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Nobody is safe as underdogs have their day at Wimbledon he last week of June has arrived, and the country is breaking out the strawberries and cream and praying the rain stays away. Wimbledon must be on again. So far, the weather has more than obliged, and the sun has shone down on an astounding opening week in SW19. We have seen historic upsets, great spectacles and downright shocks. The first major upset of the week came with Venus Williams falling at the first hurdle. The five time champion, now aged 32, looked like a mere shadow of her once frightening, powerful self as she slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against World no. 79 Elena Visnina, prompting many in the game including former British star Greg Rusedski to suggest it is in fact time for the American to consider retirement.

stubborn opposition in the early stages of the tournament. World number 6 (and professional Mohammed Ali look-a-like) JoWilfried Tsonga needed four sets to shake off Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, four-time champion Serena Williams had to come from a set down to edge past Jie Zheng of China, while all-time great Roger Federer was two points away from being dumped out by world number 29 Julien Benneteau, before fighting back to win in five sets. American veteran Lleyton Hewitt was also eliminated in the first round. The immediate hypothesis to explain this topsy-turvy scorecard is that the stars of the game are aging. Most of the players mentioned above are the wrong side of 30 - practically geriatric in the world of sport, particularly in the intensive, individual game of Tennis.

Meanwhile, 2010 champion and 5 times in Venus Williams suffers from a genetic a row finalist Rafael Nadal was bitten by condition the underdog in the second round, losing which causes 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to virtually unheard of chronic fatigue, Lukas Rosol in a marathon of tennis which ran while her late into the evening, interrupted for half an sister Serena hour while the centre court roof was closed has been in against the approaching darkness. However, and out of the unlike Venus Williams, Nadal did not appear game with too far off his game, making a surprisingly injuries - at one small number of unforced errors across the point missing five sets. The Spaniard was simply smashed an entire year off the court by the 6�5 Czech giant and his between 2010 powerful serve. and 2011 - and it is remarkable Elsewhere, other stars have found that Lleyton Hewitt is even still playing at all. themselves coming up against surprisingly Send us your comments to: -

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However, this does not explain the entire phenomenon. After all, Tsonga is still in his early twenties, Nadal is currently in his prime at 26, and despite his age, Federer is still world number 3 and a fearsome competitor. In fact, what we are seeing at Wimbledon is another example of 2012 being the year of the underdog in sport. Football has seen Chelsea win the Champions League and Denmark defeat World Cup finalists Holland at Euro 2012, Golf has seen a 14-year-old compete in the US Open, and Formula 1 has seen Pastor Maldonado win the Spanish Grand Prix. Now it’s Tennis’ turn, and that is a great thing. Everyone loves an underdog, because they represent the entire point of sport; the belief that everyone, whatever their background, is put on an equal playing field, and the person that plays the best will be victorious. “May the best man win” is more than sarcastic, B-movie-worthy trash talk, it is the mantra by which all sports operate, and as much as it is beautiful to watch the master of a game at work - whether it’s Barcelona, Tiger Woods or Roger Federer - everyone also likes to see them get taken down a peg every once in a while.

Williams, trudging off the court after first round elimination, this could be the beginning of the end. She hasn’t performed particularly well at a tournament for a long time, and after this defeat, she may ask herself whether it is worth putting herself through this much longer. This result was maybe not as much of a shock as it seems. It was more of an unwelcome omen. Venus Williams will always be remembered as one of the great powerhouses of the game, but the inevitable transition of generations, the changing of the guard, is approaching. It won’t come smoothly. Venus is a battler, and if she is going down, she will go down fighting. But this was the first blow. History was made elsewhere at Wimbledon on Saturday, as unseeded woman Yaroslava Shvedova achieved a ‘Golden Set’ while beating Sara Errani. She won an entire set without dropping a single point, the first time this has ever been done in a major tournament and only the second time in history. Shvedova will face Serena WIlliams in round 4.

Everyone was disappointed when Nadal’s conqueror Rosol crashed out in the third round. It would have been a great story if he could have used his victory over Nadal to propel himself into the latter stages of the tournament. But he has already done the important part. He has written his name into the history books, pulling off one of the great tennis upsets. He has proven, once again, that the best are not invincible. The consequences of these defeats will vary. Nadal will be back next year, stronger and better. However, for a dejected looking Venus

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the Church of God of Prophecy’s National Ladies Retreat. Headed by the General Women’s Ministries Director, Minister Cathy Payne and the First Lady of COGP (UK); Sister Delina Olive Powel, the National Women’s Ministries Director; Minister Joyce Fletcher co-ordinated the regional directors and planning team to present all delegates with a weekend of worship connection and devotion. A novice to this type of event, I didn’t know what to expect and had imagined that we would all be lounging around in white dressing gowns by the pool, sipping freshly squeezed orange juice and partaking in lots of girlie conversations away from the hustle and bustle of city life.


or over 10 Years, my Sister-in-Law has been inviting me to an event that she attended religiously every year. The Church of God of Prophecies’ “National Ladies Retreat”. Every invitation was declined until this Year. This year without any prompting, I picked up the phone, called My Sister-in-Law and invited myself. She was stunned and overjoyed at the words she was hearing, and didn’t waste any time organising my registration. All roads led to Staverton Park, Daventry in Northamptonshire on (Friday 25th May) for

The reality was much, much more. The weather was gorgeous and once we checked into our stylish rooms and familiarised ourselves with our luxurious surroundings, food was the only thing on our minds and Oh boy were we generously catered for. At around 7pm we all entered the main hall and I was suddenly overcome with emotion as the singing that filled the room was so absolutely heavenly. I instantly connected, but didn’t recognise it. I sang songs that spoke to my spirit and lifted my soul.

