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Sheffield Lib- Dems Select Candidates for Sheffield City Council Elections Muhammad Zahur Lib Dem candidate in Sheffield Central Well known Sheffield Chartered Accountant and leading businessman Muhammad Zahur has been selected to stand as the Lib Dems Candidate in the forthcoming local elections within the very marginal Central Ward. Mr Zahur is a popular community elder who has an established & very successful Accountancy business in the heart of the Sheffield. He has been a long standing senior member of the Lib Dem party in Sheffield and senior Sheffield Magistrate. He is very passionate about charity work and welfare of Humanity. ...Continued on page 3
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Why Iâ€™m supporting Mohammad Maroof for Central Ward
By Mark Pettigrew
I am pleased to see that Mohammad Maroof, 22 May to vote to re-elect Councillor Mohamour Councillor in Sheffield Central Ward for mad Maroof. the past 4 years, is standing for re-election. He ...Continued on page 16 has worked hard for the people of this unique area, often behind the scenes and without always seeking to gain political capital from his work. I am sure that he will continue to play a very positive role in the Council and the community if re-elected.There are many reasons why I am convinced that Maroof is the right person for this ward, and I urge all readers to go out on
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....continued from front page Talking to ILM NEWS Mr Zahur said “I am absolutely delighted to be standing In the Central Ward to represent my party. I look forward to working for the benefit of the local community and utilise my experience in order to bring about change.” He is closely supported by his party colleagues Mohammed Nazir Solicitor, and Javed Khan ( the lib Dems Candidate in Nether Edge Ward) & Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed ( Leader of the Lib Dems in Sheffield) Javid Khan Lib Dem Candidate in Sheffield Nether Edge Ward
Long standing local resident Javid will contest the important Nether Edge ward for the Lib Dems in this year’s local council election. Javid has been working hard for the past year talking to local resident and taking up the issues that concern them. These have included tackling ASB in the Abbeydale Road area, raising concerns with the South Yorkshire Police & Crime commissioner about the EDL in Sheffield as well as leading on the very well supported campaign for flight to Islamabad Pakistan from Doncaster Airport.
Salim Zaman Lib Dem Candidate in Sheffield Darnall Ward Local businessman and community activist Salim Zaman has once again been selected by the Lib Dems to contest the Darnall Ward, Salim previously doubled the Lib Dem vote in the seat and is likely make further progress this time around. Salim has continued his work in the area helping local residents campaign to improve air quality in the area, supported young people in Tinsley to re-open their local Youth Centre. More recently Salim has supported local resident in their
fight against council plans to build a super school within Tinsley recreation Ground. Lib Dems have also selected Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed ( Current leader of the opposition in Sheffield) as their candidate in Crookes Ward. Shaffaq is well known for his leading role in the city for the community cohesion and change. Shaffaq was key to the Pakistan Muslim Centre in gaining a lease from Sheffield City Council, which has recently lead to the centre now purchasing the site from the council.
Air Pollution Kills Hundreds In South Yorkshire Hundreds of people in South Yorkshire are dying each year due to Figures released by Public Health England show 269 people died in air pollution. Sheffield in 2010 because of poor air quality.
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Three Generations Of Family Die In Sheffield Blaze without are always encouraged to get safety fire alarms fitted. South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue offer FREE Home Fire Safety Risk Assessments and fit alarms FREE. It is also a good time to advise children of the dangers of fire and what to do in an emergency situation. Raising awareness is important to avoid risks and dangers. Unfortunately our houses are laden with flammable furniture, wallpapers, curtains, wooden doors, and in fact everything and anything catches This devastating occurrence re- fire in an instant so we need to inforces the need for us to check be aware of these things. our fire alarms and those houses Sheffield’s peaceful community was shaken a few days ago with the tragedy of the victims who died in a house fire. The news was heartbreaking at the loss of three generations of a much loved family including three children. Ilm News would like to extend our deepest condolences to all members of the victim’s family and the extended community. May Allah the Almighty rest their souls in peace and give solace to the grieving family. Ameen.
Fund To Keep Sheffield Working Attracts Millions Sheffield City Council has attracted over £2 million to Sheffield’s economy thanks to its Keep Sheffield Working Fund. Just 18 months after the fund was formally established, the Council has reported a number of successes. Overall the £800,000 of Council investment has yielded a further £2,110,000 funding through partners and private sector match. It is anticipated that this figure could rise to £2,300,000 by December 2015. The Council is now looking to allocate a further £200,000 to con-
tinue the work of the scheme - increasing job creation in the area, and growth to the local economy. Already the Council has seen real success - in particular raising people’s aspirations and improving their chances of taking up training and job opportunities. The fund is on target to deliver 86 jobs over the course of the projects life. Over 90 businesses have been supported so far through Keep Sheffield Working fund and this figure will reach 130 by the end of 2014.
Dispersal blitz on street gangs Police in Sheffield are hoping to unveil a new weapon in the war on anti-social behaviour when they apply for a dispersal order for Abbeydale Road. Officers are applying to Sheffield Council for the measure which would give them the power to break up groups of trouble-making yobs who have been making residents’ lives a misery for the last 18 months. Inspector Ian Stubbs from South Yorkshire Police said groups of young Asian men had been throwing missiles and abusing residents. “For the last 18 months we’ve had significant amounts of anti-social behaviour from Mount
Pleasant Park right the way down to Carter Knowle Road,” he said. “All last summer we had young men throwing water bombs and stones at cars, pedestrians and property, and being verbally abusive when challenged. “It’s persistent anti-social behaviour and we
have been working closely with young people in the area.” The trouble culminated last year on Bonfire Night when fireworks were thrown at vehicles driving down Abbeydale Road. If granted, the measure will be in place for six months from May half term until after Bonfire Night. It means officers could break up groups of troublemakers and, if they returned to the area, they could be arrested and prosecuted. Troublemakers under 16 who are out after 9pm could be escorted home - but Insp Stubbs stressed it was not a curfew order.
Traffic fears over Sheffield wedding venue plan An Asian wedding venue and shisha bar could be created at a former truck yard in an industrial estate in Sheffield. Plans to change the use of and extend TRC Truck Rental on Dannemore Drive, Darnall – so it can be used for weekend ceremonies attracting up to 250 guests, as well as a café and restaurant during the week – have been submitted to Sheffield Council. However, nearby business owners fear the plans will bring too many extra vehicles into an area already congested with lorries and other vehicles during events at the nearby Motorpoint Arena. Eight objections, also concerning parking, access and smoke ,have been made to the planning application on the council’s website. Firm AMP, which is behind the application,
would relocate to Sheffield from Halifax, West Yorkshire, if it is agreed. Gary Grayson, a director at G9 Design architects, agent for the scheme, said the business would create 60 jobs, a £500,000 construction and put ‘Sheffield on the map’ as it was the first of its kind. Alcohol would not be sold. The location was chosen because of its transport links, car parking and bus routes. If we had moved to the labour club in the middle of Darnall as one objector suggested we would be right next
door to housing, which is the worst possible area for a wedding venue. Having it on an industrial estate out of hours at 5pm and weekends is ideal.”
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Warsi On Governments Anti Extremism Policy Baroness Sayeeda Warsi last month spoke about the government’s anti-extremism policy, targeted profiling of Muslims at airports and leadership within the community. The Faith Minister was in Blackburn to discuss the Government's approach to integration and what it is doing to help tackle anti-Muslim hatred. Whilst some may have suggested this was some sort of charm offensive by the government, Warsi was unusually blunt and did not shy away from tackling some of the most pressing concerns. Members of the audience asked some testing questions about how the Government itself was indirectly helping to demonise Muslims. Something she was all too aware of in the opening exchanges, “Some people say to me I like what you say but I don’t like how you dress.” She was keen to stress that the
event was non-political and spoke only for several minutes before opening up the floor to questions. The discussion quickly turned to irresponsible comments made her own party member, Boris Johnson when he suggested Muslim children who risk being radicalised by their parents should be taken into care as victims of child abuse. The Baroness said, “Political par-
ties are made up of a range of people. You cannot control every single message that is coming of their mouths. There are people in my party who do not agree with what I say.” She spoke of her battles with her own party members and that things may not be quite as black as white as many people believe when it came to issues such extremism and British Foreign Policy.
Replacing red meat portions in your diet with vegetables may be a good recipe for your heart as scientists have now discovered a strong association between heme iron, found only in meat, and potentially deadly coronary heart disease. There are two forms of dietary iron: heme and non-heme. The study found no association between non-heme iron, which is found in plants and other non-meat sources, and coronary heart disease. Heme iron consumption increased the risk for coronary heart disease by 57 percent, the study warned. Heme iron is absorbed at a much greater rate in comparison to non-heme iron
(37 percent vs. five percent). Once absorbed, it may contribute as a catalyst in the oxidation of LDLs (Low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol), causing tissue-damaging inflammation, which is a potential risk factor for
coronary heart disease. The body can better control absorption of iron from vegetable sources, including iron supplements, but not so with iron from meat sources, showed the findings of the research.
Work Starts To Expand Sheffield’s Open Space
SHEFFIELD COUNCILLOR CHANGES ELECTION WARD The leader of Sheffield’s Liberal Democrat party is standing for election – in a different ward to the one he has represented for a decade. Coun Shaffaq Mohammed was elected to Broomhill in 2004, but when Sheffield goes to the ballot box on May 22 he will be hoping to be voted in to nearby Crookes instead. A distributed election leaflet says the choice in Crookes and Crosspool is between either ‘Shaffaq Mohammed and the Lib Dems, or Labour’. Coun Mohammed, who has been party leader for three years, confirmed he was to leave Broomhill. He said: “The local party approached me to ask if I would be interested in standing in Crookes due to the amount of work we have been doing cross border and we have quite a young enthusiastic student in Broomhill. “I have been there ten years and worked hard, and I will still be campaigning for Broomhill library. “I am looking forward to it.” Student Harry Matthews is now standing for the party in Broomhill. In Crookes, Liberal Democrat Sylvia Anginotti’s term of office
Iron in red meat ‘red flag’ for heart?
This year, nine current councillors are not seeking re-election Sheffield Council is expected to at the polling stations on Thurspublish full candidate lists this day, May 22. month prior to the election. A total of 164 candidates are Of the 29 seats up for election standing for election in Sheffield in May, some 18 are currently held by Labour and 11 by the Lib next month. Dems. The candidates will be standing across 28 wards in Sheffield - a Amongst the members standing third of the city’s seats - plus an for re-election are cabinet memadditional seat in Walkley fol- bers Jack Scott, Mazher Iqbal, lowing the recent resignation of Ben Curran and Isobel Bowler, along with shadow cabinet Coun Nikki Sharpe. members Shaffaq Mohammed and David Baker. ends in May.
The local elections are being held later than usual this year so they coincide with the European Elections. Your name must be on the electoral register to be able to vote. If you are not on the electoral register, you will need to complete a voter registration form and send it to the Electoral Services department to arrive by May 6. Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/elections for more details.
Sheffield City Council has started work on site to expand Sheaf Valley Park, the land that sits behind Sheffield Train Station, creating an extensive green setting for over 1,000 new homes. The first phase of Sheaf Valley Park saw the creation of South Street Open Space – the new park and amphitheatre between the railway station and Park Hill. It also included landscaping around Park Hill flats and the first steps in planting a new arboretum. This scheme is fully funded by the Local Growth Fund, an initiative by Sheffield City Council that channels government funds from the New Homes Bonus, and is targeted at stimulating the housing market in areas where it has slowed down. The improvements will focus on two key links; the Clay Wood Green Link and the Park Hill Green Link. The Park Hill link will provide a new cycle and pedestrian path running from the tram stop at the back of the train
station up to the main entrance to Park Hill flats on Shrewsbury Road. The Clay Wood Green Link will create a continuous open space with a path for pedestrians and cyclists, running from Fitzwalter Road to Shrewsbury Road, through Clay Wood via the Cholera Monument. The rest of the Clay Woods flats site has been allocated for new housing, to be constructed by the new Sheffield Housing company. The Park Hill Green Link will include street lighting along its
length, enabling it to be used at all times, as well as seating and litter bins at intervals along the route. The areas either side of the path will be landscaped, with meadow planting and new trees. All of the works will be in keeping with the landscaping around the amphitheatre, and with the plans for the arboretum which has already started as part of the first phase of the project. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by Autumn 2014.
