For over 200 years this country has conducted a census every ten years and 2011 is Census year. The actual date for it is 27th March when the Census takes a snapshot of the nation. Census forms will be posted to every household to arrive in good time before this day. The Census asks for details about each household and also about every person living there. The information is then turned into statistics which are used by many organisations, including government departments and councils, to decide how and where to spend money on services such as health, emergency planning, schools, roads and much more. It is a legal requirement to complete the Cen-
sus but more importantly, by everyone completing and returning the questionnaire, it contributes to every local community and the region in which they live. This is because the information from an accurate Census is not just a headcount. It creates a detailed picture of towns, villages, even streets. From this,
Sheffield welcomes Sky’s confirmation that it will be creating 500 new jobs in Sheffield. The broadcaster has announced that it will be opening a new customer service centre, based in the city centre. Recruitment for management will begin immediately, with customer service positions
advertised from April. The centre will open in July 2011 and training will be provided for new staff. Sheffield MP David Blunkett said: “I welcome Sky’s confirmation of these 500 new jobs, which represents an investment by a major national and international broadcaster in our city. “I hope
by: Michael Whetton government and councils can better identify precise needs of local areas and different community groups and they can then direct resources to where they are needed. Cont P2...
Bradford Mosque Celebrates “Beautiful Minarets” Award
The Madni Jamia Masjid mosque beat over 50 others from across Europe A Bradford mosque is to be presented with a special plaque after its minarets were judged to be the “most beautiful” in Europe. The minarets at a Bradford mosque have been named the most beautiful in Europe. The distinctive struc-
tures at the Madni Jamia Masjid Mosque in Thornbury Road beat those at more than 50 other mosques across the continent in a contest run by COJEP International, a youth charity partnered with the Council of Europe. A panel made up of artists, architects, heritage experts and representatives of different faiths met at the European Parliament
in Strasbourg to determine the winner. They examined photographs of 53 minarets from 13 countries before selecting those at the Bradford mosque. Ishtiaq Ahmed, of Bradford Council for Mosques, said: “It’s very proud and welcome news for Bradford. Cont P2...
Sheffield Welcomes SKY Jobs that this represents just the beginning of private-sector investment in the people of Sheffield. If we are to recover from the downturn and reverse the rising tide of unemployment, then other companies must follow Sky’s lead and provide jobs and opportunities for what is a skilled and willing workforce.”
Blasphemy Law Cannot be changed: Pervez Musharraf
Former President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws could not be changed, but that the man who killed Punjab Province Governor Salman Taseer over his opposition to them must be punished. Musharraf, who is planning to return to Pakistan to fight elections due by 2013, said blasphemy was an extremely sensitive issue for the people of Pakistan. “Therefore doing away with the blasphemy law is not at all possible and must not be done,” he interview at his London home last month. Taseer was said in an
killed by his security guard last month after backing amendments to the blasphemy laws, which are often misused to settle personal scores. The man who confessed to killing him, Mumtaz Qadri, has been treated as a hero by some in Pakistan and religious parties have led demonstrations against any changes to the blasphemy laws. Musharraf said that, rather than amend the laws, Pakistan needed to find ways to make sure they were not misused.
Former Mayor Saddened by Situation in Pakistan
Former Lord Mayor of Bradford Mohammed Ajeeb has voiced his thoughts on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Pakistan. “The people of Pakistan have got to show they have sufficient tolerance to use the law, not take the law into their own hands”. "It seems to me the issue of blasphemy is being used by religious leaders to incite and provoke." Mr Ajeeb was appalled by the murder and to add further to the insult he was disgusted that the killer was hailed a hero by many and presented flowers as congratulations. He says: “For me it was an act of terrorism by an uneducated, fanatical, religious young man. What upsets me most is what I saw on TV. Pakistan seems to have gone
mad if a murderer is praised and some progress in civil liberties encouraged and rewarded. “Over and promoting tolerance. “But somehow, it seems to me, this issue of blasphemy is being used by religious leaders to incite and provoke. I would not be feeling secure if I was in the country in the present circumstances. I would be scared, actually.” The nation is already politically and internationally unstable but as lawlessness prevails its becoming a pit of darkness. Mr Ajeeb hopes people start behaving responsibly. “I am aware of the political situation and what the past 25 years, so-called fanati- the country is going through. But cal religious elements have man- when are people going to accept aged to silence some of the sane responsibility for themselves and voices in the country. I thought, stop blaming the Americans, Indiafter the murder of Benazir Bhutto an intelligence, the Drone attacks? in 2007, the country was making Cont P6...
Mosque Minerates Award
In the last ten to 15 years we have seen an emergence of some beautiful mosque structures in the city, and this is one of them. “The fact that it’s recognised not only in the UK but in Europe is tremendous news for Bradford.” Minarets at mosques in Stockholm, Rome, Granada and Oslo were shortlisted in the competition. The four minarets at Madni Jamia Masjid were added last year during the final phase of construction of the mosque, which was started ten years ago. Mohammed Ashfaq, vice- chairman of the mosque’s management commit-
tee, which chose the design of the minarets, said: “They are beautiful. A lot of work has gone into them. Winning the competition is a pleasant surprise.” The mosque is also home to the Islamic Cultural and Educational Association. Around 6,000 people are thought to use its facilities each week. Activities include religious conferences and community events. In 2007, the mosque beat more than 1,000 others in the UK in a competition run by Islam Channel to be named Britain’s Model Mosque for its community work.
Cut Bankers Bonuses Not EMAs Speaking in a debate in Parliament on Educational Maintenance Allowance, Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, argued that the Government would have enough money to pay for EMA three times over if Ministers halted plans to halve the tax on bankers’ bonuses rather than go ahead with the government’s decision to scrap EMA. Mr Blomfield said: “The unfairness of the Government’s plans is breathtaking. With EMA gone and fees trebled this Government is making it harder for young people to stay on in education, and as a result attainment and social mobility will be hit. The Government is making the wrong choices for the future of young people.” Meanwhile Sheffield Labour lead-
er, Julie Dore said: “We should be doing everything we possibly can to encourage people to stay in education and training, the decision to cut EMA which gives young people this opportunity will force people out of education. The Tory/Lib Dem Government’s decision to scrap EMA shows just how little thought they have given to the futures of young people in Sheffield when this should be a priority. EMA has helped to significantly improve access to further education and training for people who would not be able to stay on without this financial support. From this there has been progress both in the level of participation and attainment in Sheffield schools and colleges.
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Pay To Park By Mobile
Paying to park just got easier in Rotherham. Rotherham Borough Council launched a ‘cashless’ parking scheme last month - allowing motorists to pay by debit or credit card by using their mobile phones. The cashless payment system ‘RingGo’ - is already being used by other authorities across the country, including Sheffield, and is proving to be a big hit with motorists looking for an easy alternative payment method. To use the new system motorists park up in a car park and then simply dial the local rate number 0114 299 1994. This number will be shown on pay and display ma-
chines in the car parks where the scheme is available. Users will need to provide the location code, also shown on signs, their car registration number and the length of time they want to park. Payment will then be taken from their debit or credit card. Using the service costs a flat rate of 20 pence on top of the normal parking tariff. No parking tickets are issued as Civil Enforcement Officers can check which vehicles have paid using ‘RingGo’. Motorists can also extend their stay by mobile phone without having to go back to the car park and feed the cash machine, and without running the risk of getting a Penalty Charge Notice.
Call For Safer Medicines
Patient safety group Safer Medicines Campaign thanked Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts for signing Early Day Motion 475 “Safety of Medicines” to improve the safety testing of new drugs. Although many medicines are essential and save many lives, their side effects hospitalise a million Britons and kill more than 10,000 every year, making them one of
our leading causes of death. Better methods to test the safety of new drugs could have a major impact. Current methods rely on animal tests, which often create a false sense of security, as with Avandia and Vioxx, which both caused many thousands of heart attacks, killing thousands, despite animal tests which indicated that they would protect the heart. New safety tests, using state of the art techniques on human tissues and in ultra low dose studies in volunteers, promise to give results more predictive for humans. But these tests are not yet required by law. Clive Betts said: “We have made enormous progress in pharmaceutical
The Census form which comes though the door can be completed and returned by post or, if preferred, the information can be submitted via the internet. Either way, confidentiality is protected by law. Your information goes straight to the Office for National Statistics, or ONS as it is also known, where it is converted into those important statistics. Only the statistical data is released by the ONS. Personal information is kept secure for 100 years. Only then is it made available for historians and future generations to see. The questions on each person include age, education, basic health, ethnicity and employment. There is also a question for carers which asks for the number of hours per week spent as a carer for family, friends or neighbours. No one should be left off a Census return. Tiny babies and the elderly must not be overlooked. The longer term planning that uses Census data is important for everyone. Help on completing the Census will be available from the website – www.census.gov.uk – and a dedicated helpline – 0300 0201 101. Guidance will be available in 56 different languages. Census collectors will be calling at households which do not return a completed form and they will also be able to assist where support is needed. Being part of the Census is being part of a picture of the nation, means contributing to local communities and helps tomorrow take shape. testing and development, but we can do even better. If superior tests are available, the law should require them. I’m pleased to support the campaign to hasten the comparison called for in the Safety of Medicines Bill. This is a real opportunity to move safety testing into the twenty-first century.”
