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CQC gives Top Marks to Birmingham Hospice Inter-community leader receives OBE at Palace

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t was a day to remember as one of the West Midlands most celebrated advocates of inter-ethnicity received her deserved OBE at Buckingham Palace Satinder Kaur Taunque B.A.

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l John Taylor Hospice Staff celebrate the CQC findings.

Birmingham hospice was recognised for its high standard of care and safety, and the way it was delivered, by the Care Quality Commission. The CQC said of John Taylor Hospice: “People’s views were taken into account in the way the service was provided and delivered in relation to their care. People’s privacy and dignity were respected and independence was promoted whenever possible.” After inspecting the premises and talking to staff and fami-

lies, they reported: “All of the people spoken with told us they were involved in decisions about care. One relative told us ‘The hospice team are very supportive and nothing is too much trouble.

They involve us and keep us informed.’” The inspection team noted: “We saw that staff knocked on doors before entering people’s bedrooms and spoke with people

in a respectful way, for example using their preferred name.” The Hospice, a community interest company which has been caring for people in Birmingham since 1910, was inspected and assessed to have met the standard in all in five categories: (i) Respecting and involving people who use services (ii) Care and welfare of people who use services (iii)Cleanliness and infection control (iv) Safety and suitability of premises (v) Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.

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B.T. P.G.C.E. Deputy Lieutenant of West Midlands was amongst close family at the investiture when she was bestowed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire, by Prince Charles, in The Queen’s

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activities including as a chaplain for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, a Resilience Champion working voluntarily with Birmingham Resilience Team as well as a large number of other community and civic organisations, is just a fraction of

her regular workload that proves as testimony of her overwhelming commitment to her work. After 40 plus years working vehemently towards bridging the gap between the East and West, Britain and its ethnic minority mix she has won many other

awards in recognition of her outstanding contribution and selfless community work. Congratulations to Satinder and her family on another great achievement.

CEO Kate Phipps welcomed the inspection and the report saying: “The CQC has found that John Taylor Hospice is meeting all standards, seeing first-hand how the people we care for are at the heart of every decision about their care. We are delighted with the commission’s findings and especially to be commended for the respect and kindness of staff. We believe these qualities are fundamental in giving life and choices back at the very time when people feel they are being taken away. This report is a huge vote of confidence in everyone who works at John Taylor and everyone who has generously given their time and money to invest in the care we give.” The Care Quality Commission is the regulator of health and social care in England

and carries out unannounced visits of all care homes, acute hospitals and domiciliary care services at least once a year to judge whether essential standards are being met. The inspection team, who also met over lunch with people using the Heart of the Hospice, said: “We found the meal was hot and tasty. One person told us ‘No one can find fault with the food here, it is very good.’” Inspectors found that: “Care and treatment was planned and delivered in a way that was intended to ensure people’s safety and welfare.” And they added: “All of the people told us that staff were kind to them. All of the relatives spoken with told us they felt supported by the staff team and were very happy with the care and treatment their relative received.”


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s the nation held its tributes to the Nelson Mandela, Birmingham, Leeds and London were at the fore front of events marking his death. On the day of his funeral, The Drum Arts/Theatre Centre in Birmingham had the city’s amazing cultural diversity across multiple art forms; from HipHop and Spoken Word poetry to Bhangra, African dance and Gospel singing pay homage to his greatness. Hundreds turned out to join in celebrating his unique achievements, with special thanks going out to singer, Yaz Alexander, Robannas Studios, Leon Security, Audrey and Barbara from In-

spiring the Next Generation, Gatecrash Sounds, Gary Stewart from Recognize Black Culture, George Francis, Nehemiah Gabiddon, Natalie King, and everyone else who gave their time and energy to make this event happen. Mukhtar Dar, Director of Arts & Marketing at The Drum, said: “I was so proud of our communities and artists coming together in unity to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. His unwavering commitment to social justice, equality, and reconciliation inspired people the world over, and from prisoner to president, he remained a man of the people.” In Leeds, a commemorative walk in honour of Mandela was held, as hundreds took part in what was called the

'Walk of Respect,' starting at Mandela city in 2001. shall be called the children of God.” Gardens, in Millennium Square, and London paid its respects as flowers, Also visiting South Africa House was finished at the Mandela Community singing and a vuvuzelas were in plenty London Mayor, Boris Johnson, who Centre in Chapeltown. as mourners gave their thanks at South told reporters that Mr Mandela should Organiser Dr Carl Hylton said: "This Africa House. be revered as a secular saint. “If there was an opportunity for the people of There, a group of women, each draped was a secular system of canonisation in Leeds, across all communities and in a South African flag, were singing today’s world,” Nelson Mandela would backgrounds to join hands and honour and clapping as massive queues were be at the top of the list,” he said. Dr Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to formed to sign the book of condolence. In Parliament Square, the statue of Freedom. Among the hordes signing the book the late statesman – unveiled in 2007 – The ‘Walk of Respect’ was in some was Prime Minister David Cameron. stood almost engulfed in flowers. One small way a thank you as well as a He wrote: “Your cause of fighting for young woman even clambered on to celebration of his life, his legacy and freedom and against discrimination, the plinth and, eyes tightly closed, gave ICOM VOICE IS ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING TELECOMMUNIC the pivotal role he played in the strug- your struggle for justice, your triumph the statue a hug. BASED IN THE UK. SIMPLIFYING THE LATEST COMMUNICATION gle against apartheid and other acts of against adversity will inIt was an THEimage that somehow AMONG GLOBAL COMMUNITIES IS THE ULTIMATE ICOM VOICE – IS these ONE OFthings THE MOST PROMISING TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICEETHNIC PROVIDERS ICOM VOICE IS ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS BASED IN THE UK. SIMPLIFYING THE LATEST COMMUNICATION JARGONS injustice." spire generations toIN come.” summed up TECHNOLOGY the nation’s mood: grief BASED THE UK. SIMPLIFYING THE LATEST COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY JARGONS A TRUE ASPIRATION OF SIMPLIFYING THE GLOBAL COMMUNIC AMONG THE GLOBAL ETHNIC COMMUNITIES IS THE ULTIMATE APHORISM OF ICOM VOICE. AMONG THE GLOBAL ETHNIC5:9: COMMUNITIES IS THE ULTIMATE Mr. Mandela was ICOM made an IShonorary He finished by quoting Matthew overcome by love.APHORISM OF ICOM VOICE. VOICE ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS VERY THOUGHT BEHIND THE CONFINEMENT OF ICOM VOICE A BASED IN THE UK. SIMPLIFYING THE LATEST COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY JARGONS freeman of Leeds during a visit to the “BlessedA are peacemakers for they THE VERY BEST SERVICE TOTHE OUR CUSTOMERS ACROSS THE GL TRUEthe ASPIRATION OF SIMPLIFYING THE GLOBAL COMMUNICATION ARGOTS WAS A TRUE ASPIRATION OF SIMPLIFYING THE GLOBAL COMMUNICATION ARGOTS WAS THE AMONG THE GLOBAL ETHNIC COMMUNITIES IS THE ULTIMATE APHORISM OF ICOM VOICE. VERY THOUGHT BEHIND THE CONFINEMENT OF ICOM VOICE AND OUR AIM IS TO DELIVER VERY THOUGHT BEHIND THE CONFINEMENT OF ICOM VOICE AND OUR AIM IS TO DELIVER T H EGLOBE. S E RVI C E S T HAT W E S P EC IALI S E I N : THE VERY BEST SERVICE TO OUR CUSTOMERS ACROSS THE THECOMMUNICATION VERY BEST SERVICE TO OUR CUSTOMERS ACROSS THE GLOBE. A TRUE ASPIRATION OF SIMPLIFYING THE GLOBAL ARGOTS WAS THE VERY THOUGHT BEHIND THE CONFINEMENT TO DELIVER T H ICOM EOFS ICOM E RVIVOICE C EISSONE TAND HATOUR W EAIM S PIS EC IALI SE IN: MOST SERVICE PROVIDERS T HVOICE E SE RVIGLOBE. C EOF S TTHE HAT W EPROMISING S P EC IALITELECOMMUNICATION SE IN: THE VERY BEST SERVICE TO OUR CUSTOMERS ACROSS THE BASED IN THE UK. SIMPLIFYING THE LATEST COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY JARGONS LO N G - D I S TAN C E I P AMONG THE GLOBAL ETHNIC COMMUNITIES IS THE ULTIMATE APHORISM OF ICOM TELEPH ON Y S EVOICE. RVI C E S

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he Lambeth Youth Council elections on Thursday night saw 17-year-old Jacqueline Gomes-Neves named as the borough’s new Youth Mayor. The A-level student from Loughborough Junction who attends Sacred Heart Catholic School, currently in Trafalgar Street, Camberwell, is the borough’s first female Youth Mayor. Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “The Lambeth Youth Council programme is a great way of getting young people involved with Lambeth council, and building their interest and skills in politics. “I congratulate everyone who stood for election, all those who voted and I’m really pleased to welcome Jacqueline Gomes-Neves as the new Youth Mayor – I know she will do a fantastic job at achieving her election pledges and promoting young people’s interests.” The ballot announcement was made by Lambeth council’s Chief Executive Derrick Ander-

son at the Assembly Hall next to Lambeth town hall in Acre Lane, Brixton. Taking to the stage Jacqueline said: “I’m ready to do this for Lambeth. I will make an effort to come to you and let you tell me what you want to see changed in Lambeth – because it’s your views and your opinions that are important.” Lambeth Youth Council election saw 11- to 19-year-olds who live, work or study in Lambeth choose from 19 candidates, casting 4,309 votes in total. As well as electing the new Youth Mayor l Derrick Anderson and Jacqueline Gomes-Neves the night also saw a new net Members Member of Youth ParliaDaniel ment, Deputy Youth Mayor and are a four member newly formed Longe, Poppy Rubra, ChrisYouth Cabinet named. Tamoy Phipps, 17, who goes to tiana Opadeji Dunraven School in Streatham and Emmanuel was elected as Deputy Youth Amadi. Mayor. The new Youth Cabi-

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n becoming the first African Caribbean woman to take up the position Beverly Lindsay OBE OD, was appointed as a deputy lieutenant for the West Midlands, with a duty to represent the Queen under the leadership of Her Majesty’s LordLieutenant for the West Midlands Paul Sabapathy CBE. Ms. Lindsay, owner of Diamond Travel, Birmingham’s leading and most distinguished independent travel agent, is one of the city’s most prominent and respected community leaders.

And for her to be bestowed with such a high position in the West Midlands has left her both "humbled and honoured," as she put it. “This gives me an opportunity to extend the boundaries in serving the community, who have supported me in all my endeavors over the years,” said Jamaican-born Beverly, who also chairs the Association of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK. Ms. Lindsay led the city's fiveday 'Jamaica in the Square' celebrations as part of the country's 50th Anniversary of Independence.

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s one of the UK's leading Asian cuisine specialists, Tarla Somaiya, Chief Executive of Payal Events, was awarded the coveted CEO Award at the seventh British Asian Hafta Awards, at Warwickshire C.C.C.s Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Presented by the established Women of Cultures organisation,the award recognised Payal’s experience, knowledge and flair for the events industry. Payal Events who have just set up a Birmingham office were really happy to be honoured at the event, with Mrs. Somaiya saying: “ I am very happy that the family business has been recognised and that my son Raj and daughter-in-law Sheetal have taken over the helm to deliver an exceptional service to the Asian and mainstream market. We hope

l Tarla Somaiya, Chief Executive of Payal events with her this award will cement our brand in the 21st century.” The company is continuing to strive to be a tour de force in this industry by employing the best chefs and encouraging innovative and creative dishes. Organiser Dr. Gurjeet Bains said “We are grateful to our sponsor and congratulate our winners and those who applied for the awards, this has

been another year of witnessing true achievers in the community. Collectively and individually they contribute to the success of Britain.” The afternoon concluded with a raffle to support UK Asian Women Centre and an auction, to help the victims affected by the Philippines Typhoon.


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scheme to reduce obesity and increase physical activity in Birmingham parks is set to be rolled out across the city this year. Earlier last year, the team running Birmingham’s hugely successful Be Active sports scheme identified a new secret weapon in the battle of the bulge: the city’s 600 parks and open spaces. Following a successful pilot project, the Active Parks scheme will be expanded to cover 50 parks across the city from April. And organisers want park users to help shape the expanded scheme by completing an online survey about physical activity in the city’s many parks at https:// www.surveymonkey.com/s/BirmParks Last April, Birmingham City Council, with the support of Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, launched a groundbreaking pilot project looking at the role the city’s open spaces can play in helping lead fitter, healthier lives. Officials worked with Sport England to assess the success of ‘Active Parks’ at five sites: Cotteridge Park, Walkers Heath Park, Moonlit & Sunset Parks, Holders Lane Fields and Ward End Park. Visitors to the five sites have been offered a wide range of free activities, including: Running, cycling, Tai Chi, park fit, bushcraft, gardening, buggyfit, netball, rounders and walking. The pilot project has proved to be hugely popular, with user feedback highlighting a number of positives, including: Active Parks helps families exercise together, it appeals to all ages, people who do not traditionally access leisure facilities are more likely to stay active in parks and open spaces, the project changes people’s perceptions of where they can be active, plus, people attending for exercise are going on to volunteer, becoming active members of the community. Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Counciller Steve

Scheme set for expansion Bedser, believes tapping into the potential of the great outdoors means Active Parks is building on the success of the multi award-winning Be Active scheme. He said: “The five pilot schemes have proved to be hugely popular and we’ve seen there is undoubtedly a demand for more physical activities in our parks and open spaces. “The obesity problem cannot be underestimated. 26% of our population is obese and that includes nearly one in four of our 10 and 11-year-olds. So we have to use every resource available to us to promote healthier and more

active lifestyles throughout the city. That includes our wonderful parks and open spaces. We already have the Be Active programme, which has been running very successfully for more than three years helping thousands of people across Birmingham access gyms, classes and swimming for free. But we know that, for a variety of reasons, some people will never attend gyms and leisure centres. Instead they prefer to be outdoors. For many of these people our parks and open spaces offer familiar, unthreatening venues.”