Hats off to Sheffield Children’s University Graduates Sheffield children and young people have shown they are a class act by completing one million hours of learning activities out of school. More than 23,000 children and young people, aged four to 19
from across the city, have taken up the opportunity to carry on learning in their own time by taking part in the Sheffield Children’s University – one of the largest established Children’s Universities in the country. Sheffield Children’s University is part of a national initiative encouraging and celebrating Sheffield children and young people who take part in a wide range of inspiring learning opportunities outside school hours at specific schools and other registered activity providers. For every hour of sport, dance, arts and other activities they take part in through Sheffield
Children’s University, they earn one credit. Gaining enough credits leads to being presented with award certificates and badges (bronze for 30 hours, silver for 65 and gold for 100) at special ceremonies. One hundred schools and 100 other activity providers such as museums, martial arts groups, Forest Schools, Scouts and Brownies along with thousands of parents and carers offer Sheffield Children’s University activities have supported the achievement of one million Children’s University hours. Research shows that children who take part in Sheffield Children’s University activities perform better at school than children who do not take part. Sheffield Children’s University participants also exceed their expected results.
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New Sharia-Compliant University Loans For Students
A new model for Sharia law-compliant student loans has been unveiled by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts. The proposed system will enable people whose religious beliefs forbid them from taking out loans that accrue interest to take advantage of student loans. Speaking at a Universities UK Conference on universities and growth, David Willetts launched a consultation on the proposed model asking for views on whether it is an acceptable alternative to the conventional system. The model will be available to anyone who adopts similar financial principles. Anyone taking the loans will not be at any advantage or disadvantage – they will repay the same amount as
other borrowers. David Willetts said: “The Government is committed to ensuring that anyone with the ability and desire can go to university. “Sharia-compliant student loans will also give universities access to a wider pool of talent and help the UK get the higher level skills we need to secure long-term economic growth.” The intention to develop Sharia law-compliant student loans was announced by the Prime Minister last year. The Government is seeking feedback from current and prospective students, community representatives and higher education providers. The consultation opened April 3rd and will run for 12 weeks.
Device Speeds Up Treatment At Sheffield Hopsital Patients at a Sheffield hospital are to benefit from more advanced treatments thanks to a new £500,000 machine. Sheffield Children’s Hospital has received a donation from Yorkshire Cancer Research to purchase a genesequencing machine – which can map a patient’s complete genetic code in less than a fortnight. The state-of-the-art machine allows
scientists to detect tiny changes in cells and spot specific signs of cancer. Previously finding the correct gene was like looking for a needle in a haystack. This machine will be able to scan for small panels, like analysing a word on a page of text, to scanning books’ worth of genes. The gene scanner is the most advanced available. The machine allows to dramatically
cut the time taken to sequence an individual’s entire genome, from two years to just two weeks. This will enable the hospital to discover the molecular cause of many diseases, which in time will translate to clinical uses. The machine – an Illumina Hi-Seq 2500 – follows a previous donation from the Children’s Hospital Charity, which first introduced ‘next generation’ gene sequencing to Sheffield.
UK providing £200m to Pakistan for enterprise
Don Valley £17m Super School Plan A £17 million super school and community hub with 1,200 places for youngsters aged two to 16 is set to be built on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium. Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, has given the green light for the project which will see a combined primary and secondary school open on the site by September 2015, subject to planning permission and consultation. The council says the new academy school will be a ‘cornerstone’ for regeneration and will meet high demand for new pupil places in the surrounding area. Its ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities would be married with a 1,222-place early years, primary and secondary school campus, with community facilities – and could even house a university technical college. The new academy school will
cost £16.7m, funded by a £13.4m central government grant, with the remaining £3.3m from the council’s capital schools budget. It will be sponsored by Oasis Community Learning. Once constructed, the site will be leased to the academy trust for 125 years. However, campaigners who had
been fighting to save the Don Valley Stadium as a sports facility expressed ‘disappointment’ over the way the stadium’s closure was handled. Consultation over the scheme will take place in the next few months. The council said a planning application is expected to be submitted in the next few weeks.
Global Poverty Figures Grossly Underestimated Calling the $1.25 (£74) per day poverty line used by the World Bank “too low” and “artificial”, researchers have now estimated that global poverty could be a third higher than currently reported. The World Bank is reporting a 'rosy' picture because the poverty line is set too low due to its narrow definition, said the study. "If the World Bank had, in fact, used a poverty line grounded in basic needs, rather than its present artificial one which only looks at one monetary measure, the total number of poor people in the world would increase substantially, perhaps by as much as 30 percent,” explained Christopher Deeming from University of Bristol in Britain. With over one billion people in the world living on less than $1.25 per day, the World Bank
aims to end 'extreme poverty' by 2030. The World Bank figures are widely used by the international community and play a significant role in international strategies to reduce poverty. For the study, researchers looked at those living on the Pacific island state of Vanuatu taking into account not just their finances but also shelter, sanitisation, water, information, nutrition, health and education to build up a more comprehensive picture of poverty, deprivation and inequality. The study found that five percent of all children in Vanuatu live in poverty, as defined by the international 'dollar a day' measure. But a much greater proportion (17 percent) live in poverty defined by the national food and basic needs poverty line; and absolute poverty, where people
are deprived of two or more basic human needs, affects 16 per cent of children, said the study. “Our findings suggest that the current international poverty line of a dollar a day seriously underestimates global poverty levels,” Deeming noted. In the context of Vanuatu, our triangulated results suggest under-estimation of poverty by at least a third in the population aged 17 years or under, he said in the study appeared in Journal of Sociology. The findings come amidst considerable controversy surrounding the international 'dollar a day' measure used to monitor progress against the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals and the future direction of the post-2015 development agenda.
The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will provide up to 200 million pounds for enterprise and asset growth initiative in Pakistan. The new initiative is aimed at providing financing facilities to small and medium enterprises. The DFID has committed to providing £76m as seed money which will be increased to 200m pounds in due course of time. The initiative is expected to create 400,000 jobs.
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EDUCATION AND HIGH STORRS Maths Revision maps. Here is an example of a mind map for angles. Students should see if they can produce something similar for different topics; e.g. graphs, percentages, area and volume. Students now a days are very fortunate, Education and High Storrs – Maths Revi- there are lots of ways they can prepare for these maths tests. Gone are the days sion when the only support students had were Soon it will be time for all students at their notes from lessons. High Storrs to be sitting their end of year maths exams. For Y11 students this will Every student at High Storrs has access be their GCSEs but all students in all years to both the MyMaths (www.mymaths. will be taking some sort of test or exam co.uk) and MathsWatch (www.mathswatchvle.com) websites. These webin maths. sites are subscribed to by 100s of schools Making good progress in maths has be- across the country. Both of these webcome increasingly important recently sites provide students with instructions thanks to the government’s decision that and notes on all the topics they need to every child must continue to study maths help them produce their own revisions until they are 18 if they have not achieved notes. They also provide them with lots of practice questions and solutions. a grade C in their maths GCSE. Each High Storrs student will have been There is no secret when it comes to re- given the login and password details they vising maths, or indeed any subject, you need to access these sites by their maths have to practise, practise and practise. teacher. You also need to make sure you have a clear idea of all the facts. This can mean The maths area of the High Storrs MLE making posters, flash cards or mind also provides a lot of guidance and sup-
port for students. The scheme of work that students follow in each year is available on the school MLE together with a variety of support materials. Don’t forget, as well as all of these new areas of support there are the good, old fashioned methods of revision guides and text books. As always, different students will prefer different methods of revision. It is, however, important that they remember the basic rules of revision. Students should make themselves a clear revision timetable to make sure they cover all topics and don’t just focus on their favourites or those that they find easy. Little and often is better than one big session of revision. Remember students can only focus for a maximum of 45 minutes and regular breaks are important. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact High Storrs School. (Tel no: 0114 267 0000, email enquiries@ highstorrs.sheffield.sch.uk)
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English Pupils Outshine French, German And U.S Peers In Problem Solving English students have been beaten by their Asian counterparts in a key international test to measure skills vital to the job market - but they have outperformed a number of western rivals. England came 11th out of 44 industrialised nations, edged out of the top ten by Singapore, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Shanghai. But the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said the 15-year-old English students tested did "significantly better" in problem solving compared to pupils in many other countries. "Today's 15-year-olds with poor problem solving skills will become tomorrow's adults strug-
gling to find or keep a good job." — OECD's director of education and skills, Andreas Schleicher The OECD warned that students with weak problem solving skills would struggle to find work as jobs become increasingly demanding. One cause for concern though was the dismal performance of immigrant students in English schools. On average, immigrant pupils scored 17 points less than their Britishborn classmates - the largest gap of all of the countries tested. "Immigrant students focus so much on reading and mathematics that
they actually succeed in closing the gaps in those subjects but sometimes they don't benefit from all those opportunities given to non-immigrant students to develop their problem solving." — OECD analyst Francesco Avvisati
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More Meat Fraud Uncovered New reports from the Foods Standards Agency than lamb. 25 samples ac(FSA) and Which? have found that much of the tually contained no lamb at meat that we consume at our local takeaway is ac- all and only beef. tually contaminated and adulterated. The Which? survey, found With so many food related scandals cropping up that 24 of the 60 samples around the UK – from horse meat to suspect doner they tested were contamimeat contents – a new investigation has uncov- nated, with 7 containing no ered startling news that the meat we are eating at lamb at all. our local fast food joint may not be the meat you The British Asian community seems to be at risk the thought it was at all. most – with so many takeaNew reports suggest that meat claiming to be lamb ways across Birmingham in a number of takeaways in Birmingham are false. all offering lamb burgers, A series of investigations, carried out by the Foods chicken meals and doner Standards Agency (FSA) and the consumer watch- kebabs – all at a cheap price for a quick lunch or dog, Which? discovered contaminated meat in a dinner, consumers are beginning to get more and considerable number of takeaway samples they more concerned about the kind of food they are eating. These include halal and non-halal outlets. tested. The FSA underwent a significant inquiry, which scoured a number of London and Birmingham takeaways to find out what owners are actually selling to their customers. They discovered that in 145 samples of lamb curries or kebabs taken between July and December 2013, 43 contained significant levels of meat other
take tougher action to crack down on the offenders. There is a big loss of trust in the industry, which is affecting not only consumers, but businesses too. It’s no longer a shock to see cases of contamination for British consumers. Fast food and takeaways have in the last decade become one of the leading global diets. In the UK alone, this industry is thought to be growing at 41 per cent each year. Britain’s favourite takeaways are Chinese, closely followed by Indian with each person spending on average £110 on takeaways each month.
With so many different types of food now available, takeaway owners are making huge sums from enticing customers to buy cheap and cheerful meals. Earlier in 2014, mislabelled foods were a common The Government, local authorities and the FSA feature in West Yorkshire as almost one third of need to make tackling food fraud a priority and foods were tested and found to be adulterated. In So more than a year on from the horse meat scandal, research uncovers shocking evidence of food fraud. Why are we not getting what we are paying for?
Leicester, numerous meat products, almost 50 per cent, were also contaminated. Prosecutions have taken place against business owners for mislabelling lamb dishes, but the recurring nature of the problem shows there needs to be a renewed effort to tackle this problem. Clearly the message isn’t getting through to some businesses. According to the FSA, local authorities will now be expected to start checking food samples in takeaways from May 2014 onwards. A meat product is considered adulterated if it contains more than 5 per cent of another meat. If contaminated or mislabelled foods are continued to be found, takeaway owners could face a £5,000 fine. But with increasing uncertainty of processed foods in supermarkets and now meat sold in takeaways, consumer trust is beginning to fall at the wayside. Can the general public be completely sure what they buy is authentic? With higher levels of quality control now being enforced, it seems some food manufacturers will have to find other means of producing cheap and easy processed food.
Bazaar to regenerate Rawson Market A new Asian Bazaar is to open in Bradford Council's Rawson Market building. The Council has leased the site, behind the Oastler Centre, which has been empty since 2003, to Select Five who ran The Bazaar between 2009 and 2012 on Cemetery Road. This closed when the site was used to build a new Asda store. The new Bazaar will sell items including fabric, jewellery, Henna and a few food stalls. It is expected to open in June after some construction work to prepare the building, including installing a
mezzanine floor. Select Five already run Bazaars in Leeds and Rotherham. When they had a site on Cemetery Road, the stalls attracted thousands of visitors each week, not just from Bradford, but all over the country. Bradford Council had earmarked Rawson Market for redevelopment, but has not yet found a suitable use for the site. So it has agreed a five-year lease with Select Five while the future of the site is considered. Hassan Ali, Director of The Bazaar, said: "We promised our customers that we would not give
up on Bradford and now we have been able to fulfil that promise. I am so grateful to Bradford Council for helping us to find a suitable venue." The opening of The Bazaar will be marked with a celebration event which will include live music, dance, children's activities, giveaways and prizes. There is a multi-storey and other car parks near Rawson Market. It is expected to open in June after some construction work to prepare the building, including installing a mezzanine floor.
