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by Sarah Khan-Bashir, Managing Partner, Shire Solicitors Most of you will be aware of the huge benefits that come with renewable energy and how solar panels can help your home become that little bit more “greener”. Another advantage is you can save money just by having solar panels installed at your property – which as you can imagine is a huge incentive to join the solar panel craze. What the consequences? If you buy the solar panels outright then usually there isn’t an issue. It is only when a lease is involved that issues can arise. So, before you decide to install solar panels by way of a lease agreementit is always important to know the legal consequences! Legally leasing solar panels can affect the prospects of you or a potential buyer obtaining a mortgage on your property. So, whether you want to re-mortgage or sell your home, you will most definitely face some sort of legal difficulties. Will Solar Panels affect my

mortgage? At the time of the installation, homeowners do not think to obtain legal advice and consequently sign a lease which allows the solar panel company to have an interest in the roof space for 25 years. Therefore, roof space becomes a key reason as to why lenders refuse to provide a mortgage. 25 years isn’t a long time, and most mortgage terms tend to be longer. Which inevitably means at one point during the mortgage term the roof space ownership will be transferred to the borrower (homeowner). The lender would not want this to occur especially if the homeowner defaults on their mortgage payments and the lender requires repossession of the property. Solar panels can prevent a mortgage company in repossessing a property which understandably the lender would not want to risk happening. The only way a lender would

be able to repossess a property is if the solar panel company removes the panels. However, the solar panel company will only remove the panels once the lender has proved they have taken the necessary steps to sell the property but failed to do so. This can be a long and tedious task which the lender would not want to do. As well as roof space, value of the property is another concern which lenders have. If the solar panels are not maintained and looked after properly, the value of a home can decrease substantially. If you wish to lease solar panels at your property important matters to note are: 1. Any solar panel company who wishes to install solar panels must obtain consent from all parties and more importantly any lender involved. 2. The installation itself must meet the expected standard and in other words must be done properly.

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It’s often the case that catastrophic events make front page news – homicide, terrorist plots, and natural disasters; we offer our support to victims through crowdfunding, vigils, protests and social media. But there is a certain catastrophe that goes overlooked by us as a majority. Domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is no longer defined as the use of physical violence towards an individual; it now notices emotional and psychological torment as domestic abuse. In recognising that abuse is

not just physical, it further adds to its ability to go undetected, to the detriment of the victim. Physical abuse cannot be concealed as easily as emotional or psychological abuse, the outside world can see the bruises and the scars, and what is seen, can be helped. Victims of physical abuse can get the help and support they require because their wounds are visible and spark outrage. Furthermore, their perpetrators are more often than not bought to the law and sentenced for their crimes. It’s unfortunate however, victims of emotional and psychological abuse are not

given justice in the same manner. On the contrary to victims of physical abuse, the scars they bare are never seen because they are hidden away from our sight, abuse of this nature is so much more malicious. This is not to say physical abuse is not malicious, but perpetrators of violence leave their crimes to be scrutinised by the masses. It’s not so forthright in the case of emotional or psychological abuse, the perpetrators of this can continue their abuse for years and it will remain invisible. The victims will seldom speak out because they may not recognise the abuse, leaving

them stuck and unable to get the help they desperately need. With the proliferated use of social media in recent times, the ability for abusers to inflict abuse on victims is so much more enabled, even so, it is repeatedly undetected even on public platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The problem lies in the failure of recognising what emotional or psychological abuse is; if it cannot be recognised as easily as physical abuse, victims are not recognised and supported. Some examples of this kind of abuse includes but is not limited to- controlling

behaviour or coercive control, verbal abuse, gaslighting and threatening behaviour. Whilst all these behaviors are easily recognised in real life situations, they may not be as easily detected on social media, but they are definitely present. It could be in the form of sly, abusive comments made on an individual’s pictures, publicly mocking them or even going as far as tracking them and their social media footprint. As mentioned, emotional and psychological abuse may be difficult to detect in the first instance, but due to the nature of this kind of abuse and with the

popularity of social media, it is easily evidenced in many cases. Victims may have conversations saved highlighting the abuse, and it is important to bring this to light in order to bring perpetrators to punishment the same as the physically abusive. Emotional and psychological is no less damaging to an individual than physical abuse, and it must be treated in the same way as physical abuse to protect victims. Domestic abuse victims should be urged to speak out, and individuals who witness it must speak out also.

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New 20 mph zones proposed in Bradford Bradford Council has announced proposals to introduce new 20 mph speed limit zones in Bradford city centre and around schools.

The new proposals aim to protect vulnerable road users including children, pedestrians and cyclists by improving road safety at key locations of the district. It is hoped the new plans will encourage more people to take up walking and cycling. The new zone could cover Bradford city centre within

the inner ring road extending to include Bradford College and University campuses. As part of the proposals, a programme of 20 mph zones around schools will be developed and rolled out from 2019. A significant number of streets around these schools will be included in the zones to improve safety for pupils

on their journeys to and from school. Fully detailed proposals are expected to be published by the Council later this year. Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “Twenty mile per hour zones are a proven way of making our roads safer and

our proposed city centre zone will help make it a safer and more attractive place for pedestrians and cyclists as well as making it generally more inviting to live, work and visit. “By rolling out a programme of 20mph zones around schools and nearby streets we can really make a

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“I have been given another chance at life” Kevin Ferdinand, 39, from Undercliffe, Bradford, who is of Afro-American descent, underwent a heart transplant in April 2018 at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester after an unidentified virus left him with only 7% heart function and sent him spiralling into heart, lung, liver and renal failure. In August 208, Kevin was able to return to work as a data improvement officer at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford. This is his story… Kevin, 39, works as a data improvement officer at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, which is part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He was admitted to the Bradford Royal Infirmary on 25 January, 2018, and transferred immediately to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where he was found to be in heart, lung, liver and renal failure. Only 7% of his heart was functioning. He was transferred to Wythenshawe Hospital (University Hospital of South Manchester) on 28 January, 2018 and underwent a heart transplant in April, 2018. Doctors diagnosed an unidentified virus which they think he picked up while on holiday in Barcelona in December 2017. He is blood type A but his medical situation was complicated as Kevin has

inherited the trait for sickle cell. Kevin was born in London and grew up in St Alban’s. He moved to Bradford in 2010 after meeting his partner. The couple have a two-year-old daughter, Lacie-Rose. Kevin has worked at the Trust for three years. Background: “Towards the end of the holiday in Barcelona, I started feeling unwell. I felt very fatigued, breathless and nauseous but I wasn’t being physically sick. Then I got better. Towards the end of December 27 or 28, I started feeling bad again. I couldn’t

eat – that was hard when I love my food. I recall vividly that my Christmas Day dinner was the last time I really ate a proper meal. After that, I just couldn’t eat. “Unbeknown to me, my heart was starting to fail. I was getting progressively worse. I couldn’t pass urine, I was being sick but it was just water as I wasn’t eating anything. This continued for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t work. I went to work for three days in January but I had no energy and couldn’t manage any more. “I went to my GP a couple

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of times to get sick note and medication. The doctors thought I had flu and a chest infection. I was given antibiotics, but these made me feel worse. Every time I took them I was sick. They just thought I had a bad flu or virus, but my symptoms were worsening, in that I was feeling more and more tired, more and more out of breath. I remember lying there thinking I wasn’t going to make it. This isn’t going down too well. I just knew something was seriously wrong. “On one occasion, I remember lying on the settee and just blacking out and then I remember hearing the words: ‘No!’ I came around about three minutes later and I remember thinking ‘I really need to get back to the doctors I am just not right’. “I went to A&E the day before my daughter’s second birthday on January 17, and diagnosed with a bad case of flu. They couldn’t find what was wrong with me so I came home. “I just tried to carry on as normal, I tried to go to work but I couldn’t walk and just kept being violently sick. The vomiting became a constant every day. I just thought it was just a bad case of flu and was taking paracetamol and Lemsip to try and get better. “I couldn’t get into work, I was unable to eat, pass urine, I was out of breath when I

tried to walk or climb the stairs, so I went back to my GP for about the fourth time, to see what was wrong with me and luckily she noticed that the whites of my eyes had turned yellow (yellowing of the eyes occurs if you have jaundice of the liver). She rang the BRI immediately and I got a taxi to the hospital’s Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU). “I immediately had the attention of the doctors and nurses and was put through a load of tests. “At first they diagnosed pneumonia but then things got very, very serious. They discovered I had multi-organ failure. They started fitting a catheter. I never felt like I was dying although I felt very, very sick. “The doctors rang my mum, who lives in Luton, and told her to come up immediately as they didn’t think I was going to make it through the night and I was moved straight away to ICU. “I remember it clearly. It was on January 25 that I was told by a doctor that I was dying. He basically said I was on the edge of a cliff and that I was not going to make it through the night. I was going to be in a box by the end of the night. My heart was failing. “I was in ICU from January 25 to 28. I was kept stable but the medical technology that needed to help me and my heart alive was in Manchester – so I was blue-lighted over

in an emergency ambulance with a consultant anaesthetist and ICU nurse on board to the Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit (CTCCU) at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.” Kevin remained in the CTCCU for four months and between January and April, prior to his heart transplant, he underwent six operations. At one stage he was removed from the transplant list as he was deemed too poorly to undergo the life-saving surgery. Kevin continued: “Wythenshawe then kept telling me that I wasn’t going to make it as my whole heart had gone and I had only got 7% working. I was also in renal, liver and lung failure. “Within the first two weeks of being admitted, and following lots of medical investigations, I was told if I was to survive I needed to have a heart transplant so it was a case of waiting until the best matched heart possible became available. “Until then, the doctors had to figure out how to keep me alive and keep the pressure off my heart. I went through six operations between February and March, where various procedures were explored to try and stabilise my situation to get me into a position where I was healthy and fit enough to undergo a heart transplant. One procedure included having a balloon pump

