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Editor’s Welcome We are delighted to bring you this special edition of Mojatu Reading—special not only because it is our third edition of the magazine, but also because it celebrates one year of CMnetwork which is crowned by the Global Women’s Summit here in Reading Berkshire today. Mojatu Reading continues to champion the cause for human wellbeing which includes health, education/career, healthy marriage relationship, wealth creation, and healthy community involvement. We hold strongly that doing your little bit of good where you are helps, as it is those little bits of good combined that overwhelm the world. In doing so, remember the size of your dream must exceed your current capacity to achieve them. Therefore if your current dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough. Thanks to Mojatu Nottingham for the great mentorship of CMnetwork’s success so far. Special thanks to all the fans and those who have supported CMnetwork in action, in form and most importantly in throwing kind words and positive attitude towards our work. It has not been easy but not impossible either. Partnership working and availing ourselves to as many forums as we would know of has been key to easing some of the inevitable challenges. In simple terms ‘leveraging’ has so far worked well. As always, we encourage you to send your comments, thoughts and suggestions as to how we can grow CMnetwork to positively serve us all.
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Kenya’s First Lady, Mrs Margaret Wanjiru Kenyatta, is committed to reducing infant mortality and helping women to gain better health of mothers and babies. Mrs Kenyatta, who celebrated her 50th birthday in London this April, has been successful in defining her interests and focusing on meeting them. The former teacher has defined her office and special duties by focusing on healthcare for women and children.
London Marathon: Fast First Lady By Valentine Nkoyo
Kenya's First Lady ran the 25 miles (42 Kilometres) marathon in London to raise money and awareness for her charity, Beyond Zero Foundation. The charity aims to tackle the problem of maternal and infant death rates in Kenya. Mrs Kenyatta scored the first ever First Lady to run the London Marathon. “I ran the London marathon purely as a search for joy of Kenyan mothers and children,” said Mrs Kenyatta.
“I am a mother to three lovely children and can say without hesitation that it is unbelievably moving to hold your healthy baby in your arms. I will run because every mother should be able to hold her baby and take it home. I will run until we go Beyond Zero.” Kenya, like many less industrialised countries, continues to experience high rates of maternal and child mortality. Beyond Zero Campaign is enabling the government, organisations and individuals to work together in curbing disease and infant mortality by enhancing health and wellbeing.
Lessons from the First Lady going ‘Beyond Zero’ By Valentine Nkoyo In her role to help minimise HIV/ AIDs, child and maternal health challenges, the First Lady’s leadership and action speaks volumes. Her participation in the marathon can be surmised into five core leadership lessons for our day-day lives, especially for those in leadership positions. 1. Take action The First Lady took it upon herself to run the race for the cause she passionately believes in. Instead of getting her ambassador and teammates to do the race as she stood in the sidewalk, she took an active role in leading them through the race. This gave ‘Beyond Zero’ very high profile thereby bringing in more supporters and endorsements. True leaders lead by example and put the cause ahead of personal goals. It is only you as a leader who can execute your vision in the best way possible and when you participate directly, you instil the vision into the minds of everyone else that you are working with. This will always guarantee the best results. 2. Be commitment to your cause Like many of us, Mrs Kenyatta knows that by adhering to the vision and mission of ‘Beyond Zero’, she will surely facilitate reduction in child mortality and better health for women. Having a solid core base that helps you to be consistent with your personal, family or organisational needs will inspire you and those around you to follow and achieve what you set out to achieve. Whatever it is that you set out to achieve, it should be your guiding platform. Most of us look at a project from the angle of how much you are going to make from it, how much recognition you will get and all other attachments. While this approach may work sometimes, it is not the right approach. The cause should be your driving force. 3. Be consistent Being the First Lady means having many conflicting interests and numerous people and projects demanding your time and resources. Being able to train and take part in a London marathon not to mention the Nairobi mini marathon requires discipline and consistency. Our days are filled with demanding schedules. We see many ambitious projects that fail because of one reason or another. Being consistent and focused helps good causes get to the finish line. While the first lady has access to a lot of resources, the simple concept of consistency and looking for the next big thing to step to in your cause always works. Success is never won or lost in an instant. It is always a culmination of things. Consistency is the name of the game! 4. Engage, consult and teamwork The first lady went to the London Marathon with other people who share in her vision. The amount of planning, consultation and engagement with other people who she works with is great. Leadership entails engaging others, consulting and ensuring that all parties involved share in the vision. Whether in your family or organisational undertakings, the first step to success is realising you can never achieve anything alone. 5. Give to others in faith, not in expectations The first lady went to the London Marathon because she had the best interest of others at heart and the desire to make others healthier. Leadership is about making those around you better. Successful leadership entails being a capable teacher by investing in relationships, making sound decisions and avoiding procrastination and complacency. It ultimately means having faith in other people and working with then to meet their individual, family or organisational needs. Serving others is an investment in people. It creates a positive effect among everyone. Remember don’t go into it expecting others to reciprocate. This is when you become more self-serving and blinded to what your role as a leader really is.
