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CUT PIECE Page 22-23 Britons are being warned their household incomes are likely to be squeezed for the next two years, as utility bills for millions of consumers became more expensive from April. Dubbed "national price hike day", 1 April is going to see in a wave of increases to the cost of living. Nine out of 10 local authorities in England are raising council tax rates - by as much as 5% in some areas. The cost of NHS prescriptions is going up by 20p to £8.60, and the price of a dental check-up is also rising. People in England and Wales will be paying more for their water and sewerage by an average of £6, up to £395. And the price of a colour TV licence goes up to £147 - that's a rise of £1.50. Inflation is starting to rise, and part of the reason is the fall in the value of the pound since the recession. As inflation rises that's not being matched by increases in people's incomes necessarily, they're not growing more quickly. This puts a squeeze on household incomes for the next couple of years. Heating bills are also expected to rise - with Cooperative Energy increasing costs by an average of 5%, adding an extra £58 a year. From the end
of March, Scottish Power announced an average increase of 7.8%. Npower has also recently hiked gas and electricity prices by 9.8%, adding about £109 to annual dual fuel bills. Posting a letter also became more expensive this week after stamp prices increased by a penny. But there is some good news for hundreds of thousands of workers on the national living wage. Those over 24 years old are going to receive a 30p boost to their hourly rate, taking it to £7.50. The national minimum wage will also increase by 10p to £7.05 for those aged 21 to 24, by 5p to £5.60 for those between 18 and 20, and by 5p to £4.05 for workers aged 16 and 17. But a study by the Low Pay Commission has found that the rise in minimum wage rates will put pressure on employers - with some companies passing the costs onto consumers in the form of price rises. A statement from the Government described the rate rise as "good news for some of the UK's lowest-paid workers". However, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has accused the Conservatives of "disguising the truth". He said: "The National Living Wage isn't a real living wage at all, and the £9 an hour promised by 2020 has been cut to just £8.75."
The Bus Lanes In Sheffield Making More Than £200,000 A Year Sheffield bus lanes are raking in nearly £5,700 a day in fines. Two bus lanes in the city generated more than £200,000 each last year, nine made at least £100,000 and all 16 between them earned Sheffield City Council close to £1.5m. The huge sums have prompted calls for a review of signs and road markings, which campaigners believe may be confusing drivers. Sheffield City Centre Residents Action Group (SCRAGG) said: "It seems clear from the fact that Sheffield has so many bus lane fines being generated that we have a problem. It could be that local drivers are less law abiding. Or it could be that
failing to make bus lane signs clearer for motorists causes confusion that generates more income. The purpose of a bus lane is not to generate income; it is to divert traffic to other routes so that public transport can run reliably on-time with minimal traffic delays. Sheffield Council said bus lanes were clearly signposted and all income from fines was ploughed back into public transport, cycling and walking schemes. The biggest earner in Sheffield is the bus lane in London Road, at the junction with Asline Road, outside Lowfield Primary School.
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Fulwood Named As One Of Best Places To Live In Yorkshire Fulwood in Sheffield has been named as one of the best places to live in the UK. The Sheffield green suburb is one of eight Yorkshire locations included in the Best Places to Live in Britain guide. The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide uses a wide range of factors, from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile the top locations to make a home. The judges also use their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property. Sunday Times Best Places to Live: Yorkshire • Helmsley, North Yorkshire • Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire • Horsforth, Leeds • Malton, North Yorkshire • Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire • Richmond, North Yorkshire • Saltburn, North Yorkshire • Fulwood, Sheffield
Prime Minister Triggers Article 50 And ‘Brexit’ Begins Nine months after the people of Britain voted to leave the EU, known commonly as Brexit, Theresa May has finally triggered Article 50. By doing so she formally started the process of Britain leaving the European Union (EU). The formal process of triggering Article 50, began with the handing over of a letter from the Prime Minister to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. The letter announced Britain’s desire to leave the EU. Thus, it gave notice that they were triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which gave them the right to do so. The European Parliament will have the final say on the agreement for Brexit. However, nobody is quite sure whether or not the British Parliament will also have a say. Under Article 50’s terms, any country invoking it automatically leaves the EU after two years, unless the other 27 unanimously agree to extend that deadline. Yet this is but a first step in a negotiating process that is likely to take longer than two years to complete in detail. The invocation of Article 50 does not even guarantee that there will be a deal between Britain and the rest of the EU: it merely initiates negotiations. Even that will be contentious, for at least two separate negotiations are involved. The main Article 50 one will be about divorce terms, including over money, assets and liabilities, regularising the position of EU and British nationals in each other’s countries and the future of EU agencies in Britain. This divorce has to be approved by a “qualified majority” of member countries, excluding Britain, and approved by the European Parliament. A second negotiation will be about future trade relations between Britain and the EU. That deal will take longer, not least because it requires the unanimous approval of all EU member countries plus ratification by all national and regional parliaments, as well as by the European Parliament. The European Council of heads of government, chaired by Donald Tusk, will now fix the broad terms for a negotiation to be led by the European Commission in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission president, has asked Michel Barnier, a former French foreign minister, to head the commission’s team. The European Parliament has appointed Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister, as its Brexit negotiator. The two sides have very different views on the timing and sequencing of the talks. Mrs May wants the divorce and the new trading relationship to be negotiated in parallel, and reckons both can be sorted out within two years. Mr Barnier says the divorce must come first—he is already talking of a €60bn ($65bn) exit bill for Britain to pay its share of outstand-
ing liabilities—and the long-term trading relationship, which may take more than two years to agree, second. Another complication is that several countries face elections this year, including France in May and Germany in September. That could further shorten an already tight timetable. Article 50 puts the rest of the EU in a stronger bargaining position than Britain, not least because of its two-year deadline. In an effort to shore up her position, Mrs May has insisted that no deal would be better than a bad deal. But other EU leaders disagree. If Britain were to leave the EU without a deal, it would still face demands for money, and its trade would revert to normal World Trade Or-
ganisation terms, which would imply tariffs on exports of cars, car parts, pharmaceuticals, farm products and much else, as well as non-tariff barriers for financial and other services. It is true that the rest of the EU would suffer from such a chaotic Brexit, but Britain would suffer more. If she is to secure a mutually beneficial deal, Mrs May will have to soften her demands more than her fellow EU leaders will have to. But many unanswered issues remain. During the campaign, restoring sovereignty to Parliament was a key issue. If Parliament does not get a say, this would be quite worrying. What happens in regards to travel to and from Europe? The sovereignty of British courts is another issue, that the triggering of Article 50 has highlighted. The Prime Minister and the EU will solve these issues during exit talks to ensure the best deal for all involved.
Pothole Pressure Muslims In Sheffield For Condemn Terror Attacks Yorkshire Roads
One in six roads in Yorkshire will need to be repaired or even closed within the next five years because of potholes. That's according to a major road survey which also claims that each local authority has on average £5M of backlogs of road repairs to try to clear. The study also found the number of potholes filled by councils fell by 19% in England last year, with local authorities needing £12bn to bring the roads up to scratch.
Members of the Muslim community in Sheffield have come together to express condemnation of last week’s terrorist attack in Westminster. Using the hashtag #notinourname members of the community called for harmony and a united front for all religions in the face of violent extremism.
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Abbeydale Award For Reducing Anti-Social Behaviour Local community groups and services working together in Abbeydale, Sharrow and Nether Edge, have won an award for reducing anti-social behaviour. South Yorkshire Police gave the Abbeydale Stakeholders group the award for partnership working in this year’s annual district ceremony after antisocial behaviour, which had been on the rise and was blighting the neighbourhood, reduced last year. From 2013 to 2016 there had been an increase in incidents, and the seriousness of them, along Abbeydale Road from Highfield to Nether Edge. But this changed after the partnership group formed and developed an action plan which included more intelligence sharing, community work, closer working between youth services and an Autumn carnival and lantern parade which was attended by more than 350 people. The result was a 23 per cent drop in anti-social behaviour between 23 October and 7 November last year, with a 60 per cent drop in firework-re-
lated incidents. Chief Superintendent Shaun Morley said: “The awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and honour our officers and staff, as well as our partner agencies who we work very closely with as in this case, who all go above and beyond on a daily basis to serve the communities of Sheffield. “Awards ceremonies such as this give us a chance to recognise hard work and share successes of individuals and groups, many of whom complete their work with no expectation of thanks or recognition. I am extremely pleased with the positive relationship we have with partners in Sheffield and I want to offer my thanks to everyone working across the city.” The Abbeydale Stakeholders includes the following organisations: Antiques Sheffield Quarter; Community Youth Team; FURD; Ignite Imaginations; MESH; Neighbourhood Watch; Sheffield City Council; Sharrow Community Forum; South Yorkshire Police; Sheffield First; South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue; U-Mix; and Who is Your Neighbour
Police Launch Crime Crackdown In Sheffield South Yorkshire Police have been carrying out an intensive crime sweep, part of Operation Duxford, targeting Sheffield estates and involving hundreds of officers. The dedicated operation in areas including Darnall, Parson Cross, Arbourthorne, Page Hall and Burngreave has included planned visits and intelligence led warrants to tackle crime and to support vulnerable people. Operation Duxford is a force-wide initiative to raise police visibility.
Deputy Leader Of Sheffield Council Resigns Councillor Leigh Brammal, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council has resigned from his role with immediate effect and is to stand down as Labour councillor for Southey. Councillor Bramall, 42, has represented Southey ward since 2004 and was appointed deputy leader of the council in 2015. Bramall said the decision to leave was a wrench, but “it is the right decision for me and my family”. He is understood to be taking up a position with a communications company in Sheffield.
New Vehicle Tax Rates The Light Cinema On The Moor Opening Confirmed It's been confirmed a new 9-screen cinema in Sheffield City centre will open on Friday 14th April. The Light will be joining a retail and leisure complex, which has already seen Primark and Specsavers open new city centre stores. Three of the restaurants on the first floor, Zizzi, Pizza Express and GBK are due to open at the same time as The Light.
Sheffield Street Shamed As Being The Most Anti Social In The Country A Sheffield street has been shamed as being the most anti-social street in the country, according to a recent report. Using publicly-available police data, research by Hopewiser has found that Buchanan Drive is one of the most notorious hot spots for crime across
England and Wales. The research found that a massive 143 crimes have been reported during the six month period, with 93 per cent of this due to anti-social behaviour.
Council To Invest £1.5 Million In Sheffield Parks Community parks and play facilities are set to benefit from £1.5m funding by Sheffield City Council over the next three years. A recent parliamentary inquiry highlighted a countrywide crisis in community parks, with declining facilities and under-investment. The majority of the funding will come from the city’s public health budget, with a focus on reducing gaps in health-related deprivation across the city. It is also expected to lead to the creation of new jobs.
New vehicle tax rates come into force for all cars and some motor homes that are registered from 1 April 2017. Under the new rates, all vehicles will continue to be taxed for the first time based on their CO2 emissions. After this, the amount of tax to pay will depend on the type of vehicle. The new standard rates are: £140 a year for petrol or diesel vehicles £130 a year for alternative fuel vehicles (hybrids, bioethanol and LPG) £0 a year for vehicles with zero CO2 emissions
There is an additional payment of £310 per year for 5 years (from the second time the vehicle is taxed), if the vehicle has a list price of more than £40,000 at first registration. These changes do not affect cars registered before 1 April 2017 – but their rate of tax has increased in line with the Retail Price Index.
