Feature Part 12! Looking Back On what Was a Lovely Spring & Summer and giving thanks for that and the amazing companies and services who contribute so much to human progress and happiness!

Feature Part 12! Looking Back On what Was a Lovely Spring & Summer and giving thanks for that and the amazing companies and services who contribute so much to human progress and happiness!

Triple-distilled and handcrafted in the foothills of the Himalayas at one of India’s oldest distilleries, Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin encapsulates the rich heritage of the Indian City of Jaisalmer, with a recipe that combines the ancient knowledge of herbs and spices, vibrant juniper berries and hand-picked botanicals from all four corners of India.

A deliciously easy cocktail to make is Jaisalmer Golden Fort:

Pour 50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin over cubed ice, add 15ml lime juice, 10ml cinnamon syrup and 50ml of cloudy apple juice. Garnish with an apple fan of three slices and optional grated nutmeg on top.

A festive cocktail is the Jaisalmer Peppertini:

Pour 50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin, 20ml pink peppercorn syrup, 20ml fresh lemon juice and 40ml pink grapefruit juice into a shaker. Shake and double strain into a pre-chilled coupe glass.

(To make peppercorn syrup add crushed pink peppercorns to a simple Monin sugar syrup to infuse).

RRP: £35.45 for a 70cl bottle. ABV: 43% available from thewhiskyexchange.com

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Are You Setting Up Home Beauty or Post Fitness Rehabilitation Facilities for home massage and physio! Naipo Massage Table Bed Chair Beauty Couch 2-Section Portable Deluxe Lightweight Professional Foldable with Dual-Layer Wooden Legs for Therapy Tatoo Salon Reiki Healing Spa Relax

Naipo Massage Table Bed Chair Beauty Couch 2-Section Portable Deluxe Lightweight Professional Foldable with Dual-Layer Wooden Legs for Therapy Tatoo Salon Reiki Healing Spa Relax 13KG(Black)

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【STABLE & LIGHTWEIGHT】 Coated tension wires connect German beech hardwood legs and 5cm high-density foam platform for a great stability. Carry case features adjustable shoulder strap to help transport your table of only 13kg with ease
【QUALIFIED MATERIALS】 The ROHS-certified water and oil proof, durable and environmentally friendly PU leather provides you a comfortable and safe cushion. The high-quality beech hardwood ensures professional strength
【EASY OPERATION】 Quick-lock leg and frame system for opening and folding your couch bed in seconds. The adjustable height is from 60 cm to 81 cm
【VERSATILE】 Suitable for use in physiotherapy, tattoos, rehabilitation, acupuncture, manipulation, aesthetics, pedicure, doctor’s surgery, tattoo studio, reflexology. Ideal for from amateurs to professionals
【VALUE PACKAGE WITH FREE ACCESSORIES】 Included adjustable extension headrest platform, face pillow, removable front and side armrests and carrying case

Product Features:


The headrest and accessory outlets on both sides of the couch provide convenience when positioning your clients
The 5 cm thick, high-density, small-cell foam padding ensures your clients’ comfort
The Double-Lock Leg Adjusters give stability and security to your massage couch
The built-in reiki panels allow you to perform seated work at either end of the massage couch

Included:
1 x Naipo Massage Table 2 section with wooden legs
1 x User Manual
1 x Carry Case
1 x Set of accessories

If you appreciate superior quality and value, the new Naipo Massage Table is the perfect fit for you.

Specifications:
Bed length without headrest 185 cm, with headrest 213 cm
Width of the bed without armrests 70 cm, with armrests 90 cm
Measurements (folded): 125 x 92 x 24 cm
Weight: 13.1 kg (with accessories: 14.7 kg)
Adjustable height from 60 to 81 cm
Static Weight up to 1100 Kg
Working Weight up to 250 Kg
Material of Bag: 100% Oxford

This product is available as a value package which includes the table itself, the face pillow with a deluxe adjustable headrest platform, and a free carrying case. The case is perfect for massage therapists who move around between clients and meetings since it’s lightweight but very firm.

The table comes with a luxurious yet functional PU cover. Its soft texture makes it easy to help you melt away your client’s stress and soothe their mind. Already after the first use, you will agree with us when we say that this is the most versatile massage table on the market.

Its frame and legs and are made of high-quality German beech. With the Auto-Lock Leg and Frame System, you can open and fold your massage table in seconds. This will make it more convenient to store or take away it.

