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s further recognition for his lifetime’s work devoted to both local and international football, Birmingham-man Lincoln Moses MBE was one of 150 special invitees to meet Prince William, at Buckingham Palace, as part of the English FA’s much-vaunted 150th anniversary celebrations. Moses, General Manager of the city-based record-breaking Continental Stars football and community club and a lead representative of the St. Kitts/Nevis Football Association in England, was chosen by the FA as one of their 150 grassroots volunteers award winners in celebration of its anniversary and receive a well-deserved award which presented by the Duke of Cambridge. A well-chuffed Lincoln said of the occasion, last month: “I was humbled by the invitation to Buckingham Palace and the level of interest in my work. I was

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truly blessed by all the interest it drew for me.” A Kick It Out Grassroots Advisory Group member, Moses is also a board member of the Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs, a Director of ‘Trapped Starz,’ founder of Brothers Keeper, which specialties in empowering socially excluded young people to access local programmes, is an elected representative on the council of the Birmingham County FA, Chair of both BCFA Race Equality Advisory Group and Holford Drive Community Sports Hub and was voted one of the 50 most influential Black people in football in 2009, 2010 and also 2011. The Aston Villa-supporting Prince said of the occasion: “I cannot tell you how excited I was that we played football on my grandmother’s lawn. Football has brought me a great deal of pleasure over the years.” Lincoln was made MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2009.

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ome Again. The film will be seen as controversial, as people will obviously have their opinions on whether this is a true reflection of life experienced by a deportee. Firstly I must congratulate Diahanna Rhiney and the organisers for a spectacular evening of exquisite entertainment. The event kicked off with meeting invited VIP guests, the elite members of the Black Community including distinguished guests such as Linford Christie, H.E. High Commissioner of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago,

Garvin Nicholas, Paul and Karen Harrison of PK Media, Franklyn Walters of Western Union, Mark Dwayne, Editor and Founder of Street Cred Magazine, George Ruddock of GV Media Group and So Solid Crew to name but a few. The champagne and rum punch flowed in abundance with lavish hors d’oeuvres catered throughout the reception. We have to celebrate the fact that we know how to get together when there is a need and purpose. I had the opportunity to meet the two writers of the script for Home Again. Sudz Sutherland

was a very keyed up gentleman who exuded passion about the need to create an awareness of Black film makers to make films that would be received in other countries and mainstream cinemas. With a unique partnership with wife Jennifer Holness, they both work in respect and harmony of their skill in the profession of writing and making film. The film cost approximately $2 million to make, and is a based on what was said to be a real life experience of the writers when they read in a community newspaper that one of their...

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Faith and health leaders launch innovation for community care


aith and Healthcare leaders gathered at the Birmingham Nishkam Centre to launch a new faith inspired digital health network to create community inter-dependency in the face of wider healthcare challenges. They also explored new strategies in enhancing compassion in healthcare. The event demonstrated the usefulness of sharing values for collective actions by all stakeholders for the common good of healthcare, also helping to enhance compassion for improving lives and uplift humanity. Following the publication of the Francis Report earlier this year, healthcare professionals across the service have faced heightened scrutiny over their ability to show compassion and empathy for their patients. Whilst care and compassion have always been the values that have underpinned the ethos of the NHS, they also resonate closely with virtues propagated by all major religious traditions of the world, as core principles of faith. Toby Lewis, CEO of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust, said: “I congratulate AnonCare for offering exactly the opposite spirit of what we’ve experienced with the NHS IT programme over the last ten years. This can be grounded in the real values people bring to work rather than something that can be brought to bear from above. It's about an NHS and the communities we serve, re-

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oin in the fun as the fabulous FESTIVE GIFT FAIR, the biggest and best Christmas Shopping Fair, returns to the NEC for four days from 21 – 24 November. Christmas means gifts for your loved ones, hanging decorations on the tree, excitement on children’s faces, party clothes, stockings hanging over the hearth, a table fit for a festive feast! Raise a glass! That’s the spirit! Enjoy a Christmas drink with family and friends. Christmas entertaining is the time to indulge in tempting chocolates and delicious cheeses…… sample before you buy at Festive Gift Fair.

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Pandas Story: A blessing and an inspiration


etired midwife, Hannah Adjepong, has used the vehicle of storytelling in a powerful way to teach profound truths and values like courage, honesty and generosity. With her new book, 'Pandas Song' the Ghanaian-born educator has inspired many, young and old, in Telford, Shropshire, to how to love themselves just the way they are through stories, music and dance. Hannah an award-winning poet and author, uses the skills passed on to her by her family and culture giving the message that despite outward appearances we

are all the same with a common humanity and we should practice self acceptance. A passionate and inspiring lady who uses her skills as a story teller to inspire and educate children and adults with a very clever technique that is a joy for all. “I am delighted to be able to share this style of teaching with the children in the UK,” says Hannah, who has been in the UK for 30 years now and Pandas Story, which teaching children not to judge, self acceptance and self love, the value of education, story telling and writing will leave you blessed and inspired.

Ice rink comes to Centenary Square, Birmingham


entenary Square will be transformed for Christmas with the arrival of an outdoor ice rink this month. Complementing the annual Christmas Markets, ‘Winter

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portunity in Centenary Square close to the stunning new Library of Birmingham. Visitors to Birmingham and locals alike will be able to enjoy the magic of open air ice skating in our festive ice rink throughout the season.” The ice rink has capacity for more than 200 skaters at a time

said: “It’s been six years since we last had an ice rink as part of our Christmas celebrations and I’m really pleased that Wilsons Funfair are able to offer this op-

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Local inspiration Gina Moffatt launches her second café


ocated in the heart of Tottenham, Gina Moffatt proudly presented the launch of the Blooming Scent Café , her second cafe at the 639 Enterprise Centre on Thursday 3 October. A previous Pride of Britain Young Achiever winner and mentee of dragon den’s James Caan, Gina Moffatt has the perfect ‘rags to riches’ tale. Gina explains she was in a ‘very dark place’ as a prisoner at Holloway Prison eight years ago, but with the help of Princes Trust and London Youth Support Trust she was given a chance in life with a business of her own and is now an entrepreneur and quite evidently a local celebrity too! Neo soul sound-waves flooded the streets of Tottenham, enticing passers-by. An enthusiastic and wildly talented band played popular tunes by the likes of John Legend and Bob Marley with a jazzy twist. Wine, cocktails and fresh juices were generously served. A collection of vibrant paintings of Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley and more decorated the walls

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and supported the ethos of Gina Moffatt’s big day; creating a legacy despite the set-backs in life. Gina Moffatt graced the stage sheepishly with a huge smile on her face. “I’m so shocked and so honoured you’re all here. Eight years ago I was in a very dark place. I can’t believe my life right now. Every day is a dream, it is such a blessing.” Gina went on to thank the main people in her life who she claims were the reason she was able to start her own business, to which they all responded that she deserved it. They all echoed an immeasurable passion she has that was inevitably leading her this

way. “The community always support me, whether it’s constructive criticism or bringing all their friends and family to the cafe, they are such a blessing”. Gina explained. Amongst cheers, claps and exclamations of “we love you Gina,” Gina stepped down from the stage to speak with the guests and more music was performed whilst platters of Caribbean dishes were served. Gina is heavily connected with the local community, and hopes to eventually turn the café in to a social enterprise, where people can get training in skills such as customer service, cash management and business management. Gina Moffatt is living proof that with hard work and determination, anything is possible and we can expect more young entrepreneurs in the Tottenham area too, Gina explained; “There are loads of great young businesses in Tottenham, we are all trying to climb out of that hole, your help matters, we are all trying to help each other!”

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Innovative new procedure to be hosted at BMEC


ollowing the success of trialling the UK’s first glaucoma hydrus stent surgery earlier this year, the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre has forged ahead with another first in glaucoma surgery. Mr Imran Masood, Consultant Ophthalmologist, is the first in the UK to perform the new ‘Glaukos Supra-choroidal Stent’ procedure as part of an international study. Glaucoma is a condition associated with an increase in the pressure within the eye. This condition can gradually lead to permanent loss of sight because of damage to the optic nerve. The innovative procedure involves inserting the new stent

device directly into the space that lies beneath the lining of the eye ball, called the supra-choroidal space, resulting in a significant reduction in eye pressure for adult patients with glaucoma. Patient, Patrick Holloway, who was operated on as part of the innovative procedure, said: “I have had glaucoma for 22 years, and was still a merchant navy officer when I first experienced typical glaucoma symptoms. My local optometrist sent me straight to the Birmingham eye centre after noting high pressure in my eyes, and I have been in their care ever since. My vision is better and I look forward to returning to work and following my other interests. Without the operation this may

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not have been possible.” Mr Masood is a leading expert in glaucoma and has extensive experience in the area of microinvasive glaucoma surgery using the i-stent. He is nationally renowned for bringing innovative techniques, as part of global studies, to support patients living with glaucoma. He said: “We are very proud at BMEC to continue to lead the way nationally in innovative and safer glaucoma surgical techniques. The supra-choroidal space is a natural low pressure space within the eye and these new stents tap into this to lower the eye pressure, and prevent further visual loss due to glaucoma.”


esearch into local eating habits has revealed that Birmingham people are sitting down to the same meals week in week out. As they admit to sticking to an average of only five recipes on rotation, the retailer is calling on the region to wake up its taste buds. Led by leading supermarket, Morrisons showed an astonishing 51 per cent of the city’s residents polled admitted to being stuck in a severe repeat meal rut consuming the same meals week after week. Almost two thirds (63 per cent) said they still consume the exact same meals they were a decade ago. Demanding lifestyles are the main barrier to Brummies expanding their palates and culinary skills with 53 per cent citing a lack of time as the main restriction to cooking. A third of Brummies admit they are only able to spend 20 minutes or less each day on meal preparation, meaning these unadventurous eaters are sticking with what they know. Despite being home to restaurants by Michelin starred Birmingham chefs Glynn Purnell and Richard Turner, many locals admit to being terrible in the kitchen. 55 per cent describe their cooking skills as ‘average’

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or ‘below average’ (compared to 50 per cent nationally), and 19 per cent site this as the main reason they are stuck in a rut. The research undertaken coincided with the launch of a new range of M Kitchen meals, and the pop up M Kitchen in the city’s Victoria Square found that 24 per cent are unlikely to ever attempt to cook a new type of cuisine as they prefer to stick to traditional British meals such as roast beef, bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie.

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Minority issues no longer a priority for RSM?


octors from across the UK attended a specially convened meeting to discuss the subject of mental Illness within the Black Minority Ethnic community The seminars, at the Royal Society of Medicine in central London, provide a forum for General Practitioners and hospital specialists to express their views and findings and the huge impact it has on society at large. The BME section of the RSM deals with specific health issues that are associated within the Black demographics with its founder, Dr Frank Chinegwundoh MBE a Consultant Urological Surgeon saying: “The reason why this section was started in 2001 was that the organisation did not have an academic forum

whereby health issues affecting BME communities could be discussed although there were other sections within the Royal Society of Medicine to dealt with. This, though, was the first academic forum that specifically discussed health issues affecting Black and ethnic minority communities. This was not a section for Black people but a section where Black and minority ethnic issues can be discussed because this affects all people. By having a Black and minority ethnic health section ensured that these issues couldn’t be ignored. It is important that the organisations such as the RSM should not conceivably be seen as a white middle-class institution who is not interested in the wider diversity.” The findings of this meeting have yet to be fully documented

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however early indications would suggest that urgent action is needed to avoid the social economic nightmare based on the analysis of their research. Key points raised could have a far-reaching impact on society both financially and socially. Over 45% of African and Caribbean young men are unemployed with the findings suggesting that financial instability was a major contributory factor in the onset of mental health conditions. The forum regularly held meetings to discuss medical conditions such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, HIV, Prostate Cancer and Mental Health. This was the first to highlight BME issues.

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Entrepreneurs celebrated at prestigious awards


he UK’s most impressive new businesses are preparing themselves for the Startups Awards 2013. The awards which recognise the achievements of Britain’s most exciting and fast growing businesses launched in the last three years accommodate startups who think they have what it takes to win the prestigious accolades. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year there are 12 categories, including Mumpreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year with the overall winner of the top prize, the Simply Business Startups Business of the Year, being judged and selected from the winners of the

other categories. Previous winners of the awards include well-known brands such as Naked Wines,, BLOTTR and BeatThatQuote. com, which was recently sold to Google for £37.7m.

The judging panel for this year’s awards consists of some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and business experts such as Colin Gillespie, co-founder and CSO at All Response Media, Specsavers cofounder Mary Perkins, Sarah Tremellen, founder of Bravissimo, and Julien Callède, cofounder of Young

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Startup of the Year 2012 David Lester, founder of, said: “The quality of the businesspeople on this year’s Awards judging panel is yet again outstanding and highlights the credl Startups Awards judge, Colin Gillespie ibility of the scheme. Start-up businesses community.” which enter the Awards have The winners will be anthe fantastic opportunity to nounced at an awards ceremony have their company critiqued by held at Kensington Roof Garsome of the top entrepreneurs in dens on Friday 6 December the UK. which will be attended by the “I am confident it will be an- finalists, judges, journalists and other great year of deserving sponsors. winners highlighting the abundance of creativity, innovation and diversity within the start-up

Businesses exposed at Big EXPO


00 plus visitors made sure they were part of this year's premier business networking event: Business Networking EXPO, at Wolverhampton’s Dunstall Park Racecourse as many local businesses enjoyed the chance to raise their profile, exhibit their goods and make new contacts on a grander scale. It was also a chance for people to take time out for informal chats with other delegates creating a great opportunity to highlight their business and share ideas. As well as exhibiting there was also the opportunity for participants hear from fellow local businesses, guest speakers and seek expert advice to advance their businesses, many times over. The free event, said to be this year's best business networking event, was highlighted with the unique, energetic and informative BIG EXPO 1-2-1 speed networking exercise where people were able to meet potential clients, head-on, and discuss possible deals, take on tips that might make their own enterprises more competitive and financially astute.

