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One in ten cases ends without conviction and wastes hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' money. Almost 23,000 of the people charged with dodging the BBC licence fee last year were never convicted, figures show. More than 3,500 a week faced prosecution for failing to pay the charge – more than a tenth of all cases to come before magistrates. But official figures have revealed that more than one in ten cases in England and Wales ended without a conviction, putting defendants through stress and wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money. Most of those found guilty are fined and receive a criminal record. But failure to pay the penalty can lead to prison and last year 39 people were
jailed for an average of 20 days each. Critics had hoped failure to pay would be decriminalised after the Government commissioned a report into whether prison was an appropriate punishment. But it said it was ‘crystal clear’ the current system works. The latest figures, released by the Ministry of Justice, also revealed that youngsters are much more likely to face prosecution. More than 67,500 under 30s were charged last year, more than 9,000 of whom walked away without a guilty charge. By contrast, just 4,078 over 60s were prosecuted – 623 of whom were let off. It suggests many younger viewers are running into trouble because they use catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer. Watching shows after they have been broadcast is free, but the fee must be paid to see live content. However, it can be difficult to prove who has used which method. A spokesman for BBC licensing said: ‘We are able catch people watching on any device.’ A Ministry of Justice spokesman said it wanted to keep the amount of court time dedicated to TV licence dodging ‘to a minimum’ and said the Government will ‘consider carefully’ the case for decriminalisation.
Figures prompt calls for the Government to stamp out wasteful spending Families pay an average of almost £735,000 in taxes over a lifetime, figures show. The figures were calculated using current tax rates applied over an average working lifetime of 40 years and 15 years of retirement. Over that course, the tax bill included £253,040 income tax, £146,775 VAT, £92,795 national insurance and £59,955 of council tax. And it takes the lifetime tax bills of 15,610 families to pay for just one year of the £11.46billion overseas aid budget. The startling figures prompted campaigners to call on the Government to stamp out wasteful spending so that taxes can be lowered. The new analysis shows just how heavy the burden of taxation falls on each and every family across Britain, pushing up the cost of living. The total of £734,240 is a small increase on last year’s figures, and the average Briton would have to work the equivalent of 18.7 years just to pay off this tax bill. The poorest fifth of families, who have an average annual income of £12,914, will pay a lifetime tax bill of £282,545 – an increase of 4.1 per cent from last year. Meanwhile the top 20 per cent of earners, with a household income of around £83,750, pay £1.48million in taxes, which is a fall of 2.2 per cent. Last year George Osborne started issuing annual statements showing people how their taxes are spent, in a bid to introduce more transparency for taxpayers. Someone on £30,000 a year would see £1,663 of their taxes go towards welfare, £1,280 spent on health, £892 on education, £822 to state pension, £51 to the EU budget and £78 to overseas aid. The Chancellor has also asked the Treasury to consider combining income tax and National Insurance. The move would dramatically simplify the tax system but could also put pressure on the Government to bring down taxes, as workers could be alarmed if they are presented with one, larger total.
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Sheffield To Resettle Up To 40 Extra Refugees After Home Office Request Sheffield Council is to increase the amount of refugees it resettles by almost 50 per cent after a request from the Home Office. The city, along with Hull, is part of the national Gateway Protection Programme where 90 refugees are being resettled in each location from April 2015 to March 2016, with costs for the first year covered by the Government. The programme aims to help refugees, often fleeing persecution, violence and conflict, to rebuild their lives in safety and around 80,000 refugees are resettled each year. A report to Sheffield Council shows the Home Office has asked to increase the number of refugeees aided from 180 to between 200 and 2020 – but Hull City Council is ‘not able to increase their numbers’. The report, which was agreed, recommended Sheffield increases the number of refugees it settles to a maximum of 130. “Sheffield was the first City of Sanctuary and as a city is proud to welcome asylum seekers and refugees into its neighbourhoods,” said the report. “Continued involvement with the Gateway Protection Programme supports this commitment and is a clear signal Sheffield intends to be a place of safety for those fleeing persecution.” Sheffield was the first local authority to welcome Gateway refugees with a group of Liberians when the programme was launched in the UK in 2004. Since then refugees from Burma, Congo, Iraq, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Bhutan have also been supported nationally. The report said refugees had settled and integrated well in Sheffield. Some of the refugees resettled in Sheffield have gone to form community groups, to study at university, work or volunteer, including supporting newer cohorts. The Gateway programme is fully funded by the Home Office for 12 months after refugees arrive. They are supported to become ‘fully independent’ and support from the city council and Refugee Council is tapered. The report said grant income from the Home Office would be ‘sufficient’ to meet costs of extra refugees and up to £293,355 would be claimed.
Across Sheffield approximately 9,250 of litter is collected from across the city and disposed of each year. That’s why Sheffield City Council has launched its new Clean Sheffield campaign which calls on all residents, businesses and visitors to the city to work together to keep the city clean. The Council works hard to keep the city clean and have over 3,500 litter bins across the city as well as over 200 staff who work to keep the city and its parks clean. The Clean Sheffield campaign aims to provide residents with the tools and knowledge to enable them to play a small part in keeping their communities clean. Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Keeping the city clean costs us millions each year and
that is why I am delighted to be launching this campaign today. I am aware that alongside the many staff we have to keep the city, we have an army of volunteers and organised groups that work tirelessly to keep our beautiful city clean. However it is the small minority of residents and visitors who think that it is acceptable to not use the facilities available and to drop litter on the floor or fly tip the rubbish they don’t want. “The Clean Sheffield campaign will celebrate those residents and groups who do work hard and also encourage others to do their bit. It will also make it quite clear to those who do persist in their actions that we as a city will not accept this and we will use all the powers available to us to pros-
ecute them for their actions.” The Clean Sheffield campaign is encouraging everyone to not just ignore litter that they see on the floor. If you see rubbish on the floor then don’t just walk past it, pick it up and bin it. The council are also encouraging residents to report any litter or fly tipping they see. Cllr Fox, said: “If we know about it then we can act on it. This means cleaning the litter or fly tip but then also trying to identify the people who have left it in the first place.” 1219 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued in the last year alone All reports of litter or fly tipping should be made via 0114 273 4567 or online at www. sheffield.gov.uk
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Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “If the government is serious about rebalancing the economy to create growth across the country, instead of concentrating it in London and the South East, they need to put the substance behind their rhetoric. It is time to give Sheffield the investment that is needed to drive economic growth. Sheffield City Region is leading the way in advanced manufacturing and technology. "Now we need the investment in infrastructure and the growth sectors that will be essential to build on these strengths and create the high skill, high wage economy we want in our region. This should be the focus of any devolution deal." “This is about more jobs, better jobs, and building a thriving economy for the people of Sheffield, now and for generations to come. It is clear that the government are determined to impose mayors as part of this process, and throughout the negotiations we have kept all options on the table. "But the government need to demonstrate that they are willing to put greater investment, and local control over the programmes we need to deliver results, in return.”
Thousands of OAPs in Sheffield are failing to claim Pension Credit benefits they are entitled to. More than 23,000 people in the city collect Pension Credit - but national figures suggest more than a third of those who are entitled to it are failing to claim. Minister for Pensions Ros Altmann said: “Older people who have worked hard all their lives, and contributed to our society and economy over many decades, deserve to be looked after in their retirement. We want pensioners who meet the criteria for Pension Credit claim that money to help them live more comfortable lives.” The scheme tops up weekly income that is below £151.20 for single people or £230.85 for couples, while extra payments are available for people who have saved towards retirement. Call 0800 991234.
Plan For New Peak District Road Tunnel Between Sheffield And Manchester Moves Forward
70% Of Homes Miss Out On Best Energy Deals
Ambitious plans to build a road tunnel through the Peak District to connect Sheffield and Manchester are to be examined by experts. A £1.3m contract has been awarded to Mouchel/Hyder to assist Highways England in establishing whether a Trans-Pennine Tunnel, expected to cost billions, would be viable. The study will investigate the strategic and economic case for a new high-standard highway route between Manchester and Sheffield, including assessing the potential opportunities of combining with a rail or light rail link. It is anticipated that the new route will cross the Pennines and the Peak District National Park by means of a road tunnel which will extend for several miles.
A year-long investigation into the energy market has found the majority of households are paying too much. About 70% customers are on expensive energy tariffs despite the availability of cheaper deals. Duel fuel homes are particularly affected, with many missing out on a saving of £160 a year by failing to shop around. There are millions of customers paying too much for their energy bills – but they don’t have to. Lack of awareness about what deals are available, confusing and inaccurate bills and the difficulties of changing suppliers, both real and perceived, are all identified as reasons why more customers don’t change their energy tariffs. British Gas 5% cut in household bills British Gas has announced a 5% reduction in energy bills for gas customers, which they say will cut the cost by an average of £35. Some households could see a bigger drop in bills than others with variations reflecting the cost of distributing energy to different regions. The cut will take effect from 27 August and will benefit 6.9 million customers on standard and fix & fall tariffs. Electricity prices will remain unchanged. This is the second 5% cut offered to gas customers by British Gas in six months - the company also cut bills in February this year following similar moves from the other main energy suppliers. In total, British Gas claims to have cut annual gas bills by £72 in 2015.
14th August 1947 Happy Independence Day
14th August may be an ordinary date in the English calendar for the rest of the world, but it holds immense importance in the life of every Pakistani. It is the independence day of our beloved country Pakistan. 14th August 1947 is the most remarkable day in the history of Pakistan, as it marks the birth of a nation; the Independence Day of our country. To pay tribute to the sacrifices of our leaders and people, and to celebrate the independence of Pakistan, 14th August is celebrated every year with great passion. The day is celebrated with joy and pleasure to show our happiness of being independent on the map of the world. The whole nation of Pakistan celebrates Independence Day to thank Allah for giving us aseparate homeland where we can spend our lives according to teachings of Islam. A Public holiday is observed on this day. All governmental, non-governmental offices, organizations, educational institutions, post offices, and major markets are closed, so that people can have a day off work to enjoy the 14th August. Public transport remains unavailable on all major routes. Many people show their love and affection towards their country on 14th August by dressing in the colours of green and white, which are Pakistanâ€™s official flagâ€™s colours. People all over Pakistan celebrate Independence Day with great patriotic zest. To enjoy the true spirit of 14th August, people visit national
monuments and places of national significance on Independence Day. The national flag of Pakistan is hoisted on public, private buildings and residences and monuments at dawn. Official Government buildings including Parliament House are decorated beautifully to observe the true spirit of 14th August. On this special occasion the Prime Minister and President of Pakistan address the nation to congratulate them and to highlight the significance of the Independence Day. Not only the big commercial buildings are decorated with beautiful and colorful lighting effects, but streets and houses are also decorated with candles, oil lamps, flags and pennants in celebration. Many big functions and concerts are also arranged where firework shows are also put together on the eve of Independence Day for celebration. While the people of Pakistan rejoice the Independence Day through celebrations and fireworks, they also pay homage to those who devoted their lives for Pakistanâ€™s freedom movement and made sacrifices to attain a separate independent country. On the national monuments, special parades have been arranged on the Independence Day. Ilm News wishes all its readers a very happy Independence Day. Long Live Pakistan!