Naipo REVIEW. So Relaxing and so helpful whilst relaxing, rejuvenating and recovering from physical stress. Naipo Shoulder & Neck Massager with Shiatsu Kneading Massage and Heat >> www.naipocare.com/product-mgs-150dc

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“I am so happy with this product, it is just so well made and provides me with complete pain free relaxation at such an offordable price with a range of settings perfectly chosen for just what my neck and back needs after a busy and focused day working with the children or in the office! I could not be happier and I thoroughly recommend this device. Naipo.. watch out for that name , great massage products, great company, great service!” InTouch rugby Back Health Editor!

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● Features 8 deep-kneading Shiatsu massage nodes to sooth tired, aching muscles.

● Built in advanced heat function transfers warmth to muscles, ligaments & tendons to improve the blood circulation.

● Can be used for office, vehicle and home, Includes a regular wall charger and a FREE car adapter for a limited time.

● 3D rotation kneading massage rollers in ergonomic U-design fits perfectly against the contoured shape of your neck, back, abdomen, buttock, calf, or thigh.

● You can return your undamaged product and packaging within 30 days of purchase to receive a FULL REFUND for any reason. We’re also offering 24 months warranty for quality-related issues.

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Christmas Comes Early: Waiting Game is Over as Parody Rugby Video Hits the Screens

View the video here: https://youtu.be/LYTwwLtPOLw

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens is paying tribute to the phenomena of the success of the John Lewis Christmas adverts to promote the 2018 event by premiering their own take on their classic ad, ‘The Long Wait’.

The parody video features an ‘overgrown child’ who can’t wait for his favourite day of the year to roll around – 14 April – so that he can give his parents a present of tickets for the Melrose Sevens. The annual tournament, which takes place in the birth place of the game of rugby sevens, is now in its 128th year.

Star of the show Sam McGrath (aged 27 going on 7) acts as the ‘small’ boy on the long wait as he tries to make time speed up with the help of spells and a magic wand, growing increasingly frustrated waiting for April 14 to arrive. His long-suffering family are shown tolerating his long faces, bouts of boredom and irritability as time drags on – but he has nice a surprise in store for them at the end.

Douglas Hardie, president of Melrose Rugby said: “Rugby fans have a sense of humour and we think they’ll enjoy this light-hearted spoof. The good news is that the tournament is fast approaching now, and it won’t be long now until April 14 arrives.”

The original advert can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIl69I5_Wjo

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens parody can viewed here: https://youtu.be/LYTwwLtPOLw

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens is a great day out for families, couples and rugby fans who enjoy fast and exhilarating sporting action. Tickets for the event start from £10 for children, £15 for senior citizens and £20 for adults. Family tickets are also available for £50, admitting two adults and two children.

Even if you can’t make it to Melrose, you can watch BBC coverage on BBC Scotland which is available outside Scotland on Freesat and Sky ‎Channel 970 and Virgin Media Channel 102.

For more information about the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens, and to book tickets, visit www.melrose7s.com. Keep up to date with the action on Facebook at www.facebook.com/melrosevens, Twitter @melrosevens and Instagram @melrosesevens.

Effective Ear Care

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Suffering in silence with embarrassing and uncomfortable ear problems is a thing of the past, thanks to Earex. The ear experts are proud to provide treatments for common ear problems including excess earwax build up and hardened earwax:

Earex Olive Oil Ear Drops

 Featuring high quality medicinal grade olive oil, Earex Olive Oil Ear Drops is a natural lubricant, which gently softens and removes earwax. Suitable for children 5 years and upwards and children under 5 years with medical diagnosis; the product development reflects GP’s recommendation of olive oil as an effective treatment for earwax.

Earex Advance Ear Drops

 Earex Advance Ear Drops is the original product from Earex. The dual action formula contains glycerol to gently soften earwax and urea peroxide, which releases oxygen to break up and disperse hardened earwax deposits – helping to reduce the need for syringing. When used regularly, Earex Advance Ear Drops can also prevent the build-up of hardened earwax and is particularly suited to people who are more likely to suffer from excessive earwax, such as the elderly, swimmers and hearing aid users.

Stockist information: Available from convenience stores, grocers and pharmacies nationwide.

SuperStraps

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DODDIE WEIR UP FOR LAUREUS

SPORTING MOMENT GLOBAL VOTE

· Scottish rugby legend in contention for Laureus Sporting Moment Award for delivery of match ball at Scotland v New Zealand fixture in November

· Former Scotland lock fighting battle against Motor Neuron Disease and raising funds and awareness through My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

· Image courtesy of SNS Images/Scottish Rugby

· Click here to view Doddie’s Moment and vote at myLaureus.com

LONDON, April 1, 2018 – Scottish Rugby legend Doddie Weir, who revealed in June last year that he is fighting Motor Neuron Disease, is in contention for the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Month public vote. Doddie, who has 61 caps for Scotland, is recognised for his emotional delivery of the match ball at the Scotland v New Zealand match in November and his fundraising and awareness drive through the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Each month, from March to December, the public can select their favourite Moment from a shortlist of four videos, chosen by the sporting legends of the Laureus World Sports Academy. Monthly winners will then go head-to-head in a final public vote, with the winner being announced at the 2019 Laureus Awards Ceremony.

