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Children's Hospitals Threatened
Children's hospitals are threatened with swinging cuts following a review of NHS funding
Proposals to change the way hospitals are paid will mean a "topup" fund which is paid to specialist paediatric centres would be slashed by two thirds. The head of one children's hospitals said if the plans went ahead, the implications were "extremely serious," threatening the future of services. Currently, centres which provide specialist children's services receive 78 per cent more than
the standard "rate" paid to other hospitals carrying out the same procedures. The payments are designed to take account of the complexity of cases treated at the hospitals, involving more staff and closer monitoring than when the same operations are carried out on adults, or on children without underlying health problems. Cont P 21...
House Prices Drop In Value By More Than Average Salary
Britain’s biggest building society said the average price of a home dropped 0.7 per cent this month, the equivalent of £2,376 in a month. It brings the average price of a home to £164,381, down from £166,757 in September. If prices continue to fall, the annual rate of house price inflation would drop to between 0 per cent and -1 per cent at the end of the year, Nationwide said. It compares to a rate of growth of 5.9 per cent at the end of 2009. It follows a drop in prices of £6,000 in September, recorded by Halifax,
Britain’s largest mortgage lender. Concerns about the economy and a greater supply of properties for sale have helped to push down prices. Economists said the latest figures meant the key question facing the market is no longer whether house prices will fall, but rather by how much. The Bank of England has warned that obtaining a mortgage is about to become even more difficult amid fears among lenders that increasing numbers of home owners will be unable to keep up with monthly mortgage payments.
that creates countless loopholes. Closing them creates endless paperwork. The upshot? Sack-loads of letters to and from HM Revenue & Customs. In comes £2bn from axing the kiddy slush fund for 1.5m higher-rate taxpayers. Up goes the price of the Royal Mail. It's hard to square that with the red-tape machine being created from the decision to axe child benefit for those earning £44,000 next year – but not for a couple jointly earning more than £80,000. Closing that loophole will now require taxpayers to file annual paperwork, force the HMRC to draw up new tax codes – and potentially trigger new grounds for marital discord,
with high-earners facing fines if their wives forget to tell them they're still claiming for the kiddies. That's before you consider potential new laws on the rights of parents who separate or live apart. Maybe shadow chancellor Alan Johnson is just having a laugh with his letter to boy George asking if a single mother had to spend a certain number of nights with a new partner before his tax status meant she lost her child benefit. But you get the picture. HMRC makes enough mistakes without branching into relationship counselling – though think of the letters that would generate.
Child Benefit Change Sends Wrong Message
Syed Z.Ali Shah
My apologies for not being able to submit my article last month. I decided to take a vacation and I have to admit it was good fun. I have to further admit that lately I have been taking too many vacations. Fortunately that seems to apply to everyone around me. That lessens the guilt a bit. Some take vacations to get out of their surroundings; some take vacations to get out of their minds. Talking about vacations I remember Chief minister Sindh suggesting on the advent of the floods that the people in the way of the floods should take a vacation for a couple of days and enjoy themselves. I believe the people he indicated are still on a vacation as there is still nothing to go back to. Talk about being off the mark. Fortunately my vacation came to end as planned. Coming back is always a bit of a bitter sweet experience. It starts with the airport. The people, the attitudes, the looks, it’s a wakeup call. It leaves no doubt that you are back in Pakistan. There is no feeling of welcome or warmth. I can live with the Airport as we are a poor nation but what about the people? Why can’t we work on the staff which deals with visitors from abroad or for that matter with people coming back home? Why can’t they be smarter, friendlier and better at what they do? After all they make the first impression about our country. Attitudes are bored, cold and angry. Fake smiles occur as some nobody VIP is suddenly recognized and hustled away from the ordinary. As if being with the people he has spent the last six hours was a jail sentence. He bypasses the lines and the cronies zoom him to the baggage area where unfortunately he has to wait because the baggage handlers cannot differentiate between normal baggage and VIP baggage. One suit case is like another. After this ordeal the nobody VIP coolly walks through the customs while the lesser souls plunge their luggage through the monstrous X-ray machine. Everyone pushing to throw his luggage in first. Sad thing is that our nobody VIP had to stand in the same lines as everybody else when he was abroad. He had to bear the ordeal of getting his luggage checked and scrutinized by the custom officials. If I remember correctly he had to spend more time with the immigration officer than anyone else. Perhaps they wanted to spend more time with him to bask in his VIP ness. A commodity not readily available abroad. Enough said, being back home is always good. We are what we are. The sense of gloom and wishful thinking wears off quickly. They are other immediate issues at hand. The MP at the checkpost wants to check the car. His mate is aiming his LMG right between my eyes. I hope the bullet is not cham-
bered. With a sigh of relief we are indicated to move on. You usually don’t think about these things but going on vacations sometimes takes away that edge. You come under a false illusion of sanity and peace which fortunately does not last long. Coming home back to the family is a bliss. Specially if there is no bad news. Of course the bills and fees are there but they can be tackled later on. Still a few days to the due dates. Load shedding irks for a while but that too will pass. We are good adjusters. Thanks God for that. Our government also seems to be on a vacation. I feel it’s not their fault. Democracy has taken so many vacations that even when it comes back we are mentally on vacation. Someone recently was raising concern about the ongoing issues. It seems every time democracy takes a vacation we are sent back to square one. The issues regarding constitutional rights, jurisdictional issues and what not keep coming up. The problem is that during martial law time all these issues are put on a back burner. Nobody knows what his or her rights and duties are. It is only during democratic time these issues arise and then we get entangled in them. This is assured that these have to be settled for things to work but the way that needs to be done is far from what’s going on. Right now Pakistan is a constitutional war zone. Everyone is bending rules or ignoring them for their survival. If only people would stay calm and resolve these issues we can move on. That seems impossible at the moment. The source of it all is the constant interference in the democratic process and the seeds of discontentment sown during those periods. Things will go bad before there is any betterment. These crises will have to borne through whatever the price. We will have to find our limits so later on every one can do their work and eventually be held responsible for their actions. A last word on vacations. A former ruler is making to return from his well earned vacation. My advice to him would be to extend his vacation. A return to reality may not be a nice experience for him. He has been so long cut off from the real world that a return to reality and being a common citizen might not be a good idea. It might even be a good idea for him to invite our present rulers to join him in his vacations. I think it’s time for all of them to sit back relax and enjoy the fruits of their hard earned treasures. It may be time to let someone else mess around with this nation. I guess it’s just wishful thinking on my part. So to get away from such stupid thoughts I think it’s not too early to start preparing for another vacation.
