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SHEFFIELD is leading the way nationally and internationally in bringing post mortem techniques into the 21st century thanks to a revolutionary new digital autopsy centre being opened in the city on Wednesday 27th November 2013.

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Over 46,500 Local Kids to Benefit from Free School Meals Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, has revealed that 46,601 infant school pupils in South Yorkshire will benefit from a free hot and healthy meal at lunchtime from September 2014. It is estimated that the numbers of children who will benefit include 18,175 in Sheffield, 10,805 in Doncaster, 9,516 in Rotherham and 8,105 in Barnsley. The Coalition will fund schools in England to provide free meals for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in a measure that will save families £400 a year per child while helping to raise school standards and cut the attainment gap. Universal free school meals for primary school pupils were a key recommendation in a recent review of school food produced independently for the Department for Education.

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POLICE CHIEF ‘NICKED’ OVER FAILED FIRST YEAR Local politicians have slammed South Yorkshire’s Police Chief after a failed first year in charge. Shaun Wright, the Labour Police and Crime Commissioner, who was elected on a turnout of less than 15%, ended a year of criticism facing a damning poll on his role. In his first year as Commissioner, Shaun Wright has faced criticism for: Spending £3,144,717 a year on his personal office; Hiring a spin doctor at an equivalent annual cost of £83,753; Wasting £14,783 on security for his own home; Blowing £45,000 appointing a Labour politician as his highly-

paid deputy; Hiking the Council Tax precept by 3.6% despite under-spending his budget and hiding millions of pounds in reserves; Being named and shamed as one of the laziest Police Chiefs in the country.

spin doctors. “Yet despite all the money he has thrown at increasing his own profile, the vast majority of local people have no idea who he is or why he feels justified in picking up his extortionate salary.”

Cllr Penny Baker, Sheffield Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Community Safety, said: “Polls shows that Police Commissioners have not been working as they should right across the country. “However, even by those low standards Labour’s Police Chief in South Yorkshire has had an embarrassing year. He seems determined to hike Council Tax for struggling families in order to pay for more politicians and

SHEFFIELD COUNCIL MOUNTS £31,000,000 DEBT IN UNPAID COUNCIL TAX Sheffield City Council has run up debts of £31 million in unpaid council tax bills, some of which date back to 1999/2000. Despite promises to get tough, it appears the Council’s threats have proved empty as the total debt has increased by more than £4 million over two years. Local campaigners, fighting to save threatened libraries, have criticised the Council for protecting tax dodgers instead of treasured libraries and other front-line services.

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The unique software turns images into a 3D representation of the body, enabling post mortems to be conducted digitally. This will be beneficial for some bereaved families by being able to avoid invasive autopsies in some cases where there is a reasonable prospect that a digital autopsy can provide a cause of death instead.

centre at no cost to the Council and I welcome iGene to our city in this ground breaking deal. The facility will train and support the pathology team in Sheffield as well as recruiting up to 14 other highly-skilled support staff to work alongside them.”

Sheffield City Council is the first authority in the country and the first place outside Malaysia, where the revolutionary technology was developed and tested, to install such a facility as part of a contract with life sciences company iGene. Council Leader Councillor Julie Dore, who will be part of the official opening delegation today (Wednesday, November 27), said: “Sheffield has always prided itself in being at the forefront of modern technology and for embracing pioneering work in the medical field. Yet again we can celebrate another achievement for Sheffield. “There are countless families who will be able to benefit from our city having this new facility. “I am also pleased that we have been able to secure the new £3m Sheffield

The new technology uses unique 3D imaging software, and is set to revolutionise the way autopsies are carried out in the future. The new centre in Sheffield, which will be housed at the city’s Medico-Legal Centre, paves the way for a raft of centres nationwide, making the UK the first nation in the world to have such a network of state-of-the-art, noninvasive digital autopsy facilities.

England and Wales, HHJ Peter Thornton mise any delays in releasing the body for QC, Wednesday November 27th 2013. burial or cremation. The construction and equipping of Around 20 per cent of deaths in Britain the new £3m Sheffield centre is being are followed by autopsy (95,000 nation- funded by iGene, which will also train ally in 2012), and virtually all of these and support pathologists in the region. were ordered by coroners in cases where the cause of death was unknown. Cases will be assessed on a joint basis to decide whether the digital autopsy process would be the most appropriate course of action.

It is hoped the new scanning system will help avoid invasive autopsies. Some findings that are difficult to spot during a conventional autopsy can be more easily seen through a scan such as air distribution within the body – or the location of foreign objects such as metal fragments and bullets, which is also of particular importance for forensic pathologists.

Matt Chandran, founder and CEO of iGene, said: “This is the first Digital Autopsy network anywhere in the world, which is a testament to the innovative thought-leadership of the UK Government and forward-thinking cities like Sheffield and others across the country, with whom we are working.

"Digital Autopsy is more than just a technological innovation; it represents a tremendous humanitarian step forward in establishing the cause of an unnatural death. That the UK is the first country to adopt such an advanced system for post-mortem speaks highly of a society which accords dignity to the living as well as the dead. It also clearly places UK as A digital autopsy is also a faster process a leader in innovation of the medical sciIt will be opened by the Chief Coroner for than traditional methods, and it can mini- ences and high technology."

Paving the way for 213 New affordable homes A total of 213 much-needed affordable homes are set to be built across Sheffield as the Council releases seven plots of land for development. Housing associations will build the homes on sites at Burngreave, Darnall, Jordanthorpe, Parson Cross, Wybourn and Wisewood following successful applications for funding from the Homes and Communities Agency, with the support of Sheffield City Council.

sociation would build 22 family homes for affordable rent at Chapelwood Road in Darnall, including four larger homes with four bedrooms which are in demand in the area. SYHA would also build on its White Willows Extra Care Scheme by building 42 affordable rented apartments for older people at Hazlehurst and Chantrey in Jordanthorpe, potentially freeing up more family housing in the local neighbourhood.

Under the proposals, 16 family homes for rent would be built at Catherine Street in Burngreave by Arches Housing. This site was cleared as part of the Burngreave and Fir Vale Masterplan, but the project stalled during the economic downturn. South Yorkshire Housing As-

Also under the plan, is housing at Parson Cross, Wybourn, and Wisewood. The Council is supporting the delivery of affordable housing by disposing of the sites at no cost.

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Sheffield's new £18m Moor Market has been officially opened for business. The market hall has replaced Castle Market, which formally closed after 54 years of

trading. About one third of the 90 traders are new to the city's markets. The market would attract around 100,000 people each week.

Man has a cardiac arrest on the football pitch Tair was resuscitated on the football pitch for about 20 mins by 3 of my friends all GPs

By: Zeeshan Naqvi Tair Bashir, IT consultant, 42 with a young family, from Rotherham) had a cardiac arrest on the football pitch. Dr Ripon Ahmed lives in Sheffield and work as GP in Rotherham, tells the tale of his friends how they saved their friend Tair’s life on the football pitch.

British Gas Price Increases Will Hit Nearly Eight Million Households This Winter Nearly eight million households will be hit with higher energy costs when British Gas hikes its prices in the latest round of winter bill rises. Customers face a 10.4% increase in electricity prices while gas will rise by 8.4%,

“I have been playing 5 aside football on Friday nights for the last few months with some friends (the group consists of mainly GPs and teachers from Sheffield

and Rotherham). Unfortunately, I had to cancel last minute due to an emergency. When I managed to check my phone I was shocked to hear that one of my friend Tair has had a heart attack Tair was resuscitated on the football pitch for about 20 mins by 3 of my friends (all GPs, one of them is my colleague, the other the medical director Barnsley CCG and the other a senior GP in Sheffield) until the ambulance/defibrillator arrived.

Hospital A&E when it was diagnosed that he had suffered a heart attack. Tair then underwent an emergency coronary angiogram and a stent was inserted. He remains on CCU relatively stable and is slowly recovering. Tair did not have any previous history of heart conditions. I went to see Tair yesterday and he has no recollection of anything (this is quite common).