Sheffield Parking Permits Go Paperless Applying for different kinds of parking permit is getting easier thanks to a new online way of registering a vehicle introduced by Sheffield Council. Emails are being sent to Sheffield residents explaining how they can apply for a paperless parking permit. A paperless parking permit is a similar concept to the paperless tax disc introduced in 2015. People will still apply and pay for a permit but there will be no actual paper permit to display. Instead, there will an electronic record of your permit. The system will be rolled out for resident permits, individual business permits and green permits. Visitor, business pool and trade and utility parking permits will also be available online later in the year. But carer and medical parking permits are not changing, with people who use these being reassured that they can continue to apply for it in the usual way and display the paper permit in their vehicle as normal. Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield City Council is commit-
ted to simplifying processes wherever it can and this online system should cut the time it takes to apply for a parking permit”. When out on patrol Civil Enforcement Officers will use a handheld device to scan each car number plate and search the database of electronic permits to check that a valid permit is in place. Permit holders are being reassured they do not need to do anything until the expiry date of a current paper parking permit. That is when people will need to apply for a paperless parking permit using the improved online system. Emails are being sent to households affected by the changes, together with details of how to apply online. The council will email when a permit is coming up for expiry and provide a link to the relevant web pages. Current hard copy permits remain valid until their expiry dates so residents must continue to display it in a vehicle’s windscreen until a paperless permit has been applied for. New applicants will be able to start with a paperless permit straight away.
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New Charity Aims to Prevent 18,000 Child Deaths Why the Lord Mayor is supporting councillor Nasima Akther with Anchal Charity Launch A new charity is being launched by a group of Sheffield residents, including Nether Edge Councillor, Nasima Akther. Nasima Akther and her colleagues were inspired to take action after hearing about unnecessary and tragic child deaths in Bangladesh. Nasima Akther, who has served as a Labour councillor since 2014, was one of a group of local people who heard a talk by Dr Mashreky from the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB). Dr Mashreky travelled to the UK in late 2016 as part of his academic work, delivering presentations in UK universities, and meeting with members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), which works in partnership with CIPRB. Nasima Akther said, “We were overwhelmed by the work that CIPRB do. The programmes run by Dr Mashreky and his colleagues have been around 80-95% effective In preventing children needlessly dying. The work they do in supporting local communities, including offering training to parents and childcare for children is literally saving lives.” Following Dr Mashreky’s presentation, Nasima Akther joined together with other Sheffield residents, Shamim Sarkar, Jen Marsden-Lambert and Tareq Islam, to launch Anchal. Together, they are holding a launch event on Thursday 6th April at the Bay of Bengal restaurant in Gleadless, which will be attended by The Lord Mayor, Denise Fox.
get funding to roll out their programmes and we felt there must be something we could do. We’re really grateful for the support from Howard Ali and his team at the Bay of Bengal in helping us launch Anchal and hopefully get some fundraising activities off the ground in the near future.”
Jen Marsden-Lambert, a fellow supporter, added, “Listening to Dr Mashreky really opened my eyes. In rural parts of Bangladesh, children are dying everyday because they simply don’t have basic facilities. CIPRB are having to fight hard to
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Food Industry Told To Cut Sugar By 20% Sugar limits for everyday foods such as biscuits, chocolate bars and cereals have been published by public health officials in a bid to make UK children more healthy. Public Health England is challenging businesses to cut sugar by 20% by 2020, and by 5% this year. It says the food industry should try lowering sugar levels, reducing product size or pushing healthier products. But experts question how the targets can be enforced. Children are consuming three times more sugar every day than they should, which can lead to weight gain and obesity. Currently, one in five children are overweight or obese when they start primary school and by the time they start secondary school that rises to one in three. This increases their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers in adulthood. Children from deprived backgrounds were more likely to be affected by obesity. Tackling the amount of sugar we eat is not just a healthy
thing to do, but an issue of inequality for many families. If businesses achieve these guidelines, 200,000 tonnes of sugar could be removed from the UK market per year by 2020. The guidelines apply to retailers and manufacturers as well as small cafes, coffee shops and fast food restaurants, which are thought to be responsible for an increasing level of calorie intake. Food in nine different categories will have recommended sugar limits, including cakes, biscuits, chocolate and sweets, ice cream, puddings, yoghurts, breakfast goods and sweet spreads. A sugar tax on the UK soft drinks industry has already been announced and will come into force next April. PHE's sugar reduction programme is voluntary and it has no way of forcing the food industry to comply, but it said many companies had already taken steps to achieve the sugar targets. It called the figures "challenging but achievable, particularly in higher sugar products". Businesses are being encouraged to meet the sugar reduction guidelines using three approaches: cutting sugar levels by 20% across their products reducing the number of calories in a single serving or reducing the portion size pushing consumers towards "no added" or lower sugar products This means that some popular chocolate bars and tubes of sweets could shrink in size to meet the targets.
SATs Tests To Be Scrapped For Seven-Year-Olds The testing system has been controversial for some time - and now it's set to look very different. Children will no longer be forced to take tests which left stressed seven-year-olds suffering sleepless nights, the Government has said. The Department for Education (DfE) announced it plans to scrap controversial SAT tests for Year Two pupils, replacing them with assessment by teachers at a younger age. Though the results of these assessments will be used to as a baseline to record pupils’ progress as they get older, the process should be stressfree. The plans have been welcomed by teachers, who have spoken out in the past about the levels of strain the difficult tests put both staff and pupils under. Education Secretary Justine Greening said: “The Government has reformed the primary school system to make sure children can master the basics of literacy and numeracy so they get the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in later life. “Now we want to build on that by developing a stable assessment system that helps children learn, while freeing up teachers to do what they
do best - supporting children to fulfil their potential.” Under the Government’s plans - which are now open for consultation - SATs tests for seven-yearolds will be axed. Instead, children will be assessed on their abilities in the basics during their reception year of schooling - when they are four or five. The results of these assessments, which are likely to be conducted by teachers in the classroom, will be used to measure how much progress youngsters make between when they start primary school and when they leave at age 11. Schools will be held to account based on the progress pupils make. The DfE has been at pains to say that children should not know that they are being assessed in reception. Sadly for parents worried about SATs, the changes aren’t going to be made quite yet. SATs tests for seven-year-olds will go ahead this year, with some improvements, including changes to the type and difficulty of questions at the start of the tests, to ensure children are not discouraged by tough questions early on.
Bank Of England Considers Palm Oil For £20 Polymer Notes Religious and vegan groups had complained about the use of animal fat in making of the polymer fiver. The Bank of England is considering plans to replace the animal fat in its polymer bank notes due to assuage complaints from vegans and religious groups. The Bank, however, risks running straight into another row, because the most practical alternative to animal fat, it says, is palm oil – and that is likely to spark protests from environmentalists unless it can be sustainably sourced. Revelations last year that the new plastic £5 note contained animal-derived additives sparked anger and boycotts, and the Bank has now launched a consultation to gauge public opinion over what materials to use for the next £20 note and future reprints of the £5 and £10 notes. It decided earlier this year not to withdraw plas-
tic £5 banknotes from circulation and said it would push ahead with production of the new £10 polymer note featuring Jane Austen, which is to be issued in September. But the Bank has postponed signing a contract for the production of the plastic £20 note, which is to be issued by 2020. It wants a decision on new £20 notes by the summer and has called for people to give their views by 12 May. “The Bank will reflect upon the various religious, ethical and environmental considerations raised by the inclusion of animal-derived additives and palm oil as the alternative,” it said, adding that it was conscious of the potential environmental costs of using palm oil. Time for weighing up the evidence and public views is tight, because the launch of a new note can take more than four years.
Blue Passports May Return The traditional blue British passport could make a return as part of a £500-million post-Brexit redesign. The Government has put the multi-million-pound contract out to tender for the “design, production and personalisation of the UK passport” after 2019. There have been growing calls for the old navy documents to be reintroduced following Brexit. Since 1920 Britons had a simpler passport with a dark blue cover; but it was replaced by the EU's preferred burgundy-coloured format in late 1988.
High-level discussions have already taken place with potential bidders for the contract. The current contract expires in 2019, the year the UK is set to leave the European Union, after Theresa May began the formal two-year withdrawal process last week. A Home Office spokesman said: “We are launching the procurement process now to ensure there is sufficient time to produce and design UK passports from 2019 when the current contract ends. “The timing of any potential changes to the passport after the UK has left the EU has not been set.”
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HOUSING - A MAJOR ISSUE FACING THE UK
Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son Over the last few years there has been a great deal of time spent on discussing this issue both politically and in the media, with good reason. The issue quite simply is, there are not enough houses being built, with demand far exceeding supply so a resolution needs to be found. In the last election all political parties focussed on this issue for the first time in many years. The present government is concentrating on trying to find a solution to this problem with various initiatives which I will talk about in this article. Previously there has been a debate around the market being the problem with many people being priced out. Yes this is true particularly in the South of the country, but not for the whole of the Country. In the south particularly in London the market has been very active with a huge amount of overseas investors coming into the market place thereby creating a Global Market. It does create a major issue because average salary earners find it hard to get on the property ladder, this includes key workers such as teachers, NHS workers and many more unable to work in the capital because of housing costs. Clearly it is problem that respective governments have tried to address. Outside the capital the market within a fifty mile radius of London is also seeing the effect of rising prices areas such as Dagenham, Luton, Milton Keynes, Croydon, Slough to mention a few. Major cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and to some extent Sheffield prices are holding strong. Further North looking at areas such
FINEST LANDLORDS RECOGNISED IN CITYS FIRST AWARDS CEREMONY Private landlords were celebrated in Sheffield’s first Private Landlord Award ceremony. They were held to recognise the achievements of the many good private landlords in the city that provide high quality, safe rented homes in Sheffield. Sheffield City Council organised the sponsored event and works with landlords to continuously raise standards. The authority regularly targets the bad ones, but for the first time the authority publically celebrated the achievements of the finest landlords. Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Sheffield City Council, added: “Everyone deserves to live in safe, good quality housing regardless of whether they rent or own their home. We work closely with landlords to raise standards and are here to help anyone having problems with private rented homes.” Around 16 per cent of households in Sheffield (38,500) live in privately rented accommodation according to census data. This has doubled over the past ten years. The awards were sponsored by: Milestone Insurance; Aico; ARLA; Lupton Fawcett Law; Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union; University of Sheffield Students’ Union and Symon Donovan Properties. Money raised on the night is to be donated to local charities Roundabout and Support Dogs. Award winners: The 2017 award winners were: Outstanding Customer Service Award: Capland Properties Landlord Working in Difficult Circumstances: Elaine Flynn The Extra Mile Award: Kate Quail and Edmund Cross Small Landlord Award: Andrew and Nikki Bishop Outstanding New Development: Fresh Student Living (Sharman Court) Strategic Partnership Award: Diwan Properties Limited Snug Landlords: Traditional housing: Symon Donovan Snug Landlords: Purpose built housing: Pinnacles Letting Agent of the Year: PC Properties Private Landlord of the Year: Peter Turkington at PC Properties
as Middlesbrough prices are very reasonable. The common denominator seems to be where economic activity is good to strong demand for housing is rising beyond supply. The Government has begun to support building of Garden Villages. Targets have been set for each Local Authority with regard to housing supply for the next five years. Help to Buy schemes for first time buyers, added to that some Local Authorities are starting to build council houses.