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Government Plans To Secure Community Languages The government has stepped in to secure the future of GCSEs and A levels in community languages such as Urdu, Punjabi and Turkish, Schools' Minister Nick Gibb has announced. Exam boards have said that there are a number of community languages which may not be continued at GCSE or A level but the government has announced that it is taking action to work with the boards and Ofqual to make sure as wide a range of language subjects as possible continue to be taught in the classroom. School Reform Minister Nick Gibb said: “All pupils should have the opportunity to study foreign
languages as part of a core academic curriculum that prepares them for life in modern Britain. This should extend to community languages. "There are some community languages which exam boards have said they need to discontinue at GCSE or A-level, which is why we are now taking action and working with them and Ofqual to determine how these qualifications can continue. “In an outward facing country such as Britain, it is important that we have high quality qualifications not just in French, German and Spanish but also in languages such as Polish, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi and Turkish.”
Taxi Drivers Organise Charity Drive Sheffield taxi drivers are set to help out some of the city’s hungriest by offering foodbank users a trip to the seaside and a free meal. Members of the Sheffield Taxi Drivers Community have organised a visit to Cleethorpes for the people dependent on the S2 Food Bank. They are calling on members of the public to donate money for the trip, as well as buckets and spades for the day. The event has been organised by City Taxi driver, Lee Ward, who wanted to help the Sheffield Muslim Community Forum, run by taxi driver Sohail Mumtaz, in their support of the food bank. “The charity helps with food and clothes, but
nothing aimed at putting a smile on their face”, said Mr Ward. He continued: “It’s nice to have a day out and have some fun. That’s why I thought of this idea.” On Sunday, August 16 at 9.30am taxi drivers will leave St Swithuns Church on Cary Road to drive staff and food bank visitors to Cleethorpes at no cost to themselves. The trip will be fully funded by the drivers and those who donate, including fish and chips for lunch. 16 drivers had signed up so far, providing space for 70 passengers, mainly families, and that he expected more drivers to sign up. So far, £200 has been raised, half of the target amount.
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SHEFFIELD BECOMES FIRST NORTHERN CITY TO ACT ON NEW RENTING LEGISLATION Sheffield City Council is believed to be the first authority outside London to use new legislation designed to boost the rights of millions of people living in rented accommodation. In the last six weeks it has fined 11 letting agents a total of £37,000 for failing to comply with legislation introduced last October. Under the new laws, letting and property management agents need to register with one of three Redress Schemes, which were set up to resolve problems between tenants and letting agents. Around 16 per cent of households in Sheffield (35,000) now live in rented accommodation. This has doubled over the past ten years in line with the national picture. Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We want the people of Sheffield to be able to live in good, safe housing, regardless of whether it’s rented or not. “More people are living in rented housing as the cost of buying their own home becomes increasingly unaffordable. And we need to protect their rights. “We are committed to this and will use all new legislation to help us. Thankfully most letting
agents and landlords in Sheffield are very good and work with us really well. But we will take firm action on the small minority that do not follow the new measures designed to give tenants a fair deal.” There are approximately 200 agents in Sheffield who charge property owners a fee to find tenants and manage thousands of privately rented homes on their behalf. The overwhelming majority have joined Redress schemes and complied with the new regulations. The council regulates the private rented housing market in Sheffield to make sure tenants are safe and landlords are meeting their legal responsibilities. In the last six weeks it has also taken eight cases to court to prosecute landlords and agents for breaking the law. All cases were proven. This includes one case where a local landlord received fines of more than £4,300 for failing to repair or manage his rented property. To report any concerns about private rented accommodation in Sheffield please contact the council’s private housing team on 0114 273 4680 or by emailing email@example.com
Britain Faces Tightest Winter Power Supplies In Decade The risk of blackouts this winter has increased compared with a year ago according to the latest figures from the National Grid. The average excess supply over peak demand from October to March could fall to 1.2 percent, from 4.1 percent in 2014/15, National Grid’s winter review and consultation showed. The last time supplies were this tight was in 2005/06, when the excess supply or so-called capacity margin was 0.9 percent. The narrowing margin is mostly due to power plant closures, as demand has remained relatively
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Taking a selfie while driving is ‘as dangerous as being drunk behind the wheel’ Experts are warning of the dangers in an emerging trend of drivers taking selfies while behind the wheel. They say the practice – many of the images are posted on to social media with the tag #drivingselfie – is as dangerous as taking the wheel while drunk. Research found nearly one in ten motorists admit taking a picture while driving. But what will surprise people is the fact that it’s as dangerous as being over the limit for drink or drug driving. It has the same effect on your capability to drive.
The institute spoke to 500 drivers about how they used their smartphones in the car. Some 9% admitted taking selfies while driving. That figure nearly doubles for drivers under 35 - an average of 17%. Men were more than twice as likely as women to take a selfie while driving. But driving simulator tests at the Transport Research Laboratory show any kind of mental, physical or visual distraction can impair judgement and reaction times while driving.
1,400 Light Years Away, Astronomers Find Earth’s Bigger, Older Cousin Scientists using NASA’s powerful Kepler telescope have found a planet beyond the solar system that is a close match to Earth. The planet, which is about 60% bigger than Earth, is located about 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. While similarly sized planets have been found before, the latest one, known as Kepler-452b, is circling a star that is very similar, though older, than the sun and at a distance about the same as Earth’s orbit. Based on its size, scientists believe Kepler-452b is rocky, Earth-like and positioned at the right distance for liquid surface water, which is believed to be necessary for life. The research will be published in an upcoming issue of the Astronomical Journal.
World’s Most Dangerous Sport Mr Shumile J. Chishty The game calcio storico is the world’s most dangerous sport. It is also known as historic football. It’s an ancient form of football from the 16th century, which originated from the ancient roman times, and is played in teams of 27, no substitute, using both hands and feet. Punches and kicks to head are not allowed however head-butting, punching elbowing and choking are all allowed. The two teams are placed in a sand pit and told, essentially, to do whatever is necessary to get a ball into the other team’s end zone, the sport is a strange mix of American football, rugby and street fighting. Greeks played a game called "Sfermomachia" that was later adopted by the Roman army, transforming it into a type of training for their warriors "l'Harpastum", literally, "to rip off". Most likely played by two even-numbered teams on the sandy ground using a large ball stuffed leather, the only aim was to get the ball into the opponent's field, in any way. Competition was a continuous body to body, head to head combat for the possession of the ball. It had big success among warriors who spread it throughout various zones of the Roman Empire. It's not ruled out that this could have been taking place even in 59 A.D. it’s certain that, in the second half of the 5th century, soccer had become so widespread among young Florentines that they frequently practiced it in every street and square in the city. It was so popular that in January of 1490, finding the Arno River completely frozen over, a field was marked off and several games were played. A later reform of the game, during the rule of the Medici dynasty, lead Florentines to attempt their own, real matches. Games were only organized during the Carnival period. Players are not paid in calcio storico, and there is no significant prize, which for some of you will have trundling
through your mind, like ‘what’s the point?’ The winning team used to receive a calf from Tuscany — butchered, not live — but now the champions simply have the cost of their postgame dinner picked up by the federation. There is not even a medal ceremony. “It is like a war — no one does it for the money,” stated Nana, who plays for the Bianchi. It was not apparent if most of the spectators understood much of this manoeuvring. They wanted blood, and it came quickly: An eight-player fight after two minutes of play resulted in at least one possibly broken nose and the discharge of a player from each team.
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UK Downgrades Iran Travel Warning Amid Thaw The UK Foreign Office has downgraded its travel warning to Britons considering travelling to Iran, as relations between the two countries begin to thaw. Previously, Britons had been warned they faced an "unacceptably high" risk when visiting the country but advice has now been changed to warn against travel "unless it is essential". Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the move was in part due to the approach adopted by President Hassan Rouhani after Iran struck a deal with the West over its nuclear programme. "Our policy is to recommend against travel to an area when we judge that the risk is unacceptably high. "We consider that continues to be the case for specific areas of Iran, notably along Iran's borders with Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. "But we believe that in other areas of Iran the risk to British nationals has changed, in part due to decreasing hostility under President Rouhani's Government." The UK Embassy in Tehran remains closed and travellers needing help would have to contact the Swedish or EU diplomatic missions.
A record-breaking 14 parks in Sheffield are among the very best in the UK – and that’s official. Devonshire Green, Ecclesall Woods, Firth Heritage Park, Meersbrook Park, the Peace Gardens, the Botanical Gardens, the Winter Garden, Wheata Woods, Millhouses Park, Norfolk Heritage Park, Weston Park, Tinsley Green, Manor Fields Park and the Cholera Monument Grounds and Clay Wood are among 1,582 parks and green spaces nationwide to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award. The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a record number of Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy. “These awards recognise and highlight that people across Sheffield are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality. “This also confirms Sheffield’s status as The Outdoor City.
Sheffield is a place to live, work and visit to combine city life with easy access to green spaces, both formal and informal. This comes as Sheffield City Council is increasingly capitalising on the city’s reputation as The Outdoor City – the UK’s definitive destination for people seeking outdoor adventure, city culture and rural escapes Last year an independent study, carried out by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, found that outdoor recreation in Sheffield generates more than £53m in economic output a year, in addition to engaging people in outdoor activity and generating significant health benefits. With two thirds of the city boundaries within the Peak District National Park, a greater spend per head on outdoor equipment than the rest of the UK, an above average participation rate in outdoor pursuits and more than 200 outdoor businesses, the outdoor economy has huge significance to our city – and these Green Flag Awards are further proof as to what makes us so special.
UN Tells Britain To Ban Smacking Kids At Home Parents can already be prosecuted if they leave bruises, cuts or scratches - but the UN thinks the law should go even further. Parents are currently allowed to use 'reasonable chastisement'. But British parents should be banned from smacking their children, a United Nations report has suggested. The proposal was part of a number of recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights. The committee is made up of 18 international experts from countries including Tunisia, Algeria, and Uganda, as well as representatives from the US and UK. Referring to corporal punishment, the report said the members were surprised that smacking was not illegal in the UK. "The state party should take practical steps, including through legislative measures where appropriate, to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings, including the home, throughout (the) United Kingdom," it said. "It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment, and conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects."
