<![CDATA[Pressat Main Newswire]]> https://pressat.co.uk/ https://pressat.co.uk/media/site/logo.png https://pressat.co.uk/category/women-and-beauty/ en-gb Copyright: (C) Pressat Pressat <![CDATA[ ZALO bring button-free pleasure with the new Amour Vibrator ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/zalo-bring-button-free-pleasure-with-the-new-amour-vibrator-96de19427730bee859698512f62d6433 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/zalo-bring-button-free-pleasure-with-the-new-amour-vibrator-96de19427730bee859698512f62d6433 Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Imagine you have finished a long day at work, you need some relaxation and are lying on the bed. You take out your favorite toy, however, the controller is missing, and you spend 40 mins trying to find it. When you eventually do, the mood has gone.

It’s a familiar story, but thanks to ZALO that can be a thing of the past. Award-winning intimate product brand ZALO has constantly shaken up the intimate product industry, bringing out innovative new products for women, and with the launch of Amour, a vibrating egg where storage box doubles as the remote control, so no more lost remote. When you’re in the mood, Amour is ready to go, every time.

That alone makes this new vibrator something different and reflects the innovative thinking ZALO are famous for, but with the Amour, they have taken this idea of trouble-free playtime to a completely new level. For those who don’t like button pressing, Amour features motion sensors inside the controller box to recognize movement and translate that into stronger or weaker vibrations. This means complete control without buttons or switches and no wires either. Just turn the storage box and change the vibration level through its wireless connection. With 5 levels of vibration, you can always find just the right movement you need.

That means easier control, improved performance and more of what you want from a toy. ZALO didn’t cut corners anywhere else either, it sticks to their exceptional standards for materials and construction, along with its unique shape designed to reach all the right spots. Winged like Cupid, it is an orb of love that is carefully crafted for pleasure.

This is not the first time that ZALO has brought innovation to shake up the industry, they were the first company to introduce a calorie counter to their products, a fun addition that caused a stir and brought plenty of smiles. The brand has been one of the leading producers of intimate products with a reputation for quality and easy to use, effective toys that appeal to women around the world.

ZALO produce a wide range of award-winning toys, with a variety of shapes and textures to cover everything women want, all sharing the highest quality material and construction possible for peace of mind and great performance. Highlights of the range include the easy to use app that integrates with many of the products, allowing several features never seen before. It can act as a complete remote for those that prefer a phone-based controller when it’s time for some fun.

However, it is the Queen Set that has garnered the most industry recognition, winning three awards. A Bluetooth enables G-Spot device, it can be used in tandem with the app and features a beautiful Swarovski Crystal inset into the body. The Queen uses revolutionary Pulse-Wave technology that can deliver as many as 75 vibrations a second for the ultimate experience.

With studies showing that as many as 75% of women today never reaching orgasm from intercourse alone, ZALO understands you need some help. Featuring 8 vibration modes with up to 75 vibrations per second from that amazing pulse-wave technology, it hits the right spot every time. For a natural feel, it also includes temperature control so a user can dial in the exact experience they want. The ultimate in customizable G-Spot toys, the Queen set includes accessories to expand functionality and increase pleasure.

Across the range, quality materials, beautiful design and great performance are the focus, and with Amour ZALO have brought something new that is sure to delight. You can find more information on Amour and the full range of ZALO products at Zalousa.com or Zalocare.com.

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17 Sep 2019 07:20:51 GMT
<![CDATA[ CBD HEALTH® from Canabidol® Releases New Variants of their First-of-a-Kind Supplements ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/cbd-healthr-from-canabidolr-releases-new-variants-of-their-first-of-a-kind-supplements-3f9e34b1995c10a90ce7ab4f524a16eb https://pressat.co.uk/releases/cbd-healthr-from-canabidolr-releases-new-variants-of-their-first-of-a-kind-supplements-3f9e34b1995c10a90ce7ab4f524a16eb Monday 9 September, 2019

London, UK: Canabidol® the UK’s leading expert in consumer CBD products, is proud to announce the release of new line extensions to their innovative CBD HEALTH® range, with the addition of ‘Physio’ and ‘Relax’ to the ground-breaking oral suspension gel range.

To help meet the fast-growing demand from consumers looking to add CBD food supplements to their general health regime, CBD HEALTH® is the first range on the market to combine pure, 100% European Cannabis Sativa L. with complimentary ingredients, backed with approved EU Health Claims to help with a variety of daily health needs.