Commenting on his contention for the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Month, Doddie Weir said: “The reaction I have had from the rugby and wider sporting world has been incredible, and I’m grateful for the support we continue to receive through the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. I’ve walked out onto that pitch at Murrayfield so many times but to do so with my three sons was special, the reception we received was something my family and I will never forget. I am a firm believer in the power sport can have to instil hope and inspire so it is an honour for me to be in contention for the Laureus Sporting Moment Award.”

Laureus Academy Chairman and All Black rugby legend Sean Fitzpatrick, said: “Doddie Weir is a legend of our sport and is famous for his fun, positive and light-hearted approach to life. The fact that he has taken a similar approach to his diagnosis for MND, and is raising funds and awareness for research into the disease, is inspirational. The reception he received from a packed Murrayfield ahead of the All Blacks match was both emotional and incredible in equal measure, a fitting tribute to a great man.”

Along with Doddie’s Moment, April’s contenders include Brazilian Formula 1 legend Felipe Massa and an emotional message from his son at his final race in his home country, the remarkable return to action of cancer-suffering Paralympic star Bibian Mentel-Spee and a historic kiss between US snowboarder Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend at the Winter Olympics.

The Laureus Sporting Moment Award demonstrates qualities such as fair play, sportsmanship, drama and dedication, and looks beyond the scoreboard or podium. They are the emotional and inspirational aspects of sport which keep fans on the edge of their seats and symbolise the true values of sport, bringing to life the message that sport has the power to change the world.

To view these emotional and engaging Moments and VOTE for your favourite, visit myLaureus.com. Sports fans can also send videos that they have seen and enjoyed to myLaureus.com and they will be considered for the shortlist in future months.

Hirode

It started with putting digitally enhanced images and designs onto jewellery, such as earrings, necklaces and rings. We then converted our products into decorative novelty watches upon finding a manufacturer who could assemble the watches for us.


We never intended to compete with big watch brands, as our brand was all about individuality through unique limited-edition designs. To keep it that way, we have partnered with an assembler who will do a maximum of 50 pieces with each design. This ensures that the wearer of our bohemian watch designs will feel sophistication and pride, knowing that few people wear the same watch.
The slip-through nylon and vegan leather bands allow you to customize and change the look of your watch to further allow for your unique style to show.
Apart from the design complexity, our commitment to customer satisfaction transcends the quality of our products. Our watches are made of high quality Japanese mechanisms, so the accuracy of telling time is assured of each watch.
Our watches come in natural cardboard recyclable packaging to reduce waste, allowing you to feel good about each purchase.
All in all, our unique and customized watch designs will bring customers all over the world a feeling of elegance and distinction. Through our growing product lines, our customers will have a diverse choice of looking for a watch that fits their demeanour, their personality or even their mood. Our watches also make perfect gift ideas as they are an affordable, yet personalised unique offering. We only sell online and not through retail outlets to keep the cost down for the consumer.
The HiRode, will always be the free spirit of the watch world and we will continue with our exceptional designs and limited numbers as we intend on being as unique as our customers.

Sensational Slab Tiles from the Stone & Ceramic Warehouse

The Stone and Ceramic Warehouse’s impressive range of slab tiles are proving hugely popular. Beautifully displayed in their new slab tile showroom, these dramatic tiles are a fabulous option for anyone looking for bold, low-maintenance surfaces.

Spanning from 120 x 240cm up to a huge 160 x 320cm, the collection includes a stunning range of designs, from realistic marble effects to industrial metallic looks. The range even includes enormous patterned tiles which will rival any work of art.

The designs are available to view in their full, impressive size at SACW’s new Chiswick showroom. This contemporary space has been especially designed to showcase even the largest of slab tiles. The displays make it easy for customers to envisage how these striking products can enhance their own projects.

“Slab tiles are an excellent low-maintenance solution for any kind of room,” commented Chris Grainger, Managing Director of the Stone and Ceramic Warehouse. “Thanks to their large surface area, porcelain slab tiles create a continuous, uninterrupted finish with very few grout lines, making them easier to keep clean. Using oversized tiles also tricks the eye into thinking that the room is much bigger than it really is, creating a sense of scale.”

