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ADDING THE LIGHT TO BROADWAY BRADFORD The UK’s fastest growing cinema operator - The Light - is opening at The Broadway Bradford on Friday 11th May. This will be The Light’s tenth cinema in the UK and the second in Yorkshire, alongside Sheffield.

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A prenuptial agreement is essentially a contract drawn up by the lawyers of those wishing to enter into a marriage but wish to protect any assets they own prior to that marriage. It is however not currently legally binding and may only be considered by any Judge when dealing with the finances within a divorce. A Judge will consider if the agreement is fair and if reasonable provision has already been provided for when it comes to any children of the marriage. What would be a fair Prenup? The case of Radmacher v Granatino [2010] UKSC 42 provided the first significant judgment about the status of prenuptial agreements. The Supreme Court set out the following three factors that increase the likelihood of a prenuptial agreement binding the parties: 1. The agreement must be freely entered into by both parties. It is important that each party gets independent legal advice. This will help

illustrate that each party entering into the agreement was aware of the terms of that agreement and gave their consent to entering into it after obtaining legal advice. This can also demonstrate that there was no coercion or pressure to enter into the agreement. 2. The parties must be aware of the implications of entering into the agreement. Both parties must be aware of each other’s financial positions before entering into the agreement. Transparency is key. This will help convince any considering court that both parties were aware and conceded what they would be likely to give up upon signing the prenup. The agreement can’t be unfair. If holding a party to the prenup agreement results in unfairness then it is less likely to be followed. In determining settlement in any financial remedy proceedings, Judges will make sure the financial needs of any children of the marriage and that of the

financially weaker spouse are first met. Any prenup must take this into consideration or will be in danger of being disregarded. The duration of the marriage and any financial changes during the marriage will also determine what impact the prenup agreement has on financial remedy proceedings. That said prenuptial agreements are rising in popularity as couples seek to protect inherited family wealth. There is however a suggestion that couples that do seek Prenup advice do not actually then go through with the wedding. Maybe this is a good thing that these things were ironed out before marriage that may have resulted in divorce anyway! Many clients do see the prenups as a form of insurance policy and if approached correctly can work well to protect family assets

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Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech April 20th 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the infamous ‘rivers of blood’ speech by Enoch Powell, in which the Conservative MP predicted ‘the black man having the whip hand over the white man’ as a result of immigration. A new documentary, featuring a Bradford family, aired last month on Channel 5 examining the legacy of the 1968 speech and what it means to immigrants, and their offspring, living in modern Britain. Britain’s first Asian Lord Mayor Mohammed Ajeeb, CBE and his son, editor of Urban Echo, Irfan Ajeeb were featured on the programme. Father-of-four Mohammed

Ajeeb was born in Pakistan and moved to England in 1957. He says the inflammatory rhetoric had the opposite effect that Mr Powell intended — it made him more determined to stay and help build his new home nation. ‘I felt very angry about it [the speech]. That’s what made my resolve stronger to see Britain develop as a true multicultural nation,’ he explained. Mohammed Ajeeb’s family endured years of racist abuse, but in 1985 he became the first non-white politician to be elected a lord mayor in the UK, taking up the post in Bradford. Irfan Ajeeb, was born and raised in Bradford. He

publishes Urban Echo, a newspaper dedicated to promoting social cohesion. Irfan says he grew up witnessing a lot of racism which led him to have extreme views as a teenager. His father, then a lord mayor, sat him down and told him that hatred was not the answer. Irfan has found other ways to cope with racism but fears that it will never go away. Geoff Small, who directed the Channel 5 documentary, said he was shocked to discover that “so many young people had never heard of

Enoch Powell”. “It’s important to look at his prophecy and whether or not that’s come true,” Small told the Press Association.

“But more to the point, from a non-white perspective, these people about whom he was speaking had an opportunity to give their view on race

relations and on how it has changed over the last 50 years,” he said of the Channel 5 film.

New Asian street food cafe Cha Cha Chai opening in Bradford A unique STREET food café has opened in Bradford. The new Cha Cha Chaiiwala promises to spice things up as it opened on Ingleby Road last month. The tea room, the first of its kind in Bradford, will offer customers ‘a sip of Kashmir’ as well as a variety of light snacks and sweet treats from the sub-continent Mukhtar Ahmed, who will be running the café with his friend Nasar Nabi, said the tea room prided itself on its distinctive Kashmiri tea. Located in the Ingleby Road food court where the famous fish & chips chain Mother Hubbards is situated, as well as the soon to be opened gourmet burger café Two Guys, Mr Ahmed tells Urban

Echo: “Cha Cha Chai is a concept that we have been thinking of for a while. The Kashmiri tea a very hot, milky, spiced tea, that’s quite sweet as well. “And we do other stuff as well, Indian snacks like paratha rolls and samosas as well as desserts including Kheer, Rasmalai and fresh Gulab Jamun with ice cream.

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Bradford man nominated for the Muslim Power 100 Award by Urban Echo reporter Founder of Professional Muslim Institute Javed Bashir has been nominated for the Muslim Power 100 award and inclusion in their publication which will honour the highest levels of achievement from within the international community. The last event which took place in 2007 saw of the most influential people in the list including the cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and boxer Amir Khan. Also featured are actor Art Malik and singer Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens). The list includes 22 company chiefs, including Harrods boss Mohamed Al-Fayed and curry king Sir Gulam Noon, whose curry empire is worth around £55 million. Javed Bashir has been nominated for inclusion in the Trailblazers section of the Muslim 100 Power List. The list, organised by the Power 100, is distributed internationally to positively promote the outstanding contribution made by Muslim men and women on a local, national and global level. A star-studded dinner will be held at Hilton Hotel in Mayfair in London on 7th May which will bring together Muslim Powers within the UK and on an International level in a spectacular evening of entertainment, great food and networking with some of the UK’s leading Muslim men and women. Many Senior Power Brokers

will be in attendance to not only celebrate being named within the Muslim 100 Power list but also to meet their peers and to develop and enhance contacts amongst this like minded and exclusive group of Power 100 individuals. Javed Bashir has been nominated for being an innovative and visionary leader, inspiring young professionals to reach great heights of performance and success within their organisations, civic society and beyond. In 2009, he partnered with the University of Bradford to set up the Professional Muslim Institute to address this leadership deficit, by identifying existing talent within communities with the purpose of nurturing them to be leaders of the future. Javed was clear that there was a need for strong and visionary leadership that could take Muslim communities out of the socio-economic disadvantage and lead them to be progressive, vibrant and cohesive. The Institute was launched in the House of Lords in 2010 and attracted more than 3000 professional Muslims, linking them with inspiring role models and setting up the mentoring programme for the children and young people. For his work in developing leadership amongst young professionals he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by

the University of Bradford in 2015. Javed has also played a key role in the promoting excellent community relations and cohesion in the District and internationally. After the 2001 Bradford riots Javed was recognised for his community integration work and was awarded the Community Harmony Award by Bradford Council in recognition of his untiring work to bring communities together. He was awarded the Community Cohesion award by Remembering Srebrenica for his work in developing understanding and cohesion among young people. He addressed an international conference to deal with conflict in the dispute territory of Kashmir and highlighted plight of people effected in the Mangla Dam expansion plan. Not content with all these amazing works, Javed fundraised for local and national charities including the Lord Mayors Charity Appeal and Callum Ingham Appeal and interfaith events at the Holy Family Catholic School. Javed also works for Bradford Council, responsible for more than one hundred faith-based supplementary schools including mosques, temples and gurdawaras in terms of developing their leadership skills and capacity to deliver a good quality education, broader curriculum and

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safeguarding children. He has been recognised nationally for his pioneering work with supplementary schools and was given an award at a prestigious ceremony in the House of Commons earlier this year.

Javed is an inspiration to everyone for his dedication, commitment, energy and sheer hard work and for his desire to tackle though issues and bringing people and communities along the journey with him.

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City businessman pledges £25,000 to Bradford BID A leading Bradford IT pioneer is so impressed with plans to improve the city centre that he pledged £25,000 to the proposed Business Improvement District.