My friends are far too modest but without their input and basic life supThey then assisted the paramedics for port Tair may not have survived. They another 15-20 mins. He needed IV drugs were helped by another doctor from the and shocking with the defibrillator a few adjacent pitch (he works in Rotherham times to restart his heart. Afterwards, A&E). he was then taken to Northern General

From Left: Dr Ashrif Akram, Tair Bashir and Dr Amir Afzal

meaning the average dualfuel bill will rise by £123 to £1,444 a year. The blow comes just a week after rival “big six” provider SSE lifted its prices by an average of 8.2%, impacting around 7.3 million of its customers.

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Calls to reveal profits from parking fees and charges Sheffield Council is facing a call to reveal its latest profits from parking fines, fees and charges. A report by MPs has asked all local authorities to publish an annual report, detailing how much money they make from parking and how it is spent.

Coun Ian Auckland, Lib Dem transport spokesman, said: “Transparency in local councils is important and that’s why, when we controlled the council, we published parking revenues and how the money was spent. It’s time for the council to come clean with residents.”

Muhammad Shoaib Zahiri achieves the Highest Sales Volume Award in Carphone Warehouse South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Region 2012 - 2013

Congratulations to Muhammad Shoaib Zahiri on achieving the Highest Sales Volume Award in Carphone Warehouse (South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Region) 2012 2013 and set a record by surpassing the monthly sales goal for several months in a row in his branch.

Mr. Zahiri is a well known figure in Sheffield and Rotherham for his charity work and often broadcast religious and social programmes on radio. Keep up the great work.

The Carphone Warehouse Regional Sales conference held at Novotel Hotel in Sheffield on 24th November 2013, Muhammad Shoaib Zahiri received 2 sales awards from Steve Wall (Regional General Manager).

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News in Brief Recycling Boost

Bradford Council figures in the top five of councils in Yorkshire and Humberside for household waste recycling. Recently released Government figures show that Bradford, at 51.85 per cent, is one of the top recyclers in the region. Bradford has seen a marked improvement in the recycling of household waste rising from

less than a third (30.36 per cent) to more than half (51.85 per cent) between 2011-12 and 2012-13 - the fifth largest improvement in the country. Each year Bradford Council manages nearly a quarter of a million tonnes of waste from trade, households and other sources.

Bradford Council Youth Worker Receives Award From Uci President Naz Ali, who was voted Cycling Hero for Yorkshire and North East region in September, has received his award from president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Brian Cookson, OBE, at a special celebration event at the Manchester Velodrome. Naz, who works as a Advanced Practitioner for Bradford Council’s Youth Service, received the award in recognition for the work he has done for young people new to cycling, encour-

aging them to use it as a way to broaden their horizons. Naz said: "It is a real honour to receive this award from Mr Cookson. We’ve done a huge amount in Bradford to promote cycling as a fun and healthy activity that gives young people a great sense of freedom. The award recognises the effort that the whole team has put in, and recognises the Council’s great partnership with British Cycling.”

Rotherham Cllr Jahangir Akhtar Cleared Over Claims

A senior councillor has resumed his post after being cleared over claims he knew of a relationship between a girl in care and a suspected child abuser. Jahangir Akhtar stepped down temporarily as deputy leader of Rotherham Council in August. It followed the publication in The Times newspaper of a woman's account of being allowed contact with the alleged abuser from 1999, when she was aged 14. South Yorkshire Police confirmed it would not be taking the matter further. Mr Akhtar said he was now considering whether to take legal action against The Times. He said he had received a letter from the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire David Crompton which said officers had interviewed a number of witnesses but none had provided any evidence to support the allegation. The Labour councillor told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I would not want anyone to go through what I've been through, it's been absolutely horrendous. "I'm a little bit disappointed in the amount of time it has taken but I'm pleased that the police carried out a thorough investigation. "They have covered every angle and the letter I have had from the chief constable is very unambiguous. "I

have always maintained absolute innocence of the scurrilous allegations made in The Times article." Mr Akhtar stepped aside after The Times reported that he was related to the 14-year-old

girl's alleged abuser and was aware of their relationship. She was one of four women who said they planned to sue Rotherham Council for "systematic failures to protect them from sexual

abuse by predatory men" when they were children. The newspaper said social services became aware before the relationship ended that the 24-year-old man was part of a ring of men suspected of abusing more than 40 young teenagers in Rotherham. The article stated that by June 2000, both police and social services knew the teenager, who had been placed in emergency foster care, was in a sexual relationship with the man. A spokeswoman for the newspaper said: "The police investigation into Mr Akhtar was carried out at the request of Rotherham Council. "The Times did not accuse Mr Akhtar of committing a criminal offence. "The article was an accurate report on a public interest matter following an investigation which highlighted failures by Rotherham Council to adequately protect children in its care." Rotherham Council chief executive Martin Kimber said: "South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the investigation has found no evidence to support the reported allegations, and will not be taking any further action. "We would like to thank South Yorkshire Police for carrying out a thorough investigation and setting out their position in clear terms."

Charity supports conference for poverty alleviation in pakistan b-Warm Energy Saving Scheme Householders in Bradford will benefit from free or heavily subsidised home energy efficiency improvements from a project which began last month. Bradford Council’s ‘b-warm’ scheme aims to keep residents warm, heat homes more cost effectively and help to lower fuel bills.

‘irregular’ cavities (found in some stone built properties) The scheme is funded by the Government’s national Energy Companies Obligation scheme. In the past your home may not have qualified for standard insulation, but b-warm is offering a greater range of improvements so that more homes in the Bradford district can benefit. Each home will need to be assessed individually. Factors such as house type, location and qualifying benefits will be taken into account.

It provides an opportunity to all residents, except people in social housing, to have energy efficiency improvements after initially targeting people more at risk of fuel poverty. b-warm provides various home energy savings im- If your home qualifies you may be offered free or subprovements such as: sidised home energy savings • Heating – including re- improvements. To find out more information placement boilers about the scheme and to see • Loft insulation • External & internal wall in- if your property is eligible, sulation please visit (www.bradford. • Cavity wall insulation, in- cluding ‘hard to treat’ or

Bradford based charity QED-UK is supporting a major international conference in December in London exploring the future of Pakistan. ‘Looking beyond 2015: Pakistan post Millennium Development Goals’ is hosted by The Muslim Charities Forum and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, with support from the British Pakistan Foundation, I-Genius, and QED. The day-long conference features panel discussions with key civil society institutions and aid agencies, government bodies and parliamentarians from the UK, USA, the EU and Pakistan, alongside members of the UK’s Pakistani communities. The event at Church House, Westminster on 3 December, aims to discuss what the future holds for the country and what role each organization can play in lifting Pakistan out of

poverty. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is the keynote speaker at the conference. Other key guests include the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pakistan, Simon

Saleh Saeed from the Disasters Emergency Committee will take part in panel sessions alongside representatives from the World Bank, ICRC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxfam and ODI - as well as numerous aid agencies, academics and the Pakistani Diaspora.

Dr Mohammed Ali, CEO of QED-UK, who is also one the speakers, said: “The UK Pakistani community has a lot to offer to help social and economic innovation in Pakistan as it undergoes a historic transfer of power, and QED-UK is proud to support this gathering of leading minds from across the world.” QED-UK works to break down barriers faced by people of South-Asian origin. Danczuk MP and the Chairman of the British To register, or find out more, visit http://bePakistan Foundation and Trustee of British Asian Trust, entrepreneur, Asif Rangoonwala.

New Support For Rotherham Business Start-Ups For many people starting their own business can be one of the most satisfying decisions that they make in life. For some this prospect may also seem daunting, but now people in the Rotherham area can benefit from a new programme which offers them expert support, advice and training as they plan to start their new business. Rotherham Ready For Business is a new project, managed by Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO), the business and regeneration arm of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC).

offers potential start-up businesses the opportunity to get ready for business success through proper training, support, advice and commercial investment.

forecasting, taxation/VAT, marketing and business planning. Individuals will then be invited to participate in the next stage of the programme which includes one-to-one assessments with an experienced, independent business adviser; an intensive support programme, leading to the development of a robust business plan, and dedicated ongoing support both before and after the business starts trading.