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The slogan for the weekend was: - Not by might, nor by power but by my spirit saith the Lord (Zechariah 4:6) “God is reminding us that no matter what we face, no matter how much we are challenged personally in this life, despite our circumstances, we need only to rely on the spirit of God”.

This was certainly a theme that resonated with me on a personal level and one which it was hoped would open doors

of opportunity for women to train and develop a spiritual, emotional, physical, mental and progressive attitude to life and how they deal with the problems that beset us from time to time. Women experienced spiritual and personal growth as they became vessels through which the grace of God was at work. Delegates basked in God’s presence the

whole weekend. The event was fabulously orchestrated with a programme of prayer, workshops, testimonies; inspirational

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Introductions were made and we were informed of the programme of events that awaited us.

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guest speakers, connection groups, beauty treatments and celebrations. Before the events got under way in earnest we were all allocated a connection group and allocated rooms for the various groups to meet. The connection groups were basically a way to form more personal relationships by putting strangers together in small groups it was hoped that this would bond the larger whole. For me this worked marvellously. My group, and what a wonderful group, was headed by Rosa and in attendance was Penny, Audrey, Mavis Leonora, Lorna & Zelphia. I was feeling a bit apprehensive as I didn’t know what was expected of me in this group. My connection group appeared to be ladies who prayed like warriors and initially, as I was the only non Christian, I felt a little overwhelmed. However, our group, by God’s grace, were all very caring and empathetic to my apprehension and made a real effort to make me feel at ease. I was happy, the connection I had established with these ladies, if only for a brief moment, was easy and nonthreatening, and I looked forward to our next scheduled meeting. When I retired to my room for the night, I became very aware that something was happening to me spiritually but I still didn’t understand. The next day, Saturday, I awoke refreshed with the determination that no-matter what, my body was going to reach that

Jacuzzi and sauna and I was going to take full advantage of the relaxing opportunities that were available. But I never got there as my day seemed to be packed with a diary of activities. My feet didn’t touch the ground. After breakfast, we attended the morning worship, then after that I found myself bobbing in and out of workshops. Sonia Brown (MBE) held a workshop on “The Challenges for the 21st Century Woman” which was an eye-opener as all in the room were made to look at the challenges we face as women and what we can achieve if we really put our mind to it. I emerged out of that room like a balloon floating on air. I didn’t get to the Jacuzzi or the sauna but I did manage to find a little time to get my nails done before re-convening with my connect group at around 4pm. The atmosphere in that room was amazing and I can honestly say that we connected with each other and I left on a complete high. I quickly got dressed and met my Sisterin-Law for dinner before Evening Worship & Praise at 7.00pm. This is when my life began to change completely! Presentations were made, Testimony’s were performed, and guest speaker Pastor Daisy Bailey re-confirmed the reason we were all here. My spirit was high and I felt the presence of God. The congregation were invited to worship at the Altar. My Sister-in law asked if I wanted to go up to the Altar and I declined. She said she understood and that there was no reason why we could not pray right where we

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I felt the strength of God’s almighty power as I eventually looked-up to see that we were holding each other in prayer and tears were running down our faces. I was touched by the lord through my Sister and it was wonderful. There was my surprise. There was my message. I hadn’t known what to expect from this weekend’s event but was spiritually astonished at the change that had come-over me.

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The next morning, I awoke with a new persona. Without consciously looking, I had found! My life had changed. I came away feeling refreshed, encouraged, fulfilled, totally motivated and showered with the Holy Spirit. When I returned to work the following Monday people commented that I looked different, lighter and refreshed. I made a vow to re-connect with my Bible and re-affirm myself with the word of The Lord, maintain being a good person, look after myself in mind, body & spirit, fully understand my main purpose in life on this Earth and continue to praise in Jesus’s name.

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British Reggae Indust 13th October 2012,


he British Reggae Industry Award (B.R.I.A.) was first established in 1981 to acknowledge British reggae artists for their dedication and contribution to reggae music. The mission has not changed, but has been revitalized because of the continuous interest for reggae music. B.R.I.A provides the ultimate platform for this music genre to be showcased to the world; cumulating in a prestigious Awards Ceremony.

the development of reggae music amongst the younger generation, and also honor the contributions of the more established Artists within the industry. There is a need for a unified approach, to the delivery and positive promotion of reggae music to its audiences and it is our aim, to assist where possible in this ongoing journey.