Local business people were on hand to listen carefully during each meeting, take notes and record the ideas discussed before ending the conversation, establish how they can stay in contact and be specific about who they were looking to meet in order to generate quality referrals. Guest, Bernie De Souza, an international speaker and leading authority in helping companies and individuals maximise peak performance, was on hand to help motivate businesses and provoke the important things that aids in delivering the key to success. It proved to be of great value allround and of massive benefit to all who attended. And already, delegates are looking forward to the BIG EXPO Dudley, in February.

Trewhella Brothers Limited; A business moving forward


ince 1887 Trewhella has been the solution for all situations throughout the world, offer first-class repair and re-conditioning service, as well as being able to re-certify items to the appropriate Health and Safety Executive specifications. Originally starting in Australia by two brothers during the goldrush in Victoria State it has been based here, in England, since 1908. as it has become a leading specialist in container handling equipment such as container castors, bogies and jacks. This means that they control every-

thing in house, assuring well designed and reliable products. Birmingham-based Trewhella Brothers Limited can offer a repair and re-conditioning service, as well as being able to re-certify items to the appropriate Health and Safety Executive specifications. This is one reason why they have become the number one choice for many clients looking for container handling equipment around the world. Accountant, Graham Brickstock, bought the company out recently and has taken Trewhella to greater heights, with orders continuing to come



he commercial crunch is chewing down hard on everyone in the business community 5 years post Leamans; rich / poor, Black / white. “It’s the great leveller” - I hear on the news. But trust me; its the small traders and SME’s who are getting crunched the hardest. Why? Big business ventures - scaled up or bedded down by careful hands will always have some extra “man hours”. These are the hours that wisdom and experience has scheduled in; to cover expected leave patterns, to keep productivity up and strife down. So if you suddenly find yourself a pin in a game of Big Business Bowling (and unless the whole is alley is going down in flames...) the odds are with you. It could be that the next aisle is getting the roll of the ball today. But when you’re a small concern, all nine of those pins are you. There is no next cubicle or other department - just you, your suppliers, stakeholders and clients. And you may be thinking that the crunch will be hardest on Black and Asian business. After all, they’re usually small, local, community businesses, run by stoical, paternal elders or by feisty youngsters turning around big deals on small margins. No wait! Those are the imaginary ones I see on TV every night of my life! In fact, the real entrepreneurs who make up Birmingham’s

in from around the world and growing too. They were able to showoff their wares at the recent BIG EXPO, networking exhibition, in Wolverhampton, ceasing great response to something so big coming from the West Midlands, but with orders on their books from the Antarctic to Andover, Trewhella Brothers Limited will continue tolead the way in providing container handling equipment from the heart of Birmingham.

thriving BME business sector are coping, but its bloody hard work. But there is one advantage we have - and it’s one I can share with everybody. Everyone knows that a generation of Asian and Black entrepreneurs built their businesses here with little capital, no government intervention and less support. Many came with just a suitcase - think Uganda or Windrush. How? We knew that we wouldn’t fit in, so we didn’t waste much time and energy looking for acceptance. Instead we put the hours into maintaining healthy business practices and developing core supporting mechanisms. We’ve tried to keep faith in our families and share the successes of what we’ve accomplished. Through tough times its always been a “fight the power” mentality that’s kept me going. These are tools for everyone. In fact we’re already seeing the wider UK business community adopting Black and Asian business models. The local business papers reported this summer that Islamic banking - based on strict moral principles - is free of “toxic assets” and currently picking up British customers, who want safe and ethical finance. Keeping it real, staying fleet of foot, focusing on quality and trusting alternative financial support will see small BME businesses through the financial crisis I hope! Ammo Talwar MBE CEO Punch

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ou’ve heard the saying, ‘no man is an island’? Well it is certainly true in business. If you run a small business or you are a micro business, networking can help you grow your business more quickly and more easily than you otherwise would, provided that you take networking seriously. I was visiting a Caribbean take away last month and noticed a pile of October’s issue of The Phoenix Newspaper on the table. As I paid for my food I asked the mild mannered gentleman who served me, what he thought small business owners wanted to see featured in the ‘Business and Finance’ section. “I would like to see more information about marketing”, he replied. I asked him to elaborate and he said, “I don’t think England takes advantage of marketing techniques as well America or China does” or words to that effect. Without getting into the merits for and against that statement, (as I’m sure there would be a wave of responses rebutting l that statement from our fine advertising agencies) I suggested he keep an eye out for the November issue, as he may find at least one marketing idea to grow his business. Networking. Networking means caring about people. It’s about looking for ways to serve others and how you can help them. Please get this. I repeat networking is looking for ways to serve others and how you can help them. If you do this one thing you would be amazed at the results. Now before you go off and apply this, I am making a few assumptions about you and your business. I assume that you give good value for what you charge and you don’t have any unresolved complaints hanging over you from your customers or clients. If you can’t answer yes to the above, I would suggest you sort that out first. Okay, with that said try this. Ask your client or customer or even supplier if there is any way that you can help them. Be sincere and keep doing this with everyone you serve or who serves you. If you persist in doing this people are going to take you seriously and start to want to pay you back the same compliment. When you keep at it you are going to end up being invited to join like-minded people professionals and professional networkers. Have a guess how many networking

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groups and clubs there are in the UK? Thousands! Just as your business should have an identity, you should know your ideal client and be able to say in a few clear sentences, whom you are looking to serve and the benefit that client will gain by being served by you. Once you have clarity about the above, you will be able to navigate the murky waters of the network marketing sea of the good and the ‘not so good’ opportunities out there. I appreciate that it can be a minefield trying to pick the right kind of networking club to join, since they don’t have the same methods of operation. As there is not enough space in this column to elaborate here, please feel free to contact me for some suggestions of where you could visit as a guest. I can be reached in the following ways:, 07786 631 695 or 0845 475 3467 Or to schedule a time for a free consultation go here: Adrian G Walker ‘The World’s Greatest Introducer’ Amassing Greater Wealth

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n the month given to recognise Black History, there were many discussions that featured the life of Jamaica's first National Hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey. How fitting that his son Dr Julius Garvey would make his first trip to the UK at this time, and make Birmingham one of his 4 stops. The trip was organised by Eddie Capone, CEO of London’s Treatment Music who teamed up with Desmond Jaddoo, who or-

ganised the Midlands events. First stop was to Jamaica High Commission, before heading to Birmingham for a full day, which included a trip to Birminghams legal African-Caribbean Station, Newstyle Radio, where one of the studios is named after the Honourable Marcus Garvey. In the days of Marcus Garvey, a man whose staunch teaching of Black people to economically be in control of their own destiny could not have happened without education. In the days of Garvey Snr, black people were not allowed into universities. Well like father like son, Dr Julius Garvey certainly was going to accept those teachings, and made his mark as a renowned vascular surgeon based in New York. Dr Julius Garveys visit scheduled to 4 cities certainly took on an academic feel as he visited the Universities of Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham, on his tour whilst also attending community meetings. The visit to the University of Birmingham organised by Kadian Pow, Community Engagement Coordinator, who was also the organiser for the universities Black History

l Dr Julius Garvey & LJ with The Phoenix Credit - DL Productions

events. As Dr Garvey spoke to the students at will, he encourage them to overcome the struggles they face in the system by challenging anything they found unfair. This was then followed by a visit to The Drum Arts Centre where he met the pupils of Perry Beeches Academy and whilst some were unsure of what they wanted to be when they grew up he told them he wanted to be an engineer but then found himself studying medicine. He was sure to tell them as a child he was 'a bit of a rebel' this he described as his journey to learning about himself before tucking into his favourite meal of ackee and saltfish provided by local takeaway, Russell’s Caribbean Restaurant . He ended his whistle stop tour in Birmingham with a community evening at New Testament Church of God Handsworth. His trip was seen as invaluable to the black community as he sought to

l Desmond Jadoo, Dr Julius Garvey and LJ at the Studio named after Marcus Garvey. Credit : DL Productions

A National Coffee Morning with a Caribbean Twist


ne thing we know for sure, is that Cancer does not discriminate, and as a generation of people we are not good at facing our illnesses. However in this twentieth century ignorance is no excuse for loss of life. To help the community face their fear of the 'BIG C' I decided for the first time to join in with the National Macmillan

Coffee morning on Friday 27th September and give it a twist; ‘a Taste of the Caribbean’ to raise awareness and funds for the illness living amongst our community through ignorance. Having not done this before what was going to be needed? A sponsor, a venue, a speaker, coffee and cakes. Back I went into the community to ask for their support as they have never failed me yet. That I have support of my Editor and O w n e r of The Phoenix Newspaper who has brought me on board to engage in the comm u n i t y, there was no quesl Shirley MacDonald, LJ and Ms Beverley Lindsay all in tion they Green and Black w o u l d

encourage them to stand up and be counted and the pivotal part Education plays in this journey, whilst reflecting on his father and the important part his parents played in his life. After his fathers death, it was then left to his mother to instil the teachings of the father into her sons. Marcus Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) after returning to Jamaica from America in 1914 to pursue his dream of a return to Africa; he founded the Black Star shipping line to provide transportation to Africa. Having only moved to London in 1935 he died in June 1940. Garveys body was returned to Jamaica in 1964 and he was declared the country’s first national hero. Dr Julius Garvey had a very fulfilling visit whilst here as he also got meet a cousin who he not seen in 62 years on his visit to Manchester. A rapturous fare-

sponsor this event, given that its location is in an area that connects to various of our communities and it has a warming Cafeteria area, The Drum was the ideal venue. Then we needed 'coffee' not just your ordinary coffee though, as we were having a MacMillan Coffee morning with ‘a taste of the Caribbean’. Who else would I ask but Marley Coffee, produced by Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley.

The Caribbean is known for our baking and traditional rum cakes. There is a Kitchen that is currently carrying that sweet smell, whilst giving you all the range to meet your needs; Gluten free, vegetarian and Vegan cakes as well as 'that' Cake ‘The Rum Cake'. So I contacted proprietor of Charmain's Kitchen, then we also needed some cupcakes. I knocked the doors of Tesco Five Ways and behind that door I found Matthew Holdway Hannah, then knowing one of the most things women are sensitive about is our hair, I decided this was an area I wanted addressing. Whilst networking I had the honour to meet Consultant

l Happy to raise a cup of Marley Coffee

l Dr Julius Garvey addressing the University of Birmingham - Credit : Fotograbs/Gillian Milburn well gala concert was held on Saturday October 5 in the London Borough of Lewisham before he said good bye to the city where his father lived out his

final years. Dr Garvey returns to New York taking memorable moments of his trip here in the UK.

l Dr Julius Garvey at the University of Birmingham - Credit : Fotograbs/Gillian Milburn

l Raffle prize winners Trichologist Shirley MacDonald who is based in London. Her job is to diagnose and treat hair and scalp disorders. Then I needed some helpers! It was a given as Birmingham first Hospitality College who are on the doorstep of The Drum would deliver service with a smile. I engaged the radio to ask for more support as I reached forward to invite the community. Thankfully everyone contacted was happy to join in the MacMillan Coffee morning with a taste of the Caribbean. I then realised what I wanted to share may require some pampering, so I needed some gifts.

Enter Lush Cosmetics and Organics Roots Stimulator who were kind enough to donate gifts for our raffle. We had the most amazing day, a 'HUGE' Thankyou to all who gave so generously, to those who came to The Drum Birmingham, drank Marley Coffee and 'Stirred It Up ' and shared in the event. We raised a staggering £167.10. The best advice that was shared on the day was ‘as scary as the 'BIG C' is, it is better to face it and get help whilst you can’. Contact MacMillan Cancer Support on 0808 808 00 00.

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Hereward College students team up with The Phoenix Newspaper


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

About us

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

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Hereward College Bramston Crescent Tile Hill Coventry CV4 9SW Tel: 02476 461231 Fax: 02476 694305

Students graded from 1-9 in GCSE reforms


he traditional A to G grading structure will be scrapped as part of a shake-up of GCSEs in favour of a new nine-point scoring system. As part of the first major reforms to education qualifications for 20 years, extra grades will be added to GCSEs for the qualifications system in England. They will be graded on a 9-point scale – rather than the present eight – following concerns over the existing system

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of differentiating between bright, average and weak pupils. The exams regulator, Ofqual, said it was among a series of significant changes to GCSEs to make the qualifications more “challenging” and rebuild public confidence. The move coincides with a decision to ditch traditional A to G grades in favour of a system based on numbers. Chief regulator, Glenys Stacey, said: “It will be fairer to all students that users of the qualifica-

tion will be able to see immediately whether they did the new or a previous version of the GCSE. The new scale will also allow better discrimination between the higher performing students.

alsall College HE Fashion and Textiles students, Rachael Stanford and Krystal Vidal have seen their bag designs turned into sample prototypes, which could be launched for sale in Japan. Students were given the opportunity to present their design ideas when Dominic Goold, a local business entrepreneur and Managing Director of fashion brand Brady Bags, chose to work with the college on a live brief. Brady Bags are high quality sporting bags handmade in Walsall, from best quality canvas, brass components and English bridle leather. Established since 1887, Brady is a renowned name around the world and Japan is currently one of its fastest growing markets. The brief was to come up with a new business bag aimed at a younger market but still in keeping with Brady’s trademark style. Students had a month to work on their designs before six were shortlisted. These students then visited the Brady factory to work with the production team to further develop their ideas. Rachael’s design was selected as the overall winner and Domi-

nic commented: “Rachael’s bag fits the brief extremely well and it’s a simple yet elegant design which combines tweed, canvas and leather materials which tell a story about the heritage of the brand. It can also be developed as part of a range of bags.” Rachael said: “I was very excited when my design was picked and seeing it come off the production line was an amazing feeling. Hopefully it will be popular in Japan. I feel really lucky to have this amazing opportunity so earlier in my career as a designer.” In addition, the company was impressed with Krystal’s design that they have decided to make a sample and test for feedback. Dominic said: “It was very clear to us that Krystal’s sketch would be a great fit with the Brady brand and we felt this was an opportunity we couldn’t afford to pass up.” “I didn’t expect the company to select a second design but it’s great to be rewarded for the hard work I put into the project,” said Krystal. The sample bags are now being shown to Japanese distributors and Dominic will also visit Japan to gain further feedback.

