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Palestinian Resolution Fails At UN Security Council The UN Security Council failed to adopt a resolution on Palestinian statehood that was strongly opposed by the United States. China, France and Russia were among the eight countries that voted in favor of the text, but the resolution fell short of winning the nine “yes” votes necessary for adoption in the 15-member council. Australia and the United States voted against, and five other countries abstained, including Britain. The resolution drafted by the Palestinians and backed by Arab countries would have paved the way to a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. It set a 12-month deadline for Israel to reach a final peace deal with the Palestinians and called for a full Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian territories by the end of 2017.

Security Council member Jordan had requested the vote despite opposition from the United States, which argued that the resolution did not address Israel's security concerns and set arbitrary deadlines. US Secretary of State John Kerry had lobbied in the days leading up to the vote, calling 13 foreign ministers to explain the American opposition. Washington was not, however, compelled to resort to its veto power to block the measure — a move that could have undermined US standing in the Arab world. A US veto risked angering key Arab allies, including partners in the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. International alarm is growing over the ongoing violence and the failure


to restart negotiations that last broke down in April. The vote capped a three-month campaign by the Palestinians at the United Nations to win support for a resolution that sets a timeframe for ending the Israeli occupation. Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour accused the council of failing to shoulder its responsibilities and vowed to seek other venues to gain recognition. Israel — represented by the mission's number three Israel Nitzan — delivered a terse, four-sentence address to the council. “I have news for the Palestinians — you cannot agitate and provoke your way to a state,” he said. “I urge the council to stop indulging the Palestinians and put an end to their march of folly.” Following the rejection of the UN

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Welcome to a New Year to all our readers. As millions of people around the world have celebrated the arrival of 2015, we would like to wish each and every one of you a prosperous New Year. London's New Year's Eve fireworks display costs £1.8m and lasts just 11 minutes. Organisers use 400 different types of firework to create 10,000 explosions. These are fired from the London Eye, three barges and 14 pontoons.

Security Council resolution, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed papers to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). He signed the Rome Statute, the ICC’s founding treaty, at a Ramallah meeting. Membership could see the Palestinians pursue Israel on war crimes charges, and the move was quickly condemned by Israel’s prime minister. Palestinian chances of joining the ICC were improved in 2012 after the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade their status to that of a “non-member observer state” in November of that year. Membership is not guaranteed but correspondents say the application is a highly political move that carries great symbolism.


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Sheffield Is Best City For Outdoor Lovers Sheffield has a new title hailing its outdoor reputation after thousands of people voted for the city to win a new poll. More than 5,000 votes - or 71 per cent of the total - were cast for Sheffield in the online Countryfile poll to find the best city for countryside lovers to live in. In second place was Edinburgh, which trailed with around 1,665 votes before the contest closed at the weekend. Comments submitted by residents praised the city’s proximity to the Peak District, hill views, parks and green spaces. “After that it’s parks, woods and fields before the whole expanse of the Peak District opens up before me - beautiful!” “Sheffield wins hands down. Half the population live within 15 minutes of open countryside. “We’ve over 80 parks and 600 green open spaces, it is the only city with a national park in its boundary. Earlier this year Sheffield was hailed as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ after a study showed activities such as climbing or mountain biking generated more than £53m a year for the local economy, Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “I’m extremely pleased this poll has confirmed something we in Sheffield know already – the city is the best in the UK for people who love the outdoors.


LOOKING BACK 2014 The Rise of the Islamic State It was June 5 when a Sunni militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant began an offensive in the restive regions of northern Iraq before moving into lawless Syria. Hundreds were felled, thousands kidnapped and orphaned to fuel ISIS' transformation into the Islamic State. The recent air strikes have slowed down their advance but the 'black flag' story is far from over. Peshawar: Bullet Riddled Future They were children, holding the 'weapon' that they hoped would change their destiny. The pen was their passport to a better life but its power could not match when insanity took over some men with guns. The Taliban attack on Peshawar's Army Public School which left 132 children dead will forever remind the world that war is a zero sum game. MH370 – The Flight into The Unknown Date March 8. Time 02:15 am. The start of one of the biggest mysteries in recent times. 239 people were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it went missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. From the high mountains to ocean depths, the search continues. Ukraine Crisis The vote against then president Viktor Yanukovych in the Ukrainian Parliament on Feb 22 triggered civil unrest in the country that left over100 people dead.

Russia added to the crisis by annexing Crimea. A referendum in favour of Russia and its rejection by the UN later, Ukraine continues to fight an existential crisis. MH17 Disaster – Victims of Somebody Else's War The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 taxied on the runway at Amsterdam's Schiphol and took to the skies swiftly on July 17. Among the passengers were eager vacationers to Bali, serious researchers heading to Australia; hopes and dreams – all sniffed out when someone on the ground near Ukraine-Russia border pressed a button to send a missile in its pursuit. Over four months later and amid an unending blame game, justice lies with debris, seeking answers. Boko Haram in Nigeria - Bring Back Our Girls They came in pretending to be guards and told the girls at a school in Chibok in Nigeria to follow them. Before anyone could understand or ask why, they were taken away in trucks to areas under their control. Boko Haram- an Islamist group fighting against what it perceives to be the growing Islamisation of Nigeria – had taken over 500 young girls hostage. The ineffective Nigerian government did manage to rescue some girls but for other parents, life seems to be an endless wait. Hong Kong – The Cry for Democracy A 'Tiananmen Square' was in the making since Sep-

tember in Hong Kong. Students and other varied groups let out a united cry for democracy against China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) decision on proposed electoral reform. 'Umbrella Revolution', 'Occupy Central', the movement had many faces as it grew in strength. However, the resolve of the protesters turned out to be insufficient to take on the might of the Chinese state – the police started to clear out the protesters this week. Turkey's Mine of Death Over 300 workers were killed at a coal mine in Soma, Manisa, Turkey in May. The tragedy occurred after an exposition caused an underground mine fire. Stuck two kilometres below the surface, the men had little hope and even less chance of survival. Gaza War – Another Year, Another War The war started on July 7 when Hamas decided to avenge death of its fighters. They sent missiles flying into 'occupied' territories, Israel responded with air strikes, ground assault. After 50 days: More than 2,200 death, majority being Palestinians. Flight QZ8501 2014 has ended on a sad note as AirAsia flight QZ8501 rests at the bottom of the sea. Another sad loss of 162 souls marked a terrible year for civil aviation.

Queen Condoles Peshawar School Incident Queen Elizabeth II, has sent a personal message to the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain condemning the death of innocent civilians and expressing sorrow over tragic incident of Peshawar. The message of condolence, by the Queen says, "On behalf of the people of the United Kingdom, Prince Philip and I wish to convey to you and to the people of Pakistan our deepest sympathy. “As fellow members of the Commonwealth, we place so much emphasis on young people and the hope they inspire across the world. I am particularly saddened that so many of the victims were children and their teachers, struck down at their place of learning.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who died. I wish the many who were injured a swift and full recovery, and my heartfelt condolences go to all those who have been bereaved.” In addition to the letter from the Crown, the British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visited the Pakistan High Commission in London to sign the Condolence Book opened at the Mission for the victims of Peshawar terrorist attack. Speaking to the High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas, the Foreign Secretary condemned the attack on the school in Peshawar and conveyed his government’s com-

20,420 Young People In Sheffield Help Hit 2m Apprenticeship Goal Two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK since 2010, with 20,420 people in Sheffield getting a vital start in life. Across South Yorkshire, Rotherham has seen 12,260 new apprenticeships since 2010, Doncaster has seen 15,110 and Barnsley has seen 12,280. Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, said apprenticeships offered by many local companies, including through institutions like Sheffield College, have performed a crucial role in the local economy. Apprenticeships are a vital part of building a stronger economy and a fairer society. By ensuring young people are able to earn and learn, we give them the opportunity to get on it life.”

mitment to support Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. The Foreign Secretary said the British government would stand shoulder to shoulder with the people and the government of Pakistan in its fight against extremism and terrorism. British International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Home Secretary Theresa May have also written personal letters of condolence to the people of Pakistan. The British Chief of the Defence Staff has written to Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, to express the British Armed Forces’ heartfelt sympathy with the victims of the attack last month.

Sheffield Council Facing £21 Million Of Cuts Next Year Sheffield Council is expected to face cuts of around £21.6m next year after the Local Government Settlement was announced. The announcement in the House of Commons said that councils would face an average cut of 1.8 per cent. In Sheffield the £21.6m cut amounts to 4.2 per cent.

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Brits Can Bring Foreign Family To UK Britain's borders could be open to large numbers of non-EU nationals in the wake of a European Court of Justice ruling. The European Court of Justice has ruled British citizens should be able to bring non-EU family members into the UK without a travel visa. It means the UK's borders could be open to large numbers of foreign migrants from outside the European Union, and will intensify pressure on David Cameron to tackle freedom of movement rules. The landmark ruling centres on the case of Sean McCarthy, who has dual British and Irish citizenship, and his Colombian wife Patricia McCarthy Rodriguez. Mrs McCarthy Rodriguez, who has two children with her husband - both with British citizenship, had to get a "family permit" every six months to visit the UK with her family.

She and her husband took their case to court under the freedom of movement rules claiming she should be able to travel without the visa because she had an EU Residence Card issued by the Spanish government. The European court has now ruled in the couple's favour, saying the rules did not allow the British government to stop family members entering the country if they did not have a visa. The Government said it was "disappointed" with the ruling. The Prime Minister has come under increasing pressure to take on the EU over the impact of freedom of movement rules on immigration. Last month he announced a block on EU migrants claiming welfare for the first four years after they arrive in the country, suggesting that if the EU blocked the move he would campaign for Britain to leave the union.

‘Coercive And Controlling Behaviour’ Now A Criminal Offence A new domestic abuse offence of "coercive and controlling behaviour" has been announced which has a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison. Coercive and controlling behaviour can include the abuser preventing their victim from having friendships or hobbies, refusing them access to money and determining tiny aspects of their everyday life, such as when they are allowed to eat, sleep and go to the toilet. Witness testimony could be supported at prosecution through documentary evidence, such as threatening emails and text messages, and bank statements that show the abuser has sought to control the victim financially. The new offence comes after the Government ran a consultation over the summer seeking views on whether the law on domestic abuse needed to be strengthened. Home Secretary Theresa May said: "Domestic abuse is a hideous crime that shatters the lives of victims, trapping them in cycles of abuse that too often end in tragic and untimely deaths. "Coercive control can be tantamount to torture. In many cases, dominance over the victim develops and escalates over the years until the perpetrator has complete control. Putting a foot wrong

can result in violent outbursts, with victims living in fear for their lives. "Meeting survivors of domestic abuse and hearing their shocking stories has made me all the more determined to put a stop to this scourge on our society. "The Government is committed to protecting the victims of this terrible crime and it is clear that this new offence has the potential to save lives." During the consultation, 85% of respondents said the law did not provide sufficient protection to victims, while 55% said a new offence was needed to strengthen and clarify the law on coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate relationships.

1.6m 5 To 7 Year-Olds Eating Free School Meals More than 1.6 million infants are now eating free school dinners, Nick Clegg has said. The Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader said official figures show that a decision to offer all five to seven-year-olds a free meal at lunchtime has had a very high take-up in its first three months. The policy was introduced into England’s 16,500 primary schools in September. Mr Clegg said 1.3 million more children are eating school lunches since the programme was launched. “Well over a million and a half infants are enjoying a school meal at lunchtime, giving them a better start to afternoon lessons and a healthy boost for their first years in school”. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Earlier this year, the free meals policy sparked a coalition row over the expense of the reform, with former education secretary Michael Gove and schools minister David Laws later writing a joint article insisting they were both behind the scheme. Some headteachers initially warned


that the policy would cause difficulties in schools which did not have the kitchen and dining facilities to feed all of their eligible pupils during the lunch hour. “The other good news for families is that this saves them up to £400 per child a year on the cost of a packed lunch. The naysayers about this policy can eat their hats, and all the leftover sprouts”. Mr Clegg

Foreign Students Could Be ‘Sent Home’ After Graduating Under New Laws Foreign students could be forced to leave the UK after their courses finish under tough new rules being considered by the Home Secretary, reports say. Theresa May wants the Conservative party’s next manifesto include a pledge to make non-European Union graduates return home and apply for a work visa from abroad if they want to continue living in Britain. At the moment most students switch easily to a work visa from within the UK. Under the proposal, universities and colleges would be fined and stripped of the right to sponsor foreign students if they fail to ensure that students left the UK. It has been reported that Mrs May has warned the Prime Minister that failure to act on foreign

students will make it impossible for him to hit his target of cutting net migration. “Making sure immigrants leave Britain at the end of their visa is as important a part of running a fair and efficient immigration system as controlling who comes here in the first place,” the source said. Mrs May’s plan could deprive the UK of highlyskilled graduates as it made zero economic sense. It is potentially a bad idea to get rid of people who have spent years training to be physicists and computer programmers. Alot has been invested in these people and to turf them out for the sake of some figures doesn’t make any sense.

