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Lola Bennett was rushed to hospital after her hand slipped on a spiked fence as she tried to retrieve her school bag which had been hung there as a joke.
She used a tree stump to reach the strap of her bag but her friendship ring got snagged on the fence and tore her finger apart as pals tried to yank off her shoe.
Her horrified friends raised the alarm and ambulance crews dashed to the memorial garden in Kingsbury School, Tamworth, Staffs., last Friday (22/4).
She was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but surgeons were unable to save her middle finger on her left hand which was broken and had severe nerve damage.
Brave Lola underwent a three-hour operation to have the digit amputated just below her knuckle.
Despite her horror injury, Lola was back in lessons on Monday (25/4) and says she doesn’t blame her friends for the accident.
Today (Thurs) Lola said: “I went to get my bag and to reach it I knelt on a tree stump next to the fence.
“As I reached to get it, my ring caught on the fence and that was it.
“It was so painful, I was on gas and air at school.
“The first responders were amazing and the ambulance staff were lovely too, they gave me more gas and air and cut off my ring while I was in the ambulance.
“I’m not blaming anyone, it was all a joke and all happened so fast. I was just unlucky.”
Mum Zoe, 41, is now calling on all schools to carry out renewed safety checks to make sure that such a freak accident cannot happen again.
The admin assistant said: “I hope that this incident makes the school and other schools carry out checks to make sure there aren’t any hazards like this.
“The tree stump was over two feet high and shouldn’t have been placed next to the fence.
“It’s been awful for Lola and the other girls who saw the whole event were traumatised.
“She doesn’t blame the girls, they were just messing around like teenagers do. It was just a horrible accident.
“Her father said she didn’t even cry but it might have just been the pure shock of what happened.
“I can’t even look at the picture of her finger, it was just hanging off apparently.
“I was so worried about her but she has taken it all in her stride. She was back laughing and joking before we knew it.
“She was really brave and I am proud of how she has handled it all.”
Kingsbury School headteacher Martin Clarke said: “There is an ongoing investigation into the accident, so it would be inappropriate for me to comment at this stage.
“However we take safeguarding very seriously at Kingsbury School and we are fully supporting Lola.”
Mr Clarke said that the incident had been reported to the Health and Safety Executive.]]>
Last year, people in 75 countries took part in Pay it Forward Day and this year, we are hoping to inspire over 10 million acts of kindness.
The idea of Pay it Forward Day comes from the novel, and subsequent film, Pay it Forward which tells the story of a young boy who does 3 good deeds for others in need.
All the child asks in return is that they pass on the good deed to three other people and keep the cycle going.
Vickie Lea, the International Ambassador for Pay it Forward Day in the UK said – “We are delighted that so many organisations and individuals are supporting the initiative across the UK – we have been overwhelmed by the stories of kindness and goodwill, some initiatives are ongoing all throughout the year. Everything from coffee shops and restaurants giving food to the Homeless – to community groups performing random acts of kindness to people in their neighbourhood.”
Blake Beattie the founder of Pay it Forward Day is celebrating 10 years this year since the event started and now engages with over 75 countries around the world who participate in Pay it Forward Day.]]>
The precious jewel contains 75 diamonds and 34 emeralds and was discovered hidden in a secret drawer of a 19th-century bureau.
The piece of furniture was in a caravan on a farm in Dartmoor in Devon belonging to the Shallowford Trust, a charity giving inner-city children an experience of countryside life.
The Trust thought the chest could be spruced up to raise some money so asked antiques expert Simon Gilboy to take it to his workshop in Staverton, near Totnes.
But when Will Arscott and apprentice Archie Newnham-Dibley set about restoring it, they found a secret drawer which housed a box from Royal jewellers Garrard and Company.
The box was marked “Lady Braund” – the name of the mother of Shallowford’s founder, Elizabeth Braund.
Quoting Only Fools and Horses, Mr Arscott presented his boss with the find, saying, “This year, Rodney, we’ll be millionaires!”
A jeweller confirmed that the stones were genuine.
Mr Gilboy said: “It is quite amazing, worth four or five thousand pounds based just on the value of the stones. But if the provenance can be proved it could be worth many tens of thousands of pounds.”
Now the Trust is searching through Braund family albums for a photograph of Elizabeth or Lady Braund wearing the brooch, to help date the find.
Discovered with the 2.5 by 1.25 inch brooch were letters from a young Elizabeth to her mother.
Shallowford Trust manager Debbie Sandels said: “It is very exciting. It will make a difference to our work, absolutely.”
The discovery is good timing for the charity, which is trying to turn farm buildings into accommodation for the children.
The project will cost several hundred thousand pounds, with some money coming from the Braund family legacy.
Mr Gilboy said: “It’s not unusual to find letters or coins in a piece of furniture. We once found a ring, which was returned to the owners.
“Out business is built on trust. Anything found while we are restoring a piece for owners is given to them.
“If a piece is bought at auction it is different, but if it is bought from an owner there could be a moral dilemma.
