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Nick Clegg must go, warns senior Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg must be ousted as leader by the Liberal Democrats if they are to avoid electoral disaster in 2015, a senior party figure indicated
Lord Oakeshott, a close ally of Business Secretary Vince Cable, said it was time to review the party's "strategy and management" after it lost more than half its "market share" in the polls. Protest voters and Labour supporters who chose to vote tactically for the Liberal Democrats in 2010 have since abandoned the party and its support has slumped from 24% at the general election to around 11%, figures suggest. Lord Oakseshott, a former Treasury spokesman, called for an analysis of how the party could maximise its vote next time, stressing that elections were "not just about the message, they are also about the messenger". He hinted that it should look towards coalition with Labour in 2015 and also urged colleagues to "fight very hard" to get their policies implemented in Government. The peer said: "We have lost over half our market share, if you like to put it that way if we had been Sainsburys, since the election and any business that had done that would be looking very hard now at both its strategy and its management to see how we get some of that back because otherwise we are going to lose a large number of seats at the next election." He pointed out that 39 out of 57 Liberal Democrat MPs had held their seats against Conservatives at the last election but that “in almost every case” they had needed the support of Labour tactical votes, which would be needed
again next time. “The important thing these days is elections are not just about the message, they are also about the messenger and we have got to look at what our strengths are and how we can maximise our vote next time. “If you were Sainsbury’s you would look very hard both at what happened to the brand and why. We do have a very good brand and very good policies which are popular but on things like the banks, sorting them out, like taxing the wealthy we have to fight very hard not just to put the message across but to get it implemented in Government.” Lord Oakeshott said that Mr Clegg had done a “very brave thing” taking party into partnership and that he did not think polls showed Liberal Democrat voters were “against coalition”. “What they find difficult is a coalition with the Conservatives and it may well be that at the next election we must be independent and open to both sides.” The peer made the intervention days after Mr Clegg’s call for a wealth tax was dismissed by senior Tories as the “politics of envy” and given a cool reception by George Osborne. The Deputy Prime Minister has found his personal popularity rating consistently lagging behind those of David Cameron and Ed Miliband.
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News in Brief GCSE Results Rotherham students have again recorded excellent GCSE results with pass rates rising to a new alltime high, up for the 11th year in a row. A total of 3448 students took GCSEs this year and schools are reporting that 60.6% achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths, up 3.5% on last year. 84.2% achieved passes at 5A*-C overall, up 1.5%. The trends are in contrast to the reported national picture which is predicting a slight fall in the numbers achieving these pass rates. Among the biggest improvers at 5A*-C including English and Maths were:
- Oakwood up 18% - Wingfield up 11.4% - Brinsworth up 10.8% - Winterhill up 10% - Wath 9.5% Councillor Paul Lakin, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families' Services, said: "These are another set of strong results and when added to the A-Level pass rate rises show that standards are improving across our schools.
Extra Time For “Re-Think” On Bus Partnership Liberal Democrat councillors on Sheffield City Council have forced the Council to re-think plans for its proposed Sheffield Bus Partnership. The Partnership, which is a voluntary agreement between the Council and local bus companies, was agreed by the Council’s Cabinet. However, Lib Dem councillors have “called-in” the decision for further scrutiny, giving opposition councillors an opportunity to debate the proposals. The Partnership has caused considerable controversy with local residents, who were outraged about proposed route changes. Although some concessions have been granted, notably in Ringinglow, Millhouses and Nether
Edge, other campaigns have been ignored. The Council has also quietly dropped plans for Quality Contracts, which would help to re-regulate the local bus service. These contracts, which are being progressed in West Yorkshire, would give democratically elected councillors a say over local bus routes – as opposed to the Partnership, which is a purely voluntary agreement. The decision to drop the pursuit of Quality Contracts in Sheffield follows previous guarantees by Labour councillors that they would continue to push the policy.
Cctv stills released as force takes action on retail crime Last month South Yorkshire Police took action on vehicle crime – this month it’s retail crime, in particular shoplifting. South Yorkshire Police is releasing CCTV images on its website, of suspected shoplifters as part of efforts to tackle a rise in retail crime. There have been 470 extra offences so far this financial year across the county (comparing April to July 2012 with the same period last year), that’s an increase of 17% from 2,688 to 3,158 recorded shoplifting crimes. Crime reduction officers continue to work closely with shops and businesses, providing guidance about security at their premises. Police would like to speak to the people shown in the CCTV stills as part of investigations into
alleged shoplifting offences. Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Cancer Research Appeal YOUR SUPPORT! In September of this year, I am assisting a team of friends and colleagues as a technical support advisor, who will be cycling the width of Portugal to raise funds for Cancer Research. All our expenses for the trip are 100% self funded. The ride, known as the Ecovian challenge is 150 miles and we intend to complete the distance in just two days. This will be a challenge for me personally however I am determined to complete the ride and appeal to your kind generosity to provide sponsorship and contribute towards our team target of £2000.
Below is a web link for the site where you can learn more about the challenge and donate on-line. http://www.justgiving.com/ Craig-Patchett Please use 'SHAHBAZ ' when leaving a donation and message I would also be grateful if you would pass on this message to friends and relations who you feel would like to support us. Shahbaz Ramzan Safer Neighbourhood Officer South Yorkshire Police
Freedom Of The City For Ennis Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat Sheffield Hallam MP, has welcomed the news that Jessica Ennis will be formally granted freedom of the City at the next meeting of Sheffield’s Full Council on Wednesday 5th September. There have been calls for constituent Jessica Ennis to be awarded the honour following her stunning gold medal victory at the London 2012 Olympics. Over the last few weeks Jessica has become a global Sheffield superstar. It is only right that our city awards its highest possible honour. Jessica’s achievement has inspired a generation and she will quite rightly go down in history as one of the greatest ever Sheffielders.
Police and Taxi Drivers Work together to Tackle Crime
South Yorkshire Police are working alongside taxi firms and their drivers in the fight against crime in Sheffield. Operation Karri was launched in March this year, with the main aim to reduce the market for stolen goods, giving focus on criminals that might cause nuisance by approaching taxi drivers to try to sell stolen goods to them. The operation includes an awareness campaign for drivers, supported by marketing materials and an electronic survey that gives drivers the opportunity to voice their concerns and experiences. Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton from South Yorkshire Po-
lice said:” The initiative was launched with full consultation with taxi firms and associations. The cooperation so far from taxi drivers has been fantastic. “Taxi drivers provide a tremendous service to the public, and they don't need people offering them stolen goods, or using them to inadvertently transport stolen goods. Taxi drivers can possess some valuable information, about criminality, and we want to encourage them to pass on anything they consider to be suspicious or criminal” As part of the initiative an electronic survey has been produced for taxi drivers, with the help of Acting Sergeant Simon Kirkham,
who co- leads the project. It’s quick and easy to use and does not require any personal details. The survey has so far proved popular. Hafeas Rehman Chair of the Sheffield Taxi Trade Association, said: "The Sheffield Taxi Trade Association strongly supports this initiative. It is important that criminals do not see the taxi service as a transport network to conduct their criminal activities." Anyone who has information about stolen goods should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Notice of Motion by Councillor Ibrar Hussain
The below motions will be presented to the full council meeting from Cllr Ibrar Hussain on wednesday 5th September at 2pm. The meeting is open to public to listen to debate in the council chamber, please arrive early for seat.
d) Rejects the comments of Myanmar foreign minister Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin who said the authorities had exercised "maximum restraint" in restoring law and order;
Notice of Motion by Councillor Ibrar Hus- e) Calls upon the Mayamar Government to sain recognise the Rohingya Muslims who have lived in the area for over 800 years; That this Council: f) Demands that the Mayamar Government end abusa. This Council calls upon the British Prime es, grant full humanitarian access and invite in internaMinister and Foreign Secretary to condemn tional monitors and allow open access to the area; and the ethnic cleansing by Myanmar (formally Burma) security forces of the minority g) Calls upon neighbouring Bangladesh to comply Rohingya communities in North East of with the UNHCR agreement and accept refuges from the country, and to respond to the Human Myanmar Rights Watch report on the killings published in June and to make representations to the Myanmar Government to call for action to be taken to protect minority communities in the Country; b) Calls upon all Sheffield MP’s on behalf of the people of the City to make representations to the Myanmar Embassy to condemn the violence and lack of action by the Myanmar Government; c) Questions why there has been so little coverage in the British media, in particular the BBC, ITV and SKY have been noticeable in their absence of reporting;
News in Brief Labour Raise Fears Over Sheffield Library Closures Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Sheffield City Council, has commented on Labour controlled Council’s announcement of a consultation to look at cuts in local libraries. Shaffaq said:- “We have seen these consultations held by Labour in the past, which have little effect on the final outcome. Given that council officers have confirmed to me that closures haven’t been ruled out as part
of this process, I fear that this is the first step on a road that will lead to libraries shutting their doors. The massive financial deficit left by the last Government means that there are difficult choices to be made in order to reduce public spending. “The real question is why is the Labour Council planning to spend millions on refurbishing Town Hall offices at the same time as making this announcement on Sheffield’s much loved libraries?”
