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George’s Fundraising Mission for Nepal B

ody Mania’s Mohammed ‘George’ Jahangir has not only been counting his personal gains, but is looking to give something back thanks to a spark of inspiration while at Body Power Expo 2015. George, as he is known to his customers and friends, has been running Body Mania on Slade Road, Birmingham since 2013, and has consistently been ahead of the curve, serving a great variety of top of the range supplements, equipment and more to his ever expanding customer base. While getting ready for Body Power Expo 2015, after hearing about the earthquake in Nepal a few days before, George took it upon himself to raise some funds and

give something back. He approached a number of the big names at Body Power Expo 2015, asking them to sign a Six Pack Fitness bag, which he is going to auction off to generate funds to send to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Signed by some of the biggest names in the Bodybuilding world, including 2 time Mr Olympia, Phil Heath, 4 time Mr Olympia Jay Cutler, and household names such as Kai Greene and Dana Linn Bailey, this Six Pack Fitness Bag is a prize worth bidding for, and George even has the pictures of the stars themselves signing the bag at the event to increase its authenticity!

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Champs On Your Mark, Get Set…


t was sure time for a celebration as Western Union presented the lucky winner Keisha Willis of 2 flight tickets to Jamaica to see the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championship. Western Union promoted the fantastic competition for giving customer’s an opportunity to be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Champs Live. Customers who sent money to the Caribbean between 2nd February and 7th March, were automatically entered into a prize draw. From the thousands of customers who sent money, Keisha Willis of Croydon was selected as the fortunate winner. An absolutely

overjoyed and thankful Keisha expressed “It’s so good, Ive never won anything. Thank you Western Union. I’m really excited to go to Jamaica, especially to see Champs Live!!”. S D Mehta Newsagent in Croydon, the local Western Union agent Keisha uses to send money back to Jamaica presented her with her flight ticket prize and expressed: “I am very happy that my customer Keisha won the competition, she is a regular customer of mine. I hope she has a great time seeing the Champs Live in Jamaica” Keisha is a Gold Card holder and a regular sender of money to Jamaica & America, sending money every month to her family. She has been a loyal customer using the Western Union service for several years.

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City’s 157th Mayor prepares for year in office


George’s Fundraising Mission for Nepal Continued from Front Page

“I had an overwhelming response both at the event from the stars themselves, and from people on social media congratulating me for what I was doing on the day,” beamed George.

“I’m hoping to make this a yearly event, gathering up good items for a hamper prize to raise money for a good cause year on year.” George is also looking for other items to add to the auction to hopefully bring more money in for the appeal, so if

you have anything you would like to donate for this great cause, please do get in touch. All proceeds will go towards the Nepal Earthquake Appeal, and the auction will go live towards the end of June, so watch out for updates.

olverhampton’s 157th Mayor says he is looking forward to serving the city during his time in office. Councillor Ian Brookfield was elected Mayor during a ceremony earlier this month and said: “I am delighted to have been elected to serve the people of Wolverhampton as Mayor during 2015-16. “It is an honour and a privilege to asked by my fellow councillors to take this important role for the next 12 months, and to serve the people of our wonderful city as the 157th Mayor of Wolverhampton. “This year I’ll be looking to celebrate volunteering. We are hugely fortunate to have more than 10,000 volunteers doing some fantastic work in our city – they never ask for any gratitude and I’d like to highlight their dedication. “I’m also looking forward to raising

awareness of, and vital funds for, my chosen charities and community organisations, which include local food banks and soup kitchens, the Physiotherapy department at West Park Rehabilitation Hospital, the Kingswood Trust, Bilston Remembered and the Interfaith Network. “I will be holding a series of fundraising events over the next 12 months, with all proceeds going to these nominated good causes, and I’d urge the people of Wolverhampton to give them their full support so that, together, we can raise thousands of pounds for charity.” The Labour councillor for Fallings Park was born in Liverpool and moved to Wolverhampton in 1990 with his wife Paula, a Wednesfield South councillor and Mayoress for 2015-16, and their two sons. He was first elected to the council in 1995, and has a deep interest in edu-

cation, having sat on several school governing bodies including Moreton Community School and New Park School.

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Aston Performing Arts Academy are inspiring Brum


t is great to be able to celebrate being an inspiration in your community with their positive infectious attitude of ‘YES WE CAN’!!! Aston Performing Arts Academy (APAA) is one such group based at the prestigious school of music, Birmingham Conservatoire. APAA started in 2001 and were known as Aston Youth Orchestra, they were renamed in 2003 as Aston Performing Arts Academy as they expanded their activities to include drama and dance. This community interest company inspires generations aged between 6 and 24 years old, giving them vocal and performance training whilst coaching professional development. The organisation directors are

Anji Daniels, Academy Director, who oversees the day to day management of the academy business, Pelego Powell, Creative & Artistic Director, responsible for students development in performance and pastoral care on and off the stage and Truchio Powell, Creative & Events Director, the overall manager of external private and cooperate events. An amazing part about this story is that Truchio and Pelego are twin brothers as well as being Directors and also perform with the Professional arm of the organization known as ‘Elements of Song’. During the last school half term the sensational Aston Performing Arts Academy (APAA) hosted their show entitled 'Inspiring Brum’ at the Crescent Theatre, exciting the audience with musical performances ranging through the ages from The Jackson 5 to Whitney Houston and classic groups like Abba and Boyz II Men. They were set to

‘inspire the audience with their performances and did just that, as they took them on a musical journey through the 70’s to the 20 century. This gave the academy the chance to showcase some of the city’s talented performers as young as 6 years old in the APAA JuniorZ , APAA’s Academy Choir and the event was headlined by Elements of Song, APAA’s professional performance group. In keeping with inspiring the youth there were guest appearances by spoken word artists Samuel King and Stephen Morrison-Burke to a sell out crowd both nights at the theatre. Creative & Events Director Truchio Powell stated “We were so excited to be able to bring back Inspiring Brum for another performance” It gives us the

opportunity to really showcase our young people on and off stage. Most of our students are proud of their city Birmingham and are excited to use this opportunity to ‘inspire’. APAA are a very busy Academy and always rehearsing for the next event. Elements of Song; the

Professional arm of the academy have recently agreed to provide entertainment to The Midlands Air Ambulance charity ball for the second year running on the 10th July. They have also been spotted performing at another corporate event by one of the Directors. “We are so honoured to be supporting such a worthy cause and to be asked to perform for the 2nd year as it is not the norm to have the same act in back to back years. We must have made a good impression of the ‘FEEL GOOD FACTOR’.” The academy continues to grow and recruit anyone interested in joining the academy. For more information contact Pelego Powell at or visit

Big Vote and the Second City


n May the 7th when the polling stations opened and many were still undecided where they would put their X one thing for sure is that no seats were safe, but the campaigning in Birmingham had been relentless and those who sat in strong labour seats could not take their seats for granted. The BIG VOTE happened and needless to say that the hung vote or questions of which two parties would form the next coalition were well and truly foiled, when the Blue party won by a majority, handing David a Cameron the keys to Number 10. Only 66.% of the UK population turned out to vote, giving the UK 5 years of Conservative rule. This has led to many calling for a reform to the voting systems as this first past the post system has been declared broken and unfit, as the system appears to be biased

l Cllr Sybil Spence

against some parties whilst favouring others. History was also made when for the first time the head of the three other main parties resigned within an hour of each other. Here in the second city with a large BME community and convincing Labours contingents the West Midlands was seen as one of the pivotal seats to the Downing Street victory. As communities watched up and down the country it was important following the campaign poster that littered the city regarding operation 'BLACK VOTE' supported by well known black faces Sol Campbell and David Harewood to name a few urging this community that their vote is important. In Birmingham Black Women in Politics supported each other and led a fierce campaign for their seats, which saw the councillors up for re-election gaining significant results, Cllr Sybil Spence regained her seat in Soho, Deputy Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito held her seat in Nechells. But what a victory it was for Paulette Hamilton who had to battle to become the councillors to stand in the area she grew up and lives in. Her landslide victory in Handsworth Wood was more than just about the X in a box to this passionate councillor. Cllr Hamilton is set to have a busy year ahead as she has re-

l Cllr Sharon Thompson cently been appointed by Sir Albert Bore in the New Birmingham City Council cabinet following heavy criticism of the council services last year. This has seen some positions cut and new ones introduced. The appointment of Cllr Hamilton to a newly created health position in Cabinet which Sir Albert Bore has said is one of his most pleasing of his appointments. Cllr Hamilton in her new role becomes the first African Caribbean woman in the cabinet of Birmingham City Council. This appointment certainly has come as a surprise to many, not least because many expected Cllr Muhammed Afzal (Aston), a long-time ally of Sir Albert whose Human Resources committee was recently scrapped, to be to be favourite for this position. However Cllr Hamilton is proof that 'PASSION DOES PAY' as she has previously been the coun-

cil’s unpaid mental health champion, promoting support services and acting as an advocate for mental health service users in the city. This appointment has gone down very well as many has said 'there could have been no more committed member to this post' as the score of well wishes have flooded in. Congratulations also goes to Councillor Sharon Thompson who has been appointed as Birmingham's NEW Victims Champion. This is quite a role with three strands to it. Cllr Thompson will be responsible for scrutinising police and crime commissioners officers with the leaders of the local authorities across West Midlands. As well as sitting on Birminghams Community Safety Partnership and advocating/campaiging for victims. The previous post

l Conservative Candidate Rachel Toussaints (Centre Left)

holder Jess Phillips had a central focus, but so that you are not mistaken Cllr Thompson will soon be revealing her focus in her new role. Cllr Thompson is a fantastic Councillor who is very much the lead on homelessness in the city St Basils being one organisation very close to her heart. Sharon can often be seen putting her body on the line literally taking part in sponsored events for the homeless not just giving instructions from her chair. I'm sure she going to be a big impact her new role. Well done Sharon Thompson. Although she didn't win the safe Labour seat of Stockland Green a special mention has to be given to Conservative Candidate Rachel Toussaints. This wife, mother of four and partner in a family Solicitors took up the mantel to run in an opposition safe labour seat area with six l Passion does pay - Cllr Paulette months to go. Although Rachel did not win Hamilton

the area of Stockland Green she came in a credible second where she managed to build the Conservative vote from 494 votes in 2014 to 2053 votes this time round but she now has enough to build an effective campaign for the next local elections in May 2016. Rightfully so Ms Toussaints was congratulated on the night by Lord and Lady Whitby for her gallant effort. With her chosen party now in power we have heard David Cameron clearly state that he believes the first Black Prime Minister will come from the Conservative Party. Given Rachel had no real interest in running has a councillor 12 months ago, with 5 years to go the next election; can you rule her out? Ms Toussaints has challenged the narrative of the Black community to trust the Conservative Government with their vote. I like others are watching this space.

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Now steering 'the good ship' UK all by himself, will Prime Minister Cameron end up being a 'Puppy on a String,' with the pound going 'Boom Band-ABang,' or will he head the country to a new, reformed Brotherhood of Man?...The decision is now YOURS!


Leading brands open shops for the first time at Grand Central in Birmingham


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irmingham is set to become the top shopping destination outside of London as Grand Central, the city’s new £150 million premium retail and dining destination, sees well over half of its 60-plus shops, restaurants and cafes opening, or expanding from concessions, for the very first time in the city. Due to open this September, the diversity and novelty of Birmingham’s newest shopping destination, which will sit above the magnificent New Street station, is a massive draw card for national retailers and restaurateurs. Joining ‘anchor store’ John Lewis, Grand Central will welcome to Birmingham for the first time an array of leading, premium brands including: Foyles, The White Company, Hobbs, Joules, Kiehls, Cath Kidston, Pylones, Neals Yard Remedies, Paperchase, Gobstoppers,

Mica Beauty, Paul Boulangerie, Fuel Juice Bar, Caffé Concerto, Tapas Revolution, Pho, Tortilla, Giraffe, Square Pie, Yaki Nori, Cocomacs, Steel & Jelly, Crepe Affaire and Frizzenti. Keith Stone, Grand Central leasing director said: “The desire from these premium retailers and eateries to invest in the city shows that Birmingham is now a national retail destination. Being situated above New Street Station will make Grand Central the ideal location for leading brands and extremely convenient for people, offering a unique shopping and station experience. “The retail industry is very quickly seeing the value of transport hubs becoming shopping destinations and Grand Central is expecting to attract around 50 million shoppers and commuters a year, both locally and from across the country.” Grand Central will form the

final piece in the city’s shopping offering as the £35m investment from John Lewis will make Birmingham the only city outside the capital to offer all five of the UK’s major department stores: Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis – all within a short walking distance of each other. “Birmingham has a very impressive retail and leisure sector. Grand Central is not trying to compete; it’s about complementing the existing retail landscape as well as the upcoming developments which the city can expect to see this year. “Previously overshadowed by other cities, Birmingham is finally getting the recognition that it deserves for its retail offering and unique shopper experience, and it’s great to see Grand Central playing a major role in this,” Stone concludes.

Commonwealth Association Updates


he Birmingham Commonwealth Association Communites Group met again at the end of May, discussing upcoming events and ideas. Again well attended by representatives from across the many commonwealth communities in Birmingham, ideas for Commonwealth Day on March 14th 2016 were brought to the table, toying with the premise of a new Commonwealth Day Parade, an event in Victoria Square on the day, and repeating the events from this year; a flag raising and a specially marked Commonwealth Citizenship Ceremony. This year, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reign-

ing UK Monarch on the 9th September 2015. To commemorate the occasion, there will be a meal on the evening that aims to have dignitaries in attendance to celebrate our Queen and longest reigning Monarch. Sted Wallen gave the rundown of the situation of the Birmingham Olympic Legacy Tour, which sadly seems to be falling on rough times with only a few months to go. They are still looking for the funds to ensure that the Legacy Tour goes ahead. It’s not looking great at the moment, but hopefully a final push for funding might prove fruitful.