To find out more about the Rotherham The new RiDO programme includes a Ready For Business programme, contact free introductory one-day event for all, RIDO on 01709 254444 or visit www. Part of the national 'Ready For Business' which covers the fundamentals of set- programme sponsored by Barclays, it ting up in business including financial

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Britons’ Personal Debt Reaches £1.4 Trillion

DRIVE TO RECRUIT MORE MUSLIM DONORS FROM SHEFFIELD Muslims in Sheffield are being urged to give blood in a bid to increase the number of donors from ethnic minority groups. The Imam Blood Donation Campaign – hailed by the NHS Blood & Transplant service as the ‘largest national blood initiative in the Muslim community’ – is holding another blood drive across nine cities in the UK, including Sheffield. Often, rare blood groups are more common with ethnic minority groups, so encouraging people with rarer blood types to donate is a constant challenge for the NHS. A single blood donation has the potential to save three adult or seven infant lives, but currently only 4 per cent of the UK popula-

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Medical Corner By: Dr Ahmed

Many things that can learned from such incidents as Tair Shabbir’s heart attach on the football pitch. For example, the importance of ELS (emergency life support) and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). These are simple skills that can be taught and learned very easily. Like in Tair's case, ELS/CPR can help save lives and buy time until professional medical help arrives. The British Heart Foundation run free 2 hour "Heartstart" courses all over the UK which anyone attend. When someone's heart stops (cardiac arrest) every minute without CPR and defribrillation reduces their chance of survival by 10%. Automated External Defribrillators (AEDs) are automatic defibrillators that give step by step voice instructions and can be operated by lay person. Tair's heart only restarted after several electric shocks with a defibrillator. AEDs are available in some public places e.g. train stations, shopping malls. They cost around £800 and perhaps some larger mosques and community centres should consider buying one. It might save someone's life.

The Centre for Social Justice says that debt has pushed many people "over a financial cliff edge. The scale of Britain's debt problem has been put into numbers - £1.43 trillion, or £54,000 per household. The CSJ says thousands of people are caught in a "perfect storm" of rising living costs, falling real-term wages and expensive credit. Debt is more of an issue for low-income and vulnerable households as people are awake into the early hours worrying about their personal finances and their bills. And it says that for many their debt

• Poorest 10% of household in the country have average debts more than 4x their annual income • More than 8 million households now have no savings at all • 26,000 UK households have been accepted by councils as homeless in the last five years because of rent and mortgage arrears, with 5,036 becoming homeless last year • Payday lenders have increased business from £900 with £29,000 a decade ago • Unsecured consumer debt million in 2008/09 to just over £2 bilhas almost tripled since 1993, reach- lion in 2011/12. ing nearly £160bn has become "unhealthy and unmanageable". • Personal debt in the UK stands at £1.4 tn with an average household owing £54,000, compared

Winter Deaths Up Nearly 30% to 31,000 The cold winter saw 31,100 excess deaths in 2012/13 compared with 24,200 the previous year - a rise of 29%, figures show. The majority of the deaths in England and Wales were among the elderly with over-75s accounting for 25,600, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The sharp increase came in a bitterly cold start to the year - with the coldest March since 1962, which saw an average monthly temperature of just 2.6C (36.7). There were 18,000 winter-related female deaths, a rise from 13,610 the previous year. The number of excess male deaths was 13,100 up from 10,590 in 2011/12. The figures have been released amid warnings from senior doctors that A&E departments are to

face their worse winter ever and concerns that pensioners and vulnerable families are being forced to choose between "heating and eating". Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to make sure the NHS is fully prepared for winter with a £250m boost which will mean the equivalent of nearly 3,000 extra staff. This consists of temporary staff, extended hours of existing staff and new positions, and almost 2,500 extra beds will be made available across England. The ONS report claims that the cold winter coupled with a peak in flu illnesses over the Christmas period helped to drive the excess deaths.

Don’t Lose Your Right to Vote in 2014 Some Rotherham residents will lose their right to vote unless they complete their electoral registration forms! Reminders to fill in these registration forms were issued last month by Rotherham Borough Council's Electoral Services department. Forms were originally sent out to every household at the end of October to gather information for the new edition of the Register of Electors which will be published by February 17, 2014. Around 114,500 forms were sent out initially and so far around 60 per cent of households have responded. This leaves almost 45,200 households in danger of losing their right to vote.

These people are being reminded that if they fail to return the form their name, and those living in their house who are eligible to vote, may not be included on the Electoral Register. The Electoral Register is not only used for voting purposes. Credit Reference Agencies are legally entitled to use it to check details, so your credit rating can be affected if you are not included. Householders are also reminded that they are required by law to return these forms. If you have not yet received a form please contact the Electoral Services help line on 01709 823590.

Finally, it is prudent to point out that coronary heart disease is twice as common within Asians as compared the indigenous population. Smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and raised cholesterol are all things that increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke. Modifying these "risk factors" will reduce your risk. Further information about coronary heart disease, the "Heartstart" course and AEDs is available on The British Heart Foundation website.

‘Heat your homes’ to stop winter deaths People are being urged by the Government keep their homes heated and get their flu jabs this winter in a drive to prevent thousands of deaths. The Cold Weather Plan For England says people should keep their houses warm, with living room temperatures of 21C (70F) and bedrooms and the rest of the house heated to 18C (65F). The Government's winter advice says temperatures above this "may waste money" but below this "may risk your health". The plan also says if people are unable to afford to heat all their

rooms, they should heat their living room during the day and bedrooms just before going to bed. The Government's advice - which also mentions loft insulation, keeping curtains closed to trap heat and eating hot food - comes as households face significant

increases to their energy bills this winter. Consumer groups and charities are warning that many will be forced to choose between "heating or eating". The fear has stemmed from Britain's "Big Six" energy firms all announcing increases of more than £100 per household a year. Public anger over rising energy prices intensifies. The causes are complex, interlinked with fuel poverty, poor housing and health inequalities, as well as circulating infectious diseases, particularly flu and norovirus, and the extent of snow and ice.

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Dominic Grieve ‘Sorry’ for Minority Corruption Remark The government's chief legal adviser has apologised for any offence caused when he said corruption was "endemic" in some ethnic minority communities. Attorney general Dominic Grieve told a newspaper the problem was not restricted to "any one community" but he was referring mainly to Pakistanis. Some Asian commentators have described Mr Grieve's remarks as "divisive". Later, Mr Grieve said he was wrong to give the impression that there was a problem in the Pakistani community. In a statement, he said: "It is not my view. I believe the Pakistani community has enriched this country a great deal as I know full well from my extensive contact with the community over a number of years. "I'm sorry if I have caused any offence."

In the interview, the attorney general referred to ethnic minority communities coming from places "where they have been brought up to believe you can only get certain things through a favour culture". He was talking in particular about electoral fraud and cited as an example a case from 2008 in Slough, Berkshire, where Tory councillor Eshaq Khan was found guilty of In an interview with the Daily Tele- fraud involving postal votes and jailed graph last month, Mr Grieve said the a year later. corruption problem was growing because some communities are made up In a statement Mr Grieve said later: "I of those who "come from backgrounds am absolutely clear that this problem where corruption is endemic." is not attributable to any one community, as I know very well from my Mr Grieve said he would be "wary" of many years promoting community painting it as solely a Pakistani prob- cohesion." lem and pointed out that corruption Mr Grieve, the Conservative MP for was found in the "white Anglo-Saxon" Beaconsfield, was echoing comments community too. But asked by the made by Tory peer Baroness Warsi in newspaper if he was referring to Pa- 2010. She has talked about problems kistanis, he said: "Yes, it's mainly the of electoral fraud being "predominantPakistani community, not the Indian ly within the Asian community". community."

News in Brief Flagship Scheme for Sheffield’s Student Housing

£3,000 VISA BOND PLAN FOR VISITORS TO BRITAIN ‘SCRAPPED’ Government plans to force visitors from “high risk” countries to pay a £3,000 security bond to enter the UK have been scrapped. Home Secretary Theresa May’s scheme was due to be piloted last month as a way of deterring temporary visitors from staying on after their visas expire. It had been suggested that visitors from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria would be required to pay the deposit for a six-month visa, but it is understood the scheme has now been scrapped. Earlier this year, the scheme was condemned as “highly discriminatory” by Asian business leaders while Nick Clegg indicated he would block the plans if they were applied in an “indiscriminate way”. The scheme was part of the Government’s drive to cut net migration into the UK to the “tens of thousands” by the time of the next general election in 2015.

