at 42 points each. Mohammedan showed their strength and firepower this season where they romped home 73 goals with a goal difference of +49 in their favour compared to the +36 scored by Shadwell. Player Manager Juned Ali said; “it was a very testing and frustrating season for us, with cancellations in fixtures due to poor winter weather and difficulties with league administration; we showed our resilience to all the challenges subjected to us with our determination to fight against the odds.” Iqbal Hussain (Goal Keeper) added “it is a great achievement for us to take the title this year, as so many people doubted our ability to win as a restricted young side playing for the first time together. We managed to keep the Mohammedan spirit and legacy
alive by showing how hungry we are in our strength and unity as a Club” Club Official Hussain says “it’s a great testament to the hard work and determination of Juned our young player manager and his coaching team and the Board of Management who have supported the investment in the new generation of Mohammedan talent filtering through our youth academy.” The Club was also semi-finalists in the ILFL League Cup, where they lost by a narrow margin of 2 – 1 to Finalists Bromley by Bow FC. Mohammedan SC is looking forward to a tough challenge for the BFA UK summer league and welcomes everyone to come and support at Victoria Park on Sundays. To get involved and to join the team If you wish to get involved in the UK Mohammedan SC movement by becoming a player member or discussing partnership work with the Club, visit us on facebook or www. mohammedan.co.uk or email email@example.com
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LEBARA ADDS ANOTHER STRING TO ITS MUSICAL PORTFOLIO Lebara, the global market leader in providing high quality, low-cost international mobile services, today announces its sponsorship of music legend AR Rahman’s UK and European arm of his first ever world tour, which takes place this summer. AR Rahman has been recognised in India and by the Asian community both in the UK and worldwide as a visionary composer and musician for the past decade. Rahman shot to global fame in 2009, following the incredible success of Danny Boyle’s Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire and his track Jai Ho! featuring the Pussycat Dolls. The European leg of the Lebara Jai Ho AR Rahman ‘The Journey Home’ World Tour will kick off in Zurich on 16th July, followed by concerts in Paris and Mannheim . The UK concerts will take Rahman to the LG Arena in Birmingham on 23rd July, with the closing weekend on 24th and 25th July in the two biggest arenas in London - the O2 and Wembley. Following hot on the heels of the company’s sponsorship of the MOBOs and UK Asian Music Awards, this move solidifies the company’s relationship with the music industry. Chief Executive, Ratheesan Yoganathan said of the tour: “This is an exciting
opportunity for Lebara to reaffirm its relationship with the music industry, enabling us to drive added value to our customers through content provision, a service which is rapidly becoming important to our customers.” Lebara was founded in 2001 and is now firmly established in 8 countries worldwide. Having recently launched in Germany (January 2010) and France (May 2010), Lebara Mobile is one of the fastest growing European telecoms companies, creating a unique go-to market distribution strategy to make its service available to customers worldwide, who make international calls; particularly migrant communities who want to keep in close contact with friends and family. The sponsorship of the groundbreaking concerts will see Lebara Mobile extend its relationship with current customers as well as using innovative promotions to extend its reach into the international telecommunications markets across the four territories. Yoganathan adds: “The ‘Journey Home’ Tour gives Lebara Mobile the opportunity to bring the very best music to communities across the UK and Europe . Lebara Mobile believes in connecting communities, and there is no better way than through the music of Rahman.”
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Bangladesh factories asked to shut to save World Cup TV
Bangladeshi football fans block a road Bangladeshi authorities have asked factories across the capital Dhaka to shut during World Cup games so that power blackouts do not interrupt football fans watching the television. The two state-owned companies which supply electricity to the city made the request after power cuts during a match on Saturday triggered violent protests. When blackouts hit the Argentina-Nigeria game, angry fans went on the rampage, damaging scores of vehicles and vandalising more than a dozen electricity supply centres. "We have sent letters to all the factories operating in and around Dhaka to stop work between 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm -- the peak hours -- when the matches are usually held," said Faridul Haq, head of Dhaka Power
Distribution Company. "It is our humble submission to them that they close factories so that we can divert the power to people watching the World Cup. We don't want to see repeat of Saturday's violence," he told AFP. The authorities have also stepped up security in power plants and distribution centres to prevent a repeat of enraged fans storming the premises and throwing rocks at officials. Haq said the plan should enable fans could watch key matches, especially those of Argentina and Brazil -- two teams which attract fanatical support in Bangladesh . "The World Cup is the biggest sporting event for Bangladesh fans, which is why we are taking this desperate step. The work stoppages at the factories will
also allow their workers to watch matches," he said. Bangladesh generates around 4,000 megawatts of power a day, far short of its 6,000 megawatt demand. Authorities try to manage the shortfall by rationing power supply nationwide, with blackouts every other hour. State-run Dhaka Electricity Supply Company (DESCO) sent similar letters to the factories, its chief Saleh Ahmed said. DESCO is also setting up widescreen televisions in its distribution centres so that fans can watch the matches on back-up supplies if there are power cuts. Dhaka police chief A.K.M Shahidul Haq has urged wealthy residents to set up wide-screen televisions powered by generators in open spaces.