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Cameras to Enforce Bus Lanes

l Volunteers in the Lickey Hills Country Park

One Firm One Day sees 450 staff from PwC in the Midlands volunteer for local charities


n Friday 15 May, PwC’s One Firm One Day saw a staggering 450 members of staff from PwC’s Midlands offices give up their time to volunteer in communities across the city. Mark Smith, regional chairman of PwC in the Midlands said: “The volunteer day is part of PwC’s One Firm One Day initiative that encourages employees to use their time and skills to support good causes within their local community.” “In the Midlands we are really committed to supporting community programmes, with staff in PwC’s Midlands offices giving over 6,000 hours of their time to

volunteer last year.” “Our staff choose to support the charities because they provide a range of valuable services to people with different needs.” “We are proud to be able to offer our time to support our local community, and it’s a great way to gain a better understanding of the charities’ work – and have fun at the same time!" Volunteers worked with a group of Year 10 students from Heartlands Academy, talking to them about how to increase their employability and raise their aspirations. Gardening gloves and paint brushes were the order of the day at Fisher House at Queen Eliza-

beth Hospital, where a group of 60 volunteers helped out SSAFA – a charity that provides practical help and assistance to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Forces. At Lickey Hills Country Park, 60 people got their hands dirty installing posts and fences, and created a swale, which involved excavating a shallow linear pool to make it a valuable habitat for wildlife, while 18 staff gave up their time to attend an Alzheimer's Society session in the office to learn more about Dementia including how to spot the signs; and a Finance and Tax Masterclass was held for local Social Enterprises.

l Helping SSAFA at Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Fisher House

Vehicles which drive illegally in Wolverhampton bus lanes face fines from June 1 when the city council takes over enforcement. From that date, the authority will assume responsibility for bus lane enforcement from the police. Cameras installed with automatic number plate recognition technology have been installed to monitor the city’s bus lanes. The cameras will record any vehicle breaking the law and the registered owner will be served a £60 penalty charge notice. To assess the scale of the problem, the council carried out a monitoring exercise in a small sample of bus lanes and found 240 vehicles illegally driving in them over a 12 hour period. Phase one will go live on June 1 and the first lanes to be enforced are: Cleveland Street – city centre Stafford Street/A449 Wolverhampton Road/Wednesfield Road A4124 inbound Wolverhampton Road A4124 outbound Willenhall Road A454 inbound and outbound

FDI - an Entrepreneurial Model for ‘Emerging Economies’


he recent World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland was rather illuminating as it captured perhaps, a new beginning in the relationship between the ‘Developed North’ and the new, ‘Emerging Economies’ especially within the 53 Commonwealth states. President of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, advised that, “Countries must promote strong economic growth, invest in their people and build safety nets to ensure people don’t remain trapped in poverty”. His comments echoed a rethink about traditional –foreign aid’ versus encouraging SME foreign investment for domestic enterprises to boost relative improvements in communities mired in ‘structural poverty’. The World Investment Report stated that some $566 billion worth in foreign direct investment (FDI) was accrued over the past year. This included skills investment and goodwill capital from small firms keen to invest in developing regions. Recent figures below, capture the net effect of FDIs in key regional economies:• Inflows to Africa represented $57bn; • Investments to the Caribbean and Latin America reached $185bn.

• Inflows to South Asia reflected $36bn. Usually, FDIs combine human, financial and technical capital, assets that’re worthy of consideration when SMEs are investing abroad in essential public services (sectors) - education, health, leisure and social welfare. However, if human capital is to remain an unequivocal tool for emerging economies, small investors must adhere to these interventionist principles:• Provide one-to-one- support for domestic small firms; • Engage with early stage and underperforming SMES; • Know the distinction between high volume clients and low average deal size; • Scrutinise carefully national government policies and priorities; • Apply a cultural sensitivity approach when intervening overseas; • Develop various architectural-type models for adaptation in


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Caribbean & Latin America


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Table 1: Profile of Sampled FDI inflows by continental regions (Source: World Investment Report 2014; UNCTAD Report 2013)

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PhoenExpo 2015 & Gala Ceremony Updates


he Phoenix Newspaper is proud to announce its long-awaited Official Launch, 5th Anniversary Gala Showcase and Awards Presentation, set to take place on Saturday 5th December 2015 at the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich, supporting Acorns Children’s Hospice and African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. The theme for the day’s celebrations is Connecting Communities & Community Cohesion, including Health & Wellbeing, Community Safety, Communication & Education, and Travel & Tourism. To showcase 5 years of serving the community, The Phoenix Newspaper will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary with a BANG. The day-long celebrations begin with the inaugural PhoenEx 2015, a Business Exhibition and Family Fun day. The Business Exhibition will be an opportunity for businesses, organisations and individuals to showcase their products and services to an audience of Phoenix readers and visitors that have been

built up over the past 5 years. The official opening of the days events will occur with the cutting of the ribbon, by the Lord Mayor. Alongside the Business Exhibition, enjoy our Family Fun Day, featuring performances, refreshments and entertainment for all. The evening festivities begin with the prestigious Black Tie Gala Meals. A 4 course sit-down dinner, or a buffet meal are available with limited places, followed by the 5th Anniversary Gala Showcase and Awards Presentation, featuring talent and key guest speakers from across the globe as well as a grand celebration of the Commonwealth with representation of the Commonwealth Leaders and Flags. Invited Guest Speakers include: • Dr Vendryes, Founder of the Vendryes Wellness Centres in Jamaica • Johnson JohnRose, Communications Specialist from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation • Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Paul Sabapathy CBE • Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh from Guru Nanak Nishkam

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Sewak Jatha • Keith Stokes-Smith, Chairman of the Birmingham Commonwealth Association • Mike Hammond, Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity • Dr Peter Lewis, Medical Director for BSMHFT • Garry Peal, Business Development Manager - Birmingham Sport, Events & Parks • Deborah Leary OBE - Director of CommonWealth Businesswomen • Bishop Neville Wolliston Living Word Empowerment Ministry, USA • Pastor Peter Pennant, Head of the Black-Led Churches (Opening Prayers) • Olusegun Dosumu, Professor at Newman College • Jack Dromey, Labour Party Candidate for Erdington, Birmingham With invited VIP Guest attendees including: • The Lord Mayor of Birmingham • Sir Albert Bore, Leader of the Birmingham City Council

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• Her Excellency, The Honorouble Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, High Commissioner for Jamaica • Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation • Carol Hay, Director of Marketing, Europe for the Caribbean Tourism Organisation With invited Dignitaries including: • His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, The King of Saudi Arabia • His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai • General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Nigeria • Gen. Idriss Deby Itno, President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chad • His Majesty King Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, The Emir of Qatar • His Highness Nan Agyman, Ghana Performances from The Phoenix Trio (Mark Dwayne, Daniel Riley and Camara Fearon), Gospel Choirs, The Gatsby Girls and other special guests will punctuate the Gala Awards presentations throughout the evening. The Gala Awards are a chance for the readers of The Phoenix

to nominate individuals, organisations or businesses for awards across a range of categories. This event will be a night to remember, connecting communities from all backgrounds, so book early to avoid disappointment. Further Details will be provided in the coming months, so look out

for updates of sponsors and exhibitors, also listen out for our Radio advertisements and look out for our flyers. If you are serious about meeting the right people, and showcasing your products and services, this is the time to do it. There will be up to 100 stalls available throughout the day. You can now purchase a stall by contacting Owen McFarlane, our Business Development Manager, who will be able to guide you

through you booking, and ensure you get the best value for money. Unlike many other exhibitions that you have showcased or exhibited at, we have pulled out all the stops to ensure that extensive advertising via radio, print, social media and banners & flyers will continue ongoing until the event, so it won’t be just stallholder and their stands. We are expecting a total number of up to 5,000 people to experience this connecting of communities. Sponsorship Packages are also available, for both the day and night events. Contact The Phoenix Newspaper on 0121 231 3235 or email anniversary@ for more information. You can also contact Theo Chambers - PhoenExpo 2015 Agent, Advertising & Sponsorship, Lets do it in the Caribbean, Time Square Shopping Mall, Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies or email him at, or tel 001-876-310-6612. Jerome Cohall, PhoenExpo 2015 Management & PR, Provo Golf Course, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks And Caicos Islands, or email him at, or tel 001-649-3314512.

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Lending reaches record high at ART


l The Aston Reinvestment Trust team

RT (Aston Reinvestment Trust) saw total lending rise by 77% to over £3.1m in the year 2014/15. This continues a significant trend that started in 2012 and demonstrates that there is an appetite among businesses across the West Midlands for borrowing and investing in the future. ART is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), which lends to businesses unable to meet any or all of their requirements from the banks.

In fact it often lends alongside the banks as part of a package of finance. Its loan fund comes from a combination of public and private sector support including social investment from individuals and companies keen to see the local economy thrive, creating and protecting jobs. “Packages of finance are becoming increasingly common, with a number of providers sharing the risk,” explains Steve. “We lend £10,000 to £150,000 with an average loan size of

around £30,000. Other lenders specialise in either larger or smaller loans and it makes sense for us to work together. At a time when the variety of options for finance available to businesses can seem confusing, ART is seeking to clarify its position and make it easier for potential customers to see whether its type of finance is right for them. Steve Walker says: “We are changing our name and launching a new, more interactive, website. The new name, ART Business Loans, will make it more immediately apparent what we do. We lend across the West Midlands, in every business sector.” In the past year ART has seen an upsurge in demand from established businesses wanting to achieve growth. Looking forward to a busy year ahead, the experienced ART Business Loans team, based at Innovation Birmingham Campus in Aston, is anticipating further growth. “We sense optimism among businesses,” says Steve, “and we are here to support them in their plans.” “We make a personal assessment of loan applications, offer advice and signpost to other lenders where appropriate. Many of our borrowers take advantage of the opportunity to repay us early, with no penalty, and find that a loan from ART enables them to leverage further finance or refinance after a time.”

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Skills shortage in the West Midlands a big challenge for new government but to maintain the heightened momentum of growth, they need to be able to source and recruit the right talent. It is more important than ever for companies to make a powerful first impression to potential new employees. The journey from reception to meeting room allows for any prospective employee to recognise and form opinions of the company within seconds by looking to the layout and design of l Paul Statham, CEO of Condeco Software the workspace. Paul Statham, CEO ne of the biggest of one of the UK’s fastchallenges facing the est growing businesses Condeco newly-elected gov- Software says: “More and more ernment is the im- global market leaders are investpending skills shortage fuelled ing in their work places to attract by the country reaching record the very best talent, and help them levels of employment. stay ahead of their competitors A major headache for fast grow- and continue to grow. The more ing companies in the West Mid- sophisticated businesses are also lands, who are some of the coun- taking advantage of state of the try’s top wealth creators, is access art technology which enhances to a pool of skilled talent. These productivity and ultimately has a companies are responsible for positive impact on employee resome of the highest levels of job tention”. creation in the British economy, “Employees in the UK work the


longest hours in Europe and spend an average of 40-42[1] hours per week in the office. A company’s office space has a direct impact on the morale and productivity of its employees, but can also create an empowering work culture and help attract potential recruits.” Companies are increasingly looking to invest in their workplaces with technology to help keep up with the developments of their competitors. Prospective recruits are looking further than salary and job perks to the very design of the office, as they will be spending most of their time there. Paul Statham concludes: “The talent which has emerged in the last couple of years are more tech savvy than their predecessors and value a more agile workplace. Technology is revolutionising the workplace and the new generation recognise the ability of embedded technologies to aid in increasing efficiency, while also creating break out areas and collaborative spaces which have a positive impact on productivity. Companies should be looking to match the needs and desires of this current generation of workers, in order to stand out from their competitors.”

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The Phoenix Newspaper Awards The Phoenix Newspaper is proud to formally announce the Award Categories for 2015. Your nominations will shape these awards, so please send your nominations in. Some nominations have already come in, see below the category for details. If you can’t see your favourite, there is still time to nominate them! The Phoenix Newspaper

Lifetime Achievement Award Willard Wigan Bob Warman Bing

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Charity of the Year 2015 Acorns Childrens Hospice John Taylor Hospice The Phoenix Newspaper

Best Place of Worship 2015 GNNSJ St Chad’s Cathedral Birmingham Christian Centre The Rock Church The Phoenix Newspaper

Best Eatery 2015

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Special Achievement Award 2015 Dean Alexander Mark Dwayne Justice Williams

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Business & Enterprise Award 2015 Carl George Tony Sealey Indi Deol Ed James

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Sports Achiever 2015 Annie Zaidi Ellie Simmonds Brendan Batson

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Pushkar Turtle Bay Miller & Carter Wildmoor Oak Akamba

Best Radio DJ/ Presenter 2015

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Beauty & Lifestyle Award 2015

Community Outreach/Volunteer Award 2015 Sted Wallen Amrick Singh Ubhi Mykal Brown

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We need YOU to nominate people, groups, organisations and businesses that you think deserve these awards. Email your nominations through to stating clearly the name, address and contact number of the nominee, as well as which category you are nominating them for, and why.