Canabidol® CEO, Tom Whettem, celebrated this break-through by commenting “We now are able to offer our customers and consumers the only ‘proven-to-be-good-for-you’ range of CBD products that support your health and general well-being. No other CBD product to date can, by law, make these claims or even suggest that their products are good for your health and well-being.”

Whettem added: “The substantial scientific data that backs up each of our formulations enables us to present products that have been certified and approved for use by the European Food Safety Authority. We are excited by the prospect of consumers being able to add CBD HEALTH® to their daily routines, which is made all the easier with a range of great-tasting flavours and easily-consumable formats”.

The CBD HEALTH® range includes such easy-to-consume formats as oral suspension gel, which gives outstanding absorption of water-soluble CBD via proprietary CBD HEALTH® liposomal technology. These gels come in the following flavours and added health benefits:

Heart: with Vitamin B1 to support a healthy heart, plus natural raspberry flavour

Immune: with added Vitamin C to support the immune system, plus natural lemon flavour

Physio: with Calcium to support normal muscle & bone function, plus natural blueberry flavour

Relax: with Lemon Balm to support relaxation and mental wellbeing

More can be found out about this range at https://canabidol.com/

About Canabidol®

Canabidol® is the cannabis company that brings unsurpassable provenance, compliance and transparency into the UK’s fledgling CBD industry.

As the UK’s leading experts in the field of consumers CBD products, we like to say “We know more. Simply because we do more”.

A family-owned company, founded in 2015 by our CEO, Tom Whettem, who also acts as a Director of the Cannabis Trades Association - the largest trade body of its type, globally representing 800 member companies and engaging with government departments.

From the very start we have challenged the status quo. While others invested in gimmicks, we invested in our company, our facilities our staff and most importantly our knowledge.

The only company nationally that exclusively owns and operates multiple sites covering the complete supply chain. Including a licenced cannabis farm, a dedicated extraction/purification facility, UK based manufacturing plant and a R&D facility.

With the concerns around the quality and legality of many CBD products on the market being Canabidol can provide the assurance and confidence where no other can. Verification on the safety, legality and conformity of Canabidol products is as simple as a quick search of the batch code found on every product that is produced.

Our passion for CBD and cannabis is our IP, our knowledge is our strength and our team is the driving force behind continuous innovation of our brands and products.

Brands & Products:

CANABIDOL® - The flagship range of Canabidol products developed to meet the exacting standards required in pharmacy sector. Quality is never an accident, It’s always the result of intelligent actions. The products within the range are a testament to passion for getting thing right, our dedication to excellence and our commitment to the highest standards at every stage.

The range includes CBD oils, Capsules, Sublingual Tablets, Vape Liquids and the UK’s first clinically-proven cannabis cosmetic.

CBD HEALTH® - Launched in 2019 following 2 years of development, the CBD Health range is the first of its kind to backed with approved EU Health Claims to substantiate their efficacy. Certified and permitted by the European Food Safety Authority.

The range includes Boost, Heart, Immune, Physio, Mind, Detox, Relax and Sleep that are highly targeted to meet the health specific health needs of the consumer

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09 Sep 2019 14:30:06 GMT
<![CDATA[ New Survey Finds Nearly Half of Wedding Guests Would Regift Unwanted Items to Save Money ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-survey-finds-nearly-half-of-wedding-guests-would-regift-unwanted-items-to-save-money-fbac44dddd08d25842cec505cdabfe4e https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-survey-finds-nearly-half-of-wedding-guests-would-regift-unwanted-items-to-save-money-fbac44dddd08d25842cec505cdabfe4e Friday 6 September, 2019

A new survey has revealed that almost half of wedding guests would re-gift one of their own unwanted pressies to the happy couple to save money.

The research, carried out by personalised gift retailer, GiftPup also discovered that shoppers were much more likely to up their budget and splash out on an expensive wedding gift for their own family members than they would for their partner’s.

Those with friends getting married were even more thrifty, with 9% admitting they’d spend less than £20 on a wedding gift. Just 14% of those surveyed said they would budget £50-£100 after receiving their invitation.

While 77% of shoppers say they are happy to buy a wedding gift to celebrate the happy occasion, 19% say they purchase a present because they feel obligated to do so.

Emily Ford, GiftPup product manager says, “A wedding is obviously a happy occasion but there’s no doubt that it can also be an expensive one, not just for the newlyweds but for close friends and family too. We were very surprised to discover that 43% of shoppers would regift an unwanted item to avoid spending money on a wedding gift. While 40% say they would never consider it, 17% of those we surveyed were unsure, suggesting that it could happen.