A&E Units Under Growing Strain Over-stretched emergency departments in Sheffield hospitals are reporting ‘exceptional numbers of patients’ visiting A&E this winter, health bosses have said. Sheffield Children’s Hospital A&E department was 36 per cent busier than normal earlier this month and recorded its ‘busiest-ever day’ on December 14. The hospital normally deals with around 1,000 patients per week, but 1,362 came through the doors between December 6 and 12. Patients with ‘non-life threatening illnesses or injuries’ have been warned to expect longer waits at A&E. NHS leaders said some of the pa-

tients who have come into A&E over the past few weeks did not need urgent care and should have sought treatment elsewhere. People with more minor conditions are being encouraged to attend the NHS Walk-in Centre on Broad Lane or the Minor Injuries Centre at the Royal Hallamshire. It comes after Sheffield hospital bosses warned about soaring demand for casualty services over winter last week. More than 13,000 people visited the Northern General Hospital’s A&E unit in October – 400 more than at the same time last year.

Global Population Living Six Years Longer Than In 1990 People worldwide are expected to live six years longer than people in 1990, thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria. However, an analysis from the 2013 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study shows that while life expectancy is rising almost everywhere in the world, one notable exception is southern subSaharan Africa, where deaths from HIV/AIDS have erased some five years of life expectancy since 1990. The progress we are seeing against a variety of illnesses and injuries is remarkable but more can still be done. The GBD 2013 gives the most comprehensive

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Speeding Fines Hit Four Year High More than 115,000 people were fined for speeding offences in England and Wales last year - the highest number since 2009. South Wales has seen one of the biggest increases, with the number of people fined tripling last year to 6,491, from 2,181 three years earlier. While London saw the most people fined last year, the figure for the Metropolitan Police area has fallen to 7,736 - its lowest level in five years. In the past, cameras in London they would only take valid pictures for a quarter of day and it was pot luck whether you are fined. The cameras are now working 24 hours a day. A spokeswoman for the De-

partment for Transport said: “Speeding can have devastating consequences and it’s right that drivers should abide by the speed limit. These fines were issued at the discretion of the magistrates and show the number of fines issued is in decline across many police force areas.” This year a speed camera in Cardiff generated more than an estimated £800,000 worth of fines in just six months. According to road safety group GoSafe Wales, the device on the junction of the city’s Newport Road and Colchester Avenue caught 13,624 speeding motorists and a further 146 running red lights between January and June.

Islamic Bank Of Britain To Change Name To Al Rayan Bank Plc The Islamic Bank of Britain is to change its name to the Al Rayan Bank PLC. The change signifies the beginning of a new chapter for the Bank as the European subsidiary of Masraf Al Rayan QSC (MAR), the second largest bank in Qatar by market value. Al Rayan Bank’s activities will continue to be monitored by an independent Sharia Supervisory Committee and a dedicated Sharia Compliance Officer. It will continue to operate as a UK regulated bank, and customers’ deposits will remain protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. As a result the Bank has introduced a new Al Rayan Bank logo and brand identity which are being implemented across the Bank’s website, literature, branches and other materi-


als. Al Rayan Bank received a £100million capital investment from its new parent company in January 2014, which has enabled it to significantly boost its capabilities and resources. These include senior appointments, investment in its IT infrastructure and strengthening of its product range to encompass Sharia compliant real estate finance, commercial and development finance and a private banking offering for customers based in the GCC region. To support the increased focus on corporate and real estate finance, Al Rayan Bank will develop its presence in London, where its commercial and GCC operations will be based. Its retail banking and operational head quarters will remain in Birmingham.

Sheffield Mourns Victims Of Peshawar Massacre

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Many hearts wept, some eyes showered, fists clenched with anger, minds boggled with frustration, But united they stood. A crowd of over a 100 people compromising of adults, children, community leaders and voluntary organisations gathered in Sheffield's Peace Gardens to remember the victims of the Peshawar massacre. As 141 balloons were released and people held candles, red roses and signed the book of condolences. The main organiser of the gathering and Chairman to the Pakistan Muslim Center said “Every day we send our children to school and just naturally expect them to return home; no parent expects to bury their child in the evening. This is worst case scenario for any parent. The grief we as a world are feeling today is immeasurable. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I am lost for words, as a parent I am in a state of complete shock" Bishop of Hallam Ralph Heskett said “It is such a tragedy; I can't imagine how their families must be feeling. I'm here just to express my condolences with people on behalf of the catholic community” Mohammed Ismail, from the Federation of Mosques in Sheffield which organised the event, in conjunction to the Pakistan Muslim Center, and Iman FM, said “My distant relatives have lost three children and one is injured. Another distant relation was a teacher at the school and injured, so it is a tragedy on our doorstep". The extent of grief people were feeling was quite obvious as the guests attending to remember the pupils and teachers killed in the Taliban attack wiped away tears and became overwhelmed with pain. Ishfaq Hussain, of the Sheffield Islamic Center told one reporter “We are not going to be defeated and we all stand united ". Former Broomhill Councillor said “Every day we get our kids ready for school and wave them off we expect them to come home. I can’t imagine how the parents of these children would feel ".

Young At Heart We are only as old as we feel Feeling young at heart can help you live longer, a study suggests. On the other hand, people who grumble about being past their prime may be heading for an early grave. Researchers from University College London analyzed data from a study on aging which monitored the progress of 6,489 people for more than eight years. Although

participants had an average age of 65.8, most saw themselves as being younger than they were. Just under 70% of those studied felt three or more years younger than their actual age, while 25.6% had a self-perceived age close to their real age. Another 4.8% felt more than a year older than their chronological age. During the 99 month follow-up period, 14.3% of participants who felt younger died, compared with 18.5% of those who felt their actual age, and 24.6% of individuals who felt old for their age. The research showed a strong association between selfperceived age and cardiovascular, or heart and artery, health. However, there was no similar link between self-perceived age and death from cancer. So the message is clear – always look on the bright side!

Ebola Death Toll Passes 7,500 More than 7,500 people have now died from the Ebola virus, as the number of cases climbs towards 20,000, the World Health Organization. The UN health agency reported that as of December 20, 19,340 people had been infected with the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and that 7,518 of them had died. The death toll in other countries remained the same: six in Mali, one in the United States and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free in October. Spain and Senegal, which have

both been declared free of Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths. Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms such as fever or vomiting. People caring for the sick or handling the bodies of people infected Ebola are especially exposed. As of December 14, a total of 649 healthcare workers were known to have contracted the virus, and 365 of them had died, according to WHO.

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EDUCATION AND HIGH STORRS Careers Advice And Planning For The Future With all of this in mind students need to get the best advice they can. Y8 students should talk to their parents, form teachers and subject teachers as they are making choice about their options. Y11 students at High Storrs are all offered a careers interview with a qualified careers advisor We are now in 2015 and the new year is often and they should ensure they make the best of this a time many of us think about what the coming opportunity. The more questions they ask and year and beyond will bring. This is also the time the more research they do the more informed that many of our students need to be thinking about their future. Our Y8s will soon be making their option choices, Y9s and Y10s are reviewing their option choices, Y11s are thinking about their A-level choices and Y13s are applying to university or considering other avenues of education and training. The choices for children today can be overwhelming. Many of the most popular jobs today did not even exist 10 or even 5 years ago. Many of these are in the digital industry, such as web analyst (helps companies identify problems and opportunities with their websites), app designer, blogger and cloud services specialist (I am not even going to attempt to explain this one!). However, there are jobs in other areas too; sustainability director (helps organisations reduce their green footprint), patient advocate, green funeral directors they will be when making their choices. Parents and even Zumba instructor. are also welcome to attend these interviews with their child. Another significant difference in today’s job market is that the idea of a ‘job for life’ no longer ex- All students should aim to get the best qualificaists. Young people today are expected to have at tions they can; and ensure that they know what least 9 different jobs in their lifetime, with some the options are with the qualifications they finally changing jobs as often as every 2 years, and many achieve. Not every student can get 11 or more having at least one complete career change. A/A* grades in their GCSEs but they can work hard and do everything they can to achieve their

full potential. Employers are not just looking for high grades every time; they want people who work hard, will turn up every day, be on time and will work well with others. Employers are also looking for people who have more to give than just qualifications; students should try to develop a range of extra-curricular skills and interests. They could join a school

in his life. At school he was fascinated by the idea of working close to aircraft, he went on to join the RAF in the Air Traffic Control Branch and continued in this profession, carrying out various duties for over 20 years. He then joined High Storrs School as a teacher in the early nineties. I, as a dedicated maths teacher who does not often have to write a full sentence, have found myself writing monthly articles for this newspaper! The important thing is that our children are as prepared as they can be for the future, they take advice from experts, they are always ready for new challenges and that they never stop learning.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind parents of students at High Storrs that if they are interested in any of the activities being offered as part of our ‘Getting Dads on Board’ project, such as the tours of the school or the Information/Cricket Training Evesports team, take part in the school play, attend nings, they should contact the school. the school book clubs, raise money for a local charity, do volunteer work outside of school; the If you have any questions, please do not hesitate list is endless. If the only thing a child has to write to contact High Storrs School. (Tel no: 0114 267 on their C.V. under ‘Hobbies and Interests’ is that 0000, email enquiries@highstorrs.sheffield.sch. they like to socialise and spend time with their uk) friends then this is probably not a good sign! You never know what the future is going to hold. Mr Akram himself had a significant career change

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These are the key dates for activities involving parents at High Storrs School for 2014-15 Date 12th - 16th January‫ﺟﻧﻭﺭی‬ 15th January ‫ﺟﻧﻭﺭی‬ 19th January ‫ﺟﻧﻭﺭی‬ th ‫ﺟﻧﻭﺭی‬ 26 January th 29 January ‫ﺟﻧﻭﺭی‬ nd 2 February ‫ﻓﺭﻭﺭی‬ th 4 February ‫ﻓﺭﻭﺭی‬ th ‫ﻓﺭﻭﺭی‬ 9 February rd th 23 - 28 February‫ﻓﺭﻭﺭی‬ 23rd February ‫ﻓﺭﻭﺭی‬ 26th March ‫ﻣﺎﺭچ‬ th th 11 May - 24 June ‫ﺟﻭﻥ‬ 18th - 22nd May ‫ﻣﺋﯽ‬ th 17 June ‫ﺟﻭﻥ‬ th 30 June ‫ﺟﻭﻥ‬ 2nd July


