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05 - CONTRIBUTORS 06 - MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR’s 10. - COVER PAGE FEATURE PAULA SOUZA 22. LIVING - EASTER • Health • Food • Drink • Spirituality • Travel • Wellness • Home / Properties Abroad • Love & Relationships

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This Easter may we always be blessed with love, life and happiness. Easter is a very important celebration for Christian and Easter Sunday is one of the most important parts of Christian faith. This is the day when Jesus Christ was resurrected. This is a time that promises new hope, new joy and new aspirations. Easter Sunday also marks the end of the Lent season (which starts from Ash Wednesday). During the Lent season, fasting, spiritual discipline and repentance are observed. At the end of this season, there will be a celebration as it’s believed that Jesus Christ has risen. We at Panache E-Magazine, hope that Christians and non-Christian will take this opportunity to fill your lives with new hope, new goals and new aspirations this Easter. Have a meaningful Easter celebration! PANACHE E-MAGAZINE

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PAULA SOUZA ast Easter, we interviewed Panache’s own rising “Super Model” Paula Souza who, at the time, was set to take the fashion world by storm.  

  A year later, we caught up with Paula to find out what she has been up to and how close she was to reaching her dream of becoming an accomplished fashion model and stylist.     Panache: What have you been up to during the past year? Paula: Hello Panache, firstly I would like to thank you once more for the interview. I have done so much from our last interview last year.  I couldn’t ask for more, my modelling career is going very well and the proudest moment for me was when I was crowned Miss Brazil UK.    Panache: You recently travelled to Braga- Portugal to visit your family.  What do your parents think about your modelling career so far? Paula: I feel so glad to see the pride in my parents about me; my mom carries all the magazines and pictures of me with so much love.    Panache: Who was your role model as a child? Paula: I didn’t have one role model that inspired me, but I remember watching Fashion TV and admiring all the models on the catwalk! I liked their style and the way they walked and I remember being in front of the TV trying to do the same.    Panache: If you were not a model, what other profession would you have been doing instead? Paula: Definitely something related with fashion.    

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Cover page feature Panache: How do you cope under the pressures of being a model? Paula: You have to feel good and believe in yourself. If you think you are capable the world will believe you!  Panache: How do you feel about the controversy of the size 0 debate in the industry?  Paula: I feel shocked when I see models looking like skeletons on the catwalk or in magazines. I think models need to eat properly to be healthy and I believe that a big part of the problem comes from the designers. They are the ones that provide these “minuscule” garments for shoots that only fit models with jutting bones and no breasts or hips.   Panache: You told us before that the favourite part of your body is your flat belly, is it possible to maintain without constantly being on a diet? Paula: It is so funny that everybody thinks that models eat only lettuce lol. Most of the models that I know eat normally and are not constantly on diets. I believe that the structure of your body plays a big part in deciding if you have the tendency to put weight on or not.  All my life I have exercised and from the age of 14 I started working out seriously. I eat everything that I want, but I have in my mind that my body is my brand and I have to look after it. Panache: What are your guilty pleasures food wise? Paula: Burger, unfortunately I really like.   Panache: Do you still advocate that there should be more natural curvy models featured on the catwalk and in the magazines? Paula: Definitely I think that every woman is beautiful and you don’t have to be size 0 to be attractive and stunning!   Panache: What beauty tips do you swear by? Paula: I don’t really have any beauty tips but I never sleep with make up on! Panache: What are the 4 things you can’t live without? Paula: Love, Family, Friends, My IPhone (laughing)    14

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Panache: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Paula: Married with 2 beautiful children and well established in my modelling career.   Panache: Do you have any advice as to how to ensure good pictures every time? Paula:  If you work with good & creative teams the good pictures will come out easily. 

Panache: You always seem so confident, Is that an inherent quality or is it something you had to develop to do your job? Paula: I can say it is a quality that I developed along the time of my modelling. You have to be confident on your own to transmit and give to the client the best of you.   

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Cover page feature Panache: We noticed that you are in a relationship with Marcelo Lourenco who is also a model.   What is it like doing photo shoots with someone you are close to? Paula: It feels very good, especially as we are both models. We share experiences and help each other in the extreme. He is very supportive and a lovely person to work with. I can say that I have taught and learned much from him.

Panache: You are such a lovely couple; do you think that I should be thinking about purchasing that hat in anticipation of your wedding day? Paula: (Laughing) well what can I say?! The future belongs to God & only he knows what will happen in the future. But for now I can say that we are very happy and are enjoying our moments together.  Panache: How close are you in achieving your lifetime dream of becoming an accomplished fashion model and stylist? Paula: I am very satisfied of everything that I have achieved so far. I think I am very close to achieve all my dreams.  Panache: If you could whisper in the ear of every young model, what would you say? Paula: Believe in your dreams and never ever give up! +++++++++++++++++

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Models; Paula Souza, Marcelo Lourenco & Tarcha Ann Josephine Peters MUA: Charlotte Burgess Steele Hairstylist: Anoushka A Romanenkova Designer: Perkins Fashionsistas Rose Photographer: René Connage-Durant

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has had the privilege of working alongside some extremely talented photographers’ throughout her career and recently journeyed to Paris with her boyfriend Marcelo Lourenco and model & Tarcha Ann Josephine Peters with the talented photographer René Connage-Durant whose work is featured in the majority of the images in this article. Paula states that René is ever the professional and is a joy to work with. The following pages feature a few favourite images taken by René and we have asked Paula to briefly share her story about the shoot and the designer’s outfit that she is wearing. (Turn to pages 18-19) Visit: www.panacheoccasions.com

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This was a shoot for a fantastic designer Tara Marie McSharry that I met at Fashions Finest London Fashion Week last year, the shoot was for a campaign & was featured in ASOS website. MUA & hairstylist by Tamara Gitter

This picture was taken in a studio for a very creative designer Ocansey Bianchi. The hair was done by Anoushka Romanenkova & MUA by Romana Pavaneli

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This picture was taken in a studio for a very creative designer Ocansey Bianchi. The hair was done by Anoushka Romanenkova & MUA by Romana Pavaneli

This image was taken in Paris by the Louvre for a company called Fashionsistas by designer Rose Perkins MUA: Charlotte Burgess Steele Hairstylist: Anoushka Romanenkova

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by the UK Nation which highlighted his expertise as one of the world’s finest Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons. As a result, he was invited by Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation TV programme, ‘The People’s Business’ to discuss his work and it was during this interview that he was introduced to Amanda Leon.