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Memorial Trust to benefit the Next Generation, in honour of Ashleigh Sealey


memorial scholarship fund set up to give assistance to students in their search for excellence was announced at its inaugural awards ceremony at West Bromwich Albion F.C. Set-up by renowned businessman and philanthropist, Tony Sealey OBE, the Ashleigh Merelle Sealey Memorial Trust was established in the memory of his daughter, Ashleigh, who died from complications related to her Juvenile Arthritis illness, in 2010. The Trust, a living memorial to her, her ambition, aspiration and passion saw a select number of students chosen to receive educational bursaries-in the form of books and equipments such as laptops-in memory of Ashleigh. The event was attended by Madame Justice Sandra Mason a Court of Appeal judge in Barbados, Euclid Goodman, Minister Counsellor for the Barbados High Commission, and Alphea Wiggins, the UK’s Deputy High Commissioner for Barbados. Winners on the night were guitarist Khari Douglas with a BA




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l Khari Douglas, Lerato Tsiga, Ophelia-Veronica Mae Charles, Shanice Mears, Tony Sealey, Melisha Hepburn, Kandace Saunders and Shanell Parker in economics, Shanice Mears with a BA in dance and performance and Melisha Hepburn with a degree in youth studies, both work with young people. Ophelia-Veronica Mae Charles with a BA in acting, Kandace Saunders a graduate in image making and styling who lost her sight in one eye following a serious car accident, Shanell Parker with a BA in law and criminology who hopes to work within the Criminal Justice System and Lerato Tsiga with an HND in dance. There was also a fashion show, a dance performances by the Tru Street Dance team and guests also helped to raise funds in an auction where items included a Galaxy LA football shirt signed by David

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Welcome to ‘Camara features’ a new column where I will be spotlighting some of the most amazing charities, organisations and people I have had the privilege of working with. Be a part of my journey and learn and enjoy about being inspired. and Phil and they need to talk to both myself and my wife. I got Vi out of bed and we were told to sit down I remember my heart was beating so fast that I thought it would jump out of my chest not knowing what they were going to say. Then the policeman told us that Chris and Phil had been involved in a fight and Chris was badly injured and they need to get us to the hospital right away. We got dressed and went in the police car to Epsom Hospital. When we arrived Phil was standing there with blood on his face and he was dressed in a white forensic suit and slippers. He said later that as we arrived in the police car he thought everything would be okay now mum and dad were here. Then a big policeman came up to me and said I’m sorry you can’t see Christopher they have taken him up to the operating theatre. He then led us into a small room and said someone will come soon to let you know what is happening and left us just standing there. After what seemed like hours, some doctors came into the room and said Christopher was in a bad way. Most of the bones in his body were broken and he has lost a lot of oxygen to the brain and we could be looking at severe brain damage. We just didn’t know what to say or think. We just sat there quietly. After they had gone we asked Phil what happened. He told us that “the three of us were walking to Gill’s house and Chris was singing an Oasis song. As we walked along the road we came to the hill and unknown to us coming towards us was a gang of boys and girls, about fourteen in all. Well as we got nearer, the

gang opened up to let us pass. I went first but as I was walking through, one of the gang punched me in the face for no reason and broke my nose. In shock, I somehow clicked my nose back into place and the pain was so bad I fell to the floor and then three of the gang started to kick me in the head then I passed out.” The rest of what happened is what witnesses said in court. When Philip fell on the ground they saw three boys kicking him. They then saw Christopher going over to save his brother but two other lads got in his way and blocked him. Then another boy got around the back of him and pulled him to the floor and all three were kicking and stamping on his head. They then left him in the middle of the road which is has four lanes; a road with a maximum speed of forty miles an hour. A couple of cars came over the hill and somehow missed him. Then another car came over the hill and the driver said in her statement she thought it was a bungle of rags in the road. She ran over Christopher dragging him about forty feet down the road. When Philip regained consciousness the first thing he saw was his brother under a car wheel. A woman came running out of a house to help. She said she was a nurse and it is best not to move him until help arrives, so all Phil could do was to sit beside his brother who was unconscious and hold his hand. As we were taking in what Philip had just told us, the doctors came into the room with two policemen. Their eyes told us what they were going to say. They told us that they were sorry, they did all they could and before they

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The Christopher Donovan Trust

ike many of the bereaved victims that I have met over the years, parents Vi and Ray Donovan who lost their son when he was murdered by a group of young men, have been a light of hope for many other parents who have lost their children or loved ones to violent crime. I have included in this article a part of the story as told by Ray: I feel that hearing his story you will be in awe to learn how they have coped and what they have been doing to date. Every Parent’s Nightmare... Ray tells his story. When Christopher 18, left our house on that lovely summers evening little did he know that a few hours later he would be attacked by a gang of youths and die later in hospital. Friday May 25th 2001 was just like a normal day. I came home from work, Chris was getting ready to go out and he asked me if I could give him a lift to his sister’s house. I said “I was too tired and if I drive anymore today I think I may crash the car”, so he said “okay not to worry I will call around a friend’s house and then we will walk down to Philip’s (our other son) and maybe pop into Gills house for a coffee”, which they did most weekends, and off he went and the last thing he ever said to me was “Dad I really love you” and kissed my forehead and then he left. Vi (my wife) came home. We did things like most people; have an evening meal, watch TV and then go to bed. Saturday May 26th: It was around twelve forty when the door bell rang. I was going down the stairs moaning like most fathers saying “how can two boys forget their door keys?”. But when I opened the door instead of Chris and Phil, there were two policemen standing on my doorstep. One asked if I was the father of Christopher and Philip Donovan. I said yes, they then asked if they could come in as there had been an incident involving Chris

could say anymore, Vi ran out of the door. She said later that if she ran away it wouldn’t be real. I remember I fell on my knees screaming with a doctor holding me in his arms. The hospital Chaplain and police said they need us to identify Christopher’s body. This is something no parent should have to do. I remember both Vi and I holding on to each other not wanting to enter the room and see our son dead. Before we entered the room a policeman said we are not allowed to touch him. We couldn’t even cuddle him. All we could do was just stand there. I then asked if I could kiss his forehead they said that would be okay. Here I am asking permission to kiss my own son. It was funny everyone else could touch our son but we were his parents! Now because it was a bank holiday weekend, we had to wait until Tuesday to see the coroner she told us all about his injuries. To be honest, even to today, I can’t remember a thing she said because all I wanted to do was see my son. So I said to her “I don’t want to hear anymore, I want to see my son”. She then took us to the morgue to see Chris. Both Vi and I went into the chapel of Rest. Again, we were told we couldn’t hold him. He was wrapped up like an Egyptian mummy so all we could do was just stand there, not knowing what to do or say. When we went back into the waiting room, the coroner the said “Mr. Donovan, I have bad news”. I looked at her and said “what could be worse then what I have just seen?”. She then went on to say: “because of the kicking and the car running over Chris, they have to prove what killed him and the only way to do this is to remove his brain and we would have to

wait for a chemical to come out and this takes up to four months, so we won’t be able to bury Chris for four months”. Christopher was laid to rest on September 21st 2001. Only three boys were arrested for Christopher’s murder. We then had to wait a year for the court case. This took six weeks and all three were found guilty of murder. Their ages were fifteen, sixteen and nineteen. We found out in court that they had been drinking and taking drugs for most of the evening. In fact, one of them said he was drinking from the moment he left school that day. All three were found guilty of murder. Two got life in prison with a minimum of nine to ten years. The youngest got Her Majesty’s Pleasure with a minimum of six years to serve. The magnanimity shared by Ray and Vi goes well beyond their pain and I cannot tell you the countless people both victims and perpetrators that have learned so much from this amazing couple. In 2003 Ray and Vi Donovan set up THE CHRISTOPHER DONOVAN TRUST and have been strong champions for Restorative Justice and more recently have become fully trained facilitators in Restorative Justice. Their journey started with a phone call from their son Christopher’s school teacher inviting them to take part in a Sycamore Tree Programme, a restorative project run by Prison Fellowship so with some anxiety, they went along to a local women’s prison. It was the first time since their sons death that they felt they had a voice and that the prisoners were thinking, feeling human beings, just like them! They now travel around the country visiting all types of prison establishments (adult and young people) telling they story in the hope it will turn someone away from crime. Their work continues to develop: many Youth Offending Teams (YOTS) have invited them to speak directly with youngsters, spelling out how “five minutes of

madness” could change their lives forever also they talk about what the Ripple effect of crime really means - family and the community are always affected by thoughtless actions. All this is in the hope the young person, whose next stop might so easily be custody, will see the effect of their actions and turn their lives around. Some YOTS are working with Ray and Vi to help train staff in how best to handle and understand victims to avoid further pain. Ray and Vi also visit schools to talk to the pupils about the dangers of drink and drugs and knife, guns and gang life, and also tell them what life might be like in a Young Offenders Institution. They also run workshops for Restorative Justice Council for practitioners to help them think through how to work with victims of crime, to make sure that the restorative process is focused on, and truly meets their needs. In July 2011 Ray and Vi met one of the young men who killed their son, soon after he had been released after eight years inside, in a properly facilitated Restorative Justice Conference, This was an emotional and powerful meeting; The young man said sorry and that he will never forget what pain and harm he had caused. The gang culture of today in this country are now recruiting kids as young as five to carry their drugs and weapons for them? They hope to teach the young people of today that being a member of a gang is not cool and when they do go to prison, which most of them do, the so called family known as their brotherhood won’t be bothered to travel miles to visit them and the only people that care for them will be their mum and dad. People ask the Donovan’s why do this? Their answer is simple “If we can stop just one life from being taken and not have a mother and father go through what we went through”. We also want to have an amnesty box in every school for the young people to put their nasty video games and these will be shredded. The reason we feel so strong about this, is because when Chris was killed, one of the youths that killed him thought it was a video game and that Chris would get up and walk again. These games are messing up our young people’s minds and we must put a stop to them! Restorative Justice (RJ) is a different way of tackling crime, based not on punishment but on healing the harm that has been caused. It brings offenders into faceto-face conversations with their victims --- and sometimes that dialogue is so powerful it can transform the future of each participant. If you want to know more or would like to support the Chris Donovan Trust please contact:

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Women’s Business BY Marcia M Spence


ts June already almost half way through the year, it’s a good time to reflect on the happenings of the past five months and to prepare for the second half of the year. So what have been the highlight moments to your year? Which events have caused you to change direction? How many of your goals have you ticked of your list? Have you grown? What has changed? Why have things changed?

I know I’m asking questions, I’m a coach that’s what we do and one of the most popular questions we coaches ask and I believe the most crucial is “How satisfied are you with your life right now?” Scoring from 0-10 Be honest with yourself… To find out more about this process and many others go to my website and order your FREE A New Year A New Life eWorkbook and eAudiobook.

Embrace Health & Well Being


ndrea MaynardBrade is a Woman of Power and Influence who had a vision in 2010 to open a safe house for women. Now in June 2015, Andrea launches a six bedded Safe house for vulnerable women, Andrea utilised the Woman of Power & Influence programme to get her on track and to ensure that she executed her mission and vision. Andrea Maynard –Brade is the Founder & Managing Director of ‘EMBRACE Health & Wellbeing C.I.C which facilitates health and wellbeing programmes and the author of her

upcoming book ‘Your Health is Your wealth' Andrea has worked in fields such as Co-ordinator for young homeless young people, Drugs Counsellor in women prison, Assistant Social Worker at Heartlands Hospital and Occupational Therapy Services whilst employed by social services. Andrea is a qualified Holistic Therapist and Therapeutic Counsellor whilst studying at Wolverhampton University. She specialises in setting up varied diverse businesses, Co -Founder of Black Women in Business in Birmingham, Director and founder of Positive Mouves Ltd Training, Kamjersara & POSSH & BECCK Promotions. Andrea’s passion is working with the abused and vulnerable, where she draws on her strengths and expertise to empower & motivate women to have belief in themselves. She helps to restore values and dignity in their lives, to achieve success through prevention, intervention and to gain equality and justice for women.

The Launch

Embrace Health and Wellbeing will be launched on the Saturday 13th June at Mount Zion Community Church,

Thomas Street Aston B6 12pm -5pm. in collaboration with Women of Virtue, The theme is 'Something Inside so Strong' The aim of the conference is to raise awareness and address issues around Vulnerable Abused Women's Health and Wellbeing. Topics such as Healthy Relationships, Victims Support, Mental health, Female Genital Mutilation, Domestic Abuse, Trafficking & Grooming, Sexual Health and Women leaving Prison. Special guests speakers on the day include Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito, Councillor Paulette Hamilton, Success Maker- Marcia M. Spence, Community Vision West Midlands-Joan Campbell, ADAVU Project- Kerry Scarlet, A Way Forward - Alex Campbell, ACE fitness, Wendy Huckle and more. There will also be praise and worship, singing, dancing, refreshments and exhibitors on the day. So women come out to this powerful informative FREE day!

My Top Business Women Feature

The Body Achieves what the Mind Believes


akara is a freelance personal trainer based in the West Midlands who has always had a passion for fitness and sport and was lucky enough to play for Wolverhampton Wanderers Womens football team for a number of years. Unfortunately on two occasions she tore ligaments which resulted in two operations. This resulted in Takara losing confidence through fear of damaging the knee again and decided to give up club football. Knowing that she wanted to stay in the fitness industry she under-

took a level 3 personal trainer course and restored her confidence. Takara insists that “In essence I motivate clients and give them a regime that is fun, achievable and gives results”. She states that “I would like to compete in power-lifting and pursue my dream of representing Great Britain, my mantra which I follow religiously and that is "the body achieves what the mind believes". You contact Takara for personal training by calling 07794972328, emailing her at or following her on Twitter & Instagram takara_fitness or on Facebook at Tee's Fitness.

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Spring Vintage Event


was privileged to be the main sponsor of an event that took place on Thursday 30th April at Le Truc in The Arcadian Birmingham. The students on the BA Events Management Degree excelled themselves in delivering a Vintage themed fundraising event, raising funds for The Railway Children Charity. They included the sale and exhibition of vintage clothing and accessories, hairstyling and makeup all in the vintage theme, we were given cupcakes and tra-

ditional vintage sweet were on offer as well as a raffle. The event formed part of the second year student’s final assessment, which was assessed live by lecturers form UCB University College Birmingham, Leila Edwards & Dave Andrews. The successful event organisers are Leila Brown, Frances Grace, Lina Maistrova, Vanessa Ntumba, Angelina Ruocco, Carolyn Sudiger, Angeli Thandi and a volunteer Junior Owalabi. The students will return to UCB in September for their final year.

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woman like me and many others who have a wealth of talent and ability and want to improve the quality of your life at all levels, join the Woman of Power and Influence (WPI) programmes and the WPI Community of women who have found the answer to building

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Marcia is a Star of Stars at Extraordinary Lady Speaks Conference


t the ‘Extraordinary Lady Speaks Conference,’ an extraordinary surprise was on hand for one nominee as Phoenix Newspaper columnist, Marcia M Spence, received far more than she expected. Lecturer Marcia, a broadcaster and radio presenter – she hosts her ‘On The Couch’ programme on NewStyle Radio 98.7FM, and founder and CEO of Success Makers, attended the special conference, celebrating and lifting women to achieve, and, of achievement, as she was nominated for a Star Award for inspirational women, for her own outstanding success, in business and her own life, generally. Organised by Sandra Nelson of Lift Effects, which lifts individuals by individuals lifting others, the ‘Extraordinary Lady Speaks Conference,’ recognised Marcia for her ongoing goal of lifting women, through-

out the Midlands and further afield, with the coveted Star of All Stars Award, at the Fairfield Hall event, in Surrey. which In receiving her award, Ms. Spence spoke of her own, often traumatic and at times life-threatening, journey through personal tragedies and illnesses to now being the face of women who look to inspire. She said: “Did I expect to receive the Star of All Stars award? No, not at all, but I am truly thankful for the votes and likewise for the recognition.” A jubilant Marcia also received a £105 cheque which she donated towards a cure for Trigeminal Neuralgia, an extremely severe facial pain that tends to come and go unpredictably in sudden shock-like attacks. Trigeminal Neuralgia is the very disabling chronic illness Marcia has survived, to date, and is a reminder of her raison d’être. After receiving over 6 nominations, she was presented with the Star of all Stars Award and crowned by Her Royal Highness Muzvare Betty Makoni where she was described as a; “phenomenal woman who is more than worthy of this extraordinary award!” The Extarordinary Lady Speaks Conference gave very special VIP treatment to every female attending what was a beautifully prepared event, with over 300 people attending for the inspirational talks and iconic awards ceremony. Lift Effects CEO Ms. Nelson, overwhelmed by the huge success of the day, declared: “I am a graced lady.”









