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Petition Against Trump’s State Visit Passes 1.7m Signatures
A petition to block Donald Trump from a state visit to the UK has passed well over 1.7 million signatures, with ongoing nationwide protests. The petition says: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.” The petition was started in November but gained traction very recently. Protests have taken place across British cities as a show of outrage against Mr Trump’s 90-day travel ban on people from seven mainly Muslim countries. The “extreme vetting” is targeting migrants and visitors to the US from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The demonstrations took place in London, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Swansea. In spite of the petition and the protests, Downing Street has insisted Mr Trump’s state visit will go ahead. “An invitation has been extended and accepted”, said a Downing Street spokesperson.
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HEARTBROKEN MALALA CONDEMNS TRUMP FOR ‘CLOSING DOOR’
Thousands of people took to the streets of Sheffield to protest against Donald Trump, following his travel ban and his anti-mulim agenda. Anti-Trump Demonstrations up and down the country show the depth of anger and frustration felt by ordinary people in the UK.
Malala Yousafzai, famous woman’s rights activist and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, has said that she is “heartbroken” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to ban refugees from entering the United States. Yousafzai is only one of many individuals, organizations and communities who have protested President Trump’s decision since he signed the order on Friday, January 8. The decision includes temporarily barring immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim majority countries and indefinitely barring refugees from Syria. Malala Yousafzai's statement on President Trump's latest executive order on refugees: "I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war. I am heartbroken that America is turning its back on a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants — the people who helped build your country, ready to work
hard in exchange for a fair chance at a new life. I am heartbroken that Syrian refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of their own, are singled-out for discrimination. I am heartbroken for girls like my friend Zaynab, who fled wars in three countries — Somalia, Yemen and Egypt — before she was even 17. Two years ago she received a visa to come to the United States. She learned English, graduated high school and is now in college studying to be a human rights lawyer. Zaynab was separated from her little sister when she fled unrest in Egypt. Today her hope of being reunited with her precious sister dims. In this time of uncertainty and unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the world’s most defenseless children and families."
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More Council Homes Set To Be Built In Sheffield The City Council’s plans to provide an extra 1,000 council homes are still ongoing but today, the authority is revealing that it intends to build more of these than originally thought. These will include independent living schemes for older people and the council also hopes to provide extra supported housing for people with learning disabilities. The extra homes will be provided by 2020/21. Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “Increasing social housing is still a priority as the need for good affordable housing has never been greater. “We acquire more council homes by either buying existing properties or building them ourselves. Building them gives us more control though and helps us get the properties we need. That’s why we’re maintaining our plans to provide an extra 1,000 council homes in Sheffield but we will be building more of them ourselves. This includes supported housing to help people live independently, as well as more family homes.” There are around 40,000 council homes in Sheffield but this figure is reducing as properties are sold un-
der the national Right to Buy scheme. The authority is almost one third of the way toward its target of 1,000 extra council homes. Since 2015/16 it has bought an extra 285 properties and is building 89 new council homes which are almost complete. By the end of the programme, if the authority is successful in accessing national house building funding, it is estimated that the council will have built around 450 of this total. The authority’s council housing plan also sets out plans to: • Reduce the community heating charge by 10 per cent for tenants who receive metered heating. • Set a single flat rate for garage rent instead of the current system of different prices across the city. • Prepare for new housing policies introduced nationally and to support tenants who are affected by them. Investments to council housing are funded by the rent paid by council tenants. Over the next year work will continue to improve people’s kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors, roofs, boilers and communal areas which are a priority for tenants.
Plans To Maintain Council Tax Support Scheme A scheme to help people struggling to pay their council tax will be maintained by Sheffield City Council despite the authority facing huge budget pressures. The council is announcing that it plans to carry on offering a discount of up to 77 per cent for working age people on low incomes and up to 100 per cent for pensioners who qualify for its Council Tax Support Scheme. Last year the authority helped just over 52,000 households through the scheme. Altogether Sheffield City Council bills around £220m in council tax each year. Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “We all know that the government cuts are hitting people hard. That’s why we set up our council tax support scheme, to help people on low incomes manage when the government abolished council tax benefit. “Despite continued austerity, we will never balance our books on the back of the poor and I am proud that we are not planning any
cuts to this scheme. It is important to protect people who need it the most. We know lots of people are struggling to pay their bills and that in-work poverty is a bigger issue than ever. We also know that if we gave less support more people would fall into arrears and that wouldn’t help them, or the council’s finances.” Sheffield City Council asks people to contact them if they are struggling to pay their council tax. Councillor Curran added: “We have a duty to collect council tax and will use the powers available to us to enforce non-payment. But we ask people to contact us as soon as possible if they’re struggling to pay. We will give advice and help them as much as we can, and it’s always better to get in touch sooner rather than later.” The council gives extra help under a Council Tax Hardship Scheme that it is also planning to maintain. Funding for this will be determined when the council’s budget for 2017/2018 is agreed in March.
New Tinsley Library Opens A new library has opened in Tinsley and will be staffed by volunteers and hosted by the Tinsley Forum. People will be able to check out books for adults and children, read newspapers and request books from Sheffield City Council’s library catalogue at the new branch based at the Tinsley Forum in Bawtry Road. The library lovers of Tinsley have plans to expand the service over time which will initially open on Monday mornings and afternoons, and Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Sheffield City Council is helping support the volunteers with the new service which is temporary for now, as work is needed to expand into a bigger library space and install council computers for the public to use. The authority hopes to enable the volunteers to have permanent facilities from the Tinsley Forum’s building later this year.
Library volunteer Nusrat Rashid said: “The library will help bring the community together and provide a welcome space for everyone to enjoy!” The old library in Tinsley closed last year when Sheffield City Council’s lease on the previous building expired. The authority has been working with the Tinsley Forum since then, which has provided a library book drop-off and pick-up point. Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries, said: “I’m delighted that there’s a new library in Tinsley and want to thank everyone for their hard work in making this happen. “Many more exciting things are planned as is happening across all city libraries, so please pop in and see what’s on offer.” There are 28 libraries in Sheffield including the Central Lending Library. Sixteen branches, including Tinsley, are run by volunteers.
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Speeding Laws Are Changing And They’re Getting Tougher Drivers responsible for the most serious speeding offences are set to face harsher penalties under new sentencing guidelines for magistrates. Fines for motorists caught going well above the speed limit will start from 150 per cent of their weekly income rather than the existing level of 100 per cent. It means, for example, someone who is sentenced for driving at 101mph or faster in a 70mph zone will now be dealt with in a more severe bracket. Anyone who breaks the limit excessively is a danger to every other road user and is unnecessarily putting lives at risk. The Sentencing Council said the move aims to ensure there is a ‘clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases’. It follows responses to a consultation arguing previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can
result as speed above the limit rises. Speeding is one of a number of areas covered in new sentencing guidelines for magistrates’ courts in England and Wales. In another change conditional discharges will be included as a sentencing option in the least serious cases of TV licence payment evasion. The new guidelines, which also cover railway fare evasion, truancy and being drunk and disorderly, aim to reflect changes in the law since they were last updated in 2008. The Sentencing Council said the new guidelines are not intended to result in significant differences to current sentencing practice but will bring changes to sentencing for some specific offences. The guidelines will be used to sentence adult offenders in all magistrates’ courts in England and Wales from April 24.
£150,000 To Boost Cultural Tourism In Sheffield
900,000 UK Citizens Are Living In Other European Union Countries Around 900,000 UK citizens are living in other European Union countries, according to new analysis by official statisticians. The estimate is lower than the 1.2 million figure that has been widely used in discussions about expats living on the continent following the Brexit vote. Demographers said the latest number is based on citizenship, whereas other tallies focused on country of birth. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) used census figures from 2010 and 2011 to examine the number of UK citizens who have lived for at least a year in other EU member states. Its analysis put the total size of the group at 890,299, with the report also showing that: :: The largest age group is 30 to 49 years, accounting for 280,000 people; :: Spain is host to the largest number of British citizens living in the EU, at 308,805, followed by France (157,062), Ireland (112,090) and Germany (96,200); :: Just over a third (101,045) of British citizens living in Spain are aged 65 and over, and this is also the largest age group in Malta (2,157);
:: Most British citizens living in Cyprus, Portugal, Greece, France and Bulgaria are aged 50 or over; :: The highest concentration of British citizens is in Cyprus, with 2.9% of the population holding only British citizenship; :: British citizens make up 0.2% of the population of the EU (excluding the UK) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland - combined. Separate data which have been widely quoted as giving an estimate of 1.22 million UK-born migrants in other EU member states apply the country of birth definition for 25 out of 27 nations, according to the report. It said these figures will include many Irish and Polish citizens while not counting British citizens born overseas. The status of expats in Europe has fallen under the spotlight in the wake of the referendum vote. Ministers have said they want to protect the status of EU nationals already living in Britain, and that the only circumstances in which that would not be possible is if a reciprocal approach is not adopted for British citizens in European member states.
Arts Council England has granted the city £150,000 to try to attract visitors from around the UK and abroad. A new joint marketing campaign will be set up around the themes of festivals, modernist architecture, music and beer, plus major events. Three local artists will also be commissioned to create new works as part of the project.