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inserted through my groin and subsequently through my shoulder, to try and take the pressure off my heart. I also had a clot on my lungs and was on a BIVAD machine.” A Biventricular Assist Device or “BiVAD” has four simple, air-driven pumps given to patients like Kevin who have severe heart failure and are too ill to have a transplant. The pumps, one to support the left side of the heart and one to support the right, keep the patient alive until recovery or until a heart transplant is possible. The BIVAD takes over the function of a patient’s own heart when it becomes too weak to pump sufficient amounts of blood to the lungs and/or around their body. The device is implanted above the diaphragm next to heart and is attached to the heart, leaving natural circulation in place while providing all of the energy necessary to propel blood throughout the body. Kevin continued: “At times, I didn’t want to eat but if you don’t help yourself people won’t help you so I had to show them that I was strong, I will get through this and do my best. “I was on the BIVAD machine for more than month. It kept me alive while a heart was being found. They (the doctors and nurses) said I was the only person they have seen walking 70 yards with the machine attached. “While I was on the BIVAD I kept strong and positive and knew that something good was going to come out of my situation. I wanted to be positive for my loved ones and my family. “I felt a really sharp pain on my chest and they did an echo and noticed that blood was leaking internally into the heart one. I was rushed down to theatres and they drained

the blood and I was sedated for four days while they drained the blood from me. “I was never scared, I had such confidence in them and I knew I would pull through. I heard the word: ‘No’ and I knew it wasn’t my time to go. In the back of my mind I always knew that I would be ok and that’s why I was able to pray for other patients lying alongside me while I was in the intensive coronary care unit. “I had up and down days. I was on a morphine pump. Sometimes I was fine, sometimes I was very sick, throwing up blood or the contents of what I had eaten. “Psychologically I was very positive. I trusted the doctors completely. They knew what they were doing. They’d done this procedure on hundreds of patients before. Whatever I could do to live, I would do it. My will to survive was astonishing. I was the perfect patient, whatever they told me to do, I did. “Then in April, one of the heart transplant coordinators, Laura appeared at my bed to tell me that she had found me a heart. “I cried when she broke the news. At first, I didn’t believe what she was telling me. I thought it was a dream. I never thought I was going to get through it as I had a doubt because I had waited so long for the news to come. But then there was uncertainty as you don’t know what is going to happen. Is it going to go ahead or not – if the heart isn’t suitable when it arrives in Manchester, then the transplant won’t take place. That’s the only time I really got scared. “They give you the statistic that three out of 10 people do pass away during the procedure. It’s very high risk. There is also a chance of a

stroke or brain damage, so it’s hairy stuff and then you are afraid that you might not wake up again. “I remember clearly Laura saying: ‘We’ve found you a very, very good heart’ and I had complete faith. “A few hours later and after the doctors had tested the heart to check that it was working properly and was compatible, they took me down to theatre. “I was quite relaxed in the end because I knew all the staff well by this stage and I trusted them completely. I told them to look after me and that was the last I remember. “I remember waking up, the surgery had taken around 12 hours, and everything had gone well. Although during the transplant I lost 19 pints of blood and had no blood pressure for 10 minutes so there was a concern I could be left with brain damage. Thankfully this didn’t materialise. I was on an ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation) machine in ICU for five days, and sedated for six days, but I could still hear.” An ECMO machine provides mechanical support for patients in recovery before or after a heart transplant. It takes over a patient’s heart and lung functions to allow these organs to recover. During ECMO, tubes (cannulas) are connected into major arteries and veins through an incision in the neck, chest or groin. The tubes direct blood from the body to an external machine that removes carbon dioxide and supplies oxygen to the blood. The oxygenated blood is then returned to the patient to be circulated throughout the body. Kevin added: “I heard the voice of my consultant, Dr Shaw, and he told me

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afterwards that I gave him the ‘thumbs up’. I then called him over to my bedside and gave him the strongest handshake he has ever had in his life. “Dr Shaw said that it was then that he knew I was going to make it and that I hadn’t had a stroke or suffered any brain damage. Seemingly, I wouldn’t let go of his hand! “I was six days sedated in total and didn’t wake up fully until after that time. I describe my transplant now as being reborn. I had to learn to do simple things again that we take for granted, like learning to use my mobile phone, feeding myself, shaving and brushing my teeth. “A few hours later, after coming around, they put me on the bed exercise bike and I did 1.9 miles in 10 minutes…I was so determined to be fit and healthy as soon as possible! “My recovery was actually very swift because I was very fit before the operation and despite being so sick, I always tried to stay active, but I did lose an awful lot of muscle very fast with being bed bound for so long.”

After 2-3 days on the coronary care unit, Kevin was transferred to the coronary care ward for a week and then it was off to the rehabilitation ward for a further three weeks. “I was finally discharged on May 3. I’d had no fresh air permanently for about two or three months and to feel the fresh air on my face was amazing. I found it so difficult not being able to walk outside or go home when my family were leaving and that’s what kept me going. I knew it wouldn’t be like that forever so to be able to finally walk out of the hospital doors was fantastic. “I felt reborn; I felt relief when I walked out of the hospital doors. I had another chance at life. It felt so good. My life has started over again. I have a new lease of life. I am more thankful for the little things … the fresh air, the birds, the wind on my face, the sun in the sky. The little things you take for granted and life should never be taken for granted. I feel incredibly humbled to be able to still be a father, a son and a partner.

“I might not have been around to see Lacie-Rose grow up but she says I now have a new heart, so I can love her more and more when she is older. That’s what kept me going. “The doctors say they will never know why I got ill because my heart was in such a bad way when they removed it. They couldn’t tell why I had got sick. They think I had a virus which attacked the heart. “I was 16 stone when I went in and was 11 stone when I came out. “My love of life, my zest for life has changed. I have been given another chance. I look at life in so much more detail. “My passion now is to help others and use this as a positive rather than a negative experience. “I would encourage people to donate. I didn’t know anything about it before I got sick. It’s also crucial that people in the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are educated as there is such a need in these communities yet there are not enough donor organs. There is no doubt that organ donation saves lives and I am living proof of that. People never think it will happen to them but look at me. If it can happen to me it can happen to anyone. “I get emotional every time I think of my donor family. I have an image where I see the person who has given me their heart and they are saying: ‘This is my heart, take good care of it.’ “They are my hero and my guardian angel. Thank you will never be enough. They have given me another chance of life. I will do all I can to look after their heart and make them proud of their gift.”

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The continuing myth of the Common Law Marriage by Charlotte Gannon, Solicitor, Family Law Team Email - CGannon@LawBlacks.com, Tel. - 0113 322 2852

It is a widespread misconception that there is such thing as the ‘common law marriage’ with many people believing that if they are in a long-standing relationship, often with children involved, they will begin to acquire the same rights as married couples or those in a Civil Partnership. The truth is the legal protection available to cohabitees is vastly different to those who are married or in a Civil Partnership, with cohabitees often being left in a worse financial position than they anticipated when their relationship ends or their partner dies. A recent Supreme Court ruling, relating to an unmarried mother of four children, casts light on this regularly visited topic. Ms McLaughlin lives in Northern Ireland and had been in a cohabiting relationship with her partner, Mr Adam, for 23 years. Although they had four children together they had never married. Sadly in 2014 Mr Adams died and Ms McLaughlin was left providing for the family. As Mr Adams’ surviving partner, Ms McLaughlin wanted to claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) to help her provide financially for their children. However, the current rules state that WPA can only be claimed if you were the spouse or Civil Partner of the deceased. As she had never been married to Mr Adams,