Event Key Stage 5 Trial Exams ‫ﺗﺟﺭﺑﺎﺗﯽ ﺍﻣﺗﺣﺎﻥ‬ Y9 Parents’ Evening 4.30-7pm. ‫ﻭﺍﻟﺩﻳﻥ ﮐﯽ ﻣﻳﮢﻧﮓ‬ Y10 Parents’ Evening 4.30-7pm ‫ﻭﺍﻟﺩﻳﻥ ﮐﯽ ﻣﻳﮢﻧﮓ‬ Y8 Progress Tracker 1 issued ‫ﮐﺎﺭﮐﺭﺩﮔﯽ ﮐﮯ ﻣﺛﺎﻝ‬ Y8 Parents’ Evening 4.30-7pm ‫ﻭﺍﻟﺩﻳﻥ ﮐﯽ ﻣﻳﮢﻧﮓ‬ Y8 Options Evening (Info & Subjects Showcase) 6.30-9pm Y7 Progress Tracker issued ‫ﮐﺎﺭﮐﺭﺩﮔﯽ ﮐﮯ ﻣﺛﺎﻝ‬ Key Stage 4 Intervention Evening ‫ﻭﺍﻟﺩﻳﻥ ﮐﯽ ﺷﻣﻭﻟﻳﺕ‬ Key Stage 4 Trial Exams ‫ﺗﺟﺭﺑﺎﺗﯽ ﺍﻣﺗﺣﺎﻥ‬ Y8 Options Evening 4.30-6.30pm ‫ﺷﺎﻡ ﺍﻧﺗﺧﺎﺏ‬ Y11 Parents’ Evening 4.30-7pm ‫ﻭﺍﻟﺩﻳﻥ ﮐﯽ ﻣﻳﮢﻧﮓ‬ Key Stage 4 & 5 Exams ‫ﺍﻣﺗﺣﺎﻥ‬ Y8 Exams ‫ﺍﻣﺗﺣﺎﻥ‬ Y8 Progress Tracker 2 issued ‫ﮐﺎﺭﮐﺭﺩﮔﯽ ﮐﮯ ﻣﺛﺎﻝ‬ Y6 New Parents’ Evening 6.30-8.30pm ‫ﻧﺋﮯ ﻁﻠﺑﺎء ﮐﯽ ﻭﺍﻟﺩﻳﻥ‬ ‫ﻣﻳﮢﻧﮓ‬ Y6/7 Transition Day ‫ﻧﺋﮯ ﺑﭼﻭں ﮐﺎ ﻋﺑﻭﺭی ﺩﻥ‬

Please contact us if you have any queries. E: enquiries@highstorrs.sheffield.sch.uk T: 0114 2670000 ‫ﻣﺯﻳﺩ ﻣﻌﻠﻭﻣﺎﺕ ﮐﮯ ﻟﺋﮯ ﺍﺱ ﻧﻣﺑﺭ ﭘﺭ ﺭﺍﺑﻁہ ﮐﺭﻳں‬


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Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai Says She ‘Hopes To Be Pakistan PM’ One Day Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2014. The youngest person ever to receive the honour, she was handed a gold medal and diploma at a ceremony in Oslo, joining the ranks of laureates including Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Aung San Suu Kyi. The teenager was jointly awarded the peace prize with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi for her “heroic struggle” in favour of girls’ access to education. “My message to children all around the world is that they should stand up for their rights”. Malala Yousafzai Malala began speaking out for the rights of girls at the age of 11. The 17-year-old came to prominence after surviving an assassination attempt

in October 2012 when her calls for equal rights angered militants in her native Pakistan. She was just 15 when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Swat District, in the country’s north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Malala was airlifted first to Dubai and then on to Birmingham, where she was treated for lifethreatening injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Unable to return to her homeland due to continued threats, she is now based in Birmingham. Ahead of receiving the Nobel Peace Prizes she told the BBC that she hopes to pursue a career in politics. “If I can serve my country best through politics and through becoming a prime minister then I would definitely choose that”. Malala Yousafzai, speaking to the BBC

Falling Standards State secondary school standards are at risk of stagnating with around 170,000 pupils now attending schools rated as inadequate - 70,000 more than two years ago. According to Ofsted’s annual report the number of secondary schools deemed to be inadequate has risen over the past 12 months, with more than 50 extra schools in special measures now compared to a year ago. But primary schools have improved over the past year, according to the report. “Some schools are failing because they haven’t got the essentials right: governance and over-

sight is weak, leadership is poor, misbehaviour goes unchallenged and teaching is indifferent”. Ofsted chief executive Sir Michael Wilshaw In around a third of local authority areas, fewer than 70% of state secondary schools are rated good or better. In 13 areas, children have less than a 50% chance of attending a school rated good or outstanding. “If our education system is to continue to progress we need to concentrate on the basics of why schools and colleges fail and why they succeed,” said Ofsted chief executive Sir Michael Wilshaw.

TIME Names Ebola Fighters As 2014 Person Of The Year For ‘Courage And Mercy’

After Turbulent 2014, Next Year May Be No Calmer From financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting 2015 up to be just as turbulent. Almost all of the major confrontations, such as the battle with Islamic State militants, the West’s stand-off with Russia over Ukraine, Israels relentless offensive on Palestine, and the fight against Ebola, will rumble on. Other conflicts could erupt at short notice. Normally after a year like this you might expect things to calm down. For now judging from past trrends world pressure is not necessarily going to make Russia or Israel any better behaved. NATO officials say the alliance would treat any aggression, even covert, in NATO member Baltic states as an act of war. Nevertheless, none of these problems have been resolved and the

drivers of them are not going away. So as it stands it seems the problems of 2014 will just run on into 2015. The causes are varied - a global shift of economic power from the West, new technologies, regional rivalries and anger over rising wealth gaps. In June, a report by the Institute for Economics and Peace showed world peace declining for the seventh consecutive year since 2007, reversing a trend of improvement over decades. The same group said in November deaths from militant attacks leapt 60 percent to an all-time high, primarily in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, this at a time when the West’s ability to respond militarily is constrained as Washington and its European allies cut defense budgets.

11 MORE 20mph ZONES A fresh round of 20mph zones could be introduced across Sheffield in a £610,000 scheme aiming to boost air quality and reduce accidents. Sheffield Council has proposed a list of 11 areas which could be made subject to the reduced-speed districts, including Gleadless Valley, Hillsborough, Woodhouse and Meadowhead. The rest of the areas are Stannington, Park Academy, Greystones, Firth Park, Wincobank and Hurlfield. The new 20mph zones would be in addition to the seven areas brought in throughout 2013/2014 and seven more currently being introduced this financial year. A plan outlining the scheme said: “Reducing the average speed of drivers in residential areas is

expected, over time, to bring about a reduction in the number and severity of traffic accidents, thus helping to create safe and secure communities. “Implementing the 20mph speed limits together with an ongoing programme of publicity and driver education would contribute to the creation of a safer residential environment.”

TIME magazine named those fighting Ebola its of the world can sleep at night because a group 2014 “Person of the Year,” applauding the work of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and of medical relief teams, docmercy, for buying the world tors, nurses, ambulance drivtime to boost its defenses, for ers and burial teams workrisking, for persisting, for sacing in western Africa, where rificing and saving, the Ebola an outbreak of the virus has fighters are TIME’s 2014 Perkilled thousands. The magason of the Year. TIME editor zine pictured five people on Nancy Gibbs its covers, including: Dr. Jerry The year saw an Ebola outBrown, a Liberian surgeon; break turn into an epidemic Salome Karwah, an Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra survivor whose parents died Leone, and there have been from the disease; and Dr. scattered cases in Nigeria, Kent Brantly, an American Mali, Spain, Germany and the missionary who became inUnited States. They came out fected while in Liberia. top of a shortlist that included “Ebola is a war, and a warnthe Ferguson protesters, Apple ing. The global health system CEO Tim Cook, Russian Presiis nowhere close to strong dent Vladimir Putin and singer enough to keep us safe from Taylor Swift. infectious disease. The rest

Mobile Phone Coverage To 90% Of UK By 2017 A £5bn project to guarantee mobile phone voice and text coverage to 90% of the UK geographical area by 2017 has been given the go-ahead. The deal means the four mobile networks - EE, O2, Three and Vodafone - have all agreed to tackle poor coverage in so-called partial “not spots”. These are areas that may have coverage from some but not all of the four networks. This will halve the number of areas where there is patchy mobile coverage. No cash payments will be made by Government to the mobile networks as part of the agreement but will support the


existing £150 million programme to take mobile coverage to the areas of the UK that have no coverage at all. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Too many parts of the UK regularly suffer from poor mobile coverage leaving them unable to make calls or send texts. Government and businesses have been clear about the importance of mobile connectivity and improved coverage.” “This legally binding agreement will give the UK the worldclass mobile phone coverage it needs and deserves.”

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Still I couldn’t stop my tears my heart is crying and eyes are wet see incident of Peshawar in Pakistan I have no words to say about all shuhada of Peshawar incident my heart is crying with tears of blood. We held a candle light remembrance in Bradford for those innocent children. I just said this is not part of Islam and humanity. Islam teaches peace but those terrorists did behave like wild animals which is not be acceptable under any kind of circumstances. I have one survivors story about this incident. The boy slept in that unfortunate day, and is the only one left of his class. Dawood Ibrahim escaped the massacre in Peshawar because he over slept. 15 year old Dawood had been to a family wedding the night before didn’t make it to school that day and failed to wake to the sound of his alarm. Only a few hours later Dawood was the only survivor of his entire Yr 9 class at Army school in Peshawar. Every one of his classmates was murdered. His elder brother Sufiyan said Dawood isn’t talking to any one, nor showing any emotion. He just attended funerals the entire day. It was fate that no one from his class survived. It is believed that Dawoods class may have been murdered by one of the gummen with a detonation a suicide vest. Teen age survivors of Peshawar in Pakistan school massacre are battling feelings of guilt after a young teacher gave her life to save them. The children ran to safety as Afsha Ahmed blocked the path of terrorist gunman and said “you only kill them over my dead body”. They looked back in horror as terrorists poured petrol on the 24 years old and set her on fire. Irfan Ullah, a 15 year old wept as he said he hoped Ms Ahmed forgives him for not intervening and for any mistakes he had made in his schoolwork . “I felt so selfish as we ran away instead of trying to save our teacher who has sacrificed her life for our better tomorrow.” “She was a brave hero even while burning, she shouted at us to run away find refuge”. The toll from December 16th massacre in Peshawar rose last week to above 150 including 142 innocent children and several soldiers after members of school staff lost their fight in the hospital. They were critically injured by terrorist who blew up head teacher Tahira Qazi by throwing a grenade thought a toilet vent. The killers set light at least one other teacher Hifsa Khush as they torched a school office, the assistant at her desk. They sprayed hail bullets for at least ten minutes when they burst in before prowling through the classroom to pick off survivors who lay crying. In pain Shahrukh Khan 15 stuffed his school tie in his mouth to stop himself screaming after being

shot in both legs. “The man with boots kept on looking for student and pumping bullets into their bodies. I lay as still as I could and closed my eyes like a dead body waiting to get shot again. When I crawled to next room it was very horrible.” He saw the dead body of the office assistant on fire. She was sitting on the chair with blood dripping from her body as burned. Ehsan Elahi was among 100 students who had been taking part in first aid lesson in the Army School hall. He crouched behind benches as his friends and teachers were sprayed with bullets like hell. Everyone was looking for some where to hide but there was nowhere to hide. Warm blood and flesh of his friends fell on his face and other parts of his body. The 13 year old played dead for 15 minutes before resources arrived and attackers ran out giving him the chance to make his escape. He saw life less faces of many of his friends as he was leaving the hall . “Their faces are still in front of my eyes.” Broken glass and children's shoes littered the school last week. Many of 125 injured pupils who survived remain in hospital. Blood was spattered across a smashed wall where one of the killers blew himself up. His body parts are piled up on his clothes nearby . “This is not a human act” Majer Asim Bajwa said, “This is a national tragedy. Taliban will be face death penalty soon”. Pakistan reintroduced the death penalty as the country's Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef promised to avenger each and every drop of our children’s blood. Nawaz Shareef also announced the end of the distinction between good and bad Taliban members. “We have resolved to continue the war against terrorism until the last terrorist is eliminated”, he told a press conference in Peshawar. Capital punishment was abolished six years ago, but 8,000 prisoners are still on death row. Ten percent of those were found guilty of terrorism. “Black warrant (execution orders) will be issued in the day or few days” said Nawaz Shareef. Ten air raids were carried out against a Taliban stronghold in the North East of Pakistan. ARY anchor Mubasher Lucman tweeted “Enough time already. Tell air chief initiate carpet bombing.”