“Had we bought the piece, rather than being asked to restore it for them, we would have felt duty bound to return the brooch to help fund the trust.”]]>
Sweet-looking Bella jumps up and grabs the post from the letterbox whenever the postie calls – scratching his fingers.
The Royal Mail say it puts mail workers ”at risk of injury” and after a health and safety assessment no more deliveries can be made to the home in Patchway, Bristol.
Officials dubbed four-year-old Bella a ”hazard” and because of the ”level of threat” the postie won’t be going back unless it is ”restrained”.
The ban is even more ironic given black and white Bella is the spitting image of Post Pat’s docile pet cat Jess.
Owners Matthew Sampson and Laura Lowe say their pet has never attacked anyone before – but has taken against the postie.
Insurance sales coach Matthew, 24, said: “She does seem to dislike the postman. When he comes to the door she lets out a sort of growl. I’ve never heard a cat growl before.
“It’s just not a letter I ever expected to receive. I knew Bella wasn’t keen on the postman but I’d never actually witnessed her attacking him and I am sorry if this was the case.
”He shouldn’t have to risk being injured at work. I’m not sure exactly how I’d go about restraining the cat, though.
“As it happens we are actually moving soon, so in the meantime I will sort out an external delivery box.”
The letter read: “I’m writing to let you know that we’re experiencing difficulties in delivering mail to your address because of the actions of a cat at your property.
“As a result, a health and safety risk assessment has been carried out, and has determined that the level of threat requires actions to be taken to ensure the safety of its delivery staff.
“Your postman has reported that when he pushes the mail through your letterbox your cat snatches the mail and puts his fingers at risk of injury.
“Please, therefore, either ensure that the cat is restrained at all times away from the back of the letterbox, or provide an alternative safe delivery point for your property.”
In a statement, a Royal Mail spokesperson said: “If we feel that there is a risk from a dog, or any other animal, at an individual address, we are committed to working with the customer to agree simple steps to ensure we can continue to deliver the mail safely.
“In this case we have appealed to the owner to keep their pet under control when the postman calls and we have invited the customer to contact the delivery office manager to discuss this in more detail.
“This could be done just by making sure the pet is kept safely away from the letterbox or by installing a cage inside the letterbox to reduce the risk of fingers being bitten or scratched.
“Our postmen and women also use posting pegs which they use to deliver mail safely to properties where there are animals present.”]]>
Oliver Bales, 24, is now more than half the man he used to be after getting fed up with being ridiculed because of his huge waist – which measured more than 5ft.
The once-39stone beast managed to turn his life around and was today (Weds) crowned Slimming World’s Greatest Loser of 2016 – after losing the equivalent weight of a baby KILLER WHALE.
Oliver, who now weighs 13st 13Ibs, has a new-found spring in his step and hopes to run a marathon, do a triathlon and learn to scuba dive.
He has gone from from wearing a 6XL and having a 64in waist to a size medium and a 34in waist.
Oliver was so fat that when he lost the weight he even dropped two shoe sizes.
Oliver, from Portsmouth, said: “Being overweight has affected by entire life – until now.
“I finally know what it’s like not to feel like an outcast, to be able to walk down the street without people laughing, pointing or calling you names, to not take up two seats on a train, to not be in constant pain.
“Thanks to Slimming World I feel normal for the first time in my life and my only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner.”
Before he joined Slimming World, Oliver would turn to food for comfort after falling victim to bullies who teased him incessantly about this weight.
At 39 stone, Oliver would eat a doner kebab, a burger with chips as well as an entire tub of cookie dough ice cream in one sitting.
He would spend most of his days lying in bed, binge eating and watching TV.
He had to take a break from his business studies degree because he was suffering depression as a result of his weight.
But in 2014, Oliver, who works in catering for South West Trains, said he was inspired to lose weight by a friend he saw on social media.
He said: “Everyone tells me I look amazing, which is a great feeling.
“As I’ve shrunk, my confidence levels have soared and I’m so much happier and much more ambitious.
“I used to be so shy and quiet but that’s completely vanished now and I’ve made new friends and reconnected with old ones.”
Oliver, who is part Filipino, said he always knew he was overweight but it wasn’t until his early 20s that he realised it was a huge problem.
He struggled to stand for long periods without being in pain, had dangerous blood pressure at 160 and worried he wouldn’t see his niece and nephew grow up.
He also suffered embarrassing situations, including cracking the family bath when he stood in it to shower, and he couldn’t fit into seats on public transport and in lecture theatres at university.
He said: “While I have some amazing memories from my childhood, I sometimes look back and wish I could have the chance to re-do it.
“I used to feel like people were always comparing me to other children my age, and feeling like ‘the fat, ugly one’ made me angry and upset.
“I missed out on a lot, too – I always used to ‘forget’ my PE kit because I hated getting changed in front of the other pupils.
“As time went on, I got bigger and that’s when the bullying started.”