Porcelain is an excellent option for anyone looking for a durable, but stylish surface. It is hard-wearing and stain resistant, meaning it does not require sealing, a specialist cleaning regime or maintenance. In addition, the cost of porcelain is at least 60% cheaper than the stone it imitates. Fitting can be as much as 50% less as it is quicker to install and, due to the thickness and weight, easier to handle, making it an ideal solution for anyone looking for a beautiful, professional finish.

ARE YOU ACTIVELY COVERED?
For a Chance to Win £100 Sports Direct Vouchers, answer 6 simple Yes/No Questions!

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Active Cover Personal Accident Sports Insurance has been designed to help amateur sports enthusiasts overcome injuries by providing financial support to aid in many elements of their recovery rather than simply handing over a total lump sum for the injury.

Policies for adults start from £14.16 a month and Active Cover’s aim is to get people back playing sport as soon as possible. Customers are covered for most sports and over 60 disciplines are listed on their policy document. Under their diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation sections, Active Cover will reimburse customers for up to 75% of the costs incurred up to the maximum limits of the policy, dependant on which package is chosen.

Users can access private treatment, such as physiotherapy anywhere in the UK without total reliance on the NHS, speeding up the recovery process. If an injury is serious enough that it prevents someone from going to their gym, Active Cover will reimburse the membership fees. Team sports like football and rugby are covered, as well as any organised sporting activities for both adults and children.

INJURIES COVERED CAUSED BY AN ACCIDENT WHILST PLAYING A COVERED SPORT

• Your Accidental Death, Permanent Total Disablement, Permanent Partial Disablement, Quadriplegia, Paraplegia, or Hemiplegia
• Broken bones that require Hospital treatment
• Fractures due to trauma (excluding hairline fractures and shin splints) that require Hospital treatment
• Muscle tears (Grade III only)
• Tendon tears and ruptures (Grades II and III only)
• Ligament tears and ruptures (Grades II and III only)
• Joint injuries (dislocations, slipped discs, herniated discs, meniscal tears, torn knee cartilage), excluding myofascial injuries such as plantar fasciitis, runners knee, repetitive strain injury, etc.
• Traumatic nerve injuries (excluding non-traumatic nerve injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica)
• Dental injury which becomes apparent within 5 days of the Accident. All Bodily Injuries must be confirmed by a Doctor prior to a claim being assessed
Read more at activecover.co.uk/injuries-covered/#PlelZhlHzioKD4m2.99

Tigers welcome rehydration partner Coco Fuzion 100

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3 April 2018, LONDON – Leicester Tigers have joined forces with natural rehydrating coconut water drink Coco Fuzion 100 who have become the club’s first-ever rehydration partner.
Powered by 100-per-cent natural coconut water, Coco Fuzion 100 is a range of still and sparkling natural coconut water drinks absorbed by the body more quickly than water, quenching thirst and providing energy to the Tigers squad.
The new partnership will see Coco Fuzion 100 branding across Tigers rehydration equipment including team water bottles and water carriers, as well as branding within the home changing room and around the premises at Oval Park training ground.
Alongside this, the squad will also get involved across social media and the website as well as product sampling for fans.


Coco Fuzion 100 will also be supporting the club’s work in the community, providing products for Tigers Matchday Coaching Clinics, Tigers Rugby Camps and the Junior Tigers Club.
Simon Cohen, chief executive at Leicester Tigers, said: “We’d like to welcome Coco Fuzion 100 to the Tigers Family as the club’s first-ever rehydration partner.
“Leicester Tigers takes great pride in building partnerships with strong and unique brands, and we’re sure that all involved with both the club and Coco Fuzion 100 will see the benefits.”
Steve Barton, chief executive officer at Coco Fuzion 100, added: “We’re hugely proud to support Leicester Tigers and have been welcomed with open arms to the Tigers Family.
“We’re looking forward to an exciting partnership, starting with a huge game at the weekend, so we want to wish the lads all the best and good luck for the rest of this season.”

 

Marie-Chantal Silver Cross Sleepsuit (birth-6 months) – RRP: £75

This luxury all new collection developed by Silver Cross, together with Princess Marie Chantal of Greece includes prams, nursery furniture, bedding and the exquisite sleepsuit – perfect to keep baby cosy all night long.

The sleepsuit has been created from 100% cotton in pure white with soft turquoise accents.

Each piece is beautifully crafted with embroidery and applique and features Marie Chantal’s signature stars, hearts and wings design.

Textural and neutral – introducing Larna by Masterclass

Made in the UK to the finest standards, Larna is a brand-new furniture range from Masterclass Kitchens that responds to the latest trends in interior design in the most stylish of ways.