B.R.I.A proudly announces their desire to give back to the wider community and will be using the audience of the Awards The British Reggae Industry Awards will Ceremony to highlight a positive cause. take place on the 13th October 2012 at the 02 Indigo Arena; Tickets are now B.R.I.A are supporting the Prostrate Cancer available from Charity, this is an important charity to for This Year the show will start from 6.00pm the Caribbean community to acknowledge, and finish at 11pm due to number awards because black men are three times more and big headliner acts such as “Tippa Irie” likely to get prostate cancer, then their “Christopher Ellis” “John McClean” “Lady white counterpart. B.R.I.A are thus urging Lex” and many more. for ALL men, of any ethnic background to get a medical checkup if they are The ceremony will see potential nominees concerned. from various categories, in the line-up to win this year’s much coveted B.R.I.A B.R.I.A is planning an ‘star studied’ event, Award. Potential winners such as Jimmy where reggae music can be appreciated Cliff and Freddie McGregor are up for this by all, this can only happen with your year’s ‘Life time achievement’ Award and support and we are encouraging all reggae the category for The ‘Best New Comer’ will fans to come and support UK reggae and see nominees, such as Miss Kjah and Claire also enjoying a fantastic evening watching Angel in the running to win. outstanding performances, by both our domestic and international champions. The endeavor is to make a lasting connection with the Awards, as an If you would like more information then annually recognised event; not only in the please visit the website: U.K but also internationally. The Awards will provide encouragement and enhance Send us your comments to: -

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B.R.I.A and all of the Nominees would like to thank you for your support and taking the time to vote. We are pleased to announce that we now have the B.R.I.A finalists (the top five from the initial round). Now we need you to vote for your winner. The slate is clean, everyone is starting from a level playing field, which also allows those of you who may have voted for someone else the opportunity to cast your vote for one of the top five finalists. The initial round of voting resulted in 64,445 votes across all categories. We at B.R.I.A know that there are more people who care about reggae music , please spread the word and let’s see if we can get more then 64,445 total votes and show the music industry that Reggae Music is Number 1.

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Guests attend the world premiere of the Nollywood film ‘Last Flight to Abuja’. A film written and directed by filmmaker Obi Emelonye was premiered at Troxy Cinema in East London early this month. “Last Flight to Abuja”, they said, “is a movie inspired by the several air disasters that took place in Nigeria in 2006 and with these latest crashes, the issue of air safety in Nigeria, highlighted by the film, remain very important.” Guests observed one-minute silence in memory of victims of the ill-fated Dana plane crash, in Lagos.

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Jenni Williams is a Redundancy Coach with 12 years’ experience as a Human Resources Manager. Her vision is enabling individuals and organisations to identify, explore and unleash their potential.

vision is enabling individuals and organisations to identify, explore and unleash their potential.

Step 1 – Riding the Emotional Wave

In July 2008 I received a routine email from my manager asking me for a meeting. I ran through the projects I was working on, so that I could answer any questions that might arise. There was the usual reference to the ‘predicament of the business due to the recession’, but I did not bat an eyelid. Suddenly I heard those fear inducing words, ‘and your role is to be made redundant in four weeks’ time.’ I sat there shocked; I had not seen this coming. My mind began racing, how would I manage financially and where should I go next in my career? Most people are likely to be made redundant at least once in their working life, but the sustained economic downturn is increasing the odds. Like divorce or bereavement, being made redundant is a major life disrupting event, and can trigger a roller-coaster of emotional responses such as anxiety, anger or even depression. Your job title may be bound up with your sense of identity and its loss may cause your selfesteem to plummet, or make you question your direction in life. At the very least, you are likely to worry about managing your financial commitments, and how you will

find another role in a challenging economic climate. During any time of significant change in your life, you are likely to experience a range of emotions. Each person can experience a different set of emotions, any or all of which may arise more than once. Here are some of the most common emotions you are likely to have during this time. You may find that they come and go in no particular order and you may experience them several times over. You may feel: • Angry at what has happened to you. You may feel like a victim and want to blame someone for what has happened. Underneath that you may even have feelings of hurt or sadness • Frustrated about the way your career has been put on hold in such an abrupt way. You may also feel resentful because your career goals and plans have been curtailed. • Rejected and believe that you are not good enough. Being selected for redundancy can make you feel that you are surplus to requirements and it can affect your self-esteem. • Worried all the time and feel that your peace of mind has gone. Your feelings may range from unease to considerable anxiety which raises your stress levels on a daily basis. • Fearful about what is going to happen next. You may feel powerless and unable to take the next step. Or you may adopt a reactive and scattergun approach to finding a new job. • Depressed about your life in general?

Being made redundant can make you feel helpless and vulnerable and as though you have hit rock bottom.