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Nigerian-born en- provides support to import and trepreneur who has export businesses. In the last supported ethnic minority businesses was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Dr Solomon Fubara, who was honoured for his services to Black and ethnic minority communities, said he felt like he had won millions in the lottery. He has been instrumental in supporting and helping the BME community into small businesses, developed and expanded community and voluntary agencies, and set up the African Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, in 2006, which l Dr Solomon Fubara

four years he has been focused on Somali communities – helping them with startups through advice, counselling and business planning. He said: “I originally came to Britain to study and return to Nigeria, but was offered a position in business development which I pursued instead. I love my community and want to make a difference. To be honoured for my passion means a lot to me.” Dr. Fubara added: “People often pass me on the street and thank me for helping them. That gives me a real sense of satisfaction.”

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sda stores in the Black Country encouraged locals to donate toys in their Christmas trolley collection to support the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals (SWBH) Charity Christmas appeal. Both Asda Great Bridge and Asda Tipton donated a huge number of toys help make Christmas-time in hospital more enjoyable for sick local children. Lisa Pearson from Asda Great Bridge and Asda Tipton’s Paula Beddoe paid a visit to the Children’s Department at Sandwell Hospital on 19 December armed with trolley-loads of toys to help make Christmas magical for sick children on the wards. The donated toys were collected from the beginning of December at both stores, donated by generous customers who wanted to make Christmas special for children spending the festive period in hospital. Carly Jones, Head of Fundraising for the SWBH charity said: “We’re truly amazed by the generosity of local people and the Asda stores for their support. It just goes to show how people rally together to support others going through a tough period,

Local supermarkets bring Christmas cheer to Sandwell’s sick kids especially at a time like Christmas. Their kindness made a huge difference to sick children in the West Midlands and we could never have imagined we’d have such a huge amount of toys,

games, books and gadgets to make their stay in Christmas that much more enjoyable.” The SWBH charity funds additional facilities to enhance the experience of patients and their

families across Sandwell, City and Rowley Regis Hospitals. They’re currently fundraising to make the outdoor play area at Sandwell an exciting and stimulating space for children of

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reat environmental progress that has been made during 2013 as part of Edgbaston Stadium's drive to be the 'Most sustainable major cricket stadium in the country'. In just two years Edgbaston has increased the percentage of waste which is recycled from 0.2 per cent to the 2013 level of 56 per cent, with the remaining 44 per cent diverted away from landfill, reflecting the stadium's commitment to be a 'zero to landfill' venue by the end of 2013. This year, further ambitious environmental objectives in-

clude optimising the Club's energy use and becoming the first sports stadium in the country to implement ISO 20121; the external gold standard for sustainable events management. Craig Flindall, Finance Director at Edgbaston with responsibility for the stadium's sustainability programme, commented: "It is really pleasing to note the progress that has been made on waste and recycling in 2013, which reflects a lot of hard work from our stadium management team with support from our members, spectators and event guests during the year. Our 2012-2016 Strategic Plan

set out a number of important Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives, which aim to enhance our relationship with our local communities. These initiatives include our funding commitment to recreational cricket, via the Warwickshire Cricket Board, and our on-going support to our Official Charity Partners, such as Cure Leukaemia, the Lords Taverners and Fisher House. A number of other CSR elements are being worked on as we speak."


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ow published in celebration of its 30th anniversary, ‘Bad Friday’ is a celebration in itself for author, Norman Samuda Smith. He was 17-years-old when he originally wrote the story, so the actual novel is seen through a teenager’s pair of eyes today. He has revisited his first novel and has written a trilogy, the first called ‘Bad Friday Revisited’ with a follow up ‘The Basketball Chronicles’ which looks at the same characters when they’ve left school up until the age of 19/20 using a basketball theme. Part three; ‘Return of the Prodigal Son,’ is based on the friends being parents and how they deal with it. For Birmingham-man Samuda Smith, it’s a further triumph after he was lorded for being the first Black British-born writer to get work published in the UK, in 1982. Surprisingly not an avid book

reader, he has written three novels, his bother two; the highly successful ‘Whispers in the Walls,’ which showcases talented Black and Asian writers in Birmingham and ‘Rasta Love,’ based around his own personal experience. 'Rasta Love' was written in Patois, but that wasn't his original choice: “I wrote the story first in English but it just didn’t sound right. Most Black writers write their narrative in English and then they convert to Patois when it comes to the dialogue. l Norman Samuda Smith So I thought I would take “He's had a very interesting and it to the next level and do the heartbreaking life,” says Nornarrative in Patois as well as the man, continuing: “Although dialog. Nowadays everyone is an absent father he raised me speaking Patois, but they don’t through letters, telephone calls know how to read it.” and emails. I could never be like He is now writing his father's him but I can write a biography biography entitled: ‘Jamerican.’ about him.”

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leading anti-racism campaigner and Scotland's first Black university professor, was knighted for services to human rights, science and charity during the Queen's New Year's Honours list. Jamaican-born scientist, Geoffrey Palmer, a professor emeritus at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University an avid campaigner for better educational opportunities for children and young people from Black and ethnic minority communities, was also

recognised for his huge contributions to the knowledge of cereal and grains. His work has had a worldwide impact and has played a role in tackling poverty in parts of Africa. Dedicating the knighthood to his mother, Palmer said: "When I was first informed that the Prime Minister recommended me to the Queen the first person I thought of was my my mother. She left Jamaica, by her self, in 1948. By 1955, when I was 14, she managed to save £86 and was then able to send for

l Geoffery Palmer, OBE. me. Without her love and sacrifice my story would not have been possible.” The Honours list recognises the achievements and services of extraordinary people and is open to nominations from any individual or organisation.


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REETINGS FROM GHANA TO THE B E L O V E D PEOPLE OF GREAT BRITAIN. My name is Roland Joseph Tetteh. I am your brother in the Lord. I was born in October 3, 1966 in Ghana. I now work as a logistics manager at William Pitt construction in Accra Ghana. I love the lord and the lord love us all, every month I will be bringing to you God’s News from various different perspective. As a little background to myself presented in this document, I am persuaded to bring certain things to light because until we receive the understanding of God, we will continue to walk in

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he concept of reincarnation is defined as the ability of the soul or spirit, after biological death, to begin a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions. It is a religious or philosophical concept which irrefutably establishes the fact that the soul is immaterial, indestructible and eternal and it continues its existence after shedding the material body. It is a central tenet in most of the foremost religions in the world. Though the concept of reincarnation is accepted by major religions particularly in the East, and has gained a wider acceptability in modern times amongst those who are not religious, to the point of attracting academic attention, it is still highly contentious and controversial concept which is further obfuscated by

darkness. This write-up is aimed at going beyond the ordinary; to appreciate the spiritual blessing that comes to us very second in our life. Every man’s ignorance is his mountain. The solution that changes our lives is the revelation of God. Like the good book says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”. Hos 4:6 I present this document as an access to proper knowledge and this revelation should surely be the cause of great anxiety for those truly in search of God’s redemption.

misinterpretations, lack of proper understanding of the phenomenon and simply viewed as a threat to certain religious tenets. Notwithstanding the overt opposition to the concept of reincarnation by these established religions, the majority of the sects within those religions have become avowed adherents of the concept.

Recognition

The sudden recognition and wider acceptance of the concept of reincarnation which now transcends religious / doctrinal boundaries is the fact that the concept seems to offer one of the most attractive explanations of humanity’s origin and destiny. It is accepted not only by adherents of Eastern religions or New Age spirituality, but also by many who don’t share such esoteric interests and convictions. To know that you lived many lives before this one and that

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there are many more to come is a very attractive perspective from which to judge the meaning of life. On the one hand, reincarnation is a source of great comfort, especially for those who seek liberation on the exclusive basis of their inner resources. It gives assurance for continuing one’s existence in further lives and thus having a renewed chance to attain liberation. Another major reason for accepting reincarnation by so many people today is that it unequivocally explains the differences that exist among people. Some are healthy, others are tormented their whole life by physical handicaps. Some are rich, others at the brink of starvation. Some have success without being religious; others are constant losers, despite their religious dedication. Eastern religions

explain these differences as a result of previous lives, good or bad, which bear their fruits in the present one through the action of karma. Therefore reincarnation seems to be a perfect way of punishing or rewarding one’s deeds. If we disengage the concept of reincarnation from all the trappings of negative connotations and evaluate it on a higher spiritual platform taking the immaterial, eternal nature of the soul into consideration, not only will we find out that it is the ultimate explanation of humanity’s destiny, but our very relationship with God.

Conditioned

Why we are conditioned in material bodies and how we can transcend our present fallen state and rise to a higher state, to the spiritual platform and assert our common union with the divine entity, with God.

Because we have been trapped or encased in a material body, we tend to gloss over the fact that we are eternal souls. We identify with the body and grieve for its destruction. But the soul is never destroyed after the annihilation of the body. Because it is part and parcel of a larger spiritual entity which is God. It is like a spark of a larger whole and after the soul vacates the body, it goes back to the creator based on fruitive activities. The ultimate goal of the soul is to become perfect and achieve Godly status. It is bound by divine laws to avoid sinful activities, which will relegate it to a lower life form like plant or animal life but to engage in pious activities which will ensure the souls’ perfection and eventual union with the divine and end the souls’ vicious cycle of constant transmigration.

In our quest for spiritual enlightenment in this age of doctrinal wranglings and dogmatic stonewalling of spiritual truths, it is imperative we dislodge our attention from which tenet or concept is in accord with our traditional beliefs, our perception of reality or the standard of value with which we wants to be judged. We must accept that which has a valid premise and is beyond doubt. Reincarnation is not only a summarized version of the souls constant journey through birth and death, but the ultimate explanation of the souls purpose and how it can elevate itself to perfection, oneness with God. By Roland Joseph Tetteh.


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25 years in the business, this is overwhelming, yet very humbling.” Black Voices for some of the world’s most influential people, including: the Royal family, the late Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and Ray Charles at the Colosseum in Rome. They run music education workshops in schools and communities across the UK and further afield and Carol was also

one of the faces of the recently opening Library of Birmingham, acting as an ambassador for the iconic building. Pemberton began her musical career as a backing singer for bands such as UB40 and Fine Young Cannibals. The current line-up includes: Evon Johnson-Elliott (Carol’s daughter), Cecelia WickhamAnderson, Sandra Francis and Shereece Storrod.

Rock life spreading the gospel for all

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n the West Midlands, there’s a new concept in worship that is fast attracting Christians from all walks of life. Taking evangelism back to basics, The Rock Church in Walsall is designed people of all ages, races and backgrounds. It is headed by Ian Evans, who heard God specifically call him to start pastoring a new Church, since 2007, he has been pastoring in Walsall, impacting on communities throughout and, after God spoke to him he purchased a building he felt was specifically designated to him, and The Rock Church was created. Thereafter, a second location was formed as an increasingly large number of the multicultural

West Midlands felt they wanted to be part of something new. The on-going growth meant the ability to develop further areas of Church life from purchasing a double-decker bus for community outreach, running Alpha, holding ‘camps’ in a marquee, and beginning youth work.

Ian said: “My aim was to build a large, vibrant regional church that touches thousands of people and lifts them to a higher level through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and renewed Biblical mind-sets. TRC has some fantastic old-school gospel worship, 3-point sermons focusing on salvation and healings, special guests with testimonies, drama sketches and professional singing. We’ve had some amazing stories of healings and salvation, but the best is yet to come.” The Rock Church is always welcoming new people who want to experience good oldfashioned gospel.

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Black Voice recognised for services to music T he founder of one of Birmingham’s most celebrated groups was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list as Black Voices’ Carol Pemberton was awarded the MBE for her services to music. Carol, music director of the world-famous cappella combo is widely known as a leading creator of the highly-skilled style of singing, said: “After more than


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Black Country Fashion students’ designs dazzle at to be given Catwalk Show employment boost by Jonathan Maley

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nemployed residents in the Black Country could see their job prospects raised dramatically through a new employment initiative. The Park Village Employability Scheme will begin on Monday (January 13) and provides insight into training and skill development, particularly targeted at residents who speak English primarily as a second language. The resolution was launched after a successful event in November last year, showcasing the potential use of the services on offer. As well as apprenticeship learning and the development of core skills in business, residents will be treated to an enviable surplus of encouragement and advice.

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ashion students at Walsall College staged their dazzling annual Catwalk Show to showcase their wealth of creative talents. The atrium area of the college’s Wisemore Campus was transformed with an elevated catwalk and come alive for the show, which was an artistic collaboration between Fashion, Hair and Beauty, Performing Arts, Dance and Music students. During the show, a range of stunning collections that Fashion students have Councillor worked hard on throughout the year was Elias Mattu, unveiled with themes including pop art, Wolverhampton wonderland and 1950s skirts in tribute to City Council’s the fact that the college first opened in Cabinet Mem1953 and is this year and celebrating its 60th ber for Leisure Birmingham Black Country birthday.Region. and Communities, said: had around their hair, “These sessions will aim The to catwalk Officersmodels will work the make-upclock andtobody art coaching styled bystrateHair boost residents’ chances of gainprovide and Beauty students, while the individevening ing employment via a unique gies for each and every was hosted by Performing Arts students, coaching and mentoring proual need. include live Music stugramme which will help support Sueperformances Lindup, by Constituency dents and filmed byNorth Media East, students. them to overcome the barriers Manager, NeighChristine Taylor,Services Curriculum they have identified.” bourhood Team,Manager said: for Fashion at Walsall College commentSocial media has been used “Jobs, skill and training is a priCatwalk Show featured designs to highlight the potential useed:of“Theority for residents in the Park Vilcreated lage by all levels such schemes and to connect area and of thisFashion projectstudents will try their skills and artistry. those in the Black Countryshowcasing re- to address this issue by providing This year we’vesupport.” seen a number of stugion. Residents using Facebook specialist dents gainThe external recognition for 9:30 their have been aided by the advice opportunity launches talents, am fromon being named January as a runner up and service of the North East Monday, 13th, at the NEC Show’s YoungComDeNeighbourhood Services Team 2014 Clothes at Stratton Street signer of the Year competition, to Lane havprogresses. munity Centre, Nine Elms ing theirPark designs manufactured for retail The partnership is now offerVillage, Wolverhampton. launches For withfurther well-known brands. The ing further places to be booked information, please Catwalkcontact Show was a great finale what in hope of landing more success Karen Sahota or to Manjit a very successful year.” in finding jobs in and aroundhas thebeenCheema on 01902 556622

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China to invest heavily in HS2 city link project

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hinese investment is said to be on its way as development links are being made to the main HS2 railway sta-

tions in the Birmingham area. Reports suggest that Chinese premier Li Keqiang has sanctioned the £280m project through the China Railway

Group as an offer which made in a letter to Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore. It involves building connections from the interchange

intended for the city, to BirAirport Chief Executive Paul welcomed.” mingham Airport surround- Kehoe is said to have also been The offer was said to have ing towns and other cities approached by the Chinese taken the Government by sursuch as Coventry and Peter- firm about the potential for the prise, but reiterated that the borough. investment in the high-speed HS2 project will be funded, in As part of the main, the develby taxpayopment, it ers. is believed The move that a Stonehighlights bridge railthe confiway line, dence that which closed in the 1930s, rail project. He said: “Large one of the world’s most develwill be reopened with a con- infrastructure projects, such as oped and leading economy has nection to the airport which HS2, were very expensive and in Britain. would allow passengers to the offer to fund the project check in at the station and must be one the government travel to their gates. Campaigners believe the route could prove vital in providing sufficient investment is pumped into the project. A report said the railway would make train services from the existing rail network to Birmingham Airport directly accessible to more than eight million people in central England and avoid the need to change trains at Birmingham New Street l Birmingham City Council Leader, Sir Albert Bore station.