Work starts on the A57
The long-awaited construction work to improve one of Rotherham's busiest routes starts next month. On Monday, September 10, Ringway Infrastructure Services will begin work on the £14.7 million scheme to improve the A57 from the Todwick crossroads to Junction 31 of the M1 motorway. Archaeology and ecology surveys of the site are currently taking place with the actual works on the 2.5 km stretch of road being expected to get underway by mid September. Motorists are being warned that
although a temporary reduced speed limit will operate on the A57 during the works, there will be no need to actually close the A57 itself. However, Todwick Road will be closed at a date to be announced later when it is realigned to the proposed new roundabout at Todwick crossroads. Access to properties in the immediate vicinity will be maintained. By early 2014, the new route will be expected to be open to traffic - bringing to an end a 30-year saga to get the road improved.
BBC Accused of Insulting Muslims with New Sitcom Citizen Khan
It was probably unlikely that a TV comedy series about a Muslim community leader would pass without comment. And so it was that in the region of 200 complaints were made to the BBC after it broadcast the first episode of Citizen Khan. It was claimed that the programme ‘takes the mickey out of Islam’, was guilty of ‘stereotypes about Asians’ and was ‘disrespectful to the Quran’. One scene that particularly provoked anger was where a heavily-made up
girl, Mr Khan’s daughter, rushed to put on a hijab and pretended to be reading the Koran when her father entered. One viewer wrote on the BBC’s messageboard: ‘This is terrible stereotyping, ignorant and just dreadful.’ Another said: ‘HIGHLY disappointed especially when her father walks in and she dis-respectfully opens the Quran!!’ But others defended the show. One said: ‘People are reading too much in to Citizen Khan, especially the hijab thing, it happens!’ The comedy mocks Mr Khan’s self-importance, including his delusions about his position in the community and about his standing in the business world. Critics have complained that it repeats many stereotypes about British Muslims, with the first episode all about the troubled wedding plans of one of Mr Khan’s daughter. A BBC spokesman said: ‘Citizen Khan has made a very positive start, launching successfully with 3.6million viewers and a 21.5 per cent share in a late night slot. ‘New comedy always provokes differing reactions from the audience. The characters are comic creations and not meant to be representative of the community as a whole.’
News in Brief Work starts on the A57
The long-awaited construction work to improve one of Rotherham's busiest routes starts next month. On Monday, September 10, Ringway Infrastructure Services will begin work on the £14.7 million scheme to improve the A57 from the Todwick crossroads to Junction 31 of the M1 motorway. Archaeology and ecology surveys of the site are currently taking place with the actual works on the 2.5 km stretch of road being expected to get underway by mid September. Motorists are being warned that although a temporary reduced speed limit will operate on the A57 during the works, there will be no need to actually close the A57 itself. However, Todwick Road will be closed at a date to be announced later when it is realigned to the proposed new roundabout at Todwick crossroads. Access to properties in the immediate vicinity will be maintained. By early 2014, the new route will be expected to be open to traffic - bringing to an end a 30-year saga to get the road improved.
Jobseekers Willing To Accept Pay Cut To Find Jobs A majority of jobseekers in Britain are willing to take a job they are over-qualified for in a desperate bid to find employment, while half are ready to accept a pay cut, a study has found. The survey of more than 7,000 adults showed that around two-thirds were willing to take a part-time job. This showed the level of compromise to meet the demands of a "stagnant" labour market in Britain. In some parts of the country, people were unsure they will be employed in the next 12 months. However, London jobseekers were most confident of finding work in the near future.
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Right for Overseas Pakistanis to Contest Elections The Prime Minister says the government is striving to bring about a consensus for Constitutional amendment to give right to overseas Pakistanis for contesting elections. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf says Pakistan Peoples Party believes that expatriate Pakistanis should not only have right to vote but they should also be made eligible for membership of the Parliament. He was talking to a delegation of expatriate Pakistanis based in Sheffield which led by Chaudhry Javed Iqbal called on him in Islamabad. The Prime Minister said the government is striving to bring about a consensus so that the Constitution can be amended and expatriate Pakistanis can be given right to contest elections. Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf said Pakistanis abroad send their hard earned money to Pakistan because of love for their country of origin. He said
remittances being sent by expatriates are on the rise. This is very helpful in stabilizing the economy. The Prime Minister said‚ we have braced many challenges in the last four and half years and are now completing our tenure and getting ready for the next elections. He said Pakistan Peoples Party and its coalition partners are committed to a transparent‚ free and impartial election in the country. Talking of inflation in the country‚ the Prime Minister said increase in prices of oil in the international market is one of the main reasons of rising prices in the country. He said in past four and half years‚ Pakistan had faced floods‚ terrorism and economic crunch because of slow down in the global economy. The members of the delegation thanked the Prime Minister for sparing time to meet them and assured him of their cooperation. Also in the delegation are in the photo below.
World’s Oldest Living Person Celebrates Her 116Th Birthday
The world's oldest living person has celebrated her sweet 116! Besse Cooper, from Monroe, Georgia, rang in her 116th year of life last month, surrounded by friends and family at the nursing home where she now lives. Her loved ones gathered to mark her special day. When asked about her secret to long life, Mrs Cooper stated squarely, 'I mind my own business and I don't eat junk food,' in comments to the Guinness World Records. Besse was born on August 26, 1896, in Sullivan, Tennessee and moved to Georgia in 1917. She
married in 1924 and had four children. Her husband died in 1963 and she never remarried. Today, Besse has 12 grandchildren and a slew of great-grandchildren and even great-great grandchildren. Mrs Cooper’s remarkable age has made her a celebrity in her own right. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Cooper was certified as the world's oldest living person in January 2011. About .2 per cent of the U.S. population are classified as centenarians, people aged 100 or older.
Zulfiqar Ali, Arshad Rachyal, Shafqat Mirza, PM Raja Pervez Ashraf, Ch Jawaid Iqbal, Mobeen. Photo from right front row:
Britain To Track Down Illegal Migrants Britain is setting up a computer database to track down around 150,000 people who are staying in the country illegally. Border officials will launch the project in September to deal with a huge backlog of foreign nationals who have overstayed their student or temporary work visas. Passenger records held in the database, which will cover details of all flights outside Europe to and from Britain, will be checked. There will be careful monitoring of around 100 mi-
grants whose visas expire daily. Letters will be sent to the illegal migrants, warning them that they will be deported and barred from entering the country if they do not leave within 28 days. G4S, the security firm which failed to deliver enough staff for the Olympics, is also among the private companies submitting tenders for the multi-million pound contract. Immigration Minister Damian Green said a third of people decide to overstay at the point their
visa expires. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) recently launched a drive to remove visa "overstayers" that led to thousands being removed. Around 2,000 were removed from London alone. The majority of those targeted entered the country on student visas which have now expired. Green said they mainly came from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Brazil and Nigeria and were now working illegally.
Labour Raise Fears Over Sheffield Library Closures Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Sheffield City Council, has commented on Labour controlled Council’s announcement of a consultation to look at cuts in local libraries. Shaffaq said:-
of this process, I fear that this is the first step on a road that will lead to libraries shutting their doors. The massive financial deficit left by the last Government means that there are difficult choices to be made in order to reduce public spending.
“We have seen these consultations held by Labour in the past, which have little effect on the final outcome. Given that council officers have confirmed to me that closures haven’t been ruled out as part
“The real question is why is the Labour Council planning to spend millions on refurbishing Town Hall offices at the same time as making this announcement on Sheffield’s much loved libraries?”