Combining beautiful textures and a versatile neutral colour palette, Larna is a flat slab door that can be chosen with handles or the company’s H Line handleless offering for a minimal and streamlined look. The paint effect finish of the furniture enhances the natural horizontal grain, which not only adds visual interest and character, but is also highly tactile and adds a sense of warmth to the kitchen. The tactile grained finish is a beautiful way to add subtle texture and instant luxury to a kitchen without a high-end price tag.

The range is available in six carefully selected colours to enhance the potential to mix and match alongside other ranges from Masterclass, in line with current trends in kitchen design and enabling an individual look to be achieved in a wholly unique way.

Pictured above in Light Grey and Graphite, combined with Madoc in Tuscan Walnut, Larna can also be chosen in highland stone and stone grey.

Complete kitchens from Masterclass Kitchens are from £7,500.

Masterclass Kitchens – 01443 449 499 www.masterclasskitchens.co.uk

With stationery week creeping up quickly,
bring to life your thoughts and dreams with a notebook to suit your style this spring.

Bank Hol-Mary

Bank Holiday season, time to get outside, have a drink (or five) and enjoy a barbeque with family and friends (weather permitting…).

As things heat up on the grill, BÉNÉDICTINE is here to heat things up at the bar with a fiery, fresh twist on a Bloody Mary, that’s sure to heal sore heads and get you ready and raring for the party ahead.

Ingredients

50ml Bénédictine

200ml Tomato Juice

10ml Lemon Juice

2 Dashes of Tabasco/Hot Sauce

1 Stick of Celery

Pinch of Salt & Pepper

30ml Smoky BBQ Sauce

Method

Pour all ingredients into a glass, mix well and add ice

Garnish

Garnish with celery, cherry tomato and maybe even some leftover BBQ sausages

Look out for new LOFAssured swing tags for cushions which comply with current government fire safety regulations.

LOFA (Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association) is focusing on raising awareness of fire safety standards/regulations for garden furniture cushions in a new campaign – LOFAssured.

So, if you want to be safe in your garden, look for the new LOFAssured swing tags, and buy from a LOFA member who you can find at www.garden-living.co.uk.

For further information visit https://www.lofassured.co.uk

Team England names Men’s Rugby Sevens side named for Commonwealth Games

Team England has announced its men’s rugby sevens squad that will represent Team and Country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.

The squad consists of 12 players, as well as one travelling reserve.

England’s men finished fifth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Tom Mitchell will captain the men’s side and will be joined by his teammates from Glasgow 2014 including Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Dan Norton, Mike Ellery, Charlie Hayter and James Rodwell.

World-record try scorer Dan Norton will make his third appearance in a Team England jersey alongside England Sevens’ most capped player James Rodwell, while Mike Ellery is one of four players who will play his second tournament for Team England.

Alex Davis, who was initially selected as part of the Rio 2016 Team GB squad but withdrew because of injury, will make his Commonwealth Games debut in Australia.

The 2017 England Sevens Player of the Year Richard de Carpentier is also included in the squad along Ethan Waddleton and Harry Glover. They’re joined by Charlie Hayter who will play the role of 13th man.

The men’s team have been drawn in Pool B alongside hosts Australia, Samoa and Jamaica.

Men’s head coach Simon Amor said: “We’ve been fortunate enough to have six World Series tournaments in which to work the guys, and for them really to fight for these spots.

“What’s been most pleasing has not only been our progress in terms of how we’re looking to play and change our style of game, but also to get to this point half way through the year with pretty much everyone fit to pick from barring Tom Bowen.

“This has been great for the selection but has created a real challenge for me as a coach to pick a final twelve.”

Tom Bowen was not available for selection due to a knee injury sustained on the Vancouver leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Amor added: “This particular multisport event poses a unique challenge over the previous ones that both myself and the players have been involved in with it being right in the middle of the season, but we’re really excited about getting out there and being a part of Team England on the Gold Coast.

“We know how tough Samoa will be and Jamaica, on the back of the Hong Kong World Series qualifier, will have nothing to lose when we face them in our first game.

“Additionally, the opportunity to go to Australia, to play in a Commonwealth Games in a country that’s so passionate about sport, and to have them in our pool will be brilliant.

“They’ve been a really great side so far this season and we’ve managed to be successful in the two times that we have played them this year, and I think the opportunity to play them in front of their home fans there will be a great experience for everyone.”