Amanda Leon Appeal Panache E-Magazine reports on the journey so far made by Dr Shaun Matthews in his quest to raise the necessary funds so that Amanda Leon can undergo much needed jaw joint surgery in the UK.

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his appeal, spearheaded by Dr Shaun Matthews, is a fundraising campaign on behalf of Amanda Leon, a resident of Barbados. Amanda was severely injured in a car crash in 1991, which left her with a fused jaw bone making it extremely painful and difficult for her to speak and eat. Amanda would often therefore, choose to eat alone rather than face the difficulties and embarrassment of doing so in front of friends and work colleagues. Amanda’s condition was brought to the attention of Dr Shaun Matthews when he visited Barbados in July 2013 for the Cropover festivities. Dr Matthews’ career achievements had previously been covered

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Following the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation programme and having been introduced to Amanda, Dr. Matthews was moved to do an interview on Brass Tacks and was encouraged by the presenter, Neff Caddle, to discuss Amanda’s case. Dr Matthews was heartened by the reaction he got from the Barbados public with several offers of help to pay her air fare to the UK, so that she could undergo a much needed operation. A firm offer that her flight would be paid was received and a dear friend in the UK offered to sponsor her stay for the time that she needed to be here in London. Dr Matthews also agreed to waive his fee to undertake the procedure. With these costs covered, there still remained the cost of the device and ancillary hospital costs. On his return to the UK, Dr. Matthews held a meeting with the surgical devices company, “Biomet” who are based in Jacksonville, Florida and they kindly agreed to donate the custom-made jaw joint replacement implant free of charge. This implant would normally cost £11,500. Dr. Matthews subsequently held a meeting with the private patient authorities at King’s College Hospital in Camberwell and was able

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to negotiate a significant reduction in their overall hospital charges. Dr. Matthews now needs to raise approximately £6000 in order for the operation to go ahead.

The National Council of Barbadian Associations (UK) was approached by the Barbados High Commission and agreed to coordinate the efforts of the Barbadian community to raise the required funds. Also, a number of registered and non-registered associations received a letter from Euclid Goodman, Minister Councillor to the Barbados High Commission in the UK, who felt that it was important to be involved with an appeal of this kind.

PLEASE help us raise £6,000.00 in funds so that Amanda can undergo her much needed jaw joint surgery here in the UK. Dr Matthews has established a ‘special projects’ account into which donations should be made using “AMANDA LEON APPEAL FUND” as the reference for your contributions. He hopes that you agree that this is a worthwhile cause, deserving of your support and would be happy to answer any questions that you may have concerning this appeal.

THANK YOU. All donations to the AMANDA LEON APPEAL FUND can be deposited to the following account: Bank Name - SANTANDER Account Number - 00882655 Sort Code - 09 01 27 Reference - AMANDA LEON APPEAL FUND

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eing brought up, as a Christian, in a Christian household, Easter was always more than Easter eggs, bunnies and daffodils for us. Easter represents the time when Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again in three days. When I thought about the Easter issue of Panache E-Magazine, I decided to share my thoughts regarding this special time. I have no doubts about what I believe, I do believe Jesus died and rose again. For the last few weeks, I have been thinking about those three words “Death, Burial and Resurrection”. My meditation led me to think about my own life and the changes I have made and continue to make.

DEATH It was almost 6 months ago that I took a long, hard, soul-searching look at my life and decided that some things had to “die”. I identified some destructive habits that were a hindrance to my development. I was determined to make those changes and I knew the time had come. Having made that decision, I realised that it would not be overnight, nor was it going to be easy. 28

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I thought of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane when he prayed to his father and asked, “If it be possible let this cup pass” meaning if he did not have to go through with what was about to come, he would rather not. I knew that some of the changes would be painful; there would be relationships that would be terminated, the initial discomfort of thinking and doing things in a different way, changing a lifestyle that I had adopted for years. I almost did not want to go through the process, but I knew it had to be done – for me, there was no other option. The trial was ended, the jury had returned and the verdict had been reached: it was time to put certain things in my life to death. The first few weeks, was spent mainly in reflection and objectively observing my habits and reminding myself of what I needed to do differently to replace the void created by change. I found the process painful, I was fighting against myself, but I was committed to changing my life.

BURIAL Whilst getting rid of these habits, I thought of about acknowledging when something or someone is dead. Some things stop immediately, whilst some relationships

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Death, Burial and Resurrection “Unless a grain of seed fall into the earth and die it abideth alone”.

change or die slowly. I would never be the same again. I knew that I had to have a different mindset so that these things would never re-surface again. Still, the process is not easy and is still on going. I remembered a quote: “When something

or someone dies, the pain is bigger than you, but as time goes on you become bigger than the pain”. Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that grieving really begins when the burial has taken place. That is when the acknowledgement of what has happened comes. Between the burial and resurrection, there is a time of acknowledgement, acceptance and grieving. Acknowledgement that this part of our lives is over, acceptance that it is time to move on and grieving for what has been gone before or lost.

RESURRECTION When I started to make my changes I thought it would not take long, that I had learned the lessons I needed to learn and I had changed what I needed to change. As the weeks and months have gone by, I appreciate that every

single day, is a day of learning and growing. There are days that I feel like I could conquer the world and other days that I know I still have a way to go. Equally, there are habits that I thought I had conquered, only to discover they are still very much alive – more work and extra effort is still needed. To be resurrected means living daily in the truth, as I know it. It is easy to perhaps lie and fool others, but it is not so easy to fool myself. Initially, taking responsibility for my life and acknowledging where I had gone wrong really hurt, but I found that as I practice being totally honest with myself, my fears and anxieties have diminished and although I am faced with the same situations, I am not the same person and so the outcome will be different. Therefore, I am rising with a different mind set and outlook, to walk and talk differently, nothing is absolute and I remain flexible to whatever each day or situation will bring. My goal is to be a better person – to be the person God created me to be.

Remember: there is more to Easter than meets the eye...

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hey say to really broaden your horizon you need to travel the world. As students, graduates and young people just beginning on the career ladder, limited budgets seem to be a hindrance. With the power of the internet however, we can experience these things virtually- starting with Easter celebrations around the world Easter is a time of mourning and celebration for many across the world. It is observed worldwide as the period of crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is commended as the time Christ died to save us from our sins and to give us a clean slate. This Christian holiday is one that is sacred to most believers and acknowledged by nonbelievers alike. This day is commemorated and jubilantly celebrated in diverse ways by different cultures. Some cultures take a more sombre approach documenting the lead up to his death whilst others focus on the celebration of the resurrection. Nonetheless, Easter is a monumental period in time worth observing.