British Muslims Face Worst Job Prospects Muslims in Britain constitute the worst off community when it comes to employment opportunities, a new research has found. Muslim men in Britain were up to 76 percent less likely to have a job of any kind compared to white, male British Christians of the same age and with the same qualifications. Muslim women in the country, on the other hand, were up to 65 percent less likely to be employed than white Christian counterparts, the study found, furthermore. The researchers relied on data from Britain’s Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey (LFS) and concluded that Muslims were the most disadvantaged in terms of employment prospects out of the 14 ethno-religious groups in Britain. Co-researcher Nabil Khattab, of the Bristol University, said the situation was “likely to stem from placing Muslims collectively at the lowest stratum within the country’s racial, or ethno-cultural system due to growing Islamophobia and hostility against them. “They are perceived as disloy-

al and as a threat, rather than just as a disadvantaged minority,” he added. “Within this climate, many employers (are) discouraged from employing qualified Muslims, especially if there are others from their own groups or others from less threatening groups who can fill these jobs,” Khattab said. He pointed out that the “penalties” for being Muslim got worse when applying for better-paid managerial or professional jobs. According to Khattab, if this situation persists, it would not augur well for the cohesion of Britain’s multi-ethnic and multicultural society. “The exclusion of well-qualified black and Muslim individuals could undermine their willingness to integrate (with) the wider society,” he noted. Among men, Indian Muslims

were 37 percent less likely to be in work, Pakistani Muslims 59 percent, white Muslims 64 percent and Bangladeshi Muslims 66 percent less likely, the study found. Among women, on the other hand, Indian Muslims were 55 percent less likely to have a job, white Muslims 43 percent and Bangladeshi Muslims 51 percent less likely. Of those in work, the researchers found only 23 percent and 27 percent of Bangladeshi Muslims and Pakistani Muslims, respectively, had a salaried job. White British Jews, with 64 per cent, had the highest rate among those in salaried jobs, followed by Hindu Indians and white Christian Irish, with 53 percent and 51 percent, respectively. Khattab noted: “The main components of this discrimination are skin colour and culture, or religion. But colour is dynamic, which means white colour can be valued in one case, but devalued when associated with Muslims. Equally, having a dark skin colour — Hindu Indians, for example — is not always associated with any significant penalty.”

A Hug A Day Keeps The Doctor Away It may not be a far-fetched idea to replace ap- Also, people who report having social support are ple a day with a hug as researchers have found partly protected from the effects of stress on psythat more frequent hugs protect stressed people chological states, such as depression and anxiety. Hugs are responsible for onefrom getting sick. Greater sothird of the protective effect cial support and more frequent of social support. The reahugs protected people from search suggests that being the increased susceptibility to hugged by a trusted person infection associated with being may act as an effective means stressed and resulted in less seof conveying support and vere illness symptoms. that increasing the frequency Research in the past has found of hugs might be an effective that people experiencing ongomeans of reducing the deling conflicts with others are less eterious effects of stress. able to fight off cold viruses.


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3,000 Ops Cancelled As Demand Rises More than 3,000 operations have been cancelled by the NHS in the first two weeks of this month as an "unprecedented demand" takes its toll. Figures show 3,113 elective operations were cancelled in that period, up by almost half since 2012. In terms of operations classed as urgent 161 were cancelled in the twoweek period, with some having been cancelled twice or more. The figures, highlighted by Labour, show the repercussions of A&E departments under severe stress and a lack of beds for patients in need, a consultant and member of the Royal College of Surgeons said. Standards of patient care are slipping by


HOW TECHNOLOGY IS IMPROVING THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE The chronic popularity of online shopping means that retailers are turning to new technology to attract customers. Barclaycard is one of the companies that is using latest technology to try to change how we shop, as some members of swipe, a technology news, have researched on shoppers opinions on how to make shopping better. There are only two reasons being stated over and over by the public, which one is – the latest technology is too complicated and it is dispensable as it is doing jobs for us which what we really need is to use our own brains or it makes life’s through shopping easier as there is less hassle. One of their latest products is what they call a "pay-glove”. The gloves contain a microchip and

act just like your credit or debit card, allowing And at John Lewis, you can use small 3D modyou to pay for items by simply touching the back els and swatches of fabric to see what furniture of your hand to a card machine. This may be re- would look like before you order it. phrased as ‘a credit/debit card stuck The downfall is that too much to the back of your hand, may technology in shops has sound inconsequential but the potential to be anin actual fact costumers noying, but George have renowned this MacDonald, executo be a handy gadget tive editor of Retail to take around. A Week, says it can be Barclay costumer effective if used in stated ‘ this glove, the right way. actually enables me He said: "If it's someto move round withthing that is useful and out dropping my bags practical, I think customand without reaching in ers like it. to my back pocket to "If they start thinking it's reach out for my wallet, an intrusion or their data is just just touch and go is how it Is used.’ being grabbed off them, they might become Other retailers are also coming up with worried." their own inventions. Superdrug's concept There is even retail technology for those shop in Cardiff has a "Magic Mirror" which shoppers who don't know what they want. allows you to try out different hairstyles Backpack-maker Eastpak has an interactive using augmented reality. This mechanism touchscreen in its shop in Shoreditch in East enables you to give you a new look without London that asks you questions about your you actually messing up your hair, which lifestyle before suggesting different prodmakes shopping slightly more straightfor- ucts that you might like. During recessions, much is made of how ward.

the week and now more and more people get ready for an operation only to face a last minute postponement. The chaos in A&E is spreading through the NHS. Hospitals are in danger of becoming overwhelmed as the Government takes social care away from older people and makes it harder to see a GP. These cancellations help to explain why operation waiting lists are at a six-year high. The Department of Health said the figures show "the proportion of cancelled operations remains remarkably stable over many years", adding that more operations are being carried out amid an ageing population.

Mr Shumile J. Chishty best to use empty shops - and technology can have a role there too. Simon Ellson’s company Nexus Engage converts dead retail space into "digital pop-up windows". These are part-shop, part-entertainment, and part-advert - where shoppers might have to tweet to a video window display or push buttons for a chance to win a prize, such as. Mr Ellson acknowledges that broadly speaking, it is the younger generation that wants technology as part of the shopping experience. He said: "Typically you'll find that anybody 18 to mid-thirties probably likes the technical stuff: bright, vivid video; the opportunity to interact – that's a great age-range to play with."

End Of The UK Paper Driving Licence The UK paper counterpart driving licence is to be abolished from 8 June 2015. Here's what you need to know about the driving licence changes From June 8 2015, the UK paper counterpart driving licence will be scrapped and no longer issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The green section of paper required mainly for hiring cars will no longer be valid and when you renew or change your address on your licence, the DVLA will only send a new photocard. It's part of a major "red tape" removal policy by Government motoring agencies with many facets moving online, saving an estimated £8 million. MyLicence - a joint venture between the DVLA and the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) - has been launched where drivers can check their details online. Insurance companies will also be able to check drivers' licences using MyLicence in a move that's designed to cut down on fraud. It's hoped the move will stop drivers making false statements when taking out insurance, particularly regarding motoring


convictions which could invalidate a policy. Insurers would require the licence number and permission from the holder before they could get the data, though. Can I get rid of my paper driving licence? When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence. If you've only got a paper driving licence (that's licences issued before 1998) you need to keep hold of it. These will remain vaild and shouldn't be destroyed. From 8 June 2015, penalty points will no longer be recorded on paper licences and the information will be held on the DVLA's digital driver record. You'll be able to check this online, by phone or by post. How will I change my Driving licence address? You’ll still be able to use the counterpart driving licence to change your address with the DVLA. Although, you can also change your address online. If you've only got a paper driving licence, the next time you make any alterations to your address or renew it, you'll only be issued with a photocard.

How will police and the courts record endorsements? The police can access this information electronically at the roadside via the Police National Computer so the paper licence doesn't add anything extra. All endorsement notifications will be recorded electronically after any court proceedings and are detailed on the driver record held by DVLA. What about hiring a car? The DVLA is developing a new digital enquiry service that will allow organisations and businesses - such as employers and car hire companies - to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart.

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Terrorism in Pakistan and Possible Solutions Mohammed Nazir


In recent years again and again we see the Pakistan army coming to save civilians in crisis. Earthquakes, floods, bombings, terrorist acts, have all been served by the army through their won action plans. Army helicopters rescuing people and making emergency ration drops to people in remote areas. The Army medics providing medical assistance and camps for those in need, from the mountains of tribal areas, to the deserts of Thar. Rations distributed to drought victims in deserts and supplies to stranded flood victims. Again and again all I see is that the government has no action plan, no logistical plan to distribute either evenly around the country, or in times or national emergency. So what actually are VIP ministers doing in Islamabad? All we see is a succession of VIP protocols to individuals who are holding several ministerial or other positions at any one time. And with each position comes its own entourage

and an ongoing series of parades. The country is actually lacking a civil society which can only come by if the government leads the way socially. With the recent attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar I was saddened to see no solidarity amongst ministers for the victims. How many came to read their janazahs? How many prominent personalities from the showbiz world, from the sports fields, have come to pay their respects? How many are leading the way? It would have been a big sign of solidarity and a slap in the face of the terrorists, if the whole nation had shown their grief by wearing at least black clothing or black armbands. The government representatives should have led the way here. The civilian government in Pakistan is letting its people down. We salute the great Pakistan Army who is always at the forefront of any national catastrophe.

Top 5 Bollywood films of 2014 Only a handful of films have done exceptionally well owing to their content this year. Even as a number of dud films triumphed at the Box Office, a few films rich in terms of content, succeeded in winning the hearts of movie goers. Here’s taking a look at some of the films which struck a chord with the audiences:



Starring Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma and Saurabh Shukla in pivotal roles, ‘PK’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra is undoubtedly one of the best films produced in the recent past. Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani and Sushant Singh Rajput made special appearances in the film, which deals with an alien’s experience on earth.

Based on the life of Indian Boxing champion Mary Kom, the namesake film featuring Priyanka Chopra was directed by debutant filmmaker Omung Kumar. The film is one of the rare works of Bollywood based on the life and achievements of an Indian sportsperson. PeeCee as Mary Kom delivered a splendid performance and the film was a perfect tribute to the sporting legend.



An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, ‘Haider’ with Shahid Kapoor playing the title role is by far the actor’s career’s best performance. Directed by ace filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj, ‘Haider’ is the tale of a young man desperate to avenge his father’s death. Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Shraddha Kapoor and Irrfan Khan were also a part of the film.


Queen made every woman take pride in being a woman. As Rani, Kangana Ranaut rocked the silverscreen and immortalised the powerful aspect of femininity. Queen is a tribute to all those women who have taken what it takes to say ‘NO’ to men.

Mary Kom

Directed by Imtiaz Ali, known for making hatke films, delivered yet another fine film in the form of ‘Highway’, featuring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt. Movie goers were treated with a new onscreen pair which looks every bit “madefor-each-other”. The film is a story of the journey of two people from extremely different backgrounds.