It is becoming clearer as we move into the future that the Private Rented Sector is going to play a key role in addressing the supply issue. It is a tenure that has not really established itself in this country, although very strong in many parts of Europe. Clearly there a numerous people who cannot buy property, either they are priced out of the market or their job circumstances do not allow them to purchase. Whatever the scenario it is a sector that is predicted to see growth in the next few years. The Private Rented Sector has seen institutional investors coming into the market, potentially building homes for long term lets. The important consideration is that renters have security, enabling them to put down roots at reasonable rents. It is clear that in the future we will see more and more people renting it will take time to establish, but it is without doubt the emerging tenure. One of the key points raised by house builders is the planning process, in particular the notion that it is not moving with demand of developers. In fact in some cases it is considered a challenge going through the process. On a positive note the planning process is being overhauled with a view to interfacing with housing need. In conclusion it is safe to say that we do need a comprehensive house building programme, a proactive planning system and above all a realisation that the predominant tenure in this country is changing from a nation of house owners to renters. The rental market is already an accepted form of housing for most 18 to 34 year olds.
A Tale Of Muslim Britain Author of the book ‘The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain’ Baroness Sayeda Warsi has said that Pakistans old pluralism inspired me where sectarianism was not tolerated and where more freedoms existed than today. Warsi, who was part of David Cameron’s first cabinet, has dedicated a chapter in her book to Pakistan. The "timely and urgent book" suggesting "possible ways forward for Muslims", will draw on Warsi's own unique position in British life as the child of Pakistani immigrants who became the UK's first Muslim Cabinet minister to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of "British values", according to Penguin Press. It will also look at changing attitudes and policy, especially over the last 15 years, and examine in close focus whether the UK's counter terrorism strategy has been effective or counterproductive, and what Britain's Muslim communities might have become had the war on terror not happened. Warsi describes Britain's diverse community of Muslims before ad-
dressing four critical questions, mirroring the arc of her narrative in the book. They are: What makes a "violent" Jihadi? Why has government implemented a policy of "disengagement" towards British Muslims for nearly a decade? Are Muslims "the enemy within” as has been described and perceived? And how do we press the restart button to reboot community relations and rebuild a nation in which we are all at ease?
Gullivers Theme Park In South Yorkshire Councillors on Rotherham Council's planning board voted unanimously to give the go-ahead for the theme park resort to be built on the 250 acre former Pithouse West colliery site in the Rother Valley. The brand new development will be a boon for the local economy with the multi-million pound project bringing hundreds of jobs to the region. The family that has run the Gulliver's theme park business for almost 40 years is "delighted". Managing director Julie Dalton said: "After a good two years of hard work, it's absolutely wonderful to know that our vision for Gulliver's fourth UK theme park is going to become a reality. We're all absolutely delighted. As the business's fourth UK theme park project, Gulliver's Valley
will bring together the best elements of their existing parks in Warrington, Matlock Bath and Milton Keynes. The development will give the area a huge economic boost as they look to use a local supply chain and bring tourism pounds into the local economy. Up to 255 full time equivalent posts will be created giving a real positive for the Rother Valley community. Gulliver's aim to open their brand-new Valley Resort in 2020 which will include a main theme park hub, with rides and attractions aimed at children aged two to 13 and their families. Gulliver's Valley will also include an indoor water play zone, a climbing centre, a glades attraction, and an education and ecology centre encompassing forest classrooms and outdoor learning adventures for young children. The resort will also offer family-friendly accommodation in the shape of glamping, self-catering woodland lodges and the central Lilliput Castle Hotel. The development will also encompass Gully's Dream Village, a community where children with life threatening illnesses can be given the chance to enjoy cost-free respite in a magical environment. In addition, nature trails, walks, outdoor gyms and woodland runs at Gulliver's Valley will be available to be used by the local community as well as visitors to the theme park. Now that planning permission has been given, work will commence on the Pithouse West site.
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Poet: Shaheryar A. Chishty
Muslims asked for God’s leniency To become an independent state They had been incarcerated But they fought back For time is never too late Pakistan day bought ample success Starting a new reign Leaving the British aristocrats It lead Pakistan to fame Muhammad Ali Jinnah spoke words of wisdom And made movements of acumen We remember him even today For discovering Pakistan And putting the Muslim community out of pain Since 1940 we have had a consistency Pakistan remained strong Each individual, caring for each other Worried that the memory will play again They don't want it to prolong 77 years later friendship has come in to place The British and Pakistani citizens have deterged past sorrow Away our relationship has improved Old arguments have frayed We have had our autonomy And thanked the many leaders Our lives are positive We are safe we don't need to shed tears PAKISTAN ZINDABAD
FACTS ABOUT SHEFFIELD YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW Sheffield’s industrious past is rich in history, and The Crucible Theatre is cursed it’s present is rich in culture – as a result, the city For nearly 40 years, the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield has been home to the World Snooker Chamis home to some weird and wonderful facts. pionship, the leading professional snooker tournament with regards to prestige, prize money There’s a National Park in the city Around a third of the city is actually inside the and points available. Since the tournament has Peak District National Park – no other city in the taken place at the Crucible, no player has been UK has part of a National Park inside its bounda- able to defend their first title win – a strange but ries. The Peak District was actually the first area true phenomenon commonly referred to as the in the UK to gain National Park status in 1951 and Crucible Curse. is spread across areas of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Staffordshire. Highest point in Sheffield is 550 metres Sheffield is full of a knee-breaking number of steep hills. The It hosts the world’s oldest foothighest point of Sheffield is to ball club the west of the city, on Howden Sheffield is home to the oldest Moor – a small pile of rocks football club in the world that known as High Stones. Though plays association football. Sheffar from Sheffield’s residential field FC was founded in 1857 areas, High Stones is still within by members of a cricket club the boundaries of Sheffield and based in Sheffield. The team adopted the official FA rules in 1878 and they South Yorkshire. now play in the Northern Premier League. It has been inhabited for millennia Sheffield also has the world’s oldest football The area where Sheffield sits has been inhabited since approximately 9,000 BC. ground As well as Sheffield FC, the city is also home to Sheffield Hallam FC which is the second oldest Sheffield has its own Walk of Fame football club in the world, having been founded Located outside the Town Hall, are a number just three years after Sheffield FC. The club has plaques in the shape of stars engraved with the played at their grounds in Crosspool since its for- names of famous sons and daughters of Sheffield mation, earning the Sandygate Road pitch a place and why they are well known. Athletes Jessica in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest Ennis and Sebastian Coe and actor Sean Bean are among the names that make up this ‘Walk of ground in the world. Fame’. The city has four trees for every person Sheffield is home to more than two million trees The world’s longest lasting rainbow was only vis– that’s the highest ratio of trees to people for ible from Sheffield any city in Europe. The city also has around 250 The record breaking rainbow was visible above parks, woodland areas and gardens, including the skies of the Steel City for six hours on March Crookes Park, Norfolk Heritage Park and the Bo- 14 1994. tanical Gardens.
Pakistan - From Promise To Delivery Dr A Q Khan
May 28 not only symbolises our national determination to protect every inch of the territorial and ideological integrity of our beloved country, but it also speaks volumes for the dedication and professional competence of our scientists, engineers and technicians. A country with a dismally low literacy rate and a small number of research scientists, with limited facilities at their disposal, it still proved to the world that it could turn the tables – and it did turn the tables. The event, nevertheless, leaves much food for thought. It calls for us to stop for a while and re-assess ourselves – our abilities, our potential and our achievements. The challenge for Pakistan today is to travel the vast distance between its performance and its promise. On the one hand we have all the ingredients to become a dynamic country: we produce good crops, possess our mineral wealth and also have the manpower. The sparkling waters of our rivers enrich the fertility of our plains and the hardworking peasants, labourers and workers of our nation put in every effort to produce the best. On the other hand, we are one of the poorest countries of the world: the most illiterate, the most malnourished and the least gender-sensitive. We present a bleak picture of human development: nearly twothirds of our total adult population and three-fourths of the adult females of Pakistan cannot read or write, a high percentage of children born in Pakistan have never been to school, the dropout rate at primary level is more than half each year and access to basic social services like primary healthcare and safe drinking water is denied to nearly half the population. Moreover, about 50 percent of the children under the age of five are malnourished, about 50 percent of our people live below the poverty line while another 30 percent live on the verge of it, 45 percent Pakistanis live in single-roomed houses, while many do not even have this facility and are even worse off and more than 50 percent of the population have no notion of sanitation. There is also an alarming situation in the dismal scientific and educational scenario. Of
course we all know that progress can never be attained without educating our people. We also know that science and technology are the leaders of the future, but we still spend very little on human resource development. For example: for every dollar spent in the social sector, five are spent on defence and debt servicing, almost nothing on the health sector, less than one percent on scientific research and development and mere crumbs of our annual GNP on education. If we are not willing to invest in our people, we are doomed. We are outstripped by our neighbour, India, in almost all social indicators. Sri Lanka, with an almost equal per capita income, ranks higher than us on the annual UNDP’s Human Development Index. Today, markets are the yardstick by which the power, size and influence of nations are judged and in global markets, science and technology rules. It is no wonder then that Pakistan lags far behind. We produce few people with technical skills and we are often stuck with technologies of the past. Our vocational and technical education programmes are inadequate, qualitatively poor and require sweeping reforms and extensive changes. Years of social and economic neglect from successive governments have made it necessary for these programmes to be revamped. Let us not forget that research is the bedrock of change, science is the path to prosperity and technology is the key to success. We must equip ourselves with the latest research and development – these are the vanguards of an advanced and powerful society. An all-out effort ought to be made to create and help centres of excellence to engage in active research that could benefit our industry and boost our trade. Public/private partnerships should be promoted in setting up institutes of higher scientific studies since one cannot expect the government to do it alone in this demanding world of ours. Sir Karl Popper, an eminent philosopher who
Three New Coffee Shops Open Every Day The UK’s all-consuming affair with the vast array of coffee shops open for business in every High Street in the land shows no sign of running out of steam, according to a new report. For the latest research commissioned on behalf of UK Coffee Week has found that Brits’ love of lattes and cappuccinos is actually on the increase with 3.4 new coffee shops opening daily across the nation. This growth sees the coffee shop industry pouring a staggering £8.9 billion into the UK economy, an increase of 12 percent since 2016. At this current rate, estimates put the number of coffee shops overtaking pubs by 2030 as Brits continue to swap lager for lattes. There are now around 23,000 coffee shops across the UK, a combination of non-specialists, independents, and major chains such as Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero. A total of 1,222 stores opened in the last year alone. But it’s not just physical outlets that are thriving, sales in independent and branded chains continue to grow. The big three chains contribute 19 percent of the total coffee shop sales with market leader Costa recording a sales growth of 8 percent and Starbucks and Caffe Nero’s sales growing by 9 percent and 7 percent respectively. With Brits drinking 2.3 billion cups of coffee
per year in coffee shops - up 4 percent from 2.2 billion in 2016 - it is clear to see why coffee continues to be a major player in the UK food and drink world. The data also shows 39 percent of Brits stated their coffee consumption has increased over the past 12 months, and a further 48 percent of coffee lovers kept their consumption the same in 2016, keeping the UK’s 150,000 baristas busier than ever. The UK has embraced coffee culture in a phenomenal way that has seen the industry grow and thrive to the size it is today - and it’s continuing. Through the combination of coffee shop growth and the premiumisation of athome, the UK’s coffee offer is one of the best in the world. UK Coffee Week is about celebrating the UK coffee industry that is so important to the nation both financially and culturally, but it’s also about recognising and supporting the provenance of our caffeine fix. The humble coffee bean is the second most traded product worldwide and millions of people in countries from Guatemala to Ethiopia, to India and Indonesia rely on it for their livelihoods, so it’s important that we give something back. It’s about Great Coffee and Good Will. The stats were taken from the UK Coffee Report, created by UK Coffee Week, which starts at London Coffee Festival then runs from 10-17 April nationwide.
