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Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology
Barts and the Royal London Hospitals, in conjunction with Queen Mary University London, announce the introduction of a new postgraduate diploma in clinical dermatology. This is a one year, part-time course, with structured distance-learning, aimed at physicians worldwide with an interest in dermatology. Successful completion of the course and final examination leads to award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology, from the University of London.

This course has several advantages, including structured weekly teaching, regular one-to-one on-line tutorials with an experienced London teaching hospital consultant dermatologist, monthly journal clubs and group discussions and access to an extensive selection of clinical images. We believe successful completion of this diploma will lead to a broad-based knowledge in dermatology and improved career prospects.

The course is launched on 8th May 2006.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Virginia Hubbard, course organiser and consultant dermatologist, Centre for Cutaneous Research, 4 Newark Street, London. E1 2AT, or email v.g.hubbard@qmul.ac.uk


JPMORGAN PRIVATE BANK appoints TWO SENIOR EXECUTIVES IN LONDON
Samir Sayeed named head of international Indian business and Paul Knox joins as wealth adviser for UK-based clients

London - JPMorgan Private Bank announced the appointments of Samir Sayeed as head of the international Indian business and Paul Knox as a wealth adviser to UK-based clients.

Based in London, Mr. Sayeed will be responsible for growing the bank’s business with clients of Indian origin around the world. A managing director, he will report to Emilio Saracho, head of JPMorgan Private Bank in EMEA, and Michael Fung, head of JPMorgan Private Bank in Asia.

Mr. Sayeed joins JPMorgan from Citigroup Private Bank, where he was responsible for the global Indian business and, prior to that, the Gulf Region. Before joining Citigroup, Mr. Sayeed spent several years at the Kuwait Investment Authority as chief investment strategist for Europe. He has more than 20 years’ experience in asset management and private banking.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to grow the Indian private banking franchise for JPMorgan,” said Mr. Sayeed. “It’s a very exciting time to work with Indian clients around the world, who form the third-largest diaspora, especially as India emerges as a global economic power.”

Mr. Knox joins from Ernst & Young in London, where he was the director of the firm’s private client group. He was also founder and chairman of the Ernst and Young’s global private wealth group which offered integrated international tax advice to wealthy individuals.

Mr. Knox will be responsible for developing and delivering customised wealth planning and transfer strategies for UK clients of JPMorgan Private Bank, drawing on extensive expertise in family governance, succession issues, and philanthropy. A graduate of Durham University, Mr. Knox is a qualified solicitor and has more than 20 years experience in advising wealthy families and individuals on international tax and estate planning issues. Based in London, he will report to Olivier de Givenchy, head of JPMorgan Private Bank’s business in the UK.

“We are delighted to welcome Samir and Paul to JPMorgan, where their unique experience will enable us to continue building our business with ultra-high-net-worth clients in Europe and around the world,” said Mr. Saracho. “Samir’s expert knowledge will be a great help in building our Indian business at a time when wealth patterns are shifting towards Asia and as global families grow in number and influence. In the UK, where we have established a reputation for being a trusted partner to entrepreneurs and family business owners, Paul’s experience in properly structuring and preserving wealth for future generations will be invaluable in growing our business.”


MAYOR APPOINTED TO 2012 GAMES ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.

Representing local government, Sir Robin will be working to ensure that local communities get involved with the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and benefit from the opportunities they present. In particular, this will mean looking at how to boost employment and business.

Sir Robin said: “I am looking forward to the exciting challenge of helping every part of the UK gain from the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in London.

“The Games will have a significant impact, not just on jobs and businesses, but also on sporting participation, health, culture, education and much more. My mission will be to use my experience from Newham to galvanise local authorities into helping their communities reap the rewards that hosting the Games will bring. In doing so, I believe the UK will be able to deliver the most exciting and successful Games ever.”

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has responsibility for planning and staging the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Sir Robin’s place on the board will give local authorities the opportunity to engage with the Organising Committee and ensure that they are maximising the benefits the 2012 Games will bring.