in Brief Council Tax BombshellNews Hits Vulnerable One Sheffield Many Cultures Festival SULTAN vs DRACULA
Sheffield City Council have an- shell on to vulnerable residents, would equalise this 20% cut nounced that they plan to cut Labour councillors have agreed across all working age recipients. council tax benefit for all work- to spend £3.5 million this year The Council has also confirmed SULTAN vs DRACULA: New Book Re- single paperback. The book will surprise readers no matter refurbishing council offices and that consideration is being given ing age residents by 20%, meanlease marks Bram Stoker’s Centenary It’s not just a story. It has been crafted to what they’ve seeninthe night before. £400,000 on consultancy fees in to provide additional support to ing a family a Band A property British families, already facing difficult times due to a One hundred years after Bram Stoker’s present a worldview. A Muslim worldview Who could on earth author with households experiencing severe month. pay is anthe extra £3.76 meddling a week. one financial crunch, may have to further cope with much death, (April, 1912), a new Dracula novel in an age where there is scant literature to the Bram Stoker heritage? Not Despite the total cut received financial hardship who will be hit However, the Council have de-surprisharsher times as they would by have spend more on has been released mixing fact with fiction readers that reflects an Islamic masculine ingly cided he’s British, but he is also tall,from darkthe Government being 10%, hardest thetoGovernment’s cut. not to proceed with new food following a poor harvest which pushed up Book Title: Sultan vs. Dracula leitmotif. and gifted eyes. ex- the legislation pensioners The Governmenthas have been critipowers with to taxsensuous empty homes andAnunder prices worldwide. The cost of basic food products is Publisher: Al-Oblong Books Headteacher, currently living Bradford, are protected which results in a cised for hitting hardest councils second homes, which the in Govrising because of a drought in the US and poor crops Website: www.sultanvsdracula.com Sultan vs Dracula should help to get inside very sick and tired of the would same old “Muslim 20% reduction for the remain- in the most deprived areas of the ernment estimates save Russia and eastern Europe. According to in Jose Author: Razwan Ul-Haq the mind of a traditional Muslim. How do interest” story, with predictable whilst authorities the ing working inage recipients of country the authority £3.3the million. In ad- multiGraziano Da Silva, head of the UN Food and AgriCouncil dition to this, while thewords Council Author’s Website: www.ulhaq.com religious Muslims think? Are Muslims re- cultural characters: in other if it’s not Tax Benefit. 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A third of all food production is lost due to given three book choices. Two best-selling poor storage in developing countries or waste in rich books (popular with their peers throughout the is set to discuss food prices and a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) patients with cancer nations.through The G20 Britain) and a relatively unknown third ofmodern is methods founder Imran Khan has been application ofdecisions expected in September when a report on fering. A staggering 90 percent ditched the palliative awarded an honorary fellowship of curative andgrain supplytherapy is due. mainstream to go for a new Dracula story. Parkwood Academy school has of UNISON & NUJ, Yorkshire people from all communities and by the Royal College of Physi- free of cost. been announced as the winner of & the Humber TUC, Hope not backgrounds. 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Commercial Property & Land Development Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son the condition of the land because ground conditions will have a major bearing on the cost and type of development you are able to carry out. Finance As you are going to be developing over a number of years, you need to be certain of funding. Clearly this will have Increasingly people who have an impact on your profit martraditionally invested in the resi- gins. dential property market are turning to commercial investments I have given you a few examor developing sites and proper- ples. There are many other facties themselves. I know many tors which you need to such people who have made this consider. But your surveyor their business and are successful. would do this for you. This method of valuation is known as If you wish to develop a site, the “residual method”. Clearly say for instance, for housing, a there would be other professionals you will need to involve once mixed use or any development for that matter, you you have progressed from agreeing the initial purchase. Having would need a land valuation. a good development team is important for a successful project LAND VALUATION There are very many factors and should never be underestiwhich need to be taken into ac- mated. count when valuing or appraising land. To give you a In terms of opportunities, there is a good supply of land at reasonfew examples, these are: able prices as we go through this Planning What is the planning status of difficult economic time. Therethe land. This is a major factor to fore, many shrewd investors are bear in mind. You need to look at investing in land, as every one potential planning which could knows supply is finite. But demand is likely to increase as the be secured. world population increases. Title Deeds These need to be checked for INVESTany restrictions or covenants. COMMERCIAL This is best done through your MENTS There are many people who will solicitor. own properties which are occuSite Conditions It is important you have a land pied by tenants. The survey carried out to ascertain owners hold these properties In the last edition I talked about valuations and reports you can have carried out when you are buying a house. As promised, in this article I will concentrate on other forms of property valuations and reports that you may require or have carried out on your behalf.
for investment purposes. Many major organisations own properties for this reason. They include pension funds, insurance companies, private investor companies to just name a few. This is a very specialised area of property investment. You need to ensure that you are properly advised before embarking on such ventures. Properties which are typically held for investment purposes are warehouses, offices, retail units to mention a few. Investment valuations are a specialised area and I would always advise you to take professional advice. In this article I have touched on a few property scenarios which are very much specialised and would attract the serious property investor. There is no way I can do justice to the subject I have chosen today as many books have been written on the subject, and having been in the profession for over 25 years, I feel that I am still coming across scenarios from which you will learn. Please take advice of a chartered surveyor before you embark on investing in commercial property and land development. This article is just a beginning. As ever, if you want to contact me please call me on 0114 2760151/0787 901 5095 or through ILM.
Invitation to get Active Rotherham residents aged over 50 looking to improve their lives are being invited to find out what opportunities are available to them at a special event this September. The Active Always event, taking place on Wednesday September 12 between 10.30am and 1.30pm at Rotherham Leisure Complex, will be showing how the popular Active Always programme has developed over the last five years. The threehour, free event will be looking at how the programme, which has seen over 1,500 people par-
ticipate in the past half-decade, has contributed to providing improved Health, Wellbeing and independence to the people of Rotherham. During the event, which is co-hosted by Rotherham Borough Council’s Sports Development team, NHS Rotherham and DC Leisure, there will be information about some of the new specialist programmes provided by the partnership and an opportunity to meet the advanced specialist instructors. There will also be a host of other organisations present during
the day, including Healthcare, housing, transport and local groups displaying information on relevant services for older people. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Transport will be provided for any individuals or groups that require it and there will be free parking at the centre for all attendees. Anyone wishing to come to the event are being asked confirm their attendance by email or telephone - 01709 822453 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Hazards Highlighted By Firefighters Firefighters were at Rother Valley Country Park in Rotherham on Bank Holiday Monday (27 August) advising people about the dangers of open water. Crews were on hand to offer safety advice to park visitors and issue water safety leaflets. Over 400 people die in the water every year in the UK, and firefighters are urging people to follow some basic rules to stay
safe: • Obey warning notices. Don’t interfere with safety equipment or life buoys or damage warning notices • Children should never go boating, exploring or fishing near water alone • Avoid locks and weirs – they may have dangerous currents • Take care around banks –
they may be slippery or crumbly • Never leave small children unsupervised near open water • Always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid when boating, sailing or canoeing • Never go into the water if you have been drinking While the water may look tempting on a warm day, it is still very dangerous.
Prius Power in Rotherham Political leaders in Rotherham will be leading the green charge for electric vehicles in the coming weeks. For the next three months Rotherham Borough Council will have free use of an electric-powered Toyota Prius Plug-In, courtesy of Pentagon Toyota Rotherham. Councillors Roger Stone and Jahangir Akhtar will travel in the hybrid car when they are carrying out council business. The 5-seat hatchback has a 1.8 VVT-i petrol hybrid engine giv-
ing outstanding fuel economy of 134.5 mpg (combined cycle) and only 49g / km CO2. It also currently attracts a zero road fund licence while business drivers benefit from a fiver percent BIK tax benefit. Rotherham is due to host a second conference on electric vehicles next month at the New York Stadium. Chaired by Coun. Stone, a variety of companies, including Toyota, will be involved in the CO2T conference, which will outline the financial
benefits of using greener technologies within the vehicle procurement and fleet management process. Delegates will hear about the Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy and Plug-In grants; the Carbon Plan, which is the industry-led approach to reducing carbon emissions; and the renewable transport fuel obligation, which is the principle legislation for the regulation of bio-fuels used for transport in the UK.
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The Fastfood Restaurant Boom Amongst The Bombs restaurant called Chili House. Its glossy menu touts Caesar salads and hot wing appetisers along with all-American entrees like threeway chilli, Philly cheesesteaks and a nearly half-pound "Big Mouth Chizzila" burger. Baghdad's Green Zone and nearby US military bases Baghdad is experiencing a burger boom as once sported outa wave of new American-style restaurants posts of big American chains, including spread across the Iraqi capital. Customers Pizza Hut, Burger King and Subway, but hungry for alternatives to traditional offerings like lamb kebabs and fire-roasted carp are flocking to them. The fad is a sign that Iraqis, saddled with violence for years and still experiencing almost daily bombings and shootings, are prepared to move on and embrace ordinary pleasures - like stuffing their faces with pizza. Iraqi entrepreneurs and investors from nearby countries, not big multinational chains, are driving the food craze. They see Iraq as an untapped market of increasingly adventurous eaters where competition is low and the potential returns are high. "We're fed up with traditional food," said government employee Osama al-Ani as he ate pizza at one of the packed new restaurants last week. "We want to try something different." Among the latest additions is a sit-down
they shut down as American troops left last year. Because they were hidden behind checkpoint-controlled fortifications, most ordinary Iraqis never had a chance to get close to them, anyway. Dining out in Iraq is not without risk. Ice cream parlours, restaurants and cafes were among the targets of a brutal string of attacks that tore through Iraq on August 16, leaving more than 90 people dead. Iraqis say the chance to relax in clean surroundings over a meal out is worth the gamble. For them, the restaurants are a symbol of progress. Health experts are predictably not thrilled about the new arrivals. Local doctors say the opening of these American-style restaurants ... will make Iraqis, especially children, fatter.