It will be fairer to all students that users of the qualification will be able to see immediately whether they did the new or a previous version of the GCSE. The new scale will also allow better discrimination between the higher performing students.”

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

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

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

Children in care helping to shape national policy l Some of the young people who took part in the workshop with Craig Whittaker MP, Chair of the APPG Looked


After Children and Care Leavers.

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

olverhampton’s Children in Care Council welcomed members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers to a special workshop recently – and gave their views on the services they receive. In particular, the 12 young people who took part were asked for their thoughts about services they are entitled to, either as looked after children or when they leave care for the final time. Also taking part was Craig Whittaker MP, Chair of the APPG, as well as representatives from Birmingham and Bradford’s Children in Care Councils.

Councillor Val Gibson, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “The All-Party Parliamentary Group is carrying out research into whether looked after children and care leavers are aware of the help and support they are entitled to. Wolverhampton Children in Care Council recognises that this is a hugely important issue and so we decided to take a proactive approach and arrange the workshop so that they could contribute to the inquiry.” Corporate Parenting Officer Lorna Tull said: “The young people raised a number of concerns, including about the disparity in entitlements between young people attending higher

education and those in further education and allowances for young people in residential and foster care. They also felt it was unfair that young people could remain in foster placements after the age of 18 while those in residential placements had to leave. It was a very interesting discussion and I am sure it proved useful for the Entitlements Inquiry.” Councillor Gibson added: “I’d like to thank all the young people who took part in the workshop for giving up their time and speaking so passionately about the services they receive – and the sort of support which is important to them.”

Diversity in Adoption


t is a sad fact that there are some children who are unable to live with their birth family, and who, because of neglect, abuse or perhaps just because their parents simply cannot cope with being a parent, go into public care. Adoption is one of the best ways we know of giving these children a family for life. We, at the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) believe passionately in the importance of families. We know that children do best in life if they have a secure and loving family of their own – a family who will help them feel strong and confident and who will always be there for them. There are over 4,000 children across the UK who need to be adopted every year and there is a desperate shortage of adopters. Some people think about adoption, but never look into it further. They are convinced they will be ruled out due to the many myths that surround who can and cannot adopt. Some people

still don’t realise that being disabled doesn’t automatically rule you out. And being disabled is not the only reason why people think they are not allowed to adopt. Other misconceptions that persist include issues around age, marital status, sexual orientation and income. But in reality, you don’t need to be under forty – there is no upper age limit; if you are single or in a same –sex relationship you can adopt; you don’t need to own your own home or be rich and issues such as being overweight won’t automatically rule you out. Also people from all ethnicities and cultures are needed and welcomed As long as you are over 21 and do not have a criminal conviction for certain crimes, you can apply to be assessed as an adopter.

Karen, who is a, single black adopter who has adopted a little girl told us:“There are so many children of all ages who need a forever family. If you feel you can make that happen, go for it. Speak to someone about adoption and ask all the questions you need to ask. From the moment my daughter stepped into my life, I haven’t been happier. I live for her. I feel like I’ve had her from the moment she was born. Adoption is a wonderful thing.” Alan Wood, Deputy Chief Executive at BAAF said: “The UK has one of the most open, liberal and supportive set of criteria for those interested in adopting a child. Adopters come from every sector of society, from 21 years up, from every income level, ethnic group, religious persuasion and sexual orientation. Most adopters have overcome various challenges in their lives and have the evidence to show they have emerged more resilient, more insightful and more child

centred. These are the qualities that count.” Especially needed are people who could parent a sibling group of children who need to stay together; children from some black minority ethnic communities; older children (and by ‘older’, we mean over four years of age) or a child with disabilities or complex needs. These are the children who wait longer for a forever family. BAAF knows from existing adoptive families that it can be hard work, but that the rewards are huge. Adoption is a lifelong commitment. It's not always easy, but as many adoptive parents will tell you, it can be one of the most amazing and worthwhile experiences of your life. Adopters from all walks of life are welcomed, so if you think you could be a ‘forever family’ to a child or sibling group and would like to find out more about adoption please visit National Adoption Week runs 4-10th November 2013

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ach month, we will bring you the latest legal news and advice, which is suitable to you with the full backing and support of the Birmingham Law Society.

We will present editorial from participating law firms who feel the need to share some advice on the options available to a person in particular situations.

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It is hoped that this section will help to establish links between the legal profession and the wider public and break down barriers to legal advice for ordinary people.

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The Government Help to Buy Scheme


he launch of the Government’s Help to Buy (HTB) scheme has provided a welcome solution for buyers struggling to step up the property ladder. Martin Allsopp, president of Birmingham Law Society, takes a look at the scheme and the additional costs buyers should be aware of when signing on the dotted line. Help to Buy is an equity loan scheme designed to help first time and low deposit buyers to purchase a home with only a five per cent deposit. The scheme allows buyers to borrow up to 20 per cent of the purchase price of a home, which is Government backed and interest free for the first five years. Buyers are required to provide a five per cent deposit, with the 95 per cent mortgage provided by a selected mortgage company. The first half of the scheme (HTB1) was launched in April but only available on brand new homes. Although successfully helping buyers onto the property ladder, it is a fairly complex legal process. Lawyers need to be involved with equity charges, where criteria have to be followed at different stages of the process, and agents for the mortgage provider have to authorise each stage.

This in turn may result in additional legal costs for the buyer. Part two (HTB2) of the scheme has now been launched four months early in an attempt to further boost the housing market. It is hoped it will attract not only first time buyers but existing homeowners who are purchasing any property valued up to £600,000. Unlike the first phase, HTB2 should proceed in the same way as a normal house purchase transaction, meaning there should be no additional legal costs l Martin Allsopp, President of Birmingham Law incurred. Society But what happens If you are planning to purchase when you decide to sell? With a home under either of the HTB HTB1 the mortgage provider is schemes, then we advise that you involved in settlement figures contact a residential conveyancafter they have valued the proping expert to discuss your operty. As a result, the lawyer will tions. Birmingham Law Society have additional work as part of can assist in finding a lawyer to the conveyancing process, addhelp with making buyers and ing to your bill. Under HTB2, it sellers aware of the key points appears that the lawyer will foland important clauses involved low the normal process of selling in HTB. a home with no extra costs.

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


usic is an art transmitted through sound and silence. It has also been defined as an artful arrangement of sounds in time. Its common elements are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word is derived from Greek (mousike; "art of the Muses") The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their recreation in performance), through improvisational music to aleatoric forms. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to personal interpretation, and occasionally controversial. Within the arts, music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art and an auditory art. Though opinions and approaches to music differ from one culture or society to the other, even to the extent that there is general lack of consensus in academia as to the true purpose of music, the physical, emotional, social and above all the spiritual benefits and blessings that comes from listening to a godly music is indisputably palpable.

darkness. This write-up is aimed at going beyond the ordinary; to appreciate the spiritual blessing that comes to us very second in our life. Every man’s ignorance is his mountain. The solution that changes our lives is the revelation of God. Like the good book says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”. Hos 4:6 I present this document as an access to proper knowledge and this revelation should surely be the cause of great anxiety for those truly in search of God’s redemption. To many people in many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Music is much more than a form of entertainment, music identifies races, nationalities and communities. It has far reaching, hypnotic effects on the brain and soul, and can take complete control of the body and the mind. Music can determine the mood of a person or a people. After comprehending its profound effects on the mind, it stands to reason that we must beware, for the effects can be good or evil. Music is like a series of thought waves that can cause men to think and do right or wrong, behave wisely or foolishly. In addition to that, there are sounds that destroy ear drums, shatter light bulbs and crack glass. This clearly demonstrates that, there is a mode or musical sound that can destroy the mind, corrupt morals and debase human nature. In our quest for divine fulfillment, or elevation to a higher consciousness, an unalloyed, chaste communion with God, music not only becomes a medium which we can merely gloss over or pay scant attention. It is something we shouldn’t lose sight of. There is creative power as well as destructive element in sound. And depending on the motive behind how we deliver a particular message through music or how we absorb it, will determine how it will impact on our lifestyles,

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The Spirituality Of Music psyche and consciousness. The creative and regenerative power inherent in sound is best exemplified in the biblical book of Genesis. Everything there came from sound. At the dawn of creation, sound yielded all that came into existence, so that nothing was made or accomplished without sound. Life sprung from righteous sound. God evolved the success over evil forces around sound as he instructed our forefathers to blow trumpets anytime they were under oppression. Any time there was war, a special mode of sound war heard and specific instruments were played accompanied by complex dance moves to unsettle the enemy. When the Israelites went to war against the Midianites, they were accompanied by a group of musicians with holy instruments, including the trumpet for the priest. They lifted up a special sound unto God and they were delivered. The African applied the remnant of this ancient wisdom as he played music for the warriors and the Chinese used a frightening sound as they attacked during the Korean war. During the U.S. Calvary’s wars against the American Indians, there was always a trumpet (bugle) player in every company of soldiers. The bugler blew the trumpet for calling assembles, time to get up, time to lie down, time for meal. He even had a tune for solemn moments. But more significant than all of those was when it was time to go to war against their enemy. The sound of the trumpet preceded the battle. He blew a certain musical

sound and they charged forth and fought with unexpected strength and skill, and they won. When the trumpet player fell, fear gripped the soldiers as if victory will not come. Even in scientific circles, the proponents of the big bang theory all concur that there was a massive explosion, big Bang! of gaseous elements billions of years ago which eventually formed the universe. The incorporation of music training from preschool to postsecondary education is common in most parts of the world. Involvement in music is thought to teach basic skills such as concentration, counting, listening, and cooperation while also promoting understanding of language, improving the ability to recall information, and creating an environment more conducive to learning in other areas Music therapists use music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients to improve or maintain their health. In some instances, the client's needs are addressed directly through music; in others they are addressed through the relationships that develop between the client and therapist. Music therapy is used with individuals of all ages and with a variety of conditions, including: psychiatric disorders, medical problems, physical handicaps, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, communication disorders, interpersonal problems and ageing. It is also used to improve learning, build self-esteem, reduce stress, support physical exercise, and facilitate a host of other

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health-related activities. This raises the grave question of as to whether musicians and music lovers of today really know the power they wield in the society by virtue of the fact that they create and transmit music. Have they assessed the physical, social and the true spirituality of music? Some musicians of today are self-proclaimed homosexuals, rakes and debauchees whose brand of music is heavily influenced by their sexual escapes, drinking and gambling habits. They make explicit references to sex and drugs. There is no denying that, homosexuals, fornicators and pleasure seekers will not go any length to infuse their music with thoughts that emanates from

their lifestyles. Some musicians make unequivocal references to Satan worship in their songs. In our quest for God, we must bring forth a righteous sound upon the instrument, we must halt the onslaught of music that weakens and destroys. The musicians have forsaken God and the people. They no longer understand that their responsibility is not only to entertain and uplift, but also to educate their audiences. Their music make demands on the people and give them vision. The empty, nonsensical songs which deprive the soul of spiritual nutriment must be replaced with music that uplifts the soul and makes communion with God possible.

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n recent years, there are all sorts of money lending companies that have fed off the poor and pocketed huge amounts of hard-earned cash in the process. But there are people who are willing to stand against 5,000%+ interest rates and those that would seek to fill their pockets regardless of the crippling debt in which people are left. Now not-for-profit credit union such as Citysave are working with Birmingham Council to promote notfor-profit finance lenders in Birmingham, to turn the tables of payday lenders and to help some of the estimated 35% of children growing up in child poverty in the city. Inequalities, deprivation and poverty still hold many of our fellow citizens back. That’s what Fair Brum a citywide movement, focusing on building a fairer and more inclusive city, wants to change. The Rt Revd Andrew Watson, Bishop of Aston, says: “The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke out against the scandalous rates of interest charged against those who take out loans with payday


loan companies. Having met some of the victims of those charges, I'm determined to support our local credit unions in their excellent work, lending responsible amounts at realistic rates of interest, and not profiting from the struggles of some of the poorest people in our great city.” Councillor John Cotton who is one of the driving forces behind the Fair Brum campaign says: “We know that Birmingham has tremendous strengths—it’s youthful population, its rich heritage and diversity, its spirit of innovation and enterprise. But there are also some real challenges. Birmingham Fair Money is part of this campaign; promoting the services of not-for-profit personal loans organisations in our city.” As part of its commitment to local credit unions St Martin in the Bullring will be hosting a Citysave Kiosk in its Café for a trial period. The kiosks (of which there are over 20 across Birmingham) allow access to financial services and offer help and advice.

City church launches Citysave Credit Union Kiosk

UK Queen of Gospel recognised at MOBO Awards


urine Cato was a winner at this year's 18th MOBO Awards becoming the second solo female gospel artist to win the award for Best Gospel Act. The undisputed UK Queen of Gospel was a very deserved of her winner having sung in front of the Queen and other world leaders, and working with the likes of gospel greats, such as Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Destiny's Child, Kylie Minogue, Andrea Bocelli and Donnie McLurkin. Growing up in the church, she has always been around music, considering her mother and sisters as major influences in her career. OCT Lurine, one of 11 children, created her own unique style by fusing rock, R&B and pop into a mesmeric form of gospel music which appeals to a wider audience. A veteran in the industry, she accepted her MOBO award opening her speech with her popular and very powerful 'You Revive Me,' after which saying: “Sometimes we go through things that are hard. Sometimes

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people say that we can't make it. Sometimes people say we're too old, too fat, too this and too that,

but when you've got a dream – don't stop. Just keep on going!”




