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WHO WILL BE BRITAIN’S NEXT PRIME MINISTER?
David Camerons luck ran out on June 24 2016. Having failed to persuade the British electorate against leaving the E.U., Cameron appeared outside 10 Downing Street to announce his resignation. It is expected a new prime minister will be in place by the time of the Conservative Party conference in October, with Cameron remaining in power until then. In his resignation speech, Cameron said the country requires “fresh leadership…to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.” So who might this captain be? Boris Johnson The former London mayor led the Tory rebels in pushing for a Brexit and, as one of the figureheads of the Leave campaign, many argue that he is the ideal candidate to negotiate a favourable exit with Brussels.
Frequently tipped as the next Conservative leader, Johnson will need to navigate the Tories’ leadership system to have any chance of winning it. The process requires gaining support from enough MPs to be put forward as one of only two candidates to face a public vote. His popularity with the general public has made him odds-on favorite with bookmakers to become the next prime minister. However, his lack of time in Westminster while London mayor means he may not have the network of support from party members to achieve this. Michael Gove Gove has previously said that being prime minister doesn’t interest him, though he would not be the first politician to say such a thing and backtrack as soon as an opportunity presents itself. continued on page 4
CALLS FOR UNITY AFTER RACIST ATTACKS IN SHEFFIELD Calls for unity have made in Sheffield following a series of alleged hate crimes in the city following the referendum result. Sheffield charity bosses have reported incidents of staff being racially abused, while police have confirmed details of a number of racist attacks across Sheffield and South Yorkshire in the past few days - but say reports of hate crimes are actually down on the same time last year. Seven hate crime incidents have been recorded by South Yorkshire Police between June 23 and June 27, including a racially-aggravated assault in Sheffield and an assault occasioning actual bodily harm in Doncaster. A further incident of racially-aggravated harassment has occurred in Sheffield, along with another racist incident in the city where people were ‘put in fear of violence’. Two further incidents of racially-aggravated harassment have occurred in Doncaster, with racially-aggravated criminal damage reported in Rotherham. Police said they were unable to provide any further information about the incidents or whether any arrests have been made, but said in the same time period last year there had been 16 hate crimes recorded.
Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh has written to the force urging them to be vigilant about racist abuse after a rise in hate crimes was reported nationally following the referendum result. She said: “I want people across our city worried about this to know, whatever your creed or colour, you are every bit as welcome in Sheffield as you have ever been. You have every bit as much a right to be here as I do and we all value the fantastic contribution you make to our city. Nobody has any right whatsoever to treat any people in our communities with hate.” A post by a Sheffield woman on Facebook said: “I have been told to leave this country more times in the last 24 hours than in the 17 years I’ve lived here. “This referendum has given a mandate to racists and xenophobes to come out loud and proud. “England and Sheffield have broken my heart.” Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for communities, said: “What’s clear from the referendum result is Sheffield is a divided city. “We now face huge challenges as a city and one of these challenges is cohesion in our communities from divisive campaigns running up to the referendum. “There are cohesion issues in Sheffield and the rest of the UK and we must now come together.”
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Number Of UK Children Living In Poverty Jumps By 200,000 In A Year Official data shows first increase, when including housing costs, since 2011-12, with 3.9 million living in relative poverty The number of children living in poverty in the UK has jumped by 200,000 in a year, according to the latest official data. There were 3.9 million children living in “relative poverty” in 201415, up from 3.7 million a year earlier, the figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show. It was the first increase, when housing costs were included, since
Free WiFi In Libraries Sheffield libraries have gone wireless with WiFi. Available in all council-run branches, and most community-run ones, people are now able to log on for free from smartphones, tablets, laptops and more than 170 library computers. This means easier studying, job searches, research, instant downloads from the E-library and more opportunities for people to go online. Last year Ofcom, the UK’s communication regulator, announced that 20 per cent of adults are without fixed or mobile broadband in the UK. Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for community services and libraries at Sheffield City Council, said: “Wi-Fi has become an essential part of everyday life for many people and I’m delighted that we’re able to offer this service for free to people in Sheffield. I want Sheffield to be the most digitally switched-on city in Britain and this new service is a really important part of that vision. Our
Council Claim Victory Over Sheffield HS2 Station Move Sheffield's HS2 station will be built in the city centre rather than at Meadowhall, according to council leader Julie Dore. The switch would save the government £768m, while the council say it could create up to 6,500 more jobs. The announcement comes as a report said the HS2 project faced cost pressures. Ms Dore described the decision as "fantastic news for Sheffield". "We are delighted the Government has concluded that a city centre station location is the best option," she said. "We have been making this case for years because analysis shows it will create thousands more jobs than the Meadowhall option." A spokesman for the Sheffield City Region Com-
2011-12. An individual is considered to be in relative poverty if their household income is less than 60% of median income. Two-thirds of children in poverty are living in households where at least one adult is in work. The number of people classed as living in “relative poverty” after housing costs increased to 13.5 million in 2014-15 from 13.2 million a year earlier.
bined Authority said it welcomed the switch, adding that it hoped HS2 would consider building an additional "parkway station" in the region and a stop on the high speed network at Chesterfield. The council has campaigned for an HS2 station in the city centre ever since Meadowhall was chosen in 2013, calling for it to be built on the site of the city's old Victoria station. In 2015, it emerged the authority had spent £190,000 lobbying for the move.. It is understood the switch could see HS2 trains arriving and departing from Sheffield Midland Station, in Sheaf Street, via a spur line linked to the main HS2 line between Birmingham and Leeds.
libraries are brilliant community facilities and I hope this encourages even more people to use them. “As well as the free WiFi service, you can also learn how to get online and use a computer in branches. There’s something for everyone, so if you don’t use your local library yet, then pop down and see what’s on offer.” Computer classes run in libraries across Sheffield to help people get online. Many run with the help of partners including Heeley Development Trust, South Yorkshire Police and the Halifax Bank. The WiFi was provided through a grant from Arts Council England to provide and enhance free WiFi for library users. Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraryevents for information about computer classes in the libraries or contact your local branch. Details of all libraries in Sheffield are available at www.sheffield.gov. uk/libraries
Council Launches New Drive To Stop “Blue Badge Bandits” Sheffield City Council is reminding people that improper use of a blue badge can lead to a criminal conviction and a fine of up to £1,000 plus any costs awarded by the court. Blue badge fraud is estimated to cost the country £46 million each year at 2013 levels. A significant amount of this cost is lost parking income, as blue badge users can park for free in Council parking spaces and on some yellow line parking restrictions. It is believed fraudulent blue badge use poses a significant cost to the city as the pay and display parking areas as not being used as they should be. Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure at Sheffield City Council, said: “We want Sheffield residents to be confident in their blue badge scheme and want to tackle fraudulent use head-on. “We have always taken blue badge fraud seriously and have issued Penalty Charge Notices for improper use, but we are now taking the further step of prosecuting fraudulent use through the courts. “Taking a tougher line also allows disabled parking bays to be used by genuine blue badge users. At the same time we are being careful not
to follow up genuine cases, for example where someone has misplaced their blue badge ensuring only those acting fraudulently are prosecuted. “If you let someone else use your blue badge, they will be prosecuted and fined and your vehicle will get a penalty charge notice too. Noone else can use your blue badge unless you are travelling with them.” There are currently more than 24,000 Blue Badges in circulation within Sheffield – 225 of these belong to organisations and the remainder are individual badges. Those caught fraudulently using blue badges could have them confiscated, so the number of blue badges in use could be expected to reduce. Council officials are warning that blue badges must only be displayed if you are travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or if someone is collecting you or dropping you off. Otherwise, using it is fraud. And people are being reminded not to let other people pick up your shopping or collect something on your behalf unless you are travelling with them – your blue badge is for you and noone else.
WHO WILL BE BRITAIN’S NEXT PRIME MINISTER? continued from page 1 an opportunity presents itself. His campaigning to leave the EU has seen his popularity among Tory members soar in recent weeks. Gove topped a recent poll by the Conservative Home website asking “Who should be the next Conservative leader?” earning almost a third of all votes and twice as popular as the next closest candidate. Paul Goodman from Conservative Home said at the time: “The justice secretary is clearly seen by our party members as the proLeave cabinet member who is performing most powerfully.” Theresa May May positioned herself as much on the fence as she was able to during the bitterly fought campaign, making her potentially the ideal candidate to reconcile a divided party. Despite being ostensibly for Remain, it seems she was able to not al-
ienate herself from the Leave camp and will retain support from many in Westminster. The home secretary has repeatedly refused to say whether she is interested in becoming prime minister; however, her appointment of former political journalist Joey Jones as her official spokesman earlier this year was seen by some commentators as the beginning of a move to mount a leadership bid. George Osborne Osborne has been seen as the natural successor to Cameron for years, but his pro-Remain stance will have damaged his chances of taking over. Stephen Crabb So far Stephen Crabb has become the first Conservative MP to officially announce he will run for British Prime Minister. The 43-year-old MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire in Wales is also Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Incidents Of Anti-Muslim Abuse Up In 2015 Tell MAMA, an organisation that monitors antiMuslim attacks, said women wearing headscarves were more likely to be the target of Islamophobia. Pre Brexit incidents of anti-Muslim abuse and attacks in public areas rose by 326% in 2015, with women disproportionately targeted by mostly teenage perpetrators, according to a new report from the monitoring group Tell MAMA. More than one in 10 of all incidents reported to the organisation took place in educational establishments, with public transport in city centres another cluster area, according to the Guardian report. Far-right extremist groups and sympathisers were actively promoting hatred of Muslims on social media, which was a significant radicalisation factor, said Tell MAMA. “The statistics paint a profoundly bleak picture of the explosion of anti-Muslim hate both online and on our streets, with visible Muslim women being disproportionately targeted by cowardly hatemongers,” said Shahid Malik, chair of Tell MAMA. “This exponential growth is a testament to the fact that despite great efforts to fight anti-Muslim hatred, as a society we are still failing far too many of our citizens. With the backdrop of the Brexit vote and the spike in racist incidents that seems to be emerging, the government should be under no illusions, things could quickly become unpleasant for Britain’s minorities.” According to the report, the ability of Muslim women to travel on public transport free of fear and intimidation is being curtailed. Women wearing the hijab or niqab were especially vulnerable. “The largest proportion of incidents involve Muslim women, usually wearing Islamic garments,
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facing attacks from young white males,” said the report. The demographic of perpetrators had also changed, with a marked shift to youths aged between 13 and 18, according to data collected from victims. The findings “suggest that some teenagers are being radicalised and are moving away from the mainstream views of their age group, who are much more multicultural in their orientation,” the report said. Tell MAMA, which was founded in 2012, uses data from more than 15 police forces plus reports from victims and members of the public to compile a picture of Islamophobic activity in the UK. The organisation directly received 1,128 reports of abuse and attacks in 2015, of which it verified more than 800. Alongside the notable spike in street-based incidents, it reported many victims saying that bystanders had not intervened or challenged abusive behaviour. The proportion of incidents – 11% – taking place in schools and colleges was “troubling”, said the report. Teaching staff need to be trained to identify and challenge bigotry in the classroom, said Tell MAMA. Workers in customer service roles, such as catering, security and taxi drivers, were also disproportionately targeted, according to the report. Fiyaz Mughal, Tell MAMA’s founder, said: “We simply cannot have such hatred fester in our communities and in our societies. With a 326% increase in anti-Muslim hatred reported to us in 2015, we have to deal with this issue … Now is the time to redouble our efforts to tackle such hate from all extremist groups.”