Council Launches Asian Community Project The Council has launched a new and innovative Asian Community Project to celebrate and revive the contributions made by South Asian Sheffielders, and promote understanding and cohesion across communities in the city. The ‘South Yorkshire South Asian Community Project’ was launched at Sheffield Town Hall last month. Clr Paul Scriven, Leader of Sheffield City Council launched the project, and said: “I would like to thank the South Asian Community members who make such a fantastic contribution to life in our city, and look forward to the positive impact this group will have. There is still work to do improving understanding across different community groups in the city, and this project will have an important role to play.”Amongst the work of
the project will be the production of a book of information about South Asian culture in English, for use by statutory and voluntary organisations to improve their understanding of these groups. The project also aims to inspire young people in the British Asian
butions made by their root ancestors, and to look up to them has good role models. Haji Gulam Nabi, former chairperson of Pakistan Muslim Centre in Sheffield, said: “I feel that the valuable contributions made by the first Asian generation should be documented, and can play a pivotal role in the city. This is also a good innovative incentive for young British Asian people, and we hope this project will raise awareness of community cohesion and cultural diversity. ”The group has also received the backing of Lord Ahmed, the UK’s first Muslim life peer. The group is issuing a call to action to all South Asian community and faith groups in the city to get in touch and contribute to this work, by sharing experiences, photographs community to value the significant contri- and information.
500 Year old copy of Holy Quran to be Published Online
A rarely-seen manuscript of one of the world’s most important copies of the Holy Quran is to be published online. The hand-written holy book, estimated to be around 500 years old, is so precious and fragile scholars have been unable to put it on display. Now experts at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library are using digital technology to photograph each page and publish the book online to enable scholars and students to study it. The fragile 470-page book is kept by in the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library.
Each of the 470 pages measures 35in by 24in, the size of a large plasma screen TV. The ornate book was written by several scribes and illuminators for Kansuh al-Ghuri, the penultimate Mameluke sultan of Egypt. Historians disagree on when it was written, with estimates ranging from the second half of the 14th century to 1500. At least 950 images will be captured – which will be between 80 and 120MB each – allowing their study in intricate detail.
Sheffield People Get The Care They Want
People in Sheffield have challenged the traditional ways they are offered care as they grow older, and plans are under way for them to have more choice and control. Older people have told the Council that they want to be supported to stay at home by receiving the care they want, when they want it. This new approach means the Council will have to change the way it provides services, and is taking this as an opportunity to modernise and improve them, especially for people with dementia. Eddie Sherwood, Interim Director of Adults’ Services at Sheffield City Council said; “During the consultation we listened to what people said and
the Council has changed its plans accordingly . Although we will have to go ahead with the closure of the two underused resources centres, we have ensured that people in the South will not have to travel across the city to as they would have done under the original proposals. “The underused resources centres will close but we would like to reassure those who currently use these centres that they will still be able to receive the same level of care. It will just be in a different location. By making these changes we can get much better value for money and deliver care which is more suited to the changing needs of people in the city.”
Rt Hon David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, has been pleased to open the new Gastrointestinal Unit at Northern General Hospital. Mr Blunkett officially opened the new, expanded unit on 28th Jan. An “upper GI” unit at Hallamshire hospital has combined with Northern General’s facilities to create a modernised unit, with new investigation rooms, reporting rooms and areas for patients. Mr Blunkett said: “We all know that with an ageing population, we’re living longer and we’re demanding more – quite rightly – from the NHS. It is only the
cutting-edge expertise and the development of new facilities that is helping people to live their lives with dignity. “We don’t talk about, but we need to be very alert to, issues which are in part a result of ageing – and sometimes the result of other major challenges, such as cancer.
New Northern General G1 Unit
Bradford Company Created 15 New Jobs Sham Marraige Prosecution Bradford A long-established motor dealership, which has created 15 jobs at its recently-opened £1 million Bradford showroom, achieved record sales in 2010 and expects to deliver 3,000 new and used vehicles this year. Farnell Land Rover, one of the oldest in the country, opened its new Canal Road showroom at the end of last year and has outlets in Guiseley and Leeds. The firm, part of the Co-operative Group, saw an increase in sales across all models. Sales of Freelanders rose by 37 per cent, Range Rovers by 29 per cent, Discoveries by 27 per cent, Range Rover Sport by 23 per cent and Defenders by 11 per cent. The company said an excellent response to new 2011 models, together with in-
creased economy across the range, had been the main drivers in the sales boom. Jatinder Singh Aujla, Farnell Group operations manager,
Clive Betts MP has urged Sheffield households to protect themselves against the deadly threat of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. New research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! Campaign shows that 69% of households in Yorkshire and the Humber could be at risk of poisoning by not having an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm. Carbon Monoxide - known as the silent killer - is a highly poisonous gas that has no colour, taste or smell, making it impossible to detect without an alarm. It is produced when fuel-burning appliances, such as gas boilers, cookers or fires, are incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained, or if flues, chimneys or vents are blocked.
The Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign encourages people to ensure they have an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm and that they have all fuel-burning appliances serviced annually by a registered and qualified engineer. The campaign recommends four simple steps to keep your household safe:•Fit an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm which should be marked with the ‘EN50291′safety standard•Have fuel-burning appliances serviced annually by a registered professional•Don’t block ventilation and get chimneys swept at least once a year •Learn about the danger signs and symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning at www.co-bealarmed. co.uk or contact the team on 020
said: “Customers are increasingly looking for improved value for money from their vehicles, and this – along with improved fuel efficiencies in comparison to previous models – are the key drivers for sales. “Add to this the fact that
Range Rovers and Land Rovers are UK designed and assembled, and the success is even more pertinent in the current economic climate. “In 2011 we expect to deliver over 3,000 new and used vehicles across our three dealerships in Bradford, Guiseley and Central Leeds, which will further cement our position as one of the leading Range Rover and Land Rover dealership groups in the UK.” The company, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2009 and was one of the first Land Rover dealerships in the world, is due to mark the opening of its showroom next week. The site off Canal Road is one of the largest Land Rover showrooms in the UK and amongst the biggest in the world.
Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed!
7492 0999 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgSymptomsof Carbon Monoxide poisoning Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms can resemble those of food poisoning or the flu. The most common symptoms of mild Carbon Monoxide poisoning are: nausea, dizziness, tiredness, headaches and abdominal pain. Some people may also vomit. The longer someone breathes in Carbon Monoxide, the worse the symptoms will get. They may lose their balance, vision and memory and, eventually, they will lose consciousness. This can all happen within two hours if there is a lot of Carbon Monoxide in the air.
A Bradford bride and her husband have been jailed for staging a sham marriage to dodge strict immigration rules. The bride’s mother was also given a suspended prison sentence for helping the couple, after acting as a witness at the wedding ceremony which took place in a Lancashire church. A UK Border Agency (UKBA) investigation led to the arrest of a Czech national woman, who was jailed for 15 months. She had married a Nigerian man, in a sham ceremony in February, 2009. He was jailed for 21 months after admitting to offences of immigration fraud and perjury. The marriage had been arranged to give him legal status
to remain in the UK. A spokesman for UKBA said sham marriages typically occur when a non-European national marries someone from the European economic area, including the UK, as a means of trying to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits. After the case Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “Illegal immigration is big business. At home and abroad, we are tackling highly-organised crime groups who make their living by trying to exploit the immigration system and breach our border security. “Some of these hide people in lorries in an attempt to cross our borders illegally, some
provide them with fake identity documents, others set up bogus colleges or arrange sham marriages. Worst of all – some force women and children to work in the sex industry. UK Border Agency immigration crime team say “We have specialist teams of immigration officers and police working to investigate cases just like this to ensure people are not able to benefit from breaking the UK’s immigration laws. “Whether you take part in the marriage or arrange for others to stage fake weddings we are determined to track down those involved and bring them to justice.”