Kathy shows off the Weight Loss Plan; The Cambridge way

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every case, a new wardrobe. The Cambridge Weight Plan is unlike many other weight loss options. As mentioned, with this, you are never on your own. You have your own Cambridge Consultant who is on hand to give encouragement, support, advice and guidance whilst on your weight loss journey. With products from soups, porridges, snack bars and a selection of Eat Easy meals, everything is medically tested and approved:

“Everything is tailored to the individual,” says Kathy. We talk about changing the mindset of an individual, and understanding proper eating patterns.” There are 6-steps to the Cambridge Weight Plan and the bottom line is maintaining your goal weight. You are what you eat, that's why they offer valuable eating tips. From making the smart choice in coffee shops and takeaways, to

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fter yet another Christmas of excessive drink, food and repeat TV programs many of us spend the early part of the new year with our feet up, television still very much the focal point and the new, expensive gym-membership card unused on the fireplace. However, there is one highly sought-after ‘program’ that will help you lose the weight and you don’t need to spend pounds, on leather and lycra, for the privilege. The Cambridge Weight Plan is a flexible, convenient weight-loss program, for real people, with real results. With fully Accredited Independent Consultants who are by your side, from start to finish. One successful consultant is Kathy Fraser who, herself, is testimony of the Cambridge Weight Plan: “I was overweight and always ‘promised’ myself to lose the excess. But, it was when my daughter visited me from London on one occasion. At a time in my life where I often felt lethargic she looked slimmer, svelte and fantastically healthier than ever before. And it was then that she introduced me to the Cambridge Weight Plan.” From her Cambridge Centre office, in Birmingham City Centre, Kathy has a growing list of men and women, from ages 17 - 75, who have taken on the Cambridge Weight Plan, with an endless number already having a brand new look, a new life, with new verve and, in pretty much

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t a panel-led debate, the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has unvieled their ‘Women in Business Toolkit,’ developed in conjunction with Europe Direct. The ‘toolkit’ includes an array of advice and guidance on statutory rights and best practice activities, which was launched at an event hosted by accountants, PwC and supported by Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Among those taking part in the launch was Kate Warrington, Assurance Director at PwC, who said: “Increasing diversity at all levels is a key priority. It’s about making sure there is a level playing field for all, regardless of gender or race, and doing this as quickly as we can. However, many women face challenges around juggling their career, motherhood and other caring responsibilities they may have. As a result, some may prefer to work flexible hours rather than the traditional working day of nine to five. The big question is how will businesses accommodate this?” Also present was Kate Cooper, who is founder of New Optimists, an on-line forum for scientists.

Chauvinism

She was critical of the discrimination and chauvinism of the past century, some of which she believes still cast a shadow over today’s workplace. She said: “In my generation, until the late 70s, legally I was

In management speak, organising a household plus brood is time management, decisionmaking, project design and delivery, budget control and conflict resolution.

Get to the top

Chamber launches new resource for women in business l Panel members (standing, left to right): Kate Cooper (New Optimists), Kirsty Davies-Chinnock (Professional Polishing Services Ltd), Tim Pile (president, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce), Sarah Veale (TUC), Sarah-Jane Marsh (Birmingham Children’s Hospital), Susanna Mendonca (BBC West Midlands and chair). Seated: Katie Warrington (PwC) and Henrietta Brealey (Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce). my husband’s chattel, not allowed credit or a utilities account, unable to make a tax return, my sick pay was his, not mine. Many women of my parents’ generation had to give up work on marriage. All women over 40 today were discriminated against in some form in their girlhood.

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any have endeavoured to engage our attention through social media in recent years, none more so than the ever growing platforms of Facebook, Instagram Tumblr et al.

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by Jonathan Maley

Yet where many business models have failed to cater for their audience’s vast and diverse cultural heritage, a new sensation has emerged, and by the looks of it, is ready to grow

and grow in 2014. The Iyaeko. com is an image sharing social platform that celebrates the very best in global fashion and style. Established by media entrepreneur Adetola Oredope in December last year, the newly born site aspires to reflect the very is

best in world culture. Why is this different to other social bodies you may ask? The creation was kick started in view to marvel in a rich tapestry of values with Oredope’s network celebrating forthcoming trends shared by fashion designers,

This sanctioned discrimination and unthinking chauvinism still affects today’s workplace. And still, if a woman wants to be high-powered and bear offspring, she faces the dilemma of (a) child care and (b) clearing up the household mayhem kids create, probably throughout her 30s and 40s. event managers and trend setters galore. Speaking exclusively to the Phoenix for the first time, the Iya Eko curator stated: “So many people are of the opinion that their clothing represents who they are, the site was established to celebrate this, to share our ideals and differences all in one place…” Iya Eko went public on the 20th December, 2013. In its first week the social sharing platform enjoyed over 1000 visitors, generating close to 8000 pages views with an average user spending over five minutes on the site. Since then, members have browsed through a colourful array of over 16,000 images, witnessing and sharing in a unique sense of pride. The 33 year old explained: “You can search for cultural dress from Nigeria on Instagram but you need to know where to look or which hashtag to search. Here at Iyaeko we want to provide that in an instance, all in one place.”

It’s ‘action learning’ for real. Add the accelerating pace of new technologies along with climate change, resource depletion and population pressures and everything’s in flux. However, while there are few women at the top today, women under 40 haven’t faced the same restrictions. A lot of younger women now assume they can get to the top. They can. There are more women in their early and mid-40s appearing in positions of power, notably in fields traditionally dominated by men. Somehow, as a society, we need to work out how to care for the next generation and give women the freedom to pursue their careers too.” GBCC policy adviser, Henrietta Brealey, said: “The toolkit includes advice and guidance on statutory rights and best practice activities. It does not call for onerous regulation but raises awareness of what already exists. It aims to support interested women and their employers by giving them the information they need to decide what works for them.”

Wheels are swiftly in motion to enable further interaction amongst users, allowing them to purchase orders through fabric producers, jewellery makers, photographers and more. By mid-2014, users are expected to be able to make gallery playlists, whereby their chosen images can be shared or privately created for each individual’s enjoyment. Oredope added: “Our current focus is to further improve the user experience on the site. We wish to make our site as social as possible over the next three months, so you can interact and learn. One day we want to be a global platform” The social network visionary has already turned down investment; afraid the money may dilute an opulent formula that the website is looking to nurture. If one were to view the comments left by users, it is little wonder why – “Great project. Love the concept. E-ovation!” Read one user’s commendation after spending three hours on the website. With London Fashion Week in full swing, Iya Eko’s introduction stands tall as a unique window into world fashion’s cultural diversity, and with plans to integrate the website into a mobile application later this year, this instant sharing photo site could well be one to look out for.


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l Councillor Adrian Andrew, Chair of Governors Brian Lowe, Director of Operations and Resources Deb Rajania and Principal and Chief Executive Jatinder Sharma celebrate the SFA funding with the vacant land behind them.

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new scheme funded by Walsall College could create 250 jobs by 2015 and breathe new life into the region’s economy. The College, based at the heart of the industrial Black Country has been backed by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) with a proposed eleven million Businesses and Sports development. The Award winning academy which hosts around 14,000 pupils has agreed to donate what has been described as a substantial capital grant to ensure the projects go-ahead. College bosses forwarded their case to the SFA last September in a bid to support the scheme. The college have proposed vacant land by their Wisemore Campus will be used in the regeneration, at a time when Government funding is at a critical low. The state-of-the-art complex is believed to complement exist-

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ing facilities in the region and a reported fee of £64 million has been estimated to erect the new Wisemore site. Walsall College Principal and Chief Executive Jatinder Sharma speaking to the Phoenix said: “We’re doing this for Walsall and the region as a whole. We wish to make a positive impact on every aspect of the community and provide a future for our children.” As well as a whole new sporting experience to emerge from the project, vocations and jobs will be spread across the incubation centre for business as well as a contemporary sports hall that will meet Sport England standards. The aim of the freshly built sport and business hub will be to facilitate growth within the local economy, as a response to the council announcing further cuts

that will deepen into the year 2015. Walsall Council’s Adrian Andrew’s, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Transport, stated: “I’d like to congratulate the College in securing this funding and for their efforts in facilitating another exciting development in Walsall…It shows we’re continually supporting businesses to create jobs and opportunities for local people.” Walsall College is one of the few educational establishments in the region to have been awarded as Outstanding in February 2013 by Ofsted, one reward in a long line of success that includes the Gold Award for investment of people. Mr Sharma concluded: “There isn’t a great deal of money for business to invest in locally, so if we can give that special something back, we hope the council can see the efforts being made for a brighter future.”

fter the hard slog of the January sales, retailers now prepare their stores for the forthcoming spring summer lines. What isn’t as for certain as their pending deliveries is the number of retailers who will breeze through their doors. To counter this, a new outlook which will forecast sale figures for the retailing year, has been developed using data analysis to understand real time consumer buying patterns and behaviours. Customer Experience Management (CX) has been created as a counter weapon to alleviate the pressure built by the online market. It is believed to be the new frontier in Customer Relationship Management, becoming a key component in the successful retailer's arsenal. The flagship design is expected to be used here in the midlands. It appears even more imperative for companies to have the right sources of information in an age whereby competition isn’t just from the store next door, but from the incessant growth of internet activity.

High-street to counter internet pressure with sale forecast ‘looking glass’ by Jonathan Maley

Retailers believe this new collection of data and analysis will maintain focus and perspective in what the experts have panelled, the toughest year to come. Hardeep Singh Garewal, President of European Operations at ITC Infotech said: "For Large swathes of retailers' customers are unknown to them, in some cases, up to 85%.

In many cases, companies have little knowledge of customer purchasing decisions. These insights enable companies to drive profits and customer satisfaction.” With Birmingham brimming with various shopping destinations and high streets, Customer Experience Management could prove a vital component in the battle to revive the smaller regions of the city, Black Country and Wolverhampton.

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i t h Christmas behind us and another year upon us, there will be those of us missing the festive haze and counting down the days until next Christmas (indeed it’s not uncommon for some people to leave a Santa on their roof allyear round), whilst others will be glad to see the back of it. Christmas can be a real family battleground for some of us and all in all, not a particularly jolly experience. Things can go wrong from the Yuletide get-together. Imagine the following scenario: you drive to the dreaded in-laws on Christmas Eve, with your partner and kids. In a rush, you are involved in a collision. Apart from being stressful itself, the accident causes a great deal of tension between you and your partner and you argue for the rest of Christmas Eve. It even carries on at your in-laws’ house, who are their usual miserable selves. On Christmas day, with all the squabbling going on and a bit too much alcohol in your system, you blow your fuse and punch your partner’s elderly father. There is uproar amongst

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the family and your mother-inlaw faints in a state of shock. Tragically, your mother-in-law dies two days later. That is not the end of your woes though as your partner’s family finds out that she had not written a Will. This causes ructions within the family as they fight over who should have what. You and your partner are also considering getting a divorce now. Hopefully, you will not quite have gone from one nightmare to the next over the Christmas period, but for those of you that didn’t enjoy Christmas, you may still be reeling from one of the incidents above or something similar as you start back at work. It is clear that you need a break, but you might also need a lawyer. If you have been unfortunate enough to suf-

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How to stir a Chinese New Year treat by Jonathan Maley

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fter the fun of Christmas and New Year, the January blues can easily set in, but did you know there’s another party occasion to look forward to straight after? Chinese New Year starts on January 31 and is a great excuse to celebrate with more food and drink. Stir-fries are of course obligatory – use whichever meat, fish and vegetables you like, but make sure you choose top quality condiments such as Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce for an authentic taste. Made with just four pure ingredients and no additives, it’s the brand that professional chefs prefer. They know the secret to its delicate, aromatic flavour results from the

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several months of unhurried brewing, so grab a bottle and get ready to wok ‘n’ roll. Try making a couple of different stir fries such as a chilli beef with mushrooms and chicken with red peppers and baby sweetcorn, and season both

ne of his first memories as a child was the smell of his mother’s cooking. He used to help out at his family restaurant, doing small chores and help around. The smell of beef, lamb and fish on the grill at that time was his favorite smell. The older he got, the more he wanted to learn about food. Issa Ohanian started getting more and more into cooking, inviting friends over and cooking for them. The more he cooked, the more he would fall in love with it all. And that's when he realized what he should be doing in life, what his calling was. With that, he started working at hotels as a cook at first. Then he built his way up to B, A, Chef de Partie, Sous-Chef, Chef de Cuisine and now he’s an

with Kikkoman Soy Sauce. Just make sure all the fresh ingredients are cut to the same size to cook evenly and you get the wok nice and hot. Simply serve with egg fried rice or some noodles drizzled with sesame oil. Finally, shop-bought prawn crackers and spring rolls will complete the meal along with a dip made from Kikkoman Soy Sauce and fresh ginger. Easy! Stir-fries aside, Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce is an essential seasoning for all sorts of dishes from soups to salad dressings. What’s more, it’s a fabulous way to add flavour without fat. Forget about rubbing butter or oil over a chicken before roasting – simply brush with Kikkoman then savour that fabulous meaty flavour.