Leadership Presentation Evening At The UMCC
The United Multi-Cultural Centre in Rotherham hosted a special presentation evening after the completion of its successful Muslim Womens Leadership course. Special guest speakers included Cllr Rose McNeeley, the Mayor of Rotherham, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Giles Bloomer, Cllr Shaukut Ali and Cllr Mahroof Hussain, who were all unanimous in wishing the women who had
completed the course every success with the future. The Mayor and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant presented the women with certificates. A forum will now be established with the continuing support from the United Multi-Cultural Centre and it will be of use to the Rotherham Borough Council, NHS, South Yorkshire Police and various other organisations.
Chamber of Commerce
by: Amar Saleem
Design And Marketing Support For New Starters
A new service has been launched aimed at helping small businesses, charities and social enterprises to access funding to implement vital marketing strategies.Enterprise Marketing Vouchers (EMVs) can provide matched funding towards the cost of marketing a business. They are open to any small to medium sized enterprise, charity or social enterprise that is located in or employing people in Yorkshire and the Humber. Applicants need to have a clear marketing requirement, be able to demonstrate the potential to generate more business and be able to match any funding that might be available, with a minimum investment of £1,000 plus VAT. The scheme has had a 6 month pilot and has already helped over 30 businesses promote themselves. It’s a win win, we get to work with clients who may not have met us and they get to roll out marketing activity that they may not have otherwise been able to afford.The scheme has now been formally launched, with support from a number of delivery partners, including Quality Care Partnership, Key Fund Yorkshire, Voluntary Action Sheffield and Voluntary Action Rotherham. A lot of the traditional support that’s been available up to now comes in the form of consultancy and
often doesn’t help you to build a website or do something as simple as design a flyer. There hasn’t been enough support for people at this sort of level and we believe we are responding to market forces which means that many growing businesses, charities and social enterprises can do more with less. Accessing some top up support from us can help tremendously, particularly at the early stages of a business or project.An EMV can be used for the development of brand identity design, website design and build, the design of flyers, posters, leaflets, brochures and newsletters, exhibition design, E newsletters and social media campaigns, direct mail and other promotional campaigns. Customers want access to a design team that operates at agency level and can provide a reliable and proactive service, deliver quickly and to a high standard. There is no doubt that we are heading into an enterprise led recovery and schemes like this help people start their business, rebrand and reposition and run campaigns to attract new business. I think it comes at just the right time to make a difference and we are getting some great feedback from the scheme.
Funding Uncertain For Local Youth Project Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has pressed Chancellor George Osborne in the House of Commons to confirm funding for the proposed new U-Mix Youth Centre at Lowfields in his constituency. The U-Mix centre was allocated fund-
ing through the Government’s MyPlace programme in March 2009, but the funding has been frozen pending the Comprehensive Spending Review. Treasury Ministers failed to confirm the funding.
Paul Blomfield Mp Appointed Private personal secretary To Hilary Benn Paul Blomfield MP has been appointed as Personal Private Secretary to Hilary Benn, who is the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons in Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet. Paul Blomfield said; “Hilary Benn’s job as Shadow Leader of the House is to co-ordinate
Labour’s business in the House of Commons and to make sure we’re effective in holding the Government to account. I’m delighted to be supporting him in this important role.” Congratulations to Paul Blomfield from all the team at ILM News.
Proceeds Of Crime Benefit The
South Yorkshire Police has teamed up with the South Yorkshire Community Foundation for a new fund dedicated to reducing crime levels and improving the area. ‘The Proceeds of Crime Fund’ has been set up to support local community groups and projects that are tackling important local
issues. South Yorkshire Police confiscate money and assets from people involved in crime through the Proceeds of Crime Act. Through this groundbreaking new fund, the majority of what has been confiscated will be used to benefit the community.
“Pot Hole City”
Sheffield councillors are trying to secure funding to improve the image of the city as tagged the pot hole city. The project to improve Sheffield roads, pavements and street lighting, which appeared to be signed and sealed for Sheffield under the Labour Government, is now at risk of being axed following the Coalition’s Spending Review. Cllr Paul Scriven, and Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Lib Dem Cabinet member for Communities, met with LibDem Transport Minister to discuss the importance
of the Highways PFI scheme to Sheffield . The total package of £2 billion relies on £675m of PFI
credits from the Government. Work to fix all of Sheffield ’s roads, pavements and streetlights is due to start in the summer, but that depends on the Government agreeing to release the money.
30 Mile Charity Walk
The Equality Act 2010
The majority of the Equality Act 2010 came into force last month, bringing together existing equality law into one place so that it is easier to understand and extending protection to some groups so that they are treated more fairly. The Equality and Human Rights Commissions role is to help people understand equality law and to
enforce it. The new law protects everyone in Britain to some extent as people have several of the characteristics it covers, namely age, race, religion and belief, sex (meaning gender) and sexual orientation; and some people also have the protected characteristics of disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership,
pregnancy and maternity. Under the Act people are not allowed to discriminate, harass or victimise another person because they belong to a group that the Act protects, are thought to belong to one of those groups or are associated with someone who does.
