EX-TEAM-MATE Scott Linton is confident Greg Stewart will ‘do anything’ to bring success to Rangers next season after seeing him turn up for his first Cowdenbeath training session in Light Blues kit.
Stewart penned a two-year deal at Ibrox on Thursday to join his boyhood heroes after catching the eye in recent loan deals with Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.
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It is a signing that has failed to impress some Gers fans, though, but Linton is in no doubt the 29-year-old will win over any doubters.
The former Hibs trainee, who has joined Kelty Hearts this summer after stints with Dumbarton, Clyde and East Fife, played beside Stewart for three years at Cowdenbeath from 2010 and has backed him to make the grade in Govan.
He told Capital City Press: “I can’t believe he has joined Rangers, to be honest. It only seems like a couple of years ago that we were playing together at Cowdenbeath and he was working for BP at Grangemouth.
“For him now to be a Rangers player is crazy, it’s quite surreal actually. It’s a dream move for him.
“It was weird when he first came in. Any trialist that came in usually got training kit from the club, but I just remember standing and wondering why this guy, who was 20, had a Rangers sweatshirt and Rangers shorts on!
“Nobody really said anything to him, because he was a trialist, but it was clear he was a Rangers fan, and that never usually happened.
“He said he had come from Syngenta Amateurs and we were all, like ‘he must be rubbish!’.
“But once we started getting into possession and ball work in pre-season you knew this guy was a serious player.
“He didn’t have the fitness levels to jump straight in at part-time but the ability was never in doubt.
“He was in and out the team to start with and never really the first name on the team-sheet until the year before he got his move to Dundee, but it all came together for him and he never looked back.
“He is confident, but not in a bad way. He has always believed in his ability and never felt out of place anywhere.
“As a big Rangers fan himself, I’m sure he’ll grab the chance with both hands.
“I know the Rangers fans have found it a wee bit of an underwhelming signing but they’re getting a player who will do anything for the club. He’ll give his all, that’s for sure, and he’s some player.
PAUL HANLON has described speculation linking Paul Heckingbottom with Hull City as ‘a compliment’ but is adamant the Hibernian head coach has unfinished business at Easter Road.
The former Barnsley and Leeds United boss is reportedly on the Tigers’ radar as they draw up a list of potential candidates following the departure of Nigel Adkins earlier this week.
Despite a miserable stint in charge of the Elland Road outfit, Heckingbottom’s reputation south of the border remains largely favourable after securing promotion to the Championship and lifting the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy during two years in charge of the Tykes.
Boasting more than 300 appearances under eight different managers during 11 years as a first-team player, Hibs stalwart Hanlon is realistic enough to acknowledge that the Yorkshireman will move on if he shines in Edinburgh.
However, he is certain that will not happen this summer.
“He [Heckingbottom] is just getting started,” said Hanlon. “He’s only just got himself in the door and started to mould the team that he wants. This is his first transfer window to put his squad together and I’m sure he’s not paying any attention to anything else.
“He’ll be looking forward to getting the boys back in, getting the fitness test done then starting to get work done on the pitch.
“I’ve been involved for a long time now. These links come around and you’ve just got to take it as a compliment. The manager is doing a good job, we were doing a good job and getting results towards the end of the season.
“Hibs are a big club but there are always bigger that might want to take your manager and take your players. I’ve seen it all before!
“It’s the same with any manager or player in the Scottish leagues. If you’re getting the right results bigger clubs will take notice. But the only way that happens is for us to do well – and that’s all we want.”
Rather than cast eager glances towards opportunities elsewhere, Hanlon believes Heckingbottom will be relishing the upcoming pre-season campaign and his chance to truly put his stamp on the Hibees.
Heckingbottom made an immediate impact after succeeding Neil Lennon in February, racking up a 10-match unbeaten streak in the Premiership and securing top-six football.
A fifth-placed finish in the top-flight – one place above Hearts – was a laudable effort given they were eighth when he arrived. That has only served to fuel a sense of optimism ahead of Hibs’ return for pre-season training next Thursday.
“I think the gaffer will be as excited as anybody about coming back,” continued Hanlon.
“He has drip-fed things to us and got good result so far, but this is a real chance to get everything bedded in and understand the way he wants us to play. That’s exciting for the players – coming back and looking to learn and impress all over again.