died in London in 1994, said: “Next to music and art, science is the greatest, most beautiful and most enlightening achievement of the human spirit”. This demands a serious approach towards putting our science and technology house in order. A firm resolve on the part of our government requires framing of the national science and technology policy, keeping in view local needs and requirements. There is also a growing need for a national science and technology institution to streamline efforts and avoid duplication. Above all, priority should be given to scientists, researchers and engineers while framing policies. Similarly, we have to restructure our basic and higher educational systems, which currently fail to meet the demands of our time. An all-out effort should be made to acquire the maximum level of literacy on a mass-scale and then encouraging research at the university level. An anonymous quote of great relevance states: “The prosperity and strength of a nation is a reflection of the competence of her engineers”. In the words of philosopher Alfred North Whitehead: “In the conditions of modern life, the rule is absolute: the race which does not value trained intelligence, is doomed. Not all your heroism, not all your social charm, not all your wit, not all your victories on land or at sea, can move back the finger of fate. Today we maintain ourselves, tomorrow science will have moved over yet one more step and there will be no appeal from the judgement which will be pronounced on the uneducated.” It all comes down to our rulers. In the past they have reneged on their promises. They have never acted on what they said or what they had promised during their election campaigns. It almost seems like lying and selfishness have become state policies and are accepted everywhere. There needs to be a drastic change in our thinking, and corruption, lying and inefficiency should not be accepted by the public. Politicians should be held responsible for reneged promises and maladministration, which are leading the country downhill. Email: email@example.com
Great Sleep Habits Can Feel The Same As Winning The Lottery You have a better chance of getting hit by lightning than winning the lottery - but you have a far greater chance of getting a good night’s sleep. And high-quality shuteye feels just like winning the lottery, according to new research by the University of Warwick in the UK, so this is definitely something to invest in. Researchers studied a substantial group of participants - 30,500 UK residents - over the course of four years and found that healthy sleep patterns, including a decrease in sleep-aid medication, led subjects to have the mental and physical well-being of a person who had won a windfall of £200,000. Healthy sleep habits are directly connected to improved health and happiness. And when it comes to sleep, it’s quality over quantity all the way. The quality of your sleep, more than the number of hours you get, impacts your physical and psychological well-being, not immediately but over time, so commitment to healthy habits is important too. The scientists used the General Health Question-
naire - a popular survey in the mental health industry - to determine the physical and emotional states of participants; those who had maintained positive sleep patterns scored higher. They also did better in the "12-Item Short Form Survey, which tests levels of physical and emotional health, as well as people’s ability to perform everyday activities," according to the article. Not surprisingly, poor sleep hygiene and bad habits such as late bedtimes and the use of sleep aids - had the exact opposite effect on subjects. It led to worsened emotional and mental states, according to the study, proving the connection is very clear. According to the National Sleep Foundation, healthy sleep habits include sticking to a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule, practicing a relaxing bedtime ritual that includes eliminating bright lights and anything that causes anxiety, avoiding naps, sleeping on comfortable mattresses and bedding, and lowering the heat in your bedroom to between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
THOUSAND OF FINES ISSUED TO DRIVERS ENDANGERING SCHOOLCHILDREN LIVES IN SHEFFIELD More than 30 fines a week are being doled out to drivers endangering children by parking irresponsibly outside schools in Sheffield. The number of motorists caught stopping on keep clear markings or yellow lines near school gates continues to rise despite increasingly vocal warnings about pupils' safety. Since January 2012, nearly 8,100 fines have been issued to culprits across the city, who have shelled out more than £285,000.
Defeating Fake News Facebook and fact-checkers can’t defeat fake news, only education can. Fake news, cyber-trolls, echo chamber. We’re in a new era. An era where digital technology has a tangible impact on our lives and in our politics. Although there are so many possibilities, we need to understand and clamp down on the abuse, in order to exploit the potential. The plight of fake news and ‘alternative facts’ has come under spotlight after commentators have suggested it was rife during the EU referendum and the US Presidential election. There are so many positives and negatives of the internet. Clicktivism has wiped out the costs and enabled political action on a mass scale. Whether it’s for the organisation of worldwide rallies for women’s rights, or the gathering of thousands of signatures for a petition, the internet has made it easy for citizens to organise and campaign. This blessing has come with the plight of bullying and ‘alternative facts’. Whilst social media provides a platform for us to voice opinions on a digital soapbox, the fear of personal abuse from strangers or anonymous profiles has a stifling, silencing effect and prevents people from sharing ideas and challenging misconceptions. Alternative facts and fake news spread like wildfire on the internet. The risk is that any political action that people do take may be entirely misguided and ineffective. The plague of fake news and the escalation of cyber-trolling requires action. The onus is on politicians to listen, and then act. Fact-checkers and Facebook are not going to end the problem of fake news on their own. The answer is to educate young people on how to critically analyse what they
read online, and in the media. By failing to ensure that our democracy keeps up-to-date with technology, the UK Government risks allowing political engagement to slide into decline. On political education, it’s perhaps an understatement to say that it is a subject that’s not taken seriously by students or teachers (despite the best efforts of many educators, NGOs, and campaigners). We currently risk allowing pupils to leave the school system without even a basic understanding of the political world, and how they can make their voices heard. This becomes a bigger problem, particularly in the digital age, when we expect people to cast informed votes whilst being bombarded by the likes of fake news and false facts. Words and reports alone will not change anything. The government has made no progress on cyber abuse, no progress on political education – and no progress on online voting. The solutions are known. The ideas are out there. The Government needs to accept its leadership role, look to the future – and take action.
New Twenty20 Tournament The England and Wales Cricket Board is confident of sparking a bidding war over rights to its new Twenty20 tournament after holding talks with all the major terrestrial and subscription broadcasters, as well as social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. The new competition, which is slated to begin in 2020 and is set to feature eight regional teams based at the biggest venues around the country, has been the subject of conversations between the ECB and the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as with Sky, BT and Discovery/Eurosport in recent weeks. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to create something that appeals to an entirely new
audience, grows cricket’s overall audience, and enable us to control something that has real value for the long term” said Chief executive of the ECB Tom Harrison. The new Twenty20 league can help cricket be the top “challenger” to football and attract a new audience to cricket. The ECB believe the English competition will rival the Indian Premier League and Big Bash in Australia. In all, 36 games will be played over 38 days in July and August from 2020. All of them will be televised, potentially on the BBC in some format, although not all matches are expected to be on free-to-air television.
New High-Tech £1 Coin Has Landed If you haven’t already seen it, you will very soon. The new 12-sided £1 coin entered circulation last Tuesday, replacing the old round version after 30 years. The new, high-tech coin has been introduced because the old one was vulnerable to forgery. It is estimated that roughly one in every 30 coins of the old pound is a fake. The new coin, which authorities describe as the most secure in the world, has a bi-metallic structure with a gold-coloured outer ring and a silver-coloured inner ring. It features a hologram which allows a “£” sign to change into the number “1” when viewed from different directions, while micro lettering and milled edges will also make the new coin harder to forge. For the next six months both coins will be accepted as legal tender, but people are being encouraged to return their old pound coins to the bank or spend them by 15 October at the latest. The new pound coin will gradually enter circulation over the next few months. But there have been concerns about whether coin-operated machines, such as vending machines and parking meters will be ready to accept the new
coin. Tesco said last week that shopping trolleys across many of its stores will be unlocked as the supermarket makes the necessary adjustments so they can accept the new coins. The Automatic Vending Association estimates that 85% of vending machines will be able to accept the new £1 coin. They described updating the vending machines as a “major operation” and estimated that it would cost the industry £32m, but said they supported the actions taken to reduce the level of fake coins.
Food Facts That Will Blow Your Mind Potatoes absorb Wi-Fi signals and are used to test or improve internet signals on airplanes. Eating chocolates before studying or taking rest increases your chances of understanding and piece of information. The ice-cream used in ice cream ads is often mashed potatoes because they will not melt during production.
Eating bananas can help depression. One of the most hydrating foods to eat is the cucumber, which is 96% water. Honey enters the blood stream in less than 20 minutes. This occurs because it has already been digested by the bee. Pineapples are international symbols of welcome and are a symbolic way of saying “you are perfect” when presented to someone. All parts of an egg are edible, including the shells as they are high in calcium. Apples are most proficient for waking up in the morning than coffee. There are more than 7000 different types of apples in the world. Tomato is a fruit! Chocolate was once used as currency. Eating lots of onions can make you feel sleepy.
UK Grants 1st License To Make Babies Using DNA From 3 People Britain's Newcastle University scientists have received a license to create babies using DNA from three people to prevent women from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their children — the first time such approval has been granted. In December, British officials approved the "cautious use" of the techniques, which aim to fix problems linked to mitochondria, the energy-producing structures outside a cell's nucleus. Faulty mitochondria can result in conditions including muscular dystrophy and major organ failure. The university has said it is aiming to treat up to 25 patients a year. To help women with mitochondria problems from passing them on to their children, scientists remove the nucleus DNA from the egg of a prospective mother and insert it into a donor egg from which the donor DNA has been removed. This can happen before or after fertilization. The resulting embryo ends up with nucleus DNA from its
parents but mitochondrial DNA from a donor. The DNA from the donor amounts to less than 1 percent of the resulting embryo's genes. The license granted to Newcastle University relates only to the clinic's capacity to perform the techniques, Britain's fertility regulator said. The clinic must apply for each individual patient to be treated and no patient application has yet been approved. Last year, U.S.based doctors announced they had created the world's first baby using such techniques, after traveling to Mexico to perform the procedure, which has not been approved in the United States. Critics have raised concerns about the treatment, saying it will put people at unnecessary risk of an untested procedure. Some say women with faulty mitochondria should choose simply to use egg donors and that using the new techniques will open the door to genetically modified "designer babies."
Low Levels Of Glucose In Brain May Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease Glucose deprivation in the brain may trigger the onset of cognitive decline, especially memory impairment, the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease, say scientists who have identified a new drug that may be targeted to treat the neurodegenerative disease. Research at the School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, investigates more deeply the impact that glucose deprivation has on the brain. A previous study showed that the brain builds up the protein “phosphorylated tau”, in order to make up for glucose deprivation. The tau protein then creates tangles, "gridlocks" of twisted fibers that block the transportation of nutrients through to the neurons. Eventually, these tangles cause the brain cells to die. However, a larger number of tau tangles is usually associated with an increased severity of Alzheimer's and dementia. A microscopic evaluation of the mice's brains revealed that neurons in the glucose-deprived mice had abnormal synaptic functioning. Memory encoding and storage were impaired because the interneural synapses were unable to communicate properly with each other. According to the investigating scientists, even small episodes of chronic glucose deprivation can damage the brain. There is a high likelihood that those types of episodes are related to diabetes, which is a condition in which glucose cannot enter the cell. Insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes is a known risk factor for dementia.