Currently, the law allows for "reasonable chastisement" to control a child's behaviour but parents can be prosecuted if that "chastisement" leaves injuries such as bruises, cuts or scratches. The UN also urged the UK to raise the age of criminal responsibility, which is currently 10 and considered by many to be too low. And referring to Britain's counter-terrorism laws, the body suggested they should be reviewed because of concerns about several aspects of measures introduced to fight the threat of violent extremism. Among those singled out were state powers for temporary seizure of passports of those suspected of planning to travel abroad on possible terror missions. The report said the Government should consider reducing the maximum period that a terrorism suspect can be detained before charge - at present it stands at 14 days. There should also be an end to the "blanket denial of bail" to those arrested under terrorism legislation, it urged. The Government was also urged to look again at laws allowing the interception of personal communications and data, and to tighten and limit the amount of data that can be accessed, so that an individual's human rights are respected.
Would you use an ‘Arranged Marriage Investigations Service’? A private investigators says it has launched a new service for families who want to know more about prospective marriage partners. UK Private Investigators says the service is aimed primarily at the South Asian community. The 'Arranged Marriage Investigations Service' looks to ensure that a prospective bride or groom is a suitable prospect for marriage and is not hiding something that could harm their intended spouse or damage the family. UK Private Investigators says it will be one of just two agencies in the UK to offer this service. Whilst Arranged Marriages in their traditional sense are no longer as popular within the community, many couples are still introduced to partners through wider family contacts. Some sons and daughters still favour their parents' guidance in identifying the right spouse. UK Private Investigators, say, "Entering into an arranged marriage is a lifelong commitment and many families want to ensure the integrity and suitability of the person their daughter or son is intending to marry”. In recent years, more people have been meeting
online or in the workplace and families have become less involved in the match-making process, so have no idea about a suitor’s real background and need reassurance before the union of marriage is completed. The service arose because there is a big rise in requests to check whether a prospective bride or groom is really who they say they are: whether they are of good character, educated and of the financial standing they or their families claim. Anyone who is not genuine will soon be found out. The specialist service includes a full background check and verification of any facts or claims stated by the suitor. It is carried out in conjunction with the company's international agents based in the Far East, Asia, India, Pakistan and Russia. Marriages are built on moral values and beliefs and families wanting to ensure equality between the bride and groom when it comes to education, finances and upbringing. The idea is to start the relationship on an equal footing, and it can develop into a lasting union."
SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE MUST DO MORE TO IMPROVE THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal still needs to make "major improvements" to some of its child protection procedures, according to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). An HMIC report published in September last year raised "serious concerns" about South Yorkshire Police's approach to child protection. Now the inspectors have returned to the force and found signs of progress but also concluded there is "still important work for South Yorkshire Police to do to improve the protection of children". HM Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said: "It is common knowledge that South Yorkshire Police's approach to protecting children has been severely lacking. "In September last year HMIC raised serious concerns about the way the force was approaching this kind of work, which was undermining the service it provides to children. "We carried out this post-inspection review in order to understand what progress South Yorkshire Police had made since our initial inspection, and we found there were still areas that need major improvements."
Mr Cunningham said: "I am keen to stress however, that the situation in South Yorkshire is not irretrievable. "There are tangible signs that the force is improving its service to children in some elements of its service to children, so I am encouraged that the senior leadership of South Yorkshire Police demonstrated the determination to make improvements. HMIC will continue to monitor South Yorkshire Police approach to child protection. The report, which follows an inspection review in April, found improvements to the force's initial response when attending incidents involving children at risk, that child protection has been prioritised and there is a strong desire to improve outcomes for children who are at risk of harm. It also found that the force is developing new joint working arrangements and structures to improve consistency. Iin the past three months there have been 164 investigations in to child sexual exploitation and 19 related charges. The force has also increased staffing in the area and there are now 302 people working on exploitation.
World Humanitarian Day 19th august Humanitarian day is dedicated to raising public awareness of the work undertaken by humanitarian organisations, and the huge challenge they face; we well as honouring the lies and dedication of those who’ve lost their lives in humanitarian causes. Consider using this day to offer your support to humanitarian worker, who strive to stop human suffering wherever it is found, by donating to, joining or supporting a local or global humanitarian organisation.
New Initiative to Raise Education Standards in the City Schools have joined forces with council leaders in a bid to share learning and expertise at a time of increased pressures on education budgets. Sheffield City Council and education leaders are developing a partnership between all the city’s schools, including academies, colleges and local authority maintained schools, in a bid to further raise standards and improve teaching and learning. This new organisation – to be called Learn Sheffield – will provide a wide range of flexible, high quality teaching, learning, leadership support to schools and challenge to schools and education settings. Learn Sheffield will be directly owned by schools, the council, and educational settings. They will
form the membership of the company and nominate the directors of a new board. It will provide an innovative approach to delivering school improvement services, using all of the educational expertise in the city, whilst firmly placing accountability and ownership with schools themselves. The main focus of Learn Sheffield will be to deliver services and improve the standards in schools. School partnership working will be increased and strengthened, with more city-wide partnership work. The company would support growth and financial sustainability in school service delivery at a time of increasing pressure on education budgets.
On Tuesday 28th July world renowned Mufti Muhammad Abu Bakar Siddique (Qadri, Shazli, Jahangiri) from Pakistan (QTV Fame) visited IMAN FM Studios and blessed all of us with his spiritual lecture and very lengthy Question and Answer Session which took place in IMAN FM’s Conference Hall. After the programme Mufti Muhammad Abu Bakar Siddique visited the building, Live studio and recording studio and spent time with the staff. The CEO of IMAN FM Mr. Muhammad Shabbir Mughal presented Mufti Muhammad Abu Bakar Siddique sahib with a gift and Hafiz Muhammad Anwaar Zahidy presented his latest NAAT Album. After the meeting everybody had lovely food and Mufti Muhammad Abu Bakar Siddique sahib was very happy and pleased with the events of the evening. On Monday 3rd August 2015 an Eid Dinner will take place at Choudhry’s Orient Express Rotherham at 7.00 p.m. This is a free event and will include live Nasheeds and Naats by Milad Raza Qadri and Hafiz Anwaar Zahidy, followed by a Dinner. If you would like to attend please contact IMAN FM Studios 6-8 Chippingham Place Sheffield S9 3SA or call 0114 2420551 to collect your invitation. An invitation will be needed to attend.
Police & Crime Commissioner: Launch Of New INDEPENDENT ADVISORY PANEL For ethnic minorities Last month, the S Y Police & Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings launched his new Independent Advisory Panel for Ethnic Minorities. With members drawn from across South Yorkshire, this important forum replaces the previous Strategic BME Advisory Panel that was established by the former PCC Shaun Wright. Chaired by Abdul Khayum, the aim of the Panel is to advise the PCC, SYP and relevant partners on working with and delivering accessible and responsive policing related services to minority communities. At the launch, Abdul Khayum, who also chaired the previous panel said, it was a privilege to have had the opportunity the chair the BME Independent Advisory Panel. He recapped on the work of the BME Advisory Panel in the previous year and spoke of the vital platform the Panel provided helping to advise the PCC and SYP with consultative dialogue and meaningful communication. He highlighted the expertise and knowledge that the Panel members had brought to the table, representing issues that the BME communities face on
meet them. Kashaf Walayat, an independent consultant and adviser to the PCC , produced a report on Community Cohesion that includes a large section on advisory panels, with many recommendations and proposals for the future work of the Panel. The report states that Independent Advisory Panels have been used to assist police services in understanding the role and impact they have within diverse communities. In 2009, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Home Office launched the Equality, Diversity & Human Rights Strategy which set out a vision for the police services to have the trust and confidence of all communities and reflect the communities they serve. Since Abdul Khayum discussing work of the Advisory Panel with Chief Constable David Crompton, that time each police force has taken a slightly difand the PCC, Dr Alan Billings looked on by Mohammed Ali ferent approach to their advisory panels and so the overall direction and use of advisory panels that they serve. This year, by implementing some their knowledge, experience and particular experrests with the PCC and Chief Constable. of the recommendations put forward in the re- tise and are there to advise the PCC and SY Police port by Kashaf Walayat, we are hoping to further in relation to specific issues from the perspective improve the work of the Panel, and I look forward of the communities from which they are drawn. to continuing to work with colleagues from across This Panel works at a strategic level across South South Yorkshire who have shown a great deal of Yorkshire and already includes members from the commitment to help improve services for the ul- Pakistani, Yemeni, Somali, African-Caribbean and Roma/Slovak communities. Our members are timate benefit of our communities. drawn from Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Talking about the make up of the Advisory Panel Rotherham, and include women as well as men. he said, the Panel is not established as a repre- However, in order to fill any gaps, work has alsentative body; the advisors join the panel by in- ready been on-going to establish District Advisory vitation from the PCC and are not required to be Groups across the 4 districts and mechanisms put representative of anyone other than themselves. in place so that these Groups can feed in to the They are individuals who are invited because of work of the Strategic Advisory Panel.
Members of the panel include Abdul Khayum (Chair), Abtisan Mohamed, Athar Ahmad, Gulnaz Hussain, Ismail Yussaf, Maxwell Ayamba, Muhbeen Hussain, Muhammed Ali, Naeem Jarral, Renata Atkins, Saghir Alam, Shafqat Mirza and Sahir Ali. a daily basis. He said, ‘throughout the year, the Panel had discussed with S Y Police, key issues that affect our communities at grass roots level. These included Stop & Search, Human Trafficking, Extremism, Hate Crime, Child Sexual Exploitation and Recruitment of Special Constables from BME communities. The PCC Dr Alan Billings thanked everyone for their contribution to the work of the Panel and highlighted that by all working together, tangible differences have been made to the police and the community. He said he was confident that the new Independent Advisory Panel for Minority Communities can make a new and even better difference moving forward, and he looked forward to working together in the future for the benefit of the PCC, SYP and the communities in South Yorkshire. The South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, David Crompton, said he echoed the PCC’s comments and thanked everyone for giving up their time to be involved in the work of the Panel. He stressed how important it is for conversations to take place. Whether it is about Terrorism, Syria, Trafficking issues, or Child Sexual Exploitation, economic pressures mean that more than ever, we need to keep talking to find solutions. The Chief Constable said he fully supports the Panel, and with lots of challenges ahead, we must all rise to
The report goes on to say that independent advisory panels can help to improve service delivery by having the ability to give real time critical appraisal of police actions from the perspective of a recipient of policing services, having immediate access to decision makers through involvement in strategic decision making, greater appreciation of resources within communities that may assist with particular incidents, the ability and willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with PCC and the police, the ability to identify wider options for resolution of policing problems and improved communication, consultation and engagement with communities. These strengths can be used to help resolve policing problems at both strategic and operational levels. A more appropriate and effective policing approach can result, leading to safer communities and an improvement of trust and confidence within communities. Abdul Khayum, who will continue to chair the new Panel said, ‘I believe the Advisory Panel will continue to play an important role in Police-Community relations in South Yorkshire by helping to improve police services to BME communities. It is only through consultation and dialogue that service providers are able to take on board, the social/ cultural/ religious needs of the different communities and tailor their services for more appropriate provision to the many communities
Some of the members of the Advisory Panel with PCC Dr Alan Billings and Chief Editor ILM News, Fayyaz Shah
Abdul Khayum – A well known Sheffield community advocate/ activist, who has over 25 years experience of working in the voluntary/ community sector, has worked with many service providers to help improve services for BME communities in South Yorkshire. His work includes important areas of provision such as Education, Housing and Probation Services as well as Community facilities and of course the Police Service. Prior the becoming Chair of the Advisory Panel, he worked extensively in Police/ Community Liaison and then with the South Yorkshire Police Authority, to help establish and chair the first SYP Independent Advisory Group.