Talking about Living Well in Sheffield Local people are being asked to have their say on how services covering health, wellbeing and social care could be improved in Sheffield. As part of a wide-ranging ‘Talk to us’ event, people affected by dementia are invited to drop in to a special shop at Showcase Sheffield to have their say direct to key officers in the local authority. The shop will be in the city centre, on the corner of Pinstone Street and Cambridge Street and will be open between 10am and 4.30pm each day. The Council’s Cabinet confirmed its commitment to people with dementia and the families, communities and organisations who support them. This marked the start of working to make Sheffield a dementia-friendly city, supporting the needs of the growing number of people with dementia by making sure that future support arrangements will meet the increased demand. The Cabinet members agreed to carry out a major involvement exercise to ask people affected by dementia to help shape these serv-
ices for the future. Cllr Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Independent Living said: "We know people do better when they stay in the familiar surroundings of their own homes supported by the Council and other organisations. Nowadays people get their own budget to buy the support that suits them and their families. Many do not choose traditional care. With this in mind and the government cuts to funding, I want everyone involved in dementia care to have a say in how we plan for the future. “We need to adapt our services to create efficiency and enable us to meet changing needs. Our vision is that people with dementia can be supported to live an active, independent, fulfilled life at home for longer. This is possible by providing early access to diagnosis and treatment, timely information and support, and integrated, flexible care.” Dementia in Sheffield • In Sheffield there are about 6,000 people with dementia though only 57% have a diagnosis
• This figure is expected to increase to over 9,000 by 2030 • It is estimated that about a third of people with a diagnosis live in a care home but most live at home • The impact on the lives of family carers can be significant • Early diagnosis allows some people to benefit from medication which can delay the onset of some symptoms • It also helps people make plans for their life so they can be helped to live well with dementia • Dementia mainly affects people over the age of 65 and the likelihood increases with age. However, it can affect younger people: there are over 150 people in Sheffield under the age of 65 who have dementia. • Sheffield City Council spends over £19m supporting people with dementia through: Support in peoples’ homes Respite care and day care in resource centres Care homes
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Workers Found ‘Illegally Employed’ At Tesco Warehouse Supermarket giant Tesco could reportedly face fines for the illegal employment of foregin students at a warehouse in Croydon, South London. 20 students, believed to be of Indian and Bangladeshi origin, are alleged to have been working as many as 50 hours extra per week than allowed by their visas, which permit 20-hours-a-week maximum. The UK Border Agency, which carried out an overnight raid on the warehouse, said: "We received information that some staff members were working in the UK illegally at Tesco.com on Factory Lane, Croydon. Twenty individuals were arrested and now face removal from the UK. The operation was part of an ongoing campaign to tackle visa abuse which has seen over 2,000
Jobseekers Willing to Accept Pay Cut to Find Jobs A majority of jobseekers in Britain are willing to take a job they are over-qualified for in a desperate bid to find employment, while half are ready to accept a pay cut, a study has found.
This showed the level of compromise to meet the demands of a "stagnant" labour market in Britain.
In some parts of the country, people were unsure they will be The survey of more than 7,000 employed in the next 12 months. adults showed that around two- However, London jobseekers thirds were willing to take a part- were most confident of finding work in the near future. time job.
Rotherham Show Gearing Up It just wouldn’t be September in the borough without the Rotherham Show. For over three decades, the annual spectacular, which retains its prestigious crown as the largest land-show in the north of England, has grown from humble beginnings to become the behemoth it is today, entertaining visitors of all ages from far and wide. Taking place on September 8 and 9 in the beautiful Clifton Park, the show is set to bring 48 hours of fun, music, excitement and entertainment to the borough. The show, which is or-
offenders removed since the beginning of May. With the fine per illegal employee standing at £10,000, Tesco could face fines of up to £200,000 unless it can prove it carried out all the necessary legal checks. According to the Daily Mail, a Tesco spokesperson said: "In cooperation with Tesco, the UK Border Agency visited our dot com store in Croydon in July. As a result of this visit, a small number of staff were found to have breached the terms of their working visas. Seven of the employees are believed to have been deported since the raid, while several others are said to still be under investigation.
ganised by Rotherham Borough Council, will include favourites such as the Vintage Vehicle Rally, Horticultural Show, the Main Arena and the One Town, One Community Stage. There is also all the fun of the fair to be had, as well as fierce competition at the Horticultural Show, which will be welcoming hundreds of people as they enter their home-grown wonders, as well as their craft masterpieces, to compete for trophies and to show off the best the borough has to offer.
creating a more positive image of Pakistan iPakistan Uses Social Media To Create a More Positive Image of Pakistan Tent pegging (sometimes spelled “tent pegging” or “tent-pegging”) is a cavalry sport of ancient origin, and is one of only ten equestrain disciplines officially recognised by the international federation for equestrain sports. Used narrowly, the term refers to a specific mounted game with ground targets. More broadly, it refers to the entire class of mounted cavalry games involving edged weapons on horseback, for which the term “equestrian skillat-arms” is also used. The specific game of tent pegging has a mounted horseman riding at a gallop and using a sword or a lance to pierce, pick up, and carry away a small ground target (a symbolic tent peg) or a series of small ground targets.
at least the 4th century BC, and Asian and later European empires spread the game around the world. As a result, the game’s date and location of origin are ambiguous. In all accounts, the competitive sport evolved out of cavalry training exercises designed to develop cavaliers’ prowess with the sword and lance from horseback. However, whether tent pegging developed cavaliers’ generic skills or prepared them for specific combat situations is shrouded in anecdote and national chauvinism. The most widely accepted theory is that the game originated in medieval as a training tool for cavaliers facing war elephants. A cavalier able to precisely stab the highly sensitive flesh behind an elephant’s toenail would cause the enemy elephant to rear, unseat his mahout, and possibly run amok, breaking ranks and trampling infantry.
The term “tent pegging” is, however, certainly related to the idea that cavaliers mounting a surprise pre-dawn raid on an enemy camp could use the game’s skills to sever or uproot tent pegs, thus collapsing the tents on their sleeping occupants and sowing havoc and terror in the camp. However, there are few reliable accounts of a cavalry squadan ever employing such tactics. Because the specific game of tent pegging is the most popular equestrian skill-at-arms game, the entire class of sports became known as tent pegging during the twiThe broader class of tent pegging games also includes ring joust- light of cavalry in the twentieth century. ing (in which a galloping rider tries to pass the point of his weapon through a suspended ring); lemon sticking (in which the rider tries to Today, tent pegging is practiced around the world, but is especially stab or slice a lemon suspended from a cord or sitting on a platform) popular in Australia, India, Israel, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, quintain tilting (in which the rider charges a mannequin mounted and the United Kingdom. The Olympic council of Asia included tent on a swivelling or rocking pedestal); and parthian (i.e. mounted ar- pegging as an official sport in 1982, and the International Federation chery) A given tent pegging competition’s rules specify the size and for Equestrian Sports recognized it as an official equestrian discicomposition of the target; the number of consecutive targets placed pline in 2004.From the results of the 2008 International Tent Pegon a course; the dimensions and weight of the sword, lance, or bow; ging Championships, the world’s three leading national teams are the minimum time in which a course must be covered; and the extent currently Canada, India, and Oman. to which a target must be struck, cut, or carried. While members of cavalry regiments and mounted police forces still Cavaliers have practiced the specific game of tent pegging since dominate world-class tent pegging, the sport is being increasingly
embraced by civilian riders. New and emerging national tent pegging associations have helped spread the sport’s popularity. The Australian Royal Adelaide Show, the British Tent Pegging Association, and the United States Cavalry Association now hold annual national championships and demonstrations in their respective countries. The pre-eminent tent pegging games remain centered in Asia and the Middle East, with the international tent pegging championship and the continental Asian games traditionally enjoying the highest number of competitors and participating states. Visit our Facebook page today and join in on our efforts to create and alternative narrative for Pakistan! https://www.facebook.com/iPakistan.net Rehman Ilyas- Rehman can be reached at email@example.com Fahad Shabbir-University of Sheffield’s Ambassador can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
News in Brief Anger Over Grade Boundaries Headteachers have claimed that tens of thousands of teenagers could have been adversely affected by grade boundary changes in GCSE English. Pupils on the borderline of C and D grades were most likely to be hit. There have been calls for this summer's English GCSE exams to be re-graded amid an ongoing row over changes to grade boundaries. National GCSE results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, published last week, revealed 69.4% of all GCSE exams were given at least a C grade - down 0.4 percentage points on last summer. It is the first time the A*-C pass rate has fallen in the 24-year history of GCSEs. Angry headteachers claimed that exam boards had raised grade boundaries in English halfway through the year amid fears that too many children were going to get a C. They have suggested that grade boundaries in English exams were substantially increased, with many reporting a drop in the number of children scoring a C or above in the key subject. Analysis of the distribution of marks and grades suggests that half of the 133,906 students who attained a D in English in June could have got a C grade if the boundaries had remained the same. The numbers of pupils potentially involved could amount to many tens of thousands of candidates.
Iran revels in US discomfort as it hosts major international conference
FOR a jubilant Iran, it is proof positive that a hostile United States and bellicose Israel have failed to isolate or intimidate the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme.
Iran says 36 heads of state and government will be in Tehran tomorrow for the two-day summit of the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement, which opens with an address by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The summit is “a slap in the face for Israel” and a “powerful blow” to the US and its allies, Iran’s hardline daily Kayhan newspaper trumpeted.
main Arab ally. Mr Morsi yesterday urged president Bashar al-Assad’s allies – among them Iran, Russia and China – to help lever the Syrian dictator from power. “Now is the time… for this regime that kills its people to disappear from the scene,” he said.
As host, Iran will prepare the first draft of the summit’s final document, which is likely to include statements affirming its right to peaceful nuclear technology and censure of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.