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Hay Fever Hay fever or more accurately known as season allergic rhinitis is caused by an allergy to pollens. Pollens are fine powders produced by plants, flowers and trees used for their fertilisation. Grass pollen is the most common cause and tends to affect people every year in the grass pollen season from about May to July (late spring to early summer). The pollens when in contact with your eyes and nose cause the immune system to react and which causes the symptoms. Hay fever is common and affects 2 in 10 people. It usually develops in childhood but may present in adulthood too. Symptoms tend to occur at the same time each year, usually spring. Those people with asthma and eczema are more likely to suffer from it and it tends to run in families. The conditions asthma, eczema and hay fever are known together as atopic conditions or atopy
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large grassy areas and woodlands •Wearing wraparound sunglasses •Using a pollen filter in your car air The symptoms vary from person to person and in vents severity as well. •Common symptoms can include a runny, blocked Treatment or itchy nose, sneezing, itchy, watery and/or red Commonly used treatments are eyes and an itchy throat. •Less common symptoms can include loss of anti-histamine nasal sprays, steroid nasal sprays, antihistamine tabsmell, headache and facial pain •Asthma symptoms such as wheeze and shortness lets and eye drops. Most of these of breath. These may get worse if you already suf- can be bought over the counter at pharmacies and supermarkets fer from asthma. (without a prescription). Diagnosis They can either be used alone or in Hay fever is usually diagnosed from the symp- combination. toms. Treatment and subsequent resolution of the •Antihistamine nasal sprays e.g. symptoms will often confirm the diagnosis. Very azelastine – ease itching, sneezing rarely, if the diagnosis is not clear there are some and watering from the nose. They work quickly. It can be used regularly or PRN (as needed). tests which can be done. •Oral antihistamines e.g. lortadine, cetirizine work for most hay fever symptoms but may not be so Pollen avoidance good for nasal blockage. They usually work within Reducing your exposure to an hour of taking them. Many patients need to pollens will often reduce take them daily during the hay fever season. They your symptoms. A pol- are available in liquid form for children. len count measures the •Steroid nasal sprays e.g. beconase work well for number of pollen grains per nasal symptoms and can help with itchy eyes as cubic metre or air. Weather well. They can take a few days to work and often forecasts will often mention needed to be taken regularly with oral antihistathe pollen count especially mines for more severe symptoms. •Eye drops e.g. sodium cromglycate are used for if it high (> 50). eye symptoms. There are several different types of There are various ways to eye drops. reduce your pollen expoOther treatments sure: •Staying indoors and shutThere are some other types of nasal spray mediting windows •Avoiding fresh cut grass, cations which can be used e.g. decongestant naWhat are the symptoms of hay fever?
sal sprays which work well for nasal blockage and can be bought over the counter. They must not be used for more than 7 days. There are some medications called leukotriene antagonists which can be prescribed in addition to the above treatments if symptoms are not controlled. Nasal saline washouts e.g. sterimar can be used to wash pollen out of nose. They can be bought from a pharmacy. Very occasionally a short course of oral steroid symptoms is necessary for severe symptoms. For very severe symptoms which have failed to respond to medication a treatment called immunotherapy desensitisation can be tried. This is usually only done in hospital by a specialist. For further information you can visit www.allergyuk.org
New mortgage rules and you
A mortgage is usually the biggest debt that people face during their lives. Now the rules governing who can secure a home loan are tightening. The new system, which came into force fully on 26 April, ensures that lenders conduct a full affordability check on mortgage applicants. This will have practical implications for the amount people can borrow and the length of time that an application might take. The aim is to prevent any return of the pre-crisis mortgage lending that many described as "reckless". New rules mean you may be asked how much you spend on a haircut before you can get a mortgage people applying for a mortgage will now face questions about their spending on anything from childcare to haircuts, under new rules designed to make sure borrowers can afford to repay their loans. Mortgage brokers have expressed concern that the new system could lead to delays or too many rejections - but many lenders have already changed their procedures to comply and the Council of Mortgage Lenders said the transition would be "smooth". Remind me what the problem was? The global financial crash of 2007-2008 was
sparked by bad debts in the US mortgage market; in other words, too many people had been given loans they could never have afforded to repay. And the situation is similar in the UK. Before the financial crisis, the housing market was booming, sales were frequent, and lenders were keen to advance individuals a mortgage. In some well-documented cases, potential buyers were able to borrow the full price of a home, and a loan on top, then initially just pay back the interest. But, when property prices fell, many found themselves in negative equity. Many who lost their jobs or had hours reduced also found they had overextended themselves when borrowing for a mortgage and struggled to make repayments. The City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is introducing new regulations to ensure the most extreme cases are not repeated. That sounds sensible. So what is the counterargument? There are concerns about the implementation. A stricter interview could mean lenders ask more delving questions about an applicant's lifestyle and the whole process could take longer. That could extend the amount of time it takes to move home. Some people could find that they might have been able to get a mortgage previously, but now discover that the lender is only prepared to offer a smaller amount, or may reject the application completely. This will not only affect first-time buyers, but also those looking to remortgage. One reason for this is that a lender has to "stress test" a customer's ability to repay if interest rates were to rise.
How is potential difficulty calculated?
The Bank rate is at a record low at the moment, so mortgage rates have also been low for some time. A lender, who might be offering a mortgage with an interest rate of less than 4% now, will have to decide whether an applicant would be able to make regular repayments if the rate rose to something like 7%. In order to decide, the lender will not only take account of income, but of outgoings too.
What suggestions are being made to applicants?
Brokers say it will be important to have a household budget clearly worked out before starting the application process. They say that lenders are likely to ask for a number of documents that prove income and outgoings figures, such as payslips and bank statements. They say it is important to send all these documents together in one go when they are requested, otherwise the process could be delayed further. What questions could I be asked when I apply? Some also suggest "cleaning up" a household Traditionally, to apply for a mortgage, you need- budget. So cancelling an unused gym subscription ed to provide recent bank statements to show could be a good idea before making a mortgage your outgoings, and payslips from the past three application. months to prove your income. The lender is interested in how much money is How much do people usually borrow? spare in a borrower's personal budget. So any regular payments could be asked about in the ap- There are nearly 10 million mortgages in existence in the UK, according to the FCA, with more than £1 plication process. Example questions provided by the Financial Con- trillion owed. duct Authority (FCA), which ordered the reforms, The typical first-time buyer borrows £137,000, cover childcare arrangements, weekly food bill, with those remortgaging borrowing an average of gym membership costs - or even the cost of hair- £144,500. cuts and other beauty treatments. The interviews Under the new rules, it will be the lenders, not the borrowers, who are checked by the regulator could last up to three hours. This could also range from gambling and club sub- to ensure affordability checks for mortgage repayscriptions and deliveries, to holidays, travel season ments are being carried out properly. and tickets. Borrowers will also be expected to say if their financial position is expected to change. That could include any predicted changes in income or working hours, but might also include any plans to have children in the near future. Many lenders have already implemented the new rules, so borrowers might recognise some of these questions already. The Council of Mortgage Lenders says the transition to the new rules will be
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IIFA Awards 2014 Winners The IIFA Awards 2014 celebrated its 15th year with its award ceremony taking place, as part of the IIFA Weekend, on April 26 in the US. The star studded event was attended by top Bollywood stars and the gala affair was made even more special with the presence of one of Hollywood's biggest stars - John Travolta. Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Shahid Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan,
Anil Kapoor and others grooved their way into the US audience's hearts. Among the winners, Hrithik Roshan's superhero film Krrish 3 won Best Action and Best Special Effects – Visuals. "It feels great to be here and get IIFA award for Krrish 3," Hrithik said. Roshan also grooved on stage with singer Mika Singh to Shahid Kapoor's hit song 'Agal Bagal' from Phata
Poster Nikla Hero. Sonakshi Sinha performed to her hit songs while Bipasha Basu performed 'Kamli' from Dhoom 3 and 'Baby Doll' from Ragini MMS. Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor were the hosts for the show. Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan skipped the event reportedly because the event clashed with the voting date in Mumbai, India.
Postgraduate Students From India And Pakistan Has Halved
The number of international students coming to England for higher education has "reduced significantly" for the first time in nearly three decades. The University and College Union warned that international students are choosing to go to a countries "that make an effort to welcome them". Growth fell between 2010-2013 - the first time in 29 years. The number of postgraduates from India and Pakistan halved in that period despite their numbers growing in other countries. Overall the number of full-time postgraduate students from
overseas dropped by 1% (1,000 students), compared to doubledigit growth in previous years. It seems tough domestic rhetoric on immigration and changes to student visas for damaging the UK's image abroad, especially at a time when other countries were doing more to attract international students. In 2012-2013 non-UK students still made up the vast majority of places (74%) on full-time masters programmes, while 26% were UK students. However, the study also found that almost as many Chinese students and English ones
are studying full time masters courses as a result of growth in Chinese entrants, coupled with a decline in traditional UK postgraduate markets like India, Pakistan and Iran. International students make a huge contribution to academic and cultural life on campuses and in our cities. They also make a valuable contribution to our economy. There are also nearly a quarter fewer undergraduates coming over from the EU in 2012-2013, possibly as a result of increased tuition fees.
Spanish Children ‘Must Do Housework’ Under Draft Law
Here's the complete list of winners: Best Entertainer of the Year: Deepika Padukone Best Picture Award: Bhaag Milka Bhaag Best Debutant Award: Dhanush for Raanjhanaa Best Performance in a Leading role (Male) Award: Farhan Akhtar for Bhaag Milka Bhaag Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female) Award: Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express Best Direction Award: Rakeysh Om Mehra for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Best Performance in a Supporting role (Male) Award: Aditya Roy Kapoor for Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani Best Performance in a Supporting role (Female) Award: Divya Dutta for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Best Performance in a Comic Role Award: Arshad Warsi for Jolly LLB Best Performance in a Negative role Award: Rishi Kapoor for D Day Best Story Award: Prashoon Joshi for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Best Lyrics Writer: Mithoon for 'Tum Hi Ho' from Aashiqui 2 Best Male Playback Singer Award: Arijit Singh for 'Tum Hi Ho' from Aashiqui 2 Best Female Playback Singer Award: Shreya Goshal for 'Sun Raha Hai Na Tu' from Aashiqui 2 Music Direction: Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Ganguly (Aashiqui 2) Outstanding Contribution to India Cinema: Shatrughan Sinha
Spanish children may soon be required to help out with housework, under a draft law that has been approved by parliament. The measure, which would be part of a wider child protection law, says that children under the age of 18 have an obligation to participate in all areas of family life. That includes "co-responsibility in caring for the home and performing household tasks regardless of age and gender". The rules come under a section
of the law called "the rights and duties of children". Along with doing chores, children would also have to be respectful to their parents and teachers, and have a positive attitude towards learning. But the bill doesn't say anything about penalties for children who refuse to go along. Other elements of the bill would see the establishment of a list of people who are banned from working with children, and it would be-
come a crime for people who work with children to fail to report possible abuses against them. Married Spanish men can also face legal sanctions for refusing to do housework - an update in 2005 to the marriage contract used for the country's civil ceremonies added a clause requiring men to share in household duties, and the care of children and elderly relatives.
UKIP surge ahead Something we never thought would be taken seriously, but a YouGov survey shows that Nigel Farage’s UKIP is surging ahead of the Conservatives and Labour in the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament. The poll for The Sunday Times puts UKIP in the lead for the first time, with the Conservatives trailing a distant third. The UKIP bagged 31% of votes, three points ahead of Labour, with the Tories languishing on a lacklustre 19 points. While Cameron has dismissed UKIP as “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”, the poll suggests the party has now broken through as a significant political force with a sizeable chunk of the electorate: 57% of all voters regard them as a protest party, 71% of UKIP’s own supporters regard them as a serious party. Racist party The Asian community is still suspecting the credentials of UKIP on migrants population in Britain. In the latest attack, William Henwood, who is standing in
local elections in Enfield, north London, attacked well-respected comedian Lenny Henry for his stand on equality in British television. The UKIP leader said Henry should emigrate to a “black country. He does not have to live with whites.” “I think if black people come to this country and don't like mixing with white people why are they here? If he (Henry) wants a lot of blacks around, go and live in a black country.” In a statement Ukip said it was a “non-racist, non-sectarian party whose members are expected to uphold these values”. Last week builder Andre Lampitt, who was one of the principal characters in Ukip’s European election broadcast, was suspended after it was revealed he had sent a series of tweets expressing his unsavoury views on everything from Muslims, to AIDS, Syria and forced sterilisation.
The anti-EU party was also criticised for using an Irish migrant actor on a poster championing British workers. In another blow to the prime minister, the former Tory donor now backing UKIP has indicated he will bankroll the party at the next general election — boosting Farage’s chances of winning seats at Westminster for the first time. Paul Sykes, who is worth £650m, according to next month’s Sunday Times Rich List and is among the 200 wealthiest people in Britain, also revealed that he had funded “at least another two waves” of UKIP adverts before the European elections.