Poorer Families Worse Off By 2020 As Prices Outstrip Welfare Rises Poor families face being left £2,800 a year worse off by 2020 as living costs outstrip crucial welfare increases, charities have warned. Prices are expected to have gone up by 35% over the course of the decade but child benefit will have risen by just 2%, according to End Child Poverty coalition research. Struggling families also find it harder to make ends meet because they are being hit by a "poverty premium" that leaves them paying more for goods and services. Forecasts suggest that child poverty rates will rise significantly in coming years. Low income families really are feeling the pinch - trapped between support being eroded by the cost of living rising much faster than benefit rates, and facing some of the highest prices on basic essentials as a result of a poverty premium on key goods and services. A typical unemployed single parent with two children received benefits of around £198 a week before housing in April 2010, according to the Feeling the Pinch report. To keep up with increased living costs, the payments, such as child benefits, tax credits and Jobseeker's Allowance, would need to reach around £267 a week by 2020 but are expected to only reach £214, it added. The £53 a week loss amounts to a hit of nearly £2,756 a year. If rents continue to rise at similar rates as they have over recent years, families in an average
two-bedroom home face a shortfall of £155 a month, it predicted. The poorest families are hit by a poverty premium that means they are forced to pay more for the same items as those who are wealthier, the coalition said. Its research found higher loan rates, the cost of renting white goods instead of buying outright, steeper insurance premiums, cheque cashing costs and less favourable energy bills could leave poor families paying £1,700 more. The coalition called on the Government to stop the four-year freeze on children's benefits and said it must increase housing support in line with local rents. It also urged the Government to set up a commission to find ways to stop the poorest customers paying the highest prices for goods and services. A Government spokesman said: "Our welfare reforms are incentivising work and restoring fairness to the system. Tackling poverty and delivering real social reform is a priority, and we are helping people to keep more of what they earn, and supporting households with the cost of living. "We are increasing the National Living Wage, have frozen fuel duty for seven years running and our increases to the personal allowance have reduced tax bills for some of the lowest earners by £1,000 a year."
Men Paying £101 More For Car Insurance According to a comparison site’s research, male motorists pay £101 more a year for their car insurance than women. Confused.com found that the average annual premium for men was £812 for comprehensive car insurance in the last quarter of 2016, whereas women’s was only £711. It added that the gap had widened since 2015. UK law mandates that insurance firms not consider gender when considering setting premiums, however they are entitled to considering wider risks. Confused.com, said that insurance firms were “becoming more astute” in weighing particular risks. They further explained that as men drive more miles in more expensive cars and are most often driving to work, their risk of accident or repair was automatically increased, and hence the
premiums. Motor insurance remains a highly competitive market, with motorists shopping around for the best deals. But pressure is growing on premiums. Cold callers and ambulance-chasing lawyers are still finding ways to exploit the system, with government data suggesting a 5% increase in whiplash style claims. This is driving up costs for honest motorists. In addition, the government has doubled Insurance Premium Tax in just over a year, and repair bills are going up as cars get more sophisticated. So while insurers are doing all they can to control costs, these pressures show how important it is that the government’s latest proposals to tackle low value whiplash style claims are implemented fully and as quickly as possible, and that there is no rise in Insurance Premium Tax.
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Pakistan Consul Generals Visit To Sheffield The newly posted Consul General of Bradford, Ahmed Amjad Ali addressed the audience in Sheffield at the ILM News 7th anniversary celebration. He spoke about integration with mainstream British society being beneficial for British Pakistanis and about creating unity amongst the community just like other successful communities around Britain and the world. Referring to some recent reports about different communities in the UK, the Consul General said although the Pakistani community is playing an important role in the socio-cultural and economic fields in the UK, there is still a need to enhance the level of integration with the mainstream British society so that our community, especially the youth, could take advantage of the educational and economic opportunities available in this country. He clarified his point saying that integration means adopting good things from the British culture and society like quality education and rule of law, while retaining our own identity and cultural ethos like beliefs, family system and care for the elderly. The Consul General marvelled at the already positive achievements from members of the Pakistani community. He was especially proud
of the achievements of children. Like the teenager who won a national essay competition at the European Youth Parliament, and an 11 year old Pakistani child from Sheffield who is a big hit playing the guitar on YouTube. The Consul General took the opportunity to inform the audience about the work of the Pakistan Consulate in Bradford. He explained how there have been an number of improvements in consular services in Bradford; including a new emergency out of hours number for urgent visas requests, improvements in accessibility and services for disabled and senior citizens, and information on new monthly surgeries for the Sheffield and Rotherham community. The new monthly surgery will be held alternatively every month in Sheffield and Rotherham. The appointment only sessions will be for NICOP, Attestation, and Visa applications. These surgeries will be held on the 28th of every month and further details and booking details can be found online. He concluded his speech by reassuring the audience that the Pakistani Consulate Bradford, despite its challenges is improving all around in a positive direction.
Theresa May Is The Most Popular New Conservative Prime Minister Since The 1950S
British Prime Minister Theresa May is enjoying the longest opinion poll “honeymoon” for a Conservative Party premier since the 1950s. May's success in the polls comes despite confusion over her planned approach to Brexit negotiations. An analysis of survey data has found that the average poll lead of 14 points May has experienced in her first six months is more impressive than any sustained by a Conservative leader in modern times. It also puts her in second place for prime ministers overall; with only Labour’s Tony Blair, initially one of Britain’s most popular ever prime ministers, ahead. Many new leaders in British politics experience a short “bounce” in popularity followed by a swift decline. But May’s continued popularity comes despite negative headlines about the state of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) and confusion over her planned approach to Brexit negotiations.
Sheffield Citizens Advice Bureau Helped One In Every 20 Adults In Sheffield
Prince William To Give Up Pilot Career
Prince William will be leaving his pilot career behind as he takes up the mantle of becoming a full-time royal. The Duke of Cambridge has come under criticism for being ‘work-shy’ and for not attending as many public engagements as his father when he was the same age with a small family. But that looks set to change later this year as the prince prepares to prepares to hand in his notice from the East Anglian Air Ambulance as the Queen relinquishes more of her duties to him. He and the Duchess of Cambridge plan to move from Anmer Hall, their
Norfolk home, to Kensington Palace after he gives up his work as a pilot in September – in time for Prince George starting his first day at £19,620-a-year Wetherby Pre-Prep School, the same place where his father attended. Last year he was criticised for carrying out 204 official engagements. It was comparably less to his father Charles, who undertook 404 and his mother Princess Diana with 299 back in 1985, when they also had Prince William and Prince Harry to contend with. The 90-year-old Queen undertook 385, while Princess Anne was the busiest with 640 engagements. It was comparably less to his father Charles, who undertook 404 and his mother Princess Diana with 299 back in 1985, when they also had Prince William and Prince Harry to contend with. The 90-year-old Queen undertook 385, while Princess Anne was the busiest with 640 engagements.
Citizens Advice Sheffield helped one in every 20 adults in Sheffield during 2016. 21,500 people asked for their help with 65,000 issues during the year. “How we help people, published today, describes how we have helped thousands of people in the city with the problems they face” said Andy Buck, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Sheffield. “42% of the people we helped were ill or disabled. Three quarters were working age adults. Most live in the poorer parts of the city. All of them were grappling with problems that for many seemed intractable.
“At least one in every five people we helped had difficulty affording fuel, food or housing. 42% of the issues about which people asked for help were to do with welfare benefits, and 30% were about debts. “Three in four of the people we helped said we made a positive difference to their lives. With our help, people secured at least £6.8 million in welfare benefits, and resolved debts of at least £4.3 million.” The City Council has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Citizens Advice Sheffield for the next three years.”
Pothole Bill Set To Spiral To £14bn The country is approaching “a tipping point” in tackling the blight of potholes with the repair bill set to soar to £14bn, it has been warned. The looming price tag far outstrips the entire annual amount councils have to spend on highways and transport, which stood at £4.4bn in England last year. To deal with the problem, the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils across England and Wales, has urged the Government to plough a further £1bn a year into roads maintenance. The organisation said this
could be achieved by investing 2p per litre of existing fuel duty without increasing prices at the pump. LGA analysis shows the bill for repairing roads in England and Wales could reach £14bn within two years. “It is wrong and unfair that the Government allocates almost 40 times more to maintaining national roads, which it controls, compared with local roads, which are overseen by councils. It is paramount this funding discrepancy is swiftly plugged.”
Include Airline Passengers’ Weight In Baggage Allowances Nearly 40% of British travellers believe airlines should take passengers’ weight into consideration when setting luggage allowances, a survey suggests. According to the poll, 18% of adults feel “angry” that heavier people are entitled to the same baggage limit. Many of those questioned said making sure that their suitcase did not exceed an airline’s weight restrictions was the most stressful element of plane travel. But women appeared to be more concerned about following the rules than men.
Travel company eDreams say it is clear that many travellers find packing to meet a specific weight restriction a huge amount of stress, which has in turn caused a substantial amount of resentment between passengers. On some airlines, exceeding a baggage allowance can lead to eye-watering charges. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show 62% of adults in England are currently obese or overweight.