African diaspora academics launch Mentorship Scheme African Diaspora Academic Network - UK (ADAN - UK) has launched a Mentorship Scheme in an event held at Nottingham University Jubilee Campus. The mentorship scheme which is supported by The Baring Foundation is aimed at connecting and pairing up African doctoral students/early academics with more experienced researchers/academics across universities in the UK. The scheme’s vision is to nurture and support the next generation of academic leaders. It will operate with the principles of ADAN-UK which was established to enable African academics, as well as other UK academics working on African issues to harness their capabilities and help solve pressing development and governance needs across the continent. The network offers a platform for constructive discussion leading to improved policy advice, partnership engagement, practical outcomes, and cross pollination of best practices both in Africa and the UK. ADAN-UK aims to foster a community of practice dedicated to promoting, debating and advancing practical solutions to Africa’s development and governance challenges through research, learning and training. The network seeks to serve as a hub of expertise on issues affecting Africa for UK-based policy makers, institutional leaders, civil society, and development partners and to empower and strengthen the visibility and capacity of ADAN-UK members. The event was attended by delegates from all over the country. Dr Judy Muthuri, a lecturer at Nottingham University, coordinated the event. She informed the delegates that “Nottingham University is establishing collaborations with African institutions and the delegates should take advantage of available funding for scholarships and research within the university”. Dr Zac Mwanje commended ADAN-UK for this great initiative noting that “the African Continent is investing in its young people and it’s the responsibility of universities to look after them”. The mentorship scheme will be targeting the African doctoral students and early academics. There are also considerations for offering support and guidance to undergraduate and Master’s students from Africa studying in the UK at a future date. Details about the eligibility, matching process, length of the mentorship, mentors and mentees roles and other issues will be publicised in the near future. ADAN-UK is open to all potential mentors and mentees who meet the criteria. The next meeting will be on 3rd July 2014. Visit www.adan-uk.com for more details about ADAN-UK and updates about this mentoring scheme.
BME men at higher risk of prostate cancer Hear Me Now: One Year On Report delivered to Parliament The report on the cancer risks facing many men from the BME communities was delivered to Parliament this April.
Rose Thompson, the founder of BME Cancer Communities accompanied by many members of the BME community presented the report she co-authored with several community organisations and partners. The event also ushered in Thompson’s second report - Hear Me Now: One Year On. This new report will provide detailed recommendations on how to reduce the prostate cancer death rate for Black men. The report which was authored in 2013 found that Black men in England are more than twice more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men, and twice more likely to die from it. These findings led to discussions by health professionals, leaders, prostate cancer survivors and their families on how best to tackle this health inequality. These discussions took place in Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and London. They identified late diagnosis as a major hindrance in early intervention. This was caused by patients’ reluctance to ask for tests or by healthcare providers’ failure to provide tests early. A high percentage of men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive it and most go on to live a full life. The findings recommended that to diagnose prostate cancer earlier, health care professionals should be educated on the prevalence of prostate cancer in Black men, as well as their tendency to get the cancer at a younger age then white men. “We hope the report will help cancer groups lobby for necessary funding and change” said Rose. “If the recommendations made in the report are taken to heart, that percentage could get even higher.” The event was attended by delegates from Nottingham, London and other areas of the UK. Among those present was Tottenham MP David Lammy, Shadow Minister for Public Health Luciana Berger MP and Frank Chinegwundow, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Chief Executive of Cancer Black Care. Elijah Israel, a professional musician and poet, has written a song about his experiences of prostate cancer called ‘Tree Cups of Crystal Clear Waata!’ was also present. Frank Chinegwundow called for a national screening programme targeted at Black men. The full report and the song to can be downloaded on the BME Cancer Communities website at www. bmecancer.com.
A Woman With A Great Vision
mojatu Edith Lusingu has been nominated by an esteemed woman of substance, Phyllis Fletcher as an undeniably strong woman with a great vision. This, as Phyllis puts it, has been proved by her patience in diligently serving our community in various ways. She is a dedicated child minder, caterer, persistent network marketer, generous, accommodating, dedicated mother and wife and above all, good hearted. As far as catering is concerned, Edith has always been known to provide more than she has been paid for. She must have carried the African and especially the East African way of cooking for the neighbourhood whenever they cook for the family. As Phyllis has observed, for as long as she has known Edith Lusingu, she opens her door to anybody in need and although she does not get back as much as she gives, she opens it anyway. This is mainly seen when mothers and fathers are seen rushing to her house early in the morning or afternoon as they seek her help with child minding when they have been called for an unplanned shift. Then after around 2pm her phone becomes too busy with requests to pick their daughter or son from school for being held up, such that they cannot get to school on time to fulfil their rightful duty.
As a child minder for years, Edith makes the most exciting birthday parties for children. She is therefore invited most of the time to entertain and excite children during their birthdays. Edith caters for weddings too. Her food is known to multiply as she serves communities that traditionally are known to either register late for attendance or just turn up. Nobody goes back hungry. This however causes anxiety especially because she always plans to do a good job of satisfying everyone. She therefore encourages people to be more organised and register on time. In the community setting, Edith is known to serve specialised African Cuisine and snacks. She therefore serves most community groups and organisations when they have meetings and events. It is no wonder Phyllis Fletcher in support of other community women felt inclined to nominate Edith as a woman of great vision and states that she will continue doing well in life simply because she cares and loves learning and challenging herself. Get in touch today with Edith Lusingu for a personalised and friendly service on 07804234755.