“It helps when you come in and go 10 unbeaten. It gives everyone a belief that what we are doing is right and we were on the same page. But that doesn’t mean it will automatically continue like that.
“We need to work really hard, not just physically but on the shape and his philosophy. It will be a case of improving on last year and implementing what the manager wants. He will demand even more, even better, and that’s what we’ll use pre-season for.”
Having kept tabs on Hibs’ transfer business during the close season, Hanlon has been further buoyed by their early business – securing the signings of Adam Jackson and Joe Newell to add to the pre-arranged arrival of Scott Allan from Celtic.
“Joe and Adam come with a good pedigree and the manager knows them,” continued Hanlon. “He’ll want his squad settled as early as possible and it’ll be good to have Scotty [Allan] coming back as well. He’s only going to make us better.
“I’m just as excited as the supporters! I am a Hibs fan so I want Hibs to be as good as possible. The better players we get through the door, that’s great for me because there’s more chance of being higher up the league, reaching cup finals and succeeding.”
Paul Hanlon was speaking as he and teammate Lewis Stevenson launched the Hanlon Stevenson Foundation (HSF), a charity created to support schemes which help underprivileged youths
A FATHER and son have teamed up at the NSPCC’s Childline service to help keep children safe from abuse and neglect.
Daniel Doherty, 27, has been working as a volunteer supervisor at Childline’s Glasgow base since January last year, joining his dad Andy, who works as a senior supervisor.
Andy joined Childline in 2010 because he wanted to help young people and, inspired by his father’s example, Daniel now also helps young people with problems including bullying, family issues, self-harm and abuse.
Ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday, Daniel, from Johnstone, who works full-time as an administrative officer for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), said: “I started volunteering for Childline while I was still at university studying philosophy.
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“I already knew about the great work being done by Childline from my dad so in a way I was inspired to follow him into Childline.
“I like being a volunteer as you help young people and leave at the end of a shift feeling good about yourself as you feel as if you are making a difference to a young person’s life.”
Andy Doherty said: “I feel really proud of Daniel that he is giving up his free time to help and support children.
“He was inspired to volunteer at Childline because of the work I do. I started volunteering at Childline when Daniel was in his late teens.
“He has always known that I have really enjoyed it here and found it a special place to be.
“I have a very warm approach to all the volunteers because I understand from my own experience the commitment involved.
“But with Daniel there is obviously the personal connection because it’s someone I have been involved in their upbringing and helped to inspire him, not just in terms of Childline but in his life in general.
“The fact he sees the value in this is certainly something that makes me proud.”
Daniel and Andy have appealed for more people to come forward and volunteer for Childline.
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Glasgow is one of 12 Childline bases across the UK which last year (2017-18) carried out a total of 278,440 counselling sessions over the phone and online with children in need of help. During this period, 13,198 of these counselling sessions were with children from Scotland where the most frequent concern was mental and emotional health.
At the moment, Childline can only respond to three out of four contacts from children and young people.
The Glasgow base currently has just over 190 volunteers but needs 250 to reach out to even more young people.
Daniel said: “When I speak to people about what I do at Childline they usually have the same concerns that I had before I started, such as I didn’t think I would have all the answers to help a young person.
“I now realise having all the answers is not that important, it’s about exploring issues with a young person and getting them to have conversations.
“It’s nice to be able to have an influence and help young people make decisions.”
And ahead of Father’s Day Andy added that he was keen to see more men volunteer for Childline.
He said: “Men have as much to give to an organisation like this as anyone else. There are lots of young men who use the service and there are lots of young men we should target to use the service more.
“It’s absolutely vital that we continue trying to get a cross section of society to help us connect with young people.”
HERO firefighter whose hand was amputated after being injured by faulty cutting
gear has received £1.5million in damages.
McDonald, 37, was pierced by a high-pressure jet of hydraulic fluid while using
the ‘jaws of life’ on a training exercise.
needed 40 operations after the toxic liquid destroyed tissue in his right hand but
after a four-year battle medics were forced to amputate.
Ian – who was right-handed and used to be a joiner – is now learning to write and relishes tasks like changing his daughter’s nappy as he adapts to life with a prosthetic limb.
the challenges the dad-of-four feels positive about the future, remains close
with his firefighter comrades and praised the NHS for their efforts.