“I hope my story will inspire other people to know that it’s never too late to get support and even if they don’t know it, there is help just around the corner – my advice to anyone wanting to make a change is ‘close your eyes and jump.”
Slimming World champion Oliver Bales, 24, was spurred into losing weight after a particularly embarrassing holiday memory – because he squashed a pair of pensioners.
He was travelling to Japan for a once in a lifetime holiday in 2012 when the elderly couple sat next to him on the plane complained about his enormous size.
Oliver said: “I was sat in an economy sized seat, feeling very squashed when an elderly couple came to sit next to me.
“But we couldn’t all fit into the three-seat row and they complained.
“The plane couldn’t set off before I was moved into two seats.
“I needed two seat belts as well.”
Oliver said he tried to not let the traumatic memory get to him, but was constantly reminded of it by his huge size years later.
Oliver, who claims he now feels like a new person, said more than anything he enjoys his new freedom to walk down the street without people ogling at him.
He said: “Children and even adults would shout at me as I walked down the street.
“They would call me everything under the sun but the most hurtful was ‘fatty’.”
After joining Slimming World in 2014, Oliver drew inspiration from other Greatest Losers, including Matt Briggs who lost 17 stone in 2012.
Oliver said: “I never imagined I would lose 2 stone let alone 25 stone, but I am so incredibly proud.
“I feel like a new person.”
He said the best thing about the programme was that he hasn’t even had to quit some of his favourite foods like chips and chocolate.
He said: “I am living proof that you can still enjoy food and lose weight.
“You just have to have everything in moderation.
“I do miss scones with jam and clotted cream through.”
His proud mum Ruby Young said she cried when she found out her son had won Slimming World’s greatest loser.
Ruby, 50, said: “I just cried when I found out he was the biggest loser.
“As a mother, I had to tell him he needed to lose weight, but when he finally did it was amazing.
“Before he never went out but now he has so many friends, it’s amazing.”
Collette May-Matthews, Oliver‘s Slimming World consultant in Portsmouth said she could barely contain her excitement when she found out he had won.
She said: “I am over the moon, he was so shy when he first joined slimming world and when I look at him now, he’s so different.”
Oliver added that his confidence has helped him develop his career.
He said: “I used to work at Primark the budget clothes store and now I am working at South West Trains.
“Losing weight has given me more confidence to speak with customers.
“I always dreamed of looking like a normal person and now I have.”
Lunch: battered cod and chips with a battered sausage, a battered burger, a saveloy and mushy peas on the side, covered in mayonnaise and ketchup. All washed down with a cola
Dinner: doner kebab meat and a half-pounder burger with chips. Followed by a tub of cookie dough ice cream, a whole cheesecake or a selection of cream cakes, with cola
Snacks: pork pies, sausage and bean pasties, chocolate bars, ice cream, biscuits and scones with jam and clotted cream.
Breakfast: bran flakes with fat-free yogurt and chopped strawberries or a pepper and spinach omelette with low-fat sausages
Lunch: chicken and sweetcorn pasta salad or smoked ham and cream cheese sandwich on wholemeal bread with salad on the side
Dinner: homemade butternut squash risotto or Slimming World Chicken and Chorizo-style Sausage Paella (available from Iceland) when short on time
Snacks: satsumas, apples, pears, melon, raspberries, strawberries, vegetable sticks, hard boiled eggs, fat-free yogurts, low-fat hot chocolate, fun-size Mars and Twix bars or high-fibre cereal bars.]]>
The family of 14-year-old girl who died during an over-stretched hospital night shift have called for more NHS staff to be on duty around-the-clock.
Tragic Emma Welch underwent an apparently successful operation to correct a curvature of her spine just days after undertaking a charity walk up Mount Snowdon.
But the following night she suffered an internal bleed which triggered a fatal heart attack and she required emergency surgery.
However, just two of nine operating theatres at Bristol Children’s Hospital were open at the time because it was late at night – and they were both in use.
There were not enough anaesthetists or emergency staff to open another theatre so medics had to operate on her by torchlight on a ward.
Doctors battled through the night to try and replace the blood she was rapidly losing but she tragically died at 3.42am on June 4.
A report into her death said it was probable that if she had been taken to theatre an hour earlier the bleeding could have been controlled.
Emma‘s mother, Lesley Welch, 51, and other family members are now pushing for 24-hour care in the NHS.
Anthony Close, Emma‘s grandfather, said: “Without there being an available theatre, emergency chest surgery on Emma had finally to be performed in her hospital bed with the help of torch light.
“We appreciate all that the staff did to the best of their abilities to try and save Emma and we know that such a traumatic experience must have affected them deeply.
“However, unanswered questions still remain and we will vigorously pursue these.”
He added that they hope a plan is put in place to provide additional theatre capacity and teams to cover emergencies, day and night.
The inquest heard that the youngster had undergone a routine operation to correct her spine which had been painfully curved for four years.
It appeared to be a success at first but the following night she suffered the internal bleed which drained her heart and triggered a fatal heart attack.