SHEFFIELD SUPERTRAM REVENUE DOWN BY £1.2 MILLION
The 4,898 members of Sheffield City Battalion who died during the First World War are to be honoured in France and their home city as the world remembers the “big push” – the first day of the Battle Of The Somme. In Sheffield there will be a service and march starting at 11am on Friday 1 July at Weston Park, while 370 miles away in northern France, Sheffield Memorial Park will be the venue for a moving service featuring the Lord Mayor and several city councillors. After the commemorations for Sheffield’s Women of Steel, who worked in Sheffield’s munitions factories during the Second World War, these services put the spotlight on the so-called ‘Sheffield Pals’ from the York and Lancaster regiment who lost their lives in the First World War. Sheffield City Council has nominated Weston Park as a ‘Centenary Field’, as part of a national initiative being led by the Fields in Trust and the Royal British Legion, and a new plaque will be unveiled at the park during the service. Pals Battalions began to be formed in August 1914. Following the outbreak of the First World War. Pals were usually recruited from a local area and were nicknamed because Lord Kitch-
ener believed more men would enlist if they could serve alongside their, friends, relatives or work mates. Sheffield Pals comprised mainly of businessmen, clerics, journalists, school teachers and students from across the city. They were called the “coffee and bun boys” by the Barnsley Pals because of their middle-class backgrounds. Recruitment took place in September at Sheffield’s now-demolished Corn Exchange and about 1,000 men signed up within two days. The Sheffield Pals became part of The York and Lancaster Regiment as the 12th (Service) Battalion. The Hallamshire Battalion and the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry also included Sheffield men. The Centenary Fields programme 2014 to 2018 aims to protect at least one green space in every local authority area across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Weston Park has been selected because of its local heritage and significance. The York & Lancaster Memorial within the park commemorates the loss of more than 8,800 soldiers during the First World War, including the Sheffield Pals.
NEW HELIPAD UNVEILED AT NORTHERN GENERAL HOSPITAL After years of fundraising, Sheffield Hospitals Charity has unveiled a new helipad at the Northern General hospital today. The new £2m site will mean patients being air-lifted from scenes requiring life-saving treatment and transferred into the Accident and Emergency Department direct. Previously part of the jouney had to be done by ambulance. The site will serve approximately 1.8 million people across four counties, covering South Yorkshire, parts of the Humber, Derbyshire and the East Midlands.
Sheffield Supertram has seen a drop in passenger revenue for the seventh year running, figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show. The network's income fell from £12.6m in 2014/15 to £11.4m last year and by almost 30% since 2008/09, when it generated £16.2m. Passengers numbers, however, have risen from 11.5m to 11.6m in the last year. A spokeswoman for Stagecoach, which runs Supertram, said the network remained a "profitable business".
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High Court Dismisses Challenge To Local Councils ‘Boycott’ On Israeli Goods A challenge by a Jewish rights organisation over the legality of local council "boycotts" on Israeli goods produced on the West Bank has been dismissed by the High Court. Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) asked for a ruling that the councils, in passing the boycott resolutions, breached equality law duties and failed to have regard "to the need to eliminate discrimination and harassment of Jewish people", or the need to foster good relations between Jewish and non-Jewish people. Lawyers for Leicester City Council, Swansea City Council and Gwynedd Council said the case was "misconceived" and had been brought because JHRW "wants to stop local authorities debating Israel's actions". In London the High Court dismissed the claims, saying they failed in relation to each of the councils on an analysis of the facts and the applicable legal principles. A number of councils across the country began boycotting Israeli goods in around 2009 in response to Israel's invasion of Gaza. Lawyers for the three authorities stressed that the boycotts under challenge were in reality not affecting the procurement of goods and services and were no more than "symbolic expressions of concern" over Israeli actions, including the
continuing blockade of Gaza and the illegal appropriation of land in the West Bank. They said the members were exercising their right to freedom of expression protected by both the common law and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. But lawyers for JHRW, set up by Jewish and nonJewish professionals to combat anti-Semitism in the UK, argued the boycott resolutions represented unlawful policies that breached the Local Government Act 1988 and the Equality Act 2010. Their counsel, said the case was not about freedom of expression or "the lawfulness or otherwise - or even the moral rights and wrongs - of any Israeli action in the West Bank, Gaza, or East Jerusalem as the case may be". It was about the lawfulness of the way the councils in the case were discharging their local authority functions "and the failure of these local authorities to have due regard to the impact of their actions upon the Jewish community". In their ruling, the judges said: "The evidence is clear: the council resolutions did not override, or even affect, the lawful exercise of its public functions in relation to public supply or works contracts, and no contracts or potential contracts were affected by the resolutions."
£600M Cost Of ‘Rampant Sick-Note Culture’ Manufacturers are calling for tax breaks to tackle a chronic sick-note culture after a survey showed long-term sickness levels are up for two fifths of the UK’s industries. The manufacturers’ organisation EEF said the NHS is not meeting the needs of firms trying to get staff back to work – meaning that one in five manufacturers has to pay for private healthcare. According to the survey, 41% of companies say long term absence has increased in the last two years, matching the increase in the 2015 survey – then the largest in five years. Healthy employees can be up to three times as productive as those in poor health. They experience fewer motivational problems, are more resilient to change and are more likely to be en-
gaged with the business priorities. Back problems and muscular skeletal disorders remains the main cause of long term absence followed by medical tests, investigations and surgery in the study of 306 firms. The annual manufacturers’ general absence rate was 2.3% - an average of 5.3 days per employee per year which has stayed at around the same rate for the past six years. The findings come on the back of the UK’s biggest business survey on sickness absence and ahead of a Green Paper on workforce health to be published this summer. The survey shows that long-term absence continues to increase while the NHS is proving unable to support the working age population with timely and effective rehabilitation and medical treatment.
More British Women At Work Britain has record high level of women in jobs The number of women in jobs in Britain has reached its highest level since 1971, government figures revealed . The employment rate among working-age women is 69.2 per cent, while the employment rate for both men and women is also at a record high of 74.2 per cent. It means there are 31.6 million people in Britain in jobs. But the figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) also show there are around 750,000 unfilled vacancies in the economy at any one time. According to the ONS, the new figures show the latest unemployment rate is five per cent, lowest level since 2005. It means that in the February to April review period the number of people unemployed was 1.67 million, down 20,000 compared to the previous quarter. An ONS spokesman said: “There are nearly half a million more people in work compared to a year ago, with wages before bonuses up by
2.3 per cent in the same period. The growth in employment is being driven by full-time work.” The introduction of the new, compulsory National Living Wage of 7.20 pounds an hour ($10.21) for workers aged 25 and above helped lift the wage packets of 1.8 million workers. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Stephen Crabb said: “Secure employment and a decent wage are key to transforming the life chances of people right the way across the country, so I’m delighted to see another strong set of figures this month. “There are more people in work than ever before and wages are continuing their upward climb, which is great news for hardworking families who have seen a rise in their living standards over the past year. Our economic plan is delivering jobs and security right across Britain.” The unemployment rate among 16 to 24-year olds not in full-time education is at 5.6 per cent, its lowest ever figure.
