I Was a Soldier: Survival Against the Odds

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Jamaican-born Necola Hall served in the British Army for more than nine years, and is a veteran of the Second Gulf War.

After being turned down by the Army on two occasions, her dogged tenacity and will to succeed eventually led to her acceptance into the Adjutant General Corps. The recollections of her experiences in the military and of her tour of duty in war-torn Iraq make for an inspiring read.

Originally from St Thomas in Jamaica, she emigrated to the United Kingdom in 2002, aged 25, in search of better opportunities and prospects. She tells of the sacrifice of leaving her new husband behind; the emotions of separation, and her joy of being reunited with him in the UK.

Necola reflects on the challenges she faced growing up in Jamaica. Her family’s impoverished circumstances meant school attendance was inconsistent, and this was to negatively impact her in adulthood. Despite her setbacks, she always possessed an unflinching determination to succeed in all her endeavours.

Her early experiences and the unrelenting challenges of military life would take their toll, however. A miscarriage, illness, depression and being diagnosed as severely dyslexic all led to her self-confidence in tatters and her career in the Army under threat.

I Was a Soldier is the story of one woman’s life-changing journey from poverty in Jamaica to triumph over illness, and to the service of Queen and country.

Necola Hall was medically discharged from the British Army in 2013, and is married with three children. She is also a born-again Christian.

Get more information about Necola’s book.

London event – 2inspire Network Ladies Day

The 2inspire Network Ladies Day is back!

“Brick To Brick We Stand Firm Together Building Walls To Inspire Others” – Zara-Shola Odeniyi @cocoacabin

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This is a *free event where women run businesses, particularly creative businesses such as artists, fashion designers etc will exhibit their products and services.
It is the ultimate one-stop shop with a shopping arena,  a range of personal, business and lifestyle development workshops on offer , a business clinic, a pamper corner, Free NHS health checks, live entertainment and a Childrens fashion show hosted by Isossy Children

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The event titled “Strength of a woman” aims to highlight the remarkable achievements of women with the aim to empower and inspire attendees to dig deeper and aim to live their best life.

*Free entry covers entry into the shopping arena and the entertainment segment, it also allows access to the *free NHS health Checks. For access to all Workshops and the Business Clinic a one off payment of £8 is essential, please make payment via Workshop Admission or Business Clinic link and then tick the sessions you would like to attend.

Business Clinic with Lorna Stewart:

2 inspire Network brings to you an exclusive opportunity to have a 20 minute business clinic session with multi-award winning entrepreneur Lorna Stewart. Lorna is a Business and Leadership Development Consultant/Mentor/Trainer/ motivational speaker and human potential coach. She is the creator of 6 award winning projects designed to support the development of Professionals, Leaders and Entrepreneurs. Her clients include Mayors, High Commissioners, Local Authorities and Corporate Companies. The clinic session will provide aspiring, new and established business people the perfect opportunity to discuss their business idea, get clarity, explore possibilities and solutions. The potential for a follow up session is available as well as information about future events, training, mentoring and coaching opportunities.

Full listing of workshops.

Personal Development Workshops:

11.30 am – 12.30pm Colour Life Beautiful: 
 
tmlchair London event   2inspire Network Ladies DayFacilitator:  Life & Executive Coach Noreen Makosewe
 
A Modern Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity, Unleashing Personal Power and Colouring Life Beautiful. Life and Executive Coach and Strategist Noreen Makosewe, will share with you ways to unleash your personal power, overcome adversity and colour life beautiful so you can live the life of your dreams boldly and powerfully.   
 

1.00pm – 2.00pm Stepping Into The Circle of One

Facilitator: Leadership Coach KuumbaNia

What if you could stop hiding and playing small and start living from a space of honesty and authenticity? What if you could stand fully and unapologetically in your own power, in the knowledge that you truly are enough? In this lively, interactive workshop, KuumbaNia will show you how The Circle of One can help you to see how you’re showing up in the world, so you can finally speak the truth of who you really are.