Executive Chef. With all his years of experience, he went beyond Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine, and into Asian, Western, Continental and even Sushi cuisines, allowing him to be able to create more versatile menus. From 1998, up to 2006, he worked at the Coral Beach Hotel & Resort as VIP Chef, giving him the envious privilege of hosting presidents, prime ministers, royalty and VIPs from around the world; “This gave me the greatest of pleasures, serving some of the biggest names in the world in the best way I could,” he said. “Their complimentary remarks,” a hugely proud Ohanian continues; “were always a testament to my evergrowing ability to create in the kitchen. In an environment in which I always knew I can

Ditch the Gym for Chopsticks at your desk!

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ith the New Year well out of the way and that household tin of celebrations now down to the final few bounties, our obsession with fitness and healthy eating is on the forefront of our daily plan. Yet according to new research, you may not even have to leave your desk to redeem a healthier way of living! Upmarket food Company Kabuto Noodles state that we no longer have to sign up to the dreaded gym or book those personal trainers. Instead, they’re

shine.” Through all those years, the relationship between Issa and cooking has developed into a love affair full of passion, commitment and pure love. Even now, he’s always trying to be dynamic and innovative to the best of his ability. Now, he is reaping the rewards by becoming a fully experienced Executive Chef and consultant. Every time he puts on his uniform and enters his kitchen, he will always have that same beautiful feeling of being exactly where he belongs. And that, in short, is the story of the biggest love of Issa Ohanian’s life, cooking.

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proposing that using chopsticks to eat your lunch can in fact be good for you. Their theory states using the ancient Chinese way of consuming food takes as long as almost fifteen minutes longer than using a knife and fork, furthermore, keeps our brains more active and engaged for a greater period of time. Crispin Busk, Founder of Kabuto Noodles commented: “We were really excited to find out that not only is eating with chopsticks fun, but it’s good for you too. It gives your brain something to focus on, challenges your skills and adds authentic-

ity of eating noodles at the same time.” A reported two thirds of Britons are claim they can use chopsticks effectively and Kabuto look to be channelling our attitude to Office eating to their advantage. Dr David Holmes, leading UK Psychologist commented: “The elegant use of chopsticks requires focal attention to a simple but skilful task. As with artistic creation, this is excellent for relaxed brain activity, which reduces stress at the same time as learning a social skill.


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Ditch The Sugar Eat Yourself Healthy In 2014

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014 is the year that people start to change their relationship with food and focus on what they are eating and the effect it is having on their health, says Elizabeth Peyton-Jones, food and health expert and author of 'Eat Yourself Young.' In explains further about the concept of 'we are what we eat' and how understanding a few simple principles can change our bodies and lives for the better,she says: "We are what we eat: This year, we start to understand that

the food we eat has profound consequences on our bodies (physical), attitudes (mental), and impacts on both our short and long term health. For example: if you have a headache, maybe your liver is congested and needs a light detox, or maybe you are dehydrated. Stomach pains normally occur because of a low grade inflammation or intolerance. Try and find the source and change your eating and drinking to help sort it out.

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Healthcare leader brings wellness to Pakistan

S Ditch the sugar:We will start to cut down on sugar as we begin fully to understand its detrimental effect on our health and weight. Not all sweet was created equal: sugar is complicated and made more so by scientists who have created synthesised sweet yet low calorie tastes, thus fooling us into believing there is no detrimental impact to the body... We'll all be learning how wrong that viewpoint is!"

anofi Pakistan, the first multinational pharmaceutical company operating in the country, have launched a brand new concept in healthcare – Wellness. It launched a line of nutraceutical products which is demonstrated to have a physiological benefit or provide protection against chronic disease Nutraceutical, a word combining “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical”, means a product that provides health and medical benefits, including the prevention and management of disease. Sanofi Pakistan is initially launching 4 brands: CollaFlex, FreeFlex, E-Cod and Seacod, a cod liver oil that is helpful in improving immunity. The com-

bination of cod liver oil with vitamin E in E-Cod is good for the heart and beneficial in avoiding muscle cramps caused by vitamin deficiency, CollaFlex and FreeFlex - supplements that promote flexibility of joints and help keep joints healthy, particularly to avoid or manage conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Speaking at the launch, Mr.

Football stars back HIV testing campaign

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ith one in five people infected with HIV in the UK remaining undiagnosed, Birmingham health chiefs are backing a campaign spearheaded by football stars from across the West Midlands to promote the importance of HIV testing. Ron Vlaar, Paul Robinson, Sam Ricketts and Chris Brunt all appeared in educational booklets, videos and posters which promote the health benefits of testing for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The four captains, who joined forces with Birmingham awareness campaign; ‘Saving Lives,’ also appeared on promotional buses across the city during November and De-

cember. One in five of those living with HIV in the UK do not know they are infected. People with undiagnosed HIV cannot receive treatment using today’s highly effective treatments, and may well unknowingly pass on the infection to partners. “Saving Lives is a campaign that is helping promote awareness,” said Aston Villa captain, Ron Vlaar. “We don’t want people to hear these silly things about sharing a kiss or having trouble with insurance.” Birmingham City captain Paul Robinson continues: “You can live a long happy life with HIV if you get tested.” The players’ clubs are helping promote the educational effort, and

‘Saving Lives’ published a special booklet featuring its footballing ambassadors to coincide with the National HIV Testing Week last November. “People can get tested very easily,” says West Bromwich Albion’s skipper Brunt. “They can go to their local hospital, their GP or a sexual health clinic.” Wolves captain Sam Ricketts is clear on the message: “Always stay safe, and go and get tested.” ‘Saving Lives’ works with local service providers to publicise testing centres in towns and cities nationwide. The charity’s campaign aims to reach new audiences and talk about HIV in a way which resonates today.

Tariq Wajid, General Manager of Sanofi Pakistan said: “We are proud to be the pioneers of a new era of wellness in Pakistan. Modern lifestyles have become very fast-paced and stressful; diet is not always as balanced or healthy as it should be. Our nutraceutical line will help people maintain a state of wellness and as we all know, a strong, healthy person is less likely to fall ill than a less healthy one.” Sanofi is an integrated healthcare leader focused on patients’ and individual needs. The introduction of nutraceuticals positions Sanofi across the health spectrum, addressing health needs ranging from wellness to prevention (vaccines) to management and cure.

“The last mainstream HIV awareness campaign was many years ago,” said the charity’s Medical Director, Dr. Steve Taylor. “Late diagnosis is associated with increased mortality, and so we need to persuade people to take the test by reducing the stigma that still surrounds what is now a chronic, treatable condition.” Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councilor Steve Bedser, said: “HIV treatment has moved on dramatically in recent years and it’s now a manageable condition but late diagnosis can lead to unnecessary complications. “That’s why testing is so important. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner your treatment can begin and that increases your chances of leading a long and healthy life.” ‘Saving Lives’ is the first UK HIV charity of its kind to be supported by major Premier League football clubs.


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I really managed to stuff myself this Christmas. I planned not to, as usual, and have put on an obscene amount of weight so the profile pic you see on the editors note will not be coming down anytime soon as I feel that is my best look ha. Right now I am looking at Bootcamp Cambridge diets and ordered Insanity vids with the hope I get back in shape for 2014 as I have promised myself a well deserved break in the Caribbean. If I do not get my weight target I wont be leaving the country because going over to the beach with a belly is not exactly cool ha. Anyway Streetcredders how did you enjoy your Christmas? I am sure many of you relate to the first paragraph and feel just like me. Although the pop belly is there I am very thankful for the family Christmas meals had. Did I party? Sure did and I saw you guys enjoying yourself too. Took so many photos at different clubs, God Birmingham city nightlife was buzzing this year, we passed through TE Bar Boxxed and finally ended up in someones house slumped on their couch ha ha yes I sure brought in the new year with a bang, start as you mean to go they say. So up next is valentines the one day of love then we go back to hate and aggro ha loads coming up to look forward too as you will see in this edition guys. Always look to Streetcred as we are truly the eye of entertainment. Enjoy!

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s if Kanye West has teamed up with Nike to launch Air Yeezy his own brand. The rap business mogal has his name tied to a few top fashion designer labels but out of all this one seems to have taken off quite well. Here pictured are the Red October edition trainer. What do you think?

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Rest in peace Paul Walker, Dies at just 40 years old

he Fast And Furious man died this month whilst leaving a charity event. It came as a shock and sent social media platforms into meltdown. It was a huge surprise, he’s an inspirational actor that will be remembered for many years from now. In the words

of Vin Diesel who was a costar with Paul Walker wrote on his personal twitter account ‘brother, I will miss you very much. Heaven has gained a new angel. Rest in peace xxx’ absolutely beautiful. May your spirit rest in peace.

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R&B have joined together for touring the states. This is definately big news and something true R&B fans have been waiting for, for a long while. Lets hope this show comes to the UK. We know Mr Kelly doesnt like to do overseas very much “This photo was the last time we were together”


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STYLE queen of the month - jennifer lopez

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caught up with Romeo at the premier of Home Again movie featuring Tatiyana

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ups and downs like anyone else but really could you see these guys falling apart? they are made for each other.

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on stage and stole the limelight from Tyrese but he really was chuffed about it, who wouldn’t be?

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t definitely wasn’t a case of ‘no likey, no lighty’ when Nikki Chilton met comedian and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness at an annual awards ceremony. Nikki, who manages Slimming World groups in Birmingham, was delighted to get a chance to cuddle up to Paddy when he co-hosted the Slimming World Awards with the organisation’s chair and founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE. Bolton-born Paddy, who shot to fame in Channel 4 comedy ‘Phoenix Nights,’ alongside school friend Peter Kay, before becoming a popular stand-up comedian and TV presenter on shows including ITV1’s ‘Take Me Out,’ said: “I have to admit the most I knew about Slim-

ming World before the awards was a gag in Peter’s routine that refers to Slimming World as being a £1 cheaper than its competitors! Jokes aside, I was genuinely amazed to hear about what a difference people like Nikki who run and manage Slimming World groups make to people’s lives. At the ceremony I met lots of people who’d lost incredible amounts of weight and it had totally changed their lives. Before I started working in comedy I was a fitness instructor so I know how important it is to look after yourself, but equally I know it’s not always easy to motivate yourself. So, having the right help and support to keep you on track really

is invaluable.” Nikki said meeting Paddy at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, was the cherry on the top of a great year for Slimming World: “Obviously the most important thing of all is that our members have lost weight and improved their health throughout 2013 and we’re so proud of all of them. But as well as seeing stonking success on the scales, we’ve had a lot of fun throughout the year too – we’ve held parties in group, raised money for charity and members have cheered each other on with every step of their weight loss journey.”


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cal performer in October 5 that was part of a series of headlinemaking appearances that supported the release of her album, ‘Bangerz,’ on RCA Records. In the UK, Miley has dominated the charts with a No.1 album and No.1 singles for “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball.” Bangerz also debuted at No.1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts. Additionally, during release week, Bangerz hit No.1 on iTunes in over 70 coun-

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Global Superstar Brings Bangerz To The UK he highly anticipated tour of global superstar, Miley Cyrus, hits Birmingham’s NIA on

tries. Both singles, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop”, off Bangerz have already sold over 8 million copies worldwide. Her music video for "Wrecking Ball" became the fastest music video ever to reach CERTIFIED status, VEVO's milestone for videos delivering 100 million views in only 6 days. Cyrus shattered the previous record which she held for “We Can’t Stop,” which was CERTIFIED by VEVO just 37 days after it premiered.

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he Caravan & Camping Show makes a welcome return to Birmingham’s NEC from the 18th to 23rd February 2014 and, this time, it’s even bigger! Now over 70,000m2 (the equivalent of 1,750 average campsite pitches) The Caravan & Camping Show is the UK’s biggest start of season showcase, last year attracting over 83,000 visitors. The Show is a fantastic opportunity for new and experienced caravanners, motorhomers and campers to buy and browse all the latest products from all the leading manufacturers, dealers and importers, pick up useful tips and advice from hundreds of industry experts, be inspired by fresh destinations and days out ideas and stock up on essential outdoor leisure accessories – many at ‘show-only’ prices. With half term dates, The Caravan & Camping Show is a fun-filled day out for all the family with free ‘have-a-go’ features on offer for visitors of all ages, each inspired by the outdoor holiday lifestyle. Under expert instruction you can try rock climbing, mountain biking and a kid’s assault course. You can also enjoy Campsite Cookery demonstrations and dog agility displays, including a special guest appearance from Ashleigh & Pudsey, the winners of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

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on Richardson is checking his tyre pressures, hoovering his floor mats and putting an emergency packed lunch in the boot of his car, ready to hit the road again with a brand new tour ‘Nidiot.’ The perennial singleton and misanthrope is determined to become a more easygoing person for the sake of his friends and his future health. Come and find out whether or not a leopard can change its spots, or if they are doomed to be angry forever not to have been given a more uniform and symmetrical fur pattern. Away from his live stand-up, British Comedy Award 2013 Nominee, Jon is best known as team captain on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’. He is massively in demand for television and radio appearances. His recent TV credits include ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC ONE), ‘Live At The Apollo’ (BBC ONE), ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ (BBC ONE), ‘Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The 02’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ (BBC TWO).