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The Cosmopolitan Cutting Edge Entertainment Magazine


Home Again

l Marcia with Tatyana Ali

Review by Marcia McLaughlin

l Marcia with So Solid Crew financial support which leads Continued from Front Page well known friends was de- them to a ghetto, drug-fuelled ported home and was killed as and gang style situation is terria result of the injustice behind ble. We have to consider whether this is within The Human Rights deportation. It must be made clear that the Act, that this act of government film focuses on one specific area is truly understood and the reperof ghetto life and not wholly the cussions it can cause to innocent lives lived by the majority of Ja- lives. When Black film makers create maicans who live respectfully, films, it is no different from what and drug free. This was clear in the film as no we are forced to watch on mainlegitimate business would con- stream. The option to choose a sider employing a deportee as film for its content, script, writers they are seen to have a criminal and film making gives audiences record. This is the only reason value for money and the respect that they are cast away from the of deciding for themselves what recognised ordinary lives of the they choose to watch based on Jamaican community who enjoy skill and content. The actresses who played the a warm and sophisticated liferoles deserve a standing ovation style. The hotels in Jamaica are some of the best in the world with hospitality to die for and the beaches that can only be seen in Jamaica are somewhere near the gates of paradise. Which brings us to this point. Anyone watching the film will need to be objective and be reminded that this is a film, portraying a ghetto lifestyle brought about by the unjustified way in which many deportees, not totally exclusive to Jamaica, when they are sent back to lead a life that l CCH Pounder with Marcia they have no knowledge of, nor have income or the for their fantastic performances. vote. The message is not to portray Tatyana Ali - our Fresh Prince Jamaica in any negative way, but girl Ashley, is now all grown up to highlight a specific area that and playing a real woman with needs addressing. Not necessar- 2 children. I was moved by the ily by the Jamaican or any other way she embraced her role as a government who exercise this mother in the film. She was able method of deportation, but the to give a really deep meaning to need to look at the devastation the pain a mother would feel to that it causes is high. To subject be ripped away from her chilany human to such a life of no dren, to another country with no

hope of ever seeing them again. This 30 year old actor has proved that she has come a long way from Ashley Banks. In my opinion she deserves an Oscar for her role in this movie. Especially when you take into consideration she is not yet a mother herself, so to feel and sense the bond with her children took an actress to look deep into another to be able to demonstrate the obvious pain felt. You will need to watch the film to get an understanding of the level she eventually suffered as a deportee at the hands of her own father. CCH, well what can be said. A rock, a mother, a worker, a Caribbean woman that works to support the whole cause of being accepted and respected for hard work and achievements. She played the mother of a son who was suddenly deported and ended up a drug user on crack and losing his life just as it was about to turn around, by what is termed as a mistake shot. The third deportee ended up working for a young Don leading to very graphic scenes of violence where a man was chopped up in a horrifying scene with a machete. Be prepared for a rude awakening with shocking scenes of violence. The film was made in Trinidad, although it is said to be a Jamaican experience of deportation. Many would argue it is a film that exposed the injustices in deportation full stop, in any part of the world. This is not exclusive to Jamaica, and those of us who are in the know and read the news will know that to be the case. It must also be made clear that this is just a film, and it does not represent the population of Jamaica as a whole. After watching the film I asked myself - if someone was to watch that film, would they be put off from going to Jamaica? Then I had another thought - Would

l George Ruddock of GV Media meets the Phoenix Newspaper’s Managing Editor.

l Media Magnates Paul and Karen Harrison of PK Media

people be as uneducated to be- to deal with the reality. Unem- black film makers into the mainlieve that this is a true represen- ployment is already high in most stream. H.E. High Commissioner tation of Jamaica, when so many countries that seem to have this for the Republic of Trinidad and Jamaicans, like Usain Bolt con- problem and it is adding to the Tobago, Garvin Nicholas, spoke tinue to flourish in the eyes of the plight and strain on resources, passionately about the island, enworld? dorsing the film industry and the making it difficult to police. I saw Home Again to be about Trinidad has been forward new generation moving forward deportees and what happened to thinking in providing a backdrop off the back of this production. them. Other countries experience for young film makers from the The film industry does not yet similar situations, sometimes Caribbean to create films, which look to the Caribbean as a source even more horrendous that those in time will provide employment of film makers, writers and direcshown in the film. I have been to opportunities and help the rise of tors. This new source of revenue Jamaica and I have never will only add to the sustainexperienced or seen such ability of the islands, and a culture, you’ll see that will attract box office film this is a film about demakers to use the islands portation, NOT about when that specific backdrop Jamaica. is required as it is not second It is likely that the govnature to them yet. ernments that practice This must be a positive deportation are not aware move for the Caribbean to of the situation faced by encourage young film makthe majority of those that ers to gain investment to do experience it. Sometimes their own films that can be for changes to be made, viewed by an international the conviction of the facts audience. must be challenged to To view all the exclushow the truth. sive pictures from the night By showing and aircheck out our Facebook ing this film, it may be Page, a change for these officThePhoenixNewspaper, and ers of deportation to be don’t forget to follow us on alerted to the greater conTwitter! cerns of people who are left in this situation with l Tatyana Ali and CCH Pounder, sisters are dono infrastructure in place ing it for themselves

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British Asian music celebrated in style


he fifth BRITASIA TV MUSIC Awards 2013 proved the perfect celebrations for Brit Asia TV. Raxstar & Dream Warriors started proceedings with an explosive performance, setting the tone for the evening. 2013 has been an extraordinary year for British Asian music both at home and abroad and with Kulvinder Ghir hosting proceedings, Surinder Shinda scoops the


November 01 36 Crazyfists 01 Kobra And The Lotus 01 Bring Me The Horizon 02 UK Foo Fighters 02 Peter Hook and The Light 02 Bring Me The Horizon 03 Bastille 04 The Toy Dolls 04 Robbie Boyd 05 Cover Drive 06 The Boomtown Rats 06 Young Knives 07 Deap Vally 08 Absolute Bowie 08 Kodaline DJ Set @ Propaganda 09 Under Blackened Skies 09 Jar Music Live Presents Ones To Watch 10 Jake Bugg 12 Defenders Of The Faith ft. Amon Amarth 13 Alice in Chains 14 Escape the Fate and Chiodos 16 [spunge] 16 Editors 18 Man Without Country 19 Scouting for Girls 20 The Temperance Movement 20 We Have The Tonics 21 Go Kart Mozart 21 Stephen Lynch 22 Imagine Dragons 23 The Complete Stone Roses 23 Nedstock 2013 23 RedShift 24 Akala 26 The Lumineers 27 Disclosure 30 Howard Jones 30 My Life Story

of 2012 received outstanding reviews both in the UK and internationally. Sarika Gill picked up ‘Best Female Act,’ The Legends Band beat competition from bands like the The Elements and Jazzy B & the Boyz to be presented with the ‘Best Live Band Award.’ Naughty Boy (real name Shahid Khan) received the Best ‘Non-Asian Music’ Producer award, 2012 saw his debut album ’Our Version of Events’ shot to No1 in the mainstream charts and named as the biggest selling of 2012. Best Urban Asian Act went to Roach Killer with Jaz Dhami wining ‘Best Male Act’ followed by an outstanding performance which had the crowd on their feet. In another first for the BRITASIA TV Awards Tru-Skool took to the stage to collect Best ‘Asian Music Producer’ award.


imeless Motown legends Four Tops and The Te m p t a t i o n s will be back in the UK in 2014 to relive the R&B and soul classics that delivered Detroit to music history. Special guests joining the bill for these memorable shows will be The Platters and Freda Payne. Otis and Duke said “We love playing in the UK, the audiences are the best in the world. We’re really looking forward to sharing our music with you, together with The Platters and Freda Payne who are joining us this time around. We hope you’ll enjoy the shows as much as we will” They will be playing at Birmingham’s NIA - Sunday23rd March 2014. Tickets priced at £47.00 (incl admin fee) (+ £2.50 fulfilment fee) Available from www. or 0844 338 8000

biggest award of the night, the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ Gippy Grewal was honored with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Punjabi Music and Film’ accolade and gave a stunning performance on the evening. Also performing on the night, Diljit Dosanjh was the only artist to enjoy multiple wins –‘Best Album’ and ‘Best International Act.’ Diljit’s ‘Back to Basics’ album was released at the end


November 01 Steve Cradock 01 Ideals 1st Birthday And Weekender Reunion 02 Mark Lanegan 05 Gabrielle Aplin 05 Steve Mason 06 VNV NATION 06 Follow You Home 07 Blue 08 Kodaline 09 Future of the Left 09 Ratpack 11 Frightened Rabbit 12 Public Service Broadcasting 14 Mutya Keisha Siobhan 15 Naughty Boy 15 Young Kato 16 Reef 16 Fenech Soler 16 SEVEN PART TWO 17 Blue October 18 The Rifles 19 So Solid Crew 20 Karnivool 21 Half Moon Run 22 The Naked & Famous 22 Samanta Tina 22 P MONEY 23 FIRE & ICE 23 The Family Rain 24 Stornoway 25 Andy Allo 28 Jack Savoretti 28 The Game 29 The Band Perry 29 SEVEN PART FOUR 30 Crystal Fighters 30 Cream Tours 30 CAMOUFLAGE


November 08 Billy Joel 09 WWE Live 19 Stereophonics 30 Free Radio Live 2013


November 01-03 R!SK 06 Go West, Hue and Cry, The Christians in Concert 08 Andy Parsons: I’ve Got A Shed 09 Desi Moves: Fusion Dance Competition 10 Barbara Dickson 11 Thomas Trotter: Traveller’s Fare 13 Raphael Wallfisch, Saint-Saens’ The Swan and French Connections 13 Pavel Haas Quartet plays Brahms, Shostakovich and Britten 14 Bo Burnham - WHAT 15 Soul II Soul 16 Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis 17 Showcase 2013 20 Madeleine Peyroux 21 Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds 22 Jimeoin 24 Doctor’s Guide to the Galaxy 25 Thomas Trotter 25 Adrian Brendel and Imogen Cooper 27 Orchestra of the Swan play Dvorak and Mozart, the Prague Connection 27 Leo Houlding: From the Amazon to Antarctica 29 Joanne Shaw Taylor plus special guests King King 30 Capercaillie in Concert


November 01 John Fleming Quartet 01 CBSO Classics at the Movies 02 Karl Jenkins conducts The Armed Man 03 CBSO Youth Orchestra 06 CBSO Nelsons conducts Brahms’s Fourth 07 CBSO The Best of Brahms 07 The Hour - Walsall Jazz Orchestra 08 Nick Smart’s Trogon 08 The Hollies 09 Mid-day Mantra: Global Folk 09 Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order 10 Brit Floyd presents P-U-L-S-E 2013 11 Mott The Hoople 12 Bellowhead 13 Musical Picnic: Midweek Explorer 13 KT Tunstall 14 Beyond Classical: Gwynt Trio 14 Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings 15 Barry Green and Emilia Martensson 15 Dudamel conducts Mahler 16 Sax In The City With The Notebenders 16 Mozart Requiem 17 Vengerov plays Mozart and Tchaikovsky 18 Texas 19 An Evening with Bryan Ferry 20 John Wilson & The John Wilson Orchestra 21 Big Tent and The Gypsy Lantern 22 Holyhead School Jazz Ensemble 22 Britten 100: Centenary Concert 23 Ardal O’Hanlon

24 Billy Bragg: Tooth & Nail Tour 26 Christmas Celebration from King’s College, Cambridge 27 Sixties Gold The 50th Anniversary Tour 29 Matt Gough Dectet 30 Musical Picnic: The Old Dance School 30 CBSO Bach to the Future


November 01 Swish Clubnight 15 Swish Clubnight


November 12 Nursing in Practice


October 23-November 03 Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream 07-09+23 Micky Flanagan 12 Vampire Weekend 14 Chase and Status 15 Thirty Seconds To Mars 21 Queens of the Stone Age 22 TheWeeknd 28 Nitro Circus Live 29 Simple Minds 30-December 01 The 2013 Birmingham International Tattoo


November 01 Psychic Sally (Civic Hall) 01 Tea Dance (Wulfrun Hall) 02 Rocky Horror Post-Show Party! (Civic Hall) 02 Skid Row & Ugly Kid Joe (Wulfrun Hall) 03 The Stylistics (Civic Hall)

03 Festival of Remembrance (Wulfrun Hall) 06 Hawkwind (Wulfrun Hall) 09-17 William Hill Grand Slam of Darts (Civic Hall) 18 Beady Eye (Civic Hall) 19 Gary Numan (Wulfrun Hall) 20 Craig Campbell (Wulfrun Hall) 21 Chris Ramsey (Wulfrun Hall) 23 Greg Davies (Civic Hall) 23 VIP Record Fair (Wulfrun Hall) 24 AWW presents Black Sunday (Wulfrun Hall) 26 The Fratellis (Wulfrun Hall) 27 Alan Davies (Civic Hall) 28 Russell Brand (Civic Hall) 29 Five (Civic Hall) 30 Black Star Riders (Wulfrun Hall)


01 Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club 02 Hayseed Dixie 02 Forever Young Rock Night 07 The Dillinger Escape Plan 08 Ovation Music presents Face of a Stranger 09 The Union 10 Handguns 14 Joe Lycett 15 The Maine & We Are The Ocean 16 Ovation Music presents Winterstorm 18 Palma Violets 20 The Virginmarys 22 Ian Prowse and Amsterdam 24 Howard Marks 26 Hacktivist 27 Tigertailz 29 Martyn Joseph 30 Tony Law

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Damson Oyster


ou may remember a number of months ago hearing about a couple of speakers from Damson namely the Cisor, and the Twist. With impressive sound, portability and battery the Cisor and Twist both held a place in our hearts at Phoenix HQ. Can the Oyster (no we’re not sure quite why it’s called the Oyster either, it looks nothing like one!) live up to the expectations brought upon it by it’s predecessors?