“The research results are fascinating and reveal a lot about attitudes to gift giving. There’s a marked difference in how much we’re prepared to spend on our own family members compared to a partner’s family for example, with the budget for the other person’s friends and family clearly lower.”

Despite the reluctance to splash out, the GiftPup survey did found that a lot of thought still goes into the gift hunt, with 35% of shoppers saying the typically spend days hunting for the perfect wedding present. That said, 5% admit to spending less than 15 minutes picking out a wedding gift for a friend or family member, with 10% saying they won’t spend more than half an hour on the task.

View the full survey results here.

To find out more about GiftPup, visit: www.giftpup.com

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06 Sep 2019 12:37:59 GMT
<![CDATA[ Riding for their lives - the ride for murdered women ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/riding-for-their-lives-the-ride-for-murdered-women-107cf8f3ca6d162b923adeac93f7bb49 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/riding-for-their-lives-the-ride-for-murdered-women-107cf8f3ca6d162b923adeac93f7bb49 Thursday 5 September, 2019
Saturday 7th September will see hundreds of women across the UK Riding to honour women murdered by men they knew

The Ride For Murdered Women – started in March 2017 when feminist activist, Jean Hatchet, was riding her bike in Yorkshire when she decided to begin a small personal tribute to women murdered by men they knew. That day she rode her bike for Katrina O Hara who was stabbed outside the shop she worked at by her husband. She could not ring the police as the police had confiscated her mobile phone when she reported her husband’s stalking behaviour. She was left helpless at the hands of the man she once loved and he took her life.

Jean decided not to stop. She continued riding for each woman murdered since January 2016. She has now ridden her bike for 276 murdered women. She has ridden more than 7000 miles in their honour. Each time she rides she posts on Twitter details of the woman’s name and how she died and the brutal pain that is left behind with the woman’s family and friends.

On 7th September 2019 at 1pm Jean has asked women to join her for just one ride to celebrate the lives of all the women she has ridden for so far. Women will ride across the UK and globally in small groups as an act of solidarity with Jean. Women are also riding in their bedrooms on exercise bikes. Women will use wheelchairs if they cannot ride a bike. Women are riding in London, Manchester, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Denmark and other cities worldwide. They will wear red and each woman will carry the name of a woman murdered since 2016 by a man she knew. This is not an organised ride as such. It is simply women riding to show their love for women who have been cruelly stolen from the world by men. It is also to raise awareness of how many men kill women who are their former or current partners. It is a feminist act. The ride is women only.

Jean says,

“I didn’t realise when I started to do this how much it would affect me. Each time I ride I think of the woman and the cruel details of her murder. I push down hard on the pedals and think of the incredible pain and sense of betrayal and fear the woman felt as she died. Sometimes I cry as I cycle. Sometimes I cry when I get back. The words ‘domestic abuse” hide so much. The reality is often too much. But I feel these women with me as I ride, almost like I carry them on my back. I am determined they will not be forgotten.”

In doing this Jean has also raised more than £20,000 for Wearside Women In Need who operate women’s refuges in Sunderland.

Jean will be riding on Saturday in Central London alongside Karen Ingala Smith who is the CEO of Nia – a women’s organisation operating refuges for some of the most vulnerable women in the UK. Karen also runs ‘Counting Dead Women’ and she began the Femicide Census which records and analyses the deaths of women murdered by men. All donations to Saturday’s ride fund will go to Nia to help keep women alive. Link here ... https://www.justgiving.com/fun...

In July 2018 Jean was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian cancer. With an uncertain prognosis she continues to ride her bike often in pain but always with love. In November 2018 Jean was a Special Prize winner of the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her work in challenging male violence against women.

Jean would like the government and police to be more committed to keeping women alive.

“We need government to recognise that saying the words ‘domestic abuse’ and committing to “end it” covers up the details of the terrible work of these men and how deep rooted the hatred of women is in our society. The failures of the police are woven through the stories below. The police must pay attention when women point out these men. Many women who pointed can no longer point. They are dead.”