Just four days before she died the kind-hearted youngster had defied her spinal problem and agonising pain to climb Snowdon on a charity walk.
Helped by her parents, she set a world record for carrying the 125 cuddly toys to the top of a mountain after trekking to the 3,500′ summit of the Welsh peak.
Before that she had climbed the height of Everest on a climbing wall in 2013 and cycled 1,000 miles in 2014 to raise £13,000 money for Brain Tumour Research.
Her family heard she might have lived if she been rushed straight to an operating theatre as soon as her post-op problem was detected.
The inquest at Avon Coroner’s Court at Flax Bourton, near Bristol, heard that “manpower was the issue” in her case.
Consultant Dr Margrid Schindler, who cared for Emma in intensive care, said ideally she the teenager have been taken to theatre straight away.
She told the inquest: “The doctor went to theatre but the problem was we had our two emergency teams busy in theatre.
“There was no team available at that particular moment to get Emma to theatre any earlier.”
Hospital site manager Jane Hetherington said there was no way she could have opened another theatre because she would need a team of anaesthetists.
She said: “We could have gone and waited in an empty theatre but we wouldn’t have known where all the equipment was.”
Spinal surgeon Mr Ian Harding, who carried out the original procedure, said the team resorted to resuscitating Emma on her bed when her heart stopped.
But he disputed the claim she would have survived if she was taken to theatre earlier and said things would only be different if the problem had been identified more quickly.
He told the inquest: “If we had got her to theatre half an hour, an hour earlier, I think the outcome would have been exactly the same.”
Asked if Emma‘s life could have been saved, he said: “I think if we had known exactly what was happening straight away, from minute one, then yes.”
Mr Harding, who rushed to the hospital to care for Emma after being woken up at 1am, also said that the way her aorta was supposedly punctured was “completely unheard of”.
The most likely cause of death was a rod inserted during surgery being too close to the blood vessel or as the result of movement, a pathologist said.
Senior Coroner Maria Voisin concluded that Emma died “from the unintended consequence of planned and necessary medical treatment”.
She said she died ‘despite the efforts’ of receiving numerous blood transfusions and chest compressions.
The inquest heard that doctors around the world are currently researching how Emma, from Chilcompton, Somerset, could have suffered the post-op complication.
In an emotional statement read aloud in court, Emma‘s mother said her daughter was an “extraordinary girl” who had a “zest for life and making a difference”.
She said: “She was bright and bubbly – a girl who enjoyed sharing a smile and a laugh.”
“The impact of our loss is just too huge to begin to describe.”
Speaking after the hearing, she added: “If she had gone to theatre, there is a slim chance she would still be with us.”
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Independent guitar maker Simon Farmer reckons his purple and gold ‘axe’ could be the last one ever bought by the Purple Rain singer – who used it at one of his final concerts.
Simon, who has built guitars since he was 14, and made his first designs of Prince‘s purple guitar back in 1994, but finally sent it to the rocker at the start of March this year.
Simon, who made the entire guitar himself from designs to finished product, said the star’s untimely death was “hugely shocking”.
The 47-year-old runs his one-man business Gus Guitars from a small workshop in Heathfield, east Sussex, and said he always thought it would be the sort of guitar that Prince would like to play.
He said: “I decided to follow it up because I knew someone who used to work for Prince in the Purple Rain days.
“I came up with a theme for a practical model with purple paint and gold plating and I knew he would really like it.”
The ambitious guitar-maker tried to get the guitar, made from cedar and carbon fibre, to Prince in 2007 when he was in the UK doing his Earth Tour but it didn’t work out.
Simon did, however, get a lot of exposure – and the instrument became known as the guitar that Prince didn’t quite get.
But then, out of the blue, Prince‘s management got in contact with Simon in February this year.
He said: “We started talking about it, they said Prince wanted it, and it arrived with them on the 8th March.
“I got good feedback on it and Prince even ordered a black and gold bass too, which I was going to make for him.”
Sadly, shortly after Simon began building the bass, the musician died – but not before he’d had a chance to show off his purple guitar to his fans.
Simon said: “He made a surprise appearance at an event to show off his new piano and my guitar.
“He didn’t play it but he took it out of the case and showed it to everyone – it was just amazing.
“It was a massive thing and a huge break for me, I made sure the guitar was right for him, when I made it that was all I was thinking about.”
Having not only had the singer buy his guitar, but also request a bass from him too, made Prince‘s death all the more sad for Simon.
He said: “It was really shocking to hear he had died, especially as it was so unexpected – he obviously had plans for future concerts.
“I have always loved his music and really loved his guitar playing.
“He was a really underrated guitarist because he can do so many other things – he did absolutely everything.
“It is a massive loss and very sad.”
Simon has no immediate plans to design guitars for more stars, but Prince wasn’t the first celebrity to buy his models, with past clients including Seal.
He said: “It is always your dream to get guitars to famous people but at the end of the day it is the players that come to you if they like what you make.
