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New youth hub for Rotherham young people The base for Rotherham 's new Integrated Youth Service has been officially opened. Last week, the Eric Manns Building on Moorgate Street , was unveiled as the Town Centre support Hub for Rotherham Borough Council's new Integrated Youth Support Service. Coun. Mahroof Hussain, Cabinet Member for Communities and Cohesion for Rotherham Borough Council, together with a group of young people, officially opened the new service Hub.
Thanks to both the authority and the voluntary sector, the Hub will be the central Youth Support core and of course, we must not forget the marvellous £3.5 million MyPlace project, the multi-million pound investment in Rotherham , funded by the Big Lottery Fund."IYSS Centres will be used to bring activities and to young people across all areas the Borough. There are improvements to existing centres and there will be more locally based staff to deliver a wide range of opportunities, activities, a listening ear and practical support and guidance.
the Connexions Service and also the Youth Start Advice Information and Counselling Service - into one building has allowed the Council to vacate and dispose of two properties which were no longer fit for purpose, making substantial savings for the Council. Space is also available for partners from the Voluntary and Community sector and other agencies who work with young people will also be able to deliver from the building. Christine Brodhurst-Brown, Manager of the Integrated Youth Support Service,
Coun. Hussain described the opening of the new Youth Support Hub as an exciting time for young people across the borough. He added: "The Hub is the catalyst of this great new service and demonstrates how much youth provision has moved on with the needs of our young people. Together with our partners from the voluntary sector, the Council's Integrated Youth Support Service aims to do everything to can to help the personal and social development of our young people. activities and opportunities will be available to all young people as well as the offer of vital support when it is needed. "Despite the cuts facing the authority, we believe that Rotherham has a good quality service - a brilliant service - for its young people, which can be accessed on the streets through the mobile units, and across a number of Integrated Youth Support Centres right across the Borough.
The mobile units have been in Rotherham Town Centre throughout the week to give the public and young people the opportunity to see what the new Integrated Youth Support Service can offer and where it will be working in the future. The merger and co location of three current Services - the Youth Service and the Youth Offending Service and
said: "Our aim is for young people in Rotherham to be able to walk into any IYSS Centre or approach any IYSS member of staff and be able to obtain the help and support they need quickly and in a way that suits them. The new Hub will bring together a wide range of support for young people all in one place, in a young people friendly atmosphere with committed well trained staff to hand at all times.”
Rotherham-by-the-Sea Returns The seaside returns to the borough this month as the phenomenally-popular Rotherham-by-the-Sea brings deck chairs, sand and lots of fun back to Rotherham town centre for an incredible 11th year. Starting Monday August 5, Rotherham All Saints' Square will once again undergo its 10 hour-transformation into a seaside resort for a great week at the beach. The family-favourite event, which has been bringing fun and excitement to the town centre for over a decade, will be running 10am – 4pm each day with a range of seaside-themed activities.
Last year, Rotherham-by-the-Sea welcomed thousands of people to the town centre to enjoy the experience which included fun and activities for the whole family. The year's event promises another week of fantastic themed days and activities with a fairground rides, face-painting, bingo, competitions and much more! Children and adults alike will be transported to the seaside with striped deckchairs, oodles of sand and lots of brilliant entertainment for an authentic bythe-sea experience.
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Mamnoon Hussain Elected as New President of Pakistan Hussain won easily in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan and got 41 out of 110 votes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He won 277 out of 311 votes in the upper and lower houses of parliament, emerging as the clear winner. Hussain, who will be president for five years, resigned his membership of the PML-N soon after the election results were announced, Ousted in a bloodless coup in 1999, in what is seen as a symbolic move Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League- to establish himself as a non-partiNawaz (PML-N) party swept back san president. into power in a May vote that marked the first transition between civilian governments in a country ruled by the military for more than half its history. The new president was voted in by an electoral college made up of members Hussain has been an active memof the two houses of parliament ber of the PML-N since the 1960s. and assemblies in Pakistan's four He was governor of the southern province of Sindh from June to Ocprovinces. tober 1999 when Sharif's governGiven its dominance in parlia- ment was overthrown by the then ment, the PML-N was guaranteed army commander, General Pervez a walkover even before the main Musharraf. opposition party, the Pakistan Traditionally presidents have been People's arty (PPP), announced it figureheads in Pakistan, although was boycotting the vote to protest Musharraf wielded extensive against a change in the election powers when he held the post. Under Zardari the presidency was schedule. Mamnoon Hussain, a veteran Pakistani politician and trusted ally of prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has been elected president, in a vote by legislators. Hussain, 73, will be sworn in on 9 September at the presidential palace due to be vacated by Asif Ali Zardari, who is stepping down at the end of his five-year term.
largely stripped of powers, though he enjoyed considerable influence in the previous administration. The party Zardari heads, the PPP, was elected in 2008 on the back of a sympathy vote when his wife, the popular ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated after returning from self-exile. His leadership of the ruling party gave him influence but Zardari still came under considerable criticism as Pakistan lurched from crisis to crisis, its economy crippled by power cuts and security undermined by a growing insurgency. Zardari will lose his immunity as head of state when he steps down. He was once charged with conspiracy to commit murder after his brother-in-law, Murtaza Bhutto, was killed in 1996, but he denied any wrongdoing and was never convicted. However, after his wife's government collapsed in late 1996, he was arrested and charged with corruption, including receiving kickbacks in deals involving a Swiss company. He was never convicted and denies the charges but spent the next eight years in jail. In 2009 the supreme court scrapped an amnesty law that had dismissed corruption charges against thousands of Pakistani politicians, including Zardari.
EFFECTS OF WELFARE REFORM TAKE HOLD More than £500,000 so far has been paid out to Sheffield residents to help them cope with the impact of the Government’s changes to benefit rules. Discretionary Housing Payments, funded by the Government, amount to £384,481 of this total. Sheffield Council awards these to tenants who need help paying their rent following reductions in their housing benefit – due to under-occupancy or the ‘bedroom tax.’ In addition the Council has paid out £130,679 from its own Council Tax Hardship Scheme. This fund helps people who are facing difficulties paying their council tax for the first time. This follows changes to the rules, with the Government replacing council tax benefit with a local scheme of council tax support, run by local authorities. Since April, 199 tenants have been given priority to move to a smaller home as soon as one becomes available. Of these, 178 say this is due to the effects of welfare reforms. More changes to benefits are set to come into effect. It is estimated that 4,700 households will be affected by changes to Disability Living Allowance as a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is phased in over the next five years. New claim-
ants have gone straight onto PIP since 1 June. And from August, a cap on the maximum amount of benefits that someone will receive will begin. This will be £500 a week for families and £350 a week for single people. Although the number of households in Sheffield expected to be affected is small at 320, the reduction in benefits will range from £1.24 to £412 per week. The Council is closely monitoring the impact of Welfare Reform on people living in Sheffield. Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Communities and Inclusion, said: “The Government view is that we need to reform the welfare system to help people move into, and progress in work. But what we are actually finding is that working people on lower incomes, who are entitled to income related benefits and tax credits, are also suffering a substantial financial loss. “Help from the Council is available to people who are struggling with the effects of these changes and we would urge them to contact us. The changes in benefits are complex and many will be affected by more than one. As a Council we are carrying out further research to determine the true impact of this.”