“Any business that says it’s supporting it for completely unselfish reasons is lying; we all have reasons why we want to see Bradford succeed. “For us, we’re a growing business, we have staff Mark Cowgill, co-founder scheme to pay for projects to third-party infrastructure or coming in to work for us limited bandwidth. It means and director of Exa Networks improve the city centre. – one of the UK’s leading Mr Cowgill said: “I think it’s businesses will not only enjoy but people get their eyes absolutely vital to Bradford. ultra-fast connections but will turned like magpies: if there’s internet service providers something shiny over at for schools and businesses The city has not lived up to its only ever need the one line – said the BID’s plans were potential for a long time and because it can be scaled up in Manchester or Leeds, it’s I think it’s essential we raise minutes to meet their needs, more attractive to go work so important to the future there. And that’s generally of the city that he wanted our game. no matter how much they about what it’s like in the city to encourage as many city “A lot of stuff that’s happened expand. centre, rather than what the centre firms as possible to here over the last few Mr Cowgill says the BID can job is. support it. years, with Broadway and only be good for business: “We knew our headquarters developments like Sunbridge were outside the original Wells, has been great but it demise area but, for us, it just needs that little bit more. was a no-brainer to support I believe the BID is how we’re it – even though we were not going to do it. It has the ability going to benefit directly from to give us that final nudge over being part of it,” said Mark. the line we need.” “The fact that the demise Exa Networks was founded area has now expanded to in 2003 by Mark, Thomas take in Bolton Road, where Mangin and Michael Syree. we’re based, is fantastic – but It is now one of the leading we were determined to help internet connectivity providers get the BID off the ground and for schools and businesses we put up the money to help across the UK. The multiensure it happens.” award-winning, home-grown More than 600 city centresuccess story’s achievements based businesses and have included the organisations - including development of a network tool local and national retailers, (ExaBGP) used by some of the leisure and hospitality world’s biggest companies, firms, professional and legal including Microsoft, Google services companies and and Facebook. others - will be balloted on It recently introducing the whether the BID should go fastest internet capability ahead in September. in the world (DarkLight), to If the ballot is successful, they businesses across Yorkshire. will all pay a levy which will The technology is a pure raise more than £2.5 million fibre connection which is not over the five years of the restricted by having to use

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“We support Northern Powerhouse Rail and a city centre station wholeheartedly and the BID is part of working towards that. If we can make Bradford an attractive place to come and hang out and to work in, it’s going to be easier to find staff – and retain them.” What does he hope the BID will achieve? “I want the perception of Bradford – as being second rate to some of the other cities around to improve,” he says. “I think as Bradfordians we’ve been our own worst enemies sometimes. Some people say it’s not a safe place because it has a diverse culture but every town and city in Britain has a diverse culture; Bradford’s no different, no better, no worse – it’s just a perception. “It’s in all of our interests that Bradford is successful and safe and clean and it’s got a night time entertainment area and that it’s a proper, buzzing city. “And if businesses are thinking about whether they should or shouldn’t support

the BID, I’d ask them: Do you want the city to be successful and, therefore, your company to be successful as well? Who’s going to say ‘No’ to that? And if you do, why are you in business? I’d urge every business in the city centre to vote ‘Yes’ when the ballot comes around in September.” Ian Ward, chairman of the BID Development Board, said: “Mark’s support for the BID is amazing. He’s totally committed to Bradford and we thought his offer to put up £25,000 to support it, no strings attached, was fantastic and a real testament to his belief in the city. “We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to expand the BID’s demise area and we know Mark and his team will make an extremely significant contribution to the whole project.” PICTURE SHOWS: Exa Networks Co-founder and Director Mark Cowgill at the company’s headquarters in Bolton Road, Bradford

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Adding The Light to Broadway Bradford Continued from front page

The growing success and popularity of The Light cinemas with the public is down to its unique take on the spirit of traditional, independent cinemas and bringing that into a modern environment. Much-admired for their luxuriously designed reclining seats and ample leg room and being able to enjoy beverages from the bar and café at the seats – The Light Bradford promises to offer an experience unlike any other in the city. The founders behind the new cinema group set the business up to challenge the existing multiplex chains by focusing on premium quality and high customer service. The Light is on a mission to introduce a different cinema experience, creating a new concept that responds to the growing popularity of cinema in the UK. It has plans to open 20 more cinemas in the next four years. The Light CEO Keith Pullinger said: “We are delighted to be joining The Broadway Centre and becoming part of the success of this thriving destination. We look to create a cinema environment that feels luxurious with plenty of atmosphere and personality, so we hope the Bradford audiences will notice a different cinema experience. The foyer is designed as a social space featuring a bar serving national and local beers, great wine and coffee and a varied selection of high quality food.” Situated alongside The Broadway, The Light Bradford cinema has six screens with all specially designed reclining seats that are

significantly wider than the average cinema seat for extra comfort. All screens will be fully licensed with seats

featuring side tables for food and beverages. Ian Ward, general manager of The Broadway, added: “We’re

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all thrilled The Light has made The Broadway Bradford its tenth home. Not only will it provide new jobs but it

serves as a further boost to Bradford’s City Centre regeneration, giving people even more reasons to come and visit. “Customers can also benefit from the reduced parking of £1 after 5pm and well as our weekend rates at £1.50 all day, helping Bradford City to become the go-to-choice for cinema lovers, theatre goers and shoppers alike.” The Light will be showing the latest blockbusters, independent films, live opera, ballet, theatre and classical, rock and pop concerts. It is also able to offer flexibility programming for requests from local communities and societies and to support local film events and productions.

The cinema welcomes all groups: it is wheelchair friendly, films can be audio described or subtitled, it is baby friendly, and can ensure that the specific needs of those with dementia or autism are catered for. There are membership schemes as well; an Infinity pass costs just £16.95 per month and gives unlimited access to films. There is a great pre-opening offer on Infinity where you can get the first three months at just £12.95. Film goers can also join the cinema’s free membership scheme MyLight, which provides discounted online prices and regular offers.

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Is your business ready for GDPR? What you need to know and why by Justine Hughes–De Freyman, Se7en Services

In recent months, one of the hottest news topics has been data privacy. The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal has thrown up questions in everyone’s mind about the privacy of their data. Every time we search for something online, make a purchase in a store or post something on social media, our data is being harvested- but how and why?

to view the data your business has stored under their name and ask what it is being used for- your business must supply the data for free and in electronic format if requested. Customers also have the right to have their information updated or corrected, for free at any given time.

customers are no longer customers or they withdraw their consent for their data to be used then they have the right for their data to be deleted.

The penalties are not to be ignored. The penalties for a breach of In order to answer this a summary of what you need GDPR can be anything up to question and ensure safety for to know. Individuals have the right to Customers must be notified 4% of a companies annual consumers and businesses data portability. of any data security breach. global revenue or even a alike, a new European privacy Under GDPR, individuals In short, this means if If your business suffers straight 20 million euro fine. regulation called (GDPR) must be informed if you are individuals request, they have any security breach which comes into effect on the collecting or storing any of the right for their data to be 25th May 2018. GDPR offers their data. transferred to another service compromises any customer’s Although GDPR may sound like a mostly IT led issue, us all the luxury of knowing This can be anything as provider, free of charge and in personal data, the customer must be informed within the new regulations have our personal data is being simple as keeping their name a machine readable format. 72 hours of the business widespread implications on protected and kept private or email address on file. first becoming aware of the other areas of your business, but as a business owner, it Customers must now opt in Individuals have the right breach. particularly in sales and does have some implications to having their data collected to access and change all of marketing. Here at Se7en on how we collect and use and consent must be explicitly their information, for free. Individuals have the right to Services, our dedicated team customer information. Here is given. If a customer requests access request deletion of their data. of business consultants can Although there are caveats help you make sure your and exemptions to this, if business stays compliant. To

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Man who sexually abused girls jailed A man who sexually abused three girls over a period of almost 20 years has been jailed. Maurice Rhodes, 61, was sentenced to a total of 15 years at Bradford Crown Court today last month after he was found guilty last month of indecently assaulting his victims between 1984 and 2003. The abuse took place at several addresses in the Bradford area and in a hotel. Rhodes was also found guilty of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after he held a gun to the head of another girl, who was just 13 at the time. Police first became aware

when one of his victims reported she had been sexually assaulted by Rhodes in 2003. He was charged and remanded into custody but she later withdrew the allegations and he was subsequently released from prison. The same female came forward again in 2016 and disclosed the abuse had continued after she had withdrawn the allegation and an investigation was launched into Rhodes’ offending. This resulted in more victims coming forward to make disclosures. Rhodes was charged with a number of offences in May 2017 and bailed to appear before court the following

month, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges. But following a trial in March this year he was found guilty of charges relating to indecent assaults and possession of a firearm and remanded in custody prior to sentencing. Detective Constable Polly Jackson, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: “Rhodes not only sexually abused his victims over many years, he was also prepared to threaten them with violence to ensure he got what he wanted. “We would like to praise their bravery in coming forward and hope today’s outcome will give them some closure. “We also hope it will

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The modern approach to “Meal Tickets” Court overturns Order that granted a millionaire’s ex-wife maintenance for life By Paul Lancaster, Partner, Family Law Team, PLancaster@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9215 The Court of Appeal (“CoA”) has recently reaffirmed the Court’s more modern approach to spousal maintenance, championing “clean breaks” between divorcing couples and limiting claims for ongoing spousal maintenance (reports of the story are accessible both here and here). In Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727, the CoA overturned a previous ruling that would have granted the ex-wife of a millionaire travel boss £175k for life by ruling that her maintenance payments should cease after just three more years. In 2012, Mrs Kim Waggott (“W”) petitioned for divorce against her former husband, Mr William Waggott (“H”), after finding about affairs he had over the course of their marriage. H and W both trained as Accountants and met in 1990 when working for Coopers and Lybrand. They married in 2000 and had a daughter with W giving up her job of 5 years with UCI Cinemas in 2002 to stay at home and look after their child. H continued to climb the corporate ladder and in early 2011, he became the Chief Financial Officer of TUI Travel, formerly Thomsons. Shortly thereafter, W discovered that H was having an affair with a colleague at work. That affair allegedly ended after W confronted H about it. Unfortunately, in Autumn 2012, W found out that H was having another

affair with a different woman. This time, after W confronted H about it, he moved out of the former matrimonial home and they separated. W then issued divorce proceedings together with substantive financial remedy proceedings against H. In 2014, when they divorced the couple’s overall assets were valued at £16.4m with W being awarded capital resources of £8.4m compared to the £7.8m awarded to H. W also received an additional sum of just under £1.4m, representing a share of deferred remuneration that H received post separation, bringing her total award to £9.76m. On top of this, W was awarded annual spousal maintenance payments of £175,000 for the rest of her life, or until her remarriage.