But what Iran hopes will be a public relations bonanza might yet turn sour over its staunch support for the Syrian regime, its
To Iran’s evident satisfaction, US opposition to its hosting the summit has given the movement – often dismissed in the West as an anachronistic talking shop of disgruntled developing nations – more publicity than it has enjoyed in years. At the entrance to the summit convention hall, Iran has displayed three wrecked cars, driven by Iranian nuclear scientists killed in bomb attacks that Tehran has blamed mostly on Israel. The message: Iran is not a sponsor of terrorism as the West claims but the biggest victim of terrorist attacks.
Among Iran’s most prized guests are the new Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, and the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh. Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, will attend in an observer role, defying US and Israeli calls to stay away. Iran is using the summit to make a “visually forceful case that attempts by the US to isolate it have failed”, said Farideh Farhi, an independent Iranian scholar at the University of Hawaii. “And second that the touting of Iran and its nuclear programme as a global problem is a function of US hostility and pressures, and not reflective of the true sentiments of the international community.”
NAM members, mostly from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, form the biggest single voting bloc in the 193-member General Assembly.
NAM was founded in 1961 at the height of the Cold War by countries that wanted to be independent both of the US-led western bloc and the then Soviet Union. Iran is seeking to rebuild the movement as a counterweight to dominance by the five, veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council, in particular the “global arrogance” America.
Tehran has been garlanded with coloured lights and banners, one of which reads “nuclear energy for all”. Another, less punchy, proclaims: “The Non-Aligned Movement represents the struggle against racism, colonialism, hegemony and foreign oppression.” Iran has promised a “comprehensive package” to resolve the Syrian crisis on the sidelines of the conference. But few hold out much hope of a breakthrough, given Tehran’s repeated assertions that Mr Assad is battling a western-inspired uprising aimed at toppling his regime to weaken Iran.
Paralympics 2012: a dream come true as GB gets off to golden start While their Olympic counterparts took five days to strike gold, cyclist Sarah Storey won ParalympicsGB’s first gold medal on the opening afternoon as she broke the world record on the way to winning the C5 individual pursuit title. Within hours, swimmer Jonathan Fox had won the men’s 100m backstroke to take GB’s first gold medal in the pool. Together with three silver medals and two bronze for GB’s athletes, it left Great Britain in third place in the medal table overnight, behind China and Australia.in the medals table on the opening day.
India- Pak MPs Brainstorm on Liberal Visas
In a confidence-building exercise, the parliamentarians of India and Pakistan held a wide-ranging dialogue that focused on easing the visa regime and the role of media in promoting peace between the two subcontinental neighbours. The Pakistani parliamentary delegation, led by Senator Sabir Ali Baloch, deputy chairperson of the Pakistan Senate, engaged in intense discussions with Indian MPs. The MPs from both sides discussed the opportunities of deepening ties between the
two countries and focused the easing of the visa regime, the role of media, education and local government in promoting stronger relations between the two countries. They also reviewed and analysed the progress in the official dialogue between the two countries. Pakistan and India have finalised an agreement for liberalising the visa regime, but the signing of this accord has been deferred as Islamabad is keen that such an important agreement should be signed at the political level
between home ministers of the two countries. The parliamentarians are expected to press for a resolution of humanitarian issues, like the release of prisoners in each other's territory that has the potential to create a lot of goodwill between the two countries. The dialogue is being facilitated by the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), a think-tank that works for strengthening democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan.
Celebrated Diversity and Interfaith During the Holy Month of Ramadan The Chutney Restaurant played host to a rather unequivocal iftar party. During the event, the cream of Sheffield and Rotherham: Lord Nazir Ahmed; Sheffield Council Leader Julie Dore; Lord and Lady Mayor; Honourable MP Clive Betts; The New Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police - David Crompton; Heads and representatives from South Yorkshire Fire Service; Councilour Mazhar Iqbal; Chairperson of Darnall Forum; Sheffield's Top Criminal Defence Lawyer Danny Simpson; Chief Executive of Sheffield Rotherham District Council of Muslims - Mukhtar Tufail, and various community leaders, honoured one of their very own community champions - Mothiur Rahman Shahin. Mothiur Rahman Shahin was presented a trophy by MP Clive Betts and Lord Nazir Ahmed to endorse his righteous endeavours in the community and for his drive to promote community cohesion. Mr Shahin has remained an active member of the local community. Campaigning local, na-
tional and international issues alike. His most notable success was facilitating, as part of team the relief efforts during the Bangladesh floods in 2008 where he organised a series of national and local fund raising events and then later went to Bangladesh to personally distribute the money. His greatest achievement was being the main brains behind the bosakhi mela. After the event Mr Shahin commented " i feel very honoured to be part of such a constructive community and would like to thank everyone for their support " Also in attendance were Shahbaz Ramzan, respectable Haji Ghulam Nabi. The very distinguished Abdul Qayum and noble Ishfaq Kayani. Mukhtar Tufail one of the organisers and stage secretary of the event concluded " it was a unique day for Sheffield where in the back drop of Ramadan celebrations we were able to endorse this remarkable mans achievements "
Eid Mubabrak to all Muslims from Ch M Zahur and Staff
George Osborne is Most Disliked MP
Half of voters want George Osborne sacked as Chancellor in a new poll showing he is now the Government's most disliked politician. Mr Osborne has taken over from beleaguered Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg at the bottom of a damning popularity league that ranks how much the public like the cabinet.
doing a bad job and 43 per cent saying he is doing a good job. David Cameron is preparing to reshuffle his cabinet and he could decide that his friend should swap places with Foreign Secretary William Hague. The partnership formed between David Cameron and his Chancellor George OsThe Deputy Prime Minis- borne is a strong one. ter has a rating of minus 26 compared to his Treasury They are so close they made colleague's minus 32, the one another godfathers to Guardian found. Mean- each other's children. while, 48 per cent of these Mr Osborne has faced revoters believe Mr Osborne peated criticism for failing should be ousted from No to kick-start the UK's floun11 but that rises to 52 per dering economy as well as cent among pensioners and presiding over a budget that 53 per cent for the 35 to 64 sparked a series of U-turns. age group. Overall Labour still lead the by 39 per cent to 34 per cent. Conservatives are divided While the Lib Dems are up over his performance with one point to 15 per cent. 44 per cent believing he is
Buying an Existing Business
Business Development Manager Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Email: email@example.com I have been approached by a number of people who are either looking to set up their own business or buy an existing one, the question I often get asked is what kind of business should we set up to which my response is ask yourself that question - what would you like to do, or to make it simpler by an existing one. If you're thinking about running your own business, buying a company that's already established may be quicker and easier than starting from scratch. However, you will need to put time and effort into finding the business that's right for you. Also, the costs involved in buying an existing business can be substantial and should not be underestimated If you get it right, there can be many good reasons why buying an existing business could make good business sense. Remember though, that you will be taking on the legacy of the previous business owner, and you need to be aware of every aspect of the business you're about to buy so spending sometime there prior to taking over if there is the possibility might be a great start.
even better then to start off from scratch. Having employees that are already working there they should have experience you can draw on. Things to be careful of is that you often need to invest a large amount up front, and will also have to budget for professional fees for solicitors, surveyors, accountants and also will probably also need several months' worth of working capital to assist with cashflow. If the business has been neglected you may need to invest quite a bit more on top of the purchase price to give it the best chance of success. You also need to consider why the current owner is selling up and how this might impact the business and your taking it over. It's possible current staff may not be happy with a new boss, or the business might have been run badly and staff morale may be low. Ideally any business you buy needs to fit your own skills, lifestyle and aspirations. Before you start looking, think about what you can bring to a business and what you'd like to get back.
List what is important to you. Look at your motivations and There are many advantages to what you ultimately want to this, Some of the groundwork to achieve. It is useful to consider: get the business up and running Your abilities - can will have been done. It may also • be easier to obtain finance as you achieve what you want to the business will have a proven achieve? Your capital - how track record and been in exist- • ence for a long period. There much money do you have to inmay be established customers, vest? Your expectations in a reliable income, a reputation • to capitalise and build on and terms of earning - what level of a useful network of contacts profit do you need to be lookwhich will be a fantastic plat- ing for to accommodate your form to develop and make it needs?
• Your commitment are you prepared for all the hard work and money that you will need to put into the business to get it to succeed? • Your strengths - what kind of business opportunity will give you the chance to put your skills and experience to good use? • The business sector you're interested in - learn as much as you can about your chosen industry so you can compare different businesses. It's important to take the time to talk to people already in similar businesses. The internet and your local library will also be good sources of information. Find out how to comply with all the regulations and licences that apply to Your business sector. • Location - don't restrict your search to your local area. Some businesses can be easily relocated. It's good to get an overview of the business to get a general idea of how healthy the business is, the history of the business and its current performance - sales, turnover, profit and future projections. The current financial situation - cashflow, debts, expenses, assets and why the business is being sold will be vitally important and any outstanding or major litigation the business is involved in any regulatory changes which might have an impact on the business. There are some great genuine opportunities out there and taking over an existing business is a risk but if you are willing to take the risk it's the only way you will become successful.