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Javid Sajid Becomes First Muslim Secretary Of State Sajid Javid spoke of his immense privilege at succeeding Maria Miller as Culture Secretary, becoming the first Muslim Secretary of State. The MP for Bromsgrove is one of the Tories fastest-rising stars. He is the first of the 2010 parliamentary intake of MPs to achieve to be promoted to the cabinet and was appointed a Treasury minister only last year. A self-made millionaire and former City banker, he is now responsible for policy on broadcasting, sport, media, tourism, telecoms, equalities and the arts. The Margaret Thatcher devotee
said he “didn’t expect to have this kind of opportunity to serve the country at this level so soon, but I take it as a huge privilege.” Although pleased with his promotion the 44 year-old conceded it was “not in the best of circumstances to get a new job like this” given his predecessor’s resignation. He is one of a small but growing number of Tory MPs from ethnic minorities. Along with Rehman Chishti, Javid is the first British Pakistani MP to represent the Tories. Speaking last year Javid said his childhood and experience of life in one of the poorest parts of Bristol gives him a unique insight private
school-dominated Tory party. “Because of my background and the challenges I have had and the job I have had before, I have worked with and had friends from every group of society,” he said. “’I don’t think that’s true of all politicians, and that hopefully helps me empathise with and connect with people facing problems at any point on the social ladder, whether they’re a bus driver or an investment banker. I understand the issues and concerns they’re facing.” Javid’s father, Abdul Ghani, a bus driver, came to the UK from Pakistan in 1961, he settled in Rochdale. Sajid, one of five boys,
was brought up in Bristol and became the first member of his family to go to university studying Economics and Politics at Exeter University. Javid tells of how his father was a Labour supporter until the “winter of discontent” of 1978/9, later becoming a supporter of Thatcher. He said: “This is the root of my conservative beliefs. My mother and father had nothing and, like many people in their adopted country, worked their way up. “All they had to rely on was their drive and determination, a willingness to work hard, and the confidence to take risks in the hope of greater rewards. “There were, of course, ups and downs. But whenever my parents were knocked down, in business or anything else, they picked themselves up and started again. The abiding lesson was clear to me: don’t doubt yourself and don’t stop trying.” Similarly, inspired by what he saw as a turnaround in the country’s fortunes under the Conservatives, Javid joined the party in 1988. After entering the City, he became, at 24, the youngest VicePresident of the Chase Manhattan Bank.
He says he was later headhunted by Deutsche Bank in London to help build its business in developing countries and that he left in 2009 to “give something back through politics”. Javid sacrificed a vast amount financially to become an MP. He became an MP on just £65,000 a year after running Deutsche Bank’s trading operations in Asia, where he is reported by Bloomberg to have earned around £3 million a year. His remarkable ascend to the top started in when Bromsgrove MP Julie Kirkbride stood down amid controversy over her own expenses and he was selected as Tory candidate. He won with an 11,308 majority, an increase on the previous majority of 10,080 at the 2005 general election. Within six months he was a parliamentary assistant to Skills Minister, John Hayes, moving in October 2012 to doing the same job for Chancellor George Osborne. Javid became Economic Secretary to the Treasury in September 2012. In October last year he was promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
In January 2012, The Times newspaper included Javid in its list of the “Top 100 Global People to Watch in 2012”. The Times predicted that, “His background in investment banking and experience working on currency devaluations, mean that Javid’s star could be the brightest of a potentially stellar 2010 Tory intake.”
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Have Your Say in Local Elections Sheffielders will be able to have their say on how their city is run in May’s elections and also decide who will represent them in the European Parliament. This year’s local council elections will be held on Thursday 22 May, with a third of Sheffield’s seats being contested – a total of 28 altogether. People voting in Walkley will be voting for two councillors following Cllr Nikki Sharpe’s recent resignation. The results of these elections will be announced on Friday 23 May. The local elections are being held a little later than usual this year to coincide with the European elections. The elections for the six European seats in Yorkshire and Humberside are held every five years and the counts for the European elections will take place on Sunday 25 May, with the results being announced in Leeds. Local councils are responsible for a wide range of services that you use and rely on every day - from
quicker and more accessible. Your vote will influence decisions made in Sheffield and within your local area.” Local elections Local elections are your opportunity to elect the Councillors of Sheffield who will represent your views for the ward (area) in which you live.
housing to street lighting, education to pub licensing, parking to sports facilities, and park maintenance to care for the elderly. That's why your vote can make a real difference. John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, is the Returning Officer again this year. He advised voters: “Don't miss this chance to have your say about the issues that affect your everyday life. It only takes a few minutes out of your day to vote, and postal voting makes it even
European elections European elections are held every 5 years. You will vote to elect by proportional representation. This means you vote for a political party to represent your views in the European Parliament, not an individual candidate. Voting If you are registered to vote you should have received a polling card by the end of April with details of your local polling station. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on 22 May.
Finishing Touches for Major Spital Hill Revamp The finishing touches are being made to the refurbishment of an important gateway into Sheffield city centre. Major works are almost complete on the busy Spital Hill shopping centre. New paving, lighting and street furniture will help to create a vibrant new feel to the district centre. The finished street will also have eyecatching artworks at Caborn’s Corner and outside Vestry Hall. Ellesmere Green has seen an exciting remodelling to help make it the focal point of the area, with a new event space, seating walls and flower borders as well as improved paths and lighting. Public art designed by children from Pye Bank Church of Eng-
land Primary School, St. Catherine's Catholic Primary School and Firs Hill Community Primary School has also been added to enhance the area. A new ‘community hub’ will become the heart of the local community at Sorby House. This will bring together several Council, community and partner services for the people of Burngreave. Sorby House with the new FirstPoint@Burngreave will be open Mondays to Fridays and the relocated Burngreave Library will also open there on weekdays and Saturdays too. The improvements will continue with a shop front improvement scheme that is currently being planned, with the hope of be-
ginning work in autumn 2014. This scheme will offer cosmetic facelifts to the frontages of every independent business on Spital Hill district centre. The street works started in October 2013, and have been funded through a planning agreement with Tesco following the development of their new store on Savile Street. The improvements to Ellesmere Green and shop front scheme have been funded by the Local Growth Fund. To celebrate the refurbishment and help formally open the refurbished Ellesmere Green, the first International Spital Hill Street Market will be held on Sunday 22 June.
Earth Day 2014 celebrated by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 after an oil spill incident in Santa Barbara, California. Twenty million people across the US rallied then for the protection of the environment. By the end of 1970, the US Environmental Protection Agency was established, and efforts to improve air and water quality gained political traction. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
More than a billion people around the world celebrated Earth Day on 22nd April with the theme 'Green Cities' calling for transformation in the public transportation systems to make them more accessible, convenient, and clean fuel-run. The celebrations of the 44th edition of Earth Day also called for switching over to electric, hybrid, and other eco-friendly vehicles, the Earth Day Network reported. Earth Day was first mooted
Council Tax Collection Helps Services
Rotherham Borough Council collected a much-needed additional £6 million in council tax and nondomestic rates in the last financial year - a welcome boost in the battle to provide vital front-line services. In 2013/14 an additional £5.2million was collected in Council Tax as well as an additional £2 million of non-domestic business rates. The 97.1% collection rate for Council Tax resulted in £93.9 million being collected. This
compares with £88.7 million in 2012/13. A collection rate of 98.2% for Non-Domestic Business Rates resulted in £73.5 million being collected compared with £71.5 million the previous year. This additional income £2 million is shared with the Government. The additional collections mean that Rotherham has a total of £6 million to spend on frontline services at a time when it is having to cut its budget. Coun. Jahangir Akhtar, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Borough Council, praised the Rotherham taxpayers. He said: "The Rotherham public do demand our thanks and praise. Despite the Government’s many changes to the benefits system and the rising cost of living being faced by so many, Rotherham people have come up trumps, with the majority paying their bills on time. It just shows that even at a time of Government cuts, Rotherham is a proud
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town with proud people, who will do the right thing in spite of their own political views. "Rotherham has consistently been one of the top performing authorities in terms of its collection rates so it comes as no surprise that we appear to have done so well once again. The overall figures for other authorities have yet to be published, but huge credit must go to the council's revenues staff who adopt a firm but fair collection policy to ensure that those who can pay do so, and those that are struggling to make payments are provided assistance through benefits, discounts and advice. "Credit must also go to the taxpaying public. Their conscientious behaviour is much appreciated. Our reduced budgets mean we need every penny we can to continue to offer vital front-line services and this £6 million has helped do that when we set the Council’s 2014/15 budget earlier this year.“
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Asian community and its ‘family obligation’ lies have slowly abandoned the idea of a responsibility to the wider family and instead expected the state to provide care. He said people should look to Asian and African families, where several generations often live under the same roof. Mr Hughes said: ‘Our society has often left too many people who are the responsibility of the public services on their own in later life, even though they have family alive and other people you would have thought would care. ‘We have gone through a period where the sense of a wider family responsibility has been much less important than it has in the past. “I think we need to learn better the lessons of many other cultures and communities, of which the Asian and African communities are noticeable. They understand the obligation to look after Asian and African communities your family to the understand the 'wider family end,’ he told the obligation' which means fewer Telegraph. elderly people need to rely on the state because several gen- +2 erations live together, justice Mr Hughes said minister Simon Hughes claimed too many people The number of over-65s living end up living alone alone has risen by 280,000 to later in life, relying 3.6million in the last decade. on public services Research among people aged 50 for care and over suggests loneliness can ‘If we had a society be twice as unhealthy as obesity. in which we collecMr Hughes claimed British fami- tively take responBritish families must learn from Asian and African communities who look after elderly relatives ‘until the end’, a justice minister has suggested. Lib Dem Simon Hughes said too many people end up living alone later in life, relying on councils and the NHS for care. However, many recent immigrant communities understand the ‘wider family obligation’ which means fewer people need to rely on the state.
sibility for our families I think we would see fewer people dependent on the state.’ Last month a report accused GPs of ignoring the risks of loneliness. It said family doctors were failing to associate a solitary lifestyle with harmful habits such as smoking, drinking and a poor diet, with just a third believing it can lead to an early death. Britain’s ageing population means the problem is likely to worsen. The number of over-75s is predicted to rise from 4.2million to more than 6.3million over two decades. Mr Hughes added: ‘There are many families, some of which are from more recent immigrant cultures, who are very good at understanding the wider family obligation. ‘We need to look to our neighbours who often, even if they are not well off, manage to share family responsibility
Patients ‘Should Pay £10 NHS Membership Fee’ People should pay a £10-amonth fee to use the NHS and "hotel-style charges" for stays in hospital, according to former Labour health minister Lord Warner. He said the radical measures were needed to help fund the NHS which is struggling to meet the needs of an ageing population and more people suffering from long-term conditions. A report, co-written by Lord Warner, estimates a monthly £10 charge for using the NHS alongside other measures could generate £6bn a year. The report, published by thinktank Reform, proposes patients make "co-payments for the hotel costs of some inpatient hospital care". Those receiving free prescrip-
tions would be exempt from the charges, and NHS funding from general taxation should only rise with inflation, the report added. A stagnant budget is among the factors putting pressure on the NHS Other ways to boost revenue include increasing taxes on alcohol and tobacco, on food and drink containing "excessive" amounts of sugar and on gambling and betting. The report also suggests "full-cost" charging for the administration of vaccinations for overseas travel. It also puts forward the idea of "more rigorous inflation-proofing" prescription charges - and possibly reducing the number of people exempt from charges. A Department of Health spokesman said the Government
"doesn't support the introduction of membership fees or anything like them". They say the founding principles of the NHS make it universally free at point of use and we are clear that it will continue to be so. But with an ageing population there's more pressure on the NHS. However, Labour believe in an NHS free at the point of use, and a Labour government will repeal David Cameron's NHS changes that put private profit before patient care." The report comes as a poll suggests almost half of politicians believe the NHS may no longer be free at the point of need if pressing issues facing the health service are not tackled. A survey of MPs found that half believe that a free health service could be consigned to the history books if the challenges facing the NHS are not addressed. In the past, health leaders have warned that the NHS will only survive if there are radical changes in the delivery of healthcare such as hospital closures and centralisation of services. Officials say if the health service in England was to continue delivering care the way it currently is, there will be a funding gap of £30bn between 2013 and 2021, even if the health budget is protected.
which means not forcing them into care homes. It can be done. ‘We should not consign any individual to be neglected by the family and often have a much less happy ending than they would otherwise have.’ According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, there are 800,000 people in England who are chronically lonely and some five million people say television is their main form of company. In a speech last year, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Britain should be ashamed of the way it treats grandparents. He warned a million elderly are left forgotten and isolated because friends and relatives fail to visit them. Citing the example of Asian nations, he said families should take more responsibility for grandparents and not leave caring to the state.
Diabetes Research: Good News For Caffeine Addicts?