Pins And Needles Pins and needles is a normal sensation which people experience from time to time — but it could be a symptom of an underlying health condition The condition - called paraesthesia - causes a pricking, tingling and sometimes burning sensation - and usually occurs in the arms, legs, hands and feet. It usually occurs when pressure is applied to a certain part of the body for a while - such as sitting cross-legged. This cuts off the blood supply to the nerves in the area, which prevents the nerves communicating with the brain. However, while the condition can be temporary and cured by moving an affected limb and waiting for blood supply to return, some people can often experience regular bouts of pins and needles which can last longer. This could be a sign of diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, stroke, MS, or in rare cases, a brain tumour. Experts warn experiencing pins and needles could be a sign of Vitamin B12 or Vitamin B9 deficiency - which occurs when a lack of vitamin B12 or folate causes the body to produce blood cells which don’t work properly. Other symptoms of Vitamin B12, or B9 deficiency can include mouth ulcers, tiredness, muscle weakness and a lack of energy. Anaemia caused by Vitamin B12 deficiency can be treated with infections or tablets. However, diet is closely linked to anaemia and eat-
ing the right food can prevent symptoms recurring. NHS Choices said, "Vitamin B12 is found in meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, yeast extract and specially fortified foods. The best sources of folate include green vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and peas." Other types of anaemia can be caused by iron deficiency - where a lack of iron leads to a reduction in the number of red blood cells. Iron deficiency anaemia is most commonly caused by bleeding in the stomach or intestines - which can be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, bowel cancer or by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen. There are two forms of dietary iron: heme and nonheme. Heme iron is derived from haemoglobin. It is found in animal foods that originally contained haemoglobin, such as red meats, fish, and poultry. Your body absorbs the most iron from heme sources. Nonheme iron is from plant sources. Foods such as meat, eggs, and some green leafy vegetables are high in iron. Iron is essential during times of rapid growth and development, pregnant women and young children may need even more iron-rich foods in their diet. Very good sources of heme iron, with 3.5 milligrammes or more per serving, include beef or chicken liver, clams, mollusks, mussels, oysters. Very good sources of nonheme iron, with 3.5 milligrams or more per serving, include breakfast cereals enriched with iron, cooked beans, tofu, pumpkin, sesame or squash seeds.
Need The Loo In The Night? You Could Be Eating Too Much Salt If you often wake at night with an urge to go to the loo, you may need to cut back on salt in your diet. Frequently needing the toilet in the middle of the night - a problem called nocturia - affects more than half of over-50s. Although it may seem a trivial problem, doctors warn that the resulting lack of sleep can lead to stress, irritability and fatigue. But a simple dietary change can markedly reduce the problem, researchers have found. A Japanese team of scientists, whose work was presented at the European Society of Urology conference in London, tracked 321 volunteers for three months. They found that reduced salt intake led people to urinate less. When 223 volunteers were asked to cut their salt by 25 percent, from 10.7g to 8g a day, their average night time toilet visits fell from an average of 2.3 trips to 1.4 times. In contrast, when 98 subjects increased their intake from 9.9 to 11g they found that their need to urinate increased from 2.3 times a
night to 2.7 times a night. The NHS recommends that adults only eat 6g of salt each day. The researchers also found that daytime urination was reduced when salt in the diet was reduced. But the fall in nocturnal bathroom visits resulted in a particular improvement in people's quality of life, they found. The sodium in salt plays a key role in maintaining the correct balance of fluids in tissues and the blood. But if too much salt is consumed, it leads to an increase in the amount of urine the kidneys produce, resulting in a condition known as polyuria - or excessive urination. In severe cases this can cause oedema, or swelling, where the fluid is retained under the skin, often in the feet or ankles. High salt intake makes people drink more, because they tend to be thirstier, further compounding the problem.
Two In Three Children’s Drinks Are Bad For Teeth Two in three drinks consumed by primary school children are bad for their teeth, research suggests. Water accounts for only a quarter of liquids drunk by five to nineyear-olds, while plain milk makes up only 10 percent. "Diet" fizzy drinks make up 30 percent of overall consumption. The survey, commissioned by the Natural Hydration Council which is funded by the bottled water industry, comes after the Royal College of Surgeons warned that tooth extractions among under-fives had increased 24 percent in a decade. Public Health England recommends adults and children should swap sugary drinks for healthier alternatives, such as water. As well as keeping the body functioning well, water is naturally sugarfree and so one of the best choices for our children's teeth. While adults are drinking more water, encouraging children to hydrate more healthily continues to be an enormous challenge. Parents and schools can help children to drink more water by making it
readily available throughout the day. Diet drinks can still be damaging to your teeth. Some of the ingredients in many of them, such as phosphoric acid, citric acid and tartaric acid, can be damaging and lead to dental erosion. The best drinks to look after your oral health are water and milk.
A Colour Changing Paper Can Determine Your Blood Type Mr Shumile J. Chishty tion with antibody B. Then a drop of blood would be placed in Knowing a person’s blood type is the centre, followed by a drop of the dye. The solution would crucial in medicine. If a traumatic travel down the paper and reach both antibody solutions. If the injury leaves you in need of a doblood type was A, then the left solution—with a combination nor's blood, an infusion from the of antibody A, antigen A, and dye—would turn brown, and the wrong blood type can result in a right solution—with a combination of antibody B, antigen A, life-threatening reaction. But not and dye—would turn teal. If the blood type were B, the left everyone knows their blood type off the top of their head. solution would be teal and the right solution would be brown. Blood typing is typically a lengthy process that requires a lab and all the equipment that comes with it. But now researchers have come up with a better method: Type AB, in which both antigens are found on red blood cells, would turn both solutions teal, and A paper-based test that identifies a person’s type with just a few drops of blood. They say this test type O, with no antigens at all, would turn both solutions brown. The colour change happens within 30 seconds, which is much faster than traditional testing could be most helpful in emergency and remote areas, where conventional blood typing isn’t which takes hours or days in a lab. The researchers tested 3,550 blood samples and feasible. had an accuracy rate of 99.9 percent. Further, because the result relies on a Traditional blood typing requires the use of a centrifuge, which spins the simple colour change (which people who have red-green colour blindness blood and separates it into its different components. Since most remote can also detect), it's easy for first responders or people in remote areas locations don’t have this type of equipment, the holy grail of blood type to use. detection has been to design a process that doesn’t need a centrifuge. While the results seem promising, the work is still being tested. More What makes people have different blood types—A, B, AB, and O (as testing is needed to ensure the test can hold up in a variety of setwell as some other rare types)—is that each has different antigens tings. The researchers also want to expand its ability to identify rarer and antibodies. Antigens are specialized proteins that sit on the outblood types, or ones where the interaction between the antigens and side of red blood cells, and antibodies are proteins that your body prothe antibodies isn’t as strong. The current test also can’t distinguish duces to fend off invaders. If a person has blood type A, they will have blood from other fluids, which could contain antigens that produce colour A-type antigens and B-type antibodies. The opposite is true for people changes. Nevertheless, if this test makes it out into the real world, it could be with blood type A. a game-changer for remote or point-of-care medicine. The device looks like a long thermometer with two ends. On the left end, the user would place a solution containing antibody A and on the right end he/she would place a solu-
Disney Plans To Remake 19 Of Its Animated Classics
Disney world, which over the years enthralled children and with its character Mickey Mouse, is not a new name. We all have grown up watching classic folk tales created by the celebrated company. Lately, Disney has been investing in the live action remakes of the classic stories and in this regard recently released a live-action remake of its classic animated film Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. A good news for the Disney lovers is that, Disney is planning to make live action remake of almost 19 of their animated stories. It includes Mulan, Alice in wonderland, The Lion King, Alladin, Winniethe pooh, the little mermaid, peter pan, thinker bell, Snow white and the seven dwarves and Pinocchio. We all are excited and looking forward to watch live action remakes of our favourite Disney tales.
Eye Movements May Reveal Whether A Person Is Lying Eye movements may reveal whether a person is lying about recognising someone they know, according to a study. The finding could be valuable to police when trying to confirm key identities in criminal networks such as terrorist cells or gangs, researchers said. Using eye tracking technology, researchers from the University of Portsmouth in the UK found that people’s eyes move in a different pattern when looking at faces they recognise. "Criminal accomplices often deny that they know other members in their networks. However, if a co-conspirator denies recognition in this way, their eye movements when viewing photos of those suspects, may reveal this type of lie, said researchers.
The researchers recorded the eye movements of 59 participants while looking at 200 digital colour photographs of familiar and unfamiliar faces. Familiar faces included people the participants knew in real life, famous celebrities and those only seen briefly before the experimental trials. Sometimes the participants lied about whether they recognised the photos, sometimes they told the truth. A lie is a statement that the stating party believes to be false and that is made with the intention to deceive. The practice of communicating lies is called lying, and a person who communicates a lie may be termed a liar.
New Vision TV Brings Back ARY News To UK ARY News has returned to the UK market but under the service name New Vision TV. The channel has dropped the name ‘ARY News’ in this territory to ‘ARY World’. It launched very recently on Sky EPG 804 – the former home of ARY QTV. It is believed that Ofcom had made thorough checks prior to New Vision TV’s launch. The main question that had risen during the licencing process of New Vision TV was that of “editorial control” as it was suspected that ARY Network’s team would run New Vision TV. However, the channel had reassured Ofcom that it will be run independently from ARY
Network and will only be acquiring shows from the popular Pakistani broadcaster. Furthermore, the channel will be a lot more strict on its live content to avoid any further tussle with rival broadcasters. Earlier there was speculation that New Vision TV would provide hybrid content from ARY Network but this has now turned out to be untrue as New Vision TV will primarily focus on live news and current affairs shows. ARY Network Limited went into liquidation in January, which resulted in the closure of ARY Digital, ARY News and ARY QTV in the UK.
Best Foods For Healthy, Lustrous Hair A healthy, balanced diet is not just limited to maintaining a good body weight; it is also key to strong, lustrous hair. You cannot solely rely on shampoos and other products; you need to add a variety of nutrients in your diet to have those healthy locks. Here are five foods that not only keep your hair healthy and strong, but also help protect you from various illnesses and are ideal for your weight loss plan as well: Dark leafy greens - Green veggies like spinach, chard and kale are rich in iron, calcium and vitamin A and vitamin C - essential nutrients that help keep healthy and shiny. Spinach is also packed with sebum, which acts as a natural conditioner for hair.
Nuts - nuts such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts contain a wide range of ingredients - plant proteins, biotin, minerals and vitamin E - that support healthy hair. Walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish - salmon and cold-water fish like sardines and mackerel are excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote healthy hair growth and have anti-inflammatory properties. Yogurt - rich in protein, vitamins B and D, yoghurt can improve hair follicles, improving hair growth. It is also a good conditioner for hair which also removes dandruff and prevent hair fall. Eggs - eggs are a excellent food for your hair due to its abundance in vitamin B called biotin, which helps hair grow and strengthens brittle fingernails. They also contain vitamins A and E, iron and calcium. Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis, or skin. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care, but hair is also an important biomaterial primarily composed of protein, notably keratin. Attitudes towards different hair, such as hairstyles and hair removal, vary widely across different cultures and historical periods, but it is often used to indicate a person’s personal beliefs or social position, such as their age, sex, or religion.
UK Govt Laptop And ipad Ban In Airlines From Muslim Majority Countries Many of you may already be aware that the UK Government has announced a ban on laptops and ipads in cabins of airlines flying from a selected number of Muslim majority countries. The list of the countries and airlines affected by the ban are included in the statement below. UK Government’s full statement: “The safety and security of the travelling public is our highest priority. That is why we keep our aviation security under constant review and put in place measures we believe are necessary, effective and proportionate. “The Prime Minister has chaired a number of meetings on aviation security over the last few weeks, including this morning, where it was agreed that new aviation security measures on all inbound direct flights to the UK from the following countries will be introduced: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia. “We have been in close touch with the Americans to fully understand their position. “Airlines affected are being informed of the new requirements. “Under the new arrangements, passengers boarding flights to the UK from the countries affected will not be allowed to take any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal sized mobile or smart phone (larger than Length: 16.0cm, Width: 9.3cm, Depth: 1.5cm) into the cabin of the plane. Any such devices will need to be placed into hold luggage and checked-in before going through central security. Normal cabin baggage restrictions will continue to apply.