Ian believes it was devoted wife, Claire, who kept the family together after
his life-changing injury, who deserves most thanks.
said: “It was a case of ‘It’s the hand or your life’ so it was an easy trade.
was injured but I it’s really Claire the accident happened to – she basically
raises four kids, runs a household, manages her business and helps me.
recovery and our childrens’ smiles would be impossible without her.
is nothing short of incredible and I am lucky in ways I could never describe
but I hope she sees and knows.”
from Bishopbriggs, Glasgow became a wholetime firefighter in 2004 at Castlemilk
his first week he responded to the Stockline Plastics disaster and in 2007 he attended
the Glasgow Airport terror attack.
daily risks Ian was never seriously injured until March 2014 when two hours
after a training exercise at Bishopbriggs Fire Station he was taken to A&E
at Glasgow Royal Infirmary with a painful and swollen hand.
Ian said: “I had no idea what was going on – my hand felt like it was on fire and was swollen with a painful throbbing feeling.
hospital staff examined me they saw a tiny red dot like a skelf which turned
out to be a puncture wound.
when blood tests revealed I was poisoned we realised something happened with
the cutting gear.”
later emerged the hose pipe connecting the generator to the cutting gear, which
pumps an internal fluid up to 850 Bars, was riddled with tiny punctures which
can appear over time after being dragged over broken glass or metal shards at incidents.
of these punctures then caused a fine jet of hydraulic fluid to pierce Ian’s
leather safety gloves.
a year of pain and dozens of failed surgeries to flush the toxins Ian was
referred to specialists at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and underwent the first of
three amputations – his right pinkie.
added: “I didn’t think too much of it – it was just my pinkie and at that point
we thought it’d remove the affected tissue so I was quite optimistic.”
the treatment was unsuccessful and a year later – and after more failed ‘flush
outs’ – surgeons amputated Ian’s ring-finger leaving the football-playing
father with just a thumb, index and middle finger on his right hand.
To worsen matters Ian started suffering complex regional pain syndrome and his painkillers changed from co-codamol to the stronger gabapentin – he even tried acupuncture and botox injections but nothing worked.
added: “My dexterity remained pretty good but the pain was agonising and
nothing would stop it.
I heard the full hand had to go the idea of being pain-free made it easier to
was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in June 2018 and after
18 days and six surgeries his full right hand was amputated at the wrist.
welcomed pastoral care from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) but he chose his own lawyers
to access a specialist prosthetic instead of a ‘hook’ offered by the NHS.
now recovering at home with craft business owner wife, Claire McDonald, 33, and
their two daughters Ava, 11, and Thea, eight-months, and their two sons Lucas,
seven, and Noah, three.
said: “I understand the NHS can’t afford fancy prosthetics but the hook has
limited uses while my new arm restores more normality to my life.
can hold mugs, phones, change my daughter’s nappy and after adapting my
steering wheel the DVLA confirmed I could still drive.
still a way to go but after the support of my family, the doctors and colleagues
I finally feel like the dark days are behind me.”
investigation into the incident by Digby Brown Solicitors revealed there was an
inadequate system of inspection and maintenance for equipment despite the Scottish
Fire and Rescue Service knowing about the risks.
were also protective coverings for the hose which would have prevented Ian’s
injury yet they were not used.
Nellaney, Partner at Digby Brown’s Glasgow office who secured the seven-figure
sum for Ian, said: “The SFRS is undoubtedly a safety-conscious organisation that
provides an invaluable service but on this occasion it failed in its duty of
care to an employee.
has shown courage throughout his recovery but he and his family suffered
physically, emotionally and financially through no fault of their own.
settlement can alter the past, but it can improve the future and in Ian’s case,
it will provide access to ongoing medical treatment and ease the financial
implications of this workplace injury.
I’d hope this case has resulted in SFRS personnel benefiting from improvements
to the safety of their equipment and procedures.”
ChicVillas, a France based real estate agency, is a specialist in top-notch holiday cottages, luxury villas, and chateaux. The boutique agency offered personalized holiday properties in France and Spain and was started in 2008 by Alain Le Calvez.