“There is something about that purple guitar that Prince really liked, he always used guitars that were far from the mainstream.
“In this business there is a lot of stuff where money changes hands and it is all about endorsements, none of it is ‘real’.
“This is why the guitar for Prince was so special – he chose it.”]]>
The education watchdog even penalised Town and Country Kiddies Nursery in Lincolnshire for not having enough pictures of black and Asian people on the walls.
In a report, inspectors criticised the nursery, which caters for children aged from eight-weeks to 11 years, for failing to teach youngsters about other cultures.
It stated: “Staff do not provide enough opportunities for children to develop a strong sense of belonging at the nursery and to learn about people who are different to themselves.”
As a result, the nursery in Market Rasen was stripped of its ‘outstanding’ status it was given in 2012 and is now rated ‘good’.
Parents today (Wed) blasted Ofsted, branding the decision to mark the nursery down as “political correct nonsense”.
A mum, who did not want to be named, stormed: “Just because the majority of the kids are white shouldn’t be used as a stick to beat the nursery with.
“The nursery does an excellent job, the atmosphere is inclusive and the staff break their backs to help every kid.
“This Ofsted report is a kick in the face for them and is yet another example of political correct nonsense.”
Another dad added: “One word can be used to describe that report – wrong.
“What planet do these Ofsted inspectors live on? How can you teach two or three year olds about racism?
“Kids that young treat each other the same whatever their skin colour. They just see kids as kids and that’s as it should be.”
Louise Davies, who owns the nursery, yesterday expressed her concerns over the Ofsted rating system.
She said: “There are things they’d like us to do over and above – children having understanding of other people and different cultures.
“It comes with living in the community where there isn’t a great deal of cultural and ethnic diversity.
“They’re not seeing that on a day to day basis, unlike nurseries in London where they do have it on a day to day basis.
“One of the things the inspectors said was that we needed to put more pictures of people from ethnic cultures on the walls of the nursery.”
Ofsted changed the rules on grading schools and nurseries last September meaning they have to meet additional criteria to get an ‘outstanding’ rating.
Ms Davies added: “There’s a real strong focus in the new criteria that the whole workforce needs to be delivering exceptional practice. It’s unrealistic.
“It’s an ideological view, not commercially viable. We can’t operate a team that’s without exception.
“For us to continually strive towards the ‘outstanding’ it would become more and more commercially unviable.
“At the end of the day it’s all very well chasing something but it’s an unrealistic criteria.
“We need to provide childcare for people to go to work and not worry about an ideology that Ofsted have.
“If anything, we’re in a stronger position now (than last inspection in 2012).”
Ofsted initially published their report from the inspection this week – but have temporarily withdrawn it following a backlash from furious parents.
An Ofsted spokesperson said: “The regional director is seeking to speak to the owner about her concerns, and we have withdrawn the report while we review the case.
“Following this a decision will be taken about next steps.”
The row comes 18 months after Middle Rasen Primary School, which is a mile away from the nursery, was penalised by Ofsted for effectively being too English.
Inspectors said the school was “not yet outstanding” because pupils’ cultural development was limited by a “lack of first-hand experience of the diverse make up of modern British society”.
We’d come across bamboo being used as a fabric for beautiful baby clothes and yoga outfits, but could only find bamboo socks in relatively plain styles. We also knew that bamboo had great properties for making socks out of: it’s super soft, yet durable, and is also naturally antibacterial.
So the next step, naturally, was “Let’s make bamboo socks in not-boring designs”.
We wanted to understand the bamboo fabric process, and see how it all took shape, and the only way to do this was to get to the source. So after numerous cold calls to bamboo suppliers in China, we found ourselves getting off an overnight train from Shanghai, in a place called Longnan. It’s really, really far away from anywhere that we’d heard of before; certainly we very quickly gave up hope of finding a flat white. It was also an incredibly beautiful corner of China, and a very friendly place to be.
After a day of reviewing the bamboo weaving process at the factory in Longnan, meeting the factory owners, and hearing about bamboo cultivation, we found ourselves in an orange grove that belonged to the mother of one of the bamboo workers. They gave us tea, introduced us to their grandmother and showed us their 600 chickens, roaming the farm. The factory owner did some impressions of a chicken (we don’t know why… some things remained lost in translation) and handed us a bag of 18 oranges. We were confused, but also very happy; as it turns out, China has a wonderful balance of beautiful and bonkers.
We left the factory, and their great hospitality, and headed for a hotel to get some rest before getting another overnight train a few hours later. On the way to the hotel, a random hawker handed us a business card for local plumbers. Again, I’m not sure why he gave it to us – two western women – and more confusingly, I’m not sure why we took it.
We got to the hotel, exhausted but happy, and threw the card on the table. In need of a spare plastic bag, we emptied the oranges onto the table as well. The two hours between checking in at the hotel and leaving for our next overnight train flew by, and we rushed out the door of our room.