Philippines: - The Easter week is known as ‘Holy Week’ in the Philippines often observed through re-enactments and holy festivals. Beginning in the 1950s Filipinos have been known to observe Good Friday by recreating the Crucifixion. Each year, several locals volunteer to be crucified to endure and relate to the pain that Jesus felt whilst on the cross. This act is believed to be a form of self-sacrifice from the volunteers as a measure of gratitude to God through Jesus Christ. This religious festivity attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists each year.

To bring experiences to you virtually, below is a list of some elaborate Easter celebrations around the world for you to absorb.

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Easter Celebrations Around the World Ghana: - In Ghana, the two days observed for Easter are Good Friday and Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is celebrated by various church congregations with processions through some principal streets. Paraders wave intricately designed palm branches and handkerchiefs and sing “Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!” This is done as a celebration of the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem which gives Christians the hope to seek God’s kingdom. The next important day of the Easter season for Ghanaian Christians is Good Friday. Nearly everyone tries to attend church on Good Friday because they believe that their sins from the year are crucified on the cross with the Son of God. Florence, Italy On Easter Sunday every year, Florence celebrates the religious holiday known as Scoppio del Carro, or the "Explosion of the Cart". it An elaborate wagon standing two to three stories high is

pulled by a pair of oxen decorated in garlands through the streets of Florence to the square between the Baptistry and Cathedral. When the Gloria is sung inside the cathedral, the Archbishop lights a dove-shaped rocket (called the “Colombina” and symbolizing the Holy Spirit). This in turns flies out down a wire to the outside of the church and collides with the Cart in the square, setting off a spectacular firework display to the cheers of all. The cart is accompanied by drummers, flag throwers and figures dressed in historical costume as well as city officials and clerical representatives. These dramatic celebrations are a few of the many ways Easter is observed around the world. Easter is truly a period that is cherished by Christians around the world because it serves as an act of sacrifice for mankind which eventually brought about Salvation.

Wishing everyone a Glorious Easter!

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t is said that Easter is the most religious time in the Christian calendar. According to the scriptures, this is the time that Jesus rose from the dead and was ascended into heaven and so we celebrate his resurrection and ascension into heaven, to be seated at the right hand of the father. But this time is also tinged with sadness, because it follows Good Friday, which again, according to the scriptures, is the day he died for our sins.

death by Pontius Pilot. He was sold out! If we look at these events leading up to his crucifixion, it is in fact a very sad and lonely time for this man, whose only aim in life was to save mankind, by making us aware of a fundamental truth in life, which is essentially, to love and honor one another. Jesus was committed to speaking this truth and it was this truth for which he eventually gave his life.

So although Easter is a time of celebrations, let us not forget the sadness that this event was borne out of, because the fact is, Jesus was betrayed by one of his closest friends, culminating in his trial and committal to

Christians know, that to love and honor one another as if we were nurturing our own souls, is a fundamental law of the universe. In other words, treat each other as we ourselves expect to be treated.

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Easter, a time for contemplation and reflection Love and honour is about tolerance and respect. Christians or not, the human race fully understands, that this is the way to exist in harmony. After all, love is one of the easiest and most nurturing emotions to feel and manifest, not just for ourselves but for others. Therefore, it is ironic that we lose sight of this through the hustle and bustle of trying to survive. As a result, we neglect each other for our own gain, which then creates the sufferings of a large part of humankind. A snap shot for instance, is that In some parts of the world, it is seen as an outrage that in the western world, (where there is such a large concentration of wealth) people still live on the streets, and in some places medical help is not available unless there is money. People are suffering in countries where there is enough wealth to feed the whole population of the world a few times over. We live in a hierarchical world, where we seem to think that the only way to survive is to dominate each other, either for financial gain or power. This is because we ourselves live in a constant fear of loss and poverty. Fear drives us to want more in order to protect ourselves, ironically, from the systems that we are responsible for instigating in the first place and this fear drives our need to fight for dominance over each other.

Although we all know that each of us has the capacity to reach out in some way to another, with life’s challenges, it is so easy to forget. The fact is, we all cohabit the same home and that is this earth, yet, paradoxically, because of this drive to dominate each other as a result of our fear of loss, we behave as if we are different species, living on different planets and so we create the complete opposite to what we were taught in the first place and what we all know to be true, to love one another. So Easter in my opinion, is not just about celebrating the new life of Jesus Christ, it should also be a time for contemplation and reflection. How can we reframe our lives and our understanding of what this Great Man really meant when he said “love one another as I love you”. Let us not sell each other out, which was his experience. Instead let’s begin to make the effort to really look out for each other. He gave his life for this. So to all Christians and non Christians out there, in this time of regrouping, remember this, we can make a difference. Even if we reach out to just one living being.

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aster is a noteworthy religious observance in the Christian calendar. Easter derives from 2 ancient traditions, one Pagan, and one Judeo-Christian. Both Pagans and Christians have celebrated death and resurrection messages near the Vernal Equinox for eons. Religious scholars typically believe that many of the tenets of the Christian Easter observance were derived from the earlier Pagan observances. Each Spring, the spring equinox falls between March 20 and March 22. Both Neopagans and Christians celebrate religious ceremonies tied to the spring equinox. Neopagans, as well as Wiccans, typically have their celebrations right on the day of, or evening before, the equinox. Western Christians mark Easter on the Sunday on (or immediately after) the full moon after the date of the Equinox. Notwithstanding, Eastern Orthodox churches follow a distinct schedule. Their Easter commemoration can be many weeks after the time chosen by Western churches. Easter's religious meaning is to commemorate Jesus' revivification, which Christians expect to have happened on the third day after the crucifixion. The Easter Season historically

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lasted for the 40 days from Easter until Ascension Day. The Eastertide now formally lasts for a full 50 days from Easter through Pentecost. The first week of the Eastertide is known as 'Easter Week'. Easter is named a movable Christian holiday because it will fall between late March and late April each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. In modern times, many families celebrate Easter as a non-religious holiday. Children dye and look for Easter eggs, decorate their Easter baskets, and even medical professionals wear pastelcolored Easter scrubs to show their festivity. The Christian Easter holiday is linked to Jewish Passover both for its symbolism as well as when it occurs on the calendar. The Catholic Encyclopedia notes that "in fact, the Jewish feast was taken over into the Christian Easter celebration." The Easter Bunny is pictured as a rabbit that delivers Easter eggs, who is sometimes even depicted wearing clothes. In the Easter Bunny fable, the bunny brings Easter baskets filled with beautifully decorated eggs, sweets, and sometimes even toys to children's homes on the evening before Easter. The Easter Bunny

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Easter - A Religious Observance, Yet Happy Reminder of Spring might put the baskets in a specific location or hides them in the backyard (or somewhere inside the house) for the kids to hunt for when waking up in the morning. The Easter Bunny is much like the Santa Claus of the Christmas holiday, as both of them bring gifts to kids on the night before their individual holiday. The Easter Bunny was first cited in Georg Franck von Frankenau's book "About the Easter Egg" referring to an old Alsace tradition of an "Easter Hare" bringing Easter Eggs.