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10 Community This was a great weekend productively spent in a quiet environment with fresh air. Kwakwa Lodge, featured here is a small resort near Masinga Dam, one of the seven folks in Eastern part of Kenya. Kwakwa Lodge is owned by Mr and Mrs Muoti, both promoters of education, as they strongly believe it is the only thing that has been behind their great success so far. Mrs Muoti is the current principal of State House Girls while Mr Muoti is one of the professors at Kenyatta University. They are blessed with four great children. Mrs Muoti was on the day aﬃrmed by Mrs Mercy Waiguru, one of the delegates for transforming State House Girls by diligently dealing with issues of discipline. The theme for the weekend was ‘’Women Of Purpose’’. This weekend was crowned with a seminar for the youth with a talk on ‘ULTD’ by Malika Bediako, the main speaker from UK. Mrs Muoti was born in Samburu and grew up in a family of nine, who as she said are all married in distant different parts of the country, but makes an effort of meeting once a year in their village of birth called Baragoi, where they have an empowerment community project through education. Through their role modelling, education especially for girls has been embraced in that part of the country. This is great wisdom. Mrs Muoti shared 7 essentials of quality of life namely; • Choosing a healthy attitude • Treating others with respect and kindness • Working to the best of your ability • Being a person of honesty and integrity • Taking care of yourself • Choosing friends wisely—those who will see good in you • Always working at getting better.
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Mrs Muoti emphasised the fact that life is a series of problems and so it is important to solve them as opposed to mourning them and that there is no substitute to hard work when it comes to achieving in life. It is however all about building and sustaining relationships, she affirmed. Mrs Muoti further encouraged us all by explaining that 90% of potential in each one of us is not only untapped and unused, but also undiscovered. Mrs Muoti is not only enterprising but also very skilful in making homemade cleaning products that she supplies to Kwakwa lodge. She reminds me of the proverbs 31 woman—‘Woman Of Substance’. Malika Bediako, Women Ministries Director UK within the SDA church circles shared, ‘New Life Single Parent’ and the message was received with great, eager, hope and encouragement as she enthusiastically shared her success journey against all odds. Malika delivered a powerful seminar to the young people on ‘ULTD’. Some young people shared their success story from the last two years seminar that Malika had delivered and challenged them on small business start up within a set bud-
Reading connected get. This Challenged Malika to seal a deal of zero grazing two bulls at her cost before her next visit with George Murage, one of the successful young entrepreneurs in attendance. Mrs Mercy Waiguru, a real estate constructor and former lecturer of Kenya Polytechnic challenged the young people to work harder and smarter, use their time wisely and while they do so, to get a good mentor. She further reminded them to not change their goal but rather the process to attain it. The weekend was crowned by a quick visit of the deputy governor of Machakos, Mr Bernard Kiala, who acknowledged women’s great motivation and therefore likes working with them. Mr Kiala affirmed the recent statistics that women control 60% of the economy in the modern world. He further encouraged the young people to diligently go for what they want in life, by positively engaging with the government at all levels, as the doors are open for them. Special thanks to Dr Wangeci, Sheba Kirathi, Jane Wambui and Naomi Macharia for organising this wonderful retreat and ensuring that all went well. This team is already busy organising for next year whose theme is ‘’Eagles Arise’’ with the view of addressing the three dreaded big D’s namely; Debt, Disease, Divorce, and Domestic Violence. During my short visit to Kenya with Malika, we had the privilege of visiting Kariru clinic where Malika kindly donated a full suitcase of baby cloths. This is a clinic that in the past has been supported by the charity ‘Esteemed Break Through’. We also visited ‘ Nyumbani’ which is a home for the orphans whose parents died of HIV and AIDS, a project supported by the Reading Martins Rotary club here in Reading that I am a member of. Cecily Mwaniki | CMnetwork.co.uk
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10 YEARS OF SUCCESS
It has been 10 years of purpose driven success. Join us in celebrating ourselves to move higher.
to explore our God-given gifts to positively impact the community. They are open to women of all ages.
‘Utulivu’, a Kiswahili word meaning patience has continued to meet its vision and mission of empowering women to be the change they want to see in their homes, communities and the world at large. The programmes we run are driven by the following facts about women:
On the 19th July 2014 from 6pm to 10pm, we will be celebrating 10 years of successfully working in and with the community. In those ten years we have witnessed women go back to education, graduate and get into jobs of their choice. Healthy family relationships have excelled, interaction with great men and women including the royal family, have all added value to our lives and a lot more positive things.
• They are re-writing history • They are reviving the economy • 70% of women work from home • 1 in 6 women have children under 16 • They are 4 times likely to get stress-related illnesses • 68% of businesses last year were set up by women who said they had had enough. Therefore the programmes cover areas around managing ﬁnances, positive parenting, work-life balance, your well-being, and wealth creation. The programme provides healthy networking opportunities and motivation
We are therefore highly inviting you to celebrate these 10 years with us as we discuss our next move and hear more about what that success has meant to many. Please do contact us for the detailed information. 07828307997 OR 07896299926 Utulivu.coordinator.co.uk www.utulivu.co.uk
Inspired. Empowered. Transformed! Investing Wisely In Yourself & Your Community. THEME: Repositioning yourself: Celebrating Yourself.