Ms McLaughlin was therefore told she was unable to claim. Taking her case all the way to the Supreme Court, Ms McLaughlin asked the Court to consider her claim and whether the restriction is incompatible with Human Rights laws. By a majority ruling, the Supreme Court decided that it is. Whilst the ruling doesn’t change the current rules for receiving WPA it is hoped that it will put pressure on the Government to make changes in this area allowing for more protection for cohabitees. Of course this is not the only circumstance where cohabitees may find themselves in a difficult position if their partner dies or the relationship breaks down. Worryingly many people are not aware that the same provisions available for spouses or Civil Partners in respect of benefits, inheritance or claims relating to property, pensions and maintenance upon the relationship breakdown are not available to them as cohabitees. As more and more couples

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Protecting the protectors by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson I was very pleased last month that the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, also known as the Protect the Protectors Bill, was finally signed into law. The new legislation means tougher sentences for those who assault emergency service workers. To have now reached the milestone is true testament to the unwavering support of all those who have helped to progress this extremely important bill. I gave my full backing to the ‘Protect the Protectors’ campaign, as I know the absolute importance in helping to safeguard police officers and other front line emergency workers as they go about their business on all our behalves. I also urged other PCCs to support the Bill with their local MPs and wrote to the Home Secretary during the passage of the Bill through parliament. Working very closely with

Halifax MP Holly Lynch, who first introduced the Bill in 2016, and the West Yorkshire Police Federation particularly, we have increased parliamentary awareness, which has resulted in this positive outcome. This legislation will bring tougher sentences for offenders sending out a strong message and help to reduce attacks on those who put their lives on the line every day for the safety of others. Whilst it signifies a turn in the tide against perpetrators, I think it also illustrates just how much we all value our emergency services and the difficult jobs they all do, and they need to know they have our support. It was also the awards evening for my latest Safer Communities Fund grant round in September, made up from Proceeds of Crime Funding. I gave out £211,509.34 to 49 groups from across West Yorkshire to help tackle

violent crime and support victims and survivors. The successful projects will tackle serious violent crime from all angles including prevention, early intervention, diversion, protection and education. All key aspects in achieving better community safety outcomes. The funded schemes included Project 6 in Bradford who are training young people to act as advocates across a number of schools to deter the use of drugs and help prevent crime and exploitation. Unfortunately we have seen a rise in violent crime recently, not just in West Yorkshire but across the country. It has not gone unanswered, the police will always do everything they can to stop and prevent these offences, however community groups and organisations also have a really important part to play in preventing such crimes from happening in the first place. The next round of the Safer Communities Fund opens for

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applications on 29 October 2018. £150,000 will be available for organisations to bid in for a grant of up to £5000. More details will be made available on my website soon, www.westyorkshirepcc.gov.uk. The Safer Communities Fund awards were followed by a week of action against knife crime West Yorkshire Police ran the week which included educational activities, targeted enforcement work and strong anti-knife messages and awareness raising. Throughout the week officers carried out test purchase operations across West Yorkshire to test if retailers sell knives to under 18s. Officers also spoke during school assemblies at both primary and secondary schools, and joined pupils on school buses and on the school run to educate young people on the dangers of carrying a knife. We need do everything we can to stop this and I would ask for your help in rejecting knife crime, which we know can sometimes end in tragedy

if someone is stabbed. I would encourage everyone to get involved where they can, whether that is by reporting any suspicions or speaking to family and friends about the dangers. Reports can also be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. I’m also chairing the National Task and Finish Group for Police and Crime Commissioners and developing work around the local strategies aligned to the National Serious Violence Strategy. This will include co-ordinating bids to the £22 million early intervention fund that has just been announced by the Home Office, of which a number of West Yorkshire bids will be submitted. I’d just like to finish on a quick reminder about the online safety competition for children in school years 7, 8 and 9, please do encourage any young people that would be eligible and like to get involved. Asda are now

sponsoring the competition and as well as a tour of West Yorkshire Police’s specialist operations site which includes the Mounted Section, Dog Section and Helicopter, the overall winner will also get a trip to Asda’s Head Office in Leeds to go behind the scenes at one of the UK’s largest companies…prizes well worth winning! To find out more about the competition visit www. westyorkshire.police.uk/ cyber-contest.

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An Extradition Treaty between UK & Pakistan seems to be in the offing by Mohammad Nazir Tabassum The act by one jurisdiction to deliver a person who has been accused of committing a crime in another jurisdiction or has been convicted of a crime in that other jurisdiction into the custody of a law enforcing agency of the other jurisdiction is termed as extradition. Extradition is normally regulated by treaties between the countries.

The consensus in international law is that a state does not have any obligation to surrender an alleged criminal to a foreign state, because one principle of sovereignty is that every state has legal authority over the people within its borders. Pakistan has signed the extradition treaty with few countries such as Thailand and does not have such treaties with a large number of countries. The phenomena have been leading the country to a number of issues when

it comes to extradition of Pakistani nationals who are wanted by law but are residing abroad in the countries with which Pakistan does not have a bilateral agreement of exchange of offenders. In the first quarter of this year Pakistan’s interior ministry took an initiative to finalise crucial extradition treaties with key global powers including the UK, China and other important states remaining situated in the Gulf, Middle East and the adjoining

belt. There are thousands of Pakistanis suffering in the jails of US, UK, China other Arab and European countries on account of various crimes. Most of them are serving sentences for charges of drug smuggling and are under trial in many cases. The Pakistani nationals will complete their remaining prison terms in Pakistan who are presently lodged in prisons of different countries under different charges as a result of extradition treaties.

It is expected that such a move will bring a lot of positive changes on the international image of Pakistan. Moreover, the law enforcing agencies of Pakistan have long been demanding that Pakistan should sign the extradition treaties with all countries of the world for smooth exchange of criminals who are wanted by law. The signing of extradition treaty with UK will have a great impact on the corruption cases involving

sons of Mian Nawaz Sharif the former Pakistani premier, now serving a jail term after conviction, Ishaq Dar, the absconding former Finance Minister of Pakistan and Altaf Hussain, the founder of MQM. There has been a long history of Pakistan’s extraditing wanted persons to the UK and the US even in the absence of any extradition treaties.


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Pakistani leaders in powers have been heavily paid by the US government after 9/11 for handing over to them a number of suspects. A former British MP, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, the incumbent Governor of Punjab (Pakistan) has been instrumental in getting extradited to Britain the killers of 15-year old Kriss Donald who was murdered in Glasgow in 2004. Similarly, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a Libyan suspect in Lockerbie bombing was handed over to the British authorities on the express orders of late Col Qaddafi as part of his attempts to build rapprochement with the outside world. It looks from the countenances of the leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf, who have recently embarked on power platform in Islamabad that Pakistan may soon start work on finalising

an extradition treaty with the UK. This is by and large intended to bring back corrupt state functionaries as well as those wanted in heinous crimes. If it so happened in actuality, Pakistan would become a member of club consisting of 105 members, including Bangladesh. Pakistan has earlier been seeking such a treaty with the UK but the former rejected this request on the pretext that it does not sign extradition treaty with countries frequently subjected to the military rule. UK has never entered into such treaties with most of the Commonwealth countries except India. In spite of the

extradition treaty with India since 1992, and several extradition requests by the Indian government, UK only once obliged the Indian government in 2017. The Hindustan Times wrote in May 2017: “Key Indians wanted but based in the UK include Lalit Modi, Tiger Hanif, Nadeem Saifi, Ravi Sankaran and Vijay Mallya. The only person extradited so far was

Samibhai Vinubhai Patel in October 2016. He was wanted in a case related to the 2002 Gujarati riots. Extradition entails a country’s standing on the power pedestal of the globe. This can be substantiated by citing a Russian example. Russian constitution prohibits extradition. So, they refused to hand over its citizen Andrei Lugovoi to the UK. The man

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Young people with learning Graeme’s grateful gift to thank hospital team who ‘saved his life’ difficulties discover skills for life A beautiful new addition now takes pride of place in Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) - a generous gift from a grateful patient to thank staff for saving his life.