Men’s Squad in full:

Name
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Commonwealth Games Experience

Tom Mitchell ©
22/07/1989
Cuckfield
Glasgow 2014

Dan Bibby
06/02/1991
Wigan
Glasgow 2014

Phil Burgess
01/07/1988
Frimley
Glasgow 2014

Alex Davis
03/10/1992
Gloucester
N/A

Richard de Carpentier
30/04/1990
Manchester
N/A

Mike Ellery
08/09/1989
Penrith
Glasgow 2014

Harry Glover
31/12/1995
London
N/A

Ollie Lindsay-Hague
08/10/1990
London
N/A

Ruaridh McConnochie
23/10/1991
London
N/A

Dan Norton
22/03/1988
Gloucester
Glasgow 2014

James Rodwell
23/08/1984
Wendover
Glasgow 2014

Ethan Waddleton
23/11/1996
Ipswich
N/A

Charlie Hayter (Travelling Reserve)
10/12/1988
Bath
Glasgow 2014

COMMONWEALTH GAMES BACKS 2018 IT’S A PENALTY CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD

· It’s a Penalty exists to protect children from abuse and exploitation globally through work on the ground

· 2018 sees the largest campaign to date. It’s a Penalty were the only charitable campaign to have a presence within the Park at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea

· Focus now turning to Australia’s Gold Coast in Australia where the XXI Commonwealth Games are due to get underway 4th – 15th April

· Previous campaigns have helped facilitate the protection of over 16,300 victims and have impacted over 519 million people worldwide

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation have thrown their weight behind the 2018 charity campaign It’s a Penalty, ahead of the upcoming XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. Harnessing the power of sport and its ability to unite and to break cultural barriers, It’s a Penalty positions major sporting events as platforms for positive change by educating, equipping and encouraging the general public to #knowthesigns of child abuse and exploitation, to understand the penalties for offenders and to take action – ‘If you see something, say something’.

The 2018 campaign is the largest to date with the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens the third and fourth events to be targeted, having already had a significant presence at the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games and the Super Bowl this year. The need for the campaign has never been stronger, with recent stories in the media highlighting the very real examples of child exploitation that happen throughout sport. It is also an issue particularly relevant in Australia, where 1 in 5 Australian children will be sexually harmed in some way before their 18th Birthday. [1]

GOLDOC CEO, Mark Peters said they were pleased to support It’s a Penalty by providing the opportunity for them to share their message with more than a million attendees, media and officials across the eleven days of world class sport.

“We hope through the various initiatives implemented during GC2018 that IaP achieves its goal of educating the general public and generating a greater awareness of how to recognise the signs of child abuse.”

Collaborating with GOLDOC and Australia’s leading child protection organisation Bravehearts, the campaign targets sports fans that have travelled to the event, athletes and locals through a variety of tactics. These include a short film which features sporting legends including Cathy Freeman, Liam Malone and Usain Bolt, which is being shown across five major airlines – Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, British Airways, Virgin Australia, and American Airlines –, as well as within all sporting arenas at the Games and at 16 cinemas around Queensland. It’s a Penalty will also have a manned presence in the chill out zone at the Carrara Stadium and will be giving out collateral about what the campaign stands for, posters and coasters will be placed in bars around the Gold Coast, and wrist bands and leaflets will also be found in all athlete and media packs.

Also voicing support for the campaign was David Grevemberg CBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Games Federation as he stated: “The Commonwealth Games Federation aims to be a global leader in the promotion and protection of human rights and child safeguarding. We’re proud to support, share expertise and partner with It’s a Penalty to help develop this important global child-safeguarding initiative in 2018.”

An international initiative, It’s a Penalty works with the governing bodies of sport and organisers of the sporting events, hotel partners, international airlines, NGOs, NGBs and other stakeholders within global sport to not only highlight the global problems of child abuse and exploitation but also the specific dangers of vulnerable children being groomed and exploited during global sports events[2].

It does this by:

· Educating sporting fans, tourists, local residents and the general public about the issue, and about the penalties for offenders, as well as to #knowthesigns of child abuse and exploitation in order to report it

· Encouraging people ‘If you see something, say something’

· Equipping the general public with global mechanisms to report what they have seen through a local telephone or text number

The campaign was originally conceived by Sarah de Carvalho MBE and UK charity Happy Child International to protect children and eradicate child exploitation in the run-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and, subsequently, the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Central to the campaign was the education of sports fans, tourists, athletes and local residents on the risk of inadvertently having paid-for sex with children aged 17 or under, believing them to be older.

By working in conjunction with NGOs around the world, British authorities and the Metropolitan Police, It’s a Penalty, together with their partners, helped facilitate the protection of over 16,300 victims of child exploitation during the 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympics & Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The It’s a Penalty campaign has now reached and impacted 519 million people worldwide.

The long-term objective of It’s a Penalty is to achieve systemic change in order to protect children on a global scale. To achieve this goal, they are advocating for the global enactment and implementation of Extraterritorial legislation against child exploitation, which will allow countries to prosecute their citizens for the abuse of children abroad.