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So how can you manage your emotions and begin to shift your focus into a positive space, as you tackle the difficult challenges you face? Going Forward: Acknowledge where you are on the emotional spectrum. This means accepting where you are right now, embracing your feelings and not judging yourself or comparing yourself to others who you may perceive to be coping better than you. Don’t be afraid to get support if you need it from family, friends; a counsellor; a coach, or your company may even be prepared to offer you a redundancy coaching package. See redundancy as an opportunity not a threat This will help you to think positively and productively. Despite a challenging economic climate there are great opportunities in the world of work: you could get a new job; be self-employed; go freelance; pursue a portfolio career or even a mixture of all of these. Focusing on the future could help you to look at possibilities and options that align with where you want to be, and what you want to achieve by a given time. Enjoy the change of pace Going from a structured daily work routine to organising your own time can feel overwhelming, but it is a great opportunity to take stock of where you are and creates space to enable a change in outlook. Remember it is ‘your role’ that has been made redundant, not you, and furthermore, you are not your role. You are an individual with talents, passions, interests and skills, which we’ll be exploring in the next stage.

Step 2 – Looking Back to Look Forward Anna was convinced that she wanted to move away from her hectic business development background, however she loved the buzz that bringing in business gave her. While examining her experience she realised that she loved and valued face to face interactions, Anna felt it was important to connect with clients, she loved the process she went through when negotiating a deal, and it was important to her to make a worthwhile, ethical difference to the bottom line. Anna went on to become a Buyer for a Fair Trade Company. Before considering what you might like to do next, it is essential to look back over your career to date. By reviewing what you enjoyed, and what you were good at in your past roles, you can begin to explore what it is that you want to achieve going forward. This will give you a roadmap going forward • You need to think about your strengths –What do you do well? Which tasks and activities do you find energising and engaging? What inspires you? • In terms of your skills what are you good at? – Think about areas in which you have a high level of proficiency such as MS Office Suite, report writing, negotiating deals, managing budgets and so forth. • What do you claim as your talents? These are your innate abilities which can be developed into strengths. • Interests – what are you drawn to? Is it learning to play an instrument, programming, photography, organising fun events, exploring environmental issues? • How would you distinguish between your skills, strengths, and values and then go on to evaluate them? • Many people struggle to distinguish between what constitutes a talent

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This will give you a roadmap going forward. What are your ‘career must haves?’ Which aspects of your work are key to you enjoying your role? What could you not do without in a role? • Is it contact with people, regular meetings, team work, working alone? • Is it the opportunity to progress in your career? • Is it making a difference or being recognised? And what are your ‘deal breakers?’ What would stop you from applying for a role? What would you find really difficult to live with in your working environment? • Is it the level of responsibility within a role, • Is it being micro managed? • Is it the hierarchical management structure, or a lack of structure?


If you are thinking about becoming selfemployed, what are you attracted to? • Developing your business idea? • Being your own boss? • Being in control of your time? Working through your thoughts in this way will help to filter your search in terms of what makes you tick. This will help to filter your search in terms of what makes you tick. Going Forward Either choose one of your key achievements or a successful role and ask yourself: • Why did I enjoy it so much? Was it the autonomous nature of the work, was it meeting your targets and goals? • How did I achieve it? Were you part of a team, were you spurred on by the accountability factor? • What did I do? What was your role? Did you manage the budget, direct the project, use your skills to both advance the project and to support other team members? • Why did I enjoy it? Was it because you believed it was worthwhile, was it the sense of achievement, was it the recognition or the monetary reward you received? As you do the above exercise notice whether there are connections between your answers and your strengths, skills, talents, interests and personality. Think beyond the confines of your previous role you have just left and take a wider perspective. Start to ask yourself what the above exercise and your strengths, interests etc are telling you.

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and what you would class as a skill. To complicate matters further, your skills encompass your talents and strengths. Your skills are often centred around those routines or methods in which you have developed a high level of proficiency e.g. report writing, managing difficult customers or negotiating contracts. • Your talents emerge from your natural abilities / potential. Often people notice that you have a flair for writing for instance, that makes you stand out. • Your personality type –are you an extrovert e.g. do you enjoy working with people, do you like to take the lead, or manage people? Or are you an introvert? Do you prefer a role where you do not need to deal with the public, make regular presentations or be in a client-facing role. What is important to you in your work? Are you a combination of both? Do you like to have contact with others within an autonomous role?

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Step 3 – What Do You Value?

Helen was adamant that it would be very difficult for her to work out what her values actually were i.e. identify her values, simply because they were not obvious to her. After working through the values exercise below, Helen was amazed to discover that she had a deeply engrained sense of justice, and that her need for order and making a difference were key to how she viewed the world. Helen described the process as ‘unlocking an experience of getting inside her inner being.’ Helen went on to use these discoveries to narrow her focus on roles that would enable her to honour her core values. Your values are the very core of who you are. They help you to make choices about what you commit to in life. If you give your time and energy to something that violates or neglects one of your values, you may start to feel frustrated and resentful or you may simply get a persistent sense that something is not right. Your career values are your guiding principles that keep you motivated and engaged in your work and help you to make the right decisions about what is important to you in your work. However, they can shift as you progress on your career journey, for instance: from making money to making a difference; working long hours to having work-life balance or from being a generalist to being a specialist. When you know what your career values are and you stay connected to them by putting them at the centre of what you do, they bring purpose and focus to your daily work. When you are disconnected from them you are denying a fundamental part of who you are. Going Forward

