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    Friday 19 July, 2013
    Enjoy the UK’s première mediaeval family fun day out when the Loxwood Joust opens on 3rd & 4th August from 10am to 6pm at Loxwood Meadow, West Sussex.

    Highlights include:

    • All action jousting tournament where knights and their steeds compete in thunderous battle
    • Mediaeval village complete with masked Executioner, wandering Minstrels and Court Jester
    • Recreated mediaeval battle camp with daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire
    • Atmospheric singing from the award winning Mediaeval Baebes

    The two day spectacular includes battlefield skirmishes showing off the skills and fitness of England’s knights when called upon to defend the nation. Meanwhile a mighty tale unfolds in the Jousting arena as Knights compete for honour, favour and their lives under the watchful eye of the Knight Marshall.

    In the Children’s Kingdom little knights and princesses can use their ‘Groats’ for Have a Go Archery, Wound Painting and to ‘Pelt the Peasant’ (in support of Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice). Companies of actors, wandering minstrels, the Court Jester, puppeteers and dance troupes entertain in the Mediaeval Market Place being careful to stay on the right side of Gilbert Savage, the Executioner, the Mediaeval Housewife and far, far away from those ‘creatures most foul’ the Lepers.

    And there are plenty of opportunities to sup fine ales and dine on local organic food.

    Most excellently located just off the B2133 between Wisborough Green and Loxwood, there is ample free parking and advance tickets are on sale at http://www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk

    Ticket information:

    Advance ticket prices: Adult: £12 / Child (4-14): £6 / Under 4: Free (valid for any one festival day)

    Gate prices Adult: £14 / Child (4-14): £7 / Under 4: Free / OAP: £12 / Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): £38


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    Note for Editors

    Press Contact: Jackie Ellis 07969 997985 jackie@tourism-angles.co.uk

    A range of high resolution Images available on request


    About Loxwood Joust

    Loxwood Joust organiser Maurice Bacon spent three years searching the length and breadth of the country for a magical location before discovering enchanting Loxwood, West Sussex. The site covers seven meadows surrounded by 4.5 acres of woodland so it’s incredibly easy to be transported into the 15th Century just a short walk from the car park and through the entrance.


    Chestnut Tree House

    Loxwood Joust is proud to support Chestnut Tree House. Sussex’s only children’s hospice cares for children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the county.


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    Monday 22 July, 2013
    Dr Tom Pey, Chief Executive of the Royal London Society for Blind People is set to scale the roof of the O2 in a bid to raise money for specialist support for families and children living in Greenwich, who are vision impaired.

    The “Great Greenwich Give” campaign will host a number of fundraising events around the Royal borough on 24th July, working with businesses and local residents to raise £1000 an hour. This ambitious task will be kicked off with Dr Pey’s climb.

    Dr. Pey went blind at the age of 39, at a time when he was a successful investment banker. “My life went into free fall when I lost my sight. It was a hugely traumatic event, that’s why I know RLSB has to be there to support families who are coping with sight loss.” Tom commented.

    It is estimated that 1000 people in Greenwich are registered blind. Monies raised from the Great Greenwich Give will pay for a range of early year services for babies and toddlers, as well as education and employment for teenagers. Older blind people who are often very isolated will also benefit from the campaign, which will help fund outreach services operated by RLSB’s local partner, Blind Independence Greenwich.

    Tom said of the feat, which will be organised by Up at the O2; “Let’s be clear, I am terrified of heights and apparently the only way I’ll know how high I am is by the wind. So if you hear a blind man crying on Wednesday, you’ll know who it is. But this is not about me, it’s about making sure RLSB is there for blind people when they need us.”

    During the 90 minute climb Tom will be harnessed. He well on his way to hitting his personal fundraising target of £2400.





    Editors notes
    If you are interested in covering this story or interviewing Tom Pey following the climb on Tuesday 23 July then please contact Emma Thompson on 07884 493476 or on emma.thompson@rlsb.org.uk
    RLSB (Royal London Society for Blind People) exists to empower blind and partially sighted young people to live life without limits. Through an expert blend of education, sport, creative and developmental services, we help the people we work with live and learn for the life they want.
    For further information please call RLSB Press Office. Emma Thompson 0207 808 6172/07884 493476/emma.thompson@rlsb.org.uk



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    Monday 22 July, 2013
    Britain has always had proud record as a world leader in research into preservation of sight.

    The news today is another major step long that path. The effects once proven, will be significant for adults who have lost their sight.

    It is important that government and the medical research community continue to support these activities.

    But we also urge them to now look more closely at early years childhood sight loss, which is an area that appears to have been forgotten. It needs urgent injection of funds in order to prevent not just sight loss in young children but to eliminate the devastating affects it has on their future life chances. Right now in the UK 95% of those who have lost their sight in youth will never work for more than six months in their lives. It’s unacceptable, and that’s why these children need the support of those organisations that can change this dreadful statistic around.


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    Monday 22 July, 2013
    Our bonkers and beautiful green planet.

    This season, rich emerald stones and beautiful Yorkshire paintings of David Hockney are the source of inspiration for the Betties AW13 collection. It is exquisite. It is stylish. From the gems of the earth to the green fields of England, the Betties celebrate going green!

    Like the David Hockney Yorkshire paintings, the AW13 collection's colour palette walks you through lush greens and adds to the range with accents of glamorous gold, rich plum and stylish black. In this way you are part of a fresh and beautiful journey. And with the cognac tan, we guarantee a colour option for any customer, with any taste.

    New to the range is the Upright Tote. This luxury leather bag is not too big and not too small and that's what is so fabulous about it! It's that everyday bag that you can't be without!