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The Lahore Born, Pakistani-American Billionaire buys Fulham Football Club. On Christmas Eve of 2010 I was sat in the Marriot Hotel, Islamabad with my friend Shabir Akhtar. We were in the country for a week to attend a family friend’s wedding, which happen to be at the Marriot as well. Whilst slurping our tea and relaxing earlier in the evening in one of the many guest lounges, there had been a large commotion and fuss as the flat screen television on the wall behind our sofa broadcast an interview from the then Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. As it turned out he was actually just on the other side of the wall, attending a wedding celebration, with secret service personnel crawling all over the corridors. We jested with the secret service personnel that we were a little tired so they should give our apologies to the Prime Minster and would be next door if he needed us. They laughed it off and we continued with our evening. By late evening we were chilling (literally it would get very cold) in the hotels outside Shisha lounge. Having made the acquaintance of a couple of chaps from America, we were discussing politics, culture and the American Muslim identity, when the conversation fell to sports. This is where we were informed of a Pakistani – American called Shahid Khan, who had acquired a NFL Football Team, The Jacksonville Jaguars. A charismatic man who wielded a trade mark handle bar moustache. At the inaugural game tens of thousands of Jaguar fans had equipped themselves with replica moustaches, whilst shouting his name in a chorus line. Such was their endearment with the new owner. In July of this year, the magic and charisma of Shahid khan came across the Atlantic, as he purchased Fulham football Club from Mohamed Al Fayed for an undisclosed sum reported to be between £150-£200 million pounds. Apparently Al Fayed had converted his loans to the club into equity thus enabling the club to be sold debt free. Khan a modest man characteristically understated his acquisition from its illustrious former owner, stating that, “he was very fortunate to have been introduced to Mohammed Al Fayed a man he respected and admired immensely for his life and accomplishments and above all what he has given others”. He went on to say that Although Fulham is a perfect club at a perfect time for him; he wanted to be clear that he viewed himself as not so much the owner but a custodian of the club on behalf of the fans. Furthermore his priorities were to ensure that the club and Craven Cottage each had a viable and sustained Premier League future. It would seem that Shahid Khan is a man of his word, with a proposed multi million investment in Craven Cottage Fulham’s home since 1896. Khans own
journey from his birth place of Lahore, Pakistan, to the United States and his pursuit and attainment of the American Dream, is quite literally the stuff of legend and paperback. As a 16 year old he migrated to study engineering at the University of Illinois. Whilst still a student he began working for Flex-NGate in 1970 and after graduating the following year with a BSC in Industrial Engineering, he continued to work for the company until finally leaving in 1978. Khan now was free to pursue his new venture in designing and manufacturing innovative lightweight, continuous metal bumper systems, with no seams to corrode or rust. Today Khans’ designs for bumper systems, form the basis of two-thirds of all North American pick-up trucks and sport utilities. All manufactured and supplied by a Flex N-Gate company.
Khans return to purchase Flex-N-gate in 1980, leading him to build it into a global leader that today employs 16,000 people at 52 manufacturing and 9 product development and engineering facilities throughout Canada, The United States, Mexico Spain and Brazil. In 2010 Khan set his sights on moving into the sports world, with an attempt to buy the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. Although unsuccessful he did win friends with his charisma and approach within the NFL’s elite ownership group. This was the assistance he needed when he finally got into the league with his purchase of the Jaguars for around 770 million dollars. In 2012 Khans net worth was estimat-
ed at over 2.5 billion dollars. He was ranked 179th in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. He is the overall 491st wealthiest person in the world and the richest person of Pakistani origin. It would seem that one way or another Fulham fans are going to know that they have a new owner in Shahid Khan.
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UK To Overhaul Curriculum The British government will changes in the curriculum to catch up with the world's best education systems. Prime Minister David Cameron says this "revolution in education" is vital for the country's economic prosperity. Labour said the curriculum should be written by experts and not depend on ministers' "personal prejudices". Five year olds will be tackling fractions and computer algorithms, as per the new system. Teachers' unions have warned that the timetable for implementing the changes in autumn 2014 is "completely unrealistic".
Head teachers have also asked whether politicians should be so directly involved in deciding what is taught in the classroom. 'Engaging and tough' The re-written national curriculum sets out the framework for what children in England's state schools should be taught between the ages of five and 14. However, academies - which are now a majority of secondary schools - will not be required to follow the curriculum. "This is a curriculum that is rigorous, engaging and tough," said the prime minister. Education Secretary Michael Gove said the changes to the
curriculum were necessary to keep pace with the achievement of pupils in other countries. "No national curriculum can be modernised without paying close attention to what's been happening in education internationally," said Mr Gove. He cited Hong Kong, Massachusetts, Singapore and Finland as "the world's most successful school systems". The new-look curriculum puts a stronger emphasis on skills such as "essay writing, problem-solving, mathematical modelling and computer programming"
New Uninsured Driver Fines Are Not Enough Among the motoring offence reforms being introduced by the government this month is an increase in the fixed penalty for driving without insurance, from £200 to £300. However, the AA Insurance, says that while this increase is welcome, it will do little to deter those who habitually drive without cover. It will certainly catch those who have perhaps neglected to renew their cover promptly or find themselves accidentally uninsured, perhaps after a long period overseas or in hospital. But many uninsured drivers are young men who may already have several motoring offences to their name. The cars they drive may have no MoT; or tax and offenders often have no driving licence or have already been banned. In fact last year, 11,000 convicted uninsured drivers previously been disqualified. Offenders may be sent to court because of the seriousness of their offence or elect to do so. Although the maximum fine available is £5,000, this has never been imposed. It is means tested which means that the average fine is £299, just under the new £300 fixed penalty. Last year more than half (53%) of court fines for uninsured driv-
ing were £200 or less. This is nine times less than the typical £1,750 cost of car insurance for a young motorist with no convictions and a clean licence, aged 17-22. For the habitual offender who is used to the inside of a courtroom this is hardly a disincentive, when they can easily obtain another cheap car for cash, no
questions asked, and continue offending. One out of every 25 motorists on Britain’s roads is believed to be driving without insurance and that every year, uninsured drivers kill 160 and inflict injury on 23,000 innocent people. Although the number of uninsured drivers is falling thanks to the introduction of Continuous Insurance Enforcement in 2011, the chances of being hit by an uninsured driver in Britain are still higher than almost anywhere else in Europe. The likelihood of a successful recovery of damages from an uninsured
driver is extremely low. They are often unemployed or on very low incomes – hence the low average fine meted out by the courts – and frequently associated with other criminal activities. The AA is calling on the government to ‘think again’ about how to tackle the blight of uninsured driving. Uninsured drivers cost this country at least £380 million every year and adds about £33 to the cost of every car insurance policy, quite apart from emergency services and court costs. Yet although the penalties are already severe, the current regime is clearly not a deterrent. Large fines for those who can’t pay them isn’t effective. But if uninsured drivers know they’ll quickly be caught then that will act as a big disincentive. Clearly more police patrols equipped with automatic number plate recognition technology, which helps identify cars with no insurance, MoT or tax, will help. Britain needs a tough, no-compromise approach to uninsured drivers which should include community service. For extreme offenders, electronic tagging or as a last resort, custodial sentences should be considered too.
Sheffield Adventure Playground Celebrates Staying Open For Summer Supporters of a Sheffield adventure playground have been celebrating staying open for the summer. Sheffield Council budget cuts meant the loss of staff from Activity Sheffield to run the playground in Crowther Place, off Abbeydale Road. The council decided to deploy workers in a mobile service instead, something that also affected Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and Verdon Street recreation ground in Burngreave. However, the news that they have been given £10,000 from
the National Lottery’s Awards under-eights must be brought for All Fund means that Highfield along and supervised by an Adventures can stay open this adult. summer. The money will pay for a free Summer Adventures scheme for youngsters to enjoy outdoor activities like bug hunting, fire making and den building. The Summer Adventures are aimed at children aged six to 12 years and run from Tuesday to Saturday during the holidays from 2pm to 6pm. Highfield Adventures will be open from noon on those days. Youngsters can just drop in to join the fun but
NEW SCHEME SET TO BOOST SHOPPING CENTRE
A new scheme is set to be launched to improve one of Sheffield’s most challenging shopping centres. The pilot scheme aims to contribute towards the overall attraction and confidence of the Darnall area through a shop front improvement programme. Two years ago, a citywide strategy was approved by Sheffield City Council to help, support and promote local shopping centres.
Support has been targeted at the worst performing district centres. Darnall shopping centre was identified as having an unwelcoming environment, with some buildings in a poor state of repair and a high number of badly-maintained, empty shops. Through this Strategy, the Council is using £300,000 funding from the Local Growth Fund as a catalyst to stimulate private sector investment in Darnall
and bring together untapped resources in local partners, such as traders and voluntary organisations to improve the area where they live and work. It is proposed that 100 per cent assistance be granted to meet the costs of the shop front improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000 per property. The proposed scheme is just one of a number of initiatives to be delivered under the successful centres programme for Darnall. The wider regeneration framework for the centre includes improvements to the general street scene to make the area feel cleaner and safer, training and support for traders, and enabling housing development on nearby vacant sites. This project follows a number of regeneration initiatives in retail centres across the city, including Banner Cross, Hillsborough, Sheffield Antiques Quarter, Spital Hill and Stocksbridge.
