Uk’s Cable Says Labour ‘irresponsible’ To Talk Up Royal Mail Value
UK Convert to Islam Dreamed of Marrying Man Who Would “Terrorize” Non-Muslims
Artists include Little Simz, Smiler, and SP. Little Simz “Deranged” The latest female MC to prick up the ears of the UK’s urban music industry is 19-year-old Little Simz, whose flow is cutesy while the bars are feisty. Her fourth mixtape, Black Canvas, has been co-signed by the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and the legendary music exec that is Sylvia Rhone, and she continues to tick boxes for many-a-tastemaker. Taken from the aforementioned mixtape, “Deranged” sees Little Simz “blurring the lines between reality and madness” over the instrumental used for Earl Sweatshirt’s “Hive.” And the visuals are just as trippy. Smiler Feat. Blade Brown & Black The Ripper New Day What happens when you put a back-in-the-day-style lyricist, a road rapper, and a conscious-minded MC on a mellow hip-hop production? Smiler, Blade Brown, and Black The Ripper with “New Day” thats what. On Smilers The Coming mixtape track, each rhymer opens up about their climb in music, with Black The Ripper taking the prize for standout line: “You dont know about my independent grind/Underrated, underestimated, and Im unsigned.” SP & FuntCase Feat. Hitman Liars V.I.P Nothing beats screwface-inducing grime like SP, FuntCase, and Hitmans “Liars V.I.P”: straight-up raw aggression, unashamed braggadocio, and the dirtiest beat. The Midlands seems to finally be getting the recognition it deserves for its grime talent. About time, too.
Despite the threat of strike action from delivery staff and criticism from opposition lawmakers, the government is close to completing the sale of a majority stake in the 497-year-old Royal Mail, known worldwide for its iconic red postboxes. Sources said on Friday that the deal, which is being advertised to retail investors as well as institutions, was expected to price towards the upper end of its original range, potentially valuing the company at as much as 3.3 billion pounds ($5.31 billion). But that price tag was still seen as too low by Labour’s business spokesman Chuka Umunna, who on Saturday urged an immediate inquiry into the deal and said the firm’s property portfolio was so valuable that taxpayers could be short-changed. Cable hit back on Tuesday, saying those claims were based on “back of the envelope” calculations and accusing his opposite number of encouraging risky speculation in Royal Mail’s shares. “It is irresponsible to imply that a share offering looks significantly undervalued. I think you should consider the risk that you may be influencing the decisions of retail investors,” Cable wrote in an open letter addressed to Umunna. Order books are due to close on Oct. 8, with the shares beginning conditional trading in London on Oct. 11. Labour is opposed to the timing of the sale, which it says is designed to patch up Britain’s public finances, but has resisted calls from party activists and trade unions to pledge to renationalise the firm if it wins power in a 2015 election. Once completed, the sale will close a political drama spanning three decades, succeeding where previous attempts by both the Labour and Conservative parties had failed due to public and political resistance to selling off a revered national asset.
UK Imams agree to perform underage marriages
White widow Samantha Lewthwaite spells out over nine scrawled pages her need to murder disbelievers and incites others including her children to do the same. The crumpled A4 manuscript was found in a Kenyan safe house in which she and fellow Islamic extremists were planning an attack on two hotels and a shopping centre. Her children by Lindsay, nine-year-old Abdullah and Ruqayyah, eight, have the middle names Shaheed and Shahidah, male and female forms of the word martyr. Lewthwaite was pregnant with Ruqayyah when Lindsay blew himself up. Writing in her notebook, the fugitive white widow tells of her love for the man who gave his all to Allah and how blessed she is to have been the wife of a terrorist. Lewthwaite, who converted to Islam as a teenager, writes: We praise Allah and thank him for his countless blessings upon us. Allah blessed me with the best husband for me. In fact, exactly what I asked for before marriage. I asked for a man that would go forth, give all he could for Allah and live a life of terrorising the disbelievers. She wrote: Recently my beloved husband gave a talk to my eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. He asked them what do you want to be when you are older? Both had many answers but both agreed to one of wanting to be a mujahid. He asked them how did they plan to achieve such a goal, and what really is a mujahid? What makes someone a mujahid?
Photo: ITV Exposure Religious leaders appeared willing to agree to perform underage marriages at some mosques across the UK, an ITV investigation has discovered. Two undercover reporters called 56 mosques for Exposure to ask whether they would perform the marriage of a 14-year-old girl. Two-thirds of those contacted refused to perform the marriage, and many of them made clear they found the request abhorrent. But 18 of the respondents spoken to agreed. An undercover reporter called the Al Quba Mosque and Shahporan Islamic centre, in Manchester, posing as a single mother who wanted to have an Islamic marriage, known as a nikah, for her 14-year-old daughter. The Imam at this mainstream mosque, with a congregation of one thousand, told her “that’s not going to be a problem”. The Al Quba Mosque and Shahporan Islamic centre and the Imam were approached for comment but have not responded to the programme. Around 400 schoolchildren mainly girls from South Asian communities – are forced into marriage every year in the UK, according to official Government figures. The vast majority of forced marriages of British children happen abroad, according to official statistics. But the Exposure investigation has been told by experts in the field that children as young as 10 are being forced into marriage in the UK. “Meera” said she was married in the UK when she was 15-years-old. She told the programme she found the experience so devastating that she has not been able to tell her friends or family, and she remains trapped in her forced marriage, 40 years on. Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS North West, told Exposure that “forced marriage is probably the last form of slavery in the UK”.
UK digital ad spend hits record 6 month high of £3bn
It overtook the long-time number one category, entertainment & media, whose share stayed at 22.9 per cent. Driven by mobile display and video, the consumer goods sector extended its dominance over the finance sector as the biggest spender on digital display advertising, overall accounting for 18.2 per cent in the first half of 2013 compared to 15.8 per cent a year earlier. Finances share dropped from 15.8 per cent to 13.7 per cent. Consumer goods share has more than doubled in four years (from 8.1 per cent in the first half of 2009). Anna Bartz, senior manager at PwC, says, The fact that consumer goods such as food, clothing and jewellery account for over one quarter of mobile display advertising shows how important brands regard smartphones as key to consumer buying behaviour. Mobile has moved on from being a communications or entertainment device to a bona fide retail one. Its an interesting contrast to how dominant entertainment has become on fixed devices such as computers and laptops. Digital advertising formats Display advertising across the internet and mobile, boosted by video and social media, grew above the overall (17.5 per cent) digital rate at 23.0 per cent on a like-for-like basis to 737.9 million, representing a 24 per cent share of digital ad spend in the first half of 2013. Video advertising grew an impressive 86 per cent year-on-year to 135.2 million. In the last three years, video ad spend has increased almost six-fold (487 per cent). In the last year, videos share of online and mobile display has grown 50 per cent from 12 per cent to 18 per cent in the first half of 2013. Social media advertising grew 53 per cent to 242.5 million. In the last three years, social media spend has increased almost three-fold (285 per cent). Paid-for search marketing increased 18.9 per cent on a like-for-like basis to 1.81 billion a 59 per cent share of digital ad spend. Within these figures, mobile search grew like-for-like by 101 per cent to 271.0 million accounting for 63 per cent of mobile advertising. Classifieds including recruitment, property and automotive listings, grew 6.6 per cent like-for-like to 452.7 million accounting for 15 per cent of digital ad spend. Tablets: among media owners who submitted revenue figures to the IAB and PwC, designated ad spend on tablets is estimated to be at least 10.5 million in the first half of 2013; up from at least 2.4 million in the first half of 2012.