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Alafia Family Support Team represents minority ethnic children with additional needs or disabilities and their families in the Reading Borough. We provide practical advice, signposting, information and activities for children, parents and sibling carers. The team supports families from all minority ethnic groups, including Afro-Caribbean, Asian, Eastern European and families from the Travelling community.
Acre Family Support training for parents. On the Second Tuesday of every month, between 5 and 7.30pm we offer a drop-in advice and support session at Krazy Play Days, Tilehurst. This provides a safe opportunity for children to relax, and parents to meet and chat. In the past 5 months we have had First Aid training, a college taster session, health visitors discussing sleep and toilet training, pantomime, and much more.
Most of all, we provide a culturally sensitive listening The stigma and misconceptions surrounding ear, where you can discuss the emotional impact of disability can often further isolate families, and then a diagnosis of additional needs. prevent them seeking early diagnosis and educational support. Alafia is here to help, and we seek to empower families to access the correct health, On the first Tuesday of every month, there is a meeting for parents in which speakers from other social care, educational and financial support they organisations are invited, or we arrange specialist are entitled to. No one should suffer in isolation.
To self-refer to Alafia Family Support Call 01189 951 0279 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For informal chat and to arrange a meeting to discuss how we can help.
Case Study: Florence and Gadson and their 4 year old son Given, from Malawi, are just one example of our 150 families. Registered with the project since Given was just a few months old, Alaﬁa has supported the family to access educational specialist portage service from Reading Borough Council, short breaks, and parent support groups. Florence and Given regularly attend the Krazy Play Days monthly softplay session, which enables them to meet with other families, and share their experience and advice. Florence and Given are excellent role models, challenging the stigma of autism and disability from within their community. Given is a popular attendee at his local Church, and with the correct support is successfully achieving within a mainstream school, despite a diagnosis of autism.
Groups Represented: Poppy Team Midwives, AutAngel, SupportU, RTrans, Sophia James (Reading’s 1st Black woman Councillor), Utulivu, RVA, Community Organisers (RVA), Field Network, Reading Youth Cabinet, Reading’s MYP, Always Showing Talent, ENRYCH, National Childbirth Trust, Nasza Integracja, CM Networks, Bethel United, Disabled People Against Cuts, Royal Berkshire Hospital & Acre. Many others have requested the minutes from the meeting to add their input.
THE EQUALITIES ALLIANCE THE EQUALITIES ALLIANCE ‘The Sum of Us is Greater than Our Parts’ ‘The Sum of Us is Greater than Our Parts’ Acre Convenes The Equalities Alliance Initial Steering Group Meeting
Wednesday 28th May marked the first ever meeting of THE EQUALITIES ALLIANCE and it was an exciting day for all in Reading who have an interest in increasing community cohesion and stamping out discrimination. It was also a historic day because the Equalities Alliance initiative is the first of its kind as it brought together advocates, campaigners and organisations from across a spectrum of equality interest groups that are active in Reading. The Goal: To provide a platform for improving dialogue between advocates from the 9 protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, and
Some issues the Equalities Alliance wishes to put on the agenda for further discussion: • Promoting public awareness and education on equality matters • Promoting inter-strand dialogue and understanding • Devising, promoting and celebrating pan-equality initiatives • Coordinated approach to hate crime • Providing an alternative and positive narrative to immigration and race relations • Understanding FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and related matters • Embracing and promoting diverse cultural festivals and events
promote better understanding of the issues and increase empathy of all groups who are victims of discrimination. Mandela advocated that one individual or group cannot secure equality for themselves without securing equality for all in society. The aim of the Equalities Alliance which will be independent of public services is to speak with a united voice on equality/equal opportunity matters which affect our town, highlight emerging issues, and identify common concerns amongst different groups which the Equalities Alliance can campaign on. Keep in touch or get involved via www.acre-reading.org
3 Maasai men VS 15 hungry lions Video tutorial “How to steal meat from lions”- goo.gl/qL3599
When you mention the word MAASAI, “Ooh, the jumping warriors that kill lions?” is the response you get from most people who happen to know or to have heard about this African community. They are perhaps one of the best known people of Africa.
sharing a kill as well. What would drive three Maasai men, with walking sticks only, to face fifteen hungry lions with blood dripping through their huge teeth if not confidence? Step 1: Spot a Kill - 3 men spot 15 lions tearing apart a wildebeest and they slowly move closer. This is due to the fact that they have a very interesting culture, colourful attire, brave warriors and for many years they have tried to maintain their beliefs and traditions against all odds. The Maasai are one of the smallest communities in Kenya and Tanzania. Over many years, they have not only learnt how to live in harmony with wild animals but
Step 2: Calculated move -They squat a few yards away and observe the lions tucking into the flesh of the kill as they wait for the right moment. Step 3: The ultimate face off - The men look into the eyes of the lions and they confidently make a move towards the lions. Step 4: Respect - The lions back off to give way to the men to take a share from their kill.