Plans to crack down on landlords who fail to meet strict safety criteria for students are underway. The scheme, called Snug, brings together Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University and the Hallam Union in a unique partnership to make sure the standards of housing repair and management are of good quality across the city. It is the first scheme of its type in the country. Sheffield is a vibrant city which attracts up to 60,000 students at any one time and city leaders say it is essential that they are living in safe homes, with landlords that meet good expectations.

The scheme has a new website search engine, which landlords use to register their properties, and students can use to search for their future home. Only homes that have first been inspected and passed by qualified Council officers are allowed onto the scheme. Students can then be reassured that their home meets legislative standards, and the landlord has been checked out first. It is hoped landlords see this as an opportunity to showcase their properties and raise their standards.

A Petition for flights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Islamabad

A petition has been lanches by Javid Khan in supports for Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport: Provide flights to Islamabad To meet the growing needs of the South Asian population of

South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, who currently have to travel long distances to access flights to Pakistan, “We call on Robin Hood airport to provide flights to Islamabad” said Mr Khan.

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Who are the Islamaphobes? By: Jaan. M. Khan

I would like to give you a baking metaphor. If I was going to bake a nice big prejudice cake today, then it would have to be a layered cake. At the bottom would be a base of black racism with a mix of fascism and that good old Klu- Klux Klan Negro jelly. In the middle would be a thick selection of anti Semitism, with a healthy dashing of xenophobia. And the topping would be a mountain of Isamaphobia, drizzled in antiMuslim sentiment. Islamphobia in Britain today would be the fastest growing racism. In a recent survey twenty eight per cent of young people did not trust and more worryingly thought society would be better with less Muslims. Unbelievable as this may sound brothers and sisters, a significant portion of today’s youth bear no love for their fellow man, if they pertain to be followers of one of the world’s greatest Abraham faiths, Islam. Bearing in mind the youth of today are the Doctors, Lawyers, Bankers and politicians of tomorrow, supposedly taking care of us in our old age, these statistics if accurate of peoples actual viewpoint are all the more alarming. Surely I hear you cry, there is something wrong with this? Well yes in many ways

actually, as was made clear on a recent debate on talk radio about this very survey, when the anti – Muslim views seen to come from people who basically had no Muslim friends and little actual interaction with Muslims and were prone to confusing the subject of immigration with that of Islam. This year is also the 75th anniversary of the famous battle of Cable Street, in East London, where the fascist leader Oswald Mosley planned to take the Black Shirt fascists through Cable Street to stir up hatred towards the then Jewish communities of the East End of London. They were only stopped by hundreds of decent people, counter demonstrators, who blocked his path. Peculiarly history does have a way of repeating itself and planned for the 3rd of September 2013 was a march by the (EDL) English Defence League, through tower Hamlets, to basically bring about pretty much the same intent that Oswald Mosley wished back in 1938. Thank fully a sensible Home Secretary (in this instance) Teresa May after weighing up the evidence banned the march. In today’s world the age old anti-Semitism directed at the adherents of one Abraham faith (Judaism), has now been re-defined for this century against the followers of another Abraham religion (Islam). Why should it be that Muslims as a collective body are supposed to condemn and re-condem any terrorist outrage against society? I don’t recall Catholics collectively being held responsible for the outrages of Irish terrorist organisations like the IRA,

who tried and nearly succeeded in killing the British prime minister and her whole cabinet in the 1980’s Brighton Bombing. The average Muslim worries like any other about his work, bills and family. People are trying to lead decent lives and raise their children to become the best in society, the future teachers and medical professionals. When was the last time you heard a Muslim father say he wished for his sons to become the world’s biggest terrorist, leave civilisation to live in a cave, be hunted down by the world and end up dead at the bottom of the sea. This is the path and example of a successful terrorist. In Society Islamaphobia stems from an irrational fear of people, based on a number of unknowns, myths and downright lies. The NHS in this country is run on the back of Muslims, one third of all Doctors working in the National Health Service are Muslims. The saving of lives be they Hindu, Christian, Jewish or fellow Muslims, probably happens weekly or even daily by hard working decent Muslims. The Government Department of Communities and Local Government, headed by Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP, carries out work central to tackling the idea that being Muslim and British is not

compatible. They have started the first ever Srebrenica Memorial Day, to commemorate the genocide against Europe’s Muslims, where Eight thousand men and boys were massacred. The event is designed to remind people of the consequences of religious hate crime and intolerance when it goes unchallenged. Also world war two commemorations, will honour the commonwealth soldiers, amongst whom many thousands of Muslims fought for Britain. Initiatives like these and other steps now being taken by the government should have been done decades ago, so that a positive Muslim stereotype would have been formed early, for the benefit of the wider non Muslim community and not as is now the case a reactive assertion of the contributions of Muslims, in the face of alarming anti-Muslim rhetoric and incidents. If there are a few certanties in life it is that although times may change there will always be a cook for the prejudice cake. The ingredients may alter and the names may change, but the same bitter taste will always seep through. This great country of ours owes an immense debt to Islam and Muslim, and as previous generations of immigrant communities, be they Jewish or Irish or other have enriched the fabric of British life, after all you wouldn’t have fish and chips if it wasn’t for Jewish immigration and half the roads and bridges wouldn’t have been built if it wasn’t for the Irish. In this same great tradition the Muslims now have to be ambassadors for their faith and traditions.

Education and High Storrs Preparing your Child for their Exams By: Mr Akram and Mrs Heggs It may seem like the end of year exams are a long way away for GCSE students but they will be upon us before we know it.

3. Form good habits: Get your child into the habit of working and revising at set times. Students should do their work as early as possible after they get home from school. They It is essential that students will then have time to relax begin to prepare for these before they go to bed and important exams as soon as therefore get a proper night’s possible. sleep; another essential part of preparing for exams. Organisation and planning are key to good revision. 4. Create a good working enThere are many, very simple vironment: Students work things you can do to support most effectively in a quiet your child to try and ensure and organised environment. they do well. If possible give your child an area in the home that is just 1. Make sure you know the for them to revise in. This dates of all your child’s ex- place should be away from ams: These are easy to find the distractions of the TV, moon the school website. For bile telephones and computer many subjects there are games. (If there is no quiet pieces of ‘controlled assess- space available at home you ment’ projects or essays that could encourage your child students must complete over to use the school library after the course of the year. These school.) Show your child that are also an important part of they have your full support the final GCSE grade. for their revision by not interrupting them and not allow2. Make a timetable: Encour- ing anyone else in the family age your child to write a list to interrupt them while they of subjects they are studying are revising. and the topics within each of these subjects. When 5. Regular breaks. Relaxation you have all this information time is important for stusit down with your child and dents, after they have done write an exam timetable or go some revision, there is only through one they have writ- so much information a child’s ten themselves. brain can take in and they

need time for their brain to be able to process all the information it has been given. It is usually a good idea to have a 15 minute break for every hour of work. One of the major issues for students is finding a balance between school work and their other activities. These other activities, such as sports, clubs, socialising, are all very important but it is essential that parents try to ensure that these other activities don’t take up all of their child’s time and that he or she has enough time to complete homework and revision. Look out for more exam preparation advice in upcoming articles. If you have any questions, or if we give you any more advice on the above points, please do not hesitate to contact High Storrs School. (Tel no: 0114 267 0000, email enquiries@highstorrs.sheffield.

