Politics 

BREXIT: AT LAST A WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT

  After all, a withdrawal agreement consisting of 585 pages has been drafted. The document is a road map for the UK to leave the EU scheduled for 29 March 2019. It’s important to lay out first the important points of this agreement and then to evaluate these critically and logically. The transition period, termed as implementation period by the UK government will begin from 29 March 2019 and end on 31 December 2020 It would be imperative upon the UK to abide by all the rules of EU, yet…

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The Pain of Being A Perfectionist

By Janette Ward There is a preoccupation in our society to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect home, the perfect relationship, being the perfect parent, etc. If you watch television adverts, read glossy magazines or take part in social media, you will be bombarded with these messages. What being a perfectionist feels like is powerfully described by writer Nick Wignall: ‘Picture the nastiest, cruellest person you know. Now imagine that their full-time job is to follow you around, close as your shadow, constantly criticizing or judging everything you do.…

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Frustrating events – Another Brexit issue

by Rachael Donnelly, Associate, Property Litigation Team RDonnelly@LawBlacks.com, 0113 207 1094 Another day, another article on Brexit. But this one is a little bit different. It concerns a dispute between the Canary Wharf Group, a property development, investment and management company, and its tenant, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”). The EMA is, in simple terms, attempting to get out of the remaining term of its 25 year lease of substantial premises at Canary Wharf. Their reason? Brexit has frustrated the lease. They say, at the time the lease was entered…

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Funding crisis at Bradford College

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) are warning of a crisis for Further Education which is having a direct financial impact on Bradford College. With massive debts already surrounding the college as well as no staff pay increases for the past ten years, the UCU are urging the people of Bradford to support their campaign to protect Bradford College. After meeting with Bradford West MP Naz Shah and picketing outside the college last week, the union have now written the following open letter to the residents of Bradford. An Open…

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Crime Urban Echo News 

Depraved Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison Following Serious Sexual Offences

A depraved man who raped a woman and two children has been jailed for 20 years. John Lord, aged 36, of School Yard in Horbury, appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Friday 30 November, to be sentenced for a total of 34 counts, two counts of rape against an adult woman and 34 counts of rape and indecent assault against two children. The offences against the children happened in 1994 and the offences against the woman occurred in 2014 at addresses in Mirfield and Huddersfield. He was found guilty of…

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Bradford Fraudster Ordered To Repay More Than £30,000

A Bradford man convicted of fraud has been ordered to repay more than £30,000 following a confiscation hearing. The order against Mohammed Navid Ramzan, 28, was made at Bradford Crown Court last month (28 November) by His Honour Judge Burn. Ramzan, of Northdale Road, was given a sentence of 24 months which was suspended for the same period in March this year after he was convicted of conspiracy to defraud Lloyds Bank, with whom he was employed at the time of the offence in 2013. An investigation by the Bradford District…

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MP Naz Shah opens new Islamic Relief office in Bradford

Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West and Shadow Minister for women and equalities, opened Islamic Relief’s new office on Saturday 24 November at Legrams Terrace in BD7. The MP has been a long-term supporter of the charity and an ambassador for the organisation’s Honour Her campaign, which aims to tackle violence against women and girls. Her speech highlighted the campaign, her partnership with Islamic Relief and the incredible commitment of hundreds of Bradford volunteers to support vital humanitarian and development work, internationally and in the UK. She said: ‘It’s a…

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THOUSANDS march peacefully through Bradford to celebrate the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday

The annual procession and conference, organised by the Bradford Grand Mosque, marks the occasion, known as Eid Milad-un-Nabi, which falls on the third month of the Islamic calendar. Crowds set off from Horton Park Avenue during the afternoon of Sunday 25th November reciting prayers and carrying banners with messages of love, peace and tolerance. Earlier in the morning, participants arrived at the grand mosque to listen to talks by guest speakers whilst also enjoying food refreshments and treats that were served throughout the day. Bradford Grand Mosque Chairman, Mohammad Riaz,…

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Bradford Drug Dealer Ordered To Repay More Than £50,000

A Bradford drug dealer has been ordered to pay up more than £50,000 following a confiscation hearing. Amjid Khan, of Greaves Street, Bradford, was jailed in August this year after pleading guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal property at Bradford Crown Court. The charges followed search warrants executed at addresses in Lindley Road and Greaves Street in April 2017, which saw officers seize more than £55,000 in cash and cocaine and heroin believed to have a street value of more…

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Do you care TOO MUCH what other people think?

Have you like me, allowed other people’s opinions of you to alter the way you look, the choices you make, even how you feel about yourself? The truth is to a certain extent everyone cares what other people think and that goes back to our early ancestors when it was vital to belong to the tribe in order to survive the dinosaurs and Saber-toothed tigers. Today the need for approval and acceptance begins early and our cultural and social norms encourage it. If you respect and love (and are loved…

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