At the time, W’s successful argument was that fairness dictated that her maintenance award should continue due to the support she gave H and the sacrifices she made for the family during their long marriage rather than on the basis of an argument based on having a financial need for ongoing support. However, this line of reasoning has not been readily followed in subsequent cases. In November 2017, W went back to Court and asked for a £23,000 per year increase in her annual maintenance payments to take account of H’s future earnings, in particular a 35% share of future bonuses. W argued that due to the disparity in earning capacity she was entitled to a share of H’s post separation earnings as this was built up over the course

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of their marriage. In response, H challenged both W’s appeal and original Order granting the maintenance payments for life. H sought to kill two birds with one stone by advancing an argument that a marital partnership does not stay alive for the purposes of sharing future resources unless justified by the needs of either party. The long and short of H’s argument was that “surely with £9.7 million [W had] sufficient resources for the Court to be able to fairly to effect a clean break.” Lord Justice Moylan (“LJ Moylan”) laid down a comprehensive judgment (accessible here) in which he dismissed W’s appeal holding that earning capacity is not a matrimonial asset to be shared out and that “any extension of the sharing

principle to post-separation earnings would fundamentally undermine the Court’s ability to effect a clean break.” In line with the Court’s recent approach, LJ Moylan went on to accept the Husband’s argument on the basis that W not only wouldn’t face any “undue financial hardship” by stopping the maintenance payments but she had considerable earning capacity herself. There was nothing to prevent a clean break and on that basis, he ordered that her maintenance payments shall cease in March 2021. In a rather candid closing, LJ Moylan went on to suggest that W could even make up the “shortfall” of the maintenance payments by investing roughly 10% of her original award and simply living off the interest; should the remainder of her £9.76

million pay-out not be enough she could always go back to work. As reported by the Family Law Gazette, this is just the latest in a trend of cases which underscore the Court’s growing reluctance to award ongoing spousal maintenance awards when a clean break remains a genuine possibility. The days of Court’s making generous provisions for ongoing spousal maintenance certainly seems to be on the wane with former spouses now more often than not expected to seek to become financially independent following a divorce; especially when it is apparent that they will not suffer any “undue hardship” from a clean break. Taking stock of recent case law we believe that going forward we will see more use now of term orders (where maintenance is set for a fixed number of years rather than on a joint lives basis); that there will be less spousal maintenance orders made and the ones that are in general are likely to be for lower amounts than may have been awarded in the past if they are to be assessed on the basis of avoiding “financial hardship” rather than on the basis of financial entitlement. Blacks Solicitors LLP City Point, 29 King Street Leeds, LS1 2HL 0113 207 0000 www.lawblacks.com

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“Community cohesion is a priority” by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson It’s been another busy month for my office and I was very happy to be able to award a further 39 community projects with grants totalling £166,002.16 as part of my Safer Communities Fund Programme.

Now in its fourth year the Safer Communities Fund continues to provide monies for vital community based projects, I am delighted to support them and importantly see the very real impact they have first hand. This Fund makes a real difference and I want to once again thank all the projects This latest round of the and those involved who have Fund, which is financed through money recovered by benefited from grants for the incredible work they do. police and prosecutors from criminals under the Proceeds I recently visited a project in of Crime Act, brings the total Bradford that had benefitted amount of money returned to previously from the Safer Communities Fund. The West Yorkshire communities project looks to help new to more than £2.2m since migrants and enhance 2014 with 510 projects community cohesion. benefiting. Of the 39 successful projects Hive, a Bradford based charity, received £4,925 for to receive funding this time, their project “Social Toolkit” 9 are based in the Bradford and is working with Creative area and will be tackling Threads and a family group a range of issues such as from Bradford Refugee supporting victims of crime Action. Both groups meet at including domestic abuse, SHINE, a community project hate crime, safeguarding based at St Stephens Church vulnerable people from in West Bowling. harm, tackling anti-social behaviour and providing youth The project involves new refugees and asylum seekers diversionary and support meeting with the established activities, and increasing migrant community to community cohesion.

share skills and experiences and build relationships. The project will result in a collaborative textile piece made using recycled materials donated from the community, and the establishment of a permanent creative group that supports new migrants into the area. Community cohesion is a priority in my Police and Crime Plan and something that is really important for feelings of safety. This project is an innovative way of helping to welcome and support new members of our communities. We are definitely stronger together and it’s great to have people as passionate and dedicated as Hive working with us. The next round of the Safer Communities Fund opens for applications on 14 May with a focus on tackling serious

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violent crime, including those focusing on prevention and early intervention, supporting diversion away from crime, protection and education and support for victims of serious violence. The grant round will close for applications on 15 June at 12pm. Violent crime is something that unfortunately has been making the headlines recently. That is nationally and regionally, certainly with the release of the Home Office Serious Violence Strategy and

by over a third at the cost of over 2000 police jobs due to Government cuts. I have been putting extra resources into local police recruitment through increases in the Police Council Tax, but there is a long way to go to rebuild the numbers especially into Neighbourhood Policing who help to establish vital community links, meaningful engagement and provide more reassurance. Early intervention and prevention are key to

the work being done around preventing knife crime that devastates lives. With such serious crimes on the rise, it is right that we all work better together to tackle such violence and the impact it has on society and individuals. But it is important to acknowledge that crime rises have to be attributed in part to significant cuts in police resources by Government, as the subsequent leaked Home Office report demonstrated, to pretend otherwise is a nonsense. We have faced real funding challenges in West Yorkshire with the well-known fact that since 2010 West Yorkshire’s policing budget has been cut

addressing rises in violent crime and also help to fully understanding the influence and impact of social media on certain behaviours. As is partnership work, this can’t be left to the police alone. We have seen a recent 17.5 per cent increase from 2016-17 in West Yorkshire, however, knife crime is still a relatively low-incidence crime type and improved crime recording standards may account for some of the recent increases. Nevertheless, early intervention and prevention means investment and collaborative working, a partnership approach with the voluntary sector and

community groups, and a focus on educating young people to protect and divert them away from knife and violent crime. It means officers engaging within communities, recognising high-risk areas, individuals and situations and intervening earlier with partners to prevent matters

escalating into serious crimes. Working with communities at grassroots level, and not just solely around police intervention, is one of the reasons my Safer Communities Fund is so successful. The Fund has always helped tackle violent crime at a local level but with a particular focus on these issues for the next round I am very hopeful to see many projects applying that will make a real contribution and difference in our communities. To hear more about the work my office is doing please visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov. uk.

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The Lightening Seeds, The Magic Numbers, Spector and many more added to Bingley Music Live by Urban Echo reporter A second wave of artists have been added to the Myrtle Park line-up completing 2018’s event as phase two weekend tickets go on sale. Bingley Music Live organisers, Bradford Council, have announced a new wave of artists today adding to an already stellar line-up including Noel Gallagher, Shed Seven and Jake Bugg as festival headliners. The event, which based in Bradford Council-run Myrtle Park across the weekend of 31 August to 2 September, made the announcement as the second wave of weekend tickets were released. Liverpool alt-rock band The Lightning Seeds have been revealed as main stage additions to Bingley Music Live 2018. The nineties favourites bring sing-along hits such as ‘Lucky You’, ‘Life Of Riley’ and ‘Pure’ to Bingley and will be sure to roll out every England fan’s favourite ‘Four Lions’ as well - perfect to continue celebrations after a hopeful home win for the team this World Cup year. Also joining the Main Stage bill are feel-good pop sensations The Magic Numbers; the Hanwell band, consisting of two pairs of siblings formed in 2002 and developed a cult following ahead of the release of their Mercury Award shortlisted debut album in 2005.

Returning with new material in 2018, the band showcased brand new single ‘Ride Against The Wind’ ahead of their fifth studio album ‘Outsiders’ due on 11 May. Even more Main Stage action comes with the announcement of Spector; the London based indierock outfit rose to fame in 2012 when their debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ reached number 12 in the UK album chart. Two years on from second album ‘Moth Boys’(2015), Spector

unleashed a brand new EP ‘Untitled In D’ in 2018 with praise coming for their new, more abrasive sound. Elsewhere, much loved Bingley Music Live ‘Discovery Stage’ returns for 2018, bringing new and emerging artists to Myrtle Park. Across the weekend music, fans can witness BBC Sound of 2018 stars Pale Waves bring their shimmering The 1975-inspired sound, rock out with Macclesfield four-piece Spring King and take an anthem-fuelled indie rock trip

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with Black Honey. Also featuring on 2018’s Discovery Stage across the weekend are some of the UK’s hottest rising talents: The Night Cafe, October Drift, Jordan Allen, Eliza and the Bear, Queen Zee, Bad Sounds, Touts, Wild Front, Turbo Wolf, Nerina Pallot, Sea Girls, Red Faces, Rascalton, Rosborough and Bryde. Alongside this huge wave of new acts, Bingley Music Live has released the second phase of weekend tickets at a slightly increased price. Phase

two tickets are priced at £85. Phil Barker, Bradford Council’s Assistant Director for Sport and Culture, said: “This year’s Bingley Music Live is going to be huge! Tickets are selling faster that in any previous year. This is due to our outstanding headline acts and with the addition of these new acts we are on course to sell out and I would urge people to get their tickets quick before they all go.