kill and nobody gets hurt, then we all can relax and feel happy”. Warriors were previously known for killing the lions to prove they were man enough, but today, they pride themselves on protecting the lions and some even name the lions after themselves. Step 5: Share - The men take their share and walk away peacefully. Step 6: Back to the kill - The lions get back to their kill and no one is hurt. As they walk away, one of the men say in Maasai “Neaku ore peeaku enatooruoki, neiwuang’ neitu enya iltunganak, neiteru intokitin alaa…. niaku enchipai” which means “If you steal the
The Common Trait Of Great People What do you think is the key to success? There are some possible answers to this question, but recently I became interested in one of them: grit. I have read about its importance many times, so I decided to learn more about it. My main source is a paper entitled Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals Facts About Grit: • Grit is deﬁned as perseverance and passion for long-term goals. • Grit entails working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining eﬀort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress. The gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina. A characteristic of grit is consistent goals and interests. • Follow-through, a term used in another study, captured the essence of grit: “The follow-through rating involved evidence of purposeful, continuous commitment to certain types of activities versus sporadic eﬀorts in diverse areas.” Reading the paper, I agree that grit is essential for success. I have read the stories of many great individuals, and all of them – without fail – exhibit this quality. So, how can we develop grit? How can we become more gritty? From what I have learned, here are some ways to develop it: 1. Have a mission you believe in. This, I believe, is the most important factor. If you want to become gritty, you must have a mission you believe in. You must have a strong ‘why.’ That’s how you can have consistent goals and eﬀort over years. That’s how you can keep moving forward despite failures. That’s how you can have passion for your goals. So ﬁnd a mission you believe in. Find what it is that resonates with you. If you ﬁnd it, failures and setbacks can’t stop you. 2. Set audacious, long-term goals. With your mission in mind, set some long-term goals. But don’t forget: your goals should be big.
Set the so-called Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). That’s the kind of goals that great companies have, and you should too. 3. Prepare yourself for a marathon. Success in any ﬁeld requires years of eﬀort, so don’t expect instant success. Instead, prepare yourself for a long, long race. That way you won’t be disappointed if you don’t get what you want early on. 4. Anticipate setbacks. Setbacks are a normal part of the journey. What makes the diﬀerence between winners and losers is not the lack of setbacks, but how they respond to them. Losers will stop, while winners will keep moving forward. Anticipate setbacks so that you can respond to them correctly. 5. Spend your energy wisely. The race is a marathon, not a sprint, so you must spend your energy wisely. Don’t be so intense that you get burned out. Instead, take time for renewal and recovery. Remember: the key here is stamina. 6. Keep your mission in mind. It’s not easy to be consistent over years; there will be many distractions along the way. So keep your mission in mind. Take time to review it regularly, and keep taking action. I’m glad I spent the time to learn about grit. It was time well spent for me. Now that I have learned about it, I’ve decided to have more passion and perseverance for my long-term goals. I hope you do too. Cecily Mwaniki email@example.com | www.cmnetwork.co.uk
Morgan aint afraid? Fear Fear can be absolutely halting. Courage is the charge to get you going when frozen with anxiety. Uncertainties exist, human beings have fear and we all have to face anxiety. Our decisions and actions when defying fear are dominant to our success. Acting the moment you encounter fear will be the pillars holding our confidence, similar to nothing else. In fact it is us that give fear a bad picture. Fear is crucial to your success, believe it or not. It is only when fear stops you that it is destructive. Use anxiety to your gain. Be anxious, be very anxious. Use this anxiety as a dynamic force; an adrenaline push; an encounter to embrace; and it will fling your confidence to new and better heights. Keep in mind that courageousness isn’t the non-existence of fear, as many contemplate. It is the capacity to stand in the face of anxiety.
Self-confidence You either have confidence or you don’t. Correct? Incorrect! It can be cultured, it is possible to build it, and it is also possible to master confidence. And it is vital to your success. I remember talking to a lady about what she found appealing in men. Her instant response was, “Confidence!” She went on to say, “You can perceive it a mile away. A guy goes into a crowded hall, and may not be much to look at outwardly, but, you are able to tell straightway if that person is self-assured. And if he is, THEN, HE IS EYE-CATCHING!” In what way can we tell if you’re assertive when you enter a hall or a room? Since your shoulders are hindmost, your head is high, and you walk with “pause”. What is pause? It basically insinuates that your actions and expressions are cautious and what you expect or want. When a self-reliant person gets into a room there is no tension or sudden reaction to the environment. He or she pauses, looks everywhere slowly, and proceeds with an appearance of purpose. It is bright enough to make a decent first impression. It is also mandatory in your daily undertakings. You ought to be self-assured that you can do whatsoever that lies before you even if you are short of the proper information or training. You must distinguish, without a doubt, that you can acquire any skill needed to overcome any mission at hand. It is not only an outcome of having a lot of information or skills. It is an assertiveness that can and must be used to learn any set of knowledge or skills that you want. Nature a culture of confidence. Be persistent. Be determined. This doesn’t imply being egotistical and boastful. It means being SELF-CONFIDENT. By accepting this boldness you will see opportunities reveal and conquer encounters that you deemed so impossible in the past.
20 Health & Food
10 Proven Health Benefits of Eggs
Eggs are among the few foods that are classified as “superfoods.” They are loaded with nutrients, some of which are rare in the modern diet as detailed in the 10 health benefits confirmed in human studies. 1.
Incredibly Nutritious: Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. A single large boiled egg contains Vitamin A, B2, B5, B6, B12, D, E, K, RDA, Folate, Phosphorus Selenium, Calcium and Zinc. This is coming with 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats. Whole eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient we need. Omega-3 enriched and/or pastured eggs are even healthier.