2.30pm-3.30pm The Ten Secret Codes To Be Instantly Magnetic &Irresistible

Facilitator: Sensuality Discovery Specialist Lillian Ogbogoh

This workshop teaches attendees how to feel more confident when interacting with men they desire. Lillian Ogbogoh will focus on achieving dating confidence and improved levels of self – esteem so that individuals can feel attractive and irresistible.

4.00pm-4.30pm Belly Dancing Taster Workshop

Facilitator: Carmen Rose

The workshop tailor made for 2inspire; is all about unleashing your inner confidence and bringing it to the foreground through flamboyant and cardio intense movement. Carmen Rose will teach each candidate basic belly dance moves, stage presence, confidence tips and how to get a great workout through having fun.

4.45-5.15 pm SmaiTauiAfrikan Yoga Taster Workshop

Facilitator: LeneaHerew

This feminine energy focused session will introduce Hudu: rhythmic and dynamic movements combined with deep breathing that rejuvenate the body, tone the organs, clear the emotional and mental bodies and support all round well-being. The session will be concluded with a short meditation.

 

Business workshops:

12.30pm-1.30pm Mind Your Own Business Advice

gail London event   2inspire Network Ladies DayFacilitator: £6million pound mumpreneur Gail Reynolds

£6 Million pound mumpreneur, Gail Reynolds will be running a 1 hour workshop which will look at Identifying where you are in your business journey so far. Setting your sights high and reaching out for both small and BIG Goals. She will also teach the importance of Professionalism and 100% customer quality customer service at all times.

2.00pm – 3.00pm How To Build Your Business Brand Through Your Personal Profile in 7 Easy Steps.

Facilitator: Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE

yvonnethompson London event   2inspire Network Ladies DayOne of the most important tools for advancing your business is defining and using your personal profile to build your business brand. Dr Yvonne Thompson will teach attendees about building your business brand, how your brand is your vision of who you are and what you want your target market to know about you, and what you can do for your target market. She will teach how it is a message that distinguishes you from your competition. It is what makes you unique, memorable, trustworthy, and builds loyalty and connects your audience with you. Defining your personal profile and building your brand is simple using her 7 -step process.
3.30pm-4.30pm Getting to Make Business Contacts in The Media & Social Networks.

Facilitator: BBC Reporter Valley Fontaine

BBC reporter Valley Fontaine will give attendees tips on how to communicate and forge meaningful relationships with national media and social media, which in turn is likely to lead to more coverage for their business. This will be an educational communication which will look at effective communication and raise awareness thus building confidence and Improve ones chances of getting noticed and understanding of how the media operates.

 

Free NHS Health Checks 

 

(On a first come first basis for over 35s, no booking system)

 

The Health check takes about 25-30 mins per person and involves:

  •  Height, weight and blood pressure measurements
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar tests
  • A lung function test for smokers.
  • Personal and family medical history
  • A personal assessment, setting out the individual’s level of risk 
  •  Free advice and support on how to reduce cardiovascular risk and improve on personal health (weight management, smoking cessation and physical activity programs)
  • Referrals to GPs and lifestyle services (where required)  

Get your free ticket.

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The Gospel Summit June 13-14 2014 @ The Drum, Birmingham B6 4UU

 The Gospel Summit June 13 14 2014 @ The Drum, Birmingham B6 4UU

The Gospel Summit is back!

Independents Breakthrough! Increasing your ability to succeed, this specialist music industry business event delivers a dynamic two day event for everyone – especially Gospel artists, label owners promoters producers.

Features include:
GMIA Executives’ Church & Gospel Leaders Luncheon
Fri 13 June, 12 – 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission
Historic first meeting of Church and Gospel Leaders to discuss the future of UK Gospel.
Sponsored by Bible Society

JUMP Music Video Awards
Fri 13 June, 7:30pm
Tickets: £8, £10 OTD
The first-ever JUMP Music Video Awards for artists and the creators working in video productions. Submissions open until Wed 14 May, nominations will be announced Sat 31 May. For more information and UK & International categories visit www.jumprelease.com

The awards will be filmed for broadcast on OH TV (Sky Channel 199).