New Primary School Places Available in Sheffield

The introduction of two brand new primary schools means there will be more than a hundred extra places for youngsters available next year and the council’s admissions team are encouraging parents to get their applications in on time to secure their child a place. The schools on Skinnerthorpe Road in Fir Vale and Barrie Crescent at Shirecliffe, Sheffield, are currently being built before the first bell of the new term rings in September 2014. There will be 60 reception class places available for local children at both locations, which have provisionally been named the Oasis Academy Fir Vale and the Oasis Academy Watermead. Oasis Academy Fir Vale will also

offer 30 places per year for youngsters in Y1 to Y4 and 15 places for those in Y5 and Y6. Parents have until Friday 6 December to apply online or until 15 January 2014 to apply in writing or over the phone for the places in reception. Information about how and when to apply for a place in Y1 to Y6 will be announced at a later date. Those who don’t fill in their application form accurately or in time can miss out on a place at their local school, leading to the costly and often stressful appeals process. Parents should not assume they will automatically get a place at their nearest school and should provide their top three choices when filling out their forms. Council leaders are keen to make sure local communities get be-

hind the new schools and tell the council how they want them to be run. The consultation process began earlier this year with a series of public meetings at Shirecliffe Community Centre to discuss plans for reception class admissions in 2014. Figures show that 96.5 per cent of parents were offered one of their three preferred schools in 2013. If the council is unable to allocate parents’ preferred school they are then entitled to appeal. Appeals for reception aged youngsters usually take place in June and July. Parents will learn the outcome of their initial application on 16 April 2014. For more information and to apply online visit www.sheffield.

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GROWING YOUR BUSINESS Business Development Manager Sheffield Chamber of Commerce By: Amar Saleem Email: Creating a successful business is one thing but growing a business and reaching the next level is another challenge and having the right methods to enable you to do this successfully is essential. There are many factors to consider like ensuring you have consolidated your business and ensuring you have a good platform and strong foundations to develop. 1. Plan for growth Once your business is established and you’re making a profit on the products and services you sell to customers, you may want to start thinking about how to grow. Many businesses think of growth in terms of increased sales, but it’s also important to focus on how to maintain or improve your profitability. 2. Get extra funding Growing your business, whether through increased sales or improved profitability, often means you need to invest more. You can

do this by: • investing previous profits back into your business • taking out a loan • telling shares to outside investors • looking for other sources of finance, including governmentbacked schemes 3. Increase sales to existing customers How you go about increasing sales depends on your circumstances and how your business is performing. You might choose to focus on customers who've already bought from you, or you could try to win new customers in your local area, nationally or overseas. The simplest way to increase your sales is to sell more of the products or services you’re selling at the moment to the customers who are already buying them. For most businesses this involves: • persuading one-off customers

to become repeat customers • finding customers who’ve stopped buying from you and trying to win them back • selling more of the same products or services to your regular customers

Regularly reviewing your prices

By keeping a record of who your customers are and what you sold to them, you can work out who’s stopped buying from you, and who might consider buying more. Targeting these customers is often a cheaper and more effective way to increase sales than trying to find new ones. Review your prices

likely effect of different price changes on the sales, cash flow and profitability of your business before making any changes. To do this successfully, you need to understand:

and checking them against your competitors can be an effective way of increasing your sales, profits or both. You should try to estimate the

• the ‘cost structure’ of your business (including regular ‘fixed’ costs, and ‘variable’ costs that

change according to your business’ activity) • the value your customers place on your products and services 4. Attract new customers One way of finding new customers for your products and services is by increasing awareness in your local area. You can do this by: • asking your customers to recommend you to their friends and colleagues • advertising in local media • using other forms of marketing, including online You could also talk to potential customers who don’t use your business at the moment and find out what it would take for them to switch from your competition.

feedback. Getting customer feedback should help you to identify ways to improve what you’re offering to your current customers. It may also allow you to:

• increase the price you charge to your existing customers • attract new customers whose needs you weren’t meeting before Try to ensure that any changes you make will increase your sales and profitability enough to make 5. Improve your products and the time and money you’ll need to invest worthwhile. services If you’re looking to grow your business by improving your prod- 6. Develop new products and ucts and services, start by focus- services ing your existing customers and If you’re planning to develop new products and services, you their needs. Talk to them, and find out their should test them with your customers with just as much care views on: and attention as a new business • what they’re buying from you, going to market for the first time. and what they value most about By making sure there’s real demand for what you’re planning to it • what you could do to make sell, you can find out about any it more useful and valuable to problems and fix them before you’ve wasted too much time, them • what would encourage them effort and money. to buy more Make changes based on


Local residents in Tinsley are being asked to give their views on plans to build a new primary school designed to help alleviate issues around air pollution and to provide more places for children in the area.

For years the local community has been campaigning to have Tinsley Nursery and Infant and Tinsley Junior Schools relocated away from the shadow of the M1 motorway in order to allay health fears. Concerns have been raised over the schools proximity to the motorway and the potential to have a detrimental effect on the health of local children because of the noise and volume of traffic.

schools, these sites would then be turned into open green space, which the local community could be involved in designing. Residents are now being asked to take part in consultation around this proposal. The council’s Cabinet will receive a report on what people said early in the new year and will then decide whether to take the project forward. There would still be an opportunity for comments before a final decision later in the spring.

families can now get involved in. This would mean merging two local schools together to create a single ‘through’ primary school for children from Nursery to Year 6. It would also mean building a new school, to open September 2015, that is big enough to offer 90 places in each year group. Tinsley would have the benefit of a newly built school with more places and with all primary aged children attending the same school.

Tinsley currently has two local schools, Tinsley Nursery Infants and Tinsley Juniors. In order to meet the needs of the increasing population the council has already increased the size of the schools so they can accommodate 75 pupils in each year group. However, current information shows that from September 2015 the council will need to provide an additional 15 places in each year group. That will take the total number of places to 90 places per year group.

This opportunity means the new school could be built away from the motorway which would have great benefits to the health of the children, as the children will be exposed less to air and noise pollution. It would also build on the work of two good local schools and the Community Nursery, by expanding and enhancing the facilities and the quality of learning It would also be instrumental in securing the future for Tinsley Community Nursery. The consultation will run until December 8.

Coupled with this is the fact there has also been rise in population which means the council has needed to plan for more school places in Tinsley so that it can offer families a local school place. Earlier this year Sheffield City Council was successful in securing some funding from the Govern- How these extra places are proment’s Basic Need programme vided is part of the consultation to help build a new school in the local area. This bid was made as a direct result of listening to local people’s concerns. Since then the council has spent time looking into potential sites for the new school. Due to restrictions in the area the only suitable site is to position the new school on part of Tinsley Recreation Ground attached to the Tinsley Green Centre. Following demolition of the old

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Prime Minister David Cameron honours Aagrah’s Mohammed Aslam MBE

Prime Minister David Cameron honours Aagrah’s Mohammed Aslam MBE, with a standing ovation by 2000 guests Prime Minister David Cameron honoured Mohammed Aslam MBE with a Special Recognition accolade at The British Curry Awards 2013. The prestigious award acknowledges his significant contributions to services to industry.

sands of curry restaurants across the country, it is the welcome too. Those who work in the curry industry enliven Britain’s high streets, boost local economies and contribute to local communities.”

Winners were judged on a number of points, including menu choice, wine list, the exterior and interior decor and food presentation. With more than 2.5 million Brits eating curry every week, the industry is making a substantial contribution to the British economy. This year’s British Curry Awards, the biggest Aagrah Background yet with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, extolling the virtues of a culinary industry A family owned business set up 36 years that contributes £3.6bn to the economy annu- ago, employing just under 500 staff . The The 2000 strong audience gave a rapturous ally and employs more than 80,000 people. business has grown to 16 branches throughstanding ovation to Mohammed Aslam in ap- Finalists were whittled down from 263,000 out Yorkshire. A purpose built banqueting preciation of his commitment and dedication. public nominations. suite opened 4 years ago for corporate and Aagrah Restaurants are widely acclaimed as pioneers of the Kashmiri cuisine and Mohammed Aslam MBE has made it his life's mission to promote Kashmiri cuisine to be recognised as a cuisine in it’s own right. He has worked hard over the years with Schools, Colleges and other organisations like The Prince’s Trust and Mosaic to help inspire young people into a career of their choice and in particular in hospitality, producing training manuals and recipe books.

social events, seating 450 people. Aagrah also have an Outdoor Catering Division, providing a complete outdoor catering service UK wide. Among Aagrah’s portfolio is a small 19 bedroom boutique hotel. To cater for home dining, 3 years ago Aagrah successfully launched a range of Tarka Cooking sauces, these are available in Asda and Tesco. Recent additions include chutneys and marinades which are available to purchase in their restaurant branches.

