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Dr Tahirul Qadri has ended his 70day long sit-in protest in Pakistan's capital Islamabad. Tahirul Qadri announced he will now tour major Pakistani cities holding sit-ins and agitating for the launch of a "revolution of the poor." "This sit-in has achieved its purpose, it has awakened the nation and played its role in the path of revolution," Qadri told thousands of his supporters - many were women and some were in tears. Soon after Qadri's announcement, his supporters started packing up their camps and hugging one another goodbye. Qadri and famed cricket star turned politician Imran Khan led tens of thousands of marchers from the eastern city of Lahore to the capital on August 14 â€” Pakistan's Independence Day. For months, they have camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who they accuse of vote fraud. Khan maintains he will not end his protest until Sharif resigns. Qadri,
despite ending his Islamabad protest, has refuted claims he struck some sort of compromise deal with Sharif's government. In mid-August when these protests started, it was widely believed among the demonstrators that Sharif would be gone within days â€” either through resignation or via military takeover. But the army has stayed publicly neutral, despite a deadly August 31 clash between police and protesters that left three protesters dead and hundreds injured. Later, a group of politicians from opposition parties attempted to mediate the stand-off, but no apparent deal could be struck. ARY an anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was "maligning" Pakistan's judiciary, the country's media regulation authority said. The closure is apparently linked to the infighting among Pakistan's numerous media outlets over their
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75% Of Crime In South Yorkshire Is Unsolved Almost three-quarters of all crimes committed in South Yorkshire in the past four-and-a-half years, including murder, child sex offences and abduction, remain unsolved by police. Crimes which have not been solved include four murders, 14 attempted murders, 13 child abductions, more than 100,000 thefts and 61,320 reports of criminal damage. Criminals are getting away with almost 6,000 offences a month. Categories with the most unsolved crimes are assault, criminal damage, burglary, theft from motor vehicles
and general theft. Figures show 103,809 offences were recorded in South Yorkshire in 2010 and 75,263 remain undetected. Of those, just 15 are still assigned to an officer. And this year up to the end of June, 46,373 offences had been recorded with 15,074 still undetected. Of those, 719 remain assigned to an officer. But police stressed they solve more crimes than the national average involving violence, robbery, theft, rape, shoplifting and drugs.
The last UK troops have left Helmand in Afghanistan, as a poll suggests 68% of respondents thought the operation was not "worthwhile" for Britain. The BBC poll of 1,000 UK adults found 42% thought Britain was "less safe" as a result of the 13-year campaign. The end of British combat operations was announced last month with Camp Bastion handed over to Afghan control. The final UK troops left at the end of October. Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain should be "incredibly proud".
The BBC's telephone poll, carried out from 24-26 October, found 14% thought the UK was safer as a result of the international intervention in Afghanistan, which began in 2001. Responses showed 39% thought there was "no real difference", while 5% did not know or refused to answer. Some 24% said they thought Britain's involvement was worthwhile for the UK.
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Driving Licence Fees To Be Slashed Drivers facing the mounting costs of taking to the road for the first time will no doubt be pleased by the Government’s decision to slash the cost of obtaining a licence. The cost-cutting measure, which will see the price of a provisional licence fall to £34 from £50, is estimated save new drivers in the region of £80m over the next decade. Other cuts coming into effect on October 31 include the costs of renewing a licence online every 10 years, which has been reduced from £20 to £14. Commenting on the move, Transport Minister Claire Perry
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Shoppers are getting an early Christmas present in Rotherham this year as free parking returns each weekend. Car parking is free in all Council-run off-street car parks and onstreet parking bays each Saturday from October 18, up to and including December 27. The scheme is part of the campaign to give
ocrats entered coalition. This means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under Labour. The triple lock delivers a pension rise of whichever is the greater of average earnings, inflation or 2.5%, meaning pensioners across Sheffield and South Yorkshire will see more money in their pockets. The Lib Dems have pledged to write it into law in the next parliament.
Collisions Claim 32 Lives In South Yorkshire Collisions claimed 32 lives on South Yorkshire roads last year, according to new figures. Crashes also left 449 motorists, passengers and pedestrians seriously injured. The figures were released as part of the Department for Transport’s ‘Think!’ safety campaign, which is this week highlighting the number of people killed on country roads - an average of 60 per cent of all collision casualties. In South Yorkshire the figure stands at 56 per cent. Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world, but most people don’t know that motorists are 11 times more likely to die in an accident on a country road than on a motorway. On average three people die every day on Britain’s country roads and these are needless tragedies. The public needs to understand these risks and adapt their driving to the conditions they face. That is why the new Think! Country Road Campaign is so
The price of petrol at the pumps has fallen to its lowest level since January 2011, according to the AA. But the motoring organisation warned drivers that the road to recovery is "still a rocky and uncertain one". Diesel is also at its lowest level since January 2011 and now averages 129.15p a litre. The latest figures do not include the effect
of three major supermarkets lowering their petrol and diesel prices by up to 2p a litre in the past week. The AA said that in mid-July 2014, the price of petrol hit a summer high of 131.70p a litre. The 6.8p-a-litre difference between then and now represents a saving of £3.74 when filling a typical 55-litre fuel tank.
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85,698 Sheffielders To See Pensions Rise The basic state pensions will rise by at least £2.85 a week thanks to the Liberal Democrats triple lock. It means 85,698 pensioners in Sheffield will benefit from an increase in their pension. In total 221,691 pensioners will benefit across South Yorkshire. This rise will bring the level of the state pension to at least £115.95 and will benefit millions of pensioners across the UK. This is £18.30 more, each week, than in 2010 when the Liberal Dem-
said: "The cost of driving, especially for young drivers, can be significant and we are committed to cutting costs where we can. Thanks to DVLA making large-scale savings to their running costs, we have been able to cut the cost of the driving licence which will save drivers and businesses £150 million over the next 10 years." The agency processes one million "first licence" applications every year and the fees drop is expected to save new drivers £82.2 million over 10 years, with more than 77% of these applications are made by 17 to 24 year olds. In addition, 2.1 million photocard licences are renewed every year, meaning motorists already on the road would save £61.3 million collectively over a decade.
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important – it is urging drivers to read the road ahead, select a safe speed and brake before the bend. Firefighters across South Yorkshire deal with an average of 250 road traffic collisions every year. They are called out to cut casualties free from the mangled wreckage of vehicles, often in a race against time, when paramedics need to rush them to hospital.
the town centre a boost in the run up to Christmas and help as many people as possible discover the hidden retail gems which Mary Portas herself praised in her recent visit. Motorists are reminded that although parking is free on Saturdays, maximum stay re-
strictions will remain in force to help ensure parking is available to those shopping in the town. The disabled bays will also remain strictly for the use of blue badge holders only. Free parking is also not applicable in private car parks.
Night Time Lane Closures Begin On The Parkway Motorists are being warned that night-time lane closures on the Rotherham end of the Parkway have started. From October 21, there has been one lane closed in both directions on the A630 Rotherham Gateway of the Parkway during weekday nights. The off-peak night-time closures are to allow for preparatory works for the scheme to repair the Old Flatts Bridge, which carries the Parkway over local railway lines. It will also be necessary to have four road closures of the Parkway during the works. These will be limited to five consecutive weekday nights with the first starting on Monday, January 12. The main phase of the works will start next February and will be completed in November, 2015. During that time traffic will continue to run but on two narrow lanes in both directions using contra-flow lanes. The £4 million scheme has been partly-funded by the Department for Transport with over £1 million being contributed from the authority.
It is one of two successful 'Pinch Point' schemes submitted by Rotherham Borough Council to the DfT last year. Work is currently on-going on the £5 million scheme on the A630 Centenary Way to change the Masbrough (Pool Green) roundabout into a signalised crossroads junction. The 'Pinch Point' initiative is intended to relieve existing or potential congestion hot spots on the nation’s principle roads.
DRIVERS TOWED DURING SHEFFIELD STREETS AHEAD WORK FINED £50,000 Motorists have been forced to fork out almost £50,000 in fines after their vehicles were towed during road improvement works in Sheffield. The figures, revealed through The Star’s Your Right to Know campaign, show 345 vehicles have been towed in 18 months while road resurfacing work was carried out as part of the Streets Ahead scheme. Motorists have been made to pay at least £48,300 between January 2013 – when the contract to re-
surface streets, replace lights and improve pavements began – and August this year. The biggest number of vehicles towed from a single street came in May 2103, when 11 cars were towed from Lawson Road in Broomhill. Residents who have their vehicles towed have to pay a £35 fine and a £105 release fee to have it removed from the secure compound. If the vehicle is not collected within 24 hours, another £12 a day is added.
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IMPROVE HANDWASHING TO FIGHT FLU People across Britain are being urged to regularly wash their hands to help prevent the spread of flu. Washing your hands, particularly after catching a sneeze, is one of the most effective ways of combating the disease as it can be spread by touching. Flu is a highly infectious illness which spreads rapidly in closed communities and even people with mild or no symptoms can infect others. It is caught through droplets of saliva spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can then be breathed in or picked up by touching surfaces where the droplets have landed. The single best way to prevent flu is to get a flu vaccination if you are entitled to one - but that still leaves many children and adults who aren’t eligible. "Hand washing is the next best way of preventing the spread of flu. You can prevent the spread of the virus by always carrying tissues, using them to catch sneezes, disposing of the tissue and then washing your hands. It’s not just a case of running your hands quickly under the tap – you need to rub your hands together for about 20 seconds with soap and warm water. As well as flu, you could be protecting yourself and others from a whole host of other bacteria and viruses. It’s amazing the number of people you see who don’t wash their hands after sneezing. Flu can be bad enough when you’re healthy, but
people in ‘at risk’ groups are 11 times more likely to experience complications if they get the flu than a ‘healthy person’.” There are six steps to handwashing effectively: Wet your hands Apply the soap Rubbing your hands together for around twenty seconds Making sure to clean between your fingers, palms, thumbs, the back of your hands and under the nails Rising your hands Drying your hands with a clean paper towel or air-drying them Carers are also being encouraged to have the flu jab to protect themselves and their loved ones. As a carer for someone else, it can be easy to overlook your own health and wellbeing, but is a serious risk for people with health problems or disabilities. Complications such as pneumonia are more than 10 times more common in people with long term illnesses.