At £179.99, the Oyster is quite a bit more expensive than Damnson’s previous offerings, but boy does it pack a punch for your money. Off a single charge the Oyster can kick out 4 hours of Bluetooth streaming or 9 hours of wired music playback, more than enough for those lazy afternoons. Powered by 4 10W drivers, the sound quality and volume that can be pumped out of the Oyster is astounding. As reasonably sized as it is, at full volume you’d be forgiven for

“Oh, and it's loud.Very loud.”

mistaking it for a much larger speaker. At only 800g it’s a rather lightweight and easily portable solution for end users. Available with a black or white band, the design and aesthetics of the Oyster are both beautiful and user friendly. The bluetooth connection is solid and strong, and through our testing, there was no sound loss. The first thing you notice about the sound quality of the Oyster is the depth of sound that emanates from deep within it. Flipping between a mix of bass heavy, rocky, poppy, and classical music, the Oys-

ter handled all of them well, and managed to do all of the genres justice. You can even hook the Oyster up to any audio input, including your TV. Sound replication from movies works well, and proves the versatility of the Oyster. All in all, you could do a lot worse than splashing £180 out for the Damson Oyster, but you’ll be hard pressed to find something that looks this sleek, stylish and sophisticated while doing it. Heartily recommended. 9/10

Interview with PBN


BN also known as Punjabi By Nature, from Wolverhampton has been working for the last ten years as a successful producer, singer and songwriter. He has recently launched a team of new and upcoming artists; 'Raj Bains' and 'Bambi', this has been an exciting experience launching the next generation of Brit Asian talent. Both are local artists trained in singing; Raj Bains with a raw folk voice and Bambi with a background of R 'n' B, Hindi and Punjabi singing as well being a model, actor and dancer. PBN believes in investing

time and money in developing both artists and promoting more female Bhangra artists such as Bambi who feels will become a pioneer in the female Bhangra industry bringing a unique style, voice and charisma. Watch out for her in the next couple of months. Team PBN will also be headlining Punch Records leading fusion dance event 'Desi Moves Showdown 2013' with an exciting dynamic performance installed. PBN quotes "It's a pleasure for my team and I to be part of the biggest fusion dance competition in the UK. My music has always been about fusion and

bringing together all age ranges, cultures and the wider community together. This is exactly what Desi Moves represents. I am looking forward to the big night and performing on stage in the heart of Birmingham". PBN's recent hit song 'Go Crazy' has it's very own Desi Move and singalong chorus 'Go Crazy' that will get you moving at the Desi Moves showdown 2013 on Saturday 9 November 2013. Don't miss out and get your tickets now from / 0121 345 0600.


repare to be enchanted, as the pioneering team at Music Hall brings to life this enduring chldren’s classic like never seen before. Coming to Birmingham NIA as part of a world arena tour, Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story promises to spellbind and delight audiences across the globe. Peter Pan will fly! Watch as Peter is elevated into the air without harnesses by an incredible wind turbine,

allowing him to realistically fly on the stage. A breath-taking experience, the technology will be used for the very first time on stage. Starring Stacey Solomon as Tinker Bell, the show has already played to almost 200,000 people in Belgium and Amsterdam. Don’t worry, if you’re not a lucky winner you can still buy tickets to the show by visiting the website www. or calling 0844 338 8000.

Peter Pan PETER PAN @ NIA COMPETITION The Phoenix Newspaper has teamed up with Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story, to offer 2 lucky readers and their families the chance to attend the year’s most exciting show, absolutely free! To be in with a chance of winning these fabulous tickets, email competitions@thephoenixnewspaper. com with your name and address If you are picked you will receive a FREE family ticket to the opening night on 13th December, tickets are limited to one family ticket (admits four) per winner. So what are you waiting for? Send your entry today! Closing Date is 30th November at 23.59.

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rom start to finish it was fantastic,the skating was brilliant and the costumes were something else. It can be difficult enough to stand upon the ice so how the Severn Dwarfs and Cinderella's horse managed to not only stay upright but to skate around deserves a mention. It has got to be hot in there especially being followed by the lighting which was also very good. The stage changes were quick and the stories kept going. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Rapunzel of which the wire work when Rapunzel and Flynn flew around above the ice was heart in the mouth stuff; absolutely amazing.

Some children actually got to join in being pulled in a cart around the ice by the Seven Dwarfs, which will no doubt be a moment they will never forget. The seating was comfortable and there are no restrictions to any view, the music was clear and not too loud, and each story was introduced by none other than Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and of course Donald Duck. The choreography for all the dance work you could see was especially good when the whole of the cast danced together in the finale. The queues were quickly dealt with and there were no delays in getting into the arena and staff at the NIA are very polite and helpful and deserve a mention also. Inside the arena there was plen-

ty of promotional gifts on offer from cuddly toys to ice drinks, Disney Cups and much more. If Disney is for you then try the VIP experience, you are invited to the NIA 2hrs before the show (no queuing) for that little extra. You receive goody bags for the children and a free programme at the door, great seats, hot food, and mom and dad can relax with a beer or a glass of wine while the children can have squash or fizzy drink. After you have finished eating and drinking one of the cast members will come out in full costume and allow for parents to take photos of their children with the Prince or Princess. The VIP experience is very

good and the staff are again really helpful a night to remember that’s for sure

to take Birmingham by Storm! COMPETITION A New Date for Gary at LG


ollowing the announcement of the details of his first studio album in 14 years ‘Since I Saw You Last’, Gary Barlow has confirmed that he will be embarking on a full solo tour in April 2014, with two dates at the LG Arena, Birmingham. Gary has added a new date to see his fans in Birmingham on Saturday 19th April 2014 at Birmingham LG Arena.

seven-time Grammy Award-winner,, who sold 31million albums and 58 million singles worldwide, is also famed for his work with some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names, including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, David Guetta, and film composer Hans Zimmer. The first two singles from the album “This is Love” and “Scream & Shout” featuring Britney Spears both topped the UK charts while “#thatPower” featuring Justin Bieber went straight in at number 2. Singer, Conor Maynard will be supporting on his UK arena tour this December. Currently enjoying Top 10 success with his new single ‘R U Crazy’, Conor, with a run of five consecutive Top 10 smashes to his name, and a number 1 gold album in the shape of 2012’s acclaimed debut ‘Contrast,’ he will be joining The Black Eyed Peas front man on his much anticipated tour, which includes the Birmingham LG Arena on December 4. Set to be one of the biggest shows this year, tickets start from £27.50 with top price tickets only £35 meaning everyone can join the party! Tickets are on sale through

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one of 2 pairs of tickets to the December 4th Show in Birmingham, is answer this simple question: Who is supporting on his UK arena tour? To be in with a chance of winning, send your answer, along with your name, address and contact telephone number to with the subject “ Competition”. Closing date is 28th November. There is no cash alternative.

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Horoscopes With

Russell Grant


h e opening d a y s of November will find you squaring up to an intimiMar 21st - dating authorApr 20th ity figure and winning hands down as you cut a dash in a public setting or professional forum. Once you have established your position you can use your knowledge and know how to stabilise your finances and build a more reliable budget for the future. Once you know what you can

afford you might buy yourself the latest techno gizmo or gadget especially if it will enhance your connectivity and boost your productivity. Someone who is older or younger will express romantic interest in you as the month matures, but you will probably prefer not to get involved as you think through what the possible consequences might be. Take care not repeat the details of a private conversation around the 24th. You’ll be called upon to share your expertise with a receptive audience as the month draws to an end.

n engagement or marriage will be announced in the opening days of November; this is cause for celebration! There’s a good chance you will be half of the couple that is being toasted. It’s nice to know so many people rejoice over this happy announcement. If you’re celebrating someone else’s good fortune, you will meet someone special at this festive occasion. Keep your eyes open for a mysteriously attractive figure. The two of you will feel an instant connection. A programme of personal improvement pays off around the 17th. You’ve never

looked better, as evidenced by the swarms of admirers that will be swirling around you. Take this op- Apr 21st portunity to go May 21st on a romantic vacation with the object of your affection. The two of you will have a lovely time exploring a beautiful rural setting. Money from an inheritance, refund, or legal settlement lands in your bank account in the final days of the month. Use this sum to buy a new computer, phone, or PDA.

ovemb e r kicks off with an exciting work opportunity. May 22nd - This job will restorJun 21st involve ing shabby items to their original beauty, or protecting the environment from abuse. Fortunately, your boss will be receptive to your suggestions. Being able to deploy and display your brilliant intellect will give you tremendous personal satisfaction. Don’t worry; you won’t have to spend all of your time

cooped up in an office. In fact, starting on the 15th, you’ll be able to devote all of your attention to domestic pursuits. Fix a big meal for your nearest and dearest; food always tastes better when you have good company. An exciting engagement or wedding announcement reaches your ears toward the end of November. It looks like you’ll be making the rounds of a lot of parties. If you’re the one who is making a romantic commitment, let your friends throw a big party in your honour. It’s only right to share your happiness with others.

ovember adds heat to a romantic relationship. It will be practically impossible to keep your hands off your lover. The two of you may decide to take a few days off to enjoy each other’s exclusive company. Your passionate encounters will give you a new lease on life. Don’t be surprised if you are inspired to write a song, poem, or short story based on this interlude. A group project comes to a successful conclusion towards the end of the month. You’ll emerge from this endeavour with a lot of wonderful friends, one of whom will teach

you a valuable skill. Fortunately, your teacher has good instincts about the way you process Jun 22nd information, Jul 23rd so you’ll be able to master a technique that once eluded you. Launch a health regimen in the final days of November. If you start cutting calories now, while you’re not surrounded by temptations, you’ll avoid putting on weight that usually comes with the holiday season.





he openi n g days of November are ideal for property deals of all kind. Jul 24th - Whether you Aug 23rd want to sell or buy a piece of property, you’ll get a very good deal. If you move to a new home, you may want to restore a shabby place to its original beauty. You’re ingenious about blending charming old details with modern conveniences. Don’t worry if you’ve been turned down for bank

loans in the past. You’ll get the green light this time. Alternately, a generous relative will give you the necessary money for a down payment. An award, promotion, or raise will be rewarded to you in the second half of November. All of this favourable publicity will increase your earning potential. If you have your own business, go ahead and raise your rates. People will be happy to pay more money for your expertise. One of your customers will become an ardent admirer. The two of you could embark on a passionate romance, if you’re so inclined.

he opening days of November are perfect for launching a blog or joining a social network site. Several people from your past will get in touch with you, triggering some fond memories. It’s even possible you’ll be tempted to rekindle a romance with an exlover. The two of you have learned from your mistakes, and can make a successful go of things this time around. If you’re already in a relationship, take a short trip with your amour, and leave the kids at home. This should be an adults only vacation. A degree, award, or contract will be awarded to you

at mid-month, allowing you to attract bigger and better work assignments. Putting your expertise to Aug 24th work will inSep 23rd crease your confidence, and make it easier to hold your ground with demanding relatives. Think about making some home improvements as November draws to a close. Building an addition or redecorating your bedroom will be a wonderful use of your time.

n exciting moneymaking opportunity falls into your lap in early Sep 24th - November. This cause for celOct 23rd is ebration! Happily, your friends and family are delighted with your good fortune, and will be eager to raise their glasses to you. If you want to make a success of this endeavour, make friends with people at every level of the organisation. When the rank and file feel appreciated, they’ll do everything in their power to advance

your reputation. Money from an inheritance, refund, or legal settlement will arrive at mid-month, helping you buy some creature comforts. Onlookers will excuse you of being overly extravagant, but that’s only because they are jealous of your good taste. Once November turns into December, you’ll be ready to take a short trip for pleasure. If you’re in a relationship, invite your amour to choose the locale. Don’t be surprised if you end up visiting a place that’s far off the beaten path. The stimulating surroundings will rekindle your passion for your romantic partner.

power struggle erupts between you and a colleague in early November. You’re tired of walking on eggshells with this thin skinned character. Unfortunately, the more direct you are, the more strained your relationship becomes. It may be necessary to get a mediator to referee this fight. You have to admit, you can be harsh and hot headed when you’re annoyed. A powerful leader will champion one of your brilliant ideas around the 3rd. Get ready for your close up! An intriguing email, text message, or voice mail sends shivers

up your spine at mid-month. It looks as if an admirer is intent on seducing you. The turning point will arrive Oct 24th on the 17th, Nov 22nd when you decide to cast your fate with this passionate lover. An unusual earning opportunity arrives at the end of November, giving you a great deal more freedom. At long last, you’ll be able to take more time for vacations and other leisurely pursuits.





p r o found spiritual breakthrough will occur on or around the Nov 23rd - 3rd. This will Dec 21st prompt you to extend an olive branch to a neighbour or relative with whom you’ve been warring. At long last, you’ll be able to put a lingering resentment to rest, leaving you free to pursue more rewarding activities. An old lover will try to make their way back

into your life in the first half of November. Be careful about getting involved with this charmer again. You’re better off making a fresh start with someone new. The results of a fitness regimen pay off at mid-month, attracting a lot of favourable attention. Don’t be surprised when several admirers try to win your heart. Cast your lot with the person with an earthy laugh. You need a lover who doesn’t take life too seriously. The month closes on an exciting note, when a creative project gets rave reviews.

our social circle expands in exciting ways at the beginning of November. You’re about to meet some impressive experts in your favourite feel. Use these contacts to get a job or favour. Your friends will be happy to grant your requests. Don’t worry; you’ll have a chance to repay them as the month progresses. This will be a great time to host a glamorous party. If you’re single, you’ll meet someone special at this gathering. The two of you will share an earthy sense of humour and will spend the majority of your time laughing at each other’s jokes.

By the end of November, you should scale back your social life. A little rest and relaxation Dec 22nd will help you Jan 20th recharge your batteries, just in time for the festive season. Let relatives run errands while you indulge in regular naps. Usually, you’re the one who does all the heavy lifting around the house. It’s time to hand off your duties to somebody else!

he 3rd thrusts you into the spotlight. This is a great time to run for Jan 21st - office or apply a high powFeb 19th for ered job. Fortunately, your popularity will be so strong that you’ll easily land the top spot. As a result, you’ll become extremely desirable on the romantic market. Power is a tremendous aphrodisiac. If you’re single, you’ll have the chance to team up with a witty, intelligent suitor who makes you

laugh. Resist the urge to take things too fast. If this relationship is going to last, you need to enjoy a long courtship phase. Resist the urge to buy your lover’s affection with expensive gifts and lavish outings. The two of you can be happy living on very little money. That’s because you share so many interests. You don’t need luxurious surroundings to have a stimulating talk. Besides, the chemistry between you is intense. A friend will invite you to take a short trip at the end of November. This will be a welcome chance to relax before Christmas get underway.

omeone will pressure you for a loan in the first days of November, but you’re not in the position to give it. You work hard for your money, and shouldn’t feel obligated to give it to an irresponsible friend. A chance to teach, write or travel for money will be presented to you on or around the 3rd. You’ll even be able to take along a friend for company. Getting away from the stresses of home will be the answer to a prayer. The change of scenery will also stimulate your creativity, especially at mid-month. Take this opportunity to write, play music,

paint, or dance. Too often, you suppress your artistic desires for the sake of family responsibilities. Feb 20th This time Mar 20th around, you’ll be able to focus on the activities you love without a qualm. Sign up for a class in the second half of November. The intellectual stimulation will bring a welcome relief from all the commercialism that comes with the festive season.