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Motives of Tripartite Bombers of Syria by Mohammad Nazir Tabassum

They lied yesterday and they are lying even today.

normal or to standardise when applied to everything from biological functions to spelling’. When the white supremacist US president They have no remorse of how Theresa May, the British Donald Trump was installed they subjected Iraq, Syria and Prime Minister, addressing a Libya to complete ruin. They press conference, put forward to the office, some democrats called for the journalists think that the world at large is the same old lame excuse to resist “normalising” the unaware of their dirty designs which Tony Blair, the former president by writing about in Afghanistan, a port from British premier, resonated him as though he were a where they may ultimately WMD with G W Bush in rational politician. When he embark to ruin Pakistan. Yes attacking Iraq, “because promised to put America Pakistan; they want to punish chemical weapons must not first in his inaugural speech, her for maintaining a strong, be ‘normalised’.” Donald Trump drew on a disciplined fighting force with What does “normalise” slogan with a long and dark their nuclear assets. mean? Since mid-19th history – and one that would On Saturday morning, the 14th century Oxford English anticipate what was to follow of April, Britain joined the US Dictionary informs us that and France in bombing Syria. “normalise” means ‘to make in his presidency.

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“America first” is entangled with the country’s brutal legacy of slavery and white nationalism. It is, to put it plainly, a dog whistle. Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist American mafia claims that all non-white Americans should leave the country if they don’t like co-existing with white supremacists. In 1927, riots broke out when the KKK marched at a Memorial Day parade. Seven men were arrested. One of them was Fred Trump, father of Donal Trump. Since Trump is an obtuse personality, that is, not right-angled, therefore

Theresa May first of all should take measures to “normalise” him before intervening into other sovereign states following the footsteps of Mr Trump. One may think of the composition of British bombs. Aren’t these made up of chemicals? Don’t these bombs blow up the human beings? Yet we have defined them as “conventional” weapons and that is why dropping them anywhere in the world, from Iraq to Syria to Libya is not objectionable. Who on earth can dare say that the weapons we sell to other countries “must not be normalised”. What do they want in Syria? Trump administration proclaims that they are combating ISIS only in Syria. Their airstrikes are intentioned to check the use of chemical weapons, which is their exceptional responsibility driven by their national interest in nonproliferation. Trump is no more following the Obama policy of half-hearted and intermittent backing for rebel groups seen as moderate. Over and above, the Trump administration is drawn in by the desire to contain Iran, which may pull the US deeper still into the battlefield. The UK sees its role as

a partner in the anti-Isis coalition and its participation in chemical weapons strikes as an international nonproliferation responsibility. Moreover, they have to pay the price of being a permanent member of the UN Security Council. London knows very well how their relations with Washington had dived down when they refused to take part in planned strikes in 2013 after an earlier chemical attack. French president Emmanuel Macron too was all out to follow the US in bombing Syria because in line with Britain, they have to share the burden of retaining their major power status. Paris’s action against Isis could also be seen as retaliatory for it has been a principal target of the Isis attacks. Apart from these three, Russia, Iran, Israel and Turkey are also involved one way or the other in Syria. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president’s role in Syrian conflict is symbolic as a central theme of his rule, restoration of Russia as a great power. Helping Assad to prevail is a test of his strength with the west and the ground on which the spread of western-inspired regime Continued on next page

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Motives of Tripartite Bombers of Syria change is finally repulsed. The airstrikes are a humiliation, especially after Russian officials threatened to shoot down incoming missiles and planes but is one that has to be swallowed. Putin is well aware of the dangers of headon confrontation with US and its allies. But Tehran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guards, also see Syria as a bridge to Hezbollah, its client militia in Lebanon that has done much of the heavy fighting in Syria. That puts Tehran in a position to threaten Israel, which in turn serves as insurance from Israeli attack. Despite posturing from Tehran, it is not looking for a confrontation with the US, and as long as airstrikes are directed only at chemical facilities, it will not

respond. Iran’s gain in Syria is Israel’s loss. Tel Aviv is determined to disrupt Iranian lines of communication, control and supply to Hezbollah and keep Iranian-run militia away from the line of separation at the Golan Heights. It prefers the US and Russia to restrain the Iranians and create a buffer zone. It will want to draw in the US on its side in a wider role than counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism. Racep Tayyip Erdogan was initially one of the most vociferous advocates of regime change in Damascus, but now finds himself seeking accommodation with the regime and its backers to break up the Kurdish hold of territory along the

Turkish-Syrian border. His expeditionary “olive branch” incursion into Kurdish-held territory, however, risks confrontation with the US which see the Kurds as its most effective partner against Isis. On the eve of US-led airstrikes, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised the alarm in the latest deadlocked Security Council sessions on Syria: “The cold war is back with a vengeance. The difference is that it is no longer cold. American troops are already a grenade’s toss away from Russians and Iranians in Syria and, this weekend, missiles and planes from the US, Britain and France flew against the Syrian regimes. The mechanisms

and safeguards that existed to prevent escalation in the past no longer seem to be present.” In spite of all that, Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president is increasingly confident of his survival in office, shored up by Russia and Iran. His aim is to consolidate his position in Western Syria, eliminating the last resistance, then expand his control eastwards. The alleged use of chemical weapons, if true, appears to reflect a desire to achieve this at minimal cost by spreading terror. Denying Assad that weapon with airstrikes may slow him down but is unlikely to threaten his grip.

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Born in Bradford tests Join in with NHS70 10,000 children! celebrations! A major project which is following the lives of thousands of Bradford children has reached a major milestone with the testing of its 10,000th child.

primary schools and parents. “Children who take part in our study are being asked to take part in a variety of games that measure children’s memory and their hand-eye coordination. They are also being asked to complete a The Primary School Years short questionnaire about study is tracking children their wellbeing and happiness. who are part of the Born in “The results will help us to Bradford study as they grow identify which children need up. extra support with their It aims to collect information learning, and the researchers from 20,000 young people from the primary school in an effort to understand years’ team will feed this children’s movement and back to their class teachers. cognitive (e.g. memory, “Our findings will help us to attention) skills, issues around identify how we can best their wellbeing and happiness, support children’s learning and how well they are doing to allow all children to reach in school. their potential, and will have a Researchers are currently great impact in Bradford and collecting information with beyond.” children aged 8 to 10 years The Born in Bradford study old across 90 of the city’s began in 2007 and involves primary schools. 13,500 children across the At Thornbury Primary city and district. The study Leadership Academy, has tracked the health and researchers were celebrating wellbeing of children, and with children at the school their families, since they where the 10,000th child was were born. Thanks to all the tested. participants, the study has Born in Bradford Programme already provided new insights Director, Dr Rosie McEachan, into the health of babies, said: “We are delighted to children and their families that reach this fantastic milestone have been shared across the of testing 10,000 children world. in the city, which has only Thornbury Primary Leadership been made possible thanks Academy Deputy Head to the huge support we Teacher Helen Ray added: have received from Bradford “Teachers and staff at

Thornbury Academy were excited to be part of the Born in Bradford (BiB) Primary School Years project and to be involved in the 10,000th child assessed milestone event in school. We value the work that BiB is doing to understand how children grow and develop, and how they learn. “We were involved in their previous study when children were in Reception class at the start of their education (Starting School) and are happy to support this important research” The Primary School Years study is funded by the Medical Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council. The project forms part of the larger Born in Bradford programme of research to revisit all of Born in Bradford’s original participants, and see how their lives have changed since signing up to the study a decade ago. Born in Bradford are inviting all participating families to meet a member of the research team and take part in their Growing Up study over the next two years. For more information, please visit www.borninbradford. nhs.uk

With a true milestone anniversary fast approaching, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is asking for local people’s help to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. The NHS turns 70 on 5 July this year, offering the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions: to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out. As part of the local celebrations, the Trust is hoping to find people who were born in Bradford on 5 July 1948 so they can be invited to a special event. The Trust is also keen to collect copies of old photographs for social media and a display at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital. Professor Clive Kay, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “This year is a wonderful opportunity for people to celebrate both the NHS and this organisation that we’re so proud of. Taking the time to appreciate all that our staff do, and have done throughout the years to care for patients

and ensure the smooth running of our hospitals and services, is hugely significant. “We want local people with special connections to join us for a tea party on the day. Were you cared for by the NHS on 5 July 1948 or any time during that historic first year? Were you born locally on 5 July 1948 and will also be celebrating your 70th on 5 July? “If so, we want to hear from you and join us to make this special day even more memorable. “It would also be brilliant if current and former staff could have a rummage in their lofts for photographs of themselves and colleagues from days gone by so we can share them and show how much the NHS has changed, especially uniforms!” A lot has changed since 1948, from the first mass vaccination programmes of the 1950s and the birth of district hospitals in the 1960s, to today’s sophisticated technology, increased care in the community and the

development of coordinated care across organisational boundaries. However, what hasn’t changed over the past 70 years is the principle of delivering the very best physical and mental healthcare, free at the point of use, which meets everyone’s needs. This is why our NHS is so beloved by so many. This anniversary provides the NHS with the opportunity to remind you of all the ways in which you can support your local healthcare services – from joining us as a member of staff or volunteering for our Trust, to becoming a Foundation Trust member or fundraising for our Bradford Hospitals’ Charity. Anyone who can help with tracking down people born on the birthday date or share a photo or story can get in touch with the communications team at Bradford Hospitals at communications@bthft.nhs. uk or 01274 383901.