The event took place on Monday, 25th November at Battersea Evolution in London, dazzled even more brightly than ever before. This was the ninth they have been staged under the leadership of Enam Ali MBE, and were hosted by TV personality Chris Tarrant. Attendees included hundreds of leading restaurateurs, business owners, politicians and celebrities including Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling MP, David Cameron who addressed the audience with some encouraging words. He said, “It is often said that curry is Britain national dish – and it’s easy to see why. It’s not just the flavours served up in the thou-

Bradford Council to Tackle Smoking and COPD Bradford district has a higher number of deaths due to lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compared to the national and regional average Smoking causes nearly 9 out of 10 cases of lung cancer and is the main cause of COPD.

smoking related and affects an estimated 3 million people in the UK. People with COPD have difficulties with breathing, cough and sputum due to the narrowing and inflammation of their airways due to smoking and other toxins and fumes.

Around a hundred nurses At least a quarter of peoand advisors working in GP ple with clinically significant and dental practices, occu- COPD don’t know they have it. One of the most crucial things they can do to improve their respiratory health is to stop smoking with the support of professionals. Every year over 750 people die across the district as a direct consequence of smoking and Bradford’s stop smoking service is there to make sure there is support for those pational health, pharmacies who want to quit. and children’s centres will be working on strategies to sup- If someone stops smoking port smokers to give up their they will notice the benefits addiction to cigarettes, cigars, within the first few days - it pipes and chewing tobacco. will reduce respiratory sympCOPD - Chronic Obstructive toms such as cough, phlegm, Pulmonary Disease - is the wheezing and breathlessness. name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic Within just a few months bronchitis and emphysema they can improve their lung which is predominantly function by about five per-

cent and in five years they can halve their risk of lung cancer. Although the damage caused to the lungs by years of smoking is permanent, quitting smoking does prevent it from worsening. Even people with potentially life-threatening smoking-related diseases will benefit from quitting it improves the effectiveness of treatment and treatment outcomes and increase the chance of survival. About two thirds of smokers in the UK say they want to stop and 30 percent are actively trying each year. Evidence shows that even giving people brief advice helps to improve smoking cessation rates.

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A nation of part-timers, as number in work hits all-time high

ployed for more than two years, a fall of 15,000. There were 950,000 unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds in the latest period, around a third of whom were in full-time education, a fall of 9,000, giving a youth jobless rate of 21%. Average earnings increased by 0.7% in the year to September, down by 0.1% from the previous month.

The number of people in work has reached an all-time high of almost 30 million, but a record number are working part-time because they cannot find full-time jobs, new figures have shown. The employment total is the highest since records began in 1971 after a huge increase of 177,000 between the three months to June and the quarter to September. But Yorkshire is one of only three regions to have seen a rise in unemployment, with the rate standing at 248,000 or 8.9% - up 4,000 on the previous quarter.

lion, the lowest for almost five years. The number of people classed as economically inactive, including those looking after a sick relative, or people who have given up looking for work, also fell - down by 69,000 to 8.92 million. 1.46 million people were working part-time because they could not find a full-time job, an increase of 24,000 over the quarter, and the highest figure since records began in 1992. Almost a third of working men are in part-time employment because they cannot find a full-time job, compared to 13% of women. The number of men and women working full-time increased, Nationally, unemployment fell by but there was a 22,000 fall in women in 48,000 to 2.47 million, the lowest since part-time jobs. the spring of 2011, while the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance Around 890,000 people have been out was cut for the 12th month in a row in of work for over a year, down by 19,000, October, down by 41,700 to 1.31 mil- with just under half of those unem-


Excluding bonuses, pay rose by 0.8%, the joint lowest since records began in 2001. The UK’s unemployment rate of 7.6% is lower than the European Union’s average of 11%, with the highest rates in Greece (27.6%) and Spain (26.6%). The lowest rates are in Austria (4.9%) and Germany (5.2%).

Asian Curry Awards Ceremony South Yorkshire has made history by having one restaurant achieve two national awards at the National , Asian Curry Awards Ceremony. ( London ) . The Original Dilraj Restaurant situated in Barnsley has won The Best Restaurant for Yorkshire and Humber and The Best Chef for Yorkshire and Humber. Speaking on behalf of the restaurant, events manager ( for Nazia Hassan Forever Events Management ) Mr Mukhtar Tufail said " This is a great achievement for Yorkshire and the North of England. This restaurant is situated in Barnsley , a

former coal town where chips and pies and a full Sunday Roast were the norm. The innovative cooking of the chef ( Mr Mohammed Al Amin ) the meticulous direction of the manager / proprietor ( Mr Miron Rahman ) has witnessed a radical transformation . Barnsley is now arguably one of the largest curry consumers in the north. That has to speak volumes ". "I think South Yorkshire should be proud of what has been achieved here today. The North of England has shown that we mean business when it comes to be the best at hospitality. "


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Morals, Manners and Ethics By: Dr A Q Khan

email: Ethics may be defined as knowledge and relationships, especially those dealing with mutual social relations that are considered to be morally acceptable or not. In Markham’s words, there are certain actions that are considered appropriate and which don’t depend on any professional or social status. Our own sage, Shaikh Saadi, said that a child’s school or place of learning is his/ her home and the good habits (manners, morals and ethics) learnt there will leave an impression on them for the rest of their life. As a matter of fact, this training, or lack thereof, becomes an asset or a curse in the future. Former US president Calvin Coolidge once said that people could buy the most expensive house, the most expensive car and could get a degree from the best university, but they could not buy good manners at any price. By this he meant that good manners were taught by parents during the process of early learning. British Professor Peter Tymms said that research had revealed that early education was the key to later development, intelligence, etc. Even though full at-

riculum. Singapore is a case in point. Unfortunately, Pakistan’s youth has been left in the wilderness, victims of an inferiority complex and lack of identity. Our outdated educational system needs According to a World Bank analysis, ear- a drastic overhaul. ly education has many positive effects on a child. It lays the foundation for To start with, mass literacy, as prefuture prosperity and wellbeing. Initial scribed in our constitution and in Qu(childhood) education and training is ex- ranic edicts, should be ensured. It is not tremely important for the future of the child. Prof. Amartya Sen, the Nobel Laureate economist, emphasised the importance of childhood education, which he says promotes a healthy, happy, well-mannered and prosperous nation. tention should be given to every year of education, the first five years were the most important in a child’s development.

I had emphasised earlier that, despite Quranic edicts, Hadith and the last sermon of our Prophet (pbuh), we Pakistanis are almost totally devoid of manners, morals and ethics. Both educationists and religious scholars have miserably failed in this respect. There is an urgent need to introduce a new education system with emphasis on manners and ethics. Students need to be told about our cultural and moral heritage.

knowledge and ethics. With this basic education, they would be able to obtain meaningful employment. After this, those who cannot or do not want to study further should be offered a three-year vocational training course in various fields. This will give them the necessary skills for vast opportunities of employment. During these three years of training, ethics will also be required. Those who are capable of pursuing further education up to the higher secondary level of four years should be given proper education at a reasonably advanced level. Subjects such as English, Urdu, history, geography, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, physiology, anatomy, Arabic, Persian, ethics, etc should be taught. This is the most import period of one’s career formation. Those who want short-term professional training can go for bookkeeping, associate engineering draftsmanship, etc. In western countries, this trained manpower is the backbone of their industrial growth.

necessary to attempt to educate everyone up to the university level. Basic education up to middle school is enough for many. In the first four years (up to the age of 10) they should learn Urdu, basic religious knowledge, basic mathematics and basic knowledge about Pakistan. Morals and manners should also After higher secondary school, able be discussed and implemented. students should get a chance to go for In the next four years there should be higher education, viz engineering, medMore than 70 countries now have eth- more elaborate mathematics, basic ical, accountancy, commerce, etc. Those ics as a compulsory subject in their cur- sciences, geography, history, religious who are unable to maintain good aca-

demic records should not be allowed to take up university space. Of those who are lucky enough to make it to university, ethics must be a compulsory subject because it is of great importance in their professional lives. It is very unfortunate that Muslims have now acquired terrible habits – lying, cheating, fraud, adulteration, terrorism, exploitation, molestation of children, rape, acid throwing are the order of the day. All forms of wrongdoing have become more or less a national policy. Political leaders and religious scholars are all party to this decadence of our national character. Unless manners, morals and ethics are inculcated in our youth, we will never be able to return to our exemplary past. At the moment we are going from bad to worse at a fast pace and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. We should never forget that a blind person can never experience that which a seeing person can. An illiterate person can never be the same as an educated one. So too, a person without good manners, morals and ethics will never be equal to someone who has these noble qualities of character.