Identifying your values is not always easy, as some of them are so deeply ingrained as to be invisible. The following exercise will help you to discover what they are: Write down a list of key words and phrases about what motivates you and what is important to you in your career and add a sentence to expand on each one. For example: Work life balance: it is important to me to leave work each day so that I can enjoy the evening with my family/friends and to have my weekends free for my leisure/hobbies. Making a difference - it is important to give back and know that I am helping people and creating change as well as enjoying my work. After making your list choose your top eight words/phrases and list them in order of priority. When you begin to investigate opportunities, you use this list to assess whether they are in line with the values which are most important to you. You may not satisfy all of your career values all the time, but it is important to keep them in mind as they provide an anchor in your world of work. It is also important to review them at least once a year to see if they have shifted.

Step 4 – Where do you want to go now?

I used redundancy as a chance to revisit a business idea that I had been exploring for some time. In my HR role I had seen other colleagues being made redundant and realised the need for both practical and emotional support. Now I too required the time and space to work through my situation, discuss my fears and dreams, gain perspective and design an effective action plan. I worked with a gifted Coach, who

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Now you have a holistic picture of your skills, talents and values, and you have generated some ideas around potential future opportunities. The next step is to figure out what this information is telling you about where you go next, about who you are and what you want. Having evaluated your skills and values and given your confidence a boost by looking at your achievements, you need to think about the following: • Do you want to continue in the same line of work? • Do I find the line of work I am in fulfilling, or is there something missing? • Do I enjoy what I do? • What gets me out of bed on a Monday morning? • Do you want to make a career change? • Is there something else I think I might like to do, and what might that be? • Am I simply treading water? • Is my priority job security? • Am I in my current career because that is what I am good at or is it what I really want to do? • Do you want to become self-employed or have a portfolio career? • Your answers to the following questions will give you an idea of your suitability for this area of work. • Would you like to work for yourself and why? • Are you self- motivated, disciplined and willing to take and manage risks? • Is there something you are passionate about doing, becoming, developing?


• Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Your response to the above questions will begin to give you an indication of your skills set which encompasses your talents, abilities and aptitudes i.e. what you are good at and what you excel at. This exercise will also start to help you to paint a picture of where your interests lie. Discovering your skills and abilities, which you expand throughout your life, helps to provide a foundation which you can use to help guide your sense of direction when making decisions about your career choices.

Step 5 - Working the Net

Rena had spent the last few weeks researching and costing potential venues, eager to ensure that she would break even when she piloted her workshop. The workshop date was looming, and as yet she had not found the right venue nor did she have the number of delegates needed to make the event viable. She did not have time for networking she thought to herself, she had better things to do, but her friend was insistent. “I don’t really want to be here I thought, I don’t know anyone apart from the person who invited me,” thought Rena. Just then, her friend who had invited her to the function appeared and said, ‘come and meet Manda.’ Rena decided she would make this a brief conversation, then head to the cloakroom and slink away quietly. On meeting, this warm, casually dressed individual, Rena discovered that Manda was a Chief Executive Officer, and that they both had an interest in the printing industry. To Rena’s surprise, on finding out more about the business she was setting up, Manda offered Rena the opportunity to pilot her workshop, free of charge in a summer programme at her premises. Rena could not believe her

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good fortune…the feedback from the pilot was encouraging, Rena went on to attract a number of business clients eager for her to run her workshop for their staff. Whether you decide to look for a new job in the same field, make a career change or become self-employed you’ll need to network. Think of it as ‘working the net’ and building up your personal contacts. It is one of the most under-utilised tools of the job hunter, and one of the most productive when used properly. Remember the maxim – “If you don’t ask you don’t get.” Networking gives you the opportunity to brainstorm, find out about new opportunities (often before they are advertised), and it even allows you to practice being interviewed. If you have decided to make a career change or set up your own business then carrying out an information interview with someone who is established in your area of interest is particularly important. It will increase your knowledge, is great for practising your communication skills and it is also an opportunity to meet people who may be well-established in your chosen field. Going Forward Important though it is, networking can feel daunting, so break it down into manageable activities: Begin by writing a list of as many names as you can of people who can give you advice, a lead or some support, then start contacting them. When you are given the name of a network contact, it is good practice to ask the person doing the connecting to introduce you to your new contact, if not in person,

then by some other means, e.g. by email or via Social Media, this goes a long way towards building rapport. In my own experience an introduction by the person doing the connecting resulted in finding a recommended Accountant, who was perfect for my business, and on another occasion an invitation to sit on a Board of Governors. Before you speak to your new contact ensure that you can articulate what it is that you want in a couple of sentences. Once the conversation begins, a succinct summary of what you are looking for will invite the contact to give you some specific assistance, ask for more detailed information or direct you to someone who might be better able to help. Carry Out an Information Interview. Decide what you would like to find out and who you would like to meet. The more you know about an industry, the easier it will be to figure out what people are looking for, and how many of the required skills you already possess. You can then tailor your approach in a job interview so that you stress those particular qualifications. You can even quote your information sources as authorities in the industry. Additionally, if you want to become self-employed then interviewing people who have done that successfully will be of great help. Join a networking group – this will help you to build relationships with people from a range of industries and backgrounds whom you meet regularly. There are a myriad of networking groups which cater to various needs. There are networks designed to meet the needs of women, there are breakfast, lunch and dinner networks. Find a group that provides a good supportive network that is in alignment with your business needs.

