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Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad

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People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

Walter Tull to get Nubian Jak Blue plaque

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Totthenham Hostspur legend Garth Crooks is to unveil the Nubian Jak Blue Plaque in honour of his hero Walter Tull.

When Walter Tull stepped onto the hallowed pitch at White Hart Lane on 1st September 1909, he became the first professional outfield Black player to play in England’s premier football division.

Within eight years of making his debut for Tottenham Hotspur, he would become the first Black British army officer in the war to end all wars.

Sadly, a year later he would make the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Bolivia: More Morales for Four Years

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The Bolivian General Elections took place this past Sunday, with president Evo Morales highly favoured to win a third consecutive term. The results will not officially be announced until 22 October, but exit polls show President Morales leading at around 60%, with his closest rival lagging far behind at 25%. Leaders of other South American Countries have already called to congratulate him on the ‘win.’

Happy Birthday Rev Jesse Jackson

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Civil Rights Icon Rev Jesse does not believe in slowing down even on his 73rd birthday.

To mark the occasion, Rev Jackson met with students, health administrators, young voters, and broadcasters last week to draw awareness to current issues facing minority communities in the United States. He spoke about minority involvement in STEM careers, the recent militarization of police departments, voting challenges and the need for a Right to Vote amendment, and the US response to the Ebola crisis.

Still no justice for Duggan family

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Three senior judges today rejected an appeal from Mark Duggan’s family that the Coroner of the original inquest into his killing, misdirected the Jury during his summing up.

Last summer the Jury found that Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by a Met officer in the summer of 2011, which sparked civil disturbances across the country.

The argument for the appeal centres around the Coroner Judge directing the jury that the officer might have been using self defence, even though the jury concluded Duggan was unarmed when he was shot.

The BBC Wants You! Two leadership schemes

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The BBC is actively seeking talented individuals from Black and minority ethnic(BME) communities for two leadership schemes.

These are great opportunities and we urge you to act quickly and apply before the 19th Oct deadline.

Four Corners – an interview with Lemi Ghariokwu

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According to the lyrics of the late, great pioneering Afrobeat musician and cultural icon, Fela Kuti, ‘Music is the weapon of the future’. If that’s the case, then this month’s profile designer’s work is a laser cannon.

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