Faith Leaders Unite To Condemn Post-Brexit Xenophobic Abuse Leaders of Britain’s main faith communities have united in condemning intolerance amid mounting reports of xenophobic and racist abuse in the wake of the EU referendum result. The Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, the Catholic archbishop of Westminster, the chief rabbi and senior imams have all spoken out against division and expressions of hatred. In Brussels, the United Nations human rights chief said he was deeply concerned about reports of attacks on minority communities and foreigners. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein urged the UK authorities to prosecute those responsible, saying racism and xenophobia were “completely, totally and utterly unacceptable in any circumstances”. Police recorded a 57% increase in hate crime complaints in the four days following the referendum, in which immigration was a key plank of the leave campaign. Justin Welby, the leader of the Church of England, said people of “evil will” were using the referendum result as an excuse to vent their hatred. “The privilege of democracy is to vote, to campaign vigorously, to have robust and firm discussion. It is not a privilege of democracy to express hatred, to use division as an excuse for prejudice and for hate-filled attacks,” the archbishop of Canterbury said at an iftar meal to break the Ramadan fast with the chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. We’ve seen a sharp increase in those in the last few days. Somehow people who were already of evil will – and I’m not blaming the leave campaign, I want to be quite clear about that – but people who were of evil will are using this as an excuse, a mere sham, for their hatred to be expressed.” Welby specifically condemned an attack on a Polish cultural centre in west London at the weekend. “That is an outrageous attack on the representatives of a country that have been friends and allies of Britain for decades, and who we value very greatly,” he said. A common stand against intolerance, discrimination and hatred was “absolutely crucial for the future of this country, and for rebuilding this country with a new vision of what it means to be
outward-looking, generous, hospitable, powerful in doing good, strong in resisting evil”. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, also condemned the attack on the Polish centre and on other communities. “This upsurge of racism, of hatred towards others, is something we must not tolerate. We have to say this is simply not acceptable in a humane society and it should never be provoked or promoted,” he said. People on both sides of the referendum debate needed to remain positive, said Qari Asim, an imam at Leeds mosque. “Not all those who voted to leave are bigoted, xenophobic or racist. That needs to be clear.” But, he added, “my concern is that the outcome could reinforce ultra-right nationalist tendencies who seek to alienate minorities. And what’s been very upsetting is that there has been no immediate statement of condemnation from the proleave camp.” Ibrahim Mogra, an imam from Leicester, said: “The UK has a very proud history of peaceful coexistence of diverse communities, and we cannot afford to lose that. We must accept the outcome of the referendum and remain united with our differences of opinion, and not allow any kind of hatred to take root in our communities – and not give any platform to people to use the referendum result as an opportunity to spread hatred. At the East London mosque, Shaykh Abdul Qayum said it was “sad and worrying when some politicians stoke racial and religious tensions to secure votes. We saw this in the recent London mayoral elections, now we are feeling the bitter effects in the aftermath of a divisive EU referendum. It has left many communities, even those who have been here for generations, in fear as hatred is openly turned against them. The chief rabbi said: “Sadly, we know only too well that when political and economic uncertainty strike, discord and hatred are often not far behind. We must heed this warning that even here in the UK, where we treasure diversity, we are not immune to the scourge of prejudice.”
New Sensory Paralympic Medals Created For Rio 2016 For Visually Impaired Athletes A built-in rattle is the surprise addition to the brand new 2016 Paralympic medals. When shaken, each medal has a slightly different metallic sound; with gold having the loudest, down to bronze with the subtlest. The idea is that this will give visually impaired athletes another way to distinguish between the medals, aside from the braille writing. According to the mint, which is producing the medals, a total of 5,130 medals, 2,488 for the Olympics and another 2,642 for the Paralympics are being created for the games, in a joint effort with the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee.
For those making the medals, the excitement is building for them to see their crafted masterpieces on show. "It will be a feeling of conquest for sure. We work hard and then to see it on the athletes' chests is a big deal because very few of them (athletes) are going to win, a lot will compete and just a few will reach that, so this is a big deal for us too. To know that the medals are highly valued," said an engraver at the mint. The gold is 100% extracted without the use of mercury, 30% of the silver is from recycled material. And the copper used in the bronze medals also uses 30% recycled material.
POST BREXIT - RESIDENTIAL MARKET Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son It has been a huge earthquake in British politics, something the country has not seen in peacetime. Clearly the political fallout is happening as I write this article but there are a number of issues which are beginning to prey on peoples minds and one is property. There have been a number of commentators who have said the property market will be affected in a negative way with prices falling between 10 to 18% the effect on the mortgage market is also yet to be determined so lets look at the scenario in a little more depth by taking into account the following:
A Shortage of Housing It is well known the country needs new homes hence it became a topic of discussion in last years election. Nearly all the political parties were agreed that a new policy was needed on house building which has resulted in a number of new projects across the country. In London the average house price is £500K, with the UK average being in the region of £210K. These figures clearly suggest house prices are at a level which most first time buyers will find difficult to finance.
clearly buyers and sellers will show some caution post Brexit but how long for, as people still need somewhere to live. The confidence factor is acute at present because of political instability, as the economic consequences are still unfolding it is a time of uncertainty. It is clear that we have had a great deal of confidence in the property for generations. It has ebbed and flowed but generally speaking the market has remained strong overall. In conclusion it is hard to imagine the market remaining in the doldrums for long, there are already signs it is becoming more active amongst cial Housing Sector has struggled to cope because prices fall they may become affordable for first buyers from Asia who, seeing the fall in the of a lack of new build therefore a healthy Private time buyers. Whether this is the case remains to pound are buying top end properties in London. It has only been a few days and already activity. Sector has developed. It is difficult to see this be seen. sector of the market being affected in the long Generally there will be a post Brexit lull as buyrun. Mortgages ers and sellers reboot to changing circumstances If anything the need for this sector of the market It is hard to predict what will happen with mort- and the novelty of the situation but it is difficult will grow as people look for reasonably priced ac- gage interest but if the economy goes into shock to see this lasting for long. It is clear people are commodation. I believe after the fallout this sec- then there may even be a reduction in rates from interested in property. As I am writing this there tor of the market will grow. an already low level. If inflation kicks in as a re- have been a number of people on the telephone sult of the pound reducing in value then the re- enquiring about property and what my thoughts were in terms of a post Brexit property market. verse may be the case. First Time Buyers
Therefore it can be concluded the demand is We are a nation that aspires to owning our own there, the issue is how we meet it. property, I cannot imagine that changing so there is the demand from first time buyers which has The Rental Market been established over numerous years. The question was and is how do we address it. Rents have been steadily rising in the last few years as demand has exceeded supply. The So- It is early days but it has been mentioned if house
No Guarantee Sheffield Will Still Get £180M Of European Funding After Brexit
Prime minister David Cameron has said he cannot guarantee Sheffield will still receive £180m of planned EU funding over the next four years following the Brexit vote. Mr Cameron told Parliament that only in time will it be clear how such planned funding is affected, so he couldn’t be clear on what will happen to cash currently earmarked for the Sheffield city region. His comments came in response to a question from Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield. Mr Blomfield said: “Sheffield City Region was set to receive £180m in European structural funds through to 2020. Much of that money is now at risk. “Those leading the Leave campaign did give guarantees that no area and no sector would lose out as a result of Brexit. We now know that those promises were worthless. But will the Prime Min-
ister join with me in urging his successor to ensure that Sheffield City Region is compensated by the UK Government for every pound of funding lost as a result of last Thursday’s decision?” Speaking after the exchange, Mr Blomfield said Leave campaigners needed to be held to account over the promises they had made about funding. I campaigned strongly for us to remain part of the European Union because I know how much South Yorkshire has benefited from European funding,” he said. “EU structural funds alone have provided more than £1billion and transformed our communities over the last 15 years. The Leave campaign made promises about matching the future funding that was due from the EU. I will hold them to account. This funding is worth as much as the region’s devolution deal. People will absolutely not accept the Government giving with one hand and taking with the other. The Leave campaign’s promises on NHS funding are already unravelling. I will not let them get away with duping people.” The Sheffield City Region has previously said the £180m EU funding programme would be spent on projects designed to enhance economic growth, create high-quality jobs and boost skills training. Spending priorities included tackling youth unemployment and providing funding to support the work of small and medium-sized businesses.
It is clear finance will be a key factor in driving the My thoughts are the property market will recaliproperty market. I cannot see any major changes brate and be stronger than before but it is a journey many have not been on before. in the mortgage market in the long term.
Confidence The biggest issue for the market is confidence,
Finally I would like to wish all the readers Eid Mubarak.
National Union Of Teachers Calls For Government Talks To Avert Strike Action The Government is being urged to hold talks with union leaders in a bid to avert a planned strike by teachers in a row over pay and conditions. Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will walk out on July 5 in England after voting by more than 9-1 in favour of industrial action. The union said its demands were to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed. In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, the union called for "meaningful" discussions to tackle issues it said were negatively affecting education. The Union said: "No teacher finds taking strike action easy but the situation in our schools needs to be urgently addressed. School budgets are being cut to the bone. The effect on children's education is clear. Class sizes are going up, subjects are being removed from the curriculum, especially in the Arts, while teaching posts are being cut or not replaced. "Teachers' terms and conditions are being deregulated and worsened through the academy programme. Head teachers are spending time on school negotiations which should be spent on education. This is unnecessary, time wasting and ineffective. There is no evidence it leads to better results in schools and is
fuelling the teacher retention and recruitment crisis." An Education Department spokesman said: "We are already in regular and constructive talks with the National Union of Teachers on pay and conditions. It is disappointing that they have chosen to continue with this unnecessary and damaging strike, which less than a quarter of its members voted for, despite our ongoing commitment to formal talks addressing their concerns. "Industrial action causes disruption to children's education, to their parents who have to take time out of work to arrange childcare and also damages the reputation of the profession. We urge the NUT again not to proceed with this action and to work with us to resolve their dispute at the negotiating table instead of playing politics with children's futures."
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Amir Khan Not To Represent Pakistan At Rio Olympics Amir Khan has decided not to pursue the chance to represent Pakistan at this summer's Rio Olympics. Khan, who won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games, had said earlier this month that he would "love" the opportunity to represent the country of his parents' birth. But he has now acknowledged he will not be ready to seek a place in Rio via the final qualification tournament which is due to take place in Venezuela this month. Khan is still recovering from the brutal sixth round knock-out he suffered at the hands of Mexican Saul Alvarez in their WBC middleweight title fight in Las Vegas in May. He had raised the possibility of returning to the Olympics after world governing body AIBA rati-
fied the eligibility of professional boxers for the event at its extraordinary congress in Lausanne. Khan - who risked a two-year ban by the World Boxing Council had he made a return to the Games - is one of the few fully professional fighters to speak out in favour of the move. The likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Manny Pacquiao, as well as 2012 gold medallists Vasyl Lomachenko and Zou Shiming, have all dismissed the opportunity to return in Rio. And although AIBA are remaining tight-lipped on prospective entrants, it is looking increasingly likely their move to rush through the new eligibility criteria could end with an embarrassing failure to land any of the big professional names they crave.
