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Former Malawi president says women can lead Africa

MALAWI’S FIRST female president Joyce Banda has issued a call to arms for more women to venture into the political arena on the African continent.

Speaking at the inaugural New African Women’s Forum organised by the magazine of the same title, the former president delivered a rousing speech to an audience of predominantly women and some select men championing for female heads of state.

“I know that women make good leaders, women can get into any situation and are ready and willing to correct the situation,” insisted Banda.

Model, 22, died after two ambulances failed to turn up

A YOUNG model died from a very rare stomach haemorrhage just hours after being told by a paramedic that she was suffering from a bug, an inquest has heard.

Linzie Mumbi Ngarari, 22, died at home on June 29 last year, less than seven hours after waking up with severe stomach pains and sickness.

Obama to lunch with the Queen next month at Windsor Castle

President Barack Obama will have a private lunch with the Queen at Windsor Castle next month as he visits Britain.

In what is likely to be his last trip to the UK as US president he will also hold a joint conference with David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

Obama is expected to arrive in Britain just after the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21.

Buckingham Palace has rejected a report that the Queen "refuses" to meet Obama during his visit to Britain next month, saying it was always the plan for the President to travel to Windsor Castle for lunch.

Top black judge sues MoJ for racial discrimination

THE CHAIR of the Society of Black Lawyers is suing the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for racial discrimination and victimisation.

Peter Herbert has begun the legal proceeding to sue the MoJ after it recommended that a formal warning be made against him for comments he made last year about racism and the judiciary, according to respected race relations activist Lee Jasper.

Herbert, a judge, human rights barrister and OBE holder, was the subject of a complaint after delivering a speech at a rally in Stepney, east London, last April.

Dad of murdered schoolboy slams Boris Johnson's knife stats

THE FATHER of a schoolboy stabbed to death outside his school gates has slammed London Mayor Boris Johnson’s approach of reducing the number of knife crime incidents in the capital.

Mark Prince, whose son Kiyan was killed in Edgware, north London, as he tried to prevent a fight in 2006, said that though knife crime figures had fallen by 31 per cent in the last eight years, Johnson had done “nothing meaningful” to reduce this number.

“How sad it is after doing nothing meaningful about knife crime and finding no solutions these claims are the best he can come up with,” Prince said.

Arrests in London stabbing that claimed life of 20-year-old

TWO MEN have been arrested in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Mujaahid Wilson in Thornton Heath, south London.

Wilson died from a single stab wound to the heart after he was assaulted on Monday (March 14).

A 23-year-old man was arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder, though was released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Two other male suspects, a 17-year-old and a 25-year-old were arrested yesterday (March 16) on suspicion of murder and were and have been bailed to a date in late April.

The Voice hosts its first apprenticeship forum in London

THE INAUGURAL Voice Apprenticeship forum launched today (Mar 16) and has attracted young people from as far as Northampton eager to get a step up on the career ladder.

The one-day event, organised by The Voice newspaper in conjunction with HSBC, has brought more than 10 major companies together hoping to encourage a fresh crop of apprentices.

Project manager Trevor Raymond told The Voice: "I'm really happy about the turnout and how committed the companies involved have been. I think it lays a good platform for future events."

Budget: George Osborne says 'UK must act now or pay later'

CHANCELLOR GEORGE Osborne says the UK is on course to clear its deficit despite facing a "dangerous cocktail" of global economic risks.

Unveiling his eighth Budget as chancellor and second as part of a full Conservative government, he said the country was "well placed" to handle the risks if "we act now so we don't have to pay later".

He is to cut spending by an extra £4bn as the economy is in worse shape than he predicted four months ago.

Labour branded the Budget a "press stunt" to hide Osborne's failures.

'Paddy Power is purposely targeting black communities'

THE UK’S leading bookmaker, Paddy Power, has been slammed by campaigners who have accused the company of targeting black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities.

According to a detailed analysis carried out by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, 61 per cent of Paddy Power’s 349 betting shops are located in areas with above average levels of non-UK born citizens. These include Newham, Brent and parts of Birmingham, Slough and Leicester.

Where are the black professionals in Music Week's round-up?

INDUSTRY INSIDER publication Music Week has responded to criticism over the lack of diversity on its annual 30 Under 30 list.

The round-up, titled Meet the Future of The Music Biz, profiles 30 under the age of 30 figures across the music industry and has been criticised for its lack of diversity, with only two non-white professionals profiled.