For Those Who Lost Their Loved Ones Shaheryar A. Chishty
Chin up, head up, take off all your stress Don’t worry, don’t worry it’s happening for the best Don’t be upset, or you will get in to a mess You may be wondering what to do, But don’t think just be you A grove of trees don’t grow on their own They will always be together never alone Be calm forget this grief from now on Turn over a new leaf
British driving licences ‘the world’s most powerful’ UK driving licences are the world’s most powerful, according to recent research. Our licences, along with French documents, carry the most weight globally, making it easier for travellers to get behind the wheel abroad. UK drivers are able to take to the roads with their native licence in Sweden, Italy and Spain, without having to jump through any further regulatory hoops. In Finland, Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand, a British licence is nearly as useful, being valid for 12 months, which will more than suit anyone going on holiday. Britons wanting to use their licence for longer than this will have to exchange it after a year but can do so without taking any kind of test. The same applies in Russia and Canada, although a switch to a local licence is necessary after only six months. German driving licences are almost as powerful as those of British and French nationals and are the third most accepted around the world, according to the research. They are followed by those held by motorists in Sweden, then Belgium, Finland, Italy and Spain. A good 10 points behind Spain, according to data collected byCaptainCompare.com, and a good 17 points behind the UK, are US driving licences. Outside of their homeland, American motorists will only find their licences valid without restriction in Sweden.
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One of ‘world’s oldest’ Quran manuscripts found in U.K. Fragments of a Quran manuscript found in a British university library are from one of the world’s oldest surviving copies of the Islamic text and may even have been written by someone who knew the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh). Radiocarbon dating indicated that the parchment folios held by the University of Birmingham in central England were at least 1,370 years old, which would make them one of the earliest written forms of the Islamic holy book in existence. “They could well take us back to within a few years of the ac-
tual founding of Islam” David Thomas, professor of Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham Researchers said the manuscript consisted of two parchment leaves and contained parts of Suras (chapters) 18 to 20 and that it was written with ink in an early form of Arabic script known as Hijazi. The university said for years it had been misbound with leaves of a similar Quran manuscript dating from the late seventh century.
Hajj Pilgrims Urged To Check Health Advice Before Journey With the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the news again, Muslims planning to travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage have been urged to check the latest health advice before booking trips. The pilgrimage to Mecca is expected to fall between September 21-26 and Public Health England (PHE) and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) have issued updated advice for all pilgrims, particularly in the light of the on-going cases of MERS. And although PHE and NaTHNaC do not currently advise any travel restrictions to Saudi Arabia in relation to MERS-CoV, the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has recommended that the following groups postpone the performance of the Hajj and Umrah this year for their own safety: older people (over 65 years of age) those with chronic diseases (such as heart, kidney or respiratory disease, diabetes), immune deficiency, cancer and terminal illnesses) pregnant women and children under 12 years of age Although there have only been a relatively small number of confirmed MERS-CoV cases worldwide, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health has advised vulnerable people and children who may have been planning to travel to the Middle East to perform the Hajj or Umrah to postpone their pilgrimage. Other people should continue with their plans but follow the specific guidance on the Hajj and Umrah, and other general advice about staying safe and healthy when travelling. There is growing evidence of the possible role of camels in transmitting MERS-CoV to humans. The Ministry of Health advise travellers, particularly those with underlying or chronic medical conditions, to avoid contact with camels in the Middle
East and practise good hand and respiratory hygiene to reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses. Pilgrims returning from Hajj and Umrah with flu-like symptoms including fever and cough, or shortness of breath within 14 days of being in the Middle East, should contact their GP immediately and inform them of their travel. MERS-CoV is a type of coronavirus, first identified in a Middle Eastern citizen in 2012. Although cases continue to be reported from the Middle East, no new cases of MERS have been detected in the UK since the cases linked to the Middle East in February 2013. As of 31 May 2015, the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia has reported 1,149 cases of MERS, including 431 deaths, occurring mainly among residents. The risk to most travellers is still considered to be very low. The World Health Organization (WHO) does not currently advise any travel restrictions to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in relation to MERS.
Global Warming: 2015 To Be Hottest Year On Record This year the Earth will experience the hottest average temperatures since records began, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said. The first half of 2015 has already been recorded as the hottest ever, and the elevated temperatures will continue in the last six months of the year The average temperature in the first six months of 2015 was 14.35C, beating the old 2010 record by 1/6th of a degree. The 2010 record average temperature was set during the last El Nino weather pattern – which is a warming of the central Pacific Ocean that changes weather worldwide. Temperatures were noticeably warmer in June in Spain, Austria, parts of Asia, Australia and South America. Southern Pakistan experienced the eighth deadliest heat wave since 1900, with 1,200 people killed as a result. In May, a heatwave in India claimed more than 2,000 lives and ranked as the fifth deadliest on record. May, March and February 2015 also broke 136 year-year-old records for the hottest months. Earth has broken monthly heat records 25 times since the year 2000 but hasn't broken a monthly cold record since 1916. The ocean surface temperatures were the warmest in 135 years of records, with the seas holding record levels of heat energy down to 2,300 feet below the surface. Sea level also hit modern highs, partly because warmer water expands. Rising temperatures will lead to instability and rising sea levels. Social disruption and economic consequences of such large sea level rise could be devastating. It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable.
Building More Homes The Brutal Challenge
Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son
It is a subject that has taken my attention over homes. In the 1970's there were over 350,000 new homes built according to the Department of the last few years; politically it is also in vogue. Communities and Local Government. Last year There is again talk about shaking up the planning the figure was 140,000. Year on year since the system and making it more responsive to the 1970's the number of new homes built has gone need for new homes. The idea is to build thou- down. sands of homes on unused previously developed land known as Brownfield Sites. The big question As population levels and need for new homes has is there many such sites in the right locations. not kept pace it is inevitable that there is little The proposals which need to be approved by Par- choice but Government intervention. There are people who believe the carrot has not worked so liament are: stronger measures need to be put in place. • Automatic Planning Permission will be granted on all Brownfield sites which are suitable. The detail lies in what is deemed to be suitable. • In London developers who wish to extend properties would be allowed to do so to the height of neighbouring properties, again this is subject to Parliamentary approval. Already there is growing opposition to people extending their homes into the basement a trend which is quite common in London, with some planning departments bringing in more stringent guidelines. It would be interesting to observe what will happen if this right is Tuning back to the Brownfield site debate, the talk is that 90% of such sites should be brought approved. back into use which will provide thousands of • Government intervention in slow decision mak- new homes. In areas where land values are high ing by Local Authorities, for those of us working as is the case in the south where you see all manon the front-line this is welcome but we have ner of previously used sites being utilised for residential purposes, this may work but when you been here before without any great impact. are looking at northern towns and cities where • Development Plans - Local Authorities are re- values are lower you may not see the same imquired to provide a five year housing programme. pact. It has been argued that some Authorities are dragging their feet, in such cases it is proposed In fact talking from my experience, disposing of land for residential development is rather chalthe Government will intervene. lenging with few exceptions. There are numerThe background to these proposals and more is ous pieces of land with planning permission that that we as a nation are not building enough new developers are reluctant to develop. I suppose
that they will try and shake up the planning system to make house building easier to achieve. There is even talk about new towns and garden villages being developed. I believe it would be a positive move as homes will be built in environments that people choose to live. As one of the criticisms of brown field development is that they are not in areas where people would ideally choose to live, this scenario is more evident in Whichever way you look at it the North/South northern areas than the south. divide is the giant elephant in the room. It needs better economic conditions migrating Development partnerships are another source of debate; these are private/public partnerships set up to deliver regeneration and new homes. Ideally how this works is that the public sector provides the land and the private sector finance leading to new homes. I can see more of these partnerships developing across the country. what needs to happen is that the Government should look at these sites with a view to them being developed, putting in measures that will oblige development. Maybe a solution is that such sites are purchased through Compulsory Purchase Order powers and then disposed of to house builders at rates which will be attractive to start house building.
to the North which will or could be the catalyst for house building. The ironic situation that we are seeing in the North is that we do need new homes, over 100,000 are needed in Sheffield alone but it seems the margins house builders are looking for are not there for them to invest. Clearly this will change with time and the maturIn conclusion it is clear with an increasing popuing of the economic environment. lation; low house building, an increased demand Nevertheless it is abundantly clear the one luxury for private rented property and a reduction in sowe do not have is inaction, this is demonstrated cial housing, Local and Central Government are by people and organisations involved in housing, facing a monumental housing shortage. bringing together think tanks, action groups all working to an agenda of the ultimate goal of in- We are looking at a brutal and fundamental change in policy to increase stock. creasing house building. The clear message from Central Government is
Community Iftar On July the 1st Moorgate Street Masjid hosted a community Iftar for local non-Muslim people. This was billed as an open house event with the aim of promoting an understanding between different faith groups. This event was attended by the Deputy Mayor and his wife some of the teachers from local secondary schools and also some members from local area. At the event we gave the non-Muslims guests a tour of the mosque discussing the facilities and the reasons behind ablution. We then had a talk about the Holy month of Ramadan, its importance in Islam and provided reference to the bible and how it also states the virtues of fasting. This was followed by a talk on the Azan (the Islamic call to prayer) with a translation of this in English. We opened the fast together with our non-Muslim friends, who then witnessed the Muslims praying together followed by food being served to all present.