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he magic of Neverland came to the NIA in Birmingham this month for 3 nights of wonderous delights. The multinational cast brought the story of Peter Pan to life in front of thousands, utilising cutting edge special effects and a brilliantly designed stage to great effect. For the UK leg of the tour, Stacey Solomon plays the narrator, Tinkerbell, who remains unseen for the majority of the production, although her unveiling and performance of Westlife’s “You Raise Me Up” is well

BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY January 11 Manifest Live ft. Lipzkin 12 Iced Earth 15 Hannah Trigwell 16 Catapult Club 17 Lamb of God 17 Propaganda 18 Rhino And The Ranters 23 Lindi Ortega 24 Megan Nicole 24 Propaganda 25 WolveXhys 29 Thy Art Is Murder 30 City and Colour 31 August Burns Red 31 Propaganda 31 Catapult Club

BIRMINGHAM INSTITUTE

January 18 Leaves’ Eyes + Atrocity 25 Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip + Itch + Sarah Williams White 25 Broken Witt Rebels + The Two’N’Eights + Paradise Circus 26 Darlia + Sundara Karmaold Out 29 John Newman 30 MasterclassUK – Lineup TBC 31 Mayday Parade + Man Overboard + Decade + Divided By Friday

worth the wait. Sandor Sturbl as Peter, and Lilly-Jane Young as Wendy put in stunning vocal and physical performances, both on the ground and in the air. Touted as the first time Peter Pan flies without wires or a harness, this incredible feat is achieved with the help of a wind turbine that is built into the set. Riding on a high-speed jet of air, Peter performs a series of backflips and somersaults as he rises up to 10 metres above the stage. The turbine was custom-

LG ARENA

January 08 Maroon 5 14-17 Young Voices 25 Arenacross 2014 27 Depeche Mode

TOWN HALL

January 10 What the Ladybird Heard: Relaxed Performance 12 Paul Lewis: Pictures at an Exhibition 14 Town Hall Tour 19 Rising Stars: Leticia Muñoz Moreno and Ana-Maria Vera 25 Sing & Discover: Movie Mania 29 Scholl and the Academy of Ancient Music 30 Beyond The Barricade 31 Nick Owen in Conversation with Roy Wood

SYMPHONY HALL

January 11 CBSO Tuned In: Stravinsky’s Petrushka 15 Musical Picnic: Midweek Explorer 15-16 CBSO Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet 17 Jazzlines Free Gigs: Jim Bashford Quartet 17 An Evening of Music & Dance 18 Musical Picnic: David InsuaCao and Percussion of the World 18 Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields 19 Crompton House School Brass

made for the show by a company in Latvia, whose equipment is sometimes used to train astronauts! As well as the turbine, the show also uses a new, state-of-the-art 3D zipline flying system, which enables the performers to fly above all areas of the enormous stage. With a musical score including “Our House” by Madness, “Sailing”by Rod Stewart and “Angels” by Robbie Williams, this really was a truly spectacular event enjoyed by both adults and children alike. VIP Meet and Greets

were available before the show, allowing special guests to enjoy a buffet fit for the Lost Boys, before photo opportunities with Hook, Smee, Peter, Wendy and Tinkerbell. A stunning evening, and one that will live on for a long time in the memories of all who attended, because after seeing Peter Pan flying without wings (or a harness!), maybe we all felt like being that child that never grows up!

Band 19 Black Dyke Band 20 Lunchtime Organ Concert Thomas Trotter 22 CBSO British Classics with John Wilson 22 The Hour - Birmingham Conservatoire Big Band 23 Folk For Free: Samantha Crain 23 Boycott & Aggers 24 Symphony Hall Tour 24 Jazzlines Free Gigs: Tim Amann Sextet 24 CBSO Friday Night Classics: ABBA Symphonic Spectacular 25 Sax in the City with The Notebenders 27, 31 CBSO Schools Concerts: The CBSO’s Guide to the Orchestra 28 Paul Carrack 30 Beyond Classical: Viva Vivaldi! Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Ensemble 30, 01 CBSO The Organ Symphony 31 Jazzlines Free Gigs: Andy Bunting Quintet

NEC

January 11-12 Autosport International 11-12 Performance Car Show 19-20 Trophex 2014 19-22 Interiors UK 25 TeenStar

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January 10 Union J 12 BBL Cup Final 17-19 Strictly Come Dancing Live 2014

CIVIC/WULFRUN WOLVERHAMPTON

January 10 DABS Disco (Civic Hall) 11 Blast Off Clubnight (Wulfrun Hall) 12 Circus of Horrors (Civic Hall) 18 Blast Off Clubnight (Wulfrun Hall) 19 Fun Lovin’ Criminals (Wulfrun Hall) 24 Jason Manford (Civic Hall) 25 Blast Off Clubnight (Civic Hall) 25 Skindred (Wulfrun Hall) 30 James Arthur (Civic Hall) 31 Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal (Wulfrun Hall)

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January 15 Ovation presents Upon Descent 18 Turisas 20 Gary Delaney 28 Richard Herring - We’re All Going To Die!

Ed Sheeran Live

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asterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The 22-year old’s debut “+” entered the U.K. Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening week figures for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 6x platinum in the UK. The singer/songwriter is also a two-time BRIT Award winner (Best Male Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist), recipient of an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ for The A Team and has gone on to become a genuine global phenomenon. Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling, Madison Square Garden conquering singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced his return to the

UK/Ireland for his first headline tour since Autumn 2012. The Birmingham dates are as follows: Sun 19th October 2014 LG Arena Mon 20th October 2014 LG Arena


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Lights, Camera, Action At The 25th Palm Springs Film Festival!

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alm Springs rolled out the red carpet as it welcomed a host of the world’s most celebrated international film stars for the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival. The star-studded event also marked the Californian city’s recent 75th anniversary. Founded by the late Sonny Bono during his reign as city mayor, the week and a halflong film festival has grown to become one of the biggest film festivals in North America - a can’t-miss event for film lovers and casual cinemagoers alike, featuring more than 200 films from 70 countries and various

premieres. In total, there was 15 screens throughout Palm Springs showcased films across countless genres. The festival also featured special events, filmmaker tributes and gala receptions. The Black Tie Awards Gala was held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, honouring individuals in the film industry with awards. This year’s female actress honorees included Sandra Bullock, recently gracing the silver screen in 'Gravity,' who received the Desert Palm Achievement Award. Matthew McConaughey, receive the male actor equivalent. Known as Hollywood’s

playground and a burgeoning film festival destination, Palm Springs hosts several high-profile film festivals throughout the year including the Palm Springs International ShortFest; Festival of Native Film & Culture; Cinema Diverse; and more. They are appropriately held in a city famed for its celebrity appeal, dating back to the 1950s when Hollywood’s glitterati relocated and set up home in the city. Visitors today can discover the secluded retreats and exclusive estates of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Bob Hope, or follow in their famous footsteps on the city’s own Walk of Stars.

BIGScreen by Antony Brown

Big Screen Journalist

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ilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and The Dwarves continue their journey towards The Lonely Mountain in order to reclaim their homeland of Erebor from the fearsome dragon known as Smaug. However, with cracks beginning to show within the group and an evil greater than Smaug preparing for war, their mission is going to be far more difficult than any of them could have ever imagined. The first movie in this on-going, prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,

opened in 2012 to heavily mixed reviews. Many people were left disappointed and felt that the trilogy began with a whimper rather than the bang they were all hoping for. For the record, I am not one of those people. I thoroughly enjoyed An Unexpected Journey, but having said that, it must be declared that The Desolation of

Smaug is heads and tails above its predecessor in almost every way. The direction, the writing, the characters, the set pieces, the action, and the visual effects – everything is improved upon in this highly anticipated sequel. As always, Peter Jackson directs this most recent adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece and he could not have done a better job. Jackson is on the form of his life here and fills each and every frame with excellence. The set design, the costumes, the visual effects – everything comes together seamlessly in order to help Jackson create his own personal vision of MiddleEarth. Ever since The Lord of

the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring, Jackson has worked tirelessly to craft this vast and immersive world that so many of us have become so familiar with and fond of. It is wonderful to know that this material is in the hands of a man who clearly has a great respect and admiration for Tolkien and this is exactly what makes

these movies so great; they are made by the ultimate fan. Peter Jackson was born to make these movies. The cast are all fantastic. Martin Freeman is a joy to watch as Bilbo Baggins as he infuses a sense of humour and wonderment into Bilbo that makes him such a fan and quirky character. However, this time around, there is a darkness to Bilbo that was absent in the previous chapter. The ring he now possesses is clearly beginning to affect his sanity, causing for some striking changes to his personality. Fortunately, these changes are very sparse and very brief but they are clearly building to something much worse. Ian McKellen is Gandalf – it really is that simple. His character is not featured as heavily as he has been in previous chapters, but he still plays a significant role in the events that transpire. Richard Armitage returns as the tormented Thorin Oakenshield who is relentless and unyielding in his desire to reclaim his homeland of Erebor. Like Bilbo, there are some changes evident in Thorin that seem to suggest his desperation for victory is having an adverse affect on his persona. He seems to be motivated by rage and is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. The Desolation Of Smaug also brings with it the welcome return of Orlando Bloom’s heroic elf, Legolas and introduces us to Tauriel, played by Lost’s Evangeline Lilly; Legolas’ confidant who is every bit the warrior he is.

Legolas and Tauriel are fantastic and they are involved in some of the most spectacular action set-pieces in the entire movie. Considering that the character of Tauriel doesn’t even exist in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Evangeline Lilly has done a brilliant job of effortlessly becoming a part of this world. She fits right in. The action in this movie is stunning and is choreographed with a joyful extravagance that truly makes it a pleasure to behold. One scene in particular involves Legolas standing on the heads of two dwarves as he mercilessly eliminates a horde of Orcs with

his legendary bow whilst Tauriel is engaged in vicious, fast-paced combat with the same beasts. It’s brilliant to watch Legolas and Tauriel try to one-up each other in terms of their own bad-

dragon, Smaug – and what an introduction it is. Smaug is, without question, the best dragon ever committed to film. He is immense and terrifying yet witty and charming, thanks in

assery. The Desolation of Smaug also brings with it the long-awaited introduction of the legendary

part to the excellent voice work by Benedict Cumberbatch, who bestows a sinister arrogance upon Smaug that makes every moment we spend with him magical. His back-and-forth dialogue with Bilbo is fantastic and builds slowly to a rousing confrontation between Smaug, Bilbo and The Dwarves. The CGI is mindblowing and serves to bring this colossal character to life in a very real and very vivid way. The Desolation of Smaug is brilliant. It is fun, dark, scary and action-packed. It also ends with a wonderful cliff-hanger that teases what is certain to be an actionpacked and epic final chapter. A must see. 10/10


The Phoenix – January 2014

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t can definitely be said that gamers seem to get a pretty bad hand dealt to them by the media, especially when there is a new controversial game release (see GTA V recently for that) or atrocities committed in the “real world” by people apparently addicted to violent games. All gamers seem to get tarred with the same brush after event like these, but for “The Worlds Best Gamer”, Athene and hundreds of thousands of other gamers worldwide, the stigma of “being a gamer” is something they are actively working hard to abolish. Gaming for Good is an initiative that grew out of the Gaming

for Good movement that started in the AtheneLive community. Now, it is a platform where gamers can get new games by donating to charity. All revenue from the website goes directly to the PayPal account of the Save The Children charity, and in return, donators get points which allow them to purchase games from the huge online catalogue. The games that are available on the website, have been do-

nated by supporting developers and publishers, to help aid this great cause. To date, Gaming for Good has raised over $10million for Save the Children, and raised the profile of gamers working for the greater good into the mainstream, with Athene getting airtime on a number of major American news shows to explain the Gaming for Good movement, and all the good work that he has personally seen happen-

Concept : Project Christine

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roject Christine is a revolutionary new concept design that will change the way users view PCs. It will allow any user to build and customize his or her PC in any configuration without any prior technical knowledge. Further, as new upgrades come to the market, the same PC can be easily and quickly upgraded without additional technical assistance and without the fear of incompatibility or obsolescence. Project Christine’s modular design allows users to easily build their PCs by allowing them to select and install modules on-the-fly, whether it’s a CPU, GPU, or memory and storage configuration. The PCI-Express architecture of Project Christine automatically syncs components. Need more graphics processing power or storage? Easy – a user can slot-in additional graphics modules and add more storage by either swappingout the existing storage drives or adding more modules. Equally exciting, Project Christine is able to run multiple operating systems that the user may require. The modularity of Project Christine makes it perpetually customizable, offering plug-and-play upgradability as new and improved technology evolves, ostensibly eliminating the need to re-

place entire systems. Modules connected to the PCI-Express backbone can be added in any order or combination, featuring up to quad-SLI graphics, multiple SSD and RAID storage components, I/O and even power supplies, ensuring maximum flexibility. The cable-less design of each sealed module is entirely self-contained and features active liquid cooling and noise cancelation, which allows Razer to factory overclock components without voiding warranties, safely and quietly. The system also features a touch-screen LCD display that indicates control and maintenance information. “Project Christine is a new concept design that will revolutionize the way users view the traditional PC. This is the first gaming system that is able to keep pace with technology and could allow consumers to never buy another PC, or gaming system, again,” says MinLiang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “We have a history of bringing incredibly innovative concept systems to market and it’s fair to say that Project Christine is a very exciting new prospect for future development.” Obviously as this is just a concept we don’t have a release date or price point, but considering the hardware they’re talking about, and knowing Razer’s pricing, your wallet could take a hit!

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ing for himself in the field when he joined the Save the Children effort in Africa. Gaming for Good, alongside other charitable initiatives like the Humble Bundle which has been featured before, are really helping people all around the world, and many thanks must go to all of the donators, be it for their time, money or software, to enable the gaming community to help those less fortunate than ourselves.


mar 21st - april 20th

sept 24th - oct 23rd

april 21st - may 21st

A religious, ethical, or cultural question will arise at the start of the year. You have strong feelings about this issue, but may be forced to keep quiet while tempers rage out of control. There will be a time and place to air your views, but it will not fall during the first week of January. Wait for cooler heads to prevail. An impressive business executive will give offer support toward the middle of the month. The 16th might bring unexpected news about a relative or neighbour. You may have to juggle your schedule to help this friend out of a tight spot. Career matters assume an increased importance near the 30th, when a behind the scenes supporter recommends you for a fantastic job. Don’t bother exaggerating your educational background. Energy and enthusiasm will count for a lot more than where you went to school. Ask a well connected friend to write a letter of recommendation for you.