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05 Sep 2019 12:52:17 GMT
<![CDATA[ TRUSTEES ARE WALKING OVER CANCER THIS CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/trustees-are-walking-over-cancer-this-childhood-cancer-awareness-month-5925aa8eb6123e4e6bdfd1c5fc68d611 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/trustees-are-walking-over-cancer-this-childhood-cancer-awareness-month-5925aa8eb6123e4e6bdfd1c5fc68d611 Thursday 5 September, 2019

Thursday 5 September 2019: For immediate release


Neuroblastoma UK’s Chair of Trustees, Tony Heddon (from Four Marks, Hampshire) and the Charity’s Secretary, Shirley Clark (from Kew, London) are taking part in the Thames Bridges Trek on Saturday 7th September to raise vital funds for neuroblastoma research. Shirley, along with Tony and his family, are walking in memory of Shirley’s daughter Joanna, who sadly passed away in 1995, aged 8, after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

Shirley, Tony and his family (wife Karen, 57 and daughters Emily, 25 and Sophie, 18) will join 2,000 walkers to trek 25km over 16 Thames Bridges. They’ll be “#GoingGold for Joanna” as they trek over the 16 bridges, includes the Golden Jubilee Bridge, to celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Shirley previously took part in the Thames Bridge Trek in 2016, for the 21st anniversary of Joanna’s death, raising over £2,000. Shirley will also be running in the Kew Gardens 10k as part of Richmond Runfest on Saturday 14 September. This will be Shirley’s first 10k in 37 years!

Shirley, aged 62, who joined the Board of Trustees at Neuroblastoma UK in 2006 says, “September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and it's also the month we lost Joanna, so what better incentive to take on this challenge in her memory.

“As a Trustee of Neuroblastoma UK, I was heartened that this year - due to the generosity of our supporters - we were able to allocate £1.177million into research projects looking for new and more effective treatments for this aggressive childhood cancer. For the next biennial grant round our aim is to double that amount. Only by funding leading research will progress be made in combating this disease and give hope to the families of children with neuroblastoma.”

To support Shirley, Tony and the team, please visit their fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/forjj


Photographs and further interviews available on request.NOTES TO EDITORS

Event details:

https://www.thamespathchallenge.com/thames-bridges-trekStart location / time: Bishops Park, Fulham, South West London. The team will start their trek at 11.10am Finish location / time: Southwark Park, East-Central London. The team hope to finish in around four hours (at approximately 3/330pm)

About neuroblastoma:

On average, every week in the UK, two families are told that their child has neuroblastoma, a rare and life-threatening cancer. Neuroblastoma is a cancer of the nerve cells. It usually affects children under the age of five, and can occur before a child is born. It is the most common solid tumour in childhood after brain tumours.

About Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Neuroblastoma UK will be encouraging people to join them in #GoingGold by wearing a Gold Ribbon, an awareness symbol to show support for children with cancer and their families.To find out how to support Neuroblastoma UK this September, visit www.neuroblastoma.org.uk/childhood-cancer-awareness-month

About Neuroblastoma UK:

Neuroblastoma UK is a national charity dedicated to finding a cure for neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. We do this by funding leading research projects to deliver new, effective and kinder treatments for children with neuroblastoma. We rely entirely on voluntary donations and receive no government funding.Neuroblastoma UK is supporting nine new research studies this year, with a total funding of £1.177 million.Every two years, we run a research competition to ensure that public donations fund the best neuroblastoma research which have potential value to neuroblastoma patients. By funding leading research projects, Neuroblastoma UK can help scientists to deliver new, effective and kinder treatments for children with neuroblastoma.As part of our commitment to drive forward research into this terrible disease, we want to double our annual income over the next two years.Registered charity number 326385To find out more, visit www.neuroblastoma.org.uk

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05 Sep 2019 11:17:12 GMT
<![CDATA[ International consensus on testosterone treatment for women. ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/international-consensus-on-testosterone-treatment-for-women-3d27b84a107162891909395184cc9bbd https://pressat.co.uk/releases/international-consensus-on-testosterone-treatment-for-women-3d27b84a107162891909395184cc9bbd Monday 2 September, 2019

Agreement among leading experts about the benefits and risks of testosterone therapy for postmenopausal women.

EMBARGO: 00.01 BST 2 September 2019

The first Global Position Statement on the use of testosterone in the treatment of women, led by the International Menopause Society (IMS), was published in four leading international medical journals today. The statement has been authored by a diverse team of leading experts based around the world and has been endorsed by internationally-esteemed medical societies.

It follows years of debate regarding testosterone therapy for women and, for the first time, provides agreement among experts and medical societies about how testosterone could be prescribed for women.

An international task force of experts from leading medical societies, brought together by the IMS, produced the Global Position Statement to provide clear guidance regarding the prescribing and measurement of testosterone for female testosterone therapy as well as advice on testosterone prescribing practices that have the potential to be ineffectual or cause harm.