So, if you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be put at risk if you fall ill, and/or you are in receipt of Carer's Allowance you should be offered a free flu jab, according to Government policy. Tell your GP you are a carer and ask for the jab. Those Eligible for the Flu vaccinations: • people aged 65 years or over by 31 March 2015 • all pregnant women • All those aged two, three and four years old on 1st September 2014 people with serious medical conditions: chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, liver disease, splenic dysfunction, neurological disease or diabetes • a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment • people living in long-stay residential care homes or facilities • people in receipt of a carer’s allowance • Health and social care workers with direct patient/client contact The list above is not exhaustive and decisions should be based on a practitioner’s clinical judgement. A pilot school’s vaccination programme is currently underway in Sheffield offering the flu vaccination to all Years 7 and 8 (aged around 11-13 years) secondary school pupils. For more information on seasonal flu or vaccinations visit NHS Choices
Katrina Kaif Wax Work Lastest Bollywood Star to be Added at Madame Tussauds London
After winning a public vote for fans to choose the next Bollywood actress to be featured at Madame Tussauds London, the world famous attraction today confirmed that Katrina Kaif will be joining the A-list line up next year. The first Bollywood figure was decided by public vote when veteran superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, was portrayed in 2000. Now, almost fifteen years and seven wax figures later, the fans have once again decided on who they want to see here - after a very close contest, Katrina Kaif will be the next Bollywood
start to join the line up. The figure will be revealed to the public in Spring 2015. Katrina Kaif, said: "I am extremely excited that Madame Tussauds London will be creating my wax figure and the fact that fans were involved in the decision makes it even more special. It's an amazing honour to be asked and to be featured alongside icons of the Indian film industry is humbling. I can't wait to start work on the creation now and to meeting myself in wax next year!" Katrina has collaborated closely with the sculptors and artists
to decide a dancing pose and outfit for the figure, having given a sitting in Mumbai where all the measurements required to create an accurate likeness were gathered. A team of 20 artists will work on the figure, which will cost £150,000 to produce, and completion is scheduled for Spring 2015 when it is hoped Katrina will unveil the figure herself at the legendary London attraction. Madame Tussauds has worked closely with the Indian film industry over the last fifteen years and the Bollywood area in the London attraction is one of its most popular, featuring figures of Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Amitabh Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor in a colourful, themed set. Since the introduction of the first Bollywood film star, Amitabh Bachchan in 2000,
Lose Weight, Pile On The Pounds: ‘Offer Obese People Cash To Get Slim’ People who suffer from obesity could be offered cash or shopping vouchers to lose weight under a “hard-hitting national action” plan proposed by the National Health Service. NHS bosses are also demanding a big rise in funding to provide better, more convenient and more sustainable care for patients. The first ever Five Year plan for the NHS warns “decisive action” is needed to change the way it operates to cope with a rise in the size and age of the population. The report by NHS England calls for a “radical” shake-up, with a shift in resources from treating disease to preventing ill-health, and a massive migration of services from hospitals into GP surgeries. “We have no choice but to do this. If we do it, a better NHS is possible. If we don’t the conse-
quences for patients will be severe”. Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England The report warns there needs to be “hard-hitting national action” on obesity, smoking and alcohol. It wants employers to offer workers incentives to lose weight, including shopping vouchers, cash or prizes. NHS staff will also be urged to “set a national example” with healthier lifestyles. Local authorities should take tougher action on fast-food and alcohol outlets to improve the health of their populations. “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses.” NHS England report
Proportion of pupils gaining five good GCSEs decreases ‘significantly’ Fewer teenagers scored at least five C grades in their GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams and school league tables, official figures show. In total, just over half (52.6%) of pupils in England reached the five A*-C including the basics benchmark, according to statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE). This is down from 59.2% who achieved the same standard last year. But Government officials said it was difficult to compare the latest results with previous years due to major reforms. “It is not a reflection of the quality of teaching nor the amount of effort and hard work put in by students. Our qualifications system must be trusted. This year the opposite is happening.” General secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders Brian Lightman These include a move to cut thousands of vo-
cational qualifications from school performance measures, and the decision that only a student’s first attempt at a GCSE will count in the league tables. But the statistics also suggest that using last year’s methodology, around 56% of pupils achieved at least five Cs, including English and maths, this year - still down on last year’s results. “School leaders want a rigorous approach, but change needs to be introduced in a way that does not destabilise the system and unfairly disadvantage young people. We are working with the Government to make sure we understand the factors that have contributed to the problems this year. Above all it must not be allowed to happen again.” Peter Kent, head of Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby and president of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)
#TheQueenTweets: ‘Elizabeth R’ joins the social media age Queen Elizabeth sent her first tweet during a visit to the Science Museum in London on Friday. The 88-year-old monarch formally opened the museum’s new Information Age Galleries by touching a tablet screen to send her message around the world. She tweeted through the @ BritishMonarchy Twitter account, which was set up in 2009 and has 733,000 followers. She posted: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.” The message was pre-typed, before she published it to Twitter by touching the screen in front of an audience at the event. “As the single largest gallery inside the Science Museum, Information Age is one of our most ambitious projects ever.” Ian Blatchford, director of London’s Science Museum A popular spoof Twitter account has long portrayed Queen Elizabeth II as a sovereign bored with her ministers and interested mainly in how soon she can start drinking gin. The fact it has
taken her so long to tweet is surprising given she sent her first email 38 years ago from an army base, long before the Internet became popular. It was also the year the first Apple computers were built.
1 In 10 3-4 Year Olds Have Own Tablet Ofcom has published the Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes Report 2014. The report shows one in three children aged 5-15 in the UK now has their own tablet computer, which has nearly doubled in a year (34%, up from 19%). Twice as many children are using a tablet to go online (42% versus 23% in 2013), while, for the
first time, the proportion of children accessing the internet on a PC, laptop or netbook decreased (88%, down from 91% in 2013). A sharp increase in ownership among very young children means more than one in 10 children aged 3-4 now own their own tablet (11%, up from 3% in 2013).
SUCCESSFULLY SELLING YOUR PRODUCT Amar Saleem
Business Development Manager Sheffield Chamber of Commerce You might have the greatest product since sliced bread, but if you can’t sell it, your business won’t last. Even if a customer doesn’t need to be convinced to buy from you, effective sales techniques can enable you to get them to spend more. When selling, you must be enthusiastic, focused and self-confident. Don’t communicate negative messages to customers – verbally, visually or in your marketing materials. Effective Selling isn’t about telling lies. If you get found out, customers won’t come back. They’ll tell others to avoid you, too. And if you want to attract customers, you should always stress the benefits of your products or services - not merely their features.
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The key to selling is to get customers talking. It enables you to build up a rapport and find out more about their needs and concerns. Some sales managers will tell you the reason we have two ears and one mouth is it pays to listen roughly twice as much as you speak when selling. Although simplistic, it underlines the importance of listening – and the dangers of talking too much. Sales techniques: Understand your market Sales techniques: Give due consideration Attract customers to valid objections. Your Understanding potential customers’ needs enaanswers should ease bles you to sell more effectively. As part of your Focusing on customer concerns, not add to needs enables you to them. Often it’s useful grab their attention. to anticipate objections Crucially, people buy and practice effective benefits, not features. So, to begin with, focus on one key benefit your replies in advance of meeting or speaking to cusproduct or service offers. Then move to another, tomers. then another. Keep it to three, if possible, anything more than that and people's interest will Sales techniques: Closing a sale begin to wane. Describe benefits in understandable, concise and Don’t let any sales negotiation be based entirely measurable terms (eg ‘My other customers have on price. It denies you opportunity to talk about saved £50 a month after buying X from me’). Try the benefits your products/services can provide. to create a buzz and make it sound like an offer If price is going to be a make or break issue, open
Measures To Protect Second Hand Car Buyers From Being Ripped-Off
More measures are to be introduced to prevent consumers getting bad deals when buying used cars, the government has announced. This follows an investigation by the governmentappointed Used Car Commission into problems reported by consumers about the secondhand car sector. Consumer Affairs Minister Jo Swinson, who launched the commission last year, has called for sweeping changes to protect consumers. “Too many consumers are left with unresolved issues or thousands of pounds out of pocket. The AA estimates that 750,000 consumers a year face unresolved problems with a used-car purchase.” Consumer Affairs
Minister Jo Swinson Proposals include closer cooperation between the police and trading standards to target organised criminals who steal vehicles for export, clone them or break them up for parts, the development of a minimum set of requirements for used car codes and trader approval schemes, and a focus on information gathering on used cars. David Bruce, director of AA Cars, the AA’s used car buying platform, said: “There is clearly a need to improve the landscape for both buyers of used cars and honest dealers and some welcome recommendations have been made to take this further.”
‘Record number’ of UK workforce in low-paid jobs, says new report A record five million UK workers are now in low-paid jobs, according to a new report. The Resolution Foundation thinktank said the number of people earning less than £7.69 an hour increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2 million. The increase partly reflected growth in employment, but there was also a reverse in the previous year’s slight fall in low-paid work. Workers in Britain are more likely to be low paid than those in comparable economies such as Germany and Australia, said the Resolution Foundation. The think-tank said: “While recent months have brought much welcome news on the number of people moving into employment, the squeeze on real earnings continues.” “While low pay is likely to be better than no pay at all, it’s troubling that the number of low-paid workers across Britain
reached a record high last year.” Resolution Foundation economist Matthew Whittaker He added: “Being low paid - and getting stuck there for years on end - creates not only immediate financial pressures, but can permanently affect people’s career prospects. A growing rump of low-paid jobs also presents a financial headache for the Government because it fails to boost the tax take and raises the benefits bill for working people. All political parties have expressed an ambition to tackle low pay. Yet the proportion of low-paid workers has barely moved in the last 20 years.” “Labour’s economic plan will create more good jobs and make work pay. We will raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour by 2020 and give businesses tax incentives to pay the living wage.” TUC.
with a deliberately high figure, so you can reduce your asking price, yet still achieve a healthy margin. Before coming down, explore less costly methods of deal sweetening. Avoid making concessions unless you're given something in return (eg early payment). Knowing how low you’re prepared to go will help you to know when to walk away from a negotiation. Stay calm, friendly and professional throughout. Experience enables you to recognise buying signals (ie serious interest). An example would be the customer explaining how they would use your product (or indeed asking you questions about price). When you see such signs, try to close the sale. You might have to deal with remaining objections or agree a final price. Once a sale has been agreed, confirm the details in writing, including terms of payment.
End Of Islamabad Protest Continued from Page 1.... lenge PEMRA's move. "The coverage of Qadri's protest movement. Most of the media taken up strong positions on either side, providing plenty of fodder for bitter reports and opinionated talk show hosts. The Pakistan Media Regulation Authority, or PEMRA, said it was forced to act on a court order and shut down the private ARY News channel. PEMRA also said the court banned one of the channel's anchors, Mubashar Luqman, from appearing on any national television show. ARY was also ordered to pay a fine of 10 million Pakistani rupees, or £60,000. ARY has taken a distinctly pro-opposition stance in its coverage of the protest rallies; Luqman, the banned anchor, was a prominent participant in the rallies, sometimes appearing in public with Khan during the former cricket star's anti-government speeches outside the parliament. The high court in the eastern city of Lahore acted on its own in taking up the case — what is known in legal terms as suo moto — and issued its ruling last month. The CEO of ARY, Ammad Yousuf, criticized the ruling and said the channel would chal-
decision has been taken in haste without giving us a hearing," Yousuf told The Associated Press. ARY is said to have earned top ratings ever since it took up the popular anti-government cause against its business rival Geo TV, which has long been Pakistan's most popular TV channel. In June, PEMRA also banned Geo TV for 15 days after a spat between the broadcaster and the military's powerful spy agency, the ISI. The intelligence agency had filed a suit against Geo TV, seeking its closure after it alleged that the spy agency was behind an assassination attempt against one of the station's anchors, Hamid Mir. Sharif's government backed Geo TV at the time, and the station later sided with Sharif in its coverage of the protest rallies. After decades of tight control over the media, Pakistan now has a vibrant journalism scene with numerous television channels and newspapers that compete fiercely for readers and viewers. The media have been especially focused on confrontations between Pakistan's executive branch, military and its judiciary.