I must admit that I am still concerned about house building in the North there just does not seem to be the appetite amongst the large house builders to develop, it is a challenge which both Central and Local Government will need to face and address. So what is the challenge in the South, developers want to build and do but the properties are too expensive for the average family. In the North the opposite is happening leading to a shortage. Whichever way you look at it the average family are affected.
Sheffield wins study into ‘plug in taxi’ scheme to lower emissions A study into bringing ‘plug in taxis’ to Sheffield will take place after the city was one of eight shortlisted for a £20 million fund. The study will look at how the city council could use the money to reduce the cost of creating purpose built electric black taxis and charging infrastructure for them. The Government will announce the winning scheme from the shortlisted cities in April next year. Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “These cities have shown they are commitment to adopting greener technology and the government is backing their ambition by showing the benefits a share of £20 million of funding could deliver.” The studies will cost £30,000, which will be paid for by the Government. Tackling poor air quality levels is a major challenge in Sheffield, and it is hoped the scheme could help with that work. The £20 million scheme to improve emission levels from our black taxi cabs. The Government will now fund the feasibility studies over the next nine months for each of the eight remaining local authorities to carry out a detailed study on how this could work and reduce emissions from the taxis. The council will submit a formal bid, following the study, next April and should hear back by next summer. Plug-in taxis are cheaper to run, better for the environment and an example of Britain leading the way in an innovative industry. That is why government is investing £500 million in low emission vehicles over the next 5 years to make them an accessible and affordable choice for all.
Why Study Urdu? Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, an official language of India, and is one of the most critical languages for understanding the AfghanistanPakistan region, as well as South Asia as a whole. It is an Indo-European language with influences from Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, and Turkish. Urdu is written with the Arabic Alphabet. As it is the second most used alphabet in the world, once you have mastered reading and writing in Urdu, you will have an advantage should you choose to study global languages such as Arabic and Persian/Farsi, as well as several regional languages such as Kurdish, Balochi, Pashto, Sindhi, and Punjabi. Urdu alone is spoken by about sixty million people in Pakistan and India, but because informal spoken Urdu is mutually intelligible with Hindi and together they are considered the fourth most-spoken language on earth, a knowledge
of the Urdu language will allow you to converse comfortably with almost five hundred million people in South Asia and understand the movies produces by the worlds biggest film industry— Bollywood.
Restart for Microsoft Microsoft Corp’s launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop computers and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its userfriendly and feature-packed interface. The launch was seen as critical for the company, particularly after the poor response to Windows 8, an ambitious redesign that confused many users by ditching the start button menu and introducing a new layout. Now it’s a step in the right direction. They have gone back to their core DNA around software and a cloud-centric model and ultimately Windows as a service, a subscription model. By offering free upgrades, Microsoft aims to put the system on as many devices as possible. The
company would then make up for any lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet or cloud. Microsoft skipped Windows 9 altogether to put some distance between the new system and Windows 8.
‘India To Pass China As Country With Greatest Population By 2022’ The world's population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 as India becomes the largest country, the UN has reported. In 35 years' time, there will be an extra 2.4 billion people in the world owing to high fertility rates in a handful of countries. The UN predicts that the figure will rise to 11.2 billion by 2100. Between 2015 and 2050, half of the growth will be concentrated in India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Indonesia and Uganda. India will surpass China as the country with the greatest population around 2022, and Nigeria is predicted to have more people than the United States by 2050. The number of people living in 28 African countries is also expected to double, and by 2100 several countries will see a fivefold increase in their population. Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Somalia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia are all expected to see their populations boom by at least a factor of five. Children under 15 years currently make up 41% of the population in Africa, while those aged between 15 and 24 years account for a further 19%. High fertility in some of world's poorest countries could bring problems says the UN. The concentration of population growth in the poorest countries presents its own set of challenges, making it more difficult to eradicate poverty and
inequality, to combat hunger and malnutrition, and to expand educational enrolment and health systems, all of which are crucial to the success of the new sustainable development agenda." Fertility, measured by the average number of children that would be born to a woman over her lifetime, is declining across the world but the population continues to rise as rates remain high. The report also found that the number of people aged over 60 will more than double by 2050 and more than triple by 2100. In Europe, 34% of the population is predicted to be above 60 in the next 35 years because of the declining fertility rate and increase in longevity. Life expectancy at birth was also shown to have increased significantly in the least developed countries - from 56 years in 2000-2005 to 62 years in 2010-2015. The rise is more than double that of the rest of the world.
New Secondary School Plans Possible for Sheffield Parents are to be consulted on proposals to build two brand new secondary schools in the north east and south west of Sheffield, designed to meet rising demand for school places. Over the last few years Sheffield City Council has been rolling out an expansion programme across the city to deal with issues caused by increased population growth. A raft of consultation with parents in the areas affected came to the conclusion earlier this year that an ambitious plan was needed to make sure places were available for many years to come. More consultation will be carried out over the coming months to establish exact plans, but the proposal is for a five-form, 750 place school in the former Pye Bank school at Woodside, in the Burngreave area and another in the Holt House area in the South West, to open in 2018. This could be an eight-form entry school with places for 1,200 pupils. Proposals are also on the cards for primary schools in the affected areas as well, in order to stabilise the squeeze on school places. In the north east of the city the proposal is to also create additional primary provision of 210 places, either through expansion of a local school or a new primary school An additional 60 Year 7 places would still needed by 2017 prior to the opening of the new secondary school, with plans to meet this flexibly at the four schools in the area – Hinde House, Firth Park, Parkwood and Fir Vale In the southwest the secondary school would have links to a new/rebuilt Holt House/Carterknowle Primary school, in turn enabling expansion of Ecclesall schools A further additional 60 places – two form entry – could also be added to Silverdale secondary
school by 2017, under the proposals, to provide sufficient secondary places for the south west into the next decade. Plans also include a further additional 90 Year 7 places for 2016/17 to accommodate children transferring from primary school in the area. This could be met by temporary places at Silverdale in advance of permanent expansion, and Newfield, which is linked to Mercia Academy Trust. There will also be consultation on the possible permanent expansion of Ecclesall Infant School from 60 to 90 places per year. Similarly consultation will be held around junior places for children at Clifford Infant school, with plans to make this a through primary school – which could be re-located to the current Carterknowle Junior school site. This in turn would free up 30 places at Ecclesall Junior school, where Clifford Infants currently transfer to for junior phase, for the expanding infant school intake. Other plans include the merger of Holt House Infant and Carterknowle Junior School on a single site. Full consultation on all of the proposals will be carried out in the Autumn term with the schools and communities affected. A final decision is expected just before Christmas. Since a recent low point in 2002, births in Sheffield have risen by up to 25 per cent. This has already resulted in over 1,000 more children coming into Sheffield primary schools each year. Despite this the council has still managed to offer 97 per cent of families a place at one of their preferred schools. This is largely due to an expansion programme which has added over 4,500 primary school places across the city. The most significant challenge for the rest of the decade is to see the growth through into secondary schools.
sciatica sciatica is basically a symptom. It consists of low back pain which can further move towards the buttocks and down to one leg which feels like a big bad cramp on the leg or can be excruciatingly painful, which could be like a sharp shooting pain, that can make sitting or standing nearly impossible to a human being. The person can feel the weakness, numbness or tingling or burning like pins and needles sensation in the legs that can further move towards the toes. Other common symptoms may also include difficulty in bending the knees or moving the toe or foot. The sciatic nerves are the longest nerves in the body which is about the size of a little finger. It comes out of the low spine column of the back and then goes behind the hip joint and down to the back of the leg and foot. The sciatic pain is like a shooting pain that feels like an electric current passing down the legs. The causes of sciatica are as follows. • A herniated disc ( which is also called as ‘slipped disc’). • Spondylolisthesis: it is a condition in which a backbone has slipped forward or backward on another backbone, which results on the pressure on the sciatic nerve, making a pinching sensation in the back when sitting or moving. Treating sciatica Treatment for sciatica is not always necessary, as the condition often improves naturally within around six weeks. However, if your symptoms
i-Aspire Foundation... Who are we? i-Aspire Foundation is a charity based in the Sharrow area within Sheffield. The charity was formed in 2014 by a group of dedicated people between the ages of 20-35. Our aim is to provide a voice, opportunities, activities and a platform for our local community and the wider community going forward. Our purpose is also to support and provide humanitarian aid for various causes around the globe. Our team... Team i-Aspire is made up of members from all ages, genders and backgrounds. We have a board of trustees who coordinate activities: Chairman- Afzal Miah Secretary- Mahbub Khan Treasurer- Momin Khan Executive Member- Abdul Kahar Rahman
are severe or persistent, a number of treatments are available. These usually include self-help and conservative treatments, such as medication and physiotherapy, although it's not clear exactly how effective many of these treatments are in treating sciatica. Exercise; compression packs; Painkillers; Spinal injections; Physiotherapy; Surgery. In a small number of cases, surgery may be recommended to correct the problem in your spine that is thought to be causing your symptoms.
What have we done so far.... i-Aspire Foundation have regular ongoing activities such as men's 5 a side football at Goals soccer centres every weekends. We also have a weekly badminton club and many social gather-
ings for men, woman and children. We organised a number of promotional events last year aimed at different categories of adults and children to find out what our community want to see happening in the local area. The turnout was fantastic! We held a charity dinner in 2014 for Gaza at the old Sharrow Junior School. We raised over £4k thanks to everyone's generosity from all faiths and backgrounds! In 2014, we also organised our 6th Annual 5 a side football tournament in 2014 (the first under the name of i-Aspire Foundation). We had teams competing from around the country and we raised over £1k which will be used to help implement our plans. We have many other plans in place such as a Mother and Toddler group and homework club. To find out more please get in touch via email or Facebook using the details below. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: http://facebook.com/iaspirefoundationsheffield
Secret Plan To Put 5,000 Troops On Britain’s Streets To Fight Terrorists More than 5,000 armed soldiers could be deployed on to Britain’s streets in the wake of any major terrorist attack, it has been revealed. The plan - codenamed Operation Temperer - would see an unprecedented military response to terrorism if Islamic State or other fanatics struck in Britain. Details of the plan emerged after a secret document was mistakenly uploaded to a police chiefs’ website. The military contingency plan - in minutes from a closed session of the National Po-
lice Chiefs Council (NPCC) - has now been taken down. Military activity amid the threat of terrorism has proven controversial in the past. For example, there was criticism of tanks at Heathrow in 2003, following warnings of a plot to shoot down a passenger jet. Meanwhile, surface-to-air missiles on rooftops and in parks for the 2012 London Olympics caused outcry among some residents in the capital.