High in Cholesterol: Eggs are high in cholesterol, but eating eggs does not have adverse effects on cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people except with genetic disorders like familial hypercholesterolemia or a gene type called ApoE4 may want to minimize or avoid eggs.
Raise the “Good” Cholesterol: Egg consumption consistently leads to elevated levels of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) (the “good”) cholesterol, which is linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.
Contain Choline: Eggs are among the best dietary sources of choline, a nutrient that is incredibly important but most people do not enough of.
Reduces Heart Disease risks: Egg consumption appears to change the pattern of LDL particles from small, dense LDL (bad) to large LDL, which is linked to a reduced heart disease risk.
Contain Antioxidants: Eggs are high in both lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants which have major benefits for eye health and can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
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Lower Triglycerides levels: Omega-3 en10. Incredibly fulfilling: Eggs are highriched and pastured eggs contain significant ly fulfilling and tend to make you amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. Eating these eat fewer calories, helping you to types of eggs is an effective way to reduce lose weight. They are a high protein food… but protein is by far the blood triglycerides. most fulfilling macronutrient. Eggs High in Quality Protein: Eggs are fairly high in score high on a scale called the quality animal protein and contain all the essenSatiety Index, which measures the tial amino acids that humans need in the right ability of foods to induce feelings ratios. Proteins are the main building blocks of of fullness and reduce subsequent the human body. They’re used to make all sorts calorie intake. of tissues and molecules that serve both structural and functional purposes. Eating adequate Take Home Message protein can help with weight loss, increase Studies clearly show that eating up to 3 muscle mass, lower blood pressure and optiwhole eggs per day is perfectly safe. mize bone health… to name a few. There is no evidence that going beyond that is harmful, it is just “uncharted DO NOT raise risk of heart disease and may territory” as it hasn’t been studied. reduce the risk of stroke: Many studies have On top of everything else, they are also looked at egg consumption and the risk of cheap, easy to prepare, go with almost heart disease and found no association. Howany food and taste awesome. ever, some studies have found an increased Eggs are really nature’s perfect food!!! risk in people with type 2 diabetes.
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22 Health & Food
Dangerous Elegance The Dangers of High Heeled Shoes By Kwame Osei
This morning, like every other day, millions of women wear high-heeled shoes. Many of them are oblivious of the dangers they routinely put themselves into in respect to their health. Despite their cuteness and elegance, high heels put the wearers in danger of permanent physiological damage to their hips, back, knees, and tendons including stress fractures, or cracks in the bones of the feet. Many people admire the perceived beauty of wearing high-heels. Misinformation makes many people believe that high heeled shoes make them more attractive, sexier, more cultured and more sophisticated. The reality couldn’t be farther from the TRUTH!! Unknown to many men and women, the constant wearing of these shoes presents some very serious health risks. Women face huge dangers and the consequences of wearing these high-heels. The chart “Women’s Shoes and Knees Osteoarthritis” is an excellent resource for a visual depiction on the negative effects of wearing high heels which can be experienced in particular sections of the feet, legs and back. Women’s shoes and knees Osteoarthritis The Feet: Wearing heels is an art and women deserve medals for learning to walk in them (let alone run!). When a woman is walking in heels, she is basically walking on the balls of her feet. The ball of the foot will experience intense pressure and this pressure more than doubles with every inch in height of shoe heel. Ankle injuries are always a threat and the degree of injuries can extend from sprains to fractures. Calluses, corns and bunions can be formed on feet due to high heels, especially if the shoes are tight, tough or walked in for long periods.
Metatarsalgia is a condition affecting the ball of the foot, where all the weight is concentrated when a woman is in heels. Hammertoes is a condition where the toes are maintained in a downward curled position because of the continual confinement of the feet in the high heels. The muscles of the feet become tight and are unable to stretch and straighten when out of the shoes. A pump bump can be recognized on the heel where the straps of high heels are wrapped around. The straps cause intense friction on the heel causing that nuisance of a bump to form. Women may complain of numbness, sharp pain and burning in the toes and ball of the foot when wearing high heeled shoes – all of which are symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma. Morton’s Neuroma is the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the nerve between the 3rd and 4th toe. The Knees: High heels cause much more pressure to be exerted on the knees. The force that causes such pressure is more than what the knees are designed for, and can give rise to a condition called osteoarthritis. Posture: Consider that when you tip you cause all your weight to be projected towards the ball of your feet. You will involuntarily adjust your posture to compensate for a shift in your centre of gravity. This is a similar occurrence to wearing high heels, and it will be worse because the feet will be in a fixed position. A woman will have to bend her spine in the lower back more to keep her balance. Women may wonder where certain back, shoulder and neck pain may come from. Well, high heels are a prime cause of such pain in the torso.
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The Lower Legs: The calves will tend to retain the contracted and shortened state due to the feet being in high heels. The calf muscles may become difficult or virtually impossible to straighten without medical intervention. A similar condition can occur with the Achilles’ tendon where it too can retain its shortened state even when a woman is not wearing heels. As the adage goes, ‘your health is your wealth’, here are some healthy alternatives to help prevent surgery when wearing high heels: 1. Wear different types of shoes every day. Alternating between heels and sneakers will drastically reduce the amount of damage done to your feet, hips, and back. 2. When you wear high heels, remove the shoes a few times during the workday and stretch your feet to keep the tendons and ligaments in your feet healthy. 3. Consider wearing commuting shoes when walking and change into high heels once you arrive at work. 4. If you cannot avoid high heels, wear a pair of thick high heels.