A holiday is all that we need to get our spirits up again. These trips make it possible for us to spend some quality time with our family and friends whom we tend to ignore due to our hectic lives.
ChicVillas offers the best prices for the rental properties for your planned vacations. Giving due credit where needed, as much as the time we invest in researching the location we visit, the place we decide to stay must also be equally good to make the holiday worth it.
With facilities like personalized and unbiased suggestions and milestones like 55% client return rate, ChicVillas undoubtedly offer something that can add the right amount of sweetness to your vacation and must be explored.
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A trip to France has so much to offer. Each corner of France is well known for its unique characteristics. For outdoor lovers, the French chateau for rent are the best, the sun-kissed and unhurried-paced Provence has its charm, the mesmerizing Côte d’Azur shoreline, and Alsace offers picturesque hamlets housed in vine-covered hills.
If you are visiting France for the first time, Paris and Versailles are a must visit. Paris is well known for its architectural wonders: the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The rich heritage is exhibited in the Louvre – top museums in Paris. One must take a train from Paris to Versailles to view the most impressive palaces that the country offers.
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Why vacation in France and Spain?
Enjoying the time that we get for our holidays is very important. As we do not get many leaves throughout the year, we need to make the best out of the period that we get to spend with our friends and family. This is why choosing the perfect location to spend some quality time is very important. Though, it is hard to choose the right place to enjoy the vacation. But, France and Spain are two such countries that can not only offer you the most vibrant culture in the entire world but also you will be able to enjoy various atmospheric conditions in different regions of the same country.
So, no matter if you are a snow-covered mountain lover or a beach person, these countries can offer you just the perfect place to enjoy your holidays. Now, the next thing which is of the importance is the choice of property that you will be renting. The reason behind this is that location of a hotel or villa plays a significant role in the overall satisfaction that you will get from the trip.
Who are ChicVillas?
As mentioned earlier, ChicVillas is a personalized boutique agency who is in the run since 2008. They specialize in all medium sized real estate rental property. When they started, they were located in Brittany, and now they offer services throughout entire France, covering the whole coast of Atlantic, Southwest, Loire valet, and also have recently added the Mediterranean coastal region of Spain in their terms of services.
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The goodwill of their company among their clientele is pretty astonishing. Also, another great thing about them is they offer the suggestions after a one to one conversation with the client. Thus, choosing the right villa or hotel becomes comfortable with them. As, despite pre-designed plans, they offer custom made personalized plans which can make your experience better manifold.
No matter which company you sail with, the cruise ship itself usually screams luxury, pleasure, and relaxation. Feelings of luxury are a standard part of the cruising experience.
However, if the standard luxurious cruise experience isn’t quite good enough for you, here are a few little tips on how to access premium benefits and feel like a true VIP on your next cruise.
Book a Veranda Stateroom
One of the easiest ways to feel like a VIP on your next cruise vacation is to book a veranda stateroom. You’ll have your own private balcony looking out over the glorious ocean itself.
Imagine waking up in the morning, stretching your arms, and opening up your cabin door to look out upon the sun rising over the ocean. Order in some room service for breakfast, and enjoy your morning coffee with that VIP view.
Or, step out on your oceanside veranda and sip a glass of wine as the sun sets.
Stay in a Higher Class Stateroom
There’s no need to stop at just the balcony stateroom! Many cruise lines offer higher-class options on their ships, known as a “ship-within-a-ship.”
No, “ship-within-a-ship” doesn’t mean that there’s literally another vessel hiding on the ship. This term just refers to the high-end, premium experiences that are available to higher-paying guests on standard cruise ships, such as private lounge areas, exclusive pools and spas, and more.
For example, the Suite Class on Celebrity Cruises gives guests access to an entire exclusive gourmet restaurant!
Sign up for a Wine Tasting
Nothing shouts “luxury vacation” more than a classy wine tasting experience. Many cruise lines offer some kind of wine tasting class or event on board their ships. Take advantage of the opportunity to swish some wine around in your glass, stick your pinky up, and sip daintily on high-end wines from around the world!
If wine’s not your thing, you might be able to find a whisky tasting on board, or sip some craft beers.