and human touch which is so important in his line of work; his professionalism, care and attention have been absolutely life-affirming. This screen is my way of saying a very big thanks to him and all The stunning stained glass his colleagues and staff.” screen has been presented The screen was designed by Mr Graeme Willson to by Mr Willson back in 2003 Consultant Surgeon, James after being commissioned Halstead and his team, who by his sister Christine treated him for cancer of the Davenport on behalf of the oesophagus. company where she worked. Mr Willson, of Ilkley began It is called ‘Offering’ and treatment and surgery depicts an intricate floral at BRI, part of Bradford bouquet pattern incorporating Teaching Hospitals NHS lilies. He explained that the Foundation Trust in January idea of presenting it to the this year after his diagnosis in hospital came about while December 2017. convalescing, describing it as He said: “It was in January a “lightbulb moment.” that I first met James, who “When Christine’s company was an absolute inspiration. moved out and tenants James and his team moved in to the premises, performed the operation the screen was relegated to which has resulted in my still the basement where it has being here. been languishing ever since. “When I first met him, I had When I was convalescing just found out about my the idea came to me that it diagnosis and was obviously should be resurrected and feeling quite depressed. I put to good use and Christine honestly think he has a great wholeheartedly agree with gift for inspiring confidence me. and hope in a patient. I think “Much of my working life he said something like ‘we has been devoted to the can get you through this principle of public art and the working as a team together’, role that visual arts can play which was so inspiring and in the backdrop of people’s really galvanised my spirit. lives, and indeed as part “James has the personal of the healing process in a

to experience working in a variety of roles throughout the hospitals, including cleaning services, ward hospitality, administration, receipt and distribution, portering and pharmacy. Nine Project SEARCH interns, Project SEARCH Co-ordinator, aged between 18 and 24, are Bryony Dolby, said: “Getting settling into life at Bradford a job is difficult at the best Teaching Hospitals where of times but when you have they will gain valuable work learning difficulties it makes it experience in various roles even harder. over the next nine months. “Project SEARCH bridges Project SEARCH is a the gap between school and partnership between the employment for these young Trust, Southfield Special people and equips them School, Little Horton, HFT and with real-life skills that can Bradford Council, and this is help them secure permanent the sixth year the Trust has employment provided placements. after they Head of Equality and Diversity have and Project SEARCH Business graduated Liaison, Lorraine Cameron, from the said: “All our interns will project. get the chance to work in a “The support variety of jobs at the hospital we get from – jobs which will give them a both the real taste of working life and Trust and will also equip them with the parents is skills to go on to permanent invaluable. employment. The new “The employment rate students for people with learning are really difficulties is less than rising to the challenge and six per cent but Project can’t wait to get out into our SEARCH has a 76 per cent hospitals and their new jobs employment rate – to date as their induction period is 33 of our graduates have nearly over. You can see their found paid employment – 11 confidence growing day by at the hospital and the rest day.” with local employers across Jack Wilson-Smith, 19, who Bradford. like many of the interns “This success rate really was born at the BRI, said: empowers our interns and “I wanted to get work they really enjoy getting that experience with Project invaluable work experience SEARCH and try out different here at our hospitals as it is roles, to find out which job vital for their CVs when they is best suited for me. I can’t go out and seek employment wait to start my first rotation. at the end of our course.” I am very excited at the The latest group of young prospect.” people will initially be based Talkative Yusaf Mahmood, Mr Willson (left) with Consultant at the BRI and will go on 20, has already pinned his Surgeon, Mr James Halstead hospital. Obviously, compared to the mainstream activities of surgery, medicine and nursing, this role is very minor and peripheral. But nevertheless I do believe that it sends out a signal – that the authorities care about the environment and its impact on both patients and staff. “In all sorts of subtle ways this can contribute to the convalescence of the patient and the well-being of staff. While I was gradually getting better in BRI, I couldn’t help reflecting on the quality of the care from which I was benefiting. I felt such gratitude for the kindness and compassion of all the staff.” The screen, which has been installed in the hospital’s main atrium, was unveiled at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was also attended by the trust’s Church of England Chaplain, Joe Fielder, who Mr Willson also wanted to thank. “There was an occasion during my treatment when I had to be re-admitted. I could barely walk and was in desperate need of a wheelchair. Suddenly Joe appeared like a guardian angel – with a wheelchair. I will always be grateful for him coming to my rescue! Mr Halstead said: “I am very grateful to Graeme for his kind act of generosity and I am really pleased that he is getting back to full health which will enable him to produce even more of his beautiful artwork. It is very heart-warming when patients take the time and trouble to thank us for the care they have received.”

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A Bradford hospital-based initiative which helps young people with learning disabilities into work has welcomed its new yearly intake of students.

dreams on becoming a receptionist. “I am interested in a lot of jobs here at the hospital,” Yusaf added. “I am going to be learning lots from Project SEARCH and hopefully, at the end of it, I will procure employment as it will have given me the skills so I can put these on my resume. I would very much like to work as a receptionist.” Dominik Wolochowski, 20, who was born in Poland but who has lived in Bradford for 12 years, said: “I wasn’t nervous about starting work here at the hospital. I am

looking forward to doing different jobs and am keeping my mind open.” Project SEARCH is always looking for local business partners to help turn placements into jobs, please call 01274-383867 or email projectsearch@bthft.nhs.uk. You can find out more about Project Search Bradford on their website: http:// projectsearchbradford.org.uk/

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Dear Aunty Jackie, I have a 17-year-old daughter who I used to have a really good relationship with, as did my husband. But over the last year or so, she seems to have grown so angry towards us. At times, we all need to talk about certain She spends a lot of time out issues and problems that are affecting us. with her friends or locked Whether we feel we have an embarrassing away in her room, and medical condition, trying to overcome an whenever we try to spend addiction or a relationship with our partner time with her she tells us that is causing family commotion, Aunty to go away, or shouts at Jackie is here to advise you. Whether or not us. When we ask her to do something like homework you take my advice on board, I will advise or housework, she says you as to the best of we’re too hard on her. my knowledge and life It’s so sad to watch our experience. relationship with her, which has always been so lovely, All letters sent in fall apart. will remain totally Growing up as an only child, she was always anonymous and I will try such a daddy’s girl, and to answer as many as I my husband in particular can. Aunty Jackie is here is frustrated with the for you! situation. He gets angrier than I do when she won’t Dear Aunty Jackie, life is too short and I should do her homework or is I’m 26 and I’ve fallen in love just go for it, and the other downright rude to us. They with my married boss. often end up in shouting one says I should think I work in a large company matches and I feel like of his wife and ­children for three different bosses a referee. Things are and back off. What do you and this guy is by far the reaching boiling point and think? nicest to me. He’s 38 and I’m not sure where to turn Anonymous female, married with two young or what to do anymore. Harrogate children. He’s absolutely What can we do to fix our gorgeous and very relationship? Dear Anonymous female, flirtatious when we’re all If you want an honest answer, Anonymous female, out having drinks after there really is only one person Bradford work. I broke up with my to ask and that is his wife. boyfriend earlier this year Dear Anonymous female, That way you will know and my boss was so lovely. exactly what to expect. She Teenage years can be a very I took a few days off will be all for it or you will get trying time. Being too strict after the break-up and he and they could bolt yet giving to see the impact. If that is e-mailed me every day to not the case, you can possibly them free reign can equally check I was OK and has have the same effect. But lose your job, your bosses’ been very attentive since friendship and the respect of that aside, laziness and I’ve been back at work. He other colleague’s. How would rudeness, regardless is not often seeks me out to chat you respond if someone asked acceptable and your daughter or joke around and for the needs to understand this. you that question as a wife last few months I’ve found and mother? Afterall, even if Maybe rather than shouting at myself really falling for each other, which often fuels it’s just an innocent drink on him. He’s now asked me the fire, try another approach his side, you are obviously out for drinks and I don’t which she may listen to. looking for more! know whether to go or not. Do the right thing here. Speak to her as an adult and I’ve asked two of my best stop sweating about the small Love and Peace AJ x friends – one thinks that

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stuff like how she dresses or does her hair. Explain that she now needs to help more as a young adult and if she cannot compromise and adhere to the ‘house rules’ make her also aware it also has consequences. Does she get an allowance? Maybe base that on jobs well done. Who does her laundry? If that isn’t done, what would she have to wear! Just a couple of examples of how many hands make for light work and may make her think if you stopped doing everything for her and became as lazy as her. I hope you find your resolve. Love and Peace AJ x Dear Aunty Jackie, I’m 20 and about to start my final year at uni in September. Last term I became really close to an ‘older woman’ – she’s 25 – and we’ve been seeing each other for four months. She works in a bar near uni and has a six-year-

old son from a previous relationship. She and her ex maintain a friendship for the sake of their son. I don’t have any problems with the fact she’s a mum and has an ex she’s still in touch with; my problem is that my family have reacted really badly to me dating her. My mum went mad when I told her, asking why I wanted to be involved with a barmaid with a child when I’m only 20 and still studying. I’m serious about completing uni and no relationship would affect that, but my mum just won’t listen to me. They’re helping to fund my degree, so I feel I have to do as they say. Why can’t they see I’m not stupid and that I’m perfectly capable of making my own choices? Anonymous male, Leeds Dear Anonymous male, Your parents are only wanting what they think is

best for you. I’m not saying their way is right but taking on another person’s child is a big responsibility and possibly their main concern here. The only thing you can really do is show them how hard you are still working. Take things slowly and in time maybe introduce her to your parents so they can see what a lovely person she is. Have they actually said they will halt funding your Education if you continue with this relationship? if so that sounds like the only spanner in the works for you not to achieve graduation. Or is that just your own opinion? You are now an adult and ultimately how you choose to live your life is your own. But what is important here is that they need to understand that you would rather have their backing and no one falls out and loses out on a divided family. Love and Peace AJ X

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Be there for you by Janette Ward

This month’s article has been written by Erica, she is a woman in her early thirties that I met 8 years ago when she participated in a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) course I was delivering. She is an inspiration, a writer, WRAP Facilitator, activist, a woman who makes a positive difference in this world, enjoy.... If self care was a person, they’d be that good looking, a vivacious mate of yours who Instagram’s their breakfast and uses the word ‘hashtag’ out loud in conversation. Self Care might be annoying, but they have a good heart. Their well-meaning advice about blanket forts and vitamins and self soothe kits comes from sincere love for you. If self esteem was a person, they’d be that resilient and likeable mate of yours, the one who knows what to do in a power cut and has impressive MyFitnessPal stats. Self esteem never sits through a bad hair cut without speaking up. In fact, self-esteem has great hair. Not only that, self-esteem gets on your nerves, always complimenting your hair. They are your own personal cheerleader; whether you want them to be or not. Self-esteem knows you can do this 100%. You have great hair. If self-compassion was a person, they’d be a generous grandparent A kindly old person who has known you all your life, who always has a hanky and keeps an ice cream on standby, so you can cry without getting tears in your Ben and Jerrys. It took me a long time to realise that I needed selfcare, self-esteem and self-compassion on my team.