It’s very sad news that Pakistan is paying the biggest price of the History for the whole world. War against terrorism is not the one of Pakistan but an international issue for the protection of peace in the world. Pakistani children have made the biggest sacrifice in Pakistan’s history. I strongly believe that as a nation the Pakistan Government has to decide their policy on war against terrorism and as a common man I strongly believe that every individual has to take the responsibility of vigilance and responsibility. Every individual has to take the duty of being a responsible and vigilant citizen whether you are a private landlord or you are of any social or political position within the society. You have to identify these brutal ferocious beasts who are destroying the humanity as they are the real enemy of global peace and prosperity. I believe that Pakistan's biggest issue at the moment is law and order along with terrorism. There should be priority at the top of the agenda that the government will deal with this issue and the top-urgency “priority” bases and also locate the funds and workforce against this issue. The International community should also take a step forward because it is not the duty of just one State but the whole world should take this issue as a challenge. The international communities in this Mission should help Pakistan. However we look at it, Pakistan is a victim, but this can’t go unrecognised any longer. This is an issue where the International community should stand with Pakistan especially the United Nations Organisation. They should provide vigilance committees on a grassroots level and local level, which will be a helpful tool in policing and law enforcement. These agencies would keep an eye on each and every step of the criminals.

mosques and education institutions should work on the development of patience, harmony, and understanding. For the importance of tolerance, love and affection within the difference groups of the Society; Unemployment is also a factor and government should work on this urgently; Anti - money laundering policy and practical measures are need of the hours this is one of the main root causes of this issue; All educational institutes should provide their funding details and audited accounts; NADRA and NACTA should be given more funds as technical assistance; Local police should get more assistance from local residents by way of police and public help committees at local policing level; Landlords and local businesses should provide more transparent records of the employees and tenants to the government or its agencies; The authors and writers have more responsibly to spread love peace and harmony and tolerance through their powerful writings; Banks and financial institution should set up a task force on the Anti money laundering. Possibly with FIA; Ciber crimes and Internet, and all social media should be under vigilant control and checks to work with the intelligence agencies and Police; Anti Terrorism act 1997 needs updates and amendments and a new crime of the "glorifying of terrorism" should be added as a new offence; Police and all other agencies should work together and there should be strong working relationship; International community should provide moral and financial assistance to government; There should be more funds available for the education of people's living in FATA. Education is the vital tool to counter extremism and terrorism. It is unfortunate that there is not enough money for the education in Pakistan budget; The global need for an Interpol type institution is urgent need for the global Community to tackle this heinous crime Following steps are needed to counter against humanity; Lastly, the Nation should follow the terrorism its mind set: words of their great Quaid ... ‘Unity, faith There should a campaign within Soci- and discipline’. ety for interfaith harmony – schools, Think tanks and financial institution should also activate the anti moneylaundering policy because flow of money in cash is also another issue which is directly and indirectly linked with terrorism related crimes. There should be more new legislations against terrorism and also there should be new definition of "terrorism" and terrorism related activities by the criminals because the present laws are not good enough. I feel there should be special clauses for the punishment of those who are linked with this crime directly or indirectly and also there should be more legislation against the individuals who are playing a pivotal role of glorifying the activities of the terrorist and terrorism within the society of Pakistan. Media and social media should also take responsibility for educating society against this very serious issue. The International community must realise that this is not the responsibility of Pakistan alone as one country could not control completely this issue on their own. Pakistan's neighbouring countries and international community should also take the responsibility to control and eliminate this issue. Border control is also another issue which is playing a very vital role in the increase of this issue. The last three decades have seen a surge in access to weapons. The trade of arms has been made very easy in this region and that is another biggest problem the society. Government should also work on the antiterrorism policy and the institutions like NACTA should be activated as soon as possible and they should also be allocated the urgent funds. At the gross route level, landlords, employers and every individual of the society must play a role of vigilance and protector of the peace and they should also work as a mechanism with law enforcement agencies and the police force, otherwise it is not possible for the government.

Mohammed And Sophia Are Britain’s Most Popular Baby Names Mohammed has become the top boys’ name chosen by parents in Britain after a huge surge in popularity for Arabic names generally, according to new research. The UK’s top baby names of 2014 showed Mohammed has risen 27 places from last year to claim the number one spot for the boys. Also within the boys’ top 100, Teddy was the biggest climber, Kian and Jonathan were the highest new entries, and Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim were all new entries. With the increase of Arabic names plus Aarav, an Indian boys’ name, the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the UK today. For the girls, Sophia was top, Maryam was the biggest riser, and Nur, Emilia and Gracie were the highest newcomers. The names of David and Victoria Beckham’s offspring have also prompted a trend among new parents. Harper is a new entry in the top 100 this year, while Romeo is up 67% and Cruz is up 400%. From Game Of Thrones, the name Emilia was a new entry at number 53, with parents also registering the names. Parents are tending to stay away from names associated with ce-

lebrities who exhibit bad behaviour and favour names of associated with good character. In the past 100 years the most popular boy's name in the UK is James with 4,866,619 while Mary (3,611,970) is the most popular woman's name.

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Tahir Takes ‘Player Of The Year’ In South Yorkshire League

The Asian community takes great interest and pride in local cricket leagues. Asian players have been enthusiastically playing cricket for decades in England and many teams and leagues have popped up over time. Showing players talent and love for the game in their white kits has drawn many crowds in and around South Yorkshire. The games have been friendly but when a league comes into play then yes there can be a lot of competitiveness, with players and teams competing for the big trophies.

Tahir Nawaz is no exception to the excellent game of Cricket. The 27 year old plays for Horten Main, a Barnsley team, in the South Yorkshire League. Tahir received 100% votes for ‘Player of the Year’ in his league, for 1st class and 1st place for a batting average. His strike rate is 131.81 with an inning average

of 65.57. Tahir has been playing in the South Yorkshire League for the past 4 years and with his team of Horten Main for 2 years. This year as well as being ‘Player of the Year’, he has been placed runnerup in the league for ‘The Best Bowling Spell 2014’. Proving to be a consistent all rounder, Tahir Nawaz hopes to improve even more in the new season on his already great scoring record. In the previous season his scores from 14 overs were 5 maidens with 51 runs and 7 wickets. Tahirs overall run rate is 459 from 10 matches and hitting 2 centuries. Last season saw Tahir making 21 6’s and 50 4’s.

Tahir plays the game with much pride and is looking forward to the new season as he has his eyes on more trophies to add to his already excellent collection. He is definitely one to watch! We would like to wish him good luck for the future.

Poor Nations Lose Nearly $1 Trillion To Crime And Corruption Developing countries are losing nearly $1 trillion to crime and corruption, with the disappearance of dirty money hitting some of the world’s poorest regions hardest. A record $991 billion (£640bn) in unrecorded funds left 151 developing and emerging economies in 2012, up nearly 5% from a year earlier, a U.S.-based watchdog that exposes financial corruption said. Global Financial Integrity (GFI) found that, between 2003 and 2012, the estimated amount of illicit funds shifted from developing


countries rose at an inflation-adjusted 9.4% a year - roughly double global GDP growth. Asia was the region of the developing world with the greatest flow of dirty money over the decade, accounting for 40% of the world total, driven by China. But the researchers found growth of illicit flows was faster in other parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa, where the growth was seen at 24% and 13% respectively.

Licensing Scheme For Private Rented Sector In Rotherham Landlords who own property in certain parts of Rotherham are to be the subject of a new licensing scheme in an effort to drive up the standards of rented accommodation. Members of Rotherham Borough Council's Cabinet agreed on December 17, to designate Rotherham Central, Dinnington and Maltby South East as Selective Licensing areas under the 2004 Housing Act. Within identified boundaries in these areas, all privately-rented properties will have to be licensed for a five year period at an estimated maximum cost of £625, with reductions for accredited landlords and single payments. The aim of the scheme is to bring about longterm improvements in areas suffering from low housing demand where housing and neighbourhood standards are not acceptable and where other measures to deal with these problems have been successful. The measures aim to reduce tenancy turnover, reduce levels of empty properties and help reduce anti-social behaviour.

The consultation which was carried out early last year revealed there was broad support for Selective Licensing measures in Rotherham. It showed that the majority of people - over 60 per cent - felt that private landlords need to take more responsibility for their properties and the area in which they have invested. However, there were also arguments that the same results can be achieved through voluntary measures. For example, one group of landlords presented alternatives to the Council which they believe would remove the need for mandatory licensing. Whilst the council gave careful consideration to that option, it was considered that a mandatory scheme is the only way that a high degree of certainty can be achieved that all landlords will be involved. Before the scheme can actually be implemented there will be a three-month public statutory notification period during which the council will communicate its decision to respondents and the public.

First-Time Buyers To Get 20% Discount Boost As New Scheme Is Launched A scheme offering 100,000 first-time buyers new homes with a discount of 20% as part of a drive to help people onto the property ladder will be launched by David Cameron in 2015. Those under 40 who have never owned their own home can register their interest in buying via the Starter Home Initiative from the start of 2015 - six months earlier than planned. Because of a change to the planning system set to come into force, under-used or unviable brownfield land will be freed from certain costs in return for a below market value sale price on properties constructed on the site. Developers and councils are being urged to ensure the changes unlock a variety of sites across the country. “Hard-working young people want to plan for

the future and enjoy the security of being able to own their own home. I want to help them do just that”. David Cameron At the moment, developers can face an average bill of £15,000 per home in Section 106 affordable housing contributions and tariffs. But under the scheme, developers offering Starter Homes would not have to pay certain charges. To ensure the savings are passed onto buyers, the homes will not be able to be re-sold at market value for a fixed period. More than 30 house builders have already backed the plans, and say they would consider bringing forward land to be developed from next year. A design panel will be set up to ensure the homes are not only cheap, but also high-quality.

Pakistani PM Calls For FastTracking Executions Of Militants Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered his top attorney general’s office to “actively pursue” legal officer to fast-track the execution of capital cases currently in the courts, a governmilitants on Pakistan’s death row. Six militants ment spokesman said. were hanged on 19th December and government officials said there are plans to execute another 500 in the coming weeks. The move comes amid rising public anger over 16th Decembers slaughter in the north-western city of Peshawar, which left 149 people dead, including 133 children. After the deadliest terror attack in Pakistani history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended the six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases. Human rights groups and the United Nations say the special courts are often misused to try ordinary criminal cases and many of those convicted have no connection with militant groups, even though they now face the hangman’s noose. Police, troops and paramilitary rangers have been deployed across the country and airports and prisons put on red alert as the executions take place. Troops have also intensified operations against Taliban militants in tribal areas. Meanwhile, Sharif has ordered the

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Use It Or Lose It Simple lifestyle changes could save more than 80,000 people a year from dementia, a study has found. The research suggests action should be taken earlier in life to combat diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, amid evidence that deterioration of the brain starts when a person is in their late 40s. People should act quickly to change their diet and exercise and stimulate their brains through puzzles. Eating a healthy diet, avoiding obesity and getting plenty of exercise are all important to brain health because what is good for our hearts is also good for our heads. Each year, 80,294 cases of dementia could be prevented in Britain by lifestyle changes. Half of such cases might be avoided if action was taken to reduce blood pressure in mid-life, by adopting a healthy diet and exercise, the study found. Type 2 diabetes is responsible for more than one third of cases, it added.

The results mark a significant breakthrough in showing that individuals could curb the effects of dementia. As an individual level we need to look after our brains - sharpen those chess skills, pick up that crossword and solve that puzzle.

1. Hair Loss One of the reason of your hair loss is iron deficiency. Hair fall is the result of full-blown iron deficiency anemia. According to experts iron deficiency gets body on the survival mode that is the reason that body starts focusing on vital functions rather then keeping hairs intact.

hemoglobin in your blood. Hemoglobin is responsible for making your skin rosy pink. Iron deficiency reduces the level of hemoglobin in the blood that makes you pale. If you have dark reflection and cant detect it on your face then you can easily check the color of your lips, gums and the inside of your bottom eyelids if they are less red then its definitely iron to blame.

4. You feel your heart is pounding and you get short of breath easily

Irregular heartbeats and other heart related problems are the result of iron deficiency anemia if you are already a heart patient you should get your iron level checked because iron deficiency can worsen the heart diseases. This is not it, at times you feel 2. You’re exhausted breathe less and get short You feel exhausted that is the of breathe even most common symptom of iron by climbing few deficiency and it’s probably the most difficult symptom to detect as women get stairs that is also the result of iron insufficiency. tired and exhausted due to work load. Iron deficiency causes less oxygen and deprives the body 5. Your head hurts badly from the energy it needs. If the normal fatigue you feel is doubled with feelings like irritation, Iron deficiency decreases the normal supply of weakness and no determination then that it’s a oxygen to your brain and that makes brain artersign of iron deficiency. ies swell which causes headaches. The frequent headache is a signal that you should increase your iron consumption. 3. You’re pale The reason behind your paleness is low level of


Mukhtar Tufail, ILM © 2014

Christmas ( Carols ) Party, a Historical Day

“This has not been done before, we needed to dispel the myths people hold about migrants, but also about Muslims. I was very keen to lead on this and also promote the cardinal principle of life: namely that everybody has a right to pracThe Pakistan Muslim Centre’s historical ‘Christ- tice their religious beliefs.” mas Carols Party’ left almost all of the 600 plus strong guest list with a rather joyful taste in their One of the ingenious empowerment strategies mouths. implemented by PMC was to improve communi-

cation skills amongst the newly arriving Eastern Whilst ‘ Sheffield is a city of love’ appeared to European Community by teaching them Christbe the most favourite thought occupying most mas Carols in the English language. minds, there was a general consensus that something all-embracing had been achieved. A mesmerising performance on the day saw a group of extremely passionate Slovakian children A diverse range of guests, including: the Lord performing Away in a Manger, Silent Night, and Lieutenant David Moody, the High Sheriff JC Jingle Bells. There was also live dancing, local Bramah, Member of Parliament Clive Betts. Po- singers, and presentations on how Christmas is lice and Crime Commissioner. Dr Alan Billings. celebrated in the Eastern Europe. The evening City Chief Executive, John Mothersole, local was concluded with various foods being offered priests, and representatives from the Sikh, Hindu, Bangladeshi, Roma, Slovakian communities attended a memorable Christmas party.