Whether observed as a prayerful religious holiday, or a more secular celebration of spring, Easter is a nice reminder of spring and helps to shake the inactivity of winter and renews the human spirit. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5993380

The specific origin of the tradition of painting Easter Eggs is not known, but apparently the blossoming of the many spring flowers corresponds with the use of eggs as a symbol of spring and fertility. Eggs, when stewed in water with colourful flowers will change colors, bringing the colors of spring right into their homes. Christians of the Eastern Orthodox faith may dye their Easter eggs red, or the color of blood, in observance of the blood of Jesus and also as a symbol of the renewal of life that comes in the spring. Some people will color their eggs green, to symbolize the new leaves that are blooming after the long, cold time of winter.

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lthough based originally upon English laws, there are distinct differences between the English and Caribbean legal systems. This is as a result of the development of their own customs and byelaws by Caribbean islands over the years, with some procedures being somewhat antiquated and protracted when compared to those in England. Most UK solicitors are not only unfamiliar with the legal procedures that apply in various Caribbean islands, but are also unlikely to be qualified to deal with your Caribbean property matter. You will therefore need to retain the services of a local attorney. It is unfortunate that UK residents have too often experienced tremendous challenges when dealing with attorneys in the Caribbean for a number of reasons that we will not go into here, suffice to say that some have been struck off or imprisoned. At Tropical Connections, our knowledge of Caribbean legal procedures means that we know how, when and what applies, which information we share with you at the various stages to ensure that you fully understand

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the various processes insofar as they relate to your individual matter. Our established relationships with attorneys in the Caribbean ensure that you no longer have to worry about whether or not your property matter will be handled professionally and efficiently by the legal representative whose services you have retained. We facilitate the process by working closely with you and the attorney whose services we will recommend to you. We communicate regularly with your attorney for updates on the progress of your matter and the information is relayed to you on an equally regular basis. Our carefully chosen attorneys in the Caribbean know only too well that Tropical Connections is extremely protective of clients who we introduce to them for legal services. They welcome our input as much as we welcome their professionalism and efficiency when handling our clients’ Caribbean property affairs. See the following article for further information about procedures for signing Caribbean legal documents:

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e hope last month’s health tips were helpful, so here are more health tips to help you with your exercise routine. We all want to be fit, lose weight and look good so let’s put these tips into action and look forward to being much healthier. So Go forward and be healthy:

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If you’re struggling to commit to your fitness programme, try grabbing a pen and paper and writing down your ultimate goal, plus the main reason you want to achieve it. The ‘why’ is particularly critical; this will help you focus on exactly what you want and how it would make you feel, which is incredibly motivational. 44

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When you’re at the gym, make sure you’re focused. Leave your mobile phone behind, try not to be preoccupied by any other priority and just focus on your routine and what you’re setting out to achieve. The more mental energy you invest, the greater the gains and the more you’ll appreciate them.

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Focus on limiting your sugar consumption by switching refined carbohydrates to whole grains and swapping sugary snacks for proteinbased alternatives. This will keep your energy levels stable throughout the day and will also help regulate your mood, leaving you better equipped to cope with stressful situations if they arise.

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he weekend was here and I was getting ready to rave! The telephone rang. I answered it. I heard Ash say, “Brixton a riot!” I asked, “Where in Brixton?” and he said, “They’re rioting everywhere.”

and on top of that the police were using the “SUS” laws at the time to oppress the youth. Half an hour later, I was now satisfied that Mum was relatively safe watching Saturday evening TV with her sister.

The first thought that entered my mind was, “Is Mum OK?” I rushed out of the house and made my way to Brixton. Norwood to Brixton was only a couple of miles. I jumped in the ford escort my Dad had sold me and I was at my mum’s house in minutes.

I was now eager to see what was going in my town. I did not feel danger, only excitement. (When I see riots happening nowadays and view the aftermath, looking at the previously law abiding, sensible young people being arrested for their part in stealing and destroying property, you wonder why they got involved in the first place. Well, sometimes riots are not planned or directed by any one person or group of persons, but are instead spontaneous events that when ignited, like fire, have a life of their own.) As I opened the door to leave, on the door step was my good friend Gill. I had known Gill for about seven years. We had met at Streatham bowling alley and along with my cousin Ash, had remained firm friends ever since. He had been told by my girlfriend that I would be here and had come so that we could “see what was going on” together.

The atmosphere was electric. I had never been in a riot so I did not know what to expect. It was a Saturday evening and as always Brixton was buzzing. I don’t know if it was just me but I felt an excitement in the air, my senses were heightened. My mum and her sister were in the living room watching TV when I got there. They were aware of the riots taking place, concentrated only a street away from where we were, however, they knew instinctively that they were not endanger from the rioters. The rioters were rebelling against the police and the situation that they found themselves in, with no jobs, very little opportunity to escape the ghetto

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walking into a mini war zone! To the left of us, looking down towards Brixton market, were lines of police dressed in riot gear, with what seemed like rubber dustbin lids held up as shields. To the right were about 100 young men shouting insults at the police, some throwing stones. We quickly joined the crowd. As we got with them the police started moving towards us. We backed off up Railton Road towards the corner of Barnwell road. Then something happened that I will never forget. Suddenly Molotov cocktails were being thrown from the crowd towards the oncoming police. This had the effect of stopping them in their tracks as they decided how to react to this new threat. In that moment I saw my friend Gill ordering a segment of the crowd to turn over a car in the road to form a barrier. They were eager to do his bidding and when he asked for fire, as he quickly undid the petrol cap to the now overturned car, it was brought to him with alacrity. In that chaotic moment I had time to reflect, that I never knew Gill had it in him. Gill shouted, “GET BACK!” to the crowd as he threw the Molotov at the now leaking petrol. We started running. Not from the police, but from fear of getting blown up by the soon to explode car…….