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If you decide to go self-employed then you’ll need to think about using your network to reach potential clients. Networking may even help you to find your first client.

Step 6 – How Do You Feel Now?

Although I was developing my business idea with a view to becoming self-employed at some point in the future, receiving the sudden news that my redundancy was imminent felt like being struck by a tsunami – I did not see it coming, and as in the face of a Tsunami there was no time to affect an action plan. Having survived the initial wave, it was then a question of riding out a succession of waves around anger, frustration, a sense of hurt and feelings of emptiness, along with a loss of stability. Luckily for me, I was able to channel my feelings into setting up my business, so that today I am able to help those who have been faced with a similar experience. As you move through each one of these steps, you are still likely to be struggling with a range of emotions. However, whilst these may have originally related to being made redundant itself, you may now find that there are additional reasons for these feelings. They could be due to a decline in your social standing; often our job title or role is bound up with our sense of identity. You may be struggling with the loss of structure to your day, a lack of regular social contact and feel you have less opportunities


for expressing your skills, talents and personality. Finances may also be a worry and you may simply feel uncertain about the future. Going Forward • Looking for a new job or making a career change is a job in itself and should be treated as such. Plan monthly or weekly goals and daily tasks and review them to ensure that you are meeting your targets. Congratulate and acknowledge yourself for each achievement no matter how small. • In terms of your financial situation think about whether you could eliminate certain expenses. You may also want to seek financial advice about your assets, liabilities and for example arrange to reduce your mortgage and/ or your insurance payments or perhaps negotiate a payment break • You may find that you are feeling irritable or depressed and may even be avoiding people. However, this is a time when you need social contact so seek out opportunities through networking, some part-time work or perhaps coaching or counselling if you need specific support. • If you are missing the intellectual stimulation of work then consider volunteering (which may even open up new opportunities), catch up on books you’ve been wanting to read or even visit a museum or art gallery, many of which are free! • This can be a challenging and worrying time, so make sure you look after yourself by eating healthily, getting enough sleep, taking exercise and you may even want to learn a relaxation technique. All of this will stand you in good stead when you are working again.

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Social Media – LinkedIn and Twitter can open up great networking opportunities if used effectively, regularly and authentically. Wherever you network the key is to always be clear about whom you are looking to meet and why. Also, remember that networking is a two-way street, it is therefore important to be willing to share your knowledge, expertise and contacts with others.

• This can be a challenging and worrying time, so make sure you look after yourself by eating healthily, getting enough sleep, taking exercise and you may even want to learn a relaxation technique or two. All of this will stand you in good stead when you are working again.

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Step 7 – Taking Stock

Gayle opted for Redundancy Coaching following a particularly painful redundancy experience. From the start she was determined to focus on the positives. Having worked through her emotional turbulence, Gayle decided to honour her value of giving back. She set about putting her redundancy experience on paper in an encouraging and helpful way. Her story which was published in a well-known faith journal, generated a huge response from its readers, many of whom not only readily identified with Gayle’s experience, but many readers also experienced a sense of healing as a result of reading Gayle’s piece. This boost to Gayle’s confidence encouraged her to raise her sights in the job hunting arena. She successfully applied for a dream role which gave her a leading role in transforming and giving back. A key feedback comment that I received from Gayle simply read: ‘thank you for being a part of my success.’

provide clues regarding the choices you can make; What Do You Value: Your values are your guiding stars, they keep you in touch with what matters to you at your very core; Where Do You Want to Go Now: using your values to harness your skills, talents, and interests will help you make informed decisions of where to go and what to do next; Working the Net: this may be a daunting prospect at first, but by clarifying who you want to meet and starting small, you can begin to develop and benefit from one of the most useful job search and business tools available to you; How Do You Feel Now: being made redundant is an event that is often beyond our control; however, how you manage your emotions when your job security has been taken away puts you back in the driving seat, and gives you the opportunity to direct your future.