5 Signs Of Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is a very common nutritional deficiency and mostly women are the victim of it. Iron is important for producing hemoglobin and if hemoglobin is not produced in a right amount then the whole body suffers. Here are the few symptoms that will help you know that you are suffering from iron deficiency or not.


Amongst the many appreciative hands applauding the children singing Christmas Carols were those of the chief guest, the honourable Lord-Lieutenant, David Moody who said: “The Atmosphere here is remarkable, it’s interesting to what extent PMC are taking the Slovak Roma community under their wing, recognising their problems on arrival and doing so much to help them…...It’s then intriguing to see these cultural cross currents, we have just heard the Roma community sing Silent Night in their language but in the tune we use all across Europe. It’s quite wonderful”.

by Santa Claus and his Elves. As the crowds indulged into traditional Slovakian Goulash, Asian Chicken Biryani and English Mince Pies, local singers performed some all-time Christmas classics such as Shaken Stevens ‘ Snow is Falling ‘, Wham’s ‘Last Christmas ‘.

The Pakistan Muslim Centre’s Christmas Carols Party was organised by the Operation Manager The organiser and Operations Manager Mukhtar Tufail stated “When you see people for whom English is not their first language come on the stage and sing Away In A Manger in English with such passion and devotion, then there really isn’t much left to say, This event has taught us that the Christmas festivities can truly bind us all together. The myths that Christmas offends some communities have certainly been dispelled here today. This is a proud day for Sheffield, a memorable day in the history of multifaith community cohesion.”.

The event concluded with the Mukhtar Tufail and Chairman Muhammed Ali as chief guests joining Santa Claus and his Elves with part of their ongoing commitment towards em- the whole audience singing Jingle Bells. powering the local Roma Slovak community and bolstering healthier community ties. There was a real sense of love and togetherness with one member of the audience commenting Over the past six months the centre has played a “Muslims teaching Christians Christmas Carols!, pivotal role in creating role models from within feeling the love , Sheffield that community and during the historical Christ- truly is the city of love “ mas Carols Party, the Pakistan Muslim Centre launched The European Roma Community Forum. ( ERCF ) The European Roma Community Forum is a forum made up of individuals from the Roma Slovakian community who take their civic responsibilities very seriously and want to bandage the badly bruised community cohesion concept. Commenting on the success Chairman Muhammed Ali said

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F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton Wins BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Lewis Hamilton has won the Sports Personality of the Year award, with golfer Rory McIlroy in second and athlete Jo Pavey in third place. Hamilton secured his second Formula One world championship in November after edging a battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. The 29-year-old, who has twice finished second in the running for the award, beat long-time favourite McIlroy in the public vote. “I am so speechless. Firstly I really want to say a huge congratulations to all the champions, I’m so proud and honoured to be among so much British sporting talent. A massive thank you to all the people that called in, I really was not expecting it - because dude (McIlroy), you had such an incredible year”. Lewis Hamilton, speaking at the Glasgow ceremony McIlroy became the first UK golfer to win backto-back majors, and then continued his good form by helping Europe win the Ryder Cup at Gle-

neagles. Jo Pavey became the oldest-ever female European champion by triumphing in the 10,000 metres in Zurich aged 40 years and 325 days, less than a year after the birth of her second child. Sir Chris Hoy, a six-time Olympic champion, received the Lifetime Achievement award. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo won the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year prize, while Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley scooped Coach of the Year.

Tendulkar Named World Cup 2015 Ambassador

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced Sachin Tendulkar as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador. It will be the second successive time that the India maestro will be the Ambassador of ICC’s pinnacle tournament after he fulfilled the role in the previous event which was co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in 2011, ICC said in statement. In his role as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador Tendulkar will promote and support a variety of ICC initiatives to enhance the profile of

the tournament which is the third biggest sporting event in the world and will take place in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March. Tendulkar retired from international cricket last year after representing his country in 200 Tests 463 One Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International. In a career spanning 24 years the 41 year old scored a total of 34 357 international runs and 100 centuries. Sachin Tendulkar added the missing World Cup title to his long list of achievements in his sixth attempt in 2011. He is the all time leading run getter in World Cup history with 2 278 runs in 45 matches at an average of 56.95. For his 673 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 he was awarded player of the tournament as India finished runner up to Australia. The 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup kicks off in Christchurch on 14 February when co host New Zealand take on former champion Sri Lanka. On the same day at the picturesque Melbourne Cricket Ground four-time world champion Australia will square off against England which reached the final the last time the event was staged in Australia New Zealand in 1992.

Pakistan’s Ajmal Pulls Out Of World Cup Squad Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has satisfied himself he can take the ICC test. Ajmal withdrawn from the World Cup squad because withdrew himself,” PCB Chairman Shaharyar he has no chance of getting his action cleared Khan told reporters. before the tournament. Pakistan Cricket Board officials met on Saturday and decided that all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who is also suspended from bowling in international cricket, will travel to Chennai, India for a test. If Hafeez clears the informal test than we will apply to the International Cricket Council to hold his official test for his bowling action to be cleared,” the PCB said in a statement. The 37-year-old Ajmal, who was named in the preliminary squad, will continue remedial work on his action and play domestic cricket until he has


Khan Donates £30,000 Shorts To Rebuild Peshawar School Bolton boxer Amir Khan has donated a £30,000 pair of shorts to help rebuild the Peshawar army school where 141 children and staff were killed by the Taliban. Khan, who is of Pakistani origin, wore the shorts in his recent Las Vegas points-win against Devon Alexander. The black, white and gold shorts emblazoned with ‘Khan’ have a waistband made from 24-carat gold threading. Khan has raised money to build new schools in Pakistan in the past and has vowed to help again following the tragic attack. The 28-year-old said said he was ‘sickened’ by the ‘horrific’ killings, having become a father himself in May with the arrival of daughter Lamysah. “It was just very sad to see innocent kids being killed,” he added. “I want to donate the shorts for the Peshawar cause, rebuild a school and strengthen security around the area.

“We are very lucky in England. We have good security and I will be able to send my little girl to school and know she will be fine, but in Pakistan you cannot do that.” Following his US victory, his 30th in 33 contests, Khan now wants to fight unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, lauded as the best poundfor-pound fighter in the world. But Mayweather wants to fight Manny Pacquiao instead - prompting the Bolton favourite to accuse him of ‘looking for excuses not to fight him’.

Afridi To Retire After World Cup 2015

Pakistan's experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from one-day internationals after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Afridi told a news conference on Sunday that after the World Cup, which starts on Feb. 14, he will focus on T20 matches leading up to the T20 World Cup in India in 2016. Afridi has been named captain of the national T20 side by the Pakistan Cricket Board. “I am the first Pakistan player to be able to announce his retirement properly and on a high. I always wanted to do this having seen the problems faced by other bigger players in the past,” he said. “I have informed the Pakistan team

management about my decision but not the cricket board as yet. I want to go out of ODIs with selfrespect and with my fans wanting more from me,” he added. Afridi, 34, has played 389 oneday internationals plus 27 tests and 77 T20 matches for Pakistan. He held the ODI record for the fastest century, set in 1996 against Sri Lanka, until New Zealand's Corey Anderson bettered it this year. Afridi who is close to completing 400 wickets and 8000 runs in ODIs, having taken 391 wickets and scored 7870 runs so far, said he was hopeful he will be able to reach this landmark in the

World Cup. “Having taken a decision it is a big burden off my mind and I am confident I will be able to focus on giving my best in the World Cup,” said the colourful all-rounder. Known for his run-ins with the establishment and his outspoken comments on Pakistan cricket, Afridi retired from test matches during the series against Australia in England in 2010. “It was not an easy decision to take and I think many of my seniors also found it difficult to go out at the right time. But no one is indispensable in cricket and I am sure sooner or later someone will take my place in ODIs as well,” he said.

First Asian Boss In English Cricket New Leicestershire Chief Executive Wasim Khan The 43-year-old former Derbyshire, Sussex and says he is 'honoured and privileged' to become Warwickshire batsman is to take up his position the first British Asian Boss in English cricket. at Grace Road in January 2015. The team have not won a County Championship game since 2012, but Khan says he is taking on the role with his "eyes wide open" and wants to make Leicestershire "the leading non-Test match club in the country" within 5 years. He is the first non-white county Chief Executive, and there are many within the game who believe he can go all the way. Regardless of what happens next, he has already proved himself capable of defying expectation.

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National Action Plan - PM Sharif

The 20-point National Action Plan on counterterrorism was announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a televised address to the nation following a day-long meeting of the heads of all parliamentary parties at the PM House. In his televised address, the prime minister said that the December 16 Peshawar school massacre has drawn a line between ‘coward’ terrorists and the Pakistani nation. “A line has been drawn. On one side are coward terrorists and on the side stands the whole nation,” he said. The prime minister detailed 20 points of terrorism action plan in speech which is as follows: 1. Implementation of death sentence of those convicted in cases of terrorism. 2. Special trial courts under the supervision of Army. The duration of these courts would be two years. 3. Militant outfits and armed gangs will not be allowed to operate in the country. 4. NACTA, the anti-terrorism institution will be strengthened. 5. Strict action against the literature, newspapers and magazines promoting hatred, decapitation,

extremism, sectarianism and intolerance. 6. All funding sources of terrorists and terrorist outfits will be frozen. 7. The defunct outfits will not be allowed to operate under any other name. 8. Establishing and deploying a dedicated counter-terrorism force. 9. End to religious extremism and protection of minorities will be ensured. 10. Registration and regulation of religious seminaries. 11. Ban on glorification of terrorists and terrorist organisations through print and electronic media. 12. Administrative and development reforms in FATA with immediate focus on repatriation of IDPs. 13. Communication network of terrorists will be dismantled completely. 14. Concrete measures against promotion of terrorism through internet and social media. 15. No room will be left for the extremism in any part of the country. 16. Ongoing operation in Karachi will be taken to its logical end. 17. Balochistan government to be fully empowered for political reconciliation with complete ownership by all stakeholders. 18. Action against elements spreading sectarianism. 19. Formulation of a comprehensive policy to deal with the issue of Afghan refugees, beginning with registration of all refugees. 20. Reforms in criminal courts system to strengthen the anti-terrorism institutions including provincial CIDs.

TOP 10 HEALTHY HEART TIPS A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to improve yours. Get active Do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. One way to achieve this target is by doing 30 minutes of activity on five days a week. Fit it in where you can, such as by cycling to work. Give up smoking Smoking is one of the main causes of coronary heart disease. A year after giving up, your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker. Manage your weight Being overweight can increase your risk of heart disease. Stick to a well-balanced diet low in fat and high in fruit and vegetables, combined with plenty of physical activity. Ditch the salt To maintain a healthy blood pressure, stop using salt at the table and try adding less to your cooking, or cut it out completely. You'll soon get


used to it. Also watch out for high salt levels in processed foods. Check the food labels – a food is high in salt if it has more than 1.5g salt (or 0.6g sodium) per 100g. Get your 5 A DAY Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Add dried fruit to breakfast cereal, and add vegetables to your pasta sauces and curries. Eat oily fish Eat oily fish twice a week. Fish such as mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna and salmon are an excellent source of omega-3 fats, which can help protect against heart disease. Walk off stress If you're feeling under pressure, clear your mind with a walk. It will help put your ideas in order and reduce tension. If it's a brisk walk, it will also count towards your daily activity. Cut saturated fat Small changes to your diet can have positive health benefits. Choose semi-skimmed over full-fat milk, leaner cuts of meat, and steam or grill foods rather than frying. Drink less Alcohol can be fattening. If you added three or four gin and tonics to your usual daily diet, you could put on nearly 2kg over four weeks. Read the food label When shopping, look at the food label on food packets to see what the product contains. Understanding what is in food will help you make healthier choices.