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JUNE 2015

Festival Fever

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Editors Note W

e l c o m e back to another Street Cred Magazine in The Phoenix!

It’s that time of year again, when all of the festivals are coming around, and with some of the biggest and best in the country happening right here in Birmingham, you don’t need to go far to have a great time! FabulosaYou


fabulous4You last month, and this month Yanique has brought her A game with some awesome features for your reading pleasure. Remember your regular dose of Swish every fortnight at The Arcadian on a Friday.

ing edition of Street Cred Magazine! Enough from me, get to reading! MDG

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Festival-fest filling the air with music this summer


ast becoming the festival capital of the UK, Birmingham will be boasting yet another year with a host of music's biggest names as Fusion, Simmer Down, International Jazz & Blues and the Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festivals hit the city, bringing the best in their fields to entertain hundreds of thousands of music lovers who

will be converging onto the second city. Star turns such as Justin Bieber, the Sugar Hill Gang, The Furious Five Featuring Melle Mel and Scorpio, Queen Ifrica, plus many more iconic acts have chosen to save their best for the Midlands, as Coftan, Moseley and Handsworth Parks brings the best, most diverse and freshest live acts and music for

what already promises to be the biggest line-up of artists likely to be seen anywhere else in Great Britain this year. In fact, the sound of music was in the air already with what was arguably the biggest Gay Pride Festival ever, attracting near to 100,000 revellers from around the world. A new addition to the growing list of outdoor entertainment this summer is the Birmingham's own version of the now worldwide HOLI ONE Colour Festival, which, they say, will be legendary this time round. The HOLI ONE Colour festival will aim to unite people through music and colour, thousands of whom are expected to attend to share music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation. Against a backdrop of dance and music. There, revellers will get to throw powders into the air to create an explosion of colour and excitement aimed at celebrating togetherness and the colour of everyday life. Music to suit all tastes is in order, in Birmingham, as the city gets ready to fill the air with sounds from all around the world, to a city with a musical heritage that will only grow from here on in.



absolutely love this tune by Jeremih so much! The bassline is on POINT!

However the words in the title got me thinking - DON’T TELL EM!...Why not? I know some ladies, and gents, can CHAT especially about their own private business that involves another so in that case I TOTALLY understand but why is this? I can officially speak on behalf of some women ...we llke to share our happiness and sometimes we even like to show off a little! Yes, I said it, show off!

Not in a negative ‘wanting others to feel bad for not having the same’ but just to show boat our happiness and glee. Real friends will do real things such as share your happiness! The wrong friends will do wrong things such as ruin your happiness! SO I guess the title DON’T TELL EM holds some weight! If they don’t know it, they can’t try to hurt you with it! Hold onto your happiness and if you really need to tell someone, tell HIM or HER!



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From Siouxsie Sioux onwards, punk chic lives on with maverick designer, Sharon Miles


fter making seismic changes in the 1970s, punk was always seen as a vanguard in music and fashion to this day. Move a generation forward and you will see and here evidence of those heady days when the likes of Siouxsie Sioux led a female revolution on the charts while Vivienne Westwood inspired designs the likes of which has not been seen on any catwalk since those halcyon days. Move forward to the 21st Century and Sharon Miles is cementing her own signature style that is set out to make today's fashionistas stand out in a crowd like never before. From studying in Fashion and Textile at university, her curiosity in finding out how things would

look, if made in a different way, with completely different materials, has led her to be the talk of the fashion-world as she is securing her own punk-chic that is make many a fashion-concious individual look up and take note. No 'fly-by-night' with delusions of grandeur, Birmingham-born Sharon has always had an eye for 'different,' when it comes to

auto-couture, ever since she was a child. And now she is leading the way with her own unique style of counter-culture wear that is creating a storm on today's catwalk. With no obvious creativity in her gene pool, her stark blend of colours, materials and shades were evident when, at junior school, she made her first waistcoat before she was commissioned to make strikingly unique wedding dresses, in her teens. “Inspired by the punk era and the influence of Vivienne Westwood, I would get pre-made patterns for a variety of

items, from some of the family and friends, and they would want me to create the design, but with a completely different material and some sort of slant on the norm,” she recalled. “I like to learn new things,” she said. “I learned how she (Westwood) did her stuff and found how very similar my designs were in style. In my work I've always wanted it to stand out. To be talked about and to be wanted.” “I'm always thinking outside the box and keeping that air of diversity in tact. And I'm always improvising!” “I describe my designs more as costumes. As a form of art as my creativ-

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ity always comes out in the finished article. I'm creating Fashion Art and, like any artist, I don't like making things more than once.” She's gone so far as to be a qualified Fashion Welder – A juxtaposition in words that you just would never expect. Currently studying HND Fashion and Textiles at South and City College Birmingham, she has been making clothes for years, but

feels a need to learn more skills so that she can draft her own designs. Sharon has been offered the chance to exhibit her work at Walsall Saddlers Centre, in the West Midlands, and is always encouraging young, up-and-coming designers to “be confident, creative and stick to your first thought. As the best things tend to happen spontaneously.”

Theatre & Comedy “Her laconic one-liners represent something quite unique in modern comedy”

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Diego Flex Is Bringing ‘White Dee’s’ Column Back ‘Real Reggae Music’ Email her at :


ith his energetic reggae, dance and jazz hybrid, Diego Flex has already blown crowds away at sell-out shows in Manchester, Leeds and and Nottingham, the Jamaican-born star is always eager to please his audience as he continues to dominate the wider music scenes and entertain all before him. Wowing audiences up and down the country, his his smash-hit single; ‘Benefit Street,’ his slant on the much-maligned Birmingham street brought to the nations conscience after the highly-publicised series of the same name, Spanish Town man Diego, has ever-since the very early days, been out to entertain and energise crowds wherever he goes. Citing reggae legends; Beenie Man, Buju Banton, I-Octaine, Bounty Killer and Sizzler as his musical influences, the 34-yearold, who’s always at home on the stage, has already won recognition, winning the grand final of the ‘Tastee Talent’ show, at a very early age, back in Jamaica. Following that, he represented his native country in the ‘Jam In

UK’ talent show and the Fly Over show before teaming up with a group of fellow-artist/musician, touring and performing at carnivals across the UK. In 2014, along with headline act Steel Pulse, chat-toppers, Musical Youth and the master of ‘ragga-fusion,’ Apache Indian, he brought his contemporary style of dancehall to The Drum’s hugely successful Simmer Down festival, in Birmingham’s Handsworth Park. His ‘Benefit Street’ hit tune cementing itself as that summer’s seminal hit. Backed by his Mighty Vibez band, he’s on the verge of creating his own, more international, approach to his music, with ‘Benefit Street’ being the crossover success on a national, then international, basis. “I have a passion for music and enjoy making people feel happy with it,” says Flex. “I’m on a mission to bring back real, creative music. The kind that people will remember in years to come.” Despite his own personal struggles; “I am still making music, about my life, and engaging with like-minds whilst I’m fighting issues of my own.” As his personal challenges continue, his music too, continues with his life story brought to life in his songs. ‘Total Eclipse’ and ‘Crime-Stopper,’ just two which presently sums up his own predicament, living, working and trying to survive.


An amiable, approachable fun-loving musician, Diego Flex is a man on a musical mission; “To make music that everybody wants to listen to,” as he says. “I’m on a mission to bringing back real reggae music.” ‘Benefit Street’ alone will be one on the tip of many a tongue this summer.

ell here I am again - and as I’m getting ready to do this months column, I’ve just realised, I have been doing this now for a whole year - and obviously somewhere along the line, people keep reading it - so for that I thank you all. My first ever column was about Birmingham Pride, and yep, I went again - do you know what, one of the things I love about Birmingham, is no matter what the occasion, the people pull together and can put on a parade, and festival, which is primarily to celebrate the LGBT community, but is attended by people of all colours, ages, sexualities and religions, shapes and sizes from all over the country and beyond - and it all passed without any trouble at all - now that makes you proud to be a brummie. On a serious note though guys - something happened a few weeks ago, which has left me

and the family heartbroken. I have a longtime friend - and do you know when you meet that certain someone and not only do you become friends, but you become family - well that’s what this friend is to me - our kids went to school together, we’ve attended parties together, we’ve cried together and laughed together, been to each others family functions etc etc because that’s what we are FAMILY. Tuesday 12th May 2015 - we heard the tragic news, that no one really should ever hear my best friends daughter Fiona Reid, was tragically killed in a car crash, while she was on holiday in Jamaica. Fiona was 32 years old, lived in Aston, and worked in a doctors surgery in Handsworth. Mom to two amazing young young children, a 4 year old girl and a 10 year old boy - they were her life, her reason for living, her reason for existing. She had been taken from her

kids, her parents, her sisters, her family and friends in such a horrible horrible way. Things like this happen to other people, we read about it all the time - but oh my god, when its someone close to you its a whole different story. Its bad enough that Fe was taken in the way in which she was - but the hardest thing of all is that she isn’t home yet with her Mom, with her kids, her sisters. The family have set up a go fund me page, which in a matter of days £15,000 was raised - some given by complete strangers who had never met Fe, but had only read about the family trying to raise funds to get her home - a fundraiser was held at the Emerald Club, Green Lane, and another £7500 was raised there. Hopefully the family will be able to bring Fe Fe home soon, where she belongs, and finally have a bit of peace. But I’m going to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone out there who has donated, even those who didn’t know Fe personally - but this has restored my faith in the knowledge that there are some good people out there. Much love as always and please pray for Fiona’s family at this time. http://www.gofundme. com/un8b3w8z if people would like to donate - the remainder of the money will go into a trust fund for Fiona’s 2 children. Dee x x x

Dear Edith... Dear Miss Edith, what do you think about the Phoenix Newspaper anniversary and launch they are having in December?

Edith Says...


ell I was waiting for somebody to ask me that question, because I hear sey, di Jamaicans, di Indians, di Africans, di Pakistani, well to tell di truth I hear sey di whole a di East and di Caribbean is coming. And if all a dem dey ya wat is going to happen to wi

benefit, mi a try hold on to my Pension before dem come in come tek it. Yuh ask mi wat I tink, I tink its BIG and anybody who know me know me like BIG tings. So I will definitely be there! All I’m saying is if you not there then that is your problem! That is exactly what I think!

Miss Edith is hear to ansa all a unu questions. Just ask me anyting and I will sure to ansa unu. Just send unu questions to Mi would sey call mi but a nuh all di time mi in di mood to chat!

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ears after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside a desert fortress know as The Citadel. When the warrior, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) attempts to rescue Immortan Joe’s five long-suffering wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armoured truck known as The War

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Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord's henchmen in a highspeed, deadly chase through the post-apocalyptic Wasteland. Director George Miller returns to the franchise he created 30 years after the last instalment in what can only be described as one of the most glorious reboot/ sequels in cinema history. Make no mistake, Fury Road is not a remake; this is most definitely the Max we have met before – a man haunted by visions and the voices of those he couldn’t save. What makes Fury Road so special is that, while it ties in beautifully with the trilogy of movies that came before it, you don’t have to have seen them to understand what is going on as everything you need to know about Max and the world he lives in is explained through visions and voice-overs. So, for the uninitiated – those of you who have never before seen a Mad Max movie (who are you people and what the hell is wrong with you?) – You can still watch Fury Road and have an absolute blast. Not that Fury Road is a difficult movie to follow, as it is not a movie with an enormous plot that features countless twists and turns; it is a simple

story that doesn’t pretend to be anything more as it barrels forward at such a breakneck pace that you won’t even care that you could write the entire plot of the movie in three short sentences. Considering George Miller has not directed a live-action feature film in almost twenty-years, with his last being 1998’s Babe: Pig in the City (, honestly) it is truly astounding what he has accomplished with Mad Max: Fury Road. The action in this movie is some of the best you will ever see. It is difficult to explain just how refreshing it is to see a big-budget movie rely so heavily on practical effects and stunt-work as opposed to endless CGI. Watching over one-hundred real cars ploughing through a real desert at diabolical speeds, crashing into each other and causing real explosions while real stuntmen and women jump from vehicle to vehicle and leave piles of flaming wreckage in their wake is absolutely exhilarating. It’s difficult to recall another blockbuster that felt this real. Casting Tom Hardy in the role of

Mad Max - Fury Road Max Rockatansky, a role made famous by Mel Gibson, was absolutely perfect and he not only does justice to what Gibson did, he surpasses him. He takes the role with both hands and makes it his own. With limited dialogue, he emerges as the darkest, most efficient and most human Max we’ve ever met. The weight of the movie doesn’t rest solely on Hardy’s shoulders though, as Charlize Theron is there to share the load and what a wonderful job she does. What could have been a one-dimensional character in the hands of a less capable actress winds up being a deep and rich human whom we relate to and root for. Hardy and Theron are fantastic together and we can only hope this isn’t the last time we see them together on-screen. From a technical stand-point,

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esmerised by Lena’s writing style and inexplicable forwardness, I am awaiting her next published piece as this one left me wanting more. It is a book for females, yes. Although, I would not be surprised if men reached out for it too - out of pure curiosity about the female mind, body and strange ways. Her attitude towards all things feminine are written in a non-feminist way, it is an honest and straight-to-the-point kind of ‘guide’ which every girl, woman, teenager should read. She misses out nothing. She draws a vivid and unsettling image of a woman’s mind with regard to diets – otherwise known as obsession with one’s weight; friends, love and sex, and of course boys. Lena Dunham has often been described as the ‘voice of the generation’ and I truly believe and support that statement because she says it how it is, finally. Nothing is censored and she discusses subjects which have

been labelled as taboo for too long, which is why I am ever so grateful that Lena is not afraid of those. What we need to hear and know is finally exposed in a form of awkward real life scenarios taken from our socially inadequate author. Her collection of essays all crammed into the book sum up common phases a woman/girl goes through. Not only is she a wise girl, but also very talented writer kind of girl. “Youth, with all its accompanying risks, humiliations, and uncertainties, the pressure to do it all before it’s too late.” She puts things in a way that can’t be denied. And this is what the 21st century needs. A woman can be a woman without being overly-feminist or having the page three figure. Times are changing and it is not a time for clichés or statements such as ‘women are getting a voice’. It’s a time for women becoming heroines, protagonists as opposed to staying silently in the queue of a supermarket with a trolley containing eggs and milk, and at long last doing whatever they like, looking the way they are and being

everything is flawless. The Cinematography, the Editing, and the Score – it is all remarkable. By reading the plot, most would assume Fury Road would be a dark, grim and ugly movie, but George Miller made the conscious decision to make the movie as vibrant and colourful as possible in order to distance his movie from other post-apocalyptic fare...and it works. Mad Max returns to our screens after a 30-year hiatus and leaves every other blockbuster in recent memory choking helplessly on his fumes. It is the perfect storm of blockbuster filmmaking, with everything coming together gloriously to form the biggest, crazi-

est, most balls-to-the-wall, dickswinging action movie in recent memory. It just let’s it all hang out and says “This is me! Enjoy!” It is absolutely glorious on every conceivable level and you will leave the theatre with so many endorphins firing in your brain, it will feel like you’ve taken a whole heap of illegal narcotics. That’s what Mad Max: Fury Road is – It’s a drug and it’s one you simply won’t be able to get enough of. George Miller has already confirmed that he is working on a sequel entitled Mad Max: The Wasteland and I truly cannot wait until I get my next fix.