The 30 mile charity walk completed by 20 Sheffield residents featured in last months edition of ILM Newspaper raised over £2000 for the Pakistan Flood
Appeal. The walk was organised by Sajid Rasul. ILM Newspaper would like to congratulate all the participants on their brilliant effort.
Sheffield’s highway network contains 2,000km of road, 65,000 streetlights, 480 traffic signals, 350 bridges and other structures and 35,000 highway trees citywide and the Project covers the maintenance of all of these assets. Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed said: “After years of Labour neglect, Liberal Democrats want to lose Sheffield ’s tag as ‘pot hole city’ forever. Securing this investment from the Government is a key part of that and local Lib Dems will continue to do everything possible to ensure that the project survives.” LibDem Group
A Charity Auction was organised by Hanif Khan of Homeflair,Ch M Anees, Ch Ghazi and Nasir Mir to raise funds for Pakistan Flood. Mayor of Rotherham was amongst other distinguished guests.
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FUN FACTS FOR KIDS contributed by Hina Fatima
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. The strongest muscle in proportion to its size in the human body is the tongue. Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For example, if strong-tasting substance like salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to taste it. As soon as a drop of saliva is added and the salt is dissolved, however, a definite taste sensation results. This is true for all foods. Try it! The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of
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mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself Humans are the only primates that don’t have pigment in the palms of their hands. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age. Every person has a unique tongue print. The most common name in the world is Mohammed. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910. The youngest Pope was 11 years old. Einstein couldn’t speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
Ibrar Wins Local Backing!
Burngreave Councillor Ibrar Hussain has been re-selected to stand for Labour at the 2011 Local Elections. Councillor Hussain enjoyed the full backing of his local party who praised his work in
Burngreave and commitment to the local community. Councillor Hussain has represented Burngreave since 2000 where he has built a reputation as a dedicated hard worker, standing up for the interests of the area. Labour Burngreave Councillor, Ibrar Hussain, said: “I would like to thank all members for supporting me to be re-selected as the Labour candidate. “It is a great honour and privilege to serve as Councillor for Burngreave and I will continue to give my all in working hard for the local community if I am re-elected in May.”
Labour Wins The Manor Castle By-Election Labour has won the Manor Castle by-election held today. Terry Fox has been elected as the new Councillor for Manor Castle ward after Labour received over 75% of votes cast. The Liberal Democrats received 11% of the vote, down from 25.6% in May 2010. There was a 17.5% swing from the Lib Dems to Labour and the result now leaves the Lib Dems with a majority of just one seat on Sheffield City Council.
Keys To Success
Everyone wants to be successful in life. Everyone wants fame, respect, a good job, a happy family, enough money to live a content life, physical and mental achievement. But the question is how can we get it? Success is actually a state of mind, measured by what we regard as our own personal goals, desires and destination, and how others consider and perceive our success when we have achieved our goals. How do we go about achieving that success? We have always heard that hard work is the key to success; this is very true, but it’s not only hard work that makes a person successful, other factors may unlock those goals. Sincerity, interest, time management, concentration, planning, conversion of desire into need and passion, and also faith, be it faith in Allah or in oneself. All these factors determine personal success. Sincerity is the foremost entity which helps in acquiring success. Being sincere refers to being sincere with yourself as well as with others. If you are not sincere to yourself, you can’t be sincere to others. Being sincere means
identifying your goal and struggling to achieve it. It also means to help others without expecting anything in return. Make it your joy to give something to others as it brings pleasure. Interest is important before dreaming of success. Working without interest doesn’t bring happiness to the doer whereas happiness in what you are doing leads to success.Time management refers to the skill and techniques to accomplish a specific goal within the time period. A lot of people are hard-working but they lack the skill of time management. Always calculate time for completing any task. If you are not able to complete a single task within the time limit you will lose self confidence and if you won’t be confident enough it’s uncertain to say that you can get success. A problem occurs when you think of challenging work as painful or uncomfortable. Does challenging work necessarily have to be painful? No, of course not. In fact, a major key to success is hard work, working with zeal and zest, with a spirit of achieving your goal boasts confidence. Another
problem may be when you don’t plan the steps for achieving goals or things according to their priority. Preparing a list according to the values of aim helps you to work efficiently. It helps to judge your potential. Desire is just a wish but there’s a difference of intensity in desire and need. A person must adapt his or her upright desires into values and needs. You can survive if your wish is not fulfilled but can’t relax if you don’t get your needs. You will give your best to get hold of your needs.After considering these simple suggestions, you must pray to Allah for your success, as Allah only helps those who help themselves. If the Imaan is in you, who can be against you? Allah is where the love is and where Allah and love are, there is always happiness.Try all these steps and observe the change it will bring. Success is all about personal satisfaction. If you are satisfied with yourself then you are successful. Make sure success doesn’t mean the material stuff only. It’s in fact a nonmaterial state where happiness is the winner.
Community Reflections Builds Unity Between The Faiths
Sheffield Ashram in Burngreave has become home to a new group – Community Reflections – keen to learn more about the similarities shared by different world faiths through exploring spiritual writings and contemplative thought. In their latest meeting, on the theme of social justice, the group took turns in reciting a small passage of writing illus-
trating the approach of a particular faith in countering injustice, acting in solidarity with the oppressed and working selflessly to help others. In all, the views of eight faiths were included. The complementary attitudes towards pursuing social justice highlights strong connections between the faiths and proves that common ideas underlie the thinking of all
major and minor religions and hence the people who practice them. Initiatives such as Community Reflections aim to further interfaith understanding and bring together those who follow different faiths. By gaining this insight, we can hope to learn more about our neighbours and build strong communities that work together for the good of all.