    Pleated details down the sides for extra room makes our tote big enough to fit your daily essentials including your make-up bag, wallet, phone, iPad, your lunch and more (trust us, we've tried it J).

    With shoulder handles and a long adjustable strap, you can carry it as a handbag or a satchel. Inside and outside zip pockets provide needed organisation and storage. And of course, it has our signature printed lining so you can find anything at the bottom of your bag. A zipper on top ensures that the content of your bag is secure. And we've made it as lightweight as possible too.

    You won't want to walk anywhere without it. Go green with the Betties this AW13.

    Products can be purchased on www.bettyandbetts.com
    Follow on our blog at: http://bettyandbetts.wordpress.com/
    Follow on Facebook at: Betty & Betts
    See our Pins on Pintrest: https://pinterest.com/Bettyandbetts/

    OUR DREAM
    Every time you buy a beautiful Betty product you continue the story of two English girls who met in Bangalore. Overwhelmed by the poverty around them they hatched a dream to build a future for people who have been forgotten.

    We aspire to give people the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families through long-term sustainable employment. We plough a percentage of our profits back into developing communities in India and our aim is to set up the Betty Foundation to advance our social impact and accountability. By working only with Fairtrade suppliers registered with the WFTO we are a business that sets it foundations in being fair to everyone in the supply chain.

    WHO ARE THE BETTIES?
    Founders JoJo Blythen and Tanya Clarke met at an egg race on a hill in south India in 2006. They became great friends and quickly realised that they were both bonkers about sustainability, beautiful products and people. During their four years in India working in the charity sector, they heard the same message over and over again: "Give me a secure job and I will do the rest. I just want to put my kids through school and provide a means for myself and my family!"


    After many conversations over sweet hot tea and blistering spicy curries, JoJo and Tanya decided to respond to this message by developing open and honest trade between these fabulous people and the rest of the world.


    Between them, The Betties have nearly 20 years of experience in design and retail management in the UK and India. They are bonkers about building the Bettyhood.

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    Media enquiries, please contact:

    Tanya Clarke
    t: 07702 694412
    e: tanya@bettyandbetts.com


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    Monday 22 July, 2013
    The only travel review and information site specifically for the over 50’s market, Silver Travel Advisor (www.silvertraveladvisor.com), founded by former CV Travel and Crystal Holidays MD Debbie Marshall, has been selected as the `Best Small Business’ in the `50+ Awards’, organised by The 50+ Show and voted by consumers.

    Silver Travel Advisor provides a community for members aged 50 and over to contribute reviews about their holidays, travel and leisure experiences. It also offers mature travellers free impartial advice and suggestions from a group of Advisors, who are mainly retired travel industry professionals with a wealth of experience to share.

    Debbie Marshall said, “To win the award for the best small business is such a strong endorsement of the popularity of Silver Travel Advisor. The site has really captured the imagination of older, active travellers and we have thousands of fascinating reviews and contributions to the collection, which grows every day. We’ve seen our membership increase to over 20,000 Silver Travellers since we launched in early 2011.

    From this loyal membership base we are now really establishing a voice for the older traveller on our website as well as our active forum which is vitally important in a world which is so often dominated by younger voices”.

    Debbie goes on to say, ‘”Silver Travel Advisor works in partnership with Age UK providing travel content for its website, radio station and other channels, and this has been beneficial in raising awareness in our target demographic.”

    Over 6,000 people voted at the 50+ Awards, in a total of 48 categories, with nearly 160,000 combined votes altogether. The average age of the voter was 65.

    For travel information, travel reviews and advice visit www.silvertraveladvisor.com

    END.

    Press Contact: Nick Stuart-Miller, nick@mstuart-miller.co.uk, 01737 772139


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    Monday 22 July, 2013
    Ireland's largest independent energy provider, Energia has emerged as the Greenest Energy Supplier on the island of Ireland. The top all-island ranking comes in the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) report on fuel-mix and CO2 emissions for individual electricity suppliers licensed in Ireland. 'Fuel-mix' means the type of fuels or resources that generators use to make electricity.

    The recent report found that Energia's all-island emissions of CO2 in tonnes per Megawatt Hour (MWh) of electricity supplied was 0.424 in 2012, ahead of the all-island average 0.481, and competing suppliers Airtricity (0.449), Electric Ireland (0.469) and Bord Gáis (0.480).

    Gary Ryan, Retail Director of Energia said, "Environmental sustainability is central to Energia's business. As the largest independent provider of power on the island, sourced mainly from wind energy and gas generation, we are proud to also be named the greenest energy supplier on the island of Ireland and one of the most significant contributors to the achievement of Ireland's C02 emissions targets. These results are achieved through a wide range of initiatives including wind farm development, efficiencies in our modern gas fired generating facilities and a portfolio of green Power Purchase Agreements from wind farms (PPA's)".

    The report published by the CER outlines each supplier's fuel mix figures and the CO2 per Megawatt Hour (MWh) of electricity supplied for each supplier in the all-island market as well as an overall figure representative of the all-island electricity market.

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    About Energia:
    Energia Group comprises of Energia Supply, Energia Renewables and Energia Generation and is a leading supplier in the Irish business energy market. Energia has powered Irish businesses for 13 years. It has a 28% market share of the business electricity and gas market on an all-island basis, and over 65,000 customers.
    Energia has a 37% market share of Irish SME business, powering every third shop and 60 % of schools and colleges. It supplies power to street lights nationally, the national airwaves and TV stations, and all mobile networks in Ireland.
    Energia Renewables is among Ireland's leading providers of sustainable green energy, providing 25% of Ireland's wind power. It currently has 290MW of projects in development and has invested over €200m in windfarms since 2008. Energia Renewables has delivered exceptional results with recent wind farm openings in Caherdowney, Crighshane and Churchill adding over 60MW, and four developments currently under construction.
    Energia Generation has invested over €500m in Irish energy generation infrastructure in Dublin, demonstrating its long term commitment to the Irish energy market and is capable of supplying 20% of Ireland's electricity needs.
    Energia Group has a turnover in excess of €1billion and employs around 260 staff.
    Energia Group is a member of the Viridian Group and has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Omagh.