As we approached the reception desk to check out, there was a realisation that we’d left 18 oranges and a business card for a plumber. Furthermore, we were two western women who’d stayed for only two hours, and were leaving at 8pm. Trying to explain in pidgin Chinese, the best we could muster was “we’re so sorry about the oranges. And the plumber. Please forgive us”.
Leaving behind some confused faces, we departed the hotel, boarded the train, and knew that Moch Socks was going to be a real thing.
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Available at: www.mochsocks.com, our socks are priced at £8 and we have an introductory offer of 50% off all orders, when code MOCH50 is used at checkout.]]>
The agency, based in Preston, Lancashire, whose recent successes include marketing for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has employed Jon Hunter as Search Director, a new role for the company.
With ten years’ SEO and search experience working with leading brands across sectors including finance, charity, healthcare and medical, Jon will lead and build up every1’s content and SEO team. Other key sectors include travel and tourism, manufacturing, automotive, news media and fashion.
Amongst the big brands Jon has worked with are Go Compare, Kwik Fit, LloydsPharmacy, Oxfam and the Daily Mail. He has also done work for the International Hotel Group, the brands AGA & Rangemaster, women’s fashion brand Rare London and car dealership chain Lookers.
Jon previously worked as an Organic Search Director at Cheshire agency Click Consult. His other roles include Client Service Director at digital marketing agency McCann Connected, formerly, Lakestar McCann, in Manchester, Head of Search at Chester agency Prodo Digital, and SEO Manager at digital agency Latitude in Warrington and London.
every1’s recent marketing work includes designing a website for the FSB and launching The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance, operated by HCA Healthcare UK, earlier this year. As well as the chance to work with such brands, Jon says he was attracted to working at every1 because of the opportunity to develop its strong team.
Jon said: “I really wanted to mentor a great team and there are some very talented and dedicated people at every1, who are a good fit for me. I’m thrilled to be working with them and to help expand the company’s range of impressive clients, product and services.
“I’m excited about growing the team, developing the skill sets and driving it forward,” he added.
Jon describes himself as having a competitive nature and was drawn to working in SEO because it’s all about winning.
every1 Managing Director Simon Clayton, said: “Jon has a very impressive background in search and SEO. He has worked across a wide range of sectors for some big brands and achieved a great deal in some very impressive roles. This fits the direction I want to take every1 to progress our expertise in SEO and build on the company’s success to date.
“I’m now looking forward to working closely with Jon and seeing what his top-level expertise and experience will bring to the agency.”]]>
From 11 finalists in this category, Intergas was selected as the out-and-out winner because, in the opinion of the judges it was: “… genuinely innovative, with a low maintenance configuration, innovative controls and imaginative design.”
Innovation comes in the form of the boiler’s revolutionary heat exchanger – used in all Intergas models – which eliminates the need for a secondary domestic hot water plate heat exchanger, diverter valve and auto-air vent, which means there’s less to go wrong. In fact the heat exchanger has never had a mechanical failure since its manufacture 20 years ago.
Imagination is demonstrated by its flexibility: it can be converted to heat only, sealed system, open vent, open vent combi and a multipoint water heater – that’s five products from one boiler.
The recent addition to the range, the ECO RF, with its remote monitoring facility, gives you the ability to be predictive in servicing and maintenance, to keep first-time fix rates high and wasted call-outs low, while retaining all the features that have made the HRE a stand-out boiler.
Speaking about the H&V News accolade, Stephen Zouch, managing director Intergas Heating said: “We are a small manufacturer in the UK, but we have a very special range of boilers. We’ve always punched above our weight and we’re delighted that our product benefits have been recognised by the industry.”
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The black-and-white feline pair had been defaced by callous yobs with blue and green pens when they were found by police and taken to Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Centre (BCWR), West Yorks.
Staff at the rescue centre immediately took them to a vets as they were unsure the level of damage the toxic pans could have caused – as cats lick their fur to clean themselves.
According to workers, the kittens are only about four to five weeks old and are very poorly.
Since their arrival on Monday (yest), staff at the centre have been giving the pair lots of baths to slowly try and remove the ink from their fur. They are also having bottles of milk to build up their strength.
An appeal has now been put out by BCWR to help fund the work they carry out.
Katie Jane Lloyd, from the sanctuary, said: “Here at BCWR Kittens we often consider ourselves to be unshockable, we have dealt with most situations but this is a first.
“The police arrived earlier with these two kittens who I can only describe as 4 to 5 week old who have been ‘coloured in’ most probably with a permanent marker.
“Thus is a dreadful act of cruelty and who knows what untelling damage this may have caused.
“We have sought veterinary advice and I have just contacted the poisons unit to ascertain what would be safe to use on them to try to remove the ink.
“The kitties are now going for a bath”.
The sanctuary are now appealing for help with the funds to care for the kittens.
The owner of Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens (BCWRK) has revealed that this cruel incident of colouring-in kittens isn’t a one-off – and there is a “barbaric” sport in which kittens are colour-coded before being thrown to a pack of savage dogs.
They are coloured-in or dyed so punters – who bet on their chosen animal – know which animal has been killed first.