PMC Annual Awards Ceromony
and Kids U14 Cricket Tournament
Allama Iqbal Sunday Cricket League PMC Sheffield organised its annual cricket awards ceromony. Awards were given by the local politicians and sports personalities. Amongst the guests were Lord Mayor of Sheffield Alan Law, Cabinet Minister Cllr Roger Davison, Cllr Shafaq Moham-
med, Cllr Ibrar Hussain, Chairman PMC Mohammed Ali and Chairman of PMC Sports Syed Fayyaz Hussain Shah. Awards were given to kids who participated in the U14 tournament. An indoor Cricket Tournament for under 14 years old kids was played at Sheffield United CC Sheffield in which 4 teams participated. The tournament was a great success and Abbeydale CC won the tournament. Captian Aleem Khan won the man of the match.
Rotherhams Little Mayor
One lucky pupil from Broom Valley Community School is about to follow in the footsteps of Formula 1 stars and become the latest in a long line of very special dignitaries as the remarkable tradition of Rotherham’s Little Mayor for the Day returns to the borough. This year’s recipient of the prestigious title, Sohail Hussain, experienced the life of Rotherham’s highest dignitary on October 26, as he, along with the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Rose McNeely, visited Manor Motor Sports and Clifton Park Museum. To start the day off in the correct way, Little Mayor Sohail performed official duties at the Town Hall, including a very special robing ceremony and the signing of official documents. At the end of the day, the young dignitary was dropped off back home in the Mayor’s car. Rotherham MBC.
MP Clive Betts Attacks Government Proposal To Impose A Mayor On Sheffield Clive Betts MP [Sheffield South East] has attacked the “ConDem” Government proposal to impose a Mayor on Sheffield without them being directly elected and without local people having a say. Local Government Minister, Bob Neill, confirmed last week that mayors would be created in 12 cities, including Sheffield, with “a vote held at a later date to ask whether local people wanted to stick with
the arrangement that their council would be led by a Mayor” who had not even been directly elected. Bob Neill said the Government will simply make existing council leaders into mayors. There would not be a referendum first as to whether local people even wanted a change to a Mayor leading the City Council, rather than a council leader as at present. Paul Scriven looks to be appointed the new mayor
Headaches Ninety per cent of your headaches are due to the muscles contracting from stress. Get your eyes checked. In between taking anti-inflammation pills and tying a hanky tightly around your head, pause and listen to what… The body says: * Don’t overeat. Avoid peanuts, ice cream, cured meats, excess coffee, chocolate, cheese, monosodium glutamate. * Don’t oversleep. Don’t sleep on the side of your shoulder. Constricted neck muscles start
Heaven or hell I sometimes wonder how heaven (jannath) would be. I’m always imagining different pictures of heaven in my mind. I often think that if I was granted a place in heaven then how my life would be. And then following this my mind wanders to deeper thoughts of how I would live my life in the heavenly abode. For example, that id have a palace of gold, instead of cement and sand my bedroom would be made of gemstones and sparkling diamonds, my curtains would be like this, the furniture like so. In the morning I would sit by the river of honey and spread the fresh flowing honey on my toast. And drink a glass of milk from the glistening lake of milk. Beautiful angels would be massaging my feet. But then at the same time I think why would my feet ache in heaven, so why would I need to bother the angels. And to add to that these angels would be tens of thousands of years old and would need pampering themselves, why would anybody want take work from those poor souls. Furthermore I imagine handsome servants cooling people down with fans wherever they go. But then I think what heat would we suffer in heaven, I assume the climate is perfect in there. So what is the need for these servants? Then I went on to imagine that I would wake early and pray my namaaz, then wander around the river banks admiring the honey and milk flow-
ing freely, in order to stay fit of course. But then again it makes me laugh that in heaven we will be blessed with perfect health, why would we need to work on our fitness. In heaven there is no illness, no death, no growing old, only eternal youth. Among these deep thoughts I’m suddenly finding myself thinking, how would I ever pass my time in a place like this. I would neither have any friends, no daily newspapers, no educational establishments, and my three most favourite pastimes are related to this, intellectual gatherings, writing, and teaching. In heaven I’d be confronted with every cuisine imaginable, a huge variety of fruits and berries, but I’m not satisfied by this either as a day cannot solely be spent eating. Therefore I have left the matter in the hands of Allah that only he knows what heaven is and how people will spend their eternities there. After much thought, I moved my attention to hell (dozakh). What if because of my deeds good or bad, I’m sent to hell? With these thoughts immediately my body shudders thinking of how I’d be thrust into hellfire. On thirst I would be given pus to drink. Angles would beat us with iron rods. But it’s good that I’d come face to face with the real faces of the backstabbing backbiting corrupt people who have lived on the earth. When I’d confront them, their real faces will become apparent to me. I would question them as to why they betrayed their people. Here
shooting pain signals right into the head. Sleep flat on the back. * Wear sunglasses outdoors. Wear protective glasses while dusting. * Pop an antacid after every meal if you suffer from acidity which causes your head to throb. Load up on fresh water, fresh veggies and fruits. * Try a strong mint lozenge. It literally vaporizes the headache and is safer than a painkiller. * Quit smoking.