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Then Why Not Stop Smoking Altogether Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar and is a period of prayer, fasting, charitable giving and self-accountability. Ramadan is a great time to start some healthy habits and free yourself from unhealthy ones such as smoking. People who fast during Ramadan abstain from smoking, vaping or chewing tobacco during the day when fasting and in doing so have taken significant steps on their stop smoking journey. After just 20 minutes of not smoking, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal. After 8 hours of not smoking, nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by half and oxygen levels return to normal. After 24 hours, carbon monoxide is eliminated from your body, and your lungs begin clearing
out any mucus and other smoking debris. Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but there is much support available to help people say no to tobacco during Ramadan or any other time of the year and provide support to give up smoking for good. Shisha smokers are at risk of developing the same health problems as cigarette smokers including cancer and other respiratory diseases. It can also increase the risk of mouth cancer. Studies have also shown that even without including tobacco the betel leaf itself can pose the same health risks as other types of smoking. Smokers are 4 times more likely to quit smoking with the help of a so smoking service. A good place to start is the Quit Shop in Sheffield - The Quit Stop 39 Charles Street Sheffield S1 2HU.
Lionel Messi Quits National Team Lionel Messi has retired from international football after missing a penalty as Argentina lost a shoot-out to Chile in the Copa America final. The Barcelona forward has decided to quit without winning a major trophy with his country. Following the defeat at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Messi admitted after failing to win in four finals for Argentina he had decided not to carry on. The 29-year-old told Argentinian TV network TyC Sports: "I think it's best for everyone, for me and for many people who want it. The choice for me is over, it is a decision. I tried many times (to be champion) but did not."
Messi had become Argentina's all-time top scorer with 55 goals earlier in the tournament but final heartache was followed by his post-match announcement. Having lost Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016 and the World Cup final in 2014 Messi has turned his back on the international game. He added: "There are four finals, not for me, unfortunately, it was what I wanted. More than ever I wanted to win at least this cup but (it) could not be. "It's very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back. "I tried many times to get a title and failed."
Pakistan’s Amir Can Be World’s Best Bowler, Says Misbah Mohammad Amir can still become the best bowler in the world despite serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said recently. Left-arm fast bowler Amir, 24, is expected to make his return to Test cricket this month against England at Lord's, where his exciting career came to a shuddering halt in 2010. During that year's Test against England at Lord's, Amir and Pakistan new-ball partner Mohammad Asif bowled no-balls to order on the instructions of their captain Salman Butt as part of a sting operation carried out by a tabloid newspaper. All three received five-year bans from cricket and, together with sports agent Mazhar Majeed, jail terms. Amir, who served three months in an English young offenders institute, has only played limited overs internationals for Pakistan, but his career could come full circle when the first of a four-Test series against England starts at Lord's, 'the home of cricket', on July 14. Misbah believes Amir, who was one of the hottest properties in world cricket at the time of his ban, has lost none of his skill. "If you look at his bowling speed, swing and control –- it’s there," said Misbah at Hampshire's Rose Bowl ground near Southampton, where Pakistan were training Monday. "He can still be the best bowler in the world," he added ahead of Pakistan's opening three-day tour match against Somerset at Taunton starting Sunday. "Whatever form of the game he has played since his comeback, he has done well," said key batsman Misbah of Amir, who in his 14 Tests before his ban took 51 wickets at an average of under 30
apiece. "He knows he is under pressure but he is handling it well," the Pakistan captain insisted. "This is a good chance for him to come here, the place where he had those problems, and show the world he is there to perform and deliver for the team. “It is a chance to win back all his fans. It’s a great opportunity and he's working hard." As for Amir receiving a potentially hostile reception from English spectators, Misbah said: "It might happen –- you can always hear voices. "The best way is to concentrate on your skills and your duties and Amir has to focus on his game and what he has to do. He is doing well.” This is Pakistan' first full of tour of England since their infamous 2010 visit. Pakistan, however, have won their last two Test series against England, in 2012 and 2015, both of which took place in the United Arab Emirates. England defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 in a three-Test series that concluded with a rain-marred draw at Lord's earlier this month.
MPs Launch Inquiry Into Sharia Courts MPs on the Commons home affairs committee have launched an inquiry into the operation of sharia courts in the UK to ensure their principles are compatible with British law. The announcement follows the establishment of a similar investigation by the Home Office in May. Among the topics on which the committee is seeking evidence are: the range of services offered by sharia councils, reasons for their use, and how sharia law deals with family, divorce, domestic violence and child custody cases. The inquiry will also look into the extent to which sharia councils might discriminate against women, and how they are funded. MPs will consider how sharia councils compare with other religious courts operating in the UK, such as the Jewish rabbinical Beth Din court, how such systems operate in other jurisdictions abroad and whether there should be government monitoring or oversight. The chair of the committee, Keith Vaz, said: “We will be hearing evidence from both observers and
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You wake up in the morning with your duvet on the floor Crumpled up clothes covering your door Dust lying in the curtains The coldness seeps from beneath the bed You hear voices whispering gently inside your head Those voices encourage you to do something unique A quest for a treasure for which you have to seek Even if you have to climb high mountains Continuing the walk to the very peak practitioners of these courts, and are currently accepting written evidence on a wide range of issues, including the compatibility of sharia courts with British law.” The Home Office investigation is not due to report until next year.
Get Your Vitamin D Boost From The Sun People are being encouraged to get at least 1520 minutes in the sunshine everyday to boost the amount of vitamin D they produce naturally from now until September. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, adults and children at risk and everyone over the age of 65 are being asked to follow the advice. Nearly all vitamin D is made in our body from sunlight and it is vital to help the body absorb calcium and help make healthy bones and muscles. Some people are more at risk of vitamin D deficiency: • All pregnant and breastfeeding women, • Infants and young children under 5 years of age • Teenagers • Older people aged 65 years and over • People who have low or no exposure to the sun, for example those who cover their skin for cultural reasons, who are housebound or confined indoors for long periods
• People who have darker skin such as people who are African, African-Caribbean, Middle Eastern or South Asian Everyone should aim to get 15 to 20 minutes in the sun without sunscreen between 11am and 3pm everyday. We produce vitamin D in the summer months and store it in our bodies for the winter. If you stay indoors a lot, use sunscreen immediately or wear clothes that cover your skin, this can limit the amount you can produce and affect your health. On really hot days, people with fair or sensitive skin might need to be extra careful not to redden their skin. Children with darker skin may need longer in the sun without sunscreen to enable their body to make the vitamin D that they need. Babies under 6 months should always be kept out of direct sunlight. A lack of vitamin D can cause rickets in children as well as cause bone pain and muscle weakness.
Challenging yourself could help you achieve high goals Manage your time or tomorrow you will have to fill deep holes paint your life’s canvas of beautiful colours today tomorrow you will be proud, achievement is here to stay work hard today even if it is for hours Tomorrow your success will measure as tall as thousand feet towers.
Apple Make Siri Smarter Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors’ recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into its popular Siri digital assistant and opening the tool to outside developers, which means iPhone users could soon be able to hail rides with Uber, publish photos on Shutterfly or make calls on Skype with voice commands.The tech giant kicked off its annual software conference by announcing new software features for the Apple Watch and Apple TV as well, while unveiling a new design for the Apple Music service. It’s also extending Apple Pay to the web, so users can pay for purchases made on their Mac computers. Most of the new features won’t arrive until this fall.
At a time when sales of its flagship iPhone are slowing, Apple seemed determined to show that it can make its gadgets indispensable — or at least as useful as its competitors’ products. Still, the tech giant is taking a cautious approach to integrating computer intelligence into its online services. While Apple is opening its text-messaging service to outside app-builders, for example, it made no mention of adding the kind of intelligent programs, or “chat bots,” that many competitors are rushing to build into their messaging platforms. Apple executives also stressed their efforts to safeguard users’ privacy, even as it provides recommendations and suggestions based on individual user information.
Playstation Virtual Reality System Coming Soon Gamers and parents of serious gamers – beware. Sony has revealed that its much awaited, virtual reality system that works with the PlayStation 4 games console will go on sale in October. During a press conference ahead of the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, the technology and entertainment firm revealed that PlayStation VR will go on sale in the US on October 13, for 399 US dollars (about £280). A UK price and release date are still to be confirmed. The device is unlike other virtual reality systems as it does not require a high-powered gaming PC, instead plugging in directly to the PlayStation 4 console. Sony also confirmed that more than 50 games will be available for PlayStation VR between
launch and the end of the year, while titles based on the Star Trek and Resident Evil universes were also revealed during the press conference. A virtual reality experience based on the Batman universe was also teased during the show, and will launch in October. Two other premium virtual reality headsets have already launched this year - HTC's Vive and the Oculus Rift, whose parent company is owned by Facebook. Meanwhile Samsung, among other technology manufacturers, has released the Gear VR, which uses a smartphone fitted into the headset to provide the screen. However it is the PlayStation system many believe will be the most popular with consumers because of its ease to integrate into current households by plugging into a PS4.
