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ICC SAYS Khan's Plan C: CLAMPDOWN Paralyse Major Cities, ON BOUNCER Paralyse Pakistan 'UNLIKELY' International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richardson has said that a clampdown on bouncers was unlikely despite the tragic death of Australian Phillip Hughes. Hughes died two days after he was struck on the back of the neck, just underneath the headguard by a short ball in a domestic game in Australia. But Richardson said any clampdown on bouncers was "unlikely". "We need to try and keep our perspective. It's a bit early to determine, but my initial reaction is that that's unlikely," Richardson

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan threw down yet another gauntlet for the PML-N led government, announcing the party's plan to paralyse major cities – and eventually "shut down" the entire country by December 16.

said when asked if the ICC would move to further restrict the use of the bouncer. Bowlers are currently permitted to deliver two bouncers per over in Tests and one-day internationals, and one per over in Twenty20 internationals. People have died by being struck on the heart before. Bouncers are part of the modern game, but that it may be time to look at whether modifications to helmets were needed, possibly extending the helmet a little bit further down the back of the neck.

Addressing a crowd of thousands assembled at D-Chowk, Imran unveiled "Plan C": "On December 4, I will go to Lahore and shut it down. On December 8 I will shut down Faisalabad; on December 12 I will go to Karachi and shut it down. By

December 16 I will close down all of Pakistan." The PTI rally and the announcement of "Plan C" was a critical next-step for the party, which had lost political mileage and steam since the massive antigovernment movement launched in August. Reiterating demands for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation and a fair probe into alleged rigging of the 2013 elections, the PTI Chairman appeared confident that his new push for street agitation would succeed. "I know the people of Lahore are ready... I know all of Faisalabad is ready... and Karachi, I know they are waiting for me," he said. Lambasting the ruling PML-N, Imran said a further "Plan D" would be revealed on December 4. "The ball is in your court, Nawaz Sharif

— do your talks, do your investigations and solve the issue. We will close Pakistan down when December 16 comes, and what I do after that you will not be able to bear it...It has been 109 days and Naya Pakistan is waking up every day. We can all see it,” Imran said.

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Up to 13,000 people in Britain are being held in conditions of slavery, four times the number previously thought, the Home Office has said. In what is said to be the first scientific estimate of the scale of modern slavery in the UK, the Home Office has said the number of victims last year was between 10,000 and 13,000. They include women forced into prostitution, domestic staff and workers in fields, factories and fishing boats. Data from the National Crime Agency's Human Trafficking Centre had previously put the number of slavery victims in 2013 at 2,744. The estimated scale of the problem in modern Britain is shocking and these new figures starkly reinforce the case for urgent action. Modern slavery is very often deeply hidden but acknowledging and confronting it is the first step to eradicating its existence. It is thought the data collected is inevitably incomplete. While many victims are foreign nationals, but vulnerable British adults and children are also being systematically preyed upon by traffickers and slave drivers. The National Crime Agency estimates that the UK was the

Energy crunch: Britain faces battle to keep the lights on this winter A big freeze this winter could see factories paid to shut down at peak times as the UK struggles to keep the lights on - with households picking up the bill. It comes after a series of recent power station closures brought the prospect of an energy crunch the nearest in eight years. Bad weather of the kind seen in early 2010 could put so much strain on the National Grid that it has to turn to “last

resort” contingencies such as the factory shutdowns and firing up unused power plants, its Winter Outlook report revealed. Even after taking account of these there remains a one in 31 risk of needing emergency measures including voltage reduction “brown outs” - effectively dimming the lights. Britain’s energy crisis is like a slow motion train crash. If energy policy was as good at

building power stations as it has been at closing them, we would not be facing the risk of targeted blackouts this winter. Paying businesses to cut their power use at peak times to keep the lights on is no way to run a modern economy. Firing up unused power stations would add £1 to the average family bill, the operator confirmed, as it would cost £25m.

Police Launch Public Drive In Fight Against Terrorism The UK public and businesses are being recruited in an unprecedented drive to counter the threat posed by violent extremists. Across the country, counter-terror officers have spent a week briefing more than 6,000 people at 80 venues including schools, universities, airports, shopping centres, cinemas and farms, in a bid to raise awareness of terrorism. It comes as the Government prepares to grant police extra powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify terrorists. The UK’s head of counter-terrorism has warned that police officers alone cannot combat the threat posed by groups like Islamic

State and al Qaeda. So far this year, police have disrupted several attack plots and made 271 arrests following counter-terrorism investigations, but the eyes and ears of law enforcement and other agencies alone cannot combat the threat. The nationwide counterterrorism awareness week was beingstaged just three months after the terror threat level in the

UK was raised from substantial to severe, meaning a terrorist attack is “highly likely”. It also comes against a backdrop of increasing concerns over hundreds of aspiring British jihadis travelling to Iraq and Syria to learn terrorist “tradecraft”.

third most common country of origin for victims identified in 2013. Among overseas victims, many of them brought into the UK by people traffickers, the most common countries were Romania, Poland, Albania and Nigeria. In her foreword to the document, Home Secretary Theresa May said: "Young girls are raped, beaten, passed from abuser to abuser and sexually

Nicola Sturgeon Becomes Scotland’s First Minister

Scotland’s first woman First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was formally sworn in as the head of the Scottish government at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Sturgeon, 44, had been deputy first minister of Scotland since 2007 when the Scottish National Party (SNP) emerged as the largest single party in the Scottish parliament election. She was elected Scotland’s First Minister by Scottish lawmakers Wednesday, succeeding the outspoken, veteran politician Alex Salmond, Xinhua reported. Following the defeat of the party’s campaign for Scottish independence in September, Salmond announced that he would step down as leader of the SNP and resign as first minister after a new leader had been selected. In October, Sturgeon was confirmed as the only candidate for becoming the party leader, and officially became the SNP leader at the party’s annual conference in Perth. Stewart Hosie, 51, a Scottish member of the British parliament since 2005, succeeded Sturgeon as SNP’s deputy leader.

exploited for profit. Vulnerable men are tricked into long hours of hard labour before being locked away in cold sheds or run-down caravans. Women are forced into prostitution, and children systematically exploited. Domestic workers are imprisoned and made to work all hours of the day and night for little or no pay. We must put a stop to these crimes, and stamp out modern slavery."

Automatic Probe To Stop Sham Marriages As a crackdown on sham marriages, the government in Britain has decided to automatically investigate all proposed weddings which involve non-European citizens who don’t have the right to stay in the UK. According to the new rules, registrars will now have to tell the Home Office about any proposed marriage involving a person who has limited or no immigration rights. If any person is found of staging marriages to secure the right to stay in the UK, a thorough investigation will be conducted leading to a delay of the ceremony by up to 70 days. Overseas citizens on student vi-

sas, failed asylum seekers or those with limited or no leave to remain in the UK would be among those referred to the Home Office. Civil liberties campaigners said the move was draconian and interfered with the rights of UK citizens to get married, but ministers insist the reform is designed to stop people “cheating their way into staying into the UK”. Three investigation units have been created to deal with cases, reported the newspaper. The changes will be introduced from March 2015. It will also require all couples to give 28

days’ notice of their intention to marry instead of the current 15 days. Statistics reveal that in 2013 nearly 840 people were arrested for sham marriages and 294 were deported.

New Laws Set To Make Emotional Abuse Illegal Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce new powers which will put psychological abuse on a par with physical violence. It will criminalise for the first time those who use controlling behaviour, as well as violence, to subject their partners to a life of misery. A person convicted of “coercive control” could face a 14-year prison sentence. Ministers hope the new law will encourage much earlier reporting by victims who, on average, do not contact police

until they have suffered 30 incidents of domestic abuse. The main reason women don’t report incidents to police is a lack of confidence in the judicial system and a real fear that the behaviour of the perpetrator might escalate as a result of doing that. Police receive a domestic abuse call every 30 seconds, according to research by the Home Office and the charity Women’s Aid. Research also shows 1.2 million women a year are victims of do-

mestic abuse and two are week are killed by a partner or expartner. The new law is expected to come into force before next year’s General Election.

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Death On The Field: A Look At Cricket Tragedies 2012 Richard Beaumont (England, 33) -- The fast bowler collapsed and died from a suspected heart attack shortly after taking five wickets in a club match. Beaumont was airlifted to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth but pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. 2006 Wasim Raja (Pakistan, 54) -- The former Pakistan batsman, who was later an ICC match referee, died while playing for Surrey Over 50s at Marlow in Buckinghamshire. He suffered a heart attack and collapsed on the field.

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck by a ball that led to a injury which caused massive bleeding to his brain and ultimately proved fatal. The international batsman was struck on the neck by a short-pitched delivery when batting in a domestic match on Tuesday, with the force of the blow piercing his veterbral artery. He was treated and ventilated on the field by medical experts, including doctors who were flown by helicopter onto the Sydney Cricket Ground, before being taken to a nearby Hospital by ambulance. Following is a factbox on cricketers and umpires who succumbed to on-field injuries.

2009 Alcwyn Jenkins (England, 72) -- The umpire was struck on the head by a throw from one of the fielders while officiating in a league match in Swansea. He was airlifted to a hospital but failed to recover. 1993 Ian Folley (England, 30) -- The left-arm spin bowler was hit under the eye trying to play a hook shot in a domestic match. He later suffered a heart attack while under anaesthetic in hospital. 1998 Raman Lamba (India, 38) -- The former India opener suffered brain injuries after being hit on the head while fielding at short-leg during a club match in Dhaka.

1989 Wilf Slack (England, 34) -- The Middlesex and England left-handed opener suddenly collapsed and died while batting in Banjul, capital of The 2014 Gambia. He had suffered four blackouts on the Phillip Hughes (Australia, 25) -- The Australia field in the past but tests failed to ascertain the batsman was stuck on the neck by a short- cause of his death. pitched delivery while batting in a domestic match. Hughes was treated by the boundary 1959 before being rushed to hospital, where he died Abdul Aziz (Pakistan, 18) -- The wicketkeeper colafter two days. lapsed while batting after being hit in the chest in a domestic match in Karachi. He was declared 2013 dead on arrival at the hospital. Darryn Randall (South Africa, 32) -- The wicketkeeper-batsman was stuck on the side of the 1942 head while attempting a pull shot during a do- Andy Ducat (England, 56) -- The batsman, who mestic match in South Africa. He collapsed at the played one test for England, collapsed and died crease and was rushed to a hospital but could of a heart attack during a game at Lord's. not be revived. Zulfiqar Bhatti (Pakistan, 22) -- The youngster was 1870 stuck on his chest and collapsed to the ground George Summers (England, 25) -- Summers died while batting during a club game in Sukkur, a dis- from a blow on the head while batting for Nottrict in Pakistan's Sindh province. He was taken tinghamshire against the MCC at Lord's. He died to the hospital but pronounced dead on arrival. a few days later due to the injury.

Taxi Apps Price War Sees Fares Slashed By Half A price war has broken out among taxi booking apps, forcing firms to slash fares in half in the run-up to Christmas. With an increasing number of cab booking apps on the market, some of the well-funded multinational firms are going to extreme lengths to attract business. Controversial minicab booking app Uber has reduced prices, with some journeys costing half of the usual cost. Last month the app launched in Leeds, its third UK city, and the service continues to grow despite large protests in London and around Europe. In response, the Get Taxi app for black cabs, based in London and looking to expand to other cities, has laid down the gauntlet with an aggressive price strategy. From now until Christmas

they are charging customers just £5 to travel up to six miles in parts of the capital, with the app making up the remainder of the fare. A typical journey would normally cost around £30. The promotion is likely to cost the Israel-based company more than £100,000 but its UK chief executive, Remo Gerber, says subsidising is a way to get ahead. Other apps like Hailo,

Kabbee, Taxibeat and Maaxi are also attempting to gain market share in the UK, which has forced some minicab firms to lower their prices to compete. One firm in London says a £30 fare just weeks ago now costs around £16. But many black cab drivers are happy to let the apps fight it out for users as long as their bottom line is not affected.

NEW SCHEME SET TO BOOST SHOPPING CENTRE A new scheme is being rolled out to improve one of Sheffield’s key gateway shopping centres. The scheme aims to contribute towards the overall attraction and confidence of the Spital Hill area through a shop front improvement programme. This will also complement all the work recently carried out to improve the street appearance along Spital Hill and at Ellesmere Green. Three years ago, a citywide strategy was approved by Sheffield City Council to help, support and promote local shopping centres. It was intended to target support at the under-performing district centres and last year Darnall shopping centre was chosen to pilot the shop front improvement scheme, which was successfully completed this year.