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Moon Bay is fringed by one of Antigua’s best beaches. Protected by a reef, this idyllic crescent of fine white sand and azure sea, backed by natural foliage, offers excellent snorkelling on calm days. When the wind is up, the surf can be rough. A small restaurant serves snacks just off the beach. St. John’s: St John’s, the capital city and cruise ship port of Antigua and Barbuda, is a kaleidoscope of candyhued colonial cottages and market stalls piled high with tropical fruits and is an ideal way to discover St. James’ Club in the south, flowers. Looming above more of Antigua while on your or Crabbs Marina in the the skyline are the white vacation. The cost is about northeast. neo-Baroque towers of St. US$40-50 per day. In addition Taxi: Taxis are available John’s Cathedral, one of the to a valid driver’s license from throughout Antigua. Fares city’s major attractions. For your country of residence, between the airport, harbour, an overview of the island’s or an international driver’s and many hotels and history, many first-time license, a permit to drive in destinations are fixed and can visitors head to the Museum Antigua is required. be obtained upon arrival. of Antigua and Barbuda in the By Sea: Cruise ship ports Bus: There is some local bus 18th century former Court are located at St. John’s service; schedules and Harbour and Heritage Quay, routes can be obtained in the heart of the country’s through the hotels. capital, and minutes away from Antigua’s great beaches TOP 5 PLACES TO and water sports. Private VISIT boaters can enter at St. Half Moon Bay: At the John’s Harbour on the west south-eastern end of coast, English Harbour or the Antigua, tranquil Half

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA Antigua and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin. Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Mount Obama (1319 ft., 402 metres), formerly known as Boggy Peak, located in the south-western corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John’s on Antigua.

Christopher Columbus was the first European to visit Antigua, in 1493. The Arawak were the first well-documented group of indigenous people to settle Antigua. They paddled to the island by canoe (piragua) from present-day Venezuela, pushed out by the Carib, another indigenous people. The Arawak introduced agriculture to Antigua and Barbuda. Among other crops, they cultivated the now noted Antiguan “Black” pineapple. GETTING AROUND Rental Cars: Renting a car

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HISTORY Prior to European colonialism, the first residents were the Guanahatabey people. Eventually, the Arawak migrated from the mainland, followed by the Carib.

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Aunty Jackie I have a problem At times, we all need to talk about certain issues and problems that are affecting us. Whether we feel we have an embarrassing medical condition, trying to overcome an addiction or a relationship with our partner that is causing family commotion, Aunty Jackie is here to advise you. Whether or not you take my advice on board, I will advise you as to the best of my knowledge and life experience.

hoping you would be fine with it. If you cannot find a happy medium that suits you both, you must make it clear to him that you will not be able deal with it. It’s not easy hiding your true self but equally it’s just as hard for the other person to come to terms with it. Maybe if you set agreed times and see if that works, so you can live the life you both want. I hope you find your resolve. Love and Peace AJ X

Dear Aunty Jackie, My best friend’s spending habits are a problem. We both used to be quite wild when it came to spending and partying, however, as All letters sent in the years have gone on will remain totally I seem to have matured but she hasn’t. She lives anonymous and I will try in a big city and the party to answer as many as I lifestyle can be pretty can. Aunty Jackie is here enticing I’m sure, but I’m for you! starting to feel the knockon effects of this. Dear Aunty Jackie, frequently. I love him, but She has a great job working My husband has started this isn’t what I signed up in a restaurant and makes ­cross-dressing. Now, every for, so to speak, and I am roughly the same as me minute he’s at home he’s confused about it. every month, but I have in a black slip, stockings, In my despair, I checked more responsibilities and suspenders, bra (with false his phone and laptop, and bills to pay than her. But a breasts) stilettos, lipstick there is nothing there week after pay day, she is and earrings. except some online lingerie always penniless! He cross-dresses during shopping and the place She is recently single breakfast and right until where he bought shoes. and was partying just the last minute when it’s I feel bad about doing this, as much when she was time for him to leave for but I was just trying to in a relationship, except work. On his return in the assess the extent of what then she had someone to evening he puts on lingerie was going on. I have read help her out when money as soon as he’s in the help blogs and websites for became tight. She gets house. partners of cross-dressers, annoyed at me if I try and We are both in our late but no one seems to have offer her advice, so I’ve 30s, have no children and this situation every minute reached a crisis point. have been together for 15 of every hour. What should I’ve let her ‘borrow’ some years, married for seven, I do? money every now and then, and this started just after Anonymous female, Halifax but I rarely get it back. I Christmas. He suggested keep telling myself that this he’d like to try it to spice Dear Anonymous female, is the last time, but I always up our love life, which Well it’s quite apparent he cave in. I sometimes have was l­acklustre. I thought must have been hiding this my suspicions that when I it would be a one-off from you and was looking send her money she uses it experiment and I agreed. for a way to get this out in to fund her partying. I don’t I had no idea it would go the open. He has now made want to lose her friendship, on so intensely and so his point and maybe he was but I don’t want to fund her

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lifestyle either! Anonymous female, Leeds Dear Anonymous female, I’m with you on this. Why should anyone expect you to fund their lifestyle when you cannot afford it yourself? All be it not really what it’s about, it’s more about people taking liberties. I don’t think anyone would see a friend hard up but if it’s going on luxury, then they need to tighten their purse strings and start living within their means. Looks like you have already made the right decision to me and if she falls out with you over this then you need to ask was she that good of a friend and one you needed to keep anyway. Love and Peace AJ x Dear Aunty Jackie, I’m a 56-year-old woman and have been married for 20 years. I love my husband very much and he’s my best friend. The problem I have – and I

don’t know how to resolve it – is that from the moment we married he has rarely wanted any sexual contact. It’s like torture! We sleep in separate rooms and even when I try to initiate sex he is not interested. He says it’s my fault as I like sex more than him and that he is a good husband so I shouldn’t moan. I am at my wits’ end. My question is, do I stay like this for the rest of my life? Or do I leave and try to start again? It’s so hard as the thought of losing him is equally as torturous as no sex life. We don’t have children and I feel so lonely. I’ve tried anti-depressants, but I know what the problem is, so all the tablets in the world aren’t going to make a difference. I don’t know where to turn – can you help? Anonymous female, York

Dear Anonymous female, I get lots of letters like this so please don’t think you are on your own. It can be very frustrating when partners are not on an equal level with their sex drive, however, don’t despair as there is more than one way to satisfy your own needs and it’s not always about finding another man. After all there is so much more to a good marriage than just the sex. Have a word with your GP. It may be that they can give him something to boost his desire or alternatively you could introduce new things into the bedroom that you could do together or alone. I feel sure if he hears you having a good time without him, curiosity will get the better of him and he won’t want to miss out. I hope you both find the thing that relights your spark. Love and Peace AJ x

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Clear out your clutter! by Janette Ward

This month’s topic is all about clutter, which can affect all areas of our life. Be it emotional, mental, and even in our bodies. However, this month we will be focusing on physical clutter. The Oxford dictionary defines clutter as, ‘a crowded and untidy collection of things’ but it is so much more than that and its effects can be far reaching. We will be looking at the impact of clutter and why people accumulate clutter. The benefits of decluttering and tips on how to clear it. Clutter has a negative impact and it can make you feel tired and lethargic. It can also keep you in the past as there is no room for the new to come in. Finding clarity can be difficult, resulting in confusion and it can lead to procrastination, so you put things off, even putting your life on hold. We can become disorganised, which can be frustrating and lead to feelings of failure. Having lots of clutter can cause extra cleaning as it accumulates dust and if it gets out of hand it can cause shame and embarrassment when people visit your home. Clutter can cause arguments in families, with partners, flatmates and co-workers. It is important to ask yourself the question… do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? The Peace Pilgrim says ‘Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens – If you have them, you have to take care of them. There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.’