24 Business & Finance
Economic growth in Africa is now at an average of 5%. British businesses have the opportunity to explore opportunities in Africa at the first ever Afro Business Expo: Reading 2014 between July 30 and August 1 at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Reading Berkshire.
Register for the early bird oﬀers on the website. www.afrobusinessexpo.com Visit the expo and discover Africa. For more information, please contact the organiser Ngozi Fakeye, Motherland Connects Office 5, Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS +44 (0) 7985188400 See advert in the back page
The Afro Business Expo creates an avenue for UK businesses and investors to access solid business opportunities in Africa. It also offers UK investors and businesses the secure platform to identify and develop business partnerships with African companies directly. Principal Consultant and Expo Director, Ngozi Fakeye says ‘This conference and exhibition will showcase African investment opportunities to UK investors and businesses in the Thames Valley. Africa has opportunities, but lack of access and information create a barrier to British businesses who wish to trade with Africa. Business in Africa is incredibly profitable, but it comes with risk. Understanding the cultural and economic landscape is a critical success factor. This exhibition and conference, brings the opportunities to Reading, with the wrap around support and guidance of UK Trade and Investment, UK Export Finance amongst others. Packed with seasoned speakers who are experts on Africa, this event offers an Expo Experience over three days taking the delegate from day one by highlighting the opportunities available. On day two, delegates can attend in-depth seminars and meet over 30 businesses from Africa who are exhibiting and choose to be in the audience of a ‘Question Time’ styled discussion about Investing in Africa. Day three which is by invitation only offers investors the opportunity to attend a ‘Dragon’s Den’ styled pitching session for select opportunities in key sectors. This Expo puts Reading, Berkshire squarely in the international business landscape and opens up the Thames Valley to access the African market.
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Can I afford an Accountant? Small business owners normally ask themselves this question many times over. This is especially because it is not cheap to hire and maintain an accountant. However, like all business investments, a small business owner needs to weigh the cost against the benefits of having an accountant. Having worked as an accountant for over 17 years, I’d argue that the beneﬁts outweigh the cost many times over: Firstly, an accountant will take away the headache of looking after your ﬁnancial and tax matters leaving you with more time to spend growing your business.
Finally, an accountant can be a great source of advice to help grow your business by helping you explore the ﬁnancial viability of new ventures and opportunities. By doing the number crunching, an accountant will give you the conﬁdence to go ahead with a certain venture you’ve been dreaming of or dissuade you from making the one wrong move that could lead you to bankruptcy. “Can I afford not to have an Accountant?” is really the question every small business owner should be asking themselves. If interested in discussing Accountancy services please feel free to contact PJ Consultants on 07857594683 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secondly, an accountant will save you money, probably much more than you are paying him. This can mainly happen in two ways: • Taxes: A good accountant will make sure that your tax affairs are taken care of hence helping you to avoid the heavy ﬁnes levied by HMRC against tax defaulters. An accountant will take care of your VAT returns, Income tax returns, Payroll taxes and Companies House returns. He / she will make sure that you and your company take full advantage of the ever-changing tax laws to make sure you pay as little tax as possible. • Cost control and cost saving: A good accountant will advise you on cost saving measures and also on how to increase your proﬁtability. He becomes your trusted business partner by helping you to understand how day to day activities impact the ﬁnances of your business.
26 Education & Careers
Working for the police force
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Thames Valley Police’s drive to attract and recruit new police officers and staff to reflect the different communities it serves across the Force continues. Covering the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire, Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan police force in England and Wales, serving a population of 2.1 million from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. The force also plays host to over six million visitors annually, who come to sample its festivals, history and sporting events. Thames Valley Police is fully committed to meeting its statutory duties in respect of equality and diversity. However, it goes further in taking opportunities to attract, develop and promote officers and staff from all backgrounds, but with a particular desire to increase those from under-represented groups.
As a force that represents many ethnic groups, it is vital that it reflects the diversity of the communities it serves, irrespective of age, disability, gender and transgender, race, religion, and belief of sexual orientation. There are currently 220 Black Minority Ethnic (BME) police officers working for Thames Valley Police; 148 BME police staff members; 30 BME Police Community Support Officers (PCSOS) and 35 BME Special Constables. However, the drive to build on these figures continues with recruitment events taking place up and down the force on a regular basis. By joining Thames Valley Police, you will be entitled to an extensive range of interlinked staff benefits. They cover personal and professional development, financial advice (including pensions); wellbeing and occupational health; discounts and concessions such as child care; bike hire; lift share and shopping discounts.
POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER THE ROLE Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) play an essential part in delivering neighbourhood policing. PCSOs are paid members of police staff who wear a uniform and provide a highly visible presence on the streets of our community. As a PCSO, you will provide reassurance to people within a neighbourhood, spending most of your time on foot patrol working alongside a team of police officers and Special Constables. PCSOs cannot make arrests and do not carry batons, incapacitant spray or handcuffs. That’s why communication and relationship building skills are so important. WHAT WE OFFER As a PCSO your salary will depend on your hours and shift patterns, current salary details can be viewed on our website. You will work shift patterns including day shifts, evening shifts and regular weekend work. Part-time schedules are also possible and you will be given a uniform and any equipment you need.