    CER REPORT: www.allislandproject.org/en/renewable_decision_documents.aspx?article=71d3ec92-3bc1-46e4-ba79-e7951c28504e&mode=author

    For further information please contact:

    Energia:
    Tim Kinsella
    MKC Communications
    T: 086 813 7512
    E: tim@mkc.ie

    Viridian Group Limited:
    Viridian Group Corporate Communications
    T: (048) 90 68 9178

    www.viridiangroup.co.uk / www.viridiangroup.ie


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    Monday 22 July, 2013
    Animal rescue charity Camp Nibble is urging the government to introduce a code of practice for the welfare of domestic rabbits. The charity based in West Yorkshire believes the UK to be in the midst of a serious rabbit welfare crisis. Despite the charity opening its doors to many types of small animal consistently around 80% of their residents are rabbits.

    They are not alone in reaching this conclusion. Recent studies by the RSPCA and PDSA have identified rabbits to be the most neglected and cruelly treated pet in the UK. In their November 2012 press release the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) the UK’s leading authority on rabbit welfare revealed that around 67,000 unwanted rabbits passed through UK rescue shelters each year. The numbers that do not successfully make it into rescue shelters is almost certainly several times this amount.

    “Most of our rescue rabbits one way or another have ended up at Camp Nibble due to people taking on rabbits with little realisation of what is needed for them to live happy, healthy lives. They are widely misunderstood animals and are very often mistakenly taken on as cheap, easy pets. In many cases the responsibility for their care is even left in the hands of children. As intelligent, sensitive animals that can live in excess of ten years it is clear that something has to change” said Hannah Potts Camp Nibble trustee.

    There is an obvious gap between the general public’s traditional view of pet rabbit keeping and the modern day view held by welfare organisations and the rabbit welfare community. The issues surrounding the current rabbit welfare crisis in the UK are complicated and there is sadly no quick fix. However, Camp Nibble believe that the first important step forwards is for the government to introduce a code of practice for the welfare of domestic rabbits. Codes of practice currently exist for the welfare of dogs and cats. These documents compiled by experts outline in detail what is needed for these animals to be correctly cared for, and what owners need to provide in order to comply with the Animal Welfare Act 2006. These codes of practice also help the courts decide when an animal welfare offence has been committed. Wales introduced a code of practice for rabbits in 2009, the rest of the UK needs to follow their lead.

    Camp Nibble is asking all UK animal lovers to join in urging the government to introduce a code of practice for the welfare of domestic rabbits by signing and sharing their important government e-petition. Any government e-petition that obtains over 100,000 signatures in one year is considered for debate in the House of Commons. Their e-petition is proving a very successful vehicle for raising awareness of rabbit welfare issues. They hope that it will show the legislators a public strength of feeling towards beginning to address the current rabbit welfare crisis. To sign the e-petition and to find out more about Camp Nibble’s work please visit http://campnibble.com

    Notes for Editors

    Camp Nibble is a Rabbit & Rodent rescue shelter based in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
    Further details:
    • http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49086
    • http://www.campnibble.com/welfare.html
    • http://www.campnibble.com/petition.html
    • Campaign/rabbit welfare photos and videos are available on request.



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    Tuesday 23 July, 2013
    Winner Bingo has unveiled a brand new rib tickling television advertising campaign set to air this July across terrestrial and satellite channels in the UK.

    The TV ad is part of a wider multi-million pound advertising campaign to promote the free £10 bet and a free 300% bonus to all new customers.

    Winner Bingo is packed with promotions and bonuses available to new and returning players each and every day. For every £1 spent on bingo, players can qualify for the Daily Piggy Smash scratch card for a chance to win big.

    Winner Bingo have certainly managed to create an advertisement that can lift the spirits of potential customers, raising the bar to a whole new level in comedy within the commercial world.

    Combining comedy and promotional awareness, the ad features one lucky player who has certainly found her “inner Winner” as she is celebrating her success at a bus stop breaking into a Harlem Shake Style dance in front of shocked commuters. “I am sure it is something we can all relate to when celebrating a win!” said Yoni Sini, head of Data at Winner Bingo.

    Will you hit a jackpot while waiting for the bus too?



    “We’ve had great feedback from a trial run of the advert and we think that it’s going to make consumers chuckle, this is exactly what we want to keep the Winner Bingo brand at the forefront of target consumers minds and reassure that they are playing with a reputable and leading company”.

    To boost awareness of the exciting new Winner Bingo site, great promotional offers include:

    • Free £10 bet for new customers.
    • A whopping 300% bonus on first deposit.
    • Daily Piggy Smash scratch card for every £1 spent on Bingo.

    Boasting more features than a space shuttle, consumers will be entertained by six types of Bingo games, including the traditional styles from 90, 80 and 75 Ball rooms, as well as the latest Speed and Pattern Bingo. Casino games are also offered as part of streamlining the experience, so players are able to stay within the same room without having to leave.

    Priding itself on supplying players with a great un-rivaled quality of gaming, Winner Bingo owned by Redfinger Trading Ltd boasts integrity and values delivering gaming to new heights since 2012. Here players can enjoy the latest encryption methods keeping their personal and financial details in complete safety.