Learning a new skill will be trickier than you anticipated during the early part of January. Your teacher’s methods will be unorthodox, to say the least. Try not to get distracted by their tendency to go off topic. It may be necessary to hire a tutor to master this subject. In the end, you may have to mentor fellow students who are even more confused. You won’t be happy with test results on or around the 16th. Quite a few questions will address topics you didn’t address in class. If you’re dissatisfied with the training you’ve received, you should complain to the powers that be. As the 30th approaches, life will become considerably easier. Let your family pamper and pet you. You’ll benefit from the extra tender loving care. Take an authority figure’s promises with a grain of salt in the final days of January or you could be sorely disappointed.

oct 24th - nov 22ndt

The earliest days of the month warn against lending and borrowing money. A joint account could be the source of contention. Try not to let your temper spiral out of control. If you’re worried about debt, take this opportunity to set up a repayment plan. Consolidate your loans and try to lower your interest rate. In this market, creditors are willing to work with you. Be sparing with your purchases, even if you make good money. The more conservative you are with funds, the better off you will be. Payment from a job you performed some time ago will arrive on or around the 16th. Unfortunately, you’ll have to spend all of these funds on bills. Let this be your impetus to begin a savings fund. By putting a set portion of your income into an interest bearing account, your finances will improve dramatically this year. An opportunity to travel will arrive quite suddenly as January turns to February.

A new source of income becomes available in the opening days of the year, but there will be a hitch. The work you will be expected to do is sporadic. You’ll have to be on call and ready to contribute at a moment’s notice. This isn’t exactly conducive to relaxation. To add insult to injuries, cash will be very thin on the ground. You’ll have to struggle to pay a bill toward mid-month. Operating on a shoestring budget won’t be easier, but it is better than going deeper into debt. Try to have a little extra cash in reserve near the 16th, when an unexpected expense will crop up. The New Moon on the 30th will afford a welcome opportunity to have fun with friends. A short trip for pleasure could also be in the cards. Be ready to pack your bag at a moment’s notice. Expect a power struggle to erupt at the end of January.

It will take time to get adjusted to a new relationship. A romantic or business partner will feel threatened by this arrangement and try to assert their independence in disruptive ways. Stand up for your rights, or you’ll set a bad precedent. You have a lot to bring to this partnership, provided you’re allowed to state your opinions and command respect. Just because you’re a nurturing person doesn’t mean you should endure temper tantrums. By the 16th, you’ll be completely tired of yielding the floor to others. You’ll have to fight to get the care and attention you deserve. Things will get better near the 30th, when the New Moon favours mating and relating with a dynamic executive. If you’re already in a relationship, keep your eyes open for an unexpected refund, dividend, or inheritance. Put this money toward a new entertainment centre, computer, or smartphone. It’s a great time for an upgrade.

You have a chance to revamp your image during the opening days of January, but don’t make any hasty decisions. A gradual change is preferable to a radical overhaul. Don’t do anything you will later regret. It’s especially important to take a relative’s feedback with a dose of salt. Doing something to defy an annoying relative could backfire. If you need advice, ask a friend whose taste you admire. Their tips will help you project a confident but sexy image that is very impressive. Take care you remember a special occasion near the 16th, or you could make a friend, lover, or business partner really angry. A generous and thoughtful gift is definitely in order. An exciting moneymaking opportunity will arrive on the 30th. This will be a great way to master a cutting edge gadget or complicated software program. Your knowledge will make you a hot commodity on the job market.

The early days of January are always good for launching a fitness regimen, but beware of pushing yourself too fast, too hard. Take things slow, especially during the first two weeks of the month. If you strain a muscle or ligament, ice it down and revert to gentle stretching instead. Spending more time at home will bring contentment to all concerned toward the middle of January, when an elderly relative or neighbour could use your help. By the 16th, you will have earned a break from work. If you continue to push yourself, a careless error could occur. Take the day off. Two heads are definitely better than one near the 30th, when the New Moon favours partnerships of all kinds. A chance encounter could lead to love. If you are out of your depth with a business matter, enlist the aid of a professional. Their fee will be well earned.

You’ll be forced to let go of an old grudge in the opening days of January. In some ways, you’re not ready to forgive and forget. Still, you owe it to yourself to try. Clinging to this issue will cause you to miss a golden opportunity. Walk away from a fight, even if it means giving in to a perceived rival. You have bigger fish to fry. Fortunately, a respected authority figure will notice your decision to take the high road and offer a reward in the form of an impressive office. You might have to quit a job near the 16th, simply because it no longer suits your lifestyle. Try not to take it personally if your boss is angered by your resignation. The 30th brings an exciting opportunity for a makeover. Be prepared to listen if a fashion conscious friend or neighbour wants to share their insights on up to date style. It could spell change for you.

The road to romance could get a little rocky in early January. A promising flirtation will be fraught with problems. You want to know where you stand, and don’t appreciate it when the object of your affection plays hot and cold. You’re better off waiting for someone who is more emotionally mature. If you’re already in a relationship, you’ll iron out a misunderstanding during the second week of January. The Full Moon on the 16th forces you to cancel personal plans for the sake of a friend. Resist the urge to abandon your loved one in their hour of need, even if the problem has been self-inflicted. Your loyalty will be soon repaid. A terrific job offer will arrive toward the end of January. You could be offered a position with terrific benefits on or around the 30th. Relationship matters improve dramatically as January turns to February, thanks to a heart-to-heart chat.

Social opportunities abound in early January, but beware of letting just anyone into your circle of trust. A seemingly wild rebel is more trouble than they are worth. You enjoy their irreverent sense of humour, but it won’t seem so funny when you become the butt of their jokes. Stick close to friends who have proven their loyalty and stuck by you. The chance to volunteer for a religious, cultural, or educational organisation will give you a lift in mid-January. The days around the 16th could bring disappointing news. You may decide to part ways with a disappointing lover. Alternately, you might have to scrap a creative project that just isn’t working. Life will become much easier toward the end of January, when you get a welcome opportunity to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Schedule a spa appointment near the 30th. Keep your eyes open for special money saving deals and you’ll save a fortune this year.

dec 22nd - jan 20th jan 21st - feb 19th feb 20th - mar 20th

aug 24th - sept 23rd

The opening days of the year may be filled with emotional turmoil. There will be disagreements about a potential move and tensions will be running high. In the end, you may have to defer to someone who has more power and money. You can burn off steam by throwing yourself into an intensive work project. It may be necessary to make a public presentation on or around the 16th. You won’t be able to please all the members of your audience. Some people will question your judgement, but stand your ground. Things will lighten up considerably as January draws to a close. The 30th will be perfect for launching a creative project or embarking on a romance. News of an impending birth could also reach your ears. Have you been longing to go on vacation? Take this opportunity to check your documentation, buy tickets and reserve hotel rooms. You’ll find some fantastic rates.

nov 23rd - dec 21st

A new career opportunity will present itself in the opening days of 2014. You’re not sure if you want to sacrifice your freedom on the altar of professional success. If you accept this position, you can expect to spend lots of time away from home. Decide whether this is really best for your family. It may be necessary to take the job for financial reasons. That doesn’t mean you have to stay with this company forever. Schedule a conference with your nearest and dearest on the 16th, when you will have to make a decision. Your social life will start to pick up during the second half of the month. Be sure to attend a party on the 30th, when the New Moon will put you in the path of some highly original people. These friends can help you blaze a trail to another career. Jobs in the technology sector will be particularly appealing.

may 22nd - jun 21st

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The Phoenix – January 2014

EDUCATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH -

Hereward College students team up with The Phoenix Newspaper

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tudents from Hereward College looking to move into a career in the Media and Journalism industry are to undertake a work placement at The Phoenix newspaper in Birmingham.

It is hoped that their time at the newspaper will encourage the students to become more confident in their skills and enhance their knowledge.

Some of the things the students will be doing include design work for the paper, writing articles for already established features and starting their very own features.

Working in partnership with the newspaper, Phoenix Managing Director Marcia hopes to help the students develop their knowledge and understanding of the world of media.

A student involved in the partnership, Katy Oakes, said, “I am really looking forward to working here and learning new skills. I have already enjoyed the amount of freedom and creativity I have been allowed to have, it’s allowed me to progress quickly!”

Students will be given the chance to work with staff at the magazine to develop their own features which will be featured either in The Phoenix or in our sister publication, Street Cred.

With a diverse range of students, it is hoped that the students will bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the paper and help further promote it within the local community we serve.

The Phoenix Managing Director commented “I am excited to be working with the students of Hereward College to not only help them develop themselves but also to develop this paper. The skills that these students have already shown to us make me confident that big things will be happening in the near future. Watch this space!”

who will oversee their work and give them help on how to improve. Students will be given the opportunity to work either from college or they can work in the office and get a feeling for journalistic life.

Phoenix Managing Director added “We are looking forward to letting the students into our office and giving them a real taste of what it is like in the world of media work. They will be given the chance to work with our own designers and writers to further their own knowledge.

To support the students, they will be guided and helped by senior staff at the newspaper

I am really looking forward to working here and learning new skills.

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oung athletes aged between 16 and 18 are getting the chance to take part in the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme, giving them the opportunity to gain further qualifications while continuing to develop as an athlete. Athletes would need to attend up to nine days throughout the calendar year, which will be held at regional hubs and on suitable dates to avoid competition clashes, in school holidays and at weekends. Personal coaches will also be invited to attend relevant sessions with their athlete and contribute where appropriate to their athlete’s programme. Workshops will cover topics such as nutrition and performance, sports psychology, lifestyle, communication and media, 100% Me, social media and career planning. Practical ele-

Hereward College is a general FE College in Coventry providing both day and residential places. We welcome all students including those with diverse and complex support requirements. In addition to residential students, day disabled an non disabled students also attend the college.

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ments will include workshops in strength and conditioning and fitness testing as well as physiotherapy input and support. During the year, athletes will develop a range of skills that will assist them to develop as an elite athletes and progress

to further education or to gain employment in a related field. Development funding is available to athletes who complete the programme to assist with expenditure and transport costs, paid on completion of the award. Personal coaches who engage with the programme are also invited to apply for development funding to assist with their professional development. To be selected for the programme, athletes must be: (i) born between 01/09/96– 31/08/97, (ii) placed within the top 15 in their event in the UK 2013 Power of 10 rankings, (iii) possess or be working towards a GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics, or any other functional skills qualification. You will be unable to enrol or remain on the AASE programme if you are enrolled on another apprenticeship or NVQ qualification.

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ll-night revision sessions are not the best approach to exams, says research. Anyone who thinks last-minute exam cramming always works is in for some bad news. Psychologists from Sheffield University have published results from their research showing that learning is much more effective when spaced out over stretches of time. It showed leaving a day between practice sessions was a much better way of gaining skills than continuous play. Professor Tom Stafford says this reflects how memories are stored. He was able to analyse how people around the world improved when playing the Axon computer game. “Cramming for long intense stretches ahead of a test might feel like more is being learned,

but this is illusory. A better way of revising or learning is to plan over a much longer period, with substantial breaks between study sessions,” he said. He found a clear pattern showing that people were more successful when gaps were left between sessions of playing. “Leaving a day between sessions did not weaken performance, but strengthened it,” he said. This is because it makes better use of how the brain stores information. "The study suggests that learning can be improved. You can learn more efficiently or use the same practice time to learn to a higher level," says Prof Stafford. The volume of learning is less important than how that time is structured.

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andwell has shot up the education league table after a big rise in the number of pupils at good or outstanding primary schools, according to Ofsted. The borough is now placed third on a list of the best-performing areas in the region, the education watchdog said in its annual report. Worcestershire and Solihull claimed joint first place at 82 per cent of pupils at good or outstanding primaries- just one percentage point ahead of Sandwell which recorded a 25 per cent increase. With regards to secondary

Hereward College students team up with The Phoenix Newspaper

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tudents from Hereward College looking to move into a career in the Media and Journalism industry are to undertake a work placement at The Phoenix newspaper in Birmingham.

It is hoped that their time at the newspaper will encourage the students to become more confident in their skills and enhance their knowledge.

Some of the things the students will be doing include design work for the paper, writing articles for already established features and starting their very own features.

Working in partnership with the newspaper, Phoenix Managing Director Marcia hopes to help the students develop their knowledge and understanding of the world of media.

A student involved in the partnership, Katy Oakes, said, “I am really looking forward to working here and learning new skills. I have already enjoyed the amount of freedom and creativity I have been allowed to have, it’s allowed me to progress quickly!”

Students will be given the chance to work with staff at the magazine to develop their own features which will be featured either in The Phoenix or in our sister publication, Street Cred.

With a diverse range of students, it is hoped that the students will bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the paper and help further promote it within the local community we serve.

The Phoenix Managing Director commented “I am excited to be working with the students of Hereward College to not only help them develop themselves but also to develop this paper. The skills that these students have already shown to us make me confident that big things will be happening in the near future. Watch this space!”

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who will oversee their work and give them help on how to improve. Students will be given the opportunity to work either from college or they can work in the office and get a feeling for journalistic life. Phoenix Managing Director added “We are looking forward to letting the students into our office and giving them a real taste of what it is like in the world of media work. They will be given the chance to work with our own designers and writers to further their own knowledge.

To support the students, they will be guided and helped by senior staff at the newspaper

I am really looking forward to working here and learning new skills.

About us

Hereward College is a general FE College in Coventry providing both day and residential places. We welcome all students including those with diverse and complex support requirements. In addition to residential students, day disabled an non disabled students also attend the college.

education, the report said "large increases in the proportion of students attending good or outstanding schools can be seen in Solihull, Walsall, Telford and Wrekin, and Sandwell." Councillor Simon Hackett, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, welcomed the news and praised the hard work of parents, children, schools, staff and governing bodies. He said: "With such a strong start to their primary school education we are seeing, year on year, more able and more skilled pupils entering our secondary schools. We are

now looking forward to the improvements this will deliver in the years to come at GCSE level." The council acknowledged the number of pupils gaining 5 A* C GCSEs including English and maths was not yet high enough, he added; "But over the last five years Sandwell's results have improved by 18 per cent compared to a national improvement of only nine per cent," he said. "Clearly, we are catching up very quickly." It was disappointing the Ofsted report did not mention the number of pupils getting 5 A* - C not including English and maths is significantly better than national performance, added Councillor Hackett. In addition to this, the council was being very proactive in ensuring the best secondary school education for our children.