Aagrah’s Mohammed Aslam MBE Appointed Deputy Lieutenant Of West Yorkshire His passion for food has led to both national and It has been announced in the London Gazette the international recognition over the years, boasting appointment of Yorkshire based Aagrah Resnot one, but two, International UK Chefs of the taurant Group Managing Director, Mohammed Year awards. Aslam, MBE, DL, as a Deputy Lieutenant for the Mohammed Aslam was also awarded with a County of West Yorkshire. He will assist the Lord Special Recognition accolade at the British Curry Lieutenant, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe, who represents HM Awards 2013 by Prime Minster David Cameron. The Queen in the execution of her duties in the The prestigious award acknowledges his signifiCounty. cant contributions to services to industry. The Mr. Aslam has been at the helm of the successful 2000 strong audience gave a rapturous standing family business for nearly 4 decades. ovation to Mohammed Aslam in appreciation of There will be a number of events where the Lord his commitment and dedication. Lieutenant is unavailable and he will attend in her Today Aagrah Restaurant not only run the restauplace – “I will do whatever is required of me,” he rant chain, the company also has a highly successsaid. “I’m very honoured to be offered this opporful Event Catering business providing outdoor tunity to further help the community.” catering nationwide ranging from 50 to 5000 peo“from a business point of view, we like to support ple. They also have a share of the home dining the communities in which we work and this is an marketing through a range of Aagrah Tarka Cookopportunity for me to do something further for ing Sauces available in Asda and Coop. the people around West Yorkshire.” Aagrah also plays host to the biggest event of its Aagrah Restaurant Group was setup by Group kind, The Aagrah Business Dinner, in memory of Chairman, Mohammed Sabir,MBE, Dbs, in 1977. the late Sajid Sabir, son of Aagrah Group ChairIt is an independent family business with 14 sites man. Now in its 34th year the event is attended throughout Yorkshire. The company is UK and Euby over 800 business guests who collectively rope’s largest Kashmiri Restaurant chain. generate hundreds of millions of pounds for the Mr. Aslam has worked with both community and industry initiatives such as schools and colleges to inspire and promote the industry and region. He economy. also developed the national South Asian Chef Competition to recognise and reward talent from The company employs 350 people and over the years has raised over £2 million pounds for charitable causes. the hospitality sector.
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Girls Showing University Aspiration At Just 13 The gender gap trend in student numbers starts as young as 13 when girls are more likely than boys to believe that going to university is important, research has revealed. Just 36 per cent of boys enter higher education compared with 46 per cent of girls and researchers found that even when pupils are 13 or 14, girls had more positive attitudes towards university. The statistics may explain the growing disparity in university admissions between the sexes as aspiring to go on to higher education by 15 or 16 makes a big difference to A-level choices. The study from Oxford University showed data from 3,000 young people found almost 65 per cent of girls in Year Nine thought it very important to go to university, compared with 58 per cent of boys. Over half of all the Year Nine pupils surveyed (61 per cent) thought it was very important to get a degree, compared with only 13 per cent who said it was of little or very little importance. One in ten girls felt it was not important to get a degree, but among boys the proportion declaring university of little importance was 15 per cent, according to the study published by The Sutton Trust. Pupils aged 15 and 16 with similar GCSE results
were twice as likely to go on to do three A-levels if they saw university as a likely goal for them. This could explain the gap in admissions later. The higher aspirations of girls in comparison to boys may be linked to their greater A-level success and gaining admission to university.’ The report also found that disadvantaged students were less likely to think they would go on to university, with only 27 per cent having high aspirations compared with 39 per cent of their better-off peers. The Government said the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates has narrowed since 2011 and Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to double the proportion of disadvantaged young people entering higher education by the end of this Parliament, from 2009 levels. A spokesman said: ‘We have introduced a more rigorous curriculum so every child, regardless of their background, learns the basics they need, such as English and maths, so they can go on to fulfil their potential, whether that's into the world of work or continuing their studies, and encouraging more young people, particularly girls, to study Stem (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects.’
Sheffield Gets UK’s ‘First Air Pollution Garden’ A garden that monitors the effects of pollution has been planted in Sheffield. A plot at Sheffield Botanical Gardens has been planted with species sensitive to ozone pollution, including lettuce and wheat. The project is a collaboration between the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York. Air pollution is invisible, but the plants and pigments will show up its effects. The 6x8m (20 x
26ft) garden will visually demonstrate the effects of pollution on plants with discolouring of the leaves. Snap beans and clover have been planted alongside lettuce and wheat, and coneflower and milkweed will be added in a few months. People will also be able to read information about plants' ability to absorb chemicals, and about air pollution's effects on humans.
Tougher Penalties ‘Won’t Change’ Drivers From Using Phones Most motorists do not believe plans to increase penalties for illegal mobile phone use while driving will change people's behaviour , a new study suggests. The Government is set to publish the results of a consultation which proposed raising penalty points for non-HGV drivers from three to four and and fines from £100 to £150. But a survey of 2,100 drivers for the RAC found that 69% do not think the changes would make any difference as a "substantial minority will still use their handheld phones while driving". Asked generally whether penalties should be increased, 52% agreed. A fifth (21%) of those people want both penalty points and fines raised, while 11% claim disqualification from driving is the answer. RAC said: "There is a very strong feeling from law-abiding motorists that something needs to be done. But while people want the penalties for committing this offence to be beefed up there is also an acceptance that nothing is likely to
change due primarily to a lack of enforcement." Between 2010 and 2014 the number of roads police officers in England and Wales declined by 23%, according to the RAC, while the number of fixed penalty notices issued for illegal mobile use fell from 125,500 in 2009 to 52,400 in 2012. Using a phone behind the wheel "is a recipe for disaster" and changing people's behaviour will only be achieved through a combination of measures. More rigorous enforcement of the law is needed, increased penalties that act as a meaningful deterrent and a high profile advertising campaign that makes motorists fully aware of the serious consequences of using a handheld phone at the wheel of a vehicle. Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: " We have some of the safest roads in Europe but we are cracking down on motorists who endanger lives by using handheld mobile phones while driving. We want to see this illegal and dangerous practice become a social taboo."
British Lawmakers Pass New Digital Surveillance Law Which Suburb Of Sheffield Has Been Named One Of The Best Places In Britain To Live?
British lawmakers passed a new surveillance law to give security agencies more extensive monitoring capabilities in the digital age after several amendments were added to better protect privacy. Lawmakers voted 444-69 in favour of the Investigatory Powers Bill, which interior minister Theresa May said would help "keep us safe in an uncertain world". The bill will now go to the House of Lords upper house of parliament. Several lawmakers, including the opposition Scottish National Party, voted against the bill, saying that the protections for privacy were not strong enough. Last November, Prime Minister David Cameron's government announced plans for sweeping new powers which would force tech firms to store details of every website people visited for a year as well as spelling out the ability of spies to col-
lect bulk data and hack into individuals' computers and smartphones. Calling the scrutiny of the bill "unprecedented", May said there was a new privacy clause that would require agencies to consider less intrusive means to achieve the same ends and special protections for lawmakers, lawyers and journalists. "It provides far greater transparency, overhauled safeguards and adds protections for privacy and introduces a new and world-leading oversight regime," May told parliament. A debate about how to protect privacy while giving agencies the powers they need has raged since former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked details about mass surveillance by British and U.S spies in 2013.
Crookes, Crosspool and Ranmoor have been named as among some of the best places to live in Britain in a new survey. The S10 postcode area - which also includes Broomhill, Fulwood and Redmires, is one of the top hotspots for young professionals buying homes across England and Wales, a report has found. Didsbury in Manchester, Clifton in Bristol, central Cardiff, Jesmond in Newcastle and Reading were also among the most desirable places for professionals aged between 25 and 44 years old to buy a property, according to Lloyds Bank. Lloyds' review looked at Land Registry house sales in the year to February 2016 and also used analysis of different sectors of the population by marketing consultancy CACI to make the findings. Lloyds Bank said: "Young professionals tend to have a professional or university qualification, are in well paid jobs and enjoy an urban lifestyle without the hustle and bustle of living in the city centre. "Our research shows that aspiring young urbanites choose to settle in areas which give them the best of both worlds - attractive suburbs offering good amenities and quality of life, which are within easy reach of a larger city centre - and in many cases they are prepared to pay a premium to live there." The research also found young professionals face paying a premium to live in their desired area - paying £88,000 more typically for a home in the postal district hotspots than a property in the wider
town or city where they are located. The survey said that the average house price in S10 is £239,625 while the average house price across Sheffield is £170,036 - meaning buyers pay a 41% premium to live in the area.
Are You In Chronic Pain? Nearly half of British population living with chronic pain A large section of the population in Britain — 43 per cent — is living with chronic pain, a major cause of disability and distress, says a new study based on an analysis of the available evidence. The number of affected population — roughly 28 million adults based population statistics for 2013 — is likely to rise as the population ages, the researchers warned. Women were more likely than men to be affected by chronic pain, irrespective of age or pain type, the findings showed. The study is based on population estimates of chronic pain – defined as lasting more than three months – chronic widespread pain, fibro-
myalgia (a rheumatic condition characterised by muscular or musculoskeletal pain), and chronic neuropathic pain (caused by nerve signalling problems). Researchers found that older people were more likely to live with pain over the long term. Among 18-25 year olds, the prevalence was 14 per cent, although it may be as high as 30 per cent among 18-39 year olds – a sizeable chunk of the working population, the researchers said. Among those aged 75 and above, the prevalence was almost two thirds (62 per cent). The findings, published in the online journal BMJ Open, suggest that if current trends continue, the burden of chronic pain may increase further still as the population ages.