Having journeyed through this 6-step process, here is a quick summary of the steps to which you may wish to refer. Summary Check-list • Riding the Emotional Wave: being made redundant is a life-altering, emotionally challenging event, which if handled positively could transform your future; • Looking Back to Look Forward: is key to discovering your rich source of skills, talents and interests which Send us your comments to: -

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Physical Reasons 1) Exercise boosts health. This is the most obvious reason to exercise. Exercise helps prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease, Type II Diabetes, some forms of cancer and stroke, helps retain bone density and boosts your metabolism. 2) Exercise makes you feel better physically. When your body is strong and in good shape, various aches will go away as you move and stretch the affected and surrounding muscles. Also, you will feel more confident when you know your body is well maintained. 3) Exercise can help you sleep better. Give yourself an intense workout and when you go to bed, you will likely sleep quicker, more restfully and longer. As a further benefit, good and adequate sleep also helps your body rest and recover and thus function better. Emotional Reasons

able to walk a bit longer or to do one more pushup is thrilling. Seeing yourself lose one more pound of body fat, or fit into an outfit one size smaller than the one you have been wearing is exciting! Financial Reasons 5)Exercise saves you money. Generally, exercise boosts health and cuts down on the expenses of medication and treatment of disease. When you are fit, you can save the expenses of having to pay someone to do all your physical tasks for you - mowing your lawn, washing your car, walking your dog and so on. You can carry out such chores as a bonus exercise session. In addition, controlling your weight means you will not need to buy bigger clothes every few months. Social Reasons 6) Exercise enables you to live a fuller life. When your body has developed endurance through exercise, you will be better placed to walk up the stairs to visit a friend, play with your children or grandchildren or with your pet, participate in outdoor activities and carry out your errands and chores freely, and so on.

4) Exercise makes you feel better emotionally. Exercise boosts the release of endorphins - hormones that make you feel good.

7) Exercise helps you look good. Proper exercise, coupled with proper nutrition, will help you lose fat and build or retain muscle. This will make your body look better, even to yourself. You will look like someone you take care of your body.

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Mental Reasons 9) Exercise helps develop discipline. For best results, you need to follow some sort of plan with some consistency. Random spurts of exercise will not help much. Developing such discipline can be helpful in other venture of life, where you can also research the relevant information, develop a plan and follow the plan to achieve your goals. 10) Exercise teaches responsibility. If you are an adult of sound mind and with freedom to choose, then you are responsible for your body. In many cases, people realise there is a problem when they see the state of their physical body. Some of them decide to do something about it and take steps to fix the situation. Learning to take care of your body can also help you take responsibility for other aspects of your life. There you have it! Ten reasons to exercise. I hope these reasons give you an additional push to continue (or start) exercising. Comedian By Abraham Gumba For more articles, tips, links and simple information on exercise and fitness, please visit http://www. Article Source: http://EzineArticles. com/?expert=Abraham_Gumba

and radio personality Eddie Kadi joins-in with the gruelling fitness regime “Zumba” at the ACLT’s Zumbathon held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Arena on Sunday 29th April 2012.

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he powerfully medicinal Anamu (Petiveria alliacea) is also known in English as garlic guinea weed and guinea henweed. The Peruvians call it mucura, the Brazilians referred to it as anamu or tipi, and it is known as guine in other parts of Central and South America. It is most commonly used today in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Guatemala and Brazil. With a long history of medicinal use, this herb was also used in the Amazon rainforest to ward off negative spirits, treat skin conditions, relieve intestinal gas and regulate menstruation. Guatemalan tribes used its crushed roots as an inhalant for sinus problems, and Peruvian tribes revered it as a powerful cold remedy. Throughout Latin America, women used this herb to ease the pains of childbirth, and many tribes held it as one of the most powerful herbs on the planet. Alternative Health Properties of Guinea Henweed Many cultures have utilized Anamu flowers, leaves, and roots for remedies of a variety of negative health conditions. Today it is being extensively researched for its use in fighting both cancer and leukemia, as well as immune disorders. In general it is a common remedy for colds, flus and viruses, and may prevent and reduce Candida, yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Anamu is also a powerful pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory. But that’s not all. It is also an antibacterial, antifungal, antitumorous and antiviral agent. With a powerful ability to boost the immune

system and regulate the nervous system, documentation on the herb shows that it was traditionally used as an anti-anxiety aid. It was also a well-known antioxidant, fighting free radicals from the body, and was also an antirheumatic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic and diuretic. With a distinct ability to lower fever and resolve digestive upset, this herb was highly revered by traditional medicinalists. Organic Anamu provides many health benefits due to its unique composition of several biologically active compounds. Some of these include flavonoids, benzoic acid, coumarin, triterpenes, steroids, tannins, sulfuric agents, isoarborinol, senfol, and trithiolaniacine. Tannins — A plant’s mechanism of warding off attacks from insects and bacteria. Tannins are strong antioxidants that can also reduce inflammation in humans. Found in many berries and fruits, tannins are believed to help the body resist disease, and may even prevent cancer from taking hold in the body’s vital systems. Dibenzyl trisulfide — A unique sulfuric compound. A study done at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that anamu was one of most promising plants for both the prevention and reduction of cancer. It was related to the anticancerous activity of the compound dibenzyl trisulfide. Astilbin, Benzaldehyde & Coumarin — Each of these three phytochemicals have been documented as holding antitumorous and/ or anticancerous potentials. Other Interesting Info and Benefits of Anamu Anamus has been widely used to reduce a vast array of medical conditions in traditional societies, particularly those of the Amazonian people. These societies used the plant to aid with generalized pain, cancer, snake bite, cold and flu, mental conditions, paralysis,