Katie Lloyd, 37, said: “This is not just a couple of idiots colouring in kittens. This is serious barbaric cruelty.
“If these kittens were not rescued I am sure they would have been dead within an hour of two.”
The kittens were rescued by police from a property in Bradford.
Ex-paediatric nurse Katie, who has run her kitten rescue centre for 10 years, received a call about the male kittens at 9pm on Monday (yest).
She said they were in a terrible state, they were shell-shocked, lethargic and had breathing difficulties.
Smurf’s skin was agitated by the marker pens and he was itching severely.
Luckily, these adorable kittens ended up in much more caring hands – Katie houses around 80 cats and kittens at her care centre at any given time.
She said: “We whipped them straight to the vets. They are on medication and have eye drops, we are also bathing them in a special solution.
“So far they have had three baths overnight and one this morning (Tues). The colour is starting to come off their bodies, but is still on their faces and in their eyes.
“They are still quite poorly but are slowly getting better. We are giving them lots of care.”
The BCWRK has rescued around 5,000 cats and kittens in its 10 year history.
If you wish to donate, please do so by using the following bank details:
Sort code 77/71/62
Acct no 15692060
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The latest figures provided by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) show that over 60 British tourists are hospitalised abroad each week, with 20% of these occurring in Spain. These figures also show that Spain is the most popular holiday destination for Brits travelling abroad. More than 12 million British Nationals visited Spain in 2014.
It is common knowledge in the UK that people have three years to file a claim in Britain when injured due to the negligence or recklessness of others. The same three year limit applies to anyone injured on a package holiday booked with a UK-based tour operator.
Holidaymakers booking accommodation through increasingly popular direct booking sites, however, are not protected by the Package Tour Regulations. For example, if they have booked their flights and hotel separately, they are subject to the local law.
Non-package holidaymakers in Spain, in particular, are falling into the trap of assuming that they have the same amount of time to embark on a claim in Spain as they would in the UK.
In fact, injured Brits in Spain have just one year to file a claim from the date of an accident or the date they are discharged from hospital. Victims of crime in Spain have one year to make a claim from the date the end of the investigation and archiving of the case file.
Spanish laws are “out of phase” with most European countries. Time limits vary widely between EU member states, with many countries allowing injured people more than three years to make a claim.
British travellers should be aware of the claim time limits for top European destinations:
|Country||British Visitors per year||Time limit allowed to bring a PI claim|
Visitor Source Numbers: International Passenger Survey (IPS) published 20/05/15 for 2014 – Office for National Statistics
Outside of Europe, time limits range from two to thirty years – the only exception being China, which shares the same one year time limit as Spain.
Neil Wilson, from Quittance Personal Injury said “In reality, an injured person should contact a lawyer to start their claim some months before the year has elapsed, and ideally as soon as possible. The time limit applies to the date at which the claim was filed with a Spanish Court. Before filing, a lawyer will want to investigate the claim properly and gather evidence.”
“We have seen more enquiries from injured holidaymakers who have run out of time. It can be really difficult to have to tell someone that they have missed their chance to claim by only a few weeks or months, especially if they are still recovering.”
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “Wherever you’re going, it’s important to prepare before you go. Stay healthy and safe abroad by taking some simple precautions.
“Plan your trip using our foreign travel checklist, learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting using our foreign travel advice and make sure you have the right travel insurance (and your free European Health Insurance Card if you’re travelling in Europe).”
Working out how long you have to start a compensation claim can become even more complicated. For example, if the accident happened on an aircraft, you may have only two years to make a claim. In some countries, time limits can vary depending on the specific circumstances of an accident.
To help injured people work out their limitation date, Quittance Personal Injury have developed an online time limit calculator for holiday injury claims. This tool calculates how long you have to file a claim for specific countries across the globe, and takes into account other circumstances that could also affect the time limit
A man has been charged with murder after a 30-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in a terraced house.
Tragic Fay Daniels‘ body was discovered in a property on Victoria Street in the former mining village of Chesterton, Staffs., at 3.30pm on Sunday (24/4).
Officers arrested Phillip Barlow, 36, in connection with the death and he was charged with murder on Monday night (25/4).
Barlow, of Victoria Street, Chesterton, is due to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre this morning (Tue).
The body hasn’t been formally identified but Staffordshire Police said it is believed to be Ms Daniels who lived in the nearby market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs.
A spokesperson for the force said a post-mortem revealed she had died from multiple stab wounds.
They added: “Her family are aware and are being offered support from specially trained officers.”
Two forensic police vans and a large blue tent remained outside the terraced house on Victoria Street yesterday but a cordon at the neighbouring Chesterton Park had been removed.
Liz Topp, who has lived on the road for 10 years, said: “I came home at 8pm on Sunday night and saw all the police here.
“On Monday morning there was just one can but it appears more have come throughout the day.
“It’s a sad sight to see.”