Attend an Exclusive Event Like a Private Dance Party
It’s a good idea to keep an ear to the deck, so to speak, in order to hear the latest news about exclusive events on board. VIP cruises often offer exclusive, limited-access dance parties on board. Attending one of these is a great way to make your
Sometimes they are related to some kind of fun theme, like “silent” dance parties where everyone puts on headphones to listen to the music (rather than playing it throughout the room). Take advantage of these unique experiences!
Go Somewhere Extra-Special on Your Next Cruise
Sometimes, location makes all the difference when you’re going on a cruise. If you really want to feel like you’re in the lap of luxury, take a look at all of the unforgettable Greek island cruises offered by Celebrity Cruise lines. The cruise ship itself will be a fantastic experience, but you’ll also encounter the magic of Greece once your ship docks.
Now that you’re all ready to sail in style, the most important thing to remember is: enjoy yourself on your next cruise!
Celtic winger Daniel Arzani has revealed how a training session was once stopped when teenager Armstrong Okoflex was warned he risked sustaining a serious injury for trying to nutmeg captain Scott Brown.
On loan Manchester City playmaker Arzani is currently stepping up his recovery from ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments that he sustained on his debut against Dundee last October.
But the 20-year-old has recalled how highly-rated England youth internationalist Okoflex, who was 16 at the time, paid the price for trying to embarrass Brown during practice at Lennoxtown.
Brown got revenge on Okoflex, who joined from Arsenal on a three-year deal last summer, and Arzani admits the youngster was told on no uncertain terms that it was not wise to get on the wrong side of the former Scotland skipper.
Australian internationalist Arzani said: “We had a little incident with one of the young boys who came up
“Armstrong Okoflex – he came up for one session, I think he’s 16 (now 17).
“He called nutmeg as well and he tried to nutmeg Broony, and Broony absolutely crunched him – it was bad.
“They kind of stopped the session as well, ‘you can’t do that’, and the coach got involved and stuff and was like, ‘if you do that, Broony’s going to break your leg’.
“He said: ‘If you do that I can’t stop Broony, he’s going to break your leg – it’s your choice if you want to do that’.
“I’ve not tried it and I’m glad I haven’t as well.”
Despite being taken aback by Brown’s ferocious competitive spirit, Arzani admits the 33-year-old is a completely different person off the pitch.
Speaking to the Fox Football Podcast, he added: “He’s a good guy as well. Absolutely maniac on the field, like crazy, but in the changing rooms a top bloke – really easy going, really chilled.”
Arzani joined on a two-year loan deal last summer immediately after signing for City from Melbourne City but insists manager Brendan Rodgers’ switch to Leicester City in February makes no difference to his personal situation.
He added: “For me it (Rodgers’ departure) doesn’t change anything. It was a challenge for me to play under Brendan Rodgers at the beginning because his mindset was to have his attackers defend a lot.
“I think this gaffer (Neil Lennon) is a bit more lenient with that but either way it’s going to be hard and it’s not an easy team to break into, there are a lot of great players in that squad but I’ll give it my best shot.
“I’m 110 per cent a Celtic player.
“For me personally I’ve set my sights on next season being a big one for me and proving a lot of things.
“A lot of people saying I have potential but at the end of the day I’m still unproven and I have a lot to prove and I can’t wait to get back into it.”
Arzani, meanwhile, insists he will not be too far behind his team-mates when they return for pre-season training later this month.
He added: “I’m basically doing everything now but it’s non-contact.
“In my first week back I’ll be in rehab and in my second week the boys go away to Austria for a pre-season camp and then in that week I go back to Manchester to do my final week of testing to make sure everything is up to normal strength and hopefully after that back into training.
“I’ve had no set-backs, everything has gone really, really well and hopefully everything stays on track.”
Arzani is also desperate to experience an Old Firm clash against Rangers having witnessed last season’s tussles from the stands.
He added: “I haven’t been out there yet but it’s crazy, such a big game.
“There’s really a lot of tension in the air, we get a sell-out for every game but it’s a good vibe and everyone is cheering, but the Rangers game – one bad touch and everything is like really on edge.
“Everyone is desperate to win and rightfully so, it’s a big game.”
DUNFERMLINE have raided Fife rivals Raith Rovers to snap up star striker Kevin Nisbet and defender Euan Murray.
The Pars are also set to appoint Rovers legend Jason Dair as their new first-team coach.