    Our ethos is maintaining fun for all of our gamers enabling them to interact, socialize and receive a warm and friendly welcome by our chat masters when they enter one of our Bingo rooms.

    Keep your eyes tuned in for the Winner Bingo TV ad


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    Tuesday 23 July, 2013
    London, 23rd July 2013
    From Ecuador, home of the world’s finest roses, comes a gift of ‘Infinite Joy for a Duchess’.

    Pro Ecuador has chosen OnlyRoses London to create a bespoke arrangement for Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, on the occasion of the birth of her first child.

    The arrangement, entitled, ‘Infinite Joy for a Duchess’, features a large silver champagne bowl, filled with the exclusive InfiniteRoses. Specifically, we will use the InfiniteRose colours ‘Royal Blue’, ‘Lavender’, and ‘Rhubarb’. OnlyRoses owner Sabine Schmitt says, “We did some research and discovered Kate is very partial to lavender and blue. The addition of the hot pink rose ‘Rhubarb’ is absolutely stunning and very fitting for the occasion.”

    The country’s location right on the Equator, its volcanic soil and the practice of sustainable farming means Ecuador is regarded as the supplier of the world’s premium roses. InfiniteRoses are fresh Ecuadorian roses, naturally preserved to last a long time, hence the name. OnlyRoses sells 250 different varieties of Ecuadorian roses.

    Sabine Schmitt describes it as a ‘huge honour’ to have been contacted by Pro Ecuador to produce the gift. “We’re all very excited and as you can imagine there was much discussion of ideas but we believe we’ve produced something that shows off the world's most beautiful roses at their very best.”


    For further information please contact:
    Sabine Schmitt
    079 0878 4219
    sabine@only-roses.com

    Notes to eds:
    OnlyRoses supply the World’s Finest Roses, directly from Ecuador, where they are grown under strict social, labor and environmental standards. Their stores are located in Earl’s Court and Knightsbridge, and they have recently opened their first store in Dubai, UAE. They are open 7 days a week and deliver same-day, London-wide, and also provide an overnight delivery service throughout the UK. Orders can be placed in person, by phone, email or via their online shop ( only-roses.com ).


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    Tuesday 23 July, 2013
    There has been discussion recently into the ‘rip off’ fees that some letting agents charge their tenants, with the Commons Select Committee on Communities and Local Government accusing some of charging unjustifiable fees to renters. Shelter reported that the average fee for tenants was £350, not including deposit and rent. Once more, a third of agents were charging more than £400, in some instances paying as much as £700.

    But a new company called Lets Rent wants to change the way the letting market operates. Lets Rent is a cloud based online letting agent that helps both landlords and tenants through the letting process.

    Moving home is already an expensive time, and many argue that letting agent fees are often inflated and unjustified. Lets Rent believe that this is unfair, and so charge tenants a flat referencing fee of just £85, with no hidden charges whatsoever. This is up to 75% cheaper than the national average.

    Once more, all of the tenant’s paperwork is stored in their profile on the cloud based system, speeding up the process, making it easier for them to complete reference checks and transfer money, and have all their contracts stored in one place.

    Not only does it significantly benefit the tenants, but it is also a completely free service for landlords to use, avoiding the huge fees that property investors can face when letting their property through traditional agents. It allows landlords to advertise on the major websites (including Zoopla, Gumtree, and Primelocation, etc.), sets up communication between landlord and potential tenants, and manages all the paperwork digitally. After a simple sign-up process, a property can be uploaded in minutes, and all contracts and paperwork are signed digitally and stored in the user’s profile.

    The online letting agent are members of the regulating bodies The Property Ombudsman and ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents), and the service is available for all landlords and tenants nationally in England and Wales. The founders, Richard Cook, Oliver Fitzpatrick, and Andrew Dawes, have experience on both the landlord and tenant side of the letting process, and thought a change was needed.

    Oliver Fitzpatrick, Director of Lets Rent, commented: ‘Our aim is to revolutionise an out-dated letting market by offering a free service for landlords and a fair price for tenants. Landlords can mount up huge agent fees, which eat into their investment returns, sometimes thousands of pounds in locations such as London. Likewise, tenants can run up hundreds of pounds in fees which are totally unwarranted and cause aggravation. We created a simple system which remedied both these problems.’

    For more information please visit www.lets-rent.co.uk for more information, or contact 0161 401 4008 to chat with a member of the team.

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    Tuesday 23 July, 2013
    When it comes to an Environmental Policy you may think you’ve heard it all before; helping to stop climate change, reducing energy usage, lowering consumption, using alternative fuels – the list goes on; but as there is no legal requirement for your company to have an environmental policy then can you honestly say, commercially, that you are doing your bit and adhering to your current policy?

    Online there are guidelines by various organisations on how to prepare and construct your company’s environmental policy and most cover all the aspects you need. From paper usage, transportation, recycling, improving efficiency to continuous enhancement and minimising waste, these guidelines offer a wealth of starting points, giving you a good grounding to begin writing your own policy.

    It’s important to set a date to get your policy completed. Don’t let this date waver as it’s important that your policy doesn’t fall foul of the “cobbled together” format of using parts or all of others policies that you've inherited or adopted. Take the time to list your efforts and be proud to tell the industrial world about them. If you recycle 80% of your paper, say so. If you use eco-friendly cleaning chemicals , make a point of saying that’s what you do. Your policy can speak volumes about how your company operates on the whole as much as it does about the statements it lists.

    For example our company’s policy states that we have recycling bins in every office, that we have dedicated industrial collection bins for certain waste types outside, and that we use less energy by ensuring non-essential electrical items are turned off before leaving at the end of the day and the weekend. Just recently we have enquired about solar panels being fitted to our office roof and we have several contractors quoting for the work. These may all sound obvious but it’s only when you get them listed in your own policy that it gains “true meaning” and gives your company value.