“The additional security measures may cause some disruption for passengers and flights, and we understand the frustration that will cause, but our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals. “Direct flights to the UK from these destinations can continue to operate to the UK subject to these new measures being in place. Travellers are advised to keep up-to-date with the latest FCO travel advice and to check online with their chosen airline for further information. “Decisions to make changes to our aviation security regime are never taken lightly. We will not hesitate to act in order to maintain the safety of the travelling public and we will work closely with our international partners to minimise any disruption these new measures may cause.” UK Carriers Affected by Ban British Airways EasyJet Jet2.com Monarch Thomas Cook Thomson Foreign Carriers Affected by Ban Turkish Airlines Pegasus Airways Atlas-Global Airlines Middle East Airlines Egyptair Royal Jordanian Tunis Air Saudia
Can People Allergic To Nuts Still Eat Some Types? People who are allergic to one type of tree nut, such as cashews, may not be allergic to all other kinds of tree nuts, though they are often told to avoid those nuts, a new study finds. The study’s authors suggest that people who have developed allergic symptoms in the past to one tree nut, and who have been avoiding eating all other tree nuts based on medical advice may wish to undergo a properly supervised “oral food challenge” test, to see if they are truly allergic to other tree nuts. However, more research is needed to confirm the new findings. Tree nuts are a group of eight nuts: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts. Researchers in the new study found that 76 percent of the participants who had an allergy to one type of tree nut could pass an oral food challenge test with a different tree nut. This test
involves eating very small amounts of a food under medical supervision to see if the individual develops any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as wheezing, a rash, an upset stomach or facial swelling. An oral food challenge is a closely supervised medical procedure, and people with known allergies to tree nuts or peanuts should not be experimenting with eating nuts on their own, because this could trigger a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Passing an oral food challenge test is considered the most accurate way for people to demonstrate that they do not have a food allergy. Two other tests, a blood test and a skin-prick test, are also used to diagnose food allergies. However, a positive result on either of those tests does not always indicate that a person is truly allergic to the food being tested.
Earth Hour Important For Awareness About Climate Change This year, on March 25, people in 7,000 cities across 170 countries switched off their lights from 8:30-9:30pm to mark Earth Hour 2017 and participate in World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) global campaign to show their commitment to the planet. But the event was more than just turning off our lights to take part in a global movement. It is also more than just talking about climate change and a multitude of other environmental problems plaguing the planet we call our home. When all major monuments around the world went dark on 25th March and when we will turn off all non-essential lights for Earth Hour, our aim should be to educate ourselves, our families and friends, our communities and whoever we can reach out to, about the critical environmental issues confronting the planet. By turning up the dark, our goal should be to take concrete no matter how small steps to reduce our environmental footprint and leave the world a better place for our next generations from how we found it. The need to raise awareness about climate change, habitat and environment degradation, species loss and resource shortage has never been greater. According to WWF Living Planet Report 2016, species populations of vertebrate animals have decreased in abundance by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012. The most common threat? Loss and degradation of habitat, accelerated by human
impact on the environment. By 2012, the biocapacity equivalent of 1.6 earths was needed to provide the natural resources and services humans consumed in that year.
How To Cope With Allergies In 2017 Soon, the days will be getting warmer, shoots of green grass will appear and trees will be bursting with colorful blossoms. But for some people, the arrival of spring also brings symptoms of seasonal allergies — sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes and a running nose — which can make this a miserable time of year. However, you can several steps take to get your allergies under control in 2017. An allergy is a reaction of your immune system to what are usually harmless, run-of-the-mill substances, such as pollen, cat hair or peanuts. When you’re exposed to your allergy trigger (called an allergen), your immune system produces proteins called immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies then put out signals that cause the release of other chemicals, such as histamine, which in turn cause your allergy symptoms. Allergies are also often tied to asthma, a condition in which people’s airways become inflamed and narrowed, which can lead to coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and difficulty breathing. In some people, the same substances that trigger allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma. There is no single “allergy season.” People’s allergy symptoms may vary throughout the year, depending on where they live and the types of substances they’re allergic to. And some people may have symptoms year round. Still, many people experience a worsening of their allergies around springtime, when more plants produce pollen. This includes people with allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. Springtime allergies can start as early as February and last until summer. People who are allergic to dust mites, pet hair or mold may have symptoms at any time of year. Here are ten ways to help reduce your hay fever symptoms. Keep an eye on the pollen count. If you know it’s going to be high, you can take action before your symptoms get too bad or even start. Stay indoors, and keep doors and windows closed. Keep car windows closed when you’re driving. Fit a car pollen filter. Stay away from grassy areas, especially during the early morning and evening when the pollen count is highest. Don’t mow lawns or rake leaves.
Wear wrap-around sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. Take a shower and wash your hair after going outside. Don’t dry your washing outside. Pollen can get trapped in the fibres of your clothes and bed linen. Apply a balm around the inside of your nostrils to reduce how much pollen gets into your nose – petroleum jelly works for some people. If it’s been raining, or is raining, the pollen count should be lower, so your symptoms will probably ease on these days. The pollen count is usually higher on warmer, dry days. Medicines A range of treatments are available to ease the symptoms of hay fever. You can buy most of these in shops and supermarkets. For others, you’ll need a prescription from your GP. Antihistamine tablets If your hay fever is mild, you might find that antihistamine tablets are all you need to ease your symptoms. These include cetirizine and loratadine. Antihistamines usually reduce sneezing and a runny nose, but may not help as much with a blocked nose. Some antihistamines can make you feel drowsy. Even those labelled ‘non-drowsy’ can still make some people feel tired, so don’t drive or operate heavy machinery if you get this side-effect. Nasal sprays If you have persistent or more severe symptoms, a steroid nasal spray, such as beclometasone or fluticasone, may be a good option for you. These are available as over-the-counter medicines from a pharmacy. They can improve and prevent all nasal symptoms, such as sneezing and a blocked nose. Eye drops If you have itchy or sore eyes, you can use eye drops. Sodium cromoglicate drops usually work well and are available without a prescription from your local pharmacy. Lodoxamide, nedocromil and antihistamine drops are other options if sodium cromoglicate doesn’t help. Steroid tablets Steroid tablets are rarely prescribed for hay fever, unless you have very severe symptoms. If you’re prescribed them by your GP, it will only be a short course of treatment.
Pink Diamond Set To Fetch Record Price In Hong Kong A plum-sized pink diamond is expected to break the world record for a gemstone when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong, Sotheby's auction house said. The 59.60-carat "Pink Star" is the largest in its class ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). But Sotheby's has been forced to buy back the flawless diamond after a previous buyer defaulted on what was then a record sale in 2013. That sale in Geneva saw a New York-based diamond cutter secure the stone for US$83 million. Sotheby's is confident the "Pink Star" will again sell for a record price on April 4, somewhere above US$60 million. The sparkling oval-cut rock measures 2.69 by 2.06 centimetres and weighs 11.92 grams. Hong Kong is the right place for the sale, with Asian buy-
ers breaking records in other categories for diamond sales in the past few years. A 12.03-carat "Blue Moon of Josephine" was bought for the then-record price of US$48 million in Geneva by Hong Kong property tycoon Joseph Lau in 2015, a day after he had spent US$28.5 million on a rare 16.08-carat pink diamond. The Pink Star was discovered in a mine in Africa by De Beers in 1999.
Spinach Leaf Transforms Into Sheet Of Beating Human Heart Cells A team of scientists grew beating human heart cells on a spinach leaf. Spinach grows a network of veins that thread through its leaves in a way similar to blood vessels through a human heart.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced which primary school Prince George will attend from September. William and Kate have chosen the £6,000-a-term Thomas’s Battersea School in London. The young Royal follows in the footsteps of singers, models and actors who were educated at Thomas’s Battersea School Headmaster Ben Thomas hopes pupils would have "lots of good friends" rather than one best friend, in a bid to avoid possessive and hurt feelings. A Kensington Palace spokesperson said, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that Prince George will attend Thomas’s Battersea School in London from September 2017." Prince George, who turns four in July, will join a host of famous faces who attended Thomas’s. Former pupils include singer Florence Welch and model Cara Delevingne, whose older sisters Poppy and Chloe were also educated there. Actresses Celine Buckens, Charlotte Ritchie and Tara Fitzgerald all reportedly attended the school. Thomas wrote on the school website, "Thomas’s Battersea is a busy, thriving, purposeful school, educating 540 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13. As you would expect of any Thomas’s school, the most important school rule is to ‘Be Kind’. We offer a rich and broad curriculum, with Art, Ballet, Drama,
ICT, French, Music and PE all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day in school. The school is structured in three, three-year stages within a framework of ‘Enjoyment, Learning and Achievement’, which informs a child’s journey through the school. Children join at the age of four and leave at 11 or 13. Whilst we are proud of our record of senior school entrance and scholarship successes, we place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers. We hope that our pupils will leave this school with a strong sense of social responsibility, set on a path to become net contributors to society and to flourish as conscientious and caring citizens of the world." The school, in south London, has 540 day pupils and is considered one of the best in the capital, boasting a new music school and sports facilities. Prince George currently goes to the £33-a day Montessori nursery in Westacre, Norfolk, close to the Cambridges’ Anmer Hall home.
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Salman Khan Becomes Bollywood’s Highest Advance Tax Payer With Almost £5.5 Million Super star Salman Khan has paid the highest advance tax for the financial year 2016-17, according to reports. Salman beat out the likes of Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan with his tax returns. The actor continues to rule the roost with income from his blockbuster ‘Sultan’ and hosting another season of his hit reality show. According to reports, Salman paid an estimated advance tax of Rs 44.5 crore (approx £5.5million) for the financial year compared to Rs 32.2 crore (£3.9million) paid in the last fiscal 2015-16. Akshay Kumar reportedly paid an estimated advance tax of Rs 29.5 crore (£3.6million) this fiscal compared to Rs 30 crore in the last fiscal. Hrithik
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Roshan was the third highest advance tax payer in Bollywood with an annual advance tax figure of approximately Rs 25.5 crore. The actor has reportedly seen a jump of 74 per cent in one year, as he had paid a total advance tax of Rs 14 crore in the last financial year. The list also includes Ranbir Kapoor and Aamir Khan. Karan Johar is reportedly the only director in the top ten highest income tax payers in Bollywood. However, the advance tax figures of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have reportedly not been provided as they are said to be linked to the Panama Papers leak case.
Apple has launched a red version of its flagship iPhone 7 and 7 Plus smartphones, expanding the range of options available to customers. The red model will join Apple's existing choice of colours, which includes silver, gold, rose gold, black and "jet black". The red model marks more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and AIDS charity, founded by U2 frontman Bono and activist Bobby Shriver. Buying the phone gives customers a way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation, while also boasting a special edition Apple device. The red iPhone became available to order online worldwide and in stores last month. Available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at £699 from Apple.com and Apple Stores, and from Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers. First launched in September 2016, the iPhone 7 sports the same aluminium design and rounded edges as the iPhone 6 and 6s, but this time without the iconic antenna lines across the back. It is both water and dust resistant, with a classification known as IP67, meaning it can be submerged in water to a depth of roughly 1 metre for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 7's Retina HD display is 25% brighter than on the iPhone 6S, while retaining the 3D Touch capability. It also features a new "force-sensitive" Home button, meaning it works together with a new Taptic engine to give users haptic feedback when pressed. There's no headphone jack on the iPhone 7, meaning users need to connect their headphones either over Bluetooth or via the device's Lightning port. The iPhone 7 will be available from a
starting price of £599 for the cheapest 32GB option. The 128GB version is £699 and the 256GB version will set you back a whopping £799. The new 9.7in iPad comes with a Retina display screen and replaces the iPad Air 2, first released in 2014, in Apple's tablet line-up and will start at £339 for the 32GB version of the device. The next version of the iPhone, marking its 10th anniversary this year, is due to be announced in the autumn. The tech giant also launched a new video editing app called Clips, which enables users to combine video, photos and music into short videos for sharing via social media.