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SCOTLAND UNVEILS INDEPENDENT FUTURE The Scottish government unveiled its long-awaited vision for independence in November, promising Scots they could forge their own prosperity but keep the pound and the queen if they vote in September 2014 to end a 306-year-old union with England.

death rates from any cause by a fifth, reduced those related to heart disease by nearly 30%, and lowered the chances of dying from cancer by 11%. Regular nut-eaters also enjoyed the added benefit of being slimmer than those who avoided nuts.

opposing it and 15 percent undecided. With so many Scots yet to make up their minds, pro-union leaders have warned against complacency.

Launching a 670-page blueprint for independence, he said the country would also run its own defence force, expelling nuclear submarines from Scotland, while a new publicly funded broadcaster would form a joint venture on content with the BBC.

Salmonds prospectus immediately came under fire for being big on political promises but short on detail, with important elements needing approval from outside Scotland and no alternatives given for if Scotland did not get its own way. He promised to cut corporation tax by up to 3 percentage points to boost investment and industry and help create jobs.

But it would also seek to preserve major bonds with the United Kingdom, including the British pound and the monarchy, and remain a member of the European Union and NATO.

Britain's three main UK-wide political parties have argued against independence, saying Scotland would be worse off economically on its own and unable to defend itself or project power on the global stage as well as it can as part of the UK.

"Scotland's future in now in Scotland's hands." The "landmark paper" was released 10 months before the single vote on independence for Scotland's five million people, and after a weekend opinion poll suggested the gap in support between the 'Yes' and 'No' camps is narrowing.

Pro-union campaigners were quick to point out the final decision on whether Scotland keeps the pound was just one of many plans in the report that were not in Scotland's control.

The poll showed 38 percent of Scots backed quitting the UK, with 47 percent


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....Are the two most infrequently used words these days in any language. Are we are a nation of ungrateful, impolite, rude, crude, and callous people? – we just don’t have that ‘sweetness’ of temperament and manner, for to us in some convoluted way, being aggressive and forthright is confused with being strong and being right. Being polite is so out of date, we have simply forgotten how to be nice to others and perhaps, we now equate being polite to some kind of intrinsic weakness, as if we are somewhat smaller or lesser than others if we talk nicely and sweetly. Children living here in the UK are more in the habit of using Please and Thank-you

more so as second nature to them compared to children living in Pakistan, so all is not lost. ‘Desi’ kids while no matter which class or strata they belong to have to be nudged at appropriate times to respond with a polite remark, its just not a matter of habit with them! So what exactly are we teaching our children? if we are unable to get them to say thank-you and please we have actually failed as parents, for its these small decencies which make up the character of a person eventually. I think if as a policy or habit or rule we all start to say thanks and please in our every day dealings with others we would be on the mend!

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THE HOUSING BUBBLE - REALITY OR MYTH? Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son

A subject close to the heart of many people is residential house prices. Apparently after talking about the weather, the second most talked about social subject is housing and, in particular, house prices. Everybody has an opinion and a value in their mind in relation to the dwelling they occupy. Being a Chartered Surveyor the most common question generally put to me is "what is the property market like?".

is a bubble. If you are in or around the London market then the answer is likely to be, yes. I have just looked at prices in Kensington in London. The lowest price for a property I could find was for a parking space at £100k. Single garages are around £175k. The price of a large 9 bedroomed house in need of restoration with grounds is being quoted at £65m, a more modest five likely to be higher than that bedroomed house will set now. So have you really made you back around £30m and loss?. The reason why many people feel house prices have fallen is because they have not risen at the levels people have come to expect. Yes, there are people who bought at the peak of the market whose prices are lower than they paid but market characteristics have identified over time values equalise them- a small flat around £1.1m. selves. Just look at history in Just as a comparison the new the 1960s. You could buy a Moor Market cost approxiterraced house in Sheffield mately £18m to build. Around for around £700/£800. An av- half the price of a modest five erage terrace is now around bedroomed house in Ken£100k plus. Clearly the way to sington. It is clear that the look at the property market London and Greater London and property in general is as market is strong, with a great a long term asset. deal of overseas investment.

was £9k for a two bedroomed terraced house and you could buy a property for around £25/£30k in some areas. The examples I have looked at are extremes but it proves a point that there is a substantial discrepancy in prices between different parts of the country. The activity in the South Yorkshire market is definitely positive. I have heard similar reports from West Yorkshire. There has also been an increase in enquiries for land to build n e w homes. These are all very positive signs but we should not read too deeply into this. It is a indication that there is a need for housing.


Let's look at the reality of house prices. Have you really made a loss or has the price gone down? Arguably the answer is no. Why? If you bought your house 15/20 years ago you would have most likely paid £40/£50k for Turning our attention to Looking at housing prices a terraced property. Arguably house prices and addressing now in the North, in Middlesthe value of that property is the question whether there brough, the cheapest price

going to be rise in the rental sector and demand for such properties is higher than supply. It is clear that in the south of the country and in particular around the London region the demand for rental properties is going to be high. A challenge which will need to be addressed. This is not a problem associated only with the south of the country. It does exist in all the major cities possibly to a lesser degree but inevitably becoming more evident.

this is a opportunity for the entrepreneurial private sector. There are investors who are looking at filling this gap realising there is a demand from good quality tenants for quality accommodation for long term rents.

Another key question that you could look at is generally speaking the value of property is lower in the north. Should we be looking at bringing more industry and commerce to these areas and marrying housing with emDemand and the changing at- ployment? I know this is a titudes to how people chose simplistic view and there are to live is beginning to follow more issues to be considered. a more continental path of renting your home. The ques- In answering the question, is tion is how to address this de- there a housing bubble, the mand. Do we rely on the pub- answer has to be a judgelic sector or does this provide ment depending on the area an opportunity for the private you are in. sector? Many people believe

One of the clear problems the residential housing market faces is there are so many people looking for good quality accommodation to buy or rent and the supply seems to be lacking. As I have mentioned in my previous articles, it is inevitable there is