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or a country built upon, and largely maintained by migrants, the UK’s recent apparently ‘anti-immigrant’ stance, with advertisements for ‘illegal immigrants’ to ‘go home’, has left a nasty taste in the mouths of many. In the UK, family immigration has flourished, and EU immigration has substantially increased, however, the government has placed enormous restrictions on those defined as ‘economic migrants’. Simply put, this means that if you are coming to the UK simply to work hard, get a job, start a business, or invest and get a better future, the UK has placed tremendous obstacles or set ex-

tremely high thresholds. Work permits in the UK have been practically non-existent for persons coming from countries which are not in the EU, with some financial requirements for investing being as high as £1,000,000. So what options are there for a migrant who is honest, hard-working, wishes to get a better quality of life for his family but is not an EU citizen. The short answer is….CONSIDER CANADA! Canada is an under-populated country with a high standard of living and has always been welcoming to migrants. A visit to Canada shows there is not the hostility towards migrants as has been shown in the UK in recent times. There is the genuine feeling that Canada nurtures and accepts that persons who are genuinely coming to work build the Canadian economy. As such, there are various opportunities and types of visas available for economic migrants. Thus, in order to go to Canada, you do not need to have any family or relatives in

Canada. Canada has a two tier visa system. You may seek to apply through the ‘Federal government’ or through the ‘Provincial’ programmes. Generally, persons seeking to go to Canada to work will need to check if their occupation is on the list set out by the government. The list changes depending on the skills areas they want to recruit. It is unlike the UK where it appears you have to be a ‘rocket scientist’ to obtain a work permit to enter. Thus, there have been times when there have been plumbers, contractors, pipe fitters, etc. on the list for work permit applicants. Equally, you may migrate to Canada as an Investor with as little as CDN$25,000 (approximately £15,000) as opposed to the exorbitant £50,000 - £1,000,000 required by the UK. Canada has also made it easier for workers to obtain Residence, unlike the UK where Points Based System visas (Tier 1, 2, 4, 5) required a lengthy period before receiving permanent residence. Canadian Provinces (somewhat like US States) also have their

own visa programmes. So, for example, there are programmes for Food Service Industry workers, International Graduates, Trade and semi-skilled employment which may qualify you for a work visa to Canada. Some of the more attractive provinces are British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. With the Provincial programmes (called Provincial Nominee Programmes) persons may seek to move to a particular province and the province has its own set of immigration rules for workers, investors and entrepreneurs. So if an applicant does not meet the general criteria for Canada’s general visa programme, they may meet the requirement for a particular province. It is generally through the Provincial programmes that specific employers may issue work permits. Again, because of its under-population, we know of at least one instance where work permits have been issued for an establishment equivalent to McDonalds! Thus, hospitality workers, food service workers and other blue collar workers can still have hope for economic migration

RECENT IMMIGRATION UPDATE falls into the family category, this will affect you.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) & Naturalisation Requirements to Change

New Immigration Bill

From 28th October 2013, unless you are exempt, you will be required to pass the Life in the UK Test to obtain ILR or naturalisation, in addition to obtaining a speaking and listening qualification in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at intermediate level. If your application

There is a new Immigration Bill currently making its way through Parliament. The main changes include cutting appeal rights. It will reduce the number of grounds a person can appeal on in order to remain in the UK. This, however, does not affect fundamental rights

and is predominantly targeted at ‘foreign criminals’ (which has a specific meaning in immigration law). The intent by the Government is that persons who have a pending appeal can be removed from the UK first, and their appeal heard later. Contact us if you are concerned about the implications of this new Bill.

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CTO Secretary General SOTIC Welcome Message


s we begin another State of the Industry Conference the Caribbean Tourism Organization renews our commitment to marketing “destination Caribbean” and increasing our interaction with and among our members, to their benefit. In line with our mandate to support the goals each member country has set at the national level, at this year’s SOTIC we have chosen to focus on the uniqueness of each Caribbean country and how we can use this to our region’s collective advan-

tage through the theme – Perfecting the Experience; Delivering Authenticity. It is our desire that this conference will help to narrow the focus on aligning what makes each destination special with the many niche markets – established and trending – that we can serve. By doing a better job at matching the most lucrative travel segments with the authentic experiences afforded by each destination we can continue to grow our region’s business. The challenge is to ensure that we execute our strategies in a manner that is sustainable – protecting our vulnerable ecosystems, preserving our cultural integrity and asserting our collective voices to shape international events that affect us. The truth is that individually we have much to offer and much to gain but together we can be a greater force in the marketplace. Let us use this occasion to strengthen our resolve as One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Thank You!


huge thankyou to the hosts of SOTIC2013, Martinique, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and in particular

Communications Specialist Johnson JohnRose. You helped to make SOTIC2013 a memorable occasion for everyone involved.

m e h t n A l a n o i t a N e h T



and an integral part of that nation. As an integral part of France, “La Marseillaise” is used as the national anthem.

La Marseillaise l CTO Secretary General, Hugh Riley

The Coat of Arms


he Coat of arms of Martinique is in the same dark blue and white color scheme as the island’s flag, and reads “La collectivité au service du pays”. Like other overseas departments of France, it is a highly stylized logo.

About the hosts artinique is magical, a rich and vibrant tapestry of French chic and authentic Creole spice woven across an absolutely fascinating tropical setting nestled in the heart of the Lesser Antilles. An overseas region of France, Martinique stirs wanderlust and passions with the Caribbean's most delectable culinary delights, awe-inspiring nat-

artinique, located in the Caribbean, is considered an “overseas department” of France,

ural beauty, a rich cultural history, warm smiles and so much more. Its various nicknames -- The Caribbean island with French flair, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World -- hint at the uniquely special experiences that await visitors here, as do such celebrated awards as “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” (Caribbean Travel + Life: 2009), “Best Caribbean Destination” ( 2010), and induction

of The bay of Fort-de-France in The Most Beautiful Bays of the World (2011). Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised here. Majestic Mt. Pelée and The Pompeii of the Caribbean, St. Pierre, is found here. The finest French products and the wonders of Caribbean authenticity are readily available here. A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer – Martinique c’est magnifique!

1er couplet


Allons enfants de la patrie, Le jour de gloire est arrivé ! Contre nous de la tyrannie L'etendard sanglant est levé (bis) Entendez vous dans les campagnes, Mugir ces féroces soldats ? Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras Egorger nos fils, nos compagnes

Arise children of the fatherland, The day of glory has arrived ! Against us tyranny’s Bloody standard is raised (repeat) Listen to the sound in the fields The howling of these fearsome soldiers, They are coming into our midst To cut the throats of your sons and consorts.



Aux armes, citoyens Formez vos bataillons Marchons Marchons Qu'un sang impur Abreuve nos sillons

To arms citizens ! Form you battalions ! March, march ! Let impure blood Water our furrows !

2ème couplet


Que veut cette horde d'esclaves, de traitres, de rois conjures ? Pour qui ces ignobles entraves, Ces fers des longtemps preparés ? (bis) Français pour nous, ah Quel outrage Quels transports il doit exciter C'est nous qu'on ose méditer De rendre à l'antique esclavage

What do they want this horde of slaves, Of traitors and conspiratorial kings ? For whom these vile chains, These long-prepared irons ? (repeat) Frenchmen, for us, ah ! What outrage What methods must be taken ? It is we they dare plan To return to the old slavery !

3ème couplet


Quoi Ces cohortes étrangères Feraient la loi dans nos foyers Quoi Ces phalanges mercenaires Terrasseraient nos fiers guerriers (bis) Grand Dieu ! Par des mains enchainées Nos fronts sous le joug ploiraient De vils despotes deviendraient Les maîtres de nos destinées

What ! These foreign cohorts ! They would make laws in our courts ! What ! These mercenary phalanxes Would cut down our warrior sons (repeat) Good Lord ! By chained hands Our brow would yield under the yoke The vile despots would have themselves be The masters of destiny.

4ème couplet


Tremblez tyrans ! Et vous, perfides, L'opprobre de tous les partis, Tremblez Vos projets parricides Vont enfin recevoir leur prix (bis) Tout est soldat pour vous combattre. S'ils tombent, nos jeunes heros, La France en produit de nouveaux, Contre vous tout prêts à se battre

Tremble tyrants and traitors, The shame of all good men, Tremble ! Your parricidal schemes Will receive their just reward (repeat) Against you we are all soldiers. If they fall, our young heros, France will bear new ones, Ready to join the fight against you.

5ème couplet


Français, en guerriers magnanimes, Portez ou retenez vos coups Epargnez ces tristes victimes, A regret s'armant contre nous. (bis) Mais ces despotes sanguinaires, Mais ces complices de Boulle, Tous ces tigres qui, sans pitié, Déchirent le sein de leur mère !...

Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors, Bear or hold back your blows Spare these sad victims, Who with regret are taking up arms against us (repeat) But not these bloody despots, These accomplices of Boulle, All these tigers who pitilessly, Are ripping open their mothers’ breasts !...

6ème couplet


Amour sacré de la patrie, Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs Liberté, Liberté chérie, Combats avec tes défenseurs (bis) Sous nos drapeaux, que la victoire Accoure à tes males accents Que tes ennemis expirants Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire

Sacred Love for the Fatherland, Lead and support our avenging arms Liberty, cherished liberty, Join the struggle with your defenders (repeat) Under our flags, let victory hasten to you virile (or manly) force So that in death your enemies See your triumph and our glory !

7ème couplet


Nous entrerons dans la carrière Quand nos aînés n'y seront plus; Nous y trouverons leur poussière Et la trace de leurs vertus. (bis) Bien moins jaloux de leur survivre Que de partager leur cercueil, Nous aurons le sublime orgueil De les venger ou de les suivre.

We shall enter into the pit When our elders will no longer be there ; There we shall find their ashes And the mark of their virtues (repeat) We are much less jealous of surviving them Than of sharing their coffins, We shall have the sublime pride Of avenging or joining them.

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Martinique Eyes One Million Mark by Edona Jno Baptiste

A l Stunning - It’s scenes like this picturesque beach that Martinique are selling to the world

l Martinique Tourism Commissioner, Karine Roy-Camille

French-speaking Caribbean country has an ambitious tourist target of one million visitors to its island by 2020. Martinique may appear to be just a small eastern Caribbean island to much more developed parts of the world like the UK. However, it has a tourism master plan which will bring it to achieving a one million mark in tourist arrivals. Martinique is fresh out of hosting the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC)an event which brings tourism promotion agencies and Government tourism officials together to exchange ideas with leading tourism experts on issues including standards, visitor satisfaction and regional transportation. “The Martinique Tourism Au-

l Martinique Tourist Market

thority along with Martinique’s Regional Council signed a comprehensive Tourism Reform Plan aiming at welcoming one million visitors by 2020. Over the next three years the Regional Council of Martinique will invest one hundred million dollars to support and develop the island’s tourism industry,” Martinique Tourism Commissioner, Karine Roy-Camille explained during the official opening of SOTIC at the Madiana Convention Centre in Schoelcher- a suburb of FortDeFrance. The destination also expects an increase of tourist arrivals for the 2014/2015 cruise season. Christa Coita of the Martinique Promotions Bureau based New York is confident that their tourist target is attainable. “We have new ships coming. We have the Quantum of the Seas… that will call in Marti-

nique during 2014/2015 cruise season. We have upgraded the the cruise terminals in Port Seamore. We can accommodate very big ships … we revamp another terminal… MSC Cruises is coming to Martinique…. So next year we gonna have 121 calls and more passengers,” Coita told the press. Martinique has committed to improving access to the island by both sea and air to achieve its one million mark goal. “We have new flights since June with Seaborne Airlines four times a week out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. We also have flights with American Airlines; it’s pretty new. We have flights out of Miami on Saturdays nonstop to Fort-De-France. And starting November 27 we’re gonna have a second flight out of Miami (on Wednesdays),” Coita said very thrilled at their accomplishments.

l Kayaking along the mangroves at Trois Islet

Usvi Governor Calls On Regional Tourism Officials To Work Together


reativity, public-private partnerships, leveraging of assets and the building of core competencies around what this region knows it’s good at doing, have to be the way forward for the Caribbean, and particularly in these challenging economic times.


Addressing industry officials at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC 2013) held in Martinique, Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Hon. John de Jongh urged the islands not to regard themselves as mere competitors, but as co-conspirators in a fight for ac-

celerated economic growth. The USVI Governor noted that though the region had survived for many years on “sun, sand and retail”, these areas would take on a completely different connotation going forward. “[It's] going to require... an economic union in terms of travel within our countries... as we begin to look differently and execute differently, things such as cultural and heritage tourism... take on a different connotation be- l Martinique’s Commissioner of Tourism, Karine Roy-Camille greets the USVI Governor as he arrives for the conference. In centre is the CTO secretary general, Hugh Riley. cause of the richness that we all have within our countries”, he stated, also noting that nature and eco-tourism were going to also undergo changes as the region invested in green technology. Advising that the Caribbean fortify its focus on excellence, competitiveness and product differentiation, the Governor called for officials to encourage young persons to buy into seeing tourism as more than just filling hotel beds, but as a critical part of the region's economic development. This, he suggested, could be done by capturing their minds through entrepreneurship and small business creation. CTO Chairman Beverly Nicholson-Doty meets USVI Governor John P. de Jongh at the Madiana

Convention Centre. The Governor addressed the final luncheon of the conference and took in some of the sessions.

l Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Sylma Brown, Director CTO USA Inc. and Gov. deJongh

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l An authentic experience for a tourist to the island would be to visit the Freres Lauzea chocolate store. There one gets to sample four of 35 types of chocolate manufactured by the company.

l The statue represents the first wife of Napoleon, Josephine De Beau of Martinique. The statue’s head was cut off because Martiniquans believed she had enslaved their people on her estate. The replica of blood on the statue reflects the blood of the people she enslaved on her.

l The 18th century St. Louis Catholic Church building is a major tourist site in Schoelcher, Fort De France. It is built with a steel frame to withstand natural disasters.