People who boosted their coffee intake by "moderate to large" doses in a US-based study had a lower risk for adult-onset diabetes than those with stable consumption. An analysis of studies that tracked the diet and lifestyles of more than 120,000 health sector workers, showed that those who increased their daily caffeine dose by about 1.5 cups a day over a four-year period had an 11-percent lower chance in the subsequent four years of developing type 2 diabetes, the team found. This was in comparison to those whose intake remained constant. Those who had moderate to large decreases in intake (about two cups a day) had an 18 percent higher risk. Changes in coffee consumption habit appear to affect diabetes risk in a relatively short amount of time. Those with the highest coffee consumption, three cups or
more per day, had the lowest risk of type 2 diabetes -- 37 percent lower than those who consumed a cup or less per day, backing other studies that linked coffee to lower diabetes risk. The outcome may reflect a "true change in risk", but may also be explained by people cutting out coffee after being diagnosed with conditions like high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol associated with risk for type 2 diabetes, said the study authors. However, this merely evaluates the potential short-term benefits and provides no evidence that long-term coffee intake lowered diabetes risk. The research measured changes in consumption rather than absolute intake. The researchers had found that neither changes in consumption of tea, nor of decaffeinated coffee, was associated with risk of type 2 diabetes -- a high blood sugar disease often linked to obesity.
EU Bans Indian Mangoes The 28-member European Union has temporarily banned the import of Alphonso mangoes, the king of fruits, and four vegetables from India from May 1. It comes after 207 consignments of fruits and vegetables from India imported into the EU in 2013 were found to be contaminated by pests such as fruit flies and other quarantine pests. The temporary ban, proposed by the European Commission, includes mangoes, eggplant, the taro plant, bitter gourd and snake gourd. Though the prohibited commodities represent less than 5 percent of the total fresh fruits and vegetables imported into the EU from India, the potential introduction of new pests could pose a threat to EU agriculture and production, the committee noted. UK's Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) that is backing the ban said it was necessary due to pests which could threaten the country's 321 million pound salad crop industry of tomato and cucumber. The UK imports nearly 16 million mangoes from India and the market for the fruit is worth nearly 6 million pounds a year. A revision of the ban will take place before December 31, 2015. Businesses claimed they
will lose hundreds of thou- the UK have opposed the ban, sands of pounds due to the which comes into effect on May ban. Wholesalers and retailers 1, saying it will hit them hard. in Indian-dominated regions of
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A DEADLY DISEASE By: Dr A Q Khan
email: firstname.lastname@example.org The world commemorates Thalassaemia Day in the is available internationally and locally, a brief sumfirst week of May. Since this disease can be fatal, is mary of which is given below. extremely painful and requires costly treatment, much is done to try to prevent and/or eradicate it. The term ‘thalassaemia’ is derived from the Greek word ‘thalassa’ (sea) because of its prevalence in In Sindh, thanks to the untiring efforts of my dear the Mediterranean region. Also known as ‘Medifriend, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan and others, terranean Anaemia’, it is an inherited blood disthe government has passed legislation to control order causing the absence or reduced production its spread. Similarly, thanks to the efforts of Shaikh of haemoglobin, a protein in the red blood cells Allauddin, MPA Punjab, a resolution was adopted responsible for carrying oxygen through the body. by the Punjab Assembly on September 3, 2012 Each red blood cell may contain as many as 300 which made it mandatory for prospective brides million molecules of haemoglobin, each with two and grooms to produce certificates of thalassae- sub-units known as Alpha and Beta. Both sub-units mia testing. This has gone a long way in preven- are necessary in order to bind oxygen and deliver it tion. Dr M Naveed Tahir is the coordinator of this to cells and tissues in the body. The lack of a particprogramme in Punjab. However, due to first cousin ular sub-unit determines the type of thalassaemia marriages, and marriages within families and com- that results (i.e. Alpha or Beta). munity members, the disease is still spreading in There are many forms of thalassaemia, with differPakistan. ent sub-types. Both Alpha and Beta forms include A number of welfare organisations have ap- Thalassaemia Major and Thalassaemia Minor. A proached the problem on a war footing. I have defective gene inherited from both parents results been associated with thalassaemia awareness in Thalassaemia Major, while a defective gene campaigns since 1992 when my dear friends Gen inherited from only one parent results in ThalasFaheem A Khan and Gen Riaz A Chowhan (both saemia Minor. People with the latter form of the former surgeon generals of the Pakistan Army), disease are usually symptom free, but will pass on Gen M Saleem, Gen C M Anwar and many other the disease to their children. Thus, a family history senior doctors set up the first Thalassaemia Centre of the disease greatly increases the risk factor for in Rawalpindi where blood transfusions and iron future generations. control treatments were carried out. Foetuses with the most severe form of Alpha ThaA considerable amount of literature on the subject lassaemia are stillborn, whereas babies carried to
term and born with the disease appear normal but develop severe anaemia during the first year of life. Other symptoms may include bone deformation of the face, failure to grow normally, fatigue, shortness of breath and jaundiced (yellow) skin. From a quality of life point of view, treatment is the most important aspect of the disease. It is painful and costly. It requires regular blood transfusions and folate supplements. These are vitamin B substances that occur naturally in certain foods, while folic acid is the synthetic substitute. Those receiving regular transfusions also require chelaton treatment which removes excess iron from the body. Bone-marrow transplant is another form of treatment, especially in children. This is a very intricate procedure costing between Rs1.5 million and Rs2 million.
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Maroof has worked with Tenants’ and Residents’ Associations, local organisations, service providers, groups and forums like local schools, and has helped to direct funding towards local cricket and football teams, and the Highfield Adventure Playground. Sheffield’s Labour team – including Maroof, and working with Labour MP Paul Blomfield and Labour MEP Linda McAvan – has worked hard over the past four years to represent our interests fairly. They have managed to get the insulation scheme extended into Sheffield Central Ward. Between them, they have managed to protect Highfield Library, and supported funding for lunch clubs. They have also campaigned on issues like a Fair Deal for Sheffield, Payday Lending, Education Maintenance Allowance and Freezing Energy Prices.
Unlike some of the other candidates, Maroof doesn’t simply focus on the part of our community that he feels most comfortable with; therefore so he has the support of a wide range of people from within our diverse communities in Sharrow, Highfield, Lowfield, Broomhall, the City Centre and Kelham Island. I have seen him work diligently and effectively for all communities across this part of As a Labour councillor, Maroof has had a real imSheffield and beyond, straddling the divide that so pact on our local area in ways in which minority often separates people of different backgrounds and fringe parties like the Greens cannot. As part
If the child being carried has the disease, it is advisable – and permitted by religion – to opt for termination of the pregnancy. This is the only way to eradicate this life-threatening disease, as has been adequately proven in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and other countries.
In Pakistan nearly 8,000 children are born with thalassaemia every year and about nine million people suffer from it. KP has the highest rate of infection due to first cousin marriages. It is of great importance that further spread is prevented by pre-marital and/or pre-natal screening. This will save many children from the severe agony this disSevere thalassaemia can cause death between the ease and its treatment causes. ages of 20 and 30 but frequent transfusions and chelaton treatment help improve life expectancy. My earnest request to all concerned is to have preIf the excess iron is not removed from the body, marital screening done. Parents should have their this could lead to damage to the heart, liver and teenage children tested and it should be mandatory to have such testing done before any nikkah endocrine system. ceremony. This is to save your children from the Public awareness and motivation are the key fac- mental agony of having affected children and to tors to prevention. People need to be informed save future generations from a lot of suffering, not of the risks and strongly encouraged (preferably even to talk of the expenses involved. compelled) to seek screening and counselling. A thalassaemia patient should not marry another Email: email@example.com patient or someone who carries the gene for the
Why I’m supporting Mohammad Maroof for Central Ward and cultures. And he doesn’t do this by denying our differences or pretending that we should give up our cultures; instead, he seems to try to understand and appreciate what is strong and good about people, individually and as groups.
disease. If family/cultural compulsions, like first cousin marriages, encourage them to do so, they should opt for pre-natal screening within the first three months of pregnancy.
of the Labour team, he has supported the Pakistan Muslim Centre to help move the PMC building into community ownership, and supported the local Somali Community, through ISRAAC, to be able to buy the Cemetery Road building. The Labour team has worked to improve BME children’s achievement in schools, and is campaigning against excessive university tuition fees and to reinstate PostStudy Work Visas for overseas students. Other notable issues include the decision to avoid compulsory CCTV cameras in taxis, and looking at the duration of the taxi driver badge and the number of taxi testing centres. They have been successful in convincing the government to scrap the £3000 ‘visitor bond' which was proposed by Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg and are campaigning against the £18,600 requirement to bring a spouse to the UK. The biggest threat to Maroof’s re-election comes from the Green Party. They already have two councillors in our local area, and a third Green Party councilor would mean that Sheffield Central – our area – would have no direct input to many council decisions. And I’m not convinced that we need another Green Party councillor in Council meetings putting their hand up to abstain on yet another Council vote. But the Green Party in Sheffield con-
By Mark Pettigrew centrate all of the resources on Central Ward, because they know that their simplistic message appeals to a small sub-group of the population who will go out to vote. Lib Dem can't win here, they will only help Greens to win. Therefore we need to go out to vote for Maroof on May 22, and to make sure that your friends and family all go out to vote. As a final thought, it is also important to make sure that the European elections on the same day return a strong Labour presence in the European parliament. At the last European elections, I was ashamed to see our region – Yorkshire and Humber – elect members from UKIP and the BNP. Although the BNP may not have such a strong following this time round, it looks as if UKIP are hoping for a good result. I would hate to see such xenophobic parties elected – just look at the UKIP position against the building of mosques, for example. UKIP spokes person also said that Quran needs updating and all Muslim sign a declaration declaring they have nothing to do with terrorism, to me this is deeply insulting behaviour towards a particular community who makes a great contribution to our society. So I would urge everyone to turn out to vote in the European elections to stop these fascists getting a voice.
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World Malaria Day New figures from Public Health England (PHE) have been published for World Malaria Day (25 April), which show an overall increase of 9% in imported malaria infections reported in the UK in 2013 (1,501) compared with 2012 (1,378). Malaria can be a life threatening disease, which is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. 79% of malaria cases in 2013 (compared with 73% in 2012) were caused by the more severe Plasmodium falciparum. This high proportion of falciparum malaria reflects the fact that most malaria imported to the UK is acquired in Africa. After a rise in recent years the proportion due to vivax malaria has continued to fall back, with 179 cases reported in 2013, compared to 271 in 2012 and 416 in 2011. The highest proportion of cases, as in previous years, is in travellers who are non UK-born who have visited family in their country of origin. The proportion of cases who have not taken appropriate antimalarials remains high. This implies that health messages about the importance of antimalarial prophylaxis are still not reaching groups who are at particular risk of acquiring malaria, predominantly those who are visiting family in their country of origin and particularly those of Black African ethnicity. It’s important to stress that any partial protection people may have gained from being brought up in a country where malaria is common is quickly lost when living in the UK. World Malaria Day provides a timely
reminder to all travellers going to a country where malaria is present to seek pre-travel advice about the appropriate measures to take to protect themselves, including preventive medicines. If you have any symptoms (usually flu-like or a fever), either while you are away or for up to a year after you return home, you must seek urgent medical help; malaria may cause severe complications and can be fatal. Travellers to countries where malaria is present should seek advice from their general practice, a specialist travel clinic or pharmacy about malaria prevention at least 6 to 8 weeks before they travel, but even if travelling at short notice it is still possible to get protected. Travellers are also reminded to avoid mosquito bites by using bed nets, cover-up clothing and insect repellents,
particularly for children. Information on insect bite avoidance and malaria prevention for specific countries is available on the NaTHNaC website. Malaria, an almost completely preventable but potentially fatal disease, remains an important issue for UK travellers. There is continuing evidence that those of African or Asian ethnicity who are non-UK born and going to visit family in their country of origin are at increased risk of malaria. PHE recommends that those providing advice should engage with these population groups wherever possible, including using potential opportunities to talk about future travel plans outside a specific travel health consultation, such as during new patient checks or childhood immunisation appointments.
John Lewis has announced a £1.3 million investment in its Sheffield department store, which will see the refurbishment of the ground floor, including a newlook beauty hall. The plans will see the beauty hall extended and refitted with some of the latest concept fixtures and new brands will be added to the assortment. As part of the refurbishment, haberdashery will move to the second floor, toys will be relocated to the third floor and gifts and gift food will move down to the ground floor. Work on the project is due to start in August this year and the project will be completed in October. John Lewis Sheffield will remain open throughout the works and activity will be carefully managed to minimise any impact on customers.