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THE FUTURE OF THE HIGH STREET
Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son There has been a great deal of talk about the changing High Street, with many people observing numerous empty shops in many town centres, suburban shopping centres and generally. What is the future for retail property?, the answer is not as simple as the question. I will endeavour to put across my thoughts in this article through my experience of working in the property market. It is accepted that over the years, the number of empty retail units has seen a significant increase, just look around your own town and city the evidence is there for all to see. One of the main reasons given for this is the global recession we have seen throughout the world, where many small businesses have closed, this phenomenon is more prevalent in some areas than others. Another reason given is that competition from large retailers has been a contributing factor to such closures. I say a contributing factor because I do not feel that this is as significant factor, as history has shown independent retail traders do have an attraction, just look at London, and many other cities across the world where such retailers are doing well. There is a strong argument that they can co exist with the large retailers. There are many examples of such areas in Sheffield, look at Ecclesall Road, Sharrow Vale Road, London Road, Hillsborough and many more. I have recently been involved in letting of properties for more traditional users, your local butcher, baker, fishmonger etc. It seems as though customers like buying from a local shops and the old tradition of shopping is going through a renaissance. The traditions of the ancient bazaars or local shopping/socialising areas is as old as mankind, yes there is a strong electronic social media scene but the traditions of meeting in the High Street, Local Shopping Centre or Bazaar is well and truly alive. If you visit Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, India and I could list a whole host of countries you will see the Bazaars or local shopping centres are well and truly alive. Coming back to this country you can see there are many coffee shops and cafés which are dotted around any retail parade and the
numbers are rising whether they are national names or local independents. In turn this encourages other operators to return to the retail parade, in some areas you are seeing art galleries, jewellers, craft shops, dress shops, antique shops and many more returning to the street scene.
If you have been to Edgware Road in London or Wilmslow Road in Manchester you will see a Café/Restaurant environment which would not look out of place in a Middle Eastern country. In Sheffield I was in the City Of Bradford a few months ago as ever my attention take a walk along Abbeydale Road it seems to be going through a is always diverted to property. I was pleasantly surprised, if you change with coffee and tea shops and many antiques stores. walk along many suburban shopping areas such as Great Horton Road, Leeds Road and others you see very few empty shops. In I believe we are are witnessing a changing High Street, traditional fact what you see are thriving businesses, with not only local peo- independent traders are returning ,which is good and with change ple but people from outside the city shopping and dining in the comes a new sense of community spirit. Of course there will always be a role for the larger supermarkets, which we have become used to, but there is still a strong role for the independent trader. It is clear that as we become more diverse the influences of other cultures will be reflected in the High Street culture, which makes for a very interesting time for the retail property market. I believe history has taught us that the Bazaar, High Street, Shopping Centre whatever phrase you use has reinvented itself many times over thousands of years and will continue to do so. After all Shopping is a major pastime for many people, just look at the major centres across the country. As an investor in retail property you need to be flexible in lease terms, work with a good Surveyor and Solicitor, and above all provide encouragement to an incoming tenant. In times where people are saying the High Street is facing challenging times, I believe it the renaissance of the new High Street, City. I was talking to a local trader who said that not only does where landlord and tenants need to work together for the greater Bradford attract business from outside the City, but some of their good. indigenous businesses are now expanding with branches in other towns and cities. Another interesting observation was the develop- In conclusion I believe the High Street, Bazaar is here to stay and ment of Bazaars or shopping Plazas which are akin to the concept will become even stronger, the glass is certainly half full. In fact a found in most Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Many traders in new concept is developing of the smart city which I will talk about the same location with the vibrancy that brings especially around in another article.
2016 Was The Hottest Year Ever Recorded Last year saw the Earth swelter under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change. Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India, Kuwait and Iran, while sea ice melted faster than ever in the fragile Arctic, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Taking a global average of the land and sea surface temperatures for the entire year, NOAA found the data for “2016 was the highest since record keeping began in 1880,” said the announcement. A separate analysis by the US space agency NASA also found that 2016 was the hottest on record. Since the start of the 21st century, the annual global temperature record has been broken five times (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016). The main reason for the rise is the burning of fossil fuels like oil and gas, which send carbon dioxide, methane and other pollutants known as greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and warm the planet. The mounting toll of industrialization on the Earth’s natural balance is increasingly apparent in the record books. The data, supported by findings from other organizations, was issued two days before the inaugura-
Eid, even on a weekday evening the trade was very brisk. Clearly they have the pulling power to become tourist attractions.
tion of President-elect Donald Trump, who questions whether climate change has a human cause. At a conference in Paris in late 2015, governments agreed a plan to phase out fossil fuels this century and shift to renewable energies such as wind and solar power. Trump, who has described climate change as a hoax, has threatened to cancel the Paris Agreement and shift to exploiting cheap domestic coal, oil and gas. At a meeting in Marrakesh days after Trump’s victory, however, almost 200 nations said it was an “urgent duty” to combat climate change. The highest recorded temperature is 56.7°C (134°F), which was measured on 10 July 1913 at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California, USA. Source: GuinnessWorldRecords. com
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New Islamabad Airport On Track For Completion
A remote British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting service that will be available to deaf patients whenever they need it is being rolled-out at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust will soon be the first in the country to use the service on a routine basis, in the same way that telephone interpreting is used for spoken languages. The service, provided by SignLive, works through a web browser on a computer or a downloaded app on a smart device and allows a direct connection to a qualified BSL interpreter. It is readily available as and when it is needed, with connection to an interpreter taking around only 40 seconds. This means that deaf patients will have speedy access to a signer to help them communicate with hospital staff. It also eliminates the need to book interpreters in advance and means that patient appointments will not have to be cancelled where a face-to-face interpreter isn’t available. It is also cost effective, with payment by the minute rather than payment for a pre-defined time period. Sue Butler, Head of Patient Partnership, said: “We are always striving to improve patient access and experience across the Trust. “This service provides access to qualified, professional BSL interpreters quickly and is particularly helpful when fast access to an interpreter is required to communicate with deaf patients in emergencies. “It is also fantastic in many other hospital settings and eliminates the need to book face-to-face interpreters in advance.”
The new Islamabad International Airport will be inaugurated on 14 August. It will be the first greenfield airport in Pakistan and first to handle large planes. It will be named Liaqat Ali Khan international Airport. The airport will also have duty-free shops, hotel and convention centre, air malls, business centre, food courts and recreational facilities.
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The Life Of The Rocks Poet: Shaheryar A. Chishty
The life of the rocks In the babbling Brawling Bubbling stream Rocks sit together Blanketing themselves In a viridescent green The lemon waters Are gushing all day long Gurgling and cleansing They sit firmly and strong They endure the cold And drink the morning breeze The sun peaks dutifully Shining through the windows of the trees The oak trees cough gently Releasing fluttering leaves landing on the heads of the rocks for it is their freedom to explore It’s what they need The rock remains squatting Rooted to the ground Serving nature responsibly Sitting still not a sound Sometimes it’s a retreat For birds to drink and perch To play with their friends To take a bath and to chirp The rocks have lived for many many years They have witnessed all the laughter And lived all the tears
Speed Camera Rakes In £1.5million In Six Months Britain’s most profitable speed camera has been revealed – and it’s managed to haul in £1.5 million in just over six months – the same amount as a ‘successful medium sized business’. The camera, which is suited on a stretch of the North Circular Road in Ealing, west London, was responsible for a third of all tickets issued in the capital, according to the Metropolitan Police. It snared motorists who broke a temporary 30mph speed limit that was installed on the dual carriageway, despite most of the North Circular having a 40 or 50 mph speed limit.
The RAC however are not convinced. They state that where a significant number of penalty tickets are being issued then that should automatically set off alarm bells and warrant investigation The hefty haul was collected by the camera between April and October last year, when 14,544 drivers were slapped with fines of £100 – according to a freedom of information request by the Evening Standard. Transport for London has since claimed that the temporary speed limit was put in place while work was undertaken to replace a local bridge – but motorists have hit back.
Council Launches Opportunity For City-Wide Free Wi-Fi Service Sheffield City Council has announced it will offer a public access Wi-Fi service across the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) – at no cost to visitors who use it. The service will make Sheffield city centre a more vibrant and attractive place for residents, visitors, businesses and shoppers – helping the economy to grow and supporting initiatives such as Alive After Five. The implementation of free, public-access Wi-Fi is central to the BID’s plans for encouraging visitors, residents and employees to spend more time in the city. Councillor Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business and economy at Sheffield City Council, said: “This offer has the potential to place Sheffield amongst the best connected cities in the country.
“Our ambition is to create the conditions that allow a super-fast, digitally-connected and vibrant city to thrive. Our economy will benefit and Sheffield will become more connected for people using the city centre. Currently, there are a number of free of charge public access Wi-Fi schemes operating in Sheffield but these do not cover the open spaces across the city.
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Britain Struck By Biggest Earthquake In A Decade An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 struck off the Scarborough coast last month, according to the British Geological Survey. It was centred 93 miles east of the town at a depth of 11 miles and hit at around 6.50pm. According to local media, there were no reports of the quake being felt on land. Social media users were not too worried, with some posting mocked-up photos of overturned wheelie bins and broken garden gnomes. Despite 3.8 being small compared to earthquakes in other countries, magnitude 4 earthquakes happen on average only every two
years in Britain. Other recent earthquakes in the UK include a magnitude 0.9 tremor in Kirkbride, Cumbria, and 0.8 in Blakedown, Worcestershire, also last month. The UK has between 20 and 30 earthquakes strong enough to be felt by people each year, with a few hundred smaller ones strong enough to be picked up by sensitive instruments. The BGS website says earthquakes on the east coast of the UK are relatively rare, although the North Sea is “more active than the mainland”.
Smoking Will Kill 8 Million People A Year By 2030 The number of people who die from smoking is going to rise considerably in the coming years, according to a new report. Tobacco use currently kills an estimated six million people worldwide every year - but by 2030, the World Health Organisation (WHO) believes this will increase to eight million. More than 80% of smoking deaths
occur in low and middle-income countries, where the number of smokers is continuing to rise. “The science is clear; the time for action is now”, says The WHO’s report, produced in conjunction with the US National Cancer Institute The WHO claims most governments are failing to use cheap and effective tools which can reduce tobacco use and save lives, such as complete bans on tobacco marketing, prominent warning labels on cigarette packets and price increases. Global revenues generated from tobacco taxes only stood at $269bn (£221bn) in 2013/14, it said, which is nowhere near enough to recoup the economic losses caused by smoking. Health experts say tobacco use is the single biggest preventable cause of death worldwide.