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The Federal Republic of Nigeria celebrated their the 100th year Anniversary of the Amalgamation of the Northern & Southern Protectorates by the British Colonial Administration

anuary 1, 2014, marked when Nigeria turn 100 years old/young, the 100th year anniversary of the amalgamation of what used to be known as the Northern & Southern Protectorates under the then British colonial administrator Lord Frederick Lugard, into what is today known as Federal Republic of Nigeria. Nigeria was a name given by Lord Frederick Lugard’s mistress, Flora Shaw, who later became Dame Flora Lugard. She was born on 19 December 1852 – 25 January 1929, and was a well known British journalist and writer. She is also known for having coined the name "Nigeria". This all did not open with a big bang at all for us. Ni•ge•ri•a (nī-jîr′ē-ə) A country of Western Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea where a variety of states were established in the region prior to the arrival of Europeans, including the Bornu, Benin, and Songhai Empires. Exploited by Portuguese, British, French, and Dutch traders in the 17th and 18th centuries, Nigeria was eventually claimed by the British, who consolidated the area into one colony in 1914. The country attained its independence in 1960 from the British. Abuja is the official capital (since 1991), but many government offices remain in Lagos, the former capital and the largest city. Nigeria’s current population is 165,000,000, the largest population of majestic people in the world. I, like many others, expected that with the current Federal Government leading the civil society, organisations, the media and the generality of the people of Nigeria will

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open the year with fanfare in celebrating our union. I was not mindful in anyway at all about the celebrations. I think the amalgamation is an event of great importance in the life of our country celebrating with vigour and passion and merriment in the air. It would have been nice to surprise the Nigerian population with more effective electricity, running water, security, better roads, accountability etc, things the population can finally enjoy. I believe that the atmosphere of subdued nonchalance pervading the air today is largely because of the audible muttering by some disaffected Nigerians that the union should not have taken place. I am not on the side with those intellectuals especially from the Southern parts of Nigeria who describe or dismiss, what happened back in January 1st 1914 as a ‘historical & very big mistake’ and wished it had not taken place at all. I do think we have to now make good of whatever happened. At times I feel that we should close the whole of Africa and really get to know and love ourselves before letting anyone in. Some of our compatriots from the South of Nigeria view the event of January 1, 1914 with unhappiness because they say the unification of a comparatively richer, better educated and more prosperous South with a poor, uneducated North is the reason why Nigeria has not made much progress. They feel that if the South had been left alone, it would have made faster progress than it has made under the current unification. I do not take delight in arguments about what would have been. I therefore leave that to pundits who make such their speciality. 52

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Nigeria is a great country waiting for greater leaders to come forward, in order to shine as we should be. We go to the best institutions of learning worldwide, but for some reason we go back home to do thing backwards. It is now 2014 and what we have as issues should not be at all. I try to always stay humble around my people for I do not feel that one should be too proud next to so much misconduct. It’s time to stop the suffering and smiling and let our actions set us on the right road. May God bless Nigeria for the next 100 years and beyond. Tourism is a good way forward, we must really invest in this area. Look at Dubai, the world can see from sand came a paradise. We can do better if we have the leaders that will lead. Without investment we can only continue to be consumers in the world.

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n 14st March 2014, the H.E. Ambassador Mr. Gabriel Mharadze Machinga - Ambassodor for the Republic of Zimbabwe Embassy to the Court of St James, held a fundraising dinner and dance party at the Zimbabwean Embassy in aid of Chirovakamwe Primary School in Mutare, Zimbabwe and the St. Elizabeth Lureko Girls' Secondary School, Kakamega County, Kenya. The event was hosted by His Excellence Ambassador Machinga. And the focus was to raise the necessary funds to help the school’s desire to have a library that will help the Children of Chirovakamwe and its local community through reading so as to realise their potential Chirovakamwe Primary School offers children a well-rounded education which nurtures them into healthy, happy, sociable, intelligent individuals who will become useful and productive members of the society in which they live. The overall

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vision is to offer the children a formidable head-start in life. Chirovakamwe recognises that the children of today are not just our future, but the future itself. In the academic domain, the school has had an impressive pass record of 80% in public examinations between 2008 and 2013. In terms of its historical achievement, Chirovakamwe prides itself of having produced graduates who went on to become teachers, nurses, doctors and other professionals who still hold the school in high esteem. In spite of the illustrious record of achievement Chirovakamwe is bedevilled by the problem of ‘hot-seating’ emanating from its massive enrolment of 2 486 pupils. The school has 48 classes and only 29 classrooms to cater for them. This means that half the school lessons begin normally in the morning. However, for the other half, the school day begins at midday, but

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using the same classrooms and furniture, hence the term ‘hot-seating’?

are mainly retired professionals who value a good education for children.

There are numerous problems associated with hot-seating, particularly regarding children in the afternoon session. For example, as parents leave for work in the morning, these children are often left alone at home killing time as they wait for their afternoon shift. Subsequently they sometimes end up wandering about anywhere between home and school before their late school time. This raises the risk of exposure to anti-social behaviour to which such young children tend to be vulnerable to. Alternatively, if they chose to enter the school premises too far ahead of their school day, they are likely to be a source of noise and disruption to on-going lessons of the earlier shift.

If religion is said to be the best insurance cover against the fires of the next world, then surely education must be the best insurance cover against the fires of this earthly world.

The quick solution to the problem would be to build adequate classrooms. Indeed, this is the school’s long term goal. However, because this is a multi-million dollar venture, it is not going to materialise any time soon.