Sir Robin Wales has been Chair of the ALG since 2000. He was elected Mayor of Newham in 2002 and is one of 12 democratically-elected mayors in the country.  

Newham is one of the host boroughs for the Games, providing the home for the main stadium, aquatics and hockey arenas, media centre and the athlete’s village.

The London Organising Committee of the Oympic Games (LOCOG) will oversee the operating budget for the Games that will be funded primarily through private funding streams such as sponsorship, sale of TV rights and ticket revenues.  It will also oversee the organisation of the volunteer programme and the four-year cultural festival leading up to the Games and market the Games to the public.

Its other board members are: 
Lord Sebastian Coe (Chairman), Keith Mills (CEO), Neil Wood (LOCOG Finance Director), Craig Reedie (BOA + IOC Member), Philip Craven (IPC + IOC Member), HRH The Princess Royal (IOC Member), Simon Clegg (BOA), Mike Brace (BPA), Neale oleman,(GLA), Mary Reilly (LDA), Patrick Carter (Sport England), Howard Bernstein (Manchester City Council) and Jonathan Edwards (athlete representative).


Home Office Funds First UK research into Hindu Identity
The Hindu Forum of Britain in partnership with the Runnymede Trust are conducting the first ever government-funded UK research project aimed at understanding the issues and aspirations of today's Hindu youth, women, elders and community organisations in areas including access to public services, education, health, employment, funding, regeneration, integration, cohesion and equal opportunities.

Sponsored by the Home Office, the Connecting British Hindus Research Programme will also conduct ground-breaking research by enquiring into the question of the British Hindu identity. The consultation will seek the views of Hindus from the South East, the Midlands and the North through eight focus group meetings, online questionnaires and phone surveys. The findings of the research will be released by the Home Office in Summer 2006 and distributed to public service agencies, Government Departments, Local Councils and other stakeholder groups to help them in planning community provision.

The Hindu Forum of Britain has also urged Hindus from different areas, ages and backgrounds in the UK to respond to the email and web-based survey - www.[add link] - to understand the views of those Hindus who have not been able to participate in the focus group discussions and phone surveys.

Hindu led voluntary and community organisations have struggled to deliver tailored services to the community and moreover, a legacy of inequality and stereotyping has left the Hindu community isolated and, with a limited capacity to engage with other communities or to address their own problems. As a result of this and the constant demand from Hindu organisations and community leaders from across the UK, the Home Office commissioned this project.

Areas of concern in the Hindu community surround:

* Issues of generational gaps which discourage young Hindus from playing an active role in voluntary organisations. There are also issues surrounding their identity, 'Britishness' and links to their countries of origin or those of their forebears.

* Issues surrounding women's health, careers, education, equal opportunities, domestic violence, divorce and single parent families need to be understood. Often community infrastructures do not exist to deal with many of these pressing concerns.

* Carers from the Hindu community face a number of myths and stereotypes about their roles within the family and patients and carers are not accommodated in the formal system of care because it is often felt that for Hindus. these services are either inaccessible or inappropriate to their culture specific needs.

* Voluntary organisations within the Hindu community are often the only source of support and provide extremely useful services to the community but they suffer from a lack of resources. As a result, Hindu groups often remain unable to participate in or influence decisions directly affecting them.

Paul Goggins, Home Office Minister for Communities, said, "The Home Office is delighted to support the Connecting British Hindus Research Programme. It is important to empower communities to undertake such research projects because they are most likely to understand issues within their communities. We look forward to the findings to be released by the Hindu Forum of Britain and Runnymede Trust later this year. Projects like these add to the Home Office goal of building safe, just and cohesive communities where people from all faiths can live together as active citizens."