The Karakoram Highway Karakoram highway, connecting Pakistan to china, is the highest paved road in the world. It is considered the eighth wonder of the world as 1000+ workers lost their lives during construction. The road is rebuilt and upgraded under the CPEC. In recent years the Karakorum highway has sought to become a ‘niche’ adventure tourism destination.
Eight Men ‘Are As Rich As The Poorest Half Of The World’ Inequality is so stark that a small group of men own the same wealth as half the world. According to research by Oxfam, the eight billionaires, including Bill Gates who tops the list, have riches equivalent to the wealth of the world’s 3.6 billion poorest people. The gap between rich and poor was far greater than feared, and the charity has called for an overhaul of a “warped” economy that allows one in nine people to go hungry. The eight billionaires named in the report are Microsoft founder Mr Gates, who has a personal
fortune of $75bn according to Forbes; Inditex founder Amancio Ortega ($67bn), veteran investor Warren Buffett ($60.8bn) Mexico’s Carlos Slim ($50bn), Amazon boss Jeff Bezos ($45.2bn), Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ($44.6bn), Oracle’s Larry Ellison ($43.6bn) and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg ($40bn). While one in nine people on the planet will go to bed hungry tonight, a small handful of billionaires have so much wealth they would need several lifetimes to spend it.
Goodbye! Yahoo (1995-2017) One of the internet’s most recognisable company’s “Yahoo” has sold its core business including digital advertising, email and media assets to American company “Verizon” for $4.8 billion. Yahoo inc will rename itself to Altaba Inc.
‘Face With Tears Of Joy’ Revealed As World’s Most Popular Emoji People worldwide love “smily tears” except the French, who prefer “heart” according to a new study of global emoji usage. Researchers analyzed 427 million messages from nearly 4 million smartphone users in 212 countries.
Nintendo Switch Nintendo’s new Switch console, which alternates between a home and mobile gaming system, will go on sale in the UK on March 3, the gaming giant has said. Revealed at the end of 2016, the Switch is Nintendo’s first home video game console since the Wii U. However, a small portable screen can be removed from the main hub and connected to the device’s modular Joy-Con controllers to create a mobile, handheld gaming device. The next instalment in the popular Legend Of Zelda series, Breath Of The Wild, was also revealed as a launch title for the system, as was Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
“Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes”, states Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima. The modular controller has the ability to split into two and each can be used by one player to create a local multiplayer set-up, with the mobile screen used by both players. The Joy-Con controllers will also include a touchpoint for amiibo figures – figures which can be added to games when triggered by the touchpoint – while it will also house an InfraRed motion camera that can be used to detect objects in certain games.
Cambridge Professor Urges British People To Learn Urdu A Cambridge University professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett has urged British people to learn Urdu to further national integration. “ I would like to see more opportunities for British people to learn some of the community languages of the UK”.
Zombies Would Wipe Out Humans In 100 Days It will take just 100 days for zombies to take over the world, a new study says. If a zombie can find one person daily, then by day 100, there would be just 273 human survivors remaining, outnumbered a million to one by zombies.
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New Laws Coming Into Effect This Year These are the laws it's imperative you know about over the course of 2017 This year will see plenty of changes - some of which, we're sure, you've probably already heard of. Typically, it takes a while for laws to come into effect after the Government first announces them. But you should definitely be aware and, if you didn't know about them, you do now. These are the laws it's imperative you know about over the course of 2017 - and, more importantly, how they are set to impact your day-to-day life.
To be eligible, you’ll have to work more than 16 hours and week and earn less the £100,000. This means parents who work 2 days a week or under are not eligible - although it looks like they will still receive the 15 hours free childcare that is currently available.
Child tax credit won’t be available for more than two children Last year, Chancellor George Osbourne announced that families will no longer be able to receive financial help for more than two children. If you already claim child tax credits for three or more kids, you’ll still be able to claim, but anyone who has a third child on or after April 6 2017 won’t get any more money A rise to the minimum wage From April, minimum wage workers will see to account for the extra child. a substantial boost to their pay. At £7.50 an hour for over 25s, the rate will go up by 30p You might find it easier to get an apprenticecompared to last year. There will be smaller ship increases for 18-20 and 21-24 year olds, to A new levy on big businesses to fund three £5.60 and £7.05 respectively. Pay could be million apprenticeships will come into force in going up even more over the next few years, April. The new tax will raise £3billion a year from businesses with a salary bill of more as well. Why? Well, because the Government will than £3 million a year, so smaller companies look to follow through on its promises to won’t be hit. The money raised will be given move towards a national minimum wage of to businesses who will use it to offer apprenticeships and on-the-job training for over 16s, £9 per hour for over 25s by 2020. There are 1.4 million minimum wage jobs in so it might be easier to get paid to learn a new the UK: 5.3% are paid below or within 5p of skill this year. the minimum wage Source: UK Government
A Giant Iceberg Is About To Break Off From Antarctica An iceberg roughly a quarter of the size of Wales is about to break off from Antarctica. A vast area of Larsen C ice shelf - the most northern major shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula - is said to be “hanging by a thread”. Forecast to be one of the largest separations of its kind, the frozen mass has an area of 5,000 square km (1,930sq miles). An expanding rift, which has increased in size by 18km (11 miles) over
the last few weeks, means the piece is now holding on by a strand of just 20km of ice. The iceberg will be 350m thick when it caves predicted over the next few months. However, a professor monitoring the movement says we cannot pin this one on climate change, this is a natural action of a rift that has been there for many years.
Government To Tackle Modern Slavery In UK With £40m Crackdown
Buying cigarettes will be a very different ex- Taxing your car could become more pricey From April only 100% electric cars will be experience empt from road tax - bad news for anyone In a bid to cut smoking, the way tobacco is looking for a low-emission or diesel car, some sold is undergoing a significant change. In of which currently avoid the tax. Every other May last year, retailers were given 12 months vehicle will be charged at a tiered first-year to phase out branded packaging. They were rate based on its CO2 emissions - this could also told to stop selling smaller packets of cig- be more expensive for some cars. But after arettes and tobacco. Packaging will now have that, cars will be subject to a £140 flat fee for to follow a drab green template. Packets of every year after that. 10 cigarettes and pouches of tobacco smaller This means a big hike for people looking for small, fairly economical cars, who could be than 30g, meanwhile, will be banned. paying over £100 more a year, though almost everyone will be paying more. Child car seat alterations At the moment, children weighing as little as But remember this only applies to new cars 15kg (2st 4lbs) – that’s around three years old bough after April - if you already own a car, – can travel in backless booster seats. But the or will be buying one registered before April new rules, due to be introduced in 2017, will 2017, there will be no changes to how much only approve these seats for children taller you pay. than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg (3st 6.5lbs), which is roughly around the age of seven. Booster seats are not recommended by experts including Which? because they don’t offer protection in crashes. You could be getting 30 hours free childcare a week At the moment, all parents receive a contribution to the cost of nursery or childminder places equivalent to 15 free hours of care a week. From September 2017, that will go up to 30 free hours for working parents of children aged three.
The UK Government and the country’s law enforcement agencies have vowed to make tackling modern slavery a top priority in 2017. More than £40m is being made available to fight a crime which is estimated to have 13,000 victims in the UK alone. In recent weeks, authorities have stepped up enforcement raids, targeting more than 280 nail bars across the UK. So far raids have lead to 97 arrests, with more than 60 businesses being served with notices warning them they now face fines. Modern slavery is a huge worldwide criminal enterprise, estimated to be worth more than £20bn.
Children Being ‘Left To Fend For Themselves Online’ “Incomprehensible” terms and conditions of social networks mean children have little idea what they are signing up to, the Children’s Commissioner has warned. As she publishes a year-long study into children and the internet, Anne Longfield said youngsters were left to “fend for themselves in the digital world”. She said government should teach children
“digital citizenship” from the age of four as part of the curriculum, and that children should have a digital ombudsman to help them remove content from social media companies. Ms Longfield said: “The internet is an extraordinary good. "It wasn’t developed for children, although children are some of its biggest users.” Children are spending more time than ever online. According to OFCOM, three and four-year-olds now spend eight hours and 18 minutes a week online, 12 to 15-year-olds spend more than 20 hours and 70% of them have a social media profile. A Government spokesperson said: “The UK is a world leader in internet safety, but there is more to do, and we will carefully consider this report as part of our ongoing work to make the internet a safer place for children.” The internet has given children and young people fantastic opportunities, but protecting them from risks they might face online or on their phones is vital.
High Ambitions For Uber’s Flying Car Mr Shumile J. Chishty pilots for it, there are the standard regulatory obstacles, which in the past Uber has aggressively skirted around and campaigned against, though that approach may be changing. Besides individual cities, Uber will have to work with the FAA, the federal agency that regulates all airspace in the United States. Meaning that they will have to Carve out new sky lanes for traffic, and hew spots for heliports in cities, are another anticipated set of challenges, which may That’s an ambitious slate to tackle for any company, and VTOL technology has an extensive track record of failure.