Bangladesh calls up 1m mobile phone lessons In March the Guardian reveal that English lessons delivered to mobile phones in Bangladesh were accessed over 1m times in their first three months. The BBC World Service Trust says that its Janala project to provide English language lessons via mobile phones in Bangladesh has delivered more than 1m lessons in its first three months. The project was launched in November and offers weekly audio lessons and quizzes delivered to users' handsets. The three-minute lessons cost around 4 cents each. "We knew demand for English was strong in Bangladesh , but the response to Janala has been nothing short of phenomenal," said Sara Chamberlain, who runs the project's Bangladesh team. "The growth of mobile is clearly creating an opportunity to provide access to education in a way sim-
ply not possible before." Janala is part of an initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development to raise the language skills of 25 million people in Bangladesh by 2017.
Chinese vice president concludes Bangladesh tour In Dhaka on Tuesday, Xi met separately with the country's opposition leader, parliament speaker and president. In talks with Khaleda Zia, chairperson of Bangladesh 's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Xi lauded what Zia has done to promote the Sino-Bangladeshi relationship. He said China appreciates very much Bangladesh 's precious support on issues concerning China 's core interests like the issues of Taiwan , Tibet and Xinjiang. He said China supports Bangladesh 's economic development and will continue to do its best to help the south Asian country. Zia said China is a close and friendly neighbor of Bangladesh . " Bangladesh always regards China as an important strategic partner," she said. Talking with Bangladeshi Parliament Speaker Abdul Hamid, Xi spoke highly of the comprehensive development of bilateral relations since both countries established diplomatic relations 35 years ago. He reiterated China 's commitment to work with Bangladesh to push forward their comprehensive partnership of cooperation. He also called on the legislatures of both countries to further strengthen communication and promote mutual understanding. Hamid said the Sino-Bangladeshi
relationship is time-honored and all the parties in the Bangladeshi parliament support developing relations with China . In talks with President Zillur Rahman, Xi said the SinoBangladeshi relations have stood the test of changes in the world situation and continually move forward. "The cooperation in all areas is very fruitful and has brought real benefits to the two peoples and also plays an active role in maintaining regional stability, peace and development," he added. Xi said the two countries' decision to establish a "Closer Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation" last March showed the direction for further developing bilateral relationship. Rahman said Bangladesh and China maintain good relationship. He believed Xi's visit will greatly promote the friendship between the two peoples and push bilateral relationship to a new level. On Tuesday afternoon, Xi left Dhaka for Vientiane , capital of the Lao People's Democratic Republic for an official visit. In a written speech at the airport upon his arrival, Xi said China and Laos enjoy profound traditional friendship, and established a comprehensive strategic partnership last year. Laos is the second leg of Xi's four-nation trip on June 14-24, which will also take him to New Zealand and Australia .
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Israel 'mulls plan to ease Gaza blockade' Israel's security cabinet was meeting on Wednesday to reportedly consider an international proposal for significantly easing its Gaza blockade, after weeks of global pressure to scrap the measure. The 15-member body was expected to vote on a proposal put together over several weeks of intense consultations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair, the Haaretz daily reported. The security cabinet began meeting early on Wednesday, a government official confirmed, for what was understood to be a debate on "matters related to Gaza" without giving any specific details of what they were debating nor when they were likely to vote. If approved, the "Blair-Netanyahu understandings" would see Israel adopt a new approach to those goods which have been kept out of Gaza since the blockade was imposed in 2006, Haaretz and other media outlets reported. Under the new proposal, thrashed out in three faceto-face sessions with Blair as well as multiple telephone calls, Israel would allow in everything -except for items on a "blacklist," the paper said. It would also allow for the entry of much-needed building materials for UN-sponsored construction projects. And it would see Israel agreeing to examine a proposal for stationing EU and Palestinian Authority inspectors at the border to inspect incoming goods, Haaretz said. Currently thousands of products -- some as banal as toilet paper and ginger -- are listed by Israel as constituting a 'security' risk and therefore are prevented from reaching Gaza . The list also includes products such as construction materials, which Israel fears could be used for building rockets -- such metal piping -- and cement which could be used for building bunkers. Israeli media said the proposal was widely expected to be approved by the security cabinet, with Blair telling Haaretz it was "a very important step." "It will allow us to keep weapons and weapon materials out of Gaza , but on the other hand to help the
Palestinian population there," he said. "The policy in Gaza should be to isolate the extremists but to help the people." Blair told the paper the ultimate aim was to eradicate the need for smuggling through the cross-border network of tunnels running under Gaza 's southern border with Egypt , through which thousands of goods are brought daily and sold at hugely inflated prices. However, army radio said Netanyahu was expected
to stress the naval blockade of Gaza would remain in place -- a measure he said was crucial for preventing Gaza from "turning into an Iranian port" through which arms would flow freely. Earlier this week, a European Union diplomat meeting regional foreign ministers in Luxembourg had said Israel was preparing to ease the blockade significantly. "The indications we are getting from Israel is that they are willing to go from a positive to a negative list," he said, explaining it would mean a change from a list of "permitted goods" with everything else banned, to a list of "banned goods" with everything else allowed in. Israel has been facing mounting pressure to end its blockade of Gaza imposed in 2006 after militants
there seized an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid. International pressure over the siege on Gaza has increased hugely in recent weeks following last month's deadly raid by Israeli navy seals on a foreign aid flotilla trying to run the Gaza blockade, which killed Turkish activists. As the government mulled easing the blockade, the Israeli committee for investigating the botched naval operation -- known as the Tirkel Commission -- was on Wednesday to begin its probe, media reports said. The three-man committee, whose work will be overseen by two foreign observers, will look into the legal aspects of the operation in a move dismissed as insufficient by both Turkey and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas.