Sony’s Playstation 4 Sales Top Seven Million Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can't make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant. "The response from the global gaming community for PS4 (PlayStation 4) has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice," Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in a statement. Software sales for the console are also strong, with more than 20.5 million copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of April 13, 2014,
School Admissions Leave 760 Pupils Missing Out More than 760 children have been refused places at their first choice primary school for September as Sheffield struggles to cope with a continuing baby boom. Six city primaries have even been unable to find places for youngsters living in their catchment areas – Dobcroft Infant and Dore, Oughtibridge, Greystones, Hucklow and Netherthorpe primaries. Other children have been turned away from schools where their brothers or sisters have places, giving parents major transport headaches. More than 6,230 four-year-olds are seeking school places for the next academic year, an increase of more than 100 on the 2013 figure. Pupil numbers have been growing
John Lewis Sheffield announces new £1.3m beauty hall
steadily since 2002. Over recent years the city has created more than 2,500 extra school places in response. But the battle to get a first choice primary school place is getting tougher – this year’s figure of 764 refusals is up from 689 last year. The problem is mirrored in the secondary sector too – 569 pupils failed to get their favoured school, up from 466 last year. But only one secondary has been forced to turn away catchment children – Fir Vale Academy, where 51 pupils are having to look elsewhere. A council spokeswoman said the percentage of children getting one of their top three primary places had only fallen slightly to 95.8 per cent, despite the increasing numbers. “Those pupils who
were not allocated a place at one of their preferences have been allocated an alternative school. This will be their catchment school if they have not applied for it and there are still places available, or the nearest school with places available.” In secondary schools, 97 per cent were allocated one of their top three choices, unchanged from the previous year. Appeals hearings are already under way and will continue until July. Meanwhile work to expand the number of primary places is still continuing, with expansion plans prepared for schools in population hot spots including Greystones, Darnall, Tinsley, Crosspool, Firth Park and Wybourn.
it said. The PS4 is up against Microsoft's Xbox One, and Nintendo's Wii U for dominance of the digital home entertainment market at a time that consoles are under intense pressure to prove their worth in a world of ubiquitous smartphones and tablets for games and videos. By comparison, the Wii U, launched in late 2012, took more than a year to sell 5.86 million units. Sony's gaming division has emerged as a potential saviour for the company, which is struggling to reinvent itself in the digital age, having been left in the dust by nimbler rivals like South Korea's Samsung.
Special Event To Recruit South Yorkshire Constables Volunteers willing to give up their spare time to help fight crime in South Yorkshire flocked to a recruitment event organised at iceSheffield, in Attercliffe. The event was organised by Special Constables Abaid Hussain and Anisa Hussain, to help boost the number of volunteer police officers on the county’s streets. With police officer numbers falling because of Government budget cuts, Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright wants to have an army of 650 Specials in place by next April to support bobbies on the beat. Special Sergeant Abaid Hussain, who has volunteered for 17 months and eventually hopes to become a police officer, gives up an average of 90 hours
a month to the Special Constabulary, combining it with his studies for a degree and his part-time job as a customer services advisor. Abaid, who is based at Rotherham’s Main Street police station, said dozens of potential Specials attended the event over the weekend. “The main reason I wanted to join was because I wanted to give something back to the community,” he said. “I have always wanted to become a police officer and thought the best way to get into that was to get some life experience by becoming a Special. “What I enjoy about the role is getting a buzz at the end of the day knowing I have made a difference. “I also enjoy never knowing what is round the corner.”
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BUSINESS START UP COSTS Amar Saleem
Business Development Manager Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
gal and professional fees, possibly a licence, maybe staff uniforms, etc. Premises-related costs can provide a shock for lessexperienced business people. First you have to find them, possibly refit and redecorate them, maybe make them safe, secure or legally compliant. If you decide to rent, a landlord will expect a deCalculating start-up costs posit and rent upfront. You might also have to pay You must take into account all your start-up and a service charge. operating costs for at least 12 months ahead. Rela- All of these elements need to be included in your tively small expenses can mount up, while neglect- cost calculations. ing to include some in your costs will mean you're Working out your overheads One of the most critical pre-start up tasks is work- simply storing up some nasty surprises for later. ing out how much money you need to launch Your start-up costs could include equipment and your business. Only then can you think about how installation, a vehicle, road tax and insurance, Calculate your total overheads (also called 'fixed premises, fixtures and fittings, initial stock or ma- costs') on a monthly basis spanning your first year you're going to raise it. terials, launch marketing and advertising items, le- of trading. As well as rent or commercial mortgage Providing it doesn't hamper your ability to operate effectively, keep your start-up costs to a minimum. Spending more will place greater pressure on you to generate more money quicker. Saddle yourself with too much debt and you will increase your chances of failure and that's before even starting out. might be able to lease or buy second-hand. If you must buy, search for value-for-money suppliers and negotiate hard. You could ask for credit – but don't be surprised if you don't get it. You might even have to pay upfront or on delivery.
Keeping your costs down Not everyone can start up on a shoestring, but make sure there's a legitimate business reason for everything you buy. Being creative and willing to compromise can help keep your start-up costs down. Premises are the biggest expense for many businesses, which is why so many new ventures are started from the owner's home. Instead of buying goods and services, consider whether you can trade with other businesses. Another option is borrowing, but if you can't, you
High-denomination banknotes are popular with criminals because they make it easier to transport lots of cash, although the most valuable euro note - the 500 euro - is worth eight times as much as a £50 note. Anyway, if you have a stack of Houblon fifties under your mattress, post offices and several banks will continue to accept them until the end of October. After that, if you want to exchange your bills for one of the new Boulton and Watt £50 notes, you'll have to get yourself down to the Bank of England in London (go to Bank station - it's
Once you have worked out your start-up costs, compare them against your sales forecasts. If your costs exceed expected revenue, you need to find ways to sell more, reduce costs or else find a viable business idea. If you can't afford to fund the launch of your business, you at least know how much funding you require. It can take time for a new business to begin making regular sales, let alone turn a healthy profit. You need to bear this in mind when estimating how much finance you need to keep your business afloat for that all-important first year.
Goodbye £50 Note The £50 note featuring the first governor of the Bank of England, Sir John Houblon, has now been withdrawn after 20 years in circulation. The Bank of England withdraws notes every now and then so it can replace them with new notes that are harder to forge. It reckons that with two weeks to go there were still 53 million of them in circulation, with a value of £2.65bn. With so many in circulation, its a wonder they are not seen too often. People often save these notes for bigger purchases then change them at the bank when they need to convert them.
repayments, overheads include rates, insurance, utility and communication bills, professional fees, etc. You might also have to pay connection fees for some overheads. Employing people is costly. As well as wages, tax and National Insurance contributions, you might have to pay to advertise jobs, possibly for training, too. You must build in your own wages to your costs, and be sure you'll be able to earn enough – or else find another way to cover your living expenses.
easy to remember) or send them in the post. If you fill out a form, they will exchange any Bank of England note ever issued for its face value. Have you got an Isaac Newton £1 note or a Duke of Wellington fiver lying around? The Bank estimates there are still about 80 million Edward Elgar £20 notes an extraordinary £1.6bn-worth out there somewhere, four years after they were withdrawn. The Bank will even exchange predecimal notes, so if you have a 10 shilling note at the back of a drawer, they'll give you 50p for it.
Saudi Arabias First Woman To Get Pilot License Saudi Arabia - but the prince's support helped her to get the certification she needed. "That was really difficult, being a pilot who cannot fly in her own country," she says. Hindi said it was her father's dream for one of his children to become a pilot. When she applied to Hindi was already a licenced Jordan's Middle East Academy pilot but until now she could of Aviation in 2001, managers not fly within in the Kingdom of there were so surprised they Saudi Arabia has issued its first flying licence to a female pilot, it appears. Hanadi Al-Hindi, 35, has started flying small and wide-bodied luxury planes for the Kingdom Holding Company, owned by Saudi prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.
asked her father if he was happy for her to pursue what was seen as a traditionally male career. The flying licence was given to Hindi even though Saudi Arabia has a ban on female drivers. Women have long campaigned against the policy but in October a government spokesman explicitly restated women were still not allowed to drive there.
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Pakistan Journalist Hamid Mir Issues Defiant Statement The Pakistani journalist shot on 19th April has issued his first statement, once again blaming the country's intelligence agency for the attack. Hamid Mir, a popular and sometimes controversial anchor for the country's leading news channel Geo TV, was shot and wounded in Karachi. Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) dismissed the accusation as baseless and misleading. The defence department has urged the media regulator to suspend Geo TV. Hamid Mir's statement was read out late on 25th April by his brother, Amir Mir, who previously went on Geo TV and directly accused the ISI of ordering the attack. Although the news channel later appeared to distance itself from the accusations, this latest statement was given primetime prominence and will intensify the stand-off between the news channel and the military. "I had been facing threats from both state and non-state ac-
tors, but some developments in the recent past convinced me to inform my colleagues about the elements who could most likely try to kill me," Hamid Mir's statement reads. He goes on to describe an occasion where intelligence officials apparently visited his home to say his name was on a hit list. "I told them [colleagues] that in the current situation I felt the most immediate threat from the ISI." The statement claims the ISI was angry because of his coverage of the issue of Balochistan and his criticism of the spy agency. "State agencies often use the name of non-state actors to threaten journalists so as to prevent them from speaking or writing the truth," the statement said. Media standards The ISI angrily denounced the accusations when they were originally put forward by Mr Mir's brother, and the defence ministry says Geo brought the agency into disrepute.
Pakistan's media regulator is considering its request that Geo TV be suspended. The defence department complaint accuses Geo of conducting "a vicious campaign, libellous and scandalous in nature... against a state institution tasked to work for the defence, sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan". Geo was also criticised by rival TV channels and ex-military analysts for its coverage in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Geo has not responded formally to the complaint, saying it only reported the Mir family's version of events and that rival channels have "wrongly attributed the allegations against ISI to Geo". While the shooting was a violent reminder of the dangers Pakistani journalists face on a daily basis, the aftermath also highlighted problems with the standards of the country's media, correspondents say. Hamid Mir, the first journalist to interview Osama bin Laden after 9/11, is one of Pakistan's best-known presenters and survived an attack by the Taliban in 2012. In this latest incident he was hit six times in the abdomen and legs after his car was fired on by men on motorbikes as he was leaving Karachi airport. It remains unclear who fired the shots and no group has said it carried out the attack. Pakistan is one of the word's most dangerous countries for journalists.
PM’s Gas Connection Cut Over Unpaid Bills The infamous utility supplies in Pakistan prove difficult for the general public there. But now we hear that gas supplies to the Pakistani prime minister's residence have been cut off over thousands of pounds of unpaid bills. The residence and office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is said to be 4.7m rupees ($48,000, £28,000) in arrears on its gas bills. But the premier's
office is apparently just one of several official buildings to be disconnected in the capital city, Islamabad. Parliament House, Parliament Lodges and the Federal Shariat Court are some of the other government buildings currently without gas. All of the non-payers had been sent several notices but never responded, a spokesman for gas supplier Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited.
Ironically, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been pushing for a zero-tolerance policy towards gas payment defaulters only days earlier. At a high-level meeting at the end of last monthy on electricity and gas theft, he called the practice unacceptable and said measures on a "war footing" should be taken against perpetrators, a statement from prime minister's office says.
Charity Unveils New Bid To Tackle Poverty Rather than handing out money one Pakistani charity is aiming to make a difference by lending funds to small businesses and families. Shahzad Akram and Syed Rehan Hussain Two representatives of the international renowned charity ‘Akhuwat’ were in Blackburn recently as part of a UK visit to speak about how the charity is helping to change lives. The organisation is one of the leading exponents of microfinance in South Asia and has grown to become the biggest interest free model in Pakistan. Since beginning in Lahore the charity now services large parts of the country. It is presently working alongside British charity Lendwithcare.org in establishing new bases in the country. The overriding aim is to encourage people to get out the cycle of debt they may be in explains Shahzad Akram, Chief Credit Officer. “The charity works on several guiding principles. There is no interest charged on loans. Work is based and conducted from local religious buildings. “The team is made-up largely of volunteers and Akhuwat has employed a credit plus approach by introducing the idea of social guidance for its credit beneficiaries. “The loans are of particular assistance to those poor families who end-up having to pay interest to loan sharks. They work all their lives simply paying back the interest. “We help by paying off the initial debt and then settle the interest owed with the creditor. “Many people’s lives have been ruined by these huge interest payments. They find no way out.”