Liberal Democrat councillors on Sheffield City Council have announced extra investment for community clean ups and repairs after the recent severe Winter Weather. Councillors decided that £70,000, from an in-year unallocated budget, be allocated to the vital work. It will come on top of the extensive work already being done by the Council to clean up and fix potholes. Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Liberal Democrat Cabinet member for Communities, said:-
“We went the extra mile to deal any local grot spots or extra rewith the Winter Weather. But as pairs required.” soon as the freezing conditions subsided, the Council has been working flat out on the clean ups and pot hole repairs necessary. The extra fund Liberal Democrats have agreed will be a welcome boost to this effort. “Local people across Sheffield can now look forward to extra community clean ups in their area as a result of Lib Dem action. I would urge residents to get in contact with their local councillor if they have
‘Clean Up’ in Wake of Big Freeze
Every Muslim Should Have One… An Islamic Will Have you written yours? If your answer is ‘No’ then this article is a must read. You may be wondering what all the fuss is about, but did you know that preparing a will has been clearly encouraged in the Quran and Hadith and many scholars consider having a will to be an obligatory (Wajib) duty for British Muslims? Verses eleven and twelve of Surah Nisaa in the Quran explain in great detail how the wealth of a deceased person is to be shared amongst their family members and a famous Hadith also states: “It is a duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequeath not to let two night pass without including it in his will” (Bukhari). Importance of Inheritance Planning The above Hadith suggests the importance of making a will as a fundamental part of Islamic law. To this extent, there is a famous saying amongst the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) which says “Learn the laws of inheritance and teach it to people, for it is half of knowledge”. It is a sad reflection upon our general condition, that whilst many Muslims are scrupulous in ensuring the funeral rites, for example the funeral prayer (janazah), the ritual washing of the body (ghusl) and the funeral shroud (kafn) are all properly observed, there is less emphasis in ensuring the wealth and assets of the deceased are distributed amongst family in accordance with Qur’anic requirements. Hence from a Shariah perspective, inheritance planning and ensuring the correct distri-
bution of wealth is of paramount importance. Peace of mind in addition to carrying out an important Islamic duty, preparing a will means that the right of your partner and children to have a share in your wealth can easily be protected – thereby giving peace of mind to both you and your family members. Just think for a minute, if both you and your partner were to pass away suddenly, would questions over guardianship of any surviving young children be resolved amicably? By preparing a will, the family of the deceased are left in no doubt as to knowing the wishes of the deceased. On the other hand, to die without a Will could lead to all sorts of disputes and unwanted consequences. Legal Consequences The implications of dying without a will in the UK are further aggravated by legal concerns. As British Muslims, it is vital that our Will complies not only with Shariah principles but also acts in accordance with English Law. Thus a will needs to be Shariah compliant as well as legally valid. Obvious to say, any will that is not prepared in accordance to English Law has no legal standing in this country. If the deceased fails to leave a legally valid will and family disputes occur as a result, then the ‘Laws of Intestacy’ will be enforced and the matter will invariably be resolved in the Court of Law. These ‘Laws of Intestacy’ are at complete odds with the principles of Shariah when it comes to distri-
bution of wealth – hence, the consequences of dying without a legally valid will are unsuitable for those wishing to distribute their wealth in accordance with Quranic injunctions. Once the matter reaches the Court of Law, there will be no option but to comply. Nonetheless it is important to note, it is very much possible to practice principles of Shariah without breaching the English Law and vice versa. In creating a suitable option, one could argue, there has never been a better time for British Muslims to understand both English & Shariah legal systems. Tax Liability For those who are wealthy, and have assets worth over £325,000, then you may be faced with 40% inheritance tax liability - specialist Wills exist which can mitigate this tax, but these need the advice of a qualified lawyer and/ or a tax adviser. Write your Islamic Will Today In light of Quran and Sunnah, one cannot ignore the importance of making a will. It is essential for British Muslims to write a legally valid will which on one hand fulfils the law of the land and on the other hand, conforms to the principles of Shariah. For just 10 minutes of your time online, you will obtain peace of mind and greatly reduce the risk of family disputes occurring. Act today to do something of lasting value for you and your family in this world, and the next.
News Brief Static Cameras in Feburary 2011
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Blue Badge Fraud
Rotherham Council’s fight against blue badge fraud continued with numerous successful prosecutions at Rotherham Magistrates Court in January. The Council’s Parking Services Manager, said: “These results are further steps in the right direction in our fight against this fraudulent behaviour. “I am determined to continue with our work to stamp out this type of fraud and allow proper use of the blue badge scheme for people with genuine needs.”
Bringing Vacant Homes back into Use Sheffield City Council is considering a flexible approach to bring 37 vacant homes in the north of the city back into use. The homes in Fir Vale were acquired by the Council as part of ongoing regeneration of the area with the aim of selling them on the open market, but the current economic climate has made this difficult. For now, the houses are lying empty and will eventually fall into disrepair, costing taxpayers money. There’s a demand for housing in the area and residents don’t want eyesore houses on their street. The council intends to raise funds from the sale of these houses, to plough back into other regeneration projects in the city.
“Look Lively” A new road safety initiative for more senior residents living along one of Rotherham busiest roads was launched last month. “Look Lively” is being aimed specifically at residents who live along the A631 Bawtry Road between Whiston Crossroads and the Lumley Arms at Maltby. This aims to reduce the number of fatal and serious accidents on A class roads in the area. The A631 has seen several serious accidents in the last five years involving older pedestrians and the aim of the new initiative is to remind the more senior residents living along or near the road that they might need to reconsider their methods if they need to cross.
cont p1 BD Mayor Saddened “It’s easy to shift blame on to others. The people have got to show they have sufficient tolerance to use the law and the Parliament, not take the law into their own hands,” he says. All of which upsets Mohammed Ajeeb. “It’s very sad. It makes people like myself think the country is slipping backwards into darkness,” he says.
Keeping Kashmir On The Agenda As always, Rotherham MP Denis MacShane remains committed to the Kashmir crisis. He recently wrote in a letter to Mohammed Monir MBE of Rotherham, of keeping the issue alive in parliament with the hope of a resolution. “I have continually raised Kashmir in the Commons and with ministers and will keep on doing so. It remains a bleeding wound in the world and it upsets me that so many fail to recognise the importance of Kashmir and the terrible suffering of the Kashmiri people under Indian repression. I support fully the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people but in Britain we spend 100 hours discussing the Middle East and maybe 1 minute
discussing Kashmir. In the Commons, MPs, - Conservative, Labour and Lib-Dem alike – will always raise the Middle East but only a few of us will highlight Kashmir. I will continue to do so. I am not sure you are right when you say Labour did not raise Kashmir. David
The Govt is soon to inforce a new initiative to crack down on uninsured drivers. It will soon become an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle even its its not being driven, as well as only driving an uninsured vehicle. Its hoped that this will reduce the number of uninsured vehicles on the roads which cost the insured motorists about £30 on their premiums each year. Bradfords BD3 postcode is a national hotspot for uninsured drivers. Bradfords BD8 comes into the top ten of the worst areas in the country for uninsured vehicles and drivers. SORN declared vehicles will not need unsurance but
identified vehicles will result in the owner being issued a warning letter, further to that a fine of £100 if no insurance is taken. if again no
Miliband as our Foreign Secretary certainly did and was viciously attacked by Conservatives and the right-wing press for making the point. I wrote a letter to the Financial Times to defend David and I enclose a copy. By contrast, David Cameron in a most one-sided fashion attacked Pakistan on the Kashmir question when he was in India last year. This crude appeasement of India was shocking but the Conservative-LibDem government is very weak on foreign policy and is not prepared to speak any truth to India about the repression in Kashmir. I will table a fresh Parliamentary Question on the issue. Denis MacShane.”
Uninsured Cars will be Illegal to Own
action is taken then the car will be destroyed by te DVLA. Keighley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins, a former leader of Bradford Coun-
cil which has financially supported police operations to catch uninsured drivers, said: “This is a welcome measure in the battle to remove uninsured drivers from our streets. “The local police have been particularly strong in cracking down on this scourge, and deserve great credit for their efforts.” Bradford saw the biggest hike in car insurance premiums in the country in 2010, with prices rising by almost 60 per cent, according to comparison website Confused.com. The Government says police seize 400 vehicles every day but new measures were needed.
Local Cllrs in Bradford show their suport for ILM NEWS After a successful year of publication in Sheffield, Rotherham and surrounding areas, ILM News has extended its coverage to Bradford, Manchester and Leeds. Bradford Cllr Khadim Hussain and Cllr Zameer Shah were amongst the first from the city to welcome this new initiative. He said “Its a
wonderful news. I have had sight of the MAHNANA ILM that was published from Sheffield and I was very impressed with the quality and presentation. You will have my full support. Wish you best for the future. Regards, Khadim Hussain.” and Cllr Zameer Shah.