There are various reasons why people have clutter. 1. Keeping things just in case and this can indicate a lack of trust in the future, that you will not receive what you need. Decide to let go and you either never need it again or if you do need it, similar or better things will somehow turn up in your life at the right time. 2. You feel your identity is tied up with your stuff. There can be ambivalent feelings about clearing sentimental clutter and to a certain extent these feelings are valid. Our possessions particularly if often used are permeated with our energy. It is perfectly okay to let these things go, letting them go to a new home where they will be loved

and appreciated. 3. Having a lot of things can serve to bolster low selfesteem. 4. Modern advertising is deliberately designed to play on our insecurities, ‘if you don’t have one of these you will be a lesser human being.’ I recently went into M&S and saw a sign above a rail of clothes that said ‘buy now or lose forever.’ This type of marketing persuades people to buy out of fear, things that they do not really need. 5. Inherited clutter is when one or both of your parents collected clutter. These patterns are passed down the generations. 6. A belief that more is better. We are being constantly told by manufacturers who want

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to create a need in order to sell their products. 7. You could have so much stuff that it amounts to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Some people do not throw away receipts, newspapers, food containers etc., for fear of what would happen if they did. Then the home can become a self-created nightmare. Whilst clutter clearing is by no means a substitute for appropriate therapy, it can be a vital part of the recovery process on the journey to a happier obsession free life. Whereas there are considerable benefits to decluttering, when you are putting your external world in order, there are corresponding changes going on internally

too. Everything around you, especially your home environment, it mirrors your inner self. So by changing your home you change the possibilities in your life. When you get rid of everything which has no real meaning or significance for you, you literally feel lighter in body, mind and spirit. Being clear of clutter is one of the greatest aids to discovering and manifesting the life you want. Allowing the fresh winds of inspiration into your life. A major clear out is absolutely essential if you truly want to have passion, joy and happiness in your life. In clearing your clutter there are several steps you can take. Step 1: Work out when the

best time to start is. Good times can be at the beginning of a week or month, season or year or after a holiday when you have a different perspective or when embarking on a new phase in life, i.e. moving house, a new job or relationship. Step 2: Be kind to yourself through this process. Don’t be self-critical if you find it difficult. Try a positive affirmation like ‘It’s safe to let go.’ Step 3: Take a tour of your home with a notepad and pen, noting the clutter zones, noticing the size of the clutter and where you feel ready to start first. Step 4: Have a dilemma box for when you can’t decide if you are ready to let it go. Step 5: Get prepared with boxes and black bags ready for rubbish, for repairs, for recycling, for somewhere else in the house or the dilemma box. Step 6: Start small with a drawer or cupboard, leading up to the larger areas. There are lots of excellent books about clearing your clutter. I would recommend Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. I wish you every success clearing your clutter, if you need one to one support or would like to attend a Simplicity Workshop contact Janette from Circles Work at janette@circleswork.co.uk

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Michael Jackson’s Dwayne Johnson is now famous moonwalk shoes are going doting dad of three girls up for auction A piece of Michael Jackson’s legacy is up for auction: the very shoes he wore the first time he moonwalked on stage. “The bidding is already well over $10,000,” Brigitte Kruse, a curator with GWS Auctions, told ABC News in a statement. The King of Pop wore the black loafers during rehearsals for the “Motown 25” TV special in 1983, Kruse said. “The shoes were given to

choreographer and dancer Lester Wilson by Jackson after rehearsing with his brothers,” Kruse added. The shoes were kept in a private collection for many years, and GWS Auctions also had them examined by several experts to verify the authenticity, Kruse said. The shoes are a size 9 1/2. A preview of the auction begins May 26 at the Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, and bidding will be open online.

Dwayne Johnson’s home is full of women and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Johnson and his girlfriend Lauren Hashian welcomed their second child together, a girl named Tiana Gia Johnson. Johnson made the announcement on his Instagram account, accompanied by a photo of him cuddling with the new lady in his life. “Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world,” he wrote. “Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial laboured and delivered like a true rockstar.”

Johnson and Hashian also have another daughter, Jasmine lia, who was born in 2015. Johnson also shares a daughter, Simone Alexandra, with ex-wife Dany Garcia. The “Rampage” star said he was present for Tiana’s birth, adding the experience gave him a “new level of love, respect and admiration” for his girlfriend and “all mamas and women out there.”

He closed with a message to his youngest daughter: “Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears

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Verne Troyer, ‘Mini-Me’ in Austin Powers films, dies at 49 Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his role as MiniMe in the “Austin Powers” franchise, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal driving limit when he died on Saturday 21 April, according to a report. TMZ says Troyer called 911 and let dispatchers know that he was suicidal. He was unresponsive upon arrival at the hospital and had to be transferred to a second hospital that was better suited to treating the 49-yearold actor. Troyer was placed on life support after his organs began to fail. An autopsy has been completed, but a

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toxicology report is pending. Troyer had struggled with alcoholism for years, according to TMZ. According to a statement on his Facebook page, Troyer was “a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.” Mike Myers, who played

both the title character and Dr. Evil in the “Austin Powers” movies, paid homage to his co-star through a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of

positivity for those of us who had the honour of working with him,” said Myers. “It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”

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Dir. John Cameron Mitchell USA 2018 Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson John Cameron Mitchell, director of the acclaimed films Hedwig and the Angry

Inch and Shortbus takes us to an exotic and unusual world: suburban London in the late 70s. Under the spell of the Sex Pistols, every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn. Hearing the local punk Queen Boadicea is

throwing a party, Enn crashes the fun and discovers every horny boy’s dream; gorgeous foreign exchange students. When he meets the enigmatic Zan, it’s lust at first sight. But these girls have come a lot further than America. They are, in fact, aliens from another galaxy, sent to Earth to prepare for a mysterious rite of passage. When the dark secret behind the rite is revealed, our galaxycrossed lover Enn must turn to Boadicea and her punk followers for help in order to save the alien he loves from certain death. The punks take on the aliens on the streets of London, and neither Enn nor Zan’s universe will ever be the same again. Genre: Comedy/Music/ Romance/Sci-Fi

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Nicole Kidman Nicole Kidman was born on June 20, 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii, but grew up in Sydney, Australia, where director Jane Campion encouraged her to pursue acting. Kidman’s first indie hit, Flirting, was followed by bigger films like Dead Calm (1989) and Billy Bathgate (1991). She was married to screen heartthrob Tom Cruise from 1991-2001. Kidman later received an Academy Award for her lead role in 2002’s The Hours. She married Keith Urban in 2006. Her more recent films include The Paperboy (2012), Queen of the Desert (2015) and Lion (2016), which earned her an Oscar nomination for supporting actress. Kidman later claimed Emmy and Golden Globe wins for her contributions to the HBO series Big Little Lies. Selected filmography 1990 Days of Thunder 1995 Batman Forever 2005 The Interpreter 2008 Australia 2014 Before I Go to Sleep 2016 Lion

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Dir. Ben Falcone USA 2018 Gillian Jacobs, Adria Arjona, Melissa McCarthy When her husband suddenly dumps her, long-time dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into re-set by going back to college landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna -- now Dee Rock -- embraces freedom, fun,

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Dir. David Leitch USA 2018 Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Josh Brolin After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavour - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. Genre: Action/Adventure/ Comedy/Sci-Fi and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected. Genre: Comedy

Dir. James McTeigue USA 2018 Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral The film follows single mother Shaun Russell (Union) who, after the sudden death of her father, takes her two children, Glover and Jasmine, to his Malibu mansion in order to settle his estate. But at the mansion are four criminal convicts intent on finding the deceased’s safe and making off with its goods. Genre: Thriller

THE CURED

Dir. David Freyne Ireland 2018 Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life-but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Genre: Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi

SHERLOCK GNOMES (3D)

Dir. John Stevenson USA 2018 Kelly Asbury, Mary J. Blige, Emily Blunt When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing there’s only one gnome to call SHERLOCK GNOMES. The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure Genre: Animation/Adventure/ Comedy/Family

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Dir. Abhishek Dogra India 2018 Govinda, Sanjay Mishra, Rajesh Sharma FryDay is a Hindi movie starring Govinda in a prominent role. The cast also includes Sanjay Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Varun Sharma and Brijendra Kala. It is a comedy directed by Abhishek Dogra. FryDay director Abhishek Dogra is confident Govinda’s dry phase will end with FryDay as he has tried to incorporate all elements that the actor is known for. The superstar of comic timing, the maestro among crowd pleasers, Govinda has been going through a lean phase for the past few years, his career touching an all-time low with his last release Aa Gaya Hero. Genre: Comedy

REDRUM – A TALE OF MURDER

WHEN OBAMA LOVED OSAMA Dir. Sudhish Kumar Sharma India 2018 Amrita Acharya, Kimti Anand, Rahul Avana Two youngsters, Maggi Obama and Aman Osama, who come from a different communal background are in love with each other. Will their love overcome the religious differences and will they be united? The movie is directed by Sudhish Kumar Sharma and will feature Swati Bakshi, Mushtaq Khan, Heena Panchal and Hemant Pandey as lead characters. Other popular actors who have been roped in for When Obama Loved Osama are Hemant Pandey, Himani Shivpuri and Manoj Bakshi. Genre: Comedy

Dirs. Dhruv, Sourabh India 2018 Vibhav Roy, Saeeda Imtiaz, Tom Alter Redrum - A Tale of Murder is an adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe classic The Tell Tale Heart. Touted to be India’s first film with a 3D (Binaural) Background Score the film stars Vibhav Roy, Pakistani actress Saaeda Imtiaaz and veteran Tom Alter in pivotal roles and is directed by the duo Dhruv-Sourabh. It is a story of a disturbed man who becomes a Rockstar, but even after receiving all the applaud, his complexities and insecurities get the better of him. Genre: Thriller