Darnall shopping centre was successfully completed this year, so the programme can now be rolled out into other shopping centres, beginning with Spital Hill. Councillor Harry Harpham, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods said: “The shop front improvement scheme has made a significant impact in Darnall and we hope it will make a similar impact at Spital Hill. We believe that this scheme will help to create an attractive centre that people are proud of and will encourage further investment by the existing businesses. However, it will need the majority of independent owners to participate so that sufficient impact can be made to the overall streetscene.” The wider regeneration framework for the centre includes improvements to the general

streetscene to make the area feel cleaner and safer, training and support for traders, and enabling housing development on nearby vacant sites. Local ward councillor and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Young People, Jackie Drayton added: “Spital Hill has all the ingredients to be a thriving and successful district shopping centre – a strong community, good range of shops and community facilities, and access to excellent transport links. But the appearance of the external frontage is poor in relation to the range and quality of goods sold inside. This project follows a number of regeneration initiatives in retail centres across the city, including Darnall, Attercliffe, Banner Cross, Hillsborough, Sheffield Antiques Quarter and Stocksbridge.

What Money Worries? Britons Wealthier Than They Think They Are Britons have little idea of how they compare to the rest of the country in terms of wealth - with nine-tenths believing they are worse off than they actually are, a new study has found. The poll commissioned by Channel 4 saw people estimating how their income compared with the rest of the country’s, and then checking the accuracy after calculating the true result. It found 91% had underestimated how

wealthy they were compared to the rest of the UK - with two-thirds (67%) underestimating by more than 10%. These numbers serve as a reminder of how little we understand about each other’s lives. We are failing to see the bigger picture - too busy trying to get by on our own wages to notice the growing gap between the very rich and the rest of us. Only 2% of more than 1,000 who took part were able to

accurately assess where they figured in comparison with the rest of the UK population. Despite pay freezes and austerity in modern Britain, 75% of adults said they were able to manage financially, with just 16% stating they struggled to get by. A CEO in the UK has an average income of just under £118,000, but the vast majority of those surveyed (70%) thought that figure would be significantly higher.

UK Children Top Up TV Hours With Online Viewing Research on childrens TV viewing has shown children are topping up traditional live TV viewing by watching online video clips and catch-up TV. It shows that older children aged 11-15 are watching half

the amount of live TV per day as adults (1 hour 32 minutes versus 2 hours 58 minutes). In contrast, older children are spending six times longer than adults watching short online video clips on sites

such as YouTube and Vimeo (33 minutes versus 5 minutes). Half (45%) of 11-15 year olds watch online video clips on websites every week compared with 20% of adults.

Adopt Healthier Cooking Practices South Asians living in the UK are twice as likely to have diabetes – a major risk factor for heart and circulatory disease – compared with the general population. They’re also more likely to develop diabetes or heart and circulatory problems at a lower BMI than the general population. Ghee, butter, full fat diary and high levels of salt are common in many South Asian foods and too much of these can lead to becoming overweight or having high

blood pressure – which increase your risk of heart disease. By making small lasting changes such as removing salt shakers from tables and reducing portion size, huge benefits can be made. South Asians can be at higher risk of heart disease but there are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk, including cutting back on saturated fat and salt. This doesn’t mean you have to lose out on taste either.

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New Anti-Terror Plans Revealed Insurance companies will be banned from footing the cost of terrorist ransoms, under measures unveiled by Theresa May. The Home Secretary said the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, introduced to Parliament last month, will make clear it is an offence for firms to reimburse such payments. The move is part of a package of changes designed to tighten up protections in the UK, amid warnings that the threat of an attack here is growing. Scotland Yard commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has kicked off a nationwide terrorism awareness campaign by disclosing that "four or five" plots have been foiled this year. Up and down the country, officers will be briefing more than 6,000 people at 80 venues including schools, universities, airports, shopping centres, cinemas and farms in a bid to engage the public and businesses in preventing attacks.

The terror threat level in the UK was raised from substantial to severe a few months ago against a backdrop of increasing concerns over hundreds of aspiring British jihadis travelling to Iraq and Syria to learn terrorist ''tradecraft''. Police are to be handed powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles. The Counter-Terrorism Bill will oblige internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information linking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to individual users. Islamic State (IS) linked terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq have been using kidnappings to raise funds - with the UN estimating the tactic has brought in £28 million over the past year. But the Home Office says there has been an element of "uncer-

tainty" about whether UK-based insurers were prohibited from paying claims made by companies and families who had met ransom demands. Meanwhile, sniffer dogs will be hunting large amounts of money at ports, airports and railway stations to prevent cash leaving the UK for terrorist purposes. Other events will follow, including work with farmers to ensure fertilisers - that can be adapted into explosives - are stored securely and charities to advise people about safe ways to donate money.

Five Coffees A Day ‘May Cut Alzheimer’s Risk By 20 %’

Researchers behind a new study have found that drinking up to five cups of coffee per day may help curb a person’s risk of devel-

oping Alzheimer’s disease by 20 per cent. Caffeine in coffee helps prevent the formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrulary tangles in the brain — two hallmarks of the incurable memory-loss disease. The researchers explored the compounds within coffee, which may be responsible for this protective effect and identified caffeine and polyphenols as

key candidates. The findings suggest that regular coffee consumption over a lifetime is associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s, with an optimum protective effect occurring with three to five cups of coffee per day. In addition to this, both caffeine and polyphenols reduce inflammation and decrease the deterioration of brain cells — especially in the hippocampus and cortex, areas of the brain involved in memory. The findings of this study were recently presented at the 2014 Alzheimer Europe Annual Congress in Glasgow

Foot The Bill Chewing gum manufacturers must help pay the multimillion-pound bill for cleaning the country’s streets, councils have demanded. Local authorities say companies should make a “substantial” contribution to the estimated £60m annual cost of removing gum across Britain. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents almost 400 councils in England and Wales, said the average piece of gum costs about 3p to buy but around £1.50 to clean up. And the association is calling for the introduction of a “producer pays” principle, forcing manufacturers to pay towards the cost of clean-ups. Chewing gum is a plague on our pavements. It is a blight which costs councils a fortune to clean up and takes hours of hard work to remove. It’s ugly,

‘No Suitable Alternative’ To Pig Gelatine Flu Spray

Public health bosses have been slammed for failing to offer a 'suitable' vaccine to Muslim children as part of a major new flu immunisation programme. Thousands of youngsters, aged between 11 and 13, are being offered the new nasal spray, which is made with gelatine derived from pigs, as part of a pilot scheme. But the decision not to offer an alternative has been branded 'outrageous, as Muslims consider the spray to be ‘Haram’, or sinful. Some parents have vented their anger after their children had been given the vaccination without realising it contained the gelatine. The alternative, the injected vaccine is not an option for all children, only for those children at a higher risk of

contracting flu. ‘At risk’ children can still access the injected vaccine from their GP, but healthy children are only offered the new nasal spray Fluenz Tetra. Concerns had also been raised that parents may not be aware that the spray contains porcine gelatine, although officials said leaflets have been sent out and parents must sign a consent form before their child receives the vaccine. The spray, manufactured by British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm Astra Zeneca, has been certified as acceptable by some representatives from Jewish and Muslim communities, but others consider it to be 'haram'. Public Health England, which is leading the pilot programme, said in a statement: “There are some groups within the British Muslim community that may consider the porcine product to be forbidden. Gelatine is used to stabilise live viral vaccines and is contained in many pharmaceutical products, not just

Fluenz. We cannot comment on individual cases however the view of PHE and the Department of Health is that, for the universal vaccination of healthy individuals, there is no suitable alternative to Fluenz. This vaccine offers the best protection for children and it reduces the risk to others who may be more vulnerable to the complications of flu. The injected vaccine is not thought to reduce spread as effectively and so is not being offered to healthy children as part of this programme.” Children aged two, three and four-years-old are already offered the nasal spray as part of the seasonal flu campaign. The prohibition of pork in Islam, which considers pigs to be dirty animals, is derived from the following verse of the Qur’an: “Forbidden to you are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah.” The books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy in the Old Testament also say pigs are unclean and should not be eaten.


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Maintaining an aggressive tone while addressing his opponents, the PTI Chairman reiterated claims that the PML-N and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) colluded to rig the 2013 elections. "I am a Pakistani who can see my country going down, you [Nawaz] and Zardari both in the 2013 election fixed the match. Zardari says there was rigging in Punjab; Nawaz says [there was] rigging in Sindh, Fazlur Rehman also says there was rigging... Balochistan parties say there was rigging," he said. "I want to ask all lawyers and educated people — if all parties are saying there was rigging then why is only PTI and Imran Khan asking for an investigation this rigging?" “Mian sahib, if a country progresses just based on

new roads, then make Malik Riaz the prime minister — a country progresses when money is spent on the citizens for their betterment,” he said, referring to the prime minister’s announcement earlier this week of the government’s plans for improved infrastuructue and roads across the country. A mammoth crowd A police official estimated that nearly 100,000 people gathered at Parade Avenue. Supporters had poured into the capital from all over the country to attend the rally, making it one of the largest turn-outs in Islamabad since the start of the sit-in in August. Participants at the rally said Parade Avenue was full of PTI workers sitting atop containers set up by the govern-

ment. Nearly 80 per cent of the crowd was reported to be 18 to 40 year olds. Capital, rally kept secure Radio Pakistan reported that the government deployed thousands of security personnel for the PTI rally. The report said the government deployed 15,000 security personnel to ensure security of the PTI rally, and the Red Zone in Islamabad. Special security arrangements were also made for public and private buildings in the area. According to an Interior Ministry spokesperson, security forces including FC, Rangers and police, were placed in four cordons. The spokesman said containers had not been placed in the city, except the venue of the public meeting.

Geo TV to go free-to-air on Sky Digital it’s unsightly and it’s unacceptable. The UK gum industry is a multimillion-pound business and we believe in the principle of the ‘polluter’ paying. The chewing gum giants should be making a substantial contribution to help with the work that councils are doing in removing it. Town halls are also calling on producers to switch to a type which is biodegradable and easier to remove, as most gum never decomposes once it is trodden into the pavement, meaning specialised removal equipment is needed.

Popular Pakistani entertainment channel, Geo December on Sky channel 807. An official anTV, will turn free-to-air from mid-December, nouncement from Geo Network is expected according to industry speculation. Geo TV soon. is expected to join the likes of Prime TV and Hum TV Europe, by becoming the latest free Urdu channel on the satellite platform. Geo Network already has its sister channels, Geo News and Geo Tez available free in the UK market. Geo TV will go free-to-air from Monday 15th

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Mr Compensator Advice For Winter Driving Prepare For The Worst and Hope For breakdowns. A battery 5 years old or more may The Best struggle with winter conditions, so get your battery checked and replaced if you are unsure. RunVehicle breakdowns are more common in win- ning your engine regularly will also ensure the ter than any other season; you are more likely to alternator has time to recharge the battery. Startbreakdown in a bad winter than at any other time ing your engine and leaving the car running 5 to of the year. Road conditions can be challenging, 10 minutes before a journey is also a good idea. especially when ice or snow strikes and there’s Avoid running non essential electrical systems for more risk of delays and sometimes those delays longer than you need, turn off the heated rear are not what you would normally expect. Other window once clear and turn down your heater vehicles can lose control and block roads and fan. you won’t be able to get through, no matter how well your vehicle is equipped with winter tyres or Fuel chains. You may face a wait of several hours until Always keep at least a quarter of a tank of fuel traffic ahead of you has cleared, so it’s well worth in case of any unexpected delays. You will conpreparing your vehicle for winter right now. sume more fuel in winter, this increase in fuel Here’s what you need to do to make sure you are is relevant to both diesel and petrol cars due to well equipped for the cold and dark months to more idling and the additional rear window and reduce the risk of breakdown. air conditioning use in winter. Antifreeze Check your coolant level regularly and make sure you top up with the correct mixture and type of antifreeze, avoid mixing different types of antifreeze. If in doubt, double check with your mechanic or garage. Antifreeze costs a few pounds, a frozen and cracked engine block will cost hundreds of pounds to repair.