“Nadra Advice Bureaus” Are Unauthorised Entities The Pakistan High Commission London has said that some self-styled “NADRA Advice Bureaus” are still operating in various parts of the UK. They are charging money from the applicants for helping them submit their Online NADRA Applications. The High Commission has clarified that these “NADRA Advice Bureaus” are unauthorised entities, not sanctioned by the High Commission or its Consulates. Since such Bureaus have no official authorisation to operate, the High Commission and its Consulates will not be responsible for loss of money or theft of information of the applicants. Some of the ap-
plicants are already facing difficulties in NICOP processing due to fudging in their applications by the above mentioned Bureaus. The purported “NADRA Advice Bureaus” are also warned that any use of the logo or name of the Government of Pakistan would be illegal and liable to prosecution. It is further informed that authorised NADRA Surgeries are conducted only by the High Commission London and its Consulates to facilitate the community in different parts of the UK. The Pakistani community members, in their own interest, are advised to beware of the situation.
Hot Chocolate As Salty As Seawater A new study has warned that a cup of hot chocolate may contain the same level of salt as that of seawater. Researchers, including those from Queen Mary University of London in the UK, analysed about 28 food items including hot chocolate, chips, burgers and French dressing. They found that a certain brand of hot chocolate was as salty as seawater, with 16 times more salt than the maximum target set by Public Health England. Each serving is worse than eating a bag of crisps, researchers said. Atlantic seawater contains one gramme of sodium per 100 millilitre, the same as the chocolate powder analysed, The Telegraph reported. The survey also found a huge disparity in similar products. A shopping basket of everyday items could
contain 57 grammes more salt depending on which brands were selected. Most people still eat one third more than the maximum recommended intake which leads to higher blood pressure, putting strain on the heart, arteries, kidneys and brain and eventually leading to heart attacks, strokes, dementia and kidney disease, researchers said. Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa, drinking chocolate or just cocoa is a heated beverage consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and often sugar. Hot chocolate may be topped with whipped cream. Hot chocolate made with melted chocolate is sometimes called drinking chocolate, characterised by less sweetness and a thicker consistency.
Driving Licences To Go Smartphone-Friendly Digital driving licenses that can be displayed on a smartphone are set to become a reality in 2018. While the “quick, easy and secure” service will not replace plastic licences, it will provide a convenient and legal alternative for those with a compatible device. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) says it will have a test system in place by September this year, with the aim of going live by next March. One of the reasons behind the DVLA’s plan – the biggest change to the system since paper licences were scrapped in 2015 – is to provide the ability for drivers to share and validate information with trusted third parties. The DVLA confirmed that work is currently in the early stages, with further details on exactly how the service will work set to be released further down the line. The DVLA’s business plan states: “The driver will be in control of their data and this can be used to share and
Where Are The World’s Happiest Countries? Norwegians have more reason than ever to celebrate the International Day of Happiness. After ranking fourth for the last two years, Norway jumped three spots and displaced three-time winner Denmark to take the title of "world's happiest country" for the first time. Denmark dropped to second place this year, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and Sweden (which tied for ninth place), according to the latest World Happiness Report, released last month by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. Denmark has won the title three of the four times the report has been issued, while Switzerland has won the title just once. The United States came in 14th place, dropping one place from last year. Other superpowers didn't fare better than Northern Europe either. Germany came in 16th place for the second year, while the United Kingdom moved up four spots to 19th place and Russia moved up seven spots to 49th place. Japan moved up two spots to 51st place, while China moved up four spots to 79th place. People in the Central African Republic are unhappiest with their lives, according to the survey of 155 countries, followed by Burundi (154), Tanzania (153), Syria (152) and Rwanda (151). Happiness isn't just about money, although it's part of it. Real gross domestic product per capita is one of the key measurements, said the report. Others include generosity, a healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices and freedom from corruption, the report's authors argued. They said it's a better measure of human welfare than analyzing education, good government, health, income and poverty separately. The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people -- their well-being. As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It's time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Norway rose to the top of the rankings despite declines in oil prices, demonstrating that what countries do with their money --
not just the increase in finances -- matters. By choosing to produce oil deliberately and investing the proceeds for the benefit of future generations, Norway has protected itself from the volatile ups and downs of many other oil-rich economies. This emphasis on the future over the present is made easier by high levels of mutual trust, shared purpose, generosity and good governance. All of these are found in Norway, as well as in the other top countries. This year's report also focused on happiness in the workplace. People tend to spend the majority of their lives working, so it is important to understand the role that employment and unemployment play in shaping happiness. The research reveals that happiness differs considerably across employment status, job type, and industry sectors. People in well-paid roles are happier, but money is only one predictive measure of happiness. Work-life balance, job variety and the level of autonomy are other significant drivers. There is a clear distinction in happiness between white and blue collar jobs with managers or professionals evaluating the quality of their lives at a much higher level than those in manual labor jobs even controlling for any possible confounding factors. The report focused on other factors affecting happiness. In rich countries the biggest single cause of misery is mental illness. The U.N. General Assembly declared March 20 as World Happiness Day in 2012, recognizing "happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world." The first of five World Happiness Reports was first published in April 2012 in conjunction with the U.N. High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. Since 2012, many governments and governmental organizations have made well-being or happiness a priority. While the 10 countries at the top remained the same as in a 2016 update, those in the bottom 10, which had the lowest life evaluations, showed greater variation. The Central African Republic, which returned to the surveyed group, came in dead last at 155, with Burundi and Tanzania doing only slightly better. Among the 20 largest losers, five were in the Middle East and North Africa and five were in sub-Saharan Africa.
validate driver information with trusted third parties through a secure website. “This service will not replace the full driving licence. The digital licence service will only be available to driving licence holders who have authenticated themselves on gov.uk through the existing driving licence service. “This service will be available 24/7, wherever the driver has a web connection.”
Desi Names To English Versions? Pronunciation of Desi names has changed as newer generations adopt the English way of speaking. But is this a good thing that we are losing the correct way to say names? South Asia has many languages, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Gujarati and Bengali. Each of these is used when selecting Desi names for a child. The pronunciation of Desi names is also an important aspect for the choice. Once the child is given the Desi name, parents versed in their language of origin, those living in an extended family or in the proximity of grandparents or older generations in communities, will all most likely hear the name including the surname pronounced correctly, as it should, using the mother-tongue. If the child is being given a Western name or a name of a non-Desi background, then this bears no context. But if the child has been given a Desi name for identity, parental and family preference and to have a sense of connection to the child’s roots, then pronouncing the name correctly is something that should be normal. As time has progressed and the social fabric of British Asian generations is changing. The pronunciation of Desi names has also been impacted. They are being said and spoken with an ‘English’ twang to them or English accent. Even, by Desi people. It is widely known that if a non-Desi person tries to pronounce Desi names, they are going to translate it into their perception of how it should sound. Usually, just using the letters in the name, and using English phonetics to say the name. Languages like Urdu and Punjabi are ‘Languages with significant linguistic and/or cultural differences from English’. Therefore, the pronunciation of Desi names for English only speakers must be obviously challenging. However, why is it so for Desi people? The number of times you hear a child’s name being called by a Desi parent using the English sounding pronunciation indicates we are embarking, sadly, on the loss of mother tongue pronunciation of Desi names. This could be very much down to education and
correction in the home. If a child growing up is not told how to say their own Desi name or other names correctly, then the chances are they are open to society to call them ‘what they want’. The sad and gradual impact of this is that we will lose the correct pronunciation of Desi name to the English versions if we ourselves are not bothered about preserving what is right. Eradication of cultures and languages has been something the world has faced through thousands of centuries. But today, we are at a stage where, the cultures, traditions and symbolism of South Asian culture brought to the UK, and the use of language is being challenged by its loss to English. The gatekeepers of language are only those who primarily belong to the specific culture and its heritage. Therefore, if we do not simply correct our own pronunciation of Desi names then we cannot expect others to ‘get it right’. Preservation of language and passing it on starts in the home. Decades back in the UK, where extended families were the norm, grandparents and some parents only spoke in their mother tongue in the home and in some cases use to even ban the use of English in the home. This was a way of ensuring children picked up a key aspect of their culture – their language. And names were seldom pronounced with an English accent. All names have a derivative meaning and Desi names, in particular, have a very strong cultural aspect. So, pronouncing the name correctly can make a difference as to how even its meaning is perceived or acknowledged. This may be not an issue for many British Asians who feel this is the way now and they cannot be bothered, what’s the point? Well, the point is, if you were given a Desi name, it has a meaning which has a strong connection to your culture, your roots and the exact definition of who you are. So, if we are not bothered about the pronunciation of Desi names being correct or not, then it’s time to say goodbye to another important aspect of Desi culture and heritage being sadly lost to the English language.
Pakistan’s 6th Census:
A Third Sex, Nine Languages, Many Faiths Pakistans first census in 19 years is underway. The sixth national population census began on 15 March 2017 and will end on 25 May 2017. The seventh national census is scheduled to take place in 2027. Here are some facts about the enumeration exercise of the sixth most populous nation in the world. A third sex For the first time, transsexual people will be counted separately, according to representatives of this historically recognised but often persecuted community in the country. The forms had been printed well in advance of court decisions to include them in the count. Now enumerators have been informed that those surveyed will have three numeric choices for their gender: 1 for men, 2 for women, 3 for those who declare themselves transsexuals. Only nine languages Language is considered an essential tool in evaluating the makeup of multi-ethnic Pakistan — but only nine of the country's estimated 70 will be listed, to the dismay of many communities. No regional languages from sparsely populated Gilgit-Baltistan will be included nor will Gujrati — spoken by some Muslim immigrants from India who believe the lack of recognition will drive their mother-tongue towards oblivion. Faith matters The census will provide an insight into the true number of religious minorities, especially Christians and Hindus. Estimates are approximate and disputed, ranging from 2 to 10 million for the for-
mer and 2.5 to 4.5m for the latter. Citizens can declare themselves Muslim, Christian, Hindu or Ahmadi. Otherwise, they can be “members of scheduled castes” — members of marginalised Hindu families, or “other”. There are no separate options for Sikhs, Parsis or Baha'i. Feeling flush One box asks households how many toilets they have — a particularly salient question in Pakistan, where the United Nations estimates up to 40 per cent of people defecate in the open air with dramatic health consequences, especially for children. Nationality The census gives two nationality options: Pakistani or foreign. But the army, which will conduct a parallel count, plans to be more precise mainly because of the country's Afghan refugees who are accused of everything from terrorism to trafficking. Many local officials fear Afghans could be counted as local and skew demography in favour of ethnic Pashtuns, whose political parties would benefit as a result. On the other hand, the estimated six million Pakistanis working abroad will not be counted. No information will be collected on internal migration — necessary to assess the political weight of a province where many people have moved for economic reasons. This information will be the subject of a separate subsequent survey based on a large sample of the population, according to authorities.