Depression got it’s claws into me as a child and I was convinced that no one could help me. My only choice was to hide my madness. I feel sad thinking about that now, but I have met so many other people who also hide their difficulties that I know it is a survival technique we all turn to. Struggling with mental health is a double-edged sword; on the one hand I desperately wanted to be normal. I focused on what I could do because if I could be successful, no one would see that I was mad. It’s a lonely way to live because in all that

that I am a failure in a scary, unreliable world. If I couldn’t do what normal people do and I didn’t want to give up entirely, what was next? This was where my self-crew came in. striving to be perfect, I missed Reggie Osse, AKA as Combat out on the help I needed. The Jack once said: “Mental illness is a stigma, but mental world loves a tryer and yet, I was sinking under the weight health is a luxury.” of my efforts. I started to feel He was talking about how hard it is to make a like the world was a scary, commitment to self care, unreliable world. On the other hand, the mental to spending time actively looking after his mental health system was not that forthcoming with help unless health. I could relate to this. I was unable to function at all. Surely, I didn’t deserve to sit around with mindful colouring In that situation, my abilities books when I was such an and skills got shoved in a drawer as I shuffled around a awful person? Who has time for making themselves a ward. I’ve been in treatment for over a decade and unable healthy breakfast and writing to work for much of that time. in gratitude journals? Why hadn’t l pulled myself together I started to feel like I was a by now? If I could pull myself failure. I tried and failed. together, wouldn’t I have done I ended up with the belief

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that already? Did I have any better ideas? No. So I tried self care. I made time in my week to experiment with different things and discovered things that worked for me. I practiced self care. Bipolar mood swings and traumatic episodes came and went as usual, but I weathered them better. I began to see how self esteem might work for me. Taking pride in what I could do helped. Instead of trying to fit in, I focussed on being proud of me. It felt cheesy at first. After a while, I began to trust that I don’t have to succeed at everything to be worthy. It’s ok for me to feel good about the things I am good at. It wasn’t long before another bad day, the kind that sent me back to self harm. I wanted

to hide in shame that I had failed. All that self care, I must have been indulging my sorry self, self esteem, who was I kidding? I was a hopeless case. It was then that I tried self-compassion. I tried it at arm’s length, with all the icky reluctance I had when cleaning out a cat’s litter tray. Being kind to myself? Ugh. Of all the things that wouldn’t work, surely this was it. Self compassion felt - not horrible after all. I cried. A sense of relief washed over me. I didn’t have to hurt myself to feel something. This kindness was here for me whenever I felt like a failure and I wasn’t alone. Self care, self esteem and self compassion have become companions to me as I manage my mental health. The psychologists and doctors involved in my treatment see how it helpful this is. In my time in support groups, I have seen other people start to find their own team Self. As I write this – on a bad day, from one mad person to you – I hope that you can find some time to practice self care. I hope you can imagine a day where you can get a boost from self esteem, not based on what you can do, but based on who you are. I hope you can be as gentle with yourself as you deserve that kindness when you are in a bad day. You deserve that Team Self on your side. We all do.”

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TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT Pier 39 From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. PIER 39—the most visited destination in San Francisco—offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Located along the historic San Francisco Waterfront, PIER 39’s location provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous City skyline. Perched atop hills and filled-in HISTORY airports. GETTING AROUND Golden Gate marshland at the entrance to The first inhabitants of the Caltrain - Caltrain provides San Francisco Municipal one of the Pacific’s largest San Francisco area arrived Railway - Muni is the primary regular train service between Bridge natural harbours, San San Francisco, the Peninsula, Once called around 3000 B.C. By the transit operator within San “the bridge that Francisco has had an outsized 16th century, when the first and San Jose. The Caltrain Francisco. Its extensive couldn’t be built,” influence on the history of terminal in San Francisco is Europeans sailed along the network of bus, trolleybus, today it is one the California and the United located at 4th & King, which California coast (always streetcar, and cable car seven wonders States. Originally a Spanish can be reached by Muni’s missing the Golden Gate due lines serve every tourist of the modern (later Mexican) mission and to fog), the area was inhabited destination, shopping district, 10 and 47 (bus), 30 and 45 world. This pueblo, it was conquered by by the Ohlone-speaking and residential neighbourhood (trolleybus), and N and T magnificent bridge, perhaps the United States in 1846 Yelamu tribe. The first located within the City limits. (Muni Metro) lines. Caltrain San Francisco’s most famous and by an invading army operates local, limited-stop, westerners to see the bay Cable Cars - The unique landmark, opened in 1937 of prospectors following and Baby Bullet trains. were members of the 1769 cable cars are the only ones the 1848 discovery of gold Portola expedition. Seven of their kind still operating in Ferries - San Francisco is well after a four-year struggle in its hinterland. The Gold years later, Juan Bautiza de the world. First introduced in situated for ferry service, and against relentless winds, fog, rocks and treacherous Rush made San Francisco Anza marched north from 1873 by entrepreneur Andrew several lines offer a scenic, tides. Spanning 1.7 miles a cosmopolitan metropolis San Diego with a settlement Hallidie, Muni began operating practical way to venture from San Francisco to the with a frontier edge. The party to establish a Spanish cable cars upon its formation out from the City. The most Marin headlands, the bridge’s great 1906 earthquake and popular tourist destinations presidio and mission. By 1808 in 1912. sidewalks are open during the fire destroyed much of the are Alcatraz and Sausalito. Mission San Francisco de Asis Bay Area Rapid Transit city but barely slowed its was the centre of spiritual BART is the primary regional Additional ferries are available day to pedestrians including wheelchair users and momentum; San Francisco to Alameda, Oakland, Angel and material life for more than transit operator in the Bay barrelled through the 20th Island, Tiburon, Larkspur, and bicyclists. 1,000 neophytes drawn from Area. Its extensive train Golden Gate Park century as a centre of wealth, local tribes. Vallejo. network connects San One of the largest urban military power, progressive Francisco with Peninsula and parks in the world, Golden culture and high technology. East Bay cities and both area Gate Park stretches for three

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miles on the western edge of San Francisco. There’s not a single “Keep off the Grass” sign and its 1,017 acres are a tonic for mind and body. Two major museums, splendid gardens and facilities for more than 20 sports confirm that this is a playground in every sense of the word. Lombard Street Often called the “crookedest” street in the world, this scenic road on Russian Hill features tight turns, fragrant gardens and beautiful views of the bay, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower. Alcatraz Island Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse in the Western United States but became a federal penitentiary

from 1934-1963, housing famous convicts such as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Now, this once infamous prison island is part of the Bay Area’s 80,000acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Located one-and-a-half miles from Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz is one of the city’s most popular attractions. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived.