Nisbet, 22, has signed a two-year contract with the East End Park outfit.
Nisbet seals switch to Dunfermline (Pic: Twitter, @officialdafc)
The prolific frontman notched 34 goals in all competitions last season but a clause in Nisbet’s deal meant that he was able to leave Rovers due to their failure to secure promotion from League 1.
However, Raith are due a compensation fee for the player, which will be decided by a tribunal.
Boss Stevie Crawford beamed: “We are lucky to be the club that benefits from the termination of Kevin’s contract at Raith Rovers.
“He has scored a number of goals at a league below and that is an issue we needed to address. He is at an age where he is hungry, keen and has his best years ahead of him.
“The coaching staff here are looking forward to working with him and I know Ross [McArthur, Dunfermline chairman] has worked hard to make it happen. It is an exciting one and a boost the club needs.”
Stevie Crawford has also swooped to sign Murray, 25, on a two-year deal, with Dunfermline shelling out a five-figure sum.
Murray, who was linked with Premiership outfit Livingston, made 92 appearances for the Stark’s Park outfit in two years at the club and captained John McGlynn’s side while Kyle Benedictus was injured during a portion of last season.
The duo’s arrival will go some way to assuaging the pain of losing left-back Jackson Longridge to Bradford City.
Longridge agreed a contract until 2021 with the Bantams on Thursday morning and it is understood the fee Dunfermline banked from the transfer was a major factor in funding the captures of Nisbet and Murray.
JASON DAIR SET TO JOIN DUNFERMLINE COACHING STAFF
Meanwhile, Dunfermline are also expected to add Dair to their backroom staff in the coming days.
The 44-year-old has left his role as Dundonald Bluebell boss and is understood to be in advanced talks with Crawford with a view to joining the Pars’ coaching team.
The pair were teammates at Raith, Millwall and Dunfermline during their playing days and Crawford sees Dair as the perfect addition following the departure of Callum Davidson at the start of this month.
Dair, a hero of Raith’s 1994 League Cup final triumph over Celtic, has also enjoyed stints as manager of junior outfit Oakley United and assistant at Cowdenbeath, with a brief stint as caretaker boss.
Dair made more that 100 appearances in four years for Dunfermline after crossing the Fife divide from Rovers in 1999, and also had spells with East Fife, Livingston and Motherwell.
TENS of thousands of young swimmers are to get a lesson covering self-rescue and life-saving skills in the largest coordinated water safety lesson ever seen in Scotland.
Lessons under the National Learn to Swim Framework, which involve some 75,000 children across Scotland, are being specially adapted to include key water safety guidance as part of the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Drowning Prevention Week which runs from 14th-24th June.
Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water – who are partners in Learn to Swim – have joined with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Leisure Trusts and Aquatic providers to deliver these exclusive lessons just before the summer holidays.
Children up and down the country will be getting into the pool to learn the Water Safety Code: Stop and Think, Stay Together, Float, Call 999 or 112.
They will also learn the importance of floating if they ever fall in cold water and the meanings of different flags if they are at the beach.
Lesson plans, games and tutorial videos have been created and sent to the 37 Leisure Trusts and aquatic providers who deliver the Learn to Swim classes in Scotland, to ensure the lessons are delivered in a fun, engaging and educational way.
The latest figures from the National Water Safety Forum show that, in 2018, a total of 263 people lost their lives to unintentional drowning in the UK, of which 46 were in Scotland.
Sharon MacDonald, Director of Development at Scottish Swimming, said: “Swimming is an essential life skill which helps children to be safer in and around water. Ahead of the summer holidays we want children to have fun and enjoy swimming but to also have the knowledge on how to look after themselves and others.
“It has been great to work with Scottish Water, RLSS and RNLI to make this water safety lesson happen and I especially thank our partner Leisure Trusts and Aquatic Providers who are committed to delivering these key water safety skills to children from pre-school upwards at the start of summer.”
To reinforce the water safety message at home, parents will also have access to a host of RNLI and RLSS water safety information and resources available on the Scottish Swimming Microsite in partnership with Scottish Water – www.learntoswim.scot.
Every child will also be given a water safety leaflet provided by the RNLI to support the lesson and give children the knowledge and advice to continue enjoying a range of water environments safely.
Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs for Scottish Water, said: “The Water Safety lessons are a fabulous addition to the Learn to Swim programme. We are delighted so many children across Scotland are already able to enjoy the benefits of swimming – and so these new lessons will give them additional skills should they ever find themselves in danger.
“Water can often look harmless but there are many hidden dangers, so we are totally focused on doing what we can to make sure that parents and children stay safe around rivers, reservoirs and lochs this summer.”
The Learn to Swim Framework aims to teach over 100,000 kids to be confident, safe and competent swimmers by 2020.
Robert Gofton, CEO of RLSS UK commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Scottish Swimming, Scottish Water and RNLI this year for Drowning Prevention Week and are confident that this partnership will help people learn the skills they need to stay safe and enjoy the water. We urge as many people as possible to take advantage of the activities being run and learn what could be potentially lifesaving skills.”
Laura Erskine, RNLI Youth Education Manager for Scotland & Tyne and Wear said:“Educating young people about water safety is fundamental to saving lives and is a core part of RNLI prevention work. We are excited to have collaborated with Scottish Swimming, Scottish Water and RLSS to provide important water safety messages to 75000 young people, enabling them to be safe and have fun in, on and around water. The more young people we can engage with, the more lives we can save now and in the future”
The RLSS UK’s annual Drowning Prevention Week will take place between June 14 and 24, 2019.
The campaign aims to reduce the number of drownings in the UK by showing people how to be safe and have fun near water.
Drowning Prevention Week is a campaign created by the RLSS that aims to reduce the number of drowning and non-fatal drowning incidences that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe and have fun near water.
ALDI have apologised and launched an investigation after a bottle of pizza sauce exploded all over a mum’s kitchen.
The 89p sauce caused havoc in the kitchen and took an hour to clear up
The bottle was inside a cupboard but the force of the blast left tomato sauce all over the ceiling of Hannah Chiles’ kitchen.
Hannah, 30, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, spent an hour with husband, Rich, 33, tidying up the mess, which has permanently stained the ceiling.
It is believed the 89p bottle, purchased from Aldi in Chippenham, Wiltshire, had been damaged, allowing the contents to ferment.
She took to Facebook to complain to Aldi, writing: “I think your pizza sauce should come with an explosive warning!
“I bought a bottle of pizza base sauce a couple of weeks ago. It’s sat in my cupboard ever since. Today I got home to find this!
Hannah revealed that ALDI offered her a £5 compensation voucher
“The bottle of pizza sauce had pressurised and exploded everywhere. It must have happened with such force it has come out the top of the cupboard door and hit the ceiling!”
Images posted by Hannah show the inside of the cupboard sprayed in tomato sauce covering other products such as bread and ketchup.
An area of the ceiling was left with large sauce stains directly above the cupboard and an image of the exploded bottle shows the mess left on the kitchen worktop and even the microwave.
Social media users reacted to Hannah’s post.
Clare Farthing wrote: “OMG, what a nightmare and a dreadful mess to clean up!”
Jenny Pitts said: “I would ask for them to pay to have your ceiling painted.”
Beth Benson commented: “It does happen if there is a pinhole in the packaging causing the tomatoes to ferment.”
Another commenter claimed they were also a victim of a sauce explosion, which happens to be the same batch as Hannah’s.
Richard Smith said: “Happened to us today! Blooming everywhere. Looks like a wide spread of the same batch. I wonder if there will be several more.”
One social media suggested Hannah requested the supermarket to pay for the ceiling to be painted
Hannah revealed that Aldi have offered her a £5 voucher as compensation because she no longer had the receipt to claim a refund from the Chippenham branch where it was bought.
Speaking today, Hannah said: “It happened when I was out and when I got home my daughter went in the kitchen first and asked what was all over it which is when I found the true extent of what happened.
“My husband helped finish cleaning it up when he got home from work as I have a newborn that needed feeding when we initially found the explosion.
“It took a good hour to clean and I had to throw most of the contents of the cupboard away and it’s left a stain on my ceiling too. Aldi did inform me that it’s common and can happen with any sauces as the gas builds up.”
An Aldi spokeswoman said today: “We have apologised to Ms Chiles and are investigating this with our supplier.”