No trafficking convictions in Scotland No one has ever been convicted for human trafficking in Scotland , an Amnesty International report has said. This is despite police arresting 35 people during raids two years ago, when 15 trafficked women
were discovered. The report, entitled Wrong Kind Of Victim?, said: "Of the 35 who were arrested, 18 were convicted but for offences related to immigration or prostitution."
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relationships education is "more effective if it is introduced before young people first have sex". It calls for youngsters to be given lessons which are "factually accurate, unbiased and non-judgmental", tailored to each age group, and take into account "cultural, faith and family" issues. It means primary school pupils could start by learning about friendships and respecting others, the guidance says. Plans for a new compulsory sex and relationships curriculum were contained in an education Bill put forward by Labour under the last Government. But the proposals, which would have seen pupils taught about contraception and the importance of stable relationships, including civil partnerships, among other topics, were dropped from the Bill shortly after the general election was called following opposition from the Tories. Nice's draft guidance says that pupils should receive sex education classes throughout their school careers - from primary school to early adulthood. And parents should be told that the classes will help children understand their own development, and will not encourage youngsters to have sex earlier - a key concern of some family campaigners. Parents and pupils should be involved in creating a curriculum for the topic, it says. Research shows 40% of young people rated their sex and relationships education in school as poor or very poor and other studies demonstrate that effective education on these topics can have a positive impact on young people's health and wellbeing. It is mainly aimed at, school and college governors, school heads and teachers, college principals, lecturers and tutors, commissioners and managers in children's trusts and children's services, local authorities and primary care trusts. It is also for all those who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, school, college and communitybased PSHE education focusing on sex and relationships and alcohol. Gillian Leng, NICE Deputy Chief Executive, said: "We know a planned PSHE education programme which progresses throughout a child’s time in education helps them understand the importance of valuing and having respect for others. "It can also give them the ability to make sense of the world around them and make responsible decisions. "Starting PSHE education early can help improve a
child's ability to develop and sustain friendships, and understand the importance of valuing and having respect for others, building the foundation for later teaching about important subjects such as alcohol and sexual relationships. "We also know education about sex and relationships is more effective if it is introduced before young people first have sex," she said.
But they are far less likely to report their experiences, with just over one in 10 (11%) going to police, compared with 37% of adults. Researchers said if all the crimes were added to annual figures, the total level of crime in England and Wales would soar by more than a fifth (22%). But they warned the figures may overstate the level of crime among young people because many incidents may not be classified as crimes by ordinary people. For example, the research included many incidents at school and in the home, such playground fights and theft of toys, which some may not consider to be a legal matter. The study highlighted how the number dropped drastically if incidents at school were excluded, meaning victims "perceived" only 404,000 crimes in the same period.
town centre, in east London , as members of the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment marched through the streets. One witness said: "There were about 25 to 50 Muslim protesters carrying placards with things like 'Muslims Against Crusades' and 'British Soldiers Go To Hell'. "Then there was a counter-protest of about 100 guys barracking them." A Metropolitan Police spokesman said two people had been arrested for public order offences. Barking and Dagenham Councillor Liam Smith said the march was unaffected by the protest. He said: "I'm glad the actions of a vocal minority failed to spoil what was a proud day in the borough's history and one we will remember for all the right reasons in years to come. "The Royal Anglians are our local regiment. We are proud of them and the difficult and dangerous job they do, and as today's turnout for the parade showed, so are the people of Barking and Dagenham."
by the EDL produced unity and anger—and this scared the racists. The EDL was forced to abandon its plans. “It would be a suicide mission if we walked into east London ,” EDL leader Tommy Robinson told the East London Advertiser. “The Met Police told us there would be a hostile scene with thousands of protesters coming from all over if we turned up.” But the anti-racist demonstration called by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and United East End will go ahead. Over 800 people packed into the London Muslim Centre, east London , last Sunday. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Sikhs sat side by side with socialists, trade unionists, and LGBT anti-fascist campaigners. Tower Hamlets is a multicultural borough with one of the highest concentrations of Muslim people in Britain . “If they can march here,” said Glyn Robbins, one of the organisers, “then they can march anywhere. We have to oppose them.” The message from speaker after speaker was for unity against the EDL. Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of UAF, told the rally, “When we are met with racism and fascism we come out together to confront it. These people will not tell us how to live our lives.” The warden from East London Central synagogue said, “I am as opposed to Islamophobia as I am to antisemitism,” getting rousing applause. Musaddiq Ahmed, secretary general of the Tower Hamlets Council of Mosques, remembered Blair Peach, Altab Ali and other activists who lost their lives because of racism and fascism. Alex Kenny, a member of the NUT teachers’ union executive, brought greetings from the 2,000 NUT members working in Tower Hamlets and said that teachers would stand with their students on Sunday. Steve Hart, the regional secretary of the Unite trade union, spoke about the Tower Hamlets tradition of opposing racism and fascism. This includes the Battle of Cable Street in 1936, when anti-fascists beat back the Blackshirts—the British Nazis. Labour councillor Lutfur Rahman said, “I grew up here and remember the fear of the skinheads who called us ‘Pakis’. We cannot go back to that time.” Speakers condemned the decision by Tower Hamlets
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council to pressure a venue into cancelling the Islamic conference the EDL had opposed. It was wrong to get it called off. The council describes both the EDL and the group of Muslim academics holding the conference as “extremists”. But the two cannot be equated. It is the EDL—and Islamophobia—which are the danger. The march on Sunday will be a huge boost to antiracism. But it can go further. The movement that has sprung up in a few weeks can become part of a broader movement to resists attacks on jobs, wages and conditions. Everyone who can should be in Tower Hamlets on Sunday.
