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Will British Courts soon be able to issue Islamic divorces?

By Paul Lancaster, Black Solicitors, Family Law Team PLancaster@LawBlacks.com 0113 227 9215   Recently it has been suggested that British Courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces through a specialised unit with the aim of protecting the rights of Muslim Women. Elham Manea, a Professor at Zurich University, is due to make recommendations to the home affairs select committee, proposing compulsory civil marriages alongside religious ceremonies and for penalties to be given to imams who break the rules. These measures potentially could render sharia councils, mainly used by women…

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The Importance of Routine

I hope that you are well. This month I will share about how routine is a cornerstone of good mental and emotional health. Doing the ‘same old, same old’ may not sound exciting, but research states that it actually makes you happier and healthier. Routine introduces the elements of rhythm and habit into our daily lives. Rhythm is important because the body has its own natural, synchronised rhythm system (sometimes referred to as ‘the body clock’). Our bodies are ‘set’ to work better when our sleeping, eating and exercise patterns…

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Don’t Burn Your Cakes

By Ailsa Pemberton, Associate Intellectual Property Team APemberton@LawBlacks.com 0113 227 9260 Have you managed by some miracle to avoid the furore which surrounds the Bake Off, or The Great British Bake Off as it is properly entitled? News of its sale to Channel 4 has reached unprecedented levels of media coverage recently and an eye-watering £75m was paid for a three-year deal for the show. But what have they actually purchased? Two of the stars of the show and one of the judges have already said that, out of loyalty…

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Just Not Cricket

By Phil Gorski, Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution, PGorski@LawBlacks.com 0113 227 9318, @PhilLawBlacks In an age when sports broadcasting deals involve millions if not billions of pounds, it is not surprising that broadcasters and governing bodies will take all the steps they can to stop anything that they see as infringing their intellectual property rights. Sky and the ECB (the governing body for cricket in England and Wales) are the latest to do just that and have successfully argued that a company which provided a platform for users to upload eight…

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Keep dogs under control

Countryside officers are urging members of the public to keep their dogs on a lead while walking near livestock. One farmer on Ilkley Moor has suffered as many as eight attacks on his sheep in this year alone. Bradford Council and moorland farmers want everyone, including their pets, to share in the amazing landscapes of the area, but they are asking for everyone to behave responsibly. It is every dog’s instinct to chase no matter what the breed, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals. If…

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Sharon’s Inspiring Story!

I would like to introduce you to Sharon Bull, an inspirational woman I recently met, who shared her story about her spending addiction and her recovery. Her story goes like this: In September 2013 she became self-employed as an Inspirational Speaker/Writer/Poet working under the name ‘A Compassionate Voice.’ The purpose was to creatively help others through her own experiences with mental health issues, recovery and well-being. She experienced depression for thirty years and never fully understood the reasons behind it, until she was able to tackle it head on. Since…

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Pokémon GO players encouraged to use council’s digital service

Bradford Council is using the latest mobile phone technology and a new mobile gaming craze to encourage people to explore the district and access its digital services. The Council’s mobile app allows people to find free Wi-Fi points and locations where they can play the mobile phone game Pokémon GO. This new update to the Bradford Council app features a map showing hundreds of Pokémon GO locations in the district. Residents can also use the map in the Bradford Council mobile app to find 50 free Wi-Fi points provided by…

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“My Family Totally Disowned Me”

Shama Zulqurnain was born on 11 August 1977 at Boundary Park Hospital Oldham. Raised in a traditional cultural Muslim family, faith was an important factor whilst growing up as her ancestors were from the Dina District of Jhelum, Pakistan. Her father was from Dina and her mother was from Jhelum when they arrived in England as teenagers and eventually married in Oldham. Shama has a unique story. A story of love, hate, betrayal, cultural differences and religious interpretations. This is Shama’s story… (Part 4). Gradually my marriage improved but deep…

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An Alternative Way to Deal with Anger and Conflict

This month we will look at anger and I will share with you about AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) – a creative and effective way of dealing with anger and conflict. Feeling angry is part of being human. It is a natural response to being attacked, insulted, deceived or frustrated. Anger can be useful and it can also be frightening. When something makes you angry, adrenalin causes your body to prepare for ‘fight or flight’, giving you energy and making you feel tense. Releasing this energy and tension is good,…

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Focus on Rosacea: Global Rosacea Awareness Month

April is global Rosacea Awareness Month, so in support of this important campaign this month’s column is dedicated to helping increase awareness of rosacea, and offer a basic insight into this widespread, but often misunderstood, skin condition. So, what is rosacea? Who does it affect? What causes it and how can it be treated? Rosacea (pronounced ro-zay-sha) is a long-term, inflammatory skin condition which usually only affects the face. It is considered to be a common condition which (according to the NHS; source: www.nhs.uk) is estimated to affect up to…

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