Global Brands Turn Out In Force At Aagrah’s 32nd Annual Business Dinner event’s theme for this year was very much supporting and investing in regional economic growth, this was echoed in some of the speeches delivered by keynote speakers and highlighted the help that is available to businesses from government funded agencies.
Some of the biggest global brands gathered at Aagrah’s 32nd Annual Business Dinner 2014 and helped raise a staggering £120,000 for Aagrah’s beneficiaries charities. The event was attended by over 700 influential business guests was hailed a spectacular success. This year’s event had to be moved to a bigger venue to accommodate almost double increase in numbers from last year. The magnificent setting of New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries looked fit for an Oscars ceremony. The business centric
Distinguished guest included Neeraj Arora Executive Vice President at Sony Entertainment Network TV. The whole event was filmed for showing on Sony Entertainment Television in the coming weeks. The dinner is designed for business engagement, to invest, do business and to help support regional economy growth. It’s fast become a key platform for companies and agencies to work together and address challenges faced by businesses. Key partners and sponsors were invited to a private drinks reception prior to the event
LWC, Pepsi, Media Partner Sony Entertainment, Tilda, Bradley TV, BradThe Dinner also had a Royal seal of ford Council and Bradford College. approval from HRH Prince Charles, as this year’s Principle charities were The glittering dinner was hosted by Mosaic and The Prince’s Trust, found- Jon Hammond formerly of the BBC. ed by Prince Charles. Aagrah’s Managing Director Mohamed Aslam MBE The dinner also played host to the received a letter from HRH thanking UK’s South Asian Chef Competition Aagrah for supporting his chairites. Awards 2014, with the lucky winner Commenting on the letter Mr Aslam Mushifur Rehman taking the coveted said the letter was humbling and first prize and a cheque for £2,000. we’re truly honoured to receive it. Aagrah Charity Dinner is held in memKeynote speakers included Duncan ory of the late Sajid Sabir, son of AaBower of Westfield, a global Shopping grah Chairman Mohamed Sabir MBE, centre building company, Andy Welsh Hons, DBS. CEO, Bradford College who addressed the audience about the new £50 mil- To date Aagrah have raised £1.7 million David Hockney Building and Alex lion for numerous charities in the UK McWhirter CEO, Finance Yorkshire and some overseas. who have an insight into to the financial support available to qualify- For further information, please coning businesses. Among the partners tact: Taz Azmi on 07951 370028 sponsors included Kingfisher, Cobra, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Aagrah’s Managing Director Mohammed Aslam MBE starting to facilitate introductions.
Australian Doctors Transplant ‘Dead Heart’ In Surgical Breakthrough In what has been described as the biggest breakthrough in a decade, surgeons at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney have transplanted hearts from dead bodies into patients. The team at St Vincent’s Hospital Heart Lung Transplant Unit announced on Friday they had for the first time conducted the transplants with three heart failure patients using donor hearts that had stopped beating for 20 minutes. Previously, hears were beating and from brain-dead patients. Two
of the patients have recovered well, while the third is still in intensive care. The procedure has been described as a “paradigm shift” that will herald a major increase in the pool of hearts available for transplantation. It’s predicted the breakthrough will save the lives of 30 per cent more heart transplant patients. “I was very sick before I had it. Now I’m a different person altogether. I feel like I’m 40 years old. I’m very lucky.” Michelle Gribilas, 57-year-old woman
who became the first patient to have the surgery done Victor Chang Institute executive director Professor Bob Graham said that the procedure starts with a patient whose brain is almost completely gone, but still has a little bit of brain function. “And if the relatives agree we can turn off the life support. And when we do that the heart gradually stops beating over about 15 minutes. We then by law have to wait another five minutes to make sure the heart has really stopped. Then we can take the heart out and put it on a console where we connect it up with blood going through the heart and providing oxygen. Gradually the heart starts beating again.” He said the new preservation solution reduced damage to the hearts, made them more resilient for transplantation.
Rotherham Looks To Set Toughest Standards For Taxi Drivers In The Country The licensing board at Rotherham Council held a meeting to consider whether to introduce standards for taxi drivers that are the most stringent in the country. The move is part of the local authority’s response to the Jay report on child sexual exploitation in the area. Published in August, the report concluded that more than 1,400 children had been exploited between 1997 and 2013, and identified serious failings among the police and the local authority. Key changes in the new Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy, went before the 21 memberstrong Licensing Board, include: The application and vetting process ensuring drivers have to successfully complete a BTEC Level 2 Certificate “that will ensure drivers understand a wide or matters including customer care, disability awareness, and matters relating to adult and child safeguarding”; The introduction of a new, tougher communication and knowledge test; A requirement that applicants from abroad face more rigorous tests to prove their previous good character;
The application of more rigorous to the consideration of past criminality, particularly concerning sexual activity, violence, children, vulnerable adults, dishonesty or drug dealing. “Anyone who is believed to have committed the most serious violent or sexual offences will be prevented from working as a taxi driver”; Updating of vehicle standards that will see specific age restrictions for taxis; Revised standards for smaller limousines. If the Board approves the policy, it will then be subject to an eight-week consultation. Dave Richmond, Rotherham’s Director of Housing and Neighbourhood Services, said that publication of the Jay Report had impacted on the taxi trade and the authority could not sit back and do nothing.
He added: "Rotherham's taxi and private hire trade has an important role to play in helping to people to get around the borough. The Report has had a significant impact on public confidence in the taxi trade and we want to do everything we can to restore public confidence and ensure that Rotherham has a respected, professional and thriving taxi service. "Rotherham's current policy is compliant with the law and our standards exceed those of some areas, but in light of the Jay Report and its impact on public confidence, we feel that we should do all that we can to make sure we have some of the highest standards nationally and a top quality service. We hope the industry will work in partnership with the authority on this.”
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EDUCATION AND HIGH STORRS Getting Dads On Board ies have shown that children do significantly better academically if they have a father who helps them with reading and homework or who shares meals and leisure time with them.
receive a letter inviting them to this event and we strongly believe that they will find this meeting will be time well spent in providing a firm foundation for their child’s future attainment.
There is also evidence to show that if fathers are involved in their school children are more likely For this article we have decided to return to an is- to do well academically and to participate in exsue that we, at High Storrs, believe to be key to a tracurricular activities. child’s progress at school; this is parental involvement. However this month we are going to focus Therefore we are keen to encourage fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc to work with us to imon the attainment of boys. prove that attainment of boys. High Storrs School Nationally there is a significant gap between the and King Ecgbert School are running an event at boys’ and girls’ attainment is GCSE exams, espe- Wolsey Road Mosque; ‘Getting Dads on Board’; cially in key subjects such as maths and English. to help fathers and other male members of the Schools are working hard to raise the educational family get involved with education. This event attainment of boys and fathers, grandfathers, un- will give them the opportunity to learn a little cles, male carers and even older brothers have more the schools and to ask questions about an important part to play, providing positive role their child’s education. ‘Getting Dads on Board’ models and encouraging boys to reach their full will take place on Tuesday, 11th November at 11am. Lunch will be provided and the event will potential. finish in time for afternoon prayers. This meetThere is a huge amount of research in to the posi- ing will be the first in a series of events offering tive impact that fathers (or other male role mod- advice and support aimed at encouraging parenels) can have on a boy’s progress. Fathers can tal involvement; more information about further make a significant difference in the achievement events will be available on the 11th. of their children, even by doing little things such as talking to them about their school day. Stud- Fathers/Carers of students from both schools will
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Clegg: Fathers Must Have Same Parental Leave And Pay Rights As Mothers Both male and female Civil Service employees will be offered equal parental pay and support from next year, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced. Mr Clegg hopes the move will encourage other public and private sector or-
ganisations to follow suit. The change means that fathers will now be able to benefit from enhanced pay for 52 weeks of shared parental leave - if both parents decide to split the time up - as mothers currently do. “I pushed for the introduction of shared parental leave in the first place because I fundamentally believe it’s time for us to sweep away the outdated regulations and prejudices which still limit the choices of too many people in this country.” Nick Clegg said. "I’m pleased to confirm that from April 2015 the Civil Serv-
ice will be offering equal parental pay and support to all its employees - male and female," Mr Clegg said. It follows an announcement by the Liberal Democrat leader last year that new parents will have the choice over how they split their statutory entitlement from April next year. But there will be no onus on employers offering occupational maternity schemes above and beyond that to do so on an equal basis. “This means more fathers will be able to afford to take time off to spend caring for their new born children.” Nick Clegg
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BE CLEAR ON CANCER More than 9 in 10 people in England survive bladder or kidney cancer for at least a year if diagnosed at the earliest stage, but this drops to just 1 in 3 if diagnosed at a late stage. The earlier bladder and kidney cancers are diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival, so being aware of the symptoms is crucial. Visible blood in pee is a key symptom in many bladder and kidney cancers and those who notice it, even if it’s just the once, should see their doctor without delay. Yet research has found that 43% of people would wait until they saw blood in their pee at least a second time before they contacted their GP. Blood in your pee is the main symptom for bladder cancer and a common symptom for kidney cancer. Other bladder cancer symptoms include:
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Needing to pee very often or very suddenly Pain while peeing Other kidney cancer symptoms include: A pain below the ribs that doesn’t go away A lump in your stomach
For further information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer, please visit nhs.uk/bloodinpee
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It's that time of year that club captains and secretaries hate. Yes pull out your phones and start dialing them numbers, it's time you called last season's players and start to work your magic. That love, hate relationship is about to commence, are they playing for you or not? Secretary Sahib will need find that laptop to complete the entry form. So with that in mind I thought I'd get in before other leagues do. I have a few updates for you. Executive committee met and came up with some exciting proposals, which you guys asked
for: White ball, colour kits, pitch facilities that include changing rooms and toilets. Free hit on a NO ball, increase in umpire fees and keeping the league format the same, with 10 teams. Also entry to league must be made by 16 November 2014. It was decided that once we have our ten teams then we will hold a captains meeting to vote on the proposals. To avoid disappointment, get your forms accompanied with the fee in early. As I write this we have 8 team's confirmed. Captains meeting will be held in same week as entry closes. Provisional date of 18 November, subject to committee approval, of course. I will update you all on the presentation night, teams and any further news in next month's ILM paper. So make sure you pick up a copy. I sign off with a favourite quote of mine " tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today". Afraz Khan AISCL league Secretary
CRIME ON THE INCREASE IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE Police chiefs have vowed to battle on in the war against crime - despite new figures showing an increase in offending. In the 12 months to June recorded crime went up by 1.5 per cent - 1,360 offences - with 92,797 logged compared to 91,437 the year before. Offences of violence spiked by 27 per cent, with 13,322 offences recorded this year compared to
10,449 the year before. There were 20 murders committed between July 2013 and June 2014, up two on the previous 12 months. Police records also reveal an 80 per cent increase in sex offences - 725 crimes - with 1,629 recorded over the last 12 months compared to 904 the year before.