Ramesh Kallidai, Secretary General of the Hindu Forum of Britain said: "Although community organisations have an understanding of the range of issues and problems faced by Hindu, there has been no credible in-depth research conducted with a view to identifying priority areas for Government engagement. Unless, the Government has credible data and information collected and analysed about the community, giving due importance to regional variations and cultural diversity within the community itself, it will be difficult to allocate resources in the future in a manner that will be effective, productive and beneficial to the grassroots community."

Dr Robert Berkeley, Deputy Director of the Runnymede Trust added: "There is very little evidence about the experiences and needs of Hindu community groups and organisations and so alongside the e-survey the project is engaging with members of Hindu communities across the country through Focus groups in London, Leicester, Birmingham and Preston, telephone interviews as well as reviewed of existing research."

The final report is expected to be completed by the Summer 2006.


NUSOUND RADIO WINS THE COMMUNITY RADIO LICENCE FOR EAST LONDON
Ofcom has announced the award of a community radio licence to NuSound Radio (formally known as Star Sound Radio) for five years. It will start broadcasting on a permanent basis from autumn 2006. In the meantime, NuSound Radio will be on air from 1 April 2006 on 103.8 FM for local elections, Easter, Vaisakhi, Ramnavmi and Milad-ul-Abil. It will also update community organisations and listeners on proactive participation in the future.

Tari Sian, Managing Director of NuSound Radio said, ”My heartfelt thanks go out to all the staff, presenters, advertisers, community organisations and listeners for supporting us over the past 16 years.”

For further details, please call Tari on 07909 998 927 (E-Mail: Info@NuSoundRadio.Com) or visit www.NuSoundRadio.Com.


Lord Paul to become university’s first chancellor
Indian-born industrialist Lord Paul is to become the first Chancellor at the University of Westminster, London. The non-executive role will see him represent the university and promote its interests.

Raised to the peerage as Baron Paul of Marylebone in 1996, he already has strong links with the university, hosting the annual visit of Indian journalists to study on Chevening Scholarships at Westminster. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1997.

Lord Paul said he was delighted to accept the invitation to work more closely with the university.
“I am looking forward to developing this new role as Chancellor at the University of Westminster. I am passionate about the benefits of education and the mission at Westminster, with its strong emphasis on international partnerships, fits perfectly with my vision.

“Universities such as Westminster, with its commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, can be such a positive vehicle for change. I am very much looking forward to representing it, both in the UK and internationally.”

As a post-1992 university, Westminster has no tradition of having a chancellor role but Vice-Chancellor Dr Geoffrey Copland is confident the move will bring great benefit.

“The university is honoured that Lord Paul has agreed to be our first Chancellor. He has been a strong supporter over the years and his commitment to diversity and to international education and partnerships is well known.

“He has displayed a strong commitment to education as a vehicle for opportunities for personal and professional development, with an emphasis on widening participation and equality.

“I believe that we could not find a better advocate of our mission and look forward to working closely with him to promote not just the university but all that we stand for,” said Dr Copland.

Lord Paul, 75, is chairman of Caparo Group, a global steel, engineering and property development business, and has made large donations to many organisations, including £1m to save London Zoo.


BRITISH UNIVERSITIES SPORTS ASSOCIATION
PRINCESS ANNE OFFICIALLY OPENS BUSA OFFICE
Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal opened the new British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) offices on Tuesday 7th March 2006, as Patron of the Association.

Princess Anne has been the Patron of BUSA since its creation in 1994. Her dedication, commitment and support have helped the Association’s growth as the National Governing Body of student sport.

Other special guests on the day included John Inverdale, President of BUSA, Phil Atwell, Chairman, and new CEO Ian Randell.

“We are all very excited about the opening of the new offices which provide BUSA with the perfect base to serve our members and insure the continued success and development of both the Association and student sport,” said Ian Randell. “Princess Anne and John Inverdale have been instrumental to the success of the Association, and we were delighted that they were both able to join us to share in the celebration of the new offices.”

The new BUSA offices are located at 20-24 King’s Bench Street, London, SE1 OQX, the nearest station is Southwark. The old offices were in Union Street, London Bridge.