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Gerard Butler Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor, and producer. After studying law, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs Brown (1997), the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000, he starred as Dracula in the horror film Dracula 2000 with Christopher Plummer and Jonny Lee Miller. He subsequently played Attila the Hun in the miniseries Attila (2001) and then appeared in the films Reign of Fire with Christian Bale (2002) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life with Angelina Jolie (2003), before playing André Marek in the adaptation of Michael Crichton’s science fiction adventure Timeline (2003). He then was cast as the role of Erik, The Phantom in Joel Schumacher’s 2004 film adaptation of the musical The Phantom of the Opera alongside Emmy Rossum. That role earned him a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor. Butler starred in the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen (2013), opposite co-stars Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. Butler said he broke two bones in his neck while shooting the film but did not realise this until he had an MRI scan. Butler reprised his voice role as Stoick in How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 2014. Two years later, Butler had the leading role in the Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen and also portrayed Set in Gods of Egypt. Selected filmography 2005 Beowulf & Grendel 2006 300 2009 Law Abiding Citizen 2013 Olympus Has Fallen 2016 A Family Man 2017 Geostorm

Dir. Ruben Fleischer USA 2018 Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson Investigative reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is trying to expose Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), whom he believes recruits vulnerable people for tests that end up killing them. Eddie doesn’t like the fact that his girlfriend Anne (Michelle Williams) works for him, or at least, the firm she works for does. When Eddie investigates, he’s attacked by one of the humans undergoing experimentation. He soon feels sick and begins hearing a deep voice inside himself. Genre: Action/Horror/Sci-Fi/ Thriller

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Dir. Bradley Cooper USA 2018 Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer - until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is HUNTER KILLER breaking down, as Jack fights JOHNNY ENGLISH Dir. Donovan Marsh USA/ STRIKES AGAIN an ongoing battle with his China/UK 2018 Dir. David Kerr UK/France/USA own internal demons. Linda Cardellini, Gerard Butler, Genre: Drama/Musical/ 2018 Gary Oldman Olga Kurylenko, Emma Romance Deep under the Arctic Ocean, Thompson, Rowan Atkinson American submarine Capt. Johnny English Strikes Again Joe Glass is on the hunt is the third instalment of for a U.S. sub in distress the Johnny English comedy when he discovers a secret series, with Rowan Atkinson Russian coup is in the offing, returning as the much-loved threatening to dismantle the accidental secret agent. world order. With crew and The new adventure begins country on the line, Capt. when a cyber-attack reveals Glass must now assemble an the identity of all active elite group of Navy SEALs to undercover agents in Britain, rescue the kidnapped Russian leaving Johnny English as the president and sneak through Secret Service’s last hope. enemy waters to stop WWIII Called out of retirement, from beginning. English dives head first into Genre: Action/Thriller action with the mission FIRST MAN to find the mastermind Dir. Damien Chazelle USA hacker. As a man with few HALLOWEEN Paranormal Activity). Inspired 2018 skills and methods, Johnny Dir. David Gordon Green USA by Carpenter’s classic, Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, English must overcome 2018 Jason Clarke filmmakers David Gordon Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Green and Danny McBride On the heels of their six-time the challenges of modern technology to make this Judy Greer Academy Award winning crafted a story that carves a mission a success. Jamie Lee Curtis returns smash, La La Land, Oscar new path from the events in Genre: Action/Adventure/ to her iconic role as Laurie winning director Damien the landmark 1978 film, and Comedy Strode, who comes to her Chazelle and star Ryan Green also directs final confrontation with Gosling reteam for Universal Genre: Horror/Thriller Michael Myers, the masked Pictures’ First Man, the Genre: Biography/Drama/ figure who has haunted riveting story of NASA’s History her since she narrowly mission to land a man on escaped his killing spree on the moon, focusing on Neil Halloween night four decades Armstrong and the years ago. Master of horror John 1961-1969. A visceral, Carpenter will executive first-person account based produce and serve as creative on the book by James R. consultant on this film, Hansen, the movie explores joining forces with cinema’s the sacrifices and the cost— current leading producer on Armstrong and on the of horror, Jason Blum nation—of one of the most (Get Out, Split, The Purge, dangerous missions in history.

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Dir. Shelly Chopra Dhar India 2018 Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla An unhappily married woman discovers her father’s infidelity with her co-worker through a series of quirky encounters. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is a Hindi movie directed by Shelly Chopra and features Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla as lead characters. Comedy/Drama/Romance

Dir. Sriram Raghavan India 2018 Ayushman Khurrana, Radika Apte, Tabu A series of mysterious events take place in the life of a blind pianist (Ayushmann Khurrana). Now, he must report a crime that he never actually witnessed. Andhadhun is a Hindi and is directed by Sriram Raghavan. The film features Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte as lead characters. Genre: Comedy/Romance/ Thriller

Dir. Vipul Amrutlal Shah India 2018 Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Hiten Patel A troubled boy (Kapoor) travels to India after he elopes with a lot of girls that his parents don’t want for his life. He meets a small-town girl (Chopra) and they get along. Namaste England, starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra is a romantic comedy directed and co-produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. The film is the sequel to Namastey London (2007). Genre: Comedy/Romance

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Dirs. Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi India 2018 Ronjini Chakraborty, Sohum Shah, Harish Khannaa A mythological story about a goddess who created the entire universe. The plot revolves around the consequences when humans build a temple for her firstborn. Tumbbad has all the ingredients of a successful family adventure film: a fairy-tale, legendary treasure, a curse that is passed down from father to son, a monumental and disturbing house (Tumbbad Castle), disgusting, thorny and slimy monsters from the attic to the cellar, terrifying underground passages and tunnels, and a lot of fighting scenes... Genre: Thriller

Dir. Pradeep Sarkar India 2018 Kajol, Riddhi Sen, Tota Roy Chowdhury Eela is an aspiring playback singer and single mother. She has given up all her dreams to raise her only son. But now her baby son ‘Vivan’ is all grown up and being a typical young millennial, doesn’t want his mother’s life to revolve around him. But being an over protective mother, Eela has other ideas and joins her son’s college to spend more time with him. Unfortunately, her plans backfire and she suffers a backlash from Vivan for invading his privacy. Will Helicopter Eela manage to salvage her relationship with Vivan and find her calling again? Genre: Drama

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STAR OF THE MONTH

Anil Kapoor A loner, without many friends, he studied in the nearby O.L.P.S. School, and was an ardent fan of Bollywood flicks that were telecast during the Ganesh Maha Utsav every year. He was a fan of Raj Kapoor, and it was this that influenced his acting, and people saw him as a mimic of the legendary showman. He landed a role as a child artiste with Shashi Kapoor in the lead, but the movie (Tu Payal Main Geet) was never released. He first appeared on the silver screen in Hamhare Tumhare in a character role. His first lead role was in ‘Woh Saat Din’ and from thence on there has been no looking back. He has acted in close to 100 movies and has 5 in production. He has produced two movies (Gandhi My Father & Badhaai Ho Badhaai), as well as being the Casting Director/Outdoor In charge for ‘Hum Paanch’. Anil met wealthy and chic model, Sindhi-speaking Sunita Bhambhani, and married her in 1984. Since then they have given birth to 3 children. Kapoor has two daughters and a son Harshwardhan Kapoor. Kapoor’s elder daughter is actress Sonam Kapoor. Rhea Kapoor attended school in New York and is now a producer in Mumbai. Selected filmography 1983 Woh Saat Din 1986 Janbaaz 1989 Ram Lakhan 1997 Virasat 2005 No Entry 2013 Shootout At Wadhala

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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 October with the star signs of Libra and Scorpio.

We gonna party like it’s your Birthday! 1 October – Zach Galifianakis (49) Stand-up comedian and actor who became known for his starring roles in The Hangover, Due Date, and The Campaign. He also played a supporting role in the HBO series Bored to Death and in 2016, he began starring in the FX series Baskets 2 October – Roberto Firmino (27) Attacking midfielder for the Brazil national team who entered the 2015 season as a member of Liverpool FC after appearing in 140 matches with 1899 Hoffenheim 3 October – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (37) Star Swedish striker who joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 after previously playing for F.C. Barcelona, A.C. Milan, and Inter Milan. Currently plays for Manchester United 4 October – Stacey Solomon (29) Third place finisher on the sixth season of The X Factor who has gained solo success with songs like “Driving Home for Christmas,” which she released in 2011

5 October – Kate Winslet (43) Best known for playing Rose DeWitt Bukater in the 1997 classic Titanic. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 2008 film The Reader and also received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Sense and Sensibility, Titanic, Iris, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Little Children 6 October – Elisabeth Shue (55) Actress who gave an emotional and memorable performance as Sera in 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas. The role earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress 7 October – Simon Cowell (59) Television producer, executive, and celebrity judge who appeared on American Idol and The X Factor and produced Britain’s Got Talent 8 October – Bruno Mars (33) Grammy Award-winning R&B singer whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez. His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard in 2012 9 October – John Lennon (1940 – 1980) Became one of the most influential songwriters in the history of popular music after co-founding The Beatles with Paul McCartney and George Harrison. He was a symbol of counterculture, promoting peace, activism and freedom of speech

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10 October – Larry Lamb (71) Actor who became known for 21 October – Kim Kardashian (38) Rose to fame on his role of Archie Mitchell on the BBC soap opera EastEnders Keeping Up with the Kardashians alongside her sisters Khloe, and has starred in many stage plays since the 70’s Kourtney, Kylie and Kendall, her brother Rob, and her mother 11 October – Amitabh Bachchan (76) Bollywood actor who Kris. She has had tremendous success as an entrepreneur, has appeared in over 180 films and television episodes. He has launching clothing lines and smartphone apps been called a one-man industry, and is regarded as one of the most prominent and influential figures in the history of Indian cinema

22 October – Arsene Wenger (69) French soccer coach who began his long tenure at the helm of Arsenal in 1996. He led Arsenal to FA Premier League titles in 1998, 2002 and 2004