Ofstead Notice is Lifted Improvements to Rotherham’s Children and Young People’s Services have led to the Government lifting its Notice to Improve. The Improvement Notice was placed on the authority in December 2009 after the service was rated by Ofsted as “performing poorly”. Rotherham was one of a number of authorities who were given notice to improve by the Government, although the level of intervention in Rotherham was lower than elsewhere. Councillor Roger Stone, Leader
of Rotherham MBC, said: “This is good news for everyone who has worked so hard to make the improvements so that we can ensure our children and young people get the care, support and opportunities they deserve. In December 2010, in its latest assessment, Ofsted rated Rotherham as ‘performing adequately’. The assessment brought together all Ofsted’s review of services, schools and other educational settings.
Garlic remedy for Hypertension Garlic remedy for hypertension Garlic may be useful in addition to medication to treat high blood pressure, a study suggests. Australian doctors enrolled 50 patients in a trial to see if garlic supplements could help those whose blood pressure was high, despite medication. Those given four capsules of garlic extract a day had lower blood pressure than those on placebo, they report in scientific journal Maturitas. The British Heart Foundation said more research was needed. Garlic has long been though to be good for the heart. Garlic supplements have previously been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure in those with untreated hypertension. In the latest study, researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia, looked at the effects of four capsules a day of a supplement known as aged garlic for 12 weeks. They found systolic blood pressure was around 10mmHg lower in the group given garlic compared with those given a placebo. Researcher Karin Ried said: “Garlic supplements have been associated with a blood pressure lowering effect of clinical significance in patients with un-
treated hypertension. “Our trial, however, is the first to assess the effect, tolerability and acceptability of aged garlic extract as an additional treatment to existing antihypertensive medication in patients with treated, but uncontrolled, hypertension .” Experts say garlic supplements should only be used after seeking medical advice, as garlic can thin the blood or interact with some medicines. Ellen Mason, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said using garlic for medicinal purposes dates back thousands of years, but it is essential that scientific research proves that garlic can help conditions such as raised blood pressure. She said: “This study demonstrated a slight blood pressure reduction after using aged garlic supplements but it’s not significant enough or in a large enough group of people to currently recommend it instead of medication. “It’s a concern that so many people in the UK have poorly controlled blood pressure, with an increased risk of stroke and heart disease as a consequence. So enjoy garlic as part of your diet but don’t stop taking your blood pressure medication.”
2011 - DEFINING YEAR FOR PROPERTY
by: Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son The last few years have been a time of contemplation and frustration for the property world, culminating in many commentators predicting this year to be a defining year. Early indications are that investors in particular are starting to show signs of activity, enquiries seem to be increasing, and people wanting to start new businesses are entering the market place looking for accommodation. A word of caution for vendors is that rental and sale prices have to be realistic, and you will hopefully get a deal. I would strongly advise people to use a professional chartered surveyor when involved in landlord/tenant situations. When the market was buoyant, many people decided that they would self-manage property, but a lot are now turning to the professionals to find tenants and negotiate lease terms, and vice versa. This year is already proving to be
difficult for some sectors of the economy, in particular the public sector, where large scale job cuts are predicted. Inevitably this will have an effect on property in many ways. Some people will start their own business; others may look to change their accommodation to suit their needs. There will be defining changes in many people’s lives, and property is clearly central to this. There are also positive signs emerging from unlikely sources. The British property market is becoming a popular place for overseas investors, who see this as an opportunity to invest in a stable environment with good exchange rates. The popularity of British property has always been high and now seems a good time for many people to invest in this country. I believe 2011 will have a defining effect on how property will perform for the next few years
and beyond. Property is one of those commodities which never go cold. People are always interested and the interest is a worldwide passion. The question most people have asked me in the last few months has been, "How do you think the property market will perform and should we become active?” Clearly crystal ball gazing is difficult but property has, over many generations, been through many peaks and troughs. Whether or not an investment in property is successful or not depends on many factors, for which you should consult a chartered surveyor. I believe as we move into the year and the economic situation becomes clearer the property market will begin to find its own equilibrium. Please feel free to contact me or the Editor if you want me to cover any property related subject.
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has announced a new partnership with the ABDN – SY to ensure black, Asian and ethnic minority businesses play a key role in enhancing the economic potential of the region. The initiative will help develop a more joined-up approach in gaining the voice of businesses across all communities, while supporting members’ productivity and profitability in challenging sector markets. ABDN is a business network organisation with a longstanding reputation in West Yorkshire, but is starting to extend its membership base into the south of the county. This is an exciting opportunity for mainstream companies to work in collaboration with ethnic minority businesses. By working as two key organisations, which serve different sectors of the
business community, we can maximise resources and break down artificial barriers. The concern of many ethnic minority businesses is that they have not been taken seriously and many service and support organisations have not catered for cultural, religious and business needs. The objective of this collaboration is to ensure that the ethnic minority businesses do grow and contribute to the economic regeneration of the area, while consideration is given to the sensitivities of the different groups involved Activities include promoting inter-trading through networking, workshops, seminars and events, helping business raise skills and competencies of their workforce, supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship and celebrating the success of members and their contribution to the region. Representatives of ABDN-SY will also sit on the Chamber forums to ensure the views of black, Asian and ethnic minority businesses are put forward in key sectors. The contribution that ABDN provide to businesses cannot be questioned. Many of their members are hugely successful enterprises, but we have to acknowl-
edge that they have not necessarily been accepted into what I would describe as mainstream business. Consequently, the region is the only loser. We aim to readdress this and have planned a focused series of events and projects to turn it around. ABDN will become the business voice of the minority groups within the city. Importantly key collaboration projects will be identified through the partnership so that businesses are able to grow and explore different markets, contributing to the economic growth of the Sheffield City Region. This is a difficult period in the business cycle and we need to focus collectively on creating wealth by trading with the rest of the world. ABDN members are a key part of our business community and may open new networks into the international markets. We are very excited about the future and look forward to building on the relationship. Amar Saleem | Business Development Manager | Sheffield Chamber of Commerce | ABDN Director | Tel: 0114 2018918 | Email: amar. email@example.com |
Council House Rents Tenants in Rotherham can expect to pay an average rent of £63.61 per week (for 48 weeks as 4 weeks are rent free) for their council property during the coming financial year. Rotherham Borough councillors agreed to the increase after hearing that the Government's prescribed formula for calculating council house rents resulted in an increase of
8.69%. This equates to an average increase of £5.08 per week. Coun. Jahangir Akhtar, explained that the authority had little choice but to increase its rents. He said: "Rotherham Borough Council has long been committed to helping local people to live in good quality affordable housing. In the past the authority has been able to ensure that the rents it charges its
tenants are amongst the lowest in the country. "However, this year, budgets nationwide are under considerable pressure. Last year's increase was initially similar to this one but we successfully lobbied the previous Labour government to reduce the size of the increase.
Mohammed Nazir Solicitor Head of Property/Immigration, Wosskow Brown
Q- If somebody has died, will a Grant of Representation be required? A- If the person has died leaving assets in their sole name exceeding £10,000, it is likely that the Bank or Building Society will require that a Grant of Representation is obtained. A Grant of Representation is an order issued by the Probate Registry confirming that the person appointed has the authority to deal in the deceased’s assets/. The asset holder will release any money held upon seeing a sealed copy of the order Q-If I am appointed as the Executor of an estate, what are the time limits that I must follow? A- If Inheritance Tax is payable, then this must be paid
within 6 months. After 6 months has elapsed, interest will be payable on the Inheritance Tax due. Theoretically, an Executor has one full year to fully administer an estate and after such time, the beneficiaries may compel them to administer the estate. However, it should be noted that complex estates can and often do take more than one year to fully administer. Q- What are the main duties of an Executor? A- It is the Executor’s duty to safeguard the assets of the estate. This may mean insuring them or keeping them safe. A primary duty is to pay any debts that are owned by the deceased, out of the funds held by the deceased. The Executor is also responsible for
finalising the deceased’s tax affairs and ultimately responsible for making sure that the estate is distributed in accordance with the terms set out in the Will. Q- If I do not wish to receive a gift that is left to me in a Will, do I have to have it? A- No. You may either disclaim the gift, which will mean that it will go to the residuary beneficiaries named in the Will, or alternatively you may execute a Deed of Variation varying the gift to somebody else. However, note that a Deed of Variation must be made within 2 years of the date of death.