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he skills of two Walsall College Photography students, as well as one former student, received plenty of exposure when they visited the House of Commons as part of a prestigious national competition. HND Photography students Hannah Walklett, 19, and Kristofor Green, 32, were shortlisted in the final of EEF ‘Made in Britain’ Photography Awards after their submitted course work captured the imagination of judges. And Shane Butler, who was a HND student at Walsall College until last year, was named the winner in the ‘Best Photograph By An Amateur Photographer’ category. His striking image of a technician tending a vat of hot molten metal was praised for its “intensity” and “rich, warm tones and shadow”. All three budding photographers travelled down to London, in December, for a celebration event on the Palace of Westminster’s House of Commons Terrace which was hosted by Labour backbench MP Barry Sheerman. Up to 25 people were shortlist- l Hannah, Shane (centre) and Kristofor outside Walsall College’s ed in each category and the stu- Wisemore Campus following their London success dents beat off competition from more than 800 entrants to make the finals of the annual contest, which 20 year old Shane finished runner-up in last year. The competition searched for photographs that captured British products, components or processes in abstract form or in their full glory. comparing and talking about ognised by a national competiHannah, from Wolverhampton, their work which was nice. tion which will really enhance said: “The occasion itself was The fact we got shortlisted out our photographic portfolios as quite informal and consisted of of about 800 entrants is a fantas- we get ready for the world of a room full of photographers all tic achieve- work.” ment and we’ve now been rec-

Palace of Westminster Celebration for Photography Students

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ADOPTION AND FOSTERING

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ith a national shortage of Foster carers across the UK, there are more children than ever who need a caring and loving environment, which every child has the right to experience. Whether a crisis in the family, illness or relationship difficulties could be some of the reasons

why a child is placed in care. There are already so many fantastic individuals who foster and adopt children into their families- but we need more ! At the Phoenix, all of our team are committed to raising awareness of fostering and adoption through our campaign not just for the month of May, but for an entire 12 months!

We will be highlighting the inspiring work of current carers, the extensive support and training that is available and the difference that you could be making in a young persons’ life. If you feel that you can offer this, or even if you would like to find out a little bit more – don’t hesitate! It could make the greatest difference to a child’s life.

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ust when producers within Channel Four were under the hammer for releasing ‘Benefits Street’, a wholly inaccurate representation of those on Britain’s streets on the dole, or as those of us in Birmingham would call the UB40, the channel launches another potential spectacle, this time directed at children seeking adoption. ‘Find me a Family’ follows three households of would be adopters in plight to find homes

for children who are yet to be, and are very difficult to be homed. The growing issue within our communities is one so great that despite channel four’s best efforts to undermine the benefit system, they appear to have redeemed themselves with this tear jerking journey to finding adoption. With well-directed interviews and heart-warming pieces to camera, the new series won’t be breaking Benefit Street’s viewing figures, yet dignity is expected to return in the eyes of those watching the edgy channel after the watershed.

t is a sad fact that a child, of any colour or background has to go into public care because of neglect, or abuse, or because their parents cannot cope. Adoption is one of the best ways of giving those children a family for life. More than 4,000 children across the UK are in need of adoption every year. Unfortunately, children from some African, African-Caribbean, Asian and other ethnic minority communities often have to wait longer for families to provide permanent homes. Black boys, over the age of five, in particular, wait the longest. Many people consider adoption, but never look into it further, convinced they will be ruled out due to the many myths surrounding who can and cannot adopt. It is important to remember that the UK has one of the most open, liberal and supportive set of criteria for those interested in adopting a child. People are needed who could parent children from African, African-Caribbean, Asian and Mixed Ethnicity communities. Adopters are needed – and welcomed – from every sector of society, from every income

level, ethnic group and religious persuasion. Misconceptions that persist include issues around age, marital status and sexual orientation. But, in reality, you don’t need to be under 40. There is no upper age limit. You can adopt if you are single, or in a same-sex relationship. You don’t need to be wealthy, or own your own home. And issues such as being overweight will not automatically rule you out. As long as you are over 21 and do not have a criminal conviction for certain crimes, you can apply to be assessed as an adopter. Savita de Sousa, the BME policy consultant for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), said: “African-Caribbean boys tend to wait longer for families as there are a limited number of ‘forever’ families available to meet their emotional, developmental and spiritual needs. “Basic things like hair care and skin care are important to a child growing up. African, AfricanCaribbean, Asian and Mixed Ethnicity children need to develop a positive sense of their identities where they feel good about themselves and their connection

to the outside world. “The experience of ‘difference’ and disconnectedness from origins are a part of the adoption experience, so we want to encourage people from across the African-Caribbean, Asian and Mixed Ethnicity communities who are able to relate to these experiences to find out more about adoption. “Knowing that you can make a difference in a child’s life will be amazing and seeing the change in them will make you smile.” We, at BAAF, believe passionately in the importance of ‘forever’ families for all children. We know that children do best in life if they have a secure and loving family of their own – a family who will help them feel confident and encourage them to develop positive racial, cultural and religious identities. Adoption is a life-long commitment and BAAF knows from existing adoptive families that, while it can be hard work, the rewards are huge. So if you think you could be a forever family to a child from black or ethnic minority communities and would like to find out more, please visit www.baaf.org.uk


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o-founders of Techturized Inc., and creators of Myavana, a hair and beauty social network (from left to right) Chanel Martin, Candace Mitchell and Jess Watson. In the ongoing pursuit for women to achieve hair nirvana, the first online social hair and style network has been developed with this express goal in mind. Beauty technology company, Techturized Inc. have launched Myavana, an online social hair and style network where women can collaborate on haircare and styling issues. Users can upload hairstyles, share beauty tips (including information about styling products and preferred salons), and styling techniques.

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Founders Candace Mitchell, Chanel Martin, Jess Watson, and Joy Buolamwini saw an opportunity to give women a platform to share haircare and hairstyle knowledge. The personal hair experiences the style-conscious engineers made them keenly aware of the challenges women, particularly Black women, have finding haircare solutions when they travel or when they change hairstyles. Acting CEO Candace explains, "Many of us have dealt with the challenges of our daily hair maintenance since we were little girls as we mirrored our mothers tackle our complex curls and thick manes. Generation after generation, there hasn't been a central resource established to simplify

this process, whether it be finding a salon or stylist in your local area or receiving tips and suggestions that are unique to your hair challenges. It's time to change that and we aim to meet the hair care needs of women everywhere in an innovative way." Myavana encourages women to form communities based on hair texture, desired hairstyles, or geography. Users can follow desired hairstyles by "Girlfriending" users who post images with that style. Each time a user accepts a Girlfriend request, the community can follow that user's hair journey

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TRAVEL

Radio DJs at launch of Royal Caribbean’s latest ship

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Js Lauren Laverne and Stuart Maconie hosted a celebration of music to launch a new ship from the Royal Caribbean International, which has music at its heart. At the recently held event, music industry expert and author, Maconie, was tasked with researching what makes a song an anthem and what is it about an anthem that gets under people’s skin. As part of the research, Stuart, put together a list of songs with anthemic status – both recently popular and traditional – and asked the nation to choose the song that makes them the happiest. Especially composed versions

of the top 5 anthems were performed on the night by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, including; "It’s a Beautiful Day" by U2, The Beatles’ "Hey Jude," Robbie Williams’ "Angels," plus classics "Nimrod" by Elgar and "Jerusalem" by Parry. Speaking at the launch of the ship, ‘Anthem of the Seas,’ Radio 1 DJ, Laverne, commented: “Bob Geldof once said that everybody talks about the power of art, but you don’t often stand in front of a painting and cry, but music has that power over us. It’s the closest thing we’ve got to magic.” Time was that if you were looking for amazing music on holiday, you’d be looking at a city break in the likes of New York

l Royal Caribbean Internationals’ “Anthem of the Seas”. Inset - DJ’s Lauren Laverne and Stuart Maconie who hosted the launch. or Berlin. However, that’s set to change with the announcement that the ‘Anthem of the Seas’ will become the most entertainmentdedicated and technologically advanced cruise ships ever to be based in the UK when it launch-

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s an Air France super ad!

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or a brief moment commuters forgot the stormy skies of the last few days as Air France messages lit up the London skyline. To celebrate the launch of its new low fares and on the year of its 80th anniversary, Air France projected laser images into the sky to captivate Londoners and banish January blues. The laser images were beamed from a black cab, as it stopped in iconic locations. Messages encouraging everyone to start planning

their next trip include: January Blues? Fly Worldwide; The Sky. Our passion and Air France Sky. With prices starting at just £404 return, there was plenty to smile about. Air France, with the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority, is the first airline to ever do this type of innovative action in London. The airline is currently supporting the campaign through all its online platforms and Social Media channels and has created a video showcasing the highlights of the experience. Additionally, there is an

online competition that will give one lucky winner two long haul tickets and the opportunity to have their suggested message filmed in the sky. After London, the light show will head to Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh –some of Air France regional departures, to promote the airline’s low fares. These offers are available to dozens of destinations worldwide and are valid until February 5

es in spring 2015, taking in the sights of the Mediterranean. As the name suggests, Anthem of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International will include some of the most technologically advanced music and en-

tertainment spaces in the world. This includes Music Hall at the heart of the ship’s music scene and built to showcase the best in live music, and venue Two70°, named for its magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views

provided by vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Featuring a three storey bar, and huge entertainment spaces, Two70° offers entertainment technology so advanced that it is only found in two other locations in the world.


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CTO

ABTA appoints new Director of Tourism for UK and Europe

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he Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority announced the appointment of Cherrie Osborne to the position of Director of Tourism UK and Europe, charged with the responsibility of directing and managing the country’s efforts to market and promote the twin-island destination in the UK and Europe. In making the announcement, Minister of Tourism the Hon. John H. Maginley said, “After serving as second in command for the past six years, this young Antiguan has shown that she possesses the maturity and capacity to lead our tourism promotion efforts in the UK and Europe. She has a keen understanding of the product, and a wealth of experience working with the UK

travel industry. I look forward to her leadership in reinforcing the destination’s image and promoting brand Antigua and Barbuda in Europe. I also thank her immediate predecessor Mr. Hilary Modeste for his leadership of the UK and European team over the past five years and wish him well on his well-earned retirement.”

Promotion

Ms. Osborne began her career in the UK tourist office in 2006 and was later promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager in 2009, where she has served with distinction in developing strong links with British tour operators and airline partners. She has ably deputized in the position on numerous occasions and brings to the role a wealth of experience and contacts relevant to promoting

Antigua and Barbuda in the UK. On learning of her promotion, Ms. Osborne said, “I am excited about the opportunity to lead an experienced team in the development of Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism industry, building on the vision through dynamism, innovation and through strong relationships with our tourism industry partners.

Deserved

The tourism industry has gone through a challenging period in recent years. However, Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism product remains resilient. We continue to adapt to the changing environment. As we enter into 2014, we must continue to build on our successes of the last year. I am confident that working together we will achieve our growth targets.”

Fashion Designer chose Guadeloupe Islands for special celebrations

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egendary designer, Diane von Fürstenberg, celebrated her New Year's Eve birthday by holidaying on the premier French Caribbean destination of Guadeloupe Islands. The fashion icon posted a mesmerizing sunset image: 'Sunset in Guadeloupe! Love Diane' from her DVF official account (http:// instagram.com/dvf ) showing what believes to be her husband Barry

Diller EOS yacht anchored off the French Caribbean Archipelago. It looked like a French Caribbean Bon Anniversaire and joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année for Diane, and the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe Islands was the perfect setting for celebrating. The archipelago is comprised of five islands, Basse-Terre, GrandeTerre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade and finally Les Saintes the lost paradise which evokes nostalgia

for the Saint Barth of 10 years ago. A long-time playground for the French including legendary fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, Academy Award Best Actor Jean Dujardin and renowned Model/DJ Willy Monfret (The destination's US brand ambassador), Guadeloupe Islands is an exceptional source for memorable travel experiences.

Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James said, “Miss Osborne has been particularly effective in building a large network of business relationships with European tourism partners. Additionally, the PR projects such as the recently successful X-Factor TV episodes that Cherrie has spearheaded have resulted in immense exposure for our destination. On behalf of the entire team, I would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to Cherrie as the first Antigua and Barbuda national to lead the Tourism Authority’s efforts in the UK and Europe. It a great achievement for her and this promotion is well deserved.” With the increase in airlift from the UK for the upcoming winter season and the recent marketing efforts in building brand Antigua and Barbuda, the UK is expected to record a growth in overall visitor arrivals this year.

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Oh, the experiences we have!

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h, the experiences we have! Here I am in my hotel room, working on my speech. Actually, trying to work on my speech, because somehow, the ideas aren't flowing, the thoughts incoherent, the phrasing disjointed. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe I'm tired, maybe it's because it wasn't too long ago that I landed; maybe too much on my mind, maybe I'm simple losing my touch; maybe it's nothing at. Whatever it is, something's lacking in this speech. So I decide to take a walk those who know me know I walk a tad fast. To where? I don't know. And, as I teach in my communications classes, if you don't know where you're going you end up somewhere else. Fast. Often, it's somewhere you'd rather not go. But not today. This time I end up in the Botanical Gardens, you know. Oh, the experiences we have! By the way, is this Dr. Seuss? My daughter reminded me during the few minutes I spent with her on Monday that she read every Dr. Seuss story, his every book by the time she was eight and to this day she quotes Dr. Seuss. Often. Oh, the places she’ll go! OK, I digress. Anyway, as I walk through these beautiful gardens the music catches my attention. Compelling music. Absorbing music. Composed and performed by birds. It seems that every one of the nearly 200 species is involved in this open air concert. There's cawing and whistling and cooing and chirping. Every caw caw, every chirp chirp, every hoot hoot, every tweet tweet, every chip chip and crack crack performed with precision, the modulation perfect. Maybe that's what I should talk about, I tell myself: "You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go” Definitely Dr. Seuss. And, oh yes, the experiences we have! As I take in the sweet melody and contemplate my speech, a gentleman comes up to me. His car won't start and he wants me to "give me a push". What?

Me? Push a car? But I do.

ture enthusiasts. And in the gold mines as well! Paradise is found in your unique and enriching holiday experience. Yes, paradise is found here. It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. You know this is Dr. Seuss.