FUN FACTS FOR KIDS contributed by Hina Fatima
The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000. The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to Test telex/two communications) The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable”. Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple. “I am” is the shortest complete
sentence in the English language. The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 If you spell out consecutive numbers, you have to go up to one thousand until you would find the letter “a” If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times,but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom. A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time: 1/100th of a second. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
present among the masses would be big religious scholars, the murderers of justice the big judges, the big lords of lands who turned a blind eye when society needed them, the politicians and generals who plotted against their country and inflicted suffering on their people. I would ask them what the people of Pakistan did to you that you caused them so many hardships and made their lives a living hell. But then again I think what’s the use, what’s happened has happened. These people should have received the punishment for their crimes in their lifetime, when they were busy making their country an impossible place to live for its citizens. But then I went on to think better late than never, at least they got their punishment in the end. Punishment from him, who no matter what the circumstances won’t do injustice to any soul. So, my travels to heaven and hell had finally tired my thoughts. Hell is in no way an option, it’s unacceptable to me and heaven leaves me with many unclear questions as to how life would be there, the tastes and smells, love and hate, light and darkness, happiness and sorrow, childhood, youth and old age, desert and gardens, all those things which take different shapes throughout our lives; how would that work in heaven. I can only give you the answers to all this after I have departed this world. “Only he who returns can tell us the truth…What we will be gifted and what not”
Thalassaemia awareness is a common event in Shef- and Asian community in the city. During a recent field to raise awareness amongst the Afro Caribbean conference, researchers explained the screening process and talked more about the factors that may or may not increase the numbers of thalassaemia suffers. They explained how common the condition is in mostly people of African and Asian decent. Researchers have found that environmental factors may be contributing to why people suffer from this. The effects of foods, the colour of peoples skin, genetics, marraiges to close cousins and maybe even transmited from mosquitos in some countries could all be contributing to why people suffer from this. The screening process is very important as early identification of carrier mothers gives health professionals the best chance of screening the baby’s father; and therefore determining whether the baby is at risk. Report: Nighat Khan continued from page 1
Tony Blairs Sister In Law Accepts Islam
prays five times a day and visits her local mosque whenever she can. She decided to become a Muslim six weeks ago after visiting the shrine of Fatima al-Masumeh in the city of Qom. "It was a Tuesday evening and I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy," she said in an in-
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terview today. When she returned to Britain, she decided to convert immediately. Booth – who works for Press TV, the English-language Iranian news channel – has stopped eating pork and reads the Qur'an every day. She is currently on page 60. Booth has stopped drinking alcohol and says she has not wanted to drink since
converting. Before her spiritual awakening in Iran, she had been "sympathetic" to Islam and has spent considerable time working in Palestine, she said, adding that she hoped her conversion would help Blair change his presumptions about Islam. Gnetnews
Sheffield Hallam Students Union has welcomed Paul Blomfield MP’s commitment to vote against increasing student tuition fees. Before the General Election Paul Blomfield signed the National Union of Students’ Fees Pledge and committed to vote against increasing fees if elected. At a meeting with Student
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Union President Caroline Dowd, Paul Blomfield was presented with a giant Congratulations card for being elected which thanked him for promising to vote against increasing fees. Paul Blomfield MP said: “The Browne review will probably encourage the Government to raise student fees to £10,000 a year or more. This would make university unaffordable for many and create a market where only the wealthiest can afford the top universities. Office of Paul Blomfield
Haji Tufail Hussain a retired Prime Minister Nick Clegg at an businessmen, community activist event hosted in a Sheffield hotel last month. Haji Tufail Hussain discussed the history and the issue of community cohesion, cultural diversity and the development of the ethnic communities in the Attercliffe / Darnall area. He told Mr Clegg about this area of Sheffield from the perspective of being the and a great grandfather who with pioneering retail and wholesale his 4 generations of the family specialist of Halal and Asian food have been residents of the Dar- and other merchandise provisions nall community for more than of the Indian sub Continent dathalf a decade.Haji Sahib is seen ing back from the early 1960s era. in the photo sharing his thoughts This was beneficial and good for and experiences and exchang- the History for this area! ing pleasantries with the Deputy press report
Sheffielders Pitch In To Tackle Winter Snow
Preparations are well in hand to deal with extreme weather conditions in Sheffield this winter. Locally, over 50 people have offered to get stuck in to help keep Sheffield’s roads and footways clear this winter. The new snow wardens volunteered as a result of the ‘Great Snow Debate’ over the summer months. At a national level, the Government’s Independent Review of the severe winter weather recommended that the Highways Agency should hold a reserve stock of 250,000 tonnes of salt to be used as a last resort in case of very bad weather again this winter.In Sheffield, the Council’s response to the Review was to order a supply of salt equivalent to the amount used last winter, which was the worst in the city for over 30 years. The total delivered to date is 24,000 tonnes
with 4,000 tonnes on hold at the supplier’s depot.The national salt shortage was a key issue at a strategic level, but at a local level there a great deal of concern
over the condition of side roads and footways. The national media had featured articles relating to the potential legal liabilities of individuals if someone had a fall.The Council’s Legal Services
have advised that residents salting and gritting in a public spirited manner should not be sued for compensation and, if a third party should have an accident as a result of their actions, then that liability should remain with the Council as the Highway Authority. Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, the Council’s Cabinet member for Communities said: “There are some things the Council will always do when it snows heavily, such as keeping main roads and public transport routes as clear as possible, keeping schools open as long as it is safe to do so and providing services to vulnerable people across the city. In 2009/10, Sheffield experienced the most severe winter weather for over 30 years. Sheffield has 1,850 grit bins on the streets, which again is more than any other city, pro rata
road length. Each year ahead of the winter months an additional 50 bins are provided in high priority locations based on approved prioritisation criteria in the Policy Statement. Despite the heavy snowfall and low temperatures, traffic and public transport was only disrupted for short periods. Supertram services operated throughout the winter although on two occasions frequencies of service reduced from 10 to 20 minutes and some routes were curtailed.Supplies of rock salt at the beginning of the 2009/10 winter season stood at 16,500 tonnes, which was the amount used in the 2008/09 winter, which in itself used more salt than in any winter over the previous 15 years. The actual salt usage in 2009/10 was 28,000 tonnes which was the most used for more than 30 years.