You can join our staff associations and support networks: • Unison • Support Association for Minority Ethnic Groups (SAME) • The Gay Police Association • British Association of Women in Policing • The Christian Police Association • The Muslim Police Association • Thames Valley Women’s Network.
TAI-CHI ENTHUSIAST. GOLFER. POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER. I’m Dee and I always wanted to work for the Police. I joined as a PCSO so I could get a feel for my future career aspirations, which is to be a Police Officer; I hope to achieve my goal in the next couple of years. The best thing about my role is every day is different and working in a busy area TRAINING like Slough keeps me on my toes. I Thames Valley Police will offer enjoy making a difference and seeing practical and classroom based training a smile on people’s faces makes my covering topics such as personal day and proves to me that I am doing safety. PCSO powers, community a great job. I have learnt so much and race relations, the criminal justice and grown in confidence during my process and first aid. Some training time with TVP and I have always takes place in your first posting area been treated equally and fairly at so you can build good community work. I hope to work for Thames relationships from the start. Valley Police for the rest of my The seven-week classroom-based career. In my spare time I really enjoy training takes place at our Force going to the gym, working out, and Training Centre near Reading. dinners with my family and friends.
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POLICE OFFICER THE ROLE As a uniformed officer, you never know what the next day might hold. Depending on where you are based, you could be dealing with problems faced by city residents or those of rural communities. The role of a Police Officer is both challenging and rewarding, with good opportunities for career or lateral development. Thames Valley Police is committed to delivering neighbourhood policing which provides each community with a dedicated team of Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables, Police Staff and Volunteers. The team works closely with residents and partner agencies to identify and resolve community issues. For more information on becoming a Police Officer with Thames Valley Police please visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk Your salary will increase after completion of initial training. You will receive 22 days annual leave for your first two years and this will then increase according to your length of service. Foundation Degree in Policing Thames Valley Police is also seeking to recruit a significant percentage of our future Police Officers from graduates of Foundation Degrees in Policing*. Working in partnership with universities within the Thames Valley area, the Force has developed and delivered a Foundation Degree in Policing FdA, a two-year course with optional third year top up.
The FdA is delivered by the Universities and involves placement in Thames Valley Police where students work as Special Constables. This mix of academic and practical development enables the successful graduate to reach a level of skill and knowledge that not only prepares them for a career in the Police Service but allows them, after selection, to join Thames Valley Police without the need for further initial training. * Where the Foundation Degrees meet national standards and involve both academic learning and practical application as a Special Constable.
FATHER. SPORTS ENTHUSIAST. CHIEF INSPECTOR I’m Gavin and I used to work in sales and marketing but I really didn’t enjoy it. I needed a
complete change so I joined the police and can honestly say I’ve never looked back. When I first joined, it didn’t feel like work. Every day was different and the camaraderie was brilliant. I’ve seen things most people will never experience. I like spending time with my family - having young children keeps me very busy. I also like to keep fit; I try and run a lot although not very fast! I also like playing golf.
DAD. MOUNTAIN BIKER. SERGEANT – TACTICAL SUPPORT. My name is Lea and I got into the police to develop my interpersonal skills, gain new experiences and be a part of shaping the future of Thames Valley Police. I enjoy working with like-minded colleagues who have a common purpose of keeping the communities we serve safe. My role also involves protecting VIP’s and members of the Royal Family. In my spare time I like playing Badminton and off road mountain biking but I hate running...unless it’s after an offender!!!
28 Education & Careers CAREER DEVELOPMENT POLICE OFFICERS
Thames Valley Police relies on the leadership skills of its people at all levels. The Force is committed to supporting the leadership and professional development of our officers. Our aim is to enable individuals and teams to develop their skills in line with organisational objectives and to enable them to achieve their personal career goals, whether via promotion or lateral development. Promotion through the ranks is one way to develop your career with Thames Valley Police. The diversity of the work available also means that you can move, with appropriate training, into a specialised area such as: • • • • •
Dog section Mounted section Roads Policing Firearms Criminal Investigation Department.
There are also opportunities for you to develop further in the important core role of neighbourhood policing which requires specialist skills. The force’s Leadership & Professional Development Team offer support with applications for promotion or specialist roles. We locate an appropriate mentor in line with your personal aspirations and offer leadership development courses
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PHOTOGRAPHER. JUGGLER. POLICE CONSTABLE – DOG SECTION At work they call me Taitters. I love working with dogs, building the relationship and developing the skills of both myself and the dog into effective Police Dog Team. You can’t beat the feeling of finding someone with the dog that no one else can locate. The daily variety, ranging from looking for a missing person to dealing with firearms
SUPPORTS RAF CADETS. DANCER TO PUNJABI BHANGRA. CHIEF INSPECTOR. My name’s Bobbi and I joined the police over 21 years ago because my old job as a trainee bank manager was so boring. What I love about my job is seeing the people I help smile. It gives me great satisfaction and a sense of pride that I actually do make a difference. Initially my family struggled to understand why I wanted to become a police officer but things have changed considerably over the past 21 years and all my family are now very proud of me and my career progression. I also enjoy reading books, dancing to Punjabi Bhangra, and working with youth football teams and the RAF cadets.
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