3 P’s to Presentation Perfection
Clients from Politicians through to Property Developers, Teachers through to Restaurateurs or even school kids all often have a common fear that is of speaking in front of an audience with ease, with conviction and with impact. Is Public Speaking ability something we are just born with? As a speaker, trainer and coach with over 15 years of experience I have witnessed many of my clients progress from Public Speaking novice to competent even in to expert speaker, through hard work and expert coaching, however what has really fascinated me as an Executive Coach are the people who make the greatest transformation in the least amount of time. It is the study of these individuals that gave way to my 3Ps which I believe are a definitive building block to Presentation Perfection; Passion It may seem obvious, but
without passion - we simply lose interest and if you are not interested in your own message why should anyone else be? The first lesson I learnt as a sports team captain was to sell my opinion to myself first. When a person really, really truly believes something their body speaks. Some may argue that their current vocation may not evoke such feeling, in which case it is a matter of finding parts of the job you CAN get passionate about in order to ensure your message is carried by that and is therefore a hit. Why is Anthony Robbins (Motivational Speaker and Coach), so successful? The answer lies not only in his knowledge and skill but in his ability to create excitement and share his passion. Pause The most powerful tool in the speaking tool box is silence. We all use it in conversation – some use the ‘silence’ treatment’ for the wrong reasons – but it is a testimony to the power of pause in speech, both conversational and even more so in public speech. A pause can be used during a speech but can also be used before and at the end, when used correctly it allows you to create more impact, time for you to think and for your audience to understand. If you were to read out this article – inserting pause with-
in parts (try it) – you would witness first hand the power of the pause. Personal Preparation The final P – is possibly the most neglected except by the professionals. We all panic when we have to present – most worry about the content, some also worry about the presentation style/technique but very few focus on the self – the person who will up there on stage. As a Professional Speaker as soon as I know I am due to speak – I will begin my personal preparation whether it be my clothes, my voice, my energy, my mood…the list continues. In order to present well – you need to feel right – I will even go as far as watching comedy….that’s right – no joke! It all helps (me) but you need to find out what works for you so that when you present you are in your own optimal state. Happy presenting ABOUT THE AUTHOR Billal Jamil is a professional speaker, Executive coach and lead trainer at The Public Speaking Academy providing tailored public speaking consultancy and Director in the UK Civil Service. E. Billal@publicspeakingacademy.co.uk www.publicspeakingacademy.co.uk
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DIY Wills May Mean Muslims Pay 80% More Inheritance Tax
This column is based on a very useful and enlightening discussion I had with my dear friends, Prof Dr Muhammad Al-Ghazali and Prof Dr Khaleeq-uz-Zaman. In one of my previous articles I had mentioned that many educated people feel that the solution to all our problems lies in following western culture. Our spiritual and cultural assets have been badly tarnished in the process. The evils that have crept into our society can never be solved through economic means alone or by slavishly following western norms. Spirituality has an important role to play, since it is through this exercise that one learns what the truth is and also earns the blessings of the Almighty. We know that if a person’s goal in life is to please Allah, that person will not indulge in any wrongdoing or evil. They will always look towards Allah for fulfilment of their needs and to obtain peace of mind. They would never prostrate themselves before any adversary, no matter what. Spiritual life is superior to, and more important than, worldly life. A human being is not merely made up of flesh and bones and worldly needs. The Almighty has created us for a noble purpose, viz to live life in accordance with His edicts and to make the best use of the resources of the world that He has put at our disposal. However, this should be done within the limits prescribed by Him. For this purpose, the Almighty has blessed us with enormous capabilities. If we utilise these judiciously, we can achieve our goals. If we don’t, then there is little difference between a human being and an animal that is behaving instinctively. It is the ability to choose between good and bad that distinguishes human being from animals. The above-mentioned capabilities are attributed to spirituality. In the Quran and the Hadith it is described as self-scrutiny, introspection and gratitude. In the Quran, the word ‘yazakkehim’ has been used more than once in relation to the prophethood of our Holy Prophet (pbuh). This means that the main objective of the prophethood was self-scruti-
What we need to realise is that if we want to gain an honourable place in the comity of civilised and developed nations, we have to concentrate on both aspects of our lives – the physical as well as the spiritual. That means that We know that we are a combi- we will have to learn to control nation of body and soul. We are our psychological feelings. also blessed with heart and mind and have been created in a beau- When a man once asked Hazrat tiful shape by the Almighty. How- Ali how far Heaven was, he anever, there is a constant struggle swered: “Put your first foot on between our physical and spir- your conscience (ie control it) itual needs and our desire for and your second foot will be in instant gratification. No wonder, Heaven”. This means that if we then, that life is a tough test and let our conscience control our only those who manage to fol- lives, we will have to control low their conscience under spir- wrong feelings and desires and itual guidance can succeed. The chalk out our own course of life Almighty helps us in this struggle, in accordance with Divine edicts. provided we seek His guidance – Through deep introspection and since when we pray: “We wor- self-scrutiny, we will then be ship You and beg for Your help able to evaluate our virtues and (guidance).” Only this guidance vices and learn to be patient and grateful. During that process one ensures a successful life. learns to know one’s Creator, to The Quran gives clear instruc- know oneself and to be able to tions about what is permitted differentiate between good and and what is forbidden. In the bad. This also helps in not being same way, guiding principles afraid of adversity and the ability have been given on how to con- to fearlessly face strong advertrol inner instincts and develop saries. our conscience. This we may call ‘tasavvufar’, ‘spirituality’ or Many of the problems we face ‘mysticism’ or, in Quranic terms, today are mainly due to our greed and materialism and the introspection and gratitude. distance we have created beSince Allah created human be- tween daily life and spirituality or ings, He alone knows what they religion. People are so busy living carry in their hearts and how their daily lives, often indulging they do or do not control their in all sorts of vices, that they toevil thoughts. Quranic edicts and tally forget the harsh punishment Ahadees tell us how we are to predicted by the Almighty for our concentrate in prayer, to do good wrongdoings. The peace and deeds, avoid wrongdoing, help tranquillity that can be obtained the needy, avoid anger, jealousy, from following the teachings hypocrisy, greed, etc. When one of Allah, doing good deeds and sincerely strives for self-scrutiny helping others is overlooked or and introspection, one is able forgotten. to overcome evil thoughts and deeds and do what is in accord- Our nation needs to be motiance with Allah’s edicts and the vated to learn self-scrutiny and Ahadees. In other words, one sincere, deep introspection. Only is engaged in ‘tasavvuf’ (deep this will help us become good introspection) or in following Is- Muslims and good human beings and help bring about a peaceful lamic spiritual knowledge. revolution for the betterment In Islam ‘rehbaniat’ (being a of the country. This, in turn, will hermit) is forbidden. Spirituality lead to honesty, which will result does not mean discarding the in development, improvement world; it means controlling one’s of the economic situation, bring baser human instincts. It allows prosperity and peace. Unfortueveryone to enjoy the blessings nately, lack of this introspection of Allah and to be grateful to Him has brought about loss of selffor those blessings. This submis- respect, pride and faith in the Alsion to Allah is the true spirit of mighty, all of which have become Islam. To negate it is ‘kufr’, diso- rare commodities in our society. bedience of Allah’s edicts and rejection of His blessings. ny and introspection. In one Hadith, gratitude (ehsaan) has been explained as the sense of seeing the Almighty when one prays or at least the feeling that He is observing you.