SMALLScreen Kingsman:The Secret Service DVD & Blu-Ray Out 8th June 2015 Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class). the film tells the story of The Kingsman; a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into his agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius

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comfortable in their own bodies, expressing their minds without being stereotyped. The only limitations of the book, is that it is for women, or

girls in the progress of becoming them and discovering the worst case scenarios of what to expect.

Liam Neeson returns as ex-government operative Bryan Mills, whose life is shattered when he’s falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he’s pursued by a savvy police inspector (Forest Whitaker), Mills employs his “particular set of skills” to track the real killer and exact his unique brand of justice.

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iss Caribbean United Kingdom (MCUK) adds to the richness and diversity offered in the UK, as it attracts Caribbean’s and non-¬-Caribbean’s alike, keen to enjoy the tropical mix of colour, fashion, dance, gastronomy, music, culture and edutainment. Among the list of reasons for putting the event on MCUK organisers Clayton and Jacqui Brown state, “It was established to be a grand finale showcase for as many of the individual Caribbean countries’ pageant winners to compete for the overall crown as Miss Caribbean UK.” Positively promoting different Caribbean countries under one umbrella, the event uses pageantry to unify, inspire, educate, entertain and celebrate the historical and cultural impact of the Caribbean within the United Kingdom. This will work towards increasing the numbers of diverse participation and representation in the arts such as theatre, dance, fashion, media, journalism, TV and film – both in front of and behind the camera. Last year’s inaugural event held at Notting Hill’s heritage site, the Tabernacle; saw Keeleigh Griffith, representing Barbados, come through the different stages of the pageant to be crowned the winner. Winning Miss Caribbean UK allows for great exposure and supports the winner’s career aspirations via hitting red carpets, attending special events, backstage networking, guest public appearances, interviews, photo shoots, work experience opportunities and mentoring support. Travel opportunities are also on offer with Keeleigh scheduled to visit the Crop-Over Festival in Barbados this summer by courtesy of the tourist board. This year will see increased marketing opportunities

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Miss Caribbean UK 2015 goes national!

Record-breaking city’s Prid for sponsors, supporters and media partners with an extended and more relentless marketing campaign from May to December that will touch London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Luton, Reading, Bristol, Derby, Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle, Leicester, Leeds, Cardiff, Newport, Coventry, Dublin and Belfast. With more promotion, bigger prizes and more opportunities for those who finish first, second and third; 2015 has already seen many more applicants. There will also be more dignitaries and celebrated faces from sport, media, TV and film, music and politics eager to support the

promotion, the regional heats and to hit the red carpet for the December pre-Christmas Grand Finals soirée. Regional heats will take place from July to September in Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol and London The Heats are open to all who fulfill the selection criteria. The first heat will be in MANCHESTER on Saturday 11th July 2015 at Aura bar & Lounge, 31 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BJ. For more information, email or call: +44 (0) 7951 308 379 / +44 (0) 7494 582 981


ritain’s biggest 2-day Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender festival lived up to its billing as the biggest in the UK with its Bank Holiday launch from Victoria Square in Birmingham’s city centre as a kalidescope of colour heralded a large Carnival Parade route with the most visible procession through the city ever. With wide support from the likes of: West Midlands Fire Service, universities throughout the Midlands, the Scouts, Barclays Bank, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation, Solicitors Regulation

Authority, plus many more, it meandered its way down the length of New Street, before bending its way into High Street, Carrs Lane, Smallbrook Queensway and finally onto Hurst Street, where the parade, miles long, concluded its journey by finally entering the main Pride Festival site where the weekend-long party really took-off. Record-breaking ticket sales, for the main events, in the Gay Village, as tens of thousands of party revellers are descended on Birmingham Pride, following what was its biggest ever line-up of stars which included Jimmy Summerville, Paul Morrell,

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Norma Lewis and Birmingham’s own Boney M. Other headline acts include Jess Glynne - whose hit single Hold My Hand smashed its way to No.1 - popular rapper Example - whose performance included No.1 singles Changed The Way You Kiss Me and Stay Awake - former JLS member Marvin Humes - who performed with his new band, LuvBug - and X Factor artists Union J, Stereo Kicks and Only The Young. Gay Gogglebox stars Stephen Webb and Chris Steed were on hand to host the festival’s popular Main Stage. Pride Festival Director Lawrence Barton said: “The entire Birmingham Pride team are absolutely proud about this year’s festival success. It’s incredible to have achieved record ticket sales for an event that attracted tens of thousands of people. We set out to build on the success of last year’s festival, and with such a fantastic line-up this year was truly an amazing weekend!”

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June 03 Stafford College Music Students present: There & Back Again 06 Sam Ostler 19 The Movielife 20 A Rock And Pop Concert 21 Lilly Singh 23 Dead Kennedys 25 Primus – An Evening With 26 Orchard Hill 27 NOFX and Alkaline Trio 27 Aramantus 27 Space Invader Punk Rock Club Night 28 NOFX and Alkaline Trio 29 Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey with Glenn Gregory and very special guest Marc Almond perform David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World 30 Doomtree


June 01 Earl Sweatshirt + Ratking 04 Nas + Special Guests 06 The Alternative & Burlesque Fair 06 Cutting-Edge Burlesque 06 Jubilee Club 29 Big Sean


June 08-09 Fleetwood Mac 20 The Moody Blues 22-23 Take That


June 01 The West End Men 04 Mnozil Brass 06 Chanel-Lee Easy Memorial Concert 09 Heath Quartet 11 The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble 14 City of Birmingham Choir - Zimbe! 15 Lunchtime Organ Concert - Paul

Jacobs 15 Rising Stars: Matosinhos String Quartet 19 Town Hall Tour 19 Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra presents Petrushka 20 Birmingham Cathedral Tercentenary: Festival of Voices 21 Unlimited Voices present Big Band and Swing 22 Suzanne Vega 28 Arabesque School Of Dance proudly presents Disney Delights 29 Lunchtime Organ Concert Thomas Trotter: Summer Requests 29 Sir Ranulph Fiennes: A Life at the Limits


June 01 Lunchtime Organ Concert Thomas Trotter and Simon Gledhill 04 The Tallis Scholars perform Tallis, Allegri and Arvo Pärt 05 Jazzlines Free Gigs: Holyhead & RSA Schools’ Jazz Bands 05 Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft 06 Musical Picnic: Chris Mapp 06 John Barrowman 09 The Piano Guys 11 CBSO Schubert, Strauss and Dvořák 12 Jazzlines Free Gigs: Groove Diggers & Jazzlines Trio 13 Supersonic Kids Gig - Led by Flamingods 13 An Evening with The Overtones 17 CBSO Andris Nelsons’ Farewell Concert 18 CBSO Andris Nelsons’ Farewell Concert 19 Paul Jacobs in Recital 21 Dresden Philharmonic perform Mendelssohn and Brahms 22 Idina Menzel 23 AC Academy Sing Symphony Hall

- Armonico Consort 24 Symphony Hall Tour 25 CBSO Summer Showcase 26 A Night at the Movies 27 Last Night of the Summer Proms 28 Gladys Knight 30 Frank Sinatra Jr. and Orchestra


June 11-14 BBC Good Food Show Summer 11-14 BBC Gardeners’ World Live 19-20 The Autism Show 21 Toy Collectors’ Fair


June 05-06 5 Seconds Of Summer 09 Ariana Grande 13 BAMMA 21 26 John Legend


June 01 Manic Street Preachers (Civic Hall) 06 Professional Boxing (Civic Hall) 10 Counting Crows (Civic Hall) 14 Shawn Klush (Civic Hall) 20 Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra (Civic Hall)


June 03 Young Guns 06 Slade UK - Slade Tribute 12 Wolvcoll presents, Live Loud and Local 19 Mark Grist and MC Mixy present Dead Death 20 Spacement Apes 27 Jilted Generation - Tribute To The Prodigy


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amer Network, the world’s leading network of independent video games websites and producer of the UK’s premiere video games events, and European Cosplay Gathering (ECG), Europe’s premier cosplay competition, have announced that the UK Preliminaries will be held for the first time at this September’s event. With 11 European countries participating, the internationally recognised European Cosplay Gathering is one of the largest cosplay events on the continent. The UK Preliminaries – held on the dedicated EGX cosplay stage – will take place on Sunday 27th September, and are open to UK passport-holders and permanent residents aged 17 and over. Whether passionate about video games, comics or anime, ECG encourages all styles of cosplay and costuming. The overall winning individual and group will be selected to represent the UK in an ‘all expenses’ trip to the finals at Japan Expo - held in Paris in July 2016. Those wishing to enter the European Cosplay Gathering will be able to enter via the EGX website cosplay section (available through www.egx. net/egx/2015) from June. Further to the EGC UK Preliminaries, EGX 2015 will see the return of the firmly established EGX Cosplay Championship in association with cosplay organiser Zonic Productions - on Saturday 26th September. Now in its third year, the EGX Cosplay Championship is the UK gaming community’s largest cosplay contest, attracting scores of entrants.

Cosplay Returns to EGX with Biggest Ever Presence

With high profile judges invited from the cosplay community, plus a high value mystery prize, this year’s cosplay contest will be - in keeping with the rest of the show - the largest and most

impressive EGX has seen. Cosplayers can register for the competition at the show’s cosplay desk at least two hours prior to the competition. More information on the entry requirements will be available on the EGX website. In addition to these two headline events, the EGX 2015 cosplay stage has activity throughout the four days of the show, including panels, mini masquerades, photo shoots and the return of the hilarious timed cosplay show 'Beat The Cosplay Clock’. More information, as well as a full activity schedule, will be revealed in the coming weeks and months.

What’s On Bars and Melody Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton 22nd July 2015

As soon as the TV show finished Bars and Melody signed a 1 single deal with SYCO records and released track ‘Hopeful’ which entered the Official UK charts at number 5. This video now has over 25 million views on Youtube. Since the release of Hopeful Charlie and Leondre haven’t had time to stop for a moment. They have played numerous sold out gigs in the UK, flown to America to appear on the ‘Ellen show’ and even spent two weeks in Australia as ambassadors for the Princess Diana anti bullying trust. Bullet For My Valentine Academy, Leicester 16 October 2015

Since the start of 2015 the guys have been busy putting the finishing touches to their debut album which they will release in the UK on August 21st. This summer will see the band playing headline shows in the UK and going to record stores to sign copies of their new album.

For Bars and Melody this is just the beginning and who knows where it can end.

Bullet For My Valentine have established themselves as one of the biggest bands on the planet. Over the course of their astonishing career they have sold 10 million albums and toured the globe countless times, gaining more fans at every turn. In the UK their last tour saw them hit sell out arenas, including the 10,000 capacity Wembley Arena.

Following this, the band spend this summer on a headline tour of South America, as well as playing alongside Slipknot and Lamb of God, on what will be one of the biggest tours of the year. Bullet For My Valentine are one of the biggest metal bands on the planet, mixing classic riff-heavy rock with a contemporary grasp of dynamics

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ITS HERE! FABULOSAYOU by Yanique Taylor Yanique Taylor Fashion & Beauty Editor


he May Edition of Fabulosayou was my first and it exceeded my expectations with great positive feedback. Our spring/summer shoot was done with incredible friends and our talented team, working to create what is one of our most impressive shoots to date. They say a picture paints a thousand words

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and hopefully it shows in this shoot and our editorials, creativity, passion and dedication to go above and beyond.

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Question Time

Spring-Summer PLUS! London Fashion Week

The Natural Hair Show Summer Sizzling Beauty Must Haves!

Fathers Day

This month we hope you enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.


Bringing you the latest up to the minute styles, looks and trends.

n Father's Day, many people make a special effort to visit their father. They often take or send cards and gifts.

ARE YOU READY? LETS DO THIS! If you feel you can contribute to this then we have 3 months voluntary contracts available.

Common Father's Day gifts are ties, socks, underwear, sweaters, slippers and other items of clothing.

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QUESTION TIME What’s on your mind? Last month we asked Phoenix readers...

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

The ability to never need sleep! Tanya Spence, Smethwick The power to make everyone honest, I wouldn’t use their feelings against them-just let them know it’s okay to be an open book. Robyn Morris, London The power to grant women equal rights around the world. Manny Dixon, Online reader from Toronto


your special gift to DAD to We would love to feature your pictures in our July edition in

To make myself invisible. As a writer, I’d love to hear people’s private conversations. Plus, I think I could move around very quietly. Angela Gray, Erdington

Our next question: What would you do if you had no fear?

Let us know your stories by emailing yanique.taylor@ or questiontime@ and your answer could be featured in our July edition. Submissions for publication may be edited for length and clarity. All submissions become the property of The Phoenix Newspaper.



e are looking for models for photoshoots, exhibitions, events and much more, including The Phoenix Newspaper’s 5th Anniversary, Launch and Gala Awards Ceremony. “If you think you have the sophistication, the right look, and the right attitude to become a part of our team at FabulosaYou, get on board and drop us an email.”