12 October – Hugh Jackman (50) Australian actor best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series. His other 23 October – Cat Deeley (42) Television personality who credits include Prisoners, The Prestige, Les Miserables, Pan, became known for hosting So You Think You Can Dance, Van Helsing, Eddie the Eagle and Australia beginning in 2006

13 October – David Haye (38) Professional boxer and former 24 October – Drake (32) Born Aubrey Drake Graham he is WBA Heavyweight champion, also known as The Hayemaker a former Degrassi TV actor who became a rap phenomenon 14 October – Usher (40) R&B singer performer who rose to after his album Thank Me Later went platinum in 2010. His second album Take Care won the Grammy Award for Best Rap fame after releasing his six-times Platinum-selling album My Way. His 2004 album Confessions became the fastest-selling Album and was certified quadruple platinum R&B album in history 15 October – Anthony Joshua (29) Tall heavyweight with a piston-like jab who won super heavyweight gold in the 2012 Olympics and turned pro the following year. He won the IBF heavyweight championship in 2016

25 October – Katy Perry (34) Pop singer who gained fame in 2008 after releasing the hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Her 2010 album Teenage Dream featured five songs that topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, earning her the distinction of being the first female artist to achieve the feat. She was voted Woman of the Year by Billboard in 2012

16 October – John Mayer (41) Pop rock singer whose 26 October – CM Punk (40) Born Phillip Brooks, he became albums Room for Squares and Heavier Things both achieved multi-Platinum status. His best known songs include “No Such a World Heavyweight Champion and broke the record as the longest reigning champion in the WWE Thing,” “Waiting on the World to Change,” and “Daughters” 27 October – Kumar Sangakkara (41) Sri Lankan 17 October – Eminem (46) Born Marshall Mathers, he became an international sensation after the release of his first wicket-keeper who retired as his country’s most prolific Test single, “My Name Is.” He won the Best Rap Album Grammy for batsman. He retired as Sri Lanka’s all-time leader in Test runs, average, half-centuries, centuries, and double centuries. He three consecutive albums: The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall was the fastest batsman to 8,000, 9,000 11,000 and 12,000 Mathers LP and The Eminem Show. He also received the runs and tied for fastest batsman to 10,000 runs Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself,” 28 October – Bill Gates (63) Co-founder of Microsoft, which he grew to become one of the most successful companies in 18 October – Freida Pinto (34) Indian actress who starred as Latika in Slumdog Millionaire. She also appeared in You Will history. Forbes ranked him the wealthiest person in the world from 1995 to 2009 Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Day of the Falcon, and Immortals 19 October – Evander Holyfield (56) Legendary boxer who 29 October – Winona Ryder (47) Had her breakthrough role became The Ring, WBC, WBA and IBF Heavyweight Champion as a teenager, playing Lydia Deetz in the 1988 Tim Burton film Beetlejuice, then went on to play prominent roles in such films after defeating Buster Douglas via third round knockout as Mermaids, Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, on October 25, 1990. He compiled 44 wins, 29 by way of Little Women, and Girl, Interrupted knockout, in his 57-fight career from the 2002 film 8 Mile, which he also starred in

20 October – Snoop Dogg (47) Legendary rapper who has sold over 30 million records, and whose debut album, Doggystyle, sold nearly 1 million copies the week of its release. He is known for his laid back persona and his advocacy for the recreational use of marijuana

30 October – Diego Maradona (58) Star attacking midfielder who was the hero of 1986 World Cup for Argentina and is widely considered one of the greatest soccer players of all-time. He spent his club career with 7 different teams, and scored 81 goals in 188 appearances for Napoli between 1984 and 1991 31 October – Marcus Rashford (21) Member of the U16, U18 and U20 England international squads who began his senior career as a forward for Manchester United

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Porsche has updated its smaller SUV with revised styling and new technology. The most notable visual change is the new full-width light bar at the rear, while the new tech includes an 11.0in touchscreen infotainment in place of the old 7.0in setup. Plus, it’s expected that the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the entry-level Macan will

The radically styled fifthgeneration RAV4 is based on Toyota’s latest platform, which also underpins the new Corolla family hatchback. When sales begin, it will offer only a hybrid powertrain featuring a 2.5-litre petrol engine. This is predicted to produce around 200bhp

receive a moderate increase in power, from 248bhp to around 256bhp, while the turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 of pricier models will be replaced by two new V6 units, of 2.9 and 3.0 litres. On sale: Autumn 2018

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yet emit less than 100g/ km of CO2. A second hybrid option, featuring either a 1.8 or 2.0 engine, will arrive shortly after. There’s also the possibility of a 2.0-litre petrol engine on its own, but there won’t be any diesel models. Compared with the current car, the upcoming RAV4 is

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Toyota will replace the Avensis with the world’s best-selling saloon, the Camry, which has been absent from the UK for 14 years. It will be sold with only a 215bhp hybrid powertrain featuring a 2.5-litre petrol engine and a single-speed gearbox. Having driven a prototype of the UK-

Peugeot is aiming directly at the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport with its new 508. It’s based on the same platform as the impressive 3008 SUV, has five-door coupé styling, switching over from being a regular four-door saloon, and features Peugeot’s awardwinning i-Cockpit interior.

BMW is replacing its 6 Series coupé with a new, even more luxurious 8 Series. With a more sporting character, it’s intended to rival both the Mercedes S-Class Coupé and the Porsche 911 sports car. The interior of the 8 Series is largely similar to that of the new X5 SUV, in that it features BMW’s new 12.3in

spec Camry, we’ve found it to ride very comfortably and be capable of more than 45mpg. Expect a price of around £30,000. Price: £30,00 On sale: January 2019

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There are six frugal new petrol and diesel engines on offer, with a plug-in hybrid due later. An all-electric model is also planned, but not for some time. An SW estate version of the 508 will arrive soon, too. On sale: October

digital instrument display and a 10.3in infotainment touchscreen. Two engines will be available from launch: a 315bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine in the 840d xDrive and a 523bhp 4.4-litre petrol V8 in the M850i xDrive. The 8 Series is priced from £76,270. On sale: November

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Mercedes-Benz EQC Mercedes-Benz will challenge the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-tron with its EQC electric car. It’s based loosely on the GLC family SUV, but is longer and lower. Inside, it has space for five adults, a 500-litre boot

(bigger than the GLC’s) and a new dashboard featuring a digital instrument display and a large infotainment screen. With an electric motor on each axle, the EQC makes 402bhp (compared with

395bhp from the significantly lighter I-Pace) and can reach 62mph in 5.1sec. The EQC’s 80kWh battery gives it a range of 249 miles on the new WLTP cycle; the I-Pace manages 292 and the E-tron

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Jordan shocks the world On October 1993, Michael Jordan, at the age of 30, had won three straight NBA titles, three straight NBA Finals MVP awards and seven straight NBA scoring titles. Jordan, called by many the greatest basketball player ever, suddenly announced his retirement on October 5, 1993. Still distraught over the murder of his father on July 23 the same year, Jordan called a news conference for the morning at the Chicago Bulls’ training headquarters in suburban Deerfield to

announce his decision. Jordan confirmed his retirement to the Chicago Sun-Times, saying: “It’s time for me to move on to something else. “I know a lot of people are going to be shocked by this decision and probably won’t understand. But I’ve talked it over with my family and friends, and most of all I’m at peace with myself.” Jordan came to the Bulls in 1984 from the University of North Carolina where he was named college player of the year in 1983 and 1984.

In 1982, as a freshman, Jordan’s last-second shot against Georgetown gave North Carolina the NCAA title. In 1984 he also led the United States Olympic team to a gold medal in Los Angeles. He was an instant star in the NBA and in 1991 led the Bulls to their first of three championships. After the 1992 championship, and with very little rest between seasons, Jordan agreed to play for the United States’ “Dream Team” in the Summer Olympics at Barcelona, Spain. Then it was

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back to the Bulls after a short break. Remarkably, Jordan still played at a skill level that permitted him to win the NBA season scoring championship for the seventh time, one short of Wilt Chamberlain’s record. Jordan became one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. But over the past year he became disenchanted with continuing innuendo over an alleged gambling habit. He was the subject of a book by Richard Esquinas that said Jordan owed him more than $1 million in gambling debts.

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But it was the murder of his father, James Jordan, in his home state of North Carolina that had the biggest impact. His coach at the time, Phil Jackson, told the Denver Post that his superstar had indeed decided to play no more. Jackson said that the death

of James Jordan robbed his son of his desire to play basketball. According to the paper, a source close to Jordan said the star just didn’t have the fire to play anymore. Jordan’s retirement robbed the NBA of its biggest box office attraction. Russell Granik, NBA deputy commissioner, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jordan informed Commissioner David Stern of his retirement in a telephone call.

