Rehman: ‘United move was a no-brainer’

By Will Astbury

Zesh Rehman’s brother has claimed that the footballer made the right decision when he agreed to be transferred to a new club in Thailand.

Riz Rehman, who is the CEO of the Zesh Rehman Foundation – a charity organisation which operates in Bradford and Manchester, described to Manchester Mouth how his brother’s transfer to Muangthong United came about and why it was the right move for the footballer.

Apparently the offer for Zesh, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League and was Bradford captain at the time, came as a surprise to both the player and his people…

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Rehman expands Asian sport charity

By Will Astbury

Former Bradford City captain Zesh Rehman has extended the services of his sporting charity to schools in Manchester.

The 27-year-old footballer, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League, signed for Thai side Muangthong United in late December but before he left took the time to establish the Zesh Rehman Foundation’s (ZRF) first project in the North West.

The Foundation is now running the Onside programme at Kassim Darwish Grammar School For Boys (KD), an Islamic independent school in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, to teach youngsters more about the sport and hopefully to coach them into being the future stars of tomorrow.

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Italian eatery opens in Stockport

By Peter Stanners

Manchester Mouth’s newest recruit reviews the new eatery that is pioneering Stockport’s cosmopolitan revival.

An ambitious sibling team has opened an Italian coffee house and restaurant in the heart of Stockport.

Taking over the site of the old Stockport Arms on Petersgate, Da Vinci’s is a gift to Stockport, offering incredible food in a cosy environment with great value for money.

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Bolton school girl Nazeeba missing

A teenage girl has been missing from her home in Bolton for more than four days.

Nazeeba Hussain, 14, was last seen at her family home on Loxham Street, Great Lever, at about 8:15pm on Monday 15 November 2010.

She is described as Asian, 5ft 2in tall with shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. When last seen school girl Hussain was wearing traditional Asian dress consisting of a black top, orange trousers, grey cardigan, red scarf and red shoes.

Greater Manchester Police are becoming concerned for her welfare due to her age and the fact Hussain has not been missing before. She has no access to money and no change of clothes.

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New centre to make Muslims moderate

By Peter Stanners

A new Islamic community centre is apparently being set up in Manchester to encourage British Muslims into integrate local society.

The Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) has reported that a ‘moderation centre’ is being established in the North West on instruction from the Kuwaiti royal family in order to encourage a more moderate reading of Islam, raising eyebrows in local Muslim communities.

“Muslims in the West must break free from fear on their identity and positively blend in society and present a bright image of moderate Islam,” Dr Adel Al-Falah, Kuwaiti Undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, told KUNA.

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Calling Asian writers

THE EDITOR of an online writing network has called on Asian authors from Manchester to contribute to a new publication.

Farhana Shaikh, the brains behind The Asian Writer, is asking wanna-be writers from Asian communities to submit their work for publication in the network’s first anthology.

Due to be published in October 2010, the publication is based around the theme of ‘Celebration’ and it will be launched at the Everybody’s Reading Festival in Leicester and at the DSC South Asian Literature Festival 2010 in London.

Speaking to Manchester Mouth about why she decided to set up The Asian Writer, Shaikh said: “The Asian Writer was set up to support and champion British Asian writers.”

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Potter star’s scary family bailed

THE FATHER and brother of a Harry Potter actress have been bailed after being accused of threatening to kill her.

Abdul Azad, 54, and his son Ashraf, 28, reportedly said that they would murder 22-year-old Afshan, who plays Padma Patil in the wizard movies, after they found out she was dating a Hindu man.

The child star, who comes from a strict Bengali Muslim family from Longsight in Manchester, said that her father made threats against her life and her brother assaulted her and threatened her in her home on 21 May 2010.

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