    One company I worked for, who didn’t have an environmental policy, was asked for theirs from a potential customer who had a large environmental concern and they made it essential when choosing new suppliers. Can you imagine the ensuing panic?

    A quick merging of adopted companies policies followed, where a few bits were added and taken away. The outcome was a clumsy attempt that was doomed. After a few hours the result was presented and we were caught out very early on, thus resulting in us losing the client. The thing is, if people ask for your policy it’s because they are concerned and they want to know how serious you are as a company and about your commitment to the environment. A badly put together policy can be picked to shreds in minutes. This inevitably leads to awkward questions and even more awkward answers.

    Even though I no longer work for that company, I have endeavoured to keep my current company’s environmental policy up-to-date. Not every week, granted, but every quarter I make it a task. I review our waste collection; monitor our consumable usage by going over our stationery and washroom product orders for the last three months. I also make sure all our staff are aware of our policy and are committed to reducing energy usage. This check not only ensures our policy is current but it also helps reduce costs and that's always good news.

    So if you do have or are going to get an environmental policy, please put in the effort it truly deserves. Who knows, one day your business may depend on it.



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    Tuesday 23 July, 2013
    Dr Tom Pey, Chief Executive of the Royal London Society for Blind People last night scaled the roof of the O2 to fundraise for specialist support for families and children living in Greenwich, who are vision impaired.

    The “Great Greenwich Give” campaign will host a number of fundraising events around the Royal borough today. Local businesses and residents will help raise £1000 an hour. A pop up shop, flash mob dance off and collections will be happening throughout the day.

    Dr. Pey went blind at the age of 39, at a time when he was a successful investment banker. “My life went into free fall when I lost my sight. It was a hugely traumatic event, that’s why I know RLSB has to be there to support families who are coping with sight loss.” Tom commented.

    It is estimated that 1000 people in Greenwich are registered blind. Monies raised from the Great Greenwich Give will pay for a range of early year services for babies and toddlers, as well as education and employment for teenagers. Older blind people who are often very isolated will also benefit from the campaign, which will help fund outreach services operated by RLSB’s local partner, Blind Independence Greenwich.

    Tom said of the feat, “The hardest part was putting my foot on the first rung. But what spurred me on is that blind should be able to live life beyond sight loss. We impose limits on ourselves, so every step I tool was really about be breaking those limits down. I’m no longer afraid heights, and ready for my next challenge.”

    Dr Pey is well on his way to hitting his personal fundraising target of £2400.



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    Wednesday 24 July, 2013
    PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE - World Pole Sports Championships 2013

    http://www.polesports.org

    After two successful days IPSF are happy to announce eight new World Champions.

    The World Pole Sport Championship held in Bethnal Green London, not only brought together the best pole sports athletes in the world – but also showed that Pole Sport is for all ages at this elite level.

    The winner in the Novice, Russian Athlete Olga Trepolova , 10 years old, stunned the audience with her strength, professionalism, musicality and flexibility. She produced a winning programme under immense pressure and took first place in her division.

    In the Junior Division Bernadette Floch , Hungary showed that the next age group 15-17 year olds were hot on the heels of the seniors with a fantastic all-round programme earning her first place in that division.

    The third new category introduced in the 2013 World Pole Sport Championship was the Masters division which was divided into 40+ and 50+. These athletes proved to everyone they deserved their place on the world stage. The winner of the 40+ category was Liza Szabo from Hungary and the winner of the 50+ category (aged 62 years) was Greta Pontarelli from the USA. Greta was also the oldest athlete in the competition.

    The Irish duo Terri Walsh & Lisette Krol set extremely high standards high for doubles around the world. They won with a 1,4 point advantage and a fierce well-choreographed programme.

    Senior Men category crowned Alex Shchukin , Ukraine as its champion. With a back flip from the pole bringing influences of Chinese pole in to this competition.

    The last category of the final day, with the most number of participants was the Women’s Senior. Last year’s runner up, Alessandra Marchetti , this year took first place. She took to the stage with a hunger for the gold medal and a routine that took her there. UK’s Bendy Kate, known from Got to Dance placed 2nd.

    An intense 2 days with 106 athletes from 37 countries all wanting that medal around their neck brought out the best of competitive pole sports. Or as KT Coates president of the IPSF and the organizer quotes ‘we’ve seen it all –drops that will make you jump of your seat, incredible tricks that you didn’t think was possible, combinations and transitions that many will try to learn and amazing athletes that takes this sport and this competition to new highs. It brings us another step closer to the Olympics. I can’t wait for next year!’.

    WPSC2014 will take place in London York Hall the 19-20 of july 2014.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FN0-WghkJw&list=TLaZlEZEIedL0 - olga 10 years old
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70xL7k6WbHg&list=TLfrfmCbX6AbY - kate UK
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylaqkUtvRn8 - alex - men's winner

    CONTACTINFORMATION

    KT Coates
    Kate Whitley
    info@polesports.org
    kate.whitley@polesports.org
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    Wednesday 24 July, 2013
    Manchester Airport saw 2.1 million passengers use the airport during June 2013, according to figures released today.

    This was a rise of 4.1% when compared to June 2012, and marks a 13th consecutive month of year on year growth for the gateway to the North.

    Figures released this month by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) also show that Manchester Airport was above the UK airport average of passenger growth in June. The UK airport average growth was 3.2%.