Do-it-yourself wills are leaving some Muslim families exposed to 80 per cent more inheritance tax (IHT) liabilities than people of other religions. The risk stems from Muslims’ religious obligation to make a will that is compliant with Sharia - the religious law of Islam. Lawyers have warned that basic Sharia wills do not take into account the tax benefits offered to spouses under English law and could see Muslims bearing a much greater IHT burden than necessary. A Manchester based Law Chambers firm says it has found basic Sharia will templates to be ill-suited to the needs of eight out of 10 Muslim clients it has advised in the last 12 months. The DIY Sharia-compliant wills have become popular because they are easily available online
for free, but they don’t take into account a fundamental tax relief available under English law – namely that gifts to a surviving spouse or civil partner are exempt from inheritance tax. Under Sharia law a husband is only required to leave 12.5 per cent of his estate to his wife. Template Sharia wills include this as standard, which means up to 87.5 per cent of the person’s estate could fall under inheritance tax completely unnecessarily.” Other heirship rules in Islam, which stipulate the proportion of an estate which must be left to relatives, can also pose additional tax-planning problems. The basic rule is that at least two thirds of a deceased Muslim’s estate must be distributed amongst surviving relatives. However, DIY Sharia wills do not take into account vital informa-
tion, such as whether the client’s parents reside abroad or are in ill health and therefore incapable of accepting an inheritance. Also, if the prescribed beneficiaries such as children or a spouse are no longer Muslim, they may be barred from inheriting or becoming an executor and trustee. The fact that many Muslim countries do not charge an inheritance tax on death has exacerbated the problem, as there is a lot of confusion around exactly what planning needs to be put in place. Dying without a Sharia-compliant will can render a Muslim’s estate very difficult and expensive to administer, but it’s vital that proper legal advice is sought to ensure that any will not only complies with Sharia but is also tax efficient under English law.
CCTV To Be Used In Rotherham To Deter Dangerous Parking Dangerous drivers who persist in parking illegally outside schools will find themselves caught on film in the future thanks to a new mobile enforcement camera being deployed by Rotherham Borough Council. There will be no escape for inconsiderate drivers as the new mobile CCTV system will allow the Parking Services Team to deal more effectively with illegal
parking anywhere Traffic Regulation Orders are in place. This will be particularly useful outside schools and other locations across the borough where there are "no stopping" restrictions and where parking is a particular problem such as on urban clearways, pedestrian crossing points and 'hot spots' where waiting restrictions are often flouted. Installed in a CCTV- marked
council vehicle, the new £70,000 system will allow the Parking Services team to take images of illegally parked vehicles and provide evidence for review by a qualified Civil Enforcement Officer. If appropriate, penalty charge notices will then be issued through the post to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
Channel 4 Boss Defends Decision To Broadcast Azan Broadcasting a Muslim call to prayer fits in with Channel 4's public service remit, chief executive David Abraham has told MPs. Channel 4 is currently airing the prayer every morning during Ramadan - the religious festival which sees millions of worshippers around the world fast for a
month. An MP said that the broadcast could be viewed as "patronising" and questioned whether Channel 4's public service remit would be better served by programmes on Islam and the Muslim community. Channel 4 did do a history of Islam series last year,
which was broadcast in prime time however the predominance of media coverage around the Muslim community is associated with issues that are not positive. The broadcast, at 3am, had attracted 186,000 viewers in a slot that was normally watched by around 35,000.
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British ‘Migrants Go Home’ Van Stirs Controversy
Britain's government on Monday defended a controversial campaign featuring vans with billboards urging illegal immigrants to "go home or face arrest", after criticism from a senior minister. Two trucks, each displaying a huge poster with a number for migrants to text if they wish to return to their country of origin, were driven around six London boroughs for a week in a pilot scheme by the interior ministry. Posters, leaflets and advertisements in local newspapers will run for a further month. Business Secretary Vince Cable, a member of the Liberal Democrat party which is the junior partner in the coalition government with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, called the campaign "stupid and offensive". But Cameron's spokesman defended the vans, saying it was "clear that this is already working" and that getting illegal immigrants to leave voluntarily was the most cost-effective solution. The government will decide Redlands:Layout 1
whether or not to roll out the vans nationwide after the ministry has collected all the necessary information, he added. Immigration is a key issue with less than two years until Britain's next general election, as the centre-right Conservatives fear a growing threat from the UK Independence Party, which campaigns for migration curbs and an exit from the European Union. The posters feature a huge picture of a pair of handcuffs together with a number said to represent the number of arrests in the local area and the words: "In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest." It tells people to text the
word "HOME" to the displayed number to get help. The trucks were driven through several areas of London with large ethnic minority populations. A Home Office spokesman said the cost of the entire campaign, £10,000 ($15,000, 11,500 euros), was less than the £15,000 cost to forcibly remove one illegal immigrant from Britain. The opposition Labour Party's home affairs spokeswoman, Yvette Cooper, said the scheme was "ludicrous". UKIP leader Nigel Farage said ethnic communities would take the billboards as a "sign of open warfare". "I think it's very Big Brother, very stateish, very sort of East Germany circa the 1980s, it's just a horrid way of doing it," said the member of the European parliament. There was also a backlash from British commentators and on social media. "Go home" had been a racist slogan of abuse against migrants when many were growing up in the 1970s. In June Britain said it would charge "high-risk" adult visitors from Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana a refundable bond of £3,000 for a six-month visa.
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Since we are going through a very special period in the Islamic Calendar, it would be remiss not to mention a few words about the holiest month of the year for all Muslims. It is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar and a time of increased devotion and worship, self-improvement and spiritual reflection. It is the fourth pillar of the five pillars of Islam. It is of course, the holy month of Ramadhan! Ulemas’ have stated that the act of fasting is said to re-direct the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities that have accumulated over the year. It also teaches us how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of added generosity. Many people choose to pay the compulsory charity (zakat), during this month. Let’s also not forget that the last 10 days of Ramadhan include Lailut-ul-Qadr, sometimes referred to as "the night
of power" or 'the night of decree". It occurs on an oddnumbered night, i.e. the night of the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th, and is considered the most holy night of the year. It is stated in the Quran that worship during Lailut-ul-Qadr is better than one thousand months of worship. What a wonderful blessing from the Almighty Allah (swt). How refreshing therefore, to see so many more people dressed in white, ‘topis’ on head, making their way to the mosques 5 times a day, to remember Allah (swt) and offer their prayers. The fantastic atmosphere around and within the mosques is one of tranquillity, peace and humility, because in addition to abstaining from eating and drinking, we are also required to increase restraint, such as abstaining from sinful speech & conduct and show humbleness & kindness towards each other. It is obvious that many people have taken the opportunity to come off the hamster wheel, and take a momentary step away from the rat-race that engulfs so many of us during the rest of the year! Even young children endeavour to copy the elders with such excitement and enthusiasm to complete as many fasts as possible. A brilliant way to practice for later life, when fasting becomes obligatory. Once inside the mosque, there is a different sort of ambience around, with people
both young and old, scattered around engrossed in individual prayer and devotion, and recitation of the Holy Quran, the goal being to build up as many acts of worship as possible knowing that the reward is multiplied many times over. It is only with the uncountable blessings of Allah (swt) that during Ramadhan, we witness this remarkable transformation not only in our local mosques or across the country, but on a truly global scale, across the entire world. Perhaps we should all be seeking help from Allah (swt) to develop in us, the understanding and the ability to continue with our modified behaviours, attitudes, practices etc., beyond Ramadhan and Eid-ulFitr. The intense ‘training’ that we receive during Ramadhan that revitalises our soul and strengthens our ‘Emaan’, should help to ensure that the change within us makes us a better Muslim and a better human being for the rest of the year!
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Pakistan Achievement Awards UK & Europe 2013 The Who’s Who of the British Pakistanis will be gathering in the heart of London in the first week of November to support and applaud the winners of this year’s Pakistan Achievement Awards UK & Europe. The Awards were instituted in 2009 to recognise and honour the lifelong work of British Pakistanis and of those who have excelled in various walks of life. Previous winners have been Amir Khan (world boxing champion), James Caan (celebrity entrepreneur and Philanthropist), Sibghat Ullah Qadri (first muslim QC), Abdul Sattar Edhi (Star of Pakistan), Baroness Sayeda Wasri, Ansar Burney (Ex-Federal Minister for
Human Rights Pakistan), Toaha Qureshi MBE and many more. The nomination process to select the winners for 2013 has already begun. Thousands of British Pakistani will be taking part in a television, radio and web campaign to nominate around 50 contenders. Ten of the most nominated persons will pick up the Annual Category Awards. For lifelong achievement, the winner will receive the Star of Pakistan award. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, November 1st 2013, at Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London with a star-studded celebrity line up from Pakistan. The purpose is to showcase the success and achievements
of Pakistanis in Britain and to further strengthen the bond between Pakistanis here and back home. Organisers have urged the men & women, young & old of the British Pakistani community to be part of the nomination process and make the event a real success. The nomination process can be viewed at www.pakawards.org.uk along with details of the award categories. At the end PAA UK & Europe proudly extends its special thanks to Malik Law Chamber the Title sponsors, other sponsors and supporters for their valuable contribution and support in the permutation of PAA 2013 event.
