Urban Echo News 

Murder driven by shame

July this year will mark two years since the death of Samia Shahid. The BBC2 documentary that aired last week, “Murdered for love?” illustrated the devastation, frustration and confusion that is caused by these types of devastating crimes of control. Crime based on so-called ‘honour’ leave in their wake irreparable damage for those that are close to the victims. As was said in that documentary, “If today we let this go with Samia, it could be anybody tomorrow,” I hope that in seeking justice for Samia we have helped to…

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Arts & Entertainment 

Through Her Father’s Lens Exhibition – Nabeelah Hafeez

Nabeelah Hafeez brings her experience of growing up in the Pakistani community in Bradford to Kala Sangam, through images and words captured by Nabeelah and her late father the Poet Mohammed Hafeez Johar. When the late Bradford based poet Mohammad Hafeez Johar passed away one of his prized possessions – a pentax camera – was gifted to his daughter Nabeelah Hafeez, a promising poet in her own right. Through my Father’s Lens brings together poetry from both father and daughter in both English and Urdu. These words will be accompanied…

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Repeat fly-tipper in court

A persistent fly-tipper was caught on camera using a van which was later crushed by Bradford Council. The Ford Transit van was linked to multiple fly-tipping offences across the district and it was seized after being spotted on a grass verge in Lynfield Drive, Heaton. Imran David Bahm and another person were filmed using the van to fly-tip in 2016 but he was not identified and brought to justice until this week. The other man has not been caught. At Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court, (Wed, 14 Feb) Mr Bham, 31, of…

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Building a Strong Workforce: The Importance of Diversity

In this age of increasing connectivity, businesses have the ability reach out to an entire world of ideas- but do they really need to? When reaching outwards for ideas, businesses can often fall into the trap of forgetting to look inwards, to their own workforce. If you believe in your own success, ability and methods, it can be difficult not to look to hire staff who are similar to yourself when looking to expand your workforce. Although there is merit to this approach, here are a few ways which in…

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Featured 

It Pays to Have a Plan

Whether retirement is many years away or just around the corner, unless we start planning for it there is a great danger that we could outlive our savings. The golden rule is to determine exactly how much you are going to need in retirement and to take action to meet your lifestyle choices. The stark reality is that most us need to save more, with people living to a greater age retirement can now last longer than the time we spend working. We all must accumulate more when we are…

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Purchasing your dream house: Part 2

Continuing on from last month’s article, you are probably wondering what is next! Well the next stage is Completion… our favourite part! So what should you consider at the completion stage? You should consider suitable dates for completion. You will need to have more than one in mind as if there is a long chain it may be difficult for everyone to agree on a mutually acceptable date. A period of one week between exchange and completion is suggested to eliminate the risk of you breaching your contract by being…

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Employment law – Job references

Below is a brief guide on what employees need to be aware of when requesting a reference. Does your employer have to give you a reference? There is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee and when asked to, it can refuse to provide one-except in some regulated industries like financial services. If you do get a reference, what is likely to be in it? Almost 75% of references these days are factual- namely your name, dates of employment, and job title. Sometimes,…

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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

The book was scheduled to be released on January 9 but its release was brought forward four days earlier by the publisher due to “unprecedented demand”. The US President Donald Trump sought to prevent publisher Henry Holt & Co from releasing the book. Thus, the legal threat prompted shooting the book to the top of best sellers’ list worldwide. The book has jolted Donald Trump and tumulted the world at large. It’s full of explosive claims about the Trump White House. The book, as claimed by the author, is based…

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Harrowing stories by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

By Ibrar Hussain I have returned with the Save the Mothers Trust (SMT) team from our aid trip to Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh where food aid was distributed to the Rohingya Refugees. The team of 5 included myself, Mohammad Shahid, SokatAli Huseinbhai, Fatema Huseinbhai and Qasim Hussain. 3 flights and some 26 hours later, we finally reached Cox’s Bazaar. Cox’s Bazaar houses some 29 refugee camps of varying sizes. One of the biggest camps visited had around 100,000 refugees living there. Some camps were well maintained with good sanitation whilst others…

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Lifestyle 

Snowcold Creamery: ‘Dessert Heaven’

February is not the usual time of year when you indulge in ice-cream. The memories of the Christmas break feasts are now slowly filtering away to obscurity and New Year gym resolutions are either still going strong or now beginning to waver. But there exceptions to the rule if the temptation is too much. On a cold January night driving out of Batley, we came across a Snowcold Creamery. The exterior is simple to the eye but very attractive as we drove into the large car park. It seemed temptation…

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