Property Taxation Tax man clamps down on buy-to-let landlords
For further information contact Shabeer Yousuf via email firstname.lastname@example.org A clampdown on the tax affairs of buy-to-let landlords has started alarm bells ringing. HM Revenue and Customs is running a campaign to identify landlords who have either claimed too much tax relief or failed to declare either the rent received or a capital gain when a property is sold or gifted. Some people have recently received letters asking for details of property income and more letters will be sent out over the coming weeks. Tax officials have a considerable wealth of information at their disposal to assist in identifying potential cases of non-compliance. For example, they have access to stamp duty land tax returns, details of lending, access to housing benefit lists and much more. People who don't make much profit on rental income may think they do not need to declare it, but anyone receiving rental income needs to declare it on a tax return. The penalties for failing to comply with tax obligations can be severe. In an extreme case, the penalty can reach the same value as the unpaid tax bill. If you suspect you may be in breach of your obligations you can minimise the fines and penal-
ties by making a full and voluntary disclosure rather than waiting for an official letter. Shabeer Yousuf, Chartered Tax Adviser at Shipleys Tax Consulting, says: “generally, rental profits are added to the Landlord’s other taxable income for the year; this may have the effect of pushing up the
landlords marginal tax rates into the higher bands, e.g. 40%/50%. However, there may be ways to reduce the marginal rate for some landlords if they plan early and correctly. “A new landlord must notify HMRC of his or her rental business within six months of the end of the tax year following the start of the letting business and a Tax Return should then be issued by HMRC. “The good news is that there is generally no national
insurance to pay on rental profits; this is a substantial benefit when compared with other types of taxable income”. However, Mr Yousuf adds: “if a landlord sells a property which has been rented out there may be Capital Gains Tax charge on any profits made on the property. It is this Capital Gains Tax which is a particularly lucrative area for HMRC. For example, people commonly transfer properties between family members for various reasons without realising that they may have inadvertently triggered a capital gain, this is the case even if no money has changed hands, i.e. where the property has been gifted. This represents far more of a coup for HMRC than rental income alone as they use the information sources mentioned above to unravel the transfers that have been made.” Mr Yousuf warns that “usually landlords will receive a seemingly benign letter asking for details of properties held, transferred or gifted; this could then lead to a full blown investigation. In such circumstances it is imperative to get professional advice.
New Volunteers Boost Justice Panels Sheffield has welcomed the latest recruits who will chair the city’s flagship Community Justice Panels. A further 18 members of the public have trained as Volunteer Facilitators and will now co-ordinate the panels, which went citywide in August 2009. Community Justice Panels bring victims and wrongdoers together to resolve the harm caused by anti-social behaviour, disputes between neighbours, and crimes such as less serious incidents of criminal damage and assault. The volunteers’ role is to enable both parties
to put their side of the story, and agree an appropriate way for the wrongdoer to make amends. Locally, Community Justice Panels are showing signs of reducing re-offending rates, particularly among young people. Since they were introduced there have been 156 referrals in total. Of the 83 young people identified as wrongdoers, only four have gone on to re-offend. The latest volunteers bring the number of facilitators to 55 in all. They take part in panels throughout the city. Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, Cabinet
Member for Communities, welcomed the new facilitators. He said: “Our latest volunteers come from all walks of life, but share the enthusiasm to help make life safer and better for people living in all Sheffield’s communities. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Volunteer Facilitator should contact 0114 273 6421, or email CommunityJustice@sheffield.gov.uk. For further information, please see www.sheffield. gov.uk/in-your-area/crime-reduction/communityjustice.
Top 10 Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight New Zodiac Star Sign Ophiuchus 10 foods that speed up weight loss… Losing weight is not just about reducing food intake and cutting things out of your diet, there are a few additions that you can make to your daily diet that can indeed help you lose weight. We’ve found 10 foods stuffs that incorporated with a healthy eating approach can help you shift those extra pounds and speed up weight loss. Grapefruit We’ve all heard of the grapefruit diet but you don’t have to live on a diet of grapefruit alone to lose weight. It’s been found that that eating half a grapefruit before each meal or drinking a serving of the juice three times a day can help you drop the pounds. The magic ingredient is the fruit’s phytochemicals and their effect of reducing insulin levels which stimulates your body to convert calories into energy rather than storing as flabby fat. Cinnamon Cinnamon is a super spice when it comes to boosting your wellbeing as it has many health-giving properties. In terms of weight loss, it’s all to do with controlling those post-meal insulin spikes, which is what make you feel hungry. And you don’t need to get much of the stuff to get the benefits; studies have shown just a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day can lower the blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. To up your cinnamon intake either sprinkle it on to your breakfast cereal, or maybe mix it into your morning latte. Chilli peppers Adding a bit of heat to your diet can give you a weight-loss boost. Studies show that having a spicy start to your morning, i.e. eating chillies as a part of your breakfast can make you opt for a smaller lunch. Apparently it’s down to capsaicin which is found in chillies and red peppers that has appetite suppressing properties. Granted - chillies aren’t the easiest of items to face as your morning meal but how about as a part
of a spicy egg-white omelette or stirred into scrambled eggs for a spicy weight loss kick. Fennel tea Again fennel tea is a food stuff that boasts a list of health giving benefits; it’s packed with good levels of potassium, magnesium and calcium as well as the vitamins B and C. But when it comes to the weight-loss stakes fennel had a double benefit: working both as an appetite suppressant and a metabolism booster which really are both useful if you’re trying to lose weight. Fennel tea is widely available in supermarkets so add it to your daily diet to stave off cravings and boost your fuel burn. Salad Eating a low-calorie salad before your main meals can help you to lose weight and ensure you get recommended daily intake of veggies. And it’s not rocket science as to how it works for weight loss, the key is the sheer volume of a salad, which makes you feel too full to pig out when it comes to your main meal. You need to make sure you don’t drown it in a fatty dressing though - a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar makes the perfect healthy accompaniment to a fresh salad. Green tea Another powerful brew - green tea really has a multitude of health and wellbeing benefits. And if you are a keen into fitness it makes the perfect pre-workout drink; it’s been found to increase endurance by as much as 24%, allowing you to exercise longer and burn more calories. But in terms boosting your weight loss power, a study carried out by the Journal of Nutrition, drinking five cups of green tea per day can help you lose twice as much weight, most of it where we want to lose it most - around the middle. Celery Celery rates well as a weight-loss food as you can actually end up burning more calories eating it than your body will take on consuming it. But by no means does that make celery low in nutrition-
al value; it’s super-packed with fibre (great for digestion) and foliate (the essential nutrient for the care and production of new cells within the body). Get your celery fix by making sure it’s featured in your pre-meal salad, as an accompaniment to your lunch or as a healthy snack when you want to satisfy that ‘munch’ craving. Lentils Lentils are great weight-loss food as they have the power to really satisfy your hunger without packing your body with loads of calories and fat - that’s often why lentils feature heavily as a meat substitute - they can make you feel like you’ve had a meaty dish minus the calories and saturated fat that come with eating meat. Again like celery, lentils are full of fibre and foliate so as well as giving you the full feeling, they are great for digestion and healthy cell growth. Dark chocolate Granted chocolate is not low in calories nor in fat, but dark chocolate has two major dietary positives that can lead to long term weight loss. First, it’s quite difficult to scoff massive quantities of high-quality dark chocolate as compared to the milk stuff. Secondly, dark chocolate is very high in health-promoting antioxidants. In terms of a weapon in your weight-loss armoury you can use dark chocolate as a way to curb any sweet cravings, just a few small squares to quell a full on chocolate pig out is well worth the modest calorie intake. Quinoa
Pronounced ‘Keen-wah’ quinoa is known as the ‘mother grain’ by the ancient Peruvians. Quinoa is good for weight loss as it has the power to keep you feeling fuller for longer due to its high protein content. Also the carbs that are present in the grain are released slowly into the body so you won’t get that rush of energy after eating quinoa as you would with other foods like white rice or pasta. You can eat quinoa raw but we reckon it’s best when it’s cooked in a similar way to rice or couscous.
Does Central Heating make us Fat? “If you want to lose weight you should open a window or turn down the heating,” according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper says that central heating and double-glazing are helping drive up obesity rates. The story is based on a scientific article that suggests that indoor temperatures have increased, reducing the calories we use to stay warm and leading us to store the excess energy as body fat. The article says that the “thermal comfort zone” provided by modern living may therefore be a cause of the Western world’s increasing rates of obesity. While the research paper proposes an interesting and plausible scientific theory, it is not conclusive and does not prove that simply turning down your thermostat will make you thinner. There are
many different reasons for obesity, including genetics, poor diet, lack of exercise and general lifestyle. As the authors note, there is a lack of direct evidence to support this theory, which needs to be evaluated by future research. The study was carried out by researchers from University College London and the University of Cambridge. It was funded by a number of bodies, including the UCL Crucible Centre. The study was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Obesity Reviews. The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail have reported the study accurately, but they both imply that the evidence for rising temperatures causing obesity is conclusive, which is not the case.