For more information on how you can help, please contact information: Zimbabwe Tourist Office Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 The Strand, London WC2R OJR, England Telephone: +442072406169 Switchboard: +442078367755 Fax: +442072406169 Email: zta.london@btconnect.com Websites: www.zimbabwetourism. netwww.gotovictoriafallls.com www.wildzambezi.com

This is where the idea of the envisaged library comes in. Besides offering the normal services of a library, at Chirovakamwe, the library would act as a strategic stop-over facility for pupils in the afternoon shift. Instead of roaming the streets before school the pupils could be gainfully occupied in this transit facility engaging in reading, poetry, drama, debates, educational computer programs and games. The school has already secured a pool of community volunteers who would work with the teachers to ensure that these activities take place harmoniously. They Visit: www.panacheoccasions.com

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n celebration of International Women’s Day, “Shades of the Arts” in collaboration with the Deputy High Commissioner for Barbados in London, H.E. Mr Donville Johnson hosted an event with the theme “Inspiring change” on 8th March 2014 at the Barbados High Commission, 1 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3ND. This event was a multicultural presentation which paid tribute to all women for their significant contribution to the on-going transformation of communities culturally, socially, politically, economically and in many other forms. The evening also marked the launch of the new company “Shades of the Arts” which was founded by two talented women in the arts Mrs Debora Alleyne De Gazon and Ms Yves St.Amer whose mission is to embrace cultural diversification by using the arts as a vehicle to inspire, engage, educate, integrate and empower all. This special evening which was informative, creative and entertaining began with a blessing by Father Peter Scott of Our Lady of The Holy Souls, Kensal New Town. VIP’s; representatives from The Diplomatic Corps – Egypt and The Seychelles, – Mayor for the London Borough of Brent Cllr. Bobby Thomas, Miss England & Miss World England 2013 - Miss Kirsty Haselwood, celebrity guest - Goldie Cheung from X Factor and a representative for Miss Curvaceous 2013 - Cathrine Aveyard were escorted to their seats to honour the five women from diverse careers and cultural groups who were nominated to receive their awards. And the nominees were: -

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• Corinne Skinner Carter (Legend of Black Women in UK Theatre), • Camila Batmanghelidjh (Humanitarian), • Holly Shepherd (Young Business Woman Award for Excellence), • Jennifer Lapompe (Humanitarian) and • Posthumous award to Dr Geraldine Connor ( Belle of the Arts) Throughout the evening, the audience appreciated a magnificent blend of captivating dance performances by; the award winning Muraldo D.C and Carl Campbell from “Recycle Teenagers”; Musical renditions by Classical singer Christina Maria Chrysanthou and International Reggae artist Donna Marie; a fashion presentation by Award Winning Designer Zekaryas Solomon and African tributes in song and dance by Ngozi Fulani and performances from the Emashi World Arts and Culture Centre. A heartening presentation of the evening came from Dr Shaun Mathews who appealed to the audience and explained his journey so far in his quest to raise the necessary funds so that a Barbadian woman “Amanda Leon” can undergo much needed jaw joint surgery in the UK. (Please see pages 18-21 for details on how you can help with this appeal). For further information and enquiries about this event, please contact: Yves St.Amer at shadesofthearts@yahoo.com.

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Humanitarian Award- Jennifer LaPompe

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Carl Campbell from “Recycle Teenagers�

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Celebrity, Goldie Cheung from X Factor

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Lekan Olijimni,from the Klub International, Ms Yves St.Amer, Deputy High Commissioner, H.E. Mr Donville Johnson, Mrs Debora Alleyne De Gazon and Jacqui Brown from Panache Occasions

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n Monday 31st March, members of the international Diplomatic Corps in London, United Kingdom came together at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington to bid farewell to departing Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner, His Excellency Garvin Nicholas. Several dignitaries took to the stage to pay tribute to the High Commissioner, including His Excellency Cenio Lewis, High Commissioner for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Vice Dean of the CARICOM Corps. High Commissioner Lewis also commended High Commissioner Nicholas for his impact within the CARICOM group, noting that he had raised the image of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean as a whole. High Commissioner Lewis noted that he had never before seen so much interest surrounding a Caribbean High Commissioner. “You have created such an interest because of the great impact you have made,” remarked High Commissioner Lewis. “You have made such an impression because of your tireless work, your energy

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and the vision you possess. You have that quality to take a vision and make it a reality. The members of the Diplomatic Corps have learned a lot from you”. Also paying tribute was His Excellency Khaled Al-Duwaisan GCVO, Ambassador for Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, who applauded the accomplishments of High Commissioner Nicholas,

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hail H.E. Nicholas for lifting rinidad and Tobago A final tribute was given by Mr. Alistair Harrison, Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, who lauded the High Commissioner for taking the relationship between the United Kingdom and the Caribbean region to an enhanced level. He also emphasised the significant role High Commissioner Nicholas played in the reform of the United Kingdom’s Air Passenger Duty Tax (APD). “I must congratulate you on your success with this venture. You were dedicated to your convictions and pressed hard,” stated Mr. Harrison. “This reform has removed a major irritant between our regions and we thank you for the role you have played. It is quite sad to see you leave, we have truly appreciated your leadership”.

stating, “This is a High Commissioner who put Trinidad and Tobago on the map within the Diplomatic Corps”.Ambassador Al-Duwaisan noted that High Commissioner Nicholas’ success was particularly significant as he had entered his first post as a non-career diplomat, yet had taught his peers a great deal. “You have excelled in your objective, and because of your wonderful cultural events we have all learned so much about the warm and friendly people and country of Trinidad and Tobago”.

High Commissioner Nicholas thanked the members of the Diplomatic Corps for their support throughout his tenure, and also issued an appeal for greater cooperation. “In this rapidly evolving world, it is clear that strong diplomatic relations are more important than ever,” the High Commissioner stated: “It is imperative that we all stand firmly united so that we may see our dreams for our beloved nations, and indeed the world, come to fruition. We have laid a strong foundation for cooperation and understanding, and we must forge ahead tirelessly in pursuit of the peace and justice we all wish for our world”. HIGH COMMISSION FOR THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 42 BELGRAVE SQUARE LONDON SW1X 8NT EMAIL: tthc@btconnect.com TEL: (01144) 020 7245 9351

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ominations for the 2014 GUBA awards are out! GUBA is an organisation dedicated to highlight and acknowledge the talent and efforts of hardworking individuals of Ghanaian descent. Each year, GUBA, awards prestigious and influential individuals and organisations within the British Ghanaian Community. The awards have been endorsed by the likes of London Mayor-Boris Johnson, MP Dianne Abbott, Ghana’s High Commission to the UK and Ireland and several notable public figures within the UK and in Ghana. The 2013 version of the awards which took place on the 16th of November 2013 at the Park Plaza Hotel saw a host of talents walking away with the coveted GUBA award. The winners on the night included: Afrobeat star: Fuse ODG, Media Mogul and CEO of MOBO awardsKanya King. Also present were dignitaries such as Cherie Blair, CEO of UniBank Felix NyarkoPong, CEO of UT Bank Prince Amoabeng, Herman Chinery-Hesse-Founder and CEO of SoftTribe Ghana, GUBA patron Hugh Quarshie and several high profile guests. GUBA 2014 is set to be monumental as we celebrate our 5th year of running as an organisation. In celebratory fashion, the focus will be on recognition. Our black awards will take precedence on the night as we look back and acknowledge achievers within