Dir. Meghna Gulzar India 2018 Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Jaideep Ahlawat Raazi is based on a true story of a young girl, who was sent to Pakistan in 1971, to source out any information she could, as war was becoming imminent between India and Pakistan. It is the journey of an ordinary Indian girl, in extraordinary circumstances. The film features Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles and it is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat, about an Indian spy married to a Pakistani military officer during the IndoPakistani War of 1971. Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller

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Dir. Gagan Puri India 2018 Sonia Albizuri, Samiksha Bhatt, Yuvraaj Parashar The movie chronicles the life of Simran, a young and upcoming novelist, who, one day, receives a call from Yuvraj, an owner of a publishing house. He asks

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Dir. Umesh Shukla India 2018 Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi Based on a Gujarati play, the film highlights an unusual relationship between a 75-year-old son and his 102-year-old father, who aspires to break the record for the longest living man, held by a Chinese man. Directed by Umesh Shukla, the film stars Bollywood stalwarts Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles. The film is based on the eponymous Gujarati play written by Saumya Joshi. Genre: Comedy

Simran to write a book on a plot idea he has, for which, she, along with her younger sister, Alia, goes to their Lonavala bungalow. The arrival of the sisters triggers the onset of some deep, dark secrets of the past. Genre: Horror

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Govinda

Govinda Ahuja was born on December 21, 1963 and has acted in over 120 films since his debut in 1986. He is best-known for his comedy related roles; his powerful contribution in dancing in Bollywood is inevitable. He is one of the most successful actors and his hardworking mentality and consistent performances have made him a top class actor in the Indian film industry. During the 1980s, Govinda’s films spanned genres and included family, drama, action, and romance. He started out as an action hero in the 80s and reinvented himself as a comedy hero in the 90s. At one time, Amitabh co-starred with him on his comeback to rejuvenate his market when his comeback films failed miserably. After a number of box office flops in the 2000s, his later commercial successes included Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007) and Life Partner (2009). In 2015 Govinda became a judge on Zee TV’s dance-based reality show, Dance India Dance Super Mom Season 2, replacing Mithun Chakraborty. The show received the highest TRP of any reality-show opening episode. Selected filmography 1986 Love 86 1994 Raj Babu 1999 Haseena Maan Jayege 2007 Partner 2009 Do Not Disturb 2014 Happy Ending

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Every month check to see which famous person you share your birthday with. Many happy returns of the month to all you celebrating in May with the star signs of Taurus and Gemini.

We gonna party like it’s your Birthday! 1 May – Anushka Sharma (30) Rising Bollywood starlet who became known for her roles in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in 2008 and Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl in 2011. In 2010, she appeared in the comedy film Band Baaja Baaraat 2 May – David Beckham (43) Star midfielder who became the first English footballer to compete in 100 Champions League matches as well as the first to win league titles in four countries. He led Manchester United to 6 Premier League titles from 1993 to 2003 before continuing his career with Real Madrid and LA Galaxy 3 May – James Brown (1933 – 2006) Funky sole singer who gained fame for his anthem “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and Rolling Stone magazine ranked him seventh on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time 4 May – Cesc Fabregas (31) Spanish midfielder who joined Barcelona in 2011 after 8 seasons with Arsenal; became a member of the Spanish national team in 2006 and helped lead the team to its first ever World Cup trophy in 2010 5 May – Adele (30) Popular singer who became a mainstream success at nineteen when she released the fourtimes Platinum-selling album 19 and won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2009 6 May – George Clooney (57) Actor, director, writer, and producer who became the first person to be nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories, winning his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2005 film Syriana 7 May – Owen Hart (1965 – 1999) Pro wrestler who died after falling from the rafters at an event. He was a Canadian wrestler known as the Blue Blazer and The Golden Nugget 8 May – Enrique Iglesias (43) Grammy Award-winning Latin pop artist who became known for singing the #1 hit “Be with You” in 2000 and “Hero” in 2001. He has sold over 100 million records 9 May – Rosario Dawson (39) Multi-ethnic actress who played roles in Rent, Sin City, and Seven Pounds. Her other credits include 25th Hour, Eagle Eye, Trance, Clerks II, Death Proof, Unstoppable and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. In 2015, she began playing Claire Temple on the Netflix series Daredevil

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10 May – Bono (58) Born Paul David Hewson, he is the frontman of U2, known for such hits as “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Beautiful Day.” The band has earned over 20 Grammy Awards and has sold over 150 million records

19 May – Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) Iconic Muslim minister, leader of the Nation of Islam, and human rights activist who spoke out against white supremacy and the disenfranchisement of African Americans

11 May – Andres Iniesta (34) Star midfielder who began his long career with F.C. Barcelona in 2002; helped lead Spain to a World Cup Championship in 2010 and won 6 La Liga titles with Barcelona between 2004 and 2013

20 May – Cher (72) Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, she is known as the Goddess of Pop. Cher has sold over 100 million records and won Billboard’s Artist of the Year Award in 2002

12 May – Catherine Tate (50) Star of the The Catherine Tate Show who also played the role of the Doctor’s companion on the fourth series of the television series Doctor Who 13 May – Stevie Wonder (68) Motown prodigy and multiinstrumentalist who broke the record for Grammy Awards held by a solo artist with twenty-two titles and released over thirty top ten hits during his career 14 May - Mark Zuckerberg (34) Programmer and businessman who co-founded Facebook, a social networking website, at age 20 and took it public in 2012 15 May – Andy Murray (31) Professional tennis champion who won the Gold Medal in the 2012 and 2016 Men’s Tennis Olympics. He also won the 2012 US Open and the 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon Opens

21 May – Mr T (66) Born Laurence Tureaud, he became known as a “tough-guy” star on The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in Rocky III, and for his work as a professional wrestler 22 May – Katie Price (40) Tabloid fixture and glamour model previously known as Jordan who shot to fame after a topless spread of her ran in The Sun 23 May – Joan Collins (85) English actress who played Alexis Carrington on TV’s Dynasty, which was the most popular series in the United States in 1985 24 May – Dermot O’Leary (45) Television presenter who became known for hosting The X Factor and The Xtra Factor and for his work with BBC Radio 2 25 May – Roman Reigns (33) Samoan-American wrestler who made his WWE debut in 2012 as a member of The Shield. His birth name is Leati Joseph Anoa’i

16 May – Janet Jackson (52) Pop singer who gained attention with her debut album Janet and who became one of the most successful pop artists in history, selling over 150 million records

26 May – Lauryn Hill (43) Singer who has been a member of The Fugees and who won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1998. She released the hit album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which featured “Doo Wop”

17 May – Sugar Ray Leonard (62) Olympic champion boxer and dominant prizefighter of the 1980s who became the first fighter to earn more than $100 million from fight purses. He went 36-3-1 as a professional and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997

27 May – Cilla Black (1943 – 2015) Actress and pop singer from Liverpool who released the singles “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “You’re My World.” Hosted the popular Blind Date show

18 May – Ali Zafar (38) Pakistani singer of the international hit Channo, who also went into acting starring in Chashme Baddoor, the 2013 Bollywood hit

28 May – Kylie Minogue (50) Grammy Award-winning pop star who released the biggest Australian hit of the decade, “The Loco-Motion.” She had a comeback in the 2000s with the #1 single “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” 29 May – Melanie Brown (43) Pop singer who performed with the Spice Girls under the stage name Scary Spice. She was joined in the Spice Girls by Victoria Beckham, Geri Estelle Halliwell, Emma Lee Bunton and Melanie Jayne Chisholm 30 May – Steven Gerrard (38) Midfielder who became captain of the Liverpool Premier League club leading the team to multiple FA Cups, League Cups, Community Shields, and Super Cups; named captain of the English national team in 2012. 31 May – Clint Eastwood (88) First gained fame as an iconic actor in such classic Western films as A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and as Detective Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry franchise. He later became a renowned director, receiving the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for his films Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. He also directed the critically acclaimed films Mystic River, Gran Torino and American Sniper

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Hyundai Santa Fe The new, fourth-generation Santa Fe has a more aggressive, angular design than the current car, in the style of the smaller Kona. It’s slightly bigger than its

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engine on its own, but there won’t be any diesel models. Compared with the current car, the upcoming RAV4 is roomier and has a bigger boot, despite being wider

Toyota Supra but shorter and lower. The interior, meanwhile, is said to have a far more luxurious feel, plus a raft of additional active safety systems. On sale: Early 2019

After 16 years away, the Supra is nearly back. Toyota has developed its Porsche 911-rivalling two-seat sports coupe in tandem with BMW and its new Z4 roadster. Based on the same carbonfibre architecture as the Z4, the Supra weighs 1496kg. With a BMWsourced 3.0-litre six-cylinder

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Aston Martin Varekai Another premium manufacturer jumping in on the SUV craze with its first such model is Aston Martin. The car, which is due next year, will be heavily influenced by the 2015 DBX concept (pictured) and is expected to be called Varekai – meaning ‘wherever’ in the Romani language.