New Model Army of Communicators AN army of experts is being drafted in to help every child living below the breadline in Sheffield in a bid to overturn the link between child poverty and levels of literacy. Research has revealed child poverty has a huge effect on literacy and language development, both of which are central to the life chances of children. With one in five families in Sheffield living in poverty, Sheffield City Council is taking head-on action to try and boost children's reading, writing and communication skills in order to stop them from being thrown on the scrap heap later in life. The city has been running a
hard hitting campaign to make Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate (ESCAL), in a bid to give the city's children the best chance in life. As part of this, an army of voluntary Communication Ambassadors are being brought in to help families across the city to support children's communication development in the home.
said: "It is so important we do everything we can to get everyone involved in helping the next generation thrive.
"Without this vital input from these ambassadors a number of children would be struggling with even grasping the basics in reading and writing, let alone communication skills. It is essential that we act now in order Already 30 of these ambas- to prevent problems escalating sadors are working across in the future. the city. Now the council has signed up 20 more volunteers, “We need to give children every who will begin working in Sep- chance to get the best possible tember when schools go back. start in life. I whole-heartedly Councillor Jackie Drayton, support these communication Sheffield City Council's Cabi- ambassadors and thank I CAN net Member for Children, for helping us with this vital Young People and Families support."
Sterecycle plant Wreakes of ODOUR in Rotherham
A Rotherham based recycling plant An odour management programme has been agreed with the Environment Agency by waste treatment and recycling firm Sterecycle after problems at its Rotherham autoclave facility.
The programme will see a number of measures adopted by the Canadianowned firm at its waste treatment plant which has also recently seen completion of a materials recycling facility. Capacity of the plant using autoclaves has been increased from 100,000 tonnes per annum to 175,000 tonnes.
our officers and resolving the issue is one of our highest priorities.”
And, Ms Holt also commented on recent odour complaints. She said: “We have attended a residents’ meeting to hear feedback, and are currently investigating and cannot comment further at this stage.”
Sheffield Environment agency and they always pass the buck to Rotherham Environment agency.
“The smell from Stereocycle is so unbearable, we have to keep our windows closed and dare to to send our children outside”. The complaints have been going on for a number of years and nothing has been done.
Sterecycle's recently-opened materials recycling facility The odour management programme comes after the Environment Agency expressed concern about the amount of time its officers have had to spend The local authority, Rotherham metdealing with odour issues at the plant. ropolitan borough council, said: “We have discussed the odour problems Joanne Holt, environment managewith the Environment Agency. We ment team leader for the Environment have regular operational meetings with Agency, said: “We have received Sterecycle and our concerns have been odour complaints about Sterecycle made known to them.” from residents and local businesses and are committed to improving the Local resident Muzaffar Rehman said odour problems. The time spent on in a statement “We have lodged regulating the site is very intensive for complaints after complaints with
The local Tinsley forum does not represent its local residents, and yet this organisation pretends to act as our representitive. The local community are constantly making complaints on a daily basis. The management at sterecycle on a number of occassions have been rude to several people when called to lodge a complain. From time to time waste lorries also drive upto residential roads which leave a very umpleasant odour in the neighbourhood”.
Call for Authorites to Investigate Abuse of Palestinian Prisoners Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities to investigate allegations that two Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in protest at their administrative detention have been ill-treated while in detention, Amnesty International said. The two men - Hassan Safadi and Samer al-Barq - have been on hunger strike since 21 June and 22 May respectively. According to their lawyer, guards have beaten and verbally abused the men at the Israel Prison Service Medical Centre in the central city of Ramleh. The two are barely able to stand and use wheelchairs for their daily needs. Independent medical examinations found that both men were weak and that they risk death if their hunger strikes continue. Hassan Safadi’s health deteriorated on 6 August and he was transferred to Assaf Harofeh hospital, where he remains shackled to his bed - which
constitutes degrading treatment prohibited under international human rights law. Safadi has been detained since 29 June 2011. He ended a previous 70-day hunger strike in May then, when his administrative detention order was renewed for further six months, he restarted his hunger strike on 21 June. Samer al-Barq has been held in administrative detention since 2010. He ended a hunger strike after 50 days in the middle of May, only to resume it days later after his detention order was renewed for a further three months. Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Ann Harrison said: “The Israeli authorities must release Hassan Safadi, Samer al-Barq and all other administrative detainees, unless they are promptly charged with recognisable criminal offences and tried in accordance with international fair trial stand-
ards. They must also investigate allegations that Hassan Safadi and Samer al-Barq have been ill-treated while in detention and ensure they are treated humanely, and not punished in any way for their hunger strike.” In Israel detainees can be held in administrative detention without charge or trial for periods of up to six months; these detentions can be renewed indefinitely. Israel has used the measure against its citizens since 1948. Thousands of Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territories have been subjected to it since 1967. Administrative detainees - like many other Palestinian prisoners - have been subjected to violations such as the use of torture and other ill-treatment during interrogation, as well as cruel and degrading treatment during their detention, sometimes as punishment for hunger strikes or other protests. In addition, administrative detainees and their families must live with the uncertainty of not knowing how long they will be deprived of their liberty and the injustice of not knowing exactly why they are being detained. Like other Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, they have also faced bans on family visits, forcible transfer or exile and solitary confinement. These practices contra-
vene Israel’s international human rights obligations. A mass hunger strike involving some 2,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees protesting against poor prison conditions, including solitary confinement, denial of family visits and detention without charge, came to an end on 14 May following an Egyptian-brokered deal with the Israeli authorities. Despite media reports suggesting that Israel had agreed that administrative detention orders of current detainees would not be renewed unless significant new intelligence information was presented, the Israeli authorities have continued to renew orders and to issue new ones. As of the end of June there were at least 285 Palestinian administrative detainees, among them members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Human rights defenders such as Walid Hanatsheh and at least four journalists, in addition to university students and academic staff, were also among those behind bars without charge or trial. In June, Amnesty’s report, Starved of justice: Palestinians detained without trial by Israel, documented human rights violations associated with administrative detention in Israel.
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Police Say Figures are an improvement Four of the UK’s 20 worst hotspots for uninsured drivers are in Bradford, new figures have revealed. The BD9 postcode area ranks third worst with more than six times the national average of uninsured drivers, and BD8 is fifth in the table, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau has revealed. But the figures represent an improvement for Bradford, with BD3 at number 11, having fallen six places from fifth position. Great Horton has dropped from seventh to 19th in the table and West Bowling and Bankfoot no longer appear in the top 20. West Yorkshire Police said a total of 1,790 vehicles were seized in Bradford for having no insurance between June 2011 and May 2012. Operation Northolt has been introduced across the force which provides a highly public demonstration of our multi-agency approach. This runs once a month and concentrates on uninsured driving hotspots across the county. Action days have already been conducted across the Bradford district including Manningham , Girlington , Frizinghall , Heaton , Barkerend , Keighley centre and Great Horton. Bradford East MP David Ward, who has campaigned for affordable car insurance, hailed the “intense pressure” being put on uninsured drivers by police, and partnership working between insurers and the DVLA. New research carried out on behalf of the MIB in West Yorkshire and the West Midlands has found a third of people do not understand the laws on car insurance.
Sheffield’s roads are set for a Major UPGRADE Sheffield’s roads are set for a major upgrade after Transport Minister Norman Baker announced that the council is to benefit from up to £1.2 billion of Government funding. The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) funding will allow Sheffield City Council to carry out vital improvements and maintenance to local roads over a 25 year period. The contract includes the improvement and the ongoing maintenance of the city’s 1,180 miles of road, 2,050 miles of footway, 36,000 highway trees, 480 traffic signals, 68,000 street lights, over 18,000 items of street furniture and 12,700 street name plates. The contract will also include services such as street cleaning, winter gritting and landscape maintenance. The funding this Government has agreed will bring better, safer roads and more reliable journeys to the people of Sheffield. This contract will see the condition of Sheffield’s roads greatly improved and will include the maintenance of footways, bridges, street lighting and traffic signals. Sheffield is expected to commence operation of this project in August 2012.