Lights Shorter days and reduced visibility will mean you’ll be using your lights much more frequently. Make sure you carry spare bulbs, check and clean your lights to make sure you can be seen and can see clearly. Use your headlights when visibility is reduced. You can also use your fog lights but remember to turn them off once visibility improves.

Screenwash You can buy ready mixed or concentrated. If using concentrated check that you are using the right mix of screenwash and water. 50% is a good mix. Once the snow falls and the gritters come out you will realise how important your screenwash is to keep your windscreen clear, especially if you are driving down muddy lanes. Don’t pour hot water on your windscreen as this may crack the glass.

Windscreen The sun is lower in the winter, combine that with snow and the dazzle can be very strong. Keep a pair of sunglasses in your glove box. Renew worn wiper blades and keep your screen clean inside and out. If your vision is obscured through dirt or snow, or your number plates are dirty and illegible you could face a fine.

Door Seals and Locks Battery A thin coat of polish or Vaseline on door seals will Probably the most common cause of winter stop doors freezing shut. Another tip is to squirt

some WD40 in locks to keep them clear and stop Warning Signs To Listen Out For If you hear a continuous squealing noise when them from freezing over. you start your engine this is a sign that the water pump is frozen (the fan belt is slipping on the Tyres You need as much grip as possible in winter, es- pulley.) The cylinder block could be frozen too. pecially when driving in snow and ice. Make sure Stop the engine immediately and allow it to thaw your tyres are in good condition and you have out. This may take several days unless the car can adequate tread depth on each tyre, including the be moved to a heated garage. If your car begins spare. The law requires a minimum 1.6mm of to overheat the radiator may have frozen due to tread across 75% of the width of the tyre, how- coolant being prevented from circulating. Stop ever in winter motorists should ideally consider straight away to avoid damage and allow the rachanging tyres when they are down to 3.0mm. diator to thaw. Another option is winter tyres. They are designed to cope with all types of poor weather condi- If You Do Get Stuck tions, not just snow, giving you better grip and Don’t spin your wheels, this will only dig your car traction through muddy roads as well as through in deeper. Turn your wheels from side to side a slush and ice. If you own or are thinking of buy- few times, this will push snow out of the way. You ing tyre chains, ensure they are the correct size can ease your car out by lightly touching the accelerator. Use your folding snow shovel to clear for your vehicle. snow from underneath the car and around the wheels. Pouring salt, sand or gravel in the wheel Winter Car Kits It’s a good idea to gather together essential items path will help you gain traction. Or you could try that you may need to keep warm and safe in case placing a sack or old rug in front of your wheels to of a breakdown in severe weather conditions. help your tyres gain grip Winter car kits are available at most large motoring retailers but you can always assemble these We hope these guidelines will keep you drivitems yourself and leave them stored in a suitable ing safe and warm until spring. A little care and canvas bag or container in your boot. Make sure preparation now will make sure you avoid getting your mobile phone is fully charged and you have stuck. Stay tuned to local radio for the weather and travel updates. Keep a road atlas in your car an in car charger. in case of diversions and if the weather is extreme only drive if absolutely necessary. Remem• Folding Snow Shovel ber to keep your distance from the car in front. • Adult's High Visibility Vest Drive safe everyone. • Emergency Foil Blanket • LED Torch • Snow and Ice Grips All the team at Mr Compensator • Battery Jump Leads would like to take this opportunity • Ice Scraper and De-Icer to wish all the readers Season’s • Snacks – Cereal Bars/ Chocolate Greetings and a prosperous and • Screen Wash happy New Year! • Bottled Water

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Internet Citizens Ofcom has published Internet Citizens 2014, a report on UK adults’ participation in online content and services which further participation in society or democracy. The research considers the extent and nature of online engagement with Government websites, e-petitions, heath services, public service broadcasting, news, hyperlocal sites, citizen journalism, cultural activity and libraries. This study finds that: The number of internet users who say that they have ever completed a Government process online has increased from 53% in 2011 to 61% in 2013, unchanged since 2012.

Lewis Dagnall has been selected by the Central Ward labour party as their candidate for May 2015 elections. If he is elected he will represent Sharrow, Highfield, Broomhall, Kelham Island and city centre on the council. Lewis said "I am honoured to be candidate of a diverse area and hope to be elected by the residents of central ward". Central ward former councillor Mohammad Maroof said "I congratulate Lewis Dagnall and assure I will fully support him and work hard to make sure we win for labour".

One in five UK internet users accessed the UK Government web portal, GOV.UK, in July 2014. Mobile devices are being used to access citizen websites. For example, nearly half (45%) of users of used a mobile to visit the site. Blogs were visited by over half of adults who went online (59%) in 2013 and almost a quarter say that they comments on blogs (23%). Half of adults say they browsed local news and information online at least monthly (51%), with almost two in five (39%) doing this at least weekly.

Mohammad Maroof, Labour party candidate for Nether Edge ward and Cllr Qurban Hussain alongside local residents helping to plant fruit trees at Common Grounds,off Abbeydale Road.

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EDUCATION AND HIGH STORRS Getting Dads On Board; The Follow Up it was also extremely useful to hear the suggestions and ideas parents had. Various issues were raised by fathers; such how to get the best use out of the student planner, understanding the school website and knowing when extra revision and intervention session We would like to thank all parents and carers were taking place. who made the effort to attend our ‘Getting Dads on Board’ meeting at Wolseley Road Mosque last We realise that this meeting was a small step in Tuesday. We were really pleased to see such a the journey to improving attainment and we are large turn-out. We would also like to thank all extremely keen to ensure that we work closely members of the community who were involved with all areas of our school community to raise in the project; including members of the mosque aspiration and achievement. committee and respected community elders who organised the meeting and the ladies who pro- Therefore we are planning a series of follow up activities, many as a direct result of this meeting: vided us with the amazing lunch. • As previously mentioned we will run a series of evening talks for fathers to attend, covering a variety of educational issues, particularly those raised at the Wolseley Road Mosque meeting. These talks will be followed by session of cricket coaching. • We are hoping to organise an event in school to celebrate Eid. (We would appreciate support from parents to help us put this event together.)

the fathers, grandfathers and uncles of our APKN community but we are very aware of the impact mothers, grandmothers and aunts also have on the progress and attainment of our students. We are therefore keen to develop our links with the women in the wider community as well. We would like to meet with mothers as soon as possible and will be discussing this with members of the mosque in the very near future.

We will run a second meeting, again joint with King Ecgbert School, at Wolseley Road Mosque later in the academic year. The aim of this meeting will be to review our progress and to give parents another opportunity to meet school staff and discuss key educational issues.

If you are interested in being involved in any of the above events, or have more ideas, please contact us at High Storrs School. (Tel no: 0114 267 0000, email enquiries@highstorrs.sheffield.

Many of the events listed above are aimed at

This meeting was part of a wider initiative to raise the achievement and attainment of APKN boys in line with the national averages, and was a joint venture by High Storrs School and King Ecgbert School. The meeting started with an introduction by Qari Mohammed Ismail, followed by short talks from the Head Teachers of both schools involved. We then broke off in to small groups for further discussions. The conversations we managed to have with the fathers of students who attend our school were invaluable. It was very encouraging to hear about all the positive things we are already doing to support the progress of our students, but

Mrs Heggs and Mr Akram

• We will run Coffee Mornings for fathers, at High Storrs School, at different times of the school year. The first of these will take place before Christmas and we will invite a number of fathers and members of the APKN community to this. These mornings will also include the opportunity for fathers to tour the school and gain a better understanding of how it works. • Mr Akram will run a series of parental meetings throughout this academic year. He will invite parents of students, specifically those whose academic progress we are concerned about, in to school to talk about their child’s grades and how they can be improved. • We will be starting an after school homework club, specifically aimed at Y7 and Y8 students who may struggle with their English, but designed to help them with all subjects in school.

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Norovirus Winter Vomiting Season Arrives In England After Spate Of Outbreaks The winter vomiting season has arrived after a spate of outbreaks across England, health experts have warned. There were 18 outbreaks of norovirus in English hospitals last month, all but one of which caused ward closures, Public Health England (PHE) said. Closures can be very disruptive but are necessary to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus. Typical symptoms of the vomiting bug include the sudden onset of projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea. Some people might also experience headaches, a mild temperature and

stomach cramps. For patients already ill in hospital, this virus could cause further health complications, making it vital to prevent introducing the virus into the hospital environment. There is no treatment for the virus, but it is important to stay hydrated. Most people will recover within a few days. PHE said it was vital that people who suspect they have norovirus do not visit hospital or their GP. The virus is spread through contact with an infected person or with contaminated surfaces or objects, or by consuming

contaminated food or water. It spreads particularly quickly in closed environments such as hospitals, schools and care homes. October usually marks the start of the norovirus season and the bulk of cases will occur between now and April next year.” No two norovirus seasons are the same and there is no way of predicting how busy a season will be. What we do know is that many people will be affected across the country and they will probably feel very unwell for a couple of days but will get better.

Sharp Rise In Young People Classed As Living In Poverty There has been a sharp rise in young workers living below the breadline. New research has found that 34% of 16-19 year olds now live in poverty - and 29% of 20-24 year olds. These figures are up 6% in the last decade. A study blames falling pay, zero-hours contracts and high rents for the rise - with employment no longer the way to end poverty. As many people in working families now live in poverty as in unemployed households. For the first time under 25s

are more likely to be living in poverty than pensioners. Once the most likely to be poor, over 65s now have the lowest poverty rate of any age group. The Government has focused its efforts on welfare reform, but tackling poverty needs a wider scope, covering the job market, the costs and security of housing and the quality of services provided to people on low incomes. The report, which used official government data, makes

damning reading for workers in Britain despite drops in unemployment. It shows incomes have dropped by 9% on average in the five years to 2013. In real terms, average wages for men working full time have dropped from £13.90 to £12.90 per hour between 2008 and 2013 (from £10.80 to £10.30 for women). The study also found a huge change in the labour market, including significant rises in zero-hours contracts, of which there are now 1.4 million.





Sheffield Primary School Pupils To Receive £26.46M Boost Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Sheffield are set to receive £26.46m to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced. The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues. It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the

last six years. Evidence shows raising the attainment of pupils by the end of primary schools has a direct impact on future exam results. Across the rest of South Yorkshire, Doncaster will receive £17.27m, Rotherham £14.84m and Barnsley £12.24m. Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, said: “Every child should be able to reach their full potential, what-

ever their background. “The pupil premium will get extra money to schools in Sheffield, targeted at the children who need it most. The whole class benefits when fewer children are struggling. “Teachers in Sheffield do a great job, and I can’t wait to see how they use this additional funding to help all our children and young people succeed.

Labour To Crack Down On Tax Cheats Latest politics neabour leader Ed Miliband during his speech to party supporters at the University of London Ed Miliband has declared his 'resilience' in the face of criticism of his leadership and poor polls Labour has unveiled plans to impose big fines on tax cheats as part of Ed Miliband's attack on what he calls a " zero-zero economy" - where workers are stuck on zero-hours contracts while wealthy bosses pay no tax. In a speech designed to bolster his poor poll ratings after a bruising bout of party in-fighting, Mr Miliband said he would

endure whatever was thrown at him for the chance to tackle inequalities as prime minister. And shadow chancellor Ed Balls said the package of measures to do that would include forcing people caught using aggressive tax avoidance schemes to pay not just the tax they dodged but up to the same sum in sanctions as well. A new general anti-abuse rule (GAAR) was brought into force by Chancellor George Osborne in July last year amid political and public outrage over a string of revelations of stars using schemes to minimise their bills. The rule allows a blanket approach to deciding which

schemes are not reasonable and should be shut down rather than officials being forced to legislate against each. But Labour - which has said it will raise £2.5 billion for the NHS by closing tax loopholes said it was too weak because offenders were required only to pay the tax they had avoided. Those who are caught have to repay the tax they tried to avoid, but they do not face a penalty. There is still no disincentive to try and game the system. That is why Labour will bring in a tough penalty regime for the GAAR, with fines of up to 100% of the value of the tax which was avoided.