Gospel Summit Main Day
Sat 14 June, 9am – 4pm
Tickets: £25
A day filled with workshops, expert industry panels, showcase, networking, and decision-making on shaping a new landscape for our scene. Every delegate will receive expert knowledge and support.

Workshop and Industry Panels include:
– Music Video Workshop: How to make a quality video for less
– Choir & Vocal Workshop, with tips for Choir Directing
– Songwriters Workshop: Improving Your Craft
– How to set up and run your own artist-owned record label
– The Business of Gospel in Europe – ‘Our United States’
– How to get the best out of your online music distributor
– How can I make a quality music video for less?
– Q & A’s: What is the right price for my ministry or performance?
– How does copyright licensing work in Churches?
– The Gospel scene & music industry structure

Every delegate will receive expert advice and practical support to be Business Ready, Rights Ready, Marketing Ready and Charts Ready! Music experts include: Linton Beckles, Marcia Dixon, Vidal Juba, Ryan J Bruce, Charles Koranteng, Audrey Gray, Roger Moore and many others.

KnowShowcase Concert
Sat 14 June, 7pm
Tickets: £8, £10 OTD
(Included in Summit Main Day cost)
Reggae artist Watchman launches his new album. Special guests Jnr Robinson from Denmark, Ricardo Williams, Town Hall Choir, Millicent Stephenson, Natty Josiah, Isabella Melodies, Natalie Phillips and more!

New acts: sign up for your chance to make your Summit debut before an audience including booking agents, promoters, managers, media contacts. Space is limited so register now!

http://www.gmia.org.uk

Reggae Film, Music & Fun – British Black Music/BMC in association with Flash Musicals

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A family-friendly event consisting of the first screening of  ‘Britain’s Contribution To The Development Of Reggae’, a guerilla documentary started by Kwaku in 2012 to mark JA@50 with contributions from numerous artists, producers, activists, fans, etc; and Gus Berger’s ‘Duke Vin And The Birth Of Ska’, which aims to tell the story of what happened when Duke Vin and Count Suckle arrived in the UK in 1954 and Duke Vin soon setting up the first sound system in the UK. They brought with them a sound that was sweeping across Jamaica and would later change the face of music in the UK. This was the sound of Ska!

Followed by a Q&A, quiz and a selection of purely British reggae with Kwaku and Da Prezedent!

Bring the family, expect to learn and have fun!

Flash Musicals Youth Theatre
Methuen Road
Edgware
London
HA8 6EZ
United Kingdom

Saturday, 28 June 2014 from 15:00 to 19:00 (BST)

£5 adults, £2 under 16s. Profits go to the Flash Musicals charity.

A small selection of CDs and vinyl will be on sale.

 

Claudia Unterweger – reporting the news in Austria

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Translated from German:

The presenter and editor , born in 1971 , has worked for the ORF in both the television and the radio.

With the completion certificate of the Vienna International School in the bag , she moved to France originally . There, the native of Vienna, studied international politics. At the University of Vienna , she did research on the living situation of black people in Austria and completed her history studies. Human rights were at the heart of its multi-year public relations , among others for Amnesty International . 2012 was selected Claudia Unterweger by the U.S. State Department to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program .

Her journalistic career began at Radio Africa International, then she moved as a reporter for commercial radio . Since the summer of 2000, the Vienna-born regularly presents topics related to current affairs on radio FM4 .

2011 overtook the radio host and the call to the television. For two years, designed and presented it to the ” ZiB – flash” news. Then Claudia Unterweger worked , which is now twice Romy – nominated as a TV editor for the Message Formats ” ZiB 20″ and ” ZiB Magazine ” .

Claudia Unterweger since September 16, 2013 alternating with Bernhard Stöhr, Daniela Soykan and Michael Berger hostess of the current Sports at 19.55 clock in ORF 2.

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