And as it moves I tell myself “I didn't realise I was this strong.” The engine kicks into life, the car starts. It pulls away and the man puts out his right arm and performs some sort of sign language for “thank you.” One more experience to tick off my "must do before I die" list, I think.

And, since paradise is found here, and paradise is calling, you must tell the world because the world needs the birds of paradise to sing to it.

Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. I continue walking these amazing gardens, enjoying the symphony. And as the sun begins to fall and darkness begins to emerge, a new chorus rises. This time it's an orchestra.

But how will you tell this fascinating story? How do you communicate it to the whole wide world? How do you keep paradise, while turning it into a major source of income, a tool for development of every Guyanese?

This melody is enticing, beckoning, calling. I can hardly resist the temptation to go in search of the creators of such amazing sounds. But they are somewhere in the distance. There must be dozens, prob-

Oh, what an exciting time we live in as communicators! Oh, what tools we have at our disposal!

l Johnson JohnRose, Communications Specialist, Caribbean Tourism Organisation

Communication and Information Sharing for Tourism Development Feature Address by Johnson JohnRose Communications Specialist Caribbean Tourism Organisation then realise it's a grey heron. ably hundreds of them. Every part played to perfection, every echo a gift from heaven. Love is forever here. I have to listen some more, and the chorus continues. A woman selling snacks tells me they are parrots. She doesn’t tell me what species, but it really doesn’t matter. This is music the way nature intended it.

It's the only bird I've seen today, everyone else is in the trees singing to me. I can’t decipher the lyrics but, gosh, the melody is sweet. As I head back to the hotel, I’m thinking, whoever said paradise is lost hasn’t been here, hasn’t experience this spontaneous concert, this symphony from nature, composed and performed flawlessly by

I'm making my way back to the gates that keep heaven in and the hellish traffic out. An unfamiliar bird invites me to the seven ponds and the tombs of past leaders. The markings are faded. It's a struggle to determine who's buried here, but there are former governors-general and past presidents. A shortcut to heaven for their service on earth, I presume. At first I can't tell what bird it is, but I l Prime Minister of Guyana, Sam Hinds

birds. This is not paradise lost, this is paradise found. Paradise is found here in the natural beauty and fascinating cultural heritage of this vast country. Paradise is found in the wealth of attributes that you offer adventure seekers, hikers, birders and eco-tourists. Paradise is found in the goldmine that you offer the history buffs, the naturalists, the anthropologists, architec-

The lives of the Kardashians unfolding live in our living rooms – and our bedrooms via the most sophisticated television sets; Guyanese wildlife reaching hundreds of millions via tablets and mobile phones. Think of your next door neighbour becoming a star in an instant thanks to YouTube; Think of the billions of Friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter. Think Pinterest and Instagram. Communication in an instant. Right now, as I speak someone in the audience is sharing my every word in 140 characters or less, posting my image, sharing videos of me with friends and followers everywhere from Grenada to Greenland. Right this very second, my son in Kunming, China can share with me live,

what he’s preparing for breakfast. Technology has made our world smaller, brought our countries closer, made our ability to communicate easier; made the playing fields leveller. Yes, what an exciting time we live in as communicators! Communication is key, they say, but no one said it was easy. Or, as the Irish playwright, essayist, novelist and short story writer, George Bernard Shaw so eloquently stated, the single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has been achieved. In essence, we take things for granted, we believe that as long as we say what we want to say, communication is complete. We often forget that communication is an exchange of ideas, it’s the flow of information from one person to another; and in order to be effective the sender and the receiver must be on the same wave length, if you may. Communication is what the other person hears, not what you say. It’s the music I hear when the birds do the chirp chirp and the caw caw and the tweet tweet. It’s the image that I visualize as the jaguar races across my TV screen and the Kaiteur Falls rush down my tablet. And, since nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood as Freeman Teague, Jr said, the onus is on us to ensure that communication is achieved both in words and in deeds. Action still speaks louder than words. Of course, the task isn’t always easy, the hurdles are many, the environment challenging. For the most part, our tourism remains under-developed, and the programmes under-funded. However, despite the hurdles, despite the challenges, you should never give in or give up. In the words of the late British prime minister, Winston Churchill, never, never, never! To read Johnson’s full speech, check out the article on our website at www.thephoenixnewspaper.com!


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MOTORS

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Rolls Royce Ghost V-Specification

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olls-Royce Motor Cars announced the launch of Ghost VSpecification; a limited series of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase motor cars that will be available for customers to commission from January to June 2014. “This limited series celebrates one of Ghost’s defining characteristics; the exquisite 6.6 litre Rolls-Royce V12 engine,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Since its introduction

in 2009, an extraordinary marriage of assured presence and remarkable driving dynamics has endeared Ghost to a new generation of highly discerning businessmen and women, ensuring the car’s position as the statement of choice for a growing band of successful entrepreneurs around the world.” At the heart of the Ghost’s driving experience is its hallmark V12 engine. Acceleration is delivered with a characteristic immediacy and smoothness, propelling occupants from 0 to

Record Year for Top Gear Live

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op Gear Live, the greatest motoring arena show in the world, had a meteoric year in 2013, including touring to audiences in Australia and South Africe, as well as throughout Europe. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig

wowed sell-out audiences, including two special Top Gear Festivals, providing a full day of high-octane entertainment. The team returned to Durban with an even bigger and better extravaganza that again combined the excitement of flat-out thrills on a custom-built street circuit, accompanied by a dra-

matic arena show. Staged in the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium the glittering show featured all the exotic supercars, breathtaking stunts and crazy presenter challenges that have become so synonymous with the awardwinning Top Gear on television. Further underlining the brand’s huge global appeal, Australia became the second country to host a Top Gear Festival, with the show taking over the Sydney Motorsport Park for a full weekend of madcap motoring antics, extraordinary lap records, high-flying stunts and often absurd challenges. What’s more, hosts Clarkson, May and The Stig were joined by a host of notable personalities topped by two true Aussie racing heroes – Casey Stoner and Mark Webber. Back in Europe, Top Gear Live arena shows performed to packed-houses in Moscow, Amsterdam and Ant-

60 mph in just 4.7 seconds with 80% of power available from idle. This unique powertrain is celebrated with a 30bhp / 22kw power increase on all Ghost VSpecification motor cars. Elegantly applied design touches hint at Ghost V-Specification’s inherent dynamism. V-Specification motif coachlines finish the exterior paintscheme whilst customers can either choose from five specially selected exterior colours, or from Rolls-Royce’s 44,000 hue palette. Optional visible chrome

werp… but it was one memorable September evening in Poland that conquered new peaks. A record-breaking crowd of more than 57,000 filled Warsaw’s impressive National Stadium making it the largest ever single-night Top Gear Live attendance. And plans for the coming 12 months are already well advanced. Indeed they blast off later this month when Clarkson and company are back home in Britain for five sell-out shows at the dazzling new Hydro venue in Glasgow. Looking further ahead Top Gear Festivals are confirmed for both Durban and Sydney where world championship winning Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s new F1 star Daniel Ricciardo will be among those performing. And the Top Gear Festival special will be visiting Barbados in the West Indies.

exhausts and 21” part-polished wheels add further expression to the car’s dynamic promise. The V-Specification motif is echoed around the car’s handcrafted interior through engraving to the treadplates, embroidery to the rear armrest and hand-applied steel inlays to the front multimedia screen lid. The interior is completed with an exclusively designed clock with a black crown surrounding the face.


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SPORT - WITH STEVE WILLIAMS

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From West Mids To Mid East; Jlloyd enjoying new experience in Iran

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s many are expanding their trade, and life-experiences, on these shores, one leading former Premier League footballer is bucking the trend by expanding his career in pastures very new – and, under the circumstances – very rare. After more than ten years at Aston Villa, former full-back, Jlloyd Samuel, is enjoying a new life with Esteghlal, in the Iranian Pro League, with the former marauding left-back encouraging more British players to follow suit: “Players should try and experience different things and playing abroad provides that. It will improve your football education, your life experiences and also allows you to improve your technical levels too.” Now 32, he is enjoying a sec-

ond full season in the Persian sun and learning new things all the time: “I’m learning about the culture every day which the locals respect and I’m still enjoying it.” The development of young English talent has been a hotly debated topic after the failings of youth teams at recent international tournaments with Samuel, who gained seven England Under-21 caps, before gaining two caps at senior level for Trinidad and Tobago saying: “Young players will benefit from playing abroad. In England, they have everything they need so, maybe they need to step out of their comfort zones and test themselves – as players and as human beings.” From the West Midlands to the Middle East, Jlloyd Samuel has injected a new sense of impetus

l Jlloyd Samuel playing for Esteghlal in the Iranian Pro League. Insets - playing for former club, Aston Villa (top) and Bolton into his game as he also injects a new impetus into an expanding life—experience.

Blues draw Arsenal in European

‘Battle of Britain’

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t’s a ‘Battle of Britain’ in the New Year as Birmingham City Ladies will face their Arsenal counterparts in the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinals. City knocked out Russian side FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk, winning 7-2 on aggregate, whilst Arsenal reached the quarter-final

stage with a 6-2 aggregate win over Glasgow City. Blues Ladies manager, David Parker said: "The whole point of it being the Champions League is about testing yourself against the best in Europe but it's good for English football that we have two clubs still in there." Shelley Kerr, Arsenal Ladies manager said: "If I'm being bi-

ased you'd want both teams to avoid each other, but one good thing is that there's not much travelling and it'll be an exciting game for the neutrals." The two will face each other first in Birmingham towards the end of March with the second leg at Arsenal shortly after that.


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SPORT - WITH STEVE WILLIAMS

Snoop Dogg Football League Internship

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apper Snoop Dogg, via his Snoop Youth Football League, was looking for an intern for just one day to gives innercity children the chance to participate in youth football activities. The non-profit organization sees the internship is part of a promotional campaign at the Los Angeles based where children age 5-11 learn the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, discipline and self-respect, and the importance of academics. Snoop Dogg aka Lion said: " The intern-for-the-day will get a look inside the Snoop world and help me get some work done - maybe on the set of my news network GGN Hood News, or backstage with me when I'm DJ Snoopadelic. All you gotta do is help me support the Snoop Youth Football League for inner-city children, and you'll be entered to win."

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Spirit of 66 revived as world pays homage to Sporting legend

Becks and James to join forces in Miami

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l LeBron James shaking hands with David Beckham during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

ormer England star, David Beckham, is in negotiations with NBA basketball star, LeBron James, over a joint investment to create a new Major League Soccer club in Miami. James, one of the world’s bestpaid sports stars, plays for Miami Heat and thinks expanding the

presence of football in the city could prove a popular and highly lucrative move. The 28-year-old, who has claimed back-to-back NBA titles with the Heat, acknowledged talks had taken place between him and the ex football icon. He said: “David’s a good friend of mine and there's some interest

Fans To Make Rule In Harlem Globetrotters 2014 UK Tour

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he world famous Harlem Globetrotters are coming back to the UK and this year are taking fan interaction to a new level with thier 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour. The Globetrotters are the first organization in sports to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year. Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again – but with a major twist. This year's online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules: • Hot Hand Jersey – Both teams will have a “Hot Hand Jersey” they can pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets. • Make or Miss – The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded. • Trick Shot Challenge – Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the

trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points. With a roster showing a host of new and well-known stars, the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed, the Harlem Globetrotter, celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment will continue to entertain the young and the young at hear for some time to come.

on both sides. I think it would be great for this city to have a football here. This could be huge. Miami is a great town for soccer, with a lot of players here and a lot of soccer-mad youngsters.” Beckham is still awaiting approval from MLS authorities.

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s one nation suffered the loss of their greatest footballer, the sporting world rocked to the news Eusébio, aged 71 had died. The football heavyweight who scored 733 times in 745 professional games was laid to rest in his adopted Portugal. Chelsea's own Portuguese hero, Jose Mourinho was one of the first to pay tribute in stating: "I think he is immortal." Born in Mozambique, Eusébio embarked on a fairy tale journey that started from Africa’s grass roots to the very heart of top flight football. In doing so, Eusébio became the first African super star on European soil. The Benfica legend starred in no fewer than four European Cup

Finals, emphatically overcoming the might of Puskas’ Real Madrid in a memorable 5-3 win in 1962. Just four years later, Eusébio was to go down in sporting folklore; famously tallying nine goals in the 66’ World Cup. Befittingly, in the style and swagger of Portugal’s all-out attacking play, four of those goals came in game against North Korea, hosted at Everton’s Goodison Park. It seemed nothing could perturb the strength and prowess of ‘The European Pele’ as tributes flooded in across the footballing circuit. Those to pay their tributes were the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Sepp Blatter and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer, all too familiar with not only the sporting impact but the racial division Eusébio’s legacy broke.


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Shanaze Reade urges women to get on their bikes

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hree-times BMX world champion Shanaze Reade has urged women countrywide to get in gear and join the push to get one million females riding a bike. The campaign to boost the number of women who cycle was launched by British Cycling, as the governing body actively looks to address the gender imbalance in the sport. While British Cycling was proud to announce that over 100,000 women had already taken part in the initiative in six months of a seven year campaign, Chief Executive Ian Drake, said: “We know that British Cycling has a long journey ahead to change the culture of our sport but we are heading

in the right direction.” Reade, one of the most recognisable two-wheel champions, said: “For too long cycling has been seen as a sport for men. It’s fantastic to hear that over a 100,000 women have dusted off their bikes and got involved in British Cycling programmes across all disciplines so far.” She added: “The more women that cycle, the more their friends, sisters and mums will be inspired to give it a try – we’re starting to close that gender gap and I look forward to seeing even more women enjoy all that cycling has to offer.” Assessing the success achieved so far, Drake said the introduction of the 2014 women’s tour will give the campaign

further impetus: “In the months since we launched our strategy we’ve made some great progress and our plan to get one million more women cycling over the next seven years is firmly on track. We’ve got some fantastic headline figures to show that there are thousands of women who want to ride recreationally – a big win for our partnership with Sky, especially the fact that over a third of all Sky Ride event participants this year were women. 24,000 women have taken part in British Cycling sportives so far and our female member base has increased by 19 per cent since we launched our strategy.”


The Phoenix Newspaper January 2014