Salman Khan Charged With Killing Homeless
An Indian court has charged Bollywood star Salman Khan with culpable homicide over a 2002 hit-and-run case that could send him to prison for 10 years. Khan, 47, is alleged to have
rammed his Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle on to a pavement and over five sleeping homeless people in suburban Mumbai, killing one and injuring four others. Appearing in court wearing a grey shirt and black trousers he pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, an offence carrying 10 years in prison. After charging the actor, the judge added: "Salman Khan's blood contained 30 mg of alcohol, according to that he was drunk." Mumbai's laws prohibit anyone from driving or attempting to drive a vehicle if their blood alcohol levels exceed 30 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. A petition has been filed ques-
tioning the decade-long delay in trying Khan. Sentencing may further be delayed with Khan working out of India for months as a time. He was due to be tried under lesser charges of "rash and negligent driving" but prosecutors filed an application for the charges to be upgraded, which the court upheld in February. Khan, known for his muscular physique and off-camera fits of temper, has been a controversial figure since he broke into Bollywood in the late 1980s in the romance film Maine Pyar Kiya (I Fell in Love). In 1998, he spent more than a week in prison for killing endangered Indian gazelles in the northern state of Rajasthan.
NHS Direct Seeks 111 Withdrawal NHS Direct, a major provider of the NHS non-emergency telephone service in England is seeking to pull out of its contracts due to severe problems. Initially, it won 11 of the 46 regional contracts for the service, covering 34% of the population, reported BBC. It has already pulled out of two services, but the remaining nine are now "financially unsustainable", quotes BBC. The whole NHS 111 service itself has been plagued with problems, including reports of patients facing long waits.
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British Travellers to Saudi Arabia at High Risk
British travellers to Saudi Arabia are being subjected to high risk due to lack of awareness about health risks and preventive measures. Consequently, it will Increase the risk of the spread of avoidable infectious diseases including Coronavirus in the community by these returning travellers. The annual hajj pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca in Saudi Arabia will be taking place this year between October 13 and 18, drawing three million followers of the Muslim faith from all around the world, including over 25,000 prospective travellers from the UK. The pilgrimage however presents serious health risks for spreading disease between countries, leading Saudi Arabia in particular to limit visas of pilgrimage hopefuls. Saudi Health Ministry has announced that the country will no issue visas to the elderly, pregnant women, or children for both pilgrimages this year, in order to prevent the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) from turning pandemic and
reaching countries around the world. In the similar family of SARS, which killed approximately 800 people in 2002-2003, MERS has killed more than 40 people and currently has a mortality rate of above 60 percent. Eightyone cases have been documented globally, and 45 people have died as a result of the respiratory infection. Although it is difficult to acquire the infection from hu-
chronic health conditions such as heart, kidney, respiratory diseases and diabetes, infants, pregnant women and those with immunity deficiency will not be granted a visa to perform their pilgrimage for their own safety. MERS is thought to have originated from bats and has been proven to be transmissible between relatives who live in close quarters. The illness has
man transmission, the crowded conditions during the hajj and umrah present an easy way for the disease to spread. To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Saudi authorities has taken extreme steps and strongly recommend postponing the Hajj pilgrimage this year for those pilgrims who are elderly or have
been seen in patients from the UK, Jordan, Qatar, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, France, and Italy â€” all of whom had traveled to Saudi Arabia within a short period before showing symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) had an emergency meeting last month to assess the risk
that MERS poses to the global community because of the hajj pilgrimage. "Travelers to the Middle East who develop symptoms either during travel or after their return are encouraged to seek medical attention and to share their history of travel," WHO said in its advice for travelers. "People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands) and to delay travel until they are no longer symptomatic." Saudi authorities also strongly urge prospective pilgrims to take preventive measures by wearing masks and practicing basic personal hygiene such as using tissues when coughing or sneezing and getting the appropriate vaccines before travelling to Makkah. A valid certificate of vaccination against meningitis is also required along with an optional vaccination against influenza as a precaution against flu attacks is also stressed.
Former UK MP renounces British citizenship to join politics in Pakistan
Former Glasgow MP Mohammad Sarwar, who gave up British citizenship for a political role in Pakistan, is tipped to take on the role of governor Punjab. Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, 60, was elected as Labour MP for Glasgow Govan in 1997 and served until 2010. Mr Sarwar was also chairman of the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee. Sarwar was engaged in social work already and now he wanted to serve the masses through politics. He says whatever role in politics Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assigned him, he would fulfil it. Decision to make him Punjab governor ultimately rests on PM Nawaz. Arriving in Pakistan, Chaudhry Sarwar said there was great potential in the Pakistani nation and the country must exceed in progress and development.
To a question pertaining to MQM chief Altaf Hussain, Sarwar said Scotland Yard was not influenced by anyone over this matter, adding even prime minister could not transfer constable. He said decision of on Altaf Hussain would be made on merit. Punjab, with a population of 96 million, is the largest state in the country. Its governor is considered to the the third most senior figure in the government of Pakistan. Mr Sarwar, who left the UK parliament in 2010, has been a prominent supporter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Mr Sarwarâ€™s son, Anas Sarwar, went on to win the Westminster seat vacated by his father in the May 2010 general election. He was appointed deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party in 2011.
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Have Charities Hijacked Ramadan?
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Partner , Head of Property & Immigration Wosskow Brown Solicitors LLP Email: email@example.com Over the years we may have noticed how commercialised Ramadan has become and how in many respects it has fallen foul to capitalism. Days before Ramadan even began letterboxes saw a constant stream of charities flooding us with requests for our cash. In the holy month and right into Eid the idea that you should do and buy particular things ‘because it is Ramadan or Eid’ is portrayed constantly. Is Ramadan just another excuse for Muslim charities and mosques to collect money? The month of Ramadan is a month of celebration. But it has been hijacked by some charities that are keen to take your money.
Those most guilty are the TV channels who see this as an opportunity to raise as much money as possible. Are we seeing a resemblance to the tactics and emotional blackmail used on some TV channels during Ramadan with the Evangelical Christian channels. Muslims during the holy month are taught to be extra generous. They are taught to be extra pious and to be extra forgiving. So, when you are asked to hand over money to a charity you will more than likely do so. Now, there are some extremely pious and sincere charities who will ask for specific donations. But what we have now is a breed of extremely persistent charities who want you to part with your
cash on a daily basis. Should we be permitted to question their integrity? The answer is ‘no’ you cannot. Or you daren’t in case you are accused of criticising ‘sincere and noble work’. Charities are being run like any other businesses and people find it difficult to grasp this concept. You will also be attending countless charitable events in Ramadan. It is important that you check to see if the event or the charity they are backing is registered with the Charities Commission. These days it seems ‘goodwill’ is the most valuable trait you can have.