The Sights

l Marina Pointe du Bout, Trois-Ilets is a mainly a tourist shopping and dining area. This marina serves as a popular docking point for yachtsmen and also accommodates passenger ferries which transport people to other ports on the island.

l In Le Diamant, there’s a street named after US President Barack Obama

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l Diamond Rock (Le Rocher du Diamant) - Off the coast of Le Diamant is a huge rock which many consider resemble a Diamond.

l Mount Pelee towers above the island of Martinique. Since 1902, it is one of the most famous volcanoes on Earth ; its eruption led to the destruction of the entire city of Saint-Pierre, with its 28,000 inhabitants.

of Martinique

l Statues- The Anse Cafard Slave Memorial at Le Diamant commemorate the 150th anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the French Caribbean colonies. In 1830, a ship carrying a cargo of Africans destined for the Caribbean slave market crashed into the rocky shore near the village of Diamant. Most of the slaves died.

l Mangroves- Kayak Nature Evasion conducts kayak tours through the mangroves at Trois Islets.

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Aviation Issues On The Front Burner For CTO


ravelers to the Caribbean could experience less hassle in the future. At least that’s the assurance coming from Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Hugh Riley. Riley who was addressing a post news briefing at the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Martinique said the CTO’s Aviation Task Force is approaching a breakthrough on reducing constraints to intraregional travel. “We’re on the verge on reaching a conclusion on removing some of the hindrances to traveling around (the region). Within the group of the OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) there is a great deal of discussion about going back to the domestic space… It is getting to a conclusion so that we can remove some of the hindrances in terms of entry requirements,”

by Edona Jno Baptiste Riley stated.


The Aviation Task Force was formed about a year ago under the supervision of United States

Virgin Islands Tourism Commissioner, Beverley NicholsonDoty. CTO's Aviation Task Force seeks to facilitate air travel within and to the Caribbean. The ATF

has even become a place to call to resolve air transportation and access issues, according to Riley. The ATF has as one of its issues to tackle standardizing Embarkation and Disembarkation (ED) Cards when traveling within the region. The ED cards are retained by immigration officials upon each port of entry. “These embarkation/disembarkation cards can be an issue so that’s being tackled within first the OECS group of nine so then we can spread the implementation,” Riley noted. What is even more troublesome for most-if not all travelers- is the consistent rescreening at airports. “It’s been difficult to explain to the public of the Caribbean why they have to take their shoes, and their belts and everything else off every single time they go through various hubs,” the CTO executive said.


A major Aviation meeting is

l Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Hugh Riley. planned for next month to strategize a way forward on addressing air access and drawing more tourists to the region. CTO will partner with the Latin American and Caribbean AIR Transport Association (ALTA) and the International Air Trans-

port Association (IATA) on the matter. The aim, Riley hopes, is to look at how ALTA and IATA have been resolving matters which the CTO needs to pay attention to. He added “and to see how we can generate more traffic into the

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l Neila Jones of Nevis, winner of the CTO Tourism

The food of Martinique


artinique's cuisine reflects its many cultures. The local Créole specialties combine the finesse of French cuisine with the spice of African cookery and the exoticism of East Indian and Southeast Asian recipes. Fresh seafood appears on most menus. Other specialties include shellfish, smoked fish, stuffed land crabs, stewed conch, and curry dishes. Some are in hotels, some in lovely settings by the sea and some on the front porches of the cooks' homes. Local rum drinks often precede a meal and imported French wines often accompany it. Dining in the French Caribbean is always a memorable event. An exciting variety of restaurants take advantage of gorgeous settings to complement their culi-

nary delights. Cooking in France is an art form and the French Caribbean continues this delicious tradition. Visitors discover a wide range, from classical and nouvelle French cuisine to spicy Créole and local specialties. Le déjeuner, or lunch, is often the main meal of the day and usually served from 12:00 noon to 14:00. Créole cuisine is a delicious mélange of French, African and Indian influences. Exotic seasonings ignite fresh seafood and poultry in prized recipes handed down from generation to generation. If you overindulge and burn your mouth on the hot seasonings, bread (pain) and butter (buerre) will help put out the fire. Local fruits, vegetables and beverages add to the wonderful flavors. Bon appétit!

Youth Congress, poses with Beverly Nicholson-Doty and Karine Roy-Camille

l CTO’s Beverly Nicholson-Doty and Martinique’s Karine Roy-Camille pose with the Youth Congress participants

l Hiking the trails at the Regional National Park, above and below

l One of the highlights of the opening ceremony was the singing of the National Anthem by the Arpege Choir from the St. Joseph’s Cluny Convent.

l Journalist Janet Silvera has fun with fellow journalists Desmond Brown (left) and Donn Bobb (right)

l Traditional dancing at the opening ceremony

l Cultural performances at the closing of SOTIC 2013, above and right.

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In case you can’t make it to the World Travel Market, The Phoenix is going to be producing follow up Holiday and Travel Features to make sure that you’re as well informed as you can be before booking that holiday you deserve!

Bahamian lobby store first to receive HA


Bahamian “lobby store” has created history by becoming the first business of its kind to earn the highly regarded Hospitality Assured certification, a symbol of service and business excellence in the tourism and hospitality sector internationally and in the Caribbean. Island Essentials, a local logo, sundries and souvenir shop in the lobby of the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort in Cable Beach, Nassau, now has the Hospitality Assured quality framework in place, proof of its commitment to continuously raise service quality standards, focus on customers’ needs, increase customer satisfaction and loyalty and improve overall business performance. A number of Caribbean hotels and attractions have received HA certification since the Caribbean Tourism Organization launched the programme in eight pilot

countries in 2010. However, Island Essentials is the first lobby store to be certified. “The management and staff of Island Essentials are extremely proud and excited to have qualified for the prestigious 'Hospitality Assured' accreditation. The challenging economic times of the past few years have taught us that only the strongest companies survive during hard times and only the best run businesses thrive. Being strong and making best business practices part of a company culture is what 'Hospitality Assured is all about,” said Rory Dean, the general manager of "Island Essentials" store. In order to achieve HA certification, the management team and staff of Island Essentials undertook a rigorous review process conducted by an external assessor, that tested their internal systems, structures and procedures in critical areas such as business leadership and planning, op-

erational planning and performance standards, customer research, the customer service promise and training and development. Mr. Dean said: “The process of applying for and qualifying to be 'Hospitality Assured' has definitely made us evaluate and upgrade our business practices, establish systems for every vital function, strive for innovation as well as crystallize our business plan and future goals. Our company has been in the tourism industry for decades but we feel that reaching this accreditation is a milestone, a testament to our commitment to continuous improvement and to excellent customer service every minute of every day. Our staff has been

invigorated by the project, knowing that by striving toward this accreditation, they are in fact taking part in building up an industry that is vital to the economy of the Bahamas. We are confident that achieving this accreditation will give us the competitive edge

we need to grow our company in the short term and make it sustainable for years to come.” Hospitality Assured is an internationally recognized certification programme promoting service and business excellence in tourism and hospitality com-

panies. It is owned by the Institute of Hospitality in the United Kingdom, and managed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in the region.

Health experts delight in Saint Lucia annual Health & Wellness Retreat


he idyllic setting of Saint Lucia was once again host to a roster of renowned health, fitness and wellness experts during the third Annual Health & Wellness Retreat: “Elevate Yourself.” Noted experts including Cat Cora, the only female Iron Chef winner, and Gabrielle Bernstein, featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation thought leader, joined premier yoga practitioner John Schumacher along with island-based experts in exercise, weight loss and Tai Chi. During the three-day retreat the group of experts provided nutri-

tional, wellness, health, relaxation and beauty advice, tips and hands-on experiences through beachside clinics, healthy cooking demonstrations, wellness seminars and sunrise mediations. “Saint Lucia has a reputation as a tranquil, rejuvenating and even spiritual destination, with a number of resorts widely recognized for their world-class spa and wellness programs,” said Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. “Our reputation as a sporting destination is growing and the Health & Wellness Retreat was the beginning of a month-long focus on Saint Lucia as an active vacation leader.”

Rounding off the month, Saint Lucia hosted its first international triathlon, where participants had to swim, bike and run picturesque Pigeon Island. Triathlon organizer Human Race is the largest and most diverse mass participation events company in the United Kingdom hosting over 55 events each year. Human Race Director John Lunt organized the amazing Olympic Triathlon at London 2012. The ‘Elevate Yourself’ Health and Wellness Retreat was proudly supported by corporate partners LUCELEC, Blue Waters, Lazy Lagoon, The Wave, Saint Lucia Export TEPA and Yoplait.

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country. Dubai also has a large Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Bahaj, Buddhist and other religious communities residing in the city. It's remarkable when you learn about the stories and history behind Dubai you realise how captivating and incredible it truly is. Dubai is the only country that

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has a 6 star hotel; the Burj Al Arab, seen to be one of the tallest buildings in the world. It's absolutely incredible literally words can't describe how perfect this destination is for an ideal dream holiday.

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exico, better known as United States of Mexico is a beautiful country in the North of America and it is the fifth largest country of America with a population of 113 million people. The language that Mexicans

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this holiday destination has everything because it’s absolutely a dream holiday for all kinds of people. So if you are not too sure where to go for next summer then Mexico is the place for you because it has everything you want plus more.

enerife has always been the location that everyone seems to book for a family holiday and they never seem to regret as they always seem to go back. Having spectacular weather and beautiful scenery there isn't a reason not to, the place is absolutely mind-blow-

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hina is one of the highest populated countries in the world. In China you'll be experiencing a completely different way of life and atmosphere to anywhere else in

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and learn about the historic views and people around. It's a wonderful destination that is absolutely captivating. Embrace the incredible and beautiful country and go to China today.


ndia is a place of pure delight and perfection, maintaining the beauty and excellence within and around. India is notable for its religious diversity, with Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity and Jainism among the nation's major religions.

India It's such a incredible place to visit, having endless amounts of enjoyments to worship and it is a holiday you won't forget anytime soon. It's famously known for its Bollywood movies, music tradition and regional styles. Bauis is well known form of the latter. An Indian Dance also features diver

folk and classical forms. It's magnificent and has everything you need and want in a holiday location. Not forgetting the landmarks and the food you can eat. It's all an absolute delight, and all is a massive must to attend this wonderful holiday destination.

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: the power on Branson's Necker Island


t has been announced that two years after severe fire left it with no form of connection to the outside world, billionaire mogul, Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island will now be powered by Jamaican-based mobile network provider Digicel. Branson, who opted to shift his official residency to the British Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean, oversaw the recent renovation of The Great House on the property after a devastating fire in 2011 that destroyed much of the infrastructure with Digicel BVI Business Solutions Manager, Matthew Drum, saying the company has provided Necker, a 74-acre property, with top-class technology and recovery services.

l Sir Richard Branson, and below, the stunning Necker Island Digicel Business General Manager, Kenton Jones, got the island connected to the Internet, putting in place a Dedicated Internet Access system as well as fixed line services.

British Virgin Island is one of the 31 markets in which Digicel operates. Sir Richard Branson acquired Necker Island acquired 34 years ago.

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Crosta & Mollica Continues To COMPETITION ‘Rise’ With New Range At Waitrose Following increased enthusiasm for Crosta & Mollica’s ‘really Italian’ authentic regional breads and savoury snacks sourced from genuine Italian bakers, a delicious new range is being introduced into Waitrose. This includes: Savoury Tarallini with Pugliese Tomato £1.89 150g Building on the success of the classic Tarallini with Fennel Seed, Crosta and Mollica has introduced a Pugliese Tomato flavour Tarallini which is made with the same local ingredients of white wine and extra virgin oil and the addition of tomato, garlic and oregano - making it the perfect snack to serve with a glass of vino.


Liberation Foods is the UK’s first what? To be in with a chance of winning, send your answer, along with your name, address and contact telephone number to competitions@thephoenixnewspaper. com with the subject of “Fairtrade

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Pane Valdostano £3.49 320g From the mountains of northwest Italy, this light rye bread is distinctive with its pretty marigold shaped decorative crust. Made from a blend of flours, the dough is flavoured

We have 3 stunning Fairtrade hampers to give-away to our lucky readers! Each hamper will include: Fairtrade Mixed Nuts, Fairtrade Mixed Nuts with Dried Fruit, Oven baked Chilli & Lime Cashews with Peanuts & Roasted Corn and Oven Baked Salted Cashews & Peanuts. All you have to do is answer this simple question:

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Crostini with Oregano £1.89 (150g) Sliced from a ‘filone’ loaf (a long, relatively thin, loaf) which is twice baked for extra crispness and then drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with Sicilian oregano. These crisp baked bread slices are sourced from a small local bakery in Lombardia and are delicious served with an aperitivo or with antipasti. Try adding to minestrone or other soups for that perfect crunch!

Piada £1.89 300g These thin, soft wholemeal flatbreads are more delicate than the classic version and are expected to be equally as popular. What's more, they are certified organic which makes them quite unique in the flatbread fixture. Best served hot and filled with your favourite topping. We suggest a layer of chocolate spread and some sliced banana.

We have 3 stunning hampers of Crosta & Mollica products to give-away to our lucky readers! Each hamper will include: Tarallini with Pugliese Tomato, Crostini with Oregano, Grissini, Linguette, Bruschettine and Torinesi. All you have to do is answer this very simple question:

with walnuts and figs which make it the perfect bread for eating with cheese. Equally good thinly sliced and then toasted with a spread of butter and a cup of tea for an afternoon treat.

with the subject of “Crosta & Mollica Competition”. Closing date is 28th November. There is no cash alternative.

Ciabatta Grano Duro £1.99 300g Another durum wheat bread from the same bakery as our Pane Pugliese, this bread is shaped like a slipper and hence called a 'ciabatta'. This wonderful golden loaf is best served warm and filled to make a panini but also makes an ideal dinner party treat served warm and torn into chunks served with some fruity olive oil as a dipping bread.