Advising, Reminding, Inspiring….. Allmighty Allah states in The Quran, “Remind, for indeed reminding profits the believers.” It is in fulfilling this purpose that for the last 3 years, members of the local community have united to serve the people through the organisation of events and lectures for the guidance and leisure of everyone- specifically the youth who are faced with many challenges in our times. An Nasiha, which translates as ‘The Advice’, is the name of this voluntary group, and it has served thousands of members of the youth across the South Yorkshire region by way of classes, retreats, lectures and the like. An Nasiha has worked with many fantastic leaders and artists both international and local- a few of them be- mad Hussain and many others. An Nasiha has ing: Imam Asim Hussain, Imam Adil Shahzad, also been supported and accredited by many Shaykh Gul Muhammad, Owais Raza Qadri, Ah- organisations across the country such as TV99, Islamic theology society, Al Mustafa Trust International This wonderful organisation is dedicated to the betterment of the youth and their guidance- all from the voluntary efforts of members of the local community who dedicate their valuable time to organising events- most of which are available to watch on Youtube. We hope that you will continue to support the organisation, both in person and financially.
Clegg hails 25,000 ‘Jobs Boom’ for Sheffield Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, has hailed the news from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that Sheffield has seen a record ‘jobs boom’. In the last quarter alone over 7,000 extra people gained a job. This means that since 2010 there has been an increase of over 25,000 people in employment within Sheffield. Latest figures from the ONS show there are now 278,300 people with a job, compared with 253,100 in 2010 under Labour. There is also good news on people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). The number of people on this benefit has fallen by over 4,000 since May 2010 , over a 25% decrease. Mr Clegg welcomed the news whilst visiting Sheffield’s largest private sector employer HSBC. He spoke to new apprentices and staff working on lending to business. Nick Clegg MP, said: “This jobs boom proves that Sheffield is bounc-
ing back stronger than ever after experiencing a tough time when our economy crashed under Labour. 25,000 more people with a job compared to 2010 is a huge achievement. “Rather than experiencing a ‘post-Soviet meltdown’ as local Labour MPs predicted, we are experiencing a post-Labour jobs boom. “What’s particularly encouraging is that our great northern powerhouses like Sheffield are leading this economic recovery - seeing huge improvements in our local infrastructure, more investment available for local businesses to expand and support for taking on record numbers of apprentices. “All the signs show that our plan is working and Sheffield is seeing the benefit. I for one intend to shout about Sheffield’s success story from the rooftops so we can attract even more invest and jobs to our city. I would urge local politicians from all political persuasions to join me.”
Apprenticeship scheme to be funded by benefit cuts to 100,000 families Benefit cuts hitting 100,000 families will be used to fund a £1bn commitment to deliver three million apprenticeships over the next Parliament, David Cameron has revealed. The plans show that 70,000 households will be affected by further reducing the benefit cap to £23,000. That saves £135m per year, while taking housing benefit off 18 to 21-year-olds will cut £120m a year and hit 30,000 young people. The Prime Minister is calling on all FTSE 100 companies with a significant workforce in Britain to provide apprenticeships by 2020. “Because of difficult decisions we will make on welfare, we will deliver three million apprenticeships by 2020. This is a crucial part of our longterm economic plan to secure a better future for
Britain.” PM David Cameron He has received the backing of a number of major companies including Fujitsu, National Grid, Nestle, Airbus, Balfour Beatty and Ford. Mr Cameron said: “This will help give us the skills to compete with the rest of the world. And it will mean more hope, more opportunity, and more security for our young people, helping them get on in life and make something of themselves. We have already doubled apprenticeships this Parliament. We will finish the job in the next and end youth unemployment.” “The young and the working poor are hit time and time again as George Osborne takes his axe to the welfare budget with no regard for the impact on people’s lives.” Deputy PM Nick Clegg.
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Get Your Name On Mars: 200,000 Take Up NASA’s Offer Nasa is giving people the chance to have their names blasted to Mars on its latest spacecraft - and 200,000 have signed up. People had until 31 October to send their names to the space agency, which will then be added to a microchip and placed on board the Orion explorer. Orion is Nasa’s new spacecraft developed for crewed missions to the Moon, an asteroid and ultimately Mars. Its test flight is scheduled for 4 December with a four-hour two-orbit mission around Earth to test its systems. “NASA is pushing the boundaries of exploration and working hard to send people to Mars in the future.” Mark Geyer, Orion Programme manager. It will then travel back through the atmosphere at 20,000mph before splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The names will continue to fly on future Nasa exploration flights including its mission to Mars. Orion programme
manager Mark Geyer said: “Nasa is pushing the boundaries of exploration and working hard to send people to Mars in the future. When we set foot on the Red Planet, we’ll be exploring for all of humanity. Flying these names will enable people to be part of our journey.”
‘This car is nuts’ Tesla breaks barriers with its new auto-pilot electric car Tesla owner Elon Musk unveiled the newest development from the luxury electric car manufacturer on Friday: An all-wheel-drive version of its Model S that includes self-driving features called “auto pilot.” Musk said that the Tesla all-wheel-
drive variant is more efficient than a conventional AWD system. The cars will have a top speed of 155 mph, and can go from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. “This car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck.” Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk The Model S will steer itself back if it wanders from its lane and brake automatically if it is about to hit something. Those features are offered on luxury competitors, as well as mainstream brands such as Ford, Hyundai and Toyota. But Tesla has taken it’s self-driving tech a step further: The new system will move the car over a lane when the driver uses the turn signal and use cameras to read speed limit signs and decelerate accordingly. Volvo has a system that reads signs and alert drivers if they are over the limit, but does not change the speed.
The Blackest Day of Kashmir’s History 27 October comes in history with two different sides for two different nations. For one it is a day of celebrations, and for other it is the Blackest Day of the history. Yes, this is the day when India illegally occupied Kashmir, throwing away all the International Regulations and Partition Plan of 1947 in which Pakistan & India were separated as two independent states. The partition that resulted into the existence of Pakistan, was actually because of the fact, that Hindu and Muslims were two different nations, and because of the cultural and religious differences, these two nations cannot live together. The Partition Plan, which was implemented by British Raj had divided India into two sovereign states, Pakistan & India. Both the communities Mus-
lims and Hindus were given the choice to join their desired state, whether India or Pakistan. Kashmir was a Muslim state and Kashmiris had the right to join Pakistan, but India forcibly occupied Kashmir on 27 October 1947, denying the genuine right of Kashmiris to join Pakistan. The day, which India call as “Accession Day” is embarked as “Black Day” in history of Kashmir. It is important that Kashmir was declared as disputed territory in 1948 by United Nations as Kashmiris did not accept India’s illegal occupation. Kashmir is a Muslim Majority area and Kashmiris started to raise their voice against India’s occupation. In result Indian Army started a special campaign against the Muslims of Kashmir. The Indian Army
started crackdowns, curfews, killings of Kashmiris, unlawful detainment’s, target killings, misplacement of individuals, attack on Muslim women and killing of persons through encounters. Human Right activists all over the world, irrespective of their religion, raised their voice against India, and in favour of Kashmir. The UN has declared Kashmir as a disputed territory but hasn’t done anything practical to free Kashmir from India. Pakistan has tried many times to resolve the Kashmir Issue but India does not reciprocate with Pakistan to reach a solution that is acceptable to Pakistan and Muslims of Kashmir, but no progress has been made in this regard. Every year Kashmiris observe 27 October as Black day against Indian aggression and unlawful occupation of Kashmir. The day and the struggle of Kashmiris is a loud & clear message to India that Kashmir rejects India’s occupation and this is the time the international community should take a step to resolve the Kashmir issue. Kashmir is still a disputed territory & Kashmiris are still trying to get their right of self-determining their future.
Why Britain’s State Pension Is ‘One Of The Worst In Europe’ Workers in Britain face a larger financial shock in retirement than European counterparts because their state pension is "one of the least generous in Europe", a study has found. Britain ranked 21st out of 27 countries in the list, giving it one of the least generous pensions in Europe. The state pension of £113.10 a week is worth just a third of the average salary of someone in work. The "replacement" figure was far below the average of for the rest of Europe, where state retirement payments were worth nearly half national average earnings. As a result, workers who failed to amass private savings would see their incomes drop further than European counterparts when they stopped work. The financial shock contrasted with Greece, where workers received nearly 100 per cent of typical pay from the state in retirement.
The generosity of Greek state pension provision was mirrored in other countries where public finances were under strain. Spain, Cyprus, Italy and Portugal all appeared in the top 10 offering a glimpse of why some their governments have been on the brink of default. Austria, Finland and Belgium all also rated above average, while maintaining relatively strong public finances. Estonia and Poland offered the least generous pension relative to average earnings, the report found. In Estonia pensioners typically received just a quarter of the income they earned during a working life. The data was based on an OECD study in 2012 and did not take into account reforms that will set the state pension in Britain at a "flat-rate" £155 a week in 2016.
Bradford Crowned Curry Capital Of Britain For The Fourth Year In A Row!
Parwarish No one can deny that education is vital for any and every community. When people receive an education they are given the chance to fulfil their potential. New doors of opportunity open for them. They have the chance to progress, sometimes out of extreme poverty. That’s why the charity “Parwarish” (Nurture) are committed to bringing awareness of the benefits of education to communities in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Launched in 2011 by child & family practitioners Andy & Judith Stovell, “Parwarish” has a different angle than most educational charities: “Learning begins from birth”, says Andy the charity’s programme manager, “so Parwarish aims to support and empower families and communities in the task of nurturing their infants in the very first years of life. It helps parents develop their confidence to be their child’s first teacher. We aim to see children receiving vironment in which infants can develop confidence and learn boundaries, and giving them the best possible start they in life.” opportunities to learn and grow”. All the studies show us that communities must Andy and others from Parwarish make twice yearly trips to Azad Kashmir and deliver workinvest in the earliest stages of a child’s life. UNICEF states: “In the first few years of life, shops and training for educationalists and children’s brains develop at an unprecedented parents. They have strong links with various rate. This crucial period lays the foundation organisations and institutions in Azad Kashmir for the rest of their lives and can set a path to- and are in great demand. “In our seminars, we have talked with lots of wards creating more sustainable societies. “We worked with SureStart for many years young people considering marriage and child with many families from the Mirpur district. rearing”, says Andy “and so many of them say We now want to bring our expertise and skills they want to learn to be a different kind of to help and bless families back in Azad Kashmir parent. They have great respect for their paritself as there is no one there promoting Early ents but want to nurture their children with Child Development”, says Judith Stovell. Andy’s a greater emphasis on building a relationship wife and “Parwarish” co-founder. “Parwarish is with them. They feel their own lack of connecall about learning through play, communication tion and want to learn how to be closer to their with our infants, ensuring there is a secure en- children one day”.