Police Clamp Down On Failed Eyesight Tests Poor eyesight has seen hundreds of motorists have their driving licences revoked. Data obtained by the news agency under the Freedom of Information Act shows police are getting tougher on drivers who fail roadside eye tests, following the introduction of 'Cassie's Law' two years ago. Forces across the UK have applied 631 times to revoke licences based on failed attempts to read number plates since then, succeeding in 609 cases. An officer who feels the safety of other road users will be put at risk if a driver remains on the road can request an urgent revocation of the licence through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). There are three levels of revocation - immediate, within 48 hours, and postal - under the new system. Police previously had to write or fax a request for licence removal. But this process could take several days. They can now telephone or email. It all means the DVLA has the authority to revoke licences quicker. Banned motorists who continue to drive will be committing a criminal offence. This may lead to their arrest and their vehicle being seized.
IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATES
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Changes in Immigration Law - Pakistan From 6 July 2015, there will be a change to the process for submitting documents to support settlement visa applications made in Pakistan. Passports will be submitted at the Visa Application Centre, but all supporting evidence should be sent to UKVI in Sheffield (UK) by the sponsor/ applicant. The change has been introduced by UK Visas and Immigration to continually improve their service. It will benefit sponsors of people applying from
Pakistan to settle in the UK. It will mean that they will be able to submit supporting documents within the UK, rather than having to ship them to abroad. Visas and Decision Notices will be returned to the customer via Gerry’s as normal along with the passport. The supporting documents will be returned to the sponsor here in the UK. Applications will continue to be dealt with within 60 working days for settlement applications.
The GWF reference number should be marked clearly on both the outside of the envelope and Any documentation that is sent to Islamabad durat the top right hand corner of enclosed docu- ing the transition period will be forward on to Sheffield. ments. What will happen to my passport?
Your passport will remain at the British High No, visa applications will continue to be worked Commission, Islamabad whilst everything is proc- on over the 60 working days for a settlement application. If there is an issue with an application, essed. then you will be notified in writing. What does my sponsor need to do? Source: www.gov.uk All the supporting evidence that your sponsor wishes to submit to support the application Where should I send my supporting documents? should be sent direct to Sheffield office. The address for supporting evidence to be sent What will happen to my documents? to: Supporting documents will be returned directly Settlement applications from the Sheffield visa section to the sponsor in International Operations and Visas the UK. 6 Millsands, Vulcan House Sheffield My sponsor sent my documents to Islamabad, S3 8NH will I get refused? United Kingdom
Fast First Aid Tips This is a quick guide by the British Red Cross, to all the key skills you need for treating first aid emergencies First aid for someone who’s unconscious and not breathing How to help: The delivery of chest compressions • Check breathing by tilting their head backwards and looking and feeling for breaths. • Call 999 as soon as possible, or get someone else to do it. • Push firmly downwards in the middle of the chest and then release. • Push at a regular rate until help arrives. First aid for choking How to help: The delivery of back blows • Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades to dislodge the object. • If necessary, call 999 or get someone else to do it.
First aid for someone who’s bleeding heavily How to help: Put pressure on the wound • Put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood. • As soon as possible, call 999 or get someone else to do it. • Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.
Make sure they are in a position that is comfortable for them (e.g. sit them on the floor, leaning against a wall or chair). Give them constant reassurance while waiting for the ambulance.
First aid for a stroke How to help: Carry out the FAST test • Think FAST. Face: is there weakness on one side of the face? Arms: can they raise both arms? Speech: is their speech easily understood? Time: to call 999. • Immediately call 999 or get someone else to do it. First aid for seizures (epilepsy) How to help: Make them safe and prevent injury • Do not restrain them but use a blanket or clothing to protect their head from injury. • After the seizure, help the person rest on their side with their head tilted back.
First aid for someone who’s unconscious and breathing How to help: Place the person on their side and tilt their head back • Check breathing by tilting their head backwards and looking and feeling for breaths. • Move them onto their side and tilt their head back. • As soon as possible, call 999 or get someone else to do it.
First aid for a diabetic emergency How to help: Give them something sweet to drink or eat • Give them something sweet to eat or a non-diet drink. • Reassure the person. If there is no improvement, call 999 or get someone else to do it.
First aid for an asthma attack How to help: Help them take their medication • Help the person sit in a comfortable position and take their medication. Reassure the person. If the attack becomes severe, call 999 or get someone else to do it.
First aid for burns How to help: Cool the affected area • Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes. • Loosely cover the burn with cling film or a clean plastic bag. • If necessary, call 999 or get someone else to do it.
First aid for poisoning and harmful substances How to help: Establish what? When? And how much? • Establish what they have taken. When? And how much? • As soon as possible, call 999 or get someone else to do it. • Do not make the person sick.
First aid for a broken bone How to help: Immobilise the affected part • Encourage the person to support the injury with their hand, or use a cushion or items of clothing to prevent unnecessary movement. • As soon as possible, call 999 or get someone else to do it. • Continue supporting the injury until help arrives.
First aid for a head injury How to help: Apply something cold • Ask them to rest and apply a cold compress to the injury (e.g. frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel). • If they become drowsy or vomit, call 999 or get someone else to do it.
First aid for someone who’s distressed First aid for a heart attack How to help: Ask if you can help How to help: Ensure they are sitting and call 999 immediately • Show you are listening and calmly ask them how you can help. • The person may have persistent, vice-like chest pain, which may • Be considerate of what is going on around them and what they spread to their arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach. need. • Call 999 immediately or get someone else to do it.
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Friendship Day Friendship day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending eachother cards, but by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually it died out completely. However, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations (believe it or not!), and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognised 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August! According to the Friendship Day declaration, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”.
Nuclear Deal Saved Iran From Disaster Dr Abdul Qadir Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, has said Iran has saved itself from disaster by striking a nuclear deal with world powers. Commenting on the recently concluded deal between Iran and six major world powers, including the United States, Dr Khan said that Iran’s nuclear deal might have prevented a looming disaster either in the form of an internal coup or external invasion. Lauding the wise and pragmatic approach of the Iranian leadership, Dr Khan in an email sent to FOX News said they have “very wisely and pragmatically saved their country from a very bad situation — call it a disaster, if you like.” Khan claimed if Iran had not agreed to the deal then the “ongoing chaos would have left the field open to a military coup sponsored by the West, just as has happened in Egypt.” The United Nations Security Council recently endorsed a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to reimpose UN penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement. The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that was negotiated as part of the agreement reached in Vienna between Iran and the world’s major powers. In return for lifting US, EU and UN sanctions, Iran will be subjected to longterm curbs on a nuclear programme that the West suspected was aimed at creating an atomic bomb, but which Tehran says is peaceful.
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Death Toll From Floods In Pakistan Rises To 81 Your Burngreave Ward Councillors
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The nationwide death toll from this month's flash floods in various parts of Pakistan rose to 81 recently as floodwater inundated hundreds of villages, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless, authorities said. The floods have affected 300,000 people in the two weeks since deluges hit the northern city of Chitral and the eastern Punjab province, the National Disaster Management Authority said. It warned of more rains and asked authorities to take necessary steps to prevent further destruction.
The authority said the flooding inundated hundreds of villages and damaged 1,921 homes. It said a total of 172,016 people were rescued from the flood-hit areas in the eastern Punjab and southern Sindh provinces. Pakistan's military meanwhile said its helicopters had evacuated 30 patients and tourists from the badly flooded northern city of Chitral to the city of Peshawar. Floods triggered by monsoon rains kill scores of people annually in Pakistan.
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Burngreave surgeries are shared between Councillors Jackie Drayton, Ibrar Hussain and Talib Hussain and are held at:• Burngreave Library, Spital Hill 2nd Saturday of the month from 11.00 a.m. -12.00 noon • Pakistan Advice Centre, 127 Page Hall Road 3rd Thursday of the month 2.00-3.00 p.m. There are no surgeries during August. A surgery is also held on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month (except August) from 10.00 to 11.00 a.m. at Firth Park Advice Centre, 9 Stubbin Lane. (These surgeries are shared on a rota basis with Cllrs, Peter Price, Peter Rippon, Sioned-Mair Richards and Jackie Drayton. Councillors Alan Law and Chris Weldon also share the surgery on the 1st Thursday).
17,000 British Nationals Abroad Supported By Foreign Office Last Year Consular staff supported more than 17,000 British nationals who needed serious assistance abroad in 2014/15, figures have revealed. The new Helping British Nationals Abroad report shows the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued almost 38,000 emergency travel documents to help people return to the UK. A global network of British embassies, high commissions and consulates handled over 470,000 enquiries, and FCO staff supported British nationals in 15 crisis situations across the world. This comes at a time when British nationals are travelling abroad more often. In 2014 British nationals made over 60 million trips overseas, and more than 5 million are estimated to live abroad. The report offers important advice on how people can take responsibility for their own safety abroad, from checking the FCO travel advice and taking out comprehensive travel insurance to researching the country and health risks before travelling. Most of us can look forward to a fantastic, trouble-free holiday this summer. But for those who do find themselves in difficulty, the FCO will continue to provide a crucial source of sup-
port. Key trends from this year’s report include a 12% fall in arrests and 11% fall in reported deaths. Hospitalisations increased by 3%. Mental health cases have increased by almost 50% in the last five years, so this is an area of increasing focus for consular staff. Other key findings in ‘Helping British Nationals Abroad’: the FCO provided serious consular assistance to 17,058 people from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015, a fall of over 2% on 2013/14 this included 3,670 deaths, 3,250 hospitalisations, 4,770 arrests, 252 reported rape and sexual assault cases and 499 cases involving British nationals with mental health needs FCO staff issued 37,890 emergency travel documents, with 20,663 British nationals reporting their passport as lost or stolen drug arrests fell by 39% in Australia and 63% in Canada compared to 2013/14, though some countries saw an increase in cases the highest volume of cases involving British nationals with mental health needs were recorded in Spain (67) France (50) and the USA (33)
CLEARER CALL RATES Every day, people use service numbers to make phone calls to companies and organisations, contact directory enquiries or even to vote in TV shows. But the cost of calling these numbers – which start 08, 09 or 118 – is often difficult to find out. That has changed from July, under a new system which will make the cost of calling service numbers clear for everyone. It's called UK Calling, and it's the biggest change to telephone calls in over a decade. When you make a telephone call to a service number – one beginning 08, 09 or 118 – it’s not always clear how much it will cost. That has changed, under a new system that will make the cost of calling service numbers clear for everyone. It affects all calls from consumer mobiles and landlines to 08, 09 and 118 numbers. You sometimes see information about the cost of calls, which looks something like this: “Calls cost 20p per minute from a BT landline. Other landlines may vary and calls from mobiles may cost considerably more.” This makes it hard to know the cost, unless you happen to be calling from a BT landline. How it will work in future From 1 July 2015, the cost of calling service numbers will be made up of two parts: An access charge: This part of the call charge goes to your phone company, charged as pence per minute. They will tell you how much the access charge will be for calls to service numbers. It will be made clear on bills and when you take out a contract. A service charge: This is the rest of the call charge. The organisation you are calling decides this, and will tell you how much it is. Let’s take an example. Say your particular phone company charges you
5p per minute for calls to service numbers – that is their access charge. And let’s say the service charge for a particular number you want to call is 20p per minute. In that case, you would see information like this: “Calls cost 20p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.” In this particular example, the call would cost 20p per minute (the service charge), plus 5p per minute (the access charge). So the call would cost you 25p per minute. Which numbers are affected These rules will apply to all consumer calls to 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers across the UK, delivering clearer call rates for everyone. The changes do not affect calls made to ordinary landline numbers (01, 02), 03 numbers or mobile (07) numbers. Neither do they affect calls made from payphones, international calls, or calls to the UK when roaming overseas. Freephone In addition, all Freephone numbers (which begin 0800 or 0808) are being made free for consumers to call from all phones, whether mobile or landline. Free now will mean free. Many organisations use Freephone numbers – starting 0800 or 0808 – for people to contact them. Historically, these calls have generally been free when dialled from a landline, but mobile users are usually charged for calling them. From 1 July 2015, as part of the UK Calling changes, all numbers starting 0800 or 0808 are free for consumers to call from mobile phones, as they are from landlines. This change only affects 0800 or 0808 numbers. To find out how the cost of calling other ‘service’ numbers is changing – those starting 084, 087, 09 and 118.