Q & A Property and Commercial Q. Could you please explain what Chancel Repair Liability Search is? A. It is a search which determines whether the property is in Chancel Repair liability area. If a property is near a church, or is on land formerly owned by some of the older universities, there may be an obligation to contribute towards repairs to the chancel of the local parish church. This was laid down in the Chancel Repairs Act 1932. Such liability is enforceable in the County Court, and can apply to properties falling within a Church of England parish which has a vicar or had a vicarage and has a church dating from the medieval period or earlier. Q. I want to take a lease of a property and use it as a hot food takeaway but the property doesn’t have planning permission. What should I do? A. If the property hasn’t got planning permission then you should come to an agreement with the landlord (the property owner) that once planning permission is granted, he will be bound to give you the lease. As there is apprehension that if the planning permission is granted, the landlord is not duty bound to give you the lease, it is essential that the agreement is in place
before you submit the planning a partner is to speak to the partners directly and inform them of permission application. your intention. The partners can Q. I am becoming a partner in then agree on the way forward a business but my name is not for example purchase of the inincluded on the lease, will this terest of the leaving partner. affect me? A. If your name is not on the It is important to be aware that lease it can be added via As- if you leave the partnership, your signment of Lease or your name liability continues in relation to can be added in the Partnership the debts owned by the firm up Agreement as a special provision to the date of your departure. A that the existing partner holds written agreement can be forthe lease in trust for two part- mally prepared, which states that you are released from you ners. liability, but this may be at the Q. I am buying a property and cost of reducing the value of your my solicitor has advised that I interest. have to take Defective Title InIn connection with the lease, you surance. What is this? A. Defective Title Indemnity are required to seek the permisInsurance policies are widely sion of your landlord and ask used in the property industry to whether you can assign the lease cover defects in the Title. These to your partners. It is often the Indemnity Insurance policies are case that a landlord would refuse available according to the value to remove you as a tenant, as it is of the property and the level of beneficial for him to have more risk. Lenders use Conveyancing tenants to recover rent. If this is Indemnity Policies for residen- so, the best practice is to also adtial and commercial mortgages dress in the written agreement so solicitors have done their due with your partners, that they are diligence. According to the risk willing to indemnify you for all they put the insurance in place the rent due after your departo cover Unknown Restrictive ture. Covenants, lost Title deeds, Defective Titles, Good Leaseholds, Disclaimer: This is information only and do not act on this inPossessory Titles etc. formation as legal advice and Q. I wish to retire as a Partner, always seek advice from your how will this affect the lease, solicitor according to the circumstances of your case. which I am included in ? A- The simplest way to retire as
New Bradford to London railway link could be in pipeline
Business leaders in Bradford have welcomed an assessment by transport bosses which found the city could get a new fast train service to the capital as a byproduct of the HS2 rail project. Transport authority Metro has been looking into what the East Coast Mainline could be used for once the HS2 line is running highspeed trains between Leeds and London. One of its suggestions is a direct, fast service between Bradford and London each hour. Mike Cartwright, policy executive at Bradford Chamber, said: “Despite its name, HS2 has nev-
er been just about speed – it’s always been as much about capacity, but that often gets overlooked in discussions. “We’ve long been pushing for more direct services between Bradford and London and so we welcome the report’s noting of that.” Currently, most of the services from Bradford to London involve changing trains at Leeds. There are only about four direct services to the capital each day from Bradford Interchange, with a journey time of between twoand-a-half and three-and-a-half hours.
Other ideas by Metro chiefs include maintaining the half-hourly service between Wakefield Westgate and London, but with faster journey times. A report going to its executive suggests that changes to the existing rail network, once it is freed up, could bring economic benefits of between £300 million and £800 million to the region, on top of the benefits of HS2 itself. The authority is expected to urge HS2 Ltd to revisit its plans and incorporate an improved offer on the East Coast Mainline.
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HOW TO MAKE OUR CHILDREN’S FEEL SECURE
We all want our children to be safe. We keep them from danger and make sure they are aware of things around them that can cause harm, like electrical hazards, sharp objects, etc. Today I want us to think how we can help our children to feel secure but not just safe from physical danger. We want to think especially about their feelings and emotions. As parents, we need to give our infants a secure place to grow and learn and develop a healthy, happy personality.
In picture 1. the sheep has no freedom to move. The strict boundary makes him unhappy. In picture 2. the sheep has enough space to move freely. But still has boundaries to keep him secure. In picture 3. the sheep has no boundaries. There are no restrictions. But he feels lost and anxious.
• Loving our children means helping them know that someone is in charge of them who cares for them.
Let’s make this practical. Many times we can avoid negative behaviour before it even starts. Avoid Temptation When your baby starts crawling, It is the second picture that we you know it's time to put covers should aim for in our homes with on your plug sockets and put that our children. expensive vase on a shelf. That Setting boundaries that are reamakes sense for safety reasons, but sonable and good is important. it'll also give her freedom to play. It When we are consistent and fair in is good for her to explore her surputting these limits in place it actu- roundings. It helps her develop and ally brings a sense of wellbeing to grow in confidence. our children. If we have no bounda- "A young child doesn't need to ries, they might enjoy ‘freedom’ for have the run of the whole house, but if you make sure that one or “When you give your child a secure two rooms are completely babybase it helps them to manage their proofed, you won't have to say no anxieties and be free to explore as often," says one child expert. their world. It’s simpler to look out for potential If they feel secure they become dangers or negative behaviour and confident in their relationships with move it or deal with it before it people. becomes a problem. The parent’s Children feel free to explore bea while, but it will not help them job is to think ahead so that we are cause they know they can return feel secure. not always saying “No!” or “Put to their secure base if they are that down!” anxious or have needs they cannot • Loving our children means meet alone.” setting consistent limits. Provide alternatives • Loving our children means Because young children usually Think about these three pictures. helping them know what is right have a short attention span, it's and wrong. easy to distract them. If your child
insists on ripping up the newspaper, introduce her favourite toy instead or play a game. "My boys love to bang on the television, so when I see one of them moving in that direction, I'll say something like, 'Where's your brother?' and it usually makes them forget what they were doing," says one mum. Focus on Sleep Overtired toddlers are much harder to handle. It’s a fact. "In my experience, fatigue is the number-one cause of misbehaviour," writes one paediatrician. "It's normal for a toddler to throw a tantrum to test the limits now and then, but if he's consistently difficult, he's probably sleep-deprived." Most toddlers between the ages of 1 and 2 need about 10-13 hours of sleep a day. If your child isn't getting enough, make his bedtime earlier. We might feel that setting boundaries and limits for our children is being mean and unkind. NO! It is precisely the opposite. If we don’t set boundaries we are being unkind. I guarantee that if you start helping your child by setting good routines and a suitable, predictable pattern to their lives, they will respond amazingly. They will become relaxed and happy. They will grow
as people. Questions to consider with your spouse. What routines do we have in your home? Are we consistent and fair? Do you and your spouse agree on the rules of the home? Do our children know what is expected from them? Do they know that conflicts will be sorted out quickly and without aggression? Andy & Judith Stovell are parents of 6 children and work in the community supporting families with pre-school children. They are developing an educational project –Parwarish- in Azad Kashmir promoting awareness of the needs of infants and how parents can meet those needs. In this series of articles, Andy talks about four big ideas that help our little ones to grow and learn and become happy and confident. Andy & Judith are happy to try and answer any questions you might have. Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Recently the government announced they have the following consultation paper on the table. The proposal states, “in future, if a landlord suspects that illegal migrants are living in their property, they should take action – usually by reporting this to the Home Office. Landlords who provide accommodation to illegal migrants without making
checks will face civil penalties.- fore the tenancy commences, ----------the penalty would be to make checks not only on the person with whom the landlord £3,000 per migrant.” is entering into a contractual reAre the government really turn- lationship, but also to take reaing “Landlords into immigration sonable steps to ascertain in advance, if other adults will be officers?” living at the property and to The government will argue that carry out their checks. the essence of the proposal is to extend the multi-agency work When one thinks about the that is already proving effective amount of time the Home Ofagainst “Beds in Sheds”. The pol- fice can take to return someone someicy will state that prior to renting passport/documents, accommodation to a new ten- times in excess of six months, ant to live in as their main home, what does the perspective tenlandlords will be required to ask ant do whilst he/she is waiting?” prospective tenants to produce evidence from a check list of Keith Lannaman specific documents of their en- Adam Law Solicitors titlement to be in the UK. There 759-761 Attercliffe Road, Shefis no doubt one of those docu- field, S9 3RF ments will be a valid passport!! t: 0114 2560 111 f: 0114 2560 609 The proposal goes on to say that landlords will be required, be-
Anger as dumped waste is left on Bradford street
A stinking mound of fly-tipped rubbish including black sacks of rotting food waste has still not been moved from behind homes on a Bradford street.
to their garages. But calls to Bradford Council for help have so far fallen on deaf ears, declared one angry householder, who asked not to be named.
Last Monday night, a moving van dumped beds, sofas, sacks and rubble onto the back lane of Idle Road, blocking residents’ route
“A man from environmental health came round and said it was on private property and so we’ll have to move it ourselves.