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race with the help of one of her rivals, David Miliband. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the staunch left-winger spoke of the demands of balancing her responsibilities in Westminster while being a single mother. Ms Abbott also laid bare her feelings on the breakdown of her marriage, saying she would be open to tying the knot again - "I don't rule it out, not at all." Her marriage to Richard Thompson, the father of her son, led to divorce after two years. She said: "I wanted my marriage to work, but it didn't. There's not much more to say, really. When a marriage ends, I don't think it's about blame. It's very lonely bringing up a child on your own. I've never felt that I'm better off single, but that's just the way it worked out." Ms Abbott also defended her much criticised decision to send her son to the fee-paying City of London School. "I was taught that you sacrifice everything for your child... that school was the making of him." Ms Abbott sought to distinguish herself from her rivals and in an aside on the Miliband brothers said: "We're selecting from one of the narrowest gene pools in history." She added there was "a very, very sour strand of thinking in Westminster where insiders think it's outrageous I should run". Ms Abbott secured the necessary 33 nominations from Labour MPs at the last minute after fellow leftwinger John McDonnell withdrew from the contest and offered her his backing to ensure there was a woman on the ballot paper.
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Every four years, hundreds of thousands of fans attend the World Cup wearing their national colours and sometimes the most outrageous outfits. As the World Cup continues we'll bring you the most striking costumes from the streets and stands of South Africa.
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There are several things you can do to avoid getting sick and to stop the spread of infections or resistant bacteria to others. Defend yourself, your family and friends, and others with these healthcare tips: Wash your hands. Some viruses can survive on doorknobs, keyboards, and other objects. Touch them, then touch your nose or mouth and you've got it! Wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water for 10-30 seconds. And don't forget to wash your hands after being in public places, before eating all meals, and after direct contact with others. Avoid sharing eating utensils. Your friend or family member may not look sick yet, but that doesn't mean anything about tomorrow. Do not share mugs, cups, or utensils with anyone. Keep your distance. If you know someone has a cold or the flu, give them plenty of space. The virus is spread through airborne transmission or personal contact. Don't take a chance of exposing yourself to their germs. Eat a well balanced diet. Drink plenty of water and get a good night's sleep. Avoid exposure to smoke. If you smoke, take steps
to quit! Avoid second hand smoke from others. Get a flu vaccination. Ask your health care provider whether you and your family should get the flu vaccine. When to Seek Care Call your health care provider if you have a cold or cough illness accompanied by any of the following. • A fever of 101 degrees or higher • Rash covering most of your body • Persistent ear pain • Persistent toothache or sinus pain • Difficulty swallowing • Feeling short of breath • Chest pain, tightness or wheezing • Cough producing blood • Cough lasting 3 weeks or longer • When you feel sick and have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease. Special Note: If you are elderly, call your health care provider if you have loss of appetite, clouded thinking, difficulty walking, or tiredness that is out of the ordinary.
No one deserves to be abused. Below are ways you can help yourself stop the violence, whether you’re being abused or you’re abusing someone else. If you need help, talk to someone. If you are being abused by someone else… It is not your fault and help is available. If you are in danger or hurt by your boyfriend/girlfriend talk to a friend. If you haven’t already told a friend about what’s happening in your relationship, try it. Ask your friend to listen without trying to solve the problem for you. Try taking a break. If you’re not happy with the way you’re being treated, but you’re not sure what to do, consider taking some time away from your boyfriend or girlfriend to think about it. Consider talking to an adult. If you feel your situation is too big to handle alone, it may help to find an adult you trust. If it isn’t a parent try a teacher, the parent of a friend, or even a school counselor. If you don’t feel safe, try not to be alone with your boyfriend/girlfriend. If you feel scared when you’re alone together, try to avoid it. Spend time in groups and in public as much as possible. If you are abusing someone else… • Take responsibility for your actions. Even if your girlfriend or boyfriend sometimes does things you don’t like or that make you angry, no one deserves to be abused or controlled. • Change for yourself first. You may really want to stay in your current relationship, but even if you don’t, stopping the abuse will help you in your next relationship. • Find a friend you can talk to honestly about your concerns and your plans to change. Ask
them to hold you accountable if they see you being abusive. • Take a break. Try spending some time away from your girlfriend or boyfriend. • Decide now to walk away from an argument before it escalates. Let your girlfriend/boyfriend know your plan. • Look at the people around you. If your family or friends are also abusive in their relationships, you may want to find ways to spend less time with them. If that’s not possible, at least pay attention to how you feel when you witness others being abused. • Be patient with yourself. Admitting you want to change your behavior is a huge step but don’t expect things to change overnight. What you can do to support healthy relationships… How we act around our friends and family and how we react to things we see and hear can help support healthy relationships. If we stand by and say nothing when someone is abusive to another person or when someone tells a joke or story that supports abuse, we are sending a message to the abuser that this behavior is okay. Below are things all of us can do: • Don’t put up with or use language that supports abusive behavior and attitudes. This is language • like “wife-beaters” and “bitch-slap.” • Treat everyone in your life with the respect that we all deserve. • • Be an example for friends and sibling who are younger than you. Show that you care about this • issue and they will care too. • Think about how the movies and shows you watch, the games you play, and the websites you visit • affect your attitudes about abusive behaviors. • Don’t laugh at jokes or stories that support abusive behavior and attitudes. •
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As demand rises for iPhone 4, customers report glitches
Just two weeks before the iPhone 4 is to hit stores, Apple and AT&T are facing two major problems taking orders. Buyers nationwide have reported problems registering orders and an apparent glitch in AT&T's website was steering some customers
into strangers' accounts. Troubles in meeting demand for the iPhone aren't new. But the latest apparent breach and other recent security foul-ups...