New Education Centre Revealed For Botanical Gardens With a Grade Two listing, and dating back to the 1830s, Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens is one of the city’s most treasured landscapes. And now, in what is the biggest development at the site in a decade, opportunities to learn at the gardens, off Clarkehouse Road, are set to grow. A new education centre will take root, replacing a temporary and outdated classroom block and enabling botanical, horticultural and heritagebased educational activities for people of all ages. The development, which will merge learning with outdoor life, also adds to Sheffield’s growing reputation as The Outdoor City. Among the opportunities on offer at the centre will be sessions aimed at schoolchildren, practical courses for adult learners – delivered by experts – and a programme of lectures, demon-
Depression Shrinks Human Brain Chronic and repeated episodes of depression can shrink the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for memory and emotion, an international study has revealed. The results highlight the urgent need to treat depression in teenagers, the authors emphasised. But with the treatment, the damage is reversible, the study said. The more episodes of depression a person had, the greater the reduction in hippocampus size. Persistent depression does more harm to the
hippocampus the more you leave it untreated. The damage to the brain comes from recurrent illness. Treating depression effectively does not just mean medicines. Social interventions are just as important. Antidepressants can have a protective effect but these are not the only treatment. In young people, “psychotherapy should be explored as the first line of treatment,” the study emphasised.
Public Trust In Charities ‘Falls To Record Low’ Public trust and confidence in charities has fallen to the lowest recorded level, according to a Charity Commission report. Findings published on Tuesday reveal that more than a quarter (33%) of the 1,085 people questioned by Populus for the commission say their trust and confidence in charities has decreased over the past two years. The reasons for a decrease in trust include media stories about charities, too much money being spent on advertising and wages, and a lack of knowledge and trust about how donations are spent. On average the report states that public trust and confidence in charities has fallen to 5.7 out of 10 - the lowest recorded rating ever recorded by the study. Charities play a vital role in society and this report shows that the public still overwhelmingly believe that. But public support cannot be taken for granted and these results show that action is needed to restore public confidence. These re-
sults are a call to action for everyone who values public trust in charities. The survey also found that 67% think charities spend too much of their funds on salaries and administration - up from 58% in 2014. And 74% of those quizzed said they find some fundraising methods used by charities make them feel uncomfortable - up from 66% in 2014. A fall in trust is not unexpected after a very difficult year for charities. The public wants to see charities explain more and account better for how they manage and spend their money. They want to see honest and ethical fundraising, and they want to know that charities are making a positive difference to their causes. The Charity Commission said there are positive changes in the sector already, with a new fundraising regulator, a new Charities Act and many charities responding positively in addressing public concerns. And that the role of the commission will be doing more to tackle abuse and improve the register of charities.
strations, art classes and photography courses. Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens The Botanical Gardens were created in 1836 by Robert Marnock, a leading horticulturalist and landscape designer of his day. In 1951 the gardens, which cover 19 acres, were leased to Sheffield City Council from the Sheffield Town Trust. The site now has 15 different garden areas featuring collections of plants from all over the world, including Mediterranean, Asian, American prairie-style, woodland and rock-and-water plantings. Development of a new education centre and educational activities has been a long-term aim since the completion, in 2005, of an ambitious restoration project at the gardens. Since then, the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust
and the Friends of the Botanical Gardens have continued to raise funds for the improvement of the site. The new facility will be fully funded by a grant from the Trust. Within the new education centre, which is set to be completed by the end of the year, there will be a library, an office, a kitchen and toilet facilities, as well as three flexible classroom areas which can be opened up to create a larger lecture area. The centre will offer educational opportunities for schools, practical courses for adult learners – delivered by experts – as well as a programme of lectures, demonstrations, art classes and photography courses. Building work is set to begin in early July.
Parents Warned Of Allergic Henna Tattoos Parents have been warned about a dangerous trend which could lead to permanent allergies, scarring and burns. Vendors are using hair dye to create so-called black henna tattoos, which are often seen on holidays abroad, at funfairs and festivals. Parents hoping to treat their child have been warned to stay away from the dodgy designs, which are created using a chemical made from high concentrations of hair dye. The dye is illegal to use on the skin and can have a severe reaction, causing painful burns, blistering and scarring. Health experts from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have warned that once children become allergic to the substance, they will have the allergy permanently and will never be able to use products such as hair dye in future. While these temporary tattoos are based on henna they have high concentrations of a dye added to produce a black colour. Applying this dye to the skin in this way is illegal but vendors offering this can be found abroad and even in the UK. Once a child has
Police Scotland Hijab Plan For Muslim Officers Police Scotland is preparing to introduce a hijab as an optional part of its uniform to encourage Muslim women to join the force. It is studying a specific design of headscarf which would cover the head and neck but not the face. In a briefing to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), Police Scotland said it would need to recruit an additional 650 ethnic minority employees to reflect the
number of those from black and Asian backgrounds in society as a whole. Accoridng to Daily Record figures show there were just 127 applications from black and Asian candidates in 2015/16. The Metropolitan Police approved a uniform hijab more than 10 years ago.
become allergic to this they will have a life long allergy and will have to avoid hair dye in the future. Itâ€™s important that young people or their parents know which substance is being used if they do get a temporary tattoo. Even if it states natural henna, if the liquid is black on the skin it should be avoided. Around 40% of skin doctors in the UK have reported seeing patients with reactions to the tattoos, and more than half have reported a rise in the numbers.
Report Links 6.5 Million Deaths Worldwide To Air Pollution
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Each year about 6.5 million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution, a number that could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash emissions, the International Energy Agency has warned. In the Paris-based agency’s first report on the subject, the IEA said air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to human health, after high blood pressure, bad diets and smoking. “Without changes to the way that the world produces and uses energy, the ruinous toll from air pollution on human life is set to rise,” the report said. Air pollution in many of the region’s growing cities continues to be a major public health hazard and, indeed, to affect a larger share of an increasingly urban population. Outdoor air pollution comes mainly from power plants, factories and cars while household pollution stems from dirty cook stoves, primarily in developing countries. About 3 million premature deaths are linked to outdoor air pollution and 3.5 million premature deaths to inhaling smoke from stoves in the household, the report said. The latter number is projected to fall to 3 million in 2040 as access to cleaner-burning stoves improves in poor countries, IEA said. But it projected that the death toll linked to outdoor air quality would rise to 4.5 million, mainly in Asia, as growing demand for energy results in higher emissions.
A brand new smartphone that costs just $4 sounds ridiculous, right? Turns out it isn’t, thanks to a new tech start-up in India. A Freedom 251 handset – which costs just £3 and has been dubbed the world’s cheapest smartphone – is finally set to begin shipping later after a string of delays. Developed by Ringing Bells, a firm based near the country’s capital New Delhi, the 3G phone comes with a four-inch screen, an 8MP rear camera and 3.2MP frontfacing camera. The firm had previously come under scrutiny by the Indian government, forcing them to withdraw the product from sale and refund customers while investigations continued over alleged cop-
yright violations and lack of appropriate legal documents from the country’s telecoms regulator. Ringing Bells is hoping to sell more than 200,000 devices in the initial phase when the product went on sale on June 30. The phone is available in two colours (black and white), runs Android Lollipop 5.1 and comes pre-installed with Facebook, YouTube, Google Play and WhatsApp. The company may have a loss, but they are happy that the dream of connecting rural and poor Indians as part of the ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives has been fulfilled with ‘Freedom 251′.
New Helium Source Discovered
Scientists won’t be restricting helium balloons just yet as a new discovery could solve a shortage of the gas. Reserves of the gas have been running out and doctors a year ago were calling for a ban on its use in party balloons, branding it frivolous. But scientists have found new helium sources in Tanzania, which could be critical to the role helium plays not only in fun, but in life-threatening medicine. Helium does not just make voices go squeaky – its extremely low boiling point means it is used for super-cooling and is critical in MRI scanners, nuclear power and leak detection. Until now helium has been found accidentally during drilling for oil and gas. But a team from Oxford and Durham Universities, working with the Norwegian firm Helium One, applied the expertise used in oil and gas exploration to find how helium was generated underground and where it accumulated. Their research showed that volcanic activity provides the intense heat necessary to release the gas from ancient, helium-bearing rocks. Within the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley, volcanoes have released helium from deep rocks and trapped it in shallower gas fields.
Human Organs For Transplants Grown In Pigs Human organs for transplants grown in pigs American scientists are attempting to grow human organs inside a pig. A team from the University of California has created a “genetic role” in the pigs’ DNA which will allow them to inject human stem cells into the pig embryos. Researchers hope the resulting fetus will grow a pancreas made almost entirely of human cells -although in the current trials the pregnancies will be terminated after 28 days. Last year the main US medical research agency imposed a funding limit because of concerns that the human cells might migrate to developing the fetus pig’s brain, making the animal more human. Reproductive biologist Professor Pablo Ross, who is leading the research, said: “Our hope is that this pig embryo will develop normally but the pancreas will be made almost exclusively out of human cells and could be compatible with a patient for transplantation.
UK- Pak Signs Agreement To Support Motorway Construction UK signs agreement to support new motorway construction The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) signed an agreement with the Government of Pakistan for a $34 million grant to build the remaining 64-kilometre section of the motorway (M-4) connecting Shorkot and Khanewal in Punjab province. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will administer the UK’s $34 million grant and the additional $100 million loan by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The agreement was signed between Pakistan’s Secretary for Economic Affairs Tariq Bajwa and ADB Country Director for Pakistan Werner E. Liepach, in a ceremony attended by Pakistan’s Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang and the Head of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Joanna Reid. Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Head of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Joanna Reid said: “DFID and ADB are supporting the government of Pakistan to create regional connectivity, economic growth and stability in Pakistan. The agreement signed today is an important step in this direction. The UK’s collaboration will support Pakistan to improve road
safety and to create an environment that will transform roads into economic corridors. This partnership will not only help Pakistan promote and expand trade with regional partners, but also to create more jobs and sustainable livelihoods.” ADB will administer both the DFID grant and the AIIB loan to assist Pakistan to upgrade key sections of primary north-south highways and motorways through its transport sector projects. This project is part of a 1,800 kilometres Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) transport corridor. Once completed, the transport project will help substantially cut travel time between Karachi and Peshawar and link up Pakistan with the Central Asian countries boosting regional trade and commerce.