Akhuwat derives its name from ‘mwakhaat’ or brotherhood. It has sought to base its movement on the principles of ‘Qarz-e-Hassn’ found in the Islamic tradition which entails helping someone in need with interest free loans, a practice favoured over charity. Over the past ten years it has supported over 500,000 people and presently have 215,000 active clients. A total of 7.5 billion
and the people are quite unique. The loan is essentially given out on trust and paid back through trust. There are no overheads in terms of local offices because mosques, churches and temples are used as places where the initial meetings take place. The charity was established in 2001 when the idea of Akhuwat was presented before a group of friends at the Lahore Gym-
rupees has been lent. An average loan is 18,000 rupees and it can be paid back within 12-18 months. The recovery rate for the loans is remarkably 99.82% - an astounding figure for a nation like Pakistan. There has been a lot said and written about the nation of Pakistan. But this is a fine example about how the country
khana. During the conversation, charging of exorbitant interest rates on microfinance programs aimed at poverty alleviation was being criticised. One of the friends pledged a donation of ten thousand rupees, while another friend took it upon himself to utilise that donation as an interest free loan.
No freebies in foreign diplomacy Saudis $1.5 billion gift has raised suspicions among Pakistanis. The generous grant received from Saudi Arabia back in march has been lots of things, a “friendly gift,” an “unconditional grant,” a “Guinness world record – gift to Sharif” or just a no strings attached agreement. The real rea-
son remains unexplained and it has proved hard for the finance minister to explain the basis or purpose of the “gift”. It could be for Saudis own protection to keep Pakistan loyal, it could be to help stabilise the rupee, maybe for a Saudi attempt to get nukes from Pakistan, it
could well be for Pakistan to provide weapons to Syrian rebels but another theory is that it paid for the release of 16 Taliban’s from Pakistani jails. So who is going to explain that “There are no free lunches in foreign diplomacy.”
Funds Raised For Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project Sheffield Islamic Centre Madina Masjid Wolsley Road raised £307.46 for Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project who work with homeless people. Former Central ward councillor Master Bashir Khan presented the cheque to Tracy Venor. Cllr Maroof, Zameer Khan, Cllr Qurban Hussain, Raja Gulnawaz Khan, Ishfaq Kayani, Afseer Ahmed Shaheen, Raja Shafique and others are there at the presentation ceremony.
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ABDUL KHAYUM Social Commentator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
….. A Distinguished & Celebrated Icon! manity and his immense sense of social justice means that he is hardly ever out of the papers, and with his regular TV appearances, he is always at the forefront speaking out against oppression and We have many politicians / political figures both challenging injustices. A true champion for the orhere ( some with high ranking positions in Govern- dinary man! ment) and in Pakistan, yet in spite of their positions and any achievements, they don’t actually attain Lord Nazir Ahmed, who was the first Asian Counany lasting popularity of any sort. In fact, some of cillor in Rotherham and the town's youngest Magthem we don’t hear of or see and they become just istrate, and who in 1998, became the UK’s first names and shadows in the background. Muslim life Peer, commands a level of respect and However, I think we as a community are fortunate admiration that would be the envy of many a polito have at least one exception…. For there is at tician! least one dynamic individual, who, in spite of being so outspoken and at times controversial, having He is so loved and adored by so many (particularly had many brushes with the Media, the Labour Par- within the Pakistani/ Kashmiri community, but also ty, and even a reprimand for a motoring offence, within the wider Muslim community) and held in continues to have his popularity graph on the up such high esteem whether he is in Iran, Pakistan, and up…. and continually rising!! His love for hu- the Middle East, USA, Russia, Germany or the numerous other nations too many to mention here, that it makes one wonder, ‘why?’…. what is it about this remarkable man that makes him stand out and shine, towering above others. What is it that makes this distinguished icon so celebrated and respected all over the world and is so welcomed wherever he goes by world leaders particularly within the Muslim world. In 2007, it was due to his intervention, that the President of Sudan gave a British school teacher Gillian Gibbons a Presidential Pardon and released her from custody.
tion representatives and senior academics, falling over themselves to show him their adoration, respect and affection. This is the amazing attraction of this man! The question is how does he do it.. With the Mayor of Rotherham and Ch. M. Sarwar, Governor of Punjab, in Sheffield and what makes him so admired? Could it be simply because he has such a charismatic, outgoing and magnetic personality? Or Meeting the Grand Ayatollah maybe its because he takes a principled stance Khomeini during a visit to Iran on all social justice issues world-wide, and gives a voice on a political platform to the oppressed, particularly Muslims, and speaks out loudly, clearly and publicly with tremendous courage and conviction! He has openly and consistently spoken out against atrocities in places such as Kashmir and Palestine. In 2006, he was a signatory to an open letter to Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, criticising the UK foreign policy. In 2007 he publicly criticised the honouring of Salman Rushdie with a knighthood because of what he saw as Rushdie's offensiveness to Islam. In 2009, he was instrumen- Relaxing with Shabaz Sharif, Chief Minister of tal in ensuring that the campaigning anti-Islamic Punjab and the writer Abdul Khayum Dutch MP Geert Wilders was denied entry to the UK by the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith when he was invited to speak by peers from the House of Lords at a broadcast of the film ‘Fitna’.
His personal contacts and associations extend to many key influential leaders and Muslim scholars worldwide, and for many years, he himself has been listed in ‘The Muslim 500’ – A publication which lists the world’s top 500 most influential Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham Muslims, out of a total Muslim world population As a Member of the House of Lords, he speaks of 1.5 billion! on wider equality issues, and has spoken several times on issues of race, religion and gender. Only recently, I was in Pakistan at the same time He has advocated legislation against religious as Lord Ahmed and was in touch on a daily basis. I discrimination and forced marriages. was amazed, that during the course of 10 days, he had met with all senior politicians and high-ranking It may well be because of his personal courage civil servants including the Prime minister, Chief to speak out whenever he feels that injustice is Minister of Punjab, Governor of Punjab, Home being perpetrated. He is himself, is a very brave Secretary and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and daring individual. In 2007, he flew to Isamongst so many others….. And this was without lamabad with Pakistan's former prime minister With Shaykh Yusuf Abu Sneina (Imam of Masjid aleven making a ’planned’ visit to Pakistan. Normally, Nawaz Sharif in a bid to end Sharif's exile from Aqsa, Jerusalem, Palestine), Shaykh Abd al-Fadeel for any other individual, it would take a lot of plan- the country by military ruler Pervez Musharraf, al-Qawsi (Cairo, Egypt), Shaykh Muhammad Imdad ning and months to get into the diaries of these who had ousted him in a coup d'état. He single- Hussain Pirzada and other dignatories in The Robing people! But with Lord Ahmed, they seemed happy handedly negotiated with the Pakistani police Room at the Palace of Westminster. to put everything to one side to give priority to this to allow Nawaz Sharif to enter the airport terSpeaking at the Institute of Cultural illustrious man. minal and pass through customs. Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany ity, which I believe, has won him respect and adI personally witnessed not only power- Yet again… I myself feel that Allah has bestowed miration from so many including leading Islamic ful politicians, but senior civil servants, upon him this respect and honour for no other rea- Scholars. big business tycoons, media organisa- son than the mere fact that Lord Nazir Ahmed is a very humble, down to earth individual To know him personally is an immense pleasure. with a very simple lifestyle, genuinely He is a highly talented and very spirited fun-loving giving equal respect and status to all re- character. His very jovial and funny ways bring life gardless of their standing in society. He to any gathering, and he is absolutely great comranks amongst the very high and noble pany whoever he happens to be with. yet walks amongst the ordinary lot. He has his feet firmly on the ground, and he I’m sure I speak for the many, when I say that we is regularly in touch with the man on the are very fortunate and proud to have such an emistreet… I have known him to be sitting nent and much-loved individual from within our alongside the most powerful leaders at community. We hope and pray that Allah elevates a state level function one day, and then him even higher and gives him the strength to conamongst ordinary people in a small res- tinue working and advocating for the oppressed of taurant/ coffee bar, the next day! And this world and uniting the Muslim community….. With the Crown Prince of State of Qatar HH Prince Tamim what sets him apart, is that he is at ease Lord Nazir Ahmed, we salute you! bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani With Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of and comfortable in either setting. It is Sir Gerald Kaufman MP and other dignatories Pakistan during a visit to Pakistan this quality of humbleness and simplic
Central Ward Labour Councillor Mohammad Maroof raised funds for Highfield Adventure Playground presenting a cheque of £200 to Jonathan Roberts of Sharrow Community Forum - Matlub Husyan Ali Khan on behalf of Munir Ahmed Mughal Chairman Al-Mustafa Trust International is there to pass their contribution for local facility for young people.
Central Ward Labour Councillor Mohammad Maroof raised funds for Sharrow Cricket Club and presenting a cheque of £245 to Mazhar Abbas of Glover Road - Matlub Husyan Ali Khan on behalf of Munir Ahmed Mughal Chairman Al-Mustafa Trust International and Carrie Wilson Vice Chair Central Ward Labour Party are there to pass their contribution for local facility for young people.
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HS2 - THE DEBATE CONTINUES Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son It has been some time since the HS2 high speed rail link between London and the North was announced. The euphoria has dwindled and reality has set in. Many people and businesses along the route are anxious to know how it will affect them. Some see it as an opportunity, others as a loss of a way of life they have become used to. Whichever way you look at it, this is a huge investment in the communication structure of the country. The cost of the link between London, the Midlands and the North of England is likely to cost in the region of £42.6bn, with £7.5bn for the trains. The proposal has a vote through the House of Commons on 28th April 2014. There are likely to be some MPs who will vote against the Government. There are a number of reasons given for this, for example, the environmental damage it will cause, as clearly it will be going through open countryside, and also the cost of the whole project which, being based on today's prices, could in theory rise over the length of the project. A report entitled “Failure to Transform: High Speed Rail and the Regeneration Myth” eludes to little evidence for the economic benefits of the project. The think-tank talked about the faster rail link between London and Doncaster, which was introduced in the late 1970s, and the electrification of the route completed in 1991. Despite this, the town is ranked 42nd worst out of 315 English boroughs. So on the face of it, the faster rail link has
not benefited Doncaster. There is also talk that regeneration will happen but this may be restricted to specific areas having a new HS2 station. Clearly any large project will have criticism but is it a reason for not progressing it? The supporters of the scheme point to the success of HS1 and how that has benefited many areas and communities. Whether the line will help solve the North/South divide is a debate which will follow for many years to come. On the face of it, it is a exciting infrastructure project, improving links between us, other cities and London. Economically it has the potential to create not just construction jobs through the build phase, but longer term investment into this country and the regions. If you look at other developed countries such as Japan, France and many others, such infrastructure projects have been around for many years and the benefits are there for all to see. In some of the world's developing nations major transport projects are the bedrock not only of connectivity of regions but economic growth. As with any major infrastructure project there are people who are less enthusiastic,and with good reason as their property may be affected wholly or in part. If you are one of these communities then this a time of great personal distress, not only because your property is affected but it affects your
community and the way of life you have chosen. It is clear such projects do have a major effect on people's lives. I have first hand experience of this as my family were affected by a major hydro electric dam project, with my father coming to this country in the fifties. Many of his contemporaries recall stories of losing not only land and property but more so communities built over generations. It can and does have a lasting effect on people who are affected by such major projects. In the meantime, if the scheme progresses there are many people who will be affected. For properties that are affected the government has put in place purchase schemes. If you are affected then please consult your professional advisers. If you are affected you might like to consider the following:
Indications are Blight Notices could be
5 Alternatively you may be included in a Compulsory Purchase Order. 6 Compulsory Purchase means you will get market value for your property. Also home loss, disturbance payments to cover your relocation costs and all your professional fees for your solicitor and chartered surveyor. A business will be entitled to claim loss of profits, relocation expenses, and in the worst case scenario, total extinguishment of the business. 7 Employ professional advisers who have experience in Compulsory Purchase.
1 Check to see if your property might be It is quite clear this debate will continue for many affected and to what extent. years and there will be many phases that the 2 If the answer to question 1 is yes, then project goes through which will affect people in different ways. you could be suffering Blight. This basically means you may be unable to sell your property as If you want to contact me I am a consultant at there would be very few buyers. Mark Jenkinson and Son, 0114 2760151/0787 3 Blight means you are possibly entitled 9015095, and will be more than happy to advise to serve a Blight Notice asking for the property on any property issues you may have. Please feel to be immediately purchased as it is likely to be free to contact me or through ILM, and do keep purchased under a Compulsory Purchase Order. requesting topics you want me to write about.