Bradford is celebrating after being named Curry Capital of Britain for 2014 and for being the first city to clinch the title for a fourth year in a row. The city retained the title as it was said to have "used curry as a bonding agent to bring different aspects of society together". Restaurants, businesses, the council and Visit Bradford organised an Asian afternoon tea,
The number one problem found with partworn tyres is them failing due to damage that was already present when the tyres were fitted to the new user’s car. Second place in the list of complaints with partworn tyres is a loss of grip or control due to the tyres’ poor quality, with many drivers reporting they have been involved in a collision due to lack of grip. Third place goes to MOT failure. It can be a false economy to fit part-worn tyres that fail and MoT as you then have to replace the cheap secondhand tyres with
Farm Shop created a takeaway meal. The Curry Capital of the Year title was first awarded in 2001 and has been won by Bradford in 2004, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Ratings from the Food Standards Authority and comments from Trip Advisor were also used in the judging. National Curry Week is in its 17th year.
A Fifth Of Drivers Choose Part-Worn Tyres One fifth of drivers in the UK have fitted part-worn tyres to their cars in a bid to save money. A survey has found 22% of drivers admit to choosing secondhand, part worn tyres rather than new tyres, with 9% saying they have done so in the past 12 months. The survey also found that 17% of drivers would consider repeating their decision to choose part-worn tyres, with many more saying they would choose new tyres in the future to avoid problems associated with secondhand tyres.
a poppadom challenge and an NHS recipe book of healthy curries. Brighton came second and Birmingham third in the competition. Aakash, Kipling's, Shimla Spice and Zaara's were the four restaurants representing the city, while butchers Lishman's of Ilkley made a curry sausage and a chicken balti pie, and Keelham
new ones. This research highlights the problems that British drivers have experienced with part worn tyres. Many of the second hand tyres sold in the UK are brought in from Europe by the container-load, having been taken off cars across the Channel. Motorists considering a part worn tyre should perhaps ask why a tyre that is no longer good enough for a Dutch, German or Danish driver would be good enough for them.
Britain faces battle to keep the lights on this winter. A big freeze this winter could see factories paid to shut down at peak times as the UK struggles to keep the lights on - with households picking up the bill. It comes after a series of recent power station closures brought the prospect of an energy crunch the nearest in eight years. Bad weather of the kind seen in early 2010 could put so much strain on the National Grid that it has to turn to “last resort” contingencies such as the factory shutdowns and firing up unused power plants, its Winter Outlook report revealed. Even after taking account of these there remains a one in 31 risk of needing emergency measures including voltage reduction “brown outs” - effectively dimming the lights. Firing up unused power stations would add £1 to the average family bill, the operator confirmed, as it would cost £25m.
Victoria Beckham Named UK’s Top Entrepreneur, Worth £210m The fashion designer formerly known as Posh Spice tops a list recognising Britain's 100 most successful entrepreneurs Victoria Beckham has been named the UK’s most successful entrepreneur of 2014, based on strong sales, the number of jobs she has created, and her estimated wealth overall. The former Spice Girl’s firm turned over £30m last year, a rise of 2,900pc in the last five years. The list of Britain's top 100 entrepreneurs is ranked by turnover growth and job creation in the last five years, using data from Companies House, combined with the entrepreneur's wealth overall. Fresh from the opening of its first shop in London's Mayfair, Victoria Beckham's fashion operation has grown from £1m turnover to £30m since launching five years ago, and staff numbers are up from three to 100 in the same period. Victoria Beckham, who is worth £210m,
has become a supremely talented entrepreneur in the fashion business. The 40-year-old beat names including Amit & Meeta Patel, founders of pharmaceutical group Auden Mckenzie, Julian Dunkerton of clothing chain Supergroup and Tony Pidgley, founder of housebuilding firm Berkeley Group. In second place, Amit & Meeta Patel's business Auden Mckenzie turned over £52m in its latest annual accounts, a rise of 373pc in the last five years. The firm employs 79 people in the UK. Third-placed Mahmud Kamani, the man behind online fashion retailer Boohoo.com, is worth £290m. Latest turnover for his business is £110m, a 746pc rise in five years. In total, the 100 entrepreneurs have added more than 61,556
employees to their payrolls, taking their head count to 158,189. Since the last list in 2011, turnover among the entrepreneurs identified has risen from £16.1bn to £30.2bn, an 88pc jump.
The Coalition of Science & Islam From embryos to orbits and the layers of the atmosphere, the Quran, for centuries, has given us many scientific truths that have only recently been unveiled by scientists. This Quranic insight, and rediscovery by man in the modern day, demonstrates how Islam and science will always be intrinsically linked. In the Quran, God calls our attention to the sky as being a “preserved and protected roof” (21:32) that serves a crucial function for the continuity of life. Only in the past century have modern scientists understood and appreciated the importance of the ozone layer and atmosphere in filtering out harmful rays and protecting the earth from meteors, harmful cosmic rays and the freezing cold of outer space, all of which have the potential to wipe out human life. It is almost beyond human comprehension to understand a system at work above the earth that is so intricate and perfect that it protects against all external threats. Not only does this remind us of the endless power of God, but also demonstrates that what scientists have proven in recent years is what God has already informed people of in the Quran centuries ago. The embryo develops in three stages; as stated plexing. Why, I ask, is science not considered a by the Quran belief? It is the belief in the physical, and what Prior to the 20th century, there had been lit- we can see and touch. There should be nothing tle work done with regards to the classification wrong with believing in the Unseen as well as of human embryos, with the development of the physical, as to choose either faith or science the foetus being a scientific mystery. The Quran is to limit your own perspective of the search for states that God “creates humans in the wombs truth and meaning. This is especially true when it of (their) mothers, creation after creation, in a comes to Islam, a religion that motivates people threefold darkness” (39:6). Indeed, scientists to explore and discover. This, in turn, resulted in have since discovered that the process of prena- many of the greatest discoveries of all time that tal development occurs in three stages: the ger- are invaluable to us today. It is no coincidence minal stage, the embryonic stage and the fetal that Muslims were the first to discover and use stage. Whether or not you believe in the Quran vaccinations, anaesthesia, chemical distillation, being a religious text, therefore, it is truly impos- antiseptics, drug chemotherapy and quarantines, sible to dispute the hard facts about the origin of as Islam places a heavy emphasis on education and knowledge, and bettering the world around life that are within it. The sense of superiority scientists feel they have us. Imam Ali (AS) instructs us to “work for this when they claim no connection to a faith is per- world as if you will live forever”, thus teaching
‘No Plans’ For Uk Entry Ebola Tests, Despite Tougher Airport Screening In U.S. Health officials have revealed there are no plans to screen travellers entering the UK for the deadly Ebola virus. Public Health England (PHE) said the overall risk of the virus to the UK remains “low” and the country has “robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases”. It comes as Barack Obama announced his administration is working on tougher airport screening measures to help identify people who might have the virus. A Spanish nurse has contracted Ebola in the first known transmission outside west Africa.
“There are no plans to introduce entry screening for Ebola in the UK. This would require the UK to screen every returning traveller, as people could return to the UK from an affected country through any port of entry. This would be huge numbers of lowrisk people.” Public Health England spokesman. International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the Government was continuing to keep the issue of tighter travel restrictions under review after a Spanish nurse contracted Ebola, and three others were placed under quarantine, at a Madrid
hospital. The suggestion that Ebola could become airborne was “irresponsible” because no virus transmitted by bodily fluids had ever mutated to airborne transmission. It follows comments from Anthony Banbury, the chief of the UN’s Ebola mission, who told the Telegraph there was a “nightmare” chance that Ebola could become airborne if the epidemic is not brought under control fast enough. “We [the U.S.] are also going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening, both at the source and here in the United States.” Barack Obama.
ing religion for us in modern times. Some disagree with the view of science and religion coexisting in perfect harmony. “The Quran is not a science textbook,” says Rana Dajani, a Jordanian molecular biologist. “It provides people with guidelines as to how they should live their lives.” What Dajani doesn’t seem to realize is that rather than viewing science as a separate entity to religion and faith, it is entirely possible to view it as a mechanism of God in order for humans to make sense of the complexities of life and our origin. Instead of believing that things just materialize into existence, it only makes sense for the intricacies of the creations in the world to have been crafted by a superior Creator. Many discoveries that could not have been made without the aid of modern technology had already been explicitly stated in the Quran over 1400 years ago, thus tying together the importance of religion with understanding the world around us. The building blocks of Western society and how we view life are, fundamentally, the result of the toils of Muslims in history as well as what has already been declared in the Quran before scientists made the same discoveries. Whilst Europe us the importance of constantly seeking out im- was stumbling through the Dark Ages, provement in all aspects of life. Determinations to advance in healthcare could also be down to Planets in their individual orbits, as stated by the the core of Islam, which is to always feel compas- Quran before any physical discovery was made sion and have a strong desire to help those in need to the best of our abilities. Muslims had built the first universities, schools Despite being an ancient religion, rich in history and hospitals, proving that Islam has always been and culture, Islam perfectly complements the at the forefront of scientific and intellectual deway we, as modern thinkers, live our lives. Un- velopment. From the Quran confirming that hulike the other major religions, Islam is accom- mans are born from a “clot of congealed blood” modating of the need to further explore human (96:1) to understanding that the celestial boddevelopment and the treatment of disease. Islam ies “float in their orbit” (21:33), I find it difficult is not a complicated religion; the embryos being to comprehend how anyone could ever think used in stem cell research would not survive if that that religion hinders the ability for science placed in a womb so neither the acts of murder to prosper, when it actually enforces the underor aborting a foetus are taking place in the name standing of scientific discovery. Whether or not of science. Similarly, Islam fully permits the usage one believes in the Quran as a religious text, the of birth control and IVF, which further reinforces verses in it lead us to recognise that science and the idea that Islam is the perfect companion to religion most certainly act in synonymy, and almodern day science, and the most accommodat- ways will.
Amir Khan to face Devon Alexander in Las Vegas Amir Khan will fight American Devon Alexander in Las Vegas on 13 December as the next step towards a meeting with undefeated Floyd Mayweather. An announcement was confirmed last month for the meeting to be staged at Mandalay Bay Centre. Khan, 27, pulled out of a potential fight with Alexander in December 2013 in the belief that he may face Mayweather the following May. Instead Mayweather opted for a meeting with Marcos Maidana. Khan fought on the undercard of Mayweather's majority decision over the Argentine, beating Luis Collazo in impressive style.
It was Khan's third successive win since July 2012's defeat by Danny Garcia, improving his professional record to 29 wins and three defeats. Devon Alex-
ander won a unanimous decision over Jesus Soto Karass last time out The Bolton fighter has resisted the demands of Sheffield's IBF champion Kell Brook for a domestic clash and was considering a fight with American southpaw Robert Guerrero. But he will instead face 27-year-old Alexander whose only defeats have come against Shawn Porter and Timothy Bradley. In April Khan signed a deal to work with Al Haymon, the American match-maker who also advises Mayweather, in a bid to get to front of the queue for a lucrative meeting with Mayweather.