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the Ghanaian community. Nominations will however be available for only 5 categories. These tried and tested categories will seek to find the purest of Ghanaian talent across the globe. GUBA awards will not be possible without your support. Please nominate deserving and trailblazing individuals with the link – Please nominate at http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/ nominations/ and simply click any of the links to take you to the survey monkey where the criteria are displayed. You can fill in a simple form to submit your nomination for your chosen one to be in with a chance of winning a prestigious GUBA 2014 award. The Categories are: • Best Student Award • Humanitarian Award • Young & Talented Award • International Recognition Award • Efie Ni Fie Award About Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards 2014 The GUBA Awards is a non-profit awards ceremony celebrating the excellent achievements of Ghanaians living in Britain and acknowledging the valuable services of UK based organizations to Ghanaians in the UK or Ghana.  GUBA Awards is in its fifth year and aims at extending the awards to the wider African community in the UK.

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Mrs Cherie Blair with Janet Djan MGUK 2013.

GUBA CEO Dentaa with Mrs Cherie Blair 2013.

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EMC PROMOTIONS PRESENTS THE PRIVATE AFFAIR

“KISSES DON’T LIE” Now in its 5th year on Friday 25th April at the luxurious Pavilion 185a Park Road, London, N8 8JJ There will be ‘mystery man’ turnaround session, where prizes can be won. This event is for the sophisticated ladies and gents and a night not to be missed. DRESS CODE: • Smart dress is essential – strictly • No caps, No trainers, No jeans, No bandanas NO Casual wear DJ'S ON THE NIGHT: • North & East London's finest MELLO BOSTIC featuring DADDY ANSI & WAYNE KOOL • South London’s finest THE JB CREW featuring CHARLIE B & BOOGIE Sound provided by “Tipper” Audio quality Assured. ADMISSION: From 10pm until 5am, PLEASE NOTE NO ENTRY AFTER 2.30am TICKETS: THIS IS A TICKET ONLY EVENT. YOU ARE ADVISED TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS EARLY Dance only £10.00. Credit cards/PayPal payments accepted via the web address: www.emcpromotions.co.uk

TRANSFERS: EMC will be running a mini bus service from the following locations: • Croydon return @ £25.00 • Brixton return @ £20.00 • Stratford return £20.00 • North West London @ return £20.00 All trips include £10.00 entrance to the PRIVATE AFFAIR, Minimum of 12 people for each mini bus CELEBRATIONS:

PLEASE NOTE THAT ANYONE CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY, HEN OR STAG PARTY UPSTAIRS AT THE PAVILION MUST ENSURE THAT THEY BOOK IN ADVANCE. EMC WILL PROVIDE A SPREADSHEET OF THE MENU WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO EMC NO LATER THAN A WEEK PRIOR TO THE DANCE. UPSTAIRS CAN SEAT A MAXIMUM OF 80 PEOPLE (8 tables with 10 chairs) @ £18.50 per person (includes entrance fee and meal). ANY BOOKINGS WITH OVER 15 GUEST, ENTITLES THE ORGANISER TO A COMPLIMENTARY TICKET

Birthday parties and group bookings are welcomed. Stag & Hen parties are welcomed. (If anyone is celebrating a birthday please call 07982394138 to be added to the birthday big up list) FOOD: There will be a ‘take-away service’ provided during and at the end of the night from 3am serving Ackee & saltfish Beef & Fish patties all from the downstairs kitchen by Sister Val For bookings and reservations please call EMC on: T: 07982 394 138 E: info@emcpromotions.co.uk or W: www.emcpromotions.co.uk

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ifty Berkoh is a Ghanaian born acclaimed Fashion Designer whose brand name is “GIBERKY”, a name which is already synonymous with Panache and quality in some circles.

Gifty initially graduated from the Kumasi Polytechnic (a well known tertiary institution in the second largest city in Ghana) with an Advance Fashion Design Certificate before moving to the United Kingdom. She is also a certified Graduate in Fashion Design from the University of Sussex, UK. As part of her training whilst at University, she did an internship at Hemyca London, a luxury fashion brand in London. Ambitious from an early age whilst watching her seamstress mother sew, it was always her dream to become a fashion designer. She has showcased her enviable and exquisite Collections on various fashion Platforms, among them; • Ghana UK fashion show • My Runway Fashion show • C.hub 1 year Anniversary She had a major showcase at Africa Fashion Week London, 2013 and won the hearts of the attendees. In 2013, she was proudly a BEFFTA nominee in the best female designer category. This award is a huge endorsement and has given her loads of encouragement. Gifty’s personal vision is to propel Giberky as a unique brand without equal in the fashion industry.

CONTACT DETAILS: Email: giberky23@gmail.com Facebook: Giberky Instagram @giberky Twitter: @giberky

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Model: Janet Djan (Miss Ghana 2013) MUA: The Woman’s Aristry Photographer Karlton Chambers

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Model: Janet Djan (Miss Ghana 2013) MUA: The Woman’s Aristry Photographer Karlton Chambers

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BEYUND BEAUTY “A Woman’s Hair is her Pride”

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The finest quality 100% Brazilian, Peruvian and Cambodian hair that is silky and lustrous in texture and is sold to you at an incredibly reasonable price. The hair is so natural that it can be styled, curled, flat ironed or even coloured as if it were your own hair. We also offer a variety of delivery options to suit your needs.

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And the WINNER of The Voice 2014 is ....... Jermain Jackman

19 year old singer Jermain Jackman with an impressive vocal range was crowned the winner of BBC’s “The Voice UK 2014” competition on Saturday 5th April. His influences are noted as: Luther Vandross, Patti Labelle, Sam Cooke, Adele, Donnie McClurkin & Aretha Franklin. His achievements read as follows: • WINNER OF THE VOICE UK 2014 • Winner of Spirit Of London Award for Achievement in Music • Music Student of the Year Award • Rising Star Award • Winner of Hackney V Harlem • Winner of Blastbeat Panache Occasions first met Jermain at the opening reception of “The Diary of a Black Man, How Do You Love a Woman?” at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon last Year and we were completely blown away. This young man has an incredible voice and it is great to see someone as talented as he is be announced as the winner of BBC’s “THE VOICE 2014” The members of Panache Occasions & The Klub International wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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Kieran has been shortlisted in the Daily Mirror’s hunt for a trainee to be our Voice of a Generation and journalist of tomorrow Continue reading »

Miss Irma Charles and Mr Denis George wins a award for their outstanding contribution to Youth Development in Grenada and the UK Continue reading »

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Katrina Morris, Heaven Sent Consultancy receives a Wise Women Award certificate of recognition. Continue reading Âť

Zoe Smith makes weight lifting history with bronze

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ou can find great deals with the potential to make a fortune on eBay! Having read many articles and blogs and looked at their claims, I have found that they do not tell you how to actually sell the items that could make you a fortune or how to provide good Customer service. Having done the research, I am happy to provide you with my conclusions on the above issues: 1. Put the item/items on to eBay to get the attention of other users. 2. Provide Great Customer Service. Getting an item on to eBay is relatively simple, however you must bear in mind that you have two great marketing tools for each item.