The British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) is the governing body of university sport, running national competitions in 48 sports from Athletics to Windsurfing, and co-ordinating the Great Britain representative teams for the World University Games and World University Championships.

The BUSA Sporting programme draws on 1.2 million students with over 3500 teams engaged in BUSA competition on a typical sporting day. With over 600 leagues, it is the biggest such sporting programme in Europe. Fixtures and results from all BUSA competitions can be accessed at www.busa.org.uk.

Many university participants have gone on to achieve British and International success in their chosen sport, such as Paula Radcliffe, James Cracknell, Stephaine Cook, Nasser Hussain, Kate Howey, Audley Harrison, James Gibson and Will Greenwood.


Visit to Pakistan
Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham
From 4 to 8 January, I visited the area of Pakistan hit by the recent earthquake, as the guest of the relief organisation, World Vision UK.

My visit was prompted by deep concern in Newham about the situation of people in the earthquake area - where many local families have relatives and friends. There has been a lot of support in Newham for efforts to raise funds and gather relief supplies. Several local groups have set up small charities themselves to help, or have personally taken cash and supplies to stricken areas. Some have actually set up schools and hospitals - modest resources in the UK go a very long way in Pakistan.

I had the opportunity during the visit to discuss the situation with the Directors of both the relief and the reconstruction agencies, and with the Pakistan Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz.

The scale of the devastation is hard to grasp. Some 80,000 people died. Almost half a million homes were destroyed, and the two million people who lived in them are having to get through a bitterly cold winter in tents or makeshift shelters. Some have gathered into camps, but most have remained in their original villages.

Virtually all the hospitals and clinics in the earthquake area were destroyed, and most of the schools. Thousands of children were killed at school in the earthquake. I was also struck by the dramatic contrast between the suffering of the people and the vast beauty of the area where the disaster struck - a rugged area of mountains and valleys. And everywhere we went, small boys were using crude equipment to play cricket!

I was encouraged by what I saw of the impact of the relief effort. On the whole, it was hoped that support from relief organisations and governments - plus effective co-ordination provided by the Pakistan army - was going to be enough to get people through the winter. Since then, however, the weather has worsened.

From April, when the weather improves and building becomes possible, a vast reconstruction effort is going to be needed. This is going to need generous funding, and an impressive feat of organisation.

From the Prime Minister down, there is deep appreciation in Pakistan for the contribution which has been made by British people and by the British Government. We mustn't forget the people once the world's media has moved on.


Pakistan-India Friendship Forum (UK)
At a recent meeting of the Pakistan-India Forum (UK), the following founding members were elected as:

President: Mr Saleem Shaikh
Senior Vice President: Mr Rajan Sehgal
Vice President: Mr Vijay Saggar
Vice President: Mr Muzafar Chowdry
Chairman: Dr Rami Ranger MBE FRSA
Senior Vice Chairman: Mr Tariq Choudhary
Vice Chairman: Mr Nazar Lodhi
Vice Chairman: Mr Razi Khan
Vice Chairman: Mr Gulbash Chandok
Finance Secretary: Mr Krishan Ralleigh
Joint Finance Secretary:Mr Mustafa Aziz
General Secretary: Mr Harjit Dhanoa
Joint Gen. Secretary: Cllr. Rabi Martins MBA
PRO: Mr Inder S. Jammu
Joint PRO: Mr Mohan Khurana
Press Secretary: Mr Khalid Ibrahim

The main objectives of this non-profit making organisation are to provide a non-political and non-religious platform; to promote and enhance friendship and godwill between the citizens of these two countries; to promote business ties and encourage investments between the citizens of these two countries; to promote jointly social and cultural activities, host conventions and seminars in London, Pakistan and India and to raise funds for Charities.

The Forum will establish and support or aid in the establishment and support of any charitable associations or institutions and to subscribe or guarantee money for charitable purposes. The organisation has already donated a substantial sum for victims of recent earthquake in Kashmir.

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