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Aagrah Leopold Square, Sheffield Crowned Best South Asian Restaurant 2014 Y & H and ensure that the key players are lauded for their achievements. Held at Hilton, Park Lane, London, the event was attended by over 700 business guests from the industry. Every restaurateur has a unique background and story. The awards focus not only on the achievements of today, but Aagrah Leopold Square, Sheffield crowned Best on a lifetime of work in the restaurant industry, honouring the dedication and commitment of people who have helped South Asian Restaurant 2014 Yorkshire & Humber spread the love of curry throughout the UK, ensuring that Aagrah Restaurant, Leopold Square, Sheffield was crowned the sector continues to be the vibrant and growing industry the Best South Asian Restaurant in Yorkshire & Humber at that it is today. the London based Asian Curry Awards 2014 last night. The restaurant is part of the Aagrah Restaurant Group which has Aagrah Background 15 branches across the Yorkshire region. Receiving the award at the glittering ceremony Zahid Iqbal, A family owned business set up 37 years ago, employing Manager and Regional Director of Aagrah Leopold said, “I 450 staff . The business has grown to 15 branches througham grateful to all our customers and staff who helped us out Yorkshire. A purpose built banqueting suite, The Aagrah Midpoint Suite, opened 5 years ago for corporate and social achieve this much sought after award.” Since its opening in 2008 Aagrah Leopold has won a string events, seating 450 people. Aagrah also have an Outdoor of industry accolades recognising it’s service and Aagrah Catering Division, providing a complete outdoor catering cuisine. The fine dining restaurant , set in the heart of Shef- service UK wide. To cater for home dining, field, attracts customers from far and wide who all love the 4 years ago Aagrah successfully launched deliciously distinct taste that is uniquely Aagrah, and sets a range of Tarka Cooking sauces, which them apart in asian dining. The warm ambience of the res- are available in selected branches of Asda taurant, together with serving a great value for money din- and Tesco. Recent additions include Aagrah Tarka chutneys and marinades, which ing experience, is the foundation of the Aagrah family. The Asian Curry Awards recognise the huge successes made are available to purchase in their restauby business owners across the whole of the curry industry rant branches.

Zahid Iqbal, Manager and Regional Director receiving the award, centre is Asian Curry Awards representative making the presentation, on the right, Shezad Aslam from Aagrah

Bible Named ‘Most Influential Book’ The Bible, Charles Darwin's The Origin Of Species and Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time have been named as the books which have had the greatest impact on the modern world. A survey of people ranked the books which have had the most influence on today's society. Religion and science took the top spots, with Albert Einstein's Relativity in fourth place. But fiction also made the top 10, with Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell's dystopian novel about a society under surveillance, coming fifth in the list. Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill A Mockingbird, about racism in the American South, was seventh. The top 10 also featured Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica in sixth place and the Quran in

eighth. It was followed by The Wealth Of Nations, Adam Smith's seminal work on economics, and The Double Helix by James Watson, on the discovery of the structure of DNA. While Northerners voted for the Bible as their most important book (41%), Southerners opted for Darwin's The Origin of Species (37%). Tom Walker, the Folio Society's editorial director, said he was surprised to find that there was

"relatively little on economics despite the financial climate and only two, overtly political, fiction titles in the list". The study, conducted by YouGov, asked more than 2,000 members of the British public which three books from a list of 30 they considered to be the most valuable in its influence and significance on the modern world. :: Most influential books 1. The Bible (37%) 2. The Origin Of Species, Charles Darwin (35%) 3. A Brief History Of Time, Stephen Hawking (17%) 4. Relativity, Albert Einstein (15%) 5. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (14%) 6. Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton (12%) 7. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee (10%) 8. The Quran (9%) 9. The Wealth Of Nations, Adam Smith (7%) 10. The Double Helix, James Watson (6%)

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South Yorkshire Muslim Community Forum Conference on ‘Muslims and the Media’ The South Yorkshire Muslim Community Forum (SYMCF) has held its inaugural event focussing on the experiences of Muslim communities and the media. Around 100 people from across the subregion participated in the event which brought together Muslim and non-Muslim professionals from the public and private sectors as well as community and faith representatives. Waheed Akhtar, Broadcast Journalist and Secretary of Madina Mosque chaired a discussion with an expert panel of speakers who introduced different perspectives to the issue. The other speakers were: Dr Emma Briant from the University of Sheffield who has research interests in the areas of propaganda, influence and censorship in the US and UK, war-reporting and counter-terrorism; Mohammed Shafiq Chief Executive of The Ramadhan Foundation and Head of News at Ummah TV; Tim Smith, Acting Head of BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and Paul Blomfield MP for Sheffield Central.

Initiatives to provide Islam awareness training to journalists, improve community understanding of news priorities and placing journalism students into communities to improve public relations capacity were agreed as outcomes from the discussions. Further events are planned over the next year. Mr Andrew Coombe, SYMCF Secretary said “the origins of the Forum can be traced back to a project started when I was High Sheriff in 2011. We worked with the two Sheffield universities, the council and the police on a community project in the Abbeydale area. A subsequent meeting with senior members of the Muslim community led to the formation of the Forum. Our aim is to bring closer together members of the professional Muslim community in South Yorkshire and their counterparts in the wider community.” Waheed Akhtar, SYMCF Chairperson said “We are not funded by government. We are not subject to any party political, government or sectarian

agenda.” The Forum is innovative in its approach in that it brings together people from different backgrounds to look at issues facing Muslim communities. Waheed Akhtar added “People from all political persuasions, all faiths, and ethnic backgrounds are welcome if they agree with our objectives. We are a group of individuals, Muslims and non-Muslims, who between us bring together a broad range of experiences and networks. And we realise there the structures that already exist.” are issues where people need to come together, share knowledge, work towards a consensus on Waheed Akhtar solutions, and to channel those solutions through T: 07886 388595

Death Toll From Ebola Outbreak ‘Nears 7,000’ In West Africa Almost 7,000 people have died from Ebola across West Africa, with the World Health Organisation warning its figures may vastly underestimate the spread of the virus. The official death toll has increased by 1,200 since the WHO released its last report last wedensday, and is thought to include fatalities that were previously unreported. More than 16,000 people have been diagnosed with Ebola in the current outbreak. Although infection rates appear to be stabilising in Guinea and Libe-

ria - two of the worst-hit nations - the number of new patients in Sierra Leone remains high, with 500 fresh cases consistently being reported each week. The country had been promised 1,200 new beds for Ebola patients, but only 350 of them are up and running. Five new treatment centres are scheduled to open next month, yet fears remain that there are not enough staff to cope with the onslaught of cases. Ebola’s spread in Sierra Leone

is also being fuelled by unsafe burials, which are causing up to 50% of the nation’s new cases. The UN was hoping that the outbreak would be near its end by 1 December, but according to officials, the reality on the ground has proved very different. As long as there’s one person with Ebola out there, then the crisis isn’t over and Ebola is a risk to the people of that community, that country, this sub-region, this continent, this world.

Three-Point Turn May be Dropped From Test The three-point turn could be scrapped as part of the biggest shake-up of the driving test in 20 years. Learner drivers could be asked to use a satellite navigation system as part of a revised practical exam, designed to "better reflect real-life driving". Around 1,000 learners

across the UK will be asked to take part in a trial of new practical exam measures. The test has existed in its current form for two decades, with an "independent driving" section where motorists are asked to find their way to a destination added in recent years.

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) spokesman said: "We are carrying out initial research to explore how the driving test could better reflect reallife driving. "Any future changes to the test would be subject to full public consultation." The independent driving sec-

tion of the test could be extended from 10 to 20 minutes of the 40-minute test length. Candidates taking part in the trial are likely to be asked to follow directions on a sat-nav as an alternative to using road signs. It will also consider replacing the "reverse around a corner" and "turn in the road" manoeuvres with moves such as reversing out of a parking bay, or pulling up on the left or right before re-joining the flow of traffic. Driving Instructors Association chief executive Carly Brookfield said: "The association has been heavily involved in the scoping of this project and is enthusiastic about the opportunity it presents to evolve the L-test to a level where it more realistically assesses a candidate's ability to competently and safely manage road-based risk and driving in real life, on real roads."

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THE SO CALLED ‘ISLAMIC STATE’ (ISIS) DOES NOT REPRESENT ANY MUSLIMS! Jaan Muhummed Khan I received a call from BBC Radio Sheffield to go on their Easter Air programme to discuss amongst other items the so called ISIS group, now raging havoc amongst the border regions of Syria and Iraq. On the day of the programme news came in that they had murdered another westerner, by that most practised and favourite method of theirs, beheading on video, a gruesome and perverted spectacle that before the age of the internet would be consigned to the video nasty section of the viewer’s library. Appalling as this may be an act to perpetrate on any of Gods human beings, even ISIS or ISIL (they have several names), had topped themselves on this occasion, for the viewing pleasure of intended recruits by beheading an American Muslim aid worker called Abdur-Rahman as part of an orgy of bloody murder, with around 16 Syrian (mainly Muslim) soldiers, also beheaded. Previously known as Peter Kassig and a former soldier, Abdur-Rahman had returned to the region, against the advice of his parents, to assist as he must have thought his fellow Muslim civilian victims of the war in the region. During this work he had fallen into the hands of ISIL militia and taken captive. (The British ISIS murderer labeled as Jihadi John before decapitating aid worker Abdur-Rahman). You may have noticed that whilst the group enjoy earning millions from the capture and ransom of European hostages, they apply a deadly caveat to their own rules when it comes to the capture of British and American citizens. Here monitory gain is overridden by a vengeful blood lust and without exception the captives are murdered, live on video, by beheading, screened to the masses, usually followed by a direct statement addressed to the leaders of the countries and President Barak Husain Obama. The star executioner to emerge from these videos is one labelled “Jihadi John”, a British citizen and former Londoner, who by design has now achieved infamy as one of the

most wanted murderers in the world, (not for his services as a murderer I may ad). They don’t seem to like the British very much and perversely their star murderer the British “Jihadi John” takes great pleasure in decapitating his fellow countrymen. In a further perverse twist all their killed captives, Foley, Sotlof, Haines and Hemmings were sympathetic and or non-judgemental to their cause and wanted to either report on or assist the plight of innocent Muslim civilians. None of them were exactly crusading neo-conservatives bent on their destruction and all were non-combatants. Even if you answer their calls to join their so called Caliphate, if you are British and generally western, then you will be placed on the front line, with minimal training or defence it would seem and zero authority. The likely hood of this is that scores of disillusioned and mislead young men are repeatedly killed in their prime of life, leaving grieving parents, siblings, wives and children, to try and make sense of their futile and in some cases plain suicidal actions. This cannot be Islam, to throw away life, so precious a commodity, bestowed upon you by your creator, to be cherished and valued, led with dignity and with assistance to our fellow man to be ultimately at a time of Gods choosing, withdrawn with men and women to then face their Lord and answer in judgement as to what they did with the bounty he bestowed upon them. The three great Abrahamic faiths all believe in death, judgement, heaven and hell. It cannot be as the extremists would have you believe that the believers choose death, whilst the non-believers choose life, because death is inevitable and Allah knows that all of humanity will come back to him, so the test is how you live the life he has blessed you with. This consciousness is more apparent in the Muslim psyche than any other, because he fulfils the covenant as laid down in scripture by the succession of prophets of God. Just as the apostles of Jesus (Prophet Isa), known as Nazarenes would collate a percentage of their annual wealth (Zakat) and distribute it amongst the poor, obey Mosaic (Of Prophet Musa) commands to observe

Economic Crisis Pulls 2.6M Children In World’s Richest Nations Below Poverty Line At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world’s richest nations since the economic crisis struck in 2008, UNICEF said in a hard-hitting report. The “Children of the Recession” study showed the number of minors living in poverty in 41 countries had swollen to 76.5 million since the deepest crisis since the Great Depression took hold. The study by the United Nations’ children’s aid agency assessed members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development grouping of industrialised nations, as well as European Union countries. Many affluent countries have suffered a ‘great leap backwards’ in terms of household income, and the impact on children will have long-lasting repercussions for them and their communities. It found that in 23 of the 41 countries, child

poverty had risen as a direct result of the crisis. Children were particularly hard-hit in nations that have suffered the most. In Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Greece and Iceland, poverty rates rose by more than 50 percent. In Greece, the most symbolic of all Europe’s crisis casualties, median household incomes for families with children had sunk to the 1998 level — the equivalent of receding 14 years on the income ladder. Those in Ireland and Spain lost a decade, as did Luxembourg, even though it remains among the wealthiest economies in Europe. All countries need strong social safety nets to protect children in bad times and in good, and wealthy countries should lead by example, explicitly committing to eradicate child poverty, developing policies to offset economic downturns, and making child well-being a top priority.