This news story about new astrological signs and the changes to the zodiac, because of Constellation Ophiuchus, is absolutely the biggest attention astrology has ever had. This story has been in the news before, but this time it was spread like wildfire because of the internet. It has put the spotlight on common Sun Signs and how they relate to the constellations of stars. Melissa Bell at The Washington Post has quoted in New Zodiac sign dates: Don’t switch horoscopes yet, with “It is the planets moving across the backdrop of the stars which influence our
lives, not the planets moving through imagined 30 degree divisions on a piece of paper.” This is from an article I wrote last year, Zodiac Signs, Fixed Stars and Precession. Introducing a 13th sign throws the whole thing into utter confusion. It’s like the 13th uninvited fairy in sleeping beauty. The Judas of the signs. The whole concept reminds us of Eris, the uninvited wedding guest in the Greek myth. The discovery of Eris caused a stir and ended up with Pluto being demoted and Ceres being promoted to dwarf planet status. This gives male Pluto
and female Ceres equal ranking. It must have been galling for Pluto to step down off his power throne. But this beautifully symbolizes quality of the sexes. It’s quite revolutionary. So is a revolution in astrology coming our way? The lunar calendar had 13 months; it was more accurate and did not need a leap year. It followed the ways of the Goddess and respected natures cycles. But if we take on Ophiuchus then how would the circle be divided? It throws everything into chaos, like Eris did.
Bradford Cllr: Council Has No Excuse Not To Give Details Bradford Council has no excuse for not publishing details of its spending in the same way other local authorities are doing, the Government has warned. New rules requiring local authorities to release details of all purchases in excess of £500 – so the public can see where their money is being spent – come into force at the end of the month. But, Bradford Council leader Ian Greenwood has said he will not be publishing the data until all commerciallysensitive material is removed. Today Mr Pickles has published a list of councils failing to upload details of their spending with only a week until the deadline. A source close to Mr Pickles told the T&A: “It is astonishing that Bradford Council say they are not going to do this. “They
have had since June to get organised about this. It begs the question what have they got to hide. “There will be legal ramifications facing councils who do not do
those councils still to open up on one weeks’ notice.” Councils are expected to put details of senior pay, councillor expenses, tenders and contracts, meetings,
this. We can use Statutory Instruments to make them do it.” Mr Pickles said: “The final countdown for councils has begun. In the last six months more than half of all councils have got their house in order. Today I’m putting
and frontline service data into the open so that ‘armchair auditors’ can clearly see the decisions being made on their behalf by the council in due course.
Bradford residents have told the Council what services they want protected and which ones they want cut back ahead of this year’s budget. It will be the most brutal for a generation due to the twoyear £67.5 million funding cut passed down to the local authority by central government. A total of 433 people responded to a public consultation asking for ways in which they want to see the Council find savings. The most popular suggestions were to reduce back-office functions and by introducing fortnightly refuse collections. There was a split in the public’s opinion of the latter. Refuse collection was highlighted 77 times and 18 of those called for weekly collections to be main-
tained. Residents were asked for their views either online or via the Council’s Community Pride newspaper, and a lot of people who responded said they would happily see the newspaper itself axed. Others want the Council’s translation and interpreting services to be cut entirely. Suggestions also called for the number of councillors and both their expenses and meal allowances to be reduced. Some residents want a reduction in employees’ costs and terms and conditions – including the number of paid sick days and expenses – and fewer City Hall managers on lower pay. Education and children’s services, services for the elderly and refuse collection were con-
sidered the most important services the Council provides. The Council said work had already started to make savings in some of the areas highlighted by the consultation process. The local authority’s senior management team is being re-structured. Jane Glaister, the former strategic director for culture, tourism and sport, has been made redundant and is a high-earning casualty in a reshuffle which is expected to save the Council £1.1m. Staff who leave the Council, meanwhile, are only being replaced in exceptional cases and the Council said it has “drastically reduced” the amount of agency staff on its books.
Bradford Public Says How It Would Cut £67M
Blunkett Condemns Police Funding Cuts
Rt Hon David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, today condemned the cuts to police funding in South Yorkshire announced by the Lib Dem/Tory government. The former Home Secretary was speaking as the Home Office announced that funding from the department to the police would drop to £110.8 million in the next financial year, before falling further to £102.7 mil-
lion in 2012-13. Mr Blunkett said: “Over the last decade, we have seen crime falling like a stone. Now, we see funding, police numbers, Community Support Officers and the protection of the public falling like a stone. “It is an absolute disgrace. It makes the job of the South Yorkshire Police extraordinarily difficult at a time of genuine stress and demonstrates.
Entertainment Business & Sports Persistent Knee Injury forces Mushy to Retire
Bradford Pace Ace Ashraf will be the one to Watch for in 2011
Former Pakistan leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, has announced his retirement from county cricket due to persistent knee problem. Mushtaq has been an integral member of the English county side Sussex for the last six years, during which they won three County Championship titles. It was a difficult decision, Mushtaq admitted, as he thanked his team-mates and staff at Sussex."I
Moin Ashraf may have made only was awarded his first professional of respect, I would only do that if a fleeting appearance on the re- contract in October. Yorkshire I felt 100% and I wouldn't want gion’s radar but the 18-year-old’s director of professional cricket to risk that for the family. Mushtaq, 38, last played for Pakistan in 2003. Overlooked by Pakistan, he carved out a very successful county career, and in 2003 he became the first bowler in five years to take 100 wickets in the English season. That was instrumental in guiding Sussex to the first Championship title in their history, a
would firstly like to thank Allah for providing me with great family," Mushtaq said."This is a very hard decision for me to make, as I feel that I could possibly play one more year, but out
impact has already earmarked him as a star in the making. The Bradford-born fast bowler, who previously played for Great Horton in the Bradford League, only came to prominence in the final month of the 2010 County Championship, making his debut for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire and taking two wickets in their first innings of 59. His next outing came against Kent, where he really confirmed his potential by taking 5-32, with his bowling average from four first-team appearances totalling a useful 19.27. It was no surprise when, along with fellow youngster Gurman Randhawa, Ashraf
feat he and they repeated in 2006 and the following season. He has bowled over 26,000 over’s in all competitions, taking 598 wickets. He ends his first-class career with over 1400 wickets.
Martyn Moxon said at the time: “After a very promising season in 2010, we are all aware of the importance of keeping this exciting, young and talented group of players together. “To have so many players committing their future to the club this early in the winter is excellent news and gives us a tremendous platform on which to build ahead of next season.” Not many youngsters in sport can claim to have made such a big impression in such a short space of time and it looks like Ashraf will be bowling plenty more people over in 2011.
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BJOST - Pakistan U17 reached Q-Finals
Sheffield recently hosted the British Junior Open Squash tournament. Many young hopefuls from all over the world gathered in Sheffield to competed. A small delegation of 14 to 17 year old players from Pakistan also participated with one player, Syed Ali Bokhari, reaching the quarter finals. Of course this is a proud moment for the nation of Pakistan but the reality of it is that the Pakistani government does not support the players in any way or form. These young hopefuls quite remarkbly fund their own training sessions and run their own league back in Pakistan, and then
impresively fund their own trips abroad to compete on an international level. Its sad that a country does not support its own athletes who acheive so much in the name of their country, but a little investment would certainly secure a future in the world of squash for these players, where Paakistan has always dominated the name of the squash on an international level, with the likes of Jamshed Khan and Jahangir Khan.
World Cup Tunes CRICKET chiefs are hoping to add some Bollywood spice to the forthcoming 2011 World Cup after roping in three of Bollywood’s most successful composers to write the tournament anthem. Award-winning trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – famed for their Bollywood hit factory – were invited to be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 which will kick off this month in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The catchy World Cup anthem, De Ghumaa Ke, is already making a big impact in the sub-continent and beyond. As popular and critically acclaimed music directors of Bollywood, the trio have created an upbeat song, with versions in Hindi, Bangla and Sinhalese that will feature widely in the build-up to and during the tournament that will run from 19 February-2 April 2011 in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. “We thought about what one should expect of an anthem, and we
wanted to compose a song that appealed to every cross-section of society, the trio said. “The title De Ghumaa Ke (literally meaning ‘Hit it Hard’) is a term you use whether you’re watching your own local team or Sachin Tendulkar hit a six. That’s the whole idea, a fun song that will catch on and we hope it gets the crowds chanting and dancing in the stands throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup.” Cricket fans from across the globe will descend on the subcontinent in the coming weeks hoping to see their team lift cricket’s biggest prize. So will they get into the Bollywood swing with ‘De Ghumaa Ke’? “Oh definitely, 100%,” say the trio. “It goes without saying. They’ll be singing it in their own way.” One thing’s for sure – the 2011 cricket World Cup is definitely going to be swinging to the Bollywood beat.
