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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Faith forums share fun picnic

THE MUSLIM Jewish Forum and Christian Muslim Forum of Greater Manchester enjoyed learning about different cultures at their annual picnic recently.

Taking place for the fourth year in a row, the picnic brought together members of three different faiths from the North West on Sunday 18 July 2010.

Attendees had a wonderful time, despite the drizzly Manchester weather, sharing food and stories at the boating lake in Heaton Park.

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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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Khan excited by Hatton fight

TASIF Khan has revealed that he is looking forward to fighting on the Matthew Hatton undercard.

The Yorkshire boxer is making his Bolton debut before the big Hatton fight on Friday 16 July 2010 and also said that this could be the biggest test of his career.

“Its a fight I am really looking forward to and I am really excited. I have had a few set backs in the past, with fights being delayed and cancelled,” Khan, who will be fighting just before Ricky Hatton’s younger brother takes to the ring, told Manchester Mouth.

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