Uber, the massively successful app based on the convenience of summoning a car to take you home from a meeting at last call, is ready to embark on a new frontier: flight. Uber says the next stage of transport is a network of app-summoned vertical-take-off (VTOL) aircraft for elite commuters. Last month, Uber revealed it was looking into VTOL technologies, to take advantage of that great uncrowded highway above every city: the sky. Now they've got a more detailed pitch. While technologies, materials, companies, and ambitions have all changed in the ensuing 90 years of flying car speculation, the challenge of building a vehicle that works on both streets and in the Written By: Shumile J. Chishty air, remains difficult. The history of VTOL aircraft is filled with failure after failure after expensive failure, and only a few success stories. The V-22 Osprey, a military aircraft used to carry Air Force special operations forces and Marines into hard-to-reach places, was not an easy plane to design. It took the better part of two decades, with full military budgets and need behind it, to get the Osprey working reliably, instead of crashing and killing its occupants. It cost about $54 billion to develop the aircraft, and each one costs $70 million. So, Uber is mostly skipping the car part, instead making a plane that takes off and lands like a helicopter, and designing it to fly from helipads. Helicopters--an existing, proven technology--already meet most of the needs for Uber’s planned flying machine, but they’re too slow for the commuter flights of 20 minutes. Uber wants an aircraft that can fly between 150 mph and 200 mph. which is up to the same speed as some military aircrafts, but within the range of VTOL aircraft--which is why Uber wants it to switch to flying like a plane once it's off the ground. On top of all that, the company wants the vehicle to be all-electric, to keep down noise and emissions. The company expects it can price the flights competitively, with an initial $129 VTOL fee compared to an UberX trip between the same two points costing $111. The pool of possible Uber drivers is not quite as large as everyone with a driver’s license and a car, but it’s pretty close, so Uber’s not hunting for drivers. But certified pilots, and especially pilots certified to fly a brand-new VTOL aircraft, will likely not come cheap. And, given the FAA’s reluctance to reduce piloting requirements for unmanned vehicles, it will be hard for Uber to automate its VTOL passenger craft. If Uber is successful it will come into competition with the google self-driving car. Beyond the challenges of building a new aircraft from scratch and training and paying
Pakistan Predicted To Be World’s Fastest-Growing Muslim Economy In 2017 Pakistan has been forecasted to be the world’s fastest-growing Muslim economy in 2017 ahead of Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey and Egypt, says “The Economist” magazine. Pakistan’s estimated GDP growth 5.3 per cent is also ahead of 4 per cent GDP growth of Israel, making Pakistan world’s fifth fastest-growing economy in the world, only behind India and China and two other countries. The London-based Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business and finance. The live data comprising global figures is updated twice daily and is published on the Economist’s website in the form of an interactive table of economic and financial indicators. This data reinforces a Harvard University study which predicted Pakistan to grow by more than 5 per cent in the next decade. According to the interactive table the contrasting trends in Pakistan’s economy; “The Economist” in 2014 had forecast Pakistan to be world’s sixth fastest-grow-
ing economy. This year, the four world economies ahead of Pakistan are: India (7.5%), Vietnam (6.6%), China (6.4%), and Philippines (6.4%). However Pakistan is ahead of large Muslim economies such as: Indonesia (5.2%), Malaysia (4.6%), Egypt (4.0%), and Turkey (2.9%), according to the Economic and financial indicators of the magazine. All of these countries except Malaysia are expected to be among the top 20 economies in the world in 2050, the Economist says. The Economist forecast follows a report by Bloomberg that termed Pakistan Stock Exchange as the 5th best performing stock market in 2016. Pakistan has developed quite a knack for economic resilience. Forbes, The Economist, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal, all concur that Pakistan's economy is on the right trajectory. However, economic growth shouldn't be at the cost of the environment, and the state must prioritize waterconservation, tackling pollution, and increase spending on EDUCATION.
New 12-Sided Pound Coin To Enter Circulation In March The new 12-sided £1 coin will enter circulation on 28 March, the government has said. The round £1 will be legal tender alongside the new, more-secure coin until 15 October. The public are being urged to use their current £1 coins or bank them before they lose their legal tender status. The government estimates around a third of the £1.3 billion worth of coins stored in piggy banks or saving jars around the UK are the current £1 style. Some of those returned by the public will be melted down and used to make the 12-sided version. The new style was announced in the 2014 budget and has been billed by the Royal Mint as "the most secure coin in the world". Its introduction will come as a new set of coin designs are also brought into circulation, celebrating the achievements of Jane Austen and Sir Isaac Newton. The Royal Mint said the new designs have a "strong pioneering theme" and will start appearing this spring. A Jane Austen £2 coin will celebrate the author
200 years after her death, while another £2 version will remember the Royal Flying Corps. A 50p coin will mark the achievements of mathematician Sir Isaac Newton, a one-time Master of the Royal Mint. Why the new coin is harder to counterfeit 12-sided - its distinctive shape means it stands out by sight and by touch Bimetallic - The outer ring is gold coloured (nickel-brass) and the inner ring is silver coloured (nickel-plated alloy) Latent image - it has an image like a hologram that changes from a '£' symbol to the number '1' when the coin is seen from different angles Micro-lettering - around the rim on the heads side of the coin tiny lettering reads: ONE POUND. On the tails side you can find the year the coin was produced Milled edges - it has grooves on alternate sides Hidden high security feature - an additional security feature is built into the coin to protect it from counterfeiting but details have not been revealed
New Child Car Seat Laws Coming Into Force This Year With worrying 87 per cent of parents confused about coming child seat regulation changes, we offer belting advice on what safety shake-up means to you.... A Freedom of Information revelation more than 4,600 UK drivers didn't adhere to child seatbelt safety laws in 2015 with over 19,000 offences recorded between 2013 and 2015 - 368 of them across South Yorkshire. Data requested by motoring experts Confused. com reveals more than half (56%) of parents are unaware of March's delayed new booster seat regulations. Under new rules backless booster seats - also known as booster cushions - will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg (3st 6.5lbs). To make it even more complicated, backless booster seats bought before the law changes can still be used after the regulation change as it will only apply to new products appearing on the market. Perplexed? Well you are not alone. Two thirds (66%) of parents do not fully understand the current booster seat height, age and weight regulations
Over half (56%) admit they are unaware of new laws about backless booster seats coming into force early next year – and only 13% actually know what they are Over a third (34%) of parents admit to occasionally not using a booster seat for their child Almost a third of parents (30%) are cynical of the new law as they believe increased booster regulations are a result of lobbying by profit driven car seat manufacturers Parents must also be aware of the potential cost consequences of having an accident with their child in the car. Nearly half (44%) do not replace their child’s car seat after a crash. However, parents should always replace booster seats after an accident, even if there is no obvious damage, as they may become weakened and unable to provide the same level of protection should a second collision occur. Regulatory approved car seats can cost in the region of £80 to £350(4). If parents are caught travelling with their child in the car without the correct booster for their age, height and weight, they could face a £100 fine.
Sky Scraps Satellite Dishes Pay-TV giant Sky will make all its television channels available without the need for a satellite dish for the first time as it looks to stop customers quitting the group. The group announced it would launch a broadband service in the UK next year to give millions of customers who cannot or do not want to install a satellite dish access to its full TV service. It comes as Sky revealed surging numbers of UK customers leaving amid competition from rivals such as BT, while half-year results showed a 9% fall in earnings after spiralling football rights costs. The group said it signed up 205,000 new customers in the UK and Ireland in its first half, but its so-called rate of churn – customers quit-
ting the group – surged to 11.6% from 10.2% a year earlier. Sky blamed this on a rising number of broadband customers, who it said tend to switch around more, as well as tough promotional competition from rivals. It has come under pressure amid competition from the likes of BT and Netflix. Sky also plans to launch a loyalty programme in the UK this year to help retain customers, following the success of a similar scheme in Italy. Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive of Sky, said: “In a year in which we are absorbing significantly higher programming costs, as a result of the step up in Premier League costs, our financial performance has been good.”
Incredible Library Of Holy Quran Samad Lehri has created a shrine devoted to old and damaged copies of the Quran. Millions of copies of the holy book are stored in miles of tunnels underneath a hill in the Chiltan mountains of Quetta, Baluchistan. Some of the copies of the holy book are more than 600-years-old, and some of the more notable copies are displayed in glass cases.
Healthy tips Eating an apple on an empty stomach in the Having pomegranate juice daily is good for you morning relieves migraine pain. This must be heart and useful for people suffering from low blood pressure (hypotension). done for a few mornings. Sucking a piece of clove after a meal helps in Homemade Ayurveda cough syrup – Peel and chop six medium onions. Put the pieces in a reducing acidity problems. container and add four tablespoons of honey. Headache caused by summer heat is cured by Cover and leave them in a water bath over low heat for two hours. Strain and take one taconsuming watermelon juice. Just one blespoon every three hours. glass a day works wonders. Open 6 dates a boil in ½ litre of milk for 25 minutes over low heat. Drink three cups a day. This does wonders as a dry cough remedy.
Simple remedy for anaemia or iron deficiency – squish 3-4 soft dates into milk and add a little ghee in it. Eating this mixture will help to prevent anaemia.
One natural treatment Grated cucumber applied for acidity is chewing a over the face, eyes and neck few basil (tulsi) leaves after for fifteen minutes is very bena meal. This not just works as eficial for acne and blackheads. an antacid as it helps the body absorb food but also prevents re-flux and the formaMix 2 teaspoons of honey with equal quantity tion of ulcers. of ginger juice. The concoction helps to expecBefore breakfast eat half a cup of cooked beets torate mucus, providing relief for the common if you suffer from chronic constipation or indi- cold, coughs and sore throat. gestion.