Barnsley Flood Relief Initiative Saturday 23rd October 2010 Barnsley Town centre. Launch of fund raising initiative for Pakistan Flood Victims by Qadar Sports Foundation based in South Yorkshire. The inauguration was attended by the Barnsley Council Mayor Councillor Margaret Sheard, and supported by the Barnsley Black Ethnic Minority Initiative, Barnsley Voluntary Action and Youth Team and members of the Muslim and Eastern European communities. Despite being cold wet and damp the morale and motivation was very high and a large did bucket collections in the Town centre. An group of diverse volunteer’s enthusiastically event which portrayed a positive image of
Barnsley and its Council. Community members felt that events like these are good for community cohesion and cultural diversity and eliminates the misconception of the previous stigma about issues around Racism and discrimination. Group photo left to right Mr Naeem Jarral; Mr Badhi Usman; Mr Muhammad Rafiq (chair-person Qadar sports foundation); Mr Mirban Hussain; Mayor of Barnsley Councillor Margaret Sheard; Mr Tom Sheard; and Mr Mushtaq Tufail. press report
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Sheffielders Urged To Stay Safe During Bonfire Period
Sheffielders are to being urged to stay safe again this Halloween and Bonfire Night, as partner agencies come together for a major campaign that’s led to big reductions in crime and deliberate fires. The campaign, led by the Sheffield Safer Communities Partnership, aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and keep residents safe by giving advice on firework safety, preventing illegal bonfires and reducing the risk of arson. The partnership is made up of agencies that help to keep Sheffield safe, including South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield Homes and Sheffield City Council. Amongst the advice being offered to residents again this year are tips which remind people to: •attend public bonfires and firework displays, rather than hold their own event at home •never light a bonfire close to sheds or fences •light sparklers one at a time wearing gloves, and never give to children under five •only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
•keep fireworks in a closed, metal box and never put them in pockets or throw them •follow the instructions on each firework and never go back to one that has been lit •never drink alcohol if setting off fire works •keep pets indoors •call 999 in an emergency. South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is also urging people to help them reduce deliberate fires by storing wheelie bins in a secure place and only bringing them out on the day of collection. In addition, people are being asked not to give wood or rubbish to children for bonfires, as these fires are usually illegal, dangerous and tie up valuable fire service resources. Anyone who sees someone acting suspiciously, preparing an illegal bonfire or behaving antisocially in any way should call Sheffield’s non-emergency number, 101. Special multi-agency teams will then do everything possible to remove the problem before it starts.
Five people were convicted of enviro-crime offences in Rotherham in just one week as part of the zerotolerance approach adopted by the local authority. A woman for not removing rubbish in her garden fined in total £1,159. 2 people who littered their cigarettes were proven and fined in total charges of £523.74 and £519.74. Another person fined for littering a parking ticket - £523. Fifth person for dog fouling - £530.15. Coun. Jahangir Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods for Rotherham Borough Council, said: “We want our actions on these priorities to have a real effect in the Borough. Improving the quality of life is a priority for the Council. Taking pride in our neighbourhoods and keeping them free from litter, dog fouling, graffiti and fly-tipping is a particular local issue. In a recent Streetpride sur-
vey of Rotherham residents, fly tipping came out as an important issue that people wanted to see action taken against offenders.” Removal of litter including clean up of dog fouling from Rotherham streets costs the tax payer over £1.8 Million each year. About two tons of dog fouling is cleaned up each year. Approximately 3,100 tonnes of litter are removed from Rotherham’s streets every year, which is the equivalent to the weight of 1,200 million crisp bags. Those found guilty of fly-tipping can receive a fine of up to £50,000 or face five years in prison. In a move designed to deter people even further from dog fouling the Fixed Penalty Notice was raised to £80 from £50 on 30th November 2009. This places it on the same level with the notice imposed for littering which increased to £80 on 1st September 2010.
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PROPERTY CORNER PUBLIC SECTOR CUTS AND PROPERTY
by Mohammed Mahroof
Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son We are experiencing a very interesting period in history with talk of job cuts, financial constraints, raising food prices, and a general lack of confidence, not only in this country but in the world. This is not a new phenomenon. It has happened in the past and may well happen again. Coming to property, it is not immune to the current market conditions but the fascination and the pull of property is still there. Activity is still quite strong and for the right properties the demand is there. The right commercial/retail properties are still attracting buyers and tenants, and as I mentioned in my previous article, Ecclesall Road and London Road are still popular. Clearly deals are taking longer and buyers are more discerning. I have seen a number of developers/property investors returning to work up schemes and actually becoming entrepreneurial. This bodes well for the property market and Sheffield. Activity in the auction room is still strong and buyers are turning out in their hundreds, prices need to be realistic and potential buyers will be found. I believe there is a pent up de-
mand, with people choosing not to market properties because of perceived market conditions. The right property at the right price will find potential interest. There is sometimes a lack of good quality stock on the market, and when such properties do come on the market demand is strong. I believe today's market conditions can be fertile ground for entrepreneurial property investors. The public sector will look at its property holdings very seriously and may look to rationalise their estates, providing opportunities for the property developer/ investor. I also feel that once the finance sector becomes more active deals will start to happen and demand for property will rise. The challenge facing us all is one of confidence and forecasting future trends. If history is anything to go by, today's entrepreneurs will be the bedrock of future growth and wealth. I do feel the seeds of recovery in the property market are beginning to germinate. If you require any property advice, please do not hesitate to contact Mohammed Mahroof on 0114 2760151 or 0787 901 5095.