Send in your stories to

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New home for LFW


his September LFW, a global highlight on the international fashion calendar, will be at Brewer Street in the heart of Soho. This new central London location fulfills the British fashion councils goal to host London Fashion Week in the West End, providing a central point for a city-wide fashion celebration close to major retail spaces. Covering two floors of the Brewer Street Car Park, the new central LFW venue will host some of the world’s most exciting designer catwalk shows in

the BFC Show Space and the Designer Showrooms where over a hundred designers will display their collections to an audience of UK and international press, buyers and stylists. The flexible space will also be used for LFW guest registration, a photographers’ area and press, buyer and sponsor spaces. The move to Brewer Street sees London Fashion Week increase its impact across the capital and marks the next stage

in the development of the biannual event, which has previously been located at Somerset House, the Natural History Museum, Duke of York Square and Battersea Park. Whether it's shopping for your autumn/winter wardrobe or experiencing the atmosphere and drama of the catwalk or a VIP experience like no other – London Fashion Week is Londons most exclusive designer fashion event for you to be this September 2015! London Fashion Week takes place from 18 – 22 September 2015.

Unique Jumpsuit £45.00, Kelly Brook at Simply Be, Necklace Stylist's Own, Shoes New Look Stylist's Own

Maxi Dress £26.00, Sandals Stylist's Own, Bag Clarks £19.99, Necklace Stylists Own, Bangle Stylists Own

Vanessa Louise Wedding and Event Planning Makeup by Professional Makeup Artist Yanique Taylor


alsall College students, Hope Breakwell and Tom Doyle, will be battling it out against each other to be named Britain’s top student hairdresser after they both made it through to the national final of a prestigious competition, run by one of the world’s largest cosmetics suppliers. The Level 3 Hairdressing students impressed judges in the regional heat of the Wella XPOSURE competition in April and were amongst five students chosen for the grand final in London. Twenty students from colleges across the Midlands competed in the regional heat at Dudley College, where they were challenged to recreate their commercial cut and colour from the previous photographic heat. 24-year-old Hope and Tom (25) will now travel to Wella World Studio in London where they will pit their skills against 18 of the best hairdressing talents in the UK. The winner will walk away with £1,000 worth of training vouchers, a toolkit worth £500, the chance to shadow a top industry professional and educational support for a year. Wella XPOSURE is the leading nationwide hairdressing competition for students. Now in its sixth year, it offers hairdressing students the opportunity to compete in an inter-college challenge. Ideal for those looking to take their first step on the competition

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Model: Rebecca Linton

Hairdressing Students Make the Final Cut ladder, XPOSURE celebrates imagination, creativity, and talent amongst young hairdressers. It is the ideal springboard for any college student, with winners receiving great exposure within the industry. Tom said: “I am absolutely over the moon about making the final. I couldn’t believe it when they read my name out as the competition was very tough.” “Winning a competition like this can really open up doors in the industry and launch careers, so I’m really excited about competing in

the final,” Hope said. Curriculum Manager for Hairdressing, Amanda Richards, said: “We are thrilled that Tom and Hope will both be representing the college at the final and proud that their hard work and talents have been recognised. Taking part in competitions is a great way for students to test their skills against their peers, push their creativity and talents to the next level and reach their full potential in the competitive hairdressing industry.”



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The Natural Hair Show


f you missed the Natural Hair Show held at The Drum in Aston on the May Day Bank Holidayyou missed quite the event. Even from entering it was clear to see and feel the buzzing and positive atmosphere surrounding the show - especially with the unique, eccentric styles of hair in

both in the show and of those just spectating! The stalls set up by various entrepreneurs stole the show, especially hearing the stories behind the businesses. One stall, set up by the business ‘Aviela’ focused on the advantages and uses of shea butter; products ranged from shea butter haircare to shea butter skincare and much more. But the story behind the business was truly inspirational Patricia Monney (the director) told of she had heard the devastating news that her daughter would be unable to walk and was advised by doctors to use shea butter on her. M i r a c u l o u s l y, Patricia’s daughter began to walk and Patricia decided to research the varying uses of shea butter and eventually, after some hard work, started ‘Aviela’! Another business –

‘Akhu Designs’, founded by Lorene sold handmade clothes, bags, hair accessories (and much more) all beautiful and prominent with vibrant tribal patterns and colours. Lorene told the story of how she always had a passion for sewing and after having her child,

wanted to work from home and so pursued in a future in sewing and designing. Other stalls obviously used culture as their inspirations, ‘Pieces by Keke’ being one, a business that used creativity to create exclusive, amazing, intricately designed jewellery. A stall that really emphasised its African roots and culture was ‘Super Funky Me’- the vivid, colourful feel of the stall stood on its own, let alone teamed with the fabulous earrings, hair scarves, note books- all covered in unique tribal prints- definitely made this stall stand out. The haircare stalls were just as interesting, one ‘Kittylocks Hair Care’ specialised in all natural, hand and homemade shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and many more, all specialised in making hair (of all hair types) longer,

thicker and healthier; with the sweet smells and aromas it had, it was hard to miss! ‘Dee Naturals’ was a very diverse business which offered a multitude of things - clothing (branded with images of natural haired women), and the opportunity to join natural hair workshops to ‘inspire and Empower women of all ages’, their slogan ‘Inspire to Empower’ also caught my eye as inspirational in its own sense. Whilst talking to the founder I learnt that she took inspiration for her business from her daughters- learning to empower themselves. But although part of the show the businesses were not the only fantastic thing about it, it was also the people who went! One, Medina, stood out from the crowd with her striking, peachy style and even more jaw-dropping hair! Her custom style definitely caught the eye of the press being ritzy, beautiful and quirky! Fabulous! These businesses were just some of the variety of stalls available- all catering to different aspects. Overall, this event was a well put together social event which celebrated the achievements of hard working business people who came together to celebrate the uniqueness of natural hair. It was truly inspiring to hear the ladies’ stories about how they founded their businesses and watched them prevail, and what an amazing chance for them to showcase their talents.

Summer Sizzling Beauty Must Haves!


Fix + MAC Cosmetics

By Nicky Foster Professional Make-up Artist For up to the minute make up looks and information follow Nicky on Instagram @themuanicky.

For “Summer Fresh Skin” look no further than MAC Cosmetics Fix +. This product is mineral enriched and is an all-time favourite for keeping your skin, refreshed and hydrated! Top Tip: Fix + can be used under or over make up, and will not alter the appearance of your look! Spay Fix + on to your Beauty Blender before applying your foundation to give your skin a flawless finish!


Photo Credits Model: Lanese Dryden MUA: Nicky Foster Photographer: Emma L Richards


Hemp Body Butter THE BODY SHOP

A great way to prepare your skin for the summer is by using The Body Shops, Hemp Body Butter. The product is a great moisturizer, which consists of a thick luxurious texture, which can be applied to suit your skin type. Once applied the butter leaves your skin feeling




silky soft and smooth. The product contains hemp seed oil which is fantastic for restoring the skins natural moisture. Top Tip: Hemp Body Butter provides up to 24 hours hydration and is excellent for bringing comfort to eczema-prone, and dry skin conditions.

Give your make up a POP…. of colour this summer, with the AMAZING, Make up Forever, Aqua Matic Eye Shadow Stick. The Eye Shadow Stick is a retractable pencil, which twists up to reveal a cream textured shadow, with a generous colour payoff. The product is easy to apply, either directly onto the eye or by

using a soft brush for a wash of colour! Top Tip: Aqua Matic is a waterproof and smudge proof eye shadow, which comes with an integrated sharpener. Use the eye shadow with an eye primer, for super lasting results, this is definitely a holiday must have to be in your holiday collection!

Sleek are known for their low priced products, that give maximum benefits. The Matt Me Lip Cream is one of my favourite Sleek products. The ultrasmooth formula is easy to apply, transforming from a cream into a perfect matt finish, with long lasting benefits. The colours are vibrant and rich and are great for your summer looks. Top Tip: Prep your lips, before applying the Lip Cream to avoid dehydration.

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Arabian Nites Birmingham

The entertainment centre for all the family


taste of the East arrived in Birmingham in the shape of Arabian Nites, an all encompassing multi-entertainment centre which has brought a vibrancy to a part of the city that has been crying out for some time. Situated in the fast developing Eastside, the restaurant/lounge/entertainment centre is already proving to be a haven for young and old, men women and children, who who have a keen desire for having fun days-out, with family, friends, colleagues, or, perhaps to meet new people. Billed as the city’s most exclusive, unique shisha lounge and restaurant, Arabian Nights is the new shisha hot spot in town. The all-round entertainment centre, where the finest in food, in the Sultan Palace Turkish Restaurant, drinks and desserts will be served with an idyllic Arabian theme throughout, is already proving to be the perfect place for a day (and night) for fun, frivolity, music and dance. For the sporty types, you can try your

skills out with their full-length multi-lane ten pin bowling alley, or perhaps pit your skills at bar football. If, however, you want something a little more sedate, then try your hand at one of the state of the art, high calibre pool, or snooker tables set aside for lovers of the green baize. Or, in fact, all you are looking for is a place to eat and have a quiet drink. And, for that, just take up one of the many private booths where you can unwind after a hard days work, or shopping. But, if it’s a night out you are looking for, there’s the bright, spacious, hi-tech club and bar, with booming speaker system and large dance floor providing the best of music, for the very best of

music-lovers. The five star biggest and best shisha & entertainment venue to hit Birmingham, Arabian Nites, open 7 days a week, is also open for birthday bookings, works nights out and the usual friends and family meals. The latest and best thing to hit Birmingham’s entertainment scene, Arabian Nites is fast becoming a ‘must’ for everybody.

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War Part 2 by Roland Joseph Tetteh


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 loves us all, every month I will be bringing to you God’s News from various different perspective.


nce a war has ended, losing nations are sometimes required to pay war reparations to the victorious nations. In certain cases, land is ceded to the victorious nations. For ex-

ample, the territory of Alsace-Lorraine has been traded between France and Germany on three different occasions. Typically speaking, war becomes very intertwined with the economy and many wars are partially or entirely based on economic reasons. Some economists believe war can stimulate a country’s economy (high government spending for World War II is often credited with bringing America out of the Great Depression by most Keynesian economists) but in many cases, such as the wars of Louis XIV, the Franco-Prussian War, and World War I, warfare serves only to damage the economy of the countries involved. For example, Russia’s involvement in World War I took such a toll on the Russian economy that it almost collapsed and greatly contributed to the start of the Russian Revolution of 1917.

World War II

One of the starkest illustrations of the effect of war upon economies is the Second World War. The Great Depression of the 1930s ended as nations increased their production of war materials to

serve the war effort. The financial cost of World War II is estimated at about a trillion U.S. dollars worldwide, making it the most costly war in capital as well as lives. By the end of the war, the European economy had collapsed with 70% of the industrial infrastructure destroyed. Property damage in the Soviet Union inflicted by the Axis invasion was estimated at a value of 679 billion rubles. The combined damage consisted of complete or partial destruction of 1,710 cities and towns, 70,000 villages/hamlets, 2,508 church buildings, 31,850 industrial establishments, 40,000 mi (64,374 km) of railroad, 4100 railroad stations, 40,000 hospitals, 84,000 schools, and 43,000 public libraries.

On the arts

War leads to forced migration causing potentially large displacements of population. Among forced migrants there are usually relatively large shares of artists and other types of creative people, causing so the war effects to be particularly harmful for the country’s creative potential in the longrun. War is further argued to have a direct impact on artistic out-

put, as it disrupts the production processes and distribution of artworks. Since creativity in the arts is often an expression of intense feeling, and as war affects the frame of mind of an artist, it has a negative effect on an artists’ individual life-cycle output. It is not uncommon that during Wars, cultural institutions, such as libraries, are seen as “targets in themselves; their elimination was a way to denigrate and demoralize the enemy population.” It is important to know about and understand the impact such destruction can have on a society because “in an era in which competing ideologies fuel internal and international conflict, the destruction of libraries and other items

of cultural significance is neither random nor irrelevant. Preserving the world’s repositories of knowledge is crucial to ensuring that the darkest moments of history do not endlessly repeat themselves.” The political and economic circumstances, in the peace that follows war, usually depend on the facts on the ground. Where evenly matched adversaries decide that the conflict has resulted in a stalemate, they may cease hostilities to avoid further loss of life and property. They may decide to restore the antebellum territorial boundaries, redraw boundaries at the line of military control, or negotiate to keep or exchange captured territory.

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Negotiations between parties involved at the end of a war often result in a treaty, such as the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, which ended the First World War. A warring party that surrenders or capitulates may have little negotiating power, with the victorious side either imposing a settlement or dictating most of the terms of any treaty. A common result is that conquered territory is brought under the dominion of the stronger military power. An unconditional surrender is made in the face of overwhelming military force as an attempt to prevent further harm to life and property. For example, the Empire of Japan gave an unconditional surrender to the Allies after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (see Surrender of Japan) and the preceding massive strategic bombardment of Japan. A settlement or surrender may also be obtained through deception or bluffing. Many other wars, however, have ended in complete destruction of the opposing territory, such as the Battle of Carthage of the Third Punic War between the Phoenician city of Carthage and Ancient Rome in 149 BC. In 146 BC the Romans burned the city, enslaved its citizens, and razed the buildings. The final part of ‘War’ will be in the July edition of The Phoenix.

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Andy Hamilton MBE - his Legacy lives on in Ladywood Community School of Music by Max Marriott


ucked neatly behind a tower block off Ladywood Middleway nestles The Ladywood Community and Health Centre, where where saxophonist Andy Hamilton MBE sowed the seed for what’s now known as The Ladywood Community School of Music. And there people regularly met to provide residents with the opportunity to learn about music. Jamaica-born Band-leader Hamilton formed his first band in 1928 before emigrating to the UK in 1949.

Settling in Ladywood, in Birmingham, he formed his own band and jazz club, becoming a huge player in the Midlands Jazz scene, but it wasn’t until he was 73 before he recorded his first album; ‘Silvershine,’ which became the biggest selling Jazz album of that year. In 1996, he was awarded an Honorary BA degree by Birmingham University and a Millennium Fellowship for his work in community education, in 1999, before receiving his MBE in 2008. Just short of his 90th birthday he was made an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire. His life, just like his music was

l Curtis playing with the Notebenders Big Band at St John’s Ladywoods

rich and colourful as he continued to play, teach and promote music until his 94th birthday. He died peacefully on June 3, 2012. Richard Jones, who worked closely with Hamilton, is the current caretaker of the Ladywood Community School of Music, making sure that everything runs smoothly for musicians and learners alike. Not only running the music club Richard is still heavily involved with updating the websites keeping information flowing all on a voluntary basis. Fellow saxophonist, Curtis Nesbitt, paid the ultimate respect to the legend that is Hamilton, as it was he who taught the non-playing music lover to play the instrument. Now a member of the Notebenders, Nesbitt regularly plays live gigs and is also teaching too. He said: “I jumped at the opportunity as it was a privilege to teach. It’s a way of giving back.”