Kosher (Halal), circumcision and the Sabbath (Holy Days), so today Muslims are commanded to observe these and many more traditions as ordained by God. As the famous saying goes, if you want to know what’s going to happen in the future, then look to the past. In this vain the ISIL onslaught is indicated within Islamic history, from the hadith (tradition) of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The Prophet of God said “If you see the black flags then remain on the ground and do not move a hand or a leg. A group of weaklings will then appear their hearts are like iron. They are the owners of the state (dawla). They fulfil neither a contract nor a covenant. They call to the truth, but they are not its people. Their names are a kunya (ie. Abu so and so) and their lineage (surnames) are a town. Their hair is unwinding, like the hair of a woman”. The Machiavellian like leader of ISIL Abu Bakar al-Salafi-al-Baghdadi, emerges as commander in chief in 2010. His groups extreme violence and brutality having already alienated many Iraqis and other Al Qaida groups (an achievement in its self) operating in Iraq, now find similar condemnation with Syrian groups, with protests in Daree, in 2012 by the rebel group “Jumat-Al-Nusra”, refusing to join and denouncing ISIL as a conspiracy, with targeting bombings of Shia Muslim areas in order to fuel a sectarian divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims, who prior to this had co existed and inter-married for centuries. The ISIL leader Al Baghdadi is pictured in a meeting with American Senator John McCain, amongst other groups of the Free Syrian Army (FSI). Edward Snowden the former National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower has revealed that Al Baghdadi was trained by Mossad Israels’ Intelligence service and the British and American Intelligence Services. A claim originally made some three years ago by Iran. We know that he was also in captivity by the CIA and for reasons unclear was mysteriously released. He was ordered by the leader of Al-Qaida, Ayman Al Zawardi to disband and confine the groups’ activities to Iraq, an order that was ignored, with Al Baghdadi renaming ISIS now as Islamic State. The leader of

the self styled so called religious Caliphate is also not immune to the worldly trappings of wealth and temptation, with his fondness for a twenty thousand dollar gold watch, he frequently wears on his right hand and the sexual slavery practised as an edict by his followers, whereby young girls and any women folk are legitimate fodder for any ISIS fighters. (Abu Bakar Al-Salafi-Al Baghdadi, the self declared leader of ISIS) So a horrified world continues to see the macabre spectacle of murder, crucifixions and bloodletting, executions and slaughter of predominantly Muslims, by a group calling itself The Islamic State. This snake like entity made up of Baathists, alienated Sunnis, Chechens, Afghans and other foreigners continues to slither its way between the border lands of Iraq and Syria. Rejected by the native peoples of both countries and fuelled by recruits from foreign states, they continue in their actions to degrade and dehumanise by association the great religion of Islam, sent as a saviour to all of humanity. How distant must now the great historical achievements of true Islam now seem. The historical sanctuary and sympathy by Islamic Empires, to the persecuted Jewish peoples, which formed the modern Bill of Human Rights and the Genieva Convention, (as testified by Jewish document). The age of great enlightenment in Cordoba Spain under Muslim rule, where Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars, scientists, astrologers and mathematicians, achieved success and understanding, without which you would not have today’s modern societies, Western European enlightenment and the Industrial age. This and more needs to be in the minds of young Muslims if any appreciation of the inherent principles of true Islam, are to be appreciated and the devious charlatans, who say they proclaim the truth, but actually do everything that is the antithesis of Islam, are to be rooted out and destroyed. Jaan. M. Khan E mail:

What Makes A Criminal? Scientists Associate Two Genes With Violent Crime Is a violent criminal born that way, or shaped by childhood experiences and circumstances? Delving into one of oldest questions in psychology, some scientists have suggested genes may contribute to roughly half of the influence - by affecting complex brain chemistry, for instance. But, until now, DNA clues to support this have been sketchy. Scientists in Europe and the United States fingered two genes which in a mutated form are found in a “substantially higher frequency” in violent offenders. “I think that we have found two genes which have the largest effect on aggressive behaviour, and that there are probably tens or hundreds other genes having smaller effects.” Jari Tiihonen, of the neuroscience department at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet A study of nearly 800 Finns jailed for both vio-

lent and non-violent crimes, and compared to the general population, found variants of two genes, called MAOA and CDH13, to be “associated with extremely violent behaviour”. The study was not designed to explain the impact of genetic variants and the authors believe there could be many other genes which play a role, directly or indirectly, in the molecular cascade. Should these preliminary findings hold up, they would have significant implications for identifying potentially violent offenders at an earlier stage.

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English Cricketer Become’s Pakistan’s Livelihood Ambassador

Young, dynamic English cricketer Moeen Ali has joined the HRH Prince of Wales’ British Asian Trust as its ambassador for its Livelihood campaign in Pakistan. Noted for his penchant for taking wickets and sporting a long, flowing beard, the cricketer will help raise awareness about the campaign aimed at helping thousands of unemployed youth, women and rural poor in Pakistan. Speaking about being the Trust’s ambassador, Ali said: “Though I am born and brought up here in the UK, I have very strong links with the country of my forefathers, Pakistan. “I am passionate about the issues of livelihood, especially that of unemployment amongst the youth, both here and in Pakistan. I am looking forward to raising awareness about this important issue and visit the charities chosen by the Trust to help the unemployed youth, women and rural poor in Pakistan. “ Pakistan faces a multitude of challenges – almost a quarter

of its population lives below the national poverty line, and some 60 per cent are just above it, economic growth is slow, large parts of its population are underserved by basic services such as education and healthcare. Moreover, continuing political insecurity hampers the government’s ability to effectively tackle poverty issues. Poverty in Pakistan is predominantly a rural problem. While rural people make up two thirds of the population, they account for 80 per cent of the country’s poor people. The country is also facing the challenge of creating more jobs and making the urban youth employable. To address the livelihood challenge in Pakistan the Trust, in partnership with Citi Foundation, published a report titled Sustainable Livelihoods: Investing in Pakistan’s Future . The report not only provides an understanding of the current livelihoods landscape in Pakistan, but also provides guidance and solutions for philanthropists wanting to address this issue by giving. “By adding value to Pakistan’s infrastructure we work together to reduce endemic poverty, and begin to make a real impact on reducing that figure of 40 million living on less than $1.25 a day.” Through its livelihood campaign and interventions, the Trust aims to help over thousands of poor in the next two years. To support the campaign, the Trust will be launching the Livelihood Fund to generate £1 million by bringing together individuals, corporates, trusts and foundations that are all passionate about giving to South Asia, and

through this collective support interventions that work towards unlocking the potential of the many thousands currently facing unemployment. Key Stats for Pakistan Almost 20% of Pakistan’s population lives in poverty, with many underserved by basic services such as education and healthcare. There are 40 million people living in such extreme poverty. The population of 188 million people in 2014 is expected to rise to 270 million by 2050, when Pakistan is expected to become the world’s fifth most populous country. The labour force is currently 60 million people, and is expected to rise to 87 million people by 2030, therefore, an additional 1.7 million jobs are required every year. Pakistan’s labour market has both demand and supply side problems, as slow economic growth means there are limited jobs, and the labour force is not appropriately skilled or educated.

Black Friday Brawls Over Bargains Police have slammed supermarket chains after stores were over-run by bargainhunters as the U.S. Black Friday retail phenomenon hit the UK. Websites also crashed under the strain of online shoppers as sales began at midnight, with hordes descending on shops to pick up goods ahead of Christmas. Officers were called to at least four supermarkets in London because of over-crowding. Shoppers took to Twitter to describe “carnage” in stores, with some reports of people being stripped of cheap TVs and goods by scrambling rivals.

Queues were seen up and down the country and frustrations in some places boiled over. Police forces reported a number of arrests as numerous Tesco stores were forced to close because of unruly behaviour. Poor security has

been cited by both police and shoppers alike. Black Friday overall was awkward, difficult, with overcrowded shops and highly excited customers, tempers flared and things out of control.

November Breaks Records As Mild Winter Continues It may be less than four weeks until Christmas but many of us have been enjoying some pleasantly warm weather across most of the country. Mild weather has been the

theme lately, with provisional statistics for November, from the 1st to the 25th, indicating it is the fourth warmest on record, according to the Met Office.

This has been a warm year for the UK - remember that each month, with the exception only of August, has recorded temperatures of at least 1C higher than average. The average high for late November is around 9 or 10C (50F) but top temperatures were reaching 15 or 16C (61F) across Cornwall and Devon, with a maximum of 13C in southeast England. It looks as though 2014 could turn out to be the warmest year on record for many parts of the country.

Islamic Relief Denies Terrorist Link Anger and confusion has been sparked with the recent United Arab Emirates (UAE) “terrorist organisations” list which includes several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups. Islamic Relief, a much-respected UK-based international aid agency; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation in the US; and the Muslim Association of Britain are among some of the international associations and foundations included on the list which is dominated by groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood but also includes a number of Shia Muslim movements. Islamic Relief, which has over 100 global branches and delivers aid in partnership with the UN agencies such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), has also faced accusations of association with

the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which has links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Islamic Relief has repeatedly denied the claims. Representatives from the British groups have spoken of their shock at being named on the list and some say they are considering legal action. The governments of Norway and the UK also confirmed they are seeking official clarifications from the UAE. Islamic Relief, which partners with the UN and is a member of the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) grouping, said that they “categorically refute any allegation of links to terrorism”. The organisation has stated that they assume that their inclusion on the UAE list which was drafted in August this year but released on 15th November, is a mistake and that they will be seeking clarification from the UAE Embassy on this matter, with a view to having

this wrongful listing removed. There has been some confusion over the translation of the names on the list, which appeared differently in Arabic and English. In one translation shared by the UAE state news agency, MAB was referred to in English as the Islamic Association in Britain. A spokesman for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), which in 2013 gave GB£3.2million (US$5million) to Islamic Relief, has said that all of their funding to UK charities is subject to strict controls to ensure it is used only as intended. They are now seeking further clarity from the Emiratis on their rationale for some of these designations, and any practical implications. The anti-terrorism laws defines a terrorist offence as “any action or inaction made a crime by this law and every action or inaction made a crime by any other law if they are carried out for a terrorist cause”.

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‘75% Of Those With Darker Skin May Have Low Vitamin D Levels’ The millions of people at risk of vitamin D deficiencies should have better access to supplements, according to new guidelines. It's estimated 10 million people across England may be low on the vitamin, leaving them at risk of rickets and weak bones. New guidance notes released by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) suggest local authorities consider providing free supplements to at-risk groups, and encourage pharmacies and supermarkets to stock the cheapest vitamin D supplements and promote them to at-risk groups. A year's supply to an adult would cost around £6, according to Nice. Another key recommendation is that the Department of Health work with manufacturers of vitamin D supplements to ensure that products contain the recommended daily amount of the vitamin. Health professionals should not routinely test people's vitamin D status unless they have symptoms of deficiency, they are considered to be at particularly high risk of deficiency, or there is a clinical reason to do so, Nice says. People with darker skin are particularly at risk during winter months nearly 75% of adults from Asian or African and Caribbean backgrounds

may have low vitamin D levels. People who are over 65-years old are another group at risk of having low vitamin D levels, and so are also at risk of conditions like osteomalacia - soft bones. The main natural source of vitamin D is through the action of sunlight on the skin. But some individuals may need dietary supplements, especially through the colder months. People with darker skin are at risk of having low vitamin D levels because their skin also doesn't produce vitamin D well following exposure to sunlight. Other people at risk of vitamin D deficiency are pregnant women, children, older adults, and people who have limited sun exposure, such as those who cover their skin for cultural

reasons. The warning follows fears about the rising number of children developing rickets over the past few years. A Department of Health spokesman said free supplements were already available to some at-risk individuals through the Government's Healthy Start voucher programme, which targets disadvantaged families. But the department was working to roll out the availability of low-price supplements further, he said.

0.004% Richest Control 13% World’s Wealth Only 0.004 percent of the world’s high networth adult population controls almost 13 percent of the world’s total wealth, according to a new study. Global ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals’ population has reached a record high of 211,275 with combined net worth of nearly $30 trillion, Wealth-X, the world’s leading ultra high net worth (UHNW) intelligence firm said in the study released . The combined wealth of ultra wealthy individuals — those with $30 million and above in net assets — increased by 7 percent to $29.725 trillion in 2014, almost twice the GDP of the world’s largest economy, the US. North America and Europe continue to dominate the global landscape with the largest UHNW population and wealth.