We Could Be Waiting 1,500 Years Before Aliens Make Contact It might take another 1,500 years before extraterrestrial aliens make contact with the human race, a team of astronomers has predicted. The scientists performed a calculation based on the likelihood of technological civilisations arising among the stars, and the probable length of time they had been transmitting signals across space. They concluded there was no reason to think we are
alone in the universe. “We haven’t heard from aliens yet, as space is a big place – but that doesn’t mean no one is out there.“ Astronomers have long pondered why, given the number of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, there has been such a deafening silence from the cosmos – despite attempts by Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scientists to eavesdrop on alien signals. There are more than 200 billion stars in the Milky Way, almost half of which may host Earthlike planets, according to one estimate. If life is not unique to the Earth and has evolved in a similar way elsewhere, the galaxy should be teeming with civilisations. Yet not one confirmed alien signal has ever been detected. This puzzle was highlighted in 1950 by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi in what has become known as the “Fermi Paradox”.
Mr Shumile J. Chishty “We think there is a very low potential for a human brain to grow.”
Pigs are thought to be an ideal biological incubator for growing human organs, and could possibly be used to create not just a pancreas, but hearts, livers, kidneys lungs and other organs. He said transplanting such organs to human patients in need of transplants could be done without the need for immunosuppressive drugs which can carry significant side-effects. Britain is currently suffering an acute organ donor shortage , mainly due to medical advances which are saving more lives following accidents, and 429 people died in 2014 waiting for a transplant. But animal rights campaigners are questioning the use of animals to grow human organs. Peter Stevenson, from Compassion in World Farming, said: “I’m nervous about opening up a new source of animal suffering. Let’s first get many more people to donate organs.”
For Pakistan, There Is Good And Bad News Post-Brexit On the eve of the Brexit vote, ten winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics wrote a letter to The Guardian. They warned that a vote to leave the European Union could hurt the UK in three ways: firstly, it would limit UK’s access to the European market; secondly, it would force the UK to redefine trade relationships within and outside Europe; and thirdly, separation would be slow, leading to years of uncertainty for investors. Britain voted to leave anyway, and global equities lost over $2 trillion in a day. The social and political repercussions are relatively straightforward. The EU has lost some of its political clout on the global stage, while isolationist parties in the member states have gained ground. Another major exit could trigger an unravelling. If Scotland seeks a referendum for independence, the UK will lose clout as well. This political vacuum should provide the US, China, Russia, and India opportunities to extend their influence. China, as the most pragmatic of these players, may gain the most. However, economic repercussions are actually unclear. There are always costs and benefits to the economic arrangements. In the case of the EU, the main question is whether the benefits of market access and bargaining power for member states exceed the costs of lobbying, regulatory compliance, bloated bureaucracy, and rentseeking. There has been some suggestion that the UK could have its cake and eat it too, a la Norway. This would allow the UK to maintain market access while freeing its industries from some EU regulations. I think this unlikely. It would be political suicide for the Union. A Norway style arrangement would signal to other EU members that opting out is relatively painless, and countries may start queuing for the exit. It is difficult for the EU to afford such a precedent. So the post-Brexit negotiations are likely to trigger a long period of uncertainty and risk aversion. These lengthy negotiations are the likeliest source of economic loss. What’s in it for Pakistan? Meanwhile, what are the implications for Pakistan? Again, the picture is complicated, so the following comes with a liberal serving of salt. Let’s start with the bad news. First, the exports should decline, for two reasons. First, the UK is the third largest importer of Pakistani goods, behind the United States and China. Pakistan’s exports were helped by the GSP Plus arrangement with the EU, but Britain’s exit means that we will have to renegotiate terms with our largest European importer. Second, the weakening of both the pound sterling and the
euro will make Pakistani exports more expensive for European consumers. Second, remittances may decline. The UK is the third largest source of remittances for Pakistan, behind Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Remittances come from the savings of Pakistanis and Pakistan-origin foreigners. These savings are expected to shrink in the UK. With access to the EU market in peril, Brexit may lower foreign direct investment, increase unemployment, and increase prices in the UK. An added concern is the anti-immigrant sentiment, which may prompt some Pakistanis to leave the UK — this could trigger a one-off increase in foreign reserves as some workers return with their savings. Third, foreign portfolio investment should decline. The only foreign portfolio investors in Pakistan are institutional investors who are very particular about their exposures to risk. Virtually all such investors are exposed to the UK or EU markets. As the risk from these portfolios increases, investors are likely to reduce their exposure to emerging markets such as Pakistan. And now the good news First, foreign direct investment may rise. Here Pakistans insularity can provide some refuge for skittish foreign capital. The UK has the third largest direct investment inflows into Pakistan, behind China and the UAE. Several multinationals based in these countries are well-established here. Stalwarts like Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestle, and Colgate-Palmolive have been early shelters for investors, and their steady profitability in Pakistan could encourage new inflows. Second, external debt servicing and repayment may become easier. This is one area where insularity may help Pakistan. Exports are a small portion of Pakistan’s GDP, and the rupee is not highly correlated with the dollar, euro, or yen (the main denominations of our external debt). By the end of March 2016, our external debt and liabilities stood at $69.6 billion. Then lion’s share was external public debt, at $55.1 billion. Much of this debt will mature over the next few years. If a protracted Brexit process can push exchange rates down enough for long enough, Pakistan may have an easier time repaying its debts. Third, the confluence of Russia’s Eurasia Economic Union and China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ projects will likely gain momentum as the EU reorganises. CPEC makes Pakistan a natural ally in these projects. If it can keep provide security and sensible foreign policy in these uncertain times, we may accelerate the development of the Economic Corridor over the next few years.
Monarchy Cost UK Taxpayers £40m Last Year
A review is under way into how much the Queen receives annually from the Treasury, as the Crown Estate makes a record profit. New figures show the monarchy cost the UK taxpayer £40.1m last year, with more than £16m spent on the upkeep of royal palaces and other buildings. That is an increase of £4.6m on the previous financial year. But the Queen and the Royal Family's official travel costs to the taxpayer fell more than £1m to £4m. The single most expensive trip was taken by the Prince of Wales, whose two-day journey in September from Scotland to Yorkshire on official business cost taxpayers more than £33,000, royal accounts showed. Buckingham Palace and the Government are reviewing the amount of money the Queen receives each year from the Treasury. It comes at a time when new figures reveal that the Crown Estate - a £12bn property portfolio including Regent Street and Ascot racecourse - has made a record annual profit of £304.1m. That money goes to the Treasury, but the Queen receives a Sovereign Grant of 15% of the estate profits, paid two years in arrears.
It means the amount she receives under that grant would rise to more than £45m in 2017. Every five years, the Palace and the Government review the formula for calculating the grant, and that is being discussed in this financial year. It is unclear what effect the Brexit vote will have on the review, as it involves the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister, who will be replaced by the autumn. The Queen has seen a 38% rise in the money she receives in the Sovereign Grant in recent years. Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Alan Reid, said that despite the investment they are making, the condition of the estate was deteriorating at a faster rate than they have been able to respond to. He said a significant part of the current grant will be used to increase the annual works programme to tackle the backlog in essential maintenance. Meanwhile, Prince Charles' income from his private Duchy of Cornwall estate of lands, buildings and financial investments has increased by 3.1% to £20.5m. His tax bill increased by £531,000 to just over £5m. The Duchy of Cornwall owns assets such as London's Oval cricket ground, and has the Isles of Scilly in its portfolio. The estate is given to the heir to the throne and is made up of 132,518 acres of land across 23 counties, mainly in the south-west of England. Prince Charles also received £1.4m from the Sovereign Grant and government departments last year.