Malala Honoured With Triple Awards Children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India and have won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education". Malala, 17, is a schoolgirl and education campaigner in Pakistan who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago. Mr Satyarthi has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protest, "focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain", the Nobel committee said. The Nobel Committee said it "regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism". The founder of the Nobel Prizes, Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, said the prize committee should give the prize to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses". The committee has interpreted those instructions differently over time, widening the concept of peace work to include efforts to improve human rights, fight poverty and clean up the environment. The Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls’ education is to be honoured in the US. Malala Yousafzai will accept the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia. Since her recovery, the 17-yearold activist has continued her advocacy through her nonprofit organisation called the
Malala Fund. She became the youngest Peace Prize recipient on October 10. Malala was chosen months ago for the Liberty Medal, which is bestowed annually on someone who strives to secure freedom for people around the globe. She is now the seventh person chosen for the medal who subsequently received the Nobel prize. Already the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history, Malala has also won the World´s Children´s Prize , after a global vote involving millions of children. Nobody has ever received the Nobel Peace Prize and the World´s Children´s Prize -- often dubbed the ´Children´s Nobel Prize´ by the media -- in the same year. The award was created in 2000 and is part a
worldwide educational programme in which children learn about global issues, democracy and their own rights. The programme finishes with a global vote on who to give the prize to. This year´s honorary awards went to former Microsoft executive John Wood, founder of the Room to Read literacy group, and Indira Ranamagar from Nepal, for her work for the children of prisoners. Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, Anne Frank and Kofi Annan have previously been honoured in the awards. Malala received the prize at a ceremony in Mariestad near Stockholm. This year´s laureates will share $100,000 to be used in their work for children´s rights.
Worst Airports Of 2014: Poll Names Islamabad Airport Worst In The World People voted on comfort, facilities, cleanliness and customer service Islamabad airport in Pakistan has been voted the worst in the world, knocking Manila off the top of the unenviable list. The poll, carried out by the Guide to Sleeping at Airports website, named Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport the very worst based on comfort, facilities, cleanliness and customer service. The Worst Airports of 2014 report included a quote from a traveller comparing it to a “central prison” because of “aggressive security checks”, crowds and dirt. “Travellers have also complained about the airport’s inability to handle passengers for over a decade – and thankfully, it seems the end of ISB is near,”
the site said. “A new airport is slated to be completed for mid-2016, which should dramatically improve air travel to the city." Others appearing on list included Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, in Saudi Arabia, Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, in Nepal, and Tashkent International Airport, in Uzbekistan. Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport came in at fourth place after three consecutive years on the top spot, mainly because of overcrowding and air conditioning problems in Terminal 1. Positive votes for Terminal 3 of the Philippines travel hub and renovation work have seen its ranking improve, despite continuing complaints about “overcrowding, lengthy
queues, limited seating, unfriendly immigration/customs officers and smelly toilets”. No UK airports appeared in the global top 10 but Luton did make an appearance in the regional list for Europe, being voted eighth-worst. in Europe Calling London’s airports generally “mediocre”, its distance from the capital counted against it along with its “bleak if sufficient amenities”. “The real downer occurs upon realising that the airport charges for virtually everything – beginning with wi-fi and ending with the plastic liquid bags for security,” the review said. “For sleepers, you’d be wise to arrive early to find your most idyllic patch of floor before the masses descend.”
‘Symbolic step’: MPs pass motion to recognise Palestinian state MPs have backed the recognition of the state of Palestine alongside Israel in an historic vote in the House of Commons. Labour MP Grahame Morris tabled a motion for immediate recognition, prompting the first full debate on the issue since 2012. The final motion, which passed by 274 votes to 12 stated: “That this House believes that the government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution.” The vote comes just as Sweden’s new centre-left government prepares to officially recognise Palestine, a move condemned
by Israel, which says an independent Palestine can only be achieved through negotiations. “I contend, and many informed commentators would agree with me, that any hope of a twostate solution - the only viable solution - will have disappeared altogether (if Palestine isn’t recognised).” Labour MP Grahame Morris who tabled the motion However, David Cameron’s spokesman indicted before the vote that the UK’s policy would not change - meaning there would be no immediate recognition. Even so, Mr Morris told the Commons a vote in favour would be a “small but symbolically important” step. He argued
that Britain’s failure to recognise Palestine would contribute to Israel’s “crusade” to a one-state solution. The motion attracted support from across the political divide. The Labour shadow cabinet is thought to have backed it - though ministers from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats abstained. “The proposal for this House to recognise Palestinian statehood is not only premature but it is also misguided. An affirmative vote tonight will be nothing more than a propaganda victory for those who wish to bypass the mediation peace process.” Tory Matthew Offord, voted against the motion
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British Troops Leave Helmand Continued fron Page 1... The government has said UK troops will not return to fight in Afghanistan "under any circumstances".
140,000 UK troops served in Afghanistan £19bn Total operational cost 453 UK troops killed 108 died in 2009 - the worst year 500 mentors to stay after 2014
Mr Cameron said: "When alQaeda attacked the twin towers in 2011, they planned that attack from Afghanistan, operating freely under the Taliban regime. "Our incredible servicemen and women have driven al-Qaeda out and they have built up and trained the Afghan forces, none of which even existed in 2011, so that the Afghans can take control of their own security." He added: "We should be incredibly proud of all they have done to keep our country safe." Ministers say there is "no guarantee" Afghanistan would "be safe and stable forever" but the Afghan government now had 300,000 soldiers and police officers. Asked if the Afghan army might collapse, as parts of the Iraqi army did in the face of Islamic State militants, the MOD said Iraq's forces were "seen as sectarian" while the Afghan army had the "support of the whole population".
They say the UK was not "walking away entirely" and would continue to give help and support, including financial aid and military training. UK forces were part of a US-led coalition which toppled the ruling Taliban in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks in the US. After 9/11, US President George W Bush demanded the Taliban hand over any leaders of alQaeda - the militant group which later claimed responsibility for the attacks - in Afghanistan, but the Taliban did not immediately comply. Taliban leaders called for talks, but President Bush said there would be "no negotiations" and military action started on 7 October.
671 Million Obese People Worldwide A recent study of 188 countries found that more than half the planet’s 671 million obese people live in just ten countries - with one in ten of them living in the U.S., where a third of adults are obese. The UK did not make the top ten. Source: The Independent
Meet The Crime-Fighting Jews Who Are Protecting Muslims In London For all the friction between the Muslim and Jewish communities over the past decades, it’s surprising to hear of the two groups working together. But that’s what’s happening in London, where a group of crime-fighting Orthodox Jews have taken it upon themselves to protect the local Muslims. The 25-member “Shomrim”—Yiddish for guards—has been patrolling the streets of the Stamford Hill area of London since 2008. Initially, police were wary of the group, fearing vigilantism, but after apprehending the area’s “most wanted burglar,” police have begun cooperating with the group. “The local Muslims and local Jewish people do so much business together. In religious aspects as well there are loads of similarities. Also, because we’re visible and suffered a long history of hate crime, we’re very alert to anything unusual.” Shulem Stern, Jewish resident and member of the Shomrim. When anti-Muslim tensions be-
gan to flare following the 2013 beheading of former soldier Lee Rigby by Islamic extremists, the Shomrim made sure to protect their Muslim neighbours. For the Jews, it’s a cultural and pragmatic relationship: The two groups come from the same area, share a similar heritage and have both faced persecution as minority groups. That, along with the close business relationships between the two groups, has ensured a closeknit sense of peace and brotherhood in the community.
Arise, Dame Angelina: Jolie Honoured By Queen Elizabeth
NEW HELIPAD APPEAL A major campaign is being launched today to raise funds for a new helipad at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital. The Sheffield Helipad Appeal: ‘Saving Time, Saving Lives’, is being launched by Sheffield Hospitals Charity to raise funds to build a new helipad very close to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department at the Northern General. The new helipad will mean that patients requiring life-saving treatment can be transferred to the Major Trauma Centre (MTC) within seconds of landing, saving valuable time, as every second can be crucial when dealing with major trauma injuries. At present, air ambulance helicopters must land on the ‘secondary helipad’ which was built more than 20 years ago, and because of its distance from the MTC, requires a secondary transfer by land ambulance to reach the hospital. This not only takes time but also adds complexity and risks additional discomfort for patients. The helipad is also too small for many modern search and rescue aircraft, has no lighting so cannot be used at night, and is located in a dip close to trees, which no longer conforms to safety guidelines. The Northern General was des-
ignated a Major Trauma Centre (MTC) in April 2013 and is one of a network of 26 across England. MTCs operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are staffed by consultant-led specialist teams able to provide first-class care for the most extreme and urgent trauma cases. It serves a population of approximately 1.8 million covering all of South Yorkshire and parts of the Humber, Derbyshire and the East Midlands. Dr Stuart Reid, Consultant in
Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for Major Trauma at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals said: “Having the new helipad seconds from our door means we can start working on the patients sooner, which could make all the difference as every second really can count. “When someone suffers major trauma which involves multiple or serious injury, the speed with which they can get specialist medical help can be the differ-
ence between life and death, and that’s why this appeal is so important.” The closest alternative MTCs are in Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham or Stoke. All represent extra flying time by helicopter and much longer journeys for family rushing to be with their loved ones. However, local patients could be taken to one of these if air ambulance crews decide not to risk a land ambulance transfer or need a better landing site. The project will cost around £2 million to complete, however, more than £1.4 million has already been pledged or committed including £900,000 from the County Air Ambulance Trust, which exists to help fund helipads. This leaves £585,000 that still needs to be raised. To find out more about the Sheffield Helipad Appeal or to make a donation call Sheffield Hospitals Charity on 0114 271 1351. You can donate £5 by texting HELIPAD10 £5 to 70660 (*Texts cost £5 plus network charge. Sheffield Hospitals Charity receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Customer care 0844 847 9800) http://www.sheffieldhelipad. com
The Queen has presented Angelina Jolie with an honorary damehood during a private audience at Buckingham Palace. The Oscar-winning actress was recognised in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday 2014 Honours list and received the honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war-zone sexual violence. After the presentation, her husband Brad Pitt and their six
children were presented to the Queen. “The audience itself between Miss Jolie and the Queen was private. Her Majesty presented her with the insignia in its box. Mr Pitt and the rest of the family were introduced to the Queen afterwards, however.” Buckingham Palace statement As an American citizen, it is unusual that Jolie has received an honour from Britain. Foreigners are only occasionally awarded them – there was an honorary knighthood for Bob Geldof, who is Irish, after Live Aid. It is also unusual for a damehood to be bestowed upon someone so young. The honour is generally bestowed later in life, after a recipient has earned a lower honour such as an OBE or a CBE. The award was first announced in June during the week when Jolie was co-chairing the End Sexual Violence in Conflict global summit in London with then Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
Woman Gives Birth To Baby After Womb Transplant In a medical first, a woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said. The 36-year-old mother received a uterus from a close family friend last year. Her baby boy was born prematurely but healthy last month, and mother and child are now at home and doing well. The identities of the woman and her husband were not disclosed. “The baby is fantastic,” said Dr. Mats Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm IVF who led the research and delivered the baby with the help of his wife, a midwife. Dr Brannstrom said they would have to wait a cou-
ple of months before knowing if the mother would be able to keep the uterus for a second pregnancy. The feat opens up a new but still experimental alternative for some of the thousands of women each year who are unable to have children because they lost a uterus to cancer or were born without one. Doctors in Britain, France, Japan, Turkey and elsewhere are planning to try similar operations. “He’s no different from any other child, but he will have a good story to tell. One day he can look at the newspaper articles about how he was born and know that he was the first in the world to be born this way.” Baby’s father.