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A lantern parade and competition organised by ‘ One Darnall ‘ took place in Darnall to showcase community cohesion. One Darnall, the body responsible for the lantern parade, is a partnership compromising of local community groups and individuals. It came into being because the area previously failed to capitalise on the strengths of the diverse communities residing in the area. Local school children designed lanterns which were then put on display during a parade The procession started its life from Greenland’s infant school, the host of the parade and the trail covered a mile and half walk around the local vicinity of Darnall, bringing crowds of up to 500 cil, said: “We’ve been working closely with the people. community in Darnall to bring people together, Lloyd Samuels One Darnall Cohesion Coordinator including for yesterday’s Bonfire Night celebrations. It was great to see so many people take said: "It has been amazing to see the amount of sup- part in such a fun and positive event.” port shown by the local community and schools. It has also been important to show to everyone The One Darnall Bonfire Night lantern parade, who thinks that Darnall is a bad area that they organised by community group One Darnall, was hailed a great success. A success that was are wrong.” During the parade the local children were joined reflected in the fact that the region witnessed a by their parents, the international football ref- significant reduction in antisocial behaviour dureree Howard Webb, the newly elected Police and ing and after bonfire night. The headlines were Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings. Chairman of The Paksitan Muslim Centre, Muhamemd Ali, Cllr Mazher Iqbal, Inspector Paul Ferguson, chairman of Darnall Forum Mothiur Rahman, amongst other dignitaries. The event which heavily revolved around local children was designed to strengthen community relations, and present an accurate picture of how well multicultural communities gel together. It was purposively held on Bonfire Night, a night which ordinarily brings with it conflicting challenges for various governing agencies. The Parade was orchestrated by Inspector Paul Ferguson, “The One Darnall lantern parade was a great success, attended by young and old members of the community alike. It was a lovely celebration with a fantastic atmosphere, bringing the community of Darnall together. In previous years, we have experienced pockets of disorder and criminality in certain areas of the city on

There are 183,810 male ultra rich individuals as of 2014, and 23.6 percent are involved in the finance, banking and investment industry, a 3.6 percent increase from last year. There are 27,465 female UHNW individuals as of 2014, and 48 percent of them fully inherited their wealth, a decline from 53 percent in 2013. Almost $13 trillion of the world’s high networth individuals wealth is held in private company holdings, nearly twice the amount held in public company stakes. The report said 64 percent of the world’s high networth population is self-made and only 17 percent have fully inherited their wealth. World’s ultra wealthy population is a significant source of revenue for the luxury industry, accounting for almost 19 percent of the luxury industry’s market, it said.

Blue Diamond Sells For Record $32.6 Million In NYC house Sotheby´s announced. The stunning 9.75 carat, pear-shaped diamond was bought by a Hong Kong private collector after 20 minutes of competitive bidding, Sotheby´s said. The price also set a new world auction record for price-per-carat for any diamond, the auctioneers said. The jewel had been owned by Rachel Lambert otherwise known as Bunny Mellon, the art collector wife of the late philanthropist and racehorse breeder Paul Mellon. She died in March aged 103. It was the highlight of a collection of Mellon´s jewels and objects of vertu A magnificent blue diamond has fetched $32.6 million in New York, breaking the world auc- that Sotheby´s sold for more than $42 million in tion record for any diamond of its color, auction New York on Thursday, well above the pre-sale estimate of $19.2 million.

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Bonfire Night. This year, the actions of the city's agencies working together, community activists and a robust policing presence led to a greatly diminished scenario. “ Commenting on the success of the event Muhammed Ali said he felt lost for words, “The local community, particularly the children have displayed so much pride and passion, their efforts are commendable. I congratulate everybody for making this a success”. The parade concluded with the children returning to Greenlands School where they were greeted by warm soup and light entertainment. The Pride of Yorkshire, Howard Webb then selected a winning lantern but emphasised on how every child, parent and volunteer who attended was a winner, stating further how something exceptionally rewarding and unique had been achieved. Cllr Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health at Sheffield City Coun-

all embracing, praising a collaborative effort that helped bring various cultures under one umbrella of understanding. Mothiur Rahman, a community champion emphasised on how ‘over the years it has almost become a ritual to pick up the local papers to find the front pages being dominated with negative stories. Last night’s we set a positive precedent, for we have left the media with lots of colourful images. Indeed this is how we want Darnall and other areas that are so often undermined, to be remembered’. The area has witnessed a significant change over the years, a change that has been brought on by the local Inspector. ( Inspector Paul Ferguson ). Inspector Paul Ferguson was assigned to the area several years ago, since his arrival he brought great hope to the area. Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, bridging the gap misunderstanding. Engaging with those elements of the community that would otherwise would be mere bystanders. The Lantern Parade will always be considered as part of his greatest legacies, for it was a ground breaking initiative that helped to stimulate peace and harmony. Mukhtar Tufail, operational manager of The Pakistan Muslim Centre praised Inspector Paul Ferguson for his efforts “ Inspector Ferguson is an asset to South Yorkshire Police Force. The success of this Lantern Parade is symbolic, for it symbolises Inspector Fergusons passion and commitment. Inspector Paul Ferguson is our local Robocop, we take great pride in the fact that our local force is made up of such avuncular figures “.

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CALL FOR NEIGHBOURS TO HELP CLAMP DOWN ON ROGUE TRADERS As many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime occur nationally each year, with residents cold called with offers to carry out repairs that are poor quality, unnecessary and charged at extortionate prices. Victims often report being threatened and even driven to their bank to withdraw money. Investigating these incidents locally is the number one priority for Sheffield’s Fair Trading team and, whilst officers aim to identify and prosecute those involved, community awareness is key to reducing the harm caused to elderly and vulnerable residents. Driveway or gardening services, roofing repairs or home improvements - right now our officers are investigating very serious incidents of fraud which occurred as a result of a caller at the door or deliberate rogue trading. Residents within our communities are scammed of thousands of pounds at the hands of these

criminals as incidents go unreported or doorstep callers unchallenged. Quite often just a little help from a concerned relative or neighbour is enough to deter the fraudsters and reporting your suspicions means my colleagues and the police can attend the incidents quickly to check on the traders. This National 'Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders' campaign highlights the impact that the community spirit and kindness of neighbours, friends and relatives can have in local communities to tackle doorstep crime. Signs an unwanted doorstep caller is visiting a neighbour: •Traders have been cold calling in the area •A builder's van is parked nearby, particularly one that doesn't include a company name or contact details •Building or maintenance work on your neighbour's garden or house starts unexpectedly

•Poor quality work is visible on the roof, driveway, or property •Your neighbour appears anxious or distressed •Your neighbour visits the bank, building society, or post office more frequently, particularly if they are accompanied by a trader What can I do? •Ask your neighbour in private -- in person or on the phone -- if things are OK •If they are displeased, suggest calling a relative or carer on their behalf •Note any vehicle registration numbers •Keep hold of any flyers you have received through your door •Ask if the trader has left any paperwork and put it in a clean food bag •If you suspect a crime, call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or your local trading standards office

India-Pak Cricket Ties To Resume India and Pakistan will resume their cricket ties with a series next year, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said. He said six series will be played between two countries till 2022. The Pakistani envoy said the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) visited India two last month. “Inshallah (God willing), the first series will be played next year,” he said. The first series is expected to be played in the United Arab Emirates. India suspended all series with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, which New Delhi blamed on militants from across the border.

Basit, who is also fond of poetry, while referring to the present state of bilateral relations between the two countries, quoted this popular

couplet of renowned Pakistani Urdu poet Ahmad Faraz. “Silsilay tod gaya woh sabhi jaate jaate, Warna itne to marasim the kay aate jaate.”

Mayweather Is World’s Top Sports Earner With £84M For Just Two Fights

Cricket World Champions To Pocket $4M The total prize money of the 2015 World Cup would be $10 million, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous edition of the tournament four years ago, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board, which also decided to use the Decision Review System (DRS) in all 49 matches of the tournament. An unbeaten path to winning the Cup will fetch the victorious team $4,020,000 while a defeat in their way to lifting the trophy will mean a depleted purse of $3,975,000. The winners of the next year’s mega event, starting Feb 14, will receive $3,750,000, up from $3,250,000 in 2011 while the runners-up will collect $1,750,000 in comparison to $1,500,000. The two losing semi-finalists will each get $600,000. In 2011, the two losing teams received

$500,000. The board also expressed satisfaction with the preparations for the upcoming mega event, to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand and decided to use the DRS in all 49 matches of the tournament with reserve days kept for the knock-out phase matches only. It was also decided that Super Over won’t be used in tied matches in the knock-out phase. In case of a tied quarterfinal and semi-final, the side finishing in the higher position in the group stage will progress. If the final is tied or if the match is a no-result, then the teams will be declared joint winners. The board also approved cutoff dates for qualification to the 2017 Champions Trophy 2017 and the 2019 World Cup. It was decided the top eight sides on the One-Day International (ODI) rankings as of Sep

30, 2015, will qualify for the Champions Trophy, to be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The cut-off date for the 10team 2019 World Cup, also to be held in England and Wales – was set for Sep 30, 2017. The top eight ranked sides on that date will automatically qualify for the 2019 edition of the event, while the ninth and 10th ranked teams will play in the qualifiers to be held in Bangladesh in 2018. The meeting also saw the acceptance of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) nomination of Najam Sethi, former chairman of PCB, for the ICC Presidency. Sethi’s nomination will be ratified by the general council at the 2015 annual conference, following which he will take over from Mustafa Kamal as the president for a period of 12 months.

American boxer Floyd Mayweather has again come out on top of the list of the world’s top-paid sports stars. The undefeated 37-year-old star fought just twice in the last 12 months, but despite his lack of endorsements he raked in enough from the bouts against Canelo Alvarez and Marcos Maidana to collect an astonising $105m (£66m). No wonder he’s nicknamed himself ‘Money’, and constantly flouts his wealth with pictures on Instagram. Perhaps most surprising of all, however, is how

he makes so much: While the other top earners make a huge chunk of their money through endorsements (90 per cent of it, in the case of golfers and tennis players), the boxer’s money all comes through earnings. “Floyd Mayweather is going to live his life like he wants to live it. I am Mr. Boxing; Mr. Money Man; Mr. I’m Getting It; Mr. 500 million dollar man. When you speak boxing, you’re speaking Mayweather.” Floyd Mayweather’s self-assessment

Mayweather’s cash haul was enough to see him overtake Tiger Woods at the top of Forbes magazine’s latest rankings of the world’s bestpaid athletes, £15m ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on £50m. Basketball superstar LeBron James was third on £42m, just ahead of Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi on £40m. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, signed by the European giants in the summer of 2013, is the highest-earning Brit in the list following his £80m switch to the Spanish capital.

Hamilton Claims Second World Title Lewis Hamilton clinched his second drivers´ world championship and became the first British multiple champion for 46 years when he won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With victory in Abu Dhabi Lewis Hamilton became the first British driver to win multiple world titles since Jackie Stewart in 1969, 1971 and 1973. Jim Clark and Graham Hill, who both became double champions in the 1960s, are the only other Britons to have won more than

one world championship. The 29-year-old Englishman, who took his first title in 2008 with McLaren, won not only the 55-lap race, but also his private duel with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who suffered prolonged problems with his car after making a poor start from pole position. Hamilton is the 16th multiple champion in Formula One history, the first Mercedes drivers’ champion since Juan Manuel Fangio and the first non-German driver to win 11 or more

races in one season. The Briton also delivered Mercedes their 16th victory of the season, meaning the Silver Arrows now have sole ownership of the record for most wins in a season which had previously been jointly held by McLaren (1988) and Ferrari (2002, 2004). Hamilton became the fourth British driver to win more than one championship, joining Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark and Graham Hill, the last man to succeed in 1968.