Samsung Galaxy S review: Hands-on with an Android behemoth We braved a bevy of random British slebs at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S to get our hands on the huge new Android smart phone. The biggest surprise was the phone's size -- despite a giant 102mm (4-inch) screen, the phone was surprisingly thin and light. The buttons on the front have been toned down to two, touch-sensitive flat buttons and a single mechanical home screen button, lending the whole phone a sleek and pared-down look that we think would impress even the most jaded smart phone aficionado. With a 1GHz processor on board, the user interface was smooth as silk, although we'll have to take it to the limit with lots of running apps before we can make our final judgement. The speed, combined with such a big screen, made tapping a pleasure. We also liked that the on-screen keyboard supports Swype, which we've also seen on the Motorola Quench. It aims to make typing easier by letting you run your thumb over the letters in one continuous movement, rather than pecking out individual keys. In our tests, it's speedy indeed, although this could be a personal preference. The Galaxy S is running version 2.1 of Android, and thankfully this powerful smart phone operating system hasn't been messed with, as we're not huge fans of Samsung's own TouchWIZ user interface. There are a bundle of apps pre-installed on the phone, including favourites like Layar, and you can download plenty more from the Android App Market. In addition, Samsung has its own app store, with a mix of apps for various operating systems, including apps for phones that don't run Android, like the
Samsung Wave. But on the phone we tested, the store didn't have many apps for Android. The Samsung store could become a good place to check out an edited list of apps if you don't feel like churning through the chum that sometimes chokes the official store, but for now we suggest you stick with the main market. Samsung does include a bunch of widgets that it's developed specially for the Galaxy S, including one that brings together your daily grind of appointments, photos, notes and weather. We'll give these a proper going-over in our full review, but you don't have to use any of them if you don't want to, and we doubt they'll be deal-breakers for anyone looking to buy a new phone. The Galaxy S's huge screen is the Super AMOLED kind, which Samsung says is clearer, brighter and less reflective than the AMOLED type, which it manufacters and shares with other phone makers. We put turned the brightness up to the max on the Galaxy S and our AMOLED-sporting Google Nexus One, which we struggle to see in bright sunlight. In the rarefied photons reflected off of Alexandra Burke's lip gloss, the difference was noticeable. The Galaxy S has a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and no photo light or flash. Although we haven't had a chance to put it through its paces yet, the thin phone case doesn't leave much room between the lens and sensor, so we don't expect it to take spectacular shots. For such a big phone, it feels shockingly thin, at 9.9mm thick. It could probably fit into a pocket easily -- we just hope it doesn't snap like an After Eight mint when you sit down.
Sony Launches PSN Plus At E3 Sony have unveiled an updated version of the PlayStationNetwork at the E3 gaming conference. The new PSN service, PSN Plus, will offer its customers an exclusive range of gaming content along with access to free web services and multimedia features, available using Sony's PlayStation3. PSN Plus will offer its users four games including a PSN game, two mini-games and one PlayStation 1 classic to play each month. Subscribers to the service will be given preferred access over other users to betas and demos, and will receive discounts of up to 50 per cent at the PlayStation Store, along with automatic updates for demos, patches and firmwares.
The service will be available from 29 June, priced at for ÂŁ39.99 ($49.99) for one year, or ÂŁ11.99 ($17.99) for three months. Early subscribers will be offered a free copy of LittleBigPlanet. The premium service is free for three months for users subscribing for a whole year within the promotional period.
Nintendo recruits James Bond, Mickey Mouse for new games Nintendo has turned to James Bond and Mickey Mouse to help keep videogame players enchanted with the Wii as rival consoles debut motion-sensing controls. "Bond is back," Nintendo of America president Reggie FilsAime said during a press conference on the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles . Activision is reviving a long dormant franchise with "GoldenEye 007" videogame for Wii consoles based on the film by the same name. Players will get the chance to "use the lethal, gritty style of Daniel Craig's James Bond to outwit, outmaneuver and overtake an arms syndicate that threatens the world," Activision promised. The game will also feature classic Bond movie characters, according to Fils-Aime. A "Disney Epic Mickey" title will send the famous cartoon mouse
Nintendo has turned to James Bond and Mickey Mouse to help keep videogame players enchanted with the Wii on adventures in a virtual "Wasteland" of forgotten characters and places drawn from the iconic entertainment studio's past. Mickey will have the power to erase characters or restore them to glory, with his actions influencing
the course of the game, according to Warren Spector of Junction Point Studio, which is crafting the software. "Mickey hasn't been the videogame hero he was meant to be," Spector said. "That's about to change."
