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Jigs has Capital XTRA show reinstated

OUSTED RADIO DJ Jigs has had his show on Capital XTRA reinstated.

Jigs sensationally quit his 24-year post at the London-based station last October just two days after it controversially dropped its much-loved Choice FM moniker.

His departure came after a whole host of names were axed from the station following its rebrand and change of musical output from hip-hop and R&B to ‘Dance. Urban. UK’.

Thinking about a permanent move to an exotic location?

ARE YOU seriously thinking about a permanent move to an exotic location? Are you sure it's the right thing to do? Would you like to road test the life you've dreamed of before committing for good?

If you've answered yes to the above questions, BBC2 want to hear from you!

Wanted In Paradise is a new series about Brits who are seriously considering a move to an exotic location such as the Caribbean, the Maldives, Belize, Panama, Mexico, The Seychelles, Costa Rica, Nicaragua or even South or Central America.

New car tax scheme ‘not thought through’

THE UPCOMING abolition of vehicle tax disks has been criticised by town halls across London for having been "not thought through".

From October 1 this year, a new scheme will be put into place using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) as opposed to the paper disks that are currently used.

Drivers will be logged into an electronic database that keeps track of payments, scanning number plates to see if payments are up to date. The new scheme is alleged to save millions of pounds in administration costs.

Appeal for girl, 14, who disappeared from home last night

POLICE ARE growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 14-year-old girl who disappeared from her home in Thames Ditton, Surrey, last night (Sept 7).

Brooklyn Sutherland was last seen at 9.30pm but hasn't been seen since.

"She is described as having a dark complexion, around 5ft 6ins tall, with a slim build and very long, curly black hair. She is also described as having brown eyes with a birth mark on her left eye," a police spokesperson said.

Brooklyn was last seen wearing black leggings, a purple Adidas hooded top and white Nike Airmax trainers, they added.

‘Homophobia is not just a problem in black communities’

THE CAPTIVITY of a British lesbian activist by her mother in the Democratic Republic of Congo has raised questions about the prevalence of homophobic views within African communities.

Christina Fonthes – who co-founded Rainbow Noir, a group for LGBT people of colour in the northwest of England – visited her family in Kinshasa on August 11, but her passport was confiscated by her mother who held her against her will so she could be “cured of her gayness”.

‘A big black man is always seen as a thug’

A BOUNCER is suing Thames Valley Police in a David and Goliath battle for justice after he was cleared of an erroneous assault charge that robbed him of his livelihood.

Simon Akinwunmi had been working in the security industry for over 20 years where he had a thriving business in Maidenhead that provides doorman services to two clubs.

However, that changed in the early hours of December 24, 2008, when he was called to assist staff at the Phatz Bar following a fight between doormen and clubbers.

Ten secrets to academic brilliance

THIS WEEK many children will begin full-time education while others return to the classroom after the long summer holidays to start a new year.

With the persisting concerns about the underperformance of black students, many parents may well be wondering what they can do to improve their children’s academic performance.

Natricia Duncan spoke to teachers, parents and education specialists to reveal the secrets to creating a bright star and setting your child on the path to success in their education.


Read with your child

Press watchdog rules in Guardian’s favour over use of N-word

THE PRESS Complaints Commission (PCC) last week ruled in favour of The Guardian newspaper over its unedited use of the N-word.

The ruling came after filmmaker Nia Reynolds raised an official complaint with the newspaper watchdog over the publication’s policy to write the term in its entirety when it is within a quote. Reynolds called on the newspaper to review its style guide and abandon the use of the “inflammatory, offensive and demeaning word”.

UK's only black council chief announces he will step down

THE UK'S only black council chief executive has decided to step down from his position after eight years.

Derrick Anderson CBE, chief executive of Lambeth Council, is credited with transforming the local authority from one of the worst-rated in London to one of the best during his tenure.

He will leave the post at the end of the year.

"When Derrick came to Lambeth in 2006 it was a different story and it’s to his credit that we’re in a much better place today,” said council leader Lib Peck.

'A Tottenham boy becoming London mayor has never been done'

TOTTENHAM MP David Lammy has become the first Labour hopeful to put himself in the running to become his party’s candidate for London mayor.

The former universities minister, who has been an MP since 2000 following the death of his predecessor Bernie Grant, said he felt the time was now right to confirm his interest.

Lammy said affordable housing would top his campaign agenda and vowed to make the UK capital a "city of opportunity".

He told The Voice: "I said I was thinking about [running] a year ago and I have thought long and hard.