“Andy would have loved it, he was the inspiration for me and I wanted the chance to pass on my love and passion to a new generation.” On the school he says: “The Ladywood Community School of Music could be in jeopardy for the first time this year, through government cuts the previous grant awarded by the Community Chest has stopped we will have to look for future funding, the school relies heavily on the goodwill of tutors who are not paid for their work, the hire of the building and other administrative costs still have to be met if the club is to continue.” “Ultimately we provide professional music tuition to residents of Ladywood and surrounding areas, a much needed musical cultural oasis, without our service many would not have the chance financially to participate in music lessons or the opportunity to perform in public giving students the real music journey experience.” Today, Andy Hamilton’s name lives on with granddaughter, Rochelle Bel Navis, teaching the violin at the school.

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l Andy playing at the Mostly Jazz Festival in Moseley

l The Basement Band playing at The Silvershine Jazz Club The band was founded by Andy, but run by Steve King for the last 25 years.

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nspired by the innovations and technical breakthroughs in coinage at Matthew Boulton’s Soho Mint in the 18th century, Birmingham Museums Trust, Soho House and artists Chris Poolman and Elizabeth Rowe launched ‘Good Money – A Currency Competition for Handsworth’. The launch event on Saturday 23rd of May attracted members of the community from all walks of life. The event saw Sikh, Christian, Afro-Caribbean, Muslim and many other traditions and denominations come together to celebrate the launch of three new coins. Following a public vote, the three winners from a shortlist of 15 were selected. They included: • Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia OBE, Chair and Spiritual Leader of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha UK, who has added so much to interfaith, social justice, regeneration and creating harmony. • Mykal Brown, who has helped thousands of youngsters back into education through music; • Merrise Crooks-Bishton, who has worked in community education in Handsworth for more than 40 years, The artists worked with Soho House, the former residence of industrialist Matthew Boulton, and by drawing on the site’s history decided to produce a set of new Handsworth coins. The competition was to find local people to have their profiles

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RELEASE 2015 “New Beginnings”

R Local visionaries celebrated by launch of memorable new coins

cast on the coins and designs for the other side, a strategy that will write the local community into the history of the site. The fun packed day at Soho House, in Handsworth, included speeches exhibitions and photo opportunities for people to celebrate the launch event. Handsworth is now a densely

populated super-diverse area of Birmingham. Historically though, it was located in the county of Staffordshire and remained a small village from the 13th century to the 18th century. When Matthew Boulton lived at Soho House he set up the Soho Manufactory in 1764. The Soho Manufactory was the largest fact-

ory in the world. Handsworth today is regarded part of Birmingham and home to many cultures, identities, faiths, languages and traditions. Whilst the coins are cherished by many they also have a ‘cultural value’. Visitors who bring one of the coins to the museum are entitled to half price entry until 1st November to Soho House. Furthermore, half price entry to four other heritage sites in Birmingham (Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill) until 1st November.

ELEASE 2015 is a brand new 3-day event coming to Birmingham July 17th –

19th. This event has been designed with you in mind. All who attend will experience a time of inspiration, encouragement and empowerment. Guest speakers from Bridge Church, USA Duane & Kris White join Michael Duah from Spark2life Youth Ministry -London to motivate, envision and challenge us to step out into ‘New Beginnings’ Duane was told he would never be able to speak without impediment. Now as an international speaker and author, he miraculously uses his communication skills to teach and challenge people to fulfill their God-given destiny. Kris has a powerful testimony of how God delivered her from negative self-image and is passionate about seeing worth and dignity restored to women. Michael has grown up in the midst of gang activity, and seen the effects of it on him and his friends personally. Now as the coordinator of Spark2Life he understands the challenges the young people face

today and he uses his voice to speak into the young generation. From Friday 17th to Sunday 19th there will be sessions for leaders, men, women, and youth. Inspirational, uplifting times of worship and a special ‘Hungry Hearts’ late night worship session lead by young people from around the city. We invite you to join with us for a great time of input, networking and personal development. Be prepared to be revitalized and refreshed in God’s presence.

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Family supports diabetic patients with thousand mile cycle ride


he family of a patient with long-term diabetes will cycle over 1,000 miles to raise money for other diabetic patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Mandy Proffitt, 52 from Brownhills, Walsall, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over 30 years ago, after the birth of her first child. Inspired by Mandy’s positive attitude, despite undergoing countless operations and procedures, including surgery on both shoulders, her right knee and both eyes, Mandy’s caring family are raising money to give back to the staff that have cared for her over the years. Husband Paul Proffitt, 54, said: “Myself, our two sons, Paul Junior and Harry, and our nephew, Thomas Eustace, will cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End in June. “We want to raise as much money as possible for all those who have given such great care to Mandy over the years, so we

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will be splitting our sponsorship between QEHB Charity’s Diabetes Fund and Diabetes UK.” He continued: “Through it all Mandy hasn’t complained. Through adversity she has battled on. If she can do that, we can definitely do this.” The ride will commence on 6th June and end on 14th June, which marks the beginning of Diabetes Week in the UK. The family will pass through the QE on Monday 8th to meet QEHB Charity and Diabetes UK representatives, as well as many of the QE hospital staff who continue to support and care for Mandy. Mandy, who worked as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse with the QE diabetes team for some years, added: “I’m so proud of my family and I’m delighted that the boys have decided to take on this challenge. “Although I have Type 1 diabetes, all of my family are all fit and healthy, and this is something I am especially grateful for. I am proud to call them mine and I am

always inspired by their support.” Throughout the ride, the couple’s nephew, Steven Woolley, will drive the Motorhome in which the group will sleep, while Mandy will follow on in the team car providing medical support if necessary. Sian Averill, Fundraising Officer at QEHB Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Mandy and her family for their ambitious fundraising, and we look forward to greeting them part-way through their journey at the QE! “The money they donate to QEHB Charity’s Diabetes Fund will help patients with diabetes at the QE, by helping to fund equipment, research and facilities that are above and beyond what the NHS alone can pay for. “I’d like to wish them the best of luck and thank them once again for their fantastic support.” To support the team’s fundraising and make a donation, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/team/Proffitt-and-Loss

active metabolically and represents stored excess calories. Experts postulate that this is nature’s way of stockpiling extra energy for the demands of pregnancy and breast-feeding. This is a much less dangerous pattern of obesity, associated with fewer medical problems.

to the over consumption of carbohydrates, especially simple and refined sugars and starches. highly effective approach is the program that I use and developed by Herbalife International. This plan minimises the body’s burden of excess carbohydrates causing the system to burn abdominal fat instead of storing it. The emphasis is placed on the right intake of healthy protein plus lots of vegetables and the less sugary fruit. Vitamin and mineral supplements are added to ensure balanced cellular nutrition. A concentrated green tea beverage stimulates the metabolism to burn fat while keen attention is paid to optimal water and fibre consumption.

Our Pregnant Men!

M Hospice brings sigh of relief


l Catherine Savin (right) with respiratory nurse Philippa Campbell

pioneering breathing programme at a Birmingham hospice changed the life of a Bromford mum-of-three. Just six months ago, 55-yearold Catherine Savin found breathing so difficult she could hardly get out of bed. But now, after taking part in the John Taylor Hospice Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness (FAB) programme she has found a new lease of life. Catherine was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in November 2013 after experiencing shortness of breath, which was to have a devastating impact on her life. “COPD was just a group of letters to me – it didn’t mean anything,” she recalled. “All I knew was that it made me suffer. I used to feel tired all the time, coughing and wheezing so much that I couldn’t even walk down the street.” Catherine lives at home with her daughter and three granddaughters. “It was upsetting for my family to see me like that. The only thing I could find to say to my kids was that I’m going to die.

It must have made them feel terrible.” Referred to John Taylor Hospice in November 2014, Catherine began the nine week FAB programme in February. Created by staff at the hospice, FAB helps people with severe breathing problems to manage their symptoms through exercise and cognitive behaviour therapy. It made the world of difference to Catherine. “We learned about what goes on in your lungs when you’re finding it difficult to breathe and how to stay in control,” she said. “I understand my illness a lot better now and I know how to cope with it - and that makes me feel less afraid. FAB really opened my eyes. It was life-changing. “I don’t get that heavy feeling in my chest as much now and I take each day as it comes. I’ve just finished making a blanket for my baby granddaughter Maisie-Lei. She’s nine weeks old. I also love flower-arranging. If I’m not feeling up to finishing it, I can set it to one side and then come back to it after a rest. “I’ve never known my breathing to be the way it is. Everything feels so much easier. I’m an en-

tirely different person now – I can’t thank them enough.” The FAB programme was created by John Taylor Hospice senior clinical occupational therapist Faye Collins and senior clinical physiotherapist Louise Tipson. The hospice’s respiratory palliative care nurse Philippa Campbell also helps run the sessions and visits Catherine in her home. “If it weren’t for Philippa and the rest of the team at John Taylor Hospice, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Catherine. “They helped me so much. Nothing you can say to them will shock them – they understand. They go through it with you and they’ll literally hold your hand if you need them to. The FAB programme was launched at John Taylor Hospice in 2011 and has so far supported more than 200 people like Catherine. Philippa said: “We’re all overjoyed at the progress Catherine has made. As a nurse, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing someone we have cared for back on their feet and smiling again. That’s what the FAB programme is all about – giving life back.

any of our males appear to be pregnant. It is not an uncommon sight to see men whose swollen bellies make them look pregnant. They have what I call the male pregnancy syndrome. This condition is associated with a high incidence of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, circulatory problems and metabolic disorders like high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and uric acid in the blood. Medical research suggests that a man with a waist measurement of over 39 inches will increase his risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease by over 500%!

The Problem

The obesity of the male pregnancy syndrome involves an accumulation of fat on the upper trunk - from the neck to the abdomen, often without the arms, legs or buttocks being involved. Doctors know this as 'apple' shaped or truncal obesity. We fibre call it 'beer belly' or 'big gut'. The liver is particularly prone to be strangled by this fat creating a condition called fatty liver disease. Excess of simple carbohydrates in the diet stimulates the overproduction of insulin and the development of a hormonal disturbance called insulin resistance. Pear shaped obesity is more common in women, with fat accumulation in the lower abdomen, thighs and buttocks, most of it located beneath the skin. This kind of fat is less

The Solution

The usual recommendation to lose weight by just cutting back on food consumption often fails to deal with this kind of obesity. The individual may lose some weight (mostly muscle) from their arms, legs, neck and face with relatively little fat loss from t h e abdomen. This is particularly true of those diets that simply cut back on fats. Much of the epidemic of abdominal obesity is due


Exercise is very important but exercise alone, especially just abdominal exercise is not effective in dealing with male pregnancy. The solution involves 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Make nutritional changes your first priority. Then, I recommend adding 30 minutes or more of brisk walking or other aerobic activity, three to five times weekly depending on your fitness level. Then a more comprehensive exercise program including muscle building resistance training can be introduced. You may email Dr. Vendryes at tonyvendryes@ or listen to An Ounce of Prevention on POWER106FM on Fridays at 8:15 pm. Access to his books and articles is available on his website www.tonyvendryes. com

To Advertise - Tel : 0121 231 3235 or email

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There are already so many fantastic individuals who foster and adopt children into their families- but we need more!

Whether a crisis in the family, illness or relationship difficulties could be some of the reasons why a child is placed in care.

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!

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.

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.

Adoption & Fostering Our ongoing campaign to help the children in need in our communities

Foster Care Fortnight The UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign to raise the profile of fostering


lready up and running this month, Foster Care Fortnight is set to raise the profile of fostering, encourage more people to get involved and to provide vital care and support for the children who need it most. Under this year's theme of: “make a connection,” the campaign people with an opportunity to learn more about the role of a foster carer and aid in providing safe environments for the most vulnerable local children. There will be a number of

events and activities across the UK as the campaign has gone from strength to strength over the years, reaching those who wanting to know if they can foster care for children-many of whom have had a hard start in life and are yearning to experience the stability and support. With over 63,000 children living with 52,500 foster carers across the UK, Fostering Fortnight 2015 will also provide the opportunity to discover some kind of connection to fostering. Furthermore, the campaign will also be reaching out to busi-

nesses and employers, to make them realise the vital role they play in facilitating foster care by encouraging workplaces to develop new foster family friendly policies. Of course, not every fosterer is able to foster any one, or more, child (or children) and there are also many children who need to be fostered, so if anyone thinks they could become a parent to a child or children through adoption, perhaps it's time to take that first step.

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Regional adoption consortium working better and quicker for adopters


our regional adoption consortium has recently increased its members to now include OFSTED OUTSTANDING Adoption Focus. This is a highly significant change for people thinking of adopting locally as the expansion will help to provide lots of additional support to adopters, a speedier approval process and also due to the fact that the consortium are family finding for around 100 children at any one time, ensure that once approved adopters can start to find out about lots of children who may be able

to become part of their family. Councillor Tim Crumpton, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The consortium has been a huge success in driving recruitment and finding ‘forever families’ for children across the West Midlands.”

“Together we will be able to support more children and families.” The adoption info events for this region are on:

“I am delighted to welcome Adoption Focus on board and I would like to thank the staff for their hard work in making this happen.”

6th June at The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham, B6 4UU (10.30am)

18th June at The Ricoh Arena, South Stand, Coventry, CV6 6GE (6pm) There is no need to register or suchlike in advance – just come along and have a chat to us and we can tell you more about the rewarding adoption journey.

Have you ever thought about

adopting a child? Come along to our next informal information event on:

Sat 6th June, 10.30am, The Drum, Potters Lane, Birmingham, B6 4UU

We need you to change your life and a child’s life in 2015


aking a space for a child in your life is an amazing thing to do. It is also a big decision and there’s a lot to think about and learn but loads of obvious rewards too.


Thurs 18th June, 6pm, Ricoh Arena, South Stand, Coventry, CV6 6GE

Why adopt? You’ll be giving loving stability to a child or brothers and sisters who can no longer be brought up by their birth parents.

No need to register - just come along

It’s a lifelong commitment and. Like all parenting, means sticking with it through the good and the hard times. It’s not always easy but, as many adoptive parents will tell you, it is extraordinarily rewarding and just great to be a parent!

Can anyone adopt?