Fight Against Fraud Continues
Rotherham Borough Council recovered over £3.1 million last year as its fight against fraud continues.The authority’s second annual Fraud Report, which summarises the work which has taken place to prevent and detect fraud and corruption, reveals that over £3.1 million in benefit overpayments were recovered by RBT, which administers the Housing Benefit Services. Over 7,400 Housing and Council Tax Benefit overpayments were made during the last financial year and although most of these were not fraudulent, RBT obtained investigations in 898 suspicious cases and
achieved 34 successful prosecutions. Sixty eight formal cautions and 80 administrative penalties were also issued.Within the £3.1 million housing benefit that was recovered, the authority recharged Council Tax payers £898,000 for overpayments of Council Tax Benefits; claimed Government subsidies totalling £974,000 as a result of the council’s identification of overpayments. In addition the authority identified savings of over £200,000 after investigations were led by Internal Audit. Generally these savings related to the Single Person Council Tax discount and
false benefit claims.Members of the authority’s Audit Committee heard that although Rotherham does not have a culture of fraud, the worsening economic position could see an increase risk for the authority through fraud and corruption and so it was important to continue to minimise the risk.It heard that its Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy has resulted in a number of measures being implemented across the authority, such as surveys, training and reviewing the management of fraud arrangements. Rotherham MBC
Attacks on South Yorkshire firefighters have almost halved since CCTV was fully rolled out to all the county’s fire engines. Latest statistics from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue reveal there were 37 recorded attacks on firefighters last year (April 09-March 10), down from 68 the previous year – a 45 per cent
reduction. By the end of 2008, all the organisation’s fire engines were kitted out with CCTV, in response to the relatively high number of attacks on firefighters. As well as the footage helping to identify suspects, it can also be used as evidence in criminal prosecutions. Another key factor in the reduction of firefighter
attacks is SYFR’s increased community safety work with partner agencies, which includes a number of successful youth engagement programmes where young people are warned about the consequences of firefighter attacks and hoax call. South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Fire Engine Cctv Helps Cut Firefighter Attacks
Labour Slam Unlimited Tuition Fee Plans Labour Councillors have slammed plans for University funding, saying an increase in fees will create a market in which students from ordinary families won’t be able to compete. The proposals will make top universities affordable only to the well-off and effectively privatise our university system. This is unfair. Education should be available to the many, not the few, say Labour. Paul Blomfield MP has attacked Lord Browne’s proposals for student funding, saying they would close the door on university for many families in his constituency. Paul Blomfield says unlimited fees will discourage people from ordinary families from going to university.Former
Education Secretary, Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, has responded to the review by Lord Browne of higher education funding, saying that the Liberal Democrats are guilty of a “betrayal” and that the Browne reforms would “distort” the system in favour of the betteroff. Mr Blunkett, who as Education and Employment Secretary in Tony Blair’s first government began the process of reforming university funding, said: “This is a complete betrayal by the Liberal Democrats of everything that they have ever said on higher education and of the platform they stood on at the General Election. Previously, Lib Dem Leader and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick
Clegg, alongside Lib Dem Council Leader Paul Scriven, signed an NUS pledge to vote against any increase in tuition fees. The Lib Dem manifesto also included a commitment to abolish them completely within 6 years. Thousands of votes went to the Lib Dems because of their promise to abolish fees over their term of the parliament if they won the election, and the unequivocal pledge signed personally by every Lib Dem MP, including Nick Clegg, to vote against increasing fees. Sheffield Labour are therefore calling upon the Lib Dems to honour their pre-election commitment and vote against increasing fees. Labour Party
LEGAL CORNER Npower Q&A
Mohammed Nazir Solicitor Head of Property/Immigration, Wosskow Brown
Q. I am applying for my wife’s visa from Pakistan. Could you please advise as to when the new English Language Test is compulsory for migrants? A. This new test will be compulsory for applicants from 29th November 2010. It is compulsory for applicants who want to enter or remain in the UK as a partner of a British citizen or a person settled in the UK to show they can speak and understand English by taking part in this English Language Test. The person who is taking this test has to demonstrate that he or she can understand the expression of everyday use. They must be able to demonstrate that they have the ability to speak and understand the English language. Q. Can I appeal an immigration code for a refusal of visa? A Yes. You can appear as a sponsor at the Immigration Tribunal and if you are unable to speak English you can ask for an interpreter. The Immigration Tribunal can arrange this for you but you would have to contact them before the hearing date so the same can be ar-
ranged. Q. Could you please advise as to what the main reasons are for the refusal of visas? A. According to our experience, most visa applications are completed incorrectly and due to this incorrect information provided to the Visa Officers the visas are refused. It is very important that the application should be filled in correctly and that all the information about the applicant and sponsor be provided. Along with this information there should be documentary evidence produced as the Visa Officer has to rely on the application and the documents provided at the time of checking. Therefore we recommend that when you submit your application you make sure that the applicant and the sponsor provides all the documentary evidence about the sponsors, job, family life and all the finance and property details as this will make it easier for the Visa Officer to assess the application. Disclaimer: Please conmsult your own solicitor for any legal advice.
Npower recently announced that it will now make refunds to 1.8 million customers who overpaid for gas in 2007. The announcement followed close work with Consumer Focus to ensure a fair amount is paid back to all those who are eligible for refunds. In 2007 npower changed the way it applied its charges for the first block of higher-priced gas units which households pay, but this change was not communicated effectively, affecting an estimated 1.8 million customers. For affected customers, refunds will range from £1 to about £100. The average payment will be around £35 before VAT and interest are added. The total value of the refund is some £63m in gas charges plus £3m in VAT and £4m in interest. Local npower customers don’t need to do anything to claim this refund. npower will be writing to everyone affected customers over the next two months offering payments, which can be cashed at the Post Office.
ABDN South Yorkshire Breaks Barriers for Business Support The Leader of Sheffield City Council, Paul Scriven has said that ABDN South Yorkshire (Asian Business Development Network) will be a key player in ensuring that Asian businesses help the city to prosper, “I am delighted the South Yorkshire branch of ABDN is strong and supporting local business people from the Asian community to create more local wealth and jobs. Sheffield’s future is dependent on the growth of the private sector which in turn will lead to an increase in jobs and ABDN SY will be a key player in ensuring that this happens” Cllr Scriven was speaking after attending a major
networking event sponsored by Jaguar, on Thursday 21st October at the Holiday Inn Sheffield, at which he was a key speaker. The aim of the event was to bring together representatives from the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) community and to network with mainstream businesses and key stakeholders. The event exceeded all expectations by attracting over 250 people (100 more than envisaged) from across South Yorkshire. Paul commented on his amazement that ABDN SY could bring together such a diverse range of businesses and professionals and stated that the future of South Yorkshire was
private enterprise. “The buzz of 250 people, the entrepreneurial spirit bodes well for the Network as well as for South Yorkshire. We are confident that despite the curtailing of business support there are great opportunities in the region and ABDN, working with its partners, the local authorities and the LEP’s will provide a catalyst for businesses in the region. Providing effective, sustainable support to enterprise will pull the region out of the economic mire and we expect to deliver this support.” The event also raised nearly £1000 for the Pakistan Flood Relief that was handed over to DEC.
