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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.

Ian Thomas- Only Black Council CEO in UK -Stands Down After 7 Months

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There is great concern that the only Black CEO- Ian Thomas- of any local authority in the UK has, in effect being forced to step down. Ian Thomas, who was the former service director at Rotherham Borough Council, has agreed to step down as Lewisham Council’s Chief Executive Officer seven month after being appointed. The Council haven’t specified the reason for Thomas’s departure.

The Battle to save Frank Wang continues

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Frank's supporters

Annie Goh:  “Frank is a hugely beloved member of the community. So pleased that he will be able to open up his coffee stall again soon! We love Frank! “

Marcela Liete: “Frank, Yuppi the dog and I have really been missing you, and we have been worried. So we are so happy to support a little bit your return to BG, because this community has not been the same without you.”

BME’s Contribution during WWI

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Women in Support of Cécile Kyenge MEP

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It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the rally in support of the Italian MEP Cécile Kyenge for her courage to stand up against racism, xenophobia, and other forms of intolerance. Kyenge, is being sued for defamation for calling the Italian League party racist.

Danny Boyle remembers Walter Tull

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As the nation paused to remember the 1st World War heroes in the 100 year anniversary of the end of that war, film Director Danny Boyle made his own moving tribute the fallen, including the Black hero Walter Tull.

Faces on the some of the young men that died have been recreated on beeches around the country.

Tull who was the first black officer in the British Army will be commemorated on Ayr beach as part of director Danny Boyle’s Armistice commission ‘Pages of the Sea.’

Vaughan Gething: First Black elected leader in Europe?

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If Vaughan Gething wins the internal nomination to become leader of the Welsh Labour party he will then become First Minster of Welsh Assembly and will be the first leader of any European country to come from a African background.

Gething was born in Zambia, but moved to the UK when he was two. His mother is Zambian and his father Welsh. Now Gething stands on the threshold of making history.

240 Parole Board members-None Black

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The Parole Board for England and Wales is an independent body that carries out risk assessments on prisoners to determine whether they can be safely released into the community, and it is sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. The Parole Board currently has 246 Board members who are in charge of making assessments and final decisions, but only 13 of them are from a non-white background. Caroline Corby, who is the chairperson of the board, expresses “significant concern” of the lack of diversity on the board, adding that the recruitment procedure will change.

US mass shootings: We pray the shooter isn't Black

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As the news slowly unfolded that another gunman was shooting innocent people, this time at a Country music bar in Thousand Oaks California, early reports about the gunman siad that he had ‘beard and was in black’.  At that moment my heart sank, not just for those victims and the unimaginable pain their families and friends would endure, but also how this mass shooting would play out if the gunman was indeed Black and/or a Muslim, as was suggested.

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