Why Cleric Of Red Mosque Won’t Condemn The Peshawar Attack The nations across the world are condemning the terrorist attack on the defenseless children in Peshawar. However, Abdul Aziz (cleric of the Red Mosque) has clearly refused to condemn this barbaric act of Taliban. He also justified this attack as a ‘reaction’. To understand this insensitive behavior of Abdul Aziz it is very important to understand his background and links with Taliban. Following the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, the Pakistani government announced that it would be supporting the “War on Terror”. This was strongly opposed by the leadership of the Lal Masjid, which was openly pro-Taliban. The Lal Masjid was built in 1965 and is named for its red walls and interiors. Throughout its existence, it has enjoyed patronage from influential members of the government, prime ministers, army chiefs, and presidents. The mosque has for many years been at the centre of radical and fundamentalist teaching. Several thousand male and female students live in adjacent seminaries. It was under the lastmilitary dictator, Zia ul Haq, that the mosque became closely enmeshed in the policies then being pursued by both the Pakistani regime and the US in the region. It served as a significant ideological and material base of support for the CIA-backed Mujahideen fighting against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. In return, Zia granted it the exclusive real estate. Maulana Abdullah, the Muslim cleric who ran the mosque for decades, was assassinated in 1998. His sons Abul Aziz, and Abdul Rashid, killed in the assault took charge of Lal Masjid, maintaining close ties to the successors of the Mujahideen, including Afghanistan’s Taliban and Al Qaeda. Relations between the mosque and Government of Pakistan deteriorated after September 2001, when the Pakistani government backed the USinvasion of Afghanistan and the toppling of the Taliban. In July 2005, the Pakistani authorities attempted to raid the mosque in connection with the investigation into the 7 July 2005 London bombings but police were repulsed by baton-wielding female students. During 2006 and the first half of 2007, the mosque’s students and leadership challenged the authority of the government in the capital by setting up a Sharia Law in the premises. Meanwhile the students of Jamia Hafsa took control of Government’s children library. It seems that Jamia Hafsa grossly overplayed its hand by kidnapping some Chinese nationals and causing embarrassment to the Pakistan government. For six months, state authorities allowed the management and young students to function as self-styled vigilantes, enforcing ‘Islam’ and intimidating people. They threatened to launch suicide attacks if the government interfered with what could be described as their ‘state within a state’. On July 3, 2007, the stand-off between militants barricaded inside the red mosque and the government resulted in bloody gun battles in which over twenty people, including students of the

mosque, media persons, paramilitary personnel, and a businessman, were reportedly killed and over a hundred others were injured. An FIR was later registered against the Ghazi brothers with charges ranging from kidnapping and murder to treason, and terrorism. To avoid collateral loss, on July 4, 2007 the government offered amnesty to juvenile students if they surrendered. Over 1000 of the radical followers surrendered. Abdul Aziz Ghazi tried to take advantage of the situation by attempting to slip through a tightening siege while wearing a burqa. His unusually tall physique and large belly alerted a policewoman as she searched fleeing students in central Islamabad. Moreover, he refused to pass through the metal detectors that all surrendering students were supposed to pass through. The group of girls surrounding him claimed that their “auntie” was sick and should not be harassed by the policewomen. This increased the policewomen’s suspicions and they went through his purse, which was stuffed with lipsticks, a woman’s ID card, and a pistol. He was, consequently, arrested by law enforcement agencies. A reward was announced for the rangers who captured Abdul Aziz. Government and Security officials had continuously asked Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi to surrender but after last ditch efforts to secure the release of “hostages” and bring the matter to a peaceful conclusion failed, “Operation Silence” commenced. 164 Elite Commandos of the Pakistan Army Special Services group stormed the Mosque/Madrassa complex from three sides. Police and Paramilitary forces secured the outer parameter of the complex. The gate and walls of Mosque were breached. Operation was affected during the night because of heavy storms and rain. Islamabad was rocked by a series of explosions and sustained automatic weapons fire beginning in the pre-dawn hours. According to Inter Services Public Relations then spokesman Maj General Waheed Arshad, the militants were heavily armed and put up fierce resistance. Troops cleared the ground floor of the mosque, but heavily armed militants had retreated into the basement using women and children as human shields, and the standoff continued. Government blamed Lal Masjid Deputy Chief cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was killed in the operation, for the failure of last-ditch talks to reach a peaceful solution, saying his demands were unacceptable. Most Islamic parties and groups supported the Red Mosque’s goal of Islamisation of the Pakistani state and society but disagreed with its tactics. In many of the Al-Qaeda attacks on the armed forces and paramilitary forces, especially those in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, low-level “insider” elements with contacts with the Lal Masjid, which was part of the Al Qaeda network, are known to have been involved. Let see how seriously government of Pakistan now engages with Lal Masjid?

Councils make £667m through parking charges The amount of profit raised by local councils from parking charges rose by more than 12% last year. An RAC Foundation survey found that in 2013/14, councils in England made a combined “profit” of £667m from their on and offstreet parking operations. The previous year they made £594m from fines, permits and tickets. Around £293m of the amount raised in 2013/14, or 44%, was generated by councils in London. Parking profits seem to be a one-way street for councils, having risen annually for the last five years. Yet over the same period spending on local roads has fallen about a fifth in real

term. Maybe councils should rethink parking policy and charges, which should be about managing traffic not raising revenue. Very few councils were losing money on parking operations, with just 16% of the 353 parking authorities in England reporting negative numbers for 2013/14. The authority with the largest surplus in 2013/14 was previous tabletopper Westminster with £51m. The five biggest “earners” were all London authorities, with only Brighton & Hove and Nottingham breaking into a top 10 dominated by councils in the capital.

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Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son

Is The Property Spring Turning To A Prop- of the reasons is that demand is outstripping sup- the general economic climate but more and more uses ,commercial and industrial development ply as very few new homes have been built,this through the improving communication networks gathers momentum prices will begin to increase. erty Summer? Last year we were taking about the green shoots of recovery blooming into a fully fledged Property Spring, are we going to see the beginnings of the Property Summer in 2015 ?. It depends on what you consider is Summer,it can range from a Caribbean Summer to a typical British Summer.One thing is for sure the wind is changing signalling a enthusiastic renaissance. I will briefly run through the popular sectors of the market:

Commercial Property Despite the downturn of the property market since 2007 industrial and warehouse properties located close to business and financial centres have been in demand particularly in the last twelve months .There has been a substantial increase in demand from the owner occupier sector rather than the investment sectors of the market with tenants in existing properties being offered incentives by their landlords not to relocate. John Dawes MRICS Partner at Mark Jenkinson who has operated in this market for many years comments "We are experiencing some price momentum as the strengthening regional economic climate improves,driving demand for property. Rental growth is helping investor confidence and demand for freeholds". It is clear there are opportunities for investors to develop in this sector with good tenant demand. One of the reasons given for this demand has been a lack of new build in the last ten years which has fuelled demand for existing stock, secondly there are more people setting up in small businesses as a result of career changes following the recession. The prediction for 2015 is we will see Spring turning into early Summer in this sector of the property market.

Residential It is a sector of the market which has a strong media following facilitating almost a weekly update almost as much as the weather.It is a topic of social gatherings and small talk most people seem to have an opinion making it a hot subject. I believe it is safe to say that demand for residential property is rising not just in the South but also the North prices are beginning to strengthen.One


is particularly apparent in the South and areas of high demand in the North.Investors are also reengaging in the Buy to Let market.It is also true to say that people have been holding back through the recession have now decided that it is time to become more active in their search for a new home. Talking to Simon Wortley a Chartered Surveyor and Partner at Mark Jenkinson who has over 25 years of experience he says "The Residential market has shown significant improvement in activity with noticeably more sales being achieved in 2014 reflected in the increase in survey instructions" .He has seen a very busy year in the market. Therefore it is clear 2014 has seen significant improvements ,I believe 2015 will continue to be a strong year for the residential market akin to a mild Summer.

Private Rented Sector Another key theme of 2014 is that we may well be at the beginning of a structural change in the Housing Market the rise of the Private Rented Sector.It is sector of the market that could in the past be termed a cottage industry.I believe 2015 will see the start of a new revolution in housing tenure with more developers coming into the market.As more and more of us seem to be choosing to rent than buy,the demand for good quality long term rentals will clearly rise bringing larger developers into the market to fulfil demand as is the case in London and other large cities. The Private Rented Sector is an accepted and mature housing tenure in many European countries,it is inevitable this will become a tenure of choice for future generations.Why? as people become more flexible with employment it provides mobility in the workforce without the burden of being tied down through home ownership. The journey for this sector has begun 2015 will see it moving from its infancy to a a maturing model for developers and consumers alike.

Offices It is a major sector of the property market which has seen huge investment from developers and investors over many years.The tenant demand was always strong making them popular with institutional investors.In the last few years we have seen changes coming into the market ,some down to

that have developed in the last few years,with people being able to work remotely and in some cases from home. Clearly such changes will effect demand for office space,you will see many empty office blocks through Government encouragement have been converted to residential apartments to fulfil the demand for homes. Charles Duncan has operated in this sector of the market for over 30 years and has seen many changes. Comments "The Sheffield Office market is definitely improving as we see the existing supply rapidly diminishing. This years office take up was approximately 270,000 sq ft compared to 250,000 sq ft last year, and 200,000 sq ft the year before. And the city centre cranes are back - Office Building number 3 at St Paul's Place is coming out of the ground which will provide 80,000 sq ft of Grade A city centre offices by the end of the year" Although we are seeing a steady increase in demand for offices ,occupiers are becoming more discerning in terms of location, connectivity to electronic communication media and location. The office market is arguably going through a transitional phase of equalisation which will continue through 2015 and beyond after which we will see a changed product and a steadying of demand and supply. It is a market which is coming through a harsh winter into early Spring,one thing is for sure it will bounce back stronger and fresher.

Development Land The answer to this market lies in our landscape,just look around your cities and towns and see how many new developments are coming out of the ground in many cities of the North such as Sheffield you will see a handful. But this is a improving picture with more and more developers coming into the market,there are many projects which have been instigated and will come to fruition in the next few years.It is evident that developers and investors are working up schemes as the availability of finance improves we will see more housing and mixed use developments coming forward. The demand for land is certainly showing signs of improvement,in fact dealing with a case recently I realised there is a shortage of large commercial sites.It is a trend that I believe will continue as demand for land to accommodate housing,ancillary

Agricultural Land Demand has seen a sharp rise over the last few years. Many new buyers are entering this market. It is argued this trend will continue with some people arguing this sector of the market is out performing the overheated southern residential market. Many of the new entrants into the market place are looking for small holdings or small farms. As a new generation is reacquainting themselves with land and farming for many it is a step up from owning an allotment. By the way demand for allotments is also increasing, with waiting lists on many council run sites. In the auction room ÂŁ15,000/ÂŁ20,000 per acre has been achieved it is quite probable that this figure may continue to rise. It is most definitely a warm British summer in this market.

Retirement Village/Care As we are living longer and much more healthier lifestyles the demand for residential accommodation for the over 55s is rising. There are many new developments which are aimed at this market. The rise of the Retirement Village and Extra Care Schemes which cater for this market has begun to mature in the last few years. The concept is fairly simple - people buy or rent a unit and access care as and when needed. Clearly this is a nutshell explanation and does require a great deal of expertise to develop. Equally, as we live longer the need for care in general will no doubt see a rise, a secenario well monnented on in the last few years, It will continue as a topic into 2015 and beyond. In conclusion one can say 2014 was a year of consolidation with the 'Property Spring' getting warmer. So what does 2015 hold, many property professionals believe it will become a fully pledged spring with a creep towards a mild summer, for this to happen economic condition need to continue improving with financial institutions becoming more bullish towards property investment and development. Also we have the small issue of a General Election and what they may bring.