Freephone 0800 073 0597

Adoption in the Black Country


• The main criteria is simple, you must be: • Over 21 years old • Have patience, and be flexible and energetic • Have the determination to positively transform a child life

Myths about who can adopt

Contrary to popular belief – • You don’t have to own your home, have a job or be under 40. • You don’t have to be married, or in a relationship, or heterosexual • You don’t have to be a parent already or qualified in any specific way • A disability is not necessarily an obstacle to adopting.

How do I start the process? Just come along to your next regional information events – 6th June at The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham, B6 4UU (10.30am) 18th June at The Ricoh Arena, South Stand, Coventry, CV6 6GE (6pm) For more information call your adoption advice line on 0800 073 0597

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Local ‘Brilliant Club’ O Students celebrate success

l Proud students with their certificates

ver the last term, Stockland Green students have had a real opportunity to be involved in the 'The Brilliant Club'. The award winning charity that seeks to increase fair access to highly-selective universities offers a national programme which currently works with over 5,000 students in 200 schools across the country and 20 of the top third of universities in the UK! The Scholars Programme focuses on developing advanced skills including independent study, critical thinking and communication skills; enabling students to reach their maximum potential in English. The programme is designed to replicate the university experience and consists of a series of six university-style tutorials,

two study skills workshops and a final assignment. The tutorials will typically be delivered once a week during school hours, by a PhD tutor from a selected University. On Saturday 16th May twelve

students who have completed an extended final assignment which challenged them to work above their current key stage, together with two members of

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staff had the privilege of attending a graduation event at the University of Nottingham. This involved a tour of the campus, a study skills session and the chance for the students to meet and ask questions of current students and admissions staff at the university. During the day they also took part in a formal certification ceremony where they received a certificate to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements on the programme. Parents were also invited to this special event. Miss Heer, English teacher said ‘Our students were impeccable. It was so overwhelming to see our students graduating with some phenomenal results’. It was a very proud day for students, their parents and of course Stockland Green School.

Kindness pays: Thoughtful student has accommodation fees paid for


ince university fees were raised following the last general election, some students have found the cost of university out of their reach. With UK uni fees set to remain high regardless of who makes it to number ten, help is arriving in the form of the 'Living the Dream' scholarship from the fastest growing online booking platform for student accommodation, Uniplaces. The new 'Living The Dream' scholarship aims to make university living costs more manageable while improving student mobility around the world and the lucky UK recipient of the first ever round of scholarships, who attends Imperial College, London, will have his accommodation costs paid for next semester. To be in with a chance of winning, Uniplaces asked students to

submit 'random acts of kindness' in order to make university campuses a better place to be. Francisco Goiana da Silva has been awarded the first UK scholarship by helping his fellow students to relax on campus by arranging an informal wine tasting session, surprising them with wine from the Douro Valley in

his native Portugal. Uniplaces co-founder Ben Grech said: “We’re thrilled to offer Francisco a ‘Living the Dream’ scholarship and his act of kindness totally deserved the 860 votes it received. It’s a great example of the kind of behaviour we like to see among student communities, which helps people get to know

each other through a bit of old fashioned friendliness!’ The scholarship fund comes from donations made through the Uniplaces website. Each time a booking is made through the website, £1 goes directly into the fund. Over 100 students from all over the world entered acts of kindness ranging from cleaning up their campus to tutoring fellow students in their spare time. “We believe that more students should take a leaf out of Francisco’s book and study at the right university for them, whatever country that might be in.” “The Living The Dream scholarship will make this possible for more students around the world by helping break down social and geographical barriers and empowering student mobility,” Grech said.

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hree properties in Nevis, the Nelson Spring Beach Resort, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club and Oualie Beach Resort, have achieved Hospitality Assured® (HA) certification, enhancing their reputation for high standards of service quality, obtaining certificates confirming that they have successfully completed the rigorous assessment process and have satisfied the criteria. With framework in place it helps them to continuously raise their service quality standards, focus on their customers’ needs in all aspects of their business, increase customer satisfaction and loyalty and improve overall business performance. Jeanette Grell-Hull, General Manager of Nelson Spring Beach Resort, said: “The process has opened an avenue for us to evaluate as we give our business plan

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Three Nevisian Properties Attain Hospitality Assured® Certification more attention while we focus on our future goals.” “Our staff has had renewed vigour, knowing that they are in fact taking part in holding up the Nelson Spring Beach Resort Customer Promise.” Nisbet Plantation Beach Club celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and it sees HA certification as the l Nisbet Plantation Beach Club will be met and exceeded here at ideal anniversary present. General Manager Alistair Forrest Nisbet Plantation Beach Club.” Faith Bertie, General Manager said: “Today’s traveller has a vast array of options both for lodging at Oualie Beach Resort said: “It and seeking travel opinions, how- was a journey indeed, it was a lot ever, being a property with the HA of work, a lot of hours, a lot of designation gives them great con- dedication in terms of getting the fidence as it promises that their work done but through it all we stay experience and expectations did it and I’m proud to say that

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O the Oualie Beach Resort has been HA Certified. It helps us to reach a higher standard of customer satisfaction,” Hospitality Assured is a certification programme promoting service and business excellence in tourism and hospitality companies. It is owned by the Institute of Hospitality in the United Kingdom, and licensed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) for use in the region. The process in Nevis was supported by the Organization of American States (OAS), through the ministry of tourism.

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One Caribbean Television Celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month

ne Caribbean Television (OCTV) will host a reception in the nation's capital to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which is observed in June. The reception, to be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in the Rayburn House Office Building, will be hosted in conjunction with the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee. The event will bring together Ambassadors from various Caribbean nations, Members of Congress and Caribbean business and cultural leaders to commemorate Congresswoman Lee's role in championing the historic bill that officially established the celebratory month. "We believe it is fitting to unite Caribbean stakeholders in the celebration of an important month for the millions of people of Caribbean ancestry living in the Diaspora," said OCTV's newly appointed President of Sales & Marketing, Mark Walton. He added that Congresswoman Lee will be honored for her unrelenting commitment to

the region and the Diaspora. Walton said One Caribbean Television is also celebrating its 10 year anniversary of uniting the Caribbean to the world and providing a platform to highlight the beautiful people and places of the region. During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month last year, President Barack Obama saw it as opportune to "honor their history, culture, and essential role in the American narrative." "Caribbean Americans are part of a great national tradition, descendants of hopeful, striving people who journeyed to our lands in search of a better life. They were drawn by a belief in the power of opportunity, a belief that through hard work and sacrifice, they could provide their children with chances they had never known. Thanks to these opportunities and their talent and perseverance, Caribbean Americans have contributed to every aspect of our society - from science and medicine to business and the arts," he stated.

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Dive into summer in the BVI

Chinese Topiary gardens - a thing of real beauty


he weather is heating up and so are the dive deals in the British Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) Tourist Board invites travelers to dive into crystal-clear waters and enjoy the colorful marine life with a variety of dive-specific offers available throughout the islands. Dive deals are available from a variety of resorts, hotels and diving schools and include discounts on accommodations as well as diving experiences. Diving is one of the most popular activities on the islands and an underwater exploration fulfills the desire for adventure and beauty. With many exotic dive sites on the islands, there’s much

to see under the surface of the BVI. There is something to explore for divers of all skill levels in waters varying from 25 to 100 feet. Located at an average depth of 30 feet are the Painted Walls at Peter Island that are filled with color and consist of a series of canyons, reefs, and arches covered in marine life. For the more advanced divers, the Chikuzen, a sunken vessel located 12 miles northeast of Virgin Gorda, is a remote site that is home to various types of sharks and schools of barracuda. Another top diving site is The Cathedral at Jost Van Dyke that known for its high ceilings and magnificent display of sunlight that shines through its opening.


hen it comes to gardening, there is always huge room for creativity. And, if you truly want to see something different, what better way than to try and recreate some of the spectacular Chinese gardens. The Topiary masterpiece is mesmerizing, and the fact that they are actually made of living material just adds to their undeniable charm. A venerable horticultural art, Pliny the Elder (23–79 AD), who perished in the eruption of Vesuvius, was one of the first to describe the shaping of trees and shrubs by clipping. Ancient Romans often had their names spelled out in manicured boxwood, foreshadowing modern road-

side spectacles of factory names carved in shrubs. The Middle Ages gave rise to geometrically shaped trees and shrubs, which gave way to Renaissance representations of mushrooms, urns, temples, apes, donkeys, oxen, carts, and peacocks. But then the 16th-century English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon dismissed the art form, stating, “They be for children.” A familiar feature in gardens since the 1900s topiary art is often entered for judging at flower shows and high end blue-ribbon events the world over. Check out some of the amazing examples from around the world, can you find them all?

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T Waine is at it again


ormer multi-World Champion, Waine Turner, was at it again as, at the age of 48, he won the Iska Pro World Kickboxing title after being persuaded to come out of retirement, at the age of 48. Have not fought competitively for 7 years he made the risky comeback to fight in the World Championships in Portimao, in Portugal, despite him being the coach for the light continuous and full contact squad. “Overall we came away with 19 golds, 17 silvers and 16 bronze medals,” said a delighted Turner. “Plus I won gold and, again, became World Champion - at the tender age of 48,” he continued. “Now that’s got to be special. Almost unique,” said the beaming newly crowned World Champion.

he future for British athletics is in safe hands after the Great Britain & Northern Ireland junior team excelled at the 57th Loughborough International, with the relays shining with three victories and a close second place. The women’s 4x400m team won a thrilling race as Laviai Nielsen ran a storming last leg to overtake Scotland and earn victory. After some scrappy changeovers by all the teams, Scotland had a 15m lead going into the final leg but the 19 yearold showed her class in the closing stages. Her twin sister Lina, Cheriece Hylton and Lily Beckford had set up Neilsen well to finish in 3:37.24. Laviai had earlier claimed the scalps of international relay medallist Kelly Massey (Stephen Ball) and Meghan Beesley in a landmark 400m victory for the London 2012 kit carrier. The Enfield & Haringey athlete won in a time of 52.87 as she claimed the first win of the day for the GB & NI juniors’ team. “I’m happy with that because it was so windy – I was just thinking ‘don’t overcook this, just run smart’, said the BUCS silver medallist, whose twin sister

Annie achieves another award

A Junior success in LIA boosts future for British Athletics Lina finished fourth in the race in 54.08. On hearing she was the first GB & NI junior winner on the day: “Fantastic, that’s such a relief. I knew it was about doing it for

the team, not just an individual thing. I was so nervous (racing with Kelly Massey and Meghan Beesley on the inside lanes) so I was running scared but I ran how I always do and it worked out.”

There was double success in the 4x100m for the GB & NI juniors as the men and women both took the LIA titles.

nnie Zaidi continues to achieve massive recognition as she received a coveted Sports Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards ceremony held recently in London. A Youth Engagement Coach at Leicester City Football Club, Coventry-based Annie, a rare female role model in the male-dominated world of football, said: “I think the working world has inspired Asian women to break down social perception of them and allowed them to work hard and realise their full potential as business women across all sectors of the working world. These trailblazers have and are continuing to empower other Asian women like myself to follow our dreams of becoming successful in our chosen field.” She won similarly at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards, at Coventry City's Ricoh Arena.

Yaya leads discrimination observers monitoring the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

W l FIFA’s head of sustainability Federico Addiechi, Fare’s executive director and member of the FIFA Task Force Piara Powar, former FIFA referee and member of the Task Force Howard Webb, Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder and consultant to the Task Force Yaya Touré and chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board and consultant to the Task Force Heather Rabbatts.

orld football's governing body FIFA plans to reinforce its fight against discrimination by deploying observers in the qualifiers of the 2018 World Cup, to be held in Russia. The new measure, part of the new FIFA monitoring system, was presented officially at Wembley Stadium and with this group of observers, FIFA seeks to supplement the work of referees and disciplinary bodies by providing much-needed evidence to justify sanctions in legal procedures. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: “The new monitoring system is a very concrete measure in order to ensure that football sends a clear

message for diversity and against any form of discrimination.” Manchester City’s Ivorian African Cup of Nations winner, Yaya Toure, subject of racist chants in Russia while playing for his club, expressed his appreciation that FIFA is taking "this issue very seriously. I’m very satisfied to see that they are putting in place concrete measures to stop behaviour which goes against the spirit of our sport.” The new monitoring system emerged from recommendations made by the FIFA Task Force against Racism and Discrimination, established in 2013, to find concrete solutions against discrimination in soccer.

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Home-boy Yorke at helm for British Airways Tobago Football Legends Tournament

The Three Lionesses set to roar ever louder in Canada


fter a perfect ten on the road to Canada, expectations are high for Mark Sampson and his new-look England squad as they set out for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015. With the likes of Alex Greenwood, Demi Stokes and Lizzie Durack all handed their first caps in qualifying, Lianne Sanderson and Jo Potter back in from the international wilderness, plus the free-scoring exploits of Chelsea’s Eniola Aluko, Birmingham City star, Karen Carney and Toni Duggan from Manchester City, as well as a crop of exciting youngsters, England have a blend that is working well, with coach Sampson delighted at how his team have embraced his new ideas.

Sanderson said: “People can expect a team that is going to be ready. We have been preparing even before we qualified. If we don’t get out of the group I think people will see it as a negative thing, but we can only play against the teams we’ve been handed to in the group. We will put ourselves individually in the best physical, mental and technical shape. Mark and his staff give us the best opportunities to be at the best we can be. That shows in the games we’ve already played.” This i’s the Three Lionesses’ fourth appearance at a FIFA Women's World Cup, with many expecting to see them at the BC Place Stadium, in Vancouver, on July 5.

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ormer Manchester United and Aston Villa star, Dwight Yorke, has added another string to his already considerably successful bow as he takes up his new role as Tobago Global Brand Ambassador, heading an array of Premier League stars who will be taking part in the British Airways Tobago

Football Legends tournament, on the Caribbean island. Now working in the media, the former Trinidad & Tobago international is the biggest football success story to come out of the Caribbean, adding over 70 caps for the Soca Boyz - which included their appearance in the FIFA World Cup 2006 finals in Germany.

After accumulating three English Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League, one FA Cup and two League Cups during his stellar career, the Tobago-born former Old Trafford favourite is exited about the upand-coming festival of football. He said: “I firmly believes that the upcoming Legends showcase will only encourage and develop

young stars here. To have an array of Premier League players to come to T&T - Tobago in particular - is truly fantastic and it will enhance our global status as a country that people can come and visit. I am immensely proud that the British Airways event is here on my home island and it will be a great tournament for everybody”

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