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Prince Charles To Visit Pakistan
50Rupee Coin To Commemorate Services Of Edhi
While addressing 50th Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting held in London, Pakistan governments Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, said that “Pakistan attaches great importance to the role of Commonwealth in promoting peace, development and democracy.” He underscored the significance of continuous engagement of the Commonwealth Secretariat with member states. Sartaj Aziz had a meeting with Prince Charles and has extended an invitation to Prince Charles to visit Pakistan. The Prince has accepted the invitation and stated that he is looking forward to coming to Pakistan very soon.
British Home Secretary Lauds Military’s Effort In Bringing Peace To Pakistan On a 3 day visit to Pakistan, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd paid tribute to Pakistan's armed forces and appreciated their efforts in ensuring the security of the country. She was addressing media after a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. "I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of the minister as well as Pakistan's police and its armed forces in delivering significant improvements in security across the country over the last two years," Rudd said. Acknowledging that the country is still facing considerable challenges, Rudd added that the hard work of the forces had brought security not only to the people of Pakistan, but also to citizens of the United Kingdom.
Maryam In BBC’s List Of 100 Political Scions
Future candidate for prime minister of Pakistan, Maryam Nawaz has made it to the BBC’s “100 Women list” of political scions. “Originally involved in the family’s charity organisations, Ms Nawaz played a prominent role in managing her father’s successful re-election campaign in 2013,” the BBC says. “The successful businesswoman, who will not have an official title or salary, is the latest addition to a growing list of high-profile daughters of heads of state around the world.” The BBC list has also named US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, the beautiful. It includes those influential women from across the world who have a stature in their respective countries being the “first daughters”. Inheriting power by women from their male family members is a common phenomenon in the world, including in south Asia. The Indian sub-continent in not far behind in this regard
and has had popular, dynamic and powerful women rulers who also came to be known as stateswomen par excellence in the history of their respective countries. In Pakistan, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, served twice as the Prime Minister of Pakistan and she was the eldest daughter of late Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Maryam Nawaz, who is the eldest daughter of three time and current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, is the heir apparent to her father and is being groomed as a national leader by him. She is also the new face of ruling PML-N and is being considered as an upcoming leader of Pakistan's next generation. She is proactive in social, women and minorities rights reforms and has been advising her father on issues of national and international prominence. Since 50 per cent of registered Pakistani voters are between the age of 18 and 35, Maryam Nawaz has a special place in the country's national politics as well as in the ruling party's political leadership. She is considered to be best suited for PML(N), to reach women and youth voters of the country. Since she is active on social media and has been participating in the affairs of her party politics at national level behind the scenes, Maryam Nawaz is known to be an important figure in the ruling PML-N.
Pakistans Loadshedding To End By This Year
The State Bank of Pakistan will issue 50Rupee commemorative coin on the meritorious services of Abdul Satter Edhi to humanity. These coins will be issued through the exchange counters.
Pink Taxis for Women Only to launch in Pakistan Pink Taxi, a service for women only, will launch in Karachi. The pink taxis aim to help women escape from the harassment they can face on public transport. Pink Taxi, a taxi service for women by women, has just launched in Karachi, Pakistan. The special service aims to protect women from harassment. These women-only taxis can be contacted through their mobile app, a text message, or calling one on the street. The easily-identifiable pink taxis will be driven by women who will wear a pink scarf and a black coat. Ambreen Sheikh and her husband, Zahid Sheikh, are the couple behind Pink Taxi. Ambreen said of her workforce: “Our pilots (drivers) wear a pink scarf and black coat as their uniform. They include housewives, young women and students.” Pink Taxi is sure to receive a huge welcome in Karachi, especially with an increasingly mobile female population. A report done by the Karachi Urban Resource Centre found that most women faced some type of harassment whilst using public transport.
Therefore, Pink Taxi arrives as a safe alternative for women of Karachi to travel. Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Transport Minister, would likely agree with the launch of Pink Taxi. He said on television: “Having a mode of public transport catering to them alone can solve many of their transport issues.” Pink Taxis has plans to expand to Lahore and Islamabad, if successful. However, there are those who have concerns about the venture, particularly the cost. Regardless, the pink taxis venture is an interesting one and will surely help ease some qualms about transport for women.
Visa Applicants To Face Vetting The Pakistan government will make sure no one enters the country without valid travel documents, said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, in a series of vetting measure introduced by Islamabad to curb cross-border terrorism.“No one will be allowed to enter Pakistan without visa,” said Nisar. He said the interior ministry will en-
sure transparency in visa-issuing process. “We are checking and verifying every visa application before granting anyone admission to the country, including diplomats,” he added. The interior minister also said Pakistan will soon receive all visa applications online so that records can be maintained in a central database.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif said that the promise of loadshedding coming to end will be fulfilled by the end of the year. There will be so much electricity that we will even lend it to Modi.
The Man Behind Minar-E-Pakistan Nasreddin Murat-Khan TI (1904–1970) was a Russian-born Pakistani architect and civil engineer. He is remembered most for designing the national monument, the Minar-e-Pakistan. Murat-Khan was born in 1904 in a Turkic Muslim family, in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan located in the Russian Empire (later part of the Soviet Union, and now the Russian Federation). In 1930, he obtained his degree of civil engineering from the Institute of Architects, Town Planners and Civil Engineers, Leningrad State University (now the Saint-Petersburg State University). Murat-Khan was keen to free the Muslim Caucasus region from Soviet control. As a result, he had to flee from Dagestan—for the fear of his life—to Germany in 1943. He stayed as a refugee in one of the camps established by the UNRRA in Berlin. There, he married Hamida Akmut, a Turkish refugee, in 1944. After the seven-year-long exile in West Germany, Murat-Khan migrated with his family to Pakistan, in 1950. In 1930, Nasreddin held a variety of posts in Dagestan and in Leningrad. He was arrested during the “Engineers' Purges” undertaken by Stalin, but was re-instated in February 1940 as Chief Engineer and Chief Architect. He later served as Chief Engineer and Director of the North Caucasian Project Trust in Woroschilowsk, Ukraine, till August 1942. Murat-Khan planned and designed many buildings of the Soviet Union, which includes a Lenin Memorial. In 1950, after his migration to Pakistan, he was hired as Executive Engineer for PWD at Wah Ordinance Factory .He helped set up Wah Ordnance Factory which went on to become the backbone of Pakistan’s ordnance and ammunition capabilities. He was hired by the Provincial Ministry of Construction, where he designed the buildings of the Nishtar Hospital and the Nishtar Medical College. In addition, he also prepared the designs of the Mansehra Mental Hospital, the Sahala Police Training College, the Sinclair Hall in Forman Christian College, the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore (completed in 1959 and initially called the Lahore Stadium) and the Textile College, Faisalabad among several other buildings and structures. Murat-Khan's most notable and memorable work is his design of the Minar-e-Pakistan monument, located at Minto Park (now Iqbal Park)
in the walled city of Lahore. The foundation stone of Minar-ePakistan was laid at Minto Park on 23 March 1960. In 1963, President Ayub Khan reportedly summoned Murat-Khan to his office and took out a fountain pen from his pocket, placed it upright on his desk and instructed MuratKhan to "build me a monument like this." Murat-Khan was very keen on the supervision of the construction and the design. He did not take his prescribed fee of Rs. 250,000 and instead donated the amount to the fund created for financing the construction of the Minar-e-Pakistan. The construction of the tower took eight years and by 31 October 1968, the minar was completed at a cost of Rs. 7.5 million. The then President of Pakistan, General Ayub Khan, conferred on him the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction) in 1963. Murat-Khan was of the view that each local body should have a chief architect of its own. He was also a proponent of Islamic architecture, advocating the retention of a national character in Pakistani architecture. Murat-Khan died of a heart attack on 15 October 1970. His grave is in New Elahi Park, Muqbarah Misri Shah , Lahore.
Pakistan Becomes 5th Country In The World To Adopt Legislation On Climate Change The Pakistan Senate has passed The Pakistan Climate Change Bill 2017, making the country the fifth in the world to adopt the comprehensive legislation on the issue. Pakistan Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid, said the Pakistan Climate Change Bill, 2017 has been passed to mitigate environmental threats and prevent future calamities. While addressing the workshop “Forging Partnership for Climate Change Compatible Development” organized by LEAD, Minister Zahid Hamid said the legislation was passed to meet the country’s obligations under international conventions relating to climate change and address its effects. Hamid said Pakistan is ranked seventh among countries most affected by and vulnerable to climate change disasters in spite of being ranked 135th among the countries in global green house gases contribution. Pakistan contributes only 0.8 in global greenhouse gasses. Pakistan is facing many adverse climate change impacts in the form of floods, glacier melting, droughts, heat waves, sea intrusion and most recently smog. This law would help to combat climate change issues in Pakistan and allow the country to access global climate finance more vigorously, he added. The country is likely to produce four times more greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and would need $40 billion to mitigate the effects . The extreme climatic has resulted in tragic loss of life and colossal damage to the economy, which has significantly impeded efforts to promote sustainable growth and development and to ensure economic prosperity of the region.
Asif Ali Zardari Now Has His Own TV Show
As ambiguous as Pakistan is, sometimes we get things that leave most of us shocked. We all know how huge following news shows in Pakistan have. Unbelievably, the most recent show launched has the ex-President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari in it. BOL Network has launched a new show with ex-President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. The show is called, “Pakistan Khappay!” on the lines of Zardari’s famous slogan. Politician turned analyst, Asif Ali Zardari will be commenting on the current affairs of Pakistan and the rest of the world. Although there are many claims that the ex-President’s tenure was full of corruption and nepotism, there are no cases against Zardari and he has been given a clean chit. Also, Asif
Ali Zardari’s government was the first and only government to complete its tenure under the slogan of democracy. Zardari is no stranger to the screen - A video clip of black and white film of Pakistan, released in late sixties whos the ex President Asif Ali Zardari playing the role of confidant young Waheed Murad and performed this character with utmost skill. The name of the film was Salgira and it was released in 1969. Zardari, according to his birthday, was 14 years young when he worked as a child star in this film. The film, a melodious love story which was directed by Qamar Zaidi and produced by Najma Hassan, had a cast of Waheed Murad, Shamim Ara, Tariq Aziz, Santosh Rissal, Nirala, Nighat Sultana and Talish It was a super hit film and it also has all time nation’s favourite songs “Meri zindagi hai naghma” and “Lay aai phir kahan par” sung by Melody Queen Noor Jehan. The video shows a scene in which the co actor said to Zardari that he is not going school today as he has pain in his stomach. Asif Ali Zardari in reply said that this is your routine play. The co actor then said to Zardari not to go school so we both play together, in reply the little Zardari said “go state to school”. The perfect dialogue delivery made Zardari a confidant child star actor in that film. But Zardari, has not been seen, showing his acting skills again in any other film of Pakistan.
NADRA Gives Good News To Overseas Pakistanis Pakistans National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) prepared software to facilitate overseas Pakistanis to vote in the next general elections. The Nadra spokesman said overseas Pakistanis will be able to vote from home in the next general elections. It should be mentioned here that the ECP will make the final decision to award the facility to the overseas Pakistanis. The online voting system will be prepared to facilitate 8 million overseas Pakistanis. Sources say overseas Pakistanis would first be registered with NADRA and then their biometric impression would be recorded. The expatriates would then be issued a secret code, after which, they would be able to cast their votes through their registered mobile number using the given code.
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