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Nasruddin’s Brooklyn’s finest neighbour
Nasruddin’s neighbour was a crooked man with a large, bushy moustache and he knew about his financial difficulties. He thought he could take advantage of the situation. “I want to help you, good neighbor. I will buy the house from you, even though I don't really have any interest in it.” The man offered a pitiful price. Mullah Nasruddin looked delighted and drew a small piece of paper from the folds of his clothing. “God bless you with long life and healthy progeny for this generous gesture! The house shall be yours, as soon as we take care of this little clause in the contract.” “What clause?" asked the neighbor, suspiciously. “Only a very small thing. This house was built by my father.” “A fine gentleman he was. Always paid in cash.” “And you see here on the wall of the living room — there is one nail sticking out. My father never had the chance to finish hammering it in. He had a heart attack and died.” “God rests his soul!” The neighbor looked as contrite as he could. “I therefore request that I be allowed to keep ownership of that nail, and do whatever I want with it.” The neighbor agreed but explained that he would have to consult his wife before signing. His wife raised some serious objections. “Why is he going to keep a nail? What does it mean?” “He just wants to be allowed to keep and ‘worship’ his nail from time to time. That’s all.” “He is crazy!” “Maybe so. But we are getting the house for half its value. So what's the problem if he wants to keep a small nail?” The wife finally relented, the contract was signed, and Mullah Nasruddin moved out. A month went by. One evening they heard a knock on the door. It was Nasruddin, with head bowed. “Oh Mullah, where have you been? We were wondering about you,” lied the crooked man.Nasruddin explained that he had come to worship his nail and the man agreed to let him into the house. Mullah humbly walked behind the man, bowed in front of the nail, and put his hat on it. As he was about to leave, the man questioned him. “Hey, hey, what is that doing there?" “That's my hat.” “Yes, but you can’t leave it in my house.” “’course I can” said the Mullah as he headed towards the door. “It is on my nail.” Two weeks passed before Mullah Nasruddin’s next visit. “Ah, good morning Mullah. You have come to take back your hat, I presume.” “No thank you, my dear friend. I have come to worship my nail.” Once again he bowed before the nail and, his worship finished, he hung a scarf with his hat and turned to leave. The crooked man was not amused but there was nothing he could do when
Nasruddin claimed he was worshipping his dead father’s nail. The man sucked the end of his moustache and persuaded himself that this would be the last time, if only because there was nothing more the mad Mullah could possibly hang on the nail. He slammed the door behind the departing pilgrim and hoped his wife wouldn’t be too angry. A week later Mullah Nasruddin returned and bowed towards the nail. Before turning to leave he took off his coat and hung it on the nail along with the hat and the scarf. The wife was furious and she upbraided her husband. “Now look what he’s done. He is taking advantage of our kindness. No, advantage of your weakness.” “But what can I do?” The unhappy husband chewed at the ragged end of his moustache. “We agreed that he can do whatever he wants with his nail. But fear not, pumpkin, now the nail is full.” The next day, Mullah Nasruddin showed up again. The man tried to shut the door in his face when he saw who it was, but Nasruddin had already placed his foot inside – nothing was going to stop him worshipping his nail. “Oh God. You again. I do hope this is the last time!” He tugged at the hair on his upper lip. “Possibly” replied Nasruddin with his usual benign smile. He entered, dragging behind him the carcass of a cow and as he proceeded to hang it on his nail, the wife went mad with rage, and screamed at her husband. “Get that out of my house or I’m leaving you!” The husband protested vehemently, “Mullah Nasruddin, this is going too far. We cannot have that.” “But you signed the contract, good neighbor.” “Well, we will see about that. Let us have the council of elders make a ruling.” Soon an assembly of all the wise men of the village had been convened, and the neighbor explained the situation while smearing the few wisps of his once bristling moustache across his upper lip, as though the sprouts hair offended him. Mullah simply presented the contract, without uttering a word in his defense. The wise men studied it carefully, and eventually pronounced that the Mullah was perfectly entitled to do as he wished with his nail. There is nothing in the contract that restricted how the nail should be worshipped. The case was therefore dismissed, and the neighbor went home dejected. After long arguments with his wife and a sleepless night, he begged Mullah to buy his house back, at a bargain price. Nasruddin agreed and they moved out as quickly as possible. Mullah was once again was able to enjoy his house and his nail, having made a tidy sum of money.