They concluded that testosterone can be effective at improving sexual wellbeing for postmenopausal women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Dysfunction (HSDD). Recognised benefits included improved sexual desire, arousal, orgasm and pleasure, together with reduced concerns and distress about sex.

HSDD is thought to affect around 32% of women at midlife; and, while it's common for women to lose interest in sex around the time of the menopause and after, the use of testosterone as a treatment offers women an approach that may significantly improve their sexual and related emotional wellbeing.

Professor Susan Davis, President of the International Menopause Society said:

“This position statement has far reaching global consequences. It not only reassures clinicians that a trial of testosterone therapy is appropriate for women with HSDD, but very emphatically states that, at present, the available evidence does not support the use of testosterone for any other symptoms or medical condition.

“It also clearly advises that when testosterone therapy is given, the resultant blood levels should not be above those seen in healthy young women. We hope this will allow women who may benefit to be offered treatment, and simultaneously protect women from receiving inappropriate testosterone therapy.

“I am very proud that the IMS has led on the development of this crucial medical guidance”.

Dr. Sharon Parish, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Professor of Medicine in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College added:

“The Global Position Statement has been developed, approved, and endorsed by a broad group of experts from international women's health, sexual medicine, endocrine, gynecological and menopause societies across the world.

“The key messages for clinicians and researchers who care for and study postmenopausal women across a wide array of clinical and research disciplines are that testosterone clearly has positive benefits on sexual function and minimal side effects and low risk profiles, and is a very important and critical treatment option for postmenopausal women with HSDD.”

The international panel is calling on industry, researchers, and funding organisations to recognise the need for further research into testosterone therapy for women of all ages and the development and licensing of products formulated specifically for women.

The statement was developed by a multinational, multidisciplinary task force, the members of which were delegates from leading medical societies, and was peer reviewed by expert committees of endorsing societies from across the world. It has been translated into 13 languages and aims to improve the sexual wellbeing of women on a global scale.


Notes to editors:

For further information contact Louise Akers: louise.akers@campaigncollective.org +44 7712273928

About the International Menopause Society

A Charitable Incorporated Organisation based in the UK, The International

Menopause Society (IMS) brings together the world’s leading experts to

collaboratively study and share knowledge about all aspects of aging in women.

The IMS advocates evidence-based treatment options that optimise mid-life

women’s health and promotes best practice in women’s health care to healthcare

professionals and women across the globe.

IMS activities include:

building communities of practice through its membership and Council of

Affiliated Societies;

publishing original research, reviews, statements and recommendations;holding events to disseminate information including the bi-annual World

Congress on Menopause, symposia and workshops

offering online practitioner training resourcesthe annual World Menopause Day awareness raising campaign

About the Global Position Statement on testosterone treatment for women

The Global Position Statement was developed to inform health care professionals of the known benefits and potential risks of testosterone therapy for women. The aims were to provide clear guidance as to which women might benefit from testosterone therapy; identify symptoms, signs, and conditions for which evidence does not support the prescribing of testosterone; explore areas of uncertainty; and to identify any prescribing practices that have the potential to cause harm.

The panel concluded that:

a testosterone blood level should not be used to diagnose HSDD. HSDD should be diagnosed following a careful medical assessment that elicits lowered sexual desire with associated personal distress and no other treatable cause. Read more here. there is only evidence for beneficial effects of testosterone therapy in postmenopausal women, and specifically those suffering with HSDD there is insufficient data to support the use of testosterone for the treatment of any other symptom or clinical condition or for disease preventiontestosterone treatment should only be with formulations that achieve blood concentrations of testosterone that approximate what is normal for premenopausal womenalthough treatment of postmenopausal women with doses that result in blood levels seen in premenopausal women was associated with mild increases in acne and body/facial hair in some women, it was not associated with scalp hair loss or voice changeas no approved testosterone for women is presently approved by any national regulatory body, male formulations can be used judiciously in small doses with blood testosterone concentrations monitored regularly compounded testosterone should not be used if a regulatory approved product is availablelarger studies are needed to inform clinical recommendations regarding the use of testosterone for HSDD in premenopausal womenstudies must be undertaken to establish the longer-term cardiometabolic and breast safety of testosterone therapy for women.