It’s a disgrace and we feel let down. “No-one can afford to hire two skips to move all the rubbish and we don’t know who actually owns the road. We don’t pay any maintenance bills, just our council tax – and now the Council won’t help us out when we need it,” he said.
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There has been a lot in the press recently about care, it is a fact that we have an ageing population who are living longer and leading more active lives. Inevitably this means the need for elderly care facilities will rise. How this care is provided will change ,whether it is from home, in a care home or a retirement village will evolve over the next decade or so. It is predicted that the over 65 sector of the population could potentially rise substantially over the next decade,the BME percentage will also see significant rises. So not only is there going to be a need for more care facilities generally, the specialist market will also increase. A specific area that is likely to see a rise is specialist care homes specifically catering for different minority needs, there are very few such facilities in this country at the present time. The demand for such facilities certainly does exist. The specialist care market for minority needs is evolving because a lot of these communities are now second or third generation and the need is now coming to light. It now provides a business opportunity for entrepreneurial developers/operators. The main ingredients needed for a successful operation is location. It is accepted that elderly residents do not want to be too far
away from the communities they have lived in and are familiar with. A comfortable environment is very important with facilities that they could relate to, close to places of worship,medical facilities ,specialist food shops etc. As mentioned previously we have a very small number of specialist BME care homes,there are a few which cater for the Hindu community located in the South of the country. The need for care homes catering for South Asian communities is inevitably going to rise,whether we choose to accept this or not is arguably a matter of time. The opportunities to cater for this need provide major business opportunities, there are a number of possible concepts, let us look at a few these: Care At Home Clearly this is not an area that I am an expert in, but there have been an increasing number of companies being set up to provide care to the general public. Such a concept could be put together which would provide a good business and service opportunity aimed at the specialist BME market. As Local Authorities grapple with difficult financial circumstances the private sector could potentially fulfil this role. The property need in setting up such a service is an office base with a mobile workforce.
Clearly before you embark on such a venture you will need to work with and take the advice of experts in this field, as there will be many legal and legislative requirements that will need to be addressed and fulfilled. Care Home A concept that we are more familiar with,these can range from small facilities with say twenty bed spaces to over a hundred bed spaces, the average traditionally has been around sixty bed spaces. Generally
speaking each resident has their own bedroom with possibly an ensuite facility,with all other facilities shared. The important ingredient for this to be successful is to have the facility in the right location with staff who are sympathetic to the needs of the residents,particularly for homes catering for the BME/ South Asian residents. In terms of property needs you could convert a large property in
grounds, or more so now build a new home. There are many regulations that you need to follow so the need for expert advice is paramount before you embark on such a venture. Retirement Homes There are a number of such facilities which have been built in the last decade or so,some with a limited amount of care provision aimed at the 55 plus resident. Generally these facilities provide a safe environment with residents from similar age groups. The popularity of these has been rising because there are models which support purchase ,rental and equity share. The facility will include a secure environment and your own front door key to a one or two bedroomed apartment. Property wise you need a good site in a popular location,with good local facilities Retirement Villages There are different names for such facilities sometimes referred to as Extra Care Schemes. They provide either one or two bedroomed apartments,with one of the main differences being that you can access a sliding scale of care provision. Also they will have a lot of facilities on site such as a restaurant, gymnasium, recreational facilities, access to medical care whether on site or regular visits from health professionals. The villages tend to be in large in grounds, there will be purchase and rental options,and the option to access care as and when needed. In property terms you are looking at
Burka Avenger Fights For Girls’ Education series, which is due to start running on Geo TV in early August, is much more lighthearted. The Urdu language show is the brainchild of one of Pakistan's biggest pop stars, Haroon Rashid. It was conceived as a way to emphasise the importance of girls' education and teach children other lessons, such as protecting the environment and not discriminating against others. Move over Wonder Woman and Supergirl a new female superhero is on the rise and this one shows a lot less skin than her predecessors. The Pakistani heroine Burka Avenger is a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills. She uses a flowing black burka to hide her identity as she fights local thugs seeking to shut down the girls' school where she works.
Rashid said: "Each one of our episodes is centred around a moral, which sends out strong social messages to kids. "But it is cloaked in pure entertainment, laughter, action and adventure."
The decision to clothe the superhero in a black burka - the full-length robe commonly worn by conservative Islamic women in Pakistan and Afghanistan - could raise eyebrows because some people view the outfit as a sign of opIt is a battle Pakistanis are all too famil- pression. The Taliban forced women iar with in the real world. The Taliban to wear burkas when they took control have blown up hundreds of schools of Afghanistan in the 1990s. and attacked activists in Pakistan's northwest because they oppose girls' The version worn by the Burka Avengeducation. er shows only her eyes and fingers Action in the Burka Avenger cartoon though it has a sleeker, more ninjalike
look than the bulky robes of an actual burka. Rashid said he used a burka to give a local feel to the show, which is billed as the first animated series ever produced in Pakistan. "It's not a sign of oppression. She is using the burka to hide her identity like other superheroes," said Rashid. The Burka Avenger's true identity is Jiya, whose adopted father, Kabbadi Jan, taught her the karate moves she uses to defeat her enemies. When not dressed as her alter ego, Jiya does not wear a burka, or even a less conservative headscarf over her hair.
sites of over one hectare. Once you have a suitable site you will need a good professional team that can advise on how to procure a successful scheme. The concept of an elderly care village appeals to many elderly people, but even more so with the BME community, where the need for their own front door key is very important. The environment of independent living where relatives can come and stay and security that care will be provided if needed. In conclusion it is without a doubt that the need for elderly care across the board is likely to rise, how we face this challenge is where evolutionary service delivery changes will develop. Within the BME/South Asian community there is arguably a silent demand,this needs to be pro actively embraced and sensitively catered for. In South Asian countries themselves there is evidence that such facilities/services are being provided. In terms of business there is an opportunity developing. As ever this is an overview, and it is important that you take professional advice if you are thinking of embarking on such a business venture. Finally, Eid Mubarak to all the readers.
Bradford safety device now exported worldwide A lifting device invented by a former Bradford welder is now being sold around the world after being developed for commercial production in the UK. About 4,000 ‘GasGrab’ units have been sold since Lionel Foster first developed the idea following a back injury while lifting gas cylinders by hand. Mr Foster, of Wyke, worked with the University of Bradford's engineering and physiotherapy departments to test the GasGrab, which picks up heavy cylinders using a system of levers and hinges, to allow them to be moved safely without any effort. The test results proved there was a significant reduction in the risk of skeletal injury when lifting a cylinder using a GasGrab rather then lifting them using a ‘bear hug’. So far, around 60 per cent of GasGrabs sold have been into the United States, with others sold to Norway, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, Mexico, Falkland Islands, Australia and New Zealand, Brazil and Taiwan. Customers include the armed forces, BP, BOC, National Grid, and other blue-chip companies. To boost sales in Europe the device will be demonstrated at the international welding show at Essen, Germany, in September. Mr Foster said: “It’s been a long process to get to where we are now”.
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Crackdown On Whiplash Claims Urged Insurers must "get their house in order" and end practices which encourage fraud and exaggeration in vehicle whiplash injury claims, a report by MPs has said. Ministers should consider reducing the limitation period for road accident insurance claims, and require whiplash claimants to produce more supporting evidence, said the report from the House of Commons Transport Committee. But genuine claimants should not be demonised and the assertion that the UK is the "whiplash capital of the world" cannot be proved or disproved, the MPs said. The report also warned that access to justice could be impaired by Government proposals to switch whiplash claims between
£1,000 and £5,000 to the small claims court, particularly for people who do not feel confident to represent themselves against insurers who will use legal professionals to contest claims. The use of the small claims track could also prove counterproductive in efforts to discourage fraudulent and exaggerated claims as expert evidence is not generally submitted. In their report the MPs said: "We were surprised to hear that insurers will sometimes make an offer to personal injury claimants even before a medical report has been received. We also note that our previous recommendation on making the links between insurers and other parties involved with claims more transparent has
been ignored. Insurers must immediately get their house in order and end practices which encourage fraud and exaggeration. If not, the Government should take steps to protect motorists."