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New Regulations On Food Labelling

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Changes to food labelling will be applied from December 2014. They will help provide allergen information in a clearer and more consistent way. For example, any of the 14 allergens that are on the regulatory list will be emphasised on the label of a pre-packaged food if they are used as ingredients. It’s good news for consumers, as these changes will provide allergen information in a clearer and more consistent way – making it easier to make safer food choices when buying food or eating out. Although this new law will only apply from December 2014, you may have started to see some differences to food allergen labels already, as businesses prepare for the changeover to the new allergen rules. However, some products (such as tinned or dried food) have a long shelf life, which means you could see both types of labelling being used on these types of products for a couple of years after December 2014. Always remember to read the label. What are the changes? The changes are: Any of the 14 allergens that are on the regulatory list will be emphasised on the label, if they are used as ingredients in a pre-packaged food. Businesses can choose what method they want to use to emphasise these allergens, for example, by listing them in bold, italics, highlighted or underlined, to help identify them. Information about allergenic ingredients will be located in a single place, i.e. the ingredients list on prepacked food. This means that the voluntary use of the current types of allergy boxes (such as: ‘Contains nuts’) that provide a short cut to allergen information also given in the ingredients list, will no longer be allowed. Currently, loose foods (that can be bought without packaging) for example in supermarkets, delis, cafes and restaurants; don’t have to provide information you need about food allergens. However, from 13 December 2014, information on any of the 14 allergens used as ingredients will need to be provided for these foods.

Community Champions Abdul Khayum and Hafeas Rehman organised a Celebration Dinner to congratulate Cllr Harry Harpham on his selection as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Labour Party in Brightside & Hillsborough Constituency, and also to congratulate Dr Alan Billings on his election as the South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner.

fenders – 6% compared 4%. In 2013 the RAC dealt with more than 22,000 ‘out of fuel’ incidents which equates to almost 100,000 motorists a year across the country. What’s more, research from the RAC has revealed men are also more likely than women to put the wrong type of fuel into their tank, a mistake that can cost upwards of £200 to put right. In terms of misfuelling mishaps, men are also statistically more likely to suffer a forecourt fiasco than women, with 13% saying they have done so in contrast to just 8% of women. While the RAC attends in excess of 30,000 ‘misfuellings’ a year, this would extrapolate to around 130,000 among all UK drivers, or a financial cost of about £40m based on an average of £200 for draining and flushing a vehicle

body together under one roof.

Hafeas Rehman sharing words of encouragement commented on ‘ how good it was to see young people from BME communities coming forward and taking part’. He also passionately highlighted the importance of encouraging and supporting the younger generation to fully participate and actively engage in the local and naThe event, which was attended by 70 guests, was tional political machinery. opened by Ishfaq Kayani. Mr Kiyani whilst welcoming all the guests emphasised on the impor- Dr Alan Billings thanked the community for comtance of community cohesion, and thanked the ing out and taking part in the election. He said chief hosts Hafeas Rehman, Abdul Khayum for that ‘ the results were close and had it not been bringing people together when community rela- for the support from people present and the tions were becoming even more fragile because wider community, it would have made it much harder to win the election’. of growing challenges . Cllr Harpham said he was ‘overwhelmed with the support that he had received during his campaign from party members. He expressed his gratitude to each and every member who had given their support to select him as their candidate. He said, if elected as the Member of Parliament, he will do his utmost and work 7 days a week to ensure that he meets his obligations as the representative for Brightside & Hillsborough The event which brought together people from and will not let people down’. all walks of life was widely welcomed by all and was seen to have comprehensively patched up Other speakers who paid tribute to both special the bruised community relations. The region has guests were, Osman Rafique, Sahir Ali, Khurram recently experienced its fair share of anomalies Hussain, Kashaf Walayat, Cllr Mazhar Iqbal, Cllr it was therefore crucial that those who took their Mary Lea, Cllr Paul Wood, Waheed Nazir and civic responsibilities seriously brought every- Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Talib Hussain. Commenting on the success of the event Abdul Khayum, emphasised on the how important it was “for all of us to come together and celebrate our success, more importantly to afford everybody the opportunity to congratulate Harry and Alan …… and for them to in turn thank everybody for their support during the respective selection and election campaigns”.

Fuel Fiascos: Men More Likely Than Women To Run Out And Fill Up With Wrong Type When it comes to the battle of the sexes there are two motoring honours that men are not going to be proud of laying claim to – running out of fuel and putting the wrong type of fuel in their car. Whilst one in five (23%) – or an estimated 6.6m – UK motorists admit to having run out of fuel at least once, around a fifth (22%) more men than women say they have fallen foul of an empty tank. Of those who say they have been left high and dry by ‘playing petrol or diesel roulette’ and losing, 61% were men in contrast to just 39% who were women. Although three quarters (76%) of the motoring population claim never to have been caught out, men are also slightly more likely to be repeat of-

Celebration Dinner In Honour Of Cllr Harry Harpham PPC And Dr Alan Billings

and the loss and replacement of £50 of fuel. This would mean men are responsible for nearly £25m of the misfuelling bill. While the reason for men’s ‘fuel’ishness is unclear – it may be as simple as they tend to drive more miles per year than women, what is certain is that the number of ‘out of fuel’ incidents increases when fuel prices are rising, presumably because they are trying to make it to their preferred filling station with the lowest prices. Both running out of fuel and misfuelling can be ‘costly’ mistakes. Running out of fuel can result in motorists being stranded in dangerous places on the road and misfuelling can be very expensive, particularly if a vehicle suffers damage as a result of the wrong fuel being sent around the system. Regularly running a vehicle on a minimum of petrol or diesel can cause a number of fuel system problems, but of greater concern from the findings of our research is the fact that more than one in 10 (12%) of people surveyed say they have run out of fuel on the motorway, putting themselves in a very dangerous situation unnecessarily."

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Legal or Illegal Do today’s motorists actually know what’s legal and what isn’t? Which offences do motorists’ believe are against the law?

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THE BIRTH OF A NEW SECTOR IN HOUSING Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son It is a interesting time in the world of housing there are many strategists and politicians looking at this as a subject for debate and action. As house prices continue to rise year on year and our passion for buying houses not diminishing the challenge becomes ever greater. Although we would like to buy there is a substantial lobby which is looking towards the private rented sector becoming a much more prominent sector of the housing economy. Many people’s impression of the private rented sector is small landlords owning a few houses , these landlords provide good quality housing and have become the bedrock of this sector.

As the market changes the private rented sector has become the second largest housing choice replacing social housing. It is well documented the social housing sector has seen a decline over the last decade as fewer Council Houses have been built ,and a substantial number have been sold under the Right to Buy legislation without being replaced. There seems little evidence to suggest we will see a rebuilding of the social housing sector as Local and Central Government do not seem to see this as the solution. Although there is a school of thought which believes building more social housing could be the panacea that addresses the problem. The emerging market is large scale developers building to rent with Government support. We will see a significant rise in this sector; it is a relatively stable market as long as you recognise it is a long term investment with a steady income. What we are beginning to see is large institutional investors entering the market, once this takes a hold it will become mainstream. The Government have set up a Task Force for the Private Rented Sector whose aim is to bring forward more housing in this market. In London we are starting to see signs of overseas investors supporting projects, I believe this will become more apparent in the next few years. In fact we are seeing some overseas investors looking beyond London in Cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. I feel the private rented sector will become a strong investment for institutional bodies as is the case with Retail and Commercial and Industrial property. Its looks as though the Private Rented Sector will become as strong as it is in many parts of Europe. What does this do for the consumer? It provides tenants with good quality high specification accommodation available for long term rent enabling people to lay down roots and build sustaina-

Internet, bath, TV: List of modern-day British essentials revealed The internet has topped a list of modern-day essentials that Britons have said they cannot do without. A bath or shower and a television came second and third on the list, leaving comforts such as a daily coffee and make-up further down. Just under half of those polled said they could comfortably go longer without seeing their family than using the internet. What we deem to be essential is an extremely personal choice, and something that varies between individuals. For the av-

erage person, technology now dominates their list of essential daily comforts. And one in eight admitted that they could forego food for longer than they could go without logging on to social media sites. Technology now dominates most people’s essential daily uses. The ability to check facts and find information, as well as be in touch via social media with friends and family wherever they are in the world, has become our number one essential for 21st century living.

ble communities. It is a sector that has in the past been criticised for providing low quality housing and a choice of last resort. I feel we are seeing changes which will make it a first choice for many people. The key ingredients for this sector to work and prosper are for Local and Central Government to provide a environment for the investor/developer to operate. As there is substantial land ownership vested within these organisations it needs brave decisions to release this land for the benefit of the housing economy not at nil consideration but a reasonable price to reflect the need to deliver new housing.

Coming to the developers although willing to move into this sector they have a responsibility to come up with good design and quality as is the case in Europe, it should be treated as a mainstream investment not the cottage industry that On the planning front it needs bold decisions is sometimes the definition of the Private Rented which may sometimes oppose policy as it stands Sector. to build new towns ,garden cities ,this is true whether you are building for the private rented In my opinion the Private Rented Sector is mainsector or building for sale. As I was writing this stream here to stay. All stakeholders , developers, article it was been reported that people in Lon- investors, tenants, Local Government and above don were being priced out of the rented sector all Central Government need to play their part to and something ought to be done at the very least provide good quality affordable housing.

748 Million Lack Access To Clean Water A total of 748 million people lack access to clean water on a regular basis in the world and an estimated 1.8 billion people are exposed to contaminated water, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation, and one billion practise open defecation, or nine people out of 10 in rural areas. These are the main conclusions of the report “GLASS 2014″, a study conducted every two years by WHO with this edition entitled “Investing in Water and Sanitation: Increasing Access, Reducing Inequalities”. The report recalls that access to safe water and adequate sanitation has implications for a wide range of issues, including reducing infant mortality through maternal health, combating infectious diseases and reducing health and environmental costs. The study shows that over

to accommodate people who are not on high salaries but are essential to the economy such as retail, health, service industry and essential workers. Coupled with another scenario that people are delaying buying homes until there late thirties or even forties, this has left some lenders with a interesting scenario that some borrowers will be beyond retirement age when their mortgage is due to be paid off. It brings me back to the Private Rented Sector becoming even more important.

the past two decades, 2.3 billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources. In the same period the number of child deaths from diarrheal diseases — very much related to sanitation — decreased from 1.5 million in 1990 to 600,000 in 2012. Their is improvement, but the figure was still too large. The study also estimates that every dollar invested in water and sanitation can provide a return of $4.30 in reducing healthcare costs, increasing productivity in the workplace and creating new jobs in industries related to waste management. The study also emphasises the importance of focusing on sanitation, given that more than 75 percent of the funds are invested in providing access to drinking water.

Asthma may raise heart attack risk Asthma patients need to take extra care of their heart as researchers have found that the affliction, which requires daily medication, may raise the risk of a heart attack by 60 percent. The multi-ethnic study involved 6,792 participants. Patients were of an average age of 62 and 47 percent of them were male. After adjustment for heart dis-

ease risk factors, researchers found that people with asthma, who required daily medications were 60 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, stroke or related condition during a 10-year follow-up than people without asthma. Researchers found that asthma and heart disease are associated with increased levels of inflammation in the body.

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Opinion Of Helping Hand Nadeem Butt “If we could help one hand, that hand could carry on helping other hands which could save lives.” (Nadeem Butt Bradford)

some people if they do want help then they say that it is not allowed in our religion, like I have started Body Organ Campaign in Bradford to aware the people to save life by donating organs and my campaign awareness is going in all communities but helping is little bit of a problem for some people who don’t like to help so they straightway refuse. I would like ask questions to those people who don’t believe in body organ donation that if you are undergoing the same situation or if anybody in your family is going through any same situation, will you not want somebody to help you? I am sure that you will want someone to help. Because you can’t not feel anybody else pain unless you or any member of your family is involved. Why don’t we keep silence and keep the situation between God and ourselves but we thinks if we do help someone keep it a secret between you God and the person you have helped and if you don’t keep silence then you are making it difficult for yourself and lose the reward. Some people like to help in the crowd just to show off before help and after help. Then they make you feel embarrassed and play with your emotions but yet they are very religious and don’t listen to any music or don’t watch T.V at all but they like to back bite and they forget the fact that in Islam if they back bite it is like they are chewing up their own brother’s/sister’s raw meat. If you go for help, they will take full interview and ask you questions like why do you need it? When are you going to give it back? Etc. Then after the interview they will make excuses such as in Islam. We should pray our Namaz, keep Fasts, pay our Zakat and preform Hajj and have strong believe on God and on his Messengers, these are the five pillars of Islam. If Allah has given the chance to preform hajj or Umrah and you have already done it then why don’t you send someone else who hasn’t done it, by doing this you will make the person happy God happier plus you will get uncountable and equal reward. They enjoy life with everything but they restricted and point out to others I pray to God for them that he leads these people to the right path.