Liberation Nuts ‘Mixes It Up’ for Christmas at Oxfam


iberation Foods, the UK’s first Fairtrade and farmer owned nut company, is getting into the festive spirit

with the exclusive launch of its first seasonal range of great tasting and nutritious snacks available at 252 Oxfam shops nationwide.

Fairtrade Mixed Nuts with Dried Fruit – £3.49 300g bag Bursting with the creamy texture of Brazil nuts and the sweet taste of cashew nuts – not forgetting flame raisins and the chewy dried figs, cranberries and pineapple – Liberation Foods has certainly got winter bagged up! Fairtrade Mixed Nuts – £3.49 300g bag This lively and generous assortment of Fairtrade nuts including Brazil, cashews, roasted peanuts, macadamias and the sweetness of almonds, makes for moreish party nibbles. Either grab a handful as a nutritious snack or add them to wintery soups, salads or

festive desserts.

All nuts are sourced from co-operatives of small-scale growers and farmers who own a 44% share of the company and most importantly – get a fair deal. This winter Choose Liberation nuts! www.chooseliberation. com Liberation Foods has also created two brand new own-label Christmas nut products exclusively for Sainsbury’s. The Christmas by Sainsbury’s snacks are: Roasted Fairtrade Mixed Nuts (250g) and Roasted Fairtrade Cashew Nuts (250g) and both vegan friendly.

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ts that time of year again, winter is on its way and of course with the snow and ice that we are sure will appear over winter here is a quick refresher on how to drive over the next few months. The main point is reduce your speed as your braking distance will be increased in the icy conditions so be aware, especially in built up areas. Increase the distance between yourself and the vehicle in front. Don't put ourself in the position of having to slam your brakes on as excuse the pun but your on a slippery slope as soon as you do Do not get impatient with other road users some may not be as used to driving in these conditions as you feel you are yourself Use public transport where applicable and only use your vehicle if it is essential Start any journey you need to do 15 mins earlier than usual as traffic around this time of year is worse than the summer months In case of really bad weather ring or text someone tell them what time you are leaving and what route you are taking and if you get stuck let them know you are ok so make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone Wear warm clothing and keep proper footwear in the boot of your car along with a shovel and blankets maybe even a cheap bag

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New Ducati UK 899 Panigale Arrives In UK


fter recently making a spectacular UK debut at Brands Hatch, the 899 Panigale can now be seen for the first time at dealerships throughout the UK. Dealers will each take delivery of a demonstrator and the first customer bikes will arrive soon after. Ducati is passionately committed to further development of the Panigale concept both on the track and on the street and the 899 represents a “Supermid” version intended to be a method of entry into the world of premium performance. With carefully designed rider-friendly features, like increased seat cushioning and shorter final drive gearing for enhanced mid-range rideability, the new model achieves a successful mix of authentic Italian performance with everyday usability thereby offering the very best of both worlds in absolute style. The innovative “monocoque” frame solution


ust a quick note to drivers coming into Birmingham New Street Station on the Smallbrook Queensway. BEWARE that if you carry straight on past the old drop off point, and under the bridge towards St Martins Queensway (rear of Marks and Spencers), you will receive a £60 Fine as CCTV Cameras are in operation, and no vehicle except West Midlands Travel buses are allowed to use this road. Please be aware that the signage telling you there is no access is not easy to see, so if you go passed it you will need to do a U-turn right just before you get to the old New Street entrance. The new entrance to New Street is left at the 1st set of lights by Nostalgia and Comics and follow the clear signs when you've turned left.

and the new 899 “Superquadro” L-twin engine uses race-derived electronics to continue the “bred for the track and trained for the road” mentality. With the click of a button, Ducati’s Riding Mode concept delivers performance with enhanced rider confidence by combining a number of class-leading technologies. The latest-generation sports ABS system, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Ducati’s race-derived Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-byWire (RbW) are now all programmed into seamless, electronic rider assistance.

MG3 launches TV ad campaign


he MG3 national TV advert marked its first appearance on satellite channels this month before making its way onto terrestrial and SKY channels only days after. The TV advert is the culmination of marketing activity for MG's latest offering available in four trim lines, with the top of the range, 3STYLE priced at only £9,999, moving down to the entry level trim; 3TIME, for just £8,399. The MG3 offers over one million personalisation options. MG3 Finance plans are available to suit all budgets as all specifications are available on PCP. Customers who do not have a deposit to put down can still benefit from fantastic value for money offers. No retailer in your area? No problem, MG2U brings an MG3 to your door. The TV campaign continues until the end of November.

World Record-Breaking Polar Challenge Begins In Antarctica


l Ben Saunders and the Land Rover Discovery he used in his training, Inset: Ben in full gear in the Cold Climate Chamber at Jaguar Land Rover.

and Rover Global Brand Ambassador and Polar explorer Ben Saunders and fellow adventurer Tarka L’Herpiniere have set out from Scott’s Hut, Antarctica on day one of their world recordbreaking return journey from the edge of the continent to the South Pole and back. At 1800 miles it will be the longest unsupported polar jour-

ney in history and first completion of Captain Scott’s iconic ill-fated 1910-12 Terra Nova expedition. Land Rover is a co-presenting partner of The Scott Expedition, which promises challenges that reflect the spirit of adventure, capability and rugged quality that are fundamental to Land Rover’s brand and heritage. Ben’s Land Rover Discovery has played a vital part in assisting

his training, which often takes place in hard to reach places in the UK, Europe and Greenland. Ben’s preparation for the expedition also included the use of the Cold Climate Chamber at Jaguar Land Rover. The chamber is an integral part of the development of all Jaguar Land Rover Products.

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FIFA address ethnic opportunities for coaching in English Football

l (l-r) Daniel Sturridge’s mother Grace, Daniel, Digicel’s sponsorship manager, Tahnida Nunes, Faith Basic School’s principal Carol Hazel and Daniel’s father Michael

England star joins Digicel to launch Foundation


ngland international Daniel Sturridge fulfilled a life-long dream by launching a foundation, in his name, in the land of his grandparents, Jamaica. Taking the form of a massive family fun day at a Faith Basic School in Portmore, in St. Catherine, the Liverpool striker, together with his parent, was present to witness the ‘Sturridge Family Foundation Sports Day’ to encourage local youngsters to play sport. This is the first activity for the Foundation in Jamaica which aims to build on this initiative in the future.

Showing great passion and commitment to the cause, a very proud Sturridge said: “Our family has strong links in Jamaica with both my grandparents coming from there, so it was great to be able to give back to the local community. My grandfather and family were all out there helping out at the event and we were very happy with what we saw.” Playing their part in the Foundation and the Fun Day is leading mobile telecommunications giants, Digicel, expressed their pleasure of being onboard with sponsorship manager, Tahnida Nunes, saying: “As a leading

supporter of sports in Jamaica and the region, Digicel was invited to come on board as a lead sponsor of the venture. Digicel is very happy to be on board with Daniel Sturridge and his family on this venture for a number of reasons.” Birmingham-born Sturridge, Liverpool’s leading goal scorer this season, who also played for Manchester City Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers, holds the record for being the first Premier League player to score on all his club debuts.


l FIFA Vice-President, Jeffrey Webb

IFA vice-president, Jeffrey Webb, has called on English football to address the lack of coaching and management opportunities for ethnic minorities. He warned that Black and ethnic minority players who would like a future in the game after retirement are “demoralised” by the status quo. Webb, who heads the governing body’s anti-racism task force, believes the lack of nonwhite managers is an issue which needs to be looked at immediately. The Premier League is one of the most culturally diverse divisions on the planet but has been overwhelmingly dominated by white managers. Norwich City’s Chris Hughton is the only Black manager in the top flight and Blackpool’s Paul Ince and Charlton Ath-

letic’s Chris Powell are the only Black managers in the Football League. Webb, who has been meeting senior players during a visit to England, suggested there was a growing disenchantment among professionals: “There’s a lot of young players coming through and I understand that over 30% of the league is made up of people of African descent and over 71 different nationalities playing in the Premier League, but it’s not reflected, they’re not getting an opportunity to manage. “The game must reflect society and the community it serves," he said. "Players are becoming very demoralised and these are issues of course that we hope the FA and Premier League will take on board.” FA Chair, Greg Dyke, was recently criticised by board

member Heather Rabbatts for a perceived lack of diversity in his commission on the future of the English game. His initial eight-strong panel was entirely comprised of white men, although Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand was later added to the group. An outspoken advocate for more Black and ethnic representation in the higher echalance of English football, Reading’s Jason Roberts, met with Webb who also talked to Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, about the racist abuse he faced from CSKA Moscow fans during a Champions League match in Russia. Webb is in line, as the favourite, to take over as FIFA president when present incombent, Sepp Blatter, finally retires.

Nuttall takes up Qatar role


ritish Athletics’ Endurance Coach, John Nuttall, has left the UK for pastures new in the Gulf. Nuttall, who worked as a lead coach at the National Performance Institute in Loughborough has accepted a new role as Head Coach at the Aspire Academy in Qatar. The former endurance athlete joined Terrence Mahon in the endurance coach role in December and the pair had been due to see the programme through to Rio 2016 and the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. “The British Athletics Endurance Programme has gone

from strength to strength over the past few years and it’s been a privilege to have been involved in some of the success stories,” said Nuttall. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with some worldclass athletes on the track, cross-country and road both at training venues and major championships around the world. The time is right for me to move on to a fresh challenge. I wish British Athletics all the best in the future.” British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said: “On behalf of British Athletics I would like to place on

record our thanks to John who has been a great support to the endurance programme in recent years and leaves it in very good health.” Nuttall, who was endurance lead for the 2012 Olympic Games, is the former coach to 2010 Eu-

ropean 10,000m silver medallist Chris Thompson and currently coaches European Indoor 3000m champion Helen Clitheroe as well as leading British marathon runner Lee Merrien and 2011 European Cross Country bronze medallist Gemma Steel.

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Anniversary Games nominated for two global awards


fter a second year of outstanding international athletics in Britain, the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games has been nominated in two categories in the International Sports Events Management Awards. Created by British Athletics the event has been nominated for; ‘Outstanding Team Contribution’ and ‘Best Use of Event Overlay and Facilities.’ The Anniversary Games became an event of national importance, and made athletics the focal point of the one year celebration of the London 2012 Games, received the largest ever

TV audience and the highest ever media profile for an athletics meet in Britain, outside of the Games British Athletics Chief Executive Niels de Vos said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games has been nominated in two categories at the International Sports Event Management awards. This is recognition of the superb performance of the British Athletics TV Events team this summer in staging the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games and making it one of the biggest sporting events in the UK in 2013.”

hree more sporting champions have been immortalised in Wolverhampton’s Hall of Fame as the city continue to develop a reputation of producing competitors of national and international standard in sports. Liz Brown, Helen Lower and Michael Ayre, who have represented the city with distinction in squash, table tennis and swimming respectively, will be inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Aldersley Leisure Village. Liz, a member of Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, represented her country in squash, winning gold in the World Masters’ over 40s competition in 1999 and British Masters champion in over 40s and 45s on no less l Front Row -Liz Brown, Helen Lower and Michael Ayre’s grandchildren George and Chloe Boulton. Also than six occasions between pictured are, back row, left to right, Peter Holmes MBE, chairman of Wolverham 1998 and 2006. Helen represented England in table tennis on more than 100 occasions, winning 17 national titles, competing at lands, in 1998, where her team frun Squad in 1974, coaching produced further national chamthe Commonwealth Games scooped a bronze medal. a number of local swimmers to pions, with Robin Brew winin Manchester in 2002 and Ayre’s achievements as a national and international suc- ning silver for Scotland at the Melbourne in 2006, as well as swimming coach have helped cess. 1982 Commonwealth Games in the European Championships put Wolverhampton on the map. He was appointed England Brisbane. in Eindhoven, The Nether- He was appointed to the Wul- Assistant Coach in 1975 and

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Birmingham Students Take Part In National Student Raceday


group of students from Bimingham University took part in the first ever National Student Raceday, in October, as part of an initiative from Great British Racing designed to encourage a younger generation of racing fans. Taking place at Wolverhampton Racecourse it had student, Jake Wright, saying: “We had a great evening on National Student Raceday. Not only has it been great value, the action on the track has been really good as it was also the start of the All-Weather Championships. It is something I’m sure I’ll do again.” David Roberts, Managing Director of Wolverhampton Racecourse said: “We are delighted to be involved in supporting the National Student Raceday and hope it will become an annual

event”. In total, more than 1000 students from over 30 universities took part in UK’s first ever National Student Raceday. All six courses racing on Saturday - Aintree, Chepstow, Doncaster, Newbury, Stratford and Wolverhampton - offered discounted entry to students of just £10, which included a food and drink voucher, free racecard and free Racing Post Rod Street, Chief Executive of

Great British Racing said, “This is the first time that there has been a National Student Raceday where students across the country have been able to get into every racecourse in Great Britain at a specially discounted rate. We’re pleased that so many students have attended and we look forward to growing the initiative even further next year. Racing is a fantastic day out for students with its great sporting action, fantastic facilities, well-

priced food and drink and is, of course, a great social occasion. We’re grateful to all of the courses that have participated and who have made the day such a success.”

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Champion Akufo to reclaim world title in Birmingham


n what promises to be one of the year's biggest fight nights in Birmingham this year, Simon Akufo will be fighting for the World Kickboxing Association welterweight title against Italian champion Cristian Tronu next month. Reigning European champion Akufo will become world champion for the second time if he wins and is expected to do it in front of over 1,000 adoring fans. Simon, aged 31, is determined to be world champion again after losing his belt in a brutal battle against Ilya Usachev laast year. He said: “I still see the world belt as my title, I made a mistake when I was at the top but I have learnt my lessons.

I refused to quit so took a step back and am now ready to be world champion again. I cannot wait to show everyone where I belong.” Italian champion Tronu fights out of the world renowned Ferrari Gym in Calgiari, Sardinia, and has a reputation for devastating finishing power. Akufo said: “This will be a great fight, I know what the fans expect of me when they come to my fights and I am going to give it to them. Birmingham is a kickboxing city, renowned for producing world champions and its people are used to big shows and this will be the biggest yet." Simon Akufo will face Cristian Tronu at the Q Club on Saturday, December 7.

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