Roundup From Netheredge Labour Councillors Communal bin trial on Sharrow Vale Road Nether Edge Labour Councillors and the Waste Management team at the Council have listened to the concerns of local residents about bins being left on the footpath and the amount of litter it causes. After 13th October, bins were removed from houses 131-171 Sharrow Vale Road and replaced with a small number of communal bins. A black bin has been provided for non-recyclable waste, a green bin for glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans, and a blue bin for paper and card. The new service will make the street much tidier by reducing the number of bins on the footpath and the amount of rubbish. Also, the bins will have locks, which will reduce the risk of the bins becoming misused and overloaded, as they have been previously. The new arrangements will be in place for a trial period of 3 months during which time the situation will be monitored so your feedback is very important. If you have any questions or comments about the trial, please contact your local Councillors (details overleaf) or Waste Management on 0114 2037621 or email wastemanagement@sheffield. gov.uk
Nether Edge Councillors support 20mph zone Your local Councillors are supporting plans for a 20mph zone in the London Road area including Chippinghouse Road in Nether Edge ward for the following reasons: Lower speeds reduced injuries
Collisions will be avoided Pedestrians and cyclists will feel safer Local resident Jo Pye says: “I taught at Sharrow Juniors and we were one of the first to have a 20mph zone. It made the area safer for our children when they were going to school and other activities. That’s why i’m supporting the extension of this scheme and I hope you will too.” The Council is delivering leaflets to properties in the area but if you’d like more information please contact your local Councillors or Simon Nelson on 0114 273 6176 before the 17th October.
Lights stay on for young people’s activities in Nether Edge Your Nether Edge Labour Councillors understand the importance of activities for young people and because of their work, there is now something to do in the area every night of the week including a new sports session at Onboard Skate Park from 6-8pm on a Friday. However, with the dark nights upon us, it means that the Broadfield Park Multi Use Games Area can’t be used as late as usual. Therefore, Nether Edge Labour Councillors have agreed to fund the lights to stay on for an extra hour so young people can continue to enjoy twice weekly sessions delivered by Activity Sheffield. A variety of sports are available for young people to participate in on the Broadfield Multi Use Games Area on Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8pm. For more information please contact your local Councillors or Activity Sheffield on 0114 273 4266.
Residents Empowered To Get Building Interested in creating your very own ideal home? Sheffield City Council is the only authority in the region to have been awarded “vanguard” status for the Right to Build Government pilot scheme - which aims to make it easier for people who would like to build their own houses to get their projects off the ground. And further details of just how the scheme can help would-be custom builders are now being revealed. The concept of custom build covers a wide range of building projects, from a single family wishing to build their own home (self-build) to a group of people who would like to buy some land and build a number of houses using an architect and builder. It also includes cohousing developments, where a group of people choose to live in a development where each has their own house, but there is also a communal house with shared facilities and a community ethos at its heart. As one of only 11 vanguard authorities in the country, Sheffield City Council is doing a range of things to make custom build housing in the city a possibility for more people. These include a range of measures to help prospective custom builders, including providing in-
formation on the custom build process; opening a register for people looking for land; identifying council-owned sites that are suitable for custom build and making them available for purchase, and working with partners to promote and enable custom-build housing. Partners already involved with the scheme include the University of Sheffield, Build Store, the Sheffield Housing Company and the Sheffield Cohousing Network. An information event for people to learn more about the Right to Build scheme is set to be held on Saturday 22 November from 12noon to 4pm, in the Town Hall reception rooms. The aim of the event is to outline the council’s approach and give potential builders a chance to find out about how custom build works. It will consist of formal talks, followed by more indepth seminars and a ‘marketplace’ where people can meet local groups along with developers, architects and suppliers of custom build products. There may also be a list available of Sheffield City Council-owned sites. To find out more about custom build and to register an interest with Sheffield City Council, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crime That Has Shocked Pakistan Abdul Sattar Edhi, 86, is an iconic figure in Pakistan who founded and runs the country's bestknown charitable group. The Edhi Foundation was robbed of more than $1 million, a crime that has provoked outrage. The man whom some revere as Pakistan's greatest living philanthropist wears a long white beard, simple robes fashioned from coarse dark-blue cotton, and an air of calm authority that contrasts strikingly with the raucous port city that is his home. Abdul Sattar Edhi is sitting in the ramshackle building that serves as both his house and the headquarters of his giant charitable foundation that has, for decades, been saving lives among the helpless, lost, abandoned, abused and destitute of one of the world's toughest, roughest towns — Karachi. Edhi looks frail and weary, which is scarcely surprising, given that he's 86 and has spent much of the day in hospital on a dialysis machine because of his failing kidneys. Yet, in a quavering voice, he politely fields questions about an incident that seems to be pricking the collective conscience of his nation. "I am definitely sad," he says, quietly. "Anyone would be sad if his reward for 65 years of service is to be robbed." Pakistanis have long become accustomed to an endless stream of grim news from Karachi, the commercial capital, about sectarian and gangland killings, extrajudicial police shootings, he-
ists and holdups, militant attacks (though these have recently dipped) and muggings. Most of these crimes struggle to merit a mention in the newspapers, because they're so common. Yet, although no one was hurt, the robbery at the headquarters of the Edhi Foundation has caught the nation's eye, and is serving as the catalyst for an uncomfortable debate about the way Pakistanis treat their finest citizens. Feeding this is a lingering controversy about the ambivalence, and even outright resentment, shown by some toward their newly chosen 17-year-old Nobel peace laureate, Malala Yousafzai. Pakistanis tend to portray the teenager as a puppet of the West. The robbery happened on a Sunday last month. Edhi was asleep when a group of about eight men, carrying pistols and iron bars, marched in. After herding staff into Edhi's bedroom at gunpoint, the gang pried open the security lockers. Inside, they found nearly $1 million worth of currency, 5 kilos of gold and some jewellery. They stashed these riches into bags and took off, weaving a path through the surrounding alleys on motorbikes.
ables that the public had deposited with Edhi because, in a city where everyone is fearful of being robbed, and few use banks, he was considered the safest and most trustworthy option. Surely, no one would dare rob a man held in such high respect, an octogenarian whom some Pakistanis even revere as a saint? That's what everyone thought. A cupboard stuffed with prestigious international and national wards is testimony to Edhi's lifetime of charitable works. Many Pakistanis believe he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated by a past prime minister. Edhi's mission began when he was in his early 20s, shortly after he arrived in Pakistan during the mass migration of Muslims from India that followed independence from Britain and the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. He was uneducated, and so poor that he had to stand on the streets and beg for funds. From these roots, he built a huge charitable network that runs Pakistan's largest fleet of private ambulances, and rescues and supports a remarkable range of people. They range from babies abandoned in cradles specially placed outside his foundation's many branches, to orphans, abused women, the old, impaired, even the dead. Over the years, Edhi has personally picked up thousands of unidentified corpses, dumped on Karachi's streets, and taken them to his mortuary, where he washes them before burial. He is a highly respected individual and is absolutely “noncommunal and nonsectarian" — a key factor in a city deeply divided along ethnic and religious lines. Edhi generally steers away from politics, although it's said he makes no secret of his contempt for politicians. You might expect Edhi to feel similar contempt for those who just robbed his center, violating those who entrusted him with their assets for so long. It's clear he'd like the thieves to return what they stole. But he's dismissive about the raid, rather than angry. It won't interfere with his philanthropy. "I don't care," he says, in his faltering voice. "No matter how bad the situation here becomes, I won't give up."
Some of the loot was donations to the foundation. But some was money and valu-
PROPERTY IN A GLOBAL MARKET Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son Looking at why people from fairly strong countries are choosing to invest in this country the answer is fairly simple. We have a stable political system that has stood the test of time. Investors feel their investment is safe to political changes. Secondly the economic climate although subject to fluctuation on the whole is stable. Thirdly we are a property infatuated nation which is reflected in prices and returns. For example London, I believe over fifty percent of the buyers are from overseas. Properties are marketed in the Far East which are bought off plan.
My thoughts are that over many years this country will become a global destination for property investors.
The reason I have chosen this topic for my article this month is that there have been a number of contacts from all around the world interested in investing in property here in Sheffield and the north. I have had contact from the Middle East to include Bahrain, Saudi, UAE, China, Eastern Europe, Switzerland, India and even Australia.
even take the extreme view that if the property is worth say £100,000 shared between four or five then it is a good economic decision not to pursue the property. I am sure there will be some readers especially third, fourth generation South Asians who will resonate strongly with this scenario.
It is interesting when you receive such a call. For example I had a call from Australia and I suggested that the gentleman had a look at the property in question by driving by. He pointed out he was in Australia. I believe property for some investors is certainly becoming a global commodity such as gold, shares and precious metals.
On the other hand if you were fortunate enough to survive the legal processes and were able to sell then a lot of these people are choosing to invest in the country. What this does to the land economy in the countries that were reliant on property investors from abroad is the market just The trend for investing in this country has now If you look around the property world London collapses and from what I hear it is beginning to started to spread out from London and is quite is top of the list for overseas property investors evident in Manchester, Leeds and even Sheffield. along with New York, Paris and many other capihappen. tals of the world. Another trend in world property investment is tourism which has seen places like Dubai, Istanbul, Singapore and many others seeing a rise in investment. Tourism hubs are attractive to many property investors because they attract global names in retail, hospitality and therefore provide a good return on investment. This is a topic in its own right which I will expand on in the future.
There are various reasons given for why this country is popular. One of the key considerations is that our land and property system and law safeguards purchasers. It is a safe place to buy. Why is this important ?. It is because in many countries especially in the emerging economies property sale/purchase is fraught with difficulty. Many people from South Asia have tremendous legal challenges when they return to manage their investments. I have had many people recall stories of when they have returned to sell or manage their property they realise they are not even the official owners. Many people will spend huge amounts of money and time trying to prove their ownership. If you are third or fourth generation returning to claim your inheritance then the story becomes even more difficult. You do not know the system but more importantly you are not acquainted with the right people who could help you understand the disjointed processes. I have had people for example telling me they are giving up their property for no other reason than they do not have the time, patience or resources to engage in never ending legal battles. Some
Headteachers Set New Leave Rules The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) in England unveiled guidance for on the situations in which pupils can be given time off during term time have been drawn up. A crackdown has seen a rise in fines for unauthorised absences, but parents have said the rules are confusing. The existing rules spark confrontation in several schools and some parents even sue the councils and schools for the fine they imposed for absence of their children. Funerals, weddings and religious events will count as acceptable “exceptional circumstances” but cheaper holidays will not be “a good enough reason”. The NAHT said the current system had caused confusion among heads. The new guidance – which reportedly has the backing of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan – would also permit time off to see parents returning from duty with the armed forces, and for children with disabilities or special needs who are suffering a fam-
ily crisis. Until September 2013, heads in England could grant up to 10 days’ leave a year for family holidays in “special circumstances”. But now head teachers can grant absence outside school holidays only in “exceptional circumstances”. NAHT guidelines would help identify an “event whose timing cannot be controlled and which are great emotional significance to the families involved”. There have been 60,000 fines handed out to parents for removing children without approval and not all were holidaymakers. Local authorities are obliged to instigate fines and enforce legal proceedings on behalf of schools in cases of unauthorised absences. Parents who take children out of school during term-time can receive automatic penalty notices of £60 per child. This rises to £120 if not paid within 21 days. Parents who fail to pay could face prosecution and a maximum fine of £2,500 or a jail sentence of up to three months.