Twelve Facebook Friends You Wish You Could Un-Friend Facebook is addictive, period. Butt it’s not so much fun if you have any of these characters on your list: THE NARCISSIST They update their profile as often as the Pakistani government goofs up. Roughly translated – every minute of the day. THE LIKER You could post the most boring video, say the most ordinary thing, leave the most uninteresting comment and they will come out of nowhere and “like it” almost two seconds after you have posted it. Sarah’s dog died :( 1 person likes this BAD PICTURE TAGGERS This predator waits at social events for the moment when you yawn, eat, scratch, or look just plain awkward, and immediately captures and posts that ridiculously unflattering picture of you and tags it.
YOUR PARENTS It’s bad enough that they’re part of the social networking revolution, but when they ask embarrassing questions or leave comments on your profile, it can makes you wish you hadn’t taught them how to hold the mouse. VIRTUAL GIFTER For God’s sake, buy me a real gift and not a virtual shoe, drink, or lollipop, you cheapskate! THE BOSS With them on your list, you can’t even post about the amazing time you had on your supposed sick leave. FARMVILLE FREAK I do not want your cows or goats. I do not like farming in my spare time and I will never accept your Farmville request. MR QUIZ-IT-ALL He/she gets the answers to all their innermost feelings and dilemmas via Facebook quizzes.
Am I Crazy? Yes, you are 87 per cent crazy MR CARE-A LOT We get it, you care about every cause or campaign under the sun. But you don’t have to tell us about it! Better yet, do something about it, instead of complaining and creating online groups. THE SPAMMER “Dude, this is how I made 10,000 dollars working from home”. Right! That’s why you keep borrowing money from all of us. THE POKER How is it fun, cute or flirty to poke someone? In the normal world, this would classify as harassment! FACEBOOK CHATTER You’ll find this creep on Facebook chat at the most ungodly hours and as soon as you login, the freak shows up in a creepy window with a “Hi!”
Litter Fines in Rotherham Rotherham’s ‘zero tolerance’ approach to litter continues with more local people appearing in court to face enviro-crime offences. Cllr Jahangir Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods for Rotherham Borough Council, said that the cases were a stark reminder that the authority will take people to court where necessary for litter offences. He added: “One cigarette end might not seem a lot but smokers have to take care where they dispose of them. They cause a huge volume of litter on the streets and so if anyone does throw a cigarette butt on the ground rather than using a bin or an ashtray they will be challenged, fined and taken to court. Everyone hates litter - it ruins our streets and so this authority will take action.”
Speed Camera Success Azad Rashids 13 year old daughter Aanisah lost her life in a road traffic accident in 2009. Since then he has campaigned by collecting more than 2,000 signatures demanding safety improvements for a speed camera on Haworth Road where his daughter was killed. He finally got his wish and hopes that from now on children will be safer on the busy road which is a major route into the city. Mr Rashid said: “Two cameras have gone up so far and there will be another two to follow. “At least it will be a deterrent. I don’t suppose it will stop people smashing up cars but hopefully it will make a difference. I don’t want anything to happen to my family or anyone else.”
Labour criticise the Tory/Lib Dem Labour have criticised the Tory/ Lib Dem Government’s decision to impose a whopping 6.8% rise on Council rents in Sheffield. Last year when rents went up by 3.6%, leaders of all political groups on the Council, including Lib Dem Council Leader Paul Scriven, wrote to the Government with cross party support, asking the Government to look again. This year the Tory/Lib Dem Government are imposing a rise almost double that level, at the same time as VAT is increased to 20% costing every household in Sheffield around £520 per year. Labour Spokersperson for Housing, Councillor Chris Weldon, said: “This is a disgrace. In the current economic climate our local tenants cannot afford this massive increase, especially given the recent hike in VAT. Labour will be fighting this all the way.” The average rise of £3.97 in weekly rents will come into effect from April.
Of Tunisia and Egypt Kashmiris Observing Black Day By: Syed Z . Ali Shah
People riding tanks, mobs moving into government buildings, Army refusing to shoot the protesters America calling for new elections. Israel showing concern. Old order changing. What vivid images these are. But alas these are some place else. However much we might want a radical change in our country it is but a smoke dream. We are too mentally scattered to get together for a single cause. In addition we have no substantial targets to attack. In the news making nations the same rulers had been there for years and years and are easily identifiable. We unfortunately don't have visible malignant tumours to cut out. Our disease runs deeper. If we decide to come out against a certain person he will be replaced by another even worse person. So it keeps going on and on and on. Elections don't seem to solve anything either. Its the same faces or bloodlines which keep coming back again and again. So the revolutionary change, the major surgery is not for us. We require a more deeper, subtle remedy. We have the laws. Actually too many
as a matter of fact. We understand the principles. We KNOW what is required. We just need to implement and act. The so called reformers fail to understand this tiny fact. Its not about new laws and systems. Its about implementation period. And implementation needs justice, effort and resources. If an American citizen decides to kill two Pakistanis in Pakistan then why it is so difficult to let the course of law decide his fate? Why does it have to change into an international incident? Implementation, implementation, implementation. Sorry people no revolutions in Pakistan. We yearned for it when it happened in Iran. We wished for it when we read about how it happened in USSR and China. But nothing in the past fifty years has even come close. We keep stagnating. And its even worse than ever. Having said it all maybe the events in Egypt and Tunisia will scare our leader into some sense. I have my doubts but then God moves in mysterious ways.
The Jammu Kashmir self determination Movement Europe organised a conference in the House of Commons on the Indian republic day which the Kashmiri people observe as a “Black day”. Attended by Politicians, Authors, poets, community activists and representatives of the Kashmiri community, it was a very successful conference. This conference sponsored by Julie Hilling MP was a timely reminder to the world that this issue requires the urgent attention of the world community. Raja Najabat Hussain, chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Self Determination Movement Europe said. “People of Kashmir have given many sacrifices and continue to do so it is high time that the Indian Government gave the people of Kashmir their right of self determination”. Debbie Abrahams, newly elected MP for Oldham East & Saddleworth said “During my election campaign, I was made aware of the Kashmir issue and I said I will support the people of Kashmir”. “Here I am pledging my support for the people of Kashmir, the Human Rights violations taking place cannot be allowed to continue and must stop immediately”. “I will do what I can to ensure this issue is moved higher up on the international agenda”
Craig Whittaker MP said. “I know Kashmiri community are a peace loving, hard working, loyal and very hospitable community, I share their pain and am working with the Government to put pressure on India and Pakistan to resolve this long standing dispute”. Jason McCarthy MP said. “ I recently visited Azad Kashmir and want to visit Indian Occupied Kashmir too” “I now have a better understanding of the Kashmir
the United Nations, they must not forget the peoples of Kashmir” Lord Qurban Hussain who was attending his first official engagement as the latest House of Lords representative said. “I am a British Kashmiri and know the Kashmir issue; I will be working with my colleagues from all the parties in the Parliament to find a resolution to this issue soon”. “Kashmiris are campaigning for a just cause, Indian is trying to
issue and am proud to say that I am a friend of Kashmiris and will work tirelessly to find a solution to this issue” Lord Nazir Ahmed Chairman of the Kashmir Group said. “India claims to be the largest democracy but in actual fact it is hypocrisy”. “India must allow the people of Kashmir their right of self determination and must stop the killings and other atrocities immediately”. “We the British Kashmiris must also be united and ensure that we continue to pressure the UK government and
silence them by the force of the gun, and this cannot be allowed to go on” Paul Blomfield.MP said “All freedom struggles are hard and the people of Kashmir have seen the most horrific atrocities and brutalities from the Indian forces”. “The world media must report this and Indian army must stop these Human Rights abuses”. “Pressure must be built by the movement to ensure that the parliamentarians never forget this issue”.
Languages Plea to State Schools State school pupils risk losing out on top jobs and university places because of a lack of opportunities to study languages, it has been suggested. Private schools were more likely to make the subject compulsory and enter the majority of their pupils for a GCSE than state schools, according to the latest Language Trends survey from CILT, the National Centre for Languages. In many maintained secondary schools, pupils spend just two years studying another language, it found. The study shows that the proportion of schools where more than half of Year 11 pupils are studying a language dropped to 38% in 2010 from 43% the year before. In comparison, some 94% of private schools had more than 50% of Year 11 pupils taking the subject. And while languages were compulsory in 89% of independent schools, the same was true in just 20% of state schools. CILT chief executive Kathryn Board
said: “The coalition Government have talked about closing the gap. Even in terms of opportunities what’s happening with languages is that gap is widening, not closing. “In order to close that gap, from an educational point of view, many, many more children in state schools have to have the opportunity to learn a language, and understand the benefit of learning a language for social mobility, for employment as well as for leisure.” Professor Mike Kelly, programme director of Links into Languages, suggested that in future most universities will be looking for applicants with the Government’s new English Baccalaureate, of which a language is a key part. “At the moment universities are finding it very difficult to recruit language undergraduates from the maintained sector, as a result of which increasing proportions of students doing languages degrees are from independent schools,” he said.