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As dawn broke on the 16th of December 2014 over the northern city of Peshawar in Pakistan, in homes and dwellings throughout this populace area, children began to wake, eager with the anticipation of another day at school. One such child was Kola Altaf a five year old girl, who was going to make her second visit to the Kinder garden facility at the military school. As her parents bathed and fed her, their minds would have been filled with the expectation of what their beautiful baby girl would grow into. Little did they know that this would be her last day on God’s green earth and they would find her in the aftermath, laying as if asleep, but for the blood and bullet hole in hear scalp. Also preparing in a place not too far were six men, intoxicated with the sermons of hatred and raging with a blood lust, sold on the lie that it would be they who would be entering the gates of paradise, committed now to the slaying of innocent children, they too made their ablutions and prepared to unleash indiscriminate murder of the pupils of the military school.

Pakistan army forces were speedily on the scene some fifteen minutes into the attack. The (SSG) Special Security Group and the Frontier Corps entered the building, determined to take out the assailants. Having intercepted the terrorist’s communication with their handlers, they were now not underestimating the treat as the group had requested instructions on what there next move should be by their chilling communication quote “We have killed all the children, what do we do now.” Now meeting resistance and under fire the terrorists attempted to take hostages in rooms. The Armed forces, whose snipers having killed 3 of them, now closed in on the remaining assailants. It is probably at this point in a gun battle which lasted some 3 hours, that the terrorists detonated their suicide packs, which were strapped to their bodies.

As the smoke emerged from the mass slaughter in the school, the carnage of bloodied children’s’ bodies, with many having been shot in the face head and chest was only now full to see. The tragedy all the more poignant for the armed forces, who not only took some casualties with the elite forces engaged in the rescue, but whose high ranking military personnel’s children who had attended the school, now mounted to a death toll of over 50 of the overall 130 children killed. The chief military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa, said that some 145 people including 132 children had initially been killed between the ages of 8 to 18 initially. A death toll which gradually increased to over 225, with some of the initial survivors of the massacre, subsequently succumbing to their injuries. Reports then emerged that the terrorists had lists of children, whose parents were (The Auditorium -The blood of the innocents, children who were in positions with the military, to watching a first aid demonstration to save lives, when the killers target and once done so were entered. Shown in the aftermath of the massacre) isolated and specifically killed first. The military spokesperson The six terrorists crossed over from the adjoin- further added “We know who they are and who ing cemetery, scaling the walls having used a they were in contact with, but details cannot be van for leverage. Once inside they proceeded to shared due to operational reasons. They were the main auditorium located at the centre of the aware of locations and they must have carried complex. Bursting in they must have startled the out reconnaissance on the area. It is highly posbewildered children gathered to watch a first aid sible that someone from the inside might have seminar as they opened fire from their machine tipped them off” guns, indiscriminately firing, killing as many as The government of Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif they could. Through the fear and chaos children were quick to react, with the lifting of the moraran towards the two exits to escape, only to be torium on the death penalty along with a 3 day cut down. As bodies lay, with blood streaming period of mourning for a national tragedy and across the floors, they made their way through a unified gathering of all the political parties to the school, killing any sign of life. Reports later talks, with Imran khan, the Chairman of Pakistan’s emerge that the female teachers were burned to Tereef-E-Insaf (PTI) party calling off his 4 month death having been set alight in front of their pu- protest against the corruption of the governing pils, a fate sadly also met by the principle of the Pakistan Muslim league (PML) party, in order to discuss the nations unified response. Pakistan school Tahira Kazi.

Facebook May Add A ‘Dislike’ Button Facebook is considering the possibility of adding a “dislike” button to its site, according to its CEO. In a second public Q&A, Mark Zuckerberg said that the company was “thinking about it [introducing a dislike button],” although the company doesn’t have anything to release soon. Zuckerberg said there were two ways that the company could approach it. The first would be to introduce a dislike


button directly, but the company wants to avoid this as it feels it would be used to shame users. Instead, Zuckerberg said that it could be used for sadder events, or moments where the like button isn’t an appropriate response. The team had discussions about what is “the right way to make it so that people can easily express a broader range of emotions to empathise.”

security agencies the ISI and FIA, along with the the killing of non combatants, especially women military were gathering and arresting groups of and children. militants across the northern border of Waziris- Genuine Heroes of the true Mujahedeen like tan and in Quetta. Terrorist organisation group Abdel-Haq, the lion hearted warrior of the fight leaders in custody were promptly hanged, with against the Soviets, saw the vision of the future others served the death penalty to be enacted and returning from running a successful business in due time. As Pakistan air force F-16s and JF- in Dubai after defeating the Russians, bravely 17 jets flew sorties over the tribal regions and embarked on a mission into Afghanistan with a Waziristan border region engaging in the bomb- small group to meet and reconcile the Taliban to ing of the Tirah Valley, the terrorists must have join a new government of Unity. After a clash and been recounting the price they will now pay for astonishing chase he was cornered and captured in a village. The Talban then proceeded to hang the slaughter of a nations innocent children. Mullah Fazullah the leader of the Taliban in Pa- one of their brothers and greatest warriors, for kistan, who had previously ordered the shoot- wanting to stop the killing and build their country. ing of school girl Malala Yousafzai, had narrowly Others too succumb to murder like Ahmed Shah escaped being killed by bombing in November Masood, the engineer turned resistance fighter of 2014 and now with a new resolve and the al- who was assassinated, again for refusing to join ready enacted Operation Zarb-E-Azab (the name the Taliban and calling for a Government of Unity of the sword of the prophet Mohammed pbuh) to rebuild war torn Afghanistan. by the Pakistan Army, places to hide would be fast running out, as the gallows await him and his ilk in Pakistan. On a level with atrocities by terrorists, as appalling as each is, this even prompted Al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent to issue a statement, no doubt calculating that this most heinous of acts within the category of horrid acts will serve to unite Pakistan to annihilate all terrorist groups, including them and any support amongst the masses and its powerful sympathisers would surely now be strangled. The Pakistan armed forces under the Chief of Staff (A Lady Prays for the Murdered Children of the Peshawar School) General Raheel Sharif, was already making headway in its fight against the terrorists, by clearing the The killers of the children spoke Arabic and Patribal regions of militants from a variety of groups shtu, with the leader being a well known fanatic either affiliated or not with the Taliban. In re- Abu Shamil from Chechnya, with three more sponse these terrorists had upon capture publicly from Egypt and Morocco and two from Afghanibeheaded Pakistani army soldiers in a pathetic stan. One of the Afghanis had a bounty on his response reminiscent of their ISIS cohorts in the head of $500,000 by the Americans and was Middle East. This and other atrocities only lead linked to other atrocities. Let us hope and pray to strengthen the resolve of the army to elimi- that this is a watershed moment in the history of Pakistan a country blighted by extremists for so nate these groups wherever they found them. long and which has destroyed so many lives, so For too long the romanticism associated with that if there is any silver lining and historical testhe Taliban, emanating from their just defence of timony to the martyred children of the Peshawar Afghanistan against the atheistic invaders of the School, it is that never again shall such a heinous then USSR, in the early eighties, has been drawn act of barbarity happen. As the prayers of chilout to maintain support amongst the Pakistani dren in schools and homes from all corners of the masses and its elite, for the increasingly militant globe for their fellow students are said, let the reand changed so called Taliban movement. The solve of all decent peoples of all religions and in Mujahedeen of that fight are no more, ever since all countries and especially Pakistanis, not dwinthey played host to extremist Arabs, with a world dle in the face of evil as the true new Jihad, to agenda and anti American grudge, they too lost cleanse the land of the agents of death, destructheir credibility, and authenticity as a genuine tion and extremism takes on a new meaning. and pure resistance movement and became com- BY promised enacting activities which their religion Jaan. M. Khan. E: Mail: Vegas_1@Hushmail.com strictly prohibits, namely suicide bombings and

More Than 5 Trillion Pieces Of Plastic Are Floating In The World’s Oceans More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing While bigger plastic pieces can strangle animals nearly 269,000 tons, are littering the world’s such as seals, smaller pieces can get eaten by oceans. Researchers have travelled the world’s fish and then travel up the food chain. Researchers say the volume of plastic seas on 24 expeditions bedebris is likely to grow due tween 2007 and 2013, colto increasing production and lecting small pieces of plastic. because 5 per cent of the The largest source of plastic world’s plastic gets recycled. pollutants was found to be The study only measured discarded fishing nets and plastic floating at the surface. buoys, but plastic bags, toys Plastic on the ocean floor and bottles also heavily litwasn’t included. tered the waters.

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Sheffield Muslim Community Contributes To The Festive Season More than £970 has been donated to the S2 Food Bank by Sheffield Muslim Community Forum. Members of the forum raised this significant amount through online donations and collections, along with food donations, to S2 Foodbank after doing a donation drive at Sheffield Super Store on Abbeydale Road and Bangla Bazaar on Staniforth Road on Sunday, December 21st 2014. The donation will be used by food bank volunteers, who are based at St Swithun’s Church Centre on Cary Road, Manor. Sohail Mumtaz, project leader for SMCF, said: “We are part of the community and we should all play a part in helping each other and build towards a cohesive community. “We will meet after the New Year and try to do something more regular on behalf of the Muslim community for the food banks.” The S2 food bank opened earlier this year to help cope with the increasing demand for support. Its work is designed to take some of the pressure off the Salvation Army on Duke Street, which has previously been taking responsibility for food bank support in the S2 area. The food bank has

around 20 volunteers supporting its work and is visited by a significant number of Muslims aswell. Shahid Ali, one of the organisers said: “What a great response we've had from the Whole Community and beyond. The committee has worked tirelessly in between our regular jobs with plenty of support from friends and family." Sheraz Ahmed commented that: "The response we got when we finally delivered the food to the Foodbank was truly overwhelming. They were expecting a car load full but when we turned up in a van, the shock on some of the faces really made it worthwhile. Deni, the lady in charge said we've never received such a huge donation and we are truly grateful to the Sheffield Muslim Community and others who have helped. This will make many a person really happy this Christmas and beyond. When someone asked Deni, "where did all this food come

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Unchecked Superbugs Could Kill 10 Million A Year By 2050 Drug-resistant superbugs could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to £64trillion by 2050 if their rampant global spread is not halted, according to a Government-commissioned review. As big as that number might seem, it almost definitely underestimates the true economic cost. Such infections already kill hundreds of thousands of people a year and the trend is growing, the review said. In Europe and the United States alone, around 50,000 people currently die each year from infections caused by superbug forms of bacteria such as E.coli. The importance of effective antimicrobial drugs cannot be overplayed. Unless something is done by 2050, that number could become 10 million people losing their lives each year from then onwards. The study looked at antimicrobial resistance (AMR) under different scenarios for six common infections - three bacterial, plus malaria, HIV and tubercu-

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

public WiFi and only use it for non-sensitive data activity if you are unsure about it’s security. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe when using public WiFi: Always use reputable internet security software on all your devices including your laptop, PC, MAC, tablets and smartphone. If a WiFi connection does not require a password, it is insecure. So, don’t send any confidential information over this network e.g. username, passwords, private data etc. Look for public places that do offer free WiFi but require a password which you obtain from them. Look out for the https in the web address in your browser and the padlock symbol when using websites for personal transactions. Always check your credit card or Therefore, it is important to be debit bills for any odd transacextremely vigilant when using tions, especially if you use public WiFi a lot. Always keep your device software up-to-date especially if security updates are available. Security using the Internet has been and always will be an issue as hackers find new ways of executing attacks but as long as you stick to the rules of keeping your confidential data secure, you can lower he chances of experiencing theft of your data. to steal information, identity or passwords and money from the users who use public or insecure wi-fi connections. The important thing is to distinguish if the public WiFi you are using is secure and not public. When you connect to it, if it requires a security access password, it means it is secure but if you can just connect to it with no password, it is insecure. Something known as ‘man-inthe-middle’ is being applied to commit these attacks on public networks. Where, the hackers capture data being passed between a user of the public WiFi and the Internet. Attacks of these kind are targeting people when they communicate with a bank, do online shopping or log in to social media sites.


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

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