    The statistics showed international scheduled flight traffic to be up by 9.4%. New services such as EgyptAir's service to Cairo launched in June while TAP Portugal announced an increase of weekly flights to Lisbon, taking them from seven a week to ten. The new route to Cairo allowed Egytpair to expand its network with the start of a five times per week service between Manchester and the Egyptian capital. Cairo is the northern gateway to Africa and passengers have convenient onward access to more than 18 African destinations.

    An on-going focus on the low cost sector has also gone some way towards Manchester's success as the third stage of the airport's 'Fly Manchester' campaign launched in June, continuing to raise awareness of Manchester Airport as home to the most low cost flights in the North. Airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Jet2.com, Germanwings and Norwegian continue to grow from Manchester.

    The passenger performance continues a recent positive trend and Virgin Atlantic also announced during June that they would be offering 30,000 extra return seats to Orlando from Manchester Airport in summer 2014. Virgin Atlantic will fly daily from Manchester Airport and twice a day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

    Ken O'Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, owners of Manchester Airport, said: "We've seen over a year of continued month-on-month growth now and the next few months will provide an additional boost as over 14m passengers are expected to use Manchester Airport during the summer. We're entering the full swing of the summer season and are expecting a further surge in passengers once the schools break up as millions of people fly away for a well-deserved break."

    The top five foreign destinations for this summer are currently Palma, Amsterdam, Dubai, Alicante and Tenerife with August 23rd anticipated to be the busiest day of the summer this year. Passenger figures show that 84,000 passengers are expected to travel through Manchester Airport on Friday August 23rd. The same day last year peaked at 80,000 passengers travelling through the airport.

    Manchester Airport is part of MAG, the UK's second largest airport operator, serving 42 million passengers every year through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.

    -ENDS-

    For more information contact MAG's press office 0161 489 2700 or press.office@manairport.co.uk

    Notes to Editors:
    • Link to figures: http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/alldocs/B7499432988C8D9E80257BA5003EEED2/$File/June+13.pdf
    • Manchester Airport is the global gateway for the North of the UK and the largest airport outside London with over 200 destinations served by 65 airlines.
    • Manchester's long-haul catchment area places around 24 million people and 60% of all UK businesses within a two-hour drive time - it extends north through the Lake District into Scotland; east across Yorkshire and the North East; south to Birmingham and the Midlands; and west into Merseyside and Wales.


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    Wednesday 24 July, 2013
    EE's 26 million* customers across the UK now have the option to use their own mobile phones inflight, thanks to AeroMobile, the leading inflight mobile phone operator.

    Passengers using all of the UK's major mobile phone networks can now talk, text or browse online at 30,000ft, simply by connecting to the AeroMobile network.

    AeroMobile has over 220 agreements with mobile phone operators around the world including O2, Three, Vodafone and now also EE in the UK.

    So far this year, more than 120,000 UK-based passengers have used the AeroMobile service to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues on the ground, sending 175,000 text messages and making 25,000 calls.

    The AeroMobile service is active on 150 aircraft across nine airlines including Emirates, Etihad, SAS and Virgin Atlantic. All Virgin Atlantic flights between the US and London Gatwick offer the AeroMobile service, as well as selected flights from Manchester and Heathrow. Many flights from the UK to Dubai with Emirates and Etihad's services from Heathrow to Abu Dhabi also provide AeroMobile connectivity.

    "Adding EE to our portfolio of roaming partners opens up inflight connectivity to even more UK passengers," says Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.

    "EE joins the three other big operators in the UK in offering mobile customers the option to use their own phones inflight, and with more and more airlines offering the service, we expect to see increasing numbers of passengers opting to stay connected inflight. In fact, our research shows that 70 per cent of travellers would use their mobile inflight if they had the option."

    "So far this year, more than 7,000 flights have flown to or from the UK with the AeroMobile service onboard, and we're adding more airlines and more routes every month," continued Rogers.

    Passengers who use the service are billed by their mobile phone operator, and prices vary depending on individual contracts. Prices are typically similar to 'rest of world' rates, or in some cases, lower.
    -ENDS-
    *GSMA Intelligence

    About AeroMobile
    AeroMobile Communications Limited is a UK-based GSM service provider for the aviation industry. AeroMobile provides world class, proven, technology and services that enable airline passengers to use their own mobile phones for voice, texting and mobile data whilst inflight.

    As part of the Panasonic Group's Global Communication Suite, AeroMobile's services are available for installation either at the point of aircraft manufacture (line fit) or on aircraft in service (retrofit) across both Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

    Since 2008, over 17 million passengers have connected to the AeroMobile network inflight.

    The AeroMobile service is currently available across nine airlines, including Emirates, Etihad and Virgin Atlantic, with the number expected to double in the next 12 months.

    For more information on AeroMobile go to www.aeromobile.net

    Follow us on Twitter @AeroMobile

    For media information please contact:
    Rooster PR
    T: +44 (0)20 3440 8930
    E: AeroMobile@Rooster.co.uk



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    Wednesday 24 July, 2013
    Companies using Android mobile devices can now safeguard their assets and IT infrastructure by using drozer, the new Android security testing framework, to run full security assessments.

    Previously known as Mercury, drozer allows for dynamic analysis of applications running on Android devices. The tool now has a new set of features that include the ability to compromise Android devices through publicly available exploits. These features are designed to help an organisation understand how a technical vulnerability on a mobile device can become a real threat to their business.

    “We added a number of aspects to drozer that weren’t included in Mercury, but the major new feature consists of a means of getting the application onto an Android device remotely. Traditionally, it had to be downloaded from the marketplace or installed using the developer features,” said Daniel Bradberry, Head of Security Tools Development at MWR InfoSecurity.