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Other Benefits of Organic Anamu Include: • Promotes healthy immune system function Shown to actively kill leukemia cells and prevents the formation of tumors • Acts as a reproductive aid, promoting healthy menstruation • Acts as an antioxidant, reducing free radicals in the body • Offers a mild sedative action, thus making it a good herb for anxiety. • Expels harmful organisms from the body, and prevents yeast infestations. • Acts as an anti-inflammatory treatment for arthritis and the reproductive system • Acts as a general pain reliever. • Reduces muscle spasms and nervous tension. • Acts as a strong anti-bacterial. • Used as a treatment for sexuallytransmitted disease due to its antiseptic healing properties (both internally and externally) Contraindications — Animal studies confirm that anamu may lead to abortion in pregnant women. This is related to its ability to stimulate uterine contractions. This herb is strongly contraindicated for pregnant women, or women who are attempting to conceive. Anamu also has a blood thinning


effect on the body. Individuals with blood disorders should consult their doctor before taking the herb. It may also cause complications in people with hypoglycemia. Out of 1,400 plants that were studied by The University of Illinois for cancer prevention and treatment, guinea hen weed was found to have phytochemicals that directly kill cancer cells. The news gets even better. This herb can actually pinpoint and kill only the cancer cells. At the same time, the herb boosts the immune system and helps the disease-fighting cells to do their job. Do you find this herb as fascinating as I do? Now the negative news. It can cause miscarriages and abortions. It also acts as a blood thinner because it contains a small amount of coumadin. Oh … and it really stinks. It stinks so much so that Jamaicans have used it traditionally to keep bad spirits away. They spread the leaves around to deter duppies. (Duppies, a Jamaican word for ghosts.) *Statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to treat or diagnose any disease or health condition. It is also recommended that patients check with their doctors before taking herbs, to ensure that there are no contraindications with prescription medications.

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fever, and as a remedy for arrow poisoning. Studies on the anamu plant have shown that extracts of anamu slowed the growth of leukemia cells, as well as other forms of cancerous tumor cells. The plant was also confirmed to possess cytotoxic effects (the ability to actually kill off cancer cells). A 2002 study confirmed the ability to kill a liver cancer cell line, as well as slow the growth of cancer cells in the brain. Other studies demonstrate its powerful immunostimulant properties. Multiple research confirms that anamu extract can stimulate immune cell production, as well as boost natural killer cell activity by 100%!

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AY Z PROVIDED a show-stopping performance at BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend on Sunday 24th June.

The New York rapper, who headlined the east London gig at Hackney Marshes, provided the crowd of over 50,000 people with an energetic hour-long set, which included surprise performances from Rihanna and Kanye West, the latter proving to be ever-popular with the diverse crowd.

Rapper Nicki Minaj’s performance earlier in the day was also a victim of microphone problems, but the rapper, dressed in a black all-in-one, persevered and provided fans with a fun and energetic set.

Together Jay Z and West, who recently completed two sold out nights at London O2 Arena, treated those who missed out on the coveted gigs to a sample of their Watch The Throne spectacular, which included three repeat performances of Ni***as In Paris. Wife Beyoncé proudly looked on as her man entertained the masses with a carefully selected set list spanning his career, which included hits 99 Problems, Empire State Of Mind, Dirt Off Your Shoulder and Girls Girls Girls. British rapper M.I.A. performed two of her own tracks< Paper Planes and Bad Girls during the 42-year-old’s set, but technical problems with her microphone meant the crowd struggled to hear her.

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Afrobeats star, D’Banj, who reached number 9 in the UK charts with hit, Oliver Twist was another highlight of the day. His performance on the 1Xtra stage had the crowd, who had packed into the reasonably-sized tent, heaving. He was joined on stage by a trio of flexible

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Local girl Leona Lewis, who said she felt honoured to be asked to sing on her own turf, was joined on stage by UK rapper, Wretch 32 for a cover of Diddy Dirty Money’s song Coming Home. The singer, who was introduced on stage by DJ Trevor Nelson as ‘the most famous singer to ever come of Hackney,’ also debuted a new song Come Alive. Other performances throughout the day, and on various stages, included

on offer during the event, billed as the station’s largest free roadshow. The festival emerged after local young people said they felt left out of the Olympics. “Here at Radio 1 and 1Xtra we wanted to make sure that we marked this in a way that would give young people from London and beyond, who might not necessarily be engaged with the Games, a chance to celebrate as part of Festival 2012,” explained BBC Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper. It is estimated that over 100,000 people attended the festival as part of the BBC’s Olympic celebrations and over 250,000 people applied for tickets for the free event, with residents from the neighbouring boroughs given priority.

Wife Beyoncé proudly looked on as her man entertaied the masses


west London singer Rita Ora, US singer, Trey Songz, who was interviewed by The Voice, and UK rappers Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk, to name a few. There were various food and drink stalls to wash down all the entertainment

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