The Rotherham Hospital Charity recently hosted the very first Dr Ted’s Children’s Appeal Charity Dinner with major sponsors Willmott Dixon, raising over £7,500. The evening was a huge success, filled with live entrainment, dinner, dancing and a charity auction and raffle. The funds raised at the event will provide two new ventilation units for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Rotherham Hospital that will further improve the level of care that can be provided for young children with breathing difficulties and consequently reduce the length of time they need to stay in hospital.
The main event sponsor, Willmott Dixon, has worked with the Rotherham Hospital charity for the past year and has also completed a number of projects to help improve the SCBU, including transforming some outdated spaces within the unit to create a new Parents’ Suite for young patients and their families. Staff from the company’s Rotherham branch will also be returning to the ward in July to carry out further works to the bathrooms, and create a new meeting and education room.
Leigh Garbutt, Willmott Dixon’s Regional Customer and Community Manager, said: “We were really happy to support Dr Ted’s Dinner Dance. All the staff who attended had a wonA number of local councillors were present derful evening and it was the perfect way at the Charity Dinner, along with the Leader to celebrate our ongoing relationship with of the Council, CouncillorRoger Stone, and Dr Rotherham Hospital Charity and the SBCU. Ted Charity Ambassador, Councillor Mahroof As a company, Willmott Dixon is committed Hussain MBE, whose support in the arrang- to helping develop the SBCU and we hope ing and running of the event was instrumen- that our work will go some way to helping tal in its success. families and children during a difficult time.”
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Rotherham Hospital’s SCBU provides support for babies who are born prematurely, for those who have complications after birth or for those who just need a helping hand to getting fit and well enough to go home. The Dr Ted’s Children’s Appeal, one of The Rotherham Health Foundation’s charitable appeals, often supports SCBU by helping to provide them with both equipment and facilities.
Tracy Williams, Charity Development Officer at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re so grateful for everything that Willmott Dixon have done to support us over the last year. Their contribution to Dr Ted’s dinner dance really helped to make the evening a great success. The overwhelming support from all of the sponsors meant that we were able to raise double the amount expected, providing two new ventilation units for the SCBU.”
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Football: New Fulham boss England look to complete an Ashes urged to tap Pakistan talent series win over Australia at Old Trafford
Pakistan football chiefs Tuesday urged new Fulham owner Shahid Khan to go back to his roots and tap up young talent in the South Asian country. Billionaire Khan, born in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, took over the English Premier League club in a deal struck on Friday. The 62-year-old vowed to build on the foundations left by previous owner Mohamed Al Fayed, and Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) marketing director Sardar Naveed Haider urged him to look to Pakistan. "We are trying to make a contact with him to request him to come to Pakistan and see the burgeoning talent in the country and get them an opportunity to groom at the Fulham academy," Haider said. Pakistan were among the top Asian footballing nations until the 1970s, but lack of government support and the overwhelming popularity of cricket left the game in the doldrums. They now sit at a lowly 167th in FIFA rankings -- languishing below Bermuda, Palestine and the Solomon Islands -- but Haider claims signs of improvement are visible. "We definitely have talent at our disposal. Look at our structure in
which our Under-14 and Under-16 teams are doing well," he said. "We won the South Asian Under-16 title in Nepal in 2011 and will defend it later this month." British-born Pakistan international defender Zesh Rehman played for the Cottagers for several seasons, and Haider said there was more talent waiting to be unearthed. "If Khan can send his scouts to Pakistan who can have a look at our talent and provide them with a facility at Fulham it would be a great help and the boys are excited at the prospect," said Haider. Football is particularly popular in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, but poverty and poor security mean few young players get a chance. Khan, who has US citizenship and who already owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, is ranked 179th in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, with an estimated worth of $2.5 billion. He made his fortune as a car parts manufacturer. Haider said the fact Khan had taken over such a high-profile club would boost the game in Pakistan. "It is very exciting for the football fraternity here that a Pakistani now owns top EPL club Fulham and we wish that under his ownership Fulham becomes a successful team," Haider said.
Matthew Fisher Heads Quintet Of Yorkshire Players In England Squad Matthew Fisher heads an impressive list of five Yorkshire players in England Under19’s latest 14-man squad for a one-day tri-series against Bangladesh and Pakistan later this month. The 15-year-old fast bowler from York is joined by Thirsk leftarm spinner Karl Carver, Stamford Bridge all-rounder Will Rhodes, seam bowler Josh Shaw and top-order batsman Jonny Tattersall. But it is the inclusion of Fisher, who has played two Yorkshire Bank 40 matches for the county’s first team this summer, that will capture the imagination. When the schoolboy from York debuted in the YB40 against Leicestershire in early
June, he became the youngest post-war county cricketer. "Whenever I see his mum, I say 'I'm sure you registered his birth when he was five!'” said Yorkshire’s director of cricket development Ian Dews. “I don't see him as a 15-year-old. His maturity is well above 15. The only 15-year-old I see in him is his enthusiasm, which is brilliant.
England captain Alastair Cook said his team will learn from past mistakes as they look to complete an Ashes series win over Australia at Old Trafford. In the last two series, England went 1-0 up but lost at Headingley and Perth before recovering to win the series. This time, England take a 2-0 lead into the third Test but Cook is refusing to look beyond Thursday in Manchester. "It is a great opportunity we have but you can't start thinking about anything other than the first hour," said Cook. Old Trafford in numbers The refurbished pavilion at Old Trafford Ashes Tests: 28 (England won seven, Australia won seven, with 14 draws) First Ashes Test: 10-12 July 1884. Highest Ashes total: 656-8 declared by Australia in 1964. Lowest Ashes total: 70 by Australia in August 1888. Highest individual Ashes score: 311 by Australia captain Bobby Simpson in that drawn fourth Test in 1964.
Most Ashes runs: 416 by former Australia skipper, Allan Border. Best Ashes bowling (innings): 1053 by England's Jim Laker in 1956. Most Ashes wickets: 23 by England
2010-11. On home soil four years ago, England went into the fourth Test at Headingley with a 1-0 lead, but were bowled out for 102 on the first day and slumped to a defeat by an innings and 80 runs. In the 2010-11 series down under, England were thrashed by 267 runs in the third Test in Perth as Australia levelled. "At Headingley we did start thinking too far ahead," said Cook. "I admit I do remember saying 'if we win here we win the Ashes'. There was that mentality and we forgot about the hard work. fast bowler Tom Richardson. "In Perth, I think you have to give Victories in the first two Tests have credit to the way Australia played put England in a commanding in that game. I don't think it was position to seal their third Ashes anything to do with it being 1-0 series victory in a row. in the series. It wasn't a do-or-die Donald Bradman's 1936-37 game as such and they outskilled Australians are the only team to us." have come back from 2-0 down to England have won six of their last win a Test series between the two seven Tests at Old Trafford, narcountries. rowly missing out on a victory over But despite history favouring Australia in the 2005 Ashes when his men, Cook is eager to guard final pair Brett Lee and Glenn against complacency after experi- McGrath batted out four overs for encing major slip-ups on the road a draw. to Ashes victories in 2009 and
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Ashes 2013: Ease of Joe Root's integration into England team proves strength of academy system After Lord’s the argument is over: never mind going in down the order, Joe Root is now destined to open England’s batting for some time. Joe Root One of the lads: Joe Root is congratulated by his team-mates after taking a wicket at Lord's Confident, elegant, accomplished: that sizeable century accumulated against the Australians has signalled the arrival of an English batting star. And for his new colleagues in the England dressing room, even if the young Yorkshireman does
carry the appearance of someone plucked straight from the under15s, there is no surprise in seeing him adapt to his new environment
be able to perform at that level.” Anderson’s respect for his new team-mate is all the greater given that he himself struggled when he was first plunged into the big time as a young man. Root, however, already looks as though he belongs in the most elevated of surroundings. Marrying elegance to tenacity, technique to determination and with a temperament that redefines the term equable, at 22 he seems to have so quickly. been around for ages. “The biggest thing about Joe is According to Ian Bell, that is partly that the mental side of the game thanks to the system now in place is easy for him,” says James Anin the England set-up, which eases derson. “I’ve never seen someone the transition into the Test side for that young have what you need to a young player
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