The advice was developed by nine leading medical organisations including The International Menopause Society, The International Society for Sexual Medicine, The Federacion Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Climaterio y Menopausia, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The North American Menopause Society, The European Menopause and Andropause Society, The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and The Endocrine Society, and endorsed by several additional Societies.It was published on 2 September 2019 in four leading international medical journals: Climacteric, Maturitas, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.The Global Position Statement is based on the world wide published literature in this field, including a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials of testosterone therapy in women published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology on 25th July 2019, and where data were not available, on expert opinion of international leaders in this field.There are no clearly established indications for testosterone therapy for women prior to the publication of the consensus statement.There was no external funding for this process which was entirely supported by grants from the participating societies.Translated versions of the Global Position Statement are available on the International Menopause Society website: https://www.imsociety.org/position_papers_and_consensus_statements.php you can also view the statement here.Visit www.imsociety.org to find out more.

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02 Sep 2019 08:05:02 GMT
<![CDATA[ Azawala Art gallery presents "The Deliverance of Womban: The sacred passage to self" by Oya Arts. ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/azawala-art-gallery-presents-the-deliverance-of-womban-the-sacred-passage-to-self-by-oya-arts-6108aa558d8636dfa3e86a9a94b7ed37 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/azawala-art-gallery-presents-the-deliverance-of-womban-the-sacred-passage-to-self-by-oya-arts-6108aa558d8636dfa3e86a9a94b7ed37 Monday 19 August, 2019

• When: Saturday 9th November 2019 - Sunday 1st December 2019 

• Where: Azawala Cafe Gallery 55 Loughborough Road SW9 7TB 

The kaleidoscopic display unapologetically celebrates the colourful undertones of Afro-Caribbean feminine culture. This intimate collection of work will inhabit part of the gallery from 9th November - 1st December 2019. 

Commencing with an opening event on Saturday 9th November from 7:30 pm, there will be music, spoken word and a Q & A session with the artist. 

Through a range of acrylic paintings, you are invited to explore the natural divinity of the sacred feminine. Spectators will embark on the journey of "Womban" who has tapped into her full power and tuned into her authenticity. This exhibition showcases and celebrates this voyage and explores the relationship women have with their external and internal selves, through colour, texture, shape and movement.

This long-overdue celebration of work is the first exhibition to span the full breadth of Oya Arts practice. It brings together compositions that draw from the African ancestry of the West Indies and interact with facets of black British culture. These elements entwine with gender to showcase the plurality and complexity of identity. 

Speaking about what to expect at the exhibition, Alleyne said:

"I wanted to focus on a series of work that celebrated female divinity. As women, we go through so many cycles of self and not all of us reach a level of contentment in who we are. There are many external forces at work that prevent women from stepping on to the path of their divine potential, especially women of colour. Through my art, I want to remind all women of their power and their natural rhythm. I want to reinforce to all sisters that we are creators, warriors and nurtures. We are "womban. I want to embrace the stereotypes that have been used to cage us for so long and reappropriate them to denote freedom." 

Azawala Cafe Gallery has been an epicentre of West African and Caribbean Culture in Brixton for the past three years. The gallery hosts a vibrant collection of African artefacts and a collection of art and crafts from UK based artists but not always from a Black background. 

Jos Brient owner of Azwala Cafe Gallery said:

“ African lifestyle has now become increasingly popular especially in the art world and is now featured in everyday living through fashion, home furnishings and food. As an African it is important to recognise our history and culture but also portray and elevate ourselves to be represented as occupants of the 21 century.”

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19 Aug 2019 11:05:40 GMT
<![CDATA[ Inspiring friends and family get ready for Great North Run to raise money in Miley’s memory ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/inspiring-friends-and-family-get-ready-for-great-north-run-to-raise-money-in-mileys-memory-f9d16189881bd9897ef3270c3a470239 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/inspiring-friends-and-family-get-ready-for-great-north-run-to-raise-money-in-mileys-memory-f9d16189881bd9897ef3270c3a470239 Thursday 15 August, 2019

The family and friends of a little girl who suddenly passed away at just ten years old are tirelessly fundraising in her memory to thank The Sick Children’s Trust for giving her parents a place to stay close to her hospital bedside.

‘Smile for Miley’ was set up in Miley Todd’s name following her tragic passing last year after she suddenly became ill with headaches and nausea. Miley, a pupil at Allonby Primary School, was admitted to West Cumberland Infirmary where her condition rapidly deteriorated and within a day was rushed to Newcastle’s Royal Vitoria Infirmary (RVI) – two hours from home – for brain surgery in an attempt to save her life. Sadly despite this, Miley passed away.