To find out more about the charity campaign, the difference being made or to donate please visit, visit www.itsapenalty.org

Twitter: @its_apenalty

Facebook: FB.com/itsapenaltycampaign

Instagram: @its_apenalty

Hashtags: #itsapenalty #knowthesigns #togetherwecan

DAILY DÉJÀ VU: WHOPPING NINE IN TEN BRITS STAR IN THEIR OWN VERSION OF GROUNDHOG DAY

Nine in ten Brits claim they are stuck in their very own version of Groundhog Day, from leaving the house at precisely the same time every morning to eating the same lunch every day
Study unveils we are creatures of habit, with 67 percent of us saying we are “stuck in a rut”
The average Brit spends six hours every week dreaming about doing things differently and trying new experiences.
Behavioural psychologist, Jo Hemmings comments on the findings

NINE in ten Brits are facing daily déjà vu, claiming they are stuck in their very own version of Groundhog Day, according to new research.

The study of 1,500 adults took an in depth look into the daily routines of Brits and discovered the extent to which we are creatures of habit, with 67 percent of us saying we are “stuck in a rut.”

But the appetite for change is there, with the average Brit spending six hours every week dreaming about doing things differently, going somewhere new, trying new experiences or doing something they have never done before.

Commisioned by Highland Spring, the findings unveiled that many as 22 percent of Britons eat the same lunch every day, while one in five order the exact same take-away on a Friday night and 21 percent cook the same meals on rotation week in, week out.

More than one in three (37 percent) said they leave the house at precisely the same time every day and one in ten buy the same bottle of wine week in, week out.

And 14 percent said they have the same conversation with their other half every evening about the same things, including people and work.

Nearly three quarters (71 percent) of safe and steady Brits have booked the same holiday more than once, with the typical holiday maker travelling back to their favourite destination FIVE times.

Furthermore, according to the data, 84 percent don’t ever stray from their weekly shopping list and only 16 percent said they like to mix things up and try new foods.

It isn’t just our food choices that we are wedded to. People’s jobs were found to be the most repetitive area of their life, followed by their cleaning routine and daily commute.

The poll marks the launch of Highland Spring’s ‘H20omph’ campaign which encourages the nation to celebrate life by venturing outside of their comfort zone, just a little bit. Behavioural psychologist, Jo Hemmings, said:

“Over a third of Brits (35 percent) said that being a creature of habit was just a part of life, and familiarity can be very comforting.

“But while routine is comforting, it can also be a major cause of boredom, demotivation and can leave us feeling like it’s Groundhog Day! There are so many quick and easy, big and small ways we can mix things up and make the most of everyday. Take a routine work day – and shake it up a bit. Small changes can make big improvements in our daily routine.

More than four in ten (45 percent) worry about the cost of trying new things and 16 percent reckon they are scared of the unknown but trying new experiences needn’t be expensive or scary!

“We do need an element of predictability to reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. Modifying certain areas of our lives, such as trying a different sport, or simply changing our regular meal times or journeys, enables us to break out of the monotony cycle and has been shown to make us more adventurous overall. We have a release of feel good endorphins during exercise for example, or a rush of adrenalin doing something new, even as we simply anticipate it.

“Rather than going back to the same holiday destination time and time again – simply take the ingredients that you like, whether that’s a beach, child friendly hotel, sightseeing or an activity-based break, type them into a search engine and see what new and unexplored adventures await.

“Setting ourselves new goals and challenges outside of our regular comfort zone – however small – can inspire us, make us feel more creative and more satisfied with life overall, improving both our self-esteem and our self-confidence.”

Karen Crowley, Head of Consumer Marketing at Highland Spring, added: “We’re all naturally driven to make the most of everyday and being properly hydrated helps us get there. It’s about balance – with small changes making surprisingly significant differences to our quality of life and ultimate well-being.

“It’s all about diving in to something new and thriving on those fun, unexpected moments. That’s why we’re giving the nation 10,000 chances to win new experiences with added H20omph.

“32 percent of go-getting Brits said they were going to make 2018 a year to remember. Whether it’s taking an iconic train journey or reinvigorating an everyday cinema experience, we’re offering consumers the tools to help them on their way.”