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have a standard auctioneer’s fee that must be paid whether or not The sale contract for a lot in an auction sale will include the folthe property sells. lowing: • general and extra conditions of sale • special conditions of sale Legal Pack • Addendum (Insertion) Partner , Head of Property & Immigration Wosskow Brown Solicitors LLP The seller’s legal advisors must Email: prepare a legal pack for the lot General and extra conditions of sale and deal with any statutory noProperties are sold at auctions for a number of reasons: tices (eg termination of leases). The legal pack must be prepared The general conditions are standard conditions which apply to all prior to the auction so that buyers and their legal advisors can the lots in the auction. These are produced by the auction house • for a quick sale download the information and make an informed decision on and can be included in the auction catalogue. General conditions • the property may have been re-claimed are usually based on the CACS or state to incorporate these con• the property may need significant improvement or whether to bid for the property. ditions completely. The standard conditions of Sale (5th edition) renovation • the property may have proved difficult to sell on the open The auction legal pack will contain some if not all of the follow- (SCS) or the Standard Commercial Property Conditions (2nd ediing: tion) (SCPC) can also be used. Common Auction Conditions, 3rd market • the RICS Common Auction Conditions (Third Edition) (the edition The CACS were designed for use in auction sales and include proCACS) Common Auction Conditions, 3rd edition One of the main advantages of selling at auction is the speed at visions that are not in the SCS or the SCPC. which the transaction can be progressed. The sale is legally bind- • any special conditions ing once the hammer falls so there can be no further negotiation • official entries for the title and copy documents referred to Extra conditions of sale are produced by the auctioneers and vary the general conditions for all of the lots in the auction. in the registers on price, no change of mind and there is no chain, with comple• searches tion usually 20–28 days later. Special Conditions If selling on another’s behalf there is the advantage of the sale • replies to enquiries • draft deed of agreement being entirely open and transparent. • draft transfer The special conditions contain any amendments required to the • if being sold by fixed charge receivers, letters of appoint- general conditions for the specific lot. They are produced by the Action required before the auction ment for the property seller’s legal advisor and are read and amended in conjunction A seller must choose the appropriate auction house then set a • copies of any leases (lets) or tenancies (rentals), rent depos- with the general conditions and extra conditions. its hidden minimum price (reserve price) and expected selling price Special conditions usually include: (guide price) based on the valuation of the property and consul- • copies of rent demands and service charge information • details about the lot tation with the auctioneer. The guide price gives an indication • EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) • amendments needed to the general conditions or extra of the price at which the property is expected to sell and what • any gas safety certificates or electrical certificates conditions the seller would like to achieve. The reserve price is the lowest • any rent deposit details • details of any new terms—covenants (agreements) or easeprice the seller is prepared to accept. Consumer Protection from • details of any amount outstanding ments (a right of use over the property of another), VAT and Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, SI 2008/1277Improving the en- • the letter of sale tenancies ergy efficiency of our buildings


Once sale by auction has been chosen, it is important to provide the necessary information on the property so that it can be included in the auction catalogue along with any plans or photos of the property. This information must be factual and accurate and comply with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. If the catalogue contains a floor plan or description of the room sizes the asset rating for the property must be included, but a full EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) does not need to be placed in the auction catalogue. The auctioneer will charge for the advertisement in the auction catalogue and the seller will be charged commission of between 2.5%–3% of the sale price. In addition, each auction house will

Sale Contract

Unlike a standard residential (housing) transaction the auction contract is legally effective as soon as the price is agreed and the hammer falls. The buyer must pay 10% of the agreed sales price immediately with the balance due on completion. If the property being sold is leasehold, it is usual that completion is delayed until consent to the assignment has been obtained. Law of Property Act 1989, s 2 Unlike a standard contract for sale of an interest in land, Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989, s 2 does not apply to an auction contract so it is binding even if made orally. In practice the successful buyer will be asked to sign a memorandum of sale setting out the terms of the sale.

Addendum (Insertion) An addendum (insertion) is sometimes made available on the day of the auction and is used to amend any errors in the legal pack or auction catalogue. Completion Once a property has been sold at auction, completion is usually takes place between 20–28 days from the date of the auction. In addition to the purchase price, it is usual for the seller to request that the buyer reimburses the seller for the cost of searches added to the legal pack, notice fees and other out of pocket expenses. These sums and any apportionments will be paid on completion.


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SPORTS Sheffield has a bright future in Boxing following the Prince’s foot steps By: Zeeshan Naqvi -

ILM NEWS - Sheffield’s produced some of the greatest of boxer in the history and there’s alot to be looking out for in the future. Some of the fights of the night. Atif Shafiq, Heavyweight Kashif Ali, Uzair Najib and Hassan Ahmed.

son Promotions. Straight away he’s made an impression Atif won an easy unanimous points decision over another durable journeymen. Kashf Ali the heavyweight, fought his 6 fight against another Lithuanian, look out for his right hand, insprired by the legend Atif Shafiq, an upcoming talent, keep a Muhammad Ali, trains very hard also look out for this kid, he’s fast and furious with Dominic Ingle. with a fluery of punches in seconds. he started boxing at the tender age of 11 Hassan Ahmed, another talented boxer and he’s already making an impression, who mimics the Prince Naseem’s orthotrainig at the ingle’s gym with trainer dox style. Dominic Ingle. Lastly I must mention this kid, at 22 of age he made a fantastic debut, won Atif fought his 7th bout against Lithuain staright rounds, he’s a tough cookie, nian this weekend at the international lands some good punches and is a great venue Ponds Forge under Dennis Hobprospect for future.

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Pakistan win series in thrilling finish

Junaid Khan's last-over yorkers were too much for South Africa to handle.

Junaid Khan defended nine runs off the final over to ensure Pakistan secured a first ever bilateral ODI series win over South Africa. In a rain-reduced affair, which was curtailed to 45-overs a side, Ahmed Shehzad's century provided Pakistan with a challenging total. South Africa, playing in their 500th ODI, looked well set to chase it down courtesy Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, but the pressure got the better of them once again and they fell one run short. A 110-run fourth-wicket partnership between Amla, whose 98 was crafted from patience, and de Villiers, who provided a dazzling display of innovation with 74, brought South Africa's required run-rate down to less than a run a ball. With the equation in their favour, it seemed South Africa would better their poor record batting second - they have not won a match chasing since March this year - in the decider of the threematch series against Pakistan. But Amla and JP Duminy were dismissed in the space of three balls, new batsmen were at the crease, Saeed Ajmal turned the screws in the penultimate over, Junaid produced a full bouquet of yorkers, and

Pakistan claimed a historic victory.

There were times when it seemed they would not get there. After Junaid did the early damage and got rid of Graeme Smith, South Africa laid a foundation through Amla and Quinton de Kock, who provided a mix of fortitude and flair to keep South Africa on track. Amla was happy to let de Kock execute the meaty swings while he dropped anchor. Shahid Afridi's goldenarm broke through their partnership when de Kock tried to clip the ball over midwicket and found silly mid-on instead. Afridi also claimed the big scalp of Jacques Kallis but by then Amla had reached fifty and South Africa were set. With de Villiers joining him, South Africa had their two top ODI batsmen in operation and they seemed certain to

withstand the Ajmal stranglehold, but he showed he was human too. He tried to reach the milestone with a six over square leg but top-edged to Hafeez and that was the start of South Africa's end. Ajmal's job was done, Junaid followed up well and South Africa's soft underHe danced down the track, he cut, he brought up his half-century with a fierce belly was exposed again. pull, he swept and got down on on knee The questions surrounding their batting may drown out any thoughts of their bowling, which stands in line for much praise and some concern. Dale Steyn recorded career-best figures of 6 for 39 and bowled the poisoned-tip any spearhead should. take them over the line. De Villiers attacked from the get-go, driving Bilawal Bhatti through extra cover, and then accelerated off Mohammad Hafeez, Ajmal and Anwar Ali.

to impersonate Brendon McCullum's paddle. And then he perished trying to repeat it. Afridi took the catch at deep square leg. Still, South Africa seemed in control. They required 36 runs off 38 balls and Amla was still there. He was soon in the nineties. He was the man who could

Steyn claimed the early wickets of Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez - who he has now accounted for him 15 times in 23 matches across formats - and came back to puncture Pakistan at the end. What he lacked was support from an attack that had been changed to include the fit-again Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Ryan McLaren. The seamers struggled to fine their lines while there was little on offer for the slower bowlers,

making them fairly ineffective. Once Steyn had had his way with the top order, Pakistan rebuilt through Sohaib Maqsood and Shehzad. They rotated strike well and did not force boundaries, instead waiting for Jacques Kallis to overpitch, JP Duminy to offer flight or Ryan McLaren to allow them to get under the length. Maqsood threw it away, trying to launch McLaren over extra cover and finding Amla, but Shehzad plugged on. He crossed 1000 ODI runs, survived while Misbah-ul-Haq was caught down the leg side off Imran Tahir and, after 108 balls at the crease brought up his third ODI century. He looked set for many more but was run-out when Umar Akmal was ball-watching when he called for a single. Akmal made up for that mistake by providing the lower-order flourish which took Pakistan to a competitive total. He was the anchor of the 82 runs they scored in the last 10 overs. He took on McLaren and Steyn with extravagant shots and even though he was Steyn's fifth wicket, he had done enough to roll out the canvas on which the bowlers could paint a memorable win.

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