Too many people have committed themselves to a life of mediocrity. They are not driven to achieve; they are not driven to leave a legacy. Compare this with some people who are driven to excel. Think about Usain Bolt who in the 2012 Olympics repeated as champion in the 100 and 200 meter races as well as in the 100 meter relay. Think about Michael Phelps who has the most gold medals in Olympics history. These were men who wanted to make a mark, who were committed to excellence and who overcame the enemy called average. One of the questions that we can ask ourselves is "Why are people average?" Let's first look at the home. Many individuals grow up in a home environment that lacks encouragement. They are never empowered to succeed in life. Rather, they are forced to put up with constant criticism. Such criticism gradually erodes self-esteem until only a shadow of the self remains. In some instances, there is a lack of positive examples. A lack of incentive is another reason why some people are average. Incentives which reward positive behaviors often motivate people to take initiative. Sadly, many people try their best but are never commended for their efforts. The home is an important place of teaching but some parents fail to teach their children the values that will empower them to succeed. Having looked at the home, let's turn our attention to the school. Some teachers may show preferential treatment to some students while virtually ignoring others. There may be a tendency to write off problem students while focusing on those students that are well behaved and academically inclined. Then some students for whatever reason choose to
A Threat Called Average hang out with the wrong company. They end up developing wrong values which leads to complacency, indifference and delinquency. Of course, we also know that students often major in ridicule which can demolish self-esteem. Where does the community factor come into this scheme of things? Can the community contribute to enabling this threat called average? Unfortunately, the answer to that is yes. In some communities, there may be a lack of opportunities for people to get involved in the community affairs of religious institutions. Positions may be earmarked for certain individuals. People can easily become statistics in the mosque. The teaching section of the mosque may also be lacking. Noble theological concepts may not communicate any specific directives. Preaching can readily become philosophical and abstract, a failure to relate Quranic principles to everyday life. But the greatest factors contributing to being average are not so much external as they are internal. What do I mean? People have experienced all the negatives that I have mentioned above and yet have overcome. Let's consider some of the internal factors. Much has been written and taught about self-esteem. This has to do with the value we place on ourselves. If we have poor self-esteem we will struggle through life. This inevitably leads to a negative world and life view. We see the world as one big
problem. Heaven is indeed an excellent place to which we should all aspire but what about our responsibility now, what about the blessing of life which God has so freely and lovingly given? Then there is unrealistic and idealistic thinking. We can expect too much and begin to think that life owes us something. There is also that demon that
plagues humanity called pride. This insidious devil can hinder learning, shut us off from God's influence and prevent us from building meaningful and empowering relationships. It can also lead to complacency where we become satisfied with mediocrity and stagnation. Some people are afraid of failure. Because they are afraid to fail, they are unwilling to try anything new. They settle for what is comfortable because the unknown is too intimidating. What are some of the areas in which people can be average? We can be average in academic study. Some individuals lack the motivation and the discipline to study. They may begin an academic program and abandon it. They may decide
in the first place that the program is too hard and not even try. We can be average in the workplace. We fail to work hard. We fail to familiarize ourselves with job processes. We have no desire for promotion. We can be average in interpersonal relationships. Many homes are characterized by excessive quarreling, distant relationships and lack of heartfelt communication. Relationships in the community and in the church are also affected by an average outlook. People may develop a closet mentality where they keep to themselves and fail to share their resources, talents and abilities. Communities are often plagued with backbiting, gossip and a lack of genuine love. We can highlight a number of areas in which individuals, relationships, organizations and society at large are negatively impacted by this enemy called average. How can we defeat average? There must be self-evaluation. We have to be willing to come face to face with our deficiencies and our limitations while at the same time having a realistic appreciation and understanding of our strengths. We also should evaluate ourselves in the light of God's Word. We may look good in our own eyes or in the eyes of our family and friends but what does God say I should be. What does He say about how I should act or how I should
speak? We have to recognize that simply being average is contrary to God's will and nature. We have to change our perspective. We must not stereotype ourselves. Every person is an original and unique creation of God. People may imitate you but they can never be you. Additionally, see yourself as important. Compliment yourself. I'm not talking about boasting but about celebrating the ways in which God has blessed you. Set tangible objectives and goals. Every day must have purpose and direction which implies that life must have purpose and direction. Be willing to improve yourself. Study academically as well as the things of life. There are lessons in life that no textbook can teach you. Acquire new skills, for example, learning how to use the computer or how to replace a washer for a sink. Challenge yourself, push yourself to another level. There is no limit to your growth. Develop the discipline of scheduling your activities. Time lost is time that you can never regain. Use tools such as planners and time tables. Prioritize - not all activities have equal importance. Learn to major on the majors. Most importantly, pray and ask for God's help and guidance You can defeat the enemy called average. It may have defeated others but you can put an end to its boasting. You have potential. It is potential that God has placed there. God created man and has given man the ability to create using the natural resources provided. There is no limit except what you place on yourself. You have to overcome self-imposed limitations.
Inspectors Recognise Child Protection Improvements - The "robust response" from workers to ensure the safety of children at immediate risk - Good collaborative working between the Council and the police to tackle sexual exploitation - The successful efforts to reduce Ofsted has carried out its inspec- social worker vacancies and the tion under the new framework good support available to social for child protection services and workers has graded Rotherham as 'adequate', saying that many positive improvements have been introduced, although it's too early to judge their full impact on care and support for young people and their families/carers. A series of improvements in the way services protect vulnerable children and young in Rotherham have been acknowledged by inspectors in their latest review.
The report published says "significant improvements have been made since 2009" and "these improvements have been driven by clear and resilient leadership and informed by sound and realistic understanding of the needs of the local community." The inspectors also highlighted: - the "good range" of family support and early intervention services - the improvements in dealing with new contacts and referrals since the introduction in January of the new Contact and Referral Team
ences and interactions with parents - Positive use of performance information to help make service improvements
Among the areas highlighted for continuing improvements by the inspectors were: - undertake a multi-agency review of serious neglect cases which have been on-going for "a significant period of time" - improve the quality of referrals from partner agencies - improve the the quality and consistency of child protection and children in need plans - look to reduce the caseloads of the busiest teams and workers - improve how children and - The "strong commitment" of young people and families views social workers to the children are collected and used by services to improve care they work with - Good identification of concerns about children and young people Councillor Lakin concluded: by professionals across agencies "Many of the recommendations - Positive feedback from parents made were already part of our and carers about early interven- planning for the future of our tion work with them and their services and we will make sure that all their suggestions are children fully implemented within the - "Significant improvements" in timescales the inspectors have suggested." the timeliness of assessments - Good child protection confer-
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Notification of Section 30 Dispersal Order Fir Vale & Page Hall, Sheffield
The Fir Vale and Page Hall areas in Sheffield have been made subject of a dispersal order aimed at curbing antisocial behaviour. The residents of these areas have highlighted concerns to their local Police Team over antisocial behaviour. As a direct result, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council have jointly agreed that Section 30 of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 shall apply to the above areas. Under this legislation, Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers are provided with additional powers. These powers apply where, within the designated area, the presence or behaviour of two or more persons in any pub-
lic place has resulted or is likely to result in any member of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed. The powers allow police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) to direct such persons to disperse or to leave the designated area and not return to it for a period up to 24 hours. Failure to follow such a direction will be a criminal offence, which may lead to arrest and prosecution. Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers are also provided with a further power in relation to persons under 16-years of age who are found in a public place and are unsupervised by an adult. This power enables officers to re-
move that person to their place of residence. Signs will be displayed in prominent locations outlining the areas covered by the section 30 order. Acting on the concerns raised by residents in the Fir Vale and Page Hall communities, about a recent rise in antisocial behaviour and lowlevel crime, the local police team are working in partnership to provide long-term solutions to the problems highlighted. SYP say they want residents to feel safe in their communities and robust action will be taken against anyone who is caught involved in antisocial behaviour.”
Call for overhaul of honours system
Too many honours are awarded to politicians, celebrities and civil servants rather than to people who devote time and effort to their local communities, MPs have said. The Commons Public Administration Select Committee condemned the granting of knighthoods to businessmen and senior officials for simply "doing the day job". It called for a radical overhaul of the system, with the stripping out of all political influence and the creation of an independent
honours commission, in order to restore credibility in the eyes of the public. In its report, the committee said that honours should only be given for "exceptional service above and beyond the call of duty". David Cameron has made clear that he wants the "vast majority" of honours to go to individuals who have gone "beyond excellence" in contributing to his vision of a "Big Society". However, the committee said there was still a perception
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Rotherham based charity WorldAid organised a “Charity Fast Opening Evening Event” at the Orient Express Resataurant. The Chief guest for the event was peer Lord Nazir Ahmed who supported the cause strongly, a total of £2,855 was raised for WorldAid’s East Africa Appeal. WorldAid are a charity run purely by volunteers, so 100% of funds donated to the charity are spent directly on the cause. WorldAid’s relief mission to Ethiopia will concentrate on a working at grassroots level directly at camps with the effected children. WorlaAid will be setting-up a temporary camp carrying out health assessments, vaccinating, which will cover polio and measles and include vitamin A supplements and deworming tablets and furthermore trying to accommodate the need of the camp, that consisting of providing basics such as food and clean drinking water. And as always, WorldAid will provide you with a fully comprehensive day to day report on there return from Ethiopia, detailing the mission. So far WorldAid have managed to raise £35,841.75p for the East Africa Mission. For further details on WorldAid’s mission contact them on 01709 544445.
that celebrities and sports stars were more likely to be honoured than people who had put in years of service to their communities. Despite efforts to change public perceptions, it said there was still a belief that honours were used to thank donors to political parties, or were received "automatically" by senior civil servants. The system of awards remains mysterious to us, and it still seems the usual people get the honours.
MP calls on Ambassador to Respond to Burma Reports
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China’s Wen Xia Yu Wins Miss World 2012 Title China's Wen Xia Yu was crowned the Miss World 2012 at a gala ceremony in China. Wales' Sophie Moulds was adjudged the first runner-up, while Australia's Jessica Kahawaty was the second runner-up. India's Vanya Mishra made it to the top seven spot but failed to progress further. She, however, did bag the titles of Miss Social Media and Miss Beauty with a Purpose. In the semi-finals, the contest-
ants were asked to perform on the music of their country and Vanya chose to dance on "Dil cheez kya hai" from 1981 film "Umrao Jaan", which landed her a spot in the top seven finalists. Last year's winner, Venezuela's Ivian Sarcos, crowned Wen as the new Miss World at the glittering ceremony held in Dongsheng Fitness Center Stadium. The competition saw 116 countries competing for the title.