For a chance to win one of 10,000 experiences with H2Oomph, visit www.highlandspring.co.uk

CREATURES OF HABIT…. (20 ways we experience Groundhog Day)

CREATURES OF HABIT…. (20 ways we experience Groundhog Day)

Watch the same TV show 54 percent
Listen to the same radio station 42 percent
Take the same route to work every day 42 percent
Wear the same clothes every day/week 29 percent
Eat the same breakfast everyday 30 percent
Order the same coffee 26 percent
Eat the same lunch 23 percent
Cook the same meals on rotation each week 22 percent
Order the same take-away 20 percent
Go to the same cinema 18 percent
Log on to social media at the same time every day 17 percent
Eat at the same restaurant / café / pub 17 percent
Repeat the same things to your children 16 percent
Have the same conversations with your other half every evening 14 percent
Take the children to the same activities 12 percent
Buy the same bottle of wine 10 percent
Have the same date night 10 percent
Travel in the same seat 9 percent
Ring your mum at the same time every week 8 percent
Travel in the same carriage 5 percent

Borders’ Best Bite: Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens Attempts to Predict Outcome with Foodie Competition

Tensions are mounting in the Scottish Borders this April… but it’s not just the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens that has the region getting ready to compete.

The historic rugby tournament has launched a search for the Borders’ favourite traditional snack, mirroring the competition between clubs from across the Borders that will be found on the rugby pitch at The Greenyards on April 14. The local sides will be joined by teams from across the country and around the world for one of the country’s most highly anticipated sporting events.

But before the players set foot on the pitch, organisers are interested to see if the region’s favourite sweet treats can predict the outcome, pitting five traditional local foods against each other to find the Borders’ Best Bite.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens is no stranger to links with food – the game of rugby sevens was the brainchild of Melrose butcher Ned Haig, who created the sport in 1883. And just last year, members of the Scottish Women’s Institutes created black and yellow striped sausages – filled with black pudding and pineapple – to commemorate the tournament.

The Borders’ Best Bite will see the following five traditional Borders treats compete against each other to vie for the title of Borders’ Best Bite:

Melrose Tart – devised by local bakers, Alex Dalgetty and Sons, the Melrose Tart is packed with honey, brown sugar and ginger – all of which have historic ties with the town. The bright yellow and black icing mirrors the strip of the local Melrose RFC.

Hawick Balls – these minty, buttery boiled sweets were a real favourite of renowned rugby commentator Bill McLaren. Made for decades to a secret recipe, they’re known by rugby fans up and down the country.

Selkirk Bannock – handmade in the Borders for over 100 years, the Selkirk Bannock is an institution. Packed with sultanas, the sweet fruit bread is a firm favourite and owes its unmistakable flavour to a long dough fermentation process.

Jethart Snails – handmade in the town of Jedburgh, it is believed that the recipe for Jethart Snails was gifted to the Millar family for their kindness to a French prisoner held in the local jail during the Napoleonic war. Now made by the Shaw family to the same secret recipe, they’re still a firm favourite.

Border Tart – crumbly pastry encases a moist coconut and almond sponge, filled with sultanas and cherries. It’s not associated with a particular town like many of the others, but it’s a firm favourite across the Borders and is representing all the teams without their own unique delicacy.

Fans of the sweet treats are encouraged to lend their support to their favourites on social media using the hashtag #BordersBestBite. Hungry rugby fans can vote for their favourite on Facebook at www.facebook.com/melrosevens or Twitter @melrosevens to decide which will be crowned the favourite snack ahead of the highly anticipated tournament on April 14.

Martin Gilbert, co-chief executive of title sponsor Aberdeen Standard Investments, says, “After 128 years of competition, it’s no wonder that the teams from across the Borders relish the chance to come together at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens to face off against each other. The same can be said of the Borders’ traditional foods – each town is as fiercely proud of its produce as it is its sevens team.

“The Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens is more than just a rugby tournament – it is an important part of life in the Scottish Borders, and this search for the region’s favourite foodstuff is another way for fans to get involved and show their support.”

Douglas Hardie, president of Melrose Rugby Club says, “There’s a friendly rivalry between rugby clubs in the Borders which is brought to the fore at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens. It really adds to the atmosphere on the day, as the towns come together to back their teams.

“We thought it would be fun to replicate the rivalry on the pitch in the kitchen, to see which Borders treat is the region’s favourite. And maybe we’ll be able to predict the outcome of the tournament on April 14 when we see which town I victorious.”

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens takes place at The Greenyards on Saturday April 14 and makes a great day out for families, couples and rugby fans who enjoy fast and exhilarating sporting action. Tickets for the event start from £10 for children, £15 for senior citizens and £20 for adults. Family tickets are available for £50, admitting two adults and two children.

If you can’t make it to Melrose, be sure to watch BBC coverage from 2-7pm in your local watering hole on BBC Scotland which is available outside Scotland on Freesat and Sky ‎Channel 970 and Virgin Media Channel 102.

For more information about the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens, and to book tickets, visit www.melrose7s.com. Keep up to date with the action on Facebook at www.facebook.com/melrosevens, Twitter @melrosevens and Instagram @melrosesevens.