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From Boxing for England several times at an international level, to signing sponsorship deals with Everlast, Sports Direct and MTK Global and winning his first professional fight earlier this year, Bilal Fawaz is still battling to legalise his status with the UK Home Office.

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, and becoming the ABA Champion in 2012, it has been agreed by both the Home Office and the Nigerian High Commission that he cannot be deported, but still will not be granted a UK passport or residency papers.

St George's Day was celebrated with traditional parades and celebrations like fetes, church services and traditional English activities like Morris Dancing. With some lockdown restrictions easing, some smaller, socially distanced events managed to go ahead for how this year’s celebrations.

Celebrate St George's Day was celebrated in many areas with delicious recipes that showcase the best of English produce, like baking a Victoria sponge or delving into a retro classic like Lancashire hotpot or sherry trifle as feasts and banquets were how Saints' days was honoured.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games are coming to Birmingham and thousands of people across the region are taking the unique opportunity to land jobs at this summer’s sporting spectacle.

Training places and job roles are waiting to be filled in areas such as security, stewarding, catering, cleaning, retail, transport and logistics and anyone who is interested can apply now.

The countdown to Vaisakhi has begun, with thousands of visitors expected at Wolverhampton's premier park for the annual celebrations in May. The event, which has been postponed for the last two years during the coronavirus pandemic, will see the popular cultural festival return to West Park on Sunday, May 8, between 12pm and 5pm.

A community leader has slammed the government’s anti-terror Prevent programme for failing to stop radicalisation but instead sowing the seeds of suspicion and hate towards ordinary Muslims.

Mashkura Begum, chair of community empowerment organisation Saathi House, in Birmingham, features in a special Dispatches programme aired on Channel 4 which explored failures in the government’s anti-radicalisation Prevent programme.

Industries across the board are facing staff shortages and vacancies. Over the long Easter weekend, mass disruption is expected across all travel sectors, and industry experts warn the delays could last the year. Other badly affected industries, such as hospitality and healthcare, barely survived the pandemic and are now finding that they still can’t get the staff – and this impacts health and safety and the quality of work completed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make a long-delayed trip to India this week in a bid to strengthen security ties with the country.

He will meet his counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday, with talks focused on defence and trade. It will be Johnson's first major trip to India as PM after previous visits were postponed due to Covid.

The Forum for Global Challenges will see some of today’s most influential thinkers and doers gather in Birmingham at a major international meeting to showcase and generate solutions to some of the most pressing challenges faced by our planet and its people.
Organised by the University of Birmingham, the 1,000-delegate event, will combine a face-to-face conference at the ICC Birmingham with a fully online interactive format.

Worcester Cathedral’s Eco Group is leading the green agenda, having secured National Lottery funding to encourage local people to join them in taking climate action. And now they are inviting the local community to come together for ‘Living Gently on the Earth’ - a series of community events, talks and workshops on caring for the planet and living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

New research from Birmingham City University has documented the feelings of vulnerability and incidents of exploitation that those living on the streets experience, by gathering first-hand accounts from some of the city’s rough sleepers. 

Direct testimonies form the basis of a newly published paper titled Living Rough, An exploratory study on the vulnerabilities of rough sleepers in Birmingham, United Kingdom. 

A North East woman is proud to be representing the region as an official baton bearer for the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Commonwealth Games this summer. This is a particularly poignant honour for Nicola Wood, who set up The Wonderful Wig Company as a second business after being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2016, when she was 36.

Having first announced its ambition in 2019, the Midlands’ airport remains steadfast in achieving its 2033 target. Its roadmap prioritises zero-carbon airport operations while minimising the use of carbon offsets.

The plan builds on a decade of learning and investments that have already seen emissions, which the airport controls, reduce by 33%. This has been achieved through the use of solar, electric vehicle transition and energy-efficiency measures.

April is National Pet Month in the UK, and West Midlands housing association Bromford is marking the occasion by sharing their top tips for moving house with pets.

Catherine Jarrett, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bromford, said: “At Bromford, we understand that pets are part of the family, which is why we wanted to share some tips to help them feel more comfortable during what can be a particularly stressful process for them.”