Tim Gerber-Mellish, 49, who moved to Victoria Street two weeks ago, added: “You don’t expect to see such a major investigation right on your doorstep.”]]>
For it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that our numismatic art form has gone through almost as many changes in the last five to ten years as a teenager passing through adolescence. These days – and this can relate to business as well as hobbies – it’s a case of adapt, or die. Ask the UK high street store BHS, who have just been placed into administration and will in all likelihood go to the wall in the next few months, quite simply because they either refused to see the need to move with the times.
And as Bob Dylan would have put it, “Oh the times they are a changing.” Change is inevitable and what is really changing in the numismatic world is how people are paying for transactions and how numismatic material is being collected and marketed. Plus, there is also the impact and influence of the world wide web and how people’s buying behavior has dramatically changed because of it.
Many of the puritans underestimated the power of online marketing and how numismatists would use online marketing to augment their store, coin show, or mail-order operations. Although we expected a massive expansion of Internet usage by collectors and dealers, I don’t think we fully considered what that would do to existing brick-and-mortar coin shops – especially those in smaller markets.
The older more established numismatists will in all likelihood remember with fondness browsing through a coin shop for hours on end and salivating over the hundreds of rare coins on display. These store generally had a sizable showroom with a variety of products on display. Nowadays if you happen across these stores there will be a counter, a person manning a till, but absolutely little to no stock in there at all. When asked why not. Many of these store owners will in all likelihood corroborate the same story.
Many say that it is not worth their effort to display coins or paper money for sale in the store, as they would far rather buy such items from the public, and then ship them out to wholesale buyers or online retail customers.
Remember what I said earlier about adapting or dying. Here it is in the cold hard light of day. These owners of corner street coin dealerships are being forced to change the focus of their business and many are saying that they can no longer sell better-date coins and paper money in their store, but could find buyers online. In fact, many have sharply cut back the display space devoted to numismatic material. Instead, choosing to replace this freed-up space with other kinds of collectibles.
The reality of changing collector and dealer patterns is that if something can’t be found on the shop floor or in stock, all they have to do is look for and purchase them online.
As collectors can more easily go online to find multiple sources of most numismatic items and also examine high quality photographs of items encapsulated by grading services, the value of patronizing brick-and-mortar local coin shops is diminishing. Focused coin shops in larger markets are likely to survive, but small-town enterprises are at risk of disappearing. The same thing happened to focused stamp shops over the past 30 years. This pattern is now being repeated by coin dealers.]]>
Very recently an article appeared in a leading magazine written by a doyen in the numismatic world, wherein the author reported on some treasures from the Royal Collection that few ever knew existed. These pattern coins are as rare as hen’s teeth and maybe even more so when one considers that a smattering of numismatists even realised that they existed.
The sets of these patterns housed in the Royal Collection today may not be the only examples of the coins out there. That because thoughts are that it is possible that somebody in the numismatic world has, probably unwittingly, got one of these treasures nestled in their collections.
Perhaps they purchased it because it was an oddity, or maybe it was unwittingly given to them. Regardless of how they came to be in possession of said coins, the reality is that they do exist. And that throws up a new set of challenges. If it isn’t listed in a catalogue or found on a numismatic site, what’s it worth and who would be interested in acquiring it? The reality is that if such a coin was unrecorded then it won’t appear in a catalogue and thus may well be considered worthless to those non numismatists. Experts though may simply regard it as a mule, a uniface, or a mis-strike and disregard its history.
Have there been coins like this in the past? You bet your bottom dollar there has. And here’s your starter for ten. Let’s put the 1954 penny under the microscope. It shouldn’t exist, according to the Royal Mint as there was no penny struck for that year. But it’s widely known that one has come to market, it’s been seen, it is a genuine penny and yet it shouldn’t be!
So with that said, the next question springs to mind. If there’s one perhaps there are two, and more specifically, perhaps there are other coins just like them out there?
That can really be a rhetorical question as in this day and age with technology at our fingertips, we assume everybody knows which coins are rare and we assume that if any oddities came along then questions would be asked about them.
But how do we know that back in the early 1960s a collector didn’t purchase a full set of pennies that shouldn’t exist, thinking them mere novelties and of no specific interest and, in the intervening half century, they have simply been forgotten about? So how do we know there isn’t a numismatic gem hidden away out there in a collection or inside the deep, dark recesses of a couch?
After all we are all fully aware of the Edward VIII coins that were supposedly never returned to the Mint when the King abdicated; the “lost” 1933 penny; or, in recent years, the dateless 20p, a 1983 “New Pence” 2p or a “drowning swimmer” 50p.
But you see they actually do exist. And even now, out there somewhere, are some coins once struck by two young girls who visited the Royal Mint in the 1930s. The chances are that the person, or people, who have them know little about what they are or about their history, could perhaps be in for a very pleasant surprise indeed. And so like the gold ticket Wonka Bar, we can only hope and pray that one day by hook or by crook, one of these special and mystery coins that weren’t supposed to exist but actually do, happen to find their way into our clutches.