Creation And Behaviour Of Humans Dr A Q Khan
The holy month of Ramazan seems a good time to contemplate the creation of human beings and their rather haughty behaviour. We are all witness to how the majority of our countrymen – including most of the leaders – totally ignore the spirit of the divine edicts. It is almost like the Quran and Hadees seem no more than the Arabian Nights or Tilism Hoshruba to them. Let us first take a look at how we were created. “Surely We created man in the best mould; then We reverted him to the lowest of the low, except those who have faith and do righteous deeds. Theirs is a never-ending reward.” (95: 4-6) “He Who excelled in the creation of all that He created. He originated the creation of man from clay, then made his progeny from the extract of a mean fluid, then He duly proportioned him, and breathed into him of His spirit, and bestowed upon you ears and eyes and hearts. And yet little thanks do you give.” (32: 7-9) “Allah created you from dust, then from a drop of sperm, then He made you into pairs. No female conceives (a child) except with His knowledge. None is given a long life, nor is any diminished in his life but it is written in a Book. Surely that is quite easy for Allah.” (35:11) “It is Allah Who created you in a state of weakness; then after weakness He gave you strength, then after strength He made you weak and old. He creates what He pleases. He is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.” (30:54) “He it is Who created you from a single being, and He it is Who made from it its mate. He it is Who created you for eight heads of cattle in pairs. He creates you in your mothers’ wombs, giving
you one form after another in threefold depths of darkness. That, then, is Allah, your Lord. His is the kingdom. There is no god but He. So, whence are you being turned astray?” (39:6) “He it is Who created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clot; then He brings you out as an infant, then causes you to grow into full maturity, and then causes you to grow further so that you may reach old age, while some of you He recalls earlier. All this is in order that you may reach an appointed term and that you may understand (the Truth). (40:67) “Surely We brought man into being out of dry ringing clay which was wrought from black mud.” (15:26) “Was he not a drop of ejaculated semen, then he became a clot, and then Allah made it into a living body and proportioned its parts, and then He made of him a pair, male and female?” (75:37-39) “Verily We created man out of a drop of intermingled sperm so that We might try him, and We therefore endowed him with hearing and sight. Surely We showed him the Right Path, regardless of whether he chooses to be thankful or unthankful (to his Lord).” (76:2-3) Let us now see what purpose there was behind our creation. “I created the jinn and humans for nothing else but that they may serve Me.” (51:56) “O mankind, serve your Lord Who has created you as well as those before you; do so that you are saved.” (2:21) “Did you image that We created you without any purpose, and that you will not be brought back to Us?” (23:115) “Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion of the Universe, and Who has
power over everything; Who created death and life that He might try you as to which of you is better in deed. He is the Most Mighty, the Most Forgiving. (67:1-2) Let us now look at the behaviour of these ungrateful creatures. “Man wearies not of praying for good, but when evil visits him, he despairs and gives up all hope. And if We bestow Our Mercy upon him after hardship, he will surely say: ‘This is what I truly deserve, and I do not believe that the Hour (of Resurrection) will ever come to pass;
the land. But He sends down in due measure whatever (sustenance) He wills. Surely He is WellAware and All- Seeing concerning matters that relate to His servants. (42:27) “Yet they have made some of His servants a part of Him. Indeed man is most evidently thankless.” (43:15) “Verily man is impatient by nature: bewailing when evil befalls him, and tight-fisted when good fortune visits him.” (70:19-21) “Nay, the truth is that you love ardently (the good of this world) that can be obtained hastily, and are oblivious of the Hereafter.” 75:20-21) “Nay, surely man transgresses; for he believes himself to be self-sufficient.” (96:6-7) “Verily man is most ungrateful to his Lord; and he himself is a witness to that, and surely he loves riches with a passionate loving.” (100:6-8) We have seen that the All-Knowing Almighty has declared man as cowardly, hasty, ungrateful, impatient, boastful, arrogant, etc, and He has warned us in many places in the Quran (see Surah Al-Fajr) that Allah’s chastisement and punishment is very painful. In addition to this, He has also pointed out numerous favours that He has blessed us with (see Surah Al-Rahman). It now becomes clear that most Muslims totally ignore divine edicts, for which they will have to face the consequences. Our leaders bear a grave responsibility in having to look after the welfare and security of the people and they will have to pay a heavy penalty for failing to do so.
and if I am returned to my Lord, there too I shall enjoy the best.’ Surely We shall fully apprise the unbelievers of what they have done, and We shall certainly make them taste a severe chastisement. When We bestow Our favour upon man, he turns away and waxes proud; but when a misfortune touches him, he is full of supplication (41:49-51) “If Allah were to grant ample sustenance to His servants, they would go about transgressing in Email: email@example.com
Inspectors Rate Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust 16,000 reasons why inspectors have rated Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust as ‘Good’ overall and ‘Outstanding’ for many of its services. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of 16,000 staff and volunteers, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been given an overall rating of ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with many services rated as ‘Outstanding'. This means the Trust is one of only 18 (out of 174 Trusts) to have achieved green in every one of the five domains which the Care Quality Commission use to rate a NHS organisation. The report, published today (9 June 2016) highlighted Critical Care, Maternity and Gynaecology, Community Health Services, Outpatients and Community Dental Services as ‘Outstanding'. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals runs the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General Hospitals as well as Weston Park Cancer Hospital, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital and the Jessop Wing Maternity Hospital. The Trust also provides a wide range of community health services to people across
Sheffield. A team of over 80 inspectors visited the Trust’s hospital and community based services between 7th and 11th December 2015 with further unannounced visits taking place in the two weeks following this. The CQC spoke to patients, carers, and staff of all levels. They also sought views and perceptions of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from external organisations including Healthwatch and local NHS commissioners. Inspectors said they saw “patients being cared for with kindness, dignity and respect and in many services across acute and community, patients told us they were very happy with their care.” Dedication and hard work are clearly at the heart of the CQC findings. It is great news for the people of Sheffield who can feel reassured that they are receiving such high quality care. More information about some of the areas rated as Outstanding can be found at www.sth.nhs.uk.
Cristiano Ronaldo Replaces Floyd Mayweather At Top Of Forbes’ Rich List The Real Madrid forward earned $88 million in 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first footballer to top the Forbes rich list as the world’s highest-paid athlete for 2016. The Real Madrid and Portugal forward earned $88 million (£60 million)—$56 million (£39 million) in salary and winnings, plus $32 million (£22 million) from endorsements. Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 50 matches for Real last season, culminating in his penalty at the San Siro in May, securing the Champions League title for the Spanish club. The list is made up of two footballers, three basketballers, two tennis players, two golfers and one American footballer. Ronaldo, 31, pips longterm rival Lionel Messi to the top spot, with the Barcelona star’s earnings standing at $81.4 million
(£56 million), $6.6 million (£4.5 million) behind Ronaldo. In 2015, the Portuguese was third in the list behind boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who earned $300 million (£207 million) and $160 million (£110 million), respectively. Mayweather’s retirement from the sport has seen the American slip to 16th, netting $44 million (£30 million) in 2016.
Amjad Sabri Renowned qawwal Amjad Farid Sabri was shot dead last month by unknown gunmen when he was passing through Liaqatabad in Karachi. His loss will be deeply felt by fans and followers, who live all around the world and are from diverse religions and creeds. A scion of the famous Sabriyya Sufi order, Sabri had to live up to the prestigious name made by his father, Ghulam Farid Sabri, who founded the Sabri brothers group along with his younger brother Maqbool Ahmed Sabri. The Sabris have a musical history stretching back centuries to the Mughal era, and claim direct descent from Mian Tansen, a musical virtuoso in Akbar’s court. More recently, the Sabri brothers were catapulted into global recognition by becoming the first exponents of Sufi qawwalis in the West when they performed in front of packed crowd in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Ghulam Sabri inculcated his two sons, including Amjad Sabri, into the qawwal tradition at the tender age of 9. As the younger Amjad recalls, “Most riyazis done in Raag Bhairon and this is an early morning raag. My mother would urge our father to let us sleep but he would still wake us up.” And, despite the hardships, he understood the importance of such discipline, even at an early age. “He [Ghulam Sabri] was correct in doing so [waking his sons up before the crack of dawn] because if a raag is rendered at the correct time, the performer himself enjoys it to the fullest.” Like most child prodigies who find their calling early in life, Amjad Sabri progressed from feat to feat in the world of qawwali until he eventually attained mastery of the form. In his first performance with his father back in 1988, Sabri, who was still only 12 years old at the time, wowed audiences with his well-developed voice which soon matured into a burly baritone with age. Since then, he has been regaling audiences with his heartfelt renditions of Sufi kalaams, both at home and abroad. The tragic loss of Amjad Sabri will be felt long after today, while news of his death is still being carried by the news cycle. As the person billed with carrying forward the qawwal tradition after
the deaths of his illustrious father and uncle, his death will impact his fans and followers of the Sufi tradition for years to come. Upon the untimely death of Sabri’s uncle Maqbool Ahmed in 2011, pop singer Abbas Ali Khan said, “Qawwali, in its true form, will be lost, as modern day artists have commercialized Sufi music so much that it fails to exist in its true form,” adding that the mantle of carrying forward the art in its true form had now fallen on the shoulders of his nephew. Yet, even with his many tal-
ents, the humble Amjad Sabri – true to Sufi form – felt that the burden of carrying this mantle was “too heavy”. And maybe it was. In the age of Coke Studio and slickly produced performance videos, carrying forward the qawwal tradition was maybe too much to expect from one man. Yet Sabri managed, even in the face of such odds. While the reasons for why Sabri was killed are still unknown, the snatching away of his life can be seen in the context of Sufism’s larger struggle to retain its foothold in Pakistani and South Asian culture. Since 2001, there have been numerous attacks on the shrines of celebrated Sufi figures and thinkers, including Rehman Baba and Data Ganj Baksh. Let us hope that Sabri’s untimely death does not leave the prospects for Sufi thought in the region even more bleak. We still need an Amjad Sabri among us. He carried the mantle of the Sabri order after the death of his uncle when no one else could. But now after his own death, his fans and followers around the world are at a loss to say who will carry this heavy mantle after him.
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Olympic Games, where he won a silver medal, Bolton's Amir "King" Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) went from local hero to international star when he won his first world title at 140 pounds in 2009.After five successful defences that included wins over Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah, Khan lost An explosive matchup of our own world-class fighter, his title by way of avery controAmir Khan is happening in May. British superstar and former versial decision to The Lamont Unified Super Lightweight World Amir “King” Khan will Peterson in 2011. Champion Winner face current WBA International Welterweight of two straight over Car- champion Luis Collazo in the 12 round event. "I'm looking los Molina and Julio Diazforward to fighting in Las Vegas once again, and my since, the flashy,intention flamon May 3 is to make a statement that I belong on this boyant 27-year-old boxbig stage," said Khan. "Luis Collazo might be coming off er-puncher is nowof a bigcamwin, but I am in incredible shape and am ready for this chalpaigning at welterweight, lenge. A win on May 3 is what I need to prove that I truly am one where he seeks championof the best welterweights in the sport." ship gold once again. A British standout who repre-
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 debit bills for any odd transactions, 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.
Olympic Games, where he won a silver medal, Bolton's Amir "King" Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) went from local hero to international star when he won his first world title at 140 pounds in 2009.After five successful defences that included wins over Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah, Khan lost his title by way of a controversial decision to Lamont Peterson in 2011. Winner of two straight over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz since, the flashy, flamboyant 27-year-old boxer-puncher is now campaigning at welterweight, where he seeks championsented his nation in the 2004 ship gold once again.
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