The Most Popular Book Of All Time Isn’t Harry Potter The Quran is the most popular book of all time. The religious text has been translated into 50 different languages, has nearly 400 editions and more than three billion copies have been printed. The King James Bible is a close runner up, with 2.5 billion copies to its name. In third place is Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung. Harry Potter (the entire series) makes it into fifth place, while wildcard The Very Hungry Caterpillar slides into the list among the weighty tomes with 30m copies sold. The list is ranked by lovereading.com and takes into account the number of editions, translations and copies sold. MOST POPULAR BOOKS OF ALL TIME The Quran – three billion copies sold The King James Bible – 2.5bn Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-tung, Mao Zedong – 800m Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes – 500m Harry Potter series, JK Rowling – 450m A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens – 200m The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien – 150m Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – 140m Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – 100m Dream Of The Red Chamber, Cao Xueqin – 100m And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie – 100m The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein – 100m She: A History Of Adventure, H.Rider Haggard – 83m The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis – 85m The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown – 80m The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger – 65m The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle – 60m Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Jules Verne, 60m Millennium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson – 50m Watership Down, Richard Adams – 50m
Olympic Stadium ‘Will Be The Most Expensive Built So Far’ The $2bn bicycle helmet: When the dust settles on the marquee venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it could well be the most expensive sports stadium in the world. The latest cost estimate of 252 billion yen ($2bn) would push it beyond the record-holder, the $1.6bn MetLife stadium in New York. What is the money buying? The design of the stadium’s ribbed roof on huge steel arches resembles a bicycle helmet. To support a natural grass field, the roof’s southern end will be translucent to let in sunlight and underground will be soil ventilation and temperature control systems. Movable seats will bring the crowd closer for more intimate events and, this being Japan, the stadium will be earthquake-resistant.
The spiraling costs come as no surprise. Most of the recent Olympics Games and World Cups have seen final costs come in far above initial estimates. At least five stadiums costing more than $1 billion have been built worldwide, four for American football and baseball teams and Wembley Stadium in London. Tokyo’s new stadium, designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, would be the first to reach $2 billion. Its cost far exceeds the $455m Bird’s Nest stadium built for the 2008 Olympics and the $680m stadium for the 2012 London Olympics. The rising price tag has put the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the defensive, at a time when his approval ratings are already slipping.
Bin Roye Is Pakistan’s Answer To Bollywood A new Pakistani film is finally reviving the country’s long-dormant industry. Bin Roye—a romantic drama adapted from the Pakistani novel, Bin Roye Aansoo—is one of the country’s first films to release worldwide on the same day. In addition, it is one of the country’s most expensive films—made on a budget of 35 million Pakistani rupees (£221,000). It also received a West End premiere on July 19, something unheard of in a movie industry that was until recently in deep water. The release of Bin Roye is being celebrated as a milestone for the Pakistani film industry that has been struggling to revive itself. Directed by Shahzad Kashmiri and Momina Duraid, the film is about a naive young girl—portrayed by Pakistani TV
and film actress Mahira Khan—who falls in love with her cousin, who in turn marries her long-lost cousin. The film also stars TV actor and producer Humayun Saeed, who acted in Mahesh Bhatt’s Jashnn in 2009. The once-thriving cinema of Pakistan abruptly collapsed in the 1980s after a populist regime was overtaken by a military dictator, General Zia-ul-Haq. What followed was “an era of open religious propagation and reactive legislation.” By the early 2000s, an industry that once produced an average of 80 films annually was now struggling to even churn out more than two films a year. Under General Pervez Musharraf in the 2000s, the import of Indian films—that wasn’t allowed for more than three
decades—helped revitalise the theatres in the country. That gave courage to young and independent Pakistani filmmakers to try again. The success of Bin Roye is crucial to this new era. This Eid, Bin Roye competed headto-head with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan in Pakistan. Both films released just in time to cash in on the Eid holiday season. Internationally, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which hit theatres on July 17, collected over £6million in just 3 days, and Bin Roye— which released two days after the Bollywood blockbuster—netted £254,000 till 20th July.
Imran Khan Accepts Judicial Commission Report Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has accepted Judicial Commission report as per his commitment prior to the formation of Commission. He said that it is not him but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who should apologise over the judicial commission's report, as all political parties are in agreement that there was rigging during the 2013 general elections. In a much-awaited response to the report, Imran lashed out at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), saying "ECP had no idea of how the elections were being conducted." Quoting the judicial commission report, he said “ECP had no coordination with provincial election commissions." The judicial commission was formed on PTI's request to probe rigging allegations during the 2013 polls. Khan said PTI was the only political party which brought proof of rigging, while the other 21 parties — which also admitted the elections were rigged — agreed with the party's point of view. The three-judge commission, headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, had held 39 sittings and completed the hearing on July 3. The commission — constituted under a presidential ordinance on April 3 after months of a tug of war between the PTI and the PML-N — had commenced proceedings on April 9. It recorded testimonies of 69 witnesses, including politicians, government and judicial officers and journalists. Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan were the two other judges in the commission, which was constituted as a result of a mem-
Bradford's World Curry Festival, which was postponed earlier this year, is back on, with a promise that it will be bigger and better than ever. The popular event will now be held on the weekend of September 12 and 13, in a new venue and fresh ideas. Alongside the traditional curry theme, masterclasses and cooking schools, this year's festival - which will be in Lister Park in Manningham will focus on world street food and, specifically, Malaysia. An amazing line up of chefs and guests this year
orandum of understanding signed between the PML-N and the PTI. The PTI had staged a 126-day sit-in in Islamabad last year to press for its demand for a judicial inquiry into the rigging allegations. According to the terms of reference (ToR), the commission was to investigate whether the elections were manipulated or influenced in a systematic manner or by design by anyone, or not. It was also to decide whether the poll results, on an overall basis, were a true and fair reflection of the mandate given by the electorate or not. Khan appreciated the performance of the judicial commission and said there was no conspiracy and the military's leadership was not involved. “The verdict it (JC) has given against ECP will definitely help the future course of elections in the country,” he said.
Salman Khan Is Bollywood’s Most Lucrative Star
Nothing comes between Salman Khan and record-breaking box-office numbers when it comes to his Eid releases—not even an ongoing court trial. The Bollywood actor’s latest film, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, has become the fastest Bollywood film to earn Rs100 crore (£1m) at the box office within India. A little over two months ago, the 49-year-old actor was sentenced by a lower court to a five-yearlong jail term in a 2002 hit-and-run case, which left one homeless person dead and four others injured. He was charged for culpable homicide. Two days later, the Bombay high court, however, had suspended the convicted Bollywood superstar’s jail sentence, pending his appeal. He has been out on bail since. This is Khan’s eighth film to touch the elite Rs100 crore benchmark in India—the highest number for any Bollywood actor. The film portrays Khan as a kind-hearted Lord Hanuman devotee who helps a mute girl return to her hometown in Pakistan. The film also stars
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Kareena Kapoor-Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and child actor Harshaali Malhotra. Khan was at one of the lowest points in his career when his 2009 film,Wanted, showcased the star as an action hero. The film was released during the end of Ramadan, but collections picked up two days later on Eid, and the film went on to become a blockbuster. After Wanted, Khan delivered a slew of flops, including Main Aur Mrs Khanna, London Dreams and Veer. He bounced back with another super hit, Dabangg, in 2010—again releasing on Eid that year. Dabangg—a debut film for director Abhinav Kashyap and actor Sonakshi Sinha—saw Khan as a magnanimous cop in Uttar Pradesh. Just like Wanted, the action sequences in the film showed him as an insurmountable hero. His appeal as an action hero wasn’t merely limited to urban multiplexes, with thousands of fans swarming countless single-screen theatres across the country. Consequently, he stuck with his formula of releasing films on or around Eid. In 2011, he acted in Bodyguard, followed by Ek Tha Tiger in 2012, Kick in 2014 and Bajrangi Bhaijaan in 2015. All the roles—whether that of a bodyguard or a super spy—had their share of action scenes. In 2013, however, Shah Rukh Khan grabbed the Eid release date for his film, Chennai Express, that went on to become a blockbuster. That year no Salman Khan film was released. Salman Khan’s Jai Ho—which wasn’t ready in time for the Eid of 2013—released on Republic Day of the following year, and flopped at the box office. “I think the release time of January (was not good). That time schools start, everyone is just out from holiday mood,” the actor later said. So far, the two Khan forces of Bollywood have not collided. But in 2016, Shah Rukh Khan has decided to release his Raees along with Salman Khan’s Sultan on Eid.
will focus on world street food, as well as the chefs' theatre and cooking school and amazing restaurants and market stalls. The international partner this year is Malaysia, which will be represented at the festival with its own featured pavilion attended by senior politicians and a business delegation from the UNESCO World Heritage city of George Town and the state of Penang in Malaysia. The festival will open with a gala dinner on September 10 at Cartwright Hall.