Talking with your Pre - Children
The importance of talking to preschool children to help them develop vital communication skills was the theme of a seminar held at the Unity Centre in Rotherham recently. The event, which was organised by Rotherham Council, brought together volunteers, youth and community leaders and healthcare workers who come in contact with a wide range of young people and their parents. This included representatives from South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and from the Rockingham Children’s Centre. The event reinforced the message about the importance of parents and carers making time to talk to children under five. Every parent wants the best for their children, but some simply don’t realise the importance of speaking and listening to them from the day they are born. It has been proved that 50 per cent of a child’s learning occurs in the first four years when their brain is developing at its fastest rate and that is why it is so vital for mums, dads, grandparents and carers to spend time talking with them. Talking and listening to children helps them develop good language and communication skills. This enables them to listen and express themselves well. It also
helps them to learn and develop good relationships.Research has shown that in the long term, a higher proportion of children with communication difficulties go on to under-achieve at school, develop behavioural problems, struggle to find employment and are statistically more likely to become involved in crime. Top tips for helping under fives improve their communication skills are: ...It’s never too early to start talking to your child - babies and toddlers can understand far more than they can say ...Gain your child’s attention – look at them and say their name before you start speaking ...Use everyday activities as opportunities for playing and talking together ...Use simple language ...Listen carefully to your child and take turns to speak ...Give your child time to think and respond ...Have fun sharing nursery rhymes, songs and books every day ...Limit television time and try to watch television together so that you can talk about what happens ...Praise your child’s efforts ...Enjoy spending time talking to your child
Pakistan Army; Anti-Taliban ‘Heroes’ In Tv Drama Pakistan’s Taliban-fighting soldiers are set for celebrity status with the launch of a multi-million-pound television drama hailing army victories over militants. Television drama serial Faseele-Jan Se Aagay (Ahead of life’s border) shows emotive tales of 11 “brave Pakistanis” battling an Islamist insurgency that is plaguing Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, will air on the small screen in an army-funded drama
on his way as bullets rain down from the rebels’ post. The checkpoint is destroyed, but Asghar is killed. “Hawaldar Asghar’s story is a common man’s story. It’s a message to the public that everybody can play a role in the fight against extremism,” says Sajjad Saji, one of the drama serial’s writers. “It is filmed to encourage the common people in this war,” he adds. Urged by its key ally the United States to launch further
that casts the anti-terror fight in a positive light. Focused on the heroism of soldiers fighting a key air and ground offensive in the northwestern Swat valley in 2009, one tale looks at the deeds of soldier Hawaldar Naeem Asghar who died fighting an insurgent at a checkpoint. Asghar, portrayed as a hardworking soldier from peasant roots, sacrifices his life to overcome Taliban dug in to a hilltop, during operations in the town of Mingora to flush militants from the picturesque valley. Throwing grenades from his bunker without success, Asghar is depicted abandoning cover and climbing the hill, tossing more explosives
operations in the lawless tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, the army wants to show the sacrifices it has already endured in the war on terror. “The basic purpose is to reveal the deeds of bravery of our soldiers, officers and civilians who are at the front of this war.... This drama shows the human face of the war,” says Major General Athar Abbas, head of the army’s publicity wing. “The nation should own these stories of bravery and sacrifice, they should be proud of our sons and daughters of the land who created these true stories with their blood and defended the motherland.”
City leaders have welcomed findings of a new report which shows how Sheffield is growing both economically and socially but say there’s still more work to be done. Our city’s population is increasing and projected to be about 600,900 by 2020. The numbers of people over 60 years old in Sheffield will increase by 65%. We will also see the number of children and young people increasing over the next decade. The city’s economy was growing fast prior to the recession and average incomes increased, however the number of people claiming benefits has doubled between 2008 and 2010. Employment growth in recent years has relied on the public sector, but due to cut backs in this sector growth is likely to stop. Sheffield still has a large manufacturing sector amongst the highest of England’s cities, but jobs in this area are declining. Despite some excellent initiatives, Sheffield still has a relatively low number of business start-ups and
only average business survival rates. A large number of people in Sheffield have high levels of education but there is also a significant proportion who are unskilled. People in Sheffield are paid less than their counterparts in other core cities in England and we need to tackle this low pay culture. School results in Sheffield are improving with more young people achieving five GCSEs at A*-C than ever before, however the results are still behind the national average. Most Sheffield children have a positive outlook on their future. Sheffield has a higher proportion of children with special educational needs than the national average. Sheffield needs to expand on the good work started by the Sheffield Let’s Change4Life programme working to reduce obesity in children. Around 18% of 10 and 11 year olds in Sheffield are obese. Sheffield still has some children living in poverty, 21% of children live in homes receiving
Half of Country’s Speed Cameras‘Not Working’ More than half of fixed speed cameras in England and Wales do not work at any one time, according to a consumer watchdog. A study by Which? also found that the chances of getting caught speeding vary dramatically from county to county, with all 60 Sussex cameras in operation while just 10% of Lancashire’s 287 sites are ready to snap motorists. Less than 47% of all fixed cameras are operational at any one time, Which? said, with most areas having more yellow boxes than actual cameras and rotating the working part at random or in response to speed and accident statistics. The watchdog asked all 43 police authorities in England and Wales how many fixed speed camera housings they had and how many were in operation, under the Freedom of Information Act. Dorset, Hertfordshire, Merseyside, Norfolk and Suffolk refused to answer, but the available results showed counties had between 10% and 100% of their cameras in operation. Durham said it used a single mobile camera because there was no need for fixed cameras anywhere in the county, while Cleveland, North Yorkshire and Wiltshire also did not operate any fixed sites. Elsewhere, Cumbria Police had just 12 fixed cameras - one of the lowest totals in the investigation - but all were
operational. Staffordshire Police had 263 speed camera housings but just 11% were in operation, while Avon and Somerset had 54 sites of which 94% were operational. A Which? Survey of 1,920 members found 47% of people thought speed cameras made the roads safer and 45% did not, while 83% believed they slowed drivers down only at specific locations. Which? Editor Martyn Hocking said: “Speed cameras in some areas are always operational, whereas in others there could be a one in 10 chance the camera you’ve passed isn’t working. It really is a tale of two counties.” Peter Rodger, chief examiner with the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “Cameras cost a lot of money to install and maintain and for that reason there have always been more boxes than cameras. A yellow camera box that has no camera is totally effective if it achieves casualty reduction with no prosecution. “One that catches large numbers of people but doesn’t reduce casualties is doing nothing useful. A yellow box has a huge psychological impression on drivers, whether or not it is live, and it is the effect of this that is important, rather than whether the camera is recording.”
Changing Face Of The Steel City council tax or housing benefit. Sheffielders can now expect to live to around 80. However we still have health inequalities in terms of life expectancy, rates of illness and access to health services. There are 61,000 hidden carers in Sheffield and we are making efforts to ensure they are supported with the care they give to others. Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in England; one sixth of the city is made up of accessible green space. We are tackling climate change by sending only 15 % of our waste to landfill because we are using our energy from waste plant. However our environment has problems; our climate is changing faster than it has over the last 125 years and the temperature is rising. Air quality in the city faces problems from traffic and our rivers and canals suffer from pollution. Chief Superintendent Simon Torr from South Yorkshire Police said: “I am delighted that the State of Sheffield report shows the real improvements in policing and
community safety in Sheffield. There are now a quarter as many burglaries as there were five years ago, vehicle crime is down by a huge 50 per cent, and violent crime is now 35 per cent down in the last year alone. “Over the past five years we have reduced overall crime in Sheffield by 33 per cent that’s a total of 21,638 fewer incidents. We are also delighted that we are now seeing a reduction in both the number of anti-social behaviour incidents and the improving perception of residents in the way police and partners are tackling the problem. We are not complacent; we know there is more to do. We are committed to maintaining low levels of crime and reducing anti-social behaviour and we will continue to make Sheffield a safe place to live, work and visit.” 80% of Sheffielders are satisfied with the area they live in, almost a quarter are very satisfied. 20% of people in Sheffield say they volunteer or provide unpaid help to others in their communities.
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