    Tyrone Erasmus, Senior Security Consultant at MWR InfoSecurity, said: “It is a major step forward as previously, various remote Android exploits were scattered across the internet and in some cases were not very reliable. Taking up Mercury’s lead, drozer unifies these publicly available exploits into a single framework and improves the quality of the exploitation code and payloads available to the penetration tester.”

    He added: “This opens the opportunity of embracing company smartphones and other Android devices when performing a full security assessment of an organisation’s IT network, which is particularly important at times when companies are introducing BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) strategies and taking up consumer devices for corporate use.”

    Android developers and security researchers will now be able to exploit vulnerabilities in Android’s operating system and use them to install the application on the phone remotely, such as using a malicious document to deploy the app ‘without the user noticing it’.

    For example, security consultants employed by an organisation can use drozer in a red team exercise, where they have an open scope to attack assets belonging to a company to test its digital infrastructure and security standards. The tool will now allow them to expand the attack surface to include mobile devices as a path of entry into a company’s network.

    The team from MWR Labs, the company’s research arm, has successfully tested drozer and was able to gain access to personal information and pictures on Android devices, take screenshots and record from the microphone.

    Tyrone Erasmus said: “By incorporating publicly available exploits into drozer, we enable businesses to simulate attacks against mobile devices in their network. For instance, by gaining access through a security breach in the user’s mobile web browser, we are able to install the tool on the device and use it to help them understand how their business and entire IT infrastructure could be exposed to an attacker.”

    Daniel Bradberry added: “The development of drozer has been driven by substantial feedback from the community. Mercury had security assessment and post-exploitation neatly covered off but lacked the capability of being installed remotely on a device through exploitation. This is why we decided to add this new feature and change the name to drozer.”

    Similar to Mercury, drozer provides support for any Android device running Android 2.1 and all later versions, covering 99% of the devices in the market. It is an open-source tool and will be available to download from the MWR Labs website - http://mwr.to/drozer - immediately after being presented at Black Hat USA.

    Daniel Bradberry and Tyrone Erasmus will be tweeting useful hints and tips from @mwrdrozer.

    -Ends-

    Press Contact:
    Julian Menendez
    T: +44(0)20 7544 8831
    E: julian@barzilay.co.uk 

    Note to editors:
    MWR’s Black Hat Arsenal presentation on August 1st will include:
    How to remotely gain access to Android devices using drozer
    Some of the innovations that MWR has come up with regards to Android exploitation payloads
    How to integrate new remote exploits into the framework
    A variety of exploitation examples exposing sensitive data from a compromised Android device
    Black Hat remains the best and biggest event of its kind, providing a series of highly technical information security conferences that bring together thought leaders from all facets of the infosec world. Black Hat focuses on the sharing of practical insights and timely, actionable knowledge.

    drozer - Powerful penetrative Android security testing
    drozer allows developers and testers to assume the role of an app and to execute test case code by running an Agent on the Android device, which is connected to a Console on their PC. These code modules, which interact with the Dalvik VM and the underlying operating system, are easy to write, reuse and share.
    drozer lets testers build malicious webpages and perform drive-by downloads of a drozer Agent onto visiting devices, or create malicious files that exploit a parser to install an Agent onto the devices that open it. Depending on the permissions granted to the application it exploits, drozer can install a full agent or inject a limited agent into a running process, to act as a Remote Access Tool (RAT).

    About MWR InfoSecurity
    MWR InfoSecurity is one of the world's leading information security consultancies - MWR specialises in identifying, managing and mitigating Information Security risks.

    The company undertakes simulated cyber attacks with organisations across different industries to help them understand the security threats they are facing.

    visit http://www.mwrinfosecurity.com/


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    Wednesday 24 July, 2013
    Travel Writer of the Year

    International Traveller was thrilled when contributing journalist Louise Goldsbury took home the trophy for "Best Travel Writer" at the recent Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA). Louise won the prestigious award for her story The Big Euro Easy published in the January/February 2013 edition (Issue 3).

    Today, Louise said, "It's a total thrill to receive a national award for my first feature in International Traveller. The idea of river cruising doesn't often get non-cruisers excited, so I am pleased we could work together to create an entertaining story. Big thanks to publisher Quentin Long, and also to Craig Owens of Cruise Office in Sydney, who nominated me."

    The company's publications ˗ Australia's highest-selling travel magazine Australian Traveller and International Traveller, both offer quality journalism, superb photography and unbiased reviews that Australians can trust.

    To view the winning article online go to internationaltravellermag.com/river-mild-contently-cruising-the-continent-with-new-chums/



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    Thursday 25 July, 2013
    Debenhams has announced that one of its longest serving designers, jeweller Eric Van Peterson will launch a limited edition, silver charm bracelet to celebrate and mark the birth of the Royal baby, the Prince of Cambridge.

    As soon as news of the Royal birth was broadcast, designer Eric immediately started working on the one of a kind, silver charm bracelet, to mark the momentous occasion.

    The bracelet, featuring silver and pearls, is unique in its creation, inspired wholly by the joyful mood of the nation, and the new heir to the British throne's arrival.

    Eric has created a bracelet featuring charms including; a teddy bear, nappy pin, baby bottle, blue booties, stork and baby, dummy and crown.

    Says designer at Debenhams Eric Van Peterson; "I wanted to create something to mark this happiest of occasions, and thought what better than a one of a kind charm bracelet - with each charm symbolising the new baby Prince."

    The bracelet is inspired by the Royal baby boy, with details such as pale blue enamel and delicate silver and pearls adding to the beautiful design.

    The charm bracelet will be a limited edition, one of a kind piece, worth over £200, and will be given away to one lucky individual through a competition on Debenhams' blog.

    Continues Eric, "Designs had been drawn up ready to go, it was just a case of waiting to see if the Duchess gave birth to a royal Prince or Princess, before we finalised the exact details."