The charming mother-daughter dynamic that forms between Seyfried’s doe-eyed dogooder and Redgrave’s wistful grandma carries Letters to Juliet, and make its preposterous and unapologetically schmaltzy plot palpable. But their efforts are largely sabotaged by the mediocre men of Juliet, Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) and Christopher Egan (Eragon, TV's Kings). The usually terrific Garcia Bernal is really more of a prop than a character in this film. As Seyfried’s future ex-fiance, an ADD-addled restaurateur too preoccupied with procuring ingredients for his new menu to tend to his relationship, he replays the same scene, over and over, as if in some sort of Twilight Zone sketch. His intended replacement, played by Egan, is an insufferable twit we’re meant to believe is some sort of hot-shot human rights lawyer back in his native England — a detail I
wouldn’t believe if he held up his law school degree to the camera for us to see. Equally incredulous is the romantic subplot that develops between him and Seyfried, and when the story shifts to them, the film rapidly loses steam. Male characters will always play second fiddle in a chick flick — even one written and directed by men — but in Letters to Juliet they’re almost an afterthought, seemingly tossed in late in the game to bolster the film’s appeal to young female moviegoers. In the end, even someone as talented as Seyfried can’t effectively sell us on her character's eventual pair-up with Egan’s whiny doofus, no matter how loudly the Taylor Swift soundtrack presses her case. Brooklyn’s finest is showing at Dagenham Vue - Dagenham Leisure Park , Cook Road, Dagenham, Essex , RM9 6UQ
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World Cup winners and losers It is still early days at the 2010 World Cup but the tournament is already taking shape. From South Africa's draw with Mexico in the curtain-raiser through to Switzerland's shock win over Spain on Wednesday, we have now had a chance see all 32 teams play at least once. For some, like Germany, qualification already looks a formality, but others are less certain of their fate. With the help of Jurgen Klinsmann and Mark Lawrenson, BBC Sport takes a look at what we have learned about each of the eight groups so far. GROUP A South Africa are in real danger of becoming the first World Cup hosts not to progress past the group stages after being outplayed by Uruguay. They must now beat France in their final match to have any chance of reaching the last 16. The French, amid rumours of rifts in their squad, flattered to deceive as they opened their campaign with a bore draw against the Uruguayans and still have much to prove. Their next game is against Mexico, who showed flashes of their ability going forward in their 1-1 draw with South Africa on the opening day. Klinsmann: "Uruguay are in a very strong position now but South Africa are in big trouble. They are representing their nation and have to give everything in their final game against France. In my opinion, the hosts do not have enough quality to be a threat at this level. Their strike force is not dangerous and they do not have enough ideas to put their opponents under pressure. "It will be interesting to see how France react after their draw in their opening game because of what is going on internally in their squad and all the speculation surrounding them. "There is definitely more to come from Mexico because I have seen them a couple of times while I've been living in the United States. They have a very talented squad that plays very good football." Lawrenson: "South Africa, sadly, just aren't good enough. And France look as if they are playing for themselves, not for their manager." GROUP B Probably the most impressive individual performance in the first six days of the tournament came from Argentina's Lionel Messi, who showed how keen he is to make this World Cup his own with a virtuoso display against Nigeria. Messi was only denied a goal by two superb saves by goalkeeper Vincent Enyema, who was the main reason why Argentina only won their opener 1-0. Question marks remain over whether Diego Maradona's side can defend, but with a three-pronged attack featuring Barcelona's Messi, Manchester City's Carlos Tevez and Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, they look certain to entertain. While Argentina appear to be full of goals, Greece look empty of ideas. They were ponderous and largely outplayed by an energetic and enterprising South Korea side,
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who fully deserved their 2-0 victory. The Greeks will have to post a huge improvement against Nigeria on Thursday if they are to still be in the competition at the end of its first week. Klinsmann: "We all love to watch Messi, he has proven how good he is over the last couple of years with Barcelona in the Champions League and Primera Liga but we needed him to show all those qualities with Argentina as well. "We saw from their opening game that he is playing in a different system to the one he is used to. He must adjust to playing with a different set of players, too, but he was fun to watch against Nigeria and might have scored one or two goals in this World Cup already." Lawrenson: "Maradona has set up his team as if he thinks his front three can win any game, hoping his defence is good enough to hold out. It worked against Nigeria but if they have a bad day, especially in the knockout stages, you fear that will be the end of them." GROUP C England go into Friday's game with Algeria in need of a morale-boosting performance after being frustrated by a determined and wellorganised US team in their opener. Boss Fabio Capello has some big decisions, in terms of team-selection and tactics, to make ahead of their next outing. Just like England's Robert Green, Algeria goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi began his World Cup with a costly mistake, gifting Slovenia victory. The Africans did not show much attacking intent either. Slovenia also looked edgy but that win, in a cagey match typical of the tournament so far, should settle their nerves ahead of their clash with the US. Klinsmann: "England is the bigger football nation but, from living in the States, I know the US team well and know the players are battlers. They were lucky with their goal but luck is part of every World Cup. "Algeria is now the crucial game for England, but that won't be easy. The Algerians played well in the first half against Slovenia and only conceded through an error from the goalkeeper, but I'm convinced England will go through and I hope the US do, too." Lawrenson: "The game against the United States left England with more questions than answers but they should win their next two
matches and reach the last 16." GROUP D The first team to make a real statement of intent were Germany, who demolished Australia with a clinical attacking display in which Mesut Ozil demonstrated why he is one of the highest-rated young players in Europe. Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose also showed that, for all their problems at club level, they have maintained their international class. Australia's campaign is in tatters after that defeat and Tim Cahill's red card, which could rule him out for the rest of the group stage. Serbia, meanwhile, are in similar trouble after they were beaten by a late Ghana penalty, having also had a man sent off. Serbia were seen as potential dark horses before the tournament began but could be eliminated if they lose to Germany on Friday while Ghana, who were well-organised and look in good shape despite the absence of the injured Michael Essien, meet Australia. Klinsmann: "Germany play almost in a Premier League style, getting the ball into their strikers as soon as possible. They have got off to a great start and will have a lot of confidence but the question now is how strong mentally they are because they are still a young team. We don't know yet how they will cope with going behind, especially in the knockout stages." Lawrenson: "Germany were the first team to really come out of the traps but that might have something to do with the fact that they have been playing with this Jabulani ball in the Bundesliga and they are used to it, while other sides are not." GROUP E Much is expected of the Netherlands as an attacking force but they never really found a spark despite comfortably beating Denmark, although we should recognise that the Danes lacked ambition even when they fell behind to Daniel Agger's unfortunate own goal. Cameroon also began the World Cup a little tentatively but at least showed signs of life after conceding against an organised but uninspired Japan side, even if star striker Samuel Eto'o was a peripheral figure. Their defeat might fire them up for what is essentially an elimination contest with Denmark on Saturday.