Another reason which is sometimes cited for property becoming a global market is the internet. People are now able to compare and contrast their investment opportunities in different parts of the world. People are able to conduct business much more effectively through modern communication systems. Gone are the days when an overseas investment was a logistical challenge.
Although this country is the main destination for property investment, people from here are investing in second homes or residential investments in many parts of the world to include France, Spain, Italy and further afield in Morocco and Dubai to mention a few. As the world population becomes more footloose it is inevitable that the scenario the world is a “Global Village” will be coming into play in the property market. It is conceivable that when you are buying your next property you may well be competing with a global market as is the situation in London and many world capitals.
Sheffield Liberal Democrats Campaign To Outlaw “Revenge Eviction” Landlords Sheffield Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to crack down on so-called “revenge” evictions by private landlords. In a Council motion, they are calling on councillors to back a private bill in Parliament that will target landlords who refuse to maintain properties and try to evict tenants who report poor living conditions. The private rented sector in Sheffield has more than doubled in size between 2001 and 2011 and makes up 16% of our housing stock, accommodating some 35,670 households. At present, private landlords can evict tenants legally without a reason, these powers are often used when a landlord wants to sell a property or move into it. But the system is open to abuse by
rogue landlords. If a tenant reports a health and safety hazard to environmental health, for example, the law as it stands doesn't stop the landlord evicting the tenant. The only protection the tenant has is when the landlord doesn't protect a tenant's deposit in a government-backed scheme or hold a proper House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence. A national survey by Housing charity Shelter says there are some 200,000 tenants have been evicted in this way in the past year. There are over 35,000 households in Sheffield renting privately, including thousands of students who can be particularly vulnerable to rouge landlords.
Free Childcare Places for Toddlers Parents of toddlers in Rotherham are being urged to check out whether they’re eligible for free childcare. From 1 September, 2014 over 1500 two-year-olds in Rotherham became eligible for up to 15 hours of free childcare a week at a playgroup, day nursery, children’s centre or with a childminder as part of a national initiative. Parents, who earn no more than £16,190 a year and receive Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit, Income Support and some other benefits, could be eligible for a free childcare place. Two-year-olds, who are looked after by the Council, automatically qualify for a place. Children in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, those who have been adopted or with a residency/special guardianship order will also qualify for a place. Rotherham Borough Council’s Director of Schools and Lifelong Learning
Dorothy Smith said: “Being in a childcare setting offers children a stimulating environment through which they can experience new activities and learn through play. “Children are given the opportunity to make new friends as well as it being a good base for preparing children for starting nursery. "Over 800 children took up a free place last term so don’t miss out on your place!” The free places are available to children who are two years of age and whose parents fulfil the criteria. The places can be taken up the term after the child’s second birthday. Parents can apply on line at www.rotherham.gov.uk/earlyyears or to find out more call the Families Information Service on 0800 0730230 or 01709 822429
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Mohammad Maroof To Stand As Next Labour Candidate Congratulations to advocate Mohammad Maroof who has been elected by the Nether Edge Branch Labour Party to stand as the next candidate for the local council elections in May 2015. Current Councillor Qurban Hussain will be retiring from his position of Councillor as of May 2015. The Nether Edge seat has remained a stronghold for the Labour Party after gaining victory from the Liberal democrats in 2011.
Shisha Health Warning Ignored And Massive Rise In Young Female Smokers A new study reveals the growing number of teenage girls’ now smoking shisha. The report, is the largest study of shisha smoking of its kind. Over 150 people aged between 14-26 were interviewed and it shows that there are more and more young girls frequenting shisha bars. Those interviewed see shisha smoking as a past time and are not concerned of the health effects associated with it. Some said they did not mind girls smoking in bars but would not want their sister to do it. According to research from the World Health Organisation (WHO) smoking shisha for one hour equates to smoking 100 cigarettes. Scare stories of Shisha bars being used to groom young people were have been slammed by some who said the bars were sim-
ply places for people to go to ‘meet and relax’. Shisha smoking is associated with relaxation amalgamated with the allure of Middle Eastern culture. As a result cafes, not always legal ones, are being opened throughout the country. As shisha cafes are becoming
increasingly prolific, research finds that shisha users are very often unaware of the health risks with the fruit flavours and sweet smells often disguising the harmful effects. Whilst smoking shisha is not illegal, it is illegal for under 18s to smoke shisha. Yet very often young people are permitted entry to shisha bars, exposing them to the risks of passive smoking. Shisha, like cigarettes, contains nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead, putting shisha smokers at risk of the same kinds of diseases as cigarette smokers, including heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and problems during pregnancy. Furthermore, there are health implications from sharing the shisha pipe, including a risk of catching TB, herpes and gum disease.
lost Title deeds, Defective Titles, Good Lease- your landlord and ask whether you can assign the lease to your partners. It is often the case that a holds, Possessory Titles etc. landlord would refuse to remove you as a tenant, Q. I wish to retire as a Partner, how will this af- as it is beneficial for him to have more tenants to recover rent. If this is so, the best practice is to fect the lease, which I am included in ? also address in the written agreement with your A- The simplest way to retire as a partner is to partners, that they are willing to indemnify you speak to the partners directly and inform them for all the rent due after your departure. of your intention. The partners can then agree on the way forward for example purchase of the in- Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. Please terest of the leaving partner. seek independent advice before you proceed on It is important to be aware that if you leave the any matter. Alternatively, should you have any partnership, your liability continues in relation to questions relating to property matters please conthe debts owned by the firm up to the date of tact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. your departure. A written agreement can be formally prepared, which states that you are released from you liability, but this may be at the cost of reducing the value of your interest. In connection with the lease, you are required to seek the permission of
Life after death:
‘Awareness remains for three minutes after brain shutdown’ People may still have consciousness after “death” according to a new study. A large-scale study involving 2,060 patients from 15 hospitals in the UK, USA and Austria has found patients experience real events for up to a 3-minute period after their heart has stopped beating. Doctors have explained it was previously thought only hallucinatory events were experienced in these circumstances. These are normally described as outof-body experiences (OBEs) or near-death experiences (NDEs). It has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death
are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating. The Awareness during Resuscitation (Aware) study, sponsored by the University of Southampton, used objective markers to establish whether the experiences were real or hallucinatory. The results showed that 39% of patients who survived cardiac arrest described a perception of awareness but did not have explicit recall. A total of 46%
experienced a broad range of mental recollections, 9% had experiences compatible with NDEs and 2% exhibited full awareness compatible with OBEs with explicit recall of “seeing” and “hearing” events. “In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat. This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted.” Dr Sam Parnia
Ivory Poaching Could Wipe Out Elephants And Rhinos ‘By 2034’
Elephants and rhinos could be extinct within two decades, campaigners are warning ahead of marches across the world to call for greater protection for the two species. Thousands of people took to the streets in Europe, the U.S., South America, Africa and Asia for the Global March For Elephants And Rhinos, with events in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Edinburgh in the UK. Wildlife campaigners warn that, with around 35,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos killed each year as demand for ivory and rhino horn drives spiralling rates of poaching, both species are potentially within two decades of becoming extinct. The global march is calling for measures to tackle the problem, including a full worldwide ban on the trade of ivory and
rhino horn. Campaigners are also calling for ivory and rhino shops and carving factories to be closed down with immediate effect, implementation of tougher penalites for wildlife crime, and urgent strengthening of law enforcement in the countries where the animals are
found and the products are being consumed. Sir David Attenborough, Sir Richard Branson, Rory Bremner, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Ricky Gervais, Damon Albarn and Michaela Strachan are among the high-profile names who have given messages of support to the march.
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Public WiFi not Secure as you think The increase of broadband rollout and the growth of WiFi in public spaces is providing society with the huge benefit of access to the Internet quickly and easily. But not all WiFi is as secure as we might think it is. Europol’s Cybercrime Division warns that attacks are rising on public WiFi and are a major security risk. In the UK, key cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham are increasing public WiFi access, whilst restaurants, cafes and bars are also keen provide free WiFi to attract customers. For most smartphone users public WiFi is always seen as a great way of saving data usage included in their phone tariffs but if you are going to use public WiFi for personal transactions, sensitive data and banking, this may not be the best method. We are now seeing an increase in the misuse of wi-fi, in order
public WiFi and only use it for non-sensitive data activity if you are unsure about it’s security. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe when using public WiFi: Always use reputable internet security software on all your devices including your laptop, PC, MAC, tablets and smartphone. If a WiFi connection does not require a password, it is insecure. So, don’t send any confidential information over this network e.g. username, passwords, private data etc. Look for public places that do offer free WiFi but require a password which you obtain from them. Look out for the https in the web address in your browser and the padlock symbol when using websites for personal transactions. Always check your credit card or Therefore, it is important to be debit bills for any odd transacextremely vigilant when using tions, especially if you use public WiFi a lot. Always keep your device software up-to-date especially if security updates are available. Security using the Internet has been and always will be an issue as hackers find new ways of executing attacks but as long as you stick to the rules of keeping your confidential data secure, you can lower he chances of experiencing theft of your data. to steal information, identity or passwords and money from the users who use public or insecure wi-fi connections. The important thing is to distinguish if the public WiFi you are using is secure and not public. When you connect to it, if it requires a security access password, it means it is secure but if you can just connect to it with no password, it is insecure. Something known as ‘man-inthe-middle’ is being applied to commit these attacks on public networks. Where, the hackers capture data being passed between a user of the public WiFi and the Internet. Attacks of these kind are targeting people when they communicate with a bank, do online shopping or log in to social media sites.
AMIR KHAN TO FACE LUIS COLLAZO
An explosive matchup of our very own world-class fighter, Amir Khan is happening in May. The British superstar and former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan will face current WBA International Welterweight champion Luis Collazo in the 12 round event. "I'm looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas once again, and my intention on May 3 is to make a statement that I belong on this big stage," said Khan. "Luis Collazo might be coming off of a big win, but I am in incredible shape and am ready for this challenge. A win on May 3 is what I need to prove that I truly am one of the best welterweights in the sport." A British standout who represented his nation in the 2004
Olympic Games, where he won a silver medal, Bolton's Amir "King" Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) went from local hero to international star when he won his first world title at 140 pounds in 2009.After five successful defences that included wins over Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah, Khan lost his title by way of a controversial decision to Lamont Peterson in 2011. Winner of two straight over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz since, the flashy, flamboyant 27-year-old boxer-puncher is now campaigning at welterweight, where he seeks championship gold once again.
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