    "We'll definitely be sending a bracelet to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to congratulate them on their new arrival!"

    Details of the competition to win the one of a kind bracelet can be found at www.blog.debenhams.com.

    The competition launches on 24 July 2013.

    -Ends-

    Press contact:
    Michelle Dowdall, Senior PR Manager
    T: 0207 5290236 X 63298
    E: Michelle.Dowdall@debenhams.com

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    Thursday 25 July, 2013
    A group of young people from in and around Birmingham have organised a free event to showcase the talents of young people in the area.

    Lead by Fixer Belise Nurungiyimana, 20, the ‘Young Talented Sandwell’ showcase will take place on Saturday 27 July, from 3pm – 6.30pm at The Public, New Street, West Bromwich.

    Working with Fixers, a national charity that supports 16-25 year olds to campaign on any issue they want, the group want to show that you don’t have to go to London to showcase your artistic talents.

    The day will start with mini taster workshops in dance, music, drama and arts and crafts, and then finish with a talent showcase.

    Tickets are free from www.thepublic.com or call 0121 533 7161.

    Fixers is a charity which supports thousands of young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better, addressing any issue they feel strongly about.

    How each Fixer tackles an issue is up to them - as long as they benefit someone else.

    Fixers was set by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) in 2008 and has already supported 8,400 young people across the UK.

    Now, thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Fixers aims to work with a further 19,000 young people over the next three years.

    “Fixers started in 2008 as just an idea… an idea given a voice by 8,400 young people over the past five years,” says Margo Horsley, Chief Executive of PSBT.

    “They have reached thousands of people with their work, on a national stage as well as in and around where they live. They choose the full array of social and health issues facing society today and set about making their mark. Fixers are always courageous and their ideas can be challenging and life-changing, not just for themselves.”

    Peter Ainsworth, Big Lottery Fund UK Chair, said: “The Big Lottery Fund is extremely proud to be supporting Fixers to engage with more young people to change things for the better. Fixers has a tremendous potential – one young person’s initial idea can be transformed into reality, spread across a community and make a positive influence on a wide range of people. There are thousands of young people campaigning to make improvements in their neighbourhoods and Fixers provides a platform to highlight their voluntary work and many achievements.”

    For images, interviews or more information, please contact Sue Meaden in the Fixers Communications Team by email sue@fixers.org.uk or phone 01962 810970.

    There are lots more stories about young people doing great things on the Fixers website, Twitter and Facebook pages:
    http://www.fixers.org.uk
    http://www.twitter.com/FixersUK
    http://www.facebook.com/FixersUK

    Notes to editors:

    • Fixers started in England in 2008. Now with a £7.2 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Fixers is extending into Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. To date, over 8,400 young people across the UK have become Fixers and created 1,000 projects.
    • The Public Service Broadcasting Trust is a charity that brings together mainstream broadcasters, public and voluntary sector services, and viewers.
    • The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
    • BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
    • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £29 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.



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    Friday 26 July, 2013
    Responding to today's GDP figures from a consumer perspective, Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which? said:

    "Today's confirmation of further growth is welcome but there is still a long way to go before this will be felt by consumers, whose confidence and spending power remains fragile.

    "Our latest consumer research found a third of families, nine million households, feeling the squeeze financially. Households are increasingly using savings or credit to pay for essentials with rising inflation meaning many are facing a prolonged squeeze."

    - Ends -

    Notes to Editors:

    For further statistics and analysis, visit the Which? Consumer Insight Tracker- some highlights from the research include:

    - Only a quarter of people (25%) expect their own personal financial situation to improve in the next year and three in 10 people (30%) continue to cut back on essential spending.
    - In the last year, two-thirds of the population (65%) said that the economy is negatively impacting their personal finances.
    - The last month has also seen the biggest drop in consumer spending power following nine months of previous continuous growth. Overall spending power is down 0.9% year on year.
    - In the last year, on average, each month 6.1 million households dipped into savings to cover their monthly spending, 4.7 million households relied on their overdraft, and one million used an unauthorised overdraft.

    On average over the last 12 months, each month:

    - 7.8 million households cut back spending
    - 3 million households needed to borrow money from family and friends
    - 1.3 million households took out a new credit or store card
    - 1 million households took out a payday loan.

    The Which? Consumer Insight Tracker also finds:

    - At the moment just 40% of people describe their finances as 'good'.
    - On average over the last year more than eight in 10 consumers have been worried about energy and fuel prices (78%) and seven in 10 (70%) worried about food prices.
    - The 30-49 age group is most affected by the financial squeeze, while under 30s have seen the biggest decline in spending power.
    - One in five people have no savings, as paying off debt is seen as a higher priority.

    1. Primary Research Methodology: Populus, on behalf of Which?, interviewed 2055 UK adults online between 14th and 16th June 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all UK adults. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

    2. Which? Spending Power Index Methodology: Which? and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) examined the macroeconomic trends in the British economy and created the Which? Spending Power Index measuring monthly purchasing power for UK households. The Which? Spending Power Index is constructed as a measure of consumer purchasing power, calculated by deflating modelled nominal household incomes by household-specific price indices.

    3. 28% of households, 7.5 million households, were feeling the impact of the financial squeeze in June 2012. This has increased to 34%, 9 million households, in June 2013.

    4. Households are facing huge inflation on essentials, with food prices up by 3.9%, and gas and electricity bills up by 8% - figures from from analysis of Consumer Price Index data (June 2013).

    For more information please contact:

    John Cottrill
    Senior Press Officer, Which?
    T: 020 7770 7615 / 07970 132 811 (out of hours)
    E: john.cottrill@which.co.uk


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