Drop In Temperature Increases Heart Attack Besides a sudden dip in temperature during winter, high winds and rain often reduce body temperature, due to which there is a sudden spike in the blood pressure leading to a heart attack. The fall in body temperature in winter may increase blood viscosity which increases the risk of clot formation. Individuals above the age of 40 are at a higher risk of heart attacks. There are a number of factors which may trigger a heart attack during winter, starting from hypertension to obesity. Increasing cholesterol levels, diabetes or excessive smoking may put you on the radar. Scarce sunlight during winter may decrease levels of Vitamin D in the body. There are a num-
ber of physiological mechanisms triggered by vitamin D production through sunlight exposure that fight heart disease. An imbalance in any of these puts the heart in danger. There is a rise in blood pressure during early morning which further leads to a heart attack. Blood viscosity increases in winter that leads to heart attack for a person having higher blood pressure. A heart attack does not always come with warning signs. Though there aren’t any remedies as such, it is highly important to get a regular health check up during winters. Blood glucose and cholesterol levels should be taken care of. Also avoid binge drinking and junk food consumption as much as you can.
Another Organ Has Been Hiding In Your Body’s Stomach You might not feel any different, but doctors have just decided you have a brand new organ. It’s found in the digestive system, connecting the intestine to the abdomen. It’s called the mesentery, and we aren’t quite sure what it does yet. Prof J Calvin Coffey of the University of Limerick, showed that it was a single structure back in 2012 using microscopic examinations. However, in his latest paper, published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, which has now been peerreviewed, he says the mesentery is a totally separate organ. He is now saying we have an organ in the body which hasn’t been acknowledged as such to date An organ is considered to be a self-contained body part that serves a specific vital function. The heart, for instance, is a muscular organ that pumps blood through our blood vessels. The infamous medical textbook, Gray’s Anatoorgan. The discovery could create a new field my, has even been updated, and trainee doctors of “mesenteric” science and may help doctors are now being taught about the distinct new better understand and treat abdominal diseases.
Essential Oils For Every Hair Type! Cold dry winds in the winter season wreak plenty of havoc on skin and hair as it depletes the natural moisture of the skin. To avoid this, there is an endless list of nutrient rich, nourishing, essential-oils that add sheen and bring alive the dullness in your hair. Almond oil - solution for hair fall and breakage. It contains all kind of healthy ingredients for hair such as Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, phospholipids and magnesium. The oil adds silkiness and shine to your hair and nourishes the scalp with almond oil. Olive oil - solution for split ends and frizzy hair. Olive oil has great moisturising properties and hence is considered great for taming frizz and split ends. Mix four tablespoons of olive oil with one beaten egg yolk and honey. Now apply it directly to entire scalp and hair. Let it sit for 30 minutes and after it, do the normal shampooing and conditioning. Make sure to never heat olive oil as heating can make it lose its moisturizing properties. Sesame oil - solution for premature greying. With highly nourishing, lubricating and healing nature, sesame oil improves the colour of your hair and prevents premature greying due to its darkening qualities.
It has some essential fatty acids like omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 that nourishes your hair and encourage thick and shiny hair growth. Sesame is multi-nutrient oil as it contains Vitamin E, B complex, and minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and protein also which is a privilege to strengthen the hair roots. It is anti-bacterial and applying it on the scalp helps keep both fungal and bacterial infections at bay. Lavender oil - solution for dry and flaky scalp. Lavender oil has antidepressant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. This oil can do wonders to the scalp which is dry and flaky as it has moisturising effects to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. One can also combine it with other oils like jojoba oil for an extra burst of hydration. It can also alleviate insomnia. Aromatic oils - for healthy and shiny hair. Aromatic oils are primarily a blend of oil with aromatic compounds, has a pleasing aroma to soothe the senses. A lot of hair-problems occur due to mental or physical stress and these aromatic oils with their mood-boosting aroma - leave a great impact on the mindset of a person and eventually keep all such problems at bay. Oils like, rosemary, eucalyptus.
Feel Like You’re Constantly Catching A Cold? Here’s Why Some People Never Get Sick It's a yearly occurrence. As the winter blues set in, so does the winter flu. But there's always one person in your friendship group, at your workplace or in your family who seems immune to all illness. While others around them sniff into their tissues, take paracetamol and drink green tea, they appear fit and healthy. Occasionally, you might even meet someone who claims they have never been ill, making you wonder what their secret is. But are they being truthful? Why is it that some people appear immune to illness - while others get sick every year? Experts are uncertain exactly why some adults never seem to catch the common cold and other illnesses - but they have some suggestions. In our lifetime, we ...typically suffer from around 200 bouts of the common cold, each one lasting around five days. We also are struck down by the flu an average of 16 times. Experts believe the better shape your body is in, the easier it is for you to fight off illnesses and infections. Research suggests people who exercise regularly have a reduced chance of getting ill possibly because it boosts their immune system. Inactivity can lead to obesity and a huge drop in white blood cell levels - the cells that help us fight off nasty bugs like the common cold. Feeling fit and being active cuts the risk of having a cold by almost 50 percent, a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found. Even when participants were ill, having an active lifestyle benefited them. It cut the severity of the illness by 41
percent among those who were the fittest and 31 percent among those who were the most active, the research showed. Sadly, there's no way to control a major factor that affects how you respond to viruses like the flu - your genes. Scientists are trying to crack the genetic code to see exactly what some of our bodies do right to ward off illness. But for now an inherited high white blood cell level is the best defence. Professor of immunology at the University of Manchester, said, "Some of us inherit a set of immune system genes that are particularly good at dealing with one particular virus. But he added, "That is not to say that you or I would have a better or worse immune system. All it means is that you would deal with a particular flu virus better than me." Vaccines help to develop immunity to illnesses. They can also help to reduce the severity of the disease. There is evidence to suggest that the more bacteria and viruses a child comes into contact with, the more resilient their immune system will be as an adult. Scientists call this the "Hygiene Hypothesis". So, if you were allowed to eat worms and play in the dirt as a child, then you could be in luck. Widespread use of disinfectant, antibacterial products and the avoidance of dirt could stop children from developing healthy gut bacteria, research suggests. Letting youngsters out of the house to experience beneficial bacteria could be the key to boosting their immune system as adults, experts claim.
Call It Fate Dr A Q Khan
Sometimes fate plays an important part in one’s life and so it was with me as well. As is generally known, I belong to Bhopal, one of the most beautiful places in Central India. To us, it was paradise on earth. After passing high school in 1952, I studied at Hamidia College for three months and then left for Pakistan via Khokhrapar. Since all admissions at colleges in Karachi had already been completed, I could not find a place that year, so I turned my focus to shorthand and typing instead. The latter became useful to me in later years, but I never practised shorthand. After completing a BSc degree from DJ Sindh Government Science College, I joined government service as inspector of weights and measures. It was a somewhat interesting and easy job and I came to know the whole of Karachi and its suburbs well. In 1961, I decided to go to the Technical University of Berlin for higher technical education. All I had in my pocket was an admission letter, a oneway ticket and 30 pounds sterling. I first went to Dusseldorf, where I had secured a place to complete the required six-month technical training to start my course and to learn German. It was the most difficult time of my life. The weather was cold and dark. There were no English newspapers available. No English programmes on TV. Films were dubbed in German and hardly anyone spoke English. There seemed no other Pakistanis around either. Within a few weeks, I was terribly homesick. Every Sunday, I would trek out to the railway station to buy the Sunday Observer, which was published from London. The station was comparatively lively. The English newspaper would keep me occupied in the evenings for the whole week when I was not at my German lessons. During this time, my ex-colleagues in Karachi were continuously
asking me to come back. One day, I saw a job advertised for a science teacher at a grammar school in Benin City, Nigeria. I immediately sent off an application with copies of my certificates and received an appointment letter after just two weeks. The salary was good and the job came with a furnished bungalow and an advance to purchase a car. I was permitted two months’ leave to go home every two years and my travel expenses would be covered. My younger sister, who was very close to me, suggested it would be better not to return to Pakistan without assessing the possibilities that a further degree would offer. She was not averse to the idea of me going out to Nigeria. In those days, many Pakistanis were going to Nigeria and Ghana – since these were English-speaking countries who liked Pakistanis. Before departing for Nigeria, I thought I should at least visit the university where I had planned to study and meet Dr H Stark, who was the head of foreign student affairs and a professor of Mathematics. I had already exchanged many letters with him – first from Pakistan and later while doing my practical training in Dusseldorf. I had taken a white marble model of the Taj Mahal and an onyx plate with semi-precious stones in the shape of flowers as gifts for him. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to consider that it was Saturday and the university was closed. I went to his residence and was informed by a woman at his residence – probably his wife – that he was out of town. I gave her the gifts I had brought for him along with a note explaining why I was about to leave for Nigeria. After four or five days, I received a letter from Professor Stark (I still have that letter) requesting me to meet him at Bonn airport after three days as he was going to Paris and had two hours there to change planes. I was to go to the Lufthansa counter and have his name called over the announcement system. Immediately after the announcement was made, he appeared by my side, took me
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to a table, ordered coffee. Dr Stark was about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and handsome with blonde hair and he spoke English fluently. After he heard what I had to say, the professor said: “Mr Khan, you have come a long way to study in Berlin after a long correspondence with me. The decision is yours, but mark my words: once you are living as a teacher, you will retire as a teacher and die as a teacher. Once you leave Germany, you will repent all your life that you came all the way to the river and then did not drink the water. There are many foreign students in Berlin (about 25 percent of the total number of students) and once you join us, you will forget this tough time. You show me progress in your studies and I will give you a scholarship.” He sounded so convincing, genuine, interested and sympathetic that I promised him I would write to the Nigerians school, decline the job offer and join the university after a month when the new semester began. I could see that he was genuinely pleased. We shook hands and Dr Stark said he would see me soon in Berlin. This visit and the genuine interest shown by Professor Stark changed the course my life was to take. I became convinced that this was the right course to take and was mentally prepared to opt for my studies. Imagine what would have happened if he had not written back to me, taken the trouble to meet me at Bonn airport or not been so warm and genuine. I did come across foreign students in Berlin and lived in a hostel with many of them. They were mostly from India and Iran. There was only one other Pakistani, Akhtar Ali, who studied electronics and we soon became good friends. He has now retired and lives in California with his family. We still keep in touch regularly. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pakistan Super League PSL 2017 The PSL Pakistan Super League 2017 is scheduled to begin on Feb 9th 2017 in UAE. The opening ceremony and the first match will be played on Feb 9th with the final taking place in Lahore on March 7. The number of matches has been increased from 16 to 18. Shaggy, Ali Zafar and Shehzad Roy are slated to perform at the opening ceremony hosted by Fahad Mustafa. The organizers are planning to make this a grand opening that will be remembered for a long time. The PSL Draft for the second edition of the tournament was held on October 19 and all five teams announced their squads with most teams consisting of around 20 players from Pakistan and overseas. A few of the players were retained from the previous season by teams while the others were picked afresh from the PSL Draft. There was also a transfer window in which teams like Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars exchanged players. New Players like Eoin Morgan, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Brendon McCullum had also agreed to getting themselves placed in the Draft and were picked up by respective teams during the Draft, while Chris Gayle was let go of by Lahore and selected by Karachi. The following players namely Tilakaratne Dilshan, Thisara Perera, Rilee Rossouw, Marlon Samuels, Andre Fletcher, Mahmudullah Riyad, James Franklin, Chris Green, Jason Roy and Nathan McCullum got a nod as replacement players instead of injured of partly unavailable players.