Why don't we help people who are in need? According to Islam whatever you earn, 2.5% of the money should go towards charity, this is called Zakat. According to Islam, Muslims have many responsibilities that we should fulfil but some Muslims only fulfil those that are financially beneficial to them. We should thank God many times throughout our day, for all his blessings and give us strength to help others. What if you woke up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? I can’t understand the point of view of those people who help but show pride to the person who they have helped and they also go around and tell everyone that they have helped a certain person. The person who has been helped feels very shameful and might regret that why did they borrow money or any kind of favour and he can’t even say anything because hard time is running for him. If he is saying something true but it is against the other person or it is his opinion which is not right according to the other person, then the other person will become enemy with him just because he did not find a statement correct. I have noticed, that some people when they go to a celebration or any kind of party, if they give gift or anything they will wait for the video camera to record them giving it, isn’t God enough for us to give us his blessings and reward? I Don't know why some people makes excuses for saving money and things they know God is knows everything either however they try to do give dodge them self and they showing they are save but they are not even. Why do we have to have a proof that we gave something to someone? People agree but don’t have enough belief that they will also die one day, they just keep advising people what to do and what not to do but don’t apply all these sayings to themselves. They give free money advice. Give me feedback on Facebook: Opinion of SavWhat do you think this not diplomacy? God does not like diplomat people after so many ing Life back biting they claim that they are very honest. Email me on:

21% Rise In Accidents Where Driver Was Using Mobile Phone The dangers of texting or taking a call at the wheel with a handheld phone, as new figures released this week show the number of accidents where a mobile phone contributed to the cause has risen by 21% since 2010. The latest statistics from the Department for Transport analysing the contributing factors for accidents on the nation’s roads in 2013 show that overall there has been a 10% decrease in incidents reported to the police from 2010 to 2013. Figures show that last year there were 108,934 accidents dealt with by the police, compared to 120,827 in 2010. And, the positive news for road safety

campaigners is that the number of fatalities has also gone down from 1,620 in 2010, to 1,486 in 2013 – a fall of 8%.

However, the number of accidents where a mobile phone was being used by the driver has increased significantly by 21% in the same period – 349 in 2010 to 422 in 2013. The statistics also show there were more accidents involving drivers ‘being in a hurry’ in 2013 than 2012 (18,167 in 2013 and 17,847 in 2012, or 2% increase). The RAC says the official figures reflect motorists’ concerns about the use of hand-held mobile phones as highlighted in its RAC Report on Motoring 2014, which found more than a third (34%) say they worry about other drivers being distracted by their hand-held mobile phones while behind the wheel.

Reema Wins US Award

Pakistani actor, Reema Khan has been presented with the America Abroad Media (AAM)’s 2014 Partner Award for her role in the series Reema Khan’s America. In partnership with AAM in 2013, Reema starred in the Pakistani television series Reema Khan's America, a series which follows the 43-year-old actor as she set out to discover her new country through the eyes of a Pakistani, testing stereotypes about life in the US and exploring what it means to be an American. At the awards ceremony organised by AAM, Reema appealed to the Indian government to allow the release of Pakistani films in the country, saying it would pave the way for cultural

exchange and help develop both film industries. "For the last couple of years, Indian films are being released in Pakistani theatres, which is wonderful. Now I am expecting the government of India to allow the release of Pakistani films in Indian theatres." "Through films, audiences of the two countries can be brought together. They can carry a very strong message. They can understand the traditions, values and cultural system which has developed in Pakistan." Reema also praised Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who had been honoured with the AAM award last year for highlighting social issues in his popular television serial, Satyamev Jayate.

"Being a celebrity, he is doing such a wonderful job. I really appreciate his efforts and his work as an anchor of Satyamev Jayate," Reema said. Co-chaired by former US National Security Advisor Gen (rtd) Michael Hayden, the AAM also felicitated Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass, wellknown Saudi journalist Turki Aldakhil and documentary film organisation, Impact Partners. Having appeared in over 200 films, Reema made her film debut with Bulandi in 1990. In 2006, she made her debut as a director and producer with Koi Tujh Sa Kahan, which won the Best Film award at the Lux Style Awards. Reema also won two awards for Best Actress and Best Director.

Give Blood To Save Life NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across England and North Wales to make time this Christmas to give a gift only they can give and make a blood – or platelet – donation. This Christmas more than 200,000 blood donors are needed to give a very special gift and help hundreds of thousands of patients. BAME communities are especially in demand as some rare blood groups and some blood disorders are more common among ethnic communities. For certain conditions, for example sickle cell anaemia, it is beneficial for patients to receive blood from someone with the same ethnic background. Last year 1 in 5 blood donor appointments were missed over the festive period putting NHS Blood and Transplant’s critical

operation under unnecessary pressure. Blood stock levels can drop dramatically over the busy festive period as Christmas shopping, celebrations and extended public holidays mean giving blood slips off the nation’s to-do lists. A blood donation truly is the gift only you can give and with one single donation you can save or improve up to three lives. While people from all communities give blood, only 4% of blood donors who have donated in the past two years are from black, Asian or minority ethnic communities. However, 14% of people living in England and North Wales are black, Asian or minority ethnic. Around 210,000 whole blood donations will be needed over the coming six weeks to supply hospitals across England and North Wales treating patients with cancer and anaemias, after accidents or childbirth complica-

tions, and during surgery. And over the festive period 12,500 platelet donations are needed to help treat patients with cancer, serious blood disorders and those who have undergone transplants. Every blood donation is vital, but over winter months NHS Blood and Transplant particularly needs to ensure supplies of the universal blood group O Rh Negative which is often in short supply as demand is so great. We also need to ensure supplies of the rarer blood groups A Rh Negative, B Rh Negative and AB Rh Negative as these are vulnerable to shortfall. This year NHS Blood and Transplant faces extra pressure as Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall ahead of a weekend, raising concerns fewer donors than usual will get around to making life saving donations during the busy festive period.

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Sharif Says No To Elections Before 2018

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that a general election would not be held in the country before 2018. He thus rejected the demands by the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for early elections.

The PTI has been holding countrywide demonstrations in protest of the government’s alleged corruption and rigging in the 2013 general election. The opposition party has been demanding that Sharif should step down as the country’s prime minister, paving way for an ‘independent inquiry’ into the alleged electoral rigging. Sharif’s statement came as the PTI was gearing up to hold what it promised to be a landmark rally in Islamabad Nov 30. In an official statement, Sharif said that all political forces have stakes in the democratic system. “No system is perfect, but the constitution and parliamentary democracy are the only tools to remove the imperfections in the existing system,” Sharif said. He said that his party would have achieved a prospering Pakistan when it enters election mode in 2018.

50 delightful years: Thank you PTV Pakistan Television completed its 50 years on November 26. PTV began its journey from Lahore in 1964, with a staff of 30 people. It started with black and white transmission in the good old days when having a television at your home was considered a luxury. In the early days of PTV, most localities would only have that one house with a TV set, with neighbours often thronging to that house to catch the 8pm drama or the 9pm news bulletin. The craze was at such a high that some families used to make telephone calls to their TVowning friends and family so they could listen to their favourite drama over telephone. For the first 30 years or so after its inception, PTV remained an invaluable source of knowledge and entertainment, fading out a bit in

it has something in it for everyone. Entertainment channels these days are obsessed with the family’s internal issues, especially playing up the infamous mother-in-law/ daughter-in-law angle. Much of these practices can be attributed to following trends set by Indian dramas, and are bent on dramatising family politics more than anything. PTV, at least in the good old days, was more focused on airing diversified content (even if it incorporated family drama) to highlight the plight of the masses. Waris, Tanhaiyan, Neelay Hath and Andhera Ujala, are only a few examples of the era's meaningful shows. And of course, having stalwart scriptwriters like Shaukat Siddiqui, Ashfaq Ahmed, Fatima Suraiya Bajia and Noorul Huda Shah never failed to help.

the last 20 years. During this period, it faced competition from Indian movies, which started sneaking into Pakistani households through VCRs; also from illegal boosters and antennae installed at rooftops to catch international transmissions illegally. Even before all that, PTV faced a strict censor policy from the government. Female actors and anchors were bound to follow strict dress codes promulgated by the Ziaul Haq regime. Some actors from the era report that they had to hold a tissue in their hand when touching someone of the opposite sex onscreen, so that it would not technically constitute 'touching'. A number of artists and shows like 'Baleela' fell at the hands of Zia's censorship. Still, PTV rode all these hindrances, remained steadfast and has continued to air dramas in prime time that keep people glued to their screens. The list of memorable PTV programmes is endless. One of the first ones was Khuda Ki Basti, a play which first aired in 1969. Today, channels are airing round-the-clock transmissions. PTV, on the other hand, has seven to eight hours of transmission time each day, but it divides this time so methodically that

The comedy shows were quite awesome too. Fifty-50 is one such show that is still living on online video sites. Zeba Shehnaz, one of the actors of the show, said a few days ago that she had performed 108 different characters in Fifty-50. Excessive government influence, however, is one thing that has always demonised the state channel. There is one particular case of state intervention which should particularly interest the reader of today: Come the turn of a new century, an all new generation of private channels dealt its viewership a severe blow — particularly in the urban areas of the country — which the channel is still reeling from. All of it just serves to indicate the expansive, overwhelming history which lies behind the state channel. We grew up with PTV. Pakistan grew up with PTV. Against all adversity, PTV fought well, but at some point in the middle of all those years, it stopped evolving and couldn't present an alternate to the glitter of Star TV and other such channels. All said, Pakistan Television and all the memories of this institution are still alive.

The Lahore Diamond Necklace Did you know that the necklace that Queens/ Queen Consorts of United Kingdom wear on their own or their husbands' coronation or at the state functions is known as the Lahore Diamond Necklace? When the British entered the Lahore Fort in 1849 they found a treasure beyond their wildest imagination. We all know about the Koh-i-Noor (mountain of light ~ Persian) which is part of the British Crown Jewels, but there was a lot more in there than just the Koh-i-Noor. Everything in the 'Toshakhana' of the Fort was handed over to Dr. John Login, the Administrator of the fort. He made a list of the treasure inside for the East India Company which included, among other items, the Koh-i-Noor, five bags of diamonds, 134 large gharras of gold jewelry and precious stones, a whole store of expensive and rare Cashmere shawls and choghas, and relics of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) (including his shoes, walking stick, shirt, cap as well as several locks of his hair). This is only a fraction of the wealth which was removed from Lahore. From the range of diamonds was made the Lahore diamond necklace for Queen Victoria. The Queen had this necklace made in 1858 from 28 stones that she had removed from the Garter Badge and a ceremonial sword, also from Lahore. The necklace added up to 161 carats, making it the most expensive necklace in the world with nine largest stones weighing between 8 and 11 carats and the pendant stone, weighing 22.5 carat (cut down from original 103 carat). That pendant stone is the Lahore Diamond (Coronation Necklace) hence the name of the necklace. Till date this necklace is among the most expensive necklaces in the world.

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Public WiFi not Secure as you think The increase of broadband rollout and the growth of WiFi in public spaces is providing society with the huge benefit of access to the Internet quickly and easily. But not all WiFi is as secure as we might think it is. Europol’s Cybercrime Division warns that attacks are rising on public WiFi and are a major security risk. In the UK, key cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham are increasing public WiFi access, whilst restaurants, cafes and bars are also keen provide free WiFi to attract customers. For most smartphone users public WiFi is always seen as a great way of saving data usage included in their phone tariffs but if you are going to use public WiFi for personal transactions, sensitive data and banking, this may not be the best method. We are now seeing an increase in the misuse of wi-fi, in order

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An explosive matchup of our very own world-class fighter, Amir Khan is happening in May. The British superstar and former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan will face current WBA International Welterweight champion Luis Collazo in the 12 round event. "I'm looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas once again, and my intention on May 3 is to make a statement that I belong on this big stage," said Khan. "Luis Collazo might be coming off of a big win, but I am in incredible shape and am ready for this challenge. A win on May 3 is what I need to prove that I truly am one of the best welterweights in the sport." A British standout who represented his nation in the 2004

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