Gajar Ka Halwa
Gajar Ka Halwa INGREDIENTS: Carrot (washed nicely and grated into long shreds)……............................................ 1/2kg Milk……………….................................1cup Sugar…………………....................... 1/4cup Desi ghee……………........................2-3 tbsp Badam (almonds)-(shredded)………........5-6 Kishmish (raisins)…………………......10-12 Choti illaichi seeds (green cardamom) (powdered)…………….....................................3-4 Khoya (grated)……………...............100 gms METHOD: Boil 1 cup milk in a clean kadhai. Add grated carrots and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally,
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Councillor Supports Bus Petition Labour Burngreave Councillor, Ibrar Hussain, has supported a petition presented to Council by Shirecliffe TARA, demanding improvements to local bus services. The TARA has complained about bus drivers refusing access to mothers with push chairs and cites one example of a mother and child waiting for one hour, before being refused access. The petition also
points to drivers refusing access to the public on Penrith Road which has resulted in people walking to the next bus stop or the shops on Teynham Road/Longley Avenue, which has resulted in 3 older people being mugged. The petition received 400 signatures. Labour Burngreave Councillor, Ibrar Hussain, said: “This petition has received a lot of support in the
local community, which shows that people in Shirecliffe are not happy with the service. “Many people in Shirecliffe rely on a good bus service to get about and I hope that the Council will listen to what the residents are saying and do all in its power to make sure that we get the best service possible for local people.”
mond Street Hospital for Children, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Sheffield Children's Hospital and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital worst affected. The drastic cuts would reduce the level of top-up by two thirds, meaning the total pay-
ment for such operations subject to the top-ups would fall by one third. Ms Thoms said the hospital trusts were in talks with the Department of Health. She said: "We are under no illusions about the need to reduce NHS costs – our concern is to make sure the system is fair."
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Children Hospitals Threatened
A Department of Health memo, dated September 30 proposes reducing the top-up to just 25 per cent, as part of plans to make hospitals more "efficient". It is understood this would mean a loss of more than £70 million in funds for England's specialist children's hospitals, with Great Or-
Misbah Hussain MBE announced her retirement after long career spanning more than 20 years in social sector helping mothers with disabled children.
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Rotherham Booming For New Businesses
Rotherham is a new business hot-spot according to a national survey. Recent research by the Royal Mail research has confirmed that Rotherham is booming when it comes to fledgling businesses with the borough having the second highest number of start-up businesses in the country.
The report shows that a total of 1.86 per cent of businesses in Rotherham are new start-ups, just behind Sunderland which topped the list at 1.89 per cent. Rotherham has seen more businesses start-up than in the same period last year (1.36 per cent) and more than the pre-recession
figure of 1.51 per cent in September, 2008. The study further shows that the overall number of new businesses start-ups in the UK has risen for the first time in 18 months with more than 39,000 companies being launched in the last sixth months - a rise of 13 per cent over the previous half year.
Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO), said the figures proved that Rotherham was on the right track in attracting and nurturing people who have the ambition and drive to start up on their own. Rotherham MBC
Emergency Services Demonstrate Horrors Of A Road Traffic Collision School children across South Yorkshire have seen first hand the horrors of a road traffic collision (RTC) and how the emergency services work together on a daily basis to protect the people of South Yorkshire. The Safer Roads Partnership which includes South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR), South Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the NHS, held a unique road safety event aimed at Year 10 and 11 school children to show the integrated roles and demonstrate how the emergency services work in partnership together. The event named ‘Welcome to our World’ took place at SYFR’s Training and Development Centre in Sheffield on Wednesday 13 October. The day included two sessions with around 200 14 to 16 year olds from across the county attending each session. The aim of the event was to educate youngsters on the dangers of reckless driving, not wearing a seat belt, drink / drug driving and to make them aware of the horrific consequences of an RTC. South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
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Clegg: 'I'm so hated that people put dog mess through my door' Nick Clegg claims that voters angry about Government spending cuts have pushed dog mess through his letterbox and spat at him in the street. In a candid interview, the Deputy Prime Minister says he had to ‘swallow pretty hard’ when he realised what needed to be done to bring down the budget deficit left behind by Labour. Asked if he felt ‘bilious’ at making a deal
Goodbye Sheffield Wheel
with the Tories, Mr Clegg replies: ‘Of course, of course, of course!’ But he insists it would not have been right to allow ‘tribalism’ and ‘visceral animosity’ to stand in the way of a stable government in the national interest. In remarks likely to irritate Rightwing Conservatives, the Deputy Prime Minister claims that his party’s presence in government is shifting Tory ministers to the
Left. ‘In a strange way, maybe having Liberal Democrats [around] helps them express their inner Liberals,’ Mr Clegg says. In the interview with Esquire magazine, the Deputy Prime Minister speaks candidly about the pressures of a job he never expected to find himself in, saying he is sometimes working from 6am to 11pm.
Its goodbye to the Sheffield Wheel in Fargate. The wheel has been a big landmark and attaction in the city centre since July 2009 and although its stay was extended after the initial 6 months, its now been cut short and its off to London till Christmas. It gave Sheffield a somewhat cosmopolitan feel since it was erected. Lets hope Sheffield can attratct more big spectacles for all to enjoy.
Tony Blair’s sister-in-law
A recent trip to Iran prompted now wears a hijab whenever she journalist Lauren Booth to be- leaves her home... come a Muslim and wear a hijab. continued on page 14 Tony Blair's sister-in-law has converted to Islam after having what she describes as a "holy experience" during a visit to Iran. Journalist and broadcaster Lauren Booth, 43 – Cherie Blair's sister –
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Published on Nov 5, 2010