Misbah-ul-Haq will lead the defending champions Islamabad United yet again while Shahid Afridi handed over the captaincy of Peshawar Zalmi to Darren Sammy. Sarfaraz Ahmed will look to guide the Quetta Gladiators, while Sangakkara leads the Karachi Kings. Lahore Qalandars will be captained by Brendon McCullum. Even bigger news is coming from the PSL stable is that the final of the next edition of the Pakistan Super League will be played in Lahore, Pakistan. The Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore will host the final according to PCB chief Najam Sethi.
Calls For Police To Seize Mobile Phones Used At The Wheel Police could be given the power to seize mobile phones being illegally used by motorists, the Police Federation roads policing lead suggested. They say the measure could act as a deterrent. As technology is rapidly progressing, there is a fear our legislation is already behind the times. With far too many people still flouting the law maybe it will take something as blunt and brutal as, ‘you use it, you lose it’, to get the message across. It comes as figures reveal a record number
of drivers were caught during a week-long police crackdown on illegal mobile phone use behind the wheel. Some 7,966 fixed penalty notices were handed out during a weeklong campaign in November - the highest figure yet for a seven-day National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) crackdown on “distraction driving”. The totals for the three previous initiatives were 2,690 in May 2015, 2,276 in September 2015 and 2,323 in May 2016.
British PM Defends £300m Aid Programme For Pakistan
Theresa May has strongly defended British taxpayer-funded cash handouts to people in Pakistan after a senior Tory MP called for a review of the programme which he compared with "exporting the dole". Downing Street said the scheme was helping the poorest families in Pakistan and was an efficient and effective way to make sure they had the support they need. The UK aid budget helps fund the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), which offers cash amounting to just over £10 a month to some of the poorest families in a country where 60 million people live on less than £1 a day. A spokeswoman for the PM told a Westminster briefing that there were "robust" systems in place to protect against corruption and fraud. "These are cash transfers that are focused on making sure that aid is targeted at those who need it, when they need it. The effectiveness of such transfer schemes has been recognised by the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office who have spoken about the clear, immediate benefits of this system. "In the last four years cash transfers supported by UK aid have helped almost nine million of the world's poorest people to buy food, medicine, and clean water.
"We think it is a respected system for getting aid to those that need it most. We would only pursue such an option where we were clear that results had already been achieved and verified. So, for example in the case of Pakistan, the programme there, we are providing a small contribution to a much bigger programme run by the government of Pakistan, where there are already proven results. "There are robust systems in place to protect our aid investments. One of the things that is being introduced at the moment is making sure there are more biometric payment systems to make it one of the most secure programmes in the world. "The Prime Minister has made it clear that our aid budget is an investment in our security and national interest, and that it is right to honour the commitments that we have made." UK backing for the Pakistan government's BISP led to cash support for over 235,000 families across the country in 2012, which could potentially increase to 441,000 families by 2020. Officials believe that offering cash directly to those people cuts out any middlemen, reducing the risk of fraud and minimising the cost of the programme, which is helping around 5.2 million families overall. It also means that the recipients can decide to spend the money on their most urgent needs, such as food, rent, education or medicine. The budget for cash transfers has risen from £53 million in 2005 to an annual average of £219 million in the period 2011-15, with £300 million committed to the BISP from 2012 to 2020. A newspaper investigation into the Pakistan aid scheme found people in a village on the outskirts of Peshawar taking out money from cashpoints with cards they said they had been given after paying kickbacks to officials.
Sheffield Celebrates The Chinese New Year Sheffield celebrated the Chinese New Year with a traditional procession outside the Town Hall. Sheffield has nearly 7500 Chinese residents or 1.3% of the population, according to the 2011 Census. The Chinese population of the city has more than doubled since 2001, including over 3000 Chinese international students. It is estimated that international students make a net contribution of £120 million to Sheffield’s economy, around ten per cent of our inward
investment. In 2016 Sheffield announced a 60 year partnership deal with Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, the largest agreement of its kind outside of London. The first tranche of funding of around £220 million will fund city centre projects over the next three years.The Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year and is represented by one of twelve animals. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.
Pakistan Bans TV Host Aamir Liaquat Hussain Over ‘Hate Speech’ Pakistan's media regulator has banned a highprofile television host after accusing him of hate speech that could put lives at risk. Aamir Liaquat Hussain had accused five missing liberal activists and their supporters of blasphemy. Such allegations can incite murder in Pakistan where blasphemy is a crime that can result in the death penalty. The regulator's decision to ban the controversial religious broadcaster takes place "with immediate effect". Aamir Liaquat, who describes his programme Aisay Nahi Chalega (This is Not Acceptable) as Pakistan's leading TV show, publicly criticised the five liberal bloggers who mysteriously disappeared earlier this month. All had aired views critical of the military or militancy on social media. No group has said it is holding them. The regulating body, Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (Pemra), said it had received "hundreds" of complaints about the show aired on Bol TV, and made the decision to ban Aamir Liaquat after monitoring his programme for several weeks. In a document sent to Bol TV, Pemra said that Aamir Liaquat "wilfully and repeatedly made statements and allegations which [are] tantamount to hate speech", adding that his remarks incited "violence against citizens". Aamir Liaquat was told he was prohibited from appearing on the channel "in any manner". His allegations against the activist bloggers are serious as the mere suspicion of blasphemy can evoke a strong reaction from a section of organised religion in Pakistan, with victims being attacked and in some cases lynched by angry mobs. The ban on Aamir Liaquat's appearance on TV comes in the wake of a hail of protests from individuals who have been accused by the controversial televangelist of blasphemy, treachery and fornication. The broadcaster has been levelling these accusations by name, and publicly in his programme. For example, in a recent programme he claimed that the five "missing" social media activists who are widely believed to have been detained by secret agencies have actually "defected to India". He also passed some virulently sexist remarks about a number of liberal women who have
distinguished themselves as artists, authors, researchers and human rights activists. And he has tended to be abusive. In one recent programme he accused a senior journalist of having an extramarital affair and challenged him to contradict this if he was "the true son of his [legal] father". Prominent civil rights activist Jibran Nasir, who has spearheaded demonstrations over the missing bloggers, tweeted that Pemra had done "its job", adding: "We can rejoice when the missing come back home." The disappearance of the five bloggers, who were reported missing from various cities in Pakistan earlier this month, raised fears of a crackdown on free speech in the country. Bol TV was told by Pemra to comply with its ruling and ban Aamir Liaquat from broadcasts or face losing its licence.
Aamir Liaquat, a former lawmaker, was criticised in 2013 for handing out babies to childless couples during a live TV broadcast. He insisted at the time that the move was aimed at saving abandoned infants and was not simply an attempt to boost his ratings. Aamir Liaquat, who describes himself as "truly a legend" on his website, said: "We were already top of the ratings before we gave away a baby. We took these children from the garbage, from the trash, and delivered them to the needy people." In September 2008, Aamir Liaqat dedicated an entire programme to exploring the beliefs of the Ahmadis, a sect who identify themselves as Muslim and follow the teachings of the Koran but are regarded by orthodox Muslims as heretical. In it, two scholars said that anyone who associated with false prophets was "worthy of murder". Within 24 hours of the broadcast, a prominent member of the Ahmadi community was shot dead in the small town of Mirpur Khas.
Pakistan Becomes Fourth Largest Market For Cooking Oil Pakistan has become the fourth largest market for cooking oil after China, India and UAE and third largest importer of the commodity on the globe. The import of crude and refined cooking oil has increased to 2.6 million tons per annum.
proved deployment of 200,000 troops to support the conduct of the sixth population and housing census. The first phase of the census would be completed mid-April.