While Miley was treated at RVI, her family were supported by The Sick Children’s Trust. The charity gave her parents, Dom and Lesley, a place to stay at its Crawford House which is located just a few minutes’ walk from the children’s ward. To thank The Sick Children’s Trust for its support, Miley’s family and friends have undertaken a number of fundraisers throughout the year, with nine people taking on the Great North Run on Sunday 8 September. Miley’s dad, Dom Todd, who will be running the famous 13.1 mile route said:

“Crawford House, and its staff, are an amazing help to families that have a child in hospital. The manager, Andrew, met Lesley when Miley went into surgery to show her where Crawford House was, the room we would be using, and everything we needed to know which was a huge comfort when we were so far away from home. Knowing there was somewhere to get a bit of sleep meant we could totally focus on Miley.

“Unfortunately the damage that Miley had sustained meant there was going to be a devastating end to our time there, however most families have a better outcome and without Crawford House they wouldn't be able to spend all their time with their children.

One lady told us she had been there 71 days and counting. If she’d stayed in a hotel it would have cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds which most families do not have. Crawford House truly is a godsend, something every family needs to have when their child is in hospital which is why we’ve been fundraising for The Sick Children’s Trust. All the money we have raised is really through family and friends who have done events, donated and much more. We will never be able to thank them enough.”

Alongside Dom, running for The Sick Children’s Trust from ‘Smile for Miley’ are Miley’s brother Jake, uncle Matthew Todd and close friend Garry Mounsey, cousins Matthew and Tia Pullin alongside their partners Jessica Penrice and Jake Waldock and godfather Gavin Manchester. Cheering them on along the route will be Miley’s siblings, Sam, Trafford and Talia Todd. 30 year old Sam said:

“We really wanted to do something to say thank you to The Sick Children’s Trust. Crawford House meant my parents could be with Miley whenever, but also have a space where they could rest, shower, change and talk to other families. Crawford House also went the extra mile and offered Trafford and Talia a place to stay. We are feeling very grateful and humbled with everyone’s generosity and would like to say a huge thank you.”

The Sick Children’s Trust relies entirely on voluntary donations to run its ten ‘Homes from Home’ across the country supporting families with seriously ill children in hospital with a place to stay. It costs the charity £30 to support a family for one night. Crawford House Manager, Andrew Leadbitter, said:

“We are in awe of Miley’s family. They have shown so much strength and have an incredible passion for fundraising for Crawford House – we can’t thank them enough for fundraising for us over the last few months when they have been dealing with such a huge loss.

“We’re wishing every runner the very best of luck in the race and can’t wait to congratulate them at the finish line. Good luck to everyone running for ‘Smile for Miley’.”

To donate to ‘Smile for Miley’s’ fundraising page visit http://www.justgiving.com/Pullin-family, and for further information about The Sick Children’s Trust, go to sickchildrenstrust.org

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15 Aug 2019 11:42:04 GMT
<![CDATA[ The antithesis of disposable culture: Nepal-inspired homewares brand CHACCRA launches unique modular rugs for adaptable modern living ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/the-antithesis-of-disposable-culture-nepal-inspired-homewares-brand-chaccra-launches-unique-modular-rugs-for-adaptable-modern-living-cd812efa6c8b015e5cb2f57244785fed https://pressat.co.uk/releases/the-antithesis-of-disposable-culture-nepal-inspired-homewares-brand-chaccra-launches-unique-modular-rugs-for-adaptable-modern-living-cd812efa6c8b015e5cb2f57244785fed Tuesday 13 August, 2019

Modular rugs offering functional, adaptable and long-lasting designs for lovers of beautiful interiors turning away from ‘throwaway culture’, sit within the new collection being launched by CHACCRA, at this year’s London Design Fair in September.

CHACCRA offers premium handcrafted rugs and homewares while promoting Nepalese culture through design innovation and collaboration with local communities.

Sharon Shi, CHACCRA’s founder, explains: “Our handmade rugs are the antithesis of disposable culture. They are beautifully made and long-lasting, aimed to tap into people’s desire for great design pieces, with our modular designs bringing extra flexibility for interior design.”

She added: “We want to integrate function and beauty, but go further in supporting an energised, positive, uplifted yet balanced lifestyle – for all who come into contact with us; from the craftspeople and international designers we work with, through to our customers.

The new collections fuse artisan techniques with abstract and spiritual designs, utilising colour and contemporary contexts to encapsulate yet innovate ancient crafting techniques; while promoting Nepalese culture.