An MP has raised the issue of Muslim Rohingyas refugees with the Bangladeshi Ambassador. Sadiq Khan MP, Member of Parliament for Tooting, has written to the High Commissioner for Bangladesh asking for him to respond to reports that Muslim Rohingyas, seeking a safe haven from persecution and violence in Burma, are being turned away by Bangladeshi authorities. The allegations were made in a report by Human Rights Watch, who claim to have witnessed Rohingya men, women and children land on Bangladeshi shores only to be forced back into their ‘barely seaworthy wooden boats’ where they risk drowning or starving at sea – or returning to persecution in Burma.
by state security forces causing many to seek safety in neighbouring Bangladesh. Sadiq has written to the Foreign Secretary, twice, and also the Secretary of state for International Development to ask what the British government will be doing to prevent further violence in Burma and ensure that a humanitarian crisis does not develop. Sadiq has also asked the Foreign Secretary intends to provide the Bangladeshi government with assistance in order to help them alleviate the pressure on accepting refugees.
The Rohingya refugees are fleeing state sanctioned violence in Burma, where it estimated that 78 people have been killed and more than 100,000 people displaced by the actions of the ruling military junta. The Rohingya are an ethnic minority which lives in the Rakhine State in west Burma. Earlier this summer an incendiary pamphlet was circulated, claiming that an Arakan woman was raped and killed by three Muslim men. Violent reprisals between Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims escalated until the military junta, which governs Burma, declared a state of emergency in Rakhine State on 10th June. The state of emergency resulted in a concerted period of violence being used against Rohingya communities
Campaign to Save Children’s Heart Surgery Unit
Sheffield City Council Labour Group is taking the campaign to save the children’s heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary to September’s Full Council meeting.
sion which may put lives at risk. 13.7 million people live within a two hour drive time of Leeds, taking this service out of Yorkshire will mean the nearest unit is Newcastle which would be a 250 mile round trip for Sheffield residents. Campaigners believed the review is flawed and has over-looked key evidence.
The decision to stop children’s heart surgery at the unit was made following a national review of children’s heart surgery delivery meaning patients across the region would be forced to travel to The campaign to save the unit Newcastle, Birmingham or Liver- has already received cross-party support from MPs and a petition pool for treatment. against closure has gathered over The current decision means that 600,000 signatures. Campaignthere will no longer be special- ers now want the decision to be ist surgery anywhere within the looked at again – taking account Yorkshire and Humber Region of all available evidence. meaning children and families Opposition councillors on Sheffrom Sheffield will face increased field City Council have called on journey times to alternative provi- the Council to support the cam-
paign to save the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary. Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Sheffield City Council, said: “Having used the unit myself with my son, I know what a vital service the Leeds General Infirmary provides to local people. The closure of this unit could have serious implications for people in Sheffield as the nearest unit would be in Newcastle. Noone is against improving the service nationally but it’s clear that the review have over-looked certain arguments. It’s only right – given the public outcry – that the professionals look at the evidence again.”
US commando's book offers new details on Bin Laden raid
Osama bin Laden was shot in the head as he peered out of a door and then pumped with bullets as he convulsed on the floor, according to a book by a member of the US commando team that killed him. The Navy SEAL team member's version of the AlQaeda chief's death differs from previous accounts offered by President Barack Obama's administration and will fuel a debate on the handling of state secrets in the wake of the killing. "No Easy Day", to be released next week, offers a first eyewitness account of the May 2011 raid, and describes how a Navy SEAL sat on bin Laden's body in the cramped Blackhawk helicopter that flew out of Pakistan after the operation. Previous official accounts said Bin Laden had appeared in a doorway and ducked back into his bedroom, leading the US commandos to suspect he might be retrieving a weapon. But the author, writing under the pseudonym "Mark Owen", said bin Laden was shot in the head by the SEAL team when he leaned out of the doorway and was found bleeding from his wound when commandos made their way to his room, according to excerpts cited in media reports and confirmed to AFP by defense officials. Bin Laden was mortally wounded and twitching on the floor as two women cried over his body. The team pushed aside the women and then fired more shots at the Al-Qaeda leader, according to the book. We "fired several rounds", the author wrote in the book. "The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless." The pub-
lisher, Penguin Group's Dutton, has moved up the scheduled release date from September 11 to September 4, as media coverage has fueled a flood of orders for the book. The Obama administration had said bin Laden's body was treated with dignity and given a Muslim burial at sea.
on condition of anonymity. Special operations forces crammed into helicopters sometimes have to sit on the bodies of their own fallen comrades, the official added. Top officials are reviewing the book to determine whether the author revealed any classified informa-
But on the helicopter flight out of Pakistan, a SEAL member sat on Bin Laden's chest due to cramped quarters on the chopper, according to the book. US officials insisted there was no display of disrespect, even if the author's description was accurate. The commandos had already lost one helicopter in the operation, which crash-landed at the compound, and this made for crowded conditions on the remaining aircraft, said a defense official, who spoke
tion or secret tactics, which would violate Pentagon rules and trigger legal action. "The Department of Defense has a copy of the book and we're taking a look at it," said Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Steve Warren. The head of Special Operations Command, Admiral William McRaven, warned in a memo dated August 23 that members of the elite force could face criminal prosecution if they revealed information that endangered
US troops. Fox News has revealed what it says is the identity of the author, a former Navy SEAL who also took part in the 2009 operation that rescued Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. Obama administration officials appeared anxious to avoid having to defend an operation they deem a major success, while suggesting the book did not shed any new light on the raid. We are not going to rehash the whole thing," said the US defense official. "We're not going to comment on his account." Republican activists and lawmakers have accused Obama's aides of spilling secrets about the raid to Hollywood filmmakers and reporters to bolster Obama's political standing, a charge the White House denies. The author insisted his book had no political motive and was meant to honor the years of intelligence work and training that led up to the raid. "You know, if these -- crazies on either side of the aisle -- want to make it political, shame on them. This is a book about September 11th, and it needs to rest on September 11th, not be brought into the political arena, because this -- this has nothing to do with politics," he told CBS television's "60 Minutes." In the book, he credited Obama for endorsing the raid, but said his teammates made sarcastic remarks that the operation would help the president get re-elected. When one commando joked that the team had ensured Obama's re-election, the author responded: "Well, would you rather not have done this?"
PTI - Convention Middlesborough
By: Zeeshan Naqvi
Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf Teeside,(Yorkshire & Humberside region) held an impressive and colorful event to celebrate festival of Eid.This event was held at Friend’s House community centre,Middlesbrough. Event started with recitation of holy Quran by Hafiz Hafeez followed by a naat by Mohammed Asghar Chohan.Event was hosted by Abbas Baig of PTI Middlesbrough in a well organised manner and was attended by prominent Pakistanis from all walks of life and different backgrounds.Newly joined PTI members were also in attendence in great numbers. PTI activists and leaders from PTI Sheffield Councillor Ibrar Hussain,Dr Ethesham ul Haq and Aslam Bhutta along with leaders from PTI Teeside/Middlesbrough Ishaq Khan,Mohammed Hanif,Ahmed saddique,Ghulam Mustafa,Mohammed Amin & Imran Khan Abbasi pointed out in their speeches that we all are fully behind our visionary and tireless leader Imran Khan and overseas British Pakistani are ready to play their leading role in order to bring about a real change in our beloved country of origin Pakistan. addressing the event party leaders of Yorkshire Humberside region expressed their delight and thanked party leadership for openly declaring their assets and outlining PTI party policy on energy,economy & health. addressing this party gathering PTI regional general secretary,Shirjeel Malik welcomed newly joined members to PTI family and promised not to rest
unless and until we together bring about a change in Pakistan as tsunami is now unstoppable. addressing this event party regional President Asif Khan congratulated members and leadership of PTI Teeside/Middlesbrough for their tireless efforts of making PTI a stronger political party in Teeside region and stated that” Pakistan faced injustice at the time of partition of India when by dis honesty half of Bengal and Punjab was given to India thus giving India access to Kashmir and causing huge problems for Pakistan unfortunately this unjustice carried on by our corrupt politicians and miltary dictators who during their rule lost East Pakistan followed by Siachin glaciar and in the near past due to Musharaf era we nearly lost Swat and FATA regions.we tested both political and miltary regimes and their isno doubt they miserably failed us therefore time has come that people fo Pakistan now elect PTI under the leadership of Imran khan who is the only leader with a proven track record of delivering for people of pakistan with being in power” A Question & answer session was held where new members and general public was asked to ask questions about any aspect of party policy that are not clear about after conclusion of Q & A one to one breifing sessions were held with new members in order to encourge rhem to take part in anti drone protest rally to held on 14th September in Bradford and being organised by Bradford Global justice Movement in association with PTI Yorkshire and Humberside.
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