First; the picture:

Don’t take boring pictures! Don’t take just one picture of one item, (It will look lonely) and because most other people do the same thing it does not stand out. Take 5 different pictures of an item or a photograph of 5 items all lined up, or in some other combination but whatever it is make it different to everyone else.

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Second; the description:

You have 80 characters to inform your potential buyer about your product. Use as many available characters as you can. Tell them what the item is called, what it can do for them and any additional benefit you are offering, such as FREE postage. Using the word FREE has an amazing effect on peoples’ attention. Now your great looking product is on eBay and it’s selling! Easy so far you’re thinking, and it is, however, from this point on you are dealing with people and without having good customer service procedures setup, things could get difficult. Items may be bought and not paid for; buyers may inadvertently select the wrong payment method or you may receive an email stating that they have not received their order.

Drawing on our experience as a top seller on ebay with over 12,500 positive feedbacks, we will explain and show you how to resolve all of these issues and many more.

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Customer Service on eBay Everything you need to know on how to sell successfully

George Wallace Top Seller on eBay who has over 12,500 feedbacks

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Never Market Again (Almost) – 10 Sure Fire Ways to Grow Your Referrals

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we’ve learned in those straight lined business books really just mechanisms to support and assist relationship building? Two years ago a colleague met up with me to pick my brains on how he could get more customers. I listed all the normal things he should do until he stopped and asked “How do you get your business?” The question threw me for a second because (for once) I didn’t have an immediate answer. I then realised that almost all of my business comes from referrals. Great I thought, but how did I get there and what have I learned from it? So here are my top 10 tips on growing your business through referrals. 1. Do more than you have to – as standard. No one remembers when someone just about did their job. They remember when you exceed their expectations. So do it – all the time.

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3. Proof is in the pudding. Only do what you can demonstrate proven results for. If you don’t know how to do that then work it out. Those results can be quantitative and qualitative, but find a measure. If you don’t then people won’t be able to prove your results either, evangelise you or have a definite success story to talk about 4. Connect people. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Your network is your net worth”. There’s a value in your network, so spend that on those who need it. People remember those who’ve helped them and become your biggest fans. 5. Kill mediocrity. Everyone wants something special not just for themselves but for their businesses. So offer something or do something special. It might be the packaging, might be the contents or might be the special touches. Be memorable not mediocre 6. Be useful. The most commonly used household items aren’t necessarily the most exciting ones. So think about how you can offer something really useful as part of or core to your business that keeps ‘em coming or keeps ‘em talkin 7. Anticipate. Part of really good service delivery is looking ahead of your customers

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woes and accommodating for them before they bring it to your attention. Not only do you look like a visionary but you’ll get a nice warm feeling (again 8. Get to know your customers. I know you’ve got enough friends already but the more you know your customers, the more you’ll understand what they want or who they need to know. You’re then able to service, provide or connect them more effectively 9. Thank them. People like to be appreciated, so when they do refer, make sure you show your appreciation 10. Be the best. People normally refer because you’re great at what you do. But a referral also comes with the reputation of the referrer on the line. So above all, be the best at what you do so the cycle of referrals can continue Feel free to give me a call during office hours, or send me a message using the contact form. I aim to respond to all queries within 24 hours. Julian Hall Suite 46, Wentworth House 83 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1JJ T - 0845 053 9238 E - genius@julianhall.co.uk

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Moroccan Argon oil Customer’s feedback: it's absolutely amazing, I use it every two days because my scalp gets dry, it relieves the scalp, smells lovely, my hair looks healthy, shiny and full of body. It is not too greasy like other Argan oils I have used in the past; the bottle is easy to use with spray function that worked very well with my braids. It's a 5 star product absolutely adore it.

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PANACHE JOKES KNOW ANY FUNNY JOKES? email us at: info@panacheoccasions.com

A pair of chickens walk up to the circulation desk at a public library and say, ‘Buk Buk BUK.’ The librarian decides that the chickens desire three books, and gives it to them...and the chickens leave shortly thereafter. Around midday, the two chickens return to the circulation desk quite vexed and say,’ Buk Buk BuKKOOK!’ The librarian decides that the chickens desire another three books and gives it to them. The chickens leave as before. The two chickens return to the library in the early afternoon, approach the librarian, looking very annoyed and say, ‘Buk Buk Buk Buk Bukkooook!’ The librarian is now a little suspicious of these chickens. She gives them what they request, and decides to follow them. She followed them out of the library, out of the town, and to a park. At this point, she hid behind a tree, not wanting to be seen. She saw the two chickens throwing the books at a frog in a pond, to which the frog was saying, “Rrredit Rrredit Rrredit...” =====================

Whatever you do in life, always give 100%. Unless you're donating blood... ===================== Sometimes I like to hide my wife's inhaler so the neighbours think I'm a stallion when they hear her panting "Give it to me!

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Does your dog bite? A man walks into a pub and sits down next to a man with a dog at his feet. “Does your dog bite?” “No.” A few minutes later the dog takes a huge chunk out of his leg. “I thought you said your dog didn’t bite!” the man says indignantly. “That’s not my dog.” =====================

A brain goes to a local bar

A brain walks into a bar and says, "I'll have a pint of beer please." The barman looks at him and says "Sorry, I can't serve you." "Why not?" askes the brain. "You're already out of your head."

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This tells me that I must be drunk

A man walks into a bar and orders one shot. Then he looks into his shirt pocket and orders another shot. After he finishes, he looks into his shirt pocket again and orders another shot. The bartender is curious and asks him "every time you order a shot, you look in your shirt pocket. Why?" The man replies, "I have a picture of my wife in my pocket and when she starts to look good, I go home."

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