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Q & A PROPERTY
Mohammed Nazir Partner , Head of Property & Immigration Wosskow Brown Solicitors LLP Email: email@example.com
1. At what stage should I insure the property er and he is giving me the deposit. How do property and that a solicitor checks the legal work are being carried out within the practice. pack before you make a bid for the property. we go about this? which I am purchasing? 7. What is Japenese Knot Weed? You should put buildings and contents insur- This is called a gifted deposit, meaning that the 5. What is a buy to let property? Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant origiance in place just before the exchange of Con- seller is gifting you an incentive in that a pertracts as the legal title property passes to you centage of the purchase price will be consid- This is when you purchase a property for in- nating in Asia. The plant is known for getting at this point. Your solicitors will advise you ered as your deposit. For example if the prop- vestment purposes and put tenants in their for into the cracks of houses and the foundaerty is priced at £100,000.00 and you purchase a rental income. You must take independent tions and causing major structural problems. once they are ready to exchange. for £95,000.00 with the remaining £5,000.00 advice from your financial advisor on these The presence of Japanese Knotweed can be transactions and ensure that the property is determined by having a survey of the propbeing the gifted deposit. 2. Please confirm what the NHBC is? Always ensure that your financial advisor noti- insured according to the terms of your mort- erty carried out. Lenders do not normally lend on properties where Japanese Knotweed is gage conditions. This is a guarantee for the building works that fies the lender of the gifted deposit. present. were carried out when the property was first erected. There are also similar policies avail- 4. I want to purchase a property at auction, 6. What is the Conveyancing Quality Scheme? able. If you are purchasing a property which what do I need to do? The Conveyancing Quality Scheme is a scheme Disclaimer: Please note, these answers are has been built in the last 10 years then your solicitor should obtain the relevant certificates. If you would like to purchase a property at auc- run by the Law Society for Solicitors offering for general information only and they do not tion, we would advise you to make sure that Conveyancing services. It is a quality mark amount as specialist advice. If you want to 3. I am purchasing a property from my broth- you have a full structural survey done on the showing that high standards of Conveyancing seek advice, please contact your solicitor.
COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS AT PMC
A Community Centre in Sheffield has over the weekend made history by hosting an event which was attended by over 620 EU Migrants. The Community Open Day, hosted by the Pakistan Muslim Centre, ( PMC ) Sheffield was a direct result of ‘The Community Cohesion, Building Initiative’. This was an initiative which witnessed the centre voluntarily opening its building up to Darnall and its immediate vicinity. This involved putting on recreational activities for children, adults and families alike. Indeed a bulk of the live performers at the community open day had been trained under the auspices of the PMC. The event consisted of live performances from members of the Roma Slovakian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian and Polish Communities. With Speeches from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Vickie Priestley, Clive Betts (MP) , Police and Crime Commissioner , Shaun Wright amongst other dignitaries. Attendees were given opportunities to benefit from information which was readily available courtesy of the various information stalls. Some of the more notable stalls providers
included DACT, SASS, Sheffield University Life Long Learning, South Yorkshire Police and Fire service, Amey , Viola, Royal Bank of Scotland. etc , etc. Bouncy castle, face painting and availability of various Eastern European Cuisines provided the gathering a fun fare and carnival like environment. The Pakistan Muslim Centre has been engaging with the local EU migrant Community, particularly the local Roma Slovakian Community ever since tension flared in firvale. The Chairman Mohammed Ali said “ I observed a television programme portraying a negative image about the Eastern European Community residing the Eastwood area. This left a bitter taste in the mount of the locality. With pockets of negative private meetings taking place citywide we were clearly entering dangerous waters. Somebody had to do something, to intervene and rescue Darnall and other areas from falling victims of failing community relations.’’ Congratulating the Pakistan Muslim Centre, Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley commented on how something constructive had been achieved and this messaged of hope was echoed by
the honourable MP Clive Betts and Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright. Commenting on the success of the event the project manager Mukhtar Tufail stated “community relations had never been so fragile, misconception, fuelled by recession, high unemployment, coupled with fear of crime have all contributed towards erection of a wall of misconception that is mounting against EU Migrants, this event which was attended by migrants from all over Yorkshire will go a long way towards building bridges, enhancing and bolstering community cohesion. “ The initiative has particularly proven beneficial for Sheffield in terms of creating a safer and stronger communities and opening the PMC to the community has provided the said communities an opportunity to showcase their skills talents and passions. This event will work a long way towards dismantling the misconception engulfing the Eastern European Migration argument. The Centre is now looking towards likeminded partners to work towards providing some form of continuity.
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THE BEST OF PAKISTAN’S INTERNATIONAL STATESMAN Jaan Muhummed Khan
THE BEST OF PAKISTAN’S INTERNATIONAL STATESMAN – H.E. Mohammed Naheem Khan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Ass Secretary General (Elect) of the (OIC) Organisation of Islamic CoOperation.
endorsed by Saudi Arabia, as a candidate for the Assistant Secretary General of the (OIC) Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, back in November of 2013. Khan had already been acting as Pakistan’s permanent representative to the OIC in Jeddah. Reacting to the news he said “I’m honoured that the Kingdom and the Pakistani government have selected me as their candidate for such a prestigious position at the OIC”.
The OIC is the largest inter governmental organisation after the United Nations, with some 57 countries, spanning four continents and around 1.8 billion people. Set up in 1969, the OIC serves a collective voice of the Muslim world and strengthens, facilitates and seeks to promote the common interests of Muslim countries, covering a vast array Islamabad in February is regarded by many in the of areas such as technology, commerce as well as capital as the optimal climate, with the cold of the cultural and political interests. It also has a permaDecember evenings gradually giving way to the nent delegation to the UN. warmer spring air. In the relative warmth of such a day stood the significant players of the highest In early November of 2013, the Saudi Foreign echelon in the Pakistani government and military, Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, officially endorsed at the Noor khan airbase to greet the arrival of a His Excellency Naheem Khan as candidate for the very significant dignitary, Saudi Crown Prince Sal- position of Ass Secretary General of the OIC. The man bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on a three day visit to Kingdoms endorsement letter was handed over to Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister NaPakistan. waz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, A twenty one gun salute heralded the Crown by Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al Ghadeer the Saudi AmPrince’s arrival, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif bassador to Pakistan. receiving the prince and accompanying dignitaries. Accompanying the Prime minister were his advi- The subsequent elections for the post were held sor on foreign affairs and national security Sartaj at the 40th session of the OIC’s Council of Foreign Aziz, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Commit- Ministers (COFM) in Conakry, Guinea in December tee Gen Rashad Mahmood, Chief of Army Staff, of 2013. At an announcement in April 2014 it was Gen Raheel Sharif, Chief of Air Staff Chief marshal confirmed that the Pakistani Ambassador was the Tahir Rafique Butt and Chief of Naval staff Muham- successful candidate and would take on a term of mad Asif Sandia, as well as a number of Federal five years as the Asst Secretary General, until 2019. Ministers. Along with these were the ambassador of Saudi Arabia Dr Abdulaziz Ibrahim Saleh A seasoned diplomat with immense skills, Naheem Al-Ghadeer and Pakistanis Ambassador to Saudi khan will inevitable bring to his new role as Asst Secretary General of the OIC, the intelligence, Arabia Muhammad Naheen Khan.
Pakistani Ambassador H.E. Muhammad Naheem Khan with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal in Jeddah. As the Crown Prince took the salute from the guard of honour and inspected the three forces, to the background of the two countries national anthems, he would indeed have already been well familiar with certain members of the Pakistani welcoming committee. The Prime Minister of course, previously exiled to Saudi Arabia by Musharaf, with long standing business and diplomatic relations. But also notably Pakistanis’ Ambassador to Saudi Arabia since 2011 Muhammad Naheem Khan. A diplomat of outstanding skill, who over and above his tenure as Ambassador had been favoured and
Low Blood Sugar ‘May Lead To Heart Attacks’
compassion and charm, with which he has conducted his term as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. In 2013, the Saudi government imposed a deadline of November the 4th for the legalisation of all foreign Pakistani workers, with severe financial penalties and immediate deportation for those non compliant. The Pakistani Ambassadors team in the Kingdom worked tirelessly to ensure that Pakistani Nationals were compliant in all areas, facilitating them to correct their immigration status. Some 1.5 million strong Pakistani nationals live in
Sudden heart attacks which kill young people in their sleep could be triggered by low blood sugar levels brought on by diabetes, Sheffield researchers have found. Academics from Sheffield University’s human metabolism department and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have discovered that prolonged periods of heart rhythm disturbance can be caused by hypoglycaemia - plummeting blood sugar levels. The study was conducted with a group of older patients with Type 2 diabetes and a history of heart disease. But the findings could also shed new light on so-called ‘dead in bed’ syndrome, which refers
Pakistani Ambassador Cutting Defence Day Cake Celebrations at an Elaborate Reception In Riyadh with Chief guest the Commander of The Royal Saudi Land Force Lt Gen Eid Al-Shalawai the Kingdom, sending an estimated 4.5 Billion dol- Secretary General (elect) of the OIC, culminates lars to their homeland. a diplomatic career spanning over 4 decades. A career diplomat and holder of a Masters degree In a bold move His Excellency Naheem Khan, di- in International relations, he joined the Pakistani rectly appealed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, foreign Office in 1982 and went on to serve varithereby winning a period of special concession ous assignments in diplomatic missions in Washand grace from the kingdom for the legalisation of ington, Beijing, Madrid and the Sanaa, as well as those Pakistani workers who had not done so by acting as Pakistan’s’ additional foreign secretary the deadline. Before the November the 4th 2013 and spokesperson for Pakistan’s foreign office, up deadline, some 800,000 Pakistani workers had to his appointment in Saudi Arabia, where after an already been legalised by Saudi Arabia. Ambas- audience with the then President Asif Ali Zardari, sador Khan then specifically repeated his calls for he flew out to Riyadh. He has also acted as Ambasall remaining Pakistani nationals to get assistance sador to the Philippines and Nepal. from the Embassy and its affiliates to benefit from this special extension, stating that all Pakistanis are Described by his contemporaries and colleagues welcomed at the Embassy at any time. alike as a diplomat of outstanding potential, thoroughly professional and a workaholic his new role When confronted with the difficulties for the aver- in the OIC would seem to be the perfect arena for age Pakistani worker to get adequate or any medi- him to flex his diplomatic skills and acumen, when cal assistance, he instigated the setting up of a free dealing with countries such as Iran, the Sudan and medical camp to assist nationals in the provision of the recently suspended Syria. He will ovcourse be health matters, providing free medicines and labo- serving to promote solidarity and areas of mutual ratory facilities benefitting thousands of workers. benefit and co-operation amongst member states Through His Excellency Naheem Khans’ leadership to uphold international peace and security and adnumerous job fairs were held, enabling thousands vance education. The Pakistani government has of Pakistani workers to connect with companies stated in response to his investiture that Naheem seeking to recruit employees. This iniative has khan will especially be focussing in the fields of scienabled some 10,000 Pakistani nationals to secure ence and technology, within his mandated role. employment. I can but only wish my cousin the best of luck in his The Ambassador has also undertaken initiatives new role as the challenges which lay ahead for all in the fields of education for his countrymen and Muslim states, in the stability of their populations women, by meeting with the Saudi leadership and and adequate distribution and use of resources enabling the opening of Pakistani schools in the ar- in an ever changing technological world are imeas of Taif and Tabuk. mense. Recently he hosted a business conference with Pakistan’s minister of Trade and Commerce Khurram Dastgir in Riyadh, who attended with some twenty strong member delegation, to further facilitate Pakistan’s engagement with the world’s biggest producer of oil and the Arab world’s largest economy.
After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate after world war one, their existed a void and need for a new collective Muslim voice, a pan-Islamic organisation. This vacuum was some decades later filled by the establishment of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation in 1967. The aims in its charter are to preserve Islamic social and economic values and promote solidarity. These are some of many noble and important aims and objectives which The Asst Secretary General will have to grapple with in this modern changing world. But rest assured if there was ever a man more competent and intellectually nuanced to do this then it is Naheem Khan, one of the children of Pakistan that it can be proud of on the international stage.
A modest man Ambassador Naheen Khan has been the recipient of many accolades and medals from the Pakistani expatriate community within the gulf and Saudi Arabia, for his tireless efforts on their behalf. The expatriate Pakistani residents of Riyadh, voted him “The Peoples Ambassador”, at a special gathering hosted by the Pakistani Writers Club-Riyadh and The Pakistani Muslim League -Nawaz, organised to pass a resolution appealing to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to consider awarding another three year term to Ambassador By Naheem Khan. Jaan Muhummed Khan email@example.com Ambassador Naheem Khans, new role as Asst
to sudden deaths of young, otherwise healthy diabetics. Few of the patients taking part reported symptoms of low blood sugar levels or irregular heartbeats, which were only detected through continuous glucose monitoring and electrocardiograms. Previous studies ruled out a direct effect of hypoglycaemia as a cause of death in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researches expected to find some low overnight blood sugars but were startled to find how extensively it was occurring overnight and that it was sometimes lasting for several hours. When this occurred,
they also saw evidence of prolonged periods of very slow heart rate rhythms in patients. While a cause for concern, these slow heart rates were not associated with any very serious heart rhythm disturbances in the study. The researchers don’t want to alarm patients, but what they’ve found is potentially important. The researchers recommend patients could consider checking their blood glucose late at night ‘every now and then’, or speaking to their doctor about changing their insulin regime.
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