Julia Guenther from Germany and London-based Mylene Spencer form part of the team who designed this new collection. They were drawn to CHACCRA through a shared passion for diversity in design, coupled with a desire to make a positive difference to people and our environment.

Mylene, who transformed the initial concept for modular rugs into reality for the Modular Collection, said: “I’m hoping that not only can we be inspired by Nepal’s incredible crafting tradition, but that we can work towards translating the beautiful local culture into modern design. Through this we strive to support development and local employment through design innovation and collaboration with local communities.”

The concept for the Modular Collection derived from the need to tap into the ‘thoughtful consumer’ to create a functional, adaptable and long lasting modular rug using beautiful textiles and textures from renewable hemp fibres and Tibetan wool.

They have been designed to enable users to create different shape formation and styles to use across a variety of spaces and rooms. CHACCRA is also planning to facilitate product exchange within its modular buying community.

The new CHACCRA designs will be at the London Design Fair, Hall 10, Booth 31. Old Truman Brewery. 19-22 September 2019.

Current CHACCRA designs can also be found at RB12, 6 King John Ct, Hackney, London EC2A 3EZ

For more information:

Email: hello@chaccra.com or sign up online at www.chaccra.com,

Instagram: @chaccra and on Facebook: @chaccradecor

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13 Aug 2019 07:05:02 GMT
<![CDATA[ Clear and present danger: Mumsnet user reveals perils of office birthday brutality ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/clear-and-present-danger-mumsnet-user-reveals-perils-of-office-birthday-brutality-7fc2b1acc84c7c89f50dea62d3523663 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/clear-and-present-danger-mumsnet-user-reveals-perils-of-office-birthday-brutality-7fc2b1acc84c7c89f50dea62d3523663 Friday 2 August, 2019

A MUMSNET user has lifted the lid on office birthday etiquette by revealing how theirs was the ONLY anniversary ignored by colleagues.

Banal best wishes scrawled in biro on a non descript supermarket card and a small whip-round are familiar traditions in most British workplaces to mark another year passing.

But when the informal understanding of how such occasions are marked goes wrong, the results can be truly upsetting.

The depth of ill-feeling has been revealed by a Mumsnet user who goes by the name ‘TheStarling’ on the popular online forum.

Asking for advice, they wrote: “In the place where I work (very small office only a few people), last June we started recognising each other’s birthdays by doing a card and everyone signing it, we also put a couple of pounds in to buy the co worker whose birthday it is a little gift.

“I've put in to all colleagues’ collections and signed the card since we started.”

They went on to explain that their own birthday was ‘completely ignored’ despite being written on the office calendar yet colleagues even enquired as to how the celebrations went.

The aggrieved Mumsnetter added: “I wasn't too upset because I thought maybe we were not doing it anymore and did not even mention it.

“Today, I went out shopping and asked if anyone wanted anything. A colleague asked me to buy a birthday card for a colleague whose birthday it is at the end of April and to start up a collection.

“I went to the supermarket, duly bought the card. However I do now feel extremely hurt (I don't want to come across as some sort of spoilt child).

“I'm liked in the office, get on well with everyone. Baring (sic) in mind mine only birthday overlooked by colleagues, what shall I do because, actually, I feel quite hurt by it all.

“Shall I just not bother to put in to future collections and sign cards?”

The responses were unanimously in favour of being honest when the situation was next mentioned.

One commentator said: “I wouldn't sign any cards, be buying any cards / presents or giving money for the whole year.

“When they ask why ‘oh, no one bothered for my birthday so didn't think we was (sic) doing that anymore’ and just look at them.”

Another advised: “They have been very blatant about leaving you out of this 'group' so don't play their game.

“When they come asking you for money just say ‘No thanks, I'll pass’. If anyone dares comment on it or give you any attitude then be blunt about it.”

Bespoke present expert Kate Roberts from online specialist thegiftco.co.uk said: “This incident, heartbreaking laid bare on Mumsnet, shows how tricky birthday can be in the modern working environment.

“While a well thought out present and suitable card is a lovely thing to do for a colleague, if someone is forgotten about or, even worse, ignored, they can be left feeling bitter towards their workmates.

“Although it may not be seen as vital to the business as the actual work carried out, I’d suggest that companies be extremely wary of how the whole birthday situation is handled.

“That way they can ensure they don’t have a section of their workforce feeling demotivated or undervalued.”

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02 Aug 2019 11:48:53 GMT