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The SUV will go up against rivals such as the Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante and Lamborghini Urus. It will be built on a new platform, similar to that of the DB11 coupé. Two engines will be available: a 503bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and a 600bhp 5.2-litre V12. On sale: 2019

Toyota’s British-built Auris with 121bhp and 178bhp family hatchback will enter respectively. its third generation later On sale: Autumn 2018 this year, being based on a new platform. Following the deletion of the diesel engine in the outgoing Auris, the new model will offer a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 114bhp and two petrolelectric hybrid drivetrains,

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Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season after nearly 22 years Arsenal great Thierry Henry hailed Arsene Wenger’s legacy as “untouchable” despite struggles in recent years as the manager announced on Friday 20 April he was stepping down after 22 years at the helm of the Premier League club. The 68-year-old arrived at Arsenal in 1996 a relative unknown but leaves widely hailed as the greatest manager in the club’s history following three Premier League titles and a recordbreaking seven FA Cup triumphs. Wenger, who completed the Premier League and FA Cup

double in his first full season in England, was hailed as an innovator in his early years and his spiky clashes with former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson became the stuff of legend. Yet, despite cup success in recent years, fans have become increasingly frustrated by the north London club’s inability to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea for the Premier League title and a failure to reach the sharp end of the Champions League. “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the

right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Wenger said in a statement posted on the club’s website. “I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.”

Deontay Wilder offers Anthony Joshua $50 million for heavyweight showdown In a video embedded on Twitter on Wednesday 25 April, Wilder instructed Joshua to tell his promoter Eddie Hearn to check his email. “I’ve got something special for you,” Wilder said. “By the way, all the money is in the bag. I expect you’ll be a man of your word.” Joshua had been recorded, as Wilder’s video showed, saying, “I’ll take $50 million up front. If that’s the case, why doesn’t [Wilder’s] team bring me $50 million upfront and we’ll take the fight.” Responded Wilder to that video: “Well see you soon, then.” Shelly Finkel told ESPN on the same

day of the video that Wilder’s team had offered Joshua at least $50 million and even more if the fight earns more than $100 million. Finkel said there’s no rematch clause in the contract and that the fight must take place between September and December at a site that Wilder will choose.

Joshua is coming off an impressive win against Joseph Parker, earning at least £20 million ($28.1 million). Though Joshua has been linked recently to possible bouts vs. Jarrell Miller and Alexander Povetkin, he said last month that Wilder was the one he wanted next.

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Brook not impressed with Khan Kell Brook says he is “hungry for blood” but doubts if Amir Khan will agree to face him in his next fight. Khan ended his near twoyear break from boxing in spectacular fashion last month by stopping Phil Lo Greco inside 40 seconds, with Brook watching from ringside at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The two British fighters traded insults in the ring after the bout, with Khan claiming he is “chasing” Brook after joining Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. However, Brook insists he is the only one pushing for the fight and doubts if Khan has any real desire to face him in the ring. “He didn’t have any eye

contact with me when I got into the ring,” Brook told Sky Sports. “He said ‘I only signed with Eddie [Hearn] to get the fight with you, I’m running to you’, and then he turned around and ran away! “He says he’s running to me, well Amir - I’m here.” Brook added: “I don’t think he fancies it. He can see in my eyes that I’m a possessed

man. I’m hungry for blood. He knows that I’m coming to bring it. I’m no Lo Greco, I’m the Special One. “I’m going in there to do some damage.” Brook insists the potential fight against Khan could sell out Wembley, and admits he is desperate to fight at the home of English football before his career is finished.

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The Egyptian King by James Oddy Continued from back page The Liverpool forward, 25, beat Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea in the vote by his fellow players. Manchester City’s Sane won the young player prize, while Chelsea’s Fran Kirby won the Women’s Player of the Year award. Bristol City’s Lauren Hemp was named Women’s Young Player of the Year. “It’s an honour and especially as it’s voted by the players. I am happy and proud,” Egypt international Salah said. “I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was “happy to have the opportunity” of being Salah’s manager and added it was an “unbelievable honour” to win the award. The £34m summer signing from Roma, is just the fifth player to register more than 40 goal involvements in a single Premier League season (31 goals, nine assists). Salah is the first Liverpool player to win the award since Suarez in 2014. Previous Reds winners were Steven Gerrard (2006), John Barnes (1988), Ian Rush (1984), Kenny Dalglish (1983) and Terry McDermott (1980). Such incredible form has drawn widespread

superlatives throughout the football world this term, with everyone from Diego Maradona and Pele to Zinedine Zidane and Steven Gerrard heaping praise on the Reds wideman. However, Salah has perhaps earned what he might consider his biggest praise yet - from Egypt President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The Egypt President congratulated his compatriot on his achievements at become the first Egyptian to Liverpool, ahead of a World win the PFA Player of Year Cup in Russia where award, President Salah will be the el-Sisi told Kingfut: star man for the “I want to Pharoahs. congratulate After seeing our son Salah Mohamed

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Salah on what he has accomplished. “What he achieved is a source of pride to all of us and it emphasizes the capabilities of Egyptians in all different fields.”

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United crowned Kings of Europe in Thriller The 1999 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match between Manchester United and Bayern Munich on Wednesday 26 May 1999, played at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, to determine the winner of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League. The two teams had only met twice in competitive matches before the final, both meetings coming earlier in the 1998–99 season and both finished as draws. Manchester United redefined what never-say-die means under Sir Alex Ferguson. So many times the Red Devils

were pronounced dead only for an all too predictable resurrection. But on this particular day at the Camp Nou, they were in the coffin being lowered into the ground when two substitutes conjured up the comeback of comebacks. It was a cruel blow for an FC Bayern Munich team who led for 85 minutes following Mario Basler’s early free-kick and dominated thereafter. United, sorely missing suspended duo Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, simply could not wrest control in midfield.

The English fans among a crowd of 90,245 began to doubt; Sir Alex did not. He had seen it all before, not least in the semi-finals when his side trailed Juventus 2-0 at the Stadio Delle Alpi, 3-1 on aggregate, before fighting back to win 3-2. In Barcelona the United manager introduced Teddy Sheringham and then, with nine minutes remaining, Ole Gunnar Solskjær. With the finish line in sight cracks began to appear at both ends, Solskjær going close before Carsten Janker hit the United crossbar with an acrobatic

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overhead kick. So near, yet so far for Bayern. The red and white ribbons already being attached to the trophy were not destined for them. The stadium’s digital clock showed 90 minutes as United won a corner. In it came and out it was cleared, but only as far as Ryan Giggs who hooked in a weak effort that fell perfectly for Sheringham to divert inside the post. Having scored a late own goal to present Bayern with the first of two draws when these sides met in the group stage it was payback

Date: 26 May, 1999 Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona Event: UEFA Champions Leag ue Final Attendance: 90,245 Teams: Manchester United v Ba yern Munich with interest. Yet Sheringham’s work was not done. Two minutes later he rose to glance David Beckham’s corner into the path of Solskjær who prodded in to spark delirious celebrations. “This is the greatest moment of my life and I’m struggling to take

it all in,” Sir Alex said after the game. “I haven’t said anything to my players yet. I’ve just hugged and kissed them. I’ve slobbered all over them.” Crestfallen Bayern would have to wait – but not for long.

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BRADFORD CITY Tuesday 1st May L1 - Bradford City v Walsall (19:45)

EVERTON Saturday 5th May PL - Everton v Southampton (17:30)

Saturday 5th May L1 - Scunthorpe United v Bradford City (17:30)

Sunday 13th May PL - West Ham United v Everton (15:00)

MANCHESTER UNITED Friday 4th May (Sky Sports) PL - Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United (20:00) Thursday 10th May (Sky Sports) PL - West Ham United v Manchester United (19:45) Sunday 13th May PL - Manchester United v Watford (15:00)

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN Sunday 6th May (Sky Sports) PL - Manchester City v Huddersfield Town (13:30) Wednesday 9th May PL - Chelsea v Huddersfield Town (19:45)

LIVERPOOL Sunday 6th May (Sky Sports) PL - Chelsea v Liverpool (16:30) Sunday 13th May PL - Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion (15:00)

Sunday 13th May PL - Huddersfield Town v Arsenal (15:00)

LEEDS UNITED Sunday 6th May CHA - Leeds United v Queens Park Rangers (12:30

NEWCASTLE UNITED Saturday 5th May PL - Watford v Newcastle United (15:00) Wednesday 9th May PL - Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United (20:00)

MANCHESTER CITY Sunday 6th May (Sky Sports) PL - Manchester City v Huddersfield Town (13:30)

PRESTON NORTH END Sunday 6th May CHA - Preston North End v Burton Albion (12:30)

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY Sunday 6th May CHA - Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich City (12:30)

SHEFFIELD UNITED Sunday 6th May CHA - Bristol City v Sheffield United (12:30)

Sunday 13th May PL - Newcastle United v Chelsea (15:00)

Wednesday 9th May PL - Manchester City v Brighton and Hove Albion (20:00)

SUNDERLAND Sunday 6th May CHA - Sunderland v Wolverhampton Wanderers (12:30)

Sunday 13th May PL - Southampton v Manchester City (15:00)

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