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The Ultimate Test by James Oddy Continued from back page Liverpool-born Bellew is stepping down a division following heavyweight success against David Haye to face Usyk – who holds the WBO, WBC, WBA and IBF titles after winning the World Boxing Super series – in what he has described as an “ultimate test”. Speaking upon the announcement, Bellew said: “There is no greater test than

Oleksandr Usyk, he is one of the most feared men in boxing. “This is nothing new to me, everyone says that I can’t do it again but we’ll find out won’t we. “I’m not in awe of Oleksandr Usyk and I won’t stand and admire him and allow him to rattle off five-punch combinations on my head. “On November 10th, I’m

going to do something that nobody has ever done before, I’m going to knock out an undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world.” As the previous holder of the WBC cruiserweight title following his knockout win over Congolese Ilunga Makubu, Bellew admitted that this would be the most “dangerous fight of his life” having competed in 33 bouts

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to date. His opponent, a 2012 Olympic Gold medallist, became the WBO champion in just his tenth fight having risen through the ranks from amateur to a top professional in the space of less than four years. He went on to add the WBC belt, IBF and WBA titles to his collection and said following the announcement that he

was “delighted” that a venue had been finalised for the event. Adding that he “cannot wait to fight in the UK”, the Ukrainian said: “He says he will beat

me and I love his attitude, but you cannot beat up somebody who is invisible in the ring. “As always I will be victorious on November 10th.”

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Anthony Joshua back on knockout form Anthony Joshua produced a devastating flurry of punches to knock out Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round of his world heavyweight title fight at Wembley last month. Joshua, wobbled in the first and his opponent drew blood from his nose in the second - most observers judged that Joshua had lost those two rounds - but he slowly asserted himself, almost certainly winning the next four.

The seventh was only a minute old when a huge left hook followed by a right sent his opponent to the canvas. Though Povetkin eventually made it back on to his feet, the referee stepped in to end it after Joshua renewed his attack. Joshua is now unbeaten in 22 fights, 21 of those victories coming inside. Afterwards Joshua identified his ideal next three fights. “In order, I’d like Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and then Dillian

Whyte,” said the 28-year-old, who retained his WBO, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, insisted afterwards: “We really do want to fight Wilder and we will do our utmost to make it happen here at Wembley next April.” Joshua earned £20 million for his night’s work – the Russian heads back east with £6m in his bank account.

Khabib Nurmagomedov had a problem with Conor McGregor’s swearing during press conference When asked to give his thoughts on last month’s press conference, Nurmagomedov singled out his adversary’s foul mouth as one aspect he wasn’t particularly fond of. Although he refused to say it explicitly, he hinted heavily that UFC stars should be better role models towards young fans. “I feel good (about the press conference), but what I don’t like when too much people cursing. I cannot cursing because too many young guys follow us, follow him, follow me. And, I don’t want be bad example for young generation people. I don’t want this. We cannot be bad people for young generation

people. Of course, we try to promote this fight, make money, but at end of the day, you have to think about young generation. Too many people watch on us. I don’t want to talk about him, I want to talk about me. I want to be good model. But I know it’s very hard. Nobody’s perfect. Everybody make mistake, but I want to be good model. I want to be good

model for young generation people.” If he’s that irked by bad language, he might not like what McGregor has in store for him once that Octagon door closes shut. McGregor’s been known to talk trash about his opponents both outside the cage in the build-up to a fight and inside the cage during the scrap.

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Tiger Woods wins first Tour Championship since 2013 An emotional Tiger Woods completed an astonishing comeback to win the seasonending Tour Championship by two shots and record his first win in five years. The 42-year-old’s victory in Atlanta was his 80th PGA Tour title – only fellow American Sam Snead has more – but his first since August 2013. Less than a year ago he was 1,199 in the world after spinal fusion surgery – the latest of multiple operations. “I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole,” Woods said. “I just can’t believe I’ve pulled this off.” Thousands of fans spilled on to the 18th fairway to follow Woods to the green chanting “U-S-A” and “Tiger, Tiger” after his approach found a bunker on the edge of the green. “It’s been tough. I’ve had a not-so-easy last couple of

years,” he said. “I’ve worked my way back. I couldn’t have done it without the help of all the people around me. “Some of the other players

knew what I was struggling with. It was really special to see them at the green on 18. It’s just hard to believe I won the Tour Championship.”

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BRADFORD CITY Tuesday 2nd October L1 - AFC Wimbledon v Bradford City (19:45)

EVERTON Tuesday 2nd October Carabao - Everton v Southampton (19:45)

MANCHESTER UNITED Tuesday 2nd October UEFA CL - Manchester United v Valencia (20:00)

Saturday 6th October L1 - Bradford City v Sunderland (15:00)

Saturday 6th October PL - Leicester City v Everton (15:00)

Tuesday 9th October Checkatrade - Bradford City v Oldham Athletic (19:30)

Sunday 21st October (Sky Sports) PL - Everton v Crystal Palace (16:00)

Saturday 6th October PL - Manchester United v Newcastle United (17:30)

Saturday 13th October L1 - Accrington Stanley v Bradford City (15:00)

Sunday 28th October (Sky Sports) PL - Manchester United v Everton (16:00)

Saturday 20th October L1 - Bradford City v Rochdale (15:00) Tuesday 23rd October L1 - Bradford City v Coventry City (19:45) Saturday 27th October L1 - Gillingham v Bradford City (15:00)

LIVERPOOL Wednesday 3rd October UEFA CL - Napoli v Liverpool (20:00)

Saturday 20th October PL - Huddersfield Town v Liverpool (17:30)

Saturday 20th October PL - Huddersfield Town v Liverpool (17:30)

Tuesday 23rd October UEFA CL - Manchester United v Juventus (20:00) Sunday 28th October (Sky Sports) PL - Manchester United v Everton (16:00)

Sunday 7th October (Sky Sports) PL - Liverpool v Manchester City (16:30)

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN Saturday 6th October PL - Burnley v Huddersfield Town (15:00)

Saturday 20th October (Sky Sports) PL - Chelsea v Manchester United (12:30)

Wednesday 24th October UEFA CL - Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda (20:00) Saturday 27th October PL - Liverpool v Cardiff City (15:00)

NEWCASTLE UNITED Saturday 6th October PL - Manchester United v Newcastle United (17:30) Saturday 20th October PL - Newcastle United v Brighton and Hove Albion (15:00) Saturday 27th October PL - Southampton v Newcastle United (15:00)

Saturday 27th October PL - Watford v Huddersfield Town (15:00)

LEEDS UNITED Tuesday 2nd October (Sky Sports) CHA - Hull City v Leeds United (19:45) Saturday 6th October (Sky Sports) CHA - Leeds United v Brentford (12:30) Saturday 20th October CHA - Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United (12:00) Wednesday 24th October (Sky Sports) CHA - Leeds United v Ipswich Town (19:45) Saturday 27th October (Sky Sports) CHA - Leeds United v Nottingham Forest (17:30)

MANCHESTER CITY Tuesday 2nd October PRESTON NORTH END UEFA CL - Hoffenheim v Manchester City (17:55) Tuesday 2nd October (Sky Sports) CHA - Aston Villa v Preston North End (19:45) Sunday 7th October (Sky Sports) PL - Liverpool v Manchester City (16:30) Saturday 6th October CHA - Preston North End v Wigan Athletic Saturday 20th October (15:00) PL - Manchester City v Burnley (15:00) Saturday 20th October Tuesday 23rd October CHA - Hull City v Preston North End (15:00) UEFA CL - Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (20:00) Wednesday 24th October (Sky Sports) CHA - Preston North End v Brentford (19:45) Monday 29th October (Sky Sports) PL - Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City Saturday 27th October (20:00) CHA - Preston North End v Rotherham United (15:00)

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY Wednesday 3rd October (Sky Sports) CHA - Sheffield Wednesday v West Bromwich Albion (19:45) Sunday 7th October CHA - Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday (13:30) Friday 19th October (Sky Sports) (19:45) CHA - Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough Tuesday 23rd October (Sky Sports) CHA - Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45) Saturday 27th October (15:00) CHA - Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday

SHEFFIELD UNITED Wednesday 3rd October (Sky Sports) CHA - Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield United (19:45) Saturday 6th October CHA - Sheffield United v Hull City (15:00) Saturday 20th October (Sky Sports) CHA - Derby County v Sheffield United (17:30) Tuesday 23rd October (Sky Sports) CHA - Sheffield United v Stoke City (19:45) Saturday 27th October CHA - Sheffield United v Wigan Athletic (15:00)

SUNDERLAND Tuesday 2nd October L1 - Sunderland v Peterborough United (19:45) Saturday 6th October L1 - Bradford City v Sunderland (15:00) Tuesday 9th October (19:45) Checkatrade - Sunderland v Carlisle United Saturday 13th October L1 - Sunderland v Blackpool (15:00) Saturday 20th October L1 - Shrewsbury Town v Sunderland (15:00) Tuesday 23rd October L1 - Doncaster Rovers v Sunderland (19:45) Saturday 27th October L1 - Sunderland v Southend United (15:00)

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