Notorious Terrorist Commander Killed In Pakistan Malik Ishaq, the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) which concentrated on attacking Shia Muslims, dies in a mysterious ambush in the city of Multan One of Pakistan’s most notorious terrorist commanders was killed in a mysterious ambush on Wednesday after benefiting from years of impunity and state support. Malik Ishaq, the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), died in the city of Multan when gunmen attacked a convoy transferring him from prison. The authorities said that Ishaq’s followers had tried to free him by mounting this operation. But the convoy’s escort fought back, killing the terrorist leader and 13 of his followers. A police statement said that “14 or 15 unidentified armed terrorists” attacked the convoy as it drove towards the jail in Multan. However, the Pakistani police have a history of staging ambushes which cause the deaths of important suspects, especially those whom the courts are reluctant to convict. Ishaq was so greatly feared that judges would cover their fac-
es whenever he appeared in the dock. LeJ was established in the 1990s to combat India’s control of the disputed territory of Kashmir. At the time, the group was helped by the InterServices Intelligence agency (ISI). Under Ishaq’s leadership, LeJ became a Sunni fundamentalist group which concentrated on killing members of Pakistan’s Shia minority. Ishaq, who died at the age of 55 or 56, was arrested last Sunday on suspicion of involvement in the murder of two Shias. For years, Ishaq had been in and out of prison as the authorities tried to bring cases against him. But he was repeatedly acquitted for lack of evidence, apparently by judges who had been intimidated. Ishaq was a “symbol of terror”. During one hearing in 2011, a judge tried to stay anonymous by covering his face. But Ishaq showed that he knew who was trying him by reciting a list of the judge’s children. Soon afterwards, the trial was abandoned.
Council to Keep School Dinner Costs Down Council leaders have made the decision to keep down the cost of school dinners to help parents while times are tight. School meal prices are set to stay at £1.98 per child for the next academic year after Sheffield City Council agreed to not implement a price increase to parents. The council is determined to help families on low incomes to be able to afford to give their child at least one decent meal a day, despite the worries of cuts nationally. Recent national statistics showed child poverty to still be at an all-time high in the UK. Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “Child poverty is going up and it is families who are working that are being hardest hit. That is why we want to do all we can to help these people when we know money is tight. There are still universal free meals for infants but we want to make sure families are still able to af-
ford for their junior school children to have at last one good meal a day too. It is extremely worrying that families in Sheffield are struggling to make ends meet. It is shocking in 2015 that we are seeing families not being able to afford to feed their children, to the point of having to use food banks in some extreme cases. It is therefore our duty to make sure we do what we can to help. The Council also wants to encourage parents of Infant school children to take up the offer of free school meals, which in some schools is still relatively low. Nationally over 500,000 children go to school hungry every day. One in four adults have skipped meals, so that their family could eat. A million people went to a food bank last year, because they could not buy food. Despite being the sixth richest country in the world, food poverty is Britain's dark secret.
ECB to improve Ethnic Diversity in Cricket The England and Wales Cricket Board is rolling out new plans to encourage people of various background to take up cricket. Women and girls have been given particular focus. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a new major initiative to promote diversity in cricket. It was unveiled at Lord’s Cricket Ground in the presence of the Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch MP and supporters representing all sides of the target demographic. The ECB has joined hands with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to pump £450,000 to support the initiative. As part of a new Sports Inclusion programme that also involve other team sports, the ECB want to encourage more women, girls and black and ethnic minority to play cricket. One of the key targets of the programme is to recruit 450 new coaches from black and ethnic
minority communities. It is hoped that under the leadership of coaches and mentors from ethnic backgrounds, cricket will enjoy a more diverse demographic of players. Another objective of the new plan is to give 2,000 members of the South Asian community the chance to play indoor cricket and create 1,000 cricket clubs across the UK. In an effort to invite more female participation, training will also be provided for 700 people to learn about the values and behaviours of women and girls in cricket. This will no doubt appeal to women on a personal level and a physical level in facilitating femalespecific training in sports. In addition, they want to improve the match day experience for disabled spectators.
Urgent Calls For Organ Donors As U.K Transplants Fall For First Time In 10Yrs The number of people donating organs in the U.K has fallen for the first time in more than a decade, leading to a call for more donors. Fewer people dying in circumstances where they could donate and no increase in the rate of people signing up to give consent for their organs to be used if they die are behind the 5% drop. Figures from the Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report 2014/15 shows there were 4,431 transplants compared with 4,655 in 2013/14. The report said unless there is a revolution in attitudes to organ donation people waiting for a transplant will continue to die needlessly, and families are much more likely to agree to donation if they know it is what their loved one
wanted. Last year, nearly nine out of 10 families said yes when their loved one’s decision to donate was known, for example either through the NHS Organ Donor Register or after a previous discussion with them. NHS Blood and Transplant, which published the report and leads organ donation across the UK, is calling for the public to discuss and consider organ donation with family. It said that if there are fewer potential donors then gaining consent or authorisation from everyone is even more important, and the consent/ authorisation rate remains “stubbornly” below 60%.
Maggi Noodles Testing Results Released The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi Noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product is well within EU permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers. Following an incident in India, where a sample of Maggi Noodles was reported to contain high levels of lead, the Food Standards Agency made the decision to test a selection of Maggi Noodles as a precaution. In India, this incident has resulted in a large scale withdrawal of the product. Nestlé informed the FSA that the only variety
The world’s first vaccine against malaria has been cleared for use on babies by regulators today. Mosquirix, being developed by GlaxoSmithKline and backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was given the all clear by the European Medicines Agency in London. It is one of the final steps in a 30-year project, which has cost GSK more than £360m so far. The vaccine was submitted for the committee’s review a year ago but still needs the approval of health officials in sub-Saharan Africa. Mosquirix could be a game changer, helping stem the 500,000 child deaths from the disease each year – most of them from Africa. Malaria is caused by a parasite carried in mosquito saliva and the vaccine is made to work at the point when the parasite enters the bloodstream after a bite. While Mosquirix is the first big hope for protecting millions from the ram-
for more than 44,000 lay-offs and in 2014-15 alone £220m was spent on laying off staff. All this came while nurses were experiencing either a pay freeze or a below inflation pay cap of 1%. The government has pledged to cap public sector redundancy payments at £95,000 – but the figures show, in the last five years, over 3,000 staff received more than £100,000.
pant disease, it is unlikely to be the final solution. Results published in the Lancet medical journal in April showed the vaccine only offers 50% protection for children aged between five and 17 months. In babies around three months, it drops to 30%. This would probably prevent it from being added to the infant vaccination programme. It also needs a booster shot, as its effect weakens over time.
Middle Lane Hoggers Warning Middle-lane hogging drivers are being warned about the dangers of the anti-social habit in a blunt, new awareness campaign. Cheshire Police and Highways England are telling them that they stand more chance of dying if they keep in the central lane. In addition, they are at risk of getting three points on their licences and a £100 spot fine. The message started being conveyed last month through motorway services adverts, urging them to keep left. The two bodies warn drivers that a failure to do so will increase their chances of encountering an undertaker.
The campaign comes almost two years after middle-lane hogging, tailgating and careless driving became offences. Middle-lane hogging-induced road rage is often demonstrated by anger, by cutting middle-lane drivers up, or flashing their headlights at them. Middle-lane hoggers are also named as the motorway's most dangerous motorists by 45% of drivers. The campaign may be introduced across the whole of the country if it proves a success in Cheshire.
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of Maggi Noodles they import into the UK from India is the ‘masala flavour.’ The FSA has now tested this flavour and others from the Maggi noodles range, as a precaution. As well as tests carried out by local authorities, the FSA has also asked Nestlé to provide it with test results from its own samples. All showed levels of lead to be well within EU permissible levels. The total number of samples taken from Nestlé, local authorities and port authorities were around 900 in total.
£1.8bn Spent Making Thousands Of NHS Staff Redundant Nearly £2bn was spent on making doctors and other NHS staff redundant only for many of them to be taken back on, new figures reveal. The payoffs were handed out during the government’s restructuring programme over the past five years. However, more than 5,500 people who were made redundant since 2010 have been reemployed elsewhere in the NHS, despite some receiving severance payments of over £200,000. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: “This was a reorganisation that didn’t need to happen. They’ve thrown money at redundancies, given people pay-off cheques like confetti at the NHS at a time when we’re not doing right by the staff of the National Health Service. Today the figures hit a new high - £1.8bn wasted. And what are doctors to make of this? No wonder morale in the NHS is at rock bottom”. In the shake-up, redundancies have cost £1.8bn
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More than a fifth of 11 to 15 year olds have used e-cigarettes at least once, and the majority (88%) have heard of them. Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England, 2014, found that use of ecigarettes varied according to age, gender and smoking status: One in 20 (5%) 11 year olds said they had ever used e-cigarettes. By comparison, the figure was seven times higher (35%) for 15 year olds. Boys (23%) were more
likely to have ever used e-cigarettes than girls (20%). Nine in ten (89%) regular cigarette smokers had ever used e-cigarettes, compared to one in ten (11%) who had never smoked. Alongside e-cigarettes, pupils were also asked for the first time about legal highs. Half of pupils (51%) had heard of legal highs and six per cent had been offered them, although use was relatively low at three per cent. The report shows a decline in the prevalence of smoking, alcohol and drug use7 among 11 to 15 year olds. The decline in the proportion of pupils who had ever taken drugs has been slower in recent years than during the period between 2001 and 2010, when it fell from 29% to 18%. In 2014, 15% of pupils reported they had ever taken drugs. Cannabis continues to be the drug that pupils are most likely to have taken, with 7% reporting to have taken it in the last year. It is encouraging to see that the decline in young people smoking or drinking continues and whilst the use of drugs has stabilised, figures are nevertheless at a record low.
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Public WiFi not Secure as you think The increase of broadband rollout and the growth of WiFi in public spaces is providing society with the huge benefit of access to the Internet quickly and easily. But not all WiFi is as secure as we might think it is. Europol’s Cybercrime Division warns that attacks are rising on public WiFi and are a major security risk. In the UK, key cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham are increasing public WiFi access, whilst restaurants, cafes and bars are also keen provide free WiFi to attract customers. For most smartphone users public WiFi is always seen as a great way of saving data usage included in their phone tariffs but if you are going to use public WiFi for personal transactions, sensitive data and banking, this may not be the best method. We are now seeing an increase in the misuse of wi-fi, in order
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