Chelsea will begin the defence of their Premier League title with a home match against newly promoted West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 14 August. Heavyweights Liverpool and Arsenal will meet at Anfield on the opening weekend. Last season's runners-up Manchester United face a mouthwatering home match with topflight new boys Newcastle. Championship play-off winners Blackpool start at home to Wigan, while Tottenham host Manchester City, who they edged out for fourth place last term. While Newcastle boss Chris Hughton believes his side can get a result at Old Trafford, elsewhere on the opening day of the 2010/11 season, Aston Villa face West Ham and Everton travel to Blackburn, while Steve Bruce's Sunderland are at home to his old club Birmingham, Stoke visit Wolves and Bolton welcome Europa League runners-up Fulham. The Premier League season will end on 22 May, meaning it will finish after the FA Cup final for the first time since 2002. The FA Cup final will be staged on 14 May as Wembley Stadium is hosting the Champions League final on 28 May. Chelsea will come up against one of their former players in Baggies manager Roberto Di Matteo in their opener. Next up for the champions will be a trip to Wigan, where they were beaten last season, before Stoke visit Stamford Bridge on 28 August. Carlo Ancelotti's title holders have to wait until 2 October for their first match against one of last season's top four clubs, when they face Arsenal at home, with the return fixture on Boxing Day. Chelsea host Manchester United on 18 December, with the two coming together at at Old Trafford on 7 May - the penultimate away fixture for the Blues. Ian Holloway's Blackpool will know all about the rigours of the top flight by the time they travel to Old Trafford - the visit comes on the final day, giving them a tough end to the campaign on 22 May. Before the season starts,
Chelsea and Manchester United will meet in the FA Community Shield - the traditional curtain-raiser to the new season - at Wembley on Sunday, 8 August. Opening weekend - Saturday, 14 August Aston Villa v West Ham Blackburn v Everton Blackpool v Wigan Bolton v Fulham Chelsea v West Brom Liverpool v Arsenal Man Utd v Newcastle Sunderland v Birmingham Tottenham v Man City Wolverhampton v Stoke Saturday, 21 August Arsenal v Blackpool Birmingham v Blackburn Everton v Wolverhampton Fulham v Man Utd Man City v Liverpool Newcastle v Aston Villa Stoke v Tottenham West Brom v Sunderland West Ham v Bolton Wigan v Chelsea Saturday, 28 August Aston Villa v Everton Blackburn v Arsenal Blackpool v Fulham Bolton v Birmingham Chelsea v Stoke Liverpool v West Brom Man Utd v West Ham Sunderland v Man City Tottenham v Wigan Wolverhampton v Newcastle Saturday, 11 September Arsenal v Bolton Birmingham v Liverpool Everton v Man Utd Fulham v Wolverhampton Man City v Blackburn Newcastle v Blackpool Stoke v Aston Villa West Brom v Tottenham West Ham v Chelsea Wigan v Sunderland Saturday, 18 September Aston Villa v Bolton Blackburn v Fulham Chelsea v Blackpool Everton v Newcastle Man Utd v Liverpool Stoke v West Ham Sunderland v Arsenal Tottenham v Wolverhampton West Brom v Birmingham Wigan v Man City
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Bangladeshi Women in public life How much support comes within our community? Are we truly developed? Parveen Hassan
in when they are highly successful in their roles even in the community setting and local schools. Gender discrimination still exists within our community. A few will admit it. I for one believe our Bangladeshi women have a lot to offer the community, health, education sector and through social enterprises. You can only look at the success stories of prominent Bangladeshi women who want to nurture and mentor young Bangladeshi girls in education and employment. Measuring success is not simply about a working career in a profession, we have successful role models in the community supporting their families and husbands, amongst us we have authors; Tahmima Anam and her acclaimed Golden Age, Monica Ali’s controversial how candid it reads
our young girls get their talent from their mothers?
Far too many times I have heard the phrase there is no place for Bangladeshi Women in public life and political activity. The hounding voices shudders my silence. Recent history was made when Rushanara Ali from a local immigrant family overcame barriers and succeeded her rightful place in the Houses of Power from the inner Bethnal Green and Bow. Today we still see the same faces within a room startled by a hundred male dark eyes with very few women in the background. The half empty centres holding community meetings seem to be paralysed. Despite moderate dressed plain girls taking their faith and religious views to new heights, rarely will you see them at the top table with a microphone unless it’s women run event, segregation amongst the Bangladeshi community exists and not only at weddings. We are not an endangered species and should be treated with dignity, respect and equality. Bangladeshi women have strong voices beyond their private sphere. Can we say we have not seen
Bangladeshi young women are praised for their academic achievement amongst other ethnic minority candidates from an early age all that is required is family support and the assumption they will not become child brides. The schools coordinators themselves worry their talents are missed by families when they sneak them overseas for an unannounced holiday to Bangladesh. It’s time for sisterhood; aunties to support and mothers to help their girls make the right choices to fulfil and aspire in all walks of life. There is abundance of scope to demonstrate their talent through competitions art and culture; feel the fear and do it anyway is what I say to them all-exert pressure. Those who are bold enough to be defiant succeed, become career driven ambitious women hunting for more financial rewards need to remember the silent ones left behind. The beauticians, henna artists and Directors amongst us; doctors, solicitors, business women and public servants, home grown talent should be shared. Our Bangladeshi girls excel in life skills, manage to attend functions, family hospital appointments and keep their routine whilst their brothers are rewarded, those days should never be heard of again unless their sisters want it!
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