Britain’s Deputy High Commissioner Belinda Lewis Loves Pakistani Dresses
Britain Ready To Join CPEC British high commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew has said that the United Kingdom is keen to become part of the multi-billion dollar CPEC. He said “it will be a great pleasure for us to join the game changer project”.
Nigar Awards To Be Held After 12 Years Pakistani Dr Is Candidate For The Position Of Director-General Of The World Health Organization
Paksitani-American cinematographer Nausheen Dadabhoy has been nominated for the Oscar Live Action Short Film category. Nausheens short film is a touching story between a lonely woman and a TGV train driver.
Armeena Will Play The Role Of ‘Agent Wilson’ In The British Movie ‘The Real Target’
Pakistan Army Returns Indian Soldier As A Goodwill Gesture Indian soldier Chandu Babulal Chohan, who was captured from the LOC last year is returned to India. The soldier was “convinced to return to his own country” after he deserted his post “due to maltreatment by his commanders”.
British deputy high commissioner in Pakistan Belinda Lewis is overly fond of the Pakistani national attire, shalwar kameez. She likes Pakistani textile products so much that she wore a Pakistani dress A disabled beggar from Gujranwala goes online on her wedding too. after purchasing a smartphone. He has created Facebook and Whatsapp accounts. The earning of Khairullah, the online beggar is over Rs.2000 to Rs.3000 per day.
Gujranwala Beggar Goes Online, Earns Rs 3000 Per Day
Pakistani Woman Again Makes It To Oscars
“grand infrastructure” to change petrochemical raw substances into value-added products. The creation of this complex will revolutionise the industrial landscape in Pakistan.
Pakistans oldest film awards, Nigar, will be held after a pause of 12 years on march 16 in Karachi. This was announced at a press conference attended, apart from the media, by a stellar line-up of showbiz personalities.
Pakistans leading public health specialist Dr. Sania Nishtar is one of the 3 shortlisted candidates to lead the world health organization. She is a cardiologist, author and activist who served in the interim federal cabinet in 2013.
Pakistani actress Armeena Rana Khan has just climbed new heights in her career as she has scored a role in a British movie, ‘The Real Target’. The Real Target will tell the tale of agents sent to take down a number of corrupt government officials.
Punjab Govt Set To Close 194 More Schools In Rawalpindi Pakistan Government To Boost Baseball Domestically And Internationally As Popularity Rises
Iran Interested In Joining Pakistan-Russia-China Alliance Iran has expressed its willingness to join hands with Pakistan, China and Russia seeking a greater role for regional peace and stability particularly in Afghanistan. Moreover, Iran is also willing to join the China-Pakistan corridor. It follows the deal between Pakistan and Iran to agree to enhance bilateral trade from one billion to five billion dollars. Chairman of Iran’s committee for foreign policy and national security said that Gwadar and Chabahar are sister ports.
The government of Pakistan has announced plans to expand the development of baseball both domestically and internationally. The sport’s popularity in Pakistan has risen in recent years. Pakistan will host the upcoming XIII West Asia Baseball Cup 2017, having participation of national teams of India, Iran, Iraq, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Pakistan Leaves Other South Asian Countries Behind In Reducing Corruption Pakistan’s ranking in the corruption perceptions index (CPI) 2016 has improved to 61st above most corrupt country in 176 countries in 2016 from 52nd above most corrupt country in 168 countries in 2015.
Pakistan Conducts First Flight Test Of Ababeel Surface-To-Surface Missile Pakistan has conducted a successful test flight of the Ababeel surface-to-surface ballistic missile. Ababeel has a maximum range of 2,200 km and is capable of delivering multiple warheads and engage multiple targets.
Coca Cola To Invest $200 Million On 2 New Beverage Plants In Pakistan Army Chief Approves Deployment Of 200,000 Troops For Census Army chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa has ap-
Coca-cola will invest $200 million to expand its production and distribution capacity in Pakistan. The company has already invested $500 million during in the previous year on the upgrading of the existing plants in the country.
The Punjab Government has devised a plan to close down 194 more Government schools functioning in Rawalpindi which constitutes 10% of schools in the division under the new “merging policy” initiative.
Islamabad Is The Safest City In Pakistan To Live In Islamabad and Azad Jammu and Kashmir are the only regions in the country where no fatalities arising from sectarian violence were reported in 2016. Lahore was the worst affected city by sectarian violence in 2016.
Plans For Countrywide Hospitals Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has reiterated the government’s efforts to construct and establish 50 new hospitals across the country. All the hospitals would be designed by international consultants having state-of-the-art facilities. Districts for proposed hospitals had been selected keeping in view the Poverty Index and availability of health infrastructure.
Pakistani Peace Activist Wins Highest International Peace Award Pakistan To Build New Petrochemical Complex Pakistan is set to build the country’s first ever naphtha cracker complex, a state-of-the-art
Mussarat Qadeem has won the international peace award from the United Nations in recognition of her services in combating extremism in Pakistan. She uses her detailed knowledge of the Quran to rescue young men – including potential suicide bombers.
FIFA World Cup Expands To 48 Teams For 2026 Football’s world governing council is expanding the current FIFA World Cup roster from 32 to 48 teams. Meeting in Zurich, the international body unanimously approved to grow the prestigious competition by another 16 teams for the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals. The 2026 edition will see teams divided into 16 groups of three. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the knockout stages of the tournament. The end result will see a total of 80 matches. This is an increase of 16 from the 64 games that will feature in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The expansion was one of the key pledges made by new FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Gianni wants the sport to become more inclusive. Hoping to grow the sport globally, Infantino says: “There is nothing bigger in terms of boosting football in a country than participating in a World Cup.” The FIFA boss explains further that with 48 teams they can generate approximately 630 million US dollars in profit. But by growing the tournament, it leads the question whether big is always better. Well, FIFA has brushed aside concerns that future expanded tournaments could suffer in quality. FIFA believes this is a great opportunity for smaller
nations to showcase their talent on a global scale. Federations from Africa and Asia welcome the decision with open arms. For many nations, it will be like a dream if they qualify. With this new format, India who is placed 135 in the FIFA World Rankings has a more realistic opportunity to reach the finals. There is the argument that some teams will need millions of dollars if they wish to compete against the greats of football. However, some media networks have reported that an increase of 1 billion US dollars will come from the selling of broadcast rights. The extra funding will help to improve the domestic game and infrastructure of many countries. These include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan. Change is nothing new when it comes to football. The first ever football World Cup in 1930 had 13 teams and this has gradually increased. Hence it is only natural for the sport to grow over the years. Now that FIFA has voted in favour of more teams, time will tell if this was the right decision or not. Fans and critics will just have to respect the decision and look forward to a brighter future for world football.
Royal Mint Casts Eight New Coins To Mark Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee A range of specially designed Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins have gone into production at the Royal Mint to mark the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. The coins have been struck in a range of metals and denominations from £5, £10 and £500 to £1,000 to celebrate the milestone, which falls on 6 February and is a first for a reigning monarch. The recommended retail prices for the coins start from £13 for the £5 piece. All the coins feature the Queen’s image in profile on the main side but
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ALHABIB WELFARE FOUNDATION
(Reg Charity No: 1139948) Molana M Aslam Zahid donating sawing machines during his recent visit to Bagh, Azad Kashmir...
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Join with us and become closer to Allah in this blessed month to increase your blessings ÂŁ250 supports an orphan and brings you closer to the Holy Prophet (pbuh) in Jannah ÂŁ600 supports a family with no income and is equivalent to increased blessings from prayers ÂŁ50 buys a sewing machine - an essential source of income for a widow or young orphan girl ÂŁ700 helps a derelict mosque prosper again and reinforces your iman for the here and after ÂŁ2000 helps finance the marriage of an orphan girl and you gain blessings for yourself and our family By making provision for Sehri and Iftar for the needy in the Holy month of Ramadan you can gain forgiveness and sawaab from those fasts and work towards a place in
Yorkshire Bank, Account Number: 19842710 Sort Code: 05 08 58 Alhabib Welfare Foundation is a UK registered international relief and development charity. It was founded by Molana Aslam Zahid who is the imam of Usmania Education Centre and the Vice Chairm an of Jamiat Ulma-e-Bri tain. With your support Alhabib Welfare Foundation aims to help poor families, orphans, and widows across Pakistan and other countries around the world. We ensure 100% of your donation reaches the poor. Please donate generously on the above account number or online by visiting our website...
Molana M Aslam Zahid visited local Madressa during his recent visit to Bagh, Azad Kashmir...
Alhabib Welfare Foundation is relying on your support this Ramadan to help survivors of the Pakistan floods. Donate your Zakat and Sadaqa to us this Ramadan and we will use it to help orphans, widows and those who are in need.
The prophet saw said â€œWhoever helps any muslim and makes them happy in the process, they have made me happy. Whosoever makes me happy has made Allah happy. And whosoever makes Allah happy, Allah will provide a place in Jannah for himâ€?. Come let us all help the poor, disabled, widows and orphans who desperately need our help,and gain the approval of Allah the Almighty You can give your Zakaat, Sadaqatul Fitra to help towards our ongoing support of these needy families. We invite you to come and be a part of a good and worth cause and gain nearness to Allah and the blessed Messenger (peace be upon him). We are offering you the opportunity to extend your good practice in the month of Ramadan by gaining sawaab for helping our fellow Muslims who need your help.
Molana M Aslam Zahid donated computers during his recent visit to Bagh, Azad Kashmir...
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